A Threat and an Opportunity (Prize Essay, 1940)

By Lieutenant Franklin G. Percival, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1940
"There are no specifics in warfare."—MahanFor some time there has been apparent a disquieting basic trend in naval war—an unmistakable progressive decrease in the utility of surface fleets. ...

Modern Air and Marine Navigation

By Lieutenant Commander P. V. H. Weems, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1940
Air navigation might be dated from the World War, at which time stren­uous efforts were made to produce suitable aviation maps, compasses, and drift indicators. Little use was made of ...

The Royal Road Across the Pacific

By Lieutenant D. E. Collins, U. S. Naval Reserve
April 1940
Richard Halliburton and Captain John Welch sailed out the Golden Gate September 28, 1938, on board the SS. President Coolidge. Approximately 6 months from that date they hoped to be ...

The Hawaiian Navy and an International Incident

By Rear Admiral A. Farenholt (M.C.), U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1940
Small countries seldom have a navy of any great importance and still more rarely do such vessels rise to the prominence of being able to create an “in­cident” capable of ...

Los Jardines, (E.D.)

By Captain G. S. Bryan, U. S. Navy
April 1940
For over 400 years navigational charts of the North Pacific Ocean have shown a small island in latitude 21° 0' N., longitude 151°-35' E., with the designation “Los Jardines, (E.D.),” ...

The Battle of the Virginia Capes, 1781

By Richmond Weed
April 1940
Every American schoolboy knows that Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown and that his surrender ended the American Revolution. Some of us may have been vaguely surprised that the end was so ...

The Naval Career of James Fenimore Cooper

By Louis H. Bolander
April 1940
No officer ever resigned from the United States Navy and won such a distinguished place for himself in American literature as James Fenimore Cooper. Though Cooper’s period of service in ...

Reminiscences of a Chechako

By Captain Gilbert T. Rude, United States, Coast and Geodetic Survey
April 1940
For those of you who have not lived in Alaska, a “Chechako” is one who spends the summers in Alaska but winters in the States; on the other hand, one ...

Discussions, Comments and Notes

April 1940
End of the Treasure Hunt(See pages 1235, September, 1934, and 380, March, 1937, Proceedings) Captain Stanford E. Moses, U. S. Navy (Retired).The following notes and comment refer to ...

Book Reviews

April 1940
The Cruise of the Raider Wolf. By Roy Alexander. New Haven: Yale University Press. 270 pages. 1939. $2.75.Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Richard F. Armknecht (C.E.C.), U. S. NavyHere is the ...

Notes on International Affairs

April 1940
The Northern WarSoviet-Finnish Peace Terms—In early March diplomatic and military inter­est centered on the outcome of Soviet pro­posals, advanced through Swedish medi­ates, for ending the northern war. Though not fully ...

Professional Notes

April 1940
To February 29, 1940UNITED STATESDry Dock To Be Towed to HawaiiChicago Tribune, February 25.—A huge steel dry dock, largest of its kind ever to go to sea, ...

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