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Old 31-12-2006, 18:00   #211
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  • 1622 - nl:Isaac Sweers born, Netherlands Vice-Admiral (d. 28 August 1673)
  • 1874 - Frank Knox born, United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)
  • 1887 - Wilhelm Canaris born, German admiral, head of the German Intelligence Abwehr (d. 1945)
  • 1996 - Arleigh Burke dies, U.S. admiral (b. 19 October 1901)
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  • 1879 - HMS Thunderer gun turret explodes in Sea of Marmora, 11 die.
    • An unlucky ship, the Thunderer had previously suffered a boiler explosion. Yet after refitting she had a long career as a guardboatd. More info
  • 1900 - Chicago Canal opens.
    • The canal is cited as a primary conduit for Zebra Mussels^
  • 1905 - The Russian fleet surrenders to Japan at Port Arthur, China.
  • 1941 - World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program with a stated goal of building 200 freighters.
    • Over 2,700 ships will eventually be constructed by the end of the war. The program effectively mass-produced freighters with the goal of insuring supply lines no matter the losses. More info
  • 1942 - The United States Navy opens a blimp bases on west, gulf, and east coasts.
    • This was actually an expansion of the LTA program. Blimps were seen as extremely useful by the U.S. Navy for the detection of submarines, and even for anti-submarine combat.
Launchings, births, deaths
  • 1719 - Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder, born (d. 1797)
  • 1892 - George Biddell Airy, British Astronomer Royal 1835-1891, dies. (b. 21 July 1801)
  • 2000 - Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. admiral, 19th Chief of Naval Operations, dies. (b. 1920)
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January 2, 1897 ~ “Commodore” sinks
On this day in 1897, American writer Stephen Crane (ie: “Red Badge of Courage”) survives the sinking of The “Commodore” off the coast of Florida.
More: Stephen Crane and the Commodore
Crane will turn the adventure into his classic short story "The Open Boat" , which can be found On-line at:
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3 January

  • 1652 - Dutch ship Geldermalsen 16 days out of Malaka is lost on a reef en route to the Netherlands, 80 die.
    • The wreck was salvaged by Mike Hatcher, infamous wreck salvor (as opposed to maritime archeologist). More info
  • 1833 - British forces re-take the Falkland Islands, this time by force from Argentina.
    • Although acting in force, the British forces were re-occupying the islands after a U.S.A. ship had removed most of the inhabitants and shelled the town to rubble in response to Argentinean captures of U.S. fishing/sealing vessels (deemed piracy as the U.S.A. had never recognized Argentina's claims to the islands; the inhabitants were transported to Montevideo and released.) More info
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  • 1543 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, first European to visit California, dies of gangrene. (b. 1499)
  • 1641 - Jeremiah Horrocks, the "father of British Astronomy", age 22 years, dies of unknown causes. (b. ca 1618)
  • 1670 - George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle dies
    • General-at-sea for the British during the First Anglo-Dutch war, and Commander in Chief during the Second Anglo-Dutch war. (b. 6 December 1608)
  • 1854 - Lightning, a clipper ship built by Donald McKay, launched at East Boston for the Black Ball Lines (Liverpool).
  • 1899 - Johannes Hin born, becomes Olympic gold medalist (12' dinghy) in 1920 for Netherlands.
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4 January

