FORD, GERALD R. Three items, each Signed or Inscribed and Signed, "Jerry Ford" or "Gerald R. Ford," as President, to maritime historian Frank O. Braynard: The American Adventure: The Bicentennial Messages of Gerald R. Ford * Two Typed Letters. The book, inscribed twice: "To Frank O. Braynard, in / appreciation and very best wishes" on front free endpaper, and "To Frank O. Braynard, with / best wishes" on verso of frontispiece. 29 pages. 8vo, publisher's cloth. The letters, thanking for his help with Operation Sail, thanking for supervising vessels during the International Naval Review in New York Harbor [on July 4, 1976], and sending a book [present]. Each 1 page, small 4to, White House stationery. [Publisher unknown, 1976]; inscription: [Washington, 1976]; Washington, 2; 13 August 1976
2 August 1976: "Mrs. Ford, Susan and I were delighted to meet you when we visited the USS NASHVILLE on July 4. It certainly was a privilege to be among those viewing the magnificent tall ships and naval vessels that participated in Operation Sail and the International Naval Review that day. . . ." Operation Sail is a recurring celebration of sailing vessels held in the Hudson River or New York Harbor which began in 1964. One such event was part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration that took place in New York Harbor on Independence Day; it included 16 "tall ships"--19th-century sailing vessels such as schooners or brigs--in a Grand Parade.