In an article entitled, "The Manning of our Navy and Mercantile Marine," which appeared in the UNITED STATES NAVAL INSTITUTE, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1874, an attempt was made to show the advantages of industrial training in general, and its application to the naval service in particular. This was followed by the article "Naval Training," NAVAL INSTITUTE, March 1, 1890, on the same general lines. In the meantime the Navy Department had issued General Order of April 8, 1875, under the operation of which the late training system was evolved.
The training service culminated in the training squadron of 1883. Notwithstanding the years of labor devoted to bringing it up to a high point of efficiency, that service has now "melted into thin air . . . . and . . . . left not a rack behind." After a lapse of thirty-five years the attention of the naval profession is once more invited to the great importance of industrial training and its close application to all branches of the enlisted personnel of the navy: to the artificer of the engineer's department, as well as to the man on deck.