1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 12, 2020 9:18 AM by Joshua Schroeder

    Seeking records of SS Gilbert Stuart


      My grandfather, Stanley George Dilling, was on the SS Gilbert Stuart the following dates -- Departed San Francisco on June 10, 1945 through arrival San Francisco on February 11, 1946. I'm trying to track down the ports the ship traveled to during this time. Is there a place where I might find this information? Thank you for any help or direction you can provide.

        • Re: Seeking records of SS Gilbert Stuart

          Dear Ms. Dilling,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Armed Guard Logs, 1943 - 1945 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that contains the Armed Guard logs for the SS Gilbert Stuart from, 27 April 1943 to 1 March 1946 (Box 319). We also located a series titled Armed Guard Files, 1934-1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes the file unit Gilbert Stuart 05/05/43 - 04/22/46 Participated in action in the Philippines (Box 271). Additionally, we located the series Central Correspondence Files, 1936-1950 in the Records of the U.S. Maritime Commission (Record Group 178) that contains a file unit titled 901-10785 Gilbert Stuart (Vessel) (MC #1628) Renamed Hellenic Sky. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Merchant vessel logbooks are stored in a NARA Regional Archives facility closest to each port of entry of the particular merchant vessel. The SS Gilbert Stuart arrived at the port of San Francisco on January 28, 1945 and used the port as its home base until it departed on February 14, 1946. We searched the catalog in Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) and located the series Official Logbooks of Merchant Vessels, 1942-1978 that contains logbooks documenting merchant voyages that ended in San Francisco. For information about these logbooks, please contact the National Archives at San Francisco (RW-SB), by email at sanbruno.archives@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!