Admiral David G. Farragut, circa 1863. Mathew Brady Collection. Farragut was the first man in US naval history to be a rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral. He is also noted for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, usually paraphrased: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
WWII Enigma Cipher Machine. This highly important three-rotor Enigma deciphering machine was used by the Nazis during World War II. It is believed that acquisition of an Enigma, and the subsequent deciphering of the German codes by the Allies, shortened the war in Europe by at least two years. Examples of Enigma machines are exceptionally rare and almost all known models are in museums.
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Ian Porter introduces you to Historic Greenwich. There is naval history, with buildings such as the Old Royal Naval College. There are lovely views of the whole of London. There are the Prime Meridian and the Royal Observatory. And there is plenty of Tudor history - Greenwich was a favourite residence of both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Join Ian for a walk around the whole district, from 11 am to 1 pm on the following Friday.
John Paul Jones was a Scottish sailor and the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. On September 23, 1779, Jones fought one of the bloodiest engagements in naval history. Jones struggled with the 44-gun Royal Navy frigate Serapis, and although his own vessel was burning and sinking, Jones would not accept the British demand for surrender, replying, “I have not yet begun to fight.” More than three hours later, Serapis surrendered.
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[Courtesy Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston]