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Charles Blue diary kept on board the U.S.S. Vandalia

Collection Data

Charles Blue kept this diary from February 14, 1853 through September 30, 1856 aboard the U.S. Sloop of War Vandalia, sailing from Philadelphia by way of Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope, Christmas Island, Sunda Straits, Singapore and Macao to the Loo Choo Islands (Ryukyu Islands). Entries describe life and people on the island of Grand Loo Choo; the voyage to Japan and Commodore Matthew Perry's reception there; negotiations held on March 8, 1854; the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa; Japan and its people, their lives, and government; gifts from the President of the United States (includes a list); and Vandalia's departure for Shanghai on May 31, 1854. Entries also describe Shanghai's being in the hands of rebels at that time; the city itself; skirmishes between Imperialists and Rebels; the defense of the city by American, English, and French forces; and the final defeat of Rebels. The Vandalia sailed home by same route.
Blue, Charles (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1853 - 1856
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 324
Vandalia (Sloop of war)
United States Naval Expedition to Japan (1852-1854)
Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858
United States. Navy
Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
China -- History -- Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864
Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)
Japan -- Description and travel
Japan -- Foreign relations -- United States
Macau (China : Special Administrative Region)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Ryukyu Islands -- Description and travel
Shanghai (China) -- Description and travel
United States -- Foreign relations
Travel sketches
Bibliographic history: The U.S. Sloop of War Vandalia set sail on February 14, 1853 and joined Commodore Matthew C. Perry's East Indies Squadron. She was present at Perry's historic entrance into Tokyo Bay on February 13, 1854 and in 1855 helped to protect American interests in China during the Taiping Rebellion. Vandalia was decommissioned at the Portsmouth Navy Yard on September 30, 1856.
Content: The volume is illustrated by 11 sketches and includes a list of ports touched at and crew members who died.
Physical Description
Extent: .31 linear feet (1 volume, 1 folder)
Type of Resource
MSS Unit ID: 324
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19334094
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7d8ffaa0-c606-012f-0323-58d385a7bc34
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