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Felton Parker Papers, 1877-1884, MS 372
Felton Parker was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1882. The papers focus on Parker's English and History studies at the United States Naval Academy, as well as his mandatory sea service as a Naval Cadet prior to final graduation.
C. H. Paulsen Papers, 1930-1952 (bulk 1941-1945), MS 454
The C. H. Paulsen Papers span from 1930 to 1952, with a bulk of the material produced between 1941 and 1945. The papers are predominantly the product of Paulsen's service as a U.S. Naval Reservist with Amphibious Bases, United Kingdom during World War II, focusing on the U.S. Navy's presence in England, the repair and maintenance of amphibious landing craft, and the aftermath of the Invasion of Normandy, especially with regards to naval materiel, as well as the conversion of S.S. Europa into an American troop transport of the same name.
Rules and Regulations of the U.S.S. Peacock [1820], MS 388
The Rules and Regulations of the U.S.S. Peacock contains notes on determining dimensions of masts, spars, sails, and rigging; the dimensions of the sloop-of-war Peacock's masts and spars; the rules and regulations of the Peacock; a partial quarter-bill; the station bill; and drawings of ships and flags. The signature "J. Barney" appears at the end of the section containing the Peacock's dimensions. A later owner used the volume as a scrapbook.
Henry Lincoln Peckham Papers, 1883-1889, MS 322
Henry Lincoln Peckham was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1887. The Peckham Papers consist of a journal, five notebooks, and a  requisition book, focusing on Peckham's studies at the United States Naval Academy and his mandatory two years of sea service aboard U.S.S. Galena prior to graduation.
Raymond Edward Peet Papers, 1943-1972, MS 200
Raymond Edward Peet was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1943. The Peet Papers focus on the nuclear warships U.S.S. Bainbridge and U.S.S. Canberra, Peet's views on nuclear power in the Navy, Peet's service under Arleigh Burke during World War II, and river patrols during the Vietnam War.
Order Book of the H.M.S. Penguin, 1810-1876 (bulk 1810-1814), MS 58
Orders received aboard the British sloop-of-war Penguin in 1810 and 1814, pertaining to topics such as ship maintenance, grog allowances, naval examinations, the discharge of sailors, courts-martial, and a possible visit of the Grand Duchess Catherine of Russia.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Pensacola, 1861-1863, MS 394
The Letterbook of the U.S.S. Pensacola spans from November 1861 until February 1863. Consisting of copies of letters sent by the sloop-of-war Pensacola's commanding officer Captain Henry W. Morris, the letterbook documents various ship activities and procedures, such as equipment and armament requests, receipt of orders, and the evaluation, transfer, and discharge of crew members.
Log of U.S.S. Pensacola, 1881-1883, MS 140
The volume, compiled by Francis E. Sutton, United States Naval Academy Class of 1881, is a practice log spanning from October 1, 1881 through March 14, 1883, during which time Sutton was attached to U.S.S. Pensacola. Attached to the Pacific Squadron, the Pensacola made calls at Callao, Payta, Valparaiso, Talcahuano, Coquimbo, Iquique, and Panama. The logbook records the ship's course, speed, weather/sailing conditions, location, and daily occurrences aboard ship.
Journal of the U.S.S. Perry, 1843-1844, (transferred to MS 2)
No description available.
Harry Phelps Papers, 1877-1913, MS 289
Harry Phelps was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1880. The Harry Phelps Papers span Phelps' thirty-six year naval career, covering from 1877 to 1913, and consist primarily of letters written by Phelps to his mother, encompassing Phelps' time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, his work with various hydrographic survey teams, and his time at the Judge Advocate General office in Washington D.C. Phelps graduated fourth in the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1880.
A Journal kept on board the United States Frigate Philadelphia, 1800-1801, MS 170
The journal, maintained by Timothy Pickering aboard U.S.S. Philadelphia, spans from the Philadelphia's commissioning on April 5, 1800 to March 22, 1801. The journal notes the ship's course, speed, location, and daily operations during Philadelphia's Quasi-War cruise in Caribbean waters under the command of Stephen Decatur. The journal makes frequent mention of vessels encountered, boarded, and captured by the Philadelphia.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia, 1892-1894, MS 112
Watch, quarter, fire, boat, battalion, and station bills for the U.S.S. Philadelphia, under the command of Albert S. Barker. At the front of the volume is a general description of the Philadelphia, as well as a list of her officers. The volume alternates between hand written and type written text.
Lloyd Phoenix Papers, circa 1857-1863, MS 12
Lloyd Phoenix was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1861. The Phoenix Papers focus on his education in seamanship at the Naval Academy and his time as an officer in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War.
Lloyd Phoenix Journal, (transferred to MS 12)
No description available.
Lloyd Phoenix Seamanship Notebook, (transferred to MS 12)
No description available.
