The journal was kept by Midshipman Roscoe C. Bulmer while on a cruise aboard the cruiser U.S.S. San Francisco. The journal, which spans from May 26, 1895 to April 16, 1896, includes detailed descriptions of the various European ports and warships encountered along the cruise. Ports and cities described by Bulmer include Southampton, the North Baltic Sea Canal, Kiel, Kronstadt (Russia), Stockholm, Christiana (Norway), Gravesend, Le Havre, Lisbon, and the shipyards of Glasgow and Clyde. The journal also includes dimensions and specifications for warships of England, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, as well as an in depth description of U.S.S. Indiana and her various shipboard procedures. The volume is illustrated by numerous photographs, mechanical drawings of ships and equipment, and maps (both printed and hand drawn).