Proceedings Magazine - September 1939 Vol. 65/9/439

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*This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1939.

"A sense for the facts was the main condition for success.”—...



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  • The Tirpitz Technique
    By Lieutenant Franklin G. Percival, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    *This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1939.

    "A sense for the facts was the main condition for success.”—Tirpitz

  • We Should Have Shipboard Shooting Galleries
    By Lieutenant Commander Roger E. Nelson, U. S. Navy

    There is perhaps no object possessing more universal appeal to the average American boy than the firearm, no belief more cherished or inborn than that, given the means and opportunity, he might be a deadly shot, a paragon of accuracy. In his...

  • The Navy and the First U. S. Ocean Mail Ships
    By Commander L. J. Gulliver, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    The navy learned a lesson of priceless value nearly a century ago when the Navy Department undertook the execution of a peace-time project that had only a remote relationship to the Navy’s primary mission of preparation for war on the seas...

  • San Francisco Bay Tides
    By Harry Leypoldt

    The large differences in the tidal ranges of the various portions of San Francisco Bay have never been satisfactorily explained. By use of the principle of secondary oceanic oscillations, as outlined in “Bay of Fundy Tides” in the May...

  • Three Modern Naval Mutinies
    By Lieutenant Commander John D. Hayes, U. S. Navy

    “The same as you, sir.” Reply of a sailor in a loyal Russian destroyer when asked by his commanding officer what he thought of the Revolution.


  • The Use of Mid-Time in Aerial Celestial Navigation
    By Ensign Brian Sparks, U. S. Naval Reserve

    A prime consideration in the use of celestial navigation in aircraft is simplification of operation as far as possible. It is particularly important for both the saving of time and the elimination of computational errors. Flights where celestial...

  • Truth Stranger than Fiction
    By Commander John E. Pond, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    I am prompted to write this by having recently come across the following passage in the Encyclopedia Britannica:

    Statements that it [the fox shark or thresher] has been seen to attack whales and other large cetaceans rest upon erroneous...

  • U.S.S. Omaha Salvage Operations
    By Commander Melville W. Powers (C.C.), U. S. Navy

    Introduction.—While proceeding northward to Charleston Navy Yard for overhaul, the U.S.S. Omaha grounded off Castle Island, Bahama Islands, British West Indies, about 0336 on Monday, July 19, 1937. During the approach she was on course 004...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    Finding Position with 214

    (See page 855, June, 1939, Proceedings)

  • Book Reviews


    Forewords by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse.

    London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd. 1939. 15s.

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


  • Professional Notes
  • Photographs


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