‘stupid miscalculations’ resulting in ‘various degrees of disaster’

Revolutionary War naval ‘Blusterers, Bunglers and Blockheads’ with James Nelson

Although much of the American Revolution was fought on battlefields to the south, Maine saw its share of action. Historian James L. Nelson will present the story of three significant local events in the fight for independence – the naval fight at Machias, the burning of Falmouth, and the Penobscot Expedition to Castine –  via Zoom, on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cushing Public Library.

It is free and open to the public. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

“Blusterers, Bunglers and Blockheads” is Nelson’s title and description of these naval actions in Maine during the American Revolution. 

“They were all the result of stupid miscalculations on one side or the other, and each resulted in various degrees of disaster,” according to the Library, in a news release.

Nelson will discuss these events and the unfortunate consequences that followed.

Jim Nelson was born and raised in Maine, and for six years worked on board traditional sailing ships before launching a writing career in 1994. The author of more than 25 works of maritime fiction and history, he is the winner of the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured throughout the country, including a previous talk at the Cushing Public Library,  and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell with his former shipmate, now wife, Lisa.

Event Date: 

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Zoom