Read all about USS Yorktown'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.

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Editor’s notes:

The log-keepers often made mistakes when noting people's names.
Sometimes a different initial is used, or the surname is spelled differently, and then there are times when a different rating is mentioned.
These changes have been left as found, because it's not always possible to ascertain which one is correct.
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THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN 1889-1890
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(Maps prepared using Journey Plotter, developed by Maikel. The Plots can only be approximate. They are made by joining-up positions on successive days, and sometimes positions are not given. There will therefore be occasions when the ship appears to have travelled overland)

LOG BOOK – APRIL 23rd 1889 TO JUNE 30th 1889


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S. Steamer Yorktown 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, at the time of leaving anchorage at Navy Yard League Island, Pennsylvania the 25th day of April, 1889.


Name

Rank

Remarks

F.E. Chadwick

Commander


H.G.O. Colby

Lieutenant


C.A. Bradbury

Lieutenant


J.C. Colwell

Lieutenant


G.W. Denfeld

Lieutenant


R.C. Smith

Ensign


Robert L. Russell

Ensign

Reported for duty April 29th 1889

Cipriano Andrade

Chief Engineer


J.C. Boyd

Surgeon


C.W. Littlefield

Passed Assistant Paymaster


W.L. Cathcart

Passed Assistant Engineer


G.E. Burd

Assistant Engineer


Lincoln Karmany

Second Lieutenant U.S.M.C.


Pattison

Paymaster's Clerk



[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, during a cruise on the [left blank] Station from April 25th, 1889, to June 30th, 1889.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

Lincoln Karmany

Second Lieutenant U.S.M.C.

Detached 10th June 1889

Robert L. Russell

Ensign

Detached 28th June 1889


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of U.S. Steamer Yorktown 3rd Rate at first commissioning, 23rd April, 1889, Navy Yard League Island, Pennsylvania.


Rates

Number

Master-at-Arms

1

Apothecary

1

Paymaster Yeoman

1

Machinists

3

Boilermaker

1

Quartermaster

1

Seamen Gunner

1

Sailmaker's Mate

1

Captain of Forecastle

1

Seamen

31

Ordinary Seamen

12

Landsmen

5

First-class Firemen

12

Second-class Firemen

3

Coal Heavers

15


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Armament


Of the U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate.


Number of Guns

Caliber

Description

Weight

6

6-inch Breech Loading Rifle

Mark III, on central pivot carriages

# 32 = 10819 pounds

# 33 = 10792 pounds

# 34 = 10782 pounds

# 35 = 10842 pounds

# 36 = 10850 pounds

# 37 = 10790 pounds

2

6-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss

On recoil mounts


2

3-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss

On sliding pivot recoil mounts


1

1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss

On cone mount


2

37 millimeter Revolving Cannon Hotchkiss

On rail sockets


2

Gatling Short

On rail sockets



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23 April 1889

Moored alongside of wharf, League Island, Pennsylvania

Lat 39.88, Long -75.18


From 10.30am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SW.

At 10.30am the ship was put in commission by the Commandant of the Yard.

Engaged in receiving stores and fitting for sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South by West.

Engaged in receiving stores in all departments.

The following men were transferred to this ship from the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "St. Louis": Fred Myers, Landsman, A.R. Hilbert, Seaman Gunner, H. Truman, Seaman Gunner, J. Howard, Seaman Gunner, E. Pillsworth, First-class Fireman, J. Laverty, First-class Fireman, Luke Sweeney, First-class Fireman, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and W. Bartzell, Coal Heaver.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South by West.

Flood tide.

Engaged in receiving stores in all departments.

At 7.15pm mustered crew.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant

Gentle breeze from South.

Flood tide.


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24 April 1889

Moored alongside of wharf, League Island Navy Yard, Pennsylvania

Lat 39.88, Long -75.18


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze.

Flood tide.

Engaged in stowing shell room.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South by West.

Tide turned ebb about 11.00am.

Receiving stores.

Blacking down rigging.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to strong breezes from South by West and South by East.

Ebb tide.

Receiving stores.

Preparing for sea.

William H. Still, Landsman, and Frederick Robinson, Landsman, were transferred to this ship from the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "St. Louis"


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to strong breeze from South by East.

Tide turned flood about 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff to gentle breeze from South by East.

High water at 10.30pm.


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25 April 1889

Moored alongside wharf, League Island Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, under way and at anchor in Delaware River

Lat 39.88, Long -75.18


Midnight to 4am:

Fair to cloudy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South by East

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from South.

Low water about 4.00am.

At 6.00am started fires in all boilers


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and mild.

Fresh South breeze.

Made preparations for sea.

At 11.30am started engines, working them ahead and back till meridian.

Received on board M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "St. Louis", also six cases powder for 6-inch Breech Loading Rifle


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and mild.

Strong South breeze.

Received the last of stores and at 4.00pm cast off from Navy Yard wharf.

Mustered all hands at 3.00pm.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet, aft 14 feet 6 inches.

On board as passengers Assistant Naval Constructor Nixon and two representations of the Cramp Ship Building Company


4 to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Strong South breeze.

At 4.15pm hauled down the Delaware River and went ahead full speed.

At close of watch ship below Wilmington, Delaware.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally, threatening weather.

Thick foggy weather last half hour of watch.

Stiff to fresh breeze from SSW to South by East.

Standing down Delaware River.

At sunset mustered all hands.

At 7.40pm called all hands bring ship to anchor.

At 7.50pm anchored in 4½ fathoms of water, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Reedy Island light bore (per compass) North by E½E, Port Penn Range light NNW½W.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and rainy, light squalls.

Gentle breeze from South by East, SE and East.

At 10 o'clock shifted anchorage.

Reedy Island bearing North and front lights of Port Penn range NW.

Banked fires.


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26 April 1889

At anchor and under way in Delaware River

Lat 39.46, Long -75.57 [Approximate position]


Commences and till 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm to light breeze from North to NNE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Current 1.2 knots at 3.00am.

Banked fires.

Slack water at close of watch.


4am to 8am:

Thick and rainy weather.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

Flood tide.

At 5.30am got under way.

Standing down the Delaware River.

At 6.15am anchored in 5¼ fathoms of water, veering to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Banked fires.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Moderate to strong breeze from ENE and NE.

At 11.30am veered to 38 fathoms at water's edge.

High water at 10.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Moderate NE gale.

Riding to the ebb.

Slack water at close of watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and squally.

Stiff breeze to moderate gale from NE by East.

Riding across flood tide and winds.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Strong to moderate breeze from ENE to East in squalls.

Got under way at 7.50pm and stood down the river.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool and misty.

Fresh ENE breeze.

Weather thickening, came to at 8.40pm in 4½ fathoms water, 30 fathoms chain starboard anchor.

Swung to the ebb.

Banked fires.


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27 April 1889

At anchor and under way Delaware Bay and thence to Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Lat 39.00, Long -74.60 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, squally, occasional misty.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from NE.

At 3.30am got up anchor and at end of watch ship standing down Delaware Bay.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, drizzling rain and occasional mist.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from NE, East and ESE.

At 4.50am Ship John [Shoal] light bore abeam, and at 6.10am Cross Ledge light abeam.

Anchored at 6.15am in 6½ fathoms with 45 fathoms chain.

At 7.45am called all hands and got under way standing down the bay.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Moderate East by South to ESE breeze.

Steaming full speed down Delaware Bay.

Navigator conning the ship.

At 9.10am put over patent log, reading 0, Brown Shoal being close aboard

At 9.40am passed whistling buoy off Delaware breakwater, patent log reading 9.8, and set course E½S.

At 11.30am passed Five Fathoms Bank lightship close aboard, patent log reading 27.6, took departure and set course NE.

Moderately heavy sea running from Eastward.

Ship pitching and rolling easily


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Moderate to stiff breeze from East by South.

Moderate sea from ESE.

At 1.35pm changed course to NE¾N (per compass), at 1.55pm to NE by North, at 3.30pm to NNE.

At 1.15pm set jib and fore staysail.

At 3.20pm stopped engines and got a cast in 16 fathoms of water, sandy bottom.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, misty, drizzling rain first hour.

At 4.30pm got a cast of the lead in 16 fathoms and at 5.30pm in 14 fathoms, bottom fine sand and small pebbles.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy, drizzling rain later part of watch.

Got a cast of the lead at 6.30pm in 16 fathoms and changed course to N½W.

At 7.00pm changed course to NW.

Steamer whistles, one on starboard and one on port bow, at close of watch.

Moderate swell.

Easy motion.


8pm to midnight:

Foggy with light drizzle.

Wind light from WNW to SW.

Sea moderate.

Running slow during fog.

At 10.00pm sighted the Navesink lights about ahead.

Last two hours standing in to New York outer harbor.


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28 April 1889

Under way standing into New York harbor and at anchor

Lat 40.70, Long -74.03


Commences and until 4 am:

Fair to cloudy.

Light to moderate breeze from South by East, SW and WSW.

Squally later part.

At 1.50am anchored off Stapleton, Staten Island, in 12 fathoms, with 30 fathoms chain at the hawse.

At 3.30am began swinging to flood.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle SW breeze.

Finished swinging to the flood at 4.15am.

Got under way at 7.00am and steamed up the harbor, coming to at 8.00am with port anchor, 30 fathoms chain, in the line of United States vessels off Ellis Island.

Exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Brooklyn", U.S.S. "Jamestown", U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Juniata", U.S.S. "Kearsarge", U.S.S. "Essex" and U.S.S. "Yantic" at anchor in line.

At 7.55am made signal interrogatory 1211.

Answered 904 by U.S.S. "Boston".


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and rainy weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW by South.

Exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Chicago".

About 10.00am U.S.S. "Atlanta" came up the harbor.

At 8.50am commenced swinging to the ebb, finished at 10.00am.

Commanding officer paid official visit to U.S.S. "Boston" and Navy Yard.

Spread fires at 11.30am.

Took in 500 gallons fresh water from tug "Catalpa"


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to fair weather, slight drizzle at end.

Moderate breeze from WSW and West.

Shifted berth to position between U.S.S. "Juniata" and U.S.S. "Boston", and later to position between U.S.S. "Essex" and U.S.S. "Juniata".

Low water slack about 3.30pm.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and mild

Light to moderate SSW breeze.

Riding to the flood.

Crew engaged blacking ship's sides.

Banked fires.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant weather, light shower toward end of watch.

Riding to the flood.

Banked fires.

Received from the Navy Yard: one set signals number 2; one set repeaters number 2; one set pennants number 2; one set international signals

New boat signals complete


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to clear weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW and WSW.

Swung to the ebb between 9.00pm and 10.00pm.

Banked fires.


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29 April 1889

At anchor, under way and moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.70, Long -74.03


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle South to WSW breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with occasional spits of rain.

Gentle to moderate breeze from WSW to WNW.

At 5.00am started swinging to the flood, riding across wind and tide.

At 7.10am got under way and shifted berth.

At 7.20am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal number 6373.

At 8.00am dressed ship and fired a salute of 21 guns.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair weather.

Moderate breeze from West.

From 9.00am to 10.00am swung to ebb.

Flagship made preparatory signal number 4890 and number 5527, which were answered.

Standing by to salute the president's flag aboard the U.S.S. "Despatch"

Arthur Wilcox, Seaman Apprentice, was transferred to this ship from the U.S.S. "Minnesota"


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, passing showers last hour.

Moderate to fresh West breeze.

Got under way in obedience to signal at 12.45pm and steamed up the North River in column of vessels.

Came to at 2.10pm, port anchor 30 fathoms chain, in 10 fathoms water.

Riding to the ebb.

U.S.S. "Despatch", flying the flag of the President of the United States, passed along the line at 12.30pm.

The fleet manned yards and fired a national salute, the crew mustered on poop deck.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast weather.

Moderate to stiff breeze from WNW.

At 4.00pm got under way and stood up to the Navy Yard first hour of watch.

Moored alongside of the Monitor U.S.S. "Terror" at the Navy Yard wharf.

Ship's draft forward 10 feet, aft 14 feet 6 inch.

Ensign Robert L. Russel reported for duty


8pm to midnight:

Clear first part, cloudy later part.

Light airs from North to NNE.


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30 April 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from West to NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW to West.

At 6.30am the Marine Guard left the ship to appear in the "Centennial Inaugural Parade".

Lieutenant Denfeld, Ensigns Smith and Russell were sent to command apprentices from the U.S.S. "Juniata".


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool.

Gentle NW breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cool.

Gentle NW by West breeze.

Furled sails at 1.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Gentle NW by West breeze.

Officers and men detailed for the military parade in New York returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool.

Gentle NW by West breeze shifting to NNE latter half of watch.



LOGS FOR MAY 1889


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1 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear and cool.

Light to moderate NNE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

U.S.S. "Essex" got under way from ordnance dock and steamed down the river at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Aired bedding.

At 9.00am loosed sail to dry.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

At 8.45am mustered all hands and found the following men absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, and E.P. Rogers, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather partly cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from West.

At 1.00pm parted sail.

Powder lighter came alongside and commenced transferring shell to her.

Got the four (4) saluting howitzers out on the wharf, preparing to returning them to the Navy Yard.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather overcast and cloudy first part, clearing latter part.

Continued transferring ordnance stores to powder lighter.


8pm to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West.


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2 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from North and NNE.


4am to 8am:

Weather clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.

Continued transferring ordnance stores to powder lighter.

Finished at 7.55am having place on board lighter: 280 6-inch common shell; 236 empty 6-inch powder tanks; 12 filled 6-inch powder tanks (full charges); 2 powder tanks with saluting charges for 12-pounder howitzer (light).

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 140 pounds fresh beef and 115 pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs.

At 8.45am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: W.P. Keegan, Landsman, R. Carter, Landsman, and P.E. Rodgers, Landsman.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 115 pounds fresh bread.

U.S.S. "Chicago" came in and moored alongside the Monitor U.S.S. "Miantonomoh".

Marine Guard drilled on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy weather.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW.

Sent to Ellis Island: 236 empty powder tanks; 12 filled powder tanks; 280 6-inch common shell, filled and fuzed; 2 tanks containing 209 1-pound saluting charges for light 12-pounder.


4 to 8pm:

Fair weather.

Gentle breeze from NW.

At 5.30pm mustered at quarters.

The U.S.S. "Juniata" left the harbor at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to clear.

Gentle breeze from WSW to West.


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3 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cool but pleasant.

Light breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Weather clear and cool.

Light breeze from West.

Scrubbed clothes and scrubbed the decks with sand.


8am to meridian:

Clear to cloudy weather.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Mustered at 8.45am, the following men absent over time: R. Carter, Landsman, 48 hours, P.E. Rodgers, Landsman, 48 hours, William P. Keegan, Landsman, 24 hours.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Transferring ordnance stores and equipment to Ordnance Department of Navy Yard.

Received the following stores in Navigation Department: 1 letter book; 1 miscellaneous book; 2 memorandum books; 6 memorandum pads; 1 press copy book; 3 sheets blotting paper; 1 quire envelope paper; 2 dozen envelopes (cloth lined), official; 2 dozen envelopes, notes; 5 dozen envelopes, official; 1 ream letter paper (whole sheets); 1 ream note paper; ½ ream regulation paper (½ sheets); 1 copy press; 1 gross elastic bands; 2 ink erasers; 1 quart copying ink; 2 bottles red ink; 1 quart recording ink; 3 inkstands; 1 quart mucilage; 1 box paper fasteners; 1 dozen black lead pencils; ½ dozen red and blue pencils; ½ dozen blue pencils; 1 dozen penholders; 2 penknives; 1 gross steel pens; 6 rubber erasers; 1 penalty stamp; 1 ship's stamp.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair weather.

Gentle breeze from WNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from WNW.


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4 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Weather fair and cool.

Light breeze from WNW and NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WNW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.

At 8.45am mustered all hands and found the following men absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, P.E. Rodgers, Landsman, and William P. Keegan, Landsman.

Placed two "spar shores" against starboard side.

The U.S.S. "Yantic" left at 9am


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WNW breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Transferred A.C. Flaeshean [?], Landsman, to U.S.S. "Atlanta" with account and effects.

Surgeon J.C. Boyd left the ship on leave of absence for five days.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE.

The U.S.S. "Essex" came up to the yard.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WNW airs.


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5 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW.

W.P. Keegan, Landsman, returned from liberty being 66 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 140 pounds fresh beef; 114 pounds vegetables; 114 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light West breeze.

At 8.45am mustered crew, absent without leave: Richard Carter, Landsman, P. Rodgers, Landsman, John Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, Henry Myers, Coal Heaver, J.M. Stuart, Private Marine, P.G. Mercer, Private Marine.

Sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WSW, shifting to North at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW to NNW airs.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs and breeze from NNW.


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6 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, calm and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Fair weather, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNW.

J.M. Stuart, Private Marine, returned from liberty 24 hours over time and J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, returned 12 hours over time.

P. Praught, Seaman, was found under the influence of liquor after returning from liberty and was by order of the Commanding Officer placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping.


8am to meridian:

Warm and pleasant, hazy.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 8.45am mustered the crew, the following men were absent, as follows: Dennis Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, Richard Carter, Landsman, P. Rodgers, Landsman, John Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J. Dingley, Seaman, W. Stevenson, First-class Fireman, P.J. Kelley, First-class Fireman, Bernard Doherty, Second-class Fireman, J.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, F. Rushman, Coal Heaver, William Hennessey, Coal Heaver, P.G. Mercer, Private Marine, Charles Clark, Coal Heaver, P. McDermott, Coal Heaver.

Engaged in breaking out ammunition rooms.

Drilled Marine Guard for 1 hour.

J. Hines, Seaman, J. Brundritt, Seaman, and Leidy, Coal Heaver, left ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NE and East.

Received on board from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Robert F. Pickett, First-class Fireman, James Reynolds, First-class Fireman, John M. Bunnings, Second-class Fireman, and Thomas W. Campbell, Second-class Fireman, with their bags, hammock and accounts.

At 1 o'clock Joseph Hines, Seaman, appeared on board and by order of the Commanding Officer was placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Later he was by same order placed in double irons for disorderly conduct.

J. Brundritt, Seaman, was found on board at 3.45pm and was by order of Commanding Officer placed in the sentry's charge for safe keeping.

P. Praught, Seaman, was released from sentry's charge.

F. Rushman, Coal Heaver, returned from liberty 6½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" William Winston, Landsman, with his effects.

Removed the irons from J. Hines, Seaman, and placed him under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW first part and from ESE latter part.


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7 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, hazy weather.

Light airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE shifting last hour to ESE.

Scrubbed decks with sand and holystoned ladders, gratings and racks.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NE, East and SE and South.

At 8.45am mustered and found the following men absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, Dennis Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, P.E. Rogers, Landsman, Joseph Dingley, Seaman, John Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, William Stevenson, First-class Fireman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, Charles Clark, Coal Heaver, W.G. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, W. McCann, Ordinary Seaman, P.G. Mercer, Private Marine, Henry Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, P.J. Kelley, Second-class Fireman, B. Doherty, Second-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Brundritt, Seaman, was released from the sentry's charge.

Marines drilled on shore.

Navy Yard ordnance gang at work on the gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from South by East.

Holystoning the flying deck covers and scrubbing hammocks cloths.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" hauled into the dry dock, and the U.S.S. "Jamestown" and coast survey schooner "Eagre" left the yard.

F. P. Smith, Coal Heaver, returned on board thirty one hours over time.

P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, returned on board thirty two hours over time.

Marines exercised on dock.

Navy Yard ordnance gang at work on starboard after gun circle.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South.

J. Hines, Seaman, was brought to the mast and a copy of the specifications for his trial by Summary Court Martial was delivered to him.

B. Doherty, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 37 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE shifting to South last hour.

P.E. Rodgers, Landsman, returned on board 6 days and 14 hours over time.


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8 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from South and calm.


4am to 8am:

Foggy, mild and calm.

Clearing last hour.

Received for use of crew: 131 pounds fresh beef; 112 pounds each vegetables and bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs varying in direction.

At 8.45am mustered all hands and found the following men absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, D. McCann, Ordinary Seaman, J. Dingley, Seaman, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, W. Stevenson, First-class Fireman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, P.J. Kelley, First-class Fireman, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, J. Johnson 1st, Seaman, W.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, P. Mercer, Private Marine.

Marines are drilled on shore.

Crew engaged scrubbing flying deck hatch gratings and ladders.

At 10.00am a Summary Court Martial met on board for the trial of Joseph Hines, Seaman, Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury senior member, Lieutenant G.W. Denfeld and Ensign Roy C. Smith members, and Second Lieutenant L. Karmany U.S.M.C. recorder.

At 11.15am the court took a recess until 1.00pm.

Navy Yard ordnance gang at work on the gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SSE to South breeze.

At 1.00pm Summary Court Martial met and at 2.00pm adjourned to await the action of the convicting authority.

John Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 78½ hour over time.

Received 3000 gallons fresh water from Navy Yard.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on gun circles.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by East.

Navy Yard ordnance gang scouring gun circles on the poop and calking seams in the deck.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze.

Light SSE to ESE airs.


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9 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from SE.


4am to 8am:

Hazy weather.

Light airs from SE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 90 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, light haze and warm.

Calm to light SSW breeze.

Ordnance workmen from Navy Yard at work on gun circles.

At 8.45am mustered the crew, absent without leave: J. Wheeler, Machinist, D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, P.J. Kelley, First-class Fireman, J. Johnson 1st, Seaman, J. Dingley, Seaman, W. Stevenson, First-class Fireman, R. Carter, Landsman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, W.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, Private Meier (U.S.M.C.).

Broke out fore hold and sent Paymaster's stores to Navy Yard storehouse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm weather.

Light breeze from SSW.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" W.H. Langston, Landsman, with effects

Engaged in breaking out equipment and ordnance stores and sending them up to the storehouses.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in overhauling 6-inch gun circles and refitting them.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light haze.

Light SSW airs.

D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, returned on board 97½ hours over time, also P.J. Kelley, First-class Fireman, 85½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Calm and light variable airs.


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10 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light WSW airs.

Charles Clark, Coal Heaver, returned on board 90½ hours over time


4am to 8am:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light fog last hour.

Calms and light WSW airs.


8am to meridian:

Hazy weather.

Light airs from WSW.

At 8.45am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, J. Johnson 1st, Seaman, J. Dingley, Seaman, W. Stevenson, First-class Fireman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, J.W. McCann, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, S. Wheeler, Machinist, P.G. Mercer, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer placed D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, under sentry's charge to await trail by Court Martial.

Drilled Marine Guard for a half hour.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in overhauling 6-inch gun circles and refitting them.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from WSW.

At 1.00pm called "all hands to muster" and read the findings and sentence of the Summary Court Martial in the case of Joseph Hines, Seaman; he was found guilty of the charge of theft and leaving the ship without permission and sentenced to be discharged from the Naval Service with a bad conduct discharge.

Joseph Hines, Seaman, was paid off, discharged and carried beyond the limits of the Navy Yard.

At 1.15pm exercised at "fire quarters".

Navy Yard ordnance gang at work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Unsettled, squally weather.

Wind gentle to light first and last hour, fresh breeze and squalls second and third hours.

Thunder shower with vivid lightning and heavy thunder during second and third hours of watch.

S. Wheeler, Machinist, returned on board 84 hours over time, slightly under the influence of liquor.

William Hennessey, Coal Heaver, returned on board 108 hours over time, clean and sober.

By order of Commanding Officer placed Seth Wheeler, Machinist, under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Navy Yard men working until 4.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy clearing weather.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to West.

W.E. McCann, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 25 hour over time, clean and sober.


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11 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WNW to North.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Light breeze from NNW.

Mustered all hands and found the following men absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, J. Johnson 1st, Seaman, J. Dingley, Seaman, William Stevenson, First-class Fireman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, Henry Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, P. Mercer, Private Marine.

Navy Yard ordnance gang at work on board.

Received in the Equipment Department the following stores: 426 feet hose and six nozzles.

Received in Engineer's Department: four nozzles.

Aired bedding.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light variable breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on gun circles.

By order of Commanding Officer confined D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, on bread and water for five (5) days for overstaying liberty 4 days 1½ hours.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light airs varying in direction.

Navy Yard ordnance gang at work on board.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy but pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs from SSE.


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12 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

First two hours light airs from SSE, calm last two hours.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs from SE.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables and 90 pounds bread.

Scrubbed deck's ladders and gratings with sand.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: R. Carter, Landsman, J. Johnson 1st, Seaman, J. Dingley, Seaman, W. Stevenson, Coal Heaver, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, P. Mercer, Private Marine.

Sent liberty party on shore.

By order of Commanding Officer and on Surgeon's recommendation the punishment of D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, is modified by allowing one full meal per day during term of confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSE.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair pleasant weather.

Light SSE airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight, slightly hazy.

Light SSE airs.

J. Johnson 1st, Seaman, returned on board 4 days and 14 hours over time.


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13 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, mild and hazy.

Light fog last hour, observed moonlight.

Light Easterly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, thick fog, clearing last hour.

Light ENE to NE breeze.

Scraped spars.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

At 8.45am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: J. Dingley, Seaman, W. Stevenson, First-class Fireman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, P. Mercer, Private Marine.

Engaged in scraping spars.

Drilled Marine Guard on shore.

Received in Navigation Department: one Thompson's sounding machine.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in overhauling 6-inch gun circles.

Paymaster issued clothing to the crew.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, but pleasant weather first two hours, drizzling rain last two hours.

Light breeze from SSE.

Exercised Marine Guard in setting up exercises on shore.

Blacked the anchors and the portions of the chains outside the hawser pipes.

Wiped off the ship's side.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work around 6-inch gun circles.

Received in Equipment Department: 10 wash deck buckets and one scuttlebutt.

William Stevenson, First-class Fireman, returned on board 175½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzle first hour.

Light airs and breezes from SSE to East.

Sent liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Light airs from NE to East.


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14 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Light airs from NE to SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Calms and light airs from SW.


8am to meridian:

Foggy, rainy weather.

Light airs shifting from SW to SSE.

At 8.45am mustered crew at quarters, and found the following men absent without leave: J. Dingley, Seaman, C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, P. Mercer, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer C.H. Leidy, Coal Heaver, was declared a deserter from May 4th.

Seth Wheeler, Machinist, was transferred to the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work about 6-inch gun circles.

Received in Construction Department the following tools: 1 jack plane; 1 block plane; 1 fore plane; 1 set calking tools; 6 cold chisels; 2 hand saws; 2 calking mallets; 1 hacksaw; 3 mallets; 3 hatches; 1 square; 1 square try; 1 rivet set; 126 brushes; 1 set sash tools; 1 set fitch tools; 1 set bitts.

The U.S.S. "Brooklyn" went out of commission.

J. Hughes, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and G.A. Huffington, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, were received on board having been transferred from the U.S.S. "New Hampshire".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clearing, pleasant weather.

Light West airs.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen on board scouring gun circles.

Crew scouring ship's side.

Received with papers, et cetera, from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", Alfred Emanuel, Landsman, for special service.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from South.

Continued scouring paint off ship's side.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with passing showers of rain.

Light breeze from SW.


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15 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with passing showers of rain.

Light airs varying in direction.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, mild and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

At 8.45am mustered all hands.

Absent without leave: J. Dingley, Seaman, E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, J.J. Walsh, Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer H. Myers, Coal Heaver, J.P. Baxter, Coal Heaver, and J.M. Mercer, Private Marine, are declared deserter from the 15th of the current month.

Marine Guard was drilled on shore.

Turned into General Storekeeper 10 cots.

Received in Construction Department: one gold tip.

Second Lieutenant Karmany (U.S.M.C.) relieved from duty on board and ordered to Court Martial duty at Marine Barracks.

Crew scouring ship's side.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm, but pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE to South.

At 3.00pm U.S.S. "Boston" got under way.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" John Lonergan, Second-class Fireman, with bag and hammock and J. O'Reilly, First-class Fireman.

Engaged in scrubbing ship outside.

Navy Yard workmen engaged scouring 6-inch gun circles.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light South breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Transferred to Naval Hospital Brooklyn with effects, et cetera, Frank Hart, Ordinary Seaman, and John Lawler, Bugler Marine Corps.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light South to SW breeze.


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16 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, calm and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear at commencement of watch, misty and light fog remainder.

Mild and pleasant.

Calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 110 pounds fresh beef; 88 pounds each of bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

At 8.45am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: J. Dingley, Seaman, E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, W.H. Langston, Landsman, J. Johnson 2nd, Seaman, J. Walsh, Seaman.

Joseph Dingley, Seaman, was declared a deserter from this day.

Received in Engineer's Department: 6 boxes lamps (Ellis), in Equipment Department: 30 padlocks; 20 pounds shellac and 50 sheets sandpaper.

Transferred N.W. Gilmartin, Seaman, to Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Dale" with bag and hammock.

Engaged in scrubbing ship outside.

Navy Yard workmen at work on poop gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

Continued scrubbing paint off from ship's side outside.

Cleaning midship gun circles.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on poop gun circles.

By order of Commanding Officer $10 was offered for the apprehension and delivery on board within one month of W.H. Langston, Landsman, Acting Storage Steward.

The following changes in ratings were made by order of Commanding Officer:

Name

From

To

Date

F. Myers

Landsman

Equipment Yeoman

April 23

W. Winston

Landsman

Engineer Yeoman

May 7

C.F. Chase

Seaman

Ship's Writer

May 14

A.R. Hilbert

Seaman Gunner

Machinist

April 23

J. Howard

Seaman Gunner

Machinist

April 23

J.P. Powers

First-class Fireman

Machinist

April 23

W. Sheldon

Seaman

Boatswain's Mate

April 23

W. Stevenson

First-class Fireman

Water Tender

April 23

Brennan

First-class Fireman

Water Tender

April 23

J.P. Ashton

First-class Fireman

Water Tender

April 23

J. Johnson 1st

Seaman

Quartermaster

April 23

F. Moens

Seaman

Ship's Cook

April 23

P.M. Doyle

Seaman Gunner

Armorer

April 23

J. Praught

Seaman

Captain of Forecastle

April 23

J. Manson

Seaman

Captain of Afterguard

April 23

P. Mullen

Seaman

Coxswain

April 23

P. Villiam

Seaman

Coxswain

April 23

J. Healy

First-class Fireman

Water Tender

April 23

J. Daley

First-class Fireman

Water Tender

April 23

P. Boyle

First-class Fireman

Water Tender

April 23

J. Turner

Seaman

Quartermaster

April 23

H.J. Reynolds

Seaman

Captain of Hold

May 11

P. Rogers

Landsman

Painter

April 23

J.M. Cassidy

Seaman

Jack-of-the-Dust

April 23

A.W. Cox

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

Bugler

April 29

G. Vickery

Landsman

Carpenter and Calker

April 23

W.P. Keegan

Landsman

Carpenter and Calker

April 23

F.A. Shumway

First-class Fireman

Oiler

April 23

M. Condon

First-class Fireman

Oiler

April 23

P. Woods

First-class Fireman

Oiler

April 23

F. Robinson

Landsman

Cabin Steward

April 25

J.E. Masten

Landsman

Wardroom Steward

April 24

W.H. Still

Landsman

Cabin Cook

April 25

W.H. Davis

Landsman

Wardroom Cook

April 24

A. Emanuel

Landsman

Steerage Cook

May 15

W. Peters

Landsman

Bayman

May 15

M.J. Powers

Seaman

Blacksmith

April 23

J. Reynolds

First-class Fireman

Oiler

May 11

J.W. Hicks

First-class Fireman

Oiler

April 26


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from South.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" John Wilcox, Ordinary Seaman, with bag and hammock

Received in Engineers Department: 2 pounds sperm oil.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs from SW.


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17 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant weather, calm.

Walsh, Seaman, returned on board 42 hours over time, clean and sober.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant, but hazy.

Light airs from South and calms.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs shifting from SSW to South.

At 8.45am mustered all hands and found the following men absent without leave: E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, W.H. Langston, Landsman, J. Johnson 2nd, Seaman.

Marine Guard was exercised on shore.

Scrubbing paint off ship's outside.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on poop gun circles.

At 9.30am exercised at fire quarters.

Chief Engineer C. Andrade left the ship on four (4) day's leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Crew scouring ship's side.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on gun circles.

Served out clean hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work at gun circles till 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from South and SSE.


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18 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs varying in direction from SSE to SW.


4am to 8am:

Hazy, pleasant weather.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light SSW airs.

Mustered crew at 8.45am, absent without leave: E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, J. Johnson 2nd, Seaman, W.H. Langston, Landsman.

Crew scouring ship's sides.

Ordnance workmen from Navy Yard working on gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and clear.

Light airs from South to SSW.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on 6-inch gun circles.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" James Dwyer, Seaman Gunner, with bag and hammock

Transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital D. Busselmann, Seaman.

At 1.00pm the Navy Yard tugs towed this vessel and the Monitor U.S.S. "Terror" alongside of the U.S.S. "Miantonomoh"


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, hazy and pleasant until last hour, when thick fog came in from the Southward and Eastward.

Light airs to breeze from SSW to SSE.

Passed Assistant Engineer Cathcart left the ship on leave of absence for 5 days.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, thick wet fog.

Light South airs.

John Johnson 2nd, Seaman, returned on board 83 hours over time.


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19 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and mild, thick wet fog.

Light South airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, mild and misty.

Light SE airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 88 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Absent without leave: E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, and W.H. Langston, Landsman.

Sent church party to Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from SSE.

Slight drizzle second hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, with light drizzle last of watch.

Light breeze from SE.

At 4.00pm went to quarters and served out dirty hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast cloudy and rainy.

Light airs from SE and calms.

At 9.25pm stopped dynamo for five minutes to let the water out of the steam cylinders.


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20 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and foggy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty and foggy first part.

Light airs and calms.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables and 88 pounds bread.

Scrubbed hammocks.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and misty with frequent showers.

Light airs from South.

At 8.45am mustered crew, the following men absent without leave: E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, W.H. Langston, Landsman, J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, J. Richford, Private Marine.

J. Richford, Private Marine, returned from liberty 1½ hours over time.

Ordnance work men fitting gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with passing showers of rain.

Light to moderate breeze from SE and SSE, squally at times.

Crew engaged in scrubbing paint off ship's outside and scrubbing gratings.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy and misty.

Squally first part.

Light drizzle latter part.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE to South.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Light airs from SSE.


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21 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty, rainy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy, drizzling rain.

Breasted out the ship and lowered all the starboard boats.

Resecured the fasts.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy and rainy first part, clearing latter part.

Calm and light airs from West.

Commander F.M. Ramsey U.S. Navy visited the ship.

At 8.45am mustered all hands and found the following men absent without leave: E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, J. Healey, Water Tender, Sergeant Rogers, U.S.M.C., and W.H. Langston, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW to SSW.

Ordnance workmen from Navy Yard at work on gun circles.

Chief Engineer Andrade returned from leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSW first two hours, shifting to light airs from WSW last two.

The U.S.S. "Boston" returned to the Navy Yard and the U.S.S. "Puritan" was brought to the Navy Yard for completion.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with passing showers of rain.

Light airs to gentle breeze from WSW to West.


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22 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 88 pounds bread.

E. Pilsworth, First-class Fireman, returned on board 192 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WNW to SW breeze.

At 8.45am floating derrick with guns and carriages came alongside.

Took on board and placed in position port waist gun; 6-inch Breech Loading Rifle Mark III number 35 on central pivot carriage number 25.

Commander Chadwick returned to the ship from leave of absence.

Navy Yard workmen at work on forecastle gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Took on board and placed in position port after gun; 6-inch Breech Loading Rifle Mark III number 36 on central pivot carriage number 23.

At end of watch derrick shifted and dropped the ship astern about 100 feet.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in refitting gun circles.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light rain at close of watch.

Light SSW breeze.

Received on board starboard after gun; 6-inch Breech Loading Rifle Mark III number 33 and its central pivot carriage number 22.

Sergeant Rogers, U.S.M.C., returned on board 60 hours over time.

Floating derrick dropped clear of ship and made fast to dock.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and threatening.

Light to moderate SE breeze.


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23 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cool, cloudy and threatening.

Wind from NNE to North in moderate squalls.


4am to 8am:

Cool and cloudy.

Fresh to moderate North breeze, squally last hour.

Made preparations for hauling ship astern.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 88 pounds bread.

James Brown, Captain of Forecastle, returned on board 84 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze blowing fresh in squalls from NNE.

Navy Yard workmen at work on after [gun] circles.

Received on board in Construction Department: 900 pounds white zinc; 500 pounds read lead; 35 pounds patent dryer; 5 pounds raw sienna; 5 pounds ultra marine blue; 3 deck buckets.

In Equipment Department: 3 dust pans.

Engaged in running lines and re-mooring ship first hour of watch.

J. Healey, Water Tender, returned on board 48 hours over time, clean and sober.

Drilled Marine Guard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from North by West to North by East.

Received in Construction Department: 60 gallons raw linseed oil and 100 pounds yellow ochre in oil.

Navy Yard workmen fitting gun circles.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze blowing in fresh squalls from NNW.

At 4.45pm Navy Yard workmen stopped work.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind moderating, blowing in moderate puffs, decreasing to light breeze last hour.


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24 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy weather.

Light breeze from West by North to WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled company of infantry without arms.

Unmoored and dropped ship astern preparatory to receiving starboard waist gun.

Navy Yard workmen refitting forecastle gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Received on board and placed starboard waist gun carriage (central pivot number 24) and starboard waist gun (6-inch Breech Loading Rifle Mark III number 37).

At end of watch at work getting the shield for this gun on board.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen refitting forecastle gun circles.

By order of Commanding Officer L. Schreiner, Seaman, was rated to Quarter Gunner, and J. Johnson 2nd, Seaman, to Quartermaster to date from April 23rd 1889.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear to fair weather.

Light airs from West and WSW.

Hauled up to Monitor U.S.S. "Terror" and resecured.

Received in Construction Department: 4 dozen cup hooks; 1 smoothing plane; 1 drill brace; 1 set drill bits; 3 claw hammers; 2 monkey wrenches; 1 panel saw; 2 compass saws; 1 riveting hammer; 6 screw drivers; 3 boxwood rules (2 foot); 1 dozen carpenter's pincers; 1 bevel square; 2 oil stones; 1 grind stone (in cast iron case); 1 pair calipers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.


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25 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear to fair weather.

Light airs from Westward.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW to North.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm weather.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Exercised the Sailor Infantry Company on shore.

Received on board forty (40) Lee's magazine rifles.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on forecastle gun circles.

Issued monthly money to the crew.

At 8.45am mustered all hands and found all present.

The U.S.S. "Yantic" came up to the Navy Yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNW breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on forecastle gun circles.

Received on board from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", with accounts and effects, William C. Bennett, Machinist, Andrew F. Whalen, Machinist, George Lash, Coal Heaver, George H. Hayes, Coal Heaver, and Oscar Johnson, Coal Heaver.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first part, cloudy latter part.

Light airs and breezes from NNW shifting to NNE last hour.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with passing showers of rain.

Light airs and breezes shifting from ENE to SSW.


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26 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light breeze shifting from SSW to NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy first two hours.

Misty damp weather last two.

Moderate breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Moderate NE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Commanding Officer left the ship to report at Washington for special temporary duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cool.

Light ENE to East breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool.

Light East airs.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury left the ship on five (5) day's leave of absence.


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27 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast cool and cloudy.

Light East to SSE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light SE by East breeze.

Light rain last hour.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 110 pounds beef; 90 pounds vegetables and 88 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy rainy weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SE by East to ENE.

Barometer falling.

At 8.45am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, and H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman.

A reward of ten dollars ($10) was offered for the apprehension and delivery on board of H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman.

Issued cap ribbons to the crew.

Navy Yard workmen at work on 6-inch gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East and East by South.

Navy Yard workmen fitting gun circles and repairing cabin joiner work.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, with light drizzle first of watch.

Misty.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" A.S. Stokes, Landsman.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, under sentry's charge for being drunk.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breezes.

By order of Commanding Officer placed A.J. Brundritt, Seaman, under sentry's charge for safe keeping.


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28 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, foggy weather.

Calms and light airs from West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty, clearing weather.

Light to gentle breeze from West.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from SW to West.

At 8.45am mustered at quarters.

H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, and L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, absent without leave.

Drilled company of infantry on shore.

By order of Commanding Officer released from sentry's charge James Brown, Captain of Forecastle and Brundrit, Ordinary Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Drilled Infantry Company on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze to light airs from WSW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to NNW.


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29 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNW, blowing in squalls latter part.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from NNE to North by East.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds fresh vegetables and 92 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Marine Guard and Infantry Company drilled on shore.

The U.S.S. "Galena", flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron, came to the Navy Yard.

At 9.30am had quarters, the following men were absent without leave: H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light South to SW breeze.

Infantry Company drilled on shore.

Ordnance workmen and joiners from Navy Yard at work on gun circles and supports.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE shifting to SE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from SW and calms.


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30 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cool and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty first hour, overcast and foggy with drizzling rain last three hours.

Light airs from East.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 92 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy and drizzling rain first of watch, misty last hour, clearing at close.

Light SSE breeze.

Marine Guard and Infantry Company left the ship at 8.30am to take part in the Decoration Day parade in Brooklyn.

U.S.S. "Galena" got under way and left the yard at 10.00am.

H.J. Reynolds, Captain of Hold, reported his term of enlistment expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty, with light rain squalls last hour.

Wind gentle, blowing in stiff squalls.

At 1.30pm the Infantry Company and Marine Guard returned from the parade.

Discharged H.J. Reynolds, Captain of Hold, his term of enlistment having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first half, fair and pleasant last half of watch.

Gentle South breeze, with occasional moderate squalls.

U.S.S. "Galena", flying the flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi, returned to the yard at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light South airs.


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31 May 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate South breeze

Light squalls last half of watch.

L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, returned on board 3 days 18½ hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and mild.

Wind light from South with moderate squalls.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury returned from leave of absence.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally, with light passing showers last hour.

Gentle breeze, blowing stiff to fresh in squalls.

At 8.45am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Laverty, First-class Fireman.

Marine Guard drilled in the yard.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on 6-inch gun circles.

Lieutenant Colby went on leave of absence.

Ensign R.C. Smith, U.S. Navy, received a commission as Lieutenant Junior Grade to date from the 12th of this month.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather, squally, passing showers third hour.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SE to South by East.

Miles Sumner, Landsman, was transferred to this ship from the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

Disrated A.W. Cox from Bugler to Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Received in Engineer's Department the following: 2 pieces tape; 1 piece India ink; 2 sheets drawing paper; 2 sheets tracing paper; 1 gross steel pens; 9 penholders; 30 drawing pencils; 3 red and blue pencils; 2 yards tracing cloth; 2 "T" squares; 24 thumb screws; 1 quarter [?] scale; 1 Coffin's averaging instrument; 3 barrels cylinder oil; 5 pounds black paint; 30 pounds chrome green; 5 pounds chrome yellow; 250 pounds red lead; 15 pounds litherage [litharge?]; 5 pounds yellow ochre; 1 gallon Japan dryer; 12 gallons copal varnish; 10 gallons paraffin varnish; 1 pound lamp black; 300 pounds white lead; 150 pounds white zinc; 225 pounds brown zinc; 35 official envelops; 35 letter envelopes; 6 inkstands; 2 ink erasers; 1 quart black ink; 1 vial carmine ink; 15 gum loops; 1 quart mucilage; 1 mucilage stand; 4 sheets blotting paper; 5 quires foolscap; 3 quires letter; 4 gross officer's cap; 2 quires wrapping paper; 2 dozen paper fasteners; 1 piece sealing wax; 1 ledger; 12 paint pots; 50 cakes brown soap.

W.H. Still, Cabin Cook, was disrated to Landsman.

Navy Yard workmen fitting gun circles.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally, unsettled weather, light rain passing rapidly from South by East.

Occasional light showers.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SSE.

J. Laverty, First-class Fireman, returned on board 9½ hours over time, clean and sober.

Navy Yard workmen stopped work at 4.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, squally weather.

Gentle to stiff breeze.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1889


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1 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, unsettled weather.

Light to gentle breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, unsettled weather, with light passing showers.

Scud passing rapidly from Southward.

Gentle breeze from SSE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain first half.

Light to moderate breeze in occasional squalls from SSE to South.

At 8.45am mustered; H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, absent without leave

A.W. Cox, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was transferred from this ship with bag and hammock and orders to proceed to Navy Yard, Mare Island, California, and report for duty on board the U.S.S. "Adams".

Second Lieutenant L. Karmany, U.S.M.C., reported his return to duty aboard ship, having been relieved from temporary Court Martial duty at the Marine Barracks.

Navy Yard workmen fitting gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, squally and rainy.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SSE and South, blowing in fresh squalls at times.

Sent liberty party ashore.

W.H. Davis, Wardroom Cook, was discharged from the service at his own request.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle breeze from SSW to South.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain first hour.

Gentle breeze to light airs from South to SSW.


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2 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, misty last hour.

Light airs from SSW first half, calm afterwards.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy, fog and mist.

Calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 110 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds fresh vegetables; 90 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light breeze shifting from SSE to South by West.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the crew at quarters.

At 9.45am called all hands to muster, read the Articles for the Government of the Navy, and held general muster.

H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, and T.F. Rockford, Private Marine, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light South by West breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore and church party to Cob Dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from South.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.


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3 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SW and NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant first two hours, foggy last two.

Calm and light airs from East and NNE.


8am to meridian:

Clear at commencement of watch.

Clouding over and becoming hazy.

Light NE by East breeze.

At 8.45am mustered all hands; absent without leave H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, and T.F. Rockford, Private Marine.

Received in Construction Department: 400 pounds white lead; 50 feet ash 1 inch; 50 feet white pine 1 inch; 150 feet white pine 5/8 inch; 50 feet black walnut 1 inch.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on cabin joiner work and forecastle gun circles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair but pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from South to SSE.

Navy Yard workmen at work on gun circles.

Engaged in cleaning off ship's side for painting.

Mills Sunman, Landsman, was rated Cabin Cook from June 1st and W.H. Still, Landsman, as Wardroom Cook from June 2nd.

Received spider and trucks of port waist gun shield.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light SSE breeze.

Sent liberty party on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Light SSE airs and calms.


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4 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy first half, overcast last half of watch.

Light NE airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light NE airs.

Made preparations for painting outside of ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hazy weather, with heavy rain clouds passing.

Light breeze.

At 8.45am mustered the crew; absent without leave: H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, T.F. Rockford, Private Marine, P. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer rated A. Stokes, Landsman, as Steerage Steward from May 28th.

Returned to General Storekeeper of the yard: 40 rifles (Lee Magazine); 40 magazines; 38 bayonets and scabbards; 38 waist belts (woven); 38 canteens and straps.

Turned over to General Storekeeper: 400 pounds corn meal; 400 pounds rye flour; 400 pounds hominy; 384 pounds oat meal.

Received on board the spider for starboard waist gun shield.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on 6-inch gun circles.

Rear Admiral B. Gherardi, U.S. Navy, paid an official visit to this ship.

Engaged in filling boilers B and C with fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather fair to clear.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW.

Finished filling boilers B and C with fresh water.

Painting the ship's side.

Transferred to Naval Hospital with bag and hammock and accounts John Willcox, Ordinary Seaman.

T.F. Rockford, Private Marine, returned to the ship 56 hours over liberty.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Galena".

Navy Yard workmen fitting gun circles.

Received in Construction Department: 24 mess tins.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SW to WSW.

Painting ship's side.

Lieutenant Colby returned from leave of absence.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather, lightning to the Northward.

Light airs from SSW.


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5 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather, light thunder, shower passing over last hour of watch.

Light airs, increasing to gentle breeze during shower.


4am to 8am:

Hazy weather.

Light airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 114 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 89 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from West to NW.

Crew painting the ship's side.

Navy Yard workmen fitting gun circles.

Absent without leave: H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, and P. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle moderate breeze from West.

Painting ship's side.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair weather, pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze between WSW and NNW.

Finished painting ship's side.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.


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6 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear first part, cloudy latter part.

Cool.

Light to moderate breeze from NNW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds fresh vegetables and 89 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NW.

At 8.45am mustered the crew and found the following men absent without leave: H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, and P. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman.

Crew engaged in scrubbing and scraping paint off ship's masts.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board.

P. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 50 hours over time.

Received in Construction Department: 12 bread kids and 17 mess kegs.

H. Clayton, Ordinary Seaman, declared a deserter from May 27th.

By order of a Board of Survey transferred from Paymaster's Department to the General Storekeeper of the Navy Yard: 225 pounds coffee; 46 yards cloth; 222½ yards flannel; 50 cloth caps.

Lieutenant R.C. Smith left the ship on leave of absence till June 9th.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Captain W.S. Schley, Chief of Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, visited the ship.

Crew engaged in scraping lowermasts.

Ordnance workmen from Navy Yard overhauling 6-inch gun carriages and fitting securing bolts for poop and forecastle 6-inch guns.

Valentine Blanchard, First-class Fireman, was transferred to this vessel from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" with his accounts and effects.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW.

Crew engaged in scrubbing and scraping paint off lowermasts.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW.


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7 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West to WSW.

Engaged painting ship outside.

Ordnance workmen at work on 6-inch carriage deck circles and securing bolts.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Engaged in painting ship outside.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on 6-inch gun circles.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle to light breeze from SW to WSW.

Pleasant weather.

Crew engaged in painting ship's side.

Ordnance workmen at work on 6-inch carriages, deck circles and securing bolts.

Sent liberty party on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Light breeze from SW.


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8 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light passing showers of rain.

Light breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light passing showers of rain.

Light airs from WSW to South.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm with light passing showers.

Light airs and breeze from South to SW.

Navy Yard men at work on 6-inch gun circles.

Engaged in scraping lowermasts.

Received in Construction Department: 12 deck buckets and 10 spit kits.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SW.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SW.

U.S.S. "Boston" left the yard at 4.15pm and steamed to the Eastward.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and warm, light passing showers first hour.

Light airs from SW.

Lieutenant R.C. Smith returned from three day's leave.


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9 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from South by East to SE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 89 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SW, shifting to South last hour.

At 9.30am had quarters, the ship and crew were inspected by the Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear to fair weather, warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE to South.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather with passing rain showers.

Light breeze from SW by South and SSW.


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10 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from South first two hours, calm last two hours.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Calm and light airs from SSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds fresh beef; 90 pounds vegetables; 89 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair weather, warm and hazy.

Light breeze from SW.

At 8 o'clock mustered.

Filled ship's tanks with fresh water.

Crew painting the ship's side.

Navy Yard workmen fitting securing bolts for 6-inch guns and replacing cabin joiner work.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, warm weather, hazy.

Light breezes.

Transferred to Marine Barracks New York: J.C. Rogers, Sergeant, P.A. McMahon, Drummer, A. Rahn, Bugler, G.H. Francis, Private Marine, J.M. Stewart, Private Marine, J.F. West, Private Marine.

Received in Construction Department: 5 gallons spar varnish.

Engaged painting ship outside.

Navy Yard workmen at work on gun platforms.

Second Lieutenant Lincoln Karmany, U.S.M.C., was detached from this vessel.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair weather, warm.

Light breeze from South to SSW.

Finished second coat of paint on ship's side.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to clear weather, hazy, warm.

Light breeze from SW.


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11 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm, hazy.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Fair, warm, hazy.

Light airs from SW to WSW.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and warm, with passing rain showers last two hours, accompanied with occasional thunder and lightning.

Calm and light airs from SW by West.

At 8.15am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: L. McMann, Machinist, W.C. Bennett, Machinist, and A. Whaler, Machinist.

L. McMann, Machinist, returned on board 2 hours over time, and W.C. Bennett, Machinist, and A. Whaler, Machinist, returned on board 3 hours over time, slightly under the influence of liquor.

By order of Commanding Officer rated E. Lavealle, Ordinary Seaman, as Bugler from June 1st, C.S. Mandell, Seaman, as Quartermaster from May 16th and E. Pillsworth, First-class Fireman, as Oiler from April 23rd.

Engaged painting about ship.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on ordnance work.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather cloudy to fair, warm and hazy.

Light breeze from WSW.

Crew painting under top-gallant forecastle.

Navy Yard workmen overhauling battery and after magazine.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Heavy thunder shower during second hour.

Wind light, blowing in moderate squalls during shower.

Sent liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, unsettled weather, light thunder shower last of watch.

Calm.


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12 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, light passing thunder showers first and last hours of watch.

Light airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, raining last two hours.

Light airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 117 pounds fresh beef; 85 pounds vegetables; 85 pounds bread.

By order of Commanding Officer placed A.J. Brundritt, Seaman, under sentry's charge to await an investigation with regard to smuggling liquor.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, occasional drizzling rain.

Light airs from NNW to NNE.

At 8.10am mustered; E. Thompson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, and W. Stevenson, Water Tender, absent without leave.

Received in Construction Department: 5 gallons spar varnish; 5 gallons ultramarine blue; 5 gallons Venetian red; 5 gallons Indian red.

Received in Equipment Department: 24 hickory brooms.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in ordnance work.

Crew painting under forecastle and scraping masts.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with occasional drizzling rain.

Calm and light airs from West by South.

Crew engaged painting under forecastle, scraping masts and scrubbing mess tables.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 320 yards flannel; 110 yards cloth; 50 pairs shoes; 50 pairs drawers; 50 caps.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, passing showers.

Calm and light airs from West.

By order of Commanding Officer, P.E. Rogers, Painter, was placed in confinement for five days bread and water, for insolence to the Executing Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Light airs from SW and WSW.

J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, returned from leave 16 hours over time.


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13 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather, clearing.

Light airs from WSW, last hour calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair to clear weather.

Light airs from WSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 115 pounds fresh beef; 85 pounds fresh vegetables and 85 pounds fresh bread.

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, who had been absent without leave was discovered on board at 7 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West and WSW.

E. Thompson, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 25¼ hours over time.

At 8.15am mustered. the crew and found the following men absent without leave: E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and W. Stevenson, Water Tender.

Engaged in scraping masts and painting along ship's water line.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.

Received in Construction Department the following articles, as follows: 3 squirt cans; 6 nail punchers; 1 spokeshave; 1 brace.

At 10.08am a Summary Court Martial met on board for the trial of A.J. Brundritt, Seaman.

At 11.45am the Court adjourned to await the action of the Convening Authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", Edward Burke, Machinist, with bag and hammock.

Engaged scraping lowermasts and painting under topgallant forecastle and painting water line outside.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on ordnance work.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WSW.


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14 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and hazy weather.

Light airs from WSW and West.


4am to 8am:

Hazy weather, foggy last hour.

Light airs from WSW.


8am to meridian:

Hazy weather, warm.

Light airs and calm.

At 8.15am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, W. Stevenson, Water Tender.

Engaged in scraping masts.

Navy Yard workmen men engaged on ordnance work.

Paymaster Littlefield left the ship on 5 day's leave from the 15th of this month.

Commander J.G. Walker visited the ship


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather with sun at intervals; warm, hazy.

Light to moderate breeze from South by West to SW by South.

Scraping spars.

Painting under forecastle.

Ordnance workmen and joiners employed on board.

P. Boyle, Water Tender, returned from liberty 4½ hours over time.

Received in Construction Department: 5 gallons alcohol.


4pm to 8pm:

Hazy and warm.

Light breeze from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Hazy and warm.

Light airs from SW.


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15 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and warm, with light passing showers last hour of watch.

Light airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

Chief Engineer Andrade left the ship on 3 day's leave.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear weather, warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to WSW.

At 8.45am mustered; W. Stevenson, Water Tender, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, W. Condon, Oiler, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement P.E. Rogers, Painter.

Received in Construction Department: 5 gallons spar varnish; 1 steep-tub.

Crew finished scraping masts.

Construction joiners stopped work on board.

Ordnance workmen engaged on battery.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather with passing rain showers.

Light breeze shifting from West to WSW.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Heavy showers with thunder and lightning first part, passing showers latter part.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury, U.S. Navy, left the ship on leave of absence for five days.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy first hour, then clearing.

Last hour rainy with thunder and lightning.

Lightning all the watch.

Light breeze and airs from WSW to SW.


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16 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to clear weather, passing showers first hour with thunder and lightning.

Light breeze and airs from SW and West.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy weather, rain at intervals.

Light airs from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 86 pounds fresh beef and 56 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.

E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, was brought aboard by sentry, having returned to the yard at 7.00pm yesterday under the influence of liquor and 84 hours over liberty.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs from West and WSW.

At 9.30am mustered the crew at quarters and found the following men absent without leave: W. Stevenson, Water Tender, M. Condon, Oiler, and T. McKivvitt, Seaman.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breezes from West to SSW.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm weather.

Light airs from South.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs from SW first three hours, light breeze from WSW last hour.

