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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


One of the strangest sea battle of World War II.....yes it was very strange.  You know it is strange when it is referred to as "Battle of the Treacherous Tubers."  Yes readers I kid you not....Tubers are potatoes.....and they were used in this battle you can read about.

Just click HERE to bring up the story

Sunday, August 2, 2015

SHIPS LISTING [Frank Lever; Abbot L. Mills; Acme; Adoniram Judson; Afoundria; African Star; Agwimonte; Alamar; Alaskan; Albert F. Paul]

SHIPS LISTING [Frank Lever; Abbot L. Mills; Acme; Adoniram Judson; Afoundria; African Star; Agwimonte ;Alamar; Alaskan; Albert F. Paul]

  • SS A.Frank Lever = A Liberty ship.  Named after an extremely interesting man, and the ship itself had a very interesting ship life.  And interesting read if you are interested in ship history.
  • SS Abbot L. Mills = A Liberty ship that encountered a mine, en route to Dubrovnik Yugoslavia with over 8,000 tons of wheat....a rough sailing that did not end well.
  • SS Acme = A steam tanker completed in 1916 by Union Iron Works, of San Francisco, CA.  Doing well until she met up with German U-boat U-124.
  • SS Adoniram Judson = A Liberty Ship freighter helping in getting material to Leyte Islands in the Philippines for the up and coming invasion.
  • SS Afoundria = She sailed many an ocean after being built at Hog Island in 1919, but many of those oceans she sailed as SS Haddix. This is her encounter with U-108..
  • SS African Star = A Merchant freighter...She got into a fight with the German Sub U-172. This is how it all turned out!
  • SS Agwimonte = A Merchant freighter that was launched as "Cape Mendocino" in Long Beach, CA.  Her tangle with German Sub. U-177.
  • SS Alamar = A Merchant freighter that was built as "Eurana" in 1916 in San Francisco, CA.  There is a sad story that is part of the "Alamar Sinking".
  • SS Alaskan = Former name of "Wheaton"  laid down as "War Jupiter"...her detail of events with U-boat U-172and her sinking.
  • SV Albert F. Paul = A schooner that was doing her part in the war, left her home port and just disappeared on March 13, 1942.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Some would call this " ON THE WINDS OF AFRICA"...but actually it is a flight of a blimp from point A to point B.
Some claimed trying to supply a German bush army 2500-miles away in East Africa by Zeppelin was tantamount to a suicide mission.  But as you know some don't realize what they are talking about or it is just a dream to them.
So if your interested in the Zeppelin and what they took part in the early 1900's.....this will be interesting to you
Just click on this HERE for the story

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Did you ever think of "how in the world did we ever get to where we are now with the design of war ships?"
Well you have to chuckle about it but actually poorly conceived ships were built to everyone's embarrassment.
So.....this is an article that comes up with the five worst warships ever built, and if you indulge in reading you'll understand how these five were "the top five" of many.

If you wish to give this article a go just click HERE

Monday, March 2, 2015


Not often do you get the chance to read about detailed history of one of US Navy's devoted battleships.  They are "no more"...during their sea life, and during WW II these ships were "larger than life itself".
Yes we lost many of them on Dec. 7th, 1941, but one of these giants of the seas, arose from that dreadful attack....was rebuilt....and took out retribution against the very enemy that put her on the bottom during that damning event.
The USS West Virginia (BB-48)...she got her revenge.
Read about her ...and how she got her revenge....HERE

Friday, February 27, 2015


You know folks, when you really think about it, at least in 'nautical history' not much in the "safety" aspect to passengers only comes about due to a disaster.
Well this is the case with the "Lexington"....or at least impart due to the "Night Boat" it was usually referred too.
If you're into 'nautical history' I really do think this article has a lot to do with features we take as 'common' in sailing on the cruise ships of today.

In my opinion 'a good read' if you wish to give it a  HERE

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


She was a Liberty ship freighter, and she didn't have a "long ship's life".  She didn't get a lot accomplished due to her short life, but her story involved some interesting people and situations.
Even the Commander of the U-513 was interesting.....oh yes both vessels were sunk ......well...I'll let it at that....if interested you can give it all a go.  Just click HERE for the whole story. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Folks every once in awhile there happens to be a first hand accounting of a WW II adventure that comes to light.
This is an accounting of an Ensign, as wet as the gray paint of the ATR he was assigned too.....being placed to "re-place" the Captain on very, very short notice.  Hell he'd only been out of Candidate School a few days.

Well let me tell you....this gentleman had one exciting adventure...and he was just starting out.

This is the story: HERE

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


This is about a Liberty Ship that was put down by a Japanese Submarine.  The name of this ship was the Elias Howe, of which I do not have a picture of this particular Liberty Ship.  [if anyone of the readers has a picture of the SS Elias Howe and wishes to share....please contact me via my e-mail]

So....if you're into Liberty ships and or Merchant ships this detail of how this ship was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese then you may wish to give this a go.

