Publisher: [San Francisco; Francis, Valentine & Co., 1880].
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: OCLC records seven copies; NUC records one not noted in OCLC; not in Hill, Pacific Voyages, or Sabin.
Condition: Boards well rubbed and soiled; some light smudges and stains in the text; a good copy. Scarce.
Book ID: 26638
Description8vo, black cloth spine rebacked, original pictorial boards.
Comments¶ A highly irreverent account of the two-year voyage beginning in 1878 of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga to Africa and the Far East, written by its Chief Petty Officer, George L. Allen. The mission was to promote American commercial and diplomatic interests, and the ship called at over 60 ports, including Madeira, Sierra Leone, Monrovia, St. Helena, Cape Town, Bombay, Singapore, Hong Kong and Nagasaki, before returning by way of Honolulu to San Francisco. There the cruise terminated and Allen had his memoirs of the voyage published, evidently for presentation to his fellow shipmates, to whom the volume is dedicated. Following the memoir is a complete list of the ports visited, a description of the ship, and the roster of its officers and crew. On the front free endpaper and title-page is the ownership signature of Oscar W. Clark, who is listed in the roster under ordinary seamen. ¶ Among the activities with which the crew entertained their various hosts was the game of baseball; it is noted that games were played for the locals at Nagasaki and Honolulu.