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AFTER ENGINE ROOM CRIME
WAVE NIPPED IN \ BUD
Gregson smelled a mouse the other
day when he made a complete check
of the trash buckets in the after
engine room. His careful check revealed
that one bucket had strayed
from its usual resting place.
Gregson hastily organized himself
as a committee of one to investigate
its strange disappearance. He buckled
on his trusty flashlight, established
himself in the vicinity of the telephone
booth in the engine room which
is in the immediate vicinity of the
crime and upon establishing communication
with all parts of the ship set
out an air tight drag- net. His only
request was that the coffee pot be
As a preliminary check, all available
buckets in the engine room were
examined and the fonowing facts
That the bucket bearing the name
of Cardinelli had not been removed
from its rack for the last six weeks.
That Slodek, upon being shown a
bucket testified that he had seen a
similiar article in the bilges during
our stay in the yard. A search of
the indicated bilge pocket revealed
that the bucket was still there.
Working on a theory that the bucket
might have drifted to the boat
shop, one, Pat Patterson was closely
questioned. He readily admitted having
such an article and pointing to
a circular object in a corner said,
" that should be it." Examination
showed the designated article to be
a large piston. As the investigating
committee left Pat Patterson was
wondering which engine to operate
on first, and also bemoaning the fact
that all the engines were operating
so quitely that it was impossible to
tell by the sound which piston had
been replaced by the bucket.
McCarthy came forward with the
information that shortly after his
arrival on board there had been a
bucket in his fireroom. A search of
this fireroom brought to light one
bucket and one skeleton. Examination
showed the bucket was really a
beer growler from a local saloon and
it has not · bepn determined yet wheth-
THE BLUE BONNET
er the bones are those of a bilge rat
or a fireman.
At this point Gregson while stating
that he was yet not defeated in his
quest declared that he would first
get some needed sleep before investigating
the powder magazines.
As we go to press it has been discovered
that Gregson was sitting on
the bucket during the entire investigation.
There are 15 battleships organized
in four divisions, each of which is
commanded by a Rear Admiral. When
all divisions are operating together a
Vice Admiral, Commander Battleships
United States Fleet, commands
the entire group.
Battleships are the backbone of the
fleet. This is the type around which
a fleet is built, all other types being
considered as contributory. Although
contributory, these other types are
In designing the battleship the naval
constructor strikes a balance between
the machinery weight which governs
speed, armament weight or striking
power, armor weight or protection
against damage which might be inflicted
by an enemy.
There must be a give and take among
the above three elements. If one
is to be increased, the others must
sacrifice something, unless the size or
displacement of the ship is to be increased
beyond all reasons.
The battleship is the strongest fighting
unit; it can deliver the hardest
blow; it can take more punishment
than any other type and still remain
afloat. It must be capable of engaging
any vessel it may encounter upon
the high seas; and it is to enhance its
effectiveness and improve its opportunities
that all of the smaller types
of men- of- war must cooperate. Modern
battleships are capable of speeds
up to 21 knots and mount guns as
large as 16- inch.
The oldest battleship is the ARKANSAS,
commissioned 17 September
1912, and the WEST VIRGINIA,
commissioned 1 December 1923, is the
latest battleship in our Navy.
U. S. S. Hou6ton 7- 26- 38- 900
All sailors like tu go ashore
After dey been at sea
But ven in ) Jort, our gud ship's rats
Ain't gat no liberty;
Ay tink our rats ain't treated sqvare
For when the ship ban moored
Dey put tin collars on da lines
Tu keep da rats aboard.
Our rats stand vatches in da bilge
And never make a fuss
Ay never know a Houston rat
Tu even growl or cuss,
Dey du deir duty plenty gude
And du it qvite like;
By Yimminy, if Ay vas a rat
Ay tink Ay start a strike.
In Panama our poor rats
Ain't never see da beach,
Ve moor da ship by big varehouse
Vich ban yust out of reach;
Iy ain't blame our deserving rats
For gatting plenty sore;
Next time lets leave dose collars off
And let dem go ashore.
All rite, Okay, if yu insist
Ve keep a rat restricted list.
SOURCE OF NAVAL TERMS
Origin and definition of a few of
the many terms formerly peculiar to
sea- faring men only; are listed below:
Douse the Glim- now slang ashore,
was once good English afloat. Douse
here means to lower or slacken, the
reference is to the practice of lowering
the lantern into an empty pail
so that it could not be seen.
Dungarees- now a part of miladY's
beach costume, are sea- going working
clothes. The word is of Hindu
Fairway- originally a naval term
meaning navigable channel; now it's
a golf term.
Figurehead- this was an ornate
carved wooden figure placed at the
prow of a vessel and supposed to
bring good luck.
Gadget- derived from a French
word meaning a small hook, was
applied to a lot of different small
articles aboard ship, also called chicken
fixings, gill guys, wim woms, or