According to Wikipedia, Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick was the title of the first multi-page newspaper published in the Americas. Before then, single-page newspapers, called broadsides, were published in the English colonies and printed in Cambridge in 1689. The first edition was published September 25, 1690, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was intended to be published monthly, “or, if any Glut of Occurrences happen, oftener.” It was printed by American Richard Pierce of Boston, and it was edited by Benjamin Harris, who had previously published a newspaper in London. The paper contained four six by ten inch pages, and filled only three of them.
On the mark of this anniversary, we ask, did you know the BB55 had a newspaper? It first published April 12, 1941 concluding with the final issue on October 17,1942. The first Print Shop was removed to add extra storage space and reduce weight. The current Print Shop on 3rd deck was added (or returned) in 1944 when the Ship was at Pearl Harbor for service and repairs.
Saturday, April 12, 1941 Editorial
“With this first issue, we are launching The Tarheel, ship’s paper of the U.S.S. North Carolina. It will be a weekly chronicle devoted to the ship, events in the lives of those of us who man it and the naval history of which it will play a part. As manning a ship is “All Hands” job, so the Tarheel will be the paper of everyone aboard, from the Captain to our newest apprentice seaman.”
May 31, 1941
“The staff asks one more thing of you – have your contributions turned in by Wednesday morning. The printers to whom we all owe a big vote of confidence have been losing lots of sleep working at night because the “dope” has been delivered to them late.”
Last issue, October 17, 1942
Tarheel Leaves Footprints
The Tarheel began publication three days after this ship was commissioned, and a copy has been issued every Saturday during the 18 months since; but, this is the last issue for the duration, for the Print Shop and printer personnel are leaving us until happy days are here again.
To D.W. Owen and his great gang, we say, simply, and sincerely, Thank you for a job well done. And a chins up Cherrio to all our contributors and friends.
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