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October 03, 2003

Chesapeake Mill

Early in morning of the first of June 1813 the United States frigate CHESAPEAKE left her moorings in President Roads, Boston, Mass. and sailed on a cruise. At a quarter to six that same evening she commenced an action with the British frigate SHANNON, which had been watching the port. The American commander, Captain James Lawrence, was mortally wounded and his ship surrendered to a British boarding party after a great loss of life.

A campaign has been launched to save an English mill built from the timbers of an United States warship.

The Chesapeake Mill in Wickham, Hampshire, is made from the timbers of the frigate USS Chesapeake which was captured by HMS Shannon in 1813 when the United States and Britain were last at war. The war began in 1812 when the US objected to the Royal Navy stopping and searching its ships for contraband that could be making its way to Britainís enemies in Europe.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 3, 2003 08:28 AM


Hi my name is ben potter, my grandfather, John bruce Tappenden. Was the last miller to operate the Chesapeake Mill at Wickham. I am currently writting a dissertation on "innovative uses of reclaimed and recycled materials in Architecture" in which I am focusing on the mill. I have recently been inside the mill and have taken around 30 photographs of its interior. Would any one be interested in seeing some recent pictures of the Chesapeakes timbers?

Posted by: ben potter at April 8, 2004 07:47 AM