|Newburyport is among the smallest
cities in the state and is felt with some
justification by its residents to be among the most beautiful, retaining
it does a large number of spacious, gracious Federalist homes built
the whaling and clipper ship fortunes of this 19th century seaport.
The city is very proud of its history: proud of the fact that the first
tea party in opposition to England's tax on tea was held in Newburyport,
well before the more famous one in Boston, and pleased to be the
birthplace of the United States Coast Guard since the first ship
commissioned for the Coast Guard, the frigate Massachusetts, was built in
Narrative supplied by community.