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McDonald, E. A., editor; Ball, R. C., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan, associate editor; Thompson, R. B., associate editor; Boris, John, associate editor. The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 4, No. 33, 1937-08-13 - Page 2. August 13, 1937. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 20, 2022. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/724/show/721.

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Ball, R. C., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan, associate editor; Thompson, R. B., associate editor; Boris, John, associate editor. (August 13, 1937). The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 4, No. 33, 1937-08-13 - Page 2. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/724/show/721

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Ball, R. C., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan, associate editor; Thompson, R. B., associate editor; Boris, John, associate editor, The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 4, No. 33, 1937-08-13 - Page 2, August 13, 1937, USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed January 20, 2022, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/724/show/721.

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Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 4, No. 33, 1937-08-13
Alternative Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. IV, No. 33, 1937-08-13
Creator (Local)
  • McDonald, E. A., editor
  • Ball, R. C., assistant editor
  • Sivak, Stefan, associate editor
  • Thompson, R. B., associate editor
  • Boris, John, associate editor
Contributor (Local)
  • Boris, John, circulation
  • Smith, G. A., printer
  • Beckwith, R. L., printer
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Place of Creation (Local)
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Date August 13, 1937
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 11, Folder 11
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript Page 2 THE BLUE BONNET -: THE BLUE BONNET :- Editor, Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald 13 August 1937 The Springfield Rifle ( From Page 1.) bullet to " drift" to the right. How­ever, the .30M1 bullet up to and in­cluding 1,000 yards is negligible in drift. Twist- The spiral formed by the groove in the barrel. The twist is to the right and uniform, one turn in 10 inches. Grooves- The four spiral channels between the lands. Rear sight-- It is graduated on its leaf from 100 to 2850 yards. Maximum range- 5,465 yards ( 3.1 miles) at an elevation of 45 degrees. The ammunition- Is a cartridge, called the ball, caliber .30M1, and con­sists of a brass case, primer and the bullet. Waterproofing is accomplished by shellacking or varnishing the inside of the neck of the case before seating. the bullet and placing a drop of shel­lac on the point between the primer and the case. The cartridge case contains 50 grains ( a little more than one tenth of an ounce) of smokeless powder. The primer- That is, a cup contain­ing percussion powder, which, when struck by the firing pin explodes and ignites the powder in the cartridge. The bullet is steel jacketed, with a core of lead and tin composition cov­ered with a gilding metal, weighing 175 grams ( about one third of an ounce). Muzzle energy- 2,675 foot- pounds. Pressure- 48,000 pounds per square inch. Penetration- Into various materials is as follows: At a range of 200 yards, the bullet will go through a 14- inch steel plate, and penetrate 6% inches of brick 18 inches of solid oak or 19 inche~ of loose earth. Ra~ idity of fire- As a single loader, the nfle can be fired at the rate of 23 aimed shots a minute, and with the magazine in use, 25 aimed shots a minute have been fired. Life of rifle- With reasonable care the life is about 4,000 rounds in one target practice season. - 0--- 2d Lieut: " Where the dickens are your shots going?" Marine on rifle range: " I don't know but they're leaving this end all right." Dear Sal, Us Navies are sorta gettin' used to tha chippin' hammer racket and tha Navy Yard humanity a swarmin' over tha decks 0' our proud ship 0' steel but all is nary brass that glit­ters. ' Slike tha time Pa brought home a box 0' city candies for Ma, and Ma let out a suspicious wail which was heard for miles around, " Pa, you kaint be foolin' me, tha Lord knows you're lit and I know you're lit so traipse along upstairs without nary a bite 0' supper but be a leavin' tha sweets on tha table and mayhap we'll both be a forgivin' you afore long, even if I have to send up a prayer for you." No sir, a body couldn't fool Ma. And you can't fool us laddies 0' tha sea either. Well, it seems that there are a goodly share 0' them varmints 0' tha air, them pesky skeeters a flyin' ' round up in these parts about tha Navy Yard and they're causin' quite a mite 0' irritation among us crew, especially to tha tender hided lads. Yes sir, a body's gotta do a tolerable bit 0' scratchin' at times in order to be a feelin' pert. But there's means 0' gettin' ' round most any trouble and be a turnin' it to somethin' good if a body gets to scratchin' his noggin ' stead 0' his skin. Tha other day a cloud 0' these critters started to pursue me ' round tha decks and I was just able to keep a step ahead 0' tha lot by doin' some fast runnin' from one division to tha other when all of a sudden I ducked into one 0' our gun turrets and slammed tha door shut in tha nick 0' time. " I'm safe," says I, a laughin' to myself. But would you believe it, Sal. There arose tha clatter 0' a thousand rivet hammers. Afore a body could say Earl Schemmerhorn tha bills 0' tha lot were a drillin' through tha steel sides, they were so thirstin' for my ( Continued on Page 4.) R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c R. B. Thompson, Seale John Boris, F3c G. A. Smith, Prtr3c R. L. Beckwith, Seale o Ashes! ( From Page 1.) What? Assistant Editor: Associate Editors: Circulation: Printers: A weekly publication of the ship's company of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker, U. S.., Commanding and Commander C. A. Bailey, U. S. ", Executive Officer. After anchoring in Southampton har­bor, her commanding officer refused the services of an ash barge to the amazement of the Port Captain. After the barge had been sent back to the dock for the second time, the Port Captain who did not believe the story that the battleship was burning oil, and therefore needed no ash lighter, paid a visit to the ship to ascertain if ashes were being thrown into the harbor. An inspection of the firerooms convinced him that no ashes were be­ing made. The Delaware, which went out of commission in 1922, served with honor through the World War, being at­tached to the Sixth Battle Squadron of the United States Atlantic Fleet, operating with the Grand Fleet. - 0---- " Mr. Jones, dad wants to borrow your corkscrew." " All right, sonny," said Jones, reaching for his coat. " You run along home- I'll bring it over." Grapplers Attention! The call for wrestling candidates is soon to go out. As the foundation for a good wrestling squad is made at the beginning all hands are welcomed. Provision has been made with the Navy Y. M. C. A. in Vallejo to accom­modate as many grunt and groan artists as come out. Under the capabla leadershp of " Headlock" Wellbourne this year looks like the bumper one for the Houston in wrestling. Let's get out there and see what you can do. It's good, clean, healthy exercise and it's a lot of fun. Let's go, Houston.