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Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship

Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship
Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship
Title
Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship
Date 
1898
Medium 
Wood, cardboard, paper, lead
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 7/8 x 23 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. ( 4.8 x 59.1 x 41.3 cm )
Description 
"Game of War at Sea or Don't Give Up the Ship" board game with the board set into the base of the box and twenty painted lead battleships; the board represents the ocean and land from Halifax, Canada to Brazil with the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, Cuba and other landmarks indicated; the ocean is represented as light blue and blue checkerboard; cities are indicated by the flag of the country they belong to including New York (U.S. flag), Winnipeg (Canadian flag), Havana (Spanish flag); flap at the bottom of the board lifts to reveal a compartment to store the lead ships; cover of box with a lithographed image of a U.S. battleship at sea; box cover inscribed, "Game/ of/ WAR/ AT SEA/ OR/ 'DON'T/ GIVE UP/ THE SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK.'"
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.465
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "Game/ of/ WAR/ AT SEA/ OR/ 'DON'T/ GIVE UP/ THE SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK.'" printed: on the interior of the box cover: "/ Copyright 1898/ by McLOUGHLIN BROS./ THE GAME OF ..../ WAR AT SEA;/ or, "DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP!"/ FOR TWO OR FOUR PLAYERS/ IMPLEMENTS.-- A board representing the Sea from Brazil to Halfax; six white/ battleships and six white torpedo boats for one side, and six black battleships and six black/ torpedo boats for the other side./ THE OBJECT OF THE GAME is to see which fleet can sweep the sea clear/ of the other./ TO SET UP THE PIECES:--- White beggins by setting any one of his ships/ on any square of the board. Black does likewise; and so the alternate until all the/ ships are set up (In playing a second game, Black sets up the pieces first.)/ TO BEGIN:--- White moves one of his battleships one square in any direction, or/ one of his torpedo boats one square up and down, or straight across the board, counting/ from the square on which the bow stands. He may jump ang of his ships, in any direction/ it is entitled to move, over his own and the enemy's ships so far as there are successive openings,/ capturing all the eney's ships over which he is able to jump. Black then takes his turn,/ moving in the same way. Each party endeavors to arrange his fleet so as to lead up to a jump that will capture a ship or ships of the enemy."
Gallery Label 
The subtitle of this game quotes the famous words of War of 1812 hero Captain James Lawrence. War at Sea, whose object is to see which fleet could sweep the sea clear of the other, was inspired by the United States' naval victories in the Spanish-American War (1898). The tabloid papers covering the war, especially those of William Randolph Hearst, stirred up patriotic fervor with incendiary headlines and pictorial supplements, eagerly studied by young boys.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group