At 8.30pm W. Stevenson, Water Tender, returned on board having been out of the ship without authority for 108 hours more or less.

M. Condon, Oiler, returned on board 40 hours over time.


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17 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs from WSW, shifting to West end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light to gentle breeze from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 86 pounds fresh beef; 56 pounds vegetables; 56 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Gentle breeze from West.

At 8.00am mustered the crew.

Absent without leave T. McKivvitt, Seaman.

Engaged in painting ship outside.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in ordnance fittings.

Received in Engineer's Department: 8 barrels sperm oil, and fresh water for one of the boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather cloudy to overcast; last hour heavy rain shower with thunder and lightning.

Wind squally from West hauling to North at end of watch.

Crew painting ship's side and varnishing spars.

Navy Yard workmen fitting battery.

T. McKivvitt, Seaman, returned aboard 30 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, rainy, misty and warm.

Light airs unsteady in direction.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from ENE.


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18 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE.

By order of Commanding Officer released A.J. Brundritt, Seaman, from confinement and made him a prisoner at large to await the sentence of a Summary Court Martial.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

At 8.00am mustered the crew.

Crew painting the side and varnishing masts.

Ordnance workmen employed on battery fittings.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Crew painting the ship outside.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from ENE.

Received from U.S.S. "Minnesota" 45 apprentices, as per list appended, with bags, hammocks and accounts.

[The mention list was not included, or not digitized.]


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.


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19 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cloudy weather.

Gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE to NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 140 pounds fresh beef and 101 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.

At 8.00am mustered the ship's crew and found all present.

At 9.30am had quarters.

Crew engaged in painting under topgallant forecastle.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair but pleasant weather.

Light breeze.

Received from Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", J.J. Harrison, Seaman, with bag and hammock.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Engaged in painting ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs varying in direction from SSE to SSW.

Received in Engineers Department: one lathe and one shaping machine.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light airs from SW.


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20 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from West and WSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy, but pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 140 pounds fresh beef; 101 pounds fresh vegetables and 101 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Hazy and warm.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Issued small stores to crew.

Engaged in painting ship outside and scraping blocks.

Ordnance men at work on gun-mounts.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North to North by West.

Crew painting ship's side and scraping blocks.

Ordnance workmen fitting battery.


4pm to 8pm:

Hazy and warm.

Light breeze.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on gun-mounts.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Hazy and warm.

Light breeze, falling calm last hour.


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21 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Hazy and warm.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Misty and warm.

Calm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light airs from SSE and South.

At 9.30am mustered the crew at quarters, and exercised at stations for fire quarters.

Crew painting [ship's] side and varnishing masts.

Ordnance workmen fitting battery.

The following ratings were made by order of Commanding Officer: A.S. Williams, Seaman, to Quarter Gunner from 23 April; C. Weston, Seaman, to Captain of Hold from 31st May, J.J. Harrison, Seaman, to Chief Boatswain's Mate from 20th June.

Received in Navigation Department: 40 yards each of red, white and blue bunting; 6 spools each of red, white and blue linen thread, and 12 spools of white cotton thread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Crew painting ship outside and under topgallant forecastle and varnishing masts.

Navy Yard ordnance workmen at work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, warm and hazy.

Gentle breeze to light airs from South.

Received in Equipment Department: 5 tons 512 pounds anthracite coal.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Lightning first and last hours.

Passing showers at end of watch.

Light airs from South.


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22 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather, fog and mist.

Passing showers at beginning of watch.

Light airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; hazy.

Light airs from WSW, shifting to gentle breeze from North.

Aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Received in Equipment Department: 7 tons 1710 pounds of coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, but pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW, squally at times.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNW, squally at times.


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23 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW squally at times.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze, blowing in stiff breeze squalls last two hours.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW to NW, blowing in moderate squalls first hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW.


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24 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW to NE.


4am to 8am:

Hazy but pleasant.

Light airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 124 pounds fresh beef; 101 pounds vegetables; 101 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, hazy.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Called all hands, cast off fasts, dropped astern and started getting aboard gun shields.

Navy Yard workmen fitting Engineer's workshop.

Turned in to General Storekeeper: 10 cot frames.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hazy, but pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NNW first two hours, shifting to SW by West last two.

Received on board the shields for the starboard poop and starboard waist guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, hazy.

Light airs from SW to SSW.

Cast off derrick scow at 5.00pm.

At 5.30pm hauled alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror" and made fast.

F.F. Murray, Seaman, was transferred to this ship from the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" with bag, hammock and accounts.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair weather, hazy.

Light air from South till 9.00pm, followed by calm.


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25 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, hazy weather.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to fair weather, hazy.

Light airs and breezes from East to SE by East.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light airs from SSE and SE.

At 9.30am had quarters.

Drilled the Marine Guard on shore, and exercised the 1st Division in the "setting up" exercises.

Received on board in the Engineer's Department: 1 blacksmith's forge; 12 hose spanners (2½ inch); 6 manhole bolts

Received on board the gun carriage for the port forecastle 6-inch gun.

Received in Ordnance Department three boxes containing the following articles: 100 pairs blanket bags shoulder straps; 100 pairs coat straps; 100 canteens; 100 canteens straps; 100 haversacks; 100 haversacks straps; 100 gun slings (63 inch).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm, with light rain spits last hour.

Light breeze from SSE.

Transferred to the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont": J.J. Walsh, Seaman, C.F. Hassel, Seaman, R. Green, Seaman, T. McKivvitt, Seaman, K. Olsen, Seaman, E. Thompson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Connors, Ordinary Seaman, D. McCann, Ordinary Seaman.

Engaged in taking the battery on board; put in place on port side of topgallant forecastle, 6-inch gun number 34 on carriage number 35 and shield number 35; also put shield number 25 in place in port waist.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather with occasional light drizzling rain.

Light breeze from SSE and SE.

Received on board in Engineers Department: 1182 cubic feet of fresh water.

Hoisted 2nd cutter on the 1st cutter's davits.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with occasional light drizzling rain.

Light breeze from ESE.


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26 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain last two hours.

Light airs from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with occasional drizzling rain.

Light airs from ESE and South.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 116 pounds fresh beef; 93 pounds vegetables; 93 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm with light passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: P. Viliani, Coxswain, and R.J. Masten, Landsman.

By order of Commanding Officer rated H. Trinks [?], Quartermaster, to Chief Quartermaster from April 23rd, and J. Dwyer, Seaman Gunner, to Chief Gunner's Mate.

Engaged in putting battery on board, placed gun shield number 23 in place over port after gun and gun carriage number 44 on starboard side of topgallant forecastle.

Unmoored ship, hauled ahead to receive starboard forecastle gun.

U.S.S. "Quinnebaug" was towed alongside coal wharf and U.S.S. "Galena" was towed alongside of Cob Dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant weather.

Gentle to stiff breeze in puffs from South.

Got on board starboard forecastle gun and shield.

Received in Engineer's Department: 1 set drawing instruments; 3 triangles; 1 quart glycerin; 37 brass valves; 24 couplings; 12 reducing couplings; 28 cups and plugs; 31 unions; 28 elbows; 28 T's; 1 set steel letters and figures.

J. Johnson 2nd was rated from Seaman to Coxswain from 23 April.

Construction and Engineer workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm with light passing showers.

Gentle to stiff breeze.

At 4.45pm dropped ship down and secured her to her moorings.

By order of Commanding Officer Michael Condon, Oiler, was confined for 3 days on bread and water for shirking work on deck.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather.

Light breeze from SSW.


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27 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, becoming misty last hour.

Light airs and breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Misty and warm.

Light airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 116 pounds fresh beef; 93 pounds vegetables; 93 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Warm, cloudy, hazy weather.

Light breeze from SSW to West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

P. Viliani, Coxswain, and R.J. Masten, Landsman, absent without leave.

Drilled the Marine Guard ashore and exercised the apprentices of the 1st Division at setting up.

Received in Engineer's Department: 12 hack saw blades; 2 hack saw frames; 30 pounds solder; 6 balls office twine; 1 pound zephyr worsted; 5 pounds lead wire.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineer workmen employed aboard.

Received a visit from the officers and midshipmen of the Austrian frigate "Saida".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and warm weather.

Light to gentle breeze from West and SW.

Received in Navigation Department: four chronometers.

Receiving coal in Equipment Department.


4pm to 8pm:

Warm, cloudy and hazy.

Light airs from SW to SSE.

Received in Equipment Department: 3 tons 1000 pounds coal.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SW.


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28 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, warm and hazy.

Light airs from WSW to SSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, warm and hazy.

Calm and light airs.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm. Hazy.

Light airs.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised division at fire quarters.

Absent without leave: R.J. Masten, Landsman, P. Viliani, Coxswain, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler.

Ensign R.L. Russell, U.S. Navy, was this day detached from this ship and ordered to the U.S.S. "Juniata" on the 3rd of the next month.

Workmen from the Yard engaged in Ordnance, Construction and Engineer's Department work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm, hazy.

Light breeze.

Received in Engineers Department: two 30 second glasses; one triangular square; three coal counters [?]; one box chalk crayons; four sheets drawing paper; six thermometers.

Transferred to Naval Hospital: A.N. Rogers, First-class Apprentice.

Men from Construction, Engineer's and Ordnance Departments at work on board.

Enlisted for the cruise Special Service Anthony Villiers as Landsman.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm, hazy.

Light airs from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm, occasional heat lightning.

Light airs.


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29 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Hazy and warm.

Light airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and warm.

Light airs from NE.


8am to meridian:

Foggy, warm and cloudy.

Passing showers second hour.

Light variable airs.

The following named men were absent from the ship without leave: R.J. Masten, Landsman, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler, P. Viliani, Coxswain, P.H. Riley, Boilermaker.

By order of Commanding Officer released from sentry's charge N.J. Powers, Blacksmith.

Navy Yard workmen from Construction, Ordnance and Engineer's Departments employed on board.

P.H. Riley, Boilermaker, returned from liberty 3½ hours over time.

Received stores in Equipment Department as per list: 30 yards Ravens Duck 8 ounce; 112 pounds codline; 313 pounds 3¼-inch Manila rope; 70 pounds 2-inch Manila rope; 15 pounds 1¼-inch Manila rope; 99 pounds 12-thread Manila rope; 191 pounds 18-thread ratline; 194 pounds 18-thread ratline; 393 pounds 4-strand lanyard, stiff; 80 pounds 2 [unknown] spun yarn; 52 pounds 3 [unknown] spun yarn; 250 pounds 4 to 12-thread seizing; 68 pounds marline; 23 pounds round line; 489 pounds bolt rope; 76 pounds signal halyards; 388 pounds junk; 2 boat clothes; 10 pounds fishing lines; 1 set stencils plates and numbers; 10 hose spanners; 4 brushes, tar, long handles; 6 shovels; 5 pounds beeswax; 2 spades; 1 square, wooden; 40 yards canvas bag; 50 yards canvas hammock; 300 yards canvas, old; 35 yards raven's flax, light; 100 sail needles; 18 pounds leather rigging; 6 pounds leather bellows; 28 pounds leather pump; 1 barrel tar; 10 pounds tallow; 200 hammock rings; 112 pounds hooks and thimbles; 68 pounds hooks, sister and thimbles; 100 hooks, fishing; 28 pounds twine, flax; 20 pounds twine, cotton; 10 pounds sail makers thimbles; 40 squilgees; 3 prickers (sail); 3 mallets, serving; 2 pick axes and grubbing hoes; 1 hatchet; 70 scrapers, deck; 1 yard stick; 2 handles, pick axes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm, cloudy and hazy.

Light breeze from West by North to NW.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineer workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light breeze.

By order of Commanding. Officer released from confinement Michael Condon, Oiler.


8pm to midnight:

Clear to cloudy.

Light breeze from SW by South.


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30 June 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SW by South.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, thin fog.

Calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 116 pounds fresh beef; 93 pounds fresh vegetables; 93 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hazy and warm.

Light airs and breezes.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Absent without leave: L. McMann, Machinist, P. Viliani, Coxswain, R.J. Masten, Landsman, F.A. Shumway, Oiler, G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from South.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SSW by SSE.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm, misty.

Light airs from S to SSW.

G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board, clean and sober, 16 hours over time.


Approved: F.E. Chadwick, Commander U.S. Navy, Commanding.


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Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


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LOG BOOK – JULY 1st 1889 TO DECEMBER 31st 1889


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Received February 13, 1890


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, commanded by Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1889, to December 31st, 1889.


Name

Rank

F.E. Chadwick

Commander

H.G.O. Colby

Lieutenant

C.A. Bradbury

Lieutenant

J.C. Colwell

Lieutenant

G.W. Denfeld

Lieutenant

R.C. Smith

Lieutenant

W.F. Fullam

Lieutenant

A.G. Winterhalter

Lieutenant

R. Stocker

Ensign

F.M. Russell

Ensign

E.R. Lowndes

Naval Cadet

C.A. Brand

Naval Cadet

G.W. Kirk

Naval Cadet

Cipriano Andrade

Chief Engineer

C.W. Littlefield

Passed Assistant Paymaster

J.C. Boyd

Surgeon

W.L. Cathcart

Passed Assistant Engineer

A.B. Willits

Passed Assistant Engineer

G.E. Burd

Assistant Engineer

W.R. Pattison

Paymaster's Clerk


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1889, to December 31st, 1889.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

W.L. Cathcart

Passed Assistant Engineer

Detached 30th July – Ordered to Navy Yard League Island

E.R. Lowndes

Naval Cadet

Detached 10th October – Ordered to U.S.S. "Boston"

G.W. Kirk

Naval Cadet

Detached 10th October – Ordered to U.S.S. "Boston"

C.A. Brand

Naval Cadet

Detached 14th October – Ordered to U.S.S. "Boston"

G.W. Denfeld

Lieutenant

Detached 2nd November – Ordered to U.S.S. "Charleston"


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown at first commissioning [left blank], 18 [left blank].


See log book ending 30th June 1889.


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate.

Description of Instruments used for Meteorological Observations, their Location, et cetera.


Instrument

Maker

Number

Location

Date of Last Comparison

Compared With

Error

Mercurial Barometer

Adie, London

56

In cabin

December 3rd

U.S. Branch Hydrographic Office Boston

0

Aneroid Barometer



Under bulk of poop on bulkhead

December 3rd

U.S. Branch Hydrographic Office Boston

-0.0137

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

H.J. Green, New York

3949

Forward side of Pilot House




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

H.J. Green, New York

3959

Forward side of Pilot House





[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Armament


Of the U.S.S. Yorktown.


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Remarks

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch Breech Loading Rifle

III

Steel

Brown prismatic

42.6

Common shell

100 pounds

Center pivot, gravity return


Brown prismatic

32.6

Blank shell

100 pounds

Shrapnel

100 pounds


Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Remarks

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

2

6-pounder Rapid Fire 57 mm


Hotchkiss



Cast iron shell

6 pounds

Rail recoil




Steel shell

6 pounds

2

3-pounder Rapid Fire 47 mm


Hotchkiss



Steel shell

3 pounds

Sliding pivot recoil


1

1-pounder Rapid Fire 37 mm


Hotchkiss



Steel shell

1 pounds

Cone mount


2

37 mm Revolving Cannon


Hotchkiss



Steel shell

1 pounds

Rail mount


2

Short Gatling .45


Model 1880





Rail mount



Boat armament


1 1-pounder Rapid Fire on cone mount in sailing launch.

1 Short Gatling on tripod mount in first cutter.


Small arms


100 Lee rifles caliber .45.

114 Direct Action revolvers.


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Tables of Deviation of the Standard Compass Number [left blank] on board the U.S.S. [left blank].


Date

November 15th, 1889

September 3rd, 1889

Place of Observation

Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Newport, Rhode Island

Latitude

40°30' N

41°29' N

Longitude

74°00' W

71°19'40" W

Observed Variation

-7°28'

Without magnets, et cetera

Ship's Head by Compass

Deviation

Deviation

North

-1°13'

-16°00'

North by East

-0°59'

-17°00'

NNE

-1°20'

-17°00'

NE by North

-0°02'

-17°00'

NE

+0°54'

-16°15'

NE by East

+0°36'

-16°00'

ENE

+2°46'

-17°00'

East by North

+2°46'

-16°45'

East

+3°58'

-16°30'

East by South

+3°28'

-16°00'

ESE

+2°50'

-15°15'

SE by East

+2°42'

-13°00'

SE

+2°34'

-9°30'

SE by South

+1°26'

-4°15'

SSE

+0°12'

+2°45'

South by East

+0°05'

+10°00'

South

-0°02'

+17°00'

South by West

-1°32'

+23°45'

SSW

-2°38'

+28°00'

SW by South

-2°17'

+30°00'

SW

-3°00'

+30°30'

SW by West

-2°39'

+29°15'

WSW

-2°45'

+26°15'

West by South

-2°15'

+22°15'

West

-1°55'

+16°30'

West by North

-1°48'

+11°00'

WNW

-1°41'

+6°00'

NW by West

-2°50'

+0°30'

NW

-1°11'

-4°00'

NW by North

-1°21'

-8°15'

NNW

-1°02'

-12°45'

North by West

-0°43'

-14°15'


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] C.A. Bradbury



LOGS FOR JULY 1889


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1 July 1889


At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror", and in dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty with light drizzle.

Light breeze from SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty with light drizzle, light airs and breezes.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, first part rainy.

Light breeze from SE by South to East by South.

The following men were absent without leave: P. Viliani, Coxswain, R.J. Masten, Landsman, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler, F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cast off fasts and hauled into dry dock to determine the metacentric height.

Naval Cadet E.R. Lowndes reported on board for duty.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze SE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, returned from liberty sixteen hours over time


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2 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored in dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, last hour raining.

Light breeze from SE to ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, rain ended in a drizzle third hour.

Light breezes and airs from ESE to SE.

Finished taking on board kentledge.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain first and last hours.

Light airs from ESE.

Pumping water out of boilers preparatory to determination of metacentric height.

Received on board: 400 pounds red lead; 5 gallons spar varnish.

The following men are absent from the ship without leave: P. Viliani, Coxswain, R.J. Masten, Landsman, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler.

Navy Yard Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.

Naval Cadet G.W. Kirk reported for duty aboard.

Received in Equipment Department: 3 foot tubs; 3 cuspidors; 2 feather dusters; 3 soup bags.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty with light drizzle.

Light airs from SSE.

Engaged in keeling ship for the determination of her transverse metacentric height while vessel is light, battery and boats in place.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Henery Byman, Landsman, for special service.

Received in Navigation Department: one (1) number 4 U.S. ensign.

At end of watch engaged in putting kentledge on the dock and filling the boilers with fresh water.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Got kentledge ashore and filled boilers.

Overcast and cloudy with drizzling rain at times.

Light breeze at times from SE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Raining hard at times during first half.

Gentle breeze from SE with squalls.


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3 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored in dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, raining whole watch.

Light airs from SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with mist.

Raining last part.

Received on board: 93 pounds fresh beef; 75 pounds vegetables; 75 pounds bread.

One fire lighted at 4.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty and warm.

Light breeze from South.

Absent without leave: P. Viliani, Coxswain, R.J. Masten, Landsman, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler.

Engaged in [taking] coal and making preparations for hauling ship out of dry dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty and raining.

Light breeze from NNE shifting to SE by East.

Ship warped out from dry dock at 1.00pm and moored to Monitor [U.S.S. "Terror"], the Executive Officer on the bridge

A.M. Henschine, Seaman, transferred to hospital.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Lieutenant Denfeld left the ship on a week's leave at 4.30pm.

Sent liberty party ashore, raining slightly during watch.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing during first part of watch, cloudy again at close.


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4 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from SSW, clouds breaking.

Dressed ship at 4.30am.

Engaged in getting coal on board at 7 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Breeze from SW by South.

Pleasant weather.

At 11.00am U.S.S. "Boston" passed to the Westward.

P. Viliani, Coxswain, R.J. Masten, Landsman, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler, and P. Riley, Boilermaker, absent from ship at quarters without authority.

Salute of 21 guns fired at Navy Yard at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy; first part squally.

At 1 o'clock wind shifted to NNW in moderate squalls, and later to North, afterwards backing to NW.

Lighting up at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast first part of watch.

Wind shifted from NW to WSW.

Barometer steady.

Weather clearing.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from West.

Weather hazy first hour, clearing to night starlight.


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5 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breeze from Westward, shifting in later part of watch to NW.

Barometer rising.

Weather clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breeze from NW shifting to NNE.

Barometer rising.

Weather cool, pleasant and misty.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant and slight haze.

Gentle breeze from NE by North to NW.

The following named men were absent without leave: P. Viliani, Coxswain, R.J. Masten, Landsman, L. McMann, Machinist, F.A. Shumway, Oiler, P. Riley, Boilermaker.

While four men of the painter's gang were carrying a staging horse aft on board the U.S.S. "Terror" one of the legs fouled and the horse went below down the open hatch carrying with it: J. Johnson 2nd, Coxswain, who sustained a fracture of the left thigh bone; Thomas F. Kenny, First-class Apprentice, fractured the small bone of the left leg; M. Mahony, First-class Apprentice, who was slightly bruised but otherwise uninjured.

John Johnson 2nd by order of Commanding Officer was disrated from Coxswain to Seamen.

Johnson and Kenny were transferred to the Naval Hospital.

F.A. Shumway, Oiler, returned from liberty 7 days and 3 hours over time.

Crew painting ship's side.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.

Lieutenant J.C. Colwell reported his return from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy.

Light breeze from NNW.

Lieutenant J.C. Colwell left ship on one week leave.

Crew painting ship's side.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 2 looking glasses; 4 serving boards, and in Construction Department: 4 cork fenders (ship's) and one painters spatula.

Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen from yard employed on board.

Received in Engineer's Department as per list [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Weather fair and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW to NE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE by North.

L. McMann, Machinist, returned from liberty 7 days and 16 hours over time.


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Received in Engineer's Department: 2 flatters; 4 punches; 2 fullers; 2 hardies; 6 swages; 1 10-pound sledge; 2 set hammers; 1 hot chisel handle; 1 cold chisel handle; 2 heading tools; 1 coppersmith's hammer; 2 rivet tongs; 2 blacksmith's hammers; 1 blacksmith's calipers; 3 riveting hammers; 1 carpenter's tool chest; 1 blacksmith's tool chest; 100 pine plugs; 103 pine plugs condenser; 4 wooden mallets; 12 packing sticks; 4 coal breakers; 20 cold chisels; 24 file scrapers; 2 spring compasses; 1 Dudgeon expander; 1 copper funnel; 1 copper measure; 2 pounds beeswax; 12 brass cocks; 1 bolt canvas; 8 tube brushes; 100 pounds oatmeal; 15 cape chisels; 6 pinch bars; 2 gallons alcohol; 10 pounds lag screws assorted; 2 pounds wood screws assorted; 5 pounds soapstone; 74 condenser tube glands, brass; 48 nipples; 2 safety valve springs; 4 safety couplings; 4 ounces muriatic acid; 50 pounds P.P. paste [possibly Prestoline and Prestoline paste]; 12 panes glass 12 by 14 inch; 4 yards tracing cloth; 4 sheets tracing paper; 50 lbs Grady's scouree.

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6 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and starlight.

Light to gentle breeze from North to NNE.

Hazy and cloudy toward end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, slight haze.

Gentle breeze from NE by North.

Aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Cool and pleasant.

Light gentle breeze from North to NNW dying out later part.

Painting ship's side.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.

The following named men are absent from the ship without leave: P. Riley, Boilermaker, E. Brennan, Water Tender, O. Johnson, Coal Heaver.

The following named men are declared deserters from date: P. Viliani, Coxswain, and R.J. Masten, Landsman.

A. Villiers, Landsman, was rated Wardroom Steward from July 2nd and H. Byman, Landsman, was rated Wardroom Cook from July 4th.

Received in Equipment Department: 50 coal bags.

Received in Construction Department: 5 pounds raw sienna; 5 pounds burnt sienna; 3 pounds patent dryer; 45 pounds chrome yellow; 5 pounds candy brown; 15 gallons boiled oil; 12 paint brushes (5°) wiper [?] brush.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from SSW.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South to SSW.

U.S.S. "Despatch" came in and moored to Cob dock.


8am to mid.

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WSW.


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7 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from NNW shifted to SW.

Weather clear and pleasant.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from WSW.

Clear and pleasant.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 93 pounds fresh beef; 75 pounds fresh vegetables; 74 pounds fresh bread.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 10.50am had muster and read the Articles for Government of the Navy and General orders of Navy Department to date.

P. Riley, Boilermaker, and O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, absent from ship without leave.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Sent church party to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from West by South shifting to NW.

Clear and pleasant.

At 1.30pm received coal alongside in barges said to contain 409 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from North, dying out towards end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Calm first part of watch.

Light breeze springing up towards end of watch from the West.


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8 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and calm.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SW to West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 90 pounds fresh beef; 72 pounds fresh vegetables; 72 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

P. Riley, Boilermaker, and O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, absent without leave.

At 9.30am P.H. Riley, Boilermaker, came aboard.

At 11.20am received in Equipment Department: one hair mattress.

Marine Guard were sent and drilled ashore.

Preparations made for coaling ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm, hazy.

Gentle breeze from NNW to NW.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs from NNW.

Clear and warm.

Coal barges taken by tug from alongside.

Engineer's Department began to secure bunker plates.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from NNW.


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9 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze first part of watch, dying out about middle of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ENE, dying out at end of first hour.

Bower chains roused up.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" made preparatory for hauling away from Monitor U.S.S. "Puritan".


8am to meridian:

Warm and cloudy, hazy.

Calm and light airs from South by West.

O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, was absent without leave.

Overhauled and stowed below bower and sheet chains.

Crew painting ship's side.

Navy Yard Ordnance and Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and pleasant, rather hazy.

Light breeze from SSE.

Painting ship's side.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.

Received on board in Engineer's Department following stores as per list [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy, warm.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE to South.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with light breeze from Southward.


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12 to 4pm, July 9th.

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 differential pulleys; 34 pounds magnolia metal; 75 pounds mandoorin [?]; 178 pounds ¼-inch rubber; 30 pounds 1/3-inch rubber; 50 pounds 1/6-inch rubber; 60 pounds 1/8-inch rubber; 10 pounds composition spring, brass; 59 pounds sheet brass; 1 dozen steel lamp's extra tape; 1 dozen hand lamps; 1 rabbet plane; 10 gross wicks Ellis lamps; 10 pounds asbestos packing; 10 pounds lamp wicks; 50 pounds hemp packing; 25 pounds tacks; 5 pounds white horse hair; 5 pounds burnt sienna; 5 pounds raw sienna; 2 iron clamps; 24 file handles; 37 files; 50 feet ¾-inch rubber hose; 12 corn brooms; 12 hickory brooms; 12 coir brooms; 24 scoop shovels; 100 pounds potash; 50 [pounds] sal soda; 8 galvanized buckets; 1 paint mill; 1 tinner's furnace; 36 pounds concentrated lye; 1 glue pot; 2 iron ladles; 24 sheets of tin; 1 anvil block; 144 manhole gaskets; 113 pounds rubber ¾-inch; 91 pounds rubber 5/8-inch; 1 pattern for grate bars; 1 pattern for bridge wall.


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10 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from South to SSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 90 pounds fresh beef and 72 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.

Lieutenant G.W. Denfeld reported his return from leave of absence.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light mist latter part of watch.

Light breeze from South to SSE.

O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, absent from ship without leave.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Misty at times with light airs to gentle breeze from South.

Navy Yard Ordnance and Engineering and Construction workmen employed on board.

Received in Construction Department: 10 camp stools; 1 harness cask.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from Southward.

Received on board one Greenfield engine.


8pm to midnight:

Light breeze from SSE to South.

Overcast and cloudy.


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11 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and misty, stormy last hour.

Light airs from South.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Raining last half of watch.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 90 pounds fresh beef; 72 pounds fresh vegetables; 72 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and freshening.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.

U.S.S. "Boston" reported off Navy Yard dock at 10.00am.

A. Wilbert, Machinist, J. Daly, Water Tender, O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, A.H. Hayes, Coal Heaver, G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and Ed Kuhn, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, reported absent without leave.

Received in Engineer's Department: 72 pounds tubing, brass; 50 pounds tallow; 15 fathoms manila rope.

John Daly, Water Tender, returned from leave 4 hours late.

U.S.S. "Boston" moored at Ordnance dock.

A salute of eleven guns was fired from Cob Dock at 11.00am in honor of Commodore Sicard, Chief of Bureau of Ordnance.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light breeze.

Received in Equipment Department: two mattresses; two pillows.

In Construction Department: 200 pounds bar, iron, round; 100 pounds bar, iron, flat; 50 pounds bar, steel; 500 pounds white lead; 300 pounds white zinc.

In Navigation Department: 50 gallons lard oil.

In Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds currants; 420 pounds tomatoes; 180 pounds vegetables; 200 pounds coffee; 192 pounds ham; 96 pounds roast beef; 100 pounds dried apples; 90 pounds tea.

In Ordnance Department received fittings for 6 guns and carriages.

Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen at work on board.

Filled three boilers, and fresh water tanks.

Commodore M. Sicard, U.S. Navy, and Captain J. Beardsley visited the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from South South West.

Overcast, cloudy and warm.

Raining slightly later half of watch, clearing up at end.


8pm to midnight:

Weather misty and warm.

Calm first of watch.

Light breeze springing up from NNW last hour.


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12 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Light airs from NNW.

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs from East North East.

At 7.45am the U.S.S. "Boston" got under way for dry dock.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light airs from East.

Absent without leave: O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, G.H. Hayes, Coal Heaver, E.A. Kuhn, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, A. Hilbert, Machinist, and B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice.

Received in Construction Department: 100 feet white pine 5/8-inch; 100 feet white pine 1-inch.

Engaged in taking in Navigation and Ordnance and Paymaster's and Engineer's stores [below].

Construction, Ordnance and Engineers Yard workmen engaged on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and warm, cooler toward end of watch.

Light breezes from NW to SW.

Barometer falling gradually.

Workmen from yard still engaged on board.

Received in Construction Department: 50 pounds putty.

Received in Engineer's Department: 15 gallons linseed oil; 101½ gallons sperm oil; 50 pounds waste cotton; 94 iron grate bars; 28 ounces damar varnish; 18 foundry brushes; 12 furnace door hinges; 4 dust brushes.

The following seamen transferred from U.S.S. "Vermont": John W. Robbins, Seaman, Frederick South, Seaman, Axel A. Nordstrom, Seaman, Peater Egelund, Seaman, Erman [?] Jelusie, Seaman, Daniel Eldridge, Seaman, and William J. Donaldson, Seaman.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 960 pounds ham; 1004 pounds corned beef; 6 pounds bread; 400 pounds tobacco; 750 pounds soap; 120 pounds candles.

Engaged in receiving Ordnance stores aboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, hazy and warm.

Light airs and breezes.

G.H. Hayes, Coal Heaver, returned on board 35 hours over time, clean and sober.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from South by West.

Clear first part of watch, becoming cloudy in last hour.

Cool and pleasant.

Moonlight first part of watch.


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Received in Engineer's Department: 80 rubber valves; 64 rubber gaskets; 2 ~~~ch squares; 6 tongs; 2 cal~~; 4 awls, broad; 1 set bits; 1 brace; 2 chalk lines; 1 compass; 1 drawing knife; 1 gauge; 6 gimlets; 1 hammer, claw; 1 oil stone; 2 rasps, wood; 1 kerf [cerf in log-book] cut saw; 1 rip [saw]; 1 tenon [saw]; 1 square, try; 1 square o. tube; 30 gallons turpentine; 2 mason's trowels; 1 barrel fine clay.


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13 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breeze from South by West to SW, cool and pleasant, sky becoming overcast at noon.

Workmen from Yard engaged on board.

Engaged in getting on board Paymaster's stores and Navigation stores.

O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, A. Hilbert, Machinist, and B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, absent without leave.

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 rubber mats; 4 paper pails; 1 set blacksmith's poker, scraper and shovel; 1 oil pump; 1 "old man"; 1 quire cartridge paper; 2 dust pans; 1 hand bellows; 2 stition moncles [?]; 2 wood screws; 6 gouges; 2 screw drivers; 1 compass screw; 1 jack plane; 1 smooth plane; 6 mortise chisels; 91 water gauges; 2 bore nozzles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Misty, cloudy weather.

Light breeze from SSW.

Receiving provisions.

Andrew Carlson, Landsman, was transferred to this ship with accounts from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont"

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Misty, overcast first part of watch.

Gradually clearing.

Breeze dying out to light airs from SSW.

Barometer steady.

Slight drizzle middle of watch.

Provisions secured on board the U.S.S. "Terror".


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSW.


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14 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Light breeze from SW to NNW.

Cloudy and hazy.

Barometer rising, weather warm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 90 pounds fresh beef; 72 pounds fresh vegetables; 78 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW, shifting at end of watch to West.

At 9.30am quarters for inspection.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

The following men were absent without leave: O. Johnson, Coal Heaver, A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice.

Private P.A. Durant was transferred to the marine barracks to date from 12th of this month.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW, hauling to Westward latter part of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle to light breeze from NW to NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant first part, with light airs from NNW.

Calm during middle of watch.

Cloudy with gentle breeze from WNW each part.


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15 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate breeze from East.

Moonlight and pleasant.

At 2.10am began raining and continued during watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Very heavy rain at 5.00am.

Light breeze and airs from East by North to ESE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92 pounds fresh beef and 78 pounds each fresh vegetables and bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, misty at times.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE to NE.

Received in Construction Department: 10 paint pots (tin).

The following men are absent from the ship without leave: A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice.

Powder lighter came alongside about 11.00am.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Breaking away.

Moderate breeze from North East.

Private Turney reported on board with effects for duty.

Engaged in striking provisions below.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen engaged on board.

Misty during last part of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Cool and cloudy.

Moderate breeze from NNE.

Paymaster Charles W. Littlefield returned from a week's leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing at 9.00pm.

Fresh to moderate breezes from North North West.

Bright moonlight at close.


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Monday July 15th..

Received in Paymaster's Department: 850 pounds bread; 500 pounds ham; 100 pounds corned beef; 4 barrels flower; 9 barrels sugar; 3 barrels beans; 11 barrels pork; 6 barrels beef; 1 barrel molasses; 1 barrel vinegar; 10 kegs pickles.

Received in Engineer's Department: 50 pounds Eureka packing; 4 alligator wrenches; 6 brass faucets; 6 packing hooks; 46 pounds Eagle packing; 1 chain pipe wrench; 2 sets Baxter wrenches; 12 scaling tools; 25 feet webbing; 1 oil filter; 1 angular ratchet drill; 1 set taps, stocks, and dies; 6 augers; 1 bezel; 6 chisels; 2 nail sets; 10 yards wire gauze, brass; 2 ratchet drills; 2 sets twist drills 1/6-inch to ¼-inch; 1 set twist drills ¼-inch to ¼-inch; 1 screw punch press; 1 set taps, stocks and dies; 34 brass lock nuts; 400 pounds Muntz metal.


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16 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror"

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy.

Light moderate breeze from NNW.

Getting ammunition aboard.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW by North shifting to NW.

Engaged in getting ammunition aboard.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.

A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice, absent from ship without leave.

Clearing up at end [of watch].

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 bags blacksmith's coal; 29 cast iron bars; 74 wrought iron grate bars; 4 sets grate bars for launch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer rated Andrew Carlson, Landsman, to Carpenter's Mate from July 14th.

Engaged in taking in Ordnance and Equipment stores, and bending fore and aft sails.

Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen from Yard employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from NW by North.

Engaged in taking in Ordnance stores.

Fore and aft sails bent and secured.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moon rose about 10.00pm.

Light breeze from West.


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17 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Monitor U.S.S. "Terror", and Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Steady and gentle breeze from NNW to West

Clear and cool.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Variable breezes, shifting from North by West at beginning to West by North at end.

Made preparations for leaving monitor U.S.S. "Terror".

At 7.30am shoved off and in tow of tug U.S.S. "Catalpa" to Ordnance dock.


8am to meridian:

Hazy and warm.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

Absent without leave: A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice, and W.J. Donaldson, Seaman.

The latter returned on board 4 hours over time, clean and sober.

By order of Commanding Officer made the following changes in the rating: F.F. Murray, Seaman to Coxswain from July 1st, P. Eglund, Seaman to Coxswain from July 13th, F. Smith, Seaman to Quartermaster from July 13th, J.M. Robbins, Seaman to Quartermaster from July 13th, and E. Jelusie, Seaman to Captain of Afterguard.

During first hour secured the ship alongside of Ordnance Dock.

Hoisted out the starboard poop gun and landed it on Ordnance Dock.

Construction, Engineering and Ordnance Yard workmen employed on board.

Engaged in taking in shells, gun cotton and Ordnance supplies.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant breeze from SW to West.

Cloudy and pleasant.

With help of the Navy Yard tug swing ship around and hoisted out the port poop gun, landing it on Ordnance Dock.

Workmen from the Yard employed on board.

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 bent tubes; 6 drop tubes; 24 bash~~s; 2 wrenches.


4pm to 8pm:

Hazy and warm.

Gentle breeze.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" James Hennessy, Boilermaker, Michael Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, and W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant and cool.

Breeze from NNW.

Barometer rising.


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18 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant weather, hazy.

Gentle breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Fair but pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds fresh beef; 78 pounds vegetables; 79 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breeze from NNE.

Cloudy, warm and hazy.

Barometer steady.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board.

Received in Engineer's Department: 29 springs for pistons; 4 tubes scrapers; 2 sectional rods for tube.

Engaged in getting powder aboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to clear weather, warm and hazy.

Light airs from SE by South to SSW.

Receiving powder.

Received in Construction Department: 1 dozen sash tools; 6 varnish brushes; 6 flat brushes 4 inch; 12 cleats; 24 wedges.

Transferred to Naval Hospital with bag and hammock and accounts H.W. Albee, Master-at-Arms.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" P. Riley, Boilermaker.

Navy Yard Engineering and Ordnance workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs from SSW to South.

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from SE by East.


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19 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from South.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from South.

Cloudy and hazy.

Made preparations for getting in coal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, warm and hazy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE and South by East.

The following men were absent without leave: A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice.

At 9 o'clock received coal lighter alongside and began taking in coal.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm, cloudy and hazy.

Moderate breezes from South.

Light showers at intervals during last half [of watch].

At work whole of watch coaling ship.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.

Received on board in Engineer's Department: 235 pounds iron rivets; 28 oil cups (lower g~~); 12 oil cups (sight feed); 24 scrub brushes, and one test gauge.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Squally and drizzling rain third hour.

Moderate to gentle breeze from South by East.

At 7 o'clock stopped coaling having received 53 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, raining hard last half with occasional squalls.


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20 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining hard at times.

Gentle breeze from South by East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and rainy weather, clearing towards end of watch.

Gentle breeze to light airs from South by East to WSW.

Began taking in coal at 7.45am.


8am to meridian:

Warm and cloudy.

Light showers during first part of watch, but generally pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Coaling ship during watch; took aboard about 53 tons.

The following men are absent without leave: A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fresh breeze from NW by West.

Engaged in taking in coal; getting in about 40 tons during watch.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction, Engineering workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from NW.

Coaling ship.

Received on on board during day 105 tons 2112 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cool and pleasant, with moderate to fresh breeze from West by South, shifting to NW by North at end [of watch].


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21 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Fair but pleasant.

Moderate breezes.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from North.

100 pounds fresh beef, 80 pounds vegetables and 80 pounds fresh bread received in Paymaster's Department.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breeze from North by East.

Very pleasant.

Quarters at 9.30am and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

By order of Commanding Officer A.R. Hilbert, Machinist, was disrated to Seaman Gunner to date from July 11th. Also, A.R. Hilbert, Seaman Gunner, was declared a deserter from date July 21st 1889.

Absent without leave: B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice.

Navy Yard Ordnance workmen engaged on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breezes.

At 3.30pm furled sail.

Filled fresh water tanks from hydrant.

Ordnance workmen from Yard employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Slightly cloudy and warm.

Light airs from West.

Workmen from yard engaged in reducing pivot for starboard 6-inch gun on poop.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs.


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22 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Light airs from West, dying out in first hour.

Clear and cool.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and cool.

Clearing away towards end of watch.

Light airs and calms.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds fresh vegetables; 80 pounds fresh bread.

Began coaling ship at 5.30am, taking in about 6 tons during watch.

Ordnance workmen from Navy Yard employed on board.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm, hazy.

Light airs and breezes.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Took in about 40 tons of coal.

Absent B.H. Nowell, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice, who were declared deserter from this date by Commanding Officer.

Navy Yard Ordnance men employed on 6-inch gun circle.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm, cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breeze from South.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Took in about 34 tons of coal aboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light to gentle breeze.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Took in about 28 tons of coal.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Lightening up during last half of watch.

Barometer steady.

Gentle breeze from South.


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23 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs from SSW to West.

Engaged in taking in coal.

Took in about 30 tons of coal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs SSW to West.

Engaged in taking in coal.

Took in about 30 tons of coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear to cloudy weather, passing rain during last hour.

Breeze light to moderate in squalls from South to NNW.

Coaling ship, took in 25 tons during watch.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Cloudy hazy, cool and pleasant.

Completed coaling ship.

Total amount of coal received 346 tons 502 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to clear weather, pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NW to NNW.


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24 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, pleasant.

Moderate breezes from NW.

Warped ship down wharf opposite derrick.


8am to meridian:

Clear to fair weather, hazy.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from NW.

Absent without leave: E. Burke, Machinist, and F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice.

Received in Construction Department: 50 books of gold leaf.

Hoisted on board port after gun, carriage and shield.

Received new whaleboat gig.

Navy Yard Construction, Ordnance and Engineering workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Winded ship and got aboard starboard quarter gun.

Navy Yard Ordnance and Construction workmen employed on board.

Received on board in Engineer's Department: 4 nickel plated squirt cans; 4 nickel oil feeders; 1 set heading tools; 2 center punches; 4 brass padlocks; 1 inside and outside calipers; 1 funnel (copper); 1 tallow kettle; 50 pounds steel.

The board, of which Commander Bridgman, U.S. Navy, senior member, Naval Constructor Steele, U.S. Navy, and Chief Engineer Stevens, U.S. Navy, are members, appointed to witness final trial of this vessel at sea, reported on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear to fair weather.

Moderate to light breeze from NW by West to NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear to fair weather.

Moderate breeze from NNW.


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25 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool with gentle breeze from NNW during watch.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy weather.

Light breeze from North by East to NE by East.

At 7.10am Navy Yard tug came alongside.

Winded ship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef and 79 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy but fair.

Very hazy.

Light airs to gentle breeze from East to SSW.

Navy Yard Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.

Getting ready for sea.

The following men were declared deserters from date: F.A. Miller, First-class Apprentice, and E. Burke, Machinist.

Rated J. Dwyer, Chief Gunner's Mate, Master-at-Arms to date from July 19th and A.A. Nordstrom, Seaman, to Quarter Gunner from date from July 1st.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Engaged in getting ship ready for sea.

Navy Yard Ordnance and Construction workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South to South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with gentle airs from SSW.

P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, reported to be intoxicated and placed under sentry's charge.


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26 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of Ordnance Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Weather hazy, but pleasant.

Heavy dew.

Light airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Hazy first part.

Heavy fog during middle of watch.

Clearing last part.

Light airs from SW shifting to East.


8am to meridian:

Engaged in preparing ship for sea.

Variable airs from East to ESE.

Cloudy and pleasant.

Received in Construction Department: 2 cushions; 3 towel racks.

S.W. Kirby, Coal Heaver, J. Hennesy, Boilermaker, M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, Stevenson, Water Tender, J. Laverty, First-class Fireman, F.P. Smiths, Coal Heaver, and F.H. Rushman, Coal Heaver, returned aboard in an intoxicated condition.

J. Praught, Captain of Forecastle, P. Boyle, Water Tender, and Kirby, Coal Heaver, left the ship during the night without leave.

M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, and J. Laverty, First-class Fireman, intoxicated, placed under sentry's charge.

P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, released from sentry's charge.

At 11.05am started fires in four boilers.

Lieutenant Colwell returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light to gentle breeze.

Engaged in securing ship for sea.

Received in Ordnance Department the 6-pounder mount on port side.

A. Nickerson, Coxswain, mashed his fingers in crane fall on dock.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" K.H. Nilson, Seaman.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate to gentle variable breezes.

Engaged in securing boats for sea.

Turned engines over and found them to work properly.

J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, intoxicated, placed under sentry's charge for being intoxicated and insolent to Executive Officer.

M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, released from sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzling rain after 10.00pm.

Light airs.

Fires banked.


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27 July 1889

Moored to Ordnance Dock, Navy Yard, New York, and under way standing out of New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs [from] East by SE.

Warm, beginning to cool after rain.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining during watch.

Got under way at five o'clock and stood out, standing down the channel.

At 5.58am anchored in 7½ fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms shackle at hawse hole on starboard chain.

Statue of Liberty bearing West by North and East end of Ellis Island North – magnetic.

Released from sentry's charge: J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, Nostrand, Quarter Gunner, and Donaldson, Seaman.

Draft forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and heavy steady rain, clearing toward end of watch.

Barometer falling 0.12 in second hour of watch.

Swinging to wind and tide.

Steady wind from NE, squally toward end of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy with fog.

Got under way at one o'clock and stood out of harbor.

At 2.53pm passed buoy number 5 off Sandy Hook and headed for Sandy Hook lightship.

Sandy Hook lightship abeam at 3.40pm.

Steering SE by East from 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Under way on course Southeast.

Sandy Hook light bearing NW.

At 4.05pm began swinging ship for deviation table for 16 points.

At 6 o'clock put over patent log reading 18.1, Sandy Hook light ship bearing NW by North, distance 3½ miles, course SE¼S by standard compass.

Standing on course.

Hazy around horizon.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy to clear.

Light breeze from SSE.

Under steam steering SE¼S by standard compass.

At end of watch patent log read 51.2.


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28 July 1889

At sea to South and Eastward of Sandy Hook lightship

Lat 40.4, Long -73.6 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light NW to NNE breeze.

Moderate swell, easy motion.

At 1.00am sighted lights of steamer, steaming to West, bearing to SW, and lost sight of it soon after.

Steam steers became disabled by blowing out cylinder gasket at 2.30am.

Stopped engine to connect hand steerer.

Steamed ahead at 3.55am.

Steaming at 5 knots speed, course SE¼S.

Steamer in sight to South by West at close of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy.

Gentle breeze from ENE to East.

Moderate swell from South.

At 7.00am reduced speed to steering way, making about 3.6 knots.

Course by standard compass SE¼S.

Lost sight of steamer at 4.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and foggy greater part of watch, clearing about 11 o'clock.

Heavy rains during watch.

Wind hauled from East to NNW and back to SW.

At 9.15am sounded with deep sea lead, got 48 fathoms (fine white sand).

At 10.00am got sounding with Sir William Thompson machine, 35 fathoms (white sand).

At 9.20am got ship on course NW.

Patent log read 89 miles.

Sail sighted.

Barometer rising stormy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining during first part of watch.

Steering course NW (per compass), logging about 4 knots.

At one o'clock took sounding with deep sea lead and found bottom 30 fathoms (gray sand) black.

Afterwards took sounding with sounding machine, 25 fathoms arming not showing bottom.

At 1.46pm stopped engines to find set of current (SW).

Started engines a few moments afterwards and ordered hand steering gear connected.

At 2.07pm hand steering gear connected and started engines, stopping at 2.13pm to disconnect hand, and connect steam gear.

6 minutes later ringing to go ahead.

At 2.53pm stopped starboard engine to find helm angle required to keep vessel on course.

At 3.50pm ship log showed 8.8 knots, patent log showing 9.3 knots for the hour, number 90.

Several sail sighted during watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy, raining during middle of watch.

Barometer steady.

During first hour of watch stopped engines and shifted from steam steering gear to hand gear, 6¼ minutes, and back to the steam gear in 2½ minutes.

About 5.30pm took cast of lead alongside (spar buoy adrift), 26 fathoms.

Buoy bearing ½ mile on port beam.

At 6 o'clock stopped engines.

Light airs from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, with drizzling rain first two hours.

Engines stopped and ready for going ahead.

At 11.00pm sighted a flare up, light to N¼E.

Smooth sea, ship's heading to N¼W until 4.00pm and drifting about ½ knot per hour to the NNW.

Last hour heading to the S¼E and drifting to the North.


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29 July 1889

At sea, standing into New York and moored to wharf Navy Yard

Lat 40.58, Long -73.80 [Approximate longitude]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Second hour passing fog and drizzling rain.

Moderate breeze from SSW to SW.

Moderate sea.

Steam in all boilers, lying to till 2.40am, when went ahead slow on both engines course SE.

At 3.40am altered course to NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy first half, clear with misty horizon last half of watch.

Moderate SW to SSW breeze.

Moderate sea from the Southward and Westward.

Steaming at slow speed NW (per compass) until 6.20am when laid ship's head to Southward and East in 16 fathoms water and stopped engines.

Drifting with the wind about 1/5 knot North (per compass) remainder of watch.

Ship riding across the sea with easy motion.

At 6.50am New York pilot boat "Caldwell H. Colt" spoke the ship.

At close of watch a ship in sight to Northward standing to Westward.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant and slightly hazy.

Several sails in sight.

At 9.00am went to general quarters for gun practice.

Starboard forecastle gun, fired first gun level abeam, 257° elevation, 3 points on bow, third shot 5° elevation, broad off quarter.

Number 3 starboard [gun] first shot 3° elevation abeam, second shot 7° elevation, 4 points forward beam, third shot 7° elevation, 4 points abaft beam.

Number 4 port [gun] first shot 3° elevation, abeam, second shot 7° elevation, 4 points forward of beam, third shot 5° elevation, 4 points abaft beam.

Number 5 starboard [gun] first shot level abeam, second shot level, 4 points forward beam, third shot 5° elevation, 8° abaft beam.

Number 6 port [gun] first shot level abeam, second shot level, 4 points forward abeam, third shot 5° elevation, 4 points abaft beam.

All projectiles fitted with Schenkl [Schenkle in log-book] percussion fuzes and fired with ordinary (2000 feet per second) charges.

No perceptible effect on hull and fittings except the breaking of glass in skylight on poop which was caused by third shots from number 5 and 6 and of glass in engine room skylight caused by third shot from number 3 and 4.

8 electric lamps were broken in cabin and 3 forward under forecastle and in galley.

At 11.35am ceased firing and secured battery.

At 11.30am got sounding in 12 fathoms.

At 11.35am laid course West by North going ahead slow.

No sails in sight.


Meridian to 4pm:

Steady breeze from SW.

At 12.05pm changed course to SW.

At 12.20pm sighted Navesink Highlands.

At 12.25pm went ahead full speed.

Sandy Hook light ship bore abeam at 12.55pm.

At 1.00pm changing course to SSW (per compass) and slowed engines.

At 2.00pm started full speed to enter harbor of New York passing light ship at 2.45pm and Dry Romer [Shoal] lights at 3.35pm.

Barometer gradually falling.

Cloudy and misty.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant, very warm.

Took in patent log off Fort Tompkins about 4.05pm reading 81.1.

At 5.55pm ran alongside of Navy Yard dock and moored ship.

The board left the ship as soon as moored.

Draught 12 feet 5 inches forward and 16 feet 1 inch aft.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light passing drizzle second hour, occasional distant sheet lightning around horizon.

Light SW airs.


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30 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and threatening rain.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing latter part.

Light airs to breeze from SW.


8am to meridian:

Warm, cloudy and threatening weather.

Light shower last hour.

Gentle SW by South breeze.

Inspected quarters at 9.30am.

Passed Assistant Engineer A.B. Willits, U.S. Navy, reported on board for duty as the relief of Passed Assistant Engineer Cathcart.

At 11.30am called all hands to muster and read sentence of a Summary Court Martial in the case of A.J. Brundritt, the loss of three months pay approved.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and very warm.

Light showers at times.

Sent liberty party ashore at one o'clock.

At 3.40pm tug "Fortune" came in and moored in slip just ahead.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and raining; misty.

Light SW and SSW airs.

Passed Assistant Engineer W.L. Cathcart received his detachment papers and left the ship for League Island Navy Yard when he is assigned to duty.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Very hard showers at 10.30pm.


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31 July 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored alongside of wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, with heavy rain most of watch.

Occasional lightning and thunder, calm and light airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light rain at intervals.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 97½ pounds fresh beef; 78 pounds, each, vegetables and bread.

Light variable airs and calms.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty and raining at intervals.

At 9.25am went to quarters and had division drill instruction.

J.A. Praught, Captain of Forecastle, J. Miller, Private Marine, and Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, absent from ship without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, misty and warm, heavy rain first two hours, clearing last of watch.

Gentle breeze from NNW falling to light airs second hour and shifting to light airs from SSE last two hours. Engaged in scraping lower booms and making preparations for coaling ship.

Ordnance Yard workmen engaged on 3-pounder mount.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light airs from SSE to calms.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light rain shower passing last hour.

Light airs and calms.

J. Miller, Private Marine, returned on board 12 hours over time, clean and sober.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1889


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1 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to overcast.

First part misty, with occasional light passing shower, latter part raining.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, passing showers.

Light airs from SW by South.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds fresh vegetables and 76 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light breezes.

Heavy rain showers last hour.

At 9.30am inspected quarters.

Absent without leave: J.A. Praught, Captain of Forecastle, W. McCarron, Second-class Fireman, and

W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice.

Engaged in making preparations for coaling ship.

Coal lighter came alongside at 11.15am.

At 9.40am loosed sail.

Navy Yard workmen employed on Ordnance work.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, overcast weather, misty, passing shower first hour.

Light airs and breezes from SSW.

At 1.45pm began taking in coal; received to end of watch about 15 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, unsettled weather, with passing rain showers.

Misty, occasional lightning and thunder during watch.

Light airs and breezes.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury left the ship on one week's leave of absence.

Received about 4 tons of coal on board.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy to fair.

First part rainy with thunder and lightning, latter part clear.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.


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2 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty and warm, with passing rain showers.

Light airs and breezes.

Took on board 8½ tons of coal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair weather, misty and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SSW and SW.

Coaling ship.

Received in watch about 17 tons, or 44 tons in all.

Absent without leave: J.A. Praught, Captain of Forecastle, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, J. Rockford, Private Marine, and W. McCarron, Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy but fair.

Gentle breezes from SW.

Finished coaling ship, total amount of soft coal taken aboard 50 tons 125 pounds.

U.S.S. "Galena" came out of dry dock about 1.20pm and moored to Cob Dock.

Rated H. Trueman from Seaman Gunner to Machinist dating from July 12 and C.F. Chase, Ship's Writer, to Equipment Yeoman dating from August 2.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy, warm.

Light breezes and airs from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and fair.

Light airs from SW.


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3 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, warm, misty horizon.

Light SW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Heavy passing shower at end of watch.

Light airs from SW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Very heavy showers during first part of watch.

Light showers last part.

Light airs from SW.

Engaged during watch in cleaning ship inside and out.

The following men are absent from the ship without leave: J.A. Praught, Captain of Forecastle, W. McCarron, Second-class Fireman, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, and F. Rockford, Private Marine.

Received in Engineer's Department: 25 stoppers for leaks; 1 tap for screw-stays; 8½ pounds composition bolts; 6 eye bolts.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" left the Ordnance Dock at 11.15am and steamed down East River, with assistance of tug.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp, light showers first half of watch.

Light SW breeze.

Change in rating by order of Commanding Officer: J.A. Praught from, Captain of Forecastle, to Seaman from July 26, and H. Nilson from Seaman to Captain of Forecastle from July 27.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Very warm.

Light airs from South.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first half, clear last half of watch.

Light SW breeze.


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4 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breezes to light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Very hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from WSW.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds fresh vegetables; 75 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light SSW to WNW breezes.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship and men at quarters.

Held general muster and read Articles for Better Government of the Navy.

Absent without leave: J.A. Praught, Seaman, W. McCarron, Second-class Fireman, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, and F. Rockford, Private Marine.

Sent liberty party ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from NNW, shifting to SSW at end of watch.

Pleasant but cloudy towards end Eastward and Westward at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light SSW to SW breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer placed P.C. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman, under sentry's charges for intoxication.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Clouding towards end of watch.

Gentle breeze to light airs from SW.


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5 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Light airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, raining last hour of watch.

Light SSW airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds each bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy with passing showers.

General quarters at 9.30am with divisional instruction.

W. McCarron, Second-class Fireman, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, F. Rockford, Private Marine, and W.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer J.A. Praught, Seaman, was declared deserter from date.

F. Baker, Ordinary Seaman, rated to Ship's Corporal to date from July 26th by order of Commanding Officer.

W. McCarron, Second-class Fireman, returned from leave 5 days 3 hours late, clean and sober.

By order of Commanding Officer R.C. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman, was placed in confinement on bread and water for 3 days, sentence put into execution at 11.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light airs.

