This beautiful 19th century lighthouse now occupies Castle Hill, at the east passage of Narragansett Bay near Newport, Rhode Island. However during the American Revolutionary War there was an 18th century watchtower with a battery of cannons nearby. In April of 1776, the HMS Scarborough and the HMS Cimetar were attacked from this point. The British ships had been run out of Newport harbor by American patriots who had stolen two ships from the British fleet. The warships Scarborough and Cimetar gave chase, but rebel cannon fire from every side forced them to anchor between Jamestown and Rose Island. Soon cannon fire erupted from the nearby shore and the Scarborough and Cimetar sailed unpeaceably away.
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