In 1929, early in my father’s tenure as Secretary of the Navy, his attention was called to the plan for the USS Constitution , just completing major overhaul. As an experienced yachtsman, he became intrigued by the idea of getting her under way, under sail. When he raised the question with Admiral C.F. Hughes, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Admiral replied: “Mr. Secretary, if you want to man her adequately, you will have to decommission a squadron of destroyers. Beyond that, I don’t know who we could get to take command and train the crew.” Later, my father interviewed a couple of square-rigger captains, hoping that one might sign on as sailing master, under a Navy captain. But the reply was clear: “Not on your life, Mr. Adams. Sailing a ship like the Constitution is a lost art.” That ended that!