* U. 5.5.
Volume VII, umber 3. Off Socorro Island 20 July, 1938.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT BOARDS HOUSTON
Ship Honoredby Distinguished Guest Domain of N eptunus Rex
The Royal Palace
Longitude- l to 360 degrees
Welcome aboard shipmate.
President Roosevelt boarded our ship while we
were moored to the dock in Oakland, California.
Shortly afterward, the ship got underway for the
fleet review in San Francisco Bay. Amid the Greetings, Thrice Greetings, True Sons of The
booming of saluting guns and the rendering of Seas, I Send From My Most Equatorial Chambers.
the National Anthem by each large ship passed It is with anxious and most pleasurable antici-by
the HOUST01~ our Chief Executive reviewed pation that I, Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Raging
the fleet units concentrated there. That same Main, await the moment when, once again, I will
night he took his departure for a be privileged to WELCOME YOU
tour of Yosemite and points south TO MY DOMAIN.
towards San Diego. At San Diego The Queen is all aflutter. Thrice
he came aboard again to remain she has " beaned" my Royal Dome
for a cruise in Southern waters, when I dared interrupt whilst she
to fishing grounds off the beaten was engaged in " Planning" just
track of commerce. what or what not she would or
So it is our privilege and honor would not wear for the Auspicious
to be the ship chosen. The Cap- Occasion. Aye, True Sons of the
tain, officers, and men of the U. S. S Seas, the Queen is more Queenly
Houston take this opportunity of than ever.
expressing to the President a wel- The Princess, Beauteous and
come deep from their hearts. We Spritely Maiden as ever graced the
appreciate the fact that you have Lilting Waves of my Domain, is
given us an opportunity to serve all athrill to welcome you too.
you. Long John Silver, My Most Sec-
Our ship is only one unit of a ret Emissary, has long since been
highly efficient fighting force. It aboard with you. Hour after hour,
is our duty as a unit to carry you day after day, night after night,
on this cruise- a duty tinged with his reports have come to me. There
gladness which we eagerly except. is a Royal Commendation for My
Trusted Sons of the Seas, But,
On the other former cruises Dire, Fearful, and Painful will be
which you made on this vessel the Exquisite Tortures to be inflict-many
of us were not aboard, but ed upon unregenerate Pollywogs
we who are now attached, sincere- President Franklin D. Roosevelt who have dared to decry my Royal
ly hope to make this the most enjoyable and Person and power. Their cries and prayers for
pleasant you have ever had. mercy will fall upon the ears of my Torturer Buccaneers
as falls the softest, musical dew drop on
the lightly opening buds on a Spring Morn.
( Continued on Pg. 3)