1948. 30 leaves of black mounting-stock paper. 118 b/w photographs [evidence of some removed], plus 10 RPPCs. Most photographs captioned, as are all RPPCs. Album: 7-1/2" x 10-3/4". Images mainly 2-1/2" x 3-1/4" [xx] and 3-1/2" x 5-1/8". Photographs mounted in a twin-screwpost commercial photograph album. Album lacks front cover. General signs of use to mounting leaves. About VG. Images generally clear & sharp, overall VG - VG+. Item #43981
The "General W. A. Mann, a P2-type troopship, was built by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey, in 1942–43 and commissioned on the date of acquisition, 13 October 1943, Comdr. Paul S. Maguire, USNR, in command. ... From 2 November 1945 to 5 January 1946 she made a round trip voyage from Seattle to Nagasaki and Wakayama, Japan, setting the pattern of a series of "Magic Carpet" passages and "Diaper Runs" in which servicemen and their families were carried to and from the Far East. She stood duty as a "Guam Ferry" and continued to transport men and material until transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service in October 1949." [Wiki]
This photo album, obviously compiled by one of the ship's enlisted crew, documents one such voyage in 1948. And while there are a goodly number of photographs depicting the sailor's crewmate's [e.g., "Doc Moose" & "Chief Dees (The Slave Driver)"], there are also a significant number depicting the ship & shipboard life ["Doctor and Chief Rankin Stacking the Chow", "Captain's Inspection Aboard the Mann", & "One of the Main Engine Rooms on the Mann"], other vessels [e.g., "S.S. Cleveland on her Maiden Voyage", "Tin Can at Pearl Harbor" & "Sea Plane Tender at San Diego"], and places visited on the voyage [e.g., "Tied up at Pearl Harbor", "Comming [sic] Up The Wangpoo River to Shanghia China" & "Anchored Out in Manila Bay in the Phillippines"].
Most of the RPPCs depict life in Hawaii [e.g., "Banana Tree", "Kau Kau Corner, Honolulu" & "Hula Girls & Canoe"].
All-in-all, a nice visual record documenting this ship's 1948 voyage.