In 1774, unrest grew in response to British treatment of the colonies. It was during this year that the Peggy Stewart entered the port of Annapolis carrying a load of tea: a product explicitly banned by the county association. At a public meeting to decide the ship’s fate, citizens chose to burn the Peggy Stewart to set an example.
The remains of the Peggy Stewart now rest in the reclaimed land below Luce Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy.
It is interesting to note, that Anthony Stewart, the co-owner of the Peg showed the greatest concern for the human lives aboard. The ship could not return to England, for the Autumn gales would surely sink the already leaking ship, and all aboard would drown. The lives of the indentured servants meant more than the cargo aboard. He assured payment of the tax on the tea, and was able to get fifty-three servants ashore, but left the rest of the cargo aboard to await the Committee's decision. Once it was landed, the tea remained aboard, and Steward, along with his co-owners, torched the ship.
To learn more about this historical event go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Stewart_%28ship%29
In my novel, The Everlasting Mountains, my hero and heroine, John and Rebecah Nash experience this event. Here is my fictional account of what they witnessed.
(Sampling from Chapter 16 )
Beneath a vivid blue sky, people were filling the street. Nash and Rebecah stepped out of the inn hoping to make it to the Postmaster’s before their coach arrived. A boy had gone ahead of them fifteen minutes before with their bags.
( Thorns In Eden & The Everlasting Mountains, 2-in1 collection)
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