Thursday, November 5, 2015



In a controversial swap of 50 Great War destroyers for the right to use British bases, the Royal Navy gained a legendary warship that became exceptionally useful in the Atlantic War.
The more I got into producing this article the more interesting the details became to me.
Actually there is a good part of the article that becomes a first hand accounting of being on one of these beauties.

If you wish to give it a read then click: HERE

Thursday, October 29, 2015


The past has always been an interest of mine, especially the past World Wars and how fate inter-acted with "Chance" on who won the War.
Well here is an article that provides some insight on how close Germany came to tilting the scale in there direction in having a "one up on the US."
The following is an intro into the article: In a last-ditch attempt to win the Atlantic War, Hitler's production geniuses created a fast, silent-running, deep-diving, hard-to- detect submarine that revolutionized Naval warfare even though it came along too late to save the day.

If you would like to give this a "look see"....just click: HERE

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Ok so a lot of us know that former President H.W. Bush was the youngest Naval Aviation Pilot in WWII.......Well folks it has been learned that ....that is not the case at all.
Come to find out by a recent survey that there was a 'Young buck' that beat the former President by a few days.  Now this did not go unnoticed by the then Vice President Bush....he acknowledged this and sent the gentleman congratulating Mr. Downey  of this status. is his story of how all this took place, and of his encounters as a teen Naval Aviator in WWII.
As far as I know the gentleman is still alive and kicking today

It's a good article click HERE to read.


Now folks here is a tad of history that you may have heard of if you are somewhat interested in some of the early wars of our time..
Actually this article describes "How the lowly maggot and mistreatment of Russian sailors aboard the battleship POTEMKIN changed the world
The POTEMKIN was a different design from the usual French-influenced battleships of the day.  As well even the name of the ship had an unusual flare.  
Well I could go on and on here....but if you want to roll your eyeballs over this article I do believe you'll find some interesting historical facts that you did not realize.

To give this a read click: HERE

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SHIP LISTING:[Alcoa Pioneer; Alcoa Prospector; Alcoa Puritan; Alcoa Rambler; Alcoa Ranger; Alcoa Shipper;Alcoa Transport; Alexander Graham Bell; Alexander Macomb; Alexander Major.

  • SS ALCOA PIONEER - A 6, 711 gross ton C1-B-Cargo freighter her encounter with enemy aircraft at Pearl Harbor.
  • SS ALCOA PROSPECTOR - Part of the convoy PA-44 and she had an encounter with a Japanese Submarine I-27, and it did not turn out well.
  • SS ALCOA PURITAN - A C1-B freighter built in 1941.  She was in the Gulf sailing toward Mobile Alabama on May 1942, when she was spotted by German U-boat U507.  Then all hell broke loose. 
  • SS ALCOA RAMBLER - When laid down she was named "Waxhaw" when completed was named "Mercer Victory" then in 1941 was acquired by Alcoa Co. and named "Alcoa Rambler." Her demise was with German Submarine U-174.
  • SS ALCOA RANGER - A Hog Island freighter - completed in 1919 as "Sarcoxie" ...another name change to "Alcoa Ranger" in 1940 when Alcoa took her over.  Involved in convoy PQ-17 & her very serious encounter with German Submarine U-255.
  • SS ALCOA SHIPPER - A freighter built in 1920 named "Davenport" .  Acquired by Alcoa in 1940 and renamed to "Alcoa Shipper".  Returning to the U S she encountered the German Submarine U-404 about 500 miles from Cape Charles.
  • SS ALCOA TRANSPORT - Was a freighter completed in 1918.  Before acquiring her Alcoa Transport she was assigned names of "Lake Medford, H. J. Lawrence, Elwyn C. Hale, and Ocean Doninion" - met her demise on May 2, 1042 by German Submarine U-201.
  • SS ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL - A Liberty ship freighter and troop ship.....struck a mine....details.
  • SS ALEXANDER MACOMB - A Liberty ship freighter....coming into the Boston Harbor of Massachusetts she happened to run into German Submarine U-215, and was torpedoed.
  • SS ALEXANDER MAJOR - A Liberty ship freighter, built in January 1944.  She was struck by a plane and suffered a fire.