Our Navy in the War
Spears, John Randolph1899Perry, Lawrence1919Convoy tactics were used to move large amounts of merchant ships or battleships. The destroyers on the outside would zig-zag back and forth in order to defend the inner ships against submarine torpedoes. Trawlers, modelled after fishing ships, would sweep the depths for mines and submarines, both deadly new innovations. Traveling in this way protected the inner ships from surprise attacks and allowed the large battleships to fire effectively in all directions.
Drawn from the Museum & Library's rare book collection, this special display is part of SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice—providing a unique glimpse into the history of the U.S. Navy. Featuring authentic texts and compelling illustrations dating to the Navy's beginnings in the late 18th century, these rare books and documents trace the evolution of naval warfare from an era of masts, sails, and pirates to the advent of steam-powered ironclads, and from the UDT Divers of WWII to the Navy SEALs of today.
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