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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Unclear characters have been replaced by a tilde (~), and unclear or unverified entries are marked with [?].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 1893-1894
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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 1893 TO JUNE 30th 1893


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Received July 10, 1893.


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

3rd Rate

of Six Guns,


Commanded By

Commander Frank Wildes, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Special Squadron,

Commencing January 1st, 1893,

at Smyth's Straits, South America,

and ending June 30th, 1893,

at Navy Yard, New York.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander Frank Wildes, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1893, to June 30th, 1893.


Name

Rank

Frank Wildes

Commander

D. Kennedy

Lieutenant

W.P. Conway

Lieutenant

T.E. De Witt Veeder

Lieutenant

C.J. Boush

Lieutenant

J.H. Reid

Ensign

R.H. Jackson

Ensign

B.A. Fiske

Lieutenant

M.E. Hall

Lieutenant

G. Blocklinger

Lieutenant

W.A. Gill

Lieutenant Junior Grade

H.A. Field

Ensign

A.B. Bates

Chief Engineer

J.R. Martin

Passed Assistant Paymaster

G.E.H. Harmon

Surgeon

C.E. Rommel

Assistant Engineer

C.H. Hayes

Assistant Engineer

G.H. Grendle

Paymaster's Clerk

J.M. Pickerell

Passed Assistant Engineer

A. Moritz

Assistant Engineer


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] M.E. Hall, Lieutenant, Navigator


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, commanded by Commander Frank Wildes, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1893, to June 30th, 1893.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

T.E. De Witt Veeder

Lieutenant

Detached May 18, 1893, and granted 3 months' leave of absence

W.P. Conway

Lieutenant

Detached June 5, 1893, and granted 3 months' leave of absence

C.E. Rommel

Assistant Engineer

Detached June 12, 1893, and ordered to U.S.S. "San Francisco"

Duncan Kennedy

Lieutenant

Detached June 19, 1893, and ordered to duty Torpedo Station, New Port, Rhodes Island

C.H. Hayes

Assistant Engineer

Detached June 20, 1893


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] M.E. Hall, 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, First-class

1

4

Boatswain's Mate, Second-class

4


Seamen Gunners

1

1

Chief Gunner's Mate

1

2

Gunner's Mates, First-class

0

3

Gunner's Mates, Second-class

0

4

Gunner's Mates, Third-class

4

1

Chief Quartermaster

0

1

Quartermaster, First-class

0

1

Quartermaster, Second-class

1

1

Quartermaster, Third-class

1

6

Coxswains

5

2

Captains of Forecastle

2

1

Chief Carpenter's Mates

1

1

Carpenter's Mates, Third-class

0

1

Sailmaker's Mates

1


Armorer

1

1

Ship's Cook, First-class

1

1

Shipwright

1

1

Baymen

1

1

Master-at-Arms, Chief

1

1

Master-at-Arms, Third-class

0

1

Apothecary

1

1

Ship's Yeoman

1

1

Paymaster's Yeoman

1

1

Engineer's Yeoman

1

2

Ship's Writer

2

1

Painter

1

1

Bugler

1


Jack of the Dust

1


Blacksmith

2

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Cabin Cook

1

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

16

Seamen

13

16

Ordinary Seamen

10

9

Landsmen

6

16

Apprentices

17

6

Machinists

4

1

Boiler Makers

2

3

Water Tenders

2

6

Oilers

5

8

First-class Firemen

9

8

Second-class Firemen

6

15

Coal Heavers

11


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] M.E. Hall, Lieutenant, Navigator


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U.S.S. Yorktown.

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


Instrument

Maker

Number

Location

Date of Last Comparison

Compared With

Error

Mercurial Barometer

Adie, London

56

Cabin




Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

October 25, 1892

Standard at Naval Observatory, Mare Island, California

.06 high

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

Green, New York

3949

Forward part of pilot house




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

Green, New York

3950

Forward part of pilot house





Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] M.E. Hall, 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

Six

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Brown prismatic

32.6 pounds

Common cast iron

100 pounds

Central pivot






34.5 pounds

Common steel

100 pounds







35.7 pounds







42.6 pounds

Shrapnel

100 pounds







47.3 pounds

Armour piercing

100 pounds







48 pounds



Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

Two

6-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

3-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






One

1-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

37 mm

Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon






Two

Gatling

Short, Model 1880







Boat armament


Sailing Launch: One 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss.

First Cutter: One Gatling, model 1880.


Small arms


100 Lee Remington magazine rifles.

114 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.

21 Cutlasses


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] M.E. Hall, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Tables of Deviation of the Standard Compass Number 491 on board the U.S.S. Yorktown.


Date

April 5th, 1893

Place of Observation


Latitude

36°58'30" N

Longitude

76°00'00" W

Observed Variation

3°34' West

Ship's Head by Compass

Deviation

North

0°21' E

North by East

0°00'

NNE

0°20' W

NE by North

0°50' W

NE

1°10' W

NE by East

1°10' W

ENE

1°20' W

East by North

1°20' W

East

1°30' W

East by South

1°40' W

ESE

1°40' W

SE by East

1°40' W

SE

1°40' W

SE by South

1°30' W

SSE

1°20' W

South by East

1°20' W

South

1°20' W

South by West

0°00'

SSW

1°00' E

SW by South

1°15' E

SW

1°30' E

SW by West

1°15' E

WSW

1°30' E

West by South

1°30' E

West

1°30' E

West by North

1°30' E

WNW

1°25' E

NW by West

1°25' E

NW

1°20' E

NW by North

1°00' E

NNW

0°50' E

North by West

0°40' E


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



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1893


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1 January 1893

At anchor Puerto Bueno harbor, under way, and at anchor Field Anchorage, Magellan Straits

Lat -52.55, Long -73.65


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with occasional light passing showers.

Light breeze from NW and North.

At 3.10am got under way and stood out of Puerto Bueno harbor.

At close of watch standing down Sarmiento Channel.

Draft forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and cold, with stiff rain squalls from East by North.

Steaming to the Southward in Sarmiento Channel, conned by the Navigator.

At 7.50am in Paso Farquhar [Forquor Pass in log-book]; at end of watch in Collingwood Strait, about one mile to the Northward of Cape Redfern and ½ mile from Newton Island on which Cape Redfern is situated.

Steam 119 pounds, revolutions 105, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, misty and rainy first, clearing and turning warmer latter part.

Light airs and breeze from SW, shifting to light breeze from SE.

Barometer falling.

At beginning of watch entering Smyth Channel, rest of watch standing through this channel.

Commanding Officer and Navigator conning ship.

At noon rounding Shoal Island.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 105.5, vacuum 26.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, with light rain last hour.

Steaming through Smyth Channel till about 2.00pm, when entered Magellan's Strait, Sea Reach.

At end of watch off Cordova Inlet.

Barometer falling and light to moderate breezes hauling from North to East.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 104.5, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Moderate breeze from East.

Standing through the [Magellan] Straits.

At 5.55pm, when off entrance to Field Anchorage, called all hands bring ship to anchor.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 104.9, vacuum 25 inches.

6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and drizzling.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East.

At 6.10pm let go port anchor in Field Anchorage.

The port chain parted at 15-fathom shackle.

Let go starboard anchor and veered to 30 fathoms chain.

Dragged for port anchor, but failed to find it.

Transported sheet anchor forward, put it on port bow and bent chain to it.

Bearings at anchor: Aris Island [Aiks Island in log-book] N46°W, Hat Island N20°30'E, summit of Punta Hill [Hill Island in log-book] N72°E, all true.

Draft forward 12 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

Depth of water 10 fathoms, hard bottom.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, with passing showers.

Occasional moderate squalls from NE to ENE.

Barometer falling.


Sarmiento Channel is also known as Estrecho Sarmiento.

Collingwood Strait is also known as Estrecho Collingwood.

Cape Redfern is also known as Punta Redfern.

Newton Island is also known as Isla Newton.

Smyth Channel is also known as Canal Smyth.

Shoal Island is also known as Isla Shoal.

Sea Reach is also known as Paso del Mar.

Cordova Inlet is also known as Estero Córdova.

Field Anchorage is also known as Fondeadero Field.

Aris Island is also known as Isla Iris.


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2 January 1893

At anchor Field Anchorage, under way and at anchor Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -53.64, Long -70.80 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, cold and rainy.

Moderate breeze with fresh squalls from NE first hour, second hour wind moderating and shifting to NW and West, thick weather and raining steadily, light to gentle breeze from West last two hours and weather clearing toward daylight.

Barometer fell rapidly first hour, then rose and remained steady.

Daylight at 3.00am.

At 3.15am spread fires and made preparations for getting under way.

At end of watch heaving in starboard chain.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with heavy rain first part, then clear and bright last hour.

Moderate to fresh breezes in squalls first part, then moderate breezes from West.

Got under way and stood down Long Reach, at end of watch in English Reach, Cape Coventry on port bow, distant 3 miles.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 104.9, vacuum 24 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate West wind.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions.

Standing through the [Magellan] Straits, at end of watch off Port Famine.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 105.6, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Fresh to moderate breeze from WNW and West.

By order of Commanding Officer H.F. Laing, Apprentice, had his monthly money stopped for one month, for not standing his watch on forecastle as ordered.

At 2.00pm distinguished the flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore", the U.S.S. "San Francisco" and the U.S.S. "Charleston" at anchor off Sandy Point.

Hoisted our distinguishing pennant.

Flagship answered and hoisted her distinguishing pennant.

At 2.30pm made [signal] interrogatory 1211, flagship answered, and at 2.40pm made 1282, at 2.45pm flagship made to this ship interrogatory 2996, answered by army code "We have 200 tons, do not need any", at 2.48pm made interrogatory 2121, flagship hoisted affirmative.

At 2.48pm came to with port anchor near coal hulk at Sandy Point and veered to 45 fathoms chain.

Draft forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet 1 inch.

At 3.10pm made [signal] interrogatory 1047, flagship hoisted affirmative.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the flagship.

The Captain of the Port visited this ship.

Bearings at anchor: beacon on Sandy Point N30°30'E, green buoy N12°W, landing pier N26°W, all true.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Moderate to gentle breeze from WNW.

Commanding Officer paid a visit ashore to Captain of Port.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, light breeze from WNW to NW.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, with occasional moonlight latter part.

Light airs from NW by North.

Two freight steamers went out during the watch.

At 9.30pm exercised search lights.


Long Reach is also known as Paso Largo.

English Reach is also known as Paso Inglés.

Cape Coventry is also known as Cabo Coventry.

Port Famine as also known as Puerto del Hambre.

Sandy Point is also known as Punta Arenas.


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3 January 1893

At anchor Sandy Point, and at sea, making passage to Montevideo

Lat -52.93, Long -70.54 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE, shifting to WNW.

Moon set at 3.45am.

At 1.30am Pacific Mail [Steamship] Company's steamer "Colón" got under way and stood to Westward.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NW and West.

Got under way at 5.30am and spent remainder of watch swinging ship.

At 5.25am made [signal] interrogatory 4890, flagship hoisted affirmative.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, moderate to stiff breeze with occasional fresh squalls from West.

First hour of watch steaming in slowly for the anchorage at Sandy Point.

At 9.17am the U.S.S. "Baltimore" got under way and this vessel followed her to the appointed rendezvous 3 miles to Eastward of red buoy, the U.S.S. "Charleston" and U.S.S. "San Francisco" following later.

At 10.15am the flagship signaled tactical 251, followed by tactical 254, after which the squadron, formed in column of vessels double distance, stood to the Northward and Eastward.

At end of watch Santa Magdalena Island broad off the port beam.

Broke out fore hold.

At 9.30am we signaled numeral 4 to flagship, and at noon numeral 194 and numeral 9.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 95.4, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Fresh breezes from WSW.

In column, following motions of flagship, standing through Second Narrows first part, latter part in First Narrows.

At 2.15pm flagship signaled (Morse code) "Call down masthead lookout".

Restowed fore hold.

At end of watch in position in column at double distance in First Narrows, Point Baxa beacon broad on starboard quarter.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 103, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Fresh breezes from WSW.

Standing out of First Narrows in column at double distance.

At end of watch Possession beacon on port beam.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 101.5, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Fresh wind from SSW.

Passing out of Magellan Straits.

At end of watch off Dungeness Point.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 105.5, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Stiff to gentle breeze from SSW and West.

At 8.20pm took departure, Dungeness beacon bearing N21°W, Cape Virgins N14°E, and log reading 54.6.

At 8.40pm flagship signaled "After crossing bank, speed, numeral 9".

At 9.00pm fleet changed course to NNE, flagship signaled "Compass NNE".

At 9.10pm flagship signaled 244.

Fleet formed in First Order of Cruising.

At 9.20pm flagship made general [signal] 4644, letters, Montevideo.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 85, vacuum 26 inches.


Santa Magdalena Island is also known as Isla Magdalena.

Second Narrows is also known as Segunda Angostura.

First Narrows is also known as Primera Angostura.

Point Baxa is also known as Punta Baxa.

Possession is also known as Posesión.

Dungeness Point is also known as Punta Dungeness.

Cape Virgins is also known as Cabo Virgenes.


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4 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -50.98, Long -66.02


Midnight to 4am:

Partly cloudy, gentle breeze from NW by West.

Barometer rising.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising at distance, course NNE.

Early dawn at 2.30am.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.7, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NW, shifting to NW by North and North by West.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal, affirmative 6167.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 78.6, vacuum 25 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from North by West and North.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 4; at 12.00pm numeral 175, numeral 19, numeral 50 answer 59, numeral 66.

At 9.30am flagship made to U.S.S. "Yorktown" by wigwag, "Average speed from midnight to nine am".

U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "Eight answer 3".

Flagship then hoisted U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing [pennant] 8 answer 2.

At 11.00am wigwag "What consumption of coal from anchorage to slowing down", U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered 11 answer 457.

In First Order of Cruising at distance.

Fires in three boilers.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 78.1, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather.

Moderate wind from North.

Exercised signal class.

Steaming in First Order of Cruising, and at end of watch ships approximately in position.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.2, vacuum 26.5 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cool and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.9, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate breeze from North.

Noticed a rainbow to Eastward.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 78.4, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather, bright moonlight and starlight latter part.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North.

Moon rose at 10.00pm.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.1, vacuum 26 inches.


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5 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -48.61, Long -62.72


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, cool, bright moonlight first part.

Early daylight at 2.00am, sun rose at 3.45am.

Gentle breezes from North.

Slight swell from NNW.

In First Order of Cruising at distance.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 79.4, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from NW.

In First Order of Cruising, and ships approximately in position at end of watch.

At 7.25am flagship made signal 6167.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 78.4, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from North by West and NW.

At 8.50am flagship made [signal] 6017 and telegraphic 1051, 8448, 6727.

Answered, and made numeral 7 answer 9.

Made sick, coal and latitude and longitude reports to flagship.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and afterwards cleared ship for action and exercised at general quarters.

Times clear ship for action: all divisions ready in 20 minutes 45 seconds; secured in 19 minutes.

General quarters, ready: 1st Division 1 minute 10 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; Navigator's Division 40 seconds; Powder Division forward 2 minutes 55 seconds, after 1 minute 30 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 25 seconds; Marines 1 minute 55 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 2 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 50 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 40 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder Division forward 2 minutes 30 seconds, after 3 minutes 40 seconds; Engineer's Division 3 minutes 40 seconds; Marines 1 minute 50 seconds.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 78.5, vacuum 26.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy.

Gentle breeze from West.

Barometer rising.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising, course NNE.

At 12.57pm flagship signaled 105, and at one o'clock the squadron changed course to North by E¼E.

At one o'clock flagship made routine signal 2984.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 78.7, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from West to light breeze from NW.

At 5.00pm went to quarters and exercised divisions at setting up drill.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 79.1, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cool, light spit of rain last half hour.

Light breezes from NW.

In First Order of Cruising at distance.

Saw school of whales.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 79.1, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, clouds showing through the clouds at intervals.

Moon rose behind a bank of clouds about 10.00pm.

Running in First Order of Cruising, at end of watch ships approximately in position.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 79.3, vacuum 25.5 inches.


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6 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -45.70, Long -60.43


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from NW first hour, afterwards calm.

Daylight last hour.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 79.3, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, light airs from NW till last hour, then calm.

At 7.30am flagship made routine signal 6157.

Noticed several patches of detached kelp.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.6, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light airs from NNW.

At 9.30am went to fire quarters, afterwards closed watertight doors and made preparations for abandoning ship.

Times fire quarters, ready: 1st Division 1 minute 50 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 50 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 20 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 10 seconds; Powder Division forward 1 minute 50 seconds, after 1 minute 30 seconds; Marines 1 minute 30 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 1 minute 5 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 40 seconds; 3rd Division 55 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Powder Division forward 1 minute 15 seconds, after 40 seconds; Engineer's Division 30 seconds; Marines 35 seconds.

Abandon ship, ready: steam launch 11 minutes 0 seconds; 1st cutter 16 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd cutter 14 minutes 30 seconds; gig 11 minutes 40 seconds; whaleboat 19 minutes 10 seconds; sail launch 16 minutes 45 seconds; dinghy 12 minutes.

Secured: steam launch 2 minutes 40 seconds; 1st cutter 2 minutes 20 seconds; 2nd cutter 3 minutes 55 seconds; gig 4 minutes 25 seconds; whaleboat 2 minutes 20 seconds; sail launch 4 minutes 30 seconds; dinghy 2 minutes 15 seconds.

At 9.53am flagship made [signal] 251, at 9.55am 256; at 9.57am 1.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 4; at noon numeral 140, and numeral 17, later 45 answer 42 numeral, and 60 answer 26 numeral.

At end of watch in column at half distance.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.7, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Smooth, glassy sea.

Calm to light airs from NNW.

In column at half distance till 1.00pm, when flagship made [signal] 242 and shifted to First Order of Cruising.

At 12.25pm flagship made U.S.S. "Yorktown" position.

At 1.05pm flagship made [signal] 2, and at 3.30pm 2984.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.7, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair weather.

Light breeze from NNW.

Running in First Order of Cruising, the ships being approximately in position at end of watch.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 80.3, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 80.2, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, light to moderate breeze from North.

Occasional flashes of lightning to Northward and Eastward and to Northward and Westward.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 80.8, vacuum 27 inches.


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7 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -42.50, Long -58.14


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool, with light rain first hour and occasional lightning around horizon.

Daylight at 3.50am.

Moderate breeze from North.

At 12.20am sighted a sailing ship bound to the Southward and Westward and she passed to Eastward of squadron.

At end of watch in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 119 pounds, revolutions 81.8, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy and hazy.

Moderate breezes from NNW.

In First Order of Cruising.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 81.2, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather.

Light wind from West to NW, shifting last hour to SW and freshening.

At 9.00am formed column at distance, and at 9.15am formed line to the left, ships running under number 1 (exact position) until 11.55am, when number 2 was signaled.

Flagship made the following signals: at 9.05am 255 and 251; at 9.15am 431; and at noon numeral 316, numeral 37, and latitude 42°30'[S], longitude 58°08'[W].

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 5; and at noon numeral 122, numeral 18, and latitude 42°30'[S], longitude 58°09'[W].

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 77.5, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate to light breeze from SW by South and South by West.

At 12.50pm flagship made [signal] 385.

Fleet formed column.

At 1.00pm flagship made [signal] 244 and 102.

Fleet formed in First Order of Cruising and headed N½E.

At 1.10pm flagship hoisted number 2.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 81, vacuum 27.5 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy.

Light breeze from WSW to SW.

Course made good by bridge compass N⅜E.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 80.7, vacuum 26.5 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs from SE and SSE.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 79.3, vacuum 27.5 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

At 10.50pm moon rose.

Light breezes from East.

In First Order of Cruising.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 81.2, vacuum 27.5 inches.


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8 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -39.09, Long -56.83


Midnight to 4am:

Fair weather, bright moonlight.

Light East wind.

Occasional flashes of lightning to Eastward.

Running in First Order of Cruising, and ships approximately in position at end of watch.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 80.6, vacuum 26.5 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant until last half hour, then fog.

Light to gentle breeze from East and NE.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6167.

Water rose from 54° to 60° [Fahrenheit].

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 80.1, vacuum 26.5 inches.


8am to meridian:

Dense fog during entire watch, clearing sufficiently at noon to see flagship.

Light breeze from NE.

Squadron in First Order of Steaming, making course N⅜E by bridge compass.

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

At noon this ship signaled numeral 102 and numeral 19, also longitude 56°41'W and latitude 39°07'S.

Flagship signaled numeral 276 and numeral 38 and latitude 39°06'[S], longitude 56°40'[W].

At 9.20am sounded in 48 fathoms, black sand.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 80.9, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and foggy round horizon first part, clearing occasionally, but fog closed in at 1.40pm, and rest of watch dense fog.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

At 12.20pm flagship made position signal 56°40'W and 39°06'S.

At 1.15pm she signaled (Morse code) "Was your noon position by observation or dead reckoning".

Answered: "Noon position by dead reckoning latitude 39°05'[S], by observation after meridian".

At 1.20pm flagship made general [signal] 5817, and accordingly we hoisted our latitude by observation 39°05'S.

Later flagship signaled (Morse code) "Longitude", and we were answering when fog shut in and prevented finishing message.

At 1.40pm started fog signal and kept it going all watch.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 79.3, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Foggy first part, then clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE.

At 6.00pm made [signal] 5187 numeral 4, telegraphic 945, 6 numeral.

At 5.40pm wigwagged "We are using both engines", then 6.15pm numeral "What speed at 6.00pm", answer one knot more.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 76.2, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy weather.

Wind moderate from ENE and freshening.

Barometer falling.

At 7.05pm flagship made general signal 108.

At 7.05pm changed course to NNE.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 90.6, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp.

Stiff to gentle breeze from NE.

Fleet steaming in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 89.7, vacuum 27 inches.


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9 January 1893

At sea, making passage to, and at anchor, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -36.17, Long -55.69


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NE to North.

Sea moderately rough with irregular swell.

Ship pitching deeply at times.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising, course made by bridge compass NNE⅜E.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 86.4, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and gloomy, with occasional light rain squalls latter part.

Moderate breeze with fresh squalls from NNE first part, moderate breeze from North by East latter part.

Rough sea from NNE, ship pitching considerably.

Daylight about 4.30am.

At 4.15am flagship signaled (Ardois system) "Cornet, Compass, Letters, North ¼ point port".

Changed course accordingly and steered N¾W by bridge compass.

Signaled to flagship (Morse code) "What is your course", answered "N½W".

At 7.30am flagship made [signal] affirmative 6167.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 87, vacuum 26.5 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with heavy rain squalls first part, no rain last hour.

Moderate to fresh breezes from North by East.

Made N¾W by bridge compass first hour, then N½W.

Following signals from flagship by wigwag: "Average revolutions since eight", then "What actual speed can you make with boilers now in use".

Answered at 8.00am "Average revolutions since eight is eighty seven and seven tenths", "Actual speed is nine knots".

At 9.00am flagship made "Average knots", answered "Seven, eight tenths".

At 11.40am flagship made [signal] 277, numeral 40, and then "Go ahead and make 10 knots but keep within signal distance".

At 9.30am made [signal] numeral 6, at 12.00pm made numeral 81, numeral 20, 36 answer 08, 55 answer 42.

At end of watch at distance from U.S.S. "Baltimore" and overhauling her.

Took three casts of lead (hand) between 11.00am and 12.00pm, but no bottom.

At 11.50am got sandy bottom at 12 fathoms with Thomson's [Thompson in log-book] sounding machine.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 86.8, vacuum 26.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from NE by North.

Running in First Order of Cruising, and at end of watch ships approximately in position.

Flagship made following general signals: at 1.15pm 277 and numeral 44; at 1.20pm telegraphic 2097, 6322, 8619, 5610, 0970, 7367, 7316; and at 1.40pm 5362.

At 1.50pm signaled flagship latitude 36°10'S at noon.

Sounded at 1.00pm in 15 fathoms, at 2.00pm 10 fathoms, at 3.00pm 11 fathoms and at 4.00pm 10 fathoms.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 105.8, vacuum 25 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NE by North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.35pm fleet changed course to NE, this ship's log reading 10.5.

At 6.00pm changed course to North by E½E, log reading 14.6.

Squadron slowed to half speed at 5.45pm.

At 5.50pm made out high land ahead.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 108.4, vacuum 24 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from NE by North.

First hour of watch made course North by E½E, ships approximately in position off port quarter of the flagship.

At 7.00pm flagship signaled course WNW½W (202), after which this ship took up position in First Order of Cruising and made course WNW by bridge compass.

At 7.10pm flagship signaled 826.

At 7.40pm sighted the white revolving light on Flores Island bearing NW by W½W.

Sighted several sails standing to the Westward.

Kept lead going during watch, soundings being from 7½ to 11 fathoms.

At 7.40pm flagship signaled tactics 251 action, followed by tactics 255 action, and the squadron formed in column of vessels at distance.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 93.9, vacuum 24 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather, a little hazy around horizon latter part; bright starlight.

Moon rose at 11.50pm.

Light breeze from WNW shifting to NNW and North.

At beginning of watch squadron in column at distance, in mouth of Rio de la Plata, heading for Flores Island, light in sight.

At 8.30pm changed course to West following flagship, and soon afterwards sighted English Bank lightship, a fixed white light, bearing about SSW (bridge compass).

Passed several small brigs and a bark on port hand and one steamer on starboard hand, all bound in.

Lights of Montevideo in sight on starboard bow about 8.45pm.

At 8.55pm flagship made (Ardois) "Cornet, Yorktown Letters, Take distance".

About 9.15pm Punta Brava light and soon afterwards El Cerro light on the starboard bow.

At 9.40pm called "Watch bring ship to an anchor".

At 9.50pm flagship made (Ardois) "Cornet, Letters, Take one half more distance".

Flagship exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Yantic" inside by Very's night signals.

At 10.30pm flagship signaled (Ardois) "Cornet, Yorktown Letters, Take position".

At 10.31pm hauled in patent log, reading 61.7.

At 10.55pm flagship made (Ardois) "Cornet general 2121".

At 10.56pm let go port anchor in Montevideo harbor in 5½ fathoms water, soft mud bottom and veered to 30 fathoms chain.

Banked fires.

Hoisted guard light.

Bearings from anchorage as follows: El Cerro light N11°W, cathedral N37°E, Punta Brava light N76°E, all true.

Ship's draft forward 11 feet 2 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 102, vacuum 26.5 inches.


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10 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay, and 13 miles up river [Rio de la Plata]

Lat -34.96, Long -56.24


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, moonlight.

Light breeze from NNE to ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from ENE to NE.

Ship riding to flood tide.

The Captain of Port came alongside and granted pratique.

Received on bag of mail.

At 7.30am flagship made routine signal 6157, afterwards general 1071.

At daylight made out U.S.S. "Yantic" at anchor in inner harbor.

At 8.00am flagship saluted the port.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from East, shifting to East by South last hour.

Riding to flood tide.

Cleaning ship.

About 9.40am shore battery fired a salute of 21 guns, United States flag hoisted.

Flagship made general signal 6028 and then (Morse code) "Mr. Thompson, has our salute been returned".

Answered "Mr. Thompson is not aboard".

Commanding Officer paid an official visit on the flagship and the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Yantic" paid an official visit on this vessel.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 0; at noon numeral 18 and numeral 64.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 1.00pm made wigwag [signal] "Permission to get under way at 4.00pm for target practice".

Flagship made [signal] U.S.S. "Yorktown" 3093, and Commanding Officer repaired on board flagship in obedience to signal.

At 3.50pm made [signal] interrogatory 4890.

Flagship answering in affirmative, called all hands up anchor and at end of watch heaving in on chain.

At 12.05pm flagship fired a salute of 7 guns, American flag at fore, in honor of American Consul.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from ESE and East.

At beginning of watch heaving in.

Waited a few moments to allow shore launch to come alongside.

At 4.25pm hove up and started ahead, Commanding Officer at the conn.

At 4.28pm put over patent log, reading 61.7.

Set course W½S (bridge compass) and stood up the river keeping both leads going.

At 5.00pm went to quarters.

At 5.10pm sighted [La] Panela Rock lightship 3 points on starboard bow, and at 5.25pm this bore abeam, distant 2.8 miles.

At 5.50pm called all hands bring ship at anchor, and at 5.55pm let go port anchor in 4½ fathoms water, soft mud bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms chain.

Hauled in patent log, reading 74.7.

Banked fires.

Riding to flood tide.

Nothing in sight from anchorage except [La] Panela Rock lightship, which bore N59°E (true), distant five miles.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Moderate to fresh breezes from ENE and NE.


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11 January 1893

At anchor up river [Rio de la Plata], under way, and at anchor off Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.97, Long -56.53 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Moon rose at 12.10am.

Bright starlight and moonlight.

Fresh breeze in puffs from NNE.

Saw several steamers' lights.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Stiff to gentle breeze from NNE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Daylight about 4.30am.

Land visible all alongside starboard side.

Made preparations for target practice.

Navigator placed target at 1500 yards bearing W7°S (standard [compass]).


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NNE.

At 8.00am placed observation boat and at 8.40am sounded general quarters and commenced target practice at anchor.

At 10.15am got under way and continued the practice steaming between boats, a second observation boat having been placed.

At end of watch continuing the practice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, hot.

Light wind from ESE to East.

At 1.40pm ceased firing.

Picked up the boats and target, and at 2.05pm anchored in 4½ fathoms, veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Bearing at anchorage: El Cerro NE by E¾E (per compass), distant 14 miles.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 36 6-inch shells; 6-pounder, 80 common shells; 1-pounder, 30 common shells; 3-pounder, 78 common shells; 12 ordinary and 24 reduced charges for 6-inch guns; 12 37 mm common shells; and 48 vent sealing primers.

One 6-inch shell with ordinary charge was fired for pressure test [in] addition to the above.

At 3.50pm called all hands up anchor.

Hove up port anchor.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to moderate breezes from East and ENE.

Got under way at 4.00pm and stood down to Montevideo, under conn of Commanding Officer.

Steered E¾N till about 6.00pm when stood into harbor.

At 6.20pm anchored and shortly hove up anchor and moved a cable's length further in and anchored in 3½ fathoms water, 25 fathoms chain, port anchor.

Put over patent log at 4.08pm and hauled it in at 6.15pm.

At 6.00pm made cornet 236 and U.S.S. "Yantic" answered cornet 235.

Sighted the U.S.S. "Charleston" to the Southward and Eastward at about 4.30pm, but lost her again about 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light wind from ENE to NNE.

At 8.30pm a vessel came in and anchored to the Southward making cornet 25.

Answered and made cornet 236.


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12 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.92, Long -56.22


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and warm.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNE.

Lightning around horizon.


4am to 8am:

Rainy weather.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from North first hour, then hauling to SE.

U.S.S. "Charleston" shifted her berth about ¼ mile further to Eastward.

Barometer rising rapidly [29.85 to 30.05].

At 7.20am U.S.S. "Yantic" signaled by wigwag. "Admiral wishes to see Commander Wildes at Oriental Hotel, between nine and ten this forenoon, need not wear uniform".

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh meat and vegetables each; and 80 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, threatening weather, with fresh NE wind first half of watch, cloudy and warm last half, with wind shifting about the compass and fell light.

At 9.00am let go starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms, at same time veered to 40 fathoms on port chain in order to bring the ship up, she having commenced to drag slowly.

At 9.00am started fires under two after boilers.

Received alongside just before noon two lighters of coal.

Made preparation anew for coaling today.

At 11.30am hove up starboard anchor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cool.

Calm first hour, afterwards moderate to gentle breeze from SE to South.

Shifted berth and anchored at 2.15pm in 4 fathoms water, muddy bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchor: Punta Brava light S66°E, English Hospital S80°E, El Cerro light N51°30'W, all true.

Began coaling.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, with light shower of rain first hour.

Wind light from South by West to SW, shifting to SE last hour.

Engaged coaling ship, received on board today per account 130 tons 1291 pounds.

At [left blank] the U.S.S. "Baltimore" made her distinguishing pennant outside, which was answered and the distinguishing pennant of this ship hoisted, she anchored soon after near the U.S.S. "Charleston".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast first half, afterwards fair.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.


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13 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.92, Long -56.22


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light airs to gentle breeze from SE to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally weather.

Wind moderate from SE.

Shortly after five [o'clock] two coal lighters came alongside.

Commenced taking in coal at 6.20am, and up to 7.20am took in 35 tons 890 pounds

Found a French man-of-war had come in during the night and anchored outside.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds fresh beef; 100 pounds fresh vegetables; and 100 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SE.

Coaling ship, received about 116 tons in watch.

Made sick, absentee and coal reports.

At 9.32am flagship made signal to U.S.S. "Yorktown" telegraphic 756, 0094, 2676, 4785, 6365.

U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered telegraphic 0081, 2676, 870, 629, 6915, 0570, 756, 4785, 6365.

Flagship answered telegraphic 0912, 4785, 6365, 4079.

U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered telegraphic 8404, 4079, 9284, 5730, 6398, 15, 0694.

Flagship answered telegraphic 3503, 0088, 6092, 0922.

U.S.S. "Yorktown" hoisted negative pennant.

At 9.00am signaled to U.S.S. "Yantic" by army code "Why are your colors half masted".

U.S.S. "Yantic" answered "Following movements of colors on shore and on government vessels".

Half masted our colors.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, moderate breeze from SE.

Coaling ship, received 83½ tons on board during watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with moderate breeze from SE.

Finished coaling, having received in all 364 tons 659 pounds.

At 5.25pm made general signal 2994 to flagship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SE.


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14 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.92, Long -56.22


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather, bright starlight.

Moon rose at 1.00am.

Gentle to light breeze from East.

Barometer falling rapidly second hour [30.14 to 30.10], then stationary.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 80 pounds fresh bread; and 100 pounds fresh meat and vegetables each.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, gentle to moderate breeze from East.

The Commanding Officer visited officially the Captain of the Port, the U.S.S. "Yantic", H.B.M. ship "Basilisk" and the Spanish man-of-war "[Cristóbal] Colón".

The Commanding Officer of H.B.M. ship "Basilisk" paid an official visit to this ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East by South.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

At 3.45pm a lighter came alongside with stores.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle to moderate breeze from East by South.

Received on board from Bottine and Company the following stores, in Engineer's Department: 425 gallons lubricating oil; 50 gallons cylinder oil; 375 pounds sal soda.

In Equipment Department: 10 pounds sal ammoniac.

And in Paymaster's Department: 1000 pounds biscuits; 4050 pounds flour; 400 pound salt pork; 400 pounds rice; 240 pounds butter; 396 pounds tomatoes; 572¾ pounds ham; 300 pounds coffee; 100 pounds tea; 1492 pounds sugar; 504 pounds pickles; 60 gallons molasses; 72 gallons vinegar; and 216 pounds tinned vegetables.

The Commanding Officer of Spanish man-of-war "[Cristóbal] Colón" visited this ship officially.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather, brilliant starlight.

Gentle breeze to light airs from East.


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15 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.92, Long -56.22


Midnight to 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light breezes, hauling from East to North last hour.

Lightning to Westward.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, passing shower third hour.

Light breeze from North till last part of second hour, then moderate to stiff breeze from SW to SSW.

At 7.00 o'clock New York and Brazilian Mail [Company] steamer "Advance" came in and anchored near this ship.

At 7.30am flagship made routine signal 6167.

Received for use of crew: 80 pounds fresh bread; 100 pounds fresh beef; and 100 pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, light sprinkle of rain last hour.

Gentle breeze from SSW first part, shifting to light breeze and light airs from East.

Veered 15 fathoms on port chain.

At 9.45am the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Magpie" paid an official call on board.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

All hands were then called to muster and General Court Martial order number 1, in case of J.T. Welch, Coal Heaver, tried on board this vessel on December 19, 1892, was promulgated.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 7; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 400 and numeral 3.

At noon the following men were absent without leave: C. Griffin, Seaman, J. Gallagher, Oiler, J. Kempter, Captain of Tops, R.L. Henderson, Painter, E. Packard, Machinist, J. Costain, Machinist, and J.E. McDonald, Ship's Writer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to stiff breezes, coming in squalls.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Following men returned on board over time: C. Griffin, Seaman, 6 hours; J. Kempter, Captain of Tops, 6 hours; J.E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, 5 hours; J. Costain, Machinist, 5 hours; R.L. Henderson, Painter, 5 hours.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SSW and South.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes, increasing at times to stiff squalls, from South and South by East.

At 8.30pm veered to 52½ fathoms on port chain.


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16 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay, and standing up river [Rio de la Plata]

Lat -34.92, Long -56.22


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from SE to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SSE, shifting to moderate breeze from South last hour.

Daylight about 4.45am.

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

G.A. Lane, Captain of Tops, and R.J. Cooney, Seaman, returned from liberty drunk.

J. Gallagher, Oiler, returned from liberty 23 hours over time.

Two British merchant steamers came in and anchored.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal, affirmative 6107.

At 7.50am water boat came alongside and secured astern.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from SSE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected divisions.

E. Packard, Machinist, absent without leave.

Receiving in Equipment Department fresh water.

At 10.10am U.S.S. "Charleston" hoisted jack at main yard.

At 9.30am made numeral 4, at 10.00am numeral 1, at 12.00pm numeral 396, numeral 4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from SE.

At 1.00pm started fires under three more boilers.

Making preparations for sea.

At 1.00pm signaled flagship interrogatory 2984, granted.

Received on board for steaming purposes 7500 gallons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SE and SE by East.

At 6.15pm Rear Admiral Bancroft Gherardi, his personal staff and Captain J.C. Watson, U.S. Navy, came on board and this ship hoisted the Rear Admiral flag, the U.S.S. "Baltimore" hauling down at once.

At 6.20pm called "All hands up anchor" and stood out of harbor under conn of Commanding Officer.

At 6.50pm put over patent log, reading 94.9, and set course SW⅞W.

At end of watch [La] Panela light disappeared broad on starboard quarter.

E. Packard, Machinist, returned on board 38 hours over time.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 103.2, vacuum 25.5 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from SE to NE.

Steered the following courses: at 9.44pm West by South; at 10.24pm W½S; at 10.30pm W½N; at 10.34pm West by North; at 10.42pm WNW½; at 11.00pm WNW; at 11.13pm NW by W½W; at 11.27pm NW½W; and at 11.56pm NW⅝N, all per bridge compass.

At 10.00pm made Indio Point light bearing about West by North.

Passed several vessels at anchor and a steamer standing to Northward and Westward.

At end of watch Indio Point light bore about SE.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 101.5, vacuum 26 inches.


Indio Point is also known as Punta Indio.


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17 January 1893

Under way, anchored off City, and moored to dock, Buenos Aires

Lat -34.623, Long -58.363


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE.

At 1.37am changed course to NW¼W, log reading 63.5, at 1.45am to NW by West, log 65.0, at 1.57am to to NW by W½W, log 67.7, at 2.10am to WNW¾W, log 69.3.

At 1.05am sighted Chico lightship bearing NW by West, and at 3.55am sighted Isla Farallón [Faralline in log-book] and Colonia lights bearing about NNW and North.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 102.5, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from NE.

At 4.02am changed course to W¾N (patent log 91.5), at 4.18am to W¼N (patent log 98), and at 5.00am to W½S (patent log 2.5).

After this heading to Northward and Westward for anchorage near entrance of channel to the harbor of Buenos Aires, where ship was anchored at 5.45am in 3¾ fathoms, soft bottom, 30 fathoms port chain.

Ship under conn of Commanding Officer, pilot also on the bridge.

Found the Argentine vessels "Veinticinco de Mayo" and "Patagonia" at anchor off entrance to channel.

At 7.40am the Health Officer came off in tug, the ship communicated with her by boat, and pratique was granted.

At 8 o'clock fired a salute of 21 guns, Argentine flag at fore.

A salute was fired by the "Veinticinco de Mayo", with the United States flag at the fore, the number of guns could not be counted, the reports were not sufficiently loud.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 99.4, vacuum 24 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from NE first part, then calm and light airs from NE.

At 9.00am an officer from the "Patagonia" paid an official call on board and it was returned by the flagship Lieutenant.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions.

About 10.00am sent aboard tug and got a pilot.

Spread fires.

At 10.30am got under way and stood up for Buenos Aires, Commanding Officer, Navigator and pilot at the conn.

At 11.00am a tug took us in tow and about 11.30am we entered the Boca, where another tug took a line on port quarter.

At end of watch standing through Boca.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breezes from NE and ESE.

An officer of the Senior Italian ship "Dogali", the Argentine ship "Villarino" and the Russian ship "Rynda" sent officers with customary offers of courtesy.

Flagship Lieutenant returned these calls.

The Commanding Officer of the "Rynda" subsequently paid an official visit to this ship.

At beginning of watch ship passing through numbers 1 and 2 gates, and about 1.00pm went alongside dock three.

U.S. Consul came off and paid visit to ship.

Pilot Antonio Cerforfi from the Manovitch [?] at the Boca, left the ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Pleasant weather.

Sand blowing on board from the dock, penetrating everywhere.

Moderate East wind.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

An officer from the Senior Argentine Admiral, Chief of Staff, paid a visit to the Admiral with offers of services and the usual courtesies.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from East.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze with moderate squalls from SE by East to ESE.


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18 January 1893

Moored to dock, Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic

Lat -34.609, Long -58.365


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ENE.

R.L. Henderson, Painter, and W.E. Templeton, Landsman, left the ship without permission.

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


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light breeze from East to SE.

Engaged cleaning and painting ship outside.

The Captains of the Italian ships "Dogali", "[Sebastiano] Veniero" and "[Andrea] Provana" ["Provanse" in log-book] paid official visits on board.

The Commanding Officer paid official visit as Chief of Staff to the Russian ship "Rynda" and to the Italian ship "Dogali".

The following men absent over time: P. Peterson, Ordinary Seaman, L.N. Badene, Chief Boatswain's Mate, G.S. Tripp, Coal Heaver, and J. Paul, Second-class Fireman.

The following deserters: R.L. Henderson, Painter, and W.E. Templeton, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

The Commanding Officer of the Argentine transport "Villarino" paid an official visit on board.

The Commander of this vessel went ashore in Special Full Dress to pay visits of ceremony with the Admiral.

Painting ship outside.

L. Badene, Chief Boatswain's Mate, returned 6½ hours over time.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, gentle breeze from ESE.

A Lieutenant of the Argentine Navy came on board to inquire as to the rank of the Commander-in-Chief and the number of guns of his salute.

J. Allen, Ordinary Seaman, and S.L. Lomax, Ordinary Seaman, were found absent from ship without leave.

J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, returned to the ship 8½ hours over time, also G.S. Tripp, Coal Heaver, who was 10 hours over time.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from ESE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breezes from ESE.


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19 January 1893

Moored to dock, Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic

Lat -34.609, Long -58.365


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind in puffs from ESE.

At 2.00am M. Harris, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board, having been absent from the ship without leave.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from East.

E. Donaldson, Second-class Fireman, returned, having been absent from ship without permission.

P. Peterson, Ordinary Seaman, returned 24 hours over time.

Received 80 pounds bread and 100 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from East.

At 9.30am the crew was mustered and inspected at quarters, after which the divisions were exercised.

The following named men were reported absent, they having left the ship without permission, namely: S.L. Lomax, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, Joseph Allen, Ordinary Seaman, Robert McCauley, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, R.L. Henderson, Painter, and M.E. Templeton, Landsman.

C. Smith, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 1½ hours over time.

J. Cosgrove, Seaman, was brought on board by the police.

The following named men were placed in double irons under sentry's charge, by order of the Commanding Officer, to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for leaving ship without permission, namely: J. Cosgrove, Seaman, W.H. Harris, Carpenter and Calker, and J. Donaldson, Second-class Fireman.

Commanding Officer visited the Italian gunboats "Andrea Provana" and "Sebastiano Veniero", also the Russian cruiser "Rynda".

The Rear Admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the Argentine Navy, visited this ship officially.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from East, with stiff squalls last hour.

Scaling and painting smokepipe.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from East and ESE.

Received on board D. Parker, Landsman, from hospital, having been left by U.S.S. "Essex" as insane.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from East.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Moderate to light breeze from East.

B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, left the ship without permission.


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20 January 1893

Moored to dock, Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic, and under way

Lat -34.609, Long -58.365


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light to moderate breeze from East.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm, light breeze to light airs from East.

Garbage lighter came alongside.

Cleaning ship.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, following men absent without permission: R.L. Henderson, Painter, M.E. Templeton, Landsman, S.L. Lomax, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, Joseph Allen, Ordinary Seaman, Robert McCauley, First-class Apprentice, and B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate.

By order of Commanding Officer B. Olsen, Seaman, was reduced to 4th class, for leaving ship without permission.

All port watch scrubbing ship outside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from East.

A Commodore, Assistant Secretary of Argentine Navy, paid an official visit to the Admiral on the part of the President of Argentina.

B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, who took French leave last night, returned on board.

The harbor pilot and the river pilot came on board.

At 3.55pm called all hands unmoor ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from East.

At 4.00pm cast off from dock and started ahead towards the Boca, a tug towing ahead.

At 5.00pm discharged the harbor pilot near the outer end of Boca Channel and went ahead in charge of Commanding Officer and river pilot.

Nearing the outer harbor at close of watch.

Draft forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 85.4, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from East.

Standing down River Platte for Montevideo in charge of pilot.

Sounding varying from 4½ to 5½ fathoms.

At 6.10pm, as the ship neared the "Veinticinco de Mayo", that vessel saluted the Commander-in-Chief's flag with 15 guns, United States ensign at the fore, she also dipped her colors, the salute was returned gun for gun, Argentine flag at the fore, and our colors were dipped.

At 7.55pm sighted [left blank] light 2½ points abaft port beam.

Started fires under fourth boiler.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 85.4, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather, brilliant starlight.

Moon set at 9.00pm.

Moderate to stiff breeze from East.

Standing down Rio de la Plata with pilot at the conn.

At 8.10pm sighted Ensenada [Ensiada in log-book] light two points forward of starboard beam, and at 8.25pm Colonia light on port beam.

At 8.45pm passed a sailing vessel under way close aboard on port hand.

At 9.05pm sighted Chico lightship ½ point on starboard bow.

At 9.30pm passed a sailing vessel under way on starboard side and later a steamer and another sailing vessel on port hand, all standing down the river.

Passed numerous vessels at anchor.

A steamer in sight all watch bound down.

At 10.16pm Chico lightship bore S30°W (true), distant 6 miles [knots in log-book], patent log reading 48.5.

At 10.56pm connected fourth boiler and made 105 turns.

At 11.25pm lost sight of Chico lightship astern.

Changed courses as follows: at 9.45pm to E½S; at 10.00pm to ESE; at 10.13pm to SE¼E; and at 11.35pm to SE¼S.

Maximum sounding 5½ fathoms, minimum sounding 4½ fathoms.

At 11.55pm sighted Punta Indio lightship from aloft and at 12.00am from the bridge, bearing ½ point on port bow.

Steam 103 pounds revolutions 92.9, vacuum 26 inches.


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21 January 1893

Under way, and at anchor Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.94, Long -56.24


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East.

Made good course SE till 1.00am, when passed [Punta] Indio lightship and changed course to E¾S for ½ hour, then ran ENE¾E till 2.30am.

Remainder of watch steering NE¾E.

At 2.45am sighted Montevideo light ½ point on port bow.

Soundings during watch varied from 4½ to 5½ fathoms.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 102.4, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light NE breeze.

Stood in for the Cerro.

At 5.15am made out the other ships at anchor off Montevideo.

At 5.35am hoisted distinguishing pennant, which the U.S.S. "Charleston" answered and hoisted hers.

At 5.55am came to in 5 fathoms water, a cable's length from the U.S.S. "Baltimore", veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Banked fires.

Transferred to U.S.S. "San Francisco" D. Parker, Landsman, without his papers.

At 7.25am made general signal affirmative 6177.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 96.8, vacuum 26 inches.

Bearings at anchor: El Cerro lighthouse N20°30'W, cathedral [N]43°30'E, Punta Brava lighthouse N88°E, all true.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NE and ESE.

Rear Admiral Gherardi and his staff left this ship and returned to the U.S.S. "Baltimore".

This ship hauled down Rear Admiral's flag and U.S.S. "Baltimore" hoisted it.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were declared deserters from this date, namely: Robert L. Henderson, Painter, Joseph Allen, Ordinary Seaman, Stuart L. Lomax, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, Robert McCauley, First-class Apprentice, and Markham E. Templeton, Landsman.

Made sick, absentee and coal reports.

At 9.25am made general signal interrogatory 4557, flagship answered and made affirmative.

Hauled fires under three boilers.

Began coaling, received about 40 tons in watch.

At 11.50am flagship signaled by army code "A man will be transferred to you from Yantic".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear greater part of watch, clouding over last hour.

Moderate breeze from ESE to SE.

At 12.50pm flagship signaled "Can you report the number of tons of coal on board, or the quantity of coal in bags".

Answered "40 tons received on board this morning, no bags".

Engaged coaling ship.

Stowing in bunkers and in bags on quarter deck both sides.

At 1.00pm flagship signaled general 3318.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SE.

Received aboard from U.S.S. "Yantic", with necessary transfer papers, bag and hammock: Markfail Ely, Seaman.

Received in Engineer's Department: 243 grate bars; and 12 rubber gaskets.

Coaling ship.

Finished coaling at 5.50pm, having received on deck 50 tons in bags and 5 tons loose, making 107 tons 726 pounds received during day.

Signaled to flagship "Finished coaling".

Answered "Very well done".

We replied "Have 455 tons on board".

Last lighter left ship at 6.15pm.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from East.

Repeated by wigwag and Ardois "San Francisco wishes to be excused from scrubbing hammocks".

Received signal "How much coal received today in bunkers and in bags".

Answered "57 in bunkers, 50 in bags".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain after first hour.

Moderate breeze from East.


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22 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.94, Long -56.24


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and squally first half, with moderate to fresh breeze from NE and NNE, afterwards fair, with gentle to light breeze from NE.

Veered to 60 fathoms of chain.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant until last hour, when it commenced to cloud over, light breeze from NE to North.

At 7.30am flagship made routine signal 6187.

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


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light passing showers of rain, clearing latter part.

Light airs and gentle breezes from WNW and WSW.

Cleaning ship.

Flagship made following signals (Morse code): at 11.00am "Weight of grate bars received"; at 11.05am "Signal weight of grate bars your received"; at 11.10am "Did you receive two rings for galley", answered "No", and to first signal "578.5 pounds of grate bars".

E. Donaldson, Second-class Fireman, was placed in double irons under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer to await trial by Summary Court Martial.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 3; at 10.00am numeral 0; at noon, numeral 452 and numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from WNW and West.

Following wigwag signal from flagship: "Send back Admiral's flag at first opportunity".


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate West wind.

An Argentine man-of-war passed up the river.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Moderate to gentle breeze from West.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze first hour from West by South, hauling to SW and increasing to fresh breeze.

At 8.15pm flagship signaled (Ardois) "Transfer M. Ely to the San Francisco in the morning if the weather is suitable".


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23 January 1893

At anchor Montevideo, and at sea

Lat -34.94, Long -56.24


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, with brilliant starlight first part, clouding latter part.

Stiff breeze with frequent fresh squalls from SW by West.

Ship pitching a good deal to a rising sea.

At 12.20am French steamer "Uruguay" got under way and left harbor for Buenos Aires.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Fresh breezes to moderate gales from SW.

Ship riding to moderate short sea on port bow.

About 40 schooners and other small sail came in from SW.

Italian steamer, which dragged about ¼ mile during night, got under way and stood across over to Buenos Aires.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal, affirmative 6157.

Barometer rising.

Started fires in A and C boilers at 5.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally weather.

Moderate to fresh wind from SSW to SW.

At 9.45am mustered at quarters.

Drilled the divisions.

At 11.15am the President of Uruguay passed on board a Uruguayan man-of-war, which lay to off the flagship while the President paid a visit to the Admiral.

All the ships manned the rails on going on board and departing and a salute of 21 guns was fired by each ship on each occasion.

At 11.55am the President left the flagship, and after making a turn to the Southward passed inside.

The Uruguayan ship fired two salutes of 21 guns and manned yards twice.

At 9.15am banked fires.

Veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.

Flagship made the following general signals: at 8.50am telegraphic 6004, 0094, 3161, 9431, 6532, 9409, 8014, 1095, 0804, to which this ship hoisted affirmative pennant; at 9.15am 2121; at 9.25am 0935, 8105, 945, 5196, 6756; at 10.30am preparatory 5527; at 11.00am 5527; and at 11.45am 5527.

Made following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 3; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon, numeral 445, numeral 7.

Delivered copies of specifications to accused in cases of B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, J. Cosgrove, Seaman, M. Harris, Carpenter and Calker, and E. Donaldson, Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

At 12.35pm flagship made general signal 4562, at 3.00pm preparatory 237, at 3.07pm 237, at 3.15pm 251, at 3.18pm 255, at 3.22pm 277 and 24, at 3.26pm 148, at 3.35pm 4644 and geographical 766.

At 1.30pm signaled to flagship by army code "I am ready".

At 3.20pm flagship signaled "Speed will be 9 knots in about one hour and a half".

At 3.15pm fleet got under way and stood out of harbor in column at distance.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named prisoners were released as prisoners at large: J. Cosgrove, Seaman, B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, M. Harris, Carpenter and Calker, and E. Donaldson, Second-class Fireman.

Draft forward 13 feet 9 inches, aft 16 feet 8 inches.

At 3.50pm put over patent log, reading 17.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

Made good course SE½S by bridge compass until 4.20pm, then E½S until 5.35pm, then E⅜S.

Flagship signaled at 4.00pm tactical 131, at about 5.20pm tactical 244, after which squadron formed in First Order of Cruising, and at 5.35pm flagship signaled tactical 132.

At end of watch Flores Island light bore 1 point forward of beam, distant about 3 miles.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 46.9, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from South.

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

At 6.20pm Flores Island bore abeam, distant about 1½ miles, lost sight of it about 7.45pm.

Flagship signaled (Ardois) "Increase to prescribed speed".

Steam 119 pounds, revolutions 64.6, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moon set at 10.30pm.

Gentle breezes from South.

At 11.50pm flagship signaled "Compass East by South, ¼ point starboard" and changed to that course.

Practiced signaling with steam whistle.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 74.3, vacuum 27 inches.


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24 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -34.45, Long -53.24


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Moderate to fresh wind from South.

At 1.12am changed course to NE by E¾E, and at 1.30am to ENE.

At 1.50am made Point San José Ignacio light bearing about NE by North.

At 2.07am took departure Punta del Este light bearing N24°W (true), distant 8 miles.

At 1.12am flagship signaled NE by E¾E, and at 1.30am ENE.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 94.6, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South and SSE.

At 6.30am flagship signaled 119.

Squadron changed course to NE¾E.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6167.

A bark carrying English colors passed ahead of fleet, standing to Southward and Westward.

Land in sight on port beam.

At 5.00am sighted [Cabo] Santa Maria lighthouse bearing NNE.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 76.1, vacuum 25 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, after which the divisions were exercised.

Several men of the 3rd Division were exercised at Professor Corbesier's method of broadsword exercise.

At 8.40am flagship signaled general 6017, at 10.43am position, and at noon numeral 1073, numeral 35, latitude 34°25'[S], longitude 53°13'[W].

At 9.30am this vessel signaled numeral 2, at 10.00am numeral 0, and at noon latitude 34°27'[S], longitude 53°15'[W].

At 9.10am flagship wigwagged "Report when deck load is expended", "When we bury the dead this afternoon all ships will stop", and at 9.30am "After drill we will signal to you by telegraph, signal number two will be hoisted", "Three will be hoisted".

Sighted a schooner on the starboard hand standing to Northward and a steamer on port hand standing to Southward.

A Summary Court Martial met at 10.00am for the trial of B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, and others.

Ship rolling 20° at times with moderate beam sea.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 76.4, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

At 1.00pm began bending and making all sail.

Set jib and staysail at 1.10pm, and fore trysail and spanker at 2.00pm.

Broke out hold to get up gaff topsails.

At end of watch bending and reeving their gear.

At 1.30pm passed a small sloop to SE.

At 3.00pm sighted a steamer's smoke on port beam, but soon dropped her.

At 2.35pm flagship made general signal 2826 and numeral 5 answer 30.

At 3.10pm she made (Morse code) "Have you no gaff topsails", answered "Yes and are getting ready to bend them".

Squadron in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 75.3, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, with occasional passing showers.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 5.30pm hoisted and half-masted colors and stopped engines in respect to the dead, the funeral services being held on the flagship.

At 5.45pm started ahead again.

At 5.50pm set main trysail.

Ship making good NE⅞E by bridge compass, under steam and all sail, except main topsail.

Summary Court Marital adjourned at 4.30pm to await the action of the convening authority, having finished all the cases brought before it.

Ship rolling rather heavily, maximum roll 20° to leeward, minimum roll 17° to windward.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 75.1, vacuum 25 inches.

In the seventeen minutes that the engines of all vessels were stopped, this ship advanced her position relative to U.S.S. "Charleston" and U.S.S. "Baltimore" about 350 yards, both of these vessels held their way longer than the U.S.S. "Yorktown".


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

Set main topsail.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 71.2, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East by South and SE.

At 8.00pm flagship signaled "Make best use of coal possible. Do not adhere strictly to formation. Keep within signal distance", and at 8.05pm "Desire if possible to make St. Thomas via Barbadoes without coaling".

At 8.55pm flagship signaled "NE½E", and afterwards to U.S.S. "Charleston" "Course NE½N".

At 9.00pm fleet changed course to NE½N.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 73.3, vacuum 27 inches.


Barbadoes is the former spelling of Barbados.

Point San José Ignacio is also known as Punta José Ignacio.


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25 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -32.40, Long -50.48


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from SE to ESE.

Course NE½N.

At commencement of watch flagship off starboard beam, at close she was off starboard quarter, distant about 400 yards.

At 3.00am took in topsails and jibs.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 73.4, vacuum 25 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from ESE, shifting to East.

At daylight sighted and passed a white steamer on port beam standing to SW.

At 6.30am sighted a steamer ahead, at 7.00am she passed to starboard of squadron and exchanged colors with us.

She was French.

At 7.30am flagship made [signal] affirmative 6167.

Squadron making best use of coal possible, on course NE½N.

At end of watch under steam and sail (staysail, topsails and spanker).

Flagship bore about 2 points on starboard quarter, distant a little less than one mile.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 74.3, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East to East by North.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions.

At 9.00am set fore and main topsails, and at 10.30am mizzen topsail.

At 9.30am hauled down jib.

Latter part of watch under all sail, except jib, till 11.45am, when took in all sail.

At 9.30am made numeral 2, at 12.00pm numeral 412, numeral 16, 32 answer 24 numeral, 50 answer 29 numeral.

At 9.25am [flagship made signal] telegraphic U.S.S. "Yorktown" [distinguishing pennant], 3508, 8105, 1745, 7745, 0419, 6839, 2599, 5468, 6322, 7867, 8619.

Answered telegraphic 565, 9838, 1409, 3158, 6555, 8080, 9944, 8131, 2801, and received following telegraphic 0088, 6378, 4580, 1998, 6746, 6938.

Practically all sail was set all watch, but it scarcely drew, flapping at intervals, the revolutions were gradually increased from 70 to 79 turns on account of change of speed of flagship, so that the value of sail could not be ascertained.

Passed steamer heading to Southward and Westward.

By order of Commanding Officer F.S. Kirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, was placed in solitary confinement for three days on bread and water, for insolence to Officer of Deck.

Set deck clock ahead 15 minutes.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 72.9, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with moderate to fresh squalls of wind from ENE, and steady rain.

Barometer falling slowly.

Flagship made the following general signals: at 12.45pm numeral 36, numeral 1037, latitude 32°21'S, longitude 50°29'W; and at 12.35pm telegraphic 362.

At 12.40pm signaled flagship latitude 32°24'S.

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 79.7, vacuum 25 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and raining.

Fresh to very fresh breeze from NE.

Steam 91 pounds, revolutions 78.2, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Moderate gale from ENE.

Ship pitching deeply at times, throwing great sheets of spray abaft of bridge.

At end of watch flagship bore 3 points forward starboard beam, distant about 400 yards.

Steam 98 pounds, revolutions 80.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and rainy.

Fresh breezes from ENE, hauling last hour to NNE and increasing at times to moderate gale.

Taking much spray and occasional slight sea over forecastle and gangway.

In First Order of Cruising, ships in position.

Frequent vivid flashes of lightning from Northward and Westward.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 82.4, vacuum 25 inches.


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26 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -30.35, Long -48.26


Midnight to 4am:

Weather foul, but settling latter part of watch.

Wind in fresh squalls from NNE to North, accompanied by rain, at times very heavy and ceasing the last hour.

Lightning to the Southward first two hours.

Struck below the last of the deck load of coal.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 80.9, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Moderate gale from North and NNE, with rain.

Steam 92 pounds, revolutions 82.4, vacuum 25 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, fresh to very fresh breeze from North by West to North, with occasional passing showers.

Moderate sea.

Ship pitching deeply at times.

At 10.00am flagship wigwagged (Myer's [Meyer in log-book] code) "You did not send our flag back yet", this ship answered "Will send, first opportunity".

At 9.30am we signaled to flagship numeral 3 and at noon numeral 391 and numeral 21, also latitude 30°21'S and longitude 48°08'W.

At noon flagship signaled to squadron numeral 1000 and numeral 36, also latitude 30°22'[S] and longitude 48°20'W.

At end of watch the flagship bore one point forward of beam, at distance.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 84, vacuum 26.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NNW and North.

All ships gradually overhauled flagship during watch, and at end of watch this ship about a half mile ahead, U.S.S. "Charleston" on her starboard beam and U.S.S. "San Francisco" on port quarter.

Sea moderating and weather clearing.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 81.4, vacuum 26.5 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, clearing weather.

Moderate North wind.

Masses of cumulus clouds passing over to the Southward.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 80.5, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North.

At 7.20pm flagship signaled "What speed are you making".

This ship answered 7.2 [knots].

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 78.5, vacuum 25 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze with occasional stiff squalls from North by West to North.

At end of watch flagship bore 3 points forward of starboard beam, at distance.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 82, vacuum 26 inches.


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27 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -28.32, Long -45.98


Midnight to 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NNE.

Sea and wind moderating.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 83.1, vacuum 25 inches.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Fresh breeze from North by East.

At 7.25am flagship made signal 6167.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 81.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from North by East.

At 9.30am exercised at fire quarters, times ready: 1st Division 8 minutes 0 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 10 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 50 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 20 seconds; Powder Division 4 minutes 0 seconds; Engineer's Division 50 seconds.

Closed watertight doors.

Secured: 1st Division 3 minutes 25 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes 20 seconds; 3rd Division 45 seconds; Navigator's Division 3 minutes 20 seconds; Powder Division 3 minutes 40 seconds; Engineer's Division 30 seconds; Marines 45 seconds.

Made sick, position and coal reports.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 81.7, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy about horizon.

Moderate breeze from North by East to NE by North.

At end of watch flagship bore off starboard bow, about ¾ [mile] distance.

At flagship signaled by whistle "Am glad you are able to reduce your coal consumption, for to go from fifteen to twenty one tons was quite startling".

Afterwards "Did you transfer sick man to San Francisco", answered "Yes".

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 82.9, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, damp.

Gentle breezes from NE by North and NE.

Long swell running from NE.

Ship pitching easily, occasionally taking water over bows.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 83.7, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair weather.

Moderate NE wind.

Moderate sea with an occasional long swell from NE by North.

Steam 101 pounds, revolutions 85.1, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from NE.

Flagship signaled "While running, not keeping position, need not use truck light".

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 81.9, vacuum 27 inches.


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28 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -26.20, Long -43.94


Midnight to 4am:

Clear until last hour, when it clouded over.

Very fresh breeze with a succession of heavy squalls from NE by North.

At end of watch the flagship bore off starboard bow, distant about 400 yards.

Ship pitching deeply, taking considerable quantity of water on board in form of dense spray.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 83.8, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy and pleasant weather.

Moderate breezes, increasing at times to fresh squalls from NE, latter part of watch wind moderating.

Ship pitching deeply, but easily, taking an occasional sea over bow.

Observation of waves gave following: oscillations per minute 8; pitching 5°; sending 7°, this is probably exaggerated a degree by inertia of pendulum; wavelength about 260 feet; the sea ahead and simple in form.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 84.8, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Strong wind from NE by North.

Weather clear.

Sea rough.

The Commanding Officer assigned the following punishments: H.F. Laing, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, two days' extra duty, for shirking; and A. Hill, Seaman, one day's confinement, for disobedience of orders and abusive language to sentry, he was accordingly placed in confinement.

By order of Commanding Officer F.S. Kirk was released from confinement.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 4; and at noon numeral 18, numeral 355 and latitude 26°12'S, longitude 43°56'W.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 80.6, vacuum 25 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Fresh to stiff breeze from NE.

At 1.00pm flagship made telegraphic signal 0776, 0935, 8505, 6862, 5196, 9284, 6959, 0088, and at 1.10pm general signal 3300.

At 2.00pm flagship dropped gradually astern and remained about 2 miles astern for remainder of watch.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 83.7, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, stiff breeze from NE.

At end of watch flagship about 1½ miles astern.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 82.2, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight latter part.

Stiff breezes from NE, increasing to fresh breezes last part.

Flagship still about a mile astern.

Ship pitching easily to heavy sea.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 81.5, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh wind from NE by East.

At 9.45pm stopped port engine to set up on nuts of low pressure crosshead.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 84.2, vacuum 27 inches.


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29 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -23.73, Long -41.86


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and warm.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from NE.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 87.4, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Wind and sea moderating.

Moderate breeze from NE.

At 7.30am flagship made routine signal 6197.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 86.5, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from NE.

At 9.00am flagship made [signal] telegraphic 7846, 1051, 8619, 4373, 3637, 9409, 3637.

This vessel answered numeral 7 answer 8.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.30am numeral 5; at 12.00pm numeral 334, numeral 20, then 23 answer 44 numeral and 41 answer 51 numeral.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Hill, Seaman, was restored to duty, his time of confinement having expired.

