Proceedings Magazine - June 1939 Vol. 65/6/436

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“We who hold the Western Seas hold Liberty.”

Herodotus once told a story of the people of Psylli, the land which is now Tripoli; of how when the burning simoon...



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  • American Foreign Policy and Naval Policy (Honorable Mention, 1939)
    By Robert Mills McClintock

    “We who hold the Western Seas hold Liberty.”

    Herodotus once told a story of the people of Psylli, the land which is now Tripoli; of how when the burning simoon had parched their reservoirs they met in council and...

  • Sampson and Shafter at Santiago
    By Commander Louis J. Gulliver, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    The inherent and ancient difficulties involved in joint operations of army and naval forces in war have never been more unhappily illustrated than in the war with Spain when army troops under General William R. Shafter, U. S. Army, encircled...

  • The Capture of Amoy, China, By a Japanese Naval Landing Force
    By Commander Allen G. Quynn, U. S. Navy

    In early May, 1938, the U.S.S. Asheville was lying in the inner harbor of Amoy, China, in company with H.M.S. Diana and the Chinese Maritime Customs cruiser Ping Ching. At that time, and for the preceding month, conditions had been more or less...

  • Endurance Swimming
    By Lieutenant Ernest J. Davis, U. S. Navy

    In the Navy, a bluejacket would not usually be in good physical training when called on to do emergency swimming, so therefore it is especially important to use a system of swimming instruction that will provide a maximum of endurance regardless...

  • Aircraft Against U-Boats
    By Robert M. Grant

    THE USE of aircraft against naval vessels, much discussed today with the greatly increased reliability and power of all types, was not attempted until relatively late in the Great War. On the German side, the Zeppelins, which played a feeble part...

  • Where Do We Go From Here?
    By Commander E. E. Hazlett, Jr., U. S. Navy (Retired)

    In the minds of most naval officers the uppermost question is undoubtedly that of selection: “Will I make the grade, and what can I do about it?” But running this a close second is the query: “What will my next duty be—...

  • Finding Position with 214
    By E. B. Collins

    The navigator’s astronomical triangle PMZ offers nothing inherently difficult of solution with the aid of an ordinary table of logarithmic values of the trigonometric functions. In fact, any clever high-school youth can readily obtain all...

  • Averaging Bubble Sextant Observations
    By Lieutenant Commander P. V. H. Weems, U. S. Navy (Retired)
    The technique of using bubble sextant observations is, in the opinion of the writer, the most important recent advance in both sea and air navigation. When properly used, the bubble sextant gives good results, by which we mean an accuracy to...
  • Our New Service Rifle
    By Lieutenant Maynard Nohrden, U. S. Marine Corps

    After 36 years the familiar old Springfield rifle has met its nemesis and is to be supplanted. To the millions who have gazed upon the figures “1903” marked on the old rifle, the coming of its successor will bring mixed feelings of...

  • Proposed Training for Merchant Marine Replacements
    By Lieutenant E. B. Ellis, U. S. Naval Reserve

    The subject of training personnel for the Merchant Marine is a controversial one. There are several good methods of making officers and men to supply this service and all have faults and difficulties but not too great to be overcome. Merchant...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    The Ships and Captains of the Continental Navy

  • Book Reviews

    NAVY MEN. By James B. Connolly.

    New York: The John Day Company. 1939. 310 pages. $3.50.

    Reviewed by Lincoln Lothrop

    The average civilian sees our navy men only in their hours off...

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