Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the sailor in your life? How about a U.S. Navy cruise book, from the collection of the Navy Department Library? High resolution reproductions are available, details here: http://www.navyhistory.org/historical-services/cruise-books/

A portion of the proceeds from reproductions goes to support the mission of the Naval Historical Foundation.

We had a request for images of the battleship USS North Carolina (BB 55). This is a shot of North Carolina on her shakedown cruise in May 1941, from the National Archives (80-G-K-13974).

We have a nice selection of images of the battleship from an earlier post on Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150144337640229.331199.165541270228&type=3)

And we did a story earlier this year on the radio equipment on board North Carolina, which has been restored to working condition: http://www.navyhistory.org/2012/02/battleship-north-carolina-ni4bk-is-on-the-air/

On 6 December 1917, German submarine U-53 torpedoed and sank the destroyer USS Jacob Jones (DD 61) off England. 38 of her crew survived, while 64 perished.

With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor coming up this week, we have a story today about a tugboat that survived the onslaught and helped save stricken US battleships. Ex-USS Hoga is in drydock right now, being prepped as a museum ship for the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.

(read about the tugboat Hoga here)

In this image (National Archives photo 80-G-19940) Hoga (at right) is alongside the battleship USS Nevada fighting fires raging on board the grounded battleship.

Call for Papers: Battle of the Atlantic – 70th Anniversary Conference

May 2013 marks the seventieth anniversary of perhaps the major turning point in the Allied victory over the Germans in the Atlantic during the Second World War ‒ the defeat of the Uboats in mid-ocean. The official commemoration in Liverpool over the weekend of 25-26 May 2013 provides the opportunity for a preceding two-day conference on 23-24 May, where the various aspects of the campaign can be remembered, studied, and discussed.

(Learn more about the conference here)

Photo: German sub under aerial attack, 1943. NHHC image USN 208284, L-File.

On 4 December 1918 President Woodrow Wilson began the voyage to the Paris Peace Conference on board the transport USS George Washington (ID# 3018). The transport was escorted by the battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) and ten destroyers. This image (NHHC photo NH 53707) shows George Washington the following week, the morning of her arrival at Brest, France.

Our Executive Director, Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret) had the opportunity to attend the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Inactivation Ceremony on Saturday. As he shared last week, his father served on board the carrier in the 1960’s, and a cruise on board with his father as a boy helped to shape his future career: http://www.navyhistory.org/2012/11/enterprise-the-enduring-connection/

On 3 December 1775 the first American flag was raised over an American naval vessel, when Lieutenant John Paul Jones raised the Grand Union flag as Continental Ship Alfred was placed in commission at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NHHC image NH 85212-KN.

Is this some way you could do a post on the U.S.S. Arizona? I know it was a battleship that was at Pearl Harbour the day it was attacked. I have a good friend whos uncle was aboard it.

Thanks for the timely question about the attack on Pearl Harbor. We actually posted some rare film footage last year of the attack, over 5 minutes of faded black and white film. You can see the wreck of Arizona burning in the footage. Here is a link:


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BOOK REVIEW – Hunting Tirpitz: Royal Navy Operations Against Bismarck’s Sister Ship

Edited by G H Bennett Ph.D, Plymouth University Press, England, (2012)

Reviewed by David Kronenfeld

Hunting Tirpitz is a new work in a series of books recently released by the University of Plymouth Press. The series is entitled Britannia Naval Histories of World War II and comprises declassified government documents describing various naval operations during World War II. The German Kriegsmarine deployed the battleship Tirpitz to the northern reaches of Norway in 1942 to serve as both a deterrent to an invasion of Norway and to threaten the convoy routes to Russia’s northern ports. Often overshadowed by her sister ship Bismarck, Tirpitz caused great consternation among British naval planners and the book provides primary source documents on the four principal efforts launched to de-fang Hitler’s most powerful battleship.

(read the full review)