U.S.S. SOUTHERY. & TOPEKA FEB. 1st 1909 TO DEC 31, 1910 [manuscript title].

Portsmouth. 1909-1910. [192]pp. plus three bank deposit slips. Approximately 25,000 words. Calf over paper boards, contemporary manuscript title. Minor scuffing to leather. Good. Item #WRCAM41226

Kept by Fill, the Chief Boatswain, this journal records the activities of two boats, the Southery and the Topeka, which were used as prison ships in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A meticulous record of events on the two ships. The Southery was primarily a prison ship and frequently produced goods to be sold; the Topeka was an auxiliary ship which also served as a prison ship. The majority of entries describe the products being produced, inspections of prisoners, and maintenance to the ship, but interesting entries include descriptions of a boat collision in the harbor and the author's involvement in a Masonic lodge. Fill also makes mention of personal matters such as deaths and his own activities, when notable.

Price: $600.00

A Seaman's Prison Ship Diary