Murphy the Pig
Admiral David Farragut— utterer of “Damn the Torpedoes” and famed first Commandant of Mare Island—began his career as a midshipman at the ripe age of nine. During the War of 1812, he was taken prisoner when the USS Essex was crippled by two British warships. Maritime law called for prisoners to retain their personal possessions, but a British midshipman had claimed Farragut’s pet pig “Murphy” as a spoil of war. Young Farragut protested. The British—always up for sport—called for a “midshipmen fist-fight” to settle the dispute. Farragut made short work of the British midshipman and his beloved Murphy was saved.
the history behind the name
Young midshipman Farragut was taken prisoner in the War of 1812. When a British midshipman tried to take his beloved pet pig, Murphy, Farragut agreed to settle the dispute with fisticuffs.