Volume IV, [ umber 41
* .- 5.5... 0 .. 5-.- 0.. *
Long Beach, California 23 October 1937
An English admiral is credited with
the following reason for the use of the
words " starboard" and " port." He
states that the English sailors adopted
these expressions from the Portugese
Tagus River pilots. The pilot
used to stand to leeward to see under
the belly of the sail, and whe, n he
wanted the helm over to his side of
the ship he gave the order, " Esta
borda," ( this way), and when he
wanted it up to windward, he would
say, " Porto." Not too much credence
can be placed upon this explanation,
for there must have been some connection
between the words " starboard"
and " larboard." In 1846 this latter
term was eliminated from the vocabulary
of the United States Navy because
of the danger of misunderstanding
due to the similarity of these
The right- hand side of a vessel, facing
forward. In ancient times, when
ships were small, a steering rudder or
steering oar called the " steerboard"
was located on the right- hand side of
the ship in its after section. The position
of the steerboard, always located
on that particular sid; e, gradually
came to denote that side of the ship,
and through usage, became " starboard."
The only red, white and blue marked
buoy in the world is in Baltimore
Harbor just off Fort McHenry. It
marks the spot where Francis Scott
Key wrote the words to our National
Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.
Navy Bill Opines: A man wrapped up
in himself makes a small package.
THE SHIP'S MENAGERIE
Rear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap,
U. S. Navy, retired, wrote the following
for " The Lookout." How many can
" When Noah put the Ark out of commission,
he was not accountable to
anybody for getting the animals ashore
and so, evidently, some of them
stayed behind long enough to leave
their marks on board, some of which
have come down to this day.
" There are dogs all over the ship,
ducks in the sail room, a cathead on
each bow, many a gooseneck about,
and a swallow in every block. The pelican
hook keeps out of the crow's nest
but is usually the better for a little
mousing around. The little colt, or
short rope's end which every captain
of a top carried in his cap, handy for
assisting the lagging top- men up the
rigging grew up into a Flemish horse,
which took his meals in the manger,
so- called because near the hawse, alongside
the jackasses, in the cool
breeze coming through the bridle port,
and supported the weather earing man
after he had used the footropes in the
stirrups to get out to the cockscomb.
The cat fish used to get the anchor in,
and a crane now gets the boats out.
Sword belts and some uniform coats
have frogs, the backstays are snaked
down for action, and the shrouds have
ratlines. Wireless has introduced a
rattail and a squirrel cage. A bull
ring and bull rope are ready and waiting,
but we only have the bull's eyes
and his tobacco. Possibly he was kept
away by the wildcat and lioness which
used to hang out around the capstan
where she left her whelps. Neither
( Continued on Page 4.)
THE VALUE OF DISCIPLINE
Dispute rages these days as to the
value of discipline. The birch rod
stands neglected in the school room
corner. Parents take a lot of punishment
from their offspring, lest growing
egos be untimely nipped, and the
young idea wants to argue every case
as it comes up.
We've always believed in discipline.
Not only the discipline of obedience,
but that discipline of automatically
doing one's duty at command- whether
that command comes from inner
conscience or outer compulsion. A recent
event has argued our theory well.
You recall the circumstances the
night the exploding Hindenberg plummeted
from the skies at the Lakehurst
Naval Air Station. Sailors and
civilians of the ground crew ran from
under the burning hulk for their lives.
They ran, but as they ran there rang
through the tragic night the voice of
Chief Boatswain's Mate Frederick J.
Tobin: " Navy men stand fast."
Such is the power of discipline that
one man's voice ringing out in the horrified
dark stopped and turned the
ground crew as a man. Through the
flames playing along the crumpled
Hindenberg's frame, Chief Tobin led
" Navy men stand fast."
When it was over, they were blistered
and burned. But they had heard
their duty and, being disciplined men,
had done it. . II.
It has been estimated that the power
of the U. S. S SARATOGA'S motors
on a full power trial is sufficient to
move the Empire State building down
Fifth Avenue at forty miles per bour.