Re: Cool pics of USS Iowa under tow taken from my ship the other day....
Passing the IOWA at sea must have been quite a sight and one you will not see again...
Once upon a time in America we could build such a ship! In fact we built 4 of them in about 2 years time. Before that we built another 6 in under 4 years total and on top of all of these we built at least 60 carriers, 100 cruisers, 500 destroyers and destroyer escorts, 200 submarines and at least 3000 landingcraft, minecraft, harborcraft, auxiliaries, oilers, and on and on and on. Then of course, over 4000 merchant ships and a fleet of vessels for the Army and Coast Guard. All of it done between 1939 and 1945!
HOW WERE WE AS A PEOPLE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH SUCH AN ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE FEAT OF INDUSTRIAL MIGHT! And why in God's name did Japan chose to challenge us as they did by waking up such a sleeping giant?
I have often thought if I were granted just one wish, it would be to live in 1940 to be able to witness this miracle.
btw, this is the subject of a book I have been working on for several years already which will likely be a life's work when it is eventually finished. The story behind how the US was able to build more ships in a very few short years to create a Navy, Army Transportation Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine larger that all the others on the planet combined! Can any of us even imagine what being alive in such times was like?
Last edited by c.captain; June 1st, 2012 at 07:29 PM.
Brody: You're certifiable, Quint! You know that?
Quint: Yeah, yeah, yeah...