free state battlewagon uss maryland

Author(s) Myron J. Smith
Publisher Pictorial Histories Pub.
Date 1986
Pages 48
Format pdf
Size 53 Mb







The first of three famous ships to honor the state of Maryland unfortunately had the shortest career and remains the most obscure, with neither detailed technical plans nor the illustrations of the ship known to exist. In the 1790s, the Congress reasoned that the merchants of America's great ports were the chief sufferers of the depredations of corsairs and privateers and ought to be willing, therefore, to make a special contribution to the defense of the U.S. merchant marine.

Thus on June 30, 1798, the lawmakers authorized the Navy to accept any warships that the merchants might care to build and donate. The plan seemed agreeable to all parties and the new naval establishment received several excellent ships as a result. The present publication with the content being prepared by Myron Smith is intended to shed some light on the USS Maryland, treated as one of the lesser known battleships in the history of the United States Navy.

It will provide the enthusiasts of the naval history with the brief yet comprehensive and interesting outline of the battleship that salvaged from the famous wreckage of Pearl Harbor. The vessel was the repaired and significantly improved, then damaged again in action, and then repaired several times coming back a better vessel that before, each time. The record of that vessel is reflecting the courage and resourcefulness of Americans...

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