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

Notes:

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

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

Editor’s notes:

The log-keepers often made mistakes when noting people's names.
Sometimes a different initial is used, or the surname is spelled differently, and then there are times when a different rating is mentioned.
These changes have been left as found, because it's not always possible to ascertain which one is correct.
Unclear characters have been replaced by a tilde (~), and unclear or unverified entries are marked with [?].


THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN 1897-1898
(More detailed plots follow in the text)

JP map overview

(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)

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Unclear characters have been replaced by a tilde (~), and unclear or unverified entries are marked with [?].



LOG BOOK – JANUARY 1st 1897 TO JUNE 30th 1897


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

3rd Rate

of Six Guns,


Commanded By

C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Asiatic Squadron,

Commencing January 1st, 1897,

at Shanghai, China,

and ending June 30th, 1897,

at Kobe, Japan.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1897, to June 30th, 1897.


Name

Rank

C.H. Stockton

Commander

Herbert Winslow

Lieutenant

Henry H. Barroll

Lieutenant

Waldemar D. Rose

Lieutenant

C.M. Knepper

Lieutenant Junior Grade

M.M. Taylor

Ensign

F.A. Traut

Ensign

W. Pitt Scott

Ensign

B.F. Hutchison

Ensign

S. Morgan

Lieutenant

A.G. Kavanagh

Ensign

Lay H. Everhart

Ensign

Harrie Webster

Chief Engineer

G.P. Lumsden

Surgeon

L.C. Kerr

Paymaster

E.S. Kellogg

Assistant Engineer

J.J. Cunningham

Paymaster's Clerk

J.E. Page

Passed Assistant Surgeon


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] Henry H. Barroll, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 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 C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1897, to June 30th, 1897.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

C.M. Knepper

Lieutenant Junior Grade

Detached and ordered to U.S.S. "Detroit" January 21, 1897

G.P. Lumsden

Surgeon

Detached and ordered home January 19, 1897

B.F. Hutchison

Ensign

Detached and ordered to U.S.S. "Monocacy" April 17, 1897

A.G. Kavanagh

Ensign

Detached and ordered to United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" May 9, 1897

W.D. Rose

Lieutenant

Detached and ordered to U.S.S. "Monocacy" May 11, 1897


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] Henry H. Barroll, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 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 June 30th, 1897.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board

1

Chief Boatswain's Mate

1

2

Boatswain's Mate First-class

1

1

Chief Gunner's Mate

1

2

Gunner's Mates First-class

2

1

Chief Quartermaster

1

1

Quartermasters First-class

1

6

Coxswains

6

2

Boatswain's Mates Second-class

4

1

Quartermaster Third-class

1

1

Shipwright

1

4

Gunner's Mates Third-class

4

1

Chief Carpenter's Mates

1

1

Sailmaker's Mates

1

3

Gunner's Maters Second-class

3

1

Ship's Cook First-class

2

1

Master-at-Arms Third-class

1

1

Quartermaster Second-class

1

1

Carpenter's Mate Third-class


1

Baymen

1

1

Chief Master-at-Arms

1

1

Apothecary

1

1

Equipment Yeoman

1

1

Paymaster's Yeoman

1

1

Engineer's Yeoman

1

1

Yeoman Second-class


1

Yeoman Third-class

1

1

Painter

1

1

Bugler

1

1

Plumber and Fitter

1

2

Blacksmith

2

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Cabin Cook

1

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Steerage Steward

1

1

Steerage Cook

1

16

Seamen

12

16

Ordinary Seamen

7

10

Landsmen

13

7

Mess Attendants

7

16

Apprentices

22

6

Machinist (old rate)

4

1

Boiler Makers

1

3

Water Tenders

3

6

Oilers

6

8

First-class Firemen

8

8

Second-class Firemen

8

15

Coal Passers

15


Chief Machinists

2

1

Coppersmith

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

163

Total

159


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] Henry H. Barroll, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 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

Negretti and Zambra, London

2007

Cabin




Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

April 26, 1897

Standard Barometer, Zicawei [Zicwaei in log-book] Observatory, Shanghai, China

0.01 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] Henry H. Barroll, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Navigator


Zicawei Observatory is also known as Zikawei Observatory and Siccawei Observatory.


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Armament


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


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Brown prismatic

32.6 to 42.6 [pounds]

Common cast iron

100 [pounds]

Central pivot







Steel

100 [pounds]








Shrapnel

100 [pounds]








Armour piercing

100 [pounds]



Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

2

6-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






2

3-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






2

1-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






2

37 mm

Revolving Cannon [Rapid Fire in log-book] Hotchkiss






2

Gatling

Rapid Fire Colt's







Boat armament


Sailing Launch: One 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss.

First Cutter: One Gatling gun, model 1880.


Small arms


100 Lee Remington magazine rifles.

110 Colt's Direct Action revolvers, .38 caliber

20 Cutlasses


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] Henry H. Barroll, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Navigator


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Tables of Deviation of the Standard Compass Number 2560 on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate.


Date

Various

Various

Place of Observation

Shanghai and Chinkiang, China

Between Wuhu and Hankow, China

Latitude

31°15' N

31°00' N

Longitude

121°29' E

116°00' E

Observed Variation

2° 15' W

2°00' W

0°45' W

Ship's Head by Compass

Deviation

Deviation

North

0°55' E

1°00' E

North by East

1°00' E

0°55' E

NNE

0°45' E

0°50' E

NE by North

0°40' E

0°40' E

NE

0°35' E

0°30' E

NE by East

0°30' E

0°20' E

ENE

0°20' E

0°10' E

East by North

0°10' E

0°00'

East

0°05' E

0°05' W

East by South

0°00'

0°10' W

ESE

0°10' W

0°15' W

SE by East

0°20' W

0°20' W

SE

0°30' W

0°30' W

SE by South

0°40' W

0°40' W

SSE

0°50' W

0°45' W

South by East

1°00' W

0°50' W

South

0°50' W

0°50' W

South by West

0°40' W

0°40' W

SSW

0°30' W

0°30' W

SW by South

0°20' W

0°20' W

SW

0°10' W

0°10' W

SW by West

0°00'

0°05' W

WSW

0°05' E

0°00'

West by South

0°10' E

0°05' E

West

0°15' E

0°10' E

West by North

0°20' E

0°15' E

WNW

0°25' E

0°20' E

NW by West

0°30' E

0°25' E

NW

0°35' E

0°30' E

NW by North

0°40' E

0°35' E

NNW

0°45' E

0°40' E

North by West

0°50' E

0°50' E


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] Henry H. Barroll, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Navigator



THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN
Operations in Asian waters

JP map Yorktown 1897

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1897


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1 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NW.

Slack water at 1.40am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty.

Light breeze to light airs from NW.

Uniform and time signals as per record.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 112 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and damp.

Light airs from NW and North.

Swung to flood second hour.

By order of the Commanding Officer G.F. Reeves, Apprentice First-class, B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, were advanced to special class conduct grade, and J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, to first class, for quickly manning boat when man was overboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and damp, light passing showers.

Light airs from North and East.

Swung to ebb tide at 3.45pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light rain latter half.

Light airs from NE.

Ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs from NE.


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2 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cold, misty, raining.

Light NE airs and breezes.

Slack high water at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle and light breezes from NE.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East.

M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, reported expiration of his term of enlistment.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty, cool, light drizzling rain.

Light ENE breeze.

Slack high water at 3.00pm.

M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, Continuous Service Certificate number 4525, was this day honorably discharged from the Naval Service, by reason of the expiration of his enlistment.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool and raining.

Calm to light airs from ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, misty, raining.

Calms and light NW breezes.

Slack low water at 11.00pm.

J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, returned from liberty drunk and disorderly.

Placed him in confinement for safe keeping.


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3 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty and drizzling.

Light airs and breeze from NW.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Released J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, [from sentry's charge].

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty, passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from Northward and Westward.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Slack low water at 10.35am.

Signals as per record.

Held divine service.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty and cool.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer falling.

By order of Commanding Officer released the General Court Martial prisoners for one hour's exercise from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

A mechanic from [S.C.] Farnham and Company at work on board, putting an iron bar on the head room door.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, light passing shower second hour.

Light breeze from North and NNE.

Slack high water at 4.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and foggy.

calm and light NNE airs.

Barometer steady.

At 8.00pm discovered that R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, was absent from the ship without permission.


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4 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calms and light Easterly airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty, cool.

Calm.

Slack high water at 4.10am.

R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, returned on board, having left the ship without permission.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Detroit" made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty and drizzling.

Light airs and breezes from ENE and ESE.

Barometer falling.

At 8.45am sent the Second Division and a part of the Fourth ashore in the second cutter, in charge of Ensign Taylor, for target practice, returned at 11.20am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and J. Smith, Second-class Fireman.

Exercised at setting up drill, and divisional drill.

J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, returned 1½ hours over time.

By order of the Commanding Officer, the acting appointment of R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, was revoked, for leaving ship without permission.

T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, Continuous Service Certificate number 9558, and J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, Continuous Service Certificate number 10310, were this day discharged from the Naval Service, by reason of the expiration of their enlistments.

By order of Commanding Officer, A.T. Phillips, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, was reduced one conduct class, for returning tight from liberty.

The wardroom calling committee called upon H.M.S. "Plover".

Signals as per record.

Exercised Fourth Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.

E.H. Eycke, Paymaster's Yeoman, G. Auberlin, Machinist, and A. Hammar, Apothecary, left the ship on five days' leave.

Exercised General Court Martial prisoners for one hour, and reconfined them.

Received from repair shops ashore: 1 steam launch's pump.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and foggy.

Light ESE breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave, exercised at setting up drill.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 6 Yale padlocks.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from SE.


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5 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and damp.

Gentle and moderate breezes from SE.

Swung to flood 1st hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and heavy fog.

Light to gentle breeze from SE and SE by South.

Barometer falling.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Detroit" made uniform and time signal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair, foggy first hour.

Gentle breeze from SSE and South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and found A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up and aiming, infantry and artillery, Powder Division [at] signals.

Thomas Keegan enlisted for 3 years as Boatswain's Mate Second-class under Continuous Service Certificate number 9558.

John Henry Mathisen enlisted for 3 years as Coxswain under Continuous Service Certificate number 10310.

Routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally, with light rain last hour.

Gentle breeze from SSW first hour, then shifting to NW by West and increasing in force in squalls to very fresh breeze.

A Board of Survey in Ordnance and Electrical Department, of which Lieutenant L. Young, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met on board.

Exercised boats under oars and instructed 1st Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to clear, squally.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NW by West.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised setting up, absent: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 4 pounds iron washers, ⅜-inch; 4 pounds each ½-inch, ⅝-inch and ⅞-inch iron washers; 5 pounds iron bolts and nuts, ¾-inch x 3-inch; 1 piece ⅛-inch sheet iron, 3 feet x 5 feet; 3 steel hammers.

Received on board: 46 boxes clean Mexican dollars, amounting to one hundred and eighty-three thousand, nine hundred and sixty dollars, ninety-one cents ($183,906.91).

Got in sailing launch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light to stiff breeze from NW by West.

Ebb tide.


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6 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light airs from ENE.

Signals as per record.

Got out sailing launch.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 140 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 112 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from SE.

Ship riding to ebb tide during watch.

At 9.00am landed for battalion drill, the battalion returning at 11.45am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from SE.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light drizzle last hour.

Light breeze from East to NE.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, absentee: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling first part.

Light breeze from North and East.


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7 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool, drizzling rain.

Light to gentle NW breeze.

Slack low water at 2.05am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, at times light drizzling rain.

Light and gentle breezes from NW to NNE.

Swung to ebb third hour.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, drizzling.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up [exercise], absent: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

Went to general quarters at 9.36am, all divisions ready [in] 4 minutes 45 seconds, secured in 4 minutes.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

Paymaster C.S. Williams of U.S.S. "Detroit" reported for duty, inspecting accounts of Paymaster L.C. Kerr of this ship.

H.W. Shafer, Apprentice First-class, was reduced to 2nd conduct class, for disobeying orders, by order of the Commanding Officer.

Signals as per record.

Inspected magazine flood cocks and found them in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Slack low water at 1.00pm.

Exercised Third Division at signals, Marines at great guns, and a detail from the Engineer's force at great guns and small arms.

Released prisoners for an hour's exercise, and reconfined them.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

J. Jacobs, Oiler, was given an acting appointment as Water Tender, dating from January 1, 1897.

The Acting Appointment as Water Tender of T. Kennedy expired January 1, 1897.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, occasional rain showers.

Light NNE breeze.

Ebb tide.


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8 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, light passing showers first part.

[Light to gentle breezes from NNE and NE.]

Signals as per record.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread; and 140 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, damp, occasional passing shower.

Light NE breeze.

Ebb tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at boats under oars.

Absentee: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

Broke out storerooms, et cetera, which were inspected by Ensign Scott.

Restowed.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named Apprentices Second-class were rated Apprentices First-class from January 1, 1897, namely: C.E. Bracken; F. Allen; W. Brady; August Young; B. Lipman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, drizzling and passing showers.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm sounded fire quarters, all divisions reported ready in 1 minute, secured in 1 minute 30 seconds.

Received in Equipment Department: 60 pounds 3-inch manila; 80 yards number 4 flax canvas.

And in Marine stores: 1 box of clothing.

By order of Commanding Officer, at 2.00pm released all the prisoners for one hour's exercise.

Exercised the Fourth Division at signal drill.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool, raining.

Light NNE breeze.

Slack high water at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breeze from North and from NW.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding to ebb tide during watch.


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9 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling rain first part.

Light breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing.

Light NW breeze.

Swung to ebb at 7.00am.

U.S.S. "Detroit" made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW and North.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am called the crew to quarters and served out hammocks.

E.H. Eycke, Chief Yeoman, A. Hammar, Apothecary, and G. Auberlin, Machinist, returned from 5 days' leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear.

Light breeze from NNW.

Exercised prisoners, and reconfined them.

Sent 151 hammocks on shore to be washed.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Light breeze from NNE and calms.


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10 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm and light breezes from NE by North.

Swung to flood at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from NE by North.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread; and 140 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty.

Light airs from NE.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, Commanding Officer inspecting ship and crew.

Absent: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and J. Phillips, Seaman, without leave.

By order of the Commanding Officer, the sentences by Summary Court Martial of C.E. Bracken, Apprentice First-class, and E.T. White, Apprentice First-class, on account of general good conduct while awaiting punishment, is remitted to fifteen days' solitary confinement on bread and water, without irons.

A minister from shore held divine service.

T. Murray, Coxswain, reported the expiration of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light rain showers.

Light breeze from NE by North.

Slack water ebb at 2.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Light to gentle breeze from NE by North.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Light to moderate breezes in squalls from NE by North.


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11 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, passing showers.

Gentle breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from NNE to East by North.

Executed morning orders.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breeze from East by North.

Quarters and routine drills omitted on account of rain.

Instructed 1st Division in signals and 2nd Division in "First Aid to the Wounded".

Sent a reward of $18.00 Mexican ashore for the delivery on board of J. Phillips, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from North and East.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

Signals as per record.

Started two fires under boiler A, fires under boiler B dying out.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, raining first part, then misty.

Light breeze from East.

Slack water flood at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling last three hours.

Light breeze from East.


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12 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, foggy, drizzling rain.

Calms and light NNW airs.

Slack low water at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy and misty.

Light breeze from NW.

Flood tide.

Sent out of the ship the following articles, condemned by a Board of Survey, to the dump: 1 rubber blanket; 1 maximum and minimum thermometer; 1 shell whip; 2 canteens; 2 magazine and shell room hoses.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread; and 140 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Foggy, drizzling.

Calm to light airs from North and West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and had setting up drill, then exercised landing party.

Absent: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

J. Phillips, Seaman, was brought aboard by Deputy Marshal, 49 hours over time, and a reward of $18.00 Mexican was paid.

G.F. Reeves, Apprentice First-class, was placed on second conduct class for wearing civilian's clothes ashore.

Transferred from Quartermaster Department, U.S. Marine Corps, to Quartermaster Department, U.S. Marine Corps, of U.S.S. "Detroit": 25 flannel shirts; 15 pairs drawers; and 10 undershirts.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, foggy, drizzling rain.

Calms and light WNW airs.

Ebb tide.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Half-masted colors with Japanese cruiser "Takao", following motions of U.S.S. "Detroit".

Signals as per record.

Released prisoners for an hour's exercise, and reconfined them.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, drizzling.

Light airs from ENE.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 insulators for searchlights; 3 electric bells; 226 feet double insulated wire; and 2 mats.

Received in Construction Department: 15 gallons boiled oil; and 28 pounds Venetian red.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, foggy, damp.

Light ENE airs.

Slack high water at 8.30pm.


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13 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, foggy, drizzling first part.

Light breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy.

Calm and light ESE breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Detroit" made time and uniform signal.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy, cool.

Calm.

Slack high water at 11.00am.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am and exercised as per routine.

Absentees: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and M. Solovieff, Coal Passer.

Exercised part of 3rd Division at signals.

At 10.10am closed watertight doors twice, [in] 50 seconds and 30 seconds each time respectively.

"Takao" half-masted colors, U.S.S. "Detroit" and this ship following suit.

Received stores in Equipment, Construction, Ordnance, Steam Engineering, and Paymaster's Departments as per lists appended [below].

Signals as per record.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, returned on board.

By order of Commanding Officer released O. Miller, Seaman, his term of confinement having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, foggy, misty, drizzling and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from West and WNW.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm by order of Commanding Officer, confined E.T. White, Apprentice First-class, for 15 days on bread and water, in accordance with sentence of Summary Court Martial, as remitted by order of Commanding Officer on January 10.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 1 box paper fasteners.

By order of Commanding Officer at 2.00pm released all the prisoners for one hour's exercise, and reconfined them.

Received in Ordnance Department: two maximum and minimum thermometers.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, drizzling rain last part.

Gentle NW breeze, with moderate squalls last part.

Slack low water at 8.00pm.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and exercised at setting up.

By order of Commanding Officer A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, was placed under sentry's charge, awaiting further action.

Received stores in Construction, Steam Engineering and Equipment [Departments] as per list appended [below].


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW and West.

Barometer steady.


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8am to meridian, Wednesday January 13th, 1897.

Received stores in the following departments.

Construction: 1 door lock, 3½ inches x 4 inches; 1000 sheets gold leaf; 3 gallons copal varnish; 15 gallons turpentine; 25 pounds Venetian red, dry; 400 pounds white lead; 500 pounds white zinc; 150 pounds shellac; 35 gallons alcohol; 1 gross emery cloth; 1 gross sandpaper; 20 pounds vermilion (dry).

Steam Engineering: 1 bottle fish glue; 150 pounds soda; 1 barrel cylinder oil, 60 gallons; 4 balls twine; 12 wood handles, 12 inches; 6 wood handles, 20 inches; 6 wood handles, 36 inches; 500 pounds cotton waste.

Equipment: 3 dozen sheets sandpaper; 2 dozen sheets emery cloth.

Ordnance: 87½ pounds manila rope, 18-thread; 50 pounds lye.

Paymaster's: 500 pounds ground coffee; 120 pounds butter; 120 pounds tomatoes, canned; 50 pounds tea; 1000 pounds sugar.


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4pm to 8pm, Wednesday January 13th, 1897.

Received stores in the following departments.

Equipment: 5 yards narrow tape.

Construction: 1 barrel slaked lime.

Steam Engineering: 12 wood handles, 12 inches; 56 pounds white zinc.


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14 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, occasional light drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze, with stiff moderate squalls from West.

Slack low water at 6.00am.

U.S.S. "Detroit" made time and uniform signal 6351.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread; and 140 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy, drizzling and rainy.

Gentle to moderate WNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: M. Solovieff, Coal Passer, W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman, J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, and W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class.

Went to general quarters at 9.39am, and at 9.45am all divisions reporting cast loose, in 4 minutes 30 seconds and 3 minutes 30 seconds respectively, and secure in 3 minutes 10 seconds and 4 minutes 10 seconds respectively.

Sent rewards ashore for M. Solovieff, Coal Passer, and W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class.

A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, reported his term of enlistment expired.

Exercised the Fourth Division at signals.

Tested magazine and shell room flood cocks, and found them in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NW.

Exercised Marines and Engineer's force at battery drill, Powder Division [at] signals.

Exercised prisoners for one hour, and reconfined them.

8 workmen at work on electric light main.

2 workmen at work in fixed ammunition rooms, on flood cocks.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 621 pounds canned corned beef.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW.

Barometer rising.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm, same absentees as at morning quarters.

Exercised at setting up drill.

At 7.30pm charges and specifications preferred by Rear Admiral F.V. McNair, U.S. Navy, were delivered to H.W. Cameron, Oiler, and M. McNamara, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, squally.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NW.


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4pm to 8pm, Friday January 15, 1897.

Reenlisted M. McNamara, Continuous Service Certificate 4525, for three years as Boatswain's Mate First-class, and gave him an acting appointment as Chief Boatswain's Mate for three months.


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15 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally.

Moderate to stiff breezes from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally, and cold.

Moderate to stiff NW.

Barometer rising.

Made preparations for coaling ship.

Received three lighters alongside.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally last part.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from NW.

At 8.15am commenced coaling on both sides.

Draft forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Sent reward of $18 each for the delivery on board of J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, and William McDonald, Second-class Fireman, stragglers.

Absent without leave the following men: M. Solovieff, Coal Passer, W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman, W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain.

At 10.20am a General Court Martial convened on board, of which Commander G.C. Reiter was President, and adjourned at 10.25am

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 1 6-pounder saluting charge, 2 pounds; and 1 percussion primer.

Signals as per record.

Received 79 tons of coal at end of watch.

H.M.S. "Plover" left at 10.15am.

Half-masted colors with U.S.S. "Detroit" at 8.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from NW.

Sent coal lighters to U.S.S. "Detroit" in obedience of signal.

Received on board in all 80½ tons Cardiff coal.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 8 inches.

Engaged cleaning ship.

The General Court Martial reconvened at 12.04pm and adjourned at 12.07pm, to meet on board this vessel in Nagasaki, Japan.

Received in Ordnance Department: 6 division tubs with repairs completed.

W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman, was brought on board by the United States Marshal, and a reward of $18.00 Mexican paid for his delivery.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Detroit" $10,000.00 Mexican.

Signals as per record book.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

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

Bent fore storm staysail and storm mizzen.

Got up mast covers.

Received in [Department of] Medicine and Surgery following stores (list [below]).

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 12 pounds putz pomade; 15 pounds lamp black.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, returned 33 hours over liberty.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 6 galley lids.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 6 brass 1-inch unions and elbows; 12 brass plugs, ¼-inch; 6 cape chisels; 6 flat chisels.

Received in Construction [Department]: 1 sheet 2 feet x 3½ feet sheet iron, 1/16-inch.

J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, returned on board 34½ hours over liberty.

Sold at auction the effects of G.S. Jones late Ordinary Seaman of this ship for 44.20 dollars.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair.

Light breeze from North by West and NNW.


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4pm to 8pm, Friday January 15th, 1897.

