National Geographic : 1925 Jan
SEEING AMERICA FROM THE "SHENANDOAH" sent ships on the rocks and others to dry docks for repairs. THE CREW ON THE HISTORIC TRIP Structure and engines had stood the test, but the cruise could not have been made without the skill and tireless energy of the officers and crew. The enlisted men, nearly all with the grade of chief petty officer, were: F. J. Tobin, Arling ton, Massachusetts; F. E. Masters, Akron, Ohio; C. A. Heckbert, Rockland, Maine; R. B. Boswell, Pensacola, Florida; E. P. Allen, St. Louis; L. E. Allenly, Logan, Ohio; A. E. Carlson, Moscow, Idaho; J. F. McCarthy, Dorchester, Massachusetts; F. L. Peckham, Humboldt, Iowa; J. H. Col lier, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; R. E. Deal, Quincy, Massachusetts; E. B. O'Sul livan, Lowell, Massachusetts; Amos Bar ton, Kansas City; J. W. Cullinan, Bing hamton, New York; W. A. Russell, New York City; C. W. Broom, Atlantic City, New Jersey; L. K. Coleman, Fort Worth; L. W. Owen, Minneapolis; T. Dickerson, Los Angeles; R. Jones, Los Angeles; W. N. Spratley, Philadelphia; C. P. Ma zuco, Staten Island, New York; J. F. Moorman, Buffalo, New York; T. A. Knight, Little Rock, Arkansas; August Quernheim, St. Louis; C. S. Solar, To ledo, and J. J. Hahn, Philadelphia. Masters remained in San Diego, recov ering from an operation for appendicitis, and Broom returned with a broken wrist from cranking his engine in Fort Worth. Cuts and ills of the others were salved by the iodine and salts of the musette-bag medicine chest. Eleven of the men were riggers-six wheelsmen and five in the keel; fifteen were machinists-twelve on the motors and generator and three in the keel and Hahn was the cook, the only flying cook in the Navy. When he stepped on a nail in San Diego, 300 volunteered for the place, but he recovered. He worked 22 hours a day, heating coffee, soup, and beans, carrying it up the little ladder, and serving 4,175 superannuated sandwiches and 2,300 cakes of chocolate during the cruise, each with a double shuffle and flourish worthy of a French chef. "How long ago did we pass San Fran cisco?" Hahn asked that blustery morn ing when everybody aboard had about given up hope of ever seeing San Fran cisco, so absorbed was he in his cooking. The digest of the cruise, giving the time in hours and minutes, shows: From Lakehurst In flight. Fort Worth.- ___ 36:45 San Diego---___ 39:14 Camp Lewis---- 47:15 San Diego______ 39:55 Fort Worth__--- 36:25 Lakehurst---___ 35:27 Totals-- . .- 235 :01 In air. 38:05 41:14 57:55 47:35 37:22 36:22 258:33 Moored. 10:41 128:15 16:55 23:25 8:o6 187:22 The cruise of the Shenandoah was over an uncharted world. Beacons by sea and signs by land have been built through the ages for those who voyage on the sur face. A new era of transportation is com ing nearer, in which the airship will have a place as a conveyance of peace as well as an instrument of war. Many lessons were learned on the Shenandoah's cruise. The American - built and American manned airship in that cruise showed that mountains and distances are easily nego tiable. It also tested the practicability of the American innovations which have been added to the plans Count von Zep pelin laid down. The voyage to the North Pole and the exploration of the vast unknown polar regions have been made nearer realization by the Shenandoah's venture in the face of a blustering autumn. With the spring time, polar flights may come and the world's most inaccessible region will be within easy reach of man. The United States now has two great airships, small when compared to those of 5,000,000 and 6,000,000 cubic feet dis placement, which are planned, but which have already demonstrated their air worthiness and capability for the rigors of polar exploration.