Oceanography, the geography of the ocean, is of peculiar interest to the Navy, for it was our own Matthew Fontaine Maury who gave that branch of science its greatest impetus, during the middle of the last century. His fame is just as great abroad, for his contributions to the knowledge of ocean depths and circulation and of oceanic meteorology are remembered gratefully by the scientific world. The present-day pilot chart of the Hydrographic Office, so useful to the mariner, is a monument to his genius and industry.
Oceanography and the Navy
By Commander C. C. Slayton, U. S. Navy