Volume I, Number 8.
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AT SEA 6 April 1939
Congratulations to Chick, Harris and Hodge
Houston Men Take Fleet Finals
In Two Fields
Due to the splendid coaching of Arsenault,
the support given by Lieut.
Comdr. R. M. Peacher, Ensign B.
Johnson and Ensign W. C. Leedy in
boxing and the splendid efforts of
the fighters and wrestlers we have
two all Navy champions on the Houston,
Chick and Hodge.
In one of the most slam bang and
slugging bouts seen in the All Navy
bouts, Hodge, our 147 lb. package of
dynamite, won a decision from Catahou.
Catahou was all Navy in 1936,
that should speak for itself as to the
man's ability as a fighter.
Major impressed the Judges by his
aggressive style, constantly coming
in and never letting his opponent get
set for a solid blow. The fight was a
crowd pleaser from start to finish,
keeping them on their feet. Weare
all proud of you, Major Hodge, nice
Harris, our fighting Marine,
lived up to that name by taking what
the writer and a good share of the
crowd thought three of the four
rounds. The first and second rounds
were Harris' by a wide margin due
to his aggressiveness and landing of
solid punches. The third round was
fairly even with the edge going to
Harris. The fourth round saw Riegel
having a slight edge due to the fact
that he landed two right hand punches
and was the aggressor. The decision
was far from being popular with
the crowd as there were many voices
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U. S. S. Houston
The Houston is one of the ten
thousand ton class of heavy cruisers,
600 feet long, with a beam of 66 feet,
draws 21 feet of water and displaces
12,500 tons at full load. She is propelled
by four turbine units, each unit
connected to an individual propeller,
and develops a total of 108,000 horsepower
at a top speed of 33 knots. The
main battery consists of three triple
eight inch gun turrets and four five
inch anti- aircraft guns. Four seaplanes
are carried on board and may.
be launched from two catapults.
On board the U. S. S. Houston,
you will find a barber shop, post office,'
library, notion store, general kitchen
or galley, general store, clothing
store, print shop, soda fountain, laundry,
telephone exchange , and a telegraph
A power plant capable of providing
sufficient power which, if used
for illumination purposes, could supply
a string of lights placed 12 feet
apart, reaching from San Francisco
A distilling plant to convert sea
water to fresh water, with a capacity
sufficient to provide each person of a
city of 800,000 with a tumbler of water
At present the Houston sports
three " E's" for efficientcy in gunnery.
Houston Largest Seaport
And Leading City in Texas
Located near the middle of the
Gulf Coast of Texas, in Latitude 29°
45' N. and Longitude 95° 17' W., to be
exact, Houston is not only the largest
city of Texas and her leading seaport,
but also the third largest seaport in
the United States in total tonnage.
Houston is now an important industrial
center of more than 300,000 people,
head of the U. S. petroleum industry,
and of the world's spot cotton
markets. At the same time her history
traces the entire history of Texas,
as a province, Republic, and state.
A ship standing in to the Port
of Houston steams 45 miles from the
Gulf of Mexico through the Houston
ship channel, whose minimum depth
is 34 feet and least width 250 feet.
Through the Galveston jetty entrance
to Bolivar Roads, a ship follows the
channel across Galveston Bay. Past
Baytown, Lynchburg, and Green's Bayou,
she continues up the San J acinto
River and Buffalo Bayou to the
Public Terminals at the Turning Basin.
The channel was opened in 1915.
A total of 61 vessels may be accommodated
at the port's terminals,
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What Are The Following?
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Portuguese . man- o'- war