The "Fighting Mary"

5th June 2012, 18:14
I've always been in awe of 'battleships'....I guess it is the shear size of these ladies that somewhat overwhelms me when I put them in perspective to other vessels of the era of 'battleships.'

Lets take the USS Maryland (BB-46) as a mere example:...16-in thick to throw a 2,000-lb shell out of her 16-in guns 23 mile...with unbeliveable pin point accuracy...and just think of this little known fact....her 1100 crewmen were all volunteers ....WoW!! in my book that is saying alot.

Now if you want to find out more indepth about the USS Maryland....all the way from March of 1920 to her 'rest in peace scrapping' July of 1959...well you may wish to give the article a going over....

The story of the USS Maryland (BB-46) is about 11 or so pages long....some excellent pics embedded in the article itself. "Yes" it is a ship history....and maybe, to some a tad boring, but when you once read the article....step back and ponder just how 'mighty' this lady was....I think you'll really appreciate what these "battlewagons" and all the seamen that sailed her....provided for this country of ours.... She done what was asked of her...she took some beatings....she licked her wounds ...and dished it right back to the enemy.

"Yes" she was one fighting lady....and that is why she got the nickname "Fighting Mary"

You can read this article by clicking: HERE (

5th June 2012, 23:44
Thanks for that Bud. Another very interesting account.


John Rogers
6th June 2012, 01:00
Bud another good story,however I think there is an error on one of the pages that shows a photo where the torpedo hit her,it states it went though the port bow yet the photo shows starboard bow.

6th June 2012, 11:44 are correct...........the first mistake that I've made so far this year....and if you believe that you'll be picking up gold nuggets off your front doorstep.
I'll note that so as hopefully I'll remember to correct..... Thanks for pointing that out.

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6th June 2012, 14:40
A fine link altogether