CIMM Speaker Series: Dearest Minnie, A Sailor’s Story

CIMM Speaker Series is proud to host historical novelist Leslie Compton, author of Dearest Minne, A Sailor’s Story. Join us as we explore Leslie’s research into this fascinating story.


Dearest Minnie is a strong narrative-driven historical fiction that brings to light a typical sailor’s life on the USS Virginia during Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet cruise of sixteen battleships around the world in 1907-1909.

This story chronicles not only the cruise itself but the social and political climate of that time in each port where the ships re-coaled. It is told through picture postcards and letters vividly portraying this world event sent from the sailor to his sweetheart eventually leading to a proposal of marriage. Leslie Compton’s research, the colored postcards, and the actual words written by the sailor creates a fresh approach to this subject.

This book will appeal to those who have an interest in American history, military history, postcard collecting, geopolitical interest, and romance.


Oct 20 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA