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Annual Richard Somers Day in Somers Point

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Annual Richard Somers Day in Somers Point

Sunday, September 8, 2019 ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • The event will be held at Richard Somers Memorial Park
  • In case of rain, the memorial will be held in the Council Chambers of the Somers Point City Hall, 1 West New Jersey Avenue


Information about Annual Richard Somers Day

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Historical Society will sponsor the annual Richard Somers Day on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m., at the Richard Somers Memorial Park, 801 Shore Road. Each year a memorial remembrance is held for local historic native Richard Somers and the crew from the Intrepid.


Richard Somers, born and raised in Somers Point, NJ, was a Captain in the US Navy. While in command of the US Navy ship, the Nautilus, Richard Somers was fighting against the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean. Under the command of Edward Preble, Captain Somers conceived a courageous plan. His plan was to fit up the ketch, Intrepid, as a fire ship and sail her into Tripoli Harbor and explode her amongst the enemy ships. The Intrepid was fitted with 1500 pounds of gunpowder, a quantity of shells, shot, broken iron, and combustibles. Knowing this mission could mean death, all men volunteered under Captain Somers. One the eve of September 3, 1804, the Intrepid, entered Tripoli Harbor. A sudden explosion was seen by Preble‚Äôs fleet outside the harbor. The Intrepid took fire sooner than intended, taking the lives of Captain Somers and all 12 of his crew members.


For more information on Richard Somers Day, visit or call 609-927-2900.


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September 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Richard Somers Memorial Park
801 Shore Rd
Somers Point, NJ United States


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