At the time of my birth in 1881, my father was over forty years of age. While I was still a baby, he went to sea on the Wachusett, which, as I recall, was on duty in the Atlantic and for a time was stationed at the port of one of the Central American Republics in which there was a revolution.
Mahan, Lyle Evans and Hattendorf, John B.
"My Parents, Rear Admiral and Mrs. Alfred Thayer Mahan,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 43
, Article 7.
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