BLUEJACKET.COM


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Frequently Asked Questions

Bluejacket salutes all shipmates, active, retired and former members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Marine Corps.  The web bos'n served with all three sea service branches in a four decade military career.  Bluejacket.com was launched in November 1997 with a few patches and pictures of favorite ships and has grown with the help of many shipmates.  All Coast Guard material shifted berth to SemperParatus.com in July 2006.

Q.  HOW DO I REPLACE MY BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL? 
A.  Check the list to see which BJM edition you received in boot camp.  Here are used BJM's and new BJM's .

Q. WHERE ARE THE MODEL SHIPS? 
A.  Oops, wrong website, see Bluejacket Ship Crafters located at BluejacketInc.com .

Q. HOW DO I CONTACT A BLUEJACKET BOOK AUTHOR?  
A.  You want the United States Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland, publisher of the Bluejacket's Manual and the line of trade paperbacks under the name Bluejacket Books. Bluejacket.com has no relationship to USNI other than admiration and many collected titles from their catalog.

Q.  WHERE DO I GET MY SERVICE RECORD BOOK AND/OR SHIP'S OFFICIAL LOGS? 
A.  Bluejacket does NOT have access to individual service record books (personnel records) or ship's official logs.  Check with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). 

Q.  WHY ISN'T MY SHIP'S PATCH/PICTURE ON THE SITE? 
A.  In 1997 Bluejacket posted casually collected naval insignia.  Other collectors and shipmates responded with scans of their ship and/or squadron patches and even complete collections.  Today there are over 6,000 naval images posted thanks to help from all corners of the globe.  Scans are cleaned of shadows and color levels adjusted as needed using Adobe® Photoshop® and an Intros2® graphics tablet.  Because Bluejacket is a one person operation and the one person is retired with too many hobbies, scans take time to appear.  There are usually several dozen insignia waiting to be posted at any given time. 
 

Q.  WHY DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT NAME FOR MY SQUADRON?
Maximum effort is given to verify the identify of unit patches.  My unit identifications for patches can be in error.  Email me with your factual concerns.  Remember there are many variations in design and unit nicknames.

Q.  ARE THE PATCHES AND POSTERS ORIGINAL?
A. Most of the patches are original.  Many were personally scanned from museum collections.  In that it is difficult to verify the authenticity and date of a patch no attempt is made to label those that are original and those that are reproductions.  Serious collectors study patch material, design, stitch patterns, coloration,  borders, company and country of origin, unit history and other features to authenticate a patch.  Hollywood created patches or fictional unit patches are excluded with a few exceptions and in those cases are identified as bogus.  In addition a few companies reproducing patches falsely identify a unit by scrambling unit lineage and assigning a new name to an old patch design. A rigerous study of unit history is essential in validation of original patches.  

Q.  WHERE DOES BLUEJACKET OBTAIN THE PHOTOGRAPHS? 
A.  Photographs are attributed to the image creator when known.  Copyright © is not claimed for material in the public domain. Unless otherwise noted photographic images are public domain.  Image sources are National Archives and Records Administration, Department of Defense, Navy Department, National Naval Aviation Museum and The Library of Congress.  See our Links.

Q.  WHERE DO I BUY A SHIP'S PATCH, PICTURE OR A POSTER? 
A.  Bluejacket.com does not sell insignia, posters or pictures.  Here are a few sources for pictures, posters and patches that may be of assistance.  These are for the most part untested vendors. There is no monetary relationship between Bluejacket and these vendors. 

Q.  I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I LOOKING FOR - WHERE IS ...?  
A.  Check the links page.  The links cover other frequently asked questions and should answer most general inquiries. 

Q.  WHO PAYS FOR BLUEJACKET.COM?   
A.  Bluejacket.com is a privately held website.  Expenses are offset through minimal commissions received from referral book sales.  A few new books are listed along with a book search tool. 

NOTICE: Bluejacket.com neither sells advertizing nor solicits by email or telephone.  Spam using the domain name has been reported as well as a person falsely representing themselves as a sales representative for the domain.  

Q.  MAY I LINK TO BLUEJACKET PICTURES AND PATCHES? 
A.  Text links are always welcome.  If you have a web site, blog, or post to a forum
please do not direct link to our images.  If you copy and post to your web site please give Bluejacket.com a courtesy link.

Q.  HOW DO I CONTACT BLUEJACKET.COM?
A.  Our general email address is the rusty old mailbuoy that some shipmates could not sight while standing mailbuoy watch on their first ship. If you see something that is in error please send along a kindly worded note stating the problem and the page address.  Documentation is helpful when disputing entries.   

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

Eugene Oleson
[CWO4, USCG; Capt, USN (Ret)]
aka: the web bos'n

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