Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 7, July

Admiral Raymond Spruance: Architect of Victory
Filling in for ailing 'Bull' Halsey, Admiral Ray Spruance took command of Task Force 16 Thanks to his skilled maneuvering of ENTERPRISE and HORNET, Spruance made history when he handed the Japanese a defeat at Midway that ultimately cost them the Pacific...
A Passage under Sail
A positioning cruise for the Coast Guard training barque EAGLE offered landlubbers and non-military personnel the opportunity to sail one of the world's finest tall ships. Usually, 1 sail in the Engine Room of Merchant Ships as Fireman/Watertender or...
Beside Me Still: A Memoir of Love and Loss in World War II
BESIDE ME STILL A Memoir of Love and Loss in World War H By Elizabeth R.P. Shaw 288 Ppgs, 23 pix, 8"x 10, Hardbound. ISBN 1-55750-986-7 - $34.95. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland 800-233-8764; www.Navallnstitute.org Though the emotions of World...
Day of Battle at Cardenas
In a running battle with the Spaniards to save a naval gunboat, a Coast Guard tugboat proved that it was the size of the fight not the size of the ship that spelled the difference between winner and loser. Commodore George Dewey's victory over the Spanish...
Decision at Dawn Countdown at Midway
Confident of easy victory, the Japanese steamed toward tiny Midway, little suspecting the devastating defeat they would be handed by American carrier aircraft. PART TWO: CONCLUSION (Part One appeared in the June issue) Torpedo 8 was the first intimation...
Forgotten Radar Pickets of the Cold War
ANOTHER IN A SERIES ON WABSHIPS OF THE COLD WAR * All but forgotten in the sweep of time are the solitary radar picket ships of the 1960s who while far at sea protected America's skies from possible Soviet incursions. Converted from war-built destroyer...
Newport News Attractions Kick off Civil War Package for Tourists
Newport News, Va. - The City of Newport News Division of Historic Services & Museums, The Mariners' Museum, The Casemate Museum, the City of Newport News, and the Ramada Inn & Suites at Oyster Point have partnered to offer "The War by Land and...
Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine
RAISING THE HUNLEY The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine By Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf 306 Ppgs, 16 color photos, 6-x 9.5". ISBN 0-345-4471-9 - $25.00. Ballantine Books, New York, www.ballantinebooks.com A 136-year-old...
Sea Mail
Dear Sir, This is in reference to an article in the August 2001, issue entitled, "USS IOWA the long voyage home." In this article on page 33, I was a bit shocked to see my old ship mentioned, the USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG-22). I was further shocked...
The Making of a Destroyer-Escort
DATELINE 10 OCTOBER 1943 BETHLEHEM-HINGHAM SHIPYARD, HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS A pictorial salute to America's unsung shipyard workers who built the world's most formidable navy in record time. HINGHAM SHIPYARD Behind the scenes of World War II was the...
The White Flyers: Harvard & Yale -- American Coastwise Travel
THE WHITE FLYERS: HARVARD & YALE - AMERICAN COASTWISE TRAVEL By George F. Gruner 192 Ppgs, 130 pix & dwgs. Tx 10.5 Hardback. ISBN 1-889901-26-1 -- $29.95. The National Maritime Museum Library at the Glencannon Press, Benicia, California. 800-711-8985;...
& the Winner Still Is
Despite the arrival of an additional 833 responses to our TOP TEN FAVORITE SEA FILMS survey, the sinners remain essentially unchanged. The addition of 833 ballots to our "TOP TEN SEA FILMS" survey did little to alter the roster of reader selections....
War on a High Note!: Music at Sea
In the days before racial integration in the Navy blacks were precluded from becoming one of the `boys in the band. blacks were Precluded from- becoming -one of the the 'boys in the band.' That is on most ships, but not aboard USS ACHERNAR (AKA - 53),...
When Ships Go Down: The Loss Ot the Leopold
Despite the hazards of their calling, some warships are destined to lead long lives; to enjoy celebrated colorful careers. Sadly, the only celebrity the destroyer escort USS LEOPOLD (DE-319) would know was the tragic brevity of her four short months...