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Panoramic and Audio Tour of USS Pampanito

Thanks to Richard Pekelney for passing along the link to a wonderful panoramic and audio tour of the USS Pampanito, a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is open for visitors daily at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. … Continue reading

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The Two SS Athenia, Torpedoed by U-Boats

Seventy five years ago this month, the Donaldson Line passenger liner SS Athenia became the first British ship to be sunk by a German U-boat in World War II.  The 13,465 gross ton liner sailed from Glasgow bound Montreal.  On September 3, 1939, only … Continue reading

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Drydocking USS Slater, Last WWII Destroyer Escort Afloat

Could the arrival of the the USS Slater, the last World War II destroyer escort still afloat in the United States, be a sign of spring in New York harbor?  We can only hope, although as the sky today remains … Continue reading

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Building New York With Ships’ Ballast — Cobblestones, Blitz Bricks & Bristol Basin

In the almost 6,000 miles of streets, roads and highways in the five boroughs of New York City, only about 15 miles are still paved with cobblestones. As noted by the New York Times: Starting in the 17th century, cobblestones … Continue reading

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Twice Forgotten: Story of the WWII Submarine R-12

An interesting Kickstarter fundraiser to complete the documentary “Twice Forgotten: Heroes of the R12 Submarine,” about the WWII submarine USS R-12, which sank off the coast of Key West, Florida on June 12, 1943 with the loss of 40 American sailors and 2 Brazilian officers. … Continue reading

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World War II Lard “Good Enough to Have a Fry Up With” Washes Ashore in Scotland

Recent winter storms have washed ashore four large, barrel-shaped pieces of lard onto the beach at St.Cyrus nature reserve in Scotland.  They are believed to be from the wreck of a merchant vessel that was bombed in WW II.  Therese Alampo, St … Continue reading

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Bombs in the Gulf’s Offshore Oilfields

We have previously posted about unexploded bombs from World War II being exposed by drought along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers in Germany, about similar bombs being found in the port of Marseille and about World War II phosphorus munitions burning two … Continue reading

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Update: Wreck of the SS Garisopa – Odyssey Marine Recovers 48 Tons of Silver From Three Miles Down

Last September we posted that Odyssey Marine Exploration had located the wreck of the S.S. Gairsoppa, which was torpedoed in February of 1941 by a German U-boat. When she sank, the ship was loaded with 240 tonnes of silver believed … Continue reading

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The El Estero Fire – the Greatest Nautical Disaster that Didn’t Happen

Bowsprite was kind enough to pass along this forgotten moment in history, which fits in well with recent posts.  Like the case of the Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery, it involves a ship loaded with high explosives and like the apparent “Blind Date” hoax, … Continue reading

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Explosive-Laden Liberty Ship SS Richard Montgomery May Sink Thames Estuary Airport

The Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery,with a cargo of high explosives, was wrecked off the Nore in the Thames Estuary in 1944.  Shortly after the wreck, an attempt was made to remove her cargo but the ship broke apart with 1,400 … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Seventy yeas ago, the Japanese and navies of the United States and Australia fought the Battle of the Coral Sea in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea in a series of naval battles from May … Continue reading

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PT 728, World War II Patrol Torpedo Boat, for Sale in Hammacher Schlemmer Catalog

Hammacher Schlemmer’s catalog is subtitled: “Offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected for 164 years.” One item for sale certainly qualifies as “unique.”  They currently list for sale the World War II PT-728, the only PT boat in existence licensed … Continue reading

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Winnie Breegle, WWII WAVE and Code Talker Speaks of Her Service

Earlier this month, 90 year old Winnie Breegle spoke at the 2012 Women’s History Month celebration at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, FL. She had quite a story to tell.  Not only was she a WAVE (Woman Accepted for Volunteer Emergency … Continue reading

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Evacuation Near Port of Marseille to Remove 1-ton World War II German Bomb

In November, we posted about how a drought on the Rhine River was exposing unexploded World War II munitions, and then in December about the evacuation of half of the German city of Koblenz, when several large bombs were found buried in … Continue reading

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Update: Bombs Along the Rhine – Half of Koblenz to be Evacuated for Bomb Disposal

Recently we posted about how the near record drought in Europe has lowered the levels in the Rhine River, not only limiting vessel traffic, but also exposing World War II munitions.  We wrote that “ bomb disposal experts … are evaluating how to dispose of a … Continue reading

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Bombs Along the Rhine – Drought Exposing WWII Unexploded Munitions

A near record drought has lowered the water levels on the Rhine River, Europe’s most important inland maritime waterway, by five feet below average, stopping many ships and barges from trading.  In several locations, river levels have fallen to one hundred year lows.  To … Continue reading

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Diving HMS Hermes

Last Friday we posted about the USS Arthur W Radford as an artificial reef.  Thanks to Alaric Bond for passing on this video of the wreck of  HMS Hermes, which is a popular dive site off near Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.   … Continue reading

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HMT Lancastria Finally Honored – A “Secret Sacrifice” No Longer

The evacuation of British troops and civilians from France in 1940 did not end with Dunkirk.   Several weeks later,   on June 17, 1940, the British Cunard liner Lancastria was loaded to capacity with troops and civilians off the French port of St. Nazaire, when she … Continue reading

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Lucky Fluckey

Today is the birthday of Rear Admiral Eugene Bennett Fluckey, known as “Lucky Fluckey,” who died in 2007 at the age of 94.   In addition to having one of the truly great nicknames,  he was one of the greatest submarine skippers of … Continue reading

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The Channel Islands at War

For those in the UK, the Yesterday Channel is beginning a new documentary series, The Channel Islands at War,  next week  on Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of June. The Channel Islands at War

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