Texas Newspaper covers naval review in 1912
New York, N. Y., Oct. 15.—Led by the battleship Connecticut, the flagship of rear admiral Hugo Osterhous, the great Atlantic fleet left New York today, was reviewed by president Taft on board the Mayflower and the great vessels passed out to sea. More than 1,000,000 persons saw the gigantic line of warships steam from their anchorages down the Hudson and down the bay to the Atlantic. The departure of the great fleet brought to an end the greatest naval spectacle ever seen by this or any other American city and as the $250,000,000 worth of marine war machinery passed out to sea flags floated from the government buildings and from hundreds of public buildings along the Hudson. Riverside Drive and other streets offering a view of the Hudson and the tipper bay were crowded; Battery Park was a solid mass of people while the roofs of buildings overlooking the outward bound route of the fleet was jammed with spectators. The windows -i the upper floors of the sky scrapers were crowded. Revenue cutters cleared the harbor of small craft so that there would be no danger of collisions and bv 10 oclock the lower Hudson and Hudson bay were free from the usual tangle of marine traffic. More than 200 official and unofficial guests were taken on board the naval yacht Dolphin. Secretary George von L. Meyer and his aides, however, went upon the presidential yacht Mayflower in order to take part in the formal presidential review of the fleet. The Mayflower flew neither the president's nor secretary Meyer’s flag as she took her position below the head of the line waiting for the battleship and their lesser companions to get under way. President Stands on Quarter Deck. President Taft and secretary Meyer stood upon the quarterdeck shading their eyes for the signal which was ta announce the arrival of the first squadron. Shortly after H oclock the Connecticut appeared, her great funnels belching up clouds of black smoke which hid the spidery superstructure overhead. With Admiral Osterhaus’s flag at her peak, the big stately battleship rolled down the river with her sharp prow sending billows away on either side of her dun colored hull. Following with mathematical precision came the other ships of the line. As had been the case ever since their •-»nival, the greater interest was attracted to the super-dreadnoughts Arkansas and Wyoming, the biggest and newest and most destructive ships in the United States navy.