"The old (Pacific) swimmin’ hole. Come on in mates; the water’s fine. And there’s plenty of it between the coast of California and the shores of the Philippines. Coast Guardsmen and Marines "beat the heat" by taking a dip from the side of the ship., 1944"
What’s your favorite way to beat the heat over Labor Day weekend?
On 1 June 1914, General Order 99, signed by Secretary of the Nay Josephus Daniels, prohibited alcohol on board naval vessels, or at Navy yards or stations. This postcard published in the “Sailor Comics” series mourned the decision. NHHC image NH 93476-KN.
July 30, 1956: After the Stockholm, a Swedish liner, collided with the Andrea Dorea, an Italian cruise liner, killing 51, the damaged ship was dry-docked for repairs while its only Spanish seaman visited Linda Morgan, a 14-year-old American girl he rescued who spoke Spanish and was initially reported dead. In the crash, she had been “transferred from her berth on the Italian liner by the twisted steel of Stockholm.” Photo: Carl Gossett/The New York Times
By George C. Daughan, Basic Books, New York, (2011).
Reviewed by Rear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr. U.S. Navy (Retired)
This is a splendid history. While documenting the courage, skill and luck of the tiny American Navy, Professor Daughan describes the machinations of the then principle players on a world stage in vastly greater breadth and detail than is usually thought about or studied in the United States. For example, the major role that Napoleon’s invasion of Russia played in influencing the British government’s policy related to the United States is described in detail. Manifest throughout the book is the ignorance and self-deception of all the governments in judging the motivations of their enemy. Among other positions that echo in today’s world was a Congress that borrowed rather than tax to fund the war, enriching the bankers who opposed the war but loaned the money at high rates of interest.