Today's picture is of the Hartford, which was Admiral David Farragut's flagship in the Civil War. Farragut was one of the most distinguished naval officers in the Civil War. During the Battle of Mobile Bay, he was leading union ships into confederate waters, which were heavily mined. The crew was becoming timid because of all the mines (called torpedoes at this time). He then issued his famous command, "Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead".
I am sure you read Nate's insolence in yesterday's comment. I am thinking about throwing down the gantlet on him. Since dueling is no longer practiced, I will have to think of a suitable challenge before throwing it down. I will no longer tolerate his insolence, and his constant attempts to undermine my authority on this blog. I considered issuing a one day picture embargo, but felt that would be unfair to everyone else. Rest assured, this week I will device a suitable challenge and end this insanity once and for all.