1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DECK LOG AND SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG NAVY SEAMAN ABOARD A RENOWNED AND ONE DAY LEGENDARY BUT ILL FATED DESTROYER - THE USS BORIE

By: GEORGE VERNON PORTER, USN

Price: $5,455.99

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Book Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, privately-kept deck log and scrapbook of the USS BORIE, DD-215 compiled by 20 year old sailor George Vernon Porter. It was kept from the time of the ship's commissioning in 1920 [launched 1919] all the way through the end of this sailor's tour on the ship in 1921. The BORIE had an incredible history. Starting in 1920, she conducted a round the world cruise, punctuated by fighting in the Black Sea during the Russian Civil War.Then she travelled and served in China During WWII, she distinguished herself in near hand-to-hand combat with U-405. History records that the combatants were so close a knife thrown by a BORIE crew member killed a German U-boat sailor. Her Commanding Officer earned the Navy Cross for their brave actions, which resulted in the eventual sinking of both U-405 and BORIE. The sailor who kept this log was one of the original crew, and kept nearly day-by-day notes on the location and employment of the ship. We note a typed letter signed by his father dated April 1918 giving permission for his 17 year old son to enlist in the Navy. He mentions that being a former past Commander of the Spanish War Veterans he would appreciate any consideration. Adding great depth to the breadth of this log are the copious amounts of artwork he drew and sometimes tipped in including period cartoons, scenes he saw during their time overseas, and more. He additionally kept well over 100 "scraps" ranging from newspaper clippings to postcards to foreign paperwork and more! Some of the documents are very uncommon and include original Russian Civil War documents, official passes, etc., many from places and times no longer in existence. The spine cap of the 14 x 9 x 1 inch book is coming away but overall the large book is G.

Title: 1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DECK LOG AND SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG NAVY SEAMAN ABOARD A RENOWNED AND ONE DAY LEGENDARY BUT ILL FATED DESTROYER - THE USS BORIE

Author Name: GEORGE VERNON PORTER, USN

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 20th Century Diary, 20th Century Manuscript,

Publisher: ABOARD THE USS BORIE, 1920

Book Condition: Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall

Seller ID: 0001798

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