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Preble Hall Podcast

A naval history podcast from Preble Hall - the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners, military personnel, and other experts on a variety of naval history topics from ancient history to more current events. 


Latest Episode

EP154: From the North Pole to Nuclear Power: Admiral Al Kelln

Sep 25th, 2022

Admiral Al Kelln, US Naval Academy Class of 1952 discusses his early career as the first person to fly over, walk on, and sail under the North Pole and as Chief Engineer of USS Enterprise

Past Episodes

Sep 19th, 2022
EP152: The Museum at West Point (28:31)
David Reel, Executive Director of the Museum at West Point, discusses that historic facility and its collection.
Sep 18th, 2022
EP153: Secrets in Depth by CDR Joseph Dituri, USN-Ret, PhD (30:31)
Dr. Stephen Phillips interviews CDR Joseph Dituri, USN-Ret, PhD to discuss his career as a Navy Diver, Special Operations Officer, and Engineering Duty Officer, to include the world of submarine rescue all which influence Dituri's novel, "Secrets in Depth."
Sep 4th, 2022
EP151: Millenium Challenge 2002: Being There (25:10)
What was it like to work through Millenium Challenge, a major war game exercise in 2002? This episode's guest, Bill Rearick, discusses what it was like behind the scenes.
Aug 27th, 2022
EP150: 150th Episode Hotwash (42:56)
Podcast co-hosts Marcus Jones, Abby Mullen, Steve Phillips, Tyler Pitrof, and Claude Berube discuss some of the highlights of the first 150 episodes, the value of podcasts for oral history, historians they'd like to interview, and more. Thanks to all the listeners for joining us on this journey so far. We appreciate your support and hope you'll continue to enjoy the podcast.
Aug 18th, 2022
EP147: Retrospective on Iraq & Afghanistan (46:31)
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Nelson, USA, discusses what he's learned in his career and 11 deployments in the Middle East, joint operations, strategies, and what the next generation needs to learn.
Aug 3th, 2022
EP146: Privateering in the American Revolution (35:59)
Eric Jay Dolin discusses his latest book, "Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution." Some of his other books include "When America Met China," "Black Flags, Blue Waters," and "Leviathan."
Jun 20th, 2022
EP145: Foreign Jack Tars (43:01)
This episode's guest is Dr. Sara Caputo, Lumley Research Fellow in History, Magdalene College. We discussed her forthcoming book, "Foreign Jack Tars: The British Navy and Transnational Seafarers during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars" (Cambridge University Press)
Jun 13th, 2022
EP148: LCDR Stephenson and the wreck of USS Johnston (DD 557) (46:12)
Stephen Phillips interviews LCDR Parks Stephenson, USN-Ret, USNA '79, to discuss the deep-sea survey of the wreck of USS Johnston (DD 557) of TAFFY 3 fame. Stephenson is now the second deepest diving Naval Academy graduate after Don Walsh, '54. Included in the episode is a description of the Battle off Samar, CDR Ernest Evans posthumously awarded Medal of Honor, and other deep-sea adventures such as diving on Titanic.
May 30th, 2022
EP149: Napoleon's Escape from Elba: Evan Wilson (40:06)
Abby talks to Evan Wilson of the U.S. Naval War College about Napoleon and his escape from Elba. The article we discuss can be found here: Evan's website is
May 16th, 2022
EP144: Great Power Competition: The US, the UK & Torpedoes in the early 20th Century (59:40)
Dr. Kate Epstein of Rutgers University-Camden discusses her work on early 20th century relations between the US and the UK, their navies, and the development of the torpedo.
May 9th, 2022
EP143: Interview with Kit Chellel co-author of "Dead in the Water" (26:55)
Stephen Phillips interviews Kit Chellel, co-author of "Dead in the Water: A True Stroy of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy." They discuss the events leading to the destruction of MV Brilliante Virtuoso, the murder of Captain David Mockett during his investigation, and a myriad of other figures involved in the case.
May 2nd, 2022
EP142: Forgetting the Maritime Strategy: The Naval Career of Peter M. Swartz, Part 4 (01:02:05)
What happened to strategic planning in the Navy after the end of the Cold War? Associate Professor Marcus O. Jones and Dr. Tyler Pitrof (US Naval Academy) interview Captain Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.) on his unusual career and unique insight into strategic planning in the US Navy in the late- and immediate post-Cold War periods. This is a continuation of episode 140.
Apr 4th, 2022
EP141: Interview with Captain Wendy Lawrence, USN-Ret, 1st USNA Woman in Space (01:06:49)
Stephen Phillips interviews his former Leadership Professor, Captain Wendy Lawrence, USN-Ret. They discuss Academy life as the daughter of the Superintendent, leadership for junior officers, and service as an Astronaut.
Mar 21st, 2022
EP140: From OP-60 to Colin Powell: The Naval Career of Peter M. Swartz, Part 3 (01:02:02)
What was it like to be at NATO headquarters during the collapse of the Eastern Bloc? Associate Professor Marcus O. Jones and Dr. Tyler Pitrof (US Naval Academy) interview Captain Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.) on his unusual career and unique insight into strategic planning in the US Navy in the late- and immediate post-Cold War periods. This is a continuation of the story begun in episode 124.
Mar 14th, 2022
EP139: USS Impervious and Mine Countermeasures in Desert Storm: Capt David Jackson (43:55)
Mine Warfare on the Preble Hall Podcast! Captain Dave Jackson, USN-Ret, served as CO of Impervious (MSO-449) during Operation Desert Storm. He joins Stephen Phillips in this episode to discuss mine countermeasures to include conducting the lead-through operations for USS Tripoli (LPH-10) after she hit a mine on February 18, 1991. He also discusses command of USS Stout (DDG-55) and DESRON 50.
Mar 7th, 2022
EP138: Naval Academy Sea Trials (47:57)
Sea Trials have become a major event at the end of every academic year at the Naval Academy. What are they and how did they start? In this episode Major Robert Shea, USMC, talks about today's sea trials while CAPT Shiho Rybski and CAPT Mike Wisecup recall how a few midshipmen kicked them off in the mid 1990s.
Feb 24th, 2022
EP137: Marine Insurance in the Early Republic: Hannah Farber (45:50)
Abby talks to Hannah Farber to about a topic that was central to the economy of the early United States: insurance. Dr. Farber's book is _Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding_.
