Read all about USS Bear's general description, specifications and time line.

Notes:

1. Latitude/longitude, including for days in port, show representative decimal positions for each day, as calculated by the Old Weather project's analysis program. As such, they differ by varying amounts from the positions recorded, usually at noon, in the log pages. In addition, some latitudes/longitudes have been amended in edited logs for errors in the logs, for errors in identifying locations by the analysis program, or simply for greater accuracy. In all cases, refer to the log-page scans for the positions as originally recorded. Not all log pages contain this information and the ships' positions have therefore often been estimated.

2. Full account of any day is available by clicking on the link above that day. Any groups of links may refer to log book covers and introductory information; some may be blank.

3. Logbook events have been formatted but not edited. The quality and quantity of transcribed information therefore varies, and may include up to 3 versions of the same data depending on the number of volunteers working on the originals.


Note to Editor: This voyage was scanned twice and transcribed 6 times. The first scan is very bleached-looking, showing the badly fading ink. The second scan shows enhanced photography and is much easier to read. The second scan was also much more difficult to find, being scattered in 4 different places within later logs. I left both links in, IDing the better duplicates, just to avoid getting lost putting it all together. The transcriptions for each date are all together, but scrambled; they will each have to be put in order.


I recommend that the first scans
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Many discussions and proper names properly spelled are available on the forum.



LOG BOOK – MARCH 17TH 1884 TO SEPTEMBER 22ND 1884


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List of Officers

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- List of Officers

List of Officers

Bear -

Lieut A H Emory Jr -

A H(?) Emory Jr - Lieutenant

J A Crosby - Lieutenant

J C Colwell - Lieut Jr Grade

A R Usher - Lieut Jr Grade

L K Reynolds - Ensign

John Lowe - Chief Engineer

H E Ames - P.O. Surgeon

W. H. Emory - Lieutenant

F. N. Crosby - Lieutenant

J. G. Godwell - Lieut. Jr. Grade

L. K. Reynolds - Ensign

John Lowe - Chief Engineer

M. E. Ames - P.A. Surgeon


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LIST OF OFFICERS - 24 APRIL 1884

List of Officers attached to and on board of the USS Bear, commanded by Lieut W.m H Emory Jr USN at the time of leaving the anchor at New York the 24 of April 1884

Sint Vr N Eamory - commander of ship

Vr V. Emory - Luntenant

F N Crosby - Luntenant

J C Colwell - Lunt. ~ Grade

A R Uslren - Lunt. ~ Grade

L K Reynoldo - Ensign

Jogn Lowe - Chief Engeneer

H E Ames - P. A. Surgeon


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List of officers who have died, been detached or transferred on board of USS Bear

LK Reynolds - Esnign Detached 08/23/1884

L K Reynoldo - Aug 23 1887 Detached


L K Reynolds Ensign - Aug 23rd 1884 Detached

L. K. Reynolds Ensign - Aug 23 1884 Detached


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March 17 1884

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- COMPLEMENT OF PETTY OFFICERS, SEAMEN IN NUMBERS LIST

Complement of Petty officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the USS Bear

Bear - Lists number of crew per position

List of crew: 1 Ice Master, 1 Yeomen, 2 Boatswain Mates, 2 Quarter Masters, 1 Captains of Lofa, 1 Carpenters Mates, 1 Ships Cook, 1 Cabin Cook, 9 Seamen, 2 1st Class ~achinish, 1 Black Smith, 2 1st Class Linemen, 1 Cabin Steward


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- Petty Officers

Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys and Marines on board

Bear -

Ice Master 1, Yeomen 1, Boatswain Master 2,Quarter Master 2, Captains of Tops 2, Carpenters Mates 1, Ships Cook 1, Cabin Cook 1, Seaman 9, 1st Class machinist 2, Black Smiths 1, 1st Class Firemen 3, Cabin Steward 1




LOGS FOR MARCH 1884


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17 March 1884

The Ship went into commission....list of men reporting for duty

The ship sent inot commission at 11.05am

total number of workman engaged in repairs and outfit of Greely Relief expedition department of construction and steam engineering: 368 also 21 at work on rigging

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Ship went into commission at 11:05


Steamer Bear -


Ship went into commission

Bear - Ship went into commission at 1105 A.M.

Lieut A H Emory -

Clear & pleasant

Ship went into commission at 11.05 am

Total 40 of workmen engaged on repairs & outfit of "Greely Relief Expedition" in Depts of Construction & Steam Engineering 368 also 21 from Equipment Dept at work on rigging.

The Ship went into commission at 1105

Total no. of workmen engaged on repairs & outfit of "Greely Relief Expedition" in dept. of Construction & Steam Engineering 368. Also 21 from Equipment dept. at work on rigging.

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J.C. Colwell - Reporting for duty

A.A. Emory - Reporting for duty

A.R. Uolen - Reporting for duty

L. K. Reynolds - Reporting for duty

P. Q. Sangoon - Reporting for duty

John Lowe - Reporting for duty

A. E. Omes - Reporting for duty

Repairs underway

Repairs underway


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18 March 1884


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Greely Relief Expedition employed on board listed

Total N° of men employed on "Greely Relief Expedition" 384 and 21 Riggers


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Men working on ship for "Greely Relief Expedition"

Total 40 of men employed on "Greely Relief Expedition" 384 and 21 Riggers. Engaged in caulking lower decks: joiner work for quarters of Officers and men. overhauling boilers & machinery & getting rigging in place. Also gang at work in Boat House and Joiner Shop on Boats.

Total no.of men employed on "Greely Relief Expedition" 384 and 21 Riggers.


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19 March 1884

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Total No. of men employed 897 & 21 riggers. Same general work as preceeding day. Rainy

total number of men employed: 897 and 21 riggers; same general work as preceding day, Rainy


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879 men & 21 riggers - Employed on ship

Rainy

Total 40 of men employed 897 & 21 riggers. Same general work as preceeding day. Rainy Total no. of men employed 897 & 21 riggers.


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20 March 1884

Total employed 384 & 21 riggers, work upon deck bed for galley


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Men employed on ship

Total No of employed 384 & 21 riggers Same general work as preceeding day. Commenced work upon deck bed for galley

Total no. of employed 384 & 21 riggers.


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21 March 1884


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of men employed 379 & 21 riggers

total number of men employed 379 and 21 riggers; same as preceding day

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Steamer Bear -

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Men employed on ship. Weather clear & pleasant.

Total No of men employed 379 & 21 riggers same general work as preceeding day. Clear and pleasant Total no. of men employed 879 & 21 riggers.


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22 March 1884


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Men employed on ship, weather clear & pleasant, finished galley bed.

Total No of men employed 380 & 21 riggers same general work as preceeding day. Clear and pleasant. Tarred down. Finished galley bed

Total no. of men employed 380 & 21 riggers.


men employed 380 & 21 riggers, tarred down galley bed total no of men employed: 380 and 21 riggers; same as previous day, finished galley bed.



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23 March 1884

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U.S.S. Thetis - Arrived at the Navy Yard

Weather clear & pleasant

Clear & pleasant

USS Thetis - arrived at the Navy Yard

Lieut L L Reamus - Officer commanding Thetis

U.S.S. Thetis - Arrived at the Navy Yard.

Lieut. L. L. Reamy - command of U.S.R.C. Thetis

U.S.S. Haetis - Arrived in Port

L.L. Reamy - Comand of Haetis


U.S.S. "Thetis" - arrived at Navy Yard

Lieut. L. L. Reamey U.S.S. - in command of "Thetis"

USS "Thetis" - arrived at the Navy Yard, under command of Lieut LL Reamey, USN

USS Haetio - Arrived at Navy Yard under command of Lieut L. L. Reamey

U S S Thetis - arrived Navy Yard

Lieut L L Reamey - commander of ship that arrived at Navy Yard


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24 March 1884


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Cloudy and pleasant weather, men employed on ship, painting

Cloudy & pleasant weather

Total No of men employed 393 same general work as saturday 22nd. Rove off running rigging. Painters engaged in painting hull & spars

Total no. of men employed 393.


men employed 393

total number of men employed: 292; same as Saturday 3/22; Rove off running rigging, painters engaged in painting hull and spars.


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25 March 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Clear and pleasant weather, receiving stores.

Gangs of workmen from Navy yard in depts of Construction Equipment and Steam Engineering engaged on Ship. Painters engaged painting ships bottom Received stores in Engineers dept as follows. Fire room implements, tools & oil.

Clear warm & pleasant weather


gangs of workmen from Navy Yard in septs of construction, Equipment and steam engineering engaged on ship; painters engaged in painting ships bottom, dreceived stores in engineers dept as follows


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26 March 1884

Made preparations for coming out of dry dock, but when dock was half filled with water on account of list of Ship to port shut off the water and began batching in Coal as ballast


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Cloudy weather, taking in coal as ballast to come out of dry dock

Cloudy weather

Made preparations for coming out of dry dock but when dock was half filled with water on account of list of Ship to port shut off water and began taking in Coal as ballast. Workmen from depts of Steam Engineering Equipment & Construction at work on vessel. Rove off running rigging


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27 March 1884

At 0740 Navy Yard tug took Ship out of dry dock and placed alongside Yard dock, secured.

coal: 26 Tons - Welsh coal, received on board as ballast & stowed in main hold.

Lieut. F.W. Crosby - reported for duty

LW Crosby - reported for duty on board

Lieut L A Crosby - Reported for duty

Lieut Crosby - reported for duty


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Clear and warm weather, Navy Yard tug took ship out of dry dock and placed alongside Yard Dock. Received on board about 26 tons of Welsh Coal used as ballast & stowed in main hold.

Lieut. F. K. Crosby - reported for duty

At 9.40 Navy Yard tug took Ship out of dry dock and placed her alongside Yard dock. Secured to dock.

Clear & warm

coal: 26 tons - use as ballast & stowed in main hold

Navy Yard workmen in depts of Equipment Construction & Steam Engineering engaged on Ship's work Lieut J A Crosby - reported for duty on board Navy Yard tug took Ship out of dry dock and placed her alongside yard dock.

Lieut. L. W. Crosby - reported for duty

J.A. Crosby - Reported for duty


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28 March 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Weather clear & pleasant. Received chains (two) 105 fathoms each. Propeller & donkey boiler tested.

Clear & pleasant

Gangs of workmen engaged on board in depts of Steam Engineering Equipment & Construction Received on board both bower chains 105 fathoms each stowed in chain lockers; bent port bower chain; shipped fore & main booms & transported one spare propellor to main deck. Got up steam in & tested donkey boiler


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29 March 1884

same as preceding day, caulkers caulking spar deck.


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Clear & pleasant weather. Anchors ready for letting go. Stowed spare propellers on lower deck.

Clear & pleasant

Gangs of men from depts of Equipment. Construction & Steam Engineering engaged on ship work. Received & stowed sheet & Stream chains. Bent port bower chain to port bower Anchors & got Anchor ready for letting go. Stowed spare propellors on lower deck. Caulkers caulking spar deck

Preparations


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30 March 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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brooklyn new york

Clear & cold. Stiff SW breeze

Clear & cold. Stiff ?? breeze

Clear, Cold, breeze


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31 March 1884

Received on board one Galley

Receivedon board one Galley

Same work as preceding days, received one galley on board


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brooklyn ny

Steamer Bear -


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brooklyn new york

Clear & pleasant. Received on board one Galley

Gangs of workmen from depts of Steam Engineering Equipment & Construction engaged on board. Received on board one galley

Clear & pleasant

preparations



LOGS FOR APRIL 1884


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1 April 1884

Got up steam during forenoon & had trial of Engine; found everything to work well

Captain Kirkland - visited the Ship

Rove off and fitted hoisting purchase for propeller and hoisting propeller. Found everything to work well. Painters engaged in painting and shellacing officers and mens quarters

Commodore Fillebrown & Captain Kirkland - visited ship

Captain Kirkland - visited

Commodore Tillebrown - visited ship


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lying at navy yard brooklyn ny

Steamer Bear -


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brooklyn new york

Clear & pleasant. Tested engines everything worked to work well.

Commodore Filletsown & Captain Kirkland - visited the ship

Propeller housing installed and everything worked well.

Captain Kirkland - visited

Commodore Fillebown - Visited

trial of engines

Captain Kirkland - visited Ship

Commodore Jillebrown - visited Ship


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2 April 1884

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brooklyn new york

Overcast cloudy and rainy. Worker employed on board

preparations


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3 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Overcast and cloudy. Stiff breeze from north + west. Navy Yard workmen employed on board

preparations


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4 April 1884

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5 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Cloudy and pleasant stiff breeze SW

storing of provisions, glass, china and plated ware


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Cloudy and stormy weather fresh breezes increasing to moderate gales from N & NNW.

storing of provisions


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6 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Clear and pleasant, moderate breeze from NW

preparations, ships work


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7 April 1884


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Clear & pleasant. Moderate breeze from SW. Received and placed Standard Compasses, received Medical stores

received provisions and medical stores as well as compasses


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8 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Cloudy but pleasant weather until evening when a light fall of rain. Received 36 barrels of Salt Pork 100 lbs each on board.

preparations of ship, storing of provisions


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9 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Cold rainy and squally, rain stopped towards evening, received no stores because of weather

preparations of ship resume, no stores received on account of bad weather


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10 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Partly clear moderate breeze from NW. Received and stowed galley furniture

received tried and hoisted into place steam whale boat and galley furniture


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11 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Clear and pleasant light breeze from North


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lying at navy yard brooklyn ny

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12 April 1884

John Lowe & P.A. Surgeon H.E.Ames - left the Ship on three days leave of absence

Chief Engeneer John Lowe & P. A. Surgeon N. E. Ames - left ship on three day leave of absence

Cheif Engineer John Lowe - left ship for 3 days leave

P A Surgeon H E Ames - left ship on 3 days leave

PA Surgeon HE Anes - left the ship

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brooklyn new york

Clear and pleasant gentle NW breeze

Chief Engineer John Lowe & P.A. Surgeon N. E. Ames - left ship on three days leave of absence

John Lowe - 3 days leave

H. E. Ames - Leave

Chief engineer John Lowe - left ship on leave

P.Q. Surgeon H. E. Arkes - left ship on leave


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13 April 1884

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brooklyn new york

Clear and pleasant gentle SW breeze

Painting the Deck


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14 April 1884

Secretary of the Navy - visited & inspected Ship

Secretary of the Navy - visited and inspected the ship


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brooklyn new york

Clear and pleasant gentle NW breeze.

Secretary of the Navy visited & inspected the Ship -

Three Whale boats hoisted on starboard side

the secretary of the Navy - visited and inspected ship

Brought 2 28ft and 2 24ft boats and hoisted on starboard side


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15 April 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

brooklyn new york

Stormy and Rainy the whole day.

received Boom cover and spread it

fitting steam pipes in holds and bunkers

Workmen fitting steam pipes in holds


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16 April 1884

Lient. Emory - under the command of


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brooklyn new york

Clear and pleasant greater part of day. Calm and gentle airs breezes in afternoon

Workers engaged all night on steam pipe

coal: - preparations for receiving coal

Workmen installing steam pipe in bunkers in preparation for receiving coal


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17 April 1884

Lieut. Emory Jr. - Under comand of


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brooklyn new york

coal: took on board about 7 tons -

Overcast & cloudy. Slight breeze from N.N.W.

Received on board 94 casks Beef & 155 boxes of Bread.

Received food on board. Workmen worked on steam pipes


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18 April 1884

Spanish Str "Ybarra" - came alongside at 1100 made preperations for coaling

coal: 38 Tons - 1800 Recd


Spanish Str "Ybarra" [sp] came alongside at 11 am . made preparations for coaling ship

Spanish ship [name] came alongside at 11am.


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navy yard brooklyn nyc

Cloudy & cool. Light to moderate N.W. breeze

Spanish Steamer "Ybassa" - came alongside

coal: received 38 tons - by 6 PM

Received food stores

Ybarra - came alongside

preparations for coaling

coal: 38 tons -

Made preparations for coal

Ybarra - Spanish steamer, came alongside

coal: 38 tons -

received 16000lbs bread, 4680lbs ham, 1170lbs sugar cakes

Cloudy & cool. Light to moderate NW breeze. Rec'd from Paymasters store house 7300 lbs. dog pemmican, 16,000 lbs bread (?), 8680 lbs. Ham, 1170 lbs. Sugar cakes. Rec'd Navigation stores & all ordinance stores except ammunition. Draft of ship forward 13 ft. 11 in. aft 15 ft.


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19 April 1884

coal: 87 Tons - At 1200 to received coal in bunkers

coal: 197 Tons - 1600 had received & stowed

coal: Total 210 Tons - At 2000 altogether to day

coal: 265 Tons - 2400 had received altogether today

coal: 265 tons -

It was overcast and cloudy

coal: 265 tons -


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1 to 4 AM Overcast & cloudy. Light N.N.W. breeze

coal: Received 87 tons -

coal: At 4 PM had received and stowed 197 Tons coal -

coal: At 8 PM had received together to day 210 tons coal -

coal: continued coaling midnight received altogether to day 265 tons, workmen left -

received 87 tons of coal

stowed 197 tons of coal

altogether 210 tons of coal stowed today

265 tons of coal today

received 87 tons of coal

stowed 197 tons of coal

altogether 210 tons of coal stowed today

265 tons of coal today

coal: 210 tons -

coal: 265 tons -


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20 April 1884

coal: Total 441 Tons in all - 1800 Stopped coaling

coal: 441 tons -

4 a.m - Over cast with light breezes

coal: 441 tons total -

Lieut- N A Emory - Under the command of


coal: 441 tons - Stopped coaling 6 PM received in all

stopped coaling; 441 tons loaded in all

coal: 441 tons -

coal: 441 tons -

Overcast & cloudy with light breezes from NNW

coal: 441 tons -

Clear & pleasant w/light breeze from NE



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coal: -


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21 April 1884

0700 Commenced coaling

Francis Draper E.B.M.3 & John Johnson - Discharged by order of Commanding Officer to enable them to reenlist

coal: 507 Tons - Coaling received to noon

John P Oneile and James C Keegan (Sea) - Transferred to U.S.R.S. "Colorado"

coal: 607 Tons - 1500 Finished coaling having received on board. "Ybarra" shifted from alongside to alongside "Thetis"

Ylarra - Commeneced coaling from Ylarra

Francis Wroper {B.M} & John Johnson {Sea} - Discharged to reinlist as their terms of service were almost up

John Ponull & James C Keegan {Sea} - Transferred to USRS "Colorado"

coal: 607 tons -

8 pm - midnight: Clear and cold

coal: 607 tons loaded total -


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Francis Draper E.B.M.3 & John Johnson - Discharged by order of Commanding Officer to enable them to ? their terms of service having nearly expired.

John Donele & James C Keegan - Transferred to U.S.R.S. "Colorada"

coal: 607 tons - Finished coaling at 3 PM

coal: 607 tons - total

John johnson - discharged to reenlist

Francis Draper - discharged to reenlist, their term of service having nearly expired

Transfered John Powell & James C. Keegan ~sea to USRS Colorado

coal: 607 tons -

Clear & cold. Wind fresh & squally from N.E.



Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: -

Bear - Ship Name

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


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22 April 1884

"Alert" - Arrived at Navy Yard at 1125

4 am - Overcast and cloudy

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn nyc

"Alert" - arrived at Navy Yard 1125 AM

Alert - arrived at Navy Yard

"Alert" arrived at Navy Yard at 11.25 am

Cloudy light breeze from SW cumulus clouds



Lat 40.6, Long -73.9

lying at navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: -


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


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23 April 1884

4 am - clear


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn nyc

Clear with light breeze from NE

Clear & pleasant. Wind NE


Lat 40.6, Long -73.9

lying at navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: -


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


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24 April 1884

Ship was placed under sailing orders at 0800

C. A. McLeod (Sea) - Transferred to U.S.R.S. "Colorado"

D. M. Diedricksen (Sea) - Received from "Colorado"

Commander W. S. Schley - 1430 Commander "Greely Relief Expedition" read his orders to Officers & crew

At 1500 left Navy Yard, "Catalpa" alongside. Crews of "Thetis" "Alert" & "Colorado" cheering Ship. Tug cast off below "Governors Island". Went ahead full speed down the bay

8am ship placed under sailing orders

started fires at 11am

US Tug "Catalpa" - Came alongside


Position

Ship was placed under sailing orders at 8 AM.

Received all Ammunition & explosives from Ordinance. Finished taking on board supplies.

C A McLeod (Sea) - Transferred to U.S.R.S. "Colorado"

D. M. Diedrichaen (Sea) - Received from "Colorado"

All hands - Read Commander W.S. Schley "Greely Relief Expedition" orders

At 3 PM left Navy Yard Brooklyn N.Y. "Catalpa" alongside. Crews of "Thetis" "Albert" & Colorado" cheering Ship

Cloudy & cool. Light NE Breeze

Cloudy & cool. Occasional light rain. Light ENE breeze

Overcast & cool. Misty horizon. Light E. breeze. Made all preparations for getting under way. U.S. Brig "Catalpa" came alongside at 2.30 pm. Called all hands to muster at 2.00 pm when Commd. W.S. Schley landing "Greely Relief Expedition" read his orders to officers & crew. At 3.00 pm left Navy Yard "Catalpa" alongside. Crews of "Thetis", "Alert" & "Colordo" cheering ship. Brig cast-off below "Governors Island". Went ahead full speed down the bay, Comding officer conning the ship. Secured everything for sea. Draft of Ship 17 ft. 6 in forward. 17 ft 8in aft.

Commenced till 4 am: Cloudy & cool. Light NE breeze

From 4 to 8 am: Cloudy & cool. Light NE breeze. Ship was placed under sailing orders at 8 am

From 8 am to meridian: Cloudy & cool. Occasional light rain. Light ENE breeze. Finished taking on board supplies. Received all ammunition & explosives from Ordnance dept. Transferred to USRS "Colorado" C.A.McLeod (Sea). Received from "Colorado" D.M. ~nichem (Sea). Started fires at 11 am

Meridian to 4 pm: Overcast & cool. Misty horizon. Light E breeze. Made all preparation for getting under way. U.S. Tug "Catalpa" came alongside at 2.80 pm. Called all hands to ~ster at 2.00 pm when Comdr W.S. Schley, landing "Greely Relief Expedition" read his orders to officiers & crew. At 3.00 pm left Navy Yard "Catalpa" alongside. Crews of "Thetis", "Alert", "Colorado" cheering Ship. Tug cast off below "Governor Island". Went ahead full speed down the bay. Comding officer co~ing the ship. Secured everything for sea. Draft of Ship 17 feet 6 inches forward, 17 feet 8 inches aft.

from 4 to 8 pm: Overcast & chilly. Misty horizon. Light E breeze. At 6.25 took departure at whistling buoy off Sandy Hook. Set course ExS by standard compass. Sandy Hook light bearing WSW. Put over patent log reading 1.1 miles. At 8 pm Fire Island light bore at ExN.

from 8 pm to midnight: Overcast & cloudy. Under steam alone. Course ExS by standard compass. At 9.40 pm lost sight of Highland light. At 10 pm Fire Island light bore abeam. At 10.40 stopped engine to replace in stuffing box of piston rod. At 11.20 went ahead. At midnight patent log read 37

Called all hands to muster at 2.00PM when Comd~r W. S. Schley, Comd'ng "Greely Relief Expidition" read his orders to officers & crew.



Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 532 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 532 tons - remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 532 tons -


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25 April 1884

a schooner - sighted to the south at 6:30pm

- overcast ~cloudy. Moderate breeze from ENE Easterly swell. At 12.20 lost sight of Fire Island light ~braning at the time 2 points ~abaft the port beam. At 3.07 stopped engines to key ~rep crank Pin Went ahead again at 3.20. Under steam alone. At end of watch Ship on her course EXS

- Overcast chilly + misty Light NE swell. Moderate breeze from NNE Changed course to E at 7.00 Set Jib ~ofose try sail at 7.30

- Overcast and misty in horizon. Smooth sea with long swell from E~ Under steam foresail. mainsail and all head ~casts Barmimetric falling. Light drizzling rain last-half hour of watch. Engaged making ~convim went storage of light articles in ~clone. Served out to ships company the ~bel-Drawers 2 ~Cafeo 3 Under ~shark At end of watch patient log read 100.4 At 10.00 took cast of lead in 50th bottom W Sand. At 12.00 cast in 52~bottom ~bothm green amid and sand

- Overcast-rainy Fresh breeze from NNE shifting to ~ at end of watch. Barometer fell from 29.68 to 29.66. At noon got a cast of the lead in 52 fathoms. green ~mud and sand At 3.30 set fore top mast staysail fore try sail Jib and mainsail

- Overcast-chilly + misty Light rain Moderate N breeze. Sea smooth Bar steady. At 4.15 got cast of lead 52 ~ blue sound. At end of watch patent ~ 146.75 Coal consumed 1829 lbs

- Overcast-cloudy+misty light drizzly rain. Under steam and Jib fore trysail topmast-staysail + mainsail. course NExE1/2E by standard compass. Water in ~~ found to be strongly impregnated with lime pumped out post tank schooner standing to the S sighted at 6.30 lost sight of her at dusk Consumption of Coal 1820 lb ~~~ 161.50 miles


End of watch, 6 PM coal comsumed 1820 lbs

Overcast & cloudy. Moderate breeze from ENE. Easterly swell. Overcast chilly & misty. Light NE swell. Moderate breeze from NNE Overcast & misty in horizon. Smooth sea with long swell from the E. Water in tank was found to be strongly impregnated with lime. Pumped out port tank.

Served out to ships company the following articles of stores each Pea Coat, 3 pr Pants. Boots. 3 prs socks. 3 Over shirts. 3 prs drawers. 2 caps 3 Under Shirts.



Lat 39.95, Long -71.55

making passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

coal: 522 tons 500 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs consumed, 522 tons 500 lbs remaining -


Lat 39.95, Long -71.55

making passage from new york to st johns new foundland

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs. - consumed during Coal the preceding 24 hours

coal: 522 tons 500 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 522 tons, 500 lbs - remaining

coal: 522 tons 500 lbs - 9 tons 1740 lbs used


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26 April 1884

Gulls - several around Ship during watch

a schooner - sighted at 5:30am standing to the south, lost to fog after 6am

coal: 36.00lbs - consumed


Lat 41.08, Long -68.22

making passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

coal: 512 tons 1000 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 9 tons, 1740 lbs used, 512 tons, 1000 lbs remaining -

- Making passage from New York to St Johns A.F.

- Distance run by Log since preceeding Noon 172 knts 3 fathoms


Lat 41.10, Long -67.90

making passage from new york to st johns nf

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 512 tons 1000 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 512 tons 1000 lbs. - on hand at Noon

coal: 512 tons 1000 lbs - 9 tons 1740 lbs used


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27 April 1884

A heavy sea carried away bridge stanchions twisted sail

ship sailing easily


Water very phosphorescent

Water very phosphorescent.

Overcast cloudy & rainy. Blowing a strong gale from N.E. Frequent heavy rain squalls.

Weather ~ame heavy NNE gale. Ship pitching & rolling deeply but easily shipping great deal of water. A heavy sea carried away bridge stanchions & twisted(?) sail.



Lat 41.83, Long -65.23

making passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

coal: 502 tons 1500 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 9 tons -


Lat 41.83, Long -65.23

making passage from new york to st johns nf

coal: 502 tons 1500 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 1740 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 502 tons 1500 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 502 Tons 1500 lbs - 9 tons 1740 lbs used

coal: 9 Tons 172 LBS Consumed -


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28 April 1884

luitenant emory jr. -

Sighted a steamer wandering to the E at 7:00 on port bow


Lat 42.52, Long -63.55

making passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

coal: 8 tons 310 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 494 tons 1190 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

Bear -


coal: 8 tons -

Took in ~~~-day sail


Lat 42.52, Long -63.55

making passage from new york to st johns nf

coal: 8 tons 310 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 494 tons 1190 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 494 tons 1190 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 494 tons 1190 lbs - 8 tons 310 lbs used


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29 April 1884

Lat 234.08, Long -234.08, cdftthy

- 34


Overcast & thick wet fog. Light ENE breeze.

Overcast, cloudy, foggy. Gentle ENE breeze.

Foggy weather. Gentle ENE breeze. At 11:30 wind died out & at 12:00 came out light from ESE. Frequent rain squalls.

Overcast chilly foggy & rainy. Light breeze & long swell from SE. Breeze shifting to N.E. towards close of watch.

Overcast cloudy & foggy. Heavy swell from S.W. increasing in force.

Foggy weather. Light breeze from S.E. Rain squalls.

Overcast & foggy. Fog cleared away during third hour. Bright starlight. Gentle to moderate S.E. breeze. Long swell from direction. Ship rolling deeply at times.


Lat 43.30, Long -60.20

making passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

D.R. 43° 18′ 18″ N 60° 12′ W

coal: 484 tons 70 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 10 tons -

coal: - Bnxfgjzfghzegbdsfgser


Lat 43.30, Long -60.20, on passage to st johns nf

coal: 484 tons 70 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 484 tons 70 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 484 tons 70 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 484 tons 70 lbs - 10 tons 1120 lbs used


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30 April 1884

J.J.Campbele (2N3 to Seaman) - By order of Commanding Officer reduced for culpable neglect for abandoning his post


J. J. Campbell - By order of Commanding Officer reduced from E2N3 to (Seaman) for culpable neglect of duty for deserting his post.

Temperature of Sea Water 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Thick fog. Stars seen through fog at intervals. Long swell from S & E.

Foggy weather. Long swell from SSE

Broke off main sheet cleat & before boom could be secured carried it away about half distance from mast. By order of Com'ding Officer reduced J.J. Campbell ~~~ to seaman for culpable neglect of duty & deserting his post.

Cool & pleasant thick fog in patches occasional clear place in sky. Moderate SSE breeze.

Foggy weather. Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE. Under steam & sail. Sun visible at intervals through fog. Ship rolling easily. Temperature of surface water decreasing.

Thick foggy weather.

4 to 8AM. Broke off main sheet cleat & before boom could be secured carried it away about half distance from mast. By order of Comdn'g officer reduced J.J. Campbell {2m3 to {Seaman} for culpable neglect of duty & deserting his post.


Lat 44.20, Long -56.67, on passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

By Observation 44° 18′ 30″ N 56° 31′ 00″ W

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 473 tons 70 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 44.30, Long -56.52, on passage to st johns nf

coal: 473 tons 70 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 473 tons 70 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 473 Tons 70 lbs - 10 tons 1120 lbs used



LOGS FOR MAY 1884


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1 May 1884

Passed a Bank two Schooners a Brig & six fishing schooners all standing to the Sd & Wd Coast of Newfoundland in sight along port beam all the watch



Lat 46.35, Long -53.10

making passage from new york to st johns newfoundland

By Observations 46° 26′ 57″ N, 53° 09′ W

coal: 463 tons 70 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: 10 tons -


Lat 46.43, Long -53.15, on passage to st johns nf

coal: 10 tons 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 463 tons 70 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 463 tons 70 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 463 tons 70 lbs - 10 tons 1120 lbs used


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2 May 1884

Position

Steaming in for St Johns harbor, at 0150 came to off Custom House landing

coal: 65 tons - Coal lighter came alongside


At 150 AM came to in the harbor off Custom house landing, moored on starboard & Port anchor An officer from H.M.S. "Tenedos" visited the Ship an offered his services Commanding Officer paid an official visit to H.M.S. "Tenedos" Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Tenedos" and U.S. Consul paid official visit to Ship.

coal: 65 tons - Coal lighter with 65 tons came alongside at 3.30 PM



Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns newfoundland

coal: 6 tons 1320 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 455 tons 990 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

-

coal: 6 tons -


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns newfoundland

coal: 6 tons 1320 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 455 tons 990 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 455 tons, 990 lbs - on hand at noon


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3 May 1884

At 0600 commenced receiving coal

Carpenters building kennels for dogs

Dogs - Received on board 18 dogs


Steamer Whaler "Esquimoux" - left for the whaling grounds in Davis Strait

Steamer "Wolf" - came in empty

Carpenters building kennel for dogs

Dogs - 18



Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns newfoundland

coal: 454 tons 210 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1120 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: 1120lbs -


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns newfoundland

coal: 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 454 tons 210 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 454 tons, 210 lbs - on hand at noon


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4 May 1884

0050 Finished coaling received 111 Tons

1720 Got under way out of St Johns harbor

Several ice bergs in sight

Passed several pieces of floating ice

coal: 111 tons -

5: 20pm, got underway

Passed several pieces of floating ice


Finished coaling ship 1250 received 111 tons

Got under way at 520 PM and left St-Johns harbour

Several Icebergs in sight

Passed several peices of floating ice

coal: 111 tons - received

Weather cloudy & cool. Wind fresh & squally from W. Occasional light flurry of snow.

Several ice bergs in sight

Passed several pieces of floating ice.

coal: 111 tons -

Several ice bergs in sight

several pieces of loating ice passed

Commencement till 4am: ...Finished coaling ship at 12:50 rec'd 111 tons. Bell hangers at work as before.

coal: 111 tons -

From 4 to 8 am. Clear & cool. Bell hangers finished work. Towed coal lighters ashore. Got crows nest in place.

from 8am to Meridian ...Hoisted and secured all boats for sea. Made preparations for getting under way. At. 12:00 started fires.

from Meridian to 4pm ... Cleared hawse & unmmoored Ship. Hawse up & secured port anchor & into 30 fths on starboard chain.

from 4 to 6pm ... Parted chain messenger while heaving sip stb'd anchor. Geot under way at 5:20 & stood out of St.Johns harbor. Comd'g officer conning the Ship. Draft 17ft. forward 18ft aft. At 5:45 took departure from St.Johns narrows. Pt. Amherst Lt bearing W'd ~~ Put over Pat.Log reading 2.75 knots. set course East by standard compass. At 6:00 changed course to NExE. Pat.Log read 4 knots.From 6 to 8pm ... Several icebergs in sight from 8pm to Midnight ... Passed several pieces of floating ice.



Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns newfoundland

coal: 1800 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 564 tons 650 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

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coal: -

coal: 564 -


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns newfoundland

coal: 564 tons 650 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1800 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 564 tons, 650 lbs - on hand at noon


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5 May 1884

Moon set at 0220


One large berg in sight at close of watch

Passed large berg at 0530

Gulls and water fowl - several near the Ship at end of watch

One large berg in sight at end of watch

Passed a large ice berg at 1745

one large berg in sight at close of watch

gulls - several

several icebergs in sight. One about 250ft long and 40ft high

one large berg in sight. Ahead at end of watch

passed a large iceberg at 5.45

One large Berg in sight-at-close of watch to W. (close of watch at 4a.m.)


passed a large ice berg at 5:30

gulls + other water fowl near the ship - several

Several icebergs in sight one abut 250ft long x 40 ft high

ONe large berg in sight ahead at end of watch

Passed a large ice berg at 5:45

- Cloudy weather - slight fall of snow. Light breeze from ENE


One large Berg in sight at close of watch

Several Ice Bergs insight one about 250 ft long & 40 ft high

One large berg in sight ahead at end of watch

Passed a large iceberg at 545 PM

Berg in sight at close of watch

Passed a large ice berg at 5:30

Several icebergs in sight. One about 250 ft. long & 40 ft. high.

