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Shipmates Forever(1935)

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  • Ships in "Shipmates Forever"

    • Gary
    • 9/2/12

    Having entered the Academy in June, '69 it was great to see the grounds and what midshipman life was like in 1935. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, both music and scenery. It was also wonderful to see some up close and great photography of several notable ships of the era. The ship on which the early scene with Dick Melville talking to his admiral father about continuing the family tradition in the Navy was the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), which was the sister ship to the USS Arizona. The Pennsylvania was in dry dock in Pearl Harbor during the attack and was only lightly damaged, so was quickly able to receive repairs and get underway to support the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific. The Pennsylvania was also the same ship used later in the film for the first-class midshipmen's cruise.In the same scene in which the midshipmen are being taken aboard the Pennsylvania, in the background to the stern the USS Arkansas (BB-33) can easily be seen. The Arkansas was actually used for midshipmen cruises during the time the film was made. This Wyoming-class battleship also took part in the Pacific naval battles providing shore bombardment for the landing Marines. She met her demise in the Bikini atoll in July, 1946 as a target ship for one of the nuclear tests.Finally, soon after the midshipmen get underway on the cruise, there is a shot of an aircraft carrier passing by. That carrier was the USS Lexington (CV-2), America's second aircraft carrier that had begun its life as a battlecruiser but was converted during construction. She can be distinquished from her twin sister, the USS Saratoga, because she lacked the bold vertical black stripe on her stack. The Lexington fought valiantly in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May, 1942 but was so heavily damaged by air bombardment and subsequent onboard explosions, she had to be scuttled. Given that history, it was nice to see her in her original glory in this film.

  • Navy ships

    • Myles
    • 9/13/08

    Does anyone know which Navy ships were used in the film?

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    • Chas
    • 9/12/08

    first the movie is set in pre war 30s as the ships seen were still of the old style WW1 class..and as such the 1950s aint cuttin in..next..am a Navy bratt,i would know..father aviator from WW2..Academy man...himself..me went for the bird in 70s....USAF...

  • Shipmates Forever is Fantastic!

    • Geoff Kirkland
    • 10/24/07

    This movie will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially if you were a midshipman at the Naval Academy from the mid-50s to the mid-60s. Please vote for distribution of this movie on a DVD.http://www.tcmdb.com/processors/voteForm.jsp?title=Shipmates%20Forever&stid=826Capt. Kirklamd (SS) USNR (Ret), USNA 1964

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