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Some Interesting Memorabilia:

Taylor Family Reunion Booklet:  These are the pages from a Taylor family reunion booklet sent to me by my Aunt Pat.  Notice the last two pages, which give information about the various ships on which each of the Captains sailed.  The Taylor and Flinn families both have a very rich history of sailing and seafaring.  Notice that one young lad, Simeon N. Taylor, made a voyage as a cabin boy at the age of thirteen years and ten months old.

The listing on the last page for Captain Charles L. Flinn's ship is a misprint - his ship was named the "Great Sturgeon." (Click on thumbnails to see larger image):

 

   
 
 

Nautical Items:  Below are some pictures of items that I have in my possession, sent to me by my grandfather and my Aunt Pat.  The Ocean Directories were used by Ship's Captains to navigate the various ports, obtain information about tariffs and fees, tides, currents, and a variety of other things needed to sail to each of the destinations. Two of the directories look new, and two look more worn.  This is because my grandfather, Dr. Edwin S. Flinn, had two of them re-bound before sending them to me.

More about Octants and Sextants

The instrument seen in the images on the second row below is an octant, which is an astronomical instrument that is used to determine latitude for navigation. It does this by measuring angular distances, like the altitude of the sun, moon and stars. The octant gets its name because the arc on the instrument is 45-degrees, or one-eight of a full circle.  The octant was later widely replaced by the sextant, which was invented independently in both England and America in 1731.

The boxes and vials shown below are examples of the remedies and medicines that the ship's Captain would dispense to the crew.  These vials include such things as  arsenicum, ipecac, bryonia, and belladonna, just to name a few. (Click on thumbnails to see larger image):

 

 

           
 
     
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
 
 
 
Other Pictures and Paintings:
These are paintings of the ships "Nonpareil" (left) and "Ella" (right) which were both commanded by Captain William Flinn.  The picture of the Ella in the middle is actually an ad for a painting of this ship that Aunt Pat found on the Internet.  On the right is a picture of William Warren Flinn and Lydia Taylor Flinn. (Click on thumbnails to see larger image):
 
   
 
 
 
The picture on the left left is a painting of Phebe Nickerson Taylor, who was married to James Taylor.  Their daughter, Mary Jane Taylor, married Charles Flinn.  The son of Charles and Mary Jane was Stanley Flinn, married to Bertha Poland, and they had a son named Edwin S. Flinn (my grandfather).  On the right is a picture of Edwin S. Flinn when he was a student at Penn State University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four Generations of Flinns:  The pictures, in order from left to right are, William W. Flinn, Charles L. Flinn, Stanley W. Flinn, and Edwin S. Flinn
 
 
     
 
 
Types of Ships on Which the Taylor and Flinn Men Sailed:

Barque (or Bark):  A type of sailing ships with three or more masts.

 

Brig:  Two-masted sailing vessel with square-rigged sails on both masts

 

Schooner:  A schooner is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts. Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, and further developed in North America from the time of the American Revolution.

 

S.S. (Steamer):  Abbreviation for steam ship.

 

CVN:  Carrier Vessel - Nuclear.  A nuclear powered aircraft carrier.  I had to throw this in here.  This is the kind of ship that my son, Billy, and I have both served aboard.  I served in various sea-going fighter squadrons and aircraft carriers in my Navy days, and Billy served aboard a couple of different nuclear carriers as a firefighter on the flight deck.  You can see more about what it's like to serve aboard an aircraft carrier in my Go Navy! section.

The picture below is of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson - the carrier on which I made a few Persian Gulf deployments, and various other at-sea ventures.

 

 

 

News paper Articles:
Below are various news paper articles from the Berkshire Eagle, 1959.  These make mention of Edwin S. Flinn, and young high school student Patricia Flinn:
 
 
     
 
 

 
 

       

 

 

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