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The text captures the life of a sailor aboard USS Arkansas, as well as her day-to-day operations as one of the fourteen Atlantic Fleet ships that participated in the US Navy’s October-December 1913 Mediterranean cruise, described in that year’s “Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy” as…”arranged largely for the educational advantages to be derived by officers and enlisted men from an opportunity to visit foreign ports and travel in foreign countries. Such diversion from the usual exercises of the fleet conduces to increased contentment; and, in consequence, more widespread interest in the Navy and increase of its popularity will result”.
Once in the Mediterranean, the fleet split up, with USS Arkansas and USS Florida going to Naples for three weeks, while the other ships visited Malta, Genoa, Villefranche, and Marseilles. Crewmen received leave for extensive sightseeing, the ships were opened for visits by local residents and officers and men were liberally entertained ashore. On December 3rd, 1913 the fleet passed Gibraltar, homeward bound, leaving behind a Europe that just nine months later would be convulsed by war.