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Aug 12

First Navy Ship Transits Suez Canal, 11-12 August 1870

Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:25 AM


The former 4th rate iron screw tug Palos was converted to a gunboat and commissioned on 11 June 1870, Lieutenant C. H. Rockwell in command. Departing Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 June for the Asiatic Station, Palos steamed across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, becoming the first American warship to transit the Suez Canal on 11–12 August. For the next 22 years the gunboat had an eventful career operating on the China and Japan coasts and inland waters protecting American interests. In May 1871 the warship was operating off Korea as part of the Asiatic Squadron under Rear Admiral John… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

What’s in a Name: The Missouri Lineage

Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:01 AM


The first Missouri, a wooden-hulled sidewheel steam-frigate, was commissioned in early 1842. In the summer of 1843 she departed the United States, under the command of Captain John Taylor Newton, to convey a diplomat to Alexandria, Egypt. On the evening of 26 August, as Missouri lay in the harbor of Gibraltar, the accidental breakage of a demijohn of turpentine started a fire when the liquid fell upon a lighted lamp. Capt. Newton, paying the customary call on the governor of the crown colony, returned to Missouri when he learned of the fire. Some of Missouri’s crew had rigged the pumps… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

Remembering the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

Friday, July 30, 2010 10:51 AM


On 30 July 1945, while sailing from Guam to Leyte, Indianapolis was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58. The ship capsized and sank in twelve minutes. Survivors were spotted by a patrol aircraft on 2 August. All air and surface units capable of rescue operations were dispatched to the scene at once, and the surrounding waters were thoroughly searched for survivors. Upon completion of the day and night search on 8 August, 316 men were rescued out of the crew of 1,199. RIP Shipmates. You Stand Relieved. We have the watch. The USS Indianapolis National Memorial is a must see for… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

After 65 years, Shipyard Worker Reunites with USS Orleck (DD-886)

Friday, July 30, 2010 12:01 AM


Brandon Richards of KPLC 7 in Lake Charles, Louisiana reports: It’s been sixty-five years since J.T. Platt last boarded the USS Orleck. “I was one of the grunts. I did what I was told,” said Platt, who worked at Consolidated Steel Corporation, the group that built the Orleck starting in 1944. Platt worked at the company in Orange, Texas from 1944 to 1945. He left Consolidated Steel two months after the Orleck was commissioned. Platt was part of the original group from Consolidated Steel, responsible for making sure all of the equipment on board the Orleck was in working order…. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

USS Edson (DD-946) Update

Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:01 AM


 Our nation’s fleet of historic ships grows by one! Tim Younkman of the Bay City Times writes, “The battle continues to bring the Vietnam-era destroyer USS Edson to the Bay City riverfront. Volunteers and maritime enthusiasts have worked for 13 years to secure a 20th century combat ship as a Bay City attraction. Their efforts paid off when the U.S. Navy granted ownership of the 56-year-old Edson, now in mothballs, to the Saginaw Valley Navel Ship Museum.” Full article here. For more about the namesake of the USS Edson, click here. микрозаймы и займы онлайн без отказа emergency Loan Online… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

USS Gravely DDG-107 Update

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:01 AM


According to Navy News Service, “The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Gravely from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding during a ceremony July 26 in Pascagoula, Miss. Designated DDG 107, Gravely is the 57th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.”  Moreover, according to Navy News Service, “The new destroyer honors the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African American commissioned as an officer from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Course. He was the first African American to command a warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler); to command a major warship (USS Jouett); to achieve flag rank and eventually… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 13

Aircraft Carrier Ranger Might Become Museum Ship On Oregon River

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:46 PM


FOX 12 News in Oregon is reporting, “A giant aircraft carrier may soon find a permanent home on the Columbia River. Chinook Landing Marine Park, located near Fairview, is the desired site for the U.S.S. Ranger, a retired supercarrier.” Full story here. Images from our photo archives as well as a brief history of the USS Ranger (CV-61) can be found here. заём online-payday-loans-in-america easy payday loans online get payday loan online payday loans online same day deposit top rated online payday loan emergency payday loans займ через contactчастный займ… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Nurse Recalls 1945 Kamikaze Attack on the Navy Hospital Ship Comfort

Saturday, July 10, 2010 12:01 AM


Frank X. Mullen, Jr. of the Reno Gazette Journal writes, “Sixty-five years ago, Reno resident Doris Gardner Howard survived a suicide bomber attack on her hospital ship, the USS Comfort, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. On Thursday, Howard, now 90, was the honored guest of the USNS Comfort in Baltimore Harbor. The vessel, the third American hospital ship to bear the name, is the descendant of the World War II Comfort, which survived the kamikaze plane attack. Howard, a former nurse and U.S. Army lieutenant, was invited to Baltimore for the ship’s change-of-command ceremony and to tour a floating… Read the rest of this entry »

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