I have scanned a number of WWII Cruise Books and Ship's Histories in order to preserve the History of the Men who served. This started as a quest to find a copy of the USS Neshoba-APA 216's cruise book. I was able to talk a library in Maine to lend me their copy to scan. Shortly afterwards one of the men from my Dad's ship, Bill Allingham GAVE ME his copy of the book.
Since then I have been lent a number of Cruise Books and Ship's Histories by collectors, most from Rick and Charles. I only own one Cruise Book, the Neshoba. I've had a few others that I picked up relatively cheaply, scanned and then passed on to people connected to the ship-for what I paid plus postage. This is NOT a business.
After scanning the books, I photo-edit them and put them into Adobe PDF format. The files vary in size from 4 meg for the Gilmore to over 90 meg for the Napa and Lanier. They also vary in quality due to the quality of the original printing, the ability to scan the pages in tightly bound books (without breaking the bindings) and the use of off white or grey in the original books. Some are very sharp, others are relatively low quality images. Some are just Histories that were typed out by Crew or Officers and have no pictures.
I take some liberty when scanning the books, eliminating the blank pages and sometimes combining intro pages that are almost empty onto one page. Sometimes I "shift" the images around to get the most image per page, but no material is omitted. You can print from the PDF file - using a normal computer printer.
In the past I gave away over 700 CD's - paying all the costs myself, but seeking donations for various organizations. I now send them via www.sendspace.com.
With the major cuts in funding due to the Federal tax cuts for the wealthiest, I ask people to donate to organizations that need help (see list below). It's not voodoo, but with less money coming in, there is less money to trickle down to organizations that need it. Praise is wonderful, prayers are nice but actual support is much better.
If you would like a PDF copy of any of the following files, please contact me, but please donate to one of these organizations.
You will make the check payable to any one of the following:
USS Slater DE 766 a fine restoration of a WWII DE - located in Albany, NY
USO Helping our Active Duty Forces - at a time when they need all the help they can get
TOWVAC (Town of Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Squad-my local squad)
LST Memorial (LST 325) - the WWII LST that was sailed back from Crete in 2001 by volunteers
USS Cod (SS 224) perhaps the finest restoration from WWII that I have seen
Contact me (Russ Padden) via email for more information if you are interested.
These are the books that I have scanned so far: (All of the books are from WWII Cruisebooks unless noted).
AH 9 Bountiful
AH 13 Benevolence-History
AH 13 Benevolence
AH 15 Consolation-History
AH 17 Sanctuary-History
ARH 1 Jason
AG 68 Basilan
AG 73 Belle Isle
AGC 5 Catoctin
AGC 7 McKinley
8 Mount Olympus
AGC 10 Auburn
AGC 11 Eldorado
AGC 13 Panamint
AGS 16 Maury - Neptunus Rex 1957
AHR01 Register - Cruise and repair log
AK 110 Alkes
AK 177 Zaurak-new Feb 2016
AKA 14 Oberon
AKA 26 Corvus
AKA 30 Lumen - new Dec 2015
AKA 58 Chara - WWII, Korea - Publ 1997
AKA 62 Sheliak
AKA 74 Lenoir
AKA 98 Montague - 1953-54 (2nd 'Nam era)
AKA 100 Oglethorpe
106 Union 1948 Point Barrow (Arctic) Expedition
AM 128 Velocity
AM 303 Skirmish
AN 52 Snowbell
AO 13 Trinity
AP 07 Wharton-new Feb 2016 (1974 published)
AP 21 Wakefield
AP 22 Mount Vernon
AP 69 Elizabeth Cady Stanton
AP 74 LeJeune
AP 76 Anne Arundel
AP 105 General George F. Elliot