Edward M. Pickman Papers, 1912-1950 (bulk 1915-1929), MS 332
Edward Motley Pickman was a U.S. Navy Reservist, embassy attaché, and historian. The Pickman Papers pertain to Pickman's service as a prison camp inspector in World War I, his World War I naval service, familial matters, and intellectual pursuits after the War.
George M. Bache's Journal of the U.S.S. Plymouth, 1860, MS 10
George Mifflin Bache, a great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1861. This journal records his midshipman summer cruise (27 June 1860-28 September 1860) aboard the U.S.S. Plymouth (sloop-of-war), a practice ship at the Naval Academy. Bache's papers are the Special Collections & Archives Department's MS 212.
George P. Ryan's Journal of the U.S.S. Plymouth, 1860, MS 9
George P. Ryan was an 1861 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As part of their training, midshipmen were required to keep a journal of their summer cruise. This volume is Ryan's record of his 27 June 1860 to 28 September 1860 cruise aboard the U.S.S. Plymouth (sloop-of-war), a practice ship at the Naval Academy.
Leon D. Polland U.S.S. Constellation Collection, 1794-1972, MS 206
Leon D. Polland was an author and Chief of Construction and Repair for the Constellation Restoration Committee of Baltimore. The U.S.S. Constellation Collection is composed primarily of copies of historic documents pertaining to the Constellation's construction, repair history, and conversion into a museum ship.
David Dixon Porter Papers, MS 229
No description available.
Log Book of the U. S. Torpedo Boat Porter, 1898, (transferred to MS 4)
No description available.
Elmer Belmont Potter Papers, 1943-1991, MS 335
Elmer Belmont Potter was a historian and a professor of history at the United States Naval Academy. The Potter Papers document Potter's research for, and writing of, his biographies and naval histories, namely Sea Power: A Naval History, Nimitz, and Admiral Arleigh Burke.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Powhatan, 1884, (transferred to MS 372)
No description available.
Richard Rockwell Pratt Memoirs, 1988, MS 483
Richard Rockwell Pratt, United States Naval Academy Class of 1936, was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy. The Richard Rockwell Pratt Memoirs, consisting of a photocopy of a loose-leaf autobiography, were written in 1988. Alternately titled The Highlights of Our Lives and Story of a Navy Family, the memoirs span the majority of Pratt's career in the United States Navy, from his marriage in 1938 through his retirement in 1971.
George Henry Preble Papers, 1858-1869, MS 381
The George Henry Preble Papers consist mostly of letters to William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869), U.S. Senator from Maine. The early correspondence relates to attempts to increase pay for naval officers. The letters from 1862 to 1869 center on Preble's dismissal from the Navy for allowing the C.S.S Florida (built in England as the Oreto) to reach safe harbor in Mobile, Alabama during the blockade in 1862, and Preble's efforts to be reinstated and cleared of any wrongdoing. Two letters relate to Preble's friend Navy Paymaster J.B. Rittenhouse.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Preble, 1855, (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Journal of the U.S.S. Prometheus and the U.S.S. Franklin, 1817-1818, (transferred to MS 1)
As a midshipman, Franklin Buchanan kept this journal as part of his naval training. The portion related to the Prometheus (brig) covers that vessel's cruise (13 July 1817-16 July 1817) from Newport, Rhode Island to Portland, Maine. The bulk of the volume spans the dates 23 November 1817 to 25 August 1818, covering the cruise of the Franklin (ship-of-the-line) from Philadelphia to the Mediterranean. The Franklin remained on station until March 1820 as flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron. 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.
Joseph W. Prueher Letters, 1987-1989, MS 507
Joseph W. Prueher was an Admiral in the United States Navy, the seventy-third Commandant of Midshipmen, the United States Ambassador to China, and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1964. The Joseph W. Prueher Letters span from 1987 to 1989. The collection consists primarily of congratulatory letters received by Prueher upon his selection for promotion to Rear Admiral, as well as several other items of personal correspondence sent and received while serving as Commander, Carrier Air Wing Eight and Commandant of Midshipmen.
Pueblo Court of Inquiry Scrapbook, 1969-1976, MS 237
Richard Rockwell Pratt, United States Naval Academy Class of 1936, was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy who served on the court of inquiry investigating the Pueblo Incident. The Pueblo Court of Inquiry Scrapbook, spanning from 1969 to 1976, describes the proceedings, testimony, and findings of the U.S. Navy court of inquiry into the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2) by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in January 1968.
Schuyler Neilson Pyne Papers, 1846-1979, MS 277
Schuyler Neilson Pyne was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1925, and a U.S. Navy officer who served tours of duty at several shipyards and the Navy's Bureau of Ships, ultimately retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral. The papers, consisting of correspondence, research materials, press clippings, newsletters, photographs, and scrapbooks pertain to Pyne's tours as commander of the New York Naval Shipyard and the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, as well as his research on the thermal qualities of aluminum. The papers also contain correspondence from Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding and a Japanese picture book.


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