1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 19, 2020 1:26 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records of SS Elizabeth Blackwell, SS Carl Schurz & SS Aleutian

    Richard Bazar Newbie

      I am looking for any information on these Merchant Marine ships from early 1945 until early 1947. They are the SS Elizabeth Blackwell, the SS Carl Schurz, and the SS Aleutian.  I am not sure if the Aleutian was an SS or not.

        • Re: Seeking records of SS Elizabeth Blackwell, SS Carl Schurz & SS Aleutian
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Bazar,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Armed Guard Logs, 1943 - 1945 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes logs of the SS Elizabeth Blackwell for 4-13-1943 to 3-28-46 (Box 243); SS Carl Schurz for 7-3-43 to 1-2-46 (Box 145); and SS Aleutian for 7-24-43 to 9-17-45 (Box 26). We also located the Armed Guard Files, 1934 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that include file units titled Elizabeth Blackwell 04/13/43 - 04/22/46 (Box195); Carl Schurz 12/13/42 - 02/01/46 (Box 104); and Aleutian 06/06/42 - 09/25/45 (Box 16). For access and/or copies of these logs and file units, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Since Merchant Marine log books were required for vessels that traveled between Pacific and Atlantic ports, the logs must be submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard at the final port of the voyage. Therefore, we searched the Catalog for these logs and located the following series in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26):



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


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