Volume III Valparaiso, Chile, May 30, 1936 Number XX
RAMBLER SHIP ENTERS DOMAIN OF NEPTUNE
FIVE HUNDRED LANDL BBERLY
POLLYWOGS INIATIATED INTO
MYSTERIES OF LOYAL ORDER OF
SHELLBACKS 0 WEDNESDAY
20th OF ' lAY 1936
Time brings all things, even the
long anticipated invasion of the realm
of His Majesty, Neptunus Rex, Ruler
of the Raging Main and King of all
Deep Water Sailors, by none other
than the famous ship HOUSTON in
company with the United States Fleet.
At seven on the evening prior to the
memorable day, the ships of the Fleet
laid- to to receive His Imperial Highness'
emissary, Davey Jones, who had
come swiftly in his Sea Horse squadrons
with a message and warning
from the Headquarters of King Rex.
As searchlights fingered the fo'castle
with pencils of light, we waited with
mingled thoughts for this legendary,
one- eyed character to emerge from
the hawse pipe; finally he clambered
up the anchor chain, dripping wet
and trailing seaweed, lookin~ much
the same as we had imagined Davey
Jones of song and story would look.
Not a sound broke the heavy silence
as his heavy sea- boots clumped across
the deck toward his place before the
We were brought back to reality
with a jerk when this bearer of tidings
began to read the notices for us to
appear before the Royal Court on the
morrow. In awsome tones we were
bade to humbly present ourselves,
ready and glad to forever foreswear
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DID YOU KNOW?
The city of Valparaiso was founded
by the Spaniards just four hundred
years ago, in 1536.
The highset point in South America
is Mount Aconcagua, ( highest point
in the entire Western Hemisphere)
located on the Chilean- Argentinian
The HOUSTON has covered over
6,300 Statute miles, direct route from
Long Beach, Cal., to Valparaiso via
Balboa, C. Z.
Valparaiso is the second largest
city in Chile, having an approxtimate
population of 200,000, while Santiago,
the Capitol is the largest, with close to
The Chilean avy's only battleship,
the Admirante Latorre, was formerly
a British Man- of War, the H. M. S.
CANADA. She is of 28,000 ton displacement
and carries 14" guns in her
Magallanes, the Southermost city
in the world is located in Chile.
Valparaiso is sometimes called the
San Francisco of the South Pacific.
The total value of American investments
in Chile is well over $ 700,000, 000.00.
NEWS OF FORMER SHIPMATES
While moored alongside the Indianapolis
in Panama, Tommy Schramm,
SK3c. paid a short visit to his old
home. Tommy say he is satisfied the
Service is hard to beat anywhere,
anytime. He tried the outside during
our Navy Yard stay.
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HOUSTO TO SHIFT FLAGS 0
TWENTY FO R J E
Some time during the day of 24
June, Vice Admiral Hepburn will be
relieved of his command as Commander
Scouting Force by Rear Admiral
Tarrant, now Commandant of the
Eleventh Naval District. As Commander
Scouting Force, Rear Admiral Tarrant
will have the rank of Vice Admiral
and will fly his three star flag
from the HOUSTON. Admiral Hepburn
and his Staff will then go to the
PEN SLYVANIA where he will relieve
Admiral Reeves as Commanderin-
Chief, U. S. Fleet.
HOUSTON TO ARRIVE I LO G
BEACH 17 JUNE
The HOUSTON will arrive in
Long Beach sometime during the day
of seventeen June, according to present
plans. She will' go directly from
Valparaiso to Long Beach in company
with the CHICAGO, CHESTER, and
SALT LAKE CITY. On the trip north
we will steam at a speed of between
fourteen and fifteen knots. ......
ANNUAL MILITARY INSPECTION
After leaving Valparaiso, all hands
will begin hitting the ball preparing
for the Annual Military inspection
which will take place 24 and 25 June.
Last year the HOUSTO made a very
commendable mark. There is every
reason to believe that with the cooperation
of all hands, she will make an
even better mark this year.