One large berg in sight ahead at end of watch

Passed a large iceberg at 5:45

Cloudy weather slight fall of snow. Light breeze from ENE

One large Berg in sight at close of watch to W.

Passed a large ice berg at 5:30

Several icebergs in sight, one about 250 ft long & 40 ft high

One large Berg in sight ahead at end of watch.

Passed a large iceberg at 5:45.


Lat 49.42, Long -51.52

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observation 49° 22′ 50″ N, 51° 01′ W

coal: 555 tons 1735 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 1155 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: -


Lat 49.37, Long -51.02

at sea on passage to godhavn disko isd

coal: 555 tons 1735 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 1155 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 555 tons, 1735 lbs - on hand at noon


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6 May 1884

At 0730 steamed through moderstesized field of water washed ice

No icebergs seen during watch

Ship passing through ~arnmerous detached pieces of ice. At 7?30 steamed through moderate sized field of water washed ice

- Cloudy and cool; occasional light flume of snow

- Occasional light-drizzling showers of rain. Misty in horizon at times Wind increasing in force latter part of watch

detatched peices of ice at 7.30. moderate sized field of water washed ice at end of watch


Ship passing through numerous detached pieces of ice. At 730 AM steamed through moderate sized field of water crushed ice.

Ship passing through numerous detached pieces of ice. At 7:30 steamed through moderate sized field of water washed ice.

Overcast & cool. Stiff NExE breeze. Heavy sea. Pitching easily. Steering to head into sea.

Overcast & cloudy. Moderate gale from NExE. Heavy sea. Ship pitching & rolling heavily.

ship passing through numerous pieces of ice



Lat 52.03, Long -50.82

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 52° 00′ 22″ N, 50° 13′ W

coal: 548 tons 1340 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 395 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: -


Lat 52.00, Long -50.22

at sea on passage to godhavn disko id

coal: 548 tons 1340 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 395 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 549 tons, 1340 lbs - on hand at noon


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7 May 1884

Cloudy & cool occasional light fall of snow. Fresh to moderate NE breeze. Sea moderating.

Pretty clear. Light rain & snow squalls in the horizon.



Lat 53.15, Long -50.38

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 52° 58′ 15″ N, 50° 37′ 20″ W

coal: 541 tons 945 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 395 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: -

Lat 52.97, Long -50.62

at sea on passage to godham disko island

coal: 541 tons 945 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 395 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 541 tons, 945 lbs - on hand at noon


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8 May 1884

Fog at end of watch 8 AM

coal: - Got last of deck load of coal off deck

Irregular lumpy sea. Ship pitching & rolling deeply at times.

Course NExN Long sea from N'd & E'd. Ship rolling deeply at times.



Lat 54.68, Long -50.37

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 54° 49′ 45″ N, 50° 15′ W

coal: 532 tons 1875 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 1305 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: -

- current durth the time 1/2 knots setting to the N 37 8


Lat 54.82, Long -50.25

at sea on passage to godham disko island

coal: 532 tons 1875 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 1305 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 532 tons, 1875 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 8 tons 1305 -


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9 May 1884

Lat 57.15, Long -50.52

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 57° 18′ N, 49° 27′ W

coal: 7 tons 1980 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 524 tons 2135 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: -


coal: -

coal: 1980 lbs -


Lat 57.15, Long -50.52

at sea on passage to godham disko isd

coal: 524 tons 2135 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 1980 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 524 tons, 2135 lbs - on hand at noon


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10 May 1884

0900 entered a field of pack ice

seals - saw a number of

Steaming through pack ice a few burgs in sight changed course at short intervals to avoid large ice pieces


0100 Light snow

0900 Entered a field of pack ice

seals - on pack ice

Pack and loose ice course through rest of watch

Very open pack scattered bergs visible to East

Steaming through pack ice few bergs in sight changed course at short intervals to avoid large pieces

seals -

At 9: 00 entered a field of pack ice.

Fields of ice on each bow & ahead. Conning ship through loose ice during watch several bergs in sight

pack ice & bergs

Ship through loose ice during watch. Several bergs in sight

very oipen pack and scattered bergs

a few bergs in sight - changed course at short intervals to avoid large pieces.

Lieutenant N. N. Emory Jr -

Ice ahead on both ~. At 9.00 entered a field of pack ice. Saw a number of seals. Steering through pack ice.

Fields of ice on each bow and ahead.

Passing occasionally small pieces ~ of ice very open pack and scattered. very visible to east.

Steaming through pack ice a few bergs in sight, changed course at short intervals to avoid large pieces of ~



Lat 59.80, Long -51.12

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 59° 48′ 26″ N, 50° 58′ W

coal: 515 tons 1505 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 630 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

-

coal: -

coal: 9 tons -


Lat 59.80, Long -50.97

at sea on passage to godham disko isd

coal: 9 tons 630 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 515 tons 1505 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 515 tons, 1505 lbs - on hand at noon


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11 May 1884

At 0045 passed through pack of loose broken ice. At 0200 passed through quite a thick pack of ice, ice in sight all around horizon.

Hood and Harp - At 0600 passed an old Hood: later on an old Harp

0930 passing through a couple of strings of very loose heavy ice, no more for rest of watch.

Bottlenose & Finback whale, gulls and other water fowl - a number and one Finback

Several small bergs in sight

At 12: 45 passed through pack of loose broken ice. At 2:00 passed through quite a thick pack of ice. ice in sight all around horizon

Harp - 1

Passing through a couple of ~strings of very loose heavy ice, no more ice in sight during watch

Bottlenose - a number

Finback whale - 1

Gulls and other water foul - a number

Several ice bergs in sight

Several small bergs in sight during watch


0015 AM passed through pack of loose ice. 0200 passed through quite q thick pack of ice, ice in sight all around horizon

0600 old Hood and later old Harp - two

strings of very loose heavy ice

Bottle nose & one Finback Whale, Gulls & other water fowl -

Several ice bergs in sight

1815 sighted land on starboard about 40 miles

several small bergs in sight

Passed through pack of loose broken ice. At 2:00 passed through quite a thick pack of ice. Ice in sight all around horizon.

Passing through a couple of strings of very loose, heavy ice. No more ice in sight during watch.

Bottlenose - several

Several ice bergs in sigh

Finback Whale - one

At 6: 15 sighted land on starboard bow distant about 40 miles.

Several small bergs in sight during watch

thick pack of ice, ice in sight all around horizon

botlenose - a number

finback whale - one

gulls - a number

several small bergs in sight



Lat 62.62, Long -54.33

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 62° 37′ N, 53° 46′ W

coal: 505 tons 1085 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 420 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lat 62.62, Long -53.77

at sea on passage to godham disko isd

coal: 505 tons 1085 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 420 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 505 tons, 1085 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 10 tons, 420 lbs - coal remaining 505 tons, 1085 lbs


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12 May 1884

greenland coast plainly in sight along starboard beam

Greenland coast plainly in sight along starboard beam.



Lat 64.88, Long -54.45

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 64° 54′ 26″ N, 53° 56′ W

coal: 495 tons 1670 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 1660 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: 9 -


Lat 64.90, Long -53.93

at sea on passage to gotham disko isd

coal: 495 tons 1670 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 1660 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 495 tons, 1670 lbs - on hand at noon


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13 May 1884

Clear & cold. Fresh NE breeze. Moderate sea. Shipping considerable water. Spray & water freezing on rigging and deck.

Land distant about 4 leagues.

Water freezing on rigging and deck



Lat 65.55, Long -54.28

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

Observations 65° 33′ 04″ N, 54° 17′ W

coal: 488 tons 150 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 1510 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


coal: -

Lat 65.55, Long -54.28

at sea on passage to godham disko id

coal: 7 tons 1510 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 488 tons 150 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 488 tons, 150 lbs. - on hand at noon


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14 May 1884

Passing numerous pieces of detached ice

Passed several strings of ice: several icebergs in sight

Numerous bergs in sight ahead at end of watch

A very large number of ice burgs around Ship during watch

seals and Narwhal - several seals and one Narwhal

Stearing through loose ice for harbor of Godhavn

Godhavn about 5 miles distant to West

Numerous pieces of detached ice

Passed several strings of ice. Several icebergs in sight.

heavy pack ice. Numerous bergs in sight ahead

white whales - school

Pack ice strings. A very large number of icebergs around ship

Steaming through loose ice for harbor of Godhaven


Passing numerous pieces of detached ice

Passed severalstrings of ice, several icebergs in sight.

heavy pack ice changing course to avoid heavy flows, bergs in sight

Whales in sight - latter part of watch

pack ice strings. A very large number of icebergs around ship during watch.

Steering through loose ice for harbor of Godhavn

strings of loose ice

numerous pieces detached ice

Passed several strings of ice. Several icebergs in sight.

white whales - school

Narwhal - several

Steering through loose ice for harbor of Godhaven

loose ice

heavy pack ice

strings of loose ice

Passing numerous pieces of sea ice

Passed several strings of ice: several icebergs in sight.

Heavy pack ice changing course to avoid heavy floes. Numerous bergs in sight ahead.

White whales - school

Pack ice, a very large number of icebergs around ship.

seals - several

Narhwal - 1

steering through loose ice.

steering through strings of loose ice


Lat 67.63, Long -54.30

at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

by Observations 67° 38′ 05″ N, 54° 18′ W

coal: 478 tons 1770 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 630 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: -


coal: 9Ton 630lbs -

10 am - noon: Steaming through pack ice

9pm - mid: Steaming for Godhavon harbor along packice


Lat 67.63, Long -54.30

at sea on passage to godham disko isd

coal: 9 tons 630 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 478 tons 1770 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

pack ice

coal: 478 tons, 1770 lbs - on hand at noon

pack ice


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15 May 1884

Steaming through pack ice along the coast for Godhavn Harbor

At 0730 steamed up to the ice in the mouth of the harbor of Godhavn and made the Ship fast.

Danish Inspector - visited the Ship

Steaming through pack ice along the coast for Gdhaven Harbor. At 2:05 entered ~lead + steered along coast to ~Est. Ice in solid pack except this ~lead

At 7: 30 steamed up t the ice in the mouth of the harbor of Godhaven and made the ship fast.

Laying alongside ice in Godhaven Harbor. Experimented with 8lb gunpowder torpedo in blowing up ice in harbor for docking ship. explosion made only a small hole 8 ft in diameter. purely local effect. Danish Inspector visited the ship.

Experimented with 2.8 lb Guncotton Torpedoes. 1st placed in hole of ~ resulted in placing several cracks in ice ranging from 10 to 350 ft in length and starting several sheets of ice. 2nd placed on top on top of ice: purely local effect - no cracks

-

At 7:30 steamed up to the ice at the mouth of the harbor of Godham and made the ship fast.

Experimented with 8lb. gunpowder torpedo in blowing up ice in harbor for docking ship. Explosion made only a small hole 8ft. in diamater. purely local effect. Danish inspector assisted the ship.

Experimented with 2.8lb. guncotton torpdoes. 1st placed in hole in ice resulted in placing several cracks in ice varying from 10 to 350 ft. in length - and starting several sheets of ice. 2nd place on top - on top of ice. purely local effect no cracks.

Ice in solid pack except this lead

At 7:30 steamed up to the ice in the mouth of the harbor of Godhaven and made the ship fast.

Laying alongside ice in Godhaven Harbor. Experimented with 8th gunpowder torpedo in blowing up the ice in the harbor for docking slip. Explosion made only a small hole 3 ft. in diameter. Purely local effect. Danish Inspector visited the ship.

Experimented with 2.8 lb. Guncotton Torpedoes. 1st placed in hole in ice resulted in placing several cracks in ice varying from 10 to 350 ft in length and starting several sheets of ice. 2nd place on top on ~~~ of ice. Purely local effect - no cracks


Pack ice along coast for Godhavn Harbor 205 AM entered in solid ice pack

Danish inspector - visited ship

Experimented with 8 lb gunpowder torpedo in blowing up ice in harbor for docking ship. Explosion made only a small hole, only local effect.

Experimented with 28 lb gun cotton torpedo, placed several cracks in ice, varying from 10 to 350 ft in length, local effect only no cracks

Steaming through pack ice along the coast for Godhaven Harbor. At 2:05 entered lead & steered along coast to E. Ice in solid pack except this lead.

At 7: 30 steamed up to the ice in the mouth of the harbor of Godhaven and made the ship fast.

Laying alongside ice in Godhaven Harbor. Experimented with 8lb. gunpowder torpedo in blowing up ice in harbor for docking ship. Explosion made only a small hole 8 ft. in diameter. Purely local effect. Danish Inspector visited the ship.

Experimented with 2 8lb guncotton torpedoes, 1st placed in hole in ice resulted in placing several cracks in the ice varying from 10 to 350 ft. in length and starting(?) several sheets of ice. 2nd placed on top ~~ ~~ of ice. Purely local effect. no cracks.

8AM to merid. Laying stranded in ice in Gohhaun harbor. Experimented with 8lb gunpowder torpedo in blowing up ice in harbor for docking ship. Explosin made only a small hole 8ft in diameter purely local effect. Danish inspector visited the ship.

Merid to 4pm. Experimented with 28lb Guncotton torpedoes, 1st palce in hole in ice resulting in placing several cracks in ice varying from 10 to 350 ft in lenght and starting several sheets of ice.: 2nd placed on top of ice: purely local effect no cracks.



at sea on passage to godhavn disko island

coal: 470 tons 1870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 2140 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 470 tons, 1870 lbs - on hand at noon


at sea on passage to godhaven disko island

coal: 6 tons 2140 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 470 tons 1870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 470 tons, 1870 lbs - on hand at noon


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16 May 1884

dogs - not specified

Called all hands to abandon ship: filled all boats with two months provisions and all their equipment: rigged wether cloths and tied under sail. Secured equipments in boats and stowed two months provisions on deck opposite respective boats.

Called all hands to abandon ship: fitted all boats with two months provisions and all their equipment: rigged weather cloths & tied under sail. Secured equipments in boats and stowed two months provisions on deck opposite respective boats.


Tried dogs on small Mellville Sledge.

Called all hands to abandon ship: fitted all boats with two months provisions and all their equipment: rigged weather clothes & tried under sail. Secured equipment in boats & stowed two months provisions on deck opposite respective boats.

4am to 8am. Tied dogs to Mellville sledge.

8am to merid. Called all hands to abandon ship: fitted alllboats with two months provisions and all their equipments: Rigged weather cloths and tried under sail Seasoned equipments in boats and stowed two months provisions on deck opposite respective boats.


godhaven disko island

coal: 470 tons 1870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 470 tons 1870lbs. - remain on hand

coal: 470 tons, 1870 lbs - on hand at noon


godhaven disko island

coal: 470 tons 1870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 470 tons, 1870 lbs - on hand at noon


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17 May 1884

disko isd about 4 miles distant

Hans Hansen Esquimaux - came on board with his Kyack & outfit engaged to serve with the Ship as hunter and dog driver until the return to the report of Godhavn.

Got out ice anchor & swung Ship through 10 points for compass deviations.

Sent mail ashore to be forwarded to Navy Department by Danish rig via Copenhagen.

At 1535 went ahead steaming out of Godnavn harbor.

Steaming along shore of Disko Isd through large sheets of floating ice

Much loose pack ice and scattered bergs to seaward

dogs - not specified

Rec'd a sledge with complete outfit and 7 Exquimaux dogs with their harness.

Hans Hansen Exquimaux - came on board with his Kyack and outfit engaged to serve with the ship as hunter and dog driver until the return to the ~port of Godham.

large sheets of floating ice.

much loose pack ice and scattered bergs to seaward.

Harris Hansen Esquimaux came on board with his kyack & outfit engaged to serve with the ship as hunter & dog driver until the return to the seaport of Godhaven. Got out ice anchor & swung ship through 10 points for compass deviation. Sent mail ashore to be forwarded to Navy Department by Danish brig via Copenhagen. At 3.25 unmoored & at 3:35 went ahead steaming out of Godhaven Harbor.

Steaming along shore of Disko Is. through large sheets of floating ice. At 8:00 opposite Disko Fiord.

Much loose ice & scattered bergs to seaward. Clear water along land. Steaming to W coast of Disko Is. about 4 miles distant. At end of watch North Fiord hove abeam.

Received sledge with dogs and harnesses. - 7


Hans Kansen Esquimaux - came on board with his Kyack & outfit engaged to serve with ship as dog driver

Swung ship for compass deviations. Sent mail ashore for Navy Department to be delivered by Danish Brig via Copenhagen

1535 went out of harbour

Large sheets of floating ice going along shore of Disko Island

Rec'd a sledge with complete outfit & 7 Esquimaux dogs with their harness.

Haus Hansen Esquimeux came on board with his kyack & outfit engaged to serve with the ship as hunter & dog driver until the return to the port of Godhaven. God out ice anchor & swung ship through 10 points for compass deviation. Sent mail ashore to be forwarded to Navy Departmant by Danish Brig via Copenhagen. At 3:25 unmoored & at 3:35 went ahead steaming out of Godhaven harbor.

Steaming along shore of Disko Is. through large sheets of floating ice. At 8:00 opposite Disko Fiord.

Much loose pack ice & scattered bergs to seaward. Clear water along land.

engaged in training dogs to sledges. Making preperations for getting under way. Rec'd a sledge with complete outfit & 7 E~mimaux dogs with their harness.

Hans Kans Kansen Esquimaux came on board with his Kyack & outfit engaged to serve with the ships as hunter & dog trainer until the return to the report of Godhavn.

large sheets of floating ice



no entry

godhaven disko island

coal: 1 ton 1260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 469 1870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 469 tons 1870 lbs. - remaining on board at noon

coal: 469 tons, 1870 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: -


godhaven disko island

coal: 1 ton 1260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 469 tons 1870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 469 tons, 1870 lbs - on hand at noon


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18 May 1884

Lat 69.8, Long -173.3

hare island

Arrived at solid pack ice, steering back towards Godhavn.

At 1700 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godhavn and made fast to edge of ice.

Steamer "Polynia" of St Johns N.F. and whaler "Nova Jumbla" of Dundee - found fast to edge of ice and whaler arrived 1715 and made fast near the Ship on port quarter

The masters of both whalers - visited the Ship

Steaming through leads in the ice for NE end of Ware Island. at 2:45 stopped engines having arrived at solid pack ice starting from shore at the Wst a ~fin water streaks near NE end of Ware Island being the only open water in sight. At 3:30 the ice appeared solid all the way across and ahead + no chance ~offering to proceed headded shift to Sth steering back towards Godhaven last half hour of watch

Sea smooth. Much loose pack ice to seaward: clear water along the land.

At 5: 00 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godhaven and made fast to edge of ice.

Steaming through leads in the ice forNE end of Hare Island. At 2:45 stopped engines having arrived at solid pack ice starting from shore at the W a few water streaks near NE end of Hare Island being the only open water in sight. At 3:30 the ice appearing solid all the way across & ahead & no chance offering to proceed headed ship to S. Steering back toward Godhaven last half hour of watch.

Much loose pack ice to seaward. Clear water along the land. Steering to S along coast of Disko Is. for Godhaven. At 3:30 sighted two bark rigged steamers heading in for Godhaven. At close of watch entrance to Godhaven Harbor one mile distant.

Steaming along southern shore of Disko Island for Godhaven. At 5:00 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godhaven and made fast to edge of ice. Found steam whaler Polynia of St. Johns N.F. fast to edge of ice and at 5:15 steam whaler Nova Zembla of Dundee arrived and made fast near the ship on port quarter. The masters of the two whalers visited the ship. Exercised dogs on the ice.solid pack ice starting from shore at the Wd. a few water checks (?) near NE end of hare Island being the only open water in sight.

Much loose pack ice to seaward; clear water along the land.

five bark rigger steamers - heading for Godham

AT 5: 00 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godham and made fast to edge of ice.

steam whaler "Polynesia" of St. Johns N.F. - fast to edge of ice at Godham

steam whaler "Nova Zern~la" of Dundee - arrived and made fast near the ship on port quarter

dogs - not specified

At 2: 45 stopped engines having arrived at solid pack ice starting from shore at St.d

Much loose sea ice to seawards: clear water along the land.

At 5: 00 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godhavn and made fast to edge of ice.

exercised the dogs on the ice


solid pack ice. heading for Godhavn

1700 arrived at edge of ice in outer harbor anchorage off Godhavn and made fast to edge of ice

steam whaler "Polynia" of St-Johns HF - fast to edge of ice

The masters of both whalers - visited the ship

dogs - exercised dogs on ice

whaler "Nova Zernlld" of Dunder arrived - 1715 made fast to edge of ice near the ship

Steaming through leads in the ice for N.E. end of Hare Island. At 2:45 stopped engines having arrived at solid pack ice starting from shore at the W. A few water streaks near N.E. end of Hare Island being the only open water in sight. At 3:30 the ice appearing solid all the way across & ahead & no chance offering to proceed headed ship to St'bd. Steering back towards Godhaven last half hour of watch.

Light breeze from N.E. & cloudy. Steaming back toward Godhaven. Sea smooth. At 8:00 abreast of Middle Fiord about 5 miles off shore.

Overcast & cold. Light NNE breeze. Sea smooth. Much loose pack ice to seaward. Clear water along the land. Steaming to S'd along coast of Disko Is. for Godhaven. At 3:30 sighted two bark rigged steamers heading in for Godhaven. At close of watch entrance to Godhaven harbor one mile distant.

Steaming along southern shore of Disko Island for Godhaven. At 5:00 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godhaven and made fast to edge of ice. Found steam whaler "Polynia" of St. Johns N.F. fast to edge of ice and at 5:15 steam whaler "Nova Ze~~~~" of Dundee arrived and made fast near the ship on port quarter. The masters of the two whalers visited the ship. At 5:15 hauled fires Exercised the dogs on the ice.

Commenced till 4AM. At 3:30 the ice appering solid all the way across & ahead & no chance offering to proceed headed ship to Sd. Steering back to Godhavn last half hour of watch.

From 4 to 8PM. At 5:00 arrived at edge of ice in outer anchorage off Godhavn and made fats to edge of ice. Found Steam whaler "Polinia" of St Johns N,F. fast to edge of ice and at 5:15 steam whaler 'Nova ~ of D~~dex arrived and made fast near the ship on port quarter.


Lat 69.67, Long -55.25, at sea

D.R. 69° 40′ N, 55° 15′ W

coal: 463 tons 520 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 90 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 463 tons, 520 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 69.67, Long -55.25, at sea

coal: 463 tons 520 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 90 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 463 tons, 520 lbs - on hand at noon


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19 May 1884

Hoisted out steam whale boat and put boiler in her. Started fires in her boiler but hauled them again to hoist her out of water and thaw condenser pipe.

Clear & cool. Engaged at watering ship & hoisting coal out of main hold & transferring it to bunkers (port).


commenced a ~ 4am: overcast & cloudy. Cirro cumulus clouds. Bar - steady calm and gentle breeze from SE X E

partly overcast & cloudy. Calm Bar steady, hoisted out steam whale ~ and put boiler in her. Started fires in her ~but hauled them again to ~~~~water and ~ condenser pipe

from 8am to meridian: clear and light breeze from NSW Bar steady. washed down open deck and opened an air hatch to lower hold ~~~~~

from meridian to 4 pm: clear cool. engaged at ~ ship. Provisioning coal and of ~hold transferring it to ~ (pork)


from 4 to 8 pm: clear & cool finished ~ for breaking out ~ and diverted it from port-bilge to the hatch.

From 8pm to midnight: cloudy & cool light breeze from SE Bar fell from 30.15 to 30.00



godhavn disko island

coal: 1 ton 1190 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 460 tons 1160 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 460 tons, 1860 lbs - on hand at noon


godhavn disko island

coal: 460 tons 1160 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1190 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 460 tons, 1160 lbs - on hand at noon


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20 May 1884

godhavn disko island

coal: 460 tons 1860 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1190 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 460 tons, 1860 lbs - on hand at noon


godhavn disko island

coal: 460 tons 1860 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1190 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 460 tons, 1860 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 460 tons 1860 lbs -

coal: 460 tons 1860 lbs -

coal: 460 tons 1860 lbs -


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21 May 1884

disko fjord

"Polynia" and "Nova Zambla" - proceeded to sea

1410 got under way and steamed out of harbor

At 8: 50 the ice began to break up necessitating continual shifting the hold of our ice anchors. Moved the ship ahead under slow steam at intervals to keep our hold on ice which rapidly broke up & drifted out of the harbor with the tide & SE breeze. At 11:00 the ice broke up around the "Nova Zembla" and she drifted out making preparations for sea. At 11:00 the "Polynia" unmoored the ice breaking up inshore of her the "Polynia" and "Nova Zembla" proceeded to sea making sail to a fair SE breeze. They shaped their course around the Island to the N. During latter part of watch continually shifting to get a hold on fast ice using engines at intervals.

At 2: 10 got under way & steamed out of harbor heading to the W'd about 2.5 miles from land. Sent Quartermaster into crows nest to look for USS Thetis. No vessel in sight. Engines going slowly; half speed.

Steering to W along coast of Disko Is'd under easy steam. Some streaks of loose ice to seaward. Clear water from six to seven miles off shore; occasional moderate sized bergs. Set fore topsail at 7:30. At 5:30 sighted Strs. "Polynia" & Nova Zembla" to the W under sail. At close of watch, to W of entrance to Disko Fiord

Entrance to Weigat channel appeared clear of ice. Ice thick to N & W Clear lead along the land & close to Hare(?) Island.

sent Qaurtermaster in the crows nest to look for USS "Thetis"

8: 50 the ice began to break up necessitating continued shifting the hold of our ice anchors

Nova Zembla - At 10: 30 the ice broke up around the "Nova Zembla" and she drifted out making preparations for sea.

Polynica - At 11: 00 the "Polynica" answered the ice breaking up in stern of her

USS Thetis - Sent Quartermaster into crows nest to look for USS "Thetis". No vessel in sight.

Ice thick to ~d + ~d clear lead along the land + close to Hare Isd


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21 May 1884

entrance to weigal channel

"Polynia" and "Nova Zambla" - At 1100 proceeded to sea

At 1410 got under way & steamed out of harbor

steamers "Polynia" & "Nova Zembla" - 1730 Sighted under sail to North

Steam whalers "Nova Zembla" & "Polynia" - At 2215 passed whalers bearing to north

AT 8: 50 the ice began to break up

Nova Zembla - drifted out or harbor as ice broke up

Polynia - proceeded to sea making sail

At 2: 10 got under way and steamed out of harbor

USS Thetis - Bear looking for Thetis - not sighted

Some checks of loose ice to seaward. Clear water from six to seven miles off shore: occasional moderate-sized bergs.steamers Polynia and Nova Zembla - sighted to the Nd under sail. steam whalers "Nova Zembla" and "Polynia" - under sail and beating Nd. Ice think to Nd.

At 8: 50 the ice began to break up necessitating continual shifting the hold of our ice anchors. Moved the ship ahead under slow steam at intervals to keep our hold on ice which rapidly broke up & drifted out of the harbor with the tide & SE breeze. At 10:30 the ice broke up around the Nova Zembla and she drifted out making preparations for sea. At 11:00 the Polynia unmoored, the ice breaking up inshore of her. The Polynia and Nova Zembla proceeded to sea making sail to a fair SE breeze. They shaped their course around the Island to the W. During latter part of watch continually shifting to get a hold on fist-ice using engines at intervals.

Lying with bow on ice & steaming very slowly ahead. Ice anchors ahead. Hoisted in & secured steam whale boat. At 2:10 got under way & steamed out of harbor heading to the W about 2.5 miles from land. Sent Quartermaster into crows nest to look for U.S.S. Thetis. No vessel insight. Engines going slowly; half speed.

Steering to W along coast of Disko Is. under easy steam. Some streaks of loose ice to seaward. Clear water from six to seven miles offshore. Occasional moderate sized bergs. Set fore topsail at 7:30. At 5:30 sighted Strs. Polynia & Nova Zembla to the W under sail. At close of watch, to W of entrance to Disko Fiord.

Under steam & topsails. Stowed topsails at 9:15, afterwards under steam alone. Steaming along eastern shore of Disko Is steering various courses. At 10:15 passed steam whalers Nova Zembla & Polynia. They were under sail beating to N. Entrance to Weigat channel appeared clear of ice. Ice thick to N & W clear lead along the land & close to Hare Is. At midnight opposite to northern end of Disko Is.

At 8: 50 Ice began to break up



godhaven island of disko

coal: 1 ton 1540 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 459 tons 310 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 459 tons, 310 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 54.2, Long -165.5

godham disko island

coal: 459 tons 310 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1540 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 459 tons, 310 lbs - on hand at noon


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22 May 1884

aouswak peninsula

guls and ducks - in sight large number

Bear made fast to ice hummock to await opening.

Two whalers in sight southbound trying to wor her way ahead through some cracks of water: the other jammed in the ice.

Ice extending to horizon in every direction ahead but much broken up. A few checks of water in it, a few bergs: ice about the ship one winters ice, much broken and apparently out of Wergall Straits.

Lead open at times and again filled with think ice pans and broken ice.

gulls and ducks - a large number

seals, ducks and gulls - several, numerous

loose pack of much broken ice. A few moderate sized bergs in pack.

Steaming through ice towards Hare Island. AT 2:25 at end of lead & made fast to ice hummock to await opening.

Laying fast to floe 3 miles off south end of Hare Is. At 5:30 ice opened; cast loose & forced way through barrier into open. At 8:00 passed north end of Hare Is. about 1 mile distant. Ice light ahead. Slowed engine. Two whalers in sight northward trying to work her way ahead through some cracks of water; the other jammed in the ice.

Overcast & cloudy; commenced snowing heavily at 11:30. Wind light & variable in direction. Ice extending to horizon in every direction ahead but much broken up. A few steaks of water in it a few bergs. Ice about the ship one winters ice, much broken & apparently out of Weigatt Straits. First part of watch steering in for land nearer Hoursvak Peninsula. At 9:00 by order of Comdg. Officer tied to outside (S) edge of ice and wait for pack to open more & banked fires. At 11:00 spread fires to shift berth about two miles nearer in shore & agian tied to ice & banked fires. The most distant steamer to W under way & apparently moving through streaks of loose ice; the nearer one fast in ice hoisted her colors (British) at 11:00 exchanged colors with her.

At 2: 45 the ice having moved somewhat showing a lead o W & E cast off from the floe & steamed into lead. Steaming various courses under steam alone. Lead open at times & again filled with thick ice pans & broken ice. Continued along the lead during remainder of watch at times ramming a passage through thick ice pans & drift ice. A large number of gulls & ducks in sight. At end of watch a barque rigged steam whaler beset in the ice bore SxE from us.

At 5: 00 as no leads opened made fast to floe and banked fires to await opening tide ebb. Snowing during whole of watch. Several seal & numerous ducks & gulls in sight. Snowing heavily at end of watch.

not given - 2 whalers, trying to break threough ice, but one jammed in ice

steaming through ice towrds Hare Island. At 2:25 at end of lead made fast to ice hummock to await opening,

Laying fast to floe 3 miles off south end of Hare Island; at 5:30 ice opened.

Ice extending to horizon in every direction ahead but much broken up. A few streaks of water, a few bergs.

Lead open at times and again filled with thick ice ~ and broken ice.

Ramming a passage through thick ice floes and drift-ice........ at end of watch a barque rigged steam whhaler beset in the ice bore SxE from us.

8pm - Midnight: Ice opening cast off moorings.......... strarted ahead through loose pack and much broken ice. A few moderate sized bergs in pack.


Lat 64.6, Long -173.3

hare island

Steaming through ice towards Hare Island. At 2:25 at end of lead & made fast to ice hummock to await opening.

Laying fast to floe 3 miles off south end of Hare Is'd. At 5:30 ice opened; cast loose & forced way through barrier into open. At 8:00 passed north end of Hare Is. about 1 mile distant. Ice light. Ahead slowed engines. Two Whalers in sight - northernmost trying to work her way ahead through some cracks of water; the other jammed in the ice.

~ Ash, Ice Master U.S.N.: Overcast & cloudy; commenced snowing heavily at 11:30. Wind light & variable in direction. Ice extending to horizon in every direction ahead, but much broken up. A few streaks of water in it. a few bergs; ice about the ship one winters ice, much broken & apparently out of Wergatt(?) Straits. First part of watch steering in for land nearer ~~~~~~~~ Peninsula. At 9:00 by order of Comd. Officer tied to outside (Sth) edge of ice and wait for pact to open more & banked fires. At 11:00 spread fires to shift berth about two miles nearer in shore & again tied to ice & banked fires. The most distant Steamer to W'd under way & apparently moving through streaks of loose ice; the nearer one fast in ice. Hoisted her colors (British) at 11:00 exchanged colors with her.

At 2: 45 the ice having moved somewhat showing a lead to ~ & E cast off from the floe & steamed into lead. Steaming various courses under steam alone. Lead open at times & again filled with thick ice pans & broken ice. Continued along the lead during remainder of watch at times ramming a passage through thick ice pans(?) & drift ice. A large number of gulls & ducks in sight. At end of watch a barque rigged steam whaler ~~~~ in the ice bore SxE from us.

seals - several

Ice opening cast-off moorings & spread fires & at 11:00 started ahead through loose pack of much broken ice a few moderate sized bergs in pack. At close of watch a steam whaler inshore bore SExE.

a few bergs ice about the ship

At 2: 25 at end of lead + made fast to ice hummock to await opening

Laying fast to sloe 3 miles off south end of Hare Is'd

Ice light ahead slowed engines. Two whalers in sight ~ trying to work her way ahead through some creaks of water; the other jammed in the ice

Ice extending to horizon in every direction ahead but much broken ab. A few streaks of water in it - a few bergs; ice about the ship one winters ice, much broken + apparently out of the ~ Straits

The most distant steam to st'd under way + apparently moving through streaks of loose ice; the nearer one fast in ice hoisted her colors (British) at 11:00, exchanged colors with her

The most distant steam to st'd under way + apparently moving through streaks of loose ice; the nearer one fast in ice.

At 2.45 the ice having moved somewhat - showing a lead to st'd + p't east from the floe + steamed into lead

Lead open at times + again filled with thick ice ~ + broken ice. Continued along the lead during remainder of watch at times ramming a passage through thick ice floes + drift ice.

ducks - A large number

Gulls - A large number

At 5.00 as on leads opened made fast to floe

Steaming through water lanes in ice

Seal - Several

gulls - numerous

Ducks - numerous

Ice openeing cast off moornings + spread fires + at 11:00 started ahead through loose pack of much broken ice. A few moderate sized bergs in pack



Lat 70.57, Long -5.08, upernavik greenland

coal: 4 tons 70 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 455 tons 240 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 455 tons, 240 lbs - on hand at noon


making passage to upesnavik greenland

coal: 4 tons 70 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 455 tons 240 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 455 tons, 240 lbs - on hand at noon


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23 May 1884

ice pans very thick and heavy, making but little progress

eight Esquimaux - 1130 came off from shore and came on board

Overcast & passing snow showers(?) during first hour. Moderate breeze from WxN. Steaming through leads in the ice. The ice pans very thick & heavy. Making but little progress. At 2:45 stopped, banked fires, & moored to floe. Latter part of watch clear. A steam whaler in shore of us fast to the ice.

