Thursday, May 26, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday: Navy Cruise Books

I haven't done a Treasure Chest Thursday post in awhile, but I'm going to interrupt my normal pattern to bring an awesome find. I have been posting all of my treasure chest items on my maternal grandfather, but tonight I found something really cool on my paternal grandfather.

I saw on that they had added a new database called "U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918-2009." I knew my paternal grandfather had served in the Navy in the mid-1950s, so I thought I would check it out. I found him in the 1955 yearbook for the USS Plymouth Rock. Pretty sweet! The yearbook was really neat because it had a description of each division on the ship and what they did. Then it had each of their pictures with names and origins. And then it had a history of where it had sailed from 29 Nov 1954 to 29 Nov 1955. It looks like my grandfather was a quartermaster in the Navigation Division. According to Wikipedia, the quartermaster was responsible for steering the ship and applying the helm orders given by the Captain or watchkeeping officers.


  1. Cool beans! I found my dad's 1945 cruise book this week, too (USS Hancock).
    p.s. On a much earlier post-- why haven't I heard of Zummo's? Has it been around for a long time?

  2. Hey, Liz! I checked out the website, and Zummo's has been around since 1908. I know it is based in Beaumont, so maybe it didn't make its way into the Louisiana market until more recently.

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