Feb 14th, 2022
EP136: The Academy and Women's Suffrage in 1912 (49:25)
On the evening of February 15, 1912, three one-act plays were performed at the Colonial Theatre in Annapolis to bring attention to women's suffrage, eight years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The performers were the wives, daughters and nieces of Naval Academy professors and officers. The male roles were performed by Navy Lieutenants on duty at the Academy. In this episode, context is provided to that event and midshipmen perform the opening play, a farce to set the scene for two more serious plays.
Feb 3th, 2022
EP135: Captain Jim Lovell, USN (Ret) (43:19)
Dr. Claude Berube, Director of the USNA Museum, and Dr. Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy Captain and former Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, interview Captain James Lovell, USN (Ret), USNA Class of 1952 and NASA Astronaut
Jan 31st, 2022
EP134: The Birth of the Strike Fighter: The Naval Career of Joseph Dyer (01:14:57)
How did the Navy end up with one fighter to rule them all-- the F/A-18E/F? Associate Professor Marcus O. Jones and Tyler Pitrof (US Naval Academy) interview Vice Admiral Joseph Dyer, USN (Ret.) on his role as chief test pilot of the United States Navy and in the birth of the true "strike fighter." Due to recording in the Naval Academy's wargaming lab, there is some electronic interference in this episode.
Jan 24th, 2022
EP133: Rendering Safe an unexploded Exocet missile aboard USS Stark (FFG-31) (01:06:25)
LCDR Tony Nahitchevansky, USN-Ret, joins Stephen Phillips to discuss responding to and rendering safe an Exocet missile aboard USS Stark (FFG-31) during "The Tanker War" after the ship was mistaken by an Iraqi Air Force aircraft as an Iranian Tanker on the night of May 17, 1987.
Jan 4th, 2022
EP132: To Rule the Waves: Dr. Bruce Jones and the Critical Role of the Oceans in Modern Life (45:10)
How do globalization, containerization, Chinese aspirations, and climate change fit together? Tyler interviews Dr. Bruce Jones of the Brookings Institution about his new book "To Rule the Waves: How Control of the World's Oceans Shapes the Fate of the Superpowers."
Jan 3th, 2022
EP131: Front toward Enemy: War, Veterans, and the Homefront (55:37)
Dan Green, PhD is a Commander in the Navy Reserve. On this episode, he discusses his latest book, "Front toward Enemy: War, Veterans, and the Homefront"
Dec 15th, 2021
EP130: Confederate Boat Burners: Laura June Davis (32:06)
Abby talks to Dr. Laura June Davis about maritime sabotage in the Civil War: Confederate boat burners.
Dec 5th, 2021
EP129: Army Week 2021: Mark McCallister and Bill the Goat (19:27)
For Army Week 2021, Stephen Phillips discusses the origins of Bill the Goat as Navy's mascot and interviews Mark McCallister, USNA '19, who served as the Spirit Squad's "Bill the Goat" for four years.
Nov 22nd, 2021
EP128: President Tyler, USS Princeton (1843), and the Peacemaker Explosion (35:38)
Stephen Phillips and author Stan Haynes discuss Haynes' historical novel, And Tyler No More, which includes a historically accurate account of USS Princeton (1843), the ship's technological innovations, and an ordnance accident that killed the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Navy, and but for a song, likely would have killed President John Tyler.
Nov 5th, 2021
EP127: OP-60 and the Maritime Strategy: The Naval Career of Peter M. Swartz, Part 2 (53:23)
What was the "Maritime Strategy"? Associate Professor Marcus O. Jones (US Naval Academy) interviews Captain Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.) on his unusual career and unique insight into strategic planning in the US Navy in the late- and immediate post-Cold War periods. This is a continuation of the interview begun in episode 124.
Oct 29th, 2021
EP126: Troublemakers in Tahiti: Consolation Prize (36:51)
Today's episode is a cross-post from the podcast Consolation Prize. When the United States began to establish official commercial relations with Tahiti, the government and the sailors who visited there thought that the U.S. consuls would be able to help them get the most out of their visit. But instead, the first two U.S. consuls destroyed the reputation of the United States and actively sabotaged their changes of good relations with the sovereign Tahitian government. Either actively or passively, they helped the French take over Tahiti in 1842 and made Tahiti a much less friendly place for Americans. Read more and subscribe to Consolation Prize at
Oct 27th, 2021
EP125: The Naval Air War in Vietnam: John Sherwood (44:05)
Stephen Phillips interviews Dr. John Sherwood of the Naval History and Heritage Command and the author of Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War on the Naval Air War in Vietnam.
Oct 7th, 2021
EP124: From Pigs and Chickens to OP-60: The Naval Career of Peter M. Swartz, Part 1 (43:24)
What did it take to join those responsible for US naval strategic planning during the Cold War? Associate Professor Marcus O. Jones (US Naval Academy) interviews Captain Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.) on his unusual career and unique insight into strategic planning in the US Navy in the late- and immediate post-Cold War periods.
Sep 29th, 2021
EP123: Draper Kauffman and the UDT in World War II: Guy Nasuti (28:46)
Steve talks to Guy Nasuti about Draper Kauffman and the UDT in World War II.
Sep 15th, 2021
EP122: Piracy, Revolution, Witchcraft, and War: Ben Schaffer (38:31)
Abby talks to Ben Schaffer, whose paper "The Sloop Mary: How One 17th-century Massachusetts Naval Vessel Navigated the Golden Age of Piracy, the Glorious Revolution, the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and Imperial War" won the Clark G. Reynolds Student Paper Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History.
Sep 8th, 2021
EP121: How (and Why) do We Teach History to Naval Officers? (47:43)
Why (and how) do we teach naval history to midshipmen at the US Naval Academy? Tyler conducts a teaching round table with Lieutenant McKenzie "Mac" Anderson, USN, Major Joe Eanett, USAF, and Associate Professor Marcus O. Jones in the US Naval Academy's Wargaming Lab.
Aug 25th, 2021
EP120: The Brown Water Navy in Vietnam: John Sherwood (40:59)
In this episode, Steve talks to Dr. John Sherwood about the brown water navy in Vietnam. Be sure to check out Sherwood's book, which you can find here:
Aug 11st, 2021
EP119: Naval Science in the Nineteenth Century: Jason Smith (01:02:17)
Abby talks to Dr. Jason Smith about his work studying naval science, particularly the science of hydrography, in the nineteenth-century American navy. We also talk about how to properly contextualize people like Matthew Fontaine Maury, the Father of Oceanography who also held pro-slavery views and supported the Confederacy.
Aug 4th, 2021
EP118: Teaching Epidemic History (46:16)
Tyler interviews Major Joe Eanett, USAF, on his efforts to teach midshipmen the history of epidemic disease, as well as his plans for future studies. Maj. Eanett has just completed his tour as an instructor in the History Department at the US Naval Academy.
