Murdoc came across this at some point but never linked. New USS Arizona model shows blue paint scheme Craftsman Don Preul, determined to create the world’s most accurate representation of the warship, conferred with Park Service historian Dan Martinez on the proper colors. Research was difficult because most of the ship’s records had been destroyed […]
In Murdoc’s opinion, Worcester-class cruisers were some of the prettiest ships ever built: Laid down in early 1945, only two of ten planned ships in the class were completed. They served until 1958. Classed as ‘light cruisers’ because they mounted 6″ guns, they displaced 18,000 tons fully loaded and were 679 feet long. The twelve […]
Was browsing around, ended up reading about the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), and found out a couple of interesting things about her that I didn’t know. First, she got the updated island superstructure and jet-handling upgrades of the SCB-27 program, but she never got the angled flight deck: Also, during Operation Magic Carpet […]
Two years ago: “We have some planes.” The man who said that is no longer in this world, and Murdoc strongly suspects that he is disappointed about how things turned out for him in the next one. For Murdoc’s thoughts and feelings about what happened on this day in 2001, see 9/11 Report: “Planes. As […]
This is what happens when you land on the wrong ship. You don’t have this sort of problem when you never have more than one carrier in the area.
NOTE: This is a re-post from 2009. There are a lot of familiar images from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Here is one of them: Those who don’t know or haven’t looked closely might not notice that there are two destroyers in front of the battleship. The drydock had been […]
Murdoc was in NYC for the first time last month and took a tour of the WTC Memorial. While there, he snapped this picture: I’ve written about Rescorla a number of times over the years, always pointing to this incredible post at Mudville Gazette. The tenth anniversary has come and gone. The sharp edges of […]