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Cruise Books

The Navy does not stock or sell copies of ships' cruise books. 

Cruise books, usually similar in general content and format to high school or college yearbooks, are not official publications. They are compiled by the officers and men of a ship, unit, or station for private distribution and customarily published by a local job printing firm. Like school yearbooks, they are usually paid for by subscription from crew members or from proceeds of the ship's store. 

A ship or station may frequently keep a set of its own cruise books. For a list of World War II cruise books, and libraries that they can be examined at, see: Mawdsley, Dean L. Cruise Books of the United States Navy in World War II: A Bibliography, Washington: Naval Historical Center, 1993. Other collections of Navy cruise books can be found at the New York Public Library and the library of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Because of their scarcity, locating and purchasing a specific cruise book can be extremely difficult. You may wish to contact a dealer specializing in out-of-print naval and military books or ask a local antiquarian/used book dealer to conduct a book search for the desired volume. 

Published: Mon Dec 07 12:19:57 EST 2020