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Journal of the U.S.S. Wabash, U.S.S. Colorado, and the U.S.S. Roanoke, MS 17
The volume consists of logs for cruises aboard U.S.S. Wabash, dated August 18, 1856-February 22, 1858, U.S.S. Colorado, dated March 13-November 25, 1858, and U.S.S. Roanoke, dated November 26-December 31, 1858. The Wabash, under the command of Captain Fred Engle and serving as the flagship of Commodore Hiram Paulding, cruised off the U.S. East Coast and in the Caribbean as part of the Home Squadron, including transporting President Franklin Pierce from Portsmouth to Annapolis in October 1856. The Colorado, under the command of William H. Gardner and serving as the Flagship of James McIntosh, cruised in Cuban and Caribbean waters as a deterrent against British forces. On August 18, 1858, the officers and crew of the Colorado transferred to the Home Squadron's new flagship, U.S.S. Roanoke, which spent most of its time anchored off Aspinwall. The volume includes lists of officers of the U.S.S. Wabash, U.S.S. Colorado, and U.S.S. Roanoke. The logbook is possibly the product of Midshipman George M. Blodgett, Augustus P. Cooke, or Thomas H. Eastman, all three of whom served aboard all three vessels together.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Wabash, 1857, MS 158
The letterbook, spanning from March 24 through September 3, 1857, consists of copies of letters sent by Commodore Hiram Paulding while in command of the Home Squadron. Many of the letters pertain to the everyday operations of the Wabash and the Home Squadron, including references to orders received, courts martial, requisitions, and personnel matters. A number of letters from June and July pertain to the Navy's actions regarding the remnants of William Walker's Nicaraguan Expedition and exploration in the Isthmus of Panama for purposes of constructing a ship canal.
Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks, 1842-1949 (bulk 1842-1886) , MS 8
Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell was the wife of U.S. and Confederate Navy officer James Iredell Waddell. The scrapbooks focus primarily on Mrs. Waddell's interest in poetry and the career of her husband, James Iredell Waddell, both during and after the Civil War.
Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Album, (transferred to MS 8)
No description available.
Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbook, (transferred to MS 8)
No description available.
James I. Waddell Diary, MS 144
James Iredell Waddell was a lieutenant in both the United States Navy and Confederate States Navy. The diary, spanning August 29, 1863 through March 26, 2864, was kept by Waddell during his escape to and time stationed in England during the Civil War while awaiting a seagoing commission. The diary includes Waddell's description and comments on St. George, Bermuda, Liverpool, London, Paris, Edinburgh, and other cities, as well as his experiences running the Charleston blockade and comparisons between British farm operatives and Southern slaves.
Henry George Stewart Wallace Nicaraguan Campaign Album, 1912, MS 441
The Henry George Stewart Wallace Nicaraguan Campaign Album, comprising a single photograph album, spans from September 5 through November 10, 1912. The album, maintained by Lieutenant H. G. S. Wallace, commanding officer of U.S.S. Colorado's battalion of landing forces in Nicaragua, consists of photographs from the American occupation of Nicaragua in response to the 1912 rebellion led by Generals Luis Mena and Benjamin Zeledon.
Joseph Walsh Letters, 1855-1859, MS 367
Joseph Walsh was a medical doctor and a federal employee at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The Joseph Walsh Letters consist of the letters of Dr. Joseph Walsh of Washington, D.C., dated 30 June 1855 through 4 February 1859, concerning Walsh's solicitation to serve as agent for the medication known as Peruvian Syrup in the Washington area.
Robert Walter Manuscript on Naval Tactics, circa 1770, MS 160
Robert Walter was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. The manuscript is divided into three untitled parts, each of which is further subdivided into cases, providing examples of specific tactical situations. The individual cases, which are illustrated with diagrams, cover attacks in various circumstances, such as attacking vessels of equal force, procedures for windward ships attacking leeward ships, and various methods of forming the line of battle. The volume's preface includes a description of an engagement between H.M.S. Hercules and the French Navy's Souverain in 1759.
War of 1812 Diary, 1814, MS 296
The War of 1812 Diary, which spans from June through November 1814, was kept by an officer in the British Army. The diary chronicles the officer's participation in the British attacks and seizure of American forts and towns in Maine during the War of 1812.
Log of the US Mail Steamship Washington, 1859, (transferred to MS 6)
No description available.
Log Book of the H.M.S. Wasp and the H.M.S. Eridanus, 1813-1817, MS 157
The logbook, which records course, location, sailing conditions, and daily occurrences, covers cruises by H.M.S. Wasp and H.M.S. Eridanus. The Wasp, under the commands of Thomas Everard and Thomas Jackson, cruised in the waters of the Caribbean and off the east coast of North America during the War of 1812. Numerous log entries make mention of pursuing and boarding vessels. The Eridanus, under the command of Captain Patterson, cruised in British and French waters. The entry of June 27, 1815 notes that the British had declared war on France.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Wateree, 1866-1868, (transferred to MS 4)
No description available.
