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1' FIRST WAR DOG ENTERING PEARL HARBOR
History was made when the
cruiser California, flagship of
Rear Admiral Chauncey Thomas,
in command of Captain Harlow,
steamed from Honolulu up
through the channel tn Pearl
Harbor a few days ago and an
chored in front of the dry dock,
"be California was the first ship
fhe navy to enter the new naval
1 in Honolulu.
ed, white and blue ribbon
4 bod across the entrance to
United States in 1898, and ten
years later an appropriation of
three millions dollars was made
for the straightening of the chan
nel to the harbor and establishing
a naval base. In 1V09 the work
on the dry-dock commenced.
The work on this contract for
dredging the channel and bar has
been most difficult, much of it be
ing in the hardest kind of coral.
Once the excavation for the
dry-dock was completed, the false
-irbor was the only barriei
- ship had to plow her waj
: Besides the local army aw1
navy officials, who were guests o
fRear Admiral Thomas on th
California for the trip, there wer
prominent civilians. Among then
being ex-Queen Liloukalani am!
Ir.dgc Sanford B. Dole.
' V'H Harbor was ceded to the
? -1 States in 1884 by Kine
kaiu;, the treaty being nego
by President Cleveland. In
: Lieutenant Curtis of tin.
stuution (Old Ironsides) re
marked on what an excellent na
cval base Pearl Harbor would
Hawaii was annexed to the
:rib-work put in and the water
artially pumped out, but as it got
i early to the bottom the pressure
rom outside forced the soft bot-
im upward, pumping was stop
ped. Great piles were imported
Yom the northwest and are being
d to pin this botton down.
Then the concrete put in for the
ottom and sides of the dock.
Vhen completed this dock will
ke the largest ships of the Am
Some fellows make the mistake
of trying to kill two birds with
one stone, when it's a mighty
sight easier to find a stone for