A Sailor's Log: Water-tender Frederick T. Wilson, USN, on Asiatic Station, 1899-1901
Frederick T. Wilson was an engineer who carried the rank of first-class petty officer and served on one of the Navy's first modern battleships, the USS Oregon, at the turn of the twentieth century. Wilson offers a rare uncensored picture of enlisted life, with descriptions of bar girls and waterfront establishments that catered to the needs of American bluejackets, as well as observations on world events during imperialism. Wilson also discusses one of the great yet largely ignored issues of the turn-of-the-century U.S. Navy--the failure of naval officers to provide the quality leadership necessary to ensure the operation of efficient, effective warships. A Sailor's Log is a detailed and insightful account of life in the Asiatic Fleet that enriches our understanding of U.S. Navy life a century ago.
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Page 382 - William R. Braisted, The United States Navy in the Pacific, 1897-1909 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1958), and The United States Navy in the Pacific, 1909-1922 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1971).
Page 381 - ... provincial Japanese cities. The unfortunate inmates, decked out in gorgeous raiment, sit in rows with gold screens behind, and protected from the outside by iron bars. As the whole quarter is under special municipal surveillance, perfect order prevails, enabling the stranger to study, while walking along tho streets, the manner in which the Japanese have solved one of the vexed questions of all ages.
Page 382 - James R. Reckner, Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet (Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1988).
Page 381 - Soubrette," a theatrical term for a maidservant or lady's maid as a character in a play or opera, usually one of a pert, coquettish, or intriguing character, or an actress playing such a part.
Page xxix - He was not missed from among us, for during his month aboard the Lancaster he had never, so far as I knew, spoken a single word to one of the enlisted men of the crew."17 The men thus saw the chaplains first as officers and only secondarily as men of God. In a navy in which the officers...