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In Honolulu, British midshipmen restore American Eagle removed from U.S. Legation in a prank

Restoration of American Eagle, United States Legation, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1865, artist's impression.
05/10/1865
The Royal Navy warship H.M.S. Clio was in the Hawaiian Islands to transport Queen Emma to a state visit to Great Britain.  While in Honolulu, several British midshipman, including future famed admiral, Charles Beresford, stole the American Eagle from the U.S. Legation and secreted it aboard.  On discovery, Captain Tourneur of the Clio apologized to the American Consul, James McBride, and ordered the midshipmen to return and restore the icon to its proper place. They did so before an assembled crowd.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Albert Pierce Taylor, Under Hawaiian Skies: A Narrative of the Romance, Adventure, and History of the Hawaiian Islands (Honolulu, HI, Advertizer Publishing Company, Ltd; 1922), 98. 

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