. The Penobscot Expedition, mounted by Massachusetts, was a disastrous failure. The
British had set up a fort near what is now Castine, Maine, in order to provide a protective
outpost. Como. Dudley Saltonstall of the Continental Navy commanded the fleet sent
to Penobscot. His ineffectiveness and delays in wholly engaging the enemy's ships
were matched by Gen. Solomon Lovell's lack of vigor.