Proceedings Magazine - 1904 Vol. 30/2/110

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The Naval Observatory has apparently many fathers, but probably to no one belongs so much of the credit for its foundation as to Captain James Melville Gilliss, U. S. Navy.



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  • The Work of the Naval Observatory
    By Rear-Admiral C. M. Chester, U.S.N.

    The Naval Observatory has apparently many fathers, but probably to no one belongs so much of the credit for its foundation as to Captain James Melville Gilliss, U. S. Navy.

  • The Camp of Sanitation at League Island 1903
    By Rear-Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, U. S. Navy

    So many officers have urged me to give to the service, through these pages, an account of the manner in which the camp of sanitation was established on League Island in the spring and early summer of 1903, that I have felt obliged to yield to...

  • Skeleton Models of Modern Ships
    By Commander W. H. Beehler, U.S.N.

    The costly, complicated, naval constructions of the present age are such intricate structures that the ordinary drawings are exceedingly difficult for the practical seaman to comprehend, and models that will show all details of the interior...

  • The Naval Profession: It's History and Ideals
    By Professor E. K. Rawson, U. S. Navy

    The object of this essay is to show how the naval profession has grown to its present important position, and to set forth some ideals which are essential to it.

  • The Evolution of Smokeless Powder
    By Lieutenant R. W. Henderson, U. S. Navy

    Of the hundreds of different mixtures and compounds discovered to have an explosive nature, perhaps the best known are, gun-powder, gun-cotton, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, mixtures of potassium chlorate, picrate compounds, fulminates of mercury,...

  • Coal Consumption on Warships
    By Lieut.-Commander W. F. Worthington, U.S.N.

    In the days of auxiliary steam power on warships, the amount of coal used in port and at sea was small. Only a small amount was used for distilling drinking water and for heating ship in port, while at sea a small additional amount was used for...

  • "Blank" Torpedo Shooting
    By Commander G. M. Dahl, Royal Norwegian Navy

    Demands made on a good captain of a torpedo-boat may be summed up in the following:

    (1) To manage his boat with coolness in attack under all circumstances.

    (2) To fire the torpedo at the right moment.

  • Estimating Distances
    By Commander William H. Beehler, U. S. Navy

    The naval officer in command of a battleship in a squadron has no problem of greater importance in the evolutions of naval tactics or at target practice than the determination of the distances of other vessels in the fleet for the distance of the...

  • Discussion


  • Professional Notes
    Prepared by Professor Philip R. Alger, U. S. Navy



  • List of Prize Essays


    Naval Education. Prize Essay, 1879. By Lieut.-Com. A. D. Brown, U.S.N.

    Naval Education. First Honorable Mention. By Lieut.-Com. C. F. Goodrich, U.S.N.

    Naval Education. Second Honorable...

  • Officers of the Institute


    Rear-Admiral H. C. TAYLOR, U. S. Navy.



    Captain W. H. BROWNSON, U...

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  • Special Notice


    A prize of two hundred dollars, with a gold medal, and a life-membership in the Institute, is offered by the Naval Institute for the best essay presented on any subject pertaining to the naval profession,...

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    Naval Electrician’s Text- and Hand-Book.

    By Lieut. W. H. G. Bullard, U. S. Navy. An Elementary Text-Book for the use of officers and enlisted men of the Navy. It contains a...

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