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May 3

Shipwreck Discovery

Thursday, May 3, 2018 12:01 AM


In the latest issue of Naval History, we featured in “Naval History News” the discovery of the USS Juneau (CL-52) and USS Lexington (CL-2) by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul Allen and his team in March of 2018. Below are additional photos and videos we could not include courtesy of Paul Allen. Please enjoy!   взять займ онлайн online-payday-loans-in-america online payday loans no credit check payday loans online same day no credit check no credit check payday loans how to get fast payday loan online get payday loans and cash advances online… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Today in Submarine History

Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:01 AM


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we remember the Irish-born John Phillip Holland and the Holland IV. 1898: John P. Holland’s submarine, Holland IV, performs the first successful diving and surfacing tests off Staten Island, New York. Read more about Holland and his submarines here.   Another anniversary, 1959: USS Skate (SSN-578) becomes the first submarine to surface at the North Pole, traveling 3,000 miles in and under Arctic ice for more than a month. Read more about the USS Skate here. микрозаймы Online Cash Advance Loan online payday loans no credit check best payday loan 3 month… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 2


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:20 PM


My dad wanted to be a Frogman when he grew up. Seeing how I thought his ambition growing up was to be Superman, I was puzzled. Then my dad explained. During the late 1950s and early ’60s, when I was 5 to 9 years old, there was a TV show called Sea Hunt, starring Lloyd Bridges. The main character was a scuba diver (and I think a former Navy frogman/member of an underwater demolition team (UDT)). Most of the action took place underwater.  It was one of my favorite shows. I liked it so much, I “played” Sea Hunt in… Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 29

The Hudson River Chain

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:27 PM


  We sometimes forget our parents were not born adults. They were children and teenagers first, who did silly things. When it comes to my dad, Tom Martin, the man who must follow the arrows in a parking lot, it is hard to imagine him pulling a prank, especially during his U.S. Coast Guard Academy years. Each year at the Coast Guard Academy, the fourth-class (freshman) cadets pull pranks the night before the first home football game. So during my dad’s fourth-class year in 1971, he and some classmates set their sights high. The Coast Guard Academy is home to… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Model Basins

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:01 AM


In an era of computers, it is hard to imagine research of any kind without them. How did the Navy develop new ships before computer simulations? The answer: through experiments done in a model basin. These facilities allow scientists to build mock-ups ships and aircraft and then put them through real-life conditions to determine how well they will survive. The Navy’s first model basin was the Experimental Model Basin (EMB), built on the Washington Navy Yard in 1899 and under the command of Naval Constructor David Watson Taylor. The basin was 14 feet deep, 42 feet wide, and 470 feet… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

Lighthouses of Maryland

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 12:01 AM


Lighthouses date back to antiquity, the most famous being the Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt, a tall angular building. With Age of Sail mariners needed additional help navigating coastlines, in the late 17th early 18th century the modern lighthouse era began, with many of the structures being the familiar circular towers. Given Maryland’s extensive shorelines—Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Atlantic Ocean—lighthouses were in high demand. The Bodkin Island Lighthouse on the southern side of the Patapsco River was the first lighthouse in Maryland constructed in 1822. Another lighthouse was built on the norther side in 1824 to help lead ships into Baltimore…. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Our Readers

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:01 AM


The best compliments are often the most unexpected. When a member or reader lets us know what we do here at USNI is valued it puts a smile on everyone’s face. Below is an email Mr. Keith Quilter sent us on 1 June 2016 that we loved so much we decided to share it. I have just finished watching the video at the end of the description of “Harnessing the Sky” the biography of Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell by his son and a grand-daughter. I was so completely fascinated by the presentation given by the co-authors and the memories I have… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 15

Lighthouses of Virginia

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:01 AM


Anyone who has grown up or vacationed on a coast has visited and climbed a lighthouse. As a child, my family toured one, where we discovered my fear of heights. The Naval Institute has a unique photo collection of lighthouses, organized by state. To share this collection with the public, we will begin with the lighthouses of Virginia. In 1792 John McCombe Jr. built the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse from stone. It is the oldest lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay, and served the area for nearly a century before it was deemed unsafe and a new lighthouse was commissioned. The structure… Read the rest of this entry »

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