4 to 8 pm(?): Light breeze from SSW & fine weather. Steam whaler in shore hove SxE distant 3 miles. At 5:30 ice slacking a little, spread fires & worked our way through ice towards land about 3 miles. At 7:00 ice closed & stopped our progress. Stopped engines & banked fires. Course made good about SE.

Overcast. Moderate to fresh NNE wind. Showing steadily all the watch. At 4:15 leads opening to the E'd Spread fires & got under way & steamed through leads between packs & through pack ice working in towards land, the snow falling thickly. At 7:30 made the land about 3 miles distant.

Overcast cloudy & snowing during whole of watch. At 8:30 came to, made fast to floe & banked fires to await opening in ice. At 11:30 8 Exquimaux came off from shore & came on board. Natives from the settlement of Nourcaska(?), it bearing SxW by standard compass.

at /: 00am ice closed and stopped our progress

Moored to ice floe

snowfalling falling thickly

4am-overcast and passing snow during first hours. Moderate breeze from W&S. A steam whaler in ~ of us fast to the ice.

From 4 to 8 pm: light breeze from SSW @ fine weather. steam whaler in shore cove SxE. stopped engines & banked fires. course made good about SE

8am to meridian- overcast & cloudy. snowwing during whole of watch. Ship lying alongside ice flow waiting for opening of leads. Light breeze from NxE. Ship listing to NNW & back to NNE

From Meridian to 4pm-cloudy & cool. Light snow last two hours. Light NxE to NNW breeze. moored to ice flow. fires banked all the watch

from 4 to 8pm: overcast. moderate to fresh NNE. snowing steadily all the watch. at 4:15 leads opening to the E. opened fires & got under way & steamed through leads between packs through pack ice working in towards land the snow falling falling thickly. at 7:30 made the land about 3 miles distant.

from 8 pm to midnight. overcast cloudy * snowing during whole of watch. at 8:30 came to ~ fast to floe & banked fires to await opening in ice. at 11:30 8 esquimmeark came off from shore & came on board. Natives from the settlement of nousa~. bearing Sx W by standards compass.


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23 May 1884

The ice pans very thick & heavy

0245 stopped & moored to floe

eight Esquimaux - at 2330 came off from shore and came onboard The ice pans are thick and heavy.

At 11: 30 8 Esquimaux came off the shore and came on board. Natives from the settlement of Nouseask, it bearing S x W by standard compass.

Not given - Eskimos x8 - Cme on board at 1130am from nearby settlement

Not given - Eskimos x8 - Cme on board at 1130am from nearby settlement

Steaming through leads in the ice. The ice pans very thick & heavy. Making but little progress. At 2:45 stopped, banked fires, & moored to floe. Latter part of watch clear. A steam whaler in shore of us fast to the ice.

At 5: 30 ice slacking a little, spread fires & worked our way through ice towards land about 3 miles. At 7:00 ice closed & stopped our progress. Stopped engines & banked fires. Course made good about SE.

Snowing steadily all the watch. At 4:15 leads opening to the E. Spread fires & got under way & steamed through leads between packs & through pack ice working in towards land the snow falling thickly. At 7:30 made the land about 3 miles distant.

Overcast, cloudy & snowing during whole of watch. At 8:30 came to made fast to floe & banked fires to await opening in ice. At 11:30 8 esquimaux came off from shore & came on board. Natives from the settlement of Nouseaska(?), it bearing SxW by standard compass.

2.45 am stopped and moored to floe.

At 5.30 am ice slacking a little.

Steamed through leads between packs, + through pack ice.

8.30 pm Made fast to floe



Lat 70.57, Long -55.00

making passage to upernivik greenland

coal: 2 tons 1820 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 452 tons 660 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

Wind changed directions 5+ times, fairly drastically.

coal: 452 tons, 660 lbs. - on hand at noon


making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 2 tons 11820 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 452 tons 660 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 452 tons, 660 lbs. - on hand at noon


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24 May 1884

behicen nousasouk and kamasak point

ducks - a large number near the Ship

slab ice from one to two inches in thickness. Large number of icebergs in sight.

At close of watch an open streak of about mile wide along the shore.

five large icebergs aground 150 yds from shore and came to a tight bar of ice

Ice moving slightly to Wd.

ducks - a large number

leads showing to Nd.

leads closing up

At close of watch Kannisuk Pt. bore SE 1/2 E by standard compass.

large solid pans

The ice appeared much packed the edges piled high the blocks showing evidence of former sever nips. The water in the leaqds covered with slab ice from one to two inches in thinkness. Large amounts of icebergs in sight.

Moored to ice the entire watch. Ice moving slightly to W. Sent boat & obtained fresh water ice for tanks from large berg aground near land. A large number of ducks near the ship.

overcast cloudy & cold. Light passing snow showers during last hour. Steaming through leads in the ice & through broken ice. At 9:30 could no longer make any way the ice being in large solid pans. Moved alongside the ice & banked fires. Ships head NNE The ice appeared much packed, the edges piled high. The blocks showing evidence of former severe nips. The water in the leads covered with slab ice from one to two inches in thickness. Large number of icebergs in sight. Barometer steady.

Open streak ~1mi width along the shore

Two large icebergs aground 150 yds from shore. Came to a tight bar of ice and made fast to the land ice to await an opening.

Ice moving slightly to W'd

1.45 pm leads showing to N'd; got under way. Working way thru broken ice until 2.25 pm when leads closed in, made fast to floe

8.00 pm Kamasak Pt bore SE 1/2 E

Steaming thru leads in the ice + thru broken ice. At 9.30 pm could no longer make any way the ice being in large solid pans. Moored. Ice appeared much packed the edges piled high. The blocks showing evidence of former severe nips. The water in the leads covered with slab ice 1-2" in thickness. Large number of icebergs in sight.


passed close to two large icebergs aground 150 yards from shore

ducks - large number near the Ship

large number of icebergs in sight

Light variable airs; snowing slightly; sky overcast. Steaming along the coast 1/4 mile off between Nourasook(?) & Kamasak Points. Engines going slow. We passed close to two large icebergs aground 150 yds from shore & came to a tight ~~~ of ice & made fast to the land ice to await an opening.

Overcast & cloudy; passing snow ~~~~~~. Hoved to ice the entire watch. Ice moving slightly to W'd. Sent boat & obtained fresh water ice for tanks from large berg aground near land. A large number of ducks near the ship. Breeze light from the W'd. Ships head ENE.

Overcast, cloudy & cold. Light passing snow showers during last hour. Steaming through leads in the ice & through broken ice. At 9:30 could no longer make any way, the ice being in large solid pans. Hoved alongside the ice & banked fires. Ships head NNE. The ice appeared much packed, the edges piled high, the blocks showing evidence of former severe rips(?). The water in the leads covered with slab ice from one to two inches in thickness. Large number of icebergs in sight. Barometer steady.

Sent boat and obtained fresh water ice for tanks from large berg aground near land

ducks - a large number

the ice appeared much packed, the edges piled high

4am - overcast & cool. Snowwing steadily. light NExN airs. at 2:30 opened fire. cast off & steamed slowly through open lead into shore. at close of watch in open stretch ofabout a mile wide along the shore. steaming slowly to n & along coast of ~ peninsula f

passed close to five large icebergs around 150 yds from shore

8am to meridian: overcast & cloudy. passing snow ~ moored to ice the entire watch. sent boat and obtained fresh water ice for ~from large berg aground near land. a large number of ~ near the ship. breeze light from the ~. ships head ENE.

from meridian to 4pm: overcast & cool. snowing first part of watch. made fast to ice. ~ leads showing to N.~ fires & got under way. working way through broken ice until 2:25 when leads closing up made fast to floe and banked fires. latter part of watch cleared off ~ land bearing NNE distant about 5 miles

From 4 to 8 PM; overcast @ cold: occasional light snow. light SE to ESE breeze. tied to ice till 7:20. ~ fires cast off & steamed in through lead nearer land leading to N. at close of watch Ka~ pt cove SE 1/2 E by standard.

Ice appeared much packed. The edges piled high. the blocks showing evidence of former ~ ~ Large number of icebergs in sight.



Lat 70.70, Long -55.05

making passage to upernivik greenland

coal: 450 tons 870 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 2030 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 450 tons, 870 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 70.70, Long -55.05

making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 450 tons 870 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 2030 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 450 Tons, 870 lbs - on hand at noon


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25 May 1884

omanak fiord

At 0025 got underway & steamed through new snow ice

Passed several large bergs one about 20 yards distance

Ice in large unbroken hummocky sheets covered with 2 feet of snow. Water pools covered with soft sludge ice several inches thick

At 1100 no more leads open to N&W made fast to ice

seals - a number seen near the Ship

Whalers "Cornwallis" of Dundee & the "Aurora" of St-Johns N.F. & "Norwhal" of St-Johns N.F. - visible about 12 miles to North

seals and flocks of loons - A number in sight

steamed through new snow ice to Nd. by working through loose ice reached clear water at 4:00.

Steaming across Omanak Fiord through bays of water and black slop. Passed several large bergs about 20 yds. distant.

Whaling steamer "Tara~~~e" - in sight about 5 miles ahead.

Ice in large unbroken hummocky sheets covered with 2 ft. of snow. Water part covered with soft sludge ice several inches thick.

sals - a number

Dundee Whaling stmr Fairines - a party of men visited the ship

"Cornwallis" of Dundee and the "Aurora" of St. John's N.F. - visible about 12 miles to Nd.

"Narwhal" of St; Johns N.F. - visible from masthead.

The ice still clear in the leaad near the ship.

seals - a number

loons - numerous flocks

At 12: 25 got underway & steamed through new snow ice to W by working through loose ice reached clear water at 4:00 & set course to the W. Snowing during whole watch.

Steaming across Omanak Fiord through bays of water and black slop. Passed several large bergs, one about 20 yds. distant. At 8:00 Savasen Hook bore ESE distant about 5 miles. Whaling steamer Triune in sight about 5 miles ahead.

Steaming through ice pack to N & E. Ice in large unbroken hummocky sheets covered with 2 ft of snow water pools covered with soft sludge ice several inches thick. At 10:00 sighted two whaling steamer to N working through the ice. At 11:00 no more leads open to N & E. Made fast to ice about 3/4 mile from Br. whaling Stmr. Triune & banked fires.

Dogs were put on the ice for exercise. Some of the officers & men practiced on snowshoes. A number of seals were seen during watch near the ship. A party of men from Dundee whaling stmr Triune visited the ship. The vessel is three months out from Dundee. Two other steam whalers visible about 12 miles to N. They are supposed to be the Cornwallis of Dundee & Aurora of St. Johns N.F. The men from the Triune reported another ship visible from their masthead, supposed to be the Narwhal of St. Johns N.F. The ice still clear in the lead near the ship. A strong tide is observed running to SW

Loons - flocks

Working through loose ice reached clear water at 4.00 am

Steaming acroos Omanak Fiord through layers of water and black slop. Passed severe large bergs.

At 11.00 am no more leads open, made fast to ice.


Loons - numerous flocks


passed several large bergs one about 29 yards dustant

seals - A number of seals seen near the Ship

seals and loons - a number of seals and numerous flocks of loons in sight, brought dogs back on board

new snow ice

Light-variable wind. Steaming across Omanak Fiord through bays of water and black slop. Passed several large bergs, one about 20 yds. distant. At 8:00 Sarasten(?) Hook(?) bore ESE distant about 5 miles. Whaling steamer "Tara~~" in sight about 5 miles ahead.

J. Ash, Ice Master U.S.N.: Overcast & mild; light NxW airs. Steaming through ice pack to N & E. Ice in large unbroken hummocky sheets covered with 2 ft of snow. Water pools covered with soft sludge ice several inches thick. At 10:00 sighted two Whalings St'mrs to N working through the ice. At 11:00 on more leads open to N & E. Made fast to ice about 3/4 mile from Br. Whaling Str "T~~~~" & banked fires. Read prayers at 10:00.

Clear & pleasant to calm & gentle Nly airs. Dogs were put on the ice for exercise. Some of the officers & men practiced on snow shoes. A number of seals were seen during watch near the ship. A party of men from Dundee Whaling Stmr ~~~~~ visited the ship. The vessel is three months out from Dundee. Two other steam whalers visible about 12 miles to N. They are supposed to be the "Conwallis" of Dundee & the "Aurora" of St. Johns N.F. The men from the ~~~~~ reported another ship visible from their masthead supposed to be the "Narwhal" of St. Johns N.F. The ice still clear in the lead near the ship. A strong tide is observed running to SW.

passed several large bergs about 20 yds distant

seals - a number

loons - numerous flocks

lons - numerous flocks



Lat 71.28, Long -55.67

making passage to upeisuire greenland

coal: 2 tons 2040 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 447 tons 1070 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 447 tons, 1070 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 71.28, Long -55.67

making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 2 tons 2040 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 447 tons 1070 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 447 tons, 1070 lbs - on hand at noon


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26 May 1884

The ice opened up a little and got under way at 0207. At 0225 came to mooring the Ship to the ice.

eider ducks - several swimming around ship

At 0835 got under way

Walrus - two large seen near the Ship

The ice opened a little

the ice then being an open lead to Nd.

Fainna - got under weigh

eider ducks - several

the lead bearing ESE about a league distant

SS Fairana - in company

the ice opening to the NE

Fainne - lying to same floe

Loose ice driving to Sd. before the wind. At the close of watch no ice except scattered bergs visible from dec from SSW to NNW. Open water visible to the Nd but seperated from the ship by about two miles of fixed ice held by line of grounded berg off Swaster Nork.

walrus - two

Ice still tight except isolated leads.

Fainna - got under way and made fast to ice again about 1/2 mile from this vessel to the Sd.

Walrus - 2


At 2;25 the "Triune" got under weigh and steamed off to N & W. The snow storms very thick during last hour of watch. Several Eider Ducks swimming around the ship.

Fresh breeze & snow. At 6:00 snow stopped and saw the land bearing ESE about a league distant. S.S. "Triune" in company. Both ships made fast to a floe. At 7:30 both ships cast loose and steamed along the edge of the floe, the ice opening to the NE.

Cloudy hazy & cool. Fresh NExN breeze. Tied to fast ice all the watch. Loose ice driving to S'd before the wind. At close of watch no ice except scattered bergs visible from deck from SSW to NNW. Open water visible to the N but seperated from the ship by about two miles of fixed ice held by line of grounded bergs off S~~~~ Hook.

Walrus - 2 large



Lat 71.32, Long -55.75

making passage to upeanarife greenland

coal: 1 ton 1190 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 445 tons 2170 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 445 tons, 2170 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 71.32, Long -55.75

making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 1 ton 1190 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 445 tons 2170 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 445 tons, 2170 lbs - on hand at noon


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27 May 1884

black hook abeam about one 1 league dist

Tied fast to ice

At 0430 got up steam, cast off

At 1000 encountered loose icein leads between large floes & pans. Remainder of watch ramming through the loose ice in places was held by new ice one inch to one & one half inches in thickness. At 1100 exploded a 7 lb. charge of gunpowder in a pan of ice on port side bow. At 1200 the floes closed preventing further advance of the Ship. Made fast to floe.

At 1230 got under way through loose and new ice

steamer "Cornwalis" - At 1900 passed and exchanged colors. Two steamers ahead

"Norwhal" and "Aurorra" - At 2140 passed showing English colors. "Aurorra" bearing 3 points of port beam at end of watch

Sea clear of ice from SSW to NW x N.

Small strings of broken ice streaming by. Many streaks of open water visible to N'd. Ice jammed immediately to N'd of vessel.

Steamer "Frum" - tied to same ice 1/4 mile distant.

Ice breaking away ahead.

At 10 encountered loose ice in leads between large floes & pans. The remainder of the watch ramming through the loose ice, which in places was held by new ice one inch to one & one half inches in thickness. At 11 exploded a 7lb. charge of gunpowder in a pan of ice on port bow. At 12 the floes closed, preventing further advance of the ship. Made fast to the floe. Floes moving and grinding together.

Open water; occasional strings of loose ice; many bergs.

Br. Whaling steamer "Cornwallis" - passed and exchanged colors with her.

At close of watch clear water, no ice in sight.

Steaming through clear water with occasional streams of loose ice visible during last hour of watch, and icebergs passed occasionally.

steam whaler "Cormwallis" - lost sight of astern.

steam whaler supposed to be the Narwhal - exchanged colors

Steam whaler supposed to be the "Aurora" - bearing 3 points ford of port beam at end of watch.

Greenland coast in plain sight during entire watch.

Small strings of broken ice streaming by. Many streaks of open water visible to N. Ice jammed immediately to N of vessel. Steamer Triune tied to same ice 1/4 mile distant.

Ice breaking away ahead. At 4:30 got up steam, cast off and worked around the sheets & bergs and steamed to NE. At 7 Black Hook abeam about one league dist. N. Steamer in sight at 8.

Steaming through clear water till 9:30. At 10 encountered loose ice in leads between large floes and pans. The remainder of the watch, ramming through the loose ice, which in places was held by new ice one inch to 1.5 inches in thickness. At 11 exploded a 7 lb. charge of gunpowder in a pan of ice on port bow. At 12 the floes closed, preventing further advance of the ship. Made fast to floe. Floes moving and grinding together.

At 12: 30 got under way and began working way through loose and new ice. At 4 pm got clear of ice and entered clear water & set course to N along the land. No ice except small strings in sight. Three steamers in sight to N.

Steering to the N under full steam all the watch. Open water; occasional strings of loose ice; many bergs. At 7 passed Br. whaling steamer Cornwallis and exchanged colors with her. At close of watch clear water, no ice in sight, slight swell from N. Two steamers in sight ahead steering to N. Kingitok bearing S by W. Kaugek NE by E1/2E.

Under steam alone. Course NE1/2N. Steaming through clear water with occasional streams of loose ice visible during last hour of watch and ice bergs passed occasionally. At 9:30 lost sight of steam whaler Corwallis astern. Exchanged colors with steam whaler supposed to be the Narwhal at 9:40, she showing her colors. Steam whaler, supposed to be the Aurora bearing 3 points ford of port beam at end of watch. Greenland coast in plain sight during the entire watch.

ice


British Whaling Steamer "Cornwalis" - passed and exchanged colors with her

Norwhal - 2140 exchanged colors

Whaling Steamer "Cornwalis" - Exchanged colors. (note, spelt as "Cornwallis" in 9.30pm mention.

Steamer Kingitok - Sighted

Steamer "Kingek" - sighted

Steam whaler supposed to be the "Norwhal" - Exchanged colors. She showing English colors.

Steam whaler supposed to be the "Aurora" - Sighted.

Fine clear weather & fresh breeze from N by E. Ice braking away ahead. At 4:30 got up steam cast off and worked around the sheets & bergs and steamed to NE. At 7 Black Hook abeam about one (1) league dist. N~ steamer in sight at 8.

Clear & pleasant, but cold. Fresh breeze from N by E. Steaming through clear water till 9:30. At 10 encountered loose ice in leads between large floes & pans. The remainder of the watch ramming through the loose ice which in places was held by new ice one inch to one & one half inches in thickness. At 11 exploded a 7lb. charge of gunpowder in a pan of ice on port bow. At 12 the floes closed preventing further advance of the ship. Made fast to floe. Floes moving and grinding together.

Clear and cold. Blowing fresh from NE. At 12:30 got under way and began working way through loose and new ice. At 4 pm got clear of ice and entered clear water & set course to N'd along the land. No ice except small strings in sight. Three steamers in sight to N'd.

Cloudy and cold. Fresh N.E. breeze. Steaming to the N'd under full steam all the watch. Open water; occasional strings of loose ice; many bergs. At 7 passed Br. Whaling steamer "Cornwalis" and exchanged colors with her. At close of watch, clear water, no ice in sight, slight swell from the N'd. Two steamers in sight ahead steering to N'd. Kingitok(?) bearing S by W. Kaigek(?) NE byE 1/2 E. Ships head NE 1/2 N.

Clear & cold. Fresh breeze from NE. Under steam alone. Course NE 1/2N Steaming through clear water with occasional streams of loose ice visible during last hour of watch and ice bergs passed occasionally. At 9:30 lost sight of steam whaler "Cornwallis" astern. Exchanged colors with steam whaler supposed to be the Narwhal at 9.40, she showing English colors. Steam whaler supposed to be the "Aurora" bearing 3 points for'd of port beam at end of watch. Greenland coast in plain sight during entire watch.

ice breaking away

occasional strings of loose ice

ice bergs passed occasionally



Lat 71.77, Long -56.18

making passage to upernivik greenland

coal: 441 tons 1860 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons 260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 441 tons, 1860 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 71.77, Long -56.18

making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 441 tons 1860 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons 260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 441 tons, 1860 lbs - on hand at noon


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28 May 1884

berry islandsw x w two miles

At 0300 made fast to ice floe

Whaler "Aurorra" , "Narwhal" & "Cornwallis" - secured to ice 3 miles to SW

Large berg just ahead of Ship

An Officer - visited the "Cornwallis"

At 1735 got under way from floe & forcing The Ship through one narrow lead

At 2115 stopped and took on board Esquimaux Pilot & his Kyak, anchorage in harbor Upernavik, made fast to ice off settlement.

Whaling steamers "Nova Zembla or Zambla" , "Polynia" & "Janine" - Moored near by

Commanding Officer - left ship to call on the Governor on board S/S "Polynia" taking with him the Danish mail brought from Godhavn.

At 2: 30 ice appearing close & heavy to Nd. & showing no lead.

Whale ship "Aurora" - secured to ice about three miles to SW.

"Narwhal" and "Cornwallis" - in company with her & secured alongside.

Large berg just ahead of ship.

Ice tight to the Nd. and Ed.

Two whalers fast to ice about two miles Wd. of us.

Br. whaling ship "Cornwallis," "Narwhal," Aurora" - tied to ice about two miles to Sd. of this ship.

Many brgs and loose strings of ice in sight.

"Narwhal," "Cornwallis," "Aurora" - left moored to ice.

At 9: 15 stopped and took on board an Esquimaux pilot and his kayak. Pilot conned ship into anchorage at Upernavik.

whaling ships "Nova Zembla", "Polynia", "Tamna" - also moored at Upernavik

At 2: 30 ice appearing close & heavy to N & showing no lead: steamed inshore & made fast to floe & at 3:00 made fast. Whale ship Aurora secured to ice about three miles to SW. Narwhal & Cornwallis in company with her & secured alongside. Large berg just ahead of ship.

Tied to ice all the watch. Commd. officer landed on one of the small adjoining islands to view the coast. Br. whaling stmr Cornwallis joined the Narwhal & Aurora tied to ice about two miles to S of this ship.

Sent a boat & obtained ice for fresh water from a large berg near the ship. An officer visited the Cornwallis which ship then got under way & steamed to E along edge of ice.

At 5: 35 got under way from floe & forcing the ship through one narrow lead headed SWxS under half speed. Many bergs & loose strings of ice in sight. Left Narwhal, Corwallis & Aurora moored to ice.

Steaming to S & E for Upernavik. At 9:15 stopped and took on board an Esquimaux Pilot & his kyak. Pilot conned ship into anchorage at Upernavik. Made fast to the ice off the settlement at 10:40 with three ice anchors. Moored nearby are whaling steamers Nova Zembla, Polynia, Triune. Comdg. officer left the ship to call on the Governor on board SS Polynia taking with him the Danish mail brought from Godhavn. Banked fires.

iceberg

Governor of Grand Polymie (sp) - Visited by officer


Large Berg ahead of ship

Whale ship "Aurora" & "Narwhal" & "Cornwallis" in company - secured to ice about three miles to SW

An officer visited the "Cornwallis" which ship then got underway & steamed to E

2240 with three ice anchors moored near settlement.

Whaling steamers "Nova Zembla","Polynia", "Tonine" in ice anchor. -

Esquimaux pilot - came on board with his Kyak. Made fast to ice at Upernavik

Commanding officer - left the ship to call on the Governor on board S.S. "Polynia" taking with hin the Danish mail brought from Godhavn.

Whale ship "Aurora" - sighted

SW "Aurwhal" - Sighted

SW "Cornwallis" - Sighted

Whaling ships "Nova Zeambla", "Polynia" and "T~inna" - Anchored in harbor.

Clear & cold. At 2: 30 ice appearing close & heavy to N'd & showing no lead; steamed inshore to make fast to floe & at 3:00 mad fast. Whale ship "Aurora" secured to ice about three miles to S.W. "Narwhal" & "Cornwallis" in company with her & secured alongside. Large berg just ahead of ship.

Begins with fresh breeze & fine weather. Ship laying fast to a large floe. Berry Island SWxW two miles, and a large ~~~ 1/2 mile to N'd of us. At 5:00 the floe secured fast to got adrift with the current - shifted the ship to another & made fast. Ice light to the N'd & E'd. no chance of getting farther at present. Two whalers laying fast to ice about two miles Wst of us.

Cloudy and cold clearing latter part of watch. Gentle NNE breeze. Tied to ice all the watch. Comdg officer landed on one of the small adjoining islands to view the coast ~~. Br. whaling stmr "Cornwallis" joined the "Narwhal" & "Aurora" tied to ice about two miles to S'd of this ship.

Cloudy & cold. At 5: 35 got under way from floe & forcing the ship through one narrow lead headed SWxS under half speed. Many bergs & loose strings of ice in sight. Left "Narwhal", "Corwallis" & "Aurora" moored to ice.

Overcast & cold: commenced snowing heavily at 9:00. Steamint to S'd & E'd for Upernavik. At 9:15 stopped and took on board an Esquimauix Pilot & his Kyak. Pilot conned ship into anchorage at Upernavik. Made fast to the ice off the settlement at 10:40 with three ice anchors. Moored near by one whaling stmr. "Nova Zeambla", "Polynia", "Triune". Com'dg officer left the ship to call on the Governor on board SS "Polynia" taking with him the Danish mail brought from Godhaven. Banked fires.

At 230 ice appearing close and heavy to Id and showing no lead Ice light to the Nd and Ed, no chance of getting father at present whaler "Cornwallis" - Joined "Narwhal" and "Aurora" tied to ice ~2' S Many bergs and loose strings of ice in sight.



Lat 73.03, Long -56.93

making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 6 tons 460 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 435 tons 1400 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 435 tons, 1400 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 435ton 1400lbs - coal remaining on hand


Lat 73.03, Long -56.93

making passage to upernavik greenland

coal: 435 tons 1400 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 460 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 435 tons, 1400 lbs. - on hand at noon


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29 May 1884

"Loch Garry" coal steamer - 0850 came alongside commenced coaling

steam whaler "Arctic" - 0952 came into harbor & secured to ice floe

"Trinne", "Polynia", "Nova Zembla" and "Arctic" - At 1510 got under way

Stopped coaling at 1645, "Loch Garry" cast off.

"Thetis" - At 1715 got under way

Followed "Thetis" into Kingatok and made fast to ice off the settlement

steamer "Arctic" - in the harbor

coal steamer "Loch Garry" - At 8:50 came alongside and commenced coaling ship.

steam whale ship "Arctic" - At 9:52 came into harbor and secured to ice floe.

"Tainne" - got under way

Polynia, Nova Zembla, Arctic - got under way

Loch Garry - cast off

Thitis - At 5: 15 got under way

Hove up both anchors and got under way & stood to Nd.

Followed "Thetis" into Kingalok and made fast to ice off the settlement - alongside Thetis.

Stmr "Arctic" - in the harbor.

Rcd. from "Thetis" ten seal carcasses for dog food.

At 6: 30 the USS Thetis convoying the chartered coal steamer Loch Garry hove in sight off the entrance to the harbor.

The ice breaking up in our berth

At 8: 50 coal stmr Loch Garry came alongside & at 9:45 commenced coaling ship. At 9:52 whale ship Arctic came into harbor & secured to ice floe.

Coaling ship. At 3: 10 Triune got under way followed at short intervals by Polynia, Nova Zembla and Arctic.

Stopped coaling and at 4:45 Loch Garry cast off. At 5:15 Thetis got under way & stood to N for Kingalik. Hove up both anchors and got under way & stood to N.

Followed Thetis into Kingalik & made fast to ice off the settlement alongside Thetis. Stmr Arctic in the harbor. Sent down fore top gallant yard. Rec. from Thetis, ten seal carcases for dog food.

At 6: 30 the USS Thetis convoying the chartered coal steamer Loch Garry hove in sight off the entrance to the harbor. At 7 the Thetis signalled to this vessel "Stand by to take coal steamer alongside." Thetis made fast to ice near south side of harbor. The ice breaking up in our berth both anchors were let go at 5 in 12 fms water to prevent fouling other vessels veering to 30 fms on port & 45 fms on starboard chain. Last hour of watch lowering boats, getting out steam launch & preparing to receive coal steamer alongside.

8: 50 "Loch Garry" came alongside and 9:45 commenced coaling stop.

09: 52 steam whaleship "Arctic" came into harbour and secured to ice floe.

4: 45 "Loch Garry" cast off.


Whale Ship "Arctic" - 0952 came into harbor and secured to ice flow

"Loch Ganny" - came alongside and commenced coaling ship

Coaling ship "Tsinne" and "Polynia", "Nova Zembla" and "Arctic" - 1510 both got under way in short intervals

Hove up both anchors and got under way

"Thetis" - 1715 got under way

"Loch Garry" - Stopped coaling 1645 Cast off

Followed "Thetis" into Kingalik and made fast to ice off the settlement alongside "Thetis" and steamer "Arctic" in the harbor

Coal Stmr "Loch Garry" - Came alongside

Steam whale ship "Artic" - Came into harbor.

"Fainne", "Polynia", "Nova Zembla" "Artic" - Got under way.

"Loch Gaory" - Cast off.

Followed "Thitis" into Kingatok & made fast to ice off the settlement alongside "Thetis", Stmr "Artic" in the harbor.

Cloudy & cool at 8: 50 coal stmr "Loch Garing" came alongside & at 9:45 commenced coaling ship. At 9:52 steam whale ship "Arctic" came into harbor & secured to ice floe. Light breeze from WxN

Cloudy & cool; light breeze from WxN. Coaling ship. At 3:10 "Triune" got under way followed at short intervals by "Polnia", Nova Zambla" and "Arctic".

Stopped coaling and at 4:45 "Loch Garry" cast off.

Followed "Thetis" into Kingavik & made fast to ice off the settlement alongside "Thetis". Stmr "Arctic" in the harbor. Rec'd from "Thetis" ten seal carcases for dog food.



upernavik greenland

coal: 1 ton 1840 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 433 tons 1800 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 433 tons, 1800 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 433tons 1800lbs - fuel remaining on hand at noon


upernavik greenland

coal: 1 ton 1840 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 433 tons 1800 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 433 tons, 1800 lbs - on hand at noon


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30 May 1884

kingitole

Moored alongside of ice floe opposite settlement of Kingatok

The Governor of Upernivik - came on board

Thetis and British whaler Arctic - in company with

The ice unbroken as far as could be seen with the long glass.

the Governor of Upernivik - returned and came on board this vessel

dogs -

Lying at Kingitok fast to land in company with Thetis & British whaler Arctic

The Ice Pilot returned from hilltop & reported all the whalers in sight a few miles to the N & the ice unbroken as far as could be seen with the long glass.

The Governor of Upernivik returned and came on board this vessel as he was prevented by ice from returning to Upernivik. His boats crew were given their supper.


Lying at Kingitok fast to land ice in company with "Thetis" and British whaler "Arctic"

Moored alongside of ice floe opposite settlement of Kingatok

Governor of Upernivik - returned and came on board

The Governer of Upernivik returned and came on board this vessel as he was prevented by ice from returning to Upernivik. His boat crew were given their supper.

brought dogs on board & secured them for the night.

Clear & pleasant. Gentle airs variable in direction. The Governor of Upernivik returned and came on board this vessel as he was prevented by ice from returning to Upernivik. His boats crew were given their supper.

british whaler "artic" - In company of at Kingitok

unbroken as far as could be seen north

Govenor of Upennivik - came on board with crew for supper as he was unable to return to Upennivik because of ice

dogs -



kingatok harbor greenland

coal: 447 tons 2080 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 160 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 477 tons, 2080 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 477tons 2080lbs - Fuel remaining on hand at noon


kingatok harbor greenland

coal: 477 tons 2080 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 160 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 477 tons, 2080 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 1 ton 160 lbs - preceding 24hrs


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31 May 1884

"Thetis" and "Arctic" - Laying fast to ice close by

Captains of whalers "Arctic" "Polynia" "Nova Zembla" "Trinne" and Commander Schley - visited the ship

At 1645 & at 1700 cast off from ice floe and steamed around in a circle for compass deviation. Secured at same place alongside ice at 1820

Thetis and Arctic - close by

Captains of whalers Arctic, Polynia, Nova Zembla, Trinni visited the ship.

Comdr Schley - visited the ship

Spread fires at 4: 45 & at 5:00 cast off from ice and steamed around a circle for compass deviation. Secured at same place alongside ice at 6:20.


"Thetis" & "Arctic" - laying fast to ice, with ships close by

Captains and Commander Schley - of whalers "Artic", "Polynia", "Nova Jemble", "Trium" visited ship

1645 & at 1700 cast off from ice flow and steamed around in a circle for compass deviation. Secured at same place alongside ice at 1820



kingatok harbor greenland

coal: 476 tons 740 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1340 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 476 tons, 740 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 476tons 740lbs - Coal remaining on hand at noon


kingatok harbor greenland

coal: 1 ton 1340 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 476 tons 740 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 476 tons, 740 lbs - on hand at noon



LOGS FOR JUNE 1884


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1 June 1884

berry island

The "Arctic" in getting under way at 0300 drifted down on this vessel and forced us down on "Thetis". Cast off from floe to get clear carried away flying jig guy and bent port forecastle sail. Made fast to floe again at 0345

The "Arctic" - steamed out of harbor

"Thetis" - broke adrift and finally got under way

At 0820 cast off from rocks and followed "Thetis" out of harbor and steamed around Kingatok Island at 1030 made fast to ice on Western side of Island near "Thetis" & steamers "Polunia" "Nova Zembla" "Trinne" & "Arctic"

At 1130 cast off & followed "Thetis" towards open water.

At 1415 stopped and made fast to floe following the motions of "Thetis", steam whalers "Polynia" "Nova Zembla" & "Trinne" doing the same

At 1430 cast off from floe & started steaming to Eastward "Thetis" following. At 1515 sighted rocks ahead stopped and backed. Struck hard got a line out on port quarter fast to a small berg. The "Thetis" sent her steel hawsen but by backing we got the Ship clear without using it. At 1530 Ship making way

At 1700 made fast to ice floe in lea of an island alongside "Aurora"

Carpenter looking for and stopping leaks. Leak reduced to 9 inches in two hours. Fast to ice.

Calm first part of watch then wind came out fresh from NW. The "Arctic" in getting under way at 3:00 dirfted down on this vessel and forced us down on "Thetis." Cast off from the floe to get clear carried away flying jib guy and bent port forecastle rail. Made fast to floe again at 3:45. The Arctic steamed out of harbor.

ice breaking up

Thetis - broke adrift and finally got under way.

At 8: 20 cast off from rocks and followed "Thetis" out of harbor & steamed around Kingalok Island. At 10:30 made fast to ice on western side of Island near "Thetis" & ships "Polynia" "Nova Zembla" "Tainna" "& "Arctic." These ships got under way shortly afterward. At 11:30 cast off and followed Thetis towards open water.

