Raymond H. Dubrule Collection

Manuscripts Collection 298

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Dubrule, Raymond Henry, b.1923
Title: Raymond H. Dubrule Collection
Dates: 1943-1946
Extent: 260 pieces
Abstract: The collection consists of documents, originally part of a scrapbook, assembled by Raymond Dubrule during his service with the Naval Armed Guard from 1943 through 1946. Mr. Dubrule served aboard the liberty ships BERNARD M. BAKER and JERRY S. FOLEY and also spent time in New Orleans, San Diego, Guam, North Korea and Shanghai before being discharged from the Navy in Lido Beach, Long Island, New York.
Identification: Coll. 298

Biography of Raymond Dubrule

Raymond Henry Dubrule was born in East Hartford, Connecticut on September 25, 1923. He lived there during early childhood, prior to his family’s move to Windsor, where he attended John Fitch High School. After enlisting in the US Navy he was sent to Recruit Training at Newport, RI and Gunnery School before joining the liberty ship BERNARD M. BAKER during World War II. When he reported aboard ship, preparations were being made to sail for Murmansk, Russia, and it was on this initial voyage in December, 1943, that Royal Naval vessels engaged the German armored cruiser SCHARNHORST as she approached the convoy. In January,1945 he transferred to another liberty ship, the JERRY S. FOLEY, and deployed in convoys to Antwerp, Belgium at a time when the city was under constant bomb and rocket attack. In May, 1945 when the ship docked at New Orleans, he left for San Diego prior to duty in Guam, North Korea and Shanghai, China.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

Included in the collection are voyage reports and copies of daily log sheets describing activities aboard ship both underway and in port. In addition, there are copies of photographs (originals were sent to the Photography department) taken aboard ship and while ashore in Antwerp, Belgium, Brindisi, Italy, Oran, Algeria, Guam, and Shanghai, China. There are also copies of photos of Mr. Dubrule taken at the U.S. Naval Station in San Diego where he taught boxing to recruits. Printed items include postcards from ports visited during his deployments with the Armed Guard, a Christmas Dinner menu from the Navy Base in Shanghai, separation papers from the US Navy, various denominations of war-era currency obtained while in Japan, China, Russia, and Germany, and several periodical articles describing the sinking of the German battleship SCHARNHORST.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Bernard M. Baker (Ship)
Germany. Luftwaffe
Jerry S. Foley (Ship)
Scharnhorst (Battleship)
United States. Navy


Antwerp (Belgium)–Ports-of-call
Arzew (Algeria)–Ports-of-call
Augusta (Italy)–Ports-of-call
Boston (Mass.)–Ports of embarkation
Brindisi (Italy)–Ports-of-call
Dungeness (England)–Ports-of-call
Ewe, Lock (Scotland)–Ports-of-call
Gourock (Scotland)–Ports-of-call
Halifax (N.S.)–Ports-of-call
Jersey City (N.J.)–Ports-of-call
Livorno (Italy)–Ports-of-call
London (England)–Ports-of-call
Mostaganem Plateau (Algeria)–Ports-of-call
Murmansk (Russia)–Ports-of-call
Naples (Italy)–Ports-of-call
New York (N.Y.)–Ports-of-call
Oran (Algeria)–Ports-of-call
Saint-Tropez (France)–Ports-of-call
Salerno (Italy)–Ports-of-call
San Diego (Calif.)–Ports-of-call
Shanghai (China)–Ports-of-call


Death at sea
Naval convoys–History–20th century
Seafaring life
World War, 1939-1945

Document Types:

Ship’s papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 298, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Ship BERNARD M. BAKER; 1943-1945
Box Folder
1 1 Daily logs, summary of voyage report; 1943 (12 pieces)
2 Summary of voyage report; 1944 (15 pieces)
3 Daily logs; 1944 May-Jun (22 pieces)
4 Daily logs; 1944 Jul-Aug (22 pieces)
5 Daily logs; 1944 Sep-Oct (24 pieces)
6 Articles about convoy duty and German battleship SCHARNHORST; 1950-1960 (45 pieces)
7 Photographs (copies) and postcards; 1943-1945 (27 pieces)
8 Currency and miscellaneous souveniers and articles; 1943-1945 (34 pieces)
9 Miscellaneous correspondence and postcards; 1945-1997 (22 pieces)
Ship JERRY S. FOLEY to present; 1944-1994
Box Folder
1 10 Smooth log, voyage report; 1945 Jan-Apr (32 pieces)
11 Smooth log, voyage report; 1945 May (22 pieces)
12 Specifications on gun mounts used on naval ships; n.d. (9 pieces)
13 U.S. Navy induction and separation papers; 1943-1991 (11 pieces)
14 Photographs (copies) and postcards, notes; ca. 1943-1994 (37 pieces)

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