Symbolic burning of the Gaspee held in Pawtuxet Cove

West Bay

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The annual celebration of Gaspee Days came to a close Sunday with the reenactment of the event that started it all, the burning of the Gaspee.

A replica of the HMS Gaspee was set ablaze in water off Pawtuxet Park in a symbolic burning.

In June 1772 colonists from Rhode Island burned the British revenue schooner in an act of defiance.  It’s become recognized as the first bloodshed of the American Revolution.

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