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I don't know if i will be able to post to this daily,but if any one else has any info or contributions please post them


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May 01


Battle of Bantry Bay. Inclonclusive engagement between an English fleet of 19 ships, under Arthur Herbert, and a French fleet of 24 ships, under François Louis de Rousselet, Marquis de Château-Renault.


William Bligh passed as Lieutenant.


HMS Boyne (98), bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Peyton, Cptn. George Grey, caught fire at Spithead burned and exploded.


HMS Pomone (38), Cptn. Robert Barrie, HMS  Unite (40), Cptn. Chamberlayne, and HMS Scout (18), Cptn. Alex. Renton Sharpe, destroyed Giraffe (26) and Nourrise (14) and an armed merchantman in the Bay of Sagone, Corsica. The two French warships blew up and their burning timbers destroyed a Martello tower and caused a shore battery to blow up.

HMS Guerriere (38), Cptn. Samuel John Pechell, stopped the brig USS Spitfire off Sandy Hook in New Jersey and impressed Maine citizen John Diggio.


HMS Penelope (36), Cdr. James Galloway, wrecked on rocks in the St. Lawrence.

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May 02


1804 William Bligh appointed Captain of HMS Warrior (74)


1808 HMS Unite (40), Cptn. Patrick Campbell, captured Ronco (16) off Cape Promontoro in the Gulf of Venice.


1809 HMS Spartan (38), Cptn. Jahleel Brenton, and HMS Mercury (28), Cptn. Henry Duncan, cut out 12 vessels from the port of Ceseratico and blew up the castle and magazine.


1811 HMS Dover (38), Lt. Charles Generis (Act)., and HMS Chichester (22), Cptn. William Kirby, wrecked in Madras Roads by a hurricane which arose as they were departing for an expedition against Batavia


1813 Boats of HMS Repulse (74), Cptn. Richard Hussey Moubray, HMS  Volontaire(44) , Cptn. Waldegrave, and HMS Undaunted (38), Cptn. Thomas Ussher, cut out 9 vessels from the port of Morgion and destroyed some batteries in the vicinity.


1975 - US Navy departs Vietnamese waters at end of evacuation.

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 1952 - The worlds first commercial Jet Airliner a De Havilland Comet with 36 passengers paying up to £315 for a return ticket took off from London for Johannesburg.

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1945 -  Russia announced the fall of Berlin and the capture of 70,000 Germans who had surrendered.  

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1982 -  The General Belgrano in the Argentine navy is struck by two Tigerfish torpedoes from HMS Conqueror and sunk.

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The significance of the sinking of the Belgrano (Beyond the human toll) Is that it remains the only ship to be sunk in war time by a nuclear powered submarine.

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2 may + sea = 2 may 1933: this was the date when was reported for the first time the Loch Ness monster!


Not enough naval, I suppose.


Ok: 2 may 1973 was launched the biggest turbine powered container ship ever built in Italy: the "Lloydiana".


It was a milestone for Italy 40 years ago, but now biggest monsters navigate across the oceans...

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May 03



1710 HMS Suffolk captured Gaillard.


1810 HMS Spartan (38), Cptn. Jahleel Brenton, engaged French Ceres (42), Fame(28), and Achilles (10) and captured Sparviere (8) in Bay of Naples.


1812 HMS Skylark (16), James Boxer, grounded to the west of Boulogne and was burnt to avoid capture


1861 USS Surprise captures Confederate privateer Savannah

1898 - Marines land at Cavite, Philippines, and raise U.S. flag.
1949 - First Navy firing of a high altitude Viking rocket at White Sands, NM.

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I don't want to make a list of all the ships launched and sinked this day thorugh the history, but a notable one:



Nazi Prison ships Cap Arcona and Thielbek were bombed and sinked by RAF fighters and bombers.

7000 to 8000 POW died.

The POW where prisoners of lagers and the nazis project was to send the ships in the open sea and sink them, in order to "hide" living proofs of their athrocities.

The RAF though where enemy troop carriers and bombed them.

The high number of people died was because the nazis sealed each opening and blocked the safety boats.


Ah, yes:


Cristoforo Colombo discovered Jamaica. He has done it on a ship, I suppose.... :huh:

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USS Sand Lance (SS-381) First War Patrol 1944

On this date (May 3) Sand Lance a Balao-class submarine, (LC DR. M.E. Garrison) on her 1st war patrol, torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Kenan Maru (3129 GRT) about 15 nautical miles north-west of Saipan.

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Geesh, Kevin - your avatar (photo) disappeared from the world!


Love this topic - thanks for starting it!

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May 04




1796 HMS Spencer (16), Cptn. Andrew Fitzherbert Evans, captured French gun-brigVolcan (12)   

1805 HMS Seahorse (38), Cptn. Courtenay Boyle, and boats cut out the largest vessel and sank several more of a Spanish convoy at San Pedro.    

1806 Boats of HMS Renommee (44), Cptn. Sir Thomas Livingstone, and HMS Nautilus(18), Edward Palmer, cut out Spanish schooner Giganta from under the protection of the guns of Torre de Vieja.    

1809 HMS Parthian (10), Richard Harward, captured privateer Nouvelle Gironde (14), M. Lecompte    

1811 A French brig of war (18), destroyed in the harbour of Parenzo on the coast of Istria , by HMS Belle Poule (38) Capt. James Brisbane, and HMSAlceste (38), Cptn. Murray Maxwell.    