Steaming through leads and broken ice following the lead of the "Thetis."

Tainna - passed at 1: 10

Thetis, steam whalers Polynia, Nova Zembla, and Tainna - making fast to ice.

Arctic - continued on her way to the Wd.

AT 3: 15 sighted rocks ahead stopped & backed. Struck hard: got a line out on port quarter fast to small berg. The "Thetis" sent her steel hawser but by caking we got the ship clear without using it - at 3:30 ship making no ~ Several small pieces of wood floated up. Bearing of Berry Island NNW nearest mainland S 1/2 E. Ships head NW. Sounded around ship over stbd bow found 6 ftms Stbd waist 5 ftms Stbd quarter 4 ftms Post quarter the least water 2 1/2 fms. rocky bottom smooth rocks covered with seaweed.

At 5: 00 made fast to ice floe in lea of an island (uninhabited) alonside of Ship "Aurora". Made an wxamination of injuries to forefoot.

Broke out forepeak. Carpenter looking for and stopping leaks. Leak reduced to 9in in two hours.

The Arctic in getting under way at 3:00 drifted down on this vessel and forced us down on Thetis. Cast off from floe to get clear. Carried away flying jib guy and bent port forecastle rail. Made fast to floe again at 3:45. The Arctic steamed out of harbor.

Fresh breeze & rain. Ice breaking up. Kept shifting ice anchors. Got a line ashore and held fast. Thetis broke adrift and finally got under way.

Cloudy & Pleasant. Fresh breeze from SW. At 8:20 cast off from rocks and followed Thetis out of harbor & steamed around Kingatok Island. At 10:30 made fast to ice on western side of island near Thetis & Stmrs. Polynia, Nova Zembla, Triune & Arctic. These stmrs. got under way shortly afterward. At 11:30 cast off & followed Thetis towards open water. The four Stmrs. in sight to NW at close of watch.

Steaming through leads & broken ice following the lead of the Thetis. At 1:10 passed the Triune. At 2:00 passed just to E of Berry Island. At 2:15 stopped and got out ice anchor and made fast to floe following the motions of the Thetis. Steam whalers Polynia, Nova Zembla & Triune doing the same. The Arctic continued on her way to the W. At 2:30 cast off from floe & started steaming to the E taking the lead, the Thetis following. At 3:15 sighted rocks ahead. Stopped & backed. Struck hard. Got a line out on port quarter fast to small berg. The Thetis sent her steel hawser, but by backing we got the ship clear without using it. At 3:30 ship making no ~~~ several small pieces of wood floated up. Bearing of Berry Island NNW. Nearest mainland S1/2E. Ships head NW. Sounded around ship over Stdb bow found 6 ftms, Stbd waist 5 ftms, Stdb quarter 4 fthms. Port quarter the least water - 2.5 ftms rocky bottom smooth rocks covered with seaweed. At 4:00 started ahead following the Thetis. At close of watch, 8 steam whalers in sight.

Snowing hard first hour of watch. Steaming through leads & forcing way through ice following motions of Thetis. At 5:00 made fast to ice floe in lea of an island (uninhabited) alongside of Stmr. Aurora. Made an examination of injuries to forefoot.

Overcast & cold. Snowing all this watch. Broke out fore peak. Carpenter looking for & stopping leaks. Leak reduced to 9 in. in two hours. Fast to ice all of watch. Fires banked.


Steamer "Arctic" - in getting under way at 0300 drifted down on this vessel and forced us down on "Thetis". Cast off from flow to get clear carried away flying Jib guy and bent port forecastle sail. Made fast to floe again at 0345. The "Arctic" steamed out of harbor

At 0820 cast off and followed "Thetis" out of harbor steamed around Kingatok Island at 1030 made fast to ice on Western side of island

"Polynia", "Nova Zembla", "Triune" & "Arctic" - these steamers got under way

Four steamers - in sight to N & W

At 1130 cast off & followed "Thetis" towards open water.

At 1310 passed just to E of Berry Island

At 1415 stopped and got out ice anchors, made fast to ice flow following the motions of "Thetis"

steam whalers "Polynia", "Nova Zembla" & "Turine" - doing the same following "Thetis"

"Arctic" - continued on her way to the westward

1430 cast off ice flow, steaming to East. 1515 sighted rocks ahead stopped & backed struck hard got a line out to small berg and got clear.

Carpenter looking for leaks and stopping them. Leak reduced to 9 inches in two hours. Fast to ice

From Merid to 4PM. At 2:30 cast of from the flow & started steaming to the Ed. taking the lead of the "Thetis" following. At 3:15 sighted rocks ahead stopped & backed. Struck hard: got a line out on port quarter fast to small berg. The "Thetis" sent her steel hawser but be backing we get the ship clear without using it. At 3:30 ship making no water several small pieces of wood floated up. Bearing to Berry Island NNW nearest mainland s1/2e.

From 4 to 8PM. At 5:00 made fast to ice flow in lea of an island (Uninhabited) alonside of Stmr "Aurora" Made an examination of injuries to forefoot.

From 8 to Midnight. Broke out fore peak. carpenter looking for & stopping leaks. leak reduced to 9in. in two hours.

Calm first part of watch & then wind came out fresh from NW. The "Arctic" in getting under way at 3:00 drifted down on this vessel and forced us down on "Thetis". Cast off from floe to get clear carried away flying jib guy and bent port forecastle rail. Made fast to floe again at 3:45. The "Arctic" steamed out of harbor.

Fresh breeze & rain. Ice breaking up. Kept shifting ice anchors. Got a line ashore and held fast. "Thetis" broke adrift and finally got under way.

Cloudy & pleasant. Fresh breeze from S & W. At 8:20 cast off from rocks and followed "Thetis" out of harbor & steamed around Kingatok Island. At 10:30 made fast to ice on western side of Island near "Thetis" & ships "Polynia", "Nova Zembla", "Triune" & "Arctic". These ships got under way shortly afterward. At 11:30 cast off & followed Thetis towards open water. The four ships in sight to N & W at close of watch.

Partly clear. Snow ~~~~ passing between 2 & 3 pm. Moderate breeze from SSW. Steaming through leads & broken ice following the lead of the Thetis. At 1:10 passed the Triune. At 2:00 passed just to E of Berry Island. At 2:15 stopped and got out ice anchor and made fast to floe following the motions of the Thetis. Steam whaler Polynia, Nova Zembla & Triune doing the same. The Arctic continued on her way to the W. At 2:30 cast off from floe & started steaming to the E taking the lead the Thetis following. At 3:15 sighted rocks ahead. Stopped & backed. Struck hard; got a line out on port quarter fast to small berg. The Thetis sent her steel hawser, but by backing we got the ship clear without using it. At 3:30 ship making no ~~~ several small pieces of wood floated up. Bearing of Berry Island NNW nearest ~~~ land S 1/2 E. Ships head NW. Sounded around ship over st'bd bow found 6 ftms st'bd waist 5 ftms st'bd quarter 4 fthms port quarter the least water 2 1/2 ftms rocky bottom smooth rocks covered with seaweed. At 4:00 started ahead following the Thetis. At close of watch 8 steam whalers in sight.

Blowing fresh from W; snowing hard first hour of watch. Steaming through leads & forcing way through ice following motions of Thetis. At 5:00 made fast to ice floe in lea of an island (~~~~~~) alongside of steamer Aurora. Made an examination of injuries to forefoot.

Overcast & cold; snowing all the watch. Broke out fore peak. Carpenter looking for & stopping leaks. Lead reduced to 9 in in two hours. Fast to ice all the watch. Fires banked.

Clam first part of watch then wind came outfresh from N.W.

From 4 to 8 am Fresh breeze & rain. Ice breaking kept shifting ice anchors got a line ashore and held fastThetis broke adrift and finally got under way



Lat 7.05, Long -56.20, kingatak harbor greenland

coal: 1 ton 1340 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 476 tons 740 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 476 tons, 740 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 476tons 740lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 tons 1340 lbs - consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 476 tons 740 lbs - remaining on hand at noon


kingatik harbor greenland

coal: 1 ton 1340 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 476 tons 740 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 476 tons, 740 lbs - on hand at noon


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2 June 1884

Ship leaking at the rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour. Carpenter and two men at work stopping the leak.

Ship leaking at the rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour. Carpenter and his men at work in the pore peak stopping the leak.

Thetis - near also three steam whalers.

Ice light not water to be seen to Nd. Light jam.

Ice showed no movement & no leads or open water in sight from crows nest.

Five steam whalers in sight five miles to seaward besides those near by.

Overcast. Thick snow ~~~~ at intervals. Moderate to fresh breeze from SW. Barometer falling. Ship leaking at the rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour. Carpenter & two men at work in forepeak stopping the leak.


Ship leaking at the rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour

five steam whalers - in sight five miles to seaward

Commenced till 4AM. Ship leaking at the rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour. Carpenter & two men at work in fore peak stopping the leak.

Overcast. Thick snow ~~yes at intervals. Moderate to fresh breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. Ship leaking at rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour. Carpenter & his men at work in forepeak stopping the leak.

Overcast & cloudy; snowing heavily at times & blowing fresh from WSW. frequent squalls. Ice showed no movement & no leads or open water in sight from crows nest. Barometer rose 29.74 to 29.80. Banked fires.



Position

coal: 472 tons 726 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons 20 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 472 tons, 726 lbs - on hand at noon


greenland

coal: 472 tons 726 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons 20 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 472 tons, 726 lbs - on hand at noon


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3 June 1884

At 1012 cast off from ice

"Thetis" - At 1020 made signal to follow

At 1535 "Thetis" made fast to floe signaled to make fast

Esquimaux Nicolis - sent to meet several natives

Whaler Narwhal - in the ice to Nd of this ship.

Thetis - made signal at 10:00 "I am getting under way."

Thetis - sent a boat on shore to examine what appeared to be a cairn on a point of high land

Four Esquimaux with his dog sleds came alongside from settlement of Itidlianuk

No open water visible to Nd. Natives report no open water beyond Cape Shackleton.

Ice the same as in the preceding watch.

Thetis - several natives went on board and sold one seal to that vessel.

seals - several

Nano and Nicoli - sent out seal hunting

Sent boat & the Esquimaux Nicolis to meet several natives who with dog sledge & kayaks went to the steam whaler Narwhal in the ice to No of this ship. Thetis made signal at 10:00 "I am getting under way" At 10:10 signalled to Thetis "I am ready to get under way" Thetis answered "Allright" At 10:12 cast off from the ice and backed out slowly. Boat returned from Narwhal with the intelligence that there was clear water to the N of Norsehead. At 10:20 Thetis made signal "follow in my wake slow" and steamed slowly to E. This ship followed during rest of watch followed Flagship slowly through the Islands to W & E.

Steaming slowly to N & E in wake of Thetis and among a number of uninhabited islands and what is described on the chart as mainland. At 2:30 Thetis sent a boat on shore to examine what appeared to be a cairn on a point of high land to the E. At 3:45 Thetis made fast to floe and signaled "one ships length to right and make fast". Made fast in obedience to signal

Moored to ice all the watch. Banked fires. Four Esquimaux with two dog sleds came alongside from settlement of Itidlinsuk. No open water visible to N. Natives report no open water beyond Cape Shackleton.

The ice the same as in preceding watch. At 8:30 several natives with dogs & sledges came up & went on board Thetis. They had one seal which they sold to that vessel. Sent Hans & Nicole out after seal. Several in sight. They returned unsucessful. Several of the ships company were permitted to go seal hunting.

WA Emory Jr - commander

Esquimaux Nicolis - sent to meet native with sleds and dogs headed for ship Narwhal

Stern Whaler Narwhal - in ice to south of this ship

Ship Thetis - made signal to get underway

intelligence from Narwhal indicated clear water to the ~ of ~head

Esquimaux from Itidlina~uk reported no open water beyond Cape Shackleton

men on board Theitis bought seal from natives

seals - enough to go hunt


Ship fast to ice

At 1020 cast off from ice, received signal to follow "Thetis"

At 1545 "Thetis" made fast to floe and signaled to make fast, made fast in obedience to signal.

Four Esquimaux - with his dog sleds came on board from settlement of Itidlianuk.

several Esquimaux - went on board "Thetis" and sold seal

From 8AM to Meridian. At 10:20 "Thetis" made signal "follow in my wake slow" steamed slowly to Ed this ship folowed. During rest of watch followed Flagship slowly through the Islands to Nd & Ed

At Meridian to 4PM. Steaming slowly to Nd & Ed in wake of "Thetis" and among a number of unimhabited islands and what is described on the chart as mainland. At 2:30 "Thetis" sent a boat on shore to examine what appeared to be a cairn on a point of high land to the Ed. At 3:45 "Thetis" made fast to floe and signalled "one ships length to right and make fast" made fast in obedience to signal.

Cloudy but pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW. Sent boat and the Esquimaux Nicolis to meet several natives who with dog sledge & kyaks went to the steam whaler Narwhal in the ice to N of this ship. Thetis made signal at 10:00 "I am getting under way". At 10:10 signalled to Thetis "I am ready to get under way". Thetis answered "allright". At 10:12 cast off from the ice and backed out slowly. Boat returned from Narwhal with the intelligence that there was clear water to the N of Horsehead. At 10:20 Thetis made signal "follow in my wake slow" & steamed slowly to E. This ship following during rest of watch followed Flagship slowly through the Islands to N & E

At 8: 30 several natives with dogs & sledges came up & went on board Thetis. They had one seal which they sold to that vessel. Sent Hans & Nicole out after seal. several in sight. they returned unseccessful. several of the ships company were permitted to go seal hunting.



Lat 73.43, Long -56.20, approximate

coal: 5 tons 98 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 467 tons 640 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 467 tons, 640 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 5 t 98 lbs - used

coal: 467 t 640 lbs - remaining on hand


Lat 73.43, Long -56.20, greenland

coal: 467 tons 640 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons 98 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 467 tons, 640 lbs - on hand at noon


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4 June 1884

Governor of Tessinsak - arrived in sledge visited Ship "Thetis"

At 1310 got under way following the motions of "Thetis"

At 1530 arrived off the fishing settlement of Tessiusak "Thetis" signaled to moor ship

Excellent view of Ship's damage, found it extended only 15 inches up the stern and 10 feet along the keal

At 1840 cast off and steamed out of harbor following lead of "Thetis"

Ice about 3.5 ft thick in large unbroken sheets, many bergs.

At 2245 moored to ice close astern of "Thetis"

Sent torpedo apparatus with Ensign Reynolds and four gun cotton torpedoes to assist in blasting "Thetis" loose. The "Thetis`used six gunpowder cartridges and the attempt failed to loosen the ice.

Narwhal - 1

Broke out and emptied pemmican casks to stow in fore peak. Eleven dog sledges from small settlement near about the ship. Governor of Tessiusak arrived on sledge and visited Thetis.

At 1.10 got under way following the motions of the Thetis. The natives with their Kon~~~~ left to go back to Itidlearsak. Steaming in wake to Thetis. At 1.45 the Thetis made signal "keep two cables length distance." At 3.30 arrived off the fishing settlement of Tessiusak. Thetis made signal "moor ship one ships length off starboard beam." Moored alongside the ice off Thetis Stbd beam. Afterwards hauled alongside ice starboard side to the ice. ......Banked fires. Commanding Officer examined fore foot with water glass and the sun giving excellent view of the damages, found it extended only 15 inches up the stem and 10 feet along the keel. Ship drawing 16'6" and damages not beginning to show till 15' depth was reached.

Secured to ice in the harbor of Tessiusak. At 6 Thetis signalled "Hoist reca~~" At 6.40 cast off and steamed out of harbor following lead of Thetis. Remainder of watch working way through ice in a general N. direction.

Steaming slowly to seaward through very narrow leads in wake of Thetis. Ice about 3.5 ft. thick in large unbroken sheets, many bergs. At 9.30 came up with Thetis, caught in a light nip, unable to move. Gave her a 6" manilla hawser and took from her a 3" steel hawser. Parted both lines while attempting to move her astern. At 10.45 moored to ice close astern of Thetis and banked fires. Sent torpedo apparatus with Ensign Reynolds and four gun cotton torpedoes to assist in blasting Thetis loose. The Thetis used six gunpowder cartridges & the attempt failed to loosen the ice.

WH Emory Jr - commander

ice to n and no leads

narwhal - 1

seal - several

11 dog sledges and governor of Tessiusak visited Thetis

at 3: 30 pm arrived off fishing settlement of Tessiusak

ice about 3 1/2 feet thick in large unbroken sheets with many bergs

Ensign Reynolds -

tried to use 6 gunpowder cartridges to blast Thetis loose from nipunsuccessful

Whale - 1

Jhetro - Secured next to

Seal - several

Spoke with governor of Jessiusak

Docked at Jessiusak

Left Jessiusak

1 1/2 ft. thick unbroken ice

Attempted to blast through ice. Failed.


native from Tessinsak - 0300 came on board and also boarded "Thetis"

1310 got under way following "Thetis"

1530 arrived off fishing settlement of Tessiusak. Moored alongside ice off "Thetis" starboard beam.

Commanding Officer examined ship damage by way of water glass and sun giving excellent view of damages found 15 inches up the stern and 10 feet along the keel.

Secured to icein the harbor of Tessiusak. At 1840 cast off and steamed out of harbor following lead of "Thetis"

Ice about 3.5 feet thick in large unbroken sheets, many bergs,

2130 up with "Thetis" unable to move. At 2245 moored to ice

"Thetis" used six gunpowder cartridges in the failed attempt to loosen the ice

Broke out and emptied pemmican casks to store in fore peak.

Commanding officer examined fore peek with water glass, and the sun giving excellent view of the damages, found it extended only 15 inches up the stem and 10 feet along the keel. ship drawing 16'6" and damage not beginning to show till 15' depth was reached.

Clear & pleasant. Light breeze from E. Lying secured to ice one ships length to stb'd of Thetis. Ice close to N - no leads. At 3 am a native from Tessiusak came on board and also boarded the Thetis. A narwhale and several seals sighted during watch.

Clear & pleasant. Light ESE airs. Broke out and emptied pemmican casks to stow in fore peak. Eleven dog sledges from small settlements near about the ship. Governor of Tessiusak arrived on sledge and visited Thetis.

Clear & Pleasant. Warm. Light airs from ENE. Stratus clouds. At 1.10 got under way following the motions of the Thetis. The natives with their K~~~~~~ left to go back to ~~~~~~~. Steaming in wake of Thetis. At 1.45 the Thetis mad signal "keep two cables length distance." At 3.30 arrived off the fishing settlement of Tessiusak. Thetis made signal "moor ship one ships lenght off starboard beam." Moored alongside the ice off Thetis stb'd beam. Afterwards hauled alongside ice starboard side to the ice. Signalled to Thetis "shall I bank fires." Answer "yes" Banked fires. Commanding Officer examined fore foot with water class and the sun giving excellent view of the damages, found it extended only 15 inches up the stem and 10 feet along the keel. Ship drawing 16'6" and damages not beginning to show till 15' depth was reached.

At 6.40 cast off and steamed out of harbor following lead of Thetis. Remainder of watch working way through ice in a general N. direction.

Steaming slowly to seaward through very narrow leads in wake of Thetis. Ice about 3.5 ft. thick in large unbroken sheets, many bergs. At 9.30 came up with Thetis, caught in a light nip unable to move. Gave her a 6~ manilla hawser and took from her a 3" steel hawser. Parted both lines while attempting to more he astern. At 10.45 moored to ice close astern of Thetis and banked fires. Sent torpedo apparatus with Ensign Reynolds and four gun cotton torpedoes to assist in blasting Thetis loose. The Thetis used six gunpowder cartridges and the attempt failed to loosen the ice.

Thetis - Lying secured to ice one ship's length to stbd of "Thetis"

Ice close to N'd. No leads.

Narwhale - 1

Seals - Several

Commanding officer examined four foot with water glass, and the sea giving excellent view of the damages, found it extended only 15 inches up the stern and 10 feet along the keel. Ship drawing 16' 6" and damages not beginning to show till 15' depth way reached.

Remainder of watch working way through ice

Steaming slowly to seaward through very narrow leads in wake of Thetis. Ice ahead about 3 1.2 ft thick in large unbroken sheets, many bergs

9.30 Came up with Thetis, caught in a light nip, unable to move. Gave her a 6in Manilla hawser and took from her a 3in steel hawser; parted both lines, while attempting to moor her astern. At 10.45 moored to ice close astern of Thetis and banked fires. Sent torpedo apparatus with Ensign Reynolds and four gun cotton torpedoes to assist in blasting Thetis loose. The Thetis used six gunpowder cartridges and the attempt failed to loosen the ice.

Ensign Reynolds - sent torpedo apparatus with Ensign Reynolds



Lat 73.40, Long -56.23, tessiusak greenland and at sea

coal: 465 tons 2140 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 540 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

Streaming various courses following the "Thetis"

coal: 465 tons, 2140 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 1 t 540 lbs - used

coal: 465t 2140 lbs - remaining


Lat 73.40, Long -56.23, at tessiusak greenland at sea

coal: 465 tons 2140 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 540 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 465 tons 2140 lb -

coal: 1 Ton 540 lbs - consumed prev. 24 hrs.


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5 June 1884

duck islands

Steaming through leads in the ice towards Duck Islands, 5 vessels in sight, "Polynia: following in our wake

Commanding Officer - visited the "Thetis"

At 1810 The "Thetis" made fast to ice floe, this vessel made fast on "Thetis" starboard beam

(Over for June 4)


(over for June 4)


Thetis - attempted to get clear of nix.

Thetis - gave up the attempt.

steam whaler Arctic - was seen to N'd making her way to E'd for land lead.

A large lead to N'd in plain sight but the Thetis and this ship unable to enter it.

Thetis - At 3: 30 two Esquimaux with their dags and sledges came alongside the Thetis.

Thetis - took two lines from the Thetis.

Thetis backed out of nip at 6:55. She having butted her way through the nip, we followed at 7:55.

Thetis - engaged in forcing passage through nip by repeated ramming.

At 9: 35 passage cleared and went ahead in wake of Thetis. Remainder of watch steaming in a general NE direction through leads in ice, following in wake of Thetis.

narrow leads between large unbroken sheets.

steamer Polynia - close astern

the lead terminating at this point.

The ice presented appearance of having broken into several leads now closed by wind and tide.

steam whalers Nova Zembla and Cornwallis - fast to ice about 5 miles to S'd.

Ship moored to ice floe. At 1:15 Thetis attempted to get clear of nip. This ship was cast off from floe and backed astern. Fires spread. After trying for 15 minutes, Thetis gave up the attempt. This ship was again secured as before. Ship's head NNW. The steam whaler Arctic was seen to N making her way to E for land leads. At 2 three other steam whalers were sighted on port beam making their way to N & E. A large lead to N & E in plain sight, but the Thetis and this ship unable to enter it. At 3.30 two esquimaux with their dogs and sled came alongside the Thetis.

Moored to ice first part of watch. At 6.30 spread fires and took two lines from the Thetis. Both vessels backing, the Thetis backed out of nip a 6.55. She having butted her way through nip, we followed at 7.55.

Thetis engaged in forcing passage through nip by repeated ramming. At 9.35 passage cleared and went ahead in wake of Thetis. Remainder of watch, steaming in a general NE directions through leads in ice, following in wake of Thetis. Steam whaler in sight astern at end of watch.

Steaming to N in wake of Thetis, through narrow leads between large unbroken sheets. Several small bars necessitated ramming by both ships. At close of watch, in large open lead off Cape Shackleton. Five steam whalers in sight to N moored to ice near Duck Islands. Steamer Polynia close astern.

Steaming through leads in the ice towards the Duck Islands. 5 vessels in sight near those islands. The Polynia, steam whaler, following in our wake. At 6.10 the Thetis made fast to ice floe, the lead terminating at this point. This vessel made fast on Thetis' starboard beam. Banked fires. Commanding officer visited the Thetis. Two steam whalers coming up from S latter part of watch. The ice presented appearance of having broken into several leads now closed by wind and tide.

Lying made fast to floe about 5 miles SW of Duck Islands. Steam Whalers Nova Zembla & Corwallis fast to ice about 5 miles S. No movement in ice sufficient to open a lead.

tHETIS STUCK ON NIP

Steam Whaler Arctic - seen to N making way E

lead in ice visible to N and E but neither ship able to get into it

sshups able to leave the nip

ships made passage through ice by Thetis made way through by repeated ramming

ships moving through narrow leads surrounded by large unbroken sheets

Steamer Polnyia - following Bear

lead ended, then broke into several leads which closed again by wind and tides

Nova ~bla and Cornwalis - fast in ice about 5 miles to S of ship


4 to 8AM. At 6:30 ~ fires and took two lines from the "Thetis". Both vessels backing, the "Thetis" backing out of nip at 6:55. She having butted her way thought the nip, we followed at 7.55

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle breeze from ENE. Ship moored to ice floe. At 1:15 Thetis attempted to get clear of ship. This ship was cast off from floe and backed astern. Fires spread. After trying for 15 minutes Thetis gave up the attempt. This ship was again secured as before. Ship's head NNW. The steam whaler Arctic was seen to N making her way to E for land leads. At 3:00 three other steam whalers were sighted on port beam making their way to N & E. A large lead to N & E in plain sight but the Thetis and this ship unable to enter it. At 3:30 two Esquimaux with their dogs & sledges came alongside the Thetis.

At 6: 30 spread fires and took two lines from the Thetis. Both vessels backing, the Thetis backed out of nip at 6:55. She having butted her way through the nip, we followed at 7:55.

Thetis engaged in forcing passage through nip by repeated ramming. At 9:35 passage cleared and went(?) ahead in wake of Thetis. Remainder of watch, steaming in a general NE direction through leads in ice, following in wake of Thetis. Steam whaler in sight astern at end of watch.

Steaming to N in wake of Thetis through narrow leads between large unbroken sheets. Several small bars necessitated ramming by both ships. At close of watch in large open lead off Cape Shackleton. Two steam whalers in sight to N moored to ice near Duck Islds. Steamer Polynia close astern.

Lying made fast to floe about 5 miles SW of Duck Islands.

ice presented appearance of having broken into several leads now closed by wind and tide



Lat 73.45, Long -56.67, chronometer

coal: 463 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 463 tons, 1020 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 2 T 1020 LBS - CONSUMED

coal: 463 T 1020 LBS - REMAINING


Lat 73.45, Long -56.67

coal: 2 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 463 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 463 tons, 1020 lbs - on hand at noon


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6 June 1884

At 0900 cast off from ice and got under way following the "Thetis". The steam whalers all got under way.

At 1200 stopped ramming ice made fast to ice

five whalers - steamed up and made fast to ice

At 2130 "Arctic"& "Aurora" went ahead and steamed through the lead. "Thetis" and this vessel cast off steering for western end of Duck Island

WH Emory Jr - commander

ice about 30" thick

steam whaler arctic - nearby

Aurora - following steam whaler Arctic

At 9 am cast off from the ice and got underway following the Thetis. The steam whalers all got under way the Arctic leading. Steamed through leads to the N. At 10.35 arrived at a check in the lead. Made fast to the floe astern of the Thetis. At 11 the Thetis ahead ramming into the floe. She made signal "Come up and butt on port side." Cast off and went ahead ramming the floe alongside of Thetis. Found floe solid and 30" thick and at 12 stopped ramming, having broken in a couple of ships lengths. Made fast to ice and banked fires. The steam whaler Arctic, Aurora and Narwhal had already come to a short time before we stopped.

The five whalers to S steamed up and made fast near by.

At 9.00 the ice ahead of steam whaler Arctic showed signs of opening. At 9.30 Arctic & Aurora went ahead and steamed through the lead. Thetis and this vessel cast off from floe and this vessel leading, steamed into th lead. Rammed at the lead until 10.45, when having finished with the close ice, entered near open lead. Steering for the western end of Duck Islands. The Thetis and ~~~ whalers following. At 11.45 the Thetis went ahead, this ship following.

fish - countless


duck islands 3 miles sw

six whalers - position of whalers near and two to S'd unchanged

0900 cast off from ice and got underway following the "Thetis". The steam whalers all got under way the Arctic leading

Stopped at 1200 made fast to ice, steam whalers already stopped

Five whalers to South steamed up and made fast near by

At 2130 "Arctic" and "Aurora" went ahead and steamed through the clear. "Thetis" and this vessel cast off from floe and steamed at lead until 2245 steamed for the Western end of Duck Islands, 2345 "Thetis" went ahead this ship following

Clear & pleasant weather. Gentle airs from W changing to S. Cirro Cumulus clouds. At 9 am cast off from the ice and got underway following the Thetis. The steam whalers all got under way , the Arctic leading. Steamed through leads to the N. At 10.35 arrived at a check in the lead. Made fast to the floe astern of the Thetis. At 11 the Thetis went ahead ramming into the floe. She made signal "Come up and butt on portside." Cast off and went ahead ramming the floe alongside of Thetis. Found floe solid and 30" thick and at 12 stopped ramming, having broken in a couple of ship's lengths. Made fast to ice and banked fired. The steam whalers Arctic, Aurora & Narwhal had already come to a short time before we stopped.

Clear & pleasant. Gentle E'ly airs. Barometer steady. At 9 the ice ahead of steam whaler Arctic showed signs of opening. At 9.30 Arctic & Aurora went ahead and steamed through the lead. Thetis & this vessel cast off from floe and this vessel leading steamed into the lead. Rammed at the lead until 10.45, when having finished with the close ice, entered more open lead. Steering for the western end of Duck Islands. The Thetis and six(?) whalers following. At 11.45 the Thetis went ahead, this ship following.



Lat 73.97, Long -57.85, 57 51

coal: 2 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 461 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 t 1020 lbs - used

coal: 461 tons - on hand at noon


Date should probably be 6 June.

Lat 73.97, Long -57.85, at duck islands greenland

coal: 461 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 461 tons - on hand at noon


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7 June 1884

duck islands

At 0045 made fast bow & stem to ice

The "Aurora" and "Arctic" - made fast near us

ducks - several flocks in sight

Whaler "Norwhal" - made fast to ice floe

WH Emory Jr - commander

Aurora and Arctic - nearby

ducks - several flocks

dogs placed on ice for exercise, shooting parties sent out for ducks

Steam whaler norwhal - in sight

FA Crosby - navigator

Steaming through leads following the Thetis. Steamed in towards Duck Islands and at 12.45 made fast bow & stern to ice SW of the middle island. The Aurora & Arctic made fast near us, the rest coming to on Eastern side of islands. Several flocks of ducks in sight. Very small sheet of open water to N of islands and no leads in sight from crowsnest.

The dogs were placed on the ice for exercise. Several shooting parties of officers & men went out in dories for ducks.

Thetis - following her

Aurora and Arctic - made fast near us

ducks - several flocks

Very small sheet of open water to N'd of islands and sev leads in sight.

steam whaler Narwhal - made fast to ice floe on East side of islands at 6.

At end of watch no leads to the N'd in sight from the cro'nest.


duck islands

Steamed in towards Duck Island, made fast to ice SW of middle of island

ducks - several flocks in sight

"Aurora" & "Arctic" - made fast near us, rest to eastern side of island

Steam whaler "Norwhal" - made fast to ice floe on east side of island at 1800

Steamed in towards Duck Islands............. Several flocks of ducks in sight.

Clear & Pleasant. light breeze from NE. Steaming through leads following the Thetis. Steamed in towards Duck Islands and at 12.45 made fast bow & stern to ice SW of the middle island. The Aurora and Arctic made fast near us, the rest coming to on Eastern side of islands. Several flocks of ducks in sight. Very small sheet of open water to N of islands and no leads in sight from crowsnest.

Clear, pleasant & warm. Cirrus clouds. Calm. The dogs were placed on the ice for exercise. Several shooting parties of officers and men went out in dories for ducks.

Thetis - Steaming through leads following the Thetis.

Steamed in towards Duck Islands and at 12.45 made fast bow & stern to ice S.W. of the middle island.

Aurora and Arctic - The Aurora and Arctic made fast near us, the rest coming to on Eastern side of islands.

ducks - several flocks

No changes on ice.

dogs -

ducks -

ice floe on East side of Islands at 6.

Norwhal - Steam whaler Norwhal made fast



Lat 74.00, Long -57.78, duck islandwest coast of greenland

coal: 458 tons 800 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 360 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 1t 360 lbs - used

coal: 458 tons 800 lbs - remaining

coal: 458 tons, 800 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 74.00, Long -57.78, lying at ducks islands west coast of greenland

coal: 1 ton 360 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 458 tons 800 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 458 tons, 800 lbs - on hand at noon

Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours 1 tons 360 lbs. Coal remaining on hand at Noon 458 tons 800 lbs.


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8 June 1884

the "Norwhal" and "Wolf" - At 0245 got under way from other side of the Duck I'ds to get better berth. The ice shows no openings.

"Polynia" - got under way to N'd comming to alongside ice floe

WH Emory Jr - commander

Narwhal and Wolf -

read articles of war to all hands

loose ice drifting from seaward

large ice flow floated into mooring from W and left without doing damage, large quantities of ice moving W

Polimia - nearby

At 2.45 the Narwhal and Wolf got under way from the other side of the Duck Islands and steamed out to W apparently to get a better berth. The ice showing no signs of opening.

At 5 large ice floe floated in from W. At 7.30 ice floe started out again having done no damage to any of the ships. Large quantities of ice in motion to W. (fog) Too thick to see anything to N.

Overcast, cloudy & foggy. Light snow and drizzle at times. Light breeze from SW and WSW. At 9.30 Polynia got under way and steamed to the N, coming to alongside of ice floe about one mile east of northern island of group (Duck Islands)


The Ice showing no sign of opening


"Norwhal" and "Wolf" - At 0345 got under way from Duck Islands and steamed to north for better berth, no ice opening.

"Polynia" - At 2130 got under way steamed to the north

8AM to Meridian. At 10 called all hands to muster and read Articles of War. Immediatily after held divine service.

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light E'ly airs. At 2.45 the Narwhal and Wolf got under way from the other side of the Duck Islands and steamed out to W apparently to get a better berth. The ice showing no signs of opening.

Overcast, cloudy and foggy. Gentle breeze from WSW. At 5 large ice floe floated in from W. At 7.30 ice floe started out again, having done no damage to any of the ships. Large quantities of ice in motion to W. Too thick to see anything to N.

large quantities of ice in motion to W'd



Lat 74.00, Long -57.77, duck islands

coal: 457 tons 446 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 1 t 260 lbs - used

coal: 457 t 440 lbs - remaining

coal: 457 tons, 440 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 74.00, Long -57.77, lying at duck islands west coast greenland

coal: 457 tons 440 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 457 tons, 440 lbs - on hand at noon


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9 June 1884

"Wolf" & "Norwhal" - in sight bearing SW by W

WH Emory Jr - Lieutenant

much broken ice moving with tide and wind

Wolf and Narwhal - in sight

Lieutennant W H Emory JR - In Command

Ice in broken parts moving to S'd and W'd in large quantity

Dogs -

Norwhal - in sight bearing WSW distance ? miles

Wolf - in sight bearing WSW distance ? miles

Wolf and Norwhal - to seaward, separated and getting farther away toN'd.

