Category Archives: History

BOOK REVIEW – HARNESSED TO THE POLE: Sledge Dogs in Service to American Explorers of the Arctic, 1853-1909

By Sheila Nickerson, University of Alaska Press, Anchorage (2014) Reviewed by Jan Churchill The North Pole was the ultimate prize. Before aviation, ships could only go so far thanks to polar ice. The best way to travel, with supplies and … Continue reading

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NHF Staff Visit NHHC Collections Management Facility

By Emily Pearce, NHF Middendorf Curator The Navy has not always done its due diligence in preserving its material heritage. The practice of collecting naval artifacts dates to the early nineteenth century under patrons such as Thomas Tingey, but these … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag: Thai Sterling Silver Cigarette Set

Ditty Bag: Collections of the Naval Historical Foundation An Artifact and Collections Blog Series Thai Sterling Silver Cigarette Set The travels of Admiral Arleigh Burke are the topic of fascination and awe for many United States Navy enthusiasts. Some of … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag: Atop the Stars and Stripes

Ditty Bag: Collections of the Naval Historical Foundation An Artifact and Collections Blog Series American Eagle Finial This American Eagle finial, or decoration which tops a flagstaff, dates to the early twentieth century. Eagle finials are used by the Executive … Continue reading

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CNO Centennial – By the Numbers (1915-2015)

By Matthew T. Eng Today marks the centennial anniversary of the creation of the Office of Chief of Naval Operations. Congressed established the office under the Naval Appropriation Act on 3 March 1915 (10 U.S.C. § 5033). There were two main predecessors … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Anniversary, U.S. Navy Reserve!

Tomorrow marks the centennial of Congressional legislation that created the Navy Reserve component of today’s United States Navy. While a hundred years is a significant milestone, bear in mind that 2015 also marks the 240th anniversary of the creation of … Continue reading

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AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT – Henry N. Barkhausen Award

The Henry N. Barkhausen Award For Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History For consideration in the current calendar year, entries for must be postmarked no later than May 15 Guidelines for Entrants Since 2001, the Association for Great Lakes … Continue reading

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The Battleship Guns at NASA’s AMES Research Center

By Matthew T. Eng Battleship guns helped win the Second World War. What about the race to the moon? Bob Fish, author and USS Hornet Museum trustee, recently visited NASA’s AMES Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA, to investigate the possibility of … Continue reading

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Oscar Night: The Best U.S. Navy Films

It’s Oscar night in America. The biggest stars in Hollywood will gather in Hollywood as this past year’s best films are celebrated and highlighted. In honor of the event, we thought we could have our own awards show for the best … Continue reading

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Bad Coffee and Graph Paper: A History of HRNM LEGO Shipbuilding

By Matthew T. Eng This past weekend’s annual Brick by Brick: LEGO Shipbuilding Event at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM) was another resounding success. More than 2,000 people attended this year’s competition, making it the biggest and best one … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield

By General Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, NY (2014) Reviewed by Nathan D. Wells General Tony Zinni is one of the most respected senior officers alive today. A retired general in the United States Marine Corps … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – THE BLOOD TELEGRAM: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide

By Gary J. Bass, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY (2013) Reviewed by LTJG J. Scott Shaffer USN With the U.S. Navy increasing their presence in the Asia theatre under Pacific Pivot, well-researched narratives covering the history of major regional … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – My Incredible Journey: From Cadet to Command

By Rear Admiral Peter Dingemans CB DSO, Royal Navy, Brewin Books Ltd, Studley, Warwickshire, England (2013) Reviewed by Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S. Navy (Retired) In his autobiography, Rear Admiral Peter Dingemans writes about his service in the Royal Navy … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Crisis in the Mediterranean: Naval Competition and Great Power Politics, 1904-1914

By Jon K. Hendrickson, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Richard P. Hallion Ph.D. Author Jon K. Hendrickson’s book Crisis in the Mediterranean is most timely, as its publication happily coincided with the beginning of commemorations of the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol: John Gowen and the Raising of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 1857-1862

By Chuck Veit, published through Lulu.com (2014) Reviewed by Robert P. Largess Forty years ago, I picked Commander Edward Ellsberg’s On the Bottom off the bookshelf of an elderly friend, a favorite from his own boyhood. The story of the … Continue reading

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