Guide to the U.S.S. Tuscarora Midshipman’s logbook, 1874-1875 MS 124
The Sloop of War USS Tuscarora was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1861 and served in European waters during the U.S. Civil War. From 1872 until she was decommissioned and struck from the Navy List in1883, she was mainly engaged in hydrographic duties in the Pacific. Operating out of Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1874-1875, she was engaged in taking Pacific Ocean soundings and in survey work in the South Pacific. The keeper of the Logbook, Midshipman William H. Southerland, was born in New York City in 1852, entered the Navy as an apprentice, and the following year was appointed to the US Naval Academy as a Midshipman. In the course of long and distinguished career he commanded the gunboat Eagle in the Spanish-American war, was promoted to Rear Admiral , and in 1912 became Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet.
The logbook includes a list of the ship’s officers and a day by day account of the Tuscarora’s position, course, speed, and weather conditions as she was engaged in taking Pacific Ocean soundings and in survey work in the South Pacific. In addition crew activities such as painting and cleaning are noted, as are the surveys carried out. Ports visited included Port Lloyd, Bonin Islands, Yokohama and Hakodate, Japan, Samoa, San Francisco, and Honolulu.
This material is open for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish material from teh "Tuscarora" Log Book, 1874-1875 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Logbook, USS Tuscarora, 1874-1875, MS 124, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
Purchase from Mr. Robinson (dealer), November 1957.
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