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Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!


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Wiki says nobody is sure what he actually said:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_the_torpedoes,_full_speed_ahead#Damn_the_torpedoes

 

"Most popular accounts of the battle relate that when Brooklyn slowed when Tecumseh crossed her path, Farragut asked why she was not moving ahead. When the reply came back that torpedoes were in her path, he is said to have said, "Damn the torpedoes." The story did not appear in print until several years later, and some historians ask whether it happened at all.[51] Some forms of the story are highly unlikely; the most widespread is that he shouted to Brooklyn, "Damn the torpedoes! Go ahead!" Men present at the battle doubted that any such verbal communication could be heard above the din of the guns. More likely, if it happened, is that he said to the captain of Hartford, "Damn the torpedoes. Four bells,[52] Captain Drayton." Then he shouted to the commander of Metacomet, lashed to Hartford's side, "Go ahead, Jouett, full speed." The words have been altered in time to the more familiar, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"[53]"

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> {quote:title=finance wrote:

> }{quote}Seriously, I think it's got to be a mistake (actually mistakes---Coburn said "steam" at least 3 or 4 times) that Stevens never caught.

Maybe it was deliberate so that while everyone was focusing on "steam" or "speed" nobody would notice that they were slipping the word "damn" into the dialogue so many times!

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