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U.S. Steamer Sacramento Watch, Quarter & Station Bills, 1866-1971 (bulk 1866-1867), MS 72
Watch, quarter, and station bills for the U.S.S. Sacramento, under the command of Napoleon Collins. The volume includes subsections for the watch bill; quarter bill; station bill; general station bill; stowage of hammocks; muster roll and record; computation of allowance and distribution of rates; and daily routine. At the front of the volume are several letters, dated 1917, regarding the donation of the volume. The title page of the volume features a small photograph of the Sacramento, and the title page of each subsection is hand-illustrated.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Saginaw, 1869-1871, MS 411
The Letterbook of the U.S.S. Saginaw spans from June 1869 until February 1871. Consisting of copies of letters sent by Saginaw's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Sicard, the letterbook documents the Saginaw's survey work off Alaska and the west coast of Mexico; dredging operations at Midway Island; and the ship's breakup on the reef outlying Ocean Island. The letterbook also includes entries pertaining to monthly and quarterly reports, payment of officers, crew movements, coal consumption, and contractor bills.
Journal of a cruise in the U.S. Frigate St. Lawrence, 1856-1859, MS 19
The logbook, maintained by Midshipman Rush R. Wallace, covers cruises by U.S.S. St. Lawrence spanning the periods of September 22, 1856-December 29, 1858 and March 3-May 21, 1859, as well as an intervening cruise aboard U.S.S. Bainbridge, spanning the period of December 31, 1858-March 2, 1859. The volume primarily notes weather conditions, course, condition of the sails, nearby vessels, and personnel actions. The St. Lawrence, under the command of Joseph B. Hull, and serving as the flagship of the Brazil Squadron's French Forrest, cruised in South American waters and participated in the Paraguay Expedition of 1858. The Bainbridge, under the command of Francis B. Renshaw and, later, Maxwell Woodhull, also took part in the Paraguay Expedition.
Account Book of the U.S.S. St. Mary's, 1853-1856, MS 118
Lists of receipts and expenditures for the carpenter's, boatswain's, sailmaker's, and gunner's departments of U.S.S. St. Mary's while the St. Mary's was under the command of Theodorus Bailey.
Log of the United States Sloop St. Mary's, 1853-1855, MS 117
The logbook, spanning from September 26, 1853 to March 31, 1855, is the product of a cruise in Pacific waters while the St. Mary's was under the command of Theodorus Bailey. The logbook records the ship's course, speed, sailing conditions, and daily occurrences, as well as her ports of call. The log also notes the reception of the King of Hawaii aboard U.S.S. Susquehanna on October 26 and 30, 1854.
Journal of the Officer of the Day, U.S.S. Santee, 1864, MS 123
The journal was kept between January 1, 1864 and December 31, 1864, during which time the Santee was attached to the Naval Academy at Newport, Rhode Island as a school ship. The journal records weather conditions, watch changes, personnel movements, and midshipman activities. Several general orders, as well as the orders for the Officer of the Day, have been tipped into the volume.
Journal of the Officer of the Day, U.S.S. Santee, 1865, MS 124
The journal was kept between January 1, 1865 and February 1, 1866, during which time the Santee was attached to the Naval Academy at Newport, Rhode Island and Annapolis, Maryland as a school ship. The journal records weather conditions, watch changes, personnel movements, and midshipman activities. There are no entries in the journal between June 14 and October 3, 1865, during which time the Naval Academy returned to Annapolis after the Civil War. Orders for the Officer of the Day have been tipped into the front of the volume.
Log Book of the U.S.S. Savannah, 1865, MS 138
The log spans from August 11 through December 31, 1865, during which time the Savannah served as a practice ship at the United States Naval Academy, under the commands of E. O. Matthews and F. A. Parker. The log records the daily weather conditions, daily occurrences, personnel matters, and ship's maintenance, as well as noting the ship's recommissioning and listing her officers.
Log Book of the U.S.S. Savannah, 1868, MS 139
The log spans From June 5 through September 5, 1868, during which time the Savannah served as a practice ship at the United States Naval Academy, under the commands of E. O. Matthews. The log, a product of a Naval Academy practice cruise, records the ship's course and speed, daily weather conditions, daily occurrences, personnel matters, and midshipman activities.
