The Hatchet of the U.S.S. ÒGeorge Washington"

New York: J.J. Little & Ives Co., 1919. Very good octavo in blue-green cloth with black lettering and decoration to cover, black lettering to spine. Sunning and light edgewear to spine. Wear to front inside joint. Leaves very clean. Built as an ocean liner in 1908 for the Bremen-based North German Lloyd, the SS George Washington served in World War I as the USS George Washington (ID-3018) for the US Navy, and as the USAT George Washington for the US Army as a troop transport. In the interwar period, she reverted to her original name. During World War II, the ship was re-commissioned by the US Navy as the USS Catlin (AP-19) for about six months, and was then briefly operated by the British under Lend-Lease. front free endpaper was inscribed with the following: From: Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Taylor Jones / Commanding ÒU.S.S. CatlinÓ / Ex ÒS.S. George Washington.Ó / To: Capt. C.E. Stewart, British Transport Service. / Compliments of the U.S. Naval Service. / 4th Naval Dist. Phil., Pa. / 7, July 1941." Under the inscription is a beautiful original sketch of the ship titled ÒNorthern Patrol 1939-1941,Ó signed Captain C.E. Stewart R.N.R. [Royal Naval Reserve], and inscribed ÒTo Nellie with all good wishes, X.Ó There is also a bookplate of Nellie Atkinson. Hardcover.

Price: $200.00