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.

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

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.
Unclear characters have been replaced by a tilde (~), and unclear or unverified entries are marked with [?].


THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN 1891-1892
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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 – JANUARY 1st 1891 TO JUNE 30th 1891


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Received August 8, 1891.


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

3rd Rate

of Six Guns,


Commanded By

F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Squadron of Evolution Squadron,

Commencing January 1st, 1891,

at Navy Yard, New York,

and ending June 30th, 1891,

at Hampton Roads, Virginia


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by F.E. Chadwick, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1891, to June 30th, 1891.


Name

Rank

F.E. Chadwick

Commander

H.G.O. Colby

Lieutenant

C.A. Bradbury

Lieutenant

W.P. Conway

Lieutenant

T.E.D.W. Veeder

Lieutenant

A.G. Winterhalter

Lieutenant

G.R. Evans

Ensign

R.H. Jackson

Ensign

A.B. Hoff

Naval Cadet

C. Andrade

Chief Engineer

C.W. Littlefield

Passed Assistant Paymaster

J.C. Boyd

Surgeon

C.E. Rommel

Assistant Engineer

C.H. Hayes

Assistant Engineer

N.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 F.E. Chadwick, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1891, to June 30th, 1891.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

A.B. Hoff

Naval Cadet

Transferred back to U.S.S. "Chicago" February 12th, 1891.


[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 April 23rd, 1889.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board

1

Chief Boatswain's Mate

1

1

Boatswain's Mate

1

1

Chief Gunner's Mate

1

1

Chief Quartermaster

1

3

Quartermaster

3

4

Coxswains

4

2

Captains of Forecastle

2

2

Captains of Afterguard

2

4

Quarter-Gunners

4

1

Carpenter's Mates

1

1

Sailmaker's Mates

1

1

Armorer

1

1

Captains of Hold

1

1

Ship's Cook

1

1

Ship's Corporals

1

2

Carpenters and Calkers

2

1

Baymen

1

1

Master-at-Arms

1

1

Apothecary

1

1

Ship's Yeoman

1

1

Paymaster's Yeoman

1

1

Engineer's Yeoman

1

1

Ship's Writer

1

1

Ship's Barber

1

1

Painter

1

1

Bugler

1

1

Jack of the Dust

1

1

Blacksmith

1

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Cabin Cook

1

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

1

Steerage Stewards

1

1

Steerage Cooks

1

18

Seamen

18

13

Ordinary Seamen

13

14

Landsmen

14

7

Machinists

7

1

Boiler Makers

1

6

Water Tenders

6

9

Oilers

9

8

First-class Firemen

8

8

Second-class Firemen

8

15

Coal Heavers

15


Total

144 [145 in log-book]


[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




Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

January 21, 1891


Correct

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

H.J. Green, New York

3949

On forward side of pilot house




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

H.J. Green, New York

3950

Same





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


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Armament


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


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III


Brown Prismatic

32.6 pounds for reduced charges

Cast iron, common

100 pounds

Center pivot

Steel, common

100 pounds


42.6 pounds for ordinary charges

Shrapnel

100 pounds


Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

2

6-pounder Rapid Fire

Hotchkiss





Rail socket, recoil

2

3-pounder Rapid Fire

Hotchkiss





Sliding pivot, recoil

1

1-pounder Rapid Fire

Hotchkiss





Cone

2

37 mm Revolving Cannon

Hotchkiss





Socket in pivot [?]

2

Gatling

Model 1880





Rail socket


Boat armament


In sailing launch: 1 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss, cone mount.

In first cutter: 1 Gatling model 1880, tripod mount.


Small arms


100 Remington-Lee rifles.

114 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.


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


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THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN
Operations off US East Coast

JP map Yorktown US East Coast 1891

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1891


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1 January 1891

Moored to dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cold, cloudy, disagreeable weather.

Light snow falling all watch, mixed with sleet.

Light breeze from NE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light drizzling rain first two hours, falling mist last two.

Light breeze, falling to light airs from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy and rainy.

Light airs and breezes from the ENE.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, the following named men were found absent without leave, namely: C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Ellertson, Quarter Gunner, M.J. McGrath, Oiler, and G.W. Huffington, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, with mist and rain.

Light airs and breezes from NE by East at beginning, veering during watch to SE, with a steadily falling barometer.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy and damp.

Light airs from the SE.

Calm last hour.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy, rain last two hours.

Light airs to light breezes from South by East.

Barometer falling.


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2 January 1891

Moored to dock and in dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy weather, drizzling rain, with occasional heavy passing showers.

Light airs and breezes from South by East and SSE.

Barometer falling rapidly.

C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, who absented himself from the ship without leave, returned on board.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty, with light drizzling rain.

Light airs and breezes from ESE first part, veering to South latter part.

Barometer falling rapidly.

At 7.30am spread fires under boiler A.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty, with rain at intervals.

Light airs to light breezes from the South.

Called all hands wind ship at 10.30am, and finished at 11.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 85 pounds fresh beef; 85 pounds vegetables and 70 pounds fresh bread.

Ten joiners came on board at 8.00am, also one joiner at 9.15am, and another at 10.30am, these remained on board all the watch.

One man in dynamo room from 8.50am till end of watch.

The following men were absent without leave: J. Ellertsen, Quarter Gunner, M.J. McGrath, Oiler, and G.W. Huffington, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Barometer falling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy fog.

Light airs and light breezes from WSW.

Unmoored ship at 12.35pm, and entered the timber dry dock at 2.35pm.

The following Navy Yard workmen aboard: 12 joiners on board all watch; 3 pattern makers on board till 2.35pm; 2 men in dynamo room all watch, fitting switch box and testing insulation of resistance coil.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, with fog at times.

Light airs to light breezes from WSW.

All hands scrubbing ship's bottom.

Sent a liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Barometer rising.

G.W. Huffington, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and M.J. McGrath, Oiler, absent without leave, the former 3 and the latter 7 days over time, returned on board.


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3 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Weather unsettled.

Wind from NW in squalls.


4am to 8am:

Cold and cloudy, clearing last part.

Light to gentle breezes from NW by West to NW by North.

Scrubbing ship's bottom.

J. Ellertsen, Quarter Gunner, returned on board 8 days over time.


8am to meridian:

Weather clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from NW and NW by West.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in cleaning ship's bottom.

The dock was pumped dry and reported to Commandant of Yard.

Commenced filling boilers from hydrant; meter registered 4,290,320 cubic feet.

At 8.00am ten joiners commenced work in cabin and steerage, two machinists in dynamo room, and four plumbers in the magazines.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 88¾ pounds of fresh meat and vegetables each.

And in Construction Department: 50 feet 1-inch pine lumber.

A copy of charge and specifications of charge preferred by the Secretary of the Navy against Corporal McKee, U.S. Marine Corps, were read and delivered to him.

Received in Equipment Department the following articles, namely: (see list [below]).

Yard workmen left the ship at 12 o'clock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and cool.

Light to moderate breeze from NNW to North by West.

Barometer unsteady.

At 12.30pm one joiner came on board, eight at 12.45pm, and one at 12.55pm.

At 1.35pm two men came on board to work in dynamo room.

At 2.00pm three machinists commenced work at overhauling sea valves.

During watch four men from the Edison [General] Electric Company at work on board, and two men from yard at work on ventilator for birth deck.

Finished cleaning ship's bottom, which was inspected in accordance with [Regulation] Circular number 77.

A number of workmen from yard at work scraping and painting rusty spots on bottom.

Finished filling boilers, meter registered 4,292,670 cubic feet.

Filled water tanks, after which meter registered 4,292,770 cubic feet.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NNW.

Barometer rising.

Workmen left the ship at 4.30pm, except the two at work on birth deck ventilator, who left at about 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, clear and cold.

Light West wind.

M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice First-class, returned from leave.


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Received in Equipment Department: 1 United States ensign number 5; 1 United States ensign number 8; 2 narrow pennants number 4; 2 narrow pennants number 6; 34 yards flax, raven's; 1 ensign Costa Rican; 1 ensign Honduran; 1 ensign Guatemalan; 1 ensign Haytian [old spelling of Haitian]; 1 ensign Mexican; 1 ensign Nicaraguan; 1 ensign United States Columbian; 1 ensign Venezuelan; 1 ensign San Domingan.

January 3rd, 1891 (8am to meridian).


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4 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudless sky first half, clouding over by end of watch.

Gentle NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast by clouds, cold and threatening snow.

Light NE wind.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cold, threatening snow and fine light flakes falling occasionally.

Wind light from ENE.

At 9.30am inspected the divisions at quarters.

At 9.40am the Captain inspected crew at quarters and the ship.

Called all hands to muster and read the Articles for the Better Government of the Navy, and held monthly muster of the crew.

Sent a liberty party on shore, and church parties to the Cob Dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold, very light snow falling.

Light wind from NNE.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cold, light snow falling first three hours.

Light wind from NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with light breezes from NNE, North by West and North.


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5 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with occasional light snowing.

Light breezes from the North, backing slightly to Westward last hour.

Barometer falling latter part.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold, very light snow falling.

Light wind from North by West.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light snow.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW and North by West.

Received in Paymaster's, Medical and Construction Departments sundry articles as per lists annexed [below].

Navy Yard workmen on board and in dock as follows: 9 men and 1 boy, joiners, at work on changes in officers' quarters, 8.10am to 11.45am; 8 men at work rigging stages preparatory to painting quarters, 8.30am to 11.50am; 2 men on rheostat frame in dynamo room, 9.30am to 11.15am; 2 men in Engineer's Department looking over changes in heating pipes, 10.00am to 11.45am.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were assigned at the mast (see list appended [below]).

By order of Commander disrated H.P. Costello, Quarter Gunner, to Seaman from this date.

Sent to the General Court Martial, which convened at 11.00am for the trial of John McKee, Corporal, the accused and subpoenaed witnesses.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light snow.

Gentle NNW and NW by North breezes.

Received in Equipment Department from General Storekeeper: 263 pounds 3½-inch manila.

Transferred to Naval Hospital for treatment: H.P. Costello, Seaman.

Navy Yard workmen on board and in dock as follows: 9 joiners, 1.00pm to 4.00pm; 8 men rigging stages, 12.45pm to 4.00pm; 2 men in dynamo room, 1.20pm to 4.00pm; 2 ship carpenters on berth deck, 12.45pm to 1.05pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department sundry articles as per list annexed [below].

General Court Martial adjourned till tomorrow 10.00am.

By order of Commanding Officer returned John McKee, Corporal, to confinement.

Ensign R.H. Jackson went on one week's leave, beginning yesterday.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light snow.

Light NW by North breeze.

Navy Yard workmen left at 4.20pm.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, under sentry's charge for safe keeping, he being drunk and disorderly on board.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, but clearing weather.

Light to gentle breezes from NW by North.

Barometer steady.


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Received in Construction Department from General Storekeeper: 100 pounds oakum, 5 separate boxes.

Turned over to General Storekeeper in Equipment Department: 5 hair mattresses taken out of junior officers' quarters.

(8am to meridian) January 5, 1891.


Received in Paymaster's Department: 1000 pounds corned beef; 1000 pounds ham; 1400 pounds biscuit; 200 pounds assorted vegetables.

(12pm to 4pm) January 5, 1891.


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By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded:

J. Reynolds, Oiler, drunken on duty, 48 hours' extra duty.

B. Doherty, First-class Fireman, L. Sweeny, First-class Fireman, H.P. Costello, Quarter Gunner, and W. Keegan, Carpenter and Calker, under the influence of liquor on board ship, 48 hours' extra duty each.

Rupert Lee [Ruppert in log-book], Private Marine, not returning from Marine Barracks before tattoo, 6 hours' extra duty.

Timothy Desmond, Landsman, neglect of duty on messenger watch, 6 hours' extra duty.

Frank Hermo, Seaman, turning in hammock while on anchor watch, 6 hours' extra duty.

F. Warren, Coal Heaver, absent from muster, 4 hours' extra duty.

P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, absent from muster, 6 hours' extra duty.

James Mather, Second-class Fireman, absent from muster, 6 hours' extra duty.


Received in Medical Department: tincture [of] opiate camphorate, 1000 cc; pills quinia sulphate, 0.3, 200; liquid sodai chlorate, 2000 cc; pills quinia sulphate, 0.15, 600; pulverized acacie, 400 grams; quinia sulphate, 75 grams; acid sulphonic aromatic, 100 grams; emplastrum sinapis [sinipis in log-book], 2 boxes; copaiba [copabia in log-book], 1000 grams; spirits [of] nitre, 800 cc; potassium bromide, 200 grams; cocaine, 15 grams.

January 5, 1891 (8am to meridian).


Received in Paymaster's Department: 50 white trousers; 50 white jumpers; 50 undershirts, light; 50 drawers, light; 100 yards heavy flannel; 100 yards light flannel; 100 pairs calf shoes; 50 working shirts; 100 white hats; 100 cotton socks; 500 pounds tobacco; 2025 pounds saltwater soap; 250 spools sewing [silk]; 25 can openers; 106½ dozen small rubber buttons; 92½ pounds fresh meat; 92½ pounds fresh vegetables; 89 pounds fresh bread.

January 5th, 1891 (8am to meridian).


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6 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cold, clearing weather.

Light breezes from NW by West to NW.

Barometer rising slowly.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with light NW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Weather clear and cold.

Light NW breezes.

Rising barometer.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Engaged in getting paymaster's stores on board, and certain articles in Equipment [Department].

Received in Paymaster's Department and Equipment Department stores as per lists appended [below].

By order of Commanding Officer released J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, from confinement, the said Cummings having been reported sober.

Workmen on board as follows: 10 joiners, came at 8.15am; 2 men at work in dynamo room from, 8.15am to 11.50am; 1 painter, came on board at 8.15am, leaving at 12.00pm; 2 machinists working in engine room, came at 8.55am, leaving at 11.30am.

2 men working in steerage country left ship at 11.20am, 1 joiner left ship at 11.50am, 5 left at 12.00pm.

Receiving water in boilers.

Sent Corporal John McKee, U.S. Marine Corps, before the General Court Martial at 10.00am for trial.

At 12.00pm Corporal McKee was returned and reconfined, to appear again before the court at 1.15 this pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cold and pleasant weather.

Light airs to gentle breezes from the NW.

Barometer rising.

Discharged this day from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service, E.A. dos Santos, Steerage Steward, by reason of his services being no longer required.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92¼ pounds beef and 92¼ pounds vegetables.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 1176 pounds flour; 158 gallons beans; 480 pounds roast beef; 3000 pounds sugar.

Received in Equipment [Department] 10200 gallons fresh water.

Engaged in getting provisions and stores aboard and in reaving off new boat falls and running rigging.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 10 joiners; 3 dynamo men; 1 painter; 4 men in Construction [Department] working on dead lights.

At 2.55pm 2 carpenters came on board, leaving at 3.15pm.

At 2.55pm 2 workmen in the Engineer's Department came on board.

Received in Construction one officers bureau.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight latter part.

Light breezes from the NW.

Barometer rising.

At 4.30pm Navy Yard workmen left the ship, except as specified above.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Barometer slightly unsteady.


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January 6, 1891.

Received in Paymaster's Department:

(8am to meridian).

500 pounds butter; 500 pounds tomatoes; 1000 pounds canned mutton; 1200 pounds ground coffee; 200 pounds tea; 200 pounds pickles.

([Meridian to] 4pm)

1176 pounds flour; 158 gallons beans; 480 pounds roast beef; 3000 pounds sugar.


Received in Equipment Department from General Storekeeper: 2 coils of manila, 3 inch; 1 coils of manila, 3¼ inch; 1 coils of manila, 2¼ inch; 3 coaling bags.

January 6, 1891 (8am to meridian).


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7 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light wind from NW by North to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold and pleasant, clouding up latter part.

Light breezes from WNW to NNW.

Barometer unsteady.

At 7.35am the U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and stood out, hoisted our colors, hauled down at 7.54am.

Aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light NW wind.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer released A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, from confinement.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 73 pounds fresh bread; 1000 pounds sugar; 1372 pounds flour; 47 gallons vinegar; and 40 gallons molasses.

Turned in to General Storekeeper at the yard the following articles condemned by survey: 4 waist boat's falls; 2 sailing launch's falls; 1 fore gaff topsail downhaul; 1 outhaul whip for try sail; 1 fore-topmast staysail halyard pendant; 1 fore-topmast staysail downhaul; 1 outhaul whip main trysail; 1 downhaul main trysail; 1 outhaul whip spanker; 1 throat halyard; 1 downhaul spanker; 1 downhaul mizzen gaff topsail; 2 mast whips mizzen; 2 fish davit guys; 1 foot tub; 2 boatswain's calls; 1 log line; 27 pounds coasting line; 1 United States ensign number 5; 1 United States ensign number 8; 2 narrow pennants number 4; and 2 narrow pennants number 6.

Received on board in Equipment Department from General Storekeeper: 1 sea anchor.

Sent a bureau on shore to Construction and Repair [Department], and brought another on board from same.

Rove off the following new gear: mizzen pendant tackles; mizzen gaff topsail sheets; main trysail outhaul and whip; main gaff topsail sheets; two lower boom guys, forward.

There were employed on the ship from the yard the following working: 10 rearranging officers quarters; 4 calking poop; and 7 on ship's bottom.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Barometer falling.

The following men from yard on board during watch, namely: 4 putting deck dead light on poop; 8 joiners in cabin and steerage; 2 in engine room; and 4 painters on bottom and in cabin.

Received the following stores in Engineer's Department, namely (see list [below]), and in Equipment Department a canopy with curtains for steam cutter.

Corporal J. McKee, confined in single irons awaiting sentence of General Court Martial, was released from confinement and placed in sick bay.

By order of the Colonel Commanding U.S. Marine Corps, Private Marine C.D. Bush was transferred to the Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, New York.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW.

Barometer rising.

Yard workmen employed on ship quit work at 4.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NNW.


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Received in Engineer's Department the following stores: 4 water buckets; 1 steam whistle; 1 set water gasket fittings; 30 pounds magnolia; 20 pounds tallow; 8 gallons paraffin var.; 2 ounces W. [?] paper; 1 glass cutter; 1 dozen hickory handles; 2 dozen file handles; 70 pieces flat iron; 150 gallons lard oil; 50 gallons cylinder oil.


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8 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudless sky and bright starlight.

Gentle to stiff NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW and North.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light wind from NNW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

The following men from the yard employed on board: 10 joiners in cabin; 4 men on dead lights on poop; 2 ship carpenters in steerage; 3 pipe fitters in steerage; 1 painter in cabin; and 25 painters on ship's bottom.

Received on board in Construction Department: 30 gallons boiled linseed oil; 20 gallons turpentine; 50 pounds putty; and 75 feet 1¾-inch ash.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following reductions in ratings were made from this date: J.P. Powers, Machinist to First-class Fireman; J. Ellertson, Quarter Gunner to Seaman; J. Maloney, Blacksmith to Landsman; and from 1st of January 1891, A. Rodriquez, Steerage Cook to Landsman.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, from confinement and confined B. Doherty, First-class Fireman, and B. Dunn, Private Marine, for ten days in double irons, for leaving ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, cold.

Light wind from NNW.

The following men from the yard were employed on the ship: 23 painters and 11 laborers on the bottom; 3 carpenters on poop dead lights; 10 joiners and 1 painter on cabin; and three pipe fitters in steerage.

The following transfers were made by order of the Bureau of Navigation of the 5th of this month: to the U.S.S. "Vermont": C.E. Evans, Machinist; J. Maloney, Landsman; J.P. Powers, First-class Fireman; B. Doherty, First-class Fireman; R.J. Lovett, First-class Fireman; J. Ellertsen, Seaman, and W. Henderson, Ordinary Seaman; to the U.S.S. "Minnesota": T.W. O'Donnell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and M.W. O'Brien, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

The following men were transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital for treatment: Luke Sweeney, First-class Fireman, and W.P. Keegan, Landsman.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 91¼ pounds fresh beef and 91¼ fresh vegetables.

Private Marine Edward J. Powers, U.S. Marine Corps, reported for duty from Marine Barracks.

By order of Commanding Officer released B. Doherty, First-class Fireman, from confinement.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light wind from North to NNE.

Elijah Moore, Landsman, was transferred to this ship from the U.S.S. "Vermont".

H.C. King, Landsman, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping by order of the Commanding Office.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky and bright starlight.

Light breeze from NE by North to North.


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9 January 1891

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from the NNW.

Barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from NNE to NE.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with light breeze, falling to light airs from NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, drilled Marine Guard.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 10 joiners on cabin, 8.30am to 12.00pm; 4 men on steam heating pipes, 8.30am to 12.00pm; 3 painters in cabin, 8.30am to 12.00pm; one plumber to inspect magazine, 11.00am to 12.00pm; also 4 ship carpenters on poop dead light, and 15 workmen and 3 painters at work on ship in dock.

At 10.20am flooded dock, floated ship, hauled astern about 18 inches, then proceeded at 11.30am to re-dock.

Received in Paymaster's Department 64 pounds bread, in Equipment [Department] 50 gallons arctic oil, in Construction [Department] 40 gallons boiled linseed oil.

H.C. King, Landsman, was by order of Commander released [from sentry's charge].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first half, cloudy to fair latter half.

Light airs, variable in direction, and calms.

Finished re-docking at 1.30pm, scraped and red-leaded holidays left by keel blocks.

In obedience to order of Secretary of the Navy, approving the sentence of General Court Martial in the case of Corporal John McKee, U.S. Marine Corps, the result of trial was communicated to the prisoner and his sentence carried into effect, namely: being found guilty of the charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline, he was sentenced to be reduced to the ranks and to be confined on board the U.S.S. "Yorktown" for the period of one month, and to lose one month's pay, amounting to the sum of fifteen dollars ($15.00).

Navy Yard workmen on board and in dock as follows: 7 joiners on cabin changes; 2 joiners on berth deck; 2 ship carpenters on berth deck; 4 carpenters on poop dead lights; 2 pipe fitters on berth deck, all 12.30pm to 4.00pm; 16 laborers and 2 painters on bottom, 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

Received with bags and hammocks from U.S.S. "Minnesota" Charles James Hyde, Apprentice Third-class, and Joseph Thomas Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

Sent a powder party to Fort Wadsworth in Navy Yard tug.


4pm to 8pm:

Mostly clear.

Light variable airs and calms.

Workmen at work on board left at 4.30pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 80 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Powder party returned at 6.20pm with ammunition in Navy Yard tug.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light airs from SSE first hour, SW by South remainder of watch.

Barometer falling last hours.


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10 January 1891

In dry dock, and alongside Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Weather clear and cold.

Light airs from SW by South to SW by West.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with light airs to light breezes from SW by West to West by South.

Barometer unsteady.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from West by South first part, WSW latter part.

Barometer unsteady.

Engaged in receiving Paymaster's stores on board.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 2500 pounds pork and 1400 pounds beef.

F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, was reported absent without leave.

At 11.38am commenced to flood the dock.

Made preparations to go out of dock.

Getting ammunition rooms ready for ammunition.

At 11.20am spread fires under boiler A and made preparations for using port engine.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: at 8.00am, 3 in Engineer's Department came on board; 2 plumbers; 2 painters; 1 in Construction [Department], who left ship at 9.30am, returned at 10.20am; 2 plumbers left ship at 8.45am; 2 joiners working on dead lights, 1 came at 8.00am and 1 at 9.15am.

One painter left ship at 9.45am, 3 joiners left ship at 9.50am, together with 1 painter, 1 joiner returned at 10.00am and 1 left at same time, 2 joiners working on dead lights left at 10.00am, 1 in Engineer's Department left ship at 10.10am.

Two painters and 1 in Engineer's Department returned at 10.20am, 2 joiners working on dead lights returned at 10.30am, at 10.35am 2 joiners returned, 3 joiners returned at 10.40am, together with 1 in Engineer's Department, at 10.45am 1 joiner, 1 plumber, returned on board, 1 joiner returned at 10.30am.

One joiner left ship at 10.55am, 2 in Engineer's Department and 1 joiner left ship at 10.55am, same time 1 joiner returned, 1 joiner and 1 plumber returned at 11.00am, 2 plumbers left ship at 11.15am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW by West to WNW.

Barometer steady.

At about 12.30pm commenced hauling out of dock, and hauled during watch over to Cob Dock [Cobb Dock in log-book], was unable to get alongside on account of ice and low water.

Brought powder lighter alongside and commenced to discharge powder at 2.30pm.

Working men came and went as follows: at 12.30pm 9 joiners, 5 plumbers, 2 painters, 1 calker came on board; at 12.55pm 1 joiner came on board; and at 3.40pm the calker left.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Very light airs from SW to West.

Continued discharging powder lighter, finished at 6.00pm.

Brought coal lighter alongside.

Secured ship alongside of dock, finishing at 6.15pm.

Working men left the ship as follows: 5 plumbers, 2 painters and 10 joiners left at 4.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light airs from WSW.

Barometer steady.


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11 January 1891

Moored alongside Cob Dock [Cobb Dock in log-book] Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast by clouds.

Light wind from West to SW.

Ensign R.H. Jackson returned from leave.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy weather.

Very light airs from SW first part, South latter part.

Barometer falling.

Commenced coaling ship at 6.30am.


8am to meridian:

Weather cloudy and rainy.

Light airs from East and East by North.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, and W.H. Higgins, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 66 pounds fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Light to moderate breeze from South.

Barometer falling rapidly.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, rainy and squally.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SSW.

Barometer falling.

By order of Commanding Officer M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, was placed in double irons for safe keeping, for being drunk and striking a shipmate.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain from time to time.

Wind from SSW to South in fresh squalls.


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12 January 1891

Moored to Cob Dock, and alongside of the U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with rain, except third hour.

Gentle South by East and South by West breezes.

Barometer falling rapidly, 29.14 to 28.90 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, with drizzling rain.

Gentle to fresh breeze, in squalls, from South by West to West.

Barometer rising.

W.H. Higgins, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, absent without leave returned on board, the former 71½ hours and the latter 13½ hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 82½ pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 66 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Wind in fresh squalls from NW to West by North.

Engaged coaling ship.

Received on board by our account 59 tons 1757 pounds.

The U.S.S. "Boston" was put in the stone dry dock.

At 11.15am shifted over and took her berth alongside the U.S.S. "Terror".

The following named men absent over time: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, L. Schriner, Coxswain, C. Gulbronson, Seaman, T. Smith, Seaman, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, and F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman.

The following men from the yard were employed on board: 9 joiners and 3 painters in cabin; and 3 pipe fitters, 1 painter and one ship carpenter in steerage.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Wind in fresh squalls from NW by West and WNW.

Finished securing ship and went ahead with coaling.

The following men were received on board from the U.S.S. "Vermont", with their bags and hammocks: John Allen, Seaman, with Continuous Service Certificate number 4121; John W. Svenson, Seaman, with Continuous Service Certificate number 9507; Michael H. Lynch, Seaman, with Continuous Service Certificate number 9495; John H. Mattrieson, Ordinary Seaman; Joseph Seward, Ordinary Seaman; Samuel Simmons, Ordinary Seaman; Rudolph Borchet, Ordinary Seaman; Jesse Dolver, Ordinary Seaman; Edwin Hannis, Ordinary Seaman; Peter Dwyer, Landsman; Patrick J. Kiley, Landsman; Coleman Connelly, Landsman; George Goodwin, Landsman; William Caff, Landsman; William Frizer, Second-class Fireman; Henry McAllister, Second-class Fireman; John Nooyan, Second-class Fireman; John Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman; Henry Miller, Coal Heaver; Thomas Eddy, Coal Heaver; John H. Griffin, Coal Heaver; and John Joseph Connolly, Coal Heaver, with Continuous Service Certificate number 7828.

The following men from the yard were employed on board: 7 joiners and 4 painter in cabin; and 1 joiner, 1 painter and 2 pipe fitters in steerage.

Sent sailing launch on shore to yard to be turned in.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

Engaged coaling ship.

Finished with the lighter and then secured her ahead of the ship alongside other lighters.

The yard tug brought a full lighter alongside, which was secured for the night.

Received on board since noon 61 tons 1928 pounds coal.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy until last hour, then clearing.

Light increasing to stiff breeze in moderate squalls from NW to West.


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13 January 1891

Moored alongside U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, overcast second and third hours of watch.

Gentle to stiff breezes in frequent squalls from the NW first part, moderating and steadier latter part.

Barometer unsteady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light wind from WSW.

Commenced coaling, and took on board 21.4 tons.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 66 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light snow first hour, then gradually clearing.

Light to gentle WNW and NW breezes.

Coaling ship from lighter alongside, 8.15am to 11.45am, using baskets forward and aft, whip on steam cutter's davit amidships with steam capstan, received 81 tons.

Absent without leave: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, T. Smith, Seaman, C. Gulbronsen, Seaman, L. Schreiner, Coxswain, V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, F. Miller, Private Marine, and F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman.

Also, F.C. Quinn, Coal Heaver, and A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, were found to have left the ship without permission, and F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 49 hours over time.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 9 joiners in cabin and berth deck, 8.10am to 11.55am.

Turned old sailing launch into yard and brought new one to ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear three hours, fair last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from North by West and NW by West.

Barometer rising 29.72 to 29.86 inches.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101¼ pounds beef and 101¼ pounds vegetables.

Coaling ship, 1.00pm to 2.30pm and 3.25pm to 4.00pm.

Finished lighter number 2174, said to contain 125.17 tons at 2.30pm.

At 3.15pm Pennsylvania Coal Company's lighter number 2068, said to contain 140.13 tons grate coal, was brought alongside, started coaling from it at 3.25pm.

Received during watch from lighter 2174, 23 tons, from 2068 not estimated, included in following watch.

Transferred to Naval Hospital K.B. Russell, Landsman, with bags and hammock, and to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Minnesota" W.H. Higgins, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, by order Bureau of Navigation.

Four painters at work in cabin, 1 painter on berth deck, 4 joiners in cabin, all 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

Received as per list annexed [below] sundry articles in Construction and Equipment Departments.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first half, clear second half.

Light breeze from NNW and light airs from East by South.

E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, returned on board 34½ hours over time.

Stopped coaling at 5.35pm, having received from [lighter number] 2068 46 tons, and during the day 172 tons in 8 working hours.

Five painters at work in cabin and on berth deck, 4.00pm to 4.30pm.

C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was found to have left the ship without permission.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant first part, clouding up latter part.

Light airs and breezes from the SSE.


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Received in Construction Department, January 13th, 1891: sailing launch and outfit; sailing launch's spars; mattresses, wire.

Received in Equipment Department: hair mattresses; wash bowls; slob jars; water ewers; side of bellow's leather.


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14 January 1891

Moored alongside U.S.S. "Terror", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from SW and South.

C.J. Winestock returned on board, having left the ship without permission during the day.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light South by West and South breezes.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 75 pounds soft bread.

At 6.15am commenced coaling and continued, with intermission of 15 minutes for repair of whip, until 7.20am, received on board from lighter 2068, 18 tons.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from West by North to West.

Continued coaling ship, received on board from lighter 2068, 70 tons 118 pounds coal.

Working men on board as follows: 5 painters, 8.00am to 12.00pm; 2 joiners from 8.00am to 12.00pm; 2 men from Fulton Wire Works at work on lockers below, came at 9.30am; 2 workmen came on board to examine detaching apparatus of gig at 9.45am, leaving shortly after; 3 men working in dynamo room, came at 10.45am.

At 12.00pm all working men left, except those in dynamo room and 2 men at work on lockers below.

Receiving fresh water aboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from the West by South and West.

Barometer unsteady.

Engaged in receiving sea stores on board.

Received from U.S.S. "Minnesota" two apprentices, Ames E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and Frank E. Austin, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers and accounts.

Finished coaling, receiving in this watch 5 tons 372 pounds, in all 404 tons 432 pounds coal.

Commenced cleaning ship.

Received in Construction [Department]: 16 dining room chairs and 1 easy chair.

Working men on board as follows: 6 painters and 2 joiners, came at 12.30pm, joiners left at 3.40pm; at 12.55pm the 3 dynamo men left the ship, returning at 1.30pm.

Received 12600 gallons fresh water on board during the day.


4pm to 8pm:

Clouding up first part, overcast and cloudy latter part.

Light airs and breezes from the West.

Barometer rising rapidly.

Working men left the ship as follows: at 4.30pm, 6 painters and two men from Fulton Wire Works at work on lockers below; at 5.10pm 3 Edison's men at work in dynamo room.

V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and C. Gulbrundsen, Seaman, returned on board, 59 hours 50 minutes and 60½ hours respectively.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first hour, then clouding over.

Light breezes from WSW to NW, increasing in force last hour.

M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, returned on board 62 hours over time.

F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, returned on board, having left the ship without permission Saturday, and Sunday noon respectively.

T. Smith, Seaman, returned on board 62 hours over time.


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Absentees, January 14, 1891: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, F. Quinn, Coal Heaver, P.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, T. Smith, Seaman, C. Gulbrundsen, Seaman, F. Miller, Private Marine, V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and L. Schreiner, Coxswain.


Received in Construction Department: 80 feet pine, ½ inch; 40 feet cherry, 1 inch; 15 feet cherry, 1¼ inch; 50 pounds shellac; 10 gallons alcohol; 150 pounds red lead; 6 wire lockers.

(8am to meridian) January 14, 1891.


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15 January 1891

At Navy Yard, New York, and standing out of New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Wind in moderate squalls from North by East to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from West to NNW.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in breaking out fore hold and in bending sail.

J. Rogers, Landsman, was found to be absent from the ship without permission.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and light breezes from NNW to NNE.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores (see list [below]).

Received in Ordnance Department: 1 10-pound copper maul; 1 extractor for 1-pounder [gun].

N.R. Smith, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was this day transferred with bag and hammock to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Dale" for instruction.

Bent foresail and spanker.

Four varnishers at work in cabin all watch, 4 men from Edison [General Electric] Company at work in dynamo room on field coil all watch.

J. Rogers, Landsman, returned on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from South.

Secured everything for sea.

At 3.50pm called all hands unmoor ship and stood down the river.

Transferred E. Laveall, Bugler, to U.S.S. "Vermont", and received C. Ambler, Landsman, and J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, from the U.S.S. "Vermont".

Men finished in dynamo room, also in cabin.

Went to quarters and mustered crew at 1.00pm, all present.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate wind from South to SW.

Stood out of harbor and down the bay by Swash Channel.

At 5.47pm rounded Scotland lightship and set course SSE by standard [compass].

At 5.55pm put over patent log, which read 31.6.

Ship's draft forward 14 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 96, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair, with gentle breeze from West.

Steering a course SSE per standard [compass] until 6.44pm, after which South.

Lost sight of Scotland light about 7.00pm and of Navesink lights about 7.55pm.

John James McCann, Machinist, was this day enlisted for three years, and L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, for cruise of U.S.S. "Yorktown" (Special Service).


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant, with light to gentle breezes from the SSW.

At 8.30pm made Barnegat light bearing (per compass) SW¼ [sic], ship's head South.

Course South until 9.14pm, when changed course to SW by South, Barnegat light bearing (per compass) W⅝S, ship's head South, patent log 66.1.

At 11.15pm sighted Tuckers Beach light bearing (per compass) W⅞N, ship's head SW by South.

At 11.22pm sighted Absecon [Absecum in log-book] light bearing WSW⅞W, ship's head SW by South.

Under steam alone.

Smooth sea.

Average steam pressure 114, average number of revolutions 101.


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8am to 12pm, January 15th, 1891.

Received in Engineer's Department: 1 globe valve, brass, 1 inch; 10 elbows, brass, 1 inch; 3 elbows; brass, ¾ inch; ~0 fire brick; ~ barrel fire clay; 1 asbestos cock; 2 coal shovels; 24 water gauge glasses, ½ x 10⅜ inch; 48 water gauge glasses, ¾ x 18 inch; 50 feet rubber hose, 2½ inch.


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16 January 1891

Making passage from New York to Hampton Roads

Lat 37.41, Long -75.22


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, light fog.

Light breezes from SSW and West by South.

At 12.30am Absecon [Absecum in log-book] light bore abeam.

At 2.30am sighted Northeast End light [vessel], which bore abeam at 3.10am.

At 3.00am sighted Five Fathom Shoal light, which bore abeam at 3.56am.

Changed course from SW by South to South by West from 2.50am till 3.10am.

Steering course SW by South all remainder of watch, fires in three boilers.

Average steam pressure 100 pounds, revolutions 95.

Patent log at end of watch 35.8.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from South by West.

Passed a number of vessels standing to the Northward

At 5.35am made Fenwick Island lightship bearing (per compass) WSW½W.

At 6.22am Fenwick Island lightship bore abeam NW by West (per compass).

At 6.30am changed course to SSW⅞W (per compass).

At 7.54am changed course to SW by South (per compass).

Steam 108 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, revolutions 94.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light airs from South, first hour backing to light to gentle breezes from NE and NE by East.

At 8.30am made [Winter] Quarter Shoal lightship, at 8.45am it bore (per standard [compass]) SW⅞W.

Passed it distant two miles determined by bow and beam bearings.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, drilled and instructed divisions.

At 9.45am started swinging ship, starboard helm, for compass deviations, finished at 10.35am.

From 9.30am to 9.45am steered South (per standard [compass]).

From 10.35am steered SSW¾W to end of watch.

Several sail in sight.

Average steam 109, revolutions 88.

F. Miller, Private Marine, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally overcast and cloudy, stars occasionally visible, light rain last hour.

Light breezes from the ENE.

Barometer falling.

Steering course SW by West until 3.15pm, when stopped and took sounding, quarter less thirteen, went ahead course SW by West, patent log 37.4.

At 3.20pm sighted Cape Charles lightship bearing (per compass) W½S.

Changed course to WSW.

Steering various courses approaching the lightship until 3.47pm, when put ship on course SW by W⅛W, patent log reading 43.0.

At 4.56pm Cape Charles lightship bore abeam (per compass) NNW⅞W, ship's head SW by W⅛W, patent log 44.5.

Under steam alone.

Average steam pressure 115, average number of revolutions 89½.


4pm to 6pm:

Thick, rainy weather.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.

Steering course SW by West till 5.00pm, then steering for Cape Henry and up the channel for Hampton Roads.

At 5.30pm Cape Henry bore South.

At 6.00pm hauled in patent log, reading 66.6.

Under steam alone.

Average revolutions 97, average steam pressure 125, vacuum 27.


6pm to 8pm:

Raining lightly.

Wind moderate from ENE.

Stood up the [Hampton] Roads and at 7.30pm anchored in 13 fathoms, veering to 75 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage, Thimble [Shoal] light ENE¾E, Fort Monroe light N¾W, ship's head WNW½W.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 82.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, with gentle to moderate NNW breeze.

At 8.53pm called all hands, got under way at 9.07pm and shifted berth, came to at 9.17pm in 12 fathoms, sandy bottom, 75 fathoms port chain.

Bearings: Old Point [Comfort] light North by E¾E, North side of Rip Raps [Island], SE½E, both true, and ship's head W½S.

Banked fires in two boilers, dying out in one boiler.


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8am to meridian, January 16th, 1891

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded:

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, smoking out of hours, requiring petty officer to apply to Officer of Deck in order to get a lawful order carried out, and charging petty officer with having given an order to him out of spite, the order appearing to the officer of deck lawful and proper, 5 days' double irons.

A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, absent from ship without permission, 10 days' double irons.

T. Smith, Seaman, L. Schreiner, Coxswain, V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and C. Gulbrundsen, Seaman, remaining absent from ship while coaling, quarantined 3 months and monthly money stopped for 2 months.

A.J. Quigley, not obeying orders of petty officer, 3 days' double irons.


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17 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.997, Long -76.306


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Moderate to fresh breezes from the ENE, moderating last hour to gentle breezes at end of watch.

Barometer falling constantly and rapidly.


4am to 8am:

Drizzling rain, with fog.

Gentle breeze from ENE to light variable airs third hour, then coming out from NW.

Commenced distilling at 7.30am.

Ship began swinging to flood tide at 4.10am, finished at 5.30am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain at intervals during first half of watch.

F. Miller, Private Marine, absent over time.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was placed in double irons for five days by order of the Commanding Officer, for smoking out of hours, second offense, and requiring petty officer to apply to Officer of Deck in order to get a lawful order carried out, also charging petty officer with having given him an order out of spite, the same order appearing to the Officer of the Deck lawful and proper.

Allowed fires to die out under boiler C.

The Commanding Officer left the ship to pay official visits.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy, last hour light drizzling rain.

Light breezes from North by West to NW.

Flood tide, velocity of current at 3.00pm 1.1 knots.

Barometer slowly falling, 29.94 to 29.87 inches.

By order of Commanding Officer placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for three days A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, for disobeying orders of petty officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, drizzling and foggy first part, fog lifting latter part, and few stars visible occasionally.

Barometer steady at 29.86.

Light breeze from WNW to NW.

NE moderate weather signal flying from signal station on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with occasional light drizzling rain.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

Riding to the ebb.


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18 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.997, Long -76.306


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with gentle West by North to West breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, damp.

Light to gentle breeze from West to WNW.

Barometer rising at end of watch.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 108¾ pounds fresh meat; 108¾ pounds vegetables; 87 pounds fresh bread.

NE moderate weather signal flying from signal station on shore.

Flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Cool, cloudy weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from WNW to NNW.

At 9.30am called all divisions to quarters for preliminary inspection, and at 9.35am went to quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

F. Miller, Private Marine, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer B. Dunn, Private Marine, was released from confinement, his time of punishment having expired.

At 9.45am had all hands to muster and published charges, findings and sentence in the following Court Martial cases, namely: J.M. Cosgrove, Private Marine, F. Wilson, Private Marine, H.M. McGrath, Private Marine, J.F. Cunningham, Private Marine, W.C. Scott, Private Marine, M.J. Gormley, Private Marine, and C.A. Tupper, Third-class Apprentice.

Received from water boat 3600 gallons in boilers and 900 gallons in tanks, 4500 gallons in all.

Stopped distilling at 10.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raw.

Moderate wind from NW by North and NNW.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Slack water low at 12.00pm, swung to flood at 1.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with gentle NNW and NW by North breeze.

Swung to ebb tide in 30 minutes, finishing at 5.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cool, cloudy weather, with faint moonlight.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls, from the North.

Ship riding to ebb tide.

Barometer about steady.


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19 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.997, Long -76.306


Midnight to 4am:

Clear away first hour and came out fine.

Fresh wind from North by West, in puffs.

Moon set at 2.35am.

At 1.20am finished swinging to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear first half, cloudy latter half.

Light to fresh breeze from North, in moderate squalls.

At 5.20am began to swing to ebb tide, and finished at 7.15am.

Liberty party returned on board.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, with light to moderate breezes, in occasional squalls, from North to NW.

Barometer steady last three hours of watch.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which drilled divisions as follows: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division instruction; 3rd Division setting up exercise; Powder Division instruction; Marines infantry.

Private F.J. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps, was reported absent at quarters without leave.

Engaged in scraping strongbacks and the beam around the interior of the ship on spar deck.

Riding to the ebb.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from North by West to NNW.

Commenced swinging to flood at 2.30pm, and finished at 3.30pm.

At 1.10pm went to quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Scrubbed hammocks.

Ship riding to flood at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from NE by East to SSE.

Slack water high at 5.20pm, swung to ebb at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, except light haze about the horizon, bright moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from the SSE first part, light airs to gentle breezes from the SW latter part.

Barometer falling slowly.

Ebb tide.


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20 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.997, Long -76.306


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light breezes from WSW first part, increasing in force and hauling to NE.

Commenced swinging to flood at 1.30am, and finished at 2.30am.

Ship riding to flood at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light airs from NNE to NE.

Slack water low at 7.05am.


8am to noon:

Clear first half, fair latter half.

Light airs boxing the compass during the watch.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 108¾ pounds each of fresh beef and of vegetables; and 87 pounds of soft bread.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

F. Miller, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions and Marine Guard.

Scraping and shellacking bright woodwork, touching up rust spots on outside.

By order of Commanding Officer confined for ten days in double irons C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, for leaving ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SSW, around to SE first part, from the East latter part.

Falling barometer.

By order of Commanding Officer released from solitary confinement A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, his time of confinement having expired.

At 2.30pm sighted the U.S.S. "Chicago" to the Eastward.

At 2.55pm the U.S.S. "Chicago" made her number, cornet 24, answered with our number, cornet 236.

At 3.19pm made general signal 1246.

At 3.40pm the U.S.S. "Chicago" came to anchor and broke the Senior Officer's pennant at the mizzen truck.

Engaged in touching up ship's side and scrubbing bags.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 3.10pm, finished at 3.50pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from SE.

Commenced swinging to ebb tide at 7.50pm, stopped swinging at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant, clouding over latter part.

Light to gentle breeze from South by East, shifting to South last hour.

Ship finished swinging to the ebb at 8.20pm.


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21 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.997, Long -76.306


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, pleasant weather, clouding up to Westward toward end of watch.

Light to gentle breezes from the SSW.

Barometer steady.

Commence swinging to the Flood at 2.00am, finished at 3.45am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from the South and SSE.

At 6.40am U.S.S. "Chicago" hove up anchor and stood up toward Norfolk.

Barometer steady.


8am to noon:

Overcast by clouds.

Light airs from South.

At 8.30am got under way and stood up for Norfolk.

At 10.20am made cornet 236 to U.S.S. "Franklin".

At 11.05am moored to dock at Navy Yard.

Ship's draft 13 feet 7 inches forward, 16 feet 1 inch aft.

Banked fires.

Commanding Officer paid official visit to Commandant of the yard.


Noon to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light breezes from South by West to SW by South.

Made preparations for, and at 2.45pm began coaling, using baskets passed over gangway and bags hoisted by whips at after steam cutter davit.

By order of Commanding Officer released G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, from confinement, and confined J. Miller, Private Marine, for ten days in double irons, for leaving ship without permission.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 18 attendants caps; 6 petty officer's caps.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, threatening rain latter part.

Light airs and breezes from SSE and South by East.

Barometer falling slowly.

Finished coaling ship, received altogether 60 tons 700 pounds coal.

U.S.S. "Chicago" winded around, and at 4.45pm stood down the river.

Received 6,500 gallons fresh water on board.


8pm to midnight.

Overcast, clearing latter part.

Light airs from South by East.


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22 January 1891

Moored to dock, Navy Yard, Norfolk, and at anchor Hampton Roads

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light airs to moderate breeze from SSE.

Falling barometer, 29.90 to 29.76.

Light rain last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with squally appearances.

Light to moderate breezes, in frequent squalls from the SSE first part.

Barometer falling 29.76 to 29.59.

Occasional light drizzle.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and rain first three hours, breaking open to Westward last hour.

Gentle to fresh breezes from South by East to South by West, coming in squalls.


Meridian to 4pm:

At 12.25pm spread fires under three boilers.

At 1.50pm cast off from dock and stood down the river.

Draft 14 feet 5 inches forward and 18 feet 3 inches aft.

At 2.40pm made cornet 236, U.S.S. "Chicago" answered and made cornet 24.

At 3.05pm made interrogatory 1211, U.S.S. "Chicago" answered and made distinguishing 231, general 190, and numeral 2 answer 5.

At 3.28pm anchored in 12 fathoms water, veering to 75 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Old Point [Comfort] lighthouse NE¼N, South tangent Rip Raps [Island] SE by E⅜E, ship's head SSE¾E.

Banked fires.

Weather unsettled.

Fresh wind from West.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light to fresh breeze, in light to moderate squalls, from West and WNW.

At 6.20pm began swinging to flood tide, finishing in 1 hour 20 minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from WNW.

Bright moonlight.

Barometer rising.


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23 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light wind from West by South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudless sky.

Gentle to light breezes from WNW to SW.

Barometer rising 29.99 to 30.10 inches.

At 4.30am finished swinging to flood, velocity at 6.45am 1.3 knots.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" hauled down Senior Officer's pennant and hoisted Admiral's flag.


8am to meridian:

Clear, mild and pleasant weather.

Light breezes from WSW.

Barometer rising.

Heavy NW weather signal on shore hauled down.

At 9.20am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which drilled divisions as follows: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions at the battery; Powder Division setting up exercise; and Marine Guard at infantry.

Broke out, inspected and restowed coffer dams.

Sounded steam siren and closed watertight doors and ports.

Made the following signals to flagship, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; and at 12.00pm numeral 399.

At 9.23am began swinging to the ebb, finished at 10.45am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms, light airs from SW.

At 3.35pm sighted U.S.S. "Dolphin" standing down toward the [Hampton] Roads, and at 3.55pm she dropped anchor in the [Hampton] Roads.

Instructed apprentices in signals.

By order of the Commanding Officer made the following changes in ratings: F. Cassidy, Seaman to Quarter Gunner from [left blank]; W.C. Carson, Seaman to Quarter Gunner from January 9th; and Peter Dwyer, Landsman to Carpenter and Calker from January 13th.

At 12.51pm went to fire quarters, divisions ready as follows, namely: 1st Division 30 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 3rd Division 25 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 45 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 30 seconds; Marines 1 minute 0 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 20 seconds.

Secured at 12.56pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breezes from WSW, shifting to SE by East first hour of watch.

Barometer rising.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 5.05pm, and finished at 6.00pm.

At 7.40pm stopped distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light airs from the Southward.

Barometer steady.

At 9.10pm began swinging to the ebb, finished at 10.30pm.


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24 January 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and light breeze from South by West.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light airs from SE to East.

At 4.30am started fires under a third boiler.

Slack water low at 4.10am, swung to flood at 5.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and fair at intervals.

Light airs to light breezes from East and East by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Made preparations for sea.

Received from flagship 2 cases containing Ardois system of electric signal lights.

At 11.55am flagship made [signal] 240.

Prepared to get under way.

At 9.00am made absentee [report] 1, at 10.00am sick 2, and at noon coal 393.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and threatening weather, occasional light rain latter part.

Light to stiff breezes from East by South.

Toward end of watch wind and sea increasing, moderate sea.

Barometer falling rapidly, 30.10 to 29.86.

At 12.05pm got under way and stood out of Hampton Roads in column at distance, steering various courses following lead of flagship.

Under steam from boilers A, C and D.

At 2.10pm took departure Cape Henry light bearing (magnetic) W½N, distant 2¾ miles, patent log reading 67.6.

Set course SSE.

Bent storm mizzen.

Average revolutions 87, steam 112.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with rain squall last hour.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

Sighted Currituck light at 5.40pm bearing one point abaft starboard beam.

Barometer falling.

Steering course SSE all watch, under steam alone.

Average revolutions 104, steam 120.


6pm to 8pm:

Fresh SE breeze in squalls, accompanied by rain.

Moon showing through the clouds at intervals.

Ship in position at end end of watch.

Steam 118, vacuum 26.5, revolutions 96.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy for three hours, then clearing.

Moderate breeze, increasing to moderate gale, and hauling from SE to West.

Following motions off flagship, making good per standard [compass] from SSE to SSE⅜E.

Average revolutions 81.8, average steam 120.


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25 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 35.45, Long -74.94


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright moonlight first part, frequent dark and heavy squalls passing overhead from 2.00am to 3.00am, overcast and cloudy.

Very fresh breezes to a gale blowing from the WSW.

Barometer rising.

Steering various courses between SE by South first hour, and S½W latter part, following the U.S.S. "Dolphin".

The U.S.S. "Chicago" occasionally in sight, was in sight right ahead at end of watch.

At end of watch making 50 turns on both engines and barely steerage way through the water.

Long and rough sea.

Ship pitching at times deeply, but easily.

Under steam alone and from three boilers.

Average number of revolutions 55, average steam pressure 120, vacuum 26.5.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Strong gale coming in squalls from WSW, hauling gradually to WNW and moderating.

Steering course S½W and gradually coming up to WSW in following the movements of the flagship.

Course at end of watch WSW.

Under steam alone.

Average revolutions 50.2, average steam pressure 118.

Ship riding deeply, but easily, on long sea.


8am to meridian:

Overcast first part, clearing latter part.

Moderate gale in squalls from NW.

Rough sea.

Latter part wind and sea decreasing.

Barometer rising.

At 10.00am changed course to West by South, and at 11.00am to WSW½W, following lead of flagship.

In column at distance at end of watch.

Under steam alone.

Average revolutions 73, average pressure 120 pounds.

Signals as follows: at noon numeral 375, latitude 35.26.

Absent without leave G. Haneke.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first three hours, fair last hour.

Stiff, falling to light breezes from West to West by South.

Barometer rising 30.04 to 30.10.

Following motions of flagship, making good until 12.15pm WSW½W, until 1.50pm SSW¾W, until 2.45pm SW½S, and until end of watch SW½W, all per standard [compass].

At 1.30pm set staysail, trysail and spanker, following flagship.

Moderate swell from SSW.

At 2.40pm sighted [Cape] Hatteras light on starboard bow, at 3.40pm it bore abeam.

At 1.45pm flagship made telegraphic 0922, 3503, 0088, 6746, 6075, 0383.

U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered telegraphic 0776, 4774, 6260, 3478, 629, 0844, 4631, 6322, 6022, 0883.

Average steam pressure 116, average revolutions 78.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from the WSW.

Barometer rising slowly.

In column at distance, course SW½W.

At 4.40pm took in fore and aft sails, following flagship.

At about 5.20pm lost sight of Cape Hatteras light bearing about North by East.

Steam from three boilers.

Average steam pressure 118, average number of revolutions 83, vacuum 27.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW.

Steering course SW½W all watch, under steam alone.

Sighted a steamer ahead at 7.00pm, which passed to port.

Average steam 118, revolutions 87.

Barometer rising.

Stopped distilling at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light SW wind.

At 10.14pm made Cape Lookout light bearing (per compass) NW by W¼W.

Got bottom in 8 and 9 fathoms from 10.15pm to 11.15pm.

At 11.30pm lost sight of Cape Lookout light bearing (per compass) about North by West.

The lights of the ships of the squadron in sight at end of watch.

This ship being slightly astern of her position.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 87, vacuum 27.


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26 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 33.07, Long -78.13


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright moonlight.

Light breezes from WSW to West.

Barometer steady.

Following flagship, making good SW½W per standard [compass].

One sail in sight at end of watch on starboard bow, low down.

Average steam 115, revolutions 88.2.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from West by South.

Barometer rising.

In column at distance, steering course SW½W.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average number of revolutions 86.3, vacuum 27.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from West by South.

Steering course SW½W, under steam alone.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions at great guns, Powder Division at stations for general quarters.

Tested magazine flood cocks.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded (see list [below]).

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent from the ship without permission.

Average steam 118, revolutions 82, vacuum 27 inches.

Made routine signals to flagship.

Barometer steady.

Drilled apprentices at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Smooth sea.

Barometer falling slightly.

Squadron in column at distance, steering SW½W (per compass).

Under steam alone.

Average pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 86.8.

Passed a schooner standing Northward and Westward.

At 3.45pm piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.

At 1.05pm divisions called to quarters and drilled as follows: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division and 3rd Division great guns; Powder Division rifles.

Tested both search lights.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, with gentle to light breeze from West.

Following flagship, making good SW½W per standard [compass].

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 84.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Moon rose at 6.55pm.

In column at distance, steering course SW½W.

Average number of revolutions 87, average steam pressure 118.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breezes from WSW and SW by West.

Barometer steady.

Steam pressure 117, revolutions 87.4.

Drilled the apprentices at signals in new code.

In column at distance, steering course SW½W.


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[Inserted note]


(8am to 12pm) January 26, 1891.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded:

J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, leaving a call without permission, 4 hours' extra duty.

J.R. Chrismond, Private Marine, inattention to duty, 6 hours' extra duty.

A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, noisy while manning a boat, 2 hours' extra duty.

R. Scholz, Ordinary Seaman, slow and indifferent at brightwork and minor report, 6 hours' extra duty.

W. Peters, Bayman, and T.E. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, leaving ship without permission and straggling around Navy Yard, 2 hours' extra duty each.

M. Paulsen, Private Marine, spitting on deck and minor report, 4 hours' extra duty.

W. Peters, Bayman, spitting on deck, 2 hours' extra duty.


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27 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 30.12, Long -80.41


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Smooth sea.

Light breeze from SW by West.

At 12.37am flagship changed course to South by West (per compass), and followed her movements.

At end of watch the ship approximately in position.

Steam [sic].


4am to 8am:

Clear first half, cloudy latter half.

Light breeze falling to light airs from WNW to SW.

High dawn.

Following flagship, and making good South by West (per standard [compass]).

Average steam 120, average revolutions 84.5.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant weather.

Light airs, varying in direction from South to East.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which held two periods of drill.

1st period: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division great guns; Powder Division infantry; Marine Guard setting up drill.

2nd period: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division setting up exercise; Marine Guard Hotchkiss 6-pounder.

At 9.20am started fires under boiler B, a leak having developed in boiler C.

Made signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; 10.00am numeral 6; at 11.53am numeral 333, at meridian latitude signal 30°17' North, and shortly after longitude signal 80°24' W.

In column at distance, steering course South by West.

Exercised apprentices at signals.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first half, clouding over second half.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE.

Barometer falling.

Smooth sea.

At 1.00pm changed course to S¾E following flagship.

At end of watch in column at distance.

Under steam alone.

Average pressure 99 pounds, average revolutions 85.

At 1.15pm mustered boats' crews and stationed them for abandon ship.

Passed close by a schooner hove to.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Light SE breeze.

Ship kept in position until 5.15pm, when blew out a gasket in flange of auxiliary steam pipe located on a bulkhead.

The steam steers and dynamo were first rendered inoperative, and then the main engines of the ship were stopped on account of the pumps failing to get steam.

The ship was thus rendered helpless to move and without usual lights.

Hauled in the patent log.

At 5.25pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal, tactical 297.

At 5.37pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" made [signal] 4271, and at 5.46pm made 36:68.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light SE breeze.

Lying to all of watch and repairing auxiliary steam pipe.

At 6.45pm made general [signal] 6261.

Exchanged wigwag signals by night system with flagship, which, with U.S.S. "Dolphin", lay to near us.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light airs to gentle breezes from the SE.

Barometer beginning to fall at end of watch.

The engines having been reported ready, started ahead at about 8.10pm and rejoined position in column at distance, course South by East.

At 8.19pm put over patent log, reading 51.5.

Average steam pressure 117.

Average number of revolutions 85.5.


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28 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 27.05, Long -80.05


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light to gentle breezes from SE by South.

Steering course South by East, following the flagship in column.

Steam pressure 120, revolutions 85, vacuum 26.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, cloudy.

Moderate wind from ESE, freshening.

At 5.00am changed course to South by E¼E (per compass).

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 85.7, vacuum 26.

At end of watch ship approximately in position.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with gentle to stiff SE breeze.

Following motions of flagship, making good until 10.15am South by E¼E, after that S¾E, both per standard [compass].

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Instructed divisions first period, apprentices second period.

By order of Commander awarded A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, 4 hours' extra duty, for profanity on duty.

Signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 316, and latitude 27°3' N, longitude 80°3' W.

Average steam 119, average revolutions 84.4.

Repairing damage to auxiliary steam pipe.

At 11.10am sighted Jupiter Inlet light about ¾ point on starboard bow.

At end of watch it bore South by W¼W per standard [compass].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE.

Barometer steady.

Sea smooth.

At 12.46pm changed course to South by E¼E, triangulation point of Jupiter [Inlet] light bearing abeam (per compass) W¾S, S¾E, distant 2.3, 1.7 [miles, patent log reading] 93.5.

At 1.00pm changed course South by E¼E.

At 1.50pm changed course to South, patent log reading 3.1.

Squadron in column at distance.

At 2.00pm lost sight of Jupiter [Inlet] light bearing NNW (per compass).

Under steam alone.

Steam pressure 120 pounds, average revolutions 84.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE.

At 4.20pm changed course to S½W, and at 6.13pm to S½E, following the movements of the flagship.

Under steam alone.

Barometer steady.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from SSE to ESE.

At 6.15pm changed course to S¼E.

At 7.20pm, repairs to auxiliary steam pipe having been effected, started the dynamo and the distiller.

At 7.50pm signaled flagship by wigwag code "our repairs are completed".

Steam 118 pounds, vacuum 27, revolutions 86.2.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light, increasing to moderate, breeze from ESE to East.

Moon rose at 8.40pm, after which mostly obscured.

Following flagship, making good S¼E until 11.30pm, and South to midnight.

At 9.30pm made Fowey Rocks light from crosstrees and at 10.15pm from bridge, bearing per standard [compass] S⅝W, patent log 77.7.

At end of watch it bore (per compass) S¾W.

Average pressure 100 pounds, average revolutions 85.


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29 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 24.56, Long -80.26


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with occasional light passing showers second and third hours.

Light to moderate breezes from the SE.

Barometer falling slowly.

Moderate sea.

Moon occasionally visible.

In column at distance, following movements of flagship.

At 2.46am [sic, probably 12.46am] Fowey Rocks light bore abeam, per compass W¾S, ship's head S¾E, distant about 1.5 miles, patent log 99.7.

At 1.46am sighted Carysfort Reef light bearing, per compass SSW¼W, ship's head S¾E.

At 1.49am changed course to S½W, patent log 8.9.

At about 2.47am changed course to South by W½W.

At 3.50am Carysfort [Reef] light bore abeam, per compass WNW½W, ship's head South by W½W, patent log 26.9.

Average steam pressure 109, average number of revolutions 84.8, vacuum 27.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SE.

Sighted Alligator Reef light, which bore abeam at 7.50am.

Under steam alone, in column at distance, following movements of flagship, and steering following courses: till 4.25am South by W½W, then till 5.20am SSW¼W, then SW¾W remainder of watch.

Average steam pressure 115, revolutions 87.5, vacuum 26.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SE and SSE.

Barometer falling slightly.

Sea smooth.

At 8.20am sighted Tennessee Reef beacon bearing WSW, ship's head per compass SW¾W.

At 9.00am passed a red buoy on starboard hand.

At 9.40am made beacon "C", and at 10.20am made Sombrero light bearing 2 points on starboard bow.

At 9.37am changed course to WSW, patent log reading 77.3.

At 11.00am changed course to SW by W½W.

At 11.09am passed Sombrero light, distant 1 mile, patent log 92.5.

At 12.00pm made out American Shoal lighthouse 1½ points on starboard bow.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 9.36am went to fire quarters, divisions reporting ready as follows: [left blank, see note below].

At 9.40am drilled at abandon ship, boats reporting ready as follows: [left blank, see note below].

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: [left blank, see note below].

Squadron in column at distance.

Under steam alone.

Average revolutions 86, average pressure 120.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with gentle SE and ESE breezes.

Standing along Florida Reef, changing course with flagship, at 12.30pm SW by W½W to WSW, and at 1.00pm from WSW to WSW½W (per standard [compass]).

At 1.40pm lost sight of Sombrero lighthouse, ½ point on starboard quarter, at 1.30pm passed American Shoal light, distant 1.3 miles, at 2.00pm sighted Sand Key light and beacon "A", at 2.45pm passed red buoy number 2, at 2.55pm passed beacon "A", at 3.10pm passed Key West channel buoy, Key West City from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, at 3.35pm passed Sand Key light, and at 3.55pm beacon number 2.

Steam alone from 3 boilers, average pressure 114, average revolutions 85.4.

Watch on deck overhauled and restowed chains, watch below instructed from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in signals and knotting.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant weather.

Light airs from ESE, shifting to ENE at 6.20pm.

Barometer steady.

Standing along the Marquesas Keys, squadron in column at distance.

At 4.07pm changed course to W½S, patent log 34.2.

At 5.10pm lost sight of Sand Key light bearing (per compass) ENE½E, ship's head W½S.

Average steam pressure 110, average revolutions 85.2, vacuum 27.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

At 6.53pm sighted Rebecca Shoals light, which at 7.50pm bore abeam.

Under steam alone, in column at distance, following movements of flagship.

At 7.20pm changed course to W¼N.

Steam pressure 96, revolutions 86.0, vacuum 27.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, moonlight.

Light breeze from North by West to NNE.

At 8.25pm made light on Loggerhead Key bearing NW by W⅛W per compass.

At 8.47pm made Garden Key light bearing NW⅜W.

At 8.50pm changed course to WNW¼W, following the motions of the flagship.

At 12.00am Loggerhead Key light, dimly visible, bearing East (per compass).

Steam 112, revolutions 87.


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[Inserted note]


January 29th, 1891.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded:

J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, asleep while on messenger watch and striking bell in a lubberly manner, [obscured] hours' extra duty.

H.C. King, Landsman, out of uniform and not placing strap on cap as ordered, 6 hours' extra duty.


G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.


Went to fire quarters at 9.36am.

Ready: 1st Division 1 minute; 2nd Division 1 minute 55 seconds; 3rd Division 25 seconds; Marines 50 seconds; Navigator's Division 30 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 25 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 30 seconds.

Abandon ship at 9.40am.

Sail launch ready 14 minutes, whaleboat ready 17 minutes, gig ready 19 minutes, 2nd cutter ready 24 minutes, 1st cutter ready 25 minutes, steam cutter ready 25 minutes, dinghy ready 25 minutes.


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30 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 25.39, Long -84.80


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy first hour, then clearing.

Light ENE breeze.

Following motions of flagship, and making good WNW per standard [compass].

At 3.30am hauled fires in boiler A, owing to a leaky joint on check valve on face of boiler, and signaled flagship to that effect.

Set all sail.

At end of watch passed the U.S.S. "Dolphin" with engines stopped.

Average steam pressure 115, average revolutions 80.6.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant first hour, then clouding up, damp.

Light airs from ENE.

Barometer rising.

Between 4.00am and 5.00am stopped or going ahead slow on headings between West and NW by West, awaiting motions of flagship.

At about 5.30am started ahead with fore and aft sail and steam from 2 boilers, in column, keeping up to distance as well as possible, steering course WNW.

Average steam pressure 100 pounds, average number of revolutions 53.3.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE, hauling to SE after first hour.

At 9.50am called all hands clear ship for action, and then went to general quarters and exercised divisions.

For times noted see list [below].

