U.S. Naval Academy Museum

U.S. Naval Academy Museum The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of visitors each year.

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U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

V-J Day:
Shortly after 11 pm Trans-Baikal time on 8 August 1945, the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov informed Japanese ambassador Naotake Satō that the Soviet Union had declared war on Japan, and that from August 9 the Soviet Government would consider itself to be at war with Japan. This Naval restricted message from CINCPOA to All Ships in Pacific Ocean Area notifying them that the USSR declared a state of war with Japan.

United States Naval Academy

United States Naval Academy

In celebration of our 175th Anniversary, here are some events that happened this week in USNA history:

1882 - Congress passes law classifying students of the Naval Academy as "naval cadets."

1882 - The Santee is condemned by act of Congress but continues to serve as a barracks ship.

1912 - Curtiss A 1, Lieutenant Theodore G. Ellyson, attempted first use of a catapult at Annapolis, but failed.

1912 - The Santee is sold to Joseph Hitner of Philadelphia for $360 to remove it from the Academy. (Photo #1)

1920 - Carl Osburn, USNA 1907, won a Gold medal in Men's Team Free Rifle at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.

1963 - President John Kennedy attends noon formation and visits the Museum (Photo #2: Kennedy at 1961 graduation w/ ADM Davidson and ADM and Mrs. Arleigh Burke; @USNALibrary Special Collections & Archives).

For daily #OTD (on this day in history) posts, follow @USNAmuseum on twitter. #USNA175


#OTD 1845 Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft writes to Commander Franklin Buchanan:

Navy Department, August 7, 1845


The Secretary of War, with the assent of the President, is prepared to transfer Fort Severn to the Navy Department, for the purpose of establishing there a school for the midshipmen. In carrying this design into effect, it is my desire to avoid all unnecessary expense-to create no places of easy service-no commands that are not strictly necessary-to incur no charge that may demand new annual appropriation; but, by a more wise application of moneys already appropriated, and officers already authorized to provide for the better education of the young officers, but, by economy of administration, to give vigor action to those which at present are available; not to invoke new legislation, but to execute more effectually existing laws. Placed by their profession in connection with the world, visiting in their career of service every climate and every leading people, the officers of the American navy, if they gain but opportunity for scientific instruction may make themselves as distinguished for culture as they have been for gallant conduct. To this end it is proposed to collect the midshipmen who from time to time are on shore, and give them occupation during their stay on land in the study of mathematics, nautical astronomy, theory of morals, international law, gunnery, use of steam, the Spanish and French languages, and other branches essential, in the present day, to the accomplishment of a naval officer..." #USNA175 United States Naval Academy

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD - August 5, 1864 - Rear Adm. David G. Farragut successfully navigates through a deadly torpedo field Confederates lay in order to block the channel into Mobile Bay. During the battle, Farragut gives his famous quote, Damn the Torpedoes, Full speed ahead!

Read more about Admiral Farragut:

The museum's Preble Hall podcast has two new episodes available covering "Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1918-1953" and...
Preble Hall

The museum's Preble Hall podcast has two new episodes available covering "Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1918-1953" and "A History of Annapolis through the War of 1812".


A naval history podcast from Preble Hall - the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners, military personnel, and other experts on a variety of naval history topics from ancient history to recent history.

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

Happy 230th birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard! #OTD - August 4, 1790 - The Revenue Cutter Service is established by Congress, authorizing the construction of 10 vessels to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. The service receives its present name, U.S. Coast Guard, in 1915 under an act of Congress that merges the Revenue Cutter Service with the Life-Saving Service, thereby providing the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws.

Check out our blog, "Coast Guard Birthday - One Strong Fighting Force," learn about just a few of the times the #USCoastGuard and U.S. Navy have worked together to achieve a common goal.

National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum

#OTD in 1945, doctor LT Richard Williams serving on board USS Randolph (CV 15) recorded the following words in his diary. "Thirty yrs old today- too old to be out here with my family at home...Got word today of the sinking of USS Indianapolis. Survivors picked up today say she was sunk 5 days ago so suddenly nearly all hands were lost + and no message was gotten out- nearly a disappearing act. Unknown cause but probably a sub." #WWII75

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD - August 3, 1942 - Mildred H. McAfee takes the oath of office to become the first female line officer. She is commissioned a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve and simultaneously undertakes the duties of being the first director of the newly-established WAVES ("Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service"). Just one year later in July 1943, 27,000 women wore the WAVES uniform.

Read more about the first WAVES to serve in the #USNavy:

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD - August 3, 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571) becomes the first submarine to cross the "top" of the world during Operation Sunshine when the boat passes under an arctic ice cap at the North Pole.

"For the world, our country, and the Navy - the North Pole," declared the boat's commanding officer, Cmdr. William R. Anderson. The mission had been personally authorized by President Eisenhower as a response to the USSR's Sputnik program.

Read more about USS Nautilus here:

National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy

Missing links and fighting aliens…

May not be what you think of when reading about a ship’s history, but we live to surprise you.

USS Intrepid II was a new experimental ship commissioned on this day in 1874.

