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Makers of Naval Tradition
Carroll Storrs Alden
Ralph Earle


The Navy and Tradition


John Paul Jones (1747‑1792)


Stephen Decatur (1779‑1820)


Thomas Macdonough (1783‑1825)


Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794‑1858)


Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806‑1873)


John Adolphus Dahlgren (1809‑1870)


David Glasgow Farragut (1801‑1870)


David Dixon Porter (1813‑1891)


Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827‑1917)


Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840‑1914)


George Dewey (1837‑1917)


William Thomas Sampson (1840‑1902)


William Sowden Sims (1858‑1936)


Makers of Tradition in our Day: Period of Preparation


Makers of Tradition in our Day: War Once More


Technical Details

Edition Used

The edition followed in this transcription was that of my own hard copy, Ginn and Company, technically no date but stating on the last page that it was written in 1942, and bearing the following copyright notices:

Copyright, 1942, by Ginn and Company

Copyright, 1925, by Carroll Storrs Alden and Ralph Earle

The original 1925 copyright was not renewed in 1952 or 1953 and the 1942 copyright on the revised edition was not renewed in 1969 or 1970 as was in each case required by the then 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 remarkably well proofread; a very few typographical errors are marked, when important (or unavoidable because inside a link), with a bullet like this;º and when trivial, with a dotted underscore like this: as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the bullet or the underscored words to read the variant. Similarly, bullets before measurements provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

A number of 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.

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The icon I use to indicate this subsite is a photograph in true color of Commodore Perry's flag at the Battle of Lake Erie, standing in for the black-and‑white photograph of the same flag that appears as the book's frontispiece (which in this Web transcription, heads off the List of Illustrations).

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