-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication. published bt the
ship's company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON
Captain W. B. Woodson. U. S. N., Commandinl'
and Commander F. D. Manock, U. S. N.,
Lt. ( jl') J. B. Berkley, Editor.
Enlil'n C. J. Mackenzie, AsI't. Editor
R. W. O'Brien, BMlc Jack Holt, 8Ic.
-: DIVISIONAL STAFF :-
DivIsional Editor Lt. ( jg) D. A. Harris
Managing Editor Ens. J. W. Wl1Iiams
City Desk Editor
-: REPORTERS :-
lohn McGovern. BMlc M. e. Weigand. TClc
J. M. Hodl'es, Sealc
-: THE VICTIMS :-
The entire First Division
-: PRINTER :-
T. B. Radaff. Sealc.
20 April, 1935.
* * * PEP TALK
The other day while riding a street
car in Los Angeles, I noticed two men
in uniform walking along the street.
We were out in the residential section
of the town, and they were the
only people on the street at that
point, and therefor quite noticeable. I
couldn't see what ship they were
from mainly, because the bands were
pointed toward the sky. One of them
had his hands stuck under the waist
of his trousers, the other had his
arm around the other fellows shoulder.
They were slouching along, in not
too straight a line. Two civilians were
seated in front of me on the car, unawares
that I was behind them. One
of them pointed to my two " brothers"
on the street, and said, " And we rely
on men like that to protect us.". The
other man laughed and said, " Some
organization, huh 1"
That burned me up, but what could
I say 1 And then I began to think.
Most of us act in a half way decent
manner when we go ashore, but there
still remain the few like those fellows
that give the Navy a black eye every
time they go ashore. It seemed to me
that it wouldn't take a whole lot of
effort to avoid making appearances
like that. After all, we do belong to
a military organization, not some
college where it is " the smart thing
to do" to go around like " Joe College",
sloppy and staggering around. A
THB BLUB BONNBT
First Division " Plank Owners"
The First Division can, by squeezing
a bit, qualify a few plank owners.
McGovern has been on board
for some two years. Acuto, Kleugal,
Pasko and Snyder have been on board
for almost that lenght of time. The
rest of the Division are newcomers
all having been on board less than
two years. However, if you desire
stories about " now when I put the
Houston in commission" see Weigand,
TC1c. Or if your mind runs to the
more exotic and you desire stories
about the life of a Whangpoo sailor
or how we did it out in China, see
Edens, the coxswain of the first motor
launch. Although he did not put the
ship in commission, he did report on
board some six months afterwards
and is an authority on China and
ANSWER TO LAST WEEK'S
Draw a six pointed star. One tree
was planted at each crossing point of
lines and one tree in the center.
-- t: et--
THE SAGA OF BILLIUM McSHOATES
Now BiJllum McShoatel was a I'ood little lad,
Didn't Imoke, didn't chew, not the least bit
HIs reputation was spotle.., his virture a.
His character was- Ah! Is that all you know?
Now certain wise lad. that lived on the boats,
Determined to expose thi. devil McShoates.
They worked nll'ht and day, and tried every
But wiley McShoatea waH by far much too
As time rolled alonl' he bolder I'rew,
He forgot one time as even I or you.
The anchor watch saw him come aboard one
HIs reputation wal Ihattered, In fact, plumb
For make ' em McShoatel had come back to
All covered with IIp. tick from his eyes to his
. By the scarlet denunelation all over both
The world found out the company he keeps.
little thought on the part of a few
men would certainly make me a lot
more proud of the organization which
I think is the greatest in the world.
Sead t~. BLUE BONNET Ilome.
NORFOLK NAVY YARD
Since the Houston was built at
Norfolk, it might be well to consider
the history of the Navy Yard there.
The following is not the original research
of the First Division, but
largely the timely work of the " Arklite."
The first mention of a Navy Yard
in this location was the fact that the
present site was . used as a careening
ground in he early days. A marine
repair depot was established by the
British just prior to the beginning of
the Revolutionary War.
At the outbreak of the Revolutionary
War, the uncompleted repair depot,
together with the adjoining lands
of Andrew Sproule, the British Navy
Agent, was confiscated by the Colony
of Virginia. It was used by " the Colony
of Virginia as a repair and construction
base for the Navy of Virginia
and for certain vessels of the Colonial
Congress. It was recaptured by
the British in May, 1779, however it
was not retained. The British High
Command decided not to follow up the
advantage gained in the capture of
this entire vicinity.
The Virginia Navy was disbanded
at the close of the Revolutionary War
and the Yard was no longer used. In
1785, a commission, authorized by the
General Assembly of Virginia, was
appointed to dispose of the Yard and
certain other public lands belonging
to Virginia. It is known that the Yard
remained idle until 1794 when it was
again used as a repair base for vessels
being fitted out to take action
against the Algerines. The Yard was
loaned to the Congress until 15 June,
1801, when it was purchased for the
sum of $ 12,000.00. Governor James
Monroe of Virginia executed a deed
granting title and jurisdiction to the
At this time the site contained about
sixteen acres. However, it has
been added to from time to time until
at present it containes some three
hundred and twenty acres.
Today it has all the facilities for
building all kinds of vesels from fishing
smacks and subchasers) to ocean
liners and battleships. The drydocks
and channels are of ample size to
handle such ships.
The Norfolk Navy Yard has been
Continued on pace four