. . . in The Enduring Journey of the USS Chesapeake
Three Nations                                  Two Centuries

A modern sailing ship, the American Rover, 30 feet shorter and 20 feet narrower than the USS Chesapeake,sails toward the Portsmouth, Virginia shipyard from which the Chesapeake was launched in 1799.
City of Portsmouth

The American
James Lawrence was also a much admired naval captain in England and Canada. He lost the USS Chesapeake in a battle with the HMS Shannon in 1813. As he lay mortally wounded, he commanded "Don't Give Up the Ship!".
Naval Historical Center

The Royal Dockyards at Halifax, Nova Scotia were the British headquarters of the Royal Navy in North America.

Library of Canada

County of Hampshire. The waterway bottom center is the the Solent, home to Portsmouth, Southampton, Gosport and the Royal Navy dockyards.
Old Hampshire Map Site.

The HMS Victory, at the Royal Dockyards in Portsmouth, is the most famous of British fighting ships.
Library of Congress

James Barron was the son of a family of naval commanders in Hampton, Virginia. He was commodore of the USS Chesapeake when she was attacked by the British in 1807. Court-martialed as a result, he lived in poverty in Denmark for a few years before returning to the Navy where, among other duties, he was head of the shipyard at Portsmouth for a time. He famously challenged naval hero Stephen Decatur, Jr. to a duel which Decatur did not survive.
Naval Historical Center

The battle between the Chesapeake and Shannon, depicted off Boston Light on June 1, 1813.
Halifax Citadel Museum

American sailors from the USS Chesapeake were taken to the prison at Melville Island in thte Northwest Arm of Halifax Harbour.
Library of Canada

The burial ground for Melville Island was Deadman's Island. Its anonymous burials include 188 American casualties of the war of 1812, including 11 sailors of the USS Chesapeake.
Frances J. Beck

The Meon River at the Village of Wickham, County of Hampshire, circa 1900. It was on the Meon that timbers of the USS Chesapeake were converted into a watermill in 1820.
Wickham History Society

Much of the timber for the first six frigates of the U.S. Navy was taken from the oaks of St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Pictured oaks are believed to date back the early19th century.
St. Simon's Experience

James Lawrence was born in 1781 and first lived at 459 High Street in Burlington, New Jersey. The American writer and naval historian James Fenimore Cooper was born in 1789 and lived at 457 High Street. The atached houses still stand, owned by the Burlington County Historical Society.
Picture: Naval Historical Center

Senior Admiral of the Fleet Sir Provo Wallis was born in Halifax, and brought the Chesapeake and Shannon into Halifax Harbour after their battle. He had joined the Royal Navy at age 3, and would stay on the payroll for 96 years.

Admiral Sir. P.B.V. Broke was lauded by British and American experts as perhaps the most accomplished naval captain of his day. His wounds in taking the USS Chesapeake, precluded him from further active service.
Naval Historical Center

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