Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke was born just outside Ipswich in Suffolk and lived at Broke Hall, Nacton. During the war against America that started in 1812 he commanded the Shannon. Broke introduced training for his crew especially gunnery, and this was one of the factors that led to a decisive victory.

Facing the US Chesapeake a heavily armoured frigate with a larger crew, the Shannon captured it in 15 minutes. This victory caused a sensation in both of the conflicting countries. Broke was feted and presented with many honours. One of which, this cup, was presented to him by the Free and Easy Club of Ipswich.

Broke was promoted to Rear Admiral. However, due to a severe head wound received during the battle, he retired to his home at Broke Hall.

The Broke Cup is on display in the Ipswich Museum, High Street.

Broke Cup

Broke Cup

Broke Cup detail

Broke Cup detail

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