Enroute, Panama Canal, Nov. 16, 1935
NEW RATING QUOTA EXAMS
During the past week the various
examining baards have given eligible candidates their examinations.
Although all rates were not included in the HOUSTON quota, enough
were sssigne 1 this vessel to enable
a goodly number of our shipmates to
climb one more rung on the ladder of
The Blue Bonnet congratulates our
shipmates who have successfully gained an opportunity for advancement.
Needless to say, every man who has
not done so, should complete the required courses for the next higher
rate right now for there has not, in
quite some time, been a better opportunity afforded for advancement.
A complete list of men advanced in
rating will be published next week.
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TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY
THE PANAMA CANAL
Opening a dictionary some time ago
we discovered that over a hundred
thousand words were defined within
the pages. That is a lot of words, and
we are told other editions of the proverbial "Webster" contains even more.
Someone has lightly said, "Talk is
Cheap," meaning you are able to hear
it without much effort..
But language is important. In spite
of this fact, the vocabulary of the
ordinary individual is composed of
only about three thousand words.
Write a four page letter home, then
count the different words you employ
in that letter. You will be surprised
how few there are.
Jesus seemed to recognize the im-
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Our present cruise will bring about
the HOUSTON'S seventh canal transit. This great engineering feat still
always holds the interest of each and
everyone of us. Therefore, an attempt
shall be made, in a few short words,
to bring out its more interesting and
The Canal Zone was granted to the
U. S. by treaty with Panama on Feb.
26, 1904, involving an initial payment
of ten million dollars, and $250,090.00
per year after the ninth year.
American occupation of the Zone
occured May 4, 1904, with traffic
commencing August 15, 1914, although the canal was not opened officially until J my 12, 1920. Numerous
landslides and the World War were
contributing factors in the delay of
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HOUSTON TO ARRIVE
The HOUSTON will arrive at Cristobal, C. Z. Atlantic entrance to Canal,
at 0600 Monday 18 November. She
will immediately transit the Canal,
arriving Balboa sometime during the
afternoon of the same day. She will
remain in Balboa, where it is expected she will tie up to a dock, until
some time Friday, the twenty-second.
During this period the Engineers will
prepare for their Full Power Run
which will be made on the trip to
California. She will arrive in San
Pedro about the thirtieth of the month
and it is expected that she will depart
within a day or two after her arrival
for the Navy Yard, Mare Island.
During her stay in the Navy Yard,
the HOUSTON will undergo a three
REENUSTED ON BOARD
Haskew, S. B. Jr., CMM (AA), Vizard, J.J. PHMlc, Wooldridge, G, MM2
c, Westerfield, D.H., EM2c.
Peebles, C.W., MMlc, from Submarine Base, New London, Conn., Wor-
then, CD., PHM2c. from Torpedo
Station, Newport, R. I., Fox,E., RM3c,
from R.S., Norfolk, Va.
Jackson, A. H. Sic, Calhoun, R. Sic.
Delia, J. M. PHM2c, to U.S.N. Torpedo Station, Newport, R. I., Taylor,
R. J. Cox. to Naval Hospital, Brooklyn.
N.Y., Allock, J. HA2c, to N.T.S.,
Newport, R. I., Danielson, E.R. Sealc,
to Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va.
FFT to Quincy, To U.S.S. Arkansas,
FFT to Quincy: Edens, G. Sic, Bair,
D.M., sic, Sax, L.W. Sic, Morris-
sette, J.M., Sealc.
LONG BEACH TO GIVE DANCES
The city of Long Beach is planning
a series of dances for the fleet in the
San Pedro —Long Beach area. A Navy
Banquet at the Pacific Coast Club and
a ball at the Municipal Auditorium
honoring Admiral J.M. Reeves, U.S.
Navy, Commander in Chief U. S. Fleet-
and all Naval officers and their ladies
will be held on 30 November.
All Chief Petty Officers and their
ladies will be tendered a dance on 23
November, 1935, at the Elk's Club,
On December 2 and 3, dances will
be held at the Municipal Auditorium
for the enlisted men of the cruisers
and their ladies, and on December 13
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