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Log Book of the Frigate U.S.S. United States from January 1, 1819 to May 17, 1819, while stationed in the Mediterranean under the command of William M. Crane, entries written by Thomas Patten.

14.5 x 12, marbled boards, vellum spine and corners, unpag (85 pp). Covers creased, spotted, deep scratches, ink stains, shelfworn, corners and spine tips bumped, front outer hinges just barely starting to crack near lower edge, text block cracked, light soiling, scattered light spotting, lacks free rear endpaper (and maybe page prior) else very good. Written inside "Journal kept on board the US Frigate United States. Wm. M. Crane commander of 44 guns. By Thomas Patten." Included is a photo copy of an engraving of Crane. Entries are neatly written and legible. After the War of 1812 which the frigate spent almost entirely under blockade, she, along with other vessels was sent to the Mediterranean to deal with the problem of the Barbary pirates. By the time the "United States" arrived, peace had been made with Algeria (again) so the pirate problem no longer existed. Several ships remained in this area along with the "United States" to provide a strong American presence. She remained in the Mediterranean until the spring of 1819 when she left for home, arriving at the port of Hampton Roads, Virginia, on May 18th. Some of contents: weather, getting supplies, burial at sea, discharging seamen, court martials. The need for a permanent navy became necessary as American ships no longer had the protection of the British navy and were frequently under attack by pirates, etc. The Naval Act of 1794 provided funding for six frigates, two 36-gun and four 44-gun. Work stopped in 1796 when the United States established peace with Algeria because a clause in the act forbade building ships on peacetime. President George Washington intervened and persuaded Congress to fund the three ships closest to completion. One of the three vessels completed was the USS United States, the very first ship (and warship) of the newly formed United States Navy. This log book from the United States belongs to a significant part of US naval history.

Book Id: 98-8709

Price: $5,000.00

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