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Welcome to the Navy Department Library’s page sponsored by the U.S. Navy. This page is intended to highlight the vast resources in our collection and to engage with our fans. Please visit our official homepage at https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library.html which is part of the Naval History and Heritage Command website: https://www.history.navy.mil/ While this is an open forum,

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We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween this weekend!  We leave you with this tale of a ghost ship from Seafaring Lo...
10/29/2021

We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween this weekend! We leave you with this tale of a ghost ship from Seafaring Lore & Legend: A Miscellany of Maritime Myth, Superstition, Fable, and Fact

We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween this weekend! We leave you with this tale of a ghost ship from Seafaring Lore & Legend: A Miscellany of Maritime Myth, Superstition, Fable, and Fact

From our Online Reading Room, today we feature an account of the Russian Navy visiting the United States during the Civi...
10/27/2021

From our Online Reading Room, today we feature an account of the Russian Navy visiting the United States during the Civil War. The two had an interesting relationship. Read on about it here:

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/r/the-russian-navy-visits-theunited-states.html

From our Online Reading Room, today we feature an account of the Russian Navy visiting the United States during the Civil War. The two had an interesting relationship. Read on about it here:

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/r/the-russian-navy-visits-theunited-states.html

On this day in 1942, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the Japanese try again to drive U.S. forces from Guadalcanal....
10/26/2021
Battle of Santa Cruz Islands

On this day in 1942, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the Japanese try again to drive U.S. forces from Guadalcanal. During this aircraft carrier action, the fourth of the Pacific War, USS Hornet (CV 8) and a destroyer are lost and USS Enterprise (CV 6) is badly damaged. Two Japanese carriers and a heavy cruiser are severely damaged, giving the US time to further strengthen Guadalcanals defenses. Learn more about it here:https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1942/guadalcanal/battle-of-santa-cruz-islands.html

In support of a major ground offensive by the Imperial Japanese Army, Japanese carriers and other large warships were positioned near the southern Solomons in the hope of drawing out and decisively defeating Allied naval forces. As the Japanese ground offensive engaged U.S. forces in the battle for....

Can you name the oldest Navy commissioned ship?  You are correct!  It’s the Constitution, born in 1797!  Learn more abou...
10/20/2021

Can you name the oldest Navy commissioned ship? You are correct! It’s the Constitution, born in 1797! Learn more about the history here:Scale drawing of the U.S. frigate CONSTITUTION drawn from the original plans for the 1927 restoration.
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/constitution.html

Can you name the oldest Navy commissioned ship? You are correct! It’s the Constitution, born in 1797! Learn more about the history here:Scale drawing of the U.S. frigate CONSTITUTION drawn from the original plans for the 1927 restoration.
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/constitution.html

Today we learn about the U.S. Ex. Ex., also known as the Wilkes Expedition.  It was a massive exploring and surveying ex...
10/18/2021

Today we learn about the U.S. Ex. Ex., also known as the Wilkes Expedition. It was a massive exploring and surveying expedition of the Pacific. Learn more about this fascinating endeavor here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/e/exploring-the-antarctic-1840-the-wilkes-expedition.html
USS PEACOCK in contact with ice wall in the Antarctic, January 1840, during U.S. exploring expedition under Lieutenant Chas. Wilkes, USN. From engraving by M. Osborne after painting by A.T. Agate. From the book, "U.S. Exploring Expedition, Wilkes."

Today we learn about the U.S. Ex. Ex., also known as the Wilkes Expedition. It was a massive exploring and surveying expedition of the Pacific. Learn more about this fascinating endeavor here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/e/exploring-the-antarctic-1840-the-wilkes-expedition.html
USS PEACOCK in contact with ice wall in the Antarctic, January 1840, during U.S. exploring expedition under Lieutenant Chas. Wilkes, USN. From engraving by M. Osborne after painting by A.T. Agate. From the book, "U.S. Exploring Expedition, Wilkes."

Happy Birthday to the United States Navy!  Navy Bicentennial Birthday Cake cutting ceremony. Captain R.A. Miller gives a...
10/13/2021

Happy Birthday to the United States Navy!

Navy Bicentennial Birthday Cake cutting ceremony. Captain R.A. Miller gives a hand to the oldest and youngest sailors on board USS Coronado (LPD 11) in Bremerhaven, Germany. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ceremonies.

Happy Birthday to the United States Navy!

