Last Saturday was another sail training day, and despite snow and icy roads, so many people showed up that we (once again!) needed to move into the woodshop for morning muster. The highlight of the day came just after coffee break, when Captain Rybka gave a talk on the battle of Lake Erie; he presented a brief history of the battle itself and the events leading up to it, focusing on Perry’s luck and his leadership qualities.
My favorite moment, though, was when he suggested that our motto really shouldn’t be ‘Don’t Give up the Ship.’ Perry did give up the ship: his only hope of winning the battle was to leave the badly-battered Lawrence and take command of Niagara. Instead, Captain Rybka said, the motto should just be ‘Don’t Give Up.’ It’s a very reasonable point. . .but I don’t think we’re going to stop flying our DGUTS flag anytime soon.