FASHIONS IN NAMES
Enroute San Pedro, California
Oh, B. A. is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Rio is a wonan's town, with flowers in her hair;
And Monte is a friendly town as through the streets you roam;
But when It comes to living there is no place like home.
' Tis fine to see the southern world, and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown;
To admire the many places and all the beautious scenes-
But now I think I've had enough of southern Spanish things.
So, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's northward bound ploughing through the sea
To the blessed land of home folks beyond the ocean bars
Where the people all speak English and the flag is full of stars.
( With apologies to Henry Van Dyke)
- The RANGER.
The custom of naming naval vessels
during the first forty years of our
maritime history is shrouded in obscurity..
During the Revolutionary
War, the practice was inaugurated of
naming the ships after famous sailors,
or in honor of prominent statesmen
and military leaders. The practice
of naming vessels after states
and cities was first introduced in 1776.
Two years later the French alliance
led to the adoption of names such as,
ALLIANCE, QUEEN OF FRANCE,
and like names that were popular
during that period.
The frigates built for the Navy
during 1794- 1812 were either named
by the builder or by the naval officers
supervising their construction.
It was not until after the War with
Algiers in 1815, that the naming of
vessels of the Navy was regulated
by statute. The first law was passed
by Congress on March 3, 1819, stating
that ships of the first class should
be named after States of the Union;
those of the second · class after rivers,
and those of the third class after
principal cities and towns; taking care
that no two vessels in the Navy shall
bear the same name at the same time.
Since then, many changes in the
statutes regulating the practice of
naming naval vessels, have taken
place. At the present time, the regulaations
goverI1ing the naming of vessels
of the Navy follow general rules
laid down by the Navy Department
in accordance with the resolution adopted
by Congress on March 3, 1901,
These are, that the shills of the first
rate should be named for the States
of the Union, those of the cruiser
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TOUR a'ia COOK AT END
In just five short days our palatial
liner, once used by Presidents as a
yacht, will again slide majestically
into the home port, the grande finale
of our momentous cruise of a
million joyeous minutes and never
Having cast off from the shores of
the exotic Panamanian wonders, we
drift peacefully over the blue, blue,
Pacific. Seated in our more than comfortable
decks chairs, we pass the
hours, dreaming in sweet content of
the joy of once more being home.
What a paradise!
We count the days and are eager
for the time to arrive when the sweet
aroma of the ever odiferous city of
a thousand and one delights, San Pedro
by the sea, will be gently wafted
to our olifactory pro b 0 sci s. We
are constantly on the alert and anxious
to glimpse once more the spires
and steeples of California's playground,
and once more hear the joyous
sounds of the Pike drifting to our
ears from afar. Long Beach, how we
long for and crave thy company.
# Mentally we transfer ourselves a
thousand miles away, to. the many and
varied places of amusement. Our diverse
interests carry us from palaces
of the Opera, Museums and Botanical
endeavors to the dens of iniquity,
every ready to reach out and snare
the ever willing seafarer. From Grauman's
Chinese to the Silver Sprinkle,
we know that we will be well received
and it is with a feeling of ever
growing delight that we realize that
the time is close at hand.
Our tour has been pleasurable and
beneficial, but never before have we
realized the real meaning of that
master who said, " There's no place
The title " Father of the U. S. Navy"
may be attributed to Commodore Edward
Preble, who commanded expedition
against the Barbary pirates
in 1803. ......
Send the BLUE BONNET home.