Received in [Department of] Medicine and Surgery the following stores: 25 cc tinctura aconiti; 250 grams plumbi aceticas; 1 kg Vaseline; ½ kg lint; ½ kg bicarbonate [of] soda; ½ kg potassium et sodium tartrate; 500 cc oleum ricini; 500 cc tinctura opii; 1000 cc tinctura opii, camphorated; 1000 cc alcohol; 200 empty capsules; 6 kg magnesium sulphas; 25 grams acidum tannicum; 1 gram codeina; 250 cc tinctura gentianae composita; 250 cc spiritus aetheris nitrosi; 500 cc acidum carbolicum, number 1; 25 cc oleum caryophylli; 500 cc soap liniment; 25 cc collodion flexible; 50 grams quinine sulphas; 500 cc liquid ammonia; 50 grams unguentum hydrargyrum; 250 cc sulphur; 5 meters absorbent gauzes; 4 dozen pill boxes; 250 grams twine; 6 rubber syringes; 25 cc kreosotum [creosotum in log-book]; 20 yards cloth.


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16 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.31, Long 121.70


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Moderate to light breeze from North to NNW.

At 2 o'clock started fires in B, C and D boilers.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light NNW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Made preparations for sea.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Detroit" made time and uniform signals.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread; and 140 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from NNW and NE.

Swung to flood first hour.

Unshackled chain and rove slip rope.

At 9.00am went to quarters for muster, M. Solovieff, Coal Passer, absent.

At 9.15am called all hands unmoor ship, slipped and stood down the river in charge of Commanding Officer and pilot.

At end of watch Kiutoan small beacon abeam.

Stopped starboard engine at 9.30am for a few minutes.

Received in Equipment Department: 12 hand lanterns with globes; and 200 survey blanks.

In Construction [Department]: 12 rowlocks.

And in Ordnance [Department]: 200 survey blanks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE and ENE.

Standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] in charge of pilot until 2.25pm, when bell buoy abeam, dropped pilot and set course N78°E.

At 1.40pm, Tungsha lightship abeam, put over patent log, reading 18.

At 3.15pm Amherst Rock abeam N12°W, distant four miles.

At close [of watch] patent log [reading] 44.8, [North] Saddle [Island] abeam S12°E.

Released General Court Martial prisoners and made them prisoners at large, by order of the Commanding Officer.

Revolutions 115.0, steam 118 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear to cloudy.

Moderate ENE breeze.

Choppy sea.

Steaming course N78°E, making 11.5 knots.

Average steam 108 pounds, average revolutions 110.5.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.05pm and 5.07pm sounded alarm and closed watertight doors, in 1 minute and 25 seconds respectively.

Passed a steamer standing to Westward.

"Yokohama Maru" in sight on port bow and beam entire watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from ENE and East.

Barometer steady.

"Yokohama Maru" in sight, drawing astern.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Moderate breeze from ESE.

Lights of a steamer visible on port quarter all watch.

Exercised at fire quarters, ready in 2 minutes 25 seconds, secured [in] 1 minute 30 seconds.

Under steam.

Average revolutions 105.3, steam 104 pounds.

Patent log [reading] 34.4 at 12.00am.


Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.

Amherst Rock is also known Jigu Jiao.

North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.


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17 January 1897

At sea, making passage from Shanghai, China, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.12, Long 126.57


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, moonlight though clouds.

Gentle and light breezes from East.

Steaming a course N78°E.

Light of Japanese mail steamer in sight on port quarter throughout watch.

At 4.00am sighted the masthead light of a steamer on port quarter.

Revolutions 100.8, steam 101 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from East.

U.S.S. "Detroit" and Japanese steamer in sight on port quarter throughout watch.

Passed small fishing junk.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 106.1.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light Easterly airs, followed by light NW breeze.

On course N78°E.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters.

Called all hands to muster and published Articles for the Government of the Navy.

Set clock ahead 27 minutes.

U.S.S. "Detroit" and Japanese mail steamer in sight on port quarter throughout watch.

Average steam 109 pounds, average revolutions 106.8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW, shifting to West.

Barometer falling.

On course N78°E.

Passed and exchanged colors with an English steamer.

U.S.S. "Detroit" in sight astern.

Average revolutions 111.8, average steam 115 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from NW.

At 4.20pm sighted Danjo Islands [Banjo Islands in log-book] on starboard bow.

Exercised closing watertight doors in 37 seconds.

Sighted Pilot Rock [probably Pallas Rocks] at 5.10pm.

U.S.S. "Detroit" in sight during watch astern.

Revolutions 121.8, steam 120 pounds

By order of Commanding Officer reconfined the General Court Martial prisoners, with the exception of H.W. Cameron, Oiler.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with spitting rain.

Gentle breeze from NW.

At 6.15pm sighted Goto Island light on port bow, and at 7.55pm light bore abeam, distant 8.8 miles.

Changed course to N86°E at 8.00pm.

Lost sight of U.S.S. "Detroit" at 6.30pm.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 123.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, moderate to fresh breeze from NNW and NW, raining.

At 8.00pm set clock ahead 27 minutes.

At 9.22pm, O Sima abeam, patent log [reading] 78.1, changed course to N74°E (per compass).

At 11.58pm changed course to N69°E (per compass), patent log [reading] 12.9, and slowed to half speed.

Passed two steamers bound to Westward.

Steam 119 pounds, revolutions 122.4.


Pallas Rocks are also known as Tori-shima.

Goto Island is also known as Fukue Island.

O Sima is also known as O Shima.


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18 January 1897

At sea, and at anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.740, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

First part fresh breeze to moderate gale from NNW, decreasing to gentle breeze with occasional stiff squalls from same direction.

On course N69°E.

Slowed to half speed at 12.00am.

At 12.10am sighted Nagasaki light ahead, went ahead full speed and stood in for anchorage under conn of Commanding Officer.

Came to at 1.25am off starboard quarter of flagship in 5 fathoms, moored ship, 30 fathoms on each chain.

Signals as per record.

U.S.S. "Detroit" came in and anchored at 3.35am.

Confined H.W. Cameron, Oiler, in double irons, awaiting trial by General Court Martial.

Bearings of anchorage: Minage Point [Misaki Point in log-book] W¾S, creek bridge SE¾S, Inasa Point [Imasa Point in log-book] N⅜W, ship's head NNW¼W.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining first part.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from NNW.

Japanese mail steamer "Yokohama Maru" came in at 6.00am.

Hoisted colors with flagship for 20 minutes, at 7.15am.

The following men-of-war in harbor: U.S.S. "Olympia"; H.B.M.S. "Undaunted"; Russian "Rurik"; "Admiral Nakhimov" ["Admiral Nachimoff" in log-book]; "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book]; "Kreyser" ["Kreyzer" in log-book]; "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Kornilof" in log-book]; and two torpedo boats.

Signals as per record.

Draft forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fair.

Light to moderate breeze from NNW.

At 8.00am fired salute of 15 guns, Russian flag at fore, answered by "Rurik", American flag at fore, gun for gun.

Received and returned boarding calls from His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Rurik" and H.B.M.S. "Undaunted".

Commanding Officer called on Commander-in-Chief.

F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, received from U.S.S. "Olympia".

T. Jones, First-class Fireman, Continuous Service Certificate 10329, honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 16 6-pounder saluting charges; and 16 percussion primers.

Signals as per record.

At 8.00am U.S.S. "Detroit" fired salute of 15 guns, Russian flag at fore, returned by "Rurik" gun for gun, American flag at fore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from North, decreasing slightly towards end of watch.

T. Jones, First-class Fireman, discharged this day, left the ship.

U.S.S. "Detroit" fired a salute of 7 guns, United States ensign at the fore.

The United States Consul visited the ship officially.

Third Division engaged overhauling battery.

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, snowing first part.

Light to moderate breeze from NW.

U.S.S. "Boston" came in and anchored at 4.30pm, firing a salute of 13 guns, Russian flag at fore, answered by "Rurik" gun for gun, American flag at fore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast to cloudy, cold.

Light breeze with moderate squalls from Northward and Westward.


Minage Point is also known as Minage Saki.

Inasa Point is also known as Inasa-saki.


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19 January 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.740, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light to moderate NNW breeze.

Snowing last hour.

Barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, snowing.

Light to moderate breeze from NNW.

Signals as per record.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 113 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold, occasional light snow squalls.

Light breeze with moderate squalls from NW and NNW.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am and exercised as per routine.

Absentee: M. Solovieff, Coal Passer.

Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page, U.S. Navy, reported on board for duty as the relief of Surgeon G.P. Lumsden, U.S. Navy.

Commander-in-Chief and staff engaged in inspected U.S.S. "Detroit".

Upon his arrival on board U.S.S. "Detroit" the Commander-in-Chief was saluted with 13 guns.

His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Korniloff" in log-book] left the harbor.

H.B.M.S. "Undaunted" shifted her berth.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Commanding Officer visited officially the following ships: Russian "Rurik", "Admiral Nakhimov" ["Admiral Nakhimoff" in log-book], "Kreyser" ["Kreisser" in log-book], "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiatshky" in log-book] and H.B.M.S. "Undaunted".

Fleet Paymaster D.A. Smith, U.S. Navy, came on board to inspect the Paymaster's accounts.

Signals as per record.

Surgeon G.P. Lumsden, U.S. Navy, detached upon the reporting of his relief, Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page, U.S. Navy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, squally and snowing.

Light to moderate NNW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Exercised the 4th Division at signals.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Fleet, the Commanding Officer of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Admiral Nakhimov" ["Admiral Nachimoff" in log-book] and the Commanding Officer of the United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" paid official visits to this ship.

Commander-in-Chief and staff inspecting U.S.S. "Detroit".

Board of Survey condemned and recommended to be thrown overboard as unfit for issue: 200 pounds flour, no marks.

By order of Commanding Officer, at 2.00pm released the prisoners for 1 hour's exercise.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze with moderate squalls from NNW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Russian cruiser "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Korniloff" in log-book] came in and anchored.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze.

Barometer steady.


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20 January 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.740, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze to light airs from NNW to NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from Northward and Westward.

Flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 114 pounds fresh bread; and 143½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from North and East.

Barometer steady.

At 10.00am General Court Martial met pursuant to adjournment and proceeded with the case of M. McNamara, Private Marine.

At 11.55am Court took a recess until 1.30pm.

Received official visits from the Russian Admiral of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Admiral Nakhimov" ["Admiral Nachimoff" in log-book], the Commanding Officers of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ships "Admiral Nakhimov" ["Admiral Nachimoff" in log-book], "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Korniloff" in log-book], and "Kreyser" ["Kreisser" in log-book], and from H.M.S. "Undaunted".

At 8.00am the "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Korniloff" in log-book] fired a salute of 13 guns, American flag at the fore, which was returned by U.S.S. "Olympia" with 13 guns, Russian flag at fore.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: M. Solovieff, Coal Passer.

Exercised at routine drills.

Closed watertight doors in 35 seconds.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 1 6-pounder saluting charge of 2 pounds; and 1 percussion primer.

Served out clothing and small stores.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 1.30pm General Court [Martial] met.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Olympia": 30 boxes Mexican dollars, amounting to one hundred and twenty thousand dollars.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Boston": 10 boxes Mexican dollars, amounting to forty thousand dollars.

Exercised General Court Martial prisoners for one hour, and reconfined.

Flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" made telegraphic signal "Transfer of officers and men will be made Thursday afternoon".

Rear Admiral McNair, U.S. Navy, called on the ship.

At 3.00pm [General] Court [Martial] finished the trial of M. McNamara, Private Marine, and he was returned to confinement.

H.W. Cameron, Oiler, was called before court.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cool.

Light ENE breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 4.40pm General Court Martial adjourned, to meet at 10.00am tomorrow, and H.W. Cameron, Oiler, was returned to confinement.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North to NNE.


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21 January 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.740, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining latter part.

Light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer came in and anchored.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 114 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy.

Light breeze to light airs from North.

At 10.05am General Court Martial met, fired a gun, expending 1 2-pound saluting charge, and 1 percussion primer.

H.W. Cameron, Oiler, was released to appear before the court, and reconfined at 10.40am, when court adjourned until 10.00am tomorrow.

The Russian men-of-war "Rurik" and "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Korniloff" in log-book] left the harbor.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Detroit" in Ordnance and Equipment [Departments] stores (as per list [below]).

Signals as per record.

Sugaya Kuma, Cabin Cook, was this day discharged by purchase.

Lieutenant C.M. Knepper, U.S. Navy, was detached and ordered to U.S.S. "Detroit".

Tested flood cocks and found them in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, drizzling first part.

Light breeze from North.

Transferred 28 men as per list [below], and B. Mooney, Ordinary Seaman, T. Lilburn, Seaman, A. Simpson, Seaman, J. Allen, Coal Passer, and W.P. Hennessey, Private Marine, General Court Martial prisoners, to U.S.S. "Detroit" with bags, hammocks and papers.

Received eighteen men from U.S.S. "Detroit" with bags, hammocks and papers as per list [below].

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs from North to NNW.

M. Solovieff, Coal Passer, was declared a deserter.

Enlisted for three years' general service Richard Lambert and Fred Lucas as Coal Passers.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Detroit" in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts ([see] list [below]).

Exercised searchlights.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from North and West.


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8am to meridian, Thursday January 21st, 1897.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Detroit" in Ordnance Department condemned stores as follows: 26 boxes cartridge, revolver; 2000 .45 caliber rifle ammunition.

Equipment Department: 1 pair binocular glasses; 1 mercurial barometer.

Ordnance Department, spare articles: 6 chests for Hotchkiss shell, 6-pounder; 1 chest for Hotchkiss shell, 1-pounder; 12 tanks powder (200 pounds); 784 bags cartridge 6-pounder, saluting; 60 bags cartridge 6-inch breech loading rifle, saluting; 3 boxes .45 caliber empty cartridges.


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4pm to 8pm, Thursday January 21st, 1897.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Detroit" in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts the following articles of clothing, condemned by Board of Survey, dated 21st December 1896, to be returned to the United States: 79½ yards flannel, thin; 1 mattress; 1 undershirt (heavy); 4 blankets; 1½ yards trouser cloth.


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Meridian to 4pm, Thursday January 21st, 1897.


List of men transferred to U.S.S. "Detroit".

P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate

T. Murray, Coxswain

A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class

E.S. Hermanson, Landsman

A. Winter, Ordinary Seaman

A. Lemkan, Second-class Fireman

J.F. Shea, Second-class Fireman

J.F. Frawley, Second-class Fireman

J.H. Olsen, Seaman

O. Nyman, Seaman

F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman

N.P. Gloier, Coxswain

H. Rogers, Seaman

O. Miller, Seaman

G. Growney, Machinist

W. Lloyd, Seaman

H. Watson, Apprentice First-class

J. Graf, Coal Passer

G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class

E.H. Eycke, Chief Yeoman

E.F. Roggers, Ship's Cook First-class

C. Stuart, Boatswain's Mate First-class

W.H. Bowker, Apprentice First-class

H.W. Shafer, Apprentice First-class

B. Lipman, Apprentice First-class

W.C. Garwood, Private Marine

T.F. Vesey, Private Marine

J.W. Thornton, Private Marine


List of men received from U.S.S. "Detroit".

M. McKenna, Second-class Fireman

F. Hubbard, Landsman

A. McKinnon, Boatswain's Mate Second-class

C.G. Forster, Chief Yeoman

C.O. Brown, Landsman

W.B. Winfree, Machinist

T. March, Landsman

G. Blatchford, Gunner's Mate First-class

W.W. Crawford, Seaman

H.G. Uebelhoar, Master-at-Arms Third-class

R. Johnson, Seaman

C. Mason, Seaman

J. Austin, Seaman

P. Benetti, Coal Passer

J.W. Gill, Private Marine

F. Martin, Private Marine

J.H. Pruyser, Private Marine

Ah Ming, Cabin Cook (no papers)


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22 January 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.740, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from North.

Made preparations for coaling.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 100 pounds bread; 125 pounds each beef and vegetables.

Draft aft 16 feet, forward 12 feet 4 inches.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool.

Gentle breeze from North.

Began coaling at 8.10am, took in 92 tons up to 12 o'clock.

General Court Martial met at 10.00am, fired a gun and broke jack.

Expended in Ordnance Department: one 2-pound saluting charge; and one percussion primer.

A. Garren, Coxswain, and C.W. Chadwick, Oiler, absent without leave.

C.W. Chadwick, Oiler, came on board 3½ hours over time.

At 12.00 o'clock General Court Martial adjourned to await completion of record.

Inspected holds and storerooms and found them in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

Barometer steady.

At 1.00pm H.M.S. "Peacock" came in and anchored.

Ensign B.F. Hutchinson, U.S. Navy, reported for duty aboard.

Coaling ship, by 4.00pm received on board 154 tons.

Received on board the necessary papers of Ah Ming, Cabin Cook.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

General Court Martial met at 4.10pm, and at 4.40pm adjourned to await action of convening authority.

At 4.30pm finished coaling, having taken in 158 tons.

Draft aft 16 feet 5 inches, forward 13 feet 4 inches.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Boston": G.W. Gill, Private Marine, with hammock, bag and necessary papers.

Transferred C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, to Yokohama Hospital.

Signals as per record.

By order of the Commanding Officer W. Owen, Coal Passer, and O.A. Borst [Boarst in log-book], Coal Passer, were rated Second-class Firemen from this date, and E.B. Lee, Landsman, was rated Jack of the Dust.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from ENE.

Barometer falling.


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23 January 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan, and making passage to Shanghai, China

Lat 32.740, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calms and light airs from NNE to NE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light airs from NE.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Belgic" came and was boarded.

At 6.00am started fires in A, C and B boilers.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 101 pounds fresh bread.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

Barometer falling.

J. McCudden, Landsman, honorably discharged, by reason of expiration of enlistment.

P. Lannon and C. Dunki enlisted for three years as Coal Passers.

M. McNamara, Private Marine, and H.W. Cameron, Oiler, transferred, with effects and necessary papers, to U.S.S. "Detroit" as General Court Martial prisoners, by order of Commander-in-Chief.

Received from U.S.S. "Boston" T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine, and from U.S.S. "Detroit" John McCormack, Private Marine, with effects and necessary papers.

At 11.00am United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" got under way and left the harbor.

Made preparations for sea.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NNE to NW.

Steam up and engines ready at 12.50pm.

At 12.55pm made signal number 4917, which was answered in affirmative, and got under way and stood out of Nagasaki under conn of Commanding Officer.

At 1.43pm took departure, Nagasaki light abeam, distant 1 mile, and put over patent log, reading 24.4.

Set course S76°W (per compass).

Revolutions 106.2, steam 107 pounds.

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


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle North breeze.

Barometer steady.

Went to quarters at 5.00pm.

At 5.05pm closed watertight doors, time 30 seconds.

Under steam alone on course S76°W (per compass) until 5.25pm, when Io-shima [Osima Island in log-book] abeam, changed course to S80°W (per compass).

At end of watch Goto Island light two points forward starboard beam.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 104.6.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

At 7.04pm stopped port engine to readjust packing on high-pressure piston rod, and at 7.45pm went ahead again full speed.

Steam 109 pounds, revolutions 106.1.

At close on course S80°W, patent log [reading] 95.6, Goto Island light 3 points abaft starboard beam.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle NW breeze.

At 8.15pm beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 8½ minutes, secured at 8.34pm.

At 8.45pm lost sight of Goto Island light bearing about NE¼E, patent log [reading] 104.5.

On course S80°W, making 11.6 knots.

At 11.50pm sighted a steamer's lights standing to Eastward.

Revolutions 106.8, steam 108 pounds.


Goto Island is also known as Fukue Island.


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24 January 1897

At sea, making passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.63, Long 124.88


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling and rainy.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NNW.

Barometer falling.

On course S80°W.

Passed a steamer standing to the Eastward.

Average steam 106 pounds, average revolutions 107.1.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE to NE.

At 5.00am set clock back eighteen minutes.

Executed morning orders.

Revolutions 107.2, steam 107 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light passing showers first half.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE and NNE.

Barometer steady.

At 8.11am changed course to S77°W (per compass), patent log [reading] 40.6.

On this course rest of watch, under steam alone.

At 9.45am called all hands to muster and published Squadron General Court Martial Orders numbers 30 and 31.

James McCudden was this day enlisted for three years as Landsman, Henry Friedrich Wilhelm August Rakebrand for three years as Second-class Fireman.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 106.9.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from North.

Passed three small junks during watch.

Large four-masted steamer in sight on port quarter during watch.

At 1.40pm set clock back 18 minutes.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 107.3.

At close [of watch] on course S77°W, patent log [reading] 34.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle NE breeze.

On course S77°W.

At 5.29pm sounded alarm and closed watertight doors in 35 seconds.

Four-masted steamer in sight on port hand during watch.

Average steam 108 pounds, revolutions 107.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle NE breeze.

On course S77°W.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Belgic" in sight on port beam.

Average steam 108 pounds, revolutions 107.1.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from NE.

At 8.10pm stopped port engine for repairs, and at 8.21pm went ahead on it again.

At 8.47pm, [North] Saddle [Island] light abeam, got cast of patent lead in 10 fathoms water, and changed course to West by order of Commanding Officer.

By order of Commanding Officer made following changes of course: at 10.00pm to West by North; at 10.25pm N62°W; at 10.45pm N60°W; at 11.30pm N54°W.

At 9.00pm sighted Gutzlaff [Island] light bearing NW by West (per compass).

At 10.00pm sighted Tungsha [Tungchan in log-book] light on starboard bow.

At 10.45pm passed steamer "Belgic" coming to an anchor.

At 11.30pm hauled in patent log, reading 1.9.

At 11.48pm came to an anchor in 5½ fathoms, with starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms [chain], near Tungsha [Tungchan in log-book] lightship.

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 103.8.


North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.

Gutzlaff Island is also known as Daji Shan.

Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.


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25 January 1897

At anchor off Tungsha lightship, and making passage to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.35, Long 121.64


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle NE breeze.

Barometer 30.60 to 30.58.

Fires high banked.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from North and East.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cool.

Gentle NE breeze.

At 9.00am called all hands, got under way and stood up the Yangtze [Yangtse in log-book] steering N48°W, and changing at 10.00am to N51°W, and at 11.00am to N54°W, and after 11.30am under conn of Commanding Officer.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at divisional drills.

Average steam 105 pounds, revolutions 102.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 12.30pm called all hands and brought ship to anchor in 7½ fathoms, 30 fathoms on the starboard chain, at the mouth of the Woosung River.

Bearings at anchorage: Lismore lightboat SSW¼W, Princess [?] light SW by W½W, ship's head NW½W.

Took on a pilot, and at 2.15pm got under way and stood up the Woosung River, pilot at the conn.

At end of watch making fast to a buoy off Shanghai.

Bearings at anchorage: signal station North by West, time ball WNW½W, ship's head NW½W.

Draft forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 6 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs from ENE to NE.

At 4.05pm made fast to North German Lloyd [Company's] buoy with port bower chain.

Received boarding visits from H.B.M.S. "Aeolus", His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Cormoran", His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Otvajni" ["Otvasny" in log-book] and His Imperial Japanese Majesty's [Ship] "Takao", which visits were returned.

Sent an officer to the United States Consul General.

Got out steam launch and dinghy.

At 4.30pm mast-headed colors.

Allowed fires to die out under all boilers, except B.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm.

Barometer steady.

Fires under boiler B.


The mouth of the Woosung River is also known as Wusong Kou.

North German Lloyd Company was also known as Norddeutscher Lloyd.


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26 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Calm.

Executed morning orders.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 105 pounds bread; 131¼ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables, for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy and pleasant.