There was confusion in the arms race that followed the invention of the self-propelled torpedo. The world's navies struggled to find a way to effectively incorporate the earliest torpedo designs. Robert Whitehead had just invented the self-propelled torpedo. These earliest torpedoes were powerful weapons, but were very short-ranged. Incapable of reaching speeds greater than 10 knots, they were almost useless against anything but stationary targets.

A hybrid of the cruiser and the monitor, the torpedo ram was intended as a weapon system for coastal defence and littoral combat. The torpedo ram's low profile and high speed were to make discovery and interception harder, as was the intent for their attacks to take place at night. Once it reached the harbor, the torpedo ram was to smash its way through any seaward harbor defenses and make straight for the ships lying at anchor. However it soon became apparent that proposition of attacking enemy ships in harbors was not a practical one.

Intrepid spent what little of her time she was at sea in torpedo trials in coastal waters. Classes of torpedo-carrying warships soon emerged. And while the torpedo ram was never popular with naval services, they caught the public’s attention. In H. G. Wells's science fiction novel classic The War of the Worlds, the heroic HMS Thunder Child destroyed two Martian Tripods before being sunk by a Martian Heat Ray.

"Thunder Child battling a Martian fighting-machine."
Illustration by Henrique Alvim Corrêa, from the 1906 Belgium (French language) edition of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds", 1906.

"The Recent Experiments at the Torpedo Station at Newport, R.I., before the U.S. Naval Board" Engraving published in 1874, based on sketches by LCDR. Richard C. Hooker, USN. The individual views include:
1. Explosion of a submarine mine;
2. Explosion of a spar torpedo;
3. The new iron-clad torpedo boat USS Intrepid;
4. Blowing up an old hulk with nitro-glycerine.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84460

The torpedo ram HMS Polyphemus in drydock at Malta. 1881. Royal Navy Photograph.

Bow view of USS Intrepid (II) taken in dry dock No. Boston Navy Yard, circa 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hawsepipe.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53251

#countdowntomars #perseverance #nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #marsmission #martians #navymuseum #navy #history #museum #sciencefiction #experimental #ships #hgwells

#OTD 1912 Lieutenant Theodore G."Spuds" Ellyson, USNA 1905 and U.S. Navy Air Pilot No.1, attempts the first use of a cat...

#OTD 1912 Lieutenant Theodore G."Spuds" Ellyson, USNA 1905 and U.S. Navy Air Pilot No.1, attempts the first use of a catapult to launch an airplane to help prove the viability of launching aircraft from ships. A compressed air catapult on the Santee Dock at the United States Naval Academy launches Ellyson and his Curtiss A-1 Pusher but the plane crashes almost immediately after launch. A few months later Ellyson would make a successful catapult launch at the Washington Navy Yard. #USNA175 National Naval Aviation Museum

Photos: (1) LT Ellyson and the Curtiss A-1 in 1911, probably Keuka Lake, NY (2) Lieutenant Theodore G. Ellyson, USN in a Curtiss pusher amphibian with Miss Vera Benn, at Hammondsport, New York, in August 1911. Miss Benn was the first woman to fly in a "Hydro-aeroplane." This plane is probably the Navy/Curtiss A-1 "triad," the first U.S. Navy airplane. (Photo: Naval Historical Foundation Collection of Commander T. G. Ellyson) (3) Curtiss "AH" Seaplane on an experimental Catapult, at Annapolis, MD., Spring 1912 (Photo: Naval Historical Foundation Collection of Commander T. G. Ellyson)

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

The loss of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) on July 30, 1945, was a tragic moment following the completion of a secret mission that directly contributed to the end of #WWII. As we approach the 75th anniversary of her loss, take a moment to learn about her honorable service.

Learn more about USS Indianapolis here:

#GreatestGeneration #WWII75

#OTD 1920: Carl Osburn, USNA 1907, finishes the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium with six medals:  a gold medal in men'...

#OTD 1920: Carl Osburn, USNA 1907, finishes the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium with six medals: a gold medal in men's 300m team Military Rifle, Prone; a gold medal in 300m Military Rifle, Standing; a gold medal in men's 300m and 600m Team Military Rifle, Prone; a silver medal in men's 300m Team Military Rifle, Standing; and a bronze medal in the men's 100m running deer, single shots, team event. He had won one gold, two silver, and a bronze in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, and would go on to win a silver medal in the 1924 Paris Olympics. He held the record for the most Olympic medals won by an American until his total was matched by Mark Spitz in 1972. #USNA175 United States Naval Academy.

Summer fun!

Summer fun!

Tomorrow is the start of our digital scavenger hunt!

Did you know that…

The Naval War College Museum is part of the U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC). NHHC is an Echelon II command headquartered on the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. and headed by the Director of Naval History. NHHC serves as the navy’s institutional memory, locating, collecting, and preserving documents, artifacts, photos, oral histories, and art that represents the history of the U.S. Navy. The NHHC heads a system of navy museums, one of which is the NWCM!
Starting on this Wednesday, July 29th, we will begin our NHHC digital scavenger hunt, in which you can explore the online presence of all of the museums within Naval History and Heritage Command.

