Naval History Magazine - April 2014 Volume 28, Number 2

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The American privateer Prince de Neufchatel bedeviled the British in the War of 1812, repeatedly outrunning pursuers and fighting back when cornered....


  • Yes, Privateers Mattered
    By Frederick C. Leiner
    History is ill-served by a peculiar recent trend to downplay the significance of American privateering in the War of 1812.

    When the United States went to war against Britain in June 1812, the U.S. Navy had...

  • A Daring Defense in the Azores
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy
    Twenty-three hundred miles from home, a small crew of American privateers fought off nearly 400 British sailors and marines—and may have helped save New Orleans in the process.

    On the evening of 26...

  • 'Take Veracruz at Once'
    By Jack Sweetman
    A century ago, an encounter between U.S. sailors and Mexican troops snowballed, eventually leading President Woodrow Wilson to launch the largest U.S. naval-landing operation of the era.


  • Voyage of Rediscovery
    By James P. Delgado
    A renowned undersea archaeologist recounts venturing thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific in search of shipwrecks—one of which was the Japanese super submarine I-400.

    In the...

  • Armaments and Innovations - The Union Navy’s Stubby Gun
    By Spencer C. Tucker

    “The destruction goes beyond all description,” Ferdinand H. Gerdes of the U.S. Coast Survey wrote of the damage wrought by Union 13-inch sea mortars at Fort Jackson on...

  • Book Reviews

    Message in a Model: Stories from the Navy Model Room of the Rijksmuseum

    Ab Hoving. Florence, OR: Sea Watch Books, LLC. 246 pp. Illus. Glossary. Map. $68.

    Reviewed by Andrew C. A. Jampoler

Subscriber Only Content

  • Obstinate and Audacious
    By Kevin D. McCranie
    The American privateer Prince de Neufchatel bedeviled the British in the War of 1812, repeatedly outrunning pursuers and fighting back when cornered.

    The British frigate Endymion was...

  • From Singapore to Halifax
    By Robert C. Stern
    The U.S. Navy troopships of Convoy WS-12X went from eluding U-boats to trying to avoid Japanese bombs.

    In early September 1941, the White House received a request for help: Could the United States...

  • Crewless Ghost Ships of the Interwar Navy
    By Thomas Wildenberg
    Despite lacking a sailor at the helm, these revolutionary radio-controlled auxiliaries helped the U.S. Navy perfect the aerial doctrine it would adopt in World War II.

    In 1919 a decommissioned battleship...

  • On Our Scope

    During the first two years of the War of 1812 bicentennial, our Naval History content has focused on the U.S. Navy’s blue-water and northern lakes operations during the conflict. But the sea service’s ships weren’t the...

  • Looking Back - Salute to a Bronx Bomber
    By Paul Stillwell

    For many years the New York Yankees, a baseball team that has won more World Series than any other, have been known as the Bronx Bombers. The name derives from the location of...

  • In Contact

    Behind the Scenes of The Fighting Lady

    Major Norman T. Hatch, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    On sailing through the February issue of Naval History I read “...

  • Naval History News

    Funding Problems Close Monitor Center Lab

    The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, has announced that due to lack of federal funding it will temporarily close the 5,000-square-foot conservation lab that houses the...

  • Historic Fleets - ‘Ready for Any Call at Any Time’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    During the second week of January 1942, Commander William N. Thornton, captain of the USS Patoka (AO-9), received a confidential dispatch: Ships bearing rubber and other...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Grasshoppers, Part 2: The Ships
    By Norman Polmar

    Army and Marine “grasshoppers” (light-observation/liaison aircraft) flew in almost every combat theater during World War II—sometimes from ships. The grasshoppers...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Any sailor knows that being in the service involves maintaining a veritable wardrobe of diverse uniforms for various contingencies and conditions, and that sartorial fact of Navy life was as true for the stalwart jack-tars of old as it is today....

  • Contributors

    Lieutenant Commander Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong is a naval aviator currently serving in the Pentagon, as well as a research student with the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and a contributor to...

  • Museum Report - Ontario’s Forgotten Relic
    By Andrew Hind

    Although Ontario’s Fort Mississauga is recognized as a National Historic Site, unlike other Canadian fortresses of its era—Fort York in Toronto, Fort Henry in Kingston...


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