Second Honorable Mention Enlisted Essay Contest
In spite of technological advances, some aspects of our Sailor's lives have changed little since the age of sail. We should learn from Herman Melville, and celebrate our positive traditions.
It has been almost a century-and-a-half since one of the greatest sea stories was written. The author was a young New England intellectual, who not many years earlier had returned from whaling in the Pacific and recounted his experiences in two successful books. This story dealt with some of the sea's darker issues—the tyranny of authority, the arbitrariness of the laws of the sea and man's inhumanity toward his fellowman—which makes this one of the author's finest works. White Jacket was Herman Melville's account of service on board the frigate United States, homeward bound from the Pacific.