[Primarily at sea, especially in the Mediterranean]. 1870-1873. pp., plus a 1½ x 3-inch contact-print and a few notes. Approximately 9500 words. Red pebbled cloth with decorative red paper boards. Boards rubbed, tears in paper. Binding loose, text block separating from boards. Text clean. Four leaves cut from back of text block. Else good. Item #WRCAM41212
A manuscript log and journal of the U.S.S. Brooklyn during her cruise to European waters, kept by an unknown author, but probably a regular seaman from the spelling and language. The Brooklyn traveled primarily in the Mediterranean, stopping frequently in Naples, Lisbon, Palermo, Toulon, and Gibraltar. The log is comprised of three parts: the first records the arrival and departure of the Brooklyn from ports; the second is a journal of recent events and noteworthy occurrences on board and in ports; the third part offers twenty-six brief but interesting descriptions of ports in which the Brooklyn anchored. This last section is the longest, and notable for the knowledge the writer shares; he often includes notes on the city's ancient history, geography, architecture, and culture. The Brooklyn was active in several key naval battles of the Civil War including the capture of both Vicksburg and Mobile Bay. The contact print is the image of a sloop, probably the Brooklyn, with the inscription on the back, "Flagship Brookling [sic] for my Frank," referring to the period (1874-86) when the Brooklyn served as the Flagship of the south Atlantic fleet.