A.F. Laing, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, spent two hours of extra duty, cleaning bridge rail.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 84.1, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from East by North.

At 1.50pm sighted Cape Frio bearing about NNW, at end of watch it bore NW½W (per compass).

Sighted a ship and a bark standing in for the cape.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 89, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from NE by East.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 86.3, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from NE by East.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 83.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE and NE by East.

Dropped to position on port quarter of flagship.

At 11.50pm Cape [St.] Tome light 3 points on port bow, distant about 25 miles.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 83.8, vacuum 28 inches.


Cape Frio is also known as Cabo Frio.

Cape St. Tome is also known as Cabo de Sao Tomé.


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30 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -21.37, Long -39.87


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, heavy dew.

Airs from East by North.

At 12.10am made St. Tome [St. Thome in log-book] light from the deck bearing about North, lost it at 2.35am bearing NW by West.

At 12.20am flagship signaled course NE by East.

Bright moonlight.

Moon set at 3.30am.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 81.4, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breeze from ENE.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6197.

At 8.00am flagship made general signal 113, fleet changed course to NE¾N.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 81.2, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, light breeze from East to East by North.

At 9.30am mustered and exercised crew, after which the gun divisions were employed overhauling battery.

Last hour of watch ship passing through great quantities of yellowish dust resembling pollen.

Made course NE⅝N by bridge compass, excepting second hour when it was NE¾N.

At 11.00am flagship signaled by whistle "What is your average speed since eight last night", this ship answered "From eight to eight this morning, eight four".

At 9.30am we made sick report numeral 4, and at noon we signaled numeral 315 and numeral 19, also latitude 21°22'S and longitude 39°52'W.

Flagship signaled to squadron numeral 849 and numeral 37, also latitude 21°22'S and longitude 39°50'[W].

Between 8.00am and 9.00am surface water rose from 73° to 79° [Fahrenheit].

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 82.3, vacuum 27.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, passing showers.

Light to gentle breezes from East.

At 1.30pm flagship made [signal] 121, changed course to Eastward.

At end of watch steering NE½E.

At 1.00pm flagship made [signal] 2984 and piped down scrubbed and washed clothes.

At end of watch U.S.S. "San Francisco" made sail.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 83, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 81.2, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from East by South.

At 6.40pm signaled to flagship "What is the course", flagship answered "NE¼E".

At 7.00pm flagship signaled "Can you make Barbadoes with your present amount of coal".

Answered "I think we can, can tell certainly after two thousand miles".

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 81.3, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant, gentle to moderate breeze from East by South to ESE.

At 10.35pm flagship sent up two rockets, sounded the alarm and went to general quarters, all divisions were ready in 3 minutes 10 seconds when a blank charge was fired from the starboard 6-pounder rapid-fire gun.

The divisions were reported ready as follows: 1st Division 3 minutes 0 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes 10 seconds; 3rd Division 3 minutes 10 seconds; Powder Division 3 minutes 10 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 2 minutes 40 seconds; Marines 3 minutes 5 seconds.

At 10.50pm flagship signaled "Secure", and all divisions were secured in 2 minutes 20 seconds when the retreat was sounded.

The divisions were reported secured as follows: 1st Division 2 minutes 5 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 0 seconds; Engineer's Division 45 seconds; Navigator's Division 50 seconds.

At end of watch the flagship bore 2 points forward of beam, distant 400 yards.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 80.9, vacuum 26 inches.


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31 January 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -18.78, Long -37.71


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light to moderate breezes from SE by East and East.

Squadron running very steadily, being nearly in line all watch.

Passed a small steamer bound to Southward.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 84.2, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from East.

At 7.25am flagship made general signal 6197.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 83.4, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from East.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions.

At 10.00am made [signal] interrogatory 3918, flagship hoisted affirmative.

At 11.00am flagship made [signal] 2984.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Brown, Landsman, was sentenced to two days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for disobedience of orders, and W.J. Curley was rated Ordinary Seaman from January 19th, and John Leader was rated Painter from January 18th.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 82.7, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from East.

Sighted a barque standing to Southward and Westward.

At 1.30pm flagship signaled by whistle "Report direction and strength of current".

This ship answered "Seven miles N61W".

Overhauled Ardois' signal lanterns and sent them aloft.

Crew engaged scraping rust spots and getting boats ready for painting.

H.F. Laing, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, performed two hours' extra duty.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 85.1, vacuum 25 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

Sighted two sailing vessels standing to Southward.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 84.6, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from ESE.

Full moon rose about 7.00pm, bright moonlight remainder of watch.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 82.5, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 8.00pm flagship signaled "How many knots are you making", answered "8.3".

At 10.30pm flagship signaled "Compass course NNE¼E", fleet changed course to NNE¼E.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 81.1, vacuum 26 inches.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1893


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1 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -15.79, Long -36.33


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight, except during a moderate rain squall third hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE to East.

At end of watch flagship bore three points off starboard quarter, distant ¾ mile.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 81.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from East by South.

Flagship between 1½ and 2 miles off.

Slowed to 77 turns last hour and made 9 knots with that number of revolutions.

Under all sail all watch.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 79.3, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions.

Exchanged colors with English bark standing to the Southward.

Flagship made the following general signals: at 9.15am 2984; at 10.40am 6017; and at noon numeral 768, numeral 37, latitude 15°48'S and longitude 36°18'W.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 4; at 10.45am numeral 8 answer 6; and at noon numeral 278, numeral 18, latitude 15°47'S, longitude 36°20'W.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 75.9, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East by South.

At 1.30pm flagship signaled 3167, 4 numeral, telegraphic 4204, 6862, 5196, 4786.

At 1.20pm [sic] flagship signaled "Report magnetic course steered", answered "NNE⅝E".

At 4.00pm flagship signaled 3167.

At 3.30pm took in sail.

Ships of squadron began swinging ship [for compass deviations] at 4.00pm.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 77.2, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from ESE.

Engaged swinging ship until 5.27pm, when ship was put on her course NNE½E, the port log put over registering 99.5, and all sail set.

Sighted a barque standing to Southward and Westward, the squadron showed colors and answered a salute of three dips, could not make out vessel's nationality from this ship.

At 5.30pm flagship signaled 3302.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 62, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

Flagship signaled to this vessel "My opinion is you will arrive in port on the 13th with 53 tons of coal in your bunkers, what think you".

Answered "That your figures are very close, am certain we can reach Barbadoes if there is no set back and with coal to spare".

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 78, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Moderate wind from ESE.

At 10.00pm increased speed to 80 turns.

At 11.30pm flagship, being one mile ahead, slowed to half speed, at 11.50pm she went ahead full speed again.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 79, vacuum 27.5 inches.


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2 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -12.55, Long -35.55


Midnight to 4am:

Generally cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE to East.

Took in topsail and jib at 3.00am.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 80.1, vacuum 25 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, moderate breeze from ESE to East by South.

Ship under steam and sail.

Set main and mizzen topsails at 4.30am.

At 7.00am Navigator corrected bridge compass.

At 7.30am flagship signaled 6197.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 80.3, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from East and East by South.

Set jib and fore gaff topsail at 9.00am.

Exercised at general quarters at 9.30am, times as follows, ready: 1st Division 2 minutes 35 seconds; 2nd Division 5 minutes 26 seconds; 3rd Division 3 minutes 24 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 31 seconds; Engineer's Division 55 seconds; Marines 3 minutes 15 seconds; Powder Division after 1 minute 55 seconds, ditto forward 2 minutes 40 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 51 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 43 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 22 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 8 seconds; Engineer's Division 10 seconds; Marines 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder Division after 3 minutes 15 seconds; forward 3 minutes 5 seconds.

At 9.30am made numeral 4, at 12.00pm numeral 261, numeral 17, 12 answer 33 numeral, 35 answer 34 numeral.

At 10.40am flagship made [signal] telegraphic 1008, 2051, 9409, 808, 3637, 8673, 8055.

Set clock ahead 5 minutes.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 78.9, vacuum 26 inches.

Tested flood cocks and found in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from ESE.

Passed two square-rigged vessels standing to the Southward.

Flagship made the following general signals: telegraphic 0868, 0725, 0492, 0082; and at 3.00pm 110.

At 2.30pm signaled flagship 13°19'W.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 79.9, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 78.7, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from East.

Moon rose at 7.50pm.

At 6.50pm flagship signaled "At 7.30pm we will slow down, keep your course and speed".

At end of watch ship under steam and all sail.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 76.6, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breezes from East by South.

At 9.30pm flagship signaled "Good night".

At about 10.00pm seemed to be overhauling the squadron, but at end of watch dropping astern.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 78.3, vacuum 27.5 inches.


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3 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -9.12, Long -34.75


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Moderate wind from ESE.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 77.7, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and unsettled.

Moderate breeze from ESE until 5.55am, when a heavy rain squall came up and wind shifted to NE, during latter half of watch gentle to light breeze from NNE.

Took in sail at 5.45am.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 75.2, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Moderate to gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30am inspected and mustered crew at quarters, after which the men's bags were inspected.

The special division was exercised at broad sword drill.

At 9.00am made all sail, excepting jib.

At 9.30am we signaled flagship numeral 4.

At 10.30am we sent by wigwag "Coal account short 14 tons, should have been 247 yesterday".

At 11.30am flagship wigwagged "I trust there will be more care in the use of coal and no more loss".

At noon we signaled flagship numeral 30 answer 5 and numeral 231, also latitude 9°07'S, longitude 34°45'W.

Flagship signaled numeral 685 and numeral 41, latitude 9°10'S, longitude 34°50'W.

D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, declared himself a deserter from the United States Naval Service, he shipped on the U.S.S. "Michigan" at Chicago, Illinois, as an apprentice under the name of H.O. Stone, was transferred to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Independence", Mare Island, California, rate Seaman Apprentice Second-class, and deserted in August 1892, reshipped on the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Independence" as a coal heaver 7th October 1892 under the name D.O. Whipp and was transferred to the U.S.S. "Yorktown" at Mare Island 26th October 1892.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 81.8, vacuum 27.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SSE.

At 1.00pm flagship made [signal] 2984, and at 1.30pm she made 109.

At 3.50pm land was reported from aloft about 3 points forward port beam.

Passed several sailing ships bound to Southward.

Started fires in D boiler and let them die out in A.

Under all sail, except jib.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 81.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.20pm flagship, having passed ahead, abreast of U.S.S. "Charleston", both ships stopped and U.S.S. "Charleston" sent boat to flagship.

At 5.50pm both ships came ahead again.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 82, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SE.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 79.4, vacuum 26.5 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight after 8.20pm.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE by East.

Sighted two fishing boats close aboard.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 74.6, vacuum 27 inches.


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4 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -5.53, Long -34.59


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Moderate breezes from SE.

Under all sail and steam in three boilers.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 72.2, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from SE by East.

Sea smooth.

At 6.00am changed course to N½W (per compass).

Hauled down staysail at 6.05am.

At 5.55am signaled general 226, and at 7.25am general 6297.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 74.7, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SE.

At 9.05am flagship signaled 6017, and at 9.06am geographical 0080.

At 9.10am signaled to flagship numeral 9.4.

At 9.15am flagship signaled to this ship telegraphic 3339, 0088, 2051, 0416, 0970, 9277, 0556, 2638, 6124, 6691.

Answered telegraphic 6702, 7845, 9409, 0094, 2051.

Made sick, coal and position reports to flagship.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 82.1, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate breeze from SE.

Sighted an Italian barque standing to Northward and Eastward.

She signaled for longitude, which was answered by the U.S.S. "San Francisco" and U.S.S. "Charleston".

The squadron hoisted colors and answered her dip.

Also sighted a Swedish barque standing to the Southward and Westward.

At 3.55pm [5.55pm in log-book] the flagship signaled course NW½N.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 80.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from SE by South and SE.

At 4.00pm flagship made 214 and changed course to NW½N.

Trimmed aft the starboard sheets of all sail and at 4.30pm took in spanker and mizzen topsail and then jib.

At 5.20pm trimmed aft port sheet of main trysail and ran wing and wing remainder of watch.

Ship rolling easily.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 79.4, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from ESE.

Set all sail save staysail.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 80.6, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 80.1, vacuum 25 inches.


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5 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -2.89, Long -37.81


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, moderate breeze from SE.

At 2 o'clock took in main trysail and gaff topsail, and at three [o'clock] the fore trysail, spanker and gaff topsail.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 83, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Moderate breezes from SE.

At 6.00am set main trysail, and at 6.30am fore trysail and gaff topsail, also main gaff topsail.

At 7.30am flagship made affirmative 6287.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 85.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from SE by East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

Had general muster and read Articles of War and squadron General Court Martial order number 2.

Set spanker, mizzen topsail and jib.

Steam 118 [pounds], revolutions 80.4, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate breeze from SE.

Hauled down jib at 2.00pm.

Signaled noon positions and coal consumption to flagship.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 83.9, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SE by East.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 83.7, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breezes from SE by East.

Ship under all sail, except fore topmast staysail.

At 6.15pm hoisted jib.

At 7.30pm flagship made [signal] "What speed" to squadron, U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered 9.6, flagship then made "8.9".

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 83.2, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Moon rose at 9.50pm.

Moderate wind from East by South.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 78.9, vacuum 26 inches.


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6 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat -0.31, Long -41.71


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 78, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from ESE to East by North.

At 7.30am flagship made routine signal 6287.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 80, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breezes from East and East by North.

At 9.30am exercised divisions as follows: 1st Division instruction great guns; 2nd Division same; 3rd Division broadsword; Powder Division small arms.

Made routine signals as follows: 9.30am numeral 3; at 12.00pm numeral 175, numeral 19, latitude 0°18'S, longitude 41°42W.

At 10.40am flagship made to U.S.S. "San Francisco" and U.S.S. "Yorktown" telegraphic 4904, 8105, 1332, 6839, 0419.

Answered telegraphic 0081, 3808, 6862, 6439, 2090, 4344, 2599, 8155.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 81.3, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Airs from East.

At 12.55pm flagship made general signal 2984.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 86.9, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, warm and sultry.

Light breeze from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 82, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, rainy last hour, light breeze from NNE to North.

At 6.20pm took in and furled all sail.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 83, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm.

Moderate to light breezes from NE.

At 10.50pm made all sail.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 86.6, vacuum 25 inches.


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7 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 2.03, Long -44.70


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Airs from North.

At 12.10am took in and furled all sails.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 87.2, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from NE.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6287.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 86.4, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm, light breeze from NE.

At 9.30am inspected and mustered crew at quarters, after which the divisions and special broadsword squad were exercised.

The following signals were made and received: at 9.30am this ship to flagship numeral 3; and at noon numeral 19 and numeral 156, latitude 2°02'N, longitude 44°42'W; flagship signaled at noon numeral 505 and numeral 41, latitude 2°00N and longitude 44°36'W.

Set clock back 9 minutes between 10 and 11 o'clock.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 82.8, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from East by South.

Following signals made by flagship to squadron: 6017, to which U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered 9.1; at 2.00pm telegraphic 1051, 4204, 4316, 3120, 6017, and general 6017, to which this ship answered numeral 9.19, flagship replied telegraphic 8619, 0935, 1267, 1051, 8619, 6839, 6124, 4312, 3120.

At end of watch took in all sail.

Steam 119 pounds, revolutions 84.3, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair weather, light rain squalls working along to the Northward and Eastward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 85.3, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from NE.

At 7.00pm flagship signaled "When will we reach Barbadoes", this ship answered "Sunday morning".

Steam 101 pounds, revolutions 87.1, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light to gentle breeze from NNE.

Moon rose at 11.20pm.

At 9.50pm flagship signaled "What speed", this ship answered 9.3.

At 11.10pm set all sail.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 85.6, vacuum 26 inches.


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8 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 4.65, Long -47.95


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breezes from NE and NE by North.

Under all sail.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 85.2, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fair weather.

Moderate wind from ENE, freshening somewhat last hour.

At 7.25am flagship made general signal 6287.

Steam 119 pounds, revolutions 86.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE and East.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions.

At 9.00am flagship made general signal 6017, answered 9.8.

Made sick, coal and position reports to flagship.

Took in topsails at 11.40am.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 85.9, vacuum 25 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, passing shower first hour, rainy last hour.

Variable winds, light to gentle in force.

Numerous rain squalls about horizon.

At 1.00 o'clock flagship signaled numeral 459 and numeral 40, also latitude 4°47'N and longitude 48°04'W.

At 2.27pm she signaled tactical 211 (course NW¼W), and this ship's head was put on the course NW⅜W by the bridge compass.

Sighted a barque standing to the Northward and Westward.

Served out small stores and clothing to the crew.

At 12.15pm took in and furled all sail.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 84.2, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Heavy rain nearly all watch.

Gentle breezes from SE and South.

At end of watch flagship about a mile ahead of this vessel.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 86.6, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Raining steadily and heavily in showers.

Wind light from South to SSE.

The lights of flagship and U.S.S. "Charleston" in sight at end of watch.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 85, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Raining throughout watch.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE to SW.

At 11.00pm flagship made compass signal NW, squadron changed course to NW.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 92.1, vacuum 27 inches.


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9 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 7.93, Long -51.10


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, slight indications of clearing weather last hour.

Light breeze from NNE to North.

Long swell from Northward, ship rolling from 15° to 17° at times.

Steam 112, revolutions 91, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional drizzle.

Light airs and breezes from NE and East.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 89.1, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from ENE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Instructed the divisions.

Flagship made the following signals: at 8.55am 6017; at 10.30am telegraphic 4544, 1051, 5196, 7949, 4204, 9796, 0868, 3508, 0094, 6234, 8417, 4204, 6124, 9789, 4312, 5196; at 11.05am numeral 236; at 11.10am numeral 58.9; and at noon numeral 45, numeral 412, latitude 7°56'N, longitude 51°12'W.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.00am numeral 9.6; at 9.30am numeral 1; at 11.20am numeral 231.3, numeral 85.5; and at noon numeral 20, numeral 116, latitude 7°56'N, longitude 51°06'W.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 90.5, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE and SW.

At 1.25pm flagship made general signal 209, squadron altered course to NW¾W.

At 1.35pm flagship made 277 numeral 36, at 1.50pm telegraphic 6075, 0980, 3599, 8433, 3478, and at 2.20pm general signal 17.

At 2.20pm a man fell overboard from the U.S.S. "San Francisco" and was picked up.

Stopped this ship and sent lifeboat to assist.

Lost rotator of patent log.

At 3.30pm flagship made [signal] 2984.

O. Olsen was disrated from Gunner's Mate to Seaman, and J. Sullivan was rated from Seaman to Gunner's Mate from today.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 89.4, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy.

Light airs from NE.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 85.4, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from North.

At 7.40pm flagship signaled "I do not doubt that we will get to Barbadoes Sunday morning" and then "What current at noon", this vessel answered 4.3 miles.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 83.4, vacuum 27.5 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather.

Light wind from North to ENE.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 83.3, vacuum 26 inches.


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10 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 10.07, Long -54.53


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs and breeze from East.

Occasional lightning from Northward and Eastward.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 83.4, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with occasional light passing showers.

Wind freshening from gentle to moderate breeze and hauling from NNE first hour to ENE at end of watch.

At 5.50am set staysails, trysails and spanker.

Made course NE by W⅛W per bridge compass.

Slowed down engines from 84 to 78 revolutions after setting sail.

At 7.30am flagship signaled 6287.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 82, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with occasional rain squalls.

Moderate breezes from ENE.

At 9.30am had fire quarters, times as follows, ready: 1st Division 2 minutes 42 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 10 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 17 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 8 seconds; Powder Division 1 minute 22 seconds; Engineer's Division 50 seconds; Marines 31 seconds.

Closed watertight doors in 30 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 2 minutes 2 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 15 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 2 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 0 seconds; Powder Division 55 seconds; Engineer's Division 10 seconds; Marines 40 seconds.

At 9.00am flagship signaled "Uniform for officers is caps", at 10.00am by wigwag "Make liberal speed and save coal as I wish to take you to St. Thomas without coaling".

At 11.10am flagship made 6017, this vessel answered 8.8.

At 11.30am took position on port quarter of flagship and received signal 6405, answered telegraphic 6737, 8373, 7288.

At noon made [signal] numeral 98 and numeral 18, then latitude 10°04'N and longitude 54°32'W.

Took in spanker for about 20 minutes while signaling.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 75.7, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Steady rain, sky overcast.

Wind from North to ESE, varying in force from light to fresh breezes.

At end of watch all of the ships in sight.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 82.5, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Raining.

Light airs to gentle breeze from ESE.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 84.1, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly clear.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE to East.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 83.5, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain at times.

Moderate to fresh breezes from ENE and NE.

Ship rolling deeply at times.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 83, vacuum 26 inches.


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11 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 12.12, Long -57.77


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast by clouds.

Moderate wind from ENE.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 82.4, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with occasional drizzling rain.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 5.45am set fore and main trysails and jib.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6187.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 83.4, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing somewhat last hour, succession of heavy rain squalls second hour.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

At 9.00am set trysail and hauled down jib.

At 9.30am we signaled flagship numeral 3, and at noon numeral 19 and numeral 79, also latitude 12°08'N and longitude 57°42'W.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 79.3, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant weather.

Moderate breezes from NE.

At 1.00pm flagship signaled 206, "NW by W½W", changed course accordingly to NW by W⅞W per bridge compass.

At 1.30pm flagship signaled (wigwag) "What is the matter with your bow", answered "Portion of scroll work carried away in heavy weather off Frio".

At 1.45pm flagship made telegraphic 5301, 0804, 6004, 3985, 8673, 0935, general 3167, 3 answer (If weather is favorable squadron will swing ship at 3.00pm).

At 3.00pm flagship made annulling 3167, later 244 and 277 numeral 28, accordingly took position in First Order of Cruising and reduced speed.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 77.9, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NE.

In First Order of Cruising under number 2 flag, flagship having made number 2 at 4.30pm.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 69.1, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate wind from ENE.

Running in First Order of Cruising.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 60.4, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NE.

At 9.20pm flagship signaled "Have slowed down five revolutions".

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 60.1, vacuum 27.5 inches.


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12 February 1893

At sea, making passage to, and at anchor Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 13.09, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with occasional squalls from NE by North.

At 12.45am sighted Ragged Point light bearing by bridge compass NNW½W, and at one [o'clock] sighted South Point light bearing NW½W (this light showed white when first sighted).

At 2.47am Ragged Point light bore off starboard beam.

At 3.30am South Point light bore off starboard beam and at end of watch it bore NNE.

At 3.55am sighted the lights of Bridgetown.

At 1.45am flagship signaled course WNW½W, and at 2.05am "Speed five knots".

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 50.7, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with passing showers of rain first and last hours.

Moderate breeze from NE by North, with fresh squalls middle of watch.

At beginning of watch standing along shore, lights of South Point and town in sight.

At 4.35am flagship made (Ardois) "Compass NNW", and at 5.04am "Tactics 251, 255", accordingly took position in column at distance.

At 5.20am flagship signaled (Ardois) "Speed 7 knots", and later made the following signals: about 5.30am compass NNE; at 5.55am general 126; at 6.05am general 829; at 6.15am numeral 1; at 6.30am preparatory 229; at 6.40am 229; at 6.50am 230.

At 6.30am hauled in patent log, reading 5.7.

At 7.08am let go port anchor, hove up again immediately and came to about 5 minutes later in Bridgetown harbor in 9 fathoms water, sandy bottom, 45 fathoms port chain.

Bearings: buoy off Needham Point S10°E, clock tower S55°E, refinery chimneys N87°E, true.

At 7.15am flagship made "Signal was annulled", at 7.25am 6287, and at 7.50am "Send no wash clothes ashore".

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 5 inches, aft 15 feet 0 inch.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 50.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, with light rain first hour.

Moderate breezes from ENE.

Sounded ahead of ship, least water 5¼ fathoms.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.30am numeral 2; at 10.00am numeral 0; at 12.00pm numeral 66 and numeral 13.

Wigwag [signals] as follows: flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Make careful estimate of coal on hand", answered "Estimate 68 tons on hand".

At 11.30am flagship sent "You will leave for St. Thomas tomorrow afternoon with me", also "We signaled for guard boat", answered "Guard boat is alongside".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather.

Fresh puffs from NE by East.

Sent a liberty party of seven men on shore.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NE by East.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE by East.

At 7.20pm the U.S.S. "San Francisco" got under way and left port.

At 7.30pm flagship signaled "Be ready to sail tomorrow at one o'clock, will signal hour to steam".


8pm to midnight:

Generally fair, with occasional light passing showers of rain.

Light airs and breezes from ENE first part, with stiff squalls latter part.


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13 February 1893

At anchor Bridgetown, Barbadoes, and at sea making passage to St. Lucia

Lat 13.09, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant, with passing showers.

Light to moderate breezes coming in squalls from ENE.

Mail steamer came in from Southward.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Wind from ENE and NE by East.

English mail steamer "Para" came in.

American mail steamer "Allianca" got under way.

At 7.25am flagship made [signal] 6287.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE.

Received 75 pounds fresh bread and 93 pounds each beef and vegetables.

At 9.20am flagship signaled "Send receipt for fresh provisions by guard boat", at 10.35am 3093, and at 10.55am 2984.

Made sick, absentee and coal reports.

At 10.00am flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, British ensign at the fore, which was returned by fort on shore.

At 11.30am flagship fired a salute of 7 guns, United States ensign at the fore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Wind in moderate to stiff squalls from ENE.

At 12.50pm wigwagged to U.S.S. "Baltimore" "Are there any letters for us", she answered "One letter".

At 1.40pm the U.S.S. "Baltimore" got under way and left port.

The United States Consul visited this ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant weather, gentle breeze from NE with moderate squalls.

Made preparations for sea.

Received aboard for transfer to U.S.S. "San Francisco" the following named men, stragglers from that vessel, namely: E.S. Harris, Seaman; T. Smith, Ordinary Seaman; M. Backus, Seaman Apprentice First-class.

Royal Mail steamer "Para" got under way and left port.

At 5.00pm went to quarters and mustered crew.

At 5.55pm sighted U.S.S. "Monongahela" coming in from SE.

At 5.55pm asked and received permission to get under way, and at 6.00pm called "All hands up anchor".


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE.

At 6.15pm got under way and stood out of harbor.

At 6.30pm put over patent log, reading 5.7.

At 6.20pm Needham [Point] light bore S76°E (true), distant 5 miles.

Draft forward 11 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 0 inches.

Exercised with searchlights.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 66.2, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather, starlight.

Wind from NE by East in fresh puffs.

At 11.50pm sighted a steamer's lights to the Southward.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 56.9, vacuum 26 inches.


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14 February 1893

At sea, making passage to, and moored to wharf at St. Lucia, West Indies

Lat 14.012, Long -60.992


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE and NE.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 55.4, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ENE, with occasional stiff squalls.

Course WNW¼W until 4.46am, when ship's head was put East by South (log 72.8) whilst waiting daylight, this course was steered until 5.35am, then course WNW was steered (log 75.1) and ship steamed ahead full speed.

At 5.50am sighted St. Lucia Island broad off starboard bow, and at 6.05am sighted St. Vincent Island broad off port bow.

From this time ship conned by the Commander and coasting along Southward end of St. Lucia Island.

At end of watch Laborie Reefs off starboard beam, distant four miles.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 73.4, vacuum 26 inches.

Moon rose at 4.05am and the sun at 6.20am.


8am to meridian:

Fair, with passing rain showers.

Moderate breeze, with fresh squalls first part, light and gentle breezes latter part.

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions.

At 10.15am standing into Castries harbor, St. Lucia, Commanding Officer at conn.

Hauled in patent log, reading 16.8.

Sighted U.S.S. "San Francisco" lying at wharf inside and hoisted distinguishing pennant, which was answered by the U.S.S. "San Francisco" hoisting hers.

Asked and received permission to anchor and at 10.26am anchored in Castries harbor.

Harbor Master came alongside and gave us pratique and we immediately hove up and went alongside wharf, mooring ahead of U.S.S. "San Francisco".

Sent the three stragglers aboard of U.S.S. "San Francisco".

Made preparations for coaling ship.

Received visits from Commanding Officer of Garrison and United States Consul.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to U.S.S. "San Francisco", and the Commanding Officer of that ship visited this vessel.

Bearings from moorings: Vigie [Virgil in log-book] lighthouse N30°W, Tapion Rock lighthouse N70°W, Victoria Hospital S59°W, true.

7 fathoms water, soft bottom.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 4 inches, aft 14 feet 10 inches.

Steam 97 pounds, revolutions 90.6, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ENE.

Coaling ship using native labor, carrying baskets of 94 pounds capacity.

At end of watch about 160 tons of coal on board.

Hauled ship about 100 feet ahead at 3.00pm.

Had 125 tons of coal on board at 3.00pm.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from ENE.

Engaged coaling ship.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from ENE.

Coaling ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, heavy shower second hour.

Light breeze from ENE.

Finished coaling at 11.30pm, having received 329 tons 900 pounds since noon.

Antone Joseph, Coal Heaver, being under the influence of liquor, by order of the Commanding Officer he was placed in brig for safe keeping.

Arthur Parkinson, Landsman, was missed from the ship, a careful search failed to find him on board.


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15 February 1893

Moored to wharf St. Lucia Island, West Indies

Lat 14.012, Long -60.992


Midnight to 4am:

Generally clear, with occasional light passing rain showers.

Light airs and breezes from NNE, with moderate squalls latter part.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, passing showers first hour.

Light breezes from NNE.

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


8am to meridian:

Warm and pleasant.

Light wind from ENE.

Shifted berth around corner of dock.

Received on board in Engineer's Department: 438 gallons oil.

Engaged cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant, with occasional very light passing showers.

Breeze moderate to light from East.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant, light to gentle breeze from East.

Engaged painting hatch coamings and waterways, also ship outside.

Received 14,000 gallons of water from shore main on dock.

Received 100 pounds bicarbonate of soda for use in Engineer's Department.

At 5.30pm U.S.S. "San Francisco" fired a salute of 13 guns, English ensign at the fore.


6pm to 8pm:

Generally clear, with rain squalls last hour.

Light airs from East.

At 6.15pm U.S.S. "San Francisco" got under way and went to sea.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear, occasional passing shower.

Light to gentle breezes from East.

At 11.50pm placed P. Bruck, Private Marine, in brig to await action of Commanding Officer, being found drunk on post.


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16 February 1893

At anchor port Castries, St. Lucia Island, and making passage to St. Thomas, West Indies

Lat 14.012, Long -60.992


Midnight to 4am:

Fair weather, with light passing showers.

Light wind from East.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy, with passing showers.

Light airs and breeze from East.

Received 75 pounds bread and 93 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Hauled out from dock to buoy.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy, occasional passing showers.

Light breeze from East.

At 11.30am a British brigantine came in showing T.M.B.S.

The United States Consular agent visited the ship.

Engaged painting ship outside.

By order of [Commanding Officer] P. Bruck, Private Marine, was placed under sentry's charge to await trial by Court Marital, for being drunk on post and having liquor in his possession, and Antone Josephs, Coal Heaver, was given 5 days' solitary confinement, bread and water, for being drunk on duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally fair, with frequent passing showers of rain.

Light breezes from ENE to East.

Received in Paymaster's Department following fresh provisions: 75 pounds bread; 93 pounds each of meat and vegetables.

Made preparations for getting under way.

Called "All hands unmoor ship" at 3.50pm.

At 3.55pm slipped from buoy and hoisted jib.

At end of watch swinging to starboard using engines to turn, Commanding Officer in charge.


4pm to 6pm:

Partially cloudy, occasional passing showers.

At 4.05pm hauled down jib and stood out of harbor.

At 4.18pm put over patent log, reading 6.7, and took departure: Vigie [Virgil in log-book] light bearing S64°E true, distant one mile.

At 5.05pm went to evening quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer, A. Joseph, Coal Heaver, and P. Bruck, Private Marine, were released from confinement, to be prisoners at large till further orders.

At 6.00pm slowed to 75 turns.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 85.5, vacuum 27 inches.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair weather.

Fresh trades from ENE to NE by East.

At 6.00pm set trysails and fore staysail.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 76.3, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NE by East and NE.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 80.9, vacuum 26 inches.


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17 February 1893

At sea, making passage to St. Thomas, West Indies

Lat 16.25, Long -63.06


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Moderate breeze from NE.

Ship under storm staysail, trysails and spanker.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 80.9, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from NE by East.

At 7.00am took in all sail.

At 7.20am slowed to half speed and began swinging ship [for compass deviations].

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 78.9, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from NE by East.

At 9.30am went to fire quarters, times as follows, ready: 1st Division 2 minutes 6 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 20 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 22 seconds; Navigator's Division 56 seconds; Powder Division forward 1 minute 6 seconds, ditto after 1 minute 10 seconds; Engineer's Division 1 minute 22 seconds; Marines 1 minute 40 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 1 minute 10 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 10 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 32 seconds; Navigator's Division 40 seconds; Powder Division forward 1 minute 30 seconds, ditto after 1 minute 30 seconds; Engineer's Division 30 seconds; Marines 45 seconds.

Closed watertight doors in 27 seconds.

Swinging ship until 9.05am, when went ahead on course NW½N and set lower sail and jib.

At 10.35am changed course to NNW⅝W.

Set clock back 17 minutes.

After fire quarters instructed divisions for half an hour and tested flood cocks.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 76.9, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather.

Light to moderate wind from NE to NE by East.

Instructed signal class.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 77.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Took in sail at 5.15pm.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 79.2, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 75.3, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather, brilliant starlight.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

At 8.20pm took sounding, no bottom at 35 fathoms.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 75.2, vacuum 26 inches.


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18 February 1893

At sea, and at anchor St. Thomas, West Indies, and making passage to Lynnhaven Bay, United States

Lat 18.33, Long -64.93


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from ENE.

At 1.00am changed course to SE by South and ran on this course till 3.45am, when resumed course NNW⅝W.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 60.6, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

At 5.55am made St. Croix Island bearing about West (per compass).

At 6.25am made land bearing about NW by North (per compass).

At 5.27am changed course to NW½N, and at 5.36am to NW½W.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 84.9, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from ENE and East.

At 9.45am changed course to WNW, log reading 50.4, at 10.35am changed course to NW by West, log reading 59, at 10.40am to NW¾N, log reading 59.8.

At 10.58am hauled in log, reading 62.3.

At 10.45am sighted flagship at anchor in harbor of St. Thomas, hoisted distinguishing pennant, which was answered.

At 10.50am hoisted interrogatory 1211, flagship answered and made general signal 230.

At 11.11am anchored in harbor of St. Thomas with port anchor in 4½ fathoms and veered to 20 fathoms chain.

Bearings at anchor: Kiaer Tower N7°E, Frederick Tower N47°E and lighthouse S30°E, all true.

Draft forward 13 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.

At 11.15am flagship made [signal] to this ship 249, 49, 4, 11, at 11.50am made 1071 to this ship.

Made coal report to flagship.

Reconfined James Bruck, Private Marine, who had been released as prisoner at large.

Started fires under boiler B.

Steam 102 pounds, revolutions 101.3, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, gentle breeze from SE.

Engaged latter part of watch getting ship ready for sea.

At 3.50pm flagship made [signal] preparatory 237, and at 3.55pm 237, we called all hands up anchor and hove in to short stay.

At 4.00pm flagship hauled down signal and the squadron got under way and stood out of Charlotte Amalie [Charlotte Amelia in log-book] harbor, St. Thomas.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE.

At 4.05pm flagship made following signals: 240, 251, 256, 196; at 4.20pm 244 and at 4.40pm 204.

Squadron stood out in column and then went into First Order of Cruising.

At 4.50pm flagship signaled 263 (Proceed without regard to formation) and (wigwag) "Keep within easy signal distance".

At 5.20pm flagship signaled 220 (NNW), changed course accordingly.

At 5.45pm took departure, Dutchman's Cap S84°E, South end of Savana Island S46°E, Culebrita lighthouse S49°W (true), patent log [reading] 71.7.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 100.4, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NE.

Flagship made [signal] to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Why do you not show your speed light", answered "Wire out of order".

Flagship then made "In case of separation, rendezvous at Lynnhaven Bay".

By order of Commanding Officer P. Bruck, Private Marine, was made a prisoner at large.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 103.6, vacuum 25 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 8.50pm set trysails, jib and staysail.

At 10.30pm took in spanker.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 102.1, vacuum 26 inches.


Kiaer Tower is also known as Blackbeard's Castle.

Frederick Tower is also known as Bluebeard's Castle.

Dutchman's Cap is also known as Dutchcap Cay.


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19 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia

Lat 21.38, Long -66.65


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from ENE.

Took in sail at 1.30am.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 99.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, warm last hour.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE.

At 5.30am the flagship's speed diminished perceptibly, commenced slowing down, and at end of watch we were making 75 revolutions.

At 7.30am flagship signaled 6287.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 91.7, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from SSE and SSW.

At 9.30am went to quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew, afterwards held general muster.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 3; at 10.00am made numeral 0; at noon numeral 309, numeral 22.

At end of watch on port bow of flagship, making 98 revolutions.

Latitude signaled 21°23'N, longitude 66°39'W.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 89.6, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breezes from SSW.

At 1.00pm flagship signaled 219 and changed course to NNW¼W.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 100.2, vacuum 27 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair weather.

Moderate wind from SSW.

At 5.00pm set fore and main trysails, jib and staysail.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 99.2, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SSW.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 92.1, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, passing rain squalls third hour.

At 10 o'clock hauled down jib.

Moon set at 8.55pm.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 99.7, vacuum 27 inches.


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20 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia

Lat 25.23, Long -68.57


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather first part, squally and rainy latter part.

Stiff and moderate breezes from WSW first part, fresh squalls from WNW latter part.

At 3.15am took in all sail.

At end of watch making 100 revolutions.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 91.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from WNW to NNW.

Sea and wind reduced speed of ship markedly first hour.

At 6.00am hauled in patent log and cleared it of sea weed.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 100.5, vacuum 26.5 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light wind from NW by West.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised the divisions.

The Commanding Officer assigned the following punishments: C.T. Johnson, First-class Apprentice, 6 hours' extra duty, for inattention on messenger watch; F.H. Danton, Coal Heaver, J.F. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, for leaving work before time; and H. Hill, Coal Heaver, for smoking out of hours; each had money stopped for one month.

The flagship made the following general signals: at 8.35am 6017; at 8.50am 10 answer 5; at 9.00am telegraphic 4118, 0935, 8810, 3579, 4406, 6860, U.S.S. "Charleston" pennant, 945, 6863; at noon coal 559, -64, latitude 25°13'[N], longitude 68°26'[W].

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 2; at 8.45am 9 answer 5; at noon coal 282, -27, latitude 25°14'[N], longitude 68°33'[W].

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 100.4, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

At 1.00pm squadron stopped and half-masted colors while funeral services were held on board the U.S.S. "Charleston".

At 1.15pm flagship made general signal 280, squadron hauled down colors and went ahead.

At 1.30pm flagship made telegraphic signal 6077, 3599, 8433, 3478, 0970, 790, 2636.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 91.1, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 100.4, vacuum 25 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather, gentle breeze from WNW.

At 7.20pm flagship signaled (Ardois) "What speed", answered "10.2", her speed signaled was 10.7, flagship then signaled "Have report of sword exercise ready on arrival in port".

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 105.6, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Moon set at 9.54pm.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 105.6, vacuum 26 inches.


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21 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia

Lat 28.76, Long -70.77


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from WNW to NW.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 92.1, vacuum 26.5 inches.


4am to 8am:

Clear first half, cloudy second half.

Wind gentle to light from NW first half, then shifting to NE and becoming stiff towards close of watch.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6167.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 102.7, vacuum 25 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, stiff breeze from NE by East.

Long swell last two hours from NE.

At 9.30am inspected and mustered crew at quarters, after which the divisions were given drill and instruction.

At 8.45am flagship signaled interrogatory 6017, this ship answered numeral 9 answer 8.

At 9.30am signaled flagship numeral 4, and at noon numeral 253 and numeral 29, latitude 28°46'N, longitude 70°47'W.

At noon flagship signaled numeral 493 and numeral 64 and latitude 28°45N, longitude 70°41'W.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 99.1, vacuum 26.5 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from ENE to East.

At 3.20pm stopped the port engine for about five minutes.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 98.3, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Partially cloudy, cool weather.

Moderate breezes from East.

At end of watch taking position on port quarter of flagship.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 94.9, vacuum 26.5 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair weather.

Moderate East wind.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 91.3, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first half, afterwards fair.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE to SSE.

Barometer falling.

At 8.30pm flagship signaled "Do you place limit on consumption of coal", answered "No".

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 91.3, vacuum 27 inches.


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22 February 1893

At sea, making passage to Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia

Lat 32.24, Long -73.12


Midnight to 4am:

Passing rain squall first hour, after which wind came out from SSW and increased from moderate to very fresh breeze, lightning to Northward and Westward, sky generally clear.

Sea increasing at end of watch.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 94.8, vacuum 27 inches.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and squally with lightning to Northward first hour, raining and overcast latter part.

Fresh breeze from SW, shifting to SW by South with frequent moderate gales first part, wind increasing latter part and about 7.45am a heavy squall came up, wind blowing a gale, carrying away engine room windsail halyards and stripping cover off of sailing launch.

Barometer falling.

Ship rolling and pitching deeply to heavy sea from SW, maximum roll 30°, average roll about 20°.

On port quarter of flagship all watch.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal, affirmative 6167.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 96.8, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy, occasional blue sky.

Fresh breeze to gale in squalls first part, then steady gale from WNW.

Sea confused.

At 11.50am made [signal] interrogatory 277, numeral 28, flagship answered "Yes".

Also asked "Do you wish to steam slower", answered "Yes".

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 86.2, vacuum 26 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Blowing a strong gale from WNW, with occasional lulls.

Sea rough.

At 12.40pm flagship made [signal] 277, numeral 28.

Slowed to 7 knots.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 86.2, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Moderate gale from WNW.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 86.1, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Blowing a moderate gale from WNW.

Barometer rising slowly.

Sea and wind moderating a little at end of watch.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 88, vacuum 26 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with bright moonlight most of watch, clouding over latter part.

Fresh breezes and moderate to strong gales from WNW.

Making 85 revolutions, on course NNW½W.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 86.5, vacuum 27 inches.


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23 February 1893

At sea, making passage to, and at anchor Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia

Lat 35.43, Long -74.88


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy and cool.

Wind in fresh breezes to moderate gale, coming in squalls first part, and moderating to steady fresh breezes from NNW.

Sea moderating all watch.

Increasing speed gradually from 85 turns at beginning of watch to 100 at end of watch.

Flagship made signal "Can you increase to full speed", answered "Can make nine, five tenths knots".

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 88.9, vacuum 26 inches.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light NW wind.

At 4.20am signaled flagship "Am making full speed".

At 7.25am flagship signaled 6127, and at 8.00am 221.

At 8.00am changed course to North by W¾W.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 100.7, vacuum 25 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW and NW by West.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and overhauled battery.

At 10.40am flagship signaled 227 and numeral 44.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 102.1, vacuum 27 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, but cold.

Moderate to gentle breeze from WSW to SW.

At 12.30pm flagship signaled tactical 219 and squadron changed course to NNW¼W.

Sighted two steamers standing to Northward and Eastward.

Temperature of surface water fell from 62° to 42° [Fahrenheit] between two and three o'clock.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 112.5, vacuum 26 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant weather, gentle breeze from SSW.

At 4.50pm slowed down to take position on port quarter of flagship.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.07pm flagship signaled NW½N, our course was about NW.

At 5.20pm asked and received permission to unbend and send down gaff topsails.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 98.2, vacuum 26 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine, cool weather.

Moderate to gentle breezes from from SW.

At 6.35pm sighted Cape Henry light dead ahead and flagship signaled "Compass NW by North", and at 7.50pm flagship made compass NW by West.

At 6.15pm Currituck light was sighted on port beam.

At end of watch lost Currituck light and Cape Henry light bore two points on port bow.

At 7.30pm flagship made signal tactical 244 and went into First Order of Cruising, and then signaled "Have all papers requiring Admiral's signature ready at 1pm tomorrow".

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 104.2, vacuum 27 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather.

Moderate SW wind.

Followed motions of flagship in changing course to the Westward.

At 9.00pm made Cape Charles light bearing about West by North.

Sighted several steamers.

Stood into Lynnhaven Bay and at 9.46pm anchored in 7 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings at anchor: Thimble light N73°W, Cape Charles light 37°.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet.

Banked fires.

At 8.05pm formed column of vessels at one distance.

Flagship made the following signals: at 8.05pm tactical 251; at 8.10pm tactical 255; at 8.38pm tactical preparatory 230; at 9.20pm tactical 230; at 10.00pm "I wish to be under way at 6.30am. We will go up under two boilers".

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 83.2, vacuum 27 inches.


THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN
Operations off US West Coast

JP map Yorktown US West Coast 1893

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24 February 1893

At anchor Lynnhaven Roads, under way and at anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.994, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Stiff breeze from WSW and West by South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from West by South.

At 6.15am flagship made [signal] preparatory 287 and then 237, at 6.30am 251, then 255 and squadron got under way in obedience to signals and stood up bay in column, at 7.00am general 829, then 548 to U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "Charleston".

At 7.50am flagship made [signal] 6157 and wigwag signal to this ship "Anchoring distance 1½ cables".

Draft forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 83.2, vacuum 27 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, clear and cold.

Fresh wind from West.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Received mail.

At 8.15am came to off Old Point Comfort wharf in 12 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Rip Raps S56°E and Old Point [Comfort] lighthouse N40°E.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

Allowed fires to die out under three boilers.

The flagship made the following signals: at 8.30am 2121; at 9.50am 1755; at 10.40am 1071; and at 10.55am 4557.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 183 numeral 17.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from WNW and West by North.

Riding between wind and tide most of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, clear and cool.

Light wind from WNW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Had general muster when sentences of Summary Court [Martial], approved by Commander-in-Chief, were read in the following cases, for leaving the ship without permission: B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, reduced to Seaman and lose $20; M. Harris, Carpenter and Calker, reduced to Landsman; E. Donaldson, Second-class Fireman, reduced to Coal Heaver and lose $20; and J. Cosgrove, Seaman, reduced to Ordinary Seaman and lose $20.

By order of Commanding Officer placed A. Joseph, Coal Heaver, in solitary confinement to complete his term of punishment.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from WNW and West.


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25 February 1893

At anchor Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.994, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold, moonlight and starlight.

Light airs from SSE and South.

At 12.15am swinging to flood.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, cold.

Airs from South.

At 7.25am flagship signaled 6157.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and SW by South, occasionally calm.

Made sick, coal and absentees report to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, hazy.

Light airs from NE.

Ship swung to flood at 2.00pm, riding to flood remainder of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE and SW.

Began swinging to ebb at 6.00pm and finished at 6.30pm.

U.S.S. "Baltimore" hauled down Admiral's flag and U.S.S. "San Francisco" hoisted Senior Officer's pennant.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs first hour from SW, then wind came out in moderate breezes blowing in squalls from NW.

U.S.S. "San Francisco" signaled to this ship "Proceed at your discretion in obedience to orders".


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26 February 1893

At anchor Hampton Roads, and making passage to New York

Lat 37.00, Long -76.00 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold, brilliant starlight and moonlight.

Wind blowing in moderate squalls from NW first part, falling to light breeze latter part.

Swinging to flood first hour.

At 3.10am started fires under all boilers.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breeze from NW and North.

At 7.30am flagship made dress signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light to moderate breezes from North.

At 9.20am called all hands up anchor and stood down the bay.

At 10.05am passed Thimble Shoal light and put over patent log, reading 4.7.

At end of watch between whistling buoy and Cape Charles lightship.

At 9.15am made [signal] interrogatory 4890, at 9.30am numeral 3.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 108.2, vacuum 27 inches.

Draft forward 12 feet 1 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cold, fine weather.

Stiff to moderate breeze from North by West, shifting to NW.

At 12.30pm Cape Charles lightship bore N88°W true, distant about one mile, took departure, patent log reading 33.8, set course NE¼N.

At 1.15pm lost sight of lightship.

At 1.45pm Hog Island lighthouse bore abeam.

Passed several steamers and sailing vessels, all bound to Southward and Westward.

At 3.30pm slowed down and began swinging ship [for compass deviations].

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions 106.4, vacuum 28 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breezes from North to NE.

At 4.50pm sighted Assateague light bearing N¾W (per compass).

At 5.30pm this light bore abeam.

At 5.40pm sighted Winter Quarter [Shoal] lightship 3 point forward port beam.

At 4.10pm put over patent log and resumed course, having finished swinging ship.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 114, vacuum 27 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, cold, bright moonlight.

Airs from NE and NNE.

At 6.25pm Winter Quarter Shoal lightship bore abeam.

At 6.48pm Assateague and Winter Quarter Shoal lights in line.

At 6.15pm changed course to NE by North per standard [compass].

At 6.55pm lost sight of Winter Quarter Shoal light and at 7.10pm lost sight Assateague light.

Passed a steamer close aboard standing to the Southward.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 109.6, vacuum 28 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breeze from SSW and West.

At 9.46pm changed course to NNE½E, log reading 33.3.

At 10.21pm sighted Five Fathom Bank lightship bearing N½W (per compass).

At 11.10pm lightship bore abeam, distant 7.4 miles.

At 11.19pm sighted Northeast End lightship bearing North by West.

Lightship bore abeam at close of watch.

At 11.39pm changed course to NNE¾E, log reading 57.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 109.4, vacuum 26 inches.


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27 February 1893

Making passage from Hampton Roads to New York

Lat 40.68, Long -74.06


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from West.

At 12.30am sighted Absecon light bearing N¼E, patent log [reading] 68.6.

At 1.00am Absecon [Absecom in log-book] bore North by West, patent log 72.8. at 2.00am it bore abeam.

At 1.55am sighted Tuckers Beach light, patent log 83.9, at 2.50am it bore abeam.

At 2.50am sighted Barnegat bearing N¼E, patent log 95.4.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 109.3, vacuum 27 inches.

Sighted two schooners standing to Southward and Westward.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, light to moderate breeze from NW.

At 4.18am Barnegat light bore abeam, distant about 8½ miles, patent log [reading] 14.8, and changed course to North by E⅝E.

At 5.45am made signal 2 green Very's lights and a rocket for Pilot boat.

Pilot boat number 7 answered and we stopped to allow pilot to come alongside.

Rest of watch pilot on bridge.

At 7.15am made out the Highland lights and at 7.45am sighted Sandy Hook lighthouse.

Passed numerous sails and steamers during watch.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 105, vacuum 26 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breezes from NW and NNW.

At 8.15am sighted Sandy Hook lightship and then Scotland lightship, the latter nearly ahead.

Stood in through Swash Channel and up the bay.

At 10.00am hauled in the patent log at the Narrows and stopped the ship to allow Health Officer to come aboard.

At 10.20am, Health Officer having granted pratique, stood in to anchorage off Tompkinsville, where let go anchor in eight fathoms and veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Sent a boat ashore.

Angles from anchorage: Robbins Reef lighthouse and Statue of Liberty 14°30', Statue of Liberty and Governor's Island lighthouse 14°30'.

Draft forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.

Steam 116 pounds, revolutions 104.6, vacuum 28 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, cold.

Light breeze from NNW to NW.

At 12.25pm called all hands up anchor.

Hove up port anchor and stood up harbor to Navy Yard and tied up alongside Cob Dock.

Banked fires and let fires die out under three boilers.

Commanding Officer paid official visit to the Commandant.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, cold.

Light wind from NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NNW.


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28 February 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight, light NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cold, clouding over.

Light NE breeze.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 97 pounds fresh meat; 83 pounds fresh vegetables; and 75 pounds bread.

At 7.45am came to the yard and went alongside the coal dock.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold, threatening snow.

Light breezes from NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Following men absent without leave: J. Costain, Machinist, E.F. Sherry, Private Marine, J.F. Allen, Coal Heaver, and F.W. Davis, Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer O.L. Lee, Seaman, was released from confinement, and his monthly money stopped for one month, for being drunk on duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold, snowing after first hour.

Light breezes from NE.

At 1.00pm U.S.S. "Vesuvius" came in and moored to Cob Dock [Cobb Dock in log-book].

Sent liberty party ashore.

J.F. Allen, Coal Heaver, returned on board 6 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold, snowing first part, then changing into rain.

Light airs from East and ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs from East.

By order of the Commanding Officer released Antone Joseph from confinement.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1893


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1 March 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and cold first three hours, clearing last hour.

Light airs from ENE and NNE and light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light to moderate breeze from North to NW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold, gentle breeze from NW.

At 11.00am made signal interrogatory 5455, the U.S.S. "Vermont" answered and signaled 904.

We answered and then loosed sail to dry.

James Meiberg, First Sergeant, left the ship on seven days' leave.

Boards of Survey met on board to survey articles in the Construction and Engineer's Departments.

At 9.30am inspected and mustered crew at quarters, after which the divisions were given the setting up drill and oral instruction.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Vermont" visited the ship.

The following named men were absent at quarters, overstaying leave: F.W. Davis, Seaman, J. Costain, Machinist, E.F. Sherry, Private Marine, J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, A. Olsen, Coxswain, M. Clancey, First-class Fireman, R. Williams, Seaman, G.R. Coulter, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J.F. Kelly, Private Marine, and R.E.L. Garcine, Equipment Yeoman.

R.E.L. Garcin returned 3 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, light to moderate breeze from NW.

Thomas Barry, Coal Heaver, was transferred to the Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, with his effects.

Boards of Survey met aboard to survey stores under the cognizance of Ordnance and Equipment (exempted [classes]) [Departments].

Unbent all sail.

Engaged scraping and painting waterways and forward torpedo room.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Vesuvius" visited the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, light breeze from WNW.

C. Schoenfeld, Private Marine, was transferred with his effects and necessary papers to the Marine Barracks, Brooklyn.

Five boilermakers from the yard in the Engineering Department during the day.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light Westerly breezes.


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2 March 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Wind in moderate squalls from NW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 91¼ pounds fresh beef; 96¼ fresh vegetables; and 73 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW, with occasional stiff squalls.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and held setting up drill.

At 9.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" shifted her berth to Ordnance wharf, and at 10.00am we got under way with the assistance of the tugs and went alongside main wharf, rest of watch engaged securing ship.

Engineer's Department taking in fresh water.

The following Boards of Survey met on board this vessel: Medical, Passed Assistant Surgeon White senior member; Steam Engineering, Passed Assistant Engineer Canaga senior member; Navigation, Lieutenant A.P. Nazro senior member; Construction, [left blank] senior member.

George W. Huffington, Seaman, left the ship under orders to Washington.

Absentees: J. Costain, Machinist, E.F. Sherry, Private Marine, W. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, A. Olsen, Coxswain, J. Kelly, Private Marine, J. Gallagher, Oiler, R. Williams, Seaman, C. Lutonacker, Seaman, and J. Paul, Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NW to NNW.

Securing ship alongside wharf.

At 1.00pm mustered at quarters and afterwards held general muster and promulgated General Order number 1 Naval Review Fleet, Special Order number 21 Navy Department had been read previously.

A. Nickerson, Oiler, left the ship under orders to Washington.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Finished taking water in Engineer's Department, having received 9,075 gallons.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Four boilermakers and one helper from Navy Yard at work aboard during day.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNW and WNW.

J. Costain, Machinist, returned 61 hours over time.


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3 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from West to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from NNW.

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender, returned 48 hours over time and drunk.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 63 pounds bread; and 78¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cold.

Light airs from SW and SE.

Snowing lightly.

Hauled ship ahead about thirty feet.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absentees: E. Sherry, Private Marine, W. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, A. Olsen, Coxswain, J. Kelly, Private Marine, J. Gallagher, Oiler, R. Williams, Seaman, C. Lutonacker, Seaman, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, R.W. Bell, Coal Heaver, R.J. Cooney, Seaman, W.J. Fewer, Captain of Forecastle, J. McGinley, First-class Fireman, M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate, J. Toole [Tool in log-book], Water Tender, J. McDonald, Ship's Writer, and O. Strommer, Quartermaster.

Employed on board in Steam Engineering Department: 8 machinists; 2 boilermakers and 2 helpers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold.

Light breeze from East and ENE.

The U.S.S. "Bancroft" came up to Navy Yard and secured in slip astern of this ship.

At 3.00pm the U.S.S. "Bancroft" went into commission.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cold.

Light breeze from ENE.

Employed on board in Steam Engineering: 7 machinists; 10 boilermakers; and 2 steam fitters.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

W.J. Fewer, Captain of Forecastle, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, and J. Gallagher, Oiler, absentees, returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, moonlight.

Light breeze from ENE.


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4 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cold.

Light breeze from NE.

Snowing last half hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and snowing entire watch.

Light breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Snowing.

Wind light from NNE to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, the following men absent over time: E. Sherry, Private Marine, W. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, A. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman [sic], A. Olsen, Coxswain, J. Kelly, Private Marine, R. Williams, Private Marine, R. Williams, Private Marine [sic], C. Lutonacker, Seaman, R.W. Bell, Coal Heaver, R.J. Cooney, Seaman, M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, M. Lynch, Gunner's Mate, J. Toole, Water Tender, J. McDonald, Ship's Writer, O. Strommer, Quartermaster, J. Allen, Seaman, T.L. Jones, Second-class Fireman, E. Hume, Private Marine, G. Tripp, Coal Heaver, and N. O'Neil, Coal Heaver.

By order of Commanding Officer disrated A. McLean, Chief Quartermaster, to Seaman, for being drunk on board ship and released him from confinement, by same authority released J. Fewer, Captain of Forecastle, who had become sober, and confined without irons in the cells G. Tripp, Coal Heaver, who returned on board drunk and noisy.

T.W. Richards, Machinist, reported his term of enlistment expired.

E. Hume, Private Marine, and M. O'Neil, Coal Heaver, returned on board, the former 3½ hours and the latter 3 hours over time.

R.E.L. Garcine, Equipment Yeoman, returned on board 2½ hours over time.

The following workmen employed on board in Steam Engineering: 8 machinists; 9 boilermakers, 2 helpers and 1 boy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Snowing steadily.

Moderate breeze from NNE.

Cold.

T.W. Richards, Machinist, was this day discharged from this ship and the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

The following men were employed on board from Steam Engineering Department of the Navy Yard: 7 boilermakers; 7 machinists; 2 pipefitters and one helper.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 69 pounds bread; 74 pounds beef; and 81 pounds vegetables.

Sent two crank handles of Gatling [guns] to Ordnance shop for repairs.


4pm to 8pm:

Stopped snowing, until last hour when it commenced again, overcast by clouds.

Light wind from North.

T.L. Jones, Coal Heaver, returned on board 11½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to very fresh breeze from NNW.

R. Williams, Seaman, and J. Kelly, Private Marine, returned on board.


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5 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Wind in stiff to moderate squalls from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cold weather, freezing.

Light wind from NNW to NW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absentees: E. Sherry, Private Marine, W. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, A. Olsen, Coxswain, C. Lutonacker, Seaman, R.J. Cooney, Seaman, R.W. Bell, Coal Heaver, M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate, J. Toole, Water Tender, J. McDonald, Ship's Writer, O. Strommer, Quartermaster, J. Allen, Seaman, M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, J.H. O'Conner, Ordinary Seaman, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, A. Garren, Seaman, and D. Whipp, Coal Heaver.

D. Whipp, Coal Heaver, was found to be absent without permission.

J. Sherry, Private Marine, and M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, returned on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NW and WNW.

J.H. O'Conner, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to light breeze from WNW.

M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, and A. Olsen, Coxswain, returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from West.

Ensign Reed returned from leave.

W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 110 hours over time.


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6 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from West to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breeze from NNW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from West.

Lieutenant B.A. Fiske left the ship on three days' leave of absence.

V. Frederickson, Coxswain, returned from 6 days' leave of absence.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Absentees: C. Lutonacker, Seaman, R.W. Bell, Coal Heaver, M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate, J. Toole, Water Tender, J. McDonald, Ship's Writer, O. Stromer, Quartermaster, J. Allen, Seaman, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, A. Garren, Seaman, D. Whip, Coal Heaver, J. Fagan, First-class Fireman, J. Bowen, Coal Heaver, B. Olson, Seaman, and J. Dalzell [Dalzel in log-book], Ordinary Seaman.

J. Bowen, Coal Heaver, returned aboard ship 2½ hours over time.

The following yard workmen were employed aboard in Engineer's Department: 7 machinists; 2 steam fitters, 2 helpers; and 11 boilermakers.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Miantonomoh" ["Miantonoma" in log-book] visited the ship.

T.C. Fiske, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, left ship on 4 days' furlough.

Turned the following exempted stores into storehouse: 2 valve rods; 1 oil tray and can; 1 sextant; 1 octant; 2 binoculars; 1 spy glass.

Received on board the following exempted stores: 240 search [?] light fuses; 515 feet of hemp covered portable cord; 50 feet of silk covered portable cord; 240 feet British [Standard] Wire Gauge number 16, cotton covered wire; 6 steam tight globes; 3 screwdrivers; 12 watertight slip plugs; 24 wire commutator brushes; 22 carbon brushes for motor; 50 rubber glands; 3 shades for ceiling fixtures; 24 glass strips for projectors; 6 sight glasses for Siebert's cylinder oil feeder; 12 electrodes; 2 pounds of insulating tape.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold, gentle breeze from West.

The following yard men were employed: 7 machinists; 2 steam fitters, 2 helpers; and 11 boilermakers.

J.H. Cole, Private Marine, was received on board from the Marine Barracks.

J. Kennedy, Seaman, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, and A. Hasler, Apprentice, left ship on 4 days' furlough.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" shifted her berth from Ordnance dock to West side of Cob Dock.

B. Olson, Seaman, returned on board 6½ hours over time, he being under the influence of liquor and causing trouble was by order of the Commanding Officer placed in the brig for safe keeping.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

Two men from the Equipment Department of the yard came aboard to measure for boat covers.

R.J. Cooney, Seaman, returned on board 79½ hours over time.


4pm 8pm:

Clear and cold, gentle to light breeze from West.

J.E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, 81½ hours over time, R.W. Bell, Coal Heaver, 83¾ hours over time, J. Fagan, Second-class Fireman, 10½ hours over time, and O. Stromer, Quartermaster, 82½ hours over time returned on board ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from West by South.


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7 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold, with light breeze and airs from West.

Light haze and moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, then overcast.

Light breeze from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 59 pounds bread; 73¾ pounds fresh beef; and 73¾ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, cold and snowing.

Light breeze from WNW.

B. Olsen, Seaman, was released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate, returned from liberty 100 hours over time, drunk, and was placed under the sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer.

The floating derrick went alongside the U.S.S. "Bancroft" and hoisted in her mizzen-mast.

Sent forward ash hoist engine, air pump piston and valves up in yard for repairs.

The following Navy Yard workmen aboard: 10 machinists; 2 pipefitters, 2 helpers; 9 boilermakers, 2 helpers.

Absentees: J. Toole, Water Tender, C. Lutonacker, Seaman, J. Dalzell, Ordinary Seaman, J. Allen, Seaman, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, P. Joyce, Oiler, J. Collins, Water Tender, G. Lane, Captain of Tops, J.J. Welch, Second-class Fireman, D. Bradley, Private Marine, A. Garren, Seaman, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, F.H. Ruschman, Oiler, and R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold with snow first, clearing up last hour.

Light breeze from WSW.

Some Navy Yard workmen aboard at work on main engines and boilers.

Sending old boiler tubes ashore.

U.S.S. "Bancroft" finished getting in her masts.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze to light airs from WSW.

C. Connolly, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty 9½ hours over time and D. Bradley, Private Marine, 11½ hours over time.

M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, and M. Foley, First-class Fireman, were placed under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer, for being under the influence of liquor aboard ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from WSW.

George Lane, Captain of Tops, returned on board 15 hours over time, and P. Joyce, Oiler, returned on board 14 hours over time.


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8 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, cold.

Light breeze from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and cold.

Light airs from WSW and calms.

Painting bilges under forward magazine.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Light airs from ESE to SSE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, absentees: J. Toole, Water Tender, C. Lutonacker, Seaman, J. Dalzell, Ordinary Seaman, J. Allen, Seaman, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, J. Collins, Water Tender, J.J. Welch, Second-class Fireman, A. Garren, Seaman, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, F.H. Ruschman, Oiler, Sweeney, Private Marine, R. Butt, Second-class Fireman, and A.J. Parkinson, Landsman.

Engaged cleaning and painting store rooms.

The following yard workmen were employed on board: 9 boilermakers, with 2 helpers; and five machinists, with 2 helpers.

Hoisted out and hauled on deck: one ash hoisting engine.

By order of the Commanding Officer M. Foley, First-class Fireman, and M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, were placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for five days, for being drunk on duty.

Sent Private P. Bruck (U.S. Marine Corps) before General Court Martial meeting in the yard.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.B. Martin left the ship on 6 days' leave of absence.

Turned into store the following Equipment [Department] exempted stores, as recommended by board of survey: 1 compass, number 417; 1 azimuth circle; 2 binnacle lamps; and 6 Leclanché [Le Clanche in log-book] cells.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant, hazy weather.

Light airs from SSE till last hour, then light breeze from South.

Engaged cleaning and painting storerooms.

The following workmen from the yard were employed on board: 5 machinists; 8 boilermakers and 2 helpers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold, clouding over latter part.

Light airs and breezes from South.

John Allen, Seaman, returned on board 137 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light SW wind.

R. Butt, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 12½ hours over time.


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9 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and raining lightly, with light airs from SE by South and East.


4am to 8am:

Raining all watch.

Light airs and breezes from East and ENE.

Ah Sin, Landsman, returned on board 14 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 76 pounds meat; 106 pounds vegetables; and 64 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Raining, wind light from ENE.

Barometer falling.

J.J. Welch, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 52 hours over time.

Received on board from hydrant 1875 gallons fresh water.

