Breton Fisherman's Prayer Plaque (MO 63.4861)

Breton Fisherman's Prayer Plaque

Medium: Wood, bronze, brass

Dimensions: 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 2 inches

Bronze plaque on wedge shaped wood block with raised lettering that reads 'Oh God thy sea is so great and my boat is so small'.  This Old Breton prayer was given to new submarine captains by Admiral Hyman Rickover who gave this plaque to the President. President Kennedy favored this quote and used in his remarks at the dedication of the East Coast Memorial to the Missing at Sea, May 23, 1963.  He kept the plaque on his desk in the Oval Office.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA; accession number MO 63.4861

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum