-: 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 Officer.
Editor, Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald
Assistant Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editors: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
R. B. Thompson, Seale
Circulation: John Boris, F3c
23 July 1937
Military Construction Notes
In the present race in naval activities
throughout the world much interest
is being shown in new types of
first line fighting ships, not to mention
the extensive submarine construction.
However the United States has not
forgotten the all- important unit in
its auxiliary ships. The House aval
Committee last month approved a
$ 50,000,000 construction program of
auxiliary vessels, which has already
passed the Senate. Six vessels will be
authorized by this program- a seaplane
tender, a submarine tender, a
destroyer tender, a fleet tug, a minesweeper,
and an oiler.
While domestic aircraft sales in the
past few months have soared one third
over the previous year, Uncle Sam
also boosted the ante by placing his
order and awarding a contract for 117
bombing planes that will cost over
$ 11,000,000. This is said to be the
largest peace time contract award
for planes on record.
Construction on the Navy's new
35,000 ton battleships is scheduled to
start about six months from now.
This tremendous task has been given
to the navy yards at Philadelphia and
ew York after deciding that all private
bids were too high. This decision
is calculated to save the American
taxpayers a sum in the near vicinity
of ten million dollars.
" Does your husband talk in his
" 0, and it's very exasperating. He
• • • •
Long Beach Betty: " Think of those
Spaniards going 3,000 miles on a galleon."
San Pedro Sally: " Aw furgit it, yuh
can't believe all yuh hear about them
THE BLUE BON ET
There's ways and means 0' celebratin'
and they vary as do the critters
' n a barnyard tha's runnin' free
with a passel 0' variegated fowls and
lice ridden stock. But tha celebratin'
thas done amongst tha bright flickers
0' a big city sets a body to wonderin'
Wanted to shake tha feet a bit, even
if it was to tread around on a dancin'
deck ' n a swayin' relaxin' waltz, so
I eased tha body ' n Sunday go to
meetin' clothes and hied up to one 0'
those glitterin' palaces 0' music and
song. A flock 0' sleek lookin' foreigners
dressed ' n black and struttin' like
turkey cocks jumped up from somewhere,
led me to a table, and pushed
a big bill 0' fare under my nose. These
waiters a easin' tha chair up on a
body after he's got set to tha table is
mighty perculiar business but if thas
the way they do it where folks mill
' round it must be all right. Well, as
I was a sayin', I took a squint at tha
bill 0' fare and noticin' some mighty
good vittles printed thereon I went
down tha list on tha double quick, a
barkin' out tha dishes as they pleased
Sorta sat back a takin' it easy and
a lookin' at what tha other bodies were
doin' when all of a sudden there l'ose
such a squallin' and a cacklin' from
somewhere that I commenced to think
old Ned was a reachin' for me ' n a fit
0' sulphurous cursin'. But as I quieted
down and forced my body from leapin'
away to a good hidin' place I shifted
tha peepers around till I caught sight
of a passel 0' instruments from which
gushed out tha noise. Mighty different
from tha kind 0' fiddle screechin'
old man Widenhammer usta eke outa
his scarred old fiddle box. Yet it was
sorta pleasin' once a body started gettin'
tha hang of it. Made a body think
he would like to do tha reel on tha
( Continued on Pall'e 4.)
Typical Day In The Life
Of A Navy Yard Workman
0801- 0830- En route to job.
0830- 0900- Scans blueprint.
0900- 100D- Devoted to meditation.
100D- Sends helper to tool room.
1115- Helper returns with required
112D- Discovers that matchstick is
lying on top of job.
1130- Sends helper for leading- man
1140- Helper returns with information
that rigger will be down during
1200- Whistle! Helper killed in rush.
1330- Arrives on job with new helper.
140D- Rigger arrives.
1400- 1500- Rigger estimates job.
1530- Crane arrives.
1530- 160D- Cables are secured around
1600- Crane lifts matchstick clear of
1600- 1630- Helper arranges tools and
turns air on to motor of dl'ill.
1630- Begins drilling %- inch hole.
1635- Hole completed.
1635- Standby to knock off.
1645- Whistle! ( The avalanche.)
165D- Ambulance arrives.
170D- Gangways are cleared of. all
dead and maimed bodies.
' Tis the end of a perfect day!
Do you know your radio stars?
Here are the names of a few, can
you give their real names?
1. Eddie Cantor 7. Fred Allen
2. W. C. Fields 8. Parkyakarkus
3. Gogo de Lyse 9. Glen Gray
4. George Burns 10. Jack Benny
5. Ben Bernie 11. Ted Lewis
6. A. C. Eschowitz 12. Rudy Vallee
A proposal has been made in the
State of Massachusetts that entertainment
stars give their correct names.
For the correct names of the above
stars see page four.
othing is easier than fault finding.
No talent, no self- denial no
brains, no character are requir: d to
~ et yourself up in the grumbling busmess.