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Welcome aboard the Chesapeake Chapter web site! Our chapter was chartered on December 7, 1983, and is named in honor of the USS Chesapeake, launched from the Gosport Shipyard (today's Norfolk Naval Shipyard) on December 2, 1799. She was one of the first six frigates authorized by Congress on March 27, 1794. The Chesapeake, with a complement of 340 sailors, served important roles in the Quasi-War with France, the Tripolitan, and the War of 1812. It was on June 1, 1813, that the Chesapeake engaged in her last battle, against the British frigate Shannon near the port of Boston. Mortally wounded, Captain James Lawrence of the Chesapeake issued his last command -- "Don't give up the ship!" -- a phrase that has inspired American sailors to the present day. The British hauled the ship back to Halifax and she was impressed for service into the Royal Navy. In 1820 the ship ran aground and her wood was used to build houses in Portsmouth and a mill in the village of Wickham, near Southampton, England.

While cruising our site, please read about the Battle of Great Bridge, a Revolutionary War battle which occurred in our city. Review our log book for a description of our community service projects and a list of our chapter officers. And don't forget to check out our schedule so you can get an idea of what activities we plan to do this year. If you are interested in joining the DAR, we are always looking for new crew members! Links to the National Society and the Virginia Society are included above for your convenience.

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Last Updated: 05/11/09

History of the USS Chesapeake summarized from The Chesapeake, a Biography of a Ship, by Charles B. Cross, Jr., Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, Virginia 1968.

U.S. Naval Historical Center, U.S. Navy Art Collection,
USS Chesapeake, artist F. Muller, c. 1900

Graphics courtesy of the National War College Military Image Collection and

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