Exclusive--O'Donnell: Dealing Death and Destruction with Outstretched Arms, The Indefatigable Captain Mugford

Exclusive–O'Donnell: Dealing Death and Destruction with Outstretched Arms, The Indefatigable Captain Mugford


It’s no wonder that the American Founding Fathers believed in Divine Providence. Countless times, the fate of the nascent American nation depended on the right person being in the right place at the right time–like the gallant 26-year-old Marblehead captain James Mugford Jr. who captured the largest single prize of the Revolutionary War, the Hope.

His full remarkable story and dozens of others are told in the new bestselling book, The Indispensables: Marblehead’s Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. The book is a Band of Brothers-style treatment of the regiment from Marblehead, Massachusetts, a unique largely unknown group of Americans who changed the course of history.

On May 10, 1776, five weeks into her journey across the Atlantic, the Hope, a British 282-ton transport ship carrying a staggering 1,500 barrels of priceless gunpowder, mysteriously separated from her eleven-ship escort in

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