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HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake entering Halifax harbour, 1813

Caption: HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake entering Halifax harbour, 1813

The British frigate HMS Shannon is shown leading its prize, the American frigate USS Chesapeake into Halifax. The Chesapeake can be seen flying the British ensign over its American flag as a sign of surrender. The Shannon vs. Chesapeake engagement in June 1813 was one of a number of frigate duels fought during the War of 1812. Most were won by the excellent American vessels, but the overall effect of these spectacular battles on the course of the war was modest.