Jul 14th, 2021
EP117: The USS Samuel B. Roberts Mine Strike: Captain Paul Rinn, USN-Ret (01:18:26)
In this episode, host Steve Phillips talks with Captain Paul Rinn of the USS Samuel B. Roberts about the heroic efforts to save the vessel after it was struck by a mine in 1988.
Jul 5th, 2021
EP116: The Flying Aircraft Carrier: Airships and Early Experiments in Scout Aviation (53:03)
Tyler interviews Major Joe Eanett, USAF, about the origins, characteristics, and military uses of the rigid airship. Maj. Eanett has just completed his tour as an instructor in the History Department at the US Naval Academy.
Jun 28th, 2021
EP115: A Maritime History Career: Bill Fowler (29:16)
In this episode, Abby talks to her PhD advisor, Bill Fowler, professor emeritus at Northeastern University, whose career as a maritime and naval historian has taken many forms. We talk about all the ways in which you can be a maritime historian, and why people should care about the history of America and the sea.
Jun 1st, 2021
EP114: This Human Life: Walter Gibson, Part 3 (33:13)
This is part three of This Human Life, where our hosts continue the story of Walter Gibson, nineteenth-century adventurer.
May 24th, 2021
EP113: This Human Life: Walter Gibson, Part 2 (22:23)
This episode (the second of three) continues with the remarkable life of the 19th century American adventurer, who after nearly inciting a war between the US and the Netherlands, travels to the Kingdom of Hawaii, and tries to start a new religion.
May 24th, 2021
EP113: Phase 2 Trailer (05:47)
We're gearing up for the next phase of Preble Hall, which will be be co-hosted by Abby Mullen, Steve Phillips, and Tyler Pitrof. Get to know the new hosts a little bit now, and get ready for new episodes in the middle of June!
May 17th, 2021
EP112: This Human Life: Walter Gibson, Part 1 (33:02)
"This Human Life" is one of three new podcast series from the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department. The three series are being introduced through the Preble Hall podcast but will have their own home in the near future.
May 13th, 2021
EP111: Au revoir: The "Eleventy-First" and Final Episode for the Museum's Director. (01:11:55)
Dr. Claude Berube taught in the Political Science and History Departments at the U.S. Naval Academy from 2005 to 2021. From 2012 to 2021, he served as Director of the Naval Academy Museum. The host of the Preble Hall podcast is interviewed by Dr. Marcus Jones in his final episode reflecting on teaching at the Academy and the Museum's roles and challenges. Beginning in June, Preble Hall will have three rotating hosts: Dr. Abby Mullen, Dr. Tyler Pitrof, and Steve Phillips.
May 1st, 2021
EP110: 9/11 and the Office of Naval Intelligence (58:33)
Captain Tom Bortmes, USN (Ret) discusses his tenure as the Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Apr 26th, 2021
EP109: Scholars by the Sea, Episode 1: Professor Brian VanDeMark (24:49)
In this premiere episode of a new series from the US Naval Academy History Department, Professor Matthew Dziennik and Captain Chris Hemler, USMC, interview Professor Brian VanDeMark about his book "Road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam" (HarperCollins, 2018).
Apr 22nd, 2021
EP108: Why Gallipoli? (55:48)
Dr. Nicholas Lambert discusses his latest book, "The War Lords and the Gallipoli Disaster: How Globalized Trade Led Britain to Its Worst Defeat of the First World War"
Apr 19th, 2021
EP107: Remembering Admiral Sam Gravely (41:09)
This episode is for the Naval History and Heritage Command's anchor dates. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. was a United States Navy officer. He was the first African American in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a Navy ship, the first fleet commander, and the first to become a flag officer, retiring as a vice admiral. In this episode, CMC Richard Curtis, USN (Ret), recalls what it was like to serve on the USS Falgout under Gravely's first command.
Apr 17th, 2021
EP106: The Top Three: Military Disasters (34:49)
The U.S. Naval Academy History Department presents the first of three new podcast series which will initially be distributed through Preble Hall. In this episode, faculty members Mac Anderson, Thomas Burgess, and Andy Cox discuss the top three military disasters.
Apr 15th, 2021
EP105: The Masqueraders and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (55:40)
The oldest extracurricular activity at the U.S. Naval Academy is 176 years old is The Masqueraders. Joining Preble Hall to discuss The Masqueraders and this weekend's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are: Prof. Christy Stanlake, USNA English Department Midshipman Tiara Sterling (Titania) Midshipman Allen Sand (Oberon) Midshipman Rob Saunders (Lysander) Midshipman Olivia Hunt (Hermia)
Apr 9th, 2021
EP104: Reflections on the Cold War from North Korea to the Strategic Defense Initiative, with VADM Bob Monroe, USN (Ret) (43:25)
Vice Admiral Robert Monroe, USN (Ret), U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1950, reflects on the Cold War from North Korea to the Strategic Defense Initiative. From 1977 until 1980 Vice Admiral Monroe was Director of the Defense Nuclear Agency, responsible for many of DOD's nuclear weapons activities, including stockpile management, safety, security, and survivability.
Mar 29th, 2021
EP103: Americans in the Mexican Navy and Army (25:33)
David Mckenzie discusses Americans who served in the Mexican Army and Navy in the 1820s. David McKenzie is a public historian currently finishing his History Ph.D. at George Mason University. He studies 19th-century U.S. and Latin American history, currently focusing on U.S. citizens who moved to Mexico’s interior between 1821 and 1846. David previously worked at the Alamo, an exhibition design firm, and a local Jewish historical society. He currently works on digital history and exhibitions at Ford’s Theatre.
Mar 19th, 2021
EP102: 2021 Bancroft Lecture at the Academy: Dr. Vincent Brown, "Charting the Course of an Atlantic Slave War." (01:06:37)
The U.S. Naval Academy's History Department hosts an annual Bancroft Lecture, named after Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, historian and founder of the Academy. Dr. Vincent Brown of Harvard University was the 2021 lecturer on 10 March. This year's lecture was via Zoom due to COVID restrictions.
Mar 15th, 2021
EP101: Pirates of the Chesapeake, with Dr. Jamie Goodall (42:39)
Dr. Jamie Goodall, historian and author of "Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay" discusses pirate operations and notable figures.
Mar 11st, 2021
EP100: Teaching and the Practice of Naval History (01:04:03)
CDR BJ Armstrong, USN, PhD and Dr. Tyler Pitrof from the US Naval Academy's History Department discuss teaching naval history, favorite historians, and the importance of understanding naval history.
