Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, March

Che Bella Vista: Big Sky POWs
Interned Italian seamen at Fort Missoula during World War Two Fort Missoula was established in 1877 as a military post and located on the banks of the Clark Fork River outside of the city of Missoula, Montana. Its primary mission was to protect the settlers...
Collision with History: The Search for John F. Kennedy's PT 109
THE CAPTAIN'S LOCKER COLLISION WITH HISTORY: The Search for John F. Kennedy's PT 109 By Robert D. Ballard with Michael Hamilton Morgan 192 Ppgs profusely illustrated in color, 8.5" x 11", Hardback. ISBN: 0-- 7922-6876-8 - $30.00. National Geographic,...
Cruise of the Cap-Toothed Turtle
DAY ONE 6 OCTOBER 1944 I first saw the "Gap-Toothed Turtle" on 6 October 1944, at 1800 Navy time. Navy buses had brought myself and a group of 282 officers and men down from Seattle, Washington, to Astoria, Oregon. She lay alongside one of two finger...
Dawn Came the Hero
Though Medal of Honor winner John D. Bulkeley earned his reputation aboard speeding PT boats, the crew of the USS Endicott openly speculated just how well the Navy's most honored hero could command a hard-luck destroyer Whipped by the morning breeze,...
Fire and Death at the Komandorskis
The American interception of a major Japanese fleet attempt to reinforce their fog-shrouded Aleutian bases forced the badly stung enemy to turn tail and head for home It is too bad, in a way, that the Japanese and the Americans could not have come to...
Nina: Rediscovering the New World
A replica sailing ship demonstrates the harsh rigors of transoceanic exploration in the time of Christopher Columbus In 1986, the Columbus Foundation was formed in the British Virgin Islands to raise money to build the three ships that Christopher Columbus...
Offshore Patrol: Forgotten PT Boats
Just prior to World War Two, the Philippine Army launched an ambitious, but ill-fated, program to bolster its coastal defense with squadrons of fast British-designed PT boats Just prior to World War Two, the Philippine Army launched an ambitious, but...
Sea Mail
FLYING WAVES "Those Flying Waves of WWII" in the December issue of Sea Classics was quite interesting to a former resident of Terminal Island until the outbreak of WWII. The writer's choice of words "Bizarre" to put it mildly. On page 13 she writes:...
The Destruction of the Bismarck: The Companion Book to James Cameron's Underwater Expedition as Seen on Discovery Channel
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BISMARCK: The Companion Book to James Cameron's Underwater Expedition as seen on Discovery Channel By David J. Bercuson & Holger H. Herwig 386 Ppgs, Illustrated, 6"x 9", Paperback. ISBN: 1-58567-397-8 - $16.95. Overlook Press/Penguin...
The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told: 27 Unforgettable Stories
THE GREATEST SAILING STORIES EVER TOLD: 27 Unforgettable Stories Edited by Christopher Caswell 286 Ppgs, 6"x 9.5", Hardbound. ISBN. 1-58574-514-6 - $24.95. The Lyons Press Guilford, Ct. www.lyonspress.com It can safely be stated that everyone loves a...
Trainer into Fighter
Born out of the Great War, the Vought VE-7 was one of the US Navy's first "modern" aircraft Even though America had pioneered flight, by the time of the Great War the country's aviation lead had disappeared and aeronautical advances were now in the domain...
Uncle Sam's Expendable Navy
The Elco 77-footer saw more action against enemy warships than any other type. Yet it remains virtually unknown and unheralded compared to later PT designs The story of American PT-boats fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during World War Two, is a...
When They Laid the First Transatlantic Cable
After a series of failures spanning nine years, two great continents were finally linked by submarine cable in 1866. The story of the final triumph is a tribute to the determination and ingenuity of the men who saw the project through The laying of the...