Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

An Evacuation Larger Than Dunkirk

September 11, 2018

On this date seventeen years ago when the towers fell, 300,000 to 500,000 people were evacuated from lower Manhattan by a rag-tag assemblage of boats, fishing vessels, Coast Guard cutters,  and ferries. The brotherhood of mariners is real. Please view this wonderful documentary on these events.


USS Constitution Refloated in Boston Harbor

July 24, 2017

After two years of re-furbishment, the USS Constitution is once again afloat. Various videos are available. Primary sources on this, the world’s oldest commissioned warship, can be found in The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History (3 vols., 1985-2002) and Naval Documents related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers (6 vols., 1939-44).



BBC’s “Empire of the Seas” Video Series

April 15, 2015

This four-part, well-produced documentary traces the development of the Royal Navy and its impact on the rise of English power. This is worth the four hours of watching.

Video Series on World War II at Sea

January 15, 2015

Victory at Sea is a multi-part documentary series highlighting primarily the American naval aspects of this war both in the Atlantic and Pacific. Produced in the early 1950s, it was a groundbreaking project not to be excelled until the World at War (selected episodes) appeared in the 1970s. Although some thought it was just propaganda, it was far from that – it was a distillation of millions of feet of film taken during the conflict. Some fascinating details about the production of this series can be found in this biography of the director M. Clay Adams. Additional information is available from The Encyclopedia of Television; archives. org also has all the episodes, just not in sequential order.

And Let’s Not Forget Richard Sharpe on YouTube!

July 31, 2013

Yes, the whole Sharpe series is also available.

Full Episodes of the Horatio Hornblower Series on YouTube

July 31, 2013

While outside the purview of the stated purpose of this blog, I feel compelled to point this out. For those who enjoyed the Horatio Hornblower series of movies, they are all available on YouTube.

US Naval History in Video

December 7, 2011

usnavyhistory is the official YouTube channel for the Naval History and Heritage Command of the U.S. Navy. Dozens of videos can be viewed, ranging from the American Revolution to Desert Storm. As far as I can see, the running times range from five to thirty minutes. This is an active site with new uploads added on an irregular basis. Another good source of videos can be found at the Internet Archive.