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1 KAISER, LOUIS A. USN 1889 - 1890 ORIGINAL CRUISE JOURNAL, DIARY AND LOG BOOK OF A YOUNG MAN DESTINED TO BE A CAPTAIN AND THE FUTURE ACTING GOVERNOR OF GUAM ON HIS INITIAL US NAVAL ACADEMY VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC STATION ABOARD THE STORIED USS IROQUOIS
USS IROQUOIS PACIFIC STATION 1889 Very Good Manuscript 
On offer is a super, 19th Century relic of United States Naval and marine history being the original manuscript 18 month "Cruise Journal / L.A. Kaiser / U.S. Navy, Class of '89". Kaiser does a wonderful job and is a keen observer. Entries run from Captain's comments, day to day activities, sailing, sightings, seamanship, special detail work, going to 'quarters' and remarkable events and observations in this log dated July 1, 1889 to December 31, 1890. Fresh from the Naval Academy the future captain and Governor of Guam, Louis A. Kaiser, begins the last leg of his naval education aboard the historic USS Iroquois. In 131 well written pages we learn that Kaiser was aboard the U.S.S. Iroquois from Mare Island to Honolulu, then onto Samoa and back. From 1882 to 1892, with the Pacific Squadron, Iroquois patrolled to South America, Hawaii, Australia, and Pacific islands, protecting American interests and commerce. She took part in naval action in Panama in the spring of 1885, helping to land Marines to protect American commerce during the revolution. After 10 years of service on the Pacific Station, Iroquois arrived at Mare Island on 24 April 1892 and was decommissioned there 12 May 1892. BIO NOTES: Louis A. Kaiser [Wikipedia] Louis A. Kaiser (1870-August 12, 1939) was a Captain in the United States Navy, as well as briefly acting-Governor of Guam. He was a pioneer in the Navy on the use of wireless telegraphy, prior to World War I. Early career Kaiser was born in Kirkwood, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1889 and was commissioned an Ensign in 1891. His first assignment was the USS Chicago. In 1894, he was transferred to the USS Detroit, and again onto the USS Michigan, two years later. In 1896, he was also reassigned to the USS Concord. In the Spanish-American War, he continued to serve on the Concord, and he fought in the Battle of Manila Bay. In December 1898, he was promoted to Lieutenant, junior grade. In 1899, he was briefly made acting-Governor of Guam, in preparation for the arrival of Governor Richard Phillips Leary. In 1900, he was transferred to the USS Solace, then again to a post in Newport, Virginia. In 1904, he was transferred again to the Bureau of Equipment. In this role, Kaiser was a pioneer in early wireless transmissions and conducted many of the early tests of wireless telegraphy. In 1905, he demonstrated a 1100+ mile range while testing it aboard the USS Brooklyn. In July 1905, he was promoted to a full lieutenant commander and invited to speak on these innovations to the Washington Society of Engineers in Washington, DC. In 1910, he was transferred to the Bureau of Steam Engineering. In 1912, he was given his first command, the cruiser USS Montgomery. The following year, he was given command of the USS Tennessee before being promoted to a full commander. He served in the Boston Naval Yard and Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1915, before returning to the command of the battleship USS New Jersey and receiving a promotion to captain. In the 1920s, Kaiser was assigned to the hydrographic office in Galveston, Texas. In 1923, he was briefly the acting-commandant of the 8th Naval District before being assigned to the New York hydrographic office. He retired April 1, 1925. He died in 1939 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In period half sheep leather binding. Laid in are Naval Academy assignments and a manuscript map. VG 
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