Chester Smith Papers

Manuscripts Collection 314

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Smith, Chester
Title: Chester Smith Papers
Dates: 1918 Dec-1919 Feb
Extent: ca. 131 pieces
Abstract: Personal journal and seamanship information kept by Chester Smith (QM-3) aboard the S.S. CHEROKEE. The journal entries describe duties aboard ship and the seamanship notes reflect what was being taught to merchant seamen during the early 1900’s. Includes some sketches.
Identification: Coll. 314


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):

Cherokee (Ship)


Merchant marine–United States
Merchant marine–Vocational guidance
Seafaring life

Document Types:



Merchant mariners

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 314, 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.

Journal and notes; 1918 Dec-1919 Feb
Box Folder
1 1 Journal; 1918-1919 (30 pieces)
2 Notes related to piloting; 1919 Jan (38 pieces)
3 Notes related to international rules of the road; 1919 Jan (6 pieces)
4 Notes related to signals; 1919 Jan (5 pieces)
5 Notes related to ship construction; 1919 Jan (13 pieces)
6 Notes related to the care and preservation of ships; 1919 Jan (5 pieces)
7 Notes related to ground tackle, steering gear, and deck fittings; 1919 Jan (11 pieces)
8 Notes related to boats, gear, and life saving equipment; 1919 Feb (9 pieces)
9 Notes related to bridge and navigating appliances; 1919 Feb (14 pieces)

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