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On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of early 20th Century and World War I era United States Naval history of particular significance to those researchers and historians who delight in seeing the rise of a common sailor to the lofty heights of commander. The author enlisted as a seaman in 1901 and worked his way up to rank of Commander and Captain, without attending Naval Academy, a self made man, who, would also during his illustrious Navy career be discharged and reenlist the next day without ever getting off the ship! Students of naval history know that it is a rare ascension of any man who serves below decks to become the god-like presence of a ship's captain and such is the case of William Arthur Fulkerson, [there is no indication of ownership in the book proper it came directly from an archive of his papers] whose naval career begins thusly: "Enlisted March 20th, 1901, at Chicago, Illinois and was sent to the Training Station at Newport, Rhode Island; was transferred from Training Station to the Training Ship Essex, Aug 22nd, 1901. Transferred from the U. S. S. Essex on April 5th, 1902 at Norfolk, Virginia, and reported on board the U. S. S. Minneapolis at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22nd, 1902. Transferred from the U. S. S. Minneapolis to the U. S. S. Columbia, July 19th, 1902, at New York." This 80+ page log book meticulously details every ship, every port, with arrival and departure time, every day they anchored; how long they remained in port; and the day and time of departure. He served on the U.S.S. Essex; U.S.S. Minneapolis; U.S.S. Dolphin; U.S.S. Columbia; U.S.S. Lancaster; U.S.S. Wabash; Ordered to temporary duty in 1913 in North Dakota; Ordered to Receiving Ship Norfolk, Virginia; U.S.S. Franklin; U.S.S. Richmond; U.S.S. Maine; U.S.S. Iowa; U.S.S. Indiana; U.S.S. Hannibal; and on Sept. 16th, 1916, he reported for duty at the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. August 15, 1917 - Appointed Ensign U.S.N. February 1, 1918. Appointed Lieutenant Commander. August 15, 1918 Appointed Lieutenant. "November 9, 1918, detached duty Navy Yard at Portsmouth NH, and reported to Commander Naval Station, New London, Conn in connection with the Anti Submarine Squadron, Nov. 11, 1918. On November 16, 1919 Fulkerson was to Command/Captain the U.S.S. Eagle Boat #12. [This was changed to PE-1, or 2, 3, 4, in 1920.] While most of the writings are factual there are many narrative entries of auspicious events such as: While on the U.S.S. Dolphin, October 22, 1901, "Took Crown Prince of Siam to West Point and Return." "January 11, 1903. While in port at La Guaira, Venezuela, we got Minister Bowen and took him to the U.S." "In 1905, at Oyster Bay, Long Island we received Japanese Envoys." Etc. The 7 1/2 x 9 inches ledger style book is overall G+.
Title: 1901 - 1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CAREER LOG BOOK OF AN UNCOMMON MAN WHO RISES FROM COMMON SAILOR SERVING BELOW DECKS TO ONE DAY SERVE AS A SHIP'S CAPTAIN IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY
Book Condition: Good+
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 0002308
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