Ice in broken pans moving to S'ward in large quantity


"Wolf" and "Norwhal" - in sight bearing SW by W (p.c.) about a mile The "Wolf" and "Narwhal" in sight.

Commenced snowing heavily at 1, and continued remainder of watch



lying at duck islands west coast of greenland

coal: 456 tons 180 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1760 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 1 T 1760 LBS - USED

coal: 456 T 2180 LBS - REMAINING

coal: 456 tons, 180 lbs - on hand at noon

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lying at duck islands west coast of greenland

coal: 1 ton 1760 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 456 tons 2180 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 456 tons, 180 lbs - on hand at noon


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10 June 1884

Aurora - cast off and steamed west

pack ice w of mooring location

edges of flow breaking off, shifted mooring lines inward

steamers Wolf and Narhwal -

Polynia - nearby

Ebb tide. Large quantities of loose ice drifting to S.

Fog occasionally lifting and giving view of ice well off shore drifting to S. At 8.15 the Aurora cast off and steamed to W.

Fog lifting at intervals. The Aurora was seen at the end of the watch well to the W, fast to the pack ice.

Fog lifting for a short time at 11 showed steamers Wolf & Narwhal just visible to W apparently fast in the pack. Aurora about 5 miles to W working to S out of pack. Polynia in her old berth with the other vessels to E of the islands. Wind fresh hauling from NE to NxE.

Ebb tide. Large quantities of ice drifting to S'd.

Fog occasionally lifting and giving view of ice well of shore drifting to S'd.

Aurora - The Aurora was seen at the end of the watch well to the W'd fast to the pack ice.

Wolf and Norwhal just visible to W'd apparently fast int he pack. -

Aurora - about 5 miles to W'd working to s'd out of pack.

Polynia - in her old berth with other vessels E'd of the islands

Large quantities of loose ice drifting to f'd

...ice well off shore and drifting to s'd.

The "Aurora" was seen... well to the n'd fast to the pack ice.

..shifted quarter and bow lines further in shore to solid ice, the edges of the floe breaking off.

"Norwhal" just visible to n'd, apparently fast in the pack. "Aurora" about 5 miles to n'd, working to s'd out of pack.


west coast of greenland

"Aurora" - At 0815 cast off and steamed to westward

Overcast & foggy. Moderate NE breeze. Fog occasionally lifting and giving view of ice well off shore drifting to S. At 8.15 the Aurora cast off and steamed to W.

Overcast, cold and foggy. Occasional very light snow. Fog lifting for a short time at 11 showed steamers Wolf and Narwhal was visible to W. apparently fast in the pack. Aurora about 5 miles to W. working to S out of pack. Polynia in her old berth with the other vessels to E of the islands. Wind fresh from NE to NxE.



lying at duck islands west coast at greenland

coal: 454 tons 2160 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: - used

coal: 454 t 2160 lbs - remaining

coal: 454 tons, 2160 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 454.2160 -


lying at duck islands west coast of greenland

coal: 454 tons 2160 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 454 tons, 2160 lbs - on hand at noon

coal: 454 tons, 2160 lbs - remaining on hand at noon


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11 June 1884

"Arctic" - At 0520 cast off and steamed to NW'd

At 0545 got under way and followed "Thetis" into leads.

At 0845 no leads opening made fast to ice

At 1540 cast off followed "Thetis" and four whalers ahead on north edge of water pool

At 1700 edge of large floe completely stopped

IICE NEAR SHIP SOFTENING AND SHOWING SIGNS OF BREAKING

Arctic -

whalers narhwal, arctic, wolf, aurora -

open water visible to N and E from mast head

Ice near ship softening and showing signs of breaking up.

At 5.20 the Arctic cast off and steamed to NW. The Thetis signalled "Be ready to get under way." Got under way under steam at 5.45 and followed Thetis into leads, making a general course of NxW.

Steaming to the N following in wake of Thetis. At 8.45 no leads opening to N made fast to ice one ship's length on stb'd beam of Thetis. At 10.15 Thetis got under way and attempted to force way through a close nip to an open lead beyond and not succeeding, came to again at 11. Spread fires and cast off and stood by to follow, but made fast again at 11. Four steam whalers in sight to N fast to ice. Four steam whalers in sight to S steaming to N.

The four whalers to S steamed up and made fast to ice near by at 1.15. At 2 the Thetis cast off and rammed several times at the bar of ice, but failed to break a passage. Ice slacked at 3.15 showing lead into water to N. Cast off at 3.40 and followed Thetis in obedience to signal. At close of watch steaming through leads to N. Thetis and four whalers in sight ahead on north edge of water pool.

Steaming through a lead between floes first hour and in wake of Thetis to N & E. At 5 arrived at edge of large floes completely stopping further progress. Made fast to floe on port side of Thetis. Whalers Aurora & Narwhal fast to same floe. Wolf farther to W. Arctic fast to large floe on stb'd hand. At 6.10 the ice showed signs of closing in, moving generally to ~ & W. The Aurora got under way and steamed back towards the mooring place from which we just came. At 6.30 we cast off from the floe, spread fires, following the lead of Thetis and steamed to N & E, making fast at 6.50 astern of the Thetis, which vessel was made fast astern of the Arctic. The ice closing in the lead just left and moving in a general direction to S & W. Open water visible from the mast head to the N & E of us and extending parallel to the ~~~ of the land. At close of watch weather became clearer showing the Duck Islands bearing (p.s.c.) SExS, ships head NExE. The coast line was also seen extending to N & E on stb'd beam. The Aurora was, at end of watch, jammed in by large pans & floes and attempting to get to S. The four whalers left a former mooring place had not moved. After mooring at 6.50, fires were banked.

At 610 the ice showed signs of closing in moving generally S'd to W'd.

ice near ship softening and showing signs of breaking up

At 10.15 "Thetis" got under way and attempted to force way through a close ...? to an open lead beyond and not succeeding came to again at 11.

At 2 the Thetis cast off and rammed several times at the bar of ice but failed to break a passage. Ice placked? at 3.15 showing lead into water to n'd.

At 5 arrived at edge of large floes completely stopping further prgress. Made fast to floe. At 6.10 the ice showed signs of closing in, moving gneerally to s'd and w'd

..the ice ... moving in a general direction to s'd and n'd. Open water visible ... to the n'd and e'd of us.


"Arctic" - 0520 cast off and steamed NW

0545 Got under way steamed following "Thetis" N by W course.

1850 made fast to ice

At 5.20 the Arctic cast off and steamed to NW. The Thetis signalled, "Be ready to get under way"; got under way under steam at 5.45 and folled Thetis into leads, making a general course of N by W.

The four whalers to S (?) steamed up and made fast to ice near by at 1.15. At 2 the Thetis cast off and rammed several times at the bar of ice, but failed to break a passage. Ice slacked at 3.15 showing lead into water to N. Cast off at 3.40 and followed Thetis in obedience to signal. At close of watch steaming through leads to N. Thetis and four whalers in sight ahead on north edge of water pool.

Steaming through a lead between floes first hour and in wake of Thetis to N & E. At 5 arrived at edge of large floe completely stopping furthe progress. Made fast to floe on port side of Thetis. Whalers Aurora & Narwhal fast to same floe. Wolf father to W. Arctic fast to large floe on stb'd hand. At 6.10 the ice showed signs of closing in, moving generally to S & W. The Aurora got under way and steamed back towards the mooring place from which ~~~~ came. At 6.30 we cast off from the floe, spread fires, following the lead of Thetis and steamed to N&E making fast at 6.50 astern of the Thetis, which vessel was made fast astern of the Arctic. The ice closing in the lead just left and moving in a general direction to S & W. Open water visible from masthead to the N & E of is and extending parallel to the ~~~~ of the land. At close of watch weather became clearer showing the Duck Islands bearing (p.s.c.) SExS. Ships head NExE. The coast line was also seen extending to N & E on stb'd beam. The Aurora was at end of watch, jammed in by large pan & floe and attempting to get to S. The four whalers left at former mooring place had not moved. After mooring at 6.50, fires were banked.



sailed from duck islands for cape york greenland

coal: 1 ton 1760 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 453 tons 400 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1t 1760lbs - used

coal: 453t 400lbs - remaining

coal: 453 tons, 400 lbs - on hand at noon

Numerous bergs; much broken ice


sailed from duck islands for cape york greenland

coal: 453 tons 400 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1760 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 453 tons, 400 lbs - on hand at noon


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12/6/1884

Lying in small water pool. Ice tight about "Arctic" & "Thetis" fast in ice close ahead. All the rest of fleet occasionally visible scattered to S'd & W'd

At 0930 all the four whalers left mooring place yesterday morning got under way and steamed in toward the land, the "Aurora" having already got in and made fast to the land floe

The "Wolf" and "Norwhal" - made fast about two miles off port quarters

"Aurora" "Mune" "Cornwallis" "Nova Zembla" "Polynia" - close in under the land and fast to the land ice

At 1515 ice loosened, cast off & got under way following lead of "Thetis"

"Arctic" "Wolf" & "Norwhal" - got underway

At 1730 "Arctic" "Thetis" and this Ship made fast to ice. At 1800 "Wolf" steamed up and made fast ice 5 feet thick

Lying in small water pool. Bankded fires. Ice tight all about Arctic & Thetis fast in ice close ahead. All the rest of fleet occasionally visible scattered to S & W.

At 9.30 am the four whalers left at mooring place yesterday morning, got under way and steamed in toward the land, the Aurora having already got in and made fast to the land floe. The Wolf and Narwhal made fast, the former off starb'd quarters, the latter off port quarter, each being distant about 2 miles. At 11.30 the ice showed some signs of closing. The Thetis and this ship were accordingly hauled about one ships length astern and then made fast to the ice. The ice in the immediate vicinity of this ship broken up into large pans, which were closely packed together. The Greenland coast visible ahead and on both bows. The Duck Islands visible off starb'd bow at end of watch. The Aurora, Triune, Corwallis, Nova Zembla and Polynia close in under the land and fast to the land ice at end of watch. Arctic a few ships length ahead the Thetis. The Wolf & Narwhal as at the commencement of watch. Fitted new bell pull from crows nest to the engineroom bell.

At 1 pm commenced running ebb tide and at 3.15 the ice loosened to N & E. Cast off & got underway, following lead of Thetis. Remainder of watch steaming through short leads and through loose ice in a general NE direction. Arctic , Wolf & Narwhal got underway at same time and steamed to N. Carpenters and blacksmith engaged in shrinking iron bands on main boom.

Arctic ahead of Thetis stopped by narrow bar of ice at 4.45 and failed to break it. Arctic, Thetis and this ship made fast to the ice at 5.30 to wait for it to slack. Streaks of open water visible to N. Ice slack to S & W. At 6 the Wolf steamed up and made fast nearby. Ice 5 ft thick. At close of watch, two steamers in sight to S & W.

Sun shining on Greenland coast to S & E near Horsehead & Cape Shackleton. Gentle breeze from SW. The ice near the ship to W broken up into lage pans which with the tide were packing in to N. Tidal current apparently of about 3/4 knot per hour running to N. Four whalers in sight to S. The Wolf & Arctic being near the Thetis & this ship. At 10.30 hauled ship astern half a length to be clear of nip from close packing of ice pans. The ice N showing few leads at long intervals with spaces of close ice & packed pans between. Clouds hanging low over the land.


the greenland coast visible ahead and on both bows the duck islands visible off starbd bow at end of watch

1515 Cast off following "Thetis" lead

1730 Made fast to ice with "Arctic" & "Thetis" unable to proceed. At 1800 "Wolf" steamed up and made fast to ice nearby, ice five feet thick.

Lying in small water pool. Banked fires. Ice tight all about Arctic & Thetis fast in ice close ahead. All the rest of fleet occasionally visible scattered to S & W.

Overcast & cool; misty horizon. Light SSE shifting to SW airs. Arctic ahead of Thetis stopped by narrow bar of ice at 4.45 and failed to break it. Arctic, Thetis & this ship made fast to the ice at 5.30 to wait for it to slack. Streaks of open water visible to N. Ice slack to S & W. At 6 the Wolf steamed up and made fast nearby. Ice 5 ft. thick. At close of watch, two steamers in sight to S & W.

Partly cloudy. Sun shining on Greenland coast to S. & E. near Horsehead & Cape Shackleton. Gentle breeze from SW. The ice near the ship to the W broken up into large pans which with the tide were packing in SW. Tidal current apparently of about 3/4 knot per hour running to N. Four whalers in sight to S. The Wolf & Arctic being near the Thetis & this ship. At 10.30 hauled ship astern half a length to be clear of nip from close packing of ice pans. The ice to N showing open leads at long intervals with spaces of close ice & packed pans between. Clouds hanging low over the land.

Ice tight all about "Arctic" & "Thetis" fast in ice close ahead.

No change in ice.

the four whalers, Aurora, Wolf, Norwhal - At 9:30 Am the four whalers left at mooring place yesterday morning, got under way and steamed in toward the land, the "Aurora" having already got in and made fast to the land floe. The "Wolf" and "Norwhal" made fast, the former off starb'd quarters, the latter off port quarter, each being distant about two (2) miles.

At 11.30 the ice showed some signs of closing,

Thetis - The "Thetis" and this ship were accordingly hauled about one ship's length astern and then made fast to the ice.

The ice in the immediate vicinity of this ship broken up into large pa~s, which were closely packed together.

Aurora, T~ine, Cornwallis, Nova J~~bla, Polynia, Arctic, Thetis, Wolf, Norwhal - The "Aurora" "T~ine", "Cornwallis", "Nova J~~bla", and "Polynia" close in under the land and fast to the land ice at end of watch. "Arctic" a few ships length ahead of the "Thetis", The "Wolf" & "Norwhal" as at the commencement of watch.

at 3.15 the ice loosened to N'd & E'd

Thetis - following lead of "Thetis"

Remainder of watch steaming through short-leads and through loose ice

Arctic, Wolf, Norwhal - "Arctic", "Wolf" & "Norwhal" got underway at same time and steamed to N'd.

"Arctic" ahead of Thetis stopped by narrow bar of ice at 4.45 and failed to brak it.

Arctic, Thetis - "Arctic" ahead of Thetis stopped by narrow bar of ice at 4.45 and failed to brak it. "Arctic", "Thetis" and this ship made fast to the ice at 5.30 to wait for it to slack.

Wolf - At 6 the "Wolf" steamed up and made fast nearby.

Ice slack to S'd & W'd.

Ice 5ft. thick.

At close of watch, two steamers in sight to S'd and W'd.

The ice near the ship to the W'd broken up into large paus which with the tide were packing in & N'd.

Wolf, Arctic, Thetis - Four whalers in sight to S'd. The "Wolf" & Arctic" bring near the Thetis & this ship.

At 10.00 hauled ship astern half a length to be clear of nip from close packing of ice pans. The ice to N'd showing open leads at long intervals with spaces of close ice & packed pans between.



Lat 74.03, Long -58.30

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 450 tons 1220 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 tons 1420 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 450 tons, 1220 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 74.03, Long -58.30

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 450 tons 1220 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 tons 1420 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 450 Tons, 1220 lbs - on hand on noon

Coal consumed 2 tons 1420 lbs Coal remaining 450 tons 1220 lbs


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13 June 1884

white whales - several schools passed near the Ship

seals - several were seen at long distance from the ships

The ice slacking, got under way at 1640 and steamed in wake of "Thetis" through loose ice about 2.5 miles, stopped, made fast to ice floe at 1820

six whalers and the "Arctic" & "Wolf" - in sight

At 2.30 ~~~ toward large pan from port-side & made it fast astern at 3. Ice loose to SW and small spaced of open water visible to N. At end of watch two whalers in sight inshore bearing SxW. Several schools of white whales passed near the ship.

At 3.30 the ice showed signs of loosening though no leads appeared. Several seals were seen at long distances from the ships. At end of watch, besides the Thetis and steam whalers Arctic & Wolf near us there were in sight the other six steam whalers. These latter to the S and apparently underway to get up to our position. The dogs were exercised on the ice & afterwards brought board. The main boom, having been completely repaired, was got in place and the ironwork red leaded preparatory to painting.

The ice slacking, got under way at 4.40 and steamed in wake of Thetis through loose ice about 2.5 miles in a general NE direction. Not being able to force way farther, stopped and secured to ice floe at 6.20. Ice loose but in very heavy pans from 4 to 5 feet thick. Six whalers insight inshore and the Arctic & Wolf about two miles astern secured to ice.

Beset in the ice all the watch, fires banked and the pack drifting slowly before the wind. Position of Thetis, Arctic & Wolf unchanged. Mist lifting along he land at 11 showed four steamers beset in the ice bearing SxE. The coast plainly visible. Devils Thumb bore at midnight E1/8N. Wilcox Head E. Ships head NExE 1/2 E.


White Whales - several schools passed near the ship

Seals - several seen at long distance from the ship

Dogs - were exercised on the ice & afterwards brought on board

1646 got under way and steamed in wake of "Thetis" for 2.5 miles, stopped and secured to ice floe at 1820 ice pans 4 to 5 feet thick. Six whalers in sight and the "Arctic" and "Wolf" astern about 2 miles secured to ice.

The main boom ahving been completely repaired was got in place and the iron work red leaded preparatory for painting

At 2.30 am towed large pan from port-side & made it fast astern at 3. Ice loose to SW and small spaces of open water visible to N. At end of watch two whalers in sight inshore leaving SxW (p.c.) Several schools of white whales passed near the ship.

At 3.30 the ice showed signs of loosening though no leads appeared. Several seals were seen at long distance from the ships. At end of watch, besides the Thetis & steam whalers Arctic & Wolf near us, there were in sight the other six steam whalers. These latter to the S & apparently underway & get-up to our position. The dogs were exercised on the ice & afterwards brought on board.

The ice slacking, got under way at 4.46 and steamed in wake of Thetis through loose ice about 2.5 miles in a general NE direction. Not being able to force way farther, stopped and secured to ice floe at 6.20. Ice loose but in very heavy pans from 4-5 feet thick. Six whalers in sight inshore and the Arctic & Wolf about two miles astern secured to ice.

Beset in the ice all the watch. Fires banked and the ship drifting slowly before the wind. Position of Thetis, Arctic & Wolf unchanged. Mist lifting along the land at 11 showed four steamers beset in the ice bearing SxE (p.c.) The coast plainly visible. Devils Thumb bore at midnight E 1/8 N, Wilcox Head E. Ships Head NE x E1/2E.

White whales - Several schools

Thetis, Hectic, Wolf - In sight

At 3: 30 PM the ice schowed signs of loosing strength; no leads appeared.

The ice slacking. Ice loose but ~ very heavy ~ from 4 to 5 feet thick.

Beset in the ice all the watch.



Lat 74.18, Long -58.50, cape york greenland

coal: 1 ton 1800 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 448 tons 1700 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 448 tons, 1700 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 74.18, Long -58.50

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 448 tons 1700 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1800 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 448 tons, 1700 lbs - on hand at noon


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14 June 1884

At 1030 got under way & followed in wake of "Thetis"

First two hours of the watch the Greenland coast to N & E plainly visible for the first time in several days. The position of Wilcox Head & Devils Thumb as laid down on ~~ is about 15 miles to S of its true position. At 1 Devils Thumb hove E 1/4 N (psc). Ships head NExE. At 1 the loose pans around the ship having a confused motion in all directions. Large floe came down pressing smaller pans against ship rudder. Rudder sustained no damage but lug of iron stanchion for leading block of wheel chains carried away. Hauled ships head around more to E, which left her free from ice pressure. Ice in vicinity of ship in large pans pressed together and moving with the tide to N & W. Ships drifting with the ice & tide. Three whalers in sight inshore of us close into the land. Arctic & Wolf to S & E about half mile distant. Last hour of watch heavy fall of snow shutting in all surrounding objects.

Loose ice drifting to N. At 5.45 the Thetis attempted to force way through ice to open water. Cast off and prepared to follow. Closed distance from Thetis & secured to ice at 6.30, having made about 1/3 of a mile NE.

Ice in small pans of loosening, moving South with ebb tide. At 10.30 got under way & followed in wake of the Thetis. Forced way through small ice jams and entered large pond of clear water and steamed to its southern(?) edge, making fast at 11.30, there being no open water beyond. Ice broken up much inshore, but not enough to admit passage of ship. Broken ice in sight to N as far as Red Head, and another lead of broken ice extending in direction of Brown(?) Islands. ~~~ while under way about 2 miles in NNE direction. Scrubbed off ships side.

At 1.30 Arctic & Wolf got under way and steamed to S & E for leads inshore, afterwards turning & steaming to N. At 2.00 Thetis cast off and steamed through narrow leads, heavy loose ice, towards Wilcox Head, this ship following. Progress slow owing to frequent stopping to turn sharp corners or shove sheets out of the way. General course SE. Distance about 2 miles. At close of watch Devils Thumb bore SE 1/4 E. Duck Islands SW 1/4 W. Ships head S 1/4 W. Steamers Arctic & Wolf to NE distant about six miles.

Steaming in wake of Thetis, the whalers Arctic & Wolf ahead. Making good a course of about NExN. At intervals passing through pan ice & part of the time in open leads. The ice very thick in places. The ice appearing broken up into large pans in a space several miles in width extending in NEly direction. Ice inshore appearing but little broken. Greenland coast in plain sight.

Steaming in wake of Thetis through large water spaces and occasionally through close jams of broken ice. Ice heavy and in large pans. Making a general course of NNE. Arctic & Wolf ahead about 3 miles. No other vessels in sight.

Whales - 3


At 0545 "Thetis" attempted force way through ice to open water. Cast off and prepared to follow, 0630 secured to ice having made about 1/3 of a mile to East

1030 got under way and followed "Thetis" made about 2 miles in NNE direction.

"Arctic" & "Wolf" - At 1330 they got underway and steamed to SE

At 1400 "Thetis" cast off, this ship followed

Large floe came down pressing smaller floe against ships rudder. Ice in vicinity of ship is large ~ ~ together and moving with the tide to N'd & W'd. Ships drifting with ice and tide.

Arctic & Wolf - About half mile distant.

Thetis - At 545 attempted to force way through ice to open water.

Thetis - Followed Thetis through small ice jams and entered large pond of clear water.

Arctic & Wolf - at 130 got underway

Ice appears broken up into large pans

Thetis - Steaming in wake of Thetis through large water spaces and occasionally through close jams of broken ice.



Lat 74.23, Long -58.63

coal: 2 tons 1220 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 446 tons 480 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 446 tons, 480 lbs. - on hand at noon


Lat 74.23, Long -58.63

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 446 tons 480 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 tons 1220 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 446 tons, 480 lbs - on hand at noon


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15 June 1884

First two hours steaming full speed ahead in wake of "Thetis"

At 0210 made fast to ice

Solid ice with many bergs fast in it

"Thetis" "Wolf" "Arctic" - fast to ice nearby

At 0640 ice opened cast off following "Thetis" made fast again at 0710

Commanding Officer - visited "Thetis"

At 1415 "Wolf" got underway, 1435 got underway following in wake of "Thetis"

First two hours steaming full speed in a general NE course through wide open lanes of water in wake of Thetis. Passed through a couple narrow bars of loose broken ice. At 2.10 made fast to the ice, further progress to the N being barred by solid ice. To E ice unbroken; to W in large sheets, many bergs fast in it. Steamers Thetis, Arctic & Wolf fast in ice near by....Leak in foe peak increasing to six inches per hour.

At 6.40, the ice having opened, we cast off and followed the Thetis about 1.5 miles NNE & made fast again at 7.10. Arctic, Wolf & Aurora near us at end of watch.

Lying made fast to ice floe. At 2.15 the Wolf got under way and steamed into loose ice to N. Got underway at 2.35 and following in wake of Thetis, began working way through loose ice and small water lanes in a general NNE direction and at end of watch had made 2 miles. At 3.45 landed watch on ice to attempt to relieve pressure on a tight jam by poling small pieces away. At end of watch, still in ice.

At 4.45 took watch on board & followed Arctic, Aurora & Thetis through narrow passage in the bar. Got in wide lanes of open water shortly afterwards and steamed full speed in a general NExN direction. At 7.15 the Thetis made signal "Go in ahead." Passed her at 7.30. At close of watch Wolf, Arctic & Aurora ahead in the order named. Following the edge of fast ice in wide clear water lanes.

Clear overhead. Light haze in the northern & western horizon and last hour a mist which obscured the NW horizon. Gentle airs from NNE shifting to W. Under full steam. Steaming through leads and the first two hours an occasional bar of broken ice. Whalers Wolf, Arctic & Aurora ahead of us. Thetis astern. The bight of Melville Bay in plain sight. A number of small auks & ice gulls seen. At 11.30 set jib & flying jib. Course made good NxE first half of watch & NxW last half. Ice in large floes with a wide lead following the course of the coast.

Solid Ice.

large sheets, many burgs fast in it.

Loose ice.


Mid to 0200 steaming full speed NE course wide open lanes of water in wake of "Thetis". 0210 made fast to solid ice.

"Thetis","Arctic" & "Wolf" - fast to ice near by

At 0640 ice opened cast off and followed "Thetis" and made fast again at 0710

"Arctic", "Wolf" and "Aurora" - near us at end of watch

Commanding Officer - visited "Thetis"

1415 "Wolf" castoff. 1435 Got under way in wake of "Thetis" . 1545 landed on ice.

1645 following "Arctic" "Aurora" and "Thetis" through narrow passage in the bar passed "Thetis" at 1930 steamed on in clear water

Leak in fore peak making to six inches per hour.

Clear, cool & hazy. Light NxE breeze. First two hours steaming full speed on a general NE (p.o.) course through wide apart lanes of water in wake of Thetis. Passed through a couple narrow bars of loose broken ice. At 2.10 made fast to the ice, further progress to the N being barred by solid ice. To E ice unbroken; to W in large sheets. Many bergs fast in it. Steamers Thetis, Arctic & Wolf fast to ice near by. Bearing (p.c.) Cape Walker ENS 3/4 E. Cape Siddon(?) SExE1/2E.

Clear & pleasant. Hazy about horizon. Light breeze from NNE. Lying made fast to ice floe. At 2.15 the Wolf got underway and steamed into loose ice to N. Got underway at 2.35 and following in wake of Thetis, began working way through loose ice and small water laned in a general NNE direction and at end of watch had made 2 miles. At 3.45 landed watch on ice to attempt to release pressure on a tight jam by poling small pieces away. At end of watch, watch still on ice.

At 4.45 took watch on board & followed Arctic, Aurora & thetis through narrow passage in the bar. Got in wide lanes of open water shortly afterwards and steamed full speed in a general NExN direction. At 7.05 the Thetis made signal "Go on ahead". Passed her at 7.30. At close of watch Wolf, Arctic & Aurora ahead in the order named. Following the edge of fast ice in wide clear water lanes.

Under full steam. Steaming through leads and the first two hours an occasional bar of broken ice. Whalers Wolf, Arctic & Aurora ahead of us, Thetis astern. The bight of Melville Bay in plain sight. A number of small Auks and ice gulls seen.



Lat 75.02, Long -59.92

making passage cape york greenland

coal: 440 tons 1420 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons 1300 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 440 tons, 1420 lbs - on hand at noon

making passage to Cape York, Greenland


Lat 75.02, Long -59.92

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 440 tons 1420 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons 1300 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 440 tons, 1420 lbs - on hand at noon


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16 June 1884

At 0255 arrived at end of lead, made fast to ice

"Arctic" "Wolf" "Aurora" & "Thetis" - About two miles ahead with Thetis about one mile astern

Steaming in a general NW direction in open water. Arctic,Wolf & Aurora about two miles ahead. Thetis about one mile astern. At 2.55 having arrived at end of lead, made fast to ice on port hand of Thetis to await opening. Ice solid to the N & W. No open water in sight. At 2.30 took in and furled fore & aft sail.

The ice in the vicinity of the ship moving across the direction of the wind and in large floes. The floes alternately nipping and opening. At 9 the Wolf left her mooring and made fast to ~~ to the ice. Afterwards shifting several times as the water space in which the five ships moored contracted and changed form. The Aurora also shifted several times. At 10 exercised at abandoning ship. At 10.30 the large floe to which Thetis, Wolf and this ship were mad fast, split, drifting to N. At 11.40 the Thetis & this ship got under way, moving up to large loe to windward, making fast again at 11.55. Wolf followed us. At noon the opening was extending to the N fast at southern end and the Arctic, Wolf, Thetis, Aurora & this ship moved to the windward floe.


"Arctic", "Wolf", "Aurora" and "Thetis" - ahead two miles and Thetis astern one mile

At 0255 made fast to ice on port side of "Thetis" ice solid to North

Clear & Pleasant. light breeze from WxSW. Steaming in a general NW direction in open water. Arctic, Wolf & Aurora about two miles ahead. Thetis about one mile astern. At 2.55 having arrived at end of lead, made fast to ice on port hand of Thetis to await opening. Ice solid to the N & W. No open water in sight.



Lat 75.30, Long -63.40

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 430 tons 2120 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1400 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 430 tons, 2120 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 75.30, Long -63.40

making passage to cape york greenland

coal: 430 tons 2120 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1400 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 430 tons, 2120 lbs - on hand at noon


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17 June 1884

Cast off at 2105 and followed "Aurora" "Wolf" & "Thetis" through slack ice and narrow leads in NNE direction. At 2100 Cape York in sight

Cast off fasts at 9.05 and followed Aurora, Wolf & Thetis in oder named through slack ice & narrow leads in a general NNE direction. At 11 got into a wide lane of open water extending towards Cape York, in sight bearing NExN. Ships Head NNE. Went ahead full speed and set fore & aft sails. At close of watch Aurora leading, about 2 miles ahead. Arctic about 10 miles astern. Thetis one mile ahead.


2105 Cast off following "Aurora" "Wolf" & "Thetis" open water Cape York in sight

The carpenter completed changes in sledge ~ having lightened her 52 pounds by removing superfluous wood and iron

Carpenters completed changes in sledge dory having lightened her 52 pounds by removing superfluous wood and iron work.

Cast off fas~~ at 9.05 and followed Aurora, Wolf & Thetis in order named through slack ice & narrow leads in a general NNE direction. At 11 got into a wide lane of open water extending towards Cape York in sight bearing NExN. Ship's head NNE. ~~~~ ahead full speed and set fore and aft sails. At close of watch Aurora leading, about 2 miles ahead. Arctic about 10 miles astern. Thetis one mile ahead.



making passage to cape york

coal: 430 tons 2120 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 1460 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 430 tons, 2120 lbs - on hand at noon


making passage to cape york

coal: 1 ton 1460 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 430 tons 2120 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 430 tons, 2120 lbs - on hand at noon


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18 June 1884

At 0500 stopped about three miles off Cape York

Under full steam following Thetis through broad leads in the ice. At 1.35 reached a bar of loose ice pans near large bergs. The steam whalers Wolf & Aurora ahead of us. This bar was about four miles across. Received verbal permission from the senior officer to go ahead as soon as the open North Water was reached. At 2 the Aurora emerged from the pan ice into the North Water, her crew givingthree cheers as they steamed into it. The Wolf followed her and a few minutes afterwards, the Thetis and this vessel. Shortly afterwards we passed the Thetis & Wolf laying our course through open water for Cape York. At 3.11 passed the Aurora. At 3.30 hoisted the ensign at main & mizzen. Set fore & aft sail at 3.20. The sledge party under Lt. Colwell made ready to leave the ship to search the coast near the Cape for tidings of the Greely party. Great numbers of small Auks were seen.

At 4.30 took in all sail. At 5 stopped about three miles off Cape York & landed Lt. Colwell, H. Brocks QM, Carl Carlson (sea), John Lingquist (sea) & Nicoli (esquimaux) with sled & dory to communicate with natives. Then steamed out to Thetis & received orders to go to ~ourical Rock, Saunders, Wolstenholm & Cary Islands and rendezvous at Littleton Island, if not met by Thetis before. Our arriving at Cape York, this vessel led the Aurora by one mile and she was followed by the Thetis in order named. The Thetis remained at Cape York to pick up Lt. Colwell & party. At 6 ships Head SSE. Cape York bearing NxE distant about 4 miles. Went ahead steering along the edge of floe to find a lead to N.

Cloudy weather. Foggy at times during first part of watch. Light breeze from N. Working way through loose pans of ice and short leads in towards the shore. At end of watch in large open water. No lead to N in sight. At noon ships Head NE. Cape York bore ENE distant about 8 miles.

Clear overhead with fog bank in SW horizon first hour, afterwards fog shut down coast & Conical Is. which at 1 was seen bearing about NNE. The ice in large floes with wide leads & water holes. At 1.15 made fast to the ice and heavy banked fires, there being no further chance to get to N. Breeze gentle to moderate in force four ENE first hour, afterwards hauling to WSW for remainder of watch. At 3 the fog lightened up somewhat showing tendency of the lead to close. Ship was moored about 200 yards to S&W & again made fast, the opening by which we entered having closed. Large numbers of small auks & a few ~irrs were seen. Several seals on the at at some distance from ship.


Arrived at Cape York

Cape York bore ENE distant about 8 miles

At 1315 made fast to ice

Arrived at Cape York

Cape York bore ENE distant about 8 miles

At 1315 made fast to ice

Mid to 4AM. The sledge party under Lt Colwell made ready to leave the ship to search the coast near the Cape for tidings of the Greely party.

4 to 8AM. At 5 stopped about three miles off Cape York & landed Lt Colwell, H. Brets Q.Mr., Carl Learlson (Sea), John Linguist (Sea) & Nocoli (Esquimo) with sled & dog to communicate with natives.

Under full steam following Thetis through broad leads in the ice. At 1.35 reached a bar of loose ice pans near large bergs. The steam whalers Wolf & Aurora ahead of us. This bar was about four miles across. Received verbal permission from the Senior Officer to go ahead as soon as the open North Water was reached. At 2 the Aurora emerged from the pan ice into the North Water, her crew giving three cheers as they steamed into it. The Wolf followed her and a few minutes afterwards the Thetis and this vessel. Shortly afterwards we passed the Thetis & Wolf laying our course through open water for Cape York. At 3.11 passed the Aurora. At 3.20 hoisted the ensign at helm(?) & mizzen. Set fore and aft sail at 3.20. The sledge party under Lt. Colwell made ready to leave the ship to search the coast near the Cape for tidings of the Greely party. ~~~ number of small auks seen.

AT 5 stopped about three miles off Cape York & landed Lt. Colwell, H. Brock Q M, Carl Carlson (sea), John Linquist (sea) & Nioli (Esquimeux) with sled & dog to communicate with natives. Then steamed out to Thetis & received orders to go to Conical(?) Rock, Saunders, Wolstenholm, & Cary Islands and rendezvous at Littleton Island if not met by Thetis before. Our arriving at Cape York this vessel led the Aurora by one mile and she was followed by the Thetis in the order named. The Thetis remained at Cape York to pick up Lt. Colwell & party. At 6 ships head SE Cape York bearing NxE distance about 4 miles, ~~~ ahead steering along the edge of floe to find a lead to N.



Lat 75.72, Long -66.67, off cape york greenland

coal: 422 tons 1240 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 880 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 422 tons, 1240 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 75.72, Long -66.67, off cape york greenland

coal: 422 tons 1240 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 880 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 422 tons, 1240 lbs - on hand at noon


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19 June 1884

At 0210 cast off, shifted berth about 1/2 mile to SW, made fast same floe at 0230.