AP 111 General A. E. Anderson
AP 112 General W. A. Mann
AP 112 General W. A. Mann - Neptunus Rex 1944
AP 114 Gen Wm. Mitchell
117 General W. H. Gordon
AP 133 GENERAL O.H. ERNST
AP 134 General R. L. Howze
AP 137 General S. D. Sturgis
139 General R. E. Callan
AP 144 General Hodges
AP 148 General M. L. Hersey
AP 153 General R. M. Blatchford
AP 154 General Leroy eltinge
APA 2 Harris
APA 10 Harry Lee
13 Joseph T. Dickman
APA 26 Samuel Chase
APA 31 Monrovia
APA 38 Chilton 1st Cruise Book
APA 38 Chilton - reunion book - 1990's
APA 38 Chilton - Decommissioning 1972
APA 40 Custer
APA 49 Ormsby
APA 52 Sumter
APA 53 Warren
APA 67 Burleson
APA 76 Crenshaw
APA 80 Elkhart
APA 86 USS Geneva - Reunion 1998
APA 91 Adair
APA 92 Alpine
APA 94 Baxter
APA 97 Dauphin
APA 98 Dutchess
APA 107 Goodhue
126 St. Mary's (link to another site)
APA 138 Braxton
APA 140 Brookings
APA 143 Clermont
APA 155 Lycoming
APA 170 Gosper
APA 174 Jerauld - Commissioning Booklet
APA 188 Olmsted - Magic Carpet Pamphlet
APA 189 Oxford
APA 213 Mountrail
214 Natrona - Action Report (not cruisebook)
APA 217 New Kent - cruise book - also see link below:
APA 218 Noble
APA 227 Renville
APA 228 Rockbridge - Operation Crossroads
231 St. Croix
APD 43/DE 62 George W. Ingram
APD 134 Kleinsmith - Commisssioning
AR 6 Ajax
ARV 5 Webster
AS12 Sperry 1st Anniversary 1943
AS 26 Clytie (Neptunus Rex)
AV 5 Albemarle
AV 7 Currituck 1961-1962 Far East Cruise
AV 10 Chandeleur
AV 14 Kenneth Whiting
60 Alabama 1936-Neptunus Rex
DDR 875 HW Tucker 1958
LST 588- "in WWII" and reunion book 1986
LST 946 Fort Defiance
Amphibious Group 13 - 1945
THIS IS NOT A MONEY-MAKING VENTURE!
IT'S TIME TO REALLY SUPPORT THOSE WHO SERVE-WITH MORE THAN WORDS-AND TO HELP GET DONATIONS TO WORTHY ORGANIZATIONS.
Looking for Cruise Books I haven't scanned?
There is a former Navy Guy who has scanned a large number of Cruise Books (I still almost exclusively scan Amphib and Transport books).
It is not a coincidence that he and I have many of the same Transport Books. We have shared material so that the information is available to the widest possible audience. His collection is wider and he has many from other classes of ships.
I was the one who suggested the swap because I feel that what he is doing is a good thing.
His CD prices are reasonable considering the amount of work that goes into finding, scanning, editing, formatting etc...
Doug is offering a 10% discount for anything purchased at www.greatnavalimages.com when you link in from this site.
You will need to enter the promotion code GATORS2008 when checking out.
His CD's have background music, an index and other features that I don't include on my CD's. He uses a program which translates the images to a proprietary format - to get prints of pages, you can do print screens. For higher resolution prints you can buy prints of specific pages or prints of the whole book from him.
He also sells art prints and other items of interest.
THESE ARE AMPHIB CRUISE BOOKS THAT EXIST, BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN TO SCAN.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE AND WOULD BE WILLING TO LEND THEM TO ME TO SCAN, PLEASE CONTACT ME.
I can give references from the guys who have lent me their books to scan.
THANKS, RUSS PADDEN
USS Shelby APA 105
According to Rick Dillard, one of the cruise book collectors who has shared his books to scan, www.ancestry.com put another 2,800+ ship cruise books on line from the Naval Historical Center including these:
LST 530, 692 and 925
AP 102 LaSalle
The ones listed below are known to exist, but I have never seen them
APD 94 John Q. Roberts
LST 352, 349, 533, 831
APA 18 President Jackson post war compilation