The Sea Cadet, No. 9, Vol. 2, May 1945

VOL. 2 NO. 9 MAY 1945 THE SEA CADET OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE SEA CADET CORPS PRICE 6 d Published Monthly EDITORIAL OFFICES, cc THE SEA CADET, GRAND BUILDINGS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON WC2 About Ourselves I Twas a tragedy that Franklin Delano Roosevelt should die within an ace of victory. But if he had to die pre­maturely it might be said to have been a mercy of Provi­dence that he lived so long. No man in the world has done more to preserve civilization. And it. was perhaps the eternal youth of the man, the sympathy with youngness in every kind of effort for war and peace, that gave him greatness in a special degree. There was much besides a warm and undying friendship between him and Winston Churchill, chiefly, per­haps, that they were both in a sense among the boys who never grow up. President Roosevelt would probably have brought America to our side even without Pearl Harbour. But with­out this vile treachery— which in the end made America the greatest naval power in the world— it might have taken all his strength and all his resources. And since sea power still controls the destinies of mankind and in one form or another is likely to control it for all the time that we can foresee, close friendship and alliance between ourselves and America are the chief hope of civilization. Roosevelt buttressed the foundations of this friendship. It will be up to the younger generations of to-day to see that they are not shaken. CONGRATULATIONS Last month Kensington unit, with a strength of 125, told us that they were selling eighty copies of The Sea Cadet and asked if it was a record. Apparently it is not, but it still remains avery fine achievement. Worcester unit, with an establishment of 75, has purchased and sold eighty copies each and every month that the journal has been issued. They add :“We think The Sea Cadet the best 6d. on the market, but we don’t think the present cover as good as the previous one.” Well done, Worcester, and we shall behaving anew cover for the June issue. Stoke Newington’s record of sales is remarkable too. “We have taken 100 copies,” they write, “for the past three quarters, the average strength of the unit being 98 cadets and we have disposed of every copy.” Southgate unit must be congratulated, too, and here is what they say: “With a strength of 115 we have ordered at least 100 copies each issue for the past six months. Some months the order has been 120 copies and the average for the six months is 107 per month. Sorry, Kensington, you have along way togo! ”LETTER FROM AMERICA It is extremely gratifying to know that our journal is appreciated outside the British Isles and the Dominions. A cadet from Willesden unit has sent us a letter from Yeo­man 1st Cl. R.H. Fosdick, of the United States Naval Reserve, in which he says:“ A British boy was asked to describe an island. ‘Well,’ he said, ‘it's apiece of land surrounded by the British Navy.’ No doubt he Was a Sea Cadet. Those of you in the Sea Cadet Corps who choose to make the Navy a career will form the backbone of your Navy of to-morrow :those who choose civilian life will bethe better citizens for the excellent train­ing they have received in the Corps. Perhaps among them will bethe leaders of to-morrow, for they’ve learned to obey. To command one must know how to obey, not only in mili­tary society, but also in civilian society. “The pictures in The Sea Cadet journal are most infor­mative and abound with Great Britain’s naval traditions. When 1 finish my issue of The Sea Cadet I send it to my cousins in Los Angeles, California. They are sea-minded boys living inclose proximity to the mighty, blue Pacific. They are learning how their British cousins work and play in the Sea Cadet Corps, even as I am learning to understand the British Navy better through the eyes of The Sea Cadet magazine.” CONVALESCENCE The Sea Cadet Corps is taking an active part in providing its cadets with full opportunity for building up after illness by its scheme of co-operation with Sun Hill Court, a con­valescent establishment that provides efficient medical and nursing supervision in an environment the Sea Cadet can appreciate. Sun Hill Court is organized entirely to meet the needs of boys of 14 to 18 years of age, and there is a nautical background at the establishment. Owing to the success of the scheme three beds have now been taken at Sun Hill Court and units should take full advantage of this facility. NAVAL EXHIBITION Holiday-makers at two of the most popular seaside resorts in the country are to have the opportunity of seeing the big Naval Exhibition, “Victory at Sea,” after its successful runs in London and Bristol. It opens at the Pier, Southend-on- Sea, on 17th May, and at Olympia, Blackpool, in mid-July. Admiral Sir Charles Kennedy Purvis. K.C.B., Deputy First Sea Lord, will open the Exhibition at Southend. As in London and Bristol, the Exhibition will be staged by the News Chronicle with Admiralty and Navy League co-operation, and the entire proceeds, without any deduction for expenses, will be handed to the Navy League’s Appeal for Sea Cadet Funds. Although in Southend this Exhibition is linked with the Mayor’s Appeal for the Royal and Merchant Navies, part of the Lord Mayor of London’s Appeal, the proceeds are earmarked for Sea Cadet Corps Funds. The Pier setting at Southend, somewhere of the exhibits will be in the open on the pier deck, will add a touch of realism to this the most ambitious Naval Exhibition ever staged. The many new features which were toadded this Exhibi­tion when it began its provincial tour at Bristol will be retained and some new exhibits arc being added. 257
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