Proceedings Magazine - March 1935 Vol. 61/3/385

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A MERCHANT officer impressed into the British Navy and at one time a foretopman in H.M.S. Victory, the sailing master of the U.S.S. Peacock in her defeat of the Epervier in 1814, the skipper of...



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  • Captain "Mad Jack" Percival
    By Allan Westcott, Professor, U. S. Naval Academy

    A MERCHANT officer impressed into the British Navy and at one time a foretopman in H.M.S. Victory, the sailing master of the U.S.S. Peacock in her defeat of the Epervier in 1814, the skipper of the first American naval vessel to visit the...

  • Recruits and Ratings
    By Ensign Richard Lane, U. S. Navy

    John Doe and William Smith both came from small mid-western towns. They were upstanding and ambitious young men; each of about the same abil­ity and of higher than average intel­ligence. John Doe and William Smith having finished high...

  • The U.S.S. Fulton the First
    By Lieutenant Ralph R. Gurley, U. S. Navy

    In January, 1814, the Commission for the Defense of New York approved Robert Fulton’s plans for a “steam battery” which, under the name of “Fulton the First” was destined to be the world’s first steam...

  • Cancer Begins at Forty
    By Captain Lucius W. Johnson (M.C.), U. S. Navy

    As the physician himself advances beyond middle age there is one experience which recurs with ever increasing frequency. Some contemporary will come to him, exhibiting a lesion of the skin, and say, "What is this scaly patch on my face? It...

  • The New York Prison Ships in the American Revolution
    By Commander Louis H. Roddis (MC.), U. S. Navy

    A forgotten chapter in the naval history of the American Revolution is to be found in the story of the prison ships in New York Harbor, used by the British for the imprisonment of captured seamen. The name "Jersey," often applied to...

  • Paul Jones and Arnold
    By Commander W. C. I. Stiles, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    A hair, perhaps, divides the false and true." This saying of Omar Khayyam though made in the field of philosophy, seems equally applicable to the study of military character. Ambition, energy, determination, and fortitude are attributes...

  • The Effect of Depth Charges on Submarines
    By Lieutenant Commander Leonard Doughty, Jr., U. S. Navy

    With the development of any new weapon of war the first reaction is an exaggerated estimate of its invincibility. This is usually followed by the development of countermeasures, which in turn are credited with almost fabulous powers of...

  • Interpreting Barometric Pressure Changes
    By Lieutenant T. J. Raftery, U. S. Navy

    One of the duties of an officer of the deck is to keep the captain advised of the weather changes, and in particular of any appreciable rise or fall of the barometer. It is just as true now as it ever was that a rapidly falling or rising...

  • Paper Work Versus Brains
    By Captain J. V. Babcock, U. S. Navy

    Paper work continues to compete with the weather in our professional conversation and the more we talk about it the greater its prestige appears to grow.

  • A Building Program for the Naval Academy
    By Lieutenant Commander J. B. Heffernan U. S. Navy

    The prospective increase in the number of midshipmen at the Naval Academy will accentuate certain needs which have been felt for several years, and will result in an acute shortage in some facilities. Something must be done to provide for these...

  • Grog
    By Constance Lathrop

    Its Origin and Use in the United States Navy

    Grog, celebrated in naval song and story, while of British origin in term and use, designated the spirit ration in our service when John Adams wrote the first rules for the...

  • Strictly Private Thoughts on Naval Publicity
    By Lieutenant Alan R. McCracken, U. S. Navy

    "Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. Get your official tickets here. We're starting in just a few minutes, folks. It's the chance of a lifetime, and only 25 cents. Right this way, ladies and gentlemen."

    The barker paused...

  • Meridian Altitudes By "H. O. 208"
    By Alvin C. McIsaacs

    One of the greatest faults with navigators today is their tendency to try to cut down figures in their problems,” says Captain Charles H. Cugle in the preface to his excellent Simple Rules and Problems in Navigation.

  • The Navy's Part in Modern Aerological Developments
    By Lieutenant T. J. O'Brien, U. S. Navy

    Military and naval leaders have always emphasized the fact that a thorough study of the military and naval history of the past is essential to correct ideas and to the skillful conduct of war ill the future. Notwithstanding the fact that great...

  • Discussions

    Martelli’s Method

    (See pp. 739, May, 1920; 1171, August, and 1776, December, 1933; 651, May, 1934, Proceedings)

    Harry Leypoldt.—In view of the several articles dealing with...

  • Notes on International Affairs
    Prepared by Professor Allan Westcott, U. S. Naval Academy

    From January 3 to February 3


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