The Enduring Journey of the USS Chesapeake: Navigating the Common History of Three Nations

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The History Press, 2008 - History - 157 pages
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James Lawrence's command, spoken as his final fighting words in the historic 1813 battle between the USS Chesapeake and the HMS Shannon, would endure as the motto of the U.S. Navy. He lost the battle, however, and a large portion of the Chesapeake was recycled by the ship breakers of Portsmouth, England, until her timbers gave form and size to a new water mill in the village of Wickham. Almost two hundred years later, the old mill sat derelict, an eyesore. What was it made of? Where had it come from? Why should it be preserved? It was then that the sails of a long-forgotten fighting ship were seemingly unfurled along the Meon River in the County of Hampshire, and the old navy frigate having crossed the waters of America, Canada and England set off on the third century of her enduring journey.
  

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Contents

Preface
7
A Matter of Identity
31
A Funeral in Halifax
51
The Plowshare
73
The Return
91
The Lost Cemetery
105
The Souls of a Ship
123
Afterword
153
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Author Chris Dickon is a writer, historian, and Emmy-winning television producer. His work has been broadcast and published internationally, much of it derived from Virginia's rich past as the original source of American history. Chesapeake Bay Steamers brings together the photograph archives of the Library of Congress and 10 libraries, museums, and historical societies, large and small, from Norfolk to Baltimore.

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