By order of Commanding Officer released W.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, from confinement, his time having expired, by order of same authority placed J. Rogers, Landsman, in double irons for ten days, for leaving the ship without permission.

Steering course WNW, in column, under all sail, at best speed using two boilers, and flagship keeping distance on this vessel.

Average steam pressure for watch 92, revolutions 67.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE and SE.

Barometer falling.

Sea smooth.

Under steam and all fore and aft sail.

Steam pressure 99.2, average revolutions 72.1.

Squadron in column at distance.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with gentle SE by East breeze.

Steady barometer.

Making a course WNW (per standard [compass]).

All sail and steam, two boilers.

Average pressure 97, average revolutions 68.8.


6pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from SE by East.

Barometer steady.

In column, the U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Dolphin" keeping distance on us.

Course WNW.

All sail.

At 7.40pm connected up third boiler, and signaled to flagship: "We are ready to go faster".

Went ahead faster at 6.43pm [sic].

Average steam pressure 112, average number of revolutions 69.5, vacuum 27.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Gentle to moderate breezes from South by East to SSE.

Steering course under steam and all sail, using three boilers, in column at distance.

Average pressure 120, revolutions 88, vacuum 27 inches.


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[Inserted note]


January 30th, 1891.

Cleared ship for action (at 9.50am).

Ready: forward 20 minutes 20 seconds; amidships 9 minutes 45 seconds; aft 13 minutes 10 seconds; berth decks 12 minutes 10 seconds.

General quarters (at 10.13am).

Cast loose and provide: [1st] Division 6 minutes 15 seconds; [2nd] Division 4 minutes 40 seconds; [3rd] Division 5 minutes 12 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 55 seconds; Powder Division 6 minutes 40 seconds.

Secured (at 10.20am): 1st Division 4 minutes 0 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes 30 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 40 seconds; Navigator's Division 3 minutes 40 seconds; Powder Division 6 minutes 50 seconds.

Cast loose and provide and fire six shots: 1st Division 4 minutes 0 seconds; 2nd Division 9 minutes 0 seconds; 3rd Division 4 minutes 45 seconds; Powder [Division] ready 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Ship secured (at 11.04am).


Absentee G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class.


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31 January 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 27.02, Long -88.62


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, moonlight.

Moderate SE wind.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 86.9, vacuum 26.6.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, high dawn.

Gentle, falling to light breeze hauling from SE to SSW.

Following flagship, making good WNW (per standard [compass]).

average steam pressure 105, average revolutions 86.8.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Light breezes to light airs from SSW.

Barometer falling.

Smooth sea.

Cleaning ship's inside using all hands.

Squadron in column at distance at end of watch.

One sail in sight at end of watch bearing NE by North very low down.

Course WNW.

Made signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 3; at meridian numeral 257, latitude signal North 27°01', longitude signal West 88°37'.

Average steam pressure 98 pounds, average number of revolutions 88.5, vacuum 27.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, hazy around horizon.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW, shifting last hour to South.

Barometer steady.

Sea smooth.

Squadron in column at distance.

Under steam and all sail.

Average pressure 105, 86.3 average revolutions.

Course WNW.

Private Miller, U.S. Marine Corps, released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.

By same authority confined McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, in solitary confinement for two days on bread and water.


4pm to 6pm:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Moderate breeze from South to SSW.

At 4.20pm the U.S.S. "Dolphin" hauled out of column and made [signal] 3669.

Slowed down the ship.

At 4.25pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" made [signal] 4271.

Steam 106, vacuum 26.5, revolutions 83.3.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair first hour, then cloudy.

Gentle SW breeze.

Lightning to Westward.

Making course WNW¼W (per standard [compass]), following flagship in column at distance.

Average pressure 108, average revolutions 88.


8pm to midnight:

Weather uncertain and misty first three hours, clear and bright starlight last hour, passing showers third hour.

Lightning to Westward first part, to the Northward toward midnight.

Light to gentle breezes from the SSW.

Barometer unsteady.

In column at distance, steering course WNW¼W, under steam from three boilers and all sail, except jib.

Average steam pressure 101, average number of revolutions 85.4, vacuum 27.1 inches.

Moon rose between heavy bank of clouds at 11.50pm.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1891


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1 February 1891

At sea, making passage to Galveston, Texas

Lat 28.75, Long -92.53


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight, lightning to Northward.

Course WNW¼W, under steam and all sail, in column at distance.

Average steam 110, revolutions 83, vacuum 27.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with occasional flash of lightning to the Northward and Westward.

Wind shifting to North by West, coming out fresh after dying out to the Southward and Westward, and accompanied by rain squalls.

At 5.15am took in gaff topsails, and at 6.20am took in trysails and fore staysail.

At 6.35am set main trysail and spanker.

A long light swell from the Southward and Eastward.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, first hour overcast, breaking away about 9.00am, first hour light passing showers.

Stiff, falling to gentle breezes from North to NNE.

Following flagship, making course WNW¼W (per standard [compass]).

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Marched to muster and read Articles for the Government of the Navy, then held general muster, absentee same as before.

Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Under steam, 3 boilers, and fore and aft sail.

At 8.15am took in fore trysail, and at 10.00am reset it.

At 9.00am made numeral 1, at 10.00am numeral 4, at noon numeral 237 and latitude 28°45' N and longitude 92°32' W.

Average pressure 110, average revolutions 84.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Gentle breeze from North, shifting second hour to NNW.

Barometer steady.

Light swell from SE.

At 12.55pm changed course to WNW⅞W, patent log read 36.6.

Under steam, fore staysail and trysails.

Squadron in column at distance.

Average revolutions 80.7, steam 110.

At 3.30pm signaled at request of flagship longitude 92°32' W.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes, decreasing to light airs from WNW.

Steering course WNW⅞W until 4.20pm, then changed to West by North.

In column at distance, under steam and all sail, except topsails.

Steam pressure 105, revolutions 84, vacuum 27 inches.

At 4.30pm flagship made to this ship 231, 132, 2 and P5 (tactical signals), then telegraphic 9142, 1408, 5610, 0879.

Barometer steady.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light NW airs.

At 6.30pm took in and furled the fore and aft sails.

Sighted two vessels lights to the Northward and Westward.

Steam 110 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, revolutions 86.8.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Calms to light breeze from East.

Following flagship.

At 9.05pm sighted Bolivar Point light.

Rest of watch changing course with flagship for an anchorage.

Steam 106, revolutions 85.7.


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2 February 1891

At anchor officer Galveston, Texas

Lat 29.34, Long -94.75


Midnight to 4am:

Bright moonlight until about 2.30am, when commenced to cloud up.

Light breeze from the East.

Barometer falling slightly.

Light swell from Eastward.

At 12.26am came to anchor in 5½ fathoms, muddy bottom, 45 fathoms inside hawse pipe starboard anchor, the U.S.S. "Chicago" bearing East (per compass), ship's head North, distant 2½ cable lengths.

Bearings at anchor, namely: black buoy number 1 N⅜E, Bolivar Point lighthouse NW¾W, all magnetic, ship's head NNE.

Banked fires in obedience to general signal, Army and Navy code, "Bank fires" from flagship.

Shortly after flagship made general signal, Very's night code, 2121.

Set deck clock ahead 9 minutes between 10.00am and 10.30am [viz].


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breeze from East.

Upper clouds setting to the Northward.

At 7.00am flagship made 3340 and time signal.

At 7.40am made Army and Navy code to flagship "Do you wish this ship to take guard today?"

Flagship answered "Yes".


8am to meridian:

Heavy fog, lighting at long intervals.

Light breezes from ESE and SE by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions and Marine Guard.

1st period: 1st Division small arm manual; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd great guns; Powder Division setting up drill; Marine Guard setting up drill.

2nd period: 1st Division school of company; 2nd Division instruction at great guns; 3rd Division infantry.

Cleaning ship inside and out.

Made routine signals absentee 1, sick 2, coal 226.


Meridian to 4pm:

Tick fog obscuring sky and enclosing ship, occasionally lifting slightly.

Light breeze from SE by South.

Barometer falling.

Ringing ship's bell throughout watch.

Engaged in cleaning paintwork inside and out.

Engineer's force at work cleaning smoke pipe and escape pipes.

Instructed classes in seamanship and signals.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement M.J. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, by reason of expiration of his term of confinement.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant W.P. Conway, U.S. Navy, is senior member, met and surveyed a barrel of sugar in Paymaster's Department, and found that 191 pounds of sugar had been lost due to injuries to barrel, consequent upon handling in the hold.

Also surveyed, condemned and recommended to be thrown overboard, 45 pounds of dried apples.

Allowed fires to die out under boiler D, leaving banked fires under boilers B and C.


4pm to 8pm:

Dense fog.

Light SE breeze.

Board of Survey condemned, and ordered to be thrown overboard, two kilograms butter, marked C. Cassegrain, Nantes.


8pm to midnight:

Thick fog, occasionally parting overhead and showing a few stars, at end of watch showing a tendency to clear up.

Light breezes from SE first part, SSE latter part.

Barometer unsteady.

Ringing ship's bell until about 11.40pm.


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3 February 1891

At anchor officer Galveston, Texas

Lat 29.34, Long -94.75


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy weather, lightning at times overhead.

Moon rose from behind a bank of clouds to Eastward at 2.20am.

Ringing fog bell at intervals.

Light airs from South.

Calms.


4am to 8am:

Dense fog, except last hour, when partially lifting, heavy rain in passing showers last hour.

Light airs, varying in direction.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, occasional light drizzle.

Light, increasing to stiff breezes from NW by North.

Moderate sea running.

The Board of Survey met and surveyed two boxes of corned meat, marked Amour Packing Company, and found one box 2 cans short, the other 1 can short.

Went to quarters at 9.30am and exercised gun divisions at great guns, the Marine Guard at manual, and Powder Division at secondary battery.

By order of Commanding Officer punishments were awarded as per list appended [below].

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

Made routine signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 1; at 12.00pm numeral 222.

Barometer rising slowly.

G. Haneke, Apprentice, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool, cloudy weather.

Temperature falling.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from NNW.

Moderate sea running.

At 12.15pm veered to 75 fathoms on starboard chain.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with moderate to fresh breezes blowing from the North by West, in frequent squalls.

Barometer rising rapidly.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast first hour, then partially clear, cool weather.

Wind in squalls from North, blowing in moderate to fresh breezes.

Sea increasing during watch, and strong ebb tide running all watch.

At 8.15pm let go port anchor under foot.

Barometer rising steadily.


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[Inserted notes]


February 3rd, 1891.

(8am to meridian).

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded:

S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, no watch mark, Sunday inspection, 4 hours' extra duty each.

C. Gulbrundsen, Seaman, smoking out of hours and not discontinuing after having been spoken to by the sentry, 3 days' double irons.

A. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, answering call of boatswain's mate in an unseemly manner, not saluting Officer of Deck, out of uniform, 4 hours' extra duty.

A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, disorderly conduct, 2 days' double irons.


February 3rd, 1891.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 222½ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables; 178 pounds fresh bread.


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4 February 1891

At anchor officer Galveston, Texas

Lat 29.34, Long -94.75


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Wind in squalls, moderate to stiff breezes from North.

Ship riding to 75 fathoms on starboard anchor, pitching easily.

Moonlight last hour, moon rising at 3.00am.

Sea moderate.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from North at beginning, veering to NE by North at 7.00am and holding.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

Moderate sea running from NW.

At 5.40am hove up port anchor.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to stiff NE by East breezes, decreasing in force last hour.

Made routine signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at 12.00pm numeral 216.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st Division small arm manual 1st period, and overhauled battery 2nd period; 2nd Division overhauled battery both periods; 3rd Division infantry 1st period, overhauling battery 2nd period; Powder Division at secondary battery both periods.

Closed watertight doors at 11.00am, times required as follows: starboard engine room 2 minutes 30 seconds; port engine room 2 minutes 45 seconds; berth deck 1 minute 25 seconds.

Inspected all iron work and watertight valves as per United States Regulation Circular number 70.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: E. Moore, Landsman, L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, H.S. McAvoy, Landsman, not cleaning officer's wardroom table by 9.00am, 4 hours' extra duty each.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.

Barometer falling.

Sea diminishing last half.

Hove up and stowed port anchor.

Riding to starboard anchor with 75 fathoms.

Overhauled and ran in gun of 1st and 2nd Divisions.

At 2.15pm closed watertight doors.

Ready as follows: starboard [engine room] 15 seconds; port [engine room] 30 seconds; berth deck 45 seconds.

At 1.00pm shook out reefs, and at 3.45pm piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.

Sent boat to flagship for mail.

At 3.59.30pm went to fire quarters.

Ready as follows: 1st Division 1 minute 15 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minutes 10 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute; Powder [Division] 2 minutes; Engineer's [Division] 1 minute; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 30 seconds; Marines 1 minute 10 seconds.

Signals as follows: from flagship, general 2984 at 3.45pm; at 3.50pm to U.S.S. "Dolphin" 1087 negative.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE by East and ENE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Barometer high and steady.

Ship pitching easily.

Riding to 75 fathoms on starboard chain.

Finished exercising search lights.


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5 February 1891

At anchor officer Galveston, Texas

Lat 29.34, Long -94.75


Midnight to 4am:

Weather clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from ENE first hour, afterwards shifting to ESE.

Barometer falling.

Long swell from East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant first part, clouding over last hour, with breeze from ESE.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.

Barometer falling.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from East by South.

Barometer steady.

Received in Paymaster's Department fresh provisions as follows: 111¼ pounds fresh meat; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables; 89 pounds fresh bread.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled as follows: 1st Division, 1st period rifles, 2nd period great guns; 2nd Division, 1st period rifles, 2nd period setting up exercises; 3rd Division, 1st period great guns, 2nd period rifles; Powder Division, 1st and 2nd periods setting up; Marines, 1st and 2nd period rifles.

Engaged in touching up spots on outside.

Tug "Seinneth" [?], with Reception Committee from Galveston, visited flagship.

Tug "Cynthia" brought back officers from shore.

Mallory steamer "Lampasas" brought out a large number of people from Galveston, steamed around the squadron, and stood back to city.

Signals: 9.00am numeral 1; 10.00am numeral 2; noon numeral 213 by U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship.

At 10.25am flagship to squadron 5455.

Loosed sail at 10.30am.

J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, was placed in double irons for ten days by order of the Commanding Officer, for being drunk on duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light East wind.

The Commander-in-Chief, with the officers of the squadron, went on shore in the tug "Cynthia" to visit the city of Galveston.

At 3.25pm flagship made signal 2984.

Engaged painting and tarring down.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first hour, clearing at intervals rest of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from East.

Barometer falling.

At 8.00pm stopped distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, heavy dew.

Light SE breeze.

Ship rolling lightly.


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6 February 1891

At anchor officer Galveston, Texas

Lat 29.34, Long -94.75


Midnight to 4am:

Dense fog after 12.50am.

Light breeze, falling to light airs, and backing from SE to East.

Barometer fell from 30.04 to 29.95 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fog first three hours, lighting after 7.00am, remaining over the land and around horizon.

Light airs from East, South by East, and South by West.

Barometer steady.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Foggy weather.

Light wind from SSE to South.

At 9.30am went to quarters (general): 1st Division 3 minutes 10 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 45 seconds; 3rd Division 3 minutes 8 seconds; Powder [Division] 3 minutes 10 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 3 minutes 10 seconds; Marines 2 minutes 10 seconds; and Engineer's [Division] 3 minutes.

Drill was cut short by rain squall.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables and 89 pounds fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and foggy.

Light breeze from South and South by East.

Closed watertight doors for exercise: port engine [room] 20 seconds; starboard engine [room] 30 seconds; berth deck 15 seconds.

By wigwag made coal report 209, which owing to fog had not been made at noon.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast by fog, clouds and rain, the latter coming in moderate squalls from SSW.

Made preparations for sea.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 83.9.

Draught forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.

At 7.35pm put over patent log, showing 31.5, having run South 84° West (magnetic), two miles from anchorage. At 6.50pm called all hands and hove up starboard anchor, and went ahead on course E¾N, following motions of flagship, the course becoming subsequent E¾S (per compass).


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy three hours, then clearing.

Barometer steady.

Gentle SE breeze.

Following flagship, making good E⅝S (per standard [compass]).

Steam 116, revolutions 87.

Several brilliant meteors crossed NE sky between 11.00pm and 12.00am.


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7 February 1891

At sea, making passage from Galveston to New Orleans

Lat 28.78, Long -91.78


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy first part, clear and pleasant latter part, heavy dew.

Light to gentle breezes from South by West.

Barometer steady.

Following motions of flagship, making course E¾SE.

At about 3.40am stopped in consequence of the U.S.S. "Chicago" having slowed down and the U.S.S. "Dolphin" stopped.

At 3.50am went ahead again.

Average steam pressure 120, average number of revolutions 82.4, vacuum 26.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE.

Steering course E¾S, in column, under steam alone.

At slow speed till 4.50am, when the U.S.S. "Chicago" having forged ahead, went ahead fast, U.S.S. "Dolphin" shortly doing the same.

Steam pressure 105, revolutions 8, vacuum 26.

Barometer steady.


8am to meridian:

Hazy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 10.05am flagship changed course to E⅛S (per compass), and at 11.25am to E½N (per compass).

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were assigned: H.C. King, Landsman, 3 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for threatening to strike Wardroom Steward, and disrespectful to caterer; P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, 2 days' double irons, for singing out for Corporal of Guard, and making fun for crew.

Both of these men were confined accordingly.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Steam 111.5, vacuum 26.5, revolutions 89.7.

The following signals were made: U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship, at 9.00am numeral 1, at 10.00am numeral 2, at 12.00pm numeral 193, numeral 28.47 and numeral 91.32; flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown", at 11.55 431.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy around horizon.

Gentle breezes from SSE.

Barometer falling.

Squadron in line at distance.

Under steam alone.

Steam pressure 115, vacuum 26, average revolutions 87.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: H.M. Calisto, Second-class Fireman, J.J. Meade, Coal Heaver, W. Johnson, Coal Heaver, E. Golden, Coal Heaver, not turning out for morning watch, 6 hours' extra duty each.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with thick mist to Northward and Eastward obscuring horizon.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE.

Squadron in line at distance until 5.45pm.

At 4.55pm flagship made [signal] 136, immediately after hoisted annulling pennant.

At 5.00pm changed course to East by North

At 5.10pm flagship made general signal 128, at 5.45pm general signal 247, and at 5.50pm general signal 256.

At end of watch assuming position, order of cruising day formation.

Average steam pressure 115 pounds, revolutions 85.9, vacuum 26½.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, damp.

Light breezes from South by East.

In order of cruising day formation, at ½ distance, under steam alone.

At 6.40pm made signal to flagship, "slowed to avoid getting too near U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 7.00pm flagship made general [signal] "The order of cruising was prescribed by order of January 24".

Barometer steady.

Steam 111, revolutions 88, vacuum 26.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, heavy dew, misty about Eastern horizon.

Moderate breeze from SE by East.

At 8.15pm flagship made [signal] 255, and at 8.25pm made 829.

Changed to column ahead.

Steam 115 pounds, vacuum 26.5, revolutions 82.9.


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8 February 1891

Making passage to New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.025, Long -89.178


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy first half, clear latter half.

Following lead of flagship, making good East by North first hour, ENE last three hours (per standard [compass]), except 15 minutes 2nd hour, when stood NE.

About 1.45am sighted SW Pass light and at 2.45am South Pass light.

At 3.45am took pilot off Jetties.

Average pressure 113, average turns 87.


4am to 8am:

Thick fog.

Light airs from South and South by West until last hour, when backed to SSE.

Barometer rising.

At 4.20am came to anchor in 8¼ fathoms, soft muddy bottom, veered to 30 fathoms starboard chain, banked fires.

South Pass light bearing (per compass) West by North, ship's head NW¼W.

General signal from flagship to have steam ready at day break.

At 6.15am engines were reported ready.


8am to meridian:

Heavy fog first two hours, then clear and warm.

Light airs and light breezes from South by East.

At 9.10am called all hands up anchor, and fell into position, in column at distance, under steam alone, in obedience to general signal 241.

Standing in under direction of pilot in above order remainder of watch.

At 10.40am passed East and West Jetty lights.

At 11.10am Health Officer came alongside and granted pratique.

At 11.30am passed Port Eads.

Steam 120, revolutions 43.8, vacuum 27.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first half, clouding over latter half.

Light breeze from SW except third [hour], when wind blew in squalls from gentle to stiff breeze.

Barometer falling.

Standing up South Pass first hour.

At 1.15pm discharged pilot.

U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Dolphin" some distance ahead.

Under steam alone.

By order of Commanding Officer release from confinement Private McKee, U.S. Marine Corps, his term of confinement by a Court Martial sentence having expired.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with low lying mist along shore.

Light SW breeze.

Standing up Mississippi, Commander conning.

At end of watch abreast Live Oak, with rest of squadron out of sight ahead.

Average steam pressure 92, average revolutions 88.8.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first hour, heavy mist rising from river about 7.00pm.

Standing up river, ship conned by Commanding Officer, steering various courses.

At 7.08pm called all hands bring ship to an anchor, and at 7.10pm let go starboard anchor in 11 fathoms water, soft bottom, and veered to 75 fathoms chain toward the right bank, above Belleview.

Current at 7.45pm 2.6 knots.

Average steam pressure 94 pounds, average number of revolutions 83.3, vacuum 27 inch.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and foggy first hour, then clearing, with slight fog remainder of watch.

Light breezes from SSE.

At 8.40pm used search lights.

At 8.45 turned them off.

Under banked fires in three boilers.


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9 February 1891

Standing up the Mississippi, and at anchor New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, hazy weather.

Wind moderate from SSE.

At 3.00am spread the fires.


4am to 8am:

Mostly cloudy, at times foggy along water's edge.

Gentle SSE and SW breezes.

At 4.30am got under way and stood up river, Commander conning.

At 5.55am came to in 10½ fathoms, mud bottom, 75 fathoms starboard chain, abreast Fair View, where found U.S.S. "Dolphin" and U.S.S. "Chicago" anchored.

Exchanged distinguishing lights and reported fact of anchorage.

At 7.15am flagship made [signal] 431, got under way and took place in column, flagship leading.

At end of watch abreast of Woodland, rest of squadron some distance ahead.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy weather.

Light to moderate breezes from SW to SSW.

Barometer steady.

Passing showers last hour.

At 9.30am went to quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Exercised gun divisions at pointing, Powder Division instruction, Marine Guard manual and firing.

J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Released from confinement P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and J. Rogers, Landsman, their term of confinement having expired.

Standing up river, at about 10.30am obtained "distance" from U.S.S. "Dolphin".

Exchanged salutes with numerous vessels and flags along the levees.

At 11.05am let go port anchor in 15½ fathoms water, soft muddy bottom, and veered to 50 fathoms chain at the hawse pipe, abreast Louisville and Nashville Railroad wharf.

Banked fires.

Average steam pressure up to time of anchorage 111, average number of revolutions 97.3, vacuum 26.

At 9.00am made numeral 1, at 10.00am numeral 3, at meridian numeral 162.

Flagship made signals as follows, namely: 9.35am U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant 306; general signal 9.40am, 3544; 9.50am, 5118; 10.20am, preparatory 234; 11.00am, 234; 11.20am, 2121; 11.25am, 559; 11.45am, 3969.

At 10.15am flagship made telegraphic signal 4841, 9277, 9319, 6024, 9279, 6216, 1839, 0094, 8619.

At 10.35am replied telegraphic 0776, 4774, 8619, 4204, 9778, 6439, 1998, 1, 1583, 1902, 629, 6603, 3534, 1695, 0940, 0970, 0416.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from SSW.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, being drunk on duty, 10 days' double irons; F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, A.J. Quigly, Coal Heaver, and C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, leaving ship without permission, 10 days' double irons each.

J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms, was this day discharged from this vessel and the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

At 2.32pm flagship fired a salute of 21 guns and manned yards in honor of Naval Parade, headed by "King of the Carnival".

At 2.45pm battery ashore fired a salute of 21 guns.

At 3.30pm hauled down rainbow flags, leaving ship in dress uniform, following movements of flagship.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Squally appearances throughout the watch.

Light to moderate breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Cleaning outside, painting inboard.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool, passing showers first, occasional drizzle remainder of watch.

Light airs to moderate breezes in squalls from NNW.

Barometer rising.


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10 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Moderate NW wind.

At 3.00am the ship started to drag.

Veered to 75 fathoms outside the hawse on the port chain, and dropped the starboard anchor under foot.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with light to moderate breezes from NNW first part, gentle breezes from North by West latter part.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 89 pounds fresh bread; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather.

Gentle breezes from North by West.

At 9.30am went to quarters and mustered divisions, the following men absent without leave (see list [below]).

Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned from liberty 2 hours over time.

F.S. Hoagland, Oiler, returned on board 4 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: (see list [below]).

Made routine signals to flagship.

Making preparations for painting ship.

Barometer steady.


Noon to 4pm:

Overcast and heavy first part, clearing up fine latter part.

Moderate breeze from North.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE and North.

Calms.

A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 12 hours over time.

At 4.45pm flagship made general [signal] 2984, and piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE.

Running evaporator.

M. Foley, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty 14½ hours over time.

Barometer steady, 30.18 and 30.17.


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[Inserted note]


8am to meridian.

Absentees February 10th, 1891.

M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, F.L. Hoagland, Oiler, A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, M. Foley, Second-class Fireman, H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, J.J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver, J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, and G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class.


By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: L.S. Butler, Landsman, E. Moore, Landsman, H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, not removing table cover by 9.00am, 4 hours' extra duty each.


James Dwyer was this day enlisted on board this vessel for three years' General Service as a Seaman Gunner.


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11 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

First part clear and pleasant, afterward cloudy.

Light breeze from NNE and NE by East.

Barometer about steady.

At 7.30am flagship made general signal 3340.


8am to noon:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men being absent over time: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, W. Frazier, Second-class Fireman, T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver, J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Sloan, Coal Heaver, J. Murphy, Second-class Fireman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M.H. Poulsen, Private Marine, C.P. Bayley, Private Marine, E. Powers, Private Marine, A. Nordstrom, Captain of Forecastle, J. Svensen, Seaman, E. Lundberg, Seaman, M.J. Lynch, Seaman, and P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables; and 89 pounds fresh bread.

C.P. Bayley, Private Marine, E. Powers, Private Marine, P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, E. Lundberg, Seaman, and P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty over time.

At 9.00am made signal to flagship, numeral 18, at 10.00am numeral 3, and at noon numeral 156.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling at intervals last three hours of watch.

Light breeze from East.

Barometer falling.

By order of Commanding Officer a reward of ten (10) dollars was offered for each of the following men: M.J. Lynch, Seaman, W. Svensen, Seaman, W.J. Sloan, Coal Heaver, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, J. Murphy, Second-class Fireman, J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver, T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, W. Frazier, Second-class Fireman, J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, W.H. Poulsen, Private Marine, and H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman.

At 2.40pm piped down scrubbed and washed clothes, in obedience to general signal 2984 from flagship.

E. Powers, Private Marine, placed under sentry's charge for being drunk on duty.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain, excepting at intervals.

Light airs from East and East by North.

W.J. Sloan, Coal Heaver, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, J. Griffin, Coal Heaver, J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, and J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, were brought on board by the police, and awards of ten (10) dollars each were paid for each of the first four men, in accordance with the Commanding Officer's offer of the day to the police of the town.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, and J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, were placed under charge of sentry until sober.

T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, returned on board over time.

The Commanding Officer offered a reward of ten dollars for the return of each of the following men: M.H. Poulsen, Private Marine, A. Nordstrom, Captain of Forecastle, and H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman.

Lieutenant Bradbury and Chief Engineer C. Andrade returned on board from the New York Naval Hospital.


8pm to midnight.

Cloudy, damp and misty.

Light Easterly airs.

Barometer falling gradually.

The following men: E. Powers, Private Marine, J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, and J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, were released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.


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12 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy.

Light airs from SE and SE by East.


4am to 8am:

Fog.

Light SE airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.00am made absentee signal to flagship.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised 1st Division at small arms, 2nd at instruction, 3rd at setting up drill, instructed Powder [Division], and drilled Marine Guard.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, J. Murphy, Second-class Fireman, M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, A. Nordstrom, Captain of Forecastle, J. Svenson, Seaman, M.J. Lynch, Seaman, J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, P.E. Rogers, Painter, and M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following named men were released from confinement, namely: A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and J.H. Cummings.

At 10.00am made sick report to flagship.

At 10.15am flagship made general signal 5455.

Answered, and loosed sail.

A. Nordstrom, Captain of Forecastle, and M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, returned on board, the former 3¾ hours, the latter 28¼ hours over time.

Engaged in painting ship outside.

At 12.00pm made coal signal to flagship.

Naval Cadet A.B. Hoff returned to duty on board the U.S.S. "Chicago".


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, but generally pleasant, occasionally a light passing sprinkle.

Light to gentle breeze from South by East to SSW.

Engaged in painting ship.

Received numerous visitors on board.

The two following named men were brought on board by the police, and the offered reward of ten dollars apiece was paid for their delivery on board, namely: H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, and J. Murphy, Second-class Fireman.

By order of the Commanding Officer a reward of ten dollars was offered for the apprehension and delivery on board this vessel of the following named men, namely: P.E. Rogers, Painter, and J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver,

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, with occasional passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Barometer falling.

G. Frazer, Coal Heaver, absent without leave, was brought on board by the city police, 57½ hours over time, and by order of the Commanding Officer a reward of $10.00 was paid for his delivery on board; by same authority he was placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp, frequent passing showers.

Light breezes from South to SSW, increasing to moderate breezes at times, from SSW last hour, with lightning to the Northward.

Barometer unsteady.


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13 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Rainy weather.

Light airs from NNW to NE, coming in moderate squalls first hour.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Weather cloudy and rainy.

Light breezes, unsteady in direction.

Barometer falling.

At 7.00am the flagship made general signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, light drizzling rain during most of watch, foggy at times.

Very light airs to light breezes from SE, backing to NE and East.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables; 89 pounds fresh bread.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following is the list of absentees: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, M.J. Lynch, Seaman, and J. Svensen, Seaman.

The following changes in ratings were made: Charles Ambler, Landsman to Bugler, from January 1st, 1891; G.J. Hyde, Third-class Apprentice to Second-class Apprentice, from January 1st, 1891; James Dwyer, Seaman Gunner to Master-at-Arms, from February 10th, 1891.

Made the following signals to flagship, namely: at 9.00am absentee report numeral 4; at 10.00am made sick report numeral 4; at noon coal report numeral 141.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with heavy low lying fog at times.

Light airs from East to ENE.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty, raining latter part.

Light airs from East by North, and East last hour.

Barometer rising.

At 4.20pm went to fire quarters.

Ready as follows: 1st Division 1 minute 40 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 0 seconds; 3rd Division 55 seconds; Powder Division 50 seconds; Navigator's Division 50 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 30 seconds; Marines 1 minute 15 seconds.

Water at 1 minute 30 seconds.

At 4.27pm sounded siren, and closed watertight doors in the following times: starboard engine room 30 seconds; port engine room 40 seconds; berth deck 35 seconds.

Secured at 4.40pm, 30 seconds.


8pm to midnight:

Foggy, with drizzling rain.

Light airs from NE.


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14 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain.

Light wind from East by North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, drizzling rain first hour.

Barometer steady.

Light to gentle breezes from East by North and ENE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected bags.

The following men absent without leave: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, H. Miller, Coal Heaver, and J.L. Carlson, Seaman.

At 11.58am flagship fired a salute of 17 guns.

Made routine signals to flagship, as follows: at 9.00am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 133.

Sent section of distilling pipe ashore to be repaired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, and threatening rain.

Moderate wind from East by North.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with rain last two hours.

Gentle breeze from ENE, coming in moderate squalls last two hours.

H. Miller, Coal Heaver, returned on board 11 hours over time.

Distilling pipe returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Raining.

Fresh breeze from ENE.


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15 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Squally and rainy weather.

Moderate to fresh breeze from ENE to East.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Rainy weather.

Gentle breezes in moderate squalls from East, hauling to ESE and increasing in force at end of watch.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Raining with but few intervals.

Wind in strong squalls until latter end of watch, when it shifted from East by South to SSE.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, was released from confinement.

The following men were absent without leave at the end of watch: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J.L. Carlson, Seaman, and J. Gragg, Coal Heaver.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds vegetables; and 90 pounds fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather, clearing latter half.

Light and gentle breezes from SE and SSE.

Barometer falling second hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant, clearing weather.

Light breeze from SE by South.

The U.S.L.H.T. "Joseph Henry", lighthouse tender for the 16th District, passed up the river.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breezes from SE, shifting to SSE last hour.

Barometer falling.

Strength of current 2.1 knots.


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16 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, passing showers third hour, heavy rain last hour after 3.50am.

Light SSE breeze.

Barometer 30.06 to 29.98.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy, foggy weather.

Light airs from South.

J.L. Carlson, Seaman, returned on board 46 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear, and warm after first hour.

Light airs and breezes from SW to West by South.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men absent without leave, namely: M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, M. Condon, Oiler, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, John Healy, Water Tender, John Daly, Water Tender, and J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate.

Instructed 1st Division, drilled 2nd Division at great guns, 3rd [Division] and Masters at setting up drill, and Powder [Division] at small arms, and marines at small arms and aiming drill.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables, each; and 89 pounds fresh bread.

At 10.00am made sick report to flagship.

At 10.25am flagship made general signal 5455, answered and loosed sail.

At 11.28am sounded the shrieking whistle.

Watertight doors closed in: starboard engine room in 35 seconds; port engine room 25 seconds; and on berth deck in 28 seconds.

The Executive Officer inspected et cetera the hull, in accordance with Paragraph 2, Section 2, U.S. Navy Regulations Circular number 77, and found it in good condition.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

At 12.00pm made coal signal to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light WSW breeze.

At 3.30pm flagship made [signals] 4826 and 2984, furled sail and piped down clothes.

At 1.15pm made annulling 5040.

Barometer falling 30.04 to 29.98.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from WSW.

Bright moonlight latter part of watch.

Barometer rising slowing.


8pm to midnight:

Clear [first] half of watch, then fair, clouds moving over from Westward, heavy dew, mist on horizon.

Light SW airs.

Barometer steady at 30.00 inches.


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17 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with bright starlight most of the watch.

Cloudy to the Westward and SW.

Light airs and breezes from SSE, and South by East latter part.

Moderate dew.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

First hour clear and pleasant, afterwards cloudy, with occasional fog.

Light airs and breezes from SW to South.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, answered.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds of fresh beef and vegetables each; and 89 pounds fresh bread.

At 8.00am half-masted colors in memory of Admiral D.D. Porter, U.S. Navy


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breezes from South by West to SW.

Barometer slowly rising, 30.00 to 30.05 inches.

By order of Commanding Officer rewards of $10.00 each for the apprehension and delivery on board of John Healy, Water Tender, James Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, and Michael Condon, Oiler.

Absent without leave: W.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Daly, Water Tender, J. Healy, Water Tender, M. Condon, Oiler, J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, James Gragg, Coal Heaver, and J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate.

J. Daly, Water Tender, returned on board 27¾ hours over time, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, 50 hours over time.

J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, was brought off by the police, 28 hours over time, and the proffered reward of $10 paid for his delivery.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, drilled divisions at infantry, except 2nd Division, which was drilled at artillery, and Marine Guard at bayonet exercise.

Made routine signals: numeral 8 at 9.00am; numeral 0 at 10.00am; and numeral 110 at noon.

At noon flagship began minute-gun salute in honor of the late Admiral of the Navy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather, with light airs and breezes from SW to South by West.

Barometer falling.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Painted 2nd cutter.

At 12.36pm continued salute of minute guns in honor of the late Admiral of the Navy, firing seventeen.

Expended in Ordnance [Department] 17 6-pounder charges.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair first and third hour, cloudy rest of watch.

Light breeze to light airs from South by West to WSW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first hour, overcast remainder of watch.

Light airs and breezes from South by West to SSW.

Barometer steady.

John Healy, Water Tender, returned on board 58½ hours over time.


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18 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Partially clear, clouding over with slight mist last hour.

Light breezes from South and South by West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light breeze to light airs from SSW to South.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from South by West to SSE.

Barometer steady last three hours.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: W.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, M. Condon, Oiler, and James Gragg, Coal Heaver.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st Division instruction great guns; 2nd Division same; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division setting up drill; Marine Guard infantry.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded: L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, out of uniform at quarters, 4 hours' extra duty; T.E. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, absent from muster at anchor watch, 2 hours' extra duty; P.J. Kiley, Landsman, and F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, absent from muster at gun brightwork, 3 hours' extra duty each; C.S. Driver, Landsman, putting name on liberty list without caterers' permission, 2 weeks' quarantine; C. Connelly, Landsman, dirty clothes in guard boat, 3 hours' extra duty; M. Foley, Second-class Fireman, hammock 20 minute late, impertinence to Corporal [of the] Guard while executing orders of Officer of Deck, 5 days' double irons; George Parkhurst, Seaman, and G. Goodwin, Landsman, hammock five minutes late, 2 hours' extra duty each; McEvoy, Landsman, E. Creigher, Landsman, and J. Gable, Oiler, 3 hours' extra duty each, for same offense; M. Theahan, Second-class Fireman, J. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J. Meade, Coal Heaver, J. Healy, Water Tender, F. Ruschman, Oiler, P. Woods, Oiler, P. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Tierny, Second-class Fireman, J. Mather, Second-class Fireman, J. Costain, First-class Fireman, and H. Miller, Coal Heaver, not turning out morning watch, 6 hours' extra duty each.

M. Foley, Second-class Fireman, was accordingly placed in double irons for five days.

At 10.10am flagship made general signal 5455.

Called all hands and loosed sail.

At 11.40am flagship made 4826, furled sails.

At noon made coal signal 103, at 9.00am made numeral 4 for absentee report, at 10.00am sick report numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, occasional passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from South to South by East.

At 2.15pm flagship made general 2984, and piped down washed clothes.

J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, was brought on board by the police, 79 hours over time, and reward paid.

At 1.05pm went to fire quarters, ready as follows: 1st Division 1 minute 0 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 10 seconds; 3rd Division 50 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 30 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minutes 20 seconds; Marines 1 minute 35 seconds.

Water in 2 minutes.

Secure at 1.10pm.

Retreat at 1.17pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather, bright moonlight latter part.

Light airs and breezes from South by East to SE.

Barometer rising slowly.

Light mist rising over river at end of watch.

By order of Commanding Officer placed W.C. Carson, Quarter Gunner, under sentry's charge until he shall become sober.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear, with heavy fog settling at times.

Light airs from SE.

By order of Commanding Office released W.C. Carson from under sentry's charge.


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19 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Fog, light SE airs.


4am to 8am:

Foggy, becoming somewhat lighter overhead toward end of watch.

Light airs and breezes from SE to ESE.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds fresh vegetables and 89 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Foggy first part, partially clear last part, light breezes from SE by East.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st Division instruction; 2nd and 3rd Divisions infantry; Powder Division and Marine Guard in rifle manual.

The following men absent without leave: M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, and G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

Received in Engineer's Department: 302 gallons lard oil; 354 pounds cotton waste; 20 pounds iron washers; 100 pounds oatmeal.

By order of Commanding Officer placed P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, in double irons, for disorderly conduct, to await further action.

Made routine signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 97.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

By order of Commanding Officer released C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, from confinement.

A large number of visitors came on board during the watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE to SE by South.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, moonlight, damp mist rising from the water.

Light wind from SE by East.


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20 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE to SE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SE and SE by South.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef; 111¼ pounds vegetables and 89 pounds fresh bread.

Made preparations for coaling.

At 5.45am coal stage came alongside, and at 6.00am the coal lighter.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal.


8am to noon:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate wind, in puffs, from SSE.

By order of Commanding Officer released P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, from confinement, and declared M.H. Paulsen, Private Marine, a deserter.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms, absent over time, the latter returning at noon, four hours over time.

Engaged coaling ship.

Received during watch about 204 tons 2040 pounds.

The Captain returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle to fresh breeze from South by East.

Barometer falling.

Finished coaling ship at about 3.30pm, having received on board 316 tons 960 pounds.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with passing showers last half of watch.

Light wind from South and South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy and rainy.

Gentle breeze from South by East, shifting to West, NW and North by West between 9 and 10 o'clock, with heavy rain.

Lightning to the Southward and Eastward after 9.00pm.

Barometer unsteady.


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21 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, intermittent rain first three hours, steady last hour.

Gentle breeze from ENE, falling to light airs from SE and calms.

Thunder and lightning to SW last three hours.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and rainy first two hours, clearing somewhat last two hours.

Light airs, variable in direction.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Weather cloudy and damp.

Light airs and breezes, unsteady in direction.

Barometer unsteady.

At 10.00am made sick report, at 9.00am made absentee report, and at 12.00pm coal report to flagship.

At 8.45am made signal interrogatory 2983 to flagship, answered granted.

By order of the Commanding Officer Martin Foley, Second-class Fireman, was released from confinement, his term having expired, and by the same authority the following punishments were assigned, namely: H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, L.S.M. Butler, Landsman, and H.C. King, Landsman, wearing dirty clothes at table service, 4 hours' extra duty each; R. Scholz, Ordinary Seaman, having wet clothes under top gallant forecastle, 6 hours' extra duty; M. Tierny, Second-class Fireman, slow in obeying orders of machinist, 3 days' double irons.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent from the ship without leave.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 111¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 89 pounds bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, light sprinkles of rain second and last hours.

Light breeze from North.

Slight rise of barometer.


4pm to 8pm:

First hour cloudy, with passing showers, afterward clearing weather.

Gentle to fresh breeze from North.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with bright moonlight, occasionally obscured by passing clouds.

Gentle to stiff North by East and NNE breeze, last half in light squalls.

Barometer rising 30.04 to 30.12 inches.

Force of current at 11.45pm 2.6 knots.


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22 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, cold, and bright moonlight.

Light to stiff breeze from NNE, moderating latter part.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to NE.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, which was annulled at 7.45am, and general signal 3362 made.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with gentle ENE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

Commander inspected ship and crew.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and mild.

Light to gentle breezes from between ESE and ENE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 12.00pm a salute of 45 guns was fired on shore in honor of the anniversary of Washington's birthday.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with light breeze from East, falling to light airs from East by South.

A large number of persons from shore visited the ship.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy at end of watch.

Calm first hour, light airs and breezes from NE by East to East during remainder of watch.


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23 February 1891

At anchor off New Orleans, Louisiana

Lat 29.95, Long -90.06


Midnight to 4am:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from the East.

Started fires in two boilers at 12.00am.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and light breeze from East.

Made preparations for sea.

At 5.45am started heaving up starboard anchor, when a link carried away at hawse pipe, thus losing anchor and about 27 fathoms of chain.

Got spare anchor on starboard billboard, unshackled starboard bower chain at 45 fathom shackle, and bent it to 45 fathoms of sheet chain, which took to spare anchor.


8am to meridian:

Fair.

Light airs and breezes from between East and SSE.

At 8.20am called all hands up anchor.

Started to heave in port chain, finding a very heavy strain, going ahead slowly on engines at intervals, stopping the windlass as chain tautened.

At 10.09am the port chain parted at about 48 fathoms, due to an imperfect link, as was disclosed by the fracture.

Put stream anchor on port bow ready for letting go with 90 fathoms chain, 105 fathoms chain on starboard anchor.

During remainder of watch steaming the current and awaiting the motions of the U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At noon fired a salute of 21 guns in honor of the anniversary of Washington's birthday.

The same being fired by each vessel of the squadron present.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 blank 6-pounder charges.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 11 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

At 9.00am, 10.00am, and 12.00pm made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SE.

Till 1.10pm lying in position ahead of flagship, then dropped in position in column at distance on flagship, in obedience to signal by wigwag.

At 1.30pm made [signal] interrogatory 6339 to flagship.

At 1.32pm flagship made general [signal] 251, then general 255.

At 2.00pm flagship made general [signal] 444.

At 2.25pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 255, 829, and at 2.30pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 255, and stood down the river followed by U.S.S. "Yorktown", in column at distance.

At end of watch in above order, under steam alone, with fires in three boilers, average steam 120 pounds, revolutions 59, vacuum 27.

At 12.25pm a salute of 17 guns was fired from shore, and answered by flagship gun for gun.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE to ESE.

Barometer rising.

Standing down river following U.S.S. "Chicago".

Latter part of watch U.S.S. "Dolphin" in sight astern.

Number of revolutions 99.6, steam 117 pounds


6pm to 8pm:

Fine, bright moonlight.

Light wind from ESE.

Standing down river following flagship.

At 7.45pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" resumed place in line, this ship dropping astern into position.

At 8.00pm flagship stopped and signaled for pilot.

Steam 110 pounds, vacuum 26.5, revolutions 93.4.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with gentle South breeze.

Fine drizzling rain for 10 minutes last hour.

Long swell in Gulf.

At 8.10pm pilot came on board and took charge of conn.

Stood down river and through Jetties, ships about a mile apart.

At 9.25pm discharged pilot, and at 9.45pm took departure, patent log 16.1, East Jetty light W½S (per standard [compass]), distant 2 miles, ship's head East.

Following flagship rest of watch, making good until 10.00pm East, until 11.00pm NE½E, and till midnight NE¼E.

During last hour tubes became choked with soot and steam was for half an hour kept with difficulty.

Started fires in fourth boiler.

At 9.45pm flagship made tactical signal 255, and at 10.20pm general [signal] 529.

Average steam pressure 112, revolutions 75.4.

At 11.30pm last sight of East Jetty light bearing WSW (per standard [compass]).


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24 February 1891

At sea making passage from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Pensacola, Florida, and at anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with moon partially obscured, clearing last hour.

Gentle breezes from East by South, to East last hour.

Barometer steady.

In column at distance, following movements of flagship, making course NE¼E.

Under steam from four boilers.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 86, vacuum 27.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with moonlight at times, clearing last hour.

Gentle breeze from East to SE by East.

In column at distance, under steam alone, using four boilers, steering course NE¼E.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 85.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

At 8.15am changed course to NE by E¼E (per compass), patent log 10.5.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship.

At 9.30am changed course to NNE (per compass), patent log 20.3.

Mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Instructed 1st Division, drilled 2nd and 3rd Division at great guns, Powder [Division] at secondary battery, and Marines at infantry.

At 10.15am sighted low land on port bow.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments was assigned, namely: J. Mather, Second-class Fireman, 2 hours' extra duty for being out of uniform at Sunday inspection; and by the same authority M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, was released from confinement.

At 10.30am sounded in 19 fathoms water with Thomson's [Thompson in log-book] machine.

At 10.37am changed course to North (per compass), patent log 30.6, and at 10.48am to North by West, patent log 32.3.

At 10.50am sighted Pensacola lighthouse on starboard bow.

At 11.35am flagship made general signal 196, at 11.40am numeral 2 answer 5, at same time to this vessel 231, at 11.42am general signal 102, and 11.45am numeral 2 answer 5.

Last hour of watch standing for anchorage off Pensacola bar, following flagship.

Average number revolutions 84.6, steam 120 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light SE wind.

At 12.10pm anchored in 6 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms on starboard chain, hard sandy bottom.

Bearings of anchorage: Pensacola lighthouse NW by N, life saving station at Santa Rosa NE¼E, both magnetic.

Banked fires.

Two pilot boats and two tugs came off to view the ships.

The Commandant of the Navy Yard paid an official visit to the flagship, bringing mail for the squadron.

At noon flagship made general signal 231.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SE by South and SSE.

Barometer falling slowly.

Moon rose at about 6.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, moonlight.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 11.00pm flagship made general signal 4873, and at 11.30pm 2810.

Exercised at general quarters.

Cast loose 8 minutes 30 seconds.

Secured 7 minutes.

Total time of exercise 33 minutes.


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25 February 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light to gentle SSE breeze.

Damp.

Moon occasionally obscured.

No appreciable tidal current.

Barometer falling 29.93 to 29.82 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, with passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE to SSW.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, answered.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from South and South by West.

At 9.30am exercised boats under oars.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent from the ship over time.

The Commanding Officer awarded following punishments: 4 hours' extra duty to H.C. King, Landsman, for repeated inattention to orders; 4 hours' extra duty to L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, for not answering bell call; and 4 hours' extra duty to William Peters, Bayman, for having steam turned on without orders.

The following signal were made: from U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 358; from flagship at 9.20am general preparatory 11.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light South by West and SSW breezes.

Barometer falling 29.88 to 29.75 inches.

At 1.30pm instructed classes of 3rd Division in care and preservation of main battery.

At 2.30pm flagship made tactical signal 11, sent boats out for exercise under oars.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2438, recalled boats.

At 3.30pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship [signal] interrogatory 5455, answer yes.

At 3.40pm flagship made general signal 2984.

Piped down scrubbed clothes.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light SW wind.

At 4.45pm made [signal] interrogatory 4826.

Flagship answered and made yes.

Furled sails at 4.45pm.

Moon rose at 7.35pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first hour, with bright moonlight, gradually clouding over, with heavy scud from WSW, and moon only occasionally visible.

Barometer steady at 29.70 inches.

Dew.

Light breeze from SW first hour, increasing to fresh breeze from SW by West and WSW, and blowing last two hours in moderate squalls.

At 10.45pm spread fires in two boilers, and at 11.50pm port engine was reported ready for use.

At 11.15pm veered to 60 fathoms


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26 February 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and squally appearances first three quarters of an hour, bright moonlight and starlight after 1.00am.

Long swell setting in from the SW, going down toward end of watch.

Gentle to moderate breezes from West by South, veering steadily to the NNW at end of watch and moderating.

Barometer steady.

Banked fires at 12.15am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from NNW to West.

At 7.00am flagship made signal 3340 for uniform and time.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with gentle to fresh WNW breeze.

Barometer rising 29.90 to 29.98 inches.

Wind in moderate squalls.

At 9.00am carried out to 150 yards from ship and anchored small floating target to be used as per instructions for preliminary target practice issued by Commander-in-Chief.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters (G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent over time), then went to general quarters and exercised at main and secondary battery, Marines as riflemen.

Times of cast loose and provide: 1st Division 9 minutes 15 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 40 seconds; 3rd [Division] 2 minutes 35 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minutes 45 seconds; Powder Division 3 minutes 25 seconds.

Secured at 9 hours 54 minutes 45 seconds, total time of exercise 29 minutes.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, disrespect to steward, 2 days' confinement on bread and water; Thomas Cassidy, Quarter Gunner, gross neglect of duty, 2 weeks' quarantine.

At 11.00am let go port anchor under foot.

Several tugs with passengers to view the squadron came out from Pensacola.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with gentle to stiff breezes from the NW.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in firing at target using sub-caliber ammunition.

At end of watch started to take in target.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 440 .45 caliber ball cartridges.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, latter part bright starlight.

Moderate, falling to light NW breeze.

Barometer rose from 30.05 to 30.19 inches.

Took in target at 4.15pm.

At 7.15pm hove up port anchor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW, moderating latter part.

Barometer rising.

Moon rose at 8.25pm.

Fires banked under all four boilers.


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27 February 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle and moderate breezes from NNW.

Barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with gentle to moderate breezes from North by West to NNE.

Low dawn.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3340.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Clear, fine weather.

Light to moderate breezes from NNE to NE, moderating after 9.00am.

Very high barometer, and still rising [30.44 inches at noon].

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st [Division] instruction great guns; 2nd [Division] great guns; 3rd [Division] setting up exercise; Powder [Division] stations for general quarters, and Marine Guard infantry and instruction in compass.

Put out target and continued sub-caliber practice as yesterday.

Signals made: 9.00am, absentee report numeral 1; 10.00am, sick numeral 2; 12.00pm, coal report numeral 345.

Flagship made at 9.20am negative 4873.

At 9.20am to U.S.S. "Dolphin" 4562, and at 10.30am general signal 2984.

Punishments awarded by Commanding officer as follows: T. Desmond, Landsman, no southwester when manning boat, 4 hours' extra duty; M.J. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, no southwester or trousers when manning boat, and keeping same waiting 15 minutes, 4 hours' extra duty, and 3 hours per day additional until southwester is found.

At about 11.30am U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and stood in toward the entrance to Pensacola Bay.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ESE.

At 1.11pm sounded siren and closed watertight doors.

Times: starboard engine room 30 seconds; port engine room 25 seconds; and berth deck 35 seconds.

Exercised divisions with sub-caliber tubes at target as per order of Commander-in-Chief.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from SE to East by South.

Barometer falling.

Finished target practice and took in target.

Expended in Ordnance [Department] today: 740 .45 caliber ball cartridges.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ESE to SE, increasing in force third hour.

Moon rose at 9.20pm, bright moonlight remainder of watch.


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28 February 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from SSE to NE, shifting by West and North.

Barometer unsteady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from East by North, to SE at end of watch.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in running in guns and cleaning ship.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SE to SSE.

Crew engaged in overhauling battery and refilling recoil cylinders.

Made routine signals to flagship at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.

The watertight doors' valves and ironwork was examined as per United States Regulation Circular number 77, and found in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from South.

Barometer falling.

At 3.15pm the U.S.S. "Dolphin" was sighted coming out of the harbor, and at 3.55pm she anchored to the Eastward of the U.S.S. "Chicago".


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from South by East to South.

At 4.00pm went to fire quarters.

Divisions ready as follows: 1st 1 minute 0 seconds; 2nd 1 minute 30 seconds; 3rd 30 seconds; Powder 1 minute 0 seconds; Navigator's 45 seconds; and Marines 1 minute 0 seconds.

Water [in] 1 minute 30 seconds.

Secured at 4.03pm.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from South, shifting to South by West last hour.

Barometer falling.

Moon rose at about 10.20pm.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1891


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1 March 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy.

Light wind from SW by West to West by North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs and light breezes from North by West, hauling to NNE.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty, damp weather.

Light airs from NNE to NE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew.

Called all hands to muster, read Articles for the Government of the Navy, and mustered crew.

At 10.00am made sick report, and at noon coal report to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light airs from North by East, East by South and SSW.

Three barks came out over the bar under tow and put to sea.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, hazy.

Light SW airs.


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2 March 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

First part clear and pleasant, afterwards cloudy.

Light airs from East to NE.

Barometer steady.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, answered.

At 7.15am sighted U.S.S. "Boston" standing in for anchorage.

She and the U.S.S. "Chicago" exchanged numbers.

At 7.45am flagship made signals numerals 168 and 231 to U.S.S. "Boston".

At 7.40am U.S.S. "Boston" fired a salute of 13 guns, which was answered by flagship with 11 guns.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light airs from South by West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent over time.

Drilled 1st period: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division setting up; Powder Division and Marines infantry.

2nd Period: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division pistols; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division pistols; and Marines setting up.

Spread fires under two boilers and turned engines over.

Sighted starboard anchor and dropped it again in same position.

Banked fires.

Instructed apprentices in compass and signals.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was returned on board from the U.S.S. "Boston", having had his leave extended by the Navy Department until 26th January.

He received a passage on the U.S.S. "Atlanta" to Key West, where he was transferred to the U.S.S. "Boston".

Received on board stores from the U.S.S. "Boston".

Steam Engineering [Department]: 20 pounds ⅝-inch iron washers; 50 yards blue fish line; 70 pounds oatmeal and 2 tube cutters.

Equipment [Department]: 2 globes for arc lights; 2 dust pans for same; 100 carbons, large, for same; and 100 carbons, small, for same; 2 junction boxes.

Ordnance [Department]: 6 extractor springs for Lee magazine rifle; and 1 telescope sight and attachment.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 330; by wigwag "Request permission to sight our anchor", flagship answered "yes".

U.S.S. "Boston" to U.S.S. "Yorktown": "We have ordnance stores and a man on board for you".


Noon to 4pm:

Fair, with light airs and breezes from South.

At 1.30pm had usual classes, 3rd Division instructed in dismounting and assembling Lee magazine rifle and Colt's double action Navy revolver.

At 2.30pm sent boats under regular crew to exercise under oars until 3.30pm.

Following signals during watch: flagship to squadron at 2.15pm preparatory tactical 11; at 2.30pm tactical 11; at 2.55pm annulling 5040; at 3.30pm general 2438.

Barometer falling 30.28 to 30.16 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from South and South by West.

At 4.12pm flagship made signal 2989.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with heavy dew.

Light to gentle South by West breeze.

Barometer slowly falling 30.12 to 30.09 inches.


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3 March 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Bright moonlight.

Light airs from the South by West.

Heavy dew.

Barometer falling.

Medium banked fires under all four boilers.

Moon rose at about 12.25am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light airs from South by East and South.

At 7.00am flagship made signal 3340.

At 7.45am spread fires under four boilers.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light South by East and SSE airs.

At 8.30am got under way and engaged in squadron tactics following signals of flagship.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st period: 1st Division pistols; 2nd Division manual of arms; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division infantry; [Marine] Guard manual of arms.

2nd period: 1st Division setting up; 2nd Division great guns instruction; 3rd Division instruction at main battery; Powder Division setting up drill; [Marine] Guard instruction in sighting secondary battery.

Following signals made to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 322.

From flagship: at 8.30am tactical 240; at 8.38am tactical 255; 8.50am numeral 277; at 9.03am tactical 447 and numeral 4; at 9.00am tactical 283; at 9.35am tactical 272; 9.45am tactical 277; 9.50am numeral 24; 10.00am tactical 290; 10.20am tactical 267; 10.25am tactical 281; 10.38am tactical 27; 10.39am numeral 28; at 11.15am, U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant, tactical 277 and numeral 28; at 11.24am tactical 362; 11.40am tactical 283; at 11.44am, U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant [left blank]; at 12.00pm tactical 362.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SSE, from SSW last hour.

Barometer falling.

At about 2.00pm held classes.

During watch engaged in fleet maneuvers, following directions of flagship.

Signals from flagship as follows, namely: at 1.10pm tactical 283; 1.28pm tactical 256; 1.35pm, to U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Dolphin", position pennant; 1.40pm general signal 6013; 1.45pm tactical 361; 1.50pm tactical 297; 1.55pm tactical 290; 2.00pm numeral 28; 2.10pm tactical 256; 2.20pm tactical 362; 2.25pm tactical 267; 2.40pm tactical 362; 2.45pm, to U.S.S. "Yorktown", tactical 212; 3.00pm tactical 284; 3.18pm tactical 419; 3.25pm tactical 255; 3.35pm tactical 361; 3.40pm preparatory 232; 3.45pm tactical 229; at 4.00pm general signal 2121.

At 1.43pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" made numeral 60.

At end of watch working toward anchorage.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first half, fair latter half.

Light breezes from SSW to West by South.

At 4.08pm came to in 6¾ fathoms, bottom fine white sand and shells, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings at anchor: Pensacola lighthouse NW by North, life saving station NE, both magnetic.

By order of Commanding Officer made following changes in rating to date from February 24: E.P. Franklin, Quartermaster to Ship's Writer; T. Cassidy, Quarter Gunner to Quartermaster; V. Frederickson, Seaman to Quarter Gunner.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather first part, clouding last part.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW to SW by West at end of watch, and increasing slightly.

Moderate swell setting in from the SW.

Barometer steady.


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4 March 1891

At anchor off Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.34, Long -87.30


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant first part, clouding over last part.

Light to gentle breezes from SW and WSW.

Moon rose at 1.18am.

Moderately long swell from SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light breeze hauling from WSW first hour to NNW, and increasing to gentle breeze from North and North by West.

Slight rise of barometer, 29.99 to 30.06 inches.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

At 8.00am spread fires under four boilers.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and uncertain weather.

Barometer unsteady.

Light to gentle breezes from NE by North first part, from North remainder of watch.

At 8.30am called all hands up anchor and hove up anchor.

Assumed position in line in obedience to signal from flagship.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled as follows: 1st period: gun divisions great guns; Powder Division infantry; [Marine] Guard bayonet exercise.

2nd period: 1st Division instruction breech mechanism; 2nd Division instruction 3-pounder [gun]; 3rd and Powder Divisions instruction small arms; and Marine Guard instruction compasses.

Following change of rating to take effect from today [left blank].

At 10.30am stopped firing under boiler D and allowed fires to die out.

Engaged in fleet tactics.

Flagship made signal as follows: at 8.30am tactical 237; 8.35am tactical 381; 8.35am tactical 164; 9.07am tactical 381 and 164; 9.17am position pennant to U.S.S. "Yorktown"; 9.25am numeral 28; 9.58am tactical 361; 10.05am tactical 256; 10.17am tactical 441; 10.26am tactical 371; 10.30am tactical 367; 10.53am tactical 371; 11.09am tactical 371; 11.12am tactical 266; 11.28am tactical 362; 11.40am tactical 404.

U.S.S. "Yorktown" made at 9.00am numeral 0, at 9.16am interrogatory 2984, flagship answered at 9.19am with affirm.

At 9.20am flagship made position pennant with U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Dolphin" distinguishing pennants.

U.S.S. "Yorktown" made numeral 314 at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE.

At 12.05pm flagship made tactical 404, 12.10pm 266, 12.25pm 411, 12.30pm 255, 12.35pm preparatory 232, 12.45pm 229, and at 12.55pm fleet came to anchor, this vessel in 6½ fathoms water, hard sandy bottom, veering to 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

At 1.25pm flagship made general 3093.

At 2.35pm U.S.S. "Boston" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" preparatory 237.

At 3.40pm U.S.S. "Boston" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 241.

At 2.35pm called all hands up anchor and got under way at 2.45pm, and stood in to harbor in company with U.S.S. "Boston", in column at distance on that vessel.

At 3.00pm U.S.S. "Boston" having grounded on bar, passed in ahead of her.

At 3.10pm U.S.S. "Boston" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 297, and U.S.S. "Yorktown" returned to give her a line if opportunity extended, and lying near her at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing latter part, bright starlight at end of watch.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE first part, NE latter part.

Barometer rising.

At beginning of watch under various headings in main channel leading to Pensacola, Florida, awaiting the U.S.S. "Boston".

At 4.30pm U.S.S. "Boston" was pulled off bar by two tugs.

At 5.00pm put about and stood back toward the U.S.S. "Chicago", in obedience to signal supposed to be flying U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant.

At 5.35pm dropped starboard anchor under foot under starboard quarter of flagship.

Commanding Officer repaired on board flagship.

At 6.02pm got under way, Commanding Officer returned on board, stood in through main channel to Pensacola Bay and up bay to Pensacola.

Pilot on the bridge.

At 7.31pm came to anchor in 4½ fathoms water, hard sandy bottom, 15 fathoms starboard chain.

The following signals were made by flagship, namely: at 4.23pm to U.S.S. "Boston" 2203; at 4.30pm to U.S.S. "Boston" tactical 91; at 5.55pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" tactical 237.

At 6.53pm made cornet 236 to Navy Yard.

At 7.12pm made cornet interrogatory numeral 1211, U.S.S. "Boston" answered "Yes".

At 7.33pm made general signal interrogatory 2121, answered from U.S.S. "Boston" in affirmative.

At 7.35pm U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 3093.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from NE.

Barometer steady.


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5 March 1891

At anchor Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.40, Long -87.22


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, nearly overcast at end of watch.

Gentle breezes from NE first part, ENE latter part.

Barometer steady.

At 6.20am U.S.S. "Boston" stood out.

At about 7.30am veered to 30 fathoms outside hawse pipe on starboard chain.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE hauling to Southward, and from SE at end of watch.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected divisions.

At 9.35am called all hands clear ship for action.

Times as follows: forward ready 15 minutes 30 seconds; mainmast 5 minutes; aft 10 minutes.

General quarters at 9 hours 46 minutes 30 seconds.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 50 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 45 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 30 seconds; Powder Division 3 minutes 45 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Marines 1 minute 30 seconds.

Sponge, load and fire 4 shots: 1st Division 1 minute 52 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 12 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 40 seconds.

Exercise getting up ammunition and firing as fast as possible in three minutes: 1st Division 13 powder [cases], 9 shell; 2nd Division 8 powder [cases], 8 shell; 3rd Division 11 powder [cases], 5 shell.

Shots fired: 1st Division 9; 2nd Division 8; 3rd Division 5.

Secured at 10.30am.

Retreat 10.50am.

Time of exercise 1 hour 15 minutes.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded: J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Wescoves, Seaman, B.L. Jordan, Landsman, G.W. Huffington, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and G. Vogler, Seaman Apprentice First-class, mess table not up 20 minutes after turn-to, 2 hours' extra duty each; W. Cuff, Landsman, L. Schriener, Seaman, 15 minutes late stopping clothes on line, 2 hours; extra duty each; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, loafing morning watch, 2 hours' extra duty; G. Goodwin, Landsman, persistent loafing morning watch, 3 hours' extra duty.

At 11.16am called all hands up anchor, and at 11.21am got under way and shifted anchorage further in harbor, came to anchor at 11.38am with starboard anchor in 4¾ fathoms water and veered to 28 fathoms on starboard chain, soft muddy bottom.

At 11.45am a salute of 13 guns was fired from Navy Yard, which was returned by a salute of 7 guns from the U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 11.40am U.S.S. "Dolphin" was sighted standing in the harbor.

At 12.00pm exchanged numbers with her.

At noon made noon coal report to U.S.S. "Dolphin".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South to SE.

Barometer falling.

At 12.30pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" came to anchor.

The Admiral paid an unofficial visit to the Commanding Officer.

At 1.45pm made following signal to U.S.S. "Dolphin": "The Admiral desires boats to exercise under sail".

At 2.53pm the U.S.S. "Dolphin" fired a salute of five guns, with the Russian ensign at the fore.

Exercised boats under sail.

A number of visitors from shore on board during watch.

At 3.30pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" made general signal 2438.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE by East.

Visitors on board from shore till 5.00pm.

At 7.40pm went to fire quarters.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to moderate breeze from SSE to ESE.

Barometer steady.


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6 March 1891

At anchor Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.40, Long -87.22


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, heavy dew, lightning to the Westward.

Moon rose at 3.20am.

Light wind from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes in squalls first hour from SE, light breeze from South by East and SSE remainder of watch.

