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The Edward P. Street Collecton is held in the Historical Manuscripts Collection in the Navy Department Library.


We thank Edward P. Street Jr. for his generous donation of this collection.

Document Type
  • Manuscript
  • Primary Source Document
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War I 1917-1918
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Location of Archival Materials

Edward P. Street

World War I Collection

Scope and Content: The Edward P. Street Collection in the Navy Department Library consists of a diary describing Street’s service on board USS Gregory (DD-82) from 1 June 1918 through 15 July 1919, a letter written to Street by a shipmate on 29 December 1918, and a portrait of Street. Street describes the activities of Gregory as it escorts convoys, patrols the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, carries passengers and supplies to the Adriatic, and aids in the execution of the terms of the Austrian armistice. See Dictionary of Naval Fighting Ships, Gregory I (DD-82).

Edward P. Street portrait in uniform
Edward P. Street
Edward P. Street Letter Page 1. Transcription below.
Edward P. Street Letter Page 2. Transcription below.

Transcription of Letter from Charlie, Cattaro Bay, 29 Dec 1918:

S. M. S. Kaiser Max,

Cattaro Bay,

Dec. 29, 1918.

Dear Eddie and Tom,

[illegible] living aboard this old hulk with Loder of the Luce trying to get all the ammunition off the ex. Austrian ships here. The French haven’t taken over the ships and don’t intent to so after this job of “débarquement des explosifs” is over we shall probably have nothing to do. Then we hope, the three of us to get back to the old Gregory.

This is a hell of a place, nothing of real life here, rotten liquor etc. We managed to have something of a party Xmas, mostly a drunk party due to the fact that we managed to procure more stuff from a British transport that was here.

Now for something of importance—if you should happen to be near the Fall City the Birmingham for God’s sake do me a favor. If you can, get me more cigarettes (none here), a lot of candy, a pair of shoes size 8, about 6 [illegible] of underwear, 12 pairs socks (your size will do) and a blue shirt. I am almost destitute for clothes, have little or no chance for laundry and running low besides.

Whatever you can do in the above—merci bien—and I’ll square it up at the first opportunity.

Have a very few souvenirs, no [illegible], but if there is any thing you want let me know and I’ll do my best.

Have just heard the Captain Bartlett is leaving and I am damned sorry. We shall certainly miss him and we’ll never get another quite as good.

Best to all from Woolley, Blair and [illegible]—and we hope to be back soon.


Blair needs [illegible] too.


Street Fore and Main Top Spotting Diagram. Transcription below.

Transcription of Fore and Main Top Spotting Diagram (from Street's diary):

Down 500

Down 400

Down 300

Down 200

Down 100

Up 100

Up 200

Up 300

Up 400

Up 500

Fore and Main Top Spotting Diagram.

Range = 1000 yds. Height 70’

Scale 1/8” = 5’

Edward P. Street Diary Page 1. Transcription below.
Edward P. Street Diary Page 2. Transcription below.

Transcription of pages from Edward P. Street's Diary:


January 1919.

1. At Venice. Saw new year in on board H.M.S. Earl of Peterborough.

2. At Venice. Thrusts all repaired

3. At Venice.

4. At Venice.

5. Underway for Fiume at 7 a.m. Capt. Boyde U.S.N. two American Red Cross Nurses and two Lts. U.S.A. on board for passage. Arrived Fiume about 4 p.m. having burned out H.P. thrust again just as we left Venice! Burn babitt.

6. At Fiume. C.A. Bast, C.G.M., killed by explosion of time fuse he was working on.

7. Underway 8 a.m. for Venice. Arrived Venice 4 p.m. Rough trip!

8. At Venice. Relieved on Venice Station by Stribling. Too stormy to proceed to Pola.

9. Underway 9:30 bound Pola. Arrived Pola 1:30.

10. At Pola.

11. At Pola.

12. At Pola.

13. At Pola.

14. Underway 9:30 bound Fiume. Arrived Fiume 1:00. Orders for me to go to Paris as courier! Bill Roderwald going to London for discharge.

15. Underway 7:30 bound Venice. Arrived Venice 2:00. Left Venice 10:50 for Paris!

16. Venice to Paris. Turin and Modane.

17. Arrived Paris noon. Delivered dispatches. Met Roy Williams and found that B. B. Jennings was there. Saw Tack Hoffman. Met Brew in the afternoon and went to “Casino de Paris.”

Use and Reproduction Policy: 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.

Published: Mon Mar 19 17:05:28 EDT 2018