With the striking from the Navy Register on September 3, 1913, of the frigate Independence, there passes into retirement a sturdy old veteran of the days of wooden ships and iron men. Long and faithful service commands admiration and deserves appreciation in ships as well as in the human beings who man them. In some instances this service is of such a striking character as to win national recognition and admiration, as in the case of our own Constitution, the British Victory and the French Vengeur. In other cases the claim to appreciation and respect is by reason of age, long service and the association of many officers. In the latter class have been our Independence, Vermont and Santee.