IN THE WILD! Clement XIV joins the Navy!

My friend Fr. Johnson, USN, sent me a photo of his newly acquired Papa Ganganelli (aka Clement XIV Of Glorious Memory) coffee mug.

Here it is, strategically situated in Father’s stateroom aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD3).


Fr. Johnson regularly celebrates the TLM while deployed with Marines, in port, or at sea.

Thanks Shipmate!

Everyone: I very much enjoy seeing your In The Wild shots.

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… and you could have your very own Papa Ganganelli mug!

Impress your friends!  Annoy liberals!  Make Jesuits sweat!


Did you know that the great impressionist painter Manet painted USS KEARSARGE?

No, not this one…


This one… the predecessor from the time of the Civil War.


During the Civil War, USS Kearsarge sank the Confederate Alabama near the coast of France.  It was widely covered by the French press.  Manet painted the scene twice.  This painting is in the Met in New York.  The other is in Philadelphia. Manet visited the ship at anchor near Boulogne.

If you want to know more about Manet and the Impressionists, I warmly recommend Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism.


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  1. Fr. Lovell says:

    If I am not mistaken, Theodore Roosevelt’s Uncle was the captain of the Alabama.

  2. WVC says:

    The Captain of the CSS ALABAMA, Raphael Semmes, was one of several prominent Catholic officers in the Confederate forces. It’s been said that the story of Semmes is the story of the Confederacy at Sea, and he really was a remarkable seaman and maritime strategist. As a raider, he was the picture of civility. He never allowed his crew to steal or destroy the private property of any of the ships he raided, and he treated all prisoners with decorum and respect. By all appearances he was a devout Catholic, and actually attended Mass just before heading out to do battle with the KEARSARGE. The French were actually very pro-Confederate, and as the ALABAMA sailed past Manet the nearby French passenger ship, the NAPOLEON, cheered her and the band played “Dixie.” The KEARSARGE was heavier, better armed, had a larger crew, and was reinforced with iron plating, but even so it was a bitter fight that almost went the ALABAMA’s way save for one critical blow hitting the KEARSARGE directly in the stern but not detonating due to either faulty powder or fuse.

    Never heard that Semmes was related to Roosevelt, and I’m not able to confirm that through any of the sources I’m familiar with. Do you have a source, Fr. Lovell? I’d be very curious to know. Teddy Roosevelt was known to have been very sympathetic with the Confederate soldiers and sailors.

  3. Fr. Lovell says:

    I am mistaken. One Uncle, James Bulloch, procured the funds and oversaw the ship being built in England. Another Uncle, Irvine Bulloch served on board.

  4. John Grammaticus says:

    I just want to know what ‘Lucky Jack’ or Stephen would make of these mugs.

    [Captain Aubrey was a famous coffee drinker. He would very much appreciate especially the large format coffee mugs.]

  5. WVC says:

    Thank you for the linke, Fr. Lovell! An excellent read, and in the New York Times, no less!

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    Great photos and paintings. TLM at sea? Magnificent. Fr. Johnson: Fair winds and following seas.

    Speaking of paintings, the Naval Institute had an Artist-in-Residence, Tom Freeman (former Marine reservist and Army) until his death. He painted quite a collection. There is, for example, “China Lights,” the USS Constitution leaving Macao during her 1840s world cruise. I don’t recall the painting’s name, Freeman also painted the USS Houston battling alone at night a large Japanese naval task force in the Far East during early 1942. The night sky is absent moon and stars, rather, it is illuminated by star shells and searchlights. Powerful.

    Fr. Z, thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve been interested in the 19th century since reading Paul Johnson’s magisterial “Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830.”

  7. Andy Lucy says:

    When the Alabama’s keel was laid
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    Twas laid in the yard of Jonathan Laird
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    Twas laid in the yard of Jonathan Laird
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    Twas laid in the town of Birkenhead
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    Down the Mersey way she rolled then
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    Liverpool fitted her with guns and men
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    From the Western Isle she sailed forth
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    To destroy the commerce of the North
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    To Cherbourg port she sailed one day
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    To take her count of prize money
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    Many a sailor lad he met his doom
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    When the Kearsarge it hove in view
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    Til a ball from the forward pivot that day
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    Shot the Alabama’s stern away
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    Off the three mile limit in sixty-five*
    Roll, Alabama, Roll
    The Alabama went to her grave
    O Roll, Alabama, Roll

    [Well done. Thanks for that.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

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