President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1936 Cruise to Latin America
On USS Indianapolis (CA-35): A Scrapbook


Introduction

Introduction: Scrapbook of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's cruise aboard the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), departing Charleston, South Carolina, on 18 November 1936 for a "Good-Neighbor" visit to South America. The scrapbook was created by Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo who was the president's Naval Aide. After carrying President Roosevelt to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo for state visits, USS Indianapolis returned to Charleston on 15 December where the presidential party left the ship. Also on board during the voyage was the President's son, US Marine Lieutenant Colonel James Roosevelt. A notable highlight of the voyage was the Crossing of the Line (Equator) ceremony during which President Roosevelt received a subpoena to appear before King Neptune's Royal High Court of the Raging Main.


Image of page 1. Captions - Left: "U.S.S. Phelps;" right: "U.S.S. Mahan."U.S.S. MahanU.S.S. Phelps


Image of page two. Caption: "Captain H.K. Hewitt, U.S. Navy."Captain H.K. Hewitt, U.S. Navy


Image of page 3. Captions - Left: "Warrant Officers;" right: "Commissioned Officers."Commissioned Officers.Warrant Officers


Image of page 4. Caption: "The President arrives at Charleston, S.C."The President arrives at Charleston, S.C.


Image of page 5. Captions - Left: "Guard and Band render honors;" right: "The Crew man the rail."The Crew man the rail.Guard and Band render honors.


Image of page 6. Captions - Left: "The President's flag;" right: "Bow of Barge."Bow of Barge.The President's flag.


Image of page 7. Caption: "The President's Staff."The President's Staff.

Image of page 8. Captions - Left: "Military Aides;" right: "Marine Orderlies."Military Aides.Marine Orderlies.Military Aides.


Image of page 9. Caption: "Desk in President's quarters."Desk in President's quarters.


Image of page 10. Captions - Left: "Living quarters of President;" right: "Ship's Orchestra."Ship's Orchestra.Living quarters of President.


Image of page 11. Captions - Left: "Homa and his 'squeeze box';" right: "Ezell, BM1/c, who 'piped the President aboard'."Homa and his 'squeeze box.'


Image of page 12. Captions - Left: ""Indy' 'Bone Crushers';" right: "The 'leather pushers'."The 'leather pushers.''Indy' 'Bone Crushers.'


Image of page 13. Captions - Left: "Capt. Bastedo advises and assists Col. Watson;" right: "'Polliwog' James watches for arrival of Davy Jones."'Polliwog' James watches for arrival of Davy Jones.Capt. Bastedo advises and assists Col. Watson.


Image of page 14. Caption: "'The Army Builds Men' When 'They join the  Navy and see the World'."'The Army Builds Men' When 'They join the  Navy and see the World'.


Image of Page 15. Caption: "(Right) James Roosevelt keeps a sharp lookout for Davy Jones."(Right) James Roosevelt keeps a sharp lookout for Davy Jones.


Image of page 16. Caption: "Davy Jones reads the message from King Neptune to Capt. Hewitt. Cmdr. O.C. Badger on right."Davy Jones reads the message from King Neptune to Capt. Hewitt. Cmdr. O.C. Badger on right.


Image of page 17. Caption: "Punishing a 'Polliwog'."Punishing a 'Polliwog'.


Image of page 18. Captions - Left: "Music hath charms - A novice wins his way with melody;" right: "The late Mr. G. Gennerich enthralled by Mr. Roosevelt's Song of the Sea."The late Mr. G. Gennerich entralled by Mr. Roosevelt's Song of the Sea.Music hath charms - A novice wins his way with melody.


Image of page 19. Captions - Left: "A radioman angles for kilocycles in the Domain of Neptunus Rex;" right: "Bread and water and the brig await the Singer of Songs."Bread and water and the brig await the Singer of Songs.A radioman angles for kilocycles in the Domain of Neptunus Rex.


Image of page 20. Captions - Left: "Captain Hewitt turns his command;" right: "...over to King Neptune."... over to King Neptune.Captain Hewitt turns his command


Image of page 21. Caption: "The Royal Court of Neptune."The Royal Court of Neptune.


