Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 3, March

Curious Rise of the Sea Dragon
A review of the Chinese quest for Naval supremacy in the Pacific and Indian Oceans Part 1- BY JIM BLOOMThe frantic 15-yr-old building and acquisition program of the oddly named "People's Liberation Army Navy" (PLAN) - the modern Naval force of the People's...
Daniel Ludwig: The Bashful Billionaire Tanker Builder
Although he the limelight and hated celebrity, Daniel Ludwig left an impressive legacy in several different fields, notably being the first supertanker builder.Any sailor who served on convoy duty and any Merchant Marine who sailed during World War II...
Door County Maritime Museum
One of the great museums of Wisconsin is the Door County Maritime Museum at Sturgeon Bay. Not just one building, it has three locations - Sturgeon Bay, Gills Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse.Among its in-water attractions are the Hope, a fishing...
For You, the War Is Over!
Most Americans never knew that thousands of merchant seamen of the Axis powers were confined in American detainee camps far from population centersThe Antolo Story of German Merchant Seamen Detainees in World War TwoOn 5 September 1939, four-days after...
Ghost Ships OF IRON BOTTON SOUND
Scattered across the bottom of Sealark Channel are the eerie remains of one of the Pacific War's most bitterly fought senes of battles Partili - ConclusionThe Battle of Savo Island, which took place on the night of 9 August 1942, was a bloody wake-up...
Koza Calendar
Thad Koza's beautiful calendar for 2010 features full-color pictures of twelve tall ships. The cover of the 13.75-in x 10.75-in work shows the US Coast Guard's Eagle under full sail and flying a large US flag. The monthly pages starts off with three-masted...
Legends of the Pearl Harbor Attack
Latest Naval & Maritime Happenings Around the WorldThree-years ago my wife and I were writing two books in tandem, The USS Iowa at War and the USS Missouri at War. The projects meant spending an inordinate amount of time aboard the Missouri and the...
MY WAR: "Suffer Not Ye Fools for Yours Is a Divine Glory"
Although he had a ship shot out from beneath him at Normandy, this sailor saw little action on D-DayWhenever anyone asks me what I did in the Big War and how I got my noticable limp, I'm almost too embarrassed to tell them the truth. Most people want...
Old Hickory and the Battle of New Orleans
By most estimates, there was no way Stonewall Jackson's rag-tag militiamen could defeat the well-trained English Redcoats - even with the help of a few hundred unruly pirates from Barataria. But they were wrong! Part ITHE UNKNOWN NAVAL ASPECTAlthough...
Sea Mail
QUESTIONS CAPTIONI really enjoyed Ed Sehnepf s article on the more spectacular small ship actions of WWII in the February issue. The exploits of how the HERON fought of more than a dozen large Japanese flying boats is an especially amazing account of...
Singapore's Newest Missile Frigate
At the turn of the century, the Republic of Singapore decided on building six modern missile frigates first designated as the Trident-class, but this was changed to the Formidable-class. The initial ship would be built in France by the DCNS ST Engineering...
The Boom Boys: Unsung Heroes of the Net Navy
Few knew what they did and even fewer knew why. They labored around the clock performing the most underrated of all wartime tasks - protecting warships at anchor by keeping the harbor defenses secureThe "Net and Boom Boys," as they liked to be called,...
The Long Road to MIDWAY
How Japan developed its aircraft carrier fleet - a mighty force that would be soundly defeated at MidwayOn 4 June 1942, Japan suffered her first major Naval defeat. The Battle of Midway has been rightly described as one of the most decisive battles in...