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Naval History On This Day, Any Nation

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#21
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Kevin shouldn't we be on May 5th?

2009 - A French-team using deep-sea robots began to recover bodies from a 2009 Air France plane crash


1944 - USS Comfort is commissioned in San Pedro, CA; first ship to be manned jointly by Army and Navy personnel.


1980 - USS Robert E. Peary rescues 440 Vietnamese refugees from disabled craft south of Thailand.


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May 06

1682

HMS Gloucester (60) wrecked off Yarmouth

1709

HMS Portland (48) re-captured Coventry.

1741

Samuel Hood entered the navy as Captain’s Servant on HMS Romney (48)

1801

Nelson succeeds Parker as Commander-in-Chief, Baltic.

Lord Thomas Cochrane in HMS Speedy (14) captures Spanish xebec frigate El Gamo (32), Cptn. Don Francisco de Torris (Killed in Action), off the coast near Barcelona.

1805

Boats of HMS Unicorn (32), Cptn. Lucius Hardyman, took French privateer Tape a bord (4) in the West Indies.

1814

British squadron under Sir James Lucas Yeo of HMS Prince Regent (56), HMS Princess Charlotte  (42) and consorts destroyed a fort and captured USSGrowler (5) and other vessels at Oswego, Lake Ontario


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1909 - Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco
1916 - First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to SECNAV Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC
1942 - CAPT Milton Miles arrives in Chungking, China, to begin building an intelligence and guerilla training organization, Naval Group China
1945 - Naval landing force evacuates 500 Marshallese from Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands

1924 - Japanese warships entered Chinese waters and Chinese troops are rushed to coastal areas to fend off possible attacks.


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May 07

 

1694Henry Every (also spelled Avery) leads a mutiny aboard the privateer Charles IIanchored off La Coruna, Spain.

1709 HMS Postillion (10), wrecked near Ostend

1765 HMS Victory launched 

1779 Continental Navy sloop Providence (12), Cptn. John Rathbun, captures British brigDiligent (12) off Cape Charles

1794 HMS Swiftsure (74), Captain Charles Boyles, captured Atalante (36), Cptn. Charles-Alexandre-Leon Durand-Linois

1798 HMS Victorieuse (14), Cptn.Edward Stirling Dickson, captured French privateerBrutus (6), Cptn. Rousel, off Guadeloupe.

1808 Boats of HMS Falcon (14), Lt. John Price (act. Cdr.), captured two sail at Lundholm.

HMS Redwing (18), Thomas Ussher, destroyed seven Spanish vessels and drove some into the surf from a convoy of 12 merchantmen escorted by 7 armed vessels near Cape Trafalgar. only 3 vessels escaped.


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The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on 7 May 1915, during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against Britain. 

The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 20 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought.

Lusitania had the misfortune to fall victim to torpedo attack relatively early in the First World War, before tactics for evading submarines were properly implemented or understood. The contemporary investigations both in the UK and the United States into the precise causes of the ship's loss were obstructed by the needs of wartime secrecy and a propaganda campaign to ensure all blame fell upon Germany. 

Argument over whether the ship was a legitimate military target raged back and forth throughout the war as both sides made misleading claims about the ship. At the time she was sunk, she was carrying a large quantity of rifle ammunition and other supplies necessary for a war economy, as well as civilian passengers. Several attempts have been made over the years since the sinking to dive to the wreck seeking information about precisely how the ship sank, and argument continues to the current day.


 
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1934 - USS Constitution completes tour of principal U.S. ports
1940 - FDR orders Pacific Fleet to remain in Hawaiian waters indefinitely
1942 - Carrier aircraft sink Japanese carrier Shoho during Battle of Coral Sea


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May 7th 1895. According to his personal narrative Sailing Alone Around the World, it was on this day in 1895 that Joshua Slocum departed from Gloucester Massachusetts in his sloop Spray on what would be the first documented solo circumnavigation of the globe. ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Slocum

 



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 May 08

 

1744 HMS Northumberland (70), Cptn. Thomas Watson (mortally wounded), captured by a French squadron of Content (62) and Mars (64).   