The following men were employed on board from the yard, in Steam Engineering [Department]: 9 boilermakers, 2 helpers; 5 machinists and 2 helpers; in Construction [Department]: 2 shipfitters.

Absentees: J. Toole, Water Tender, C. Lutonacker, Seaman, J. Dalzell, Ordinary Seaman, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, D. Whipp, Coal Heaver, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, A. Garren, Seaman, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, F.H. Ruschman, Oiler, Sweeney, Private Marine, A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, and J.J. Welch, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain.

Light wind from ENE to NE.

Received on board the following marine clothing: 13 black helmets; 40 undress caps; 36 fatigue jackets; 60 pairs gloves; 36 pairs woolen trousers; 36 flannel shirts; 48 undershirts; 45 pairs drawers; 60 pairs woolen socks; 36 pairs cotton socks; 48 pairs shoes; 36 pairs suspenders; 50 linen collars.

The following workmen from the yard employed on board: 5 machinists, 2 helpers; 9 boilermakers, 2 helpers and five helpers for an hour and a half getting in tubes, all in Steam Engineering Department; in Construction Department: 2 shipfitters; and in Equipment Department: 1 electrician and three assistants.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with drizzling rain.

Moderate wind from NE.

H.J. Lutkin, Machinist, was transferred from the U.S.S. "Vermont" to this ship with his accounts and papers.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and squally.

Moderate to very fresh breeze from NE.

C. Lutonacker and A. Parkinson returned on board.


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10 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and squally from NE, drizzling last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast by clouds, cold.

Strong NE winds.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 73¼ pounds of fresh beef; and 73½ pounds of vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Stiff to fresh breeze from NE.

Discharged E.P. Franklin, Ship's Writer, his term of enlistment having expired.

Transferred to Mare Island for discharge in accordance with order of Bureau of Navigation: F.H. Danton, Coal Heaver, and A.O. Shoemacker, Coal Heaver.

Absentees: W.J. Collins, Water Tender, Sweeney, Private Marine, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, F. Rushman, Oiler, A. Joseph, Coal Heaver, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, and D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and squally, with occasional light drizzling rain.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE, with occasional squalls.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast with cold and occasional light drizzling rain.

Employed aboard during day in Steam Engineering Department: 5 machinists; 8 boilermakers, 4 helpers; and 1 mason; and in Construction: 2 iron fitters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and drizzling, nasty last half.

Moderate to gentle NE breeze.


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11 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, damp and cold.

Gentle breeze, with stiff squalls from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp.

Gentle breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from East.

Received for use in Equipment Department the following exempted articles: one depth recorder; 3 screwdrivers; 1 claw hammer; 2 pliers; 1 sextant; 1 octant; 1 patent log line; 1 patent log rotator; 1 red signal lantern; 1 green shade for sight light; and one azimuth circle.

The following yard workmen were employed aboard, namely: 9 boilermakers; 1 mason, 3 helpers; 2 shipfitters; 2 electricians; and a gang of 4 men bringing tubes on board.

Surgeon Harmon [Harmond in log-book] left ship on leave of absence until the 20th of this month.

Absentees: W.J. Collins, Water Tender, Sweeney, Private Marine, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, F.H. Rushman, Oiler, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, and P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Light breeze from NE.

The flag of the Commander-in-Chief was hoisted on board the U.S.S. "Baltimore".

Received 9 Leclanché [Le Clanche in log-book] cells for use in Equipment Department.

Received for use of crew: 73¾ pounds of fresh beef; 73¾ pounds of fresh vegetables; and 61 pounds of fresh bread.

The following yard workmen were employed aboard: 5 machinists, 2 helpers; 2 electricians; one mason, 3 helpers; 2 shipfitters; and one joiner.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and nasty.

Light breeze from ENE.

F. Rushman [Rushmann in log-book], Oiler, returned on board 90 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, foggy, misty and cold.

Light breeze from ENE, first hour shifting to SE and blowing in moderate squalls.

Fire bells in Brooklyn ringing during first part of watch.


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12 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Rainy weather, with wind in light squalls, first hour from South, then shifting to SW.


4am to 8am:

Rainy first half, overcast and misty last half.

Light breeze from West by South.

Arthur Parkinson, Landsman, could not be found aboard, he having left the ship during the night without permission.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Light and gentle breeze from WSW.

At 9.30am mustered crew at quarters.

P.J. Kelly, Private Marine, and E. Packard, Machinist, were found to be absent, having left the ship without permission.

Absentees: R. Allen, Coal Heaver, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, Sweeney, Private Marine, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, J. Reynolds, Oiler, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, and J. Barthelmes, Ship's Cook.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, light breeze and airs from West to NW.

At 3.20pm the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" came in and secured alongside the U.S.S. "Terror".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear fine weather, light breeze from West.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy first part, then clear and cold.

Light airs and breeze from West to WNW.


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13 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant [Plasent in log-book] weather, cloudy.

Light NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear, bright and cool.

Light airs and breeze from NNW.

Barthelmes [Berthelmes in log-book], Ship's Cook, returned aboard 32½ hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, light breezes from NNW.

Crew engaged in rattling down.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following men absent without leave: R. Allen, Coal Heaver, Sweeney, Private Marine, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J.F. Kelly, Private Marine, A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, and W.J. Collins, Water Tender.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Joseph, Coal Heaver, was placed under sentry's charge, till sober.

By order of Commanding Officer E. Packard (Dynamo Machinist) was reduced to Oiler, for leaving ship without permission.

P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board 2 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, light breezes from NNW.

Engaged in rattling down.

The same Navy Yard workmen, except 2 electricians and 3 carpenters, were at work aboard ship.

Received the following stores in Construction [Department], namely: 2 pounds of copper rivets, 1-inch; 2 pounds of copper rivets, ¾-inch; 12 light glasses 14 inches by 26 inches; 12 brass pad locks; 1 hand vise; 200 sheets of sandpaper; 100 sheets of emery cloth; 4 putty knives; 200 pounds of white zinc; 50 pounds of lamp black; 10 pounds of ultra blue; 38 pounds of vermilion in oil; 50 pounds of sugar of lead dryer; 100 pounds of Venetian lead in oil; 200 pounds of litharge; 150 pounds of putty; 80 gallons of raw linseed oil; 60 gallons of turpentine; 5 pounds of damar varnish; 5 pounds of copal; 5 pounds of asphaltum.

Received in Equipment [Department] 1245 gallons of fresh water and 1200 gallons in Engineering Department.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Bruck, Private Marine, was restored to duty, having been found not guilty by General Court Martial of charge preferred against him.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, light airs and breezes from NNE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 81¼ pounds of fresh beef; 81¼ pounds of fresh vegetables.

W. Edwards, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 19 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Joseph, Coal Heaver, was restored to duty.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Light wind from SE.

Sweeney, Private Marine, returned on board 135½ hours over time.


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14 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from WSW first half, afterwards calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and bright, cool.

Light airs from SSW.

Tarring down rigging.

Received 64 pounds of bread in Paymaster's Department.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by East.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following named men were absent over time, namely: W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, R. Allen, Coal Heaver, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, C.J. Johnson, First-class Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, J.F. Kelly, Private Marine, A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, E. Hannis, Captain of Hold, and W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman.

The following workmen from the yard were employed on board: 9 boilermakers; 9 machinists; 1 bricklayer, 3 helpers; 2 electricians; 10 carpenters, 1 apprentice; 1 joiner; 1 dynamo machinist and one helper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clouding over, light wind from South by East.

The following yard workmen were employed aboard, namely: 9 boilermakers; 9 machinists; 1 bricklayer and 3 helpers; 2 electricians; 10 carpenters and 1 apprentice; 1 joiner; 1 dynamo machinist and 1 helper.

Received on board in Ordnance Department the following articles: 2 file handles; 2 square foot of sheet copper; 4 Boxer fuze cutters; 5 gallons of turpentine; 2 gallons of sperm oil; 1 gallon of alcohol; 1 pound of rosin [rosen in log-book]; 2 pounds of cork slab; 6 sheets of tin; 5 pounds of copper wire; 15 tins of elbows for port fire; 12 port fires.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast by clouds.

Light airs from South by East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

The following men absent over time, namely: W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, C.J. Johnson, First-class Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, J.F. Kelly, Private Marine, A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, and W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman.

By order of Commanding Officer W.H. Sellers, Ordinary Seaman, was rated Ship's Writer, dated March 10.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining, occasional thunder and lightning.

Light breeze from ESE.

J.F. Kelly, Private Marine, returned on board.


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15 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and rainy, light airs first hour from East, then gentle and moderate breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, unsettled weather.

Moderate breeze from NW to NNW.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cold.

Gentle and moderate breeze from NW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Absentees: R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, C.J. Johnson, First-class Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, and W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman.

Declared D.O. Whipp, Coal Heaver, and R. Allen, Coal Heaver, deserters from March 5th, 1893.

The Honorable Secretary of the Navy visited the Navy Yard, and was saluted on his arrival with 19 guns.

Continuous Service Certificate number 10153 was delivered to John Morean, Oiler.

Employed on board: 11 boilermakers; 1 bricklayer; 8 machinists, 5 helpers; 9 carpenters and 2 apprentices.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 73¾ pounds of fresh beef; and 73¾ pounds of fresh vegetables.

Employed on board: 10 boilermakers; 8 machinists; 1 bricklayer, 7 helpers; 9 carpenters, 2 apprentices; and 1 dynamo machinist.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Breeze fine.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Absentees: R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, C.J. Johnson, First-class Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, and W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted classes) the following articles: 1 spy glass; 1 binocular glass; 1 shade for running light, green; and 2 binnacle lamps.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy.

Wind in stiff squalls from NNW to NW.

Cold.

W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, returned on board 40 hours over time.


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16 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Wind blowing in stiff and fresh squalls from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold and squally.

Moderate stiff breeze from NW and NW by North.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Wind in stiff squalls from NNW.

Lieutenant B.A. Fiske left ship on 2 days' leave of absence.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.R. Martin returned from leave.

Engineer-in-Chief Melville visited the ship.

The following workmen were employed on board in Steam Engineering Department, namely: 10 machinists and 4 helpers; and 10 boilermakers, 2 helpers; one dynamo machinist; 2 machinists; 9 carpenters and 2 boys in Construction Department.

Received the following stores in Construction Department: 25 deck buckets; 6 brass bolts; 62 brass hooks; 2 glazier's [glacier's in log-book] diamonds.

In Equipment Department: 52 gallons of lubricating oil; 52 gallons of cylinder oil; 52 gallons of lard oil; 75 pounds of cotton waste; 75 pounds of signal halyards; 10 pounds of usudurian [usidurian in log-book] packing.

At 9.30am mustered crew at quarters.

Absentees: R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, and J. Hallighan, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold, wind in moderate to stiff squalls from NW.

Engaged varnishing lower masts.

At 3 o'clock A. Parkinson, Landsman, who left the ship without permission in the evening of the 11th or the morning of the 12th of this month, returned on board, by order of Commanding Officer he was placed under sentry's charge to await investigation.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 75 pounds of fresh beef; and 75 pounds of fresh vegetables.

The following yard workmen were employed on board in Construction Department: 8 carpenters and 2 boys; 6 machinists and two helpers; 1 joiner; and 3 shipwrights.

In Engineering Department: 11 machinists and 11 boilermakers; 1 mason and 1 helper.

And in Equipment Department: 1 dynamo machinist and 1 helper.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold, with wind in moderate to fresh squalls from NW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Absentees: R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman, W.J. Collins, Water Tender, H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, and J. Halligan, First-class Fireman.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, gentle to light breeze from NW.


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17 March 1893

Moored to main wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and hazy.

Light breeze and light airs from NW.

At 7.30am the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" shifted her berth to Cob Dock.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cold, variable light airs from South and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following men were declared deserters from the Naval Service from March 7th, 1893: W.J. Collins, Water Tender; and R. Lockard, Ordinary Seaman.

The U.S.S. "Baltimore" came out of dry dock and moored alongside of coal wharf.

Lieutenant C.J. Bush left the ship on two days' leave of absence.

About 10.30am the U.S.S. "Fern" came in and moored alongside the U.S.S. "Terror".

Received on board in Equipment Department the following articles: 1 sailing launch cover; 1 1st cutter cover; 1 2nd cutter cover; and one main mast cover.

The following articles received on board in Engineer's Department: 3 bridge walls; one section of main steam pipe; boiler tubes; one stop valve stem; and the forward ash hoist, which had been repaired in the yard.

The following Navy Yard workmen were employed during watch: 2 machinists, 2 helpers; 2 machinists (from Construction [Department]); 1 bricklayer and 2 helpers; 4 boilermakers; 2 carpenters, 2 apprentices; 1 dynamo machinist, 1 helper; 1 joiner, one helper.

Served out clothing and small stores.

Made preparations for shifting berth.

Absentees: H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, C.J. Johnson, First-class Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, J. Halligan, First-class Fireman, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate, and P. Bruck, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold, light airs from South and SSE.

At 1.30pm cast off from wharf and with assistance of tug went alongside the U.S.S. "Terror" and secured, the U.S.S. "Fern" taking the U.S.S. "Bancroft's" berth, and the latter vessel the one we left.

A.J. Parkinson, Landsman, and J.P. Kelly, Private Marine, were placed in confinement for 5 days on bread and water and their monthly money stopped for 3 months, for leaving ship without permission.

Same Navy Yard workmen were employed, excepting boilermakers, and there was one more machinist.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from SSE to SSW.

Received on board one anchor weight (4095) from the U.S.S. "Fern" by the U.S.S. "Traffic".

Received during afternoon 1800 gallons of fresh water in tanks.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cold and calm.


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18 March 1893

Moored to dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fair weather, with airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from East to NNE.

About 8.00am a coal barge, in tow of tug U.S.S. "Nina", in passing astern of us struck over starboard propeller.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.

Painted smokestack and poop.

H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver, returned on board 9 days and 2 hours over time.

Assistant Engineer C.E. Rommell went on three days' leave.

Following Navy Yard workmen were on board: 12 boilermakers; 3 machinists, 2 helpers; 4 carpenters; 1 mason, 2 helpers; 2 machinists in Construction [Department].

The machinists overhauling steering engines and main engines, boilermakers retubing boilers, bricklayers fitting furnaces in fireroom, and 2 machinists in Construction [Department] fitting ventilator hoods.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

Same Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon.

Placed ash hoist in position, which had been delivered from shop.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from WNW first part, then hauling to South.

J. Halligan, First-class Fireman, returned on board 72 hours over time and F.S. Kirk returned on board 12 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, with light East wind.


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19 March 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NE.

J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, returned on board.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, light airs and breezes from NW, then hauling to East.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 68¾ pounds of beef; and 68¾ pounds of vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather, light airs from NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following men were absent over time: W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate, P. Dweyer, Carpenter and Calker, M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, and C. Stacy, Second-class Fireman.

E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, was discovered to be absent from the ship without leave.

M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, returned on board 1½ hours over time.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

Sent a church party to the U.S.S. "Vermont".


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather, light airs from SW.

C. Stacy, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 12 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clouding over.

Airs from West.

W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 203 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold, light airs from South to SW.


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20 March 1893

Moored to United States Monitor U.S.S. "Terror", and [in] dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy and cold.

Calm and light and variable airs.

P. Dweyer, Carpenter and Calker, returned on board 42 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and threatening weather, snowing last part of watch.

Wind from NE.

At 8.00am U.S.S. "Baltimore" hauled down the Rear Admiral's flag, which was hoisted on the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cold.

Light airs from NE to SSE.

At 10.15am cast off from dock and hauled into dry dock, assisted by Navy Yard tug.

Absentees: C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate, E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, F.E. Willard, Corporal Marine, O. Olson, Seaman, and D. Bolger, Blacksmith.

Workmen employed on board: 13 boilermakers; 1 bricklayer, 4 helpers; and 2 machinists.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from South to SSE.

Engaged in cleaning ship's bottom.

The bottom was found to be not very foul and the matter adhering was soft and easily removable.

Employed on board: 14 boilermakers; 1 bricklayer, 4 helpers; 2 machinists; and 1 electrician.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 73¾ [pounds] each fresh beef and vegetables.

Received in Equipment Department the following exempted stores: 10 files; 1 oil can and tray; 6 key sockets; 6 keyless sockets; 2 valve rods for dynamo engine; 6 oil cup glasses; 4 Brotherhood washers; 1 saw panel [pannel in log-book]; 6 portable shades; and 5 pounds of solder.

Lieutenant D. Kennedy returned from leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from SE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Absentees: C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate, E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, F.E. Willard, Corporal Marine, O. Olson, Seaman, and D. Bolger, Blacksmith.

Received in Steam Engineering Department 4275 gallons water and in Paymaster's Department 750 gallons.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breezes from SE and South.

E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, returned on board 7 days and 12 hours over time.


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21 March 1893

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold.

Light airs from South and SSE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 59 pounds of fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, raining latter part of watch.

Light breezes from from South and SSE.

At 9.30am went to quarters and inspected divisions, following men absent without leave: C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, J. Reynolds, Oiler, J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate, E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, and O. Olson, Seaman.

Crew scraping rust spots on ship's bottom.

3 Navy Yard painters touching up spots with red lead.

Following Navy Yard workmen engaged on work in the ship: 13 boilermakers; 3 machinists on work in Engineer's Department with 3 helpers; 1 bricklayer and 2 helpers in same department; 4 carpenters; 1 electrician; 3 machinists in Construction [Department]; 4 laborers also employed rigging stages.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold, clearing latter part.

Same workmen employed as in forenoon.

J. Cosgrove O.S. returned on board 174 hours over time.

Light airs and breezes from SW and WSW.

By order of Commanding Officer E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver, was restored to duty, having sobered up.

M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate, was placed under sentry's charge, having returned on board drunk and 406 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from WSW.

W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, was restricted to the ship till further action be taken by Commanding Officer, being found drunk on duty.

A. Parkinson, Landsman, was this day discharged from this vessel and the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from WSW.


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22 March 1893

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West to North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from NE to North.

O. Olson, Seaman, returned on board 48 hours over time.

A. Garren, Seaman, and C. Weinstock, Coxswain, could not be found on the ship after a thorough search.

A. Garren, Seaman, returned on board drunk and was placed in brig by order of Commanding Officer.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Light airs from North to NE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

Finished scraping ship's side.

Yard painters put on first coat of McInnes's paint, both sides.

The following Navy Yard workmen were employed on board during watch: 16 painters, 3 helpers; 15 boilermakers; 3 machinists, 1 helper; 4 carpenters; 3 shipfitters; 1 bricklayer, 3 helpers; 2 electricians.

Absentees: C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, and J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Light airs from NE.

Yard painters putting on final coat of McInnes's paint.

Yard workmen aboard as before.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores: 1 bull eye lantern; 5 pounds of brass wire; 21 pounds of round wire, copper; 200 pounds of yellow ochre; 1 coupling, brass; 1 elbow, brass; 300 pounds of cotton waste; 9 feet 6-inch brass pipe.

Sent signal yard aloft.

J.P. Kelley, Private Marine, was released from confinement and restored to duty by order of Commanding Officer, his term of confinement having expired.

O. Strommer, Quartermaster, was rated Chief Quartermaster by order of Commanding Officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, cold and raining latter part.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.

Received on board in Engineer's Department: 6090 gallons of fresh water.

Received one man, Andrew Low, Seamen Gunner, with bag and hammock.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light airs from East.


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23 March 1893

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Raining.

Light wind from SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, cold and raining, with light hail first part.

Light to gentle breeze from East and ENE.

Following fresh provisions received on board in Paymaster's Department: 60 pounds of bread; 75 pounds each fresh beef and fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, nasty and drizzling, light fall of snow at times.

Light breeze from ENE.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: in Engineering Department: 15 boilermakers; 3 machinists and 1 helper; 1 mason and 3 helpers; in Construction Department: 3 carpenters; and 2 machinists; in Equipment Department: 2 electricians.

Absentees: C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, and J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate.

The following named men were shipped: John Rodrigues, Coal Heaver, and Jeremiah Washington, Landsman.

C.J. Johnson, Apprentice, was declared a deserter from this vessel and from the United States Naval Service.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light airs to light breeze from ENE.

The following workmen from the yard were employed on board, namely: in Engineering Department: 15 boilermakers; 3 machinists and 3 helpers; 1 mason and 3 helpers; in Construction Department: 3 carpenters; 2 machinists; and 2 plumbers; and in Equipment Department: 2 electricians.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from East.

At 4.20pm the torpedo boat U.S.S. "Cushing" came in and made fast to Cob Dock.

Absentees [at] evening quarters: E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, and E. Willard, Corporal Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Cold, drizzling and rain.

Light East wind.


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24 March 1893

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cold, with drizzling rain.

Light airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, hazy and foggy.

Light airs from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cold and damp.

Calm first hour, afterwards light airs from SW.

At 9.30am inspected quarters.

Absentees: E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, and J.R. Eckstrom, Ordinary Seaman.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 77½ pounds each beef and vegetables.

Received on board the following stores, in Equipment Department: 36 coal baskets.

In Construction Department: 1 scuttle butt; 6 boat buckets; 100 pounds of concentrated lye; 100 pounds of cleaning paste; 150 pounds of shellac dry; 150 pounds of Fiball's cement; 10 pounds of rotten [rotton in log-book] stone; 40 gallons of alcohol; 24 light's glasses, 16 inches x 30 inches; 1 thumb vise; 5 camp stools; and 3 camp chairs.

Turned into store the following articles: 7 camp stools; 3 camp chairs; 3 stateroom chairs; 1 upholstered chair; and 1 scuttle butt.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cold and damp.

Light airs from South to ESE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 1850 gallons water.

By order of Commanding Officer put B. Olson, Ordinary Seaman, under sentry's charge, for being drunk on duty.

Navy Yard workmen and men from this ship engaged painting ship's bottom.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy.

Airs from ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

The following men absent without leave: E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, and J.R. Eckstrom, Ordinary Seaman.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cold and damp.

Light airs from NE.


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25 March 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy and Calm.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs from NNW.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 77½ pounds fresh beef; and 77½ pounds of fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cold and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from NW by North and NW.

Absentees: E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, and J.R. Eckstrom, Ordinary Seaman.

The following workmen employed on board: 5 boilermakers; 7 carpenters; 2 electricians; 2 riveters; 1 bricklayer; 2 painters, 6 helpers and 1 boy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NW.

At 2.30pm hauled out of dry dock, and at four [o'clock] secured alongside of Cob Dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW and North until last hour, when it increased in puffs to force of fresh breeze.

A coal lighter with 25 tons of coal on board came alongside and was secured there.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, gentle breeze from North.


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26 March 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy first part, then clear and cold.

Light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breeze from North and NNE.


8am to meridian:

Clear and damp.

Light breeze to light airs from NE.

At 9.30am the crew was mustered and inspected at quarters, after which the Commanding Officer inspected the crew and ship.

The following named men were absent without leave: E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, C. Weinstock, Coxswain, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, and J.R. Eckstrom, Ordinary Seaman.

Sent a church party to the U.S.S. "Vermont".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze to light airs from North to NW.

Received 7000 gallons fresh water, through hydrant, for use in boilers A and B.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW and North.

Sent a church party to the U.S.S. "Vermont".


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from NNW.


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27 March 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Light airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Commenced overcast, clear at close.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

Commenced coaling and got on board 24 tons 1805 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold first part, then cloudy.

Light breezes from East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, E. Willard, Corporal Marine, C.J. Weinstock, Coxswain, J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, and J.R. Eckstrom, Ordinary Seaman.

Commenced coaling at 10.15am and got on board 23 tons 2026 pounds during watch.

By order of Commanding Officer B. Olson, Seaman, was released from confinement and made a prisoner at large.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breezes from East and ENE.

Coaling ship all watch, received about 48 tons.

A working party was sent over from U.S.S. "Vermont" to assist.

Turned over the engines and found them in satisfactory condition.

Received 8,000 gallons of fresh water in Engineer Department.

John Murray, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, was transferred from the barracks to this vessel, with bag and hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy and cold.

Light airs and breezes from East.

Coaling ship till 6.56pm, with half an hour for supper.

Total coal since noon 88 tons 1044 pounds.

In coaling used large coal bags, hoist led to capstan, and one line of baskets through torpedo port.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from East.


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28 March 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, cold, with moderate NE wind.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNE and North.

Moon set about 4.30am.

At 5.30am commenced coaling with baskets and whip to capstan.

Took in 24 tons 1160 pounds of coal during watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NNE.

Coaling ship, received on board 44 tons 795 pounds of coal during watch.

At 10.00 o'clock the tug U.S.S. "Traffic" landed a lot of Paymaster's stores for us on wharf ahead of us.

Received a draft of men from the U.S.S. "Vermont", with bags and hammocks and necessary papers: M. Doran, Seaman; W. Allen, Seaman; J. Sharp, Seaman; J. Ernoe, Landsman; L.G. Weisshardt [Wisshardt in log-book], Apprentice; F.H. Kirmer, Apprentice; O. Beermann, Apprentice; J.A. Anderson, Apprentice; H.A. Barker, Apprentice; James E. Cooke, [Apprentice]; E. Chavannes, Apprentice; James Sloan, First-class Fireman; Daniel Watkins, First-class Fireman.

The following named men were declared deserters from this vessel and the United States Naval Service, from the dates set opposite their names: C.J. Weinstock, Coxswain, March 21st; J. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, March 21st; E. McDonald, Ship's Writer, March 18th; E. Willard, Carpenter's Mate, March 19th; and J.R. Eckstrom, Ordinary Seaman, March 24th.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle and moderate breezes from NNE.

At 2.45pm finished lighter and hauled other one up in side.

Received on board during watch 40 tons 894 pounds of coal.

Received stores on board in Paymaster's Department as follows: 451 pounds of sugar; 81 gallons of beans; 600 pounds of pork; 100 pounds of fruit; 89 pounds of tea; 141¾ pounds of butter; 504 [pounds of] mutton, 480 [pounds of] corned beef; 514 pounds of brawn [brown in log-book]; 487½ pounds of ham; 480 pounds of sausage; 500 pounds of coffee; 900 pounds of saltwater soap; 25 rating badges; 384 spools of silk.

Received in Ordnance Department: 3 squirt cans; 1 fire bucket; 1 cutlass and scabbard; 1 sponge head, 3-pounder Hotchkiss; 1 main spring, 3-pounder Hotchkiss; 1 hammer, point, 3-pounder Hotchkiss, 1 sponge staff. 3-pounder Hotchkiss; 1 sear and 1 extractor 3-pounder Hotchkiss; 1 sponge staff, 37 mm [Hotchkiss] revolving cannon; 1 main spring, 37 mm Hotchkiss revolving cannon; 4 screwdrivers.

Received on board a draft of men from the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", with bags and hammocks and necessary papers, namely: H. Rassmussen, Seaman; W. Waite, Apprentice; C.D. Carl, Apprentice; J.J. Seedley, Coal Heaver; H.C. Lamparter, Coal Heaver; G.T. Williams, Coal Heaver; J. Sullivan, Coal Heaver.

Received on board for use in tanks: 1700 gallons of fresh water.

Received stores in Construction and Equipment [Departments] as follows: 100 pounds of yellow ochre; 20 gallons of spar varnish; 10 gallons Japan drier; and 4 corked lifebuoys.


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4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NE to NNE with fresh squalls.

At 5.15pm finished coaling, having received 7 tons 1495 pounds of coal during watch, making 230 tons 273 pounds in all.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, moonlight.

Light Wind from NNE.


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29 March 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NNE.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather.

Light NE Wind.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Received on board in Engineer's Department the following stores: 50 feet of rubber hose; 6 mineral book slates; 15 pounds of bronze nuts; 25 pounds of mild steel, ¼-inch, round; 1 box of chalk crayons; 1 box of slate pencils; 1 cyclone tube, blown.

Received on board in Ordnance Department the following stores: 1 target frame; 10 gallons of linseed oil; 2 dozen of lead pencils; 2 dozen of blank books, memorandum.

The Captain assigned the following punishments for the offenses stated: Adolph Hasler, Seaman Apprentice First-class, ditty box in lucky bag, 1 extra lookout; B. Olsen, Seaman, drunk on duty, disrated to Ordinary Seamen.

Made ready to paint ship outside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Wind shifted from NE first two hours to SW.

Engaged painting ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from South to SSE.

Finished painting ship outside.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light breeze and airs from from WSW.


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30 March 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York, and making passage from New York to Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 40.15, Long -73.87


Midnight to 4am:

Cold, bright moonlight, light airs from SW to West.

Started fires under all boilers at 12.20am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from West to South West.

Made preparations for sea.

At 7.00am called all hands to unmoor ship, and at 7.25am shoved off from the dock following the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

Stood down East River and at end of watch in the river off Governors Island.

The U.S.S. "Cushing" stood out ahead of the flagship and the U.S.S. "Baltimore" followed this vessel.

Ship's draught forward 13 feet 11 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

The flagship made the following general signals: at 6.55am 6157; at 7.00am 237; and at 7.10am 242.

Steam 116, revolutions 94.2, vacuum 28.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from SW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions at divisional instructions.

Made sick, coal, absentee and position reports to flagship.

At 8.25am flagship made general signal 829, at 8.55am 227 numeral 47.

At 9.45am flagship made by army code "Make international number and report the ships".

At 10.15am flagship made general signal 4644, at 10.20am geographical 5138.

At 10.50am flagship made general signal 256, at 11.40am dress signal 6167.

At 9.50am made international signal G.R.T.C. to station on Sandy Hook.

At 10.30am took departure, ship on line between Sandy Hook lightship and Scotland lightship and halfway between.

At 10.20am flagship signaled to U.S.S. "Cushing" 5513.

U.S.S. "Cushing" headed inshore and steamed ahead and was soon lost to sight.

Steam 115, revolutions 103.3, vacuum 26.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from SSW.

Course steered until 2.07pm S½W by bridge compass, and remainder of watch SSW⅛W by bridge compass.

At 12.40pm flagship signaled latitude 40°09'[N] and longitude 73°53'[W], and at 2.00pm she signaled course SSW½W (174), this signal was hauled down at 2.07pm, Barnegat lighthouse then abeam, patent log recorded 9.4.

The apprentices were instructed in signaling.

Steam 115, vacuum 28, revolutions 103.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle breeze from SSW, shifting to light breeze from West.

First part of watch in column at half distance.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.

Passed numerous sails.

At 5.30pm passed 3-masted schooner "Josiah R. Smith" ["Josiah H. Smith" in log-book] of Bath close aboard.

At sunset land was in sight on starboard beam.

At 5.15pm flagship signaled 244 and squadron went into First Order of Cruising.

Steam 116, revolutions 102.1, vacuum 28.


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6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cold and calm.

In First Order of Cruising.

This vessel on port quarter at distance.

Sighted several steamers standing to NE.

At 6.45pm sighted Absecon light on starboard quarter.

At 7.20pm sighted Northeast End lightship 1 point forward starboard beam, and at 7.50pm Five Fathom Bank lightship 2 points forward starboard beam.

Steam 116, vacuum 28, revolutions 102.1.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, moonlight.

SW airs.

At 8.10pm sighted Cape May light bearing about WNW, and lost sight of it at 9.30pm.

At 8.30pm Five Fathom Bank light bore NW by W½W, and lost sight of it soon afterwards.

At 8.50pm sighted Cape Henlopen light bearing about West by North, and lost sight of it soon afterwards.

Sighted light of two steamers standing up the coast.

At end of watch ships in position.

Steam 116, revolutions 102.1, vacuum 26.


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31 March 1893

At sea, and at anchor at Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.990, Long -76.321


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Calm first hour, afterwards light airs from SW to WNW.

At 12.45am sighted Assateague and Winter Quarter [Shoal] lights bearing West by South (per compass).

At 1.30am flagship signaled compass SW¼S, squadron changed course to SW¼S, log reading 38.0.

At 2.32am Assateague light bore 49° West (true), distant 21 miles, log reading 50.

Steam 116, revolutions 104.1, vacuum 28.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from West to NW.

At 6.30am sighted Smith Island lightship about 2 points on starboard bow, and at 6.55am it bore abeam, distant about 3 miles, patent log read 99.5, the course was then changed to SW¾W.

At 6.55am sighted Cape Charles lighthouse broad of starboard bow.

At 7.20am sighted Cape Henry lighthouse ½ point on starboard bow, standing in between Capes of Virginia at end of watch.

Signals made during watch: at 6.38am 829; at 7.25am 6157; at 8.00am 2.77 and numeral 32.

Steam 116, vacuum 26 and revolutions 101.3.


8am to meridian:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from NW, shifting to light breeze from NE.

First part of watch squadron in column at distance, following movement of flagship, standing into Hampton Roads.

Passed numerous sails.

At 9.20am we made position and flagship made U.S.S. "Yorktown" [pennant] 2984, and at 9.50am preparatory 1312, and at 10.08am 1312.

At 10.25am came to anchor in 12¾ fathoms of water, soft mud bottom, 45 fathoms on port chain.

Found the U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "Charleston" and U.S.S. "Concord" at anchor.

Bearings from anchorage: New Port News Middle Ground lighthouse S51°W, Rip Raps flagstaff S75°E, true.

At 11.10am flagship made [signal] 1071.

Allowed fires to die out.

Draught forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

Steam 116, vacuum 26, revolutions 101.3.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit [sic].

At noon made following signals: numeral 296 and numeral 24.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE and East.

At 3.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made [signal] 2984 and division piped down scrubbed clothes.

Commander Edwin White paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer and wardroom officers of this vessel.

U.S.S. "Vesuvius" shifted her moorings nearer the landing.

At 3.30pm veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE and South with fresh squalls.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy and cold, occasional moonlight.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from South.


Approved: [signed] Frank Wildes, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1893


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1 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.990, Long -76.321


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant weather, moonlight.

Moderate breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from South by East, shifting to moderate breeze from SW.

At 6.00am ship swung to flood.

At 7.30am flagship made time and dress signal, affirmative 6157.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SW.

Cleaning and painting ship inside.

At 9.00am U.S.S. "San Francisco" came in and anchored near U.S.S. "Baltimore".

U.S.S. "Chicago" made wigwag [signal] "Haul down Jack" to this vessel.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and pleasant, hazy.

Fresh SW wind.

The U.S.S. "Cushing" went up the river towards Norfolk.

The catamaran was discovered to be missing at about 2.00 o'clock, the last seen of her was when she was tied up under the stern before dinner.

The steam launch made two unsuccessful searches for her.

Engaged painting ship inside.

The Navy Yard tug U.S.S. "Wahneta" visited several of the ships.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and very hazy.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SW to SW by South.

At 4.30pm the U.S.S. "Cushing" came down from Norfolk and anchored in her old berth.

The Navy Yard tug returned to Norfolk.

Wigwag signal to this vessel at 5.10pm "Your letter is Y", and to the U.S.S. "Concord" "Your letter is O".


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light wind from SW to West.

Moonlight.


No observations in morning, one magnet in tray wrong.

At 5.51pm deviation of standard compass 1°20' East, ship's head S37°30'W, error 2°18' West, variation 3°58' West.


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2 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.990, Long -76.321


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and foggy, with occasional light rain.

Light airs to light breeze from West by North to WSW until last half hour of watch, when it came gentle out from NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, light airs and breezes from NE first part, then calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 79 pounds of bread, which was 3 pounds underweight.

At 7.00am flagship made affirmative 1212, time and dress signal.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, warm.

Light wind from NE to ENE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

The Captain inspected the ship and crew.

After inspection called all hands to muster and read Articles for Better Government of the Navy, General Orders of Navy Department 409, U.S. Navy Regulation Circular number 1 and Department General Court Martial Orders numbers 2, 3, 4 and 7.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 102½ pounds of fresh beef; and 102½ pounds of fresh vegetables, the latter on original inspection being 14½ pounds short, the shortage being subsequently made up by the contractor.

The Captain assigned the following punishments: R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, reduced to 4th Class, for fighting; T. Earl, Landsman, 2 months' money stopped, for fighting; and R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for shirking.

Klotz was accordingly confined.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 7; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 289, numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from East.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in rating were made to date from April 1st, 1893:

A. McNicholl, Seaman to Gunners Mate Third-class; C. Lutonacker, Seaman, to Coxswain; J.B. Regler, Seaman to Coxswain; B. Nugent, Seaman to Gunners Mate Third-class; J. Rice, Ship's Corporal to Master-at-Arms Third-class; L.N. Badene, Chief Boatswain's Mate to Boatswain's Mate First-class; M. Divinney, Boatswain's Mate to Boatswain's Mate First-class; W.J. Fewer, Captain of Forecastle to Boatswain's Mate Second-class; G. Lane, Captain of Tops to Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J. Quint, Captain of Forecastle to Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J. Kempter, Captain of Tops to Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J. Turner, Chief Gunner's Mate to Gunner's Mate First-class; A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate to Gunner's Mate Third-class; M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate to Gunner's Mate Third-class; O. Stromer, Chief Quartermaster to Quartermaster First-class; J. Lundquist, Quartermaster to Quartermaster Second-class; J.M. Sjoholm, Quartermaster to Quartermaster Third-class; A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate to Carpenter's Mate First-class; P. Dwyer, Carpenter and Calker to Carpenter's Mate Third-class; C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter and Calker to Ship's Writer; J. Berthelmes, Ship's Cook to Ship's Cook First-class; F.S. Kirk, Seaman Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class; J.C. Fiske, Seaman Apprentice Second-class. to Apprentice First-class; W.P. Munger, Seaman Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class; G.R. Coulter, Seaman Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class; C.A. Barnes, First-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; J. Anderson, First-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; F. Kinnier, Second-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; C.D. Carl, First-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; J.E. Corke, First-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; E. Chavannes, First-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; G.W. Alben, First-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; L. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class.


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

C. Beerman, Second-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; William Waite, Second-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; H.B. Barker, Apprentice Second-class to Second-class Apprentice; Ah Loui, Landsman to Mess Attendant; Ah Kow, Landsman to Mess Attendant; F.J. Horn, Landsman to Mess Attendant; Ah Hoy, Landsman to Mess Attendant; T. Yamada, Landsman to Mess Attendant; D. Gamero, Landsman to Mess Attendant; E. Donaldson, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; J. Rodriguez, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; J.F. Allen, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; G. Tripp, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; G. Williams, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; A. Joseph, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; H. Hill, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; M. O'Neil, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; J. Dudley, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; R.W. Bell, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; H. Lamparter, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; J. Sullivan, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer; H. Jenkinson, Coal Heaver to Coal Passer.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine, misty weather.

Light breeze from SE to ESE.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to flood tide between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SE to South by East.

At 8.30pm flagship U.S.S. "Philadelphia" signaled "Be prepared to go out Tuesday forenoon for exercise for two or three days. Arrange yourself as to fresh provisions accordingly".


No observation in morning, cloudy weather.

At 4.07pm, local apparent time, deviation of standard compass 1°08' East, ship's head S39°W, error 2°30' West, variation 3°38' West.


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3 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.990, Long -76.321


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs to light breezes from South to SE.

Slack water at 12.20am, ship riding to ebb tide remainder of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SE, becoming light and shifting to East by South.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to flood tide between 6.00am and 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE and South.

Made sick, coal and absentee reports to flagship.

At 9.00am flagship made telegraphic signal 8277, 7846, 6839, 6370, 7867, 9409, 3545, 0970, 3646, 6199, 2012, 6504, 4712.

At 10.30am flagship made [signal] 3393.

Commanding Officer repaired on board flagship.

The Commanding Officers of U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" paid official visits to Commanding Officer of this ship.

Painting ship inside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South.

Ship riding to ebb tide during watch.

Crew engaged painting ship inside and boats.

At 12.10pm flagship signaled wigwag, with preparatory flag hoisted, "Boat exercise this afternoon with regular crews, report to Concord".

At 1 o'clock flagship signaled 2984.

At 12.50pm telegraphic 9725, 7890, 8433, 7694, 629, 8277, 7725, 2012, 4771, then by international code "See that you have a complete international code and be ready to use this code in communicating with foreign men-of-war".

Paymaster Martin left the ship on three days' leave of absence.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from South.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.00pm flagship made general signal 249, answering pennant 95, numeral 10, numeral 8.

At 4.45pm flagship made general signal 5040 under annulling pennant.

At 7.30pm fleet exercised with searchlights.

At 7.40pm flagship signaled "Follow motions of flagship, stop searchlights".


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, gentle breeze first hour from South, then light airs from West to SSW.

Ship riding to flood during entire watch.

The fleet turned on searchlights during first part of watch.


At 7.19am deviation of standard compass 2°06' West, ship's head N65°E, error 5°44' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.20pm deviation of standard compass 0°11' East, ship's head S27°W, error 5°29' West, variation 3°38' West.


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4 April 1893

At anchor and at sea

Lat 37.00, Long -76.05 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and pleasant weather, bright moonlight most of watch.

Light airs to gentle breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South and SSW.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal 6157.

Riding to the ebb.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, light breeze to light airs from SSW.

Engaged first part of watch getting ship ready for sea.

At 8.35am U.S.S. "Chicago" signaled telegraphic code "Heave short on cable by 10 o'clock and hoist position pennant, if ready at that time to get under way", and at 8.55am general 3093.

At 9.30am we signaled numeral 7.

At 10.05am flagship signaled "Tactics" 240.

At 10.25am flagship wigwagged to this ship "Show your speed signal", and at 10.30am "Tactics" 87.

At 11.40am she signaled "Tactics" 255.

At noon we signaled numeral 7 and numeral 279.

At 10.05am the squadron, composed of the following named vessels, under the command of Rear Admiral John G. Walker, got under way and stood out of Hampton Roads for preliminary drill in connection with the Naval Review, namely: U.S.S. "Chicago" (flagship); U.S.S. "Baltimore"; U.S.S. "Charleston"; U.S.S. "Yorktown"; U.S.S. "San Francisco"; U.S.S. "Concord"; U.S.S. "Vesuvius"; and U.S.S. "Atlanta".

At 11.00am this ship was abreast of Thimble Shoal lighthouse, and at 11.30am fairway buoy C was off starboard beam, distant about 100 yards.

At 11.40am stopped engine in obedience to general signal.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Vesuvius" steamed into Lynnhaven Bay for the purpose of verifying the position of two buoys, representing the U.S.S. "Charleston" tactical diameter, preparatory to other vessels determining their standard helm angle.

Ship's draught on getting under way: forward 13 feet 5 inches; aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Steam 120, vacuum 27.

The U.S.S. "Detroit" came up the roads and afterwards passed the squadron and stood out to sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from West.

At beginning of watch squadron stopped while U.S.S. "Chicago" and U.S.S. "Vesuvius" rectified position of buoys.

At 1.10pm [11.10 in log-book] flagship signaled 306, at 1.15pm numeral 4153, and at 1.20pm 251, U.S.S. "Chicago's" distinguishing pennant, and at 1.22pm 277 and numeral 32.

At 1.35pm flagship signaled 3096.

We accordingly took position in column astern of U.S.S. "Baltimore" and in succession turned between the buoys (placed 4053 feet apart) with starboard helm to determine proper angle and found it to be about 20°.

At 2.35pm flagship signaled U.S.S. "Baltimore", U.S.S. "Yorktown" and U.S.S. "San Francisco" 306, at 2.38pm 251, at 2.40pm 255, and at 3.10pm 3096.

We accordingly formed column again and made circle between buoys with port helm, finding the angle to be about the same, 20°.

At 3.50pm flagship signaled 251, 255, and the whole squadron formed column, flagship leading.

At end of watch standing out to sea, Cape Henry bearing a little forward of the beam.

Steam 116, vacuum 28.


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4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, damp and hazy.

Light breezes from West.

Standing outside of capes for evolution, which were carried out by the following signals from flagship: 431; 142; 136.

At 5.00pm telegraphic 0419, 4388, 5007, 629, 6799, 8433, 7459.

At 5.20pm continued evolutions as follows: 361; 266; 266;and at 5.45pm 355; and at end of watch at column at distance.

Steam 116, vacuum 28, revolutions 73.3.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and hazy.

Light airs and breeze from West.

Standing in towards Lynnhaven Bay in column, flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" leading.

At 7.25pm flagship made signal "Tactics" 232, and at 7.40pm "Action".

At 7.45pm flagship turned off "Action" and fleet came to anchor.

Bearings at anchor: Cape Henry light S68°E, and Cape Charles light N44°E, both true, the ship's head being NNW½W.

Ship anchored in 7 fathoms of water, fine sand, soft bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms port chain.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW by West.

Slack water until 8.20pm, after which ship riding to flood tide.

At 9.40pm flagship signaled "Ships will have steam at 6am tomorrow morning and be prepared to correct compasses".


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5 April 1893

At sea, [and at anchor Lynnhaven Roads]

Lat 36.96, Long -76.11 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, fine weather most of watch, with bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from NW first part, shifting to North and increasing to fresh breeze last hour.

Ship riding to tide, swung to ebb about 1.30am.

At end of watch ship appeared to be dragging slowly and the fact was reported to Commanding Officer.


4am to 8am:

Weather clear and pleasant.

First hour of watch stiff breeze from North, decreasing to a gentle breeze.

Barometer rising.

At about 4.10am let go starboard anchor under foot.

At 5.00am spread fires.

At 5.30am hove up starboard anchor and hove short on port chain.

At 5.45am the flagship made tactical signal 237, and at 5.50am tactical signal 240.

Answered, hove up port anchor, and at 6.00am took position in column astern of U.S.S. "Charleston".

At 6.30am flagship made general telegraphic signals 9142, 6742, 6811, 629, 7794, 945, numeral 8 answer 30, 6641 and geographical 5285, answered.

Remainder of watch was occupied in swinging ship.

On getting under way ship's draught was 13 feet 3 inches forward, aft 16 feet 3 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze to light airs from NE to North by East.

At 9.40am flagship made general signal 425, 140, at 8.50am 256, at 9.00am 256, at 9.07am 356.

At 9.15am she signaled to this ship by army code "Keep in Baltimore's wake", and at 9.20am "Close up to proper distance".

At 9.50 flagship made general signal 361, at 9.54am 266, at 9.55am 172, at 10.00am 256, at 10.20am preparatory 232, at 10.25am 290, at 10.30am 297, at 10.38am 2009, and at 10.55am 3093, numeral 45.

Fleet anchored in line at half distance, this ship anchored in 7½ fathoms of water and veered to 30 fathoms on port chain.

At 11.15am flagship made telegraphic signal 7786, 4060, 9409, 4525, 945, 12, 30 numeral.

The Commanding Officers of the various ships paid official visits to the flagship immediately on anchoring.

Made sick, absentee and coal reports to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, light airs first half from NNE and gentle breeze last hour from SW.

At 12.30am flagship signaled tactical 237, we called all hands get up anchor and proceeded with fleet in line at half distance.

The fleet was exercised in forming column, forming line, making right and left turns, and at left about.

The following signals were made by the flagship: tactical 237; 278; 100; 267; 281; 256; 362; 267; 361; 361; 132; 266; 76; 77; 364; 196; 267; 76; 77; and 280.

The number of revolutions made by engines from 2 hours 29 minutes 5 seconds to 2 hours 59 minutes were: starboard engine 2207; and port engine 2193.

And the number of revolutions made from 3 hours 29 minutes to 3 hours 59 minutes were: starboard engine 2164; and port engine 2166.

These revolutions were signaled to the flagship.

At end of watch the fleet was in line heading West, Cape Henry lighthouse bearing West by South and distant about 4½ miles.

Steam 116, vacuum 28, revolutions 72.5.


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4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant weather, gentle breeze from South.

At 4.05pm flagship signaled 281, and squadron went into column.

At 4.15pm flagship signaled 829, and stood in towards Lynnhaven Roads, squadron in column at half distance.

At 4.53pm flagship signaled 255, and squadron took distance.

At 5.00pm flagship signaled preparatory 232, at 5.05pm 290, at 5.08pm 297, at 5.10pm 229, at 5.15pm 3814, at 5.18pm numeral 1 answer 5.

At 5.38pm squadron came at anchor in column.

At 5.40pm flagship signaled numeral 45.

We came to with port anchor, 6¾ fathoms of water, mud bottom, 45 fathoms chain.

Bearings from anchorage: Cape Charles lighthouse N44°E, cape Henry lighthouse S68°E, true, ship's head (per compass) WNW.

At 5.48pm flagship signaled 2121.

At 5.50pm banked fires.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised divisions setting up.


6pm to 8pm:

Misty, but fine weather.

Gentle breeze from South.

Barometer unsteady.

Ship riding between wind and tide.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first half, afterwards overcast.

Breeze gentle to stiff from ESE and South.

At 9.00pm flagship signaled "Have steam ready for seven tomorrow morning. We shall use international signals, Naval Review Program".

Riding to flood.


At 7.50am deviation standard compass 0°42' East, ship's head ESE, error 3°02' West, variation 3°44' West.

At 4.28pm deviation standard compass 2°08' East, ship's head West, error 1°36' West, variation 3°44' West.


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6 April 1893

At sea, and at anchor

Lat 36.98, Long -75.88 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Partly cloudy, gentle breeze to light airs from SSW to WSW.

High water slack at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SW.

Made preparations for getting under way, and at 6.50am reported all ready.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal geog. 6167.

At 7.05am flagship signaled international code V.G.B. and later V.G.C.

Soon afterwards she hoisted the annulling flag.

At 7.10am hove short.

At 7.15am flagship signaled telegraphic code 9921, 404, 4187, 7439 and 3841.

She then hoisted V.G.B. and V.G.C. again and fired a gun.

At 7.45am hove up and took position in column.

Rest of watch squadron stopped while U.S.S. "San Francisco" catted her anchor.

Used engines to keep ship in position, Commanding Officer was at the conn.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, damp weather.

Light breeze from SE, shifting to NE between 10.00 and 11.00 o'clock.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am flagship made telegraphic signal 3958, 3369, 5914, 6150, 0683, 3478 and 2027.

Made sick report.

Mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

First Division drilled at great guns, 2nd [Division] at small arms, 3rd [Division] at great guns, Powder [Division] at setting up and Marines at infantry tactics.

At 10.30am flagship made international code signal V.F.L, answered, and fleet made left turn, at 10.35am 267 and 128, at 10.40am 76, at 11.00am telegraphic 8696 and 2012, answered, and soon after 11.00am commenced counting revolutions of engines.

At 10.45am flagship made tactical signal 310.

Remainder of watch steering course ENE½E (per compass), fleet in line, and counting revolutions in order to standardize propellers.

At noon made coal report to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs from West first half, then wind came out fresh from NNE, increasing gradually to very fresh and hauling to NE by North.

At 12.05pm flagship made [signal] 77, we answered numeral 4421 and numeral 4413.

At 12.10pm flagship made [international code] V.F.H., at 12.20pm 192, 200, and at 12.35pm 76.

At 1.40pm flagship made [signal] 77, we answered numeral 4424, numeral 4424.

At 1.48am flagship made [signal] 282, at 2.00pm 829, and at 3.55pm 251.

Fleet standing up towards Hampton Roads at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast till last hour, when it commenced to clear overhead, blowing a fresh to very fresh breeze from NE by North to ENE.

Standing in for Hampton Roads in column at 1½ distance.

At 4.15pm fairway buoy C was off starboard beam, distant about 500 yards.

At 4.45pm Willoughby spit buoy


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[4pm to 8pm (Continued):]

was off port beam, distant about 250 yards.

At 4.22pm flagship wigwagged "You will anchor to the westward of this ship", and at 4.28pm she signaled tactical 227.

At 5.35pm we anchored in 12 fathoms of water, muddy bottom, 75 fathoms chain port anchor.

Bearings at anchorage: Old Point [Comfort] lighthouse N52°E, flagstaff Rip Raps S72°E, elevator New Port News S78°W, all true, ship's head (per compass) ENE½E.

Allowed fires to die out under boilers A and C.

At 5.52pm flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" signaled general 1047, and at 5.55pm she signaled general 4557.

The ship's mail was brought off by the U.S.S. "Philadelphia's" steam launch.

Draft of water forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

Steam 118, vacuum 28, revolutions 71.7.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to gentle breeze from ENE with frequent squalls first part, wind moderating towards middle of watch.

Ship riding to flood tide and wind.


Cloudy weather, no observations for compass deviation.


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7 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.992, Long -76.322


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cold, gentle to fresh breezes in occasional squalls.

Blew out check valve in B boiler and shifted to A [boiler].

Riding to wind and flood tide all watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling at end of watch.

Moderate squalls first hour from ESE, after which gentle to light breeze from ESE to SE.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy and damp.

Light breeze to light airs from East first part, light variable Westerly airs latter part.

Broke out hold, forward store rooms and magazine, tiller room and paymaster's stores so Quarterly Board [of Inspection] could inspect ship.

Received from the U.S.S. "Chicago" one catamaran.

Punishments were awarded as follows: B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, 2 days' confinement [on] bread and water, for having beer in his possession; C. Griffin, Seaman, 2 days' confinement double irons, for striking another member of the crew; C.A. Chavannes, Apprentice, 2 days' extra duty, for getting beer for man whose beer was stopped; Edward Colville, Apprentice First-class, to stand 8 to 12 watch, for not coming on deck when sent for; and C. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, 2 months' money stopped, for using provoking and reproachful language to shipmate.

Accordingly B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, and C. Griffin, Seaman, were confined as ordered, and R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, was released from confinement.

At 9.15am flagship made following telegraphic signal: 8934, 684, 6915, 3869, 4204, 1623, 9319, 6504; and at 9.35am she made U.S.S. "Yorktown" distinguishing pennant 1087, in obedience to the signal a boat was sent to the U.S.S. "Chicago".

At 11.30am the U.S.S. "Cushing" got under way and steamed up the river.

At 11.30am the U.S.S. "Atlanta" shifted her berth outside of the U.S.S. "San Francisco".

Admiral Walker paid an official visit aboard the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

We made the following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 8; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 258 and numeral 5.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 71 pounds of fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first part, then partly clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from West and SW by West.

The Commander of the 2nd Squadron paid official visits to the U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "San Francisco", and U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

Crew engaged in breaking out store rooms for Board of Inspection of Hull.

At 12.45pm the U.S.S. "Chicago" made by wigwag [signal] "Send immediately this ship number of revolutions, required by note today".

Then "From Philadelphia, please send Lieutenant Fiske aboard".

Then at 1.15pm "Please send boat for Lieutenant Fiske".

At 2.30pm made [signal] telegraphic to division, 7362, 3869, 5898, 8433, and exercised divisions in international signals for an hour.

(Continued)


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

Sent a kedge anchor to the U.S.S. "Chicago".

Wardroom officers of U.S.S. "Philadelphia" paid an official visit to this vessel.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SW, shifting to East and then back to SSW.

Quarterly Board finished inspecting hold and after magazine and shell room.

Restowed everything.

At 5.00pm flagship signaled 2984 and washed clothes were piped down accordingly.

At 4.50pm U.S.S. "Cushing" came in and anchored.

At 7.45pm flagship began exercising squadron in Ardois signals.


8pm to midnight:

Partially clear, with gentle to moderate breeze from South to SSW.

Practiced squadron signaling in Ardois system till 8.45pm.

E.J. Colwell, Seaman Apprentice First-class, stood extra watch by order of Commanding Officer.


Cloudy weather, no observations for compass deviation.


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8 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.992, Long -76.322


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Moderate SW wind.

Moon rose at 1.20am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Stiff to moderate breeze from SW.

Ship riding to ebb tide.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal geog. 6157.

Received following fresh provisions in Paymaster's Department: 102 pounds fresh beef; 100 pounds of fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, clearing latter part.

Moderate breezes from SW to SW by South.

Painting ship outside.

At 11.30am the United States flagship U.S.S. "Newark", flying the flag of Rear Admiral A.E.[K.] Benham, was sighted standing down from Norfolk.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" hoisted the junior Rear Admiral's flag.

At 11.40am the U.S.S. "Newark" saluted the flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi with 13 guns, which salute was returned.

The U.S.S. "Newark" asked permission to anchor and was assigned a berth East by South of U.S.S. "Philadelphia", distant 1½ cables.

At 9.30am made numeral 9, at 10.00am numeral 0, and at 12.00pm numeral 249, numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm, pleasant weather, with moderate SW wind.

At 12.10pm U.S.S. "Newark" anchored, and at 2.30pm anchored again, having shifted her berth about a cable's length.

At 12.30pm Commander-in-Chief signaled "Mr. Fiske report on board at one o'clock", at which hour the officer left this ship in obedience to this signal.

Engaged painting topsides outside, finishing the same.

The Commander-in-Chief visited the U.S.S. "Chicago" last hour of watch, and when he shoved off the U.S.S. "Chicago" fired a salute of 13 guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy, pleasant weather, hazy.

Moderate breezes from SW.

Rear Admiral Gherardi paid official visit to United States flagship U.S.S. "Newark".

At 5.45pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made [signal] telegraphic 8202, 6482.

At 6.00pm the Russian man-of-war "General-Admiral" came in and anchored abreast of U.S.S. "Chicago" and fired a salute of 21 guns, American flag at main.

This was returned gun for gun by fort ashore.

Then she fired a salute of 13 guns, American flag at fore, which salute was returned gun for gun by U.S.S. "Philadelphia", Russian flag at fore.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 162½ pounds fresh beef; 101 pounds fresh vegetables.


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8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Airs from SW and WSW.

The Commander-in-Chief and the Commander of this division exercised the ships with Ardois signals.


At 8.24am deviation standard compass 1°15' East, ship's head S43°W, error 2°13' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 5.00pm deviation standard compass 2°08' East, ship's head S56°W, error 1°30' West, variation 3°38' West.


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9 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.992, Long -76.322


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Light breezes from SW.

Began swinging to ebb at 3.20am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from SW, hauling to ENE.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" made time and dress signal, affirmative 6157.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate to light wind from NE to East.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

The Captain then inspected ship and crew.

The Captain assigned the following punishments, for the offenses named: E. Hannis, Captain of Hold, fighting, 3 days' double irons, solitary confinement; H. Rushlow, Private Marine, allowing a crowd to collect around brig, 3 extra posts; F.S. Kirk, Seaman Apprentice First-class, answering Officer [of the] Deck improperly, 3 days' bread and water, solitary confinement; M. Sweeney, Private Marine, disobedience of orders, 3 extra posts.

E. Hannis and F.S. Kirk were accordingly placed in confinement.

By order of the Captain released from confinement B. Olson, Ordinary Seaman, and C. Griffin, Seaman.

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 0; and noon numeral 246, numeral 2.

At 9.28am flagship made general signal 3837, and at 9.30am numeral 10 answer 30.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine weather.

Gentle breeze from ESE first hour, afterwards from East by North.

Barometer falling slowly.

Riding to flood tide.

The Admiral commanding the 1st Division called on board the Russian man-of-war "General-Admiral", on board the U.S.S. "Chicago" and on board the U.S.S. "Charleston".

At 2.15pm commenced distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light East wind.

At 6.00pm mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

The U.S.S. "Cushing" got under way and went up towards Norfolk at 4.20pm.

At 4.45pm signaled flagship "Permission to scrub hammocks tomorrow morning".

At 6.00pm flagship answered "Telegraphic signal was made to that effect last evening".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with occasional thunder and lighting to Westward.

Light airs and breeze from East to SE.

Began swinging to flood at 11.00pm, and finished at 11.30pm.

Beginning to rain at close of watch.


At 8.25am deviation standard compass 1°36' East, ship's head S52°W, error 2°02' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 5.08pm deviation standard compass 2°10' West, ship's head N81°E, error 5°48' West, variation 3°38' West.


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10 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.992, Long -76.322


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, rainy first hour, light airs from ESE increasing to moderate breeze from East by South.

Ship riding to flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, threatening weather.

Moderate East wind.

At 6.55am flagship made signal 6157.

The Russian man-of-war "Rynda" came in, but at end of watch had not yet taken a berth.

At 8.00 she fired a salute of 21 guns, with American flag at the main.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, moderate breeze from East to ENE first half of watch, gentle breeze last hour from NE.

At 9.30am the crew was inspected and mustered at quarters, whilst at quarters, the fire alarm was sounded and the divisions were reported ready as follows, namely: Navigator's 47 seconds; 1st 3 minutes 1 second; 2nd 2 minutes 40 seconds; 3rd 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder 47 seconds.

Divisions were reported secured as follows, namely: Navigator's 33 seconds; 1st 2 minutes 40 seconds; 2nd 1 minute 37 seconds; 3rd 1 minute 25 seconds; Powder 37 seconds.

The divisions were then exercised by their divisional officers.

The magazine and shell room cocks were examined and found to be in working order, excepting the forward shell room cock, the stem of which, leading to the berth deck, was broken in the attempt to turn it from the berth deck.

At 8.35am the flagship signaled to fleet telegraphic 7747, 4809.

At 9.30am we made sick report numeral 6.

At 9.45am flagship signaled to fleet tactical 249, day 102, numeral 9, numeral 8.

At 10.00am we signaled absentees numeral 0.

At 11.00am the flagship signaled to fleet telegraphic 6254, 4809, and at noon we signaled coal report numeral 242 and numeral 3.

At 11.30am the fort fired a salute of 13 guns.

The Commanding Officer of this ship paid an official visit to Rear Admiral Benham on board the U.S.S. "Newark".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, damp and squally.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE, with stiff squalls first part, moderating somewhat latter part.

Quarterly Board continued its inspection of ship's hull.

At 12.05pm flagship (U.S.S. "Philadelphia") signaled "Send steam launch".

At 2.45pm the flagship began the following telegraphic signal to fleet: 0699, 6549, 0935, 6322, 4079, 0631, 9409, 8374, 0889, ~033, 7864, 0868, 8374, 4904, 6857, 9810, 6634, 624, 4909, 6633, 8921, 8177, 4204, 4118, ~229, 6199, 3550, 9409, 6124, 6862, 4785, 5196.

At 3.10pm the wardroom officers of the U.S.S. "Chicago" paid an official visit aboard this vessel.

Rear Admiral Benham, commanding First Division, paid an official visit aboard the "Rynda", and at 3.20pm visited this vessel.

At 3.25pm flagship signaled 3918, the squadron accordingly piped down hammocks.


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4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, moderate breeze from North.

At 4.45pm we wigwagged to flagship "Have one Navy anchor spare".

At 6.15pm the flagship signaled telegraphic 6859, 8197, 8055, 9422, 8229, 6199, 945, 3637, 9314, 3821, 4187, 6518, 6839, 4090.

The Commanding Officer of the Russian vessel "General-Admiral" paid an official visit to this ship.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North, shifting to NE last hour, occasional lightning in NE last hour.

Fleet drilled with searchlights from 8.00pm until 8.30pm.

Swinging to flood latter part of watch.


Cloudy weather, no observations [for compass deviations].


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11 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia, and at sea

Lat 37.15, Long -76.10 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NE.

At 3.00am started fires in B, C and D boilers.

Ship riding to wind and flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, moderate breeze from ENE to NE by North.

Hoisted steam cutter and made other preparations for getting under way.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 6157.

At 8.00am we broke the guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy first part, then clear and cool.

Moderate breezes from NE.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J.T. Kelly, Private Marine, dirty clothing at quarters, lounging on post, disrespectful to 1st Sergeant, punishment 4 days' double irons; P. Paterson, First-class Fireman, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, W. Howlly, Coal Passer, H. Hill, Coal Passer, G.W. Williams, Coal Passer, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, sending hammocks ashore without permission, monthly money stopped for one month; J.H. Cole, Private Marine, smoking on post, 5 days' bread and water.

At 8.40am U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made signal to prepare to get under way.

At 9.00am signal "Get under way" and vessels got under way, and stood out in two squadrons under their respective commanders.

Tactical signals were made as follows, and vessels maneuvered in obedience thereto: at 10.00am 251; at 10.55am V.F.C., V.F.K., V.F.C., V.W.R., V.F.C., V.W.K., 315 and 316.

The Second Squadron headed up Chesapeake Bay and the First Squadron stood out to sea.

At 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm made routine signals, numeral 5, numeral 0 and numeral 233, numeral 10.

Draft forward 13 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet 0 inches.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made [signal] U.S.S. "Yorktown" [distinguishing pennant] 310.

Went to quarters and exercised divisions.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light wind from ENE to East.

At 1.35pm the squadron anchored, this ship anchoring in 6¼ fathoms of water, bottom mud and sand.

Bearings at anchorage: York Spit lighthouse N88°W, New Point Comfort lighthouse N38°W, both true and ship heading NE per compass.

At 2.15pm got under way.

The entire watch spent in exercising the squadron in tactics, during the first hour steering NNW¼W and during the remainder of watch steering to the Northward and Eastward.

At end of watch Old Plantation [Flats] lighthouse bore S7°E and New Point Comfort lighthouse S78°W, both bearings true, the ship heading per compass N½E.

Flagship made the following general signals: at 12.40pm V.T.B., V.W.M., V.G.N., V.T.B., V.W.H. and V.G.H.; at 12.55pm telegraphic 4187, 7439, 3841, and general 3811; at 2.11pm 316; at 2.20pm 315; and at 2.25pm V.F.B., V.W.K. and V.F.L.; at 2.30pm 267 and 102; at 2.45pm 67; at 2.50pm V.F.K.; at 3.05pm V.F.B. and V.W.P.; at 3.25pm V.F.L., 102 and 267; at 3.30pm 76.

Signaled flagship at 1.35pm "Have leak in steam pipe to capstan, cannot use capstan

(Continued)


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

for about an hour".

Flagship answered "Can you get your anchor by hand".

Made "Yes, am getting deck tackle ready. Will report when ready".

At 2.00pm flagship signaled "Hoist position pennant when ready to weigh anchor".

At 3.45pm signaled to flagship "Cannot use whistle while making repairs to steam pipe".


4pm to 6pm:

Clear cool and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE and East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Squadron exercising at fleet drill.

At 4.30pm flagship signaled 77, at 4.35pm V.G.H., at 4.40pm 266, at 4.50pm 166.

At 4.40pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" signaled to flagship 4336 and 4338, and signaled by army code "Cannot run dynamo until leaky pipe is repaired".

Flagship answered "How long before pipe will be repaired?"

We answered "About 7.30".

At 5.00pm flagship signaled "We will anchor about sunset".

