Gustave Adolph Loehr’s Journal, 1879-1883
Gustave Adolph Loehr was serving as a Second Class Boy in the U.S. Navy’s Apprentice Training Squadron when he kept this journal. In it, he documents his time aboard USS Constitution under the command of Oscar Fitzalon Stanton from October 17, 1879 to February 27, 1880, and aboard USS Pensacola under the command of Christopher R. P. Rodgers from February 1880 to March 1883 in the South American station.
Loehr was 17 years old when he joined Constitution. He stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with brown hair and eyes. His journal entries are logs of daily shipboard activities, and contain little personal details. Included are signal flag illustrations, some songs, and a poem. Also documented is one death caused by illness aboard Constitution, and another death caused by a fall from the rigging aboard Pensacola.