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USS Lexington and The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet by David C. Perry

Book Two of the Brigantine Lexington series tells the story of the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet on Cape May in New Jersey. Live it again with the intrepid sailors who battled to wrestle our infant nation from the clutches of tyranny. Find yourself transported to sea on the deck of an eighteenth century warship. Come aboard the Continental Navy Brigantine Lexington again and experience the danger and camaraderie of Captain John Barry and his shipmates. Cringe as cannon balls fly past your ears, feel the physical exhaustion as you struggle to keep pace with the captain; and experience the tragic loss of a lifelong friend.
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The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

The island that now makes up the Wildwoods was once two smaller islands, Two Mile Beach to the south, and Five Mile Beach to the north. A strip of water called Turtle Gut Inlet separated the two islands. Turtle Gut Inlet no longer exists; it was filled in artificially in to make the one long beach which now runs the length of the Wildwoods and Diamond Beach. In the era before trains, trucks and modern highways were invented, ships were the main method of transporting goods over distances. The waters around Cape May and the Wildwoods were of strategic importance in the Revolutionary War because they are at the opening of Delaware Bay.

Prior to succeeding from the British in , many battles were fought amongst British and Colonial forces, but there is one battle that is not often told in history books, the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet. It took place in Cape May County. At the height of the revolution, Philadelphia was considered an essential trading route for supplies. Vessels had to bring in their surplus off our coastline up north to the Delaware River. In an effort to prevent American boats from bringing in war supplies, the British Navy formed a blockade of over two hundred cannons along the Delaware Bay. Vessels would often escape British forces by sailing into surrounding inlets and harbors.

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Anyone who fishes or paddles in Cape May County have more than likely traveled through the Cape May Inlet — a deep, fish inhabited channel sandwiched between two jetties: one beach side known as the rocks, and the other known as poverty beach. - Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet 29 June Thomas in the Danish West Indies.

On this day in history, June 29, , the Nancy explodes at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet , a little known early naval battle in the Revolutionary War, but one that was important to the career of the man who would be called the "Father of the American Navy," Captain John Barry. Captain Hugh Montgomery traveled to the Caribbean in the spring of and loaded tons of gunpowder and other supplies. Meanwhile, back in the colonies, the British had established a blockade of the Delaware Bay to prevent ships from supplying Philadelphia. John Barry was one of the first captains commissioned by the Continental Congress to command a ship in the Continental Navy. Morris sent word to Captain Barry that the Nancy would soon be approaching Philadelphia and would need protection from the blockade.

To prevent the Americans from receiving war supplies through the port of Philadelphia , the British Navy established a blockade of the Delaware Bay. This fleet included over cannons. To transport gunpowder and arms , Robert Morris of the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety chartered the newly built brig , also called brigantine , Nancy and her captain, Hugh Montgomery on March 1, In early June, the privateer Nancy loaded supplies in the Caribbean islands of St. Thomas and St.

Turtle gut? What is it? Her intention? To honor an historical event that occurred in what is now Wildwood Crest, New Jersey with 2 open water swims of a half-mile and mile in the Atlantic Ocean. On June 29th — a few days before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in America — a colonial sailing vessel, the Nancy, bringing gunpowder from the Virgin Islands to revolutionary forces in Philadelphia, was attacked by British navy ships. The Nancy ran aground and the colonists blew up a portion of their own cargo, killing several British sailors, as well as Lt. Richard Wickes, the first New Jersey colonist to die for his soon-to-be declared country.

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