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[Broadside]: Manuscript "Wanted Poster" for a U.S. Sailor who jumped ship in Japan
Yokohama, Japan: U.S.S. Tuscorora, 1874. Near Fine. Manuscript "wanted poster" handwritten on an 8" x 12" sheet of lined paper by Lieutenant Commander Theodore F. Jewell, the Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Tuscorora. Old folds, otherwise clean and near fine with very little wear. The sailor who deserted the ship is identified as Ordinary Seaman James Slaven, a 32-year-old Irish native who bore tattoos on both hands (a shield and eagle on the left and a star on the right). The document is dated May 11th 1874 and offers a $10 reward for "the apprehension and delivery [of Slaven] on board this vessel." A note of receipt at the bottom of the document shows that the reward was paid to William Ford, who apparently apprehended Slaven.Jewell had a long and successful career in the navy, retiring as an admiral in 1904. This notice was posted shortly after Jewell and the Tuscorora played a significant roll in keeping the peace in Honolulu following the riots by disgruntled followers of the widow of King Kamehameha IV, after the legislature selected David Kalakaua, the son of the High Chief Caesar Kaluaiku Kapa'akea, to be the next king. Partly in gratitude for Jewell's assistance, the Hawaiian government granted the United States rights to establish a coaling and repair station on Oahu that would eventually become the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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