Page Two THE BLUE BONNET
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Send the BLUE BONNET home.
A .. eeklT publication, published bT the
ship's companT of the U. S. S. HOUSTON
Captain W. B. Wooclson. U. S. N., Commandinlr
and COllllllander F. D. Hanocl<, U. S. N.,
Lt. ( jlr) J. B. BerkleT. Editor.
Enlilrn C. J. MackenKie, A..' t. Editor
RoW. O'Brien, BMle Jack Holt, 81c.
-: DIVISIONAL STAFF :-
Division Editor Ens. R. E. Bly
-: REPORTERS :-
L. K. LaTour. FCle O. R. Selen. Cox.
-: THE VICTIMS :-
-: PRINTER :-
T. B. Radalf, Seale J. H. Battle. Seale.
tary and his aides aboard and feel
proud of the honor conferred on us.
We hope they find the HOUSTON as
comfortable a ship as any they have
sailed on and leave us, when the day
for that comes, with a feeling that
their two weeks aboard have been
the finest is has been their fortune
Assistant Secretary Roosevelt is
aboard in connection with his tour
of inspection of naval activities on the
Pacific Coast. He has been away
from Washington since May second
and has visited Puget Sound, San
Francisco and San Pedro- San Diego
areas. Upon completion of his inspection
of Peral Harbor, he will return
to San Pedro about May 30 and return
to Washington to make his report.
Other members of the party, who
are not aboard at the time of this
writing, are Captain T. A. Symington,
USN, Mr. Arthur Meigs, Lt.
Wm. A. Bernieder, USNR, and Lt.
C. L. McAuliffe, USNR. They are expected
aboard before we sail. Of these
Lt. Berneider is an old friend, Aide
to the Mayor of Houston, he has been
responsible for many fine things we
experienced on our last visit to Houston.
To all we extend a heal'ty welcome
and wish you as enjoyable a
cruise as it is in our power to make
it. Weare delighted to have you aboard.
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THE FIRE CONTROL DIVISION
Commander Percy K. Robottom,
USN, at present on duty at the Bureau
of Ordnance, has been ordered to
the Houston as relief for Commander
F. D. Manock, USN, our present
Executive Officer. Commander Robottom
will report about - 10 June at
which time Comdr. Manock will go
to duty at Bremerton, Wash.
Commander Robottom is a graduate
of Naval Academy class of 1910,
having been appointed from the state
of Arkansas. He is a qualified submarine
commander, and has seen much
service in the undersea craft. He has
also had duty as gunnery officer on
one of the light cruisers, and served
on the staff of Admiral Phillip Andrews,
( Ret.) while that officer was
Commandant of the First Naval District.
Having read the glowing reports of
several other divisions in previous issues
of the Blue Bonnet, we rise to
remark " You ain't seen nohow yet".
From the foretop to the double bottoms,
and from the paravanes forward
to the After Gyro, shine the
bright lights of the famous F division
To break down and be specific, we
have the foremast, Central Station,
Plotting Room, Magazines, Catapults,
Hangar Deck, Airplane Crane
and crane room, the after Stack, Battle
Two, AA Control, the Armory,
the Gig and the Motorboat. Is that a
full day's work?
The F division is composed of fifty
men and four officers. Of these,
. three men and one officer are married,
all of which may lead an observer
to the conclusion that we are a
liberty loving gang- which isn't far
from the truth. •
A great many of the division are
old timers, with a liberal sprinkling
of plank owners. The newer men
have fallen into the spirit of comradeship
and work which bodes well
for their future. To make a long
story short, gentlemen, we present
those famous fighting men, the Fire
" Why does Geraldine let all the
boys kiss her?"
" She once slapped a guy who was
Continued on page four chewing tobacco."
Imitation of birds flight through
air has been man's ambition since
the day " thinking" became part of
his mind. Theories and attempts finally
reached attainment December 17,
1903, when Orville Wright established
the first sucessful flight record of
twelve seconds. Progress in aviation
since that day is known by all.
The value of aircraft as a military
weapon was recognized at its inception.
During the Civil War balloons
were used as observation stations.
The War Department appropriated
$ 50,000 to see Professor Langley build
a flying machine. In 1908 two naval
officers investigated the . possibilities
of aircraft at flights made by the
Wright Brothers and recommended
use of pontoons for naval purposes.
In 1910 Captain W. I. Chambers,
" father of naval aviation", after witnessing
several air meets, persuaded
the Curtiss Company to make a flight
off a naval vessel. November 14, 1910,
Mr. Eugene Ely successfully flew a
landplane off a platform built over
the bow of the USS Birmingham. Lt.
T. G. Ellyson was sent to the Curtiss
camp at North Island, San Diego in
December 1910 and later became our
first naval aviator. January 18, 1911,
Mr. Ely made the first successful
landing of a landplane on board the
USS Pennsylvania while that ship
was anchored at San Francisco. Next
day he took off from the platform
built on board and returned to the
base on shore. January 26, 1911 Mr.
Curtiss flew a hydroplane he had developed
together with Lt. Ellyson,
landed alongside the USS Pennsylvania,
was picked up, later hoisted
over and took off to return to his
b se. These feats of skill and courage
ave a great impetus to naval aviation.
As a result of these flights and recommendations
made by Captain
Chambers, money was appropriated
by Congress and the Navy started on
its way to become aviation conscious.
Capt. Chambers had obstacles and
opposition from elders to overcome
but his success is written in the history
of our aviation branch. During
1911 three more naval officers were
qualified as pilots. In 1912 the first
catapult was developed and success-
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