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5.32 PERIOD WWII SHIP PHOTO. Original large format black and white image of the Buckley Class Destroyer Escort USS GEORGE (DE-697) as depicted steaming off of the Customs House in the Philippines in 1945. This clear image shows good detail of the man-o-war’s deck and armament along with crew members on the foc’sle. This valiant veteran of the Pacific campaign exhibits remarkable upkeep after all she has been through! The glossy 7 1/8 by 9 inch image is in perfect original condition. 15 

The USS GEORGE (DE-697) saw intense action in World War II. Launched on August 14, 1943 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan, she was commissioned on November 20, 1943 and wasted no time in heading for the Pacific theater, arriving in the Spring of 1944. During the period of May 19-31 GEORGE was credited with sinking Japanese submarines I-16, RO-104, R0-105., RO-106, RO-108 and RO-116. GEORGE continued her anti-submarine patrols in the areas in and around the New Hebrides, Solomons and Marshall Islands into the summer of 1945, operating out of the Philippines. It was then that this photograph was taken. When Japan surrendered in August of1945, GEORGE delivered the terms of the surrender to the Japanese garrisons still holding out on Truk and the Carolines. For her service, USS GEORGE received two battle stars.

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5.35 /22.32 U.S. NAVY BAROMETER. Outstanding World War II era warship’s pilot house barometer made by the “Taylor Instrument Companies, Rochester, N.Y. Tycos” as signed on the bottom of the silvered brass dial. It is boldly marked “U.S. NAVY” just above. The scale reads in inches of mercury atmospheric pressure from 27.7 to 31.3 inches calibrated in 2/100th increments marked in tenths. The mid-point is marked with a traditional fleur-de-lis. The open face dial showcases the high quality, complex movement within. Just above the opening it is marked “MOVEMENT COMPENSATED FOR TEMPERATURE.” The reading is shown by a fine blackened steel indicator needle which is overlaid by a brass set needle attached to a knurled knob rove through the glass crystal. The set needle indicates the last reading and hence the weather trend. This is all housed in a very high quality solid bronze case in a lustrous high polish. The top of the case has a pivoting brass suspension loop for hanging. The back of the case also has a small aperture by which to adjust the barometer reading. 5 ¼ inches in diameter, 6 inches high inclusive of the hanging ring and 2 3/8ths inches deep. Virtually perfect original condition in all respects. The movement is very lively and highly accurate. A better barometer of this vintage and type is not to be found! SOLD




5.05  U.S. COAST GUARD BAROMETER.  Very scarce, highly sought after World War II or earlier ship’s aneroid barometer made for the “United States Coast Guard” by “Taylor Rochester. NY” as marked on the bottom of the silvered brass dial.  It is calibrated in inches of mercury from 25.5 to 31.5 in 2/100th increments marked by tenths and showing the standard weather indications “RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR.”   It is further marked “Compensated” (for temperature).  The simple black indicator needle is overlaid by the brass set needle attached to a brass knurled knob running through the glass crystal.  The dial, with bright brass reflector ring, measures 4 ½ inches across.  The open face provides an interesting aspect of the high quality movement within.  A small aperture on the back is for adjusting the reading and a pivoting brass suspension ring is provided at the top of the case for hanging.  The solid brass case is in its highly polished bright bronze finish and measures 5 ¼ inches in diameter and is 2 3/8 inches thick.  Outstanding original condition in all respects and extremely accurate.  The quality of this instrument is superb, built to wartime standards, as necessitated by the rigors for which it was intended.  449


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5.99  IDENTIFIED SAILOR HAT.  Most scarce early 1900’s seaman's hat from the famous World War I British battleship, HMS BARHAM as indicated on the silk hat ribbon in bold gold letters.  This bowler style straw hat was professionally made with the rim exhibiting a finely sewn tan cloth edge.  The top bears a beautifully hand-embroidered compass rose in gold thread.  The interior liner is also hand-sewn.  12 inches long by 11 inches wide.  Amazing original condition for such a delicate item, considering it about 100 years old!  449 

The Queen Elizabeth class British battleship HMS BARHAM (pennant number 04) was laid down in February 1913, launched October 31, 1914 and commissioned October 19, 1915.   She had a length of 643 feet and displaced 33,000 tons.  Her main armament was eight 15 inch guns.  Her crew numbered 1,150. 