William Randall Sayles, Jr. Papers, 1895-1919, MS 221
William Randall Sayles was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Sayles Papers, consisting primarily of official U.S. Navy orders, communications, and reports, cover roughly the first half of William Sayles' career as a Navy officer.
James B. Scarborough Papers, 1908-1966, MS 447
James B. Scarborough was a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. The James B. Scarborough Papers span from 1908 to 1966, although a high percentage of the materials are undated. The papers focus on Scarborough's research, writings, and teaching in the fields of numerical analysis, differential equations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry.
Winfield Scott Schley Correspondence, (transferred to MS 3)
No description available.
Winfield Scott Schley Naval Papers, 1869-1892, MS 3
Winfield Scott Schley was an Admiral in the United States Navy. The Winfield Scott Schley Naval Papers, which were produced or maintained by Schley, or by those under his command, are the product of Schley's U.S. Navy career between the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War.
Carl William Schoenweiss Papers, 1937-1995, MS 341
Carl William Schoenweiss was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1934, and a U.S. Navy officer, serving until 1964, including duties as an aviator in World War II. The papers, consisting of flight log books, orders, citations, reports, and correspondence, focus primarily on Schoenweiss' service with Patrol Squadron 54 during World War II.
Henry W. Schramm Memoirs - Steaming as Before, 1992, MS 301
Henry W. Schramm was a quartermaster in the United States Navy during World War II and a public relations executive. Schramm's memoir, Steaming As Before: An Introspective View of Certain World War II Engagements in the Pacific Theater as Seen from a Seaman's Viewpoint, serves as his personal recollections of his naval service as a quartermaster during World War II aboard LST 45, U.S.S. Chief, and U.S.S. Algorab in the Pacific theater.
Paul Schubert Papers, 1920-1974, MS 284
Herbert Paul Schubert was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1920 and a radio broadcaster for the Mutual Broadcasting System's WOR Radio in New York. The papers focus primarily on Schubert's careers as a writer of books and periodical articles, and as a broadcast radio news analyst, while also touching upon his brief career in the United States Navy. Schubert's writings and broadcasts pertain to such topics as naval operations in World War II, labor issues in the United States, and Western and Rocky Mountain life.
George Seavers' "A Naturalist at Sea: The Life of Captain Sir David Wilson-Barker," MS 172
David Wilson-Barker was a British naturalist, merchant mariner, and Royal Naval Reserve officer. The memoir spans from Wilson-Barker's entry into the Royal Navy Reserve in 1873 to his death in 1941. The volume focuses on Wilson-Barker's interests in nature and meteorology while serving as a mariner, including his experiences traveling in Australia, Brazil, the Persian Gulf, and Massawa. The memoir also covers Wilson-Barker's command of the Thames Nautical Training College's training ship, H.M.S. Worcester (formerly Frederick William).
William J. Sebald Papers, 1887-1980, MS 207
William J. Sebald was an officer in the United States Navy, a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1922. The papers cover most of Sebald's public career, including his roles as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, private practice lawyer in Japan and Washington D.C., Chief of the Pacific Section of the Combat Intelligence Unit during World War II, Chairman of the Allied Council for Japan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Far Eastern Affairs, and American Ambassador to Burma and Australia, as well as various aspects of his personal life.
Lorenzo Semple Papers, 1879-1885, MS 334
Lorenzo Semple was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1882. The papers, consisting of three volumes, focus on Semple's midshipman cruise aboard the sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation, navigation instruction at the Naval Academy, and service aboard the sloop-of-war U.S.S. Marion.
William Henry Shock Papers, 1844-1902, MS 321
William Henry Shock was an engineer in the United States Navy. Consisting primarily of letterbooks, journals, and a manuscript by Shock, the collection spans Shock's entire U.S. Navy career, focusing on his steam engineering duties, especially in the years following the Mexican War and during the American Civil War.
Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud, 1862-1865, MS 395
The Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud spans from November 1862 to February 1865. Consisting of copies of appointments and transfer orders, the appointment and order book documents crew changes, promotions, and changes of command aboard Silver Cloud (Tinclad No. 28). Accompanying the order book are two cartes de visite depicting crew members W.H. Hathorne and Jesse M. Darrah.
