The modern US Navy still retains two battleships in reserve--the USS Iowa BB 61 and the USS Wisconsin BB 64. Neither has had much work since the first Gulf War, but the ferocious 16-inch guns of these two dreadnaughts may yet rain steel upon our enemies. On January 12, 1995, the Navy attempted to strike the Iowa-class battleships from the Naval Vessel Register (NVR). The outcry was so great, however, the mighty ships were saved by congressional edict.
We've recently upgraded this page, and added many new images for your review. Comments are welcome! We have several works from different artists featuring the battleships of the US Fleet, so be sure to click on the navigation buttons to the left to see the different classes available. Browse and enjoy!
USS Nevada Artwork by Wayne Scarpaci
We are very pleased to be able to offer the exciting artwork of Wayne Scarpaci. Shown below are two of his recent pieces, produced in conjunction with the 57th Reunion of the USS Nevada Association, held the weekend of 9 OCT 2010.
In March, 1942, Nevada Gov. E.P. Carville promised each of the crewmen of the newly refurbished USS Nevada, preparing for transit to the North Atlantic, a silver dollar, a cigar and a handshake. Although the crewmen received their silver dollars on-board in 1944, the handshake and cigar came only this weekend, along with a special commemorative coin struck at the old Carson City Mint. Twenty surviving crewmembers of the original 2,500 were on hand to collect. These 2 works show the mighty USS Nevada BB 36 in action. The first depicts the morning of 7 DEC 1941, Pearl Harbor, HI. As the Japanese attacked, NEVADA was the only battleship to get underway. The second print is of the USS Nevada off Iwo Jima, firing her big guns in support of the U.S. Marines assaulting the island. The prints, based on Wayne's original paintings, are available in 2 sizes on heavy-weight, acid-free archival stock. There is also a canvas giclee edition, limited to 100, signed and numbered by the artist. Enjoy the images, then drop down to the order form to make a purchase.
To celebrate Summer 2011 we are running a special on all profile drawings by noted naval and aviation artist George Bieda! Purchase any drawing (framed or unframed) and get a second drawing of equal or lesser value at half price! Order one for home and one for your office, or one for a family member, shipmate/squadron mate, or friend. Click Here for further information!!! This sale ends on Labor Day, so don't wait too long to take advantage of this special offer.
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