1812 Re-capture of Brig-sloop HMS Apelles (14) near Etaples by HMS Bermuda (10), Alexander Cunningham, HMS Rinaldo (10), Sir W. G. Parker, HMS Castilian(18), David Braimer, and HMS  Phipps (14), Thomas Wells.


USS Lagarto (SS-371) On Eternal Patrol, May 4, 1944

On 4 May 1945, USS LAGARTO (SS-371) was attacked and sunk by the Japanese minelayer Hatsutaka in the South China Sea. Since the date and cause of her demise were unknown until records were examined after the war’s end, LAGARTO and her crew of 86 were not declared overdue and presumed lost until 10 August. Still, within a short period of time after her loss the boat’s continued radio silence made it clear that she was gone. Knowing that Hatsutaka, a well-known terrorizer of American subs, may have caused the sub’s death, the commander of USS HAWKBILL (SS-366), a close friend of the commander of LAGARTO, requested permission to divert from his patrol area long enough to take his revenge. Twelve days after LAGARTO’s loss, HAWKBILL sent Hatsutaka to the bottom.

In May of 2005, LAGARTO was discovered resting upright in 230 feet of water in the Gulf of Thailand. A large hole was observed in her port bow, suggesting it may have been a direct hit from a depth charge that sent her to the bottom. One of her torpedo-tube doors was open and the tube behind was empty, suggesting her men had fought back against their attackers before sinking beneath the waves.

Like all war graves, LAGARTO remains the property of the United States government and no diving on the wreck is allowed without permission. Absolutely no artifact recovery or penetration of the wreck is permitted, ensuring that the crew of LAGARTO will rest undisturbed within their boat as they remain on eternal patrol.

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HMS Sheffield (D80)Takes a Hit (Exocet Missile, Faukland Islands)


Sheffield's commanding officer, Sam Salt, at the time of the attack, was a former submarine commander, HMS Dreadnaught.


On 4 May 1982 at approximately 10:00 AM, HMS Sheffield and two other destroyers were ordered away from the main task force as picket ships to provide long-range radar and missile protection for the British carriers. 


An Argentine Navy P-2 Neptune patrol aircraft detected the picket ships and soon two Argentine Dassault Super Etendards jet fighters, each carrying a single Exocet cruise missile, were sent towards the British destroyers. The jets flew in at low altitude and released their Exocets approximately 20 to 30 miles from the British destroyers.


HMS Glasgow, Sheffield’s sister ship, was in the northernmost position on the picket line and the first ship to detect the Argentine jets. Glasgow’s electronic warfare support measures (ESM) equipment detected the Exocet’s “seeker” radar, which meant that an incoming missile or missiles were headed for the ships. Glasgow radioed the news to the anti-air warfare coordinator on board the carrier Invincible but, unfortunately, the coordinator dismissed the report as one of the many false missile attack alarms received that same morning. 


Meanwhile, Sheffield’s radar did not pick up either the incoming planes or missiles because, at that precise moment, her satellite communications terminal was in use and that prevented the on-board ESM equipment from operating. The satellite communications link, therefore, proved incompatible with the ship’s anti-missile radar, although neither the Type 965 radar or the Sea Dart missiles carried by Sheffield were really designed to intercept low-flying cruise missiles. 


By the time Sheffield received Glasgow’s radioed warnings, the missiles could literally be seen heading towards the ship. A few seconds later, one of the Exocets hit Sheffield directly amidships while the second missile crashed into the sea a half mile off her port beam.


There is still some debate as to whether or not the missile actually exploded. But the impact of the missile hit caused massive damage to Sheffield. Major holes were punctured in the hull and a massive fire erupted, engulfing much of the ship. Twenty men were killed by the missile hit and another 24 were seriously wounded. The missile impact and subsequent fire crippled the ship’s on-board electrical systems and ruptured major water mains, preventing the crew from being able to successfully fight the fire. 


HMS Arrow and HMS Yarmouth were sent to assist Sheffield, but it was a losing battle. The fire was out of control and consumed most of the ship. The crew was evacuated from Sheffield and it took almost six days for the fires to burn themselves out. The burnt-out hulk of Sheffield was taken under tow by HMS Yarmouth but, due to rough seas and the continuous flooding that was taking place through the large hole in the side of the ship, Sheffield eventually sank on 10 May 1982.


Although the attack on the Royal Navy’s picket line did prevent the Argentinian jets and cruise missiles from hitting the British carriers, it came at a large cost. At that time, HMS Sheffield was the first Royal Navy warship to be sunk in action in almost 40 years and it was one of the first major warships to be lost to an air-launched cruise missile. 


Major design and electronic modifications were made to the remaining Type 42 destroyers after the loss of Sheffield, including the addition of two Phalanx 20-mm Close In Weapons Systems (CIWS) which were specifically designed to shoot down incoming cruise missiles. The fire on board the ship also convinced the Royal Navy to stop using synthetic fabrics in the clothing worn by its sailors because synthetics had a tendency to melt when exposed to fire, causing severe burns to anyone wearing such clothing during a fire. Navies around the world also were put on notice regarding the devastating capabilities of air-launched cruise missiles and how vulnerable warships were to these modern weapons.



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May 05



1794 HMS Orpheus (32), Cptn Henry Newcome, captured Duguay-Trouin (34) off the Isle of France  

1798 HMS Badger (4) and HMS Sandfly gunbrig repulsed 52 gun brigs at Marcon.    

1799 HMS Fortune (10), Lt. Lewis Davies, and gunboats captured by Salamine.

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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


HMS Gloucester (60) wrecked off Yarmouth


HMS Portland (48) re-captured Coventry.


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


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.


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


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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