Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, March

America's Forgotten Warriors: The Maritime Service
Created as the marine arm of the American government, the United States Maritime Service was tasked to recruit and train the ship crews required to operate the greatest fleet of Merchantmen ever to put to seaThey wore blue or white uniforms, held rank,...
BLUE ANGELS 60th ANNIVERSARY SHOW SCHEDULE
The celebrated Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced their schedule for the 2006 show season, 1 December. Following winter training, the team will begin its 60th season at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, 11 March 2006....
"Cactus Air Force" Arrives in Iraq
In late November, approximately 50 aircrew and maintenance personnel from the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 and the Golden Warriors of VFA-87 detached to Al Asad, Iraq, with five F/A-18C Hornet aircraft.The detachment was designed to sustain...
Good Shipmates: The Restoration of the Liberty Ship John W. Brown, Volume One: 1942-1994
GOOD SHIPMATES: THE RESTORATION OF THE LIBERTY SHIP JOHN W. BROWN, VOLUME ONE: 1942-1994 By Ernest F. Imhoff 388 Pgs, Illustrated, 6-in x 9-in, Softback. ISBN: 978-1-889901-36-7 - $24.95. Glencannon Press; 1-800-711-8985; www.glencannon.comTo Baltimoreans,...
Last Survivor of 1923 Honda Point Tragedy Passes On
In a curtain of nighttime fog off the rocky coast of California, the worst peacetime disaster in US Naval history was about to unfold. A captain who trusted his instincts over radio reports ordered the lead destroyer in a flotilla to make a sharp turn...
MAINE Maritime Museum
Paying homage to its revered place in American shipbuilding, the 20-acre site of this comprehensive trove of maritime artifacts vividly depicts nearly 200 years of marine evolutionFounded in 1962, the Maine Maritime Museum is all about Maine shipbuilding....
Museum Updates
The John Carter Brown Library, on the campus of Brown University, Providence, has announced the publication of a completely revised and expanded edition of Maritime History: A Hand-List of the Collection in the John Carter Brown Library, 1474 to 1860.It...
Naval War College Graduates First Command Master Chiefs
Command Master Chief (SS/SW) Mike Bruner and Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Raymond James became the first enlisted graduates of the prestigious Naval War College, 16 November, in a ceremony at the college campus in Newport, Rhode Island.In a dramatic...
"Ole Miss": The BATTLESHIP That Ushered in the Missile Age
Although her 14-in guns wrought terrifying havoc on the enemy, the USS Mississippi (BB-41) ended her days as a pioneering experimental gunship which helped introduce the Navy to the Missile AgeIn the colorful history of America's century-long romance...
RAISING THE NAZI SEA RAIDER Graf Spee: Will It Happen?
Salvage teams run into all manner of obstacles as they attempt to raise one of World War Two's most-provocative warshipsINTRODUCTIONIn 1997, Hector Bado, who can best be described as an imaginative Naval archeologist, was successfully able to secure...
Sea Mail
LIBERTY BOOKI haven't been writing for Sea Classics lately because of what I'm about to tell you. I've written a book about our Liberty ship in Baltimore.I retired in 1999, after 36 years as reporter and editor at The Baltimore Sunpaper. I joined the...
Those in Peril
History often has a peculiar way of recalling the deeds of the victor and the vanquishedIn the fall of 1942, on a lonely stretch of the South Atlantic Ocean between the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, two powerful traditions collided in a deadly encounter....
Truman Collaborates with Shipyards for Upcoming Maintenance Period
In the process of preparing for USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN-75) January Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA), both Truman and Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) have taken a positive step in integrating themselves for this maintenance period.Harry...
USS Shaw: A Ship Too Tough to Die!
PART ONEBy any account, the plucky destroyer whose explosive photo became the dramtic icon of the Pearl Harbor attack was blessed with more than nine livesTHE FIRST SHAWThe first destroyer USS Shaw (DD-68) was named, as was her successor, to honor Capt....