National Geographic : 1938 Jul
r'notograpn Dy Topical iress NAVY WEEK PUTS A SMILE IN A 16-INCH GUN MUZZLE H. M. S . Rodney, with nine of the mighty weapons in three grim turrets, is one of the most formidable fighters afloat (page 76). But for the annual cele bration in August, the battleship relaxes a bit as a young publicity expert, within the strong-arm protection of Jack Tar, gives a cheer for the "King's Navee." Photograph byMaynard Owen Williams "GLARE, LEO, GLARE; YOU'RE ONLY AFIGUREHEAD!" Once this British lion rode the prow ofa74-gun ship. Today itisamere curiosity, as obsolete as a cigar-store Indian. "H.M.S.Drake," astheDevon port Naval Barracks is known (pages 70and 72),hasarich collection ofsuch old-time carvings, borne by historic vessels now nomore.