1781 HMS Mentor (16), Robert Deans, burnt to avoid capture and HMS Port Royal (18) captured by the Spaniards at Pensacola     

1794 HMS Placienta (6) wrecked off Newfoundland    

1804 HMS Vincejo (16), John Westly Wright, captured by French flotilla of 6 brigs and 5 luggersoff the mouth of the Morbihan    

1807 Boats of HMS Comus (22), Cptn. Conway Shipley, cut out Spanish felucca San Pedro from under the protection of a strong fort and two batteries in the port of Gran Canaria.    

1811 HMS Scylla (18), Arthur Atchison, boarded and carried French privateerCanonniere (10), Ensgn. Jean Joseph Benoit Schilds (Killed in Action), and 1 ship of her convoy of 5 off Roscoff.


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70 years on: Britain remembers Battle of the Atlantic

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On Eternal Patrol -- May 8

On this date in 1942 (May 
, British submarine HMS Olympus leaves Malta ferrying crews from sunken submarines HMS Pandora, HMS P36 and HMS P39 to Gibraltar. HMS Olympus soon hits a mine and sinks (89 killed, 9 survivors swim 7 miles back to Malta). (WW@daybyday)

The wreck of HMS Olympus will be discovered in 2011. 

The Daily Mail reports that a team of explorers has discovered the wreck of a British submarine that sunk off the Maltese coast during the Second World War.

HMS Olympus struck a mine in the early hours of 8 May, 1942 shortly after she left Malta Harbor under the cover of darkness.

Nearly 90 men perished in what was one of the worst naval disasters of the war. Only nine of the vessel's 98 crew members survived after swimming seven miles back to shore in cold water.



 
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1911 - U.S. Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation
1942 - B The Battle of Coral Sea, between the Japanese Navy and the United States and Australian Navies ends with the loss of the carrier USS Lexington and the Japanese carrier Shōhō.     
1963 - U.S. Navy ships evacuate 2,279 civilians from Haiti during crisis.
1972 - U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft mine Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam.


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May 09

 

 

1784

HMS Crocodile (24) wrecked in thick fog on Prawle Point, Devon   1795

HMS Melampus (36), Sir Richard Strachan, HMS Diamond (38) Cptn. Sir W. Sidney Smith and another frigate left anchorage in Gourville Bay, Jersey and took convoy of 11 French merchantmen and 2  gun-vessels, Eclair and Crache-Feu.

1812 HMS America (74), Cptn. Josias Rowley, HMS Leviathan (74) Cptn. Patrick Campbell, and HMS  Eclair (18), Cptn. John Bellamy, carried the batteries at Languelia and captured or destroyed French convoy of 18 vessels.    

1859 HMS Heron (12), William Henry Truscott, foundered between Ascension and Sierra Leone    

1864 The Battle of Heligoland. The Danish North Sea Squadron under Cptn. Edouard Suensson, frigates Niels Juel and Jylland, and the corvette Heimdal, defeat an Austrian squadron under Linienschiffskapitän von Tegetthoff, frigatesSchwarzenberg and Radetzky, and the 3 Prussian paddle steamer gunboats Preussischer Adler, Blitz and Brasilisk.


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1942 - USS Wasp in Mediterranean launches 47 Spitfire aircraft to help defend Malta

1956 - A British naval diver ( Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb ) goes missing ( Later Found Dead ) during a Goodwill Visit by a Soviet cruiser carrying Soviet leaders Nikita Khruschev and Marshal Nikolai Bulganin. At the time no one would admit that he was spying on the Russian Cruiser on a spying mission for MI6 and had dived under the cruiser to check out the hull and any other information he could find. And it still remains a mystery on how he died.  
 


