Always Another Shipwreck
by Ellsworth Boyd (View More)
The USS Enterprise was one of many U.S. Navy ships that officers and crew designated “Pride of the Fleet. Shortly after she was commissioned, the Yorktown Class American Carrier had just delivered a marine air squadron to Wake Island when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
If it takes a storm to pass a law for future safe passage, so be it. But it’s sad that lives must be lost in the process. A countdown to lives lost in a disaster at sea is the major issue here. What was the count, 160 or 190 lives lost and who were they?
Can you name the 1970s ABC television series that lasted nine seasons and is trying to make a comeback under a different format? Hint: It provided romantic nights for passengers who desired them and tropical destinations where love blooms as easily as the tropical flowers. If you guessed “Love Boat” you probably picked up the hint of “passengers” and “tropical destinations where love blooms” to solve the riddle which probably wasn’t difficult for avid fans.
The Ile de France was one of many ships, not including military ones, that became unsung heroes during WWII. Unfortunately many became victims of German U-boats or losers in battles at sea. But not this one, not the long-lasting SS Ile de France.
The battleship Maine, docked in Havana, Cuba, harbor February 1898, sank when an interior explosion sent it to the bottom. Spain was blamed but there was no sabotage. Yet it sparked a war.
Hattie Wells image provided by SeaView Systems
The NUMA team was recently back on the high seas renewing the search for the Bonhomme Richard. The celebrated flagship of John Paul Jones was lost shortly after his momentous victory at the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779, succumbing to fire and damage from the battle.