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 […]
Just saw it. It’s the first time I’ve paid any attention to it. Oh dear Lord. UPDATE: Speaking of commercials, Murdoc is sure disappointed in Eastwood for that Chrysler or Detroit or whatever commercial. No more commercials for Murdoc tonight.
Tattooed veterans wanted for book On Saturday, veterans with tattoos are invited to the Battleship New Jersey to have their photos taken for a new book by photojournalist Kyle Cassidy. His upcoming book will feature military tattoos of veterans from all branches of the service and any era. Cassidy will be on the forecastle taking […]
Bayonne Naval Supply Depot, New Jersey That’s quite a reserve fleet. In fact, toss in a few destroyers and you’ve got yourself a surface navy all right there. Just waiting for the cutting torch.
USS Missouri heading to shipyard for makeover The 65-year-old ship is in good shape, but it still needs to go to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for repairs because rust is protruding from peeling paint in areas and the teak wood deck is warped and bent in others. The ship’s exterior is due to be sanded […]
USS North Carolina visitors up 12.3% The North Carolina Zoo, state aquariums and the Battleship North Carolina all beat last year’s numbers for the month. “It’s very affordable and we’re not far away,” said Heather Loftin, with the Battleship North Carolina. Most attractions that saw the bump are only a day trip for most in […]
‘I sank the Bismarck but only found out 59 years later': British pilot learns of his place in history: Swordfish pilot who hit the Bismark’s rudder only found out it was him in 2000. Not really sure how this could have been a mystery for so long. Group set to salvage parts of battleship Yamato […]
The long-awaited return of the weekly battleship fix. Lots of scans from old ONI recognition manuals. Very much worth a look. Here’s part of the USS West Virginia (BB 48): I hadn’t realized that an entirely new outer hull had been added to the West Virginia.
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 […]
USS California (BB 44) Class: Tennessee Laid Down: Oct. 25, 1916 Launched: Nov. 20, 1919 Commissioned: Aug. 10, 1921 Displacement: 32,300 tons (40,950 after refit) Length: 624.5 feet Beam: 97.3 feet Draft: 30.3 feet Speed: 21 knots Complement: 57 officers, 1026 men Armament: 12× 14-inch (356 mm) guns 14× 5-inch (127 mm) guns 4× 3-inch […]