Why do we say "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!.

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Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!

Meaning:

We're not going to look at the risks, we're just going to do it!

Background:

This saying is attributed to David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870) - a Union Admiral during the American Civil War. In 1864, at the Battle of Mobile Bay, he refused to consider retreat, shouting his now famous phrase.

While commanding a fleet of fourteen wooden ships and four ironclads he ran through a minefield and past Confederate forts Gaines, Morgan and Powell, to defeat a Confederate flotilla, including the Confederate ironclad Tennessee, and take one of the South's last major ports.

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