Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 8, August

Andrew Foote: Civil War Admiral on Western Waters
ANDREW FOOTE: CIVIL WAR ADMIRAL ON WESTERN WATERS By Spencer C: Tucker 296 ppgs, illustrated/maps, hrdbk. ISBN 1-55750-820-8 -- $34.95;. US Naval Institute Press 1-800-233-8764. Just when one begins to wonder what more can be possibly written about America's...
Augustin Fresnel and the Lens That Saved a Thousand Ships
A French mathematician's innovative development of a powerful compound lens gave lighthouses the brilliant light beams which established their value as aids to navigation. As often happens in science, the man whose name became legion in lighthouse illumination...
Bronx, New York
The Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler is a gem that should not be overlooked if your vacation takes you to New York City. The Museum was established in 1986 and is located on the campus of the New York Maritime College, according to Capt. Allan...
Calm Seas, Rough Times: The War Log of a Fleet Tug Sailor
Participating in the invasion of Southern France, the USS MORENO (ATF-87) gets a close-up look at the Navy's last major invasion of the European War. PART I CONCLUSION SYNOPSIS OF THE FOREGOING THREE EPISODES This rare personal wartime diary of New Englander...
Cold War at Sea: An Illustrated History
COLD WAR, AT SEA: An Illustrated History By Kit and Carolyn Bonner 160 pegs, pbk, 200 photos; ISBN7603-0732-6 - $24.95; MBI /Zenith Books Oceola, Wisconsin. To order: 1-800-826-6600. Kit Bonner's nimble talents are well known to Sea Classics readers...
Greenwich/London, England
The National Maritime Museum launched its first electronic maritime journal for maritime research. The event occurred in April as part of a three-day international conference at the Museum. The Journal for Maritime Research (JMR) is available on-line...
Hitler's Death Ships
Attempting to flee the advancing Russians, the German merchant marine and navy evacuated two and a half million people from East Prussia, Lithuania and Latvia in the greatest sea lift in history. Tragically, more than 20,000 perished aboard the three...
Koga's Last Stand
With the U. S. Navy's massive eleven-carer Task Force 58 bearing down on the Japanese stronghold at Palau Imperial Fleet Admiral Mineichi Koga had only one decision to make: Stand and fight with his beleagured warships, or make a run for the safe waters...
Loose Lips Sanks Ships: Wartime Censorship in the United States
"LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS" wartime posters admonished in every coastal city: THE ENEMY IS LISTENING! And indeed they were. During World War II networks of Axis sympathizers, saboteurs and spies sought to discover all they could about Allied strength, military...
Sea Mail
Dear Sirs, I thought you may like to know that my great uncle, Capt. Francis Marion Falge, USN, was recently laid to rest with his shipmates aboard the ARIZONA. Captain Falge was 96 when he passed away at Carmel, California, late in January. Up until...
Sindia: The Wreck That Became a Famed Attraction
Some ships gain notoriety for their exploits during their lifetime, and some. . .like the SINDIA. . . gain immortality by virtue of an unkind fate. Some ships seem destined to gain notoriety without having attained any spectacular accomplishment at sea....
The Submarine That Stood on Her Bow
To some extent, duty aboard a submarine has always been dangerous. This was particularly true during early years of the vessel's development, when escape mechanisms for the crew of a sunken boat were nearly nonexistent. Probably no submarine has since...
The Taking of Wolmi-Do
Like a mini-Gibraltar, the heavily fortified islands of Wolmi-do guarding the entrance to Inchon had to be silenced before MacArthur's amphibious troops could mount their perilous invasion. And no finer sacrificial lambs could lure the fire of the North...