Frank O. Rose,
Chief Special Mechanic, USN

Chief Special Mechanic Frank O. Rose.




Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Navy Department Library
Creator:
Frank O. Rose
Title:
Frank O. Rose Collection
Dates:
1908-1923 (inclusive)
Dates:
1918-1919 (bulk)
Quantity:
1 1/2 archival boxes.
Abstract:
This collection contains a detailed diary and supporting material, i.e., a record book, documents, mechanic's notebooks, ephemera, and other material relating to the activities of Chief Special Mechanic Frank O. Rose while egaged at the United States Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, the United States Torpedo Repair Station at Queenstown, Northern Ireland, and the Naval Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia.
Language:
The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Frank O. Rose, Chief Special Mechanic, USN

Frank O. Rose was a machinist who had served his apprenticeship at the Old Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. In 1908, Rose applied for work at the torpedo factory located at the United States Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, and was employed there as a machinist. Rose resigned from the torpedo factory in 1910 and traveled to Panama where he worked on the Panama Canal for a time before returning to the United States where he worked as a machinist for various employers. He rejoined the torpedo factory in June of 1914 and continued to work there until enlisting in the United States Navy in December.

On 5 December 1917, Rose along with ten other machinists working at the torpedo factory volunteered for "Duty for Torpedo Overhaul and Repair for the Navy, operating in European waters," under the condition that they would have to enlist in the Navy. Rose was officially sworn in on 13 December and assigned the rating of Chief Special Mechanic (CSM). The CSM rating was a new one created by Congress to obtain various technical specialists needed by the Navy in World War I.

Rose left Newport on 17 December 1917, traveled to New York City by steamer with the rest of his party, sailed to Europe on the steamship St. Louis on 19 December, and arrived at Liverpool nine days later. He reached Queenstown on 30 December and began work at the United States Navy's Torpedo Repair Station, Base Six located on Haulbowline Island on 3 January 1918. He continued to work at the station through December 1918. In January he sailed for home on board the Melville, which departed Southampton on 8 January 1919 enroute to New York City via Bermuda, West Indies. Melville dropped anchor in New York Harbor on 25 January 1919.

Rose stayed with the ship until he was discharged by special order from the Secretary of the Navy on 24 February 1919 under the condition that he immediately return to work at the United States Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island.. He reported there on 1 March 1919 and requested thirty days leave, which was granted. Rose remained at the Torpedo Station until November 1919, when he was transferred at his request to the he United States Naval Torpedo Station at Alexandria, Virginia, which had just opened for business. He continued to work there until June 1923, when he resigned.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of approximately 120 typewritten pages in the form of two manuscripts documenting Chief Special Mechanic Frank O. Rose's career as a torpedo specialist with the United States Navy between 1914 and 1923. Additional material in the collection contains information and ephemera related to Rose's service with the United States Navy and his activities at the United States Navy's Torpedo Repair Station located on Haulbowline Island, Northern Ireland.

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Arrangement

The bulk of the collection is arranged by subject in individual folders arranged in a standard archival box. The mechanic's notebooks are housed separately in a small box.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Base Six Diary, 1908-1919
Ninety-nine page type written manuscript documenting Rose's training as a machinist, his employment at the United States Naval Torpedo Factory in Newport, Rhode Island, and his subsequent enlistment in the Navy and his assignment to the United States Torpedo Repair Station, Base Six, Haulbowline Island, Queenstown, Northern Ireland. The manuscript contains a rich description of the travel and living conditions encountered by Rose during his journey to the repair station, the living conditions in and around Haulbowline Island, and the work that he was engaged in while there.

Alexandria Torpedo Station Diary, 1919-1923
A sequel to Rose's Base Six Diary containing a detailed description of his experiences while employed at the United States Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia from October 1919 through its closing at the end of 1923. Includes background information about those with whom he worked: Jere Reeves, Alex Carnahan, and Francis A. Hobart.

Station Record Book (Haulbowline) Base Six, 1918
Ledger containing a record of the work done on torpedoes from 31 May 1918 to 23 November 1918 (pages 2-17). Included in the remaining pages are copies of various documents concerning the station and its operation written in Mr. Rose's hand that appear to have been added at a later date.

Base Six Roster
Base Six Reunion List, Last Haulbowline Pay Day

Base Six Post Card Index
Detailed descriptive index of 70 photographic post cards (Note some post cards can be found in Rose's photographic collection listed in the Related Collections section of this finding aid.).

Torpedo Repair Station, Base Six Memoranda and Notices
Miscellaneous memoranda, notices and other documents relating to the activities of the Torpedo Repair Station.

"The Irish-American Port"
Five-page type written manuscript providing details about the facilities and operation of the American naval base at Queenstown, Northern Ireland.

United States Naval Men's Club (USNMC)

- Fifteen-page illustrated booklet describing the United States Naval Men's Club "at the American destroyer base in Great Britain ..." [Queenstown].

-  "An Allied Military Pageant and Minstrel Show," USNMC program, 4 July 1918.

- "Weekly Entertainment," calendar of events, USNMC, 6 April 1918.

- "Weekly Entertainment," calendar of events, USNMC, 27 April 1918.

- USNMC Program, 6 August 1918.

- USNMC Program, 10 August 1918.

- USNMC Thanksgiving Day program, 28 November 1918.

Ephemera

- Christmas card: USS Melville Base Six 1918.

- Program for "Christmas Service, Sunday, December 22, 1918."

- Ration Card issued to Frand Rose for weekly purchase of 2 pounds of sugar.

- Repair Tag for Mark VIII-I Torpedo, No. 3206, dated May 17, 1917.

"Pictures of the Past"
Poem written by Frank Rose about "The Yankee Fleet in Queenstown Bay."

Mechanic's Notebooks [housed separately]
Twelve small notebooks containing notations and data related to torpedo repairs.

Worlds Work Articles
Articles on the Navy and Naval Operations during World War I taken from the magazine World's Work..

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Manuscripts are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a limited number of pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of items. All photocopying of materials shall be done by the reference staff, or under their close supervision. The use of personal scanners by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval History and Heritage Command Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).

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Related Collections

Frank O. Rose Collection, Photographic Section, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, DC.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal name:

Rose, Frank O.

Corporate Name:

United States Naval Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia

United States Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

United States Naval Torpedo Repair Station, Base Six, Queenstown, Northern Ireland

Subject:

Haulbowline Island

Torpedoes -- History -- World War, 1914-1918

Torpedoes -- Repair and Overhaul

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Historical Manuscripts, Navy Department Library, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington DC, Frank O. Rose Collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Thomas Wildenberg in March 2007.