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BLYTHE, Samuel, British naval officer, born in 1784; died 4 September 1814. He commanded the brig "Boxer," which engaged the American cruiser "Enterprise," commanded by Lieut. Burrows. off Portland, Maine, on 4 September 1814. Captain Blythe's ship, having been riddled with shot, was captured and taken into Portland. The commanders of both vessels fell at the first exchange of shots, and were buried side by side with military honors in Porthind. Their/leath was made the subject of one of Longfellow's tenderest poems.
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