Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, March

ACTION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC: The Sinking of the German Raider Stier by the Liberty Ship Stephen Hopkins
ACTION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC: The Sinking of the German Raider Stierby the Liberty Ship Stephen Hopkins By Gerald Reminick 320 pgs, Illustrated, 6-in x 9.5-in, Hardback. ISBN: 1-889901-38-5 $29.95. Glencannon Press; 800-711-8985; www.glencannon.comIf...
Catapult Scouts Part Three/conclusion
The "Eyes of the Fleet" met an entirely different type of warfare in the Battle of the AtlanticIf cruiser and battleship floatplanes found the vastness of the Pacific Ocean a daunting battleground, then their counterparts in the Atlantic had only to...
Destroyer USS Milius Launches Tomahawk IV in West Coast Test
A US Navy Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile was launched 6 December from USS Milius (DDG-69), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer underway in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California.The missile flew a land attack mission, launching from the...
Naval Special Warfare Establishes New Command
Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Advanced Training Command in Imperial Beach, California, was officially established in a formal ceremony on 19 December. This new command brings individual advanced training for US Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) under the responsibility...
Radio Club Spreads Message of Battleship Worldwide
Members of the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) HAM Radio Club came aboard Wisconsin for Pearl Harbor Day, 7 December.An amateur radio operator, also known as a HAM or radio amateur, uses advanced radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs...
Recalling the Early Days of WARTIME DEEP SEA SALVAGE OPERATIONS
A WWII veteran highlights how wartime deep sea salvage developed uniquely in the US Navy(REPRINTED COURTESY OF THE TOWLINE QUARTERLY PERIODICAL OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FLEET TUG SAILORS)On 7 December 1941, the Japanese Navy attacked a large part...
Reunions
SHIPMATES: SEA CLASSICS publishes Naval/marine reunion announcements as a FREE public service in all but the January-February-December issues. Allow 60-days minimum lead time for your notice to appear. Notices MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN and contain only the...
ROGER BALL!: The Odyssey of John Monroe "Hawk" Smith - Navy Fighter Pilot
ROGER BALL!: The Odyssey of John Monroe "Hawk" Smith Navy Fighter Pilot By Donald E. Auten, Capt. USNR (Retired) 458 pgs, Illustrated, 6-in x 9-in, Paperback. ISBN: 0-595-38589-8 $29.95. Universe Publisher's Choice, Lincoln, NE; 800-288-4677; www.universe.comHere's...
Save Our Ships: USS Charles F. Adams
The last of a gallant class of Cold War veterans is fast rusting into oblivion unless she soon finds a permanent home"She's an icon, as true an example of a classic as ever existed. She and her sisters were the Navy's first guided-missile destroyers....
Sea Mail
DER SEEKRIEGAs Capt. Koitschka may already have advised you, his first name is spelled "Siegfried" and not "Seigfreid" (p. 16 Dec. 2006). Even worse, the title of the article, "Die Seekrieg" in correct German would have been "Der Seekrieg." "Der" is...
Submarine Rickover Deactivates from Service
After 22-years of service, USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709) was inactivated in a ceremony 14 December at Norfolk Naval Station.The widow of Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, retired Cmdr. Eleonore Rickover, who also served as the ship's sponsor, attended the submarine's...
Survivors Honored at USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center
A nostalgic era in American history came to a close after a ceremony 5 December at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center honored the veterans and the memories of fallen shipmates aboard Arizona who gave their lives during the 7 December 1941 attack...
The Dream That FAILED
Cargo ships with hulls of poured concrete were an innovative way of producing ships in a hurry for a nation at war. But like so many other war-borne concepts they proved impractical in peacetime commerce. Today all that remains of these forlorn ghosts...
The Magnificent Showboat: USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55)
One of the most-honored battleships of WWII still reigns supreme as the top tourist attraction in her home stateDuring 1922, a five-power Naval Conference took place in Washington among the victor nations: the United States, Great Britain, Imperial Japan,...
The Seamen's Church Institute
This venerable centuries-old institution might just as easily have been named "The Seamen's Guardian Angel"A small group of Episcopal men founded The Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) on the dangerous lower East Side waterfront of New York City in 1834....
When the Seas Were Awash with TNT
Today's occasionally discovered antique mines vividly remind how these unseen menaces threatened worldwide shipping for better than 60-years following the end of WWIIAlthough it has been some time since a rogue mine made headlines by sinking an unsuspecting...
WRECKAGE OF HITLER'S CARRIER Graf Zeppelin FOUND IN BALTIC SEA
The 62-year mystery of what happened to Nazi Germany's sole carrier, once it fell into the hands of the Soviets, has been resolvedA mystery within a mystery has been resolved with the recent discovery of the wreckage of the long-lost German aircraft...