(v. p.): 1898 - 1902. 201 numbered pages of lined paper. 9-7/8" x 7-5/8". Maroon half-leather binding with black cloth boards. General wear, with spotting to boards, which are bowed. A VG copy. Item #37237
The 'Kilpatrick' began life as the SS Michigan, beginning service in September 1891 as a cargo vessel with limited passenger accomodation. In 1898, she was sold to the US government, to act as a military transport during the war. She was capable of hauling 840 men, and 800 horses. While not an active participant in the Spanish American war, she did subsequent duty in transport service to the PI, as this log documents.
Capt Rogers begins his entries Saturday Dec. 31st 1898, noting relief of Cap. Jeffreys, taking command of U.S.A.F. Michigan, departing for Havana at 9 pm. The final entry is Sept. 2nd, 02, noting position/course details of a "Manila to Frisco" run.
This log a first-hand account of the ship's life, recording location, etc. Details of the Captain's or crew's life are, for the most part, absent. That being said, it is a unique historical document that provides daily facts of the ship, it's activities & its location.