Auks and Loons - Many in sight

The "Aurora" - Launched all her boats clear of ship case crusched by ice

At 2.10 cast off from ice and shifted berth about 1/2 mile to SW coming to and making fast to same floe at 2.30. No leads to N open. Aurora, Wolf and Arctic in sight about 5 miles to S jammed in ice and attempting to force way through by ramming. Many Auks & Loons in sight. Auks going to S in large flocks.

Dull weather with moderate breeze from S to SSE and snow. Had to shift berth twice. The two floes came together astern of ship and rafted very heavily. Three whaling steamers about 1 league to SSE. The Aurora in a hard nip. Lowered all her boats and launched them clear of the ship on the floe in case the ship should get crushed. Weather clearing up last hour.

Overcast & cloudy first part of watch. Fog setting in last hour. Light breeze from SExS. Ice tight to N. Fast to floe. Steam whalers Arctic, Wolf & Aurora still jammed in ice. Aurora with her boats lowered & hauled up on the ice. Carpenters engaged fitting wooden davits to ships side for dorys. Fitted port davits just abaft the bridge and hoisted one dory. Esquimaux bitch "Justina" pupped; six pups.

Overcast, foggy and misty. Mist frozen and at times appearing almost like snow. At 10 fog lightened up somewhat, showing ice conditions about the same as in previous watch. The Aurora was seen to have gotten clear of the ice. Arctic & Wolf steaming hard to get clear. A current running to E was observed during the watch. The ship swung to this current at 9.30. The breeze gentle from NW shifting to N.

Auk - large flocks

Loom - many


0210 Cast off shifted berth about 1.5 miles SW, 0230 anchored on same ice floe.

"Aurora" "Wolf" & "Arctic" - in sight about four miles to South jammed in ice

Auks & loons - Many in sight, auks going South in large flocks

Esquimaux bitch "Justina" (dog) - pupped six pups

The "aurora" in a hard nip. Lowered all her boats and launched them clear of the ship ~ the flow, in case the ship should get smashed.

The "aurora" was seen to have gotten clear of the ice.

AT 2.10 cast off from ice and shifted berth about 1/2 mile to SW coming to and making fast to same floe at 2.30.No leads to N open. Aurora, Wolf & Arctic in sight about five miles to S jammed in ace and attempting to force way through by ramming. Many auks & loons in sight. Auks going to S in large flocks.

Dull weather with moderate breeze from S to SSE and snow. Had to shift berth twice. The two floes came together astern of ship and rafted very heavily. Three whaling steamers about 1 league to SSE. The Aurora in a hard nip. Lowered all her boats and launched them clear of the ship on the floe, in case the ship should be crushed. Weather clearing up last hour.

Overcast & cloudy first part of watch. Fog setting in last hour. Light breeze from SExS. Ice light to N. Fast to floe. Steam whalers Arctic, Wolf & Aurora still jammed in ice. Aurora with her boats lowered and hauled upon the ice. Carpenters engaged fitting wooden davits to ships side for dorys. Fitted port davits just abaft the bridge and hoised one dory. Exquimaux bitch "Justina" pupped; six pups.

Overcast foggy and misty. Mist frozen and at times appearing almost like snow. At 10 fog lifted up somewhat,showing ice conditions about the same as in previous watch. The Aurora was seen to have gotten clear of the ice. Arctic & Wolf steaming hard to get clear. A current running to E was observed during the watch. The ship swung to this current at 9.30. The breeze gentle from NW shifting to N.



Lat 75.75, Long -66.43, off cape york greenland

Location by Observations not working with maps 75° 45′ 43″ N 66° 26′ 30″ W

coal: 421 tons 1420 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 2060 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 421 tons, 1420 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 75.75, Long -66.43, off cape york greenland

coal: 421 tons 1420 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 2060 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 421 tons, 1420 lbs - on hand at noon


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20 June 1884

At 0600 the "Wolf" in sight followed by "Aurora". Cast off and steamed into lead to NW

Many bergs and much broken ice. Ice soft & only about two feet thick.

Auks and ducks - Many numbers

At 1730 stopped, jammed between two heavy pans

Under way from 2120 to 2220 and from 2310 to 2320 making 2.5 miles

Heavy frost on rigging.......At 5.30 heard steamers whistles to SE. At 6 the Wolf hove in sight followed by Aurora. Cast off and steamed into leads to NNE with Wolf ahead & Aurora astern. At 7 stopped to let the Aurora go ahead of us & then went again keeping astern of those two vessels. Steaming through wide open water with frequent patches of small broken ice. At times able to see a mile from the ship; at others only a few ships lengths.

At 11.45 sighted Conical Rock. At noon it hove ESE 1/2 E distant about three miles. Ships head NNE. The Arctic & Aurora in sight ahead & Wolf astern. Many bergs and much broken ice. Ice soft & only about two feet thick.

Steaming through leads and loose ice. Much slab holding pans of hard ice. Ice much broken. Many ice bergs. Wind moderate from N. At 1 steam whaler Wolf was seen on port quarter. Afterwards was lost sight of on starboard quarter. Latter part of watch heard no whistles and saw no signs of the whalers. At 3 passed close to four large walrus on a small pan of ice. Great numbers of little auks and ducks seen during watch.

Steaming through loose ice and short leads in a general NE direction. Fog lighting up slightly at intervals. At 5.30 were stopped by a jam between to heavy pans and after attempting to force way through by ramming, gave it up as the floes were running together and shifting to a large floe about 1/2 mile to S. Came to at 6.55. At end of watch lying fast to ice awaiting opening or lifting of fog.

Under way from 9.20 to 10.20 & from 11.10 to 11.20 making about 2.5 miles NE. At 11.30 fog lifted a little and we made out Cape Athol(?) and Wolstenholme Island.

Many burgs and much broken ice. Ice soft & only about two feet thick.

Auks and Ducks - Great numbers


At 0600 cast off with "Wolf" ahead and "Aurora" astern steamed on open water

1855 came to at edge of ice awaiting opening or lifting of fog

Under way from 2120 to 2220 and 2310 to 2320 made 2.5 miles

Overcast, cloudy & thick fog & mist. Steaming through leads and loose ice. Much slab holding pans of hard ice. Ice much broken. Many ice bergs. Wind moderate from N. At 1 steam whaler Wolf was seen on port quarter. Afterwards was lost sight of on starboard quarter. Latter part of watch heard no whistles and saw no signs of the whalers. At 3 passed close to four large walrus on a small pan of ice. Great numbers of little auks and ducks seen during watch.

Wind & weather same. Under way from 9.20 to 10.20 & from 11.10 to 11.20 making about 2.5 miles NE. At 11.30 fog lifted a little and we made out Cape ~~~ and Wolstenholme Island. Ships head WxN East end Wolstenholme Id. SExE. West end is E 1/2S. Cape Athol SSE 3/4 E.



Lat 76.03, Long -68.82

making passage to cape sabine

coal: 3 tons 1100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 418 tons 280 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 418 tons, 260 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 76.03, Long -68.82, left cape york making passage to cape sabine

coal: 3 tons 1100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 418 tons 280 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 418 tons, 280 lbs - on hand at noon


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21 June 1884

At midnight got under way, at 0130 fog shut down thick, gave up attempt to reach Wolstenholm

Numbers of ice bergs insight

At 1750 made fast to heavy sheet of ice in large open water

At 1915 cast off. At 2010 came to making fast to ice floe

At 2315 party from island returned to ship and at 2320 got under way working passage to Cape Parry

At 12 got under way steaming out through loose pans & open leads to N, intending to make S end of Wolstenholme Island, but fog shut down thick at 1.30 so gave up attempt to reach Wolstenholme Island and shaped course NxE 1/2E for Cary(?) Islands. Numbers of ice bergs sight. The ice pans greatly increased in thickness and by 2 am we encountered very heavy ice though small in extent. After 2 steaming various courses, keeping out of the pack ice which was found very heavy. At 3.30 sighted the land on starboard bow. At 4 a whaler, the Wolf, was sighted under sail to S.

Snowing hard last hour. Fog high showing the land underneath and occasionally lifting above the tops of the land. At 4.30 ships Head NNE1/2E. South end Wolstenholme Id. hove SxW & N end Saunders Id. ESE1/2E. The whaler Wolf coming up astern came to on north side of Wolstenholme Id. Steamed within five miles of both islands & examined them carefully with large telescope, but saw no signs of people. ...Stood off the coast for Cary Is.. At 7 saw Arctic & Aurora to S inshore. Ice getting heavier and in larger sheets toward end of watch.

Steaming through loose ice and short leads in a general NNE direction. At 10.32 came to & made fast to floe to await lifting of fog. Fog lifted slightly and showed Cary Ids. bearing NxE, distant about 10 miles. Cast off at 11.50 and began working way through loose pans towards islands.

Steaming through very heavy pans of ice. At 12.45 ship stuck fast in the ice in trying to slew her head to port. Remainder of watch steaming & trying to force a passage, making no progress. Got our a hawser and at end of watch got ship clear and started again for Cary Islands. At 3 the whaler Arctic was seen on stbd. bow trying to force her way through the ice to Cary Islands.

Wind same first part, but snowing hard, shutting out islands completely. At 5.50 made fast to heavy sheet of ice in large open water. Wind shifted to WNW at 6.45. Ceased snowing at 7 and discovered SE Cary Island bearing between NE & NxE distant about 2 miles. Ships head NE. Cast off at 7.15 and steamed for it. Arctic & Aurora moored to N of Island.

Steaming in towards SE Island of group of Cary Islands. At 8.10 came to making fast to ice floe about one mile ESE of SE point of SE island of group. The commanding officer accompanied by Chief Eng. John Lowe & Dr. H.E. Hines, landed with 3rd whale boat & crew to examine cairn deposited by H.B.M.S. Alert. The floe to which we were fast drifting to S & W. Shifted position about 1/2 mile to N & E. At 11.15 party from island returned to ship & at 11.20 got under way working passage on towards to E of island. At 11.30 set course for Cape Parry, ExS.


Lat 76.68, Long -71.83

making passage cape sabine cary islands

coal: 6 tons 890 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 411 tons 1610 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 411 tons, 1610 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 76.68, Long -71.83

making passage to cape sabine cary islands

coal: 6 tons 890 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 411 tons 1610 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 411 tons, 1610 lbs - on hand at noon


Lat 76.4, Long -70.0

wolstenholme island visible from nw

"Wolf" - At 0400 sighted, under sail for island

4 to 8PM At 6:45 Ceased snowing at 7 and discovered S.E. Cary Island.

8PM to Midnight. The Commanding Officer accompanied by Chief Engr. John Lowe & Dr H.E. Hanes, landed with the 3d whale boat & crew to examine cairn deposited by HBMS "Alert". At 11.15 party from island returned to ship.

Coast and southern end of Wolstenholme Island visible first hour of watch. At 12 got under way steaming out through loose pans & open leads to N, intending to make S end of Wolstenholme Island, but fog shut down thick at 1.30 so gave up attempt to reach Wolstenholme Island and shaped course NXE1/2E for ~~ry Islands. Numbers of ice bergs in sight. The ice pans greatly increased in thickness and by 2 am we encountered very heavy ice though small in extant. After 2 steaming various courses, keeping out of the pack ice which was found very heavy. At 3.30 sighted the land on starboard bow. At 4 a whaler, the Wolf, was sighted under sail to S.

At 4.30 ships head NNE1/2E south end Wolstenholme Is. bow SzW & N end Saunders Is. ESE1/2E. The whaler Wolf coming up astern came to on north side of Wolstenholme Is. Steamed within five miles of both islands and examined them carefully with large telescope, but saw no signs of people.

8pm to Midnight: Cloudy & slightly foggy. Fresh breeze from WNW. Steaming in towards SE Island of group of ~~ry Islands. At 8.10 came to making fast to ice floe about one mile ESE of SE point of SE island of gropu. The commanding officer accompanied by Chief Eng. John Lowe & Dr. H.E. Hires(?) landed with 3rd whale boat & crew to examine cairn deposited by H.Baker(?) S. "Aleut". The floe to which we were fast drifting to S & W. shifted positionabout 1/2 mile to N&E. At 11.15 party from island returned to ship and at 11.20 got under way working passage on towards to E of islands. At 11.30 set course for Cape Parry, ExS.


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22 June 1884

Lat 78.40, Long -7.05, cape sabine

coal: 403 tons 2130 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 1720 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 403 tons, 2130 lbs - on hand at noon

- Discovery of Enerly Party


At 0015 land visible ahead, Cape Paery??

heading for Cape Alexander, numerous ice bergs in sight

At 1230 sighted "Thetis" at anchor to NNE of Littleton Island. At 1310 came to astern of "Thetis"

At 1500 got under way following lead of "Thetis" and steamed towards Cape Sabine.

At 1930 came to making fast to ice floe about 1/2 mile on port bow of the "Thetis". Men sent out to search lands

Lieut. Taunt and party - discovered Records of Lieut. Greely on Brevoort Island stating that on 26th October 1883 he established permanent camp half way between Cocked Hab Island and Cape Sabine

Got under way at once, Commander Schley came on board, meantime party found camp of Lieut. Greely's Party , Greely alive with six men , rest of party died of starvation.

Commander Schley and Lieut Emory - Landed at once with surgeon of ship

Sergts Fredericks, Long,and Ellison - came on board

Steaming through leads between ice pans first hour. At 12.15 land was plainly visible ahead and on starboard bow. Cape Parry was sighted but the ice was seen to be thick and in solid pack. Open water to N & E. Shaped course through open water and at 3 entered perfectly open water with a few large bergs to N & E. W~~~ sky to N. At 1.20 ships head NE. Cape Parry bore SE1/2E. S.E. Cary Island WxS. NW Cary Island NWxW1/2W. At 3 set course NExN. At 2.30 the whalers Arctic and Aurora left Cary Islands steaming to W. At 4.20 took bearings as follows ships head NE3/4E - S. end of Hakluyt Is. SExE3/4E. S end of Northumberland Island ExS1/2S. Cape Parry S1/2W.

Weather overcast with heavy fall of snow shutting out the land from 8.30 till 11. Moderating last hour. Gentle & decreasing breeze from SW to WxN. Barometer falling. At 8 changed course to ExN. At 10.30 sighted Cape Alexander. At 11.05 ships head ENE it ~~~ on starboard beam,distant 1/2 mile. Off Pandora Harbor at noon.

Steering NE 3/4 E during watch, heading for Cape Alexander. Numerous ice bergs in sight. At end of watch Hakluyt Is. on starboard quarter.

Cloudy & cool. Blowing fresh from WxN, shifting to NW. Steaming for Littleton Island. At 12.30 sighted Thetis at anchor to NNE of the islands. At 1.10 came to, sending line to Thetis and riding astern of her. Lieut. Colwed(?) & party returned on board from the Thetis. At 3 got under way following lead of Thetis and steamed towards Cape Sabine, Course NE1/4N. Set topsails, jib, fore & main topmast staysails.

Steaming for Cape Sabine astern of Thetis, under steam & sail. Took in topsail at 5.30 and fore & aft sails shortly after. At close of watch no ice in sight except small string of loose ice toN.

Cloudy. Blowing very fresh from WxN. Steaming into Pay~~ Harbor and at 7.30 came to making fast to ice floe about 1/2 mile on port beam of the Thetis. Sent two men with Lt. Gaunt(?) of the Thetis to search Br~~~ Island, also Dr. Ames & two men to seach gully & several islands inshore. Also a party with steam launch, Lt. Colwell, Chief Eng. Lowe, Ice ~~~~ F. As~~ Norman to examine cairn on Cape Sabine.

Overcast, gloomy weather. Blowing whole gale with very heavy squalls; gale increasing in force. About 8 the party under Lieut. Traub(?) discovered a cairn on Broo~~ Island containing records of Lieut. Greely stating that on 26th Oct, 1883 he established permanent camp half way between Cocked Hat Island and Cape Sabine, having at that time 40 days rations. Got under way at once, Cmdr Schley coming on board this ship. Steam launch in meantime found camp of Lieut. Greely's Party, landed finding Lieut Greely & six men alive. The remainder of the party dead of starvation. Comdr Schley & Lieut. Emory landed at once with surgeon of ship, medical stores and provisions. Ship standing off & on. Willowoughs(?) very heavy latter part of watch. Sergts Fredericks, Long and Ellison, US Signal Corps of the Greely Party came onboard.


arrival at cape sabine discovery of greely party

coal: 7 tons 1720 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 403 tons 2130 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


cape paery was sighted but ice thick and solid pans

Steamers Arctic and Aurora - At 0230 left Cary Islands steaming Westerly

At 1030 sighted Cape Alexander

1800 Steaming into Payer Harbor and at 1930 came to making fast to ice flow about 1/2 mile on port beam of the "Thetis"

Found camp of Lieut. Greely Party, Greely and six men alive. Remaining of party dead of starvation.

2000 party under Lieut. Tannt discovered a cairn on Brevoost Island conaining Records of Lieut Greely stating that on 26th October 1883 he established permanent camp half wat between Cocked Hat Island and Cape Sabine having at that time 40 days rations

Sergts. Fredevicks, Long, and Ellison U.S. Signal Corps - of the Greely party came on board

From 6 to 8PM. Steamed into Payer Harbor and at 7:30 came to making fast to ice flow about 1/2 mile on port beam of the "Thetis". sent two men with Lt Taunst of the "Thetis", to search Brvoot I'd, also Dr Arnes & two men to search gully & ~ islands in shore. Also a party with steam launch, Lt ~, Chief engr Lowe, Ice Masters F.Ash & Noonan to examine Cairn on Cape Sebina.

8PM to Mid.about 8 the party under Lieut ~ discovered a cairn on Brvoot Island containing Records of Lieut Greely stating that on 26th October 1883 he had extablished permanent camp half way between Cocked Hat Island and Cape Sabine, having at that time 40 days rations. Got under way at once Cmd Schley coming on board this ship. Steam launch in meantime found camp of Leiut greely's party, landed finding Lieut Greely & six men alive. The remainder of the party died of starvation. Comd. Schley and Lieut Emory landed at once with surgeon of ship and medical stores and provisions. .... Sergts Fredericks, Long and Ellison U.S.Signal Corps of the Greely party came on board.


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23 June 1884

Lat 78.77, Long -74.42

coal: 390 tons 1650 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons 1000 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 390 tons, 1650 lbs - on hand at noon


Lying off camp of Lieut Greely and communicating by whale boats, bringing off survivors, records, relics

Frederick and Elison - the first two in a very weak condition the last with both feet frozen off as well as the fingers & thumbs of both hands and much exhausted

Lying fast to ice in Payer Harbor

At 1100 cast off from ice with Lt. Sebree & Chief Eng Melville & two men from "Thetis" on board

At 1545 made fast to ice near "Thetis" in Payer Harbor

At 1600 cast off with "Thetis" set course for Littleton Island. Came to at 2000

Brought from "Thetis" five corpses and stowed.

Clear & cool. Blowing fresh gale from NNW with very frequent very heavy squalls. Lying off camp of Lieut. Greely and communicating by whale boat and steam launch with the shore to bring off survivors of the Greely Expedition as well as records, relics & etc. Latter named articles as soon as brought onboard were collected & put together, some in main hold & some in cabin. Received on board ~~~ Long, Frederick & Ellison, the first two in a very weak condition; the last having both feet frozen off as well as the fingers & thumbs of both hands and he was very weak & much exhausted.

Overcast & cold. Wind strong from NNW. Lying fast to ice in Pay~~ Harbor all the watch. Last half of watch loose strings of heavy ice streaming to N along the coast.

Cloudy and cold. Strong wind from WNW to NW. Barometer falling slowly. At 11 cast off pan ice, with Lt. Se~re & Chief Eng Melville and two men from Thetis on board to make another search of Camp Clay and steamed around Cape Sabine for that place.

Overcast and cloudy. Blowing whole gale with heavy squalls from WNW. On arriving off the camp, ship stood off and on, and parties in charge of Lt. Deb~~ and Lt. Crosby went on shore and made a search through the camp, both the abandoned winter quarters and the ground occupied by the summer camp, for all relics belonging to Lt. Greely's party. The ice showed signs of shutting down on the shore. The party accordingly returned with the relics and the ship returned to Pay~~ Harbor and made fast to ice near the Thetis at 3.45. A complete list of articles brought on board is in the possession of the Comdg. Officer.

Partly cloudy. Slight fog from 6 to 7. Calm and light breeze from WNW. At 4 got under way and following Thetis steamed out of Pay~~ Harbor and set course for Littleton Island. Set fore & aft sailes at 4.45. Shortened sail at 5.30. At 7.40 Thetis signalled "Anchor in 10 or 12 fathoms of water." Came to at 8 pm in 12 fms with stbd. anchor and veered to 30 fms chain. Thetis made fast to small grounded berg.

Cloudy & mild. Calm. Sent a boat to the Thetis and brought from her five corpses numbered 1-3-8-9 & 10. Stripped clothing & wrappings from them and prepared them for burial. Hoisted oil tank out of engine room and placed it on forecastle ready to stow bodies in. Several shooting parties away from ship got large numbers of ducks & eggs. Occasional very loose strings of heavy ice passing the island. Open water to seaward. At anchor all the watch. Banked fires.


Lat 78.77, Long -74.42, camp clay cape sabine and littleton island

coal: 5 tons 1000 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 390 tons 1650 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lying off camp of Lieut. Greely, bringing off survivors.

At 1100 cast off from ice to make another search of Camp Clay and steamed around Cape Sabine Sent boat to "Thetis" and brought from her five corpses, numbered 1-3-8-9-& 10. Prepared for burial. Mid to 4AM. Lying of camp of Lieut Greely and communicating by whale boats and steam launch with the shore to bring off survivors of the Greely expidition as well as records, relics etc. Latter named articles as soon as brought on board was collected & put together, some in main hold and some in cabin. Received on board Segts Long. Fredericks & Ellison, the first two in a very weak condition. The last having both feet frozen off as well as the fingers & thumbs of both hands and he was very weak and much exhausted.

Meridian to 4PM. Overcast and cloudy. Blowing whole gale with heavy squalls from WNW. On arriving off the camp ships stood off and on, and parties in charge of Lt ~ and Lt ~ went in shore and made search through the camp, both the abandoned winter quarters and ground occupied by the summer camps for all relics belonging to Lieut Greelys party. The ice showed signs of shutting down on the shore, the party accordingly returned with the relics and the ship returned to Payser harbor and made fast to ice near the "Thetis" at 3.45. A complete list of articles brought on board is in the possession of the Comd'g Officer.

8PM to Mid. Calm. Sent a boat to the Thetis and brought from her five corpses assign numbered 1 - 2 - 8 - 9 & 10. Stripped lothing & wrappings from them and prepared them for burial. Hoisted oil tank out of engine room and placed it on forecastle ready ot stow bodies in.

Occasional very loose strings of heavy ice passing the island


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24 June 1884


Lat 78.32, Long -72.92

coal: 384 tons 750 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 900 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

Left Littleton Island to return Southward along Greenland Coast

coal: 384 tons, 750 lbs - on hand at noon


ducks and auks - large number seen

Prepared the five bodies of the late members of the Greely party for stowage in large tank.

At 0630 up anchor got under way following "Thetis". Party of natives, stopped and supplied with provisions.

Steaming for Northumberland Island

Clear, pleasant & calm. Ice in vicinity in small quantity and a few bergs near the shore. Large numbers of ducks and auks seen. Parties of officers and men from this vessel and the Thetis engaged shooting waterfoul and gathering eggs, in which they were very successful. Prepared the bodies of five of the late members of the Greely party for stowage in large tank.

At 6.30 called all hands up anchor and got under way, following the movements of the Thetis. Party of natives from Life Boat ~~~ came alongside just as ship was standing out; stopped and communicated with them, giving them several oars, some wood and a barrel of pemmican. Stood out and took position astern of Thetis and followed her to Foulks Fjord making fast to ice floe at mouth of fjiord at 8.

Received signal from the Thetis "If at any time ships are separated by fog or other cause rendezvous at Upernavik." Received one quarter of fresh beef from the Thetis. Very loose strings of ice coming down from the N. Fast to the ice all the watch.

Ice in small pans but of considerable thickness. Clear wate to NW. At 2.15 got underway following the Thetis and steamed out clear of the ice pans and thence down the coast under easy steam. The large tank having been prepared, five bodies were placed in it and a mixture of alcohol and water to prepare them.

Steaming for Northumberland Island in wake of Thetis. At 11 ~~~ loose pack of ice, thick, but rotten and broken into very small pieces extending several miles to N of Northumberland Island. Ice getting closer about 1.5 miles from shore. At close of watch, forcing way slowly towards pool of water under NW corner of island , in which Thetis was made fast to large sheet.


Lat 78.32, Long -72.92, left littleton island to return southward along greenland coast

coal: 6 tons 900 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 384 tons 750 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Ducks & auks - large numbers seen

bodies of five of the late members of Greely party - prepared for stowage in large tank

0630 up anchor and got under way

Ducks & auks - large numbers seen

bodies of five of the late members of Greely party - prepared for stowage in large tank

0630 up anchor and got under way

Mid to 4AM. Parties of officers and men from this vessel and the Thetis engaged in shooting water fowl and gathering eggs, in which they were very successful. Prepared the bodies of five of the late members of the Greely party for storage in larger tanks.

Meridian to 4PM. The large tank having been prepared five bodies were placed in it and a mixture of alcohol and water to preseve them.

Very loose strings of ice coming down from N'd


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25 June 1884

Lat 77.27, Long -72.45

coal: 7 tons 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 376 tons 1270 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 376 tons, 1270 lbs - on hand at noon


At 0140 stopped, "Thetis" being near us off port bow ice moving through narrow strait

A large number of bergs aground to N'd & W'd of islands

"Thetis" started ahead at 0900. This ship got underway 0915 course Cape Parry. At 1200 made fast to ice floe.

At 1530 cast off

auks and seals - several seen

At 2240 made fast to floe and "Thetis" sent party ashore

Steaming through loose pans of heavy ice. At 1.40 stopped steaming. The Thetis being near us off port bow. Ice moving through the narrow strait between Hakluyt Is. and Northumberland Island to S & E. A large number of bergs aground to N & W of the two islands.

Lying in the ice about 200 yards on flagships starbd quarter. Hakluyt Island NNW, distant about 1 league.

At 9 Thetis started ahead and at 9.15 this ship got underway and began working way through loose ice towards open water to W. At 10 reached clear water & waited for Thetis. Thetis signalled "Follow to Cape Parry"; then "Come within hail." Received instructions in regard to record to be left at Cape Parry and then Thetis signalled "Ships will separate. If you can advance, do so." Went ahead, Thetis following. At 12 no leads to Is. made fast to ice floe. Thetis 200 yards inshore.

At 3.30 bar ahead showing signs of slacking, Thetis cast off and rammed at it. Cast off at 3.50 to help Thetis and rammed through into narrow lead along Northumberland Island & extending towards Cape Parry.

Steaming in wake of Thetis. Ice in large floes with broken ice in bars in the leads between floes. At 5.45 Thetis made fast to floe. Flagship gave permission and we ~~~ing ship under steam for compass deviation. Thetis afterwards did same. At 7.20 got underway and steamed in wake of Thetis through leads towards Cape Parry. Numbers of little auks and several seals were seen.

Steaming to S following Thetis for Cape Parry. At 10.40 made fast to floe and Thetis sent party ashore to leave record at Cape Parry. Awaiting return of party at end of watch.

steaming through pass of heavy ice

lying in the ice

Thetis - Moved through ice and signaled "follow to Cape Parry"

Thetis - rammed at "Thetis" to help it

Thetis - Steaming in its wake


Lat 77.27, Long -72.45, littleton island

coal: 376 tons 1270 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 1720 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


0140 Stopped with "Thetis" nearby port bow ice moving through narrow strait between Hakley Island and Northumberland Island. A large number of bergs aground to N & NW of islands

At 0900 "Thetis" started ahead and at 0915 this ship got underway

At 2240 made fast to ice on way to Cape Parry

8PM to Midnight. At 10.40 made fast to flow and Thetis sent party ashore to leave record at cape Parry. Awaiting return of party at end of watch.

A large number of bergs aground to N'dxW'd of the two islands


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26 June 1884


Lat 76.48, Long -69.70

coal: 7 tons 820 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 369 tons 450 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 369 tons, 450 lbs - on hand at noon


whaling steamers "Jan Maen" , "Esquimaux", "Narwhal", "Nova Zembla" and "Cornwallis" - At 0130 off Fitz Clarence Rocks met & exchanged colors, whalers steaming N'd

Stopped while "Esquimaux" communicated with "Thetis" and "Jan Maen" with this ship, master of latter came on board and left letters for home.

Passed large glacier sparkling in sun

At 0945 made fast to sheet of ice between Saunders I'd and Wolstenholme I'd

a number of natives - visited ship with four dog teams

At 1930 cast off and followed "Thetis"

Steaming in wake of Thetis for Wolsenholme Island. At 1.30 off Fitzlelarence Rocks met & exchanged colors with Br. whaling steamers Jan Maen, Esquimaux, Narwhal, Nova Zembla & Cornwallis steaming to N. Stopped while Esquimaux communicated with Thetis. Jan Maen with this ship. The master of latter came on board and left letters to be taken home. He reports Alert had not arrived at Upernavik by June 11. At 3 met loose pack of rotten ice off Wolstenholme Sound. During rest of watch, following water lanes through it for Wolstenholm Island.

Steaming in wake of Thetis among loose ice. Passed a large glacier sparkling in the sun as far as the eye could see. Ship heading about NW by standard compass. At 8 passing inside of Dalrymple Rock about one mile distant. Several small icebergs aground about the islands.

Steaming in wake of Thetis. At 9.45 made fast to sheet of ice between Saunders Is. and Wolstenholme Is. Bearings from moorings per standard. Ships head W 1/4 N. SW end Saunders Is. S3/4W. Cape Athol(?) NWxW 1/2 W. NW end Wolstenholme Is. NxW1/2W. Open water with a few pans of rotten ice and small bergs between the two islands. Commd. Officer visited Thetis.

Lying in ice floe on port beam of Thetis. A number of natives with four dog teams visited the ships. Carpenter engaged fitting new spoke to steering wheel.

At 5 shifted berth and forced a shps length into fast ice to avoid the loose ice moving to S & E with wind and tide. At 7.30 cast off and followed the Thetis S between Wolstenholme Is. and mainland. Ice very loose & rotten.

Steaming in wake of Thetis towards Conical Islands. Ice in large floes with open leads of water and occasional bars of broken ice. At 9.30 butted through large sheet, breaking it up so as to allow Thetis to get on. Thetis made fast to large berg at 11.50.

Nova Qeubla -

Esquinian -

Norwhal -

Jan Maen -

Passed by a large glacier, several small icebergs aground about the islands

Lying in ice floe

Number of natives with dog train visited the ships


Lat 76.48, Long -69.70, returning south from littleton island

coal: 369 tons 450 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 820 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


"Thetis", and British Whaling steamers "Jan Maen" "Esquimau" "Norwhal" "Nova Jenilla" and "Cornwallis" - following Thetis and exchanged colors with steamers

Stopped while "Esquimau" communicated with "Thetis", "Jan Maen" with this ship, the Master of latter came on board and left letters for home. Reports "Alert" has not reported.

thin and rotten


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27 June 1884


Lat 75.97, Long -6.15

coal: 4 tons 1296 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 364 tons 550 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 364 tons,550 lbs - on hand at noon


Hans the Esquimau - jumped ship on ice captured and placed in arms

At 0950 cast off and followed "Thetis" for Cape York

At 2115 made fast to ice alongside "Thetis"

Steaming to S following the Thetis. At 12.25 came to making fast to a berg about 1/2 mile to S of the Thetis. At 1.30 Thetis got under way & receiving line to this ship, lay under our quarters. At 3.20 our anchor came home. Cast off Thetis line and both vessels got under way and steaming into large floe of soft ice, came to banked fires. Conical Rock bore SSE.

The Thetis got under way at 4.50, followed by this vessel, bound to Conical Rock. At 6 while forcing way through & between two large floes. Hans the Esquimaux jumped over the side and ran towards the glacier about two miles distant. Started with the ship full speed to head him off. Steamed as far as we could & sent two men in chase and being fresh, soon overtook him & brought him alongside. During the chase one man fell through the ice up to his neck but with the assistance of his chum was soon out. Hans could give no explanation of his conduct and when brought on board was placed in single irons(?) for safe keeping. At 8 both ships made fast to a floe 1/4 mile on NW side of Conical Rock.

At 9.50 cast off and followed Thetis outside Conical Rock towards Cape York, following edge of fast ice, about three miles off shore. Sent carpenters mate to Thetis before getting under way to assist in repairing her head booms.

Steaming in wake of Thetis through leads in the ice; with a few bars of sheet ice and loose ice at intervals. Steering general course along the coast in wake of the Thetis. Large number of ice bergs in sight at end of watch and land ahead & on port bow. White mist over the sheet ice, the bergs and the land.

Steaming in wake of the Thetis to S in large lanes and through occasional ice bars. At end of watch Busheran Island bore on port beam, distant about 2 miles.

Stopped at 8.30 to take on board carpenters mate returned from Thetis. At 9.15 came to solid unbroken ice. Unable to see any lanes in it. Made fast to ice alongside the Thetis.


Lat 75.97, Long -69.00, returning south from littleton island

coal: 4 tons 1296 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 364 tons 550 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Made fast to ice alongside the "Thetis"

4 to 8AM. At 6 while forcing way through between two large flo~s Hans to Esquimo jumped over the side and ran towards the glacier about two miles distant. Started with the ship full speed to head him off. Steamed as far as we could and sent two men in chase and bring fresh soon ~ him & brought him alongside. During the chase one man fell through the ice up to his neck but with the assistance of his chum was soon out. Hans could give no explanation of his conduct and when brought on board was placed in single irons for safe keeping.


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28 June 1884

Lat 75.48, Long -64.92

coal: 5 tons 2100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 358 tons 690 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Both ships ("Thetis") fast to ice

At 0900 cast off from floe and followed "Thetis"

At 1300 met solid bar of heavy ice and made fast near "Thetis"

At 2 fog lifting showing Bushman Island on port quarter & Cape York on Stbd. quarter. Ship fast to floe near Thetis. No change in ice conditions.

No change in ice conditions

Both ships fast to the ice

ship fast to ice floe, no change in ice conditions


Lat 75.48, Long -64.92, returning south through melville bay

coal: 5 tons 2100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 358 tons 690 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


At 0900 cast off from floe and followed Thetis

At 1300 solid bar of heavy ice, made fast near Thetis


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29 June 1884

Lat 75.37, Long -63.82, melville bay

coal: 3 tons 1080 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 354 tons 1850 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 354 tons, 1850 lbs - on hand at noon


At 0630 cast off with "Thetis"

At 2000 off Melville Monument.

At 2135 made fast to ice

At 6.30 the Thetis cast off from the floe and worked to S. We cast off & followed her. At 8 we were butting at a tight bar, each ship taking turn about.

During first half of watch butting heavy pans of ice. Afterwards steaming through open leads with occasional bars of loose pans. Ice in heavy floes. Coast in plain sight on port quarter and beam.

