Proceedings Magazine - February 1939 Vol. 65/2/432

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*This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1938.



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  • The Battle of Salamis, 480 B.C.
    By David Jean Edwards

    *This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1938.

  • Port of Call
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Volkert F. G. Jacobs, U. S. Naval Reserve

    Around the first of every month, a deeply laden cargo vessel of the Isthmian Steamship Company sails from her New York pier outward bound on a regular, scheduled cargo service around the world. She proceeds through the Panama Canal, thence to the...

  • The Loss of the Ticonderoga
    By Lieutenant Colby G. Rucker, U. S. Navy

    About twenty years ago the last great American naval battle was fought by a blowsy little converted merchant vessel of 5,000 tons displacement which went down with 90 per cent of her crew before the quick shooting and accurate guns of a German...

  • H.R. 9218
    By Lieutenant Commander James E. Hamilton, U. S. Navy

    H.R. 9218 was enacted into law by presidential approval on May 17, 1938. This legislation entitled “An Act to establish the composition of the United States Navy, to authorize the construction of certain naval vessels, and for other...

  • Commodore for Captain?
    By Lieutenant Commander M. Emerson Murphy, U. S. Navy

    Not long ago there was broadcast over the radio a supposedly perplexing question, namely, who salutes first on meeting, an army captain or a navy captain? That a captain in the Navy is a high ranking officer, just one grade below rear admiral,...

  • Some Reflections on Our Commissioned Personnel Situation
    By Rear Admiral J. K. Taussig, U. S. Navy

    Prior to the enactment of the personnel legislation by the last Congress, there had been much ado about the defects in our selection system. There were, of course, good reasons for this agitation; and, although many of the criticisms were...

  • Charles H. Haswell and the Steam Navy
    By George W. Dyson

    The question of who actually invented the steamboat is of academic interest only. It may have been “Poor John Fitch”; it may have been Rumsey; it may have been any one of a number of inventors whose supporters, from time to time,...

  • The Battle of Delaware Bay, 1782
    By M. V. Brewington

    Trade and navigation on the Delaware River were indeed demoralized early in the winter of 1782. The newspapers were full of such paragraphs as "New-York, January 12, Arrived the rebel sloop Polly, Captain Finlay loaded with rum, dry...

  • Why No Blimps?
    By Commander T. G. W. Settle, U. S. Navy

    The blimp (nonrigid airship) has the dubious honor of occupying the “forgotten ships” niche in the present-day navy’s museum of ship types. This niche has previously been tenanted by the airplane, the submarine, the torpedo boat...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    Ship Models—The Collections of Rogers, Sergison, and Pepys

    (See page 1553, November, 1938, Proceedings)

  • Book Reviews


    By Commander J. H. Owen, R.N.

    New York: The Macmillan Company.

    1938. 316 pages. $7.50.

    Reviewed by Captain J. H. S. Dessez, U. S. Navy

  • Notes on International Affairs


  • Professional Notes
  • Photographs
  • Tripoli Monument
    By Louis H. Bolander

    The City of Washington was much disturbed over the Chesapeake affair, and a fund for the relief of seamen injured at that disgraceful incident was raised in Washington. More than ample funds were contributed, and it was decided to use the balance...


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