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Did you know that during the American War of Independence Whitehaven was briefly invaded by American forces? Father of the US Navy John Paul Jones, born in Kirkbean Dumfriesshire just a short sail across the Solway Firth , raided the town in April 1778 . He took the fort, spiked its guns, burned a few coal ships, and made off in his vessel Ranger with three prisoners. In the midst of which his men went to a quayside pub, sinking far more alcohol than they had colliers.

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