Richard Morgan Watt Letterbooks, 1910-1943 (bulk 1910-1911), MS 323
Rear Admiral Richard Morgan Watt was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1891. The letterbooks, dating from Watt's tour as Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, pertain to personnel, shops, machinery, supplies, budgets, and Watt's service as a member of the Vreeland Board.
William Dixon Weaver Papers, 1876-1883, MS 276
William Dixon Weaver was an Assistant Engineer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1880. The Weaver Papers consist of Weaver's Cadet Engineer's Mathematics Notebook, his diary of the U.S.S. Yantic's voyage as a member of the 1883 Greely Relief Expedition, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding the Greely Relief Expedition and the subsequent public and military reaction over the loss of the steamer Proteus and the failure to rescue the members of the Greely Expedition.
Paul Weiss Papers, 1905-1907, 1937, MS 385
Paul Weiss was the engineer of mines, inspector of quarries for the department of the Seine in 1905 and supervised the excavations at the former cemetery for foreign Protestants in Paris where the remains of John Paul Jones were found.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
George E. Welch Naval Papers, 1859-1865, MS 6
George E. Welch was an American steamship captain and volunteer in the United States Navy. The George E. Welch Naval Papers are the product of his service as master of the U.S. Mail Steamship Washington and as an Acting Volunteer Lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Civil War.
George E. Welch Letterbook, (transferred to MS 6)
No description available.
George E. Welch Orderbook, (transferred to MS 6)
No description available.
Tom Henderson Wells Letters, 1935-1943 (bulk 1935), MS 309
Tom Henderson Wells was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1940, a naval officer, and a university history professor. The Wells Letters were written by Wells to his family and friends, primarily while a plebe at the United States Naval Academy, with one additional letter from Wells' time aboard U.S.S. Hornet (Aircraft carrier : CV-8).
Richard S. West, Papers, 1861-1965 (bulk 1935-1965), MS 208
Richard S. West, Jr. was a naval historian and a professor employed in the United States Naval Academy's Department of English, History and Government, whose works include Mr. Lincoln's Navy, and The Second Admiral: A Life of David Dixon Porter. The papers consist of West's writings, research notes, class notes, lectures, and correspondence.
Knight W. Wheeler Diaries, 1907-1915, MS 349
Knight W. Wheeler was an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. The Wheeler Diaries span from March 12, 1907 until June 1, 1915, and are composed of first-hand accounts and related enclosures of Wheeler's service aboard U.S. Ships Hopkins, West Virginia, and Albatross, and at the Naval Recruiting Officer in Eugene, Oregon.
Marcus M. Whipple Papers, 1862-1864, MS 217
The Marcus Whipple Papers span two years, including fifteen months of Whipple's service in the Union Navy, from September 1862 to January 1864. The papers focus on Whipple's time aboard U.S.S. Colorado (steam frigate) as a fireman and oiler.
Kenneth Whiting Papers, 1914-1943, MS 294
The Kenneth Whiting Papers, consisting primarily of correspondence, orders, reports, flight records, and biographical material, span Whiting's U.S. Navy career, covering the years 1914 to 1943. The papers document Whiting's development as an aviator and his pioneering role in the development of naval aviation and the aircraft carrier force.
Robert Whittaker's Lessons for younger Officers before examination, (transferred to MS 1)
No description available.
Williams C. Wickham Papers, 1918-1944, MS 406
Williams Carter Wickham was member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1909 and an officer in the U.S. Navy who served primarily aboard destroyers and cruisers. The Williams C. Wickham Papers primarily span Wickham’s career from 1918 through 1944 and are composed mainly of correspondence between Wickham and his wife Credila during periods of deployment, treating mainly of personal domestic matters.
Harry Wiegel Diary, 1869, MS 269
Harry Wiegel was Civilian Clerk to Commander Walter W. Queen, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Screw Sloop-of-War Tuscarora. The Wiegel Diary was kept by Wiegel while serving as a clerk aboard U.S.S. Tuscarora, during which time she was assigned to Latin American Waters.
Gilbert Wilkes Papers, 1888, MS 375
Gilbert Wilkes was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1881. The Wilkes Papers concern the proposed lighting system for the ship house of the U.S.S. Maine and the general state of electrification in New York City in 1888.
Louise C. Wilmot Papers, 1918; 1964-1999, MS 414
Louise C. Wilmot is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy who specialized in recruiting, education, and training. The papers pertain primarily to Wilmot's roles as Commander of the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training, and as Commander of Naval Base Philadelphia, as well as her work in expanding the role of women in the Navy.
