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Table made from wood of the "Shannon"

Object Number: 
1943.434
Date: 
ca. 1860
Medium: 
Oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 1/4 x 29 7/8 x 19 1/2 in. ( 71.8 x 75.9 x 49.5 cm )
Marks: 
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"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Bibliography: 
"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.
Credit Line: 
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence, Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool
Provenance: 
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group