Thank you Anne for the great and timely Correction
From: Anne R. Lockwood email@example.com
Sent: Monday, January 04, 1999 7:47 AM
To: NoSpam_ken@usspennsylvania.org Subject:
Re: Question about Egene Ely article
Thanks very much for starting off the New Year with an update on another Pennsy first. Seems like the best kind of way to start the year to me!
I did have one question about the article on the first airplane landing on a ship, though. The article on Eugene Ely indicates that the first landing was in 1911; if I understand the Pennsy's history correctly (and I'm new to it, so there's room for doubt there!), it was not made part of the fleet until 1916.
Can you explain the gap in the dates?
Thanks very much and hope you have a Happy New Year.
From: From: Ken Munro [NoSpam_ken@usspennsylvania.org]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 1999 8:30 AM
To: Anne R. Lockwood
Subject: RE: Question about Egene Ely article
Your are very astute, excellent question, you are absolutely correct about the dates according to Naval records. I found this photo of the plane being hoisted aboard the Battleship USS Pennsylvania on 2/17/1911
This comes from the San Diego Historical Society http://edweb.sdsu.edu/sdhs/curtiss/curtiss.htm Something don't look right about the stacks on this picture, you have started me on another quest, want to help? Do some digging and let me know what you find and I will credit you with the corrections, thanks for the comments and help.
From: Anne R. Lockwood [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 1999 9:25 AM
Subject: Sorry to report. . .
I am sorry to report that the USS Pennsylvania that was the site of the first landing on a ship was not BB-38. It was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1901; she was later named USS Pittsburgh in order to make way for our grand old girl, BB-38.
I found some brief details on this at the Kings Naval Base website at I found some brief details on this at the Kings Naval Base website at
Thanks again for sharing the great photo and your wonderful website.
About Anne (Email)
She is a native Pennsylvanian,
born about 4 miles from Valley Forge. She grew up in a family much interested in military
history, although her guys (except for one uncle--a great guy and a Navy man) served in
the Army (grandfather was in the cavalry in World War I--when they still had horses!) or
the Army Air Corps (her dad). Interestingly, her dad may have come close to my dad and the
Pennsy--he was part of the Bombardment Group that went to the Mariannas with B-29s.
Her profession is public policy researcher--hence her industriousness in tracking down details. Until recently, she was director of research and analysis for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. (she has lived down south since she was 17, although most of the family is still in Pennsylvania). Nowadays she works for herself (while trying to write a dissertation in public administration--ugh!). She may return to working for the University of Florida in Gainesville at some point, but that remains to be seen.
She also has an interest in Civil War history, so she became involved in some work with a friend to try to restore a historic cemetary in Richmond, Virginia. She provided a little research into the city's finances, and it turns out they (the city of Richmond) had been playing fast and loose with money the Commonwealth of Virginia had given them to keep up the cemetary. So that really hooked her on the value of websites that help to preserve our military history. And it really concerns her that too many young people know next to nothing about World War II--let alone World War I. She went to graduate school with an otherwise bright young woman who actually didn't know that there were *two* world wars!
I am sure we will be hearing more about Anne......Thanks Anne, Ken Munro