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Truxtun Signal Book

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Truxtun Signal Book Title Page
Truxtun Signal Book Title Page

Instructions, signals, and explanations, ordered for the United States Fleet, by Thomas Truxtun, Baltimore, Printed by John Hayes, in Public-Alley, 1797.

Truxtun Signal Book
Truxtun Signal Book

This, the first U.S. Navy signals book, is a work of great rarity. The copy in the Navy Department Library belonged to the author, Commodore Thomas Truxtun. During the Revolutionary War, Truxtun in the Privateer St. James, 20 guns, had "brought back the most valuable cargo entered at Philadelphia during the Revolution, and Washington at a dinner in Truxton's honor, declared his services worth a regiment."

The top image is of the title page and the bottom image is of the Table of Signals.

7 November 2003

Published: Mon Apr 27 15:49:05 EDT 2015