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USS Cetus (AK-77)

USS Cetus was a Crater-class cargo ship in the service of the US Navy in World War II. Named after the equatorial constellation Cetus, it was the only ship of the Navy to bear this name. Cetus was laid down 21 November 1942 as liberty ship SS George B. Cortelyou, MCE hull 445, by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 2, California, under a Maritime Commission contract. Cetus' assignment, for which she sailed from San Francisco 1 February 1943, was carrying cargo among South Pacific bases, from ports in New Zealand, she arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 24 February, began her share of the buildup of Solomon and Society Islands bases from which naval forces fought north through the Bismarcks. On 12 July 1944, she sailed from Guadalcanal for Eniwetok, where she prepared for her support of the invasion of Guam, she put to sea again 23 July, arrived off Guam 27 July, 6 days after the initial assault. With bitter fighting continuing ashore, Cetus offloaded her much needed cargo over reefs and beaches returned to the South Pacific.

In September and October 1944, Cetus brought cargo, some of which played its part in the liberation of the Philippines, from Espiritu Santo to Ulithi and Manus. Cetus lay just outside Manus Harbor 10 November when ammunition ship Mount Hood exploded, but escaped injury, she returned to Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, to load cargo after brief overhaul, on 18 March 1945 arrived at Guam to aid in preparations for the invasion of Okinawa, carrying cargo to Saipan, to Ulithi. On 26 April she herself arrived with cargo to support the determined fighting ashore. Cetus unloaded under the constant hazard of enemy air and surface suicide attack, but received no injury, she sailed for San Francisco, arriving on 12 June for a major overhaul which kept her there until after the close of the war. She proceeded on to Norfolk, where she was decommissioned 20 November 1945, returned to MARCOM the following day, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia, 21 November 1945.

She was sold to Hierros Ardes, S. A. Spain, for $71,520 on 26 October 1971, for scrapping, she was removed, 6 January 1972. Cetus received two battle stars for World War II service. Photo gallery of USS Cetus at NavSource Naval History

Hilarius (poet)

Hilarius was a Latin poet, supposed to have been an Englishman. He was one of the pupils of Pierre Abélard at his oratory of the Paraclete, addressed to him a copy of verses with its refrain in the vulgar tongue, "Tort avers vos li mestre", Abelard having threatened to discontinue his teaching because of certain reports made by his servant about the conduct of the scholars. Hilarius may have made his way to Angers, his poems are contained in manuscript supp. lat. l008 of the Bibliothèque Nationale, purchased in 1837 at the sale of M. de Rosny. Quotations from this manuscript had appeared before, but in 1838 it was edited by Champollion Figeac as Hilarii versus et ludi. After 1125 there is no certain trace of him. 1150, but it is unknown whether Hilarius of Orléans and Hilarius the playwright are separate people, nor if either of them are the same person as the Hilarius who taught at Angers. His works consist chiefly of light verses of the goliardic type. There are verses addressed to an English nun named Eva, lines to Rosa, "Ave splendor puellarum, generosa domina", another poem describes the beauties of the priory of Chaloutre la Petite, in the diocese of Sens, of which the writer was an inmate.

One copy of satirical verses seems to aim at the pope himself. Two other poems, published in an anthology by Rictor Norton, express his love for a'Boy of Angers' and'An English boy', he wrote three miracle plays in rhymed Latin with an ad-mixture of French. Two of them, Suscitatio Lazari and Historia de Daniel repraesentanda, are of purely liturgical type. At the end of Lazarus is a stage direction to the effect that if the performance has been given at matins, Lazarus should proceed with the Te Deum, if at vespers, with the Magnificat; the third, Ludus super iconic Sancti Nicholai, is founded on a sufficiently foolish legend. Petit de Julleville sees in the play a satiric intention and a veiled incredulity that put the piece outside the category of liturgical drama. A rhymed Latin account of a dispute in which the nuns of Ronceray at Angers were concerned, contained in a cartulary of Ronceray, is ascribed to the poet, who there calls himself Hilarius Canonicus; the poem is printed in the Bibliothèque de l'Ecole des Chartes, was dated by Paul Marchegay from 1121.

Notice in Hist. litt. de la France, supplemented, s.v. Jean Bodel, by Alexis Paulin Paris Hilarii versus et ludi, Lutetiae Parisiorum 1838. Wright, Biographia Britannica literaria, Anglo-Norman Period Petit de Julleville, Les Mystères D. E. Lucombe, The School of Peter Abelard: The Influence of Abelard's Thought in the Early Scholastic Period, Cambridge University Press, 1969. Nikolaus M. Häring, "Hilary of Orléans and His Letter Collection." Studi Medievali, Serie Terza, 14 Hilarii Aurelianensis Opera, herausgegeben von Walther Bulst und M. L. Bulst-Thele, Brill, 1989. Hilarii Versus et Ludi, ed. John Bernard Fuller. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1929. Norton, Rictor My Dear Boy:Gay Love Letters through the Centuries. Leyland Publications, San Francisco, 1998. In: Thomas Stehling, Medieval Latin poems of male love and friendship, New York and London 1984, p. 70