-; THE BLUE BONNET ;-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain
G. N. Barker, U. S. N., Commanding and
Commander C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Executive
Editor Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald
Assistant Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
Associate Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SKlc
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Sea. Ic
Cartoonist; W. C. Ridge
Circulation: A. M. Partridge, Flc
With all the interesting things
happening to the ship and complement
each and every day of this cruise
a booklet depicting the events graphically
with a log, and illustrating with
pictures should be II treasured souvenier
of every hand aboard. Such a
cruise booklet is now in the making.
The Chief Engineer, The Chaplain,
the Editor of this sheet have been
appointed as a committee; they with
the assistance of DeBri, Thompson,
Ridge, the printers and others are
now actively engaged in assembling
and publishing the book.
Some other ships have heretofore
published cruise pamphlets which told
of the happenings on their cruises,
but it is being planned to far outdistance
These publications will be made
available for all hands by the time
of our return to Long Beach ( Probably
a slight charge will be made to
help with expenses involved), and if
it is found later that the response
merits more copies, a second edition
will be run off.
He Smiled - and his home was a place
He Smiled - and the children ran out
of their way to greet him.
He Smiled - and his co- workers in
business worked better than in any
other place of employment.
He Smiled - and followed the smile
with a brotherly handclasp; and
those who were discouraged and
downcast went out and took a new
grip on life and their work.
He Smiled - and while the years rolled
on, he grew younger, because - HE
THE BLUE BONNET
THE PANAMA CANAL
Of rapturous interest to every
young Navyman is his first trip
through the Panama Canal or " Big
Ditch" as it sometimes is called. Situated
in the midst of the tropics amid
luxuriant tropical jungles, haze- filled
valleys and high mountain peaks together
with the lazy indolent air of
the natives, makes this monstrous
engineering feat one of the superattractions
for any world tourist. But
thousands of U. S. Navymen travel
through this canal each year, with
stopovers at the scenic cities of Colon
and Balboa, where traces are still
visible recalling the conquest by the
Spaniards in the fifteenth century and
the later ransacking of Old Panama
by ' Morgan the Pirate.'
The Panama Canal is considered
the world's greatest engineering feat.
The cost of construction was $ 338,000,
000. The first survey for an Isthmian
Canal in Panama was made by the
Spanish in 1543. Two French companies
made an attemp to build the
Panama Canal but both failed, one
in 1869 and the other in 1902.
The United States took over the
construction of the Panama Canal in
1904 and the first ship passed through
it in 1914. The United States has
use and occupation for all times of
a strip of land five miles on each side
of the center line of the Canal. For
this the United States paid Panama
$ 10,000,000 in cash and pays annunally
the sum of $ 250,000. The cities
of Panama City and Colon are within
the five mile limit but are excluded
from the agreement.
The distance by airline from the
Atlantic to the Pacific side of the
Isthmus is 34 miles, by railroad 47
miles and through the Canal 51 miles.
The Canal runs north- west by southeast.
The Pacific entrance to the
Canal is 27 miles east of the Atlantic
entrance which causes the sun to rise
on the Pacific and set in the Atlantic.
There are three sets of locks in
the Canal which are flooded and emptied
by gravitation from water furnished
by the Gatun Lake which,
prior to the construction of Boulder
Dam at Boulder City, Nevada, was
the largest artificial lake in the world.
The overflow from this lake also furnished
the power by which the locks
and the electric mules tow the ships
through the locks are operated.
DIVINE SERVICE t DIVINE SERVICE
All hands are cordially invited to attend
on Sunday. The ship's orchestra will
furnish splendid music as usual. The
Chaplain will discuss problems of importance
to everyday living.
" I was glad when they said to me
Let us go unto the House of the Lord."
NO GOLD UNCOVERED
AT COCOS ISLAND
( From Page 1.)
be shipped, the ease with which wild
foul could be taken, the abundance
of coco- nuts, and the absence of
human inhabitants sufficiently accounts
for its popularity.
In 1793 and 1795 Colnett came to
the Island on an investigation cruise
to determine its suitability as a stopping
place for whalers in that region.
As long thereafter as whaling was
profitable in nearby waters the Island
was used by the British and American
In 1818 and 1819 Benito, alias Bennett
Graham, was reported to have
secreted treasures there rifled from
the churches of Peru, and later augmented
these from other raids which
brought the total to eleven million
dollars. In 1826 William Thompson
who learned his trade from Benito
hid twelve more millions on the Island.
There have not been less than a
dozen organized efforts to find these
treasures. It is rumored that one
company recovered a few hundred
thousand. All the rest have ended
in heart- breaking failures. This treasure
hunting started as early as 1841
and has continued to the present day.
Costa Rico, the owning country, has
on hand a waiting list of would be
searchers. If the treasures were hid
near the water in those early days
it is estimated that they would be
now fifty or sixty feet under water.
All one has to do to undertake the
search is to obtain permission from
the Costa Rican government and pay
for the help of ten soldiers and an officer
from Costa Rico. How about it?