Kittery Telescope

The Case:

When a Kittery Point, ME man moved into his great aunt’s house he discovered an unusual wooden telescope.  No one in his family knows where it came from or how long it’s been in the family. 

Even though his family is full of Navy men, our contributor hopes it belonged to his ancestor William Bray, who served on the Raleigh, one of America’s first naval war ships during the American Revolution. 

Antique dealers can’t date the telescope. They’ve never seen one like this.

History Detectives finds out whether this telescope was used during the American Revolution.

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Season 9, Episode 6

Elyse Luray Location:
Portsmouth and Kittery, New Hampshire

More Information

Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: 207-443-1316

Portsmouth Athenaeum
9 Market Square 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
P: 603-431-2538

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