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Cruising Mobile Bay, Alabama, 2012

As our ship cruised towards Mobile, this placid seascape expressed a sense of calm. The bands of overheads clouds place their shadows upon the placid waters of Mobile Bay, revealing only a distant refinery on the horizon. Yet all of us were made well aware of the fierce Civil War battle that raged upon this very spot in August, 1864. It was here that a Federal fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David Farragut fought and destroyed a Confederate fleet and gained control of the last important port of the Confederacy. The battle was marked by Farragut’s bold dash through a minefield that had just destroyed one of his ships. The mines were called “torpedoes” at the time, and according to legend, Farragut uttered the famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” That story did not appear in print until several years later, and some historians doubt if it ever happened, but it remains a fixture in US Naval lore.

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Phil Douglis03-Jan-2013 21:08
I kept thinking the same thing as we cruised the waters of Mobile Bay. I guess we could say the same thing about the now silent waters around Midway Island in the Pacific, Manila Bay in the Philippines, Trafalgar off the Coast of Spain, Jutland, in the North Sea, or even Actium in the Med. All of these great naval battles shaped history, as did the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)03-Jan-2013 19:36
The layers of serenity in this image provide a stark contrast to the history of violence that took place here.
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