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

At 6.15am U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and shifted her moorings close to wharf, coming to anchor at 6.45am.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Yorktown" got under way and shifted moorings closer in to wharf, coming to anchor at 7.30am.

Shifted again at 7.36am, and came to anchor in rear of U.S.S. "Dolphin" in 20 feet of water, soft muddy bottom, and veered to 15 fathoms on starboard chain.

At 6.45am made [signal] interrogatory 240 to U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Dolphin" made routine time and dress signal.

At 7.20am made interrogatory 4890, granted by U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 7.35am made interrogatory 1211, granted by the U.S.S. "Dolphin".


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from SE, shifting to SE by South last hour.

Barometer rising.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship, and at 8.53am general signal interrogatory 6107, flagship answered "granted permission".

Called all hands and unbent sail.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

1st period exercised 1st, 3rd and Powder Divisions at small arms, 2nd Division at secondary battery, and Marines at bayonet drill.

At 10.00am made sick report to flagship.

At 10.15am exercised 1st Division at setting up drill, 2nd and Powder Divisions at secondary battery, and instructed 3rd Division and Marines.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" anchored outside the harbor.

At noon made coal report.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from SE to ESE.

Received a large number of visitors.

Had class instruction from 1.30pm to 2.15pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SE and SE by East.

Barometer unsteady.

Lightning to the Westward, vivid at times.

Weather clearing last half hour.


8pm to midnight:

Clear overhead, light fog last half of watch, lightning to the Northward and Westward.

Moderate SE wind.


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7 March 1891

At anchor Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.40, Long -87.22


Midnight to 4am:

Generally cloudy, with light SE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from ESE to SSE.

Shortly after 5.00am it was discovered that G. Goodwin, Landsman, was absent from the ship without leave and that the dinghy, which was at the port boom, was missing.

Sent to wharf and recovered the dinghy.

At 7.00am flagship made 3340 and the time signal.


8am to meridian:

Warm, pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from SE to South.

Inspected bags.

By order of Commanding Officer a reward of ten dollars was offered for the apprehension and delivery on board of George Goodwin, Landsman, a deserter from the ship.

Exercised at closing watertight doors: time starboard engine room 2 minutes 20 seconds; port engine room 40 seconds; and berth deck 40 seconds.

The Commanding Officer assigned three hours' extra duty to C.J. Hyde, Second-class Apprentice, for swearing.

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

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at 12.00pm numeral 295.

Received on board in Steam Engineering Department: 4400 gallons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with gentle to light breezes from South to SSE.

Barometer falling 29.94 to 29.85 inches.

Receiving fresh water for boilers from lighter alongside.

Very large number of visitors on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light SE wind.

Received on board in Steam Engineering Department: 4400 gallons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with light to moderate breeze from SSE.

Sheet lightning to Westward last three hours.


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8 March 1891

At anchor Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.40, Long -87.22


Midnight to 4am:

Fair.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SSE, veering to South last hour.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from South to SSE.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 108¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 87 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional passing showers, heavy last two hours, and accompanied by thunder and lightning.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: G. Goodwin, Landsman.

Commander inspected ship and crew.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 291.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, and constant rain last three hours.

Moderate to light breezes from between South and SW, decreasing last hour.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy passing showers accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Light to moderate NW and North by West breezes.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, occasional light rain, few stars showing dimly at intervals.

Light breezes to light airs from between North by West and NW.

Rising barometer 29.84 to 29.91.


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9 March 1891

At anchor Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.40, Long -87.22


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, light to gentle breezes from WNW, hauling to NNW.

Started fires in one boiler at 12.05am.

At end of watch steam in three boilers.


4am to 8am:

Fair at beginning, last three hours cloudy.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW and NNW.

Barometer rising 29.98 to 30.11 inches.

Made preparations for sea, and at 6.15am hove up and stood out, navigator conning, steam from 3 boilers.

On passing Navy Yard made our number.

Found U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Chicago" outside, first named flying senior officer's pennant.

Made U.S.S. "Chicago" distinguishing pennant above 3127 at 7.10am.

At 7.55am interrogatory 1211, U.S.S. "Boston" answered yes.

At end of watch working to anchorage.

Draft forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair.

Moderate breezes from NNW to NW by North.

Barometer rising.

Steam up in three boilers.

At beginning of watch working towards anchorage with the squadron.

At 8.09am came to with starboard anchor, quarter less 7 fathoms, water hard bottom, 40 fathoms chain at hawse, squadron in line at distance, bearing WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Following men absent without leave, namely: G. Goodwin, Landsman, P. Meitzel, Carpenter and Calker, F.E. Austin, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, A.S. Williams, Captain of Tops, L. Poessel, Jack of the Dust, C. Ambler, Bugler, and William Peters, Bayman.

Drilled as follows: 1st period: 1st and 2nd Divisions great guns; 3rd Division main and secondary battery; Powder Division infantry; Marines manual of arms.

2nd period: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Powder [Divisions] instruction, Marine Guard instruction compass.

Following signals made, namely: at 9.00am to U.S.S. "Boston" numeral 7; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm to flagship numeral 283.

From U.S.S. "Boston" to fleet at 10.00am: preparatory 237, and 10 answer 30.

At end of watch the U.S.S. "Dolphin", flying Rear Admiral's flag, working toward anchorage with fleet.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to moderate breezes from NW by West to NNW.

At 12.40pm U.S.S. "Chicago" broke Admiral's flag and U.S.S. "Dolphin" hauled down.

At 1.25pm called all hands up anchor, and at 1.35pm headed out in column at distance in obedience to signal from flagship.

Remainder of watch drilling in fleet tactics and maneuvering in obedience to following signals: at 1.35pm flagship to fleet 255; 1.37pm 297; 1.40pm 290; 1.57pm 448 and numeral 8; 2.30pm 284; 2.35pm to U.S.S. "Atlanta" 296; at 2.40pm 256; 3.05pm 266; 3.15pm 282; 3.25pm 362; 3.30pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant; 2.35pm 281; at 3.50pm 448, numeral 8; 3.59pm 377, numeral 32.

At 12.05pm made 1087 interrogatory, answered in affirmative by U.S.S. "Dolphin".

At 12.20pm U.S.S. "Atlanta" fired a salute of 13 guns, with jib hoisted, returned at 12.26pm by U.S.S. "Dolphin" with 7 guns.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 108¾ pounds beef and vegetables each; and 87 pounds bread.

All of the men absent in forgoing watch, except G. Goodwin, Landsman, returned, having taken passage out on U.S.S. "Dolphin".


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, gentle to stiff breezes from NNW, moderating to light airs from NW last hour.

At beginning of watch squadron in column at half distance, working towards anchorage.

At 5.15pm U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" came to anchorage.

Ranged up to speaking distance with U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 5.35pm U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 17 guns.

The Admiral transported his flag to U.S.S. "Dolphin".

Paraded Guard.

At 5.55pm started in for Pensacola.

At 7.05pm came to in 3¾ fathoms, soft muddy bottom, 15 fathoms on starboard chain.

Signals as follows from flagship, namely: 4.50pm tactical 255; 4.55pm preparatory 232, with U.S.S. "Yorktown's" and U.S.S. "Dolphin's" distinguishing pennants underneath; 5.50pm, U.S.S. "Dolphin" and U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennants, 91.

At 7.30pm made interrogatory 2121, answered by U.S.S. "Dolphin" in affirmative.

Average steam pressure 115, average revolutions 72, vacuum 27.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW, hauling to Eastward toward end of watch.

Stopped distilling at 8.10pm.


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10 March 1891

At anchor Pensacola, Florida

Lat 30.40, Long -87.22


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from North by East, shifting last hour to NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 108¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 87 pounds fresh bread.

At 8.00am broke guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Partially clear and cool.

Light breezes from NE and NE by East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

G. Goodwin, Landsman, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st period: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division 3-pounder [gun]; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division infantry.

2nd period: 1st Division instruction secondary battery; 2nd Division same; 3rd Division aiming; Powder Division instruction small arms.

At 11.20am U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and stood out the harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.30pm instructed classes in breech mechanism of secondary battery.

At 2.30pm drilled servants, Marines and firemen in boats under oars.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from NE.

At 4.40pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" was sighted standing in the harbor bearing the flag of the Commander-in-Chief.

At 4.45pm broke our distinguishing pennant.

At 5.00pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" came to anchor near the Palafox wharf.

At 5.05pm spread fires in three boiler.

Received 4400 gallons fresh water in our boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, with occasional drizzling rain.

Light to gentle breeze from NE to ESE.

At 8.05pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" made general signal 237, and at 8.08pm general signal 829.

Answered.

At about 8.15pm got under way and stood down the bay, astern of the U.S.S. "Dolphin" and crossed bar.

At 9.50pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" made general signal 4562 to fleet.

The Admiral transferred his flag from the U.S.S. "Dolphin" to the U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 11.20pm flagship made general signal 240, and at 11.35pm signal 255.

Answered.

Fleet got under way at about 11.45pm.


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11 March 1891

At sea, making passage from Pensacola to Tampa Bay, Florida

Lat 29.43, Long -85.68


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with passing showers.

Moderate wind from East by South.

At 12.10am took departure, Pensacola light NW½N, distant 5 miles.

Put over patent log reading 41.8.

Set course SE by E¾E by standard [compass], following the flagship.

At end of watch ships approximately in position.

Steam 118 pounds, vacuum 26.9, revolutions 78.1.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light drizzling rain.

Gentle ENE and NE breeze.

Following flagship, making good first hour ESE, rest of watch SE by E¾E per standard [compass].

Steam 120 pounds, average revolutions 98.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, heavy rain after 11.00am.

Gentle to stiff breezes from East first past, East by South latter part.

Moderate sea from Eastward.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, G. Goodwin, Landsman, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer following changes in rating were made: J.H. Costain, First-class Fireman to Machinist; J. Murphy, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman; J. Mather, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman, to date from January 9; J. Noonan, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman; J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman; W. Sloan, C.H. to Second-class Fireman, from January 13, 1891.

Following signals were made: at 9.00am numeral 1; 10.00am numeral 2; at noon 258, and latitude signal 29 and 26 North; the two latter signals were unanswered owing to thickness of the weather and distance from the flagship much to great and little to close to U.S.S. "Boston".

Average steam 118 pounds, average revolutions 84, vacuum 27.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy rain squalls latter part of watch.

Fresh breeze from ESE, moderating to gentle breezes by end of watch.

In column, keeping distance on U.S.S. "Boston", the U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Chicago" about 1½ miles ahead.

Steering course SE by E¾E, under steam alone, using three boilers.

Steam 120, revolutions 82, vacuum 27.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, damp weather.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Barometer steady.

Increased speed and closed up with U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Atlanta".

Number of average revolutions 86.5, steam 120 pounds


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Moderate wind from SSE.

At 6.00pm changed course to SE by E¼E.

Passed a small vessel standing to the Northward and Westward.

Lightning to the Southward and Westward.

Steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, revolutions 75.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast, with light to gentle SSW breezes.

Lightning to Westward and Northward.

Making good SE by E¼E per standard [compass], following flagship.

In obedience to signal made noon report of coal, latitude and longitude.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 83.


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12 March 1891

At sea, making passage from Pensacola to Tampa, Florida, and at anchor off Tampa Bay, Florida

Lat 27.97, Long -83.02


Midnight to 4am:

Partly overcast first hour, clear and pleasant remainder of watch, except for light fog lasting for twenty-five minutes at about 1.00am.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Squadron in column at distance, making course SE by E¼E.

Steam from three boilers.

Average number of revolutions 78.3, steam 119, vacuum 27.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle and light breezes from SSE.

In column at distance following flagship, and making course SE by E¼E first two hours, SE½E last two.

Steam under three boilers.

Steam 120, revolutions 75.2, vacuum 27.

At 7.30am took soundings in 9 fathoms, sandy bottom.


8am to meridian:

First part cloudy, but pleasant.

At 10.30am a moderate rain and wind squalls set in from NW by West, moderating last hour.

Barometer unsteady.

At 8.41am changed course to S⅜E (per compass), patent log 100.7.

At about 9.00am the U.S.S. "Chicago", finding herself in shoal water, changed course to the Westward, followed by the other vessels.

Stopped engines.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

G. Goodwin, Landsman, absent without leave.

Exercised 1st Division at setting up drill, 2nd Division great guns, 3rd Division great guns, Powder Division small arms, and Marines at infantry.

At 9.25am U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal 91 to this vessel, went within hail, and by order of Commander-in-Chief stood on course NW by West, sounding and reporting depths by signal to flagship.

At 12.00pm flagship made general signal 236.

Answered and anchored in 6¾ fathoms water, sandy bottom, with starboard anchor, and veered to 45 fathoms chain.

Banked fires.

At 9.00am made absentee report, 10.00am sick report, and 12.00pm coal report and position of ship.

Average revolutions 48.7, steam 120, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain at intervals.

Light wind from North by West, shifting to NE.

At 1.25pm spread fires, and called all hands up anchor.

At 1.50pm got under way, and at 2.05pm stood out on course South.

At 2.20pm changed course to South by West, at 2.28pm to S¼W, at 2.45pm S¾W, at 2.55pm S⅜W, at 3.05pm S¼W, at 3.40pm to South, and at 3.50pm to SE by E¼E.

Steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, revolutions 56.1.

Made following signals to flagship: at 1.42pm telegraph 30, 3, 12, 15, 20, 5, 6080, 6082; at 1.40pm 2234; at 2.04pm numeral 27 answer 58.

Flagship made following signals to this vessel: at 1.35pm 237; at 2.02pm general 164; and at 3.48pm 143.

Signaled depth of water in quarter knots as the depths changed.

At 3.40pm made a lighthouse from the masthead bearing about ESE, also a steamer in the same vicinity.

At end of watch U.S.S. "Dolphin" and this ship were leading abreast followed by the flagship, U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" in order named.

Condemned by Board of Survey, and threw overboard by order of Commanding Officer: 625 pounds of hard bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light passing showers first hour.

Light NE and East breezes.

Standing in for an anchorage in same order as preceding watch, and signaling depths as before.

At 5.45pm came to in 5½ fathoms, hard sandy bottom, veering to 40 fathoms on starboard chain.

[Left blank] light bearing per standard [compass] E⅝S.

Following signals by flagship: at 4.40pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" and U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant over 145; at 5.15pm same over 148; at 5.35pm general 230; at 5.50pm 2121.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional stars visible, passing showers.

Gentle breezes from SE by East to SE.

Barometer steady.


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13 March 1891

At anchor off Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.65, Long -82.75 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

First part cloudy, clearing afterwards, lightning to the Westward last hour.

Light breeze from SE, shifting to SSE and increasing to a moderate breeze.

Barometer unsteady.

Between 3.00am and 4.00am a steamer entered harbor from the Southward.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from SSE and South.

A steamer came out from the lighthouse and stood to the Southward.

Another steamer discovered anchored under the lighthouse.

At 7.00am flagship made 3340 and time signal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with gentle to light breeze from South to West.

Heavy passing showers from 10.15am to 11.00am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

G. Goodwin, Landsman, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st Division manual of arms; 2nd Division main battery; 3rd Division setting up; Powder Division and [Marine] Guard manual of arms.

Owing to rain dispensed with 2nd period.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded: L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, very careless handling crockery, 3 hours' extra duty; C. Gulbrundsen, Seaman, G. Parkhurst, Seaman, clothes in lucky bag, 4 hours' extra duty each; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, direct disobedience of orders, 3 days' bread and water; M. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, slow getting on deck, 3 hours' extra duty; C.S. Driver, Landsman, disrespect to steward, 4 days' double irons; J. Mathison, Ordinary Seaman, neglect of duty, 3 hours' extra duty; P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, not coming to mast when ordered, 2 days' bread and water; P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, fighting, quarantine and money stopped.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, cloudy to SE at end of watch.

Light breezes from NW to NNW.

Barometer steady at 30.00.

At 12.45pm spread fires in obedience to signal from flagship.

At 1.00pm hove in to short stay.

At 1.18pm called all hands up anchor and hove up.

Passed under stern of flagship and Commanding Officer repaired on board, returning shortly accompanied by Senator Cameron, and Representative Herbert, and Lieutenant Buckingham, U.S. Navy, one attendant, one mail orderly from flagship, and stewards.

At 2.00pm started ahead laying course for North channel heading into Tampa Bay.

At about 3.25pm stopped abreast lighthouse on Egmont Key, and sent whaleboat with officers to the lighthouse tender U.S.L.H.T. "Laurel" for Captain Cosgrove [Cosgroove in log-book] of the Lighthouse Service, who came on board.

3.42pm started ahead setting course East by North, standing up Tampa Bay.

The following signals were made: U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship: at 12.00pm numeral 229; 12.43pm forward hoist numeral 12 answer 6, aft hoist numeral 15 answer 10.

Flagship: to U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Dolphin" general signal 3930; 12.45pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" general signal 4562; 1.03pm to fleet 5493, with designating flag over U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant; 1.35pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 3093.

Average steam 120 pounds, revolutions 47.7 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, vacuum 27.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NW.

Standing up Tampa Bay under steam in three boilers.

At 5.47pm came to anchor in 4 fathoms water and veered to 20 fathoms on starboard chain.

Beacon number 6 bearing North by W¾W, distant ½ mile.

Steam pressure 120, revolutions 68, vacuum 27.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light NW wind, freshening last hour.

Received mail on board.


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14 March 1891

At anchor off Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NNW and North in moderate squalls.

At 12.20am veered to 30 fathoms.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from North and North by East.

Barometer rising.

Spread fires at 6.20am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from North by East.

At 8.30am called all hands up anchor, and at 9.15am stood down the bay, under steam in three boilers, average revolutions 84, steam 117, vacuum 27.

At 11.40am hoisted distinguishing pennant and flagship answered.

At 11.15am stopped off lighthouse and sent boat ashore, went ahead again at 11.25am.

At 11.55am made [signal] 4066, numeral 24, 10.15.

Lowest water between buoys on bar 23 feet.

At end of watch standing out to anchorage.

G. Goodwin, Landsman, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

Barometer falling.

At 12.05pm made telegraph signal numerals 6702, 6177, 0746, 9284, N.23, 4003, 7171, 7846, 5063, 0746, 945, 6862, and 9318.

At 12.25pm interrogatory signal 1211.

At 12.28pm came to with starboard anchor in 6 fathoms water, sandy bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms chain.

At 1.00pm flagship made general signal 2372 with this vessel's distinguishing pennant below.

At 1.04pm flagship made general signal 2121 to this vessel, answered and banked fires.

At 1.15pm flagship signaled for absentee, sick and coal reports.

Reported same by signal.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate wind from North by West.

At 5.10pm went to fire quarters.

Ready: 1st Division 1 minute 15 seconds; 2nd Division 55 seconds; 3rd Division 25 seconds; Navigator's Division 55 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute; Marines 40 seconds.

Water in 1 minute.

Total time of exercise 6 minutes 30 seconds.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first part, clear and bright starlight remainder of watch.

Gentle to moderate breezes from North by East first part, NE by North latter part of watch.

Barometer steady.

Moon set at 10.53pm.


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15 March 1891

At anchor off Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.65, Long -82.75 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NE.

Barometer about steady.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350 and time signal, and at 7.05am general signal 3362.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30am inspected the divisions.

At 9.35am went to quarters.

The Captain inspected the ship with crew at quarters.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 3; and at 12.00pm numeral 210.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with gentle breezes from East by North to NE.

Barometer falling 30.34 to 30.28 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from the NE first part, hauling to the East by South at end of watch.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South.

Barometer about steady.


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16 March 1891

At anchor off Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.65, Long -82.75 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from East by North.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with gentle to moderate breeze from ENE to East.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" got under way and stood out, former to Southward, latter to Northward.

At end of watch both out of sight from deck.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, overcast at end of watch, light passing sprinkle at 9.30am, raining at 11.53am.

Barometer falling.

Light to gentle breezes from East to SSE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, G. Goodwin, Landsman, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st period: 1st Division and Powder Division infantry; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division sub-caliber great gun, target practice.

2nd period: 1st Division sub-caliber secondary battery target practice; 2nd Division same; 3rd Division same with great guns; Powder Division instruction small arms.

[Marine] Guard: 1st period aiming exercise; 2nd period target practice.

Made signals to flagship as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 209.

At noon flagship made general signal 2984.

The following punishments were awarded by the Commanding Officer: J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, not cleaning brightwork, 3 hours' extra duty; F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, slow obeying orders of Corporal of Guard, 2 hours' extra duty; same [person], absent muster gun brightwork, 2 hours' extra duty; H.C. King, Landsman, mess room not cleaned, 4 hours' extra duty; P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, H. Miller, Coal Heaver, and J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, repeated disregard of orders, 6 hours' extra duty each; J. Svenson, Seaman, not obeying orders of Corporal of Guard, 2 hours' extra duty; R.J. Cooney, Seaman, striking Private Brady, 4 hours' extra duty; Thomas Brady, Private Marine, taking smoking lamp from place, 2 hours' extra duty; J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, fighting, 10 hours' extra duty each.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 1280 .45 caliber ball cartridges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Rainy weather.

Gentle to light breezes from SE, hauling suddenly to SW at 3.40pm, accompanied by heavy rain squall.

Barometer falling till last hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Clearing weather latter part of watch.

Light breeze, unsteady in direction.

Barometer falling.

At about 4.30pm the U.S.S. "Boston" anchored to the Eastward of the flagship.

At dark the U.S.S. "Atlanta" in sight to the Southward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first half, clearing latter half of watch.

Light to gentle breezes from SE by South to South by East.


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17 March 1891

At anchor off Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.65, Long -82.75 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light passing showers second hour, generally clear and bright starlight latter part.

Light breezes from South, hauling steadily to West by South at end of watch.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear weather, clouding over at times.

Light to moderate breezes from West by South first hour, then hauling to North by West.

Barometer rising.

Commenced distilling at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Barometer rising first half.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship.

At about 9.25am the U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and stood into the harbor.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised divisions as follows: 1st Division, 1st and 2nd periods sub-caliber target practice with 6-inch breech loading rifle; 3rd Division, 1st period aiming drill and 2nd period small arm target practice; 2nd Division, sub-caliber target practice with 3-pounder both periods; Powder Division, 1st period small arms, 2nd period instruction breech mechanism main battery; Marines, 1st period infantry, 2nd period small arm target practice.

At 10.00am made sick report, and at noon coal report to flagship.

At 11.45am flagship made signal (wigwag) to this vessel to spread fires and prepare to get under way at 1 o'clock.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 1620 ball cartridge caliber .45.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, slow in obeying orders of Master-at-Arms, 6 hours' extra duty; J. Mathison, Ordinary Seaman, slow manning boat, 3 hours' extra duty; M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, repeated disobedience of orders, 3 days' double irons.

By the same authority G. Goodwin, Landsman, was declared a deserter from this vessel, having been absent 10 days without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light NW breeze.

At 1.00pm called all hands up anchor, hove up starboard anchor, and at 1.20pm went ahead, following in wake of flagship standing in across bar.

At 2.30pm the flagship anchored off quarantine station.

At 3.40pm the Read Admiral Commanding-in-Chief came on board with the flagship Lieutenant.

Immediately afterward the Captain of steamboat "Naugatuck" came aboard to assist in piloting ship to Port Tampa.

At 3.35pm flagship fired salute of 13 guns.

Flagship made following signals to this ship: at 12.58pm 237, and at 2.35pm negative 229.

Before leaving anchorage outside, the U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" moored up near the flagship anchorage.

Steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, last three hours overcast.

Light breezes from NNW and North by West.

With pilot conning, stood for Port Tampa.

Exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. "Dolphin" at anchor in outer harbor.

The Read Admiral Commanding paid a short visit to U.S.S. "Dolphin", after which this vessel resumed her course for inner harbor, pilot conning.

At 6.35pm came to off railroad wharf in 5¼ fathoms, bottom broken shells, and veered to 15 fathoms on starboard chain.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant, with bright moonlight, overcast last part.

At 11.15pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" turned on two white lights and another approaching vessel did the same.

At end of watch lights still displayed on U.S.S. "Dolphin".

This vessel displayed her man-o-war lights in response.


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18 March 1891

At anchor in inner harbor, Port Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.8626, Long -82.5430


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy weather, with light drizzling rain latter half.

Light breeze from NW and West by North.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light drizzle first hour.

Light NW wind.

At 6.30 the U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and stood down the bay.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light to gentle NW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled divisions as follows: 1st period: 1st Division main and secondary battery; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd [Division] sighting drill; Powder [Division] manual of arms; Marine Guard manual of arms.

2nd period: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division secondary battery; 3rd Division sighting drill; Powder Division setting up drill.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from NW at beginning, to West at end of watch.

Barometer steady.

At 1.58pm called all hands up anchor, hove up and got under way standing down Tampa Bay during remainder of watch.

At 3.55pm hoisted our distinguishing pennant.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Standing down the bay until 4.35pm, when stopped astern of flagship till the Commander-in-Chief and flagship Lieutenant left the ship, then over to anchorage.

At 5.15pm let go starboard anchor in 5¼ fathoms water, sandy bottom, and veered to 40 fathoms.

At 4.45pm made interrogatory 1211 and flagship answered in affirmative.

At 5.10pm made interrogatory 2121 and flagship answered in affirmative.

Banked fires.

At 5.33pm flagship made general 5493.

At anchorage Mullet Key bore East by North.

In line at anchorage between Mullet Key East end and Egmont Key West end, former bearing East by North.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light NW breeze.


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19 March 1891

At anchor off Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.47, Long -82.80 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with bright starlight.

Light airs from North.

Heavy dew.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from between NE by East to South.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00am spread fires.

At 5.48am made interrogatory 4890, answered in the affirmative at 5.56am.

Under way at 6.08am.

Draught of ship forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 9 inches.

Steering various courses, standing out into the Gulf [of Mexico] for target practice.

At 7.42am came to anchor in 7 fathoms, water sandy bottom, and veered to 16 fathoms starboard chain.

Put over target.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE, SE and SSW.

At 10.50am, having planted target and boats as per gunnery order number 3, Squadron of Evolution, commenced firing at target with main battery, vessel at anchor.

At 11.20am ceased firing and got under way, and steamed across the line between the boats.

At end of watch steaming into position between boats.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and warm.

Calm and light airs, unsteady in direction.

Barometer about steady.

At 12.12pm commenced firing at target with starboard guns of main battery, as prescribed for second day's practice, order number 3, Squadron of Evolution.

Ceased firing at 12.16pm and picked up boats.

Stopped engines and lay under light fires.

At 2.30pm picked up target and commenced swinging ship [for compass deviation].

Finished at 3.35pm, and stood in for Egmont Key lighthouse.

The starboard forward 6-inch gun was disabled by the 3rd short fired during watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light airs from West to NW.

Stood in for anchorage inside of bar under conn of Navigator, and at 5.53pm came to with starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms on chain.

Bearings at anchorage: lighthouse West by North, and West end of Egmont Key South by West.

Allowed fires to die out under two boilers and banked them under a third.

The following signals were made to the flagship from this ship: at 5.45pm interrogatory 4890; at 5.15pm 1211; at 5.10pm distinguishing pennant; at 5.25pm 6009; and at 5.55pm 2121.

From flagship to this ship: at 520pm 1293; and at 6.00pm 4557.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light airs from SSW and WSW.

Barometer steady.


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20 March 1891

At anchor Tampa Bay, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, damp.

Light variable airs.

Fires in one boiler.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with occasional drizzle.

Light airs, unsteady in direction.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with occasional light drizzle until last hour, when rain became continuous.

Light airs from South to North by way of East.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drills: 1st period: 1st Division instruction, small arms; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division and Marines small arms.

2nd period: 1st Division instruction small arms; 2nd Division and 3rd Division small arms; Powder Division instruction small arms; Marines instruction on [Mark] VI breech loading rifle.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 171; at 9.45am interrogatory 1087.

From flagship to this vessel: at 9.48am "Yes".

At 10.54am went to fire quarters: 1st Division ready 1 minute 8 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 3rd Division 15 sec seconds Marines 1 minute; Navigator's Division 50 seconds.

Water in 40 seconds.

Total time of exercise 6 minute.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were assigned: to H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, 2 hours' extra duty each for not clearing wardroom table by 9.00am; J. Mather, First-class Fireman, 3 hours' extra duty for smoking out of hours; H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, 1 hour's extra duty for dirty suit at table; C. Guilbrunson, Seaman, 3 hours' extra duty for dirty trousers at quarters; W. O'Connell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J.H. Brink, Ordinary Seaman, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, H.A. Shepley, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J.E. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, and J.S. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, 4 hours' extra duty each for inattention to boatswain's mate's call for afterguards; J. Smith, Seaman, 3 hours' extra duty for not relieving wheel; P.S. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and J.T. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, ten days' confinement on bread and water for turning in while on anchor watch; H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, and E. Moore, Landsman, two hours' extra duty each for dirty clothes at table service.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, his term having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy most of watch.

Light South by East and South airs.

Passing showers last hour.

At 1.30pm had classes as usual, 3rd Division instructed in care and preservation of small arms and apprentices at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from South.

At 4.30pm flagship made general signal 2984.

The Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant Conway is senior member, surveyed and condemned to be thrown overboard 275 pounds bread.

In accordance with the recommendations of the above mentioned board threw overboard 275 pounds condemned bread.

Lost overboard from the dinghy: one 27 pound hand grapnel, invoice price $10.62, the same having been lost through a line having been detached from the grapnel line unbeknown to the person heaving the grapnel overboard as an anchor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright moonlight.

Light airs from South and SSW.

Barometer nearly steady.


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21 March 1891

At anchor Tampa Bay, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, moonlight.

Light airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light airs to light breezes from SSW to SSE.

At 7.00am flagship made dress and time signal 3340.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, but for most part pleasant, passing showers between 8.30am and 9.00am.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE to South by West.

Barometer steady.

At 10.18am sounded steam-siren and closed watertight doors with the following times, namely: starboard engine room 20 seconds; port engine room 25 seconds; berth deck 30 seconds.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

Securing signal cable used for the Ardois system to jackstay from outrigger at fore truck to deck, and securing both from the third light from top to the backstay.

Made following routine signals, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 167.

At 10.00am ship starboard chain to 45 fathoms outside hawse pipe.

Secured.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with passing showers latter part.

Gentle breezes from SW and SW by South.

Inspected ironwork of ship in accordance with United States Regulation Circular [number] 77 and found it in good condition.

Finished rigging Ardois lights.

Crew engaged in painting ship.


4pm to 8pm:

First half weather cloudy, with passing showers, last half clear, with bright moonlight.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first half, cloudy last half.

First hour with passing cirrus clouds, faint prismatic halo about moon, latter half of watch moon generally obscured.


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22 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Gentle to stiff breezes from West by North to NW.

Barometer unsteady.

Chain tending across cutwater and aft.

Ship riding between wind and tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, slight haze.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW to NW by North.

Steamer came in bound for Port Tampa.

At 6.00am ship riding head to wind.


8am to meridian:

Clear, fine weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Called all hands to muster and read General Court Martial orders numbers 80, 81, 82, 83, 84 and 85.

At 10.00am made sick report to flagship.

At 9.20am flagship made general signals 3837 and numeral 10 answer 30.

Answered.

At 12.00pm made coal report to flagship.

By order of the Commanding Officer P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was released from confinement, his term having expired.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pounds vegetables; and 90 pounds of bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine weather.

Gentle breeze from NW and WNW.

Returned to contractor's tug "Mistletoe" 107½ pounds of fresh beef as being unfit for use, it was thrown overboard by the Captain of the tug.

By order of Commanding Officer placed T. Smith, Seaman, in solitary confinement, 24 hours' bread and water, for using provoking language to petty officer.

U.S.S. "Dolphin" came in and anchored near flagship about 1.30pm, after an exchange of signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, moderate wind from WNW, freshening somewhat after sundown.

Veered to 60 fathoms on starboard chain.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

Bright moonlight.


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23 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NW, shifting to NNW last hour.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Airs from NNW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, clearing somewhat towards end of watch.

Light breeze from NNW.

Riding to flood tide.

2nd and 3rd Divisions on shore for small arm target practice.

By order of Commanding Officer released T. Smith, Seaman, from confinement.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at noon numeral 158.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather until latter part, when nearly overcast.

Light breezes from between NNW and NW by West.

Barometer falling.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Divisions, and Marine Guard, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Divisions Engineer's force ashore for target practice.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pound fresh beef and vegetables each; and 98 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light breezes from NW and NNW.

Crew engaged in target practice on ranges ashore.

At 4.35pm U.S.S. "Chicago" hauled down Rear Admiral's flag and U.S.S. "Boston" hoisted Senior Officer's pennant.

At 5.43pm U.S.S. "Boston" made general 2984, and squadron piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.

Expended 2980 .45 caliber ball cartridge and 150 .38 caliber revolver cartridges.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from NNW to NNE.


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24 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with light breezes from NNW to NNE.

Moon at times obscured.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from between NE and NNW.

Barometer rising.

Sent part of 1st and Powder Divisions ashore for target practice, the former at 5.47am, the latter at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and light breezes from NNW to ENE.

At 8.30am U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and stood out of the bay.

Crew engaged in target practice on shore and from boats.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE and NW.

Barometer falling.

1st, 2nd, Powder and Navigator's Divisions ashore engaged in small arm target practice.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 94 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light NW wind.

Expended during the day 2340 .45 caliber ball cartridges and 1200 .38 caliber cartridges.

Broke one horn off a small hand grapnel.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight, smoky about the horizon to the Eastward first hour.

Light, increasing to gentle breezes last hour from NNW, around to NE by East at end of watch.

Barometer rising slowly.

Made signal to U.S.S. "Boston" requesting permission to try search lights.

Answered yes.

Tested search lights.


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25 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ENE.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NE and NE by East.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 3340.

Answered.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light wind and airs from NE to North.

At 9.30am inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised the divisions: first period: 1st and 2nd Division small arms; 3rd Division great guns; Powder Division infantry; Marines small arms.

No drill second period as it was expected that the riflemen would fire by divisions.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 392 pounds flour; 77 gallons beans; 44 pounds raisins; 100 pounds coffee; 45 pounds tea; 330 pounds sugar; and 300 pounds soap.

The Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments: H.C. King, Landsman, 6 hours' extra duty, for mess room dirty and not ready for Sunday inspection; L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, 6 hours' extra duty, for mess room not cleaned out for inspection; T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, 10 days' restriction, for neglect of duty; to J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, same; H.C. King, Landsman, monthly money stopped, for out of uniform Sunday inspection; to W. Cuff, Landsman, and A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, 6 hours' duty, for slow manning boat; W.H. Knoblesdorf, Quartermaster, and M.J. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, 10 days' restriction each, for neglect of duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light airs, varying in direction.

Rigged and anchored revolver and rifle targets at 50 and 300 yards respectively, and had practice in accordance with Squadron Gunnery Order number 3.

At 2.30pm U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 51, sent sailing launch with fighting crew and 1-pounder to report to Fleet Ordnance Officer for practice.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 645 .45 caliber and 600 .38 caliber ball cartridges; and 15 1-pounder common Hotchkiss shell, loaded and fuzed.

Broke out fore hold.

Cleaned bilges.

Quarterly Board inspected same in accordance with Navy Regulation Circular number 77.

Restowed hold.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 85 pounds bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs from SW and calm first part, light airs from NW latter part.

Having asked and received permission from the Senior Officer present, tested search lights.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer steady.

Bright moonlight.


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26 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast by clouds.

Wind light from ESE and SE by East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light breezes from East by South and SE by East.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy weather.

Light breezes from SE by East to ESE first part, from between SSW and South latter part, increasing to moderate breezes at 12.00pm.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The permanent Board of Inspection of the hull, of which Lieutenant Veeder is senior member, engaged in inspecting bilges and bottom under engine rooms and fire rooms.

At 10.20am the U.S.S. "Chicago" got under way and stood out for target practice.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at meridian numeral 144.

At 11.00am made interrogatory 2984, answered in affirmative.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather.

Moderate breezes from SE to South by East.

The inspection board engaged in inspecting bilges and bottom.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SSE, moderating after sunset.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, moon occasionally visible.

Gentle breeze from SW by South to South.

Barometer oscillating between 29.91 and 29.95 inches.

Light sprinkle of rain at end of watch.

By order of Commanding Officer awarded the following punishment: J. Wescoves, Seaman, 5 days' bread and water, for having every appearance of gambling, money and dice in possession, et cetera.


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27 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, uncertain weather, few stars visible, moon frequently obscured.

Light to gentle breezes [from] South first part, hauling to West by South at end of watch.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Slight breezes from West by South.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made uniform and time signal.

At 6.30am steamer passed out northern passage.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from WNW to NW by West.

Barometer nearly steady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Landed 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss and Gatling with their crews for exercise.

By order of Commanding Officer J. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, was released from confinement, his term having expired, and by the same authority the following punishments were awarded, namely: P.J. Riley, Landsman, slow and indifferent at work and talking back to Captain of Afterguard, 8 hours' extra duty; W. Peircy, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, allowing 1-pounder stand clip to become rusted, 4 hours' extra duty.

At 9.00am made absentee, at 10.00am sick, and at 12.00pm coal reports to the U.S.S. "Boston".

The U.S.S. "Chicago" came in and anchored about noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

Landed Gatling gun and 1-pounder Hotchkiss for target practice.


4pm to 8pm:

Alternated fair and cloudy.

Gentle breezes from Northward and WNW.

Artillery crews returned on board.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 540 .45 caliber ball cartridges; and 11 1-pounder common shell.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 210 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 172 pounds of soft bread.

A Board of Survey, Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie senior member, met on board to survey following articles: in Equipment Department: 2 Williams anchors; 105 fathoms of chain cable; 2 anchor appendages; 1 set of signal halyards; 5 foot tubs; 2 wash basins; 1 water ewer; 1 coffee boiler; 1 boatswain's call; and 1 United States ensign number 4; in the Construction Department: 4 halyard racks; 1 deck tackle block; 4 camp stools; and 2 pennant tackle blocks (main).

Located buoy at 1000 yards for target for secondary battery practice.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Moon rose at 8.15pm.

Light to gentle breeze from WNW.

U.S.S. "Boston" exercised her secondary battery at target at 9.00pm.

Barometer steady.


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28 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

Barometer steady.

Bright moonlight.

At about 2.00am a steamer came in the North channel and stood up the bay.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from WNW to NNW.

A steamer came in and stood up the bay.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with gentle NW breeze.

Had target practice with secondary battery in accordance with Squadron Gunnery order number 4, and expended in Ordnance [Department]; 20 37 mm; 20 1-pounder; 20 3-pounder; 20 6-pounder common shell, loaded and fuzed; and 500 .45 caliber ball cartridges.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals numerals 1, 1 and 136 respectively.

By order of Commander Officer gave E. Moore, Landsman, 2 days' bread and water, for disrespect.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from NW by West to WNW.

Barometer steady.

Engaged in painting ship aft.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 86 pounds fresh bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from WNW, increasing in force last hour.

At 6.05pm signal U.S.S. "Yorktown" 73 was hoisted on flagship, hauled down at once.

At 6.09pm commenced firing at target with secondary battery in accordance with Squadron Gunnery order number 4.

All finished in 2 minutes 17 seconds, except 3-pounder, which broke extractor.

Expended 30 6-pounder common shell, 25 3-pounder, 30 37 mm, 20 1-pounder, and 1400 .45 caliber ball cartridge.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, moonlight.

Moon rose at 9.10pm.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

By arrangement the flagship made signal "Action" at 9.30pm.

Immediately commenced firing at target with secondary battery on the port side.

Time from 1st to last shot: 1 minute 53 seconds.

Time from "Action" to last shot: 1 minute 58 seconds.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 10 6-pounder common shell; 10 3-pounder common shell; 10 37 mm common shell; 10 1-pounder common shell, and 250 .45 caliber ball cartridges.


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29 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.603, Long -82.759


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright moonlight.

Barometer steady, 30.01 inches.

Gentle to light NW by West and NW breezes.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs and breezes from NW, to NE by North at end of watch.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3350, on hauling down hoisted despatch flag, immediately after flagship made marine uniform signal 3962.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW to NE by East.

At 9.30am went to quarters, and after preliminary inspection Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.

At 10.10am flagship made general 3837.

Sent church party to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

Barometer falling.

American steamer "Olivette" passed up the bay.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from North by West.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from North by East to East.

Barometer steady.

Moon rose at 10.00pm.


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30 March 1891

At anchor abreast of Egmont Key, Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.857, Long -82.554 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes, coming in occasional squalls from East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breeze from East, moderating last half of watch.

Barometer unsteady.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, answered.

At 7.20am flagship made signal "Boats firing afloat today will fire 500 instead of 1000 cartridges".


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light East wind.

At 9.00am called all hands up anchor.

Hove up starboard anchor and stood up for flagship's anchorage, where the ship was stopped during the visit of the Captain to the flagship.

Following persons came aboard from the U.S.S. "Atlanta": Thomas Allen, citizen, J. Mahoney, Seaman, J. Piche, Wardroom Steward, and A. Labansat, Warrant Officer's Steward.

Ship's draft forward 11 feet 9 inches, aft 15 feet 8 inches.

Expended in Ordnance [Department] 500 .45 caliber ball cartridges during practice with Gatling gun from 1st cutter, in accordance with Squadron Gunnery order number 4.

The Captain awarded the following punishments: to J. Mansen, Seaman, T.E. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, and F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, 2 hours' extra duty each, for dirty clothes in guard boat; to J. Rogers, Landsman, slow at work on berth deck, 2 hours' extra duty; to V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, going forward while on watch without permission, 2 hours' extra duty; to P.J. Kiley, Landsman, allowing boat to knock against ship's side, 2 hours' extra duty; to E.W. Meigs, Private Marine, not reporting time, 2 hours' extra duty; to J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, chewing tobacco at inspection, 2 hours' extra duty; to T.E. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, no grummet in cap, 2 hours' extra duty.

At 12.00pm called all hands bring ship to anchor.

At 12.05pm anchored in 4½ fathoms, veering to 15 fathoms on starboard chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from East first hour, light airs from South last three hours.

At 1.25pm hove up and went alongside and made fast to Plant steamers coal wharf.

Made preparations for coaling.

Banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ESE.

Fires banked.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs from ESE.

Moon rose at about 11.50pm.

Barometer steady.


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31 March 1891

Moored to coal wharf at Port Tampa, Florida

Lat 27.857, Long -82.554 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, moonlight.

Gentle breeze from SSE to SE.


4am to 8am: Clear.

Light SSE and SE breezes.

At 7.20am spread fires in two boilers.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South by East to South by West.

At 8.20am cast off from coal wharf and anchored in roadstead.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

At 10.30am spread fires under three boilers.

Made preparations for getting under way.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from South.

At 12.50pm called all hands up anchor, and stood down Tampa Bay for anchorage in lower harbor.

At 3.30pm exchanged distinguishing pennants with flagship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 86 pounds bread.

Draft forward 11 feet 6 inches, aft 15 feet 8 inches.

Took on board several passengers, including officers and stewards of the fleet.

Stopped distilling at 1.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from South.

Barometer rising.

At 4.15pm made signal interrogatory 1211 to flagship.

Permission granted, and at 4.30pm let go starboard anchor in five fathoms water and veered to 43 fathoms chain.

At 4.35pm made signal interrogatory 2121 to flagship.

Permission granted, and banked fires.

Commenced distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with gentle breeze from South.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Wescoves [Wescovers in log-book], Seaman, from confinement.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1891


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1 April 1891


At anchor Tampa Bay, Florida, and at sea, making passage to Key West, Florida

Lat 27.55, Long -82.72 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant, with light mist.

Light breezes to light airs from South to to SSW.

Heavy dew.

Moon rose at 12.17am.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, with light mist.

Light airs from SSW.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer rising.

At 9.00am made absentee report to flagship.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded (see list appended [below]).

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

1st period: exercised 1st Division at setting up drill; 2nd, 3rd, Powder [Divisions] and Marines at small arms.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant E.R. Moore, U.S. Navy, was senior member, came on board and held a survey on articles in the Equipment Department.

2nd period: exercised 1st Division and a number of firemen at small arms; 3rd Division at setting up drill; and instructed 2nd and Powder Divisions.

At 10.00am made sick, and at 12.00pm coal reports.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from South.

About 2.00pm the steamer "Mascotte" arrived down from Tampa with a party of visitors for the flagship.

Steamer "Margaret" came down with an excursion party and bringing the mail.

At 1.45pm lighted fires under the fourth boiler and spread fires under the other three.

Making preparations for sea.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, with light SSW breeze.

Made preparations for sea, and at 5.43pm hove up and stood out, Commander in charge.

At end of watch abreast of Egmont Key lighthouse, draft forward 11 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.

At 5.35pm made [signal] interrogatory 4890, flagship answered yes.


6pm to 8pm:

Pleasant, with bright starlight latter part.

Light to gentle breezes from South by East.

Barometer steady.

At beginning of watch standing out of Tampa Bay.

At 6.25pm took departure at Farewell buoy to North Channel and put over patent log, reading 2.00.

Set course SW⅛S.

At 7.00pm changed course to S⅝W, patent log reading 8.5.

Using steam from four boilers.

Average steam pressure 115, average turns 98.5, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, first part with light haze, foggy second part, lifting partially at times.

Steering course S⅝E, under steam in four boilers, slowing and sounding whistle at times.

Steam 120, revolutions 104.


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[Inserted note]


April 1st, 1891.

8am to meridian.

By order of the Commanding Officer, the following punishments were awarded:

L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, E. Moore, Landsman, and H. McEvoy, Landsman, duty clothes at service, 3 hours' extra duty each.

P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, persistently wearing torn trousers, 4 hours' extra duty.

M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, no watch mark, 3 hours' extra duty.

W. Cuff, Landsman, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, absent from ship without permission, each 5 days' double irons.

W.J. Sloane, Second-class Fireman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Costain, Machinist, and Thomas Eddy, Coal Heaver, out of ship without permission, 5 days' double irons each.

M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, striking a civilian, 5 days' bread and water.

H.C. King, Landsman, washing clothes in steerage country, 4 hours' extra duty.

J. Johnson, Coxswain, disrespect to Executive Officer, 5 days' double irons.

J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, disrespect to Master-at-Arms, 5 days' double irons.


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2 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Port Tamp, Florida, to Key West, Florida, and at anchor [at Key West, Florida]

Lat 24.40, Long -82.38


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy near the water until 1.30am, clear and pleasant afterwards.

Moon rose at about 1.15am.

Light breeze from SE by South to South.

Barometer steady.

Number of revolutions 102, steam 112, vacuum 26.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, hazy, very damp, moonlight until sunrise.

Airs from SE.

At 7.45am sighted a schooner standing to the NE.

Steam 120, revolutions 103.6.


8am to noon:

Warm, fine weather.

Light airs to light breeze from South by East.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, then clear ship for action for exercise, and exercised at general quarters.

Times for clear ship: ready forward 19 minutes 15 seconds; midships 6 minutes; aft 10 minutes 20 seconds; berth deck 19 minutes 15 seconds.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd [Division] 2 minutes 8 seconds; 3rd [Division] 2 minutes 9 seconds; Powder [Division] 9 minutes 50 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 2 minutes 1 second; Marines 55 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 55 seconds.

Same 2nd exercise: ready 1st Division 4 minutes 0 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 45 seconds; 3rd Division 3 minutes 15 seconds; Powder [Division] 4 minutes 15 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 50 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 50 seconds; Marines 55 seconds.

Total time of exercise 1 hour 20 minutes.

By order of Commanding Officer gave L.S.W. Butler 2 hours' extra duty, for disobedience of orders.

Steering following courses per standard [compass]: 8.00am to 9.30am, S⅝E; 9.30am to 10.00am, South by E½E; 10.00am to 10.50am, South by East; 10.50am to 12.00pm, SE¾E.

At noon changed course to East by North per standard [compass].

Made Rebecca Shoal lighthouse at 9.40am, passed it on port beam at 10.45am, out of sight at noon.

At 9.30am got a cast of the lead in 16 fathoms, bottom white sand.

At noon, while hauling in lead of Thomson's sounding machine after getting a sounding, the wire parted.

The ship had been slowed.

Lost about 30 fathoms of wire and one lead.

Average steam pressure 117, average revolutions 105.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from SE first three hours, SSW at end of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm changed course to E½N, patent log 77.2.

At 1.46pm changed course to ENE¾E.

At 1.21pm sighted San Key light bearing, magnetic, E⅞N.

At 2.20pm changed course to ENE, patent log 97.3.

During remainder of watch steering various courses, standing up SW channel leading to Key West.

Average steam pressure 111, revolutions 80.7, vacuum 27.

At 3.34pm called all hands moor ship.

Went alongside wharf at Naval Station.

Securing ship at end of watch.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 3 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with light WSW airs.

Secured ship to wharf.

Commenced coaling using 24 station barrows, loaded barrows through starboard gangway, empty barrows through torpedo port.

Coaling from 5.30pm to end of watch, latter part with aid of two arc lights.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light airs to light breezes from WSW, to West at end of watch.

Continued coaling ship until 8.30pm.


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3 April 1891

Moored to wharf at United States Naval Station, Key West, Florida

Lat 24.555, Long -81.811


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Moon rose at 2.15am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light SW and West by South airs.

Coaling ship by same means as yesterday from 5.00am to 7.20am.

J. Rogers, Landsman, was found to be absent from the ship without permission.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, rainy first hour.

Light to gentle breezes from the NNW.

Continued coaling, finished coaling at about 10.45am, having received on board 150 tons altogether.

Sent on shore 30 fathoms of chain condemned by Board of Survey.

Engaged in transporting two Martin's patent anchors along the dock ready for getting aboard.

The following named named men were brought aboard and placed under sentry's charge in single irons, for leaving the ship without permission, by order of the Commanding Officer, namely: James Rodgers, Landsman, W. Cuff, Landsman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver,.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to gentle breezes from North by West to NNW.

Spread fires at 2.20pm.

Called all hands unmoor ship at 2.50pm and backed away from dock.

At 3.25pm anchored in 4 fathoms water and veered to 20 fathoms on port chain.

Banked fires.

Got one Martin's anchor on deck, and the other on starboard bow.

Received in Equipment Department 1800 gallons water in tanks.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from North by West.

Barometer steady.

Engaged in transporting and securing stream anchor.

At 6.15pm the U.S.S. "Atlanta" was sighted hull down to the Southward.

At end of watch the U.S.S. "Atlanta" is standing in for anchorage.

Exercised with search lights.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain at intervals.

Light to gentle breezes from NW and North by West.

At 10.30pm "Mascotte" stood out for Havana.

Surgeon J.C. Boyd left the ship on two days' leave of absence.

Sent liberty party ashore.


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4 April 1891

At anchor off Naval Station wharf, Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North by West and NNW.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

Occasional light drizzle.

Moon rose at about 3.00am.

Ship swung to the flood about 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, uncertain weather.

Light to moderate breezes, in squalls first hour, from NNW to North.

Barometer rising.

At about 5.35am made out the U.S.S. "Atlanta" to be under way.

Sent party of men to Naval Station wharf to assist her in going alongside.

At about 6.30am made out the U.S.S. "Boston" hull down to the Southward.

Engaged in cleaning ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with sprinkling rain occasionally.

Light breezes from North.

The following named men absent from the ship without permission: F. Miller, Private Marine, B. Dunn, Private Marine, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, J. Meade, Coal Heaver, D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, and Joseph Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, W. Cuff, Landsman, and J. Rogers, Landsman, 5 days' double irons each, for leaving the ship without permission; L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, 2 days' bread and water, for insolence; Thomas Brady, Private Marine, 5 days' bread and water, for being disrespectful to sentry; H.C. King, Landsman, 4 hours' extra duty, for making noise in wardroom.

Made routine signals to U.S.S. "Boston" as follows: at 9.00am numeral 7; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 220.

J. Golden, Coal Heaver, returned on board 2½ hours over time.

Engaged in cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North by East to NNW.

Barometer steady.

By order of Commanding Officer J.R. Griffin, Coal Heaver, was placed in double irons for 10 days, for leaving the ship without permission, and John Johnson, Coxswain, was released from confinement.

A reward of ten dollars was offered on shore for the apprehension of and delivery on board of the following named men, absent without leave, namely: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman, D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker, J. Meade, Coal Heaver, F.W. Miller, Private Marine, B. Dunn, Private Marine, and J. Mather, First-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather.

Light breezes from SSW, hauling West by South.

At 4.15pm made [signal] interrogatory 2984, and U.S.S. "Boston" answered affirmative, piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.

J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman, and J.J. Meade, Coal Heaver, returned on board 11 hours, and 10½ hours over time respectively.

At 4.30pm U.S.S. "Boston" hove up anchor and shifted her berth more to the Northward and Eastward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from North by West.

Barometer falling.

Stopped distilling at 8.05pm.

The American steamer "Mascotte" came in at about 8.45pm, and left at 11.00pm, bound North.


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5 April 1891

At anchor Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with passing showers last hour.

Moderate wind from North by West and North.

Slack water low at 2.00am, swung to flood at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with occasional passing showers.

Gentle breezes from North.

Light House schooner "Clover" came in and anchored.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made routine time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate breeze from North and North by East.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

F. Miller, Private Marine, returned on board 26 hours over time.

At 9.00am made absentee report to U.S.S. "Boston".

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave: B. Dunn, Private Marine, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and D. McGunigle, Boiler Maker.

Called all hands to muster and read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy.

Mustered crew.

The men named above absent without leave.

At 11.00am J. Mather, First-class Fireman, B. Dunn, Private Marine, and D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker, were brought on board, 28 hours over time, by the police of Key West, and a reward of $10.00 paid for each.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate North wind.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, clearing last half.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Barometer unsteady.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from NNW.

T. Desmond, Landsman, returned on board 4 hours over time.

Steamer "Olivette" left the harbor.


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6 April 1891

At anchor off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Fair first hour, cloudy later.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW and NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from NNW.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 3357, answered.

Veered to 30 fathoms on port chain and let go starboard anchor under foot.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from North.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions: first period: 1st Division rifles; 2nd and 3rd Divisions great guns; Powder Division infantry.

Second period: 1st Division instruction; 2nd Division instruction; 3rd Division single sticks; Powder Division instruction; Marines great guns.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 106½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 85 pounds fresh bread.

Engaged making repairs to steam cutter and sailing launch, and varnishing dinghy.

Hove up starboard anchor.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" got under way and shifted nearer in to our berth.

The Captain awarded the following punishments: 2 hours' extra duty each to E. Moore, Landsman, and H.S. McEvoy, for wardroom table not cleared off by 9.00am; 2 hours' extra duty to C.J. Hyde, Apprentice Second-class, for spitting over the side; and 6 hours' extra duty to R.J. Cooney, for being found in his hammock when on anchor watch.

Made the following signals to U.S.S. "Boston": at 9.00am numeral 9; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 211.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with gentle to stiff breezes from North and North by West, at times in moderate squalls.

At 1.30pm instructed in classes, third Division mechanism of secondary battery, apprentices in signals.

At 2.30pm exercised three of ship's boats under sail.

Catted starboard anchor.

Made following signals at 1.15pm: telegraphic 7123, 6004, 7864, 9409, 9756, 7747, 6919, 6839, 2585.

Senior Officer answered affirmatively.

Lieutenant Winterhalter attended a meeting of Board of Survey in Equipment [Department] on board U.S.S. "Boston".


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from North to North by East.

At 5.45pm went to quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Made the following signals to the U.S.S. "Boston": at 4.05pm telegraphic 7864, 7123, 9431, 8277, 4813, 542; at 4.45pm interrogatory 2984.

At 4.20pm and 4.45pm U.S.S. "Boston" answered "Granted".


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Light breeze falling to light airs from NE.


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7 April 1891

At anchor off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light breezes to light airs from the NE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from ENE.

At 6.30am made out the flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" standing in for this port.

At 7.40am she passed in going alongside the coal dock.

At 6.50am the U.S.S. "Boston" hauled down the Senior Officer's pennant, having hauled out from the coal dock at 6.00am, and in doing so apparently got aground, anchoring twice.


8am to meridian:

Clear, with light ENE breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 106½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 85 pounds of soft bread.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, then had following drills: first period: 1st Division instruction main battery; 2nd Division single sticks; 3rd Division small arms; Powder Division small arms; [Marine] Guard manual and bayonet exercise.

Second period: 1st Division setting up drill; 2nd Division single sticks; 3rd Division single sticks; Powder Division setting up drill.

From 9.20am to end of watch a gang of men, with quarter gunner, breaking out shell rooms to prepare bilges for inspection of board, berth deck cooks clearing away flying deck forward for same purpose, also a gang in steerage country.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at noon numeral 207.

During second period drilled 8 men of Engineer's Division with small arms.

Sent steam cutters shaft ashore to government workshop with two workmen for repairs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant weather.

Light breezes from between NE and East by South, increasing at intervals to gentle breezes in squalls last hour.

Barometer falling.

Engaging in cleaning under forecastle and clearing out double bottom for inspection by the Permanent Board of Inspection of the Hull.

At 1.20pm held class in signals.

At 2.30pm sent out Marines in whaleboat, Engineer's force in 2nd cutter, for exercise under oars and sails.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2918, pipe down scrubbed hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Alternately clear and cloudy.

Gentle breeze falling to light airs from East by South.

Restowed shell rooms.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and bright starlight, cloudy to the Eastward at end of watch.

Light breezes from the East.

Barometer falling.


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8 April 1891

At anchor off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with gentle to light East by North breeze.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 106¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 85 pounds bread.


8am to meridian.

Fair, with light to gentle breezes in squalls from between ENE and East by South at end of watch.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 9.40am flagship made [signal] preparatory tactical 10, at 9.50am tactical 10.

Sent out 1st and 2nd cutters, sailing launch, whaleboat and gig for exercise under sail.

At 11.00am flagship made general signal 2438.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 203.

Punishments were awarded at the mast by the Commanding Officer as follows: C.S. Driver, Landsman, out of uniform, 2 hours' extra duty; H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, no watch mark and losing his watch cap, 4 hours' extra duty; J.T. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, loafing while receiving instruction in signals, 3 hours' extra duty each; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, absent muster gun brightwork, 3 hours' extra duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East by South.

Mallory steamer "Alamo" came in to wharf from SE.

Instructed apprentices in signals in afternoon period.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to clear.

Gentle falling to light breezes from East by South to East.

Barometer rising.

At 4.29pm flagship made general signal 2984.

Pipe down scrubbed and washed clothes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breezes from East by South.

At 9.20pm "Mascotte" came in to wharf from Southward, and at 11.40pm stood out to Northward


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9 April 1891

At anchor off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breeze from ENE.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light breezes from ENE to East.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

The Mallory steamer "Alamo" got under way and stood out at about 7.45am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 106¼ pounds fresh vegetables; and 85 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE and East.

At 9.30am went to quarters for inspection.

J. Moran, Second-class Fireman, and J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, absent without leave.

At 9.35am sounded clear ship for action and went to general quarters, times as follows: clear ship, ready: forward 7 minutes; aft 11 minutes; mainmast 2 minutes.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 2 minutes 22 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; Powder Division 5 minutes 45 seconds; Engineer's Division 50 seconds.

At 9.00am made numeral 3, at 9.15am made annulling numeral 3, then numeral 2, at 10.00am made numeral 2, at 12.00pm numeral 199.

At 11.55am the Morgan steamer "Hutchinson" left the dock and stood out to Northward.

Crew engaged in painting.

Received in Construction Department: 15 gallons turpentine; and 15 gallons raw linseed oil.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Rogers, Landsman, W. Cuff, Landsman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and T. Brady, Private Marine, their terms of confinement having expired, and by same authority placed P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, W.C. Sloane, Second-class Fireman, and J. Mather, First-class Fireman, for being absent from ship without leave, in confinement for five days.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to fresh breeze from East.

Barometer falling.

Sent liberty party ashore, the flagship having signaled there would be no afternoon drill.

At 3.40pm ship commenced swinging to the flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East.

At 5.30pm flagship made [signal] 6972.

Finished swinging to flood at 4.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Moderate breeze from East, decreasing in force.

Barometer unsteady.

At 10.50pm commenced swinging to the ebb tide, and finished at 12.00am.


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10 April 1891

At anchor off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from East.

Tide running ebb.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NE by East.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 106¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 85 pounds bread.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from ESE to ENE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.00am made absentee report.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: J. Noonan, Second-class Fireman, E. Powers, Private Marine, J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, and L. Morris, Captain of Hold.

1st period of drill exercised at arm and away boats, 2nd period at abandon ship.

Steam launch ready in 6 minutes 30 seconds, sailing launch in 7 minutes 35 seconds, 1st cutter in 2 minutes 45 seconds, 2nd cutter in 3 minutes 50 seconds, whaleboat in 3 minutes 30 seconds, gig in 7 minutes 15 seconds and dinghy in 6 minutes 45 seconds.

At 10.00am made sick report to flagship.

At 11.20am flagship made general signal 2984.

Answered, and piped down washed clothes.

At noon made coal report to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate East wind.

Exercised the boats singly under sail.

At 2.15pm flagship made signal preparatory 12, with U.S.S. "Boston" excused, at 2.30pm 12, with U.S.S. "Boston" excused, and at 3.40pm general 2438.

Sent liberty party on shore.

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, returned on board 30 hours over time.

Offered a reward of ten dollars for the apprehension of J. Noonan, Second-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Gentle breeze from East.

Barometer steady.

American steamer "Mascotte" came in from Tampa.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 4.30pm, and finished at 6.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from East.

The flagship directed by signal exercise with search lights, which order was duly executed.

The steamer "Mascotte" passed out at 10.45pm.


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11 April 1891

At anchor Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Stiff to light breeze from East, second hour in moderate squalls.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Barometer rising.

Ship commenced swing to the flood at 5.45am, and finished at 6.45am.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, answered.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 106¼ fresh beef and vegetables each; and 85 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light East wind.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 1000 pounds hard bread in tins.

The following men absent overtime at morning report of absentees: H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, M. Foley, First-class Fireman, J.S. Butler, Machinist, E. Powers, Private Marine, L. Morris, Captain of Hold, and J. Noonan, First-class Fireman.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman, subsequently returned on board 4½ hours over time.

The Captain assigned 2 hours' extra duty to E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, as punishment for not manning his boat promptly.

The Captain offered to the Chief of Police of Key West rewards of ten dollars each for the apprehension and delivery on board this ship of L. Morris, Captain of Hold, and E. Powers, Private Marine.

The three masted schooner "Florence" of Portland [Portlant in log-book] came in from anchorage outside in tow, having evidently been ashore.

The [Mallory] steamer "Nueces" came in and went alongside dock.

At 10.55am went to fire quarters, ready: 1st Division 1 minute 5 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 20 seconds; 3rd Division 20 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 35 seconds; Navigator's Division 55 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 5 seconds; Marines 1 minute 5 seconds; and water in 1 minute.

Total time of exercise 6 minutes 5 seconds.

Exercised at closing watertight doors, times: starboard engine room 35 seconds; port engine room 30 seconds; and berth deck 55 seconds.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 193.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light East breeze.

Barometer falling 30.24 to 30.18.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with light East breeze.

L. Morris, Captain of Hold, came on board 30 hours over time.

Liberty party returned, except J. Austin, Coal Heaver, and J. Turner, Quarter Gunner,.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky, bright starlight.

Light airs to light breeze from ENE.


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12 April 1891

At anchor Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light breezes from ENE to NNE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light NE winds.

E. Powers, Private Marine, returned on board 48 hours over time, having been brought down to the boat by the police.

Flagship made the following signals: at 7.00am general 3350 and 3962; and at 7.40am general 3353, 3963, 6098 and 6379.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 106½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 86 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with light ENE and NE breezes.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Commander inspected ship and crew.

Absentees at 9.00am: J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, J.S. Butler, Machinist, J. Turner, Quarter Gunner, and J. Austin, Coal Heaver.

H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, returned on board 15 hours over time.

By order of Commanding officer awarded the following punishments: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, quarantine, 1 month, for disobeying order of coxswain; also by his order confined in double irons for three days C.S. Driver, Landsman, for disrespect.

Also by his order offered rewards of ten dollars each for the apprehension and delivery on board of J.S. Butler, Machinist, J. Turner, Quarter Gunner, H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, and J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver.

At 10.00am flagship made general signal 3837.

Sent church party to flagship.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 5; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 190.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with light airs and breezes from NE first part, NE by North latter part.

Barometer falling.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with bright starlight latter part.

Light airs to light breezes from East to ENE.

J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, and J. Turner, Quarter Gunner, were brought off by the local police, and by order of the Commanding officer paid $10 reward in each case for their apprehension and delivery on board.

By same authority paid $10 to the local police as reward for the apprehension and delivery on board of E. Powers, Private Marine,

Liberty party returned, except P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light breezes from the East by North.

Barometer steady.

P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board two hours over time.


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13 April 1891

At anchor Key West, Florida

Lat 24.554, Long -81.813


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ENE.

Ship swung to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light breezes from ENE to NE by East.

At 7.00am flagship made general 3340.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 79 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from the East first hour, ENE remainder of watch.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absentees: J.S. Butler, Machinist, and J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver.

Drilled as follows: 1st period: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division instruction; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division infantry; Marines infantry.

2nd period: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division artillery; 3rd Division infantry and artillery; Powder Division infantry; Marines infantry and great guns.

Made signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 1; at 11.30am interrogatory 2984; at 12.00pm numeral 187.

At 10.20am flagship made U.S.S. "Yorktown" 3897.

Punishments were awarded at the mast by the Commanding Officer as follows, namely: H.C. King, Landsman, not shifting into uniform after having been thrice ordered, 2 days' bread and water; T. Heslin, First-class Fireman, and J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, out of uniform on spar deck, 3 hours' extra duty each.

Before 12.00pm the U.S.S. "Chicago" began to haul from the dock.

The iron of the ship was this day inspected in accordance with [Navy Regulation] Circular number 77.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, bright starlight latter part.

Light to gentle breezes from East by South.

Barometer steady.

