The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN-758) underway conducting high-speed surface drills off the coast of Southern California. Asheville is assigned to Submarine Squadron ELEVEN and is homeported at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif. Click here for larger Image.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Taylor
“Alligator in the James, 1862” by Jim Christley. This watercolor painting portrays Alligator – the first U.S. submarine – as it arrives off City Point, Va. in 1862. Alligator was sent to remove obstructions in the James River or destroy the railroad bridge at Petersburg to aid in General George McClellan’s push to Richmond. This marked the first wartime forward area deployment of a submarine in naval history. In the background is the steam tug USS Satellite which was directed to provide berthing and messing for Alligator’s crew.
Jim Christley is a historian in the Alligator Project, a project to study the history of – and perhaps find – Alligator which sunk in 1863. After serving for twenty years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a submarine qualified senior chief petty officer, and working for another twenty years in the engineering field, Mr. Christley turned to traditional fine arts. The sea and its moods are the areas of primary interest for his work. He has studied with noted artists Lou Bonamarte, Gerald Levey, and Robert Spring. Mr. Christley’s work is on display at the Brick Gallery in Essex, Conn. and the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Conn. His paintings can also be found at the Naval Historical Center, Office of Naval Research, and the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Conn. Click here for larger Image.