Volume 1 Number 10
A Dentist's Nightmare
Lieut. ( jg) Carl A. Schlack ( DC)
was relieved Friday this week by
Lieut. ( jg) James L. Wanger ( DC)
and left at once for Washington,
D. C., where his new assignment
will be at the Naval Dental School.
Before going, Dr. Schlack wrote
this skit which follows, printed
here now as his parting words to
• • • •
Scene: Stage shows littered dental
office. Cleaning gear, boxes, etc. take
up much of the deck space.
Patient arrives at office with
swollen jaws, moaning, and moving
head from &; de to side. Sits on box
near door. Few seconds later Doctor
Schlack arrives dressed in dungarees
carrying a big book with " Damage
Control" printed on the cover. Walks
very briskly and apparently full of
Dr. Schlack: " Well, well, well. Cood
morning, good morning, gaol mOl. 1
ing. Sorry to have kept you waiting
but I've just finished inspecting the
bilges and now I am ready for you.
( Looks at the patient with a questioning
look.) Is anything wrong or have
you come for a chat?"
( Patient gets up, points to his mouth
and utters unintelligible sounds.)
Dr. Schlack : " Well, well, well, that's
fine ( beams all over and rubs his
hands together) step right over to the
chair." ( Both try to get over to thE
chair around strewn gear.)
Dr. Schlack: " Looks like this junk has
been piling up for quite some time.
Strange, I was only in here last
month." ( After stumbling over boxes
flnally seats patient in dental chair.
Patient is groaning and moving head
( Continued on Page 2.)
Navy Experiments With Boats
~ he avy Department is taking
steps designed to replace the present
28- ft. wooden motor whale boat
' Nih a 3D- ft. all steel power boat c::; pable
of n: aking a minimum speed or
t,; elve statute miles per hour. Bids
on the boats were opened in the Navy
. ucpartment on September 30th. Specificat.
ions call for a boat which will
<, 0. c::: ecl 9,000 Ibs. exclusive 01 gasa
ine. It would be capable of carrying
a maximum of eighty gallons of gasoline.
It is the Navy Department's ir. tention
to acquire th' ee of the boats
iJr e.-: perimental P, hp;) SCS. Pri narily
for use in 1' 0, gh e'~ posel sea, the boat
;-,. 11 have to be light of \\ eight with a
;' O;) J stabiii. y, to ome throug; l t: le
f, Ul'f in anything leis ': 11: 1: 1 st'Ll1 0.1titions.
It must be capable of gr;) unJing
on the beach, remaining on the
beach in an upright condition, and of
retieating from the beach under her
oJ: in p: nver assisted by hauL:!.,; 0- 1 a
sterll anchor by means of a u" n
The JO- It. boats will have a
beam of eight fee, six inches with a
bur- foot depth amidships anJ capable
of carryir; g- a load of 5,000 poundo,
including a line in the open sea under
ordinary conditions. It would have
a relatively flat bottom without projecting
keel, a semi- tunnel and a
pointed stern. ....
fhore Radio Stations Active
With 36 naval radio traffic stations
in active commission, the total
traffic handled by the Naval shore
radio system during the fiscal year
(; nding 30 June 1938, was estimated
to be 176,215,717 words. An estimated
47 percent of this was for other government
22 April 1939
Lieut.- Comdr. Maher Relieves
As Gunnery Head
On Sunday, 16 April, Lieut.- Comdr.
A. L. Maher took over the duties of
Gunnery Officer, relieving Lieut.- Comdr.
W. J. Strother, Jr., who had served
this ship in that capacity since
Lieut.- Comdr. Strother left immediatel;¥
for Long Beach, California. He
will proceed from there to Honolulu,
T. H. to report in May for duty as
Aide to the Commandant of the 14th
1 Taval Distr: ct.
Lieut.- Comdr. Maher Ca711e to the
Houston from the duty in the U.~. S.
Pennsylvania as Assistant Fire Conel'ol
Offeel', though most of his prev:
ous assignments have been in desL.
oycrs. For three years prior to 1938
PC '; as an instructor in the Depart.,:
c. 1L of Seamanship and Navigation
at th::! ~ ' aval Academy at Annapolis,
:,: aryi. l! 1J. Before that he served on
.,~ i siatic Station, successively as
exccutive oftcer of a gunboat, the U.
S. S. Guam, and of a destroyer, the U.
S. S. Bulmer.
The new Gunnery Oftcer's home is
in Scranton, Pennsylvania, although
he says he has hardly been there for
20 years. Because of his experience
in small ships, he declares that among
larger ships " a cruiser is more to my
liking. She moves faster than a battleship."
What Are The Following?
( Answers on Page 4.)