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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Ledger

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the U.S.S. Tuscarora Midshipman’s logbook, 1874-1875 MS 124



creator Southerland, William H. , 1852-
Title: U.S.S. Tuscarora Midshipman’s logbook
Dates: 1864-1866
Abstract: 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.
Identification: MS 124
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.1 bound volume
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Southerland, William H. , 1852-
Subjects (Organizations)
Tuscarora (Ship).
Places
United States
Genres
logs (records)

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Related Material

See also other collections on British and U.S. Naval History in the Woodson Research Center.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Logbook, USS Tuscarora, 1874-1875, MS 124, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Purchase from Mr. Robinson (dealer), November 1957.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Ledger

Folder
1 Ledger, 165 pages, plus 10 loosely inserted copies of General Orders and Gunnery Department inventories.

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