Feb 16th, 2021
EP99: On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare (43:28)
Major Tim Heck is the co-editor of a new book by Marine Corps University Press, "On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare." J. Overton is one of the books contributors. The book can be found at
Jan 23th, 2021
EP98: Modern Navy History with Mark Vandroff and Jerry Hendrix (55:23)
CAPT Mark Vandroff, USN (Ret) USNA Class of 1989, served as a program manager and deputy program manager of the DDG51 and LPD17 shipbuilding programs respectively and recently served on the National Security Council. CAPT Jerry Hendrix, USN (Ret), PhD, is a former Director of Naval History and Heritage Command and serves as the Vice President of the Telemus Group. In this episode, they discuss key strategies, technologies, and personnel in the past 40 years of the U.S. Navy.
Jan 15th, 2021
EP97: Merchant Ships in World War II: the Maritime Commission's Emergency Shipbuilding Program (45:52)
CAPT Michael Schneider, USN (ret) "Merchant Ships in World War II: the Maritime Commission's Emergency Shipbuilding Program". This episode is from our Shifley Lecture Series. CAPT Schneider gave this lecture at the USNA Museum in November 2018.
Dec 20th, 2020
EP96: Naval Operations during the Franco-Prussian War (47:28)
Dr. Jorit Wintjes of the University of Wurtzberg discusses amphibious operations, ship duels, naval strategies, commerce raiding, the use of ships built for the Confederacy, and other naval components of the Franco-Prussian War.
Dec 15th, 2020
EP95: Historic Naval Ships (39:58)
Dr. Bill Cogar, naval historian and former Director of the US Naval Academy Museum (1994-98) discusses the Historic Naval Ships Association and the museum ships' importance in conveying a nation's maritime heritage.
Dec 13th, 2020
EP94: Generations (31:17)
The first African-American female Naval Academy Brigade Commander, Midshipman First Class Sydney Barber, has a chance to discuss today and yesterday with 1st Lieutenant Millie Bailey, one of the first African-American women in World War 2 to serve in the Women's Army Corps. She was born in 1918, during another pandemic. All participants were masked during the interview due to COVID and were 6-8 feet apart in the museum's conference room. The guest host is Captain Timika Lindsay, USN, and Naval Academy Class of 1992.
Dec 8th, 2020
EP93: USMC Amphibious Operations and the Battle of Tarawa (46:52)
Captain Chris Hemler, USMC, an instructor in the History Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses the development of Marine amphibious operations leading to World War 2 and the Battle of Tarawa
Dec 7th, 2020
EP92: Pearl Harbor (43:25)
What led to the attack on Pearl Harbor? What were the intelligence failures. West Point Professor and Navy Reserve Commander, Dr. David Gioe discusses.
Dec 3th, 2020
EP91: Academy Graffiti: Cultural Anthropology at the U.S. Naval Academy (39:49)
Visitors to the Naval Academy wouldn't see the graffiti but Midshipman Parker Ellis conducted a historical survey of graffiti at several sites for Professor Clementine Fujimura's Cultural Anthropology class. On this episode, they discuss the project and graffiti's significance, even at the Naval Academy. Some of the photos he took will be posted on the Museum's Facebook page and Twitter on December 3, 2020. Links to those sites are in the Episode Notes.
Dec 2nd, 2020
EP90: The Class of 1992's Great Mule Caper (36:00)
In 1991, the Naval Academy Class of 1992 stole West Point's four mules prior to the Army Navy Game, a feat never attempted before or since. In this episode, Stephen Phillips '92 (and Naval Academy Museum Non-Resident Fellow) interviews Brett Odom '92 about the Great Mule Caper. For photos are available on our Facebook and Twitter accounts on December 2, 2020.
Nov 24th, 2020
EP89: The Shipwreck and Discovery of the USS Saginaw (52:47)
Jeff Bowdoin, curator branch head at the Naval History and Heritage Command and Hans van Tilburg, a maritime archeologist with NOAA, discuss the shipwreck of the USS Saginaw in 1870, the heroic journey of five crew to save their shipmates, and its discovery off Kure Atoll in 2003
Nov 10th, 2020
EP88: Operation Sea Signal, with General Mike Williams, USMC (Ret) (49:45)
Former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps General Mike Williams, USMC (Ret), commanded Joint Task Force 160 in 1994 during the initial months of Operation Sea Signal, the response to the Cuban and Haitian migrant issue. Nearly 60,000 Cuban and Haitian migrants were brought to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Nov 7th, 2020
EP87: Canadian World War II Flower-class Corvettes (33:27)
Canadian naval history author Roger Litwiller discusses the Canadian Flower-class corvettes during the Second World War.
Oct 28th, 2020
EP86: The Brooklyn Naval Lyceum and its Impact on the US Navy and Naval Academy (41:50)
Dr. Steven Lubar, professor of history at Brown University, discusses the Brooklyn Naval Lycem of the 19th century and its impact on the Navy and Naval Academy.
Oct 26th, 2020
EP85: Preserving Naval Academy Midshipmen Sacred Moments and Hijinks (44:46)
Ms. Holly Powers, one of the museum's first non-resident fellows, discusses the value of preserving the Naval Academy's culture of sacred moments, pranks and humorous memories as she continues to collect them for the archives and museum.
Oct 24th, 2020
EP84: USNA 175th Anniversary: Staff of the Academy - Mr. Garry Williams (39:17)
During this 175th anniversary month of the Academy's founding, we are focusing on the history of the Academy including some of our long-time staff. This episode we talk with Mr. Garry Williams, head of laundry transportation, who's been at the Academy for 47 years. He reflects on how life at the Academy and Annapolis have changed during that time.
Oct 21st, 2020
EP83: Special Collections & Archives of the U.S. Naval Academy (47:17)
Dr. Jennifer Bryan, Head of Special Collections & Archives at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses records, uniquely-held items, and the issues of collections in the modern era.
Oct 20th, 2020
EP83: When the Queen of Romania Visited the Naval Academy (13:22)
In 1926, the Queen of Romania visited the Naval Academy. This bonus episode is released on October 20, the anniversary of that visit. Describing the Queen and that day in Annapolis is one of the Academy's international students, Midshipman Ioana Vlad from the Romanian Navy. Last semester, Midn Vlad wrote her naval history research paper about the visit.