At 5.45pm flagship signaled V.F.L., at 5.50pm V.F.B., at 5.55pm V.W.H., and at 6.00pm V.F.B.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from East.

At 6.00pm we signaled to the flagship numeral 4350, numeral 4351.

At 6.00pm the flagship signaled international code V.F.B., at 6.05pm V.W.M., at 6.15pm V.G.N., at 6.20pm V.G.D., at 6.25pm V.C.D.

At 6.23pm the squadron anchored, this ship in


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[6pm to 8pm (Continued):]

6½ fathoms, sandy bottom, 45 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Cherrystone light S67°E, Old Plantation Flats light S26°E, York Spit light S66°W, all true, ship's head S5°E (per compass).

At 6.45pm the flagship signaled 2121 and we banked fires.

Dynamo shut down for repairs to steam pipe.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from East.

At 8.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made general signal, "Have steam and heave short by 6am tomorrow".

Then to this vessel "Send guard boat tomorrow at 5.30".

At 10.30pm swung to ebb tide.


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12 April 1893

At sea, cruising, and at anchor in Chesapeake Bay

Lat 37.29, Long -76.08 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, starlight.

Moderate East wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East and ESE.

At 6.40am fleet got under way and exercised during remainder of watch in counter-marching to ascertain helm angles required.

Draft forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet.

At 6.20am the flagship signaled V.G.B., at 6.23am V.G.C., at 6.35am 315, 316, at 6.37am 212, at 6.40am V.G.N., at 6.55am V.H.B., at 6.55am dress signal 6167, at 7.10am 444, at 7.20am "The Charleston's masts are your guide", at 7.22am 444, at 7.40am 444, at 7.30am "Your turn was too [to in log-book] short, do not put your helm over until well on our quarter".


8am to meridian:

Overcast, moderate breeze from ESE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, the divisions were given setting up exercises and the battery was then overhauled.

The squadron formed in column of vessels at 300 yards interval, the U.S.S. "Charleston" leading, was exercised in counter-marching to the right and left to determine full helm angle for turning circle of U.S.S. "Charleston", the angle for this ship was ascertained to be as follows: turning to port, 26° starboard helm; turning to starboard [2]4° port helm.

At 11.45am the squadron anchored, this ship in 7 fathoms, 30 fathoms port chain, hard bottom.

Bearings at anchorage: Cherrystone light S56°E, Old Plantation Flats light S28°E, New Point Comfort light N85°W, all true, ship's head East (per compass).

At 8.18am the flagship signaled "Never mind this ship, speed entirely by guide".

At 8.20am we signaled "Repairs completed".

The following signals were made by flagship during watch: at 8.35am tactical 444; 8.45am tactical 444; 8.50am tactical 443; at 8.57am tactical 444; at 9.25am tactical 443; 9.45am international code V.G.N.; 9.50am V.H.B.; at 9.55am tactical 444; 10.50am tactical 309; 10.55am tactical 444; 10.58am tactical 309; 11.00am tactical 443; 11.12am tactical 425; 11.15am tactical 315; 11.15am tactical 316; 11.20am tactical 116; 11.40am international code V.G.N.; 11.42am V.G.D. (this signal was repeated by the squadron); at 11.50am W.C.D.; at 11.53am general 2121.

Routine signals made by this ship as follows: at 9.30am numeral 10; at noon numeral 222, numeral 10.

Steam 118, vacuum 27, revolutions 82.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp, light rain latter part.

Moderate breezes from SE.

At 12.55pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made telegraphic "Have you any absent", answered "No".

At 1.10pm U.S.S. "Chicago" made "Spread fires", then by wigwag "Hoist position pennant when you have steam".

At 1.25pm V.G.B. and V.G.C., repeated by each ship, and squadron got under way and drilled in obedience to following signals: 315; 180; V.F.B.; V.W.R.; V.F.B.; V.W.K.; V.F.B.; V.W.K.; V.F.B.; V.W.K.; V.F.B.; V.W.K.

At 2.45pm [signal] preparatory 1211, then V.F.B., V.W.K., 829, V.F.L.,

(Continued)


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

132, 267, V.G.N., V.F.K., position U.S.S. "Yorktown".

At 3.15pm position U.S.S. "Yorktown", then V.G.D., which was repeated and the squadron anchored, then followed W.C.D., 2121.

This vessel asked permission to veer to 45 fathoms, which was granted.

At anchor in 7 fathoms water, hard bottom.

Bearings at anchorage: Old Plantation Flats light S19°E, true, and Cherrystone lighthouse S42°E, true, warehouse Cape Charles City S53°E, true, ship's head South.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, threatening weather, light rain, which ceased last hour.

Moderate SE wind.

Flagship made the following general signals at 4.00pm: 104, numeral 7 numeral 8.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, moderate to stiff breeze from SE to SSE.

At 8.15pm the flagship signaled to squadron "Signal standard full helm for Charleston's circles determined today".

We answered "Starboard helm twenty-six degrees, port helm twenty-four".

At 9.20pm the flagship signaled to squadron "Confirm


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by signal revolutions recorded yesterday" and we answered "Starboard 4336, port 4338, also starboard 4350 port 4351".

The flagship signaled to U.S.S. "Charleston" "What is your full helm angle" and the U.S.S. "Charleston" answered 40°.

Ship swinging to ebb tide at end of watch.


At 7.55am deviation of standard compass 2°08' West, ship's head S3°W, error 5°41' West, variation 3°39' West. Afternoon no observation, cloudy weather.


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13 April 1893

At anchor, and maneuvering in Chesapeake Bay

Lat 37.10, Long -76.20 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SE.

Ship riding to ebb tide at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from SSE and South by East.

At 6.00am spread fires.

At 6.55am flagship signaled 6167, at 7.05am V.G.B., at 7.05am VGL, at 7.15am 315, at 7.15am 316, at 7.15am 176m and at 7.30am 829.

At 7.05am called all hands up anchor.

Hove up port anchor, and at 7.15am went ahead on course SW by South per compass, following the motions of the flagship.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 0 inches.

Steam 118, vacuum 27.5, revolutions 72.5.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool and misty.

Gentle breeze from South by East to SW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and afterwards exercised at general quarters, times: 1st Division 3 minutes 5 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes 5 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; Powder Division 2 minutes 0 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 30 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes 10 seconds; Marines 2 minutes 15 seconds.

Secured: 1st Division 3 minutes 15 seconds; 2nd Division 1 minute 50 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 15 seconds; Powder Division 3 minutes 50 seconds; Navigator's Division 0 minutes 50 seconds; Engineer's Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; Marines 0 minutes 30 seconds.

Fleet exercising at counter-marching, changing direction in column, anchoring and getting under way.

At 8.40am flagship made [international code] V.G.N., at 8.51am W.G.D., at 9.00am W.B.F., at 9.03am "Repeat signals", at 9.05am telegraphic 0889, 0835, 6075, 8374, 7243, 9516, 4097, at 9.20am V.G.B., at 9.21am V.G.C., at 9.35am 251, at 10.10am 315, at 10.11am V.G.N., at 10.15am V.G.D., at 10.18am W.B.F., at 10.25am V.G.B., at 10.30am V.G.C., at 11.20am V.F.C., at 11.23am V.W.H., at 11.25am V.F.C., at 11.27am V.W.H., at 11.30am V.F.B., at 11.32am V.W.H., at 11.50am 444.

Made sick and coal reports to flagship U.S.S. "Chicago".

The 1st Squadron, under command of Rear Admiral Benham, was sighted ~~~ of the capes of the Chesapeake at about 11.30am, but the squadron shortly afterwards went right about by vessel and stood out seaward and was lost to sight in the mist.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing shower last hour, gentle breeze from SW by West to SSW.

Squadron standing in for anchorage in Hampton Roads in column.

At 2.55pm this ship anchored 300 yards to the Westward of the flagship in 12 fathoms [water], soft bottom, 55 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Old Point Comfort lighthouse N53°E, Newport New Middle Ground lighthouse S50°W and flagstaff on Rip Raps S60°E, all true, ship's head South by W½ W (per compass).

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 7 inches, aft 16 feet.

Fires were banked.

The following signals were made by the flagship to the squadron: at 2.30pm preparatory 90, and preparatory 233; at 2.48pm tactical 90; at 3.20pm general 1047, and general 2121.

At 3.15pm we wigwagged flagship "How much chain", and she replied "Use your own discretion".

Steam 112, vacuum 27.5, revolutions 72.5.


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4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle breeze to light airs from SSW and SW.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters.

Let fires die out under all boilers, except boiler B.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from South.


At 7.25am deviation standard compass 0°42' West, ship's head S39°W, error 4°21' West, variation 3°39' West.

No observation in afternoon, cloudy and rainy weather.


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14 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with fog first part.

Light airs and breezes from South to SSW.

Riding to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, damp and misty.

Light airs from SW and SSW.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, gentle breeze from SW.

Rear Admiral Walker visited the U.S.S. "Philadelphia", on his departure a salute of 13 guns was fired, he then visited the Russian men-of-war "General-Admiral" and "Rynda", after which he visited this ship, U.S.S. "Charleston", U.S.S. "Concord" and U.S.S. "Vesuvius".

Crew engaged painting smoke pipe, ventilators, davits et cetera, regulation spar color, also touching up outside with white paint.

At 9.30am made numeral 8, at 10.00am numeral 0, and at noon numeral 208, numeral 4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Gentle to fresh breezes from West by South to SW.

Ship swinging at end of watch to flood tide.

Wardroom officers of U.S.S. "Newark" and U.S.S. "Atlanta" visited the Captain and wardroom officers of this vessel.

The Commanding Officer of this vessel paid an official visit to the "Rynda".

The U.S.S. "Cushing" went up to Norfolk about 3.30pm.

The flagship made signal 2984 at 3.30pm and squadron piped down scrubbed clothes.

Painting ship and scrubbing outside.

Received following signals from U.S.S. "Chicago": at 1.30pm telegraphic "Ships requiring coal make requisition immediately, paint mast, spars, ventilators and smokestacks same color as flagship, vessels supplied with old type anchors will sight them every four days"; then by wigwag "Send without delay list of officers of this ship"; by fog whistle "What is your complement", answered 192.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, gentle breeze from SW to SSW.

At 5 o'clock the U.S.S. "Dolphin" came down from Norfolk and anchored to the Northward and Westward of the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

She saluted Rear Admiral Gherardi's flag with 13 guns, which was returned with a salute of 7 guns.

At 6.00pm the U.S.S. "Cushing" came down from Norfolk and anchored on the flats.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, then clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from South by West.

Received following general signal from U.S.S. "Philadelphia": "During remainder of stay here have sufficient exercise at manning yards or rails during morning watches".


At 7.45am deviation of standard compass 0°00', ship's head N52°E, error 3°38' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.25pm deviation of standard compass 0°59' West, ship's head S60°E, error 4°37' West, variation 3°38' West.


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15 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy first hour, clearing somewhat afterwards, squally with occasional lightning to Southward and Westward.

Moderate breeze with stiff squalls from SW to SSW.

Ship riding to wind latter part of watch.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, passing showers third hour and first part of last.

Moderate breeze from SSW.

At 7 o'clock flagship made routine signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy first part, then clearing, with a rain squall second hour.

Moderate to stiff breezes from WNW and NW.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.30am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 0; at 12.00pm numeral 205, numeral 3.

Received following signals from U.S.S. "Philadelphia", telegraphic: "Vessels which have not sent capacity of wardroom for guests will do so immediately"; "Distinguishing flag and lights of Dolphin is numeral 46".

Then international [code] "Uniform for dance this evening, social full dress”.

At 11.30am U.S.S. "Chicago" made signal "Send boat".

At 11.40am U.S.S. "Vesuvius" sent by wigwag "Will you please let us take your steam launch today", answered "Yes, certainly".

By order of Commanding Officer M.H. Harris, Landsman, was given 3 days' extra duty, for pulling galley boy's hair.

By same authority, Private J. Kelly was released from confinement, his term of punishment having expired.

The U.S.S. "Philadelphia" fired a salute of 11 guns about 11.00am.

Commanding Officer of "Rynda" visited this vessel.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 151 pounds of bread, which was 13 pounds short.

Purchased 26 pounds ashore to make up shortage.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate breeze from NW, shifting to stiff breeze from NE by North last hour.

Ship swinging to flood latter part of watch.

Flagship signaled (telegraphic) "Are provisions supplied [to] fleet entirely satisfactory quality and promptness", answered "No".

Flagship then signaled (wigwag) "Send provision boat back to this ship".

At 2.00pm the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Dolphin" paid an official visit on board.

At 3.00pm the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" fired a salute of 17 guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to stiff breezes from ENE to NE.


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8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North.

Barometer rising.

Ship commenced swinging to the ebb at about 10.00pm, and at end of watch was riding between wind and tide.

At 8.30pm flagship signaled "The English squadron sailed from Bermuda Friday. Argentine "Nuevo de Julio" ["Ninth of July" in log-book] left Newcastle April 2nd".


No observations in forenoon, cloudy weather.

At 4.01pm deviation of standard compass 1°41' West, ship's head N62°E, error 5°19' West, variation 3°38' West.


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16 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from NW and NW by North.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Moderate to gentle breezes from North and NNE.

At 7.00am flagship made affirmative 6117, time and dress signal.

An Italian man-of-war was sighted standing in harbor.


8am to meridian:

Clear, fine weather.

Gentle breeze from NNE first half, occasional stiff squalls middle of watch, then wind shifted to East by South and NE.

Ship swung to ebb about 10.30am.

At 9.30am went to quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew, afterwards held general muster.

J.H. Cole, Private Marine, was released from confinement and restored to duty, by order of the Commanding Officer, his term of confinement having expired.

At 8.40am the Italian protected cruiser "Giovanni Bausan" came in and anchored, firing a salute of 21 guns, United States flag at main, the salute being returned by the fort.

She then saluted the Admiral with 15 guns, United States flag at fore, which salute was returned by the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 10.50am the French first-class cruiser "Jean Bart" came in and anchored.

She fired a salute of 21 guns, United States flag at main, which salute was returned by fort.

She then fired a salute of 13 guns, United States flag at fore, which was returned by the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 9.15am flagship signaled 6376, at 9.30am 3837, numeral 10 answer 30, at 10.25am she made telegraphic 1621, 0935, 7846, 9283, 4373, 2713, 6746, 4373, 9281, 6976, 8394.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 5; at 10.00am numeral 0; at noon numeral 202, numeral 3.

The Commanding Officer made an official call on the U.S.S. "Dolphin".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, cool.

Light wind from ENE to East.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from East.

Ship swinging to flood first part of watch.

At 5.00pm the "[Giovanni] Bausan" fired a salute of 5 guns, Italian flag at fore.

The Commanding Officer of the "[Giovanni] Bausan" and the wardroom officers of the "General-Admiral" paid an official visit on board.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, cool.

Moderate wind from ESE to ENE.

Slack water high at 11.00pm.


Error in morning observation.

At 4.48pm deviation standard compass 1°07' West, ship's head N82°30'E, error 4°45' West, variation 3°38' West.


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17 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE and NE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Ship swung to flood in middle of watch.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal geog. 6157.

Received following fresh provisions in Paymaster's Department: 102½ pounds of fresh beef; and 82 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind from NE to North.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Drilled the divisions.

Made out an English squadron of five ships coming up the bay at 8.30am, they anchored abreast the other wing of this fleet, the flagship being abreast of the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief.

The English flagship saluted the American flag with 21 guns, which salute was returned by the fort gun for gun.

The flagship of the Commander-in-Chief and the senior ships of all foreign nations present saluted the English flag with 15 guns, each salute being returned gun for gun.

The Captains of the U.S.S. "Bennington" and the U.S.S. "Bancroft" paid official visits on board.

The Commander-in-Chief and the Commander of this Division paid official visits to the English flagship, the Italian and the French ships.

The flagship made the following signals at 8.55am: general 5606, excluding U.S.S. "Vesuvius".

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 5; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 198, numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate to light breeze from North to South by East.

Received in Steam Engineering Department: 30 pounds brass wire; 15 pounds of copper wire; 26 pounds vermilion paint; 12 air cocks; 12 oil cups; 1 giant chuck; 25 pounds of bolts and nuts; and 1 tee, 3 inch, brass.

At 1.15pm [11.15 in log-book] the "Jean Bart" fired a salute of 7 guns, French flag at the fore.

At 2.25pm the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" fired a salute of 15 guns, English flag at fore, on departure of the English Vice Admiral from that ship.

The English Vice Admiral visited also the U.S.S. "Chicago", the French and Italian ships.

At 3.10pm a Dutch warship, the "Van Speijk", came in and anchored near the Russian flagship, and fired a salute of 21 guns, United States ensign at the main, which salute was returned by fort.

At 3.25pm the Dutch ship fired a salute of 13 guns, United States ensign at fore, which salute was returned by the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 3.30pm the Dutch ship fired a salute of 13 guns, English ensign at the fore, which salute was returned by the H.M.S. "Blake".

The Captain of this ship paid official calls to to the French and Italian ships, and an officer from this ship boarded the Dutch ship, presenting the compliments of the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. fleets.

(Continued)


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

At 12.45pm the flagship made telegraphic signal 2156, 2051, 6360, 4224, 8374, 6746, 0086, 0631, 0699, 6849, 4187 and 155.

U.S.S. "Chicago" made [signal] 1087 to the U.S.S. "Yorktown".

At 3.00pm the flagship made telegraphic signal 8277, 6919, 5962, 4373, 0704.

At 2.00pm flagship made general signal 2984.

At 3.55pm the fort fired a salute of 15 guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from SE to East and ESE.

The French gunboat "Hussard" came in and anchored at western end of foreign line, she was boarded by an officer from this ship, on the part of the Commander-in-Chief.

The Captain of the "Jean Bart" paid an official visit to this ship.

The flagship made the following signals to division at 4.10pm: telegraphic 496, 8374, 0631, 2012, 4284, 4095, 6849, 0935, 4060, 7135, 8126, 0163, 3173; at 5.20pm annulling 5040; at 5.45pm "You will make wardroom calls on the Blake, Magicienne and Tartar, the First Squadron will look out for the Australia and Partridge"; at 7.20pm "Close all bills on Saturday, each ship pays its own bills"; at 7.40pm general 107.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from West.

Fleet exercised with searchlights during first half hour of watch.


At 7.52am deviation standard compass 1°16' West, ship's head N65°E, error 4°54' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.20pm deviation standard compass [0°]52' East, ship's head S20°W, error 2°46' West, variation 3°38' West.


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18 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from West to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light wind from WNW to NW.

Slack water low at 6.30am.

At 6.30am French gunboat "Hussard" got under way and stood up towards Norfolk.

At 6.30am the Admiral's flag was hoisted on the U.S.S. "Newark".

At 6.55am flagship made uniform signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions.

Made sick, coal and absentee reports to flagship.

At 11.00am the H.M.S. "Blake" fired a salute of 11 guns, United States ensign at the fore, at 11.50am the Russian flagship fired a salute of 11 guns, United States ensign at the fore.

The Commanding Officers of the H.M.S. "Magicienne" and H.M.S. "Australia" paid official visits to this ship, and the Commanding Officer of this vessel paid official visits on board many of the foreign ships.

At 9.00am flagship signaled to this ship "Are you prepared to entertain foreign officers at dinner", answered "Yes".

At 10.00am flagship signaled to us "You will entertain officers of the Dutch ship Van Speijk, send invitations".

At 9.30am flagship signaled telegraphic 0879, 8303, 0102, 7363, 6852, 0935, 0793, 9992, 0102, 0889, 2676, 756, 6383.

At 10.15am flagship signaled telegraphic 0102, 4204, 290, 3361, 4930.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from East.

The Commanding Officer of the Dutch man-of-war "Van Speijk" paid an official visit to this ship.

At 3 o'clock the flagship signaled "Send without delay to Chicago organization of landing force. Repeat to other ships".

At 3.05pm flagship telegraphed "Uniform for wardroom dinner social intercourse".

At 3.45pm flagship signaled "Send your steam launch without delay to the Philadelphia".

Received in Paymaster's Department $15,000.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from ESE and SE.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters.

At 6.00pm the German war ships "Kaiserin Augusta" and "Seeadler" came in and anchored near the Russian ships.

The "Kaiserin Augusta" fired a salute of 21 guns, United States ensign at the main, which was returned by the fort on shore, and afterwards fired salutes in honor of the Admirals commanding the American and English fleets, which were returned by the English and American flagships.

At 4.30pm flagship signaled "What officers are detailed for duty in hired tugs for Naval Review duty?", we answered "Ensign Jackson".

At 6.50pm flagship signaled "Wear swords at Admiral's dinner".

(Continued)


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4pm to 8pm (Continued):

The Commanding Officers of the various squadrons and ships dined aboard the U.S.S. "Dolphin" and the wardroom officers were entertained at dinner by the wardrooms of the United States ships.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from SE.

The wardroom officers of this ship entertained at dinner the wardroom officers of the Dutch man-of-war "Van Speijk".


At 7.37am deviation of standard compass 1°59' West, ship's head N57°E, error 5°37' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.22pm deviation of standard compass 0°54' East, ship's head S42°W, error 2°44' West, variation 3°38' West.


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19 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from East to light breezes from SE.

Ship swung to ebb first part, latter part tide running exceptionally strong.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to South.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal 6157.

Received 102½ pounds each of fresh beef and fresh vegetables.

At 6.20am the U.S.S. "Dolphin" got under way and steamed out of the harbor to the Eastward.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, after which the Infantry Company and Artillery Section were drilled.

The following punishments were ordered by the Commanding Officer: C. Stacy, Second-class Fireman, not coming on deck when ordered, monthly money stopped for one month; G. Rodriguez, Coal Passer, not coming on deck when ordered, monthly money stopped for one month; and G. Bowen, Coal Passer, not obeying orders of machinist, two days' extra duty.

At 9.30am the French flagship "Arethuse" ["Aratheuse" in log-book] came in and anchored to Eastward of the "Jean Bart".

On passing the fort, she fired a national salute of [21 guns], with the United States ensign at the main, the salute was returned gun for gun by the fort.

She saluted the English Vice Admiral with 15 guns, this salute was returned by the H.M.S. "Blake".

She also saluted the flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi with 13 guns, this salute was returned by the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

The French Rear Admiral was saluted by the German man-of-war "Kaiserin Augusta", the Russian man-of-war "General-Admiral", the Dutch man-of-war "Van Speijk", the Italian man-of-war "[Giovanni] Bausan" and the French man-of-war "Jean Bart".

Each firing 13 guns, all were returned by the "Arethuse" ["Aratheuse" in log-book] gun for gun, excepting that of the "Jean Bart", which was answered with 3 guns.

The Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Blake" visited this ship.

At 9.30am we made sick report numeral 6, and at 10 o'clock absentee numeral 0.

At 11.00am the flagship wigwagged "Send without delay organization of landing force, called for yesterday".

At noon we made coal report numeral 192, and numeral 3.

The torpedo boat U.S.S. "Cushing" left at 9 o'clock with a number of cutters in tow, to take part in regatta to be held at Norfolk.

The U.S.S. "Detroit" came in and steamed about the fleet first hour of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant weather most of watch, heavy rain squall came up about 3.45pm from SSW.

Light breeze from SW, shifting to SSW last hour and blowing in fresh squalls.

Admirals Benham and Walker visited the German ships officially, and the French Admiral visited the flagships and senior ships.

(Continued)


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the German ships.

The "General-Admiral" fired a salute of 9 guns, Russian flag at fore.

At 1.00pm the flagship signaled 2984, piped down washed clothes.

We wigwagged to U.S.S. "Chicago" "Has Admiral made official visits to the German ships and French Admiral", answered "No, not yet, but is doing so now".

Flagship asked "Have you yet had any duty in connection with landing", answered "Officer on wharf from nine to five yesterday. One officer from Baltimore on same duty, withdrew mine at five".

Flagship signaled (wigwag) "Admiral Walker has not yet visited the French Admiral, will do so tomorrow morning".

Later she signaled "Send immediately list for stores to this ship before the Review per order of Admiral", answered "No stores are urgently needed".

Flagship then signaled "Chicago will take dock duty tomorrow, then Charleston, Yorktown, and Concord and so on in rotation."

C.T. Chase, Paymaster's Yeoman, was sent to U.S.S. "Vesuvius" for transportation to Naval Hospital.

During the squall near end of watch the "Rynda" dragged about a ship's length.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, fresh squall first hour from SSW, then gentle breeze from South.

At 5.00pm the U.S.S. "Vesuvius" got under way and stood up the river for Norfolk.


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At 6.00pm the U.S.S. "Cushing" returned with boats in tow.

At 8 o'clock stopped distiller.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

At 8.30pm the U.S.S. "Vesuvius" came in from Norfolk and anchored nearly in old position.


At 7.53am deviation of standard compass 0°15' East, ship's head S40°E, error 3°23' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.23pm deviation of standard compass 1°26' East, ship's head S57°W, error 2°12' West, variation 3°38' West.


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20 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, cool.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW.

Swung to ebb tide about 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, hazy and rainy.

Gentle SE breeze.

At 7.00am the French cruiser "Hussard" came down from Norfolk and anchored to the Westward of the "Jean Bart".

We showed our colors with the flagship.

Started distiller at 8 o'clock.

At 7.00am the flagship made routine signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light rain first half.

Gentle breeze from SSE, with stiff squalls latter part.

At 8.45am flagship signaled (wigwag) "Send boat to this ship", the whaleboat was accordingly sent.

At 9.00am the U.S.S. "Vesuvius" signaled (wigwag), "We have your hospital cot on board."

At 11.10am the flagship wigwagged "Where is your duty boat, sent around two hours ago", answered "Will send boat immediately".

At 10.00am sighted the Italian flagship "Etna" standing in.

The "[Giovanni] Bausan" saluted her with 13 guns.

At 10.30am she came to anchor on our starboard quarter.

The following salutes were fired: at 10.30am the "Van Speijk", 13 guns, the Italian flag at fore; at 10.35am "Kaiserin Augusta", 13 guns, Italian flag at fore; at 10.40am French flagship "Arethuse", 15 guns, English flag at fore; at 10.45am Italian flagship "Etna", 21 guns, United States flag at main, this salute returned by fort; at 10.50am the "Etna", 13 guns, United States flag at fore, returned by U.S.S. "Philadelphia"; at 10.55am the "Etna", 15 guns, English flag at fore, returned by H.M.S. "Blake"; at 11.05am [10.05am in log-book] the "Etna", 13 guns, French flag at fore, returned by "Arethuse"; at 11.10am "General-Admiral", 13 guns, Italian flag at fore, returned by the "Etna"; at 11.15am the "Etna", 13 guns, Dutch flag at fore; at 11.20am the "Etna", 13 guns, German flag at fore; at 11.25am the "Etna", 13 guns, Russian flag at fore.

Admirals Gherardi, Benham and Walker paid official visits to the French and German ships.

The English Admiral visited the French and German ships.

The Commanding Officer visited the French ships officially, and the wardroom officers visited several of the foreign ships.

The Commanding Officers of the "Arethuse", "Kaiserin Augusta" and "Seeadler", and the wardroom officers of the H.M.S. "Blake" and "Van Speijk", paid official visits on board.

At 11.50am the flagship signaled (wigwag) "Call your duty boat alongside, it need not go to the Charleston".

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 6; at 10.00am numeral 0; and at noon numeral 189, numeral 3.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, light drizzle first part.

Gentle to fresh breezes from South, coming in strong squalls.

At 2.00pm the Italian Admiral visited the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" and U.S.S. "Newark", and on leaving each of these vessels was saluted with 13 guns, Italian flag at fore.

The second salute was returned by Italian flagship "Etna" ["Aetna" in log-book] gun for gun, American flag at fore.

He then visited U.S.S. "Chicago" and H.M.S. "Blake", and finally the "Kaiserin Augusta".

On leaving this ship he was saluted, and "Etna" ["Aetna" in log-book] returned salute as before.

About 3.40pm the French Admiral visited the "General-Admiral".

At 3.30pm U.S.S. "Vesuvius" shifted her berth more to the Eastward.

The Captain of the French ship "Arethuse" visited the Captain of this vessel.

The wardroom officers of the H.M.S. "Blake" paid official visits to wardroom of this vessel, also visit from wardroom officers of U.S.S. "Bennington".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy first part, clearing somewhat latter part.

Gentle breeze with frequent stiff squalls from SSE, shifting to South and SSW.

The French Admiral visited the Italian flagship.

The "Etna" fired a salute of 5 guns.

At 4.20pm the flagship sent a telegraphic signal as follows: 1267, 7362, 9409, 3545, 6860, 9789, 8235, geographical 5685, 4095,


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945, 6313, 629, 4060, 6599, 945, 3637, 6727, 629, 8999.

At 5.20pm she signaled (wigwag) "Send a boat [to] this ship", the launch was accordingly sent.

At 5.40pm mustered at quarters and stationed crew for manning rail.

At 6.30pm stopped distiller, tanks being reported filled.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, with obscure moonlight.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from South to SSW.

At 8.00pm the flagship signaled "Do not wear cocked hats or swords on board the British flagship tonight. Tug Wahneta will go to Norfolk tomorrow morning at 8.~~. In case of bad weather, Captains veer chain, let go second anchor, or get up steam at discretion".

Moon set at 11.45pm.

Swung to flood at about 9.00pm.


am, no observation, cloudy rainy weather.

At 4.20pm deviation of standard compass 1°14' East, ship's head S53°W, error 2°24' West, variation 3°38' West.


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21 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant, clearing weather.

Wind in fresh squalls, moderating in force until latter part, when it became steady and light from WSW.

Slack water high at 1.00am, swung to ebb at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from WSW and SSW.

Exercised crew at manning rail.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal geog. 6157.

Received aboard the following fresh provisions: 102½ pounds of fresh beef; and 82 pounds of fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SW and South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled at infantry.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.

The Captain of French ship "Hussard" called on Commander of this vessel.

The English Admiral and the three American Admirals called on Italian Admiral.

About 10.00am the Spanish squadron, composed of "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book], "Infanta Isabel", flying Rear Admiral's flag, and the "Nueva España", came in towing the three Columbian caravels "Santa Maria", flagship, and the "Pinta" and "Nina".

The fort fired a salute of 21 guns on the arrival of these vessels.

The following salutes were also fired: 13 gun salute to Spanish Rear Admiral by the Dutch and German senior ships; then a 21 gun salute by "Infanta Isabel", American flag at fore, returned by fort; return salutes by "Infanta Isabel" to Dutchman and German; then 13 gun salute to American Rear Admiral, replied to by U.S.S. "Philadelphia"; 15 gun salute to English Vice Admiral, returned by H.M.S. "Blake"; then 13 guns to French Rear Admiral, returned by "Arethuse"; the "General-Admiral" then fired a salute of 13 guns to Spanish Rear Admiral, returned by "Infanta Isabel".

A salute of four or five guns was fired by the "Santa Maria" when she anchored.

This vessel, after being towed well up to the Westward, sailed down through the fleet with all sails set.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind from South to SSW, freshening and blowing a moderate gale in squalls.

Sea rough for boating.

The following salutes were fired: Spanish flagship at noon, 13 guns to Russian flag; at 1.30pm Spanish flagship, 13 guns to Italian flag; at 1.30pm "Kaiserin Augusta", 5 guns; at 1.35pm Italian flagship, 13 guns to Spanish flag; at 2.50pm French flagship, 13 guns to American flag; and at 3.15pm Italian flagship, 13 guns to American flag.

At 2.55pm U.S.S. "Cushing" went to Norfolk.

(Continued)


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

The flagship made the following signals: at 1.10pm general telegraphic 4095, 4629, 2709, 6809, 0935, 1267, 5963, 4409, 3360, 0990, 2243, 9420, and 6691; at 1.30pm general 8243, 0935, 798, 6860, 4, 15, 12, 16, 8, 9, 14, 9420, 106, 9225, 1, 13; at 2.26pm U.S.S. "Yorktown" [distinguishing pennant] 4571, also "Wardroom officers will dine Seeadler's tomorrow evening. Send invitations this afternoon"; at 3.00pm general telegraphic 4204, 1137, 4390, 6702, 9107, 2137, 4204, 0699, 3361; at 3.20pm general telegraphic 6372, 4204, 8239, 3361, 4390, 6702, 9607, 6886, 1380, 2131.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, first part blowing a moderate gale in squalls from SSW, then moderating and hauling to NW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Calm.


At 7.59am deviation standard compass 0°45' East, ship's head S42°W, error 2°53' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.37pm deviation standard compass 0°35' East, ship's head S56°W, error 3°03' West, variation 3°38' West.


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22 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Gentle breeze from NNW until last hour, when it increased to stiff breeze in occasional puffs.

Generally cloudy, with occasional light rain.


4am to 8am:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NW to West.

At 7.00am flagship made affirmative 6157, time and dress signal.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from West.

At 10.30am the U.S.S. "Dolphin", carrying the flag of the Secretary of the Navy, came in and steamed around the harbor and was saluted by the flagships of the various fleets.

The Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of the United States fleets paid their respects on board the U.S.S. "Dolphin".

The Italian flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, United States ensign at the fore, at 11.50am.

At noon the various ships in the harbor fired salutes of 21 guns in honor of the 25th anniversary of the marriage of the King of Italy and as a courtesy to the Italian fleet.

The wardroom officers of the French ship "Hussard" and the Italian ship "Etna" paid official visits on board this ship.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were inflicted: B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, gross carelessness in painting, 1 week's extra duty; S. Larson, Ordinary Seaman, gross carelessness as boat keeper, monthly money stopped for one month.

A. Stevenson, Machinist, reported his term of enlistment expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind in moderate to stiff squalls from West.

The Italian Admiral visited the Spanish flagship, he was saluted on his departure with 13 guns, the salute was returned about ½ hour afterwards by Italian flagship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind light from WNW, then North by West, and last hour ESE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from South to SSE.

The Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of the various ships and squadrons dined with the Secretary of the Navy on board the U.S.S. "Dolphin", and the wardroom officers of the foreign ships recently arrived, were entertained by the officers of the United States wardroom messes.


At 7.45am deviation of standard compass 2°01' East, ship's head S75°W, error 1°37' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.47pm deviation of standard compass 2°04' East, ship's head S90°W, error 1°34' West, variation 3°38' West.


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23 April 1893

At Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.996, Long -76.315


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy first part, clear at close.

Gentle breeze from SSE first half, light breeze from NE at close.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Wind light from North to NE.

At 7.00am Spanish squadron got under way, took the caravels in tow, and stood down the bay.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from NNE and NE.

At 9.30am the Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Made sick, coal, and absentee reports to flagship.

At 9.35am flagship signaled 317 to U.S.S. "Yorktown".

At 10.16am flagship made general signal 3837, numeral 10.30.

At 11.00am U.S.S. "Chicago" wigwagged "Send a boat to this ship".

The Captain of this ship paid an official visit on board the Italian ship "Etna".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, moderate to gentle breeze from NE.

The French Admiral visited the fort, U.S.S. "Newark" and U.S.S. "Charleston", the fort fired a salute of 13 guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally fair, cool and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NE to North.

At 6.30pm the Brazilian squadron came in and fired a salute of 21 guns, United States ensign at the main, which was answered by the fort, afterwards the Brazilian flagship saluted the flag of Admiral Gherardi with 13 guns, which salute was returned by U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 4.25pm flagship made general signal 249, answer 115, numeral 9, 8.


8pm to midnight:

Cool, bright starlight.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

At 8.25pm flagship signaled "Please send report of changes early in morning".


At 7.40am deviation standard compass 2°51' East, ship's head S82°W, error 0°47' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.48pm deviation standard compass 1°42' East, ship's head N14°W, error 1°56, West, variation 3°38' West.


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24 April 1893

At sea, making passage from Hampton Roads to New York

Lat 37.00, Long -76.05 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, brilliant starlight and moonlight.

Light airs from NW, to light breeze from NNW and North.

At 2.50am lighted fires under two after boilers.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

Making preparations for sea.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal 5717.

The U.S.S. "Newark" shifted berth to Eastward end of column of this fleet.

At 8.00am the "Van Speijk" fired a salute of 13 guns, Brazilian flag at fore.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light to gentle breeze from North to ESE.

At 8.15am the Brazilian flagship "Aquidaban" saluted the English Vice Admiral with 15 guns, which was returned gun for gun by the H.M.S. "Blake".

At 8.23am the "Kaiserin Augusta" saluted the Brazilian Rear Admiral with 13 guns.

At 8.25am the "Aquidaban" fired a salute of 15 guns, French flag at the fore, the salute was returned by the French flagship gun for gun.

At 8.35am the "Aquidaban" fired a salute of 13 guns, Italian flag at fore, this salute was returned by the Italian flagship "Etna".

At 8.50am the senior Russian vessel "General-Admiral" fired a salute of 13 guns, Brazilian flag flag at the fore, this salute was returned by "Aquidaban".

At 8.45am we called all hands up anchor, and at 9.45am we got under way, following the U.S.S. "Chicago" at 300 yards' distance.

The ships of the United States fleet forming the port column in the following order, namely U.S.S. "Philadelphia", U.S.S. "Newark", U.S.S. "Atlanta", U.S.S. "San Francisco", U.S.S. "Bancroft", U.S.S. "Bennington", U.S.S. "Baltimore", U.S.S. "Chicago", U.S.S. "Yorktown", U.S.S. "Charleston", U.S.S. "Vesuvius" and U.S.S. "Concord", steamed to the Westward in Hampton Roads to a point nearly opposite Newport News, where the U.S.S. "Dolphin", with the Honorable Secretary of the Navy on board, had taken position and then counter-marched and stood out of the roads, the Dutch man-of war "Van Speijk" and German men-of-war "Kaiserin Augusta" and "Seeadler" falling in as a part of the port column and in the order named.

The starboard column, led by H.B.M.S. "Blake", was formed in the following order: H.B.M.S. "Blake"; H.M.S. "Australia"; H.M.S. "Magicienne"; H.M.S. "Tartar"; "General-Admiral"; "Rynda"; "Arethuse"; "Hussard"; "Jean Bart"; "Etna"; "[Giovanni] Bausan"; "Aquidaban"; "Republica"; and "Tiradentes".

At 8.48am flagship wigwagged "Uniform is overcoats, repeat to Charleston and Concord", at 9.00am general 242, at 9.15am "Do not get under way till signal is hoisted by this ship".

At 9.30am we made numeral 5, at 9.45am the flagship signaled 237, and at 9.55am 444, at 10.00am we made numeral 0, at 10.15am flagship made 277, and at 10.18am numeral 32, at 10.35am she signaled 277, and at 10.45am numeral 20, at 11.45am V.G.J. and V.G.M., at 11.44am V.C.G.

(Continued)


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8am to meridian (Continued):

At noon we made numeral 171 and numeral 7.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

Steam 120, vacuum 27, revolutions 73.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from ESE to East.

Steaming in column, Naval Review formation.

At 1.00pm started fires in A boiler, and at 3.00pm connected up this boiler.

At 2.00pm Cape Charles lightship bore about abeam, ship's head ENE½E (per compass).

At 12.55pm put over patent log, reading 29.6, and took departure, Cape Henry light S59°W, true, Cape Charles light N12°E, true, ship's head ENE½E.

At 2.54pm changed course to NE in obedience to signal from flagship.

Following signals made by U.S.S. "Chicago" during watch: at 12.25pm "Prepare to steam 10 knots, repeat, uniform for officers service dress, crew caps", V.G.M., W.C.Z.; at 1.30pm "How fast are you going. Repeat this to Charleston".

This vessel replied 10.3, U.S.S. "Charleston" 12.

Then received "Signals must be repeated as soon as possible, according to Naval Review program. When steaming in this formation, in anchoring or swinging into line, speed ball must be dropped as in paragraph 2".

At 3.05pm "Look at signal 1215 and see what it says about repeating signals".


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4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Light East wind.

Ships stood on in two columns until 5.30pm, when dispositions were made for the night.

Our own ships forming double column, one distance between the ships and three between the columns.

The English formed to the Eastward, as also Italians, Russians and French, the Dutch and Germans formed a column to the Westward.

At 5.30pm flagship made 437, at 5.37pm V.F.Z., and at 5.45pm 255.

Steam 116, revolutions 94.9, vacuum 26.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

At 6.57pm flagship U.S.S. "Philadelphia" signaled 267, and at 7.25pm she signaled "This ship out of formation".


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, light breeze from East.

At 8.40pm the fleet changed course NNE½E (per compass) in obedience to signal from flagship, patent log [reading] 23.5.

The following signals were made by the flagship "Ask correspondents to state that owing to shore parade, the twenty-eight will not be a visiting day".

Steam 116, revolutions 93.2, vacuum 27.


At 7.29am deviation standard compass 1°22' East, ship's head N73°W, error 2°16' West, variation 3°38' West.

At 4.39pm deviation standard compass 0°12' West, ship's head N45°E, error 4°37' West, variation 4°25' West.


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25 April 1893

At sea, making passage from Hampton Roads to New York

Lat 40.23, Long -73.78


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, with occasional moonlight, damp.

Light breezes from SE.

This vessel in position in port squadron.

Position of the vessels of the fleet same as previous watch, except "Van Speijk" was ahead and U.S.S. "Philadelphia" returned to head of 1st Squadron.

A pilot boat joined the squadron about 7.00am.

Steam 117, vacuum 27, revolutions 90.5.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light wind from SSE to South.

At 6.40am changed course to NE¼E and at 7.05am to NNE½E, in both cases following motions of flagship.

Flagship made the following signals: at 6.55am affirmative 6157; at 7.10am 277; at 7.15am numeral 32; and at 7.57am 266.

Several sails in sight.

Steam 117, vacuum 28, revolutions 89.6.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool and misty.

Gentle to light breeze from SW to NW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised infantry companies.

Made sick, coal and absentee reports to flagship.

Sighted Barnegat lighthouse abeam at 8.30am.

At 8.50am flagship made signal C.D., at 9.50am V.F.B., at 9.55am 267, at 10.00am 316, at 11.30am 76, and at 11.55am 77.

At 9.30am the combined fleets formed in the Naval Review Formation, and remained in that formation throughout the remainder of the watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, thick and rainy weather, light breeze from North by East to North.

At 1 o'clock sighted Argentine cruiser "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book], at 1.15pm she fired a salute of 15 guns, United States ensign at the fore, this salute was returned by the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

At 1.37pm the "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book] saluted the English Vice Admiral with 15 guns, this salute was returned by the H.M.S. "Blake", she saluted the French Rear Admiral and the Italian Rear Admiral, these salutes were returned by the "Arethuse" and "Etna".

At 1.50pm the Dutch man-of-war "Van Speijk" fired a salute of 13 guns, Argentine flag at the fore, the salute was answered by the "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book].

At 1.55pm changed course to NW¾W, patent log [reading] 87.9.

At 2.00pm the Russian man-of-war "General-Admiral" fired a salute of 13 guns, Argentine flag at the fore, this salute was answered by the "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book].

At 2.25pm passed Sandy Hook lightship, and at 3 o'clock entered main ship channel.

At 3.30pm the H.M.S. "Blake" fired a salute of 15 guns, Russian ensign at the fore, this salute was returned by the Russian flagship "Dimitri Donskoi", which was sighted at anchor in Lower Bay.

The following signals were made during watch by our ship: at 12.20pm numeral 2047 and numeral 2024; and at 12.53pm the following was received from U.S.S. "Charleston": "To Chicago, shall Concord fire a gun when rear vessel, when column anchors", this was repeated and the U.S.S. "Chicago" answered at 1.10pm "To Concord, Yes if Naval Review program is followed".

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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

At 1 o'clock the flagship signaled "Pipe down washed clothes, repeat to others".

At 1.25pm the flagship signaled "Haul down your signal".

At 1.25pm tactical 825, at 1.28pm tactical 251 and 256, at 1.50pm tactical 255, at 1.53pm tactical 277, at 3.45pm tactical 216 and 315, and at 3.50pm tactical 232.

At 3.55pm called all hands bring ship to anchor.

Steam 117, vacuum 27, revolutions 76.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with drizzling rain first part, then foggy, calm.

At 4.25pm let go port anchor in 12½ fathoms of water, soft muddy bottom, and veered to 45 fathoms inside hawse pipe.

Angle between Hoffman Island and Fort Wadsworth 118°42', between Fort Wadsworth and Coney Island [Cooney Island in log-book] lighthouse 127°, ship's head NW by North (per compass).

Draft forward 11 feet 9 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

Following salutes were fired: at 4.50pm "Van Speijk" to port 21 guns, returned by fort; at 5.00pm "Kaiserin Augusta" to port 21 guns, returned by fort; at 5.10pm "Van Speijk" to Russian Vice Admiral 15 guns, Russian flag at fore; at 5.26pm "Aquidaban" to Russian Vice Admiral, Russian flag a fore; at 5.35pm fort fired a salute of 21 guns; at 5.40pm salute of 21 guns from fort, at 5.32pm "Kaiserin Augusta" fired 13 guns to Argentine Rear Admiral; at 5.45pm "Dimitri Donskoi" returned salute of Brazilian and Italian flagships gun for gun; at 4.10pm French flagship to Russian Vice Admiral 15 guns, answered by Russian [flagship] gun for gun; at 4.30pm French flagship to port 21 guns, answered by fort; at 4.25pm English


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flagship to port 21 guns, answered by fort.

At 4.15pm U.S.S. "Chicago" signaled "See that you anchor on proper line of bearing, as indicated on chart", at 4.35pm 2121, in obedience to which this vessel banked fires.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, hazy over the water.

Calm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool and damp.

Calm until last half hour, then light airs from NNE.


No observation for compass deviation, cloudy weather.


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26 April 1893

At anchor in Lower Bay and North River, [off 59th Street,] New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Wind in moderate squalls from North to NE.

Ship riding between wind and tide last half of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NNE, moderating to gentle breezes last hour.

At 7.00am flagship made [signal] affirmative 6117.

Spanish squadron stood down to their anchorage astern of Italian, and saluted Russian, Brazilian and Argentine Admirals, the first with 15, the others with 13 guns each.

These salutes were returned gun for gun.

At 7.05am flagship made [signal] affirmative 5118.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather.

Moderate NE wind.

Tide running ebb.

At 8.45am tried steam whistles.

At 9.06am called all hands up anchor and hove in to 30 fathoms.

At 9.15am got under way and stood up the channel, following in the wake of the U.S.S. "Chicago", at 300 yards, all the ships of the fleet, having weighed, and stood up in two columns, Naval Review Formation, through the Narrows and up the Hudson River.

At 11.57am dropped the starboard anchor in obedience to preconcerted signal, the firing of a gun on the U.S.S. "Chicago", but not having exactly secured the position assigned for the Review, it was weighed immediately.

Flagship made the following signals: at 8.20am "Uniform is overcoats. Repeat"; at 9.06am V.G.B.; at 9.15am V.G.C.; at 9.55am 3212; at 11.25am V.G.D.; and at 11.55am L.F.S.

Repeated to U.S.S. "Charleston" the signal at 8.20am, and at 9.30am made to the flagship numeral 9.

Ship's draft forward: 11 feet 8 inches, aft 15 feet 11 inches.

During progress from anchorage to anchorage, the watertight doors were so far as practicable kept closed in accordance with the special orders for the day.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from East by North and South.

Moored ship 45 fathoms each chain, starboard anchor up stream.

At 2.30pm the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" fired a salute of 13 guns, Argentine flag at fore.

At 2.45pm the H.M.S. "Blake" fired a salute of 13 guns, no flag visible.

At 3.00pm the Argentine flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, American flag at fore, and then 13 guns, British flag at fore.

At 3.00pm the Russian flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, Argentine flag at the fore, which was returned by the Argentine flagship.

At 3.30pm the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" fired a salute of 15 guns, no flag visible.

At 3.30pm the French flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, Argentine flag at the fore, which was returned by the Argentine [flagship].

The Brazilian flagship fired a salute of 9 guns at 3.40pm, Brazilian flag at fore.

At 1.02pm this ship wigwagged to U.S.S. "Charleston"

(Continued)


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

"I am going to move up a little".

At 12.25pm flagship signaled "Pass along, communication allowed with the shore".

Repeated this to U.S.S. "Charleston".

At 3.20pm U.S.S. "Chicago" wigwagged "The uniform tonight and tomorrow night will be full dress and cocked hats and swords, pass along".

Repeated this signal to U.S.S. "Charleston".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from South.

The Argentine Rear Admiral visited the U.S.S. "Chicago", and on his departure he was saluted with 13 guns, the salute was returned by the "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book], he also visited the Senior Officers of the foreign squadrons, a salute of 13 guns each was fired on his departure, thee salutes were returned by the "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book].

By order of Commanding Officer J. Bowen, Coal Passer, was given two days' solitary confinement [on] bread and water, for disorderly shouting in the gangway.


8pm to midnight:

Light to gentle breezes from SE by South.

Ship swung to ebb at 9.30pm.

Partially cloudy and cold.


At 7.35am deviation of standard compass 0°47' East, ship's head N6°E, error 7°38' West, variation 8°25' West.

At 4.14pm deviation of standard compass 0°53' West, ship's head S36°W, error 9°18' West, variation 8°25' West.


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27 April 1893

At anchor in North River, [off 59th Street,] New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Commences until 4am:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain from 2.30am to 3.30am.

Light SE breezes.

Slack water low at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from ESE.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal 6157.

At 7.30am flagship wigwagged "In case of rain at 8 o'clock dress ship with masthead flags. Be ready to dress rainbow style in case it clears".


8am to meridian:

Thick, rainy weather.

Gentle breeze from SE to East.

At 10.00am dressed ship rainbow fashion.

At 9.30am signaled numeral 10, and at 10.00am numeral 0.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, raining first hour.

Gentle breeze from ENE and NE.

At 12.30pm U.S.S. "Chicago" signaled "Send boat", the whaleboat was accordingly sent.

At 1.33pm the first gun was fired from the U.S.S. "Miantonomoh" and the U.S.S. "Dolphin", bearing the flags of the Secretary of the Navy and the President of United States, steamed slowly up the river between the columns.

She was saluted by each vessel with 21 guns, yards and rail manned, guard paraded, and officers in special full dress.

At 2.30pm she reached head of columns and the Flag and Commanding Officers made an official call on the President.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, damp and foggy.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

At 4.45pm the President left the U.S.S. "Dolphin" and his flag was hauled down, each ship manning yards and firing a salute of 21 guns.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Bowen, Coal Passer, was released from confinement and restored to duty.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy.

Light NE wind.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, damp and misty.

Light airs from NE and North, shifting last hour to NNW.

The United States fleet exercised with searchlights and signals between 8.00pm and 9.00pm.

The English squadron, the French ship "Jean Bart", the German ship "Kaiserin Augusta" and the Spanish ship "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book] were dressed with incandescent lights.


Cloudy weather, no observation for deviation of compasses.


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28 April 1893

At North River, [off 59th Street,] New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Commences until 4am:

Commenced cloudy, clear at close, light airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

First part clear and pleasant, foggy after 5.30am.

Calm.

Barometer rising.

At 7.45am sent landing party to U.S.S. "Chicago".


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SSW and SW.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SW.

At 2.30pm one squad of landing party returned and at 3.30pm the remainder.

The Russian flagship fired a salute of 15 guns, German flag at fore.

A. Stevenson, Machinist, was this day discharged from this vessel and the United States Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW.

At 6.00pm flagship signaled "Liberty granted all night, except San Francisco and Charleston, pass along".

The Brazilian and Argentine flagships fired salutes of 15 guns, English ensign at the fore.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW by West to SW.


At 8.11am deviation of standard compass 0°13' West, ship's head S36°W, error 8°38' West, variation 8°25' West.

At 4.41pm deviation of standard compass 0°37' West, ship's head S27°W, error 9°02' West, variation 8°25' West.


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29 April 1893

At North River, [off 59th Street,] New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Midnight to 4am:

Fair first part, overcast, cloudy and drizzling latter part.

Light airs and breezes from WSW and SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, damp and foggy.

Light airs from SW, NE and NNE.

At 7.00am flagship made dress signal 6157.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NE.

The "Aquidaban" fired a salute of 13 guns, United States ensign at the fore.

The U.S.S. "Philadelphia" fired a salute of 11 guns.

The following punishments were ordered by the Commanding Officer, namely: R.W. Bell, Coal Passer, refusing to turn out when called, solitary confinement on bread and water for four days; A. Olsen, Coxswain, fighting, 4 days' double irons; J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman, fighting, no liberty 1 month; E. Cook, Second-class Apprentice, interfering with man at work, 5 hours' extra duty; R.E.L. Garcine, Equipment Yeoman, very slow in obeying orders, liberty stopped for two weeks.

The Commanding Officer paid official visits to the Russian and Argentine flagships.

The following men are absent overstaying leave since 8.45am this morning, namely: W. Gilchrist, Coxswain, R. Nugent, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class.

At 9.30am made [signal] numeral 6, at 10.00am numeral 3, and at noon numeral 119, numeral 4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from NE.

At 1.15pm the Russian flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, Brazilian flag at fore.

During watch Admirals Gherardi and Benham and the French and Brazilian Admirals made official calls on several of the foreign vessels.

The Commanding Officers of the "Nueva España", the "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book], the "Santa Maria" and the "Nuevo de Julio" ["9th of July" in log-book] made official calls on this vessel.

The U.S.S. "Cushing" and U.S.S. "Stiletto" were under way most of watch.

At 3.45pm the U.S.S. "Enterprise" passed down the river.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs to light breeze from NE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy last hour.

Calm.


Cloudy weather, no observations for compass deviations.


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30 April 1893

At anchor in North River, [off 59th Street,] New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp till last hour, when partially clear.

Light airs from NE.

A large fire on the Jersey shore about 2 miles down the river.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NE by North.

At 7.00am flagship signaled uniform 6117, afterwards she wigwagged "Overcoats will be worn, pass along the line".


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from NE, shifting to East by South the second hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 9.55am flagship signaled 3837 and numeral 10 answer 30.

At 10.20am she signaled 2373, sent steam launch.

The Brazilian Admiral called upon our Admiral officially.

Made following routine signals: at 9.30am numeral 8; at 10.00am numeral 5; and at noon numeral 114 and numeral 4.

Absentees at noon: W.E. Gilchrist, Coxswain, B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate Third-class, A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Murray, Corporal Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from SE, hauling to SW.

The "Aquidaban" fired a salute of 13 guns, Brazilian flag at fore.

At 3.00pm the Russian Vice Admiral paid official visits to Spanish flagship and subsequently to the Brazilian flagship, on leaving the latter vessel, he was saluted with 15 guns, Russian flag at fore.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Wigwag signal at 2.00pm from U.S.S. "Chicago" "Last message was fresh water will be purchased by paymaster".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SW and South.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, drizzling rain last hour.

Light breezes from SE.

W.E. Gilchrist, Coxswain, returned on board 37 hours over time.


Forenoon weather cloudy, no observations for compass deviation.

Error in afternoon observations.


Approved: [signed] Frank Wildes, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR MAY 1893


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1 May 1893

At anchor off 59th Street, [North River] New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Midnight to 4am:

Raining, showery, accompanied by thunder and lightning last half of watch.

Light wind from ENE to East.

Tide running ebb.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy, heavy showers second hour, occasional thunder first part of watch.

Light Easterly and NE to ENE airs.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal geog. 6157, and at 7.50am she signaled (wigwag) "Uniform is overcoats".


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with heavy mist.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NE to ENE.

At 9.30am inspected crew at quarters and exercised divisions.

Following men absent without leave: B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate Third-class, A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman.

J. Murray, Corporal Marine, returned on board 24 hours over time.

Made routine signals at 9.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, damp and cool.

Wind from NE, freshening.

Another Italian man-of-war came in and anchored abreast the squadron, she saluted the Italian Admiral with 13 guns.

By order of the Captain F.S. Kirk, Apprentice, was placed under charge of sentry, while his report for insubordination is under consideration.

The Argentine Admiral visited the ship and declined salute.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to gentle breezes from ENE and East.

Returned catamaran to U.S.S. "Chicago".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light passing showers.

Moderate wind from East to NE.


Cloudy weather, no observations for compass deviation.


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2 May 1893

At anchor off 59th Street, North River, New York

Lat 40.775, Long -73.998


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and drizzling.

Moderate breeze to light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, cool.

Calm first part, then light breezes from NNE.

At 5.30am made [signal] interrogatory 6183 and U.S.S. "Chicago" answered in affirmative.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Philadelphia" made affirmative 6159, time and dress signal.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, clearing weather.

Airs from South to SW.

At 9.30am inspected crew at quarters, the following men absent over time: B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate Third-class, A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman.

Exercised the divisions.

The Russian Admiral visited the ship and declined salute.

The Captain made the following official visits: to the caravel "Santa Maria"; the Spanish "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book]; the Italian "Dogali"; the Brazilian "Aquidaban", "Tiradentes" and "Republica"; and U.S.S. "Miantonomoh".

Made the following signals to flagship: at 9.30am numeral 8; at 10.00am numeral 3; and at noon numeral 104, numeral 5.

The flagship made signals as follows; at 11.30am to U.S.S. "Charleston", U.S.S. "Concord" and U.S.S. "Yorktown" 3093; at 11.35am to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 2373; and at 11.40am by wigwag to this ship "Please repeat our signal to Concord by wigwag", the latter being repeated as requested.

Eighty-two loaves of bread were sent off in the 10.30am boat, for which the coxswain signed on a baker's list, but at the request of the paymaster it was returned and placed on the dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and misty.

Light airs from SW.

At 2.00pm flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" signaled "Uniform for theater tonight is special full dress, striped trousers".

At 2.30pm flagship U.S.S. "Philadelphia" signaled 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light wind from South.

Slack water low at 6.00pm, swung to flood at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light breeze from South.


No observations for compass deviation, cloudy weather.


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3 May 1893

At anchor off 59th Street, North River, and moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, misty, rainy last half of watch.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with drizzling rain first and last hours.

Light wind from East to ENE.

At 6.55am flagship made signal 6157.

Tide running ebb.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and drizzling.

Gentle to stiff breeze from East by North to ENE.

Received 102½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables, and 82 pounds of bread.

Made sick and absentee reports to flagship.

At 10.30am made [signal] interrogatory 4890, flagship answered and made affirmative.

Unmoored and got under way and stood down North River, towards Navy Yard.

A copy of specification, preferred by Commander Frank Wildes, U.S. Navy, against F.S. Kirk, Ship's Apprentice First-class, was delivered to him, and by order of the Commanding Officer he was placed under sentry's charge, to await trial by Summary Court Martial.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from East.

At 12.30pm secured ship alongside of Cob Dock, Navy Yard, exchanging numbers with U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from East.

B. Nugent, Gunner's Mate, returned on board 107 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy, squally from East last part.

Gentle breeze from NE first half.

Private W. Caulfield, U.S. Marine Corps, is absent from the ship without leave.


Cloudy weather, no observations for deviation of compasses.


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4 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining heavily most of watch, with lightning second hour.

Gentle to light breezes from East, with frequent stiff squalls first part.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from East and SE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy and squally from WNW to NW.

At 9.45am a Summary Court Martial met for the trial of F.S. Kirk, Seaman Apprentice First-class, and at 11.30am the Court adjourned.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 6 machinists and 4 helpers, Engineer's Department.

Received 72 pounds of fresh bread, for the use of crew.

Absentees: A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, E. Packard, Oiler, and W. Caulfield, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and squally from West, raining first hour.

H. Beerman, Third-class Apprentice, was this day discharged from the Naval Service by reason of his own request and by order of the Bureau of Navigation.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 10 machinists and 4 helpers.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally from West.

S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 107 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy first half, clearing latter part.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SW, with frequent fresh squalls, moderating somewhat towards end of watch.


Cloudy weather, no observations for deviation of compasses.


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5 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from SW.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

At 7 o'clock the U.S.S. "Bennington" passed the yard, standing to the Eastward.

At 5.30am loosed sails to dry.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Aired bedding.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, exercised divisions at setting up, and overhauled battery.

The U.S.S. "Fortune" came out of the dry dock and the "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book] went into dock.

The following yard workmen were aboard during the watch in the Engineer's Department: 10 machinists, 3 helpers; 1 steam fitter; and 1 machinist in Construction [Department].

A Board of Survey in the Engineer's Department, of which Passed Assistant Engineer E.T. Warburton, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met on board.

Received on board the following stores in Ordnance Department: 35 yards canvas number 5; 20 yards lining for breech covers 6-inch breech loading rifle; 2 thermometers; 1 bench vise; 1 set drills; 3 square feet sheet brass; 1 hammer, small; 1 belt punch; 1 oilstone; 1 small chuck; 1 Torx [head] screwdriver; 1 pair pliers; 3 dozen steel screws.

J.H. Cole, Private Marine, returned aboard 3 hours over time.

Absentees at noon as follows: A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, E. Packard, Oiler, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, J.E. Cooke, Apprentice, and J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Navy Yard workmen aboard as before.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Gentle to light breeze from WSW.

At 5.30pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, rainy weather, with lightning to Westward.

Light airs and breezes from WSW to South by West.

J. Bowen, Coal Passer, and M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, absent from ship without leave.


At 7.45am deviation of standard compass 0°14' East, ship's head S34°E, error 7°46' West, variation 8°00' West.

At 5.00pm deviation of standard compass 1°02' West, ship's head S33°E, error 9°02' West, variation 8°00' West.


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6 May 1893

At Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Raining first hour, then clearing, with moonlight.

Light NW wind.

A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, returned on board 161 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs from NW.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 95 pounds of fresh beef; and 95 pounds of fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Partially clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from NW.

At about 10.00am shifted berth, mooring alongside of U.S.S. "Terror".

J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, could not be found on board after a thorough search, he had no authority to leave the ship.

The following punishments were awarded by order of Commanding Officer: N. Allen, Seaman, returning from boat duty drunk, money stopped for three months; R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, inattention to duty, extra duty for 4 days, and no liberty till extra duty is done.

Sent official signal to U.S.S. "San Francisco" "The Board of Survey on Exempt Equipment will be over at 11.00am", and later "The Board of Survey will not be over today".

The U.S.S. "Cushing" left the yard.

10 machinists, 4 helpers, 1 steam fitter, 2 plumbers, 1 shipfitter and 1 carpenter at work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from WSW.

P. Dwyer, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, was brought on board by Marines from the yard, drunk, he having been sent in the yard on duty.

He was placed under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer.

Same workmen as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially clear and cool.

Gentle breezes from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, moonlight.

Light wind from NW by North and NW.

Lieutenant C.J. Boush left the ship on leave of absence for one week.


At 7.44am deviation standard compass 0°56' West, ship's head S33°E, error 8°56' West, variation 8°00' West.

No observations in afternoon, ship alongside of monitor.


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7 May 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW by West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds of fresh meat; 106 pounds of vegetables; and 155 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Light NE airs.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

The following men absent without leave: E. Packard, Oiler, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, J.E. Cooke, Apprentice, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Patterson, First-class Fireman, N. Ozard, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, H. Hill, Coal Passer, J. Sharp, Seaman, J. Buckley, First-class Fireman, M. O'Neil, Coal Passer, Ah Hoy, Landsman, D. Bradley, Private Marine, C. Rushlow, Private Marine, and J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, the last named having been found to have absented himself from the ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather.

Light wind from North to NNE.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

N. Ozard, Landsman, returned on board 30 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Light NE wind.

Fair weather.

J. Sharp, Seaman, returned on board 9½ hours over time.

Paymaster's Clerk G.H. Grendle returned from leave of absence.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Calm first hour afterwards light airs from SW.

J.J. Patterson, First-class Fireman, returned on board 37½ hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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8 May 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light breezes and airs from SW first part, shifting to NW last hour.

M. O'Neil, Coal Heaver, returned aboard 17 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Airs from NNE last half of watch.

Man over time returned: F. Buckley, First-class Fireman, 23 hours.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, E. Packard, Oiler, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, J.E. Cooke, Second-class Apprentice, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, H. Hill, Coal Passer, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, D. Bradley, Private Marine, C. Rushlow, Private Marine, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, F. Rushman, Oiler, W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, and F.J. Horn, Mess Attendant.

Employed on board in Steam Engineering Department: 10 machinists; 1 driller, and 3 helpers; in Construction Department: 4 plumbers; and 3 carpenters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from West.

Employed on board in Steam Engineering Department: 10 machinists; 1 driller and 3 helpers; and in Construction Department: 4 plumbers; and 3 carpenters.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from West.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters, and afterwards called all hands to muster and read proceedings and findings of Summary Court Martial in the case of F.S. Kirk, Apprentice First-class.

Court sentenced Kirk to 15 days' solitary confinement and loss of pay during that time, and the Commanding Officer mitigated the punishment to 10 days' confinement with no loss of pay.

Confined Kirk in accordance with sentence as mitigated.

H. Hill, Coal Passer, and J.J. Welch returned on board.

Absentees otherwise same as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather.

Light breeze from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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9 May 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and West.

Private Rushlow returned on board 48 hours over time.

R.J. Cooney, Seaman, found to be missing from ship.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up drill.

Shut down dynamo for a short time while repairs were being made on steam pipe.

R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, was placed in double irons by order of the Commanding Officer, for striking a petty officer.

Turned into storehouse the following Ordnance stores: 6 200-pound powder tanks; 116 cylindrical powder tanks, 6-inch breech loading rifle; 16 chests for Hotchkiss shells; 5000 empty cartridge cases, caliber .45.

Sending old condemned condenser tubes ashore.

The following Navy Yard workmen were aboard during forenoon: 10 machinists, 3 helpers; 2 painters; 2 plumbers; 1 steam fitter; 2 sailmakers.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman, returned on board 1 hour over time.

List of absentees at noon, as follows: E. Packard, Oiler, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, D. Bradley, Private Marine, O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, F. Rushman, Oiler, W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, D. Bolger, Blacksmith, J. Fagan, Second-class Fireman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, R.J. Cooney, Seaman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, and J.E. Cooke, Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SW.

Navy Yard workmen aboard as before.

C.A. Carlsen, Shipwright, had his monthly money stopped for three months by order of Commanding Officer, for receiving liquor aboard ship.

