Independent scholar Hazel Sheeky Bird offers up an insightful take on the role played by naval heroes in Britain and the United States in children’s writing. Read more in the current issues of the International Journal of Naval History.

Photo from Image: 
"Paul Jones the Pirate as Seen by England," Illustrative plate in Willis John Abbot, The Story of Our Navy for Young Americans, from Colonial Days to the Present Time (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1910), facing page 12. 

Admiral John Harvey gave a wonderful speech at last night’s Midway Celebration Dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Admiral Harvey focused on the real reason for the victory at Midway: the sailors and marines that fought - not the machines. Without the decisions that sailors like Wade McClusky, Eugene Lindsey, and Admiral Spruance made the morning of the 4th, victory would have been unlikely for the American Fleet. To the men who fought that day, and to the many more that gave their last measure of devotion to the preservation of freedom that morning.

 

Winter Storm #Titan may be bad now, but it was far worse for Josiah Tattnall and the crew of the Saratoga in March 1943. Read about it in today’s NHF blog post.

Four new planes were added late last month to the U.S. Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery.  Check out this short blog post about the four models and the men who flew them during the Cold War.  

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British artist John Hamilton painted 204 paintings of the Second World War. Or was it 205? Find out more in today’s blog post about a curious item currently held at NHF: A reverse painting of the Pearl Harbor attack!

Read more about it in today’s NHF Blog Post
New blog post from Norman Polmar: An Astronaut Underwater (Mercury 7 Astronaut Scott Carpenter).
Read more about Norman’s experiences with Carpenter in “NORMAN’S CORNER” here: http://ow.ly/r9zlf
(Photo credits LIFE Magazine)
November is Native American Heritage Month. We will be celebrating some important Native American figures throughout naval history. Today’s photo is of Commander John Herrington, former naval aviator and NASA Mission Specialist (STS-113). Herrington became the first astronaut of a Native American tribe to fly in space. NASA photo STS113-305-007 (26 November 2002). For more information on this month, please go to:http://ow.ly/qSYHl

A new article by Hal Friedman in the International Journal of Naval History looks at Japanese culture and their interpretation of defeat in World War II. Read it here.

(shown here, Japanese representatives on board USS Missouri (BB 63) during the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. National Archives image USA C-2719.)

USTS Charleston (PG 51): Mass Maritime Training Ship

By Captain George Stewart, USN (Retired)

This article is intended to provide a basic description of the ex USS Charleston (PG 51) when it served as the USTS Charleston, the training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy during the period between 1948 and 1957. USS Charleston (PG 51) was one of only two Erie Class Patrol gunboats originally built for US Naval service during the 1930s. Its’ keel was laid down at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina on 27 October 1934. It was launched on 25 February 1936 and commissioned on 8 July 1936. (Read the full article here)

(Charleston is shown here at Buzzard’s Bay in the 1940’s. NHHC image NH 77120.)