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Captain James Lawrence
Date: 1781 - 1813
Remarks: James Lawrence was the commander of the U.S.S. Hornet and later the Chesapeake during the War of 1812. In 1813, the Chesapeak engaged with the British ship "Shannon" and was defeated. Lawrence was mortally wounded in the battle, but before he died, he uttered the now famous line "don't give up the ship."