Perhaps the only existing artifact of the first USS Albany lost at sea with all hands in 1854. This is the log book of Ensign William Dozier. En. Dozier joined the Albany on November 26, 1852. He sailed with her during 1853 and was detached from her on Nov 16, 1853. Albany left port on June 29, 1854. Albany was lost with all hands on 28 or 29 September 1854. Included among the 250 men lost were several sons and grandsons of politically prominent men. Ensign Dozier joined the USS Falmouth in Nov 1854 and went with her to search for the USS Albany. Albany has never been found. This log is in fair shape given it age. The binding is intact and all of the writing is legible. It details the day to day events of the Albany prior to her loss and may be the only item from that vessel in existence.
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The presented object appears to be a logbook belonged to the midshipman Ensign William Dozier. The log entries include the famous ship USS Albany, dated Nov 26, 1852. Dozier was detached from the Albany on Nov 16, 1853. Ensign Dozier spent a few months on a survey vessel - mentioned in the log but no localized or log entries were made. He was then assigned to the USS Falmouth probably on Nov 20, 1854.
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 1.500 to 3.000 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.
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