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Stephen McCarthy papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSC-064

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four commissions providing information related to Stephen McCarthy’s naval career from his commissioning as a Boatswain in 1889 to his final commission as Lieutenant in 1921. Also included is correspondence from G. C. Logan, acting Commanding Officer, Naval Training Station, acknowledging that McCarthy’s formal commission as Lieutenant had arrived.

Dates

  • 1889-1920

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to all researchers, unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in the public domain, unless otherwise noted.

Biographical note

Stephen McCarthy was born on 25 November 1859 in Connecticut. In 1875, he joined the Navy as a teenage seaman apprentice aboard the USS Minnesota. He officially joined the Navy as an enlisted man in 1877 and was appointed a Boatswain in the Navy on 13 May 1887 while in the state of New Jersey. He served various assignments in and around Newport, RI before being appointed a Chief Boatswain’s Mate in 1899 by Act of Congress. His career shifted between assignments at sea—on the USS Chicago in the European Squadron in 1903 and aboard a succession of screw tugs near the U.S. Coast, the USS Potomac, USS Ontario, and USS Montgomery. Most of his naval career was spent stationed in Newport, RI at the Newport Training Station, Torpedo Station, or aboard one of the training ships. He authored “The Boatswain’s Calls,” published in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1913, a description of the calls and pipes used by boatswains in the U.S. Navy. His article was cited in a 2002 review of piping. Stephen McCarthy married Leonora Sharpe (1863-1905) and they had three daughters, one of whom, Leonora Muria married a naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Dallas Wait. Lieutenant McCarthy retired to Newport and lived at 82 Kay Street until his death in 1938.

Chronology of Naval Service note

1859
Born in Connecticut
1875
Seaman apprentice, USS Minnesota
1880
Won first class medal for sword exercise at “Naval Review”
1886
Aboard the Receiving-Ship New Hampshire, Newport, RI as Acting Boatswain
1887
Appointed Boatswain
1889
Appointment to Boatswain formalized by Commission
1891
Assigned to Training Station and Training-Ship USS Constellation
1898
Assigned to Torpedo Station, Newport, RI
1900
Chief Boatswain, USS Constellation, Training Ship, Newport, RI
1903
Chief Boatswain, USS Chicago, European Squadron
1904
Ordered back to the Torpedo Station, Newport, RI
1908
Chief Boatswain, USS Nina, submarine tender, Newport RI
1909
Assigned to Torpedo Station, Newport, RI.
1911
Chief Boatswain, USS Potomac (tug)
1912
Takes command of the USS Ontario (AT-13)
1913
Publishes “The Boatswain’s Calls” in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
1916
Chief Boatswain, USS Montgomery (C-9)
1920
Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Newport, RI
1923
Retired
1938
Died in Newport, RI

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder in Folio drawer)

Abstract

Lieutenant Stephen McCarthy (1859-1938) served in the U.S. Navy from 1887 until his retirement in 1923. He retired in Newport, Rhode Island. His papers include naval commissions from various promotions in the U.S. Navy.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Leonora Dallas Wait in November 1985. The Stephen McCarthy papers were donated by Mrs. Wait along with the Dallas Wait papers (MSC 65). The donation was disambiguated after accession to create two separate collections.

Related Materials

Dallas Wait papers, MSC 65, Naval Historical Collection, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Processing Information

Former Archivist, Evelyn Cherpak, oversaw the processing of the gift of Mrs. Dallas Wait. The four commissions from her father, LT Stephen McCarthy were separated from the Dallas Wait papers, housed in an oversize box, and designated as MSC 64. In August 2016, Dara Baker removed the commissions from the oversize box and rehoused them in a large format folder for inclusion in the Folio cabinets.
Title
Guide to the Stephen McCarthy papers1889-1920
Status
Dacs Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Dara Baker.
Date
Sep 2016
Description rules
Finding Aid Based On Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Dacs)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Naval Historical Collection Repository

Contact:
US Naval War College
686 Cushing Rd
Newport RI 02841 US