Engaged in unmooring and mooring ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cool with variable airs and passing showers.

At 5 U.S.S. "Boston" arrived at the Navy Yard from the Eastward and moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.


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6 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from North to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant with a cold NNE breeze.

Engaged in painting ship inside and out.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze.

Absent without leave: F. Rockford, Private Marine.

Received in Engineer's Department: 6 packing screws; 1 set reaming trays, containing four oil feeders and four squirt cans; 1 vise with portable bench; 3 pieces of indicator card; 3 pounds copper rivets; 1 pipe wrench; 1 shaper center; 2 chipping hammers; 10 gallons paraffin varnish; 14 stoppers for leaks under way; 100 pounds rivets; 15 gallons boiled oil.

Engaged in painting ship inside and out.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE shifting to West and SW.

Crew engaged in painting ship.

Transferred to Ordnance Dock 30 cases of 3-pounder ammunition.

H. Blanc and E. Creigan, Landsmen, were transferred to this ship from the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont"


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.

At 5.40pm the President passed by in the Sound steamer "Pilgrim", the U.S.S. "Vermont" fired a salute of 21 guns.

The U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Chicago" manned yards.

S.E. Bruce, First-class Apprentice, was transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy to clear.

Light airs and calm.


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7 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with light rain first part of watch.

Clear and pleasant last half.

Light to gentle breezes from SW blowing to NW.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, misty.

Light airs and breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 75 pounds fresh bread; 75 pounds vegetables.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury returned from leave.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle to light breeze from NNE.

Crew painting inside and out of ship.

F. Rockford, Private Marine, was absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from NE hauled to NNW.

Painting ship inside and out.

At 2.35pm the Secretary of the Navy and Commodore Ramsey came aboard ship, remaining about 20 minutes.

John R. Chrismond, Private Marine, was transferred to the hospital.

Henry Pyman, Wardroom Cook, and S.E. Johnson, Landsman, were discharged at their own request.

Gustave Frye, Seaman, was transferred to this vessel from the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE to NW.

The Secretary of the Navy embarked on board the U.S.S. "Despatch".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW.


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8 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light NE airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from NE to NE by East.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds vegetables; 72 pounds fresh bread.

At 5.30am the U.S.S. "Despatch" left the Yard flying the flag of the Secretary of the Navy.

Showed colors in company with U.S.S. "Vermont" during departure.

Made preparations for leaving wharf.


8am to meridian:

Clear and Pleasant, very hazy.

Gentle to light breeze from NE by East.

At 8.40am Navy Yard tug U.S.S. "Catalpa" came alongside.

At 9.20am entered dry dock.

Began scrubbing the bottom.

Navy Yard workmen at work on steering gear.

Absent from the ship without leave: F. Rockford, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light varying breeze.

Crew at work cleaning ship's bottom and making preparations for painting.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from South by East.

Engaged in scraping and painting ship's bottom.

Received on board in Engineer's Department: 411½ gallons sperm oil.

In Paymaster's Department: 750 pounds salt water soap; 50 pairs shoes; 100 pairs woolen socks; 200 white hats; 50 white jumpers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light SSW breeze.


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9 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, in dry dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Light SSW breeze, cool and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from SW.

Engaged in painting ship's bottom.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, occasional light rain.

Light SSW to SW breeze.

Finished painting ship's bottom.

Navy Yard workmen from Construction and Steam Engineering Department at work on steering gear, valves and screw propellers.

Received from General Storekeeper curtains for cabin and wardroom and the following ordnance stores: 100 ~~~; 1 collision mat; ~~~ torpedo outfit.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. with light SW airs.

Completed painting ship's bottom and Engineer's force reported ready to leave dock at 3.50pm.

At 3.57pm began to flood dock.

Navy Yard Construction and Engineering workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty, occasional light rain.

Light SW breeze.

At 6.00pm warped out of dry dock and with assistance of tug went alongside wharf and secured at former berth.

Received alongside and secured for the night a coal laden barge.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining, with variable southwesterly airs.


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10 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, misty and warm.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light rain last hour.

Light SW airs.

Made preparations for coaling ship.


8am to meridian:

Light variable airs, with rain during first part.

Engaged in coaling ship, getting in 12 tons 638 pounds.

F. Rockford, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Received in Construction Department: 300 pounds Jeffery's marine glue.

A Board of Inspection, consisting of Commander Bridgman, Lieutenant Commander S.R. Mackenzie, Lieutenant Commander H. Knox, inspected the ship


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and warm, threatening rain last hour.

Light breeze.

Engaged in coaling ship, took in 24 tons 1522 pounds of coal.

Construction workmen engaged in repairing starboard lifebuoy guard.

The board, of which Commander Bridgman is senior member, inspected the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and warm, with passing showers.

Finished coaling ship, taking in 36 tons 2160 pounds of coal.

The Board of Inspection, Commander Bridgman senior member, completed the inspection and left the ship.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs.


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11 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to wharf

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light breezes from North by West.


4am to 8am:

Cool and cloudy.

Light North by West airs.

Preparing to leave dock.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds fresh vegetables; 73 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Gentle breezes.

At 8.45am shifted berth to Ordnance Dock, being towed over by the Navy Yard tug U.S.S. "Catalpa".

At 11.45am the U.S.S. "Atlanta" came into harbor and anchored off the U.S.S. "Vermont".

Absent without leave: W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman, T. Torsh, Seaman, W.S. Ayers, Apprentice, T.H. Smith, Apprentice, J. Dawkins, Apprentice, B. Doherty, Second-class Fireman, T.B. Smiths, Coal Heaver, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, T. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, H.A. Hale, Private Marine, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Donaldson, Seaman, and J. Sheldon, Boilermaker.

The board, of which Commander Bridgman is senior member, inspecting ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant breeze from WSW.

Clear, cool and very pleasant.

Received from U.S.S. "Atlanta": 200 pounds of zinc and 100 pounds white lead.

J. Turner, Ordinary Seaman, was discerned to be absent without leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

B. Doherty, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 9½ hours over time, clean and sober.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from North.

W.P. Thomas, Private Marine, was by order of Commanding Officer placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for five days for insolence and insubordination to Master-at-Arms.

T.H. Smith, Apprentice, returned from leave 14 hours over time and J. Dawkins, Apprentice, 6 hours over time.


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12 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, laying alongside of Ordnance [Dock]

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds beef; 73 pounds vegetables and 73 pounds bread.

Sheldon, Boilermaker, returned on board 24 hours over time, Kupper, Apprentice, 9 hours over time, clean and sober.


8am to meridian:

Clear to fair weather, hazy, pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North by East backing to SW by West.

The following named men are absent without leave: T. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, F. P. Smith, Coal Heaver, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, H.A. Hale, Private Marine, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, Donaldson, Seaman, F. Marston, Apprentice, and J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman.

At 8.05am started fires in all furnaces.

Making preparations for sea.

Board, of which Commander Bridgman is senior member, in session on board.

W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman, and W.S. Ayers, Apprentice, returned on board 25 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather, cloudy and hazy.

Light breeze from SW to West by South.

Received a draft of men from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" as follows: Charles Tuiss, Seaman, Robert Robertson, Seaman, J.A. Sandstrom, Seaman, Frank Krauss, Seaman, John Brunet, Seaman, Paul Kempe, Seaman, Carl Sundberg, Seaman, Louis Poessell, Seaman, Joseph Nescoves, Seaman, Ed Billingsby, Seaman, George Glispy, Seaman, Michael Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, John H Cummings, Coal Heaver, and Charles Heslin, Coal Heaver.

Board, of which Commander Bridgman, U.S. Navy, is senior member, in session on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from West by South backing to SW by South.

Fires in all furnaces banked.

Construction workmen fitting wire lockers on berth deck.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, very pleasant.

Light breeze from SW by South.

Navy Yard Construction workmen employed on board.


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13 August 1889

At Navy Yard, New York, laying alongside of Ordnance Dock, and making passage to New London, Connecticut

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Light SW by West to West by South breeze.

Navy Yard workmen from Construction Department at work on berth deck lockers.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW and SW by West.

Construction workmen left the ship at 4.15am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hazy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from WSW to West by South.

U.S.S. "Chicago" came out of dry dock and returned to her old place at dock.

At 11.30am making preparations for getting under way.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hazy, light passing shower during second hour.

Light SW to South breeze.

At 1.00pm cast off from Ordnance Dock and steamed down East River, New York, Commanding Officer conning. The ship's draught forward 13 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

Standing out of the Narrows passing Upper Quarantine at 1.56pm.

At 2.30pm sighted Scotland lightship bearing on bow, bearing abeam at 2.47pm.

Sandy Hook lightship bore abeam at 3.00pm, putting over patent log reading 24.

At 3.15pm set staysail, foresail, jib and spanker.

Hauling jib down at 3.56pm.

Several sail in sight.

Absent without leave: H.A. Hale, Private Marine, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, F. Marston, Apprentice, F.P. Smiths, Coal Heaver, T. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, and W.J. Donaldson, Seaman.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Moderate breeze from South.

Under steam and foresail, spanker and staysail.

Course ENE¾E.

At 6.00pm got sounding with deep sea lead and Thomson's machine, 23 fathoms, fine gray sand.


6pm to 8pm:

Weather cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breeze from South.

Under steam in all boilers, heading (per compass) ENE¾E.

At 7.00pm changed course to East by North.

At 7.00pm got sounding in 23 fathoms, sandy bottom.

At 7.20pm sighted Shinnecock light bearing NE by East.

At end of watch it bore North by East.

Sighted a cargo steamer heading to Westward.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy and hazy horizon.

Moon rose at 8.45pm, obscured moonlight remainder of watch.

Gentle South breeze.

Smooth sea.

Ship steady.

At 9.35pm sighted Montauk Point light bearing NE by North (per compass), at close of watch it bore West by South.

At 9.45pm lost sight of Shinnecock light.

At 9.35pm changed course to NE by East (per compass).

At 10.30pm sighted Block island light bearing NE, at close of watch it bore East.

At 11.20pm changed course to North (per compass).

Sighted two pilot boat's lights during watch.

Took in all sail at 11.20pm.


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14 August 1889

Making passage from Navy Yard, New York, to New London, Connecticut, and at anchor at New London

Lat 41.35, Long -72.09


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and hazy weather.

Lightening to the Northward first hour.

Light to gentle breeze.

Standing up Block Island Sound first hour and through The Race until 2.30am.

At 2.35am anchored in 7½ fathoms of water with starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms, starboard chain.

Bearings at anchor: North Dumpling's light E¼S (per compass), The Race light South by East (per compass).

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, last hour rainy.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE to South.

At 7.00am called all hands and got under way.

Standing in for New London.

At 7.47am anchored in 5 fathoms water, with thirty fathoms chain at the hawser.

Bearings: New London light South by W¾W, Eastern Point Rock SW¼S.

At 8.00am low banked fires.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and foggy, heavy rain throughout the watch.

Gentle South to ESE breeze.

Riding to the flood.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Banked fires.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in rating are made: J.J. Harrison from Chief Boatswain's Mate to Boatswain's Mate from August 13, George Glispey from Seaman to Chief Boatswain's Mate from August 13, W. Sheldon from Boatswain's Mate to Seaman from Aug 13, H. Trueman from Machinist to Oiler from August 9, G. Frie from Seaman Gunner to Ship's Writer from August 8.

Absent without leave: C. Clark, Coal Heaver, P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, F. Marston, Apprentice, F.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, Blanchard, First-class Fireman, W.J. Donaldson, Seaman, and H.A. Hale, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with variable breezes clearing towards end of watch.

Engaged in cleaning ship outside.

Fires banked.

Draft forward 12 feet 11 inches, aft 16 feet.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light North to ENE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and cool, with light fine rain during last part.

By order of Commanding Officer placed W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, in solitary confinement on bread and water for two days for insolence and insubordinate conduct to Officer of the Deck.

Fires banked.


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15 August 1889

At anchor New London, Connecticut

Lat 41.35, Long -72.09


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, misty and damp.

Light airs and breezes.

Riding to the ebb.

Fires banked.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty and foggy.

Light East breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Under banked fires.

Discharged ashes into lighter.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy and cool.

Gentle breeze from East to North.

Quarters at 9.30am and instruction, 1st and 2nd Divisions in small arms, 3rd Division instruction in great guns.

Absent without leave: C. Clark, Coal Heaver, P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, F. Marston, Apprentice, F.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, Donaldson, Seaman, and H.A. Hale, Private Marine.

Cutters and whaleboat had sailing drill.

Fires banked.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Engaged in scraping the masts.

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light variable airs.

Heavy fog closing in towards end of watch.

Finished scraping masts.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather.

Light rain and fog first hour.

Light airs.

Fires banked.


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16 August 1889

At anchor New London, Connecticut, and under way making passage to Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.22, Long -72.00 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast, misty.

Light airs from NNW.

Fires bank.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Variable airs from NW.

Making preparations for getting under way.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze.

Smooth sea.

At 9.30am inspected crew at quarters.

Absent without leave: C. Clark, Coal Heaver, P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, F. Marston, Apprentice, J.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, Donaldson, Seaman, and H.A. Hale, Private Marine.

At 10.20am called all hands up anchor and at 10.45am got under way, standing out of New London harbor in charge of Commanding Officer.

Draft of water forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet.

Steamed beyond Fishers Island and stood to the Eastward.

Loosed sail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze.

Smooth sea.

Standing to Eastward toward Block Island Sound.

At 12.25pm Watch Hill light bearing to NW, Race Rock bearing West.

Put over patent log reading 8, course East.

At 2.05pm changed course to SSW.

Patent log reading 19.3 at 2.56pm.

At 3.50pm Point Judith was on port beam.

From 2.30pm to 3.53pm were under forced draught.

Patent log was taken in at 2.33pm reading 25.9.

At 3.55pm headed for Newport harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

At 7.30pm ship commenced to swing to the ebb.

Standing into Newport harbor first of watch.

At 4.45pm anchored in outer harbor with starboard anchor, veering to 45 fathoms chain.

Commanding Officer paid on official visit to the U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "New Hampshire".

Willis, Ordinary Seaman, and F. Marston, Apprentice, were brought on board from the U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "New Hampshire", having overstayed their leave in New York and reported on the U.S.S. "New Hampshire" to await this ship's arrival.

Bearings at anchor: Goat Island lighthouse NE by E¼E (magnetic), Rose Island lighthouse NNW¾W (magnetic).

At 4.50pm banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze and airs from WSW.

Fires banked.


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17 August 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Calm to light airs from West.


4am to 8am:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 4.20am, finished at 6.45am.

At 5.30am loosed sail, aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from WSW to SW.

At 9.10am called all hands up anchor and shifted berth to southernmost buoy of training squadron buoys in inner harbor.

Absent without leave: C. Clark, Coal Heaver, P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, J.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, W.J. Donaldson, Seaman, and H.A. Hale, Private Marine.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Torpedo Station.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, but hazy.

Moderate breeze from SW.

Painting out side of ship.

Riding to wind.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to clear weather, hazy.

Light breeze from NW to WNW.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of the Torpedo Station.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from West.


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18 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light haze on horizon.

Light West to West by North breeze.

At 3.30am swinging to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NNW to North.

Evaporator at work.

Machinist Victor Carlson was transferred to this ship from U.S.S. "Dale".


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from NNW to SW by West.

At 9.40am the Commanding Officer inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: C. Clark, Coal Heaver, P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, H.A. Hale, Private Marine, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, F.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, and J. Donaldson, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SW breeze.

Swinging to the ebb at 1.15pm and to the flood at 3.30pm.

Fires banked.

Distilling.

Sent liberty party on shore and visiting party to Training Station.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, rather hazy.

Gentle breeze from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light West airs.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 9.30pm, finished at 10.30pm.

Fires banked.

Distilling.


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19 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Bright moonlight.

Light variable airs to calms.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from NNW to West.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds fresh vegetables; 80 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

Riding to the flood.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Donaldson, Seaman, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, J.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, H.A. Hale, Private Marine, F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, and J.J. Harrison, Boatswain's Mate.

Exercised all divisions at general quarters.

The Commanding Officer, Colonel Mendenhall, of Fort Adams called officially, accompanied by his staff.

By order of Commanding Officer confined Harrop, Ordinary Seaman, for two days on bread and water for insolence to superior officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Quarters for drill at 1.15pm.

Scraping rail, painting ship and gun shields.

By order of Commanding Officer placed T.A. Carr, First-class Apprentice, in confinement on bread and water for 48 hours for indecent language to Corporal McKee, placed in confinement at 1.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breeze.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Harrison, Boatswain's Mate, returned on board 13 hours over time and tight.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with light passing showers during middle of watch.

Gentle breeze from SW.


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20 August 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island, moored to buoy

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light to gentle breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from WSW.

At 7.15am ash lighter came alongside and commenced to discharge ashes.

Scrubbed hammocks.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Quarters for drill, at 9.30am.

Exercised 1st Division at setting up drill, 2nd Division at small arms, 3rd Division at great gun.

Absent without leave: P.E. Rogers, Painter, J.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Donaldson, Seaman, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, and H.A. Hale, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer W.J. Donaldson, Seaman, J. Wilson, Ordinary Seaman, and H.A. Hale, Private Marine, were declared deserters from this ship and the Naval Service, having been absent from this ship ten days without permission.

The Commanding Officer and his staff paid an official visit to Fort Adams.

Commander Higginson of the U.S.S. "New Hampshire" paid an official visit to this ship.

Finished discharging ashes.

Water tug "Fairy" discharging 3000 gallons of water during watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze.

Hazy.

At 1.10pm mustered the gun divisions and exercised them at setting up drill.

Engaged in filling boilers with fresh water from shore.

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Slightly cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SW by South.

Engaged in filling boilers with fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather, hazy.

Light airs and calms.

At 8.05pm stopped distilling.

Water lighter from shore filling boilers with fresh water.


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21 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear overhead, misty.

Calm and light airs from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Hazy and cool.

Light variable airs and calms.

Engaged in taking in water.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds fresh vegetables; 80 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light airs and calms.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled divisions at infantry on Coasters Harbor Island.

H. Harrop, Ordinary Seaman, released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.

Absent without leave: P.E. Rogers, Painter, F.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, and C. Clark, Coal Heaver.

By order of Commanding Officer declared F.P. Smith, Coal Heaver, H. Williams, Coal Heaver, and V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, deserters from this vessel and the Naval Service from this date, having been absent for ten days without leave.

At 9.00am made interrogatory 3743 to U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "New Hampshire", answered 904.

Filling boilers with fresh water from lighter.

Distilling.

Received in Equipment Department: one (1) cord of wood.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, misty.

Light airs from South.

By order of Commanding Officer T.A. Carr, First-class Apprentice, was released from confinement.

Filling boilers with fresh water from lighter.

Distilling.

Board of Survey, Lieutenant Denfeld senior member, held a meeting.

Received in all 1500 gallons water in Equipment Department and 2000 gallons in Paymaster's Department.

Exercised divisions at setting up.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and misty.

Light breeze.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, misty horizon.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW.

Distilling.


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22 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, but pleasant, misty around horizon.

Light breeze from SSW.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs to gentle breeze.

Distilling.

Liberty party returned.

P.E. Rogers, Painter, returned on board, clean and sober, after nine days absence from the ship without leave.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds fresh vegetables; 80 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, misty.

Very light clouds.

Light airs from North by West to NW.

At 9.20am quarters for inspection and drill as per routine.

The wardroom officers paid an official visit to the U.S.S. "New Hampshire" and the Torpedo Station.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Drill as per routine at 1.10pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW, dying out at end of watch.

Ship riding to the flood at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, calm and pleasant, hazy around horizon.


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23 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, hazy horizon, very damp.

Calm and light airs from North to NE.

Moon rose at 2.35am.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 12.40am.

Slack water and lying athwart the channel remainder of watch.


4am to 8am:

Weather fair to cloudy, hazy.

Light airs from North by West to NE by North.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy and very hazy.

Calms to light airs and breezes from North to NW.

Light showers about 9 o'clock.

At 9.30am went to quarters and instructed men as per routine, at fire quarters and abandoning ship.

Began distilling at 10.20am.

Water boat alongside.

Received in Engineering Department 1000 gallons of water.

Commanding Officer paid official visit to U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "New Hampshire".

Absent without leave: J.O. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from East by South to SE.

Riding to the flood.

Receiving fresh water for boilers during watch from water boat.

At 3.30pm the U.S.S. "Despatch", flying the flag of the Secretary of the Navy, arrived and anchored in the inner harbor.

A salute of 19 guns was fired from the Training Station.

The Commanding Officer paid official call on the Secretary of the Navy.

J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 16 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Raining last part, very bright lightning.

The Honorable Secretary of the Navy visited the ship.

Got boats in and steaming covers on, preparing for sea.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining first half of watch, with thunder and lightning, overcast and misty last half.

Light SE breeze, calm at close of watch.

Began swinging to the flood at 9.20pm, finished at 9.40pm.

Taking in fresh water for boilers from water boat during watch.


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24 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island, under way standing out of harbor, and returning to buoy

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining at close of watch.

Finished taking water from tender.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain greater part of watch.

Started fires in all furnaces at 5 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy, misty with indications of clearing toward close of watch.

Light North to East airs.

Commenced swinging to the flood.

At 9.10am finished.

At 11.10am made all preparations for getting under way, and all reported ready at 11.00am.

Absent without leave: W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, and G.F. Face.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from NNW to North.

Ready for sea.

Draught forward 13 feet 7 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light SE by East breeze.

At 5.00pm the Secretary of the Navy came on board, hoisted Secretary's flag at the main, slipped moorings and steamed out of the harbor.

Passed Brenton Reef lightship at 5.35pm, steered course South for about 3 miles, stopped engines, went to quarters and fired two 6-inch common shell with 42.6 pound charges to try the guns for inspection by the Secretary.

Steamed back into Newport harbor and at 6.35pm made fast to the same buoy as before.

At 6.45pm the Secretary left the ship, transferring his flag to the U.S.S. "Despatch".

Started distiller.

Allowing fires to die out under three boilers, banked under the fourth.

Riding to the ebb at close of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle NNE to NE breeze, cool and cloudy.

Finished mooring to buoy.

Swinging to tide.


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25 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light airs.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light NE by North to NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Hoisting out steam cutter.

Received for use of crew: 102 pounds fresh beef; 81 pounds each vegetables and bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm, with gentle NNE breeze.

Quarters at 9.30am.

Commanding Officer inspected the crew at quarters at 9.40am.

Sent a church party to U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "New Hampshire" at 10.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze.

Sent liberty party ashore.

At 1.00pm stopped distilling.

By order of Commanding Officer placed S. Adams, Landsman, in confinement for 3 days bread and water.


4pm to 8pm:

Cool and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from SE shifting to NE at close.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool and damp.

Light breeze.

Ebb tide.

The U.S.S. "Stiletto" ["Stilleto" in log-book] returned with the Secretary at 9.00pm.


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26 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Light to moderate breeze in squalls from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with cool breeze from NNE.

U.S.S. "Despatch" shifted her berth alongside tug U.S.S. "Triana" ["Trianna" in log-book].

Assistant Engineer's G.E. Burd returned from leave.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, hazy.

Moderate to stiff breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised at general quarters.

Absent without leave: J.E. Frates, Apprentice.

At 10.00pm the U.S.S. "Despatch" hauled down the Secretary's flag.

By order of Commanding Officer rated J.A. Benning, Second-class Fireman, to First-class Fireman to date from August 21st, Sandstrom J.A., Seaman, to Quarter Gunner from this date, Schriner, Quarter Gunner, disrated to Seaman from date.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE to NE, latter part blowing in squalls

Exercised all divisions at setting up drill.

By order of Commanding Officer James Brown, Captain of Forecastle, was place in double irons for safe keeping to await trial by court martial.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally and damp.

Light to moderate breeze.

By of Commanding Officer removed irons from J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, and placed him under sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle to light breeze from NE.

J.E. Frates, First-class Apprentice, returned from liberty 14 hours over time.


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27 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright twilight.

Moderate breeze to light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light breeze.

Sent ashes ashore in ash lighter.


8am to meridian:

Fair to clear weather, hazy.

Pleasant light breeze from ENE and NE by East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Landed the infantry companies and exercised on shore.

Filling boilers with fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Landed Marine Guard on Coasters Harbor Island for target practice

Received on board in Equipment Department: 1 barrel alcohol.

By order of Commanding Officer S. Adams, Landsman, was released from confinement and A.F. Salles, Second-class Apprentice, was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for 4 days.

Exercised all divisions at setting up drill.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East to NE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, very cool.

Light airs from NNE.


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28 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle North by East breeze.

Swinging to the flood during second hour of watch and to the wind during third hour.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy weather, very hazy.

Light breeze from NNE.

Went to quarters for inspection at 9.40am and at 10.00am went to quarters again when the ship was inspected by His Excellency Governor Ladd of Rhode Island.

At 11.10am a Summary Court Martial, of which C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant U.S. Navy, was senior member, Lieutenants J.C. Colwell and G.W. Denfeld, U.S. Navy, members, Passed Assistant Engineer A.B. Willits recorder, was convened to try James Brown, Captain of Forecastle.

At 11.30am the court adjourned.

Received in Equipment Department 900 gallons water.

Received on board the instruments for the observations in speed and maneuvering trials.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ESE breeze.

Riding to the flood.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Received 1000 gallons fresh water for ship's use.

Exercised divisions at setting up drill.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breezes from East by South, hauling to ENE, hazy.

New moon set about 7.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool and damp.

Light ENE to NNE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.


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29 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Gentle breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, misty, with light showers at intervals.

Moderate breeze from NE by North.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle ENE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, and W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice.

Exercised divisions according to routine.

By order of Commanding Officer privates Thomas, Dodd, Flood, Bush and Baley, U.S. Marine Corps, left the ship to report at Washington as witnesses before a court of Inquiry.

At 11.00am the Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury, U.S. Navy, is senior member, met and at 11.35am adjourned to await further action by the convening authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant, with moderate to gentle breeze from NE.

Sent infantry to Training Station to drill with blank cartridges, expended 205 blank cartridges, caliber 45.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle NE breeze.


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30 August 1889

[Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island]

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Gentle breeze, falling to light breeze last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, thick mist.

Light North by East to NNE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and foggy.

Gentle breeze to light airs.

Clearing towards middle of watch.

Quarters for inspection, at 9.30am.

Exercised all divisions at fire quarters.

At 9.38am divisions reporting as follows: 1st Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 0 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 5 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 45 seconds; Powder Division 1 minutes 45 seconds.

Secured as follows: 1st Division 2 minutes 15 seconds; 2nd Division 4 minutes 0 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 25 seconds; Engineer's Division 3 minutes 45 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 30 seconds.

At 9.45am exercised all divisions at abandoning ship.

Absent without leave: W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, and F.A. Whalen, Machinist.

At 10.20am called all hands to muster and read sentence of Summary Court Martial in case of James Brown, Captain of Forecastle; sentenced to 15 days solitary confinement on bread and water, full ration every third day, and to the loss of pay ($34), that portion of the sentence relating to imprisonment remitted by the reviewing authority, and that portion relating to loss of pay referred to the Honorable The Secretary of the Navy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Foggy weather, fog lifted at times.

Light breeze.

Engaged in tarring down and varnishing the lower masts.

By order of Commanding Officer released A.F. Salles, First-class Apprentice, from confinement.

Enlisted for the cruise J.W. Cooper as Landsman to date from August, 29th.

Discharged S.L. Stokes, Steward, from this ship and the Naval Service at his own request.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy, clear at end.

Gentle SW breeze.

Fitting steam launch for experiments with running lights.


8pm to midnight:

Weather damp with fog about horizon, stars obscured at intervals.

Light SW breeze.

Steam cutters of this vessel and U.S.S. "Despatch" experimenting with Fletcher's proposed system of running lights during first hour of watch.


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31 August 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear weather, damp, heavy dew.

Light breeze and airs from SW and calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light variable airs.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light to gentle breeze.

Absent without leave: A.F. Whalen, Machinist, W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, and W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice.

By order of Commanding Officer rated G. Johnson, Landsman, to Steerage Steward from date and Henery Blanc, Landsman, to Wardroom Cook to date from August 7th.

Hoisted in steam launch and engaged in overhauling her engines.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and hazy.

Gentle breeze to light variable airs.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Finished repairs to steam launch and hoisted her out.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light airs and breezes.

A.F. Whalen, Machinist, returned on board two days over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy and dew.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1889


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1 September 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Weather hazy and damp.

Light to gentle breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 88¼ pounds fresh beef; 71 pounds each bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 9.40am Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Mustered and read the Articles for the Government of the Navy.

Absent without leave: W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, J. Daly, Water Tender, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, and A. Brundritt, Seaman.

Sent liberty party ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, very hazy.

Gentle breeze from NNE.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze to light airs from ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy weather, very hazy last part, calm with occasional light airs from NNE.

Started distilling at 8.30pm.


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2 September 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy and misty throughout the watch, clear overhead.

Light breeze from NE to NW.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 2.00am, finished at 2.30am.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, overcast, foggy.

Gentle breeze to light airs from North.

Distilling.


8am to meridian:

Fair to pleasant, very hazy.

Calm to light airs from Northward.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised all divisions at general quarters.

Distilling whole of watch.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 88 pounds fresh beef; 71 pounds fresh vegetables; 71 pounds fresh bread.

Absent without leave: W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, J. Daley, Water Tender, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, J. Brundritt, Seaman, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, J. McKee, Corporal U.S. Marine Corps, William Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, and J. Reynolds, Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Very hazy, clear overhead, misty last hour.

Light WSW to SSW breeze.

Riding to the flood.

At 1.00pm exercised divisions at "setting up".

Carpenter's gang and gig's crew at work on gig on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, very hazy.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Very hazy and damp, clear overhead.

Riding to the flood.

Light WSW breeze.

From 8.00pm to 9.00pm tested proposed system of running light using steam cutters of this ship and U.S.S. "Despatch".

Returned on board: J. McKee, Corporal, 13 hours over time, W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, 13 hours over time, J. Daley, Water Tender, 38 hours over time, J. Reynolds, Oiler, 34 hours over time and J. Brundritt, Seaman, 38 hours over time.


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3 September 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light breezes to light airs from SW to West.

Distilling.


8am to meridian:

Very hazy, clear overhead.

Light West to SSW breeze.

Riding to the flood.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Sent infantry companies to Training Station for drill.

Stopped distilling at 9.55am.

Received 1600 gallons fresh water from water boat "Fairy".

Powder Division exercised in the school of soldier.

Absent without leave: W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, F.E. Fallon, Coal Heaver, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, and G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker.


Meridian to 4pm:

Slightly cloudy and very hazy.

Exercised all divisions at setting up drill at 1.00pm.

Crew of gig engaged in painting her.


4pm to 8pm:

Very hazy, cool and damp, clear overhead.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to SW by West.

Riding to the flood.


8pm to midnight:

Bright moonlight.

Hazy around horizon.

Gentle breeze to light airs from SW.


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4 September 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Foggy weather, shutting down thick at times.

Light breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool, light fog.

Light WSW to West by South breeze.

Swinging to the flood at 4.20am.

Received for use of crew: 76 pounds fresh beef and 88 pounds bread and vegetables.

Privates Thomas, Dodd, Bush, Bayley and Flood, U.S. Marine Corps, returned from attendance on Court of Inquiry at Washington.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant, with variable SW airs.

Hazy around horizon.

Sent 1st Division to Training Station for target practice, 2nd and 3rd [Divisions] for infantry drill.

Received fresh water for Equipment Department from water boat "Fairy".

Expended 60 ball cartridges 45 caliber in target practice.

Absent without leave: W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, and F.E. Fallon, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hazy.

Gentle breeze.

Sent liberty party ashore.

G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board 78 hours over time, clean and sober.

Marine Guard had small arm target practice on Coasters Harbor Island.

Exercised divisions at setting up drill.

Expended 60 ball cartridges for marines.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Engaged in making preparations for swinging ship for deviation of compass.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze to light airs.


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5 September 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Weather clear to fair.

Light airs from SW, calm last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and hazy around horizon.

Light airs to calms.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather.

Squally last hour, with passing rain shower.

Light airs to gentle breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, and F. Miller, Private Marine.

F.E. Fallon, Coal Heaver, arrived on board 76 hours over time.

L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, returned on board 96 hours over time.

Drilled divisions at infantry.

Engaged in swinging ship for compass deviations.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather cloudy and squally, with occasional passing showers.

Swinging ship for compass deviations.

U.S.S. "Chicago" came to anchor in outer harbor.

At 2.35pm exchanged numbers with her.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the U.S.S. "Chicago".

V. Blanchard, First-class Fireman, and C. Clark, Coal Heaver, stragglers from this ship, were sent on board from the U.S.S. "Chicago".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with occasional light passing showers of rain.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Finished swinging ship for compass deviation.

Miller, Private Marine, returned on board 13 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty, moon at intervals.

Gentle breeze from South.


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6 September 1889

Moored to buoy at Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.50, Long -71.35 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, misty around horizon.

Heavy dew.

Started fires in C and D boilers at 2 o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Misty weather.

Light breeze.

Engaged in making preparations for getting under way.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from South to SSW.

Mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, and W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice.

Made signal to U.S.S. "Chicago", interrogatory 4890, answered 904.

At 10.40am got under way and stood out into Narragansett Bay.

Remainder of watch exercising at runs over measured mile and turning trials for practice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East to South.

Ran up at Eastern Passage between Rhode Island and Connecticut, correcting compasses until 1.30pm when returned toward Newport.

Made a run over measured mile course.

At 2.30pm made signal interrogatory 1211 to U.S.S. "Chicago", answered 904.

At 2.37pm came to anchor in 8 fathoms water, veered to 40 fathoms on port chain.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Brunnett, Seaman, was placed in confinement on bread and water water for two days for having in possession and striking lucifer matches on paint work.

Bearings at anchorage: Rose Island light NW (magnetic), Goat Island light ENE (magnetic).


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, hazy weather, pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

At 5.47pm called all hands up anchor and at 6.00pm got under way.

Made interrogatory 4890 to U.S.S. "Chicago", answered 904.

Made 4697 to U.S.S. "Despatch".

Stood out to Southward with U.S.S. "Despatch" following.

At 6.37pm Brenton Reef lightship abeam bearing East by North.

At 7.35pm got out lights as per Fletcher's system.

At 7.50pm sighted Block Island light, North, bearing SW by West and began observations at intervals of 5 minutes in company with U.S.S. "Despatch".


8pm to midnight:

Fair to clear and pleasant first half, and very foggy last part.

Light breeze from Eastward.

Standing to and from in Block Island Sound, continuing experiments on running lights.

At 9.05pm got out usual side lights, in addition, and combined experiments for 1 hour.

At 10.10pm stood in for Newport, U.S.S. "Despatch" following.

At 11.40pm went about because of fog and stood out.

At 12.00am making preparations for coming to anchor close to Brenton Reef lightship.


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7 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Commenced foggy, cleared during first hour and remained clear and damp remainder of watch.

Anchored in 14¾ fathoms water, port anchor, 61 fathoms chain.

Brenton Reef lightship bearing SSW and close aboard.

Gentle East swell, rolling easily.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy.

Light breeze from ENE to NNE.

At 6.20am fog lifted partly.

Called all hands up anchor and at 6.45am got under way and stood in.

Exchanged numbers with the U.S.S. "Chicago".

Made interrogatory 1211, answered 904.

At 7.42am anchored in 8 fathoms, soft bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings at anchor: Gull Rock N½E, Rose Island light WNW by W¼W magnetic.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, light fog, clear and pleasant last part.

Light airs from Northward.

Lieutenant Cowles, Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Despatch", paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Torpedo Station.

At 9.20am signaled to U.S.S. "Despatch" telegraphic 0935, 6746, 4758, 6919, 9409, 6691.

Absent without leave W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, and R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light WSW to SE breeze.

Riding to the flood.

U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "New Hampshire" towed out to buoy off Training Station.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first part, clouding over last part.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE to ENE.

Received in Equipment Department 2700 gallons fresh water.

Riding to the ebb last part of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Gentle NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.


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8 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and very misty, with fresh to moderate breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, misty.

Moderate breeze from NNE to ENE.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, occasional light drizzle.

Gentle ENE to NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

At 9.45am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Absent without leave: W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, and R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice.

Allowed fires under port after boiler to die out.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty around horizon.

Gentle to moderate variable breezes.

Sent liberty party ashore and visiting party to U.S.S. "Chicago".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty, threatening first part of watch, clearing last hour with obscured moonlight.

Moderate to light NE breeze.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 4.30pm, finished at 5.30pm, and swung to ebb again at 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Slightly cloudy and cool, bright moonlight.

Hazy around horizon.

Moderate breeze from NE by East.


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9 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and damp.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy, cool and damp.

Moderate NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Received for use of crew: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds vegetables; 78 pounds bread.

At 7.30am received signal from U.S.S. "Chicago", 3350.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy and hazy, cool and damp with NE winds.

Exercised all divisions at general quarters.

At 9.30am sent apparatus to be used in speed trails to U.S.S. "Chicago".

Absent without leave: Keegan, Carpenter and Calker.

By order of Commanding Officer W. Ryan, First-class Apprentice, W.E. Bond, Second-class Apprentice, and R. Abraham, First-class Apprentice, were declared deserters from this ship and the Naval Service, having been absent without leave for ten days to date from September 8th.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds coffee; 46 pounds tea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, hazy.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

Engaged in transporting coal, shell and powder from aft to forward coal bunkers, shell room and magazine.

U.S.S. "Despatch" made telegraph signal 7694, 0897, 0935, 4089, 629, 9721 to this vessel at 12.50pm.

At 3.25pm made interrogatory [signal] 2984 to U.S.S. "Chicago", answered 904.

Received in Engineer's Department some fittings for steam whistle drain pipe.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Very fresh NE breeze.

Engaged during first part of watch in trimming ship by transferring coal forward.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Moderate to fresh breeze.


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10 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy, squally.

Wind in moderate to fresh puffs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Fresh breezes from NE, shifting to NE by East at 6 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, with occasional spits of rain.

Moderate to fresh breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: W.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker.

Exercised divisions as per routine.

Transferred coal from after bunkers to forward ones.

At 9.40am the U.S.S. "Stiletto" ["Stilleto" in log-book] got under way, steaming into the outer harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, squally.

Occasional drizzling rain.

Wind in moderate to fresh puffs from ENE.

Exercised at setting up drill.

By order of Commanding Officer M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for 48 hours for insolence to officer of the deck.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, with passing showers, misty.

Stiff to very fresh breeze.

Flood tide.

Ship riding across.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, squally, misty.

Drizzling rain till last hour.

Moderate to fresh breeze from ENE.


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11 September 1889

At anchor in after harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NNE.

Raining last part.

Wind moderating.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, squally.

Light passing rain first hour.

Gentle to fresh breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 78 pounds fresh beef.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, squally and rainy first hour.

Moderate to fresh breeze from ENE.

Mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

W.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, returned from leave 51 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef and 78 pounds fresh vegetables.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Light mists all of watch.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

Exercised all divisions at setting up drill.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, misty, squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and squally.

Moderate to very fresh breeze from ENE.


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12 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Fresh squalls from ENE.

Riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy, squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE to East by North.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef and 76 pounds each bread and vegetables.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, squally with passing showers.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and drilled all divisions as per routine.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

Started distilling at 11.45am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and squally, light rain first hour.

Wind in fresh squalls from ENE.

Riding to the wind.

By order of Commanding Officer released M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, from confinement.

At 1.00pm exercised all divisions at "setting up drill".

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, misty around horizon.

Wind ENE with occasional fresh squalls.

Barometer rising.

Clearing last part.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool, misty horizon.

Wind to moderate squalls from East by North.

Riding to the wind.


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13 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with moderate to fresh easterly wind.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, frequent showers.

Gentle to fresh breeze from East to East by North.

Water boat came alongside at 7.20am.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3350.

Distilling.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Wind in moderate squalls from East.

Riding to the wind.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised at fire quarters and abandoning ship.

Received signal at 9.30am from U.S.S. "Chicago", 3093, and at the same time exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Atlanta".

At 10.10am U.S.S. "Atlanta" anchored in the harbor outside this ship.

Commanding Officer visited U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" officially.

Stopped distilling and commenced receiving fresh water from water boat "Fairy".

Received in Engineer's Department from S. Coggeshall: 250 pounds cotton waste.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing squalls.

Moderate to stiff easterly wind.

Received in Equipment Department following stores [below].

U.S.S. "Atlanta" shifted her berth to anchorage between U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Chicago".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty horizon.

Wind moderate to fresh from East by South.

Squally last hour.

Riding between wind and flood tide.

Finished filling tanks and boilers with fresh water, having received 10000 gallons.


8pm to midnight:

Slightly cloudy at beginning.

Wind hauling to ESE during latter half.


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Friday September 13th.

Received in Equipment Department: 8 mattress covers, Juniors Officer's; 4 mattress covers, cabin cots; 60 hand scrub brushes; 18 dozen curtain rods and fixtures; 12 plated candle sticks, wardroom; 4 plated candle sticks, cabin; 7 tinder boxes with flint and steel.

In Construction Department: 1 cushion, gold; 1 dozen littering pencils; 1 dozen sash tools; 1 trowel; 30 pounds shellac; 7 claw hammers; 7 hand saws; 2 putty knives; 2 carpenter's gauges; 1 glaziers diamond; ½ gallons mahogany stain; 10 gallons spar varnish; 5 gallons liquid dryer; 15 kegs white zinc; 16 kegs white lead; 1 barrel turpentine; 1 barrel alcohol; 30 pounds chrome yellow; 5 pounds Vandyke brown; 20 pounds patent dryer; 20 pounds spruce yellow; 30 pounds yellow ochre.


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14 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and squally, with light passing rain shower last hour.

Gentle to stiff breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Moderate East to ESE breeze, with occasional squalls.

Riding between wind and flood tide.

At 7.30am received signal from U.S.S. "Atlanta", 6375, 3350, telegraphic 0736, 2131.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, slightly hazy, with gentle breeze from SE by South.

At 9.45am received general signal from U.S.S. "Atlanta", 5455.

U.S.S. "Chicago" making preparation for getting under way.

At 10.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" got under way running over prescribed trial course, standing to Southward at end of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather, hazy.

Gentle breeze.

U.S.S. "Chicago" under way on speed trial.

At 3.20pm U.S.S. "Chicago" came to anchor.

Received on board: 1800 gallons fresh water for ship's use.

Sent liberty party ashore and visiting party to Coasters Harbor Island.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3093 to this ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breeze from SE.

At 4.15pm U.S.S. "Chicago" loosed sail.

At 4.35pm received from U.S.S. "Chicago" apparatus to be used in speed and turning trials.

Engaged in transporting coal and ammunition from aft forward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first hour, fog setting in at 9.00pm.

Wind light, with drizzling rain.


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15 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Weather overcast, foggy first part, cloudy and misty latter part.

Light easterly airs.

At 12.00am started fires in all boilers.


4am to 8am:

Very heavy fog, lifting toward end of watch.

Began raining at 7 o'clock.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 85 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds fresh vegetables; 78 pounds fresh bread.

Engines reported ready for use and preparations being made for getting under way.


8am to meridian:

Foggy weather, fog lifting at times.

Light airs and breezes.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, returned on board 2 hours over time, clean and sober.

Fires banked.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Foggy first and last hour.

Light breeze from Southward.

Fires banked.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer from U.S.S. "Atlanta".


4pm to 8pm:

Foggy first two hours, clear last of watch.

Light breeze.

Fires banked.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, with fog first hour, afterwards hazy.

Light airs and breezes from Southward.

Fires banked.


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16 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Foggy last hour.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Fires banked.


4am to 8am:

Foggy weather with occasional rain.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

At 6.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" got under way and came to anchor at 6.35am.

At 5.00am spread fires and at 6.30am hove in to 15 fathoms.

Made preparations for getting under way.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Atlanta" made time signal.

At 7.00am veered to 30 fathoms of chain.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 96 pounds vegetables; 73 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy.

Gentle breeze from SW by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at great guns, powder divisions at stations.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Gentle breeze from SW.

At 1.00pm went to quarters and drilled all divisions at small arm.

At 2.30pm veered chain to 45 fathoms outside hawse.

Received in Ordnance Department: 5 gallons turpentine; 10 gallons linseed oil; 1 gallon Japan varnish; 1 gallon damar varnish; 200 pounds white zinc; 5 pounds Venetian acid; 5 pounds Naples yellow; 5 pounds burnt umber.

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SW.

Fires banked.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Thick fog.

Moderate breeze from SW.

Fires banked.


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17 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and foggy first hours, with heavy mist.

Overcast and fog thick around horizon remainder of watch.

Wind fresh to squally from WSW to SW.

Riding across ebb tide last half of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Gentle breeze from SW.

At 5.30am ordered fires to be spread.

Preparations made for getting under way.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Atlanta" made time signal.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Moderate breeze from SW by South.

At 8.45am made signal interrogatory 4890 to U.S.S. "Atlanta", answered 904.

Got under way at 9.00am and stood up the Eastern Passage, Gould Island on starboard bow.

At 9.40am came about and stood down Eastern Passage to Eastward of Gould Island.

At 10.30am made signal interrogatory 211 to U.S.S. "Atlanta", answered 904.

At 10.35am anchored off Goat Island light.

At 10.40am shifted berth.

Bearing at anchor: Rose Island (magnetic) NW by West, Fort Adams light (magnetic) SSW¾W.

Fires banked.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Fresh SW by South breeze.

Riding to the wind.

At 1.50pm U.S.S. "Chicago" steamed in from trial course and anchored in previous position.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SW by South to SSW.

Received in Equipment Department: 15 coal baskets.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first half, overcast last half of watch.

Wind moderate to fresh from SSW.

Stiff squalls last half of watch.

Riding to the wind.


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18 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.52, Long -71.35 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with fresh breeze from SSW.

Fires banked.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, stiff breeze from SSW.

At 6.10am wind hauled to North.

At 7.15am spread fires.

Water boat alongside.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds vegetables; 78 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, misty and rainy first part of watch.

Light variable breeze and calms.

At 8.55am made signal to U.S.S. "Atlanta", interrogatory 4890.

Received answer 904.

At 9.10am got under way and steamed up the bay off the compass buoys, put over a buoy and engaged in turning trials about it during remainder of watch.

Naval Constructor Gatewood, member of the Turning Trials Board, on board, Engineer Eldridge from the U.S.S. "Despatch", and three cadets and two machinists from the U.S.S. "Atlanta" as observers.

By order of Commanding Officer Naval Cadet Brand was placed under suspension until further orders for dereliction of duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light Southerly airs, increasing to moderate breeze from NW to WNW.

Engaged in turning trials off compass buoys.

Commander Goodrich of the Torpedo Station came on board at 1 o'clock.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and occasional drizzle.

Gentle NW to NNE breeze.

Concluded turning trials at 4.50pm and steamed back to former berth, anchoring at 5.25pm in 9 fathoms water, port anchor, 45 fathoms chain.

Bearings: Gull Rock light N¾E, Rose Island lighthouse NW¼W (magnetic).

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet.

At 5.15pm made signal to U.S.S. "Atlanta", interrogatory 1210.

Received answer 904.

Allowed fires under three boilers to die out.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with moderate variable breeze.

Fires banked.


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19 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and squally.

Moderate to fresh breeze.

Barometer falling rapidly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Moderate gale blowing from North by East to NW.

Riding to the wind.

At 6.30am let go starboard anchor under foot and got sheet anchor on the forecastle.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds vegetables and 78 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Wind shifting from NW to West at times during watch with fresh puffs.

Ship riding to the tide at end of watch.

Quarters at 9.30am.

Exercised 1st and 3rd Divisions at great guns and Powder Divisions at pistols.

At 10.15am hove starboard anchor to bow.

Received fresh water in tanks from water boat "Fairy"


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, unsettled weather, light passing rain squalls.

Squally.

Gentle to fresh breeze.

Barometer unsteady.

Received three loads of fresh water in boilers.

At 3.30pm made interrogatory 2984, answer 904.

At 1.00pm had setting up drill.

By order of Commanding Officer placed David Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, in solitary confinement on bread and water for disrespect to Officer of Divisions.


4pm to 8pm:

Cool and cloudy, with fresh Westerly breeze.

Occasional flashes of lightning to Southward.

Coal lighter came alongside.

At 6 o'clock engaged in coaling ship.

Receiving fresh water from water boat "Fairy".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Lightning around horizon.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 9.50pm finished taking in coal and wood.

Received 28 tons of coal and two cords of wood.

Received 8000 gallons of fresh water during the day.

Draft of ship aft 15 feet 2 inches, forward 12 feet 7 inches.


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20 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Occasional lightning first half.

Gentle breeze from West.

At 3.00am started fires in all boilers.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, with moderate breeze from West.

At 5.45am U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal interrogatory 4890 and got under way at 5.50am, standing above Gould Island for turning trials.

Hove up starboard anchor and secured for letting go.

Preparations for getting under way.

Turned engines over at 6.50am.

Trial Board, composed of Commander Goodrich, Passed Assistant Engineer Perry, Assistant Engineer Herbert, Assistant Engineer Bowers, Assistant Engineer Pickerel, Assistant Engineer Morits, Assistant Engineer Saksbury, Assistant Engineer Day, Assistant Engineer Manuring, came aboard at 7.35am.


8am to meridian:

Fair, squally and cool.

Stiff to very fresh breeze.

At 10.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" got under way and stood up the bay, returning at 11.30am.

At 8.45am got under way, ran over measured mile course twice with Trial Board on board, and at 9.40am anchored in outer harbor.

At 10.20am shifted berth.

Anchored in 9½ fathoms of water with port anchor and moored to 60 fathoms of chain.

Bearings at anchor: Gull Rock lighthouse N¼E, Goat Island lighthouse E½S, magnetic.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 9 inches, aft 15 feet 3 inches.

At 8.45am made interrogatory [signal] 4890 to U.S.S. "Atlanta", answered 904.

At 9.35am interrogatory 1211, answered 904.

Trial Board left the ship at 10.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy weather, squally, cool.

Stiff to fresh breeze from SW.

At 1.00pm exercised division at small arms.

Received and answered telegraph signal from U.S.S. "Despatch".

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally, clearing last hour.

Stiff to very fresh breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy.

Heavy rain squalls latter part.

Wind moderate to very fresh from SW.

Fires banked.


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21 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining first half of watch.

Clear, bright star and moon light last half.

Wind light from WSW to SW by West with occasional moderate puffs.

Riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, threatening weather.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 6.15am coal lighter came, took in 23 tons 911 pounds.

Hove in chain to 15 fathoms.

Draft 12 feet 9 inches forward, 15 feet 7½ inches aft.

Engaged in making preparations for getting under way.


8am to meridian:

Weather cloudy to fair.

Light breeze from NW, shifting to WSW at 9 o'clock.

At 8.00am Trial Board came aboard and at 8.10am got under way and began speed trials over measured course.

Trials at lowest speed and at three quarters power during watch.

U.S.S. "Chicago" engaged in turning trials to Northward and Eastward of Gould Island.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and threatening first half of watch.

Heavy squall of wind and rain and hail third hour.

Clear last hour of watch.

Wind light to moderate from WNW to NNW.

Concluded speed trials, returned to previous berth and at 3.30pm came to with port anchor.

Got under way again at 3.45pm.

Came to with port anchor in 9 fathoms of water, 60 fathoms chain, bearings (magnetic): Rose Island lighthouse NW by W¼N, Goat Island lighthouse E¼N.

Banked fires.

Signaled to U.S.S. "Atlanta" at 3.10pm, interrogatory 1211.

Received answer 904.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather fair to clear.

Hazy about horizon.

Latter part lightning to Eastward.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NW, blowing in puffs towards end of watch.

Fires banked.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, frequent lightning first half to Eastward.

Wind fresh and squally from NW by North.

Riding to the wind.

Let go starboard anchor under foot at 8.05pm.


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22 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breezes from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to stiff breezes from Northward and Westward.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, stiff breeze from NW.

Went to quarters at 9.30am and Captain inspected the ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Slightly cloudy, with moderate to stiff breeze from NW by North.

Sent liberty party ashore.

At 1.20pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal interrogatory 4890, answered 904 from U.S.S. "Atlanta".

At 1.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" weighed anchor and stood out of Narraganset Bay.

Chief Engineer Andrade left the ship on two days' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW to NW by West.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW to NW by West.


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23 September 1889

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

Barometer steady.

Fires banked.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate NW by North to NW breeze.

Riding to the wind.

Received on board fresh water from water boat "Fairy" and for use of crew: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds fresh vegetables and 78 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool, with moderate breeze from NNW to NW.

General quarters at 9.30am.

At 8.45am made signal to U.S.S. "Atlanta" interrogatory 1017, answered 904.

At 9.00am aired bedding.

Received fresh water in boilers and in tanks from water boat "Fairy".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze.

At 12.55pm made interrogatory signal 2373 to this ship, answered 904.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" made signal 2373 to this ship.

At 3.15pm U.S.S. "Atlanta" got under way and stood up the bay.

Received on board in Equipment Department 2700 gallons of water and in Paymaster's Department 1800 gallons of water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Received from U.S.S. "Despatch": 1 steam whistle; 2 pieces pipe elbow, 1 inch.

At 5.25pm U.S.S. "Atlanta" anchored near old berth.

At 6.10pm U.S.S. "Despatch" got under way and stood out of the bay.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.


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24 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and calm.

Fires banked.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant, light airs to light breezes from NW, shifting to East at end of watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East and South.

Barometer rising.

Gun divisions sent ashore and exercised with small arms.

Received from U.S.S. "Fortune" following stores: 6 cots package; dusting brushes; 4 cans oil; 1 can of red lead.

T.H. Smith, Apprentice, placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for five days, for yelling and swearing while hoisting boat, by order of Commanding Officer.

Received in Engineer's Department: 5 pounds Blake's special canvas packing; 3 nuts, spare, for coupling bolts; 6 paint brushes, small sash.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy weather, hazy.

Light breezes from Southward and Westward.

Sent part of 1st Division for target practice and exercised remaining divisions at small arms and setting up. Received in Paymaster's Department 600 gallons fresh water.

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Up anchor at 10 minutes to 6 o'clock and steamed out of harbor in company with tug for trial with running lights and fog signals.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, clearing last hour.

Light airs from South and calms.

Continued trial of lights and fog signals.

At conclusion steamed into harbor, exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Atlanta", made interrogatory 1211, answered 904.

At 10.40pm anchored in 8 fathoms and veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings (magnetic): Goat Island light NE3/8E, Lime Rock light SE by South.

Banked fires.


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25 September 1889

At anchor in outer harbor Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.48, Long -71.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calms to light airs from SE.


4am to 8am:

Calm, cool and pleasant, light breeze springing up from East during second hour, overcast and drizzling at times.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light passing showers after first hour.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at small arms.

Fires banked.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light passing showers first half.

Gentle breeze from East to ENE.

Making preparations for getting under way.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh beef; 76 pounds fresh vegetables; 78 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather overcast last hour, partly clear.

Light breeze from Eastward.

Made interrogatory [signal] 4890 to U.S.S. "Atlanta", received answer 904.

At 5.20pm stood to Northward of Gould Island for trial of running light and fog signals system.

U.S.S. "Triana" in company.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 8.40pm finished the trials.

At 9.30pm stood down the bay and out of harbor.

At 11.00pm Point Judith off starboard beam.

Put over patent log reading 25.7 knots.

Long moderate swell from SSE.


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26 September 1889

At sea making passage for New York

Lat 40.5, Long -73.6 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, occasional patches of blue sky visible, drizzling at intervals, misty and drizzling last hour.

Fresh to moderate SE breeze.

Moderate sea, pitching considerably first half of watch.

At 1.00am set for and aft sail.

Sighted Montauk Point light at 12.15am [11.15 in log-book].

At 12.25am Block Island light bearing North, changed course to SW by West.

At 2.00am Montauk light bearing North, changed course to WSW¾W.

Lost sight of Block Island light bearing NE at 1.45am and of Montauk light at 2.35am in a misty horizon.

Stopped engines at 3.55am for sounding.


4am to 8am:

Overcast to cloudy, misty first part, fog shutting down after 5.00am.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE to SSW.

Making a course WSW¾W (per compass).

Got frequent soundings during watch with patent machine in from 20 to 17 fathoms, bottom gray sand, black specks.

Engines slowed to half speed during most of watch in account of fog.

Long moderate swell from SSE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy, fog lifting at intervals during watch.

Gentle breeze from SSW first part, calms to light airs from SW last part.