J.S. Butler, Machinist, and J.J. Austin, Coal Heaver, were brought on board by the shore police and the proffered reward of ten dollars each paid.

Received in Paymaster's Department from the General Storekeeper, Naval Station, Key West, Florida, the following stores namely: 1000 pounds biscuit; 528 pounds corned beef; 528 pounds ham; 200 pounds coffee; 192 pounds vegetables; 144 pounds butter; 120 pounds raisins; 100 pounds peaches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to fresh breezes in squalls from East by North and East.

Instructed apprentices in signals.

U.S.S. "Chicago" left dock and anchored in Southeast Channel.

The U.S.S. "Boston" went alongside dock and commenced coaling.

Started fires in A boiler.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from East and East by South.

The "Olivette" came in from Southward at 9.00pm, and stood out the NW passage at 11.15pm.


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14 April 1891

At anchor, and moored to dock, Key West, Florida

Lat 24.555, Long -81.811


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Gentle breeze from East.

Barometer falling.

Ship commenced swinging to ebb at 2.10am, and finished at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from East by South.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in making preparations for coaling ship.

At about 5.45am the U.S.S. "Kearsarge" was sighted standing up main ship channel.

Hoisted colors and made our number, following motions of flagship.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340, immediately after officer's uniform signals 3956 and 6379.

At 7.10am the U.S.S. "Kearsarge" came to anchor on our port quarter, distant about one ship's length.

Spread fires at 7.50am.

Received in Paymaster's Department from the contractor: 106¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 82 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East by South.

At 9.00am made [signal] interrogatory 4890, and flagship answered in affirmative.

Called all hands up anchor and went alongside coal wharf.

Moored at 9.40am, and commenced coaling ship.

Stopped coaling at 12.00pm.

At 9.00am made numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 0, and at 12.00pm numeral 182 to flagship.

At 8.56am U.S.S. "Boston" left coal wharf and stood out to anchorage in Southeast Channel.

By order of Commanding Officer released J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver, W. Sloane, Second-class Fireman, J.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, and J. Mather, First-class Fireman, their terms of confinement having expired.

Received 86 tons of coal during watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from East by South.

Barometer falling.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 800 pounds pork; 400 pounds beef; 1061 pounds sugar; 980 pounds flour; and 114 gallons beans.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East by South.

Finished coaling ship at 5.30pm, having received on board in all 189½ tons of hard coal.

At 6.10pm called all hands unmoor ship and stood out in Southeast Channel, and came to anchor in five fathoms water, hard sandy bottom, at 6.40pm.

By order of Commanding Officer Lieutenant H.G.O. Colby was placed under suspension for improper and intemperate language to Commanding Officer.

At 6.35pm made [signal] interrogatory 1211 to flagship.

At 6.50pm made [signal] interrogatory 2121.

Flagship answered in affirmative.

Banked fires.

At end of watch under banked fires in two boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from East.

Barometer unsteady.

At 11.50pm started fires in boilers B and C.


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15 April 1891

At anchor, and making passage from Key West, Florida, to Port au Prince, Hayti

Lat 23.89, Long -81.08


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Moderate East breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East by South.

At 5.20am hove in to 15 fathoms on port chain.

At 5.30am called all hands up anchor and hoisted position pennant.

At 5.31am flagship made [signal] 240, with U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Boston" distinguishing pennants.

Stood out through Southeast Channel in column at distance.

At 6.43am put over patent log reading 97.2, middle channel buoy bearing NNW½W, distant 1½ miles.

At 6.50am changed course to SE½S.

At end of watch in column at distance, steering course SE½S, under steam alone using 4 boilers.

Draught of ship forward 13 feet 0 inch, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

At 6.00am flagship made [signal] 255.

Average steam pressure 110, revolutions 77.9, vacuum 26.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE by East to East.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.00am made absentee, at 10.00am sick and at noon coal reports.

Signaled latitude and longitude at noon.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

Passed several vessels standing to the Northward and Westward during watch.

By order of the Commanding Officer released H.C. King, Landsman, and C.S. Driver, Landsman, from confinement, their terms having expired.

At 10.00am commenced distilling.

Number revolutions 85.4, steam 110, vacuum 26.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

Ships approximately in position at end of watch.

The Captain suspended from duty the Orderly Sergeant, for failing to obey promptly the order of the Executive Officer, by his order W. Cuff, Landsman, was confined in double irons for five days, for absenting himself from the ship without permission.

Passed several sails.

Steam 111, revolutions 89.4, vacuum 26.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with moderate to gentle breezes from ESE and East.

Following motions of flagship, making good per standard [compass] SE½S until 4.45pm, E½S remainder of watch.

At 4.28pm made Bahia de Cadiz Cay lighthouse right ahead, and passed [?] about two points forward of starboard beam.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair, cloudy to Southward at end of watch.

Gentle breezes from the Eastward.

Barometer steady.

In column at distance.

At 6.40pm changed course to ESE⅜E, patent log 96.5.

At end of watch Bahia de Cadiz Cay light bore (per compass) WSW⅛W, ship's head ESE⅜E.

Using steam from four boilers.

Average steam pressure 109 pounds, revolutions 87.2, vacuum 26.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from East by South and East.

In column at distance on flagship till 10.00pm, when U.S.S. "Boston" dropped behind, keeping distance on U.S.S. "Boston" remainder of watch, flagship being 1½ miles ahead at end of watch.

Under steam in four boilers, steering ESE⅜E.

At 8.35pm lost sight of Bahia de Cadiz Cay light bearing WSW½W, ship's head ESE⅜E.

At 8.45pm sighted Sagua light bearing S⅝W, which at 9.15pm bore abeam, and at 10.00pm disappeared bearing SW by West (per compass), ship's head ESE⅜E.

By order of Commanding Officer Lieutenant H.G.O. Colby was restored to duty.

Average steam pressure 115 pounds, revolutions 84.6, vacuum 26.


Hayti is the old spelling for Haiti.

Bahia de Cadiz Cay is also known as Cayo Bahía de Cádiz.


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16 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Key West, Florida, to Port au Prince, Hayti

Lat 22.45, Long -77.90


Midnight to 4am:

Weather partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ESE and East by South.

Barometer falling first half [of watch].

At about 3.00am observed the glare of a very bright light or a fire about two points abaft starboard beam.

Revolutions 85.1, steam 110 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from East by South.

At 5.28am made two flat hummocks of land lying together, bearing South by West.

At 6.00am changed course to SE by E⅞E, following motions of flagship, patent log read 83.8.

At 6.10am made low land bearing from S¼W to South by E¾E.

At 7.30am made low land bearing about SE by South.

Passed small patches and bunches of sea weed.

Sighted two schooners.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.

Steam 107 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 91.8.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Gentle East by South breeze.

Following flagship, making good per standard [compass] until 8.57am SE by E⅞E, then until 9.30am SE by East, and ESE remainder of watch.

At 8.50am sighted [Cayo] Paredon Grande lighthouse 2 points on starboard bow, lost sight of it by end of watch.

Small cays in sight on starboard hand all of watch.

Last hour passed Spanish cruiser heading to Westward.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, then cleared ship for action and exercised batteries.

Times as follows: clear ship, ready: forward 13 minutes 15 seconds; mainmast 14 minutes 20 seconds; aft 15 minutes 45 seconds; berth deck 16 minutes 0 seconds.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 1 minute 45 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 3 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 38 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder Division 8 minutes 30 seconds; Engineer's Division 8 minutes 30 seconds.

Get up arms and fire 3 shots: 1st Division 1 minute 35 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 32 seconds; 3rd Division 52 seconds.

Total time of exercise: 1 hour 14 minutes 30 seconds.

Passed from time to time patches of seaweed.

Made following signals to flagship; at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 330, numeral 22 answer 27, 77 answer 54 numeral.

Steam pressure averaged 110 pounds, revolutions 87.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with gentle breezes from East by South first part, East latter part.

Barometer falling.

At 12.35pm sighted Lobos Cay light bearing (per compass) E⅝S, ship's head ESE.

Squadron in column at distance.

At 2.06pm changed course to SE by East, patent log reading 55.1.

At 1.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" hoisted preparatory pennant and signaled message to squadron by Army and Navy code.

At 1.40pm made numeral 211 answer 4.

At 4.00pm Lobos Cay light about to disappear NW⅜W.

Under steam alone from all four boilers.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 87.7, vacuum 26 inches.

Issued small stores and clothing.


4pm to 6pm:

Partially cloudy.

Moderate breezes from East.

In column at distance, steering course SE by East till 5.41pm, when changed to SE by E⅝E.

Under steam alone, using four boilers.

Steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 82.3, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Moderate breeze from East.

Barometer rising.

At about 6.20pm sighted [Punta] Maternillos light one point forward starboard beam.

At 8.00pm it bore about two points abaft the beam.

Number [of] revolutions 87.5, steam 110 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, moonlight.

Moderate breeze from East by South.

Lightning played about horizon during entire watch.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 86.5, vacuum 25 inches.


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17 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Key West, Florida, to Port au Prince, Hayti

Lat 20.75, Long -74.68


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with vivid sheet lightning from South, around by East, to North on horizon.

Barometer falling slowly 30.05 to 30.00 inches.

Damp.

Light to gentle East by South breeze.

Following flagship, making good per standard [compass] SE by E¾E.

At end of watch ship in position in column at distance.

At 3.55am sighted Punta Lucrecia light about two points forward of starboard beam, visible from aloft.

Steam pressure averaged 109 pounds and revolutions 89.5.


4am to 8am:

Fair, lightning to Southward first part.

Light breezes from East by South.

Barometer rising.

At 4.30am sighted Punta Lucrecia [Lucretia Point in log-book] light from the bridge bearing (per compass) S¾E, ship's head SE by E¾E, patent log 76.8.

At 5.44am changed course to SE¾E, patent log 86.7, Punta Lucrecia [Lucretia Point in log-book] light bearing (per compass) SSW½W, ship's head SE¾E.

At end of watch squadron in column at distance.

Under steam from four boilers.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, average revolutions 87.1, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE and SE by East.

At 9.30am went to quarters, mustered divisions and exercised as follows: 1st, 3rd, Powder Divisions and Marine Guard small arms; 2nd Division great guns.

In column at distance, steering course SE¾E, under steam in four boilers.

Steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 91.7, vacuum 26.5 inches.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded: J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, wearing dungaree cloths on deck, 2 hours' extra duty; L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, disrespect to steward, 2 days' bread and water; V. Frederickson, Coxswain, drunk on duty, five days' double irons.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breeze from ESE.

Barometer falling first half.

At 12.15pm changed course to SE⅛E (per compass), patent log 41.5.

At about 3.00pm sighted Cape Maysi lighthouse about ½ point on starboard bow.

At end of watch it bore two points on bow.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 87.5, vacuum 26.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from ESE.

At 4.00pm made high land of Hayti bearing about SE½E.

At 4.39pm Cape Maysi lighthouse bore abeam.

By order of Commanding Officer W.H. Knobelsdorf, Quartermaster, was given three days' bread and water, for disobedience of orders.

At 5.05pm went to fire quarters: 1st Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 3rd Division 23 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 20 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 47 seconds; Marines 1 minute 10 seconds; water 1 minute 47 seconds.

Time of exercise 7 minutes.

Steam 110, revolutions 89.1.


6pm to 8pm: Fair.

Gentle East breeze.

Making good SE per standard [compass] following flagship.

Lost sight of Haiti and of Cape Maysi at dark, the latter astern, the former about two points on port bow.

Vivid sheet and forked lightning from NW to NE on horizon, faint occasional flashes to SE.

Heavy nimbus clouds to NW.

Steam pressure averaged 110 pounds, revolutions 88.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first part, overcast latter part, with occasional light sprinkles last hour.

Lightning at various points about horizon.

Gentle breezes from East by North to ENE first part, light airs from between SSE and SE by East latter part.

Barometer steady.

Squadron in column at distance.

At about 10.45pm changed course to starboard slightly, making course SE¼S during remainder of watch.

Abreast of Platform Point at about 10.30pm.

Average steam pressure 110, average number of revolutions 88.7, vacuum 26 inches.


Cape Maysi is also known as Punta de Maisi.

Platform Point is also known as Pointe la Plateforme.


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18 April 1891

At sea, and at anchor Port au Prince, Haiti

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, with bright moonlight at intervals, moderate rain squalls second hour.

Gentle breezes from South by East and ESE, with fresh breezes in squalls second hour.

In column at distance, under steam in four boilers.

At 2.40am sighted Saint Marc's Point two points on port bow.

At 2.25am moon set.

Steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 88, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from ESE, fresh squalls from same direction second hour.

Barometer rising.

Standing in for Port au Prince through Saint Marc's Channel, changing course with the flagship.

At 7.00am flagship made general signals 3340, 6378, 6379, and 3956.

At about 7.15am sighted the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" at anchor off Port au Prince.

Number [of] revolutions 86, steam 110 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, hot.

Light variable airs and calms.

Stood up the bay for anchorage, following the motions of flagship, and at 9.15am anchored on a line as directed, the three ships anchoring at the same time, the flagship being near the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

Twelve fathoms of water, muddy bottom, and veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.

Ship's draft 13 feet 1 inches forward and 16 feet 1 inch aft.

While standing up the bay the flagship fired a salute of 13 guns to Rear Admiral Gherardi.

After anchoring Rear Admiral Walker made an official visit to the U.S.S. "Philadelphia", and upon his departure was saluted with 13 guns.

The Spanish steamer "Manuel L. Villaverde" of Barcelona came in.

Received a visit from the health officer of the port.

The following signals were made: from flagship to squadron at 8.30am 188, 231, with distinguishing pennant and numeral 2; at 8.35am numeral 4; at 8.40am 220; at 9.20am 2121; at 9.25am 6377; at 9.45am 3957; from this ship to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00 numeral 2; and at 12.00pm 277.

Banked fires after anchoring, and at 11.40am spread fires under two forward boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from NW and NW by West.

Barometer falling 30.00 to 29.93 inches.

At one got under way and shifted berth to Northward and Westward, anchoring 1½ cables from U.S.S. "Boston", flagship foremast bearing WSW per standard [compass].

U.S.S. "Atlanta" came in and anchored after exchanging numbers with U.S.S. "Philadelphia" and U.S.S. "Chicago".

Banked fires.

The American Minister paid an official visit to flagship U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

Gave him the usual honors twice on passing, as also to Admiral Gherardi on an official visit to flagship U.S.S. "Chicago".


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, hot.

Light breeze from NW to WSW.

Boarded the [Dutch] steamer "Prins Willem I", which came in.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with very heavy passing showers second hour.

Light breeze hauling from WSW by the North to East, falling calm last hour and coming out in light SW airs.


Saint Marc's Point is also known as Pointe de Saint-Marc.

Saint Marc's Channel is also known as Canal du Nord, and Canal de Saint-Marc.


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19 April 1891

At anchor off Port au Prince, Haiti

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy first hour, fair remainder of watch.

Calms, very light airs from SW second hour.

Moon set at 2.55am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from East by South.

The U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made the following signals, which were answered: at 7.00am 5455; at 7.30am 6377, 6378, 6379, despatch 3341 and 3963.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs boxing the compass.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Executive Officer inspected ship and crew.

At 11.30am flagship made general signal 4826, furled staysail.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 273.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement W.H. Knobelsdorf, Quartermaster, and L. Butler, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from West by North.

Barometer falling.

At about 2.00pm the Dutch steamer "Prins Willem I" got under way and stood out.

Sent a large visiting party to the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".


4pm to 8pm:

Fair with light airs from ESE, North by East and WSW.

The Hamburg steamer "Colonia" came in and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, heavy passing showers second and third hours.

Light airs and breezes variable in direction.


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20 April 1891

At anchor off Port au Prince, Haiti

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy.

Calms and light variable airs.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light airs, variable in direction, and calms.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal 6377, followed by uniform signals 6378, 6379, 3841, 3960.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from the ENE.

Light haze.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 9.20am Rear Admiral Gherardi, U.S. Navy, Commanding North Atlantic Squadron, made a call upon the Commanding Officer and wardroom officers of this ship, and was received with the customary courtesies.

At 9.55am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised divisions one period as follows, namely: 1st Division instruction; 2nd Division instruction; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division setting up exercise; Marine Guard manual of arms.

By direction of the Rear Admiral Commanding, the second period of forenoon drills and the afternoon drills are suspended during the stay of this squadron in this port.

At 9.10am flagship made general signal 5459, hoisted position pennant immediately, and upon the hauling down of the signal loosed staysail and spread it out to dry.

Engaged in cleaning bilges, tiller room and paintwork.

The iron of this ship is this day inspected in accordance with the Department Circular number 77.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2, at noon numeral 269.

The wardroom officers of the flagship U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made an official call upon the Commanding Officer and wardroom officers of this ship.

At 11.30am flagship made general signal 4826.

Stowed staysail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, with rain squalls second hour.

At 1.20pm U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made [signal] 2984, which was answered and repeated by U.S.S. "Chicago".

Light breezes from WNW to WSW, coming in moderate squalls from West second hour.

By order of Commanding Officer released A. Cuff, Landsman, his term of confinement having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs from WSW and calm first part, light airs from Eastward latter part.

Barometer rising.

Lightning in various directions.

Stopped distilling at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, passing showers latter part.

Light breezes from East.

Fires in one boiler.


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21 April 1891

At anchor off Port au Prince, Haiti

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and rainy weather.

Light breeze from East.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast first part, cloudy whole of watch.

Light breezes to airs from the East, calms third hour.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal 6277 following the U.S.S. "Philadelphia", and the following uniform signals immediately after 7.30am: 6378, 6379, 3341, and 3960.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East by South and East.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised as follows: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division instruction great guns; 3rd Division great guns; powder Division infantry; Marine Guard infantry; and squad from Engineer's Division infantry.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded: C. Gulbrundsen, Seaman, out of uniform, 3 hours' extra duty, and absent muster brightwork, 2 hours' extra duty; V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, not reporting of Officer of Deck, 6 hours' extra duty, and loafing on signal drill, 2 hours' extra duty; F.E. Austin, loafing on signal drill, 2 hours' extra duty; S.C. Driver, Landsman, not turned in at 9.10pm, 3 hours' extra duty; J. Mansen, Seaman, not answering promptly when spoken to, 3 hours' extra duty; L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, out of uniform, 3 hours' extra duty; L.S. Carlson, Seaman, making improper remark to Corporal of Guard, 2 days' double irons.

By order of same authority M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, were placed in double irons for five days each, for having been absent from ship without leave while at Tampa Bay.

At 8.45am flagship made 5455, and loosed sail.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Houglan, First Sergeant, was restored to duty.

Made routine signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 12.00pm numeral 265.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Barometer falling.

At 1.15pm flagship made general signal 4876, furled staysail, and at 2.35pm general signal 3918, answered and piped down scrubbed hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Bright moonlight.

Barometer steady.


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22 April 1891

At anchor off Port au Prince, Haiti

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, moonlight.

Light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from East.

Moon set at 4.45pm.

Barometer steady.

At 7.30am flagship repeated following signals from U.S.S. "Philadelphia" as uniform and time signals: 6377, 6378, 6379, 3340, and 3960.


8am to meridian:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Drilled 1st Division at setting up drill, 2nd Division at great guns, Powder Division and Marines at smalls arms, and instructed 3rd Division.

Ran in guns of main battery and cleaned slides, et cetera.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed H.C. King, Landsman, in confinement on bread and water for five days, for improper and disorderly conduct, released V. Fredrickson, Coxswain, from confinement, his term having expired, and took leg irons off J.L. Carlson, Seaman.

At 9.00am made absentee, at 10.00am sick, and at noon coal reports to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Light breezes from all quarters during watch.

Light shower of rain early part of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breezes and calms.

Barometer steady.

At 7.35pm stopped distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, light rain squall second hour.

Light East wind.


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23 April 1891

At anchor off Port au Prince, Haiti

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with bright moonlight, at times obscured.

Light breezes from East and East by South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East by South and ESE.

Barometer rising.

At 7.30am flagship made general signal 6377, and afterwards 6378, 6379, 3340 and 3960, answered.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, light rain squall last hour of watch.

Light breeze from East to SE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division infantry; 3rd Division infantry; Powder Division athletic exercise; Marines bayonet exercise.

Made the following signals to flagship U.S.S. "Chicago": at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 258.

At 9.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" made general [signal] 5455, and at 10.45am general 4826.

By order of the Captain J.L. Carlson, Seaman, was released from confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light airs from SE and West.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, warm.

A Haitian steamer came in and anchored inside.

Calm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, latter part bright moonlight.

Light airs to light breeze from East.


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24 April 1891

At anchor off Port au Prince, Haiti, and under way making passage to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 18.59, Long -72.35


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light airs from the East.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Calm until latter part, when had airs from South by West to SE.

At 5.30am made out U.S.S. "Kearsarge" standing in.

She anchored in obedience to signal from U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 5.45am U.S.S. "Kearsarge" made cornet 45, the U.S.S. "Chicago" making cornet 24, and the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" cornet 155.

At 6.15am U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made to U.S.S. "Kearsarge" [signals] 231, 217, 12, and at 7.25am 4557.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made the following signals, which were repeated by U.S.S. "Chicago": 6377, 6378, 6379, 3340, 3357, 3960.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Barometer steady at 30.00 inches.

Light SW airs, falling calm last hour.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. Tierny, Second-class Fireman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, from confinement.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, drilled divisions as follows: 1st infantry; 2nd infantry; 3rd setting up; Powder infantry; [Marine] Guard manual of arms.

At 11.40am flagship made [signal] 2984, piped down washed clothes.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 231.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, light haze about horizon.

Light airs and breezes from WNW to West last hour.

Barometer falling.

Making preparations for sea.

The American Minister made an official call on board the flagship U.S.S. "Chicago", and on leaving that ship was saluted with fifteen guns, paraded guard and gave three ruffles as American Minister passed to and from flagship.

At 1.40pm hove in to short stay.

At 1.55pm flagship made [signal] tactical 240, called all hands up anchor, anchor away at 2.00pm.

At 2.21pm flagship made [signal] tactical 256.

At 2.25pm piped down and set the starboard watch.

At 2.27pm passed the flagship U.S.S. "Philadelphia", paraded Marine Guard and gave two ruffles.

Ship's draught forward 12 feet 7 inches, aft 16 feet 0 inch.

At 2.45pm set course NW¾W, and took departure [Pointe du] Lamentin lighthouse South by E¾E, Pelican Cays NE¼N, both bearings magnetic, patent log 8.8.

At 3.15pm flagship made general signal 2072.

At 3.27pm made interrogatory 2255, flagship answered in affirmative.

At 3.26pm sighted the Ar[cadins] Reefs one point on starboard bow.

From 3.00pm to 4.00pm average steam pressure 110, revolutions 90.5, vacuum 26.

Bending fore and aft sail.

At end of watch squadron in column at half distance.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breezes from SW.

In column at half distance, steering course NW¾ till 4.40pm, when changed course to NW.

Using steam in four boilers.

Bending fore and aft sail.

Steam 110, revolutions 90.6, vacuum 26.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW to WNW.

Barometer steady.

Moon rose about 7.30pm.

At 6.30pm Saint Marc's Point bore on starboard beam.

At 7.45pm stopped distilling.

In column at half distance, course NW.

Steam 110 pounds, vacuum 25.5 inches, revolutions 90.5.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from West.

About 9.30pm made land along the starboard bow.

At 11.35pm changed course to NW by North, and at 11.45pm to North by West, in both instances following the motions of the flagship.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.

Steam 98, pounds vacuum 25, revolutions 96.6.


Pelican Cays are also known as Cayes du Pélican.

Saint Marc's Point is also known as Pointe de Saint-Marc.


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25 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Port au Prince, Haiti, to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 21.52, Long -74.03


Midnight to 4am:

Clear first half, fair latter half.

Light NNE airs.

Following flagship, making good North by West except last hour, then North by W¼W (per standard [compass]).

About 2.00am lost sight of land of Haiti.

Keeping half distance from U.S.S. "Boston", in position at end of watch.

At 1.40am slowed to half speed for several minutes, U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" having slowed.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, average revolutions 88.1.


4am to 8am:

Fair, hazy latter part.

Light southerly airs.

Barometer rising.

Steering course North by West.

At 7.45am flagship changed course, and at 7.53am directed our course toward the flagship steering North by W½W.

At beginning of watch second section away astern of first.

At 6.05am started to gain proper distance from flagship, passing by the U.S.S. "Boston", increasing revolutions slowly to 110.

At end of watch flagship still some distance ahead, U.S.S. "Boston" well astern.

At 6.18am sighted Great Inagua Island light bearing (per compass) N¼E, ship's head North by W¼W.

At 7.45am passed light abeam East by North (per compass), distance about 4.2 miles.

Average steam 98, average revolutions 89, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SSE, hauling to West last hour.

Steering course North by W½W till 9.00am, when changed course to NNW overhauling flagship, attaining position at 10.30am.

In obedience to orders from flagship came back to communicate with U.S.S. "Boston".

At 11.00am started ahead again to rejoin flagship.

At 9.30am had bag inspection.

By order of Commanding Officer C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, was placed in double irons for five days, for being obstinate, disrespectful and not obeying orders at wheel.

Using steam in four boilers, steam pressure 100 pounds, vacuum 25, revolutions 98.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and very warm.

Light airs to moderate breeze from South.

Barometer falling.

At 12.30pm made coal report, and signals numeral 21 answer 31, and numeral 74 answer 02 to flagship.

At 12.40pm made following telegraph signals, namely: 9301, 4904, 1, 4028, 6155, 9731, 1998, 9693, 2427, 3567, 9409, 5659, 6839, 4070, 9301, 3882, 8314, 1653, 5468, 0419, 2012 and 6727 to flagship.

At 12.35pm changed course to NNW¾W, at 2.18pm to NW⅝W, at 2.48pm to NW⅛W, at 3.00pm to NW⅜W, and at 4.00pm to North by West (all courses per compass).

At 2.20pm sighted Castle Island lighthouse dead ahead, at 3.44pm it bore on starboard bow, and at 3.50pm on starboard beam.

At about 2.00pm caught up with U.S.S. "Atlanta" and took position one distance astern of her.

The U.S.S. "Boston" came up and took position one distance astern of flagship.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 91.4, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy weather, warm.

Airs from South by East.

At 4.30pm made Fortune Island bearing about North by East.

Passed two sails, exchanging colors with a steamer bound standing to the southward.

At 6.00pm changed course to North, following the motions of the flagship.

At end of watch the ship approximately in position.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 90.9, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light airs and breeze from South by East.

Following flagship, making good North per standard [compass].

At disk sighted Crooked Island light two points on starboard bow.

At end of watch it bore about ENE per standard [compass].

Average steam 99, revolutions 95.3.

Sheet lightning at intervals to NW last hour.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, moon shining dimly through the clouds.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Barometer steady last three hours.

Squadron in column at half distance.

At 8.25pm changed course to N⅞W, patent log 78.1.

At about 10.10pm dropped Crooked Island light bearing about S½E.

Average steam pressure 99, average number of revolutions 92.3, vacuum 26 inches.


Fortune Island is also known as Long Cay, The Bahamas.


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26 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Port au Prince, Haiti, to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 25.27, Long -74.97


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with passing showers second hour, lightning to Eastward.

In column at half distance, keeping interval on U.S.S. "Boston", but over distance from flagship.

Steering course N⅞W till 2.20am when, following motions of flagship, changed to NW, and at 3.20am changed to N½W.

At 2.50am sighted San Salvador [Island] light one point forward of starboard beam.

At 3.20am light bore NE½E, patent log reading 40.5, ship's head N½W.

Using steam in 4 boilers.

Average revolutions 88, steam 100, vacuum 26.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, with drizzling rain.

Light breeze from North by East, shifting to NNW second hour.

Barometer unsteady.

Steaming in column.

At 4.30am San Salvador [Island] light bore E½S (per compass), patent log 51.9.

At 6.00am changed course to N¾W (per compass).

At 7.30am flagship made general signal 3351, answered.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 94.1, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain setting in about 10.30am.

Light wind from North by West and NNW.

At 9.30am inspected the divisions, and subsequently the Captain inspected the ship with the crew at quarters.

At 10.55am passed over two shoal spots shown by the light color of the water.

At noon flagship changed course to N½W.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.

At 9.00am flagship made general signal 6375.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2, and at noon 194, latitude 25-16, longitude 74-58.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, rain first half.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

Moderate swell from East.

Following flagship, making good N⅝W per standard [compass].

At end of watch ships approximately in position.

Passed through patches of seaweed from time to time during watch, most frequently last hour.

At 2.00pm set fore staysail and main trysail.

Average steam pressure 100, revolutions 94.8.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from the WSW veering to the Westward.

At end of watch low cumulus clouds coming from NW.

Barometer steady.

Squadron in column, making course N½W.

At end of watch second section about eight hundred yards astern, U.S.S. "Yorktown" approximately half distance from U.S.S. "Boston".

Moderate sea from Westward.

Average steam pressure 97, average number of revolutions 92.1, vacuum 26.


6pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light breezes from NW to NW by North.

In column at half distance, keeping interval on U.S.S. "Boston".

At 6.40pm took in fore staysail, and at 7.00pm took in main trysail.

Using steam from four boilers.

Steam pressure 100, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 93.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first part, latter part bright moonlight.

Light breeze from NW by North shifting to ENE, by North.

Barometer falling.

Steam 96.2 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 93.7.

Long swell from NNE latter part of watch.


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27 April 1891

Making passage from Port au Prince, Haiti, to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 29.14, Long -75.30


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, moonlight.

Long swell from NNE.

Wind from ENE, fresh.

Light rain squall early in watch.

At about 2.30am U.S.S. "Atlanta" hauled out of line to the Westward and fell astern, but subsequently resumed position.

During the entire watch, and at the end of same, the ships were straggling and out of position.

Steam 100 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 82.5.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with stiff, increasing to very fresh breeze from ENE.

Barometer rising 29.98 to 30.07 inches.

Following flagship, making good per standard [compass] N⅜W.

Ships widely out of position.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 84.9.


8am to meridian:

Generally overcast and cloudy, with sun occasionally visible.

Stiff to fresh breezes from the ENE, with rough sea and swell.

Barometer rising until last hour, when commencing to fall.

At 9.30am flagship signaled tactical 255, "Distance – take".

Steering about N¼W.

At end of watch second section slightly astern of its position.

At 9.00am made [signal] numeral 0, 10.00am numeral 2, at 11.50am numeral 166, at meridian made latitude signal N 28°51', longitude signal W 75°25'.

By order of Commanding Officer released H.C. King, Landsman, from confinement on bread and water for improper and disorderly conduct.

Average steam pressure 100, average number of revolutions 88.7, vacuum 26.

At 9.40am set fore staysail.

[At] 9.50am hauled out foot of main trysail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy.

Strong to fresh breezes from ENE, hauling to East by North last hour and slightly moderating.

In column at distance, under steam in four boilers and main trysail and fore staysail.

Average steam 100 pounds, vacuum 26, revolutions 85.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Fresh breeze from East by North.

Barometer steady.

At 6.00pm set head of main trysail.

Steaming in column following flagship.

Steam 100 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 89.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Fresh wind from NE by East.

At end of watch ships approximately in position.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 90.6, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with moderate to gentle ENE breeze.

Under fore staysail, main trysail, and steam in four boiler.

Following flagship, making good N¼W per standard [compass].

In column at distance.

During third hour lagged behind through difficulty of keeping steam owing to leaky tubes in boiler A.

At end of watch behind position, but gradually making up lost distance.

Average steam pressure 93, average revolutions 86.3.


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28 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Port au Prince, Haiti, to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 33.03, Long -75.70


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, partially clearing with bright moonlight latter part.

Gentle breezes from ENE at beginning to NE at end of watch.

Barometer falling.

Squadron in column, steering course N¼W.

At end of watch about twelve hundred yards astern of our right position, but gaining slowly.

Using steam from four boilers.

At 3.50am took in fore staysail and main trysail.

Average steam pressure 100 pounds, average number of revolutions 99.3, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North.

In column at distance.

Using steam from four boilers.

At 7.20am flagship made uniform signal 3340.

Steam pressure 100, vacuum 26, revolutions 97.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NNE.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised 1st and Powder Divisions at small arms, 2nd and 3rd [Divisions] at great guns, and Marines at bayonet drill.

At 9.00am made signal numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 0, and at 11.50am numeral 135, and at noon made latitude and longitude to flagship.

At 8.48am changed course to N¾E (per compass).

Steam 97 pounds, revolutions 94.4, vacuum 26 inches.

The Executive Officer inspected the hull in accordance with Navy Department General Circular number 77.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from NNE until 2.30pm, when shifted to North by West.

Barometer falling.

Between 2.00pm and 2.30pm the temperature of the surface water rose from 72° to 76° [Fahrenheit] and at the same time passed large patches of sea weed.

Passed a bark and a barkentine, both standing to Northward and Eastward.

Engaged refitting powder tanks containing the 6-inch charges.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.

Steam 100 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 93.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudless sky.

Light North by West airs.

Following flagship, making good per standard [compass] until 4.50pm N¾E, remainder of watch North by E¾E.

Barometer falling 29.97 to 29.94 inches.

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 92.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair, hazy about the horizon.

Light to gentle breezes from North by West to NW by North.

Barometer rising.

Steering North by E¾E first hour, North by E⅝E last hour.

In column at distance.

Ships approximately in position at end of watch.

Between 7.00pm and 7.30pm temperature of water at surface fell from 77° to 73° Fahrenheit.

Average steam pressure 100 pounds, average number of revolutions 93.8, vacuum 25½ inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, slight fog last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW and North.

In column at distance, using steam in four boilers.

Steam pressure 96, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 93.

Steering course North by E¾E till 10.30pm, then changed to N¾E, and at 10.50pm to North.

At 10.40pm sighted Hatteras light two points forward of port beam.

Moon rose at 11.30pm.


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29 April 1891

At sea, making passage from Port au Prince, Haiti, to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.85, Long -75.93


Midnight to 4am:

First half hour misty, afterwards clear, with bright moonlight.

At about 12.45am a gentle breeze sprung up from NNW, shifting to North by West. and by 2.00am increased to a fresh gale.

At about 3.00am stood to the Eastward to clear a vessel standing before the wind, after which changed course to North by W¾W (per compass).

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 89, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, cool.

Fresh wind from North.

Sea moderate.

Passed three fore and aft schooners standing to the Southward.

At end of watch ships approximately in position, this ship being somewhat astern.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" repeated signal 3340.

Steam 100 pounds, vacuum 26.9 inches, revolutions 90.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear, with gentle breeze from North by West and NNW.

Moderate sea ahead.

Following flagship, making good per standard [compass] first three hours NNW½W, last hour North by West.

At 9.00am made Currituck lighthouse one point forward of port beam, passed it at 9.30am.

At 10.50am made two towers on Cape Henry ¼ point on port bow.

A number of sails in sight during watch.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, 1st Division drilled at great guns, 2nd Division at small arms, 3rd [Division] at instruction at main battery, Powder [Division] at setting up, and [Marine] Guard at manual.

At end of watch vessels in position in column at distance.

Steam pressure averaged 96 pounds, revolutions 94.9.

At 10.00am made [signal] numeral 0, at noon numeral 104.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from NNW to North by West.

Barometer steady.

Moderate sea until entering Chesapeake Bay, when smooth.

Squadron in column at distance, steering Course North by West until 12.25pm, when began steering various courses rounding Cape Henry.

At 12.42pm laid course WNW½W for Hampton Roads.

Passed the U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "Portsmouth" lying at anchor in Lynnhaven Bay, which vessel exchanged numbers with the U.S.S. "Chicago" and fired salute, hoisting jib, a salute of seven (7) guns was returned by the U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 1.52pm abreast of Thimble light, hauled in patent log reading 73.9.

At 1.58pm called all hands bring ship to anchor, and at 2.37pm let go port anchor in 10½ fathoms water, soft sandy bottom, and veered to 60 fathoms chain.

Ebb tide.

Draught forward 12 feet 1 inch, aft 15 feet 6 inches.

Banked fired allowing fires under boiler A to die out.

The following signals were made by flagship, namely: 1.50pm tactical preparatory 234; at 2.10pm tactical 234; 2.43pm general signal 2121; 2.55pm general signal 1834, followed at 2.55pm by numeral 30 and designating flag with U.S.S. "Atlanta's" distinguishing pennant.

At 2.58pm made [signal] interrogatory 1736, answered at 3.00pm by U.S.S. "Chicago" in affirmative.

Steam pressure for two hours average 100 pounds, average revolutions 90.5, vacuum 26.5.

On anchoring broke guard flag at fore truck.

Bearings at anchorage: Soldier's Home North by W⅞W, Old Point [Comfort] lighthouse NE⅛E (magnetic).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light breeze and light airs from West by North and SSW.

Ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW to SW.

Barometer unsteady.

Began swinging to the flood at 8.30pm, finished at 11.00pm.


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30 April 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 37.010, Long -76.296


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Moon rose at 12.45am.

Commenced swinging to ebb tide at 3.00am, and finished at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WSW breeze.

At 7.00am flagship made [signal] 3340.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Light breezes from the WSW.

Barometer steady.

By order of the Commanding Officer released from C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, his term of confinement having expired.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters after which cleared ship for action and went to general quarters.

Times as follows, clear ship for action, ready: forward 7 minutes 25 seconds; midships 5 minutes 15 seconds; aft 7 minutes.

General quarter cast loose and provide: 1st Division 1 minute 32 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 31 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 25 seconds; Powder [Division] 3 minutes 50 seconds; Marines 1 minute; Engineer's [Division] 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Time of exercise 40 minutes.

At 10.00am U.S.S. "Atlanta" hoisted jack and fired a gun, a General Court Martial, of which Captain Phillips [probably misspelled Captain John Woodward Philip], U.S. Navy, is President, having met on board.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 50 pounds common-sense packing.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 96.

Engaged in finishing up ship cleaning.

Riding to ebb tide, swinging to flood at end of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from WSW.

At 1.00pm sighted U.S.S. "Jamestown" beating into anchorage.

At 2.15pm she made cornet 71, and at 2.20pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made cornet 24.

At 2.35pm U.S.S. "Jamestown" made [signal] interrogatory 1211, U.S.S. "Chicago" answered 904.

At 1.25pm flagship made [signal] preparatory 11, and at 2.00pm made signal of execution and drilled at tactical exercise under oars, each ship independently.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from the WSW to SW.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 4.04pm the U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "Jamestown" dropped anchor in the [Hampton] Roads.

At 4.22pm sighted the U.S.S. "Portsmouth" standing in to the [Hampton] Roads.

At 5.36pm the U.S.S. "Portsmouth" came to anchor to Southward and Eastward of the Thimble light.

At about 5.35pm the U.S.S. "Atlanta" hauled down the jack from the yard arm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breezes from SSW.

Exercised search lights in obedience to signal from flagship.



LOGS FOR MAY 1891


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1 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 37.010, Long -76.296


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from WSW.

Barometer rising.

Moon rose at 1.30am.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy around the horizon.

Light breezes from SW to West by South.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 84 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from West by North and West by South, calm last hour.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division pistol drill; 3rd Division instruction great guns; Powder Division instruction and drill at secondary battery.

At 10.00am General Court Martial [G.M.C. in log-book], of which Captain Philips [probably misspelled Captain John Woodward Philip] is senior member, met on board U.S.S. "Atlanta", and at 10.37am adjourned.

At 11.05am U.S.S. "Atlanta" got under way and stood up toward Navy Yard.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J. McAllister, First-class Fireman, disregard of orders, 5 days' double irons; P.J. Kiley, Landsman, using obscene and filthy language and menacing petty officer with broom, 5 days' bread and water.

Made routine signals to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West by South.

Barometer falling.

At 2.19pm flagship made signal preparatory 11, and at 2.39pm signal 11.

Answered, and sent all boats away for exercise under oars.

At 2.45pm the U.S.S. "Portsmouth" anchored near the U.S.S. "Jamestown".

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2438.

Answered, and recalled all boats.

At 3.46pm flagship made general signal 2984.

Answered, and piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Jamestown" paid an official visit on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from SSE to ESE.

Commander F.E. Chadwick left the ship in obedience to orders and proceeded to New York.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Wind unsteady in force and direction, generally from Northward and Eastward.

Barometer rising first half.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 8.15pm, and finished at 10.45pm.


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2 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, and at Yorktown, Virginia

Lat 37.010, Long -76.296


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Airs from ESE to NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, gloomy weather.

Light breezes from NE first part, increasing to moderate breeze and coming in occasional fresh squalls from ENE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340.


8am to meridian:

First part cloudy, with drizzling rain, afterwards clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from ESE to East.

Barometer rising.

The U.S.S. "Vesuvius" [U.S.S. "Vesuvious" in log-book] passed at 9.00am, bound to Norfolk [Nolfolk in log-book].

Received in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 84 pounds fresh bread.

At 9.00am made signal numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 1, at 12.00pm numeral 87 to flagship.

At 11.10am flagship made signal 1087 to this vessel.

Answered, and sent a boat.

At 11.21am flagship made general signal 3318, answered.

At 9.50am commenced swinging to the flood, and finished at 11.30am.

By order of Commanding Officer B.L. Jordan, Landsman, was assigned four hours' extra duty, for being slow in manning boat.

At 9.40am exercised at fire quarters.

Divisions ready as follows: 1st Division 56 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 5 seconds; 3rd Division 30 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute; Powder [Division] 1 minute 15 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 51 seconds; water in 1 minute.

Total time of exercise 5 minutes 50 seconds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, cool.

Moderate breeze from East.

At 1.50pm called all hands up anchor.

Lieutenants B.H. Buckingham and S.A. Staunton came on board as passengers.

At 2.05pm got underway and stood down for the Tail of the Horseshoe under conn of the Navigator.

At 3.06pm set course North by W½W (per compass) and stood up for York Spit lighthouse.

At 1.40pm made signal preparatory 4890 to flagship, which was answered in the affirmative.

Ship's draft 12 feet 1 inch forward, 15 feet 5 inches aft.

Steam 95 pounds, revolutions 85.3, vacuum 26 inches.

Got up and overhauled port bower chain and restowed it.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Barometer steady.

Standing up York river, changing course frequently.

At 5.30pm anchored off the village of Yorktown in 13 fathoms water with port anchor and veered to 45 fathoms chain, muddy bottom.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, cool.

Light breeze from ESE.

Veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.

Tide running ebb.


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3 May 1891

At anchor Yorktown, Virginia, and at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Lat 37.24, Long -76.50


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudless sky first hour, becoming cloudy third hour, overcast and foggy last hour, damp.

Light airs to light breezes from SE by East and SSE.

Finished swinging to flood at 12.40am, when found 12½ fathoms of water under stern.


4am to 8am:

First hour foggy, afterwards clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSW, shifting to West last hour.

Barometer rising between 7.00am and 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Light wind from WSW.

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

Had general quarter and read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy.

At 11.47am called all hands up anchor.

Hove up port anchor.

Draught forward 12 feet 1 inch, aft 15 feet 3 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair first hour, cloudy to overcast last three hours, mist on horizon.

Last hour heavy passing showers with moderate rain squalls.

Light airs to fresh breeze from SSE to SW.

At 12.06pm stood down York river, Navigator at the conn, and at 3.30pm came to in Hampton Roads in 14 fathoms, and veered to 55 fathoms port chain.

Magnetic bearings: Old Point [Comfort] lighthouse NE½N, Soldier's Home NNW¾W.

Exchanged distinguished pennants with flagship and made [signal] interrogatory 1211, flagship answered yes, also interrogatory 2121, flagship answered yes.

Flagship U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Portsmouth" and U.S.S. "Jamestown" at anchor in [Hampton] Roads.

Draught forward 12 feet 1 inches, aft 15 feet 3 inches.

The staff of the Commander-in-Chief left the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from NNE to NE.

Slack water high at 6.30pm.

Swinging to ebb at 7.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with light airs to gentle breeze from North by East to NW.

At 10.30pm velocity of tidal current 1.2 knots.


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4 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Fair.

Light breezes from NNW to NNE.

Moon rose at 3.30am.

Began swinging to the flood at 12.55am, finished at 1.53am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from ENE.

Slack water high at 7.20am.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 84 pounds fresh bread.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with light airs and breeze from ENE.

Ebb tide velocity at 10.10am 2.2 knots.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, drilled divisions: 1st [Division] main battery; 2nd [Division] ditto; 3rd [Division] infantry; Powder [Division] setting up; [Marine] Guard manual.

By order of Commanding Officer placed V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, under sentry's charge for safe keeping, being under influence of liquor.

Drilled for half an hour a detail from Engineer's force in manual of arms.

At 9.25am flagship made general [signal] 5455, loosed sail.

At 10.35am flagship made general [signal] 4826, furled sail.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 67.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from between ESE and East by South.

Barometer falling.

Water boat "Mary and Josept" [Likely a misspelled "Joseph and Mary", see 12 May 1891] of Norfolk, Virginia, came alongside.

Received in Equipment Department for use in the boilers five thousand one hundred (5100) gallons fresh water.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2984.

At 1.15pm began swinging to the flood tide, completed swinging at 2.15pm.

At 3.40pm flagship made U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant 3093.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE to South.

By order of Commanding Officer released V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

By same authority released P.J. Kiley, Landsman.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from South and South by West.

Finished taking in fresh water for boilers, receiving altogether seventy nine hundred gallons (7900).

Barometer falling.


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5 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, cloudy overhead last hour.

Light to moderate breezes from SSE, hauling to NW last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze in moderate squalls from North by East and NNE.

At 7.00am flagship made [signal] 3357.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 84 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally.

Gentle to stiff breezes from the NE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which drilled divisions one period as follows, namely: 1st Division setting up exercise; 2nd Division revolvers; 3rd Division great guns; Powder Division revolvers; Marine Guard manual of arms.

Drilled Engineer's force off duty at manual of arms.

Punishments were awarded at the mast by the Commanding Officer as follows: J. Healy, Water Tender, disrespect to Officer of Deck, 2 days' bread and water; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, making improper remark to Corporal of Guard, 1 day's bread and water; F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, direct disobedience of orders, 1 day's bread and water; J. Mather, First-class Fireman, deceiving Corporal of Guard, 1 day's double irons; A. Nickerson, Captain of Tops, inefficient at work, deprivation of liberty 7 days.

The coast survey steamer U.S.C. & G.S.S. "Endeavor" came in and anchored off the Hygeia.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; [at] noon numeral 63.

T. Smith, Seaman, was reported absent at quarters without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp, slight rain last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from North to NE.

At 2.00pm, following movements of flagship, shook reefs out of hammocks, and at 3.30pm piped down scrubbed hammocks in obedience to general [signal] 3918 from flagship.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, clearing latter part.

Light to moderate breezes in squalls backing from ENE at beginning to North.

Barometer 30.02 to 30.05.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes in squalls from North by East to NW by North.


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6 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE and North.

Barometer about steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at about 2.00am, and finished at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy.

Light breeze from North by East to North by West.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00am flagship made uniform signal 3051.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 84 pounds fresh bread.

Flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from North by West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division great guns; Powder Division infantry; Marine Guard infantry; also a squad from Engineer's Division at infantry.

At 8.50am U.S.S. "Chicago" got under way and stood up toward Norfolk Navy Yard, hauling down Rear Admiral's flag as she headed up Elizabeth River.

At 9.45am U.S.S. "Boston" got under way and stood up toward Norfolk Navy Yard.

At 9.40am U.S.S. "Newark" was sighted standing in from Southward.

At 9.53am exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Newark", as also did U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Jamestown" and U.S.S. "Portsmouth".

At 10.10am U.S.S. "Newark" made [signal] interrogatory 1211, and shortly after hauled it down.

Made routine signals at 9.00am numeral 2, and at 10.00am numeral 1, to U.S.S. "Boston".

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: H.C. King, Landsman, absenting himself from drill, 2 weeks' restriction; W. Piercy, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, showing indifference and lack of interest while being examined in signals, 6 hours' extra duty.

By order of same authority released W. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, their terms of confinement having expired, and placed F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, on bread and water for 24 hours, for disobedience of orders.

At 10.30am U.S.S. "Newark" came to anchor to Eastward of this vessel, but did not hoist her jack.

Commanding Officer of this vessel paid an official visit to the U.S.S. "Newark".

The following men were reported absent without leave: J. McCann, Machinist, and T. Smith, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NW by North.

Barometer rising.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Portsmouth" visited the ship.

At 2.45pm ship commenced swinging to the flood.

T. Smith, Seaman, was brought on board by a police man, and a fine of $4.40 paid for him.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NW by North.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NW by North.

Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 9.40pm, and finished at 11.20pm.


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7 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from NW by North.

Slack water low at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from NW by North.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh beef; 105 pounds fresh vegetables; and 84 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North by West and North, becoming light last hour.

Barometer steady.

By order of Commanding Officer F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Healy, Water Tender, were released from confinement, their terms having expired, and W. Cuff, Landsman, was placed in double irons for one day, for smoking out of hours, and V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was placed on bread and water for two days, for muttering and using profane language when ordered to answer muster; by the same authority the following punishments were awarded: T. Desmond, Landsman, E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, slow manning boat falls, 4 hours' extra duty each; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, no watch mark, 4 hours' extra duty; W. Cuff, Landsman, loafing under forecastle after brightwork had been sounded, 10 hours' extra duty; F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, careless and inefficient performances of duty, 7 days' restriction.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: J. McCann, Machinist, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, and M. Foley, First-class Fireman.

Cleared chip for action and exercised at general quarters.

Clear ship ready: forward 16 minutes 30 seconds; mainmast 8 minutes 0 seconds; aft 13 minutes 0 seconds.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 1 minute 17 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 2 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 40 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 3 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minutes 0 seconds.

Total time of exercise 37 minutes 45 seconds.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Newark" called on board.

At about 11.45am the U.S.S. "Constellation" passed on her way up the bay.

Let fires die out in C boiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, cool.

Light wind from East by North.

Exercised boats under sails and oars.

U.S.S. "Newark" got under way at 2.30pm and stood down the bay.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Slack water, at 3.05pm high.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breezes from East, shifting to SE by South last hour.

Barometer steady.

At 4.30pm finished swinging to the flood.

At 8.00pm stopped distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Moderate breeze from SE by South.

Slack water, high at 10.00pm, swung to ebb at 11.10pm.


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8 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW and South by West.

At 2.00am velocity of ebb tide 3.4 knots.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light to gentle breeze from South by West.

Barometer rising.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 4.15am, and finished at [5.]10am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 99¾ pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 79 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breezes.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions: 1st Division pistols; 2nd Division secondary battery; 3rd Division instruction; Powder [Division] infantry; Marines infantry.

Received on board from water boat 2900 gallons for Engineer's Department and 600 gallons for drinking purposes.

Drilled a portion of Engineer's Division with small arms.

The following men absent from the ship without leave: J. McCann, Machinist, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, M. Foley, First-class Fireman, J. Rogers, Landsman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, 4 hours' extra duty, for coming on deck with dirty shoes, and R. Scholz, Ordinary Seaman, 6 hours' extra duty, for slow manning boat.

W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, was brought on board by the ship's police 25 hours over time, having been turned over by the authorities at the guard house.

M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, and M. Foley, First-class Fireman, were brought on board by the police 26½ hours over time, and a reward of five dollars and seventy five cents each was paid for their apprehension and delivery on board.

Boards of Survey in Equipment and Navigation Departments came on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudless sky.

Light SW airs.

Falling barometer, 30.29 to 30.23 inches.

Board of Survey left the ship.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Ebb tide, velocity at 2.00pm 1.6 knots.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light SW wind.

Slack water, low at 4.35pm, swung to flood at 5.25pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with starlight.

Light to gentle SW breezes.

Flood tide, velocity at 8.05pm 2.4 knots.

At 10.50pm commenced swinging to flood tide, finishing in 40 minutes.


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9 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW to WSW.

Barometer falling.

Riding to the ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from SW by West to West by South.

Slack water, low at 6.20am, swung to flood at 7.10am.

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


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from West by South, falling to light airs and backing to SW.

The Executive Officer made the inspection of the hull, et cetera, required by United States Naval Regulation Circular number 77.

Absent without leave: J. McCann, Machinist, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Rogers, Landsman, and L. Traumer, Oiler.

By order of the Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments: H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, absent from table service, lounging and drinking beer at galley, 6 hours' extra duty; L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, presenting himself for table service without shirt, dirty and torn clothes, 6 hours' extra duty; W.H. Knoblesdorf, Quartermaster, meal pennant flying five minutes after turn to, 5 days' restriction; J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, P.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, C.J. Hyde, Apprentice Second-class, not answering call for side-boys, 4 hours' extra duty each; C. Ambler, Bugler, not turning out promptly, 4 hours' extra duty; J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, not scrubbing locker bag, 4 hours' extra duty.

By the same authority released [from confinement] V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Slack water, high at 10.30am, tidal current at 8.30am 2.4 knots.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, warm, hazy.

Light airs from SE to ESE.

Barometer falling latter part.

Sent liberty on shore.

L. Traumer, Oiler, returned on board 6½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE and SE, to light breeze from SE last hour.

Slack water low at 5.05pm, swung to flood in 65 minutes.

Tidal current at 7.45pm 1.8 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Weather hazy first part, clear latter part, bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from SE to SW by South at end of watch.

Barometer steady 30.08.

P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, returned on board ship 39 hours over time.

At 10.40pm began swinging to ebb, finished at 12.00am.


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10 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SW to SW by West.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Fine.

Light breeze and airs from SW by West and South.

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


8am to meridian:

Fair, warm and hazy.

Light breezes from West by South to SSW, shifting to very light airs from SSE last hour.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am called all divisions to quarters for inspection, after which Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent at quarters without leave, namely: J. McCann, Machinist, J. Rogers, Landsman, R.F. Pickett, First-class Fireman, F. Rushman, Oiler, J. Reynolds, Oiler, and T. Eddy, Coal Heaver.

Sent liberty party on shore.

R.F. Pickett, First-class Fireman, and J. Reynolds, Oiler, returned on board four (4) hours over time.

At end of watch swinging to ebb.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to light breezes from East by North to ESE.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, hazy weather.

Light breezes to light airs from ESE to South at end of watch.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from the South.

Moon set at 9.55pm.


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11 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breeze from South by West.

Barometer falling.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 12.45am, finished at 1.20am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, light haze.

Light airs from South by West to SW by West.

Barometer varying slightly.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101¼ pounds of fresh beef; 101½ pounds fresh vegetables; and 81 pounds fresh bread.

Swinging to flood at end of watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SE to ENE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st and 3rd Division instruction greats guns; 2nd Division infantry; Powder Division instruction aiming.

Crew engaged in rattling down rigging.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, wardroom not cleaned, 4 hours' extra duty; same wardroom not ready for Sunday inspection, 4 hours' extra duty; G.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, making unnecessary noise on poop, 2 hours' extra duty.

The following men absent without leave: J. McCann, Machinist, Thomas Eddy, Coal Heaver, F. Rushman, Oiler, and J. Rogers, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and warm.

Light airs from East by South, shifting to ESE last hour.

Barometer rising.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 12.35pm, finished at 1.55pm.

Engaged in rattling down lower rigging.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breezes from SE by South.

Engaged in rattling down the rigging.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy and damp.

Gentle breeze from SE by South, shifting to North by East.

Lightning last half.

Barometer rising.


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12 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from North by East.

Slack water high at 1.45am.

Swung to ebb at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear first hour, then cloudy with light rain.

Light breezes from North by West, increasing to gentle breeze and hauling to North.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101¼ pounds fresh beef; 101½ pounds fresh vegetables; and 81 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from North and NNE.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

At 8.45am finished swinging to the flood.

J. Rogers, Landsman, absent without leave, returned on board 96 hours over time.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: J. McCann, Machinist, F. Rushman, Oiler, T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, and H. Miller, Coal Heaver.

Instructed 1st Division in sighting with small arms, 3rd [Division] with great guns, and drilled 2nd [Division], Powder [Division] and Marines at small arms.

At 10.30am instructed a squad of Firemen in sighting.

Received 2200 gallons of water from water boat "Joseph and Mary".

Finished tarring down.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from ENE to NE by North.

Instructed 2nd Division in sighting small arm.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Slack water high at 2.40pm, swung to ebb at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE.

Barometer falling slowly.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 6.15pm, and finished at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, moon showing through the clouds at intervals.

Moderate wind from ENE.

Upper clouds setting East, lower strata WSW.

Riding to flood.


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13 May 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads and at Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, occasional lightning to Eastward first half.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ENE and NNE.

Slack water high at 2.35am, swung to ebb in 1 hour 15 minutes.

At end of watch light rain set in.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, with drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from NNE and ENE.

Barometer rising.

Riding to the ebb all watch.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with occasional light drizzling of rain, clearing latter part of watch.

Wind light from ENE to NE.

The following men absent over time: J. McCann, Machinist, F. Rushman, Oiler, T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, H. Miller, Coal Heaver, J.R. Chrismond, Private Marine, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, M. Sumner, Cabin Cook, A. Kirker, Landsman, and J. Murphy, First-class Fireman.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 0 inch, aft 14 feet 10 inches.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 84 pounds fresh bread.

At 8.35am called all hands up anchor, and at 8.55am went ahead for Norfolk Navy Yard under conn of the Navigator.

At 9.47am stopped abreast the Quarantine Station of the state of Virginia for the port of Norfolk and waited until 10.15am for the arrival of the Health Officer from Norfolk.

Arrived at the yard at 11.10am and tied up head and stern to buoys off coal dock.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Commandant.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light NE breeze.

Slack water high about 1.35pm.

Made preparations for coaling.

Received in Equipment Department: 20 coal baskets; 2 electric side lights; 2 electric signal lights; 6 electric lamp sockets.

Ebb tidal current at 3.45pm 1.2 knots.

M. Sumner, Cabin Cook, and J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, returned on board 4 and 5 hours over time respectively.

Received from Marine Barracks, with transfer accounts, C.W. Tatler, Private Marine.

By order of the Commanding Officer a reward of $10 was offered for each of the following named men upon their apprehension and delivery on board this vessel: J. McCann, Machinist, F. Rushman, Oiler, Thomas Eddy, Coal Heaver, and H. Miller, Coal Heaver.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain last hour.

Light NE breeze.

T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, returned on board 81 hours over time.

Slack water low at 5.55pm, turned flood at 6.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Wind varying from gentle breeze to light airs from ENE to ESE.

Light rain at end of watch.

F. Rushman, Oiler, returned on board 84 hours over time.

Flood tide, weak, hardly 0.5 knots during watch.


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14 May 1891

Moored to buoy off Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, raining at intervals throughout watch.

Barometer fell 0.09 inch first hour, steady remainder of watch.

Light to gentle ENE breeze.

Ebb tide after 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Light NE wind.

Slack water low at 7.45am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with intermittent at times heavy rain.

Light to moderate NE breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer offered a reward of $20 for the apprehension and delivery on board of Joseph Seward, Ordinary Seaman, who was found to have left the ship during the night without permission.

Turned into store at Navy Yard following articles in Equipment [Department]: one octant; one night octant, one 14-second log glass; one air thermometer; one bugle; and one log-line.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: J. McCann, Machinist, J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, J.R. Chrismond, Private Marine, A. Kirker, Landsman, J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

Flood tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional light drizzle.

Light to gentle breezes from the NE.

Barometer steady.

Coal lighter came alongside.

Commenced coaling at about 1.45pm.

Tide turned ebb at about 2.35pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and overcast, thunder first hour.

Light NE breeze.

J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, returned on board 32 hours over time.

At 9.30pm tide turned flood.

Continued coaling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, damp, raining at end of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

Barometer falling.

At 9.00pm finished coaling ship, having received on board altogether 101 tons 259 pounds coal.

A. Kirker, Landsman, and J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, returned on board 38½ hours over time.

Flood tide.


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15 May 1891

Moored to buoy Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with rain first two hours, occasional passing showers last two hours.

Light breezes from ENE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy intermittent rain first three hours.

Light breeze to light airs from NE.

Barometer steady at 29.80 inches.

Making preparations for getting under way.

Took in from water boat 1300 gallons fresh water.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy until towards end of watch, when clearing slightly.

Light breezes from the NE.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

At 10.40am banked fires.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 1 log glass, 13 seconds; 1 shade, steam launch, red and 2 green; 1 lens signal lantern, red.

The following named men absent without leave: J.R. Chrismond, Private Marine, J. McCann, Machinist, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman, and H. Miller, Coal Heaver.

Hoisted out steam cutter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from ENE.

Transferred J. Miller, Private Marine, with bag and hammock, from this vessel to Marine Barracks, Norfolk Navy Yard, in obedience to order from the Colonel Commandant.

A Board of Survey in Ordnance Department, of which Lieutenant Irwin was senior member, met on board this vessel.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, light sprinkle at intervals latter part.

Light breezes from ENE to NNE.

Barometer steady.

Hoisted in steam cutter.

Ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Partially clear, with occasional moonlight.

Light breezes from NNE.

At 11.00pm Rear Admiral J.G. Walker and staff came on board for the purpose of making a trip to Yorktown, Virginia.

Flood tide.


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16 May 1891

Moored to buoy Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, and at wharf

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, damp weather.

Light breeze from NNE.

Barometer falling.

At 3.30am spread fires.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, raining last three hours.

Gentle breezes from North to NNW.

Barometer rising.

At 4.14am turned engines over and they were reported ready.

At 6.00am banked fires.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW and North by West.

At 11.00am called all hands unmoor ship, and hauled alongside dock.

At end of watch securing ship alongside dock.

The following men absent without leave: W.C. Bennett, Machinist, H. Miller, Coal Heaver, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Chrismond, Private Marine, and J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.J. McCann, Machinist, was this day declared a deserter, having been absent 10 days without leave.

At 10.35am spread fires, and at 11.50am allowed fires to die out in boilers A, C and D.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.

Barometer steady.

Rear Admiral Walker, U.S. Navy, and staff left the ship.

Finished securing the ship alongside the coal dock.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Commandant.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW to WNW.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Cool and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.

Barometer rising.


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17 May 1891

Moored to dock Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW.

At 5.20am the U.S.S. "Ossipee" was towed out by a tug of the Chapman Wrecking Company of New York.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, was placed under sentry's charge, for being under influence of liquor.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from North by East.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Chrismond, Private Marine, W.C. Bennett, Machinist, and H. Miller, Coal Heaver.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Called all hands to muster and read Squadron General Court Martial Order number 9.

By order of Commanding Officer L. Butler, Landsman, was placed under the sentry's charge to await his decision.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool and clear.

Light breeze from NW.

Barometer steady.

The U.S.S. "Vesuvius" left the yard at about 2.00 o'clock.

By order of the Commanding Officer released L. Butler, Landsman, from sentry's charge.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NW.

Barometer steady.

The U.S.S. "Fern" came alongside the dock, ahead of this vessel.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from SE to South by West.

Moonlight.


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18 May 1891

Moored to dock Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, bright starlight.

Moon set about 2.20am.

Light breezes from SSE and South by East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool weather.

Light airs from South by East and SSW.

Barometer rising.

Aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from South by West.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following named men absent over time: W.C. Bennett, Machinist, H. Miller, Coal Heaver, J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Chrismond, Private Marine, J. Johnson, Coxswain, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, and J.H. Mead, Coal Heaver.

Had battalion drill ashore in the yards.

The Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments: F. Baker, Ship's Corporal, to be confined to the berth deck for five days, for using language tending to lessen authority and respect due to the Corporal of the Guard in the execution of his duty; J.J. Leahy, Coal Heaver, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, five days' double irons, for disregard of orders transmitted by machinist of watch when ordered to come below; L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, five days' double irons, for disobedience of orders, making noise in wardroom pantry after being repeatedly told to stop; W.H. Knobelsdorf, Quartermaster, five days' restriction, for neglect of duty; H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, and E. Moore, Landsman, 6 hours' extra duty, for paintwork, et cetera, not cleaned and wardroom not ready for inspection.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, was released from charge of sentry, and by the same authority F. Baker, Ship's Corporal, was confined to the berth deck for five days, and P.J. Leahy, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, were confined in double irons for five days.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from South by West.

The Captain of Seiner Majestät Schiff "Nixe" [H.M.S. in log-book; Seiner Majestät Schiff translates from German to His Majesty's Ship] paid an official visit to the ship.

Received on board in Engineer's Department: 12 assorted files; 4 sand glasses, 60 seconds; 1¾-inch Pratt and Whitney die; and 500 grate bars.

Received on board in Construction Department: 50 pounds potash; 5 packages gold leaf; 5 glasses for dead lights; 1 claw hammer; 2 file cards; 1 dozen file handles; 1 gross brass machine screws; and 5 pounds glue.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Engaged painting yellow above the rail.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with light airs to light breeze from South by West.

Ebb tide all the watch.

J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and J.J. Mead, Coal Heaver, returned on board 13 hours over time.

Bright moonlight.


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19 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

SSW airs.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with light breeze to light airs from SSW and South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absentees: H. Miller, Coal Heaver, W.C. Bennett, Machinist, J.R. Chrismond, Private Marine, C. Tatler, Private Marine, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, V. Carlson, Machinist, J. Johnson, Coxswain, J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, and J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver.

W.C. Bennett, Machinist, came on board later, 74 hours over time.

8 boilermakers, 4 helpers and 2 boys at work in Engineer's Department on boilers.

Divisions drilled as follows: 1st at infantry; 2nd and Powder as skirmishers; 3rd instruction at main battery.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to German man-o-war Seiner Majestät Schiff "Nixe" at anchor near Lambert's Point.


Meridian to 4pm:

Mostly cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from SSE to SE.

Transferred to barracks: W.J. Murphy, Private Marine.

Scraped gaffs and port lower boom.

Men at work on boilers as follows: 13 men came on board at 1.00pm, one left at 1.15pm and did not return, two men left at 1.45pm and returned at 2.30pm, two left at 3.00pm and returned at 3.25pm.

The Captain of the U.S.S. "Chicago" paid an official visit to the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light ESE breeze.

Flood tide after 4.50pm.

