WHOOPING IT UP
The Cruise is only one week off. It
is high time that we bring a few matteI's
On deck, weather and other conditions
pel' 111itting, we must excrci e
our vocal cords at sing- songs.
We have plenty of talent on board
and we want men who are able to en · tertain
as singers, dancers, musicians,
etc., to come forward now and regist.
er at the Navigator's Officc. Our
cruise will bc made bright. cr if we g- et
into the spirit of providing entertainment
for ourse._ lv- e-_ s....,. ,---
1l0USTO A IATEUR CO TEST
We, of course, have heard Major
Edward Bowes' entertainers fro m
timc to time. It is understood that
t. here are very good amateur enter;:
Jincl's in the HOUSTON and we are
" otting- out to un- earth our t. alcnt
and cntertainers in an amateur contest
on board. Appropriate prizes will
Tunc up your banjo, guitar, put on
vour dancing slippers, exercise your
" ocal cords and get in trim for the big
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ON BOARD AT VALPARAH:. o
In conjunction with sight- seeingt.
rips in and near Valparaiso, it i.
planned to engage the very best talent
of Valparaiso to come aboard and entcrtain
the personnel of the HOUSTON.
This program will prove to
be very colorful, folk songs, dancing
and music. No man can affol'd to miss
Ample notice will be given at a
later date in regard to the matter.
Long Deach, Calif., April 18, 1936
NEW PACIFIC COAST DRYDOCK
A 15,000 ton flO: lting drydock will
be placed in commission by the Todd
Shipyards Corporation a t Seattle,
Washington this month. It consists
of five sections each 90 feet long and
127 feet wide with a maximum depth
of 20 feet at the cpnter.
Rear Admiral Frederick Harri , U.
S. N., retired, is consulting engineer
of the corporatio. n... ..
ADMIRAL REEVES SHIFTS FLAG
Last week the PENNSYLVANIA,
the fleet flagship, returned to San
Pedro from her regular overhaul at
the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton,
Washington. During the absence
of the PENNSYLVANIA, the Commander-
in- Chief, U. S. Fleet, and his
staff were temporarily on the NEW
MEXICO of Battleship division Three.
The flag was shifted on Friday, 27
March, without ceremony. The PENNSYLVANIA
now occupies her regular
berth just inside San Pedro breakwater
and the NEW MEXICO has
returned to her old anchorage on the
Long Beach side of the harbor.
FOR IER SHIPMATE
Bos'n A. H. Gunn has reported to
his new duties on the U. S. S. CINCINNATI.
In a recent lett. er to the CPO Mess
he states that he misses the old joking
crowd, and his duties on here will
always be a cherished memory, as
the mess was an excellent crowd. Mrs.
Gunn is as proud of the sword as he
and wishes to again thank the mess
for the s\ vord that was presented to
him. Mr. Gunn wishes all mahy
THE PANAMA CANAL
A Few Inte_' esting Facts:
First Survey for an Isthmian Canal
in Panama made by Spain in 1534.
First ground broken by the Frenchman
DeLesseps, in 1881 at Pacific
Real work beg: m at Culebra, now
the famous Gaillard Cut, on January
In 1887 the idea of a sea level Canal
was ab~ ndoned and a lock Canal decided
Two different French companies
made attempts to build Canal but
both failed, one in 1889 and the
other in 1902.
United States took over Canal construction
in 1904 and on August 3,
1914, 0,' 10 years later, first ocean
steamer sailed through.
United Statcs has use and occupation
for all time of a strip of land 5
miles on each side of center line of
Canal. For thi she paid Panama ten
million dollai's cash and pays annually
~ 250, OOO. The cities of Panama and
Colon are within the 5 mile limit but
are excluded from above arrangement.
Dry excavation was finished when
President Wilson pressed the button
in Washington that blew up the Gam ·
bo:! dike on October 10, 1913.
The air distance between the Atlantic
and Pacafic is 34 miles.
The Canal channel is 50 miles. High
point Oil center line of Gaillard Cut
was 312 feet above sea level when
work was started by French.
The cost of Canal construction was
$ 388,0 0,000; present capital inve · tment
i' $ 535,000,000.
Value of old French propetty waf;
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