Long moderate swell from SE.

Got frequent soundings with Sir W. Thomson's machine from 10 to 18 fathoms, white sand, black specks.

At 8.10am changed course to West by South.

At 9.45am changed course to W½N, going ahead fast.

At 11.55am changed course to North by East

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At end of watch standing North by East, engines going ahead slow, 9 fathoms water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and foggy, lifting at times.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Took in patent log at 12.10pm reading 50.0.

At 12.25pm changed course to NE, 2.30pm North by East, and at 1.35pm to North by West.

At 1.40pm spoke to pilot boat "H.A. Crawford".

At 2.05pm Scotland lightship bore abeam.

Standing up the Narrows at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NNW.

Standing up East River.

At 4.20pm exchanged numbers with U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

Ran alongside Ordnance Dock at 4.25pm and moored ship.

At 6.00pm mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to Commandant of Navy Yard.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool, light rain first half of watch.

Wind to moderate squalls from North by West.


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27 September 1889

At Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool, clearing towards end of watch.

Moderate breeze from West to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, hazy around horizon.

Moderate breeze with fresh squalls.

Draught forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 15 feet 1½ inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Fresh NW by North to NW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and turned in scrubbed hammocks.

Painting ship and scraping boat spars.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, with moderate to stiff breeze from WNW.

Engaged in painting ship.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" a draft of three men: A.B. Irelan, Seaman Gunner, Adolph Molston, Seaman Gunner, and Alonza A. Clark, Seaman Gunner, with bags and hammocks and necessary transfer papers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NW by North.

Painting ship first two hours of watch.

Moderate NW breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, clouding up towards end of watch.

Moderate NW breeze.


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28 September 1889

Moored to Ordnance Dock [New York]

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool and hazy.

Gentle West by North to NNW breeze.

Painting ship last two hours of watch.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, with moderate breeze.

Cloudy and hazy.

Engaged in painting ship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds coffee.

Receiving on board in Ordnance Department portion of secondary battery.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were rated: A.B. Irelan, Seaman Gunner, to Chief Gunner's Mate, A.N. Clark, Seaman Gunner, to Oiler, A. Molston, Seaman Gunner, to Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather.

Gentle breeze.

Engaged in painting ship.

Received in Ordnance Department: two (2) 6-pounder Hotchkiss Rapid Fire guns and one cone mount for 1-pounder and saddle.

Filling boilers with fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Variable breeze.

Finished painting ship.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Receiving fresh water in boilers from the Yard.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Blanchard V., First-class Fireman, by order of Bureau of Navigation, and necessary transfer papers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.


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29 September 1889

Moored to Ordnance Dock, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Light breeze from SW and WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from WSW, shifting to NW towards end of watch.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light breeze.

At 9.30am had divisional inspection.

At 9.40am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Absent without leave: F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, Brunn, Private Marine, J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, J.J. Harrison, Boatswain's Mate, and J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice.

W.S. Ayres, First-class Apprentice, returned from leave clean and sober.

J. Gorman was two hours late, C.O. Tunberg, Seaman, 1 hour late.

By order of Commanding Officer released T.H. Smith, Second-class Apprentice, from confinement.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Sent church party to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" and U.S.S. "Pensacola".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from Southward and Westward.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze and airs.

By order of Commanding Officer placed Turner, Quarter Gunner, in the brig for being drunk and disorderly.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy, hazy.

Light breeze from Southward.

F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, returned from liberty 16 hours over time.


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30 September 1889

At Ordnance Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs to light breezes from South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty weather.

Light airs and breezes.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 97 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds vegetables and 80 pounds bread.

J. Harrison, Boatswain's Mate, returned on board, having left the ship without permission.

Connell, First-class Apprentice, and Robertson, Seaman, returned on board 24 hours over time, clean and sober.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty.

Light breezes from Southward and Westward.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: J.M. Robins, Quartermaster, H. Eierman, First-class Apprentice, S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and J. Johnson, Coxswain.

Drilled the Marine Guard and infantry companies.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Turner, Quarter Gunner, from sentry's charge.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light drizzling rains last part.

Light breeze from SW by South to South.

At 1.00pm exercised all gun divisions at infantry drill.

J.M. Robbins, Quartermaster, returned from liberty 18 hours late.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from South.

First two hours rainy.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light breeze from SW.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1889


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1 October 1889

At Ordnance Dock, Navy Yard, New York, and under way, and anchored of 35th Street, North River

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, light drizzle last half of watch.

Gentle SSW breeze.

J. Johnson, Coxswain, returned on board 35 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, passing showers and light drizzle latter part.

Light to gentle breezes.

M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty 48 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Passing showers.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW to WSW.

At 8.55am called all hands unmoor ship.

At 9.05am got under way and stood down East River.

At 9.00am, while off Battery, exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 9.45am broke French flag at the fore and fired a salute of 13 guns, which was answered by the French flagship.

At 9.50am exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Minnesota" and then made signal interrogatory 1211, answered 904.

At 10.20am anchored in 7 fathoms of water off 35th Street, North River.

Veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

An officer from [French flagship] "Arethuse" came aboard and extended the naval courtesies.

Boarding officer from U.S.S. "Minnesota" called on Commanding Officer.

Commanding Officer paid official visit to French ships and to the U.S.S. "Minnesota".

The following named men are absent without leave: H. Eierman, First-class Apprentice, Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, and W. Stevenson, Water Tender.

Draft forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 15 feet 2 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first half of watch, with heavy passing showers and moderate squalls.

Fair and pleasant last half.

Wind gentle from West by South to NNW.

Commanding Officer of French Cruiser "Roland" visited the ship officially.

Riding to the flood tide.

Slack water at close of watch.

Hoisted out steam launch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant last hour.

Overcast, cloudy and squalls with passing showers rest of watch.

Light to fresh breezes from WSW to NW.

Riding to the ebb tide last part of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and mild.

Light drizzle first hour.

Light to gentle West breeze.

Riding to the ebb.


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2 October 1889

At anchor off 35th Street, North New York, and standing up Hudson River, and at anchor off West Point

Lat 41.23, Long -73.95 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle Westerly breeze.

Riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, with light breeze from NW to NNW.

Hazy around horizon.

Swinging to ebb first hour.

Riding to ebb rest of watch.

Spread fires at 6.45am.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool, fresh NNW breeze with frequent stiff squalls last half of watch.

At 8.00am got under way and steamed up the Hudson River, Navigator conning ship

On board as passengers: Captain Rouston, Commanding French cruiser "Roland", and F.W. Bell, pilot.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and drilled divisions as per routine.

Absent without leave: H. Eierman, Coxswain, S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, W. Stevenson, Water Tender, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, and H. Harop, Ordinary Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer placed under sentry's charge to await trial by Summary Court Martial: J.J. Harrison, Boilermaker, for leaving ship without permission, J. Turner, Quarter Gunner, J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, and E. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, for being drunk on duty.

At close of watch passing Stoney Point lighthouse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Fresh breeze from NNW.

Steaming up Hudson River passing Con Hook at 12.37pm.

At 12.53pm came to off Garrisons Landing in 10 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

Received an official visit from West Point.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Point.

Draught aft 15 feet 5 inches, forward 12 feet 0 inch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NW to NNW breeze, with occasional moderate squalls.

Swung to the ebb at 7.00pm.

The Superintendent of the Military Academy visited the ship officially.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate NW breeze.

Riding to ebb.


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3 October 1889

At anchor West Point, New York

Lat 41.39, Long -73.95


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, light dew.

Light airs and calm.

At 2.30am slack water.

At 2.35am commenced swinging to the flood, finished at 3.10am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, light mist over the water.

Light NE to ESE airs.

Riding to the flood.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Variable airs.

Exercised all divisions at small arm at 9.30am.

Absent without leave: H. Eierman, First-class Apprentice, J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, W. Stevenson, Water Tender, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, and H. Harrop, Ordinary Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer a Summary Court Martial was conveyed at 9.50am to try J.J. Harrison for absent without leave, as well as transact any other business which might be brought before the court, adjourned at 11.40am to await order of convening authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy and cool.

Gentle breeze.

At 12.30pm commenced swinging to the flood, finished at 1.30pm.

Several army officers paid a visit to the officers.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Variable breezes from SW by South to SSE.

Riding to the flood.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light passing shower first hour, then clearing weather.

Light airs.

At 8.20pm commenced to swing to the ebb finished at 9.25pm.


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4 October 1889

At anchor West Point, New York, and under way and moored to Dock, Navy Yard

Lat 41.39, Long -73.95


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm and light airs.

At 3.30am began to swing to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with calms and light variable airs.

Riding to flood.

Heavy fog, lifting slightly at times.


8am to meridian:

Fog lifted during first half hour, then clearing and hazy.

Light airs and breezes.

At 8.50am commenced swinging to the ebb, finished at 9.25am.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: W. Stevenson, Water Tender, H. Harrop, Ordinary Seaman, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, H. Eierman, First-class Apprentice, and J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice.

Engaged in making preparations for getting under way.

At 11.40am the delegates of the Congress to all Americans came on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy weather, pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes.

At 12.20pm called all hands up anchor and at 12.30pm got under way with steam in all boilers.

At 12.35pm fired a salute of 15 guns.

Standing down the Hudson River, pilot conning ship.

At 3.20pm exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Minnesota" and at 3.45pm with U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 3.40pm came to with port anchor off the foot of Murray Street and received tug U.S.S. "Catalpa" alongside.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant, but cool.

Gentle breeze.

At 4.25pm got under way and steamed up to the Navy Yard.

At 4.30pm exchanged numbers with U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

At 4.55pm took the berth alongside the Monitor U.S.S. "Puritan".

At 4.10pm the delegates left the ship and a salute of 17 guns were fired in honor of the Secretary of the Treasury of the U.S. Columbia.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW to NNE.

Fires banked.

Distilling.


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5 October 1889

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from North.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Hazy and cool.

Gentle breeze.

Distilling.

Fires banked.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle to light breezes from NE by North hauling to SSW.

Absent without leave: H. Eierman, First-class Apprentice, J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, W. Stevenson, Water Tender, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, and H. Harrop, Ordinary Seaman.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 cask of lamp goods.

Distilling.

Allowed fires to die out.

Private D.R. Crismond, Private Marine, was transferred to this ship from the Marine Barracks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy.

Light to gentle breeze from South by West.

W. Stevenson, Water Tender, returned on board.

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from Southward and Westward.

H. Eierman, First-class Apprentice, returned from liberty 6½ days over time.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool first half.

Overcast and cloudy last half.

Light airs to light breeze from SW by South.

Distilling.


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6 October 1889

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool, misty.

Light South airs.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Passing showers and drizzling rain.

Light breeze from SSW.

S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, returned on board 7 days absent without leave.

Distilling.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds fresh beef; 72 pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, misty with occasional drizzling rain.

Light breeze from SSW backing around to NNE.

Distilling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: D. Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, H. Harop, Ordinary Seaman, F. Walters, Seaman, W.S. Ayres, First-class Apprentice, and J. Reynolds, Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool and misty, light drizzling rain last three hours.

Sent on shore visiting party and church parties.

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from NE to North.

J. Reynolds, Oiler, returned on board having left the ship without permission on 5th of this month.

By order of Commanding Officer he was placed under sentry's charge until further orders.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool, misty and drizzling.

Gentle to moderate North to NE breeze.

Distilling.


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7 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, with occasional rain squalls.

Moderate breeze from North by East.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, squally.

At 6.00am o'clock cast off moorings and hauled over alongside of U.S.S. "Essex".

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds fresh beef; 79 pounds vegetables; 80 pounds fresh bread.

M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, was released from sentry's charge.

Stopped distilling.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate NNW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: L. McMann, Machinist, C.N. Bennett, Machinist, J. Johnson, Coxswain, F. Walters, Seaman, M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, P.C. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, H. Harrop, Ordinary Seaman, and G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker.

W.S. Ayers, First-class Apprentice, and D. Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, returned on board having left the ship without permission on 5th of this month.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Reynolds, Oiler, was released from sentry's charge and made a prisoner at large [lodge in log-book] to await trail by Court Martial.

Sent sailing launch and dinghy to boat shop.

Received on board port 3-pounder mount.

Ordered fires to die out.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, moderate breeze from NNW.

Removing old galley in order to fit new one.

Received separate parts of forward bridge.

Equipment workmen from Navy Yard employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, hazy and cool.

Clearing last hour.

Gentle NNW to NW by North breeze.

Fires out under boilers.

Passed Assistant Engineer Willits left the ship with one week's leave of absence.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Moderate NW breeze.

H. Harrop, Ordinary Seaman, returned to the ship absent without leave for 7 days.


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8 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light West breeze.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate NW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following men being reported absent without leave: G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, W.C. Bennett, Machinist, L. McMann, Machinist, Johnson, Coxswain, W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, P.C. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman, and T.A. Carr, First-class Apprentice.

Exercised 1st, 2nd, 3rd Divisions at small arm.

Navy Yard Equipment, Engineer's and Construction men employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze.

At 1.00pm exercised divisions at setting up drill.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" T.F. Renney, First-class Apprentice.

W.C. Bennett, Machinist, returned from liberty 53 hours over time, clean and sober.

Received small cooking-range and boiler on board.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Construction and Equipment


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool, clearing towards end of watch.

Gentle WNW breeze.

P.C. Kennedy, Second-class Fireman, returned from leave 36 hours late, clean and sober.

At 7.00pm started fires under boiler "B".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze.


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9 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WNW to West by North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from West.


8am to meridian:

Hazy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled divisions at infantry on the dock.

Absent without leave: G.F. Vickery, Carpenter and Calker, McMann, Machinist, J. Johnson, Coxswain, W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, and Carr, First-class Apprentice.

At 9.55am Summary Court Martial met and took recess at 10.15am.

At 11.15am Court met again and at 11.30am took a recess until 1.00pm.

Navy Yard workmen employed in Construction, Equipment and Engineer's Department.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Stiff to moderate Westerly breeze.

Summary Court Martial recommenced at 1.30pm.

Received from Marine Barracks New York privates Walter Gerhart and Frederick E. Bishop with necessary transfer papers and effects.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board.

Summary Court Martial adjourned at 3.45pm to await orders of Commanding Officer and Reviewing Authorities.

W.S. Adams, Landsman, was this day discharged from this ship and service.

Services being no longer required.

Enlisted Joseph N. Bytherwood, Landsman, for cruise of U.S.S. "Yorktown".

By order of Commanding Officer G.F. Vickery was this day declared a deserter from this vessel and the Naval Service for being absent without leave for ten days.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, overcast last hour.

Light to gentle breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle breeze from West.

M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty at 7.30pm, being 61 hours late.


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Received from Captain R.S. Collum, U.S. Marine Corps: 30 pair drawers; 15 pair plain trouser; 20 under shirts; 15 pair of shoes; 192 linen collars; 30 cap ornaments; 144 pairs of gloves.


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10 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Occasional passing showers.

Light airs to light breezes from WSW to West by North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool and rainy.

Light rains after 6.00am.

Light to gentle breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 97 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds vegetables and 82 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty first hour, clearing towards noon.

Drilled Gun and Powder Divisions ashore at infantry.

Navy Yard workmen on board.

W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, J. Johnson, Coxswain, L. McMann, Machinist, and T.H. Carr, First-class Apprentice, absent without leave

At 10.45am all hands to muster and sentence of Summary Court Martial of J.J. Harrison, Boatswain's Mate, read.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool, pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from West by North.

Navy Yard workmen in Construction, Engineer's, Equipment and Ordnance Departments at work on board.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Joseph G. Bucher, Landsman, with bag, hammock and accounts.

Naval Cadets Lowndes and Kirk detached from this vessel and ordered to the U.S.S. "Boston".

Hazy about horizon.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze to light airs from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs.


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11 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first half of watch, cloudy last half, light fog at close.

Light West by North airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, damp and foggy.

Light airs from Westward.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, with occasional light rain.

Light airs and breezes.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: McMann, Machinist, T.A. Carr, First-class Apprentice, J. Johnson, Coxswain, and W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice.

At 9.35am went to fire quarters.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Engineer's, Ordnance and Equipment and Construction Departments.

At 9.00am the U.S.S. "Brooklyn" was towed out by the Navy Yard tugs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Gentle SW breeze.

Navy Yard workmen in Engineer's, Ordnance and Construction Departments at work on board.

Scraped spars.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light airs and calms.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and very hazy, partially obscured moonlight.

Calm.

J. Johnson, Coxswain, and W.A. Connell returned on board, they having left the ship without permission on the 6th of this month.


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12 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Hazy about horizon.


4am to 8am:

Misty weather.

Light airs and calms.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty, clearing last half of watch.

Light SE airs.

Absent without leave: L. McMann, Machinist, and J. Cummings, Coal Heaver.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" went into dock.

A Board of Survey in Ordnance Department met on board.

Navy Yard workmen in Ordnance, Equipment, Construction and Engineer's Departments at work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs.

Clear to cloudy weather, misty

Passing rain last hour.

Navy Yard Ordnance, Construction, Equipment and Engineer's workmen employed on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, heavy rain during middle of watch.

Light SE airs.

J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, returned on board 93¼ hour over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy, thunder and lightning.

Last hour heavy rain showers.

Light airs to gentle breeze from ENE.


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13 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and squally.

Heavy rain squalls passing over.

Light to stiff breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and cool, rainy first half of watch.

Wind gentle from NE, with frequent fresh squalls.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds each of vegetables and bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy weather, hazy, squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.

At 9.30am quarters and inspection.

L. McMann, Machinist, absent without leave


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Squally first of watch.

Gentle to moderate breeze.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, cool, squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and squally and cool.

Gentle to stiff breeze.


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14 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Light rain last three hours.

Wind in moderate to fresh squalls from NE by East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy, squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East to NE by North.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, squally and rain.

Gentle to stiff breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: L. McMann, Machinist, W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, J.G. Ford, Second-class Apprentice, A.F. Salles, First-class Apprentice, and J. Hennesy, Boilermaker.

J.G. Ford, Second-class Apprentice, and A.F. Salles, First-class Apprentice, returned on board 4½ hours over time, clean and sober.

Naval Cadet C.A. Brand was this day detached from this ship and ordered to the U.S.S. "Boston".

Received in Paymaster's Department the following stores: 200 pounds coffee; 375 pounds soap; 100 pounds tobacco; 10 pounds beans; 4 boxes shoes; 1 bale of 50 overshirts.

Engaged in overhauling bower chains and cleaning out fore hold.

Navy Yard workmen engaged in Ordnance, Equipment and Engineer's Departments.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant R.P. Rodgers was senior member, held a survey on board on Equipment stores.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, squally and rainy.

Gentle to stiff breeze.

Clark, Oiler, returned on board, clean and sober, seven hours over time.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Equipment, Ordnance and Engineer's Departments.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, squally and rainy.

Gentle to moderate breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool, light rain first hour.

Wind in fresh squalls from NNE.


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15 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Squally with passing showers.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool and squally, occasional light passing showers.

Gentle to fresh breeze.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury, U.S. Navy, left the ship on one week's leave of absence.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Wind in moderate squalls from NE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled all divisions on shore at infantry.

Called all hands to muster at 11.00am and read the findings of a Summary Court Martial in the cases of John T. Ashton, Water Tender, and Edward Pierson, Second-class Fireman: not guilty in both cases, and in both cases the proceedings and findings disapproved by the Convening Authorities for reason that witnesses for the prosecution were not called.

Navy Yard workmen from Ordnance, Equipment, Engineer's and Construction Departments employed on board.

Absent without leave: L. McMann, Machinist, J. Hennesy, Boilermaker, W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman, and C. Tuiss, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh NE to NNE breeze.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board.

L. McMann, Machinist, returned on board having been absent for 8 days: placed him under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer to await trial by Court Martial.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

J. Powers, Blacksmith, was found drunk on board and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge until further orders.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Last half squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE.


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16 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and squally.

Gentle to fresh breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate NNE breeze.

U.S.S. "Pensacola" cast off from Ordnance Dock and at 6.35am passed down the East River under steam.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 102 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds vegetables and 83 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE to East, puffy.

At 9.30am quarters for inspection.

J. Hennessy, Boilermaker, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman, C. Tuiss, Seaman, M.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, J. Hayes, Coal Heaver, Baltzell, Coal Heaver, E. Pillsworth, Oiler, and B. Doherty, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave

Drilled infantry company ashore.

Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant Colby was senior member, met and adjourned.

L.E. Bruce, First-class Apprentice, was transferred to this ship from U.S.S. "Vermont" with bag and hammock and accounts.

G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was placed under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer.

Navy Yard workmen aboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from Eastward, first part blowing in puffs.

E. Pillsworth, Oiler, returned aboard 21 hours over time.

Navy Yard workmen aboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze to light airs from East by North.

William Henderson, Ordinary Seaman, returned from liberty 56 hours over time.

J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, absent without leave, returned aboard and was by order of Commanding Officer placed in sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Hazy and pleasant.

Light airs.

B. Doherty, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 34 hours over time.


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17 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light airs from East by North to NNE.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy, hazy, pleasant.

Light airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91 pounds fresh beef; 82 pounds vegetables and 83 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs and calms.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: J. Hennessy, Boilermaker, M.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, C. Tuiss, Seaman, G. Huffington, Second-class Apprentice, E. Lavalle, Bugler, and W. Batrell, Coal Heaver.

Drilled the divisions at infantry.

At 10.00am Summary Court met and adjourned at 11.45am until 1.00pm.

Navy Yard workmen employed in Ordnance, Equipment, Construction and Engineering Departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs.

At 1.00pm Summary Court met and adjourned at 3.40pm to await the action of the Convening Authority.

J. Hennessy, Boilermaker, returned on board, clean and sober.

M.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, returned on board 51 hours over time, clean and sober.

E. Lavalle, Bugler, returned on board 7½ hours over time, clean and sober.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Ordnance, Construction, Equipment and Engineer's Departments. Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.


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18 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

First hour cloudy, afterwards clear with bright moon and starlight.

Light Southerly airs at beginning, shifting second hour to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light NW breeze.

At 9.30am exercised at fire quarters.

Drilled Infantry companies on shore.

Absent without leave: C. Tuiss, Seaman, G. Huffington, Second-class Apprentice, and W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver.

Navy Yard workmen from Ordnance, Equipment, Construction and Engineer's Departments at work on board. Received on board tripod for Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon mount.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light to gentle WNW breeze.

Workmen as above employed on board.

Sent 3-pounder Rapid Fire Gun mount to Ordnance shop for repairs.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light West airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, hazy, pleasant.

Calm.


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19 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Light fog, clear overhead.

Light airs from N to NE.

At 8.00am the U.S.S. "Chicago" hoisted a Rear Admiral's flag.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light fog.

Calm and light airs.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the flagship.

Absent without leave: C. Tuiss, Seaman, G.W. Huffington, Second-class Apprentice, W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver, and A.N. Clark, Oiler.

Navy Yard workmen aboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from South.

Received in Construction Department: 1000 pounds white zinc; 400 pounds white lead; 45 gallons raw linseed oil; 5 gallons damar varnish.

Navy Yard workmen aboard.

G.W. Huffington, Second-class Apprentice, returned from leave 73 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear overhead, misty.

Light airs from South.

By order of Commanding Officer M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, L. McMann, Machinist, G. Vogler, Second-class Apprentice, and J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, were released from the sentry's charge and made prisoners at large.


8pm to midnight:

Weather clear and damp.

Heavy dew.

Light airs and calm.


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20 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear, hazy weather, pleasant.

Calm and light airs.

At 8.00am the U.S.S. "Chicago" hauled down flag of Rear Admiral.


8am to meridian:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs and breezes.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Sent church party to Cob Dock.

Absent without leave: C. Tuiss, Seaman, A.N. Clark, Oiler, and W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver.

Sent church party to Cob Dock.

At 8.00am U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "Chicago" hauled down Admiral's flag.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy, but pleasant.

Light airs.

Sent visiting party to U.S.S. "Chicago".

Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, Marston, Second-class Apprentice, and Dawkins, Second-class Apprentice, left the ship in shore boat without permission.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant, hazy.

Light airs and calms.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear, overcast last hour.

Light to gentle breeze hauling from West by North to North by East.


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21 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Passing showers last hour.

Gentle breeze from North by East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light rain.

Light to gentle breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer confined W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, for safe keeping, for having left the ship in a shore boat without permission.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 62 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds vegetables; 83 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool and misty.

Light drizzle first hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: C. Tuiss, Seaman, W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver, N.A. Clark, Oiler, F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice, S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle.

Exercised 1st, 3rd Divisions at infantry on shore, 2nd Division pistols, Powder Divisions at secondary battery.

Navy Yard workmen from Equipment, Construction and Engineer's Departments at work on board.

Ensigns Robert Stocker and F.M. Russell reported on board for duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light NNE to NE breeze.

Navy Yard workmen as above on board.

Lieutenant William F. Fullam reported on board for duty.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, clearing last part of watch.

Light airs from NE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE at beginning of watch, calm at end.


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22 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, hazy horizon.

Light NNE to ENE airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather, hazy about horizon.

Light airs from North and ENE.

Barometer steady.

Broke out, cleaned and restored torpedo room.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

The following men absent without leave: Charles Tuiss, Seaman, N.A. Clark, Oiler, W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver, J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, S.J. Dawkins, Second-class Apprentice, and Marston, Second-class Apprentice.

Had battalion drill.

J. Brown returned on board 33 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy and cool.

Light airs and breezes.

Transferred to Naval Hospital John Laverty, First-class Fireman, with accounts bag and hammock.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" John Ross, Seaman.

Engaged in transporting shell and powder from forward shell room and magazine to after shell room and magazine.

Restowed after torpedo room with pay stores.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 scouse kettle; 1 boat stove; 2 dozen hickory brooms; 5 pillows; 50 sailmaker's sewing needles; 16 1 side rigging leather; 6 marline spikes; 2 dozen galvanized thimbles; 2 dozen galvanized hooks and thimbles; 6 composition turn buckles; 300 yards old canvas.

In Construction Department: 100 pounds sheet lead.

Transferred to Marine Barracks: 7 cartridge boxes; 7 haversacks; 7 canteens, 7 meat cans; 32 Webb belts.

Navy Yard workmen employed in Ordnance, Equipment and Engineer's Department.

Painted smoke stack.


4pm to 8pm:

Growing overcast.

Clams and light airs from SSE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, with very light drizzle last of watch.

Light airs and calms.


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23 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light drizzling rain all the watch.

Light and gentle breezes from NE first hour changing to ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool, light ENE breeze, with occasional squalls.

Received in Paymaster's Department for the crew: 103 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds vegetables and 83 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

At 9.40am had battalion drill on shore.

Absent without leave: C. Tuiss, Seaman, N.A. Clark, Oiler, W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver, S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice.

Lieutenant H.G. Colby left the ship on a week's leave of absence.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Construction, Ordnance, Equipment and Engineer's Departments. Received in Engineer's Department one barrel of cylinder oil.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, cool.

Light to gentle NE breeze.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Construction, Ordnance, Equipment and Engineer's Departments. Received following stores in Equipment Department: 1 bolt hammock canvas; 1 coil 2-inch manila rope; 1 coil 2½-inch rope; 2 coil 3-inch manila rope; 2 coils 3¾-inch manila [rope]; 61 1/3 fathoms 1½-inch wire rope; 11 Walton's Fair leaders; 1 rigging screw.

Received following ammunition on board as in list [not included].

Received following stores in Engineer's Department as in list [below].

Lieutenant J.C. Colwell left the ship on 6 days' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing and cool.

Gentle breeze.

Engaged in taking in powder and shell first two hours.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NE.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Kellum, Water Boy, stood two hours extra watch.


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Received in Engineer's Department October 23rd:

12 galvanized iron buckets; 2 globe valves; 12 hydrometers; 323 pounds Muntz metal; 25 pounds tallow; 25 pounds 3/8-inch shub [?] rubber; 100 pounds white lead; 100 pounds white zinc; 50 pounds black paint; 100 pounds chrome yellow; 10 gallons paraffin varnish; 2 gallons Japan drier; 2 gallons hard finish; 10 pounds sal ammoniac; 6 gimlets; 100 pounds oatmeal; 5½ gallons cylinder oil; 100 pounds brown zinc; 250 pounds red lead; 2 gallons damar varnish.


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24 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first two hours, clouding over last two.

Light breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze.

Finished discharging powder lighter.

Chief Engineer C. Andrade left the ship on four days' leave of absence.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 103 pounds fresh beef; 82 pounds vegetables and 82 pounds bread.

Transported thirty 6-inch shell from forward shell room to after shell room.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE, blowing in squalls first two hours.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: C. Tuiss, Seaman, N. Clark, Oiler, W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver, S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Construction, Ordnance and Engineer's Departments.

Making preparations for coaling ship.

Received navigation stores.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Workmen from yard engaged at work on board in Construction, Ordnance, Equipment and Engineer's Departments.

Finished preparations for coaling ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from East to ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.


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25 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light ENE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty.

Light breeze from NE.

Coal lighter came alongside.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Light breezes from Northward and Eastward.

About 8.20am began coaling ship.

Engaged coaling all the watch.

Received on board 48 tons and 300 pounds coal.

By order of Commanding Officer C. Tuiss, Seaman, and W. Baltzell, Coal Heaver, were declared deserters, having been absent from the ship 10 days being absent without leave.

N.A. Clark, Oiler, J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice, absent without leave, returned and by order of Commanding Officer were placed under sentry's charge, afterwards released as prisoners at large to await action.

Received the following stores in Ordnance Department: see descriptive list gun and [illegible] ~~~ [below]; and 3-pounder mount; 20 sword hooks; 12 wood screws.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and hazy.

Light ENE breeze.

Started fires in new galley.

Coaling ship.

Received on board 39 tons 962 pounds of coal during watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and hazy.

Light breeze from ENE.

Coaling ship.

Received on board 15 tons 237 pounds.

Total amount received on board today: 108 tons 861 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Calms and light airs from East.


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Ordnance stores Received, 8am to meridian, October 25th 1889:

114 Direct Action Colt's revolver cartridge boxes; 1 grocer's [?] scales; 2 10-gallon cans; spare parts Direct Action Revolvers; 2000 dummy cartridges caliber .45; 1000 bullets; 3 fire buckets; 2 Remington rifles caliber .22; 1 3-pounder mount; 20 sets sword hooks; 12 wood screws for chests.


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26 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, threatening rain.

Light airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, light drizzle after 5.00am.

Light airs from East to ENE.

At 6.40am began coaling ship.

Received on board 16 tons 430 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain greater part of watch.

Calms and light airs from ENE and NE.

Coaling ship all the watch, took in 55 tons 1327 pounds.

N.A. Clark, Oiler, and H. Truman, Oiler, absent without leave.

The flag of Rear Admiral Walker was hoisted on board the U.S.S. "Chicago".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Took in about 37 tons of coal.

Paul Kempe, Seaman, was transferred to Torpedo Station.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty.

Drizzling rain at intervals.

Light airs from East by South.

Coaling ship, took in about 40 tons during the watch.

By order of Commanding Officer placed M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, in solitary confinement for safe keeping, for being under the influence of liquor.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs and calms.

At 9.30pm finished coaling.

Received on board from lighter number 175: 8 tons 785 pounds.

Total coal received: 276 tons 1688 pounds.


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27 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Drizzling rain all the watch.

Calm to light breeze, blowing at squalls last hours.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain at intervals.

Wind in moderate squalls from SE.

The Admiral's flag was hauled down on board the U.S.S. "Chicago".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, with heavy rain showers.

Squally.

Light to moderate breeze.

Absent without leave: N.A. Clark, Oiler, H. Truman, Oiler, and L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman.

Sent liberty party ashore.

At 10.00am the U.S.S. "Kearsarge" exchanged numbers with U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

The U.S.S. "Kearsarge" moored alongside of Cob Dock on SW side.

By order of Commanding Officer removed the irons from M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, and placed him in brig for safe keeping.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Raining first three hours of watch.

Light and gentle breeze from SE, blowing in squalls first three hours.

Sent visiting party to U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Kearsarge".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, unsettled weather.

Clouds breaking away at times.

Occasional heavy showers.

Squally.

Light to moderate breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, clearing at intervals.

Light to gentle breeze from SE to South.


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28 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling part of watch.

Calms to light gentle breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty and rain.

Light breeze.

At 5.30am made preparations for shifting to the U.S.S. "Puritan".

At 6.45am hauled ship alongside of the U.S.S. "Puritan", securing with hawsers preparatory to mooring.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 102 pounds fresh beef; 82 pounds vegetables; 80 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty.

Light breeze from South hauling to WSW.

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan".

Turned in to store: one dinghy and outfit.

Absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, G.W. Farley, Second-class Apprentice, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, T. Clark, Coal Heaver, and F. Murray, Coxswain.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on board.

H.F. Kupper, First-class Apprentice, returned on board 2¾ [hours] over time and P. Woods, Oiler, 1¾ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from Southward and Westward first two hours and from Northward and Westward last two hours.

Transferred J.B. Tiernay, Private Marine, to Naval Hospital.

At 1.00pm called all hands to muster and read sentences of Naval Summary Court Martial in the cases of Michael J. Powers, Blacksmith, James Reynolds, Oiler, John Turner, Quarter Gunner, Joseph Willis, Ordinary Seaman, and Lance McMann Machinist.

Lieutenant Denfeld left the ship on four days' leave.

At 3.20pm began hauling ahead and hauled ahead about 100 feet.

G.W. Farley, Second-class Apprentice, was brought aboard, having been detained at guard house for being drunk.

F. Murray, Coxswain, returned 6 hours over time.

Navy Yard workmen on board in Engineer's Department.

Peter Jacobs, Landsman, was this day enlisted on board this vessel as Landsman for the cruise of this vessel.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from NW.

J.G. Kellum, Landsman, left the ship, having been discharged from the service, his services being no longer required.

L. McMann, Machinist, left the ship, having been discharged from the service with a bad conduct discharge in accordance with the sentence of a Summary Court Marital.

Moored ship.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from Northward and Westward.


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29 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Wind in moderate squalls from NW by North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NW by North, blowing in moderate squalls.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breezes from Northward and Westward.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions at stations.

Marines at bayonet drill.

The following men were absent without leave: L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, H. Truman, Oiler, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, T. Clark, Coal Heaver, and W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice.

Exercised signal class in signals.

Men engaged in cleaning ship inside and out.

T. Clark, Coal Heaver, returned 28 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle to moderate North breeze.

Received in Construction Department: 51½ gallons cylinder oil and 104 gallons lubricating oil.

Discharged F.A. Shumway, Oiler, with good conduct discharge.

Received on board 30 cases each of 6-pounder and 3-pounder ammunition.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzle last two hours.

Gentle to moderate breezes from North first two hours and from Northward and Eastward last two.

Turned in to stores: 1 mainsail; 1 dinghy's mainsail; 15 mess cloths; 2 luff-tackle falls; 2 stock and bill tackle falls; 2 hook ropes; 4 luff-tackle; 1 jib; [illegible]; 4 stock and bill tackle blocks; 2 tail blocks.

Delivered specifications of charges preferred by Commander F.E. Chadwick against M.J. Powers to the accused.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light passing showers at intervals.

Gentle NNE breeze.


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30 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool and misty.

Light to gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 101 pounds meat.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Light NNE breeze.

The following men absent without leave: L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, H. Truman, Oiler, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, J. Healey, Water Tender, and J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice.

Receiving ship's provisions during the watch [see list below].

Instructed signal class.

Lieutenant J.C. Colwell returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool and hazy.

Light to gentle breeze from North to NNW.

A Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met on board at 2.00pm and adjourned at 3.45pm.

Received from Navy Yard the following stores in Construction Department: (see list [below]).

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" with accounts and effects: James Butler, Machinist, Charles Boss and Samuel Wooruff, Seamen.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and hazy.

Light airs and breezes from NNW, hauling to NE.

Served out clean hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool.

Calm.

Lieutenant H.G. Colby returned from leave.


Received in Construction Department, October 30th:

1 gross brass staples; 2 dozen bronze coat and hat hooks 3 inch; 4 pounds finishing nails (2 pounds ¼-inch, 2 pounds ½-inch); 1 brass rudder yoke (whaleboat); 1 dozen composition boat cleats (6-inch long); 6 dozen rowlocks, swivel; 2 cork fenders, 18 inch long; 1 copper funnel, small; 1 dozen saw files (½ dozen 5 inch, ½ dozen 6 inch); 2 top mauls; 50 sheets sandpaper (assorted); 100 pounds 5/8-inch rubber for gaskets; 30 pounds 3/8-inch rubber for gaskets; 20 pounds ½-inch rubber for gaskets; ½ dozen eye bolts, iron.


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Received in Paymaster's Department, October 30, 4pm to 8pm.

3000 pounds salt pork; 120 gallons beans; 400 pounds salt beef; 400 pounds rice; 200 pounds dried fruits; 220 pounds butter; 600 pounds tomatoes; 224 pounds roast beef; 1000 pounds corned beef; 90 pounds tea; 800 pounds coffee; 3000 pounds sugar; 400 pounds pickles; 40 gallons molasses; 40 gallons vinegar; 1205 pounds vegetables; 50 cloth trousers; 100 overshirts; 100 undershirts; 100 drawers; 100 yards cloth; 240 flannel; 100 pairs woolen socks; 100 pairs cotton; 100 watch caps; 900 pounds tobacco; 1500 pounds saltwater soap; 500 spools silk; 200 papers needles; 50 razors; 50 razor strops; 50 shaving boxes; 50 shaving brushes; 100 shaving soap; 10 mess pans; 200 boxes blacking; 200 dozen rubber buttons; 20 cup devices; 100 towels; 200 toilet soap; 210 pounds candle.


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31 October 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and hazy.

Calms and light SE airs.

Scrubbed hammocks.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and hazy.

Light SE airs.

At 8.30am shifted berth to alongside of U.S.S. "Essex".

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Healey, Water Tender, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, and W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice.

By order of Commanding Officer placed under sentry's charge until further order: W. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, T.A. Carr, First-class Apprentice, F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice, and restricted as prisoners at large to await trail by Summary Court Marital: J. Johnson, Coxswain, and S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice.

Navy Yard workmen in Construction and Steam Engineer's and Equipment Departments at work on board. Brought sailing launch and 2nd cutter from boat house.

Returned on board: J. Reynolds, Oiler, 3 hours over time and J. Healey, Water Tender, 25 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy raining.

Light breeze from ESE.

Received stores in Engineer's Department (see list [below]).

By order of Commanding Officer released from sentry's charge: F. Marston, Apprentice, W.J. Connell, Apprentice, and T.A. Carr, Apprentice, and made them prisoners at large.

At 1.00pm delivered specifications of offenses preferred by Commander F.E. Chadwick against F. Marston, W.J. Connell and T.A. Carr, and at 2.00pm to J. Johnson, First-class Coxswain, and S.J. Dawkins, Apprentice.

At 1.20pm U.S.S. "Galena", flying the flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi, came in and moored alongside of Ordnance Dock.

A salute was fired by Cob Dock battery.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" came out of dry dock and moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan".

Navy Yard workmen engaged on board.

J.T. Ashton, Oiler, returned on board 1 hour and 20 minutes over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Light ESE breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

alms and light airs.

Chief Engineer Andrade returned from leave.


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Meridian to 4pm, 31st. Received in Engineer's Department:

200 pounds waste; 12 packets indicator leads; 3 manila mats; 100 pounds cast iron borings; 12 paint brushes; 50 feet rubber tubing; 100 pounds sheet rubber 1/8-inch; 8 blacksmith's tongs; 280 pounds 3/8-inch iron chain; 2 check valves; 1 force pump; 6 indicator boards.



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1889


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1 November 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty and hazy.

Light WNW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy, clearing at end of watch.

Light airs from ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, G. McIntosh, Coal Heaver, M. Tierney, Coal Heaver, and W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice.

At 9.40am exercised at fire quarters, after which called all hands abandon ship, mustered crews and provided boats, after that armed and equipped all boats.

Secured at 10.30am.

Taking sand on board.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

M. Tierney, Coal Heaver, and G. McIntosh, Coal Heaver, returned from liberty eight hours over time.

At 2.00pm Summary Court Martial met and adjourned at 3.30pm to await the action of the convening authority. Received on board in Equipment Department: 3 mahogany chest and 2 mahogany book cases, and in Construction Department: 15 bushels charcoal; 100 hammocks.

At 1.00pm went to quarters and had battalion drill.

Finished taking sand aboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from ESE and SE.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.


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2 November 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Essex", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from ESE and SE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from SE.

Holystoned decks.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling rain last hour.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected bags.

Drilled signal class.

At 10.30am cast off from U.S.S. "Essex", as she went into dry dock, and hauled alongside of U.S.S. "Terror".

At 9.00am called all hands to muster and read out sentence of Summary Court Martial in the case of Michael J. Powers, Blacksmith.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were rated: T.N. Kirby from First-class Fireman to Oiler, P.C. Kennedy Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman, to date from October 30, B. Doherty from Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman, C. Clark from Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman, J. Ross from Seaman to Boilermaker to date from October 23.

The following men absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, J. Hughes, Second-class Seaman Apprentice, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, and W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice.

Lieutenant A.G. Winterhalter reported on board for duty.

Lieutenant G.W. Denfeld was detached and ordered to report at Mare Island for duty on U.S.S. "Charleston".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing showers.

Light breeze from SE and SE by East.

John Brunette, Seaman, and Frank Torch, Seaman, transferred to the Naval Hospital.

D. Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, and W.S. Ayres, First-class Apprentice, were given the specifications preferred against them by the Commanding Officer for leaving the ship without permission.

Fitted the steam cutter with spare torpedo outfit and gave her a trial to test her ability to carry it.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Unrigged steam launch and stowed her torpedo outfit below.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, passing showers.

Light SSE breeze with occasional gusts.


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3 November 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy, with light to gentle breeze from SSW, occasionally blowing in puffs.


4am to 8am:

Occasional cloudy and rainy.

Light breeze from Southward and Westward.

L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, returned aboard 8 days over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101 pounds fresh beef; 81 pounds vegetables and 81 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Frequent showers.

Wind hauling from SSW to NE in moderate squalls.

Barometer beginning to rise.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

The following men absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice, and J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy weather, with light breeze falling to light airs from W and WSW.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather clearing last two hours.

Light airs from WSW and NW.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky and bright moonlight.

Light breeze falling to light airs from NW, with rising barometer.


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4 November 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool, pleasant.

Light airs from North.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant, light breeze between North and NW.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, with light breeze from NW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, following men absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, J.A. Sandstrom, Quarter Gunner, W. Sheldon, Seaman, and T. Cassidy, Jack-of-the-Dust.

Drilled gun divisions at stations for general quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer confined S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, for 48 hours on bread and water for not obeying order of petty officer.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores: 688 gallons sperm oil; 1 evaporator coil; 1 g and w cutter tool; 4 cutters; 6 cutters, patent boring; 1 number 0, ¾ x 5/16 inch width, lathe and planer tool; 1 number 1, 1-1/8 x ½ x 6 inch width, lathe and planer tool; 4 extra cutters; 1 number 0, Johnson's patent, cutting off tool; 4 spare blades; 1 thermometer; 12 diaphragms.

Summary Court Martial met on board for the trail of D. Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, and W.S. Ayres, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

At 1.00pm went to quarters and turned in clean hammocks.

Starboard watch painting ship.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on board.

Light airs from NW.

Received stores in Construction Department (see list [below]).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

Painting ship starboard side.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Bright moonlight.

Light breeze from West.


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Received in Construction Department, November 4th:

20 deck buckets; 100 pounds putty, mixed; 20 gallons spar varnish; 20 pounds patent dryer; 5 pounds plaster of Paris; 1 quart glycerin; 100 pounds yellow ochre, ground in oil; 30 pounds Venetian red, ground in oil; 20 pounds chrome yellow, ground in oil; 10 pounds vermilion, ground in oil; 5 pounds burnt umber, ground in oil; 25 gallons alcohol, 95% proof; 30 pounds gum shellac, orange; 3 gallons copal varnish; 2000 pounds white zinc, ground in oil; 300 pounds white lead, ground in oil; 40 gallons linseed oil, raw.


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5 November 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breezes from West.


4am to 8am:

Clear with light haze.

Light airs to light breeze from West to NW.

Bent sail.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: H. Truman, Oiler, J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, J.A. Sandstrom, Quarter Gunner, W. Sheldon, Seaman, and P. Jacobs, Landsman.

At 9.40am cleared ship for action, after which went to general quarters.

Secured at 10.45am.

By order of Commanding Officer H. Truman, Oiler, was this day declared a deserter, having been absent ten days without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from Northward and Westward.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Henery Faummes, Seaman Gunner, John Johnson, Seaman, Henery Rossiter, Coal Heaver, with their bags and hammocks and accounts.

Drilled 1st Division at pistols, 2nd Division single sticks, 3rd Division small arms.

Transferred J.J. Harrison, Seaman, with bag and hammock to U.S.S. "Vermont".

Drilled signal class.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty at beginning of watch.

Clear and pleasant, last half of watch cool.

Light airs and breezes from NW.

At 5.15pm called all hands to muster and published the findings and sentence in the case of G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice First-class, [to be disrated] to First-class Apprentice.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes and light airs from Northward and Westward.


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6 November 1889

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool, bright moonlight at intervals.

Light to gentle NW to West breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing last hour of watch.

Light breeze from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 104 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds fresh vegetables and 83 pounds fresh bread.

Sent party of seven men to Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, to dig grave for F. Torsch who died at the hospital November 4th.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Westward.

At 9.30am went to quarters and drilled all divisions and guard at infantry.

The following named men are absent without leave: J. Hughes, Second-class Apprentice, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, and W. Sheldon, Seaman.

Received in Engineer's Department: 2 screw drivers; 2 hand vices; 2 hammers; 1 set twist drills; 2 sick lines. Received in Construction Department: 2 composition ladders.

Received in Equipment Department: 12 coaling baskets.

At 7.45am released Dawkins S.J., First-class Apprentice, by order of Commanding Officer, his term of confinement being expired.

Party returned from digging grave.

Engaged in painting ship.

Drilled signal class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light WNW breeze.

Received in Engineer's Department: 50 pounds sal soda; 25 pounds concentrated lye; 24 lamp globes; 12 scrub brushes. Received in Navigation Department one set of books for library for crew.

At 3.30pm a funeral party left the ship to bury F. Torsch, Seaman, from the Naval Hospital.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board.

Received stores in Construction Department from Navy Yard as per appended list [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from Northward and Westward.

Discharged M.J. Powers, Blacksmith, by reason of sentence Summary Court Martial.

Discharged George Johnson, Steerage Steward, his services being number longer required.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 8 hand grapnels; 20 fathoms 2-inch wire rope, galvanized. Received on board in Construction Department the following stores (see list [below]).

Received on board in Ordnance Department one 3-pounder Hotchkiss rapid firing gun and received recoil mount.

Enlisted Gustav Dunkel as Landsman.

Received 1 electrical switch board and 2 regulators for searchlight.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light West by North airs.


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Received in Construction Department, November 6, 12pm to 4pm:

40 gallons turpentine; 5 pounds whip glue; 30 paint brushes, number 6/0; 5 dozen screw knobs, brass; 1 set drill bitts, 1/8 to 7/8 inch inclusive; 1 smoothing plane, 10 inch, wood; 2 monkey wrenches, screw 1-8; 1 pair cutting nippers, 8.


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7 November 1889

Moored to U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Commences and until 4am:

Clear sky.

Hazy about horizon.

Light breeze from West by North.


4am to 8am:

Clear sky and hazy.

Light breeze from Westward.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 104 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds vegetables; 83 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle West breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absent without leave: W. Sheldon, Seaman, J. Hughes, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, and H. Rossiter, Coal Heaver.

Instructed divisions at stations.

Received from Equipment Department: 2 search lights projectors and 50 baskets.

In Steam Engineer's Department: 1 dozen hand lamps.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" left Navy Yard and steamed down East River at 8.45am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from West and West by South.

Hoisted in steam cutter.

Private George Mason was sent on board from Marine Barracks for the guard of this ship, with usual papers.

Received for this galley: 6 sets rings and covers; 3 grates; 2 heavy panels; 2 sets fire brick lining; 1 set lining.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear first half of watch, overcast last half, with obscured moonlight.

Gentle to light West by South breeze.

Sent to Ordnance storehouse: 20 empty 6-inch powder tanks.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moon visible through the clouds.

Calm and light airs from West by South.


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8 November 1889

Off 35th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs from WNW and West.

Started fires in two after boilers at 2 o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and mild, with light fog last two hours.

Calm.

Made all preparations for getting under way.

Light sprinkling rain at close of watch.


8am to meridian:

Overcast; drizzling rain.

Light breezes and airs from NE and SE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

The following men absent without leave: J. Hughes, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice, W. Bechler, Second-class Apprentice, M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, W. Sheldon, Seaman, and H. Rossiter, Coal Heaver.

The U.S.S. "Kearsarge" went to sea.

The U.S.S. "Lancaster" left the yard in tow of the U.S.S. "Nina".

Called all hands to muster and read the Summary Court Martial sentences in the cases of J. Johnson, Coxswain, W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, T.A. Carr, First-class Apprentice, F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice, all whom were convicted having absented themselves from the ship without leave.

The sentence of J. Johnson, Coxswain, as mitigated to lose one month's pay, the sentences of Connell, Dawkins, Carr and Marston as mitigated confinement on bread and water for six days, with full ration on the fifth day, and the loss of one month's pay in each case, the loss of pay in all cases being referred to the Secretary of the Navy.

Left the Navy Yard at 9.50am and steamed around the battery and anchored in company with the U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" off 35th Street at 11 o'clock.

Made ship's number and signaled for permission to anchor to the U.S.S. "Atlanta", flying senior officers pennant. Answered 904.

Let go port anchor in 7 fathoms, veering to 30 fathoms at water's edge.

Confined F. Marston and S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, in accordance with Court Martial sentence.

By order of Commanding Officer W. Bechler, First-class Apprentice, was declared a deserter, having been absent from this ship without leave for 10 days.

Draft of water 13 feet 6 inches forward and 16 feet 5 inches aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzling rain.

Calm.

Ship finished swinging to tide and current at 2.30pm.

At 1 o'clock exercised at fire quarters and at 1.25pm exercised at stations for abandoning ship and for arm and away all boats.

Current at 3.00pm 2.6 knots.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light drizzling rain.

Calm and light airs from SE.

Barometer steady.

Began swinging to the flood at 6.00pm and finished at 7.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty, with light drizzling rain, heavy passing shower last hour.

Riding to flood tide.

Slack water at 11.30pm, commenced to swing to starboard at 11.50pm.

Light airs from ESE.

Current at 10.40pm 1.2 knots.


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9 November 1889

Off 35th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain third hour, with heavy shower last hour.

Light airs from East.

Finished swinging to ebb tide at 12.30am.

Current at 3.00am 2.2 knots.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Heavy rain showers and dense fog.

Light airs from East.

Completed swing to the flood tide in 20 minutes at 6.50am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain and heavy passing showers.

Dense fog, clearing last hour.

Light variable airs.

Riding to flood tide.

Current at 9.40am 2.0 knots.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Hughes, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was this day declared a deserter, having been absent from this vessel 10 days without leave.

At 11.35am called all hands up anchor.

At 11.40am made interrogatory 4890, U.S.S. "Atlanta" answered 904.

At 11.50am got under way for shifting berth, draft forward 13 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.

Under way at close of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy.

Raining all the watch.

Light airs from South.

At 1.30pm wind suddenly shifted to NW, followed by heavy rain showers second hour.

Tide began to run ebb at 12.15pm.

At 12.25pm came to with port anchor, 30 fathoms chain, in 5¾ fathoms water, off 34th Street.

Riding to the ebb tide, at 2.35pm current 2.6 knots.

At 12.30pm made signal 212 to U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Atlanta" answered 904.

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional sprinkle of rain.

Light airs from NW, hauling to NNE and increasing to light breeze last hour.

Riding to ebb tide.

Current at 4.15pm 3.0 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, raining last two hours.

At 8.15pm commenced to swing to flood, finished swinging at 8.50pm.

At 11.30pm commenced to swing to ebb.

At 10.45pm current 1.9 knots.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NNE.

Banked fires.


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10 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy first three hours, clearing last two.

Gentle breezes from NW.

Ship swinging at 1.00am to tide.

At 2.50am current was 2.4 knots.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy most of watch, threatening rain.

Moon visible through clouds first hour.

Riding to ebb until 7.00am when began to swing and at 8.00am finished swinging to flood.

Current at 5.00am 1.2 knots.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 104 pounds fresh beef; 83 pounds vegetables.

Gentle breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from North by West and North.

Ship riding to flood tide.

Current at 10.00am 2.4 knots.

At 9.30am Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 9.50am formed for muster, read "Articles for better Government of the Navy", after which mustered crew, absent without leave: M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, W. Sheldon, Seaman, H. Rossiter, Coal Heaver, and J. Stewart, First-class Apprentice.

By order of Commanding Officer James Stewart, First-class Apprentice, was today declared a deserter from the U.S. Naval Service, having been absent ten days without leave.

Banked fires.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward.

At 1.00pm ship riding to ebb tide, current at 2.50pm 2.5 knots.


4pm to 8pm: Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East, shifting to ENE, then back again to East by South last hour.

Riding to ebb tide.

Current at 4.10pm 3.0 knots.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from East by North.

Began swinging to flood at 9.10pm, finished at 9.50pm.

Bright moonlight.

Large halo around moon.


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11 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first half of watch, bright moonlight, overcast last half and very hazy.

Light East to North airs.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 12.50am, finished at 1.30pm, at close of watch ebb tide 2.4 knots.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from SW to East.

Ship riding to ebb tide until 7.45am when commend to swing, current at 4.45am 2.0 knots.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty.

Light to gentle breeze from Southward and Eastward.

Finished swinging to flood at 8.30am.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds vegetables; 80 pounds bread.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 13 guns.

At 9.30am called all hands and cleared ship for action and drilled at general quarters.

The following men are absent without leave: M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, and W. Sheldon, Seaman.

H. Rossiter, Coal Heaver, returned to ship, having been absent seven days without leave.

At general quarters the divisions were reported ready: 1st Division 9 minutes 46 seconds; 2nd Division 5 minutes 58 seconds; 3rd Division 7 minutes 4 seconds; Navigation Division 4 minutes 39 seconds; Powder Division 6 minutes 38 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 3 minutes 45 seconds; 2nd Division 4 minutes 44 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 39 seconds; Powder. Division 8 minutes 56 seconds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty, light drizzling rain most of watch.

Gentle SSE to SSW breeze.

Transferred to Navy Yard Ordnance stores: complete boat's torpedo outfit, as per appended list [not included].

At 1.15pm called hands abandon ship and equipped all boats.

At 2.00pm called away all boats armed and equipped for cutting out service.

Secured and hoisted all boats, except steam launch.

By order of Commanding Officer discharged Alfred Emanuel, Steerage Cook, his services being number longer required.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 1.45pm, finished at 2.15pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling at times.

Light to gentle breeze from Southward and Eastward.

Swinging to ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze to light airs from SSW.

Commenced to swing to the flood at 9.35pm.

Finished at 10.20pm.


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12 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Weather clearing.

Light breeze hauling from South to West.

Calm at end of watch, with clear sky.

Began to swing to the ebb at 1 o'clock and finished at 1.30am, current 2.4 knots at 3.45am.


4am to 8am:

Hazy the first hours, heavy fog closing in about 5.30am.

Calm all the watch.


8am to meridian:

Very thick fog first part of watch, light fog remainder of watch.

Calm and light ENE airs.

At 9.30am fog lifted, obscured U.S.S. "Chicago", flying a Rear Admiral's flag, saluted with 13 guns.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised gun divisions at great guns and secondary battery, Powder Division and Marine Guard at small arms. Received signal from flagship at 10.45am, preparatory 5455, and at 10.50am 5455.

Called all hands and loosed sail at 10.55am.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 9.15am, finished at 10.00am.

Absent without leave: W. Sheldon, Seaman, and M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze hauling from ENE to SSW.

Formed the battalion.

Rigged and exercised with collision mat.

At 3.30pm flagship signaled 4826.

Furled sail.

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and hazy.

Gentle SE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty first three hours, dense fog last hour.

Light breeze hauling from South to WNW first part, calm last two hours.

Began to swing to the flood at 10.20pm and finished at 11.30pm.

Fires banked.


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13 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, with dense fog most of watch.

Light airs from West, hauling to North and NE and increasing to light breeze last hour.

Commenced swinging to ebb tide at 2.00am and completed the swing about 3.00am.

