Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Kenneth Grace Manuscripts, 1908-1914

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, March 1997

Summary Information
Title: Kenneth Grace manuscripts
Creator: Grace, Kenneth
Inclusive dates: 1908-1914
Extent: 166 pages (2 volumes)
Abstract:
The Grace collection consists of two manuscripts: "The Sea," an ecclectic compilation of a child's stories on nautical themes, and the Log of the Sea Wren , which includes narratives of Kenneth Grace's summer time cruises in Chesapeake Bay aboard the boats Sea Wren and Sea Bird .
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3336.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Kenneth Grace Manuscripts, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan


Biography

While growing up, Kenneth Grace spent much of his summer holidays cruising Chesapeake Bay in the boats, Sea Wren and Sea Bird . From Easton, Md., Grace and his friends sailed and camped the summer through, traveling as far from shore as Sharp's Island in the middle of the Bay.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Log of the Sea Wren includes narratives of Kenneth Grace's summer time "cruises" in Chesapeake Bay aboard the boats Sea Wren and Sea Bird , 1910-1914. The entries map out Grace's activities during August 1910, June 1912, June and July 1913, and June and July 1914, and include accounts of sailing, camping, and, on occasion, staying ashore. Although nothing further is known about Grace, the duration of these cruises suggest that the "log" was kept during his summer vacations.

Among other points of interest in the log are a description of Sharp's Island and the ruins of its failed resort hotel, accompanied by Grace's hand-drawn map. The log also includes a real-photo postcard of a young boy, possibly Grace.

"The Sea," written earlier than the Log, is an ecclectic compilation of a child's stories on nautical themes, including sailing, work in ports, shipwrecks, and salvage operations. Some of the stories may have been copied from newspapers or magazines, but others bear the marks of having been written by, or altered by Grace. The most interesting features of the manuscript are the charming pencil illustrations of sailing vessels and sea life, and three highly imaginative maps done in water color. The authorship of the manuscript is based on the presence of Kenneth Grace's name on page 43 and elsewhere.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Camping--Maryland.
    • Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
    • Easton (Md.)
    • Maryland--Description and travel.
    • Sailing--Chesapeake Bay.
    • Shipwrecks.
    • Vacations--Maryland.
    Genre Terms:
    • Logs (records)
    • Manuscript maps.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    "The Sea",  1908-1909 [series]
    Volume   2  
    Log of the Sea Wren ,  1910 August 22-1914 July 10 [series]