The Bridgeman Art Library Collection

A Titanic Centennial

By John Protasio
April 2012
On an April night a century ago, the largest ship in the world met her watery fate. The memory of the great disaster still resonates in the public's consciousness.
San Francisco Public Library

The Navy's 'Screwballs'

By Daniel J. Demers
April 2012
Sure, they might have risked triggering an international incident, but these sailors on a weekend pass in 1941 weren’t about to let a Nazi German flag fly with impunity above ...
The Sailor Boys of '61, by James Russel Soley

And the Winner Was . . .

By Francis DuCoin
April 2012
One was sidelined, the other was thwarted, neither delivered a knockout blow; the debate rages eternal over whether the Monitor or Virginia was the victor of their epic showdown.
Paul Stillwell

Born in 1912

By Paul Stillwell
April 2012
This year there will be a great deal of hoopla over the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the British liner Titanic on her first voyage (see story, p. 48) ...
National Archives

More Lives Than a Cat

By Robert J. Cressman
April 2012
When one needs ships, it is usually too late to build them. In mid-February 1898, as tensions heated the diplomatic climate between the United States and Spain in the wake ...
Beverley R. Robinson Collection, U.S. Naval Academy Museum

The Last Union Survivor

Edited by Robert M. Browning Jr.
April 2012
A combatant in history’s first clash of ironclads lived until 1921. His firsthand account of the 1862 Monitor-Virginia duel has never been published—until now.
U.S. Navy (Wade McKinnon)

When the Well Runs Dry

By Thomas C. Hone
April 2012
The threat of budget cuts is nothing new to the U.S. Navy, as Admiral Forrest P. Sherman and the other officers who battled for the survival of the post–World War ...
Naval History and Heritage Command

The Monitor Boys

By John V. Quarstein
April 2012
Referring to themselves as “the Monitor Boys,” the men of the U.S. Navy's first ironclad experienced storms, battles, boredom, poor living conditions, and disaster as they participated in the transformation ...