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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

    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

    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

    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- Summer 2008

    Another Franklin Hero When I read the article “Big Ben’s Fight for Life” (Spring 2008), I was reminded of the letters from Dad when he was on the USS Franklin. He was a thirty-three-year-old seaman /gunner’s mate assigned to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    On a vintage 1890 pile-driving barge

    The first thing I noticed when I got off the airplane at Tan Son Nhut in August 1970 was the intense heat. Led into the airport terminal, I watched all the different kinds of soldiers and civilians moving through the building. After a long...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    MS Amastra’s perilous duty on behalf of the US at Nha Trang

    It is rare that a naval vessel once sunk to the bottom of the sea is given a new lease on life. But the motor ship (MS) Amastra, a British-registered Shell Oil tanker under the command of Captain J. Campkin, had such a second life.  ...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A Union Whale Surfaces in New Jersey

    Intelligent Whale, the war’s most advanced submarine, has been sitting quietly for years in a New Jersey museum. Many thought it was a postwar machine. It’s time to rewrite American naval history. It’s easy to get swept into the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Heavy, Slow and Ugly

    USS Lafayette and Choctaw, cargo ships converted to gunboats, ponderously patrolled the Mississippi River and its waterways. Sure, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia revolutionized naval warfare and sounded the death knell of wooden-walled...

  • Military History Magazine

    Dawn of the Gun Ships

    John Hawkins drew on his experience at sea to create a state-of-the-art fighting ship, ultimately crushing the Spanish Armada and securing English dominion of the high seas. The introduction of heavy guns to naval warfare came at a time...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    USS Galena: De-evolution of a Warship

    USS Galena failed as an ironclad, but a tight-fisted U.S. Navy returned the ship to the age of sail, stripping the technological lemon of its armor and sending it back into the fray. On a chilly February 14, 1862, Valentine’s Day, at the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Today- October 2008

    Cedar Creek Battlefield: Ruined Forever? A serious dispute between the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and nearby Belle Grove Plantation broke out at a May 28 meeting of the Frederick County, Va., Board of Supervisors, where a 4-3 vote...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘The Monitor Is No More’

    USS Monitor’s famous clash with CSS Virginia is etched in history. But perhaps its most important battle was the one to save itself. Massive waves pounded across USS Monitor’s deck on December 30, 1862, choking and drowning frantic...