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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 entire research of a boat that embodied America's position within the nineteenth-century Pacific as Yankee firm helped open Asia to alternate. Well-researched, well-written, this e-book 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 outstanding learn of a naval vessel from development to destruction."--William nonetheless Jr., writer of Crisis at Sea


The USS Saginaw used to be a Civil struggle 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 crucial the USA, the French intervention in Mexico, and the starting to be presence of yank naval forces in Hawaii.

In 1870, the send sank at one of many world's so much distant coral reefs; her team 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 workforce that stumbled on and recorded the Saginaw's is still close to the Kure Atoll reef.

Van Tilburg's narrative offers clean insights and a shiny retelling of a vintage naval shipwreck. He offers a desirable point of view 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 unearths that event continues to be to be stumbled on at the excessive seas.



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Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region. A New Ship for a New Ocean u 27 Figure 8. The receiving ship USS Independence at Mare Island, temporary home to sailors of the Pacific Fleet. Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region. —all the necessary trades for a full shipyard. The contract for the construction of a marine railway and basin was given to a company from New York. Later work saw the completion of the marine barracks, naval hospital, and the Mare Island cemetery.

The majority of Saginaw’s long-distance cruising would be conducted under sail. The building instructions sent by the Bureau in July 1858 were at least four weeks in transit, and the keel was laid down four weeks after that, on September 16. 15 The easterners waited to see what the Californians could do. Saginaw was a sleek and narrow vessel (see figs. 3–5). And, as with all ships, her construction reflected more than just the technical and hydrodynamic requirements of marine sail and steam; it also reflected the social organization of the navy.

No matter the true status of the vessel’s build, enlisted navy men did not have the option of choosing their ship, and went where they were told. Following the ship’s sea trials, sailors at Mare Island, old-timers and new recruits, began to move their few possessions from the old frigate Independence to the more cramped quarters below on tiny Saginaw. The crew’s complement of petty officers, seamen, landsmen, boys, apprentices, cooks, stewards, and coal heavers (but no marines) began to fill out.

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