Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This Day in Naval History
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.
Cdr Joseph Blundon, Sixth Naval Construction Battalion first CO, peers out of his "office" on Guadalcanal. mcb6.org
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
4 September 1954, the icebreakers USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCGC Northwind completed the first transit of Northwest passage through McClure Strait.