This post went live a bit earlier but was incomplete. I pulled it until I could get more battlewagons into it. My apologies.
A previous edition of Battlewagon Wednesday linked to a skateboarding event held aboard USS North Carolina (BB 55). It seems that not everyone thought that the event was appropriate: Battleship skaters an outrage
Here’s an example:
The history of the USS North Carolina shows that many a brave soul lost his life in the defense of our Country on the decks of that ship. Would you have skateboarding amongst the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? Common sense dictates that there is a time and place for everything.
To be honest, I guess I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it at all. What do you guys think?
What the history books don’t give us is much information about the crew. Where were they from? USS Maine’s company of 350 men were from 23 states and 15 countries. Twenty-two sailors were African Americans.
Who were the casualties from Maine? The Bath Daily Times informs us there were two “Boys from Bath” on the doomed ship, John Sweeney and Frank Talbot. Sweeney worked in the boiler shop at the Bath Iron works for ten years and left in 1897 to join the ship. For some reason he was not listed on the ship’s roster and thus was not initially reported as dead. A third casualty, Clarence Lowell, was born in Bath, but moved to Augusta.
A very well-researched article by Harry Gratwick.
Odyssey said the 31 brass cannons and other evidence on the wreck allowed definitive identification of the HMS Victory, 175-foot sailing ship that was separated from its fleet during a storm and sank in the English Channel on Oct. 4, 1744, with at least 900 men aboard. The ship was the largest and, with 110 brass cannons, the most heavily armed vessel of its day. It was the inspiration for the HMS Victory famously commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson decades later.
Odyssey was searching for other valuable shipwrecks in the English Channel when it came across the Victory. Stemm wouldn’t say exactly where the ship was found for fear of attracting plunderers, though he said it wasn’t close to where it was expected to be.
From the Historical Marker Database. Years ago, a young Murdoc visited the USS South Dakota Memorial in Sioux Falls.
The site editor is looking for a readable photo of the memorial marker’s front side. See the page if you can help.
Print and T-Shirt. I can’t decide if I think that’s funny or not.