Fleet Review in May 1The returne of the Great White Fleet? May 1908
BATTLESHIPS ARE REVIEWED MCRETARY OF NAVY METCALF ,. INSPECTS COMBINED FLEETS. "FIGHTING BOB" RETIRES Admiral Thomas Assumes Command Until May 15, Whan His Flag Comes Down—Spsrry Will Then Be Chief. San Francisco, May 9.—The combined Atlantic and Pacific fleets of tal.Ueshlps,, armored cruisers, torpedo boat destroyers and auxiliaries, aggregating in we'sht of displace- Kient the enorraoos total of more than 400,000 tons—the greatest assemblage. • «om« to go to the "navy yards for retrogress of the American navy to ncond rank among the floating fighting forces of the world—were re- Tiowed in picturesque San Francisco harbor Friday by Secretary of the Navy Metcalf. The -14 vessels of the two fleets lay at anchor in four long columns and, proceeding from the' Oakland shore, the secretary, on board th« little gunboat Yorktown—a reminder of the days when the navy •was in Its infancy—proceeded south ward through the two lines formed by the armored cmisers of- the Ps ciftc fleet, nearest the Oakland shore, and the second squadron of .the Atlantic fleet, headed by the Minnesota. Turning back to the north at the end of these two lines, the Yorktown traversed the lane formed on the •t»rboa,rd by the battleships of the first Atlantic squadron and on the port by the grim little destroyers. Admiral Evans Goes Home. Rear Admiral Bvans, who had hoped to end his active naval career by participating In Friday's official . ceremonies, was not permitted by hl.- uttending physician to go aboard the Connecticut. Rear Admiral Charles M. Thomas was again the "senior officer." Admiral Evans, who returned to the fleet at Santa Cruz the day before it sailed through the Golden Gate, in completion of the originally planned cruise, has made his home on ahore at the St. Francis hotel, since the afternoon of the arrival. He rode In the long parade Thursday arid was .quite fatigued by the trip. Saturday forenoon is the time set for Admiral Evans to finally relinqxiish command. Although he will not be aboard ship, his flag will officially be lowered from the truck of the Connecticut as tire sharp-speaking rifles on the after- bridge boom out their parting salute of 13 guns will mark the assumption of command by a new chief, Admiral Thomas transferring his headquarter* from the Minnesota to the Connecticut and exchanging the subordinate flag of red of the commanding pennant of blue. Admiral Evans' leave- taking of the fleet thus will dat* from the Journey through the Golden Gate, when clad In the double-breasted frock coat ol "undress B," the official uniform for entering port, he stood upon the bridge of the ftegship for the last tdme.