A diver recovers the head of a statue from the 1697 wreck of the Santo Antonio da Tanna off Mombasa, Kenya. The Institute of Nautical Archaeology helped oversee the site's excavation.

On Our Scope

August 2010
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 ...
Naval History & Heritage Command

Missouri Endgame

By Alan P. Rems
August 2010
The top American naval officers assembled at the 1945 Japanese surrender formed an iconic tableau; they also constituted a study in contrasts.


August 2010
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 ...
At Discovery Harbour, a recreated 19th-century Royal Navy base includes the sawmill (foreground), behind which stand barracks, the surveyor's home and office, and a doctor's office.

Museum Report

By Andrew Hind
August 2010
Lake Huron's British Naval Base after the War of 1812 The United States and Great Britain have usually been allies since U.S. independence-except during the War of 1812. Then they ...

Book Reviews

August 2010
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. ...
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'To Do My Duty'

By Kathleen Broome Williams
August 2010
A historian discovers the father she never knew by retracing his wartime footsteps to Saipan.
Naval History & Heritage Command

Disaster at Lady Franklin Bay

By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
August 2010
The 1881 Greely Expedition might have ended up as another unsolved Arctic mystery, but the U.S. Navy saw its chance to rise to the heroic occasion.
After the Sub Marine Explorer was abandoned on a Panamanian island beach in 1869, her identity was eventually forgotten by the locals. By 2000 the historic 36-foot boat was rumored to be a Japanese two-man midget submarine.

A Pearl of a Discovery

By James P. Delgado
August 2010
In the waters off Panama's Isla San Telmo, the hulk of a largely forgotten American submarine stands as a testament to 19th-century innovation.
Length and displacement constraints resulted in designers creating the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers' dramatic flared, or V-shaped, hull form.

Looking Back

By Paul Stillwell
August 2010
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 ...
U.S. Marine Corps

Historic Aircraft

By Norman Polmar
August 2010
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 tandem ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Historic Fleets

By Robert J. Cressman
August 2010
'No Ship Has Been Fought So Obstinately' Noah Brown, like the Biblical patriarch whose name he carried, needed to build a ship—two snow-brigs, specifically—to fulfill a particular purpose. The reason, ...
Quidley & Co.

Naval History News

August 2010
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 ...
Ensign Jesse L. Brown was long thought to have been the first African-American naval aviator, but in 1998 the Naval Historical Center (the present-day Naval History and Heritage Command) uncovered information that the distinction belonged to Ensign Oscar

In Contact

August 2010
Naval Aviation Firsts Tom Phillips I enjoyed reading Edward Marolda's summary of the Korean War, "The Cold War's First Conflict"—(June 2010, pp. 18-25). But I think the caption with the ...

Naval History Digital Edition

August 2010
A digital edition of the August issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and ...