Oct 19th, 2020
EP82: The Modern Architecture of the Naval Academy (01:00:10)
Sara Phillips, Architect of the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses the design and constructions of buildings in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Oct 11st, 2020
EP81: "The Most Intense Game of Battleship": Wargaming at the US Naval Academy (50:35)
On the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Naval Academy, a dozen midshipmen spent a morning in the Hart Room of historic Mahan Hall to play Assassin's Mace, the first event of the new Naval History Wargaming Lab. Lab Director and History Professor Marcus Jones, game instructors Sebastian Bae and Mike Bond, and Midshipmen Jen Sun and Jacob Havilandolores (co-founders of the naval history wargaming society) discuss the benefits of wargames in naval education and we learned from the event.
Oct 8th, 2020
EP80: USNA 175th Anniversary: Significant Eras, Leaders, and the City of Annapolis (51:08)
Ms. Sharon A. Kennedy, who recently edited a monograph about the History of the Naval Academy, discusses significant eras and leaders at the Academy, as well the Academy's unique relationship with the City of Annapolis.
Oct 7th, 2020
EP79: Stories from USNA 175 Year Anniversary: The Barber Shop (36:36)
In our continuing series commemorating the 175th anniversary month of the establishment of the U.S. Naval Academy, we talked with Paula Clarke, who's been with the USNA Barber Shop since 1986.
Oct 5th, 2020
EP78: The Early Years of the U.S. Naval Academy (47:27)
Naval Academy History Professor Fred Harrod retired this summer after a career that spanned nearly five decades. He discusses the USNA Class of 1846, the early faculty and buildings of the Academy as well as the USNA Special Collections & Archives.
Sep 26th, 2020
EP77: Navy Helicopters & The Gulf War and writing Historical Fiction (51:27)
Marc Liebeman is a retired Navy Captain who flew Navy helicopters off Vietnam and command 140 helicopters during the Gulf War (Desert Storm/Shield). He is a novelist and discusses his historical novels, how they're formed, and what we can learn from fiction.
Sep 21st, 2020
EP76: Barons of the Sea: The Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship (56:44)
Author Steven Ujifusa discusses his second book, "Barons of the Sea: And their race to build the world's fastest clipper ship." In this episode Ufifusa ties in the Canton trade of the 1830s, the merchants who became the wealthiest families, the design of the ships, and their impact on the Pacific trade and the Civil War
Sep 15th, 2020
EP75: Inchon (57:33)
Naval History & Heritage Command Curtis Utz discusses the amphibious landing at Inchon during the Korean War on the 70th anniversary (15 September).
Sep 9th, 2020
EP74: Navy Reporting, with Chris Cavas (01:15:16)
Chris Cavas, formerly with the Navy Times and Defense News and dean of the naval press corps, discusses the profession of journalism and covering navy issues.
Sep 5th, 2020
EP73: To the Last Man: A National Guard Regiment in the Great War, 1917-1919 (56:49)
Maine Army National Guard Captain Jonathan Bratten, Command Historian, discusses his latest work about mobilizing and combat operations in the First World War.
Sep 1st, 2020
EP72: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War: Commander Will Cushing (44:53)
Author and screenwriter ("The Pentagon Wars") Jamie Malanowski spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in 2015 about his book on Commander Will Cushing, who attended the Academy.
Aug 17th, 2020
EP71: 21st Century Sims (46:23)
CDR BJ Armstrong discusses the career of Admiral William Sims in this Shifley Lecture at the US Naval Academy Museum in 2015. CDR Armstrong teaches in the History Department and currently serves as Associate Chair.
Aug 10th, 2020
EP70: From Belleau Wood to Guadalcanal: Marine Corps Commandant General Thomas Holcomb (34:48)
Dr. David Ulbrich discusses the career of Marine Corps General Thomas Holcomb in this 2014 Shifley Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum
Aug 4th, 2020
EP69: A History of Annapolis through the War of 1812 (41:54)
Mr. James Cheevers, who served as Historian and Senior Curator of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum from 1967-2017, discusses a history of Annapolis through the War of 1812. This lecture was a module for the 2016 inaugural class of the Museum's Schoolhouse at Sea program.
Jul 31st, 2020
EP68: Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1918-1953 (47:54)
Corbin Williamson is an Assistant Professor of strategy at the Air War College. He holds a PhD in history from Ohio State University and specializes in the 20th century US Navy. He has previously worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office and taught for the Naval War College. His first book, The U.S. Navy and its Cold War Alliances, 1945–1953 will be published by the University Press of Kansas in 2020.
Jul 24th, 2020
EP67: The USS Kirk and the Evacuation of Saigon (49:42)
From a February 2014 Shifley Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Jan Herman discusses his book, "The Lucky Few: The Fall of Saigon and the Rescue Mission of the USS Kirk."
Jul 23th, 2020
EP66: Kriegspiel: Wargaming from Prussia to modern Germany (01:12:37)
Professor Jorit Wintjes of the University of Wurzburg discusses the history of Prussian wargames and how wargames are developed in the modern era for military professionals.
Jul 17th, 2020
EP65: Navy Tattoos and the National Museum of the American Sailor (36:50)
The staff at the National Museum of the American Sailor discuss their exhibit on navy tattoos.
Jul 14th, 2020
EP64: Honor, Heroism, and the Spanish-American War (01:01:18)
Dr. Lori Bogle, Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses the public's concept of honor and heroism in the lead-up to the Spanish-American War and the key figures who did and not benefit from those perceptions. Follow us on Twitter as we post content related to the many topics from this episode.
Jul 12th, 2020
EP63: Naval Wargaming at the U.S. Naval Academy (57:38)
Guest Sebastian Bae discusses naval wargaming with Dr. Marcus Jones of the History Dept and Museum Director Dr. Claude Berube who recently established the Naval Wargaming Lab at the Museum.
Jul 9th, 2020
EP62: The Somers Mutiny and the Establishment of the Naval Academy (37:30)
U.S. Naval Academy Museum Naval History Fellow Stephen Phillips (USNA Class of 1992) discusses Midshipman Spencer, Midshipman Marcy, the Somers Mutiny, and the Establishment of the Naval Academy
Jul 3th, 2020
EP61: Service, Citizenship, & Starship Troopers (18:01)
Science fiction author Robert Heinlein, whose major works included the book "Starship Troopers," was a 1929 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2017, Marine and Congressman Mike Gallagher gave a talk at the museum's first NavyCon on this book and the real meaning of citizenship. We offer it up for this Independence Weekend.
Jul 2nd, 2020
EP60: The Slave's Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 (44:51)
Dr. Gene Smith discusses his book "The Slaves Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 during a 2014 lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. The lecture was also recorded and is available in the Episode Notes.
