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Yarns of a Kentucky Admiral

By
Hugh Rodman
Rear Admiral, United States Navy

The Book and the Author

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[p7] Contents

In Old Kentucky

13

Early Days in the Navy

24

Some Rough Weather on the High Seas

46

A Bit of Nautical Talk

68

Strange Phenomena of the Sea

85

A Hawaiian Coronation and a Few Fish Stories

94

Some Nautical Feats of the Hawaiians and Others

117

Anent the Gay South Sea Islands

135

Hunting and Shooting in Alaska

157

Alaska, Whales and Lighthouses

170

Gunboating in Asiatic Waters

192

The Canal Zone

215

With Commodore Dewey in 1898

237

In the Mists Off Scotland, 1917‑18

261

The Navy as a National Asset and Necessity

288

List of Illustrations

Admiral Hugh Rodman

Frontispiece

Midshipman at drill in the days when Admiral Rodman was at the Naval Academy.

16

Spar deck of the U. S. S. Santee, station ship at the Naval Academy

22

An old-time sailing vessel on which Admiral Rodman served as midshipman

30

U. S. S. New Mexico, the flag-ship of Admiral Rodman, Commander-in‑Chief of the Pacific Fleet

42

Old-time sailing man-of‑war under top sails and courses in heavy weather

54

Battle-ship in heavy sea

64

A devil-fish

72

The Monongahela, a similar ship to Farragut's flag-ship, the Hartford

82

Vessel in which Admiral Rodman cruised to China and returned, 1886‑1889

86

Old-time sailors

92

United States Pacific Fleet off Lahaina Roads, Maui

100

A colony of sea birds on Midway Island

112

Hawaiian war canoe, — warriors masked

126

Admiral Sir David Beatty, R. N., Captain Wurtsburg, U. S. N., Admiral Hugh Rodman, U. S. N.

148

Admiral Rodman and hunting party on a mountain-top in Alaska

166

On the banks of an Alaskan trout stream

166

Landing a four-pound trout from an Alaskan stream

166

U. S. S. Utah, coming bows‑on

184

Group of officers on the U. S. S. Elcano, gunboating on the Yangtze Kiang, China

206

Hongkong Harbor, where Dewey's Fleet lay prior to sailing for Manila

206

Catch of Tarpon, Gatun Spillway, Panama

230

The Battle of Manila Bay

244

Gun salvo broadside from a modern battle-ship

258

Admiral Beatty, Admiral Rodman, King George V, Prince of Wales, and Admiral Sims, aboard U. S. S. New York

276

Surrender of the German Fleet, Admiral Rodman pointing it out to Admiral Sims

290

King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium being welcomed aboard the U. S. S. New York by Admiral Rodman

300

Technical Details

Edition Used

These webpages transcribe my copy of the original hardback edition of 1928, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis. It is marked, contradictorily,

Copyright, 1928, By The Bobbs-Merrill Company

and

Copyright, 1927, U. S. Naval Institute

but is now in the public domain because neither copyright was renewed in 1955/1956 or 1954/1955 as the case may be, as then required by law: details here on the copyright law involved.

For citation and indexing purposes, the pagination is shown in the right margin of the text at the page turns (like at the end of this line); p57  these are also local anchors. Sticklers for total accuracy will of course find the anchor at its exact place in the sourcecode.

In addition, I've inserted a number of other local anchors: whatever links might be required to accommodate the authors' own cross-references, as well as a few others for my own purposes. If in turn you have a website and would like to target a link to some specific passage of the text, please let me know: I'll be glad to insert a local anchor there as well.

Illustrations and Proofreading

The printed edition includes zzz photographs, slipped in at various points, not usually related to the text.

As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

My transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents below, the sections are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree; a red background would mean that the page had not been proofread. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme.

The printed book was remarkably well proofread. The inevitable typographical errors were very few, and most of them were caught in an errata list on (the unnumbered) p5: I folded those corrections in without marking them. The other errors are almost all trivial: I marked them with a dotted underscore like this: as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the underscored words to read the variant. One correction didn't lend itself to that treatment because it conflicted with HTML: it is marked with a bullet like this.º Similarly, glide your cursor over bullets before measurements: they provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

Adm. Rodman regularly writes practise for the noun. I've left it.

A number of other odd spellings, curious turns of phrase, etc. have been marked <!‑‑ sic ‑‑> in the sourcecode, just to confirm that they were checked. They are also few.

Any other mistakes, please drop me a line, of course: especially if you have a copy of the printed book in front of you.



[image ALT: zzz; it is a ship on which Admiral Hugh Rodman sailed for three years. The image serves as the icon on this site for his autobiographical memoirs, \'Yarns of a Kentucky Admiral\'.]

The icon I use to indicate this subsite is the photo of the sailing ship in which the author lived toward the beginning of his naval career (p86).


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