What Kind of a Shipmate are
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S. N., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. N.• Executive Officer.
Editor: Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald
Assistant Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge
Circulation: M. A. Pipp. Yeo3c
Printer E. Essy, Sea2c
A " good shipmate", in a narrow
sense of the term, might equally well
be called a " regular fellow", " buddy",
" pal", or what have you- just a fellow
who is generally agreeable, who
will swap yarns with you, share your
joy and sorrow, stick up for you.
Such friendships exist in all walks
of life. But just as the ways of ships
differ from those of other walks of
life, so the term " good shipmate"
holds a different meaning than the
other appellations. In days gone by,
a ship was almost a world unto itself.
For long stretches of time the crew
were dependent wholly upon themselves
and what was carried within
their ship. In the husbanding of the
ship's meager resources for living
and comfort, in the sharing of the
ship's work, and in the business of
being generally agreeable and helpful,
the part played by each man was
important to every other man. The
authority of the captain closely approached
that of a monarch. In such
circumstances " good shipmate" conveyed
much the same meaning as
" good citizen".
Today ships are larger and faster,
and for both reasons their crews
rarely experience the same degree of
separation from the world ashore as
did those of old. But the difference
is only one of degree. The ship of
today is essentially the same as the
ship of yesterday- a closely kni t
community of men who are largely
dependent upon themselves for the
necessities as well as the amenities
Look about you and see in how
many ways the true concept of being
a good shipmate can be violated; a
man tracking up newly cleaned decks
with grimy shoes, or a man carrying
his load with little concern for the
decks, ladders, and bulkheads he is
scarring or for those who will have
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to mend the damage, if, indeed, it
can be mended at all- a man doing a
nickel's worth of job and creating a
dollar's worth of mess, and leaving
the mess for someone else to clean
up- a man tossing his lighted cigarette
butt away, so that it is merely a
matter of chance whether it merely
burns a scar in the deck, sets a boat
on fire, or perhaps lands in the eyes
of someone on a deck below- a man
throwng food refuse on the deck, or
chewing gum, to make the compartment
insanitary and unsightly work
all, and eventually unnecessary work
for his shipmates. And now look at •
yourself! What kind of a shipmate
Policie Mullane, child of scorn
Grew lean while he assailed the
He wept that he was ever born,
And he had reasons.
Policie loved the days of old
When sails were white and masts
The vision of a sailor bold
Would set him dancing.
Policie sighed for what was not,
And dreamed and rested from
He dreamed of brigs and dirty pots.
And of his own neighbors.
Policie loved the sea nymphie,
Albeit he had never seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
Could he have been one.
Policie cursed the commonplace,
And- eyed a dungaree with loathing;
He missed the medieval grace
Of iron clothing.
Policie scorned the fish he sought,
But sore annoyed was he without
Policie thought, and though' 1J, and
And thought about it.
Policie Mullane, born too late,
Scratched his head and kept on
Policie coughed and called it fate,
And kept on drinking.
With apologies to
Edwin Arlington Robinson
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than $ 200,000,000 and a daily payroll
of $ 60,000.
In addition to the above, there
are 32 industries located on the light
draft channel above the turning basin
which have an estimated capital
investment of over $ 20,000,000 and a
daily payroll of approximately $ 8,
The record clearly discloses that
Houston has made great strides toward
the goal of leadership in the
South, the survey points out. Day after
day and week after week the magnitude
of Houston's development
Many large industries have gone
about establishing giant plants here.
Notable in this list is the Champion
Paper and Fibre Company's $ 3,500,
000 bleached kraft mill.
Most numerous in the list of
manufacturing expansions are the
oil field equipment concerns. Influx
of new firms has been noticable. Of
course, oil field equipment is not actually
consumed within the city, but
the men who purchase these supplies
maintain their headquarters here and
it, therefore, is logical to build plants
where the market exists, even if the
merchandise is delivered elsewere.
Gainful employment is supplied
hundreds of persons each year. The
pay checks of these workers aggregate
more than $ 161,000,000 annually.
On the wide ship channel are
located nine petroleum refineries
with a daily capacity of more than
All of this developement is directly
attributable to the inauguration
of deep water shipping racilities
which affords unusually attractive
transportation facilities to prospective
industrial enterprises. The operation
of traffic on the Houston ship
channel and the movement of freight
over the Harbor Belt Railway which
has direct connections with all rail
lines serving Houston, enables the
ship channel industry to enjoy the
unique advantages of having ocean
freight transportation facilities at its
front door and the service of 18 rail
lines at its back door. This is of course,
an attractive situation for any
sort of industry and has resulted in
the establishment here of an exceptionally
varied line of industry.
- Weekly Doings in Houston