Steaming through loose ice and short leads in a general Ely direction. At 3 came to a heavy bar and began butting on port beam of Thetis. Last hour of watch engaged in ramming at bar.

Broke through bar at 5 into broad lane of clear water. Followed Thetis at full speed, keeping the edge of the fast ice around the curve of Melville Bay. At 8 off Melville Monument.

Steaming in wake of Thetis. From 8 to 10.30 steaming forward & backward among loose pans of heavy ice, meeting at last a bar of closely packed pans. Both ships were backed out and at 10.30 entered a lead closer in to the coast. At 11.35 this lead was found closed in the direction of our course. Made fast to ice following motions of Thetis.

Ship fast to the ice

Steaming through loose ice

Heavy ice


Lat 75.37, Long -63.82, returning south through melville bay

coal: 3 tons 1080 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 354 tons 1850 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


At 0630 Thetis cast off, we cast off & followed her. At 0800 butting at a tight bar, each ship taking turns.

2335 made fast to ice following "Thetis"

~lAST TO TH EICE. fURS BANKED ALL THE WATCH

Ice marker

During first half of watch butting heavy part of ice. afterwards steaming throgh open leads with occasional bars of loos pans. Ice in heavy flows.

Clean an dpleasant. Steaming through loose ice and short-leads in a general Ely direction. At 3 came to a heavy bar and began butting on ~past-train of "Whetes"

Broke through bar at 5 nto broad lane of clear water

From 8 to 10: 30 steaming forward and backward among loose pans of heavy ice. ~makingat last a bar of closely packed pans.


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30 June 1884

Lat 74.85, Long -59.23

coal: 8 tons 780 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 346 tons 1070 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 346 tons, 1070 lbs - on hand at noon


Thetis -

At 0310 got under way following "Thetis"

carpenter - sent to "Thetis" to repair her rutter

"Alert" and "Lock Garry" - At 1555 "Thetis" made signal ships in sight

At 2300 all vessels made fast to same ice sheet, thick fog

At 3.10 got underway, following Thetis and steamed to the S in broad water lanes.

Butted through a light nip about 5 and since, we have had a fine clear lead along the floe throughout the watch.

Steaming full speed to S in wake of Thetis following edge of fast ice. At 11 met a narrow bar of heavy ice. Ramming to get through it the remainder of watch. Sent carpenters mate to Thetis in obedience to signal to assist repairing her rudder, sprung during forenoon

At 2 the Thetis stopped to lash her rudder temporarily. This ship was also stopped as P.A. Surgent Green(?) came aboard to confer with medical officer of this ship. At 3.00 went ahead, steaming in wake of Thetis. At 3.55 the Thetis made signal "Alert & Loch Garry in sight" Ice conditions unchanged.

Steaming though broad water lanes and narrow bars in SW direction and towards Alert & Lock Garry. At 7 forced way through slight bar and stopped to communicate with Thetis and receive mail. At 7.15 went ahead again following Thetis and followed by Alert & Loch Garry in order named. Thick fog coming on, came to at 7.50 on stb'd beam of Thetis. Alert & Loch Garry to Stb's of this ship.

Fog lifting at 10.10, all vessels cast off and followed Thetis through wide leads to S. Fog shut down thick at 11. All vessels made fast close together to same sheet.


Lat 74.85, Long -59.23, returning south through melville bay

coal: 8 tons 780 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 348 tons 1070 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


At 0310 got underway, following "Thetis" steaming to south

"Thetis" - sent carpenter to assist repairing her rutter



LOGS FOR JULY 1884


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1 July 1884

Lat 74.23, Long -5.12

coal: 4 tons 1940 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 341 tons 1370 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 341 tons, 1370 lbs - on hand at noon


Fleet cast off, flagship "Thetis" then "Bear" "Alert"and "Loch Garry"

Thick fog, made fast at 1100 with fleet

At 1645 got under way following flagship

Ice slowly moving to SW. At 2 hauled half a ship length astern to allow Thetis to drop down clear of a large floe on her port bow.

At 7 the ice opening up to south of us, the flagship made signal to the fleet to get underway. She cast off and moved south, the fleet following in order Bear, Alert & Loch Garry.

Steaming in wake of the Thetis and followed by the Alert & Loch Garry, in a general SW direction. The lead closing astern of the Alert, and Loch Garry not being able to work through, received verbal orders to break a way for her. ~~~~ about & broke a way for her. Thetis signalled "Position astern of Loch Garry." Flat ~~~ ahead Thetis, Loch Garry, Bear, Alert in order named. Fog settling down thick, came to at 10.45 making fast to floe on port side of the Thetis. Alert made fast at 11 on port beam. Loch Garry on Stb'd beam of Thetis. At 11.30 Thetis signalled "In fog the signal for each ship will be the initial letter of her name, for Thetis T." Repeated signal to Alert

At 4.25 got underway following the motions of the flagship. In obedience to senior officer took position next to Thetis, Loch Garry next to us, Alert last. Steaming in line ahead. At 4.50 a bar formed by large floes blocked the passage. Thetis rammed through it & the other ships followed. Shortly afterwards a similar bar was encountered. The ships passed through except the Alert. After steaming a short distance towards open water, the Thetis, followed by this ship returned and breaking up the floes made a way for the Alert. At 7.15 entered a large lead opening into broad open water extending along the land to S of Horse Head. The Thetis leading, Loch Garry next, Bear next & Alert last in line. The Alert set topsails at 7.35 in obedience to signal from flagship.

At end of watch, steaming in wake of Thetis and Loch Garry in open water & through occasional strings of rotten ice in a general W'ly direction.


returning south through melville bay

coal: 341 tons 1370 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons 1940 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


0800 Steaming in wake of "Thetis" and followed by "Arctic" and "Loch Garry" in a general SW direction

1045 Came to fog made fast to floe, other ships also stopped

At 1625 got underway following "Thetis" , Loch Garry" and "Alert" following


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2 July 1884

Lat 4.3, Long 6.2

arrived at upernavik greenland

coal: 6 tons 960 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 335 tons 410 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 335 tons, 410 lbs - on hand at noon


At 0620 stopped

"Alert" and "Loch Garry" - proceeding to Dicso

At 0645 the "Thetis" and this vessel headed for Upernivik

At 1100 came to anchor in Upernivik Harbor

Sent steam launch with an officer and working party on shore to bring off coal left by "Loch Garry"

Governor Elberg - visited ship

Governor of Upernivik - visited ship

Steaming half speed to S in wake of Thetis & Loch Garry. Passed through several strings of very soft rotten ice first half. Clear water, many bergs & lumps remainder of watch. At 3 while steaming slow directly in wake of Thetis inside of Berry Island, struck a rock and hung remainder of watch. 2 fms water ahead stb'd fore rigging, 4 fms along port side and 7 fms over stem. Hove a hawser to the Alert and took one from Thetis. Parted both hawsers. Working engines full speed ahead & back till close of watch. Tide rising.

Got clear of rocks at 5 and started to S in wake of Thetis and Loch Garry. At 6.20 stopped and Alert & Loch Garry communicated with Thetis and parted company with the fleet with orders to proceed to Disco. At 6.45, the Thetis, followed by this vessel, went ahead and stood in for Upernavik. Locality of rock on which we stuck, one (1) mile ESE (true) from Berry Island. At 8 abreast of Kingitauarsuk Island, passing to E of it.

At 11 came to anchor in Upernavik Harbor is 16 fms water & veered to 45 fms chain. Dragged anchor somewhat when Thetis made fast to our stern. Sent steam launch with an officer and working party on shore to bring off coal left by Loch Garry.

Berg parted at 4.30. Cast off and steamed to weather side of harbor letting go starboard anchor in 12 fms water, 60 fms chain, veering to 75 fms at 7.45. Steam launch towed off lighter with coal in bags. Discharged lighter; 140 bags. Hoisted launch and secured lighter astern. Small berg to which Thetis was fast partially capsized at 6.30 necessitating her casting off. She steamed to weather side of harbor and anchored ahead, close aboard. Governor Elberg visited the ship.

At 8.30 Thetis commenced dragging down towards this ship. We veered to 90 fms on starboard chain & kept clear of her. She slipped her port chain and took up a new berth astern of us. Wind considerably lessened latter par of watch. Governor of Upernavik came on board & paid a visit to the ship. Hans Hansen, esquimaux left the ship. No ice in harbor & only a few bergs in sight.


arrived at upernavik greenland

coal: 6 tons 960 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 335 tons 410 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


"Alert" and "Loch Garry" - At 0620 Stopped, Alert and Loch Garry parted company for Disco

0645 "Thetis" and this ship proceeded for Upernavik

At 1100 came to and anchored in Upernavik

coal: - Sent steam launch with and officer and working party on shore to bring off coal left by "Loch Garry"

Governor Elberg - visited ship

Governor of Upernavik - visited ship


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3 July 1884

Lat 64.3, Long -172.9

upernavik greenland and at sea

coal: 2 tons 420 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 332 tons 2230 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 332 tons, 2230 lbs - on hand at noon


Getting coal on board from shore 133 bags put in bunkers.

Commanding Officer - visited "Thetis"

At 1845 got under way following "Thetis" and steamed out of harbor

coal: 133 bags - put on board from shore

coal: 472 bags - received during watch

coal: 75 bags - received during watch

At 6.15 finished coaling and prepared to get under way. Received on board one whale boat belonging to the Governor of Upernavik to take to Disco. At 6.30 hoisted steam launch and at 6.45 got under way following Thetis and steamed out of the harbor.

Many small bergs, no ice.


upernavik greenland and at sea

coal: 2 tons 420 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 332 tons 2230 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


coal: 133 bags - from shore

coal: 472 bags - received during watch

1845 Got under way following "Thetis" and steamed out of harbor

coal: 133 bags -

coal: 472 bags -

coal: 75 bags -


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4 July 1884

Lat 70.82, Long -55.90, at sea upernavik to godhaven greenland

coal: 7 tons 1120 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 377 tons 1830 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 377 tons, 1830 lbs - on hand at noon


At midnight opposite mouth of Disco Fiord

A number of large ice bergs in sight during watch

occasional bergs of moderate size.

Steering to S for Godhavn in wake of the Thetis. At midnight opposite mouth of Disco Fiord, distant about 3 miles


Lat 70.82, Long -55.90, at sea upernavik to godhaven greenland

coal: 377 tons 1830 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 1120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


at midnight opposite mouth of disco fiord distant about 3 miles

Lieutenant W. H. Emory Jr. - Under the command of


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5 July 1884

Lat 69.2, Long -53.5

godhavn greenland

coal: 6 tons 460 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 371 tons 1370 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 371 tons, 1370 lbs - on hand at noon


At 0355 came to in Godhavn harbor

"Loch Garry" - landed alongside "Thetis"

Number of natives, the Inspector of N. Greenland and the Governor of Godhavn - visited the ship

Surgeons of "Thetis" & "Alert" - came on board to assist surgeon of ship in operation on Sergt. Ellison U.S. Signal Corps

Steaming for Godhavn in wake of Thetis. At 3.55 came to in the harbor, port anchor, 7 fms water, veering to 40 fms chain. Alert & Loch Garry at anchor in the harbor.

Loch Garry hauled alongside the Thetis. A number of natives came off to visit the ship. The inspector(?) of N. Greenland and the Governor of Godhavn visited the ship. The Comdg. Officer visited the Thetis. The surgeons of the Thetis and the Alert came aboard and assisted the surgeon of this ship in operating on Sergt. Ellison U.S. Signal Corp.


Lat 69.2, Long -53.5

godhaven greenland

coal: 371 tons 1370 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 460 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


0355 came to in harbor ( Godhavn) port anchor

"Alert" & "Loch Garry" - at anchor in the harbor

Natives, the Inspector of North Greenland and the Governor of Godhavn - visited the ship

Commanding Officer - visited the "Thetis"

Surgeons of "Thetis" And "Alert" - came on board and assisted the surgeon of this ship in operating on Sergt. Ellison U.S. Signal Corps

8AM to Meridian. The surgeons of the Thetis and the Alert came on board and assisted the surgeon of this ship in operating on Sergt Ellison U.S. sigbal Corps.

Luitenant W. H. Emory Jr. - Under the command of


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6 July 1884

Lat 69.2, Long -53.5

at godhaven greenland

coal: 2 tons - 600 lbs.

coal: 2 tons 600 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 369 tons 750 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 369 tons, 750 lbs - on hand at noon


At 1.30 sent boat for P.A. Surg'n Green for consultation in case of Sergt Ellison


Lat 69.2, Long -53.5

godhaven greenland

coal: 369 tons 750 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 2 tons 600 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

Sliamer Bear -

Water remaining on hand fir for use at Noon

coal: 2 tons -


Mid to 4AM. At 1.30 sent boat for P.A. Surgn. G~~en for consultatine in case of sergt Ellison.


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7 July 1884

Lat 69.23, Long -53.50, at godhaven greenland

coal: 1 ton 360 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 368 tons 390 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 368 tons, 390 lbs - on hand at noon


Frederik Jansen, Esauimau - Open the tank and took out remains F.Jansen late of the Greely party previous to interment

At 1100 sent ashore following list of stores turned over to the Inspector of North Greenland by order of Commander in Chief

body of Frederik Jansen, Esquimau - was landed for burial at 1445

Commenced coaling from "Loch Garry" received up to 8242 bags

Opened the tanks and took out the remains of Frederick Jansen, esquimaux, late of the Greely Party previous to interment. Sent down propeller purchase and gear and hoisted the spanker boom into place.

Engaged in sending below and stowing boat provisions. At 11 sent ashore the following stores turned over to the Inspector of North Greenland by order of he Commander in Chief: 2 half barrels pork, 2 hams, 1 doz cases Head Cheese, 2 half bbls Saurkraut, 2 half bbls Beef, 1 box tea, 1 box canned Corn Beef, 1 half bbls Sugar, 2 half bbls flour, 2 kegs apple butter, 1 box canned vegetables (asst.), 2 cans coffee, 1 half bbl. rice, 1 box butter, 1 box canned fried potatoes, 20 lbs. cheese, 2 half bbl bacon, 1 doz cans sausage meet, 1 box spiced beef.

The body of Frederick Jansen, esquimaux, member of Lt. Gerrly's Party, brought from Cape Sabine by this ship, was landed for burial at 2.45. The funeral procession consisted of two boats from this ship, and one each from Thetis and Alert, carrying the Commanding Officers and a detail of officers and men from each ship. Made preparations for receiving the Loch Garry alongside. Finished stowing below provisions & carried on deck.

Funeral party returned to the ship. Commenced coaling from Loch Garry.

coal: up to 8 242 bags - from Loch Garry


Lat 69.23, Long -53.50, at godhaven greenland

coal: 368 tons 390 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 1 ton 360 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Opened the tank and took out the remains of Frederik Jansen, Esquimau, late of the Greely party, previous to internment

At 1100 sent ashore the following stores turned over to the inspector of North Greenland by order of the Commander in Chief (extensive list follows)


body of Frederik Jansen, Esquimau - Brought from Cape Sabine from Greely party was landed for burial at 1445.

coal: eight 242 bags - received from "Loch Garry"

4 to 8AM. Opened the tank and took out the remains of Frederick Jansen. Esqumau, late of the Greely party, ~ to interment.

The body of Frederik Jansen, Esquimau, member of the Greely's party, brought from Cape Sabine by this ship was landed for burial at 2.45. The funeral procession consisted of two boats from this ship, and one each from the Thetis and Alert carrying the Commanding officers and a detail of officers and men from each ship.


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8 July 1884

Lat 69.2, Long -53.5

at godhavn greenland

coal: 1 ton 260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 411 tons 1570 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 411 tons, 1570 lbs - on hand at noon


Joseph Ellison (Corporal 10th U.S. Infantry) - member of Lt. Greely Party received at Cape Sabine died at 0330

Commenced coaling at 0500 took on board 425 bags

Finished coaling having received in all 1000 bags coal from "Loch Garry"

Joseph Ellison (Corporal 10th U.S. Infantry), member of Lt. Greely's party, received at Cape Sabine, died at 3:30

Called all hands at 4.30. Commenced coaling at 5. Took on board 425 bags.

At 10 am, sent relics of Greely's Expedition received on board from camp near Cape Sabine, aboard the Thetis. Prepared the body of J. Ellison of the Greeley Party, to be placed in alcohol in the tank. Finished coaling ship having receive, in all, 1000 bags coal. The Loch Garry hauled out to veer(?) anchor astern of the Alert.

At 12.00 Thetis signalled "At 1.30 all officers repair on board. Leave ice pilot in charge." All officers went on board at 1.30 in obedience to signal. Engaged in storing bagged coal in hold. Hoisted port boats, got topgallant yard ready to go aloft and made preparations for sea.

At 9.30 Thetis made signal (Inter'nl Code) D.R.Q.T-F.B.K.H.-C.K.F.L.-C.F.L.N-W.~.H.-~~~


Lat 69.2, Long -53.5

at godhaven greenland

coal: 1 ton 260 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 411 tons 1570 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Position

Joseph Ellison (Corporal 10th U.S. Infantry) - Died at 0330, member of Lt. Greely's party, received at Cape Sabine

coal: 425 bags - 0500 commenced coaling

At 1000 sent relics of Greely's Expedition aboard the "Thetis"

body of J. Ellison - prepared to be placed in alcohol in the tank

coal: received in all 1000 bags - finished coaling

Mid to 4AM. Joseph Ellison (Corporal 10th U.S. ~fantry) member of Lt Greely's party, received at Cape Sabine, Died at 3.30.

coal: 1000 bags. -


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9 July 1884

Lat 68.68, Long -53.78

coal: 407 tons 1700 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons 2110 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 407 tons, 1700 lbs - on hand at noon


At 0630 all the fleet stood out of harbor

At 6 cast off lines and hove up anchor. At 6.30 all the fleet stood out of the harbor. At 7 took our station, 3 cables length on port quarter of the Thetis and put our patent log reading 87.5. Beacon I. distant one mile. Ships head W. Two salutes of three guns each were fired on shore as the fleet left the harbor.


Lat 68.68, Long -53.78, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 3 tons 2110 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 407 tons 1700 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

Distance run 34 Knots and 5 fathoms

coal: 3 tons 2110 lbs -


0600 Cast off all lines and hove up anchor. 0630 all the fleet left the harbor Clear and pleasant weather.


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10 July 1884


Lat 65.50, Long -55.22

coal: 9 tons 540 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 398 tons 1360 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 398 tons, 1360 lbs - on hand at noon


No ice in sight, Greenland coast in sight along port beam & on port bow.

Thetis signalled "Have all expendibles & provisions & clothing ready to accompany report upon our arrival in N.Y."

Passed several small ice bergs latter part of watch.


Light breeze ENE


Lat 65.50, Long -55.22, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 398 tons 1360 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 540 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

172 knots 5 fathoms

coal: 9 tons 540 lbs -


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11 July 1884


Lat 62.62, Long -55.70

coal: 9 tons 340 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 389 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

Variations of the Compass by Azimuth @ 1730, 5.4° Variation not reliable. Deviation changing very rapidly, by comparison today with "Thetis"

Variation not realiable. Deviation changing very rapidly and for thses results is estimated from changes farther North & by comparison today with "Thetis"

coal: 389 tons, 1020 lbs - on hand at noon


Passed an iceberg close by at 0500

Coded messages

Passed an iceberg close by at 5

Bright moonlight. No Ice in sight.


Lat 62.27, Long -55.37, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 389 tons 1020 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 9 tons 340 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 1 ton -

Variation of the compass not reliable. Duration keeps changing


Clear and Pleasant. Light E. breeze


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12 July 1884


Lat 59.65, Long -54.83

coal: 8 tons 1080 lbs. -

coal: 8 tons 1080 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 380 tons 1280 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Coded messages between ships


Lat 59.32, Long -54.80, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 380 tons 1280 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 1080 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


At 2200 fine display of Aurora Borealis last hour

sun rose at 2.30 AM

Find display of Aurora Borealis last hour.

Fine display of Aurora Borealis last hour

Slight hazee on horizon


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13 July 1884


Lat 56.57, Long -54.37

At sea. Making passage to St Johns N.F.

coal: 572 tons 1300 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 80 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Thetis - Signalled to Thetis at 12:05 V.W.P. at 1:00 F.F.J. G.W.D: F.R.D: G.V.K. From "Thetis" at 12:10 V.W.P: V.L.R. at 1:15 F.L.J: G.W.D: F.R.D: G.V.C: D.V: F.B.Q.R. at 4:00

4 to 8 P.M. At 5:45 changed course to S.W. (pc)


8 P.M. to Mid Overcase and cloudy. Light breeze from S.W. Fog set in thick last hour of watch. Slowed down to half speed with "Thetis" and sounded fog whistle. Look in all fore and aft but Fore trysail

Coded signal to "Thetis"


Lat 56.57, Long -54.37, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 572 tons 1300 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 80 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Overcast and cloudy


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14 July 1884


Lat 54.07, Long -53.82, at sea making passage to st johns st j

coal: 7 tons 20 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 365 tons 1280 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Mid to 4 a.m. overcast + cold, thick wet fog. Moderate S. breeze. Sea smooth. In position on port quarter of "Thetis". Took in Foretrysail at 1:00. Steaming slowly. At 2:00 passed close by a small iceberg. Pat. Log 8 75.5 at 4:00

4 to 8 a.M. Fresh breeze, cloudy weather + very thick fog. Engines going slowly. Fog whis-tle - kept going. Sea smooth. Latter part of watch cleaning a little going half speed.

8 am to Meridian. Thick fog during first hour and half, afterwards fog lighted up a bit - how sum visible at intervals. Breeze fresh from SxE. At 9:30 set fore trysail Regulating speedso as to keep position on port-quarter of Flagship At-Mer made Signal to Flagship (Inter Code) V.W.N: V.Q.B: "Alert" made V.W.D: V.W.A. "Loch". Garry made V.W.M: V.S.W: "Thetis" made V.W.P. Passes several icebergs of moderate size

Medidian to 4 P.M. Cloudy weather. Light S.S.E breeze and light S.E. ~. Under steam and fore trysail.

4 to 8 P.M. Overcast + cool. Misty horizon. Moderate to gentle S.S.E. breeze. Sea smooth- Course S.W.3/4 W. Position same. Passed several distant icebergs during watch- Pat. Log 967.5R. ar 8:00

8 P.M. to Mid Overcast + misty on horizon last hour. Breeze moderate from S.S.E. Smooth sea. Under steam and fore try sail. Regulating speed by Flagship and keep-ing in position on her port-quarter. Passed several icebergs during first part of watch

At 0200 passed close by a small iceberg

Coded messages to fleet


Lat 54.07, Long -53.82, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 7 tons 20 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 365 tons 1280 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon



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15 July 1884


Lat 51.03, Long -53.33, at sea making passage to st johns a j

coal: 9 tons 840 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 356 tons 440 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Mid to 4 A.M. Overcast cloudy + misty. At intervals slightly foggy. Light breeze from SSE At 1:or slowed down with "Thetis" to enable "Alert" to take position. Under steam and fore trysail

4 tp 8 A.M. Weather overcast foggy and threatning Moderate breeze from S.E. Barometer falling. Moderate swell setting to W~. Making course S.S.W3/4 W. Vessels in position

8 AM to Meridian Overcast + misty. Moderate S.E. breeze. Moderate swell from E~ Course S.S.W.3/4W. Position same. PatLog 1079.2 R. at-noon. Passed a large iceberg to W~ at 10:00

Passed a large iceberg


Lat 51.03, Long -53.33, at sea making passage to st johns nk

coal: 9 tons 840 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 356 tons 440 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon



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16 July 1884


Lat 49.32, Long -52.32

Course S by E

coal: 8 tons 480 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 347 tons 1200 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Mid to 4 AM Overcast and thick fog. Moderate breeze increasing in force. "Alert" not in sight or signal distance during watch. Regulating speed by Flagship & keeping position on her port quarter. Under steam alone

4 AM to 8 AM Overcast with thick fog and light breeze. Engines going slow. Flagship's whistle sounding every five minutes this ship & "Loch Garry" answering. Nothing heard or seen of the Alert supposed to be astern

8 AM to Meridian Overcast & foggy: clearing at end of watch. Sounding fog whistle & steaming slow. "Alert" not in sight. Under steam alone

Meridian to 4 PM Cloudy and mild & foggy around horizon. Closing in thick occasionally. Moderate S.E. breeze & sea. Pitching easily. Course SWxS(pc) Passed two icebergs during watch Exchanged Lat&Long signals with "~Thetis~" at 1:00 & received a course S.(true). Pat fog at close of watch 1208K

8 PM to Mid Cloudy weather & foggy at times. Light to moderate breeze from S.W. Under steam alone. In position on port quarter of "Thetis" At 10:15 signalled to "Thetis" Bachlar Lt in sight bearing SWxW (true)


4 to 8 PM Clear and pleasant weather. Foggy on horizon. Steaming along on port quarter of "Thetis" Loch Garry on Stbd quarter. At 5:00 called all hands to muster & read following order. "Upon the arrival of the Greely Relief Expedition at St Johns N.F. it is ordered that there shall not be any communication with the shore or persons outside the Expedition until the result of the cruise has been sent to the Hon. Sec. of the Navy." By order of ~W S Schleg. Com'dr


Lat 49.32, Long -52.32, at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 347 tons 1200 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 480 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 347 tons 1200 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 8 tons 480 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


4 to 8PM. At 5:00 called all hands to muster & read following order. "Upon the arrival of the Greely Relief Expidition at St Johns N.F. it is ordered that there shall not be any communication with the shore or persons outside the Expidition until the result of the cruise has been sent to the Hon Sec of the Navy". By order of W S Schley, Com'dr.


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17 July 1884


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 9 tons 1440 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 338 tons 760 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


At 1020 moored ship in St. Johns harbor

U.S. Consul - visited ship


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

at sea making passage to st johns nf

coal: 9 tons 1440 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 338 tons 760 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


At 0730 all the vessels stopped. Lying to at end of watch waiting for fog to lift. 0800 inside harbor

At 1020 moored ship in port St Johns

U.S. Consul - visited ship


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18 July 1884


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 335 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Commanding Officer - visited the Flagship

An officer of the Governor's staff visited the ship officially. Commander Schley & several prominent citizens of St Johns visited the ship

"Alert" - At 1920 came in moored astern of Flagship


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 335 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


An Officer of the Governor's staff - visited the ship

"Alert" - At 1920 came in moored astern of Flagship and near entrance of harbor


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19 July 1884

Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

at st johns nf

coal: 332 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours



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st johns nf

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 332 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


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20 July 1884

Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 329 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


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st johns nf

coal: 320 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours



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21 July 1884

Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 326 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons ??? lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Com'dr Schley - visited the ship

Meridian to 4 PM Overcast cloudy and rainy. Gentle breeze from S.E. At 12:30 "Loch Garry" got under way & left the harbor: making signals (Inter Code) B.R.~H this ship answered & made B.R.~H. "Loch Garry" made R.S.G. Called all hands to muster and read following General Order. "The object for which this expedition was filled out having been successfully accomplished & approved by the Hon. Sec. of the Navy the Commanding Officer awaits himself of this opportunity to join his thanks & congratulations to those of his superiors. Greelys relief was made practicable, first by the promptest activity & unwearied energy of the Hon. Sec. of the Navy & Hon. Sec of the Mar: secondly by the increasing vigilance & readiness of officers & men their alacrity at all times day or night in the performance of duties which demanded promptness endurance & courage. My confidence grew daily in noting that the spirit of those who filled this expedition had been caught by the officers & men who were to use it to accomplish its important duties. Commanding Officers will please read this at General Muster. (Signed) W.S.Schley. COm'dr U.S.N. Com'dg."

4 to 8 PM Overcast cloudy & rainy

Commander Schley - visited the Ship

F. Burke, Hugh Brock, J. Campbell and John Roberto - reward of $10 for apprehension absent after leave expired

"Loch Garry" - At 1230 got under way

Read commendation letter to crew from Winfield Scott Schley Commander U.S.N.

men absent from leave - returned on board


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 326 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


"Loch Garry" - At 1230 left harbor

Hugh Brook (Q.M.) - being under the influence of liquor was palced in double irons for safe keeping


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22 July 1884


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 323 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


st johns nf

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 323 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

WInds travelling s.e.

coal: 3 tons -


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23 July 1884


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7


st johns nf

coal: 320 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 5 tons -

Coal consumed


st johns nf

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 320 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


HOUR OF WALKING


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24 July 1884

Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 317 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 317 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Governor of Newfoundland & Party - visited the Flagship

Governor of Newfoundland and party - visited this ship afterwards going to the "Alert"


Govenor of Newfoundland - with a party of ladies and gentlemen visited the flagship during the 8AM to Meridian watch

Meridian to 4 PM Govenor of Newfoundland & party visited this ship. Afterwards going to the "Alert" ~Clear ~haven

4 to 8 AM Clear first part afterwards overcast with light rain. Calms & light airs from E by N and S.E. Com'dr Schley visited the ship

The Governor of Newfoundland & a party of ladies & gentlemen - visited the Flagship

Lewis C Smith - absent after leave has expired

Governor & party - visited this Ship, afterwards going to the "Alert"


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25 July 1884

Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 313 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Received on board six (6) caskets for the remains of Greely's party on board ship.

Lat 47.5, Long -52.7

st johns nf

coal: 313 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 4 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Rec'd on board six (6) caskets for the remains of Greely's party on board this ship.

Received on board six(6) caskts for the remains of Greely's party on board this ship.



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26 July 1884


Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

st johns nf and at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 306 tons 1780 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 560 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


st johns nf and at sea making passage to portsmouth

coal: 6 tons 560 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 306 tons 1780 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Jao Rogan (1.C.F.) - returned to the ship

Got under way at 1000 and steamed out of St Johns harbor

Several bergs in sight


Light Breeze

Jas Rogan (1.C.F.) - returned to the ship

Got under way at 1000 & steamed out of St Johns harbor



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27 July 1884

Lat 45.92, Long -54.78, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 8 tons 180 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 298 tons 1600 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


The bodies of the deceased members of the Greely Party were taken from the tank & placed inn coffins & stowed on provision deck aft.

Light breeze


Lat 46.00, Long -54.78, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 8 tons 180 lbs used - 298 tons 1800 lbs remain

coal: 8 tons 180 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 298 tons 1600 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Overcast and cloudy


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28 July 1884


Lat 45.15, Long -58.07, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 291 tons 1500 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

139 knots

coal: 7 tons 100 lbs -


Lat 45.15, Long -58.07, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 160 lbs used - 291 tons 1500 lbs left

coal: 291 tons 1500 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

Cloudy weather, drizzle and rainy


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29 July 1884

Lat 43.97, Long -62.18, at sea making passage for portsmouth nh

coal: 8 tons 680 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 283 tons 520 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons -

Wind travelling north

173 knots 2 fathoms = distance run


Lat 43.97, Long -62.18, port hemouth

coal: 8 tons 680 lbs used - 283 tons 520 lbs left

coal: 8 tons 680 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 283 tons 520 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


School of Mackerel and Porpoise - a large number

Cloudy and Overcast


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30 July 1884

Lat 42.85, Long -65.33, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 276 tons 100 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 7 tons 720 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 7 tons -

Coal remaing at 270 tons


Overcast


Lat 42.85, Long -65.33, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 720 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 276 tons 100 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


thick fog


Mid to 4 AM Pat log 645.7.R

4 to 8 AM Overcast cloudy & foggy. At 5:15 changed course to West and fog settling down thick took position 1/2 cable distance on port quarter of Thetis. At 6:00 Thetis signalled "four knots" and at 7:15 "five knots". At 8:00 exchanged Lat + Long with "Thetis"

8 AM to Meridian Pat log at noon 684.5.R

Pat log 712.2.R


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31 July 1884

Lat 42.72, Long -68.47, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 220 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 268 tons 2120 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

Variation of the Compass by Azimuth observed at 7.15 am W 8 32


Lat 42.72, Long -68.47, at sea making passage to portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 220 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 268 tons 2120 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


4 to 8 AM Passed by a white painted whale boat stern split open + water logged. Pat log read 491.4.R 4 to PM ...Passed a number of fishing schooners standing to the E'd.

6 to 8 PM Several schooners in sight

8 PM to Mid Overcast cloudy + rainy Blowing fresh from WSW. At 9:00 changed course to WNW. Passed several fishing vessels



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1884


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1 August 1884

Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

at sea making passage to at portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 261 tons 200 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


U.S.S. "Alliance" - 0700 Communicated with the "Thetis" and this ship received mail

At 1530 Came to with Starboard anchor, Portsmouth harbor

U.S. North Atlantic Squadron - found in harbor

Officers of the Relief Expedition - paid official visit to the Gen Sec of the Navy on board the U.S. Flagship Tennica

Hon Sec of the Navy - visited this ship

USS Alliance -

US North Atlantic Squadron - In Harbor.

US Training Ships "Portsmouth" & "Jamistown" - In harbor.

US revenue Cutter "Albert Gullotin" - In harbor

Officers of the Relief Expedition paid an official visit to the Hon Sec of the Navy on board the US Flagship Tennesee.


Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

at sea making passage to at portsmouth nh

coal: 7 tons 120 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 261 tons 200 lbs - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Stopped engines at 0125 in obedience to signal

Sea smooth at 0430 Flagship went ahead "Alert" & this vessel following U.S.S. "Alliance" - At 0700 exchanged numbers received mail.

At 0730 stopped engines

At 1130 Flagship got under way & steamer towards Portsmouth harbor. "Alert" following this Ship

At 1530 came to with Starboard anchor

U.S. North Atlantic Squadron, U.S. Franig Ships "Portsmouth" & "Jamestown" U.S. Revenue Cutter "Albert Gallatin" - found in harbor

Commanding Officer - left the Ship to pay official visit to U.S. Flagship "Tennesse"

Officers of the Relief Expedition - paid an official visit to the Gen. Sec. of the Navy on board the U.S. Flagship "Tennesee"


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2 August 1884

Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

portsmouth nh

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 258 tons 2000 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Relatives of Lieut. Greely - visited ship

Sectary of the Navy & party - visited ship

Sec of the Navy and party - visited ship


Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

portsmouth nh

coal: 200~ - lbs.

coal: 258 - tons

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 258 tons 2000 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lunt A.A. Eono~y Jr - Commend of ship

Sec. of the Navy & party - visited the Ship


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3 August 1884

Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

portsmouth nh

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 255 tons 2000 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Many visitors came on board

Rear Admiral & Governor of New Hampshire - visited ship

L. C. Smith - placed in double irons for safe keeping he being intoxicated

By order of Cmdg Officer placed L.C. Smith (1CF) in double irons for safe keeping he being intoxicated.

Gov. Hale of New Hampshire - visited the ship

Emory, Jr. - Command


Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

portsmouth nh

coal: 258 tons / 2000 lbs - 3 tons of coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 255 tons of coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 255 tons 2000 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lient A.A. Ermory - 'under the command of'

Midnight-4am Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs

4AM - 8AM Clear and pleasant

8AM - Noon, Clear and pleasant. Many visitors came on board

Noon - 4PM, Clear and pleasant. Gentle airs from s'd. Large numbers visited the ship. Parties of officers and men visited the ship.

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8 PM - Midnight, Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze. Bar - steady.

