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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, June 1, 1813
Broadside with HMS Shannon
On June 1st, Captain James Lawrence engaged HMS Shannon with an inexperienced crew. Early in the battle, Chesapeake's rigging was cut away which caused the ship to lose maneuverability. Meanwhile, Lawrence was mortally wounded. As he was being carried below, he shouted, Don't give up the ship! to his crew. Although the crew attempted to hold the ship, they were unable to do so, and ultimately surrendered to the British. Chesapeake was towed to Halifax and later served in the Royal Navy. The ship was finally sold at Portsmouth, England and broken up. Some of the timbers were used in the construction of a flour mill.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 49

Namesort descending Service Branch
Boatswain Peter Adams USN
Ordinary Seaman Harris Ball USN
Acting Lieutena Edward Ballard USN
Seaman Robert Bates USN
Seaman James Belton USN
Seaman David Bias USN
Quartermaster Daniel Burham USN
Boatswain's Mate John Carter USN
Seman Sterling Clark USN
Ordinary Seaman Abraham Cox USN
Quarter Gunner Forges Dela USN
Seaman John Devo USN
Ordinary Seaman John Duggin USN
Ordinary Seaman Benjamin Esday USN
Midshipman John Evans USN
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Evans USN
Seaman John Grabb USN
Boy George Groton USN
Ordinary Seaman Lewis Heuscom USN
Seaman John Hodgman USN


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