Light South and WSW airs.

Barometer falling slowly.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am, had setting up drill, and exercised Gun Divisions at great gun drill, and Marines at small arms.

Instructed First Division at signals.

The Commanding Officer made an official call on the United States Consul General, and on the Commanding Officers of H.M.S. "Aeolus", Seiner Majestät Schiff "Cormoran", the Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] and the Japanese cruiser "Takao".

An officer from Seiner Majestät Schiff "Cormoran" called to inform the Commanding Officer that, tomorrow being the German Emperor's birthday, they would at eight o'clock dress ship, full dress, in honor of the day.

The officers of Seiner Majestät Schiff "Cormoran" called on the officers of this ship.

Fires under boiler B.

Ebb tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW and SE.

Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Aeolus" called on Commanding Officer.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, light SSE and South breeze.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and had setting up drill.

Fires under boiler B.

Flood tide.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE.


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27 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool.

Calm.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

Flood tide.

Fires under boiler B.

At 8.00am dressed ship full, German flag at main, in honor of German Emperor's birthday.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue [to crew]: 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp.

Light airs from South and East.

Commanding Officers [of] Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] and Japanese cruiser "Takao" called officially on Commanding Officer.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill, and exercised Powder Division at stations, 1st Division [at] bayonets, 2nd and 3rd Divisions [at] great guns.

Had collision drill, closed watertight doors in 45 seconds.

Commanding Officer made official visit to His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Cormoran", congratulating him on Emperor's birthday.

Sent high-pressure piston rod ashore for repairs.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

By order of the Commander-in-Chief Ensign C.B. Brittain, U.S. Navy, reported on this ship for orders, and was ordered to proceed to Nagasaki, Japan, and report for duty on U.S.S. "Detroit".

A Board of Survey on articles in Equipment and Construction Departments, and of which Lieutenant Barroll was senior member, met.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light SSE breeze.

Ebb tide.

A.D. McKinnon, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, was given an acting appointment as Boatswain's Mate First-class for three months, from this date.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and damp, drizzling last hour.

Calm to light airs from South and East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Received in Medical Department: 15 tubes vaccine, virus.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool.

Calm.

Occasional drizzle.

Slack high water at 9.30pm.


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28 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light airs and breezes from East.

Barometer rising slowly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, damp.

Calm to light airs from North and East.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 105 pounds bread; 131¼ pounds meat; 131¼ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool, light drizzle.

Light NNE breeze.

Flood tide.

Exercised 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Divisions at signals, and 3rd Division instruction at battery.

By order of Commanding Officer E. White, Apprentice First-class, was released, his term of confinement having expired, and A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, was placed in solitary confinement for five days, on bread and water, for leaving ship without permission.

Enlisted the following men for general service, for three years: Filip Straub, as Coal Passer; August Bikmann, as Ordinary Seaman; and August Oist, as Ordinary Seaman.

Transferred to Shanghai General Hospital: August Young, Apprentice First-class.

Five native workmen on board in Equipment Department

An officer from the German Cruiser "Cormoran" came on board to return thanks for our dressing ship yesterday, on the occasion of the German Emperor's birthday.

C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, absent from the ship over leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised Marines at great guns, and signal class at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool, occasional light drizzle.

Light NNE breeze.

Slack low water at 8.00pm.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up.

Absentee: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold.

Light to gentle NE breeze.

Barometer rising.


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29 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally, rainy.

Light to stiff breeze in squalls from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, squally, raining.

Gentle NE breeze in squalls.

Slack low water at 6.00am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally.

Light to moderate breeze from NE.

Barometer rising, falling last hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

Exercised at setting up drill, and armed and equipped all boats.

Exercised signal class at signals.

Received in Equipment Department: one chronicle and directions 1897.

Broke out, inspected and restowed storerooms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, squally.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 1.00pm exercised at fire quarters, water in 1 minute 45 seconds, shifted to hand pumps [in] 2 minutes 10 seconds.

Offered a reward of 18 Mexican dollars for delivery on board of C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Cormoran" moored South of us, distant 100 yards.

Exercised recruits at school of soldier, Powder Division [at] signals.

Sent on shore for repairs: 1 bridge wall strong back of A boiler; and engine for forward blower.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and squally.

Light to gentle ENE breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

Exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light breeze from ENE.


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30 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light NE breeze.

Barometer steady.

English gunboat H.M.S. "Plover" came in the harbor.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 106 pounds bread; 132½ pounds meat; 132 pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy.

Light breeze from NE.

The Commanding Officer rated O. Anderson and F. Hubbard [from] Landsmen to Ordinary Seamen.

The usual boarding visit was made to H.M.S. "Plover", and returned.

C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, light NNE breeze.

A small cruiser gunboat came up the river, a P&O steamer and French mail steamer also came up.

Received in Equipment Department: two pocket Nautical Manuals for 1897.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Light breeze from North.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light North breeze.

Barometer steady.


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31 January 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling.

Light to gentle breeze from North and West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Light breeze from NW.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds fresh bread for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and disagreeable, light NW and WNW breeze.

Omitted quarters on account of weather.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining first part.

Light breeze from North and West.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 6.05pm started fires in boiler C, preparatory to shifting boilers.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light breeze from WNW.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1897


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1 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool, light drizzle first part.

Light WNW breeze.

Slack high water at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds bread; 132½ pounds meat; and 132½ pounds vegetables, for issue to crew.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, drizzling last hour.

Gentle to fresh breeze in squalls from WNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

Had setting up drill and routine drills.

Exercised 2nd Division and signal class at signals.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: five mattresses.

Received from repair shop: high-pressure piston and connection.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool, gentle breeze, with stiff squalls, from WNW and NW, occasional drizzling rain.

Slack high water at 4.00pm.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals and recruits in school of the squad.

An officer from the Japanese cruiser "Takao" came on board to inform the Commanding Officer that they would half-mast colors on the 2nd of this month, the date of the departure of the funeral procession of her late Majesty the Empress Dowager of Japan, from Tokyo [Tokio in log-book], and on the 7th and 8th of this month, the dates of the funeral ceremonies at Kyoto [Kioto in log-book].

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 212 pounds fresh bread; and 132½ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, absent: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze with very fresh squalls from NNW.

Force of wind and squalls decreasing gradually throughout watch.

Slack low water at 11.00pm.


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2 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, squally.

Moderate to fresh NW breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NW.

Hoisted colors at half-mast with Japanese cruiser "Takao".


8am to meridian:

Overcast first hour, clearing toward end of watch, cold.

Gentle breeze with moderate to stiff squalls from NW by North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.

Absentees: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, and T. Lee, First-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and confined C.E. Bracken, Apprentice First-class.

Slack low water at 10.40am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to moderate NW breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised the signal class at signals and recruits at school of the soldier.

J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, was rated Ship's Cook Fourth-class from this date, and F.F. Parker, Seaman, detailed for duty as Captain of the Hold.

T. Lee, First-class Fireman, returned 5 hours over leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW and North, decreasing to light breeze.

Ebb tide.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Absentees: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, and F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze.

Barometer steady.


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3 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light breeze to light airs from NNW to NW by North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cold.

Light airs and breezes from NW by North.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from NW by North.

Barometer steady.

Sent an officer to the "Kiang-Foo" to request that the American ensign be removed from her dressing line, which was promptly done.

Published General Court Martial Orders number 96 to 105 inclusive.

By order of Commanding Officer placed Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, under sentry's charge until sober.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

Exercised at divisional drills, and at collision quarters, watertight doors closed in 40 seconds, secured in 2 minutes.

H.M.S. "Aeolus" got under way and left the harbor.

Exercised signal class at signals.

Served out monthly money to crew.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs from NNW.

Exercised Powder Division at signals, recruits at school of soldier.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call upon the Taotai [the Divisional Governor, Toatai in log-book] of Shanghai.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from NNW and breezes from WSW.

Barometer steady.

By order of Commanding Officer released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, from sentry's charge, he having become sober.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

Exercised at setting up drill.

At 7.40pm J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, was found to be out of the ship without permission.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Light to gentle breeze from NW.


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4 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cold.

Gentle to light NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate NW breezes.

Barometer rising.

At 6.30am found that A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, was absent from the ship without permission.

C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, returned on board 168 hours over time.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue [to] crew: 106 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, then went to general quarters at 9.33am and exercised without powder, ready in 4 minutes 10 seconds, secured, and again went to general quarters at 9.42am, ready in 3 minutes 30 seconds, secured in 5 minutes 45 seconds.

Tested flood cocks and found them in good condition.

Exercised in passing up regular loaded ammunition (4 minutes) as follows: 32 6-inch charges; 21 6-inch shells; 55 rounds 6-pounder; 128 rounds 3-pounder; 120 rounds 1-pounder, heavy; 240 rounds 37 mm; 5000 rounds .45 caliber rifle cartridges for Gatlings.

Absent without leave: J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and J. McCudden, Landsman.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishments: Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, to be confined in double irons from sunset until all hands in the morning for ten days, for being drunk on board ship; C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, placed on 4th conduct class for 3 months, for being 168 hours over leave.

Commanding Officer offered rewards of 39 Mexican dollars each, for the delivery on board of J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, and A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

Received on board stores as follows, in Equipment Department: 30 gallons Ti [?] oil.

In [Department of] Steam Engineering: 50 gallons Ti [?] oil.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, cold

Light West breeze.

Barometer falling.

Instructed firemen and Marines at great guns, and 1st Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to clear.

Light breeze to light airs from West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and found J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and J. McCudden, Landsman, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up.

At sunset confined Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons, in accordance with punishment assigned.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light West and West by North airs and breezes.

Barometer steady.


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5 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs to light breeze from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold.

Light airs from WNW.

Released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, from irons at all hands.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 100 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.

J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, returned on board, and by direction of the Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from WNW and NW.

Weather cold.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, without permission, and J. McCudden, Landsman, and J. Rennie, Private Marine, overstaying leave.

Had setting up drill, and at 9.42am called away all boats for exercise.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, was placed under sentry's charge to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for leaving ship without permission.

Broke out holds and storerooms and they were inspected by the executive officer and Ensign M.M. Taylor [Traylor in log-book].

At 11.40am delivered to J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, specification of the offense preferred against him by the Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from NW.

At 1.08pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute 50 seconds.

At 1.10pm abandoned ship, all boats lowered and provided in 14 minutes.

Secured at 1.28pm, reported secure in 2 minutes 15 seconds.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

Ah Wing, Painter, was discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Offered, through United States Consul General, a reward of $19.00 Mexican for delivery on board of J. McCudden, Landsman.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Light West and WSW breeze.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm, had setting up drill.

J. Rennie, Private Marine, and J. McCudden, Landsman, absent, overstaying leave, and A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

At sundown confined Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in accordance with order of Commanding Officer of the 4th of this month.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool.

Light airs to gentle breeze from WNW to WSW.


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6 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light to moderate breeze from North.

Slack low water at 1.25am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle North breeze.

Released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, from confinement at all hands, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order of the 4th of this month

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from North.

J. Rennie, Private Marine, returned on board 26 hours over time.

Offered, through Consul General, a reward of $19.00 Mexican for the delivery on board of J. Rennie, Private Marine.

Ah Wing enlisted as Painter for three years from this date.

Four workmen from shore engaged in repairing wiring, and three on shelves in cabin.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from North.

Swung to flood at 1.30pm.

Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] left the harbor.

Received an American mail.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NNW.

At sundown placed Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order of the 4th of this month.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up.

Absent: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and J. McCudden, Landsman.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cold.

Light airs and breezes from North and NE.

Ebb tide.


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7 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cold.

Light breeze from NW and NNW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from North to NNW.

At all hands released A. Young, Apprentice First-class, in accordance with order of Commanding Officer of the 4th of this month.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Light snow.

Ebb tide.

Held divine service.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, snowing and cold.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, snowing.

Light NNE airs.

Slack high water at 6.30pm.

J. McCudden, Landsman, returned on board 3½ days over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, snowing and cold.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Barometer steady.


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8 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, snowing first part.

Light breeze from NNW.

T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned 18 hours over liberty.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Light airs and breezes from North and NNW.

Released A. Young, Apprentice First-class, from confinement at all hands.

Slack high water at 6.45am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 9.00am sent the First Division ashore, in charge of Ensign Hutchison, for target practice.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: P. Hennessey, Second-class Fireman, and A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

Exercised at routine drills.

At 10.00am Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant W.D. Rose, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met and proceeded with the trial of J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain.

Chinese workmen engaged on board on cabin bookshelves.

First Division returned from target practice at 11.35am.

Engaged breaking out booms.

Ah Wing, Painter, left ship on three weeks' leave.

Summary Court Martial adjourned at 11.05am to await the action of the convening authority.

The German Consul General paid an official visit to the ship.

Half-masted colors with the "Takao".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW.

Received in Construction Department: 28 feet 1 inch by 12 inches ash.

P. Hennessey, Second-class Fireman, returned on board six hours over liberty.

His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Cormoran" left.

H.B.M.S. "Plover" shifted mooring close off Canton landing.

Exercised Powder Division at signals, Marines and firemen [at] boats.

T.H. Kuhlback, Gunner's Mate First-class, received acting appointment as Chief Gunner's Mate, P. Mahoney, Gunner's Mate Second-class, received acting appointment as Gunner's Mate First-class, by order of Commanding Officer, each for 3 months respectively.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cold.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE.

Barometer steady.

At sunset confined Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 10 large sheets blotting paper; 3 large blank books; and 1 letter file.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NNE to North.

By order of Commanding Officer J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, was made a prisoner at large.


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9 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, cold.

Gentle NE by East and NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Hoisted out sailing launch.

At all hands released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order of the 4th of this month.

Received on board: 104 pounds bread; and 130 pounds each of beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE.

At 9.00am landing party left the ship in charge of the Executive Officer, and returned at 11.30am.

An officer from His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Takao" came to return thanks for half-masting colors yesterday.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 6 bulkhead lanterns.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Wind from NNE in moderate squalls.

At 1.00pm published to J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, the finding and sentence of the Summary Court Martial in his case, the sentence being reduction to the next inferior rating.

Instructed First Division in signals and aiming.

Enlisted for three years as Coal Passer: Julius Von Der Doppen.

J.H. Mathisen was in accordance with the sentence of the Summary Court Martial reduced to Seaman and restored to duty.

At 3.10pm His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Takao" left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, squally.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE to North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and found A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up.

At sunset, pursuant to punishment awarded, confined Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons for the night under sentry['s charge].


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Light to moderate NNE and North breeze in squalls.

Barometer steady.


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10 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light to fresh breeze from North and NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from NNW and North.

Ship riding to flood tide during watch.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 107 pounds fresh bread for crew.


8am to meridian:

Fair, cold and pleasant.

Moderate North breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill and routine drills.

At collision drill got over mat [in] 1 minute 35 seconds and watertight doors were closed in 39 seconds.

By order of the Commanding Officer T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, and A. Garren, Coxswain, were placed under sentry's charge, for being under the influence of liquor.

By the same authority W. Sharp, Private Marine, was placed on the 4th conduct class for six months, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

Exercised First Division at signals.

Received on board from [S.C.] Farnham and Company: 1 high-pressure piston and stuffing box, which had been on shore for repairs.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to fresh breeze from North.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, cold.

Light to moderate NNW breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 5.00pm went to quarters and had setting up drill.

At sundown confined Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order of the 4th of this month.

Received from [S.C.] Farnham and Company: 3 bridge walls for boilers.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool.

Light to moderate breeze from NW, shifting to NE.

Moonlight.


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11 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW and North.

Slack low water at 3.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light North and NW by North breeze.

Barometer rising.

At all hands released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order of the 4th of this month.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 98 pounds fresh bread; and 127½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW by North.

At 9.30am went to quarters.

At 9.35am went to general quarters, ready in 2 minutes 50 seconds.

At 9.47am secured, secured in 5 minutes 20 seconds.

His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Takao" came in and anchored above this ship.

Japanese boarding officer informed Commanding Officer the "Takao" would dress in honor of birthday of first Emperor.

At 10.20am dressed masthead flags, Japanese flag at main.

Received United States mail per steamer "Coptic".

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

By order of Commanding Officer placed T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, and A. Garren, Coxswain, in double irons for seven days, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

Four shore laborers working in Engineering Department.

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good order.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to stiff NNW breeze.

Ebb tide.

Exercised Marines at great guns, firemen at great guns and small arms, recruits in the school of the soldier, and 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light fresh breeze from North and W.

At sundown confined A. Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons, in accordance with order of Commanding Officer of 4th of this month.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 50 pounds tea.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to light breeze from NNW and WNW.

Ebb tide.


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12 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from WNW and West.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs to light breeze from North and West.

At all hands released A. Young, Apprentice First-class, in accordance with order of Commanding Officer of the 4th of this month.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread.

Four workmen came aboard to work in Engineering Department.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light NW breeze.

Flood tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, and arm and away, all boats reported ready in 9 minutes 15 seconds.

Absentee: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer.

An officer from the Japanese cruiser "Takao" came on board to return thanks for our having dressed ship yesterday in honor of the Japanese national holiday.

Broke out storerooms, which were inspected by Ensign W.P. Scott.

Sent ashore six transom cushions for repairs.

Exercised 3rd Division in signals.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 50 pounds tea.

And in Equipment Department: 5 pounds Tuck's packing.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NW and North.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, all divisions reported ready in 1 minute 30 seconds, secured in 1 minute 30 seconds.

Exercised the seamen branch of the Powder Division, and the signal class at signals, and recruits at school of the soldier.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up.

At sunset confined Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, in double irons in accordance with order of Commanding Officer of the 4th of this month.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light Northerly airs and calms.

Barometer steady.

Exercised the signal class at night signals.

Tested searchlight and main truck light, and found them in good working order.


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13 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cold, and pleasant.

Light NW airs.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light NW airs.

At all hands released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, from confinement.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from ENE and East.

Barometer falling.

Four absentees over leave: O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, H.F.W.A. Rakebrand, Second-class Fireman, A Hansen, Oiler, and J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman.

Sent a reward of $39.00 Mexicans and one of $19.00 Mexicans for A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and A. Hansen, Oiler, respectively.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, was declared a deserter from February 3, 1897.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant H.H. Barroll, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met and surveyed the gig and 2nd cutter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from ENE and SE.

Barometer falling slowly.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breeze from East.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees same as in the forenoon.

O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, and H.F.W.A. Rakebrand, Second-class Fireman, returned on board, each 10½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cold.

Light winds from Southward and Eastward.

Barometer steady.


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14 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE by East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and overcast.

Light airs from SE by East.

Barometer falling.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 104 pounds fresh bread.

At all hands released Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, from confinement, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order of 4th of this month, his term of confinement also having expired.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, cool.

Light breeze from SE by East and SE.

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

Absentees over time: J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, A. Hansen, Oiler, and J. McCormack, Private Marine.

J. McCarthy, Seaman, returned from liberty ¾ hour over time, and M. McKenna, Second-class Fireman, one hour over time.

Held divine service on board.

The Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] came up from the lower reach and moored.

Four shore workmen at work, in fireroom.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, drizzling last part.

Light breeze from SE.

Four shore workmen engaged in Engineer's Department.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light breezes to airs from SSE.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling.

Calm to light breeze from SSE.


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15 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool, drizzling rain.

Calms and light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward.

Slack high water at 1.55am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling first half.

Light breeze from West and NW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and divisional drills.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 9 bridge plates; and stores as per appended lists [below].

Offered through United States Consul General rewards of $19.00 Mexicans for the delivery on board, each, [of] J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, and J. McCormack, Private Marine.

T. Kuhlback, Chief Gunner's Mate, was honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Absent without leave at quarters: J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, A. Hansen, Oiler, and J. McCormack, Private Marine.

J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, came on board 50 hours over time, drunk and dirty, and by order of the Commanding Officer was placed on the 4th [conduct] class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle NNW breeze.

Slack high water at 3.15pm.

Exercised Marines and firemen in boats under oars, and 3rd Division in signals.

A. Hansen, Oiler, was brought on board by the United States Marshal 78 hours over time, and a reward of $19 Mexicans was paid to the Marshal.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, drizzling last hour.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, absent: J. McCormack, Private Marine.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: ten blankets.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, drizzling rain.

Gentle to light breeze from North.

A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, absent without leave since the 3rd of this month, returned on board.

By order of Commanding Officer he was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] got under way at 11.30pm and left the harbor.


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[Inserted note]


8am to meridian, Monday February 15, 1897.

Stores received in the following departments.

Equipment [Department]: 2 pounds Barbour's machine thread (red, white, black); 1 standing light; 2 hand lanterns, brass; 2 dozen lanterns, globes.

Engineering Department. 5 pounds chalk; 2 copper measures, 1 quart; 30 pounds sheet lead, ⅛-inch.

Construction [Department]: 6 spit kits (10 inches diameter); 12 paint brushes, round, assorted; 50 pounds putty; 50 hammock rings.


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16 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and drizzling.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 102 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool.

Light breeze, with moderate squalls from North.

Slack low water at 10.00am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Absentee: J. McCormack, Private Marine.

Theodor Kuhlback was this day enlisted for three years as Gunner's Mate First-class under Continuous Service Certificate number 6108, and was given an acting appointment as Chief Gunner's Mate for three months.

J.P.D. Breen, Ship's Cook Fourth-class, was rated Ship's Cook First-class.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals and aiming drill.

J. McCormack, Private Marine, was brought on board by the United States Marshal, to whom a reward of $19 Mexicans was paid.

J. McCormack, Private Marine, was placed on the 4th conduct class for 3 months, for overstaying leave 51 hours.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cool.

Light to moderate Northerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised at boat drill and the recruits at school of the soldier.

Received American mail.

Sent A. Oist, Ordinary Seaman, to Shanghai General Hospital for treatment.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze, with occasional moderate squalls from same direction.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

By order of Commanding Officer released A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, and made him a prisoner at large until sunset, when he was reconfined under sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North and North by East.

Barometer steady.

Exercised the signal class at Ardois signals.


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17 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, light Northerly breeze.

Ebb tide.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 96 pounds fresh bread; and 125 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

At all hands released A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, from sentry's charge and made him a prisoner at large.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at routine drills.

Exercised the signal class at signals.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 gun covers (1-pounder).

By order of Commanding Officer released C.E. Bracken, Apprentice First-class, from confinement.

Served out clothing and small stores.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from North.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle to moderate Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising slowly.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees, exercised at setting up drill.

At sunset placed A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, under sentry's charge, by order of Commanding Officer of 16th of this month.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Gentle to light breeze from North.


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18 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from North to NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer falling slowly.

At all hands released A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, from sentry's charge, by Commanding Officer's order of 16th of this month.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and at 9.32am went to general quarters and exercised without powder, ready in 2 minutes 25 seconds, secured at 10.15am in 6 minutes.

Tested all flood cocks and found them in good condition.

By order of Commanding Officer released A. Garren, Coxswain, and T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, from confinement and restored them to duty.

Received in Ordnance Department: 1 ammunition box for 1-pounder field carriage.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Instructed Marines and Engineers [force] at battery, and the latter also at small arms.

Instructed First Division at signals.

Received in Engineering Department: 53 pounds 1-inch square Demon packing.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, snowing.

Light breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

At sunset confined A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, for the night.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, snowing.

Gentle North breeze.

Barometer falling slowly.


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19 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, snowing.

Gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, snowy.

Gentle breeze from North.

