Beginning with the "Rules for the Regulation of the United Colonies" in 1775, twenty-five editions of regulations for the government of our navy have been issued. They became the "blue book" in 1818, but were changed to "red book" in 1832. when the "Rules of the Navy Department Regarding Civil Administration" were issued, followed in 1838 by "Financial Regulations for Naval Officers." presumably the administration ceased to be civil and officers needed no financial regulating, for shortly thereafter the present title in slightly amended form was adopted, and has been in use ever since. The years between successive editions mark periods of stagnation, as between 1876 and 1893; or of upheaval, unrest, or progress. as indicated by three issues between 1865 and 1870.
The New Navy Regulations
By Lieut.-Commander Needham Lee Jones, U.S. Navy