“Watch Out!”: New Jersey Shark Attacks of 1916

The "man-eater" (Courtesy Library of Congress)

July 1916 had been a dreadfully hot time for thousands of New Englanders. Combine this with the new craze for swimming and you have busy beaches. In an effort to escape the heat New Englanders took to the sea, swarming … Continue reading

Deserted: USS Juneau

USS Juneau (Courtesy Wikipedia)

On 25 October 1941 an Atlanta-class cruiser, the USS Juneau, was launched in Kearny, New Jersey. In February of the next year she was commissioned. In command was Captain Lyman Swenson. Although Swenson didn’t have much of a home life … Continue reading

Horror in the Pacific: USS Indianapolis

USS Indianapolis Courtesy Wikipedia

The USS Indianapolis was launched in late 1931 in New Jersey and by 1945 had seen her fair share of action. Commanded by respected captain Charles McVay, the Portland-class cruiser carried nearly 1,200 in crew. After delivering parts for the … Continue reading