VOL 1 12 June 1941 No. 7


Reporting. aboard for duty is a playful little fellow packed with dynamite. The sea will not seem too strange for our newly-found pal. He and his ancestors, while roaming the fir-covered Northwest, frequently gazed out over the far reaching crystal blue Pacific. Even though the towering mountains had offered them shelter, food, and a vast expanse for nomadic exploration the tinge of salt spray would oft times flake their fur when coastline expeditions were the order of the day. It was a pleasant sensation -- that contact with the sea -- it bespoke a challenge -- something to be fought and with almost the scent of power in its billowing waves. Thus the cougar and the sea found something in common --danger and a possible scrap.

Then and there a decision was made. A ship would have to be found worthy of adoption by the Master of the Northwest--the cougar. It couldn't be just any ship, but one that had the some character, the same instinct. It would have to be a ship with power, strength, speed, and courage. It would have to be ship that could do the one thing nearest to the cougar's heart -- fight. A ship never to yield to an enemy; never to take "NO" for an answer. A sill, with a fighting heart and a will of -steel. These traits are the cougar's; they would have to belong to the cougar's ship.

Ships came and ships went. None would do. The cougar knew what he wanted. Time meant nothing. It would have to be THE ship or none at all. One day he ht:ard a ship's whistle -- a deep resonant blast. It spoke with authority--it meant what itxaid. That's the ship! That whistle on the challenging sea meant the same as the cougar's scream in the treacherous forest. A scream that every man or beast knows must be respected. A scream that can pierce the air with blood-curdling command. No nonsense about that scream or that animal; no nonsense about that whistle or that ship.

Then came the dawn. That whistle is the Washington's -- the ship named after the State of Washington -- The Cougar State. A natural! Welcome aboard, shipmate, and may your scream and the Washington's whistle continue to bespeak absolute command of land and of sea.

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A most enjoyable afternoon and evening were the happy lot of fifty Cougars last Wednesday at the Bryn Mawr estate of Mrs. Stricker Coles who is President of the United Service Club, 901 Clinton Street, Philadelphia.

Following a few hours of tennis, softball, badminton, and swimming, 3 hearty and tasty picnic supper was served on the spacious lawn. The scene then shifted to the Community Club of Bryn Manor where the ship's orchestra proved to be the hit of the evening. P.S.--The gals were perfection personified. P.S.S.--The Cougars have conquered Bryn Mawr.

Hot air rises--Don't Talk!

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Some time ago, apropos of the commissioning of the pew battleship U.S.S. WASHINGTON, we remarked that it was our impression that a Man-o'-War, named after our States or Cities, partook of the qualities of the State or City after which she was named. We wonder if the editorial appearing in a recent issue of "Our Navy" does not bear out this conjecture. It is entitled, "The Right Attitude." Here it is: "With all the national defense strikes that keep breaking out like a rash all over the face of this country of ours, it was encouraging to see the attitude of the men who built the WASHINGTON. When she was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard the other week, they gave Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox a tremendous ovation as he came aboard. You couldn't help feeling that these men were right with their government, that the job was the important thing and that labor disputes, justifiable or not, came second. They had turned the WASHINGTON out months ahead of schedule and you could see they were pleased about it. So was Secretary Knox. We wish all the workers in our defense industries felt the Same way."

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According to an United Press release dated 10 July, the United States Marines were ordered into a "shooting war" on the Great Lakes front.

Commander T. DeWitt Carr, U.S.N., sent a Marine squad from the Naval Training Station into the sandy ravines along Lake Michigan in a sunset campaign against--of all things -- rabbits.

Commander Carr's orders read in part: "The shooting will continue until all the enemy have been destroyed and complete victory is ours!"

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The only red, white, and blue buoy in the world is in Baltimore Harbor, off Fort McHenry. It marks the spot where Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner.
Beware of Inquisitive Friends..

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Bluejackets serving in the Asiatic Fleet are known as "griffins" when they first arrive on the shores of old Cathay. It takes them but a few weeks however, to learn the ropes and to play the game with the Chinese according to the oriental rules. For example: in Shanghai, the shopper's paradise, one has to haggle with the local merchants to beat the prices down to a mutually satisfactory level. but if the shopper names his price, he never runs out of the deal without seriously losing face. He plays the game.

We recall that a shipmate once bought a basket containing a live cobra at Candy, on the Island of Ceylon, because he laughingly offered two dollars Mex to the young street peddler who had demanded forty. During the course of the day's shopping and sightseeing, the snake's owner, who would pop up in tantalizing persistency, gradually reduced his price until he reached the two dollar bottom. My friend bought the cobra and took it back to the ship. What happened afterward is another story. He had played the game at Candy, though, and saved face.

