The Gaspee was a hated British revenue schooner. On June 9, 1772 Captain Thomas Lindsay commanded the Hannah set forth from Newport to Providence. He was afraid he would be stopped by the hated Gaspee commanded by Lieutenant William Dudinsgston, and vowed not to let the Gaspee stop her. Lindsay lured the Gaspee into following him into shallow waters and the Gaspee ran aground. When news that the hated Gaspee had run aground galvanized Americans to act . A groupd of 60 men led by Captain Whipple set off to were the Gaspee was located. When they arrived they overwhelmed the small crew, forced it and its captain to surrender. They then set the ship afire.