Narrative of Vice Admiral Samuel Graves1

[Preston Boston] 29th [May 1775]

The Rebels burned the only Dwelling house on Noddles Island, which being the property of a notorious Rebel then in Arms, was not much regarded. But it appearing that they were inclined to burn and destroy every thing likely to be useful to the Army and Navy, and to do them all the Mischief in their power, the Admiral thought it proper to order the Somerset to drop further down the Harbour and anchor where she could come to sail at any time of Tide.

The Ship Champion arrived laden with Wheat and Flour, having been manned and sent for Boston by Captain [John] Linzee of the Falcon.

1. Graves's Conduct, I, 103, MassHS Transcript.
Source: Naval Documents of the American Revolution, I, 557