We will post two “clues” per day at 1pm EST, each relevant to one NHHC museum.

Save and print the answer sheet images attached below, follow along each day, hunt for clues and learn about our fantastic command and fellow museums.

Once you have completed your answer sheet, scan or take a picture, and email to [email protected], and we’ll send you a prize, an official NHHC printable bookmark!

#Navy #USNavy #History #NavalHistory #NavalHistoryandHeritageCommand #NHHC #Museum #USNWCM #NavyReadiness

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

The story of the #WWII service and ultimate loss of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is an important chapter in the story of the U.S. Navy. As we approach the 75th anniversary of her loss, we honor the legacy of our past shipmates who taught today's #Sailors to strive to meet the standards of honor, courage, and commitment.

#HeroesofUSSIndianapolis #GreatestGeneration

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD - July 27, 1953 - The Korean War armistice is signed at Panmunjom, Korea. The Korean cease-fire goes into effect at 22:00. For one Marine, Korean Armistice Day can never be far from his purview as he had the honor as his company’s bugler (2nd Division Marine Band, 1st Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division) to play Taps to signal the Korean War armistice at the United Nations Headquarters in Panmunjom, Korea, effectively ending the Korean War.

Read more about Sgt. Robert Henry Erickson's story in our blog:


#OTD 1912 The first tests of an airborne wireless are conducted near Annapolis, Md. using the Wright (B 1) piloted by Lt. John Rodgers. On one flight, Ensign Charles H. Maddox, who is giving technical assistance to the aviators, sends messages to USS Stringham (TB 19) at a distance of about one and a half miles.

#OTD 1905- The remains of John Paul Jones are brought ashore to the United States Naval Academy. The American Squadron a...

#OTD 1905- The remains of John Paul Jones are brought ashore to the United States Naval Academy. The American Squadron and the USS Brooklyn under the command of Rear Admiral Charles D. Sigsbee had arrived at Annapolis with John Paul Jones's body a few days earlier. The U.S. ships were accompanied by the French cruiser Julien de la Graviere. The photo shows a casket containing the body of John Paul Jones on the after deck of the Tug Standish, after its transfer from USS Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser # 3) in Annapolis Roads, off the U.S. Naval Academy, 23 July 1905. An honor guard stands around the flag-draped casket. #USNA175

National Museum of the American Sailor

National Museum of the American Sailor

#DYK that during World War II, more than 500 major-leaguers and 4,000 minor-league players traded their baseball uniforms for military uniforms? Many thousands of sailors and soldiers played ball during their service. However, one of the biggest events was the Army vs. Navy “1944 Servicemen’s World Series.” Of the 50 players in the series, 36 had played in the major leagues. The Navy won the 11-game series with eight wins. Happy #OpeningDay everyone! #NavyReadiness Photo courtesy of NMAS permanent collection.

Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

Sixty-five years ago, on July 23, 1954, Public Law 523 authorized the Secretary of the Navy “to repair, equip, and restore the United States ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original condition, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States ship Constitution at Boston, MA."

#OTD 1952- the United States Naval Academy varsity crew which would become known as the "Great Eight" won the 1952 Olymp...

#OTD 1952- the United States Naval Academy varsity crew which would become known as the "Great Eight" won the 1952 Olympic Rowing Championship at Helsinki, Finland. The gold medal received by MIDN Edward G. Stevens, Jr. was donated to the Naval Academy Museum in 2008. #USNA175

National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum

Here's your mid-week reminder to tune into our History Up Close series this Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. CT. This episode will feature LCDR Robert “Kim” Sheldon, USN (Ret.) as he spotlights the Museum's F4U Corsair.

In addition to the Corsairs on display, the Museum’s restoration staff is working on an F4U-1 version recovered from Lake Michigan where it crashed during carrier qualification. It is a so-called Birdcage Corsair because it was one that featured a paneled cockpit canopy rather than the later bubble canopy.

#OTD 1787 George Washington writes to John Paul Jones in a letter held by Nimitz Library at the United States Naval Acad...

#OTD 1787 George Washington writes to John Paul Jones in a letter held by Nimitz Library at the United States Naval Academy:

Philadelphia 22d July 1787.


I avail myself of the liberty you have been so obliging as to give me, to trouble you with the care of the enclosed packet.—It was my intention to have added to this trouble by increasing the number of my letters, but business has prevented; let me pray therefore that you will do me the honor to present me in affectionate terms to the Marqs de la Fayette, and assure him, that though hurried, I should not have slipped so favourable an opportunity of writing to him, if the business of the Convention (for I have nothing else new, to offer him) could have been communicated in the present unfinished state of it.—To the Count de Rochambeau, Marqs. de Chastellux & others, with whom I have the honor of a particular acquaintance, I tender my best regards—I wish you a pleast. Voyage, & the attainment of the objects of it.—& have the honor to be

SirYr. Most Obedt. Hble Servt


[To “Chevr. J.P. Jones”]


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