A. McLean, Seaman, was released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.

Received on board in tanks 1500 gallons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SW and South.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from SW.

D. Bradley, Private Marine, returned on board 61 hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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10 May 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Airs from SW to West.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light breeze from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department following fresh provisions: 76¼ pounds beef; 64 pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: J.E. Cooke, Apprentice, E. Packard, Dynamo Oiler, W. Caulfield, Private Marine, A. Joseph, Coal Passer, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, F. Rushman, Oiler, W. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, D. Bolger, Blacksmith, J. Fagan, Second-class Fireman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, R.J. Cooney, Seaman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, F.H. Kinnier, Apprentice, William Waite, Apprentice, J. Sullivan, Coal Passer, P. Joyce, Oiler, and A. Hasler, Apprentice.

J. Sullivan, Coal Passer, and J. Fagan, Second-class Fireman, returned on board subsequently, the former 3 hours and the latter 28 hours over time.

Broke out the cofferdams and dried them out.

The French Rear Admiral paid an official visit in the yard.

The following Navy Yard workmen on board: 10 machinists, 3 helpers; 2 shipwrights; 2 plumbers; 2 painters; 2 dynamo machinists; 1 steam fitter.

Sent steam cutter up to boat shop to be overhauled.

Sent part of crank shaft and flywheel of one dynamo engine to shop.

Put old evaporator on the dock.

Sent Corporal Moore and C.A. Carlson, Shipwright, to office of Captain of Yard that charges against fireman employed in yard might be investigated.

The charge being smuggling liquor on board this vessel.

Several men granted furlough.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from West.

At 3.00pm a salute was fired from U.S.S. "Vermont", 13 guns, Italian flag at fore, in honor of Italian Rear Admiral who visited the yard.

A Board of Survey in electrical branch of Equipment [Department] met on board.

Navy Yard workmen same as previous watch, except no painters and one additional steam fitter.

William Waite, Second-class Apprentice, returned on board 5½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SW.

P. Dwyer, Landsman, left ship without permission and returned on board about 7.15pm under influence of liquor and was placed under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer.


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8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from West.

J.E. Cooke, Apprentice, returned on board 135 hours over time.

R.J. Cooney, Seaman, and M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, returned on board from French leave, and by order of Commanding Officer were placed under sentry's charge for safe [save in log-book] keeping.

J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, returned from liberty drunk, and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge for save keeping.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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11 May 1893

Moored to monitor [U.S.S. "Terror"], Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, light haze.

Light breezes from West and WSW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 59 pounds of bread; 74 pounds of meat; and 74 pounds vegetables.

A. Hasler, Seaman Apprentice First-class, returned on board 22 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from West.

The following workmen from the yard employed on board: 2 carpenters; 10 machinists with 3 helpers; 2 dynamo machinists; 2 plumbers; 2 shipfitters; 1 electrician testing dynamo.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, the following men absent over time: E. Packard, Oiler, M. Caulfield, Private Marine, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, F. Rushman, Oiler, W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, D. Bolger, Blacksmith, M.H. Harris, Landsman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, F.H. Kinnier, Apprentice, P. Joyce, Oiler, M. Noonan, Private Marine, J. Ashton, Water Tender, and Tomo Yamada [Tomado in log-book], Mess Attendant.

The Commanding Officer assigned the following punishments: J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, monthly money stopped for three months, for returning drunk from liberty with a bottle of liquor; J. Dalzell, Ordinary Seaman, beer stopped for two weeks and monthly money for one month, for drawing a bottle of beer and giving it to another.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light SW airs.

Specifications of offenses were given to P. Dwyer, Landsman, M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, and R.J. Cooney, Seaman, who are to be tried by Summary Court Martial.

A Board surveyed articles in Equipment Department.

Sent a cutter with racing crew and whaleboat with spectators from the crew to the squadron lying in North River, in tow of U.S.S. "Nina", for the Herald races to take place this afternoon.

The following workmen were employed on board: 10 machinists with 3 helpers; 4 plumbers; 3 shipfitters with 1 helper; and 2 carpenters.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light airs from SW and SSW.

First cutter and whaleboat returned.

Paymaster Martin left ship on leave of absence for two weeks.

Lieutenant Kennedy returned from Washington.

At 5.40pm mustered at quarters, absentees as at 9.30am.


8pm to Midnight.

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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12 May 1893

Moored to monitor [U.S.S. "Terror"], Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from SW to West.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather, calm.

P. Joyce, Oiler, 46½ hours over time, and J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, 95½ hours over time, returned on board.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from South and SE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions.

A Summary Court Martial met on board for the trial of R.J. Cooney, Seaman, and such other persons, as may be legally be brought before it.

O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, returned 99½ hours over time.

Employed in Steam Engineering Department: 10 machinists and 1 helper; in Construction [Department]: 4 shipfitters; 4 plumbers; and 5 carpenters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

The Summary Court Martial adjourned to await the action of the Revising Authority.

Employed in Steam Engineering Department: 10 machinists and 1 helper; and in Construction [Department]: 4 shipfitters; 4 plumbers; and 5 carpenters.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

D. Bolger, Blacksmith, returned 84 hours over time and F.H. Kinnier, Apprentice, 72 hours over time.

The U.S.S. "Bancroft" came in and secured alongside of U.S.S. "Terror", and the Spanish man-of-war "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book] came out of dry dock and secured alongside the coal dock.

Lieutenant Conway left the ship on a week's leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE and East.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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13 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy and damp.

Light airs from East and NNE.

A. Josephs, Coal Passer, returned on board 185 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining latter half.

Light airs and breeze from NNE.

Received 65 pounds of bread in Paymaster's Department.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department following fresh provisions: 81¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Got out bow and quarter springs and took in steel hawser.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 10 machinists 3, helpers; 4 carpenters; 4 plumbers; 4 shipfitters; 2 electricians; and 1 draughtsman in Construction [Department].

Absentees at noon as follows: E. Packard, Oiler, J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, M.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, J. Ashton, Water Tender, M. Doran, Seaman, F. Rushman, Oiler, and M. Clancey, First-class Fireman.

The following named men were this day declared deserters from this vessel and from the United States Naval Service: W. Caulfield, Private Marine, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, and Tomo Yamada, Mess Attendant.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling most of watch.

Gentle to light breeze from NE.

Received on board in tanks 1800 gallons fresh water.

Navy Yard workmen aboard as before.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling.

Light breeze from NE.

Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, returned on board 154 hours over time.

At 4.30pm the U.S.S. "Bancroft" signaled (wigwag) "To Commanding Officer, Ensign J.H. Reid is on Board of Survey, which meets on the San Francisco Monday morning at 9.45am".

E. Packard, Dynamo Oiler, returned on board 228 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, cool.

Light variable airs, calm second hour.


7.25am deviation standard compass 1°08' West, ship's head S69°E, error 9°08' West, variation 8°00' West.

4.00pm deviation standard compass 1°08' West, ship's head S69°E, error 9°08' West, variation 8°00' West.


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14 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp.

Calm.

M. Clancey, First-class Fireman, returned on board 37½ hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from SE.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 86 pounds each of fresh beef and fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp, partially clear last hour.

Light airs from ESE and SE.

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

Following men absent without leave: J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, J. Ashton, Water Tender, M. Doran, Seaman, F. Rushman, Oiler, and V. Frederickson, Coxswain.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, was released from confinement, his term of punishment having expired.

Sent liberty party ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy and damp.

Light breeze from SE.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs and breezes from SE, backing to East and NE.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant, clearing weather.

Light airs and calm.


7.30am deviation standard compass 1°08' West, ship's head S69°E, error 9°08' West, variation 8°00' West.

4.30pm deviation standard compass 0°08' West, ship's head S69°E, error 8°08' West, variation 8°00' West.


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15 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy first half, afterwards fair.

Light airs from West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, damp.

Light airs and breezes from West.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from West to NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, the following men absent without leave: E. Baker, Landsman, J. Bowen, Coal Passer, M.J. Sweeney, Private Marine, J. Paul, Second-class Fireman, W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, J. Ashton, Water Tender, M. Doran, Seaman, F. Rushman, Oiler, C.D. Carl, Apprentice, and M. Gleason, Boiler Maker.

J. Fitzpatrick, First-class Fireman, was declared a deserter from this day by the Commanding Officer.

F. Rushman, Oiler, returned on board 170 hours over time.

The following workmen from the yard employed on board: 10 machinists with 1 helper; 4 shipfitters; 4 plumbers; and 2 carpenters.

Overhauled battery.

Italian cruiser "Giovanni Bausan" came to the yard at 8.45am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Airs from WSW.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

The following workmen from the yard employed on board: 10 machinists with 1 helper; 4 plumbers; and 2 carpenters.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, warm.

At 5.40pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp, drizzling lightly at intervals.

Light airs from WSW and North.


7.30am deviation standard compass 1°08' West, ship's head S69°E, error 9°08' West, variation 8°00' West.

4.50pm deviation standard compass 2°42' West, ship's head S69°E, error 10°42' West, variation 8°00' West.


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16 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock and U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs from East by North to SE.

T.L. Jones, Second-class Fireman, returned from leave.

M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, who has been absent overstaying leave, returned on board at 1.15am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, damp and light drizzling rain part of last hour.

Light SE breeze.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 83¾ pounds fresh beef; and 83¾ [pounds] fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and made out requisition for clothing and small stores.

Absentees: W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, and M. Doran, Seaman.

Received 67 pounds fresh bread.

Surgeon Harmon left the ship with 15 days' leave.

Employed on board in Steam Engineering [Department]: 11 machinists and 2 helpers; in Construction [Department]: 4 plumbers.

The "Giovanni Bausan" went into dry dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SE.

Cast off from Cob Dock and hauled over and secured alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan".

Employed on board in Steam Engineering [Department]: 11 machinists; in Construction [Department]: 4 plumbers; and 2 joiners.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Moderate to light breeze from South.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, rainy and overcast in morning, ship alongside of monitor in the afternoon.


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17 May 1893

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, light breezes from SW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, had setting up drill.

Absentees: W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, M.H. Harris, Landsman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, and M. Doran, Seaman.

Crew engaged smoothing down ship's side.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 10 machinists and 2 helpers; 4 carpenters; and two plumbers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, gentle to light breeze from SW.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 10 machinists and 2 helpers; 4 carpenters; 2 plumbers; and 2 dynamo machinists.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, light airs from SW to West.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain latter half.

Light airs to light breeze from WSW.

M. Doran, Seaman, returned on board 135 hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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18 May 1893

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, cool and damp, occasional drizzle.

Light airs and breezes from NW.

M.H. Harris, Landsman, returned on board 209 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, light breeze from SW.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 70 pounds of fresh bread; and 87½ pounds fresh meat; and rejected the vegetables presented by the contractor, the bulk of the weight being made up of potato culls and old carrots.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light breeze from West by South.

The U.S.S. "Dolphin" cast off from wharf and steamed up the river about 8.15am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up.

Crew engaged in scraping and painting outside.

Sent Marine Guard to barracks for battalion drill.

At noon released F.S. Kirk, Seaman Apprentice First-class, from confinement by order of Commanding Officer, his term of confinement having expired.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 10 machinists, 2 helpers; 4 carpenters.

Absentees at noon as follows: W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, M. Noonan, Private Marine, and S. Larson, Ordinary Seaman.

Delivered acting appointments to petty officers in accordance with new regulations.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from West.

Navy Yard workmen on board as before.

Crew working over the side.

Lieutenant T.E. de W[itt] Veeder, U.S. Navy, was this day detached from this vessel and granted three months' leave.

W.J. Curley, Ordinary Seaman, and M. Noonan, Private Marine, were declared deserters from this vessel and the United States Naval Service from May 8.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from West, shifting to NW and blowing in moderate squalls latter part.

G.R. Coulter, First-class Apprentice, was sent to the U.S. Naval Hospital for treatment.

Mustered at quarters at 5.30pm.

S. Larson, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 10½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to stiff breezes, coming in strong squalls from NW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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19 May 1893

Moored to monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NW, blowing in puffs until last hour when it moderated to gentle breeze.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breeze from NW, with stiff squalls last hour.

Clear, fine weather.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 88¾ pounds beef; 88¾ pounds of vegetables; and 71 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Stiff breezes coming in squalls from NW.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and exercised divisions in setting up drill.

By order of Commanding Officer J.J. Welsh, Second-class Fireman, was declared a deserter from the 9th of this month.

Absentee: J. Sherry, Private Marine.

Took on board new evaporator.

Crew engaged in scraping the side.

12 machinists, 2 helpers, 3 carpenters and five shipfitters at work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breezes from WNW.

Crew engaged in scraping ship outside and in scraping topmasts.

Sent liberty party ashore.

In addition to the force from Navy Yard in previous watch: 3 joiners; 5 carpenters; and 2 dynamo machinists.

At 1.15pm U.S.S. "Vermont" fired a salute of 13 guns to Brazilian Admiral.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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20 May 1893

Moored to United States monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze to light airs from NW by West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North by West and North.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Engaged in scraping and red-leading rust spots on ship's side.

Received 1800 gallons fresh water.

Employed on board in Construction Department: 8 shipfitters; 8 carpenters; and 2 pattern makers; in Steam Engineering [Department]: 10 machinists and 2 helpers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

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

Employed on board in Construction Department: 8 shipfitters; 8 carpenters; and 2 pattern makers; in Steam Engineering [Department]: 10 machinists and 2 helpers.

At 1.00pm called all hands to muster and read proceedings of Summary Court Martial in the cases of Robert J. Cooney, Seaman, and Peter Dwyer, Landsman.

Cooney was sentenced to 15 days' solitary confinement in double irons, on bread and water, with full ration every third day, and loss of pay during confinement, but the Commanding Officer mitigated his sentence to solitary confinement for ten days on bread and water, with full ration every third day.

Confined Cooney in accordance with sentence as mitigated.

P. Dwyer's sentence was to be discharged with Bad Conduct Discharge.

Discharged Peter Dwyer, Landsman, from the Naval Service with Bad Conduct Discharge.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by East and SSW.

Received 68 pounds of fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, and squally from SW second to third hours.

Light airs from West.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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21 May 1893

Moored to monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm most of watch, clouding up latter part.

Light airs from West to light breeze from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW to SW.

The U.S.S. "Bancroft" left the yard at 5.15am.

Received 85 pounds fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from West by South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, after which the ship was inspected by the Commanding Officer.

Absentees overstaying leave: E.W. Sherry, Private Marine, M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate Third-class, J. Toole, Water Tender, and D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, also M.H. Harris, Landsman, who left the ship without permission.

Sent a church party to the U.S.S. "Vermont" and a liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze first half from West by South, stiff squalls from West by South to West last half.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm, light breeze to light airs from West to WNW.

E.W. Sherry, Private Marine, returned on board 59½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm, bright moonlight.

Calm.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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22 May 1893

Moored to monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy first hour, then clearing, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North and NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from NW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Gunner's gang engaged in breaking out forward shell room.

Received in Construction Department: 315 pounds of Fibbal's [earlier spelled as Fiball] cement.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 8 machinists, 2 helpers; 7 shipfitters; 3 riveters; 6 carpenters; 2 plumbers; 1 coppersmith, 1 helper; 2 dynamo machinists.

Crew engaged in scraping and painting outside.

Absentees at noon as follows: M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate Third-class, J. Toole, Water Tender, D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, and M.H. Harris, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SW to South.

Crew at work outside and breaking out ammunition.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board, with exception of the plumbers, of whom there were 4.

At 3.00pm the U.S.S. "San Francisco" shifted her berth to Cob Dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from South.

At 5.45pm went to quarters and afterwards marched to muster and published proceedings of Summary Court Martial in case of M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, tried on board this vessel for leaving ship without permission.

The sentence as mitigated by the Commanding Officer was solitary confinement on bread and water for ten days, with a full ration every third day.

McGinley was confined in accordance with sentence.


8pm to midnight [meridian in log-book]:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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23 May 1893

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW first hour, afterwards calm.

M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate, returned from liberty 65 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SE and Calms.

Received in Paymaster's Department following fresh provisions: 83¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 67 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South to SSE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: J. Toole, Water Tender, M.H. Harris, Landsman, and D. Gamero, Mess Attendant.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 10 machinists, 2 helpers; 6 joiners, 11 shipfitters, those of the last class paying but indifferent attention to their work on the bill boards; also 3 pattern makers.

Received in Equipment Department the following stores: 250 pounds manila [rope] 3¾-inch; 150 pounds manila 3¼-inch; 800 pounds manila 3-inch; 700 pounds manila 4-inch; 150 [pounds] manila 3½-inch; 200 pounds manila 6-thread; 75 pounds manila 12-thread; 100 pounds manila 18-thread; 100 pounds ratlines 18-thread.

Also the following Ordnance [Department] stores: 4 pounds solder; 9 rebound springs for Colt's revolver; 300 sheets emery paper; 6 hacksaw blades; 1 center punch; 12 files; and 3 pounds of borax.

Turned into store the following articles in Equipment Department: 1 set of mast covers; 3 boat covers; 4 boat gripes; 3 hatch hoods; 4 scouse kettles; 1 coffee mill; 4 washboards; 1 slop jar; 3 foot tubs; 1 scales, Fairbanks; 2 pairs hand irons; 2 United States ensigns number 4; 2 United States ensigns number 5; 3 United States ensigns number 10; 1 narrow pennant number 2; 2 narrow pennants number 4; 1 narrow pennants number 5; 1 set signal repeaters.

Crew engaged in rattling down, and reeving off new gear.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW to SSE.

Only 7 shipfitters at work on board and no pattern makers, other workmen the same.

At 2 o'clock "Reina Regente" ["Reina Regenta" in log-book] left the Navy Yard.

At 3.30pm the U.S.S. "Chicago" came in and moored alongside dock foot of Main Street.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 1 pair binoculars; 1 set red and green lights, steam launch; 3 spare green shades; 4 rolls insulating tape; 1 deep sea lead line and reel; 3 chronometer cases.


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4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSE.

At 4.10pm U.S.S. "Baltimore" came in and moored alongside coal dock.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters, same men absent as in forenoon watch.

Sent liberty party ashore.

J. Morean, Oiler, returned from liberty 4 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining, with occasional lightning.

Light airs to gentle breeze from WNW and South.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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24 May 1893

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Commenced overcast, clear at close.

Light airs from WSW first hour, followed by light NW breeze.

D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, returned on board 68 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate breezes, increasing to fresh breezes in squalls from NW.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NW and NNW.

Received 2000 gallons fresh water.

At 9.00am the saluting battery on Cob Dock fired a salute of 11 guns in honor of Captain Sampson, Chief of Bureau of Ordnance.

Delivered to Elijah [Elished in log-book] Packard, Oiler, one bronze Ericsson Medal [Ericson in log-book], presented by the King of Sweden to the crew of the U.S.S. "Baltimore" at the time the U.S.S. "Baltimore" took Ericsson's remains to Sweden.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: J. Toole, Water Tender, and M.H. Harris, Landsman.

Employed on board: 3 pattern makers; 6 carpenters; 1 coppersmith, 1 helper; 10 machinists; 1 steam fitter, 1 helper; 1 driller; 1 shipfitter and 1 helper.

The U.S.S. "Bancroft" came in and secured alongside of U.S.S. "Terror".

Sent to Negus: 2 chronometers, case numbers 1215, Negus, and 425, Bond.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NW.

Employed on board: 2 pattern makers; 5 joiners; 8 shipfitters, in Construction [Department]; and 10 machinists; 1 steam fitter and 1 helper, in Steam Engineering [Department].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, light airs from NW, then calm.

J. Toole, Water Tender, returned on board 85 hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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25 May 1893

Moored alongside of U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm and variable light airs from NNW and SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm first hour, then light airs from SW to West by South.

Received 68 pounds fresh bread and 70 pounds fresh meat and 85 pounds fresh vegetables.

The U.S.S. "Bennington" came into yard and anchored off Ordnance dock, and at 8.00am fired a salute of 11 guns, which was returned by the saluting battery.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light airs from SSW to South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, M. H. Harris, Landsman, absent from ship without permission.

Sent E.A. Hume, Private U.S. Marine Corps, to United States Hospital with his effects.

The U.S.S. "Bennington" moored to Cob Dock at 11.30am.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 11 machinists, 1 helper; 6 ship joiners; 4 shipfitters; 2 pattern makers; and 2 plumbers.

Lieutenant Purcell returned chronometer which had been loaned for use on board the tug U.S.S. "Nina".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate squalls from South to SSW.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 11 machinists and 1 helper; 6 ship joiners; 2 pattern makers; 4 shipfitters; and 2 plumbers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSW to West.

The "Giovanni Bausan" was taken out of dry dock and moored to the Ordnance dock.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Bennington" visited this ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light breezes and airs from SW to NW and West.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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26 May 1893

Moored to monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from NW and North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, threatening rain, light breeze from North to NNE.

At 4.20am started fires under starboard forward boiler.

Received for use of crew: 95½ pounds fresh beef; 85 pounds fresh vegetables; and 68 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy first hour, clear and warm latter part.

Light breeze from ENE to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following Navy Yard workmen were at work on board during forenoon: 8 machinists, 2 helpers; 9 shipfitters; 6 ship joiners; 2 dynamo machinists; 1 coppersmith, 1 helper; 1 plumber, 1 helper.

Received stores in the Equipment and Construction Departments as follows: 10 pounds white line; 10 yards white muslin; 10 yards linen duck; 4 papers needles; 30 bath bricks; 5 chamois skins; 10 pounds camphor; 20 dozen official envelopes; 2 dozen memorandum books; 4 dozen memorandum pads; 14 dozen lead pencils; 2 dozen lead pencils, red and blue; 300 linen tags; 5 mucilage pots; 5 mucilage brushes; 6 plotting pads; 4 quarts mucilage; 4 gross steel pens; 2 gross elastic loops; 5 boxes paper fasteners; 1 realm Court Martial paper; 100 yards bunting; 2 dozen globes; 2 reams of paper, official, single sheets; 1 ream of official paper, double sheets; 1 ream note paper; 50 sheets wrapping paper; 200 sheets sand paper; 100 sheets of emery paper; 4 dozen drawing pencils; 50 hair brushes; 36 hand brushes; 41 yards canvas cotton number 5; 82 yards cotton canvas number 6; 25½ yards ravens duck; 41 yards flax canvas number 4; 80 yards flax canvas number 3; 40 yards flax canvas number 7; 35 yards canvas flax ravens; 10 pounds twine; 4 papers sail needles; 4 serving boards; 1 side rigging leather; 10 gallons tar; 5 gallons tar oil; 25 pounds tallow; 20 galvanized iron hanks; 20 squilgees and handles; 2 gross safety matches; 1 soup ladle, large; 2 tormentors; 4 cook's knives; 2 chopping knives; 2 tea kettles; 1 coffee mill; 2 waffle irons; 2 cleavers, small; 4 wash bowls; 1 slop jar; 3 foot tubs; 6 deliver plates; 6 sherry glasses; 3 claret glasses; 2 Madeira glasses; 5 tumblers; 1 boatswain's call; 2 pair hand irons; 3 dozen paint brushes; 2 dozen blank keys; 2 dozen blank keys, pad locks; 25 pounds nails, iron, galvanized; 5 pounds boat nails; 16 pounds finishing nails; 2 plasterer's trowels; 4 gross wood screws; 1 dozen gimlet bits; 1 blacksmith's hammer; 1 steel square; 2 dozen files; 15 gallons asphaltum; 5 pounds Chinese vermilion; and 1 harness cask.

Turned into store, in accordance with survey: one harness cask.

Absentees at noon as follows: M.H. Harris, Landsman, W. Edwards, Ordinary Seaman.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from NE to South and SSE.

Crew engaged in tarring down.

Same Navy Yard workmen as before, with 2 plumbers more.

W. Edwards, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 5 hours over time.

Navigator engaged in testing dynamo.

Shifted fires to boiler C.

At 12.15pm sent chronometer, [number] 1447, Negus, with transporting case to J.D. & T.S. Negus.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain latter part.

Light breeze from SE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, drizzling rain at times.

Light breezes from SE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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27 May 1893

Moored to monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, raining first half.

Light airs and breezes from NE and ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light breeze from NE.

At 6.30am the U.S.S. "Chicago" cast off from main wharf and with assistance of tugs went into dry dock.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cool and damp, occasional showers.

Light breezes from NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: J. Rice, Master-at-Arms Third-class, M.H. Harris, Landsman, A.S. Williams, Armorer.

Crew engaged in scrubbing paintwork and smoothing off ship's side.

J. Rice, Master-at-Arms Third-class, returned on board ¾ hour over time.

A.S. Williams, Armorer, returned on board 3 hours over time.

J.C. Fiske, Apprentice, returned on board 9 hours over time.

Following Navy Yard workmen employed on board: 8 machinists, 2 helpers; 6 joiners; 1 steam fitter, 1 helper; 2 plumbers; 9 shipfitters, 1 pattern maker.

Received in Equipment Department 1500 gallons fresh water from Navy Yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool and damp, occasional drizzle.

Light airs and breezes from NE to East by North.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Same workmen as in forenoon, with addition of 1 coppersmith and 1 helper.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool and damp.

Light airs from NE first part, then hauling to South.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs from South to West.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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28 May 1893

Moored to monitor U.S.S. "Puritan", Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, light breeze to light airs from NW to SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, drizzling rain latter part.

Calm, light airs from SW latter part.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from SW and NW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absentees: M.H. Harris, Landsman, C. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Galagher, Oiler, A.E. Lowe, Oiler, and A. Josephs, Coal Passer.

Received 82½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Placed E. Packard, Oiler, under sentry's charge, he being under the influence of liquor.

A. Josephs had left the ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NNW and West.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW to North.

Released E. Packard, Oiler, and restored him to duty.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, calm then light airs from NW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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29 May 1893

Moored to U.S.S. "Puritan" and Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from North to NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp.

Light breeze and airs from NNE to East by North.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from NE, hauling to East latter part.

At 9.40am mustered at quarters, absentees as follows: M.H. Harris, Landsman, O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Galagher, Oiler, A.E. Lowe, Oiler, and A. Josephs, Coal Passer.

At 8.45am cast off lines and with assistance of Navy Yard tug shifted berth to Cob Dock.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 10 machinists, 2 helpers; 13 shipfitters; 6 joiners; 2 carpenters; 2 dynamo machinists; and 2 plumbers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE.

14 machinists, 4 helpers, 6 joiners, 4 plumbers, 1 helper, 16 shipfitters, 2 galvanizers, 2 shipwrights on board from the Navy Yard.


4pm to 8pm:

Partially cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from SE and South.

At 5.15pm had evening quarters, same men absent as in forenoon watch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from SE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship alongside of monitor.


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30 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW and SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from SW.

At 6.00am lighted fires in forward two boilers.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department following fresh provisions: 80 pounds fresh beef; 80 pounds fresh vegetables; and 64 pounds of fresh bread.

At 7.50am sent company, in charge of Ensign Jackson, and five marines under 1st Sergeant, ashore to take part in Decoration Day parade.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light Southerly airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees as follows: M.H. Harris, Landsman, O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Galagher, Oiler, A.E. Lowe, Oiler, A. Josephs, Coal Passer, and H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class.

The U.S.S. "Marblehead" passed up the river in tow.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: M. O'Neil, Coal Passer, not turning out at all hands and failing to turn out when ordered by machinist, 4 days' double irons; J. Halligan, First-class Fireman, T.L. Jones, Second-class Fireman, G.T. Williams, Coal Passer, W. Howlley, Coal Passer, J. Patterson, First-class Fireman, not going to their stations at "turned to", monthly money stopped for 1 month.

O'Neil was accordingly confined in double irons.

At noon the party landed for parade returned to the ship.

H.R. Barker, Second-class Apprentice, returned on board 4 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE first hour, shifting to South and blowing in stiff squalls rest of watch.

W.J. Cooney, Seaman, was released from confinement and restored to duty by order of the Commanding Officer, his term of confinement having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Gentle breeze from South, with stiff squalls.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees as before, with exception of Barker.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE and South.

Moon rose at 8 o'clock.


No observations for compass deviation, ship to close to other ships.


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31 May 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with dim moonlight.

Light airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, light airs from South.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from South and SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Galagher, Oiler, A.E. Lowe, Oiler, and H.F. Laing, Seaman Apprentice Second-class.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were ordered: William Waite, Second-class Apprentice, insolent to sentry, given extra duty for one week and monthly money stopped for one month; J.E. Cooke, Second-class Apprentice, shirking, extra duty for two days.

At 10.15am U.S.S. "Philadelphia", flying flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi, came in and moored alongside Navy Yard dock.

The U.S.S. "Chicago" hauled down blue Rear Admiral's flag and hoisted the red.

At 11.30am Rear Admiral Benham hoisted the red Rear Admiral's flag on U.S.S. "San Francisco" and the U.S.S. "Chicago" hoisted a white in place of her red.

The U.S.S. "Vermont" saluted the flag of Rear Admiral Benham with 13 guns, which was returned by 13 on U.S.S. "San Francisco".

The following Navy Yard workmen on board: 9 machinists, 2 helpers; 15 shipfitters; 10 joiners, 1 helper; 4 plumbers.

Antone Josephs, Coal Passer, was brought on board by 1st Sergeant of this vessel.

Painting ship outside.

By order of Commanding Officer E. Packard, Oiler, and A. Josephs were put under sentry's charge to await trial by Summary Court Martial.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes in squalls from South.

Same Navy Yard workmen as in previous watch.

At 1.00pm Rear Admiral J.G. Walker, after hoisting blue flag in place of white, hauled down his flag and relinquished command.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Received in Equipment Department 1200 gallons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE.

At sunset the crew of the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" were assembled at quarters, and after a salute of 13 guns, the guard paraded and Rear Admiral Gherardi relinquished command of the Naval Review Fleet.

His flag was hauled down at the last gun of the salute and the red on the U.S.S. "San Francisco" was replaced by the blue.

On leaving the ship Rear Admiral Gherardi was cheered by a number of men on the forecastle of the U.S.S. "Philadelphia".

A.E. Lowe, Oiler, returned on board 82 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from SSE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship to close to other ships.


Approved: [signed] Frank Wildes, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1893


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1 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear overhead, hazy about land, light NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, foggy.

Light airs from East, hauling to ENE last hour.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 62 pounds fresh bread; 78 [pounds] meat; and 78 [pounds] vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from ENE to North.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions, absentees: O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Galagher, Oiler, and H.F. Laing, Apprentice.

At 10.00am the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" hauled down the broad pennant of Commodore Erben and hoisted the flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi, saluting the former with eleven guns, the latter with thirteen guns.

Acting Rear Admiral Erben hoisted his white flag on board the U.S.S. "Chicago", and the U.S.S. "Vermont" saluted with 13 guns.

The U.S.S. "San Francisco" hauled down the blue flag and hoisted the red flag of Rear Admiral Benham.

A Summary Court Martial met on board at 10.05am for the trial of E. Packard, Oiler, and of such other cases as may be legally brought before it.

Having finished the trial of E. Packard, Oiler, and A. Josephs, Coal Passer, the Court adjourned at 11.40am to await the action of the convening authority.

Employed on board in Construction Department: 11 joiners; 4 plumbers; 2 carpenters; 12 shipfitters.

And in Steam Engineering [Department]: 1 steam fitter, 2 helpers; and 4 coppersmiths.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from SE and SSE.

Employed on board in Construction Department: 10 joiners; 4 plumbers; 2 carpenters; 12 shipfitters; and 1 calker.

And in Steam Engineering [Department]: 1 steam fitter; 2 coppersmiths, 4 helpers; 11 machinists.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from ESE to SE.

Released from confinement M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, his term having expired.

Received in Equipment Department: 3 United States ensigns number 10; 4 coaling bags; 2 binnacle covers; 1 canopy cover; 2 tarpaulins; in Construction Department: 1 catamaran and outfit.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees: O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Galagher, Oiler, and H.F. Laing, Apprentice.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Constellation" the following men: O. Lee, Seaman; J. Kennedy, Seaman; J. Cosgrove, Ordinary Seaman; S. Simmons, Ordinary Seaman.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from SE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship to close to other ships.


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2 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy and cool.

Light air from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp.

Light airs from NE to East.

Received 62 pounds bread, and 77½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from East.

At 10.00am the U.S.S. "Chicago" hauled out of dry dock and moored at foot of Main Street.

She fired a salute of 13 guns, which was returned by the U.S.S. "Vermont".

At 11.45am the U.S.S. "Dolphin" with the Princess Eulalia on board passed to Eastward.

The ships at the yard manned yards and rail, displayed Spanish ensign at the main, the U.S.S. "Baltimore", U.S.S. "San Francisco" and U.S.S. "Vermont" firing a national salute.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 11 machinists and 2 helpers; 17 shipfitters; 11 ship joiners; 4 plumbers; 2 ship carpenters; and 1 steam fitter.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Absentees: O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, J. Gallagher, Oiler, and H.F. Laing, Apprentice First-class.

John Gallagher returned on board at 11.40am, 125 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather, drizzling part of second and third hours.

Rear Admiral Benham paid an official visit to this ship.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 2 carpenters; 2 plumbers; 1 calker; 11 joiners; 14 machinists; 1 steam fitter and 2 helpers; and 17 shipfitters.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and hazy, light airs from SSE.

O. Germundson, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 154 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling rain first half, foggy latter part half.

Light airs from SSE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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3 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and foggy.

Light breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, light breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from ENE.

At 10.45am the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" cast off from wharf and with assistance of tugs went into dry dock.

We made preparations, and at 11.00am hauled across to main wharf and were nearly secured by noon.

M. O'Neil, Coal Passer, was released from confinement by order of the Commanding. Officer, his term of confinement having expired.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 59 pounds fresh bread.

Received one lifebuoy which has been repaired.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 11 machinists, 2 helpers; 14 shipfitters, 1 helper; 12 joiners; 2 ship carpenters; 2 construction machinists; 4 iron platers, 3 helpers; 4 plumbers; 1 steamfitter.

The U.S.S. "Bennington" hauled across to alongside the U.S.S. "Terror".

Absentee at noon as follows: H.F. Laing, First-class Apprentice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from NE to SE.

Finished securing ship.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board.

Received in tanks 1700 gallons fresh water.

M. O'Neil, Coal Passer, was this day discharged from this vessel and the United States Naval Service at his own request.

J. Rice, Ship's Corporal, and W. Edwards, Ordinary Seaman, were this day transferred to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SE.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, damp and foggy.

Light airs from SE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship under large iron derrick.


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4 June 1893

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fog, with light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Calm.

Received in Paymaster's Department following fresh provisions: 73¾ pounds beef; and 73¾ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, damp and misty, with heavy shower second hour.

Light airs from East and SE.

At 9.40am mustered at quarters, H.F. Laing, First-class Apprentice, and J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Sent church and liberty parties ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Calm first part, then light airs from South.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, warm and calm.


No observations for compass deviation, ship under large iron derrick.


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5 June 1893

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear overhead, foggy on river, light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm first hour, afterwards light airs from North and NW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions, absentee C.F. Laing, Apprentice.

Received in Steam Engineering Department the following stores: 12 dust brushes; 12 paint brushes; 50 yards canvas; 6 sash tool brushes; 12 squirt cans; 8 yards wire gauze; 12 thermometers; 25 hand lamps; 24 pounds lamp wicking; 25 pounds of soft solder; 1 bar, round, iron; 18 globe valves; 1 spittoon; 300 pounds cotton waste; 800 pounds yellow ochre; 7 pipe wrenches; 2 straight edges; 2000 pounds white zinc; 2 boxes steel pens; 1 dozen penholders; 20 pounds of washers, iron; 10 pounds iron rivets; 4 pounds sail twine; 1 pound worsted; 1 pound charcoal; 500 pounds blacksmith's coal; 13 lamp hooks; 5 pounds spelter solder; 22 pounds copper bolts, ½ inch; 22 pounds copper bolts, ¾ inch; 22 pounds copper bolts, 1 inch; 31 pounds packing tucks, ¾ inch; 7 pounds flax packing; 10 pounds of flax packing; 37 pounds nulcubestos [?]; 4 gallons Japan drier; 5 pounds sal ammoniac; 1 coppersmith's hammer; 50 note envelopes; 12 sheets plotting paper; 2 screw wrenches; 12 sledge handles; 100 square feet asbestos board; 1 ream [realm in log-book] note paper; 20 pounds sulfur flour; 5 pounds of borax; 12 pounds copper pipe; 84 pounds brass pipe; 2 quires manila paper; 12 rubber erasers; 106 official envelopes; 50 note envelopes; 20 quires log paper; 10 yards tracing cloth; 10 quires emery cloth; 2 axes, handled; 1 belt punch; 5 pounds emery flour; 1 hammer, ball peen.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 binnacle covers; 2 tarpaulins; and 1 hatch hood.

Lieutenant M.E. Hall, U.S. Navy, relieved Lieutenant Conway as Navigator of this ship, and Lieutenant Conway was detached, ordered home and given 3 months' leave of absence.

Employed on board: 13 machinists; 1 steam fitter and 3 helpers in Steam Engineering Department; and 18 shipfitters; 12 joiners; and 2 plumbers in Construction Department.

Received in Ordnance Department: 400 feet of target lumber; and 1 division chest.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and very warm.

The U.S.S. "Dolphin" came up to yard and made fast to Ordnance dock and saluted the flag of Rear Admiral Gherardi with 13 guns, which salute was returned by saluting battery on Cob dock.

Employed on board: 13 machinists; 1 steam fitter and 3 helpers in Steam Engineering [Department]; and 18 shipfitters; 12 joiners; and 2 carpenters in Construction [Department].


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4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breeze from South.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentee H.F. Laing, Apprentice.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm.


No observations for compass deviation, ship under large iron derrick.


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6 June 1893

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from Westward and Southward.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW and SSW.

Received on board ship's galley, with fittings, and landed old galley.

Commander Frank Wildes left this ship on a week's leave.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, absentees H.F. Laing, Apprentice First-class, and L.G. Weisshardt [Wisshardt in log-book], Second-class Apprentice.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 11 machinists and 2 helpers; 18 shipfitters; 12 ship joiners; 4 iron platers; and 2 steam fitters.

H.F. Laing, Apprentice First-class, returned on board 123½ hours over time.

Received in Equipment Department: 30 packages toilet paper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Commences clear and warm, but light airs from SW, calm and rain third hour, heavy rain squall last hour from SW.

At 12.20pm the three caravels "Santa Maria", "Nina" and "Pinta", in tow of a tug, passed the yard standing to the Eastward.

At 1.20pm the U.S.S. "Newark" passed to the Eastward.

She saluted Admiral Gherardi's flag with 13 guns, the U.S.S. "Vermont" returned the salute with 7 guns.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 13 machinists and 4 helpers; 18 shipfitters; 12 ship joiners; and 4 iron platers.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing weather, light breeze from NW.

Received in Equipment (exempted [classes]): 4 portables; and 2 gangway lights.

Received 18 cartridge boxes for Marine Guard.

Turned in the following Marine equipment: 1 full dress coat; 3 undress coats; 29 linen trousers; and 39 cartridge cases.


8pm to midnight:

Misty first hour, clear and warm rest of watch.

Calm.


No observations for compass deviation, ship under large iron derrick.


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7 June 1893

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, light to gentle breeze from NW.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from NNW.

Received on flywheel for dynamo, which had been sent up in yard for repairs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees as follows: L.G. Weisshardt [Wisshardt in log-book], Second-class Apprentice, A. Arial, Mess Attendant, D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, and Ah Kow, Mess Attendant.

Hoisted out on wharf the intermediate piston of forward engine for repairs.

The sentences of E. Packard, Oiler, and A. Josephs, Coal Passer, tried on board this vessel by Summary Court Martial, were promulgated, the former being confined for fifteen days in double irons, solitary confinement on bread and water, with a full ration every fifth day, the latter for fifteen days, solitary confinement in double irons on bread and water, with a full ration every third day, and to lose all pay that may become due him during the term of confinement, loss of pay being referred to the Secretary of the Navy.

Departmental appointments were delivered to V. Frederickson, Coxswain, R.E.L. Garcin, Yeoman, C.T. Chase, Yeoman, dated June 6th, 1893.

The following Navy Yard workmen were aboard during watch: 12 joiners; 16 shipfitters, 2 helpers; 11 machinists, 2 helpers; 2 iron platers; 1 steam fitter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from NW.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board.

Delivered acting appointments to the following men: T. Carlson, Sailmaker's Mate; L.R. Roland, Coxswain; A. Olsen, Coxswain; N.C. Gilchrist, Coxswain; A.E. Lowe, Oiler; W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman.

Assistant Engineer C.E. Rommel left the ship on five days' leave of absence.

Received the following stores in Ordnance Department: 4 squirt cans, copper; ½ dozen patent blocks; 2 file cleaners; 1 screw gauge; 1 countersink; 2 files, flat, smooth, 14 inches; 2 files, flat, smooth, 4 inches; 2 files, half round, smooth, 4 inches; 2 files, half round, 16 inches; 1 brass cleaning rod for rifle; 1 brass rod for headless shell extractor; 1 screwdriver for Colt's revolver; 4 magazine hoses; 3 pounds gutta-percha; 1 gallon sperm oil; 200 packages Tripoli polishing powder; 3 gallons Japan gold size; 3 gallons damar varnish; 250 tins Tripoli cleaning paste; 6 sheets blotting paper; 1 gross stub pens; 1 quart black ink; 1 quart mucilage; 1 dozen memorandum pads; 1 dozen red and blue pencils; 50 steel screws for 6-inch breech loading rifle; 20 cutlass scabbards; 30 pounds potash; 2 gallons Japan drier.


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4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from NW.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, same absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW, hauling to Northward and Westward latter part.

The following men had a bottle of liquor in their possession in starboard gangway and appeared to be under the influence of liquor: D. Bolger; A. McLean; B. Olsen; A. Garren.

They were placed under sentry's charge in single irons for safe keeping.


No observations for compass deviation, ship under large iron derrick.


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8 June 1893

Moored to wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, calm, with occasional light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light airs from NE.

D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, and A. Arial, Mess Attendant, returned on board 26 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 68¾ pounds fresh beef; 58 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE and East.

At 9.30am mustered and exercised at quarters, then drilled infantry and artillery companies as infantry.

L. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice, and Ah Kau, Mess Attendant, absent without leave.

Received in Equipment Department, exempted [classes]: 1 chronometer, Negus, number 1195, with box and transporting case; also 72 gauze wire brushes for dynamo.

By order of Commanding Officer B. Olson, Seaman, H. Garren, Seaman, D. Bolger, Blacksmith, and A. McLean, Seaman, were placed in double irons for five days, for having liquor in their possession and being under influence of liquor on the evening of the 7th of this month.

Received in Equipment [Department] 1800 gallons fresh water.


Meridian to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from South.

Received a draft of Marines from barracks as follows: William P. Thomas, Sergeant; William N. Stevens, Corporal; J. Krogh, Corporal; J. Brennan; Thomas. J. Dowling; Charles F. Hall; H.R. Horton; Harry Herbert; B.J. Lynch; Charles D. Lehmkuhl; James G. O'Conner; John Peterson; R.J. Ryan; John Rennie; J.H. Roulston; J.F. Sprague; and William Sharp; and transferred the entire guard of this vessel, consisting of following men, to barracks of this yard with bags, hammocks and transfer papers: J. Meiberg, 1st Sergeant; F. Moore, Corporal; John Murray, Corporal; E.W. Meigs; D. Bradley; J.P. Kelly; H. Watson; R. Lee; P. Bruck; J. Brophy; E. Sherry; J.J. Mahoney; J. Rushlow; J.H. Cole.

Received in Equipment Department following stores: 52 pounds 6-thread manila; 250 [pounds] 2½-thread manila; 300 pounds 2¾-thread manila; 150 [pounds] 3¼-thread manila; 4 boat gripes.

And in Construction Department: 5000 pounds white zinc; 1000 pounds white lead; 500 pounds red lead; 100 [pounds] chrome yellow; 200 pounds brown zinc; 100 pounds paste dryer; 25 pounds rubber gaskets; 8 cork fenders; 30 gallons linseed oil.

Sent chronometer case and transporting case, number 2827, Bliss, to John Bliss and Company, New York.

Sent liberty party ashore.

At 5.15pm mustered at evening quarters.

L. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice, absent without leave, Ah Kau, having been declared a deserter by order of Commanding Officer.


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6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm, with light airs from South.


No observations for compass deviation, ship under large iron derrick.


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9 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant first half, overcast, cloudy and misty latter part.

Light airs from West to calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from South to SE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absentees L. Weisshardt, Apprentice, and J. Sullivan, Coal Passer.

Shifted moorings to Cob Dock.

Received three old fashioned anchors, numbered 1131, 1265, and 1650, and sent ashore to Navy Yard two Martin bow anchors and one old fashioned sheet anchor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Chicago", with bag and hammock, O. Olson, Seaman, by order of Bureau of Navigation.

The U.S.S. "Philadelphia" came out of dry dock and secured alongside of coal dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from SSE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light airs from SW to West.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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10 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW to West.

J. Sullivan, Coal Passer, returned on board 27 hours over time.

Received 71¼ each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from West.

Received from Ordnance Department: 2 6-pounder recoil mounts, numbers 110 and 101; and turned old ones into store.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 7 machinists; 1 steam fitter; 16 shipfitters; 12 joiners; 2 plumbers; and 3 carpenters.

The transport U.S.S. "Fern" came in and made fast to dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 12 joiners; 8 machinists; 1 steam fitter and 3 helpers; and 16 shipfitters.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, warm, light breeze to light airs from WSW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first part, clearing later, warm.

Light airs from WSW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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11 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and WSW.

Moon rose at 2.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from WSW to SW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew, absentees as follows: L.G. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice, H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, and J. Washington, Ordinary Seaman.

O. Strommer, Chief Quartermaster, was found to be absent from ship without permission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light and occasional moderate breeze from SSW.

Near and of watch a large fire broke out in lower part of New York.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Variable light airs to gentle breezes from SSW to SW.


8pm to midnight:

Partially clear first hour, followed by passing showers, then clearing at times.

Light airs from SW first part, then variable, coming out latter part from NE.

J. Washington, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 14 hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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12 June 1893

At Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from NNE to NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, fine weather.

Light to gentle breeze from NW, to light breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light breezes from NE and ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled gun divisions at infantry.

Following men absent without leave: L.G. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice, H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, M. Davinney, Boatswain's Mate First-class, M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, J. Kempter, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, and J. Dweyer, Master-at-Arms First-class.

At 8.15am U.S.S. "Bancroft" went into dry dock.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 9 machinists; 9 riveters; 12 joiners; 4 tinsmiths; 1 steam fitter; 1 driller; 1 chipper, 3 helpers; 12 shipfitters.

At 9.40am J. Dweyer, Master-at-Arms First-class, returned on board.

The U.S.S. "Bennington" shifted her berth to the one alongside U.S.S. "Terror".

Sent old condenser tube sheet ashore.

Passed Assistant Engineer J.M. Pickerell [Pickerel in log-book] reported on board for duty, relieving Assistant Engineer C.E. Rommel, who was detached on reporting of his relief and ordered to the U.S.S. "San Francisco".


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Same Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon watch.

At 2.15pm U.S.S. "Dolphin" shifted her moorings and made fast astern of this vessel.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Sent whaleboat, first and second cutters to boat house.

Received on board from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", Ah Shing, Mess Attendant, with transfer papers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters.

Same absentees as forenoon, except J. Dweyer, Master-at-Arms First-class.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE.

M. McGinley, First-class Fireman, returned on board 13 hours over time.

Lieutenant M.E. Hall left the ship on duty for Washington D.C.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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13 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Commenced clear, clouding over second hour.

Gentle to light NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, misting at times.

Light airs and breezes from NE to East.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and damp.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

At 10.00am inspected at quarters, absentees: L.G. Weisshardt, Apprentice, H.R. Barker, Apprentice, O. Strommer, Quartermaster, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, M. Davinney, Boatswain's Mate, and J.J. Holden, Oiler.

Received 51 pounds fresh bread and 63½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Released D. Bolger, Blacksmith, Alex McLean, Seaman, J. Garren, Seaman, and B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, their term of confinement having expired.

O. Strommer, Quartermaster, returned on board and was put under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Employed on board: 4 painters; 12 shipfitters; 8 machinists; 9 riveters; 12 joiners; 4 tinsmiths; 1 steam fitter; 1 driller; 1 chipper and 3 helpers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and damp.

Light breeze from NE.

Employed on board: 4 painters; 12 shipfitters; 7 machinists; 9 riveters; 12 joiners; 4 tinsmiths; 1 steam fitter; 1 driller; 1 chipper and 1 helper.

The Brazilian Rear Admiral visited the yard and was saluted with 13 guns by the U.S.S. "Vermont".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, damp and warm.

Light airs and breeze from NE.

At 5.15pm inspected at quarters, absentees: L. Weisshardt, Apprentice, H.R. Barker, Apprentice, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, M. Davinney, Boatswain's Mate, and J.J. Holden, Oiler.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light NE breeze.

The Commanding Officer returned from leave.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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14 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp.

Light breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing last hour.

Light breeze to light airs from NE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

After setting up drill the 2nd and 3rd Divisions were exercised as infantry.

Absentees: L.G. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice, H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice,, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, M. Davinney, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, and J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, who left the ship without permission.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were assigned, namely: E. Hannis, Captain of Hold, money stopped one month, for fighting; J.J. Patterson, First-class Fireman, five days' double irons on bread and water, for having to be repeatedly told to come to work, and performing same in a slovenly manner; O. Strommer, Quartermaster First-class, disrated to Seaman, for leaving ship without permission; and G. Lane, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, liberty and monthly money stopped for 2 months, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 6 machinists and 1 helper; 2 ship carpenters; 4 painters; 5 riveters; 1 chipper; 2 shipfitters and 2 helpers; 1 driller.

L.G. Weisshardt, Second-class Apprentice, returned at 11.30am, 207½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, light breeze first half from NE, light airs from NNE at close.

M. Davinney, Boatswain's Mate First-class, returned on board at 3.30pm, 56 hours over time.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 6 machinists, 1 helper; 2 ship carpenters; 4 painters; 5 riveters; 1 chipper; 2 shipfitters and 2 helpers; and 1 driller.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from NE first half of watch, then light airs from SE.

At 5.15pm had evening quarters and setting up drill.

Absentees: H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, E. Brennan, Boiler Maker, J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, and J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and foggy.

Calm and light airs from SE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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15 June 1893

[Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York]

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy and cool, calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Calm to light airs from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 65 pounds beef; 65 pounds vegetables; and 62 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, foggy and warm.

Light airs from West to SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, exercised divisions at setting up, and 1st and 3rd [Divisions] and Marines at small arms.

Absentees as follows: H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, J.J. Holden, Oiler, and J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer.

The following Navy Yard workmen were on board during watch: 2 plumbers; 3 electricians; 7 shipfitters; 3 painters; 12 joiners; 4 machinists, 1 helper.

Received in Ordnance Department the following stores: 75 pounds of cotton waste; 2 quires of crocus cloth; and 6 memorandum books, indexed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board.

Received in Equipment Department the following articles: 3 peak spans; 6 cups and saucers, breakfast; 5 cups and saucers, tea; 12 cups and saucers, dinner; 1 meat dish, 18 inches; 2 meat dishes, 12 inches; 2 meat dishes, 10 inches; 14 plates, breakfast; 8 plates, dessert; 2 plates, soup.

Turned into store in Equipment Department the following stores: 6 cups and saucers, breakfast; 5 cups and saucers, tea; 12 cups and saucers dinner; 8 dessert plates; 2 soup plates, 5 dinner plates.

Rove off new peak spans, and put in new armature for dynamo, just received.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters and held setting up drill.

Absentees as before.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from SSE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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16 June 1893

At Navy Yard, New York, moored to Cob Dock

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and damp.

Light airs from ESE and East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, foggy first hour.

Light breeze from NE to light and gentle breeze from East.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, with occasional drizzling rain.

Light breezes from East and ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, following men absent without leave: H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, and J. Lundequist, Quartermaster Second-class.

Exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions and Marine Guard in infantry.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 54 pounds of bread.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 12 joiners; 2 plumbers; 2 iron workers; 2 carpenters; 4 machinists, 1 helper; 2 tin workers.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 855 pounds of sugar; 500 pounds of pork; 200 pounds of coffee; 46 pounds of tea; and 400 pounds of tobacco.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Same workmen on board as in previous watch.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.R. Martin left the ship on three days' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breezes from East and ENE.

The U.S.S. "Miantonomoh" passed up East River, about 4.30pm, firing a salute of 13 guns as she passed, the salute was returned by U.S.S. "Vermont" with 7 guns.

A scow brought in a ten-inch breech loading rifle and landed it near U.S.S. "Maine".

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters and set up divisions, same absentees as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, damp and chilly.

Moderate to gentle breeze from ENE.

J. Lundequist, Quartermaster, returned 13 hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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17 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and rainy, light breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, raining first hour.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, drizzling second hour.

Gentle breeze from NE.

At 11.30am the United States flagship U.S.S. "Chicago" cast off from dock and steamed to the Westward.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 4 machinists and 4 helpers; 5 painters; 9 joiners; 2 plumbers; 2 iron workers; 2 carpenters; and 2 tinsmiths.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with occasional passing showers, light NE breeze.

By order of the Commanding Officer C. Stacey, Second-class Fireman, and W. Howlly, Coal Passer, were placed in double irons for two days, for fighting.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 4 machinists and 1 helper; 2 plumbers; 9 joiners; 5 painters; 2 iron workers; 2 tin workers; and 2 ship carpenters.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from NE to NE by North.

At 5.30pm the "Viking" ["Vicking" in log-book], escorted by the U.S.S. "Miantonomoh", passed the Navy Yard to the Westward.

Chief Engineer A.B. Bates left the ship on leave of absence till the 26th instant.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, with light rain last hour.

Gentle breeze from NE by North, with frequent moderate stiff squalls.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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18 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp first part, then clearing.

Gentle to light breezes from NE to North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NW by North.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light, occasionally increasing to stiff, breezes from NNE.

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

Afterwards held general muster.

Absentees as follows: H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, and J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle breeze from NNE to North, with frequent stiff squalls.

At 1.15pm lit fires under boiler D.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to light breeze from North.

Connected up boiler D, and allowed fires under boiler B to die out.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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19 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light airs from NNE.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from NE by North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and instructed and stationed divisions at fire quarters.

Absentees: H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, and J.H. O'Conner, Ordinary Seaman.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 4 machinists; 1 shipfitters; 5 painters; 2 ship carpenters; 4 electricians; 1 driller.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from WNW to light breeze from SW.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 4 machinists; 1 shipfitter; 5 painters; 2 ship carpenters; 4 electricians; 1 driller.

The U.S.S. "Vesuvius" came up to the yard, anchored and fired a salute of 13 guns, which was returned by the yard battery with 7 guns.

Lieutenant D. Kennedy was this day detached from this vessel and ordered to duty at the Torpedo Station, New Port, Rhode Island.

He was relieved by Lieutenant G. Blocklinger, who was detached from the U.S.S. "Baltimore" and this day reported for duty aboard this vessel as Executive Officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SW to light airs from SSW.

The U.S.S. "San Francisco" hauled over to the foot of Main Street.

C. Stacey, First-class Fireman, and W. Howlley, Coal Passer, were released from confinement by order of the Commanding Officer, their term of confinement having expired.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees as follows: H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, and J.H. O'Conner, Ordinary Seaman.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, warm, light airs from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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20 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from WNW.

H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, returned on board 240 hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 60 pounds of fresh bread; 70 pounds of meat; and 70 pounds of vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm, light breeze from NW to NNW.

Assistant Engineer Albert Moritz reported on board as the relief of Assistant Engineer C.H. Hayes.

Lieutenant W.A. Gill reported for duty as Watch and Division Officer.

At 9.30am inspected and mustered crew at quarters, had setting up drill, also divisional drills.

Absentees: J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, and J.H. O'Conner [O'Conners in log-book], Ordinary Seaman.

The last named returned on board at 11.30am, 27½ hours over time.

The following yard workmen were employed on board: 4 machinists; 9 joiners; 2 tinsmiths; 2 plumbers; 2 painters; and 1 pipefitter.

Engaged overhauling chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, light airs from NW by North.

At 1.30pm the U.S.S. "Philadelphia" left the yard for the Pacific Station, all ships at the yard cheered her.

The Italian Admiral visited the yard, on his departure he was saluted with 13 guns by the U.S.S. "Vermont".

Engaged overhauling chains, and painting cofferdams and chain lockers.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 4 machinists; 9 joiners; 2 tinsmiths; 2 plumbers; 2 carpenters; 2 painters; and 1 pipefitter.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSW to South.

Absentees at evening quarters: J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler, J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, and J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Calm to light airs from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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21 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and hot, clouding over last hour.

Light airs from SW.

J.J. Holden, Oiler, returned on board 192 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, light airs to light breeze from West to NE.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm and variable light airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees as follows: J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, J. Halighan, First-class Fireman, and J. Galagher, Oiler.

Engaged overhauling chains, chain lockers and drum rooms, and coating latter with cork paint.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 2 carpenters; 5 painters; 2 tinsmiths; 4 machinists; 7 plumbers; 9 joiners; 1 pipefitter, 1 helper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from WNW, to light breeze from WSW last hour.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board, same work going on.

Received in Equipment Department, exempted classes, the following stores: 900 16-candle-power lamps, Edison system, 70 Volt; and 50 32-candle-power lamps, Edison system, 70 Volt.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm, with light rain last hour.

Light airs from SW to SE and NW.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees as before.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, with occasional light showers first part, then clearing, occasionally moonlight.

Calm, with occasional light variable airs.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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22 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, damp and sultry, with occasional rain.

Light airs from SW first half, afterwards calm, with occasional NE airs.

J. Halligan, First-class Fireman, returned 17 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Light airs to breeze from NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 67½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 54 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from East and NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees as follows: J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, and J. Gallagher, Oiler.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Josephs, Coal Passer, and E. Packard, Oiler, were released from confinement, their terms of confinement having expired.

Following workmen on board: 5 machinists; 7 joiners; 6 painters; 2 plumbers; 2 electricians; 1 shipfitter, 1 helper; 5 carpenters.

At 9.30am shifted to berth at end of Cob Dock, near U.S.S. "Vermont".

U.S.S. "San Francisco" shifted to coal dock.

The new tube sheet for condenser was received on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

At 3.30pm U.S.S. "Maine" was taken out of dry dock by yard tugs and secured at foot of Main Street.

Same workmen on board as in forenoon.

Ensign J.H. Reid left the ship on a week's leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breezes from NE and ENE.

At 5.15pm mustered at evening quarters, same absentees as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool, with occasional passing showers.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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23 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Moderate squalls from NE to NNE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool, raining latter part.

Light breezes from NE and NNE.

Breaking out hold.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and damp, with occasional rain.

Light to gentle breeze from North by East.

Employed on board: 4 plumbers; 2 varnishers; 6 joiners; 7 machinists; 2 electricians; 1 ship carpenter, 2 helpers.

Ensign H.A. Field reported for duty as Watch and Division Officer.

Broke out, inspected and painted fore hold.

Absentees: J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, and J. Gallagher, Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and damp.

Gentle breeze from North.

Transferred to U.S.S. "San Francisco", with bag and hammock: Roland W. Bell, Coal Passer.

Put George Lane, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, in confinement for safe keeping, he being under the influence of liquor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from North to NE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees: J.J. Dudley, Coal Passer, J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, J. Galagher, Oiler, and J.F. Sprague, Private Marine.

Employed on board: 4 painters; 2 varnishers; 6 joiners; 7 machinists; 2 electricians; 1 ship carpenters and 2 helpers.

J.M. Garbrey, Jack of the Dust, returned on board 131 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNE, moderate squalls last hour.

J. Gallagher, Oiler, returned on board 86½ hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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24 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from NE and North.

Aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from North to NNE.

Engaged restowing hold and breaking out and painting lucky bag.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. "Monongahela" visited the ship.

By order of Commanding Officer George Lane, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for 5 days, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 7 joiners; 6 painters; 4 shipwrights; 2 electricians; 4 engineer machinists; 2 plumbers; 5 machinists; and 2 ordnance machinists.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 5 machinists and 1 helper; 1 plumber; 5 painters; 7 joiners; 3 electricians; 1 iron plater and 1 helper; and 3 ordnance machinists.

The training ship U.S.S. "Monongahela" was placed in stone dry dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NWW, hauling to South by End of watch.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman, returned on board drunk and noisy, he was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE to SE.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman, was released from confinement under sentry's charge by order of the Commanding Officer.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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25 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Bright starlight.

Light breeze and airs from NW and North.

Heavy dew.

Lieutenant M.E. Hall returned aboard from absence on temporary duty at the Navy Department.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy, light airs from NE.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE to NNE.

At 9.40am Commanding Officer inspected the crew at quarters.

Received on board for ship's use: 68¾ pounds fresh beef; and 68¾ pounds fresh vegetables.

J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, absent without authority.

At 10.30am sent party to attend divine service on U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from ESE to SE.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSE to SE by South.

At 5.15pm served out clean hammocks.

Surgeon George H. Harmon left the ship on leave of absence for two days.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, bright star and moonlight, obscured at intervals.

Light breezes from SSE to ESE.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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26 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, raining last hour, light breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining during watch.

Gentle to light breezes from East.

Barometer steady.

No quarters on account of weather.

Crew engaged scrubbing inside paintwork, preparatory to painting on spar deck.

6 machinists, 5 joiners, 4 painters, 3 electricians, 2 plumbers, 2 shipfitters with 2 helpers, and 1 machinist's helper from Navy Yard force at work on board.

Received from the United States flagship U.S.S. "San Francisco" one hack chronometer, Negus, number 1801.

Chief Engineer A.B. Bates returned on board from leave of absence.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining.

Light to moderate breezes from East.

Barometer steady.

Same Navy Yard force at work on board as during forenoon.

Ensign R.H. Jackson returned aboard from leave of absence.

The United States flagship U.S.S. "San Francisco" left coal dock at 4.00pm and stood down the river.

Cleaning out cofferdams around forward fireroom trunk.

Expended 1 hammock, blew overboard from girtlines and sunk.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and raining, partly clearing latter part.

Gentle to light breezes from ENE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: J. Allen, Seaman, W.P. Munger, Second-class Apprentice, and J.F. Sprague, Private Marine.

At 6.40pm the U.S.S. "Vesuvius" came in and made fast to coal dock wharf.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp, drizzling rain first part.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.

At 9.00pm U.S.S. "Vesuvius" left dock and stood up North River.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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27 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and damp.

Light breeze and airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, with light drizzling rain.

Light airs from ENE.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts the following fresh provisions: 67½ pounds fresh beef; and 67½ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Damp and raw weather, raining at times.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, J. Allen, Seaman, and W.P. Munger, First-class Apprentice, absent without leave.

Two plumbers, 6 electricians, 1 iron worker, 6 machinists, 1 helper, 3 painters, 5 joiners, 1 shipfitters, 1 helper at work on board.

Breaking out port cofferdams.


Meridian to 4pm:

Raining first hour, then clearing for a short time to Southward.

Light airs from ENE, shifting to SE.

At 1.30pm Italian war ships "Etna" and "G[iovanni] Bausan" passed up East River.

Scrubbed ship outside.

Same Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Calm first part, then light airs and breezes from NE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, same absentees as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, damp and cool.

Light airs from NE.


No observations for compass deviation, cloudy weather.


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28 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool, light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absentees: J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, J. Allen, Seaman, and W.P. Munger, Apprentice.

Employed on board: 7 electricians; 5 joiners; 6 machinists; 2 plumbers; 2 painters; 2 shipfitters; 2 sheet iron workers; and 4 ship carpenters.

Painting ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NE by East to South by East.

Employed on board: 4 electricians; 5 joiners; 6 machinists; 2 plumbers [mentioned twice in log-book]; 2 painters; 1 shipfitter; 2 sheet iron workers; and 4 ship carpenters.

Transferred to General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, New York: 6 jack knives; 144 papers of needles; 38 blue rating badges; 93 white rating badges; 90 petty officer's white shirts; 50 petty officer's white coats; 42 petty officer's white trousers; and 80 pounds tobacco.

The U.S.S. "Bancroft" came out of dry dock and secured to Cob Dock, ahead of this ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE to South.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees: W.P. Munger, Apprentice, John Allen, Seaman, and J.F. Sprague, Private Marine.

Painting ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and SSW.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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29 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from West by South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

Received 65 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables, and 52 pounds bread.

J. Allen, Seaman, returned 52 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from NW to WNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Engaged painting ship inside and touching up waterline outside.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 5 joiners; 6 machinists and 2 helpers; 1 steam fitter; 3 electricians; and 1 painter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from West to SSW.

G. Lane, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer, his term having expired.

Transferred to the U.S.S. "Bancroft" with their effects: H.H. Walker, Machinist, L.R. Boland, Coxswain, and J. Allen, Seaman.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 1 painter; 6 machinists and 2 helpers; 1 steam fitter; 3 electricians; 5 joiners.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light to gentle breeze from SSW.

J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, absent [at] evening quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from Westward.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


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30 June 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light breezes from WSW.

Daybreak at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from WSW to NW.

Ensign J.H. Reid returned from leave.

Received in Paymaster's Department for the use of crew: 66¼ pounds fresh beef; 66¼ pounds vegetables; and 46 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Engaged breaking out all storerooms.

Permanent Board of Inspection of Hull engaged in inspecting ship.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.R. Martin left the ship on one week's leave.

The following yard workmen engaged on board: 5 machinists, 1 helper; 1 driller in Engineer's Department; and 5 joiners; 2 carpenters; 1 painter; 1 plumber in Construction Department; and 5 electricians in Equipment Department.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from Westward first three hours, and ENE last hour.

Permanent Board on Inspection of Hull engaged in inspection of ship.

The following yard workmen engaged on board, in Engineer's Department: 5 machinists, 1 helper; and 1 driller.

