By James Reckner,James R. Reckner

Frederick T. Wilson was once an engineer who carried the rank of first class petty officer and served on one of many Navy's first glossy battleships, the USS Oregon, on the flip of the 20 th century. the necessity for a U.S. naval fleet within the Pacific and East Asia was once created by means of the purchase of Guam and the Philippines from Spain and annexation of Hawaii as territory. The deployment of an important naval strength to the Asiatic Station following the victory at Manila Bay in 1898 introduced Wilson there aboard the USS New Orleans. Wilson participated in reduction of the legations in Peking in the course of the Boxer uprising of 1900. ON his approach to the Pacific theater, destiny intervened whilst his send ran aground on an unchartered reef within the Gulf of Pechili and was once despatched to Japan for maintenance. A Sailor's Log is Petty Officer Wilson's list of this cruise; his task at the Asiatic Station, together with stops at Nagasaki, Kure, Japan, Woosung, China, Shanghai, and Hong Kong; and his go back to the USA in September 1901. Wilson deals an extraordinary uncensored photo of enlisted lifestyles, with descriptions of bar ladies and waterfront institutions that catered to the wishes of yankee bluejackets, in addition to observations on global occasions in the course of imperialism. Wilson additionally discusses one of many nice but mostly missed problems with the turn-of-the-century U.S. military; the failure of naval officials to supply the standard management essential to make sure the operation of effective, powerful warships. A Sailor's Log is a close and insightful account of lifestyles within the Asiatic Fleet that enriches our figuring out of U.S. military existence a century ago.

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