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Ancestry.com. U.S. Navy Cruise Books, 1918-2009 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2011.
Original data: United States Navy. Various U.S. Navy Cruise Books. Navy Department Library, Washington, D.C.

About U.S. Navy Cruise Books, 1918-2009

This data collection contains U.S. Navy cruise books for various years and ships from 1919 to 2009. They include the volumes in the Navy Department Library’s collection, the nation’s largest cruise book collection.

Cruise books are yearbook-style books put together by volunteers on board ship to commemorate a deployment. They usually include portraits of the sailors, officers, and other personnel aboard the ship, accompanied by the individual’s surname and naval rate. Portraits are generally organized alphabetically by surname within each division or department. Other features may include candid photographs of crew members at work and recreation, details and history of the ship, and short biographies on captains, commanders, and other prominent officers.

Cruise books are created for private distribution. They are not official Navy publications, and the Navy does not stock, sell, or republish these books. This can make copies of some books, especially older volumes, extremely rare.

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