Jun 30th, 2020
EP60: "I was there": How Anderson v. Laird Affected One USNA Midshipman (13:43)
CAPT Tal Manvel, USN (Retired), USNA Class of 1972 gives his eyewitness account of how the change in mandatory chapel attendance impacted him and how an understanding the U.S. Constitution helped, on this 50th anniversary of the decision Anderson v. Laird
Jun 30th, 2020
EP59: The Persian Empire and its Navy (42:19)
Professor John Hyland of Christopher Newport University discusses the Persian Empire and use of its navy.
Jun 28th, 2020
EP58: Tiberius' Campaign into Germany, 4 AD- 5 AD (44:29)
Dr. Jorit Wintjes of the University of Wurzberg discusses Tiberius' campaign into Germany (4 AD- 5 AD) in part 2 of a four part series about Rome. He discussed Julius Caesar's navy in Gaul and in the invasion of Britain in Episode 33.
Jun 27th, 2020
EP57: Raising the Monitor (48:22)
From a U.S. Naval Academy Museum lecture in 2014, CAPT Bobbie Scholley, USN (Ret), a Navy diver, discusses raising the USS Monitor. The video can be seen here:
Jun 18th, 2020
EP56: COVID19 and Decision-Making at the U.S. Naval Academy, with guest VADM Sean Buck (45:30)
The U.S. Naval Academy's 63rd Superintendent, Vice Admiral Sean Buck, discusses how COVID19 affected the Academy and what factors led to his decisions. This is part of an ongoing series with USNA leaders to capture their recollections. Transcripts of the episodes will be stored in the museum archive and the Academy's Special Collections and Archives.
Jun 17th, 2020
EP55: The New Monuments Team and Cultural Heritage (36:10)
Blake J. Ruehrwein, Collections Manager, at the Naval War College Museum and Jessica Fowler, Director of Education and Public Outreach discuss cultural heritage and issues for the new Army Reserve "Monuments Team."
Jun 16th, 2020
EP54: The Lessons from Early Naval Academy Discipline (30:15)
Ensign Julia Speranzo, USNA Class of 2020, discusses her research on discipline during the formative years of the U.S. Naval Academy and what lessons they provide today and in the Academy's future. #HistoryMatters
Jun 11st, 2020
EP53: The American Revolution and Naval Irregular Warfare (34:26)
CDR Steve Wendelin, USN, discusses aspects of naval irregular warfare during the American Revolution.
Jun 10th, 2020
EP52: The U.S. Navy, the American Colonization Society, and Liberia (38:42)
Doctoral candidate Roger Bailey, who was a guest on Episode 37, joins us to discuss the U.S. Navy and its role in the colonization of Liberia (1819-1860). Baily is this year's North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History winner of the Reynolds Prize for best graduate paper. This is the second of Preble Hall's episodes conducted in partnership with NASOH.
Jun 6th, 2020
EP51: NavyCon2020, Part III (01:23:02)
"Navies, Science Fiction, and Great Power Competition" was the theme of this year's Museum-hosted NavyCon2020. This was not about naval history although several presenters referred to previous naval issues. This is Part III. If you'd like to watch NavyCon2020, please go to the USNA Museum's YouTube Channel. There you can also see individual presentations from our NavyCon in 2017.
Jun 6th, 2020
EP50: NavyCon2020, Part II (01:11:06)
"Navies, Science Fiction, and Great Power Competition" was the theme of this year's Museum-hosted NavyCon2020. This was not about naval history although several presenters referred to previous naval issues. This is Part II If you'd like to watch NavyCon2020, please go to the USNA Museum's YouTube Channel. There you can also see individual presentations from our NavyCon in 2017.
Jun 6th, 2020
EP49: NavyCon2020, Part I (01:16:37)
"Navies, Science Fiction, and Great Power Competition" was the theme of this year's Museum-hosted NavyCon2020. This was not about naval history although several presenters referred to previous naval issues. This is Part I. If you'd like to watch NavyCon2020, please go to the USNA Museum's YouTube Channel. There you can also see individual presentations from our NavyCon in 2017.
Jun 1st, 2020
EP48: Dunkirk and the Little Ships (35:38)
Dr. Philip Weir, naval historian and author, discusses his forthcoming book "Dunkirk and the Little Ships," about the evacuation of allied forces from Dunkirk in 1940.
May 31st, 2020
EP48: The Navy Seabees: Rear Admiral Ben Moreell Speaks (04:47)
In Episode 46, we discussed the Navy Seabees in Europe during WWII with our sister museum in Port Hueneme. This bonus extra is from the USNA Museum's partnership with Library of Congress. "Father of the Seabees", Rear Admiral Ben Moreell speaks at the radio program "Broadway Matinee" on Dec 28, 1943.
May 30th, 2020
EP47: The War of 1812 and Experiential Learning (54:19)
Professor Matthew Dziennik of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department and Commander Steve Wendelin discuss the War of 1812 and their experiences applying classroom lessons to the Schoolhouse at Sea program.
May 28th, 2020
EP46: The Seabees and Operation Overlord (43:49)
Dr. Lara Godbille, Director of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, and Gina Nichols, Head of the Collections Department at the Museum, discuss the role of the Construction Battalions (Seabees) in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, specifically with regard to D-Day.
May 27th, 2020
EP45: The Case of Ensign Vernon "Copy" Berg (45:04)
This is one of two episodes conducted in partnership with the North American Society of Oceanic History (NASOH). Our guest, doctoral candidate Heather Haley, received honorable mention for the Reynolds Prize this year with NASOH. We discussed her paper on the case of ENS Copy Berg, the first USNA graduate to challenge the Navy's policy on gays in the military in the 1970s.
May 19th, 2020
EP44: Teaching Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy (49:36)
Commander Mike Norton, USN, PhD of the Naval Academy's Leadership Department discusses how they teach midshipmen as future naval officers.
May 13th, 2020
EP43: The Traditions of the U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Weeks and Graduations (37:06)
Mr. James Cheevers, Senior Curator/Historian Emeritus of the Naval Academy Museum, discusses the history of U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Weeks and Graduations. Mr. Cheevers served at the museum from 1967 until his retirement in 2017.
May 12th, 2020
EP42: The U.S. Naval Academy Library Past, Present, and Future (56:40)
Larry Clemens, Director of the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses the history of the Academy's library since 1845, how its services to the midshipmen have changed, and how it responded to the COVID19 semester.
May 10th, 2020
EP41: The US Navy & the Development of High Steam Engines, Part II: 1941-45 (30:22)
Tyler Pitrof continues his discussion of high steam engines and their impact on WWII with regard to operations, fast oilers, and ultimately decision-making by the fleet commanders.
