National Geographic : 1951 Mar
Kings Point Trains Cadet-Midshipmen to Run Merchant Ships The United States Merchant Marine Academy atKings Point gives future officers a four-year course under disci pline like that ofWest Point and Annapolis. Upon gradua tion they are commissioned en signs inthe United States Naval Reserve; hence the dual designation "cadet-midship men." The Academy covers 62 acres on Long Island's north shore, including the estate of the late Walter P.Chrysler. Officer candidates must com pete for appointment. They have one year of training aboard amerchant vessel at sea (page 315). These young men take ales son inhandling cargo gear. They use miniature jeeps, a Liberty ship model, and a mock-up of avessel's deck, complete with king posts, booms, blocks, and rigging. Opposite page: The New York Naval Shipyard, famil iarly known asBrooklyn Navy Yard, sprawls inabend of the East River facing lower Man hattan (page 318). Just be yond Williamsburg Bridge the carrier Enterprise ("Fighting Lady") lies at apier. An ad joining pier bears a150-ton hammerhead crane, largest in the Port ofNew York. U.S.S.Missouri and other fighting ships came from Brooklyn's building ways.