Flood tide not measurable by log chip, ebb tide at 3.45am 1.8 knots.

Fires bank.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy.

Light NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb, slack water at close of watch.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds, each, bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and foggy.

Light drizzling rain.

Light NE breeze.

Completed the swing to flood in 50 minutes at 9.40am.

At 9.20am went to quarters and received the Board of Inspection, of which Rear Admiral James E. Jouett is senior member.

Fired a salute of 13 guns.

Cleared ship for action and went to general quarters.

Secured ship after inspection by the board.

The following men absent without leave: W. Sheldon, Seaman, and M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver.

Banked fires.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and threatening weather.

Falling barometer.

Gentle breeze from ESE and East.

Light drizzling rain first three hours, heavy showers last hour.

Light fog.

Riding to flood tide until 1.05pm, when commenced to swing and at 2.40pm finished swinging to ebb.

Current at 1.20pm 0.8 knots.

Board of Inspection resumed inspection.

At 1.00pm had battalion formation, drilled companies.

Called all hands abandon ship, all boats armed and equipped, had fire quarters and bag inspection.

After inspection by the board secured ship at 3 o'clock.

Banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Raining all the watch.

Wind in moderate squalls from ENE and NE.

Barometer falling from 29.70 to 29.63.

The Board of Inspection left the ship.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Fires banked.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Rising barometer.

Light to gentle breeze, backing and veering between NE and NW.

Riding to ebb tide.

Current at 8.45pm 1.6 knots.

Banked fires.


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14 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy first half of watch, clear last half.

Light breezes from NW and West.

At 1.30am stopped distilling water for ship's use.

At 12.30am ship started to swing, but returned riding to the ebb tide at end of watch.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Hazy about horizon.

Light breeze from WSW to WNW.

At 8.00am loosed sail in obedience to signal 5455 from flagship.

Fires banked.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from West and WNW.

Ebb tide until 10.00am when began to swing and at 11 o'clock stopped swinging to flood tide.

By order of Commanding Officer released S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and F. Marston, Second-class Apprentice, from confinement, and reduced E. Jelusic from Carpenter and Calker to Seaman for insubordination.

At 11.10am flagship made 4826 preparatory.

Shortened sail.

At 11.20am flagship made 4826.

Furled sail.

Banked fires.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Drilled divisions as per routine.

Following men absent without leave: W. Sheldon, Seaman, H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, R. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, J. Ross, Boilermaker, and M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breezes from WNW and West, blowing in moderate squalls.

By order of Commanding Officer placed T. Carr, First-class Apprentice, and W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, in solitary confinement on bread and water for six days, with full ration on fifth day, in accordance with sentence of Summary Court Martial.

Commenced to swing to the ebb tide at 3.30pm.

Banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, with gentle to moderate breeze from WNW, blowing occasionally in puffs.

Finished the swing to flood at 4.15pm.

Current at 7.50pm 2.2. knots.

At 4.30pm Navy Yard tugs U.S.S. "Nina" and U.S.S. "Catalpa" came alongside with stores, powder and projectiles.

Received in Ordnance: 20 common shell; 20 full charges; 2 hydraulic mounts; 1 hydraulic jack and lever; 250 percussion caps for reloading vent-sealing primers.

Received in Construction: 1 small dinghy and outfit; 3 dozen brass screw hooks; 8 dozen composition screw bolts; 4 chairs for junior officers' quarters; ½ gross brass screws (1 inch number 6); 9 shelf brackets; 1 book case for wardroom; 2 poop ladders, mahogany.

Received in Equipment: 2 sets wire main ropes; 4 sets brass ends.

Tried starboard searchlight.

Fires banked.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from WNW, blowing in moderate squalls.

Moon rose at 10.30pm.

Ship riding to ebb tide at 9.00pm, current 2.5 knots.

Banked fires.

Tried starboard searchlight.


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15 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York, [and at sea]

Lat 40.44, Long -73.85 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breeze from Northward and Westward.


4am to 8am:

Clear first half of watch, cloudy afterwards.

Light to moderate breeze from WNW and WSW, occasionally in gusts.

Made preparations for getting under way.

At 6.50am made interrogatory [signal] 4890, flagship answered 904.

Hove up anchor and got under way, fires under 3 boilers.

Draft forward 13 feet 5inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.

Stood down North River and Upper Bay, Navigator conning.

At end of watch standing down Upper Bay, Robbins Reef light right abeam.

Ebb tide, current at 6.40am 2 knots.


8am to meridian:

Clear.

Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW, first hour hauling to NNW, and back again to WNW last hour, and increasing to fresh breeze with moderate squalls.

Standing down the Narrows and Swash Channel

At 9.25am passed Scotland lightship on port side close aboard.

At 10.00am commenced swing ship off Sandy Hook.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, J. Ross, Boilermaker, H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, and A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner.

Exercised the divisions at fire quarters.

At 10.33am ship was on line with Scotland and Sandy Hook, Scotland lightvessel distant 5/8 mile bearing Eastward.

At 11.23am ship was on line with Scotland and Sandy Hook lightvessels, Sandy Hook lightvessel distant ¾ mile bearing Eastward, ship's head Southward and Eastward at end of watch.

At end of watch still swinging ship off Sandy Hook.

Steaming with three boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle fresh breeze from NW and NW by North, increasing to moderate squalls at times.

Engaged in swinging ship until 2.00pm, when made Sandy Hook light, bore WNW, went ahead full speed heading for Scotland lightship.

At 2.30pm passed Scotland lightship close aboard on port beam and stood up Swash Channel, then Main Channel and came to an anchor off 35th Street, North River at 3.40pm, 30 fathoms chain, 6 fathoms water.

Banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW, blowing in light squalls.

Commenced distilling at 5.00pm.

Tried port searchlight.

Received conning stanchions and flagstaff for dinghy, glass tubes in Engineer's Department, and chamois skins.

Banked fires.

Ship riding to ebb tide at 7.20pm, current 2.1 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NW.


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16 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light NW breeze.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 1.25am, finished at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NE.

Commenced swinging at 7.00am, finished at 8.00am.

Banked fires.

Stopped distilling at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light NNE to NNW breeze.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 11.10am.

At 9.30am called all divisions to quarters and inspected bags.

Absent without leave: M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, J. Ross, Boilermaker, H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, and L. Pursell, Seaman.

The latter returned on board 1¼ hour late.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW to NW, with rising barometer.

Light haze near horizon.

Finished swing to flood at 1.00pm, current at 3.00pm 0.5 knots.

Received in Equipment Department by Navy Yard tug: 24 hand grenades; 2 dozen dynamo brushes; 1 brass nozzle for fire hose.

And in Ordnance: 6 fathoms match rope.

Transferred to Naval Hospital: John Johnson 2nd, Seaman.

Fires banked.

Transferred to Navy Yard tug the gun cotton torpedo boat's outfit.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light North breeze.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 4.05pm, finished at 5.50pm.

Current at close of watch 1.8 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NW.

High barometer.

Ebb tide.

Strength of current 2.4 knots at 10.15pm.



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17 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudless sky, moon and starlight.

Gentle to light breeze from NW.

Slack water at 1.30am, commenced to swing to flood at 1.40am, completed the swing to flood at 3.10am, current at 4.0am 0.5 knot.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze to light airs from NW.

Commenced to swing to the ebb at 6.25am, finished at 7.05am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy about horizon.

Light breeze from NW, backing to SW last hour.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

At 10.15am the flagship made general signal 3837 and 10 answer 30.

Sent apprentices to divine service on board the flagship.

The following men absent without leave: M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, J. Ross, Boilermaker, H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, and A.B. Irelan, Gunner's Mate,.

By order of Commanding Officer M. Fitzgerald, Coal Heaver, was this day declared a deserter from the Naval Service from date, having been absent from this vessel ten days without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Cloudy last hour.

Light airs from SW to WSW.

At 1.35pm started swinging and finished the swing to flood at 1.55pm.

Slack water 1.30pm.

Current at 4.00pm 1.4 knots.

At 1.50pm flagship made telegraphic 8673, 9944, 8105, 6890, 6692, 113, 9420.

At 2.00pm flagship made general signal 1087 followed by Yorktown's distinguishing pennant.

Sent boat to flagship with an officer.

At 3.35pm sighted U.S.S. "Dolphin"steaming up North River for an anchorage.

Sent to Navy Yard tug for transfer to Navy Yard in Equipment Department: one binnacle cover.

Received in Ordnance: 2 sights for Hotchkiss rapid firing cannon.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SW by West.

Began to swing to the ebb at 6.40pm and finished at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first half of watch, cloudy to overcast latter half.

Light airs to light breeze from SW by West, hauling to NW.

Ebb tide, current at 10.10pm 2.4 knots.

Exchanged electric night-signals, Morse code, with U.S.S. "Boston".

Distilling.


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18 November 1889

Off 34th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast at beginning and end of watch, fair during middle part.

Light airs.

Swung to flood at end of watch.

At 2.00am stopped distilling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NNE.

Began the swing to the ebb at 6.50am and finished at 7.30am.

At 6.15am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 4886 and at 7.45am general signal 6144 and at 7.55am execution 6144.

Made preparations to get under way.

A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, returned on board four days over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, with light to gentle [breeze] from NE by North to NE by East.

Ebb tide, current at 10.20am 2.2 knots.

Falling barometer.

Made preparations for sea.

At 9.30am inspected divisions at quarters, following men absent without leave: A.B. Irelan, Gunner's Mate, H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, and J. Ross, Boilermaker.

At 9.55am flagship made telegraphic 5301, 0802, 6004, 1095, 0935, 624, 9944, g~~g. 9122.

At 10.10am flagship made general 6183, at 10.45am preparatory 4890, at 11.15am general 4890, at 11.30am 255 and at 11.40am 444.

At 10.15am Navy Yard tug came up river flying flag of Rear Admiral Braine, which was saluted by flagship.

At 10.40am Navy Yard tug came up river flying flag of the Secretary of the Navy, which was saluted by flagship after being transferred to U.S.S. "Dolphin".

Hove up port anchor and got under way at 11.15am, taking place in column in rear of U.S.S. "Atlanta", steaming up North River at double distance.

Paraded Marine Guard for Secretary on passing the U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At end of watch standing down river with squadron and off 27th Street.

Transferred to Navy Yard by tug: two poop ladders in Construction Department

A.B. Irelan, Gunner's Mate, returned on board 24 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light passing rain last part.

Moderate breeze from ESE to ENE.

Standing down bay in squadron.

Governors Island, Forts Wadsworth and Hamilton saluted flag of Secretary of Navy.

Flagship made signals 290 at 12.20pm, 292 at 12.30pm, telegraphic 9272 at 1.05pm preparatory, then execution 230 at 1.40pm, 2121 at 2.05pm.

U.S.S. "Dolphin" made telegraphic 4604, 7220, 0661 at 1.00pm and returned up the bay.

At 1.15pm came to with port anchor in 5¼ fathoms, muddy bottom, 30 fathoms chain.

Squadron anchored.

Banked fires.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain first hour, and one half threatening weather.

Gentle to fresh breeze from ENE, blowing in moderate squalls.

At 4.35pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made preparatory signal 6140, and at 4.40pm made execution signal 6140.

At 5.25pm commenced distilling.

Banked fires.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional drizzle.

Moderate to fresh breeze from ENE.

Wind moderating last hour.

Barometer steady.

Barometer rising [sic].


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool and threatening.

Wind moderate and fresh from ENE.

Riding between wind and flood tide first hour of watch and to the wind during remainder.


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19 November 1889

At anchor inside of Sandy Hook

Lat 40.45, Long -74.02


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from ENE.

Occasional light showers of rain.

Barometer falling shortly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy and misty.

Passing showers first hour, steady moderate rain last three hours.

No appreciable tidal current.

Moderate breeze to gale from ENE and East by North in moderate squalls.

Fires banked.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy, squally and misty.

Stiff breeze to moderate gale from East by North.

At 8.30am veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

At 9.30am signaled number of sick numeral 1 to flagship.

Fires banked, distilling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, misty, rainy and squally first three hours.

Fresh to very stiff breeze from East at beginning of watch, falling to gentle breeze from SE by East at end of watch.

At 3.05pm U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 3133, U.S.S. "Chicago" made 904.

At 3.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 1087, sent a boat to the U.S.S. "Chicago".

Banked fires.

Barometer steady last three hours.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy and misty.

Light to gentle SSE breeze.

Riding between wind and weak flood tide.


6pm to 8pm:

Generally overcast.

Signs of breaking away last hour, a few stars visible at intervals.

Rain squalls last hour.

Gentle breeze from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

First half of watch cloudy, occasionally clearing, latter half clear, bright starlight.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Fires banked.

Distilling.


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20 November 1889

[At sea]

Lat 40.5, Long -73.3 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear to cloudy and overcast.

Began to rain at end of watch.

Calm and light airs from SW.

Fires banked.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, raining first two hours, clearing last part of watch, clear and pleasant end of watch.

Light breeze from SW, hauling to SW by West and falling to light airs.

At 7.10am U.S.S. "Chicago" made preparatory 237, then numeral 8, preparatory 307.

At 7.24am preparatory 6144, and at 7.25am execution signal 6144.

At 7.45am preparatory 292.

Preparing for sea.

At 7.10am spread fires.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WSW to South.

At 9.05am got under way and took position in column.

At 9.30am took position in day's order of sailing and steamed out to sea past Sandy Hook

Inspected quarters at 9.30am and exercised divisions as per routine.

Signal from flagship at 8.40am 240, at 9.05am 255, at 9.30am 292, at 10.15am 134.

Steaming at standard fast speed in squadron order, course E½S (magnetic) during last two hours of watch.

Absent without leave: H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, and J. Ross, Boilermaker.

Coast of Long Island in sight during watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate South breeze.

Called all divisions to quarters, mustered on quarterdeck and read out sentences of Summary Court Martial in cases of D. Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, and W.S. Ayres, First-class Apprentice, both of whom were sentenced (as mitigated by the Commanding Officer) to five days' confinement on bread and water and the loss of half a month's pay.

Drilled 1st Division infantry, 2nd Division single sticks, 3rd Division great guns, and Powder Division instruction.

At 1.25pm flagship made general signal 129, changed course to E¾N at 1.30pm.

At 1.28pm passed whistling buoy off Fire Island.

At 2.30pm flagship made general signal 251, formed column of vessels.

Flagship made general signal 266 at 3 o'clock, changed course to South by E¼E.

At 3.15pm Flagship made general signal 404, changed course to SE¼E.

At 3.30pm general signal 362, changed course to NE by North.

Steaming in echelon at end of watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and overcast, moderate breeze from South.

Maneuvering in squadron until 5.00pm.

Flagship made tactical signals 403, 251, 129, 244.

At 5.00pm set course in obedience to signal at E7/8N by standard compass.

At close of watch on course with squadron in night formation echelon sections.

Throughout watch altering speed at will to preserve distance.

At 5.00pm got sounding with sounding machine, 13 fathoms sandy bottom.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light passing rain second hour.

Moderate wind and sea from South by East.

On course E7/8N (per standard compass) until 7.10pm, when changed to ENE¾E in conformation with signal from flagship.

At 7.50pm opened to double distance by signal from flagship.

At 6.50pm Shinnecock light bore abeam, at 7.50pm on the quarter.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy first two hours, clearing at intervals last two hours.

Moderate breeze from WSW to WNW.

Steering course ENE¾E per compass until 11.45pm, when changed to NE by E½E (per compass).

At 9.00pm lost sight of Shinnecock light.

At 11.00pm Montauk light bore North by E¼E, distant 9 miles.

At 10.50pm sighted Block Island light bearing NE by East.

At 12.00am Block Island light bore NE½E and Montauk light NNW.

Steaming in echelon at end of watch.


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21 November 1889

Under way, making passage from New York to Boston, Massachusetts, at anchor Provincetown, Massachusetts

Lat 41.5, Long -70.3 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate to fresh breeze from WSW to SW.

Moderate sea from Southward.

Riding easily.

At 3.00am lost sight of Montauk light bearing (per compass) North.

Sighted North end of Block Island light at 3.20am.

At close of watch if bore NNW½W, Block Island light W½N.

Sighted Point Judith light at 4.00am bearing WNW½W.

Steaming during watch at standard speed in night order of sailing, course (per compass) NE by E½E.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from WSW and West by South.

At 5.00am sighted Gay Head light bearing East by North.

At 6.15am flagship made 251, followed by 255.

Formed in columns and closed to distance.

At 6.40am flagship made 829.

Steaming up Vineyard Sound at end of watch, Woods Hole on port bow.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, gentle to moderate breeze from WSW and SW.

Steaming in column at distance, altering speed distance between 60 and 100 turns at will to preserve distance.

Standing up Vineyard Sound.

At end of watch Nantucket light right astern, distant 6 miles.

Changing course frequently with flagship.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, and J. Ross, Seaman, absent without leave

Drilled divisions as per routine.

With 106 revolutions, speed by log chip 10.4 knots.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW to WNW.

Standing through Vineyard Sound and along Massachusetts coast in column, changing course with flagship.

At end of watch Cape Cod Highland light bore NW by West, distant about 6 miles.

At 1.00pm exercised divisions according to routine.

At 2.00pm Flagship made compass signal 226, and at 3.55pm telegraphic signal 8332, 624, 945, 16, 18, 15, 22, 9, 14, 3, 20, 15, 23, 14.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, raining last hour.

Moderate to gentle breeze from WNW to SW.

Standing along Massachusetts coast in column, changing course with flagship.

At 4.30pm Cape Cod Highland light bore abeam, distant 2½ miles.

Lost rotator of patent log by fouling in screw.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Moderate to gentle South by East breeze.

Steering in for anchorage in Provincetown harbor in column.

At 7.50pm flagship made signal ?, to anchor at discretion.

At close of watch Provincetown harbor lights visible.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining.

Moderate breeze in squalls from South by East to ESE.

Stood into Provincetown and at 8.50pm let go port anchor in ten fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms.

At 8.55pm Flagship made general signal 2121.

Banked fires.


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22 November 1889

At anchor Provincetown, Massachusetts, and under way making passage, and moored Boston

Lat 42.34, Long -71.00 [Approximate position]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzling rain first half of watch.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SE by East, hauling to SSW at end of watch, and blowing at times in moderate squalls.

Barometer steadily falling.

Heavy banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Overcast to cloudy weather.

Gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

Light sprinkle of rain at end of watch.

At 7.10am flagship made general signal 4562, at 7.45am tactical signal 240 and flagship's pennant, and at 7.50am tactical signal preparatory 293.

At 7.57am got under way with squadron formation column, with flagship leading.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Passing showers first two hours.

Light drizzling rain all the watch.

Moderate breeze from West at beginning of watch, falling to gentle breeze and hauling to NW by North. Steaming in column, changing course with flagship, at end of watch standing into Boston harbor.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which exercised at fire quarters.

Called away all boats armed and equipped for distant service.

Mustered the crew.

Absent without leave: J. Ross, Boilermaker, and H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle.

At 12.00pm made numeral 231 to flagship.

With 104 revolutions of engines, speed of ship by log chip 10.4 knots.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool and misty.

Light NW to West breeze.

Steamed up Boston harbor and at 1.40pm anchored near the Navy Yard off Construction wharf.

Banked fires.

Started distilling.

Moored ship, 30 fathoms on port chain extending to Northward, and 45 fathoms on starboard chain extending to Southward.

Riding to the ebb tide and both anchors.

Draft of water forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet.

The squadron anchored in previously assigned positions.

A Rear Admiral's salute was fired from the Navy Yard and was returned by the U.S.S. "Chicago" with a Commandant's salute.

Commandant of Navy Yard visited the U.S.S. "Chicago" officially.

Signal from flagship at 12.13pm 254, at 12.30pm 255, at 12.35pm 290, at 1.40pm 230, at 1.50pm 5573, at 2.35pm 2372, at 3.15pm 4557, at 3.20pm 559, to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Wabash" at 1.00 cornet 236, from U.S.S. "Wabash" at 1.10pm, cornet 224.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy at beginning of watch, clearing at intervals last three hours.

Light breeze from WSW.

At 4.30pm commenced swinging to flood tide, finished at 5.30pm.

Distilling.

Fires dying out in three boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light SW breeze.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 11.10pm, finished at 11.35pm.


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23 November 1889

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cloudy alternately.

Light airs from West and WSW.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and misty.

Light airs from WSW to WNW.

Commenced to swing to the flood tide at 5.15am, finished at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear first half of watch, cloudy and overcast last half.

Gentle WNW to NW breeze.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 11.00am, finished at 11.30am.

Mustered at quarters and inspected bags at 9.30am.

Absent without leave: J. Ross, Boilermaker, and H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle.

Painting ship.

Signal to flagship at 12.00pm, numeral 228.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Hazy about horizon.

Gentle breeze from West and WNW.

Ebb tide.

A salute of 13 guns was fired at the Navy Yard in honor of Rear Admiral Walker.

Painting ship.

At 2.15pm flagship made general signal 1087, sent a boat.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, hazy horizon.

Light WNW breeze.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 5.50pm, finished at 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light WNW breeze.

Swinging to the ebb last hour.


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24 November 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudless sky and bright starlight.

Light breeze from WNW.

Ebb tide.

Stopped dynamo at 12.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, light haze.

Light WNW breeze.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 6.00am, finished at 6.40am.

Received in Paymaster's Department 91 pounds fresh beef and 73 pounds each fresh vegetables and bread from General store keeper Navy Yard.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light WNW breeze.

Began the swing to the ebb at 11.30am.

At 9.45am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

By order of the Commanding Officer H. Wilson, Captain of Forecastle, and J. Ross, Boilermaker, were this day declared deserters, having been absent from this ship 10 days without leave.

At 9.50am flagship made general signal 3837 followed by 10 answer 30.

Sent apprentices to divine service on board the flagship.

At 9.50am called all hands to muster and delivered good conduct badge to George Gillispe, Chief Boatswain's Mate, and A. Carlson, Carpenter's Mate, and to G.F. Chace, Ship's Yeoman, and V. Carlson, Machinist.

At 9.30am made sick signal numeral 2 and at 12 o'clock coal signal numerical 225.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from West and WSW.

Ebb tide.

Current at 1.45pm 2.0 knots.

Sent a liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light WSW breeze.

Began the swing to the flood at 5.45pm and finished at 7.05pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with starlight.

Occasionally clouding over and again rapidly clearing.

Flood tide, current at 10.00pm about 0.5 knots.

Light breeze from WSW and SW.


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25 November 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Clear to fair weather.

Light airs from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light breeze from SW and West by South.

Began the swing to the flood at 7 o'clock and finished at 8.00am.

Strength of current 1 knot.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light breeze from West.

Flood tide, current at 10.00am 0.8 knot.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and instructed divisions.

At 9.30am made numeral signal 1 and at 12 numeral signal 223.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from West to NW.

At 1.00pm flagship made general signal 1887.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement D. Lyons, Second-class Apprentice, and W.S. Ayres, Second-class Apprentice, their time having expired.

Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant Rodgers was senior member, met aboard to survey armatures of dynamo.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light to moderate breeze from NW to NNW, in light squalls latter half of watch.

Rising barometer and falling temperature.

Ebb tide until 7.30pm when began swinging, current at 4.20pm 2.4 knots.

Sent a liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNW.


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26 November 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW blowing in squalls.

Commenced to swing at 12.45am, finished at 1.30am.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNW and NW.

Ebb tide, current at 5.00am 1.2 knots.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91 pounds fresh beef; 73 pounds each of fresh vegetables and bread.

At 7.40am flagship made preparatory 5455, and at 7.45am general signal 5455.

Loosed sail.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from Northward.

At 9.30am signaled numeral 1.

Quarters for instruction and muster.

Absent without leave: L. Trammer, Oiler, F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, T. Heslin, Coal Heaver, G. McIntyre, Coal Heaver, C. Boes, Seaman, W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, and P. McDermott, Coal Heaver.

At 9.50am flagship made general signal 4826.

Furled sail.

At noon signaled to flagship numeral 222.

G. McIntyre, Coal Heaver, and C. Boes, Seaman, returned from liberty 4 hours late.

Ship receiving visitors from shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle NNW breeze.

Received 14000 gallons water from water boat in boilers.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Many visitors aboard.

Commenced to swing to ebb at 12.20pm, finished at 1.20pm.

L. Trammer, Oiler, returned on board 8½ hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Brundritt, Seaman, under sentry's charge for being under the influence of liquor.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from Northward and Westward.

From 7.30pm to 8.30pm exercising searchlights in company with fleet.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NW.


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27 November 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light North to NNE airs.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 1.35am, finished at 2.40am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty.

Light snow at end of watch.

Light breeze from NW to NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91 pounds fresh beef; 73 pounds each vegetables and bread.

T. Heslin, Coal Heaver, returned on board 24 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, misty.

Snowing at intervals last two hours.

J. Reynolds, Oiler, returned on board 1¾ hours over time.

F. Moens, Ship's Cook, returned on board 3 hours and 10 minutes over time and W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, 27½ hours over time.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 1 to U.S.S. "Chicago".

At noon coal report 218.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, and P. McDermott, Coal Heaver.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Visitors on board.

Light breeze from NNE to East.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool and damp, misty horizon.

Gentle SE breeze.

Commenced to swing to the ebb at 2.55pm, slack water and swinging during rest of watch.

Many visitors on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, raining all the watch.

Gentle breeze from SE blowing in light squalls.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle SE breeze.

Commenced to swing to the flood at 8.10pm, finished at 9.30pm.


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28 November 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs from SE.

Barometer falling rapidly from 30.12 to 29.90.

Began the swing to the ebb at 3.25am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle breeze from SE, blowing in squalls last three hours.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91 pounds fresh beef; 73 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy and misty, fog last hour.

Fresh gale and squally from SE first hour of watch.

Wind decreasing to light airs and shifting to NW and NE.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 8.30am, finished at 9.20am.

Signal from flagship at 11.50am 1087.

Signaled to flagship at 9.30am numeral 1, at noon 216.

Absent without leave: F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, and W.S. Ayres, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy first hour, with gentle SSE breeze.

Wind hauling to SSW and SW and blowing in squalls last three hours, with clearing weather last three hours.

Distilling.

Began swing to ebb at 3.00pm and finished at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Wind moderate to fresh from SSW.

Riding to the ebb.

By order of Commanding Officer confined Michael Tierney, Coal Heaver, until further orders for safe keeping, pending investigation for threatening non-commissioned officer of marines.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breezes between WSW and SSW, blowing in puffs.

Barometer rising.

Distilling.

Began swing to flood at 10.00pm and finished at 10.45pm.


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29 November 1889

Moored Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Mostly cloudy, fair last hour.

Moderate to light breeze from SSW and SW.

Flood tide.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Calm and cool, slightly misty last half of watch.

Light breeze to light airs from SW.

Received in Paymaster's Department from General Store keeper Navy Yard: 91 pounds fresh beef; 73 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.

At 7.40am flagship made signal preparatory 5455 and at 7.50am 5455.

Called all hands and loosed sail at 7.55am.


8am to meridian:

Clear sky, cool and pleasant.

Light WSW breeze, blowing in puffs last two hours.

Made sick signal numeral 2 at 9.30am.

Mustered at quarters.

The following men absent without leave: P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, P.J. Kelley, First-class Fireman, C. Clark, Second-class Fireman, D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, and J. Daley, Water Tender.

Exercised at fire quarters.

Stationed the crew for shortening and furling sail.

At 10 o'clock flagship made signal 1087, sent a boat.

At 11.15am flagship made preparatory 4826, followed by 4826 later.

Furled sail.

By order of Commanding placed M. Tierney, Coal Heaver, under sentry's charge for safe keeping to await investigation of charge of making threats against the police of the ship.

At 12.00pm made coal signal numeral 214.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Hennessey, Boilermaker, under sentry's charge for being under the influence liquor.

Distilling.

M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, returned on board, having left the ship without leave and remained absent two days.

Placed W.J. Connell, Apprentice, under sentry's charge for safe keeping, by order of the Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with light to moderate breeze from WSW, first hour in light squalls.

Flood tide.

By order of Commanding Officer released W.J. Connell, Second-class Apprentice, from sentry's charge.

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from WSW, West and NW.

Ebb tide.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Hennessy, Boilermaker, from sentry's charge and placed D. Daley, Water Tender, in double irons under sentry's charge for safe keeping, for assaulting another person.

Distilling.

Began swing to the ebb at 4.40pm and finished at 5.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Bright moonlight until 10.50pm.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW and North by NE.

Ebb tide, began the swing to flood at 11.35pm.

Distilling.


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30 November 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast first part, clearing towards end of watch

Calm, light airs from Northward.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold and pleasant.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

D. Deasy, Sailmaker's Mate, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, and P.J. Kelley, First-class Fireman, returned on board 24 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91 pounds fresh beef; 73 pounds each of vegetables and bread.

Distilling.

Began the swing to the ebb at 5 o'clock and finished at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy first half, partially clearing latter half of watch.

Gentle breeze from NW and WNW.

Ebb tide.

At 9.30am inspected divisions at quarters and held bag inspection.

The following men absent without leave: P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, C. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and J. Daley, Water Tender.

At 9.30am made numeral 3 and at 12.00pm numeral 210, sick and coal signals respectively.

At 9.30am flagship made telegraphic 6879, 9319, 392, 8303, 3344, and at 10.25am telegraphic 7221, 4904, 7602, 1623, 5468, 5365, 7671.

Distilling.

At 11.00am ten-oared cutters of squadron raced down river.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Squadron receiving members of city clubs and their families.

Commodore McCann, Commandant of Navy Yard, paid an official visit to the ship.

C. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and J. Daley, Water Tender, absent over time, returned aboard.

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudless sky, moonlight latter part, light haze.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Made swing to the ebb in twenty minutes, finishing at 5.45pm.

Numerous visitors on board.

At 7.45pm stopped distilling, total water distilled 3000 gallons.

Barometer rising and falling between 30.30 and 30.35.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from NW.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1889


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1 December 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cold.

Bright starlight.

Light breeze from West.

Moon set at 12.35am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, hazy last hour.

Light to gentle breeze from West.

Swung to ebb in 50 minutes, finishing at 7 o'clock.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92 pounds fresh beef; 146 bread and 73 pounds vegetables.

U.S.S. "Chicago" flying captain's pennant.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool, slight haze.

Light breeze from West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, afterwards general muster and read Articles of War.

At 9.30am signaled to U.S.S. "Atlanta" numeral 3, at 10.20am interrogatory 6183, and at noon numeral 208. U.S.S. "Atlanta" answered at 10.25am 904.

Unmoored ship and hove up starboard anchor.

Absent without leave: F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, A.F. Whalen, Machinist, and R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool.

Light West breeze.

Hove in to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Catted starboard anchor and got it ready for letting go.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool, slight haze.

Light breeze from Westward.

P. McDermott, Coal Heaver, returned from leave 5½ days over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light West by North breeze.

Bright moonlight.


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2 December 1889

At anchor, and alongside of Navy Yard dock, Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle West by North breeze.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 1.05am, finished at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Opens clear, middle part cloudy, fair at end of watch.

Light breeze from West by North to WSW.

At 6.17am made signal interrogatory 2259, U.S.S. "Atlanta" answered 904.

Got under way at 6.25am and shifted berth inside of U.S.S. "Wabash", made fast alongside wharf.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" shifted berth and moored to dock astern.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, misty.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Coaling ship.

Received on board during watch 48 tons 1820 pounds.

G.H. Lash, Coal Heaver, was transferred to hospital.

Received in Engineer's Department: 21 files; 10 screw wrenches; 2 globe valves.

Absent without leave: F.A. Whalen, Machinist, F.J. Sullivan, First-class Fireman, J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, L.E. Bruce, Apprentice, and R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman.

L.E. Bruce, Apprentice, returned aboard 22 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle WSW to WNW breeze.

Low water at 2.30pm.

Coaling ship, received 35 tons.

Secured ship with chains to Navy Yard dock.

Received stores from Navy Yard in Construction and Paymaster's Department as per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear first, cloudy and misty last part of watch.

Light breeze from WNW to West by South.

Coaling ship until 6.00pm.

Received on board today 102 tons 961 pounds coal.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from West by South.

Barometer falling.


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Received, meridian to 4pm, from Boston Navy Yard.

In Construction Department: 2 fathoms brass butt hinges 2 inch x 2 inch; 21 feet oak board ¼-inch, dressed; 30 feet cedar board ¾-inch, dressed; 3 mahogany boards 12 feet x ½ inch x 13 inch, dressed; 39 [pounds?] Muntz metal; 10 gallons patent dryer; 5 pounds [obscured]; 4 F [grade?] sheets emery cloth; 4 pounds number 15 copper [obscured].

In Paymaster's Department: 1013 pounds sugar; 900 pounds soap; 300 pounds coffee; 300 pounds tobacco; 44 pounds tea; 392 pounds flour; 67 gallons beans; 801 pounds bread; 32 gallons vinegar; 10 overcoats; 20 pairs blankets; 5 mattresses; 25 pairs calf shoes [?]; 100 neckerchiefs.


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3 December 1889

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and misty.

Light West by South airs.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain second and third hour.

Light airs from NW to WNW.

Coaling ship, received 21 tons 2045 pounds on board during watch.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91 pounds fresh beef; 73 pounds fresh vegetables; 73 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy, turning to snow last hour.

Gentle North breeze.

Tide falling.

Coaling ship, received 43 tons on board.

Received during watch 10 wire lockers in Paymaster's Department.

Absent without leave: R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman, and J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light fall of snow.

Gentle breeze from NE and NE by North.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Received 5 tons 1443 pounds during the watch and 173 tons in all.

Received from the Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Wabash", with bags and hammocks and transfer papers, J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, and J.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle NE breeze.

Finished coaling ship.

Received in all 175 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Barometer rising.

Gentle breeze from NE.


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4 December 1889

Moored alongside dock, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with light snow flurries.

Barometer rising.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNE in squalls.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and overcast and cold.

Light snow last half of watch.

Moderate to gentle NNE breeze.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light squalls with snow.

Gentle breezes from North and NNE.

At 9.30am made sick signal numeral 3.

Mustered at quarters, J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman, and A.F. Whalen, Machinist.

Received two armatures for dynamo.

At 12.00pm made coal signal 371.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" left the dock and anchored in the harbor.

The U.S.S. "Boston" came alongside dock to coal ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first half, partially clearing latter half of watch.

Snow flurries first two hours.

Gentle to light breeze from NE by North and NE.

Transferred to Receiving Ship E. Jelusic, Seaman, with bag and hammock and necessary papers.

Ebb tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear cold and pleasant.

Light breezes from North.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast, with light breeze (falling to light airs by end of watch) from NW by North to North by West.

Flood tide.


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5 December 1889

Moored alongside of dock, Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy weather, cold.

Light airs from North by West.

High water about 12.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs and breezes from North, hauling to ENE and ESE, and clearing slightly last hour.

Received 75 pounds bread, 95 pounds beef and 75 pounds vegetables in Paymaster's Department for crew.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light breeze from South.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and drilled divisions and Marine Guard, following men absent without leave: J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman, and A.F. Whalen, Machinist.

At 9.30am made sick signal numeral 4, at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 368.

Received in Engineer's Department: 2 Stillson wrenches; 12 nipples; 18 elbows; 12 ties; 6 plugs; 6 unions; 3 couplings; 60 feet brass pipe; 18 bushings.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, cold.

Light breeze from South.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Wabash" the following draft of men: J. Kenefick, Seaman, W. Gundell, Seaman, G. Flaherty, Seaman, C.P. Franklin, Seaman, J. Walters, Seaman, G. Brown, Seaman, F. Cronin, Seaman, W. Sharp, Seaman, and F. Dunne [?], Seaman.

The following men were transferred to Naval Hospital at Chelsea: J. Brown, Captain of Forecastle, and F. Smith, Gunner's Mate,.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 2 boxes of stationery.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with light breeze to light airs from South by East.

Light rain and snow after 5.30pm.

Falling barometer.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Healey, Water Tender, in solitary confinement, double irons, for striking another person in the Navy, term to expire December 9th, that is 10 days from November 29th.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast with drizzling rain.

Light airs from South by East to SW by South.


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6 December 1889

Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.37, Long -71.05


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty.

Light airs from West by South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty.

Light airs from West by South.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair.

Light airs and breezes from West by South to NNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman, J.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice, and M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman.

Exercised at fire quarters.

Transferred to Marine Barracks G. Mason, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer E.P. Jolliffe, First-class Apprentice, was confined on bread and water, for three days, for disobedience of orders of petty officer.

Michael Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave, was delivered to the ship's authorities by the Charlestown Police, and signed for $5.75 from his pay account in payment of fine incurred in Police Court.

He was placed in sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer.

Made signals to flagship, numeral 2 at 9.30am and numeral 365 at 12.00pm.

Flagship made at 11.30am telegraphic signals 8673, 0935, 1267, 9944, 8105, 6890, 945, 0637, 9422, 6188, 9409, 398, 8810, 6763.

Received articles in Construction Department as per appended list [below].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant at beginning, clouding over and snowing at end of watch.

Light breeze from NW to WNW, blowing in squalls first hour.

August F. Salles, Apprentice, was this day transferred to hospital.

F.M. Seely, Private, was this day transferred from Marine Barracks, Boston, Massachusetts, to this ship.

At 2.55pm called all hands unmoor ship, left the dock and came to anchor off Constitution Wharf with port anchor, 30 fathoms chain.

At 3.05pm made signal, interrogatory 1211, to U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Chicago" answered 904, at 3.30pm made interrogatory 2121 to U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Chicago" answered 904.

Received signal yard on board.

Banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather fair to clear, cool.

Light breeze from WNW.

Tide turned flood at five.

W.H. Dolan, First-class Apprentice, returned from liberty 7½ days over time.

Received in Engineer's Department: 42 hard rubber valves, and 24 pure gum valves.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cold, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from WNW.

Fires banked in two boilers.


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December 6th 1889.

Received on board in Construction Department: 4 Chapman gate valves, brass, 1 inch, fitted with sliding stem and lever; 1 bath tub; 4 brass reducing tees, 1½ inch; 4 brass tees, 1¼ inch; 8 shoulder nipples, 1½ inch, 6 inch long; 8 brass shoulder nipples, 1¼ inch, 6 inch long; 4 brass unions 1½ inch; 4 brass unions 1¼ inch; 4 brass couplings 1½ inch; 4 brass couplings 1¼ inch; 6 single blocks, 4 inch.


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7 December 1889

Boston, Massachusetts, and at sea

Lat 42.32, Long -70.80


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light breeze to light airs from WNW.

Riding to the ebb tide.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Clear to fair weather, cold, hazy.

Light breeze from WNW.

Preparations for sea.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds fresh beef and 79 pounds each fresh bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSW.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were rated: L. Schreiner from Seaman to Coxswain, and F. Murray from Coxswain to Captain of Forecastle, both to date from November 25th, G. Nickerson from Seaman to Chief Quarter Gunner to date from November 15th, G. Vogler disrated from Seaman Apprentice.

The appointment of R. Howes, Paymaster's Yeoman, was revoked December 6th.

By order of Commanding Officer John Healy, Water Tender, was released from confinement and restored to duty.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" made the following signals: 9.20am 1087; 9.40am preparatory 4890; 10.15am 240; 10.25am 255; 11.30am 244; 11.40am 277, numeral 32; 11.45am 138; 12.00pm numeral 354.

At 9.40am made preparations to get under way.

Got under way at 10.20am.

Steamed out of Boston harbor in column, flagship leading.

Changed course frequently to keep in channel.

At 11.30am changed formation to that of day formation.

Draft Forward 13 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

At 12.00pm put over patent log, reading 65.2, took departure Minots Ledge lighthouse South by E½E (magnetic), Atlantic House Nantucket Bend SW by West (magnetic), course (per compass) ESE¾E.

Squadron in day formation.

At 12.30pm made all sail.

Easy steam, revolutions averaging 85.

At close of watch Cape Cod in sight on horizon bearing SSW.

Weather clear and pleasant.

Gentle SSW breeze.

Sea smooth.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight last hour.

Stiff SW breeze.

Moderate sea.

Mustered at quarters at sunset and secured the battery for sea.

At 4 o'clock flagship made general telegraphic signal 5468, 4179, 0419, 0897, 790, 629, 6634, 2636, 9409, 5615, 7288, 4.15, 20, 6862, 8235, 1541, 3111, 4091, 8235, 1571, 0879, 4097, 6322, 3, 3570, 5468, 9281, 6890, 5468, 4277, 662, 0970, 2151, 6180.

At 4.10pm flagship made 245, and at 4.15pm flagship made 254.

Changed to night cruising formation at double distance and set the course ESE¾E by standard [compass].

Under steam and all sail.

Average steam pressure 120 and average revolutions 77.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudless sky.

Bright moonlight.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SW, rising barometer.

In night cruising formation, course ESE¾E per standard [compass].

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 85.

All sail.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW to WSW.

Bright moonlight.

Smooth sea.

In night cruising mode.

Steaming ESE¾E.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 84.

All sail set.


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8 December 1889

At sea

Lat 42.22, Long -66.03


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light breeze to light airs from WSW to SW.

Under steam and all sail, night order of cruising, steering course ESE¾E.

At 2.30am took in all sail.

Patent log at end of watch read 98.7.

Average steam pressure 125 pounds, average revolutions 76.

Smooth sea.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE to SSW.

Smooth sea.

Steering course ESE¾E (per compass).

In squadron "night order".

Set all sail at 6.30am.

At close of watch two schooners in sight bearing SSW.


8am to meridian:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Slightly hazy about horizon.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

Barometer rising.

At 8.45am changed to day formation in obedience to signal from flagship.

At 9.30am made sick signal numeral 3.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

At 12 o'clock made latitude signal 42°13' and longitude signal 66°02' and coal signal 837.

Course ESE¾E by standard [compass].

Under steam and all sail.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, from sentry's charge and made him a prisoner at large.

Began distilling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, with gentle breeze from SW to South by West.

Rising barometer.

At 12.30pm flagship made 140.

Changed course to ESE¼E by steering compass.

Under easy steam and all sail, average revolution 83, average steam pressure 120.

Distilling.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South by West to South.

Long swell from Southward and Eastward.

Steering a course between ESE and ESE¼E to keep position.

At 4.40pm flagship made tactical signals 445 and 454.

Changed to night order of sailing at double distance.

Steam in three boilers and all sail.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 78.

Distilling.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from South by East to SE by South.

Steering course ESE¼E.

Under steam and sail, order of cruising "night formation".

At 8.00pm stopped distilling.

At 7.20pm took in all sail.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs to light breeze from SE to East by South.

Sea smooth.

Course ESE¼E (per compass).

Under easy steam, squadron in "night order".

Ran into Gulf Stream at 11.50pm.


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9 December 1889

At sea

Lat 42.03, Long -61.17


Midnight to 4am:

Cumulus clouds passing over from SE.

Bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze increasing to moderate breeze from SE by East.

Barometer steady 30.51.

Under steam alone, in night formation.

Average steam pressure 125 pounds, average revolutions 75.


4am to 8am:

Squally, with light passing showers first two hours, clearing last two hours, gentle to stiff breeze from SE to South.

Moderate swell from SE.

Moon visible through clouds first hour.

Well defined lunar rainbow 4.55am to 5.30am.

On course ESE¼E (per steering compass).

Under steam alone, easily pressuring, distance and bearing.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 75.


8am to meridian:

Weather squally, with occasional light drizzle.

Stiff to fresh breeze from SSE to SE by South.

At 8.30am flagship made tactical signals 244 and 255

Changed to day formation at distance.

At 9.30am signaled numeral 3.

At noon numeral 318, numeral 42 answer 10, 61 answer 10 numeral.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 9.45am Summary Court, of which Lieutenant Colwell was senior member, met for trial of Michael Sullivan, Second-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer James Hennessy, Boilermaker, B. Doherty, First-class Fireman, and B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice, were made prisoners at large.

Steam in three boilers.

Average steam 120, Average revolutions 78.8.

Moderate sea from Southward and Eastward.

Distilling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first part of watch, clouding over last part, with squally weather and drizzling rain.

Very fresh breeze from SSE, falling to moderate breeze at end of watch.

Order of cruising that of day formation.

Under steam, steering course ESE¼E.

Patent log at end of watch 71.5.

Average steam 125, average revolutions 76.3.

Summary Court Martial in session.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cool, rainy and misty.

Strong SSE breeze.

Moderate sea from same direction.

Pitching easily, deeply at times.

At 4.45pm changed formation to "night order".

Course ESE¼E (per compass).

Signals from flagship: at 4.30pm 245, at 4.40pm 254.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast first hour, moon and stars visible last hour.

Stiff SSE breeze.

Moderate sea and swell from SE.

Course ESE¼E.

Night cruising formation.

Ship pitching easily

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 77.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first half, fair latter half.

Moonlight, halo about moon 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

Fresh breeze from SSE and South by East.

Moderate swell from SSE.

Course ESE¼E (per steering compass).

Night cruising formation.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 80.

Motion easy.


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10 December 1889

At sea

Lat 42.18, Long -57.13


Midnight to 4am:

Fair weather, bright moonlight.

Moderate to fresh breeze from South by East.

Moderate sea.

Squadron in night formation.

Steering ESE¼E by steering compass.

Steam in three boilers.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 80.


4am to 8am:

Generally clouded, clearing at end of watch.

Moderate to light breeze from South by West.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal 144.

Changed course to SE by East (magnetic) or SE by E¼E (per compass).

At 7.30am made all sail except gaff topsails, set gaff topsails at 8.00am.

Steered course ESE¼E, under steam until 7.30am.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 79.

Patent log at end of watch 80.8.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and mild, hazy horizon.

Moderately heavy SE swell and confused sea.

Light South by West to East by South breeze, changing to light airs.

Took in all sail at 11.00am.

At 10.00am changed course to SE by E¾E (per compass).

Squadron in "day order".

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and drilled divisions per routine.

Signals from flagship: at 8.15am 244, at 8.25am 255, at 9.45am 142.

Signaled to flagship at 12.00pm numeral 295.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from East by South first two hours, shifting to NNW last two hours and increasing to light breeze.

Light passing showers last hour.

Drilled the divisions as per routine.

Began distilling.

Average revolutions 77, average steam pressure 110 pounds.

Course SE by E¾E.

Set jib and staysail at 3.45pm.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain and dense fog after 5.45pm, shutting out squadron, and again clearing.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW and NE.

Sudden fall in temperature of surface water at 8.00pm.

Set topsails at 4.45pm and hauled down jib at 5.50pm.

At end of watch lights of squadron plainly visible, "night formation", under steam, trysails and staysail.

Average steam pressure 110, average revolutions 75.

Course SE by E¾E (per steering compass).

At sundown mustered at quarters.

At 4.15pm flagship made 244 and 254.

Passed from day to night formation.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, with light drizzling rain.

Beginning to clear at end of watch.

Light breeze from North.

Long swell from Southward and Eastward.

In night formation.

Steering SE by E¾E (per compass).

At 8.00pm stopped distilling.

At 7.45pm set jib and spanker.

Average steam 115, revolutions 75.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, clearing slightly at intervals.

Light passing showers second and third hour.

Light to gentle breeze from NE by North.

Order of cruising night formation.

Under steam and all plain sail except gaff topsails.

Steering course SE by E¾E.

At 8.30pm set gaff topsails.

Average steam 122 pounds, average revolutions 78.

Patent log at end of watch read 99.1.


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11 December 1889

At sea

Lat 41.92, Long -52.47


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, cool and overcast, obscured moonlight.

Moderate North to NNE breeze.

Smooth sea.

Course SE by E¾E (per compass).

Under easy steam and all sail.

Squadron in "night order".

At 1.30am a small steamer passed astern, steering to the NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Moderate to light breeze from NNE.

Course SE by E¾E.

Took in topsails, foresail, spanker and jib.

Night cruising formation.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 80.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with gentle breeze from NNE to NE by East.

In squadron day formation after 8.15am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled divisions per routine.

Barometer oscillating between 30.37 and 30.32.

At 10.30am took in all sail.

Course SE by E¾E (per standard compass).

Under easy steam and averaging 80 revolutions.

At 9.30am made sick signal numeral 1, at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 275, latitude signal numeral 41 answer pennant 55, longitude signal 52 answer pennant, 49 numeral.

At 8.15am flagship made signal 244, changed to day formation.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather cloudy.

Gentle breeze from ENE to East by North.

In day formation, steering SE by E¾E (per compass).

Exercised at divisional drill.

Crew making Jacob's ladders for lower mast heads.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 76.


4pm to 6pm:

Clearing.

Gentle breeze from East.

In day formation, steering course SE by E¾E (per compass).

Under steam alone.

At 4.30pm changed to night formation, double distance.

At 4.10pm mustered at quarters.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 4.30pm 245; at 4.40pm 254.

Average steam pressure 128, average revolutions 76.

Patent log at end of watch 39.0.


6pm to 8pm:

Cool and cloudy.

Gentle SE breeze.

Smooth sea.

Course SE by E¾E (per compass).

Squadron in night order.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SE and SSE.

Barometer falling.

Course SE by E¾E.

Under steam alone.

In night formation.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 76.


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12 December 1889

At sea

Lat 41.82, Long -48.03


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with gentle to moderate SSE breeze.

Moon visible occasionally through clouds.

Barometer fell from 30.18 to 30.08.

Squadron in night order of cruising.

Under steam alone.

Average revolutions 80, average steam pressure 125 pounds, vacuum 25 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast.

Moderate to fresh breeze from ESE to South by East.

Moderate sea.

Falling barometer, with light rain last two hours.

In night formation, steering SE by E¾E (per compass).

At 6.45am set fore staysail and main topsail.

Steam in three boilers.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 76.5.

At 7.50am began distilling.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, raining beginning of watch, passing showers second and third hours, clear and pleasant last hour.

Fresh to moderate breeze South by East to South.

Changed to day formation at 8.45am.

Under steam, fore staysail and mainsail.

At 8.40am hauled down head of mainsail.

At 10.00am hauled out head of mainsail.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Distilling.

At 12.00pm made numeral 257, latitude numeral 41 answer 49, longitude 48 answer 05 numeral.

At 8.45am U.S.S. "Chicago" made 244, and at 9.00am 255.

Average steam 118, average revolutions 78.5.

Patent log at end of watch 72.2.

Barometer falling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Fresh South to SSW breeze, heavy squall at close of watch with light rain.

Sea getting up, ship commencing to pitch.

At 3.45pm took in all sail.

Course SE by E¾E (per compass).

Squadron in day order.

At 1.15pm drilled divisions per routine.


4pm to 6pm:

Moderate gale in squalls from SSW, passing showers, barometer falling slowly, stars visible last hour.

Moderate sea.

Course SE by E¾E.

At 5.30pm changed course to take position in night order.

Average steam pressure 130, average revolutions 78.

Reefed spanker and foresail and furled them.

Set fore staysail with single stay.


6pm to 8pm:

Very fresh breeze to strong gale hauling from SSW to West by South during watch, and blowing in heavy squalls accompanied by light occasional rain.

At 5.45pm brought ship's head to sea, hauled down staysail and set clear of spanker.

At end of watch laying to easily with 45 turns starboard engine, 35 on port.

Steam pressure 120, vacuum 25.

Coming up and falling off between S½W and SW.

Heavy sea.

Lost sight of lights of squadron at 7.45pm, of U.S.S. "Boston" last, bearing SE.

Attempted to call the flagship by Very's night signals.

U.S.S. "Boston" arrived, made interrogatory 5074, U.S.S. "Boston" acknowledged.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, squally with rain showers, clearing slightly at end of watch.

Moderate to to strong gale from West by South, veering to SW.

At 9.00pm in a rain squall and falling light.

Increasing at end of watch.

Hove to till 9.15pm, with clear of spanker hauled out, when went off on course and set fore staysail.

At 10.20pm set fore staysail.

At 11.25pm gave two very heavy lurches, shipping considerable water at both waist sponsons.

Hove to again at 11.30pm and took in head sail.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 73.


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13 December 1889

At sea

Lat 41.92, Long -46.27


Midnight until 4am:

Generally cloudy, clearing overhead at intervals, occasional passing showers.

Moderate gale from West by North.

Blowing in squalls and increasing to strong gale at end of watch.

Lying to, going ahead slow on engines, foot of spanker hauled out.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 35.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, misty horizon.

Strong gale veering from WNW to NW, with occasional heavy squalls accompanied by rain.

Rough irregular sea, settling gradually to heavy sea, from Northward and Westward.

Lying to, under easy steam and close reefed spanker, heading from SW to West.

Ship rolling easily and at turns heavily.

Nothing in sight during watch.


8am to meridian:

Strong gale with very heavy squalls from NW.

Barometer rising from 29.70 to 29.80.

Very heavy sea from WNW.

Making 60 turns on port engine and 35 on starboard.

Laying to with wind and sea on starboard bow.

Hauled out foot of spanker at 12 o'clock.

Shipped a sea over the forecastle at end of watch.

Made preparations to set main trysail.

Stopped starboard engine and slowed port engine.

Rigged collision mat to be used as a drag in case of necessity.


Meridian to 4pm:

Very fresh breeze to strong gale, in heavy squalls.

Lying to sea and wind on starboard bow until 1.30pm when wore ship, setting staysail and port of fore trysail, brought sea on starboard quarter, put over drag, stopped engines and at 3.30pm banked fires.

Lowered whaleboat as preventer drag, hawser parted under heavy sea and capsizing of boat.

At end of watch lying to easily, a dozen oil-bags over starboard side.

Apparently of good effect, coming up and falling off between SSW and South.

Expended in Construction one whale-boat.

Carried away tiller quadrant.

Wind and sea moderating during watch.

Deepest roll to leeward 43°.


4pm to 6pm:

Fresh breeze to moderate gale from NW.

Heavy seas.

Blue sky and clouds.

Lying to under staysail and foot of fore trysail.

Wind and sea on starboard beam and quarter.

Oil-bags out on starboard side.

Ship rolling 35° at times, but lying comfortable.

Heavy banked fires.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, fresh to moderate breeze from NW.

Heavy sea.

Lying to under staysail and foot of fore trysail.

Drag over starboard quarter.

Wind and sea on starboard quarter, rolling deeply at times.

Repairing steering gear.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather, bright moonlight last two hours.

Wind decreasing to moderate breeze from NW.

Heavy sea from NW.

Lying to as in preceding watch.

Pitching and rolling deeply at times.

Banked fires.


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14 December 1889

At sea

Lat 42.01, Long -43.69 [Longitude -44.69 in log-book]


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, moonlight at intervals.

Clouds passing over from SW.

Barometer falling.

Gentle NW breeze, backing to WSW and increasing in force to stiff breeze at end of watch.

Took in drag at 1.30am and spread fires in three boilers.

Got under way at 2.45am, course SE by E¼E.

Using hand steering gear and jury tiller.

Set whole fore trysail.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with stiff to fresh breeze from WSW to SW in moderate squalls.

Light passing showers first two hours.

Moon visible through clouds.

High dawn.

Moderate sea, cross swell from SW and NW.

Hauled down head of fore trysail, and at 5.15am stopped the engines.

Started ahead with 73 revolutions at 5.30am, and at 7.30am increased to 100 revolutions.

Easy motion.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather with blue sky.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from SW.

Heavy sea.

Steam in three boilers.

Course SE by E¼E, but keeping off over two points to prevent rolling.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 91.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear overhead, clouding over last hour, with passing showers.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from SW to SW by West, blowing in squalls, moderating to stiff breeze at end of watch.

Heavy sea.

Steam in three boilers.

Course SE by E¼E, but keeping off two and two and a half points to prevent rolling.

Average steam pressure 128, average revolutions 85.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, misty horizon.

At commencement of watch wind shifted to NW, accompanied by rain, and blew a moderate gale, gradually decreasing to strong breeze.

Rough irregular sea.

Running under all steam before the wind and making about SE course.

Pitching and rolling deeply at times.

Took in fore staysail at 4.15pm.

Started fires under fourth boiler at 5.30pm.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Stiff breeze from NW and WNW.

Moderate following sea.

Barometer rising from 29.92 to 29.99.

Ship rolling easily, deeply at times.

Under steam alone.

Average steam pressure 122 pounds, average revolutions 88.

Course SE½E at end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW by North, with rising barometer.

Moderate confused swell.

Rolling easily, deepest roll 28°.

On course SE½E.

At 9.00pm set fore staysail.

At 10.00pm connected fourth boiler and increased revolutions to 118.

Average steam pressure for watch 130, vacuum 22, revolutions 110.


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15 December 1889

At sea

Lat 41.37, Long -39.03


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from North.

Moderate cross sea.

Steering SE½E (per compass).

Steam in all boilers.

Average pressure 119, average revolutions 106.

Hand wheel working with considerable difficulty and much lost motive.

Ship rolling easily, maximum 30°.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNE to NE.

