Sea Classics

Magazine features stories and first-hand accounts of the world’s major sea battles of all eras.

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 11, November

BARGAIN BASEMENT WORKHORSE: The Amazing Career of PERRY-CLASS FRIGATES
Though maligned and criticized, these reliable jack-of-all-trades have faithfully served the Navy for well over a quarter-centuryBuilt as a low-cost antidote to the Soviet sub threat against slower, lower priority sub targets (cargo, tankers, underway...
COLD WaR WaRRIORS GOT CHILLY RECEPTION IN ARCTIC
While testing towed sonar array in the Arctic and looking for Soviet submarines, youthful sailors quickly learned the many dangers of sub-zero operations - BY EDWARD LUNDQUISTBuilt as one of two Bronstein-class frigates ordered in 1960, the 2360-ton...
Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CIVIL WAR SHIPWRECKS By W. Craig Gaines 232 Pages, Illustrated maps & photos. 8-in x 10.25-in, Hardback SBN: 978-0-8071-3274-6 - $35.95. Louisiana State University Press Baton Rouge, LA. 70808; www.lsu.edu/lsupressHere's a book Civil...
ENEMIES AT WAR Comrades All in Death
A former Naval chaplain recounts the memorable experience of presiding over the burial at sea of a German U-boat captain who died following surgery aboard the escort carrier USS Card (CVE-11) after escaping from the depth charge-battered submarine U-233EDITOR'S...
Gallant Last Cruise of the RAIDER EMDEN
Left to fendfor herself on the broad Pacific when Von Spec's Far Eastern Squadron sought the shelter of South American ports, the lone cruiser Emden - proud swan of the east - became a deadly bird of prey that sank more than 70,000-tons of Allied shipping...
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET NAVY: How the American Revolution Went to Sea
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET NAVY: How the American Revolution Went to Sea By James L. Nelson 364 Pages, Illustrated, 7-in x 9-in, Hardback. ISBN: 0-07-149389-1-978 $26.95. McGraw Hill, (212) 904-5567; www.mcgraw-hill.com.First gaining literary prominence...
Intel File
Latest Naval & Maritime Happenings Around the WorldDISMAL ENDING OF USS JOHN RODGERSThe USS John Rogers (DD-574) was commissioned into the United States Navy on 9 February 1943, and was built by the Consolidated Shipyard in Orange, Texas. Consolidated...
Lake Champlain Happenings
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum announced in June plans to build its Small Watercraft Center which is to be dedicated to the exhibition, interpretation, and study of the Museum's collection of over 90 historic watercraft built or used on Lake Champlain,...
Sea Mail
HAMILTONJoseph T. Ponti has contributed a number of stories about the US Coast Guard over the years to Sea Classics magazine. His latest, "Weathermen at Sea in Peace and War" (September 2008, Vol. 41 /No. 9), was well-written and very informative about...
Tales from the A/a Cruiser Oakland's Forward Fireroom
To the men of the "Black Gang" the engineers who manned the propulsion machinery and boilers deep below the waterline - the thunder of guns held a special terror for they alone the most the vulnerable - those most isolated from the fury of any battleTruk...
The Fascinating Forgotten Wrecks of New York Harbor
The backwaters of greater New York City abound with an amazing little-known array of wrecked and abandoned vesselsOnco the epicenter of shipping on the East Coast, New York City's rich nautical heritage is rapidly evaporating. The shipyards and cargo...
THE TANKERS: From A to Z
THE TANKERS: From A to Z By Capt. Walter Jaffee 518 Pages, folly illustrated 300 photos 8.5-in x 11.25in, Hardback ISBN: 978-1-889901-43-5. -The Glencannon Press P.O. Box 341 Palo Alto, CA. 94302 Call toll free 800711-8985 for the price.Here is one of...
TORPEDO JUNCTION the Cruelest Sea
Beneath the galaxies of the Southern Cross lay a remote, littletraveled corner of the South Atlantic that during WWII suddenly became a lethal crossroad for German submarines and hapless Allied merchantmenIn the histories of World War II the term "Battle...
Whale Ho!
The forgotten saga of whaling and whale shipsA WHALE OF A TALEAt the end of May 2007, a 50-ton bowhead whale was killed by Alaskan Inuit as part of their traditional subsistence whale hunt. Upon cutting into the whale, the Inuit made a startling discovery...