-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
.... A weekly publication, published by the
ship's company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON
Captain W. B. Woodson, U. S. N., Commandinc
and Commander F. D. Manock, U. S. N.,
Lt. ( jg) J. B. Berkley, Editor.
Ensicn c. J. Macken:< ie, Ass't. Editor
R. W. O'Brien, BMlc Jack Holt, Sic.
-: PRINTER :-
T. B. Razlaff, Seale.
6 April, 1935
* * * PEP TALK
During the past month or so, in
their contributions to the " Blue Bonnet,"
a good many men have shown
considerable talent along literary lines.
It has, therefore, been decided to have
each Division or group of divisions
be responsible for the publication of
one issue of the paper.
The plan is for each division, begining
next week, to collect all the material
for its issue and to edit that
weeks issue. They will be assisted by
the regular staff; but, the division is
primarly responsible for collection
of material and editing. Some of the
divisions are too small to handle an
issue by themselves; hence, it has
been suggested that the following
divisions will act as a unit: Engineers;
Navigation and Comm.; First, Second;
Third; Fourth; Fifth, and C& R. The
Bo't's'n mates or leading petty officers
of each division will draw for the
week of their issue. Each division
should elect one man to coordinate
the material and act as editor- in- chief
for that Division or group.
For more detailed information, see
one of the staff.
The material should be in the form
or poems; short- sl ort stories; jokes;
editorials; past history of the division,
bringing out any achievement of that
division as in regard to winning of
cups, etc.; and any current news.
Right away the howl is going up
that we have no talent; but that is
not so as various contributions have
shown. Let's get behind this and see
which division can put out the best
papers. Let's see who the big " scoops"
are. Remember this is your paper so
get busy getting your material together.
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in your Contributions!!
THE BLUE B() NNET
ODDS and ENDS
When the Navy recruit climbs into
his hammock he can have pride in
sleeping in a 100 per cent American
bed with a background of 443 years.
In the second letter that Columbus
· wrote Queen Isabella, he told of the
Carib Indians weaving a net out of
grass, which they hung between the
trees for a bed. The natives called
this bed a hamaca, and this is the
origin of our hammock. The recruit's
hammock is made of canvas. This
word also has an ancient origin. In
the early days, all sails and ropes
were made of hemp. The Latin word
for hemp was " cannabus" and from
this, the old time English derived the
word " canvas."
England is naming her new 9,000
ton cruisers after English towns. She
will have a Southampton, Glasgow
A destroyer lengthens itself from
six to eight inches when it speeds up
to thirty knots. This is due to the
pressure of the water pressing in on
The largest fish ever caught by any
method was a whale shark, weight
26,594 pounds, off the Florida coast
in 1912, having been harpooned by
Captain Charles Thompson, off
Knight's Key. It was 38 feet long and
had a girth of 18 feet.
Russia leads the nations of the
world with active organized military
forces of B30, noo, and a trained reserve
of 15,380,000 totaling 9.79 percent
of the total population, as compared
with the United States percenage
When touched with a feather,
nitrogen iodine will explode.
During naval target practice in the
Pacific near Santa Monica, Calti.,
windows were broken by sound waves
in Bakersfield, eighty miles inland. On
the other hand, no sound from the
guns was heard in Los Angeles, only
twenty miles from Santa Monica
while at Pasadena, ten miles farther
inland there were slight repersussions
and doors shaken. Dr. Beno Guttenberg,
geophysicist of California Institute
of Technology, explains this phenomenon
with the statement - that the
sound waves travel in an arc similiar
to that described by a shell. The
In addition to many new faces a:
mong the enlisted personnel, the W. O.
Mess has recently acquired three new
officers: Carp. C. J. Kalb; Elec. E. H.
Wallace and Pay Clk. D. E. Fay.
New men on board are as follows:
Johnson, A. W., CSK
Vendetti, N. J., SClc
Senger, R. J., MM2c
Taylor, R. J., Cox.
Bitzelberger, T. J., Cox
Black, E. P., F3c
Small, A. J., S2c
Whatley, C. D., S2c
Wicker, R. E., S2c
Campbell, W, M" S2c
Drover, R. M., S2c
Boris, J., S2c
Chase, H. E., S2c
Hansen, P. A., S2c
Jackson, D. G., S2c
Krecklow, R. A., S2c
Lattiolois, B. J. S2c
Micheal, E. D., S2c
Shillito, A., Jr., S2c
We heartily welcome you to the
good ship Houston and wish a pleasant
and successful cruise.
We also welcome back Dembach,
R. J., EMlc, who has been attending
the Gyro School in San Diego; Myers,
W., SClc from the Cooks and " Bakers
School in San Diego and Zeitifuss, W.
G., Bug2c, who has been to the Naval
Hospital, San Diego.
course of the waves being curved by
temperature changes in the stratosphere.
A given set of conditions may
cause the waves to be reflected sharply
down to a small area on the ground
far from the source of the sound.
A man falling from any altitude
with a parachute pack attached never
attains a speed greater than 118 miles
per hour and does not lose consciousness.
No United States Man- o- War has
ever mutinied or been in the hands
of mutineers, while in other Navies
whole squadrons and fleets have mutined.
The Marine Corps has never experienced
a mutiny of any description,
and throughout its existance has always
been conspicuous for its adherence
to its motto, " Semper