Archive for the ‘World War II’ Category

Fake News 1941 Style

June 11, 2017


December 8, 1941, San Francisco Call-Bulletin.

Hanging Around in Cherbourg Harbor

October 5, 2013

LST-392_ copy

In the first such attempt, using a specially constructed ramp, the Army Transportation Corps, unloads freight cars from USS LST-392 in Cherbourg Harbor, 1 August 1944.

USS Iowa (BB-61) at Richmond

December 31, 2011
USS Iowa - BB-61

USS Iowa at Richmond, California 2/24/11

It’s great that the Iowa is going to be a museum ship in Los Angeles, but I hope they are prepared to spend a lot of money to maintain this huge piece of steel.  It has been sitting in the Reserve Fleet for something like 20 years.  There is rust everywhere, the teak decks are a total mess.  There won’t be a crew of nearly 2,000 to scrape paint and keep the 1930’s technology working.  It’s very difficult to keep up a large ship with the handful of volunteers that typically sign up for such an adventure.

In addition, switches, relays, limit switches, electric motors, controllers, and other parts of this ship haven’t been manufactured for probably at least 60 years. A ship like this would tax the abilities of a fully equipped and operating shipyard.

I really hope it works out, but many other military museum ships are in dire financial straits.

Here’s some pictures of the Iowa.

Meet Rosie The Riveter

November 15, 2011

Turn up your sound and meet Rosie the Riveter.