Updated 1-26-2004

February 2004 Column



William B. Gould
~ Radio Pioneer ~

1NP - W1NP - K2NP

William B. Gould III, as he went to sea in 1929.

William B. Gould III, about 1957

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Gould and Day tracking Sputnick on October 7, 1957.

These are the Schnell schedules for the
1922 Trans-Atlantic tests.

Part of the Schedule showing Gould's name.
Gould's 1919 License
Screen Version
Check back to see his QSL Cards
in this location. (1-26-04)
Gould's 1919 License

Printer Version

The New York Mirror, October 7, 1957.

Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor
by William B. Gould IV

Seeking freedom under the cover of darkness on September 21, 1862, eight slaves rowed a boat 21 miles down the Cape Fear River from Wilmington, NC, to the Atlantic Ocean. It was daybreak when they reached the mouth of the river where the U.S.S. Cambridge, a U.S. Navy ship blockading the Confederate fort there picked them up. Once on board the slaves were termed "contrabands of war".

They were offered a chance to join the U.S. Navy and fight in the Civil War. One of them, William B. Gould a literate slave, would keep a diary of his Civil War service. His Great Grandson William B. Gould IV recently published this diary as Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor.

More information about the book is available at www.Amazon.com, and more on the diary may be found at www.law.stanford.edu/library/goulddiary/

John Dilks, K2TQN    125 Warf Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-8501   e-mail: K2TQN@arrl.net