1909- At Assateague Beach, Virginia, the schooner Charley C. Weaver began taking on water. One of the crew notified the keeper that the schooner was leaking. The life-saving station's surfboat proceeded to the scene, 1-5/8 miles south of the station. The schooner’s crew was nearly exhausted from a long spell at the pump. Surfmen shifted her cargo of oysters. They also tried to locate the leak, but were unsuccessful. They then went ashore and returned with the power lifeboat which towed the schooner safely over the bar. (Source: USCG HIstorian’s Office)
1904-Near Oak Island and Fire Island, New York the American schooner Frank W. McCullough ran aground on Fire Island Bar, 2 miles from the former station and 4 from the latter, at about 9 am. The Oak Island crew reached the vessel at 10:30 am and the Fire Island crew a half hour later. They found her pounding heavily and leaking badly. They manned the pumps and assisted the crew in throwing overboard the cargo of lumber; but on the flood tide the sea began to break over the wreck and the were
883-The keeper and crew of the Smith’s Island Station, Virginia (Fifth District), saw a small schooner flying a signal near Isaac Shoal, five miles away from the station. They went out to her and found on board the captain of a sloop that wrecked the night before several miles from land. He had succeeded in swimming to a bar near the beach, where he was picked up by the crew of the schooner. Finding him suffering from exposure they signaled for assistance
1804 - Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decatur's raid succeeds without American losses. England's Lord Nelson calls this "the most daring act of the age." 1815 - USS Constitution captures British Susannah 1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta (Source: Navy News Service)
1883-At a quarter before 4 o’clock In the morning the two surfmen on patrol from the Plum Island Station (Second District), below Newburyport, Massachusetts, discovered a vessel ashore on the south breaker at the entrance of Newburyport Harbor, about half a mile northeast of the station. A signal was made to her that she was seen and the men hurried to the station and gave the alarm. The boat reached her shortly after 4 o’clock
Today in U.S. Naval History - August 8 1813- U.S. Schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario 1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95 percent of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions. System developed by William Thaler, Office of Naval Research physicist. 1972 - Women authorized for sea duty as regular ship's company For more information about naval history
From the Navy News Service 1899 - Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands. 1939 - Atlantic Squadron Neutrality Patrol ships deploy. 1976 - USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and destroyer Bordelon (DD 881) collide during night operations 100 miles north of Scotland.
(From the Navy News Service) 1899 - Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands. 1939 - Atlantic Squadron Neutrality Patrol ships deploy. 1976 - USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and destroyer Bordelon (DD 881) collide during night operations 100 miles north of Scotland. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
Vessel named for Coast Guard hero Richard Etheridge. The U.S. Coast Guard’s second, 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Etheridge, was launched at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the Coast Guard’s acquisition of the Sentinel- class patrol boats. While in the water, the cutter will undergo a series of tests and evaluations prior to its planned delivery early next year
Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce announces 11 sailing schooners will visit the harbor for 'Windjammer Days'. The 2013 Windjammer Days are scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, 2013, with the schooners appearing in Linekin Bay on Tuesday the 25th and in the harbor on Wednesday the 26th. The Windjammers include: American Eagle Nathaniel Bowditch Eastwind Lazy Jack Timberwind Lewis R. French Heritage
The search for the missing schooner 'Nina' by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) in June-July 2013 went beyond what many overseas authorities would have conducted, an independent reviewer has found. RCCNZ explain that David Baird
An historic U.S. Navy vessel that was originally deployed during Vietnam and later used to train U.S. helicopter pilots will temporarily dock at Pier 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and for the first time be open for public tours. Free walk-up tours of the 'Baylander' are currently scheduled for
Today in U.S. Naval History - August 1 1801 - U.S. schooner Enterprise captures Tripolitan ship Tripoli 1921 - Successful tests of gyroscopic high level bombsight (Norden Bombsight) at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, VA. Carl Norden developed the bombsight for the Bureau of Ordnance.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester
Grave concerns are held for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia. The vessel, built in 1928, left Opua on 29 May and has not been heard from since 4 June, 2013
Today in U.S. Naval History - August 1 1801 - U.S. schooner Enterprise captures Tripolitan ship Tripoli 1921 - Successful tests of gyroscopic high level bombsight (Norden Bombsight) at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, Va. Carl Norden developed the bombsight for the Bureau of Ordnance.
Today in U.S. Naval History - August 8 1813- U.S. Schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario 1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95% of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions
The following events occurred on this day, in Naval History: 1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic. 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SS 166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island
Lost after a violent collision at sea, government and university maritime archaeologists have identified the wreck of the ship 'Robert J. Walker', a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA. Twenty sailors died when the Walker sank in rough seas in the early
Today in U.S. Naval History - October 1 1800 - U.S. Schooner Experiment captures French Schooner Diana. 1844 - Naval Observatory headed by Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury occupies first permanent quarters. 1874 - Supply Corps purser, Lt. J. Q
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 27 1777 - Floating mines intended for use against British Fleet found in Delaware River. 1814 - Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to
NOAA announced that the wreck of the ship USCS Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Walker served as survey ship
Historic Schooner AdventuressEverett, Wash. - National Historic Landmark, the schooner Adventuress, will make its annual sail to visit the Port of Everett Marina April 26 - 29. The 133-foot, two-masted wooden ship will tie up at the Port of Everett’s South Guest Dock 1 near
UK-based maritime firms, International Safety Products and Ocean Signal, have collaborated to equip Britain’s last remaining three-masted top-sail schooner with essential marine safety equipment. The two firms have supplied lifejackets and an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating
A top draw for some of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to New England's weekend Sailfest was surely the Freedom Schooner Amistad, replica of the United States' most famous slavery vessel, even as many were unaware of the suspense behind its eventual appearance at the annual tall ships