British Merchant Ship Martha Captured

British Merchant Ship Martha Captured

March 11, 1778 in Marine Corps History.

On March 11, 1778, Continental Marines aboard the Continental Navy frigate Boston sighted, engaged, and captured the British merchant ship Martha while en route to France. John Adams, who would later serve as the second president of the United States, was on the ship and attempted to join in the action on deck with the Marines, only to be sent below-deck by the frigate's Captain, Samuel Tucker, for his safety.

Photo of John Adams. Historical. Released.


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