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[Travel diary of a naval lieutenant during a tour of duty in Asia]

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[Travel diary of a naval lieutenant during a tour of duty in Asia]
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[Travel diary of a naval lieutenant during a tour of duty in Asia]
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eng
Summary
Manuscript diary of Aug. 1, 1876-Jan. 19, 1879, written by Lieutenant Charles Belknap of the United States Navy, during a tour of duty in the Asiatic Station.
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non fiction
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Charles Belknap (1845-1901), a New Jersey native, kept this diary while in naval service, but it contains very little official business. He generally reserved the pages for his own recreational travels throughout Asia while on leave. He began this diary on Aug. 1, 1876, as he sails from San Francisco to Yokohama, Japan aboard the ship "Alaska," to join the crew of the fabled Civil War sloop USS Kearsarge as navigator. After spending a week in Yokohama, Belknap sails for Vladivostok on Sept. 9, 1876, where he finds life to be dreary and monotonous; he mentions that "there are some relics of the American party that came here [to Vladivostok] in 1874 to observe the transit of Venus." Lt. Belknap offers a long account of his expedition to the Syphon River with a party of men for trout-fishing. In 1877, he visited Swatow (Shantou), Amoy [Xiamen] and Luchau [Luzhou] in China. At one point, a sword swallower and juggler came aboard his ship, and he describes a theatrical performance at length (15 February 1877). The diary stops for more than a year, during which time Belknap begins service as navigator and executive aboard the "Ashuelot." The diary resumes in July 1878 with a long visit to the delightfully named town of Obama, Japan. After six weeks, he was "called back by a note from the ship telling me she was ordered away, packed up & left the 5th greatly to my regret & to that of my hosts" (5 September 1878). His next adventure was an attempted ascent of Mount Fuji (18 September 1878). Other visits on this leg were to Hong Kong, Manila, and Bangkok. During the period of this diary, he had a wife and two sons back home in Annapolis, MD, scarcely mentioned. He is perhaps most remembered today as a founder of the United States Naval Institute, which disseminates scientific knowledge. He eventually reached the rank of commander. Included in the diary are Belknap's steampship ticket from San Francisco to Yokohama, a small newspaper clipping announcing arrival of "H. Belknap" from America aboard the Nagoya Maru, leaf of pink paper with Japanese characters written on it, and other miscellaneous notes
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[Travel diary of a naval lieutenant during a tour of duty in Asia]
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  • Bound manuscript
  • Bound in original limp dark red calf; blind-embossed ornamental border; heavy olive green endpapers
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
[110] pages
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Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Swann Auction Galleries (lot #260), Feb. 4, 2016.
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  • (OCoLC)952440178
  • ucoclc952440178
Label
[Travel diary of a naval lieutenant during a tour of duty in Asia]
Publication
Note
  • Bound manuscript
  • Bound in original limp dark red calf; blind-embossed ornamental border; heavy olive green endpapers
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
[110] pages
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Swann Auction Galleries (lot #260), Feb. 4, 2016.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952440178
  • ucoclc952440178

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