Friday, April 26, 2013


The SS E.G. Seubert was the name the tanker finally went by when she met her fate of 22 February 1944.  She actually started her life in 1918 as the SS L.C Doheny named after a grandson of the oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny.

Well she was transferred to the US Navy, commissioned and worked under them for about a year...hauling oil and doubling as a transport to bring home the troops.....and the story goes on ...that is until she met up with the German U-boat U-510...of which had a 'field day' with convoy PA-69.
HERE is the article

Sunday, April 21, 2013


I put out a bi-monthly flyer to some of the watering holes that I visit.  These establishments normally have a gathering of old salts of sailors and merchant seamen.  So to have something to chat, discuss, argue, and lie about....I provide a bi-monthly flyer to "encourage" the conversation....and to get the guy next to me to buy me a beer.

So this article has a variety of subject matter...some of it is "fairly recent" some of is not, some you may already know....but one thing for is not "century old news."

I get a lot of this from individuals that send me material....I stow it away and then when the guy next to me doesn't offer to buy me any more beer....I bang out one of my "Scuttle-Butt News" fliers and then we continue on with lying, arguing, yelling and having a great time....and more beer flows.  So...from time to time I do will be putting one of these out for y'all can print one off...take it to your local pub.....and have a grand ole time.

The "Scuttle-Butt News" article is HERE

Saturday, April 20, 2013


The Dorchester started her sea journey actually as a steam passenger ship.  Well one thing led to another and the WW II came along, she was snatched up by the USAT [United States Army Transport].
Then in one of her journey's she had a boat load full of individuals...being transport to Greenland....and then all hell broke lose when she met up with U-223.

If you so wish to read about this event you can click: HERE

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


When you start reading this may get somewhat turned off due to all the technical info on "coal"....but hang with it...because I believe the reader will be very informed on how the "Coal Ships" came about, as well as their history.

Yes, this is a long article...actually a "Two Part Article" but in my opinion it offers the reader a great deal of information, and if you are looking for family info on someone that worked the ships, barges, coal car may just run across something you can use in your research.

Lots of collier ships included in this article, as well as pics of them...

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Whom your looking at is Edward 'Butch' O'Hare, a US Navy Pilot that downed five Japanese bombers in one dogfight.  In doing this he not only saved a carrier, but became the Navy' first Pacific Ace.
Now something you may know and then again you may not. Eddie was a Chicago native, and his father went by the name of 'Easy Eddie'.....whom was an attorney.....and was a business partner of the famous gangster Al Capone......  There is more about this in the I'll let you hang on this tidbit of info.

Butch O'Hare didn't seek fame in what he accomplished as a Navy Pilot.....but was presented the "Medal of Honor" by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his deed.
This is an extremely interesting story [actually a two part article] about this young if your interested in Naval Aviation hero's I think this well be informative to you.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


This particular article is simply a "History Lesson" on what took place on the "high seas" during the War of 1812.
Yes, it is written from the perspective of the Americans....who done what to who, and according to them who came out the clear winner.  Well I don't wish to take "any" side with this purpose was to describe a time in 1812 when two nations went to war, and to understand, which ever side the reader is on, just what took place.
War is never "Good"...but most generally the powers to be do learn from them, and this is called "Educational History" please bear this in mind while indulging in letting your eyes dance over this article.
Click: HERE

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


The 2456-ton steamship SS La Rin became HMS Fidelity (D-57) and was fitted out as a combination decoy "Q" ship and spy vessel used to transport SOE operatives into Nazi-occupied countries.  Her last mission saw her revamped into a commando carrier bound for the Far East.  Armed with 4-in guns, she went down without any survivors in December 1942.

You can read about this extremely interesting ship and her crew HERE

Saturday, April 6, 2013


It is a good thing when you've never been on a Hospital Ship....but if you ever have to be on one of these floating'll be in 'awe' at this modern medical center.
They can do just about any medical procedure you can have done on a land based medical facility.  Twelve operating rooms, CT Scanner, and two oxygen-producing plants.
Oh yes...they have it all...but I'd like to walk you through how we got to this point....

Hope you enjoy the HERE to indulge

Friday, April 5, 2013


A miniature rain squall drops a temporary mantle over several dark hulls moving swiftly along a line of South Pacific islands, wrapping what are warships in even tighter darkness than the moonless night has accomplished.  Momentarily flitting in and out of a low deck of clouds spilling across the 1942-era Solomon Sea, the indistinct forms emerge long enough to take a faint bearing on one another before plunging back into blindness again.  As rivulets of rain showers course off their armored turrets, the five heavy cruisers - Aoba, Cholai, Kako, Kinugasw, and Furataka are on their way to keep a date with destiny, one that the Emperor will be pleased to toast.

Click HERE to give this a read.