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Image of page 22. Captions - Left: "Chief Pharmacist Geo. Fox in the hands of the Royal Police;" right: "'Framing' a Secret Service Man Mr. R. Wood."'Framing' a Secret Service Man Mr. R. Wood.Chief Pharmacist Geo. Fox in the hands of the Royal Police.


Image of page 23. Caption - "The President pleads his  case before the Royal Court."The President pleads his  case before the Royal Court.


Image of page 24. Captions - Left: "His 'Defense Attorney' listens intently;" right: "James Roosevelt hears the sentence of the Royal Judge."James Roosevelt hears the sentence of the Royal Judge.His 'Defense Attorney' listens intently.


Image of page 25. Captions - Left: "Royal Scribe;" right: "Royal Police."Royal Police.Royal Scribe.


Image of page 26. Captions - Left: "Mr. Russell Wood rides his firey steed;" right: "Lieut. C.E. Harrison, U.S. Navy."Lieut. C.E. Harrison, U.S. Navy.Mr. Russell Wood rides his firey steed.


Image of page 27. Captions - Left: "The Royal Police;" right: "... go to work."... go to work.The Royal Police


Image of page 28. Caption - "The Royal Barbers."The Royal Barbers.The Royal Barbers.


Image of page 29. Captions - Left: "A polliwog runs the gauntlet;" right: "The Royal Doctors operate."The Royal Doctors operate.A polliwog runs the gauntlet.


Image of page 30. Caption - "The Youth of Rio await our arrival at Brazil."The Youth of Rio await our arrival at Brazil.


Image of page 31. Captions - Left: "Rio de Janeiro;" right "... Welcomes President Roosevelt."... Welcomes President Roosevelt.Rio de Janeiro


Image of page 32. Caption - "Brazil's Presidential Band."Brazil's Presidential Band.


Image of page 33. Captions - Left: "The 'Almirante Brown', Argentine Cruiser passes in review;" right "... as the 'INDY'S' Guard and Band render honors."... as the 'INDY'S' Guard and Band render honors.The 'Almirante Brown', Argentine Cruiser passes in review


Image of page 34. Caption - "President Roosevelt receives the salute of the Argentine Navy."

President Roosevelt receives the salute of the Argentine Navy.


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Image of page 35. Captions - Left: "With rails manned by cheering crews,;" right "Argentine destroyers pass before the President."Argentine destroyers pass before the President.With rails manned by cheering crews,


Image of page 36. Captions - Left: "Argentine's parade of Sea Power passes;" right: "... with saluting salvos."... with saluting salvos.Argentine's parade of Sea Power passes


Image of page 37. Captions - Left: "'La Golondrina' Argentine Minesweeper;" right: "Lifebuoy watch~ U.S.S. CHESTER in the distance."Lifebuoy watch~ U.S.S. CHESTER in the distance.'La Golondrina' Argentine Minesweeper.


Image of page 38. Captions - Left: "'La Golondrina' brings the American Consul to the 'Indy';" right: "A fleet of small pleasure craft extends a Welcome."A fleet of small pleasure craft extends a Welcome.'La Golondrina' brings the American Consul to the 'Indy'.


Image of page 39. Captions - Left: "The harbor of;" right: "... Buenos Aires."... Buenos Aires.The harbor of


Image of page 40. Captions - Left: "Buenos Aires from;" right: "... the bridge of the 'Indy'."... the bridge of the 'Indy'.Buenos Aires from


Image of page 41. Caption - "Entering the basin of the Dorsena Norte, Buenos Aires."Entering the basin of the Dorsena Norte, Buenos Aires.


Image of page 42. Captions - Left: "The arrival at;" right: "... Buenos Aires."... Buenos Aires.The arrival at


Image of page 43. Caption - "Cheering crowds await the President's arrival."Cheering crowds await the President's arrival.


Image of page 44. Caption - "En route to the Embassy 'Buenvenida, El Senor Presidente'!

En route to the Embassy 'Buenvenida, El Senor Presidente'!


Image of page 45. Captions - Left: "Hats, hands and hearts pay tribute;" right: "Leaving the Embassy."Leaving the Embassy.Hats, hands and hearts pay tribute.


