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By Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

ISBN-10: 0813035163

ISBN-13: 9780813035161

"An epic shipwreck story. Sacrifice and heroism are acknowledged in a accomplished research of a boat that embodied America's position within the nineteenth-century Pacific as Yankee firm helped open Asia to exchange. Well-researched, well-written, this publication additionally takes readers for the 1st time into Saginaw's long-lost grave underneath the sea."--James P. Delgado, president, The Institute of Nautical Archaeology


"An notable research of a naval vessel from building to destruction."--William nonetheless Jr., writer of Crisis at Sea


The USS Saginaw was once a Civil battle gunboat that served in Pacific and Asian waters among 1860 and 1870. in this decade, the group witnessed the alternate disruptions of the Opium Wars, the Taiping uprising, the transportation of accomplice sailors to vital the United States, the French intervention in Mexico, and the transforming into presence of yankee naval forces in Hawaii.

In 1870, the send sank at one of many world's such a lot distant coral reefs; her staff used to be rescued sixty-eight days later after a dramatic open-boat voyage. greater than a hundred thirty years later, Hans Van Tilburg led the staff that stumbled on and recorded the Saginaw's is still close to the Kure Atoll reef.

Van Tilburg's narrative presents clean insights and a brilliant retelling of a vintage naval shipwreck. He presents a desirable standpoint at the watershed occasions in historical past that reshaped the Pacific in the course of those years. And the story of archaeological seek and discovery finds that experience remains to be to be discovered at the excessive seas.



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Soon after this, the old sloop-ofwar supply ship USS Warren came in under tow from Sausalito to the new yard. In a short time, a variety of vessels, steamers, ferries, and surveying schooners lined the stone quay. The 3,270-ton razee Independence (the frigate’s upper works were removed in 1846) would remain at Mare Island as the station and receiving ship, home to thousands of transiting sailors at the yard for many years (see figs. 6–8). The ships were, of course, ubiquitous in the yard, but the most important feature at Mare Island at the time was the floating dry dock, built in New York and disassembled for transport by sailing vessel around Cape 28 u A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters Horn.

Sailors ashore enjoyed touring the pali, or cliffs of the high mountains, and mad dashes on horseback through the dirt streets of the growing town of Honolulu, and the taverns near the waterfront. The spring whaling fleet was in, and at least forty New Bedford vessels swung at anchor alongside the steamer. There were also perhaps some forty grog shops in town, filled with thirsty sailors. During the day, the white, billowing clouds piled up against the green mountains with the trade winds, and at night the stars shone brightly above the palms.

With slightly less than 6 feet between the deck and the overhead beams, the berth deck would seem low by modern standards, but back then most could still stand upright with ease. The muster rolls from Saginaw reveal a commonly known phenomenon: nineteenth-century sailors were short, most ranging between five feet two inches and five feet six inches. (This is likely due to socioeconomic and physiological factors. ) The ship’s small galley was set in the middle of the crew’s berthing space, providing a source of heat in colder climes.

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