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Local brewer to give presentation on wreck of the USS Revenge

Stonington - The La Grua Center in the borough will sponsor a presentation at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, by the local man who has discovered the 204-year-old wreck of the USS Revenge off Watch Hill. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Seating is limited.

Charlie Buffum of Cottrell Brewing will discuss his six-year effort to find the 14-gun schooner that was captained by U.S. Navy Lt. Oliver Hazard Perry, when it hit a reef on a foggy winter night in 1811 while surveying southern New England harbors, including New London. Buffum announced his discovery of the wreck in 2011 and went on to brew a beer named Perry's Revenge Ale.

Perry is known for two phrases from the War of 1812. Aboard Perry's ship, the USS Lawrence in Lake Erie, was a battle flag bearing the now-famous saying, "Don't give up the ship." The battle is seen as a turning point in the war and helped change the course of U.S. history. In his post-battle report to his superiors, Perry wrote another saying that is now famous: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

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