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Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec, 1865: Finding Aid

Published in May 2020

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 141
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec
  • Dates: 1865
  • Size: 0.19 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 volume of 104 leaves
  • Creator: Winnipec (Gunboat)
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: U.S.S. Winnipec was a United States Navy sidewheel gunboat. The Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec spans from June 9 to December 31, 1865. The log was kept while the Winnipec was attached to the Naval Academy at Newport, Rhode Island and Annapolis, Maryland as a school ship.

History of U.S.S. Winnipec (Gunboat)

U.S.S. Winnipec, a double-ended, iron-hulled, sidewheel gunboat, was built in 1864 at Boston, Massachusetts by Harrison Loring. The ship was launched 20 August 20, 1864, but did not see any combat or blockade duty during the Civil War. Rather, she was assigned to the Naval Academy as a practice ship in 1865, and participated in the Academy's repatriation to Annapolis. She remained so assigned until late in 1867 when she moved to Norfolk for repairs. In 1868, she was placed in ordinary at Norfolk and remained in that status until she was sold to Mr. Thomas Clyde on June 17, 1869.

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Description of Contents

The Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec, comprising 0.19 linear feet of documentation in a single volume of 104 leaves, spans from June 9 to December 31, 1865. The log was kept while 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.

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The Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec comprises a single volume.

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Access and Use


Patron use restricted to microfilm.

Copyright and Permission

The Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec is the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition


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Related Materials

Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

This collection also available on microfilm.

Related Archival Material

Official logbooks of U.S.S. Winnipec may be available in Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, ca. 1801 - 1940, Record Group 24: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798-2007 at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec, MS 141

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

"Winnipec." Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Washington: Naval History and Heritage Command, 2015,

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in May 2020.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Naval education -- United States
  • Training-ships -- United States
  • United States Naval Academy -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • United States Naval Academy -- School ships
  • United States. Navy -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Winnipec (Gunboat)

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Ships' logs
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec, 1865

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