Executed morning orders.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds bread; 128¾ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables for use of crew.

By order of Commanding Officer [confinement of] A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, was continued under sentry's charge until further orders.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, cold.

Gentle North and NW breeze.

Omitted quarters on account of weather.

Sent 2nd cutter and gig to [S.C.] Farnham and Company's dockyards for measurements.

Worked port engine slowly for an hour and a half to test packing and found it working satisfactorily.

Broke out storerooms and the routine weekly inspection was made.

Received on board: 12 piston rings for dynamo engines.

By order of the Commanding Officer E. Hansen, Seaman, was reduced from the special to first conduct class, for striking the Master-at-Arms Third-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light to moderate breeze from North and West.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, divisions ready in 1 minute 20 seconds, secured at 1.10pm in 1 minute 50 seconds.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle North breeze, barometer rising.

At 5.00pm went to quarters and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North and East.

Bright moonlight.


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20 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from North.

Slack low water at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from North and NW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from North and West.

Transferred A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, to Naval Hospital, Yokohama, Japan, in charge of Corporal Adams.

T. Marsh, Seaman, was given an acting appointment as Coxswain for six months from date.

Received in Equipment Department: new cowl for galley funnel.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 36 rubber gaskets.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light NNW breeze.

Slack low water at 1.00pm.

Sent an officer to inform the Commanding Officers of "Takao" and H.M.S. "Plover" that we would dress ship on Monday, the 22nd of this month, from sunrise until sunset in honor of the birthday of George Washington.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 50 yards cotton canvas, 10 grams.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW to NE by North.

Lost from launch: one boat hook.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light NNE breeze.

Ebb tide.


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21 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light variable airs.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from North.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 101 pounds fresh bread; and 126¼ pounds fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Ebb tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, afterwards called all hands to muster and published Articles for the Government of the Navy, and Squadron General Court Martial Order number 32.

Russian gun-vessel "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] came in and anchored.

Sent an officer to extend the usual courtesies and to inform the Commanding Officer that, tomorrow being the anniversary of the birthday of George Washington, we will dress ship from sunrise until sunset.

Published to the crew a copy of letter number 39865, Bureau of Navigation.

An officer from the "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] came on board to return thanks for the visit of the boarding officer from this ship.

Held divine service.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and mild.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Slack high water at 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breezes from North.

Barometer steady.


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22 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs to light breeze from North.

Slack high water at 6.30am.

At sunrise dressed ship rainbow fashion.

The "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] followed at 7.16am, United States ensign at the main, and the "Takao" and H.M.S. "Plover" likewise at 8.00am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 6-pounder canvas gun covers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE and North.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North.


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23 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from North.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Calm.

Barometer falling.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 101 pounds fresh bread; and 126¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear.

Light breeze to light airs from North to East by South.

At 9.00am landed the landing party for drill, they returned at 11.45am.

Chinese man-of-war "Kai Chi" ["Kaichai" in log-book] came in.

Sent an officer to the different men-of-war to thank them for dressing ship on Washington's birthday.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Barometer falling.

Received on board from the Shanghai Electric Light Company: 12 double-pole switches; and 24 zincs.

Instructed First Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear.

Light breeze from ESE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and SE.

Barometer steady.


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24 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from South and East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light breeze to light airs from South.

Got out ashes.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 101 pounds fresh bread for the use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light SSE and SSW airs.

Went to quarters at 9.30am and had setting up drill and routine drills.

Had collision drill, watertight doors closed in 55 seconds and collision mat ready for going over in 1 minute 20 seconds.

By order of the Commanding Officer W. Montgomery, Landsman, was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for three days, for being under the influence of liquor and neglect of duty.

Sent on shore to Boyd and Company: crankshaft and flywheel of dynamo engine, for repairs.

Received in Ordnance [Department]: one caisson box, from L. Charles and Company, which had been sent on shore for repairs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Calm to light airs from North and West.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light NW airs.

Barometer rising.

Went to quarters at 5.00pm and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light airs from NW.


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25 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool.

Calms and light airs from North and NNW.

Slack low water at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze to airs from NNW and North.

Barometer 30.28 to 30.26.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 101 pounds fresh bread; 126¼ pounds fresh meat; and 126¼ pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from North.

At 9.30am called all hands clear ship for action, cleared in 35 minutes.

Beat to general quarters and reported ready in 1 minute 10 seconds, secured in 5 minutes 10 seconds.

During exercise one maximum and minimum thermometer accidentally broken in forward fixed ammunition room.

Received on board from Boyd and Company: crankshaft and flywheel of dynamo engine, repaired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Ebb tide.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals, Marines at great guns, and firemen at great guns and small arms.

Received Continuous Service Certificate number 12283 for John Phillips, Seaman.

By order of the Commanding Officer A. Roose, Coal Passer, was reduced to third conduct class, for neglecting to turn out and report for duty after being called repeatedly.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light ENE breeze.


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26 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, overcast and cool.

Light to gentle NE breeze.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from North and East.

Received for issue to crew: 101 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool, damp.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Slack high water at 11.00am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had routine exercises.

Broke out storerooms and the routine weekly inspection was made by Ensign Scott, and the monthly inspection by the Executive Officer.

Absentee: T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine.

Received in Equipment [Department]: one pair bunting scissors.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and mild.

Light ENE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready [in] 1 minute 50 seconds, secured [in] 1 minute 45 seconds, shifted to hand pumps in 1 minute 35 seconds.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool.

Light ENE breeze.

Ebb tide.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up.

Absentee: T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and mild.

Light airs from ENE and light breeze from NNE.

Exercised signal class at night signals.

Worked searchlights and truck lights, and found them in fair working order.


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27 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, mild.

Light NE airs.

Slack low water at 6.00am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 101 pounds fresh bread; and 126¼ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and mild.

Light NE airs.

Barometer steady.

Japanese gunboat "Oshima" came in and anchored.

Sent a boarding officer to her to extend the usual courtesies.

Received from [S.C.] Farnham and Company in Department of Steam Engineering: one blower engine; and one main shaft bearing, which had been sent ashore for repairs.

Published General Court Martial Orders 107 to 110 inclusive, and Navy Department Circular number 73.

W. Montgomery, Landsman, was released from confinement, his term having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light airs from NE.

Received visits from boarding officer and Commanding Officer of His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Oshima".

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light Easterly airs.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Absentee: T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Light airs from East.


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28 February 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Barometer steady.

T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine, returned on board 41½ hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and misty.

Calm.

Barometer steady.

By order of Commanding Officer J. McCudden, Landsman, drunk on board, was placed under the sentry's charge until sober.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 101 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear.

Light airs to light breeze from NE to East.

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

His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Takao" left the harbor.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed E. Mullen, Water Tender, J.P.D. Breen, Ship's Cook First-class, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer, in double irons to await investigation, E. Mullen, Water Tender, for assault, and J.P.D. Breen, Ship's Cook First-class, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer, for attempting to leave the ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light to gentle breezes from ENE, East, and ESE.

Weather clear and fine.

Barometer steady.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to cloudy.

Gentle breeze from East.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J.W. Evans, Shipwright, under sentry's charge for safe keeping, he having returned drunk from liberty.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, drizzling last three hours.

Barometer steady.

Light to gentle East breeze.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1897


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1 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Raining.

Light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy first part.

Light airs from East to NE.

By Order of Commanding Officer released [from sentry's charge] J.W. Evans, Shipwright.

Got out ashes.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 127½ pounds fresh beef; 127½ pounds fresh vegetables; 102 pounds fresh bread, for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling at intervals.

Gentle ENE and NE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill and routine drills.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded, namely: J. McCudden, Landsman, drunk aboard ship, 7 days' confinement, double irons; E. Mullen, Water Tender, fighting and attempting to draw a knife, 10 days' double irons; H. Hellings, Coal Passer, attempting to leave ship without permission and refusing to obey orders of Corporal of Guard, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water; J.P.D. Breen, Ship's Cook First-class, attempting to leave ship without permission and refusing to obey orders of Corporal of Guard, disrated to Ordinary Seaman.

The Commanding Officer made an official visit on the Commanding Officer of His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Oshima".

The American mail arrived.

Exercised First Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals and Marines and Engineer's force in boats.

A Board of Survey on certain articles in Equipment Department, and of which Lieutenant Winslow, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate to light NE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Went to quarters at 5.00pm, and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Raining.

Light to moderate breeze from NE to NNW.


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2 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool.

Light breeze from North and North by West.

Slack high water at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light North by West breeze.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 102 pounds fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from North by West to NNE.

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

Exercised landing party.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 20 mattresses.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light NNE breeze.

Slack high water at 3.30pm.

Exercised boat's crews under oars and sail, 3rd Division at signals and aiming drill, and instructed apprentices in seamanship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Light Northerly breeze.

Slack low water at 11.00pm.


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3 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Calm and light Northerly airs.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm to light airs from NE.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 102 pounds bread; and 127½ pounds beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.

Ebb tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, called all hands clear ship for action, time 23 minutes, secured at 10.18am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and mild.

Light ENE and Easterly breeze.

Barometer falling.

His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] got under way and left the harbor.

At 1.05pm dropped both life buoys, picked them up with the whaleboat, and hoisted boat in 7 minutes.

Served out monthly money to crew.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to overcast, cool.

Light Easterly airs and breezes.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up.

O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, having attempted to leave the ship without permission, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Later, by order of the Commanding Officer, he was confined in double irons to await investigation.

Tide turned ebb at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light SSE and Southerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised signal class at night signals.

Tested searchlights, Ardois and truck lights, found all in good working order, except port searchlight.


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4 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze to light airs from South.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, cool.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward, followed by calm.

Slack high water at 4.15am.

Made preparations for coaling.

At 6.30am lighters came alongside.

Commenced coaling at 7.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 102 pounds fresh bread.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet, aft 15 feet.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and variable winds.

Barometer steady.

Coaling ship, at 12.00pm had received on board 113 tons.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, for attempting to leave ship without permission, was placed in double irons, awaiting occupancy of cell, when he is to be confined for five days in solitary confinement; F. Bruning, Landsman, for not attending to duty as mess cook, and not being neat in person while cooking, was placed on the 4th conduct class.

Absentees at 9.30am: G. Anderson, Coal Passer, P. Anthony, Private Marine, C.S. Chew, Private Marine, and K. Lambert, Seaman.

Tested all flood cocks and found them in working order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to NW.

Engaged coaling ship on both sides from lighters alongside.

Had received about 200 tons on board at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs and breezes from NNW and ENE.

Barometer rising.

Finished coaling at 7.00pm, having taken on board 278½ tons.

Draft of ship forward 14 feet, aft 16 feet 9 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Calms, light airs last part from NNE.


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5 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNE and East.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread; and 128¾ pounds fresh meat.

C.S. Chew, Private Marine, returned on board 24 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear to fair.

Light to gentle breeze from East to ENE.

Commanding Officer offered a reward of 19 Mexican dollars each for the delivery on board of P. Anthony, Private Marine, G. Anderson, Coal Passer, and R. Lambert, Seaman, stragglers over leave.

F.S. Fujiwara, Cabin Steward, was discharged by purchase.

Matsu Miyato was enlisted for three years as Cabin Cook.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 400 sheets typewriting paper; 1 quart mucilage.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather.

Gentle ENE breeze.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, all divisions reported ready in 1 minute 40 seconds, and secured [in] 1 minute 50 seconds, shifted to hand pumps in 1 minute 5 seconds.

The Russian cruiser "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book] came in, flying the flag of Rear Admiral Alekseyev [Alexieff in log-book].

Sent an officer to make the usual offers of civilities, which visit was returned by an officer from the "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book].

Instructed First Division at signals.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 barrels of pitch.

And in Department of Steam Engineering stores as follows: (see list [below]).

A Russian man-of-war coming in at end of watch.

R. Lambert, Seaman, returned aboard 29¾ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

At 4.05 Russian cruiser "Zabiyaka" ["Zabiaka" in log-book] anchored astern of us, sent an officer to board her.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and found H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts and in Equipment [Department] stationery (as per list [below]).

United States Marshal brought on board, and received rewards for, delivery of G. Anderson, Coal Passer, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light ENE breezes.

Barometer 30.40 to 30.42.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm, Friday March 5, 1897.

Received the following stores in Department of Steam Engineering:

6 pounds washers, ⅝-inch; 6 pounds washers, ¾-inch; 6 pounds washers, ⅞-inch; 6 pounds brass wire, ¼-inch; 6 pounds copper wire, ¼-inch; ½ gross brass wood screws, ½-inch, number 4; ½ gross brass wood screws, ¾-inch, number 8; ½ gross brass wood screws, 1-inch, number 10; 10 feet round mild steel, ¾-inch, 15 pounds; 10 feet round mild steel, 1-inch, 26 pounds; 10 feet round mild steel, 1¼-inch, 44 pounds; 10 feet round mild steel, 1½-inch, 60 pounds; 1 sheet steel 2 feet 6 inches x 6 inches x 3/16 inches, 123 pounds; 200 pounds Portland cement; 200 pounds fire clay; 2 kegs oxide of iron, 56 pounds; 3 flat bastard files, 10 inches; 6 flat bastard files, 12 inches; 3 flat bastard files, 18 inches; 3 flat 2nd cut files, 10 inches; 6 flat 2nd cut files, 12 inches; 3 flat 2nd cut files, 16 inches; 6 half-round 2nd cut files, 10 inches; 6 half-round 2nd cut files, 12 inches; 3 flat smooth files, 6 inches; 3 flat smooth files, 8 inches; 3 flat smooth files, 10 inches; 3 flat smooth files, 12 inches; 3 half-round files, 6 inches; 3 half-round files, 8 inches; 3 half-round files, 10 inches; 3 half-round files, 12 inches; 4 2nd cut saw files, 4 inches; 4 2nd cut saw files, 6 inches; 4 2nd cut saw files, 8 inches.


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4pm to 8pm, Friday March 5, 1897.

Stores received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 2 bottles red ink; 2 quarts copying ink; 2 quarts writing ink; 250 note envelopes; 40 sheets blotting paper; 20 sticks sealing wax; 3 bottles pad ink; 1 box pens.

[In] Equipment [Department]: 2 dozen lead pencils; 1 bottle pad ink.


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6 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Raining.

Gentle to fresh breeze in squalls from South and East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Stiff to gentle breeze from SE.

Thunder and lightning last hour.

Noticed fire on Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes steamer "Oceanien".

Sent a boat to see if it had been seen on board and found it had.

Assistance not necessary.

Got out ashes.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds bread for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, and rainy first half.

Barometer falling.

Light to gentle SE and SSE breeze, in moderate squalls last hour.

A boarding officer from the "Zabiyaka" ["Zabiaka" in log-book] returned the visit of this ship.

The Commanding Officer made an official call on the Russian Admiral, and the Russian Admiral called on the Commanding Officer of this vessel.

Received on board from the Electric Light Company: 50 yards vulcanized wire.

And in Equipment [Department]: 11 rubber stamps; 1 inking pad; and 300 official envelopes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Commanding Officer [of] His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Zabiyaka" ["Zabiaka" in log-book] called officially on Commanding Officer of this ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs from SW first half and NW last half.

Went to quarters at 5.00pm, and had setting up drill.

H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, and J.T. Feeney, Private Marine, absent over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from NW.


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7 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool, light drizzle last hour.

[Light breezes from NW and NNW.]

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Barometer steady.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread; and 128¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs to light breeze from North and West.

Held divine service on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool, raining.

Light NNW breeze.

Slack low water at 1.00pm.

H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, returned on board 78½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, raining first part.

Started fires under boiler B, fires under boiler A dying out.

T. Dwyer, Coal Passer, came aboard 12 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, cool.

Light Northerly airs.

Ebb tide.

G. Blatchford, Gunner's Mate First-class, returned on board 13½ hours over time.


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8 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from SSE and light breeze from South.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from varying directions.

J.T. Feeney, Private Marine, returned 48 hours over time.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle breeze from Southward and Eastward.

Ebb tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, and M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate.

Had routine drills and exercises.

Received stores in Paymaster's, Equipment, Construction, Ordnance and Steam Engineering Departments as per lists appended [below].

Sent ashore offers of rewards of $19 Mexicans each for the apprehension and delivery on board of F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, and M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate.

F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 26 hours over time.

Third Division engaged in running in guns and overhauling battery.

By order of Commanding Officer released J. McCudden, Landsman, his term of confinement having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and mild.

Light to gentle SE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised Marines and a detachment of the Engineer's force at boat drill.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool.

Calms and light NE airs and light NNE breezes.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, absent: M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate.

Slack high water at six [o'clock].


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, foggy first hour.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.


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8am to meridian, Monday March 8, 1897.

Received stores in the following departments.

Paymaster's: 1000 pounds salt pork; 1000 pound salt beef; 50 gallons beans; 150 pounds rice; 120 pounds tomatoes (canned); 1810 pounds sugar; 800 pounds coffee; 100 pounds tea; 150 pounds pickles; 30 gallons molasses; 30 gallons vinegar; 500 pounds canned vegetables.

Engineering: 18 corn brooms; 6 sash tool brushes; 12 water buckets; 5 pounds rosin; 1 slate; 3 monkey wrenches, 8 inches; 6 hammer handles, 18 inches long; 6 sledge handles, 36 inches long; 2 packing knives.

Equipment: 6 hair brushes; 2 pounds wicking; 3 standing lamps; 60 fathoms hand lead line, 14½ pounds.

Construction: 100 pounds shellac; 45 gallons alcohol; 308 pounds white lead; 308 pounds white zinc.

Ordnance: 12 paint brushes, assorted; 84 pounds red lead, dry; 140 pounds white lead; 2 gallons sperm oil; 5 gallons turpentine; 3 pieces Japanese pine, 12 inches x 18 inches x 1 inch; 1 piece Japanese pine, 10 inches x 18 inches x 1 inch.


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9 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty.

Light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cool, drizzling rain.

Gentle NW breeze.

Slack high water at 7.00am.

Received in Paymaster's Department the following fresh provisions: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer steady.

By order of Commanding Officer placed C.S. Chew, Private Marine, in double irons for five days, for disrespect to the Officer of the Deck.

Absent from ship over leave: M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rainy, squally last part.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from NNW to NW.

Exercised Powder division at signals.

Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes steamer "Oceanien" left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, squally and passing showers.

Light to stiff breeze from NW by North.

Barometer rising.

Corporal A. Adams, U.S. Marine Corps, reported his return on board, having delivered A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, to the authorities at Naval Hospital, Yokohama.

Received in Department [of] Medicine and Surgery: one pill tile.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from NW by North to North by West.


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10 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally.

Light to fresh North by West breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and mild.

Light to stiff NNW breeze, squally first half of watch.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair.

Gentle breeze from North to ENE.

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

Found M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, and H.K. Allen, Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Exercised Powder and 3rd Divisions [at] rifles, 1st and 2nd [Departments at] great guns, Powder Division exercised at sound signals.

By order of Commanding Officer J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, was placed in double irons to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for refusing to obey orders of the Master-at-Arms.

Ensign Traut reported having drained and refilled recoil cylinders of the guns of his division.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 232 grate bars; 10 pounds hexagonal iron nuts, 1-inch; 15 pounds ⅝-inch x 3-inch iron bolts and nuts; 15 pounds ⅝-inch x 6-inch iron bolts and nuts.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts following stores: 528 pounds corned beef; 264 pounds canned ham; 120 pounds butter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle ENE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Ensign Taylor reported having drained and refilled recoil cylinders of the guns of the 2nd Division, also drained and refilled those of the 1st Division.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair.

Gentle breeze from NE by East to light breeze from East by North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and found M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, and H.K. Allen, Apprentice First-class, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up.

Received from repair shop: 7 chairs for wardroom.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light East airs.

H.K. Allen, Apprentice First-class, returned aboard 15 hours over time.


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11 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.


4am to 8am:

Clear to fair.

Light airs from East.

At 6.30am Russian man-of-war "Otvajni" ["Otvajny" in log-book], flying flag of Rear Admiral commanding station, left the harbor.

M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, returned 94 hours over liberty.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds bread; 130 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle ENE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and went to general quarters at 9.33am.

Times of various drills as per list [below].

At 10.17am dropped lifebuoys and called away all boats, times as per list.

By order of the Commanding Officer O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, and E. Mullen, Water Tender, were released from confinement, their terms having expired.

At 9.25am delivered to J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, specifications of an offense preferred against him by the Commanding Officer.

Delivered to Niles P. Petersen, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, a Good Conduct Pin, marked 3663.

Instructed 1st Division at signals.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, absent without leave.

A reward of 19 Mexican dollars was sent on shore for the arrest and delivery on board of W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to fresh breeze from East.

Received in Bureau [of] Construction and Repairs the following stores: 15 gallons turpentine; 3 gallons Japan dryer; 40 pounds Venetian red (dry); 3 gallons copal varnish; 28 pounds dark green paint.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals, Marines at great guns and Engineer's force at great guns and rifles.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cool, drizzling first half.

Light to moderate East breeze in squalls first half, light to gentle ENE breeze last half.

Went to quarters at 5.00pm and had setting up drill.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling.

Light to moderate breeze from ENE.

Accidentally broke one thermometer.


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8am to meridian, Thursday March 11, 1897.

At 9.33am beat to general quarters, all divisions reported ready [in] 2 minutes 40 seconds.

At 10.07am secured, all divisions reported secure [in] 5 minutes.

Shifted to steam steering gear: 1 minute 10 seconds.

Put helm hard starboard: 25 seconds.

Put helm hard port: 30 seconds.

Shifted to hand steering gear: 1 minute 25 seconds.

Put helm hard starboard: 25 seconds.

Put helm hard port: 35 seconds.

Shifted to steam steering gear: 55 seconds.

Put helm hard starboard: 10 seconds.

Put helm hard port: 20 seconds.

Shifted to relieving tackles: 3 seconds.

Put helm hard starboard: 40 seconds.

Put helm hard port: 50 seconds.

Shifted back to steam steering gear: 40 seconds.

Extreme train from aft to forward main battery: 1 minute.

Extreme depression main battery: 5 seconds.

At 10.17am called away all boats, having dropped the lifebuoys, all boats manned and away: 5 minutes 45 seconds.

Began hoisting boats at 10.25am, all boats hoisted: 6 minutes.

From time boats were called way until they were hoisted: 15 minutes


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12 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally, drizzling rain.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze, with fresh squalls from same direction.

Slack low water at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Disagreeable, rainy weather.

Wind in moderate to fresh squalls from ENE.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 104 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining or passing showers throughout watch.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and instructed divisions at use of tourniquet.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, absent without leave.

Received in Construction Department: 6 padlocks.

Received medical stores as per list [below].

At 10.00am a Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant H.H. Barroll, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met for the trial of J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, and at 10.50am adjourned to await the action of the revising authority.

Ensign Traut made regular weekly inspection of holds, storerooms and inner bottoms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining first part.

Gentle to moderate NE breeze, with very fresh squalls from same direction.

Received stores in Equipment and Construction Departments as per lists appended [below].

Instructed part of 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, squally.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 7 suits rain clothes; and one rain hat.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold, squally.

Light to moderate NNE breeze.

Barometer rising.


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8am to meridian.

Articles received in the Medical Department, March 12th 1897.