At 6.03pm went to fire quarters, times as follows: streams from hand pumps: 1st Division 1 minute 45 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 15 seconds; Navigator's Division 45 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 50 seconds; Engineer's Division 50 seconds; Marine Guard 50 seconds.

Total time of exercise 7 minutes.

O.A. Fogelstrom, Blacksmith, went on one week's leave from date.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, moon and few stars occasionally visible.

Light breezes from South by East to South by West.

Barometer rising.

V. Carlson, Machinist, returned on board 12¾ hours over time.


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20 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with faint moonlight at times.

Light airs and light breezes from South by West.

Moon set at 2.45am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light airs to light breeze from SSW and South by West.

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


8am to meridian:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light breezes from between SW by South and South.

Barometer varying slightly.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, returned on board 168 hours over time.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

The following named men were reported about without leave, namely: H. Miller, Coal Heaver, J. Chrismond, Private Marine, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, C. Tatler, Private Marine, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, J. Johnson, Coxswain, F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, and J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

The Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments, namely: E.W. Mugs, Private Marine, 2 hours' extra duty, for being slow and indifferent in obeying orders; J.T. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, 2 days' bread and water, for turning into hammock while on anchor watch.

Received in Ordnance [Department]: 25 yards cotton canvas number 8.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st and 3rd Divisions skirmish drill; 2nd Division instruction; Powder Division infantry.

Unshipped starboard lower boom.

Navy Yard workmen on board between 8.00am and 12.00pm as follows: 10 boilermakers, 5 helpers, 2 boys.

Received from the hydrant in Navy Yard 2000 gallons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to clear.

Light to gentle breezes from South by East and SSE.

Barometer steady.

Private John L. Krider, U.S. Marine Corps, was this day transferred from the Marine Barracks, Norfolk, Virginia, to the ship together with the appropriate transfer papers.

11 boilermakers, 8 helpers, 2 boys came on board at 1.00pm.

One boy left the ship at 2.25pm, and returned at 2.30pm.

One boilermaker left ship at 2.27pm, returned at 2.35pm.

One boy left ship at 2.43pm, returned at 2.55pm.

One man left at 3.25pm, returning 3.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Barometer varying slightly.

At 5.00pm 21 Navy Yard workmen left the ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs and light breezes from South by West, and SSE.

Ebb tide.


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21 May 1891

Moored alongside wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind light from South by East.

Barometer steady.

Moon set at 3.20am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from between South by East and South by West.

By order of Commanding Officer F. Baker, Ship's Corporal, was restored to duty.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs and light breezes from South by West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, the following men absent without leave: C. Tatler, Private Marine, J. McKee, Private Marine, H. Miller, Coal Heaver, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, J. Johnson, Coxswain, and J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

C. Tatler, Private Marine, returned on board 52 hours over time.

J.R. Chrismond, Private Marine, returned on board 169 hours over time.

Sent two pieces of artillery to report to U.S.S. "Atlanta" for drill.

Instructed Powder Division in aiming and 3rd Division in great guns.

The following men from yard on board, namely: 12 boilermakers, 10 helpers, 2 boys.

They all left the ship at 12.00pm.

Breaking out coffer dams.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breezes from South by West to SSE.

At 1.15pm called all hands unmoor ship, and hauled her ahead a cable's length to the U.S.S. "Fern's" berth.

The latter vessel left the dock at 1.00pm.

12 boilermakers, 10 helpers and 2 boys came on board at 1.00pm, also two machinists working on forward pump, for flushing head.

The machinists left at 3.20pm having completed the repairs to pump.

One boilermaker left ship at 2.30pm, and returned at 3.20pm.

Red-leading coffer dams.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

The same men in Engineering Department as in previous watch.

They all left the ship at 4.55pm.

In accordance with United States Regulation Circular [number] 77 the iron work of the ship was inspected and found in good condition.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Wind light from South by West.

Barometer unsteady.


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22 May 1891

Moored alongside wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light passing shower first part of watch.

Light wind from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSW to SW.

77 pounds bread, 93 pounds beef and 93 pounds vegetables received in Paymaster's Department.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from West by South.

Barometer falling.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.T. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was released from confinement, his term having expired.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men absent without leave, namely: J. McKee, Private Marine, F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, J. Johnson, Coxswain, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, and J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

Exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at skirmish drill, 3rd [Division] at care and preservation of guns, Powder [Division] at infantry, and sent Marines to barracks for battalion drill.

By order of Commanding Officer H. Miller, Coal Heaver, was declared a deserter from this vessel and the Naval Service, he having been absent 10 days without leave.

At 8.00am 12 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 2 boys from yard came on board to work on boilers, they left the ship at 12.00pm.

Two pattern makers came on board at 10.30am, and left at 11.20am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from West by South and SSW.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm 12 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 2 boys came on board to work on boilers.

Sent down, cleaned, and varnished fore and main topmasts, and fidded them.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): one octant; one night octant; and one spy glass.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer falling.

Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury, U.S. Navy, was granted leave for one week.

The yard workmen left the ship at about 4.50pm.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Airs from SSW.

Lightning to the Westward

J. McKee, Private Marine, returned on board 36½ hours over time.


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23 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light to gentle breezes hauling from East by North to South.

Sheet lightning to NE first and last hours.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant, clearing last hour of watch.

Light breeze from South and South by East.

Barometer nearly steady.

At 6.00am the U.S.S. "Atlanta" left the yard.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 95 pounds fresh meat and vegetables, each; and 75 pounds fresh bread.

At 8.00am 12 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 2 boys from yard came on board to work on boilers.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Airs from South to South by East.

Absentees: J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, J. Johnson, Coxswain, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, J. McAllister, First-class Fireman, and J. Seward, Ordinary Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, were released from confinement, the latter being again confined for five days in double irons, for insubordinate conduct, continued muttering and slow in obeying orders of caterer of mess to clean wardroom on May 17th.

There were employed on board 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers and two boys from 8am to noon.

A Board of Survey in Construction Department came on board.

J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, returned on board five days and four hours over time, and J. McAllister, First-class Fireman, returned on board four hours over time.

Engaged painting ship inside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from East by South.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received on board 500 gallons fresh water, drawn from the yard hydrant.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, threatening rain, distant thunder and lightning to the Westward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with gentle breeze, falling to light airs from ENE.


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24 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast.

Light breezes to light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

NE airs.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with calms and light airs from NE and North by East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: J. Johnson, Coxswain, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, and F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle.

J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver, was given 5 days' bread and water by order of Commanding Officer, for smuggling liquor into Navy Yard, he having been found with same in possession and brought on board by non-commissioned officer belonging to Navy Yard guard.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

By order of Commanding Officer Joseph Seward, Ordinary Seaman, was this day declared a deserter, having been absent ten days without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light North by East and ENE breezes.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Ebb tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light ENE and East breezes.

Tide turned flood at 4.30pm.

By order of Commanding Officer released J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light breezes from the Eastward.

Barometer steady last three hours.

F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle, and J. Johnson, Coxswain, returned on board 108¾ and 156¾ hours over time respectively.


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25 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with thunder and lightning to SW.

Light airs and light breezes from East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, rain accompanied by thunder first two hours, passing showers third hour.

Tide turned flood at 5.15am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 78 pounds of fresh bread; and 95 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy first part, with light rain first hour, clearing slightly last hour.

Light airs backing from SE to North.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: H.C. King, Landsman, turning into hammock after being turned out at all hands, 4 days' double irons; M. Foley, First-class Fireman, out of uniform on spar deck, 4 hours' extra duty; same [person], presenting himself to go with U.S.S. "Chicago's" visiting party in torn overshirt, 4 hours' extra duty; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, no watch mark, 4 hours' extra duty; J. Mansen, Seaman, dirty clothes at Sunday inspection, 6 hours' extra duty; A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, bucket with water adrift after word had been passed to stow same away, 2 hours' extra duty; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, not answering when spoken to, 5 days' double irons.

In accordance therewith confined H.C. King, Landsman, and C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, for the stated periods.

Passed Assistant Paymaster C.W. Littlefield, U.S. Navy, reported his return from leave.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

P.J. Kiley, Landsman, absent without leave.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st and 2nd Divisions infantry; 3rd and Powder [Divisions] instruction; Marine Guard setting up exercise.

11 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 2 boys on board at work during forenoon since 7.00am, leaving at noon.

Sent down signal yard to be scraped and varnished.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from North around to East.

Barometer falling.

Received in Equipment (exempted stores): 2 log lines; 2 log chips; 2 thermometers; and 1 bugle.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Hoisted out steam cutter and got her on the dock.

At 1.00pm 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 4 boys came on board.

Got starboard lower boom in place.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but fairly pleasant.

Light breezes from East to NE.

Barometer steady.

At 5.10pm 2 boilermakers came on board.

At 5.50pm thirteen laborers left, and at 6.00pm the remainder.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, with rain last hour.

Light airs and light breezes from ENE to NW by West.


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26 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and wet weather, heavy rain with vivid lightning and heavy thunder first half.

Wind light from NW, shifting to SSE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy.

Light breezes from South by East to South.

Barometer steady.

11 boilermakers, 8 helpers and 4 boys came on board at 7.00am, 1 helper at 7.20am.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy.

Light airs and light breezes from SW.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised as follows: 1st and 3rd Divisions infantry; 2nd Division artillery; Marine Guard setting up drill; Powder Division infantry.

Same workmen on board as in preceding watch with addition of one machinist and one boy, who came on board at 8.20am for work in engines.

At 10.45am went to fire quarters, time ready: 1st Division 5 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 25 seconds; 3rd Division 55 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute; Powder [Division] 1 minute 30 seconds; Engineer's Division 30 seconds; Marines 1 minute.

Total time of exercise 9 minutes 40 seconds.

The following men absent from ship without leave: P.J. Kiley, Landsman, M. McAuley, First-class Fireman, and W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman.

M. McAuley, First-class Fireman, subsequently returned on board 3½ hours over time.

P.L. Hisler, Corporal, was this day transferred to this ship from Marine Barracks, League Island Navy Yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, with thunder shower last hour.

Light airs and light breezes from SSW to East.

Sent sailing launch and 1st cutter to boat house for repairs.

Same work men on board as in preceding watch.

By order of Commanding Officer released H.C. King, Landsman, and L.S.W. Butler, Landsman, from confinement.


4pm to 8pm:

Rainy weather.

Calms, light airs from East, hauling to South.

Same workmen as preceding watch.

All left at 6.00pm, except machinist and boy, who left at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

First half cloudy, with heavy rain, passing showers third hour, clearing last hour.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer unsteady.


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27 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with passing showers of rain.

Airs from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Rainy weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes in squalls from NNE.

At 7.50am the following workmen came on board: 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 4 boys for work on boilers.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds meat and vegetables each; and 80 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and rainy weather.

Gentle to fresh breeze in squalls from NE.

Barometer rising first half.

Commander F.E. Chadwick, U.S. Navy, returned on board.

The following named absent without leave: V. Le Flock, Seaman, B. Dunn, Private Marine, C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, P.J. Kiley, Landsman, and W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman.

At 8.40am 3 caulkers, 2 machinists and one boy came on board.

All workmen left the ship at 12.00pm.

The iron work of the ship was inspected in accordance with Navy Department General Circular number 77, and the sluice valves found fine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm 8 caulkers, 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 4 boys came on board, and at 1.20pm 3 machinists and 2 helpers came on board.

Caulkers at work on forecastle deck, boilermakers on boilers and machinists on capstan.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NE.

Barometer steady.

At 5.00pm 8 caulkers, 3 machinists and 2 helpers left the ship.

The boilermakers, helpers and boys left at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain.

Wind blowing in fresh squalls from the NE.


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28 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Gentle to very fresh breeze in stiff squalls from NE, last half of watch with moderate rain.

Slack water at 12.50am, ebb tide made at 1.20am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain.

Fresh breeze in squalls from ENE first half, afterwards moderating.

Barometer steady.

At 6.00am 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 4 boys came on board, and at 8.00am 11 caulkers.


8am to meridian:

Overcast by rain, cold.

Moderate breeze from NE.

Engaged making repairs on ship, the following men from the Navy Yard being employed on board: 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers, 4 boys; 1 chipper, 1 boy; 11 caulkers, 2 on sailing launch davits, 1 on capstan, and 2 on forward fresh water tanks.

P.J. Kiley, Landsman, W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, and B. Dunn, Private Marine, absent over time.

The following men returned on board over time: F.E. Austin, Seaman Apprentice First-class, 19½ hours; C. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, 24½ hours; and V. Le Flock, Seaman, 27 hours.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Light NE breeze.

Passed Assistant Engineer C.E. Rommel left the ship on leave of absence for seven days.

Received on board 1500 gallons of fresh water from the hydrant in the yard, a large part of which was pumped out of the tank, it having been used to test the tank.

Captain J.N. Miller of the U.S.S. "Chicago" paid an official visit on board.

Engaged making repairs on ship, the following men from the yard being employed on board: 4 machinists and 1 boy; 4 chippers; 7 caulkers; 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 4 boys; and 1 machinist on Hotchkiss gun port.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Light wind from NE to North by East.

The gang at work on the boilers remained until 7 o'clock, the other yard workmen leaving at 5.00pm.

By authority of the Bureau of Navigation Charles S. Driver, Landsman, was discharged from this ship and the Naval Service.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with drizzling rain half of watch.

Light North by East to NNW airs.


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29 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty, clearing slightly at end of watch, light drizzle.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer rising at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool, heavy and damp.

Airs from West.

Got out powder in forward magazine and put into ordnance lighter alongside of dock, 160 6-inch charges in cases and 19 200-pound powder tanks containing an unknown quantity of saluting powder.

Set out of the ship on the dock an unknown number of tubes cut out of the boilers.

At 6.00am the following men came on board to work on the boilers: 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers, and 4 boys. Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 79 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and damp.

Light airs from between WSW and NNW, and calms.

Barometer steady.

Discharged this day from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service, by reason of his service being no longer required, Antonio Rodrigues, a Landsman, also this day discharged from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service, by reason of order Bureau of Navigation at his own request, George Johnson, Coal Heaver.

By order of Commanding Officer P.J. Kiley, Landsman, was this day declared a deserter, having been absent ten days without permission.

The following punishments were awarded by the Commanding Officer at the mast: A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and R.J. Comey, Seaman, not going up in yard to carry boat when word was passed, each 8 hours' extra duty; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, for smoking in the galley, 3 hours' extra duty; H.C. King, Landsman, smoking in wardroom pantry during morning watch, 3 days' bread and water; C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, disrespectful to Captain of Guard while being relieved as sentinel, 4 hours' extra duty.

W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, and B. Dunn, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: at commencement 11 boilermakers, 9 helpers, 4 boys on board; at 8.00am 8 caulkers, 1 helper, and 2 chippers came on board; at 8.30am 2 machinists and 1 helper, 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 1 ship's joiner and 1 helper, the two latter left at 9.10am.

All left ship at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and damp, occasional light sprinkle.

Light airs from WNW first hour, shifting to SE for next two hours, calm last hour.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers, 4 boys; 8 caulkers, 1 helper; 2 chippers; 2 machinists and 1 helper; 2 carpenters, 1 helper; all came aboard at 1.00pm.

2 carpenters and 1 machinist left the ship at 3.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from NE first part, veering to East at end of watch.

Barometer steady.

Navy Yard workmen left the ship as follows: 4.55pm caulkers, chippers, machinists and carpenter with helpers mentioned in preceding watch; at 6.50pm and 7.00pm 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers, and 4 boys working on boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first three hours, clear, with bright starlight last hour.

Light airs and light breeze from East by South and East.

Upward tendency of barometer.


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30 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and damp, bright moonlight latter part.

Light airs from NNW, then calm.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant first hour, cloudy remainder of watch.

Calm and light airs, variable in direction.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light airs to light breeze from East by South.

By order of Commanding Officer released C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, and H.C. King, Landsman, from confinement, and by same authority confined J.J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and W. Piercy, Seaman Apprentice First-class, for 3 days on bread and water, for insubordinate conduct.

Discharged H.C. King, Landsman, from ship and service, his service being no longer required.

Absent without leave: B. Dunn, Private Marine, W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, and H. McAllister, First-class Fireman.

Filled tanks from yard hydrant, taking on aboard about [left blank] gallons


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light breezes from East by South and SSE.

Heavy passing showers with thunder and lightning 2nd hour.

At 2.30pm sent on shore, to participate in parade in honor of the day, one company (36 men) of blue jackets and 9 marines.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first half, fair third hour, clear last.

Light SSE breeze.

Men returned from parade at 6.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clouding over after first hour, foggy.

Light airs from ESE to NE.


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31 May 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy weather.

Light airs and breezes from ENE and East by South.

Barometer falling.

J. McAllister, First-class Fireman, absent without leave, returned on board 64½ hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and damp.

Light East by South airs first hour, calm last three hours.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty, with drizzling rain last hour.

Light airs from NE to North by East, calm first hour.

At 9.30am held preliminary inspection, and at 9.35am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

B. Dunn, Private Marine, and W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave.

Sent liberty party ashore and a church party to the U.S.S. "Chicago".


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light airs to light breezes from NNE to ENE.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, with passing thunder showers, clearing latter part.

Light airs from ENE to East by South.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and foggy weather.

Light airs from SE and East by South, calm last hour.

Barometer steady.

P. Meitzel, Carpenter and Calker, absent without leave, returned on board 36¾ hours over time.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1891


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1 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Fog.

Airs from SSW to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Foggy.

Light airs from North by West, calm first two hours.

L. Morris, Captain of Hold, returned on board 24 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 96¼ pounds beef; 96¼ pounds vegetables; and 77 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

First part cloudy and misty, afterwards clear and warm.

Light airs from NE.

At 8.00am 18 caulkers, one helper, 9 boilermakers, 3 carpenters, 3 machinists, 2 chippers at work.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men absent without leave, namely: J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms, W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, and B. Dunn, Private Marine.

Exercised all divisions at infantry and Marine at setting up drill.

Received from Marine Barracks Washington D.C. John Keely, Private Marine,.

J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms, absent without leave, returned on board 48 hours over time.

Yard workmen left the ship at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from ENE to NNE.

Barometer falling first half.

The workmen mention in the preceding watch came on board at 1.00pm.

The U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Portsmouth" left the yard.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

Barometer nearly steady.

The yard workmen left the ship at 5.00pm, except 4 boilermakers and 3 helpers, who left at 7.00pm.

By order of the Commanding Officer J. McKee, Private Marine, was placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping, he being under the influence of liquor.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from SE to SSE.

Fog came up at end of watch.


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2 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with dense low lying fog.

Light SSE breeze.


4am to 8am:

First hour foggy, afterwards clear and fine weather.

Light breeze from SSW.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from SSW.

At 8.00am the following men from the yard came on board: on the decks, 25 caulkers and 2 helpers; on the boilers, 9 boilermakers, 7 helpers and 1 boy; on the tanks, 1 machinist and 1 helper; and on the man holes in the coffer dams, 2 chippers.

At 9.00am four riveters came on board to work on the coffer dams.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent over time: W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, B. Dunn, Private Marine, and P.E. Rogers, Painter.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement J.J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and W. Piercy, Seaman Apprentice Second-class,.

Drilled the divisions as follows: 1st Division and Marines sighting drill in the yard; 2nd, 3rd and Powder Divisions skirmish drill.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from South.

Engaged making repairs on the ship, the following men coming on board at 1.00pm: 25 caulkers and 2 helpers on the deck; 9 boilermakers and 7 helpers on the boilers; 2 chippers on magazine floor and man holes in coffer dams; 2 plumbers and 1 ship joiner on the water closets; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on the tanks; 1 plate layer on the billboard; and 1 painter in the cabin.

At 3.30pm one carpenter came on board to work on the billboard.

Received on board in the Equipment Department: 80 yards red bunting; 40 yards white bunting; 40 yards blue bunting; and 1 ensign (American) number 4.

Received William Franklin Reddrick, Landsman, from the U.S.S. "Franklin" with transfer papers.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, warm.

At 4.55pm the yard employees left the ship, with the exception of 4 boilermakers and 2 helpers, who remained until 7 o'clock.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light South by East airs to light SSW breeze.


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3 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy first half, fair latter half.

Light breeze from West by North to NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, B. Dunn, Private Marine, and P.E. Rogers, Painter.

Drilled 1st and 3rd Divisions in school of company, 2nd Division and Marine Guard at sighting and aiming.

Repairs by Navy Yard workmen going on as follows: 22 caulkers on deck; 9 boilermakers, 6 helpers and 1 boy in fire room; 1 carpenter and 2 helpers on forecastle at billboard starboard side; 1 plumber and 1 helper on water closets; 2 chippers and 2 helpers on water tanks and engineers drawing room; and 2 painters on steam cutter.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally fair, passing shower second hour.

Light breezes from NNE and NW falling to light airs and backing to West and SW.

Board of Survey, of which Paymaster D.A. Smith is senior member, met on board to survey sundry provisions in Paymaster's Department, also board, of which Commander R.P. Leary is senior member, to survey water alarm circuit closers in Equipment [Department].

Transferred to Marine Barracks, by direction of Secretary of Navy, Private John McKee (U.S. Marine Corps).

The following Navy Yard workmen on board: 9 boilermakers, 6 helpers and 1 boy in fire rooms; 24 caulkers and 1 master caulker, spar deck and poop; 4 fitters, berth deck Marine Guard compartment; 2 chippers on water tanks; 1 painter in cabin, left at 3.40pm; 1 shipwright in shell room; 2 plumbers on water closet until 3.20pm; 2 painters on steam cutter until 2.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, with light airs varying in direction and calms.

Navy Yard work men left at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with few stars shining.

Calms and light variable airs.


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4 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy first hour, with passing showers, then clear.

Light airs and light breezes from SW to NW.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with light NW airs.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light airs from between NW and North by East.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Absentees, namely: W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, B. Dunn, Private Marine, P.E. Rogers, Painter, and J. Daly, Water Tender.

Drilled divisions as follows: 1st and 2nd Divisions infantry; 3rd Division sighting drill; Powder Division setting up drill; Marine Guard infantry.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores, namely: 24 scrub brushes; 308 pounds cotton waste; 20 pounds iron washers; 12 paint brushes; 2 copper funnels; 2 bars round iron; 50 pounds sheet rubber; 50 pounds usudurian; 2 pieces India ink.

Received in Paymaster's Department twelve hundred (1200) gallons fresh water from the Navy Yard.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, for safe keeping, he having come on board ship drunk.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows, namely: came on board at 8.00am, 21 caulkers and 2 helpers; 9 boilermakers, 5 helpers and 2 boys; 3 chippers; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper to work on coffer dams; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper to work in shell room; 2 copper smiths and 2 helpers; 1 machinist and 1 helper in the engine room; 1 ship joiner on water closet; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper for billboard on forecastle; 2 carpenters and 1 helper on bridge.

2 caulkers left ship at 9.00am, and one ship joiner left at 10.40am, 2 chippers at 11.00am.

Remainder of workmen discontinued work at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breezes from NE, to East by North last hour.

Barometer falling slowly.

Received in Engineer's Department: 100 pine tube plugs; 4 pieces lignum vitae; 100 spiral pump springs.

Navy Yard workmen came on board at 1.00pm as follows, namely: 21 caulkers, 2 helpers; 9 boilermakers, 5 helpers and 2 boys; 3 chippers to work on coffer dams, leaving at 3.20pm; 1 ship fitter with helpers to work in shell room; 2 copper smiths with 2 helpers for engine room; 1 machinist and 1 helper, engine room; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper to work on billboard; 2 carpenters and 1 helper to work on bridge.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Received from U.S. Marine Barracks Norfolk, Virginia, with bag and hammock and necessary transfer papers, Private George Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light breezes to light airs from East by North to ESE at end of watch.

Barometer steady.

Lightning to NNW toward end of watch.

Navy Yard workmen on board as in preceding watch.

All but 7 boilermakers, 3 helpers and 1 boy left at 5.00pm.

The latter left at 7.00pm.

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, having been reported sober, was by order of Commanding Officer released.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with heavy rain first part, then clearing.

Light airs to light breezes from East by South to East.


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5 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from East by North and ENE.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy weather.

Light to moderate breezes from ENE and East by North.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from East by North.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions at infantry.

The following men absent without leave: J. Daly, Water Tender, P.E. Rogers, Painter, and B. Dunn, Private Marine.

By order Commanding Officer W. Frazer, Second-class Fireman, was this day declared a deserter from this vessel and the Naval Service.

By order of same authority the punishments of the following named men; C. Creigher, Landsman, 5 hours' extra duty; E. Moore, Landsman, 13 hours' extra duty and L. Butler, Landsman, 10 hours' extra duty were remitted.

The following Navy Yard workmen on board, namely: 9 boilermakers, 7 helpers, 1 boy working on boilers; 25 caulkers, 1 helper caulking poop; 1 chipper, 1 helper cutting man hole plate; 1 carpenter, 1 helper fitting bridge stanchions; 2 ship fitters cutting man hole under magazine; 1 ship fitter, one helper on starboard billboard; 1 machinist, 4 helpers, 1 boy over boiler; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper came on board at 10.15am to work on tank.

All left at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool, cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from East to East by North.

Same men employed as in forenoon with following exceptions, namely: 21 caulkers caulking forecastle; 1 chipper in magazine; and 1 painter in cabin.

A. Kirker, Landsman, was this day discharged from this ship and the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Received in Engineer's Department: 12 brass lanterns, with 12 spare glasses; 6 dust brushes; 6 pounds wicking lamp ball.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with cold drizzling rain at times.

Light breeze from ENE.

Commander F.E. Chadwick left the ship on four days' leave.

Same workmen on board as in previous watch.

At 5.00pm all left the ship, except the 7 boilermakers, who left at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Barometer steady.


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6 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light wind from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, clearing last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 73 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from ENE.

Barometer steady.

The following workmen came on board at 8.00am, namely: 21 caulkers and 2 helpers on top gallant forecastle; 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 2 boys on boilers; 1 carpenter on bridge; 2 ship fitters and 2 helpers in shell room; and 1 carpenter on billboard; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper at work on shell room flood cock for 20 minutes.

The following named men absent without leave, namely: P.E. Rogers, Painter, and J. Daley, Water Tender.

By order of the Commanding Officer B. Dunn, Private Marine, was declared a deserter from this vessel and the Naval Service, he having been absent 10 days without leave.

By order of the Secretary of the Navy C. Andrade, U.S. Navy, was detached for duty on a Board of Investigation on board the U.S.S. "Concord".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool and cloudy.

Light breezes from East by North and NE.

Barometer steady.

The following workmen came on board at 1.00pm, namely: 20 caulkers and 1 helper on topgallant forecastle; 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers and 2 boys on boilers; 1 machinist, 1 copper smith and 1 boy in engine room; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper, 1 carpenter, 1 painter, 2 riveters, 1 helper and 1 boy on billboard.

1 machinist, 1 ship fitter, 2 riveters, 2 helpers and 2 boys left at about 2.45pm.

Received in Engineer's Department 2 frames for watch and station bills.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather.

Light breeze from NNE to ENE.

Barometer falling.

The workmen on board left at 5.00pm, except 8 boilermakers, 4 helpers and 2 boys, who left at 7.00pm.

Received during the day in Paymaster's Department 2000 gallons water, and in Engineer's Department: 51 stay tubes; 50 ordinary tubes; and 10 stay rods for boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light showers of rain second hour.

Light East wind.

At 8.30am Lieutenant H.G.O. Colby returned from leave.


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7 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, light thunder first two hours.

Light breezes and airs from East to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, with light drizzle first hour.

Airs from SE, with a period of calm during middle of watch.

Barometer 30.10.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, threatening rain.

Calm and light airs from WSW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent over time: J. Daly, Water Tender, P.E. Rogers, Painter, and D.H. McGunigle, Boatswain's Mate.

At 9.40am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship with the crew at quarters.

Had general muster at which the Articles for the Better Government of the Navy were read, and J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms, was presented with a good conduct medal for his last enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, threatening rain.

Moderate breeze from NE to NNE.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain last part of watch.

Moderate breeze from East to East by North.

J. Daly, Water Tender, and P.E. Rogers, Painter, returned on board, the former 84 hours and the latter 132 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with constant fine rain.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze.


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8 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with constant drizzle.

Light to moderate breezes from ENE, in squalls first part.

D.H. McGunigle, Boatswain's Mate, returned on board 18¾ hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with light rain first hour.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

Making preparations to coal ship.

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


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light ENE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Coal lighter came alongside.

Coaling ship 10.30am to 11.45am, receiving on board 29 tons 992 pounds, using baskets over starboard gangway and forward torpedo port, also bags on after steam cutter's davit.

Workmen of yard on board as follows: 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers, 2 boys in fire room on boiler tubes; 13 caulkers, 1 helper on top gallant forecastle; 2 carpenters on starboard jackstay for mizzen rigging; one carpenter on bridge awning stanchions; 1 painter on billboard.

Received in Equipment Department from General Storekeeper: 1 United States ensign number 5.

Marine Guard had setting up drill.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast, with light NE to ENE breezes.

Coaling ship from 1.00pm to 3.45pm, when finished lighter, having received on board by engineers tally 132 tons 1340 pounds tons of Pocahontas [Poahontas in log-book] coal, lighter being invoiced at 132 tons 1420 pounds.

Yard workmen on board as follows: from 1.00pm to 4.00pm 12 caulkers and 1 helper on topgallant forecastle; 1 carpenter on bridge; 9 boilermakers, 4 helpers and 2 boys on boilers; 1 ship fitter and 2 helpers on starboard scuppers.

By order of Commanding Officer placed E. Powers, Private Marine, in double irons for safe keeping, he having, while punishment was being awarded him at the mast for making improper remark to sergeant, struck the sergeant.

Marine Guard had aiming and sighting drill.

Used baskets only in coaling.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, cloudy last hour.

Light ENE to East breezes.

Yard workmen left ship as follows: at 5.00pm 13 caulkers and 1 helper, 1 ship fitter and 2 helpers, 1 carpenter, 4 helpers on boilers; at 7.00pm 11 boilermakers and 4 boys.

Two boilermakers and 2 boys had come on board at 5.00pm.

Second lighter of Pocahontas coal came alongside, and at 5.40pm recommenced coaling, quit for the day at 7.25pm, having received from 2nd lighter 55 tons 625 pounds.

During day received in all 187 tons 1965 pounds in 5¾ working hours.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast first hour, clearing remainder of watch, with bright moonlight.

Barometer steady.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.


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9 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and light breezes from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Filling and trimming coal bunkers, received on board 10 tons 1768 pounds, total received on board 198 tons 1493 pounds, and out of second lighter alone 66 tons 153 pounds.

Dropped lighter astern.

By order of Commanding Officer removed one set of irons from E. Powers, Private Marine, leaving him in single irons for safe keeping.

United States tug U.S.S. "Fern" came to the yard.


8am to meridian:

Clear, fine weather.

Light breezes from between ESE and East by North.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in cleaning ship inside and out.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows, namely: coming at 8.00am, 9 boilermakers, 11 helpers and 1 boy in fire room; 1 painter on man hole and billboard from 8.00am to 10.10am; 1 painter on bridge from 8.30am to 9.15am; 1 ship fitter at work on magazine from 9.25am to 12.00pm; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper at work on scuppers from 10.15am to 10.45am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breezes from East and East by North.

Barometer falling slowly.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 300 pounds salt water soap.

Transferred to General Storekeeper, having been condemned by survey, the following stores, namely: 45 pounds cornmeal; 20 pounds rye flour; 100 pounds hominy; 588 pounds wheat flour; 140 pounds dried fruit; 235 pounds butter; and 44 bread bags.

Engaged in breaking out fore hold.

Navy Yard workmen came on board as follows, namely: at 1.00pm 9 boilermakers, 11 helpers and 1 boy; 1 ship fitter in magazine come on board at 2.00pm, left at 3.10pm; 1 painter came on board at 3.40pm to work on bridge.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from the East.

Barometer steady.

Served out clean hammocks.

At 5.00pm 1 painter at work on bridge left the ship, and 2 extra boilermakers, 1 helper and 2 boys came on board.

All Navy Yard workmen left at 7.00pm.

Got up hammock girtlines.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE.

Moon set about 9.40pm.


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10 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.

Barometer steady.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs to light breezes, at end of watch from the ESE.

Barometer rising.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 93¾ pounds fresh beef; 93¾ pounds fresh vegetables; and 75 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breezes from ESE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and drilled divisions as follows: 1st and 2nd Division artillery; 3rd Division and Powder Division instruction; Marine Guard infantry.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Franklin" George W. White, Landsman, enlisted for special service.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, assault and battery, 5 days' bread and water; W. Cuff, Landsman, shirking on berth deck when work was going on, 3 days' bread and water; J. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, out of uniform, 10 hours' extra duty.

Received in Equipment Department 2000 gallons fresh water for cooking and drinking.

The following Navy Yard workmen engaged on board: 9 boilermakers, 11 helpers and 1 boy; 1 shipwright, 1 helper on scuppers.

Inspected iron work of this ship in accordance with United States Regulation Circular [number] 77 and found it in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from East by South to SE.

Sent liberty party ashore.

The same workmen on board as in previous watch, except men on scuppers.

L. Schriener, Seaman, was this day discharged from this ship and from the U.S. Naval Service at his own request, by order of the Secretary of the Navy.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE.

10 boilermakers, 7 helpers and 2 boys on board till 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.

Barometer steady.


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11 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from East.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE and light breeze, last hour from East by South.

At 8.00am 9 boilermakers, 11 helpers and one boy came on board.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised at general quarters.

Times as follows: cast loose and provide: 1st Division 3 minutes 10 seconds; 2nd Division 5 minutes, and then was unable to remove plug from shell davit; 3rd Division 4 minutes 50 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 55 seconds; Powder Division 11 minutes 20 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute.

Also at fire quarters, ready: 1st Division 3 minutes 10 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes 45 seconds; 3rd Division 55 seconds; Powder Division 5 minutes 46 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minutes 5 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes.

Received in Construction Department the following articles, namely: 350 pounds red lead; 15 gallons raw linseed oil; 50 pounds putty; 10 gallons alcohol; 1 box cement; and 2 flood cock wrenches.

At 12.00pm yard workmen left the ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm 9 boilermakers, 11 helpers and 1 boy came on board to work on boilers.

Received in Engineer's Department: 12 ship's scrapers; 18 steel wedges; and one alligator wrench.

The powder and tanks sent on shore on May 29th, with the exception of 8 200-pound tanks, was received on board and stowed.

Cleaned out hammock netting and touched up rusty spots.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm weather.

Light airs from SE.

Barometer steady.

The Yard workmen left the ship at 7 o'clock.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

SE airs.


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12 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, first three hours cloudless sky.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer steady.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 74 pounds fresh bread.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, warm.

Airs from South by West.

At 8.00am the following workmen came on board from the yard to work on the boilers: 8 boilermakers, 10 helpers and 1 boy, they left at noon.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent over time: J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, and J. Gragg, Coal Heaver.

Received on board the following stores in the Paymaster's Department: 50 pairs drawers; 50 pairs cloth trousers; 138 yards cap-cloth; 102 yards 6/4 flannel; 100 pairs shoes; 5 mess kettles; 1176 pounds wheat flour; 75 gallons beans; 2067 pounds sugar; 800 pounds salt pork; 400 pounds salt beef; 114 pounds pickles; 46½ gallons vinegar; 288 pounds roast beef; 1056 pounds corned beef; 504 pounds ham; 288 pounds tomatoes; 200 pounds dried apples; 320 pounds assorted vegetables; 1950 pounds salt water soap; 45 pounds tea; and 400 pounds tobacco.

Drilled the divisions: 1st, 2nd, Powder and Marines at infantry; and 3rd instruction in 6-inch gun nomenclature.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, warm.

Airs from South by West to South by East.

Engaged stowing provisions.

At 1.00pm the following workmen came on board to work on the retubing of the boilers: 10 boilermakers, 9 helpers, and 1 boy.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received on board in Ordnance Department the following stores: 2 dozen blank books; 1 gross pens; 1 pair office shears; and 1 ruler.

James Carlton, Private Marine, was transferred to this ship with his effects from the Marine Barracks at the yard.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Airs from NNE to NW by North.

Thunder and lightning during entire watch, with shower of rain last hour.

At 5.00pm 3 boys came on board to work on the boilers, and at seven [o'clock] 8 boilermakers, 10 helpers and 4 boys left the ship.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast, with light breeze from NE, ESE and North by West.

Rain first half.


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13 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy first part, then clearing.

Calm and light airs from South by West.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, hot.

Calm.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 88¾ pounds fresh beef; 88¾ pounds fresh vegetables; and 71 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light airs and breezes from NNE to East by North.

Received in Ordnance Department: 12 assorted files.

Inspected bags and hammocks.

Received in Steam Engineering last of boiler tubes.

Absent without leave: J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, and J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned aboard later, 2¼ hours over time.

9 boilermakers, 10 helpers and 1 boy from yard at work on boilers.

Master plumber on board to inspect sea-cock in gun cotton room.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with light North by East to ENE breeze.

From 1 o'clock 8 boilermakers, 10 helpers and 2 boys at work on boilers.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light ENE breeze.

Yard workmen on board from 4.00pm to 7.00pm as follows: 8 boilermakers, 10 helpers, 2 boys.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light airs to light breezes from ENE.

Barometer steady at 30.16.


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14 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, damp.

Light airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear, last half [of watch] cloudless sky.

Hot and calm.


8am to meridian:

Warm and pleasant, with light haze.

Light airs and breezes from East by North to NE.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am called all divisions to quarters for inspection, after which the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent at quarters without leave, namely: H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, J.J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, and C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman.

H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, returned on board 52 hours over time.

Sent church party to attend divine service on board the U.S.S. "Chicago".

Sent liberty party on shore.

E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board, each 4½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and pleasant, with light haze.

Light breezes from ENE to East.

Barometer falling slightly.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from East to ESE.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from ESE.

C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, returned on board 37 hours over time.


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15 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, heavy dew, foggy last half hour.

Light airs from SSE to SSW.

Barometer falling first half.

Moon set about 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Foggy first part, clearing until clear and pleasant at end of watch.

Light variable southerly airs.

Barometer steady.

Received in Paymaster's Department from the contractors: 91¾ pounds fresh beef; 71¾ pounds fresh vegetables; 72 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from South and SSW.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions instruction great guns; Powder Division and Marine Guard infantry.

J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, and J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: W. Cuff, Landsman, disobedience of orders of Captain of Afterguard, 6 hours' extra duty; R.W. Mathany, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, W. Piercy, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, improper conduct, lagging behind in church party, 4 hours' extra duty each; E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, on deck during meal hours in fire room clothes, 4 hours' extra duty.

By order of same authority M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman, was released from confinement, his term of punishment having expired.

9 boilermakers, 6 helpers and 4 boys engaged in work on boilers.

In accordance with United States Regulations Circular [number] 77 the iron work of ship was inspected and found in good condition.

Commander F.E. Chadwick returned from leave.

A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, returned on board 1¾ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breezes from South.

Overhauled starboard bower chain.

Received in Construction Department following stores: 700 pounds red lead; 20 pounds patent drier; 10 pounds vermilion; 22 gallons raw linseed oil; 20 gallons turpentine; 5 gross brass screws; 24 brass hooks and eyes; 60 bolts and nuts composition; 25 pounds dry shellac; 20 pounds black lead; 48 cap hooks; 4 pintles and gudgeons for boats.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Same workmen on board as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from SE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and very warm, bright starlight.

Light airs from SE.

Barometer rising.


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16 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, hot.

Airs from SW by South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light airs and light breezes from SW by South.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from South.

Barometer falling.

At 8.00am the following workmen came on board, namely: 9 boilermakers, 6 helpers, and 4 boys.

By order of the Commanding Officer T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, was placed in double irons for three days, for inattention to orders and muttering when sent to carry out the order, and A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, was assigned 2 hours' extra duty for not drawing clothing promptly when word was passed.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, and J. Cummings, Coal Heaver.

Instructed 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions, drilled Powder Division with pistols, and drilled Marines.

Yard workmen left the ship at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm 9 boilermakers, 5 helpers and 4 boys came on board to work on boilers, and at 1.30pm one joiner and one helper to work in forward magazine.

Received in Engineer's Department: 25 pounds brown zinc; in Ordnance Department: 10 pounds cotton twine; 5 pounds copper tacks; 1 target frame; 50 pounds waste; 200 sheets emery cloth; 150 yards old canvas; 1 micrometer caliper; and 600 feet (lineal) lumber; and in Equipment Department: 5 coaling bags; 40 coir brushes; 40 hand scrub brushes; 25 pounds polishing paste; 10 pounds thimbles (assorted); 20 rungs for Jacobs ladders; 24 corn brooms; 20 hose washers; 1 hose expander; 200 fish hooks; 12 fish lines; 1 yardstick; 10 pounds tallow; 50 hammocks; ½ bolt cotton canvas number 8; ½ bolt cotton canvas number 10; ½ bolt ravens duck, 8 ounce; 5 gallons Stockholm tar; 1 ream note paper; 12 dozen envelopes, official; 2 quarts ink; 6 globes for hand lanterns.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cooler.

Light and gentle breezes from SSE.

Barometer steady.

Chief Engineer C. Andrade, U.S. Navy, left the ship on leave for one week.

The joiner and helper left the ship at 4.00pm, the other workmen at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, hot.

Light breeze from SSE.

Moonlight.


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17 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light South by West airs.

Lightning to SE last hour.


4am to 8am:

Warm weather.

Light airs from South by West, shifting to West last hour.

Barometer falling.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" came out of dock at about 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, hot.

Airs from North and South.

At 8.00am the following men came on board to work on the boilers: 10 boilermakers, 4 helpers, 3 boys, 1 machinist and 1 bricklayer.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 74 pounds fresh bread.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, absent over time.

Instructed the divisions.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, hot.

Light breeze from East by South.

At 1.00pm the following men came on board to work on the boilers: 10 boilermakers, 4 helpers, 3 boys, 1 machinist and 1 bricklayer.

Also at 1.00pm two plumbers came on board to pack force pumps, and left the ship at 1.40pm.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department 2500 gallons fresh water from yard hydrant.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light shower of rain third hour.

Wind light from ESE to SSE.

Distant thunder and lightning.

Delivered charges and specifications to E. Powers, Private Marine, now confined to await trial by General Court Martial.

The men at work on the boilers remained until 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first half, fair latter half of watch.

Light SSE and South by West breeze.


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18 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Bright moonlight until 2.00am, when moon set.

Light airs and breezes from South by West.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather. hot.

SW airs.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, then went to general quarters and exercised divisions, times as follows: cast loose and provide: 1st Division 5 minutes 45 seconds; 2nd Division 5 minutes 50 seconds; 3rd Division 5 minutes 40 seconds; Powder Division 6 minutes 30 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 40 seconds.

Absent without leave: J.L. Krider, Private Marine, and J. Gragg, Coal Heaver.

Following men on board at work on boilers and engine rooms: 10 boilermakers, 1 machinist, 4 helpers, 4 boys and 1 bricklayer.


Meridian to 4pm:

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

Light airs from West increasing to stiff breeze, first hour in rain squalls, light ESE and ENE breezes rest of watch.

Yard workmen on board from 1.00pm to 4.00pm as follows: 10 boilermakers, 4 helpers, 4 boys, 1 bricklayer in fire rooms; 1 machinist, 1 boy on steam cutter.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers, thunder and lightning.

Light airs to gentle breezes boxing the compass.

Yard workmen on board as follows: 10 boilermakers, 4 helpers, 4 boys, 1 bricklayer at work on boilers 4.00pm to 7.00pm; machinist on steam cutter 4.00pm to 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, raining at intervals during watch, except from 9.00pm to 10.00pm, lightning from between SSE and SSW.

Moon and few stars occasionally visible.

Light airs from between ENE and South by East.

Barometer steady.


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19 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional rain.

Light breeze from SW, hauling to NE and falling to light airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light airs and calms, rain first half [of watch].

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 93 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp, light rain first hour.

Light airs from between East by North and North.

Barometer rising.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, his term of confinement having expired.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, absentees, namely: J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, and Private J.L. Krider, U.S. Marine Corps.

Drilled divisions as follows, namely: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions instruction in gunnery; Powder Division and Marine Guard infantry.

At 10.10am sounded fire alarm.

Ready as follows, namely: 1st Division 50 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 10 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 28 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes; Marine Guard 1 minute 20 seconds.

Secured at 10.13am, retreat at 10.16am.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 1 azimuth circle; 1 spy glass; and 1 pair dividers.

The following Navy Yard workmen came on board at 8.00am, leaving at 12.00pm, namely: 10 boilermakers, 4 helpers and 4 boys.

Lieutenant J.E.D.W. Veeder and Lieutenant W.P. Conway left the ship as members of a General Court Martial, of which Captain McGlensey is President, meeting at 12.00pm for the trial of Private E. Power, U.S. Marine Corps, of this ship.

Sent the accused to appear before the above mentioned court.

Received in Engineer's Department: 12 tube brushes; 12 bunker lamps; 50 pounds concentrated lye; 20 gallons turpentine; 200 pound brown zinc paint; ½ barrel sal soda; 26 files; 12 corn brooms.

Sent whaleboat for sand.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Franklin" one Landsman (special service) Peter Bains without papers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first part, clearing latter part.

Light breezes from between NNE and ENE.

Barometer steady.

Navy Yard on board as during forenoon watch coming at 1.00pm, with on machinist coming on board at 1.30pm.

Sent whaleboat for load of sand.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant until latter part, when clouding up, light sprinkle toward end of watch.

Light breezes from NE to East by North.

Barometer steady.

One machinist left ship at 5.00pm, remainder of Navy Yard workmen at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, steady rain latter half of watch.

Light airs to light breezes from ENE to East by North.


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20 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy weather, raining first hour.

Light breezes from NNE to SE.

Barometer about steady.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy and damp.

Light airs and breezes from between East by North, and SSE at end of watch.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SSE hauling to North by West.

At 9.30am held bag inspection of 1st Division.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Franklin" Thomas Murphy, Second-class Fireman, with necessary transfer papers, also received transfer papers of Peter Bain, Landsman, special service.

J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, and J.L. Krider, Private Marine, absent without leave.

C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, left the ship without permission.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91½ pounds beef; 91½ pounds vegetables; and 73 pounds bread.

Received in Equipment Department 900 gallons of fresh water from Navy Yard.

The following workmen on board: 10 boilermakers, 4 helpers, 4 boys; 1 machinist engaged on distiller; 2 plumbers on galley scupper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE to ENE.

Sent liberty party ashore.

10 Boilermakers, 3 helpers and 4 boys on boilers, 2 machinists on condenser, 3 plumbers from 2.30pm to 3.00pm at work on galley scuppers.

Lieutenant W.P. Conway left the ship on five days' leave of absence.

Sent volt meter to Navigation Office for repairs.

Accepted steam cutter, her trial proving satisfactory.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from East to East by South.

Same workmen on board as in previous watch.

All left at 5.00pm, except those engaged on boilers, who left at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, warm, moonlight.

Airs from SSE to East.


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21 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and foggy.

Light breezes from East by South, North by East and East by North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and light breezes from East by North to SSW.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, hot.

Light SW breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent over time: J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, J.L. Krider, Private Marine, and C.W. Tatler, Private Marine.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather, hot.

Moderate SW breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

First half of watch overcast by clouds, with passing showers of rain accompanied by thunder and lightning, the latter continuing the entire watch, last half of watch cool and pleasant.

Wind from West, then from South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, passing shower third hour.

Light SSW breeze.


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22 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, moonlight all watch.

Light breezes from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from SSW and South by West.

Engaged breaking out and re-stowing store rooms for quarterly inspection.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: J.L. Krider, Private Marine, C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, and J. Gragg, Coal Heaver.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Gragg, Coal Heaver, was this day declared a deserter, having been absent ten days without permission.

Instructed divisions, except men breaking out sail room and after shell room.

Permanent board finished quarterly inspection.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 73 pounds fresh bread.

Workmen on board as follows: 10 boilermakers, 3 helpers, 4 boys on boilers; 1 machinist, 10.45am to 12.00pm at work on distiller.

Received in Steam Engineering repaired distiller and one set of spare coils.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first hour, fair rest of watch.

Light breeze to light airs from SW.

Received in Ordnance [Department]:100 yards target muslin; and 30 pounds of 1½-inch manila; also in Equipment [Department], exempted classes: 6 sight glasses; 24 electrodes; 2 pairs pliers; 3 screw drivers; 2 oil feeders; 1 squirt can; 50 pounds cotton waste; 2 pounds sal ammoniac; ½ gallon glycerin.

Received in Steam Engineering: 24 tube rods; 6 composition sleeves for pumps; 24 wooden valve wheels.

Received and placed on wharf 3 cords wood for boiler trial.

Workmen on board as follows: 10 boilermakers, 3 helpers, 3 boys on boilers, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm; 1 machinist on distiller, 1.00pm to 3.48pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

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

Workmen on board from 4.00pm to 7.00pm: 10 boilermakers, 2 helpers, 3 boys.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer steady.

Lightning to the Southward.


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23 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, passing showers first hour, bright moonlight.

Light airs from West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and sultry.

Light variable airs and calms.


8am to meridian:

Fair to clear, warm.

Light airs from between NNW and North by East.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in getting boats down from construction boat house and hoisting them, also shifting moorings to the Southern part of the dock.

Absent without leave: J.L. Krider, Private Marine, and C.W. Tatler, Private Marine.

Navy Yard work men came on board at 8.00am, leaving at 12.00pm, as follows, namely: 10 boilermaker, 3 helpers, 3 boys, all working in Engineer's Department.

Chief Engineer C. Andrade, U.S. Navy, reported his return from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, hot and pleasant.

Light airs to light breezes from between North by West and North by East.

Barometer steady.

Navy Yard workmen on board after 1.00pm as follows, namely: 10 boilermakers, 3 helpers, 3 boys.

Received in Construction [Department] from the General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia: 20 deck buckets; 20 gallons linseed oil, raw; 35 sheaves; 2 claw hammer; 1 joiner's plane.

In Equipment Department: 1 coil manila, 3¼ inch; 1 coil manila, 3½ inch; 2 grates for 7-feet range; 2 grates for 3-feet range; 1 plate number 138 for 3-feet range.

Boiler D was given a hydrostatic test of 27½ pounds, and five (5) tubes were found to leak.

Engaged in holystoning ship's side, preparatory to painting.

Received in Engineer's Department: 400 gallons sperm oil.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from between NNW and NE.

Barometer steady.

Gave C boiler hydrostatic test of 26 pounds, finding four (4) tubes leaking.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm, bright moonlight.

Calm first hour, light airs from South by East to West.


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24 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from WNW to NW.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs to light breezes from NW to NNE.

Barometer rising.

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


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled all divisions at infantry.

J.L. Krider, Private Marine, and V. Carlson, Machinist, absent without leave.

V. Carlson, Machinist, subsequently returned on board 10½ hours over time.

Received in Engineer's Department: 6 blades, hoe fire; and 12 scrapers, file.

10 boilermakers, 3 helpers, and 2 boys engaged on boilers.

At 9.15am started wood fires in the two after boilers to test them.

Hauled fires at 11.00am and repairing leaks in stay tubes.

Received 1000 gallons fresh water in Equipment [Department].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from North by East to NNW.

Received in Engineer's Department: 200 pounds oatmeal; 24 hand lamps, brass; 40 pounds tallow.

Received in Equipment Department, exempted classes: 2 bushel charcoal; 24 feet mica; and 1 gross screws.

Same workmen on board as in forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and light breezes from NNE and North.

All workmen left ship at 5.00pm, and 8 boilermaker, 2 boys and 1 helper returned on board at 6.00pm to continue their work.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW by West to West.

Moon rose at 10.10pm.

High water at 11.20pm.

8 boilermakers, 2 boys and 1 helper at work on boilers.


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25 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudless sky, bright star and moonlight.

Light breezes from NW to NNE.

10 boilermakers, 1 helper, 2 boys at work on boiler 12.00am to 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NNE.

2 boilermakers on board running water into forward boilers, preparatory to testing them.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from North by East.

Barometer steady.

At 8.00am 8 boilermakers, 2 helpers and one boy came on board to work on boilers.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

J.L. Krider, Private Marine, and C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Exercised all divisions at infantry.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were assigned, namely: A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, untidy in dress, hole in trousers, 2 hours' extra duty; W.H. Knobelsdorf, Quartermaster, neglect of duty, allowing Captain to come alongside without reporting same, 2 hours' extra duty; T. Brady, Private Marine, inattention to orders, failing to report boat time, 9 hours' extra duty; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, inattention to orders, drawing water over ship's side, 3 hours' extra duty.

Received in Equipment Department, exempted classes: one depth recorder.

Engaged in painting ship outside.

Workmen left the ship at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from North by East and NW by North.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm 8 boilermakers, 2 helpers and one boy came on board.

Received in Equipment Department, exempted classes, the following articles, namely: 100 feet Grimshaw wire number 14; 2 sets wipers and 2 sets brasses for A&S engine; 2 thermometers; 1 eccentric strap; and 1 regulator spring; and turned into store one armature of Edison's dynamo.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Franklin" Jacob Kloute, Second-class Fireman, with accounts, bag and hammock.

Tested all four boilers.

Workmen left the ship at 3.20pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NW by North and West by North.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with light West by North airs.

Bright starlight.


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26 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.94, Long -76.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light airs from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear.

Light winds from WNW and NW.

Barometer rising.

At 6.00am started fires under D boiler.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 90 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 77 pounds fresh bread.

W.J. Sloane, Second-class Fireman, was brought on board by the Corporal of the Guard on duty at the yard gate, and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge.


8am to meridian:

Clear, last half cloudless sky.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: J. Healy, Water Tender, J.L. Carlson, Seaman, L. Morris, Captain of Hold, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, and J.L. Krider, Private Marine.

Drilled all divisions at infantry.

By order of Commanding Officer discharged from the Naval Service William Piercy, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, his term of enlistment having expired.

Workmen on board as follows: 6 boilermakers, 2 helpers, and 2 boys, 8.00am to 12.00pm; 1 machinist, 8.15am to 8.45am, all on boilers.

Received in Ordnance [Department]: 1 pound copper rivets; 25 yards tracing muslin; 1 hand vise; 1 pair nippers. In Equipment [Department] (exempted classes): 500 feet brass binding wire.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs and breeze from North to WNW.

Restowed after fixed ammunition room.

J.L. Carlson, Seaman, returned on board 6 hours over time.

Received in Engineer's Department: 24 shovels; 20 yards webbing; 6 pounds marline; 23 pounds sheet brass, 1/16-inch; 30 pounds sheet copper, 1/16-inch; 50 pounds sheet rubber, 1/16-inch; 100 brass machine screws; 10 quires emery cloth; ½ barrel asbestos cement; 250 pounds white lead paint; 12 galvanized iron buckets.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 barrel lard oil; 5 gallons tar oil; 5 gallons asphaltum; 22 coal baskets; 25 pounds thimbles (assorted).

In Construction Department: 75 pounds nails, iron, galvanized; 4 locks, brass, ward robe, 4-inch; 8 hinges, brass; 200 pounds yellow ochre; and 2 pounds copper tacks, ⅝-inch.

4 boilermakers, 2 boys and 2 helpers at work on boilers, 1.00pm to 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light airs and breeze from WNW.

Transferred to Marine Barracks as prisoner, awaiting sentence of General Court Martial, Private Edward Power.

By order of Commanding Officer released [from confinement] W.J. Sloane, Second-class Fireman.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Moon rose at about 11.00pm.

Light airs from the WNW.

Barometer unsteady.

Fires banked under D boiler.


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27 June 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, Norfolk, and at anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.97, Long -76.34


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from WNW and NW.

Banked fires in one boiler.

J. Healy, Water Tender, returned on board 18 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with light airs to gentle breeze from North by West to North by East.


8am to meridian:

Fair.

Light to gentle breezes from between NNE and North by West.

Barometer steady.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 83¾ pounds fresh beef; 67 pounds fresh bread.

Received in Ordnance [Department]: 2 squirt cans; and 1 armorer's oil can.

Making preparations for getting under way.

The following men absent without leave, namely: Privates C.W. Tatler and J.L. Krider, Private Marine, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, and L. Morris, Captain of Hold.

Called all hands unmoor ship, and at 10.35am left the Navy Yard dock and stood down the stream, tide running flood, ship conned by the Navigating Officer.

At about 11.45am hoisted distinguishing pennant.

Finding the U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Newark" at anchor in the [Hampton] Roads, the former flying Senior Officer's pennant.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE.

Standing down toward anchorage in the [Hampton] Roads, and at 12.40pm let go the port anchor in 11½ fathoms water, hard sandy bottom, and veered to 60 fathoms

At 12.15pm made [signal] interrogatory 1211, U.S.S. "Boston" answered in affirmative, having exchanged distinguishing pennants.

At 1.55pm U.S.S. "Vesuvius" was sighted standing down from the Navy Yard.

At 2.10pm she exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Boston", and then made [signal] interrogatory 5884, U.S.S. "Boston" answered 904.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Sent stores to U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE and North by East.

Barometer steady.

At 4.45pm finished swinging to the ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to fresh breezes from North to East by South.

Moon rose at 11.50pm.


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28 June 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, bright starlight.

Light breeze from SE. Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather, clouding latter part.

Light breezes from West by North.

Barometer unsteady first part, steady latter part.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made uniform and time signal 3341, immediately after despatch flag, at 7.30am 3963, 6373, 6378, 6379.

Received in Paymaster's Department from the contractors: 86¼ pounds fresh beef; 86¼ pounds vegetables; 69 pounds fresh bread.

Lieutenant J.E.D.W. Veeder, U.S. Navy, returned from leave.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from NW by West and WNW.

At 9.30am held preliminary inspection, and at 9.35am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Sent liberty party ashore.

P. Woods, Oiler, was this day given an honorable discharge from this vessel and the U.S. Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

Made routine signals to U.S.S. "Boston" as follows: at 9.00am numeral 3; at 10.00am numeral 1; at 12.00pm numeral 307.

The following men absent without leave: L. Morris, Captain of Hold, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, and C.W. Tatler, Private Marine.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.L. Krider, Private Marine, was this day declared a deserter from this ship, he having been absent ten days without leave.

At 10.15am U.S.S. "Boston" made general [signal] 6377.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NW. Barometer falling.

Ship began swinging to the ebb at 2.45pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from WNW to NW.


8pm to midnight:

Cool and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW and ESE.

Barometer steady.

Ship began swinging to the flood at 10.30pm, and finished at 11.15pm.


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29 June 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright star and moonlight.

Moon rose at 12.10am.

Light SW breeze.

Tide running strong flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and light breezes from West to NNW.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made routine time and dress signals general 3340 and 3957.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 85 pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 68 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW to ENE.

Barometer steady.

S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, absent without leave, returned on board 78½ hour over time.

By order of Commanding Officer C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, was placed in confinement on bread and water for three days, for being slow in obeying the orders of the Master-at-Arms, and the following punishments were assigned, namely: R.E.L. Garcine, Seaman Apprentice First-class, neglect of duty, failing to report boat coming alongside, 2 hours' extra duty; F.W. Flood, Private Marine, neglect of duty, failing to report boat coming alongside, 4 hours' extra duty.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, L. Morris, Captain of Hold, and F. Baker, Ship's Corporal.

Exercised 1st and 3rd Divisions at great guns, instructed 2nd Division, and drilled Powder Division and Marines at small arms.

By order of the Commanding Officer J. Costain, Machinist, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from ENE.

Received on board 2300 gallons water in Engineer's Department and 1700 [gallons] in Paymaster's Department.

Exercised 2nd Division signal class.

Exercised 1st and 2nd cutters and whale boat under sail.

Sent liberty party on shore.

At 3.40pm U.S.S. "Boston" made [signal] 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE and ENE.

Barometer rising.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 4.45pm, and finished at 6.00pm.

At 6.00pm U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 1027.

Answered, and sent a boat.

L. Morris, Coal Heaver, absent without leave, returned on board 84 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light wind from SE to SSE.

Riding to the ebb, slack water low at 11.30pm.


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30 June 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright moonlight.

Light breeze to light airs from SE by South.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ESE.

Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 5.15am, and finished at 6.20am.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather.

Light wind from SE to East by South.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men being absent over time: G. Frei, Equipment's Yeoman, J. Gable, Oiler, J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, and F. Baker, Ship's Corporal.

By order of the Commanding Officer C.W. Tatler, Private Marine, was this day declared a deserter from the 20th of this month, he having been absent for ten days without permission.

Exercised the divisions as follows: 1st Division setting up drill; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division and Powder Division small arms.

Exercised at closing watertight doors, times; berth deck 25 seconds; starboard engine room 35 seconds; and port engine room 32 seconds.

At 11.00am started fires under two more boilers.

Bent the three trysails.

Made the following signals to U.S.S. "Boston": at 9.00am numeral 5; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at 12.00pm numeral 305.

Riding to the ebb tide, slack water low at 11.30am.

By order of Commanding Office released J.H. Costain, Machinist, from charge of sentry.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first half, fair later.

Light East and East by South breezes.

Flood tide, velocity at 2.45pm 2.1 knots.

At 12.35pm Senior Officer made general tactical signal 249 answer 183, numeral 5, numeral 10, and at 2.45pm general 3093.

Commanding Officer repaired on board U.S.S. "Boston".


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from East by South to SE by East.

Slack water at 6.35pm, swung to ebb at 9.40pm.

Making preparations for sea.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first half, cloudy later.

Light SE by East breeze.

J. Gable, Oiler, G. Frei, Equipment's Yeoman, and F. Baker, Ship's Corporal, returned on board.

Ebb tide at 10.45pm, 0.8 knots.

At 11.00pm started fires in 4th boiler.


Approved.

[Signed by] F.E. Chadwick, Commander, U.S. Navy, commanding


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LOG BOOK – JULY 1st 1891 TO DECEMBER 31st 1891


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Received March 21, 1892.


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

3rd Rate

of Six Guns,


Commanded By

Commander R.D. Evans, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Pacific Squadron,

Commencing July 1st, 1891,

at Hampton Roads, Virginia,

and ending December 31st, 1891,

at Valparaiso, Chile.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander R.D. Evans, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1891, to January 1st, 1892.


Name

Rank

F.E. Chadwick

Commander

R.D. Evans

Commander

H.G.O. Colby

Lieutenant

Duncan Kennedy [Dunkan in log-book]

Lieutenant

C.A. Bradbury

Lieutenant

W.P. Conway

Lieutenant

T.E. De Witt Veeder

Lieutenant

B.A. Fiske

Lieutenant

A.G. Winterhalter

Lieutenant

G.R. Evans

Ensign

R.H. Jackson

Ensign

B.F. Hutchinson

Ensign

C. Andrade

Chief Engineer

A. Adamson

Chief Engineer

C.W. Littlefield

Passed Assistant Paymaster

J.R. Martin

Passed Assistant Paymaster

J.C. Boyd

Surgeon

G.E.H. Harmon

Surgeon

J.R. Patterson

Paymaster's Clerk

G.W. Grindle

Paymaster's Clerk

C.H. Hayes

Assistant Engineer

C.E. Rommel

Assistant Engineer


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, commanded by Commander R.D. Evans, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1891, to January 1st, 1892.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

F.E. Chadwick

Commander

Detached July 18th

H.G.O. Colby

Lieutenant

Detached August 19th

C. Andrade

Chief Engineer

Detached September 21st

J.C. Boyd

Surgeon

Detached September 21st

G.R. Evans

Ensign

Detached September 23rd

C.A. Bradbury

Lieutenant

Detached September 30th

C.W. Littlefield

Passed Assistant Paymaster

Detached October 1st

J.R. Patterson

Paymaster's Clerk

Detached October 1st


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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 April 23rd, 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 Writer

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


Total

144


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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, London

56

In cabin




Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

January 21, 1891

Standard at Norfolk, Virginia

Correct

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

Green, New York

3949

On forward side of pilot house




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

Green, New York

3950

Same





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Armament


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


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III


Brown Prismatic

32.6 pounds for reduced charges and 42.6 pounds for ordinary charges

Cast iron, common

100 pounds

Center pivot

Steel, common

100 pounds

Shrapnel

100 pounds


Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

2

6-pounder Rapid Fire

Hotchkiss






2

3-pounder Rapid Fire

Hotchkiss






1

1-pounder Rapid Fire

Hotchkiss






2

37 mm Revolving Cannon

Hotchkiss






2

Gatling

Model 1880







Boat armament


Sailing launch: 1 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss.

First cutter: 1 Gatling, model 1880.


Small arms


100 Remington-Lee rifles.

114 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.


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LOGS FOR JULY 1891


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1 July 1891

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia, and making passage to Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 36.993, Long -76.316


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and cloudy weather.

Light to gentle breezes from East by South.

Barometer 29.97 to 29.94.

Commenced swinging to the flood at 12.30am, finished at 1.15am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast by clouds.

Light wind from East by South.

Slack water high at 6.50am, swung to ebb at 7.35am.

At 5.10am made out the U.S.S. "Chicago" coming down the channel from Norfolk.

Called all hands up anchor, hove in to 15 fathoms and awaited the flagship.

At 5.35am veered to 37½ fathoms, and at 6.30am banked fires.

At 6.30am the flagship passed out and anchored outside of the U.S.S. "Atlanta".

The U.S.S. "Newark" fired a salute of 13 guns which was returned by 7 guns from the flagship.

J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate, returned on board 21 hours over time.

Sent official mail on shore.

At 5.40am the U.S.S. "Boston" made general signal 4890, at 5.40am the flagship made negative 237, at 6.10am telegraphic 8332, 624, 5468 and 8019, at 6.30am 2121, and at 7.40am 3340, 6875 and 3955.

Ship's draught 13 feet 6 inches forward and 16 feet 2 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, first three hours overcast.

Light breezes from South by East to SE.

Barometer steady at 30.00.

At 9.00am made numeral 5, at 10.00am numeral 1, at noon numeral 300.

Received in Engineer's Department: 20 pounds marline; 100 yards blue fish line; 60 globe valves; 42 nipples; 12 water gauge glasses; 3 Stetson wrenches; 1 Cushman 4-jaw chuck; 1 set taps, ⅜ inch; 6 brass unions, 1 inch; 6 malleable iron return bends; 12 ditto elbows; 6 wrought iron nipples; 1 sheet boiler iron, flat; and 300 pounds waste.

Received in Ordnance Department: 1 extractor 3-pounder; 1 hand extractor 3-pounder; 1 bristle sponge, 37 millimeter; 8 hand springs, revolver; and 11 rebound springs, revolver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to fair.

Light to gentle breezes ESE first three hours, East by North last hour.

Barometer steady.

At 12.05pm flagship made general signal 4562.

Spread fires.

At 12.30pm engines reported ready.

At 12.57pm the flag of acting Rear Admiral Walker was transferred to the U.S.S. "Newark".

Hove in to 15 fathoms.

Called all hands up anchor at 12.55pm.

Broke position pennant at 1.00pm.

At 1.02pm flagship made [signal] tactical 240, at 1.13pm tactical 256.

Started ahead, the order being "Clean at half distance", U.S.S. "Newark" leading, followed by U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Yorktown".

Flood tide.

Draught of ship forward 13 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

U.S.S. "Chicago" [signaled] to flagship: telegraphic 0776, 0969, 0088, 8940.

Flagship to U.S.S. "Chicago": telegraphic 6276, 9273.

Steering various courses standing down Hampton Roads.

At 1.49pm took departure, Thimble light (per compass) North, patent log 74.

Course ESE¼E, following motions of flagship.

At 3.15pm changed course.

Until 3.38pm, patent log 89.1, changing course gradually to ENE⅝E.

From 3.45pm, patent log 100.9, to 4.00pm changed course gradually to NE by E½E.

Steam report for last three hours: steam 120 pounds, vacuum 26, average revolutions 99.

At end of watch second section considerably astern of position.

By order of Commanding Officer F.L. Hoagland, Oiler, was place in confinement on bread and water for three days, for disrespect to Commanding Officer.


4pm to 6pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light breezes from East by North.

In column at half distance, keeping position on U.S.S. "Boston", she being about a mile astern of her position.

Following movements of flagship, making good course NE by E½E.

At 4.50pm passed Cape Charles whistling buoy, and at 5.12pm Cape Charles lightship bore abeam.

Under steam alone using 4 boilers.

Pressure 120, vacuum 26, revolutions 101.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from East by North.

Barometer rising.

Steaming in column ahead, vessel [left blank].

Number of revolutions 105.9, steam 116 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Sky overcast by clouds, occasional lightning to the Southward and to the Southward and Eastward.

Moderate breeze from East by South.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 102, vacuum 26 inches.


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2 July 1891

At sea, making passage to Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 38.78, Long -72.77


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, light occasional rain.

Light to moderate ENE and East by North breeze.

In column at half distance, making good NE by E½E per standard [compass], following flagship.

Average steam pressure 120, revolutions 101.8.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, heavy rain with fog first hour, occasional light drizzle during remainder of watch.

Moderate to stiff breezes from East by North to ESE.

Barometer falling.

Moderate sea.

Squadron formation column at half distance.

Under steam alone steering course NE by E½E.

At end of watch ships approximately in position.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, average number of turns 100.8.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with occasional rain squalls.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ESE, backing last hour to ENE.

In column at half distance, following motions of flagship, making good NE by E½E.

At 9.00am made numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 1, and at 11.55am numeral 276.

At 11.10am flagship made general [signal] 6317, and in compliance therewith U.S.S. "Atlanta" made numeral 8.6, U.S.S. "Boston" numeral 9.2 and U.S.S. "Yorktown" numeral 9.6.

Steam pressure 120, revolutions 100, vacuum 26.

By order of Commanding Officer F.L. Hoagland, Oiler, and C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, were released from confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather, drizzling rain last half.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East by North.

Barometer unsteady.

Fired 6-inch breech loading rifle number 35 twice for pressure.

Expended in Ordnance Department one 42.6 pounds charge and one 32.6 pounds charge and two common shell.

Steaming in column ahead, ships at varying distances.

Steam 120 pounds, average number of revolutions 101, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Moderate wind from ENE.

Passed a steamer standing to the Southward and exchanged salutes.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 101, vacuum 26 inches.

At end of watch the ships approximately in position.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, first hour rainy.

Light ENE breeze.

In column at half distance, making good NE by E½E.

Revolutions 100, steam pressure 120 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp.

Gentle breezes from East by North.

Moderate sea.

Barometer steady.

Column at half distance, steering course NE by E½E.

Ships approximately in position at end of watch.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, average number of turns 100.


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3 July 1891

At sea, making passage from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 41.09, Long -69.12


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from ENE and NE by East.

Sighted a steam bound to the Southward and Westward at 2.00am, which ran a parallel course till 3.40am, then stood off the Southward and Westward again.

In column at half distance, this vessel keeping position on U.S.S. "Boston", which at end of watch was about a half a mile behind.

Steam pressure 120, revolutions 102, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, damp weather, with occasional fog.

Light airs and breezes from NE by East.

Barometer unsteady.

Several sail in sight during watch.

At 7.50am got soundings with Sir William Thomson's [Thompson in log-book] machine in 24 fathoms water, bottom sand with black specks.

Steaming in column ahead, second section astern of position until towards end of watch when it closed up to "half distance".

Average number revolutions 100.4, steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with fog, varying in density until 10.30am when it lifted and soon cleared, the weather becoming fine.

Light airs from East by North to NE.

At 8.10am the U.S.S. "Boston" broke the red flag at her main and continued to fly it upwards of an hour, keeping her position however.

Upon inquiry being made from this vessel as to cause it was replied that the signal was a mistake.

At 8.15am the U.S.S. "Atlanta" dropped down and then fell out of the line and took position astern.

At 9.00am got a cast of the lead in 22 fathoms water, bottom white sand and mud with yellow specks.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 10.00am got a cast in 36 fathoms, bottom pebble stones.

At 10.35am overtook the flagship which slowed down to allow the U.S.S. "Atlanta" to come up.

All of the ships then resumed their positions and kept them closely for the remainder of the watch, the weather having cleared.

At 10.47am changed course to N¼W (per compass) following the course of the flagship.

At 10.45am got a cast of the lead in 42 fathoms, bottom sand.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 101, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light breeze and airs from NNE to WNW.

In column at half distance, making good until 1.30pm N¼W, then NNW¾W per standard [compass].

Revolutions 104.6, pressure 120.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant until about 5.40pm, when thick fog set in from the westward.

Light airs from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Making course NNW⅝W.

At 5.41pm flagship made [signal] tactical 255.

Took "distance".

At 4.23pm sighted land 4 points on port bow.

At 4.26pm flagship made general signal 2984.

At 4.52pm flagship broke preparatory pennant and made general wigwag signal "masthead flags with flagship at sunrise tomorrow morning" and preparations made for dress ship full after entering Boston harbor.

At 5.07pm went to fire quarters, times as follows, namely: 1st Division 1 minute; 2nd Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; 3rd Division 35 seconds; Marines 1 minute 5 seconds; Powder [Division] 1 minute, Engineer's [Division] 40 seconds.

At 5.20pm sighted Highland light bearing about NW¾N.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, average turns 102.


6pm to 8pm:

Partially clear, occasional banks of fog.

Light breezes from WSW and SW.

In column at distance, steering course NNW⅝W till 7.20pm, when flagship changed course to NW⅞W.

Steaming under four boilers, pressure 120, vacuum 26, revolutions 101.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West by South.

Barometer falling.

At about 9.00pm sighted Minots Ledge light 1½ points on port beam.

At 9.55pm [10.55pm in log-book] it bore on port beam.

At 10.10pm sighted Boston light one point on port bow.

After 10.00pm changing course frequently following the flagship.

Flagship made the following signals: "we shall anchor outside Boston light", 2972, 290.

At 11.25pm came to in 7 fathoms water, hard bottom, with port anchor, and veered to 45 fathoms chain.

Bearings at anchor: Boston light WNW¾W (magnetic) and Minots Ledge light SE by South (magnetic).

Flagship made signal 2121.

Banked fires.


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4 July 1891

At anchor Massachusetts Bay, and at Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.364, Long -71.044


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and damp.

Light breeze from SSW to South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with heavy thunder and vivid lightning first hour, accompanied by rain and hail, after which continuous light rain, except last hour.

Light airs to moderate breeze from SE and SSW.

At sunrise dressed ship, United States ensigns at mastheads, in honor of day and following flagship.

At 7.30am flagship made uniform and time signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally until last hour, light sprinkle at intervals first three hours.

Light to moderate breezes from SSW.

Barometer steady.

Engines reported ready at 8.38am.

Started to heave in to short stay.

At 8.57am called all hands up anchor.

[At] 9.00am broke position pennant.

At 9.10am flagship made [signal] tactical 241.

Anchor away at 9.13am.

Standing into Boston harbor in column at distance.

Steering various courses following motions of flagship.

Ship conned by Commanding Officer.

At 10.35am U.S.S. "Newark" hoisted her number, cornet 124.

At 10.36am flagship fired a salute of 7 guns.

At 10.42am flagship made general signal 5573.

At 11.00am let go port anchor in 7 fathoms water, muddy bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms.

Flood tide.

At 11.15am flagship made general signal 3469.

Dressed ship full rainbow fashion.

At 11.20am flagship made general signal 4557.

Allowed fires to die out under three boilers, banked fired under boiler A.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet.

Bearings at anchorage: State House dome SW by W½W, Bunker Hill monument NW, both bearings magnetic.

At 10.00am made sick report numeral 3, at 12.00pm coal report 235.

At 12.00pm fired a salute of 21 guns in hour of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SSW and SW.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and clear.

Light to gentle breezes from between SW and West by North.

Barometer rising.

At sundown undressed ship.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather, passing shower at 9.00pm.

Light breezes from SW by South and West by North.

Commander F.E. Chadwick returned on board.


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5 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.364, Long -71.044


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West and WSW.

Bright starlight.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Fair.

Light airs to light breezes from between SW and West by South.

Barometer rising.

At 5.30am finished swinging to flood.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3350, and immediately afterwards the dispatch flag.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from West by South and WSW.

At 9.30am had preliminary inspection, following which Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters, then had general muster and read Articles for Government of United States Navy.

Sent liberty [party] ashore.

Made routine signals to flagship, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 0; at 12.00pm numeral 224.

At 11.00am flagship made [signal] 1087 to this vessel, and a boat was sent in obedience to signal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle breezes from WSW and West by North.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding to the ebb tide all of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, passing shower second hour.

Light breeze from WSW and West.

Finished swinging to flood at 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breeze from West.

Barometer falling slowly.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 11.20pm and finished at 11.45pm.


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6 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.364, Long -71.044


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West by North to West by South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light to moderate breezes from WSW to WNW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Drilled gun divisions at great guns and instructed Powder Division.

2nd period, organized and instructed infantry and artillery companies.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals.

At 11.50am flagship made general signal 3350, answered.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from WNW to NW by North.

Engaged painting ship inside.

Drilled the artillery company.

The Governor of Massachusetts passed en route to flagship.

Received from U.S.S. "Wabash" the following men, without transfer papers or accounts: Martin W. Lydon, Machinist, William F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, Martin Flaherty, Coal Heaver, Henry Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, and John Smith, Coal Heaver.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW by North and West.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the flood between 6.00 and 7.00 o'clock.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, cool.

Light breeze from WNW.

Ship riding to the flood.


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7 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.364, Long -71.044


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Light West by South and West breezes.

Ebb tide after 12.40am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West and West by South.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3340, at 7.30am 5455, and at 7.50am 3950.

At 7.30am loosed sail.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, clearing latter part.

Light breeze from West by North to WSW.

At 9.00am made absentee signal numeral 0.

At 9.15am officers of Naval Battalion of Massachusetts [Volunteer] Militia came on board.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Exercised gun divisions at great guns and Powder Division at general quarters.

At 10.30am went to quarters, the Naval Militia officers manning guns, and afterwards inspecting the magazines, shell rooms, et cetera.

At 10.00am made sick signal numeral 0, and at noon coal report numeral 229.

At 11.40am flagship made signal 3918.

Punishments awarded by Commanding Officer as follows, namely: J. Wescovers, Seaman, neglect of duty, failing to report steamer's light when plainly visible, six hours' extra duty; M.J. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Gabel, Oiler, neglect of duty, not having absentee report sent on at 9.00am, McQuirk, 2 hours' extra duty, J. Gabel 3 hours' extra duty; J. Gabel, Oiler, slow and inattentive on signal watch, 2 hours' extra duty; W. Cuff, Landsman, F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, out of uniform, 2 hours' extra duty.

Received 10 3-pounder Hotchkiss and 10 37 millimeter revolving cannon empty cartridge cases from U.S.S. "Boston".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzling rain.

At 1.30pm exercised officers of Naval Militia at secondary battery and great guns.

They left the ship for the U.S.S. "Vesuvius" at 3.40pm.

At 1.00pm flagship made [signal] 4826, furled sails.

Received 1 voltmeter from Edison General Electric Company.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with light rain.

Light breeze from South to SE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, last hour squally.

Light to moderate breezes from SE and SSW last hour in light squalls.

Flood tide.


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8 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.364, Long -71.044


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from SSW first part, moderating to gentle breeze from WSW latter part.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy first half, clearing afterwards.

Wind light from WSW to WNW.

At 7.00am flagship made [signal] 3357.

Lighthouse steamer U.S.L.H.T. "Geranium" went down the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light to gentle NW by North breeze.

At 9.00am officers of Naval Militia came on board.

From 9.30am to 11.00am drilled at general quarters in accordance with squadron order, times as follows.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 2 minutes 3 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 10 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder Division 4 minutes 30 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 5 seconds.

Secure at 9.50am.

General quarters at 10.10am, Naval Militia participating, cast loose and provide: 1st Division 2 minutes 35 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 35 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes.

Secure at 10.35am: 1st Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 0 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 45 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes.

Cast loose and provide at 10.39am: 1st Division 2 minutes 45 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 42 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 50 seconds.

Retreat at 10.50am.

From 11.15am to 11.45am instructed and drilled militia crews at secondary battery.

Flood tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breezes from the NNW.

Barometer steady.

Frank Henry Rushman, an Oiler, was this day honorably discharged from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and from the Naval Service of the United States.

Exercised Naval Militia at the several guns of the secondary battery.

Instructed the same at stations in boats armed for distant service.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal to fleet, 1494.

Sent away all boats armed and equipped for distant service.

The boats from the different vessels formed in different lines abreast of the flagship U.S.S. "Newark" and were exercised by signal from the flagship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, light airs to light breezes from WNW and WSW.

Ebb tide till 7.15pm, flood at 7.55pm.

Received in Equipment Department 2500 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.

Ash lighter came alongside, discharged ashes.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breezes from between WSW and North by West.

Barometer steady.

Flood tide.


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9 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts, [and at sea for practice]

Lat 42.39, Long -70.90 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy weather.

Light airs to light breezes from NE and NNE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Started fires in C and D boilers at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light NE and NNE breezes.

Preparing to get under way.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from NNE to ENE.

Barometer rising.

At 9.00am the flagship U.S.S. "Newark" fired a salute of 13 guns.

At 9.15am the officers of the Naval Battalion of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia came on board.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Hove in to short stay at about 9.00am.

Engines ready at 8.45am.

At about 9.40am called all hands up anchor.

At 9.50am flagship made [signal] tactical 240, at 10.15am tactical 255.

Hove up anchor.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 16 feet 0 inches.

Standing out of Boston harbor remaining of watch.

At 11.20am flagship made general signal 3663, and at 11.25am numeral 11 answer 30.

At 11.48am flagship made 5375.

Made routine signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 0; at 12.00pm numeral 222.

Average steam pressure 120, vacuum 26, revolutions 91.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NE to ESE.

At 12.10pm came to anchor in 16 fathoms water, hard sandy bottom, and veered to 25 fathoms on port chain.

Got target over side.

At 1.35pm flagship made general [signal] 6328, and at 2.15pm the vessels formed in column at double distance and at 2.30pm commenced firing at target in succession as each vessel steamed past.

The main battery being manned in part and fired by Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair.

Light airs to light breezes from ESE first part, NNE latter part.

Barometer rising.

At beginning of watch continuing practice with secondary battery, manned by Officer of Naval Battalion Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.

At 4.12pm flagship made [signal] tactical 73, and at 4.18pm tactical 74.

Everything secure on board at 4.45pm.

At 4.30pm flagship made to U.S.S. "Yorktown" [signal] 5779.

Picked up target.

Flagship made to fleet at 4.37pm tactical 255.

Headed in for entrance to Boston harbor and regained position in squadron, column at distance.

At 6.28pm came to abreast of Constitution wharf in 6 fathoms water, soft bottom, and veered to 15 fathoms, port chain.

At 6.45pm flagship made general signal 2121.

Banked fires.

Average steam pressure 116, vacuum 25, revolutions 88.

At 6.15pm flagship made to U.S.S. "Yorktown" [signal] 3094.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moon set at 9.20pm.

Light airs from NNE hauling to West last two hours.

At 9.00pm naval attack began upon the U.S.S. "Newark", U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" lasting till 10.00pm.


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10 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts, [and anchored off Deer Island]

Lat 42.350, Long -70.965 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from NW.

Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 1.45am, and finished at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs to light breezes from NW.

Light mist about horizon at end of watch.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3357.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW hauling to ESE.

At 9.30am broke position pennant and hove short.

At 9.45am flagship made [signals] 6379 and 3340.

At 9.55am 240 and 255, and got under way in column at distance in obedience to signal.

At 10.30am flagship made general signal 3955.

Standing down toward Deer Island till 11.00am when flagship made general 233, and squadron inverting order, anchored in column at distance, this vessel anchoring in 10½ fathoms water and veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

At 11.20am flagship made general [signal] 58, and in obedience to signal embarked one company of infantry and one piece of artillery to land at signal.

Made routing signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and SE.

Barometer steady.

At 12.20pm flagship made general signal 18 to boat fleet, at 12.21pm general signal 73 to fleet, at 12.26pm general signal 74.

Landed a company of infantry, one of artillery and the Marines to engage in a sham battle on Deer Island.

Boats returned to the ship at about 1.30pm.

At 1.48pm flagship made general signal 2379, at 2.10pm 241, answered, and at 2.30pm the fleet got under way and stood up the bay in column at distance.

At 2.49pm flagship made general signal 557, and at 2.51pm signal 1211 to this vessel, answered, and anchored with port anchor in 5 fathoms water.

At 3.00pm flagship made signal 237 to this vessel, answered, and got under way, stood up harbor and at 3.20pm anchored between Chelsea and North ferries in 5½ fathoms water with port anchor and veered to 15 fathoms chain.

At 3.48pm made signal interrogatory 2259 to flagship, which was answered in the affirmative.

By direction of the Harbor Master hove up port anchor and shifted berth a short distance to the Westward, let go port anchor in 7 fathoms water and veered to 15 fathoms chain at water's edge.

Ship's draught forward 12 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 0 inches.

Banked fires.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from SE to WSW.

At 7.45pm began swinging to ebb tide.

Sent liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breezes from WSW and West.

Barometer rising.

Ship finished swinging to the flood at 9.35pm.


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11 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.386, Long -71.040


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from West by South.

Slack water high at 2.40am, swung to ebb at 3.20am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy last part.

Light airs and light breezes from West.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal general 3350, followed by despatch, at 7.25am general 3955.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE to ESE.

At 9.00am made absentee report numeral 0, at 10.00am sick report numeral 0, and at noon coal report numeral 210.

At 10.15am flagship made general signal 59.

Landed Marines and infantry for parade on shore at Navy Yard.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 144 pounds fresh bread; 90 pounds beef and vegetables each.

A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, absent over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light wind from East by South to SE first three hours, then shifting to WSW.

Slack water high at 3.22pm.

A large number of persons visited the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SW.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 4.15pm Marines and infantry returned to the vessel having accompanied the Naval Militia of Massachusetts to their armory.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, cool.

SW airs.

Slack water low at 8.30pm, swung to flood at 10.30pm.


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12 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.386, Long -71.040


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, with light SW and West by North breezes.

Started to swing to ebb at 3.10am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Calms and light airs from West by North.

Barometer steady.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from South by East.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, following men being absent without leave, overtime: W.C. Carson, Quarter Gunner, G. Glispey, Chief Boatswain's Mate, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, E. Lundberg, Seaman, J. Mathison, Seaman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, W. Cuff, Landsman, H.A. Shepley, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, R. Lee, Private Marine, J.L. Carlton, Private Marine, W. O'Connell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver.

Found to have left the ship without permission since quarters yesterday: J. Mather, First-class Fireman, M. Foley, First-class Fireman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and M.F. Flaherty, Coal Heaver.

The following men subsequently returned on board: J. Mathison, Ordinary Seaman, H.A. Shepley, Seaman Apprentice First-class, R. Lee, Private Marine, and J.L. Carlton, Private Marine.

A reward of ten dollars each was offered for the apprehension of and delivery on board of this ship of the following named men: J. Mather, First-class Fireman, M. Foley, First-class Fireman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and M.F. Flaherty, Coal Heaver.

The following men were arrested by mistake by the police and were delivered on board without reward: P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman,.

The following signals were made: from flagship general 3962; from U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship at 9.00am numeral 19, at 10.00am numeral 0, and at noon numeral 208.

A small number of people from shore visited the ship.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Slack water low at 9.30am, swung to flood at 10.30am.

The U.S.S. "Newark" hauled down the flag of Rear Admiral Walker, and the U.S.S. "Boston" hoisted the Senior Officer's pennant.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first half, fair latter.

Light airs from SE to light breezes from East to SE by East.

G. Glispey, Chief Boatswain's Mate, returned on board 5½ hours over time.

Numerous visitors on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from ENE to South by East.

A large number of visitors on board.

W.C. Carson, Quarter Gunner, returned on board 11 hours over time.

Swung to ebb at 4.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with light breeze from SW and WSW.

At 10.30pm began to swing to flood, finishing at 11.00pm.

Moon set about 11.30pm.

A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, returned on board 64 hours over time.


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13 July 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts, and making passage to New York

Lat 42.386, Long -71.040


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to SW.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Airs from West.

P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Foley, Second-class Fireman, and J. Flaherty, Second-class Fireman, returned on board having been absent without permission to leave the ship.

W. Cuff, Landsman, and W. O'Connell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, returned on board 24 hours over time, and R.F. Pickett, First-class Fireman, returned on board 15½ hours over time.

Swung to ebb at 4.40am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from West.

At 9.40am commenced, and at 11.30am finished swinging to flood.

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

Received in Equipment Department, exempted classes: one volt-meter.

Received in Construction Department articles as per list annexed [below].

J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice First-class, E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, and T. Desmond, Landsman, returned on board 4, 4 and 11 hours over time respectively.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, E. Lungberg, Seaman, T. Desmond, Landsman, J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, J. Kelly, Private Marine, G. Wilson, Private Marine, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver.

Made following signals to Senior Officer: at 9.00am numeral 9; at 10.00am numeral 0; at 10.10am interrogatory 2076; at 12.00pm to flagship numeral 235.

Senior Officer made following signals: at 10.15am to U.S.S. "Yorktown" affirmative; at 11.28am to squadron 2984, piped down washed clothes.

At 11.50am U.S.S. "Boston" hauled down Senior Officer's pennant, U.S.S "Newark" hoisting flag of Commander-in-Chief.

An electrician for the Standard Thermometer Company came on board at 9.00am and was engaged until noon on the electric range indicators.

W.H. Knobelsdorf, Quartermaster, reported expiration of term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from West to WSW.

Barometer falling slowly.

Making preparations for sea.

At about 12.45pm engines were reported ready.

The port anchor was hove up and let go again from the hawse pipe, the 15-fathom shackle pen came out causing the loss of the port anchor and 15 fathoms chain.

Grappled unsuccessfully for anchor and chain.

By direction of the Commander-in-Chief reported loss of anchor and chain to Commandant of the Navy Yard.

Kept ship in position by means of engines, awaiting motions of flagship.

At 12.05pm flagship made general signal 581.

At 12.55pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship general signal 1276.

At 1.30pm flagship made [signal] tactical 240, and at 1.50pm tactical 255.

Went ahead, squadron in column at distance, steering various courses standing down the harbor.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet 0 inches.

Discharged this day with Honorable Discharge from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service William H. Knobelsdorf, Quartermaster, and retained him on board as passenger to New York by order of Commanding Officer.

Private J. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corps, returned on board 5½ hours over time.

Took departure off Boston lighthouse at 2.58pm, patent log 84.5.

Course SE by E¼E.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 85.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from WSW.

In column at distance till 4.30pm steering course SE by E¼E.

At 4.20pm flagship made [signal] preparatory 3165, and at 4.25pm made general 3165, in obedience to which swung ship.

At 5.30pm flagship made general [signal] 306, in obedience to which took position in column at distance and at end of watch steering course SE by E¼E.

Steam pressure 119, revolutions 73, vacuum 26.

At 5.35pm flagship made general [signal] 3035.


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6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Steaming in column ahead at distance.

Several vessels in sight during watch.

At 7.37pm sighted Highland light 3½ points on starboard bow.

Steam 118 pounds, average number of revolutions 84.4, vacuum 26 inches.

At 8.00pm changed course to SE½S (per compass).


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, with moderate wind from West by South to SSW until 11.55pm, when fog shut down.

At 8.45pm made Nauset [Nausett in log-book] light bearing about South.

At 9.00pm changed course to South by E⅜E.

At 10.00pm changed course to S¾W.

At 10.30pm made Chatham light bearing about SW.

At 11.00pm lost Highland light bearing NNW¼W.

At 11.40pm the U.S.S. "Boston" stopped and endeavored to communicate by signal with the flagship with poor success, the fog shutting down before the completion of the signal.

At end of watch the flagship and U.S.S. "Atlanta" were to the Southward, this ship, which having run ahead of the U.S.S. "Boston", having been turned and was heading to the Westward for the purpose of speaking the U.S.S. "Boston".

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 90.5, vacuum 27 inches.


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[Inserted note]


Received in the Construction Department from General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, Boston: 200 pounds yellow ochre; 25 pounds black lead; 50 pounds brown zinc; 10 pounds burnt sienna; 15 gallons alcohol; 10 gallons Japan dryer; 5 gallons spar varnish; 50 pounds potash; 5 pounds finishing nails; 45 pounds galvanized iron nails; 2 pounds copper tacks; 4 pounds locks, brass; 4 pairs hinges, brass, 3 inches x 3 inches, 4 pairs hinges, brass, 2½ inches x 2 inches; 1 squirt can, brass; 1 gross brass screws; 4 pieces ash 1¾ inches.


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14 July 1891

At sea, making passage to New York

Lat 40.78, Long -69.36


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy and damp.

Gentle SSW and SW breezes.

In column, following flagship as closely as possible by sound of steam whistle, making good South by East, SSE, SSE¼E, and SSE⅛S, courses per standard [compass].

Stopped, slowed, backed and went ahead as necessary.

Commander on deck.

At end of watch ships near their position, except U.S.S. "Boston" astern.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 54.6.


4am to 8am:

Dense fog throughout watch.

Gentle breeze from SW and SW by South.

Moderate sea.

Barometer rising slowly.

Ships generally in sight.

Steering course SSE⅜E until 5.20am.

Between 5.20am and 5.40am changed course gradually to S¼W.

Remainder of watch steering course about S¼E.

Took sounding at the following times, 6.00am, 6.40am, 7.20am in following depths respectively, 55 fathoms, 50 fathoms, and 43 fathoms, hardy sandy bottom.

Average steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, revolutions 62.7.


8am to meridian:

Dense fog all watch.

Vessels in column at distance, sounding steam whistle.

Course made good S⅜E first two hours, then South by W½W till 11.00am, when changed to SW¾W.

Soundings taken every half hour, giving depths as follows: 33 fathoms; 30 fathoms; 35 fathoms; 46 fathoms; 37 fathoms; 30 fathoms; 37 fathoms.

At 9.30am went to quarters and mustered divisions, following men absent without leave: E. Lundberg, Seaman, G. Wilson, Private Marine, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver.

Instructed 2nd, 3rd and Powder Divisions in gunnery, and exercised 1st Division at setting up drill.

Steam pressure 120, revolutions 61, vacuum 27.


Meridian to 4pm:

Dense fog, clearing last hour.

Gentle breeze from SW to WSW.

Barometer unsteady.

Steaming in column ahead at varying distances.

Sounding every half hour with Sir William Thomson's [Thompson in log-book] sounding machine.

At 12.20pm 25 fathoms, 1.00pm 23 fathoms, 1.30pm 14 fathoms, 2.00pm 35 fathoms, 2.30pm 34 fathoms, 3.00pm 36 fathoms, 3.30pm 37 fathoms, 4.00pm 27 fathoms, bottom fine sand.

At about 3.30pm passed a schooner standing to the Northward and Westward.

Course changing frequently.

Stowed port bower chain, overhauled sheet chain, cleaned lockers and restowed chains.

Number of revolutions 66.7, steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Pleasant weather, light fog hanging over the water.

Moderate wind from WSW to SW.

At 4.00pm changed course to W⅜N.

Sighted a steamer standing to the Eastward.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 96.5, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Moderate SW breeze.

Following flagship, making good W⅜N by standard [compass].

At 7.10pm U.S.S. "Boston" stopped, broke danger signal at main, and loosed sail.

This ship communicated circumstance to flagship, meanwhile closing to distance on U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Vesuvius" stopped near U.S.S. "Boston" and later overhauled flagship to communicate.

At end of watch U.S.S. "Boston" out of sight astern, U.S.S. "Vesuvius" returning from flagship, rest of squadron on above course in column at distance.

Average steam pressure 120, revolutions 97.5.


8pm to midnight:

Misty and damp first part, moon showing dimly, clearing latter part until clear and bright star light at end of watch.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SW by South to SW.

Barometer falling.

Making course W½N, following motions of flagship.

At end of watch some distance astern of position, but gaining.

Steam from three boilers, using blowers after 11.00pm.

Average steam pressure 111.2, vacuum 27, average number of turns 91.2.


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15 July 1891

At sea, making passage to, and at New York

Lat 40.34, Long -73.28


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and damp, heavy fog third hour of watch.

In column at distance, keeping position on U.S.S. "Atlanta's" starboard quarter.

At 12.15am U.S.S. "Boston" was sighted astern and was about three miles astern at end of watch, other vessels being in approximate position.

Course made good W½N.

Steam pressure 115, vacuum 26, revolutions 96.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

First half partially clear, afterward dense fog, clearing last half hour.

Fog set in at about 6.00am.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SSW and SW.

Barometer about steady.

At 7.40am sounded in 24 fathoms water, bottom yellow sand.

Steaming in column ahead, U.S.S. "Boston" about 2 miles astern.

Passed a schooner about 6.30am, standing to the Eastward.

Number of revolutions 98.3, steam 118 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Heavy fog until nearly 9.00am, when cleared away and came out fine.

Moderate SW wind.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Instructed the divisions, the Marines setting up drill.

Absentees: E. Lundberg, Seaman, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J. Mather, Second-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and G. Wilson, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in ratings were made: M. McAuley, First-class Fireman, July 1st to Oiler; Thomas Heslin, First-class Fireman to Oiler, July 9th; and Thomas Murphy, Second-class Fireman to First-Class Fireman, July 1st.

At 8.30am got a cast in 17 fathoms, bottom sand and shells, at 8.40am 33 fathoms, bottom sand, and at 9.00am 24 fathoms, bottom sand.

In reeling in carried away the wire, but saved the lead.

Several vessels in sight to the Northward, two steamers standing to the Northward and Eastward.

The following signals were made to the flagship: at 9.00am numeral 5; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 166, 40°20' and 73°17'.

At 10.10am flagship made telegraphic general signal, excepting U.S.S. "Vesuvius": 8374, 0935, 6495, 5468, 6731, 8015, 6860, 3610, 7206, 9281, 0396, 624, 4798, 1427, 9279, 19, 20, 18, 5, 5, 20, 19, 5034 and 5610.

At 10.55am flagship made telegraphic signal to this ship: numeral 40, 629, numeral 41.

Steam 114 pounds pressure, revolutions 96.4, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair first half, cloudy later.

Gentle SSW and SW breeze.

Falling barometer, 30.00 to 29.92 inches.

In column at distance, following flagship, making good per standard [compass] until 12.11pm W½N, then until 2.10pm NW by W⅞W, rest of watch various courses for entering Gedney and main ship channels.

At 1.55pm made land on port bow and Sandy Hook lightvessel on starboard bow.

At 2.45pm passed latter, hauled in patent log reading 23.8 knots.

Exchanged colors with several transatlantic steamers and numerous sailing and steaming vessels.

At end of watch abreast buoy 38.

Commander on deck.

Making preparations for port.

In answer to general wigwag [signal] from flagship made routine signals of yesterday in order namely: numeral 5, numeral 1, numeral 187, numeral 40 answer 46, 69 answer 22 numeral.

Made following telegraphic signal to flagship: 817, 0776, 4904, 6702, 8601, 2079, 0776, 7965, 945, 8450, 5825, 6839, 6497; flagship answered affirmatively.

Average steam 112, revolutions 97.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, overcast and cloudy latter part, raining between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

Light airs to gentle breezes from WNW to SW.

Barometer rising.

At beginning of watch abreast of spar buoy number 8, main ship channel, New York harbor.

Squadron in column at distance, steering various courses, following motions of flagship.

At 6.00pm came to with starboard anchor in 6¾ fathoms water, soft muddy button, and secured at 34 fathoms water's edge, starboard chain, abreast of [West] 42nd Street.

Flood tide.

Rigged out booms and hoisted out steam cutter.

Draught of ship forward 11 feet 11 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

Let fires under boilers A and C die out at 7.00pm, banked fires under boiler D.

At 6.56pm Admiral transferred his flag to the U.S.S. "Chicago", and was given a salute of 13 guns by that vessel.

Flagship made following signals, namely: at 4.35pm tactical 297; at 4.45pm tactical 291; at 4.55pm tactical 290; at 4.58pm tactical 255; at 4.59pm U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Boston" position pennants; at 5.30pm to U.S.S. "Chicago" cornet 124.

At 5.55pm made interrogatory 4557.

At 7.05pm flagship to fleet, 904.

At 7.10pm flagship to fleet general signal 1054.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Concord" were found at anchor just above 23rd Street.

Average steam pressure, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, 120 pounds, revolutions 83.3, vacuum 26 inches.

At end of watch U.S.S. "Boston" shifting anchorage.

Finished swinging to ebb at 7.15pm.

Discharged this day from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service George Vogler, Seaman Apprentice First-class, with Honorable Discharge.


8pm to midnight:

Drizzling rain at intervals.

Light breezes from East by South and SSE.

Veered to 45 fathoms outside hawse on starboard chain.

Sent liberty party ashore.


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16 July 1891

At anchor off [West] 42nd Street, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs and light breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 1.45am, and finished at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Fair, light airs and breezes from West by South to NW.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340, at 7.50am general signal 5455.

Loosed sail.

At 7.55am [flagship] made marines uniform signal 3955.

At 5.25am finished swinging to ebb.

At 8.00am flagship made Officers uniform signal 6375.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: E. Lundberg, Seaman, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, G. Wilson, Private Marine, L. Traumer, Oiler, W. Condon, Oiler, and T. Murphy, First-class Fireman.

At 9.36am sound call to "clear ship for action", times ready: forward 11 minutes; aft 9 minutes; mainmast 10 minutes.

General quarters at 9.52.50am.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 1 minute; 2nd Division 1 minute 2 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 8 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 10 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 50 seconds.

Retreat at 10.12am, time of exercise 35 minutes 40 seconds.

Made routine signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 8; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at 12.00pm 160.

Flagship made following general signals: at 10.40am 3977, 6377, 6378, 6379; and at 11.25am general 4826.

Riding to ebb tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

Barometer steady.

At 1.00pm made general signal interrogatory 2984 to flagship, which was answered by 904.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 1.10pm, and finished at 2.15pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department 1200 gallons water, and in Engineer's Department 1100 gallons.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW.

Riding to flood tide till 7.10pm, when commenced swinging to ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, with bright moonlight.

Light breeze from NNW.

Barometer rising.

Ship riding to ebb tide.


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17 July 1891

At anchor off West 42nd Street, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Airs from NW and North.

Slack water low at 2.35am.

Moon set at 1.10am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NNE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340, and at 8.00am 8956, 6375 and 6379.

At 7.45am flagship made general 5455, and squadron loosed sail in obedience to signal.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NNE.

Barometer rising.

Ship riding to ebb tide.

By order of the Commanding Officer J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, was placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping and M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, was placed in double irons for five days, for leaving the ship without permission, and the following punishments were assigned, namely: C.J. Hyde, Apprentice First-class, C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, dirty clothes at inspection, 4 hours' extra duty each; J. Allen, Seaman, not reporting light promptly and leaving speed light halyards foul, 4 hours' extra duty; T. Smith, Seaman, slow in changing speed lights, 4 hours' extra duty; W. Cuff, Landsman, out of uniform on forecastle, 4 hours' extra duty.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men absent without leave: J. Mather, First-class Fireman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, E. Lundberg, Seaman, G. Wilson, Private Marine, M. Condon, Oiler, M. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, and F. Flood, Private Marine.

Exercised 1st Division at small arms, 3rd [Division] and Marines at setting up drill, Powder [Division] at great guns, and instructed 2nd Division.

At 10.50am flagship made general signals numbers 6077 and 6378, answered.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals to flagship.

F. Flood, Private Marine, absent without leave, returned on board 4½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from SSW.

Slack water low at 1.15pm, swung to flood at 2.30pm.

Exercised at closing watertight doors, times: berth deck 28 seconds; port engine room 32 seconds; and starboard engine room 38 seconds.

At 2.30pm furled the sails.

Flagship made the following signals: at 1.55pm telegraphic general 6702, 3869, 9319, 392; at 2.25pm general 4826; and at 3.45pm 2984.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Ash lighter took off ashes.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE to SSW.

Barometer unsteady.

Riding to flood tide.

At 4.50pm exercised at fire quarters, ready: 1st Division 2 minutes 50 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 40 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Navigator's Division 2 minutes 12 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes 10 seconds.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Airs from SSE.

Slack water high at 8.45pm, swung to ebb at 9.20pm.


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18 July 1891

At anchor off West 42nd Street, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Clear first and last hours, fair rest of watch.

Light ESE breeze.

Moon set about 12.50am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs and breeze from East and ESE.

Barometer slightly unsteady.

Riding to flood tide, commenced swinging to ebb at 7.30am.

At 7.00am flagship made general signals 3357, 3955 and 6375, answered.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with occasional light drizzle.

Light breeze from ESE to SE.

Swung to ebb at 8.30am.

Commander R.D. Evans, U.S. Navy, came on board, and then went on board the flagship to report.

Received on board in Steam Engineering Department 12,000 gallons fresh water from water boat "Croton".

The following men absent without leave: J.L. Carlson, Seaman, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, M. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, M. Condon, Oiler, G. Wilson, Private Marine, E. Lundberg, Seaman, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver.

The following signals were made from this ship to the flagship: at 9.00am numeral 10; at 10.00am numeral 2; at 10.35am interrogatory 3350 and interrogatory 6373; and at noon numeral 156.

At 10.40am flagship made affirmative to U.S.S. "Yorktown".

Made changes in ratings as per annexed list [below].


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light to gentle SE and SE by South breezes.

At 1.40pm started swinging to flood, and finished at 3.00pm.

Commander R.D. Evans returned from flagship.

At 2.15pm called all hands to muster and read order of Secretary [of the Navy] detailing Commander Evans for command of U.S.S. "Yorktown".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain at intervals.

Light breeze from SE by South.

Received from the flagship the following stragglers left in Boston: E. Lundberg, Seaman, W.F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J. Mather, First-class Fireman, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver.

With these men was sent also one McNair, supposed also to have been a straggler from this ship.

He was returned to the flagship at once with the information that he is not a member of this ship's company.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, light passing showers first hour.

Light to moderate breezes from South and SSW.

At 9.00pm began, and at 10.15pm finished swinging to ebb, velocity of tidal current at 11.50pm 1.6 knots.


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July 18th, 1891, 8am to meridian.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in ratings were made from date.

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender to First-class Fireman.

C. Ambler, Bugler to Landsman.

E. Brennan, Boiler Maker to First-class Fireman.

F. Baker, Ship's Corporal to Ordinary Seaman.

H. Blanc, Wardroom Cook to Landsman.

V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class.

T. Cassidy, Quartermaster to Seaman.

C.J. Chase, Paymaster's Yeoman to Seaman.

A. Carlson, Carpenter's Mate to Landsman.

W.C. Carson, Quarter Gunner to Seaman.

M. Condon, Oiler to First-class Fireman.

J.H. Costain, Machinist to First-class Fireman.

J. Dwyer, Master-at-Arms to Seaman Gunner.

J. Daly, Water Tender to First-class Fireman.

D. Eldridge, Quarter Gunner to Seaman.

J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice First-class to Apprentice Second-class.

J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class.

G. Frei, Equipment Yeoman to Seaman Gunner.

E.P. Franklin, Ship's Writer to Seaman.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman to Second-class Fireman.

V. Fredrickson, Coxswain to Seaman.

O.A. Fogelstrom, Blacksmith to First-class Fireman.

G. Glispey, Chief Boatswain's Mate to Seaman.

J. Gabel, Oiler Seaman Gunner.

J. Howard, Machinist to Seaman Gunner.


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J. Heslin, Oiler to Coal Heaver.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class to Apprentice First-class.

J.W. Hicks, Oiler to First-class Fireman.

J. Healy, Water Tender to First-class Fireman.

F.L. Hoagland, Oiler to Seaman Gunner.

C.J. Hyde, Apprentice First-class to Apprentice Third-class.

J. Johnson, Coxswain to Seaman.

J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate to Seaman

A.E. Lowe, Apprentice First-class to Apprentice First-class.

J.P. Lund, Coxswain to Seaman.

J.P. Lynch, Second-class Fireman to Coal Heaver.

F. Moens, Ship's Cook to Seaman.

P. Mullen, Coxswain to Seaman.

M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice First-class to Apprentice First-class.

M.J. McGrath, Oiler to Second-class Fireman

A.C. McLeod, Second-class Fireman to Coal Heaver.

J.P. Morean, Second-class Fireman to Coal Heaver.

L. Morris, Captain of Hold to Seaman.

M. McAuley, Oiler to Second-class Fireman

H. McDonald, Armorer to Seaman Gunner.

P. Meitzel, Carpenter and Calker to Landsman.

A. Nickerson, Captain of Tops to Seaman.

B. Nugent, Coxswain to Landsman.

A.A. Nordstrom, Captain of Forecastle to Landsman.

W. Peters, Bayman to Landsman.

L. Poessel, Jack of the Dust to Seaman.

F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle to Seaman.


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P.E. Rogers, Painter to Landsman.

T.C. Richardson, Cabin Steward to Landsman.

J. Reynolds, Oiler to First-class Fireman.

M. Sumner, Cabin Cook to Landsman.

W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman to Coal Heaver.

J. Sandstrom, Chief Gunner's Mate to Seaman.

H. Tuirks, Chief Quartermaster to Quartermaster.

J. Turner, Quarter Gunner to Seaman.

L. Traumer, Oiler to Seaman.

W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman to Landsman.

M. Tierney, Second-class Fireman to Coal Heaver.

A. Villiers, Wardroom Steward to Landsman.

C.S. Wandell, Ship's Writer to Seaman.

C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice First-class to Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

A.S. Williams, Captain of Tops to Seaman.

G. Parkhurst, Seaman to Ordinary Seaman.

J. Mather, First-class Fireman to Second-class Fireman.

J. Murphy, First-class Fireman to Second-class Fireman.

T. Murphy, First-class Fireman to Second-class Fireman.

P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker to Landsman.

M.J. Lynch, Quarter Gunner to Seaman.

J. Hallaghan, First-class Fireman to Second-class Fireman.

J. Noonan, First-class Fireman to Second-class Fireman.


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19 July 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzle third hour, few stars visible last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from SW.

Barometer steady.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Wind light from SW to West.

Slack water low at 4.45am, swung to flood at 5.30am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light airs and breezes from WSW.

Swung to ebb in one hour, finishing at 9.00am.

Velocity at 11.30am 1.3 knots.

Discharged J.P. Lynch, Second-class Fireman, from the ship and service by reason of expiration of enlistment.

At 9.30am mustered divisions at quarters.

Commander inspected ship and crew.

Absent without leave: H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, R.J. Cooney, Seaman, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, M. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, M. Condon, Oiler, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, and G. Wilson, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer made change in ratings as per list appended [below].

By same authority placed T. Smith, Seaman, under sentry's charge, and released from confinement W. Sloane, Second-class Fireman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Foley, First-class Fireman, and M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady.

At end of watch swinging to the flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light WSW and SSW breezes.

Flood tide, velocity at 6.10pm 1.8 knots.

A large number of visitors on board.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair, moon and few stars visible.

Light to gentle breezes from SW by West.

Barometer rising.

T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, returned on board 86½ hours over time.

At 9.45pm began swinging to the ebb, finished at 10.25pm.


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Memorandum for log.

July 19th, 1891, 8am to 12pm

By order of the Commanding Officer the following changes in ratings were made from date.

J.T. Ashton, First-class Fireman. to Water Tender.

C. Ambler, Landsman to Bugler.

E. Brennan, First-class Fireman to Boiler Maker.

F. Baker, Ordinary Seaman to Ship's Corporal

H. Blanc, Landsman to Wardroom Cook.

V.C. Barrett, Apprentice First-class to Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

T. Cassidy, Seaman to Quartermaster.

C.J. Chase, Seaman to Paymaster's Yeoman.

A. Carlson, Landsman to Carpenter's Mate.

A. Carson, Seaman to Quarter Gunner.

M. Condon, First-class Fireman to Oiler

J.H. Costain, First-class Fireman to Machinist.

J. Dwyer, Seaman Gunner to Master-at-Arms.

J. Daly, First-class Fireman to Water Tender.

D. Eldridge, Seaman to Quarter Gunner.

J.G. Ford, Apprentice Second-class to Seaman Apprentice First-class.

J.E. Frates, Apprentice First-class to Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

G. Frei, Seaman Gunner to Equipment Yeoman.

E.P. Franklin, Seaman to Ship's Writer.

M. Foley, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.

V. Frederickson, Seaman to Coxswain.

O.A. Fogelstrom, First-class Fireman to Blacksmith.

G. Glispey, Seaman to Chief Boatswain's Mate.

J. Gabel, Seaman Gunner to Oiler.

J. Howard, Seaman Gunner to Machinist.


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J. Heslin, Coal Heaver to Oiler.

G. Haneke, Apprentice First-class to Seaman Apprentice First-class.

J.W. Hicks, First-class Fireman to Oiler.

J. Healy, First-class Fireman to Water Tender.

F.S. Hoagland, Seaman Gunner to Oiler.

C.J. Hyde, Apprentice Third-class to Apprentice First-class.

J. Johnson, Seaman to Coxswain.

J. Kenefick, Seaman to Boatswain's Mate.

A.E. Lowe, Apprentice First-class to Seaman Apprentice First-class.

J.P. Lund, Seaman to Coxswain.

J.P. Lynch, Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman.

F. Moens, Seaman to Ship's Cook.

P. Mullen, Seaman to Coxswain.

F.F. Murray, Seaman to Captain of Forecastle.

M. Mahoney, Apprentice First-class to Seaman Apprentice First-class.

M.J. McGrath, Second-class Fireman to Oiler.

A.C. McLeod, Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman.

J.P. Morean, Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman.

L. Morris, Seaman to Captain of Hold.

M. McAuley, Second-class Fireman to Oiler.

H. MacDonald, Seaman Gunner to Armorer.

P. Meitzel, Landsman to Carpenter and Calker.

A. Nickerson, Seaman to Captain of Tops.

B. Nugent, Seaman to Coxswain.

A. Nordstrom, Seaman to Captain of Forecastle.

W. Peters, Landsman to Bayman.

L. Poessel, Seaman to Jack of the Dust.

P.E. Rogers, Landsman to Painter.


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T. Richardson, [Landsman] to Cabin Steward.

J. Reynolds, First-class Fireman to Oiler.

M. Sumner, Landsman to Cabin Cook.

W.J. Sloan, Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman.

J. Sandstrom, Seaman to Chief Gunner's Mate.

H. Tuirks, Quartermaster to Chief Quartermaster.

J. Turner, Seaman to Quarter Gunner.

L. Traumer, Seaman Gunner to Oiler.

W. Thornton, Landsman to Engineer's Yeoman.

M. Tierney, Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman.

A. Villiers, Landsman to Wardroom. Steward.

C.S. Wandell, Seaman to Ship's Writer.

C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice Second-class to Seaman Apprentice First-class.

A.S. Williams, Seaman to Captain of Tops.

G. Parkhurst, Ordinary Seaman to Seaman.

J. Mather, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.

J. Murphy, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.

P. Dwyer, Landsman to Carpenter and Calker.

M.J. Lynch, Seaman to Quarter Gunner.

J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.

J. Noonan, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.

T. Murphy, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.


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20 July 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, damp.

Calms, light airs from WSW first part.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Calms and light airs from West.

At 4.50am began swinging to flood, finishing at 6.30am.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.

Liberty party returned, except J.J. Mead, Coal Heaver, and J. Murphy, First-class Fireman,


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light airs from ENE to NE.

Barometer rising.

J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, returned on board 1½ hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 76¼ pounds fresh beef; and 76¼ pounds fresh vegetables.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, the following named men were found absent from the ship without leave, namely: J.J. Mead, Coal Heaver, V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Connelly, Coal Heaver, M. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, M. Condon, Oiler, and T. Wilson, Private Marine.

Stationed fighting crews for "cutting out".

Engaged in cleaning ship outside.

F. Moens, Ship's Cook, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

The following signals were made by the flagship, namely: at 8.15am general signal 6878; at 8.20am general signal 6379; at 8.25am general signal 3956.

Made the following signals, namely: at 9.00am numeral 7; at 7.30am U.S.S. "Boston" distinguishing pennant over numeral 13; at 9.35am U.S.S. "Vesuvius" distinguishing pennant numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; at 12.00pm numeral 153.

At 10.00am began swinging to the ebb tide, finished at 10.40am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy weather.

Light breezes from SE, hauling to SW last hour.

Riding to ebb tide till 3.50pm, when began to swing.

By order of Commanding Officer Frank Moens, Ship's Cook, Continuous Service Certificate number 1982, was this day honorably discharged from this vessel and the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

By order of same authority Thomas Richardson, Cabin Steward, was this day discharged, his service being no longer required, and the following changes in ratings: J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver to Second-class Fireman; and J. Svenson, Seaman to Blacksmith.

Sent liberty party ashore.

V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 6 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with light haze.

Light airs from SE by SW by South.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.20.

At 4.24pm flagship made general signal 2984.

J.J. Mead, Coal Heaver, and M. Condon, Oiler, returned on board 12 hours and 108 hours over time respectively.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light fog latter part.

Light airs from SW by South and SSE.


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21 July 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, hazy and damp.

Light airs from South to WNW.

Barometer about steady.

Riding to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant, hazy weather, light mist hanging over river first part.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.

Barometer rising.

J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, returned on board 71½ hours over time

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340, and continued with the following dress signals for marines and officers respectively, namely: 3957; 6375; 6378; 6379.

Scrubbed hammocks and cleaned ship.

At 7.46am flagship made general signal 5455.

Loosed sail.

At 5.30am swinging to the flood tide, finished 6.50am.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light breezes from NNE and NE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised secondary battery and riflemen at repelling torpedo attack, Powder Division at great guns.

At 10.00am called away boats for cutting out, ready: sailing launch 5 minutes 30 seconds; steam launch 5 minutes 20 seconds; 1st cutter 3 minutes 50 seconds; 2nd cutter 3 minutes 45 seconds; whaleboat 3 minutes 45 seconds; gig 4 minutes 45 seconds.

The following men absent without leave: M. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, V. Le Flock, Seaman, and G. Wilson, Private Marine.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, slow manning boat, 4 hours' extra duty; F.E. Austin, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, not answering call for side boys, 4 hours' extra duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from NE.

Barometer steady.

At 3.15pm flagship made general signal 4826, answered and furled sail, and at 3.25pm general signal 3918, answered and piped down scrubbed hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from NE and SW.

At 6.15pm flagship made [signal] 44, and called away all boats for cutting out and reported abreast of flagship with Naval Militia in boats and drilled in obedience to signals.

At 7.45pm returned to the ship.

In arming 1st cutter 1 bayonet, belt and scabbard was lost overboard.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 10.50pm, finished at about 12.00am.


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22 July 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Airs from SW.

Tide running strong ebb.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from NE to ENE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340, also the following 3957, 6375, 6378 and 6379.

M.J. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board five (5) days over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine weather.

Light breeze from NE, shifting to SE by South between 10 and 11 o'clock.

Barometer about steady.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 76½ pounds of fresh meat and vegetables each; and 61 pounds fresh bread.

At 9.20am flagship made general telegraphic signals numbers 3869, 945 and 8418, answered.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

V. Le Flock, Seaman, G. Wilson, Private Marine, and J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave.

Instructed 1st Division in main and secondary batteries, drilled 2nd and Powder Divisions at great guns, Marines at infantry and instructed 3rd Division at main battery.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb tide at 10.30am.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from SE by South.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Overhauled port chain and substituted steel for wooden pins.

At 3.40pm flagship made signal 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SE by South.

Barometer falling.

At 6.00pm ship commenced swinging to the flood, and finished at 6.45pm.

Received from the General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, New York, the following articles:

Exempted classes Equipment Department: 315 feet portable cord; 100 feet number 16 wire, lead covered; 2 rolls insulating tape, black; 2 rolls same, white; and 50 gallons arctic oil.

Ordnance Department: 50 gallons cleaning oil; and 20 pound potash.

Equipment Department: 2 boatswain's calls; 2 United States ensigns number 7; 2 same, number 8; 1 Union Jack number 4; 1 narrow pennant number 4; 1 boat chain, 25 fathoms, ¼-inch; 2 shoe knives; 40 coir brushes; ½ bolt flax canvas number 7; 1 coil manila, 3¾-inch; 15 pounds polishing paste; 5 pounds seine twine; 1 section hose, 2½-inch; 1 barrel lard oil.

Construction Department: 2000 pounds white zinc; 50 pounds white lead; 250 pounds yellow ochre; 30 pounds patent dryer; 25 pounds French siccative [secatif in log-book; an oil drying agent]; 25 pounds vermilion; 5 pounds ultra blue; 40 gallons raw oil; 5 gallons hard oil finish; 10 gallons spar varnish; 3 gallons Japan gold size; 15 gallons alcohol; 2 dozen paint brushes, 5-inch; 1dozen sash tools; 50 pounds shellac; 500 sheets sandpaper.

V. Le Flock, Seaman, absent without leave, returned on board 35½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from South by East.

Riding to the flood.

Slack water high at 11.30pm.


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23 July 1891

At anchor [North River], New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, except last hour.

Light breeze from South by East to light airs from West.

Ebb tide, velocity at 3.00am 1.8 knots.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from West by South and SW.

Barometer nearly steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 6.50am, finished at 7.40am.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Airs from South.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, absent over time.

At 9.38am called all hands clear ship for action, times ready: forward 5 minutes; mainmast 4 minutes 35 seconds; aft 4 minutes 50 seconds; and berth deck 9 minutes 50 seconds.

At 9.50am went to general quarters, times ready: 1st Division 45 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 28 seconds; 3rd Division 43 seconds; Powder Division 3 minutes 45 seconds; Engineer's Division 30 seconds.

At 10.12am went to fire quarters, times ready: 1st Division 1 minute 3 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 40 seconds; 3rd Division 10 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 25 seconds; Navigator's Division 55 seconds; Engineer's Division 15 seconds; Marines 45 seconds.

Received on board from Ordnance Department, Navy Yard, New York: 1 tray latch spring.

Made the following signals to the flagship: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 147.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cloudy alternately.

Gentle to moderate South and SSE breezes in light gusts.

Discharged ashes into lighter alongside and received from water boat 2500 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.

At 1.30pm finished swinging to ebb, velocity at 3.50pm 1.6 knots.

By order of Commanding Officer confined for two days on bread and water G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, for insubordinate conduct.

United States torpedo boat U.S.S. "Cushing" came up river and anchored between this ship and the U.S.S. "Vesuvius".


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from SSE to SW.

Slack water low at 6.00pm, swung to flood at 7.10pm.

The following marines, with their effects, were received from the barracks at the Navy Yard: James Dearer, Private Marine, B. Brick, Private Marine, and J.J. Mahoney, Private Marine.

Received from the Navy Yard the following stores in the Engineer's Department: 4 cast iron rings; 1 face plate; 52 pounds flax packing; 5 barrels lard oil; 21 gallons boiled linseed oil; 5 pound lamp black; and 2 quarts ink.

At 6.15pm called away all boats armed and equipped, and in tow of steam cutter proceeded to flagship, the Militia officers joining the boats.

After exercising by signal from the flagship returned on board at 7.15pm.

At 6.15pm flagship made general signal 45, and at 5.30pm [sic] 6375.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light to gentle SSE breeze.

At 9.00pm a detail of Militia officers came on board for instructions.

At 9.15pm began, and at 10.00pm finished practice with search lights, following motions of flagship in accordance with squadron order dated 22nd of this month.

Next exercised with Ardois system, followed by Very signal from flagship, 2810.

Piped down at 10.10pm.

Flood tide.

Moon rose at 9.15pm, after which mostly obscured.


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24 July 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light mist.

Light to moderate breezes from the South.

At 1.10am finished swinging to the ebb.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, hazy weather.

At 6.30am had a heavy shower of rain with distant thunder and lightning, latter part of watch clearing a little.

Airs from SSE to SW.

Slack water low at 7.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 76¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 61 pounds fresh bread.

At 7.50am flagship made general signal 3955 and 6375.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzling rain latter half.

Light airs to light breeze from SW to WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman.

Had divisional drill as follows: 1st [Division] infantry; 2nd [Division] great guns; 3rd [Division] setting up; Powder [Division] great guns.

By order of Commanding Officer awarded punishments as follows: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, on spar deck out of uniform after repeated order, 4 hours' extra duty; J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice First-class, neglect of duty, 4 hours' extra duty.

By the same authority W.D. Norris, Landsman, was rated Cabin Steward from the 22nd of this month.

At 10.20am closed watertight doors for exercise, times as follows: berth deck 1 minute 5 seconds, both engine rooms 10 seconds.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 1; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 145.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light airs and breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady last three hours.

Received in Bureau of Construction and Repair from the U.S.S. "Chicago": 50 feet oak, ½-inch.

At 12.45pm commenced swinging to the ebb, finished at 2.15pm.

At 3.52pm flagship made general signal 5455.

Loosed sail.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light WSW breeze.

At 7.00pm began to swing to flood.

Received from powder lighter: 60 6-inch 5-pound blank charges; and 2 powder tanks.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, few stars visible.

Moon rose over the city at about 10.05pm.

Light breezes from WSW, shifting to WNW last hour.

Barometer steady at 30.06.

At 8.30pm finished swinging to the flood tide.


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25 July 1891

At anchor North River, New York, and at anchor off Faulkner's Island, Long Island Sound

Lat 40.780, Long -73.926


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, moonlight.

Gentle breeze in squalls first hour from NW, falling to light airs and backing to SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, light breezes to light airs from SW and WSW and NW.

Ebb tide.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.

J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 72 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, clearing toward end of watch.

Light airs from between NW and WSW.

Barometer steady.

Discharged this day from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service, F.E. Austin, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, with an honorable discharge.

Received for steaming purposes 500 gallons fresh water.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

At 8.45am commenced swinging to flood, finished at 9.50am.

Engines reported ready at 9.27am.

Hove in to short stay and broke position pennant, hauling it down shortly after.

At 10.00am called all hands up anchor.

Anchor away at 10.18am.

Started ahead at 10.31am.

Leaving U.S.S. "Newark", U.S.S. "Concord", U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Cushing" behind.

Stood down North River, rounded Battery.

Stood to Eastward passing under Brooklyn Bridge at 11.28am and through Hell Gate at 12.00pm, current setting to Eastward, in column at distance.

Abreast of Navy Yard at 11.29am, received salute of 13 guns, which was returned by the flagship with 9 guns.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 140.

Sent boat for pilot at 9.30am.

Flagship made following signals, namely: at 9.00 telegraphic 8277, 1623, 9409, 4097, 4204, 7171, 945, numeral 9, answer 30; at 10.12am tactical 240, U.S.S. "Newark" and U.S.S. "Concord" excused; at 10.42am U.S.S. "Cushing" tactical 91; at 10.50am general signal 2972 to U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Yorktown", U.S.S. "Vesuvius"; at 10.54am to fleet tactical 244.

U.S.S. "Boston" to flagship: at 10.30am 3669; at 10.38am telegraphic 9219.

Draught of ship forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 8 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, sprinkling rain last hour.

Light breezes from North by West, hauling to SE.

At 3.40pm put over patent log reading 23.8, Eatons Neck bearing South by E¾E (per compass), Lloyd's Point bearing SW (per compass).

In column at distance on flagship standing up Long Island Sound, making good course ENE½E till 3.50pm, when changed course to E¼S.

At 12.15pm U.S.S. "Cushing" rejoined squadron.

At 2.30pm U.S.S. "Boston" was sighted astern, and about 3 miles astern at end of watch.

At 1.20pm flagship made [signal] 297 and squadron stopped to discharge pilots.

At 1.40pm flagship made [signal] 290 and squadron started ahead in obedience to signal.

Under steam in three boiler, pressure 120, vacuum 26, revolutions 87.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from SE and South by East.

Barometer steady.

Between 4.00pm and 5.00pm average course about E½S.

At 5.30pm changed course to ENE½E from East by South (per compass), patent log 38.8, Middle Ground light bore about NW (per compass).

Steaming in column ahead at distance.

Number of revolutions 93.4, steam 112 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from SSW to WSW.

Stood in for anchorage at 7.35pm, came to with starboard anchor, veering to 45 fathoms, Falkner Island light bearing East, distant 2 miles, six fathoms water, bottom mud.

Flagship made following signals: at 6.15pm general telegraphic 0776, 8332, 624, 4204, 9279, 6691, 9409, 9279, 0856, 6839, 4260; at 7.20pm 230; at 7.45pm 2121; and at 7.50pm "Be ready to get under way at half past four if weather is good".

Ship's draft forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 6 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light to moderate breeze hauling from West to North by East.

U.S.S. "Concord" came in and anchored to Southward and Westward.

Flood tide after 9.45pm.

Moon rose behind clouds at 10.30pm, after which generally obscured.


Faulkner's Island is also known as Falkner Island.


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26 July 1891

At anchor off Faulkner's Island, and at anchor Fishers Island Sound

Lat 41.26, Long -72.05


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, moon occasionally visible.

Gentle breezes from North.

Barometer steady.

At 3.15am spread fires under boilers A, C and D.

At about 3.50am hove in to 30 fathoms water's edge.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy.

Light breezes from ENE to NNE.

At 4.30am called all hands up anchor and got under way in obedience to signal 240 from flagship, and headed to Eastward in column at distance, fires in three boilers, average steam pressure 120, vacuum 26, revolutions 86.

At 4.45am flagship made [signal] 255, at 7.00am uniform and time signals 3357, 3955, 6375, at 7.25am to U.S.S. "Yorktown" preparatory 231, 112 numeral 6, and at 7.35am general 90.

At 8.00am this vessel anchored in 6 fathoms, water muddy bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NNW to WSW.

Barometer steady.

At 8.15am hove up starboard anchor and shifted berth a little to the Southward and Westward.

Let go starboard anchor in six fathoms water, soft bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms chain.

North Dumpling light bore NE¼E (magnetic) and New London light NNW½W (magnetic).

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals.

At 9.04am flagship made general signal 3340, and at 10.20am 3839 and numeral 10 answer 30.

Answered.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from WSW.

Swung to ebb at 1.40pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant.

Light breezes from WSW.

Barometer unsteady.

Flood tide.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Damp.

Light breezes from WSW and West.

Moon rose at 10.35pm.

Swinging to flood tide.


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27 July 1891

At anchor off Fishers Island, Long Island Sound

Lat 41.26, Long -72.05


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from West and NNW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cool and pleasant.

Light wind from North to North by East.

At 4.15am made out the U.S.S. "Newark" to the Westward of the lightship, flying her distinguishing pennant.

At 4.45am the flagship hoisted her colors.

At 5.15am U.S.S. "Newark" anchored to Northward and Eastward of flagship.

At 7.00am flagship made general signals 3357, 3955 and 6375.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from North to WNW.

At 9.30am a detail of officers of New York Naval Reserve Artillery came on board, went to quarters with regular crews, officer looking on; at 10.15am instructed officers in ammunition, fuzes, et cetera, and at 11.15am went to quarters in 3rd Division, officers replacing members of regular crew, and drilled for half an hour.

Commanding Officer awarded punishments as follows: F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, G. Riddick, Landsman, out of uniform on spar deck, white hats in place of watch caps, 2 hours' extra duty each; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, out of uniform, red under shirt, 2 hours' extra duty; J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, inattention on messenger watch, 4 hours' extra duty.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at noon numeral 129.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW to West.

Barometer rising.

Naval Reserve on board.

Drilled the same at secondary battery from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

From 2.30pm to 3.45pm instructed in Powder Division.

At 1.20pm flagship made [signal] preparatory 5455.

At 1.25pm general signal 5455.

Loosed sail.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from West.

At 4.10pm flagship made [signal] 2984, and piped down washed clothes, at 4.15pm flagship made [signal] 4826, and furled sail in obedience to signal.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from West.

Barometer rising first hour.

By order of the Rear Admiral Commanding sent a 6-inch sub-caliber to the U.S.S. "Newark", and a mushroom and pressure gauge to the U.S.S. "Boston".


