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USS Sampson (DDG-10)
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Photo of the sailor from the cruiser Zhdanov, project 68 bis.
1971-74 ...
Near the Soviet missile cruiser Sevastopol, project 1134 ...
· Date: Mon, 19 August 19 · Views: 115
· Filesize: 25.8kb, 55.5kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 608 ·
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Klaatu83
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Tue, 20 August 19 10:13

This ship was named after the controversial Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, who was in command of the Atlantic Squadron off Cuba in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. However, at the time that the Spanish Fleet finally came out of Santiago Harbor to fight, and the Battle of Santiago actually took place, Sampson was absent, having left earlier that morning in his flagship, the USS New York, to confer with the Army General, William Shafter. During the battle the fleet was commanded by Commodore Winfield Scott Schley, commander of the "Flying Squadron", whom Sampson had left in temporary command. Sampson did not return to the scene until the battle was all over. At that time Schley sent a message by signal flag: “The enemy has surrendered” and “We have gained a great victory.” Against common practice at the end of a victorious battle, Sampson did not respond with the expected congratulatory remark, but rather, according to historian Joseph G. Dawson, "the answering signal was terse and seemed needlessly brusque." After these messages were exchanged, more tension grew between the two officers when Schley requested that he and his crew should "have the honor of the surrender of the Spanish cruiser, Cristobal Colon." With disregard to Schley and the other commanding officers, Sampson cabled to the Secretary of the Navy, "The fleet under my command offers the nation as a Fourth of July present the whole of Cevera’s fleet," invoking General William T. Sherman's message to President Abraham Lincoln after taking Atlanta in 1864, but making no reference to Schley. A day after the news reached the United States, The New York Times published an article with the headline, "Sampson's Fourth of July Victory," expressing gratitude towards Sampson for his leadership during the Battle of Santiago. The controversy quickly became a public spectacle inflamed by journalistic sensationalism, popular interest in the recent war, and in the war's celebration of military heroism. Journalists, by and large, placed Schley on a pedestal for winning the battle because he was the man standing on the bridge, leading the fleet towards the enemy and victory in combat. The controversy also sharply divided the Navy's officer corps. Alfred Thayer Mahan, author of "The Influence of Sea Power upon History: 1660-1783", threw his considerable influence behind Sampson. arguing that it did not matter who was in command during the battle because the "stringent methods laid down" by Sampson brought about the ultimate victory. In Mahan's eyes, the press and the public were robbing Sampson of the credit he deserved since it was through his overall command that Schley had the means to defeat the enemy.
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makko

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Tue, 20 August 19 13:10

Not just a mainmast, a veritable forest!
Nice post Klaatu.
Rgds.
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