William S. Sims Navigation Notes, 1892, MS 373
William Sowden Sims was an Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1880. The William S. Sims Navigation Notes were produced by Sims as an instructional text while serving aboard the schoolship U.S.S. Saratoga (Sloop of war).
Frank Kane Slason Letters, 1931-1936, MS 320
Frank Kane Slason was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1935. The Slason Letters, written by Slason to his parents and sister, chronicle his life as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, as well as a few experiences as an Ensign aboard U.S.S. Arkansas.
General Smallwood's Orderly Book, MS 171
No description available.
William Renwick Smedberg Papers, 1947-1963, MS 238
William Renwick Smedberg III, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1926, was a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. He served as Chief of Naval Personnel, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and Superintendent of the Naval Academy. The Smedberg Papers, consisting of speeches, a guest album, and a periodical reprint, are primarily the product of the above mentioned offices.
Erastus Washington Smith Papers, 1758-1917 (bulk 1850-1881), MS 213
Erastus Washington Smith was an engineer noted for his work in marine steam engine manufacturing, steam water pump production, and on the Harlem River Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. The papers include correspondence and periodicals pertaining to Smith's engineering career, as well as materials related to U.S. Ships Dunderberg and Oregonian.
Joseph Adams Smith Civil War and Naval Scrapbook, 1848-1904 (bulk 1864-1877), MS 223
Joseph Adams Smith was a paymaster in the United States Navy during the Civil War. Smith's scrapbook focuses on the Civil War battle between the U.S.S. Kearsarge and C.S.S. Alabama, and matters of rank in the U.S. Navy.
Watson Smith Papers, 1849 and 1862-1863, MS 293
The Watson Smith Papers span two periods in Smith's naval career, covering 1849 and from 1862 to 1863. The papers, consisting of correspondence, orders, crew rosters, and munitions inventories, focus primarily on Smith's involvement in the Yazoo Pass Expedition of the Vicksburg Campaign of the Civil War.
Willie E. Sneed Memoirs - One Merchant Seaman, One Navy Son ... Willie E. Sneed, 2nd. Engineer, 1986, MS 250
William E. Sneed is a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. His father, William Eugene "Willie" Sneed was an engineer in the U.S. Navy serving in the Merchant Marine from 1936 to 1969. Nearly half of the volume consists of William E. Sneed's recollections of his father, William Eugene Sneed, and family. The remainder of the volume consists of family photographs and clippings, as well as a short story and an outline for a novel entitled Black Oil Chief, USN, both by William E. Sneed.
John Van Duyn Southworth Manuscripts, 1962-1970, MS 226
John Van Duyn Southworth was an author, historian, editor and teacher. The papers consist of manuscript and proof copies of three of the four volumes of his naval history, War at Sea, as well as twenty-two original oil paintings of historic naval scenes painted by Southworth for inclusion in War at Sea.
Chester L. Somers Submarine Collection - Vertical File, 1892-2003
Chester L. Somers is a collector of books and ephemera on submarines, and a former school administrator. The Chester L. Somers Submarine Collection - Vertical File focuses on the history of submarines and submarine warfare, with a particular emphasis on American submarines, including files on specific submarines, submarine accidents, individual nations' submarine fleets, weapons systems, components, and notable individuals related to submarine development.
Log of U.S. Steamer Standish, 1881, MS 137
The log, compiled by navigator Benjamin F. Tilley, spans from May 25 through September 1, 1881, during which time Standish was under the command of Samuel H. Baker. The log is the product of Standish's duties as a station tug and school ship at the Naval Academy. Throughout the summer of 1881, Standish carried Naval Academy Cadet Engineers to various ship yards and shops along the East Coast.
Charles L. Steever's Log of the Cruise of the U.S. Frigate "Santee," 1861-1862, MS 60
The log, which is the product of Charles L. Steever and George S. Brimmer, spans from Steever's enlistment in the Marine Corps on February 26, 1861 until June 21, 1862. The log, in the form of a diary, details the Santee's Civil War service in the Gulf Blockading Squadron and, later, the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, under the command of Henry Eagle.
