Historic Ships

On May 18, 2015, the worlds oldest commissioned military ship afloat, the United States Navy's USS CONSTITUTION (Old Ironsides) entered drydock at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts for a 2.5 to 3 -year restoration with most of the work to be on the ship's bow and on her hull below the waterline.

On July 23, 2017 at 2315 hours, USS CONSTITUTION was again afloat in Boston Harbor after 26 months in drydock for repairs to her hull and rigging. She was at a layberth for final repairs and reopened to the public in September of 2017.

In October this year, CONSTITUTION will celebrate her 221st birthday.

 

June 22, 1940 - WWII - on this date, in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France, the German submarine. U-65, hit the French tanker, MONIQUE, with two torpedoes breaking the ship in two and setting her cargo of 10,000 tons of crude oil afire. The ship had been on a voyage from Haifa to Le Havre. While the exact number is not known, at least 18 men died - there were no survivors. U-65 remained under command of Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen until March, 1941, when he handed over command to Kaptlt Joachim Hoppe and came ashore to join the Admiralty. By then, von Stockhausen had sunk 12 ships and damaged three more - all totaling about 88,500 GRT. His exploits at sea earned him two Iron Crosses and a Knights Cross. Hoppe sunk no ships. 33 days into his command, U-65 was depth charged by HMS DOUGLAS and sunk southeast of Iceland. All 50 men onboard went down with the U-boat. Von Stockhausen rose rapidly in rank within the Admiralty until January, 1943, when he was killed in an automobile accident in Berlin.

 

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