Proceedings Magazine - February 1940 Vol. 66/2/444

Cover Story

“As a legacy of the Spanish War we are left with … an immensely added interest in Central America and the Caribbean Sea.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Replete with...



Members Only

  • A Resume of National Interests in the Caribbean Area
    By Lieutenant Commander Isaiah Olch, U. S. Navy

    “As a legacy of the Spanish War we are left with … an immensely added interest in Central America and the Caribbean Sea.” – Theodore Roosevelt

    Replete with incidents of interna­tional import in the past, the...

  • Swell Damage
    By Lieutenant Commander T. W. Sheridan, U. S. Naval Reserve

    There is a source of easy profit (which in the vernacular would be called a racket) for some people that has not achieved all the notoriety that it deserves; it is known as “swell damage.” Many a casualty due entirely to poor han­...

  • The Navy Gave Me Wings
    By Ensign Chandler W. Swanson, U. S. Naval Reserve

    When a civilian, aspiring to go to Pensacola to get his “Navy Wings,” considers this matter for the first time his mind projects into the future. He visualizes and dreams. He imagines himself in the guise of a naval flyer and sees...

  • Promotion Systems—Past, Present, and Future
    By Commander George C. Dyer, U. S. Navy
    Basic principle.—The fundamental principle that officers exist for the Navy and not the Navy for the officers is often temporarily forgotten or purposely relegated to the background in the welter of discussion concerning the promotion of...
  • The Voyage of the Ontario, 1817-19
    By Charles O. Paullin

    The voyage of the U.S.S. Ontario, 1817-19, is unique in the annals of the American Navy, for she is the only vessel ever dispatched after a war to repossess American territory taken by the enemy. She was the first federal naval vessel to...

  • First Contacts - The Glorious Cruise of the Frigate Essex
    Translation by Captain A. S. Merrill, U. S. Navy

    Translated from "La Actuación de los Oficiales Navales Norte-Americanos en Nuestras Costas (1813-1840)," by Eugenio Pereira Salas. Published by Prensas de la Universidad de Chile, 1935.

    The fact that in 1812 a...

  • The Merchant Officer's Place in the Naval World
    By Ensign Kenyon B. Fitzgerald, U. S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    There is pathos and real tragedy in the pall that hangs over our Merchant Marine. Discontent, distrust, and dissatisfaction permeate the atmosphere of the water front and to all outward appear­ances the outlook for the future seems bleak...

  • Ratings By Shakespeare
    By Lieutenant V. P. Douw, U. S. Navy

    Case I.—Boatswain’s mate, first class, 13 years’ service. He’s devoted to the Navy, works like a demon, no matter what the hour. Undoubtedly one of the best seamen you ever saw, and you feel that you would trust him with...

  • The Saga of a Modern Sea Raider
    By Lieutenant Commander C. R. Brown, U. S. Navy

    The history of the World War offers so little of romance and adventure that it is always refreshing to turn again to that gallant little band of Ger­man surface commerce raiders who took to the sea to pit themselves against the might of the...

  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    The Line Officer Problem
    (See page 1587, November, 1939, Proceedings)

    Rear Admiral J. K. Taussig, U. S. Navy.—Captain Cooke has produced an interesting article which is worthy of study and discussion in order to ascertain...

  • Book Reviews

    The Manila Galleon. By William Lytle Schurz. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 454 pages. 1939. $6.00.

    Reviewed by Commander William M. Fechteler, U. S. Navy

  • Notes on International Affairs

    America and the War

  • Professional Notes
  • Photographs


Conferences and Events

WEST 2019

Wed, 2019-02-13 - Fri, 2019-02-15

Sharpening the Competitive Edge: Are We Ready to Compete, Deter, and Win Globally? Wednesday, 13 February - Friday, 15 February...

2019 U.S. Naval Institute Member Event

View All

From the Press

23 January - Book Talk

Wed, 2019-01-23

9 February - Presentation

Sat, 2019-02-09

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 140 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership