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Volume I, Number 2.
HOUSTON SAIL BOAT CREWS
The past two sailing races the
HOUSTON has taken first place despite
the fact that there has been little
practice on the part of the crew.
They have formed the best habit that
of winning every race.
The first race was the closer of the
• two. The HOUSTON crossed the
starting line with the gun but due
to light airs and improper trim of
sails dropped to eighth place. A new
and better trim of sail was tried and
by that time the Long Beach breakwater
was reached, had closed to
fourth place with only the Portland,
Vincennes, and Minneapolis ahead of
her. After rounding the breakwater
the HOUSTON and Portland followed
similar tactics trying for the
windward position, the HOUSTON
won and rounded the other end of
the breakwater in the lead for the
home stretch. This lead was maintained
with considerable difficulty but
at the finish line three boats finished
within thirty seconds of each other: HOUSTON,
Minneapolis and Portland.
The second race the HOUSTON
crossed the starting line again with
the gun making good headway and
immediately took the lead. The
HOUSTON drew steadily ahead approaching
the breakwater and rounded
it well in the lead. Again the
Portland was the contender not losing
any distance and trying the same
tactics as before for the windward
position and to shorten the original
lead, which she failed to do.
On the home stretch the Portland
was gaining and tried a trick of pass(
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Long Beach, California.
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Perfect Score In Hits For
Turret III and Guns 2 and 3
Turret III fired short range
practice Friday and made a perfect
score in hits. A hard
working turret's crew, excellent
pointers and trainel's and Sawatski's
rabbit's foot are the
The five inch battery, Guns 2
and 3, Marine guns hit the target
every salvo. It seems the
marines must have heard of
No. 3 gun when the HOUSTON
was in the Asiatics, that Marine
manned gun, that broke the
world's record for firing that
type of battery.
" E's" are expected for all
three as the times were satisfactory.
YOUR BOXING SQUAD
Realizing that a Ship's Company
of over seven hundred men has such
a small percentage of persons who
actually realize what the team has
been doing, we will try our best to
set forth a summary of recent events.
Sure, you and I see them every
day as they shadow box, work the
bags, box with one another; but what
are they doing away from home?
Who knows Major Hodge has beaten
the best amateur welterweights in
the district? Jimmy Alden, Nick
Miscella, " Non- pareil" Johnny Frietas,
rage of Southern California, and
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8 October, 1938.
O'BRIEN'S LETTER TELLS
HOUSTONS EARLY HISTORY
We take great pleasure in placing
the below letter in the Blue Bonnet.
Everyone who has been on the HOUSTON
for two or more years remembers
O'Brien. He was a character
irrevocably linked with ' the ship's
activities, particularly the BLUE
The knot and rigging boards on
display ab. out the ship were constructed
by O'Brien for the Texas
Centennial. They formed the main
part of the Naval exhibit there, and
at the Centennial's close were returned
to our ship.
All hands congratulate him on
U. S. S. Penguin
Apra Harbor, Guam, M. I.,
11 July, 1938.
Editor, " THE BLUE BONNET".
It was with great pleasure that
I received a large number of copies
of the " BLUE BONNET" in
the mail, just recently arrived on
the U. S. A. T. U. S. GRANT.
In reading each copy from stem
to stern, as is my usual custom, I
noted there were a few queries
printed concerning data on the
early days of the " BLUE BON-ET".
In addition there were a
few discrepancies in the published
data concerning my favorite ship's
Even though my files and data
concerning the HOUSTON and the
" BLUE BONNET" are still in the
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