One of the worst naval disasters suffered by the United States in the war was the loss of the Chesapeake to the Shannon (after the dying words of Captain James Lawrence: “Don’ give up the ship”). Three months after this defeat, on September 10, 1813, at Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie, Master Commandant O.H. Perry hoisted a special flag from the mainmast of his flagship, the Lawrence. On a blue field was lettered in white the dead captain’s order, “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” When the Lawrence was lost in the battle, Perry transferred his flag to the Niagara and from this vessel directed the decisive victory over the British fleet. His unique battle flag is now preserved in the Naval Academy Museum.