The Naval Historical Foundation has partnered with several organizations capable of providing a variety of options for cruise book reproduction. A portion of the proceeds from these cruise book sales by many of our partners goes to support ongoing Naval Historical Foundation programs or for the addition of cruise books to the collection of the Navy Department Library.
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Those desiring reproductions of cruise books should consult the Navy Department Library’s online catalog to determine if the cruise book in question is part of the Navy’s official collection. If it is available, and there are no copyright restrictions, it can be reproduced for a fee.
There are three options for cruise book reproduction and the price will vary depending on the option you choose. Please be aware that any of these options will be a reproduction – you will not receive a bound copy of equal quality to the original. Reproduction options include:
1) Digital Copy: The cruise book will be scanned in black and white (color where applicable) and a digital copy of it provided on a CD.
2) Hard Bound Copy: The cruise book will be scanned in black and white (color where applicable), printed, collated and bound with plastic see through covers and a black plastic comb.
3) Digital & Hard Bound Copy (Both options 1 and 2).
Your cost will vary depending on the option you select, and the size of the original cruise book. Please contact the contractor for an estimate:
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Shipmate Memories can also provide limited Document Reproduction services from the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Please contact NHHC to obtain a file or document number before contacting Shipmate Memories, and have this file or document number ready when you submit your order.
US Navy Cruise Books on CD
For World War II and pre-1960s cruise books, we recommend that you contact US Navy Cruise Books on CD, an NHF partner that specializes in that era, and which can provide both digital and printed cruise book copies. Their website features an extensive list of available cruise books through which you can browse. Each ship’s cruise book page on the website includes important information such as ports of call, photo listings, and significant events during the cruise. The cruise book CDs available through this site feature bonus multimedia content as well as digital scans of the actual cruise book pages. Due to their ongoing research at libraries across the country, they can also provide some cruise books that are not currently in the collection of the Navy Department Library. It is their pledge to ship within 24 hours of payment. Please visit them at www.navyboy63.com.
Remember My Service Cruise Books
Remember My Service (RMS) Productions is the only full-service multi-media production and traditional publication house to provide innovative, premium cruise books covering current operations (traditional full size book with interactive DVD-ROM). RMS is a subsidiary of StoryRock, the leading provider of core technology for interactive and print historical archiving, founded in 1998. RMS has provided interactive and traditional commemoratives for over 200,000 service members in the Army, Navy and National Guard, and is proud to partner with the Naval Historical Foundation to ensure that each ship’s cruise book produced in 2012 and beyond is preserved in print and multimedia format in the Navy Department Library’s collection for researcher and veteran access. To learn more, or to purchase cruise books (hard copy or digital copy) of cruise books being produced by RMS for ships completing current operations, visit www.RememberMyService.com.
Ancestry.com Cruise Books
Ancestry.com has an extensive collection of cruise books online, available to subscribers of their service. They have a fully searchable online database, allowing subscribers to browse and print pages from literally hundreds of cruise books. They continue to add more books from the collection of the Navy Department Library through their ongoing digitization program. Ancestry offers free trial memberships for those who are unfamiliar with what they offer. Please visit the U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918-2009 portion of the Ancestry.com website to see a full list of available cruise books. Please note that the Ancestry.com does not offer the option to print an entire cruise book. Rather, the subscriber can view individual cruise book pages online, and then download or print these pages.
USS Oriskany (CV 34) Digital Cruise Books Project
A former crew member of the “Mighty O” has made the entire collection of Cruise Books from the USS Oriskany available in digital format. Each digital book is the same price regardless of its size or rarity. Each Cruise Book CD will automatically start when inserted in your computers CD drive. A menu will open that will let you view a readme first file, open the Cruise Book and even play some background music. These CD’s are packaged in a DVD style case using the Cruise Book cover as the case cover label. Additionally, the Cruise Books are available for digital download. Whether you are a former crewmember, have a friend or family member that was stationed on the Oriskany or are just interested in this ships history, you will enjoy these books. If you are interested in purchasing one of their books, please visit them on the web at http://ussoriskany.us/obooks.htm.
Bluewater Publishing has been in the cruisebook publishing business since 1991 and has partnered with the Naval Historical Foundation to provide access, for current and retired US Navy personnel, to previously published cruisebooks. They have in their inventory over 130 different cruisebooks dating from the late 1980’s to the present. You can find their cruisebook store at www.cruisebooksource.com. If you are interested in a cruisebook that is not listed the store, give them a call at 800-323-0578. The entire staff at Bluewater is proud to be a part of this incredible Navy tradition!