Naval History Magazine - August 2010 Volume 24, Number 4

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Cover Story

Designing the Arleigh Burke's Hull

For many of the men and women who form the crews of the Navy's warships, the process generally involves going aboard, learning their jobs, and then...



  • On Our Scope


    Despite the best efforts of builders, captains, and crews, a nautical fact of life is that ships sometimes sink. What later happens to many of those unfortunate vessels and their cargoes is an increasingly contentious matter that...

  • The Innovative, Mysterious Alligator
    By Chuck Veit
    Four months after the Monitor sank there, the Graveyard of the Atlantic pulled another victim down into its murky depths—the U.S. Navy's first submarine.
  • A Pearl of a Discovery
    By James P. Delgado
    The author's vacation to Panama's Pearl Islands resulted in his identification of a historic American boat from the 1860s, the Sub Marine Explorer.

  • Missouri Endgame
    By Alan P. Rems
    Taking on the enemy and often each other, Navy and Marine commanders under a remarkable leader—Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz—earned a great victory that was celebrated on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay...
  • Disaster at Lady Franklin Bay
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
    Brutal Arctic elements, bureaucracy, and half-baked resupply attempts doomed the men of the ill-fated Greely Expedition—until the Navy came to the rescue.
  • 'To Do My Duty'
    By Kathleen Broome Williams
    What motivated American servicemen to put their lives on the line in distant World War II battles...
  • Contributors


    James P. Delgado is the president and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. He has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world, and from 2001 to 2006 cohosted the television program The...

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  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Designing the Arleigh Burke's Hull

    For many of the men and women who form the crews of the Navy's warships, the process generally involves going aboard, learning their jobs, and then doing those jobs—without a great deal of...

  • In Contact

    Naval Aviation Firsts

    Tom Phillips

  • Naval History News

    A Revolutionary War Ship Reappears

    She guarded Boston Harbor on the eve of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and provided fire support for the Redcoats' advance during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Paul Revere slipped past her on the way...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    'No Ship Has Been Fought So Obstinately'

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    The Flying Banana

    The Piasecki HRP Rescuer—usually called the "flying banana"—was the first U.S. helicopter developed under a military contract. The nickname came from the "bent" fuselage with overlapping...

  • The Trouble with Treasure
    By James P. Delgado
    Against the backdrop of a contentious case to decide ownership of one of the world's most valuable undersea discoveries, a noted maritime archaeologist presents his arguments against treasure hunting and for the careful...
  • 'I was born into the Navy. . . East Asia was a part of my life'
    Interview By James D. Hornfischer
    The bestselling author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts interviews one of the venerable deans of Pacific naval history...
  • Book Reviews

    Four Years on the Great Lakes, 1813-1816: The Journal of Lieutenant David Wingfield, Royal Navy

    Edited by Don Bamford and Paul Carroll. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Group, 2009. 224 pp. Illus. Notes. Appens. Bib. Index. $28.99.


  • Museum Report
    By Andrew Hind

    Lake Huron's British Naval Base after the War of 1812

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the August issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view...


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