On May 31st and June 1st, BARHAM participated in the famous Battle of Jutland off the coast of Denmark.  The ensuing battle between the heavily armored and heavily gunned vessels of the Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy is widely regarded by Naval historians as the final classic battle between surface combatants.  BARHAM fired 337 shells and received 5 hits during that action.  This hat is from that era. 

In the intervening period between world wars BARNHAM was extensively modernized.  At the outset of World War II she operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, sustaining damage from a German submarine torpedo attack in December 1939 while operating in the North Sea. The ship again saw action on September 25, 1940 when she engaged the French Battleship RICHELIEU, which struck her with a 380mm shell off the coast of Senegal. Returning to the Mediterranean, the ill-fated ship took part in the Battle of Cape Mattapan in March, and incurred bomb damage off Crete in May. 

On April 21, 1941 BARHAM attacked Tripoli harbor in company of battleships WARSPRITE and VALIANT and the cruiser GLOUCESTER. 

On November 25, 1941, while screening an Allied offensive on Italian convoys, BARHAM was struck by 3 torpedoes fired in rapid succession from German submarine U-331.  The brutal attack caused the ships magazines to explode, whereupon she quickly capsized to port and sank taking two thirds crew of her crew with her. 

News of the sinking was not made public in Britain until January of 1942. Incredibly, the instant of BARHAM’s sinking was captured by an overlying British aircraft.  Subsequently the film was used in several movies and war documentaries.



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5.12  WWII RESCUE CHARTS.  Very important, and perhaps the only surviving original copies, of air rescue charts issued to American airmen in anticipation of the assault on the main islands of Japan in World War II.  These precise charts depict in graphic detail the approaches to Honsu Island near Yokosuka.  The first shows, Inubo Sari Light.  The second Cape Iro, just south of Yokosuka.  The third, Tokyo Bay itself with the center marked Suno Saki Light on the Cape of Nuoma.  These classified charts were issued to then Navy LCDR Louis Domingos who was a pilot of a Navy Hellcat fighter stationed aboard the carrier USS KULA GULF (CVE-108) in 1945.  Each of the three charts are in perfect condition.  Of much added interest is that each is personally penned with the call signs ascribed to the mission by the pilot, including “Full Holster, Palm Reader,” and “Fleas Knees.”   Each chart measures 7 ½ by 8 inches. 195

With the atom bomb attack authorized by President Truman, in early August of 1945, the long anticipated assault on the Japanese mainland was thankfully averted and the War officially ended on August 14. 1945. These documents are made even more poignant due to that outcome.


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10.40  U.S. NAVY DIVING MANUAL.  Original NavShips publication 250-538 containing Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the “U.S. Navy Diving Manual” September 1958, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.  Containing approximately 420 pages in semi-hard cover with binding.  Part I, 249 pages, is entitled the “General Principles of Diving” including Underwater Physics, Physiology, Basic Diving Procedures, Diving Tables, Diving Hazards, and Technical Information among others.  It is “loaded” with tables and illustrations. Part 2, 99 pages, is entitled “Surface-Supplied Diving” including Standard Equipment, Diving Communications, Air Supply, Boats and Floats, Diving Procedures, etc.”  Again profusely illustrated.  Part 3, 72 pages, is entitled “Self - Contained Diving.”  It deals with rebreathers and S.C.U.B.A., the equipment and procedures in use.  In short this book has it all.  Essentially the “Bible” of U.S. Navy diving at its time.   Large format, 8 ½ by 11 inches and 1 ¼ inches thick.  Excellent original condition.   Very scarce!  295


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