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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Midshipman Pollard Hopewell USN
Ordinary Seaman John Hunt USN
Seaman Henry Munroe USN
Midshipman Courtlande Livingston USN
Ordinary Seaman John Johnson USN
Ordinary Seaman Samuel Perkins USN
Sailing Master William White USN
Seaman Robert Bates USN
Seaman John Philips USN
Lieutenant Augustus Ludlow USN
Seaman Darby Lee USN
Ordinary Seaman Harris Ball USN
Acting Lieutena Edward Ballard USN
Seaman Marcus Mansel USN
Seaman James Belton USN
Midshipman John Evans USN
Quartermaster Daniel Burham USN
Seaman David Bias USN
Ordinary Seaman Michael Sawyer USN
Ordinary Seaman Abraham Cox USN