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Volume IV, Number 27
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Astoria, Oregon 3 July 1937
NEW OFFICERS REPORT
The Rambler Ship welcomes the addition
of four new officers.
Ensigns D. V. Wengrovius, J. P. M.
Johnston, and S. Shick, Jr. reported
aboard for duty from the U. S. Naval
Academy prior to sailing time for Astoria
and were assigned to the Third,
First, and " B" Divisions respectively.
They are members of the recent graduating
class of 1937, and duty aboard
the HOUSTON will give them their
first taste of the service as commissioned
Lieutenant Ernest Blake reported
aboard Sunday 27 June and was assigned
as Radio Officer. He recently
completed duty at the U. S. Naval
Academy where he completed a post
graduate course in Naval Communications.
All hands welcome the addition of
these officers and wish them many
happy cruises aboard our good ship. .......
As time marches on our list of
plankowners continues to dwindle.
At present we have ten genuine bona
fide plankowners who reported aboard
on the date of commissioning, 17
June 1930, at Newport News, Virginia.
The survivors are: John Allan,
MM2c; Charles T. Campbell, Cox'n;
Isaac V. Campbell, EM1c; Russel J.
Dembach, CEM( AA); Harold Hickling,
FC1c; Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c;
Edward R. Snowden, EM1c; Stephen
D. Standafer, Sea1c.
In addition to the above is Clifford
McCormick, Cox'n, who has been aboard
since commissioning except for
a tour of shore duty that he enjoyed
at the Thirteenth Naval District.
A series of round robin baseball
games is being planned for our stay
in the navy yard.
With three months of navy yard
overhaul facing the Houston the rivalry
resulting from interdivisional
competition in baseball will keep the
spirits of all hands from falling to a
low ebb and it perhaps will bring out
hidden talent. Who knows?
There will be six teams, organized
according to the following plan: No. 1
consisting of the 1st, 2d, and " R" Divisions;
No. 2 of the 3d, 4th, and " H"
Divisions; No. 3 of the 5th and " F"
Divisions; No. 4 of the " C" and " S"
Divisions; No. 5 of the " B" and " E"
Divisions; and No. 6 of the " A", " M"
and " N" Divisions. This apportions
the divisions so that each team will
have equal man power from which
Dates of playoffs will be announced
following arrival at Vallejo and team
representatives will be called for a
A suitable prize will be offered, so
all hands, let's turn out and get the
baseball bug. If you don't play, go out
and root for your team. Anything
GIRL BAND GREETING
In addition to the hundreds of Astoria's
smiling citizens and uniformed
veterans who were on the dock to
greet us as we tied up for a six day
celebration, the Seaside Girl's Band
was there in spic and span uniforms
to salute the big cruiser with a lively
concert. This twenty- seven piece 01'-
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THE CITY OF ASTORIA
The friendly little city of Astoria
lies in a picturesque setting of green
on the north slope of a ridge which
lies parallel to the beautiful Columbia
River's broad approach to the sea. The
distance from the actual mouth is
To the east of the town is Coxcomb
Hill, a high point commanding a
splendid view of the entire region. On
this hill stands the Columbia Gateway's
outstanding landmark: the famous
Astoria Column. From a distance
many mistake this tall shaft for either
an immense Indian totem pole or a
lighthouse. In many ways this unique
memorial to the discoverers and pioneers
of the Oregon Country does resemble
a lighthouse, although it has
no light. At Easter time a huge lighted
cross is placed on its top and can
be seen for miles around.
Inside the column is a spiral staircase
leading to a sightseeing balcony
at the top. From this vantage point
the visitor is treated to a breathtaking
vista of rivers winding through
fertile valleys of park- like green; pine
clad mountain slopes; the houses of
Astoria clinging to the steep sides of
the ridge as though for protection;
and the beautiful nature picture presented
by the confluence of the small
Young's and Lewis and Clark's Rivers
with the wide sweep of the Columbia.
This view is next best to seeing Astoria
and its surrounding country
from the air- put it on your must see
At a downtown intersection of one
of the steep streets that run straight
up the hills back of the town there are
white lines showing the outlines of
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