The wreck of the USS Hornet has been found, and a ROV has documented it. The USS Hornet was an aircraft carrier sunk by Japanese fighters and bombers during WWII. One of the survivors was interviewed and watched as the video of the find was broadcast for the first time.
JB- Its sad that this period in our history is being forgotten, "Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it"
For those on the East coast who want to spend some time remembering www.battleshipcove.org This Fall River Mass historical area is home to USS Massachusetts (BB 59), USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr (DD850), USS Lionfish (SS298), PT617, PT796, and Hiddensee (a Soviet built missile corvette)
My mother, Maurine Conklin Ratliff, was recruited out of the University of Oregon, where she had completed two years of study toward an architecture degree, to work in the Kaiser shipyards in Portland during WWII. My Mom and Dad met there, and got married during that time. But she spent several years drafting for the Kaiser Shipyards, helping build the Liberty Ships.
SS Stephen Hopkins was a United States Merchant Marine Liberty ship that served in World War II. She was the only US merchant vessel to sink a German surface combatant during the war.
She was built at the Permanente Metals Corporation (Kaiser) shipyards in Richmond, California. Her namesake was Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Stephen_Hopkins
She was a product of the Kaiser shipyards too, but from California.
Mom never did complete her degree, but after we sons (she had four sons, and I was the eldest) left she went to work for the City of Corvallis, Oregon as a planner, and subsequently took over the engineering for the Public Works Department for her last working years before retirement. Here are a few photos of my Mom:
Mom with brothers Don Jr., Bill and Ken at her birthday party when I was in high school.
Mom and Dad, Don Senior, in their formal photo after retirements.
Mom on her bicycle that I had reconditioned for her birthday.
"The four Richmond Shipyards, located in the city of Richmond, California, United States, were run by Permanente Metals and part of the Kaiser Shipyards. During World War II, Richmond built more ships than any other shipyard, turning out as many as three ships in a single day."WHOA-NELLY!
What's neat about Mare Island is that you can camp inside the old ammunition bunkers. There are also numerous dry-docks for servicing the REALLLLLY BIG ships: click through to this image that shows six, yes six, flush deck destroyers nestled inside a single dry dock