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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.
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 photos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cassidy’s been working on this tattoo book for a while.
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 down and repainted in a $15 million overhaul paid for by memorial reserve funds and a Department of Defense grant.
“Rust never sleeps as they say,” said Michael Carr, the memorial’s president. “It’s a big job. It has to be done.”
Meanwhile, self-guided iPod tours of Missouri are now available.
On Monday, two cannons, once part of the mighty USS Pennsylvania battleship, finally pointed skyward near the entrance to the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
The historic 14-inch barrels had been on pallets since arriving by truck May 20 from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. For 64 years, the guns rested in a scrapyard until the museum, once the Navy agreed to loan them, raised more than $40,000 to bring them to Boalsburg.
The guns been removed in 1945 when new ones were installed on the ship.
Japanese battleship Ise from 1945 ONI drawing:
After the loss of six carriers at the Battle of Midway in June, 1942, Ise had her two rear 14″ turrets removed and a flight hanger installed as seen in this drawing. Aircraft could be launched but not directly recovered, though the plans called for float planes as part of her force which could be brought back aboard after water landings.
No combat flight ops were ever conducted by the Ise and she was sunk in 1945.
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 the state, and they’re affordable.
“As far as affordable it’s a no-brainer. It takes as much gas for me to go to the airport as it does for me to get down here,” said Norm Vuchetich, a Goldsboro resident.
Tourism experts said that’s a winning combination in this economy.
The French pre-dreadnought Danton, sunk by a German U-Boat in 1917 in the Mediterranean, was found in 2007 and positively IDed this spring. She sits upright over 3,300 feet down and appears mostly intact. Video, maps, and images at the BBC page.
‘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.
Despite jaw-dropping costs and immense technical difficulties, business leaders here plan to salvage parts from the sunken World War II imperial battleship Yamato…Panel members said they hope to at least raise the 2,780-ton main guns and the front portion of the hull, which they say bear distinctive Yamato characteristics.
Are they kidding?
Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus: Okay, this is only battleship-related because a BB makes an appearance at about 0:39 of the trailer:
We watched this last night. The megashark eats the battleship. Seriously. It was the USS Missouri. Mighty Mo is devoured, but Debbie Gibson somehow manages to survive. I was hoping to have a screenshot of a battleship with a big bite out of it, but apparently the special effects budget didn’t allow for that.
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.
- USS Michigan (BB 27)
- Class: South Carolina
- Laid down: 17 December 1906
- Launched: 26 May 1908
- Commissioned: 4 January 1910
- Decommissioned: 11 February 1922
- Displacement: 16,000 tons
- Length: 452.8 feet (138.0 m)
- Beam: 80.3 feet
- Draft: 24.5 feet
- Speed: 18.5 knots
- 8× 12″ guns in 4 turrets
- 22× 3″ guns
- 4× 1pdr gun
- 2x .30cal machine guns
- 2× 21″ torpedo tubes
- Complement: 51 officers, 818 men
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