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  • American History Magazine

    Romancing the Shipwreck Coast

    It was an eerie moment. After driving for hours along Lake Superior’s eastern shore, watching storm clouds gather on the horizon, I finally stood before the crown jewels of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The relic I had come to view...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Intrepid Mariners

    Cherbourg, France, was the final crossroads for the frequently intersecting paths of Raphael Semmes and John Winslow—and the final battle for one of the war’s most famous ships. The ship was state of the art, sleek and fast. Identified...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Stephen Russell Mallory

    Stephen Russell Mallory: A Biography of the Confederate Navy Secretary and United States Senator by Rodman L. Underwood, McFarland & Company, 2006, 256 pages, $35. Rodman L. Underwood’s biography of Stephen R. Mallory expands our...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Art of Ironclads

    Pieces from the USS Monitor Center’s collection illustrate that the famous Monitor-Virginia duel heralded a sea change in naval art as well as technology. Catching his first glimpse of the widely acclaimed Union warship USS Monitor in...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Clyde Built

    Clyde Built: Blockade Runners, Cruisers and Armoured Rams of the American Civil War by Eric J. Graham, Birlinn Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006, 238 pages, $34.95. Eric J. Graham’s Clyde Built provides a unique Scottish perspective on...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Big Business of Bahamian Blockade Running

    Fortunes were made and lost, goodwill mixed with wild speculation in a peculiar atmosphere of patriotism and greed—but without blockade running it would have been a short war indeed. Not long ago, a scuba diving expedition to a wrecked...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: A History of Ironclads

    A History of Ironclads by John V. Quarstein, History Press, 2007, 284 pages, $24.99. John Quarstein, in partnership with The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., has produced an outstanding chronology of the development of iron...

  • World War II Magazine

    Putting in a Little Overtime

    The 38th Engineers embark on an ‘endless’ 90-day tour. Comparisons of the 38th Regimental Combat Team to the unfortunate crew and passengers of the SS Minnow (the ill-fated tour boat from the 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island,...

  • World War II Magazine

    Poetry in Motion on the High Seas

    Japan’s Fubuki-class destroyers could take on virtually anything afloat. The Japanese named all their destroyers after elemental and weather conditions, but they had particular reason to wax poetic with the “special class” they...

  • World War II Magazine

    Was Halsey Out of His Depth?

    Bull Halsey’s legendary aggressiveness was sorely needed in the dark days after Pearl Harbor. But it would lead him into tragic and costly mistakes that dogged his ascent to higher command. William F. Halsey was a sailor born and bred....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Carrier Battles

    Vivid, mesmerizing, with rarely if ever before seen shots, Carrier Battles (Allegro; 55 minutes, B&W) rates high on the you-are-there charts. Part of a new British series called The War File, the DVD traces the development of the...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Shipbuilding Impresario of California

    As a showman, Henry J. Kaiser could have put P. T. Barnum to shame. He employed publicists who never seemed to sleep, relentlessly promoting the story of the self-made American who could make roads, dams, bridges, cement factories, and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Big Ben’s Fight for Life

    A Japanese bomber nearly sank USS Franklin in a March 1945 attack, but despite fires and explosions that killed a third of the seamen, its determined captain and crew kept the carrier afloat. Off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945, USS...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Letters from Readers- Spring 2008

    Admiral on Board Could that be Rear Admiral Hyman G. Rickover standing on the port fairwater of Scorpion talking to another officer in the Winter 2008 cover photo? Edward Costello Bellevue, Wash. Editor’s note: The picture does include...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Operation Passage to Freedom

    Operation Passage to Freedom: The United States Navy in Vietnam, 1954-1955 by Ronald B. Frankum Jr. Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 2007, hardcover $40. The July 1954 Geneva Accords that ended the Indochina War of 1946-1954 provided...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: The Decline of European Naval Forces

    Jeremy Stöhs examines the post–Cold War decline of European naval forces and suggests what the 21st century may hold...