Flashback in maritime history: USA: Boston Tea Party, 16 December 1773


tea-2(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On December 16, back in 1773 the “tea crisis” in Boston came to a head. Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians were armed with an assortment of axes. They quietly boarded three ships carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea moored at Griffin’s Wharf. In a span of three hours, 340 chests of British East India Company Tea were smashed and dumped into Boston Harbor. Over 92,000 pounds of tea were destroyed and thrown into the harbor.


Their cry was: “No taxation without representation!” Some years later, they got representation – followed immediately by taxation and more taxation.

The implication and impact of the Boston Tea Party were enormous; the event directly led to the sparking of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775.



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    • In 1995 I had two American deck cadets serving on the vessel, the "Matco Clyde" a North sea Shuttle tanker. To make them feel at home on the 4th of July we happened to be passing Boston (Lincolnshire) I thought it was an excellent occasion to reenact the "Boston Tea party", although not the date of the incident still appropriate.


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