Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship
Wood, cardboard, paper, lead
Overall: 1 7/8 x 23 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. ( 4.8 x 59.1 x 41.3 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "Game/ of/ WAR/ AT SEA/ OR/ 'DON'T/ GIVE UP/ THE SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK.'" printed: on the interior of the box cover: "/ Copyright 1898/ by McLOUGHLIN BROS./ THE GAME OF ..../ WAR AT SEA;/ or,
"Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship" board game with the board set into the base of the box and twenty painted lead battleships; the board represents the ocean and land from Halifax, Canada to Brazil with the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, Cuba and other landmarks indicated; the ocean is represented as light blue and blue checkerboard; cities are indicated by the flag of the country they belong to including New York (U.S. flag), Winnipeg (Canadian flag), Havana (Spanish flag); flap at the bottom of the board lifts to reveal a compartment to store the lead ships; cover of box with a lithographed image of a U.S. battleship at sea; box cover inscribed, "Game/ of/ WAR/ AT SEA/ OR/ 'DON'T/ GIVE UP/ THE SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK.'"
The subtitle of this game quotes the famous words of War of 1812 hero Captain James Lawrence. War at Sea, whose object is to see which fleet could sweep the sea clear of the other, was inspired by the United States' naval victories in the Spanish-American War (1898). The tabloid papers covering the war, especially those of William Randolph Hearst, stirred up patriotic fervor with incendiary headlines and pictorial supplements, eagerly studied by young boys.
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
The Liman Collection
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