Table made from wood of the "Shannon"
Overall: 28 1/4 x 29 7/8 x 19 1/2 in. ( 71.8 x 75.9 x 49.5 cm )
stamped: on brass plaque: "Made from the timber of / 'H.M.S. Shannon' / of glorious memory / Capture of / U.S. Frigate / 'Chesapeake' / 1, June 1813"
Oak Regency style table; rectangular top on turned and shaped colonettes terminating in scroll feet joined by a ball-turned stretcher; brass plaque with inscription set in center of top.
This table was made from timbers from the H.M.S. "Shannon," which defeated the U.S.S. "Chesapeake" in 1813. Captain James Lawrence (1781-1813) was made commander of the U.S. frigate "Chesapeake" in early 1813. He set out on June 1, 1813, to engage H.M.S. "Shannon," then blockading Boston. After a brief confrontation, the "Shannon" emerged victorious and Lawrence was mortally wounded. The table was made after the ship was broken up in 1860.
"Don't Give Up the Ship": A Catalogue of the Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence (Salem: Peabody Museum, 1942), p. 67 and illus.
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence, Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence
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