May 8th, 2020
EP40: The US Navy & the Development of High Steam Engines, Part I: 1930-1940 (40:27)
Tyler Pitrof discusses his doctoral research on the U.S. Navy's development of high steam engines from 1930 to 1945. In Part I, he discusses the technology, one of the key proponents, and both the challenges and opportunities this presented for operations in World War II
May 6th, 2020
EP39: The Making of Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Pt 2: 1941-1945 (44:43)
Dr. David Kohnen, Director of the Hattendorf Historical Center at the Naval War College, continues his discussion of Fleet Admiral King based on his forthcoming books.
May 5th, 2020
EP38: The Making of Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Part I: 1878-1941 (41:46)
Dr. David Kohnen, Director of the Hattendorf Historical Center at the Naval War College, discusses the career of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. This is Part I of a two part episode
May 4th, 2020
EP37: The Antebellum Navy and the Filibusters (39:31)
Doctoral candidate Roger Bailey discusses his research into the naval officers of the antebellum period and how they dealt with the filibusters. This is the second episode in partnership with the Society of Military History.
May 3th, 2020
EP36: The Royal Canadian Navy and the 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Atlantic (24:16)
Mr. Christopher Perry, Command Historian for the Royal Canadian Navy, discusses its role during the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII.
Apr 29th, 2020
EP35: History of U.S. Navy Education and Reforms (46:58)
CDR BJ Armstrong, USN, PhD, of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses the history of education reforms in the U.S. Navy.
Apr 28th, 2020
EP34: The U.S. Naval Academy's International Programs Office & the Response to COVID19 (46:13)
CDR Tim Disher, USN (Ret), Director of the U.S. Naval Academy's International Programs Office discusses the exchange of midshipmen with other countries and the issues his office responded to with the outbreak of COVID19. This is the third in a series of interviews with Naval Academy leaders about the historical role and services of their offices and how what issues they faced with COVID19. This series will be transcribed with hard copies placed in the museum's library and the Nimitz Library's Special Collections and Archives for future USNA leaders to consult in the event of a similar crisis.
Apr 26th, 2020
EP33: Julius Caesar's Navy: The Gallic War and the Invasion of Britain (48:17)
Dr. Jorit Wintjes of the University of Wurzberg discusses Julius Caesar's campaigns into Gaul, the Battle of Quiberon Bay with the Veneti, and his invasion of Britain.
Apr 21st, 2020
EP32: The Academy's Shift to Online Teaching during COVID19 (48:31)
Dr.Karyn Sproles, Director of the U.S. Naval Academy's Center for Teaching & Learning, discusses the role of her office and how it worked with faculty to shift to online teaching during COVID19. This is the 2nd in a series of interviews with Naval Academy leaders on how their offices responded to the challenge of COVID19. Transcripts of these episodes will be placed in the Naval Academy Museum's files as well as the Library's Special Collections & Archives.
Apr 21st, 2020
EP31: Aircraft Carrier Requirements and Strategies: 1977-2001 (43:10)
Dr. Ryan Peeks, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, discussed the development of U.S. aircraft carriers from 1977-2001.
Apr 17th, 2020
EP30: World War I and Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (43:43)
Christopher Havern, one of the historians at the Naval History & Heritage Command, discusses the sinking of the Lusitania and unrestricted submarine warfare during the first World War.
Apr 14th, 2020
EP27: Crimes in Command: 1945-1985 (01:31:19)
CAPT Michael Junge of the Naval War College and a former commanding officer of a ship discusses his research based on his doctoral dissertation about incidents at sea and the Cold War history of relieving ship commanders.
Apr 14th, 2020
EP29: U.S. Navy Chaplains, the Academy, & COVID19 (55:39)
Father Francis Foley, CAPT, U.S. Navy, is the Command Chaplain of the U.S. Naval Academy. In this episode, he discusses the history of Navy Chaplains, the structure and services of the Chaplain's Office at the Naval Academy, and how they responded and adapted to the COVID19 pandemic. Part of the mission of the Naval Academy Museum (Preble Hall) is to preserve the institution's history. This is a first in a series of Preble Hall discussions with key leaders of the institution to capture how their offices responded and adapted to COVID19 at the Naval Academy. The episodes will be transcribed and copies stored at the museum as well as the Nimitz Library's Special Collections & Archives to understand. Should there be another pandemic in future decades, we hope that this series will be a source for future Academy leaders to turn to for guidance and precedence.
Apr 13th, 2020
EP28: The Ming Dynasty Treasure Voyages and Zheng He (49:47)
Maritime Archeologist Dr. Sarah Ward, a Visiting Professor at Dalian Maritime University's Center for Maritime History and Culture Research, discusses the 15th century treasure voyages of famed admiral Zheng He and the profession of maritime archeology.
Apr 9th, 2020
EP26: The U.S. Navy in World War I (39:08)
Dr. Tommy Sheppard, with the Naval History & Heritage Command's Documentary History, discusses the role of the U.S. Navy during World War I and its leaders.
Apr 8th, 2020
EP25: Landing at Okinawa: A First-Hand Account (26:34)
Among the U.S. Naval Academy Museum's collection of 60,000 paintings, artifacts, and manuscripts are recordings. Several years ago, the Museum transferred two pallets of records from the 1930s and 1940s to the Library of Congress' Sound Division. In return, they digitized several records that were of interest to us. This episode is a series of reports on March 31 and April 1, 1945, by two reporters (or possibly military public affairs) describing what they saw and heard as they landed on Okinawa with one of the first waves.
Apr 7th, 2020
EP24: The End of Reconstruction and the New Navy (41:03)
Doctoral candidate Colin McConarty of Boston College's History Department discusses his work "A Final Solution of the Negro Question: Southern Democrats, the New Navy and the End of Reconstruction in America." This episode focuses on key legislators of the late 1800s including Congressman and later Secretary of the Navy Hilary Herbert.
Mar 20th, 2020
EP23: The Colonial Wars (47:26)
For a century before the American Revolution, the great powers of Europe fought land and naval wars in the Western Hemisphere. Grant Walker, a curator at the Naval Academy Museum, discusses those five wars and how they're represented in an exhibit.
Mar 4th, 2020
EP22: The Shogunate Navy (42:42)
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian discusses mid-19th century Japan and the factors that led to the rise of Japan's navy as well as three U.S. Naval Academy alumni who are part of that story.
