Naval History Magazine - February 2014 Volume 28, Number 1

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Cover Story
In July 1947, Admiral Allan McCann led a submarine expedition to go where no U.S. Navy vessel had successfully gone before—under the Arctic ice cap. The dangerous...


  • Two Birds with One Hailstone
    By Alan P. Rems
    Two mighty bases—Truk and Rabaul—protected Japan’s Pacific empire. Seventy years ago, a devastating carrier raid, Operation Hailstone, brought both of them down.

    In the autumn of 1943,...

  • One-Way Mission of the H. L. Hunley
    By Brian Hicks
    One hundred and fifty years ago, an unusual, innovative craft viewed by many as a failed experiment made naval history when she became the first submarine to sink an enemy warship.

    The sun had set beyond...

  • The Confederate Ironclad Navy
    By William N. Still Jr.
    Starting from scratch and relying on ingenuity and innovation, the Confederacy was able to put into action more than 20 armored warships.

    During the Civil War, the agricultural South faced a daunting...

  • Aftermath of Victory: The Perry-Elliott Controversy
    By David Curtis Skaggs
    The Battle of Lake Erie lasted three hours—but the battle over the reputations of two American officers there would last for three decades.

    As the roar of guns grew silent and the smell of acrid...

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  • Contributors

    Hill Goodspeed has worked at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, since 1994, where he serves as historian and artifact collection manager. He is also an adjunct professor in strategy and policy for the Naval...

  • On Our Scope

    For many months during World War II, U.S. Navy and Army strategists wrestled with the thorny problems of Rabaul and Truk Atoll, two of Japan’s most formidable bases in the Pacific. Should American forces seize the bastions or neutralize...

  • Looking Back - Striving for Dignity
    By Paul Stillwell

    A few months back, Margarett “Peg” Cooper died 3½ weeks short of her 100th birthday. Her mind remained impressively supple to the end; invariably on top of...

  • In Contact

    Michener’s Editor Deserves Credit, Too

    Lieutenant Commander David K. Sturges, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    David Sears’ vivid feature in the August issue on the creation of the novel and film The Bridges at...

  • Armaments and Innovations - Age of Sail’s Shipboard Machine
    By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    A capstan is a vertically mounted drum, powered manually or mechanically, used to raise large weights, such as anchors. Unlike its cousin, the horizontally mounted winch (or...

  • Naval History News

    Piece of the Georgia Resurfaces

    An initiative to deepen Savannah’s shipping channel has resulted in the recovery of a piece of the Georgia port’s Civil War past. On 12 November archaeologists from the Army Corps of...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Grasshoppers, Part 1: The Planes
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. armed forces procured several thousand light observation/liaison aircraft beginning at the start of World War II. Known colloquially as “grasshoppers,” a few...

  • Operation Blue Nose
    By Carl LaVO
    In July 1947, Admiral Allan McCann led a submarine expedition to go where no U.S. Navy vessel had successfully gone before—under the Arctic ice cap. The dangerous mission is recounted in this excerpt from the Naval...
  • Letters from the Precipice of War
    By Hill Goodspeed
    Lieutenant (junior grade) Stephen Jurika’s correspondence reveals American subterfuge in Japan prior to World War II—and the information he uncovered there would ultimately be used to inform the Doolittle...
  • Historic Fleets - ‘May Her Career Be Triumphant’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    In failing health, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut looked forward to the salubrious effects of a sea voyage. Hearing that Farragut’s physicians had advised him to forsake New...

  • Book Reviews

    Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the USS Helena and the Incredible Story of Her Survivors in World War II

    John J. Domagalski. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2012. 237 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Biblio. Index. $29.95...

  • Museum Report - The Large Tug That Fought
    By Rich Finzer

    Alongside the quay at the Port of Oswego, New York, an old warrior stands guard. On her stack, she proudly displays her “kill mark”: the silhouette of a fighter plane...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Here’s an underwater-archaeology version of the classic before-and-after picture pairing, courtesy of 137 years’ worth of concretion on the one side and painstaking, meticulous conservation efforts on the other. One of a number of...


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