Tuesday, September 28, 2010

the ship by Bjorn Landstrom

This is a very good book. I obtained it from the Lakeway library, liked it, and got my hands on a copy. It is about the development of ships throughout the ages, much like my battleships series of posts. It is organized from Sail to Steam. Examples are taken from each century and examined. The book has limited space and thus cannot go into every type with great detail, particularly towards the twentieth century and the end of the book. It is also rather old, being made in 1961. It has been very inspiring and is perhaps my best overall reference. Its pictures may also have inspired my own original Naval annals. It has a good section about sixteenth-seventeenth century ships. It is probably the only book that I own with a section about the Finnish Archipelago fleet.

Monday, September 20, 2010


I have plans for a new Battleship! My fleet ( shown on right) needs another large ship to operate with. The new addition, Poland, is still being formulated. A design is on the left. The Poland will be of the Pre-Dreadnought type.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SMS Viribus Unitis

The Viribus Unitis was an Austro-Hungarian battleship launched in 1911. She was part of the Tegetthoff class of dreadnoughts, built in response to Italy's Dante Alighieri. In WW1, she was in the failed Otranto raid, where her sister Szent Istvan was sunk. After this the Austrians thought the Italians had discovered their plans and went back to port. She was sunk by an Italian manned torpedo in Pola harbor, thus ending her career.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Andrea Doria

The SS Andrea Doria was the pride of the Italian Line. Launched in 1951, she and her sister were quite successful and by 1956 she had made almost 100 crossings. Off the US East Coast she ran into fog, wherein the confusion she was rammed by the SS Stockholm. She had a tendency to list when struck, especially with her fuel tanks low on fuel, like at the end of a voyage. And to make things worse,this time she had actually been pierced. She took a surprisingly long time to sink, finally going down 11 hours after the collision. The casualty list numbered 46.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

USS Cavalla: random submarine time

Today's sub is the Gato class boat Cavalla.Commissioned on Feb. 29. 1944, the Cavalla had a major kill on one of her first patrols, bagging the carrier Shokaku, whose planes had bombed pearl harbor. Earlier that year, data from her first run had contributed greatly to the victory at the battle of the Philippine Sea. She also helped the damaged British sub Terrapin. After the war, she was converted to a Hunter-Killer sub and was decommissioned on 30th of December, 1969. She is a great museum (visit HTTP://www.cavalla.org for her web page)Please visit her at seawolf park!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Random Submarine Time no. 1

Today's sub is the USS S-27. A boat of the S-1 or "Holland" type, The S-27 was commissioned into the USN on Jan. 22, 1924. She served through her first year of service at two stations before being called to California. There she stayed during the rest of the decade and most of the 30s. in '39 she was transferred to the training school where she was when on Dec. 7 Pearl harbor was attacked by the Japanese. While sailing off Kiska, she grounded and was left as a hulk by her crew.

Friday, September 3, 2010


At Jutland on May 31, 1916, the HMS Invincible was hit in the turret and exploded. The battlecruiser had been shooting very fast, doing great damage to her foes, when the mist shrouding the peninsula cleared. Many of the German ships launched salvos at the ship, and she was a sitting duck. Her fast shooting worked against her, and when one of the shots hit P turret, the resulting fire spread to the magazine, causing first it to explode and then another and another and another until soon all the ship's magazines burned. The ship took with her many of her crew and split in half, the two sections remaining vertical for some time until they sank into the North Sea.