Steering course SE½E, steam in all boilers.

Using hand steering wheel, much slack in tiller ropes.

Ship rolling easily.

At 7.30am set all plain sail, except topsails, foot of spanker hauled out, railing on spanker gaff having carried away.

Started distilling.

Average steam 126, average revolutions 108.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, overcast and mild.

Gentle to moderate breeze, hauling from NNE to East.

Moderate confused swell, rolling and pitching easily.

At 9.00am took in all sail, unbent spanker to repair gaff.

Course SE½E (per compass).

At 9.45am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Distilling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty.

Moderate, steady breeze from East and East by South.

Barometer falling from 30.18 to 30.11.

Smooth sea and moderate swell from Northward and Eastward.

Ship rolling and pitching easily.

Changed course to SE¼E.

At 12.00pm repaired spanker gaff and bent spanker.

Distilling.

Average steam pressure 127 pounds, average revolutions 108.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cloudy, squally and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South nearly all of watch, shifting at 5.55pm in a rain squall from SSW and increasing to moderate breeze in squalls.

Misty until shifting of wind, then clearing about horizon.

On course SE¼E.

Average revolutions 110, average pressure 125.

Moderate confused swell.

Distilling.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with passing rain.

Moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from SSW.

Moderate cross sea.

Steering a course SE¼E (per compass).

Under steam in all boilers, average pressure 125, average revolutions 99.

Stopped distilling at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, clearing overhead at intervals.

Raining first hour.

Stiff to fresh breeze from SW to WSW.

Moderate sea.

First course set SE¼E, but had to keep off on account of heavy rolling and shipping seas.

Course at end of watch East by South.

At 10.55pm masthead lookout reported breakers ahead, put helm starboard, stopped both engines, then backed port and went ahead starboard, could discern no danger, proceeded on course.

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 90.


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16 December 1889

At sea

Lat 41.24, Long -33.67


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, overcast and mild.

Strong SSW to South by West wind, moderating occasionally to fresh breeze.

Moderate sea from Southward and Westward, with moderate confused swell.

Under steam and fore staysail.

Steering course from East to SE by East to avoid the sea.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Very fresh breeze from SW, with heavy irregular sea.

Barometer rising from 30.15 to 30.26.

Under steam and fore staysail, making from 90 to 100 turns.

Steering ESE and ESE½E.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with moderate to stiff breeze from SW in gusts.

Misty first two hours, slightly clearing later.

On course SE¼E last three hours.

Under steam and for staysail, keeping off first hour

Average steam pressure 125, vacuum 21, revolutions 92.

Sea moderating towards end of watch.

A number of gulls and boatswain birds about.

Passed through quantities of gulf weed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SW.

Steering SE¼E.

At 1.00pm changed course to SE¾S, keeping a quarter of a point higher last two hours.

Steam in all boilers, and for staysail.

Average pressure 125, average revolutions 99.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, partly clear at end of watch.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SW blowing in squalls.

Steering course SE¾S under steam and fore staysail, until 4.15pm when changed to SE by South.

Average steam pressure 128, average revolutions 90.

Barometer 30.38 to 30.40.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and mild, stars visible in patches.

Fresh to stiff breeze from SW to SSW.

Moderate sea, rolling and pitching easily.

Course SE by South (per compass).

Under steam and fore staysail.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from SW by South, with occasional squalls and lulls.

Barometer steady until last hour, when it fell slightly.

Course SE by South under steam and fore staysail.

Making 90 revolutions.

Ship rolling and pitching easily.


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17 December 1889

At sea

Lat 39.83, Long -29.57


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with moonlight after 1.30am.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from SSW in squalls, during third hour increasing to moderate gale in force.

On course SE¼E (per standard [compass]).

At 3.00am hauled down fore staysail.

Average steam pressure 125, vacuum 22, revolutions 82.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather.

Fresh breeze to moderate gale from SW by South, in squalls.

Steering SE by South (per compass).

Steam in all boilers.

Average pressure 125, average revolutions 75.

At sunrise sighted high land bearing SSE½E supposed to be Pico [Island].


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SW by South to SW by West, blowing in squalls.

Steering SE by South (per compass) under steam.

At 10.45am set fore staysail.

Distilling.

Average steam pressure 130, average revolutions 84.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and mild, misty horizon.

Fresh to stiff SW by West breeze.

Moderate sea from same direction, long swell from West by South last hour.

Under steam and fore staysail.

Course SE by South (per compass).

Set foresail at 1.30pm and took it in at 3.00pm.

Allowing fires to die out under boiler "B" last hour.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, wind falling to gentle breeze from SW by West.

Barometer rising from 30.57 to 30.63.

Sea moderating rapidly.

At 5.25pm changed course to SW¾S and diminished the speed for the night.

Took in staysail.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with gentle SW by West breeze until 7.00pm, when in a rain squall wind shifted to NW and blew until end of watch in light to gentle breeze, in light squalls and with light drizzling rain.

Rising barometer.

At 7.00pm changed course to SW (by standard [compass]).

Average steam pressure 118 pounds, vacuum 25 inch, revolutions 65.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty rain showers first half.

Moderate to stiff breeze from North by East to NE.

Steering SW till 8.30pm when changed to NW by North.

At 10.30pm turned about to SE by South.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 122, average revolutions 44.6.

Stopped distilling.


Pico Island is also known as Ilha do Pico.


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18 December 1889

At sea, and at anchor Fayal, Azores

Lat 38.534, Long -28.624


Midnight until 4am:

Partially clear, light drizzling rain occasionally first two hours.

Under steam alone, steering SE by South.

At 12.30am changed course to NW by North, at 12.45am to SSW¼W, at 1.30am to NW by North, at 2.30am to SSW¼W.

Gentle breeze from East to ESE.

At 3.30am set fore staysail and mainsail.

Average steam pressure 125 pounds, average revolutions 58.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and mild, misty horizon, occasional light drizzling rain.

Gentle ESE breeze.

At 5.00am set foresail, at 7.15am took in all sail.

At 5.40am changed course to South by W¼W.

At daylight, 6.30am, sighted Fayal Island in the mist, with fog overhanging the mountains, and bearing ESE.

Changed course to SE during last hour of watch, steaming in for Horta Bay, Commanding Officer conning the ship.

Bent both cables.

At close of watch ship off Castelo Branco, about 2 miles distant.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, drizzling rain at intervals, clearing slightly last hour.

High barometer.

Light breeze from ESE, hauling to SSW last two hours.

At 9.00am let go port anchor in 10½ fathoms, veering to 60 fathoms chain, harbor of Fayal.

Fired a national salute of 21 guns with Portuguese flag at the fore.

Fort on shore returned the salute gun for gun with American ensign at flagstaff.

Sent a boat for the U.S. Consul, who came on board.

Fired a salute of 7 guns with U.S. ensign at the fore when the Consul left the ship.

Made preparations for coaling ship and for temporary repair to the tiller.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light passing showers first hour.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW.

Commander made official visit to Governor and to Commander of forces on shore, and returned visit of U.S. Consul.

Began coaling ship from two lighters alongside, one containing 25 tons, the other 26 tons of coal.

No perceptible tidal current.

Repairing tiller.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and foggy, with drizzling rain.

Light airs from South to SE.

Received alongside 3rd lighter containing 26 tons.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Men from ashore engaged in coaling ship.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Light NW airs.

Stopped coaling at 9.00pm, having received 78 tons.

A large steamer came in from the Eastward and anchored at 9.00pm.


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19 December 1889

At anchor Fayal, Azores

Lat 38.534, Long -28.624


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, overcast last two hours.

Damp and misty.

Light NW airs.

At work repairing tiller.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from North to NE.

Received 4th and 5th lighters of coal alongside containing 25 and 26 tons respectively.

Repairing tiller.

At 8.00am started distilling.

Hamburg steamer "Porto Alegre" in harbor.


8am to meridian:

Fair to clear, pleasant.

Light airs from North by West to NNW.

Received alongside 6th lighter containing 22 tons.

Finished coaling at 11.00am, having received in all 150 tons.

Distilling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from Southward and Eastward first two hours, and from Southward and Westward last two hours.

Crew engaged in scrubbing ship inside and out.

Portuguese Governor called on the Commanding Officer.

Fired a salute of 17 guns, Portuguese flag at the fore.

Fort on shore answered gun for gun.

Distilling.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW breeze.

Ship's mechanics at work on tiller.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light NW breeze.

High barometer.

At work repairing tiller.


8pm to midnight:

Fair with starlight, obscured at times.

Several brilliant meteors observed about 10.40am in NW sky.

Light NW airs.

Repairing tiller.


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20 December 1889


At anchor Fayal, Azores, [and at sea]

Lat 38.37, Long -28.18


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW first hour, shifted to East by North afterwards, and increasing to gentle breeze.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light to gentle breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Completed temporary repairs on steering.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and mild, misty horizon.

Light NE breeze, shifting to SE third hour and varying from light airs to steady gentle breeze.

At 9.15am got under way and steamed out of Horta Bay.

Stood across Fayal Channel and skirted the South shore of Pico Island, navigator conning the ship, under all steam in three boilers.

Sea smooth, ship steady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At end of watch near East extremity of Pico Island.

Distilling.

Draught of water on getting under way: 13 feet 6 inches forward, 16 feet aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light SE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Smooth sea.

Took departure at 12.00pm Arrife Point, Pico Island, bearing NW¼N (magnetic), East end of Pico Island E¾S (magnetic).

Put over the patent log reading 15 knots.

Set the course ESE¼E (per standard [compass]).

Took bearings of the sun for compass deviation on points between NE and SE, changed course to ESE at 2.10pm.

Under steam alone.

Average pressure 100 pounds, average revolutions 92.

At end of watch West end of Terceira bearing North by East per compass.

Stopped distilling.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, with fine drizzling mist after sundown.

At 4.15pm mustered at quarters.

At 4.55pm commenced distilling.

Under steam alone.

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 112.

At 5.00pm lost sight of Terceira, center bearing two points abaft port beam.

On course ESE (per standard [compass]).

Light SE breeze.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair weather, passing through frequent banks of mist.

Light breeze from SE.

Steering a course ESE (per standard [compass]).

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 111.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Starlight hazy around horizon, passing through frequent banks of light mist all the watch.

Light breezes from SE by East.

Numerous meteors from North.

Average steam pressure 104 pounds, average revolutions 104.

Stopped distilling at 12.00pm.


Arrife Point is also known as Ponta do Arrife.


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21 December 1889

At sea

Lat 38.39, Long -22.42


Midnight until 4am:

Clear overhead, misty around horizon, occasional light passing drizzle first hour, clouding over towards end of watch.

Light SE airs.

Sea smooth, ship steady.

Course ESE (per compass).

Under all steam, with three boilers.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, with light passing showers first two hours.

Light breeze hauling from SE to SW and increasing to gentle breeze with clearing pleasant weather last two hours.

Barometer steady.

Long easy swell from Northward and Westward.

Set fore staysail and fore and main staysails at 6.30am.

Course ESE.

Average steam pressure 115 pounds, average revolutions 111.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with gentle SW breeze.

At 8.15am set jib and started distilling.

At 10.15am set topsails and spanker and at 10.45am took in mizzen topsail and spanker.

Average steam pressure 112, Average revolutions 108.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, fine mists at times last half.

Gentle to light breezes from WSW.

All sail except spanker and mizzen topsail.

Steering a course ESE (per compass), steam in three boilers.

Average steam pressure 117, average revolutions 107.

Distilling.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from Eastward and Northward.

Course ESE.

Steaming under three boilers.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and mild.

Gentle South by West breeze.

Smooth sea, ship steady.

Course ESE (per compass).

Under steam and fore staysail, fore and main sails.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SW breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 8 o'clock changed course ESE¼E.

Took in all sail, stopped distilling.

Average steam pressure 115 pounds, average revolutions 107.

Started fires under fourth boiler.

Smooth sea.


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22 December 1889

At sea

Lat 38.48, Long -16.08


Midnight until 4am:

Fair, with light to gentle SSW breeze.

Under steam alone, steering ESE¼E (per standard [compass]).

Average steam pressure 114, average revolutions 107.

At 2.30am connected fourth boiler.


4am to 8am: Cloudy.

Pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW.

Long swell from NW.

On course ESE¼E.

Steam in all boilers.

At 5.30am set all sail, except jib and mizzen topsail, at 6.45am set jib.

Average steam 130, average revolutions 123.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Steaming with four boilers, course ESE¼E.

At 12.00pm changed to ESE½E (per compass).

Long swell from NW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, then Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 9.45am sighted a brigantine standing to Southward bearing SSE from ship.

Lost sight of her at 11.00am.

Average steam 130, average revolutions 120.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle SW breeze.

Smooth sea, swell from NW.

Course ESE½E (per compass), under all steam and sail except mizzen topsail.

At 1.50pm sighted a bark bearing SE and steering to the Westward.

Lost sight of her at 3.15pm bearings SW by West.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Gentle breeze, falling to light breeze from SW.

Barometer steady.

Course ESE½E.

Took in all sail.

Average steam pressure 130 pounds, average revolutions 122.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

Course ESE½E (per standard [compass]).

Steam alone.

Average pressure 125, average revolutions 122.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy to fair, occasional mist.

Light airs and breeze from SW.

On a course ESE½E (per standard [compass]).

At 12.00am changed course to ESE¾E.

Steam in all boilers.

Average pressure 128, average revolutions 123.

Stopped distilling.


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23 December 1889

At sea, and anchored in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.69, Long -9.18


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, occasional drizzle last two hours.

Light breeze and light airs from SW and SSW.

Steaming with four boilers.

Steering course ESE¾E.

Average steam 130 pounds, average revolutions 125.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SE airs.

Smooth sea.

Course ESE¾E (per compass), under all steam.

At 7.00am sighted high land right ahead supposed to be Sintra [Cintra in log-book].


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze between SE and South.

At 8 o'clock changed course to ESE½E, stood in for the mouth of the Tagus, and crossed the bar.

Made preparations for port.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs to gentle breeze from WSW and South.

Standing up Tagus River for an anchorage, steam in 4 boilers.

Draft forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.

"Squadron of Evolution" at anchor in harbor.

At 1.34pm (local mean time) let go anchor in 21 fathoms water, mud bottom, veering to 75 fathoms at hawse.

Rest of watch engaged in cleaning ship.

At 12.00pm made cornet 236, flagship answered, at 12.20pm interrogatory 4532, at 1.20pm interrogatory 2121, flagship answered 904.

At 12.20pm flagship made U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant 5637 and 1336, sent boat to flagship.

At 3.40pm flagship fired salute of 15 guns, U.S. ensign at fore.

Received visit of an officer of port.

Ironclad "Vasco da Gama" in harbor.

Bearings at anchorage (magnetic): Estrela N¾E, Belem Torre WNW¾W.

Flood tide, current less than 1 knot.

Finished swinging to ebb at 4.00pm in 25 minutes.

Fires banked.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes and airs variable in directions.

Ebb tide.

Strength of current 2.4 knots at 6 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Fair with starlight, dew.

Light airs from NW and calms.

Finished swinging to flood in 55 minutes at 10.10pm.

Ebb tide at 8.00pm, less than 1 knot.

Stopped distilling at 12.00am.

Fires allowed to die out in 3 boilers, retained one for distilling.


Belem Torre is also known as Belém Tower.


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24 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight until 4am:

Clear to cloudy weather, dew fall first hour.

Calm and light airs from SE.

Riding to ebb.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light East breeze.

Barometer rising from 30.46 to 30.53.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350.

Completed the swinging to the ebb at 4.40am in 30 minutes.

Current 3.5 knots at 7 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy most of watch, clearing last hour.

Hazy, light airs and light breeze from East.

At 11.15am finished swinging to flood in 1 hour 5 minutes.

At 9.01am made numeral signal 0, at 9.30am numeral 4, at 12.00pm numeral 159, absentee, sick and coal signals respectively.

At 9.15am flagship made 1087 above U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant, and at 11.34am 1087.

Sent boat to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Calm and light airs from SW.

Cleaning and painting the ship's side.

Distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear with moonlight after dusk, to 7.00pm.

Light airs variable in direction, falling calm last hour.

Finished swinging to ebb at 4.45pm in 1 hour 35 minutes.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Cleaning and painting ship.

Distilling.

Tidal current at 6.20pm 2.4 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright star and moonlight.

Light airs from NE.

Ship swinging to flood tide from 10.05pm to 11.50pm.

Stopped distilling at 9.00pm.


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25 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Riding to flood tide.

Calm and light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear, mostly cloudless.

Light airs to light breeze from NE.

Finished swinging to ebb at 5.30am in 1 hour.

Liberty party returned on board.


8am to meridian:

Weather bright and crisp.

Light haze, no clouds.

Light breeze from East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: N.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, L. Minor, First-class Apprentice, G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, M. O'Connor, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, J. Bythewood, Landsman, D. Lyons, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and W.J. Connell, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 8, at 10.20am numeral 4, at 12.00pm numeral 157.

Flagship made general 3537 and numeral 10 and 12.

At 9.15am sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East to NE.

Sent liberty party on shore.

German steamer and brigantine went out.

English steamer came in, also one went out.

J.M. Cassidy, Jack-of-the-Dust, returned on board 2½ hours over time.

Stopped swinging to flood at 1.30pm.

By order of Captain put H. Rossister, Coal Heaver, in brig for being under influence of liquor on board ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Calm.

At 4.50pm made signal to flagship interrogatory 5040, received answer 904.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Calms and light airs from SE.

Stopped distilling at 9.00pm.

Began to swing to flood at 10.20pm.


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Meridian to 4pm:

By order of Commanding Officer the following named apprentices were rated.

To date from December 18th 1889.


Name

From

To

A.E. Lowe

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

A.L. Shannon

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

H. Eierman

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

J.J. Duffy

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

M. O'Connor

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

W.S. Ayres

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

J.H. Dolan

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

M. Mahoney

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

H.F. McDonough

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

E.P. Jolliffe

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

F.L. Harrower

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

T.F. Kenny

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

D. Sayres

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

G. Haneke

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

H.F. Kupper

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

T.A. Carr

First-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

T.H. Smith

Second-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

D. Lyons

Second-class Apprentice

Seaman Apprentice Second-class

G.H. Farley

Second-class Apprentice

First-class Apprentice

J.J. McNamara

Second-class Apprentice

First-class Apprentice

F. Marston

Second-class Apprentice

First-class Apprentice

J.G. Ford

Second-class Apprentice

First-class Apprentice

W.J. Connell

Second-class Apprentice

First-class Apprentice


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26 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light SE airs.

Riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Calm and light airs from East.

Scrubbed hammocks.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables, and 79 pounds bread.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350.

Hauled down Guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from East and ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, the following men are absent without leave: N.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, F. Miller, Private Marine, J. Austin, Coal Heaver, P.J. Kelly, First-class Fireman, J.P. Powers, Machinist, J. Ashton, Water Tender, J.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver, M. Condon, Oiler, W.J. Connell, First-class Apprentice, and G.H. Farley, First-class Apprentice.

At 9.45am Commanding Officer left the ship to attend Court Martial on U.S.S. "Atlanta".

At 10.20am the U.S.S. "Atlanta" fired a gun and hoist jack at main.

At 11.50am Commanding Officer returned.

Crew engaged in painting ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 12.50pm, finished at 1.40pm.

Engaged in painting ship and battery.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Commanding Officer visited the King of Portugal officially.

A Board of Survey in Equipment Department, of which Lieutenant W. Kellogg [Kellog in log-book], U.S. Navy, was senior member, met on board.

At 3.40pm made signal interrogatory 3918, flagship answered 904.

Went to quarters at 3.50pm and turned in scrubbed hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breezes from ENE.

At 4.30pm Commanding Officer returned from making call on King of Portugal.

N.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, F. Miller, Private Marine, and G.H. Farley, First-class Apprentice, returned from liberty over time.

Began swinging to ebb at 5.30pm, finished at 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight, moon set at 9.30pm.

Riding to the ebb.

At 10.00pm exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Enterprise", entering the harbor, and anchoring off quarantine.


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27 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breezes from NE.

Swinging to flood at beginning of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to breeze from Southward and Eastward first two hours, and from Northward and Eastward last two.

Began swinging to ebb at 6.45am, finished swinging at 6.45am.

At 7.30am flagship made 3350, uniform and time signal.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 79 pounds bread; 95 pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light to gentle NE to East by South breeze.

Riding to ebb.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, and exercised divisions at fire quarters.

Absent without leave: J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, M. Condon, Oiler, J.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver, J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, P.J. Kelly, First-class Fireman, J.P. Powers, Machinist, J. Moneghan, Blacksmith, H. Dodd, Private Marine, and F.M. Seeley, Private Marine.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds fresh beef.

U.S.S. "Enterprise" steamed up the harbor and anchored between this ship and U.S.S. "Boston" at 8.40am.

Signaled to flagship at 9.00am numeral 9, at 10.00am numeral 4, at 12.00pm numeral 151.

H. Dodd, Private Marine, returned on board 3½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, bright and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes hauling from SE to West and North.

Barometer steady.

Swinging to the flood tide in two hours, completed the swinging at 2.30pm.

At 2.30pm made interrogatory [signal] 2984, flagship answered 904.

At 3.15pm flagship made general signal 1087.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Enterprise" visited this ship.

The flagship fired a salute of 19 guns in honor of a Portuguese official who visited the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first half, cloudy last half of watch.

Light airs to light breeze from NW.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 7.15pm, finished at 7.50pm.

Received in Equipment Department from Abecassis [?] Brothers: 1 end wood.

In Engineer's Department: 1 barrel soda; 11 tins oatmeal.

In Ordnance Department: 1 tin turpentine; 1 package Venetian red; 1 package Naples yellow; 1 package burnt umber; 4 gallons Japan gold; 8 half-gallon tins varnish.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant, moonlight at intervals.

Light breezes from NE and North.

Barometer falling slowly.

J. Austin, Coal Heaver, J. Ashton, Water Tender, and J.P. Powers, Machinist, returned on board 36 hours, 2½ days and 36 hours over time respectively.

Ebb tide running 3 knots at 9.30pm.


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28 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight till 4am:

Clear.

Light airs from NE and NW.

Swung to flood in 1 hour 30 minutes, finished at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear first half of watch, cloudy last half, hazy horizon.

Light NW airs.

Commenced swinging to the ebb at 7.30am.

Swinging at close of watch.

At 7.25am hoisted colors with flagship and dressed ship rainbow, Portuguese flag at main.

Received in Paymaster's Department from Abecassis [?] Brothers: 79 pounds bread and 95 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Discharged ashes into lighter from shore.

F.M. Seeley, Private Marine, returned on board 24 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light to moderate breezes between East and NE.

Barometer steady.

Had bag inspection.

The following named men absent without leave: J.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver, M. Condon, Oiler, and P.J. Kelly, First-class Fireman.

Made sick signal numeral 4, absentee signal numeral 5, and coal signal numeral 149.

Flagship and Portuguese men-of-war fired national salutes of 21 guns at 12.00pm in honor of Portuguese King, this being Coronation Day.

The Commanding Officer left the ship with the Commander-in-Chief to attend the ceremonies on shore.

Ebb tide running 3 knots at 10.30am, having finished the swinging at 8.20am in one hour.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, with gentle to moderate breeze in puffs from NNE.

At 1.00pm sent a liberty party on shore.

At 2.00pm and 2.30pm flagship and Portuguese men-of-war fired national salutes of 21 guns.

At 12.15pm a Portuguese gunboat came into harbor and anchored.

At 3.00pm flagship made telegraphic signals 8810, 6188, 9409, 3022.

Received in Engineer's and Ordnance Departments: 36 and 33 gallons, respectively, of olive oil.

At 3.30pm flagship made telegraphic 3544, 3545, 4388, 9420, 945, 3637, 7287, 4095, 945, 6313.

At 1.20pm began to swing to wind and finished at 3.00pm.

Last hour of watch riding athwart wind and flood tide.

At 3.55pm water boat came alongside.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant, with NNE breeze.

Barometer rising from 30.22 to 30.24.

At sunset hauled down all flags.

Received 6000 gallons of water in Equipment Department.

Began the swinging to the ebb at 7.25pm.

P.J. Kelly, First-class Fireman, returned on board 60 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, bright and cool.

Light breeze to light airs from NNE and NE by North.

Finished swinging to ebb at 8.40pm in 1 hour 15 minutes.

Current at 11.30pm 2.2 knots.


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29 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breeze from ENE to NE.

Ship swinging to flood at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle NE breeze.

Flood tide.

Dress ship at 8 o'clock with the flagship and all other men-of-war in the harbor.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 79 pounds bread and 98 pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hazy.

Light breeze from NE, ESE and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which Commander inspected ship and crew.

Absent without leave: J.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver, and M. Condon, Oiler.

M. Condon, Oiler, returned on board 90 hours over time and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge until sober.

Following signals made during watch: flagship general signal 90, 3837, numeral 10 answer 15, and 6373; at 9.10am to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 1087; at 9.15am general signal 3318; at 9.10am and 12.00pm made numeral 11, 6 and 146, respectively absentee, sick and coal reports.

At 10.00am marched to muster and read findings and sentences of Summary Court Martial in cases of M. Sullivan, Second-class Fireman, B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice, Bernard Doherty, First-class Fireman, and James Hennessey, Boilermaker.

Received in Engineer's Department 7000 gallons water.

At 10.15am sent church party to flagship.

Finished swinging to ebb at 9.00am.

Current at 11.00am 2.4 knots.

At noon flagship and Portuguese men-of-war fired 21 guns in honor of coronation festivities.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy weather, hazy.

Light breezes from ESE to SE by South.

Began to swing to flood at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Light drizzling rain at end of watch.

Calm.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. Condon, Oiler, from sentry's charge.

Finished swinging to flood in 55 minutes at 4.25pm.

At sundown hauled down all flags.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and raining.

Calm and light airs from South.

Swinging to ebb at beginning of watch.


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30 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light breezes from East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and squally, light drizzling rain first hour.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 79 pounds fresh bread; 98 pounds vegetables.

After 5.00am lying athwart wind and flood tide.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Weather cloudy to clear, hazy.

Gentle breeze from ENE to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at divisional drills.

At 10.30am second period of exercise.

Absent without leave: J.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver.

Received visit from U.S. Minister to Portugal.

Signals as follows: 9.00am numeral 1; 10.00am numeral 8; 12.00pm numeral 143; 12.00pm interrogatory 4323, flagship 5637.

By order of Commanding Officer T.H. Smith, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was given 5 days' confinement on bread and water for insolence to superior officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breezes, blowing in squalls from East first hour, light breezes from East remainder of watch. Flagship made following telegraphic signals to fleet: 8673, 9944, 8105, 6890, 9420, 945, 6727 at 2.20pm, and 3546, 9420, 945, 2676, 3743, 945, 6365, 4938, 6866, 7287, 945, 6313.

At 1.30pm sounded drill call and drilled 2nd Division at infantry, 1st and 3rd Divisions at setting up exercises.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Moderate breeze from NE.

G.W. Stewart, Coal Heaver, was returned to the ship by the Portuguese police authorities in procurement by the Consul General of bail bond to the amount of $54.00 and payment of expenses amounting to $8,755 Portuguese money.

Received in Equipment Department 5000 gallons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from Northward and Eastward first three hours, calm last hour.

Began swinging to ebb at 8.30pm, finished swinging at 9.40pm.


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31 December 1889

At anchor in Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal, and at sea

Lat 38.68, Long -9.12


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Moon set at 1.10am.

Light SE airs.

Riding to the ebb.


4am to 8am:

Clear, hazy weather.

Light airs, second hour calm.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350.

At 7.30am telegraphic 4904, 6193, 6849, 945, 2864, 945, 6692, 4045, 1, 15, 9411, 4204, 1472, with pennants of U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Yorktown".

At 8.00am dressed ship with masthead flags, Portuguese flag at main.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breezes from Northward and Eastward.

At 8.30am C. McGillaway, Coal Heaver, was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for three days by order of Commanding Officer.

The flagship made following telegraphic signals: 4904, 8737, 7672, 945, 9339, 9411, 4204, 8619, 6839, 3637, 11, 14, 15, 20, 19.

At 9.00am made numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 12, at 12.00pm numeral 139.

At 9.30am went to quarters and drilled as per routine.

At 9.45am Commander-in-Chief called on the Commanding Officer.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following named men were rated: C.T. Chase from Equipment Yeoman to Paymaster's Yeoman, G. Frei from Ship's Writer to Equipment Yeoman, Samuel Woodruff from Seaman to Ship's Writer, to date from December 7, 1889.

At 10.45am the U.S.S. "Enterprise" fired a salute of 13 guns as the Commander-in-Chief left her.

At 9.30am lighted fires in three boilers.

By order of Commanding Officer rated W. Eldridge from Seaman to Quarter Gunner, and disrated A.S. Williams from Quarter Gunner to Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NE breeze.

Riding to the ebb.

Made all preparations for sea.

At 3.30pm called all hands and got under way.

At close of watch heading down the river and taking position in squadron column.

Draft forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

Signals from flagship: at 3.30pm preparatory 240; at 3.45pm 240.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light NE breeze.

Stood down the Tagus in column, U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Enterprise".

After crossing the bar the U.S.S. "Enterprise" fired three rockets and stood to the Northward, the flagship answering with one rocket.

Flagship made general signals 251, 256, 245 and 257.

Set the course South by W¼W and took night cruising formation at 5.15pm.

At end of watch [Cape] Espichel light two points on port bow.

Connected and used steam steering gear.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, with light NE breeze.

On course South by W¼W (per compass) with squadron in night formation.

At 6.04pm put over patent log, reading 97.4, and took departure [Cape] Espichel lighthouse bearing (per compass) SSE½E and Baxio [do Cabo] light NE by North.

Sighted several steamer lights during watch, all lost sight of at end of watch.

At 8.00pm [Cape] Espichel bearing on port quarter.

Average steam press 120, average revolutions 72.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE.

In night formation.

Course South by W¼W, steering from ¼ to 1¼ points to Westward to keep position.

At 9.30pm flagship made U.S.S. "Atlanta's" number and 254.

Many steamers in the path.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 74.


Approved: F.E. Chadwick, Commander U.S. Navy, Commanding.


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THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN
Operations in the Mediterranean Sea

JP map USS Yorktown Mediterranean

LOG BOOK – JANUARY 1st 1890 TO JUNE 30th 1890


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1890, to June 30th, 1890.


Name

Rank

F.E. Chadwick

Commander

H.G.O. Colby

Lieutenant

C.A. Bradbury

Lieutenant

J.C. Colwell

Lieutenant

W.F. Fullam

Lieutenant Junior Grade

A.G. Winterhalter

Lieutenant Junior Grade

R.C. Smith

Lieutenant Junior Grade

Edward Lloyd Junior

Lieutenant Junior Grade

George R. Evans

Ensign

R. Stocker

Ensign

F.M. Russell

Ensign

C. Andrade

Chief Engineer

J.C. Boyd

Surgeon

C.W. Littlefield

Passed Assistant Paymaster

C.J. Habighurst

Passed Assistant Engineer

A.B. Willits

Passed Assistant Engineer

G.E. Burd

Assistant Engineer

B.C. Sampson

Assistant Engineer

A. McAllister

Assistant Engineer

C.H. Hayes

Assistant Engineer


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1890, to June 30th, 1890.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

J.C. Colwell

Lieutenant

Transferred to U.S.S. "Boston" May 23rd 1890

W.F. Fullam

Lieutenant Junior Grade

Transferred to U.S.S. "Chicago" Jun 6th 1890

R.C. Smith

Lieutenant Junior Grade

Transferred to U.S.S. "Boston" Jun 6th 1890

A.B. Willits

Passed Assistant Engineer

Transferred to U.S.S. "Boston" Jun 6th 1890

G.E. Burd

Assistant Engineer

Transferred to U.S.S. "Atlanta" Jun 6th 1890


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown 3rd Rate at first commissioning 23 April 1889.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board


Chief Boatswain's Mate

1


Boatswain's Mate

1


Chief Gunner's Mate

1


Chief Quartermaster

1


Quartermaster

3


Coxswains

4


Captains of Forecastle

2


Captains of Afterguard

2


Quarter-Gunners

4


Carpenter's Mates

1


Sailmaker's Mates

1


Armorer

1


Captains of Hold

1


Ship's Cook

1


Ship's Corporals

1


Carpenters and Calkers

2


Baymen

1


Master-at-Arms

1


Apothecary

1


Ship's Yeoman

1


Paymaster's Yeoman

1


Engineer's Yeoman

1


Ship's Barber

1


Painter

1


Bugler

1


Jack of the Dust

1


Blacksmith

1


Cabin Steward

1


Cabin Cook

1


Ward-room Steward

1


Ward-room Cook

1


Steerage Stewards

1


Steerage Cooks

1


Seamen

18


Ordinary Seamen

13


Landsmen

14


Machinists

7


Boiler Makers

1


Water Tenders

6


Oilers

9


First-class Firemen

8


Second-class Firemen

8


Coal Heavers

15


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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U.S.S. Yorktown.

Description of Instruments used for Meteorological Observations, their Location, et cetera.


Instrument

Maker

Number

Location

Date of Last Comparison

Compared With

Error

Mercurial Barometer

Adie

56

Cabin

December 3, 1889

Standard at Branch Hydrographic Office Boston, Massachusetts

0

Aneroid Barometer



On cabin bulkhead, under brink of poop

December 3, 1889

Standard at Branch Hydrographic Office Boston, Massachusetts

0.37 high

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

Green

3949

In box on forward side of Chart House




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

Green

3959

In box on forward side of Chart House





[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Armament


Of the U.S.S. Yorktown.


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Navy Brown Prismatic

Ordinary 42.6

Common shell

100 pounds

Center pivot

Navy Brown Prismatic

Reduced 32.6

Steel

100 pounds







Shrapnel

100 pounds



Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Description

2

57 mm

6-pounder Hotchkiss Rapid Fire

2

47 mm

3-pounder Hotchkiss Rapid Fire

1

37 mm

1-pounder Hotchkiss Rapid Fire

2

37 mm

Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon

2


Short Gatling


Boat armament


1 1-pounder Rapid Fire in sailing launch, on cone mount.

1 Short Gatling in first cutter, on tripod mount.


Small arms


100 Lee magazine rifles.

114 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.


[Signed by] C.A. Bradbury, Lieutenant, Navigator


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1890


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1 January 1890

At sea

Lat 36.53, Long -8.25


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight and starlight.

Moon set at 2.50am.

At 2.50am sighted Cape St. Vincent light, bearing about SE by South, and at end of watch bore about SE by East.

Steering in night formation with three boilers, course South by W¼W, 1st hour steered between South by W¼W and SSW¼W to keep position.

Sighted many steamers' lights.

Average steam 125 pounds, average revolutions 73.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Sea smooth.

Under easy steam in squadron "night order".

At 7.45am set all sail.

At daylight land in sight on port beam and bow.

Many sails in sight during the watch.

At 5.00am changed course to SE¼E, and slowed to steerage way for half an hour to resume tactical position.

Signal from flagship at 4.45am, 147.


8am to meridian:

Clear, bright and pleasant, with NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

In day cruising formation under steam and all sail, on course SE¼E.

At 8.15am flagship made general signal 244, and at 8.20am general signal 255.

At 10.00 made sick signal numeral 4 to flagship.

Drilled the divisions as per routine.

At 11.00am the flagship made general signal 4826.

Furled sail.

At 11.22am flagship made general signal 251; forward column.

At 11.50am flagship made 361.

Squadron turned 8 points to starboard, and in obedience to signal 256 from flagship, closed to half distance.

At 12 o'clock made coal signal 124, latitude signal 36°41' N and longitude signal 8°2' W.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudless sky.

Maneuvering in squadron in obedience to following signals: at 1.25pm 389; at 1.35pm 277, numeral 32; at 2.40pm 404; at 2.15pm 389; at 3.20pm 362, 266, 267, 266; at 3.50pm 850.

At end of watch following flagship's movements.

Average pressure [left blank], average revolutions [left blank].


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North by West.

Steaming in column with three boilers, following movements of flagship, course about SE by E½E first hour and SE by E¼E second hour.

Average steam 120, average revolution 66.9.

Lost wig-wag flag overboard while signaling to U.S.S. "Chicago".


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, bright moonlight.

Light NW by West breeze.

Smooth sea.

In column, following movements of flagship, under steam alone.

At 7.30pm changed course to SE by E¾E.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from NW by West.

Barometer steady.

Steaming in column, course SE by E¾E.

By order of Commanding Officer released McGilaway, Coal Heaver, from double irons, placing him under sentry's charge.


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2 January 1890

At sea and anchored at Tangiers, Morocco

Lat 35.80, Long -5.80


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudless sky first half, partially cloudy latter half.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW.

In column of vessels, following motion of flagship, making good ESE (per compass).

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 61.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South by East.

Steaming in column, following motions of flagship, steering courses between SE by E¾E and ESE.

At 5.36am sighted Cape Spartel light, and at daybreak sighted African and Spanish coats.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 61.4.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle South by East to SW breeze.

Sea smooth.

Steaming for anchorage off Tangier, in column, following movements of flagship.

At 9.30am called all hands bring ship to anchor, and at 10.30am came to in tangier Bay in 8½ fathoms of water, hard bottom, port anchor, 30 fathoms of chain.

Commanding Officer visited the flagship officially, on his return at 11.30am hoisted quarantine flag at fore.

Flagship fired a national salute ensign of Morocco at main.

Salute returned by fort on shore.

Signals from flagship: at 9.20am 2537; at 9.35am 2984; at 9.50am 297, 290, 230; at 10.20am 4940; at 10.25am 2121.

Signals to flagship: at 10.00am numeral 10, at 12.00pm numeral 110.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am.

Bearings at anchor: Malabata Point ENE (magnetic), Mount Direction South by W¼W (magnetic).

Draft of ship forward 12 feet, aft 15 feet.

After anchoring roused up port chain and overhauled it, hoisted out sailing launch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light West breeze.

Barometer falling slowly.

Drilled the divisions at 1 o'clock.

Overhauled and marked bow and sheet chains.

Exercised boats under oars at 2.50pm for 1 hour.

Hoisted sailing launch.

Fires banked.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, with light breeze and airs, variable in direction.

At 5.30pm veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

At 6.00pm halo of 22½° radius about moon.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and SE.

Sent both cutters and gig, armed and equipped, to report on board U.S.S. "Atlanta" at 7.30pm for feint attack on U.S.S. "Boston".

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear.

Bright moonlight, occasionally obscured.

Light to moderate South by West breeze.

Riding to the wind.

Boats returned at 8.30pm from feint attack on the U.S.S. "Boston".


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3 January 1890

At anchor Tangier, Morocco

Lat 35.80, Long -5.80


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast.

Wind in moderate squalls from South and SSW.

Barometer falling steadily.

Fires banked.

In quarantine.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with rain most of watch, chiefly in squalls passing over from NNW.

Gentle to fresh breeze from South to SSW, blowing in gusts.

At 6.00am let go starboard anchor under foot.

Expended in Equipment Department: one drift lead.

Light banked fires.


8am to meridian:

Generally overcast and cloudy, with frequent passing showers.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SSW blowing in squalls, decreasing in force last two hours, and hauling to WSW.

By order of Captain released Charles McGilaway from confinement.

At 9 o'clock made absentee signal to flagship, numeral zero, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 2, at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 101.

Banked fires.

Small steamer came in and anchored.

Swell from WNW setting into harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, squally and rainy.

Patches of blue sky visible at close of watch, and weather moderating.

Wind fresh from WSW with frequent strong squalls, accompanied by heavy rain.

Riding to the wind.

Small Spanish steamer came in and anchored.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy.

Light passing showers and squalls from WSW.

Barometer rising slowly from 29.90 to 29.93.

Hove up starboard anchor, the weather and sea moderating.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional passing showers.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Stopped distilling at 7.50pm.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, passing showers last hour of watch.

Gentle breeze from SSW, increasing to moderate and stiff breeze at end of watch, blowing in squalls.

Banked fires.


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4 January 1890

At anchor Tangier, Morocco

Lat 35.80, Long -5.80


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, squally and rainy.

Wind moderate to fresh from SSW to WSW, with very heavy squalls during second hour.

Ship dragged slightly, parted stopper on port chain, veered to 60 fathoms on port chain, let go starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms under water.

Spread fires and made all preparations for slipping both chains.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" dragged their anchors.


4am to 8am:

Unsettled weather.

Wind in light squalls between WSW and NW by West.

Barometer rising steadily.

Frequent passing showers.

Clouds passing over from Westward.

At 6.50am flagship made general signal 5350.

Fires banked.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers.

Light to moderate breeze from West by North and WSW.

By order of Commanding Officer released T.H. Smith, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, from confinement.

At 9.00am made numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 9, at 12.00pm numeral 93, absentee, sick and coal reports respectively.

Barometer rising.

Summary Court Martial met at 10.05am for trial of H. Rossiter, Coal Heaver, and adjourned at 10.57am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with sun at intervals, squally and passing showers.

Wind gentle to stiff from WSW hauling to NW by North.

Rising barometer.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear.

Gentle to moderate breeze, blowing in squalls from NW by North to NW by West.

Banked fires.

Barometer rising.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Moderate WNW breeze.

Riding to the wind.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant, unsettled weather second hour of watch, wind backing to West, with passing showers.

Light squalls from NW.

Barometer rising from 30.28 to 30.34.

Riding to the wind.

Moderate NW sea.

Fires banked.


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5 January 1890

At anchor Tangier, Morocco, [and to, and at Gibraltar]

Lat 36.0, Long -5.5 [Approximate position]


Midnight until 4am:

Fair, with bright moonlight.

Light NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW, shifting at middle of watch to SSW, then to SW.

At 6.53am flagship made general signal 4562, and at 7.00am 3350.

Spread fires.

Hove up port anchor and in to 30 fathoms starboard chain.

Sent below sheet chain.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SW, changing to NNW and increasing to gentle breeze.

Flagship made following signals: at 8.10am preparatory 240; at 8.25am 240; at 9.10am 829; 9.15am 255.

At 8.50am got under way and stood out of harbor in column, following movements of flagship.

At end of watch standing through Straits of Gibraltar.

At 9.40am called divisions to quarters for preliminary inspection.

At 9.50am mustered at quarters, Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 10.00am marched to muster, read Articles for Better Government of Navy, then mustered crew.

At 9.03am made absentee signal numeral zero to flagship, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 9, at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 82.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Fresh to moderate NW by North breeze.

In column, following movements of flagship, into harbor of Gibraltar till 1.40pm.

At 2.00pm came to in 7½ fathoms of water, port anchor, 30 fathoms chain.

Banked fires.

Commanding Officer visited flagship officially.

Health officer boarded the ship, received pratique.

Signals from flagship: at 1.10pm 230; at 1.40pm 2121.

Draught of water: forward 12 feet, aft 14 feet 9 inches.

In port six British armada class and several smaller vessels.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Light breeze to light airs from NW.

Two steamers came in, one went out.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Light NW airs, shifting to North during third hour and blowing in moderate squalls.

Swinging to the flood at 8.30pm, and to the wind at 10.45pm.


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6 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Wind in squalls veering and hauling between West and NNE.

Cumulus clouds passing over rapidly from SE.

Barometer steady.

At 2.30am ship dragging slightly in a squall, let go starboard anchor and veered to 15 fathoms on starboard chain.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight

Wind light, blowing in frequent strong squalls, veering and hauling between SW and NW.

Ship dragging her anchor, veered on starboard chain.

Spread fires at 6.40am.

Elbow in hawse, hove up starboard anchor, unshackled chain and slipped clear.

At 7.00am signaled to U.S.S. "Chicago" interrogatory 2259, U.S.S. "Chicago" answered 904.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy, but pleasant.

Wind variable in direction from WSW to NW and blowing in fresh squalls.

Ship continually swinging to the wind and tidal currents.

Got under way at 8.10am and shifted berth slightly.

Came to at 8.15am in 6¾ fathoms water, port anchor, veering to 45 fathoms of chain.

At 8.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a national salute, British ensign at main, and a vice-admiral's salute, British ensign at the fore.

Both salutes returned.

H.B.M.S. "Camperdown" arrived in port and fired a rear-admiral's salute, United States ensign at the masthead.

Salute returned by U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 9.45am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions according to routine.

Rear Admiral Commanding visited the shore officially, and rear-admiral's salute was fired from shore battery upon his landing.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 7; at 12.00pm numeral 73.

Bearings at anchor: New Mole light S¼W (magnetic), Moorish castle ENE¼E (magnetic).

Fires heavy banked.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Wind in frequent squalls, veering and hauling between NW and North by East.

Barometer steady.

Cumulus clouds passing over from SE.

Veered to 50 fathoms on port chain.

At 1 o'clock made interrogatory [signal] 2984 to flagship, answer 904.

Piped down clothes.

The Commanding Officer left the ship to pay official visits.

The General Commanding on shore visited the flagship and was saluted with 13 guns.

Fires banked.

H.M.S. "Camperdown" went to sea.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally cloudy, but pleasant.

Wind from NW to SW, blowing in strong squalls.

Ship continually swinging to the various currents of wind and water.

Commanding Officer visited officially all the British men-of-war in port.

Military Secretary of the Governor visited the ship officially.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Wind in fresh squalls from SW and West.

Ship swinging through several points of the compass.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" dragged and shifted her berth.

Fires banked.


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7 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, with light to fresh breeze in moderate squalls, veering and hauling between SW and NNW.

Ship riding head to shifting wind.

Fires banked.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy.

Wind from NW to WSW, blowing in fresh squalls.

Ship generally heading to the NW.

Fires banked.

At 6.50am flagship made signal 3350.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" got under way and shifted berth slightly.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally.

Wind hauling from SW to NNW last hour.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am and drilled as per routine.

Made absentee signal numeral zero and sick signal numeral 5.

At 12 o'clock made coal signal numeral 66.

Breaking out fore hold.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds beef; 127½ pounds vegetables and 102 pounds bread.

Fires banked.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light to moderate breeze from WSW to North in gusts.

Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Northumberland" paid official visit to Commander.

Fires banked.

Restowed fore hold.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, overcast with passing showers last part.

Wind veering and hauling between NW and West first two hours, and blowing from SW in squalls, with passing showers, last two.

Barometer steady.

Fires banked.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light drizzling rain second hour, misty rest of watch.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SW and WSW, with moderate squalls.

Barometer falling from 30.60 [33.60 in log-book] to 30.50.

Heavy banked fires.

English mail steamer came in and anchored at 11.00pm.


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8 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light to moderate breeze in squalls from Westward.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze in puffs from West to NW.

At 6.50am flagship made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light to moderate breeze, varying in direction from WSW to NNE, and blowing in moderate squalls last half of watch.

Captain H.L. Pearson, Royal Navy, commanding H.M.S. "Colossus", paid official visit to the Commander.

By order of Commanding Officer E.P. Jolliffe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was given 3 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for disrespect to petty officer.

At 8.30am merchant vessel came in and anchored, flying international H.C.S.P.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled divisions per routine.

At 10.00am drilled companies of battalion as infantry.

At 9.00am made numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 5, at 12.00pm numeral 60, absentee, sick and coal reports respectively.

Flagship acknowledged.

At 11.30am H.M.S. "Curlew" came in and anchored near New Mole.

Sent an officer on board with offer of customary civility's [sic].

At 12.00pm water boat came alongside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze in squalls from West by North to NE.

Class for instruction at 1.30pm.

Received 500 gallons water in Paymaster's Department.

Received lighter and discharged ashes.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair.

Light to moderate breeze in puffs from NNE and NE.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NE to NNE.


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9 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant, misty.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE and NE.

Moonlight.

Two steamers left harbor.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, misty.

Light airs to light breeze from NNE to NE.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NE in puffs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at routine drills.

Received a visit from Rear Admiral commanding division of English squadron.

Hoisted English flag at fore and fired salute of 13 guns on his leaving.

Made signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 6; at 12.00pm numeral 55; at 10.20am made interrogatory 909, to which flagship answered 904.

Low banked fires in obedience to signal from flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear, pleasant.

Light breeze and light airs variable in direction, and blowing in occasional puffs.

At 1.30pm class for instruction.

At 12.55pm made interrogatory [signal] 2984, answer 904.

Low banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW to WSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward and from Northward and Westward, occasional puffs.

Low banked fires.


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10 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Generally cloudy, occasional bright moonlight.

Wind light from NE to NW, with frequent fresh squalls.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Wind variable from NE to NW in frequent fresh puffs.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE, blowing in frequent squalls.

Lowered steam launch.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 9.40am called to general quarters and exercised.

Lieutenant K.G.O. Colby and Passed Assistant Surgeon Boyd left the ship to report for duty as members of Boards of Survey on board the U.S.S. "Boston".

Low banked fires.

Navigator took all compasses ashore to vibrate, and test for sensibility.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light variable breeze, with occasional stiff squalls, generally from Northward and Eastward.

Signal to flagship at 3.50pm, interrogatory 1122.

The Consuls of the United States and France visited the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from North to NNW, with occasional moderate squalls.

At 4.10pm fired a salute of 7 guns, French flag at the fore, and immediately after another salute of 7 guns, American flag at the fore.

An English Captain paid an official visit to this ship.

Low banked fires.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds fresh vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNW to NNE breeze with occasional moderate squalls.

Low banked fires.


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11 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar, Spain [sic]

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze between NE and NNE.

Barometer falling slowly.

Swinging to flood at 1.00 o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North by West and North.

Making preparations for coaling ship.

Low banked fires.

At 7.00am the U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from NE to North by West.

Riding to the wind.

Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Monarch" visited the ship officially.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had bag inspection.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by West and SSW.

Began coaling ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SSW airs and calm.

Riding to the wind.

Stopped coaling ship at 7.00pm, having received 146 tons, and all that was alongside.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Calms and light airs variable in direction.

Barometer falling slowly.

Ebb tide.


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12 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar, Spain [sic]

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudless.

Light airs to light breeze from West to WSW.

Swinging to flood in 20 minutes, finished at 1.50am.

Water lightly phosphorescent.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy.

Light WSW to NNW airs.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3350.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs from North, hauling to East.

Barometer 30.32 to 30.38.

Coal lighter came alongside at 10.00am.

Began coaling ship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.

Made absentee signal numeral 0 at 9 o'clock, sick signal numeral 5 at 10.00am, and coal signal numeral 40 at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light airs to light breeze from SE and ESE.

Flood tide, tidal current about 0.5 knots.

Coaling from lighters alongside, received 125 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light airs, variable in direction.

Swinging to the ebb at 7 o'clock.

Finished coaling ship, having received during the day 195 tons in all.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW and NW.


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13 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar, Spain [sic]

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, mist about horizon.

Light airs and breezes from North by West to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear sky, misty.

Light breezes from North and North by West.

Swinging to the ebb at 6 o'clock.

At 6.50am flagship made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Cloudless sky, dense low lying mist and haze.

Crew engaged in tarring down.

Water boat alongside.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from SW to SSW.

Finished coaling, having received in all 368 tons.

The steam cutter, while in at the landing, carried away the lower pintle of her rudder, hauled fires and got ready for hoisting.

Flagship made general signals as follows: at 1.00pm 4826; at 1.15pm 2984; at 2.30pm 4384.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with haze and mist.

Light airs to light breeze from SW by South to SSE, falling calm last hour.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 7.10pm.

Cleaning ship inside and out.

Received Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, misty.

Light airs from NNW to NNE.


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14 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar, Spain [sic]

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, misty, clouding over at end of watch.

Light airs and breezes from North by East and NNW.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW to North by East.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Fair to clear, hazy.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NE to ENE, in occasional puffs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at divisional drills.

Made signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 397.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs and breezes from NE by North to North by West, blowing in moderate to gentle squalls.

At 2.30pm exercised in 1st and 2nd cutters with crews not belonging to regularly in these boats.

At 2.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 2412.

Banked fires.

At 3.30pm hoisted general recall.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from SE first part, NNE second part.

At 4.05pm flagship made general signal 2984.

English Channel Squadron, consisting of the H.M.S. "Northumberland", H.M.S. "Anson", H.M.S. "Monarch", H.M.S. "Iron Duke" and H.M.S. "Curlew" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Light airs and breezes from NNE to North, blowing in occasional puffs.

Banked fires.


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15 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar, Spain [sic]

Lat 36.15, Long -5.39


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light haze.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Clear weather, with slight haze.

Light airs from North.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy.

Light breeze from NNE and North, with occasional puffs.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Exercised at general quarters, secured at 10.20am, and at 10.30am sounded drill call, exercised divisions as per routine.

Made following signals to U.S.S. "Chicago": at 9.00am numeral zero; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 391.

Banked fires.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear, hazy and pleasant.

Wind light from NE and SE, with frequent moderate squalls.

At 1.00pm hoisted out sailing launch and exercised crew.

At 2.30pm sent away all pulling boats for exercise under oars in obedience to signal from flagship, boats returned at 4.00pm.

H.B.M.S. "Redpole" came in from Westward and went alongside of New Mole.

Signals from flagship: at 2.30pm 2212; at 3.30pm general recall.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable breeze first two hours, light breeze from NNW last two hours, blowing in puffs all the watch, with strong puffs last hour.

At 4.45pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal 2984.

Hoisted sailing launch.

Making preparations for sea.

Banked fires.

An English man-of-war came in.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Wind generally NNE in frequent short stiff squalls.

At 9.15pm let go starboard anchor under foot.

Banked fires.


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16 January 1890

At anchor Gibraltar, Spain [sic], and at sea

Lat 36.23, Long -4.53


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy.

Wind in sudden gusts from NE, North by West and East.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy.

Light breeze, variable in direction, with frequent strong puffs from Eastward.

Draft ship forward 13 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

At 4.45am a man-of-war left the harbor.

At 5.00am spread fires.

Making preparations for sea.

At 6.00am hove up starboard anchor and got it ready for letting go.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 6.50am preparatory 250; at 7.15am 250; at 7.30am 255; at 7.40am 829; at 7.50am 244.

At 7.35am got under way and stood out in column, changing course with flagship.

At 7.50am changed to day formation.

Changing course with flagship.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate East breeze.

Smooth sea.

At 8.30am took departure Ceuta Point SW by South (magnetic), North end Gibraltar NW¾N (magnetic).

Put over patent log reading 84.5.

Steering course E¼S to E½S in wake of flagship, squadron in day formation.

At 9.30am exercised at general quarters.

At 10.00am exercised divisions as per routine.

By order of Commanding Officer confined C. Boes, Seaman, for three days on bread and water for not obeying petty officer.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 382.

Coast of Spain in sight along port beam throughout the watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather, hazy about horizon.

Gentle breezes from East and East by South.

Course E½S in day cruising order, making 10 knots.

At 1 o'clock exercised at fire quarters, and stations for abandoning ship.

At 2.30pm formed battalion, the men being supplied with accouterments for landing.

At 1.18pm flagship made general telegraphic signals 36.89, 3688, 629, 816, 6839, 1233, 945, 9794, 9318; at 3.30pm general signals 381 and 134.

Formed line sectional order.

Flagship next made [signal] 256.

Closed to half distance.

Maneuvering at end of watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, with haze.

Maneuvering in squadron.

Following signals from flagship: at 4.30pm U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant 306; at 4.45pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing [pennant] 310; at 4.50pm to fleet 485.

Changed from line to echelon, flagship leading, and to column, flagship leading.

At end of watch on course E½S (magnetic), with squadron at column at distance, flagship leading, under steam alone.

Average pressure 130, average revolutions 90.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from East.

In column following movements of flagship.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 130, average revolutions 95.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South.

Steaming in column, with three boilers, course E¼S (per compass).

Steering E½S (per compass) to keep in position.

At 9.35pm Sabinal Point light bore on port beam.

At 9.45pm sighted Cape de Gata light.

At 10.30pm lost sight of Sabinal Point light.

At 11.45pm Cape de Gata light bore on port beam.

Many steamers' lights in sight.

Average steam 125, average revolutions 94.


Sabinal Point is also known as Punta del Sabinal.

Cape de Gata is also known as Cabo de Gata.


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17 January 1890

At sea, and at anchor Cartagena, Spain

Lat 37.59, Long -0.98


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright starlight.

Gentle NE breeze.

Moon rose at 3.10am.

Sea smooth.

In column, under steam alone.

At 12.20am, following movements of flagship, changed course to NE by E¼E (per compass), Cape de Gata [Gatta in log-book] light bearing NW by West.

Sighted Mesa de Roldan light bearing North by East (per compass) at 1.30am.

At close of watch it bore SW½S (per compass).

Sighted several steamer lights during watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Gentle to light NE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Steaming in column at distance, making 10 knots first three hours.

At 7 o'clock flagship changed course to NE½N.