Eugene Edward Wilson Papers, 1854-1974, MS 231
Eugene Edward Wilson, United States Naval Academy Class of 1908, was a Commander in the U.S. Navy, aviation pioneer, aircraft executive, author, and outdoorsman. The Wilson Papers span the period from 1854 to 1974 and encompass Wilson's careers as an officer in the U.S. Navy, an aircraft manufacturing executive, and author, as well as his interests in nature conservation, and the genealogy of Wilson's ancestors in both the Wilson and Pomeroy families.
J. C. Wilson Papers, 1942-1955 (bulk 1944-1946), MS 510
J. C. Wilson was a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. The J. C. Wilson Papers span from 1942 to 1955, with the bulk of the material having been produced between 1944 and 1946. The Wilson Papers are the product of, and primarily focus on, Wilson's service as an enlisted sailor aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet in the Pacific during World War II.
Robert Wilson Diary on Board the Ship Parsee, 1874, MS 486
Robert Wilson was a blacksmith and the seventh mayor of Winton, New Zealand. The Robert Wilson Diary On Board the Ship Parsee, comprising a photocopy typescript, spans from June 10, 1874 through September 4, 1874. The diary was written by Wilson on his journey from Scotland to Dunedin, New Zealand, and offers insights into life aboard a late nineteenth century passenger vessel.
Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec, 1865, MS 141
The log was kept between June 9 and December 31, 1865, during which time the Winnipec was attached to the Naval Academy at Newport, Rhode Island and Annapolis, Maryland as a school ship. The log records weather/sailing ship's location, personnel matters, daily occurrences, movements of other vessels, and midshipman activities, and includes entries during Winnipec's cruise from Newport to Annapolis following the end of the Civil War.
W.H. Wood Notebook, 1916-1917, MS 327
W.H. Wood was a seaman in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Seaman Gunners Class, Newport, Rhode Island. The notebook, accompanied by several class instruction papers and a postcard, pertains to lessons on topics such as diving, torpedoes, mines, air compressors, and gyros.
Samuel Woodhouse Naval Papers, 1823-1839 (bulk 1823-1826), MS 7
Samuel Woodhouse was an American ship captain and an officer in the United States Navy. The Samuel Woodhouse Naval Papers are primarily the product of Woodhouse's commands of U.S.S. Alert and U.S.S. Hornet.
World War II Battle Action and Operational Reports, 1941-1945, MS 416
The World War II Battle Action and Operational Reports span from November 1941 until December 1945. The reports, filed by the commanding officers of various U.S. Navy battle groups, contain descriptions of battle action, amphibious landings, shore bombardments, convoy escort duties, troop transport operations, anti-aircraft engagements, minesweeping activities, submarine (and anti-submarine) engagements, and underwater demolition operations.
World War II Gunfire Support Bulletins, 1945, MS 488
The World War II Gunfire Support Bulletins, comprising two bulletins, one for Cruisers and one for Destroyer Escorts, were distributed in March 1945 and June 1945, respectively. The bulletins offer instruction and exercises in the methodology and procedures to be used by cruisers and destroyer escorts in the provision of gunfire support prior to, and during amphibious landing operations in the closing months of World War II.
World War II Navy Department Communiqués, 1941-1945, MS 477
The World War II Navy Department Communiqués span from 1941 to 1945. Covering from shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor until just shy of the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, the communiqués consist of U.S. Navy Department and U.S. Pacific Fleet press releases covering all theaters of naval engagement during World War II, with an emphasis on the Pacific Theater of Operations.
World War II Ship Action Reports, 1942-1945, MS 415
The World War II Ship Action Reports span from January 1942 until November 1945. The reports, filed by individual U.S. Navy vessels, contain descriptions of battle action, amphibious landings, shore bombardments, convoy escort duties, anti-aircraft engagements, minesweeping activities, kamikaze attacks, and submarine engagements.
Wrestling Record, 1909-1938, MS 185
The volume records the Naval Academy wrestling team's intercollegiate match results, annual record, varsity schedule, plebe schedule, and team membership. The volume also includes annual team photographs.
Thomas W. and Robert H. Wyman Naval Papers, 1817-1855, MS 5
Thomas Wyman was a Captain in the United States Navy. Robert H. Wyman, son of Thomas W., was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. The Thomas W. and Robert H. Wyman Naval Papers are the product of the United States Navy careers of both men, with an emphasis on the duty stations and commands of the elder Wyman.
Thomas W. Wyman Seamanship Notebook, (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Thomas W. Wyman Notebook, (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Log of the U.S. Ship Wyoming, 1936, MS 89
The log of the U.S.S. Wyoming, under the command of Clarence N. Hinkamp, is the product of a Naval Academy midshipman summer practice cruise. The log notes the ship's course, speed, location, personnel issues, and operations with other vessels of the squadron, namely U.S.S. Arkansas and U.S.S. Oklahoma. The cruise, which originated in Annapolis, included calls at Portsmouth, Goteborg, Cherbourg, and Bilbao.


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