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from WNW to West by South.

Moon rose at 11.00pm.


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28 July 1891

At anchor off Fishers Island, New York

Lat 41.26, Long -72.05


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudless sky, except last hour, bright moonlight, heavy dew.

Light airs from WSW and SW.

At 1.00am velocity of ebb 0.5 knot.

At 2.05am began to swing, and at 2.40am finished swinging to flood.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, light haze about horizon.

Light airs from NW first hour, calm next two hours, light airs from South at end of watch.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 3340, followed immediately after by the dress signals 3955 and 6375 in succession.

Hoisted out steam cutter.

Broke guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, cloudy latter part and threatening rain.

Light airs and breezes from SSW and South.

At 9.00am Naval Militia officers came on board for drill.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised at general quarters in obedience to signal from flagship 4873, first with regular crews, then with crews partly filled by Naval Militia officers.

Time of divisions as follows: 1st Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 50 seconds; 3rd Division 57 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; Navigator's Division 55 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 55 seconds.

Commander R.D. Evans and Ensign G.R. Evans reported on board U.S.S. "Newark" as members of General Court Martial, which assembled at 10.00am with jack hoisted at mizzen.

Exercised Naval Militia at sub-caliber target practice.

At 8.45am U.S.S. "Constellation" got under way and attempted to beat out of harbor.

At 11.30am she came to anchor.

The U.S.S. "Cushing" came out of New London and anchored in her old berth.

Made routine signals to flagship at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain occasionally.

First half light airs from SSW, afterwards gentle breeze from same direction.

Barometer falling.

The Naval Militia officers came on board at 1.30pm, and were exercised at secondary battery sub-caliber firing. Expended in Ordnance Department: 500 ball cartridges caliber .45.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with light drizzle early in watch.

Light wind from SSW.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light SSW breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer steady.


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29 July 1891

At anchor off Fishers Island, New York

Lat 41.11, Long -71.82 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light shower of rain first part.

Light air and breezes from South by West to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from South and SSE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 7.00am spread fires under two boilers, flagship made time and uniform signals.

Made preparations for sea.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather.

Light breeze from SE.

At 8.30am got under way and stood through the Race, followed shortly after by the U.S.S. "Cushing".

At 10.00am anchored in 17 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Montauk Point SW.

Planted the target, the U.S.S. "Cushing" planting buoys for the observers' boats.

At 10.30am observed the flagship with the squadron standing out.

The flagship took position near the outside buoy, the squadron remaining in column.

At noon got under way.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Ship's draft forward 11 feet 9 inches, aft 15 feet 9 inches.

At 11.55am flagship made signal to this ship, 306, and at noon this ship made signal to the flagship, numeral 121.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light SE breeze.

At 12.30pm flagship entering firing line, began 6-inch practice and was followed by U.S.S. "Newark", U.S.S. "Concord" and U.S.S. "Boston", after which target capsized.

This ship put out another target, which also capsized, tide being no doubt too strong.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" put out third target, and main battery practice was finished by U.S.S. "Atlanta" and U.S.S. "Yorktown".

Flagship next headed column toward firing line for practice with starboard battery, Hotchkiss guns, practice ended when target was carried away.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 6 32.6-pound charges; 6 6-inch cast iron shell, percussion fuzed; 6 vent sealing primers; and 10 3-pound Hotchkiss common shell, percussion fuzed; and 2 Navy targets; and expended in Equipment [Department]: 2 boat anchors; and 200 fathoms anchor line.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle breezes from between SE and ESE.

Barometer steady.

At beginning of watch in column at distance, steering various courses.

At about 4.17pm the "Stonington", Naval Reserve boat, flying flag of State of New York, passed along the column to starboard, paraded Marine Guard and gave three flourishings when abreast of U.S.S. "Chicago", this vessel fired a salute of 17 guns, with the flag of State of New York at the main.

At 5.25pm standing through the Race, current setting to Eastward.

At 5.50pm let go starboard anchor, 6½ fathoms water, soft bottom, 30 fathoms chain at water's edge.

Bearings: North Dumpling light NE¼E, New London light NNW¼W (both magnetic).

Draught of ship forward 11 feet 6 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

At 4.04pm U.S.S. "Boston" made to 2nd Division [signal] tactical 256, at 5.25pm tactical 89.

Average steam 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, number of turns 83 (1 hour 55 minutes).


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from SE.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from SE.

Barometer steady.

At 8.20pm, in obedience to signal from flagship, the fleet exercised with search lights.


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30 July 1891

At anchor off Fishers Island, New York

Lat 41.26, Long -72.06


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from East by North to NE by East.

Moon rose at 12.20am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, first half misty.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light breezes from between East and ESE.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Drilled infantry company and section of artillery.

Engaged in cleaning ship outside.

Hoisted out steam cutter.

Received in Ordnance [Department]: 1200 rounds .45 caliber blank cartridges.

The U.S.S. "Vesuvius" got under way at about 9.44am and stood over towards New London, let fly the dispatch flag.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J. Wescovers, Seaman, C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, late at quarters, 2 hours' extra duty each; J. Wescovers, Seaman, C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, dirty clothes at inspection, 2 hours' extra duty each; G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, non-uniform undershirt at inspection, 2 hours' extra duty; J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice First-class, not scrubbing gun gear, 2 hours' extra duty.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 115.

Following signals were made by the flagship: at 8.15am to U.S.S. "Vesuvius" general 3094; at 8.45am to fleet telegraphic 2990, 0935, 6746, 6396, 9319, 6504; later to fleet telegraphic 3779, 3588, 7977, 0970, 9318, 8044, 1532 and 2208; at 11.08am to U.S.S. "Yorktown" general signal 1087; at 11.30am to fleet telegraphic 816, 6398, 0935, 1267, 7495, 0970, 1532 and 609.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from ESE.

At 1.00pm landing party from squadron went on shore for the sham battle on Fishers Island.

At 3.50pm landing party returned.

Flagship made the following signals: at 1.00pm 58; at 1.30pm 60; and at 1.50pm 292.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Light breeze from ESE.

Barometer falling.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Airs from ESE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light SSE breeze first hour, falling calm second, light NNW airs last half.


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31 July 1891

At anchor off Fishers Island, and New London, Connecticut

Lat 41.26, Long -72.06


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast first part, clearing latter part.

Light airs to gentle breezes at end of watch, from NW to NNW at end of watch.

Barometer steady last three hours.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy first part, clearing last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3840, then 3955 and 6075.


8am to meridian:

First part cloudy, afterwards clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North by East and NNW.

Barometer rising.

By order of the Commanding Officer V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was placed in confinement for five days on bread and water, for being impudent when spoken to by Officer of Deck.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised infantry and artillery companies.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW to North.

At 2.00pm, upon signal from flagship, embarked marines, infantry and artillery for landing on Fisher Island for dress parade.

Boats returned to ship, soon after the men being out of uniform.

Shifted them to uniform and sent them back.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light airs from North.

Battalion returned from shore, hoisted boats and prepared to get under way.

At end of watch forming in column to stand into New London harbor.

Draught forward 11 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

At 5.40pm flagship made [signal] tactical 240, at 5.43pm tactical 256.


6pm to 8pm:

At beginning standing into the Thames River for anchorage.

Squadron in column at half distance, steering various courses.

At 7.06pm came to with starboard anchor in 4¾ fathoms water, muddy bottom, veered to 30 fathoms chain.

Squadron in inverted order.

Bearings at anchorage: Groton Monument NNE½E, flagstaff Fort Trumbull NNW½W (both magnetic).

Draught of ship ford 11 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

At anchor off New London the U.S. Training Ship U.S.S. "Constellation" and Revenue steamer U.S.R.C. "Dexter".

At about 6.30pm the U.S.S. "Constellation" saluted the flagship with 13 guns, which was returned by 7 guns.

Following signals were made by flagship, namely: at 6.10pm numeral 45 to fleet; at 6.20pm tactical 247, 100 numeral 45, tactical 276, numeral 1 answer 5; at 6.20pm preparatory 232 6.00, 233, tactical 55, telegraphic 1267, 7672, 2414, general 9777; at 7.20pm 2121, U.S.S. "Concord" excused.

Banked fires under boiler A, C and D.

At 7.25pm called all hands cheer ship, 7.30pm cheered Naval Reserve steamer "Stonington".

At 6.15pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship interrogatory 1331.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from North.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1891


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1 August 1891

At anchor New London, Connecticut

Lat 41.34, Long -72.09


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NNW, shifting to NE last hour.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00am commenced swinging to flood, and finished at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, hazy.

Light airs from NE to North.

At 7.00am flagship made time signal 3340, and the following: 3955, 6375.

At 7.45am flagship loosed sail by signal, and this vessel followed movement.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with SW breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishment was awarded: C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, for slow obeying order, quarantined and money stopped until further orders.

Following signals during watch from flagship: at 9.20am general 1804, numeral 1, distinguishing U.S.S. "Newark"; at 9.30am general 3094.

Commander repaired on board flagship, at 10.00am Court Martial met on U.S.S. "Newark", Commander Evans and Ensign Evans members from this ship.

Following signals from this ship to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at noon numeral 109.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair.

Light, increasing to moderate breezes at intervals toward end of watch from SW and SW by South.

Barometer falling.

At 1.20pm flagship made general signal 4826.

Furled sail.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light to moderate breezes from SW and West by South.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SW.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding across tide.


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2 August 1891

At anchor New London, Connecticut

Lat 41.34, Long -72.09


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, light drizzling rain last two hours.

Light breeze from SW and SSE to light airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light airs from between ENE and SE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3350, repeated by U.S.S. "Boston", and immediately after hoisted dispatch flag, later the general uniform signal 3962.

At daylight the U.S.S. "Despatch", flying the flag of the Secretary of the Navy, was found to be at anchor near the U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 6.40am the U.S.S. "Despatch" got under way and shifted anchorage to astern of the U.S.S. "Boston".


8am to meridian:

Partially clear, hazy.

Light airs from NW, hauling to Southward.

At 9.30am held preliminary inspection at quarters, and at 9.35am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

At 9.50am read Articles for Better Government of the Navy, and had general muster.

By order of Commanding Officer V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was released from confinement.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Honorable Secretary of the Navy on board the U.S.S. "Despatch".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but generally pleasant, passing showers first half.

Light airs from South by West.

Barometer steady.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Despatch" called on board.

Ship riding across tide.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from West and ENE.

At 4.40pm, and at 5.20pm flagship made [signal] 1087 to this ship.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light NNE airs first hour, calm second hour.

Began preparations for sea.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, damp.

Light airs from NW and North, calm first hour.


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3 August 1891

At anchor New London, Connecticut, and making passage to New York, and at anchor off Hempstead Bay, Long Island

Lat 41.20, Long -72.33


Midnight to 4am:

Fair to cloudy.

Light breezes from North by East.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine weather.

Light breeze from North by East, shifting to ENE last hour.

Barometer rising.

At 5.30am spread fires under three boilers.

Making preparations for getting under way.

The U.S.S. "Constellation" left the harbor at 6.00am.

At 6.45am flagship made general signal 240, answered, and all the fleet, except the U.S.S. "Boston" and the U.S.S. "Despatch", got under way and stood down the river in column ahead.

Ship's draught forward 11 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 3 inches.

At 7.00am flagship made general signals 3340, 3955 and 6375, at 7.08am general signal 262, and at 7.16am general signal 256, answered.

Average revolutions 90, steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light SW breeze.

Stood out through the Race, and at 9.00am the U.S.S. "Despatch" slowed down and the squadron passed in review, the flagship firing a salute of 19 guns.

At 9.20am the flagship put her helm to port and, followed in turn by the ships in column, stood to the Westward back through the Race, the U.S.S. "Despatch" continuing on her course to the Eastward.

At 8.45am made the U.S.S. "Boston" coming out of New London, and at 9.40am she joined the squadron, taking the last position in the column.

Passed the U.S.S. "Constellation" exercising under canvas to the Westward of New London.

At noon the ships approximately in position, steering W½S at half distance, Saybrook lighthouse bearing North and Plum Island lighthouse SE by E½E.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised the divisions: 1st and 3rd Divisions small arms; 2nd [Division] great guns; Powder Division instruction; and Marine Guard setting up drill.

The Executive Officer made the weekly inspection required by Regulation Circular number 77.

At 10.20am flagship made general signal 256.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 100.

The Captain assigned the following punishments: J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and W. O'Connell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, 6 hours' extra duty each for neglect of duty, not reporting signals; C.H. Hyde, Apprentice First-class, 4 hours' extra duty for torn neckerchief, trousers not brushed and no knife lanyard at inspection; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, 2 hours' extra duty for absent divisional inspection and late at quarters.

Steam 118 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, revolutions 95.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light breeze to light airs from South and SSW.

In column at half distance, following motions of flagship, making good until 12.45pm W½S, till 1.00pm SW¾W, till 2.00pm W½S, till 3.00pm W⅜S, till 3.55pm W⅛S, then WSW⅞W, all per standard [compass].

At 12.15pm passed Cornfield Point lighthouse, at 1.45pm Faulkner's Island lighthouse; at 2.55pm New Haven lighthouse, and at end of watch Stratford Shoal lighthouse on starboard bow, distant about 4 miles.

Average steam 120 pounds, average revolutions 97.8.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and overcast.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer falling.

Squadron in column at half distance, under steam alone from three boilers A, C and D.

At 4.20pm Stratford Shoal lighthouse abeam.

At 4.24pm changed course to W⅛S.

At 5.45pm Eatons [Neck] Point lighthouse and Sheffield Island light abeam, changed course to WSW⅜W.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, average number of turns 97, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light airs from ESE and SSW.

In column at half distance on flagship, steering course WSW⅝W.

At 7.00pm flagship made [signal] preparatory 230, at 7.15pm made 230, and at 7.25pm squadron anchored in obedience to signal, this vessel anchoring in 6 fathoms water, soft muddy bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

At 7.30pm this vessel swung to ebb tide, other vessels still riding to flood, at 8.00pm draught of ship forward 11 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 1 inch.

At 7.30pm flagship made general [signal] 2121.

Steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 97, vacuum 26.

At anchorage Red Bank [probably Red Spring Point] light bearing SE½E, Sands Point SW by W½W.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, rain last half hour.

Light breeze from East.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding to flood tide all watch.


Faulkner's Island is also known as Falkner Island.


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4 August 1891

At anchor Long Island Sound, and at New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with drizzling rain at intervals.

Light breeze from East to NE by East.

Ship swung around to NW at 1.30am, then returned to ENE at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light drizzling rain first half.

Light ENE breeze.

At 7.25am got under way, with flagship leading, pilot on bridge, column at half distance, heading for East River.

At end of watch abreast Stepping Stones.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals, at 7.23am tactical 240, at 7.32am tactical 256.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, damp, light mist.

Light breezes from between ENE and NE.

Barometer rising.

At beginning of watch standing down toward the Stepping Stones, squadron in column at half distance.

At 8.15am passed Stepping Stones abeam.

At 9.29am passing through Hell Gate, current setting to the Eastward.

Ship conned by Commanding Officer, pilot on the bridge.

At about 8.55am took "distance".

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which gave all divisions instruction and the [Marine] Guard setting up exercise.

At 10.58am came to with starboard anchor off foot of West 42nd Street in 6¾ fathoms water, muddy bottom, and secured at 45 fathoms chain.

Flood tide.

Bearings at anchorage: Tripp's elevator S¼W, Delaware and Hudson Railroad docks W¼S (both magnetic).

Draught of ship forward 11 feet 2 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

Put pilot on shore.

The following signals were made by the flagship: at 8.51am tactical 255; at 9.45am to U.S.S. "Newark" general signal 5108; at 10.15am tactical preparatory 234; at 10.28am tactical 90; at 10.30am tactical 233.

Slack water high at about 11.00am.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, turns 83.8, vacuum 26 inches.

Made routine signals to flagship, namely: at 9.09am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; at 12.00pm numeral 88.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

At 1.00pm made [signal] interrogatory 4891, flagship answered in affirmative, got under way and shifted to berth just to Northward of U.S.S. "Boston".

At 1.25pm came to anchor in 6½ fathoms water and veered to 30 fathoms on starboard chain, soft muddy bottom.

At 1.45pm made [signal] interrogatory 4557 to flagship, and at 2.10pm flagship made general 4557.

Hauled fires in obedience to signal.

At 3.50pm U.S.S. "Cushing" shifted berth to West side of river, to Southward of Weehawken ferry.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light breezes from NE by East and NE.

Barometer steady at 30.12.

Received in Equipment (exempted classes) from the Equipment Officer, Navy Yard, New York: two armatures.

Sent liberty party ashore.

At 6.10pm began swinging to the flood, finished at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first part, then clearing.

Light breezes from NE and ENE.

At 11.10pm commenced swinging to ebb, finished at 11.40pm.


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5 August 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breezes from NNE to ENE.

Barometer steady.

Riding to the ebb.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light breezes from NE.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3357, followed by 3955 and 6375.

Engaged in cleaning ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, gloomy weather.

Light breezes from NE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected divisions.

M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, and T. Smith, Seaman, absent without leave.

Drilled Powder Division at infantry.

Gun divisions overhauled and cleaned battery.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishment was awarded: G. Reddick, Landsman, for filthy clothes, 4 hours' extra duty.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals: numeral 2; numeral 1; numeral 86.

At 10.30am flagship made [signal] 5455, U.S.S. "Newark" excused, and loosed sail in obedience to signal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with occasional light drizzle.

Light breeze from NE and NE by North.

Barometer unsteady.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 4326, answered and furled sail.

At 3.40pm flagship made general signal 2934, answered.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Thomas Jones, Coal Heaver, with bag, hammock and accounts.

Riding to ebb tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, light drizzle last hour.

Light airs and breezes from NE to East by South.

At 4.50pm U.S.S. "Vesuvius" got under way and stood down river.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from East by South.

Barometer rising.

Riding to flood tide.


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6 August 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with occasional drizzle of rain.

Airs from NE.

Slack water high at 12.00am, swung to ebb at 12.35am.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, hazy.

Light airs from NNE to ENE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3357, also 3955 and 6375.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from ENE, shifting to NE last hour.

Barometer rising first half.

At 9.00am ship finished swinging to the flood.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: C.F. Face, Apothecary, J. Healy, Water Tender, L. Traumer, Oiler, C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice First-class, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Smith, Coal Heaver, M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, and T. Smith, Seaman.

Cleared ship for action, and exercised at general quarters.

Times: clear ship, ready: forward 4 minutes 50 seconds; aft 4 minutes 10 seconds; mainmast 3 minutes 0 seconds.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 1 minute 15 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 0 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 10 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 15 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 20 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes 45 seconds.

C.F. Face, Apothecary, and J. Healy, Water Tender, absent without leave, returned on board three hours over time.

At 10.00am General Court Martial met on board the U.S.S. "Newark".

John Bernard McCormack was this day enlisted as a landsman for three years.

Received from water boat "Croton" 6500 gallons fresh water.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals.

Passed Assistant Paymaster C.W. Littlefield left the ship on leave until Monday next.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from NE and SE.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Willie Hills, Second-class Fireman, with his papers and effects.

Received from General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, New York, one coil manila rope.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Slack water high at 12.35pm, swung to ebb at 1.00pm.

M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, returned on board 30 hours over time


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Barometer steady.

At 4.04pm made signal for closing watertight doors, times: starboard engine room 45 seconds; port engine room 45 seconds; berth deck 1 minute 5 seconds.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 5.25pm, and finished at 7.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from South to SW.

Ship riding to the flood.


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7 August 1891

At anchor North River, New York, and in dry dock, Navy Yard

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Fair first half, cloudy later.

Light WNW airs.

Swung to ebb in 20 minutes, finishing at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

First half cloudy, afterwards clear.

Light airs from WNW.

Barometer steady.

C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave, returned on board 46½ hours over time.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.

Riding to ebb all watch.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from West to SW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions: 1st Division and Marines setting up drill; 3rd Division instruction; 2nd Division great guns; and Powder Division small arms.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 77½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 62 pounds fresh bread.

The following men absent over time: L. Traummer, Oiler, J. Smith, Coal Heaver, J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, T. Smith, Seaman, and P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker.

At 10.30am started fires under one boiler, and at 11.00am spread fires under two boilers.

Shipped Joseph Valentine Kane as a coal heaver for three years' general service.

At 10.15am the flagship made signal 4913 to this ship.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 82.

P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board 51 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with light breeze to light airs from SSW.

At 2.20pm got under way, steam from two boilers, en route for Navy yard, at end of watch entering Simpson dry dock.

At 3.15pm made cornet 236, U.S.S. "Vermont" answered.

Draft forward 11 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 0 inch.

Took from water boat "Croton" 10,000 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Airs from SSE to SSW.

Crew engaged scrubbing bottom as water was pumped out of dock.

Scrubbing nearly completed at dark.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first hour, clear later.

Light SSW and SW airs.


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8 August 1891

In Simpson dry dock, Navy Yard, and at anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant, starlight.

Light airs from SW to West.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from WNW.

Finished up scrubbing bottom.

Yard men at work rigging stages for painting.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Light airs from NNW and NNE.

Ship's company engaged in scraping and painting ship's bottom, touching up rust spots with brown metallic composition and McInnes' green paint.

Overhauling sea valves and flood cocks.

Absent without leave: J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, T. Smith, Seaman, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and J. Smith, Coal Heaver.

J.E. Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, reported expiration of term of enlistment.

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 sand glasses; 6 nipples, brass; 1 roller tube expander; 67 pounds sheet brass; 1 sheet boiler plate; 30 pounds sheet copper; 115 pounds cotton waste; 2 bars Tobin's metal.

Received in Equipment Department: 12 globes for lanterns; 8 globes, dark, lanterns; 1 ream paper, cap; 1 ream paper, manifold; 25 envelopes, official; 25 dozen envelopes. note; 2 gross steel pens; 6 dozen lead pencils; ½ dozen pencils red and blue; 3 letter files; ½ ream paper, note; and 1 United States ensign number 10.

Yard workmen painting on bottom.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Calms and light variable airs and breezes.

Barometer falling.

Continued painting ship's bottom with McInnes' anti-fouling composition, employing about 27 navy yard men and 30 deck hands.

Finished painting at about 3.25pm.

Took down stagings.

Examined sea valves and made preparations for going out of dock.

Corporal M. Green and Private Marine Noonan, both of U.S. Marine Corps, reported on board for duty from the Marine Barracks, Brooklyn, New York, with bags and hammocks.

Discharged this day from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service of the United States, by reason of his attaining the age of twenty-one years, James Edwin Groat, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, with an Honorable Discharge.

Examined all ammunition room flood cocks.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" with bags, hammocks and transfer papers, the following landsmen, namely: Thomas Gillen, Thomas F. Birmingham and T.F. Ryan.

Turned in to the Bureau of Navigation, Navy Yard, New York: one repaired armature number 1.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 barrels charcoal; 1 cord pine wood; 2 boat anchors; 2 chamois skins; 12 boxes plate powder.

Received in Ordnance Department: 1 box drill cartridges, 6-pounder (10); 2 boxes drill cartridges, 3-pounder (15); 2 extractors for same; 4 caisson boxes; 6 brush covers; 200 pounds white zinc; 50 pounds Prince's metallic paint.

Turned in to General Storekeeper: 4 caisson boxes, condemned.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 2 transom push buttons.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light airs from West.

At 4.10pm began flooding dock, finished at 4.50pm, removed caisson at 5.20pm.

Left dock with assistance of yard tug, working engines with steam from two boilers as soon as possible.

Left yard and proceeded around Battery to North River.

Made distinguishing pennant and [signal] interrogatory 1211, answered by U.S.S. "Newark".

Came to at 6.40pm in 6 fathoms, with soft muddy bottom, veering to 37½ fathoms on starboard chain.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Calms and light variable airs.

Finished swinging to the flood at 8.25pm.


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9 August 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from North by West to NE by North.

Heavy dew.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light sprinklers of rain third and forth hours.

At 7.00am Senior Officer made time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, light mist hanging over river.

Light airs from North by East to ESE.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am held divisional muster and inspection, after which went to quarters.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

The following named men were reported absent from the ship without leave, namely: John Smith, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, T. Smith, Seaman, J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, R. Morean, Second-class Fireman, and W. Cuff, Landsman.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 8; at 10.00am numeral 0; at noon numeral 77.

At 10.25am finished swinging to the flood.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy weather.

Light airs from SSW and calms.

By order of Commanding Officer a reward of ($10.00) ten dollars was offered for the apprehension and delivery on board of each of the following men, who are absent without leave, namely: T. Smith, Seaman, J. Smith, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, T. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, J. T. Morean, Second-class Fireman, and W. Cuff, Landsman.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from SW to SSW first part, NE by East latter part.

Barometer steady.

Making preparations for coaling ship.

F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and T. Smith, Seaman, returned on board, [left blank] hours and [left blank] hours over time respectively.

Riding to the ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Partially clear, hazy, lightning to Northward and Eastward.

Light airs from NE by East, hauling to South by West.

Shut down dynamo at 10.40pm.


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10 August 1891

At anchor in North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SW and West.

Barometer about steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 2.30am, and finished at 3.15am.


4am to 8am:

At 6.55am coal lighter came alongside.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Newark" made uniform and time signal 3340, then the following dress signals, namely: 3157, 6377, 6378 and 6379.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Calms and light airs from NNW.

At 8.15am commenced coaling ship using steam launch davit, gangway and torpedo port.

At 10.15am U.S.S. "Atlanta" asked Senior Officer permission to get under way, which was granted by U.S.S. "Newark".

At 10.30am U.S.S. "Atlanta" got under way and stood down the river.

At 10.35am U.S.S. "Chicago" hoisted Senior Officer's pennant, U.S.S. "Newark" hauling down.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 86¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 69 pounds bread.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals numeral 6, numeral 0, numeral 75.

At 11.50am flagship made [signal] telegraphic 4916, 684, 8425, 4209, 5179.

At 11.50am knocked off coaling, having received 78 tons 286 pounds.

Absentees: W. Cuff, Landsman, J. Morean, Second-class Fireman, G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Smith, Coal Heaver, and O.A. Fogelstrom, Blacksmith.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from West and SW.

Barometer falling.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 3.20pm.

Edward Brennan, Boiler Maker, was this day discharged from this vessel and the [Naval] Service, his term of enlistment having expired, Continuous Service Certificate 4254.

Engaged in coaling ship, having received on board during watch 59 tons 418 pounds.

O.A. Fogelstrom, Blacksmith, absent without leave, returned on board 19 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department following stores: 1568 pounds flour; 200 pounds rice; 800 pounds pork; 600 pounds beef; 300 pounds sugar; 144 pounds tomatoes; 100 pounds dried fruit; 171 pounds pickles; 492 pounds ham; 300 pounds coffee; 212 gallons beans; 750 pounds saltwater soap; 400 pounds tobacco; 4 mess kettles; 50 pair calf shoes; 5 mattresses; 20 overcoats; 100 watch caps; 50 white hats; 100 pairs woolen socks; and 50 working suits.

The Senior Officer's pennant on the U.S.S. "Chicago" was hauled down and the Admiral's flag hoisted.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SW.

Coaling ship.

Knocked off at 5.20pm for supper.

Recommenced at 6.00pm and coaled till 7.25pm, total amount received on board 178 tons and 600 pounds.

Lieutenant J.E. De Witt Veeder returned on board from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer rising first hour.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at 9.20pm, and finished at 10.30pm.

Passed Assistant Paymaster C.W. Littlefield and Passed Assistant Surgeon J.C. Boyd returned from leave.


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11 August 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, hot.

Airs from SW.

Slack water high at 3.10am, swung to ebb at 3.40am.

J. Morean, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 42½ hours over time, and G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, returned on board 91 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SW.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3340, and following uniform signals: 6379, 6377, 6378 and 3957.

Commenced coaling at 5.00am and stopped 7.45am, having received in all 214 tons 2117 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SSW.

Barometer steady.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals.

W. Cuff, Landsman, and J. Smith, Coal Heaver, absent without leave.

The following enlistments were made, namely: Edward Brennan, for three years as first class fireman; William John Curley, for three years as landsman; Frank Moens, for three years and dated back to July 21st 1891, as a seaman.

Engaged in coaling ship, finishing at about 12.00pm, having received in all 268 tons 1753 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with passing showers second hour.

Wind from SSW.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 24 wall brushes, 6 inches; 4 badger brushes; 10 lights of glass, 14 inches x 32 inches; and 10 pounds usudurian packing.

Received on board 53 tons 1876 pounds coal.

Engaged cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breezes from SSW to SW by West.

Barometer unsteady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 4.15pm, and finished at 5.20pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from SW to West by South.

Lightning to the Westward.

Slack water low at 9.50pm, swung to flood at 11.00pm.


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12 August 1891

At anchor North River, and making passage to New London, Connecticut

Lat 40.764, Long -74.005


Midnight to 4am:

Generally cloudy.

Light West and West by South breezes.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from SW and SW by West.

Barometer rising.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 4.10am, and finished at 5.00am.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables; and 74 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, hot.

Airs from SW by South.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent overtime: J. Hallaghan, First-class Fireman, W. Cuff, Landsman, and J. Smith, Coal Heaver.

J. Hallaghan, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 52 hours over time.

Spread fires under three boiler.

The Captain assigned the following punishments: T. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, absent muster anchor watch, 2 extra anchor watches; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, shoes not blacked Sunday inspection, 2 hours' extra duty; C.J. Hyde, Apprentice First-class, no knife lanyard Sunday inspection, 2 hours' extra duty; J. Rogers, Landsman, torn neckerchief Sunday inspection, 2 hours' extra duty; E. Moore, Landsman, noisy talking in officers' quarters 7.00am, one extra watch; G. White, Landsman, not calling officers at time ordered, 2 extra watches; T. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, out of uniform, 4 hours' extra duty; T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, neglect of duty, 1 week's restriction.

Making preparations for getting under way.

A Hell Gate pilot came on board from the flagship at 11.45am.

At 11.55am called all hands up anchor.

Hove in to 15 fathoms.

The flagship made following signals: at 9.45am telegraphic 827, 1694, 40, 420, 7171, 445, and numeral 11.30; at 10.00am 3663, and numeral 11.30.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 3; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at noon numeral 338.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first hour, then gradually clouding over.

Light SW by West and WSW breezes.

Got under way at 12.15pm in column at half distance, natural order, pilot and commander on bridge.

Stood down North River and up East [River] through Hell Gate into [Long Island] Sound.

Abreast Execution Rock stopped to discharge pilot, and at 3.33pm started ahead, putting over patent log reading 55.0.

At 1.40pm took distance.

At 1.25pm U.S.S. "Yantic", at anchor in East River, made cornet 235, acknowledged by flagship.

At end of watch abreast of Matinecock Point, distant 2 miles.

Signals from flagship: at 12.15pm general tactical 240; at 12.21pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 305, numeral 5; at 1.40pm general tactical 255; at 3.05pm tactical 297; at 3.30pm tactical 280.

Average steam 120 pounds, revolutions 81.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, light drizzling rain first hour.

Light breezes from SSE.

Barometer steady.

Squadron in column at distance, following motions of the flagship.

Between 5.11pm and 5.35pm changing course between ENE and E¼S, remainder of watch making course E¾S.

At beginning of watch off Matinecock Point.

Average steam 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches, average number of turns 79.9.

At 4.14pm went to fire quarters, water [in] 2 minutes 15 seconds, retreat 4.19pm.

At 4.45.00pm sounded steam siren and closed watertight doors, starboard engine room 15 seconds, port same, berth deck 30 seconds.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from South.

In column at distance, following movements of flagship, standing up the [Long Island] Sound, making good course E¾S first hour, and E½S second hour.

Under steam in three boilers.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 80, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, clearing last hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North by West.

Barometer rising.

At 10.00pm Horton Point light bore on starboard beam, and at 10.45pm Cornfield light bore on port beam.

Between 10.45pm and 11.30pm sighted Plum Island, Little Gull, Race Rock, North Dumpling and New London lights.

Passed a number of vessels during watch.

At about 12.00am the fleet slowed down.

Average number of revolutions 76, steam 120 pounds, vacuum 25.5 inches.

At end of watch Bartlett Reef lightvessel bore abeam on port hand.


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13 August 1891

At anchor Long Island Sound and New London, Connecticut

Lat 41.33, Long -72.09


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from NNW.

At 12.30am came to starboard anchor in 11 fathoms of water, veering to 45 fathoms chain, the other ships anchoring at the same time.

Bearings at anchorage: Bartlett Reef light SW by W½W, and New London light NE½N.

Banked fires.

At 12.05am and 12.10am flagship made general signal tactical 230, and at 12.30am made 2121.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, fair last hour.

Light NW and North by West breezes.

At 5.00am spread fires, and had engines ready at 6.00am.

Squadron, except this ship and U.S.S. "Boston", got under way and swung ship for compass error.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.

At 7.30am flagship made [signal] tactical 237, at 7.40am tactical 251.

Got under way and proceeded to place in column.

At end of watch forming column at distance.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant weather.

Light airs from between North and NNE.

Barometer steady.

At beginning of watch squadron in column at distance, standing in for New London.

At about 9.20am came to with starboard anchor in 4¾ fathoms water, muddy bottom, and secured at 45 fathoms chain.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absentees: W. Cuff, Landsman, and J. Smith, Coal Heaver.

Drilled divisions as follows, namely: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division infantry; 3rd Division cleaning battery; Powder Division and Marine Guard manual of arms.

Bearings at anchorage: flagstaff Fort Trumbull North by W¾W, Pequot landing South by W¾W.

Ship's draught forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 4 inches.

Engaged cleaning and painting ship.

Flagship made following signals, namely: at 8.30am to fleet tactical 233; at 8.35am tactical 246, with following distinguishing pennants in order: U.S.S. "Chicago"; U.S.S. "Newark"; U.S.S. "Concord"; U.S.S. "Boston"; U.S.S. "Yorktown"; and U.S.S. "Vesuvius"; at 8.40am to fleet numeral 1 answer 5; at 9.45am to fleet, U.S.S. "Yorktown" excused, tactical 247; at 8.47am to fleet 100; at 8.47am to fleet numeral 45.

After anchoring flagship to fleet general signal 2121.

Made following signals to flagship, namely: at 9.00am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 236.

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, reported expiration of term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from North by East, first part hauling to SSE.

At 12.45pm Senate Naval Committee returned from visit to Naval Station.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding across flood tide.


6pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Airs from SE by South.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with bright moonlight before 11.00pm, when moon set.

Light airs from SE by South.


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14 August 1891

At anchor New London, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.487, Long -71.334


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light airs and breezes from between ESE and South by East.

Barometer steady.

Swinging to the ebb at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes South by East.

At 5.10am called all hands up anchor, and at 5.20am got under way in obedience to signal and stood out Thames River.

In column at half distance, following motions of flagship.

Flagship made signals as follows: at 5.45am general 256; at 6.05am general 2983; at 7.00am general 3357, 3955, 6375.

Draught ship forward 13 feet 4 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breezes from SE and SSE.

Barometer steady.

At about 8.40am the U.S.S. "Concord" drew out of line and signaled the flagship that her starboard engine was disabled.

At 8.45am flagship made general signal 306 to U.S.S. "Concord", and at 9.00am general signal 306 and numeral 28, answered.

At 9.25am flagship made general signal preparatory 235, followed by 259, 105 numeral 1 answer 5, and at 9.53am general signal 217 and numeral 36, answered.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

W. Cuff, Landsman, and J. Smith, Coal Heaver, absent without leave.

Exercised 1st and 3rd Divisions at setting up drill, 2nd Division instruction, Powder [Division] and Marines at small arms.

H. Tuirks, Chief Quartermaster, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in ratings were made: to date from August 4th, W.C. Carson, D. Eldridge, M.J. Lynch and J. Turner, Quarter Gunners to Gunner's Mates; Frank Moens, Seaman to Ship's Cook, July 21st; Edward Brennan, First-class Fireman to Boiler Maker, August 11th; J.T. Ashton, First-class Fireman to Water Tender, August 14th.

Standing along the coast following the flagship.

At about 10.30am passed Point Judith and stood into Newport harbor.

At 11.15am came to in 10½ fathoms water with starboard anchor, muddy bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms chain on controller.

Ship's draught forward 13 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Lime Rock lighthouse bore SE by S (magnetic) and Goat Island lighthouse NE by E¾E (magnetic).

Found the U.S.S. "Richmond" and U.S.S. "Constellation" at anchor.

At 11.30am flagship made general signal 3340, followed by 3957, 6377, 6379 and 6379, and at 11.50am general signal 2121, answered and banked fires.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals to flagship.

John Thomas Ashton was this day enlisted as a First-class Fireman for three years' general service on board this vessel.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from SSE and South by East.

Henry Tuirks, Chief Quartermaster, was discharged from this vessel and the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

Engaged cleaning and painting.

The Commanding Officer of the Torpedo Station paid an official visit on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light SW by South and SSW breezes.

Following signals from flagship: at 4.33pm general 2984 (piped down scrubbed clothes); at 5.00pm uniform signals 3955 and 6375; at 5.10pm preparatory 5040.

Made preparations for scrubbing hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from SSW.

Moon set about 11.55pm.


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15 August 1891

At anchor off Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.487, Long -71.334


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Wind light from SSW to SSE.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh beef; 92½ pounds fresh vegetables; and 74 pounds fresh bread.

Flagship made following signals: at 4.50am 5040; and at 7.00am 3357, 3955, 6375.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with gentle SSE breeze.

By order of Commander confined for 5 days on bread and water M. Flynn, Coal Heaver, for disrespect to Master-at-Arms, awarded minor punishments as follows: A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, T. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, and F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, bright work not clean, 4 hours' extra duty each; J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, J.H. Brink, Ordinary Seaman, and S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, mess gear not clean, 4 hours' extra duty each.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and noon.

Following flagship, reefed hammocks.

Absent without leave: W. Cuff, Landsman, and J. Smith, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining hard first hour, clearing slightly, but unsettled weather remainder of watch.

Light to gentle breezes from between SE and SSE, occasionally veering to the South by West first part, but backing again.

Barometer falling slowly.

Shook reefs out of hammock.

In answer to orders from the flagship made the following signals, namely: at 3.30pm numeral 115; at 3.40pm numeral 112; at 3.45pm numeral 0; at 3.46pm numeral 1.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE and SSE.

At 4.40pm U.S.S. "Constellation" got under way and stood across to Jamestown and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, moonlight.

Light airs from South by East by Eastward to NNW.


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16 August 1891

At anchor off Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 41.487, Long -71.334


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, last two hours squally.

Gentle to fresh breeze from North by East, latter half in moderate gusts.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, threatening weather.

Gentle breezes from between North by East and NNE.

Barometer rising.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 74 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from North by East.

At 9.30am inspected divisions at quarters, and at 9.35am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 9.00am made [signal] numeral 1, at 10.00am numeral 2, at 12.00pm numeral 314.

At 9.18am flagship made [signal] 3837.

At 10.30am the U.S.S. "Atlanta" was sighted standing in the harbor, at 10.35am she made cornet 10 to flagship and interrogatory 1211.

At 10.45am flagship made 231 to U.S.S. "Atlanta" designating U.S.S. "Boston" 105, numeral 3, 5573 designating flag U.S.S. "Boston" 105.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East to NNW.

Barometer steady.

The U.S.S. "Atlanta" anchored between this vessel and the U.S.S. "Newark" and moored.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from East by South to South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy, with bright moonlight most of time.

Light breezes to light airs from South by West to SW.

W. Cuff, Landsman, returned on board 159 hours over time.


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17 August 1891

At anchor off Newport, Rhode Island, [and at sea off Brenton Reef]

Lat 41.43, Long -71.39 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from SW and West by South.


4am to 8am:

First part cloudy, afterwards clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West by South to North by East.

Barometer rising.

The U.S.S. "Constellation" went to sea.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals, and at 7.30am general signal 5455, answered and loosed sail.

At 8.00am spread fires in three boilers.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light winds from North by East, shifting to SW.

The following persons, with a small party of ladies and gentlemen, came on board: Senators Cameron, Butler and McPherson [MacPherson in log-book] and ex Secretary of the Navy Whitney.

The Commander-in-Chief Rear Admiral J.G. Walker came on board at 10.40am, and at 10.45am called all hands up anchor.

Hove up starboard anchor and stood out of bay, stopping at Brenton Reef lightship.

Hoisted the Admiral's flag at 10.40am and fired a salute of 13 guns.

Ship's draft 13 feet 1 inch forward, 16 feet 3 inches aft.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 74 pounds fresh bread.

At noon the ship stopped close aboard of Brenton Reef lightship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light SW breeze.

On various headings, conned by Commander, and following yachts over triangular course of race of Corinthian Yacht Club.

At end of watch standing for Brenton Reef Light, distant about 6 miles.


4pm to 8pm:

At beginning of watch standing in toward lightship.

Came to at 4.55pm in 11 fathoms water, soft bottom, and secured at 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Lime Rock light SE¾E, Goat Island light NE by East.

At about 4.58pm the Admiral left the ship.

Hauled down the Admiral's flag.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from SW.

Barometer steady.


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18 August 1891

At anchor Newport, Rhode Island, and making passage to Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 41.03, Long -70.34


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

SW airs.

Moon set at 2.50am.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with light SSW breeze.

At 5.00am got under way, with squadron in column at distance, flagship leading, stood out of Newport harbor, steam from 3 boilers.

At 5.55am passed Brenton Reef lightship, put over patent log reading 57.4.

U.S.S. "Concord"parted company.

Rest of watch following motions of flagship.

Draft forward 13 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 2 inch.

Average pressure 120, average revolutions 78.

At 5.00am flagship made [signal] tactical 240, at 5.15am 87, at 7.00am time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Fair.

Light breezes from SSW to South by West.

Barometer unsteady.

Squadron in column at half distance, making course SE½E, following motions of the flagship.

Ship in position approximately at end of watch.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Exercised divisions as follows, namely: 1st Division infantry; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division great guns; Powder Division and Marine Guard setting up exercise.

Engaged in cleaning bilges.

Made routine signals: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 0; at noon numeral 299.

At noon made latitude signal 41°02' N, longitude signal 70°19' W.

Flagship made latitude 41°01' N, longitude 70°20' W.

Using steam from three boilers.

Average number of turns 85, steam 120, vacuum 26 inches.

At 8.45am passed Gay Head light abeam.

At noon set clock ahead about 10 minutes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from South and SE by East.

In column at half distance on flagship, making good course till 2.20pm, when changed to SE¾S till 2.40pm, when course was changed to E⅝N, which course made good till end of watch.

Under steam in three boilers, average revolutions 84.4, vacuum 26 inches, steam 120 pounds.

At 1.50pm sighted New South Shoal lightship bearing East (per compass), distant about 8 miles.

Also sighted a black buoy with cage bearing about WNW from lightship and distant about five miles.

At 3.40pm New South Shoal lightship bore abeam.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from South to SE by South.

Cool.

Running through light low lying patches of fog.

Sighted several sails standing to the Westward.

At 6.00pm changed course to NNW¼E.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 85.2, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, dense fog first hour.

Light variable breeze.

Following motions of flagship.

At 7.00pm took sounding in 30 fathoms, bottom gray sand and black specks.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 85.6.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, moon occasionally visible.

Light breezes from NW by West to West by North.

Barometer steady.

In column at half distance, steering course North by W⅝W until 10.50pm, when changed course to NNW½W, patent log 18.0.

At about 11.05pm sighted the Nauset light about 2 points on port bow.

At 11.34pm sighted Highland light NW by West (per compass), ship's head NNW½W.

Ships approximately in position at end of watch.

Average steam 118 pounds, turns 85.6, vacuum 27 inches.


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19 August 1891

Making passage to, and at Boston, Massachusetts

Lat 42.366, Long -71.042


Midnight to 4am:

Partially clear, obscured moonlight, occasional fog bank.

Light airs from West by North and SW.

At 2.00am Highland light bore abeam.

In column at half distance of flagship, making good NNW½W till 2.45am, when changed course to NW⅞W.

At 3.00am flagship made [signal] tactical 290 and then signaled speed six knots, and slowed in obedience to signal.

Steam in three boilers, revolutions [left blank], vacuum 26 inches, steam 120.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, light fog until daylight when it set back.

Wind from NE moderate, but increasing in force.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Newark" hauled out of line.

The squadron stopped and U.S.S. "Newark" resumed position in line and squadron went ahead.

At 7.40am changed course to NW by W⅞W, following motions of flagship, and heading for Boston lighthouse.

At 7.55am the squadron stopped.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 53, vacuum 26.

Flagship made the following signals: at 7.00am 3357, 3955; at 7.10am 297; and at 7.55am 297.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with gentle to light ENE breeze.

Rising barometer, 29.96 to 30.06.

At 8.30am, in obedience to signal, reformed column and following flagship headed for entrance of Boston harbor, in column at half distance until 9.10am, then at distance.

Came to at 10.12am in 6 fathoms, muddy bottom, veered to 16 fathoms starboard chain.

Magnetic bearings: Bunker Hill Monument NW¾W, State House Dome SW by West.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet 1 inch.

At 8.35am flagship made [signal] tactical 280, at 8.40am telegraphic 4523, 496, 860, 6954, at 8.53am telegraphic 9142, 1408, 4800, 5831, at 9.10am tactical 255, at 9.12am 5373, U.S.S. "Yorktown" excused, at 9.16am 2984, at 10.30am general 2121.

Made routine signals at 10.00am and noon.

Banked fires.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from East by South to SE.

Barometer rising.

Received on board the anchor and 15 fathoms chain previously lost by this ship in this port, the same having been recovered by the Navy Yard force.

The U.S.S. "Boston" moored ship astern of the U.S.S. "Yorktown".

The Commander-in-Chief paid an official visit to the Navy Yard, paraded guard and gave two flourishes.

Lieutenant H.G.O. Colby, U.S. Navy, was this day detached from the U.S.S. "Yorktown".

Lieutenant Duncan Kennedy reported on board for duty as Executive Officer.

Water [boat] came alongside.

At 2.22pm a salute of 17 guns was fired from the Navy Yard.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE by South.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from SE by South.

Barometer steady.

Receiving water from water boat for steaming.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with bright moonlight.

Light airs from South by East and SW by South.

Received in all 8950 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.

From 9.00pm to 9.20pm exercised search lights in obedience to signal from flagship, and in accordance with order dated July 22nd last.

During last hour swung to ebb.


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20 August 1891

At anchor Boston, Massachusetts, and making passage to Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 42.35, Long -70.82


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light breezes to light airs from West to SSW.

Barometer steady.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSW and SW.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light SW wind.

Made preparations for sea.

At 9.30am inspected at quarter.

At 9.43am called all hands up anchor, hove up, and at 10.00am the squadron stood out, taking position in column as ordered.

At 11.20am, when standing out between Boston lighthouse and Minots Ledge lighthouse, the squadron stopped by signal from flagship, which communicated by boat with the U.S.S. "Cushing".

At 11.50am went ahead on a course NE by East.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 9 inches, aft 16 feet 1 inch.

Steam 114, revolutions 83.7, vacuum 26.

James Rogers, Landsman, was discharged from the service and put on shore, his term of enlistment having expired.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at 12.00pm numeral 227.

Flagship made the following signals to squadron: at 9.45am 240; at 10.02am 255; at 11.20am 299; and at 11.50am 280.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with light to moderate SW breeze.

In column at half distance, following motions of flagship, making good a course of NE by East (magnetic).

At 1.45pm took bearings as follows: Thatcher Island light North by West, Eastern Rocks light NW by W½W (both magnetic), patent log reading 11.5.

At 12.10pm flagship made [signal] 256, at 1.10pm 5455, at 2.05pm 251, at 3.25pm 301, at 3.35pm 5520.

Loosed sail at 1.10pm, and made sail at 3.35pm, except topsails and jib.

From 2.15pm to 3.30pm had sub-caliber practice at floating targets, about 200 yards distant, speed of ship 9 knots, with main and secondary batteries.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 1970 .45 caliber ball cartridges.

Average pressure 120, revolutions 89.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from the SSW.

Increasing moderate sea from the SSW.

Barometer falling.

Squadron in column at half distance, under steam and sail, making course NE by East.

Under all fore and aft sail, except jib and topsails.

Vessels approximately in position at end of watch.

Average steam pressure 120, vacuum 27, turns 90.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from SSW.

In column at half distance on flagship, making good NE by East, under steam in three boilers, fore and main trysail and staysail.

Steam pressure 120, vacuum 27, revolutions 91.

Vessel rolling easily, greatest leeward roll recorded 22°.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from South.

Barometer falling.

Steaming in column ahead.

At 9.15pm sighted Monhegan light on port bow, it bore on port beam about 10.20pm, patent log 101.3.

At 10.40pm sighted Matinicus Rock light about ½ point on port bow, it bore on beam at about 10.55pm.

At 10.00pm flagship made general signals 295 and 6105, answered and took distance.

Passed several sail during watch.

At end of watch a schooner in sight on starboard bow.

Number of revolutions 87, steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches.


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21 August 1891

Making passage to, and at Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.19


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, clouding over latter part, moonlight.

Fresh breeze from SSW.

Passed several sails.

At 3.10am changed course to NE by East following motions of flagship.

At 3.23am made Great Duck Island light bearing about North.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 83.8, vacuum 26 inches.

At 3.55am started to change course to the Northward, but was unable to get into position as the U.S.S. "Atlanta" occupied it.

At 3.20am Mount Desert light bore abeam.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, last hour overcast.

Moderate SSW breeze, last three hours in moderate squalls.

In column at distance, following motions of flagship, heading for Bar Harbor, steering North by E¾E per standard [compass] first hour and various courses second hour.

At 5.55am came to in 12 fathoms, stiff mud bottom, veered to 60 fathoms port chain, bearings (magnetic) North end of Round Porcupine Island SE by E½E, East end of Sheep Porcupine Island North by E½E.

Draft forward 12 feet 7 inches, aft 16 feet 0 inch.

Banked fires.

At 5.20am flagship exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Philadelphia", at anchor in harbor, flying flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi and hoisted red Rear Admiral's flag.

Found also U.S.S. "Despatch", flying flag of Secretary of the Navy, U.S.S. "Petrel" and U.S.S. "Enterprise" at anchor in harbor.

Flagship made following signals during watch: at 5.35am 230; at 6.05am 2121; at 7.00am time and uniform signals.

At 8.00am this ship hoisted guard flag, and flagship fired a salute in honor of the Secretary.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from SW by South.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which exercised divisions as follows, namely: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division infantry; 3rd Division care of battery; Powder Division setting up.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call upon the Honorable Secretary of the Navy.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 261.

Hauled fires under boiler A.

Under banked fires under boilers C and D.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Fresh to very fresh breezes from SW and SW by South.

At 1.30pm let go starboard anchor under foot, veering to 25 fathoms on starboard chain.

U.S.S. "Atlanta" shifted her berth further to Southward and Westward.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing last half hour of watch.

Stiff to fresh breezes from SW by South and SW.

Barometer steady at 29.79 until last hour, when commenced to rise.

At 6.15pm the Plant steamer "Olivette" left the wharf and stood out.

At 6.45pm flag made [signal] preparatory 2983, and at 6.50pm 6140.


8pm to midnight:

Partially clear.

Fresh to very fresh breezes in squalls from SW.

Heavy banked fires in three boilers.


Round Porcupine Island is also known as Bald Porcupine Island.


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22 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.19


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Fresh breeze in squalls from SW by South.

Barometer about steady.


4am to 8am:

Generally overcast.

Stiff to fresh breezes in squalls from the SW by South and SSW, frequently accompanied by heavy rain.

Barometer rising very slowly.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3351, followed by dress signals 3955, 6375.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with heavy rain squalls first three hours.

Moderate to very fresh breezes from SSW coming in squalls.

Barometer rising very slowly.

Thomas J. Brennan, Machinist, reported expiration of his term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate to stiff breeze in squalls from SSW.

Barometer rising.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially clear latter part.

Gentle breeze from SSW, moderating to light airs and backing to East, backing to light fog.

Barometer rising.

Got starboard anchor on bow at 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Damp and foggy, dense fog last half hour.

Lights airs from ESE and SE.

Barometer falling.


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23 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.19


Midnight to 4am:

Heavy fog.

Airs from SE.


4am to 8am:

Foggy.

Calm first part, light airs from SSW and SSE latter part.

Flagship made uniform and time signal at 7.00am.

Swung to flood tide at 4.30am.


8am to meridian:

First and last parts foggy weather.

Light airs from SSW and SSE.

Barometer about steady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew.

The Secretary of the Navy called on board the U.S.S. "Chicago", and Rear Admiral Walker, U.S. Navy, called on board the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Foggy.

Airs from SSE.


4pm to 8pm:

Foggy weather.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Foggy.

Airs from SSE and NW by West.


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24 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.19


Midnight to 4am:

Dense fog.

Light SE airs.

Moon rarely visible.


4am to 8am:

Foggy.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Heavy fog.

Airs from SE by South.

The steamer "Winthrop" went out, and the "City of Richmond" came in.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions: 1st and 2nd Divisions small arms; 3rd Division setting up drill; Powder Division at stations; and Marine Guard aiming and pointing.

Rear Admiral Gherardi paid official visits to the U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Newark", U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Vesuvius" and this ship.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: three thousand dollars in money.

The Captain assigned the following punishments: John Murphy, First-class Fireman, money stopped for one month, for disregard of orders of Engineer of Watch when told to break out stow hole, and prepare his station for cleaning; J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, T. Eddy, Coal Heaver, M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, and P. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, two hours' extra duty each, for not answering muster at turn to in morning watch.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; and at noon numeral 232.


Meridian to 4pm:

Foggy, first two hours light drizzle.

Light SE and SSE breezes.

At 1.30pm sent detachment of Marines, seaman infantry and artillery to join squadron brigade on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Foggy.

Light SE airs.

Steamer "Olivette" put to sea.

Landing party returned on board at 5.20pm.

Received on board 1000 gallons water from water boat for steaming purposes.


8pm to midnight:

Dense fog three hours, partially clearing last hour.

Light SSE breeze.

Steam cutter carried away steam whistle pipe and loosened smokestack by running foul of bull rope.


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25 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.19


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy, partially clear overhead, fog occasionally lifting, then closing in again.

Light to gentle breezes from between SE by East and South, occasionally veering to the Westward of South last hour.

Barometer falls slightly for the watch.


4am to 8am:

Clearing weather.

Light airs lower current, upper current fresh breeze from SW by W carrying the fog before it.

Received on board for steaming purposes 1000 gallons fresh water from water boat.

Flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" made the following signals: at 7.00am 3351, 3955 and 6375; and at 7.30am 6144.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 93½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 74 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, fog first two hours.

Light SW breeze.

Made preparations for sea, but at 9.30am the orders for proposed tactical maneuvers were countermanded.

At 9.00am made numeral 0, at 10.00am numeral 1, at noon numeral 247.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, fog bank in sight to the Eastward.

Light to gentle breezes, in occasional squalls latter part, from SW by West and WSW.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

At 4.00pm flagship made general signal 2984.

The Torpedo Boat U.S.S. "Cushing" got under way and stood out at about 3.00pm, returning at about 4.00pm.

Taking in fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle West by South and WSW breezes, occasionally in light gusts.

Commander of U.S.S. "Enterprise" paid an official visit to this ship.

Received from water boat 1000 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WSW to WNW.

Moon rose at 9.40pm.


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26 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine, [and at sea for fleet tactics]

Lat 44.30, Long -68.05 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Fair, with light NW by North and NNW breezes.

Barometer from 30.26 to 30.32 inches.

U.S.S. "Cushing" left harbor to Southward about 7.00am.

Flagship made uniform and time signals as usual.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breezes from NNW to SSW.

Barometer steady 30.33.

Making preparations for getting under way.

At 9.37am went to quarters for inspection.

Hove in to short stay and all preparations made for getting under way at 10.00am and broke position pennant.

Anchor away at 10.35am and started ahead at 10.40am, following motions of flagship U.S.S. "Chicago".

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 10 inches.

Both divisions passed in review before the Honorable Secretary of the Navy, flying his flag from the main truck of the U.S.S. "Despatch", paraded Guard and gave four ruffles.

At the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" passed the U.S.S. "Despatch" they fired the customary salute of 19 guns.

After passing in review both divisions were exercised together at fleet tactics.

Signals being made from the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" and repeated by the U.S.S. "Chicago".

Made the usual routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 242.

The following signals were made by the flagship, namely: at 10.00am to 2nd Division U.S.S. "Chicago" distinguishing pennant 240; at 10.40am 256; at 10.42am to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 262; at 10.51am 251; at 11.08am [10.08am in log-book] 95; at 11.20am 491; at 11.25am 493; at 11.34am 422; at 11.40am 417; at 11.45am 267; at 12.00pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 165.

Using steam from boilers A, C and D.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, turns 65.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy and warm.

Light airs and breezes from ESE to SW.

Exercised at fleet tactics till 1.00pm when U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made general signal to return to anchorage.

The 2nd Division, in obedience to signal from U.S.S. "Chicago", formed column at half distance and steaming in took berths previously occupied.

Signals used in exercise as follows: 443, 362, 267, 361, 362, 267, 381; to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 290, 1125 and 256.

At 1.55pm came to anchor in 12½ fathoms, muddy bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

At 2.40pm flagship made 2121 and vessel banked fires.

Bearings at anchorage: East end of Sheep Porcupine Island NE½N, North end Round Porcupine Island SE by East (magnetic).

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): one field coil from Edison Electric Company.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs variable in direction.

At about 5.00pm U.S.S. "Vesuvius" made [signal] interrogatory 4890, answered in affirmation by flagship, and at 5.06pm got under way and stood out, returning to anchorage at about 7.00pm.

At 5.30pm flagship made [signal] preparatory 2983.

At about 5.45pm the North Atlantic Squadron, consisting of the U.S.S. "Philadelphia", U.S.S. "Petrel" and U.S.S. "Enterprise", got under way and stood out.

The Plant steamer "Olivette" left the dock at about 6.00pm and stood out.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy and damp.

Light airs from SSW.

At 8.20pm flagship made general signal to exercise with search lights, and from 8.30pm to 9.00pm squadron exercised lights in obedience to signal.


Round Porcupine Island is also known as Bald Porcupine Island.


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27 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.20


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Barometer steady.

At 5.05am flagship made general signal 2983.

At about 4.30am the U.S.S. "Despatch", flying the flag of the Honorable Secretary of the Navy, stood out.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3351, and the following dress signals, namely: 3955 and 6375.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 74 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Rainy weather.

Light airs from SSE and SE by South.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected divisions, all present.

At 11.50am the Revenue marine cutter U.S.R.C. "Dexter" came in and anchored.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Light airs from South by East and calms.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, settling to thick fog.

Light airs from South by West and calms.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, alternate drizzling rain and fog.

Light airs from SE.

Barometer falling.


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28 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.20


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with drizzling rain during first hour.

Wind shifted to SSW second hour, when it ceased raining and commenced to clear.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, drizzling rain first part, then cloudy.

Light breezes from SSW to South by West coming in squalls.

At 7.00am flagship ship made uniform and time signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, clearing latter part of watch.

Gentle breeze from South by West to SW.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised 1st and 3rd Divisions at great guns, 2nd [Division], Powder [Division] and Marines at small arms.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded, namely: G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, improper conduct, 2 hours' extra duty; J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, leaving bridge while on watch, money stopped one month; A. Nickerson, Captain of Tops, entering wardroom mess room and striking wardroom boy, money stopped for one month; H.S. McEvoy, Landsman, appropriating swab not belonging to him, 10 days' extra duty; E. Moore, Landsman, drawing razor on another wardroom boy, money stopped 3 months; E. Creigher, Landsman, striking Captain of Afterguard, 5 days' extra duty.

The Revenue cutter U.S.R.C. "Dexter" left the harbor.

At 11.15am flagship made general signal 5455, answered and loosed sail.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather, fog hanging over the land and occasionally passing over the harbor.

Light South wind.

At 2.45pm flagship made signal 4826.

Furled the sails.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South and South by West.

Barometer falling.

At 4.24pm exercised the fire quarters, ready: 1st Division 1 minute 25 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 5 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 15 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 10 seconds; Marines 1 minute 10 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 0 seconds.

Secure at 4.37pm, time of exercise: 16 minutes 30 seconds.

At 5.00pm sighted U.S.S. "Concord" standing into the harbor from the Southward, and at about 5.20pm, in obedience to signal from the flagship, she anchored NW½W, distant 2 cables, from that vessel.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light passing showers first half, afterwards clearing.

Light wind from SSW and SW by South.


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29 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine

Lat 44.39, Long -68.20


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light rain first half.

Calms, light airs from West by South to light breezes from NW by North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW by North.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 74 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light wind from NW by North.

A board held survey on the awnings.

Flagship made the following signals: at 10.15am telegraphic 4904, 496, 1467, 7007, 2012, 9319, 3821.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 231.

Sent to U.S.S. "Concord" Engineer's Department: one rod Tobin bronze, for use in repairing pump.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, with gentle NW by North breeze.

At 1.45pm flagship made uniform signal 3350.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from NW by North.

Received on board for steaming purposes 1000 gallons fresh water from water boat.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light NW by West to North by West breezes.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 92½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 74 pounds of bread.

Returned from U.S.S. "Concord": rod of Tobin bronze less 40 pounds, for use in repairing pump and sent in forenoon watch.


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30 August 1891

At anchor Bar Harbor, Maine, and at Belfast, Maine

Lat 44.20, Long -68.42


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light airs to light breezes from NNW to WSW.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from NW to WNW.

Steamer "Olivette" came in at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from NW, NE and East.

At 9.55am got under way and started out of harbor, following flagship in column at half distance.

Draft forward 12 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

At 11.10am passed whistling buoy off Baker Island and put over patent log reading 77.5, changed course to SW¾W, and at noon to West by South (per standard [compass]).

Average steam pressure 120, average revolutions 81.2.

Flagship made following signals: at 9.53am tactical 240; at 10.05am tactical 256; at 10.20am tactical 256; at 12.00pm general 3035.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at noon numeral 224.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with light airs and breezes from between East and NNE.

Barometer about steady.

Squadron in column at half distance, following motions of flagship.

Steering course West by South until 1.14pm, when changed to W½N, patent log 97.

At 1.30pm changed course to NW by W½W, patent log 99.7, at 1.45pm changed to NW¼W, patent log 2.5, at 2.00pm changed to North, patent log 4.5.

During remainder of watch steering various courses, steering up East Penobscot Bay, following lead of the flagship.

At 3.23pm passed Eagle Island light abeam, and at 3.54pm off Western Island.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, average number of turns 95.3.


4pm to 6pm:

Partially cloudy.

Light breeze from NNE, hauling to SSW second hour.

In column at half distance on flagship, standing up East Penobscot Bay till 5.00pm, when stood into anchorage off Belfast, Maine.

Anchored in double column at distance, this vessel in 5¼ fathoms water, soft muddy bottom, and veered to 15 fathoms on port chain.

Flagship made following signals, distinguishing berths of squadron, namely: U.S.S. "Newark" 231, 124 numeral 2, distinguishing U.S.S. "Newark", U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Yorktown" preparatory 246, 156 numeral 2; distinguishing F.B.C.V. 246, 156 numeral 2.

At 5.35pm flagship to squadron [signal] 2121.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from WNW.


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31 August 1891

At anchor Belfast, Maine

Lat 44.42, Long -68.98


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with light airs to light breeze from NE to NNE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Barometer steady at 30.26.

Hoisted steam cutter out and cleaned ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breezes from ENE.

At 9.30am inspected divisions at quarters, and exercised 1st and 3rd Divisions at bayonet drill and second [Division] at small arms, Powder Division at stations.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Instructed class of apprentices and landsmen in seamanship.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 4826, answered and furled sail.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from East by North.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light East by North and SE airs.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light airs from between SW and NW by West.

Barometer steady.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1891


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1 September 1891

At anchor Belfast, Maine

Lat 44.42, Long -68.98


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light breezes from ENE and NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer steady.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, threatening rain first part.

Wind from NW by North to North by West.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions: 1st Division small arms; 2nd single sticks; 3rd great guns; and Powder [Division] small arms.

By order of Commanding Officer placed C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice First-class, under charge of sentry to await investigation of his case.

G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class, reported his term of enlistment as expired this day.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; and at noon numeral 214.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, with light drizzling rain first two hours.

Light NNE and NE breezes.

Discharged from ship and service G. Haneke, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

At 1.00pm flagship made [signal] annulling 58.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light NE breezes.

Barometer falling.

At about 5.18pm flagship made [signal] telegraphic 7747, 4804.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

At 7.30pm exercised search lights in obedience to signals.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer falling.


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2 September 1891

At anchor Belfast, Maine, and Bath, Maine

Lat 43.75, Long -69.50


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy weather.

Airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light airs from NNW to light breeze from WNW.

At 5.05am flagship made general signal preparatory 4890, and at 5.20am general wigwag: "Have steam up as soon as possible".

At 6.35am flagship made general [signal] 240, got under way and stood out in column at half distance.

Draft forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

Put over patent log at 7.16am, reading 0.0.

Standing down Penobscot Bay, following motions of flagship.

Average pressure 120, revolutions 75.7.

At 5.40am flagship made [signal] tactical 256, and at 7.00am uniform ant time signals.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with light breezes from South by West to SW.

Steady barometer.

Squadron in column at half distance.

Under steam from boiler A, C and D, following lead of the flagship.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which exercised divisions as follows, namely: 1st, 2nd and 3rd [Divisions] cleaning battery; Powder Division setting up; Marine Guard manual of arms.

At beginning of watch course SSW, at 8.37am changed to South by W¼W, at 9.18am changed to SW by W¼W, at 9.42am changed to W¼S, at 10.00am changed to SW by W⅝W, patent log 27.

At 10.32am passed Roaring Bull buoy abeam to port.

At 11.00am, off Old Man Spindle [probably Old Man Ledge], changed course to WSW¾W, patent log 36.

At 11.09am passed Monhegan light abeam to port.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 2; at noon numeral 206.

