Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Peculiar Psychology of the Navy

"The Navy Department", wrote Henry L. Stimson, "frequently seemed to retire from the realm of logic into a dim religious world in which Neptune was God, Mahan was his prophet, and the United States Navy the only true Church."


Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Not a bad assessment by the Secretary of War, but he neglected to note that their Bible was the Watch Officer’s Guide which was supplemented by the Bluejackets’ Manual.

Very Respectfully,

history fan said...

Thanks for not quoting Churchill:
"The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash."