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A well-known saying attributed to Commodore Josiah Tattnall of the US Navy, when justifying his intervention in the British land attack on the Peiho forts in June 1859 during the Second Opium War (1856–60). With his ship, the Toeywan, he towed to safety from the shore British boats filled with the survivors of the attack, and is credited with using this expression in conversation with the British commander-in-chief, Sir James Hope, the following day.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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