Archive for January, 2013

Jan 22

The Wilkes Exploring Expedition Discovers the Antarctic Coast in January 1840

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:05 PM

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 “The Wilkes Exploring Expedition: Its Progress Through Half a Century” was originally published in the September/October 1914 issue of Proceedings magazine by Louis N. Feipel: The important expedition known as the Wilkes, or South Sea, Exploring Expedition, fitted out in 1838 by national munificence, was the first that ever left our shores, and the first to be com­manded by an officer of the United States Navy. But although organized on a most stupendous scale, and shrouded in a most in­teresting history, this expedition is to-day comparatively unknown.  

 
Jan 22

January 23, 1968: USS Pueblo Seized by North Korean Forces in the Sea of Japan

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 1:00 AM

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Following the seizure of the USS Pueblo, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN, Chief of Naval Operations and President of the Naval Institute, gave these remarks in an address to the American Bar Foundation on January 25, 1969. This address was published in the March 1969 issue of Proceedings magazine. “You, as lawyers, will understand why I, as Chief of Naval Operations, and thus in the reviewing chain of command, cannot make comments on the substantive aspects of testimony given during the Inquiry. I will be ready to do this at the appropriate time. I can, however, put the nature of… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jan 18

Peary at the North pole

Friday, January 18, 2013 12:29 PM

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 July 19, 1909 After reaching the North Pole, Robert E. Peary began his return south on the steamer Roosevelt. “His journey north and his dynamic activity in the 30 hours spent near the pole form a tour de force with few if any parallels in the annals of exploration.” The April 1959 issue of Proceedings included an article by Hugh C. Mitchell which described the public controversy over Peary’s success and emphasized the importance of his detailed observations in validating the recognition he received for reaching the North pole: On September 5, 1909, the steamer Roosevelt reached Indian Harbor in Labrador, and… Read the rest of this entry »