Naval History Magazine - October 2016 Volume 30, Number 5

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Cover Story
Along the Pacific Northwest’s U.S.-Canadian border in the 1880s, opium production and smuggling were rampant. But solid detective work, a disgruntled former ship hand...


  • On Our Scope

    Pop quiz: Which 18th-century war included the most large-scale fleet battles? The American Revolution, I was surprised to learn from Sam Willis’ cover story, “American Independence and the Naval Factor.” There’s the Battle...

  • American Independence and the Naval Factor
    By Sam Willis
    The Revolution’s war at sea was more than just an ancillary component—it was a crucial aspect, and a case study in sea power’s omnipresent influence.

    It is now no longer necessary to bemoan a...

  • The Coast Guard's World War II Crucible
    By William H. Thiesen
    After escorting convoys in World War I and chasing down rumrunners during Prohibition, the U.S. Coast Guard was challenged like never before during the second great global conflagration.

    The U.S. Navy...

  • 'We Were Going to Win . . . or Die There'
    By Fred H. Allison
    Proving the value of foresight and initiative, an industrious Marine lieutenant commanding an antitank platoon got his 37-mm guns across the reef at Tarawa and into the thick of the fighting.

    The battle...

  • Triumph and Tragedy off Cape Cod
    By Michael Tougias
    The recent Disney movie The Finest Hours chronicles the 1952 rescue of the oil tanker Pendleton off Cape Cod. What few people know is that a second tanker also broke in two that night, and the rescue of her crew was equally...

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  • As I Recall - Birth of the WAVES
    By Captain Mildred McAfee Horton, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    In 1942 Mildred McAfee took a leave of absence from serving as president of Wellesley College to become the first director of the organization that would become the WAVES. Congress passed enabling legislation for women to serve in the Navy in...

  • In Contact

    Armored Cruiser’s Other Tragedy

    Captain Bill Heard, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    The wreck of the armored cruiser USS Memphis (ACR-10) in the Santo Domingo roadstead on 29 August 1916, as recounted by Andrew C. A....

  • Armaments & Innovations - The Great Mine Barrage
    By Norman Friedman

    When the United States entered World War I, the Allies viewed America as the world’s leading industrial power and a vast source of fresh manpower. Much of the U.S. contribution to the naval side of the conflict would be in line with the...

  • Naval History News

    Sims-Daniels Controversy Reignited at U.K. Great War Conference

    A strong contingent of U.S. naval historians was on hand to present perspectives from the “other side of the pond” as the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich,...

  • Historic Ships - The Little Tug That Did
    By J. M. Caiella

    Sometimes the least assuming and impressive ships are thrust to the fore and exhibit great heroics. Such is the case of the little 94-foot U.S. Revenue Cutter Hudson during one of the first battles of the Spanish-American War.

  • Hot on the Opium Smugglers' Trail
    By Captain Daniel A. Laliberte, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Along the Pacific Northwest’s U.S.-Canadian border in the 1880s, opium production and smuggling were rampant. But solid detective work, a disgruntled former ship hand, and a revenue cutter’s Herculean voyage...
  • Pages from a U-boat Commander's Career
    By Melanie Wiggins
    Late in life, Hans-Rudolf Rösing shared memories and photos spanning interwar service in the German navy’s clandestine submarine arm to command of all U-boats based in France during World War II.
  • Shanghaiing Bluejackets
    By David McCormick
    During the lawless days of the Oyster Wars on the Chesapeake, press-gangs cared little whether their kidnap victims were merchant seamen or U.S. Navy sailors.

    The young seaman apprentice stopped for a...

  • Looking Back - From Annapolis to the Pros
    By Paul Stillwell

    On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late June, a previously obscure golfer named Billy Hurley III won the Quicken Loans National PGA Tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Tiger Woods, the tournament’s host,...

  • Historic Aircraft - It's a Plane . . . a Helicopter . . . a Phrog!
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The iconic helicopter of the Korean War was the Bell H-13, which was featured in the television series M*A*S*H, and that of the Vietnam War was the Bell UH-1 “Huey,” shown in the film Apocalypse Now carrying a Navy PBR. But for the...

  • Book Reviews

    Admiral Bill Halsey: A Naval Life

    Thomas Alexander Hughes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. 504 pp. Maps. Photos. Notes. Biblio. Index. $35.

    Reviewed by Walter R. Borneman

    In the grim early...

  • Museum Report - Immersive Exhibit Chronicles Pacific Battles
    By Hill Goodspeed

    Lights fade in and out, giving the feeling of sunlight periodically penetrating the jungle canopy above you. Creatively shown on screens that mimic bed sheets strung up between palm trees—a common scene in makeshift outdoor cinemas in the...

  • Pieces of the Past

    “A good luck charm and drinking game all rolled into one.” Thus goes one online description of an unusual American tradition that started with Alaskan stunt pilots in the 1920s then spread like wildfire, “Kilroy Was Here”...


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