Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Day in Naval History

29 August 1861, during the Civil War, Seaman Benjamin Swearer landed with troops from the steam sloop of war Pawnee and took part in the capture of Fort Clark, at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. He served throughout the action and had the honor of being the first man to raise the flag on the captured fort. For his “gallant service” throughout the action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. 

30 Aug 1929, at New London, Connecticut, twenty-six officers and men test the Momsen lung to exit the submerged USS S-4. Following the salvage and repairs on S-4, she was used to development equipment and techniques for submarine and salvage.

31 August 1862, the daily rum issued to US Navy sailors on board vessels was abolished. On 14 July, by an Act of Congress, the spirit ration was to cease on 1 September. Note, Secretary Welles issued a further order requiring captains of naval vessels to remove all distilled liquors from their ships except those that serve as medical stores. “Ale, beer, wine, and other liquors not distilled” were exempted from the provisions of the act of 14 July.

MCB 6's First CO
Cdr Joseph Blundon, Sixth Naval Construction Battalion first CO, peers out of his "office" on Guadalcanal.

1 September 1942, the first Seabee unit to serve in a combat area, the Sixth Naval Construction Battalion, arrives on Guadalcanal.

2 Sep 1945: Japan formally surrenders

3 September 1944, a PB4Y-1 Liberator plane was launched to attack German submarine pens on Helgoland Island. The pilot, Lt. Ralph Spading, set the radio controls and parachuted, the Liberator was then controlled as a drone by Ensign J.M. Simpson in a PV-1. Due to weather problems, the drone hit the barracks and industrial area on Dune Island instead. 

USCGC Northwind

4 September 1954, the icebreakers USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCGC Northwind completed the first transit of Northwest passage through McClure Strait.

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