Relics: Five Relics from the British Naval Ships from the Collection of J. S. Reigert. Including: several pieces of wood, the largest 2" x 1.125", in a sealed glass bottle with a label reading, "The British Frigate 'Royal George' went down Aug 9th, 1782"; another piece of wood, 2" long, also in a sealed bottle with a label, "Piece of the British Frigate 'Royal George''; a turned wood piece of wood (chipped at top), 2.75" high, with an attached tag, "Dictator"; a piece of wood, 1.5" long, in a sealed bottle with a card reading, "Piece of the Endeavour the vessel in which Capt. Cook sailed around the world"; and, several large splinters of wood, sealed in a glass tube which is mounted on a card that reads, "'Just as the moon rose over the bay, Where swinging wide at her moorings lay, The Somerset, British man-of-war' Apl 18, 1775 / wrecked on Cape Cod, Oct 3, 1775 / Pieces of the British Frigate 'Somerset'".

    HMS Royal George was a 100-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy that took part in the Battle of Quiberon Bay, the American War of Independence, and the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. She sank at Portsmouth in 1782 with the loss of more than 800 lives. HMS Dictator was a 64-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 6 January 1783. HMS Endeavour, also known as HM Bark Endeavour, was a British Royal Navy research vessel commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771. Endeavour's end came in August 1778, when the British occupation of Newport was threatened by a fleet carrying French soldiers in support of the Continental Army. The British commander, Captain John Brisbane, determined to blockade Newport Harbor by sinking surplus vessels in its approaches scuttled a fleet of Royal Navy frigates and transports at various locations in Narragansett Bay. HMS Somerset was a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, involved in several notable battles of the Seven Years War and the American Revolutionary War. She was wrecked in a storm in 1778 when she ran aground on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The first lines on the card are from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem 'Paul Revere's Ride'.

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