A SAILOR'S TALE
About the Book
In 1888, a US Navy sailor begins writing letters to his niece. The letters tell her where he is and what ventures he has gotten himself into. His sailor letters are retrospective, written after things happen. He also must tell her how he got to the place in time he started writing. He is educated for the time, trained as a naval navigator, lighthouse repairman, and watch repairman. His language is as he would speak to his fellow crew—clipped, as sailors use few G sounds, and an apostrophe is used to indicate the word is shortened, as they do. He is honest and kind. He is well trained in sword fighting.
His enlistment contract is not the standard form. His mother’s attorney wrote it. The fleet admiral approved it as he had served with the sailor’s uncle. His uncle was a noted ship navigator, shipmaster, an author of navy lore, and now provided ocean metrological data to the naval observatory. He has carried this on.
His early experiences involve train travel to San Francisco. The ship charts the then Northwest Territory and the Alaskan coast. His group verifies charts of the Missouri River. Mostly, his ship supplies food provisions to navy frigates in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
About the Author
It may well be that the Sailor who wrote the letters and the Author share the same blood line and kindred spirit, separated only by time.
The Author grew up around a small town in Western Pennsylvania. The era of his youth, events of the time, his situation, words from his father, rather than a Crusty Uncle, caused him to join the U.S. Navy.
Similarly, he loved his profession, places of duty, and the comradery of individuals that surrounded him. These memories remain, long after he retired.
The Genealogy research mentioned is true. “The History of the Allison Family,” by James E. Lewis (1750-1911) was extended to the year 2000. In similar format, “The History of the Risinger Family” was created. Both may be viewed at the, “Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County,” Indiana, Pa.