Proceedings Magazine - October 1937 Vol. 63/10/416

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“Fleets and armies are maintained, not with gold and silver, but with consumable goods.”—Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations.

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  • Our Armor of Self-Containment
    By Lieutenant Commander Melvin F. Talbot (S.C.), U. S. Navy
    “Fleets and armies are maintained, not with gold and silver, but with consumable goods.”—Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations.

    Of all the lessons of the World War, one stands out increasingly...

  • An Early Episode
    By Lieutenant Commander Radford Moses, U. S. Naval Reserve

    It was the first week in November, 1913. Four new submarines were just completing under contract for the United States Navy at Quincy, Massa­chusetts. The first of these, the U.S.S. K-2 (the first Cachalot), proceeded to Province- town for...

  • Insurance for Naval Recruits
    By Lieutenant J. J. Levasseur (S.C.), U. S. Navy

    Every man upon entry into the Navy is entitled to his share of the benefits of the naval service as a whole. Chief among these should be the initial interest taken by superiors in estab­lishing his personal welfare. This is es­pecially...

  • The Aggressive in Naval Battle
    By Lieutenant Commander W. N. Thornton, U. S. Navy

    Attrition, like blockade, is a secondary method of warfare; a means to an end; a preliminary step in preparation for the vital thrust. Attrition is a logical prerequisite and may be exercised prior to the final test of strength of the battle line...

  • Credo - The Main Mission
    By Boatswain M. A. Ransom, U. S. Coast Guard
    “Unity is all powerful; no division, therefore, no contention among us.”—Von Goethe.

    It may be futile, perhaps, to speculate a thousand, or even a hundred years ahead in this rapidly changing world. Yet we...

  • Is War Inevitable?
    By Dr. William Hovgaard

    During the last 400 or 500 years Great Britain, Russia, and France have been, each of them, engaged m some war or other on the average about one half of the time, and the record of other countries is probably not much better. Especially where...

  • The Kuroshio or Japan Current
    By H. A. Marmer, Coast and Geodetic Survey

    On a chart that depicts the main systems of the surface currents of the sea, the Kuroshio in the North Pacific appears to be the counterpart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic. And in many respects they are, in fact, similar. Both currents...

  • Sidereal or Mean Time Chronometers
    By Captain Radler de Aquino, Brazilian Navy
    In time of war even more, perhaps, than in peace time, astronomical observations will always be the principal resource of the sea as well as the air navigator. Every effort must therefore be made to im­prove the conditions of...
  • The Influence of Flying-Boat Developments on Sea Power
    By E. E. Wilson

    In an article published in the Naval Institute Proceedings in Decem­ber, 1935, it was pointed out that rapid development of commercial flying boats indicated important potentialities for the patrol plane in the control of the sea. At the time...

  • Truxtun - The Builder
    By Lieutenant Ernest M. Eller, U. S. Navy

    Presume you will have heard before this reaches you that a French Privateer has made captures at the mouth of our harbour. This is too much humiliation after all that has passed—Our Merchants are very indignant—Our Gov­ernment...

  • The Confederate Submarine
    By Lieutenant Harry von Kolnitz, C. W. S. Reserve

    On the evening of February 17, 1864, the first victim of a sub­marine’s torpedo attack sank off Charleston S. C. This marked the debut of the underwater craft as an actual factor in naval warfare. The submarine itself was a weapon whose...

  • The Boatswain's Mate Passes the Word
    By Captain Forde A. Todd, U. S. Navy

    It is a healthy sign when the service takes an interest in the refinements of its profession. This is evident by the warm reception that has been given to Lieutenant Commander Lovette’s book, Naval Customs, Traditions, and Usage, and the...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    Sidereal or Mean Time Chronometers?
    (See page 1430, this issue)

    Captain Radler de Aquino, B.N.— Since this article was written one year ago a very important development has taken Place in Great Britain.

    The British Air...

  • Notes on International Affairs

    Far East

  • Photographs
  • Professional Notes
  • Book Reviews

    A History of Sea Power. By Professors W. O. Stevens and Allan Westcott. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1937. $6.00.

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Neil...


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