Navy Bicentennial Birthday Cake cutting ceremony. Captain R.A. Miller gives a hand to the oldest and youngest sailors on board USS Coronado (LPD 11) in Bremerhaven, Germany. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ceremonies.

Today in 1975, President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-106, allowing admission of women into service academies.  Below...
10/07/2021

Today in 1975, President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-106, allowing admission of women into service academies. Below is a depiction of Sandra Irwin from San Francisco, California, a member of the first class of women to enter the Naval Academy in the summer of 1976.

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/art/exhibits/communities/artwork-of-african-americans-in-the-us-navy0/african-american-in-the-70-s-and-beyond/first-woman-midshipman--sandra-irwin.html

Today in 1975, President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-106, allowing admission of women into service academies. Below is a depiction of Sandra Irwin from San Francisco, California, a member of the first class of women to enter the Naval Academy in the summer of 1976.

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/art/exhibits/communities/artwork-of-african-americans-in-the-us-navy0/african-american-in-the-70-s-and-beyond/first-woman-midshipman--sandra-irwin.html

Today in 1884, The Naval War College is established at Newport, R.I. when Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler sign...
10/06/2021

Today in 1884, The Naval War College is established at Newport, R.I. when Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler signs General Order 325. Below is an excerpt from an item in our Special Collections, Abstract of course / Naval War College from 1894, on a lecture on international law:

#OTD the USS Cochrane (DDG-21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon.Learn more about U.S. humanitari...
10/01/2021

#OTD the USS Cochrane (DDG-21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon.

Learn more about U.S. humanitarian efforts here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/s/sampling-of-us-naval-humanitarian-operations.html

#OTD the USS Cochrane (DDG-21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon.

Learn more about U.S. humanitarian efforts here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/s/sampling-of-us-naval-humanitarian-operations.html

#OTD the USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s fir#otduclear submarine. Check out or digitized records of its lau...
09/30/2021

#OTD the USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s fir#otduclear submarine. Check out or digitized records of its launching.

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/alphabetical---donations0/n/uss-nautilus--ss-168--photo-collection.html

#OTD the USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s fir#otduclear submarine. Check out or digitized records of its launching.

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/alphabetical---donations0/n/uss-nautilus--ss-168--photo-collection.html

#OTD the Allied forces broke through the Hindenburg Line in 1918, the last line of German defenses in World War I. Read ...
09/29/2021

#OTD the Allied forces broke through the Hindenburg Line in 1918, the last line of German defenses in World War I. Read up on its history with The Great War Illustrated 1918.

#OTD the Allied forces broke through the Hindenburg Line in 1918, the last line of German defenses in World War I. Read up on its history with The Great War Illustrated 1918.

#OTD the Battle of Yorktown began in the American Revolution. Historic battles have inspired many navy ships, like this ...
09/28/2021

#OTD the Battle of Yorktown began in the American Revolution. Historic battles have inspired many navy ships, like this USS Yorktown.

#OTD the Battle of Yorktown began in the American Revolution. Historic battles have inspired many navy ships, like this USS Yorktown.

Happy Equinox! Take a peek at this photograph of the Naval observatory’s 6-inch transit circles that were used principal...
09/22/2021

Happy Equinox! Take a peek at this photograph of the Naval observatory’s 6-inch transit circles that were used principally in obtaining the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and selected stars for the purpose of improving the elements of the orbits of the Moon and planets, for determination of the celestial equator, equinox, and obliquity of the ecliptic, and to secure data for the preparation of star catalogs.

Happy Equinox! Take a peek at this photograph of the Naval observatory’s 6-inch transit circles that were used principally in obtaining the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and selected stars for the purpose of improving the elements of the orbits of the Moon and planets, for determination of the celestial equator, equinox, and obliquity of the ecliptic, and to secure data for the preparation of star catalogs.

#OTD in 1806 Lewis and Clark arrived in Missouri after exploring for two and a half years. For more information on their...
09/20/2021

#OTD in 1806 Lewis and Clark arrived in Missouri after exploring for two and a half years. For more information on their expedition, take a look at Donald Jackson’s Letters of the Lewis Clark Expedition.

#OTD in 1806 Lewis and Clark arrived in Missouri after exploring for two and a half years. For more information on their expedition, take a look at Donald Jackson’s Letters of the Lewis Clark Expedition.

Happy Constitution Day! Come and flip through the famous essays that advocated for its ratification, The Federalist Pape...
09/17/2021

Happy Constitution Day! Come and flip through the famous essays that advocated for its ratification, The Federalist Papers.