Image of page 46. Captions - Left: "Presidential Pastry: The gift  of a baker;" right: "A barbecue for the 'Indy's' Chief Petty Officers."A barbecue for the 'Indy's' Chief Petty Officers.Presidential Pastry: The gift  of a baker.


Image of page 47. Captions - Left: "The Indianapolis;" right: "... leaves Buenos Aires."... leaves Buenos Aires.The Indianapolis


Image of page  48. Captions - Left: "With President Terra of Uruguay;" right: "Montevideo~Excited crowds break through the police lines."Montevideo~Excited crowds break through the police lines.With President Terra of Uruguay.


Image of page 49. Captions - Left: "Troops of Lancers;" right: "... comprise the escort."... comprise the escort.Troops of Lancers


Image of page 50. Captions - Left: "The Central Plaza Montevideo;" right: "Acknowledging cheers."Acknowledging cheers.The Central Plaza Montevideo.


Image of page 51. Caption - "Proud escorts flank the Presidents."Proud escorts flank the Presidents.


Image of page 52. Caption - "The 'Indy' prepares to leave Montevideo."The 'Indy' prepares to leave Montevideo.


Image of page 53.  Captions - Left: "A multitude bids;" right: "... farewell."... farewell.A multitude bids


Image of page 54. Caption - "The horde expands the cheers increase as...;" right: ".. friendly eyes seek one last glimpse 'The Good Neighbor'.".. friendly eyes seek one last glimpse 'The Good Neighbor.The horde expands the cheers increase as...


Image of page 55. Captions - Left: "'Auld lang syne' and;" right: "Montevideo, Farewell!"Montevideo, Farewell!'Auld lang syne' and


Image of page 56. Caption - "Port of Spain. The President leaves for the 'Tobaga'."Port of Spain. The President leaves for the 'Tobaga.'


Image of page 57. Captions - Left: "Press Conference;" right: "... aboard the 'Tobaga'

... aboard the 'Tobaga'.Press Conference


Image of page 58. Caption - "The President and the Press."


The President and the Press.Image of page 59. Captions - Left: "Capt. Bastedo and James Roosevelt return the salute of a  passing ship;" right: "French cruiser 'Jeanne D'Arc'."French cruiser 'Jeanne D'Arc'.Capt. Bastedo and James Roosevelt return the salute of a  passing ship.


Image of page 60. Caption - "Port of Spain, Trinidad."


Image of page 61. Captions - Left: "Port of Spain;" right: "Governor General Murchison and aides await the President's arrival."Governor General Murchison and aides await the President's arrival.Port of Spain.


Port of Spain, Trinidad.Image of page 62. Caption - "Warmly welcomed by the Mayor."Warmly welcomed by the Mayor.


Image of page 63. Captions - Left: "Reviewing the;" right: "... Constabulary."... Constabulary.Reviewing the


Image of page 64. Captions - Left: "Arriving at the;" right: "... Government House."... Government House.Arriving at the


Image of page 65. Captions  - Left: "Returning with the Harbor Master aboard the 'Tobaga';" right: "Aves Island~The largest catch."

Aves Island~The largest catch.Returning with the Harbor Master aboard the 'Tobaga'.


Image of page 66. Caption - "Fisherman's luck."Fisherman's luck.


Image of page 67. Caption - "'Goodbye and good luck'."'Goodbye and good luck'.


The End of the Cruise
(Below are three miscellaneous pages showing midshipman activities)


Image of page 68. Caption - "Sunday dress parade before chapel service."Sunday dress parade before chapel service


Image of page 69. Caption - "SCENES FROM A MIDSHIPMAN'S LIFE..., Scene in a midshipman's room in the 'new' quarters during the later 1800's. It appears a bit of hazing is going on."SCENES FROM A MIDSHIPMAN'S LIFE..., Scene in a midshipman's room in the 'new' quarters during the later 1800's.  It appears a bit of hazing is going on.


Image of page 70. Caption - "Gunnery drill aboard practice ship USS Santee.Gunnery drill aboard practice ship USS Santee.


Source: President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1936 Cruise to Latin America on USS Indianapolis (CA-35): A Scrapbook, Special Collections, Navy Department Library.