Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 10, October

Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586
ADAK: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586. By Andrew C.A. Jampoler 240 Ppgs, 11 Photos/Maps, 6''x 9'' Hardcover. ISBN: 1-59114-412-4 - $26.95. US Naval Institute; 800-233-8764; www.NavalInstitute.orgThere is no finer tribute to an author's command of his...
Blimp Patrol
Hunting U-boats in wartime, a farm boy goes to war in helium-filled blimps(PART ONE APPEARED IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE)CONCLUSIONISLE OF PINES, CUBAAs the war progressed, we expanded our patrol to cover the Caribbean, coast of Cuba, and upper South America....
Blood in the Sand
In bizarre aftermath of the Royal Adalaide grounding, the grim reaper claimed more of his victims from the liquor-crazed spectators on the beach than those on the stricken ship!The morticians were puzzled by the victims' bizzare injuries. Hurriedly ushered...
Born to Fire: USS Constellation
After more than 42 years of stalwart service, one of our legendary carriers retiresMAJOR FIRE DURING CONSTRUCTIONOn 19 December 1960, a fire started on the hangar deck of the unfinished Kitty Hawk-class attack carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) while...
Coast Guard Emergency Acquisitions in WWII
More than a dozen weary old patrol boats and former yachts were converted into wartime convoy escorts and U-boat huntersWith war clouds looming ever more ominously during the troubled summer of 1940, it became readily apparent that the American government...
Converting Old Subs for New Uses
Carderock Division engineers are utilizing their knowledge and expertise in submarine design to help convert four Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines to perform a new mission: Act as an undersea platform from which Tomahawk missiles and other payloads...
La Perle: Victim of Friendly Fire?
This Free French submarine mysteriously vanished without a traceFiendly fire is by no means an oncommon occurrence in war. It occurs in the air, and on land, and it also occurs at sea. Many of these incidents share common characteristics, including boredom,...
Mariners' Museum USS Monitor Web Site Receives Major Funding
The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia, is pleased to announce contributions totaling $45,000 from Norfolk Southern and Northrop Grumman Newport News for the creation of the new www.monitorcenter.org web site. With their support, the Museum will...
Queen Mary 2 - in a Royal League of Her Own
Queen Mary 2 is currently under construction at the Chantiers de I'Atlantique shipyard in France. In the proud tradition of Cunard's legendary liners, the 2620-passenger QM2 evokes a feeling of grandeur and elegance, without sacrificing contemporary...
Save Our Ships: USS Sterett
The future of a once proud post-war missile cruiser hinges on the success of a devoted preservationist group's efforts to save herThe decommissioned USS Sterett (DLG/CG-31) is presently resting, along with several of her sister ships, in the MARAD reserve...
Sea Mail
PRISONERS TAKEN?Your July 2003 issued contained a remark that troubles me deeply. Author Owen Gault's article about Japanese Sea Raiders in the Indian Ocean mentions an attack by Japanese two-man midget submarines on Diego-Suarez, Madagascar. He says...
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
SHIP ABLAZE: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum. By Edward T. O'Donnell. 332 Ppgs, Illustrated, Hardback, 6.5''x 9.5''. ISBN 0-7679-0905-4 - $24.95. Broadway Books Div., Random House, Inc.; www.broadwaybooks.comWAS THE CAPTAIN GUILTY OF CRIMINAL...
S.S. France la Belle Du Mer
SS France was that nation 's only giant four-funnel liner and it established a standard of luxurious sea travel other nations found difficult to emulateTo the French she represented the pride of a nation - the country's first and only four-stack ocean...
The Secrets of Inchon: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War
THE SECRETS OF INCHON: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War. By Eugene Franklin Clark, Cmdr. USN (Ret'd). 324 Ppgs, Illustrated, 6''x 9'', Paperback. ISBN 0-425-19000-5 $14.95. Berkley Books, NY; www.penguinputnam.comIt's...
Unsung Heroes: Alaskan WWII Cableships
Unheralded cableship crews braved Arctic cold, enemy fire and treacherous williwaws to maintain the lines of communication throughout the Aleutian IslandsSaturday, 6 November. En route to Shemya...0400, wind reached hurricane force from northwest...0615,...
USS Midway Approved as San Diego Museum Ship
Early in July, the Navy announced that the transfer of the retired carrier USS Midway (CV-41) to San Diego's SDACM organization has been approved by the Pentagon. This decision, long awaited by this most aggressive and patient group of preservationists,...
USS Ronald Reagan Commissioned
CVN-76 is the first US carrier named for a living president. Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking at the commissioning ceremony 12 July also praised Reagan, saying today's Navy is in many ways a monument to his vision. By the time the two-term president...