During a recent plane trip from Boston to Augusta, Maine, taken by the writer, gusty and perverse winds caused the pilot of the small cabin ship to swing eastward along the coast, until the ragged mouth of the Kennebec River lay almost directly below.
As the ship banked around to the northward, the writer, a newspaperman enjoying (?) the roughest ride in a rather limited experience aloft, spotted the white glint of a monument off to starboard which the pilot identified as marking the site of Fort William Henry on Pemaquid Point.
To most people who have seriously studied the history of the United States Navy, including those annals of brilliant actions during the War of 1812, the name “Pemaquid” immediately recalls a picture of two little gun brigs hammering at each other as they maneuvered within the wet triangle formed by lines drawn connecting Pemaquid Point and Monhegan and Georges Islands.
One brig would be the U.S.S. Enterprise, 16, and the other H.M.S. Boxer, 14. The day would be September 5, 1813.