Naval History Magazine - April 2013 Volume 27, Number 2

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At the 1898 Battle of Santiago, the U.S. Navy earned an overwhelming victory, one that the opposing Spanish commander had long foreseen.

On 15 February...



  • Looking Back - Thresher and the CNO
    By Paul Stillwell

    Just as spring was spreading its renewing warmth to the nation, the stunning news in 1963 was chilling. Nuclear submarines had been in service since only the mid-1950s, yet in that...

  • Mined!
    By Bradley Peniston
    Sammy B’ sailors fought fire and flood to save their ship.

    In February 1988, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) reported for duty in waters made deadlier by war. The conflict...

  • 'New Orleans is Ours!'
    Edited by Craig L. Symonds
    In letters to his parents, Marine Private Charley Morrison conveyed vivid impressions of life on board the Union sloop Brooklyn and running a gauntlet of Confederate gunfire to capture the Crescent City....
  • John Ford, USN
    By Eric Mills
    The iconic American film director and mythmaker is famed for frontier epics, but his heart was never far from the Navy he loved.

    He was in many ways the archetype of the Great American Filmmaker: his...

  • Timber for America's Wooden Walls
    By Louis Arthur Norton
    Harvesting the live oak that helped make ‘Old Ironsides’ and other early American frigates so formidable proved to be an enormous undertaking for the fledgling U.S. Navy.

    Before the...

  • NEW DEPARTMENT: Pieces of the Past

    Anyone who’s heard of (or perhaps even tried) the Twinkie-on-a-windowsill experiment may want to ponder an even more remarkably durable foodstuff: good old hardtack, that staple of many a seafarer down through the ages. The name derives...

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  • Contributors

    Greg Bailey, a St. Louis–based freelance writer who covers a variety of subjects in addition to naval ones, is currently working on a book about a 1920s historical event. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois...

  • On Our Scope

    There’s little argument that the Spanish-American War marked the debut of the United States as a world power and the U.S. Navy as a modern world-class force. Indelible images of the watershed conflict include the explosion of the battleship...

  • In Contact

    Gibbs and His United States

    Commander Louis D. Chirillo, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Armaments and Innovations - The Ubiquitous 5-inch/38
    By Norman Friedman

    Designed to fulfill the needs of battleships as well as destroyers, the 5-inch/38-caliber dual-purpose gun became one of World War II’s best regarded and most versatile naval...

  • Naval History News

    Hurricane Serves Up Historic Weapon

    After Hurricane Sandy smashed ashore on the Delaware River in October, members of the Anchor Yacht Club in Bristol, Pennsylvania, faced quite a cleanup. Among the flotsam was a 28-foot log that had...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Big Flying Boat
    By Norman Polmar

    The outstanding accomplishments during World War II of the U.S. Navy’s twin-engine flying boats—the Consolidated PBY Catalina and the Martin PBM Mariner—eclipsed...

  • Historic Fleets - A Credit to the Submarine Service
    By Robert J. Cressman

    At 1120 on 16 April 1945, a warm and sunny day, the submarine USS Bullhead (SS-332), on lifeguard station off the coast of China midway between Hong Kong and Swatow,...

  • 'We . . . Must Expect a Disaster'
    By Ensign Carlos R. Rosende, U.S. Navy
    At the 1898 Battle of Santiago, the U.S. Navy earned an overwhelming victory, one that the opposing Spanish commander had long foreseen.

    On 15 February 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine exploded in...

  • One Day of War
    By Harold Lee Wise
    When Iran challenged American sea power in the spring of 1988, the Navy’s response in Operation Praying Mantis was swift and deadly.

    At sundown in the Persian Gulf on 18 April 1988, a day filled with...

  • King Neptune: World War II's Pig with a Purpose
    By Greg Bailey
    Spared from a fate on a barbecue spit, this patriotic porker became a home-front star raising funds for building a battleship.

    The farmland near West Frankfort, Illinois, is a strange starting point for a...

  • Book Reviews

    In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

    Ralph E. Eshelman and Burton K. Kummerow. Maryland Historical Society Press and the Maryland Historical Trust Press, 2012. 270 pp. Illus. Maps. Index. $24.99...

  • Museum Report - War of 1812 Gem
    By James M. Caiella

    Plattsburgh, New York, at the northwest corner of Lake Champlain, bills itself as the U.S. suburb of Montreal, Canada (about 60 miles north). To most travelers in this sparse and...


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