SSB - Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

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Hidden : 4/2/2010
In Maryland, United States
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During the first challenge along the Star-Spangled Banner GeoTrail, over 400 first edition SSB geocoins were awarded. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Star-Spangled Banner GeoTour. We are currently out of geocoins but stay tuned for other opportunities along the Star-Spangled Banner GeoTour! A new challenge with a new prize will be ready in 2015.

Come on a journey to remember and commemorate the dramatic chain of events, people and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem.

The story of the Star-Spangled Banner was shaped by the events of the Chesapeake Campaign during the War of 1812. From February 1813 until February 1815, the Chesapeake Bay was the center of a fierce struggle between the British and Americans. Places and landscapes still exist today that provide a touchstone to the past. The trail traces events and related sites that figured prominently in the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812 that have national significance, physical integrity, and the potential for contemporary recreation and interpretation.

The Star-Spangled Banner (SSB) Geotrail launched February 27, 2010 with over 30 caches within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A trackable geo coin will be awarded to the first 400 geocachers, while supplies last, for locating at least 20 SSB caches. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must download a passport from either the SSB Geotrail or Maryland Geocaching Society website. Geocachers must find and log at least 20 SSB finds, record the code word from each cache on their passport and post a picture of yourself at each cache location. After discovering the 20 required caches, geocachers may have their passports validated in person or via mail at the Friends of Chesapeake Gateways office located at 410 Severn Ave, Suite 314, Annapolis, MD 21403. Please refer to the passport for complete validation instructions.

Participating in the SSB geotrail is fun and we hope that many people join in. However, it is not a requirement for logging your find on this cache once you find the container.

This is a simple multi-cache. Go to the posted coordinates and you will find the coordinates for the final!

During the spring of 1813, British forces undertook a campaign of raids and looting throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Port towns from the mouth of the Susquehanna River in the north to Hampton in the south were under threat, never knowing when or where the next strike would come. Major commercial centers, including Baltimore and Annapolis, also feared imminent attack and sought to ready their defenses. In general though, communities large and small were unprepared for the assaults, relying almost entirely on local militia for defense against the battle-tested British regulars.

In the early morning hours of May 3, 1813, British forces under Rear Admiral George Cockburn attacked Havre de Grace, Maryland, a small river town of some 60 dwellings along the Susquehanna. Close to twenty barges opened fire at dawn, raining down an array of shot, shells and rockets. The assault was in response to the town’s defiant cannon fire and running up of its colors, which had irritated Admiral George Cockburn during an early visit to the area.

The day of the attack saw only a skeleton garrison manning the town’s main battery on Concord Point. They bravely held their ground, but were soon forced to abandon the position after a militiaman was hit and killed by a shrieking Congreve rocket. Closer to town, another militiaman, John O’ Neill held his ground at another gun emplacement called “Potato Battery.” Left alone by his compatriots to fight the invaders, O’Neill held on until he injured himself firing the canon. O’Neill was subsequently taken prisoner while resisting with a musket, and then released by the British.

Having won the Battle, the British set about looting and burning the town. Of the sixty buildings mentioned above, forty were destroyed. Indeed, if not for efforts by several of the town’s female residents, who implored the Admiral to cease his destruction, the entire community might have gone up in flames. In the end, Cockburn was happy with the results, capturing six cannons and looting valuable property. That evening he withdrew, sailing several miles northeast to destroy a nationally significant Ironworks in Principio as well.

The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the rich maritime heritage and history of the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. Visitors to the museum will learn the stories of American Indians, early European settlers, watermen and today’s thriving community. The Museum offers wooden boat building courses, nautical demonstrations, concerts and more!
You are seeking a traditional hide in a Lock & Lock container.

Thanks to MomMom&PopPop for helping with this hide and to the Maryland Geocaching Society for assisting with this project!

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Fgntr 2 Ernpu haqre

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