Saturday, December 12, 2015

John Kendrick

John Kendrick Sea Captain John Kendrick, born in 1740 on a small hilly farm in East Harwich, Cape Cod, fought in the French and Indian Wars in 1762, threw tea overboard in the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and was in charge of the Fanny, one of the United States’ first ships, during the Revolutionary War. He survived all that, and on December 12, 1794 in a 13-canon saluting round in Fair Haven (Honolulu Harbor) (salute by cannon originated in the 14th century; discharging the single shot rendered them harmless) one of the saluting guns was loaded with round and grape shot, and killed Captain Kendrick and several of his crew.

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