Proceedings Magazine - July 1936 Vol. 62/7/401

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 “Their want of practice will make them unskilful, and their want of skill timid. Maritime skill is like skill of other kinds, not a thing to be cultivated by the way or at...



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  • Courage Is Not Enough (Honorable Mention, 1936)
    By Lieutenant Ernest M. Eller, U. S. Navy

     “Their want of practice will make them unskilful, and their want of skill timid. Maritime skill is like skill of other kinds, not a thing to be cultivated by the way or at chance times.”—Thucydides, i, 142....

  • The Water Cycle Between the Ocean, Atmosphere, and Land
    By Dr. George F. McEwen

    INTRODUCTION.—The earth, upon which we all live, has ever been an object of curiosity. Great exploring expeditions, motivated by this curiosity and by the hope of gaining treasures, laid the foundation for our present detailed...

  • "To a Sartin Extint"
    By Captain Edward H. Watson, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    YEARS AGO, on the China Station, an Irish fireman named Finnegan was the pride and despair of the old side-wheel gunboat Monocacy, famous American craft on the Yangtze River. On board ship, he was easily the best man in his rating,...

  • More Thoughts on Selection
    By Lieutenant Joseph N. Wenger, U. S. Navy

    “The best-laid schemes o’ mice and men, Gang aft a-gley”

  • Fitness Reports and Selection
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) J. S. Holtwick, Jr., U. S. Navy

    Many recent articles and discussions dealing with the selection problem cite the fitness report as a cause for dissatisfaction, and other objections to the present operation of the selective process may be traced to the same source....

  • Case of Captain Lawrence
    By Waldron Kintzing Post

    “The pen is mightier than the sword," also more dangerous. Indeed it is more in the nature of a firearm, since no one ever knows whether or not it is loaded, nor how far it may carry. Moreover, men lose only their lives by the sword,...

  • What of the Auxiliaries?
    By Robert Barry

    The Vinson Bill has given the United States its first systematic policy for replacement of combatant naval vessels. For the first time in the history of the Navy there is legislation to permit the replacement of vessels as they become overage...

  • The Row Galley Bulldog
    By Rear Admiral Elliot Snow (C.C.), U. S. Navy (Retired)

    In 1869 one Abraham Ritter wrote a short sketch of the life of Emanuel Eyre, a ship designer and builder, whose business relations with the Colonial Committee of Safety[1] were not unlike...

  • Specialists of the Great Lakes
    By Lieutenant Commander E. W. Wunch, Jr., U. S. Navy

    Many people in the United States do not realize the importance of the Great Lakes as a commercial asset; even among those who use the Lakes as a vacation spot, who sail on their waters, who fish among the islands, or who hunt along...

  • Japanese Merchant Marine History
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Harold A. McCormick, U. S. Naval Reserve

    The rise in power and prestige of the Japanese merchant fleet since the advent of the iron ship is a maritime exploit of unparalleled proportions. A single generation ago Japan’s merchant marine consisted of 20 sailing vessels...

  • Donald McKay, Master Shipbuilder
    By Commodore E. S. Clark, Jr., Sea Scouts

    Donald McKay, America’s foremost master shipbuilder of his time, was born on September 4, 1810, the son of a Scot farmer, Hugh McKay, in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Many of his early days were spent playing around the local dock...

  • Discussions

    Human Engineering and the Navy

    (See page 352, March, 1936, PROCEEDINGS)

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



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    Vessels under Construction, Progress as of June 1, 1936


    Naval Treaty Ratified

    Tribune, Chicago, May 19.—The Senate today ratified by voice vote the 1936 London naval treaty. Great Britain...

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