Category: History

USS Roanoke CL-145

USS Roanoke CL-145

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 […]

USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) at sea in 1960 with various aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 54 (CVSG-54) on deck. Visible are four Douglas AD-5W Skyraider AEW-aircraft of VAW-12 Det. 34 Bats, several Sikorsky HSS Seabat helicopters of HS-5 Nightdippers and numerous Grumman S2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft of VS-22 Checkmates and VS-32 Norsemen. Date 28 June 1960. Source Official US Navy photo NH 97437

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 […]

Pearl Harbor

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 […]

Tuesday, 11 September

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 […]