At 10.46am flagship made general 3918.

Piped down hammocks, went to quarters and turned them in.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, average number of turns 94.3.

By order of Commanding Officer C.J. Winestock, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was placed in confinement on bread and water for three days, for being drunk on duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SW.

In column at half distance till 1.20pm, when opened to distance in obedience to signal.

Standing along coast till 12.30pm, when hauled in patent log, whistling buoy bearing on starboard beam, distant ¼ mile, then heading in for Kennebec River.

At 12.35pm squadron stopped in obedience to signal and pilots were taken on all vessels, except U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Cushing".

At 1.20pm resumed speed and standing up river till 3.00pm, when vessels anchored, this vessel in 3¾ fathoms water, hard muddy bottom, veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Flagship made following signals: at 12.30pm 5219, 297; at 1.20pm 280; at 2.15pm preparatory 1211; at 2.40pm general 230; at 2.55pm 2121; at 3.10pm telegraphic 1207, 1672, 9409, 7950, 945, numeral 6, 9411, 8737, 4204, numeral 8, 11, 14, 15, 20, 19.

Under banked fires in 3 boilers at end of watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from WSW.

Barometer steady.

At 5.45pm flagship made general signal 241, answered and got under way.

At 5.55pm flagship made general signal 255, answered and stood up river in column at distance.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from WSW.

Standing up the river under conn of Navigator.

At 7.40pm came to off the city of Bath in 6½ fathoms water, veering to 20 fathoms on starboard chain.

Ship's draft 12 feet 5 inches forward and 15 feet 10 inches aft.

Bearings at anchorage: abreast Bath Iron Works.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light airs to light breezes from SW by South.

At 8.00pm flagship made general [signal] 2121.

Banked fires.


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3 September 1891

At anchor Bath, Maine

Lat 43.91, Long -69.81


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm and light airs from SW, very light East airs last hour.

Barometer steady at 30.15.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 1.00am, finished at 1.45am.


4am to 8am:

Hazy and pleasant, foggy third hour.

Calms to light airs from East to NE.

At 8.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3351.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW.

Ship riding to flood all watch.

Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Exercised gun divisions at great guns.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first part, clouding latter part, warm.

Light breeze from South.

Barometer falling.

Slack high water at 1.35pm.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, with light breeze from South.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

Barometer steady.

Observed an aurora borealis from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Ship commenced swinging to the flood at about 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from South, hauling to SW.

Strong flood tide running at end of watch, ship riding to flood.


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4 September 1891

At anchor Bath, Maine, and Portland, Maine

Lat 43.91, Long -69.81


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Barometer about steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 1.45am, and finished at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light SW wind.

Ship riding to the ebb, slack water low at 7.45am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy first, clearing later.

Moderate SW and SW by South breezes.

Making preparations for sea.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishment, to go into effect after arrival at next port: P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, failing to clean station when sent by machinist, 5 days' bread and water.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Following signals made during watch from flagship: at 9.30am telegraphic 4904, 8737, 629, 1267, 7672, 4204, 8218, 945, 1 numeral, 5825, 6839, numeral 11 answer 45.

To flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 1; at noon numeral 97.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SW to SSW.

Moderate sea.

Barometer falling.

Making preparations for getting under way at beginning of watch.

At about 12.50pm hove short, and at 1.00pm broke position pennant.

At about 1.10pm U.S.S. "Chicago" started ahead, squadron standing down the Kennebec River, formation column at distance.

Anchor away about 1.28pm.

At about 2.35pm started to close in to half distance, in obedience to signal from flagship.

At about 2.47pm off bell buoy at mouth of river, took departure from this buoy, patent log 48.4, and set course SW by W¼W, following lead of the flagship.

At 3.17pm changed course to W⅛N, patent log 52.5.

Flagship made following signals, namely: at 12.57pm general signal 2984; at 1.00pm tactical 240; at 1.10pm tactical 255; at 2.20pm general 3698; at 2.35pm tactical 256.

Average steam pressure 120, vacuum 26, average number of turns 90.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from SSW.

In column at half distance on flagship, standing in for Casco Bay.

At 5.10pm flagship made [signal] 90 and squadron anchored in obedience to signal, this vessel in 3¼ fathoms water, soft muddy bottom, and veered to 20 fathoms on port chain.

Draft forward 12 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 8 inches.

Bearings (per compass): breakwater light South by W¼W, North end Fort Gorges [Fort George in log-book] East by South.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from SSW.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00pm made signal interrogatory 2121 to flagship.

At 7.10pm flagship made general signal 2121, answered and banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from North.

Commander R.D. Evans left the ship on leave of absence, to appear as a witness before a civil court at Norfolk, Virginia.

General A.G. McCook, passenger, took final leave of the ship.


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5 September 1891

At anchor Portland, Maine

Lat 43.66, Long -70.22


Midnight to 4am:

First half fair, cloudy later.

Light North by East and NNE breeze.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from NNE to NE by East.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3351, followed by the dress signals 3955 and 6375.

Broke guard flag at colors.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from NNE first part, hauling to SSE.

At 9.30am held bag inspection.

Made routine signals to flagship.

Closed watertight doors at 10.15am, starboard engine room 25 seconds, port engine room 30 seconds, berth deck 45 seconds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather, drizzling rain last half.

Barometer falling.

Light breeze from SSE and SE.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy weather.

Light breeze from SE.

Barometer rising.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, threatening.

Light SE airs.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, raining part of last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from the NE.

Barometer falling.


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6 September 1891

At anchor Portland, Maine

Lat 43.66, Long -70.22


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain at times.

Light breezes from NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather.

Light breeze from NE.

Barometer falling.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 73 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast by clouds, with light drizzling rain at intervals during last hour.

Airs from NE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew.

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

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 187.

At 9.50am the flagship made general signal 3837, numeral 10.30.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with very fine falling mist.

Light breezes from NNE and NE to light airs from NE by North.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light to gentle breezes from NE by North, and NNW last hour.

Barometer steady.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with rain at times.

Light airs from NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with occasional showers first half and drizzling rain at intervals last half.

Light airs from West.

Barometer about steady.


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7 September 1891

At anchor Portland, Maine, and making passage to Bridgeport, Connecticut

Lat 43.66, Long -70.22


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, light rain first half of watch.

Airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, raining latter part.

Very light airs, variable in direction.

Barometer falling.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3351, followed by general dress signals 3955 and 6375.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 73 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light airs to light breezes, at end of watch from SSE backing to NE.

Barometer falling.

Received in Engineer's Department: two hundred and two (202) gallons lard oil.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 3; at noon numeral 184.

At 11.40am flagship made to U.S.S. "Yorktown" general signal 8897, answered to flagship with general signal 1776.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy all watch.

Light breezes from NNE to North.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

Barometer falling.


6pm to 8pm:

Partially clear.

Light breezes from North and NNW.

Moon set at 7.50pm.

Flagship made [signal] telegraphic 7044, 2585 at 6.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with light NW breeze.

At 11.12pm flagship made tactical 240, got under way and stood out in column, flagship leading.

By order of Commanding Officer P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, was released from confinement at 8.00pm, to be reconfined upon arrival at next port to finish his punishment of 5 days' bread and water.


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8 September 1891

Making passage from Portland, Maine, to Bridgeport, Connecticut

Lat 41.87, Long -69.88


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW.

Barometer rising.

At beginning of watch hauling into position in column at distance, standing out of Portland harbor toward Halfway Rock light.

Following motions of flagship.

At about 1.00am took departure, Cape Elizabeth light bearing West by South, Halfway Rock light bearing NNW (both magnetic), patent log 68.3, and set course S½E.

At 1.20am changed course to South by W¼W, patent log 70.8.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 27, average number of turns 87.4.

At 12.53am flagship made [signal] tactical 255.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from West and West by South.

In column at distance on flagship, making course South by W¼W.

Steam in three boilers, average revolutions 88, pressure 120, vacuum 27.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West by South to SW by West, shifting to to SE last hour.

A light fog bank on Eastern horizon all watch.

Barometer rising.

At 8.15am sighted Highland of Cape Cod on starboard bow.

At 9.30am went to general quarters for exercise without powder.

Cast loose and provide: 1st Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes 24 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 15 seconds; Powder Division 4 minutes 24 seconds; Engineer's Division 3 minutes 28 seconds; Navigator's Division 55 seconds.

Retreat at 10.12am.

At 9.25am flagship made general signal 5520, answered and made sail.

At 10.00am changed course to South by W½W (per compass) and at 10.45am to South by E½E (per compass), Nauset [Nausett in log-book] light bore on starboard beam.

At 11.55am flagship made general signal 4876, answered and took in and furled sail.

A number of sail in sight during watch.

Steaming in column ahead at distance.

Number of revolutions 88.6, steam 120 pounds, vacuum 26 inches.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and at noon made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from SSE and South by West.

Sighted numerous sails.

At 3.15pm flagship made 2984.

At 3.20pm got a cast of lead in 20 fathoms, bottom sand and pebbles.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, with light SW breeze.

Following flagship, making good until 5.15pm South by E¾E, then SSW½W.

Average pressure 120, revolutions 87.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light breezes from between SW and WNW.

Barometer rising.

Smooth sea.

Squadron in column at distance.

Changed course at 6.15pm to WSW⅞W.

At 6.55pm sighted Davis New South Shoal lightship bearing about NW½W (per compass), ship's head West by South.

At 7.25pm changed course to W½N, patent log 35.4, light ship bearing (per compass) about NNW⅝W.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, vacuum 27, average number of turns 88.8.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy and damp.

Gentle breezes from NW by North, hauling to NNE and increasing to fresh breezes.

In column at distance on flagship, making course W½N till 9.05pm, when changed to NW by W¼W.

Making good latter course till end of watch.

Steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 89, vacuum 27 inches.


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9 September 1891

Making passage from Portland, Maine, to, and at anchor off Bridgeport, Connecticut

Lat 41.12, Long -72.95


Midnight to 4am:

First hour cloudy, afterwards clear, with bright starlight.

Moderate breeze from NNE.

Barometer rising first half.

At 3.15am sighted Block Island light 2 points on starboard bow, and at 3.20am changed course to NW½N (per compass), patent log 5.

Steaming in column ahead.

Number of revolutions 87, steam 116, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from North by East.

At 4.24am made Montauk light bearing about West.

At 5.00am changed course to WNW½W.

At 8.00am abreast and close aboard Little Gull Island lighthouse.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 89, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NW breeze.

Standing down Long Island Sound, following lead of flagship, making good standard compass course as per column [not included, see first page link above].

At end of watch Stratford Shoal lighthouse on port bow, distant about 6 miles.

Flagship made following signals: at 8.20am general 758; at 9.27am general 758; at 10.05am tactical 256; at 10.10am telegraphic 9, 0692, 1008, 7007, 9409, 4097, 2676, 5716, 629, 4892, 3519, 7459, 0970, 5029.

Made following routine signals: at 10.00am numeral 4; at noon numeral 153.

U.S.S. "Concord" fell out of column and the vessels closed up to half distance at 10.10am.

At end of watch U.S.S. "Concord" about two miles astern and closing.

Pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 90.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from between NNW and WNW.

Barometer steady.

At beginning of watch steering course W¾S.

Squadron in column at half distance, U.S.S. "Concord" some distance astern.

At 12.29pm, having Stratford Shoal lighthouse abeam to port, bearing (per compass) S¾E, ship's head W¾S, changed course to NW⅝W and took in patent log reading 87.9.

At 1.40pm came to with port anchor in 5 fathoms water, soft muddy bottom, 15 fathoms outside hawse pipe.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 6 inches.

Bearings at anchorage: Bridgeport lighthouse North by E½E, Black Rock lighthouse NW by W¼W (both magnetic).

Banked fires.

Hoisted out steam cutter.

Flagship made signals as follows, namely: at 12.00pm to U.S.S. "Newark" preparatory tactical 231, 132, numeral 2, to U.S.S. "Boston" preparatory tactical 231, numeral 2; at 12.05pm to U.S.S. "Concord" general signal 3184, to U.S.S. "Atlanta" preparatory 231, tactical 180, numeral 2; at 12.10pm to U.S.S. "Yorktown" preparatory 231, tactical 164, numeral 2; at 12.15pm to U.S.S. "Vesuvius" preparatory 231, tactical 172, numeral 3; at 12.40pm to U.S.S. "Concord" preparatory 231, tactical 148, numeral 2; at 12.55pm to fleet tactical 290; at 1.00pm tactical 297; at 1.05pm tactical 90; at 1.10pm tactical 297; at 1.25pm general 2934; at 1.50pm general 2121.

At about 3.15pm half masted colors and jack, following motion of flagship, and as U.S.S. "Chicago's" funeral party passed by uncovered about the deck.

Average steam 120 pounds, vacuum 27 inches, average number of turns 87.9 (12.00pm to 1.00pm).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light NW and WNW breezes.

Bright aurora in northern heavens.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light airs from NW to NNW.

Barometer steady.

Moon set at 9.20pm.


Bridgeport lighthouse is also known as Tongue Point lighthouse.

Black Rock lighthouse is also known as Fayerweather Island lighthouse.


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10 September 1891

At anchor off Bridgeport, Connecticut

Lat 41.13, Long -73.19


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, bright starlight.

Aurora visible latter part of watch.

Light breezes from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with haze on horizon.

Light breeze to light airs from NNW to WNW.

Tarred down.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant with light haze.

Light Westerly airs.

Barometer high and rising.

At about 9.30am loosed sail and triced up awnings.

At about 9.40am mustered at quarters, after which exercised divisions as follows, namely: all gun divisions overhauling main battery; Powder Division stations; Marine Guard manual of arms and bayonet exercise.

By order of Commanding Officer reconfined P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman.

Made routine signals as follows, namely: at 9.00am numeral 0; at 10.00am numeral 4; at noon numeral 150.

Flagship made signals as follows: at 9.30am, to fleet, general signals 5454 and 2077.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to South by West.

At 3.20pm flagship made 4826 and furled sail in obedience to signal.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light SW airs.

High barometer.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light airs from SW.

Moon set at 9.55pm.

Exercised search lights in obedience to signal.


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11 September 1891

At anchor off Bridgeport, Connecticut, and North River, New York

Lat 40.90, Long -73.68


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West to NW.

Barometer about steady.


4am to 8am:

Fair and hazy.

Light airs from NW to North by East.

Barometer rising slightly.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signal 3357, followed by dress signals 3955, 6375.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North by East, hauling to SW latter part of watch.

At 9.00am flagship made [signal] 241, then 256 and squadron got under way in column at half distance on flagship, making good course WSW all watch.

Put over patent log at 9.25am reading 87.9.

At 11.50am flagship made [signal] 2984 and piped down scrubbed clothes.

At end of watch Execution Rock bearing WSW, distant about 4 miles.

Draft forward 12 feet 0 inches, aft 15 feet 6 inches.

Had fire quarters at 9.30am, ready: 1st Division 50 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 25 seconds; 3rd Division 30 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 0 seconds; Navigator's Division 40 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes 20 seconds.

Get up provisions 5 minutes 0 seconds.

Steam pressure 117, vacuum 27, revolutions 84.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSW.

Barometer falling.

At 12.26pm hauled in patent log reading 13.7 knots.

Standing through Long Island Sound, East and North Rivers.

At 2.10pm flagship made general signal 256, at 3.10pm general signal 443, and at 3.30pm general signal 90, answered and counter-marched, and stood down North River.

At 3.50pm let go port anchor in 6 fathoms water, hard bottom, and veered to 60 fathoms chain, let go starboard anchor and moored with 30 fathoms on each chain.

Ship's draft 11 feet 10 inches forward, 15 feet 5 inches aft.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE and South by West.

Shifted moorings at 4.15pm in obedience to signal from flagship, secured at 30 fathoms on each chain, 6 fathoms water, soft muddy bottom.

By order of Commanding Officer placed P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, in solitary confinement on bread and water for remaining unexpired term.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW, shifting to West last hour.

Barometer steady.

Riding to the ebb all watch.


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12 September 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from West.

Slack water low at 1.30am, swung to flood at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Partially clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from West and NNW.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.

Riding to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Partially clear, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from West and NNW.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals.

Riding to ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from NNW and SSE.

Barometer unsteady.

The following men were absent without leave, namely: J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, J. Mead, Coal Heaver, and J. Healy, Water Tender.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and noon made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from South by West.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from South by West to South by East.

Barometer falling.

Ship commenced swinging to 7.00pm, and finished at 7.45pm.

By order of Commanding Officer P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, was released from confinement, his term having expired.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, moonlight.

Light wind from South by East.


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13 September 1891

At anchor North River, New York

Lat 40.76, Long -74.01 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, except last hour.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

Barometer slowly falling, 30.20 to 30.13.

At 3.10am swung to flood.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer steady.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at 6.40am, and finished at 7.10am.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 9.30am called all hands to quarters for inspection, the following men absent over time: T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, J. Gabel, Oiler, P.E. Rogers, Painter, J. Johnson, Coxswain, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, C. Connelly, Coal Heaver, W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, J.J. Mead, Coal Heaver, and J. Healy, Water Tender.

The following men over time returned on board: J.J. Meade, Coal Heaver, 27½ hours, C. Connelly, Coal Heaver, 9½ hours, and W.J. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, 3 hours.

Commander R.D. Evans returned from leave of absence.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 10.00am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 136.

At 10.00am flagship made signal 3837 and numeral 10.30.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally fair, with light SSW breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer placed R. Lee, Private Marine, and J. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, under sentry's charge.

W. Hills, Second-class Fireman, and J. Gabel, Oiler, returned on board 8 hours over time each.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from South and SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light breeze from SSW to light airs from WSW, light sprinkle of rain third hour.


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14 September 1891

At anchor North River, and at Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, clearing last hour.

Light breeze from NW.

Barometer steady.

Commenced swinging to flood at 2.20am, finishing at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from NW to NNW.

Transported spare anchor from bow to quarterdeck.

Took off mooring swivel, hove up port anchor and hove in on starboard chain to 30 fathoms.

Slack water high at 6.20am, swung to ebb at 6.45am.


8am to meridian:

Fine.

Light to gentle NNW breeze.

At 9.00am got under way and stood down North River, rendering usual honors and firing a 13 gun salute on passing flagship U.S.S. "Chicago".

Proceeded to Navy Yard, and made fast to coal wharf.

Draft forward 11 feet 11 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

Exchanged numbers with U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

Made signals as follows: at 9.00am numeral 13 and interrogatory 4890, flagship answered yes.

Absent without leave: T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, J. Johnson, Coxswain, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, J. Healy, Water Tender, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, J. Daly, Water Tender, and S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, light to gentle breezes from NNW to WNW.

Barometer steady.

Discharged this day from the U.S.S. "Yorktown" and the Naval Service, with honorable discharges, by reason of expiration of their terms of enlistment, Thomas J. Brennan, Machinist, and R.E.L. Garcine, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver, returned on board about 31 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle WNW breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer placed W. O'Connell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, in confinement until further orders, and R. Burke, Corporal, under sentry's charge to await trial by court martial.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Light breeze from WSW.

Barometer steady.


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15 September 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light WNW airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 73 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 60 pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair, cloudy latter part.

Light breezes from WNW to West.

Barometer rising.

Absentees: T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, J. Johnson, Coxswain, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Noonan, First-class Fireman, J. Healy, Water Tender, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, J. Daly, Water Tender, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, and William F. Flynn, Coal Heaver.

Engaged in shifting mooring down the dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant till last hour, then clouding over, with threatening rain.

Light airs and breezes from WSW.

Assistant Engineer C.H. Hayes left the ship on leave for one week.

Navy Yard workmen taking measurements for hatch hoods and port covers for waist guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and rainy.

Light airs from SSW to WSW.

Barometer rather unsteady.

Received from the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", with necessary transfer papers, R.E.L. Garcine, Seaman, U.S. Navy.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from WSW.


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16 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear weather.

Light airs from WSW.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to NW by West.

Clouding up latter part.

Barometer rising.

John Noonan, First-class Fireman, returned on board 94½ hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW by West to North.

At 9.30am went to quarters and mustered divisions, sixteen men absent over time: T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, J. Johnson, Coxswain, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, J. Healy, Water Tender, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, J. Daly, Water Tender, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, F.W. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J.L. Carlson, Seaman, and M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

By order of Commanding Officer rewards were offered for the following men: T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, J. Johnson, Coxswain, M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, J. Healy, Water Tender, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J.H. Cummings, Coal Heaver, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, J. Connelly, Coal Heaver, W.J. Sloan, Second-class Fireman, J. Daly, Water Tender, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, F.W. Flynn, Coal Heaver, and F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver.

T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, was brought on board by the police, 75 hours over time, and a reward of ten dollars paid for his delivery, he was then placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping, by order of Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE, SW and NNW.

Barometer about steady.

By order of the Commanding Officer M.J. Lynch, Quarter Gunner, was released from confinement, he being sober.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW.

J. Healy, Water Tender, F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver, and M. Teahan, Coal Heaver, returned on board over time, the latter two 84 hours, and the former 108 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light airs from NW. Barometer rising.

J. Daley, Water Tender, absent over time, returned on board 87½ hours over time.


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17 September 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms, light airs from SSW to NW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 71¼ pounds beef; 71¼ pounds vegetables; 57 pounds bread.

W.J. Sloan, Coal Heaver, returned from liberty 70 hours over time, and J. Cummings, Coal Heaver, 72 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, clear.

Light airs from West and SW.

Barometer rising.

The U.S.S. "Philadelphia" came to the yard.

By order of the Commanding Officer T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, W. O'Connell and Corporal Burke were released from confinement, and by the same authority the following punishments were assigned, namely: T. Cassidy, Quartermaster, disrated to Seaman from date; A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman, out of uniform spar deck, 2 hours' extra duty; W. O'Connelly, Seaman Apprentice First-class, under the influence of liquor on board ship and attempting to desert, 5 days' bread and water.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent over time, namely: J. Johnson, Coxswain, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, C. Connelly, Coal Heaver, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, and J.L. Carlson, Seaman.

H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, was found out of the ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from SW to South by West.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine weather.

Light airs from South by West and South by East.

Barometer steady.

Received 7500 gallons water for boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Airs from SW.

J. Johnson, Coxswain, returned on board 109 hours over time.


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18 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light airs from WSW and SW.

Barometer steady.

At about 6.15am the U.S.S. "Concord" came to the yard and went alongside the ordnance dock.

J.L. Carlson, Seaman, and J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver, absent without leave, returned on board, the former 47, and the latter 96 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from WSW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent over time: P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, T. Smith, Seaman, P.J. Leahy, Second-class Fireman, M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, and D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker.

W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, was brought on board by the police of New York, 75 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light WSW and SW by West breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from SW by West.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, with low lying haze.

Light SW by West wind.

T. Smith, Seaman, returned on board 13 hours over time.

Moonlight.


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19 September 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fair, bright moonlight.

Light WNW airs.

Barometer steady.

M. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, returned on board about 41 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Airs from WNW.

J. Connolly, Coal Heaver, returned on board 120 hours over time.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 71¼ pounds beef; 71¼ pounds vegetables; and 57 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light WNW to NNE breezes.

Absent without leave: D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker, V. Le Flock, Seaman, H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, and H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman.

Following workmen from yard on board during watch: 2 plumbers; 3 boiler makers; 2 workmen in coal bunker; 3 joiners; 2 machinists; 2 coppersmiths; 1 laborer.

Board of Survey, Lieutenant W.P. White Senior Member, met on board to survey sundry articles in Equipment [Department].

Sent 12 jigger blocks and 4 cat blocks to block house for overhauling.

Put on wharf to be sent to ordnance storehouse: 106 empty copper powder tanks.

Sent to mould loft one forecastle and one steerage hatch ladder.

U.S.S. "Boston" came to yard, flying number, and anchored off ordnance dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from NNE, shifting last hour to the SE.

Barometer steady.

Temperature falling last hour.

Received in Engineer's Department: 405 gallons lubrication oil.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Received from U.S.S. "Newark", with bag and hammock, but no papers, James Kennedy, Seaman.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm: 4 machinists and 1 helper; 5 joiners; 3 plumbers; 1 coppersmith and 1 helper; 2 tinsmiths.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair.

Light breeze to light airs from SE to ESE.

Moon rose about 7.20pm, after which bright moonlight.

Received in Engineer's Department 5000 [gallons], and for ship's use 1339 gallons fresh water from hydrant.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight, misty about horizon to Eastward toward midnight.

Light airs backing from ESE to ENE.

Barometer rising.


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20 September 1891

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from ENE.

W. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, returned on board, having left the ship without permission.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with light airs from ENE to ESE.


8am to meridian:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light airs, variable in direction.

Barometer rising slowly.

M.J. McQuirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, reported the expiration of his apprenticeship.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, the following named men were absent without leave, namely: V. Le Flock, Seaman, H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, and D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker.

Sent church party to attend divine service on Cob Dock [Cobb Dock in log-book].

Sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West by North to SSE.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant weather.

Light airs from SSE to South.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light variable airs from Southward and Westward.

D.H. McGunigle, Boiler Maker, returned on board 63 hours over time.


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21 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light airs from WSW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WSW airs.

Barometer steady.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 85 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 68 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West and SW.

Engaged in breaking out hold and store rooms, which were subsequently inspected by Board of Inspection on Hull.

Following Navy Yard workmen engaged on board, namely: 4 machinists and one helper; 4 joiners on deck in ally way; 4 plumbers on water closet; 4 joiners on deck in ally way; 4 boiler makers on rivets in boiler A; two blacksmiths.

Absent without leave: H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver, and V. Le Flock, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from West.

Barometer falling.

By order of the Secretary of the Navy Chief Engineer Alfred Adamson and Surgeon G.E.H. Harmon reported on board for duty, and by the same authority Chief Engineer Cipriano Andrade and Surgeon J.C. Boyd were detached from this vessel.

By order of the Chief of Bureau of Navigation W.C. Bennett, Machinist, was transferred to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".

Received 5000 gallons fresh water for boilers.

Received from the Quartermaster U.S. Marine Corps, Washington D.C.: 20 Springfield rifles with bayonets.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Southward and Westward.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board as in forenoon, all left at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from SE.

Barometer falling first hour.

Moon rose at about 8.20pm.


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22 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Airs from West.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy first part, heavy fog last part.

Light airs from ENE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 69 pounds bread; 86¼ pounds each of vegetables and beef.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ENE and SE by South.

Barometer rising.

By order of Commanding Officer M. Tierny, Second-class Fireman, was placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping, and W. O'Connell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, was released from confinement, his term having expired.

By the same authority C. Gulbrunsen was placed in confinement on bread and water for five days, for disobedience of orders of Officer of Deck.

H. Cooney, Seaman, and H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, were placed under sentry's charge to await trial by Court Martial.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: V. Le Flock, Seaman, J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, and J.V. Kane, Coal Heaver.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following stores, namely: 2940 pounds sugar; 1000 pounds pork; 1000 pounds beef; 91½ gallons vinegar; 58 gallons molasses; 980 pounds flour; and 513 pounds pickles.

Engaged in breaking out and cleaning store rooms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm weather.

Light airs from SE by East.

Barometer falling.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores, namely: 3 pieces of stud bolting; 24 rods Muntz metal; 6 packing screws; and 6 packing hooks.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SE by East.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Airs from SE by East to South by West.


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23 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with light airs from West.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and foggy.

Light airs from West.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from NNE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, following men absent over time: V. Le Flock, Seaman, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, and J.V. Kane, Coal Heaver.

The Captain assigned the following punishments: T.F. Birmingham, Landsman, and J.J. Ryan, Landsman, 1 week extra duty each, for being persistently dirty at inspection.

R. Scholz, Ordinary Seaman, was transferred to the U.S.S. "Chicago" for subsequent transfer to the U.S.S. "Newark", T. Clinch, Ordinary Seaman, was transferred to the U.S.S. "Terror", both of these men taking their effects.

J.H. Costain, Machinist, was found to be drunk and by order of the Captain placed under sentry's charge to sober up.

The following workmen from the yard were employed on board: 2 cementers on officers' water closet; 5 joiners on bridge and alley ways; 6 boiler makers in fire rooms; 5 machinists and 1 helper on steam heaters and pin rails; 1 blacksmith and helper on starboard anchor; 2 caulkers in fire room; and 1 ship's carpenter on gallus frame.

Broke out forward magazine and stowed the powder in the after magazine.

Assistant Engineer C.H. Hayes returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from NNE.

At 1.00pm a Summary Court Martial met and tried H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman, for being absent from the ship without permission.

At 2.25pm the court adjourned to await action of the Captain.

The same workmen were occupied on the ship as in the forenoon.

Turned into General Storekeeper 2 sets drag ropes and 2 extractors for 6-pounder, condemned by survey.

Received on board 4 cases medical stores.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Hendrik Wilson, Seaman, with his effects and papers.

Enlisted Edward Vincent Glendenning for the cruise of the ship as Landsman Special Service.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 50 working suits; 25 blue cloth trousers; 100 watch caps; 100 white jumpers; 100 white trousers; 300 woolen socks; 50 overshirts; 50 undershirts, light; 50 drawers, light; 203 yards heavy flannel; 76 yards cap cloth; 100 pairs leggings; 20 blankets; 300 white hats; 100 pairs cotton socks; 200 neckerchiefs; 100 petty officers' caps; 100 cooks and stewards' caps; 2500 pounds biscuit; 100 pounds dried apples; 432 pounds butter; 288 pounds tomatoes; 1008 pounds roast beef; 480 pounds mutton; 480 pounds corned beef; 1000 pounds ham; 600 pounds coffee; 136 pounds tea; 992 pounds assorted vegetables; 100 pairs calfskin shoes; 600 pounds tobacco; 2021 pounds salt water soap; 50 blue rating badges; 50 white rating badges.

The Captain released J. Costain, Machinist, and returned him to the sentry's charge while considering his offense.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Ensign G.R. Evans was detached from the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from NNE.

V. Le Flock, Seaman, returned on board 108 hours over time.

Allowed fires under boilers to die out.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, heavy dew.

Moon rose about 9.40pm, after which bright moonlight.

Light SSE.


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24 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from South by West.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 82½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 66 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair.

Calms and light airs from SW.

Following workmen on board: 8 boiler makers; 5 machinists; 6 carpenters; 4 helpers to boiler makers; 6 ship fitters and 1 helper; 4 plumbers; 1 blacksmith and 1 helper.

Absent without leave: J.V. Kane, Coal Heaver, J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, and J. Mathison, Ordinary Seaman.

Latter returned on board 21 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer following punishments were awarded: J.H. Costain, Machinist, going out of yard on general pass and returning drunk when permission only was given to visit U.S.S. "Petrel", liberty and money stopped for 3 months; A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, neglect of duty, restricted two weeks.

Received in Ordnance Department: 4 paint brushes; 24 pounds hemp rope, 21 threads; 24 pounds hemp rope, 18 threads; 50 fathoms manila rope, 2½ inches; 25 yards canvas number 8; 7 pad locks; 3 squirt cans; 10 pounds nails; 1 dark lantern; 10 pounds babbitt metal; 7 square feet sheet copper; 2 square feet sheet iron; 12 marine sponges; 25 pounds tallow; 1 gallons alcohol; 1 gallons japan dryer; 50 pounds black paint; 20 pounds french gray; 50 pounds Princes metallic paint; 50 pounds red lead; 3 pounds plumbago; 5 pounds putty; 1 pounds camphor; 10 pounds Albany grease; 1 pound slow match; 2 ordnance ledgers; 150 envelopes; 1 dozen lead pencils; 1 eraser; 1 quart ink; 1 pint mucilage; ½ pint red ink; 6 sheets blotting paper; 1 ream foolscap paper; 1 gross pens; 6 pen holders; 1 shoe knife; 1 claw hammer; 1 awl; 1 pound emery; 335 sheets emery cloth; 50 candles; 1½ pounds cork; 250 tins clearing paste; 50 pounds waste; 12 pounds beeswax; and 1 monkey wrench, 12 inches.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 spools cotton; 144 spools sewing silk; 96 jackknives; 50 scrub brushes; 50 blacking brushes; 100 wisp brooms; 120 boxes blacking; 30 agate bowls; 50 agate plates; 300 pounds candles; 12 padlocks; 1 set yeoman's stores.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 anchor bars.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light airs to light breeze from SE.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 67 gallons beans.

Discharged from the ship and service G.W. White, Landsman, his services being no longer required.

Received in Engineer's Department: 24 sal thermometers; 10 gross lamp wicking; 9 pounds packing; 32 pounds sheet rubber, 1/16 inch; 2 ratchet drills; 6 globe valves; 24 scoop shovels.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 rubber blankets; 75 paper targets; 8 lock strings; 2 primer boxes; 1 cleaning brush, 6-pounder; 1 firing point hammer, 6-pounder; 1 dismounting pin, 6-pounder; 2 extractors, 6-pounder; 1 hammer, 3-pounder; 1 bristle sponge, 37 millimeter; 2 extractors, Gatling; 5 waist belts; 1 canteen and strap; 2 haversacks and straps; 1 bayonet and scabbard; 1 cartridge belt; 14 magazines, rifle; 2 gallons bright varnish; 30 gallons glycerin; 5 gallons raw oil; 30 drill cartridges, 1-pounder.

By order of Commanding Officer made changes in ratings as follows: J. Montgomery, Quartermaster to Chief Quartermaster, from August 15th; J. Mathison, Ordinary Seaman to Seaman, from July 1st.

Following workmen on board from 1.00pm to 4.00pm: 5 carpenters; 8 boiler makers and 4 helpers; 1 blacksmith and 1 helper; 5 machinists; 4 plumbers; 6 shipfitters and 1 helper.

By order of Commanding Officer rewards of ten dollars each for the following men were offered: J.V. Kane, Seaman, and T. Murphy, First-class Fireman,.

Broke out, cleaned and restowed hammock nettings.

Aired bedding.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light airs from SE by South and South by East.

Same workmen as in preceding watch on board from 4.00pm to 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, slight fog last hour.

Light airs from South by East and SE by South.

Moon rose at 10.20pm.


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25 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and foggy.

Light breeze from SW.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light SW and WSW airs.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather.

Light airs from WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: J.V. Kane, Seaman, and T. Murphy, First-class Fireman.

Following Navy Yard workmen engaged on board: 8 boiler makers; 5 machinists on engines and boilers; 8 shipfitters cutting holes in galley bulkhead and magazine; 8 carpenters on bridge and cabin bunk; 2 plumbers and 2 cementers on water closets.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 1 globe, P.1; 4 pounds insulating tape; 1 dozen files; 1 claw hammer; 1 peen hammer; 2 log lines; 2 push buttons; 1 shade of side light, green; 4 cross-head.

U.S.S. "Vermont" fired a salute of 15 guns.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, but warm.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

Transferred to Marine Barracks, New York, following men with accounts and effects: Sergeant A. Houglan; Privates C.P. Bayley, W.H. Carter, F.W. Flood, W.P. Thomas and C.E. Vansickle; and received from Marine Barracks, New York, the following men with accounts and effects: Sergeant James Meiberg; Privates D. Bradley, Edward Sherny, Charles Williams, H. Skelton and Thomas O'Donnell.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Frank H. Ruchman, First-class Fireman, with accounts and effects.

Same Navy Yard workmen as in previous watch, with one painter in addition.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

Fred Walter Getchel was enlisted as a Landsman Special Service for the cruise of the vessel, also Peter Tierny as Landsman for three years.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer about steady.

Moon rose at about 11.30pm.


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26 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fair weather.

Airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs from WSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 86¼ pounds of fresh beef and vegetables each; and 69 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy and warm.

Calms and light airs from WNW and NNE.

Barometer rising.

At 8.00am the following yard workmen came on board, namely: 7 carpenters; 4 machinists and one helper; 3 plumbers; 9 shipfitters; 5 boiler makers; and one coppersmith.

Workmen left the ship at noon.

By order of the Commanding Officer R.J. Cooney, Seaman, was released from confinement.

Absentees: J.V. Kane, Coal Heaver, and T. Murphy, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and very warm.

Light airs from NNE, shifting to SE last hour.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm the following yard workman came on board, namely: four machinists and one helper; 9 shipfitters; 5 boiler makers; 7 carpenters; 3 plumbers; and one coppersmith.

At 1.00pm called all hands to muster and read proceedings and sentence of Summary Court Martial held on board this vessel for the trial of H. McAllister, Second-class Fireman.

In accordance with the sentence he was discharged from the vessel and the Naval Service with a Bad Conduct Discharge.

The Rear Admiral Commanding the French Naval Forces on the North Atlantic Station called on the Commandant of the Yard, was received with the customary honors and saluted with 13 guns upon leaving.

Received stores as per list appended [not included].


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, passing showers of rain with vivid lightning last hour.

Light airs unsteady in direction.

Barometer rising.

Yard workmen left the ship between 4.30pm and 5 o'clock.

James Reagan was this day enlisted for three years, for general service as a Coal Heaver.

J.V. Kane, Coal Heaver, absent without leave, returned on board 108 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with thunder and lightning.

Calms and light airs from ENE.

M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned from furlough.

At 10.15pm started fires under boiler B.

Received from hydrant 11,000 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.


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27 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light ENE airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, foggy last hour.

Light airs, unsteady in direction.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with thin fog.

Light airs from ENE to NNE.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

By order of Commander released C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman, from confinement.

The following men absent without leave: J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, Thomas Murphy, First-class Fireman, J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, and T. Desmond, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from ENE to NE.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs from NE to South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light airs from SSW to SSE.


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28 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and damp.

Light airs from Southward


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from South by West to SW.

At 7.15am J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, was found to be absent from the ship, he having left during the night without permission.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and inspected bags.

E. Hannis, Ordinary Seaman, and T. Desmond, Landsman, returned on board 46 hours over time.

Absent without leave: J.P. Morean, Second-class Fireman, T. Gillen, Landsman, T. Birmingham, Landsman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, and J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

Following workmen on board during watch: 7 carpenters; 4 boiler makers; 1 pipefitter; 4 machinists and 1 helper; 10 shipfitters; 3 block-makers; also 1 boat builder from 10.00am to 11.00am.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 2 boxes Very's signals; 12 yards tracing muslin; 10 sheets drawing paper; 2 dozen drawing pencils; 2 dozen thumb tacks; 1½ dozen rubber erasers.

By order of Commanding Officer following changes in ratings were made from date: J. Howard, Machinist to Seaman Gunner; F.L. Hoagland, Oiler to Seaman Gunner; H. MacDonald, Armorer to Seaman Gunner; G. Glispey, Chief Boatswain's Mate to Seaman; P. Mullen, Coxswain to Seaman; J. Kenefick, Boatswain's Mate to Seaman; F.F. Murray, Captain of Forecastle to Seaman; L. Morris, Captain of Hold to Seaman; J. Johnson Coxswain to Seaman; F. Baker, Ship's Corporal to Ordinary Seaman; P.E. Rogers, Painter to Landsman; P. Meitzel, Carpenter and Calker to Landsman; W. Peters, Bayman to Landsman; J. Daly, Water Tender to First-class Fireman; J. Healy, Water Tender to First-class Fireman; McGrath, Oiler to First-class Fireman; J. Reynolds, Oiler to First-class Fireman; O.A. Fogelstrom, Blacksmith to First-class Fireman; A. Nickerson, Captain of Tops to Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with light airs to light breeze from SSW to SE.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" 53 men with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers, as follows: J. Howard, Seaman Gunner; F.L. Hoagland, Seaman Gunner; H. MacDonald, Seaman Gunner; G. Glispey, Seaman; C. Gulbrunsen, Seaman; J. Wescovers, Seaman; P. Deckman, Seaman; E. Lundberg, Seaman; P. Mullen, Seaman; J.L. Carlson, Seaman; T. Smith, Seaman; J. Kenefick, Seaman; F. Murray, Seaman; L. Morris, Seaman; O. Irsterwig, Seaman; F. Hermo, Seaman; J. Johnson, Seaman; V. Le Flock, Seaman; M. Cassidy, Seaman; J. Mansen, Seaman; F. Baker, Ordinary Seaman; J.H. Brink, Ordinary Seaman; F. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman; P. Rogers, Landsman; P. Meitzel, Landsman; W. Peters, Landsman; J.S. Butler, Machinist; V. Carlson, Machinist; D. McGunigle, Boiler Maker; J. Hallaghan, First-class Fireman; J. Noonan, Second-class Fireman; J. Mather, Second-class Fireman; J. Daly, Second-class Fireman; J. Healy, First-class Fireman; J. Murphy, First-class Fireman; J. McGrath, First-class Fireman; J. Reynolds, First-class Fireman; A. Fogelstrom, First-class Fireman; W. Hills, Second-class Fireman; W. Leahy, Second-class Fireman; J. Cummings, Second-class Fireman; W. Sloan, Second-class Fireman; A.C. McLeod, Second-class Fireman; J. Connelly, Coal Heaver; F.W. Warren, Coal Heaver; M. Teahan, Coal Heaver; J.E. Golden, Coal Heaver; J.J. Mead, Coal Heaver; H.J. Ryan, Coal Heaver; T. Eddy, Coal Heaver; J.H. Griffin, Coal Heaver; A.J. Quigley, Coal Heaver; B.L. Jordan, Landsman.

Also following Continuous Service Certificates, numbers: 6815, 3612, 8457, 8768, 8375, 8360, 8578, 7219, 8960, 6822, 6924, 6721, 2172, 8751, 8921, 7024, 7201 and 5944.

Following workmen on board during watch: 9 carpenters; 4 boiler makers; 10 ship fitters; 2 block-makers; also 2 cementers from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Turned into store cabin carpets, condemned by survey.


4pm to 8pm:

Alternately clear and cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from South by East.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" a draft of men, as follows: O. Schewsky, Seaman; J. Lundquist, Seaman; J. Lloyd, Seaman; J. Capone, Seaman; W. Burnett, Seaman; A. McLain, Seaman; M. Davaney, Seaman; W.J. Ferver, Seaman; E.R. Gronberg, Seaman; J. Dalzell, Ordinary Seaman; C.A. Muller, Ordinary Seaman; A.N. Seller, Ordinary Seaman; J. Dennis, Ordinary Seaman; W. Wright, Ordinary Seaman; C.H. Young, Ordinary Seaman; K. Arnesen, Ordinary Seaman; J. Brown, Landsman; J. Saunders, Landsman; F.W. Davis, Landsman; M.A. Harris, Landsman; W.J. Collins, First-class Fireman; E. Donaldson, First-class Fireman; P. Joyer, First-class Fireman; T. Larkins, First-class Fireman; J. Reynolds, First-class Fireman; J. Toole, First-class Fireman; M. White, First-class Fireman; T. Ahern, First-class Fireman; M. McGunley, Second-class Fireman; S. Fleischer, Second-class Fireman; C. Stacy, Second-class Fireman; J. Halligan, Second-class Fireman; T. Buckley, Second-class Fireman; D. Johnson, Coal Heaver; H. Flynn, Coal Heaver; M. Marshall, Coal Heaver; J.J. Burns, Coal Heaver; J. Byrne, Coal Heaver; A.J. Kimball, Coal Heaver; J. Burke, Coal Heaver, and J. Fagan, Coal Heaver.

Workmen on board from 4.00pm to 5.00pm as in preceding watch.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from South by East.


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Memorandum for log, meridian to 4pm:

Received in the Equipment Department of this vessel from the General Storekeeper: 14 blank books; 4 quarts ink, black; 4 pints ink, red; 4 quarts mucilage; 18 memorandum books; 12 memorandum pads; 24 sheets blotting paper; 1 ream paper, regulations; 30 packs envelopes, official; 25 packs envelopes, note; 4 rulers, flat; 3 letter files; 2 pads, blotting; 10 dozen lead pencils, black; 1 dozen lead pencils, red and blue; 2 gross elastic hoops; 3 boxes eyelets; 3 boxes fasteners; 2 ink erasers; 12 rubbers; 3 ribbons for typewriter; 14 pieces of tape.


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10 pounds tallow; 2 gallons tallow; 1 shark hook; 14 palms, seaming; 6 palms, roping; 4 turnbuckles, brass; 6 fids splicing; 4 sail hooks; 3 sail prickers; 4 sail knives; 50 hose washers; 1 hose strainer; 4 hose spanners; 3 chamois skins; 3 coaling bags; 2 feather dusters; 24 corn brooms; 20 pounds cotton twine; 10 pounds seine twine; ½ bolt canvas flax, number 2; ½ bolt canvas flax, number 5; 40 rubbers for squilgees; 24 sheets sandpaper; 24 sheets emery cloth; 75 pounds cotton waste; 1 set pincers, flat mouth; 1 set pincers, round mouth; 500 tags, linen [?].


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7 foreign ensigns; 40 yards bunting, red, 18 inches; 40 yards bunting, white, 18 inches; 15 yards bunting, white, 4½ inches; 15 yards bunting, blue, 4½ inches; 15 yards bunting, red, 4½ inches; 5 pounds distance line; 5 yards muslin, red; 10 yards muslin, white; 1 pound flax thread, red; 10 spools sewing cotton; 2 papers needles; 4 globes for hand lanterns; 40 pounds polishing paste; ½ gross matches; 40 yards yellow bunting; 50 pounds signal halyard stuff.


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Received in Construction Department from the General Storekeeper: 2 pounds copper pins; 3 pounds copper tacks; 1 dozen sash tools; 2 dozen fitch tools; 2 dozen paint brushes, 5 inches; ½ dozen varnish brushes; 7 gross brass screws; 3 pounds beads, 1¼ inch; 10 pad locks; 300 sheets sandpaper; 100 sheets emery cloth; 3 screw drivers; 2 2-feet rules; 2 dozen files, serrated; 1 dozen carpenter's pencils; 1 oil stone; 2 putty knives; 1 glue pot.


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29 September 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SW and South by West.

At 6.00am coal lighter was brought alongside by Navy Yard tug.

Commenced coaling and received until 7.10am about 15 tons.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, warm.

Light airs and breezes from SSW and South by West.

Commenced coaling at 8.30am and coaled until noon from lighter using baskets, received in all 48 tons 1280 pounds.

Surgeon G.E. Harmon left the ship on three days' leave of absence.

Received in Construction Department from Bramhall, Deane & Company, by Navy Department: 6 sets rings and covers, number 451; 2 sets brick, number 489; 3 panels, number 96; 2 grates, number 747; 2 plates, number 830; 2 grate frames, number 748; 1 grate, number 760; 2 plates, number 108; 3 rings, number 139; 3 covers, number 148; 1 plate, number 128; 1 grate frame 2, number 96; 1 set bricks, number 89.

8 shipfitters, 1 helper, 2 spar-makers, 7 carpenters, 5 machinists, 3 riveters and 2 plumbers at work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, rain squalls second hour of watch, drizzling remainder.

Light variable airs.

Commenced coaling at 1.30pm and finished at 3.00pm, received in all 65 tons 1082 pounds coal.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 barrel arctic oil; 4 frying pans; 4 roasting pins; 3 tormentors; 4 cork knives; 2 chopping dishes; 2 chopping knives; 2 knives and forks; 4 scouse kettles; 10 sauce pans; 2 colanders; 2 rolling pins; 4 iron spoons; 2 coffee mills; 2 coffee boilers, tin; 2 fish kettles; 1 coffee boiler, copper; 2 wash pans; 2 cleavers; 18 baking cups; 2 skimmers; 3 broilers, iron; 3 cake turners; 2 iron pots; 2 water ewers; 2 candlesticks, plated; 3 wash basins; 5 foot tubs; 2 barrels charcoal.

In Construction Department: 4 camp stools; 4 halyard racks; 1 barrel lime; 10 pounds vermilion, dry; 1.25 pounds shellac; 40 gallons alcohol; 40 gallons turpentine; 25 gallons linseed oil, raw; 200 feet white pine, 1 inch; 400 pounds iron; 2 sheets copper, 14 ounce; 10 pounds patent dryer; 300 pounds red lead; 1 gallon copal varnish; 25 pounds lampblack; 50 pounds putty; 50 pounds oakum; and 1 bureau for cabin.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.

Finished work on bower anchor.

Lieutenant A.G. Winterhalter left the ship on five days' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, raining first part.

Light airs and breeze from WSW and SW.

Navy Yard workmen left the ship at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from WSW, shifting to NW last hour.

Barometer rising.

J.P. Morean, Second-class Fireman, and V.C. Barrett, Seaman Apprentice First-class, absent without leave, returned on board, the former 87 hours and the latter 10½ hours over time.


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30 September 1891

Moored alongside coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from NW.


4am to 8am:

Cool, fine weather.

Gentle breezes from NNW to NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 87½ pounds beef and vegetables each; and 70 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE and ENE.

Barometer rising.

The following yard workmen came on board at 8.00am and left at noon, namely: 14 ship fitters; 3 block-makers; 7 carpenters; 2 cementers; and 3 boiler makers.

At 9.40am mustered crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: T. Gillen, Landsman, W. Curley, Landsman, T. Birmingham, Landsman, J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, and J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman.

Coal lighter came alongside at about 10.00am.

By direction of the Secretary of the Navy Lieutenant C.A. Bradbury, U.S. Navy, was detached from this vessel and ordered to duty in the Bureau of Ordnance.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

Barometer unsteady.

At 1.00pm the following yard workmen came on board, namely: 14 shipfitters; 5 carpenters; 2 cementers; 1 painter; 2 iron workers; and 2 instrument makers.

Engaged in coaling ship, having commenced at 1.00pm.

Received in Engineer's Department: 212 pounds waste; 12 wooden wedges; 4 ash buckets; and 4 coal buckets.

In Equipment Department (exempted classes) received: 1 sextant; 1 night octant; 2 time glasses, 28 seconds; 1 spy glass; 1 pair binoculars; 1 sounding machine; 1 compass; and one compensating binnacle.

Jacob Schilperount [Schilperoot?] was this day enlisted on board this vessel for the cruise special service.

Received from the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" the following men, with effects and necessary papers: Olaf Olsen, Seaman, J.M. Sjoholm, Seaman, William Frank, Seaman, T. Doyle, Seaman, A. McNichol, Ordinary Seaman, J. Gallagher, First-class Fireman, and D. Bolger, Landsman.

J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman, and W.J. Curley, Landsman, absent without leave, returned on board, the former 100 hours, and the latter 34 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNE.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm the yard workmen left the ship.

Received on board during the afternoon 54 tons 762 pounds of coal.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, cool.

Light breeze from NNE.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1891


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1 October 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breezes from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine weather.

Light breeze from NE.

Barometer rising.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 71¼ pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 53 pounds bread.

Got on board 27 tons 1046 pounds coal.

H. Skelton, Private Marine, and C. Williams, Private Marine, were found to be absent from the ship without leave.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Wind light from ENE to East.

Engaged coaling ship.

The following men absent without leave: J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, T. Birmingham, Landsman, T. Gillen, Landsman, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, T. Doyle, Seaman, G. Williams, Private Marine, and H.C. Skelton, Private Marine.

The following workmen from the yard employed on board: 12 shipfitters, 1 helper; 2 painters; 1 machinist; 3 block-makers; 2 pattern-makers; 2 carpenters.

H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, was found to have left the ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from NE to ESE.

Finished coaling ship, received on board a total quantity of 201 tons 236 pounds.

The following men from the yard employed on board: 10 shipfitters, 1 helper; 1 painter; 1 machinist; 2 joiners; 2 carpenters; and 2 cementers.

Men from the Edison Electric Company were occupied during the day in fitting new field coils to number 1 dynamo.

Received on board in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 600 feet portable electric conductor and 2 electric deck lanterns.

In Equipment Department: 1 mattress and 2 pillows.

In Construction Department: 1 desk and 1 chair.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" with effects and papers: Robert Spindler, Ordinary Seaman, and Charles Griffin, Seaman.

Received in Engineer's Department: 8 barrels lubricating oil.

Turned into store in Navy Yard: 2 mattresses; 1 suit boat sails; 1 set sail covers; and 1 awning bag.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.R. Martin reported on board for duty, relieving Passed Assistant Paymaster C.W. Littlefield, who was detached this day.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Airs from ESE.

Discharged from this ship and the Naval Service: A.A. Villiers, Wardroom Steward, and Peter Bains, Landsman.

H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, who left the ship without permission, returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.


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2 October 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, cool and damp.

Light airs from ESE first hour, then calm.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Heavy smoke over river.

Airs from SSE.

William Frank, Landsman, was found to be absent from the ship without permission.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy and cool.

Light breezes from WSW and SSE.

The following men absent without leave: T. Birmingham, Landsman, J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, T. Murphy, First-class Fireman, T. Doyle, Seaman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, C.G. Williams, Private Marine, H. Skelton, Private Marine, and William Frank [Funk in log-book], Landsman.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 1 gallon glycerin; 4 dozen cleaning paste; 2 log rotators; and 100 feet molding.

Following Navy yard workmen on board: 15 shipfitters; 3 carpenters; 1 machinist and 1 helper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light breezes from West by South.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Minnesota" the following apprentices with short time to serve: J.G. Ford, Seaman Apprentice First-class, H.A. Shepley, Seaman Apprentice First-class, A.E. Lowe, Seaman Apprentice First-class, R.W. Mathany, Seaman Apprentice First-class, P. Friedling, Seaman Apprentice First-class, J.T. Cleary, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and M. Mahoney, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont": D. Eldridge, Seaman, J. Montgomery, Quartermaster, J Poessel, Seaman, T. Desmond, Ordinary Seaman, and A. Mosh, Ordinary Seaman; and received from U.S.S. "Vermont": J.T. Caldwell, Landsman, J.B. Dougford, Landsman, E. Stevens, Landsman, and W.E. Gilchrist, Ordinary Seaman.

All men above accompanied with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers.

Received in Ordnance Department: 1000 dummy cartridges caliber .45.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 3 boxes blank books and stationery.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from WSW and South by West.

Sent liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from South by West first hour, then calm.

J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 6 days 15 hours over time.

Shut down dynamo at 12.00am.


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3 October 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Airs from SW by West.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 63 pounds fresh beef; 63 pounds vegetables; and 58 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Partially clear, with light fog, then hazy.

Light airs from WSW and calms.

Following men absent without leave: T. Birmingham, Landsman, W. Frank [Funk in log-book], Seaman, T. Doyle, Seaman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, C. Williams, Private Marine, H. Skelton, Private Marine, and R.F. Pickett, First-class Fireman.

Received in Ordnance Department ammunition as follows: 69 common cast-iron shell, 6 inch; 60 armor piercing shell, 6 inch; 197 cartridges steel shell, 6-pounder; 176 cartridges steel shell, 3-pounder; 180 common shell, 1-pounder; 170 common shell, 37 millimeter; 244 vent sealing percussion primers; 9 charges, ordinary, 6 inch; 97 charges, reduced, 6 inch; 1700 pounds saluting powder; 1000 priming caps; 27,000 cartridges, ball, caliber .45; 1000 blank cartridges, caliber .45; 9000 cartridges, ball, caliber .38.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes): 8 rockets; 1 commutator dressing machine; 85 Edison lamps, 16 candle power; 20 lamps, 16 candle power, frosted; 89 lamps, 10 candle power; 12 lamps, 32 candle power.

Following Navy Yard men engaged on board: 3 carpenters; 4 stage fitters; 4 upholsterers; 5 machinists; at work on annunciators, compass, galley ports and cabin carpets.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE and South.

Same Navy Yard workmen as in previous watch.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores: 300 iron washers; 12 sheets roofing tin; 12 pump valves; 8 diaphragms; 10 gallons turpentine; ½ barrel sal soda; 24 file handles; 12 paint brushes; 12 shovels; 12 hammer handles; 10 pounds copper wire; 25 pounds tallow; 48 water gauge glasses; 100 grommets; 1 quart mucilage; and 70 pounds sheet rubber.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE.

Received for delivery to the U.S.S. "Baltimore": 12 tanks containing 2000 pounds powder; 1 box cork plugs; 1 box Hotchkiss primers.

Lieutenant A.G. Winterhalter and Surgeon G.R. Harmon returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky.

Calm.

Bright starlight.


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4 October 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Generally clear, with haze around horizon and fog second hour.

Light airs from NNW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 70½ pounds fresh beef; 70½ pounds vegetables; and 61 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW and North.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: T. Birmingham, Landsman, W.H. Frank [Funk in log-book], Seaman, J. Doyle, Seaman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, C. Williams, Private Marine, H. Skelton, Private Marine, R. Pickett, First-class Fireman, M.F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, M.F. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, W.H. Carson, Gunner's Mate, M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, and V. Glendenning, Landsman.

The Commanding Officer inspected the crew at quarters.

At 9.40am called all hands to muster, read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy, and mustered crew, the above named men were absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from ENE and NE by East.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer falling.

W.C. Carson, Gunner's Mate, absent without leave, returned on board 9½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Airs from SSE to ESE.

Foggy last half of watch.


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5 October 1891

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and foggy.

Calm.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear, with calms and light NNW airs.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Calm.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent overtime: J. Cosgrove, Seaman, M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, T. Doyle, Seaman, M.F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, and M.F. Flaherty, Coal Heaver.

The following men were declared deserters: A.H. Frank [Funk in log-book], Seaman, T.F. Birmingham, Landsman, R.W. Picket, First-class Fireman, J. Dolbier, Ordinary Seaman, H.C. Skelton [Kelton in log-book], Private Marine, and C. Williams, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from WSW to NW.

E. Creigher, Landsman, and W.F. Reddick, Landsman, were discharged from this ship and the Naval Service.

J.E. Frates, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was transferred to U.S.S. "Minnesota", his papers being sent though the Commandant.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate NW wind.

At 4.20pm hauled out into the stream, the Navy Yard tug coming alongside for the purpose.

Anchored off the U.S.S. "Vermont" in 7½ fathoms water, veering to 15 fathoms on starboard chain.

Received on board M.J. Sweeny, Private Marine, and C.H. Rushlow, Private Marine, from the barracks with their effects.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudless sky, bright starlight.

Light to moderate NW breeze.


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6 October 1891

At anchor off Navy Yard, New York, and moored to Cob Dock [Cobb Dock in log-book]

Lat 40.712, Long -73.970 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate and gentle breezes from NW.

At 1.30am ship tripped her anchor against ram and commenced dragging.

Let go port anchor and veered on starboard chain.

Came to in 7¾ fathoms water, having veered to 30 fathoms on port chain and 15 fathoms on starboard.

Ship being abreast of Wallabout entrance.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, cool.

Light wind from North by East.

At 5.30am hove up port anchor.

At 6.45am hove up starboard anchor, and at 7.25am anchored off U.S.S. "Vermont" again, veering to 25 fathoms on starboard chain.

Banked fires.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 82 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 75 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with light to gentle breeze from North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, J. Darcus, Machinist, T. Doyle, Seaman, W. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, M. Flynn, Coal Heaver, J. Cosgrove, Seaman, E. Wolter, Landsman, and S. Glendenning, Landsman.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 82 pounds fresh beef and vegetables each; and 75 pounds bread; and in Ordnance [Department]: 1 box of 3-pounder ammunition.

J. Cosgrove, Seaman, returned on board 28 hours over time.

Three laborers and one machinist, in charge of Engineer Officer, on board at work on indicators for engine room, also one man from Edison [Electric] Company at work on dynamo.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with light to moderate NE by North breeze.

Received in Ordnance Department: 12 Leclanché cells; and 24 extractor springs, Lee rifle.

Ship dragging, let go port anchor and made preparations for shifting berth.

Navy Yard tug came alongside.

Same workmen on indicators as last watch.

Lieutenant J.A. Fiske and Ensign B.F. Hutchinson reported on board for duty.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with light breeze from NE to light airs from ENE.

In tow of yard tug stood for Cob dock and made fast, but could not go alongside.

Sounded off port quarter in 2¼ fathoms, dead low water.

Hove taut on lines.

M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, returned on board 55 hours over time.

Same workmen on indicator as last watch.

Draft forward 13 feet 7 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool, sprinkling rain at times.

Light airs from ENE.


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7 October 1891

Moored to Cob dock, Navy Yard, and at anchor off East 26th Street, New York

Lat 40.712, Long -73.970 [Approximate position]


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from NE and ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light ENE breeze.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp, threatening rain.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 9.30am [1.30am in log-book] mustered at quarters, the following men absent without leave: T. Doyle, Seaman, M.F. Flaherty, Coal Heaver, W. F. Flynn, Coal Heaver, and J. Darcus, Machinist.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont": T. Gillen, Landsman, and J. Kloote, Second-class Fireman.

Received on board from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" the following men, with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers: D. Bagley, Landsman, R. Klotz, Landsman, J. Sullivan, Seaman, R. Williams, Seaman, T. Rush, Coal Heaver, J. Gallagher, Coal Heaver, M. Clancy, Second-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer the following men were declared deserters: E.V. Glendenning, Landsman, and E. Wolter, Landsman.

At 11.50am tug came alongside and towed ship up East River.

Off U.S.S. "Vermont" at 12.00pm.

Barometer falling slowly.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 65 pounds bread; 73 pounds vegetables; and 59 pounds of bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy all watch.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.

Transferred B. Keravan, Seaman Gunner, to the U.S.S. "Vermont".

At 12.30pm came to with starboard anchor off 26th Street, East River, and veered to 30 fathoms in 7½ fathoms water, soft muddy bottom.

Ship riding to ebb tide remainder of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Raining all watch.

Light breezes, increasing to moderate breezes last hour, from ENE.

At 7.40pm, ship having swung to flood, veered to 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and drizzling.

Gentle to light breeze from East.

Riding to flood.

Barometer falling.


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8 October 1891

At anchor off East 26th Street, [New York], and at sea making passage to St. Thomas, West Indies

Lat 40.737, Long -73.970


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, with passing showers.

Light airs from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Ship riding to the ebb.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with rain first part.

Light to moderate breezes, coming in occasional squalls first part.

Riding to ebb tide till 7.00am, when commenced to swing to flood.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and stationed men at fire quarters, general quarters and abandon ship.

Absentees: J. Darcus, Machinist, T. Doyle, Seaman, W. F. Flynne, Coal Heaver, and M.F. Flaherty, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North by West.

At 3.50pm called all hands up anchor.

Getting under way at close of watch.

At 2.00pm Navy Yard tug came alongside with draft of men.

Received from U.S.S. "Vermont": J. Rice, Seaman, and A. Olsen, Seaman; from U.S.S. "Newark": H.H. Walker, Machinist; from U.S.S. "Concord": C.J. Johnson, Second-class Apprentice, R. McCauley, Second-class Apprentice, A. Hasler, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, H.F. Laine, Second-class Apprentice, C.A. Barnes, Third-class Apprentice, S.L. Loomax, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and F.S. Kirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class; from U.S.S. "Bennington": G.R. Coulter, First-class Apprentice, D. Donovan, Seaman, E.J. Colwell, First-class Apprentice, A.A. Garren, Seaman, C.J. Fisk, First-class Apprentice, G.W. McGlynn, Machinist, L.R. Boland, Ordinary Seaman, and W.P. Menger, First-class Apprentice.

Enlisted as machinist for 3 years from date: George W. Keys.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW.

At 4.10pm got under way and stood down East River.

Standing down Swash Channel at close of watch.

Draught of ship forward 13 feet 7 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches, steam 120, revolutions 85.4, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, with bright starlight.

Light NW breeze.

Three boilers, natural draft.

At 6.54pm took departure, patent log reading 17.7, set course South by East (by standard [compass]).

Lost sight of Sandy Hook lightvessel about 7.00pm.

At end of watch Scotland lights on starboard quarter.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 85.4.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ENE.

At 8.40pm lost Scotland lightship bearing 3 points on starboard quarter.

Under steam in three boilers, and after 10.00pm under fore and aft sail, except topsails and jib.

Steam pressure 106, revolutions 91, vacuum 26 inches.

Steering course South by East.


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9 October 1891

At sea, making passage to St. Thomas, West Indies

Lat 37.70, Long -72.67


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze.

Under steam in three boilers fore and aft sail, except topsails and jib.

Making course South by East by standard [compass].

Steam 120, revolutions 98.1, vacuum 26.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, lower clouds passing over from Northward and Eastward.

Passed several vessels standing to Southward and Eastward.

At 7.15am took in spanker.

Steam 103, revolutions 92.7, vacuum 26.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and stationed guns' crews at guns and abandoning ship.

At 9.15am set topsails.

Released L. Traummer, Machinist, from sentry's charge.

Barometer steady.

Steam 99 pounds, revolutions 89.7, vacuum 26.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with moderate NNE and NE by North breezes.

Steering per standard [compass] South by East.

Moderate Southerly swell, falling light by end of watch.

At 1.30pm passed American schooner "Fannie L. Child" heading North, and at 2.00pm exchanged colors with an American brigantine standing to Northward and Westward.

Steam 112.5, revolutions 101.1.

At 1.15pm set jib.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Moderate breezes from NE.

At 5.20pm took in topsails and hauled down jib.

Passed a tramp steamer bound to Northward.

Steering course South by East under trysails, staysail and spanker, and steam in three boilers.

Average revolutions 102, steam 100, vacuum 26.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with moderate NE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Under trysails, staysail and spanker and steam in three boilers.

Making course South by East.

Revolutions 100, steam 110, vacuum 26.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light rain in squalls from ENE and East by North.

Wind moderate to fresh.

Steam 104.9, vacuum 26, revolutions 89.


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10 October 1891

At sea, making passage to St. Thomas, West Indies

Lat 34.00, Long -71.17


Midnight to 4am:

Raining throughout watch.

Breeze moderate to stiff from ENE to South by East.

At 2.15am took in all sail.

Steam 112.5 vacuum 26, revolutions 92.3.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and squally, breaking away last hour.

Gentle to fresh South by East breeze.

Passed a steam about five miles distant heading to Northeastward.

Steam 107, revolutions 91.7.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from South by West.

Steering course South by East under steam alone, using three boilers.

Steam pressure 88.5, vacuum 26, revolutions 82.6.

At 10.00am set deck clock ahead 30 minutes.

At noon changed course to South by E¼E.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy, but pleasant.

Moderate South by West breeze.

At 1.05pm set staysail, fore and mai