“The Chesapeake and the Shannon (III)”


Captain Broke of H.M.S. Shannon challenges Captain Lawrence of U.S.S. Chesapeake to battle. The Chesapeake comes out to meet the enemy; within minutes the two ships are locked together (and the British are boarding the American vessel)


For the background on the Chesapeake/Shannon fight, see the notes on "The Chesapeake and the Shannon (I)" [Laws J20]. - RBW

Historical references

  • June 1,1 813 - Battle between the Chesapeake and the Shannon


  • Bodleian, Harding B 25(144), "Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeak" ("On board the Shannon frigate, in the fine month of May"), T. Batchelar (London), 1817-1828 ; also Harding B 11(3541), "X"; Harding B 25(1758), Harding B 11(3476), "The Shannon and Chesapeak"; Firth c.12(50), Firth c.12(51), Harding B 11(1046), "Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeake"; Harding B 11(190), Harding B 15(82b), Johnson Ballads 183, "Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeak"


  1. Laws J22, "The Chesapeake and the Shannon III"
  2. Mackenzie 80, "The Chesapeake and the Shannon" (1 text)
  3. DT 552, CHESSHA2
  4. ADDITIONAL: C. H. Firth, _Publications of the Navy Records Society_ , 1907 (available on Google Books), p. 312, "Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeak" (1 text)
  5. Roud #963
  6. BI, LJ22


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1829 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(144))
Keywords: war ship battle
Found in: Canada(Mar)