Squadron stood in for harbor of Cartagena, Spain.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE, falling to light airs from WSW last hour in harbor.

Standing in for anchorage in harbor of Cartagena until 9.40am, when let go port anchor in 6¾ fathoms water, soft muddy bottom, veering 60 fathoms chain, then let go starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms.

Draught forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 16 feet 1 inch.

At 10.50am low banked fires.

The health officer came on board at 10.50am and granted pratique.

At 11.20am started distilling.

Flagship fired national salute, Spanish flag at main, returned gun for gun by shore battery.

Then fired salute of 15 guns, Spanish flag at fore, returned by Spanish man-of-war, United States ensign at fore. Following signals during watch by flagship: at 9.30am 230; at 10.50am 2121; by U.S.S. "Yorktown": at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at noon numeral 359.

Moored to first berth inside new mole, three lines out astern.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, hazy weather.

Light breeze from South by West to SSW.

Exercised boats under oars in obedience to signal from flagship.

Flagship made signals as follows: at 1.20pm guard 1087; at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.30pm 2438.

Received visit of courtesy from officer of Spanish frigate "Lealtad" ["Lealdad" in log-book].


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from SW.

A Spanish steamer came in.

Fires banked in three boilers.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light haze.

Light SW airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first hour, foggy last three.

Calms and light airs from NE and North by East.

Banked fires.


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18 January 1890

At anchor Cartagena, Spain

Lat 37.59, Long -0.98


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, misty.

Dense fog first three hours, lifting and clearing at intervals.

Light airs to light breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty, foggy.

Light airs from NE to NNE.

Flagship made signal at 7.00am which could not be made out.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Misty and foggy at beginning of watch, clear and pleasant at end.

Calms to light breezes from SSW.

At 9.30am inspected bags, after which inspected hammocks.

At 10.10am General Court Martial met on U.S.S. "Boston".

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral zero; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 356, numeral zero, numeral zero.

Banked fires.

By order of Commanding Officer F.E. Bishop, Private Marine, was given 10 hours extra duty for answering back to Corporal in charge of guard, while latter was in performance of his duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW to SW.

Sent liberty party on shore.

A Spanish Vice Admiral and a Major General visited the flagship officially.

Flagship fired salutes of 15 and 13 guns, Spanish flag at the fore.

Salutes returned by Spanish flagship and a shore battery respectively.

At 3.45pm General Court Martial on the U.S.S. "Boston" adjourned.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light breezes from SW and SW by West.

Barometer steady.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, bright starlight.

Light breeze to light airs from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from North to NNE.


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19 January 1890

At anchor Cartagena, Spain

Lat 37.59, Long -0.98


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE and North.

Bright starlight.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and hazy.

Light NNE airs.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3350.


8am to meridian:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light airs, variable in direction, and calms.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, and F. Marston, Apprentice, under the sentry's charge for safe keeping, for being under the influence of liquor, and released Charles Boes, Seaman, from confinement.

Marched to muster and read the proceedings and sentence of Summary Court Martial in the case of Henry Rossiter, Coal Heaver, sentenced to deprivation of liberty for three months and loss of pay amounting to $11.00.

Received General Court Martial order number 1 by the Commander-in-Chief.

Made sick signal numeral 4, absentee signal numeral 1, and coal signal numeral 352 at the routine hours.

At 9.25am flagship made general signal 3837, followed by time signal 10.30.

Sent church party to divine service on board flagship.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

L. Traumer, Oiler, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudless.

Light airs to light breeze from SW by West to SW.

Commander paid official visit to Spanish flagship "Lealtad".


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, hazy weather.

Light airs from SW.

At 4.55pm flagship made general signal, annulling pennant, 2983.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Brigantine came in and anchored.

Light airs from SW and NNW.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright starlight.

Light airs from NE to North by West.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Gorman, Apprentice, under sentry's charge for being drunk.


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20 January 1890

At anchor Cartagena, Spain, and at sea

Lat 37.59, Long -0.98


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy horizon.

Calms and light airs from North and NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear first hour, fair last three hours.

Light airs to light breeze from NNE and NE.

At 6.00am stopped distilling.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal and time signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy weather, warm.

Light airs from NE first part, from South last part.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at divisional drills, second period exercised at infantry and artillery.

H.P. McDonough, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was by order of Commanding Officer placed in confinement on bread and water for 5 days, for making disrespectful remarks about the ship to Officer of Deck.

At 9.00am made signal to flagship numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 3, at 12.00pm numeral 348.

At noon spread fires.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

By order of Commanding Officer released F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, F. Marston, Apprentice, and J. Gorman, Apprentice, from sentry's charge and made them prisoners at large.

At 2.00pm called all hands unmoor ship.

At 3.35pm left mooring and steamed out of harbor.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 2.00pm 4895; at 3.20pm 237; at 3.50pm 251; at 3.55pm 255; at 4.00pm 829.

Fires in three boilers.

At end of watch taking position in column, following movements of flagship.

Upper cat block damaged when catting anchor by not slewing in plane of fall.

Draft forward 13 feet 4 inches, aft 16 feet 1 inch.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SW breeze.

Smooth sea.

In column following movements of flagship.

Steaming along the coast.

At 3.35pm took departure Cape Palos light North by W¼W (magnetic), distant 2½ miles.

Put over patent log reading 11.5.

Course ENE¾E.

At close of watch Cape Palos light bore (per compass) NW by West.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Gentle SW breeze.

Smooth sea.

Starlight.

Steaming in column at distance, following movements of flagship, and making ENE¾E by standard [compass].

Average steam pressure 122 pounds, average revolutions 81.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first half, partially clouding over latter half of watch.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Steering in column at distance, following motions of flagship, and making good East by North per standard [compass].

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 78.


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21 January 1890

At sea

Lat 38.52, Long 1.95


Midnight until 4am:

Fair to clear weather, hazy and heavy dew.

Gentle breeze from SW to West.

Steaming in column, flagship leading, making a course East by North.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 77.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant, clearing at end of watch.

Gentle breeze from West, falling to light airs second hour, then increasing to gentle breeze again from WNW.

Steaming in column, following movement of flagship, steering East by North.

At 8.00am commenced swinging ship for deviation of compasses.

Flagship made following signals at: 7.10am preparatory 3165; at 7.55am 3357; at 8.00am execution 3165.

Average pressure 122, average revolutions 75.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, slight haze about horizon.

Moderate to gentle NW breeze.

Sea smooth.

At 9.20am finished swinging ship, hoisted position pennant, stopped engines and awaited further signals.

At 11.15am took position in column and went ahead fast, following movements of flagship.

At 11.20am put over patent log reading 39.6.

Course East by North.

At 9.30am exercised at general quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer T. Cronin was rated from Seaman to Sailmaker's Mate and F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, was confined in double irons for ten days, for being drunk on board ship.

Formentera and Ibiza Islands in sight throughout the watch.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 331.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Gentle breezes from NW and West.

At 1.00pm flagship made [signal] 431, followed by 252.

Formed line at half distance.

At 1.20pm flagship made [signal] 267, at 2.10pm signal 266, and at 2.45pm signal 255, at 2.55pm preparatory 3165, and 3165 at 3.15pm.

All ships swinging for compass correction last hour.

At 3.35pm made interrogatory 2984, flagship answered 904.

Drilled the divisions at 1.15pm.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from WSW.

Swinging ship until 4.45pm.

Formed column of vessels in natural order at 5.00pm.

Put over patent log at 5.10pm, reading 60.8.

Rest of watch making good East by North per standard [compass].

Following signals during watch: U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship at 4.45pm 3168; flagship to fleet at 5.00pm 251; at 5.10pm 255; at 5.20pm 829.

At end of watch in column at distance, following motions of flagship.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 73.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair to clear, hazy.

Light breeze from WSW.

In column at distance, making course East by North.

At 6.20pm sighted Cabrera Island light 2 points on port bow.

At 7.35pm it bore broad on bow, patent log 80.5.

Average steam 121, average revolutions 76.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from WSW.

Steaming in column, following movements of flagship, steering about East by North until 8.28pm, when changed to about ENE.

At 9.50pm lost sight of Cabrera light.

Two lights sighted on port hand.

Average steam 125, average revolutions 73.


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22 January 1890

At sea, and at anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight until 4am:

Generally cloudy, clear at commencement and close of watch.

Moderate SW by West to WSW breeze.

Sea smooth.

Under easy steam.

In column at distance, following movements of flagship, course ENE (per compass).

At 3.40am sighted Aire Island [Ayre Island in log-book] light bearing NE by East (per compass).


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Stiff to gentle breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Following the motions of flagship in column of vessels at distance.

After 5 o'clock changed gradually and stood in for Port Mahon.

Approaching the harbor at end of watch.

At 6.55am flagship made [signal] 3357.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from WSW.

Standing in for an anchorage Port Mahon.

At 8.10am called all hands bring ship to anchor and at 8.55am let go starboard anchor, veering to 75 fathoms, and at 9.00am let go port anchor, veering to 30 fathoms, moored ship 30 fathoms on port chain, 45 on starboard.

Draft forward 13 feet 0 inch, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

At 9.15am Health Officer came on board and granted pratique.

At 9.30am flagship fired national salute of 21 guns, Spanish flag at main, returned at 9.35am by shore battery gun for gun.

At 9.40am received visit of Commandant of port.

At 11.20am flagship fired 5 guns, United States ensign at fore.

At 11.45am United States Consular Agent paid official visit to the Commander.

At end of watch preparing to shift berth, heaving in to 30 fathoms on both chains.

Following signals during watch: to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 317; by flagship: at 9.50am telegraphic 2990, 7681, 6863, 6860, U.S.S. "Boston's" distinguishing pennant; at 11.15am 4557 above U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant.

By order of Commanding Officer released J.W. Cooper, Landsman, from confinement.

Distiller started at 8.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy, pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from West by South to SW.

At 1.30pm got under way and shifted berth further in.

Moored with 45 fathoms on starboard chain and 30 fathoms on port.

Bearings: Hospital Island spire SE1/8E (magnetic), San Francisco spire W5/8S (magnetic).

Exercised hands in company with squadron from 2.30pm to 3.20pm.

Signals as follows: at 1.15pm interrogatory 4890, flagship 904; at 1.45pm interrogatory 5573, flagship 904; at 2.30pm flagship 2412; at 3.00pm to flagship interrogatory 4557, answered 904.

Hauled fires in all but one boiler.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breeze from West by South.

Steady barometer.

At 4.25pm flagship made annulling 2983.

Distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy, hazy.

Light to gentle breeze from West to WSW.

Latter part squally.


Port Mahon is also known as Maó.

Minorca is also known as Menorca.

Aire Island is also known as Illa de l'Aire and Isla del Aire.

Hospital Island is also known as Illa del Rei.


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23 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy at first, clear last part of watch.

Gentle breeze from West and West by South, blowing in squalls first hour.


4am to 8am:

Clear first hour, partially clouding over later.

Barometer steady.

Light to gentle breeze from West.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 3357.

At 8.00am dressed ship full rainbow fashion, Spanish flag at the main, in honor of birthday of King of Spain.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear, pleasant.

Gentle breeze from West by North to West by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Exercised divisions during first and second periods according to routine.

Commanding Officer left the ship to pay official visits ashore.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 313.

At 11.55am flagship fired 21 guns.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, clouding over at end of watch, hazy.

Gentle breeze from West, blowing in moderate squalls.

At 2.30pm sounded assembly, equipped companies for landing and exercised them.

At 3.15pm U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 13 guns, Spanish flag at the fore.

Barometer 30.15 to 30.12.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather cloudy to fair, pleasant, hazy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from West.

Undressed ship at sunset.

Exercised searchlights from 7.30pm to 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from West, blowing in moderate squalls.


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24 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight to 4am:

Generally cloudy, damp and hazy.

Wind in moderate squalls from West.

Riding to the wind.

Stopped distilling at 3.55am.


4am to 8am:

Fair weather, pleasant.

Light breeze from West by South.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy, pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to light breeze from West to West by South.

At 9.30am called all hands clear ship for action.

Cleared ship for action.

At 10.00am called to general quarters, exercised the divisions.

Secured at 11.00am.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Waters, Seaman, under sentry's charge for having disobeyed the orders of the Officer of the Deck, and by same order released J. Waters, Seaman, and made him prisoner at large.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds fresh vegetables; 102 pounds fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light to gentle West to WSW breeze.

Riding to the wind.

At 1.30pm sent all boats, armed and equipped for distant service, alongside the flagship for inspection.

Boats returned at 3.00pm and were hoisted.

Painting yellow, upper works.

Signal to flagship at 12.00pm numeral 310, at 3.40pm signal from flagship 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, hazy, pleasant.

Light airs and calms from WSW.

Moon and starlight.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Moon set at 9.15pm.

Calm.

Riding to ebb tide.


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25 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, starlight, heavy dew.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant.

Calm, light airs from West last two hours.

Holystoned deck.

At 6.20am started dynamo.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from West by South.

Riding to the wind.

Cleaning and painting ship inside.

By order of Commanding Officer released H.P. McDonough, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, from confinement.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 9; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 308.

Signals from flagship: at 9.10am 5455; at 9.15am 1017.

Called all hands and loosed sails at 9.10am.

Aired bedding.

Hoisted guard flag at 8.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW and West by South.

At 1.00pm furled sail and piped down aired bedding, in obedience to general signal from flagship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds vegetables and 102 pounds bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear first and third hours, cloudy second and last hours of watch, hazy.

Light to gentle West to SW breeze.

Riding to the wind.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast first part, clear last part.

Light breezes from West by South and West.

Moderate dew.


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26 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with light airs to gentle breeze from WSW to WSW [sic].

Dew.


4am to 8am:

Clear and damp, hazy horizon.

Light airs to light breeze from WSW to West by South.

Riding to the wind.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3350.

Hauled down guard flag at 8.10am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, overcast at end of watch.

Light breeze hauling from WSW to South.

Barometer rising.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral zero, at 10 o'clock sick report numeral 4, and at 12 o'clock coal report numeral 305.

At 9.15am flagship made general signal 3837, followed by 10 answer 30.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Marched to muster and read sentence of Summary Court Martial in the case of M. Tierney, Coal Heaver, sentenced to 20 days' confinement in double irons on bread and water, full ration every fifth day, for threatening the police of the ship.

Confined the prisoner in accordance with the sentence.

Sent apprentices to divine service on board the flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light airs to gentle breeze from SSE to SE.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds fresh vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally cloudy.

Light breezes from SE and SSE.

Barometer rising slowly.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first half, clear latter half of watch.

Light to moderate breezes from South by East to SSW.

Moon set about 11.45pm.


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27 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Commencing to 4am:

Clear with dew.

Light breeze from SSW to South.


4am to 8am:

Clear sky, hazy horizon.

Light breezes from SW and SSW.

Barometer steady.

At 6.50am flagship made general signal 3837.


8am to meridian:

Cloudless, light hazy horizon.

Calms to light breeze from SSW and WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, drilled divisions as per routine.

At 10.15am had second period of drill as per routine.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 301; absentee, sick and coal reports respectively.

Confined by order of Commanding Officer B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice, for 3 days on bread and water, for intentional inattention and slovenliness on drill.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather with slight haze.

Light breeze from WSW to West.

Class for instruction at 1.30pm.

At 2.30pm flagship made signal 2412.

Exercised boats under oars until 3.45pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudless sky, bright moon and starlight latter half of watch.

Light WSW airs first hour, calm last 3 hours.

At 4.15pm called all hands to quarters and served out clean hammocks.

At 4.30pm flagship made guard signal 2984.

Piped down wash clothes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear weather.

Bright moon and starlight.

Light airs from SW by West to WSW.


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28 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from SW.

Heavy dew.


4am to 8am:

Clear, hazy on horizon.

Calms and light airs from West by South.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3351.


8am to meridian:

Clear weather with haze.

Light breeze from WSW to West by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Exercised during first and second periods according to routine.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 297.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SW by West and WSW.

At 12.57pm exercised at fire quarters.

At 1.30pm instructed classes in dismounting Lee magazine rifle.

At 2.30pm exercised first and second cutters under sails.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds fresh vegetables and 102 pounds fresh bread.

Flagship made following signals: at 2.30pm general 2412; at 3.20pm 2435.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Gorman, First-class Apprentice, from confinement and made him a prisoner at large.

Received about 1300 gallons of fresh water from water boat.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, moderate dew last hour.

Light breeze from WSW.

At 4.05pm flagship made general signal 3918.

J. Waters, Seaman, was brought to the mast and a copy of charges and specifications preferred against him by the Rear Admiral Commanding was read and delivered to him.

By order of Commanding Officer he was placed in single irons to await trial by General Court Martial.

Receiving fresh water for boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant, heavy dew.

Light airs and breezes from SW to SW by West.

Bright moonlight.


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29 January 1890

At anchor Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Commencing to 4am:

Generally clear, bright starlight.

Light to gentle WSW breeze.

Riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle to light breeze from West.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3357.

Hauled down guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WSW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions at great guns, Powder Division at stations, after which exercised 1st and 3rd Divisions at infantry, 2nd Division at artillery and Powder Division at secondary battery.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 294.

Flagship made following signals: at 10.15am 5522; at 10.20am 6140; at 10.35am 6144, with U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant below; at 10.55am 6226.

Water boat alongside, received about 1700 gallons.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate WSW breeze.

Riding to the wind.

At 1.20pm instructed class in aiming and sighting.

At 2.30pm send cutters and gig away to exercise under sail, returned at 4.00pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 127 pounds fresh beef; 127 pounds fresh vegetables; 102 pounds fresh bread.

Signals from flagship: at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.55pm 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from South by West.

Water boat alongside, received since noon 2800 gallons fresh water.

Mail steamer went out.

At 4.00pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 2984.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and squally, rain first half of watch.

Wind in strong squalls from SSE to SE.

Got sheet anchor on the bow and first chain.

Let it go at 11.30pm.

Ran a hawser to the South shore and made fast to a mooring point.


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30 January 1890

Moored Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Commencing to 4am:

Overcast.

Wind in fresh squalls from South by East.

Barometer falling slowly.

Light passing showers last part.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with passing hail showers last two hours.

Wind in very fresh squalls from South by East and South.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool, squally and rainy.

Wind in fresh squalls from South by West to SSW.

Riding to the wind.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 291.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cool.

Wind fresh in squalls from South and SSE.

Passing showers.

Barometer falling slowly.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Wind in fresh squalls from SSE to ESE.

Riding to the wind.

U.S.S. "Boston" shifted her anchorage at 5.30pm to further inside.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather.

Fresh squalls from SSE with frequent puffs.

Moonlight and starlight.

Cumulus clouds passing over from SE, higher stationary clouds.


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31 January 1890

Moored Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Commencing to 4am:

Fair with moonlight, occasionally obscured.

Gentle to stiff breeze from South by East in gusts.

Moon set about 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Wind in moderate squalls from South to South by East.

Riding to the wind.

Started distilling at 5.00am.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light passing showers first two hours, weather clearing last two hours.

Fresh squalls from South by East.

Began clearing ship for action, but discontinued owing to illness of First Sergeant.

Stationed the crew for abandon ship and providing boats for service.

Made absentee signal numeral zero, sick signal numeral 4, and coal signal numeral 289, at 9, 10, and 12 o'clock respectively.

Received 127½ pounds fresh beef, 127½ pounds fresh vegetables and 102 lb fresh bread in Paymaster's Department.

By order of Commanding Officer released F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, from confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light to stiff breeze in squalls from SE by South to SSW.

At 1.30pm, in obedience to wigwag signal from flagship, formed battalion and exercised units of same.

At 2.30pm, in obedience to wigwag signal from flagship, formed battalion fully equipped for landing.

Hoisted in sailing launch.

By order of Commanding Officer F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, was disrated to Seaman, to date from January 21st.


4pm to 8pm:

Unsettled weather.

Wind moderating.

Occasional light squalls from South.

Light passing showers at intervals.

Barometer steady.

Cast off and ran in the hawser that had been made fast ashore.

Made interrogatory 2984 to flagship, answer 904.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, moon occasionally visible through clouds.

Light to stiff breeze from East to SE, first three hours in squalls, sheet lightning to SW first hour.

Passing showers first and last hours.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1890


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1 February 1890

Moored Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight until 4am:

Weather overcast to fair.

Light to moderate breeze from East to NE by East, in occasional fresh puffs.

Passing showers first hour.


4am to 8am:

Unsettled weather first part, with occasional lightning to Eastward.

Passing showers and hailstorm last two hours.

Wind in moderate squalls between North and ENE.

Barometer steady.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally, with passing showers.

Light to fresh breeze from East by North and ENE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123½ pounds fresh beef; 123½ pounds vegetables and 99 pounds of fresh bread.

At 11.30am hauled closer to East side of harbor, hove up starboard sheet anchor, re-mooring with 30 fathoms on port bower, 45 [fathoms] on starboard bower, and 30 [fathoms] on starboard sheet [anchor].

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 285.

General Court Martial met on U.S.S. "Boston" at 10.00am.

At noon Spanish mail steamer came in.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast weather, with passing rain and hail.

Light to fresh breeze, in occasional squalls, from East by North to ENE.

At 1.40pm flagship made general signal 6226.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 99 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy passing showers and occasional sleet.

Calms and light airs to gentle breeze from East to SE in squalls.

Sheet lightning and light thunder to Eastward last two hours.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, squally, passing rain and hail.

Light to fresh breeze from East to NE by East.

Thunder and lightning.


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2 February 1890

Moored Port Mahon, Minorca

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight until 4am:

Generally cloudy, clearing at end of watch.

Gentle breeze from NE by East to ENE, blowing in moderate to gentle squalls.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with heavy passing showers of hail and rain at 5.00am.

Gentle breeze falling to light airs from East.

At 7.00am flagship made 3350 general signal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, with passing showers.

Heavy hail and rain showers third hour.

Light airs and breezes from East by North to NE by North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, afterwards marched to muster and read Articles for Government of the Navy.

Signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 283.

At 10.30am flagship signaled 385 and numeral 10.30.

By order of Commanding Officer F. Marston, First-class Apprentice, was placed in double irons for 10 days, for being drunk on duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy, pleasant first three hours, raining last hour.

Light breeze from NNE and NE, blowing in occasional puffs.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally weather, with frequent passing showers.

Wind light, with occasional moderate puffs, from NE to NE by East.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, raining.

Light breeze from NE by East to NE, blowing in occasional puffs.


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3 February 1890

Moored Port Mahon, Minorca, and at sea

Lat 39.892, Long 4.265


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light breeze, with frequent squalls, from NE by East.

Riding to the wind.

At 2.00am flagship made general signal 4560.

Started fires under all boilers at 3.15am.

First Sergeant Arthur S. Crane, U.S. Marine Corps, died on board at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, very light rain at intervals.

Light airs and breezes from NE and NE by East, in occasional puffs.

At 7.00am flagship made signal 3357, at 7.05am 2121, at 7.50am 6144.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy.

Light breeze from NNE.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" got under way and left harbor.

Sent party to dig grave for A.S. Crane, U.S. Marine Corps.

At 10.20am hove up sheet anchor and stowed it inboard on topgallant forecastle, unshackled chain from sheet [anchor] and shackled to mooring swivel, unshackled both parts of port bower chain from mooring shackle and shackled chain, hove up port bower anchor and got it ready for letting go.

At 11.45am called all hands up anchor, hove in mooring shackle, took it off, shackled chain again, hove up anchor to bow and got it ready for letting go again, cast off line on shore, steamed down lower harbor, under way at end of watch.

A.A. McAllister, Chaplain U.S. Navy, came on board from U.S.S. "Chicago" to hold funeral service, and then take passage to Toulon on this ship.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals to U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta": at 8.25am 4562; at 9.15am 240; at 9.30am 255; to U.S.S. "Yorktown" at 9.00am 1087.

Started distiller at 8.30am, stopped again at 9.30am.

French steamer went out.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy about horizon.

Gentle to light breeze from NNE and NE by North.

Barometer steady.

At 12.20pm came to anchor in lower harbor, in 9 fathoms, veering to 35 fathoms on starboard chain.

Made preparations for the funeral of Sergeant Crane, U.S. Marine Corps, and at 2.45pm called all hands bury the dead.

Chaplain McAllister, U.S. Navy, conducted the services on board, after which the burial party went on shore to the American Cemetery.

Made preparations for sea.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy at beginning, clearing at end of watch.

Light to gentle breezes from NE by North to NE.

Draft forward 13 feet 0 inch, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

Making preparations for sea.

Called all hands up anchor at 4.30pm, got under way at 4.45pm and stood out of harbor.

At 5.15pm took departure Point Mola bearing West by South, distant 1 mile, put over patent log reading 64.7.

Steaming with four boilers, steering course NE by North (per compass).

At 6.45pm lost sight of Aire Island light.

Sighted a white light on port beam, lost sight of it again.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 117.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Gentle to light NE breeze.

Bright moonlight.

Smooth sea.

Ship pitching easily to slight swell from Northward.

Course by standard [compass] NE by North, nothing to the Northward.

Making an average of nearly 12 knots under four boilers.


Point Mola is also known as Cabo de la Mola.

Aire Island is also known as Illa de l'Aire and Isla del Aire.


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4 February 1890

At sea, and moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudless sky.

Bright moon and starlight.

Steering NE by North (per standard [compass]).

Average steam pressure, from boilers, 116 pounds, average revolutions 114.

Light NNW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool, pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Sighted two sailing vessels and one steamer.

Under steam alone.

Steering NE by North (per compass).

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 114.


8am to meridian:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE.

Calm last hour.

Standing in for Toulon.

Sighted land at 8.30am.

Drilled the divisions as per routine.

Entered the harbor of Toulon and moored to a buoy near the U.S.S. "Chicago" at 10.45am.

Several French men-of-war and the Squadron of Evolution in port.

The Commanding Officer visited the flagship.

Draft forward 13 feet, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

Hauled fires.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NNW to West.

At 2.30pm French flagship "Triomphante" left port.

At 1.35pm U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 5 guns, United States ensign at fore.

Sent J. Waters, Seaman, on board the U.S.S. "Boston" for trial by General Court Martial, which assembled at 2.30pm.

Cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from West by North to NW.

Barometer steady 30.11.

Court Martial prisoner J. Waters was returned on board after the General Court adjourned on board U.S.S. "Boston" at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Obscured moonlight, halo of 22½° radius about moon.

Calm first hour.

Light airs from NE by East and ENE.

At 10.30pm the "Amiral Duperré" ["Admiral Duperré" in log-book] got under way and left the harbor.

Hoisted two white peak lights while she was leaving.


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5 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast.

Drizzling rain middle of watch, clearing somewhat towards end.

Bright moon at intervals.

Light airs and calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs and calms.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Light airs to light breeze from WNW to West by South.

Haze on horizon.

Following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 249, absentee, sick and coal reports respectively.

At 10.30am and 11.00am flagship fired salutes of 15 guns each, French flag at fore, returned by French flagship, United States ensign at fore.

Drilled divisions first and second periods according to Tuesday's routine, in obedience to signal from flagship.

General Court Martial in session on board of U.S.S. "Boston".


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West to WNW.

Exercised classes at compass, log and lead line.

Boats for exercise with men not of regular crews from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Received visit from American Vice Consul, fired salute of 5 guns, with American flag at fore, on his leaving the ship.

Signaled to flagship interrogatory 1122 at 2.15pm, answer affirmative.

Signals from flagship as follows: at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.30pm 2438; at 3.35pm 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with light breeze, falling to light airs from NW by West to West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 122½ pounds vegetables and 122½ pounds of beef.


8pm to midnight:

Weather hazy, cool.

Large ring around the moon.

Light airs to gentle breeze from WNW to NNE.


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6 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Light airs from NE to ENE.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and misty.

Light airs to light breeze from NE by East to NE by North.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds of fresh bread.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3337.


8am to meridian:

Hazy, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from NE by North first part, WNW latter part.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

W. Stevenson, Water Tender, and G. Hayes, Coal Heaver, absent without leave.

Exercised first and second periods according to routine.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 247.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer of French cruiser "Forbin".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from WNW to NW first three hours, changing to West by North last hour.

At 1.30pm classes for instruction in dismounting Lee magazine rifle.

At 2.30pm started 1st and 2nd cutters, sailing launch and gig for exercise under sails, hoisted general recall at 3.30pm.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 2.30pm 2412; at 2.45pm 3318; at 3.30pm 2438; at 4.00pm 2984.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123¾ pounds fresh beef; 123¾ pounds fresh vegetables; 99 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear weather, with slight haze.

Gentle breeze from West by North.

W. Stevenson, Water Tender, returned from leave 11 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Bright moonlight.

Light breeze from West by North and WNW.


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7 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight, slightly haze.

Light NW by North to East airs.

Riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Clear weather, with haze.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

G. Hayes, Coal Heaver, returned from liberty 24 hours over time.

French gunboat left the harbor.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, misty at beginning, hazy at end.

Light airs and breezes from ENE and WNW.

At 9.30am cleared ship for action, and at 9.58am sounded call to general quarters and exercised and instructed divisions.

Secured at 11.00am.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral zero; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 243.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 5455 at 11.30am, loosed sails.

At 9.00am started distiller.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light Westerly airs, light East breeze last hour.

At 1.30pm sent away all boats for exercise under sail.

Commanding Officer of French dispatch vessel "Flèche" visited the ship officially.

Hoisted sailing launch.

Called all hands and furled sail at 4.00pm.

Signals from flagship: at 1.30pm 2412; at 2.30pm 2438; at 4.00pm 4826.


4am to 8am:

Hazy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Eastward.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123¾ pounds fresh beef; 123¾ pounds fresh vegetables; 99 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, bright moonlight at intervals, frequent lightning, light passing showers last two hours.

Light to moderate Easterly breeze.

Riding to the wind.


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8 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, with occasional light passing showers.

Light to gentle breezes from East

Damp and misty.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty.

Occasional light drizzling rain.

Light breeze from East by South and East.

Barometer steady 30.15, 30.17, 30.16.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy and hazy.

Gentle East to SE breeze.

Riding to the wind.

At 9.30am called divisions to quarters and inspected bags.

Commanding Officer left the ship to return official calls.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 240.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East by South to SE.

Sent a liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Gentle SE to East by South breeze.

Riding to the wind.


8pm to midnight:

Clear to cloudy and overcast.

Rain shower last hour.

Light breeze from East by North.


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9 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, with passing showers first hour.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, slightly hazy.

Light East by South to SE breeze.

Riding to the wind.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am 3350.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze, increasing in force and blowing in fresh squalls, from East by South to ESE.

Barometer rising slightly.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Held general muster.

At 9.15am flagship made general signal 3837, followed by numeral 10.30.

Sent a church party to divine service on board the flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Haze.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SE by East to East by South in squalls.

Sent liberty party on shore.

French steam yacht "Eros" came into inner merchant harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ESE, falling to light breeze from East by North.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky, star and moonlight.

Moon rose about 10.15pm.

Light airs to light breeze from East by North.

At 10.25pm flagship made Very's night message call.

Answered.

Expended in Equipment Department: one Very's green night signal.


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10 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, France

Lat 43.11, Long 5.92


Midnight until 4am:

Clear to fair weather, with haze.

Light airs from East by North to NE.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light airs from East by North.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.

Started distiller.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with light mares' tails.

Calm first half, light breeze from West latter half of watch.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, had divisional exercises first period, Tuesday's routine second period.

Following signals during watch: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 235, absentee, sick, and coal reports respectively.

Several French torpedo boats went out for exercise.

Received in Construction Department: one whaleboat; 8 oars; 7 stretchers; 2 awning stanchions; 1 bow grating; 1 stern grating; 2 stern sheet gratings; 1 backboard; 2 slings; 2 blocks; 1 rudder; 1 tiller – all for whaleboat.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather, hazy.

Gentle breeze to light airs from West.

Exercised class at aiming small arms.

Exercised boats under sail.

Sent Officer to board French school ship "St. Louis" which returned to harbor.

T.A. Carr, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was placed in double irons under the sentry's charge, and J. Johnson, Coxswain, M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and C. Flaherty, Seaman, under sentry's charge for being drunk on duty.

Signals as follows from flagship: at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.30pm 2438; at 4.00pm 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with light airs from ENE to North by West.

Bright starlight latter half of watch.

Made preparations for sea.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables and 99 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Clear weather, slight haze.

Bright moon and starlight.

Light airs from East to NE.

By order of Commanding Officer T.A. Carr, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was placed in double irons for 10 days, for being drunk on duty.


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11 February 1890

Moored to buoy Toulon, making passage to and moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.22, Long 6.78


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, pleasant, misty, cool.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 1.00am started fires in all the boilers.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with mist on horizon.

Light breeze from ENE and SE.

At 7.00am hoisted position pennant, bring ready to slip line to buoy, chain unshackled and engines ready.

At signal from flagship, slipped, squadron got under way and stood out of Toulon harbor in column of vessels, flagship leading.

Draft forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 9 inches.

At end of watch squadron in same order, following motions of flagship.

Island of Porquerolles [Iles d'Hyeres] on starboard bow.

Signals from flagship: at 7.00am 3357; at 7.05am 240; at 7.10am 255; at 7.25am 254; at 7.28am 255; at 7.40am 2997, 2012.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy weather.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

In column at distance, following movements of flagship.

Standing between the Iles d'Hyeres and along coast of France.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled 1st and 2nd periods according to routine.

Signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 9; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 225, numeral 43 answer 13, numeral 6 answer 47.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Gorman, First-class Apprentice, in double irons for ten days, for being drunk on duty.

Steam in four boilers.

Average pressure 125, average revolutions 98.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy, light drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from NE by East to North.

Steaming in column, following movements of flagship.

At end of watch steamed into harbor of Villefranche and moored to buoy at 4.00pm.

At 2.30pm met a French squadron of 5 vessels, flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, American flag at fore, which was returned by U.S.S. "Chicago" with 13 guns, French flag at fore.

At 2.45pm met another French squadron of 3 vessels, flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, which was returned by U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 3.45pm French fired a salute of 13 guns, which was returned by U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 3.35pm U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 21 guns, French flag at main, which was returned.

At 3.55pm U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 15 guns, French flag at fore, which was returned by French.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 2.40pm preparatory 2057; 3.10pm 254; 3.20pm 290; 3.20pm 297; 3.30pm 290; 3.40pm 2657.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy; last hour squally.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE to SE.

At 4.20pm flagship made general signal 4939, at 5.15pm general signal 4557.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining, rain and hail last two hours.

Light breeze from ESE to East by North blowing in frequent moderate puffs.


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12 February 1890

Moored to buoy Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight till 4am:

Overcast and rainy first hour, cloudy and misty remainder of watch.

Wind squally, variable from light airs to fresh breeze from East by South to ENE.

Riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast and hazy weather.

Light breeze from ENE.

Hoisted out steam cutter.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East by North to ESE.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Johnson, Coxswain, was put in double irons for ten days, for being drunk on duty.

By order of Commanding Officer released F. Marston, First-class Apprentice, from confinement and returned him to duty.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, exercised divisions, second period exercised companies.

At 10.25am French flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, American flag at fore, and at 11.10am U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 15 guns, French flag at fore, and at 11.35am U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 7 guns, American flag at fore.

Made following signal to flagship: at 9.00am numeral zero; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 217.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold, hazy horizon.

Moderate ESE to East breeze.

Riding to the wind.

Instructed class at aiming and sighting.

Commanding Officer visited officially the vessels of the French squadron in port.

Signals from flagship: at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.30pm 2438, at 3.55pm 2984.

Steam launch disabled by burst tube.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy.

Light breezes and airs from East and NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds fresh meat; 123 pounds fresh vegetables; 99 pounds fresh bread.

The Commanding Officers of the French men-of-war "Courbet", "Milan" and "Amiral Duperré" ["L'Admiral Duprerre" in log-book] paid official visits to this ship.

Hoisted steam launch and took out her boiler for repairs.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, hazy horizon.

Light airs to light breeze from NE to North.

Riding to the wind.


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13 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze between NNE and NNW.

Barometer falling slightly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty.

Light airs from NNW.

At 7.01am U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal 3350.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cool and hazy.

Light NE to ENE airs.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absent without leave: A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, William Gundell, Captain of Forecastle, A. Molitor, Oiler, W.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, E. Billingsby, Seaman, T. Halversen, Seaman, J. Brundritt, Seaman, F. Krause, Seaman, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, and L. Shannon, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Inspected divisions at quarters.

The Commanding Officer of the French flagship "Formidable" visited the ship officially.

By order of Commanding Officer, placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping until further orders: F.L. Harrower, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, for being drunk.

C. Boes, Seaman, left a boat while on duty on shore and did not return.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 9; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 214.

Signals from flagship at 10.15am: telegraphic 0102, 4204, 1815, 9411, 6004, 3544.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs between East and ESE.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2884.

The United States Consul visited the ship.

The flagship fired salute of 15 guns, French ensign at the fore, at 1.50pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light SE and WNW airs.

By order of Commanding Officer, released F.L. Harrower, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, from sentry's charge.

Stopped distilling at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breezes from North to NW.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.16.

E. Billingsby, Seaman, W. Gundell, Captain of Forecastle, J. Willis, Ordinary Seaman, and L. Shannon, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 13 hours, 14 hours, 14 hours, and 14½ hours over time respectively.


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14 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from North by West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light breeze to light airs from NE.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from East.

Mustered at quarters.

The following named men absent without leave: A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, W.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, A. Molitor, Oiler, T. Halversen, Seaman, J. Brundritt, Seaman, F. Krause, Seaman, J. Monaghan, Blacksmith, J.W. Hicks, Oiler, C. Clark, Coal Heaver, J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and C. Boes, Seaman.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 12, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 2, and at noon coal signal numeral 212.

Exercised at general quarters, omitting clear ship for action in obedience to signal from flagship.

At 9.45am the French squadron, "Amiral Duperré", "Courbet", "Formidable" and "Milan", went to sea.

The French Vice Admiral visited this ship.

At 11.30am flagship made general signal 5455.

Loosed sail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs to light breeze from SSE, South and SSW.

At 1.30pm exercised boats in boat tactics.

Flagship made following general signals during watch: 2412 at 1.22pm; 2438 at 2.30pm; 4826 at 3.30pm.

At 3.30pm furled sail.

F.W. Flood, Private Marine, was this day transferred to Villefranche hospital for treatment.

W.P. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board 30 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, clear last half.

Light breezes from West and North by East.

Barometer 30.22.

C. Boes, Seaman, returned on board at 6.00pm, having left a running boat without permission yesterday.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds of fresh beef and 123 pounds vegetables.


8pm to meridian:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Atmosphere nearly saturated with moisture.

Haze on horizon.

Light airs from NW by North and NNW.

Barometer steady 30.21 inches.

J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, returned on board 13 hours over time and T. Halversen, Seaman, 40 hours over time.


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15 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight to 4am:

Clear weather to entirely overcast.

Dew and mist.

Light airs and calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs and breezes from NE by North and NE.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.

Started distiller.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze to light airs from ENE to ESE.

Following signals to flagship: at 9.00am absentee signal numeral 14; at 10.00am sick signal numeral 3; at 12.00pm coal numeral 209.

Following men absent without leave: F. Krause, Seaman, J. Brundritt, Seaman, A. Molitor, Oiler, A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, C. Clark, Second-class Fireman, J.W. Hicks, Oiler, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, F.E. Bishop, Private Marine, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, and J. Clark, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather overcast and rain.

Light to gentle Easterly breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, threatening rain.

Light NE by North breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds fresh beef and 123 pounds of vegetables.

F.E. Bishop, Private Marine, returned on board 9 hours over time, J. Clark, Coal Heaver, A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, F. Krause, Seaman, J. Brundritt, Seaman, each 59 hours over time, W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, 12 hours, C. Clark, Second-class Fireman, 36 hours and W.J. Hennessey, Coal Heaver, 12 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer placed W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, in single irons under sentry's charge, for being drunk and disorderly.

At 7.45pm stopped distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Light breeze from Northward.


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16 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, misty.

Light drizzle last two hours.

Light breeze from NNE to North by West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, threatening, rain, with light breeze to light airs from North and North by East.

By order of Commanding Officer released W.J. Murphy, Private Marine, and returned him to duty.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 99 pounds fresh bread.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3350.

At 8.00am started distiller.


8am to meridian:

Overcast cloudy, raw.

Light airs and breeze from Eastward.

Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Absent without leave: A. Molitor, Oiler, J.W. Hicks, Oiler, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, L. Sweeney, First-class Fireman, and M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 5; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 207.

Signals from flagship: at 9.50am 3827 and numeral 10.30; at 11.30am Guard 1087.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, occasional light passing showers.

Light airs from NE, hauling to East last hour.

At 3.30pm stopped distilling.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light Easterly airs.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breeze from East by North.


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17 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Light to gentle ESE breeze.

Riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.

M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty 48 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East by South to ESE.

At 9.00am mustered at quarters, the following men absent without leave: A. Molitor, Oiler, G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and J.W. Hicks, Oiler.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 6, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 5, and at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 204.

At 9.45am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 2412 with this vessel's distinguishing pennant above.

Landed battalion for drill.

The battalions of all vessels were landed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SE by East and East by South.

The ship's battalion returned on board at 12.30pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds fresh beef; 123 pounds vegetables and 99 pounds bread. Received four barrels of oil in Engineer's Department.

Hoisted in boiler in steam cutter.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle East by South to ENE breeze.

At 6.00pm mustered at quarters and served out hammocks.

Absentees same as forenoon quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, starlight.

Light breeze from ENE and NE.


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18 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Riding to the wind.

Hoisted out steam launch.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from ESE to East.

Absent without leave: A. Molitor, Oiler, J.W. Hicks, Oiler, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, J. Brennan, Water Tender, L. Minor, First-class Apprentice, G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, and H. Eireman, First-class Apprentice.

L. Minor, First-class Apprentice, returned on board 3 hours over time.

Landed battalion for drill.

At 9.00am hoisted absentee signal numeral 8, at 9.48am interrogatory 3133, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 4, and at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 200.

At 11.00am interrogatory 3133.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze in puffs from ESE and East by South.

At 4.00pm flagship made general signal 3819.

Piped down scrubbed hammocks.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds fresh beef; 123 pounds fresh vegetables and 99 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes, blowing in puffs, from East by South.

J.W. Hicks, Oiler, E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and J. Brennan, Water Tender, returned on board 4 days ten hours, 4 days ten hours, and one day ten hours over time respectively.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Gentle to light breeze from East to East by North.

Light, occasional sprinkles of rain.


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19 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, with light drizzle at beginning, clearing towards end.

Light Easterly breeze.

A. Molitor, Oiler, returned from liberty 5¾ days over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light breezes from NE to East.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.

Started distiller.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from East and NE.

At 9.10am flagship made general signal 2412 with this vessel's distinguishing pennant above.

Landed battalion for drill.

At 10.00am and at 11.20am made interrogatory 3133, flagship answered affirmatively.

Sent ashore for mail.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 3, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 5, at noon coal signal numeral 198.

Battalion returned from shore at 11.30am.

Drilled as a great gun's crew 12 men of the Engineer's force.

Following men absent without leave: G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, and H. Eireman, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather, with slight haze.

Gentle breeze from East by North to East, occasionally freshening in puffs.

By order of Commanding Officer R. Springsguth, First-class Apprentice, was placed in double irons for 5 days, for insubordinate and profane language.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, with light to moderate breeze from East by North to NE, first half in light squalls.

At 5.05pm flagship made general signal 2984.

Piped down washed clothes.

Received in Construction Department following articles for ships use: 50 feet oak ½-inch; 100 feet ash 1½-inch; 150 feet pine 1½-inch; and in Engineer's Department 443 pounds cotton waste, tare included.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE to ENE.


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20 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breezes from East and Northward and Eastward.

J. Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board from liberty seventy nine (79) hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with light to gentle breeze from ENE and NE.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy weather, hazy.

Light breeze from NE to ESE.

At 9.00am sent battalion on shore.

Flagship made 2412 with U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant at 9.00am.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 5, and at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 195.

Absent without leave: H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Gorman, First-class Apprentice, from confinement.

At 10.05am made interrogatory [signal] 3128, flagship answered affirmative.

Received in Engineer's Department: 12 scrapers.

Received in Equipment Department: 12 dozen envelopes; 6½ dozen lead pencils.

Received in Construction Department: 6 pounds solder; 2 pounds rosin.

Battalion returned at 11.20am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breezes from Eastward.

At 1.00pm sent liberty party on shore.

By order of Commanding Officer released T.A. Carr, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, from confinement, his time having expired.

At 12.20pm flagship made general signal 3310 (uniform signal).

At 2.30pm confined Michael Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and Colman Flaherty, Seaman, by order of the Commanding Officer, for being drunk, punishment being ten days' double irons.

At 3.40pm piped down scrub and wash clothes in obedience to signal.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds fresh beef; 123 pounds vegetables and 99 pounds bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather overcast.

Light airs from East to SSE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from SSE and WSW first two hours.

Light airs and breezes from WNW last two hours.


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21 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast, hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, clearing at end, misty.

Light airs from West to SSW.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, misty.

Light breeze from South to South by West.

At 9.00am the Naval Brigades left the ships for shore and returned at 12.00pm.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2, at 10.00am made sick signal numeral 5, and at 12.00pm made coal signal numeral 193.

At 11.15am made interrogatory [signal] 3133, flagship answered affirmative.

At 9.00am flagship made 2412, with ship's distinguishing pennants in succession as follows: U.S.S. "Boston"; U.S.S. "Atlanta"; U.S.S. "Yorktown".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, mild and hazy.

Light South by East airs.

Riding to the wind.

At 2.00pm French cruiser "Milan" came in and moored.

At 3.30pm a squadron composed of the armor-clads "Trident" (flying a vice admirals flag), "Redoutable" ["Redourtable" in log-book], and "Amiral Baudin", a torpedo gun boat, and a large torpedo boat entered the harbor and moored.

The Grand Dukes of Leuchtenberg and Mecklenburg-Schwerin, accompanied by Rear Admiral Walker, visited the ship.

Received on board from J.B. Vial, of Nice, the following stores:

In Engineer's Department: marline.

In Construction Department: 45 pounds shellac; 30 paint brushes; 3 fitch brushes; 20 pounds pumice stones; 1 gold tip; 1 quart glycerin; 10 pounds green paint; 15 pounds ultra-marine blue; 25 pounds Venetian red; 5 gallons paraffin varnish.

In Equipment Department: 10 pounds yellow soap; 30 gallons olive lamp oil.

In Paymaster's Department: 2 boxes (220 pounds) canned tomatoes; also fresh provisions for crew: 99 pounds bread and 123 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from Southward and Northward.

Sent visiting parties to U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" at 6.20pm, visiting parties returned at 7.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and mild.

Light drizzling rain.

Light NW airs and calm.


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22 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breezes and airs from East and ENE.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Raining from 4.00am, clearing up about 5.00am.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward, except last hours shifting to East by South.

Misty at end of watch.

At 8.00am dressed ship (full dress) in honor of Washington's birthday.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, mild and misty, occasional light drizzle.

Light breeze to light airs from NE to NNW.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 6; at 12.00pm numeral 188.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Johnson, Coxswain, from confinement.

Received in Paymaster's Department from G.B. Vial: [left blank] pounds sugar.

At 9.00am flagship fired a salute of 11 guns, French ensign at the fore.

At noon the United States and French squadrons fired national salutes.

Absent without leave: G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, and H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clearing.

Light breezes from North by East to NW.

Barometer steady.

At 12.40pm the French flagship "Trident" fired a salute of 13 guns, United States ensign at the fore.

The Commanding Officers of the French men-of-war visited the ship officially.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 3 boxes of raisins; 2 bags peas; 7 bags beans and 6 kegs pickles.

Mr. R.F. Zogbaum left the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light NW to West airs.

Received on board in Construction, Equipment, and Engineer's Departments articles as per appended list [below].

Received fresh provisions: 99 pounds bread and 123 pounds each beef and vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW.


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4pm to 8pm, February 22, 1890.

Articles received in Construction Department: 14 bolts and nuts, iron, 1 inch; 25 bolts and nuts, iron, ¾ inch; 1 bolts and nuts, iron, 3/8 inch; 1 bolts and nuts, bronze, 3/8 inch; 3 gudgeons; 5 elbows, brass, ½ inch; 3 elbows, brass, 3/8 inch; 1 elbow, brass, 1 inch; 1 globe valve, brass, ½ inch; 1 globe valve, brass, 3/8 inch; 1 tee, brass, ½ inch; 2 reducers, brass, ¾ to ½ inch; 1 reducer, brass, 1¼ to 1 inch; 1 reducing coupling, brass, 1¼ to 1 inch; 2 reducing coupling, brass, 1 to ¾ inch; 2 nipples, brass, 1 inch; 2 nipples, brass, ¾ inch; 1 coupling, brass, 1 inch; 30 pounds chrome green; 45 gallons linseed oil, boiled; 3 sheaves for cat blocks, 9 inch x 1½ inch.

In Equipment Department: 180 pounds manila, 15 thread; 279 yards canvas, flax number 2; 2 clew irons, 7 inch.

In Engineer's Department: 4 plungers, pump, composition; 2 barrels, composition, pump; 8 feet bar, steel; 6 elbows; 6 tees; 6 nipples; 4 sets grate bars, steam launch; 8 globe valves.


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23 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from NW first hour, calm rest of watch.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3350.

Hauled down guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light airs, variable in direction.

Barometer rising slowly.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Marched to muster and delivered good conduct badge to F. Baker, Ship's Corporal, and clasp to L. Traumer, Oiler.

At 9.40am flagship made general signal 3837, followed by 10.30.

Sent apprentices to divine service.

G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, and H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 6, and at 12 o'clock coal signal numeral 185.

The Commanding Officer paid official visits to French men-of-war "Amiral Baudin", "Redoutable", "Trident" and "Milan".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light airs to light breeze, variable in direction from ESE to SSW.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds fresh beef; 123 pounds fresh vegetables and 99 pounds of bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from WNW and NW, calm last hour.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky.

Bright starlight.

Moon set behind the hills at 9.22pm.

Light airs from West to NW.


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24 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Clear to fair and pleasant, dew.

Calm and light airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.

Made preparations to land battalion.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs from WSW, shifting to light breeze from SSE.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 3, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 5, and at 12.00pm coal signal numeral 183.

At 9.05am the flagship made [signal] 2412 with U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant.

Sent battalion ashore.

French Rear Admiral visited the ship at 10.15am.

At 10.56am made interrogatory [signal] 3133, flagship answered affirmative.

Rear Admiral Walker made official visits to the vessels of the French Squadron.

Battalion returned from shore at 11.35am.

Following men absent without leave: H.J. Kupper, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, slight haze.

Light airs and breezes from SE by East to SE.

Receiving fresh water for filling boilers.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 123 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 99 pounds bread.

At 3.35pm flagship made general signal 2984.

H.J. Kupper, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned from liberty 7 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze to light airs from ESE to West.

Received in Construction and Equipment Departments various articles, as per list appended [below].


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW to West by North.


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4pm to 8pm:

Received in the Construction Department of this vessel the following articles: 1100 pounds white zinc; 35 gallons turpentine; 10 gallons Japan dryer; 10 pounds vermilion; 200 sheets sandpaper.

Received in Equipment Department: 24 sheets sandpaper; 6 files, 14 inch, second cut.


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25 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from Northward and Westward.


4am to 8am:

Clear, low lying haze.

Calms and light airs from NW and ENE.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Weather cloudy to overcast, last hour light rain.

Light Easterly breeze.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2.

At 9.20am battalions left the ship for shore in obedience to signal 2412 from flagship.

At 9.20am French squadron, consisting of "Trident" (flagship), "Redoutable", "Amiral Baudin", "Milan", and torpedo boat "Agile", left the harbor and stood to Westward.

At 9.25am made interrogatory [signal] 3133, flagship answered affirmative.

At 9.50am flagship made telegraphic signal 8810, 6188, 9409, 3022.

At 10.00am made sick signal numeral 5, and at noon coal signal numeral 180.

Absent without leave: G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, and H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

At 11.00am sighted French squadron of 12 vessels outside.

Made signal 4637.

Battalion returned from shore at 11.40am.

Receiving water for filling boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light airs from variable directions.

At 12.20pm received uniform signal (3350).

Finished taking water on board.

At 2.30pm the French torpedo boat "Agile" came in, sent Boarding Officer, who learned that she is to attack the French Squadron tonight, weather permitting.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light rain first hour.

Light airs from North to NE by East.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to fresh breezes from Northward and Eastward, blowing in squalls.


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26 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Wind in fresh squalls from NNE to North by East.

Riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty weather, occasional sprinkles of rain.

Light to fresh breeze, with frequent strong squalls.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3317.

Hauled down guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to fresh breezes from Northward and Eastward, blowing in frequent squalls.

At 9.00am battalion went on shore for drill.

At 9.30am made general signal 8281, flagship answered affirmative.

The following men are absent from the ship without leave: G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, and H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2, at 10.00am made sick signal numeral 6.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 320 pounds butter; 58 gallons vinegar; and in Equipment Department: 176 pounds white zinc.

Battalion returned at 11.20am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool and cloudy.

Wind in moderate squalls from NNE first half of watch, light NNE to East breeze last half.

Received from J.B. Vial, contractor, articles in Paymaster's and Equipment Departments as per appended list [below].

Started distiller at 1.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool first two hours, clearing about 6.00pm.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

H. Eireman, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 8 days 11 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Bright moonlight.

Light NW airs.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Received in the Equipment Department of this vessel: 50 yards bunting, red; 50 yards bunting, white; 70 yards bunting, yellow; 25 yards bunting, black.

In Paymaster's Department: 60 gallons Molasses.


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27 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Fair.

Light airs from NW by West and NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs and calms.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 1.

At 9.18am ship's battalion started for shore in obedience to signal 2412.

G.W. Farley, First-class Apprentice, was by order of the Commanding Officer declared a deserter from this ship and from the Naval Service, from this date, he having been absent without leave for 10 days.

At 9.46am made [signal] 3133, flagship answered affirmative.

Made same signal and received same answer at 10.30am and 12.00pm.

Signal from flagship at 11.45am, 5455.

At 11.50am called all hands and loosed sail.

Battalion returned from shore at 11.35am.

Hoisted boats.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light breezes from ESE and SE.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 3.15pm flagship made general signal 4826, and at 3.20pm 2984.

Furled sail and piped down clothes.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first half of watch, cloudy last half.

Light airs from East to NW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs between NW and West.


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28 February 1890

Moored Villefranche, France

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight until 4am:

Fair.

Light airs from WSW to WNW.

Moon set behind hills at 1.55am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant first half of watch, cloudy last half.

Light airs to light breeze from WNW to NW by North.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.

Hoisted guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, passing showers last part.

Light breezes, backing from WNW to SE by East.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 0.

At 9.06am ship's battalion started for shore in obedience to signal 2412.

At 9.35am made signal 3128, flagship answered affirmative.

At 10.00am made sick signal numeral 7.

E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, was found to be absent from this ship without permission.

At 10.50am made [signal] 3133, flagship answered affirmative.

Battalion returned from shore at 11.25am.

At 12 o'clock made coal signal numeral 171.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Low barometer [29.56].

Light rain first three hours.

Light airs to light breeze, variable in direction.

At 1.30pm started distiller.

By order of Commanding Officer offered a reward of 100 francs, for the apprehension and delivery on board this vessel within 3 months of E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally overcast, with passing showers, snow and hail, foggy.

Wind increasing in force from light breeze to moderate squalls, direction between NE and North by West.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light to moderate breeze from North by West and North.

Moon occasionally visible through clouds.


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8am to meridian:

Received in Equipment Department of this vessel: 60 pounds cotton waste; 48 sheets of emery cloth.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1890


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1 March 1890

Moored Villefranche, France, and making passage to [La] Spezia, Italy

Lat 43.70, Long 7.31


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, misty weather.

Light variable breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from NNW and North.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, haze.

Light breeze to light airs, variable in direction.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave

Made preparations for sea.

At 8.35am started fires in 3 boilers.

Following signals during watch: from flagship, at 8.35am 4560; to flagship at 9.00am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 6; and at noon numeral 107.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather, with haze.

Light breeze from SSW first part, afterwards from East to NE by North, with frequent moderate puffs.

At 2.00pm got under way with squadron and left the harbor following movements of flagship.

Draught forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 80.

Flagship made signals as follows: at 2.03pm 240; at 2.30pm 255; at 2.35pm 289.

Mr. Bradley, United States Consul at Nice, and Mr. F.H. Paine came aboard as passengers.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and cool, hazy.

Moderate breezes from Northward and Eastward.

At 5.00pm put over patent log, reading 24.3, Cape Pine [?] bearing North (magnetic), distant 1½ miles.

