Midwatch in Verse is now shipping
Greetings! Just a note to let you know that the softcover version of Midwatch in Verse is now shipping from the publisher, McFarland Books. An e-book version will eventually be available, but at this time we do not know the … Continue reading →
What is a “typical” deck log?
According to the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC): A Navy ship’s deck log is a daily chronology of certain events for administrative and legal purposes. Preparation of logs is governed by the current edition of Office of the Chief … Continue reading →
Oldest Midwatch Poem [to date]
This post is an example of what we do with the ships and deck logs in each chapter of Midwatch in Verse. Each chapter of the book is divided into three parts—a history of the ship, a brief discussion of … Continue reading →
The Origins of the New Year’s Deck Log Poetry Tradition
More than sixty years ago, in the January 1959 issue of the US Naval Institute Proceedings, Captain Robert W. McNitt, USN, wrote an article describing the unusual Navy tradition of writing the New Year’s deck log on US ships … Continue reading →