Medicines: acacia pulvis, 200 grams; acetainlidum, 75 grams; acidum nitricum, 100 cc; aetheris spirits nitrosi, 600 cc; ammoniae spirits aromatic, 100 cc; ammonii chloridum pulvis, 400 grams; bismuth subnitras, 100 grams; codeina, 2 grams; collodium flexible, 50 cc; copaiba, 600 cc; eucalypti oleum, 50 cc; gentianae tinctura composita, 400 cc; glycerinum, 1000 cc; hamamelidis extract, fluid, 200 cc; hydrargyrum chloratum mite, 100 grams; hydrargyrum unguentum, 200 grams; hydrastis extract, fluid, 20 cc; hydrogen dioxide, 200 cc; Ichthyol, 25 grams; lini farina, 2 kg; pepsinum, 25 grams; Vaseline, 1500 grams; potassium acetas, 200 grams; potassium arsenite, liquid, 100 cc; potassium bicarbonate, 200 grams; quiniae sulphas, 100 grams; quiniae sulphuricum, 0.2-gram pill, 500 number; ricini oleum, 2 bottles; saponis linimentum, 1000 cc; acidum carbolicum crudum, 90%, 3000 cc; scillae syrupus, 500 cc; sinapis emplastrum, 3 boxes; sodii bicarbonas, 500 grams; sodii boras, 400 grams; zinci oxidi, 400 grams; zinci sulpho-carbolas, 50 grams; extraction of beef, 12 jars; milk (condensed cream), 20 cans; soup, chicken, 12 cans; soup, mutton broth, 12 cans; syringe hypodermic, 1 number; flannel, 5 meters; patent lint, 1 kg; muslin, 30 meters; pins, safety, 2 dozen; plaster, adhesive, rubber, 5 meters; muslin, oiled, 3 meters; boxes ointment impervious, 3 dozen; measure glass, 1 number; medicine droppers, 3 number; vials, assorted, 4 dozen; bed pan, 1 number; towels, 6 number; envelopes, official, 25 number; envelopes, small, 5 number; lead pencils, 6 number; blotting paper, ½ gross; paper, ruled, note, 5 gross; rubber bands, assorted, 1 gross.


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Meridian to 4pm, March 12th 1897.

Received stores in Construction Department: 5 pounds 2-inch finishing nails; 5 pounds ½-inch finishing nails; 5 pounds copper tacks; 12 deck buckets; 5 gallons coal tar; 5 gallons asphaltum varnish; 1 saw set; 12 saw files, 6 inches long; 2 rules, 2 feet (brass bound); 1000 sheets gold leaf; 5 pieces ¾-inch ash; 2 pieces ¾-inch teak; 1 piece Oregon pine; 10 dozen assorted screws.

[In] Equipment [Department]: 8 pounds cotton line.


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13 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally.

Light to moderate breeze in squalls from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each beef and vegetables.

Received in Department [of] Construction and Repairs: two 6-inch double blocks.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NNE.

Barometer falling.

Received American mail.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, light passing showers of rain.

Light breeze from NNE.

Received in Equipment [Department]: one table cloth.

Published General Courts Martial Orders numbers 111 to 145 inclusive.

Transferred to Shanghai General Hospital: A. Garren, Coxswain, for treatment.

August Young, Apprentice First-class, returned on board from hospital.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 153 grate bars from S.C. Farnham and Company.

W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, returned on board at 3.10pm, and was placed under sentry's charge by order of Commanding Officer to await action.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy and drizzling.

Variable NNE winds.

Barometer rising.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from NNE and North.


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14 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.234, Long 121.495


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling.

Light breeze from NNW and NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, drizzling first half of watch.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer falling.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.

His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Zabiyaka" ["Zabiaka" in log-book] got under way and left the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NW.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, found Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, and F. Martin, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

Held divine service, missionary from shore officiating.

Sent a reward of nineteen dollars (Mexican) to the Consul General for the delivery on board of Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, a straggler.

By order of Commanding Officer W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was placed in double irons.

F. Martin, Private Marine, returned 4 hours over liberty.

By order of Commanding Officer C.S. Chew, Private Marine, was released, his term of confinement having expired.

Received in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 15 grate bars; and 4 patterns, from S.C. Farnham and Company.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light NW and North by West breeze.

Received from [S.C.] Farnham and Company: one second cutter.

Received in Equipment [Department] the following (see list [below]).


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light airs from North by West.

Got in dinghy.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 515 pounds bread; 128¾ pounds fresh beef, for use of crew.

Got in steam launch.

Got up mast covers.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Calm and light South airs.


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Meridian to 4pm, Sunday March 14, 1897.

Received in Equipment Department from A.S. Kenny, Paymaster's Inspector, U.S. Navy General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, New York: 1 United States ensign number 3; 3 United States ensigns number 4; 2 United States ensigns number 5; 2 United States ensigns number 6; 3 United States ensigns number 7; 1 United States ensign number 8; 3 United States ensigns number 10; 3 narrow pennants number 4; 2 narrow pennants number 5; 3 narrow pennants number 6; 1 Union Jack number 2; 2 Union Jacks number 4; 40 yards red bunting, 19-inch.


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15 March 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.17, Long 121.90 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from SSE.

At 1.45am started fires in A, C and D boilers.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE.

Misty.

Executed morning orders and made preparations for getting under way.

Received from S.C. Farnham and Company: one gig with oars.

Called all hands unmoor ship at 7.45am.

Engines ready at 7.50am.

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

Put M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, under sentry's charge to await investigation, by order of Commanding Officer.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs to gentle SSE breeze.

Standing down the Woosung River, the pilot conning.

Went to quarters and had setting up and divisional drills.

Got great gun target ready for going over.

By order of the Commanding Officer W. Lawrence, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was disrated to Seaman, for staying out of the ship beyond leave and refusing to obey Executive Officer's order to return on board.

Called all hands to muster and published sentence of Summary Court [Martial] in the case of J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, namely: to be confined in single irons for 15 days.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, in accordance with this sentence.

Passed Kiutoan lightship at 11.26am.

Under steam alone.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 100.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Calm to light variable airs.

Standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] till 2 o'clock, when came to anchor in 7½ fathoms water, veering to 15 fathoms port chain.

Engaged until 3.40pm in laying out boats and target for target practice.

At 3.40pm got under way and stood down toward marking boats.

Exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Monocacy" off bell buoy.

Broke steering rowlock in whaleboat.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, foggy, calm, cool.

Held stationary target practice with main battery.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 9 6-inch reduced charges; 9 6-inch common shells; 9 vent-sealing percussion primers.

Gas check pad of number 2 gun (port) was damaged, and replaced by a spare one.

Picked up markers' boats, and at 5.45pm came to with port anchor in 5½ fathoms, veering to 30 fathoms port chain.

Bearings: Gutzlaff [Island] South by W½W, bell buoy NW¾W, ship's head SE by South.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy.

Calm.

Barometer rising.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, from sentry's charge, he having become sober.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty.

Light airs to light breeze from NE to NNW.


Woosung River is also known as Wusong Kou.

Gutzlaff Island is also known as Daji Shan.


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8am to meridian, March 15, 1897.

Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without leave.


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16 March 1897

At anchor off mouth of Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 31.03, Long 122.23


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy first half.

Gentle NE and NNE breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy first part, misty last part.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 7.30am sent out marking boats for target practice.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, mild.

Light NNE breeze.

At 8.10am got under way for great gun target practice with main and secondary batteries, moving and stationary.

At 12.00pm, having finished great gun target practice, and picked up markers' boats and target, stood up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] towards bell buoy, Commanding Officer at the conn.

Expended Ordnance [Department] stores as per list appended [below].

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: F.F. Parker, Seaman, was placed on the second conduct class, for using improper language to the Chief Boatswain's Mate; M. McNamara, Chief Boatswain's Mate, acting appointment was revoked, for being drunk aboard ship.

At 8.45am ship did not respond to helm, found the bolt in the block of the starboard rudder pennant had carried away, continued target practice steering ship by means of engines.

Commenced repairs on the pennant block, tiller secured amidships.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from NNW and NE.

Barometer falling.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at conn.

At 2.50pm came to anchor under lee of House Island in 7 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings at anchor: Kiutoan lightship NW¾W, House Island beacon North by E¾E, ship's head NW.

Made preparations for small arm target practice.

Fires dying out under boilers A, B, D.

By order of the Commanding Officer, the following acting appointments were issued for 6 months: A.D. McKinnon, Boatswain's Mate First-class, as Chief Boatswain's Mate; and R. Johns, Seaman, as Sailmaker's Mate.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle ENE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Swinging to flood tide from 7.20pm until end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from East.

Flood tide.


House Island is also known as Hengsha Dao.


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8am to meridian, March 16, 1897.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 30 6-inch reduced charges; 3 6-inch ordinary charges; 33 6-inch common shells; 48 6-pounder common shells; 48 3-pounder common shells; 48 37 mm common shells; 37 1-pounder Hotchkiss common shells; 40 vent-sealing percussion primers; 1 empty case 1-pounder Hotchkiss, lost overboard.


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17 March 1897

At anchor off Kiutoan lightship, Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 31.22, Long 121.84


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool.

Light Easterly breeze.

Slack high water at 12.20am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Gentle Easterly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Slack low water at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzly, raining last part of watch.

Gentle breeze from East.

Ship riding to flood tide during watch.

At 8.20am sent 1st and Powder Divisions on shore for target firing with rifles.

Rigged target astern and exercised 3rd Division at target firing with revolvers.

Continued repairs on rudder pennant block.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, drizzling at intervals.

Moderate to stiff ENE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Sent Second Division and one division of Engineer's on shore for small arm target practice.

First Division engaged in revolver target practice from ship.

Lost overboard: one whaleboat's oar.

Finished repairs on rudder pennant block.

1st and Powder Divisions returned from shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool, raining.

Stiff to fresh ENE breeze.

Slack low water at 8.00pm.

Firing party on shore until 4.30pm, when on account of inclement weather it was recalled by signal.

Third Division engaged in revolver target practice until 4.30pm.

Hoisted in all boats.

Lost one boat anchor during target practice.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty and drizzling.

Stiff to fresh ENE breeze.

Barometer falling.


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18 March 1897

At anchor off Kiutoan lightship, Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 31.22, Long 121.84


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, rainy.

Stiff breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and disagreeable.

Stiff to fresh breeze from East first three hours, shifting to NNE last hour.

Barometer falling.

Heavy lightning to Northward and Eastward between 5.30am and 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining.

Fresh breeze to moderate gale from ENE in squalls.

At 10.30am veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Chinese gunboat passed up [river].

Inspected magazine flood cocks and found them all right.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast, misty, passing showers.

Moderate gale from East by North to East, decreasing to stiff breeze with fresh squalls from NE.

Tide turned ebb at 1.30pm.

Broke out chain lockers, and overhauled bower and sheet chains, and found all in good order.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, squally, misty and rainy.

Stiff to fresh breeze from NE.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, misty and rainy.

Stiff to fresh NE breeze.

Barometer variable.

By order of the Commanding Officer the sentence of J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, is remitted to confinement without irons for the remainder of the period in the sentence by Summary Court [Martial], in order to conform with article 30 of the Articles for the Government of the U.S. Navy.


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19 March 1897

At anchor off Kiutoan lightship, Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 31.22, Long 121.84


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling.

Fresh breeze from NNE.

Slack water at 12.50am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty, squally, occasional rain.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from NNE and North.

Ebb tide.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty and drizzling.

Moderate to fresh breeze from North, shifting to North by West and back to North.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without at leave.

Instructed divisions in use of tourniquet.

Broke out and inspected storerooms and holds.

Made the customary weekly inspection, and Quarterly Board made quarterly inspection of same.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty.

Moderate to stiff breeze from North.

Got out steam cutter.

Exercised signal class and Powder Division at signals.

Got target ready for going over.

French mail steamer passed up the river.

Got in steam cutter.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate to fresh North breeze.

Barometer rising.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to fresh breeze from North.

Slack low water at 9.00pm.


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4pm to 8pm, March 19, 1897.

Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without leave.


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20 March 1897

At anchor off Kiutoan lightship, Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 31.22, Long 121.84


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle to fresh breeze in squalls from North.

Barometer steady.

Canadian Pacific Mail steamer passed up the river.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Doric" came up the river and anchored about half a mile on our port quarter.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally first part.

Stiff to fresh breeze from North to NNE.

Got out steam cutter, to get mail from "Doric".


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate to stiff NNE breeze in squalls.

Made preparations for getting under way.

At 9.30am the "Doric" got under way and stood up the river.

A Dutch [Holland in log-book] man-of-war passed up [river], paraded the guard as she went by this ship.

The "Empress of China" also came in.

Exchanged dips with these steamers.

At 8.15am started fires under boilers A, B and D.

Tested engine room telegraph, voice pipes, siren and whistle, and found them in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Fresh breeze from NNE.

At 1.00pm got under way and stood up river, pilot at the conn.

At 2.15pm Woosung abeam, at close of watch Southeast Spit buoy abeam.

Found forelock in stock of port anchor broken.

Revolutions 109.4, steam 119 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate NNE breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without at leave, and exercised at setting up. Sounded alarm and closed watertight doors in 27 seconds.

Average revolutions 111.5, average steam 120 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate NNE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

At 6.35pm came to anchor on Langshan Crossing in 8½ fathoms of water, 45 fathoms on port chain.

Bearings at anchor: Langshan buoy NW½N, One-arm Tree SE⅛S, Flat Tree South by W½W, ship's head NW¼N.

Draft forward 13 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet 6 inches.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Fair.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE.

Ebb tide.


Woosung is also known as Wusong.

One-arm Tree is located at the mouth of the Supu Kow river, also known as Xupu Gang.

Flat Tree is located about 5 miles West of One-arm Tree.


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21 March 1897

At anchor near Plover Point, Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 32.09, Long 119.93


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to fair, cool.

Gentle to light North breeze.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 5.30am got under way and stood up river, pilot at conn.

At close of watch Kiushan [Bank] beacon abeam.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 110.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear to cloudy, mild.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to ENE.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] under conn of pilot.

Commanding Officer inspected ship, and at 10.00am mustered at quarters, Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without at leave, after which called all hands to muster and published the Articles for the Government of the Navy.

Average steam 118 pounds, average revolutions 115.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from East and ESE.

Barometer falling.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

Passed Chinese gunboat standing down the river.

Average steam 115 pounds, average revolutions 110.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair to cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

At 4.15pm came to anchor off Chinkiang in 14½ fathoms water, port anchor, after which moored ship with 45 fathoms chain to each anchor, port anchor up stream.

Bearings of anchorage: ship's head W½N, pagoda WSW¾W, English Consulate [flag]staff S½E.

Allowing fires to die out under boilers A, B and D.

Sent an officer to the United States Consul's.

United States Consul Jones visited the ship.

Draft forward 12 feet 11 inches, aft 16 feet 6 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light to moderate breeze from ESE.


Kiushan Bank is now known as Kaisha Island.

Chinkiang is also known as Zhenjiang.


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22 March 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.22, Long 119.43


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool.

Light to moderate breeze in squalls from ESE first part, decreasing to gentle breeze last part.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle breeze from ESE, shifting to East.

Barometer steady.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 104 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, passing light showers of rain first hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and found Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up, aiming and routine drills.

Commanding Officer returned the call of United States Consul officially.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Barometer falling.

The English Consul made an official call and was received with all the honors due his rank.

A salute of seven guns was fired, English ensign at the fore, as he left.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 saluting 6-pounder charges of 2 pounds each; and 7 percussion primers.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from ESE to ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Large fire burning on shore back of the city.


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23 March 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.22, Long 119.43


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Slight drizzle last part.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, absent without at leave.

Mustered landing party in heavy marching order and inspected accouterments.

Chinese man-of-war anchored below.

Commanding Officer returned visit made by British Consul on the 22nd of this month.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool, misty, drizzling rain.

Moderate to stiff ENE breeze.

Exercised portion of 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and rainy, thunder and lightning last half of watch.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 208 pounds fresh bread; 130 pounds fresh meat; 130 pounds vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy, with thunder and lightning.

Stiff to fresh East breeze.

Barometer 30.34 to 30.31.


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24 March 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 31.93, Long 118.60


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Fresh breeze from East, in squalls with lightning.

Started fires in boilers A, C and D.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining.

Stiff to fresh Easterly breeze.

Commenced unmooring at 5.30am, and at 6.10am got under way and stood up the river under conn of pilot.

Draft forward 12 feet 9 inches, aft 16 feet 6 inches.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 107.4.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining, occasional thunder and lightning.

Light to moderate breeze from ESE and SSE.

Barometer falling.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

Passed two Chinese men-of-war of Nanking.

Restowed gun cotton room.

Engaged scraping protective deck in wake of wing passages.

Kai Jai, Wardroom Cook, was declared a deserter.

Ah Foo was enlisted for 3 years as Wardroom Cook.

Average steam 116 pounds, average revolutions 109.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rainy first part.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW to West.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] between Nanking and Wuhu, under conn of pilot.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 109.3.

Off South end of Dearborne Island at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light West breeze.

Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] for Wuhu.

At 4.20pm called bring ship to anchor, and at 4.37pm let go starboard anchor off Wuhu in 7 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Let go port anchor down stream, veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Draft of ship 16 feet 5 inches aft, and 12 feet 6 inches forward.

Fires dying out in boilers A, B and D.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Bearings at anchorage: pagoda ESE, Missionary Hill N¼E, ship's head South by East.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, mild.

Light Westerly breeze.


Nanking is also known as Nanjing.


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25 March 1897

At anchor Wuhu, China

Lat 31.33, Long 118.35


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light Westerly breeze.

Barometer steady.

Steamer passed up the river.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty, drizzling rain.

Light breeze from West to North.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty first half.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

At 9.30am went to quarters and afterwards had general quarters, secured at 9.50am, all divisions reported ready [in] 3 minutes 15 seconds and secure in 8 minutes 20 seconds.

Extreme train main battery from aft to forward in 1 minute 5 seconds.

Tested all flood cocks and found them in good condition.

The English Consul called officially on the ship and was saluted on leaving with seven guns, English ensign at fore.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: seven saluting charges of 2 pounds each; and 7 percussion primers.

Crew engaged painting spars, ventilators and smoke stack.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light breeze from North and East.

Painting ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, mild, heavy mist, with occasional light drizzle.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Finished painting spars.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.


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26 March 1897

At anchor Wuhu, China

Lat 31.33, Long 118.35


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze, barometer falling.

Raining last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining first part.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool, occasional light drizzle.

Light airs and breeze from ENE.

Mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine, all boats armed and equipped (not lowered) in 7 minutes.

O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, was this day discharged from the Naval Service by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.

Broke out storerooms and Ensign Scott made the regular weekly inspection.

Restowed storerooms, after which commenced breaking out after shell room and after fixed ammunition room.

Quarterly Board inspected and condemned the following stores in Department of Supplies and Accounts, and by order of the Commanding Officer they were thrown overboard, namely: 2 pounds corned beef; 2½ pounds tomatoes; 2½ pounds peas.

Commanding Officer returned official call of British Consul.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty and drizzling.

Calm.

Barometer falling.

Continued breaking out after shell room and after fixed ammunition room, after which Quarterly Board inspected same.

Restowed after fixed ammunition room.

Painted gig and first cutter.

At 1.00pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions reported ready [in] 3 minutes 5 seconds, secured in 1 minute 45 seconds.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, drizzling rain showers.

Calm and light airs from NW.

Restowed after shell room.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling and raining through watch.

Calm.


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27 March 1897

At anchor Wuhu, China

Lat 31.33, Long 118.35


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, calm, cool, raining.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs to moderate breeze in squalls from North and NW.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds fresh beef; and 128¾ pounds vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Light breeze from NW.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Light breeze from NNW and North.

Barometer falling slowly.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, raining.

Light breeze from North.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from North by West and North.

Barometer rising.


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28 March 1897

At anchor Wuhu, China

Lat 31.33, Long 118.35


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling first part.

Light ENE breezes.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light breeze from North and East.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool.

Light breeze from NE and ENE.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle ENE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 309 pounds fresh bread; 257½ pounds fresh beef; and 257½ pounds vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Gentle ENE breeze.

Started fires in boilers A, B and D.


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29 March 1897

At anchor Wuhu, China

Lat 30.84, Long 117.73 [longitude 117.76 in log-book]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining last part, lightning first part.

Gentle to fresh breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cool, drizzling.

Gentle to light ENE breeze.

At 5.30am started unmooring, and at 6.10am got under way and stood up the river, pilot conning.

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

Average steam 120 pounds, average revolutions 117.3.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breeze from ENE and North.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

Average steam 118 pounds, average revolutions 118.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, drizzling rain first part of watch.

Light airs to light breeze from NNE.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] under conn of pilot Centerwall, and under steam.

Revolutions 116.7, steam 114 pounds.

By order of Commanding Officer J.F. Stout, Landsman, was rated to Ship's Cook Fourth-class.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light ENE breeze.

Standing up Nganking Reach until 4.58pm, at which time came to off Nganking in 7 fathoms water, veering to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Draft aft 16 feet 3 inches, forward 12 feet.

Secured engines and banked fires in boilers A, B and D.

Bearings from anchorage: pagoda NE¼N, beacon WSW, ship's head West.

Set clock back 9 minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, mild, occasional light rain showers.

Light to moderate ENE breeze.

Tested electrical signaling apparatus and found all in good order.


Nganking is also known as Anqing.


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30 March 1897

At anchor Nganking, China

Lat 29.88, Long 116.50 [longitude 116.68 in log-book]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally and passing showers.

Light to moderate ESE breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle to light breeze from ESE to ENE.

At 6.00am a message was received from the Taotai [the Divisional Governor] of Nganking asking why the ship was here.

The reply was verbal, stating that the ship was on her way up the river and had stopped for the night.

Made preparations for getting under way.

Engines ready at 6.50am.

Got under way at 7.00am and stood up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] under conn of pilot.

At 7.27am beacon at West end of Nganking Reach abeam.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 106.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, drizzling first half.

Light to moderate NNE breeze, in squalls last hour.

At 8.00am J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, was released from confinement by order of the Commanding Officer.

By same authority J.J. Donahue, Apprentice First-class, was given one extra anchor watch, for staying under the forecastle on anchor watch after having been warned twice.

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

Instructed Marines at signals.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot Centerwall conning, under steam alone.

Steam 113 pounds, revolutions 108.1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from North and East.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

Exercised 2nd Division as signals.

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 104.1.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, mild.

Gentle ENE breeze.

At 4.08pm came to off Kiukiang in 11¼ fathoms, moored with starboard anchor up stream, 45 fathoms on starboard chain, port anchor down stream, 30 fathoms on port chain.

Draft forward 12 feet, aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Bearings of anchorage: Catholic school S¾E, ship's head W¾S.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from ENE.


Kiukiang is also known as Juijiang.


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31 March 1897

At anchor Kiukiang, China

Lat 29.73, Long 115.98


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Wind from ENE in stiff squalls.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle to fresh breeze from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining.

Gentle breeze, with moderate to stiff squalls from ENE, backing to NNE.

Sounded alarm and closed watertight doors in 40 seconds and got over collision mat in 3 minutes.

Instructed portion of 3rd Division in signals.

Expended in Ordnance Department for small arm target practice during the quarter ending this day: 1000 rounds .45 caliber rifle ammunition; and 300 rounds .38 caliber revolver ammunition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Steamer "Poyang" got under way and stood down the river.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Light to gentle breeze from North to NNE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining.

