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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Seaman John Reed USN
Seaman William Russell USN
Ordinary Seaman Michael Sawyer USN
Seaman Josiah Shatfield USN
Seaman Joseph Simonds USN
Ordinary Seaman Francis Symonds USN
Sailing Master William White USN
Seaman Andrew Williams USN
Quartermaster James Woodbury USN