It’s fun to geek out on cruisers, especially the Ticonderoga class. They’re not very subtle: 122 vertical-launched missiles, eight harpoons, six torpedoes and two 5-inch guns surrounded by more than 100 nautical miles of AN/SPY-1 radar coverage.
But the Tico is only one class in a long line of big-gun cruisers. There was the 6,000-ton Atlanta-class cruisers of World War II. Or the early-20th-century Denver-class cruisers, complete with no less than 10 5-inch, breach-loading guns.
Now, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you won’t have to go a minute without some stimulating cruiser history, from 1883 to the present. MultiEducator, Inc. has just released its iPhone/iPad app” Cruisers of the U.S. Navy.” It’s billed as a complete history of the Navy’s cruisers.
The company says the app has more than 800 high-res photos and 280 articles, self-contained so it doesn’t need an Internet connection. You can get your cruiser on even riding in the subway.