Just click HERE to read about the sinking of the SS Elias Howe.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015



Now readers if you have not heard of this gentleman....then you may need to brush up on the "Battle at Jutland."  Admiral Jellicoe was an "up and comer" in the Royal Navy.
He was sent to all the "hotspots" to clear up all the "smoke" ....and the "top brass" was thinking he was the best thing since "white sugar."....that is until the "Battle of Jutland" came along.

Well here is Jellicoe's fall from grace.  What you never knew about Jellicoe at Jutland.

You can link to the article HERE.

Monday, January 19, 2015


The Eldena and the U510

Now folks this an interesting ship history....I've been writing ship histories for a long, long time and this one has where the U-boat is saying one thing and the Allies are saying who is correct?

Well we may never know....but what the heck it is an interesting read.

If you wish to give this a HERE

Saturday, January 17, 2015


The freighter SS Effingham was to join up with the PQ-13, of which is well noted as the Murmansk Run.
She actually did accomplish this task....but eventually found herself 90 miles behind the convoy due to heavy seas....which was common in the area she was sailing in.
Well to top it all off she met up with the German sub U-435....and all hell broke loose.
If you wish to "know the rest of the story" just click HERE



The following is a “Very
True” story about a Navy Diver.
He became “The Lead Diver” for a
“Mine Specialist & Body
Retrieval” dive group, of which
was involved with many “under
the sea situations”. just
keep that in the back of your mind
as the pages of this story is flipped before
you. We’ll refer to this sailor in this story as
“The Navy Diver”.......
Well this group of fellows just pulled
in to “Sheepshead Bay” in New York from
several months at sea on a submarine. They
had pulled in on a Thursday, and “The Navy
Diver” granted “shore leave” to his group of
divers on the following Friday.
Friday very late morning arrived and
the group departed for the nearest “Watering
Hole”....or you non-Naval individuals, “A
Bar”. To be more specific they were in
search of a “Strip Club Bar”....and low and
behold!!!!! didn’t take them long to find
this “second home to a lonely sailor”
After the dive group, of which
consisted of 5 guys, planted there butts on a
bar stool, warmed it up a bit, had the
barmaid turn up music, settled in for more
beer, and the arrival of the “strippers”. In
the mean time, in walked “The Navy Diver”
to join the “well oiled group”. Then the
party, beer, and stories started to flow.......oh
my!!!!.......the “place” started to jump. Loud
music, plenty of beer, and just plain raising
hell !!!!!!
Ok.....well all this went on for
awhile, and for awhile all was forgot about
on “the strippers” to make there appearance
of “dancing on the bar”. Well....when
realized....was told that all would
About an hour later, the music
developed that “down beat” of
stripper music and out stepped “The
Blond Shaker” upon the bar. Well this lady
strutted up and down the bar, dressed in her
“outfit”, of which would not hide the private
area of a mouse. Well of course it didn’t
make any difference what she had on......the
group.....[especially “The Navy Diver”]
voiced there disapproval of the time frame
of its removal.
Well.....the event did not unfold fast
enough for “The Navy Diver” whom had his
share of beer, and was voicing his wishes.
The “The Blond Shaker” came
down the bar, stood in front of “The Navy
Diver” and said, “Hey sailor, if you can do a
better job, and shake the butt any
better....come on up and do your
ooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!......the group
looked at there leader.....and said with their
looks, “Hey boss, put up, or shut
up” guess what folks.......HE
“The Navy Diver” put his beer down
on the bar, got up on the bar stool, stepped
on the bar...........motioned for the music to
be turned up....and let me tell you folks he
started to dance up and down the bar to the
“yelling....and encouraging comments” from
the Friday crowd. Oh yeah!!!!........”The
Navy Diver” really got into this the shoes,
socks, and the upper sailor
was he into the beat of this thing. he strutted his stuff up and
down the bar...a wiggle here....and a wiggle
there...and then he started taking off the
pants.......Whoa !!!!.....removing them real
slow to entice what “females” were part of
the bar group.....and “The Blond Shaker” she
was having a ball with this. Well he finally
got the pants off....and was whirling them
around above his head....[nothing on except
the shorts]....and the crowd was going nuts.
Then he started to “inch” the undershorts read correctly.....”The
Navy Diver” was going “all the way”.
So.....he danced up and down the bar
to the strong beat of music, each time
“inching” the shorts down lower......he got
just down to the middle of the bar, turned
around to jerk them shorts all the way
off.....the bar crowd was on there feet,
yelling “take it off, take it all off”.....and he
got them pups down to his knees.....with a
beer in his hand, hips swinging to the heavy
beat of the music....and in walks the
“COPS”. that was an OOPS !!!!!!!
Well.........The Navy Diver...was
hauled off to jail.....the bar crowd put up
bail, and “The Navy Diver” was given an
open invitation for a return engagement.....of
which never occurred. The Navy Diver
never danced on any more bars....or
attempted to demonstrate his “stripper
skills”.....but the event seemed to entitle him
to be called “Stripper Bud” to his dive crew.
Yes folks........... “The Navy
Diver”...[alas “Stripper Bud”] still alive and well.



