Want to Learn More About Famous Navy Quotations?

You can do just that….

by heading over to the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website at https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/heritage/famous-navy-quotations.html to learn all about famous Naval quotations and sayings.

Ensign George M. Lowry, USN, and the Perry’s Victory Centennial Commissioners of Wisconsin on board the Centennial Replica Ship, at Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1913. They are holding a reproduction of Perry’s “Don’t Give Up The Ship” battle ensign. Note carronade at right. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

A good example: “Don’t give up the ship!”

“Tradition has it that Captain James Lawrence said these heroic words after being mortally wounded in the engagement between his ship, the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, and HMS Shannon on 1 June 1813. As the wounded Lawrence was carried below, he ordered ‘Tell the men to fire faster! Don’t give up the ship!'”

“Although Chesapeake was forced to surrender, Captain Lawrence’s words lived on as a rallying cry during the war. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the motto sewn onto the private battle flag flown during the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813.”

(Photo at top, NH60237, and quotes above from Naval History and Heritage Command, website, which cited source: [William S. Dudley, ed., The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History. vol. 2 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1992): 559])

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