An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and by Gary E. Weir

By Gary E. Weir

Via international conflicts and the chilly warfare, the united states army and American ocean scientists drew nearer, changing a wedding of necessity right into a courting of feat. starting in 1919, this examine strains the 1st forty two years in their joint quest to appreciate one another and the deep ocean.

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Although this combination seemed to have little to do with ocean science of interest to the SELLING BELLEVUE 15 navy, conditions created by these animals oVered an excellent opportunity for hydrographic and oceanographic studies. The Hawaiian Islands Bird Reservation, a chain of small islands jutting into the PaciWc northwesterly from Honolulu, had long suVered from a major environmental imbalance. At the turn of the century, small domestic rabbits were introduced on Lysinski Island, one of the smaller links in the chain and a breeding ground for a wide variety of rare birds.

Naval forces in Europe, the admiral urged the Navy and State Departments to ensure American commitment to the IHB. He retired in 1923 as a vice admiral and then accepted the joint nomination from the navy and the Department of Commerce to Wll the vacancy on the bureau’s board of directors created by the death of J. Renaud, head of the French navy’s Hydrographic Service. 30 SELLING BELLEVUE 13 Bunnies, Birds, and the SDF Hydro’s international activities with the IHB and practical wartime experience attracted the attention of many scientists in search of logistical and Wnancial support for their ocean research.

Rear Adm. William H. Standley, director of the CNO’s War Plans Division, requested permission to send naval oYcers on any proposed oceanographic research voyages in the PaciWc to gather intelligence on islands and ocean areas that would have strategic importance in a war with Japan. 10 The Interagency Conference on Oceanography The ICO proposals determined the nature of the naval commitment to oceanographic research for the next two decades. On 2 June 1924, Acting Navy Secretary Roosevelt sent out invitations to prominent civilian scientists, scientiWc institutions, government agencies, and naval bureaus and activities.

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