The tragedy of the five Sullivan brothers

The five Sullivan brothers were World War II sailors who, serving together on the USS Juneau (CL-52), were all killed in action on its sinking around November 13, 1942. The five brothers, the sons of Thomas (1883–1965) and Alleta Sullivan (1895–1972) of Waterloo, Iowa, were: George Thomas Sullivan, 27 (born December 14, 1914), Gunner’s Mate Second ClassContinue reading “The tragedy of the five Sullivan brothers”

The Raid on the Medway-ending the Second Anglo-Dutch War.

The Medway raid of 9-14/19-24 June 1667 saw a Dutch fleet sail into the Thames and attack the British fleet in its anchorage in the Medway, causing a panic in London and winning a victory that helped bring the Second Anglo-Dutch War to an end. At the end of the summer of 1666 the BritishContinue reading “The Raid on the Medway-ending the Second Anglo-Dutch War.”

The sinking of HMS Mashona

HMS Mashona was a Tribal-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that saw service in the Second World War. She was built by Vickers Armstrong, with her machinery supplied by Parsons. She was authorised in the program year 1936. Mashona was laid down on 5 August 1936, launched on 3 September 1937 and completed by 30Continue reading “The sinking of HMS Mashona”


The Nitimei Maru, a Japanese troop ship with around 1,000 Dutch prisoners of war and 1562 Japanese soldiers aboard, departed from Singapore on 29 December 1942. The prisoners of war were being taken to work on the Burma Railway. The Nitimei Maru was just one of many ‘hell ships’, given this name because of the deplorable conditionsContinue reading “LIFE VEST FROM JAPANESE ‘HELL SHIP’”

The Sinking of the HLNMS Van Nes

HNLMS Van Nes was a Admiralen-class destroyer of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The Admiralen class were eight destroyers built for the Royal Netherlands Navy between 1926 and 1931. All ships fought in World War II and were scuttled or sunk.. The Van Nes was laid down on 15 August 1928 at the Burgerhout’s Scheepswerf en MachinefabriekContinue reading “The Sinking of the HLNMS Van Nes”

Action of 9 February 1945

  The Action of 9 February 1945 refers to the sinking of the U-boat U-864 in the North Sea off the Norwegian coast during the Second World War by the Royal Navy submarine HMS Venturer. This action is the first and so far only incident of its kind in history where one submarine has intentionally sunk anotherContinue reading “Action of 9 February 1945”

The Four Chaplains-Heroic sacrifice

The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains” or the “Dorchester Chaplains”, were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship SS Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943, during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave upContinue reading “The Four Chaplains-Heroic sacrifice”

The USS Mounthood disaster

USS Mount Hood (AE-11) was the lead ship of her class of ammunition ships for the United States Navy in World War II. She was the first ship named after Mount Hood, a volcano in the Cascade Range in Oregon. On 10 November 1944, shortly after 18 men had departed for shore leave, the restContinue reading “The USS Mounthood disaster”

Doris Miller-Cook,Soldier and Hero.

Today marks the Birthday of Doris Miller. Doris “Dorie” Miller (October 12, 1919 – November 24, 1943) was a Ship’s cook Third Class that the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross, the third highestContinue reading “Doris Miller-Cook,Soldier and Hero.”

The sinking of the HMS Curacao

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the sinking HMS Curacao and it wasn’t sunk by the Germans or Japanese or other Axis powers but by one of the most famous cruise liners HMS Queen Mary. On the morning of 2 October 1942, Curacoa rendezvoused north of Ireland with the ocean liner Queen Mary, who wasContinue reading “The sinking of the HMS Curacao”