Proceedings Magazine - February 1941 Vol. 67/2/456

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JAPAN is reported to be building several fast, 12-inch-gunned supercruisers, designed to run down and destroy existing heavy cruisers. Some regard this as a perilous situation which...



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  • Future Cruisers
    By Lieutenant Franklin G. Percival, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    JAPAN is reported to be building several fast, 12-inch-gunned supercruisers, designed to run down and destroy existing heavy cruisers. Some regard this as a perilous situation which can be met only by building still faster and more...

  • Blockaders Off the American Coast
    By Carlos C. Hanks

    From the days of oar-driven galleys, nations at war have resorted to the weapons of blockade whenever their naval resources and the geographical position of an adversary permitted.

  • Great-Circle Sailing
    By A. Day Bradley

    This article presents what the author believes to be a new method of obtaining the latitudes and longitudes of a series of points on the great-circle track between two given places, by computation....

  • A Tall Tale
    By Lieutenant J. O. Vosseller, U. S. Navy

    AVIATION accidents have always been pretty grisly affairs. Tremendously -L- great speeds are usually involved, highly inflammable gasoline is sometimes spewed all over the place, and pilots, being human, do make mistakes. Fortunately...

  • The Present Meaning of the Monroe Doctrine
    By Felix Howland

    MARK TWAIN once remarked that everybody talked about the weather but nobody did anything about it. The same is not quite true about the Monroe Doctrine; everybody talks about it and the Congress is doing quite a bit about it. But it...

  • Big Bertha, 1855 Style
    By Willy Ley

    When the much-discussed Time Capsule was buried at the site of the New York World’s Fair on September 23, 1938, and a list of its contents was published in the daily newspapers, one of the commentators prophesied that the most...

  • The Survival of the British Empire: 1792-1812, 1914-1940
    By J. M. Scammell

    The destruction of the British State based upon sea power has been a favorite theme of European conquerors. The generation born in Great Britain during the latter years of the eighteenth century grew up with the threat of invasion...

  • Historic Ships of the Navy—Hornet
    By Robert W. Neeser

    The first Hornet was a sloop equipped at Baltimore, Maryland, by the Continental Marine Committee in the fall of 1775. She was armed with ten long 9-pdr., and was commanded by Captain William Stone. On February 13, 1776, she joined...

  • A Daylight Sight of Polaris
    By Rear Admiral F. H. Brumby, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    Not long after graduation in June, 1895, I joined the Atlanta at the New York Navy Yard, and the end of that month found me at sea in a ship with a speed of about 8 knots, bound for Port-au-Prince.

  • Boycotts, Sanctions or Blockade - Economics in the War of Today
    By B. Orchard Lisle

    Immediate application of economic warfare by Britain and Germany in the European War did not come as a surprise because this method has been recognized as a most effective weapon ever since the World War. After the first 6 weeks of...

  • The Status of Retired Officers
    By Captain Thomas L. Gatch, U. S. Navy

    I.—Are They in the Employ of the United States?

    ON October 8, 1940, the President approved an Act of Congress known as Public No. 805, 76th Congress, 3rd session, that is of particular interest to all retired officers. This Act...

  • Typhoons Over Guam
    By Lieutenant Commander Frederick J. Nelson, U. S. Navy

    Typhoons have roared over Guam with terrific fury ever since that tiny island was thrown up from the ocean floor to form the exposed portion of the steep northwestern cliff of great Nero Deep. But, because Guam is far from the sea lanes...

  • Book Reviews


    Members of the Institute, both regular and associate, may save money by ordering books through its Book Department, which will supply any obtainable book. A discount of 10 per cent is allowed on...

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



    Aid for Democracies. —In his radio talk of December 29, as well as in his subsequent message to Congress, President Roosevelt clearly set forth the Administration...

  • Professional Notes


    New Light Ray

    New York Herald Tribune, December 15. — Production of a light ray with a wave length which does not vary by more than one fifty-billionth of an inch—a beam which may give the...

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