Archive for the 'Ships' Category

Dec 6

Readiness and Care of Vessels in Inactive Status

Monday, December 6, 2010 1:10 PM


After victory in World War II, the United States Navy initiated a complex process to migrate portions of its massive armada into inactive status. This 1945 documentary explains the proper methodology for preparing a warship for the Reserve Fleet. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-20.

Oct 15

America’s Naval Technological Surprise in the War of 1812

Friday, October 15, 2010 12:13 PM


The original six frigates of the US Navy were ahead of their time in design. Though ships have changed dramatically, we still hearken to the days of USS CONSTITUTION and her five sister ships before we were a major naval power. It wasn’t possible for our fledgling nation to build a fleet which could surpass the Royal Navy’s ships of the line. So a design was required which could both outfight anything it couldn’t out sail, and out sail anything it couldn’t outfight. A Philadelphia ship designer by the name of Joshua Humphries was hired to design the new ships…. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 15

Update from the Field: Advanced Technology Combs North Sea for Bonhomme Richard!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:07 PM


 NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch Head, Dr. Robert Neyland, reports from USNS Henson that the survey for Bonhomme Richard is going smoothly. Dr. Neyland, along with partners from Ocean Technology Foundation, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Naval Oceanographic Office, Office of Naval Research, and U.S. Naval Academy, is on schedule and has already completed about 45% of the survey using a towed side scan sonar and two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) is utilizing an Office of Naval Research Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (ONR AUV) to help the researchers interpret likely shipwreck targets through the gathering of… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

The Loss of USS Cochino (SS-345)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:00 PM


On the morning of 25 August 1949, during a training cruise north of the Arctic Circle, the submarine Cochino (SS-345), in company with Tusk (SS-426), attempted to submerge to snorkel depth in the Barents Sea, but the crashing waves played havoc with these efforts. At 1048, a muffled thud rocked Cochino and news of a fire in the after battery compartment quickly passed through the boat. A second explosion soon followed and CDR Rafael Benitez, the commanding officer, ordered all of the crew not on watch or fighting fires topside. During this orderly evacuation, however, Seaman J. E. Morgan fell… Read the rest of this entry »

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 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.

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 »

Jul 9

USS Constitution Underway on the 4th of July

Friday, July 9, 2010 11:21 AM


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