posting Navy Cruise Books (USA)


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Jan 14, 2006
Explore the Lives of Your Navy Ancestors

Have you ever wished you could travel back in time and better understand what life was like for a relative who was in the service? Beyond the straight facts to be found in history books, would it be possible to see up close what daily life was like for the troops? What were the arduous routines they endured? What did they do to escape the monotony, alleviate homesickness and keep themselves sane and fit?

Intriguing? If your ancestor served in the United States Navy, some of your questions may be answered within the pages of one of 600 Navy Cruise Books that we recently posted online.

These yearbook-like publications were created by crew members and made available for purchase by those on board as a remembrance. They typically chronicle the places the ship visited, everyday life on the ship, recreational activities and exercises and engagements.

You can either search or browse through these first 600 books, which cover the years 1950–1988, ship names A-C. Ship names D-Z will be added in the future, as well as books for earlier years.

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