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Empire State VI Logbooks, 1990-2015

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CA-RG1-0008

Contents of Collection

Materials in this collection include six types of logbooks; bridge logbooks, Quater Master logbooks, Engine logbooks, Night Orders, Bridge Bell, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and a compass record book. A bridge logbook is a daily record of the ship’s course, speed and location. Navigational, piloting and other notable events occurring in and around the ship are also recorded in a bridge logbook. The Quarter Master logbooks serve as a reminder to the officers of the deck of their various duties and to serve as a check on the activities of these officers. They are also maintained to serve as potential evidence in legal proceedings in naval, admiralty, or civil courts.

There are entries regarding deliveries made to the ship, records of inspections, emergency drills and the activities of the various officers including when these officers are aboard or ashore.

This collection is comprised of mostly smooth logbooks and one rough logbook. A rough (or scrap) log is a preliminary draft of the ship’s record that is written by hand on the ship daily. The rough log is then transcribed as the smooth log, which is the final version of the ship’s record and considered the official log. Changes can be made to rough logs but a smooth log is considered permanent and erasures are not permitted. Corrections can be made to a smooth log as long as it is signed by the authorized keeper of the logbook and must only be made by drawing one line through the previous entry thereby leaving the previous entry legible.


  • bulk 1990-1997


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Appointments to examine materials must be made in advance. Please e-mail for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Historical Note

The U.S.S. Empire State VI replaced the U.S.S. Empire State V in 1988. Rear Admairl Flyod Harry Miller made the case for a new training ship as the current training ship needed an estimate of $42 million in repairs. Miller lobbyed in Washington and encouraged parents of Maritime students to do the same by providing addresses and phone numbers of their representatives. Democrate Representative Mario Biaggi and Republican Senator Aphonse D'Amato were two main congressional allies of the college and supporters of financing the new training ship. Alumni Rudy Cassini (class of 1946) was a staff member of Biaggi, and was instrumental in securing the $8.5 million to puchase the Mormactide, a C-4 steam freighter to be converted into a training ship for the college. On May 5, 1990, D'Amato's mother re-christened teh ship to the Empire State VI.

School Name Chronology

1873 – 1913: New York Nautical School
1913 – 1929: New York State Nautical School
1929 – 1941: New York State Merchant Marine Academy
1941 – 1949: New York State Maritime Academy
1949 – Present: State University of New York Maritime College


5.63 Linear Feet (19 bound volumes and 2 archival flat boxes)


This collection consists of the logbooks from the U.S.S Empire State VI training ship used by the State University of New York Maritime College to train students for the merchant marines and the naval reserves. A ship’s logbook is a daily record of the ship’s course, speed and location. Navigational, piloting and other notable events occurring in and around the ship are also recorded in a ship’s logbook.

Arrangement of Materials

Materials are in four series; Bridge Logbooks, Quatermaster Logbooks, Engine Logbooks, and Night Orders, Bridge Bell, and Compass Logbooks. Logbooks within each series are arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer documentation or deeds of gift have not been located for these items. Presumably they were transfered to the library in the 1990s after Summer Sea Term.


Williams, Joseph A. (2013). Four years before the mast: A history of New York's maritime college. Bronx, NY: Fort Schuyler Press.
Empire State VI Logbooks, 1990-1999
Renae Rapp
July 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

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