Thursday, May 30, 2013


Actually the ship your viewing is of the USS E. A. Poe (IX-103) is the "EX" SS Edgar Allen Poe.  
After connecting with a torpedo from the Japanese Submarine I-21 she lost her engines and boilers but she didn't the Navy seen another opportunity for this ole girl to serve....and serve she did.

If you'd care to have a look at her history....just click: HERE

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


President Roosevelt described the Liberty ships as forming a "Bridge across the Atlantic", and when you  really get to thinking of what these vessels performed I would say that description pretty much hit the "nail on the head."
This article has several Liberties, [as well as their 'half-sisters' Oceans and Fort stories embedded in this well as describing who actually captured the first 'Enigma Machine.'...[well it certainly was not the Americans].
I have included the battle between the Sambo ex Edwin Joseph O'Hare and the I-27....which was not a good turn out for Sambo....but the I-27 met up with the HMS Petard and Paladin  where as she met her end, but not before she put up one damn good fight.

So....if you are 'into' Liberty ships, convoys, and good British info as may wish to take a look at this one....
If you wish to HERE to get to the article.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


This actually is a mystery....and who doesn't like a good mystery?  This particular mystery takes place in WW II in the Indian Ocean.
It's about a German U-boat hauling a very expensive cargo to Japan and she meets up with a T-2 tanker carrying airplane fuel...well the story unfolds from there.....but the mystery is:  the U-boat is never heard from again...and nobody believes the tanker scored a hit on the U-boat....
If you'd care to give this one a read...just click HERE.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


This two part article is rather long in relation to some of my other articles on Liberty ship info....and it took me a great deal of time to pound it out...but it offers a great deal of info to the individual that has an interest in "Liberty Ships."
In this piling up of words you'll read abut the "Unions", the cost variance of the Liberty ships between shipyards, how women came to be involved in "just becoming another 'shipyard welder' and how one shipyard manager wired his entire shipyard for sound.
Then there is mention of how Henry Kaiser built more Liberties than anyone....but was caught red-handed profiteering the money the government was handing out for the Liberties.
These companies were making so much money that they made this statement, "if it hadn't been for taxes, we couldn't have handled our profit with out a steam shove."
There is much, much more in this two part article...I hope you find it interesting and informative.

Friday, May 3, 2013


This particular article is just the first in a series on how the small coastal military craft came into being what it is today.

Not so very long ago the safe and secure world of the big warship, the battleship and the cruiser, was threatened by the small torpedo boat.
Today navies feel equally threatened by  small missile boats and the wheel has turned full circle.

So to understand it all we have to start back in 1864.

HERE is the first article of how it all began.