Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 7, July

Climb Mount Niitaka!: The Japanese Fleet That Struck Pearl Harbor
Renown for the stealth with which it daringly approached Pearl Harbor; the Imperial Japanese Navy strike armada, which brought the United States into the Pacific War on 7 December 1941, paid dearly for its treachery. That long ago `Day of Infamy' on...
Navy Shipbuilder to Build First Cruise Ships in U.S. since 1958
A long-time Navy shipbuilder, Ingalls Shipbuilding (a division of Litton Industries) will build two cruise ships, the first large passenger ships built in this country since 1958. The contract with American Classic Voyages Co. of Chicago has a potential...
Sea Mail
Dear Mr. Schnepf: I would like to congratulate you for publishing in the February issue Owen Gault's fine article entitled "Warriors In Waiting." His excellent summaries of the three ships' histories, accompanied by Robin Hartford's wonderful photographs,...
The Fleet That Lived to Fight Another Day
Outgunned and outnumbered by the rampaging force of Japan's Imperial Navy, the remnants of America's battered and bruised Asiatic Fleet was never outfought. December 1941: The Japs bomb Cavite Navy Yard in Manila Bay. They demolish it, and the 1500 workers...
The Ghost of Needle Cove
OCTOBER 7,1936, SAN FRANCISCO BAY'S GOLDEN GATE. HEAVY FOG AND A STORMY SEA. ABOARD THE 5153-TON FREIGHTER, OHIOAN, OUT OF SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA, BOUND FOR SAN FRANCISCO. "Rocks! Starboard side!" The Quartermaster's eyes spun to the right. The freighter...
The Travels of LST-481
Life aboard a slow, ponderous Landing Ship Tank was anything but glamorous in the wartime Navy. Yet, this largest of all beaching vessels played a vital role in every Allied invasion. In much modified modern form they today remain the reserve backbone...
The U-Boat That Got Away
With Germany's surrender all the U-boats at sea were ordered to surface and give themselves up. Most complied with the order except for U-977. The submarine's brazen Kapitan and crew decided to make a dash for freedom - an escape that would become one...
USS Blakeley (DD-150): Two Ships Became One- A Triumph of Engineering
With her bow blown off by a U-boat torpedo, in less crucial times the four-stack destroyer BLAKELEY would have been scrapped. But in 1942 the critical shortage of warships forced the United States Navy to utilize any ship that could be salvaged. In BLAKELEY's...
Washington (NWSA)
Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer MAHAN (DDG-72) was commissioned 14 February in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Jennie Lou Arthur, wife of former Vice Chief of Naval Operations, retired Adm. Stanley R. Arthur, is the ship's sponsor. MAHAN will operate with aircraft...
When Air Mail Was Shot from Ships: The Glory Days
In the early 1930s, even though Zeppelin service had reduced the time of passages to South America as well as to North America, there was still no plane capable of flying that stretch of the Atlantic that seemed to be most readily conquered: The 1800...
Yorktown
World War Two carrier YORKTOWN was discovered recently 16,650 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean by researchers on board US Navy research ship LANEY CHOUEST. The expedition to find the YORKTOWN was sponsored by National Geographic and the Institute...