Naval History Magazine - October 2008 Volume 22, Number 5

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During a ferocious 1850 nor'easter, volunteers on a New Jersey beach used a well-aimed shot and an innovative boat to rescue passengers and crew from an offshore shipwreck.


  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    Flying Whales Part II: Vietnam

    Edward "Ed" Heinemann's Douglas A3D Skywarrior had its genesis as a 68,000-pound carrier-based atomic bomber. Its lasting fame, however, evolved from the aircraft's versatility...

  • Courage in the Face of Terror
    By Major Robert T. Jordan, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    On the 25th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marines' Beirut barracks, a veteran of the 1983 U.S. military mission in Lebanon recounts the events that led to the horrific blast.
  • 'Wallowin' in a Typhoon Before Morning
    By Patrick McSherry
    As the Great White Fleet steamed out on its round-the-world voyage, the only stormy seas projected seemed political and military in nature. Midway through its cruise, however, Mother Nature intervened.
  • On Our Scope


    Admiral Chester Nimitz called it the worst loss the U.S. Navy had suffered in the Pacific "without compensatory return" since the 9 August 1942 debacle off Savo Island. The Pacific Fleet commander wasn't referring to a...

  • Battling the Pacific's Most Deadly Force
    By Thompson Webb Jr.
    During Halsey's Typhoon, the barometer was dropping like a rock, mountains of water were slamming into the escort carrier, and the wind was blowing a gale. The worst, however, was yet to come.

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  • Bouncy But Dry Ride to Safety
    By Captain Robert F. Bennett, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)<p>
    During a ferocious 1850 nor'easter, volunteers on a New Jersey beach used a well-aimed shot and an innovative boat to rescue passengers and crew from an offshore shipwreck.
  • Book Reviews

    If By Sea: The Forging of the American NavyFrom the Revolution to the War of 1812

    George C. Daughan. New York: Basic Books, 2008. 536 pages. Notes. Bib. $30.

    Reviewed by David Curtis...

  • 'I Was a Navy Misfit'
    By Al Corona
    After causing a series of minor catastrophes, a World War II motor machinist's mate found himself manning a 200-foot emergency submarine fueling barge two miles offshore—alone.

    It had been three months since I was...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    First of Her Breed

    As technological change transformed submarines from novelty to weapon of war, it naturally followed that more sophisticated "mother ships" would be required to service them. In lieu of ships built for the...

  • The Cruise Missile Comes of Age
    By Andrew Hind
    Sailors on the deck of the Israeli destroyer first noticed a green flash on the horizon. Less than two minutes later, naval history reached a turning point when a missile slammed into the warship and exploded with devastating power...
  • In Contact

    'Halsey Knows the Straight Story'

    (See A. P. Rems, pp. 40-46, August 2008 Naval History)

    Lieutenant Commander Neil G. Carey, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    It was a pleasure to see that Mr. Rems noted the observations...

  • How Civil War Sailors Lived
    By Elizabeth Hoxie Joyner


    Faber-Castell, Lea & Perrins, E. R. Squibb, and Goodyear Rubber. What do these companies have in common? In existence since at least the Civil War era, each manufactured items recovered from the Union ironclad gunboat USS ...

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    A Warrior in Autumn

    One of the fascinating aspects of interviewing retired Navy men and women is discovering what sorts of personalities they have long after the conclusion of their active service. For some, the persona is the same or...

  • Museum Report
    By Kevin M. Hymel

    Florida's Fort under Six Flags

    "I will take St. Augustine or leave my bones before its walls," claimed British General James Oglethorpe in 1740. He did neither. While he did raze part of the Florida city, he could not crack the...

  • Naval History News

    Fitting Way to Finish

    Thunder and lightning heralded the Navy's unique NR-1 as she pulled into port at the New London, Connecticut, submarine base on 23 July. The occasion was the end of her final voyage capping a nearly 40-year service...

  • The Ship that Couldn't be Built
    By Stephen C. Small
    At the start of the Civil War, the futuristic Stevens Battery warship had been on the building ways for seven years. Despite her potential and the U.S. Navy's desperate need for ships, she would remain there for another 20 years....
  • Those Stout Manitowoc Boats
    By Don Walsh
    Inside a submarine at test depth in the predawn Bering Sea is no place to be wondering what just hit you. Fortunately, the USS Rasher was crafted by Manitowoc master shipbuilders.

    During World War II the Manitowoc...


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