In Construction Department: 5 joiners; 2 carpenters; 1 plumber; 1 painter.

In Equipment Department: 5 electricians.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE first hour and SSW last hour.

Engaged part of watch in restowing stores.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright star and moonlight.

Calm.

Full moon rose at 9.20pm.


No observations for compass deviation, ship too close to other ships.


Approved: [signed] Frank Wildes, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.


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LOG BOOK – JULY 1st 1893 TO DECEMBER 31st 1893


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Received February 12, 1894


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

Third Rate

of Six 6-inch Guns,


Commanded By

Commander P.F. Harrington, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Pacific Squadron,

Commencing July 1st, 1893,

at Navy Yard, New York,

and ending December 31st, 1893,

at Callao, Peru.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander P.F. Harrington, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1893, to December 31st, 1893.


Name

Rank

Frank Wildes

Commander

G. Blocklinger

Lieutenant

M.E. Hall

Lieutenant

B.A. Fiske

Lieutenant

C.J. Boush

Lieutenant

W.A. Gill

Lieutenant Junior Grade

H.A. Field

Ensign

J.H. Reid

Ensign

R.H. Jackson

Ensign

William G. Cutler

Lieutenant

P.F. Harrington

Commander

H.F. Fickbohm

Lieutenant

A.B. Speyers

Lieutenant

A.B. Bates

Chief Engineer

J.M. Pickerell

Assistant Engineer

A. Moritz

Assistant Engineer

George H. Harmon

Surgeon

J.R. Martin

Passed Assistant Paymaster

G.H. Grendle

Paymaster's Clerk


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] H.F. Fickbohm, Lieutenant, Navigator


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander P.F. Harrington, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1893, to December 31st, 1893.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

J.H. Reid

Ensign

Detached July 10, 1893

B.A. Fiske

Lieutenant

Detached July 14, 1893

Frank Wildes

Commander

Detached July 17, 1893

M.E. Hall

Lieutenant

Detached July 18, 1893

G. Blocklinger

Lieutenant

Detached July 19, 1893


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] H.F. Fickbohm, 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


Chief Boatswain's Mate

1


Boatswain's Mate, First-class

1


Chief Gunner's Mate

1


Chief Quartermaster

1


Quartermasters

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 Corporal

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


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

142 [144 in log-book]


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] H.F. Fickbohm, 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

Cabin




Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

May 31st, 1893

Naval Observatory, Navy Yard, New York

.06 high

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

Green, New York

3949

Forward part of pilot house




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

Green, New York

3950

Forward part of pilot house





Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] H.F. Fickbohm, 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

Six

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Brown prismatic

32.6 pounds

Common cast iron

100 pounds

Central pivot






34.5 pounds

Common steel

100 pounds







35.7 pounds







42.6 pounds

Shrapnel

100 pounds







47.3 pounds

Armour piercing

100 pounds







48.1 pounds



Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

Two

6-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

3-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






One

1-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

37 mm

Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon






Two

Gatling

Guns, model 1880







Boat armament


Sailing Launch: One 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss.

First Cutter: One Gatling gun, model 1880.


Small arms


100 Lee Remington magazine rifles.

114 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.

21 Cutlasses


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] H.F. Fickbohm, Lieutenant, Navigator


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Tables of Deviation of the Standard Compass Number 491 on board the U.S.S. Yorktown.


Date

April 5th, 1893

January 11th, 1894

April 5th, 1893

Place of Observation

At sea

Callao Bay, Peru

At sea

Latitude

36°58'30" N

12°00'00" S

36°58'30" N

Longitude

76°00'00" W

77°14'00" W

76°00'00" W

Observed Variation

3°48' West

9°14' East

3°48' West

Ship's Head by Compass

Deviation

Deviation

Deviation

North

0°24' E

0°01' E

0°21' E

North by East


0°48' W

0°00'

NNE

0°04' W

1°37' W

0°20' W

NE by North


2°12' W

0°50' W

NE

0°53' W

2°46' W

1°10' W

NE by East


3°09' W

1°10' W

ENE

2°27' W

3°32' W

1°20' W

East by North


3°46' W

1°20' W

East

0°48' W

3°59' W

1°30' W

East by South


4°00' W

1°40' W

ESE


4°01' W

1°40' W

SE by East


3°38' W

1°40' W

SE


3°14' W

1°40' W

SE by South


2°40' W

1°30' W

SSE


2°05' W

1°20' W

South by East


1°17' W

1°20' W

South

1°32' W

0°28' W

1°20' W

South by West


0°28' E

0°40' W

SSW

-

1°24' E

0°00'

SW by South


2°09' E

1°00' E

SW

1°02' E

2°54' E

1°10' E

SW by West


3°30' E

1°15' E

WSW

0°17' E

4°06' E

1°30' E

West by South


4°18' E

1°30' E

West

1°01' E

4°30' E

1°30' E

West by North


4°16' E

1°30' E

WNW

1°17' E

4°02' E

1°25' E

NW by West


3°04' E

1°25' E

NW

1°18' E

2°06' E

1°20' E

NW by North


1°53' E

1°00' E

NNW

1°10' E

1°40' E

0°50' E

North by West


0°50' E

0°40' E


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] H.F. Fickbohm, Lieutenant, Navigator



LOGS FOR JULY 1893


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1 July 1893

Moored to the Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, fine weather, with light mist around horizon, brilliant moonlight.

Calms and light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, light fog about the horizon.

Light airs from SSW first part and NE last part.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light airs from NE, shifting to SW.

The following Navy Yard workmen at work on board: 1 steamfitter, with two helpers; 4 plumbers; 4 joiners; 5 electricians; 2 ship's carpenters; 1 shipfitter; and 1 painter.

The U.S.S. "Maine's" engines were in operation during greater part of watch.

Sent the apprentices of this vessel on board the U.S.S. "Monongahela" to witness the presentation of the "Bailey Medal" to apprentice Whitehead of the United States training ship U.S.S. "Monongahela".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light airs from SW and South.

Lieutenant W.A. Gill left the vessel on 4 days' leave.

Sent liberty and baseball parties ashore.

The same Navy Yard mechanics at work on board as during forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: J.F. Sprague, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather.

Light airs from South.


No observations for compass error, too near other ships.


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2 July 1893

Moored to the Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 64 pounds fresh bread; 66½ pounds vegetables; rejected 66¼ pounds fresh beef, not suitable size pieces.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from WNW to light breeze from WSW and SW.

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

Absentee as follows: J.F. Sprague, Private Marine.

After quarters marched to muster and published orders relating to observance of July 4th and read Articles for the Government of the Navy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SW to SSE.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

The "Falcon" with Arctic Expedition passed up the river.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South.

Moon rose at 10.00pm.


No observations for compass error, too near other ships.


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3 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Misty and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, hazy.

Calm to light airs from ENE and East.


8am to meridian:

Partially clear and pleasant, light fog first hour, light airs and breezes from ESE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, B.J. Lynch, Private Marine, and J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, absent without leave.

A. Arial, Mess Attendant, who was also absent, came on board at 10.00am, 2½ hours over time.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, was declared a deserter from June 23, 1893.

Board on Hull inspected under firerooms, and two store rooms, finishing the inspection of the ship.

Broke out stores over protective deck, and red-leaded part of deck.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: 4 machinists; 3 electricians, 2 helpers; 5 joiners; 1 steam fitter; 1 painter.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 70 pounds of fresh meat.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW to SE.

Painting protective deck.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Workmen same as in forenoon, less one joiner.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant till last hour, then cloudy, with rain latter part.

Rove off dressing lines.

J.B. Lynch, Private Marine, and J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, absent at evening quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Calm and overcast, with occasional thunder and lightning, rain latter half, with light airs and breeze from West.


No observations for compass error, too close to other ships.


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4 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from SW first hour, hauling to NW by end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, light breezes from NW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 51 pounds fresh bread; 75 pounds of meat; and 75 pounds of vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absentees: B.J. Lynch, Private Marine, J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, J. Dowling, Private Marine, and D. Gamero, Mess Attendant.

At noon the ships in commission at Navy Yard fired salutes of 21 guns.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.F. Sprague, Private Marine, was declared a deserter from June 23, 1893.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW.

Lieutenant Gill returned from leave.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to other ships.


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5 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from SSW to WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW and South.

D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, returned 24 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, light breeze from South to SSE.

Absentees: J.F. Sloane, First-class Fireman, W.E. Gilchrist, Coxswain, G. Williams, Coal Passer, E.P. Weber, Landsman, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, William Waite, Apprentice Second-class, and J.A. Anderson, Apprentice Second-class.

The following yard workmen were employed on board, namely: 4 machinists; 2 steam fitters and 1 helper; 2 painters; 5 joiners; 1 electrician; 1 coppersmith and 1 helper; and 2 plumbers.

The Permanent Board for the Inspection of Hull inspected the pumping system of the ship.

William Waite, Apprentice Second-class, returned 4½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

Workmen from yard same as in forenoon.

The U.S.S. "Dolphin" was placed in the timber dry dock.

E.P. Weber, Landsman, returned 6 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

The following named men were absent at evening quarters: J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, W.E. Gilchrist, Coxswain, G.F. Williams, Coal Passer, Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, and C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, thunder showers during first two hours, the wind shifting from SSW to Northward, lightning last two hours.

Clear and pleasant at end of watch.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to other ships.


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6 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight and moonlight.

Calm to light airs from WSW.

Heavy dew, misty around horizon.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, light airs to light breezes from WSW to West.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Received on board for ship's use: 61¼ pounds fresh beef; 61¼ pounds vegetables; and 40 pounds bread.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The following men absent without leave: J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, W. Gilchrist, Coxswain, and C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class.

Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, returned 25 hours over time.

At 9.45am commenced turning over engines, and stopped at 10.00am.

Tried ventilator engine.

Drilled Marine Guard on dock.

The following yard workmen engaged on board: 2 machinists; 1 steam fitter, 1 helper; 2 plumbers; 6 joiners; 3 electricians.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Received on board a draft of 15 men, with bags and hammocks and necessary papers, from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont": N. Anderson, Seaman; H. Forsdale, Seaman; C. Olsen, Seaman; J.B. Bird, Ordinary Seaman; R.B. Richardson, Ordinary Seaman; S.B. Howley, Landsman; E.R. Peacock, Landsman; F. Jones, Shipwright; C. Nelson, Machinist; F. Dalton, Second-class Fireman; J.F.R. Boken, Second-class Fireman; P. Shmitt, Coal Passer; George Bendy, Coal Passer; C.H. Smyth, Coal Passer; H. Casey, First-class Fireman.

P. Joyce, Oiler, and M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, were placed in confinement under sentry's charge for safe keeping, for being drunk on board ship.

Received on board a box of charts for Pacific Station, also a catalog.

The following yard workmen engaged on board: 2 machinists; 6 joiners; 3 electricians; 2 plumbers; 1 steam fitter, 1 helper.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NW.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees without permission: J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, W. Gilchrist, Coxswain, C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, F.J. Horn, Mess Attendant, and E. Donaldson, Coal Passer.

Received in Engineer's Department: 501 gallons of lubricating oil; and 100 gallons of cylinder oil.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight latter part.

Light airs and breezes from NW to North.


No observations for compass deviations, too close to other ships.


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7 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant first part, clouding latter part.

Light breeze to light airs from North.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from NE.

P. Joyce, Oiler, and M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, were released from confinement under sentry's charge, by order of the Commanding Officer.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 87½ [pounds] fresh beef; 87½ [pounds] vegetables; and 75 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from NE and SSE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, W. Gilchrist, Coxswain, C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, F.J. Horn, Mess Attendant, M. Doran, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, T. Ahearn, First-class Fireman, R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman, H. Lamparter, Coal Passer, and Ah Sing, Mess Attendant.

The following Navy Yard workmen at work on board: 2 machinists; 7 joiners; 4 electricians.

Paraded Marine Guard to Rear Admiral B. Gherardi as he left the yard in tug.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.R. Martin, returned on board from leave of absence.

Crew painting berth deck and overhauling ventilator opening from nettings.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE and South.

The following Navy Yard mechanics were at work on board: 7 joiners; 3 electricians; 2 plumbers; 1 coppersmith, with 1 helper.

Painting on berth deck and quarter deck.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees same as at forenoon, excepting J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, who returned on board 106 hours over time.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: M. Foley, First-class Fireman, drunk from baseball party, reduced to 3rd [conduct] class and monthly money stopped two months; Patrick Joyce [Joice in log-book], Oiler, drunk on duty, to lose one month's monthly money; F. Rushman, Oiler, failing to obey order of machinist promptly, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from South.


No observations for compass deviations, too close to other ships.


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8 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Moon rose at 12.10am.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Generally pleasant, heavy rain squalls from 6.00am to 6.30am.

Light airs from SSW.

Scrubbed locker bags.

Arthur Arial, Mess Attendant, returned on board 11½ hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

Surgeon G.E.H. Harmon left the ship on five days' leave.

U.S.S. "Vesuvius" came down the river and anchored off the U.S.S. "Vermont".

The following Navy Yard workmen were at work on board during forenoon: 7 joiners; 4 plumbers; 6 electricians; 2 shipfitters, 2 helpers.

Received on board in Construction Department: four bureaus for wardroom.

W.C. Gilchrist, Coxswain, returned on board 76 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze from SSE.

Sent gig and dinghy up in yard for repairs.

Sent A. Josephs, Coal Passer, J.F. Ashton, Water Tender, and J. Toole, Water Tender, to the United States Naval Hospital.

Received from the U.S.S. "Baltimore" one man, with bag and hammock: W.B. Reeves, Seaman.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board, excepting 3 plumbers.

The U.S.S. "Dolphin" came out of dry dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm, first half squally and rainy, with lightning last half.

Light breeze from South by East first half, shifting to gentle breeze with stiff squalls from West and NW and then to East.

T. Ahearn, First-class Fireman, returned on board 33 hours over time and H. Lamparter, Coal Passer, returned on board 35 hours over time.

At 5.15pm went to quarters, absentees as follows: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, M. Doran, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, Ah Sing, Wardroom Cook, F.J. Horn, Mess Attendant, and William Cox, Coal Passer.

Shifted fixed ammunition from forward to after room.

The U.S.S. "Vesuvius" went alongside the Ordnance wharf.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light rain first part, clearing last hour.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

F.J. Horn, Mess Attendant, returned on board 60 hours over time.


No observations for compass deviations, too close to other ships.


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9 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from West and NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from NW to gentle breeze from NW by North.

Received in Paymaster's Department fresh provisions as follows: 77½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 62 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NW and NNW.

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

C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, M. Doran, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, Ah Sing, Wardroom Cook, and William Cox, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Sent church party to U.S.S. "Vermont", and a liberty party ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light to moderate breezes from NW.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW and NW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW and NW.


No observations for compass deviations, too near to other ships.


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10 July 1893

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

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from North and NNE.

M. Doran, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned on board 88 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North and NNE.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, absentees: C.D. Carl, Apprentice, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, Ah Sing, Wardroom Cook, William Cox, Private Marine, and R.E.L. Garcine, Yeoman.

Cast off from Cob Dock and went into dry dock in tow of Navy Yard tug.

Employed on board: 4 painters; 7 joiners; 4 shipfitters, 4 helpers; 3 plumbers; 2 electricians; and 2 cement workers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW to NW.

Received from U.S.S. "Baltimore", with bag and hammock, Charles Tame, Second-class Fireman, transferred to this ship by authority of Bureau of Navigation.

R.E.L. Garcine, Yeoman, returned on board 6 hours over time.

Employed on board: 4 painters; 7 joiners; 11 shipfitters; 3 plumbers; 7 electricians; and 3 cement workers.

Received: 25 pounds sal ammoniac; 25 zinc electrodes; ½ pound of 1 Ampere fuze wire; 2 electric call bells; 300 feet bell wire; 3 navigator's lamps; and 1 gauge glass for oil filter.

The ship's bottom was found covered with a soft slime, which was easily taken off with brushes, except a somewhat hard black deposit, that seemed like coal tar which was found deposited on the upper surfaces of the bilge kelsons.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NW first hour, afterwards calm.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees: C.D. Carl, Apprentice, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, and William Cox, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from NNW.

D. Gamero and Arthur Arial (Mess Attendants) were absent by having left the ship without permission.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping, he being under the influence of liquor.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to iron derrick.


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11 July 1893

In dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW.

At 3.45am D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, and Arthur Arial, Mess Attendant, returned to ship, having been absent without authority.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm first hour, afterwards light airs from West and NNW.

Received 48¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables, and 63 pounds of bread.

Removed magnets from compasses to take magnetic dock observations.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light airs to light breeze from NNW to West.

George L. Kerr, Seaman, reported on board from the training station, with bag and hammock.

At 9.30am inspected and mustered crew at quarters, absentees: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, William Cox, Private Marine, H.C. Lamparter, Coal Passer, and G.F. Williams, Coal Passer.

The following yard workmen were employed on board: 7 joiners; 11 electricians; 10 shipfitters; 4 painters; 2 machinists.

The following stores in Construction and Repair [Department] were received on board: 18 oars; 350 pounds Fibball's [earlier spelled as Fiball and Fibbal] cement; 63 pounds brass wire; 12 pair hinges, assorted; 4 dozen locks, assorted; 4 dozen brass knobs; 25 pounds cork, ground; 1 ratchet number 4; 2 dozen wall brushes; ½ dozen varnish brushes.

Also the following Equipment [Department] stores: 8 hair pillows; 15 mattress and covers; 5 soap dishes; 15 gallons lard oil; 20 gallons lubricating oil; 15 gallons of cylinder oil; 100 pounds cotton waste.

The following [stores] were turned into store in Construction and Repair [Department]: 6 bureaus.

And in Equipment Department: 15 mattresses; 21 mattress covers; 4 cabin curtains; 7 wardroom curtains; 1 signal yard.

M. Foley, First-class Fireman, was released from confinement under sentry's charge, he being sober.

By order of the Commanding Officer, M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, was placed under sentry's charge, he being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

The following punishments were awarded by the Commanding Officer: G.J. Tripp and H. Hill, Coal Passers, not reporting for duty, money stopped one month; A. Arial, Mess Attendant, and D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, absent from ship without permission, single irons from 8.00pm to 6.00am while in dry dock; M. Foley, First-class Fireman, drunk on duty, two days' double irons.

The Permanent Hull Board inspected the ship's bottom, which was also inspected by a Board of Officers from the yard, Commander H. Elmer senior member.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW by North to West.

M. Conway, Seaman Gunner, was by order of the Commanding Officer released from sentry's charge, and F.H. Rushman, Oiler, from confinement.

Transferred to the receiving ship U.S.S. "Vermont" the following men, with their effects:


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Meridian to 4pm (Continued):

J.T. Ashton, Water Tender; T. Ahearn, First-class Fireman; E. Brennan, Boiler Maker; T. Buckley, First-class Fireman; J. Brown, Landsman; C. Connelly, Second-class Fireman; M. Conway, Seaman Gunner; M. Clancey, First-class Fireman; J. Droger, Chief Master-at-Arms; J. Dalzell, Ordinary Seaman; N.J. Feiser, Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J. Fagan, Second-class Fireman; S.L. Fleisher, Second-class Fireman; J. Gallagher, Oiler; C. Griffin, Oiler; W.E. Gilchrist, Coxswain; J. Hallighan, First-class Fireman; J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler; J.J. Hutchings, Machinist; W.W. Hall, Bayman; T.L. Jones, Second-class Fireman; P. Joyce, Oiler; A. Josephs, Coal Passer; J. Kempter, Boatswain's Mate Second-class; E. Kielgast, Oiler; R. Klotz, Ordinary Seaman; M.J. Lynch, Gunner's Mate Third-class; C. Lutonacker, Coxswain; A.E. Lowe, Dynamo Oiler; Alex McLean, Seaman; M. McGinley, First-class Fireman; E. Packard, Dynamo Oiler; F.H. Rushman, Oiler; C. Stacey, Second-class Fireman; J.M. Sjoholm, Quartermaster Third-class; C. Smith, Ordinary Seaman; J. Tool, Water Tender; G.F. Williams, Coal Passer.

And the following named men were received from the U.S.S. "Vermont", with their effects and papers: F. Higgins, Seaman; Larry [Lary in log-book] Young, Seaman; J.E. Robinson, Seaman; C.E. Peterson, Seaman; Steven Jorna, Seaman; J. Tillander, Seaman; Hugh Boyd, Seaman; J. Murphy, Seaman; P.J. Kane, Seaman; John Martinsson, Seaman; W. Forrest, Seaman; Charles E. Consey, Ordinary Seaman; Edward P. Hennessey, Landsman; Henry J. Gibbons, Landsman; Joseph N. Bucker, Landsman; James Lynch, First-class Fireman; William Cochrane, First-class Fireman; Charles Kelly, First-class Fireman; Valentine Blanchard, First-class Fireman; A.M. Wilkinson, First-class Fireman; Gus Green, First-class Fireman; Joseph L. Whitaker, First-class Fireman; Charles E. Sandrowsky, First-class Fireman; Joseph Sterling, First-class Fireman; George P. Jordan, First-class Fireman; Charles R. Lane, First-class Fireman; James Francis, Blacksmith; C. Toderesco, Second-class Fireman; L. Peters, Second-class Fireman; William Smythy, Second-class Fireman; N. McIntyre, Second-class Fireman;


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F.J. Clark, Second-class Fireman; Charles Hudson, Coal Passer; P. Quirk, Coal Passer.

George Lane, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, was placed in confinement for safe keeping, he being under the influence of liquor and noisy.

The yard workmen employed on board same as in forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW to SW by South.

At 5.30 the U.S.S. "Dolphin" left the yard.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.


No observations for compass deviation, too near to iron derrick.


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12 July 1893

In Simpson dry dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight first part, cloudy latter part of watch.

Light airs and breezes from SW to West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, gentle to light breeze from West.

George Lane, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, released [from confinement], he being sober.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, William Cox, Private Marine, and A.R. Peacock, Landsman.

The following yard workmen engaged at work on board: 6 plumbers; 13 electricians; 10 shipfitters and helpers; 5 joiners; 23 painters; 1 laborer, 1 boy.

The work of painting ship's bottom in progress.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from West to WSW.

Received on board stores in Equipment Department as follows: 4 squirt cans; 48 tins of putz pomade; 48 packages Tripoli polishing powder; and 4 chamois skins.

J. Sullivan, Coal Passer, and S.H. Smyth [Smythe in log-book], Coal Passer, were placed under sentry's charge, for being drunk on board ship, by order of the Commanding Officer.

The following yard workmen engaged on work on board ship: 13 electricians; 6 plumbers; 10 shipfitters and helpers; 5 joiners; 1 laborer, 1 boy; and 23 painters.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WSW first hour and from South remainder of watch.

Received on board stores in Engineer's Department as follows: 1 gauge glass cutter; 24 gauge glasses; 2 aneroid barometers; 1 blacksmith's forge; 6 sets steam launch grate bars; 50 yards cotton webbing; 24 panes glass; 14 globe lanterns; 24 globes; 24 diaphragms; 20 pounds Tucks packing; 23 pounds Valcabestoes [?] packing; 50 pounds usudurian packing; 225 rubber gaskets; 100 pounds Grady's scouree; 25 petcocks; 12 oil cups, brass; 29 feet brass pipe; 24 water gauge glasses; 48 lead pencils; 6 sheets drawing paper; 2 blank books; 1 gross gum loops; 2 carmine ink; 1 pint mucilage; 10 gross letter paper; 1 gross soapstone pencils; 160 address tags; 1 letter book; 12 steel wedges; 6 hack saw blades; 11 drift pins; 4 screw clamps; 8 devil's claws; 6 slice bars; 3 hose cleaning boilers; 34 corn brooms; 24 scrub brushes; 20 pounds Clarline [?]; 6 angle valves; 12 armoirs, brass; 2 quarts ink; 12 screw wrenches; 2 boxes copper rivets; 1 barrel asbestos cement; 1 barrel fire clay.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absentees without permission: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, William Cox, Private Marine, A.R. Peacock, Landsman, and J. Murphy, Seaman.


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8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SSW to SW.

Occasional lightning to Westward and Eastward.

One master mechanic and 2 shipfitters at work on hull repairs until 9.45pm.

E. Donaldson, Coal Passer, returned aboard 181¾ hours over time.


No observations for compass deviation, too near to iron derrick.


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13 July 1893

In Simpson dry dock, and moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant, passing showers last hour, lightning to Northward.

Light to moderate breezes from SW.

George Lane, Seaman, drunk on board ship, J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, drunk on watch in fireroom and J.F. Bowen, Second-class Fireman, dead drunk on the deck, were all placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.


4am to 8am [pm in log-book]:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather, several very light passing showers during first hour.

Light airs from SW by West to West by South.

Placed B. Lynch, Private Marine, under sentry's charge, for being drunk on board ship, by order of the Commanding Officer.

J. Murray, Coal Passer, returned at 4.35am, having been absent from the ship without authority, and P. Quirk absent without leave.

A.R. Peacock, Landsman, returned aboard 24 hours over time.

Received in Department of Purchasing and Contracting: 78¾ pounds fresh beef; 78¾ pounds vegetables; and 63 pounds bread.


8am [pm in log-book] to meridian:

Clear, hot weather.

Light to gentle breeze from West by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, William Cox, Private Marine, and P. Quirk, Coal Passer.

By order of the Commanding Officer M. Foley, First-class Fireman, was released from confinement, and the following punishments were awarded: H.C. Lamparter, Coal Passer, absent from ship without permission, 5 days' bread and water; J. Sullivan, Coal Passer, shirking duty, 2 days' bread and water; same drunk on duty, 5 days' bread and water; William Smythy, Coal Passer, drunk on duty, 5 days' bread and water; J. Lynch, First-class Fireman, drunk on board ship, reduced to 4th [conduct] class and money stopped one month; G. Lane, Seaman, drunk on duty, 4 days' double irons.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores: 2 brass spittoons; 40 thumb tacks; 50 lamp taps; 2 lamp hooks; 18 pump plungers; 29½ pounds sheet gum; 21 pounds flax packing, square; 31 pounds flax packing, broaded [sic]; 20 pounds asbestos packing; 6 firing tools, prickers; 4 travelers ash hoists; 63 files, assorted; 1 keel condenser; 1 set spare parts; 12 fuller [?] brushes; 22¾ [pounds] sheet copper; 76 pounds rubber sheet; 400 pounds red lead; 50 pounds concentrated lye; 25 gallons turpentine; 100 pounds of animal charcoal; 10 gallons paraffin varnish; 25 pounds black paint; 24 hard rubber valves, 6¼ inch; 8 Jenkins valves, 1½ inch x ⅜ inch; 32 Jenkins valves, 3½ inch x ⅝ inch; 16 Jenkins valves, 4½ inch; 6 globe valves, 1 inch; 100 rubber grommets; 15 fathoms manila rope; ½ set piston springs; 1 hose reducer; 30 pounds gum sheet; 15 feet rubber tubing; 62 feet gum sheet, 1/16 inch and 3/16 inch; 30 pounds potash, 25 gallons linseed boiled oil; 1 gallons glycerin; 40 pounds plumbago; 5 gallons Damar varnish; 10 pounds ultramarine blue; 2 gallons sugar lead drier; 2 gallons hard oil finish; 50 pounds tallow; 5 pounds white chalk; 300 pounds sal soda; (Continued).


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8am [pm in log-book] to meridian (Continued):

25 bilge pump valves; 12 bushings; 24 valves, hard rubber, 8½ inch.

At 10.05am the U.S.S. "Bancroft" left the Navy Yard and the U.S.S. "Miantonomoh" passed up the East River.

At 11.50am began flooding dry dock.

The following Navy Yard mechanics were at work on board: 14 electricians; 16 shipfitters; 5 joiners; 4 plumbers; 3 painters; 1 machinist.

Ensign J.H. Reid left the ship, he having been detached on the 12th of this month.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle breezes from NW and NNW.

Heavy showers during second hour.

At 1.18pm the ship floated in dry dock.

At 1.40pm called all hands unmoor ship, hauled out of dock and made fast to coal dock.

Same number of yard mechanics on board as during forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ENE and SSE.

At 5.15pm mustered at quarters, absent without leave: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, William Cox, Private Marine, M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, the latter having left ship without permission.


8pm to midnight:

Clouding over first part, with lightning from Southward at intervals remainder of watch.

Light airs from SSE first hour, wind then shifted SW by West till latter part of watch, when it came out in gentle breezes from SE.

J. Murphy, Seaman, absent without leave.


No observations for compass deviation, too near to iron derrick.


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14 July 1893

Moored to Cob Dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle to light breezes from ENE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts the following fresh provisions: 65 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from NE, hauling to SSE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, William Cox, Private Marine, P. Quirk, Coal Passer, J. Murphy, Seaman, C.J. Hyde, Seaman, S.C. McQuay, Landsman, M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, and F.S. Kirk, Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, and J.F. Bowen, Second-class Fireman, reduced to 4th [conduct] class and money stopped for three months, for being drunk on duty; William Howlly, Coal Passer, drunk on board ship, 5 days' double irons on bread and water; C.E. Consey, Ordinary Seaman, slow obeying orders of petty officer, one day double irons.

Lieutenant William G. Cutler reported on board as the relief of Lieutenant B.A. Fisk.

13 electricians, 5 joiners, 5 painters, 12 shipfitters from Navy Yard at work on board.

Replaced magnets in bridge, standard and steering compasses.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SW by South to SE by South.

Crew engaged in getting stores on board.

Stores received in Paymaster's Department as follows: 1600 pounds biscuit; 1400 pounds salt pork; 191 gallons beans; 200 pounds rice; 200 pounds apples; 493½ [pounds] butter; 448 pounds tomatoes; 512 pounds vegetables; 384 pounds fruit; 384 pounds canned mutton; 384 pounds corned beef; 408 [pounds] brawn; 384 pounds canned ham; 382 pounds bacon; 432 [pounds] sausage; 1000 pounds coffee; 219 pounds tea; 3259 pounds sugar; 456 [pounds] pickles; 60 gallons syrup; 59 gallons vinegar; 354 yards cloth; 94 yards flannel; 50 pairs of shoes; 200 pair socks; 5 mattresses; 100 cloth caps; 2400 pounds tobacco; 3750 [pounds] salt water soap; 50 wisp brooms; 60 [pounds] blacking.

Let go starboard and port bower anchors, and catted them.

The starboard anchor worked very unsatisfactorily, banging under fore foot of vessel each time.

John W. Lynch, First-class Fireman, received on board from U.S.S. "St. Louis" and J. Murnane, Gunner's Mate Second-class, from the U.S.S. "Cushing", their bag, hammock and papers have not arrived.

Lieutenant B.A. Fiske detached on reporting of his relief and ordered to the U.S.S. "San Francisco".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from SE by South and SSE.

E. Hannis, Captain of Hold, disrated by Commanding Officer from Captain of Hold to Seaman.


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8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, light airs from South.

Lieutenant W.G. Cutler left the ship on 4 days' leave of absence.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to U.S.S. "Maine".


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15 July 1893

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant beginning of watch, clouding over at end of watch.

Light airs from South by West to South.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from SE and South.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 81½ pounds fresh beef; and same amount of vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, light breeze from South to SSE.

The following men were absent: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, William Cox, Private Marine, P. Quirk, Coal Passer, J. Murphy, Seaman, S. McQuay, Landsman, M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, and F.S. Kirk, Apprentice First-class.

The U.S.S. "Bancroft" came in from the Eastward and made fast to the Cob Dock.

The following workmen employed on board, namely: 5 joiners; 12 electricians; 6 shipfitters; and 2 painters.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 15 fathoms bower chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm, gentle breeze from South.

The following workmen were employed on board, namely: 5 joiners; 12 electricians; 13 shipfitters; and 2 painters.

William S. Street, Machinist, was received on board from the U.S.S. "Baltimore".

By order of Commanding Officer released C.E. Consey, Ordinary Seaman, his term of confinement having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy.

Gentle breeze from South to South by West.

Got starboard anchor on the bow and let it go, then weighed it.

F.S. Kirk, Apprentice First-class, returned on board [left blank] hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSW.

Tried the searchlights.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to U.S.S. "Maine".


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16 July 1893

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, raining during greater part of watch, with thunder and lightning.

Light breezes and airs from WSW to SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, clouding over last part of watch.

Light breeze from SW by West.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 81½ pounds fresh beef; 81½ pounds vegetables; and 55 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West to WSW.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters, then had general muster.

Absentees without permission: C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, William Cox, Private Marine, P. Quirk, Coal Passer, J. Murphy, Seaman, S.C. McQuay, Landsman, M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, R. Williams, Seaman, W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, Ah Sing, Mess Attendant, and H. Boyd, Seaman.

H. Boyd, Seaman, returned to ship 218 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm, sultry weather, passing rain shower during second hour.

Light breeze from NW by West, shifting to West and then to SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and sultry weather.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

R. Williams, Seaman, returned 12 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Bright starlight, warm and muggy weather.

Calm to light airs from SW.

By order of the Commanding Officer William Forrest, Seaman, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping, and G.J. Tripp, Coal Passer, was confined in double irons for safe keeping, he being drunk and disorderly; H.C. Lamparter, Coal Passer, J. Sullivan, Coal Passer, William Smythy, Coal Passer, were put under sentry's charge outside of the brig.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to U.S.S. "Maine".


Approved: [signed] Frank Wildes, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.


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17 July 1893

Moored to coal wharf, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm, light low lying mist.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Warm and sultry weather.

Calm.

Released from confinement under sentry's charge G.J. Tripp, Coal Passer, and William Forrest, Seaman, both by order of Commanding Officer.

The following men returned to ship: A. Carlson, Carpenter's Mate, 12 hours over time; S.C. McQuay, Landsman, 71½ hours over time.

Engaged in coaling ship.

J.W. Swenson, Blacksmith, returned 12 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm, sultry weather.

Calm to light breezes from South.

By order of the Commanding Officer released from confinement: G. Lane, Seaman; William Howley, Coal Passer; H.C. Lamparter, Coal Passer; J. Sullivan, Coal Passer; William Smyth, Coal Passer.

C.D. Carl, Apprentice Second-class, was declared a deserter from the 6th of this month.

Transferred to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont", with bags and hammocks and necessary papers: N. McIntyre, Second-class Fireman, and F.S. Kirk, Apprentice First-class.

Received from the U.S.S. "Minnesota", with bag and hammock and necessary papers: Edward Warsaw, Apprentice Second-class.

Theodore Carlson, Sailmaker's Mate, returned on board 15 hours over time.

Resumed coaling at 8.30am, received 54 tons of bituminous coal during watch.

Lieutenant S.T. Graham reported on board with modified orders from the department, revoking his orders to this ship.

Received the following stores in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 6 petty officer's caps; 135 blue rating badges; 9 white rating badges; 200 papers of needles; 1024 [spools] sewing silk; 48 jackknives.

The following Navy Yard mechanics were at work on board: 12 electricians; and 2 plumbers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and sultry, with light breezes from WSW.

Resumed coaling ship at 1.00pm, received 39 tons of coal during watch.

At 3.40pm called all hands to muster.

Commander Frank Wildes read the department's order detaching him from this vessel, and Commander P.F. Harrington read the department's order ordering him to relieve Commander Wildes, and therewith assumed command of the vessel.

The usual disrating and rerating of all rated men were made by the retiring and new Commanding Officers.

Passed Assistant Paymaster J.R. Martin left the ship on 48 hours' leave of absence.

12 electricians and 1 plumber at work on board from Navy Yard.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair weather, warm, but cooler latter part.

Light airs from SW, shifting to NE.

A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, returned 23 hours over time.

Received 17 tons of coal during watch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light fog on the river.

Light breeze from NE.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to U.S.S. "Maine".


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18 July 1893

Moored to coal dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, clear overhead, hazy about the horizon.

J. Morean, Oiler, returned to ship 29½ hours over time.

J. Gleason returned to ship, having been absent 4½ days without authority.

Placed him under sentry's charge for safe keeping by order of the Commanding Officer.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm, hazy around horizon.

Calm.

Coaling ship from 5.30am to 7.20am, received 30 tons.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 152½ pounds fresh meat; 122 pounds fresh bread; 140 pounds fresh vegetables, being 20 pounds short of latter's proper amount.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm first part, then light airs and breezes from WNW.

Coaling ship.

At noon had received today 86 tons.

Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm reported on board in obedience to orders from Navy Department as relief of Lieutenant M.E. Hall.

William Cox, Private Marine, declared a deserter from 8th of this month by order of Commanding Officer.

Lieutenant A.B. Speyers reported on board in obedience to orders from Navy Department as relief of Lieutenant G. Blocklinger.

J. Gleason was restored to duty by order of Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to gentle breezes from WNW to West.

Following men received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont": J.H. McPherson, Apprentice Second-class; A.J. Holland, Apprentice Second-class; J.D. Hollingsworth, Apprentice Second-class; J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class; J.J. Cormody [Cormoday in log], Apprentice Second-class; A. Smith, Seaman; H.S. Hutchingson, Machinist; with bags and hammocks and transfer papers.

James G. O'Connor, Private Marine, left the ship without permission and did not return.

Coaling ship, received on board about 40 tons of coal in this watch.

At 1.00pm the U.S.S. "Monongahela" was towed to sea by Navy Yard tug.

Received in Equipment Department: 6 gin blocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from West till last hour, then came out from East.

Lieutenant M.E. Hall was detached from this ship by order of Navy Department, having been relieved by Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm.

Coaled till 5.20pm this watch, total coal received on board 265 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light airs from ENE.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to U.S.S. "Maine".


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19 July 1893

Moored to coal dock, Navy Yard, New York

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Light airs to gentle breezes from WNW to NW.

Lieutenant W.G. Cutler returned aboard from leave of absence.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NW and North.

Coaling ship, received this watch 33 tons, making in all received 293 tons 1843 pounds.

At 5.00am U.S.S. "Bancroft" left the dock and stood down East River.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

Lieutenant G. Blocklinger, U.S. Navy, was detached by order of the department and placed on waiting orders.

J.W. Lynch, Plumber, was sent to the yard on duty and did not return.

Received from the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" the following named men, with their effects and necessary papers: A.E. Lowe, Dynamo Oiler, and J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from NE by North to NNE.

Sent to the Naval Hospital for treatment James Francis, Boiler Maker.

Received in Construction Department the following stores: 5 yards ticking; 1 share hook; 1 solder pot; 1 ladle, 2½ inch; 1 furnace; 3 soldering irons; 3 half-round files, 12 inch; 1 chipping knife; 2 cold chisels; 1 brace; set of bits and hoist drills; 1 plumber's hammer; 2 Stillson wrenches; 4 wood chisels; 2 monkey wrenches; 2 screw drivers; 1 tap borer; 1 pair compasses; 20 gallons turpentine; 75 pounds shellac; 30 gallons alcohol; 20 gallons Japan dryer; 50 gallons linseed oil, boiled; 25 gallons linseed oil, raw; 300 pounds vermilion; 200 [pounds] paste dryer; 1500 pounds red lead; 1 trim pin, large; 1 trim pin, small; 1 bending pin; 1 force pump; 50 pounds solder; 1 dresser; 3 half-round rasps, 12 inch; 1 plumber's mallet; 1 compass saw; 4 wood chisels.

And in Equipment [Department]: 3 pitchers.

Received from U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" the following men, namely: A.J. Bechtle, Ordinary Seaman; E. Edwards, First-class Fireman; William MacKay, Coal Passer; and George Dines, Seaman.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from NE to NNW.

Received in Equipment Department (exempted [classes]) the following articles: 1 dozen plugs for receptacles; 2 pounds rubber for washers; 5 Leclanché cells; 8 combination watertight switch and receptacles; 1 commutator and armature for C. & C. motor.

Sent for and hoisted all boats, excepting gig.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

Gentle NNW breeze.

Bright starlight.

Barometer rising.


No observations for compass deviation, too close to U.S.S. "Maine".


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20 July 1893

Moored to dock, Navy Yard, New York, and at anchor off Tompkinsville, Staten Island

Lat 40.704, Long -73.975


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW to North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North to NE by East.

B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, returning to the ship, he having left the ship without permission.

At 7.00am started fires in boilers B and C.


8am to meridian:

Cloudless and warm.

Light NE airs and breezes.

At 9.00am got gig down from boathouse.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, 8 men absent without leave: P. Quirk, Coal Passer, J. Murphy, Seaman, W. Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, J.B. Regler, Coxswain, G.W. Alben, Apprentice Second-class, J.G. O'Conners, Ordinary Seaman, J.W. Lynch, Plumber and Fitter, and Ah Shing, Mess Attendant.

At 11.00am had general muster, same men being found absent as at quarters.

At 11.30am John Murphy, Seaman, returned on board, having been absent for 9 days without leave.

By order of Captain placed him under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Received from U.S.S. "Vermont" John Davies, Boiler Maker, with bag hammock and necessary papers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light breezes from NNW and South by East.

At 1.30pm turned engines over.

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont" Ernest Edwards, First-class Fireman.

At 1.45pm hauled clear of dock assisted by tug "Traffic", and at 2.00pm stood down East River in command of Captain.

Off Governors Island transmitting wire of steam steering gear carried away.

At 3.05pm came to off Tompkinsville in 8 fathoms water, 28 [fathoms] port chain.

At end of watch high water slack.

Draft of ship 14 feet forward, 16 feet 5 inches aft.

Banked fires.

Bearings from anchorage by standard [compass], ship's head South by West: Robbins Reef light N9°E, Fort Lafayette S27°E.

Found Italian cruiser "Dogali" ["Dogalli" in log-book] at anchor off Bay Ridge.

Following men this day declared deserters: P. Quirk, Coal Passer; J.W. Lynch, Plumber and Fitter; William Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman; G.W. Alben, Second-class Apprentice; J.B. Regler, Coxswain.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light SSE breeze.

At 5.05pm tug "Traffic" brought down powder lighter and a draft of 4 men, with their bags hammocks and necessary papers, namely: J. Barry, Landsman; R.E. McGowan, Coal Passer; J.S. Pederson, Seaman; G. Burke, Plumber and Fitter.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

At 9.15pm commenced swinging to flood, and finished at 10.45pm.

Tried searchlights.


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21 July 1893

At anchor off Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York

Lat 40.65, Long -74.07


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Moderate to light breezes in light squalls from WNW.

Riding to flood tide until 3.25am, when began to swing.

Large fire in New York during first two hours.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from West.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW to NW by West.

Began swinging to flood at 11.25am and finished at 11.30am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Bent sail.

At 10.20am an Italian gunboat passed out and stood to the Southward


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Ship riding to the flood tide.

At 12.40pm sent a party of 24 men and powder-hoy to Fort Wadsworth for ammunition.

Bending sails.

At 2.40pm Italian man-of-war steamed into harbor and stood out again at 3.20pm.

Navy Yard tug delivered mail on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from WNW to West.

At 4.30pm Italian man-of-war, which passed out in afternoon, returned and steamed up the harbor and anchored.

At 4.40pm commenced swinging to ebb and finished at 5.30pm.

Engaged during watch in receiving and stowing powder and ammunition.

Received on board in Ordnance [Department] the following stores: 73 reduced charges 6-inch breech loading rifle; 62 ordinary charges 6-inch breech loading rifle; 140 common shells 6-inch breech loading rifle; 34 chests 6-pounder common shells; 13 chests 6-pounder steel shells; 25 chests 3-pounder common shells; 19 chests 3-pounder steel [shells]; 2 chests 1-pounder common shells; 1 chest 1-pounder steel shells; 2 chests 37 mm Hotchkiss revolving cannon common shells; 1000 .45 caliber blank cartridges; 1000 primers for 6-pounder Hotchkiss ammunition; 300 vent sealing primers for 6-inch breech loading rifle.

The storage of the materials is as follows: 43 reduced charges 6-inch breech loading rifle forward magazine and 30 after magazine; 45 ordinary charges 6-inch breech loading rifle in forward magazine and 17 aft; 80 common shells for 6-inch breech loading rifle in forward shell room and 60 aft; 34 boxes common shells 6-pounder and 13 boxes steel shells in after fixed ammunition room; 25 chests 3-pounder common [shells] and 19 3-pounder steel shells in forward fixed ammunition room; 3 chests 1-pounder common [shells] and 1 chest 1-pounder steel [shells] and 2 chests 37 mm common [shells] in after fixed ammunition room.

William Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, returned on board 130 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer he was placed under the sentry's charge for safe keeping while intoxicated, not intended as a punishment.

At 7.15pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.


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8pm [8am in log-book] to midnight:

Fine weather, bright star and moonlight.

Finished stowing ammunition at 8.45pm.

Transferred with clothing and necessary papers to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Vermont": Thomas Barry, Landsman, he being in excess of complement, by return of William Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, who had been declared a deserter.

Riding to ebb tide until 11.40pm, slack water.

Moon set at 11.20pm.


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22 July 1893

At sea, making passage to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 39.82, Long -74.00


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breezes from West.

The steam cutter returned to the ship at 2.00am, having been delayed by an accident to her pump.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

At 5.15am called all hands up anchor, and at 5.25am got under way and stood out of harbor.

At 7.24am Scotland lightship abeam and close aboard, set course South by W⅜W by standard compass, patent log reading 6.1.

At end of watch course South by W⅜W, by standard [compass], patent log [reading] 12.0, under 3 boilers, A, B and D, making 80.6 revolutions on each engine, steam pressure 45 pounds.

Draft of ship 14 feet 2 inches forward and 16 feet 6 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze to light airs from West by South.

Sea smooth.

Standing along Jersey coast.

Course South by West until 10.40am, when changed to South by W¼W (per bridge compass), patent log [reading] 37.

At end of watch course South by W¼W (per bridge compass), patent log 45.3, Barnegat lighthouse bore S66°W (per bridge compass), distant 5 miles.

Average revolutions for watch 76, steam 100, vacuum 20.2.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and secured battery.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement J. Murphy, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from West by South to SW by West.

At 12.25pm changed course from South by W⅝W to SW¾W, Barnegat lighthouse being abeam.

At 2.40pm sighted Absecon [Absecom in log-book] lighthouse about 3 points on starboard bow.

At 3.10pm changed course to SW½S.

At 3.30pm black buoy off this lighthouse bore abeam, distant about 2 miles.

At 4.00pm Absecon [Absecom in log-book] lighthouse abeam, distant about 7 miles.

Steam under 3 boilers, average pressure 101.2, revolutions 79.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and fine, hazy about horizon.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW by South.

Steam alone, course SW¾S.

Land in sight on starboard hand.

Absecon [Absecom in log-book] light on quarter at 4.50pm.

Average steam 107, revolutions 89.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW.

At 6.40pm stopped ship, lowered whaleboat and sent mail on board Northeast End lightship on Five Fathom Bank.

Course up to this time SW½S (patent log [reading] 5.7).

At 7 o'clock, the whaleboat heaving returned and been hoisted, started ahead, put over patent log, reading 5.7, and set course SSW per standard compass.

At 7.20pm sighted lightship on southern end of Five Fathoms Bank, one point on starboard bow.

At end of watch it was abeam.

Steam 108.5, revolutions 80.5, vacuum 26.


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4pm to 6pm (Continued):

By order of Commanding Officer reduced the following men to 4th class conduct: J. Murphy, Seaman, absent without leave 8 days; M. Gleason, Blacksmith, absent without leave 4½ days; B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, out of ship without permission and direct disobedience of orders, dropping cap grommet overboard when ordered to keep it; William Thornton, Engineer's Yeoman, overstaying leave 130 hours; William Howlley, [Coal Passer], drunk on board and abusive to machinist while on the execution of his duty.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle, increasing to fresh breeze from SW.

At 9.00am changed course to South by West by standard [compass], patent log reading 23.7.

At end of watch under steam alone, course South by West by standard [compass], patent log reading 51.4.

Engines averaging 86 revolutions, pressure of steam 107.6 pounds.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard SW¾S; bridge SW by South; steering SW by South.


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23 July 1893

Making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 36.43, Long -74.67


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SW to SW by West.

Sea smooth.

Steering course South by West (per standard compass).

Average steam pressure 105, revolutions 86, vacuum 22.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW by West.

Passed an American steamer bound to Northward, sighted another bound for entrance to Chesapeake.

Course South by West (per compass), steam in 3 boilers, pressure 92.1, revolutions 74.

Set deck clock ahead ten minutes.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine, hazy about horizon.

Light WSW breeze.

Smooth sea.

Steam alone, course South by West.

At 9.00am began making sail, finished about 9.45am, having made all sails.

At 9.45am Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Average steam 98, revolutions 84.1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, light breeze from WSW.

Under steam and all sail, course until 1.06pm South by West, then changed to SE, patent log reading 65.8.

Noticed several small pieces of gulf weed.

Steam 98, revolutions 81.7, vacuum 21.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm weather.

Light breeze from WSW, gradually dying out towards end of watch.

At 5.10pm took in all sail.

At 5.00pm temperature of sea water 78° [Fahrenheit], at 6.00pm rose to 80° [Fahrenheit].

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by standard [compass], patent log [reading] 11.0.

Making 87 revolutions, steam pressure 89.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, warm, bright moonlight latter part.

Sea smooth.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and East.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass) during watch.

Temperature of sea water at 7.00pm 83° Fahrenheit.

Patent log at end of watch [reading] 92.2.

Average revolutions 75.2, steam 89, vacuum 18.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from East by South, dropping to light airs and hauling to SE by East.

At 8.15pm set all sail, except topsails, and at 11.10pm took in all sail, except spanker.

Steam in 3 boilers.

Steam 96.2, revolutions 81.7, vacuum 21.5.


At 6.00pm compared compasses: standard S45°E; bridge S47°E; steering S48°E.


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24 July 1893

Making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 34.19, Long -71.49


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind light, East to SE.

Steam alone, course SE.

At 12.40am moon set.

Average steam 99, average revolutions 84.9.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, warm and excessively murky weather, light breeze to light airs from SE to South.

Squall forming to Northward and Eastward at end of watch.

Under steam alone, course SE.

Average steam 80.2, revolutions 67.5, vacuum 18.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, rain squalls first three hours, clearing away last hour.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NNE to SE.

At 9.15am set fore staysail and main trysail, took them in at 10.30am.

At 11.15am passed an American barkentine standing to the Northward and Eastward, and at 11.50am passed a bark standing to the Northward and Eastward.

At end of watch under steam alone, patent log read 71.0.

Revolutions of engines 87, pressure of steam 93.5 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather, rain squall from SW during last hour, with thunder and lightning.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SE to SW.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

At 3.20pm set fore staysail and mainsail.

Gunners gang engaged reforming cartridge cases for 6-pounder saluting charges.

Sent down Ardois signal set, to be overhauled.

At end of watch patent log read 12.2.

Average number of revolutions during watch 88.4, steam pressure 97.


4pm to 6pm:

Passing showers, with lightning to Southward.

Light airs and breezes from WNW, hauling to NNW.

At 5.00pm took in mainsail and staysail.

Steam 84, revolutions 80.


6pm to 8pm:

Clearing weather.

Light airs and breezes from NNW.

Steam alone, course SE.

Average steam 80, revolutions 78.9.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NE.

Frequent flashes of lightning during entire watch to the Southward.

Course SE.

At 8.30pm set staysail and mainsail.

Average steam 79.5, average revolutions 80.


Compared compasses at 5.00pm: standard SE; bridge S47°E; steering S48°E.


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25 July 1893

At sea, making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 31.95, Long -67.84


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, cloudy about horizon, occasional flashes of lightning to Southward and Northward.

Light breeze from ENE.

At end of watch under steam and fore staysail and main trysail, patent log read 29.1.

Revolutions of engines 80.2 and steam pressure 93 pounds.

Moon set at 1.25am.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass), with fore staysail and main trysail.

At 4.45am set fore trysail and spanker, at 6.30am set fore topmast staysail and gaff topsails.

At 6.45am blew gasket out of check valve of boiler D, shifted fires to boiler C.

At end of watch under all sail, patent log [reading] 66.7.

Average revolutions 75, steam 80.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NNE to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and instructed divisions in stations at quarters.

All sail on ship all the watch.

At 9.30am connected up boiler C, and at 10.00am start of boiler D.

Revolutions 84, pressure 94.

Gunners gang reforming 6-pounder cartridges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle breeze from North by East.

Steam and all sail, course SE.

Gunners gang finished reforming 6-pounder cartridge cases, having reformed 210.

Average steam 95.5, revolutions 90.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NE.

Under steam and all sail, course SE.

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

Average steam 80, average revolutions 84.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE, shifting to SE and dying out at end of watch.

At 7.00pm took in all sails.

Engaged in scrubbing hammocks.

At end of watch under steam alone, course by standard [compass] SE, patent log [reading] 91.2.

Engines making 83 revolutions, steam pressure 80 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and East.

Bright moonlight until last hour, when moon was obscured by heavy cumulus clouds from Eastward.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 75.6, steam 81.


At 9.45am compared compasses: standard SE; bridge S47°E; steering SE¼E.


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26 July 1893

Making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 29.67, Long -64.52


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light variable airs from East to SE.

Steam 90, revolutions 83.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from North.

Smooth sea.

Steam alone, course SE.

Average steam 83, revolutions 81.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm, light breeze to light airs from South to SW.

Course SE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, after which they were instructed at stations for general quarters.

Made out small store and clothing requisitions.

At 10.20am set all sail, excepting head sail.

At 10.32am put over port log, reading 0, starboard log at this time read 35.6.

At 10.56am set clock ahead 20 minutes.

Average steam 88, average revolutions 86.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW.

At 2.50pm piped down scrubbed hammocks, and set jib and fore staysail.

Engaged in painting ship inside.

At end of watch under all sail and steam, course SE by standard [compass], patent log reading 85.6.

Engines making 84 revolutions and steam pressure 85.5 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Calm.

Sea smooth.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Starboard watch turned in scrubbed hammocks, served out clean ones to port watch.

At 5.15pm hauled down all sails.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

At end of watch patent log read 100.0.

Average revolutions 77.7, steam 80.

Temperature of sea water 82° [Fahrenheit].


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Calm first hour, then light variable airs from Southward and Eastward.

Steam 80, revolutions 80.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from SE to SSE.

Steam alone, course SE.

Average steam 88, revolutions 84.9.


At 10.00am compared compasses: standard SE; bridge S47°E; steering S48°E.


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27 July 1893

At sea, making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 27.50, Long -61.14


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from SSE.

Under steam alone, course SE.

Noticed two shooting stars.

Steam 87.7, revolutions 81.1.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE by South.

Scrubbed hammocks.

At 5.00am sighted a three-masted schooner standing to the Southward and Eastward.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by standard [compass], patent log [reading] 32.7.

Engines making 86.5 revolutions and steam pressure 88. pounds.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SE by South and ESE.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

At 9.30am exercised at general quarters, followed by fire quarters and closing watertight doors, and tested general alarm gongs.

Times of ready and securing as per attached list [below].

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes of ratings were made, to take effect July 27, 1893: S. Jorna, Seaman to Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J. Tillander, Seaman to Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J.C. Robinson, Seaman to Chief Master-at-Arms; A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class to Master-at-Arms Third-class; C. Olsen, Seaman to Gunner's Mate Third-class; A. Olsen, Coxswain to Gunner's Mate Third-class; P. Kane, Seaman to Gunner's Mate Third-class; J. Martinsen, Seaman to Gunner's Mate Third-class; J.D. Pederson, Seaman to Coxswain; C.F. Petterson, Seaman to Coxswain; L. Young, Seaman to Coxswain; F. Higgins, Seaman to Coxswain; H. Forsdal, Seaman to Quartermaster First-class; N. Anderson, Seaman to Quartermaster Third-class; J.J. Holden, Dynamo Oiler to Gunner's Mate First-class; A.E. Lowe, Dynamo Oiler to Gunner's Mate First-class; F. Earle, Landsman to Bayman.

Set clock ahead 15 minutes during last hour.

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good condition.

At 11.40am put over port patent log, reading 5.4, starboard log read 67.1.

At noon port log read 8.2, starboard log read 70.3.

Average revolutions during watch 80.6, steam pressure 86.

Watch painting around spar deck.

The above rated men are serving under acting appointments, dated July 22, 1893.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

At 1.30pm changed course to South by East by standard [compass], patent log reading 85.1, and set all sail, except topsails and spanker.

Crew engaged in painting ship inside.

Sighted a bark standing to Northward.

Steam 87.5, revolutions 86.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Moderate ESE wind.

Steam and sail, course South by East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Average steam 90, revolutions 87.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

Ship under steam and sail, course South by East.

Steam 95, revolutions 89.1.


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Time of "Ready" and secured of general and fire quarters and closing watertight doors.

General quarters: 1st Division ready 9 minutes 52 seconds, secured 3 minutes 27 seconds; 2nd Division ready 7 minutes 43 seconds, secured 2 minutes 30 seconds; 3rd Division ready 4 minutes 15 seconds, secured 2 minutes 10 seconds; Powder Division ready 9 minutes 50 seconds, secured 5 minutes 2 seconds; Navigator's Division ready 1 minute 25 seconds, secured 2 minutes 12 seconds; Engineer's Division ready 1 minute 30 seconds, secured 0 minutes 45 seconds; Marines ready 1 minute 27 seconds, secured 1 minute 15 seconds.

Fire quarters: 1st Division ready 3 minutes 15 seconds, secured 3 minutes 4 seconds; 2nd Division ready 2 minutes 40 seconds, secured 1 minute 35 seconds; 3rd Division ready 2 minutes 2 seconds, secured 1 minute 30 seconds; Navigator's Division ready 0 minutes 50 seconds, secured 1 minute 50 seconds; Powder Division ready 1 minute 7 seconds, secured 1 minute 45 seconds; Engineer's Division ready 0 minutes 31 seconds, secured 1 minute 20 seconds; Marines ready 0 minutes 29 seconds, secured 0 minutes 20 seconds.

Closing watertight doors: berth deck ready 0 minutes 40 seconds, secured 0 minutes 31 seconds; starboard engine room ready 1 minute 25 seconds, secured 0 minutes 40 seconds; port engine room ready 1 minute 25 seconds, ready 0 minutes 40 seconds.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant weather.

Moderate to fresh breeze from ESE to SE.

At 11.00pm took in sail.

At end of watch patent log read 98.

Average revolutions of engines 93.6, steam pressure 88 pounds.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard South by East; bridge South by E¼E; steering South by E½E.


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28 July 1893

Making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 24.03, Long -59.75


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, bright moonlight, obscured at intervals by passing squalls.

Gentle to stiff breezes in tight squalls from ESE and SE.

Light swell from ESE.

Steaming course South by East (per standard compass).

At 12.20am set jib fore and main trysails, and took them in at 3.00am to passing squalls and lull of wind.

At 3.45am hauled in port patent log, foul, put it over at 3.45am, reading 55.8, starboard log reading 36.9.

Steam 87.5, average revolutions 86.6.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, with occasional light rain squalls.

Gentle to fresh breezes from ESE.

Moon set at 4.20am.

Set mainsail at 6.45am.

At 7.50am wheel ropes came off down, requiring about 5 minutes to replace them.

Steam 82, revolutions 80.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Moderate breeze from ESE to East by South.

Long ESE swell.

Steam and sail, course S¼E.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which stationed boat crews for "Arm and away".

Painting forward magazine.

At 11.00am set clock ahead 12 minutes.

At 11.35am shifted to hand steering gear, owing to riding of transmitting wire on drums.

Average steam 99, revolutions 94.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm, moderate breeze from East, squalls forming to windward last hour.

At 1.00pm changed course to S¼W.

At 2.30pm took in mainsail for repairs, and at 3.44pm took in foresail and spanker.

Served out clothing and small stores.

Average steam 97, average revolutions 99.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, with passing rain squalls.

Moderate to stiff breeze from Eastward.

At end of watch under steam and fore trysail, course S¼W, patent log [reading] 85.8.

Average revolutions of engines 79.6, pressure of steam 80 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, warm, muggy weather.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from East to ENE.

Moderate sea from ENE.

Steaming course S¼W, starboard and port patent logs read 106.6 and 107.2 respectively.

Average revolutions 82.5, steam 85.


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8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first part, with squalls from East, then clearing, with bright moonlight at times, lightning to Eastward.

Moderate to fresh breezes in squalls from East, hauling to ESE and moderating last hour.

Hauled down staysail at 9.25pm on account of wind hauling ahead.

Set it at 10.00pm, hauled down at 11.00pm and set at 11.30pm.

No other sail set during watch.

Steam 90, revolutions 87.


At 10.00am compared compasses: standard S¼E; bridge S¼E; steering S½E.


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29 July 1893

At sea, making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 20.22, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Partially overcast, lightning about horizon.

Fresh wind and long swell from East by South.

Under steam, fore staysail and main trysail, course South.

Average steam 88, revolutions 90.1.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy pleasant weather.

Moderate ESE breeze.

Course South.

At 7.30am set foresail and spanker.

Average steam 90.0, average revolutions 86.5.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE to SE by South.

At 9.45am took in fore trysail and spanker.

At 10.40am took in fore staysail and main trysail.

Aired bedding.

At end of watch under steam alone, course South by standard, patent log reading 85.5.

Average revolutions of propeller 91.4, steam pressure 91.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSE.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course South until 1.00pm, when changed course to S¼E (per standard compass).

At end of watch port and starboard patent logs read 11.0 and 9.5 respectively.

Average revolutions 87.8, steam 84.2.

Temperature of sea water 82° [Fahrenheit].

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes of ratings were made, to date from July 22, 1893: A. Arial from Mess Attendant to Landsman; E.P. Hennessy from Landsman to Mess Attendant; James Sloane from First-class Fireman to Oiler; Charles Kelly from First-class Fireman to Oiler; James Lynch from First-class Fireman to Oiler; C.E. Sandrowsky from First-class Fireman to Oiler; James Whitaker from First-class Fireman to Oiler; Valentine Blanchard [from] First-class Fireman to Water Tender; Thomas Casey from First-class Fireman to Water Tender; W. Cochrane from First-class Fireman to Water Tender.

All petty officers so rated are serving as such under acting appointments.

A. Arial's and E.P. Hennessy's change of ratings are dated July 28, 1893.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ESE and SE by East.

Steam 85, revolutions 80, using three boilers.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light ESE breeze, smooth sea.

Steam alone, course S¼E.

Average steam 92.5, revolutions 91.9.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Bright moonlight, lightning to Eastward, first half of watch a rain squall formed to Eastward and passed astern, another forming to Eastward at end of watch.

Course S¼E.

Average steam 89.2, average revolutions 88.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard S¼E; bridge S¼E; steering S½E.


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30 July 1893

At sea, making passage from New York to Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 16.05, Long -59.09


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, squally weather.

Gentle, increasing to fresh breeze from Southward and Eastward during squalls.

Lightning to Eastward.

At end of watch course by standard [compass] S¼E, patent log [reading] 44.1.

Engines averaged 80 revolutions and steam pressure 82 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with rain squalls passing around horizon and light drizzling rain at intervals.

Gentle breezes from ESE and Calm.

Steering course S¼E (per standard compass).

Revolutions 86.2, steam 87.2.


8am to meridian:

Heavy rain first two hours, with moderate to fresh breezes in squalls from East by North, then weather moderated, with light rain and gentle breezes from East by North and East latter part of watch.

Lightning and thunder at times.

Steam 90, revolutions 87, using three boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Moderate to fresh wind from East and East by South.

Steam alone, course South.

At 12.20pm changed course to S½W, patent log [reading] 31.0.

At 12.40pm set main trysail.

Average steam 80, revolutions 79.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, moderate breeze from East by South.

Noticed several squalls on horizon during watch, a heavy one forming to windward at close.

Under steam and main trysail, course S½W.

Average steam 88, average revolutions 81.6.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, foggy during rain squalls.

Moderate to fresh breeze from East to SE.

At 6.10pm took in main trysail.

At end of watch under steam alone, course S½W.

Engines averaged 92.4 revolutions and steam pressure 90 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather, dim moonlight.

Gentle to light breezes from SE, shifting to East.

Rain squalls and lightning to East and NE.

Steaming course S½W (per standard compass), sea smooth.

Average revolutions 85, steam 89.5.


Compared compasses at 5.00pm: standard S½W; bridge S⅜W; steering South.


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31 July 1893

At anchor in Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 13.09, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy, with obscured moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from SE to South.

Steam 80, revolutions 73.

Fires in three boilers.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, squalls around horizon.

Light airs from South.

Steam alone, course S½W.

At 6.10am sighted land 1 point on starboard bow.

At 6.15am changed course to SSW½W, patent log [reading] 9.5.

At 7.00am changed course to SW by South, patent log 18.7.

At 7.55am changed course to SW¾S, patent log 29.4.

Average steam 83, revolutions 90.8.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm, light airs to gentle breeze from South.

Steering various courses, standing along Western shore of Barbadoes, for anchorage of Bridgetown, conned by the Navigator.

At 11.30am called all hands bring ship to anchor, and at 11.58am anchored in 10¼ fathoms, hard bottom, 30 fathoms port chain.

Draught of ship forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

At noon fired a salute of 21 guns, English ensign at the main, this salute was returned gun for gun by the water battery ashore.

Average steam 94.2, average revolutions 87.

Bearings at anchorage, ship's head E¼N: refinery chimney N52°E, clock tower S49°E.

Found Italian man-of-war "[Giovanni] Bausan" and Mexican gunboat "Zaragoza" ["Zaragossa" in log-book], flying a Commodore's flag.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by East to SSE.

At 1.00pm banked fires under boilers A and B, and allowed fires under C to die out.

At 12.18pm saluted the Mexican Commodore on the Mexican war vessel "Zaragoza" ["Zaragosa" in log-book] with 11 guns, which salute was returned.

An officer from the Mexican man-of-war "Zaragoza" ["Zaragossa" in log-book] and Italian man-of-war "Giovanni Bausan", also one representing the English Commanding General, called on the Commanding Officer.

These visits were returned by an officer from this ship and later by the Commanding Officer, with the exception of the one on the English Commanding General.

The United States Consul came on board.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 2 inches and aft 15 feet 10 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather, warm.

Light airs from SE and NE by East.

