Naval History
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal - While
the Japanese advance was halted at
Midway, the Allies did not start to take
back occupied territory until Guadalcanal.  
It was a bitter fight on land and sea.  
Japan's hopes of keeping this island were
dashed in the most significant surface
engagement of World War II
The Sinking of the LUSITANIA -  It was an act that shocked the world - - the sinking
of the most famous ocean liner of her age with the loss of hundreds of men, women and
children.   Although President Woodrow Wilson struggled for another two years to find a
diplomatic solution, America's entry into World War I became inevitable after this tragedy.  
Inasmuch as America's entry into the war doomed the Central Powers, the sinking was thus a
tunring point in world history.  
USS INTREPID (CV 11) is now a
museum in New York City.
QE2 In The Falklands War - It was a war that no one expected to happen.  As a result,
Britain had to improvise, adapting a navy designed to counter Soviet submarines and calling
upon its merchant marine to transport and land troops on hostile, occupied islands thousands
of miles from the nearest friendly base.  Among the ships called up from trade was the most
famous ocean liner of our time the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2.

       Another ship which played an indispensable role in the Falklands War was the
CANBERRA of P&O Lines.  Trevor Lane, the navigator of that ship tells of his experiences
Navigating the Falklands.
USS MONITOR - - History and
Rebirth - The MONITOR's battle with
CSS VIRGINIA, the first battle between
ironclad warships, marked the end of the
Age of Sail.  While the battle was a tactical
draw, it was a strategic victory for the
U.S. Navy, because it ended the
Confederate Navy's attempt to break the
blockade of the Chesapeake.  Subsequently
lost during a storm, the MONITOR was
recently rediscovered and sections of the
ship are now on display not far from the
site of her famous battle.  
HMS VICTORY remains in commission
but is open to the public in Portsmouth,
America's Unsung Battlecruisers - In the years prior to World War II, the Germans
constructed a series of battlecruisers with the firepower of a capital ship and the speed of a
cruiser.  Japan was also believed to be building similar ships that could be used for
commerce raiding.  To counter this threat, the United States began to build its own super
cruisers but by the time they were ready for action, the ships that they had been designed to
combat had been destroyed.  However, contrary to the popular view, these ships adapted
themselves to another useful role and were prematurely and mistakenly retired.
The Attack of the TURTLE -
America's first submarine was a small
egg-shaped craft propelled by the physical
exertions of her one-man crew.  Her solo
attack on the large British fleet occupying
New York harbor is one of the more
curious incidents of the Revolutionary War.
The first atomic submarine, USS
NAUTILUS (SSN 571), is now on display
at the Sub Force Museum in New London,
"Barge Busting With The PT Boats" - - A joint Army-Navy operation in the Solomons
Campaign of World War II.