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Theodore Roosevelt
and the Rise of the Modern Navy

Gordon Carpenter O'Gara


The United States a World Power


The Navy Department


Navy Yards and Bases


Naval Construction


Fleet Organization and Distribution


Naval Personnel




Technical Details

Edition Used

The edition followed in this transcription was that of my own hard copy. The 1943 copyright was not renewed in 1970 or 1971 as then required by law in order to be maintained. The work is thus in the public domain; 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.


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 above, the sections are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. 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 almost perfectly proofread — or at least, I found only one typographical error, on the next-to‑last page. Otherwise, my only intrusion into the author's text is an occasional bullet before measurements, providing, as elsewhere onsite, conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

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

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: A collage of the photo of a man in an early‑20c suit, looking straight at us, with his left hand in his pocket: on a background of 13 stripes and a stylized rattlesnake stretching out diagonally over them from the lower right corner, and beneath it the motto, partly obscured, 'DON'T TREAD ON ME'. The man is President Theodore Roosevelt, the striped design is the naval jack of the United States, and the montage serves as the icon on this site for the book 'Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of the Modern Navy'.]

The icon I use to indicate this subsite is my reinterpretation of an idea expressed in one of the book's illustrations, the cartoon on p79; since that image didn't convert well to a recognizable or attractive icon, I rendered President Roosevelt's naval "big stick" by the naval jack now used by the U. S. Navy, with its motto Don't tread on me.

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