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The email address listed above worked well to get a start on accessing these merchant marine vessel logs. I had a prompt (two days) reply from Kelly at the National Archives in New York, who located logs for two of the seven trips and provided me with email addresses to look for some of the others.
To obtain copies of the actual deck logs, which can be quite lengthy, you contact the archives for the port of arrival, which have addresses like: email@example.com and then discuss price and contents for the pages of interest.
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Dear Mr. Bennett,
Thank you for posting your initial and follow-up requests on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Central Correspondence Files, 1936 - 1950 in the Records of the U.S. Maritime Commission (Record Group 178) that includes the following file units:
- 901-10778 Edward Bellamy (Vessel) (MC #1625)
- 901-12522 Park Holland (SS) (MCE #823) Renamed Ocean Liberty
- 901-13525 W. B. Rogers (SS) (MCE #2736) Renamed Akti
- 901-15056 Swan Island (SS) (MC #1943)
We also located a series titled Armed Guard Logs, 1943 - 1945 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes logs of the SS Edward Bellamy and Armed Guard Files, 1934 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes a file unit titled Edward Bellamy 04/24/43 - 03/12/46.
For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this additional information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thanks so much for the leads. Most helpful.