Taft's Naval Review in 1912, 127 ships

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Taft's Naval Review in 1912, 127 ships - kZ NAVAL REVIEW GREAT Taft Will Inspect 12T...
kZ NAVAL REVIEW GREAT Taft Will Inspect 12T Ships at New York October 15 FINAL PLANS ARE READY Force Greatest in History of the United States Will Consist of 1300 Officers and 27000 Men Great Guns to Boom Many Salutes Vessels to Go Later to Panama Final plans for the mobilization and review of the Atlantic fleet in New York harbor October 12 - 15 which have engaged the attention of officers of the Navy Department for many weeks now are in the hands of Rear Admiral Hugo Osterhaus commander - in - chief of the fleet The big event at the assemblage of the American armada will be the review by President Taft and Secretary Meyer on Tuesday October 16 The President will view the column from the deck of the yacht Mayflower The more than sbcscore ships 127 In the reviewing line with a total tonnage of 741580 will constitute the greatest iex - hibltion of naval strength ever made In American waters Last year the total of 99 ships indued 24 first - class battleships This year a grim gray line of 32 battleships will speak more forcibly of American naval prowess More formidable than last year also will be the array of armored cruisers and other powerful craft at anchor during the review Will Remain Longer in Port Many of the warships will remain longer in New York harbor than last year While Secretary Meyer denied the request that the fleet remain until October 21 Admiral Osterhaus notified members of the mayors committee that us many of the ships would complete their summer programs earlier than the time set for mobilization he excepted to arrive with sixteen battleships on October 6 The reserve fleet including eleven more battleships and four armored cruisers will arrive October 10 and the destroyers the following day by which time the assemblage will be complete When the fleet is in readiness for re - view October 12 there will be on board about 1000 commissioned officers 300 warrant officers and 27000 enlisted men Big Guns to Boom On board the Dolphin with Secretary - Meyer will be members of the Senate and House committees on naval affairs diplomats and other distinguished guests After Secretary Meyer has received Rear Admiral Osterhaus the commander - in - chief and the division commanders on the Dolphin he will set out in a launch to pay visits to the flagships As he leaves her side the Dolphin will fire a salute of nineteen guns and this salute will be repeated as his launch comes to the flagship of each division His round of visits over Mr Meyer will return to the Dolphin and members of the Senate and House naval committees who will follow the Secretary on his visits will be honored with a salute of seventeen guns Every ship Mr Meyer visits will raise the Secretarys flag with Its blue field white anchor and four stars Review by the President The more spectacular event will be the review by President Taft on October 15 Mr Taft probably will be joined on the Mayflower by Secretary Meyer and his staff from the Navy Department The Mayflower will move up to the head of the column of battleships and drop anchor The admirals Immediately wijl itout in launches to pay their respects to the commander - in - chief of the army and navy who will receive each with the honor due his rank Mr Taft will then return the visits from the admirals going first to the Wyoming Admiral Osterhaus flagrship The Mayflower will fire a presidential salute as the President leaves and when his flag has been hoisted temporarily over the Wyoming the other vessels will join in a further noisy tribute As he leaves the Wyoming another salute by t he flagship will be followed by the other frans of the fleet When Mr Taft has returned to his yacht the Mayflower attended by torpedoboats will move in and out among the big craft coming to anchor after the round trip in order that the President may watch the vessels put ot to sea is to i to

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 23 Sep 1912, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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