Alerosby. Lient - Navigator

Many visitors came on board, Officers & citizens

L.C. Smith - placed in double irons for safe keeping he being intoxicated


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4 August 1884

Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

portsmouth nh

coal: 4 tons 1000 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

Bean -


six Officers & 18 men - At 0945 left ship for parade

Emory, Jr. - Command


Lat 36.8, Long -76.3

portsmouth nh

coal: 4 tons 1800 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 4 tons 1000 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lieutenant A. A. Ermory - 'under the command of'

Mid - 4AM, Clear first part, afterwards foggy. Calm

4AM - 8AM, Clear overhead. Foggy in south horizon. Calm SSW

8AM - Noon, Clear and pleasant: slightly foggy in horizon clearing away at end of watch. A detail of 16 officers and 18 men left the ship at 9:45 to take part in parade.

Noon - 4PM, Clear and present. Light haze. Parading party returned to the ship.

4PM - 8PM, Clear and pleasant. Party of 17 men left the ship at 7:00 to take part in the ceremonies at Masonire Ball. Riding to flood.

8PM - Midnight, Weather same. Slightly foggy at end of watch. Men returned to the ship at 11:30

six (6) Officers & eighteen (18) men - Left ship at 0945 for parade


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5 August 1884

Lat 42.80, Long -70.60, portsmouth nh at sea

coal: 5 tons 100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 246 tons 100 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


U.S.S. "Constellation" - At 0700 dropped down from Navy Yard and came to

At 0800 got up anchor and steamed out of Portsmouth harbor, Flagship following

U.S. Revenue Cutter "Gallatin" - At 1000 passed and fired a salute of one gun


Lat 42.80, Long -70.60, portsmouth

coal: 251 tons 200 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours 5tons 100 lbs. Coal remaining on land at Noon 246 tons 100 lbs.

coal: 5 tons 100 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 246 tons 100 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lient A. A Ermory -

Midnight - 4AM, Weather same.

4AM - 8AM, Clear and pleasant. Light airs and calm. Called all hands at 4:00 dressed (?) and called and fished anchor and hove in to 30 (?) in part chain and made preperation for sea.

8AM - Noon, Overcast misty. At 8:00 got up anchor and steamed out of Portsmouth for the Flagship following. Outside she took the lead. ''Bear'' taking her position on (?). At 10:00 the US Revernue Cutter Gallatin passed and fired a salute of 1 gun.

Noon - 4PM, Cloudy and pleasant. Hazy horizon. Light to moderate. Slight breeze. Sea smooth - changed course at 1:00. For position on port- quarter of 'The (?)' under easy steam.

4PM - 6PM, Clear overhead, hazy in horizon. Moderate breeze from South. Under steam alone. Keeping position on port quarter of Flagship. A number of vessels in sight. At 6:50 Poll sighted Race Pount

6PM - 8PM, foggy about horizon. Under steam alone in position on port quarter of (?).

U.S.S. "Constellation" - At 0700 came from Navy Yard and came to off Fort Constitution

At 0800 got anchor up and steamed out of Portsmouth Harbor

U.S. Revenue Cutter "Gallatin" - passed at 1000 & fired a salute of one gun


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6 August 1884


Lat 41.57, Long -69.88, at sea making passage to new york

coal: 5 tons 1300 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 240 tons 1040 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


At 1935 "Thetis" anchored & at 2000 came to with starboard anchor

At 2300 got underway

Luis Envoy Jr. - Unde the Command of

At 2.15 heard fog whistle of Pollock Rip Lt Ship

At 4: 35 passed close to Cross Rip Lt Ship

8 pm at anchor off Hobska Lt


Lat 41.57, Long -69.88, at sea making passage to new york

coal: 54 tons 1300 lbs, 240 tons, 1040 lbs - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours 54 tons, 1300 lbs. Coal remaining on hand at Noon 240 tons, 1040 lbs

coal: 240 tons 1040 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons 1300 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lient A. A. Ermory - 'under the command of'

Midnight - 4AM, Overcast, thick fog. Light gentle breeze. Sea smooth- steaming course. At 2:15 heard fog whistle of Pollock Rip Lt Ship. Steamed slowly forwards towards it till 2:50 when in obedience to hail stopped a Redge in (?) and lay to it remainder of (?)


4AM - 8AM, Thick fog. Light to moderate - haze varying in direction. Riding to Redge. Flagship dragged several (?) lenghts and brought up astern. A ship passed on port side and anchored on port bow.

8AM - Meridian. Cloudy + thick fog. Light breeze from SW. Riding to Redge awaiting lifting of fog. At 11:45 lifted Redge + got under way. Stopped it again at 12:00: the fog lifted got it up resumed (?) + got under way following on port quarter of ''Theles''

Meridian to 4PM. Pat log read 1.5:K. heading SW 1/4 W Lt. At 1:27 Pat log read 2.5K heading W. ly. of. 3/4 of.

4 PM to 6 PM. Overcast thick fog. Light to gentle WSW breeze. Steaming slowly on port quarter of ''Thetis''. At 4:35 passed close to gross Rip Ll ship + changed course to NWly1/2W (pc) in obedience to hail. Pat log 117.5.K. At (?) of watch Pat log 125:4K.

6PM to 8PM. Thick fog. Gentle breeze from WSW. At 6:20 East Charts Lt bore W.ly.8.1/2.8. At 7:00 Flagship hailed giving orders to go into Nordo Role to telegraph. Fog lightened somewhat + ship steamed for Nordo Role. At 7:35 ''Thetis'' anchored + at 8:00 came to (?)


8PM to Midnight. Foggy weather. At anchor off (?) Lt. demanding fog bell. At 11:00 got underway following on port quarter of Flagship. West-(?) Lt bore SW1/4f(mag) from anchorage. Ships head W3/4S.


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7 August 1884

Lat 40.85, Long -72.20, at sea making passage to new york

coal: 230 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 200 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


At 2350 Came to anchor in Lower Bay


Lat 40.85, Long -72.20, at sea making passage to new york

coal: 10 tons 200 lbs, 230 tons 840 lbs - 10 tons 200 lbs consumed during the preceding 24 hours. 230 tons 840 lbs remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 10 tons 200 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 230 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Midnight - 4AM. At 12:45. Heading W.ly.S Pat log 44.4.R.

4AM to 8AM. Overcast warm + thick wet fog. Calm + light SW airs. Sea smooth on port quarter of ''Thetis''. Steaming slow. Course W by S (pc)


8AM to Meridian. Overcast misty + rainy. Under steam alone on port quarter of Flagship + regulating speed by her. ''Alest'' first two hours on our port quarter, best half of watch Alest set for sail + shifted to W'd quarter of 'Theto'. At 9:00 Montaruk Lt (?) E (pc) Ships head SWbyS. Coast of Long Island visible at intervals.

Meridian to 4PM. Overcast cloudy + raining entire watch. Light breeze from NW shifting to NNE + E. Under steam force on port quarter of 'Thetis'.

4 to 6PM. Fresh breeze + rain. Sea smooth - ships in (?). At 5:55 Fire Island Lt. bore W by N (mag) (?) 1 3/4 miles by bow + learn bearing. Pat log read 144. K. Ships showed their colors passing Fire Island were answered from shore.

6 to 8PM

8PM to Midnight. Clear + pleasant overhead, misty in horizon. Bright moonlight. Gentle breeze from NNE. Smooth sea. Under steam alone Kelping in position on port quarter of 'Thetis'. At 8:30 sighted Scotland Lt. ship ahead. In obedience to signal from Flagship took position astern of 'Thetis'. 'Plent' coming in astern of 'Bear' steaming into Lower Bay of N.Y. At 9:30 sighted Sandy Hook L.t ship + Sandy Nook Lt. At 11:50 came to anchor in Lower Bay in 6 3/4 (?) water veering to 30 (?) on (?) chain. Bearings from anchorage.


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8 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 5 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 225 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

at anchor in lower bay new york harbor

Steaming into New York Harbor in wake of "Thetis" & at 1050 came to off Ellis Island

A salute of 21 guns was fired from Governor Island

six bodies - transferred to Tug Catalpa funeral on Governors Island

8AM to Meridian. Steamed into New York Harbor in wake of "Thetis" & at 10:50 came to off Ellis Island 51/2 fms water with stbd anchor 15 fms of chain. A salute of 21 guns was fired from Governors Island. US Tug "Catolpa" came alongside flying broad pennant of Commo Fillebrown Comdg. Us Navy Yard. Half masted colors with "Thetis" as we came to.

Meridian to 4PM. Transferred the six bodies to US Tug "Catalpa" Comdg. + Ex Officers left with them to attend funeral service at Govenors Island.

Transferred the six bodies to US Tug "Catalpa" om & Ex Officers left vessel with them to attend funeral service at Governor Island


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 5 tons, 225 tons 840 lbs - 5 tons consumed during preceding 24 hours, 225 tons 840 lbs remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 5 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 223 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lient. A. A. Ermory Jr - 'under the command of'

Mid to 4AM. Overcast + cloudy. Light WNW breeze. At anchor in Lower Bay New York Harbor. Banked fires

4 to 8AM. Light breeze from WSW with light fog. Ship swim going to the tide. All hands employed variously. At 7:45 weighed + called the anchor ready to follow the Flagship.

8AM toMeridian. Hazy + warm. Light NW airs. Steaming into New York Harbor in wake of 'Thetis' + at 10:50 came to off Ellis Island. A salute of 21 guns was fired from Governors Island. U.S Iraq 'Catolpa' came alongside flying broad

Meridian to 4PM. Weather same. Light breeze from NW. Transferred the six ladies to (?) 'Catalpa' + Ex officers left with them to attend funeral service at Governors Island.

4PM to 8PM. Weather same. Light SSE airs. Commenced raining heavily at close of watch. Sent liberty part on shore.

8PM to Midnight. Overcast. Raining heavily first part of watch - lightly last half. Calm + light variable airs.

At anchor in Lower Bay, New York Harbor

Steaming into New York Harbor in wake of "Thetis" & at 1050 came to off Ellis Island. A salute of 21 guns was fired from Governor Island.

Transferred the six bodies to U.S. Tug "Catalpa" . funeral service on Governers Island


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9 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 322 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 3 tons, 322 tons 840 tons - 3 tons consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 322 tons 840 lbs remaining on land at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 332 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lieut. A. A. Ermory Jr - under the command of

Mid to 4AM. Strong breeze from NNE. Slightly overcast

4AM to 6AM. Clear + pleasant. Gentle NNE breeze. Liberty party returned.

8AM to Meridian. Clear + pleasant. Moderate to fresh breeze from ENE. Navy Yard (?) Catalpa came alongside with mail

Meridian to 4PM. Clear + warm. Light breeze from East. At 1:50 got underway and shifted anchorage 1/2 mile further up the river. Came to at 1:50

4PM to 8PM. Overcast. Raining heavily (?) watch. Gentle breeze from E

8PM to Mid. Overcast cloudy + rainy. Light breeze from NW shift to East latter part of watch


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10 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 219 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Mid to 4 AM fresh breeze from East. Rain with lightning


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 3 tons 219 tons 840 lbs - 3 tons consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 219 tons 840 lbs remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 219 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lieut. A R Ermory Jr -

Mid to 4AM. Fresh breeze from East. Rain with lightning

4 to 8AM. Clear + pleasant. Gentle breeze from NNE.

8AM to Meridian. Clear + pleasant. Gentle breeze from NE.

Meridian to 4PM. Generally clear + pleasant weather. Light NE breeze. Sent liberty party ashore. Steam launch disabled by bursting tube.

4 to 8PM. Clear + pleasant. Light NE breeze

8PM to Midnight. Cloudy + pleasant weather. Light NE breeze

Rain with lightning


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11 August 1884


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 3 tons 216 tons 840 lbs - 3 tons consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 216 tons 840 lbs

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 216 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york harbor

coal: 3 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 210 tons 840 lbs. - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


General Hancock - visited the "Thetis"

At 1445 got under way and proceeded to Navy Yard, at 1730 made fast to wharf mooring

Gen Hancock - visited the"Thetis"


Mid to 4AM. Overcast + cloudy first part clearing last hour of watch. Light NW breeze.

4 to 8AM. Cloudy mild + misty. Threatning rain. Light NNE to (?) breeze.

8AM to Meridian. Clear and warm. Gentle airs from NW. Engaged in tailing out and landing powder gun cotton and small (?) ammunition.

Meridian to 4PM. Clear + pleasant. Light breeze from East.

4 to 8PM. Clear + pleasant. At 5:30 made fast to Wharf, merging head + stern under the derrick.

8PM to Mid. Clear. Light. East breeze

Gen. Hancock - visited the "Thetis"

At 1445 got under way and proceeded to Navy Yard

At 1730 made fast to wharf


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12 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 6 tons 840 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 219 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 6 tons 840 lbs 219 tons - 6 tons 840 lbs consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 219 tons remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 6 tons 840 lbs. - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 219 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lieut. A R Ermory Jr - under the command of

Mid to 4AM. Clear + pleasant. Gentle breeze from ESE

4 to 8AM. Clear + cool

8AM to Meridian. Clear sky + fine weather

Meridian to 4PM. Clear + pleasant. Light NE airs

4 to 8PM. Pleasant weather with clear sky

8PM to Mid. Clear + pleasant. Light NE airs


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13 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 216 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 3 tons 216 tons - 3 tons consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 216 tons remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 216 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lieut. A R Ermory Jr - under the command of

Mid to 4AM. Calm + pleasant weather

4 to 8AM. Clear warm + pleasant. Light NbyE airs

8AM to Meridian. Clear + pleasant. Gentle breeze from N'd + E'd. Bar - steady

Meridian to 4PM. Clear + pleasant. Light NE breeze

4 to 8PM. Clear + pleasant light NE breeze. Bar steady

8PM to Mid. Clear + pleasant. Light NE airs


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14 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 213 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 3 tons 213 tons - 3 tons consumed during the preceding 24 hours, 213 tons remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 213 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Transfering samples of all stores to Ordnance Dep't to be packed for transportation to Louisville Exhibition


Lieut. A R Ermory Jr - under the command of

Mid to 4AM. Clear + pleasant. Gentle airs from NE. Bar steady. Bright moonlight

4 to 8AM. Clear + pleasant. Light NE airs

8AM to Meridian. Light East breeze + fine weather.

Meridian to 4PM. Clear + hot. Light NE airs. Transferring samples of all stores to (?) Dept to be packed for transportation to Louisville Exhibition.

4 to 8PM. Clear + pleasant. Light North airs

8PM to Mid. Clear + hot with light North airs


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15 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: -


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


W. Brock (Q.M.) - absent without leave having left the ship without permission F. Law (SCook) - absent overstaying leave F Law (S Cook) - absent over leave.

N. Brock (QM) & Jas F B~~~th (C.Top) were by order of the Comd'g Officer dis-rated to Seaman & by order of Com'dt of Navy Yard transferred to the USRS "Vermount" with their bags and hammocks.


W. Brock (Q.df) and F. Law (S Cook) - absent without leave having left the ship without permission, Law overstayed leave

Commander Schley - visited the ship, large number of visitors aboard


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16 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


Meridian to 4 P.M. Weather same. Landed specimens of stores for exhibitions at Louisville, Cincinatti + New Orleans


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17 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 194 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Landed specimans of stores for exhibition at Louisville, Cincinatti & New Orleans.


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 196 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


Blackened port anchor &mopped up uper deck


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18 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 191 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lat 40.65, Long -73.95, navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 191 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


4 to 8 PM. At 4:00 tug came along side & towed the ship to dry dock, hauled in, the water being left in.

a number of visitors on board


8 AM to Meridian Clear & warm Gentle breeze from SSW. A number of visitors aboard At 1600 tug came alongside & towed the ship to Dry Dock, secured at 1700 in place in dock.


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19 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 188 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours


Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny

coal: 3 tons - Coal consumed during the preceding 24 hours

coal: 188 tons - Coal remaining on hand at Noon


"Thetis" - At 0730 moved to berth left vacant by this ship

4 to 8 AM At 7:30 "Thetis" hauled into berth left by this ship. Dock men made preperation for pumping out dock.

Ship maintenance.


4 to 8 AM Clear pleasant & calm. At 7:30 Thetis hauled into berth left vacant by this ship. Dock men made preperations for primping out dock

"Thetis" - At 0730 hauled into berth left vacant by this ship.


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20 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Ship maintenance.


L. J. Morton (Blk Smith) - absent from ship overstaying leave

L.C. Smith (1.C.F.) - absent having left ship without permission


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21 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


L.C. Smith (ICF) - returned on board and was placed in confinement Large number of visitors aboard The Officers of the Relief Squadron - visited the President of the United States.

Rowhatan - came in & secured alongside the Navy Yard dock

Commander Walker - visited the Ship

The Secy of the Navy, Secy of War, Commander of the Yard & Commander Sehley - visited the ship, afterwards going aboard the other vessels of the relief Squadran and the Rawhlant

The officers of the Relief Squadron visited The President of the United States.

The Officers of the Relief Squadron visited the President of the United States

The officers of the Relief Squadron visited the President of the United States


Mid to 4 AM Hot & overcast. Ligth N'th airs. Heavy rain during watch

8 AM to Meridian Cloudy. Gentle breeze from S.S.E. Large number of visitors aboard ship. L.C. Smith was released from confinement & returned to duty by order of Comdg officer. The officers of the Relief Squadron visited the President of the United States. The Rowhatan came in & secured alongside to Navy Yard dock. Commo Walker visited the ship

Powhatan - Docked alongside the Bear

Meridian to 4 PM Cloudy & pleasant gentle breeze from SSE. The Secy of the Navy, Secy. of War Com'dt of the Yard & Comd Schley visited the ship afterwards going aboard the other vessels of the relief squadron & the Powhatan

L. C. Smith (1CF) - returned on board & was placed in confinement

Officers of Relief Squadron - visited the President of U.S.

The "Rowhatan" - came in & secured alongside the Navy Yard dock

Commander Walker - visited the ship

The Sec of the Navy, Sec of the War, Commander of the Yard & Commander Schley - visited the Ship


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22 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Yeo Savo (C. Steward) - was discharged from the Naval service at his own request


Geo Savo (C Steward) was discharged from the Naval service at his own request

Geo Savo (C Steward) - was discharged from the Naval service at his own request

Yeo Savo (C. Steward) - was discharged from the Naval service at his own request


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23 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

in dry dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Engaged in discharging stores


Ensign L. K. Reynolds U.S.N. - was detached from this ship and ordered to report to Lt. Buckingham U.S.N. at Louisville Ky. for special duty.

Discharging provisions, list follows


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24 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Carl Carlson ~ man was by order of Comdg officer, disrated to seaman and transferred to USS Vermont. -

Carl Carlson, Q. Mr. - was by order of Comdg Officer disrated to seaman and transferred to USS "Vermont"


Carl Carleon - was disrated to seaman & transferred to U.S.S. "Vermont"


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25 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Navy Yard workmen engaged repairing damage to ships keel and in caulking ships bottom.

4 to 8PM. Navy Yard workmen engaged repairing damage to ships keel - and in caulking ships bottom.


Navy Yard workmen engaged repairing damage to ships keel - and in caulking ships bottom


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26 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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workmen engaged repairing damage to ships keel and caulking and pitching shipd bottom


4 to 8 AM Cloudy and rainy - Gentle breeze from SW 8 AM to Meridian Cloudy and rainy - first part - last-3 hours cloudy 8 PM Cloudy - passing showers past over. Gentle breeze from S.W.


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27 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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D.M. Ditrichsen seaman - Discharged to U.S.S. Tennessee at Newport R.I.

List of stores

A. Ksansburg - Confined for drunkeness


D. M. Dietrichsen seaman - to USS Tennessee at Newport, RI

A. Krausberg - confined for safe keeping for drunkeness

D. M. Ottrichsen seaman - discharged to U.S.S."Tennessee" at Newport RI

Extensive list of provisions returned to depot


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28 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Discharged the following men from this ship and the Navy (listed)


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29 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Discharging provisions list follows

Work on ships bottom


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30 August 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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discharging stores

Finished discharging stores


Vermont - Sent working party back to

Finished discharging stores and sent working party back to "Vermont"

Heavy rain with much thunder and lightning commenced at 1800


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31 August 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1884


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1 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Finished discharging masters stores. Unbent sails & sent them to Eqpt. stores house. Stores sent to store house.


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2 September 1884


Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Stores returned to Eqpt store. All sails. 4 setts Boat sails. 23 gallo alcohol. to ~Payasters store house 400 lbs Phig Tobacco. 400 lbs Smoking Tob 300 lbs Soap. 480 lbs Candles.


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3 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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USS ~Richmond~ - arrived at the yard and went along side ordnance at 5:30 PM

U.S.S. "Richmond" - arrived at the Yard at 1730


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4 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Items returned to store, listed

Lieut Coosby - Left ship on leave of absence


Lieut Coosby - left the ship on leave of absence.

Items returned to store

Lieut Crosby - left the ship on leave of absence


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5 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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J. Roberts (Sea) - at 9:45 AM found absent without leave

J. Roberts (Sea) - Absent without leave.

J Roberts, seaman - absent without leave


J Roberts - (Sea) Absent without leave.

J. Roberts (Sea) - absent without leave


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6 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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John Roberts - Returned to ship after an absence without leave of 48 hours at 11 AM C. J. Folger - Deceased, half masted colors as a tribute of respect John Roberts - Returned to ship after 48hr AWOL.

At 11AM. Half masted colors as a tribute of respect to the ~ of C.J, ~olger deceased. Late of Sec'y of the ~.

John Roberts returned to ship after an absence without leave of 48 hours.


John Roberts - returned to ship after an absence without leave of 48 hours

At 11 AM half masted colors as a tribute of respect to the memory of C.J. Folger deceased late Sec'y of the Treasury.

John Roberts - returned to the Ship after an absence without leave of 48 hours

At 1100 half masted colors for tribute


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7 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Colors at half mast respect to the memory of the Late Rear Admiral A.A.Howard U.S.A.

Half master colors from sun-rise to sunset as a tribute of respect to the memory of the late Rear Admiral A.A. Harward U.S.N deceased


Half masted colors from sunrise to sunset as a tribute of respect to the memory of the Late Rear Admiral A.A.Hasward USN deceased

Half masted colors respect of late Rear Admiral


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8 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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9 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Colors half masted in memory of the Hon. C. J. Folger

John Johnson - absent without leave, returned to ship after an absence of fifteen hours John Johnson (QM) - AWOL Colors half masted from sunrise to sunset in memory of the Hon C.J. Folger died late Secy of Treasury John Johnson - Returned to ship after an absence without leave of (15) fifteen hours. Colors half masted from sunrise to sunset in memory of the Hon C J Folger died late Sec. of Treasury.


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Colors at half mast

John Johnson - absent, returned after an absence of 15 hours without leave


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10 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Lieut A R Usher - returned from leave


Lieut A.R. Usher - returned from leave


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11 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -73.9

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Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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G.W. Coffin - By order of Navy Dept. Commander W.S. Scholay U.S.N. turned over command of this vessels of the Greely Relief Expedition

By order of Navy Dept Comd'r H.S. Scloley USN turned over command of the vessels of the Greely Relief Expedition to Comd'r G.W. Coffin the next in ~ . Comd'r Schley visited the ship and bid farewell to the ships company.

Comdr Schley - visited the ships and bid farewell to ships company


G. W. Coffin - Commander Schley by order of Navy Dept is replaced by Coffin

Commander Schley - visited ship and bid farewell to ships company


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12 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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1155 Let water in Dry Dock 1330 hauled out of Dry Dock 2030 made fast to Cob Dock

11.55 AM. let water in dry dock. 12.45PM. floated with 16 ft of water in dock. 1.30PM. Hauled out of Dry dock. 3.30PM. made fast to Cob Dock.


1245 Floated in 16 ft of water in Dock. 1330 hauled out of Dry Dock made fast


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13 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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"Thetis" - shifted to Dry Dock

Moved into slip left vacant by "Thetis"

"Hulk hauled into dry dock"


"Thetis`` - At 1000 `Thetis` shifted to Dry Dock

At 1225 hauled into slip left vacant by `Thetis`. At 1330 `Thetis`hauled into Dry Dock


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14 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Steady


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15 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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16 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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17 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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18 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn new york


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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19 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Thomas J Morton - returned from leave at 1115 AM

Thomas J Morton - Returned from leave.

Li~ut W.~. Emory Jr. - under the command of


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20 September 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn new york


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Thomas J Merton - returned from leave



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21 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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22 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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John Roberts - was reduced to Seaman from the 21st and transferred to the U.R.S. Vermont by order of Comdg Officer

John Roberts (~M) - Reduced to Seaman from the 21st inst and transferred to the URS Vermont by order of Comdg officer.

John Roberto - Being transferred

U.R.S. Vermont - Man being transferred there


Clear cool + pleasant- Light airs from S.E. + S.W. At 7:00 AM 01/2' in bilge. Pumped ship at 7:30. John Roberts (2M) was reduced to Seaman from the 21st ~ and transfered to the U.R.S. Vermont by order of Comdg Officer Chas J. Bayer, L~

John Roberts - was reduced to Seaman from the 21st and transferred to the U.R.S. "Vermont" by order of Commanding Officer



LOG BOOK – SEPTEMBER 23RD 1884 TO NOVEMBER 26TH 1884


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Lieutenant W. H. Emory Jr. - Writer


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List of Officers attached to and on board of the USS Bear, commanded by Lieut W.m H Emory Jr USN at the time of leaving the anchor at New York the 24 of April 1884

Lt. McHenry Jr. - Officer on Bear

Lt. F. H. Andry - Officer on Bear

Lt. C. Calwell - Officer on Bear

Ens. L. K. Reynold - Officer on Bear

Julien Lowe - Engineer on Bear

H. Eame - Officer on Bear


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

new york


Wm H Emory Jr Leutenant - List of Officers

F. H. Arby Leutenant - List of Officers

C Chl~e Leutenant - List of Officers

~ R U~ Leutenant - List of Officers

L K Reynver, ensign - list of officers

J~lin Lowe, Chief Engineer - list of officers

H. Eame, P. A. S~g - list of officers

LIST OF OFFICERS

List of Officers attached to and on board of the USS Bear, commanded by Lieut W.m H Emory Jr USN at the time of leaving the anchor at New York the 24 of April 1884



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LIST OF OFFICERS Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U. S. S Bear, SREx commanded by L~ Wm H Emory Jr., U. S. N., during a cruse on the ~R Ex~ from April 24, 1884, to the end of cruise November 1884. L. K. Reynolds Ensign Aug 23. '84 Detached ~ duty Southern Exp~. F. H. Crosby Lieutenant. Sept 30. '84 Detached + ordered ~ duty ~. J~ Lowe Cheif Engineer. November 26 '84 Detached + plac~ on waiting order. Wm H Emory Jr. Lieutenant. ~ 20, '84 Detached ~ waiting orders. J. C. Col~ Lientenant November 26 '84 Detached and ~ waiting orders. N. R. Usher Lieutenant November 26 '84 Detached ~ waiting orders H. E. A~ P. A. S~ November 26 '84 Detached + ~ waiting orders

LIST OF OFFICERS

List of officers who have died, been detached or transferred on board of USS Bear



List of officers who have died, been detached or transferred on board of USS Bear

F. H. Crosby - Officer

L.K Reynolds - officer

William H. Emory - Officer

John Lowe - Officer

L.K. Reynolds - Ensign, Aug.23, '84. Detached & ordered to special duty, southern expedition.

F.H. Crosby - Lieutenant. Sept. 30, '84. Detached & ordered to duty on Coast Surney

John Lowe - Chief Engineer. november 26 '84. Detached & placed on waiting orders.

Wm. H. Emory Jr - Lieutenant. November 20, '84. Detached & placed on waiting orders.

J.C. Coleman - Lieutenant. November 26 '84. Detached and placed on waiting orders.

N.R. Usher - Lieutenant November 26 '84. Detached & placed on waiting orders.

H.E. Ames - P.O. Serg. November 26 '84. Detached & placed on waiting orders.


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COMPLEMENT of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys and Marines

Complement of Petty officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the USS Bear


Complement of Petty officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the USS Bear


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23 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


Good + pleasant light breeze from N.E.

"Thetis" moved out of Dry Dock and "Alert" took her place.



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navy yard brooklyn ny


"Thetis" and "Alert" - Thetis moved out of Dry Dock and Alert took her place "Thetis" moved out of dry dock and "Alert" took her place.


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24 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


Overcast + cloudy + raining all nght. Light breeze from N.E. + S. by E. Barometer Steady. Pumped ship at 7:30 AM 4 1/2 " in bilge O~H Schwarz (C. Steward) returned on board having been absent without leave. At 11:30 PM U.S.S. S~ara arrived at Navy Yard. Chas J B~ L~

Overcast and cloudy and raining all night.

Otto Schwarz (C Steward) - returned on board having been absent without leave

U.S.S. "Savatora" - At 1330 arrived at Navy Yard



Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


Otto Schwarz (C.Steward) - returned on board having been absent without leave U.S.S. Swatara - 2330 arrived at Navy Yard Otto Schwarz (C Steward) - Returned on board having been absent without leave. USS Savatara - Arrived at Navy yard.

Schwarz, (C. Steward) - ? on board having been absent without leave.

USS Savahara(?) - 11: 30 pm arrived at Navy Yard.


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25 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


US~ Pa~hatan - left Brooklyn NY Navy Yard

U.S.S. "Powhatan" - left the Yard at 1150, a salute of 13 guns was fired from the Island and one from the Ordnance dock

"Yantic" - At 1300 arrived at the Navy Yard


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


U.S.S. Pawhatan - 1150 AM left Navy Yard. A salute of 13 guns were fired from the Island and one from the Ordinance dock

U.S.S. Yantic - 1330 entered Navy Yard

USS "Powhatan" - Left the yard

USS "Yantic" - Arrived at the Navy Yard

USS "Yantic" - arrived at the Navy Yard


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26 September 1884


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~~All present. Light ~ from NW. Barometer rising ~ engaged ~~


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

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27 September 1884

navy yard ny


Commander Fillebrown U.S.N. - Colors at half mast, died at 0200


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

navy yard ny


Command Fellebrown U.S.N. - 0800 hoisted colors at half mast, died at 0200 At 8 AM hoisted colors half mast for Commd Fillebrown USN who died at 2.00 AM At 8 A.M. hoisted colors at half mast for Commo Fillebrown U.S.N. who died at 2:00 A.M.


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28 September 1884

navy yard ny


Doctor Ames & Otto Schwarz - left ship to go to Roslyn

At 2330 commenced to rain very hard


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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29 September 1884

navy yard ny


Overcast and raining until 0230

U.S.S. "Alliance" - shifted from Ordinance dock to Navy Yard at 1330


navy yard ny


USS Alliance - Shifted from Ordinance dock to Navy Yard

Sent mewdical stores to Laboratory

Hoisted colors at half mast in memory of Commo J.S. Fillebrown USN late Commandant of this station.

U.S.S Albania - was sent medical


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30 September 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -73.9

moored to cob dock navy yard brooklyn ny


Lieut J. C. Alence - returned from leave at 0700

Lieut F,N, Crraby - left the Ship

U.S.S. "Alert" - came out of dry dock at 1500, moved alongside "Thetis"


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


Lieut. J C Alence - returned from leave of absence at 0700

U.S.S.Alert - came out of dry dock at 1500

Lieut. F. N. Caraby - left ship having been detached and ordered to duty on .. Survey Lieut. J.C. Ahune (?) - returned from leave of absense at 7am. Lieut. F.H. Arraby - left the ship, having been detached and ordered to duty on the Coast Survey.

USS Ab~s(?) - came out of dry dock at 3pm and was made fast alongside Thetis, as cab dock.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1884


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1 October 1884

Lat 40.6, Long -73.9

moored to cob dock navy yard brooklyn ny


restowed provisions on to after lower deck

P A Egan W H Hauman (of Alert) - transferred toThetis


Lat 40.6, Long -74.0

navy yard brooklyn ny


P.A. Surg N.E. Ainers - left ship on leave of absence


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2 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Clear & cool early am, overcast, chilly & remainder of day. Light NNE breeze.


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york


Frecik Lair (Ships Cook) - absent overstaying leave


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3 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york


Lieut W. K. Eruong - visited ship


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york


Lieut W.K. Eurong?? - visited ship


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4 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


F Lum - returned on board overstayed leave 60 hours


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york


F. Lum (Seam) - returned on board having over stayed leave 60 hours


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5 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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6 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york ny


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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7 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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8 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Commanding Officer visited ship. W. Emory Commander, reward of $1000 for Otto Schwarz (Cabin Steward) absent


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Commanding Officer - visited ship

Otto Schuring(Cabin Steward) - absent , returned on board, under false pretences

OTIS SWARTZ cabin stewart - apprehended-leave on false pretenses


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9 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Position

All enlisted men of "Bear" "Thetis" & "Alert" are transferred


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

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Commander Coffin - left ship on leave

transfer of enlisted men from the Bear to the Summit for berthing and manning


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10 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


At 11030 Ships company were transferred to U.S.N.S. "Vermont"


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york new york

moved to Cob Doc


Ships Company - 1130 were transferred to U.S.R.S. "Vermont"

Ships company were transferred to USRS "Vermont" for quarters and messing

At 11: 30 Ships company were transported to USRC "Vermont" for quarters and messing.

1100 hrs USFS Gennoe went into dry dock. 1130 hrs ships company were transported to USRS Vermont for quarters and messing

USJA Genmeae - went into dry dock

USRS Vermont - took crew of ship in dry dock for qarters and messing


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11 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york new york



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12 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york



moored to cob dock navy yard new york



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13 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cab dock navy yard new york new york



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14 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Otto Schwarz - was discharged from the Naval service


moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Otto Schwarz (Cabin Steward) - was discharged from the Naval service by order of Commanding Officer Otto Schwaz (Cabin Steward) - Discharged from the Navel service by order of Comd'g officer.

Otto Schwarz was ordered discharged from navel service by order of the commanding officer


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15 October 1884

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Jacob Johnson - transferred to the U.S.S. "Vermont" to be sent to the hospital


moored to cob dock navy yard new york


Jacob Johnson (Sea) - was transferred to the U.S.R.S. "Vermont" to be sent to the hospital

Jacob Johnson - sent to the USRS Vermont to be sent to the hospital

Jacob Johnson (Swa) - Transfered to the USRS Vermont to be sent to the hospital

Clear, cool and pleasant. Moderate S.W. breeze. Jacob Johnson (Seal) was transferred to the U.S.R.S. Vermont to be sent to the hospital. Sam A. Lemly (sp?) Lieutenant


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16 October 1884

moored to cob dock navy yard ny


cob dock navy yard ny


Sam A. Lemby, Lieutentant - Noting weather

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17 October 1884

moored to cob dock navy yard ny


moored to cob dock navy yard new york


pumped ship in forenoon


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18 October 1884

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Th~ J. Morton (Blk Smith) - Th~ J. Morton (Blk Smith) left the ship on leave of absence one week from this date.

T.J. Morton (Blk Smith) - left the ship on leave of absence of one week from this date


moored to cob dock navy yard new york


J. Morton (Blk Smith) - left ship for one week leave

J Morton & Blk Smicht - left ship on one week leave of absence


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19 October 1884

moored to cob dock navy yard ny

cob dock navy yard ny