Light breeze from North and East.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1897


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1 April 1897

At anchor Kiukiang, China

Lat 29.73, Long 115.98


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, mild, light drizzling rain.

Light breeze from NNE to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle breeze from NNW and NW.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, drizzling rain first part.

Gentle breeze from NW to WNW.

At 9.30am exercised 2nd and 3rd Divisions at instructions, 1st Division stations for Powder Division.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle to stiff WNW breeze.

Instructed First Division in signals.

35 pounds of bread were surveyed by the Quarterly Board and by them recommended to be thrown overboard, and by order of the Commanding Officer the recommendation was carried out.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from WNW.

At 6.00pm hove up port anchor and hove in to 30 fathoms starboard chain.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread; and 128⅜ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breeze from WNW.

Barometer rising.

At 9.00pm lighted fires under boilers A, C and D.

Steamer came in and went alongside hulk ahead of us.


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2 April 1897

At anchor Kiukiang, China

Lat 30.38, Long 115.06


Commences and until 4am:

Clear to cloudy.

Light airs from WSW.

Engines reported ready at 3.50am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, light West and WNW breeze.

At 4.00am called up anchor, hove up starboard anchor, and at 4.10am went ahead.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], the pilot conning.

At end of watch Low Point light abaft port beam.

Passed two steamers standing down.

Steam 111 pounds, revolutions 110.9.

Draft aft 16 feet 1½ inches, forward 12 feet.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm to light variable airs.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at conn.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

Made weekly inspection of holds and et cetera.

At close NW end Collinson Island abeam.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 106.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WSW airs.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot conning.

At 1.13pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions reported ready in 1 minute 40 seconds.

Secured at 1.18pm.

Exercised part of 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light WSW airs.

Barometer rising.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

At 6.43pm came to off Hankow in 6¾ fathoms of water, moored, 45 fathoms on port chain up stream, 30 fathoms on starboard chain down stream.

Bearings at anchorage: British flagstaff SW by W¾W, ship's head South by West.

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

Received boarding visit of courtesy from H.M.S. "Redpole".

Sent an officer to call on the Consul.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

At 5.14pm closed watertight doors in 45 seconds.

Set clock back 7 minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light breezes from East, ENE and ESE.


Low Point is also known as Lowe Point.

Hankow is also known as Wuhan.


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3 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from East.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Sent a boarding officer to return the boarding visit of H.M.S. "Redpole".

Received official visits from the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Redpole" and from the United States Consul.

Fired a salute of 7 guns, American flag at the fore, on the departure of the American Consul.

Wardroom officers of H.M.S. "Redpole" visited the ship.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 saluting charges of 2 pounds each; and 7 percussion primers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm.

Light breeze from ESE.

Engaged painting ship inside rail.

A deck thermometer was blown off the binnacle and broken.

Commanding Officer, in dress [uniform], returned the official calls of the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Redpole" and of the United States Consul.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Light ESE breeze.

Crew engaged in painting ship.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ESE breeze.


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4 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE, shifting to South.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear.

Light Southerly airs and calms.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds bread; 128¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables, for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Fine weather.

Calm, light NNE airs last hour.

At 10.00am held general muster.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, mild.

Light variable airs and calms.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from NNE and calms.


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5 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant.

Calm and light NNE airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from NNE.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, warm.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Crew engaged in painting ship.

H.M.S. "Redpole" shifted berth astern of this ship.

The British Consul visited the ship officially, upon his departure fired a salute of seven guns, British ensign at the fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: seven 6-pounder saluting charges; and seven percussion primers.

By order of the Commanding Officer A. Bikmann, Ordinary Seaman, was reduced one conduct class, for shirking work and lying.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling.

Calm and light airs from ENE and West.

Barometer rising.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Light airs from NW and calms.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Calm and light NNW airs.


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6 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Calm.

Foggy last hour.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, foggy and calm.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds fresh meat, and 128¾ pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair to clear, warm.

Light variable airs first part, light breeze from NE last part.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, aiming, and battalion drills.

Fifty-one children and teachers of the [Bishop] Boone [Memorial] School visited the ship.

Got out steam launch.

Painting ship around boot top.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light East airs and calms.

Instructed First Division at signals.

The Quarterly Board of Survey condemned 1 two-pound tin of Armour Canning Company's compressed cooked ham and recommended that it be thrown overboard.

By order of the Commanding Officer the recommendation was carried out.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from SE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light ESE airs.

Barometer steady.

Exercised signal class at night signals.


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7 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Gentle breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast, raining last half.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Raining.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 9.30am closed watertight doors in 32 seconds.

Exercised at signals.

Issued monthly money to crew.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining, misty.

Gentle to light ESE breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and rainy.

Light ESE breeze to light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty, passing showers.

Light NW airs.

A steamer came up the river and anchored abreast this ship.


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8 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining first part.

Light airs to light breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, drizzling last hour.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread; and 128¾ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at setting up drill.

At 9.36am sounded to general quarters, all divisions reported ready [in] 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Secured at 10.01am in 8 minutes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to clear.

Gentle breeze to light airs from NW to North.

Exercised Marines at great guns, Powder Division at signals.

Got in steam launch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather.

Calm and light NNW airs.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSW and SW.


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9 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 30.60, Long 114.32


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light SW airs.

Barometer falling.

About 2.00am a junk got foul of starboard lower boom, but cleared without doing any damage.


4am to 8am:

Clear.

Light airs to light breeze from SW to SSW.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts for use of crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light South airs and SSW breezes.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am, had setting up drill, and called away all boats armed and equipped for distant service, all boats were provided in ten minutes.

Instructed signal class and 1st Division at signals.

Broke out holds and storerooms and routine weekly inspection [was made].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from South.

At 12.56pm sounded to fire [quarters] and had water in 1 minute 45 seconds, at 1.00pm secured.

Broke out shell room forward, and got ready for painting.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calms to light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Unmoored ship, hove up starboard anchor and hove in to 30 fathoms port chain.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Calms and light airs from SSE.

At 10.30pm started fires under boilers A, B and D.


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10 April 1897

At anchor Hankow, China

Lat 29.84, Long 115.51 [latitude 29.86 in log-book]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and East.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Fair and misty.

Gentle breeze from East.

At 5.10am got under way and stood down the river, pilot at the conn.

Draft of ship 11 feet 10 inches forward and 15 feet 6 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, misty.

Gentle to moderate SE breeze.

Standing down the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], under conn of pilot.

T. Keane, Private Marine, absent over leave.

By order of Commanding Officer W. Montgomery, Landsman, was placed in solitary confinement for five days on bread and water, for being under the influence of liquor and for neglect of duty.

Average steam 116 pounds, average revolutions 114.


Meridian to 4pm:

Misty and drizzling.

Gentle ESE breeze to light airs from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

At 2.30pm passed Kiukiang.

Average steam 109 pounds, average revolutions 110.4.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, misty on horizon.

Light airs from ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: T. Keane, Private Marine, without leave.

Exercised at setting up and closing watertight doors, doors closed in 43 seconds.

Steaming down Yangtze [Yangtse in log-book] under conn of Pilot Centerwall.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 106.7.

Spencer Rock lightboat abeam at 6.00pm.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty.

Light ENE breeze.

Standing down the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], the pilot conning.

At 7.10pm Christmas Island beacon abeam.

At end of watch Nganking [Ngankin in log-book] on port beam.

Set clock ahead 10 minutes.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 108.9.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Light airs to light breeze from East.

Standing down the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at conn, till 10.08pm, when came to anchor off upper end of Fitzroy Island in 6½ fathoms, veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 109.3.


Kiukiang is also known as Juijiang.

Nganking is also known as Anqing.

Fitzroy Island is also known as Changsha Chow.


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11 April 1897

At anchor off Fitzroy Island, Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book]

Lat 31.74, Long 118.47


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool.

Light Easterly airs and calms.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light to gentle Easterly breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00am got under way and stood down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

Draft, forward 11 feet 9 inches, aft 15 feet 6 inches.

Average steam 109 pounds, average revolutions 104.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear.

Gentle to light breeze from ENE.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, T. Keane, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, reported expiration of his term of enlistment.

Under steam, standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] in charge of Pilot Centerwall.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 109.2.

Passed a Chinese gunboat off Wade Island beacon standing up river.

Off South end of Gros Island [Gross Island in log-book] at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant weather.

Gentle to stiff breeze from ENE first half and East and ESE in squalls last half.

Standing down the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], the pilot conning.

At 1.45pm passed Nanking.

At end of watch Bethune Point beacon just ahead.

Steam 118 pounds, revolutions 106.4.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate to light breeze from ESE.

Standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] till 5.05pm, when came to off Chinkiang, port anchor up stream in 17¼ fathoms, starboard anchor down stream in 19 fathoms, 45 fathoms chain on each anchor.

Allowed fires in boilers A, B and C to die out.

Sent officer to inform Consul of ship's arrival.

Draft of ship 11 feet 8 inches forward, 15 feet 3 inches aft.

Found two Chinese men-of-war at anchor.

J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, was this day honorably discharged, by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 106.

Bearings of anchorage: pagoda West by South, United States Consulate flagstaff S½E, ship's head WSW½W.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Barometer rising.


Gros Island is also known as Gras Island and Hwangchow-Laotan.

Nanking is also known as Nanjing.

Chinkiang is also known as Zhenjiang.


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12 April 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.25, Long 119.42


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, gentle ESE and light SE breeze.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and divisional drills.

Absent without leave: T. Keane, Private Marine.

A reward of $19.00 Mexicans was offered through the United States Consul at Hankow for the delivery on board this ship of T. Keane, Private Marine.

United States Consul and His British Majesty's Consul called on the Commanding Officer.

Engaged in breaking out fore hold and restowing forward shell room.

A boarding officer from the Chinese corvette "Kai Chi" ["Keri Chai" in log-book] called on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle SE breeze.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Crew engaged breaking out hold.

Private Keane returned on board 70 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SE and ESE.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Barometer steady.


Hankow is also known as Wuhan.


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13 April 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.25, Long 119.42


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breeze from South and East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Moderate to gentle SE breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 100 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Light SE to SSW breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at company and artillery drill.

Exercised signal class at signals.

Sent a boarding officer to return the visit of courtesy to the Chinese corvette "Kai Chi" ["Kai Chai" in log-book].

By order of Commanding Officer O.A. Borst, Second-class Fireman, was given an acting appointment as First-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, as Second-class Fireman, and J.F. Stout, Ship's Cook Fourth-class, to Ship's Cook First-class.

By order of Commanding Officer P. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, was given 10 days' restriction, for not wearing dress [uniform] at Sunday inspection, and J. Austin, Seaman, reduced one [conduct] class, for going over gangway out of uniform after 8.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Light breeze from South.

Restowed fore hold.


4pm to 8pm:

Rainy weather, with thunder and lightning first hour.

Wind from North and NNE in stiff squalls.

Barometer rising.

Omitted quarters on account of weather.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, thunder, lightning and rain first part.

Wind in moderate to very fresh squalls from NE.


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14 April 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.25, Long 119.42


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally, and lightning.

Moderate to fresh NE breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, squally, rainy.

Stiff breeze to a gale in squalls from NE.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 100 pounds bread; 125 pounds each beef and vegetables, for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, light drizzle first hour.

Moderate to fresh NNE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up, aiming and collision drills.

Closed watertight doors in 42 seconds and got over mat in 13 minutes 45 seconds.

Instructed First Division for one hour in signals.

The Quarterly Board of Survey condemned and recommended to be thrown overboard: 245 pounds hard bread.

By order of the Commanding Officer the recommendation was carried out.

Instructed signal class.

Broke out yeoman's storeroom, cordage room and port wing compartments.

Got out steam launch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to fresh breeze from NNE.

Restowed forward storeroom and got up awning stanchions and ridge ropes.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool, light drizzle last part.

Gentle to stiff NNE breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE.


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15 April 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.25, Long 119.42


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining first hour.

Light NNE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from NW.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 101 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from North and NNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up and at general quarters, all divisions cast loose in 3 minutes 30 seconds, secured at 10.05am.

Took time of extreme train forward and aft and extreme elevation and depression of main battery, as follows: 55 seconds and 7 seconds respectively.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

J.F. Bromfield, First-class Fireman, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

By order of Commanding Officer released W. Montgomery, Landsman, his term of confinement having expired.

Broke out sail room for inspection.

Tested all flood cocks and found them in good condition.

J.F. Bromfield, First-class Fireman, was honorably discharged by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle NW breeze to light breeze from WNW.

Barometer falling.

Restowed paint and sail rooms.

Exercised part of signal class at signal drill.

Quarterly Board of Survey condemned 35 pounds hard bread, and by order of the Commanding Officer it was thrown overboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 204 pounds bread; and 127½ pounds each beef and vegetables, for use of crew.

Got up mast covers.

At 6.30pm called all hands unmoor ship and weighed starboard anchor, secured with 45 fathoms to port chain.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North and East.

Started fires in boilers A, B and C at 8.30pm.


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16 April 1897

At anchor Chinkiang, China, and making passage to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.68, Long 121.20


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from East and ESE.

At 3.15am got under way and stood down the river, pilot at the conn.

Passed Calliope Shoal beacon at 3.53am.

Average steam 115 pounds, average revolutions 109.

Draft of ship 11 feet 8 inches forward, 14 feet 11 inches aft.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to moderate Easterly breeze.

Barometer steady.

Standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn.

At 7.30am passed Kiangyin forts and two Chinese men-of-war at anchor.

Average steam 118 pounds, average revolutions 112.5.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East.

Standing down Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] under conn of Pilot Centerwall.

At 8.45am passed His British Majesty's flagship "Grafton", flying Rear Admiral's flag, fired a salute of 13 guns, which was returned by H.B.M.S. "Grafton" gun for gun.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, aiming and divisional drills.

Broke out for weekly inspection.

Executive Officer and Ensign Hutchinson inspected, then restowed.

Passed Langshan Crossing at 10.20am, Centaur Crossing at 11.30am.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 115.8.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 13 6-pounder saluting charges, 2 pounds each; and 13 percussion primers.

Held surveys on articles in Equipment and Ordnance Departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light ENE breeze.

Standing down the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], the pilot conning, until 3.51pm, when came to in Shanghai.

Moored ship, port anchor down stream in 5¼ fathoms, starboard [anchor] up stream in 5 fathoms, and 45 fathoms chain on each anchor.

[From weather observations page:] Bearings of anchorage, Shanghai, China: time ball NW by W½W, signal station North by W½W, ship's head SE½S.

Draft forward 11 feet 7 inches, aft 14 feet 10 inches.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 109.9.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, all divisions reported ready and had water in 2 minutes 30 seconds.

Secured at 1.05pm, divisions secured in 2 minutes 10 seconds.

Shifted to deck pumps and had water in 1 minute 25 seconds.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Finished mooring, 45 fathoms on each chain, port anchor down, starboard anchor up stream.

Received official boarding visits from the Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book], Japanese gunboat "Oshima", French gunboat "Comète" and English gunboat H.M.S. "Linnet".

Commanding Officer U.S.S. "Monocacy" paid an official visit to the ship.

Sent officer to make official call on United States Consul General and to return boarding visits.

Secured engines, allowing fires to die out under boilers A, B and C.

August Oist, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board from hospital.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light ENE and SE wind.


Kiangyin is also known as Jiangyin.


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17 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Light airs from ENE to NE.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light ENE breeze, raining at intervals.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit to U.S.S. "Monocacy".

Japanese gunvessel "Oshima" got under way and stood down the river.

Commanding Officer of the Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremyastchy" in log-book] paid an official visit to this ship.

Lieutenant S. Morgan, U.S. Navy, reported on board for duty.

Commanding Officer paid official visits to the United States Consul General, on the Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremyastchy" in log-book] and H.M.S. "Linnet".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from North and East.

W.W. Barnes, Gunner's Mate Second-class, reported on board from Consular jail at Nagasaki.

Ensign B.F. Hutchison was this day detached from this ship and ordered to U.S.S. "Monocacy".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from North.

Ebb site.

At 5 o'clock mustered crew at quarters.

Received in Construction Department: 5 gallons alcohol.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light breeze to light airs from North.


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18 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light Northerly airs.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather.

Light airs and breezes from NNW.

Tide turned ebb at 4.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101 pounds fresh bread; 126¼ pounds meat; and 126¼ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy.

Light breeze from North and East.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, absent: W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman.

Published Articles for the Government of the United States Navy.

J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, came aboard one hour over time.

Commanding Officers of French gunboat "Comète" and British gunboat H.M.S. "Linnet" called on Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool.

Light NNE breeze.

Slack high water at 4.00pm.

Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book] left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair.

Light breeze from North and East.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool.

Light NE airs and breezes.

Slack low water at 12.00am.


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19 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from NE and NW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North and West.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.

At 5 o'clock coal lighters [came alongside] and at 6.40am began coaling, taking in 39 tons by eight o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NW by North and ESE.

Absentee: W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman.

Sent ashore offer of reward of $19 Mexicans for the apprehension and delivery on board of W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman.

Coaling ship, received on board up to noon 133 tons, in all.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SW first half and light breeze from NE last half of watch.

Barometer falling.

Coaling ship.

Received through L. Charles and Company: 120 fathoms of 2¾-inch manila rope.

Finished coaling at 3.15pm, having taken in 162½ tons.

Draft forward 13 feet 0 inch, aft 15 feet 1½ inches.

W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman, was brought on board by the United States Marshal and a reward of 19 Mexican dollars was paid for his delivery on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Eastward.

Cleaning ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light Southeasterly breeze.

Barometer falling.


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20 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light to gentle breeze from SE to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle SSE breeze.

Slack high water at 5.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 126 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate SSE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, [absentee] M. McKenna, Second-class Fireman.

Exercised at division drills.

Calling committee from the wardroom made visits on U.S.S. Monocacy, His Majesty's Ships "Redpole", "Plover" and "Linnet" and on the French gunvessel "Comète".

Received an American mail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear.

Light to stiff breeze from South by East to South.

Slushed spars.

Squared ratlines.

Ensign Kavanagh, U.S. Navy, reported for duty on board this ship.

Paymaster A. Peterson, U.S. Navy, reported for duty on U.S.S. "Monocacy" as the relief of Paymaster T.J. Cowie [J.J. Cowie in log-book], U.S. Navy.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South and SSE.

Barometer steady.

Received from Standard Oil Company: 6 barrels lubricating oil; and 100 gallons of magneto [magnetto in log-book] oil.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE.


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21 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breeze from South.

Tide turned ebb at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

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

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.

At 7.05am started fires in boilers B and C.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, aiming and routine drills.

Closed watertight doors, time 50 seconds.

M. McKenna, Second-class Fireman, returned 25 hours over liberty.

Commanding Officer paid an official visit on Commanding Officer [of] French gunboat "Comète".

Put on steaming covers.

Received in Construction [Department]: 15 gallons boiled oil; 10 pounds vermilion red.

Japanese gunboat "Oshima" changed moorings opposite The Bund.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

At 1.30pm hove up starboard anchor.

At 1.40pm called all hands unmoor ship.

Hove up port anchor, got under way, and at 1.50pm stood down the river, Captain conning.

At 3 o'clock hauled into [Boyd's] New Dock.

Let fires die out under all boilers.

Pumping out dock at end of watch.

Received in Equipment Department: 5 dozen lead pencils; 4 dozen pen holders; 2 ink erasers; 2 rules; 2 quarts black ink; 1 box pens; 2 dozen sheets blotting paper; 1 ream foolscap.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy.

Light airs to light breeze from East to South.

At 4.25pm ship took the blocks.

Pumping dock out at end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather.

Light breeze from South.


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22 April 1897

In Boyd's New Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Fair.

Light breeze from South and West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty.

Light airs from West and calm.

At 7.00am yardmen commenced cleaning ship's bottom, 30 boys commenced work scaling cofferdams.

Ship's bottom in excellent condition.

Overhauling flood cocks.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds fresh meat; and 128¾ pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE and NE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Dockyard workmen engaged in cleaning and painting the hull of ship and in scaling cofferdams.

Published General Court Martial Orders 146 to 158 (inclusive) of 1896, General Court Martial Orders 1 to 8 (inclusive) of 1897, [Navy Department's] Circular number 74, and Special Orders 56 and 57.

Permanent Board made inspection of outside skin of ship, valves, propellers, et cetera.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from ENE.

Overhauled magazine, shell room and fixed ammunition room flood cocks, and found them in good order.

Received in Ordnance Department: 5 gallons alcohol.

Dockyard workmen scaling and painting cofferdams and painting ship's bottom.

Repacked upper head.

A. Warren, Private Marine, was transferred to this ship from U.S.S. "Monocacy" and J. Pinyear, Private Marine, from this ship to U.S.S. "Monocacy".

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

Overhauled all valves under Departments of Construction and Steam Engineering.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from East and ESE.

Dockyard workmen stopped work in cofferdams at 5 o'clock.

Finished painting bottom of ship.

At 5 o'clock mustered crew at quarters.

Started fires under B boiler.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.


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23 April 1897

In Boyd's New Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light Easterly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.

Received on board: 90 fathoms of sheet chain.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am [to meridian]:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE.

Dockyard workmen finished painting cofferdams.

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good condition.

At 8 o'clock started fires in boilers D and C.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light to moderate breeze from SE by South.

At 2.05pm opened dock gates and started pumping out caisson.

Caisson floated out at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South and East.

At 4.40pm hauled out of dry dock and stood up river, Commanding Officer at conn.

At 5.28pm came to anchor in 5½ fathoms, mooring with starboard anchor up stream with 30 fathoms chain, port anchor down stream with 45 fathoms chain.

Fires dying out in boilers B and C.

Draft forward 13 feet, aft 15 feet.

Received in Department Supplies and Accounts: $19,637.49 Mexicans.

Bearings of anchorage: time ball NW by W¾W, signal station North by West, ship's head SE by S¼S.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, mild.

Gentle breeze with stiff squalls from SSE and South.

Ebb tide.


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24 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


[The page is obscured by an inserted note; no scan of the underlying page available. Names visible: Dutch man-of-war "Koningin Wilhelmina der Nederlanden"; J. Philips, Seaman; P. Lannon, Coal Passer; W. Owen, Second-class Fireman]


8am to meridian, Saturday April 24, 1897.

Received stores in the following departments.

Equipment: 1 set signal numbers (10); 1 set repeaters (3); 5 wash bowls; 10 pounds seaming twine; 5 pounds flax twine; 1 gross brass grommets, 1-inch; 2 dozen coir brushes; 2 dozen corn brooms; 100 pounds cotton waste.

Ordnance: 300 sheets emery cloth (coarse and fine); 2 gallons Japan drier; 5 gallons turpentine; 50 pounds manila rope, 2¼-inch; 67 pounds manila rope, 18-thread; 25 pounds hemp rope, 15-thread; 10 pounds marline; 10 pounds shellac; 50 pounds cotton waste.

Engineering: 1 piston shoe S.+P. [?], sent ashore for repairs; 2 crossheads and brasses, piston low-pressure and piston intermediate-pressure, sent ashore for repairs; 75 gallons tea oil; 300 pounds cotton waste; 6 corn brooms.