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Coast Guard Strikes Back! Awarded Navy Cross

On this date in 1942 (May 9), thirty miles Southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, U-352 attacks US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Icarus but misses with 2 torpedoes.

USCGC Icarus (WPC-110) a steel-hulled, diesel-powered Thetis-class patrol boat, counterattacks with depth charges forcing U-352 to the surface. The crew abandons ship and scuttles U-352 (15 killed, 33 survivors). (WW2Daybyday)

Wikipedia reports, Icarus sank the U-boat U-352 off the coast of North Carolina and took its survivors into custody as prisoners of war. U-352 was the second World War II U-boat sunk by the US in American waters, and the first one from which survivors were taken as prisoners.

U-352 Incident
While in Torpedo Alley, off the coast of Cape Lookout en route to Key West on May 9, 1942, Icarus picked up a contact on sonar, and a torpedo exploded nearby. Icarus anticipated the presumed U-boat's next move and dropped 5 depth charges at the site of the prior torpedo explosion. As sonar picked up a moving target again, Icarus moved to intercept, dropping two more depth charges, apparently hitting their target as bubbles were seen rising to the surface. Passing the spot again, Icarus dropped three more charges. Shortly thereafter, U-352 surfaced, and Icarus opened fire with machine guns and prepared for a ramming maneuver. When the U-boat's crew abandoned ship, Icarus ceased fire, releasing one last depth charge over U-352 as it sank beneath the water.

The only U-boat previously sunk on the East Coast had gone down with all hands, and there were no standing orders concerning the rescue of survivors. Icarus had to call both Norfolk and Charleston before receiving authorization to pick up U-352's survivors. Forty minutes after the incident, Icarus picked up 33 of its crew, including U-352's commander, Kapitänleutnant Hellmut Rathke, and delivered them to the Commandant of the 6th Naval District at Charleston Navy Yard the next day.

For his actions in sinking U-352, Lieutenant Maurice D. Jester, commander of the Icarus, was awarded the Navy Cross. There were only six Coast Guard recipients of the Navy Cross during World War II.

Icarus was decommissioned on March 15, 1948 and sold on July 1, 1948 to the Southeastern Terminal and Steamship Company. She was later transferred to the Navy of the Dominican Republic where she was renamed Independencia (P-105, later P-204). She saw combat in the Dominican Civil War in 1965, was rebuilt in 1975, and was later sent to reserve.

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May 10

 

 

1800 USS Constitution (100), Cptn. Silas Talbot captured French privateer Sandwich (6) from the harbor at Port Plate, Hispaniola.  

1808 Start of 5 day engagement between HMS Wizard (16), Abel Ferris, and Requin(16) from off Toulon to Goulette near Tunis.    

1862 Confederates destroy Norfolk and Pensacola Navy Yards. 


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1775 - Force under Ethan Allan and Benedict Arnold cross Lake Champlain and capture British fort at Ticonderoga, New York.
1949 - First shipboard launching of LARK, guided missile by USS Norton Sound.
1960 - USS Triton (SSRN-586) completes submerged circumnavigation of world in 84 days following many of the routes taken by Magellan and cruising 46,000 miles.


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SSRN-586

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1780: Launch of HM Snow Ontario (22) at Carleton Island at the east end of Lake Ontario (now a part of New York State)

She was later lost with all hands, in a gale, October 31st 1780.

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On this date in 1917, (May 10), the first convoys were introduced by the British, and were immediately successful. Overall losses started to fall; losses to ships in convoy fell dramatically. In the three months following their introduction, on the Atlantic, North Sea, and Scandinavian routes, of 8,894 ships convoyed just 27 were lost to U-boats. By comparison 356 were lost sailing independently.

As shipping losses fell, U-boat losses rose; during the period May to July 1917, 15 U-boats were destroyed in the waters around Britain, compared to 9 the previous quarter, and 4 for the quarter before the campaign was renewed.

 


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