Proceedings Magazine - September 1937 Vol. 63/9/415

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*This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1937.

It is reasonable to assume that no first-class nation will carry on a major war in these times without employing hospital ships...



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  • The Fleet Hospital Ship
    By Captain Lucius W. Johnson (M.C.), U. S. Navy

    *This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1937.

    It is reasonable to assume that no first-class nation will carry on a major war in these times without employing hospital ships to serve the fleet. One can assure himself that...

  • Leadership Can’t Be Taught
    By Lieutenant Colby G. Rucker, U. S. Navy

    There are three ways of considering leadership: (1) Leaders are born, not made; (2) leaders are made, not born, (3) leaders are born, but are materially assisted by a little development.

  • Enemies
    By Captain E. S. Kellogg, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    Hitherto Unpublished Footnote to History

    The battleship Iowa, firing rapidly, closed the enemy at full speed; her captain, “Fighting Bob” Evans, intent upon doing his utmost to destroy the advancing ships of...

  • The Frigate Alliance: The Favorite Ship of the American Revolution
    By Louis H. Bolander

    The frigate Alliance was by all odds the most remarkable ship ever built or purchased by that interesting organization, the Continental Navy. Not only did she have the well-deserved repu­tation of being the fastest ship in the service, but...

  • Why Not A Warrant Quartermaster—Signalman?
    By Lieutenant F. V. Rigler, U. S. Navy

    On June 30, 1936, there were 6,340 line officers, leaving a de­ficiency of some 1,600 officers be­low the essential number.”—Annual Re­port of the Secretary of the Navy, fiscal year 1936. In addition to the above quoted...

  • Diesel Progress of Small Marine and Auxiliary Engines
    By T. B. Danckwortt
    “Sceire Volunt Omnesi Merceden Solvere Nemo”

    Diesel engineering of small engines is in its pioneering stages, despite advances made during the past ten years. Notwithstanding the need and po­tential usefulness of small...

  • The Administration of Enlisted Personnel
    By Lieutenant Commander E. F. McCartin and Lieutenant Commander A. M. Bledsoe, U. S. Navy

    The common fallacy exists in the minds of many naval officers that handling men and administering personnel are one and the same, when, as a matter of fact, they are only distantly related. An officer might be an outstanding success at one and an...

  • Speed, Swells, and Damage - Who Pays?
    By Lieutenant T. G. Schirmeyer, U. S. Naval Reserve

    The swells created by a destroyer and other naval vessels, including power boats, oftentimes imperil har­bor craft and endanger shore property. A very recent admiralty case involving the U.S.S. Truxtun clearly demonstrates that Warships are...

  • Hagner Position Finder
    By Fred H. Hagner

    A desire to return to the West Indies, where I cruised as an ap­prentice on board the U.S.S. Hart­ford in 1903 and 1904, prompted my first thought of celestial navigation.

    Anchored in Shamrock Cove, a part of Corpus Christi Bay,...

  • Man-Killers of the Ages
    By Lieutenant Horace S. Mazet, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve

    A shark is a physical marvel. No one has ever seen one asleep, al­though they may be spied basking in the sun on the surface on a lazy summer day, or resting on the sandy bottom where it is warm and safe. But the golden, rest­less,...

  • Promotion of Officers in the British, Japanese, French, and German
    By Matthew Radom
    In any discussion concerning the broad subject of promotion of officers in our naval service it is a noticeable fact that there is a decided lack of information on the part of participants as regards what is done in other maritime countries....
  • Flying Boats
    By Lieutenant Ralph R. Gurley, U. S. Navy

    The fastest growing arm of the Navy- today is Aircraft Base Force, the patrol plane squadrons. The planes with which this expansion is being effected are the longest range seagoing planes in existence. Since 1928, cruising ranges have been...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    Classification Societies
    (See page 220, February, 1937, Proceedings)

    Dr. Wladimir V. Mendl.—Lieutenant H. M. Heiser deserves great credit for tackling this intricate subject, which is by no means devoid of interest and of great...

  • Notes on International Affairs
    Warfare in North China.—In the first week of August, though it was still be­lieved that the Nanking government would do its best to avoid a major conflict with Japan at this time, warfare on a considerable scale was actually in...
  • Photographs
  • Book Reviews

    Tragic Fallacy. By Mauritz O. Hallgren. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 474 pages. 1937. $4.00.

    Reviewed by Captain Dudley VV. Knox, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    The Tragic Fallacy by Mauritz O. Hall­gren bears...

  • Professional Notes

    United States

    Naval Officer Selection

    New York Times, July 24.—Because the Navy as a whole is a contented, well- disciplined, and generally efficient service, it is rare that what are usually its minor internal troubles become...


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