Construction: 45 gallons alcohol; 308 pounds white zinc; 25 gallons turpentine; 40 pounds Venetian red (dry); 10 gallons Japan drier; 1000 sheets gold leaf; 3 cold chisels; 3 cape chisels, ⅜-inch wide; 100 pounds shellac; 49 pounds potash; 1 gross emery cloth; 3 dozen ⅝-inch x 2½-inch galvanized bolts and nuts; 3 dozen ½-inch x 1-inch bolts and nuts; 3 brass rowlock sockets.

Paymaster's: 120 pounds butter; 150 pounds rice; 100 pounds fruit (dried); 1500 pounds tinned meats; 150 pounds pickles; 15 gallons molasses; 15 gallons vinegar; 60 gallons beans; 120 pounds candles; 100 pounds prunes.


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25 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Moderate to light breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, mild.

Light NE airs and breezes.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle NE to NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters.

Absentees over leave: W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, P. Lannon, Coal Passer, A. Roose, Coal Passer, and F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

His Majesty's dispatch boat H.M.S. "Alacrity", flying the flag of Vice Admiral Buller, came in and moored to buoy.

Sent a boarding officer to extend the usual courtesies.

The Commanding Officer made an official call upon the Admiral and upon the Captain of H.M.S. "Alacrity".

Received official visits as follows: from the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Alacrity" (for the Admiral); from the Commanding Officer of the Dutch [man-of-war] "Koningin Wilhelmina der Nederlanden", from the wardroom officers of H.M.S. "Linnet", and the return boarding visit from H.M.S. "Alacrity".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from NNE to North.

F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, returned 6 hours over liberty.

A reward of 19 Mexican dollars each was offered for return on board of W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Clear.

Light breeze from North to NE.

H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, was found to have left the ship without permission.


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26 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breeze from NE.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.

Made preparations for coaling.

Received three coal lighters alongside and commenced coaling about 6.15am.

Received from Boyd and Company: 12 brass hinges, in Equipment Department.

And from L. Charles and Company: 21 pounds hemp codline; ½ side bellow leather, in Equipment Department; 1 gross sand paper, in Department of Construction and Repairs; and 24 pounds hand led line, in Equipment Department for Navigator.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds fresh meat; and 128¾ pounds vegetables.

Received on board by 9.00am: 29 tons of coal.

Japanese cruiser "Oshima" left the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Fair.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Coaling ship on both sides.

Absent without leave P. Lannon, Coal Passer, A. Roose, Coal Passer, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner.

A reward of 19 Mexican dollars each was offered for return on board of Lannon and Roose, and one of 39 Mexican dollars for the return on board of H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner.

By order of Commanding Officer: W. McKenna, Second-class Fireman, rerated to First-class Fireman; P. Schulz, Coal Passer, rated Second-class Fireman; and J. McCarthy, Seaman, was given an acting appointment as Gunner's Mate Third-class for six months from April 1st, 1897; F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, placed in 3rd conduct class for disobedience of orders.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE and SE by East.

Ebb tide.

Continued coaling, receiving during watch 65 tons.

H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, P. Lannon, Coal Passer, and W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, were brought off by police.

P. Lannon, Coal Passer, and W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, 55 hours over time, H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, having left the ship without permission.

By order of Commanding Officer placed H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, under sentry's charge to await further action.

Received in Ordnance, Equipment and Steam Engineering Departments stores as per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair.

Light to gentle breeze from SE by East.

At 5.15pm stopped coaling and cast off lighters, having received two hundred and nineteen (219) tons of Ferndale, Cardiff, coal from L. Charles and Company.

Draft 16 feet 8 inches aft, 13 feet 3 inches forward.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 6 dozen sail needles from [S.C.] Farnham and Company.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Flood tide.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm, Monday April 26, 1897.

Received stores in the following departments.

Ordnance: 40 yards ravens duck; 2 pounds copper tacks; 8 pieces pine lumber, 14 feet x 3 inches x 1¼ inches; 8 pieces pine lumber, 12 feet x 3 inches x 1¼ inches; 8 pieces pine lumber, 8 feet x 3 inches x 1¼ inches; 6 pieces pine lumber, 12 feet x 18 inches x 1 inch; 2 pieces pine lumber, 10 feet x 18 inches x 1 inch; ½ gallon crude petroleum; 2 bottles bronzing mixture; 1200 pounds cast iron (grate bars); 5 pounds wire nails (assorted).

Construction: 100 feet brass chain; 50 feet 1-inch ash; 50 lenses (glass); 6 feet flat iron; 6 boathooks; 33½ pounds rubber gaskets.

Equipment: 1 boat anchor.

Steam Engineering: 1 sheet copper, 1/32-inch, 18 feet square; 1 sheet brass, 1/32-inch, 18 feet square.


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27 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Raining.

Light breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.

A. Roose, Coal Passer, returned 47 hours over liberty.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from East and ENE.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Had setting up exercise, aiming drill and divisional drills as follows: 1st Division small arms; 2nd Division great guns; 3rd Division pistols; Powder Division signals.

H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, for leaving ship without permission, was by order of Commanding Officer placed in double irons awaiting trial by Summary Court Martial.

Received in Ordnance Department: 10 small empty barrels.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining and passing showers.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 3.00pm delivered to H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, a copy of the specifications preferred against him.

H.K. Allen, Apprentice First-class, was honorably discharged from the ship and the Naval Service by reason of expiration of term enlistment.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breeze from NE.

At 5.00pm mustered crew at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NE.


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28 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.23, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, light drizzle last.

Light breeze from NNE to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with light showers of rain.

Light airs and breeze from NNE.

Ebb tide.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds fresh meat; and 128¾ pounds vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light passing showers.

Light breeze from NNE.

At 8.25am began swinging to flood, and at 9.00am finished swinging.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up, divisional and collision drills, closing watertight doors in 42 seconds.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 1 set steam launch grate bars; 6 trolleys for bunkers; 6 ⅜-inch reducing bushings.

In Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 1000 pounds hard bread; and 50 pounds tea.

In Equipment Department: 3 dozen dynamo brushes; 2 piston rods and 2 crossheads.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Monocacy", with bag, hammock and papers: R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, and received from U.S.S. "Monocacy", with bags, hammocks, and papers, J.W. Paulsen, Sailmaker's Mate, and M. Comerio, Seaman, latter for transfer to United States hospital at Yokohama.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Monocacy": $4000.00 Mexican.

Exercised 2nd Division at signals.

H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" left harbor.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 1 washbowl.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm.

Light NNE breeze.

Slack high water at 1.10pm.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

J.T. Roadhouse was this day enlisted for three years as First-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from North and East.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 606 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light breeze from Southward and Eastward.

Slack low water at 9.15pm.


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29 April 1897

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.36, Long 121.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling and rainy.

Calm and light breeze from WNW to NW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs to light breeze from NW.

At 4.00am started fires in boiler A, B and C.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 126¼ pounds fresh meat; and 126½ pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, clearing.

Light Northerly airs and breezes.

Tide turned flood at 9.10am.

Received in Ordnance Department: two rubber buffers for 3-pounders; and 2 firing pins for 6-pounders.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Dutch man-of-war "Koningin Wilhelmina der Nederlanden" left the harbor.

Unmoored ship, and at 9.55am called all hands, got under way, and stood down Wangpoo River, pilot conning.

Draft 13 feet 3 inches forward, 16 feet 8 inches aft.

Passed Woosung signal station at 11.58am.

Average steam 100 pounds, average revolutions 95.

At 10.40am a Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant Rose was senior member, met for the trial of H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, and adjourned at 11.15am to await the action of the convening authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE and NE.

Barometer falling.

Standing down the mouth of the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot at the conn, until 2.45pm, when stopped both engines and dropped the pilot.

At 12.05pm passed a Japanese gunboat standing up the Woosung River.

At 12.39pm stopped port engines for 2 minutes on account of a hot bearing.

At 12.15pm passed Woosung buoy.

At 1.50pm passed Kiutoan lightship.

At 3.00pm passed Tungsha lightship.

At 3.45pm passed the bell buoy and changed course to N56°E.

Amherst Rock in sight at end of watch.

The Dutch man-of-war "Koningin Wilhelmina der Nederlanden" in sight all of watch.

Average steam 101 pounds, average revolutions 94.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear.

Gentle to light breeze from NNE.

At 4.27pm changed course to N45°E, at 4.35pm to N30°E, and at 4.45pm North by order of Commanding Officer.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.13pm came to anchor in 5¼ fathoms water with starboard anchor to 30 fathoms chain.

Bearings: Shaweishan [Island] lighthouse North by W¾W, Amherst Rock SE, Ariadne [Island] buoy SW¼S, with ship's head North by E½E.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.


Wangpoo River is also known as Huangpu River.

The Woosung River is also known as Wusong Kou.

Woosung is also known as Wusong.

Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.

Amherst Rock is also known Jigu Jiao.

Shaweishan Island is also known as Sheshan Dao.

Ariadne Island is also known as Niupi Jiao.


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30 April 1897

At anchor North of Amherst Rock

Lat 31.22, Long 122.33


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Slack low water at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Got out steam launch and made preparations for target practice.


8am to meridian:

Clear.

Light breeze from NE.

Got out great gun target, and at 9.20am got under way and took position for stationary target practice at 2000 yards, and after commenced moving practice at ranges from 1500 to 2000 yards.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 24 common 6-inch shells; 24 reduced 6-inch charges; 24 percussion primers; 48 rounds 6-pounder; 48 rounds 3-pounder; 48 rounds 37 mm revolving cannon; 24 rounds 1-pounder, heavy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE.

At 12.45pm finished target practice, stood down to and picked up target at 1.15pm.

Hoisted 1st and 2nd cutters and steam cutter, and at 1.20pm set course SSE for Saddle Islands.

At 1.30pm changed course to South by East, and at 1.40pm to SSE, at 2.30pm to South by E½E.

At end of watch standing in for anchorage off Side Saddle Island.

Average pressure 102 pounds, revolutions 96.

Broke out storerooms and holds.

After inspection by Lieutenant H. Winslow and Lieutenant S. Morgan they were restowed.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Light breeze from North and East.

At 4.20pm came to in Side Saddle harbor with 30 fathoms on port anchor in 7 fathoms water.

Bearings of anchorage: remarkable boulder SE by E¾E, Buckles left tangent SSW¾W, [ship's head North].

Fires dying out under boilers A and B.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 1 inch, aft 16 feet 8 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East to NE.

Barometer falling.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.


Side Saddle Island is also known as Lühua Shan.

The Buckles are probably also known as Mantou Shan.



LOGS FOR MAY 1897


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1 May 1897

At anchor in Side Saddle harbor

Lat 30.818, Long 122.611


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light airs from East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from SE.

Sent out steam cutter and dinghy in charge of Navigator and laid out two targets for small arm target practice.

Aired bedding.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light airs from ESE.

Engaged in rifle practice on shore and pistol practice from ship.

By order of Commanding Officer F.F. Parker, Seaman, was placed on the second conduct class, for being out of uniform, and J. McCudden, Landsman, on the 4th [conduct] class for six months, for neglect of duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Calms to light Southerly airs.

1st and 3rd Divisions engaged in pistol target practice from ship, and 2nd, Powder and Navigator's Divisions in rifle practice on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Light Southerly airs.

Barometer steady.

Engaged in pistol practice from the ship, and rifle practice ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from SE.


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2 May 1897

At anchor in Side Saddle harbor

Lat 30.818, Long 122.611


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs from SE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing, calm.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light Northerly airs.

Barometer rising.

At 10.00am mustered and inspected the crew at quarters, then called all hands to muster and read the abstract of a Summary Court Martial in the case of Howard Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, for leaving ship without permission, who was sentenced to be confined, in double irons, in solitary confinement on bread and water for thirty days, full ration every fifth day, and to lose one month's pay, amounting to thirty dollars.

By order of Commanding Officer Hilburn was placed in double irons in solitary confinement, in pursuance of above sentence.

Held general muster, no absentees.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear.

Light breeze from North by West to NW by North.

Sailing and fishing parties out in whaleboat and 2nd cutter.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.


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3 May 1897

At anchor in Side Saddle harbor

Lat 30.818, Long 122.611


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southerly airs.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear.

Calms and light variable airs.

Sent Marines and party of Engineer's force for small arm target practice.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from West and SW.

Finished rifle target [practice] on shore and pistol practice.

Fired boarders with pistols at target 50 yards from ship and riflemen at target 500 yards from ship, also fired Gatling gun, all for one minute.

Hoisted out sailing launch.

Put on steaming covers.

Started fires under boiler A, B and C at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ESE.

Had target practice with 1-pounder Hotchkiss from sailing launch.

Making preparations for getting under way.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 26 light 1-pounder common shells.

Expended 2500 rounds .45 caliber ammunition and 1300 rounds .38 caliber revolver ammunition.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from ENE and ESE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.

Made preparations for sea.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle ESE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Making preparations for getting under way.

At 6.40pm got under way and stood out of the harbor, Commanding Officer at the conn.

At 7.10pm put over the patent log, reading 0.00.

At 7.53pm took departure, North Saddle [Island] abeam, 2.9 miles distant and bearing S1°W.

Set course S89°E.

Average revolutions 96.1, average steam 105 pounds.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 7 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

By order of Commanding Officer changed course to S88°E at 8.18pm.

At 9.50pm lost North Saddle [Island] lighthouse one point on starboard quarter.

Under steam.

Smooth sea.

Revolutions 105.7, steam 110 pounds.

Patent log [reading] 54.5 at 12.00am.


North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.


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4 May 1897

At sea, making passage from Side Saddle harbor to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 31.02, Long 126.20


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, hazy.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

On course S88°E (per compass).

Average revolutions 104.7, steam pressure 112 pounds.

Patent log at end of watch [read] 0.6.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from SE.

On course S88°E.

Executed morning orders.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 99.5.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, clearing.

Calms and light Westerly breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up and divisional drills.

W. Clark, First-class Fireman, and W. McDonald, Second-class Fireman, reported the expiration of their terms of enlistment.

On course S88°E.

Average steam 103 pounds, average revolutions 98.6.

At noon set clock ahead 15 minutes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SE airs and calm.

Barometer falling.

Exercised the signal class at general and international signals.

On course S88°E.

Average revolutions 100.2, average steam 112 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair.

Calms.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Closed watertight doors, time 30 seconds.

Under steam.

Revolutions 101, steam 103 pounds.

Patent log read 55.1 at 6.00pm.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair.

Calm.

On course S88°E (per compass).

Revolutions 100.3, pressure 103 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from NE.

At 11.48pm sounded to fire quarters, divisions ready in 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Secured at 11.55pm in 3 minutes.

At 11.50pm took sounding, 170 fathoms of wire and no bottom.

On course S88°E.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 98.2.

At 12.00am changed course to S85°E.


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5 May 1897

At sea, making passage from Side Saddle harbor to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 31.03, Long 130.83


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty, foggy.

Light NE airs and breeze.

On course S85°E.

At 2.03am, patent log [reading] 44.6, sighted an object, supposed to be land, broad off port bow.

Put helm aport, went full speed astern for 5 minutes, closed watertight doors, then stopped and took sounding, no bottom at 200 fathoms.

Turned on searchlights, but could not pick up anything.

At 2.55am went ahead slow, steering ESE until 3.05am, when went ahead half speed, steering S85°E.

At 3.13am sighted same object, made out to be an island, broad off port bow.

Stopped engines and took sounding, 120 fathoms.

At 3.20am sighted another small island, two points forward of first one, bearing about ENE½E.

At 3.35am went ahead, steerageway, course West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Light SE breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 4.20am changed course to SW, then to SE, and at 4.30am to S85°E, and went ahead at full speed.

At 5.00am Chimney Rock bore abeam N5°E, distant 3.7 miles, from which took new departure, patent log reading 54.5.

At 5.30am sighted Kuro Sima [Kumo Sima Island in log-book] bearing SE¾E.

At 2.30am [sic, probably 7.30am] Kuro Sima abeam, 11.1 miles distant.

Average revolutions 101, average steam 112 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair.

Light breeze to light airs from ENE.

At 9.00am sighted Sata-misaki [Satano Masaki in log-book] lighthouse ahead.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 9.33am sounded alarm for collision drill, watertight doors closed in 40 seconds, mat over in 5 minutes 50 seconds, ship stopped dead in water.

At 9.43am ahead full speed on course.

At 9.45am changed course to S62°E, and at 11.12am to N64°E, by order of Commanding Officer.

Sata-misaki [Satano Masaki in log-book] light bore N80°W at noon.

Under steam.

Revolutions 99.5, steam 110 pounds.

Set clock ahead 15 minutes at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE to SE and SSE.

Barometer falling.

Steaming on course N64°E (per standard compass), ship steady.

At 2 o'clock Hi Saki bore abeam, distant about 8 miles.

The First Division had signal instruction.

250 pounds of hard bread were thrown overboard in the Department of Supplies and Accounts, having been condemned by Board of Survey as unfit for issue.

Steam pressure 112 pounds, revolutions 102.1.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, misty to Westward.

Light breeze from South.

At 5.00pm went to quarters, had setting up drill.

At 5.11pm closed watertight doors in 1 minute 25 seconds.

Steamer in sight to Eastward throughout watch.

Steam 106 pounds, revolutions 100.3.

On course N64°E.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, hazy on horizon.

Light Southerly breeze.

On course N64°E (per compass).

Exercised at man overboard.

Dropped lifebuoy at 6.01pm, at 6.10pm buoy was picked up, lifeboat hoisted, and steamed ahead again on course.

Average steam 105 pounds, average revolutions 103.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East and NE.

Barometer rising.

On course N64°E.

Average steam 100 pounds, average revolutions 96.9.


Chimney Rock is possibly a reference to Same Jima.

Kuro Sima is also known as Kuro Shima.

Sata-misaki is also known as Cape Sata.

Hi Saki is also known as Hi Zaki.


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6 May 1897

At sea, making passage from Side Saddle harbor to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 33.11, Long 135.57


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light airs to light breeze from NE to North.

Under steam.

Revolutions 99.8, steam 108 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North.

Sea smooth.

On course N64°E (per compass).

Under steam.

Revolutions 99.5, steam 105 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Fair, misty round horizon.

Calm to light breeze from NW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Shifted to steam steering gear aft in 1 minute 20 seconds, to hand gear aft in 40 and 50 seconds, to steam gear forward in 45 seconds, to relieving tackles in 45 seconds.

Extreme train aft in 45 seconds, extreme depression in 12 seconds.

Steam 102 pounds, revolutions 97.9.

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear to cloudy, warm.

Light airs from East and SSE, followed by calm.

On course N64°E (per compass).

At 12.15pm sighted Shino Misaki, distant about 15 miles.

Instructed gun divisions in gunnery.

Average steam 111 pounds, average revolutions 101.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light breeze from SE by East to SSE.

Barometer rising.

Two steamers in sight on port hand most of watch.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up drill.

Closed watertight doors in 45 seconds.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty on horizon.

Light breeze from South by East.

Tested Ardois and masthead lights, and found them in working order.

Under steam.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 103.3.

Patent log read 82.8 at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, misty.

Light breeze from South by East.

Sea smooth.

On course under steam, on course N64°E (per compass).

At 8.30pm went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes, secured in 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Passed a steamer standing to Northward and Westward.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 5 vent-sealing percussion primers.

Revolutions 80, steam 102 pounds.

Patent log [read] at end of watch 26.6.


Shino Misaki is also known as Shionomisaki.


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7 May 1897

At sea, making passage from Side Saddle harbor to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, misty round horizon.

Light breeze from South by East.

At 12.33am sighted Omai Saki light.

At 2.10am sighted Rock Island light on port bow.

At 3.07am changed course to N69°E, patent log [reading] 62.6.

At 3.18am changed course to N80°E, patent log [reading] 64.6.

At 3.37am Rock Island light abeam, distant 2.4 miles.

At 3.40am changed course to N50°E, patent log [reading] 69.0.

At close [of watch] on course N50°E.

Steam 114 pounds, revolutions 104.1.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty.

Light breeze from East and ESE.

On course N50°E.

At daylight sighted To Shima and soon after Vries Island, both on starboard bow.

At 5.55am the latter bore abeam, distant 2.5 miles.

At 5.40am changed course to N47°E, and at 5.55am back to N50°E.

At 7.10am sighted Tsurugi Saki and Suno Saki on port and starboard bows respectively.

Average steam 103 pounds, average revolutions 98.3.

At 7.40am changed course to N47°E.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from SE to moderate breeze from South.

Barometer falling.

On course N47°E.

At 8.14am changed to N39°E, and at 8.45am to N18°E, after which Commanding Officer conning the ship into Yokohama harbor.

Exchanged distinguishing pennants with the flagship, signals as per record.

At 10.50am came to on the port bow of the flagship, and moored, 30 fathoms on each chain, 5 fathoms of water.

Received visit of courtesy from His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Arcona".

Commanding Officer paid an official call on the Commander-in-Chief.

Fired a salute of 21 guns, Japanese flag at the main.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 saluting charges; and 21 percussion primers.

Hoisted out steam launch.

Draft forward 11 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet 1 inch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light drizzling rain showers.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South by West.

At 12.30pm unmoored ship and shifted berth, then moored, 30 fathoms on each anchor, starboard anchor to the [left blank] of port anchor, 4¾ fathoms water.

Put on mooring swivel.

Made [signal] interrogatory 4557 to flagship, answered by affirmative.

Allowed fires to die out under boilers A, C and D.

Secured engines.

Sent officer to call on United States Consul and to return boarding call of His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Arcona".

United States mail steamer "Gaelic" came in and was boarded.

Received from flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 25 working suits; 289 yards 6/4 flannel; and twelve thousand yen in paper, 10000 in tens, 1000 in fives, 1000 in ones.

Bearings at anchor: ship's head (per standard compass) South by West, NE corner Grand Hotel S20°W, [Honmoku] lightship S70°E, Mandarin Bluff South by E¾E.

Delivered a Good Conduct Medal to William Walton, holding Continuous Service Certificate number 10255.

William Clark, First-class Fireman, was honorably discharged.

William McDonald, Second-class Fireman, was discharged with ordinary discharge, not recommended for reenlistment.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to moderate South by West breeze.

Barometer falling.

Published General Court Martial Orders number 9 to 19 inclusive, and Squadron General Order number 6.

Received in Equipment Department: one spy glass.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy.

Light breeze from South, shifting to NW at end of watch.


Omai Saki is also known as Omae Zaki.

Rock Island is also known as Mikomoto Jima.

Vries Island is also known as O Shima.

Mandarin Bluff is also known as Juniten Hana.


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8 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from North by West to light breeze from North.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 98 pounds fresh bread; 122½ pounds fresh beef; and 122½ pounds vegetables.

At 7.00am the flagship made time and dress signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East by North.

Barometer rising.

Loosed boat sails to dry.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant Calkins, U.S. Navy, was senior member, came on board and surveyed certain articles in Equipment Department.

The following men were transferred to the Yokohama Naval Hospital: Albert Garren, Coxswain; R.M. Johnson, Seaman; Manuel Comerio, Seaman.

Ensign Lay H. Everhart, U.S. Navy, reported on board for duty on this vessel.

Made routine signals at 10.00am and meridian.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs to gentle breeze from East by North to ESE.