Fired a salute of 7 guns, with the United States ensign at the fore, upon the departure of the United States Consul.

The Commanding Officer of the Italian man-of-war "Giovanni Bausan" paid an official visit to the ship.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from SE.

Sent liberty party ashore.


Approved: [signed] P.F. Harrington, Commander, Commanding.


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8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

Calm to light airs from East by North.

Bright moonlight.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1893


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1 August 1893

At anchor in Bridgetown, Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 13.09, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ENE to East.

Lightning to the Southward.


4am to 8am [pm in log-book]:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from Southward and Eastward first and last hour, and from NE by East 2nd and 3rd hour.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 97½ pounds fresh beef; 97½ pounds vegetables; and 70 pounds of bread.


8am [pm in log-book] to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SE and ESE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled as per routine.

Coal lighter came alongside, but left just as preparations to receive coal had been completed.

Hauled fires from boiler A.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ESE.

The Commanding Officer of this vessel paid an official visit to the General, commanding British forces, the officers of the British West Indies Regiment, the American Consul and the Governor of Barbadoes, Sir James Hay [Hoy in log-book].

The Governor of Barbadoes left his card on the Commanding Officer of this vessel through his aide.

Lowered the quarter boats and exercised all, except gig, under sail.

Hoisted steam launch to repair rudder.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

At 5.00pm started evaporator.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm, light breeze from East to ENE.

Sent a liberty party ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Squally weather.

Light airs to moderate breezes from ENE during squalls.

Occasional passing rain showers.


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2 August 1893

At anchor in Bridgetown, Barbadoes, West Indies

Lat 13.09, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight and moonlight.

Light airs from East.

At 2.50am coal lighters began to arrive alongside, 4 came during watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East and ENE.

Commenced coaling ship with two lighters at 4.30am, using native labor and coaling by means of baskets and stages, basket weighing about 90 pounds.

Coaling with two more lighters from 6.00am till 7.00am, one lighter at each gangway.

After 7.00am stopped coaling from starboard gangway.

At 6.30am H.M.S. "Tartar" stood in from Northward, and anchored at 7.15am.

Sent boarding officer with usual offers of courtesy.

At 8.00am H.M.S. "Tartar" fired a salute of 9 guns, Mexican flag at fore, which was returned by the Mexican man-of-war "Zaragoza" ["Zaragossa" in log-book] with English flag at fore.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107½ pounds beef; 107½ pounds vegetables; and 80 pounds bread.

Coal at end of watch 97 tons 698 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from East by North.

Laborers from shore engaged in coaling ship.

Captain awarded punishments as follows: J. Sharp, Seaman, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for striking a shipmate; D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, J.F. Bohen, Second-class Fireman, and S.H. Smyth, Coal Passer, not scrubbing hammocks, to scrub their hammocks on forecastle at sea; A. Arial, four reports, to stand watch 2 nights on poop from 8.00pm to 12.00am and kept on poop during smoking hours for 3 days.

By order of Captain placed G.S. Tripp, Coal Passer, under sentry's charge to await investigation for drunkenness on duty.

A. Olsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and A. Garren, Seaman, absent without leave.

Received a visit from boarding officer of H.M.S. "Tartar".

At end of watch had received a total of 195 tons 164 pounds coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from ENE.

Finished coaling at 3 o'clock, having received 227 tons.

Received an official visit from the Aide-de-Camp of the Brigadier General commanding.

Also a visit from the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Tartar".

By order of the Commanding Officer a reward of $10 each was offered for the delivery on board of A. Olsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class and A. Garren, Seaman, absent without leave.

A. Garren returned at 3.30pm.

By order of the Commanding Officer S.H. McGowan, Coal Passer, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping, he being under the influence of liquor.


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4pm to 6pm:

Pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Scrubbed decks and paintworks.

At 5.20pm a salute of 13 guns for English Commanding General was fired from Mexican man-of-war "Zaragoza" ["Zaragosa" in log-book].


6pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE.

A. Olsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was brought aboard by the shore police and the reward of £2 was paid for his arrest and delivery.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ENE.

By order of Commanding Officer released S.H. McGowan, Coal Passer, and G.S. Tripp, Coal Passer, they having been confined for safe keeping while under influence of liquor.

A. Arial stood one extra watch by order of Commanding Officer.


No compass observations, coaling ship and compasses covered.


THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN
Operations off South America

JP map Yorktown South America 1893-94

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3 August 1893

At anchor in Bridgetown, Barbadoes, and at sea

Lat 13.09, Long -59.62


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and fine.

Bright moonlight.

Light NE airs.

At 3.00am stopped evaporator.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, light airs first half from NE.

Light passing shower, exceedingly murky and close.

Calm last half, lightning to Northward, thick rain squall forming in that direction last hour.

Received for use of crew: 102½ [pounds] vegetables; 102½ [pounds] beef; and 82 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Rainy weather.

Light airs from ESE to NNE.

C.F. Hall, Private Marine, absent from ship without authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, but clearing.

Light airs from North by West and NE.

Making preparations for sea.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to H.B.M.S. "Tartar".

A visiting party of officers from the Mexican vessel "Zaragoza" came aboard.

Received for steaming purposes 13,460 gallons of fresh water.

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 barrels (200 gallons) of lubricating oil.

At 1.00pm started fires in boilers A and C, boiler B being already in use.

$1601.81 received, proceeds of bill of each, and expended for coal.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and ESE.

Making preparations for getting under way.

Started the distiller at 4.30pm.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Making preparations for sea.

At 6.15pm mustered at quarters, C.F. Hall, Private Marine, absent without leave.

At 6.45pm called all hands, hove up and got under way, standing out of anchorage during remainder of watch under [in in log-book] conn of Navigator.

At 8.00pm took departure South Point lighthouse NNE½E, distant 3 miles, ship's head on course SE by E½E (magnetic), patent log [reading] 8.5.

Draught of ship [forward] 14 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 6 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ESE to SE by East.

Moderate swell from East by South.

At 8.15pm sighted Ragged Point light.

At 10.20pm lost sight of South Point light and at 10.25pm lost sight of Ragged Point light.

Moon rose at 10.30pm.

Sighted a steamer's masthead light standing to Northward.

Average steam 91.7, revolutions 82.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Arial, Landsman, was kept on the poop during watch as a punishment.


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4 August 1893

At sea, making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro

Lat 12.03, Long -57.48


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy first part, squally with driving rain showers latter part, clearing away at end of watch.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SE by South.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by E½E by standard compass, patent log reading 83.4.

Average revolutions of engines 83.5 and pressure of steam 90 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, bright moonlight first part.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SE.

Steaming course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

At end of watch patent log read 25.5.

Average steam pressure 87, revolutions 91.7.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breezes from ESE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and inspected divisions.

Exercised all divisions in setting up drill, and instructed secondary battery at stations.

Steam 94.7, revolutions 90.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE to East.

Steam alone, course SE by E½E.

By order of Captain the following punishments were awarded: R.E. McGowan, Coal Passer, and G.S. Tripp, Coal Passer, drunk on duty, confinement for 10 days while in port; William Garwood, Private Marine, and R.J. Ryan, Private Marine, quarreling, William Garwood three days' extra duty and R.J. Ryan two days' extra duty; William Howlley, Coal Passer, slow in obeying orders, confinement for 7 days while in port; D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, refusing to obey orders, cursing and threatening Machinist on watch, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water; A. Garren, Seaman, overstaying liberty 8 hours, extra duty while on watch [for] 3 days; A. Olsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, overstaying liberty 11½ hours, extra duty while on watch [for] 5 days.

Average steam 90, revolutions 86.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from East.

About 5 o'clock passed through a streak of yellowish water.

Average steam 90, revolutions 82.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally weather, lightning to Southward and Eastward.

Moderate to stiff breeze from Eastward.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by E½E, patent log [reading] 47.6.

Average revolutions of engines 86.4, steam pressure 93.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Moderate to stiff squalls from SE hauling to East, occasional rain squalls.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

At end of watch patent log read 84.0.

Average steam pressure 82.5, revolutions 81.9.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard SE by E½E; bridge SE by E¾E; steering East.


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5 August 1893

At sea, making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro

Lat 10.70, Long -54.57


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, with very heavy rain squalls first two hours.

Stiff to fresh breezes in squalls from East first two hours, then moderating and shifting to NE by North.

Moderate sea.

Steam 85, revolutions 81.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and wet first hour, then clearing weather.

Moderate to fresh wind from ENE to ESE.

Steam alone, course SE by E½E.

Average steam 87, revolutions 80.1.

Pitching easily to moderate sea from Eastward.


8am to meridian:

Generally warm and cloudy.

Passed through several rain squalls from East to ESE.

Moderate, irregular sea.

Steam 101, average revolutions 86.6.

Steam alone, course SE by E½E.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light rain squalls first hour, pleasant remainder of watch.

Gentle to fresh breeze from ESE.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

Average revolutions of engines 81 and steam pressure 90 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Pleasant weather, light rain squalls.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Steaming course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

At end of watch patent log read 38.5.

Average revolutions 75.1, steam 91.

Light swell from Eastward.


6pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, warm.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

Revolutions 77.7, steam 93.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from ESE to East.

Steam alone, course SE by E½E.

Average steam 90, revolutions 77.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard SE by E½E; bridge SE by E¾E; steering ESE.


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6 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes, West Indies, to Rio de Janeiro

Lat 9.37, Long -51.53


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and squally from East, with a succession of heavy showers, with thunder and vivid flashes of lightning up to last hour, general direction of wind up to this time East, long swell from ENE 3rd hour, last hour wind came out from ENE and increased to fresh breeze, with increasing sea from same direction.

Average steam 92, average revolutions 79.6.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally weather.

Fresh breeze from NE by East.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

Average revolutions of engines 84, and pressure of steam 98 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, squally, rainy weather.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from NE by East and SE by South.

Omitted quarters on account of weather.

Set deck clock 17 minutes ahead during last hour.

Steaming course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

At end of watch patent log read 98.5.

Average revolutions 77, average steam pressure 95 pounds.

Moderate, choppy sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle breeze from ESE and East.

Revolutions 88.4, steam 101.2.

Sea moderating.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, damp, with light drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from East and East by South.

Steam alone, course SE by E½E.

By order of Captain released John Sharp, Seaman, from confinement and restored him to duty.

Average steam 97.5, revolutions 84.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant, passing rain squall last hour from East by South.

Steam 95, average revolutions 83.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant first three hours, clouding over, with fresh breeze from ESE last hour.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE by E½E (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 12.4.

Average revolutions of engines 80.7 and steam pressure 95 pounds.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard SE by E½E; bridge SE by E¾E; steering ESE.


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7 August 1893

At sea, making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat 8.18, Long -48.23 [Latitude 8.35 in log-book]


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast.

Light to gentle breezes from East.

Heavy cumulus nimbus clouds.

Light rain during last half hour, dim moonlight and starlight at intervals.

Steaming course SE by E½E (per standard compass).

Steam pressure 87, average revolutions 82.6.


4am to 8am:

Passing showers first hour, then clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from East by South and ESE.

Steam 105, revolutions 87.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from East by South.

Smooth sea.

Steam alone, course SE by E½E.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at great guns, 3rd and 4th Divisions general instruction, Powder Division at stations, Marine Guard at manual of arms.

By order of Captain placed D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, in solitary confinement on bread and water for 5 days, for disobedience of orders and cursing a Machinist.

Tested electrical appliances and found same in good condition, except spring of one general alarm bell, which was broken; dismounted same for repairs.

At 10.15am loosed sail and boat sails to dry.

At 11.00am aired bedding.

At 11.05am set clock ahead 21 minutes.

At end of watch changed course SE by East, patent log [reading] 25.6.

Average steam 105, revolutions 77.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy.

Light airs till 3.50pm from SE by South, when it hauled to WSW.

Several squalls formed during watch, but passed clear of the ship.

Under steam alone, course till 1.00pm SE by East, at which time changed to SE¼E, log [reading] 44.7.

Average steam 110, average revolutions 80.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Pleasant weather, light passing shower first hour.

Light airs from SSE to SSW.

By order of Commanding Officer, and in compliance with Article 1177, United States Navy Regulations, the following checkages in Paymaster's Accounts were made: B.F. Lynch, Private Marine, 2 days; J. Sloane, First-class Fireman, 4 days; F.J. Dowling, Private Marine, 1 day; D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, 1 day; Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, 1 day; F.J. Horn, Mess Attendant, 1 day; C.P. Lamparter, Coal Passer, 1 day; M. Doran, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, 4 days; Ah Sing, Wardroom Cook, 3 days; E.R. Peacock, Landsman, 1 day; J. Murphy, Seaman, 7 days; M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, 6 days; C.J. Hyde, Seaman, 1 day; S.C. McQuay, Landsman, 3 days; H. Boyd, Seaman, 1 day; R. Williams, Seaman, 1 day; William Thornton, Yeoman, 5 days; A.A. Nordstrom, Gunner's Mate Third-class, 1 day; T. Carlsen, Sailmaker's Mate, 1 day; J. Morean, Oiler, 1 day; A. Hasler, Seaman Apprentice First-class, 1 day.

At 5.00pm held general muster, read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy and published general orders numbers 415 and 416 of 1893.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE¼E (per standard compass), patent [log reading] 83.2.

Average revolutions of engines 80.2, and steam pressure 107.5.


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6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from SSE.

Tested searchlights.

Steaming course SE¼E (per standard compass).

Sea smooth.

Average revolutions 86.9, steam 110 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breezes from South by East till last hour, then freshening to stiff breezes from SSE.

Steam 102, revolutions 75.


At 4.00pm compared compasses: standard SE¼E; bridge S51°E; steering S55°E.


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8 August 1893

At sea, making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat 6.56, Long -45.30


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, occasional light drizzle.

Wind light from WSW to West.

At 1.30am set fore staysail and fore and main trysails.

At 2.30am took in sail.

Course SE¼E.

Average steam 110, revolutions 79.7.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, light breeze from SSW till last hour, when wind came out in moderate squalls from SW.

At 6.00am set staysail and main trysail, but took them in soon after.

Steam 110, revolutions 81.2.

Course SE¼E.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather, light rain squall last hour.

Gentle to light breeze from SW to South.

At 9.20am set headsails and fore trysail.

At 11.50am took them in again.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE¼E (per standard compass).

Average revolutions of engines 82.5 and pressure of steam 110 pounds.

By order of Commanding Officer punishments as follows were assigned: J.E. Cooke, Apprentice, smoking after pipe down and making false statement about same to Officer of the Deck, to keep extra watch on poop under charge of sentinel on lifebuoy during smoking hours for 5 days; D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, not obeying Master-at-Arms promptly, first watch on poop, one night; H.R. Barker, Apprentice, shirking work, extra duty during watch for 3 days.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light variable airs.

Occasional light passing shower.

Instructed signal class.

Steaming course SE¼E (per standard compass) until 1.00pm, when changed course to SE (per standard compass).

Average steam pressure 110, average revolutions 85.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.

Fires in three boilers, steam 110, revolutions 88.


6pm to 8pm:

Calm, pleasant weather.

Course SE.

Average steam 110, revolutions 90.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, lightning to Southward.

Calm first hour, then light breeze from SSE.

Course SE.

Average steam 108, average revolutions 81.

D. Gamero, Mess Attendant, stood 4 hours on the poop as a punishment by order of the Commanding Officer.


At 10.00am compared compasses: standard S48°W; bridge S52°W; steering S55°W.


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9 August 1893

At sea, making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat 4.58, Long -42.12


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, hazy about horizon.

Gentle breeze from Southward.

Occasional flashes of lightning to Northward and Eastward.

Under steam alone, course at end of watch SE (per standard compass), patent log reading 15.6.

Average revolutions of engines 83.8, and pressure of steam 90.5 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, heavy rain during last half of watch.

Light to stiff breezes in squalls from East by South to South by East.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 84.1, steam pressure 109.


8am to meridian:

Heavy rain first two hours, then clearing, warm.

Light breezes from ESE, increasing to gentle breezes and hauling to ENE.

J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, and H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, standing extra watch and duty, by order of Commanding Officer.

Steam 110, revolutions 82.


Meridian to 4pm:

Rainy and damp first hour, then fine weather, hazy about the horizon.

Gentle breeze from SSE to SE.

Steam alone, course SE.

Quarterly Board of Survey condemned and threw overboard 200 pounds salt beef.

Average steam 101, revolutions 82.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Course SE.

About 5.20pm noticed slight tide rips.

Steam 105, revolutions 81.7.

A. Olsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, stood two hours on the poop as a punishment by order of the Commanding Officer.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE (per standard compass), patent log 67.5.

Average revolutions 83.5, and steam pressure 107.5.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight, light passing shower during third hour.

Gentle breezes from SE by South.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

Sea smooth.

Average revolutions 81.2, steam pressure 105.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard S45°E; bridge S49°E; steering S52°E.


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10 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat 3.03, Long -39.60 [Latitude 3.53 in log-book]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from SE by South.

Steam 107, revolutions 82.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light SSE breeze, freshening towards end of watch.

Steam alone, course SE.

Average steam 108, revolutions 83.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Course SE.

At 9.30am went to general quarters.

Times of reporting: 1st Division 4 minutes 32 seconds; 2nd [Division] 6 minutes 10 seconds; 3rd [Division] 4 minutes 50 seconds; Powder [Division] 4 minutes 33 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 50 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 2 minutes 25 seconds; Marines 2 minutes 45 seconds; secondary battery 4 minutes 44 seconds.

At 10.00am secured, time as follows, namely: 1st Division 2 minutes 59 seconds; 2nd [Division] 2 minutes 15 seconds; 3rd [Division] 2 minutes 9 seconds; Powder [Division] 4 minutes 0 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 20 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 1 minute 30 seconds; secondary battery 2 minutes 47 seconds.

At 10.07am went to fire quarters, times as follows, namely: 1st Division 3 minutes 50 seconds; 2nd [Division] 3 minutes 40 seconds; 3rd [Division] 2 minutes 58 seconds; Powder [Division] 2 minutes 11 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 20 seconds; Marines 1 minute 20 seconds.

At 10.23am secured, times as follows, namely: 1st Division 3 minutes 35 seconds; 2nd [Division] 2 minutes 55 seconds; 3rd [Division] 2 minutes 46 seconds; Powder [Division] 1 minute 4 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 16 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 1 minute 39 seconds; Marines 1 minute 45 seconds; secondary battery 3 minutes 40 seconds.

Tested both magazine and after shell room flood cocks and found same in working order.

Steam 112, revolutions 84.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE (per standard compass).

Average revolutions of engines 84.1 and steam pressure 109 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from South by East.

Sea smooth.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, followed by setting up exercise.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 88.2, steam pressure 110 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from South by East.

Steam 100, revolutions 93.

J.E. Cooke, Second-class Apprentice, standing watch on poop, by order of Commanding Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight, hazy around horizon, heavy dew.

Light to moderate breeze from South by East.

Steam alone, course SE.

Average steam 106, revolutions 88.5.


At 5.00pm compared compasses: standard SE; bridge S49°E; steering S52°E.


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11 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat 1.97, Long -36.78


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SSE to SE by South.

Course SE.

Average steam 100, revolutions 90.1.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE by South.

At 5.30am started fires under D boiler.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SE (per standard compass), patent log reading 18.6.

Average revolutions of engines 90.4 and steam pressure 105 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SE by South.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SE (per standard compass) until 12.00pm, when changed to SSE½E (per standard compass), starboard patent log reading 60.5.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, followed by instructions and stations at abandon ship, and arm and away boats.

Set clock ahead 15 minutes during last hour.

At 9.15am turned on boiler D, and at 11.50am shut off boiler C, steaming under boilers A, B and D.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class, slow in obeying orders and disobedience of orders, reduced to 2nd [conduct] class and extra duty during watch [for] 3 days; C.E. Consey, Ordinary Seaman, gross carelessness spilling oil on deck, extra duty [for] 1 day; J.A. Anderson, Second-class Apprentice, smoking out of hours, extra watch for two days during smoking hours.

Average revolutions 96.0, steam 120 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ESE.

Exercised the apprentices in signals.

C.E. Consey, Ordinary Seaman, extra duty on poop until 4.00pm, E.A. Chavannes, Second-class Apprentice, extra duty this watch, both by order of Commanding Officer.

Steam 105, revolutions 96.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

Steam alone, course SSE½E.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, followed by setting up drill.

Average steam 100, revolutions 95.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Course SE.

Average steam 97.5, average revolutions 91.2.

By order of Commanding Officer D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, was released from confinement.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SSE to South by East.

[At] end of watch under steam alone, course SSE½E (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 87.1.

Average revolutions of engines 90 and steam pressure 100 pounds.


Compared compasses at 5.00pm: standard S28°E; bridge S31°E; steering S34°E.


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12 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -0.35, Long -34.67


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Gentle to stiff breeze in light squalls from SSE to South by East.

Light swell from SSE.

Steaming course SSE½E (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 84.2, steam 110, vacuum 26.5.


4am to 8am:

Partially cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

Steam 112, revolutions 83.5.

Sea moderate and increasing latter part.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate wind and sea from South by East.

Steam alone, course SSE½E.

At 11.00am set clock ahead 17 minutes.

Average steam 110, revolutions 87.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South by East.

Course till one o'clock SSE½E, then changed to South by E¾E, log [reading] 4.6.

Steam 92, revolutions 86.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South by East.

At end of watch under steam alone, course South by E¾E (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 51.0.

Average revolutions 81.6 and steam pressure 95 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Moderate sea from SSE.

Steaming course South by E¾E (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 88, steam 105.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright starlight.

Light to moderate wind from SSE.

Steam alone, course South by E¾E.

Average steam 110, revolutions 81.6.


At 4.30pm compared compasses: standard South by E¾E; bridge SSE; steering SSE¼E.


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13 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -2.76, Long -32.83


Midnight to 4am:

Clear first half of watch and cloudy at close of watch, light forming showers.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE.

Average steam 110, average revolutions 75.

Course South by E¾E.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally weather, occasional rain squall.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South to SSE.

Moderate swell from SSE.

At end of watch under steam alone, course South by E¾E (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 76.1.

Average revolutions of engines 85.4 and steam pressure 110 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SSE, in light squalls during latter part of watch.

Moderate sea from SSE.

Steaming course South by E¾E (per standard compass) until 9.00am, when changed to South by E¼E (per standard compass), patent log reading 84.5.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, followed by inspection of crew and vessel by the Commanding Officer.

Set clock ahead 14 minutes during last hour.

Average revolutions 88.8, steam 99.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind and sea from SSE.

Steam alone, course South by E¼E.

At 12.40pm changed course to S¾E, patent log [reading] 19.3.

Average steam 107, revolutions 93.3.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

At 4.15pm changed course to S¼E (log 56.6).

At 4.25pm sighted peak of Fernando [de] Noronha Island about 30 miles distant, bearing S⅛W, and at 4.32pm changed course to S⅛W (log 59.6), ship being set perceptibly to the Westward during watch.

Average steam 110, average revolutions 92.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Pleasant first hour, occasional moderate squall last hour.

Moderate to stiff breezes from ESE.

Bent main trysail.

At 6.40pm hauled in starboard patent log, put it over again at 6.25pm, reading 82.5.

At 6.47pm changed course to SSW (per standard compass), patent log (port) [reading] 36.9.

At 7.30pm changed course to SW (per standard compass), patent log (starboard) 84.9.

At 7.23pm set course SSW (per standard compass), patent log (starboard) 88.0, (port) 42.6.

At this time Fernando de Noronha Island [Fernando Noronah Island in log-book] bore on port beam, the settlement about 5 miles distant.

At 7.35pm set fore staysail, fore and main trysails.

At end of watch under above sail and steam, course SSW (per standard compass), patent log (starboard) 95.0.

Average revolutions of engines 92.9 and pressure of steam 110 pounds.


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8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight, obscured at intervals by heavy passing clouds.

Moderate to gentle breeze in light squalls from South by East to SSE.

At 8.00pm lost sight of Fernando de Noronha Island [Fernando Noronah Island in log-book] bearing about East by North, magnetic.

Steaming course SSW (per standard compass) with fore staysail, fore and mainsail set.

Moderate sea from ESE.

Average revolutions 84.4, average steam 107.


At 5.30pm compared compasses: standard S; bridge S1°W; steering S1°W.


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14 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -6.33, Long -32.93


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp, passing rain squalls.

Light wind, fresh in squalls from SE by South.

Under steam, fore staysail, foresail and main sail, course SSW.

Average steam 107.5, revolutions 84.3.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing, fine weather at close.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE by East.

At daylight sighted a barquentine standing to Southward and Westward, one point forward port beam, she was still in sight at end of watch, 1 point abaft port beam.

Average steam 110, revolutions 86.5.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE by East.

At 9.30am called to quarters and drilled divisions as follows: 1st Division gunnery; 2nd Division small arms; 3rd Division revolver drill; 4th Division gunnery; Powder Division setting up drill.

Overhauling electrical appliances.

At 10.25am set jib, spanker and topsails.

At 11.25am took in mizzen topsail.

At 9.20am changed course to SW by South, patent log (starboard) [reading] 27.1.

At end of watch under steam and all sail, except mizzen topsail, course SW by South, patent log (starboard) 55.5.

Average revolutions 89.1 and steam pressure 110.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Steaming course SW by South (per standard compass), with fore topmast staysail, jib, fore, mainsail and spanker, [and] fore, main gaff topsails.

Sighted two sail during watch.

Painting port side of quarterdeck, cleaned out "lucky bag" and general work about decks.

Average revolutions 87.9, steam 104.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light ESE breeze, shifting to SSE.

Steam and all sail, except mizzen gaff topsail.

At 5.45pm exchanged colors with a large German ship standing to Southwestward.

Average steam 98, revolutions 87.5.

Course SW by South.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with moderate rain squalls from SSE.

Course SW by South.

At 6.30pm took in topsails, and at 7.30pm took in jib.

Tried searchlights and found them in working order.

Steam 105, revolutions 88.5.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, moderate rain squalls from SSE first three hours, clearing away last hour.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SE by South.

At end of watch course SW by South (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 82.8.

Average revolutions of engines 87 and steam pressure 104.


At 10.00am compared compasses: standard S34°W; bridge S37°W; steering S40°W.


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15 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -9.92, Long -34.32


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight.

Gentle to moderate breezes, in tight squalls from SE by South.

Moderate sea from SSE.

Steaming course SW by South (per standard compass), with jib, fore and main trysails and spanker set.

Average revolutions 85.8, steam 102.

Passed one sail, standing to the Southward, during watch.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind and sea from SE by East.

Steam and sail, course SW by South.

Average steam 103, revolutions 86.4.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate trades from SE by East.

At 8.53am set main topsail.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had setting up exercise and divisional drills as follows, namely: 1st, 3rd and 4th [Divisions] small arms; 2nd [Division] gunnery; Navigator's [Division] signals; Marines setting up exercise.

At 10.00am sighted a steamer on starboard bow standing to Northward and Eastward, and at 11.45am a square-rigged vessel, two points on port bow, standing to Northward and Eastward.

The Commanding Officer assigned the following punishments, namely: H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, to be called by Corporal of Guard and brought on deck one half hour before watch begins for two nights, this for missing muster at 4.00am; and A. Arial, Landsman, to keep his regular lookout on lee side of bridge and two extra lookouts.

Between 10.00am and 10.20am found port patent log foul, hauled it in, and at 10.20am put it over, it then read 87.8.

Steam 82, revolutions 77.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE by East to SSE.

At 12.35pm changed course to SSW¾W (per standard compass), patent log reading 10.5.

At 12.50pm exchanged colors and ship's code letters with British bark "Yuba" of Montreal bound to Northward and Eastward.

At 1.05pm took in main topmast staysail, and at 2.30pm took in spanker.

At end of watch under steam and fore staysail, fore and main trysails, course SSW¾W per standard compass, patent log (starboard) [reading] 46.8.

Average revolutions 86.5 and steam pressure 105 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze and moderate sea from SSE.

Steaming course SSW¾W (per standard compass) until 5.00pm, when changed course to SSW½Wm jib, fore and mainsail set.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, followed by setting up exercise.

Average revolutions 86, steam 100.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from SE by East.

Bright moonlight.

Smooth sea.

Steam and sail, course SSW½W.

Average steam 90, revolutions 86.5.


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8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Gentle breeze from SE by East.

Moon set at 9.15pm.

Course SSW½W, under steam, fore staysail, fore and main trysails.

A. Arial, Landsman, stood two hours' extra lookout on lee side of bridge, by order of Commanding Officer, for being asleep on lookout.

Average steam 98.5, average revolutions 81.6.


At 4.30pm compared compasses: standard S31°W; bridge S33°30'W; steering S39°W.


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16 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -13.47, Long -35.53


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from SE by East to SE.

At end of watch under steam and fore staysail, fore and main trysails, course SSW½W, patent log (starboard) [reading] 66.3.

Average revolutions 78 and steam pressure 98 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Gentle to light breezes from SSE to South by East.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SSW½W (per standard compass), under same sail as preceding watch.

Average revolutions 83.1, steam 100.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from SSE to ESE.

Steam and sail, course SSW½W.

At 9.00am set fore and main topsails.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which exercised divisions as follows: 1st and 4th [Divisions] small arms; 2nd [Division] great guns; 3rd and Navigator's [Divisions] single sticks; Powder [Division] instruction.

Captain awarded punishments as follows: A. Arial, Landsman, reduced to 3rd conduct class and to be drilled by Corporal of Guard for ½ hour twice a day, for insubordinate conduct at drill for two days.

Painting bulwarks inside.

Average steam 83.5, revolutions 71.3.

Fitted new propeller to starboard taffrail log.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant, light passing shower 3rd hour.

Gentle to light breeze from ESE.

At 1.17pm changed course to SW¾S, patent log reading 53.6.

Engaged painting bulwarks and waterways.

Steam 99, average revolutions 92.5.

At 3.35pm hauled in port log (reading 4.8) to adjust rotator, it was put out at 3.40pm with same reading, the other log then read 81.0.

At 1.15pm connected up boiler B, and allowed fires in D to die out.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

At end of watch under steam and fore staysail, jib, fore and main gaff topsails and trysails, course SW¾S (per standard compass), starboard patent log [reading] 8.5.

Average revolutions 94.2 and steam pressure 107 pounds.

At 4.30pm drilled at fire quarters and stations for abandoning ship.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle to light breezes from ESE to SE.

Light swell from Southward and Eastward.

Steaming course SW¾S (per standard compass), under fore topmast staysail, jib, fore and mainsails, and main gaff topsail.

Average revolutions 95.5, steam 110.


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8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp.

At 9.20pm ESE wind shifted to SW in a rain squall, remainder of watch wind light and variable.

At 8.45pm took in all sail.

Course SW¾S.

Average steam 107, revolutions 95.9.

At 10.10pm moon set.


At [left blank] pm compared compasses: standard S28°W; bridge S31°W; steering S36°W.


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17 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -17.28, Long -37.28


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight, hazy about horizon.

Light airs first hour from SSW, after which calm.

A. Arial, Landsman, stood an extra lookout on lee side of bridge, by order of Commanding Officer, for sleeping on lookout.

Steam 105, revolutions 95.1.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, hazy about horizon.

Light airs from SSE first hour, from West by South second hour, light to gentle breeze from West last two hours.

At end of watch under steam alone, course SW¾S (per standard compass), patent log (starboard) [reading] 66.0.

Average revolutions 93.2, steam pressure 98 pounds


8am to meridian:

First part of watch cloudy, with heavy rain showers and light variable airs, latter part clear and pleasant, gentle to moderate freshening breezes from SSW.

At 10.15am mustered at quarters, followed by "Arm and Away boats".

By order of the Commanding Officer P.J. Kane (Acting Gunner's Mate Third-class) was rerated an Acting Gunner's Mate Second-class to date from August 17, 1893.

Steaming course SW¾S (per standard compass), no sail.

Moderate head sea.

Average revolutions 91.6, steam 102.

A. Arial, Landsman, did ½ hour extra drill in conformity to punishment of Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate wind and sea from SSW.

Course SW¾S.

At 1.00pm changed course to SW¼S.

Average steam 105, revolutions 93.3.

Adopted port taffrail log as official log.


4pm to 6pm:

Generally clear, several moderate squalls from SSW, with light passing showers.

At 4.30pm had evening quarters and setting up drill.

A. Arial, Landsman, was drilled ½ hour by Corporal of Guard, by order of the Commanding Officer, for insubordinate conduct at evening exercise.

Steam 99, revolutions 92.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SSW.

At end of watch under steam alone, course (per standard compass) SW¼S, patent log (port) [reading] 84.5.

Average revolutions 91.5 and steam pressure 96 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Bright starlight and moonlight, obscured at intervals by heavy passing clouds.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from SSW, with moderate sea from same direction.

Steaming course SW¼S (per standard compass).

At 11.00pm the moon set.

Average revolutions 93.8, steam 104.8.


At 10.00am compared compasses: standard S36°W; bridge S40°W; steering S43°W.


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18 August 1893

Making passage from Barbadoes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -20.38, Long -39.33


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Moderate wind and sea from South by West.

Steam alone, course SW¼S.

At 3.45pm passed a steamer standing to Northeastward.

Average steam 100, revolutions 90.4.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from SSW to South by West.

At 7 o'clock passed a steamer, with white band in red cross on smoke stack, standing to Northward.

We showed colors, but she did not.

Steam 104, revolutions 94.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from South by West.

At 9.30am called at quarters and drilled crew at "clear ship for action".

At end of watch under steam alone, course SW¼S (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 90.9.

Average revolutions 97.5, steam pressure 104 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, light showers during third hour.

Gentle to light breezes from SSW.

Steaming course SW¼S (per standard compass) until 12.24pm, when changed to SW½S (per standard compass), patent log reading 32.5.

Exchanged colors with an English tramp steamer, standing NE.

Average revolutions 97.8, steam 106.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, rain squalls around horizon.

Light breeze from SSW to WSW.

Steam alone, course SW½S.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, after which exercised at setting up drill.

At 5.30pm sighted high land one point abaft starboard beam.

At 5.45pm passed a steamer standing to NE.

Average steam 100, revolutions 91.5.

Land in sight along starboard hand at end of watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from SW to SW by West.

Land shut out by darkness.

Course SW½S, nothing to the Westward.

Steam 100, revolutions 93.5.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Passed through several light fog belts.

Light breeze from SW by West to SSW.

Under steam alone, course SW½S (per standard compass), patent log (starboard) [reading] 13.8.

Average revolutions of engine 91.8 and steam pressure 91 pounds.


At 10.00am compared compasses: standard SW¼S; bridge SW¼W; steering SW⅞W.


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19 August 1893

At sea, and at anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -23.08, Long -42.62


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight, heavy dew.

Light variable airs.

Moon set at 12.10am.

Steaming course SW½S (per standard compass) until 1.50am, when changed to WSW¼W (per standard compass), starboard patent log reading 78.2.

Ship rolling heavily at times to a light swell from Southward and Eastward.

Average revolutions 92.5, steam pressure 96.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from NE.

Steam alone, course WSW¼W.

Ship rolling easily to SE swell, maximum roll 12° each way.

At daybreak high land in sight West to starboard quarters.

At 7.40am changed course to West by South, patent log [reading] 81.4.

At end of watch Cape Frio lighthouse bore West (per standard [compass]), distant about 12 miles.

At 7.30am made sail.

Average steam 96, revolutions 90.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Gentle to light breeze from North to NE.

Course West by South until 8.45am, it was then changed to West (log [reading] 2.8) and at 9.22am changed to W¼N.

Cape Frio at this time bore North per standard compass, distant about 4 miles.

At 10.30am sighted Corcovado Mountain bearing W½N.

At 11 o'clock sighted Haycock Island ahead.

At 11.22am set deck clock back 12 minutes.

At 11.33am took in and furled all sail.

Aired bedding.

Steam 102, revolutions 93.2.

At 9.22am, on passing signal station at Cape Frio, showed our ensign and made international signal G.R.T.C., at 9.24am B.W. and at 9.48am W.B.R.

Off Cape Frio ship rolled from 10° port to 8° starboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE first two hours and from South by West last two hours.

At 12.40pm changed course to WNW⅛W (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 50.0, and at 2.25pm to NW½W, patent log 63.1, at 3.05pm to NNW, patent log 71.3, at this time hauled in patent logs.

Then steered various course for anchorage.

At 3.14pm came to anchor in 5½ fathoms water, with port anchor, 10 fathoms of chain.

At 2.55pm made international signal B.Q.G.H.

An officer from each of the following war vessels came on board to extend the usual courtesies: the Brazilian flagship "Trajano"; the British gunboat H.M.S. "Beagle"; and the Portuguese gunboat "Mindello" ["Mindella" in log-book].

A salute of 21 guns was fired, Brazilian flag at the main, and this salute was answered by fort on shore.

A salute of 13 guns with Brazilian flag at fore was fired for Brazilian Admiral.

This was also returned.

In firing the salutes expended 34 6-pounder rapid fire Hotchkiss saluting charges.

Bearings from anchorage: East end of Rat Island N28°W and Calhabouco [Point] [Calhabouca in log-book] light S77°W (per standard compass), ship's head SW.


Haycock Island is probably Ilha Redonda, described as haycock shaped.

Today Calhabouco Point is the Northwestern corner of Santo Dumont Airport.


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4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light SSW breeze until last hour, when wind became variable in force and direction.

Veered 25 fathoms chain at 4.30pm, after which allowed fires to die out.

An officer from this ship returned the visits of courtesy from the Brazilian flagship "Trajano", the English gunboat H.M.S. "Beagle", and the Portuguese gunboat "Mindello".

By order of Commanding Officer W. Howlley, Coal Passer, R.G. McGowan, Coal Passer, and W.S. Tripp, Coal Passer, were placed in the brig, with door opened, in charge of a sentry, Howlley's and McGowan's punishment for the period of 7 days in port, for being slow in obeying orders, and Tripp's for 10 days in port, for being drunk on duty.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, hazy about horizon.

Calm to light airs from NE.


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20 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Heavy dew.

Ship swung to ebb tide at 1.45am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, light drizzling rain.

Light airs from North by West to WNW.

At 6 o'clock a German steamer came in from the Northward and anchored outside fort, she passed in at 8 o'clock.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 101¼ pounds fresh beef; 101¼ pounds fresh vegetables; and 81 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Damp, rainy weather, hazy about the horizon.

Calms and light airs from NW.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer inspected the ship and the crew at quarters.

The Captain of H.M.S. "Beagle" called on the Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy, cleaning latter part.

Light airs and calm.

At 3.00pm swung to ebb tide.

Sent a liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cool, foggy and rainy weather.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty and damp.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer high.

Liberty party returned aboard at 8.05pm.


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21 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Weather rainy, cold and foggy.

Gentle breeze from WNW first part, calms and light airs from SSE latter part.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light airs and breezes from South to SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, followed by divisional drills: Powder [Division] stations; Navigator's [Division] setting up exercise; 1st [Division] great guns and 2nd battery; 2nd [Division] single sticks; 3rd [Division] setting up exercise.

Ran in guns number 3, 4, 5 and 6, overhauled pistons and slides.

Received on board in Supplies and Accounts [Department]: £5985.

The Commanding Officer made official visits to H.M.S. "Beagle" and the Portuguese vessel "Mindello" ["Mindella" in log-book].


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and threatening.

Light SE breeze.

Restored after shell room.

Captain paid official calls on the Brazilian Admirals commanding respectively the fleet, the dock yard, Fort Villegagnon and the Naval school.

At 4.00pm a small Brazilian cruiser left dock yard and anchored in harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Clearing weather, bright starlight and moonlight latter part.

Light airs from ESE.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, followed by setting up exercise.

Tested searchlights.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

Gentle ESE breeze.


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22 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight, light airs from NE to ENE.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Calm, light airs from NNE to NNW.

Received for crew: 101¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 81 pounds fresh bread.

Riding to ebb tide until 8.00am, when began to swing to flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Light Northwesterly airs.

At 9.00am loosed sail.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st and 4th [Divisions] single sticks; 2nd [Division] infantry; 3rd [Division] great guns; Powder [Division] stations.

Received official visits from Captain of Portuguese war vessel "Mindello", also from officers representing the Admiral commanding the dock yard, also from Captain and Flag Lieutenant of Brazilian flagship "Trajano".

Overhauling searchlight projectors.

Stowing the torpedo room with the excess of fixed ammunition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light NNW airs.

At 2 o'clock the Portuguese man-of-war "Mindello" slipped moorings and under tow of tug proceeded to upper harbor.

Received an official visit from the aide to the Naval Commandant of Fort Villegagnon.

At 3.40pm furled sail.

Engaged touching up spots on ship's side.

Overhauled freeing ports and searchlight projectors.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather.

Light variable airs and calm.

Making preparations for coaling.


8pm [am in log-book] to midnight:

Fine weather.

Calm.


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23 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather, hazy about horizon, heavy dew falling.

Calms and light airs from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine, hazy about horizon.

Light NW airs.

At 6.15am two coal lighters came alongside and [at] 6.25am began coaling ship, shore people landing coal on rail, ship's company dumping and stowing.

Two lighters containing a total of 172 tons.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; 81 pounds bread.

J.K. Paterson, Coxswain, left ship on leave of absence until Friday night.

American bark "Julia Rollins", Baltimore, came in and anchored.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather, hazy, light airs from NNE and NNW.

Engaged coaling ship.

Served out monthly money.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SE to SSE.

The Brazilian Rear Admiral, Commandant of the Naval school, visited the ship, and upon his departure at 12.50pm a salute of 13 guns was fired, Brazilian flag at fore.

This salute was promptly answered by the Brazilian flagship "Trajano".

At 2.48pm the Italian gunboat "Giovanni Bausan" dropped anchor in the harbor, she fired a national salute of 21 guns, which was promptly answered from the fort.

At 3.15pm a salute of 13 guns for [the] Brazilian Admiral was fired by the "Giovanni Bausan" and this was promptly answered by the Brazilian flagship "Trajano".

Sent an officer on board the "Giovanni Bausan" to extend the usual courtesies.

This visit was returned.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Emptied two lighters containing total of 172 tons, and two others containing a total of 98.2 tons were brought alongside.

In saluting expended 13 6-pounder rapid fire saluting charges.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, hazy.

Light airs from SSE, calm last half.

At 6 o'clock stopped coaling for the day, having received onboard approximately 255 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, thick haze about horizon.


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24 August 1893

At Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs from North.

Moon set about 3.45am.

Hazy.

Riding to ebb tide from 12.30am.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather.

Calm and hazy.

At 6.10am two lighters containing each 55 tons were brought alongside.

We then commenced coaling.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 101¼ pounds fresh beef; 101¼ pounds fresh vegetables; and 81 pounds fresh bread.

At "all hands" discovered A. Arial, Landsman, and E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class, had left the ship during the night without permission.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant weather.

Light airs from NE.

Hazy.

Engaged in coaling ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and threatening weather.

Light to moderate breezes in squalls from SSW.

Riding to ebb tide.

At 2.15pm finished coaling ship, having received a total of 372 tons of bituminous coal.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy about the horizon, light drizzling rain last two hours.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling rain first part, misty.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SSW and West.

Flood tide.


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25 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Continuous drizzling rain.

Light WNW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cold, drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from SW by West.

Foggy about horizon.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101¼ pounds fresh beef; 101¼ pounds vegetables; and 76 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Drizzling rain during greater part of watch.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

Absent from ship without leave: A. Arial, Landsman, and E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class.

The Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments: J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, profanity, to be kept at work constantly for three days, except at meal hours, and reduced to 3rd conduct class; H.F. Laing, Apprentice First-class, disobedience of orders of Officer of Deck, extra duty by assisting Quartermaster for 3 days.

A class of 16 cadets, with officer in charge, from the Brazilian Naval school came aboard and were shown around the vessel.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, continuous drizzle.

Gentle SSW breeze.

At 12.10pm United States Minister to Brazil came on board.

At 12.40pm received a visit from Consul General to Rio [de] Janeiro.

At 2.00pm Lamport and Holt [Line]'s steamer "Wordsworth" ["Wadsworth" in log-book] came in and anchored, having on board the successor of the present United States Minister to Brazil.

At 2.15pm United States Minister left ship and was saluted with 13 guns.

At 2.25pm United States Consul General left ship and was saluted with 9 guns.

Expended 22 saluting charges, primers and corks.

Received in Engineer's Department: 300 gallon olive oil for lubricating purposes; also 4 pieces bilge suction piping.

Received in Construction [Department]: one grating for forward scuttle.

Received in Navigator's Department: one gland for dynamo.


4pm to 8pm:

Drizzling rain.

Light airs from SSW to SE.

Received in Engineer's Department: 70 grate bars.

Returned two lengths of bilge piping to be refitted by contractor.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement W. Howlley, Coal Passer, and R.E. McGowan, Coal Passer.

J.R. Pederson, Coxswain, returned from 3 days' furlough.


8pm to midnight:

Continuous drizzle.

SW airs.


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26 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and raining entire watch, light airs from West and calm.


4am to 8am:

Continuous rain.

Light to gentle breezes from West to SW.

Received for crew the following fresh provisions: 96¼ pounds beef and vegetables; 71 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, continuous drizzle.

Light variable airs.

By order of Captain placed R.J. Cooney, Seaman, in solitary confinement on bread and water for five days, for disobedience of orders in failing to return immediately from shore with dinghy and remaining on shore one hour, also reduced him to 4th [conduct] class.

At 11.15am water boat came alongside, and at 11.30am began pumping fresh water into boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, continuous light rain, light breeze from SW.

Received 18,000 gallons fresh water from the Companhia União.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, continuous drizzle.

Calm and SW airs.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, A. Arial, Landsman, and E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

Received in Engineer's Department: 2 bilge suction pipes; and 30 grate bars.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty, light rain last hour, light airs to light breeze from WNW to West.


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27 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Cold, drizzling rain.

Light airs to light breeze from West to SW.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 2.30am, and finished at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, continuous drizzle.

Calm and light airs from West.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 96¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; 88 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm, then light airs from NW.

Absentees A. Arial, Landsman, and E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain last hour, hazy about the horizon.

Calms and light airs from SW.

At 1.55pm commenced swinging to ebb, and finished at 2.05pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Light airs from NW to West, calm at times.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy about horizon, drizzling rain.

Calms and light airs from South by West.


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28 August 1893

At anchor in Rio de Janeiro, and under way

Lat -22.904, Long -43.164


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, misty and foggy, with steady rain during first part of watch.

Light breeze from West by North and calm.

Swinging to ebb tide from 2.00am to 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, light airs from WNW.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 96¼ pounds fresh beef; 96¼ pounds fresh vegetables; and 77 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light airs from WNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absentees without permission: A. Arial, Landsman; and E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 1000 pounds salt beef; 1600 pounds salt pork; 60 gallons beans; 200 pounds of rice; 200 pounds dried fruit; 400 pounds of pickles; 45 gallons molasses; 40 gallons of vinegar; 500 pounds vegetables.

Received in Department of Construction and Repair: 2 dozen padlocks; 1 dozen brass bolts; 1 gross of wood screws; 3 pieces of lumber, 20 feet x 5 inches x 4 inches; 1 piece of hard wood; 1 bag sand; 1 barrel of cement.

Received in Equipment Department, exempted classes: 300 feet of bell wire; 2 file cleaners.

At 11.00am started fires under boilers B, C and D.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Calm.

Received on board: 2 barrels cement and two bags sand (flux); 10 pounds tacks.

Made preparations for sea.

At 2.40pm the United States Minister to Brazil came aboard and was received with appropriate honors, upon his departure at 3.30pm a salute of 13 guns was fired, with the American flag at the fore.

The Commanding Officer of the Italian man-of-war "Giovanni Bausan" paid an official visit to the ship.

Expended 13 saluting charges, primers and corks (6-pounder ammunition).

By order of the Commanding Officer A. Arial, Landsman, and E.A. Chavannes, Apprentice Second-class, were declared deserters from the 23rd of this month.

Dropped and tested lifebuoys.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and damp, hazy about the horizon.

Calms and light airs from Southward.

At 5.20pm got under way and stood out of harbor.

At 6.00pm course SSW⅜W (per standard compass), patent logs [reading]: starboard 20.3; port 71.2.

Average revolutions 100 and steam pressure 120 pounds.

Received in Department of Construction and Repair: 2 bags of sand.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 6 inches and aft 16 feet 6 inches.

At 4.40pm mustered at quarters.


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6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy but pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from North to NE.

Standing to Southward out of Rio [de Janeiro] harbor.

At 6.25pm took departure, South end of Rasa Island [Raza Island in log-book] bearing NE by North, distant ¾ mile.

Set course SW½S (per standard compass), patent log reading 25 miles [knots in log-book].

At end of watch steaming course SW½S, Rasa Island light bearing NE¾N (per compass), distant about 18 miles, patent log [reading] 42.2.

Average revolutions 101.9, steam 115.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp, drizzling last hour.

Light SE breezes.

Course SW½S.

At 8.50pm lost sight of [Rasa Island] light bearing NE½N.

By order of Captain released George Tripp, Coal Passer, from confinement, and restored him to duty.

Average steam 110, revolutions 100.


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29 August 1893

Making passage from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo

Lat -25.69, Long -45.30


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, light passing showers.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Under steam alone, four boilers, course SW½S.

Steam 116, revolutions 108.4.


4am to 8am:

Foggy, continuous drizzling rain latter part.

Light to moderate breeze from ESE to SE by East.

Under steam alone.

Course SW½S (per standard [compass]), patent log at end of watch [reading] 78.6.

Average revolutions 107 and steam pressure 105 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with drizzling rain during first three hours.

Light to moderate breezes from ESE.

Steaming course SW½S (per standard compass).

At 11.45am set fore staysail, fore and main trysails.

Set clock back 10 minutes during last hour.

Average revolutions 105.1, steam pressure 113.

Moderate sea from Eastward and Southward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Moderate wind and sea from SE by East.

Steam and sail, course SW½S.

At 2.00pm passed a bark standing SW.

Average steam 105.4, revolutions 107.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, moderate breeze from ESE.

Under steam, fore and mainsail and fore staysail, course SW½S.

Steam 110, revolutions 111.5.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Maximum roll 10° starboard and 5° port.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy about the horizon.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

Under steam and fore staysail, fore and main trysail.

Course at end of watch SW½S (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 20.1.

Average revolutions 107 and steam pressure 105 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with light passing showers, clearing latter part.

Moderate sea and breeze from ESE.

At 8.05pm changed course from SW½S to SW¾S (per standard compass).

Fore staysail, fore and main trysails set.

Average revolutions 105, steam 106.


Compass comparison: standard SW½S; bridge SW; steering SW⅝W.


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30 August 1893

Making passage from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo

Lat -29.73, Long -48.58


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Gentle East by South breeze.

Steam and sail, course SW¾S.

Bright moonlight.

Clouds passing over from WSW.

Average steam 106.5, revolutions 112.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy first half, clear last.

At 4.30am East by South breeze died away and was soon followed by light breeze from SW, which hauled to South by West last hour and increased somewhat in force.

At 4.25am took in fore and main trysail, and at 4.50am took in staysail.

Course SW¾S.

Average steam 110, average revolutions 111.3.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South by West.

At 9.05am set fore staysail and trysail, and at 10.00am set jib and fore and main gaff topsails.

At 9.30am drilled divisions at quarters as follows: 1st Division small arms; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division and Navigator's Division single sticks; 4th Division small arms; Powder Division stations.

At end of watch under steam and all sail, except spanker and mizzen gaff topsail, course SW¾S (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 10.5.

Average revolutions 108 and steam pressure 108 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SW¾S (per standard compass), same sail as preceding watch.

Cleaned and painted forward shell room.

Average revolutions 104.4, steam 100 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Light SE breeze.

Steam and sail, course SW¾S.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

Average steam 110, revolutions 108.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate breeze from SE.

Under steam and all sail, excepting that of the mizzen, course SW¾S.

Average steam 110, average revolutions 110.8.

By order of the Commanding Officer released R.J. Cooney, Seaman, from confinement and restored him to duty.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE.

Under all sail, except spanker and mizzen gaff topsail.

At 8.23pm changed course to SW by South (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 4.9.

At end of watch course SW by South (per standard compass), patent log 47.2.

Average revolutions 109, and steam pressure 108 pounds.

Moon rose at 9.20pm.


Compass comparison: standard SW¾S; bridge SW⅛S; steering SW½W.


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31 August 1893

Making passage from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -33.52, Long -52.07


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Moderate breeze and sea from East by North.

Steaming course SW by South (per standard compass), under all sail, except spanker and mizzen gaff topsail.

Average revolutions 106.4, steam pressure 101.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE to ESE.

Steam and sail, course SW by South.

At 8.00am changed course to SW½S.

Average steam 100, revolutions 101.8.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy.

Moderate breeze from ESE to East by South.

At 9.30am went to general quarters, times as follows, namely: 1st and 4th [Divisions] 4 minutes 55 seconds; 2nd [Division] 2 minutes 8 seconds; 3rd [Division] 3 minutes 1 second; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 10 seconds; Powder [Division] 4 minutes 52 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 2 minutes 11 seconds; Marines 1 minute 8 seconds.

At 10.18am secured, times: 1st and 4th [Division] 2 minutes 31 seconds; 2nd [Division] 1 minute 50 seconds; 3rd [Division] 1 minute 49 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 1 minute 15 seconds; Powder [Division] 3 minutes 47 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 1 minute 30 seconds; Marines 1 minute 15 seconds.

The magazine and shell room flood cocks were examined and found in working order, the watertight doors were closed and found in good order.

At 8.35am took in jib and fore gaff topsail, and at 9.15am took in main gaff topsail.

At 9.14am changed course to SW (log [reading] 53.4).

At 11.30am set deck clock back 12 minutes.

The ship being under staysail, fore and main trysails, with a moderate sea on port quarters, 5½ [rolls per minute] to starboard and 5 [rolls per minute] to port, commencing the count with ship on even keel and first roll to starboard.

The maximum roll to starboard was 9° and to port 5°.

Average steam 95, average steam 100.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather.

Moderate to stiff breeze from East by South.

Long swell from ESE.

By clinometer in chart house ship rolling as follows: maximum roll to starboard 18° and to port 14°; average 12° to starboard 10° to port; number of rolls per minute 5 each way.

Barometer falling.

At 12.40pm changed course to SW½W (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 92.8.

At end of watch under steam and fore staysail, fore and main trysails, course SW½W (per standard compass), patent log 29.0.

Average revolutions 96.7 and steam pressure 92.5.

Restowed forward shell room and refilled the recoil cylinders of all 6-inch breech loading rifles.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, threatening weather.

Moderate breeze and sea from East by South.

Steaming course SW½W (per standard compass).

At 5.30pm took in fore staysail, fore and main trysails.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Average revolutions 95, steam 99.

At 5.00pm stopped engines for 3 minutes and got a sounding in 4 fathoms, dark speckled, sand bottom.


Approved: [signed] P.F. Harrington, Commander U.S. Navy, Commanding.


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6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and threatening.

Moderate wind and sea from East.

Raining at end of watch.

Course SW½W, steam alone.

At 7.10pm changed course to SW, patent log [reading] 61.4.

At 7.37pm sighted Cape Polonio light bearing about WSW.

Average steam 98, revolutions 92.7.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with continuous light rain.

Moderate breeze from East to SE, fresh squalls from East by South 2nd hour, occasional flashes of lightning to Westward.

Under steam alone, course SW.

At 8.03pm sounded in 13½ fathoms, gray sand and black specks.

At 8.09pm Polonio [Polonia in log-book] light bore West (log [reading] 71), and at 8.38pm it was abeam, distant 4.9 miles, log 75.9.

At 9.10pm sounded in 30 fathoms.

At 9.45pm sighted [Cabo] St. Maria light bearing WSW½W.

At 10.18pm it bore West, log 93.2, and at 10.45pm it was abeam, distant 4.9 miles, at this time sounded in 16 fathoms, coarse gray sand, black shells.

Steam 98, revolutions 95.

Maximum roll to starboard 20°, port 15°, number per minute 6 to starboard, 5 to port.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1893


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1 September 1893

At anchor in quarantine ground, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.93, Long -56.23


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain, hazy about the horizon.

Barometer falling.

Moderate breeze from East by South.

At 1.15am got cast of lead by Sir William Thomson's [Thompson in log-book] sounding machine in 19 fathoms, gray sand, white specks, at 3.20am in 11 fathoms, same bottom, and at 4.00am in 11½ fathoms, same bottom.

At 3.00am changed course to W½N (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 43.4.

Under steam alone.

At end of watch course W½N (per standard compass), patent log 55.2.

Average revolutions 99.7 and steam pressure 98.5.

At times ship rolled 11° to starboard and 7° to port, 5 rolls each way per minute by clinometer in pilot house.


4am to 8am:

Stormy, with continuous rain.

Stiff breeze and moderate sea from East by South.

Steaming course W½N (per standard compass), at 4.30am changed course to NW by West, and at 5.00am changed back to W½N.

At 7.35am sighted Flores Island light bearing NW½W per standard compass, patent log reading 92.

Changed course to WNW (per standard compass).

Made the following soundings: at 4.30am 13 fathoms, patent log [reading] 59.7; 5.00am 13 fathoms, patent log 65.9; 5.30am 11 fathoms, log 70.6; 6.00am 12½ fathoms, log 76.0; 6.30am 10 fathoms, log 80.9; 7.12am 8 fathoms, log 88.

Lost sinker of Thomson's [Thompson in log-book] sounding apparatus.

At 8.00am Flores Island light bore North by East, distant 1 mile.

Average revolutions 98.9, steam pressure 103.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, squally and rainy.

Fresh SE wind.

Course WNW, steam alone.

At 8.12am Flores Island bearing NNE¼E, changed course to West by South, patent log 97.2.

At 9.07am Punta Brava light abeam, hauled in patent log reading 7.0.

Called all hands and stood in for an anchorage under [in in log-book] conn of Captain.

At 9.34am came to with port anchor in 4 fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms chain.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

Bearings from anchorage: the cathedral NE¼N, the mount NW¾N by standard compass, [ship's] head SE by East.

At 10.45am health boat came alongside.

By direction of health authorities hoisted quarantine flag.

At 9.50am set clock back 17 minutes.

At 11.35am fired a salute of 21 guns, Uruguayan flag at main.

At 11.50am fired a salute of 11 guns, Brazilian flag at fore.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 32 saluting charges, primers and corks.

Banked fires in A and C boilers, fires dying out under boilers B and D.


Meridian to 4pm:

Commenced overcast, with drizzling rain, clearing somewhat at close.

Moderate breeze from South to South by West.

At 1.50pm the fort on the Cerro hoisted the United States ensign and returned the salute fired by this ship on arrival this morning.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South by East.


6pm to 8pm:

Bright starlight.

Moderate to stiff breezes from South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Moderate wind, fresh in squalls from South.

Ebb tide.

Ship across wind and tide till 11.00pm, when swung to wind.

Moon rose at 11.42pm.


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2 September 1893

At anchor in quarantine ground, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat -34.93, Long -56.23


Midnight to 4am:

Fine and cool, light breeze from South by West to SSW.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

Made preparations for coaling ship.

At 7.15am coal lighter came alongside.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds fresh beef; 98¾ pounds vegetables; and 79 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Gentle to light breezes from SSW.

Officers from the Argentine vessel "Veinticinco De Mayo" ["25th of May" in log-book] and the Brazilian vessel [left blank] came alongside to extend the usual courtesies.

Coaling ship from one lighter, coal in bags, average weight per bag 312 pounds, using one cargo boom and whipping up 4 bags at a time with steam capstan.

Received during watch 814 bags, 112 tons, of bituminous coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle SSW breeze.

Coaling ship.

At 2.00pm bunkers were filled, having received 134 tons, began taking in coal in bags for a deck load.

Received in Ordnance Department: 1 3-foot steel bar.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather, light airs from SSW first hour, second hour from ESE.

Finished coaling, having received 174 tons, including 40 tons in bags, which were stowed on the quarterdeck.

Received for use in the Engineer's Department: 102 gallons olive oil.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from NE to NNE.


8pm to midnight:

Bright starlight, cool.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NNW.

Riding to strong ebb tide.


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3 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Montevideo to Sandy Point

Lat -35.27, Long -56.43


Midnight to 4am:

Cool and pleasant.

Moderate breeze, fresh in puffs, from North by West to South by West.

Ebb tides.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SSW to SW by West.

At 6.40am got under way, hauled down quarantine flag and stood out of Montevideo, course SW by South, put over log at 7 o'clock, it reading 7.7.

At 7.25am changed to SW, log [reading] 8.7.

Steam 90, revolutions 40.

Draft 14 feet forward, 16 feet 8 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW to SW by South.

Under steam alone.

Made the following changes of course (per standard compass): at 9.54am to SW by South, patent log [reading] 22.0; at 9.58am to SSW, patent log 22.3; at 10.00am to South by West, patent log 22.6; at 11.00am to South, patent log 28.5, steered this course remainder of watch.

At 9.50am passed close by British steamship "Port Jackson" of London, lying at anchor.

Average revolutions 59.8 and steam pressure 114 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Unsettled weather.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from SSW to WSW.

Steaming course South (per standard compass) until 12.15pm, when changed course to SSW (per standard compass).

Sounding every 15 minutes, depths ranging between 7 and 8¼ fathoms.

Fresh squall from SSW, with driving rain, during third hour.

Average revolutions 62.8, steam 110.5 pounds.

Sea smooth.


4pm to 6pm:

Cool and pleasant.

Fresh wind from SW by West to SW by South.

Steam alone, course SSW.

At 4.00pm got cast in 8¾ fathoms.

At 4.05pm changed course to South by East, patent log [reading] 59.2.

At 4.40pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.00pm got cast in 9 fathoms.

At 6.00pm got cast in 9 fathoms.

Average steam 115, revolutions 58.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breezes from SW by South.

Under steam alone, course South by East.

At 6 o'clock started fires under B boiler.

Sounding at intervals of 15 minutes, at end of watch 10¾ fathoms.

At 7.40pm made flare of revolving light on Cape [Point in log-book] San Antonio bearing S½W, this light could be seen from the masthead.

Average steam 118, average revolutions 55.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from SW by South.

Under steam alone.

At 9.40pm Cape [Point in log-book] San Antonio light showed above horizon.

Made the following changes of course (per standard compass): at 10.00pm to SSE, patent log [reading] 90.8; at 10.35pm to SSE½E, patent log 94.8; at 11.50pm to SE by South, patent log 4.6, on this course at end of watch.

At 11.30pm connected B boiler.

Average revolutions 68.5 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


Compass comparison: standard South by East; bridge South by E¼E; steering SSE.


Sandy Point is also known as Punta Arenas.


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4 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Montevideo to Sandy Point, Chile

Lat -37.60, Long -56.55


Midnight to 4am:

Variable weather, bright starlight, obscured at intervals by heavy passing cumulus-nimbus clouds from SW with light rain showers.

Moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from SW to SSW.

Short choppy sea from Southward and Westward.

Steaming course SE by South (per standard compass) with three boilers.

At 12.26am Cape San Antonio light bore West by South (per standard compass), log [reading] 9.1, at 1.20am it bore West by South (per standard compass), log 17.

At 1.30am lost Cape San Antonio light bearing about WNW¾W.

At 2.30am moon rose.

Average revolutions 86.3, steam 120.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool, clearing towards end of watch.

Fresh wind from SW to SW by South.

Course SE by South.

At 6.00am unbent main trysail and gaff topsail, and lowered gaff.

At 6.30am changed course to SW by South, patent log [reading] 62.5.

Average steam 120, revolutions 87.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, stiff to moderate breeze from SW by South to SSW.

The Commanding Officer assigned the following punishments, namely: J.B. Brennan, Private Marine Corps, lash and carry [hammocks] ½ hour earlier once, this for late hammocks; S.B. Howley, Landsman, to keep his watches on lee side of bridge for three nights and reduced to 2nd [conduct] class, for being asleep below during night watch on deck; J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, W.P. Munger, Apprentice First-class, and C.A. Barnes, Apprentice First-class, to lash and carry hammocks each watch one night; Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, first watch on poop one night, for not turning out when ordered by Ship's Corporal; Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, solitary confinement on bread and water for five days and 4th conduct class, for refusing duty.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 89.4.

Course SW by South.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, fine weather.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SSW.

Course during and at end of watch SW by South, patent log [at] end of watch [reading] 47.5, under steam alone.

Average revolutions 87.2 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from South.

Smooth sea.

Steaming course SW by South (per standard compass).

At 4.30pm sighted low land along starboard beam and bow.

At 5.00pm sighted Cape Corrientes lighthouse bearing W⅜S (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 55.9.

At end of watch Cape Corrientes light bore NW by W½W, distant 12 miles.

Average revolutions 79.3, steam 115.

Condemned by Quarterly Board of Survey and thrown overboard: 200 pounds flour.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light breezes from South.

Sea smooth.

Ship rolling easily, 5° each way, 6 rolls per minute.

At 7.35pm Cape Corrientes light bore NW by West (per compass).

At 6.15pm [sic] this light was abeam, distant about 11 miles.

At 8.00pm this light disappeared below horizon.

Tested searchlights from 7.00pm till 7.30pm, port light only poorly satisfactory.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 83.4.


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8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North.

Very heavy dew.

Course SW by South.

At 8.15pm changed course to SSW¾W, patent log [reading] 84.6.

Average steam 120, revolutions 79.6.


Compass comparison: standard SW by South; bridge SW⅜S; steering SW⅛W.


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5 September 1893

Making passage from Montevideo to Sandy Point, Chile

Lat -40.23, Long -59.72


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, light moderate breeze from NW by West to WNW, freshening at end of watch.

Course SSW¾W, under steam alone.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 83.4.

Moon rose at 3.40am.

S.B. Howley, Landsman, stood his watch on lee side of bridge, as ordered by the Commanding Officer as a punishment.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze to light airs from WNW first hour, and WSW last three hours.

Under steam alone, course during and at end of watch WSW¾W (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 92.2.

Average revolutions 87.1 and steam pressure 118 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Light airs and breezes from West to NW.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SSW¾W (per standard compass).

