Lot 71 of 703:
Repair notebook of Mare Island naval machinist 1923-31  

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Notebook kept by Harold Gee, Machinist at the U.S. Navy Yard at Mare Island, California, describing repairs made from 1922 to 1930 on numerous naval ships, plus related papers

Gee, Harold

Mare Island, California




Approx. 190 leaves, most written on both sides, about 2 to 5 repairs detailed on each page, generally alphabetical according to the name of the ship. 18x11 cm (7x4½"), flexible brown morocco. 

Fascinating notebook recording a decade of repair work at Mare Island, nestled beside Vallejo, California. Mare Island was the first U.S. Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean and in its day was the premier U.S. submarine port on the west coast. Among the many ships Machinist Gee worked on was the U.S.S. Langley, the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, with numerous entries, such as on 2-8-29, "U.S.S. Langley, Old #3 for #2 - 200 K.W. Armature and rotors bal. as a unit o.k. both ends J.O. #601-0 - 6129/8890." Many of the entries are of greater length and much more technical. Accompanied by a small photograph of a man, apparently Gee, standing in front of a large lathe; a cloth strip stating "Submarine Base"; 3 typed carbons of orders; several manuscript leaves including one with diagrams of a bull gear and clutch.

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Normal wear associated with such notebooks that were used on the job; very good overall.

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