Charles S. Stephenson Letters, 1927-1965 (bulk 1927-1928), MS 262
Charles S. Stephenson was a surgeon and Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. The Stephenson Papers focus on Stephenson's time as a U.S. Navy surgeon serving with the Marine Corps Expeditionary Force, on the staff of General Smedley Butler, in northern China at the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War in 1927.
George St. M. Stocker Autobiography, 1964, MS 302
George St. M. Stocker was a seaman, serving first in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War, and later with the Chinese Revenue Service and U.S. Merchant Marine. The autobiography spans Stocker's life from his birth in 1877 to his retirement in 1963, including his service in the Spanish-American War, during the Philippine Insurrection, and as a customs agent and harbor pilot in China.
George Washington Storer Papers, 1815-1842, MS 319
George Washington Storer was an officer in the United States Navy. The Storer Papers consist of circulars, general orders, receipts, ships' complements, court-martial proceedings, communications, and other naval papers received or obtained by Storer in the course of his official duties from 1815 to 1842.
B. Fred Sundstrom Scrapbook, MS 188
The scrapbook is the product of the U.S.S. Philadelphia's service as flagship of the Pacific Station, and is composed of newspaper clippings, copies of photographs, and author's notes. Among the clippings are issues of the Philadelphia's newspaper. Topical coverage includes the assumption of sovereignty over Hawaii by the United States and involvement in the Second Samoan Civil War, including the Battle of Vailele and the actions of H.M.S. Porpoise and H.M.S. Royalist.
Journal of a Cruise on Board the U S Steam Frigate Susquehanna, 1852-1853, MS 18
The logbook spans the period of December 24, 1850-September 24, 1853, during which time the Susquehanna was commanded by William Inman and, later, Franklin Buchanan. Susquehanna served as the flagships of Commodores John Aulick and Matthew Perry during the United States Naval Expedition to Japan. The volume, which includes notations on course, weather, the ship's sails, encounters with other vessels, and personnel movements, spans the Susquehanna's commissioning, sea trials, service in the East India Squadron, and arrival in Edo (Tokyo) Harbor. Included in the volume is a list of officers of the U.S.S. Susquehanna.
Edward B. Sutterley U.S.S. Ticonderoga Kamikaze Attack Collection, 1945-1998 (bulk 1994-1996), MS 449
Edward B. Sutterley was a Chief Pharmacist's Mate in the United States Navy. The Edward B. Sutterley U.S.S. Ticonderoga Kamikaze Attack Collection spans from 1945 to 1998, with a bulk of the material produced in 1994 and 1996. The collection focuses solely on the kamikaze attacks suffered by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga on January 21, 1945 during operations against the islands of southern Japan in the final year of World War II.
Bruce Swanson Papers, 1894-1974, MS 232
Bruce Swanson is an author, strategy analyst, and former officer in the U.S. Navy who specializes in Chinese maritime affairs. The Papers consist of photocopies of research materials used by Swanson in writing Eighth Voyage of the Dragon: A History of China's Quest for Seapower, and focus on Chinese sea power during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special attention to the Communist period.
Robert W. Swartz Scrapbooks, 1944-1946, MS 353
Robert W. Swartz was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the closing days of World War II. The Swartz Scrapbooks span from October 1944 to July 1946, and focus on Swartz's drafting into the U.S. Navy and various duty stations as a hospital corpsman.
Edwin C. Sweeney Junks Collection, 1906-1973, MS 466
Edwin C. Sweeney was a doctor and officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. The Edwin C. Sweeney Junks Collection spans from 1906 until 1973. The collection focues on Sweeney's research and writings on the history and design of Chinese and Vietnamese junks.
Willard M. Sweetser Papers, 1898-2008, MS 399
Willard M. Sweetser was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1922, and a U.S. Navy officer who served as a member of the Yangtze River Patrol, a Destroyer Squadron Commander, a Naval Science instructor, and as a Naval Attaché. The papers, consisting of correspondence, visiting cards, press clippings, books, photographs, and ephemera, primarily describe Sweetser's duties and experiences as a member of the Yangtze River Patrol, and as a Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassies in Belgrade and Moscow.

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