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Arthur Philip Fairfield Letters, 1917-1932 (bulk 1925-1932), MS 363
Arthur Philip Fairfield was an Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1901. The letters originate from Fairfield's tours as Commander of Destroyer Division 27, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Commander of the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chester and focus on the Syrian crisis of 1925, the Chester's European cruise of 1930, and Fairfield's service in World War I.
Herman George Feydt Papers, 1917-1922, MS 405
Herman George Feydt was a U.S. Naval reservist who served as a boatswain's mate in World War I and as a mail clerk after the war. The Feydt Papers detail his unsuccessful efforts to join the Ensigns Reserve Force, his activity as a mail clerk both on the Nahma and at Lafayette Radio Station in France, and his participation in civic organizations and home front morale efforts.
Reid P. Fiala Photograph Albums, 1944-1985 (bulk 1976-1985), MS 433
Reid P. Fiala was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1931. The Reid P. Fiala Photograph Albums span primarily from 1976 to 1985 and depict the membership and various activities of the west coast alumni of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1931.
William O. Field Scrapbooks, 1916-1919, MS 451
William O. Field was a glaciologist and a member of the American Geographical Society. The William O. Field Scrapbooks, comprising 0.7 linear feet of documentation in four volumes, span from 1916 to 1919. The scrapbooks focus on the international competition to complete the first transatlantic flight, which culminated in the successful transatlantic flight of the U.S. Navy's NC-4 in 1919, as well as the U.S. Navy's battleship and cruiser fleets.
John J. Fitzpatrick Notebook, 1901-1902, MS 96
The notebook was kept by Midshipman John J. Fitzpatrick, Naval Academy Class of 1901, while he was attached to U.S.S. Kearsarge. The notebook consists largely of a detailed description of the appearance, condition, mechanical systems, and engine operations of U.S.S. Kearsarge while she served as flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron.
Flags and Signals, circa 1850, MS 192
The volume, British in origin, consists primarily of hand-drawn illustrations of naval signal and identification flags, with several print indexes of flags tipped in. The volume includes sections for merchant flags of all nations, new commercial code, Marryat's signals, lights for steam and sailing vessels, Wards telegraph flags and signals, Watson's signals, Dover Harbour pilots, Deal pilots, storm signals, fog signals, house flags, club flags, foreign district flags, history of the Union Jack, yacht burgees, Acker's universal yacht signals, and Royal Naval signal flags and compass signals.
Journal of Chas. G. Fleming, U.S.S. Penobscot, MS 104
The journal, kept by Captain's Clerk Charles G. Fleming, spans from December 18, 1866 to June 17, 1867 during a cruise from New York to the Caribbean under the command of Charles E. Fleming. The journal records daily events, steaming condition, and ship's location, as well as descriptions of St. Thomas, Barbados, Georgetown (British Guiana), and Cayenne (French Guiana).
Eugene B. Fluckey Papers, 1944-2003, MS 393
The Eugene B. Fluckey Papers span fifty-nine years of Fluckey's life, from his service in the United States Navy during World War II through his return to civilian life after retirement. In various levels of detail, the papers describe many of Fluckey's duties throughout his naval career, including his war patrols aboard U.S.S. Barb (SS-220), commands of submarine and amphibious groups, the SoLant Amity II goodwill cruise, and his work in torpedo countermeasures, as well as his post graduate studies and duties as personal aide to Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
Thomas G. Ford Manuscript on the History of the United States Naval Academy, 1858-1908, MS 448
Thomas G. Ford was an Assistant Librarian at the United States Naval Academy. The Thomas G. Ford Manuscript on the History of the United States Naval Academy, comprising 2.9 linear feet of writings and supporting documentation, was written and compiled between 1858 and 1905, with additional materials dating as late as 1908. The manuscript focuses on the early history of the United States Naval Academy from its founding in 1845 until 1886, as well as the history of navigation, nautical science, nautical songs, and efforts to establish a naval school prior to the founding of the Naval Academy.
Charles Fowler Letters, 1900-1997 (bulk 1904-1910), MS 445
Charles Smith Fowler was an enlisted sailor and Paymaster's Clerk in the United States Navy. The Charles Fowler Letters and their associated documentation span from 1900 to 1997, with the bulk of the material spanning from 1904 to 1910. The collection focuses on Fowler's service in the U.S. Navy Asiatic Fleet, the life and routine of enlisted sailors, and efforts to publish Fowler's letters.
Journal of the U.S.S. Franklin, 1818-1820, (transferred to MS 1)
Midshipman Franklin Buchanan kept this journal as part of his naval training. The Franklin (ship-of-the-line) was the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron, cruising on station there until March 1820. The volume covers the period 23 August 1818 to 24 April 1820. 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.
Journal of the U.S.S. Franklin and the U.S.S. Erie, 1817-1819, (transferred to MS 2)
Midshipman Samuel Francis Du Pont kept this journal as part of his naval training. About half the volume relates to the Franklin (ship-of-the-line), covering the dates 24 November 1817 to 17 November 1818. The Franklin was the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron. On 18 November 1818, Commodore Charles Stewart ordered Du Pont to join the sloop-of-war Erie, and the remainder of the journal covers that vessel's cruise in the Mediterranean from 18 November 1818 to 1 October 1819. Du Pont was a career naval officer. During the Civil War, he was in command of the South Atlantic Blockading squadron from 18 September 1861 to 3 June 1863.
Joseph Freer and Raymond Trumpe Papers, 1927-1988 (bulk 1939-1943), MS 244
Joseph M. Freer and Raymond Franklin Trumpe were stewards for the United States Lines before and during World War II who sailed aboard the S.S. City of Flint. The Joseph Freer and Raymond Trumpe Papers focus primarily on the cruises of the freighter City of Flint during 1939 and 1940, which included her rescue of the passengers and crew of the Athenia and her later capture by German forces.
 

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