Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Don't give up the ship (or something like that)

Professor Podles has been blogging about his illustrious extended family in various posts, and today he posts about one of his family connections who made famous the words "Don't give up the ship".

Read the whole thing.

this happened in a battle where the USS Chesapeake was lost to the British in the War of 1812.

One is reminded of the phrase: When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

oh well, in both the film where that was quoted and in the story of Captain James Lawrence, the men involved had did something brave and risked their lives (Lawrence lost his) even though the legend sort of embroidered the whole thing.

But before his fatal encounter on the Chesapeake, it mentions he also had served on the USS Enterprise.

The Enterprise? the 1799 ship bearing that name fought the Tripoli pirates and the French corsairs.

and Wikipedia list has the history of many ships bearing that honored name.

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