There seems to be a widespread opinion in naval circles that officers of the U. S. Merchant Marine have failed to avail themselves of the new and up-to-date methods of seamanship and navigation. Articles have appeared in various publications sponsored by the Navy— the Naval Institute Proceedings and The Naval Reserve Bulletin—in which Merchant Marine officers have been taken to task severely for this apparent dereliction, and especially for their failure to take advantage of the so-called “New Navigation” of the Navy.
Most of the strictures are of little moment and may be ignored. The tenor of the articles shows plainly that the deductions were made with but a superficial knowledge and a cursory examination of the subject discussed. No consideration was paid to the fact that the Navy and Merchant Marine, while kindred services, are so dissimilar as to be almost totally unlike. In aim and in purpose, in their very reasons for being and in the conditions which prevail on board the ships, they are as far apart as the poles.