Feb 26th, 2020
EP21: Collections at the U.S. Navy's Oldest Museum: The Naval Academy Museum (52:24)
How do you donate something to a museum? What do you donate? Do museums accept everything donated? Naval Academy Museum Managing Director Charles Swift and Senior Curator Tracie Logan discuss the history of Preble Hall at the Naval Academy, the major collections, and what museums consider when people offer items.
Feb 19th, 2020
EP20: Baseball and the Navy (28:57)
Megan Churchwell, Curator of Bremerton's Puget Sound Navy Museum, discusses their recently concluded exhibit "When Baseball Went to War," a history of baseball and the Navy from the 1860s through the end of World War II.
Feb 11st, 2020
EP19: The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story of the Navy during the Vietnam War (45:21)
Hampton Roads Naval Museum Director John Pentangelo and Director of Education Laura Orr discuss the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and the special exhibit currently on display in Norfolk.
Feb 5th, 2020
EP18: Sink the Montana! Part II (40:06)
Episode Summary In 1986, at the height of the Cold War, GI Joe released an episode featuring the @USSConstitution rescuing the Atlantic Fleet from the rogue battleship USS Montana. In this first collaboration between Sea Control and @usnamuseum #PrebleHall, @pptsapper and @cgberube break down the episode and its historical origins. In part 2, Dr. Berube interviews the show's writer, David Carren.
Feb 5th, 2020
EP17: Sink the Montana! Part I (49:56)
In 1986, at the height of the Cold War, GI Joe released an episode featuring the @USSConstitution rescuing the Atlantic Fleet from the rogue battleship USS Montana. In this first collaboration between Sea Control and @usnamuseum #PrebleHall, @pptsapper and @cgberube break down the episode and its historical origins. In part 2, Dr. Berube interviews the show's writer, David Carren.
Jan 30th, 2020
EP16: The Legend and Reality of Philo McGiffin (53:32)
Philo McGiffin was not a mythical graduate of the US Naval Academy, but a real life 19th century student who became a Chinese naval officer, superintendent of the Chinese Naval Academy, and commanded a Chinese warship at the Battle of Yalu. In this episode, museum curator Grant Walker discusses McGiffin's legend and life and exhibit designer Bill Rogers explains how the special exhibit on McGiffin was conceptualized and designed.
Jan 25th, 2020
EP15: Wings on the Severn: Naval Aviation in Annapolis, 1911-1961 (47:32)
What was the real birthplace of U.S. naval aviation? Ken Sabel discusses its birth and growth at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Station in Annapolis.
Jan 19th, 2020
EP14: Royal Navy Incidents at Sea, 1939-40 with Dr. Alexander Clarke (50:54)
The Royal Navy is associated as an organisation with a code of honour, a high moral standard and a rule based conduct. Yet in four key episodes; the Tsingtao Incident, the Battle of the River Plate, the boarding of the Asama Maru and the Altmark Incident the RN either ignored, flouted or used force majeure to disregard International Law, Maritime Convention or pre-existing standard… most of which had either been written or heavily influenced by Britain and the RN in the first place.
Jan 11st, 2020
EP13: Navy Boat Models: Craftsmanship, Techniques & Technologies (44:36)
Curator of Ship Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum discusses the craftmanship, technologies and history behind boat model construction and restoration.
Jan 3th, 2020
EP12: Home Squadron: The U.S. Navy and North Atlantic Station with Dr. Chris Rentfrow (39:51)
In the post-Civil War period, the U.S. established a squadron on the Atlantic Coast. Dr. Chris Rentfrow discusses how it evolved and the role of squadron exercises.
Dec 31st, 2019
EP11: Historical Eras of U.S. Navy Innovation with Dr. Jerry Hendrix (51:07)
Dr. Jerry Hendrix, former Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, discusses the 1890s, the Interwar Years, and the 1950s as historical eras of innovation for the United States Navy
Dec 30th, 2019
EP10: Britain, the Royal Navy and the Barbary States with Dr. Caitlin Gale (55:32)
While the U.S. Navy was fighting off Tripoli (1801-1805), the Royal Navy had larger concerns in a great power competition. Dr. Caitlin Gale discusses British diplomacy and the Barbary States and Royal Navy operations.
Dec 21st, 2019
EP9: The Battle of Port Gamble with J. Overton (31:54)
The Battle of Port Gamble is a little known story of an 1856 naval action in the new Washington territory. Our guest discusses the battle and lessons learned for the 21st century with non-state actors and right-sized ships.
Dec 11st, 2019
EP8: The Anglo-Dutch Wars (44:23)
Grant Walker, one of the curators at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and author, discusses the 17th century Anglo-Dutch Wars.
Dec 7th, 2019
EP7: Episode 7: Jet Girl (41:35)
CAROLINE JOHNSON was an F/A-18 Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the US Navy. During her deployment aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, she flew missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and was one of the first women to neutralize ISIS. Later during her Navy career, Caroline became a Senior Leadership instructor at the United States Naval Academy. She is now a professional speaker in the private sector.
Dec 2nd, 2019
EP6: The USNA Honor Concept, Rickover, & Naval Leadership (29:07)
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman interviews Vice Admiral James Sagerholm, President of the Class of 1952 who, with others, created the honor concept in 1951 that is still in place today. VADM Sagerholm also discusses his own experience with Admiral Hyman Rickover.
Nov 25th, 2019
EP5: History of Maritime Irregular Warfare (47:58)
Navy Lieutenant Kai Cumpston of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses a history of irregular warfare in maritime operations from Sir Francis Drake to Underwater Demolition Teams of World War II.
Nov 19th, 2019
EP4: Marines in the Spanish-American War (38:59)
Captain Marko Stawnyczyj, USMC, of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses the Marine Corps in the post-Civil War period with focus on operations during the Spanish-American War. Also discussed is the Battle of Cuzco Well and educating midshipmen through an archeological survey of the battle site in 2018.
Nov 10th, 2019
EP3: The Tripoli War with guest Dr. Abby Mullen (51:11)
From 1801-1805, the United States Navy conducted its first major, sustained operations against Tripoli. Dr. Abby Mullen from George Mason University discusses the major events, characters, and activities in that conflict.
Nov 6th, 2019
EP2: The Punic Wars and Experiential Learning with guest Prof. Kelcy Sagstetter (40:58)
Professor Kelcy Sagstetter discusses the causes, battles, and outcome of the First Punic War and how those lessons can be taught outside of a classroom environment.
Oct 29th, 2019
EP1: Nelson, Gunners & Impressment with guest Kate Jamieson (50:41)
University of Exeter graduate student Kate Jamieson joins us to discuss Admiral Nelson, Trafalgar, Impressment, and her research on gunners in the Royal Navy.

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