Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on Sea Literature, History, and Culture

Popular Culture & American Culture Associations National Conference pcaaca.org/ April 16-19, 2014 Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile Chicago, IL Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme. Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to: Movies, art, music

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Navy Museum Hosts Panel on Formerly Classified Undersea CIA/Navy Mission

Last night, the US Navy Museum hosted a special panel presentation entitled “An Underwater Ice Station Zebra: Recovering a Secret Spy Satellite Capsule from 16,400 ft Below the Pacific Ocean” The subject for the evening was the once classified 1972 mission to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Early that year, a film capsule from

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BOOK REVIEW – Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels

By Ken W. Sayers, Naval Institute Press: Annapolis, MD, (2012). Reviewed by Jennifer Daley The United States Navy has a strong history of developing unique vessels to combat specific roles beyond the realm of traditional battleships and submarines. In the 2012 publication, Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels, author Ken

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Spilling the Secret – Captain Morton T. Seligman, U.S. Navy (Retired), U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1919

By Captain Lawrence B. Brennan, U.S. Navy (Retired) (Editor’s Note: a version of this article first appeared in the January 2013 issue of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society Log. Article is copyrighted by the author, all rights reserved.) “The game may not be worth the candle.” Special Prosecutor William D. Mitchell, former Attorney General of

NHF Historian Writes On 25th Anniversary of Black Sea Incidents

Twenty-five years ago there were a series of bumping incidents in the Black Sea between two Soviet frigates and the cruiser Yorktown (CG 48) and the destroyer USS Caron (DD 970). The incidents occurred as the American ships conducted an “innocent passage” of Soviet territorial waters near the Crimea. NHF historian Dr. David Winkler wrote

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BOOK REVIEW – America’s Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919-1923

By Robert Shenk, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012). Reviewed by David F. Winkler, Ph.D. I wrote the dust-jacket promotion blurb for this book where I suggested this book be considered for the CNO’s reading list – for good reasons – this book provides a historical account of the post-World War I history where revolutionary

Naval History and the Royal Navy: An Interview with Former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band

On 20 November, the Naval Historical Foundation interviewed First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, GCL, DL, who presently serves as Chairman of Trustees of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN). The NMRN represents an amalgamation of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth), Royal Marines Museum, (Southsea), Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilton),

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BOOK REVIEW – Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

By Ian W. Toll, W.W. Norton Company, New York, London, (2011). Reviewed by Rear Adm. Richard Gentz, USN (Ret.) Do not expect an objective review to follow! I was an immediate fan of Ian Toll when I found his first book Six Frigates in a gift shop on the Newport, Rhode Island waterfront. The continued

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Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on Sea Literature, History, and Culture

National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 2013 Conference pcaaca.org/conference/national.php March 27-30, 2013 Washington, DC Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme. Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to: Film, art, music, and television

USS Houston Survivors Dedicate New Model Case

On Thursday 17 November the National Museum of the United States Navy hosted a remarkable event to honor those who were lost and those who survived the sinking of USS Houston (CA 30) on 1 March 1942 off Java.  Over the past 17 months, the Curator of Ship Models with Navy Sea Systens Command, Dana