Fleet Review in 1908 before SECNAV

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Fleet Review in 1908 before SECNAV - HETCALF REVIEWS COMBINED FLEET Largest...
HETCALF REVIEWS COMBINED FLEET Largest Collection of Warships Ever Seen in This Country Passes Before Secretary of Navy. IS PAID UNUSUAL HONOR SAN' FKAIN1CISCO, May 8. Secre tary of the Navy Metcalf reviewed the combined Atlantic and Pacific fleets in Saw Francisco harbor today. It was what naval men call an anchor parade. It resembled the great naval "Svlew at Oyster Bay in that the ships reviewed remained at anchor during the entire ceremony. The review was not only a larger affair of the kind than was ever seen in this country before, but it had one strikingly unusual feature. The naval regulations provide that when the sec retary of the navy reviews a fleet or squadron, or when a squadron or fleet passes In review, the head of the navy shall be saluted with seventeen guns by the flagship. All other ships of the fleet shall remain silent as to saluting and simply pay what is known as passing honors. By special order of Admiral Glass, acting as aide to Sec retary Metcalf, every ship today salut ed him with seventeen guns as he passed through the line. Admiral Glass, in his order to the fleet that this was 'because Mr. Metcalf was "the personal representative of the presi dent." The naval regulations know no such official as the personal repre sentative of the president, but the or der was accepted in accordance with the full spirit, of rejoicing going on here over the fleet. And the naval officers said it was all right If the secretary wanted unusual honors paid him. The secretary boarded the Yorktown in. the morning, and at exactly ten o'clock she was seen standing up the bay toward the fleet with the secretary, Mayor Taylor and most 'of the mem bers pf the fleet reception committee aboard. As soon as the Yorktown approached 1 the - Minnesota, Admiral Thomas' - flagship began to fire the first salute. Instantly all the vessels in the combined fleet dressed ship. As the Yorktown steamed between the squad rons, each ship In turn fired seventeen .guns. There was no policing of the lines and the dignity of the spectacle was marred to some extent by a great pro was like a crowd' of boys trailing after a cirrus band. There were from ten to twenty thousand people . on these scores of Doats and they expressed enthusiasm ty waving flags and cheering wildly, On some of the boats the passengers would spell out In unison' a is is

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  1. The Scranton Republican,
  2. 09 May 1908, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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