(born July 9, 1887, Boston, Mass., U.S.—died May 15, 1976, Boston) U.S. biographer and historian. He taught at Harvard University for 40 years. To give authenticity to his writings on maritime history, he undertook numerous voyages and during wartime served on 12 ships as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. His works include Admiral of the Ocean Sea (1942, Pulitzer Prize), on Christopher Columbus; John Paul Jones (1959, Pulitzer Prize); the monumental History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, 15 vol. (1947–62); and The Oxford History of the American People (1965).
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USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), the seventh Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was named for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976), one of America's most distinguished naval historians, who wrote more than 40 books on naval history.
On 11 April 2002, Samuel Eliot Morison was decommissioned and transferred to Turkey, where she was renamed TCG Gökova (F 496) and joined the other G class frigates (Perry class) that the Turkish Navy has acquired from the United States.
Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13) was the first ship of that name in the US Navy.