Well folks, the ship you see
above was my very first ship, USS
Sheldrake (AGS-19), a minesweeper, one of
the many that I was proud to serve on, and I
would have to say had the cleanest decks in
the U.S. Navy.
I do believe, I along with all us other
divers, during the course of our “time
aboard” mopped, cleaned, and painted every
inch of that ship many times over. When I
was not over the side playing with a mine,
and trying to stay alive....I either had a mop,
broom, or paint brush in my hand....just like
every other “sea mate”.
Now you may think to “swab” a deck
is no big deal, but let me tell you it is not an
easy task....especially when you’re a “greenhorn”
kid....fresh out of “Navy dive school”,
and this is your “first ship”.
First day we headed up to
“Greenland” along the eastern seaboard. I
mean to tell you it was cold as hell, waves
about 6 to 10 ft. with sea swells way above
that. A fine morning mist, cloudy, and just a
“Yuk” kind of morning to be on the main
deck of a pitching & rolling ship.
Well you see my duties of diving did
not begin until a mine was spotted, and that
was not expected until we reach the northern
corners of that god awful place of
Greenland. So, until that time I was
expected to get my butt up on main deck,
along with the rest of the crew and keep that
cork in the water clean.
So....we gathered on the main deck
to get our assignments....and since I was the
“new man” on the pole....yep, you got it I got
the “crap detail”.....mopping!!!!!!
So the Chief Boatswains mate
assigned me an area, and stood around in his
warm foul-weather gear, and cup of coffee
to see that I “mopped correctly”.
Now how in the world can “you not”
mop correctly...hummmmmmmmm.....well
he instructed me several times, and each
time he chewed my butt, but I did
accomplish the task eventually....surprise,
You would think that would be the
end of this “Sea Story”.....well not
yet....there is one more “stupid” thing that
the “Green-horn” kid accomplished...and let
me tell you it was a real jewel.
Ok, it came about “chow time” and
the ole Chief Boatswain Mate was getting
tired of watching us mop....[in my opinion I
do believe he was getting tired of walking to
the chow hall to get his coffee]...can’t you
tell I “just love this guy”.
Anyway....he tells us all to go clean
out our mops, clean ourselves up and report
to the “mess deck”. I am holding this damn
mop...wondering now how do you clean this
darn thing???? So...I follow the rest of the
crew...and do as they do......I mean that seem
reasonable to me...if you don’t know you ask
or “do as others do”.
Well we went to the “fantail” of the you “non-seaman” that is the back
of the ship. I learned that you tie a line on
the mop, throw it overboard, and as it
tumbles in the “wash” of the propeller of the cleans the mop. Hey, that look like
a great thing to while we went to
“chow” the mops would clean
themselves....all we had to do later was “dry
the mops”. Looked like a heck of a deal to
So....I tied mine with a line and
threw that puppy in the “backwash” of the
seawater from the ship.....and went and had
my navy bean soup, and corn bread.
Well later that afternoon....I was in
the “crew compartment” helping to clean the
area, and some crew member ask me to go
get my “dry mop” and help mop the crews
Oh my God!!!!!....I forgot my mop
was not only was still “tumbling”
behind the ship.
So....I hustled my butt up to the
fantail of the ship....well everyone else had
gotten there mops...except ole Bud.
I started to haul mine in...and guess
who show up....Yep, you guessed right that
Mr. Good-natured Boatswain Mate. I pulled.....and as I lifted my
mop up...I could see there was no “cotton
strands” on my mop....”IT WAS ALL
GONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!”.
Well Mr. Good-natured
Man...couldn’t laugh see I left
the mop in that “tumbling action for so long
it tore all the cotton stands from the mop”
When I pulled up the mop ....all I had left
was the “nub” where it is attached to the
handle. I mean to tell you ....there was not
enough left on the mop to dry a fly nest.
So....the ole Boatswain grabbed that
mop...took it down to the crews quarters,
along with instructing ole Bud to come
along....and showed the “whole crew” what
happens when you leave a mop to long
behind a ship.
Then he “pats my back” an says,
“And this fine young man that provided this
for us, is the same individual that is going to
keep us from getting blown up”.
Tell you what folks.....that only
happened once.....but over the course of a
few months....there was a time or two that
the ole Boatswain Mate said a few
prayers.....and thanked me....that he was not
“food for the fishes”....but that is all of
“another story” at “another time”.
Yep folks the Navy was “short one
mop”....but ole Bud gain one heck of a

“Mop Education”.