Playing the game at home and abroad is an all important duty in the life of a man-o'-warsman. Some of us, through various sorts of defections, are prone to fail in this respect. Broken promises, debts unpaid, the abuse of privileges, and passing the buck either to seniors or juniors, stigmatize a man as a tin-horn sport and we've no place for him.

Play the game or stay in the dugout.

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It is possible for an airplane to fly lower than a submarine can dive. The Sea of Galilee, where seaplanes land, is 680 feet below sea level, far beyond the record depth for undersea boats.

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A tug boat was coming alongside the dock. "Full Ahead on the starboard screw and full Astern on the port." Then "Full Ahead on both." A few seconds passed. The annunciator grew hot with use. "Full ahead on the port screw and Full Astern on the starboard." This went on. The tug was finally moored. The Captain started to go ashore and happened to look down in the engine room. The engineer was dashing madly back and forth throwing levers and turning valves. "What's the matter down there?" said the Captain, "we are alongside now." The engineer never stopped his work but yelled back, "Be with you in a minute--two more bell changes and I'I1 be caught up."
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A Lieutenant to his Petty Officer 1st. Class. As you probably know, there will be an eclipse of the sun tomorrow, which does not occur every day. Have the men on the bridge and spar decks at 0800 in working clothes. They will be able to see this rare phenomena, and I will make the necessary explanations. If it rains, there will be nothing to see, and in that case let the men remain in the gun compartments.
The P.O. 1st. Class to the P.O. 2nd. Class. On recommendation of the Lieutenant, tomorrow at 0800, there will be an eclipse of the sun, in working clothes. The Lieutenant will make the necessary explanations, to the bridge and spar decks, which does not occur every day. If it rains there will be nothing to see, and in that case the rare phenomena will take place in the gun compartments.
The P.O. 2nd. Class to the P.O. Third Class. By orders of the Lieutenant, tomorrow at 0800, there will be an eclipse of the sun on the bridges and spar decks in working clothes. The Lieutenant will make the necessary explanations, in the gull compartments, on this rare phenomena, if it should rain, which does not occur every day.
The P.O. 3rd. Class to Seaman. Tomorrow at 0800, the Lieutenant will make an eclipse of the sun in working clothes, with the necessary explanations. If it should rain, this rare phenomena will take place in the gun compartments, which does not occur every day.
The Seamen among themselves. Tomorrow at 0800, the sun on the spar deck will make an eclipse of the Lieutenant in the gun compartments, with the necessary explanations. If it should rain, this rare phenomena will take place in working clothes, which does not occur every day.

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H. M. S. vs U.S.S.

Two sailors were sweating over a crossword puzzle having to do with abbreviations, Inquired Seaman Sam: "What do the letters H. M. S. on British sailors hats mean?" Replied Fireman Frank: "H'I Must'n't Say." Inquired Fireman Frank: "What do the letters U.S.S. on the American sailors' hats mean?" Replied Seaman Sam: Underway Saturday and Sunday."

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  • That Japan can either blame or thank the Marine Corps. for that littie two-wheeled contraption called a "Jinrikisha" that they have around. It was invented by Private Jonathan Goble, U.S.M.C., and presented to the people of Japan.
  • That the Magnetic Compass was first used by the Chinese about the gear 300 A.D.
  • Betty says: That a Marine consists of a rag, a bone, and hank of hair, while a Sailor consists of a brag, a groan, and a tank of air.
  • That two futile attempts were made to launch the U.S.S. Constitiution using water to break over her bow, and not until a bottle of wine was broken over her bow did she slide into the sea to commence her memorable career.
  • That if your water-tenders see a certain Electrician's Mate, first class's tongue hanging out, take one hint and man the pumps.
  • That, it is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
  • That the barber shop guarantees a laugh with every haircut. "Never had so much fun since my aunt caught her hand in the wringer." One comment: Now that regulation haircuts are the order of the day, stiff competition we calls it! The hairs stand straight up.
  • That a smart uniform reflects the smartness of the ship. An untidy uniform not only is a bad reputation for the ship, but may hold a man back in his advancements, because he sometimes is judged by his superiors by the appearance he makes. An untidy uniform makes a man conscious that he is not at his best. This latter feeling often times begins to show also in a let-down in the quality of his work. It's easy to form a habit of wearing clothes that will meet the required standard.
  • Set aside two sets of uniforms, perfect in every respect, for watch-standing and inspection, because it is then that your are particularly judged. But above all be proud of your uniform.

    Slogan: "Drive slowly and enjoy the scenery." --D.J.M.

    A slip of the lip
    and a spy has a tip.

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