Happy Constitution Day! Come and flip through the famous essays that advocated for its ratification, The Federalist Papers.

#OTD Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814. Throughout the years, we still uphold the flag and our an...
09/14/2021

#OTD Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814. Throughout the years, we still uphold the flag and our anthem proudly.

#OTD Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814. Throughout the years, we still uphold the flag and our anthem proudly.

#OTD Captain Oliver Hazard Perry led nine American ships to a naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of...
09/10/2021

#OTD Captain Oliver Hazard Perry led nine American ships to a naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

#OTD Captain Oliver Hazard Perry led nine American ships to a naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

Happy International Literacy Day! In 1800, our very own Navy Department Library opened. 221 years later, here we are wit...
09/08/2021
Library

Happy International Literacy Day! In 1800, our very own Navy Department Library opened. 221 years later, here we are with hundreds of thousands of titles, manuscripts, periodicals, and more. You can virtually visit our collections here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library.html

Beginning August 10th, 2020 The Navy Dept. Library will be open daily to Library Staff only. All patrons and Non-Library Staff will not be permitted to enter the library, but will be able to check-out books and request other materials by email only. Please email us you request at: [email protected]...

#OTD the United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam in 1813 when soldiers began referring to the food from barrels with “...
09/07/2021

#OTD the United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam in 1813 when soldiers began referring to the food from barrels with “U.S.” labels as “Uncle Sam’s.” Take a look at one of the original Uncle Sam posters in our digital archives.

#OTD the United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam in 1813 when soldiers began referring to the food from barrels with “U.S.” labels as “Uncle Sam’s.” Take a look at one of the original Uncle Sam posters in our digital archives.

Today, we remember V-J Day, commemorating the victory over imperial Japan in World War II. Check out From Pearl Harbor t...
09/02/2021

Today, we remember V-J Day, commemorating the victory over imperial Japan in World War II. Check out From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day: The American Armed Forces in World War II to read up on the United States’ role in the Pacific Theater.

Our dear colleague, Sandi Fox, passed away last week.  We are heartbroken with this great loss as she was a caring, thou...
09/01/2021

Our dear colleague, Sandi Fox, passed away last week. We are heartbroken with this great loss as she was a caring, thoughtful, extremely BRIGHT, and fun soul. Of her many contributions to the promotion of Navy culture and history was her management of our Facebook account. She was creative in her selections of posts and always found unique items from our collections to share. The following are some memories colleagues have shared about Sandi Fox:

“I will miss how much she welcomed the challenge of finding out information and helping people.”

“Her dedication to supporting Library visitors and NHHC teammates was truly impressive. She will be hugely missed.”

“…she was just there when I needed her… there when I needed her valuable assistance.... When I needed to find something and did not want to waste even one second fruitlessly looking in the Library Catalog (laziness on my end, mostly, to be honest) she was more than willing to find what I needed. It is a shame.”

“When I joined the Library team this spring, Sandi immediately made me feel very welcome. She was always a great source of information and support, not only to me but also to her colleagues and Library patrons. She was unfailingly positive and always wanted to see the Library and command do better. She was thoughtful and generous.”

“Sandi was a nice, caring, and good team player and a hard worker. She also had a sense of humor and loved to praise other staff member’s good work.”

“If there was a question or even the need for a second look on how something was phrased, she would reach out and would work with others in search of the best solution. That collaborative spirit will be missed.”

“I will miss talking about our bike rides, baked goods, sharing puns, her never ending flow of ideas, and working together. I will miss you, Sandi.”

“Sandi Fox continued that tradition of being wonderful and genuinely helpful, going that extra mile to assist. As such, it allowed those she had helped to go the extra mile to help her when she approached with a request. She always had a smile and was cheerful. It was a pleasure and a genuine honor to be her colleague. When I first saw the "i" for inquisitive I knew she was special. I will miss her.”

“She was tireless in her quest for information. I especially remember her for her positive attitude and optimism. She seemed to take real joy in helping others. She will be missed.”

“I knew she was a kindred spirit when we first gleefully talked about our love of chasing shiny facts down rabbit holes.”

“She was an honest, kindhearted, and wonderful woman, I will miss her terribly.”

“She was quick to respond, detailed in her probing questions (especially if I did not explain what we needed very well), and always provided complex, well researched answers. She was deeply engaged, always learning, and a joy to work with. We miss her.”