Ship keeping along coast following movements of Commander-in-Chief.

At 4.35pm exchanged signals with private yacht "Namouna".

At 4.40pm flagship made international code signal C.V.

At 5.45pm flagship made signal 3162 to U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta", which vessels stood off to the Northward.

Flagship and U.S.S. "Yorktown" stood on, heading East.

At 5.50pm flagship made general signal to U.S.S. "Yorktown", 2974, and we closed up on flagship.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 80.3.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Bright moonlight.

Fresh breeze to moderate gale from NE.

Pitching heavily.

Course East, following flagship.

At close of watch U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" on port beam.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cold, moonlight.

Fresh breeze to moderate gale from NNE.

Following flagship, making about East by standard [compass].

Average steam 122 pounds, average revolutions 75.


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2 March 1890

Making passage from Villefranche to, and at anchor, [La] Spezia, Italy

Lat 44.10, Long 9.84


Midnight until 4am:

Fair.

Gentle to stiff breeze, in squalls first half of watch, steady gentle breeze latter half, from North by East.

Following motions of flagship.

Steering per standard [compass] East until 2.10am, then ENE½E until 2.25am, ENE¾E until 3.0am, and ENE½E last hour.

At 1.55am made Tino Island light bearing East by North by standard [compass].

At end of watch is bore about E½S per standard [compass].

At 12.10am lost sight of "Namouna's" lights astern.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 68.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NE.

In column, following movements of flagship.

At 4.30am headed about to Westward, at 5.30am back to Eastward.

At end of watch standing though Tino passage and into harbor of [La] Spezia.

Yacht "Namouna" following astern.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool.

Moderate to gentle breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Following movements of flagship.

Flagship made following signals: 8.00am 231; 8.05am 140; 8.10am 3350; 8.35am 4839; 9.07am 4557.

Standing into the harbor of [La] Spezia.

At 8.40am let go port anchor in 4 ¾ fathoms water, soft bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms chain at water's edge.

Bearings at anchorage: St. Maria Point S¾E (magnetic), lightship Lagora mole W¼N.

Draught forward 12 feet, aft 15 feet 6 inches.

At 9.00am made absentee report numeral 1, and at 10.00am made sick report numeral 5.

At 11.05am an officer representing the Commander of the German ship "Deutschland" came aboard to pay his respects to the Commanding Officer, and at 11.20am an officer representing the Commanding Officer of the German ship "Friedrich der Grosse" ["Fredrick the Great" in log-book] came on board for the same purpose.

At 9.30am went to quarters for inspection and afterwards had general muster and read the Articles for the Better Government of the Navy.

Read the sentence of a General Court Martial in the case of James Waters, Seaman, which was as follows: confinement for one month on bread and water, with full rations every Sunday and Wednesday during such confinement.

At 10.30am Commanding Officer made an official visit to the flagship.

At 8.30am flagship fired a salute of 21 guns, Italian flag at the main.

At 8.45am a salute of 13 guns, Italian flag at fore.

At 8.55am a salute of 13 guns, German flag at fore.

At 11.30am Italian flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, American flag at masthead, and at 11.55am another salute of 13 guns was fired by the German ironclad.

At 12.00pm made coal report numeral 152.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold, light snow at intervals, misty horizon.

Light NE to SE breeze.

Italian armor-clad "[Caio] Duilio" fired a salute of 13 guns, United States ensign at masthead, returned by U.S.S. "Chicago", Italian ensign at fore.

U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 5 guns, British ensign at fore.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and C. Flaherty, Seaman, from confinement, and confined in double irons for ten days F.L. Harrower, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, for getting drunk on duty.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and light breezes from variable directions.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first half, clear last half of watch, cold.

Moonlight.

Light North by East to NNE airs.


Tino Island is also known as Isola del Tino.

St. Maria Point is also known as Punta Santa Maria.


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3 March 1890

At anchor, [La] Spezia, Italy

Lat 44.10, Long 9.84


Midnight till 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from NW and North.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Westward.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357, uniform and time, and hauled down at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hazy and cool.

Light North by West to SSW airs.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absent without leave: E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman.

Drilled divisions at great guns and stations 1st period, as infantry 2nd period.

Commanding Officer visited officially the foreign Commanding Officers in port.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 9.45am 3128; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 149.

From flagship: at 9.25am 5455; at 9.55am 4826.

At 9.25am called all hands and loosed sail, at 9.45am called all hands and furled sail.

An Italian Rear Admiral and a Vice Admiral visited the flagship officially.

Saluted with 13 and 15 guns respectively on leaving, Italian ensign at fore.

Salutes returned by Italian flagships.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, hazy about horizon.

Light airs from South.

Barometer steady 30.10.

At 1.30pm instructed 1st Division in ordnance.

Received official visits from the Rear Admiral commanding the 3rd Division Italian Squadron, flagship "[Enrico] Dandolo", the Commander of the "[Caio] Duilio", Commander of the "[Marcantonio] Colonna", and the Captains of the German ships "Deutschland" and "Friedrich der Grosse".

Mr. James Gordon Bennett visited the ship.

At 2.25pm flagship made general signal 2455.

Exercised 1st and 2nd cutters and sailing launch under sail.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2438.

Recalled boats.

The flagship fired salutes of 13 guns to two Italian Admirals.

Mr. Bradley, United States Consul at Nice, left the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool, hazy.

Light SW to North by West airs.

At 6.00pm mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Signal to flagship at 5.00pm, 2982.

Received answer affirmative.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from North and North by East.

The "Namouna" went to sea.


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4 March 1890

At anchor, [La] Spezia, Italy

Lat 44.10, Long 9.84


Midnight until 4am:

Clear.

Star and moonlight.

Light to gentle breeze from North by West and NNE.

Faint halo around moon until 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, hazy.

Light NNW breeze.

At 6.30am German ironclads "Deutschland" and "Friedrich der Grosse" left the harbor.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from NW to NNE.

Barometer falling slowly.

Drilled as per squadron routine.

At 9.00am made numeral 1, at 10 o'clock numeral 4, and at noon numeral 144.

E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave

The Commanders of the Italian ships "Citta di Genova", "[Enrico] Dandolo", "Lepanto" and "Dogali" paid official visits to the Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear until last hour, when became overcast with thick haze.

Light to stiff breeze from NNE and NE by North, often in squalls.

Falling barometer 30.02 to 29.92.

Italian Captain paid official visit to the Commander.

Signals during watch: at 2.10pm flagship made general signal 3918; at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.30pm 2438.

At 3.00pm made 3133, which flagship answered affirmatively.

Instructed classes at 1.30pm, piped down scrubbed hammocks at 2.10pm.

Started boats for exercise under sail at 2.30pm, and recalled them 3.30pm.

Mr. F.H. Paine left the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breezes from NNE and North by West.

Barometer falling slowly.


8pm to midnight:

Fair with light NNW and North by East breezes.

Moon and starlight.


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5 March 1890

At anchor, [La] Spezia, Italy

Lat 44.10, Long 9.84


Midnight until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Light airs and breezes from NW by North to North by East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes between NW and NNE.

Barometer falling.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3357.

Paymaster C.W. Littlefield left the ship on leave of absence.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze variable in direction.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.

Drilled divisions first and second periods according to yesterday's routine, in obedience to signal from flagship.

Italian battleship "Italia", flying vice admiral's flag, came out of navy yard and picked up buoy 23 in outer harbor.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 2, at noon coal signal numeral 141.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SSE to SSW.

Class for instruction in aiming small arms.

Exercise of boats under oars with men not of regular crews.

Flagship signaled as follows: at 2.30pm 2412; at 3.30pm 2438; at 4.00pm 2984.

Received an official visit from an Italian Rear Admiral stationed at arsenal.

Cleaned after bilges and tiller room.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair first hour, cloudy later.

Light airs and breezes boxing the compass.

Damp atmosphere.

The cruiser "Piemonte" came out of navy yard into harbor about 4.00pm.

"[Caio] Duilio" and "[Enrico] Dandolo" steamed out of harbor about 4.20pm.

Armor-clad "G[iovanni] Bausan" came out and moored to buoy on starboard bow and gunboat "Galileo [Galilei]" hauled to buoy astern of this vessel about 5.50pm.


8pm to meridian:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NE by North to North by West.


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6 March 1890

At anchor, [La] Spezia, Italy

Lat 44.10, Long 9.84


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE and NE airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy, pleasant.

Light airs from NE to gentle breeze from South and SE.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 2.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, absent without leave: E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.

At 9.35am made signal 3133, flagship answered affirmative.

At 10.00am made sick signal numeral 2.

Gun divisions exercised at infantry first period, powder divisions at stations.

Second period exercised at aiming small arms.

The Imperial German armor-clad "Kaiser", wearing a rear admiral's flag, came into port at 11.30am.

Salutes were fired as follows: 21 guns with Italian flag at fore; 15 guns ditto; and 13 guns with American flag at fore; all of which were returned.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from Southward and Westward.

At 12.45pm German flagship fired a salute of 5 guns, German flag at fore.

At 1.00pm flagship made general signal 2984 and piped down scrub and wash clothes, and hoisted jack.

At 2.20pm German man-of-war "Irene" came in and moored to a buoy, and fired a salute of 21 guns, Italian flag at main, salute answered by the Italians, also of 15 guns with Italian flag at fore, and 13 guns with American flag at the fore.

All salutes were returned.

Gunboat "Galileo [Galilei]" (Italian) fired a salute, German flag at fore.

Sent Boarding Officer to "Irene".

At 3.30pm the United States flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" slipped her moorings and went out of the harbor.

At 3.50pm Commanding Officer left the ship to pay official visits to the German men-of-war.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs and calm.

Received official visits from the Commanding Officers of the "Kaiser" and "Irene".


8pm to midnight:

Fair, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.


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7 March 1890

At anchor, [La] Spezia, Italy, and making passage to, and moored Leghorn, Italy

Lat 43.55, Long 10.30


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant, partially obscured moonlight.

Light North to North by West airs.

At 12.00am started fires in two after boilers.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather.

Light airs and breezes from NNE to East by South.

At 6.00am called all hands and got under way.

Left harbor at 6.15am.

At 6.32am, when abreast the breakwater, put over patent log reading 24.2.

Set the course South by E½E.

At 6.55am changing course to South by East.

Steam in three boilers.

General pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 104.

Draught forward 12 feet, aft 15 feet 1 inch.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breezes from Southward and Eastward first two hours, and from NW last two.

Standing along coast, course South by East, speed about 10 knots.

At 8.45am sighted Marzocco T~~~s [probably Torre del Marzocco] bearing SE.

At 9.13am stopped and backed, got soundings 21 fathoms.

At 9.20am changed course to SWW, and at 9.25am to SW by South, and at 9.30am to South.

At 9.30am went to quarters and drilled at general quarters.

E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Stood in for Leghorn harbor, Commanding Officer conning the ship.

At 11.04am dropped anchor in inner basin and moored head and stern.

American Vice Consul Mr. Mosi came on board.

Fires dying out in all but one boiler.

Started distilling at noon.

Draught forward 12 feet, aft 15 feet 1 inch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light NNW breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs and breezes from North, calm last hour.

Sent liberty party ashore at 4.00pm.

Stopped distilling at 7.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light haze, bright moonlight.

Calm.


Leghorn is also known as Livorno.


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8 March 1890

Moored Leghorn, Italy

Lat 43.55, Long 10.30


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, mild, and pleasant, starlight.

Light airs from South and SE.

Heavy dew.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds vegetables and 95 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW to SW breeze.

At 9.30am called divisions to quarters and inspected bags.

Absent without leave: E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, mild, and pleasant.

Light breezes from SSW and West by South.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, mild, and pleasant.

Light NW by West to SE airs.

At 5.30pm a small Italian man-of-war arrived in the outer harbor.

At 6.10pm stopped distiller.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, mild, and pleasant.

Light airs from East to SE.


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9 March 1890

Moored Leghorn, Italy

Lat 43.55, Long 10.30


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast to cloudy.

Light rain showers first part.

Variable airs and calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, raining last hour.

Light variable airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds fresh vegetable; 95 pounds fresh bread.

Walter Sharp, Seaman, was discovered to have left the ship without permission.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and mild.

Light breezes, variable in direction.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received official calls from Rear Admiral Dente di Pirajno, N. Costella, Mayor of Leghorn, and Commander Maccoroni, Captain of the port.

Sent an officer to make the usual call upon an Italian transport in the outer harbor.

E.J. Pearson, Second-class Fireman, was this day declared a deserter from the Naval Service.

Absent without leave: W. Gerhart, Private Marine, H.P. McDonough, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, D. Lyons, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, W.S. Ayres, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, E.A. Kuhn, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, T.A. Carr, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and W. Sharp, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, greater part of watch with light fall of rain.

Light breezes variable in direction.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, drizzling rain greater part of watch.

Calms and light airs from East and SE and calms.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J. Brundritt, Seaman, William Gundell, Captain of Forecastle, and A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, in single irons for safe keeping, for being drunk on duty.

Placed A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, in double irons for being disrespectful to Officer of Deck.


8pm to midnight:

Entirely overcast.

Light passing rain first three hours.

Light Easterly airs.


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10 March 1890

Moored Leghorn, Italy

Lat 43.55, Long 10.30


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast, with heavy falling mist.

Light ENE and NNE airs

W. Sharp, Seaman, returned on board.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty.

Light airs, variable in direction.

Began coaling ship.

A.L. Shannon, Apprentice, returned on board at 4.10am, having left the ship during the night without permission.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from NE.

Coaling ship, received 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th lighters alongside.

Absent without leave: J. Daley, Water Tender, W.S. Ayres, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J.A. Sandstrom, Quarter Gunner, T.A. Carr, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally, hazy.

Light to gentle breeze, in puffs, from NE to ESE.

Coaling ship, received 7th and 8th lighters alongside.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally, hazy.

Light to gentle breeze, in puffs, from NE to ESE.

Coaling ship.

Discharged all the lighters alongside.

Received about 270 tons.

Stopped coaling for the night.

Received ash lighter.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with light to stiff breeze, mostly in squalls.

Moon rose about 11.00pm.

J. Daley, Water Tender, T.A. Carr, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, returned on board.


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11 March 1890

Moored Leghorn, Italy

Lat 43.55, Long 10.30


Midnight until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ENE.

Water boat alongside.

Received 9th lighter of coal.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from East to NE by East.

Finished coaling, having received in all 286 tons 1242 pounds of coal.

Received 31 tons of fresh water.

J.A. Sandstrom, Quarter Gunner, and G. Vogler, First-class Apprentice, returned on board 26 and 23 hours over time respectively.

Absent without leave: W. Gerhart, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer offered, through the United States Consul, a reward of 50 francs for the apprehension and delivery on board of W. Gerhart, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE to NE.

Cleaning ship inside and out.

At 1.00pm started distilling.

W. Gerhart, Private Marine, was brought on board by the local police and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE and East, falling to light airs from East last hour.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms with light airs from NE.


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12 March 1890

Moored Leghorn, Italy, and under way making passage to Castellamare, Italy

Lat 43.19, Long 10.36


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, starlight and pleasant.

Calm first hour, light breezes from NE and ESE last three.

Barometer falling 30.39 to 30.33.

Started fires in two boilers at 3.15am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudless sky, haze.

Light airs to light breeze from ESE and ENE.

Made preparations for sea.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East by North first three hours, light airs to light breezes from SE last hour.

At 8.45am turned over engines and reported ready.

At 9.10am called all hands and hove up anchor, cast off lines at 9.25am.

Stood out of harbor.

At 9.50am set course S¼W.

At 10.00am put over patent log reading 62.8, Leghorn light bore North by East (magnetic), Gorgona Island W¼S (magnetic).

At 10.58am changed course to S¾W.

At 10.05am passed Vada Rock light bearing abeam, distant 2 miles.

At 11.07am changed course to South, Vada Rock light bearing East, distant 2 miles.

At 9.55am went to quarters and drilled as per routine.

Placed W. Gundell, Captain of Forecastle, J. Brundritt, Seaman, and A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, in double irons, for being drunk on duty.

Punishment by order of Commanding Officer, to be ten days' double irons, and to date from March 9th.

Released W. Gerhart, Private Marine, by order of Commanding Officer.

Draught 18 feet 4 inches forward, 16 feet aft.

Mr. G.L. Catling, United States Consul at Zurich, on board as passenger.

Average steam 122, average revolutions 102.


Meridian until 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light breeze from NNE and NW.

Barometer falling 30.43 to 30.35.

At 1.00pm exercised at fire quarters, stations for abandon ship, and provided boats for cutting out.

Standing along the coast bound for Naples, passed through Palmajola Channel, the lighthouse bearing East.

At 1.25pm changed course to SSE½E, by standard [compass], and stood for the passage between Giglio and the main land.

At end of watch Giannutri [Gianautri in log-book] bearing SSE and middle point of Giglio South by West (per compass).

Average steam 113 pounds, average revolutions 103.4.

By order of Commanding Officer released S.J. Dawkins, First-class Apprentice, and F.L. Harrower, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, from confinement.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, with light breeze falling to light airs from NW.

Steering SSE½E until 5.25pm, when changed course to SE¾S (per standard [compass]), patent log reading 40.5.

At end of watch Giannutri lighthouse bore (per standard [compass]) about West, Isolotto Point about North.

At 5.00pm set sail, except on mizzen, at 5.45pm furled sail.

Average revolutions 103, average pressure 104.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, hazy.

Light airs.

Steering a course SE¾E (per standard [compass]).

At 7.20pm sighted Civitavecchia light 3 points on port bow.

At 7.45pm it bore broad on bow.

Steam in 3 boilers.

Average pressure 115, average revolutions 98.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy around horizon.

Light airs to light breezes from SE.

At 9.50pm went off course to the Eastwards a little.

Cleared sailing vessel bound to Eastward.

At 1pm [sic] changed course to SE by South.

At 1.20pm [sic] passed a steamer on starboard hand bound Northward.

At 9.41pm Civitavecchia light bore abeam.

At 10.30pm sighted St. Michael's light at mouth of river Tiber bearing 3½ points on port bow.

At 10.35pm St. Michael's light bore 4 points on bow, patent log 92.2.

At 11.40pm it bore abeam, patent log 102.6.

Course SE by South.


Castellamare is these days known as Castellammare di Stabia.

Palmajola Channel is also known as Canale di Piombino.

St. Michael's lighthouse is also known as Fiumicino lighthouse, and Faro Vecchio.


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13 March 1890

Making passage to, and moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.83, Long 13.70


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from NE, hazy horizon.

Moon rose at 12.20am.

At 12.40am lost sight of St. Michael's light.

At 12.50am sighted Cape Anzio light bearing ESE½E.

At 1.00am it bore East by South, and at 2 o'clock NE by East, distant 10 miles, when the course was changed to SE¼E.

At 2.21am changed course to SE½E.

At 3.15am sighted Circello light on port bow.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 101.


4am to 8am:

Fair first three hours, cloudy last hour.

Light airs increasing to gentle breeze from NE.

Steering (per standard [compass]) SE½E until 7.20am, when changed course heading for center of Procida Island, making good SE by East (per standard [compass]).

At 4.05am made Zannone [Zanone in log-book] light one point on starboard bow, at 5.20am Port Ponza and Punta [della] Guardia lights one point abaft starboard beam.

At 5.45am Ischia Island right ahead, and Ventotene and [Isola] Santo Stefano 2 point on starboard bow.

At 7.45am West end of Ischia bore (per standard [compass]) SE¾S, East end of [Isola] Santo Stefano West by South.

Average steam pressure 125, average revolutions 103.


8am to meridian:

Weather cloudy and hazy.

Gentle to light breeze from NE, shifting to South and SSE.

Standing towards and through Ischia Channel and into Bay of Naples.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at divisional drills.

At 10.40am exchanged numbers with the United States flagship U.S.S. "Chicago", at anchor in the port of Naples with the U.S.S. "Boston" and the U.S.S. "Atlanta".

Standing in for Castellamare.

At 11.54am anchored with port anchor inside of mole preparatory to mooring.

Steam in 3 boilers.

Average pressure 118, average revolutions 95.

Draught forward 13 feet, aft 15 feet 11 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE to West.

Let go starboard anchor and moored with stern to breakwater, veered to 37 fathoms on both chains.

Exercised under oars with men not of regular crews.

Passed Assistant Paymaster Littlefield and Ensign Stocker returned from leave.

Allowed fires to die out in two boilers.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from West and calm.

Preparations for dressing ship at sunrise.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and calms.


Cape Anzio is also known as Capo d'Anzio.


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14 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, moonlight.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy, pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs.

At sunrise dressed ship rainbow fashion, with Italian flag at the main, in honor of the birthday of the King. Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 96 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 9.30am called all hands clear ship for action, afterwards went to general quarters, and then secured. Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Commandant of Naval Station.

At noon fired a salute of 21 guns, Italian flag at main.

Received an official visit from Commandant of Naval Station, and also the American Consul.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from WNW.

Received a call from the Sub-Prefect of the city.

At 1.30pm called away all boats armed and equipped.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship inside and out, painting and scrapping.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Westward.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, starlight.

Light airs from SE and SW.


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15 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light SW to SSE airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.

At 8.00am fired a salute of 5 guns, United States ensign at fore.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds fresh beef; 120 pounds fresh vegetables; 96 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hazy.

Calms and light airs from South.

The Captain of the port visited the ship officially.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW and SE.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from SE to East.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and overcast and mild, hazy.

Calm and light airs to light breeze from SE and ENE.


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16 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy to overcast.

Misty, with occasional drizzling rain.

Light airs from ESE first part, and from NNE to SE second part, with moderate to fresh puffs.

Last half hour squalls more frequent and of greater force.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and squally.

Wind veering between ESE and SSE.

Fresh squalls.

Made preparations to heave in on both chains.

At 7.15am starboard anchor dragged suddenly, ship swung in near the breakwater, 2½ to 2 fathoms of water on the port quarter.

Ran 9-inch hawser to buoy on starboard bow and hauled the ship clear.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally, occasional passing showers.

Wind in fresh squalls from ENE and ESE.

Hove up both anchors and hauled ship out to the government buoy, making fast with port sheet chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty, heavy rain last hour.

Wind in fresh squalls from SE to ESE.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy and misty.

Wind in fresh squalls first half of watch and variable in direction, light WSW breeze last half.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, light rain.

Light breeze from SW to WSW in occasional moderate puffs.


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17 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from Southward and Westward until 3.45am, when wind suddenly shifted to East and ship swung to port and the flagstaff fouled the flying boom of a brig, the brig veered chain and swung clear.

Heel of flagstaff strained.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, occasional light rain.

Light SSW to S breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 120 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; 90 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, raining.

Light variable breeze first part, afterwards light to moderate breeze from Westward.

Employed running lines to breakwater and mooring ship.

Moored with 75 fathoms on starboard chain and 37 [fathoms] on port chain, two stern fasts of 3 parts of 3-inch hawsers, and starboard quarter fasts one part of 9-inch hawser.

Absent without leave: J. Johnson, Coxswain, and F. Walter, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy, to fair and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from Westward.

Exercised boats under oars and sails with men of regular crews.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly airs first part, from SE second part.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE by South.


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18 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant first three hours, with calms and light airs from NE by East.

Overcast, with light drizzling rain and light WSW breeze last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, light drizzle at times.

Gentle to moderate breezes in puffs from Westward first hour, afterwards from Southward and Eastward.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 96 pounds bread.

Found catamaran missing after daylight and W. Gerhart, Private Marine, absent from the ship without leave.

Catamaran was returned by boatswain from shore.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, passing showers of rain first hour wind.

Light breezes to fresh, blowing in frequent fresh squalls.

All the watch got out extra line on port quarter and shifted one from port to starboard.

At 9.30am went to quarters and drilled as per routine.

At 10.30am Italian gunboat came in and made fast to buoy ahead, afterwards cast off and anchored near Naval Station.

Sent Boarding Officer to offer usual courtesies, visit was returned by Officer from gunboat.

Absent without leave: F. Walter, Seaman, J. Johnson, Coxswain, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers.

Moderate breeze to moderate gale from ESE, first two hours blowing in frequent squalls.

About 2.15pm wind moderated in force, blowing last two hours from a fresh breeze to a full gale from ESE.

At 1.30pm ran a two-inch line (two parts) to buoy on starboard bow, and at 2.30pm ran an 8-inch line (single part) to same buoy, casting off the 8-inch line from starboard quarter, going ahead on starboard engine about 30 revolutions to ease hawsers and anchors during the heaviest part of [force 10] gale.

Starboard anchor dragged about 30 feet during the heaviest of the gale.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light to fresh breeze from ESE first hour, at 5.10pm wind shifted suddenly, blowing light to moderate breezes from West by South to West by North.

Ran the other end of 8-inch line from port quarter to mole and go up 45 fathoms of sheet chain to be ready to run off starboard quarter if necessary.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with passing showers and squalls from WSW to WNW first two hours, wind moderating and weather beginning to clear, with rising barometer last two hours.


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19 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, squally and rainy, occasional lightning.

Wind SW in moderate squalls.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and squally, raining heavily at times.

Wind WSW to SW, blowing in fresh squalls at intervals.

Received on board 120 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables and 96 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Unsettled weather.

Wind in light squalls from SE and NE, increasing in force last hour.

The following men absent without leave: J. Johnson, Coxswain, F. Walter, Seaman, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Rainy, disagreeable weather, with wind in squalls from ESE to East.

Barometer falling slowly 29.66 to 29.60.

An Officer sent by the Commander of the Naval Arsenal informed the Commanding Officer that this ship would be permitted to remain at Castellamare as long as the flagship is at Naples.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with heavy rain fall.

Wind in squalls, variable in direction.

Barometer falling slowly 29.60 to 29.56.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Brundritt, Seaman, W. Gundell, Captain of Forecastle, and A. Nordstrom, Quarter Gunner, from confinement.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Heavy West squalls first hour, moderate squalls remainder of watch from W to North and NE.

Ran a 10-inch hawser from each quarter to the mole astern and hauled them taut.


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20 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light airs to stiff breeze from WSW, shifting to East by South last hour, and blowing in occasional puffs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast first part, signs of clearing last two hours.

Heavy rain fall.

Light hail storm last hour.

Barometer 29.49 to 29.46.

Wind variable in direction last two hours, and blowing in squalls all the watch, freshening last part.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally and misty, frequent passing showers.

Wind in moderate squalls from WSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 120 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; 96 pounds bread.

Started distiller at 10.00am.

Absent without leave: J. Johnson, Coxswain, F. Walter, Seaman, and W. Gerhart, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally, occasional light passing showers.

Wind in moderate squalls from West to SW.

Ran the bight of 3½-inch steel wire hawser from port quarter to mooring post on mole.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally, with frequent lightning and occasional thunder, frequent light passing showers, heavy squall with hail last hour.

Stopped distilling at 8.00pm.

J. Johnson, Coxswain, and F. Walter, Seaman, returned on board 3 days 11 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light to stiff breeze from WSW and SW by West, mostly in squalls.

Lightning around horizon.


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21 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, with occasional starlight.

Light rain at times.

Lightning.

Light to moderate breeze from Southward and Westward.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and mild, frequent lightning first half of watch.

Wind in squalls and moderate from SW.

Loosed sail.

Stowed sheet chain below.

Started distiller.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light passing showers latter half of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from SW.

At 9.30am turned in scrubbed hammocks.

Mustered at quarters, W. Gerhart, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Exercised at general quarters and fire quarters.

Overhauled both sheet chains.

Water and ash lighter alongside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light passing showers second and third hours, thunder and lightning.

Light breeze to light airs from South and ENE.

Receiving water from boat alongside.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Occasional light passing showers.

Light airs to gentle breeze from East to NE in moderate squalls.

Finished watering ship, having received in all 44 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light airs from NE.

Lightning.


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22 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy

Lat 40.70, Long 14.47


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE and East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light East to NE airs, falling calm last hour.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, with light mist, pleasant.

Calm and light airs.

Got in steel hawser from port quarter.

Loosed sail.

Italian transport "Pagano" came into port.

Sent Officer with offers of usual civilities.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to fair weather, pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

Received visit of thanks from officer of "Pagano", which ship left harbor later.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair weather, pleasant.

Light airs from North by East to SSE.

Furled sail.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Starlight.

Lightning third hour.


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23 March 1890

Moored Castellamare, Italy, and under way making passage to Corfu, Ionian Islands

Lat 40.54, Long 14.31


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

At 2.15am started fires in the two forward boilers.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs.

Making preparations fro sea.

Ran in both quarter fasts.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light variable airs.

Making preparations for sea.

Draft forward 13 feet 1 inch, aft 15 feet 9½ inches.

At 8.20am called all hands unmoor ship.

Carried a line to buoy ahead of ship, ease off stern lines, hove up both anchors, and at 9.05am cast off from buoy and stood out, heading for Naples.

Met U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" outside Naples, and at 10.30am fell in column, after which changed course with flagship.

At 11.00am put over patent log reading 10.4.

Bearings: Northwest end of Capri Island SW by South (magnetic), Cape Miseno light NW by West (magnetic).

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 10.25am 251; at 10.33am 255.

At 12.00pm signaled to U.S.S. "Chicago" numeral 330, latitude 40°31' N, longitude 14°19' E.

Steaming with three boilers.

Average steam 100, average revolutions 85.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy.

Light WSW breeze.

Squadron under easy steam, in column first three hours, in line last hour.

Course South by E¼E.

Sea smooth.

Signals from flagship: at 3.00pm 283; at 3.30pm 267.


4pm to 6pm:

Hazy, pleasant weather.

Light WSW breeze.

Course South by E¼E.

At 5.15pm flagship made general signal 281, formed column.

Average steam pressure 100 pounds, average revolutions 76.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, with bright star and moonlight.

Gentle to light breeze from WSW.

In column following motions of flagship, making good South by E¼E (per standard [compass]).

At 7.00pm sighted Cape Palinuro light one point abaft port beam.

At 8.00pm it bore NE¼E (per standard [compass]).

Average steam 100, average revolutions 72.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from NW.

In column at distance, making South by E¼E.

Lost Palinuro light at 8.30pm.

Flame of Stromboli in sight from ½ to 2 points on starboard bow during most of watch.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 100, average revolutions 69.


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24 March 1890

At sea, making passage from Naples Bay, Italy, to Corfu, Ionian Islands

Lat 37.90, Long 16.22


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW to WSW.

Severe lightning to Northeastward last hour.

Steaming in column with three boilers, following movements of flagship.

At 2.15am sighted Cape Vaticano light, and at 4.00am sighted Cape Faro light.

At 4.20am Mount Stromboli bore on starboard beam, ship's head South by E¼E.

Average steam 100, average revolutions 66.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear first half of watch, hazy horizon, cloudy last half, with passing showers last hour, frequent lightning first half of watch.

Light to moderate breeze from WSW to West by South.

Sea smooth.

In column, following the flagship, course South by E¼E until 7.45am, then changed course to enter Messina Straits, passing thought the strait last hour.

At close of watch off Messina.

Strong currents and eddies in straits.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.

At daylight land in sight ahead and on both bows and port beam.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes, increasing to gentle breeze last hour, from ESE to NE by North.

Standing through Straits of Messina and along southern coast of Italy, following the flagship in column.

Drilled the divisions as per routine.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 1.

W. Gerhart, Private Marine, absent without leave

At 9.40am passed Cape A~~~t [possibly Cape Armi].

At 10.00am made sick signal numeral 4.

At 11.50am made interrogatory [signal] 2984, flagship answered affirmative, piped down clothes.

At 12.00pm made coal signal numeral 312, latitude 30°54' N, and [longitude] 16°3' E.

At end of watch Cape Spartivento light bore West by East.

By order of Commanding Officer rated F.F. Murray from, Seaman, to, Captain of Forecastle, from this date.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze, variable in direction.

Following motions of flagship until 2.15pm, making good ENE¼E by standard [compass], after that maneuvering in squadron, in obedience to following signals: at 1.30pm general 283; at 2.15pm 401; at 2.45pm 401; at 3.10pm 402; at 3.30pm 237; at 3.40pm 402; at 3.50pm 401.

Formed line from column, changed front to right, left, right and left successively.

Average steam pressure 100, average revolutions 80.3.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair to clear.

Gentle breeze from NW to WNW.

Continued maneuvering until 5.00pm, when resumed column at distance, making course ENE½E.

At 5.15pm made all sail.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 100, average revolutions 66.

Following signals from flagship: at 4.15pm 361; at 4.20pm 364; at 4.30pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 307; at 4.35pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 1870; at 4.40pm 361; at 4.40pm 267; at 4.45pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" position and distinguishing pennants; at 4.45pm 281; at 5.10pm 5522.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Under steam and all sail in column, following movements of flagship, steering ENE½E (per compass).

At 6.10pm hauled down jib.

Fires in three boilers.

Average steam [pressure] 100, average revolutions 80.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Moon set at 10.10pm.

Gentle North by West to North by East breeze.

Sea smooth.

In column at distance, under all sail and easy steam.

Course ENE½E (per compass).


Cape Faro is also known as Punta del Faro, and Capo Peloro.


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25 March 1890

At sea, making passage to, and at anchor at, Corfu, Ionian Islands

Lat 39.17, Long 19.73


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather, hazy horizon.

Gentle NW breeze first hour, falling to light airs last two hours.

Smooth sea.

At 1.30am took in all sail.

Course ENE½E.

Following flagship in column.

Average pressure 100 pounds, average revolutions 80 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW.

Following motions of flagship, course ENE½E by standard [compass].

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 3357.

Average steam pressure 100, average revolutions 81.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm, hazy.

Light airs from NNW to NNE.

In column at distance, making ENE½E.

At 11.15am changed to line natural order, guide right.

At 9.30am quarters for inspection, absent without leave: W. Gerhart, Private Marine.

Drilled according to routine first and second periods.

Land sighted on port bower at 8.30am, afterwards ahead and on starboard bow.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00 numeral 5; at 12.00pm numeral 290; numeral 39 divisional 10, numeral 19 divisional 44.

Signals from flagship to squadron: at 9.40am 1804, numeral 26; at 11.15am 283; at 11.40am 267.

Steam in three boilers.

Average pressure 100 pounds, average revolutions 81.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from NNE and WNW.

Board of Survey condemned 125 pounds dried apples, 8 pounds butter and 8 pounds meat, and recommended same to be thrown overboard.

Steaming in line, with three boilers, steering course ENE½E (per compass).

Flagship made following signals: at 12.30pm 256; 1.05pm 281; 2.30pm 2984.

At 1.05pm changed formation to close column, last three hours standing in for Corfu.

Average steam 100, average revolutions 79.

At 1.20pm exercised at fire quarters.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light WNW to WSW breeze.

Steaming into Corfu harbor, and at 5.03pm came to with port anchor in 14½ fathoms water, 75 fathoms chain.

Commanding Officers visited flagship officially.

Banked fires.

Received mail.

U.S.S. "Chicago" fired national salute, Greece ensign at main, returned by battery on shore, also a salute of 5 guns, United States ensign at fore.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

Bearings at anchor: East end of Vido Island NE by E1/8E (magnetic), Calovero Rock [probably misspelled Kaloveron Rock] WNW¼W (magnetic).

Signals from flagship: at 4.25pm 225; at 4.35pm 230; at 5.00pm 4939.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, starlight and pleasant.

Calms and light SSW airs.


Vido Island is also known as Nisida Vido.

Kaloveron Rock is also known as Vrachos Nafsika, and Vrachonisis Nafsika.


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26 March 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Light breeze, falling to light airs, from SE and SE by East.

Fair with starlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Light SE by East breeze.

Riding to the wind.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light ESE breeze.

Barometer rising 30.01 to 30.10.

Spent drill periods in overhauling battery, in obedience to signal from flagship.

Mustered at quarters.

Made absentee signal numeral 1 at 9 o'clock, sick signal numeral 4 at 10 o'clock, and coal report numeral 280 at noon.

General Court Martial convened on board U.S.S. "Boston" at 10.00am, and adjourned at 11 o'clock.

A Greek gunboat came in and anchored.

By order of Commanding Officer placed A. Molitor, Oiler, in double irons for five days, for insubordination and disrespect to an officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light breezes from Southward and Eastward.

At 1.05pm flagship made general signal 5455, called all hands and loosed sail.

At 1.15pm Commanding Officer and Lieutenants Colwell and Winterhalter left to attend meeting of General Court Marital on U.S.S. "Boston".

Received an official visit from Commanding Officer of a Greek gunboat.

Commanding Officers and other members of General Court Martial returned at 3.15pm.

Had signal instruction during the class period.

At 3.55pm flagship made general signal 2984, piped down washed clothes.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breeze from ESE, WSW and WNW.

Barometer rising 30.09 to 30.12.

At 4.15pm flagship made [signal] 4826, furled sail.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with bright moon and starlight.

Light S and WSW airs, falling calm last hour.

Heavy dew.


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27 March 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.64, Long 19.94 [Estimated position]


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, dew.

Calm and light airs from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant weather, hazy horizon.

Light airs hauling from WSW to North by East.

Barometer rising 30.14 to 30.22.

At 6 o'clock made interrogatory [signal] 4890.

Flagship answered affirmative.

Got under way for target practice and anchored, with Citadel light bearing NW by North, in 22 fathoms of water.

Sent out target to Southward and Eastward and recording boat to Southward and Westward.

Springing the ship with a kedge, starboard broadside to the target.

A board to witness and report on the practice, consisting of Lieutenant Commander Knox, Lieutenant Commander Couden and Lieutenant Knight, came on board.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm and hazy.

Light airs from North by East and East.

At 8.30am went to general quarters for target practice at 1500 yards range and fired main battery starboard side.

Expended in ordnance: 15 common shell loaded percussion fuze; 15 reduced charges and 15 nut sealing primers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm, hazy.

Light breeze from East to NE by North.

Continued target practice with secondary battery and Gatling at 1000 yards.

Expended 20 rounds each of 6-pounder, 3-pounder and 1-pounder and 37 millimeter revolving cannon fixed ammunition, common shell, and 585 ball cartridges .45 caliber.

Winded ship to bring port guns to bear.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze to light airs from North.

After winding ship finished target practice at 1500 yards main battery and 1000 yards secondary battery port side.

Expended 12 common shell loaded percussion fused, 12 reduced charges, 12 vent sealing primers, 20 rounds each of 6-pounder, 3-pounder, 1-pounder, and 37 millimeter revolving cannon fixed ammunition, common shell, and 585 ball cartridges .45 caliber.

Made preparations for getting under way.

Picked up target.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, hazy, dew.

Light airs from NW to North.

Under way at 8.05pm and anchored at 8.20pm in 14 fathoms, veered to 75 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings: East end of Vido Island NE by E¼E (magnetic), Calovero Rock [probably misspelled Kaloveron Rock] N by W1/8W (magnetic).

Made signal to flagship interrogatory 1211 and received affirmative answer.

Allowed fires to die out in all but one boiler.


Kaloveron Rock is also known as Vrachos Nafsika, and Vrachonisis Nafsika.


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28 March 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, heavy dew.

Bright moonlight.

Light airs from North and WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West and NNW.

Flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" got under way and stood out about 5.00am.

First, second and third Divisions landed on Vido Island for small arm practice, Navy target number 3, distance 100 and 200 yards.


8am to meridian:

Clear, hazy, pleasant.

Calm.

Signals to U.S.S. "Atlanta" as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 265.

Gun divisions ashore for target practice with small arms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Calms and light airs from East by North.

Captain paid an official visit to the Greek gunboat at anchor in harbor.

Sent Navigator's and Powder Divisions and Marines on shore for small arm target practice.

Two steamers went out.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, hazy, pleasant.

Light airs.

Divisions returned from target practice ashore.

U.S.S. "Chicago" returned and took former anchorage.

Expended for target practice 1373 rounds, caliber .45, ball cartridges for crew and 168 rounds of same for marines.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Bright moonlight.

Steamer came in and anchored.

Light airs from West.

Heavy dew.


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29 March 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light haze about horizon, heavy dew.

Moon set at 3.10am.

Light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear, warm, hazy.

Light airs.

At 5.40am U.S.S. "Boston" got under way and stood to Southward of citadel.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy, warm.

Light airs from Northward.

At 9.30am 1st and 3rd Divisions had bag inspection.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" sent firing parties on Vido Island.

Made following signals to U.S.S. "Chicago": at 9.00am numeral zero; at 9.50am numeral zero; 9.50am numeral 3; 9.50am numeral 205; 10.00am numeral 3; 10.00am numeral 0; 10.00am numeral 4; 10.00am numeral 271; at 12.00pm numeral 261.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Molitor, Oiler, was released from confinement and returned to duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy horizon.

Light to moderate NW breeze.

Riding to the wind.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW, falling to light airs and hauling to NE.

At 4.55pm U.S.S. "Boston" returned to harbor and anchored.

Steamer went out.

At 8.00pm stopped distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light variable airs.


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30 March 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear sky, starlight, heavy dew.

Light airs between SW and NW.

Barometer 30.12 to 30.08.


4am to 8am:

Clear, warm, pleasant, hazy.

Calms and light airs.

An English man-of-war barque rigged (sail only) came in, and anchored at 7.30am, U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Yorktown" sent their steam cutters to tow her in.

U.S.S. "Boston" sent a Boarding Officer.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant, light haze about the horizon.

Light ENE airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and at 9.40am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Sent church party to flagship.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 258.

Signals from flagship: at 9.45am 3837; at 9.50am numeral 10.30.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy horizon.

Barometer falling 30.17 to 30.11.

At 12 o'clock sent boat to flagship in obedience to signal 1087.

Received 118 pounds beef, 118 pounds vegetables and 95 pounds bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, slightly hazy.

Light NE to North by East breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breezes from NNE.


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31 March 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, dew, star and moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light North to WNW airs.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" got under way and left the harbor for target practice at 6.00am.

Sent party on shore for small arm target practice.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and drilled as per routine.

Firing party returned from shore.

At 12.00pm the Commander of H.M.S. "Cruiser" called officially on the Commanding Officer.

At 9.00am made absentee report numeral 0, at 10.00am made sick report numeral 2, and at noon made coal report numeral 255.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, haze on horizon.

Light airs from ESE and ENE.

Instructed classes at 1.30pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh bread; 118 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Sent sailing launch ashore and brought off a load of fresh water for boilers.

In obedience to wigwag signal from flagship suspended boat exercise second period.

An Italian and two Austrian merchant steamers came in and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Calm and light variable airs.

An Italian and an Austrian merchant steamer came in and anchored.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" came in and anchored about 5.20pm, having been outside harbor for target practice.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, moonlight, dew.

Calm and light SW and NW airs.

Large faint halo about moon.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1890


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1 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, hazy weather, with dew.

Light airs from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.

Sent sailing launch ashore and got her full of fresh water.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant and hazy.

Calms and light airs from SE by East.

Had boat gun target practice in obedience to wigwag signal from flagship; Gatling in 1st cutter, Hotchkiss 1-pounder in sailing launch.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 600 ball cartridges, caliber .45, and 20 1-pounder Hotchkiss rounds (common shell).

At end of watch sent sailing launch ashore for fresh water.

The Commander returned the official visit of Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Cruiser".

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Waters, Seaman, and restored him to duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, hazy, pleasant.

Light to moderate, variable breeze from NE to WNW.

Received launch-ful of water for filling boilers.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 95 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze to light airs, variable in direction.

Received third launch-ful of fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, hazy, pleasant.

Lightning to NE first hour.

Gentle breeze from NW first hour, afterwards light airs from SE to SSW.


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2 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy, moonlight.

Calms and light airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with gentle to light breeze from WNW, NNW, and SSE.

Moon set at 4.26am.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 3357.

Sent ashore and got launch-ful of fresh water.

Hoisted guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy weather, hazy, pleasant.

Light airs from SSE to SE.

Sent sailing launch with 1-pounder and 1st cutter with Gatling for target practice.

Expended 20 1-pounder common shell, and 600 .45 caliber cartridges.

Quarters at 9.30am.

Drilled first and second periods according to routine.

Received load of water in sailing launch for filling boilers.

English training ship H.M.S. "Cruiser" left port by the Northern channel.

Signals to the flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 249.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy, pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NW by North to NW.

Received one load of fresh water in sailing launch for boilers.

One Austrian steamer went out, also a yacht flying the English reserve flag.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh meat and vegetables and 95 pounds fresh bread. Cleaned out yeoman's store room and forward bilges.

At 3.00pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant, hazy.

Moderate breeze to light airs from WNW to WSW.

Received two loads of water in sailing launch for filling boilers.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 95 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, hazy, moonlight.

Light airs from WSW.


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3 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear first half of watch cloudy last half, mild and pleasant.

Light WSW airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light airs from SE to SSE.

Received one launch-ful of water for filling boilers.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Generally overcast, raining first two and last hour.

Light breeze from SE by East to SE, hauling to ESE last hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 10.30am exercised 1st Division at pistols, 3rd Division at secondary battery, 2nd Division at small arms.

Overhauled both bower chains, cleaned out chain lockers.

Sent sailing launch in for fresh water for boilers.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral zero; 10.00am numeral 4; 12.00pm numeral 245.

The term of enlistment of A.B. Irelan, Gunner's Mate, expired this day.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to SSE.

At 1.00pm sent firing party [ashore].

Finished pumping out launch and sent her in for more water.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables and 95 pounds bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant, hazy.

Gentle breeze from SSE to SE, and increasing in force at end of watch.

H.M.S. "Cruiser" came in and anchored.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds fresh vegetables; 95 pounds fresh bread.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 2984 at 4.30pm.

Received one launch full of water.

1st and 2nd Divisions on Vido Island for pistol practice.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Cloudy and squally, very light drizzle last two hours, obscured moonlight.

Wind in moderate squalls from SE, freshening towards close of watch.


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4 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Generally overcast.

Fresh squalls from SE by South.

Light passing showers.

Lightning to Southward.

Barometer falling 29.77 to 29.67.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, raining all the watch.

Lightning first two hours.

Gentle breeze from SSE to South by West, blowing in moderate squalls first two hours.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, rain at intervals throughout the watch.

Moderate SSE to SE breeze.

Sent 3rd and Navigator's Divisions on shore for pistol practice.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

Signals to flagship: at 9.10am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 242.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Sent 1st and 2nd and 3rd Divisions ashore for rifle practice.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds fresh vegetables; 95 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, mild and misty.

Light South to South by East breeze.

Divisions returned from target practice.

Expended in Ordnance Department ? [sic] rounds Ball cartridges.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, passing showers at intervals.

Light breezes between South and WSW.


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5 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, with light sprinkling of rain first and last hours.

Light SSE to South breezes.

At 2.00am stopped distilling, having filled tanks.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light South by East to SSW breeze.

At 6.00am landed 1st and Powder Divisions and Marines for rifle target practice.


8am to meridian:

Generally overcast, with light passing showers at intervals.

Barometer rising 30.02 to 30.09.

Light airs from SW and NW.

Officers and men engaged in target practice with small arms on Vido Island.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with light SSE airs.

Occasional light sprinkles of rain.

American Minister of Greece visited the flagship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Calms and light airs between SSE and East.

Barometer steady.

The United States Minister to Greece left the flagship, receiving a salute of 15 guns, and visited the U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Boston" in the order named.

Made preparations to dress ship.

Finished small arm target practice on shore.

Expended 1983 rounds, caliber .45, ball cartridges and 100 rounds, .38 caliber, ball cartridges.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light SE and South airs and calms.


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6 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Mild, cloudy weather.

Light breeze from SSE to South by West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Calms and light airs from SSW and WSW.

At 6.55am flagship made general signal 3350.

Received 118 pounds fresh beef, 118 pounds fresh vegetables and 95 pounds bread for the crew.

Dressed ship full, with Greek flag at main, at 8 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light SSE and East by South airs.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 0.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters.

Marched to muster and read Articles for Better Government of the Navy.

Mustered the crew.

At 10.00am made sick signal numeral 4.

At 10.45am flagship made signal 8837, followed by numeral 11.

At noon made coal signal numeral 237.

Distilling.

Sent apprentices on board flagship to attend divine service.


Meridian to 4pm:

Mild, cloudy weather.

Light sprinkle of rain at end of watch.

Light airs from NE to ESE.

At 12.05pm flagship fired a salute of 21 guns, battery ashore followed with same number.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair.

Calm first hour, light breezes and airs, variable in direction, later.

At sunset hauled down all flags.

Stopped distilling at 4.30pm.

At 6.40pm citadel fired a salute of 21 guns.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy.

Light airs.


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7 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Generally cloudy.

Light drizzle.

Light airs from NE, hauling to West last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light WSW and West airs.

Sent on shore and brought off a launch-ful of fresh water for boilers.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Overcast to cloudy.

Rain first part and light drizzle last hour.

At 9.45am mustered at quarters.

Drilled at infantry and artillery.

H.M.S. "Cruiser" got under way and stood to Northward.

Filling boilers with ship's boats.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 233.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain all the watch.

Light breeze from SE to SSE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds fresh vegetables and 95 pounds fresh bread.

Received three boat loads of water for boilers.

Mail steamer came in.

At 3.00pm exercised whaleboat with crew not belonging to boat.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast to cloudy.

Light airs from ENE and NNW.

Drizzling rain at times.

Filling boilers with ship's boats.

American Minister to Greece sailed in Austrian steamer "Helios".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Drizzling rain first two hours, raining heavily last two hours.

Lightning all the watch, with thunder second and third hours.

Filling boilers with ship's boats.

Steamer went out.

Calms first two hours, gentle breeze from NW suddenly sprang up at 10.00pm, blowing in puffs, and falling to light airs again.


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8 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, thunder and lightning first half of watch.

Raining steadily.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW to ENE.

Taking in fresh water for boilers from shore, using launch and 2nd cutter.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and rainy to fair and pleasant.

Light breeze to light airs from Southward and Eastward first part, afterwards from West.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3357.

Filling boilers with fresh water using ship's boats.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain last hour.

Light airs from SW to WSW.

Filling boilers with fresh water, using ship's boats.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Exercised at routine first period, second period exercised battalion companies.

Board of Survey met on board at 11.00am.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signal: at 9.50am preparatory 3094.

Made following signals to U.S.S. "Chicago": at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 230.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hazy, light rain first part, and misty.

Light variable airs.

Exercised 2nd cutter, whaleboat and dinghy with crews of Marines and idlers.

Finished filling boilers with fresh water.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 95 pounds bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West by South.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 2984.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy and overcast, light rain at intervals last end of watch.

Light airs to gentle breeze from West to ESE, light ESE squalls last hour.


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9 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy first hour, clearing a little last three hours.

Light variable airs, except first hour, during which were some moderate squalls.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy, drizzling rain last half hour.

Light airs from Southward and Westward.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hazy, heavy squall of wind and rain from SSE last hour.

Wind generally light from SW by South.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, had divisional instruction.

Drilled landing organization 2nd period.

Closed watertight doors by signal, time 30 seconds.

H.B.M.S. "Cruiser" got under way and left the harbor at 10.00am.

A Greek gunboat came in and anchored at 11.30am.

Published Squadron of Evolution General Court Martial order number 4.

Signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 227.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, heavy rain at intervals.

Light to moderate breeze from Southward and Eastward, blowing in squalls.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables and 95 pounds fresh bread.

H.B.M.S. "Cruiser" came in at 2.00pm and anchored on our starboard bow.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty, squally, rain at intervals first hour, thunder and lightning last hour.

Wind in moderate squalls from South.

Part of Engineer's Division on shore for target practice, returned at 6.15pm.

Expended in Ordnance Department 176 round ball cartridges, caliber .45.

At 8.08pm let go starboard anchor under foot.

Ship's head SSE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Wind SSE, first hour shifting to South and Southwestward, blowing in very fresh squalls at intervals.

At 10.40pm called all hands and started to get sheet anchor on port bow.

Got up port sheet chain.

Got up steam in steam cutter and sent her in to dock.


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10 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clearing weather.

Wind falling light by end of watch.

Gentle to stiff breeze from West to SW.

Wind squalls and lightning first two hours.

Moon occasionally visible through clouds.

Got port sheet anchor ready for letting go.

Flagship shifted berth and came to astern of this ship at 2.30am, bearing of her anchorage East by North (per standard [compass]).


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Lightning first hour.

Light passing shower third hour, raining at close of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to SSE, occasionally moderate squalls.

Signal from flagship at 7.00am, 3357.

Flagship shifted her berth and came to at 7.50am, slightly closer to this ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with heavy rain squalls at intervals, clearing a little and sun coming out at times.

Light breezes from Southward and Westward, with fresh squalls at times.

At 8.30am hove up starboard anchor and got it ready for letting go again.

At 10.00am went to quarters and mustered.

Suspended drills on account of rain.

Made sick signal numeral 3, absentee signal numeral 0 and coal report numeral 224 at regulation times.

Sent firing party ashore and finished target practice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally, with light sprinkling of rain first two hours.

Light to moderate breeze, in light squalls.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds fresh vegetables and 95 pounds soft bread.

At 1.15pm exercised at fire quarters.

Hoisted in steam cutter for repairs to water tanks.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and squally first hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW and WSW rest of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear latter half, fair first half, starlight.

Light airs boxing the compass.

Occasional flashes of lightning.

Light passing shower second hour.


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11 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Clear, pleasant, hazy, dew.

Light airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs.

At 6.30am Greek gunboat shifted berth to closer in shore bearing SW by South (per compass).

At 6.55am flagship made general time and uniform signal 3357 and hauled it down at 7 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Fair first half, clear latter half.

Rising barometer.

Light airs from SE by East to SSE.

Hazy around horizon.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 0, at 10.00am sick signal numeral 2, and at meridian numeral 221.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Made preparations for landing battalion.

Drilled infantry and artillery.

H.B.M.S. "Cruiser" got under way at 10.00am and stood up harbor to Westward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear to cloudy, hazy, pleasant.

Light airs from SSE to SSW.

At 1.30pm landed the battalion on Vido Island for exercise with the squadron brigade.

Signal from flagship 242 at 1.30pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables and 95 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light South and SSW airs.

Ship's battalion returned at 5.00pm.

At 5.30pm H.B.M.S. "Cruiser" returned to the harbor and anchored.

Hoisted out steam cutter.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant to cloudy and overcast.

Began to rain at end of watch.

Light airs from SE by South to ESE.


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12 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight until 4am:

Cloudy, light drizzle at intervals.

Light airs from Southward and Westward and Eastward.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light passing showers latter half of watch.

Light airs to light breeze from East by South to SSE.

At 7.00am Flagship made general signal 3357.

Hauled down guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, with passing showers and occasional heavy rain, thunder and lightning latter part.

Wind moderate to fresh in squalls from SSE to East by South, moderating at end of watch.

At 9.15am let go starboard anchor under foot and veered to 15 fathoms at the water's edge.

On report of Surgeon, and by order of Commanding Officer, confined for safe keeping: F. Krause, Seaman, on account of mania.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4 and at 12.00pm numeral 218.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, rainy.

Lightning last two hours between West and North.

Light airs to light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

At 12.30pm hove up starboard anchor and got it ready for letting go.

English steamer went out and Austrian steamer came in.

At 3.00pm U.S.S. "Atlanta" got under way in tow of two steam cutters, shifted anchorage and dropped anchor again at 3.30pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh vegetables; 118 pounds fresh beef and 285 pounds fresh bread.

Marines returned from target practice on Vido Island, having expended 70 round of .45 caliber ammunition.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, overcast weather.

Light rain and thunder and lightning at intervals.

Light to moderate breeze in puffs from South to South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty, drizzling rain first two hours.

Gentle to light breeze from South.


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13 April 1890

At anchor Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Lat 39.63, Long 19.91


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, lightning first hour.

Light to gentle breezes from NW by West to West by North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, rain at intervals first part.

Light breeze from West by North to NNW.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" got under way at 6.00am and left the harbor to Southward.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy at first, clear and pleasant last three hours.

Light airs and breezes variable in direction.

Hoisted steam cutter to examine and repair bilge condenser.

At 9.30am held preliminary inspection.

At 9.40am sounded call to quarters, mustered divisions, Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer confined B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice, and F. Marston, First-class Apprentice, for 5 days on bread and water, for defacing government property.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made following signals: at 9.55am general signal 3837; 9.55am numeral 10.30.

Made following signals to U.S.S. "Chicago": at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 215.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, bright and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Barometer 29.84 to 29.91.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef and 118 pounds fresh vegetables.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Gentle to light breeze from NW to WNW.

Stopped distilling at 7.20pm.

F. Krause, Seaman, having recovered a balanced mind, was allowed to sleep outside the cell under sentry's charge.

B.E. Dodge, First-class Apprentice, and F. Marston, First-class Apprentice, were placed inside cell.

Steamer came in.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh beef; 118 pounds fresh vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Light breezes b