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r ~ Strange as it seems, Hawaii's great
F tourist influx does not occur in the
winter months. Eighty- eight degrees
is the highest temperature ever re-corded
in Honolulu, and June, July,
and August are the peak tourist
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication, published by the ship's
company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, Captain
G. E. Baker, U. S. N., Commandine and Commander
P. K. Robottom, U. S. N., Executive
EDITOR, Ensign C. J. Mackenzie
Asst. Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editor: A. D. Hall, MMIc
Distribution: B. M. Meuhlen, Bueler
10 April 1937
Versus Fuel Oil Economy
Now that the Cruise is under way,
it is well to mention a matter that
has received scant attention in months
p~ st. As perhaps most everyone
knows Engineering Competition is
based on fuel oil allowance. This
allowance is fixed by the Bureau of
Engineering and is the same for all
ships in the same class. To use
exactly what is allowed, both at anchor
and in an underway status,
means a 1000/ 0 score.
Up to about eighteen months ago
the Rambler Ship's average score
since commissioning has been well
above that called " perfect" and in
most instances above that of all other
ships in her class. Because of numerous
circumstances beyond our control
we received the coveted White
" E" for one year only- the competitive
year 1935- 1936.
Since that time interest in the matter
of economy has been on the wane;
as a result of this lack of combined
effort, the HOUSTON slipped from
first place to the bottom of the list.
During the last quarter the ship jumped
from that unenviable position to
seventh place. That proves we still
have what it takes to compete; but
we need more of the same thing if we
are to take our rightful place among
The Engineers can cooperate from
the fireman on the floorplates to the
Chief Engineer; they can make every
strenuous effort to boost efficiency
thruout the Engineering Department,
even so, that isn't all that's required.
For complete efficiency and economy
all hands must work together. No department
can hope to attain perfection
without the hearty backing of
every other department.
THE BLUE BONNET
THE Hawai ian
Islands first came
under one government
all the islands
America's only queen was Lilluokalani,
ruler of Hawaii, who became an
American citizen when the U. S. annexed
A fountain of fish flowed in Honolulu
when workmen struck a subterranean
reservoir. The daily flow was
10,000,000 gallons of water containing
thousands of fish.
More than 1,000 varieties of flowers
grow in the gardens of Honolulu.
The Hawaiian Islands were' names
" Sandwich Islands" by Captain Cook,
after his patron, the fourth Earl of
A single tree, the Hau Kuahiwi,
growing in the Hawaiian Islands is
the only one of its kind known to
The ukulele was invented in Portugal.
There are twenty islands in the
The University of Hawaii has the
only school in tropical agriculture in
the United States.
Both King Liholiho and his queen
died in Great Britain. They had journeyed
there on a British warship
seeking protection of the British flag,
when both w ere overcome with
There is no desire to curtail the
normal use of fresh water and electric
power, however, the amount used determines
to some extent the consumption
of fuel oil.. Therefore when electricity
and water are wasted, fuel oil
is being wasted- indirectly.
Only one eighteenth of the entire
population of the Hawaiian Islands
There are almost seven times as
man y Japanese in the Hawaiian
Islands as Hawaiians.
Long before the United States acquired
Hawaii, the Hawaiian flag was
a combination of the American and
British flags, adopted by King Kamehamaeha,
in 1854, as his own national
flag, and later adopted as the national
One end of the island of Kauai has
forty feet of rainfall a year and only
five miles away there is a hot desert.
On this same island two opposing
armies fought a battle with hot stones.
Mauna Kea volcano- Although situated
in the tropical Pacific, this
mounttain is covered with snow many
months of the year. It has not erupted
within memory of man.
Barking Sands- Here sand dunes
utter mysterious barks when trod under
foot or blown by the wind.
Captain Cook's Monument is on the
island of Hawaii, where he was buried.
This plot of ground is owned by Great
Britain. He was killed by a native as
he was trying to regain his ship.
There is a " barefoot football league"
in the Hawaiian Islands. All departments
of all games are played in bare
feet, and some of the records are astounding.
When Mauna Loa erupted in 1801,
natives threw hundr~ ds of live pigs
in the flowing lava to appease the fire
In other words: DON'T BE WASTEFUL--
Lend a hand by being conservative;
don't use all the juice and
water that you can, rather, use just
what is needed. It's the sensible thing
to do and the Engineers will appreciate