Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
Hello! My name is Fiona Adams and I worked on a National History Day project this year concerning Midway, ciphers, and Joseph Rochefort. I thought that you may be interested in my website, and if you had time, would be able to tell me if anything is wrong in a historical sense. I know that you have very limited time, therefore this is just something that I thought the Naval Historical Society employees who ran this website may be interested in and may be able to correct if time permits. Thank you! Here’s the link: http://61630432.weebly.com/
On 10 September 1813, a U.S. Navy squadron under Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British squadron at the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. During the battle, Perry hauled down his “Don’t Give Up The Ship” flag from the badly damaged U.S. Brig Lawrence, boarded a small boat and was rowed over to the undamaged U.S. Brig Niagara. He then proceeded to break the British line and carry the day. Following the battle, he send the famous message “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” The victory secured the waters of Lake Erie for the United States.
Read our publication “Battle of Lake Erie: Building the Fleet in the Wilderness” online here: http://www.navyhistory.org/battle-of-lake-erie-building-the-fleet-in-the-wilderness/
On 5 September 1781, at the Battle of the Virginia Capes during the American Revolution, a French fleet successfully prevented the British fleet from entering Chesapeake Bay and relieving Major General Lord Cornwallis’ army at Yorktown, Virginia. After a siege by American and French forces, Cornwallis was forced to surrender on 19 October 1781, an event that led the British to abandon their effort to prevent American independence. This oil on canvas by v. Zveg, 1962, depicts the French fleet (at left), commanded by Vice Admiral the Comte de Grasse, engaging the British fleet (at right) under Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Graves off the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. NHHC image NH 73927-KN.
Part 3 of Captain George Stewart’s series on Fletcher class destroyers looks at operations of these workhorses during the Cold War. Shown is USS Halsey Powell, a Fletcher class destroyer, along with a map of her 1958 Pacific deployment. (read more here)
During the early morning darkness of 3 September 1925, USS Shenandoah (ZR 1), U.S. Navy rigid airship, was flying over southeastern Ohio when she abruptly encountered violent atmospheric conditions. Her hull structure was overstressed amidships, breaking the airship in two. Shenandoah's external control car and two engine cars fell free, carrying the dirigible's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne, and several other men to their deaths. The stern section came down nearby, while Lieutenant Commander Charles E. Rosendahl and several men were able to fly the bow section to ground as a free balloon. In all, twenty-nine of those on board survived.
Lt JG James Murray who painted the picture of Key penning the National Anthem - was he the father of WW1 pilot Walter Scott Murray who was killed in a flying accident while training in England. I live in the UK close to the scene of the accident at Hooton Park - and the Churchyard where Walter is buried. Trying to piece together his history. Would love to know more about his parents. Hope you can help. James
Hi James, we’ve checked with the experts on this one, the U.S. Navy’s Art Gallery. Unfortunately they don’t have any detailed background on the artist that would help to connect the dots. If you find out any more, please do let us know and we can pass the information along to them.
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On 2 September 1945, the Empire of Japan formally surrendered to the Allied Powers, ending World War II. The surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay took place on the battleship Missouri (BB 63) shown here on that morning beneath a massive flyover by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft. National Archives image 80-G-421130.