“Sandi brought warmth and spirit to both the Navy Department Library and HAD as a whole. She is and will be missed immensely!”

“I will always remember her sweet and helpful nature and just overall goodness.”

Sandi, we will miss you immensely. May her memory be a blessing.

Our dear colleague, Sandi Fox, passed away last week. We are heartbroken with this great loss as she was a caring, thoughtful, extremely BRIGHT, and fun soul. Of her many contributions to the promotion of Navy culture and history was her management of our Facebook account. She was creative in her selections of posts and always found unique items from our collections to share. The following are some memories colleagues have shared about Sandi Fox:

“I will miss how much she welcomed the challenge of finding out information and helping people.”

“Her dedication to supporting Library visitors and NHHC teammates was truly impressive. She will be hugely missed.”

“…she was just there when I needed her… there when I needed her valuable assistance.... When I needed to find something and did not want to waste even one second fruitlessly looking in the Library Catalog (laziness on my end, mostly, to be honest) she was more than willing to find what I needed. It is a shame.”

“When I joined the Library team this spring, Sandi immediately made me feel very welcome. She was always a great source of information and support, not only to me but also to her colleagues and Library patrons. She was unfailingly positive and always wanted to see the Library and command do better. She was thoughtful and generous.”

“Sandi was a nice, caring, and good team player and a hard worker. She also had a sense of humor and loved to praise other staff member’s good work.”

“If there was a question or even the need for a second look on how something was phrased, she would reach out and would work with others in search of the best solution. That collaborative spirit will be missed.”

“I will miss talking about our bike rides, baked goods, sharing puns, her never ending flow of ideas, and working together. I will miss you, Sandi.”

“Sandi Fox continued that tradition of being wonderful and genuinely helpful, going that extra mile to assist. As such, it allowed those she had helped to go the extra mile to help her when she approached with a request. She always had a smile and was cheerful. It was a pleasure and a genuine honor to be her colleague. When I first saw the "i" for inquisitive I knew she was special. I will miss her.”

“She was tireless in her quest for information. I especially remember her for her positive attitude and optimism. She seemed to take real joy in helping others. She will be missed.”

“I knew she was a kindred spirit when we first gleefully talked about our love of chasing shiny facts down rabbit holes.”

“She was an honest, kindhearted, and wonderful woman, I will miss her terribly.”

“She was quick to respond, detailed in her probing questions (especially if I did not explain what we needed very well), and always provided complex, well researched answers. She was deeply engaged, always learning, and a joy to work with. We miss her.”

“Sandi brought warmth and spirit to both the Navy Department Library and HAD as a whole. She is and will be missed immensely!”

“I will always remember her sweet and helpful nature and just overall goodness.”

Sandi, we will miss you immensely. May her memory be a blessing.

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I've been trying to figure out when Rear Admiral William Mack Angas met Rear Admiral Logan C. Ramsey, the original owner of the navigation watch.In the navigation booklet from 1932 Motor boating magazine W.M. Angas lists L.C. Ramsey as his friend and thanks him for his help.There are 3 year books that have information and pictures of W.M. Angas from 1917 to 1919 of his time at MIT.One of the books is MIT,s contributions to the WW1 war effort.William Mack Angas was commissioned Lt.Jg. C.E.C. U.S.N. 27 Dec. 1917 and assigned to the United States Naval Academy as a navigation instructor the 1st of July 1918.Midshipman Logan C. Ramsey was still in the Academy at this time but graduated that year.I'm still trying to figure out if Cmdr P.V.H. Weems, the inventor of the watch was also an instructor at the Academy at this timehttp://web.mit.edu/technique/www/scans/1919_War_Record.pdf I'm also missing a lot of Cmdr.P.V.H. Weems Naval record from 1912 to 1919.
Indonesia send jet fighter and bomber plane to suriah .. this happened to secure indonesian citizen from nuclear attack of indonesia .. indonesia will attack if its citizen in sore america
Any good books or pictures (1934) of the U.S. Navy visit to Plymouth? [The Western Morning News and Daily Gazette Tuesday June 19, 1934] Viewing the American ships "Wyoming" and "Arkansas" A boat load of visitors approaching the Wyoming in Plymouth Sound when the two ships were open to the public for the first time.
Is there any book or official report about this 1928 incident about "Girls in Warships" Four Stowaways Found in American Vessels [The Western Morning News and Mercury - Plymouth Edition April 14, 1928]