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions as follows: 1st [Division] single sticks; 2nd [Division] small arms; 3rd [Division] great guns; Powder [Division] infantry.

Average revolutions 92.8, steam 120.

Set clock back 15 minutes during fourth hour of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE and North, hauling to North by West last hour.

Sails loosed to dry.

Broke out and dried cofferdams.

Set foresail and head sails.

Steam 120, revolutions 94.9.

By order of Commanding Officer [the following punishments were awarded]: E. Hannis, Seaman, and J.C. Fiske, Seaman Apprentice Second-class, late hammocks, to lash and carry at 3.50am September 6; H.C. Horton, Private Marine, disrespect to Corporal of Guard and accouterments not cleaned, extra duty 2 hours on and 4 hours off for five days and reduced to 2nd conduct class.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from North.

Barometer falling.

Course SSW¾W, under steam and sail.

At 4.30pm exercised at fire quarters, ready in 2 minutes 40 seconds, secured in 2 minutes 40 seconds.

Bent main trysail and gaff topsail.

At 6.00pm set main trysail and took in fore topmast staysail and fore gaff topsail.

Steam 110, revolutions 88.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

Under steam, staysail, fore and main trysails, course SSW¾W.

Average steam 119, average revolutions 91.6.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, bright starlight, hazy about the horizon.

Gentle breeze from NW.

At 10.00pm changed course to SSW½W (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 38.8.

Under steam and fore staysail, fore and main gaff topsails.

Course at end of watch SSW½W (per standard compass), patent log [reading] 60.4.

Average revolutions 96.4 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


Compass comparison: standard SSW¾W; bridge S36°W; steering SW¼S.


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6 September 1893

Making passage from Montevideo to Sandy Point, Chile

Lat -43.28, Long -63.34


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, bright starlight.

Gentle to fresh breezes from NW by North to SSW.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course SSW½W (per standard compass), under jib, fore and main trysails until 2.30am, when took in all sail.

Average revolutions 98, steam 120.

H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and E. Hannis, Seaman, lashed and stowed their hammocks 10 minutes before their watch was called in compliance with punishment of Commanding Officer.


4am to 8am:

Fine weather; cool.

Moon rose at 4.50am.

Light airs and breezes from South.

Steam 117, revolutions 91.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from SSW to South.

Steam alone, course SSW½W.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions: Navigator's and 3rd [Divisions] single sticks; Powder, 1st and 4th Divisions small arms; 2nd Division great guns.

At 11.12am set clock back 12 minutes.

At meridian changed course to South, patent log [reading] 83.4.

Average steam 120, revolutions 95.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Commenced clear, cloudy at close, light breeze from South to SE.

Under steam alone, course South.

Average steam 120, revolutions 83.

Sighted several whales about 3 o'clock and passed several detached pieces of kelp.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE to NE by East.

Under steam alone, course during and at end of watch South (per standard compass).

At end of watch patent log [reading] 42.7.

Average revolutions 91.8 and steam pressure 118 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy but pleasant, cool.

Light breezes from NE by East and NE.

Sea smooth.

Steaming course South (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 88.2, steam 120.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Light breezes, increasing to moderate breezes from NE.

Sea increasing slightly.

Steam 120, revolutions 91.


Compass comparison: standard SSW½W; bridge SW by South; steering SW½S.


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7 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Montevideo to Sandy Point

Lat -47.12, Long -64.69


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate wind and sea from NNW to North.

Steam alone, course South.

Barometer falling steadily to 29.78 [inches].

Average steam 120, revolutions 92.4.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from North by West to NNW.

Under steam alone, course South.

Average steam 118, average revolutions 95.1.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs to moderate breezes from NW first three hours, and West last hour.

At 8.20am set jib, fore staysail, fore and main trysails and gaff topsails.

At 10.40am took in all sail.

At 9.30am drilled at general quarters.

Times of casting loose: 1st Division 3 minutes 1 second; 2nd Division 3 minutes 32 seconds; 3rd Division 4 minutes 27 seconds; 4th Division 3 minutes 29 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 55 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 40 seconds; Powder [Division] and Marines 57 seconds.

Securing: 1st Division 2 minutes 38 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 9 seconds; 3rd Division 1 minute 51 seconds; 4th Division 2 minutes 58 seconds; Navigator's Division 1 minute 20 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 40 seconds; Powder Division 5 minutes 16 seconds; Marines 1 minute 8 seconds.

Ship rolling at times 20° to starboard and 17° to port, 6 rolls both ways in 1 minute, longest time to a roll 9 seconds (per clinometer).

Course South (per standard compass), patent log at end of watch [reading] 21.0.

At 8.18am started fires under B boiler [probably D boiler].

Tested all flood cocks and found them in good order.


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Gentle to light breezes from NW.

Steaming course South (per standard compass) until 1.00pm, when changed to S½W (per standard compass), patent log reading 30.3.

At 12.50pm set fore staysail, fore and main trysails.

At 3.45pm shortened sail.

At 1.30pm coupled on boiler D, steaming with four boilers.

Average revolutions 104.2, steam 120.

Barometer falling.

Light swell from Northward and Westward.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from NNW, dying away and coming out about 6.00pm from SW in moderate squalls.

A heavy cloud bank with vivid lightning drifting to NE.

Light swell from Northward and Westward,

Ship rolling at times 8° port, 10° starboard, 6 rolls per minutes, observed by liquid clinometer in pilot house.

Steam 115, revolutions 104.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally first hour, then clear and pleasant.

At 6.15pm wind shifted to SW by South in a fresh squall.

Steam alone, course S½W.

Average steam 115, revolutions 106.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, damp and cold.

Gentle breeze first hour from WSW, hauling to West and increasing to moderate breeze with an occasional stiff puff from West until 11.50pm, when it shifted to SW and commenced to blow fresh.

At 9.30pm set staysail, fore and main trysail, and took them in at 11.50pm, at which time it was necessary to run the ship off to Southward and Eastward to save the fore trysail, the brails having carried away.

Course S½W.

Steam 120, average revolutions 111.5.


Compass comparison: standard South; bridge S⅛E; steering S⅜E.


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8 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Montevideo to Sandy Point

Lat -50.52, Long -66.57


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and squally.

Fresh breeze, increasing to moderate gale from SW.

Thick passing clouds.

Sea moderate.

Under steam alone, course SW½W, patent log end of watch [reading] 4.7.

Average revolutions 109.9 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Clear, squally.

Fresh breezes to moderate gale from SW.

Moderate, increasing to rough sea, occasionally coming aboard over the bows.

Steaming course S½W (per standard compass) until 7.25am, when slowed down engines to 40 revolutions, banked fires under boilers A and B.

At 7.40am hauled in patent log, reading 36.9.

During last half hour vessel hove to, riding easily and dry, drifting SE, 1 knot per hour.

Average revolutions 95.9, steam 118 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, with occasional squalls accompanied by light rain.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SW, hauling to SSW last hour.

Ship hove to, making 40 revolutions, with helm hard aport.

Coming up to S½W and falling off to SSE.

Sea moderately rough, coming from SW.

Several patches of kelp seen occasionally.

Steam 118, revolutions 40, banked [fires] in A and B boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Moderate to strong winds in squalls from SSW to South by West.

At meridian increased to 50 revolutions.

At 12.50pm put over patent log, reading 37.2.

Course S½W.

At 12.30pm changed course to S¾W, patent log [reading] 38.1.

At 1.00pm increased to 60 revolutions.

Clearing weather towards end of watch.

Barometer rising 29.70 to 29.86.

Average steam 120. revolutions 68.4.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, wind and sea moderating from South by West.

Average steam 116, revolutions 65.1.

Course S¾W.

Released Ah Hoy, Mess Attendant, from confinement, by order of the Commanding Officer.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, cool weather.

Sea and wind moderating.

Gentle breeze from South by West.

Under steam alone, course S¾W (per standard compass), patent log end of watch [reading] 77.6.

Average revolutions 70.2 and steam pressure 119 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Bright starlight.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE to SSW.

Heavy dew.

Steaming course S¾W.

Average revolutions 70.2, steam 120 pounds.

Sea smooth.


Compass comparison: standard S¾W; bridge S¾W; steering S10°W.


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9 September 1893

At sea, and at anchor in Possession Bay

Lat -52.37, Long -69.04 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, cool and damp.

Light breezes from SW by South.

Course S¾W.

Making 70 revolutions, steam 120.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from West, shifting to SW and freshening.

Long Easterly swell.

At 5.50am increased speed to 100 revolutions.

At 6.00am changed course to SW, patent log [reading] 54.8.

At 6.50am sighted Cape Virgins bearing about West by South.

At 7.00am changed course to SW by South, patent log 65.9.

At 7.50am changed course to South, patent log 75.3.

At end of watch Cape Virgins bore West, distant about 8 miles.

Average steam 120, revolutions 85.5.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Moderate breeze from West by South to West.

Standing into the entrance of Magellan Straits, conned by the Commanding Officer.

At 8.20am changed course to SW, at 8.40am to WSW, at 8.48am West by South, at 10.50am West by North, and at 11.30am to West.

At 9.19am beacon on Dungeness Point was abeam distant 1½ miles, at 11.30am beacon on Possession Point abeam, distant 1½ miles.

Sighted a wreck on Dungeness Point, on Eastern side, about one mile from the point, also noticed that the beacon on Possession Point had been blown over on its side.

At end of watch standing in for anchorage in Possession Bay.

Steam 120, revolutions 104.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Gentle to light breezes from West and West by South.

Standing in for Stonewall Anchorage.

At 12.30pm hauled in patent log, reading 22.7.

At 12.38pm [12.28pm in log] anchored in 14¾ fathoms, with 45 fathoms of chain on port anchor, bottom shells and dark sand.

Draught of water forward 13 feet 0 inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.

Banked fires under all boilers.

Bearings of anchorage Possession Bay (per standard compass): Monte Aymond [Monte Agmond in log-book] W½N, Direction Island [probably Banco Direccion] beacon SW¼S.

Sent whaleboat ashore with hunting party.

Exchanged colors and made our international number to a French tramp steamer, standing out of straits to Eastward.

Expended at small arm practice 75 .45 caliber ammunition.

Ship began to swing to slack ebb tide at 3.30pm.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant, cool.

Light airs and breezes from West by South.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

Ship swinging to slack tide during watch.

Light swell from seaward setting into anchorage.

Barometer steady.


6pm to 8pm:

Partially clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from West by South to NW.

Ship swinging to flood tide, finished at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright starlight, heavy dew.

Light breeze from NW to West by North.

Riding to a feeble flood tide until 11.00pm, when began to swing to ebb.


Compass comparison: standard W½N; bridge WNW; steering NW by W¼W.


Cape Virgins is also known as Cabo Virgenes.


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10 September 1893

At sea, and at anchor in Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -52.95, Long -70.70


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Light to gentle breeze from NW by West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light to gentle breeze from NW by West.

At 5.50am got under way and stood in the straits for Sandy Point.

Steered various courses under conn of Commanding Officer.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 0 inches and aft 16 feet 5 inches.

Average revolutions 112.2 and steam pressure 118.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant, cool.

Moderate breeze from West.

Steaming though Second Narrows, Queen Channel and Broad Reach for Sandy Point.

At end of watch Cape Porpesse [Cape Porpoise in log-book] abeam, distant [left blank] miles.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters for inspection.

Average revolutions 111.8, steam 117.5.

Exchanged colors with a German bark.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially cloudy and cool.

Gentle breezes from West.

Standing in to anchorage at Sandy Point.

At 12.26pm hauled in patent log, reading 3.0.

At 12.36pm anchored in 10 fathoms water, hard bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Banked fires in C and D boilers and allowed fires to die out in A and B.

Sent liberty party ashore, pratique having been granted by Health Officer, who visited the ship at 1.00pm.

Bearings of anchorage: Sandy Point light NW by North, magnetic, Sandy Point beacon North by East, magnetic.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from West.

At 5.07pm Chilean cruiser "Magallanes" ["Magellanes" in log-book] came in and anchored.

Sent an officer to board her, his visit being promptly returned.

Liberty party returned, with exception of L.N. Badene, Chief Boatswain's Mate, and G.L. Kerr, Chief Quartermaster.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, light airs to light breeze from West to WNW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calms to light airs from North by West.

At 8.35pm the body of Louis N. Badene, Chief Boatswain's Mate, was brought aboard by boat from Chilean cruiser "Magallanes" ["Magellanes" in log-book].

The petty officer in charge reported that the body had been recovered from the water at wharf.

Body was examined at once by surgeon of this ship, who reported that death had apparently occurred some hours before, and the probable cause drowning.


Second Narrows is also known as Segunda Angostura.

Queen Channel is also known as Canal Reina.

Broad Reach is also known as Paso Ancho.

Sandy Point is also known as Punta Arenas.


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11 September 1893

At Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -53.14, Long -70.84


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy, cool.

Light breeze from NW to NW by West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool.

Light breezes from NNW and NW.

At 7.00am got under way and went alongside coal hulk.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds beef; 98¾ pounds vegetables; 79 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cold and cloudy.

Wind light from NW by North to West.

At 8.50am began coaling ship.

Captain paid official visits to Captain of Chilean cruiser "Magallanes", Governor of Punta Arenas and Captain of Port.

Captain of "Magallanes" paid official visit to ship.

By order of Captain confined D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, for 5 days on bread and water, for using threatening and abusive language to Machinist of watch.

G.L. Kerr, Chief Quartermaster, absent without leave.

Received 34 tons coal during watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from South by West to SW.

Engaged coaling ship.

Received during watch approximately 30 tons.

G.L. Kerr, Chief Quartermaster, returned on board under charge of Master-at-Arms, 21 hours over time.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from West to West by South.

At 5.30pm finished coaling.

Received on board during day a total of 75 tons.

At 5.40pm cast off from the coal barge and steamed inshore for an anchorage.

At 5.55pm came to anchor in 8½ fathoms of water, hard sand bottom, and veered to 30 fathoms at water's edge on port chain.

Allowed fires to die out under both (A and B) boilers.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from West and WSW.

Received on board one coffin for the body of L.N. Badene, late Chief Boatswain's Mate.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy, cool.

Calm and light airs from WSW to NW.


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12 September 1893

At anchor in Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -53.14, Long -70.84


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and Westerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, calm and light airs from North.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 98¾ pounds fresh beef; 98¾ pounds fresh vegetables; and 79 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE.

At 9.00am the crew and officers of the ship assembled on quarter deck, and the Commanding Officer read the funeral service over the remains of Louis N. Badene, Chief Boatswain's Mate.

At 9.30am the funeral party left the ship with body, Lieutenant Fickbohm in charge.

An escort from Chilean cruiser "Magallanes" ["Magellanes" in log-book] joined that from this ship.

The remains were interred in Protestant cemetery on shore.

A salute was fired over grave.

Party returned at 10.50am.

The following punishments were assigned by the Commanding Officer: M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, 10 days' confinement for disobeying orders of Machinist Nelson and persisting in cursing him after being repeatedly told to stop; J.J. Paterson, First-class Fireman, 7 days' [confinement], for being drunk on duty on board coal hulk.

In firing salute on shore 25 rounds of saluting cartridges were expended by Marine Guard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light breezes from North to NW.

Exercised 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions at sub-caliber target firing at 300 yards range.

Expended 630 rounds of .45 caliber rifle ammunition.

At 3.40pm the Governor of Punta Arenas visited the ship and was received with appropriate honors.

Sent a liberty party of 40 men ashore.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather, cool.

Light airs from NW first hour, then hauling to South.

At 4.10pm Governor of Punta Arenas left the ship and was saluted with 9 guns, Chilean flag at fore.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine, bright starlight.

Light airs from South.

Exercised searchlights and Ardois [signal system].


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright starlight.

Light breeze from WSW, then calm.


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13 September 1893

At anchor in Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -53.14, Long -70.84


Midnight to 4am:

Cool weather, clear first part, clouding over latter part of watch.

Light airs and breezes from NW.

Heavy dew falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant, clearing latter part of watch.

Calms and light variable airs.

Received for crew: 98¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 79 pounds bread.

Liberty party returned, excepting Privates B.J. Lynch, R.J. Ryan and J.H. Roulston.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, B.J. Lynch, Private Marine, R.J. Ryan, Private Marine, and J.H. Roulston, Private Marine, absent without leave.

All divisions exercising at target practice using sub-caliber cartridges.

Expended for this purpose 1130 .45 caliber cartridges.

Cleaning ship outside.

Expended 1 sub-caliber 1-pounder cartridge.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from North to NE.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Started fires under boiler D, preparatory to transferring from B.

Cleaning ship outside.

At 3.40pm Private Ryan, U.S. Marine Corps, returned on board drunk and by order of Captain was placed in brig for safe keeping.

D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, being temporarily removed from the brig and placed under sentry's charge.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy.

Light breeze to light airs from South.

The Chilean surveying steamer "Condor" came in from Westward.

The German steamer "Kambases" [probably a misspelled "Kambyses"] entered from the Eastward.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Allowed fires to die out under B boiler and connected up D to pumping system for use.


8pm to midnight:

Bright starlight, cool, fine weather.

Light airs from SW by West.

At 9.48pm moon set.

At 10.25pm the German steamer "Kambases" [probably a misspelled "Kambyses"] stood out of port to the Southward and Westward.

Tested Ardois signal lights.

Private P.J. Ryan was removed from the brig and placed under sentry's charge, and D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, was replaced in the brig, by order of Commanding Officer.

Heavy dew.


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14 September 1893

At anchor in Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -53.14, Long -70.84


Midnight to 4am:

Foggy and damp, cool.

Light airs from North first part, then variable.


4am to 8am:

Foggy, misty and damp.

Light variable airs.

Planted target at 1000 yards, bearing SE by South.

A steamer (German) came in from Southward and anchored at 6.20am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables; 79 pounds bread; and issued same to crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty.

Calm.

At 9.30am mustered crew at quarters, the divisions were inspected by the Commanding Officer.

Absentees: B.J. Lynch, Private Marine, J.H. Roulston, Private Marine, J. Dowling, Private Marine, H. Herbert, Private Marine, B. Anthony, Private Marine, F. Clarke, Second-class Fireman, and E. Hennessey, Mess Attendant.

At 10.00am commenced target practice with secondary battery, firing both 3-pounder Hotchkiss, starboard 6-pounder Hotchkiss and 1-pounder Hotchkiss, target anchored at 1000 yards.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool, cloudy weather.

Light airs to light breeze from NE by East to NNE.

Continued target practice using the starboard 6-inch breech loading rifles, distance of target 1500 yards, and the starboard 37 mm Hotchkiss, distance target 1000 yards.

Fired one shot (full charge) for pressure from after starboard 6-inch breech loading rifle.


4pm to 6pm:

Foggy.

Light airs and breezes from North, clearing latter part of watch.

At 4.18pm ceased firing at target practice, having expended during day the following: common shell, 21 3-pounder; 20 6-pounder; 20 1-pounder; 21 37 mm; and 25 6-inch breech loading rifle; 24 reduced charges for 6-inch breech loading rifle; and 1 ordinary charge for 6-inch breech loading rifle.

The charges and specifications preferred by the Commanding Officer against R.J. Ryan, Private Marine, were presented to him by the Recorder of a Summary Court Martial before which he is to appear.

Private B. Anthony returned on board 10 hours over time.


6pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, cool.

Light airs from NW and calm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

NW airs.

Bright starlight.

Heavy dew.


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15 September 1893

At anchor in Sandy Point, Magellan Straits

Lat -53.14, Long -70.84


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and cool, heavy dew.

Light airs from West and WNW.

Edward Hennessey, Mess Attendant, was brought on board sick, he having been absent over time since 5.30pm September 13.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, damp weather.

Light airs from WNW first part and from NNE latter part.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds fresh beef; 98¾ fresh vegetables; and 79 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light breezes from North and NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absent without leave: Privates B.J. Lynch, J.H. Roulston, J. Dowling, H. Herbert, William Sharp, and F. Clark, Second-class Fireman.

These absentees were brought aboard later by the Master-at-Arms of the ship, William Sharp, Private Marine, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Exercised 3rd Division at small arm target practice, 300 yards, expended 90 .45 caliber ammunition, 1st Division at revolver practice, 30 yards, expended 150 .38 caliber ammunition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool and threatening rain.

Light airs and breezes from WNW, with moderate squalls lasting 3 or 4 minutes latter part.

Gun divisions engaged in target practice with pistol and rifle in accordance with Circular number 15B of November.

Expended 120 .45 caliber and 130 .38 caliber ammunition.

A French and an English steamer came in from Eastward.

Painted over red lead spots outside.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze, decreasing to light airs from NNW.

At 4.00pm discontinued target practice with revolver and rifle.

Brought back targets.

Brought back kedge used for springing ship.

Hoisted and secured all boats for sea, except steam launch.

Rove off cat fall.

Expended in target practice today 245 rounds of .45 caliber small arm cartridges and 280 rounds of .38 caliber revolver cartridges.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW to North.

Hoisted steam launch and made other preparation for sea.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, and William Sharp, Private Marine, from sentry's charge, he being sober.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather.

Gentle NNE breeze.

At 8.45pm a French steamer left the anchorage standing to Northward.

At 10.00pm started fires under boiler C.


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16 September 1893

In Magellan Straits, and at anchor in Fortescue Bay

Lat -53.88, Long -71.58 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Bright starlight, clouding over latter part.

Light airs from NW.

At 12.10am started fires under boilers A and C.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool and damp, occasional drizzle first part.

At 6.05am got under way and stood down straits.

Running SE¼E (per compass) till 7.25am, when changed course to South by E½E.

Put over patent log at 6.08am, reading 3.0.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 6 inches.

At 6.45am stopped starboard engine to slacken crosshead journal low-pressure cylinder; ship then carried about 15° starboard helm.

At 7.00am started ahead with starboard engine again.

Steam 110, revolutions port engine 90.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Wind light to moderate from NE to North.

Navigator conning ship.

At 9.50am rounded Cape [San] Isidro and shaped course to clear Cape Froward.

At 10.12am Summary Court Martial for trial of Private Ryan, U.S. Marine Corps, met in cabin, Lieutenant Speyers senior member.

At 11.00am ship off Cape Froward.

At 11.12am rounded Cape Froward and stood up Froward Reach.

At 11.20am Summary Court Martial adjourned.

At end of watch midway between Woods Bay and Snug Bay.

Captain awarded punishments as per list [below], confined A. Garren, Seaman, and H.R. Barker, Apprentice, in accordance therewith.

Average steam 116, revolutions 97.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally from NW first half, thick rain squall 3rd hour from West, wind then hauled to SW and blew fresh for about 10 minutes, when it fell light and came out WNW, with clearing weather.

Ship steaming to Westward through Magellan Straits (Froward Reach) under conn of Navigator.

At 2.32pm anchored in Fortescue harbor in 10¾ fathoms, hard bottom, 45 fathoms starboard chain.

At 2.50pm veered to 60 fathoms.

Placed D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, under charge of sentry, he being considered of unsound mind.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Calm.


6pm to 8pm:

Bright star and moonlight.

Light airs from North.


8pm to midnight:

Weather unsettled, passing rain squalls.

Light to fresh breezes from NNW to West, coming in frequent fresh squalls lasting 2 or 3 minutes, then dying to light breezes.

Fires from camp of natives seen occasionally to SW.

At 11.45pm started fires in D boiler.


Fortescue Bay is also known as Bahia Fortescue.

Froward Reach is also known as Paso Froward.

Woods Bay is also known as Bahia Wood.

Snug Bay is also known as Bahia Snug.


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[Inserted note]


J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class: using indecent language, extra duty 5 days and 4th conduct class.

A. Garren, Seaman: under the influence of liquor while on duty in boat, confinement 10 days and reduced to 4th conduct class.

H.R. Barker, Apprentice Third-class: insubordinate conduct, solitary confinement on bread and water for 3 days and reduced to 4th conduct class.

J.C. Fiske, Apprentice First-class: profanity, extra duty for 3 days and reduced to 2nd conduct class.


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17 September 1893

Steaming through Magellan Straits, and at anchor in Otter Bay, Smyth's Channel

Lat -53.10, Long -73.40 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Fine weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze in puffs from West to WNW.

Barometer rising 29.42 to 29.60.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, stiff to fresh squalls from WNW.

Spread fires at 4 o'clock and made preparations for getting under way.

At 4.40am called all hands up anchor and got under way.

Stood out of Fortescue harbor under conn of Commanding Officer.

At 5.10am put over log, it then registered 90.6.

Until 7.00am ship in Crooked Passage under conn of Navigator, at this time log reading 13.1, entered Long Reach and set course West by North.

At end of watch ship abreast of Notch Point.

Steam 120, revolutions 114.1.

Draft forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 5 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Heavy squalls from West by North to NW, accompanied by hail and driving rain, increasing in strength to moderate gale towards end of watch.

During watch steaming through Long Reach under conn of Commanding Officer.

Patent log [at] end watch [reading] 72.3.

Average revolutions 110 and steam pressure 113 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Stormy, raining and hailing at intervals.

Fresh breezes to strong gale from NNW to WNW drawing in through straits.

Short, rough sea until vessel passed under lee of Cape Phillip [St. Philip in log-book], standing to the Westward through Sea Reach and to the Northward into Smyth's Channel under conn of Commanding Officer and Navigator.

At 2.00pm Rounded Cape Tamar.

At end of watch Buckley Point, Renouard Island [Arnouard Island in log-book], close aboard on port beam.

Average revolutions 104.4, steam 120 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Heavy rain in squalls, mixed with hail at times first hour, then clearing.

Moderate to stiff breezes from NNW, moderating 2nd hour to light breezes.

At 5.06pm anchored in Otter Bay, 8½ fathoms water, and veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, continuous drizzle.

Wind light from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle to light breeze from North by West.


Smyth's Channel is also known as Canal Smyth.

Crooked Passage is also known as Paso Tortuoso.

Long Reach is also known as Paso Largo.

Notch Point is also known as Cabo Notch.

Sea Reach is also known as Paso del Mar.

Buckley Point is also known as Punta Buckley.

Renouard Island is also known as Isla Renouard.

Otter Bay is also known as Caleta Otter.


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18 September 1893

Steaming through Smyth's Channel, and at anchor in Puerto Bueno harbor

Lat -51.57, Long -73.99 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Cool, damp and cloudy weather.

Calms and light airs from NNW to NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with drizzling rain latter part of watch.

Light airs from NNE to SW.

At 6.55am got under way and stood out of Otter Cove into Mayne Channel to the Northward.

The Commanding Officer conning the vessel.

At 7.05am put over the patent log, reading 27.5, Child's Point, Bedwell Island, close aboard.

At end of watch Cape Palmer on port beam, patent log reading 38.9.

Average revolutions for 50 minutes 114.3, steam pressure 120.


8am to meridian:

Partially cloudy and cool, with occasional drizzling rain.

At 9.35am mustered at quarters and exercised the divisions as follows: 1st Division company drill; 2nd Division manual small arms; 3rd Division instruction great guns; 4th Division single sticks.

By order of Commanding Officer D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, was exercised for one hour on quarter deck.

Steaming through Smyth's and Sarmiento Channels, under conn of Commanding Officer.

At end of watch Somerset Island on port beam.

Steam 120, revolutions 110.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and wet, drizzling rain and flurries of snow.

Light to moderate SW wind.

At 1.15pm off Mayne Harbor.

At 2.00pm off Lucia Island.

At 2.58pm hauled in patent log, reading 23.1.

At 3.02pm came to in Porto Bueno harbor in 6¾ fathoms water, veering to 30 fathoms port chain.

Banked fires.

At 3.30pm a canoe load of natives came off to ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and drizzling at times, light breeze to light airs from West.

At 4.00pm called all hands to muster and read sentence of Summary Court Martial in the case of Private R.J. Ryan, U.S. Marine Corps, who was sentenced by the Court to solitary confinement on bread and water, in single irons, for fifteen days, with full ration every fifth day, the part imposing single irons was remitted by the Commanding Officer.

Private Ryan was accordingly confined.

By order of Commanding Officer released H.R. Barker, Apprentice Third-class, from confinement.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather.

Calm.

J. Patterson, First-class Fireman, was released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Bright star and moonlight, obscured at intervals by heavy cumulus clouds.

Calm and light airs from NW by West.

Cool.

Barometer steady.


Mayne Channel is also known as Canal Mayne.

Bedwell Island is also known as Isla Bedwell.

Sarmiento Channel is also known as Estrecho Sarmiento.

Lucia Island is also known as Isla Lucia.


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19 September 1893

In Conception and Wide Channels, and at anchor in Rio Frio harbor

Lat -49.98, Long -74.44


Midnight to 4am:

Partially clear and cool, heavy snow squalls last two hours.

Light airs and breezes from NW first part, then increasing in moderate squalls at times, lasting about five minutes.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, wet and squally, with light rain and snow.

Light to fresh winds from NNW to NW.

At 5.30am called "All hands up anchor", and at 5.50am stood out of anchorage, put over patent log, reading 23.1.

Standing up Sarmiento Channel under [in in log-book] conn of Navigator.

Draft forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

At 6.30am entered Guia Narrows.

At 7.20am off Unfit Bay.

At end of watch off Don Point, Juan Island.

Average steam 120, revolutions 116.8.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with a succession of rain and snow squalls from NW.

Land obscured at times.

Ship under way in Conception Channel and Wide Channel under conn of the Commanding Officer.

At 9 o'clock Wallace Island [should possibly read Wheeler Islands] was off starboard beam, at 11 o'clock Iris Island was off port beam.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 115.3.

T.C. Fiske, Apprentice First-class, and J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, were given extra duty, the former for profanity, the latter for using indecent language to Corporal of the Guard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and foggy, succession of rain and snow squalls.

Light to moderate breeze from North by West to WNW.

Passed through Wide Channel, Chasm Reach and Escape Reach under conn of Commanding Officer.

At 2.43pm entered Chasm Reach, patent log reading 30.8.

At end of watch at Northern entrance of Escape Reach.

Average pressure of steam 120 pounds and revolutions 105.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, raining and snowing at intervals.

Calms and light breezes from Southward and Westward.

Standing to the Northward under conn of the Commanding Officer, through Indian Reach into Port Rio Frio, where at 5.05pm anchored in 28 fathoms, hard bottom, veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, followed by setting up exercise.

Banked fires.

At 5.00pm hauled in patent log, reading 58 miles [knots in log-book].


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, drizzling rain.

Light airs from WSW.


8pm to midnight:

Fine weather, bright moonlight.

Light SW airs.

Barometer rising.


Conception Channel is also known as Canal Conception.

Wide Channel is also known as Canal Wide.

Guia Narrows is also known as Angostura Guia.

Unfit Bay is also known as Bahia Unfit.

Don Point, Juan Island, is also known as Punta Don, Isla Juan.

Wheeler Islands are also known as Islotes Wheeler.

Iris Island is also known as Isla Iris.

Chasm Reach is also known as Paso del Abismo.

Escape Reach is also known as Canal Escape.

Indian Reach is also known as Paso del Indio.

Port Rio Frio is also known as Puerto Rio Frio.


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20 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -48.15, Long -74.60 [Estimated position]


Midnight to 4am:

Partly cloudy, overcast last hour.

Calm and light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing away towards end of watch, light snow and drizzling rain 2nd hour, hazy about horizon.

Calms and light breeze from NW to Northward.

At 6.30am called all hands up anchor.

At 6.40am got under way and stood through Indian Reach and English Narrows.

At 8.00am about South end of Mid Channel Island in English Narrows, patent log [reading] 71.7.

Average revolutions 118.1 and steam pressure 120 pounds.

Draft of ship 12 feet 5 inches forward and 16 feet 4 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Variable weather.

Light to stiff breezes from North to NNW.

Steaming to Northward through Messier Channel under [in in log-book] conn of the Commanding Officer.

At end of watch Black Peninsula [Pensular in log-book] on port beam.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and drilled the Powder and 1st Divisions at small arms, 2nd Division at great guns, 3rd and Navigator's [Divisions] at single sticks, 4th Division infantry.

D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, prisoner for safe keeping, was exercised on quarter deck for 1 hour.

J.E. Cook, Second-class Apprentice, performed extra duty in compliance with Commanding Officer's orders.

Average revolutions 114.5, steam pressure 120 pounds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and threatening weather, cool, moderate to fresh breezes from NNW.

At 2.00pm passed German steamer "Pentaur" standing to Southward.

Exchanged colors with her and made international number.

At 3.00pm came out of Messier Channel, lay course WNW (per compass) and took departure, Sombrero Island S54°E, South point Ayautau Islands N36°E (per standard compass), [ship's] head NW½N.

A long swell from SW last hour.

At 3.50pm sighted smoke of steamer standing to Northward.

Steam 120, revolutions 115.

J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, performed 3 hours' extra duty, by order of Commanding Officer.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and gloomy.

Moderate to fresh wind from NNW to NW.

Moderate sea from NW across a long SW swell.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

At 4.40pm exchanged colors with an English steamer standing in for entrance to Messier Channel.

Under steam alone, course WNW.

At end of watch Western point of Cape Tres Montes bore NW½N (per standard [compass]).

Average steam 120, revolutions 109.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, wind in fresh squalls from NW.

Ship under steam alone, course WNW.

Cape Tres Montes in sight until 7.50pm, when it was shut out by rain squall.

Cross sea, ship rolling and pitching easy.

Steam 120, revolutions 111.6.


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8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, hazy about horizon, drizzling rain at intervals.

Fresh breeze from NW by North to NNW.

Sea moderate and broken.

At 9.03pm changed course to NW (per standard compass), patent log reading 28.0, at same time reduced speed to 90 revolutions.

Continued on this course and engine speed for remainder of watch.

Under steam alone.

Patent log end of of watch [reading] 53.8.

Average revolutions 92 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


Sandy Point is also known as Punta Arenas.

English Narrows is also known as Angostura Inglesa.

Mid Channel Island is also known as Isla Medio Canal.

Messier Channel is also known as Canal Messier.

Black Peninsula is also known as Peninsula Negra.

Sombrero Island is also known as Isla Sombrero.

Ayautau Islands are also known as Islas Ayautau.


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21 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -44.55, Long -76.42


Midnight to 4am:

Variable weather, dim moonlight, obscured at intervals by passing clouds and stiff squalls, with light passing showers.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NW and NW by West.

Cross sea.

Steaming course NW (per standard compass) at 90 revolutions of engines until 2.40am, when increased speed to 100 revolutions.

Average revolutions for watch 92.2, steam 120 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool, passing rain squalls.

Gentle breezes, increasing to stiff breezes in squalls from NW.

Short, rough sea from NW, with long swell from WSW.

Ship rolling at intervals of 10 or 15 minutes to long swell, 20° to starboard, 15° to port, time of complete roll about 6 seconds.

At 4.00am changed course to NNW, standard compass.

Making 100 revolutions till 7.30am, then increased gradually to full speed.

Weather clearing at end of watch.

A well defined "Ojo de Toro" [Bull's Eye] about 7.30am in NW.

Steam 120, revolutions 101.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and wet until last hour, when clearing weather.

Moderate to fresh NW wind, hauling to WSW last hour.

Under steam alone, course NNW.

At 11.30am set fore staysail and fore trysail.

Average steam 120, revolutions 110.5.

Moderate NW sea, across a long SW swell.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy.

Moderate breeze from WSW.

Ship under steam (four boilers), staysail and fore trysail, course NNW.

Moderate sea, with an occasional heavy swell from WSW.

Maximum roll to leeward 30°, to windward 10°, number of rolls per minute 6 to starboard and 5 to port.

Average steam 120 pounds, average revolutions 111.1.

Loosed sail to dry.

J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, had 2½ hours' extra duty, part of punishment awarded by the Commanding Officer for using indecent language to Corporal of Guard.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, clearing weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW by West to WSW.

Moderate sea, with occasional long swell from SW.

At times ship rolled (per clinometer) 20° to starboard and 18° to port, 5 rolls both ways in a minute.

Under steam and fore staysail and trysail, course NNW (per standard compass), patent log end watch [reading] 56.4.

Average revolutions 107 and steam pressure 120 pounds.

Released M. Gleason, Boiler Maker, from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.


6pm to 8pm:

Bright star and moonlight, heavy cumulus clouds around the horizon.

Moderate to gentle breezes from SW.

Ship rolling easily to a moderate sea from SW, 5 rolls to port and 6 to starboard per minute, maximum rolls 15° to port and 17° to starboard by Evelyn's clinometer.

Steaming course WNW (per standard compass), with fore trysails and staysails.

Revolutions ordered 110.

Average revolutions for watch 109.3, steam 120 pounds.


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8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from SW to SSW.

At 10.00pm took in staysail and foresail.

Long sea from SW, ship rolling 18° port, 20° starboard, 6 rolls per minute.

Steam 116, revolutions 107.


Compass comparison: standard NNW; bridge North by W½W.


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22 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -39.75, Long -76.73


Midnight to 4am:

Generally clear and fine, occasional passing showers.

Gentle breeze from South by West.

Long SW swell.

Steam alone, course NNW.

Average steam 120, revolutions 107.4.

A remarkable lunar rainbow in sight at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South to SSE.

Ship under steam alone, course NNW.

Moderate sea, with occasional long swell from Southward.

Ship rolling at times 25° each way, number of half rolls per minute: 11.

Average steam 120, revolutions 107.7.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South to SE by South.

Moderate sea, long swell from SSE.

Ship rolling at times 25° to port and 24° to starboard, 11 rolls in a minute, 5 to starboard, 6 to port (per clinometer).

Under steam alone, course NNW (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 110.5 and steam pressure 120 pounds.

Patent log end of watch [reading] 75.8.

At 9.30am drilled at fire quarters.

Divisions reported ready as follows: 1st [Division] 2 minutes 9 seconds; 2nd [Division] 2 minutes 8 seconds; 3rd [Division] 1 minute 39 seconds; 4th [Division] 1 minute 56 seconds; Powder [Division] 0 minutes 59 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 0 minutes 39 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 1 minute 5 seconds; Marines 0 minutes 42 seconds.

And reported secured as follows: 1st [Division] 2 minutes 15 seconds; 2nd [Division] 2 minutes 30 seconds; 3rd [Division] 2 minutes 9 seconds; 4th [Division] 2 minutes 29 seconds; Powder [Division] 2 minutes 10 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 0 minutes 48 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 0 minutes 50 seconds; Marines 0 minutes 59 seconds.

Drilled at stations for "abandon ship" and closing watertight compartments.

At 11.45am allowed fires to die out under boiler C, joint to whistle pipe on this boiler leaking.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Moderate and gentle breezes from South by East.

Steaming course NNW (per standard compass).

Ship rolling heavily at times, 24° starboard and 27° to port, making 6 rolls per minute to each side, per pilot house clinometer.

Auctioned the effects of L.N. Badene, late Chief Boatswain's Mate, realizing $49.70.

At 1.20pm stopped steaming with boiler C.

Average revolutions during watch 98.9, steam 120 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather.

Moderate breezes from South by East.

Long swell from SSW, ship [rolling] 14° to port, 15° to starboard, 6 rolls to starboard, 5 to port per minute.

Steam 120, revolutions 90.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine, bright moonlight.

Moderate breeze from South by East.

Long SW swell.

Ship rolling easily, 18° to starboard, 16° to port, about 11 rolls per minute, maximum roll 23° to starboard.

At 6.18pm set foresail.

Course NNW.

Average steam 120, revolutions 97.2.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, bright moonlight at times.

Moderate breeze from South by East to SSE.

At 9.30pm took in fore trysail.

Ship rolling 20° at times, number of half rolls per minute 11.

Steam 110, revolutions 92.4.


Compass comparison: standard NNW; bridge North by W½W; steering North by W¼W.


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23 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -35.47, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy weather.

Moderate breeze from South to SE by South.

Long swell from SSE.

Ship rolling at times 26° to port and 24° to starboard (per clinometer), 6 rolls to starboard and 6 rolls to port per minute.

Under steam alone, course NNW (per standard compass), patent log end of watch [reading] 51.8.

Average revolutions 91.7 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Moderate breeze from South by East to SSE.

Steaming course NNW (per standard compass).

Ship rolling heavily at times to a long following sea.

Average revolutions during watch 95.2, steam 120 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate to gentle breezes from SSE to SE by South.

Exercised D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, for one hour on quarter deck, by order of Commanding Officer.

Ship rolling to following sea, deepest observed rolls 15° starboard, 14° to port, 6 rolls to starboard and 6 to port per minute.

Steam 117, revolutions 92.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate SSE breeze.

Long swell from South.

Under steam alone, course NNW.

Ship rolling easily, an average of 13° each way, and 11 [rolls] to the minute, maximum 18° to starboard, 17° to port.

Average steam 120, revolutions 80.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Stiff breeze from SSE.

Under steam alone.

At 4 o'clock changed course to North by W½W.

Steam 120, revolutions 80.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather.

Moderate to stiff breeze from SSE to SE by South.

Long swell from SE by South.

Ship rolling at times 19° to port and 18° to starboard (per clinometer), 12 rolls per minute, 6 to starboard and 6 to port.

Under steam alone, course North by W½W.

Average revolutions 80 and steam pressure 118 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, but pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breezes from SE by South.

Dim moonlight.

Steaming course North by W½W (per standard compass).

At 8.40pm set jib fore and main trysails.

At 8.50pm started fires in boiler C, hauling fires from boiler D on account of leaking steam pipe.

At 10.20pm connected up boiler C.

Average revolutions 80, steam pressure 120 pounds.

Vessel rolling heavily at times to a long swell from SSE.


Compass comparison: standard North by W½W; bridge N13°W; steering North by West.


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24 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -31.82, Long -77.28


Midnight to 4am:

Partially cloudy and cool, occasional moonlight.

Long swell from SE, but decreasing and of less velocity.

Moderate to stiff breezes from SE by South.

Ship rolling deeply at times, greatest observed roll 19° to port, 17° to starboard.

Under steam in 3 boilers, jib, mainsail and foresail.

Revolutions 80, steam 120.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp, light drizzle last hour.

Moderate wind and sea from SE by South.

Under steam and sail, course North by W½W.

Ship rolling deeply at times, a maximum of 24° to port and 22° to starboard, average roll 13°, number per minute: 12.

Average steam 118, revolutions 80.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, occasional passing showers of fine rain.

Stiff breeze from SE by South.

Under steam and fore and main trysail until 10.50am, when the main topsail and fore staysail were set.

Daniel Watkins, First-class Fireman, was exercised for one hour on lee side of quarter deck.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Ship rolling 6 times per minute each way, maximum roll 20°.

Steam 120, revolutions 80.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather, occasional passing showers of fine rain.

Gentle to stiff breeze from SE by South to SE.

Moderate sea, long swell from SE.

Ship rolling at times 17° to port and 13° to starboard (per clinometer), 11 rolls per minute, 6 to port, 5 to starboard.

At end of watch under steam and fore and main trysails and fore staysail, course North by W½W (per standard compass), patent log end watch [reading] 9.1.

Average revolutions 80 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and misty.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE by South.

Moderate sea from SSE.

At 4.30pm took in all sail.

Steaming course North by W½W (per standard compass).

Revolutions 80, steam 118.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with occasional passing showers.

Moderate breezes from SSE.

Steam 118, revolutions 80.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp.

Light SSE breeze.

Smooth sea, long swell from South.

At 8.13pm changed course to North by W¼W, patent log [reading] 49.0.

Average steam 120, revolutions 80.


Compass comparison: standard North by W½W; bridge N13°W; steering North by West.


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25 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -28.33, Long -77.35


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW.

Under steam alone, course North by W¼W.

Average steam 117.5, revolutions 80.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool weather, occasional passing shower of fine rain.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW to NW.

Swell from SE.

Under steam alone, course North by W¼W (per standard compass), patent log end of watch [reading] 58.9.

Average revolutions 80 and steam pressure 116 pounds.

Pumped out boiler D.

Ship rolled at times 16° to port and 12° to starboard (per clinometer), 11 rolls per minute, 6 to port and 5 to starboard.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant, hazy.

Light breezes from NW and NNW.

Long swell from the Southward.

Steaming course North by W¼W (per standard compass), under 3 boilers, at 80 revolutions.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised: 1st Division great guns; 2nd Division single sticks; 3rd [Division] small arms; 4th [Division] secondary battery; Navigator's [Division] small arms.

D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, prisoner, was exercised on quarter deck.

Average revolutions 80, steam pressure 120.

Issued clothing and small stores to the Powder, 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first part, then clearing, pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NW.

At 2.00pm changed course to North by West.

At 1.30pm increased revolutions to 85.

Steam 120, revolutions 83.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from West.

Long swell from South, sea smooth.

Under steam alone, course North by West.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.30pm set fore and main trysails and fore staysail.

By order of Captain released A. Garren, Seaman, his term of confinement having expired.

Average steam 120, revolutions 85.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from West by South.

Ship under steam and fore and main trysails and fore staysail, course North by West.

Average steam 120, average revolutions 85.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, very pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from NW by North to NW.

At 8.55pm took in all sail.

During remainder of watch under steam alone, course North by West (per standard compass), patent log [at] end of watch [reading] 13.7.

Average revolutions 85 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


Compass comparison: standard North by W¼W; bridge N⅞W; steering N⅝W.


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26 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point, Magellan Straits, to Callao, Peru

Lat -24.58, Long -77.10


Midnight to 4am:

Variable weather, generally bright moon and starlight, obscured at intervals by light squalls from Northward and Westward, with mist.

Light airs and breezes from NNW to SW.

Steaming course North by West, under 3 boilers.

Light swell from the Southward.

Average revolutions 85, steam 120 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant weather first part, with light showers at intervals, clearing latter part.

Gentle breezes from NNW to North and falling to light airs.

Observed a school of whales and several boatswain birds.

Steam 120, revolutions 85.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breezes from NW by North to WNW.

Smooth sea.

Steam alone, course North by West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions: 1st and 4th [Divisions] single sticks; 2nd and Powder [Divisions] small arms; 3rd Division great guns.

By order of Captain, Apprentices McPherson, Barker and Warsaw were given extra duty from 1.00pm to 5.00pm this day, for inattention and indifference at signal drill.

Average steam 120 pounds, revolutions 85.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Light breeze from NW.

Under steam alone, course North by West.

Average steam 120 pounds, average revolutions 85.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from NW to NW by West.

At 5.00pm changed course to North by W¼W, patent log [reading] 81.4.

Under steam alone, course end of watch North by W¼W (per standard compass), patent log 91.4.

Average revolutions 85 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from WNW.

Sea smooth.

Moon rose at 7.40pm.

Steaming course North by W¼W (per standard compass).

Average revolutions 85, steam 120 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and damp, foggy last two hours.

Light airs first hour from WNW, then variable, calm last two hours.

At 10.00pm set fore staysail and fore trysail, but took them in a few minutes later.

Steam 120, revolutions 85.


Compass comparison: standard North by West; bridge N8°W; steering N⅜W.


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27 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -21.23, Long -77.16


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, misty and damp.

Light NE breezes.

Steam alone, course North by W¼W.

Average steam 120, revolutions 85.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from NE to ESE.

Ship under steam alone, course North by W¼W.

Average steam 120, revolutions 85.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SE to ESE.

At 9.00am stopped the ship and lowered target and two markers' boats for target practice.

At this time hauled in patent log, reading 42.0.

Called divisions to quarters.

Until end of watch engaged in firing, moving practice, with the main and secondary battery, both sides.

Speed of ship for all practice 9 knots (82 revolutions).

In main battery practice the limits of range were 1500 to 1060 yards and each gun to fire 4 rounds, and in the secondary battery practice the limits of range were 1000 yards to 700 yards and each gun to fire 10 rounds, two strings of five each, during the run between stake boats.

At end of watch engaged in secondary battery practice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 12.15pm set course North by W¼W (per standard compass), patent log reading 42.0.

At 12.30pm set jib, fore staysail, fore and main trysails.

At 1.30pm set fore and main gaff topsails.

Ran in 6-inch guns of 2nd Division and cleaned slides.

Rove new wheel ropes of steam steering gear from pilot house.

Average revolutions 90, steam 120 pounds.

Expended at target practice the following: 17 common shells, 17 reduced charges and 17 percussion primers for 6-inch breech loading rifle; 20 common shell for 3-pounder; 20 common shell, 6-pounder; 19 common shell, 1-pounder; and 19 common shell 37 mm.


4pm to 6pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

All sail set, except on mizzen.

Quarters at 4.30pm and set up divisions.

Steam 120, revolutions 98.

At 5.00pm wheel rope from forward steering wheel slipped out of groove and shifted to after wheel in order to replace it.

By order of Commanding Officer W.P. Thomas promoted from Sergeant to 1st Sergeant from July 1st.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Smooth sea.

Steam and all sail, except sails of mizzen, course North by W¼W.

Average steam 120, revolutions 90.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 8.00pm changed course to North by West.

Under steam and all sail, excepting that of the mizzen.

Average steam 120, revolutions 90.


Compass comparison: standard North by W¼W; bridge N9°30'W; steering N5°W.


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28 September 1893

At sea, making passage from Sandy Point to Callao, Peru

Lat -17.16, Long -77.33


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East by South to ESE.

Under steam, jib, fore staysail, fore and main trysails, and gaff topsails, course during watch North by West (per standard compass), patent log [at] end watch [reading] 11.00.

Average revolutions 96 and steam pressure 120 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Moderate breezes from ESE.

Sea smooth.

Course North by West, same sail as preceding watch.

Average revolutions 90, steam 120 pounds


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Moderate breezes from ESE.

At 9.30am exercised at general quarters.

Times required to cast loose and to secure as follows: 1st Division 3 minutes 29 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes 38 seconds; 3rd Division 2 minutes 20 seconds; 4th Division 1 minute 49 seconds; Navigator's Division 55 seconds; Powder [Division] 1 minute 55 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 50 seconds; Marines 45 seconds.

Secured at 10.05am, times: 1st Division 2 minutes 15 seconds; 2nd [Division] 1 minute 20 seconds; 3rd [Division] 1 minute 49 seconds; 4th [Division] 1 minute 35 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 45 seconds; Powder [Division] 2 minutes 16 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 20 seconds; Marines 37 seconds.

Under steam in 3 boilers and all sail, except on mizzen.

Making 90 revolutions, steam 120 pounds.

Closed watertight doors by signal.

Instructed apprentices in signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Moderate SE wind.

Steam and sail, course North by West.

At 12.25pm changed course to N¾W, patent log [reading] 1.7.

At 2.30pm piped down aired bedding.

Average steam 114, revolutions 94.6.

Shifted to forward steering wheel.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate breeze from SE.

Ship under steam and all sail, excepting that on the mizzen.

At 5.00pm sighted a barque standing to the Northward and Eastward.

Average steam 115, revolutions 93.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first hour, clear and fine last hour.

Moderate breeze from ESE to SE by East.

Under steam and all sail, except that on mizzen, course during watch N¾W (per standard compass), patent log [at] end watch [reading] 89.9.

Average revolutions 94.7 and steam pressure 118 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool.

Moderate breezes from SE by East and SE.

Course N½W (per standard compass), all sail set, excepting on the mizzen mast.

Light swell from Southward and Eastward.

Average revolutions 94.9, steam 120 pounds.

Temperature of surface water falling.

At 11.50pm sounded the call for general quarters.


Compass comparison: standard N¾W; bridge N6°W; steering North.


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29 September 1893

At sea, and at anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.77, Long -77.27


Midnight to 4am:

Generally cloudy and pleasant, with occasional moonlight.

Moderate breezes from SSE, decreasing in force to light breezes towards end of watch.

All sail set, except on mizzen.

Steam 120, revolutions 95, using three boilers.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light SE breezes.

Steam and sail, course N½W.

At 5.45am sighted high land to Eastward.

Average steam 106, revolutions 94.3.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, gentle breeze from SSE to South by East.

Under steam and all sail, excepting that on the mizzen, course N½W.

At 8.37am changed course to N¾W, log [reading] 31.8.

At 9.30am called all boats away armed and equipped, for distant service, times as follows: 1st cutter 7 minutes 5 seconds; 2nd cutter 8 minutes 11 seconds; gig 6 minutes 10 seconds; whaleboat 7 minutes 4 seconds; steam launch 5 minutes 50 seconds; sailing launch 10 minutes.

At 9.42am secured, times as follows: 1st cutter 1 minute 44 seconds; 2nd cutter 1 minute 43 seconds; gig 1 minute 42 seconds; whaleboat 1 minute 53 seconds; steam launch 2 minutes 35 seconds; and sailing launch 3 minutes 30 seconds.

D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, was given exercise on lee side of quarter deck.

The apprentices were instructed in signaling.

Average steam 119 pounds, average revolutions 94.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SSE to South by East first three hours, dying out last hour and springing up from North by East.

At 1.45pm sighted San Lorenzo Island 1 point on starboard bow.

At end of watch San Lorenzo light bore ENE (per standard compass), distant about 1 mile.

At 2.00pm took in all sail.

Patent log end watch [reading] 16.2.

Average revolutions 94.5 and steam pressure 108 pounds.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW and South.

Standing into Callao Bay for an anchorage under [in in log-book] conn of the Commanding Officer.

At 4.30pm hauled in patent log, reading 22.6.

At 4.46pm anchored in 5¼ fathoms of water, black muddy bottom, with 25 fathoms on port chain.

The Captain of the Port and Health Officer came on board and granted pratique.

Officers from H.B.M.S. "Hyacinth" [H.B.M.S. "Hyacinthe" in log-book] and the Peruvian gunboat "Lima" visited the ship, extending the usual courtesies.

Sent an officer ashore to inform the United States Consul of the vessel's arrival.

Received the ship's mail from the United States Vice Consul.

Fired a salute of 21 guns, Peruvian flag at the main, the salute was promptly returned from the fort on shore.

Allowed the fires to die out under boilers A and C.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 7 inches, aft 14 feet 8 inches.

Bearings of anchorage (per standard compass), ship's head South: North tangent of San Lorenzo Island West by South, tower on Callao Point [probably Punta Punta] SE by South.

At 5.00pm lighted fires in boiler D.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, damp and misty latter part.

Light airs from ESE and SE, then calm.


Compass comparison: standard N¾W; bridge N½W; steering North.


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30 September 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, misty and damp.

Calms and Southerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and misty.

Light airs from South to ESE.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty and damp.

Light airs from ESE and SW.

An officer returned the boarding visits of Peruvian man-of-war "Lima" and H.M.S. "Hyacinth".

Subsequently the Commanding Officer of this vessel paid official visits to the above named vessels, and also to the Peruvian man-of-war "Santa Rosa".

The "Retriever", English cable steamer, got under way and anchored near floating dock.

Cleaning ship outside.

By order of Commanding Officer E.R. Peacock, Landsman, was given one extra watch, for spitting on deck, and H.R. Barker, Third-class Apprentice, one extra watch, for neglecting to clean brightwork.

The following men are credited with time as Coal Heaver, as set opposite their respective names: William Ozard, Landsman, 20 days; S.C. McQuay, Landsman, 29 days; E.R. Peacock, Landsman, 20 days; S.B. Howley, Landsman, 12 days; J.H. Bucker, Landsman, 7 days.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle SSW breeze.

Received official calls from Captains of Peruvian cruiser "Lima" and H.M.S. "Hyacinth".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from South by West.

An officer from Peruvian cruiser "Lima" called and requested that we dress ship in honor of the President's birthday.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp.

Light SSE airs.

By order of Captain H.R. Barker, Apprentice, and E.R. Peacock, Landsman, stood watch from 9.00pm to midnight.


Approved: [signed] P.F. Harrington, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1893


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1 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty, light airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs from SE.

At 8.00am dressed ship, Peruvian flag at main, in honor of birthday of President of Peru.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98¾ pounds fresh beef; 98¾ pounds vegetables; 79 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp first half, then pleasant weather.

Calm and variable airs.

At 9.30am Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters, immediately after which called "All hands to muster" and published general order number 417 and General Court Martial orders numbers 57 to 63 inclusive.

Read Articles for Better Government of Navy and held general muster of crew, no absentees.

At 11.55am Pacific Steam Navigation Company steamer came in from Northward and anchored.

At meridian fort fired a national salute.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty.

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

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Daniel Watkins, First-class Fireman, was given one hour exercise on quarter deck.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light SSE breeze.

At 6.00pm unbent sail.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, heavy dew.

Light airs to light breeze from SSE.


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2 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast, foggy about the horizon.

Gentle breeze from SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light SW breezes.

Tarred down.

Painting boot-top.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, light airs from SSE to SW by South.

Engaged overhauling main battery.

Permanent Hull Board inspected coal bunkers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SW to South.

Engaged in overhauling all gun gear.

By order of Commanding Officer E. Hennessey, Mess Attendant, will stand 1st watch for one night, for not cleaning up room for Sunday morning inspection.

In compliance with Department general order number 409 V. Fredrickson, Coxswain, is credited with three months' pay as Coxswain of steam launch, G. Lane, Coal Heaver, is credited with one months' pay as Seamen in charge of hold and P. Petersen, Seaman, is credited with one month and sixteen days' pay as Seaman in charge of hold.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty, light breeze to light airs from South to SE.

By order of Commanding Officer released R.J. Ryan, Private U.S. Marine Corps, from confinement.

Made preparations for coaling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.


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3 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs from South.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Calm, then light airs from NW.

Received alongside coal lighters number 19, containing 39 tons 565 pounds, and number 23, containing 34 tons 736 pounds.

Commenced coaling at 7.45am.

Received for use of crew: 79 pounds bread; 98¾ pounds beef; and 98¾ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, hazy about horizon.

Light airs from NW to NNW.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Received alongside lighter number 32, containing 62 tons 1520 pounds, and lighter number 114, containing 52 tons 640 pounds.

Discharged lighter number 23 and parts of numbers 114, 19 and 32.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Light breeze from WNW and SSW.

Discharged coal lighter number 19 and received alongside lighter number 5, containing 36 tons 1360 pounds of Cardiff coal.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 barrels cement.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, hazy about horizon, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from South by East to South.

Engaged in coaling ship.

At 5.45pm stopped coaling and hauled off, and anchored abreast ship, lighter number 32, containing a balance of about 6 tons of coal.

Kept lighters numbers 5 and 114 alongside for the night.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from SSE.


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4 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty, light airs from South by East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs from South to South by East.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Discharged lighters numbers 114 and 32.

Received alongside lighter number 6, containing 33 tons of coal, and lighter number 7, containing 43 tons 330 pounds coal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty, but pleasant, clearing latter part.

Calm and light airs from SSW.

Received alongside coal lighter number 1, containing 54 tons 833 pounds of coal.

Total coal received at end of watch 290 [tons] (approximately).

D. Watkins, First-class Fireman, prisoner for safe keeping, was exercised 1 hour on deck.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

Crew engaged in coaling ship.

Had received a total of about 340 tons at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE by South.

Received alongside coal lighter number 192, containing 37 tons 1820 pounds.

At 8.00pm finished coaling ship, having received a total of 394 tons 1087 pounds of Cardiff coal.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Gentle breeze from SE by South.


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5 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, cool and damp.

Light airs from SE.

Moon rose about 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from South and SSE.

Received for crew: 98¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables; and 79 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from South.

Cleaning ship.

Sent a blower engine on shore for repairs.

Captain left ship to call on United States Minister to Peru.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Cleaning ship.

An English ship, R.B.T.L. international code, came in.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Cleaning ship.

At 5.30pm mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

At 6.30pm a steamer came in from Northward.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and damp.

Light breezes from SSE.


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6 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calms and Southerly airs.

Scrubbed hammocks.

Peruvian cruiser "Lima" went inside of dock.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Light airs from South first hour, then calm, and latter part of watch light airs from NW and NNW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected divisions at quarters.

At 9.38am drilled at fire quarters times when ready as follows: 1st Division 54 seconds; [2nd Division not mentioned]; 3rd Division 55 seconds; 4th Division 53 seconds; Engineer's [Division] 40 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 56 seconds; Powder [Division] 1 minute 10 seconds; Marines 20 seconds.

Secured at 9.40am: 1st Division 42 seconds; [2nd Division not mentioned]; 3rd Division 39 seconds; 4th Division 35 seconds; Engineer's Division 14 seconds; Powder [Division] 40 seconds; Navigator's [Division] 59 seconds; Marines 18 seconds.

Cemented patches in ship's outer hull.

Wardroom officers of H.M.S. "Hyacinth" paid official visit on wardroom of this ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty, light airs to gentle breeze from SW to South.

Engaged touching up and cementing spots on outside of ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from South to South by East.

Quarters at 4.30pm and turned in scrubbed hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light breeze from South by East.


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7 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs to light breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Calm.

"Callao Painter" turning the paintwork.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 79 pounds bread; 98¾ pounds vegetables; and 98¾ pounds beef.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, clearing somewhat last hour.

Calm, then light airs from SSW.

Received from Grace [Brothers] and Company the following stores: 1000 pounds biscuit; 3000 pounds flour; 200 pounds pork; 400 pounds beef; 400 pounds rice; 200 pounds butter; 200 pounds tomatoes; 1000 pounds tinned meats; 500 pounds coffee; 150 pounds tea; 1700 pounds sugar; 500 pounds pickles; 200 pounds tinned vegetables; 200 gallons beans; 400 gallons molasses; 100 gallons vinegar; 2 dozen corn brooms; 35 gallons lubricating oil; 150 pounds manila, 21 thread; 1 barrel of charcoal; 30 feet copper wire; 1 chamois skin; 100 gallons linseed oil; 300* [500 crossed out] pounds brown zinc paint; 10 pounds plumbago; 300 pounds white lead paint; 50 gallons turpentine; 500 pounds red lead; 300 pounds white zinc; 1300 pounds oatmeal.

Sent starboard watch ashore on 48 hours' leave.


* 300 pounds brown zinc paint, correction made October 21st, 1893.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs to light breeze from SW by South to South by East.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy.

Light breeze from South by East to SSE.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following correction is made in the total amount of coal received from Grace [Brothers] and Company, October 3rd and 4th, namely: total amount 365 tons.

Received two bags of mail per Chilean steamer "Maipo" ["Miapo" in log-book] from Panama, one of which was for the U.S.S. "Charleston".


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy first part, overcast latter part of watch, hazy about the horizon.

Light airs from South.


"Callao Painter" is also known as "aguaje", a phenomenon with discoloration of water and the release of hydrogen sulfide and a drop in oxygenation, caused by an upwelling of ocean water.


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8 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and mist.

Light breezes from Southward and Eastward


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light breeze to light airs from SE to South.

At 6 o'clock English steam "Pisagua" came in from Southward.

Received in Paymaster's Department for use of crew: 79 pounds fresh bread; 98¾ pounds fresh beef; and 98¾ pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast first part, clearing away latter part.

Light airs from West by South.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE and South by East.

Hoisted steam launch out of the water to replace leaky keel condenser.

Sent a liberty party of 15 men ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Replaced keel condenser on steam launch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight.

Light breezes and airs from SE.

Heavy dew.


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9 October 1893

At Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from South, then calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from NNW.

Scrubbed spars.

J. Dalton, Second-class Fireman, and B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, having returned on board drunk and disorderly, were placed in cell for safe keeping by order of Commanding Officer.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty, clearing latter part.

Calms and light Northwesterly airs.

By order of Commanding Officer placed G.F. Tripp, Coal Passer, under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Sent the port watch ashore on 48 hours' liberty.

Crew painting hull outside, starboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partially clear and pleasant.

Calm first hour, then light breezes from SSW to South by East.

Painting ship outside.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in ratings were made: C.A. Barnes, from Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class; J.T. Bush, from Apprentice Third-class to Apprentice Second-class; A.J. Holland, from Second-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; D.J. Hollingsworth, from Second-class Apprentice to Apprentice Second-class; all to take effect from October 1, 1893.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by East.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Dalton, Second-class Fireman, and G.F. Tripp, Coal Passer, were released from sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Partially cloudy and damp.

Light breezes from South and SSE.


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10 October 1893

At anchor in Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Cloudy and damp.

Light SE airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs from SSE.

The Chilean mail steamer came in from the Southward at 6.45am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts the following fresh provisions, for crew: 79 pounds bread; and 98¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from South.

Painting ship.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishment was awarded: J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, for sitting on poop rail, extra duty on poop.

The Commanding Officer called on wardroom officers of H.M.S. "Hyacinth".

Delivered to B. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, specifications of offense for which he is awaiting trial by Summary Court Martial.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

Painting ship outside.

Overhauling steam steering gear.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from South by East and SSE.

Painting ship.

J.E. Cooke, Apprentice Second-class, performed extra duty on poop.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp.

Light SSE breeze.


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11 October 1893

At Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty.

Light breeze to light airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light Southerly airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, L. Peters, Second-class Fireman, absent over time.

By order of Captain placed J. Tillander, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Painting spars, smoke stack and ventilators.

Scraping strongbacks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Commenced cloudy, closed clear.

Light to gentle breeze from South by West to South by East.

Received from Grace Brothers and Company: 416 gallons lubricating oil for Engineer's Department; also 2 barrels dried fruit.

Crew engaged painting spars and overhauling main battery.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle SSE breeze.

Continued painting boat davits.

An English steamer came in from Northward.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy.

Light breeze from SSE.

J. Tillander, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, was released from sentry's charge, he being sober.


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12 October 1893

At Callao, Peru

Lat -12.05, Long -77.18


Midnight to 4am:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Calms and light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Received for crew: 97½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 78 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs to light breeze from SW by South to SSW.

Engaged breaking out hold and store rooms for inspection of the Permanent Hull Board.

At 10 o'clock a Summary Court [Martial], of which Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm is senior member, met for the trial of Berner Olsen, Ordinary Seaman.

At 11.30am the Court adjourned to await the action of the revising authority.

The Commanding Officer ordered the following punishment, namely: William Waite, Apprentice Second-class, extra duty one watch, for spitting on deck.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSW.

Permanent Board of Inspection of Hull engaged in inspecting the store rooms and hull.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE.

Permanent Board of Hull continued its inspection.

Engaged stowing hold and store rooms.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light breeze from SSE.


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