On 4 June 1944 the German submarine U-505 became the first man-of-war captured by the U.S. Navy in battle on the high seas since the War of 1812. A generous subvention by the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation has made possible a new Naval Institute Press book chronicling the history of this sub that is now on permanent exhibit in Chicago.
In U-505: The Final Journey , author Jim Wise tells the history of U-505 and its capture. He also details the efforts of Dan Gallery, the commander of the task group that captured the sub, to convince the Navy to transfer ownership to the Museum of Science and Industry in his native Chicago. Wise chronicles the boat's arduous journey down the St. Lawrence River and across three Great Lakes to the shores of Lake Michigan for restoration.
The U-505 was opened to the public in 1954. More than 50 years and 24 million visitors later, the museum has now built a new indoor site for the submarine four stories below ground. The McCormick Tribune Foundation was the largest supporter of this construction effort. Tax-deductible gifts to underwrite book projects help ensure the success of the Naval Institute Press. For information on upcoming opportunities, please contact Foundation COO Bill MacIntosh at (410) 295-1056 or at [email protected] .
Help Save Our Historic Photos
In 1893, the U.S. Navy offered its third competition to solicit ideas for developing submarines. Prolific inventor and entrepreneur Simon Lake entered his design, but lost to John Holland, winner of all three contests. In spite of this setback, Lake went on to achieve great success designing submarines for the U.S. and Russian navies over the next 30 years.
Dozens of images from the earliest days of submarines are among the nearly half-million photographs held by the Naval Institute and in need of preservation. Financial support enables the archives staff to scan the images and make them more widely available. You can help by sending your tax-deductible gift by check, Visa, or MasterCard—specifying it is for the photo archives—to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402, or by making a gift online .
Sponsors Underwrite Recent Conferences
The strength of Naval Institute conferences is enhanced by corporate support. Sponsorships allow us to offer high-quality programs to more people at reasonable cost—often free. In recent months the Naval Institute co-produced the Annapolis Naval History Symposium and the Gulf Coast Military Expo. Our thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support:
Annapolis Naval History Symposium
R.R. Donnelley & Sons
GGS Information Services
Capital Advisory Group
Society for Military History
Gulf Coast Military Expo
U.S. Cavalry/Cavalry Security Group
Articles on technology and innovation are made possible in part by a grant from Battelle Memorial Institute.
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