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Volume IV, Number 33 Navy Yard, Mare Island- Vallejo, California 13 August 1937
The Springfield Service Rifle
Your Own Newspaper
The bridge rang up an increase in speed,
But Hank's brain had gone to seed;
He got excited, did a back flip--
Closed the throttle and stopped the ship!
The O. D. said, " You're making black smoke."
Hank's face burned red, and he nearly choked.
He told the fireroom to watch their air;
The answer he got made him pull his hair.
What? No Ashes!
The U. S. S. Delaware was the
world's first oil burning battleship.
Completed in 1911 and burnin!" h'llf
coal and half oil, she made a shakedown
cruise to Southampton, EnrlaT1( l.
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NAVY men make good writers. If a canvass was made,
the number would be astonishing. Newspapers, " pulps,"
and " slicks" all have a large quota of writers who have
been or are connected with the Navy. The Navy seems
to give a wealth of experience
and a good background from
which articles may be written.
It is only natural that a person
swells inwardly upon seeing one
of his contributions in print. But
especially is he glad if his labors
have been well thought out and
it has taken conscientious work
over a period of time to accomplish
it. Why not prepare a news
article of interest, a humorous
idea, something novel, or a poem
in any vein? There is no plare
better than our own ship's paper,
the Blue Bonnet, in which to satisfy
anyone's natural desire to
see his work in print.
Maybe you may get the right
start by preparing articles for
the Blue Bonnet or maybe you
don't have any aspirations along
these lines, but you have some
good ideas. Pass them along to
the Blue Bonnet's staff. It's their
job to rehash them, if necessary.
Publicity always enhances an idea.
Let's see now if anyone gets a
This Sunday the ship's baseball
team journeys over to the little town
of Benicia to take on the town team.
This is a good opportunity for us to
get behind the team in foreign territory
and also to enjoy the rivalry
that always rides along with any
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Team To Play Benicia
Come all you sailors, if you want to hear,
About the story of a Houston engineer.
Now, Hank Cromwell is the fellow's name,
On number two throttle is where he won his
" How many revolutions?" the officer said;
Hank stood there and scratched his head"
Come on! Tell me, and tell me quick!
This suspense is making me sick!"
Hank caught the counter five minutes late,
The scowl on his face would have broken a
The Gang all gave him a big Bronx Cheer"
Concentrate on the throttle and forget the
A Houston Casey Jones
Here is how Chief Gunner J.
C. Waldau of the Naval Training
Station at Newport, Rhode Island
introduces the service rifle to the
recruit throng that pass under
Name- It is officially known as
the United States Rifle, caliber
.30, model 1903. Commonly called
the " Springfield," because it was
formerly manufactured at Springfield
It is the best military rifle in
Weight- 8.69 pounds without
bayonet, which weighs one pound.
Caliber-. 30 ( thirty hundredths
Df an inch), the interior diameter
Df the barrel measured between
the lands, or raised parts of the
rifling or twist.
Lands- The four raised spaces in
the bore between the grooves. These
lands grip the bullet as it passes
through the bore, and rotate it about
its longer axis. This rotation serves
to prevent tumbling by keeping the
nose of the bullet always to the front,
thereby lessening air resistance, affording
a greater range and keeping
the bullet accurately on its course.
This rotation, however, causes the
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SINCE all you bluejackets will be heading for the rifle
range in the next couple of months we may as well introduce
you to the rifle you will be required to fire. Some
of you are already more or less familiar with the rifle, its
operation, and its mechanism
while others have not had the
opportunity to fire the " blasted