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Correspondence between Rear Admiral Dahlgren and Captain Wise Concerning Ordnance, 1855, MS 145
The correspondence, spanning March to October 1855 was written by Henry Wise, stationed in South Boston, and John Dahlgren, stationed in Washington with the Navy's Ordnance Office. The letters pertain to the design, manufacture, and testing of ordnance, including pieces cast by Cyrus Alger & Co. Specific topics covered include alterations to cascabels and trunnions on 9-inch, 10-inch, and 11-inch guns; performance of specific artillery pieces; and the results of tests, including the bursting of several guns.
Dale Family Papers, 1767-1937, MS 246
The Dale Family Papers spans the family's history from 1749 to 1937, recording, in varying degrees of detail, the lives and careers of six generations of the Dale family, including Commodore Richard Dale, his sons Richard Sutherland Dale and Edward Crathorne Dale, his grandson Richard Dale, and his great-grandson Edward Crathorne Dale, as well as the Commodore's father Winfield Dale, and grandfather Richard Dale.
Richard Dale Letterbook, 1802, MS 45
The letterbook, spanning the period January 11-April 14, 1802, consists of copies of letters sent by Commodore Richard Dale from Toulon and his flagship, U.S.S. President, while in command of the American Squadron in the Mediterranean during the First Barbary War. The letters pertain to such topics as repairs to U.S.S. President, movements of U.S. Navy vessels in the Mediterranean, dealings with American diplomats, preparations for the return to American waters, transactions with local merchants, the settling of debts, U.S.S. Boston's deployment to Tunis and Tripoli, the conduct of Daniel McNeill, operations with the Swedish Squadron, the blockade of Tripoli, protection of Swedish and American convoys, recommendations to Dale's successor, the seizure of Tripolitan corsairs at Gibraltar, efforts by the Emperor of Morocco to free the captured Tripolitan corsairs, and the U.S.S. President's return to Hampton Roads. Correspondents include American Consul at Marseilles Stephen Cathalan, Jr., U.S.S. Philadelphia's commanding officer Samuel Barron, U.S.S. Boston's commanding officer Daniel McNeill, American Consul at Leghorn Thomas Appleton, Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith, Rear Admiral Soderstrom of the Swedish Navy, American Consul at Algiers Richard O'Brien, U.S.S. Essex's commanding officer William Bainbridge, U.S.S. George Washington's commanding officer John Shaw, and American Consul at Tangiers James Simpson.
Robert W. Daly Lectures, 1959-1975 (approximate), MS 436
Robert W. Daly was a historian and faculty member at the United States Naval Academy. The Robert W. Daly Lectures were produced for the United States Naval Academy History Department's class on Russian Military and Naval Doctrine, taught between 1959 and 1975.
Ellsworth Davis Letters, 1907-1933 (bulk 1909-1913), MS 274
Ellsworth Davis was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1913. The Ellsworth Davis Letters span from 1907 to 1933, but focus primarily on Davis' time as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, including his summer practice cruises, course work, recreational activities, and Naval Academy traditions.
J. M. Dayot's "Memoir on the Coast and Harbours of Cochinchina," 1807, (transferred to MS 1)
No description available.
Edwin Jesse DeHaven Papers, 1832-1928, MS 211
The Edwin Jesse De Haven papers, spanning from 1832 to 1928, document the naval career of Edwin De Haven, with special focus on the Grinnell Arctic Expedition of 1850 to 1851, and subsequent service with the Coast Survey until 1857. The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, photographs, and a print periodical.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
Journal of a Cruise on Board the U.S.S. Delaware, 1833-1835, (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Remarks and Occurrences on Board the U.S. Ship of the Line Delaware, 1835-1836, MS 16
The logbook spans the period of June 14, 1835-March 9, 1936, during which time the Delaware was under the command of John B. Nicolson and serving as the flagship of Commodore Daniel T. Patterson. The volume, which notes the ship's course, weather, and daily events, covers the Delaware's cruise in the Mediterranean, including operations off Malta, Tripoli, Palermo, and with the English Fleet, as well as receiving the Consul of Tripoli. The log concludes with the Delaware at Norfolk, where she was placed in ordinary.
Edwin R. Denby Diary, 1861-1863, MS 525
Edwin R. Denby was a Surgeon in the United States Navy. The Edwin R. Denby Diary spans from November 1861 until November 1863. The diary, kept by Denby while serving aboard U.S.S. Dacotah (Steam sloop), U.S.S. Narragansett (Screw sloop-of-war), and U.S.S. Wyoming (Screw sloop-of-war), discusses some of the Union Navy's efforts to capture Confederate raiders, but focuses primarily on U.S.S. Wyoming's operations in Japan, culminating in the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits in July 1863.
P. T. Deutermann Papers, 1991-2002, MS 548
P. T. Deutermann was an officer in the United States Navy, a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1963, and a writer of popular fiction. The P. T. Deutermann Papers span from 1991 until 2002. The papers consist of the manuscripts, mostly copy-edited, of Deutermann's first eight suspense novels, most of which are set in the context of the U.S. Navy or FBI.
Norman V. Donaldson Papers, 1917-1956 (bulk 1917-1925), MS 374
Norman V. Donaldson was an academic publisher who served aboard submarine chasers in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve during World War I. The Norman V. Donaldson Papers span the period of 1917 through 1956 with emphasis on his command of Submarine Chaser No. 98 and the capture of the German submarine U-53.
Journal of the Dorothea and the U.S.S. Java, 1817, 1821-1822, (transferred to MS 1)
Franklin Buchanan, the journal's author, served as a midshipman aboard the U.S.S. Java (frigate) and as second officer aboard the Dorothea (ship). The bulk of the manuscript covers the voyage of the Dorothea from Philadelphia to Canton [Guangzhou], China and back between 7 April 1821 and 11 June 1822. About thirty pages relate to the cruise of the U.S.S. Java from Gibraltar to Boston between 25 January and 2 March 1817. Buchanan was a career naval officer and the first Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and subsequently joined the Confederate States Navy.
George Ewell Dryden Papers, 1917-1920, MS 398
The George Ewell Dryden Papers span the years 1917 to 1920, and focus primarily on Dryden's experiences while supply officer aboard U.S.S. Galveston (Cruiser No. 17) in 1919. The papers include photograph albums, memoranda, inventories, and a diary.
Samuel Francis Du Pont Naval Papers, 1817-1859, MS 2
Samuel Francis Du Pont, of the prominent Du Ponts of Delaware, was an Admiral in the United States Navy. The Du Pont Papers are the product of his U.S. Navy career from his time as a midshipman through his command of U.S.S. Minnesota, two years shy of the outbreak of the Civil War. The materials focus primarily on the day-to-day operations, and general organization of, the ships on which Du Pont was stationed or in command of.
William Frederick Durand U.S.S. Mayflower Journal of Practice Cruise, 1879, MS 348
William Frederick Durand, United States Naval Academy Class of 1880, was a noted marine and aeronautical engineer. His U.S.S. Mayflower Journal of Practice Cruise spans from June until August 1879 and is an account of the Naval Academy's First Class summer practice cruise aboard the screw tug Mayflower.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.


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