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Volume I, Number 6
At six o'clock on the morning of
14 arch, Ensign and Mrs. Billy
Johnson were the proud recipients of
a lusty bomb dropped by none other
than that long legged and long billed
bird, better known as the stork. The
bomb weighs eight pounds, and from
all reports is doing quite well under
the appellation of Judith Ann - it
being that kind of a bomb.
Ensign Billy Johnson, who has
stood up rather well throughout the
crisis, blithly states that his tour of
mid- watches and sail reefing are only
Congratulations to both of the
lucky parents. .....
Duty Changes for Officers
Just before the ship left Guantanamo
Bay, Lt. Comdr. Farrar and
Boatswain English said goodby to
their many friends and shipmates
aboard, saluted the Ensign for the
last time as members of the ship's
compliment, and walked down the
gangway to a waiting boat.
Lt. Comdr. Farrar will take
transportation around to the West
Coast aboard the Northampton. In
San Francisco, he will meet his family
and consequently take passage on
a commercial ship to his new duty as
commanding officer of one of the
Hawaiian based destroyers. We wish
him the best of luck in his new assign_
All of us remember English as
the leading Boatswain's Mate of the
1st Division. Recently he took the examinations
for a warrant officer commission
and shortly afterward received
notification of being placed on
the list. The first duty of his officer
career will be on the Pensacola.
Houston is located at a rail center
where rails and water meet. There
is not the hiatus of long stretches of
railroad, which put other cities at a
disadvantage. This is the meeting
point, the crossroads of commerce.
Houston is far ahead of other
Texas metropolitan cities in manufacturing,
retail sales, warehouse and
Probably Houston's most valuable
asset is her waterway. In the
early days when small sidewheel
steamers plied the placid waters of
Buffalo Bayou, this waterway was
Houston's only medium of communication
with the outside world. Since
the completion of vast improvements
which transformed the sluggish, narrow-
banked bayou into a deep water
channel, Houston has rapidly established
herself as one of the great
ports of the nation.
More than $ 42,000,000 has been
spent by the Federal Government
and the citizens of Houston and Harris
County for improvement work
which resulted in the ports creation.
Of this amount, approximately $ 11,
000,000 represents the cost of construction
of harbor facilities.
Additional improvements have
been created by private entrprise at
a total estimated cost of $ 200,000,000.
Though the first export shipment
from the port of Houston was made
in Nov., 1919, the Houston Ship Channel
was open for coastwise traffic in
1915. In this latter year there was
one industry located on the waterway.
It was a rather small concern manufacturing
agricultural fertilizer. Today
there are 52 industrial plants on
the ship channel area with an estimated
capital investment of more
( Continued on Page 2.)
17 March 1939
Secretary of avy Cruises
The Secretary of the Navy and
his party boarded our ship in Charleston,
S. C. at approximately nine thirty
o'clock last Saturday morning.
Soon after, all lines were cast off,
and with the pilot aboard, the .' h · )
slowly swung to the current. In a
matter of a little better than an hour
the Houston emerged from the Cooper
. River to point its bow almost due
South. Once again, we travel the same
The Houston officers and men
welcome the Secretary of the ' uvy
and his party aboard. We trust the
cruise will be as enjoyable to them
as it is to us.
The Secretary's party include:
Captain John R. Beardall, aide to the
Secretary; Captain Edgar L. Woods,
medical aide; Mr. Archibald Oden.
Secretary to the Secretary; and T. L.
Kinder, CPhM( PA). - Announcing the Publication
Slaughter Among the Icebergs
Owing to the strange popularity
of Gus's phenomenal style and his
versatility of imagination and the
verisimilitude of his subject matter
to the pseudo- scientific story, it was
suggested that his recent serial in
the Blue Bonnet be printed in Book
They can be obtained at the
Gus has written orne very fine
articles for the Blue Bonnet. Slaughter
among the Icebergs was one of a
long list of his literary efforts. He
has notified the Blue Bonnet of more
tories to com so watch your favorite
weekly for them.