Recently people have been joining me on my Sunday Walks in Downtown Albany. Typically, I walk in Albany when I'm scheduled as a tour guide on the USS Slater. A slide show and a map are detailed at this blog entry. I plan on walking on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. You can contact me at:

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

This day, seventy years ago, 06/03/1942

The next day I will be available for tours is Sunday, 06/3/2012. If it's a Sunny day I start with a walk around Albany (approx. 5K, 3+ miles) at 9:00 AM. Visitors are welcome to tag along but please send me an email.

Seventy years ago on this day, Wednesday, June 3rd, 1942 (during the Battle of the Atlantic four ships were sunk): an unescorted Norwegian motor tanker H√łegh Giant was torpedoed and sunk by the U-126; an unescorted Swedish steam merchant Anna was sunk by gunfire after two torpedoes missed by the U-404; an unescorted and unarmed American steam merchant City of Alma was torpedoed and sunk by the U-172; and an unescorted American steam tanker M.F. Elliott was torpedoed and sunk by the U-502. Four smaller vessels were also sunk by gun fire. 

On June 3rd, 1942 there were 60 U-Boats at Sea.  U-109 returned from a 71 day patrol, 2 ships sunk (11,544 tons) and 1 ship damaged (6,548 tons).

In the Pacific Ocean, the Battle of Midway and the Battle of Dutch Harbor (Alaska) started on June 3rd.

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