October 27, 2020

Navy Day 2020

It's time once again for the traditional day when the US Navy is celebrated, chosen because it was Theodore Roosevelt's Birthday. Of course, official recognition ended in the late 40s under the perfidious influence of Louis Johnson. But I've already spent time complaining about him this year, so we'll move onto the blog anniversary.

First, I'm grateful to everyone who reads and comments. Your interest is what makes research and writing so much fun. Notable highlights include passing 100 comments on an Open Thread, the RTW2 game and the virtual meetups, which have been particularly enjoyable.

Second, there are some people I need to thank in particular. Lord Nelson, for putting up with a husband who occasionally launches on tangents about obscure naval trivia, then disappears to blog about it. Said Achmiz, for hosting and making sure I can concentrate on writing instead of having to deal with the technical stuff. Dndnrsn, for making sure what I say makes sense. And Mike Kozlowski and Suvorov, for guest-posting.

Overall, I'm not planning to change much about the blog going forward. Two posts a week seems very sustainable at my current schedule, along with the OTs and whatever Aurora stuff follows the RTW2 game. The virtual meetups are enough fun that I expect to continue them even after COVID ends, although probably at a reduced pace. COVID obviously explains the lack of in-person meetups, but I'm aching to get steel underfoot again, and I'll definitely try to do some when things get back towards normal.

Oh, and Falklands finally finished after 24 parts spread across 2.5 years. I'm quite happy with the result, and glad it's over. But we'll have to see what Year 4 brings. Thanks again for reading.


  1. October 27, 2020cassander said...

    I have that poster on my wall, and I made my team acknowledge navy today at our staff meeting, so I think I earned it. It's definitely the best Navy day poster, though this one is no slouch:


  2. October 30, 2020hornet said...

    (Poster formally known as Matt B - figured I'd get a pseudonym going as so many others do)

    I'm so glad I found this blog. Over the past year or so I've been catching up on all the posts (Faukland, Battleships, Spanish American war, everything). Thanks to my wife who has put up with me spending hours on my iPad reading.

  3. November 03, 2020Chuck said...


    I've said it before but I will use every opportunity to say how much I enjoy this blog. In a way it is kind of like a battleship itself: powerful yet anachronistic, as is hearkens back to a time when the internet was full of information lovingly curated by dedicated people such as yourself. This site is a treasure and your posts are the best things I read online each week. I don't think I can thank you enough for the time you spend researching and writing for our benefit.

  4. November 17, 2020bean said...

    And this post is also getting lots of spam, so I'm closing comments. Belated thanks for your kind words.

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