Proceedings Magazine - February 1937 Vol. 63/2/408

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“Omnia licere in hello qua necessaria.”—Grotius

The year 1918 opened with deep doubt and gloom in the hearts of American and Allied commanders. True, American...



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  • "Jus Angaria"
    By Lieutenant Commander T. W. Sheridan, U. S. Naval Reserve
    “Omnia licere in hello qua necessaria.”—Grotius

    The year 1918 opened with deep doubt and gloom in the hearts of American and Allied commanders. True, American naval forces had given the Allies complete command...

  • Welding Versus Riveting in New Construction
    By Lieutenant M. G. Vangeli (C.C.), U. S. Navy

    The last five years of shipbuilding have focused the industry’s spot­light on the rapid development of the rivet’s lusty rival, welding. The pre­mium placed on weight by the naval limi­tation treaties has been a powerful...

  • An Incident in Naval Diplomacy: Toulon, 1834
    By John Haskell Kemble

    In the era before the introduction of rapid means of communication, the role of the naval officer as a diplomat was even more important than in later times. During most of the nineteenth cen­tury, American ships cruised to all parts of the...

  • An Ideal Merchant Marine Reserve
    By E. H. Peterson

    After a number of years as a ship’s officer I have joined the Merchant Marine Naval Reserve. Many of my shipmates and friends belong and have belonged for years, some few have dropped out from lack of interest. The general opinion of the...

  • American Personnel for American Merchant Ships
    By Lieutenant Commander T. C. Conwell, U. S. Naval Reserve

    With our political leaders finally convinced that in order for the nation to enjoy the benefits de­rived from a nationally owned Merchant Marine we must renew and expand our merchant shipping, it is full time that some definite and...

  • Sims - The Iconoclast
    By Captain Harry A. Baldridge, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    Admiral Sims died tonight. ...” I turned off the dial knob. What - more was there to be said? To those who knew him—nothing; to those who did not—everything. My mind, as in the screen flashbacks, spanned the years from 1902 to...

  • The Navy League of Japan
    By Lieutenant H. H. Smith-Hutton, U. S. Navy

    During the past few years the ques­tion of the revision of the naval treaties signed at Washington in 1922 and at London in 1930 has attracted world-wide attention. Probably no other international problems have occupied more space in the...

  • Longitude By H.O. 208 and the Eclipse
    By Ensign Richard W. Mindte, U. S. Naval Reserve

    En route to Chefoo, China, on June 19, 1936, an interesting possibility for a longitude sight developed. After 17 or 18 days of generally overcast and foggy weather, the sky very obligingly cleared up on the afternoon of the 19th and conditions...

  • The Blockade of Boston
    By Lieutenant (j. g.) Robert T. Sutherland, Jr. (C.C.), U. S. Navy

    On June 1, 1813, H.M.S. Shannon, a 38-gun frigate under the command of Captain Philip B. V. Broke, engaged the ill-fated 36-gun-frigate Chesapeake, under the command of Captain James Lawrence, in a single-ship action. At the...

  • Ocean Tow
    By Ensign John Wenlock Welch, U. S. Naval Reserve

    She was a dirty tub and the cold drizzling rain that swept the Dundee Docks robbed her completely of even one redeeming feature. Her hull, top­side, and funnel were a dark slate gray, streaked with rust, and God knows it seemed years since...

  • The Water Rises
    By Lieutenant Commander Harry A. Rochester, U. S. Navy

    The Connecticut River gauge at Hartford established a new top of 37.56 feet at 10:00 a.m. March 21, 1936. Dead power mains, short-circuited by the rising waters, silenced telephones, darkened all the city’s electric lights and, to escape...

  • Classification Societies
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Harold M. Heiser (C.C.), U. S. Navy

    The fury of the seas and the perils of winds and rocks have not changed during the centuries, but the desire of man to overcome or more fairly meet these perils has developed tremendously. Considering that such risks have always been incident to...

  • Fijian Adventure
    By Lieutenant W. B. Ammon, U. S. Navy

    When the Navy deserts the sea and usurps the coastal domain of the Army, the occurrence is unusual. But when seagoing sailors delib­erately march inland and intentionally en­gage mountaineers in deadly combat on the latter’s home...

  • The "Americanization" of the U. S. Navy
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Matthew Radom, U. S. Navy

    Not until 1912 did we stop enlisting aliens for general service in the U. S. Navy, after a long period when our nation built its warships in American shipyards, officered them with Americans, and provided these officers with foreign sailors to...

  • The American Monitors
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) P. R. Osborn, U. S. Navy

    Secretary of the Navy Welles, in his report of July 4, 1861, recom­mended that a competent board be appointed to investigate and report on the matter of ironclads. It would be for Con­gress to decide whether, “on a favorable...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    American Personnel for American Merchant Ships
    (See page 171, this issue)

    Captain W. O. Spears, U. S. Navy.— The subject article, submitted by Lieu­tenant Commander T. C. Conwell, U. S. Naval Reserve, is interesting and...

  • Book Reviews

    Book Department

    Members of the Institute, both regular and associate, may save money by ordering books through its Book department, which will supply any obtainable book. A discount of 10 per cent is allowed...

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

    From December 3 to January 3

    The Spanish War

  • Professional Notes


    Industrial Mobilization Plan

    Herald, Washington, December 13.— The new joint Army-Navy industrial Mobilization plan ranks with the Defense Act of 1920 as a fundamental document in national war plans, according to...

  • Annual Statement of the Naval Historical Foundation
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