THE WRITER had occasion, in the collection of certain data for a purpose in no wise connected with its use in an article of this nature, to examine various authorities upon this subject. The most interesting discovery in connection with this task of delving through numerous volumes, some of extremely ancient vintage, was that early naval law was not based upon the military law of the land but that it did, in fact, precede such law by several centuries. Attributing the basis of naval law, as we recognize it in our service today, to the military law results from the fact that the Army is the older service. Inasmuch as this subject antedates the time when “the memory of man runneth not to the contrary,” it is hardly necessary to disavow any originality or to admit that the writer relied upon certain recognized authorities; nevertheless, he frankly does both.
The Origin of Naval Law
By Lieutenant W. J. Nunnally, Jr., U. S. Navy