The Fairhaven Ship that ‘Would not Sail’

FAIRHAVEN — Some years ago, a few sentences in 85-year-old John Hathaway’s recollections of the British raid on New Bedford in 1778 raised my curiosity about a ship named the Rising Empire, one of five vessels built in 1776 for the Massachusetts State Navy: “Went on board Privateer brig Rising Empire, 16 carriage guns (States vessel) built in Fairhaven.

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