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USS Long Island

Posted on 2008.01.07 at 18:08
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Enya - Watermark

The USS Long Island (CVE-1) was an escort aircraft carrier, that is, a small carrier (sometimes called, "Baby Flattops") whose usual duty was to ferry aircraft and other large equipment, and used as training craft. During WWII, however, a these escort carriers were also used to augment Carrier Battle Groups in support of air operations.

Underway with a mixed cargo of airplanes and stores on her flight deck, 25 May 1943.
The planes include F4F, SBD and TBF types.

As the designation suggests, this ship was the first of its class, the Long Island-class, having been an experiment under authority of the United States Navy as a prototype to deem seaworthiness of naval air support from converted cargo ships. It was a rousing success and she was eventually pressed into service in the Pacific.

10 June 1944: She has 21 F6F fighters, 20 SBD scout bombers and two J2F utility
planes parked on her flight deck.

After the end of World War II the USS Long Island brought home service personnel as part of Operation "Magic Carpet" an effort by the US Navy utilizing hundreds of Navy vessels outfitted with extra bunks to to bring troops home from overseas.

Crew and rescue personnel respond to an aircraft which has slid off the flight deck
after returning from air operations, 25 July 1942. The carrier's SC radar antenna is
visible atop her stub mast at right.

The USS Long Island received a single Battle Star for actions in which a United States Navy vessel defined participated in designated engagements. Her keel was laid down 7 July 1939, she was decommissioned 26 March 1946, and converted to merchant service in 1949, renamed Nelly serving as an immigrant carrier between Canada and Europe before being sold in 1953 and renamed to Seven Seas acting in capacity as a school ship for 13 years before being sold again and used as a floating dormitory in 1966. She was finally dismantled in 1977.

Sporting a camouflage paint job, November 11, 1941. Planes on her flight deck
include seven Curtiss SOC-3A scout observation types and one Brewster F2A fighter.


photogoot at 2008-01-08 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thats a hell of a set up for a Star Wars post. I love it!
ehowton at 2008-01-08 04:57 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I put a hell of a lot of work into it trying to get it up as quickly as I did once I knew what I wanted to do with it. I actually sat on that photo for a week deciding.

Edited at 2008-01-08 02:30 pm (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-01-08 05:10 (UTC) (Link)
That's hilarious!!!

I bet schpydurx doesn't get it!!!
ehowton at 2008-01-08 05:11 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I bet you're right about schpydurx.

Edited at 2008-01-08 02:31 pm (UTC)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-08 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
Intersting factual post but no point and blown in from nowhere.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-01-08 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
Way to go I can always depend on you!!!

You just proved me right!!!
wardlejew at 2008-01-08 22:11 (UTC) (Link)
Nice. Love the picture.

The USS Long Island received a single Battle Star
I must admit when I read this, I literally got stuck after reading "Star". I kept thinking they received a Battle Star spaceship! Sweet! =)
ehowton at 2008-01-08 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude. Some of our *ahem* readers didn't get it. And I did think about playing on the term "Battle Star" but I was trying to keep everything as authentic as possible.
glodowg at 2008-01-08 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
I don't get it. I have not seen any of the Star Wars movies though.

Tomas - see how easy that was? Just admit you don't understand. This is a patient crew when honesty is at the helm.

ehowton at 2008-01-08 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Take another look at the third picture down. You're a bad geek!
galinda822 at 2008-01-09 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
Now I get it! How easily the eyes can be deceived!
ehowton at 2008-01-09 00:35 (UTC) (Link)
Some gag huh? Almost no one got it.

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-01-09 03:42 (UTC) (Link)
I do have to mention that the X-wings would be in the retracted position for landing!!!
ehowton at 2008-01-09 04:04 (UTC) (Link)
That was mentioned earlier in the day to me by a co-worker. Its an X-Wing Fighter on the deck of a WWII carrier!
time3 at 2008-01-10 15:05 (UTC) (Link)
I'm really enjoying your selections in music lately, sir. :-)
ehowton at 2008-01-10 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
I've been a fan of Enya since Watermark. I used to keep her three (at the time) cassettes in my car in the UK to calm me when I drove. Queues may form signs near the roundabouts were never wrong.
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