Letters, Mar. 7, 1938

Sailors

Sirs:

Jimminy Crickets ! TIME, please do not let a smart-alecky "future admiral" take you for a sea jaunt [TIME, Feb. 21]. "W. T. Door"—water-tight door in seagoing jargon. . . .

Pardon scratchy script—vessel is rolling.

CHARLEY NOBLE

Seaman Second Class

U. S. S. Seattle

Navy Yard

Brooklyn, N. Y.

Sirs:

You printed a letter from a midshipman signed "W. T. Door." You may be interested to know that this is a pseudonym, equivalent to the civilian's "John Doe." It is taken from the marking found frequently on ship's doors, meaning "watertight door."...

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