Ships | War History

Four Men Aboard the USS California (BB-44) Were Awarded the Medal of Honor

USS California (BB-44) at sea

The attack on Pearl Harbor was disastrous for American vessels, particularly those moored along Battleship Row. The nine were the primary targets of the Japanese,…

Two Aircraft Carriers Were Stationed In the Great Lakes During WWII

USS Sable (XI-81) sailing through Lake Michigan

If there’s one thing aircraft carriers were known for during the Second World War, it was their role in changing the face of aerial combat.…

After 80 Years, the Fate Of the USS Cythera (PY-26) and Her Crew Still Remains a Mystery

USS Cythera (PY-26) anchored at a dock

The USS Cythera (PY-26) has several distinctions. She started out life as a civilian yacht before being acquired by the US Navy, and later went on…

100 Years After She Sank, The Mystery of USS San Diego’s (ACR-6) Tragic End Was Finally Solved

Painting of the USS San Diego (ACR-6) sinking at sea

Shortly after 11:00 AM on July 19, 1918, the Pennsylvania-class armored cruiser USS San Diego (ACR-6) – formerly known as the USS California – was…

Wreck of Long-Lost USS Albacore (SS-218) Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

USS Albacore (SS-218) at sea

The wreck of the long-lost submarine USS Albacore (SS-218) has officially been located off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, with the Underwater Archaeology Branch of…

HMS Prince of Wales (53): The British Battleship That Took on Bismarck – and Survived

HMS Prince of Wales (53) at sea

The HMS Prince of Wales (53) was one of five King George V-class battleships commissioned during the Second World War. Laid down at a time…

Ship That Took Part In Operation Overlord Can Be Yours for Just €40,000

Close-up of Light Vessel 72's light tower + Light Vessel 72 moored along the river Neath

Moored along the river Neath in Wales is Light Vessel 72 (LV72). Better known by the name Juno, the vessel might look like your average…

How the USS Yorktown’s (CV-5) Sacrifice Helped Lead the US to Victory at Midway

USS Yorktown (CV-5) at sea

After suffering extensive damage in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the USS Yorktown (CV-5) limped her way back to Pearl Harbor as preparations for…

The USS Laffey (DD-724) Was Known As ‘The Ship That Would Not Die’

USS Laffey (DD-724) at sea

A number of US Navy vessels are named for veterans who served their country gallantly and with valor. That being said, few live up to…

Brazilian Navy’s Plans to Scuttle Asbestos-Ridden Aircraft Carrier Draws Ire from Environmentalists

NAe São Paulo at sea

The decommissioned Clemenceau-class aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo is causing headaches for the Brazilian Navy. Following her sale to a Turkish company in 2021, the…

PBRs: The US Navy’s Small and Nimble Watercraft In Vietnam

Still from 'Apocalypse Now'

The Patrol Boat, River – commonly known as PBR – was a nimble, speedy riverboat commissioned by the US Navy, for use during the Vietnam…

HMS Victory: The World’s Oldest Warship Still In Commission

Illustration of the HMS Victory at sea

At well over 200 years old, the HMS Victory is undeniably one of the most famous ships in the world. Serving as the flagship for Lord…