  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus leaves the New World, ending his first journey there.
    • The "date" of his departure is 16 Jan., but under the Julian Calendar, which is 4 Jan. under the Gregorian.
  • 1854 - Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang discovers the McDonald Islands.*
  • 1945 - US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after kamikaze attack
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  • 1779 - Stephen Decatur, jr., born in Maryland, United States, U.S. naval officer (d. 1820)
  • 1922 - Sir Ernest Shackleton Antarctic explorer, dies aboard his ship Quest at 47. (b. 15 February 1874)
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  • 1835 - HMS Beagle anchors off the Chonos Archipelago.
  • 1904 - The distress signal "CQD" is established by Marconi Co. only to be replaced two years later by "SOS."
  • 1914 - First ocean vessel, the Alexandre La Valley, passes through the Panamá Canal.
    • Panam Canal History FAQ, the more widely-known passage of the SS Ancon didn't take place until August 15th. La Valley was a crane vessel used in construction of the canal.
  • 1927 - Commercial transatlantic telephone service between New York & London
  • 1964 - Bahamas achieves internal self-government & cabinet responsibility
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  • 1904 - Beethoven at the shipyard of Grangemouth & Greenock Dockyard Company, Greenock, for A. C. de Freitas, Hamburg.
  • 1827 - Sir Sandford Fleming born, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 22 July 1915)
  • 1883 - Andrew Browne Cunningham born, Irish admiral in the British Royal Navy, WWII (d. 12 June 1963)
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  • 1951 - Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the national bird of Bermuda) is rediscovered in Bermuda.
  • 1979 - Tanker Betelguese catches fire and explodes while offloading at Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay, Ireland. 50 dead.
  • 2004 - Queen Elizabeth christens the Queen Mary II cruise liner for the Cunnard Line.
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  • 1324 - Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies. (b. 15 September 1254)
  • 1587 - Jan Pieterszoon Coen, twice Governor-General of the Dutch East-Indies for the Dutch East India Company, born in Hoorn, Netherlands. (d. 21 September 1629)
  • 1711 - Philips van Almonde, Dutch lietenant admiral (b. 29 December 1644)
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  • 1571 - Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, French vice-admiral of Brittany, dies in Beauvais. (b. 1510)
    • As much pirate as navy, he is most remembered for attempting to establish a French Antarctique, by the expedient of landing and establishing a colony off Rio de Janeiro of Heugenots. The Portuguese sent two expeditions to evict them, but had to establish the city in order to finally do so after 7 years of trying.
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  • 1892 - Clipper ship N.B. Palmer abandoned in the North Atlantic at 45°N, 43°W.
  • 1894 - Four-masted barque Elmbank stranded on the Isle of Arran.
  • 1951 - World War II Liberty Ship Flying Enterprise sinks 12 days after crew and passengers - except Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen - were rescued.
    • Captain Carlsen jumps into the ocean just before it finally sunk, to be rescued by the salvage tug which had been pulling the ship in to the British Isles. The ship was carrying some $600,000 in cash cargo, later partially salvaged on a contract from a banking consortium, which may have been the reason for Captain Carlsen refusal to abandon ship earlier.
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  • 1599 - Jacob van Neck's fleet departs Bantam, Java, laden with spices.
  • 1803 - Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe depart for Paris to arrange a port of depposit on the lower Mississippi River
    • Napoleon insists they buy either all French territory or nothing. They make the Lousiana Purchase without approval or authority. Included all of the Mississippi River, Missouri River, Lake Michigan and other navigable inland waters.
  • 1813 - Pineapple first introduced to Hawai'i by the Spanish; the first commercial plantations would not be planted until 1886.
  • 1863 - Naval engagement near Galveston, Texas, USA between CSS Alabama & USS Hatteras, Hatteras sunk.
  • 1866 - SS London sinks in storm off Land's End, England, kills 220
  • 1920 - French steam liner Afrique sinks near La Rochelle, France. Of 567 crew and passengers only 36 survive.
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  • 1942 - Japan declares war on the Netherlands and invades the Netherlands East Indies.
  • 1981 - Palau adopts constitution
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12 January

  • 1807 - Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden Netherlands, 150 die. (Cleared space in the city now known as the Van der Werf Park)
  • 1812 - 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez
  • 1836 - HMS Beagle reaches Sydney Australia
  • 1916 - Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Island colony in the Pacific
  • 1929 - Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
  • 1937 - Plow for laying submarine cable patented in the USA
  • 1945 - World War II: Battle of South China Sea: US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea ("Operation Gratitude")
  • 1950 - Swedish tanker Divina rams British submarine HMS Truculent (P315) in Thames, 64 die, 15 survivors.
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  • 1517 - Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Spanish conquistador and first European to see the eastern Pacific Ocean, which he entitled the South Sea. Executed. (b. ca. 1475)
  • 1876 - Jack London, born in the U.S.A. author and adventurer. (d. 22 November 1916)
  • 1996 - Peggy Braithwaite first UK woman lighthouse keeper in 1975, keeper of the Walney Island lighthouse near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria., dies at 76
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  • 1790 - Death of Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)
  • 1852 - Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer believed to be the first discoverer of Antarctica, dies as military governor of Kronstadt. (b. 20 September 1778)
  • 1892 - Paul Smart born, USA yachtsman, won the Olympic Star-class gold medal in 1948 as crew for his son, Hillary Smart.
  • 1930 - Auguste Rateau, French inventor of the R-steam turbine and the turbocharger, dies. (b. 1863)
  • 1947 - Peter Sundelin born in Sweden, yachtsman, Olympic 5.5 m class gold medalist in 1968*
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  • 1806 - Matthew Fontaine Maury born in Virginia.
    • Known in his own lifetime as the "Pathfinder of the seas", American oceanographer served in the USN (Commander), the Virginia State Navy, and the Confederate States Navy (Commander). (d. 1 February 1873)
  • 1850 - Birth of Louis Marie Julien Viaud
    • Bettern known by his pseudonym Pierre Loti, born in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France. French sailor and author. (d. 10 June 1923)
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