Henry Chester Sweeney
Master merchant marine, U.S. Naval Reserve.
Scrapbook ca. 1942–1946 (1 volume). Gift of: Clair Baisley, daughter of Henry Chester Sweeney, 1980
Contains papers relating to the ships he commanded during this period: SS George E. Pickett, SS John Marshall, SS Mobile, Liberty Ship Edward B. Haines, and SS Minotaur. Included are loading, sailing, and Convoy cruising orders, and berthing plans; letters of commendation and appreciation from Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces; War Shipping Administration, and British Naval officers; and photographs.
Also, memorabilia such as foreign currency, newspapers and clippings, and invitations and menus. In recognition of his service and loyalty to the nation, he was presented an award of honor by the Town of Chatham in 1946. The certificate of that award is contained in the scrapbook.
Photographs – total of 16 photographs
Below: signed sketch by artist Jack Coggins: "Shells from German 8mm gun falling close to ship on "Pickett's" port side, Utah Beach, June 9, 1944.
Includes Crew List of the SS Minotaur, Nov. 6, 1942 with rank, birthplace and next of kin (2 pages; Statistics on the S/S William H. Carruth, SS New London; various Convoy cruising orders; Permit for S.S. Minotaur to berth Port of Boston, 1941;maps, navigational aids; brochure from ship Italia; various foreign currency.