“A Midshipman’s Narrative” by George Washington Gift


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From back cover: With A Midshipman’s Narrative, the Napa County Historical Society has brought to light a fascinating history from their extensive historical records…George W. Gift reports in these pages the story of his travels to the new naval school at Annapolis and provides, with his journal to refresh his memory, a first-hand account of a midshipman’s life and duties at sea. He gives a vivid description of the many harbors he visited, with an extensive report of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in the summer of 1849. This narrative was discovered by a society volunteer and board member, Floyd Stone, and has been reprinted, in full, from the newspaper for the first time. CDR John Holt, III USN (Ret) added a foreword.

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