These Are The Virgin Islands By Hamilton Cochran, 1937 For Sale
These Are The Virgin Islands by Hamilton Cochran. 1937 by Prentiss-Hall. Hamilton Cochrans(1898-1977) very first book. This is a terrific accounting of the early history of the Islands, the Pirates, and the folklore surrounding them. Hamilton Cochran joined the Coast Guard at age 18 in 1917. 15 months later he was on the USCG cutter Algonquin escorting Naval Convoys during WWI. In the forward of this book he talks about coming back from patrol and seeing the Virgin Islands and knowing he was back in safe waters. His escort group escorted over 20Naval Convoys without a single ship lost to the UBoats. The Virgin Islands were bought by the U.S. in 1917 from Denmark for 25 million dollars. This began Hamilton Cochrans love for the USVI. The first Governors of the Islands were U. S. Naval Officers. Into the picture WWI Commander of USS Charleston, Martin Edward Trench, appointed on Sept. 12, 1925, Governor of the USVI. Trench only governed for two years until his untimely death on June 7, 1927, while visiting friends at home in Worcester, MA. What does all this have to do with this book? Well, in the back of this book is a letter from Hamilton Cochran addressed to a Mrs. Helen Trench in Worcester, MA. The letter is dated 1938 and talks about her husbands former regime and how the Islands had changed since they had been there. It is written in a friendly and familiar way which leads one to believe that Hamilton knew Edward Trench and his wife on a personal level. It is important to note that the letter is written ten years after Trenchs death. Also it is important to know that Hamilton Cochran was himself appointed Commissioner of Public Welfare for the Government of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas in 1932-35. This is a very well read and interesting man who had been in many international seaports all around the world but always a love for the USVI brought him back to the islands. He wrote a number of other books about Pirates and adventure and Seafaring but never again a book like his first. I think these two men must have met and become friends during the war and perhaps stayed in touch after that, until Trenchs death in 1927. This book has the letter attached to the back final page or leaf and signed by Hamilton Cochran. Fantastic piece of history linking two men and their fascinating lives. Book was found in an Estate Sale. It is a first edition, first book by Hamilton Cochran but more importantly is the history that linked these two men and how their destinies collided. Very fascinating. Book in very good condition.
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These Are The Virgin Islands By Hamilton Cochran, 1937: $300