Received an official call from the Commanding Officer of German gunboat "Arcona".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, rainy last part.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 94 yards number 6 canvas; 96 yards number 5 canvas; and 86 pounds manila, 18-thread stuff.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 769 yards heavy flannel; 100 pairs socks; 10 mattresses; 20 blankets; 50 jerseys; 600 pounds tobacco; 3000 pounds soap; 1440 spools silk, all from Paymaster S.L. Heap, U.S. Navy Storekeeper, Yokohama.

R. Lambert, Seaman, left the gig and absented himself from the ship without permission.

Received in Navigator's [Department]: one megaphone.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to moderate breeze from East by South and East.


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9 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from North and East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North by East.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread for use of crew.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from NE and NNE.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected ship.

At 10.00am went to quarters, and Commanding Officer inspected crew.

At 9.45am sighted U.S.S. "Petrel" standing into harbor.

At 10.30am U.S.S. "Petrel" came to anchor in inner harbor.

Sent officer to make the usual official call.

Ensign A.G. Kavanagh was this day detached from this ship and ordered to the flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" by order of the Commander-in-Chief.

Made routine signals at 10.00am and noon.

R. Lambert, Seaman, F. Lucas, Coal Passer, and C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, returned to ship 3½ hours over time.

Missionaries from on shore held divine service on board at 10.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

C.O. Brown, Landsman, was transferred to the United States Naval Hospital at this port, by order of the Commander-in-Chief.

A reward of thirty-nine yen was offered for the delivery on board of R. Lambert, Seaman.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and raining entire watch.

Light to gentle breeze from NE by North and NNE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining.

Gentle breeze from North East.


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10 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Drizzling first, clearing last part, cold.

Light to stiff breeze [from] NE to North by East, squally.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from North by East and NE by North.

At 7 o'clock flagship made routine time and dress signals.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 97 pounds bread; and 121¼ pounds each meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast first hour, clearing last part.

Light to gentle breeze from NE by North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and routine drills.

Absent without leave: G. Fawcett, Seaman, J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman, F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, R. Lambert, Seaman, and F. Lucas, Coal Passer.

J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman, came on board 3 hours over time.

Offered a reward of nineteen yen for the delivery on board of F. Lucas, Coal Passer.

Received in Ordnance Department: 500 pounds saluting powder; and 250 cork wads.

Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Petrel" called on Commanding Officer.

F. Lucas, Coal Passer, was brought off by the police, 28½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle ENE to North by East breeze.

N.P. S.S. "Mount Lebannon" [probably Compañía Mexicana de Navegación del Pacífico's "Mount Lebanon"], United States flag at fore, came in and anchored.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North and East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: G. Fawcett, Seaman, J. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, and R. Lambert, Seaman.

Ah Choo, Wardroom Cook, was discharged, by purchase, paying $49.75, United States gold.

Received draft of 17 men from U.S.S. "Olympia" as follows: P. Wick, Ship's Cook First-class; E.J.P. Fehmel, Seaman; C.C. Bay, Seaman; C.E. Cavanaugh, Landsman; S.A. Nay, Landsman; C.A. Channell, Landsman; P. Gaul, Coal Passer; H.A. Harper, Seaman; H. Edmunds, Coal Passer; J. Coloey, Second-class Fireman; J.C. De Villis, Apprentice First-class; W.E. Harmon, Landsman; C.D. Andrews, Landsman; P.J. Murphy, Landsman; J.P. McCausland, Coal Passer; C.W. Smyth, Coal Passer; A. Lundgarth, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to overcast.

Light Easterly breezes.

Signals as per record.


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11 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from North.

German cruiser "Arcona" left harbor.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 117 pounds fresh bread.

R. Lambert, Seaman, returned to ship, having absented himself from the ship without permission the afternoon of the 8th of this month, and by order of the Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge.

Flagship made uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: G. Fawcett, Seaman, F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, J. Rooney, Oiler, W. Montgomery, Landsman, W. Sharp, Private Marine, and August Young, Apprentice First-class.

August Young, Apprentice First-class, returned on board 3 hours over time, and was placed under sentry's charge to sober up, by order of Commanding Officer.

Had routine drills.

Signals as per record.

The Captain left the ship to pay an official visit to the United States Minister at Tokyo.

Served out clean hammocks.

Rewards of 19 yen offered for G. Fawcett, Seaman, and F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman.

Lieutenant W.D. Rose was this day detached and ordered to U.S.S. "Monocacy".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Exercised boats' crews under oars and 3rd Division at signals.

Received in Steam Engineering Department the following stores: 6 dust brushes; 1 Stillson wrench; 2 pounds marline; 6 squirt cans; 150 pounds soda; 3 globe valves, 1¼-inch; 2 monkey wrenches, 12 inches; 50 pounds ⅛-inch and 1/16-inch usudurian packing.

A Medical Board of Survey, of which Fleet Surgeon Ayres was senior member, met on board to hold a survey on J. Murphy, First-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, light rains.

Light NE breeze.

Released August Young, Apprentice First-class, by order of Commanding Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling rain.

Light to gentle breeze from East by North and East, shifting to NNW last hour.

Signals as per record.


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12 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light NNW breeze.

Barometer falling.

W. Sharp, Private Marine, returned on board 18 hours over leave.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from North by West.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts these fresh provisions: 97 pounds bread; and 121¼ pounds each of beef and vegetables.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North to NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Exercised part of 3rd Division at signals.

Absentees: J. Rooney, Oiler, W. Montgomery, Landsman, F. Kane, Boiler Maker, P. Ford, Machinist, and G. Fawcett, Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer R. Lambert, Seaman, was placed on the 4th conduct class for six months, for leaving gig when ashore and remaining absent from ship without permission from May 8 until May 11.

G. Fawcett, Seaman, and W. Montgomery, Landsman, returned on board 49 and 27 hours over time respectively.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light NE breeze.

Barometer steady.

J. Rooney, Oiler, was brought on board by the police, 28½ hours over leave, and a reward of nineteen yen was paid for his delivery.

J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, was transferred with bag, hammock and necessary papers to the United States Naval Hospital, Yokohama.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works: 2 thermometers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, absentees: F. Kane, Boiler Maker, and P. Ford, Machinist.

Signals as per record.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] S.S. "Peru" came in and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Exercised with the flagship at Ardois signals.


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13 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW to North.

Flagship made time and uniform signal 6851.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 112 pounds fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Gentle NE breeze to light airs from ENE and calm.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: P. Ford, Machinist, F. Kane, Boiler Maker, T. Dwyer, Coal Passer, P. Anthony, Private Marine, C.S. Chew, Private Marine, and H. Herbert, Private Marine.

Exercised at general quarters, cast loose in 3 minutes 10 seconds.

Passed up ammunition for three minutes as follows: 28 6-inch charges; 25 6-inch shells; 44 rounds 6-pounder shells; 32 rounds 3-pounder shells; 120 rounds 1-pounder shells; 240 rounds 37 mm; and 6000 rounds 45 caliber for Gatlings.

Received official visits from the flag lieutenant and flag secretary (for the Commander-in-Chief) and from the United States Consul General.

On the departure of the Consul General fired a salute of 9 guns, American flag at the fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 9 6-pounder saluting charges of 2 pounds each; and 9 percussion primers.

Sent a reward to the Consul General of 19 yen for the delivery on board of each of the following men: P. Ford, Machinist, and F. Kane, Boiler Maker.

Lieutenant H. Winslow, U.S. Navy, left the ship to report before an Examining Board on the flagship.

Board of Survey on the boiler tubes of U.S.S. "Olympia" reconvened on board this vessel at 10.00am.

Sent ashore to the Yokohama Engine and Iron Works: 3 crossheads and brasses of the starboard engine.

Received in Construction Department from Langfeldt and Company: 1 glass cutter.

Paymaster's Inspector Smith, U.S. Navy, examined the accounts of Paymaster Kerr, U.S. Navy.

Tested shell room and magazine flood cocks, and found them in good order.

By order of Commanding Officer W.B. Candler, Apprentice First-class, was reduced from special to first conduct class, for shirking work twice in one morning watch, and J. Scoggins, Seaman, was restricted to the second conduct class for two weeks, for making a noise over the side.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East by North and East by South.

P. Ford, Machinist, was brought on board by police, 29 hours over time, and a reward of 19 yen paid for his delivery.

Exercised Powder Division at signals, Marines and firemen at secondary battery.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light Easterly airs and breezes.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees: T. Dwyer, Coal Passer, P. Anthony, Private Marine, C.S. Chew, Private Marine, and H. Herbert, Private Marine.

F. Kane, Boiler Maker, returned on board 32½ hours over time.

Tested searchlights with the flagship.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.

Exercised with flagship at Ardois signals.

T. Dwyer, Coal Passer, returned to ship 13½ hours over time.


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14 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, overcast last hour.

Calm to light breeze from North and East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 112 pounds fresh bread; 140 pounds fresh beef; and 140 pounds vegetables.

Pacific Mail Steamship [Company's] "Peru" left the harbor.

C.S. Chew, Private Marine, returned on board 22 hours over leave.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Received from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works in Steam Engineering Department: 2 spanners.

H. Herbert, Private Marine, arrived on board 24 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from East by South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Had setting up exercise and then called away all boats armed and equipped for distant service.

Fitted out boats and exercised under oars.

Sent reward of 19 yen on shore to United States Consul for apprehension and delivery on board of P. Anthony, Private Marine.

Board, of which the Executive Officer was senior officer, inspected storerooms, holds and living spaces.

Made routine signals at 10.00am and noon as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to moderate breeze from SSE to SSW.

At one o'clock went to fire quarters, water in 2 minutes 45 seconds.

Shifted to hand pumps and had water in 1 minute 10 seconds.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 50 feet steam hose; and 12 iron dogs.

In Construction Department: 18 feet teak, 1¾-inch; ½ dozen paint brushes (large); 10 pounds 3-inch copper nails; 10 pounds 3-inch wire nails; 10 pounds 2½-inch wire nails; 2 gross brass screws number 10; 3 gross brass screws number 10; 1 gross brass screws number 6; 15 pounds (2) Muntz metal sheet; 16 pounds (2) brass sheet; 20 pounds solder; 100 pounds shellac; 35 gallons alcohol; 224 pounds red lead; 5 gallons asphaltum varnish; 25 pounds putz pomade; 224 pounds white zinc; 224 pounds white lead; 112 pounds Venetian red in oil; 12 gallons linseed oil; 15 gallons turpentine; 28 pounds green paint; 1 glazier's diamond; 1 gross emery cloth.

Received in Ordnance [Department]: 5 gallons turpentine; 6 large marine sponges.

In Navigator's Department: 20 yards yellow bunting.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 500 pounds hard bread; 100 pounds dried fruit; 240 pounds tomatoes; 504 pounds corn beef; 367 pounds tinned vegetables; 536 pounds sugar; 72 pounds butter, from United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia".

Exercised 1st Division at signals.

Signals as per record.

Received from United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia": 18,000 [yen] (10 yen paper notes) and 2,000 yen (5 yen paper notes).


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW and South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

P. Anthony, Private Marine, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South and West.

Exercised at night signals with searchlights and Ardois.


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15 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle Southerly breezes.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South and SSW.

Aired bedding.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 112 pounds fresh bread.

At 7.00am flagship made routine time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW.

Returned to United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia": 31 pounds tinned vegetables; and 100 pounds dried peaches.

And received from same: 100 pounds prunes; 100 pounds butter; and 48 pounds tinned vegetables.

Signals as per record.

P. Anthony, Private Marine, came on board 51 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather.

Gentle to stiff SSW breezes, squally.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Signals as per record.

J.H. Mathisen, Seaman, was given an acting appointment as Coxswain for six months.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to fresh breeze from South and West in squalls.

Passing showers first hour.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, overcast last part.

Gentle to stiff breezes, very squally.

Barometer falling.


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16 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, rainy.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW in squalls.

Barometer falling.

Five steamers came in during watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread; 137½ pounds fresh meat; and 137½ pounds vegetables.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Gentle to stiff SSW breeze, shifting to North last part.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with passing rain showers.

Moderate to stiff breeze, hauling gradually from North to East by North.

Sent ashore offers of 19 yen each for the apprehension and delivery on board of M. McKenna, First-class Fireman, J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, and H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Passing showers first part, clearing last part, cool.

Moderate NE breeze.

M. McKenna, First-class Fireman, returned from liberty 33 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE to ENE.


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17 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant weather, cloudy.

Light breeze and light airs from SW to South and calms.

Signals as per record.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Absentees: H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, T. Marsh, Coxswain, and J. Austin, Seaman.

Sent ashore offer of reward of 19 yen for the apprehension and the delivery on board of T. Marsh, Coxswain.

Received in Construction Department: 1 sheet zinc, 24 pounds; and 50 feet each of pine 1-inch and ¾-inch.

Exercised portion of 3rd Division at signals.

H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" came in, flying the flag of Vice Admiral Buller.

Upon entering the harbor she fired a salute of 21 guns, Japanese flag at the main.

Commander-in-Chief visited Admiral Buller.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to gentle South by West breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised Marines at boat drill under oars.

J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 53 hours over time and tight.

Shore battery returned the salute of H.M.S. "Alacrity" with a salute of 21 guns.

Vice Admiral Buller returned the visit of the Commander-in-Chief.

Northern Pacific [S.S. Company] steamer "Victoria" came into the harbor and anchored, sent a boarding officer to board her.

Broke one boat hook in the whaleboat.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works: 4 valve wrenches; and 12 shovels.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze to light airs from SSW and South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, absentees: H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, T. Marsh, Coxswain, and J. Austin, Seaman.

T. Marsh, Coxswain, returned on board 33 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from NW by North.

Barometer rising.


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18 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty, calm, pleasant.

H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 69 hours over time.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread; and 137½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from East and East by North.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: J. Austin, Seaman, and G. Blatchford, Gunner's Mate First-class.

Exercised at routine drills.

Board of Survey, of which Passed Assistant Engineer Dunning, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met on board for the survey of crossheads and brasses.

Lieutenants H. Winslow and S. Morgan left the ship as members of a Board of Survey on U.S.S. "Olympia".

By order of Commanding Officer W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, was reduced from special to first conduct class, for going on shore and not providing relief for morning watch.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts from Langfeldt and Company: 1 spring scale.

And in Steam Engineering Department from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works: 100 sheets cartridge paper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, hazy.

Light airs to moderate breeze from SE to South.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.

Exercised 1st and 2nd cutters and whaleboat crews under oars.

Transferred to United States Naval Hospital: H.A. Harper, Coal Passer, with bag, hammock, and transfer papers and accounts.

G. Blatchford, Gunner's Mate First-class, returned to ship 5 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light to moderate SSW breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: J. Austin, Seaman.

Exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Exercised at Ardois signals with flagship.


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19 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from South and West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light Southerly airs and breezes.

Barometer falling.

J. Austin, Seaman, returned on board 47½ hours over leave.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, had setting up exercise, and then had divisional drills as per routine.

Had collision drill, doors closed in 48 seconds.

Made routine signals as per record.

A. Hill, Quartermaster First-class, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from South and East.

Received in Construction [Department]: three lenses for deadlights.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Generally fair, drizzling third hour.

Light airs to light breeze from South.

Flagship and U.S.S. "Petrel" exercised at signals.


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20 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather and hazy.

Light Southerly airs first part and afterwards calm.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "City of Peking" anchored outside breakwater.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, hazy.

Calm and light airs from NW.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "City of Peking" [U.S.S. "City of Peking" in log-book] came in to harbor with American mail.

Sent an officer to board her.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 109 pounds bread; 136¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

At 7.00am flagship made routine time and dress signals.

Broke an oar in whaleboat.


8am to meridian:

Misty.

Light airs to light breeze from South and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: J. Smith, Second-class Fireman.

Afterwards sounded to general quarters, divisions ready in 2 minutes 32 seconds, secured in 4 minutes 20 seconds, extreme depression in 6 seconds and 5 seconds, extreme train aft in 40 seconds and 1 minute.

F. Kane, Boiler Maker, was placed in double irons, to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for being absent without leave and smuggling liquor, by order of the Commanding Officer.

Received in Construction [Department]: 6 glass lenses for deadlights.

Signals as per record.

Sighted H.B.M.S. "Centurion" outside.

His British Majesty's torpedo catcher "Handy" came in and anchored at 11.45am.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from SE to SSW.

Exercised Marines at great guns.

Offered a reward of yen 19 for J. Smith, Second-class Fireman.

H.B.M.S. "Centurion" came in and anchored at 1.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from South and West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: J. Smith, Second-class Fireman.

J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, having been absent without leave, came aboard at 5.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, lightning 1st part.

Light to gentle Southerly breezes.

Signals as per record.

Flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" and U.S.S. "Petrel" exercised at signals with searchlights.


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21 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southerly breeze, followed by light airs from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Misty, pleasant, calm.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: repaired, 1 sledge; 7 copper mauls; and 32 chisels.

At seven [o'clock] flagship made uniform and time signal.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from ESE to SE by South.

Frank Kane, Boiler Maker, to be tried by Summary Court Martial, was served with copy of specification by the recorder.

By order of the Commander J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, was placed in double irons to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for leaving ship without permission and remaining absent from May 19 to May 20.

The Commander paid an official visit to the British Commander-in-Chief and to the Captain of His British Majesty's flagship "Centurion", and the latter visit was returned.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill and exercised the boats at fleet tactics.

Signals as per record.

Ensign F.A. Traut made weekly inspection of holds and storerooms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light SSE airs and breezes.

At 1.00pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions reported ready in 1 minute 20 seconds, secured at 1.03pm.

Exercised Third Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, hazy and warm.

Light breeze from SW by South to South by West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle Northerly breeze.

Signals as per record.


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22 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NNE to North.

Barometer rising.

Large fire ashore about 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle North by West to NNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts these fresh provisions: 109 pounds fresh bread; and 136¼ pounds each of beef and vegetables.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Moderate to gentle Northerly breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer the unexpired portion of the sentence of confinement of H. Hilburn, Seaman Gunner, ten days, was remitted and he was released from confinement.

W. MacKay, Chief Master-at-Arms, returned on board one hour over time.

Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant H.H. Barroll was senior member, met at 10.00am for the trial of F. Kane, Boiler Maker, and adjourned at 11.30am to await the action of the revising authority.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works: 3 crossheads; and 6 crosshead brasses of main engines, which had been sent ashore for repairs.

Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Handy" visited the Commanding Officer officially.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from South to gentle breezes from North.

Barometer steady.

Received from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works in Department of Steam Engineering: two clocks that had been sent ashore to be repaired.

And sent to the same place for repairs: 1 steam launch pump rod.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Petrel", with bag, hammock and necessary papers: Howard Hilburn, Seaman Gunner.

And received from U.S.S. "Petrel": William Waite, Seaman Gunner.

L.A. Lamar, Apprentice First-class, returned to the ship 5½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward, hauling to Northward and Westward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, absentee J.T. Feeney, Private Marine.

Received from U.S.S. "Petrel", with bags and hammocks, the following men: L.P. Mendell, Seaman; L. Halling, Seaman; J.M. Hewson, Ordinary Seaman; H.C. Jensen, Ordinary Seaman; J. Sullivan, Ordinary Seaman; T. Daley, Landsman; L. Arnold, Landsman; J.W. Campbell, Landsman; W.G. Herbert, Landsman; H.C. Dickison, Landsman; R.C. Cotton, Landsman; R.W. Watson, Bugler.

At sunset hoisted the flag of Rear Admiral F.V. McNair, U.S. Navy.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle NNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

At 11.45pm steamer came in and anchored outside the breakwater, supposed to be an English man-of-war.


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23 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from North.

Started fires under C boiler.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, clearing.

Light Northerly airs and breezes.

At 5.30am unmoored and hove up port anchor.

U.S.S. "Olympia" unmoored and went to sea at 7.00am.

Hove up starboard anchor and took berth vacated by U.S.S. "Olympia", mooring with 45 fathoms on starboard chain, 30 [fathoms] on port [chain].

H.B.M.S. "Linnet" steamed into harbor and anchored.

She was boarded by an officer from U.S.S. "Petrel".

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light airs from ESE, to light breeze from South.

Barometer falling.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters.

Absentees: J.T. Feeney, Private Marine, J. Schlicht, Water Tender, F. Martin, Private Marine, and J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman.

Ship and crew at quarters inspected by Commanding Officer.

Held divine service on berth deck.

Received an officer from H.B.M.S. "Centurion" with the information that the Queen's Birthday would be celebrated on the 25th with the usual ceremonies

At 10.30am served specification of offenses upon John Smith, Second-class Fireman, and reconfined him in double irons.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from SSW and South.

Made and received signals as per record.

Sent a reward on shore to Consul General of 19 yen for apprehension and delivery on board of J.T. Feeney, Private Marine.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Gentle SSW breeze.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.


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24 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, lightning second hour, drizzling last hour.

Light to moderate breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, drizzling and rainy.

Light to gentle breeze from South by East to South.

Barometer steady.

At 6.55am made time and uniform signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 108 pounds fresh bread; 135 pounds vegetables; and 115 pounds fresh beef, 20 pounds having been rejected and returned for exchange.

F. Martin, Private Marine, returned on board 22½ hours over leave.

J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, and J. Schlicht, Water Tender, returned 24 hours over leave.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from South and SE, shifting to North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Had setting up exercise and then had divisional drills as per routine.

The Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Linnet" made an official call on the Commander-in-Chief.

The flag lieutenant made official calls for the Commander-in-Chief to H.B.M. Ships "Linnet" and "Handy".

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to H.B.M.S. "Linnet".

J.T. Feeney, Private Marine, returned 51 hours over time.

A Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant H.H. Barroll was senior member, met at 10.30am for the trial of J. Smith, Second-class Fireman.

At 12 o'clock the court took a recess until 1.00pm.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 20 pounds fresh beef.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining.

Calm to light breeze from ESE.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.

Summary Court Martial reconvened at 1.00pm, and at 1.20pm adjourned to await action of convening authority.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from NNW and NW.

At 5.00pm mustered crew at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Calm to light airs from NW.

Light passing showers first half.


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25 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, raining first part and drizzling last part.

Light airs and light breezes from WNW to North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from North and NNW.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.

At 7.00am made routine time and dress signals.

At 8 o'clock dressed ship rainbow [fashion], British flag at main, in honor of the birthday of the Queen of England.


8am to meridian:

Fair and misty.

Calm to light airs from SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, then inspected battalion in heavy marching order.

At 12.00pm this ship and H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" and H.B.M.S. "Centurion" fired salutes of 21 guns.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 6-pounder saluting charges; and 21 percussion primers.

Commander-in-Chief United States Naval Forces called on ship.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of China" came in, 12 days from Vancouver, with mail, and was boarded.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather and passing showers.

Light SE airs.

Exercised boats under oars.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cloudy first part, last part raining and hailing, with bright lightning in North to NW with thunder, clearing last hour.

Light to fresh breeze from North and East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Lost boat hook from steam launch.


8pm to midnight:

From drizzling rain and lightning first part, to clear and cool last part.

Light NW breeze.


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26 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from North and NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm to light breeze from NNW.

At 6.30am coal lighters came alongside, and at 7.00am began coaling.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread; 135 pounds fresh meat; and 135 pounds vegetables.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signals.

Took in 23 tons coal.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light SE to SSE airs.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 100 pounds Portland cement.

Received in Department of Equipment: 4 sets crosshead brasses; and 70 tons coal.

Coaling ship.

Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, was restricted for one week, for losing boat hook.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, with passing showers last part.

Light breeze from SSE to SSW.

H.B.M.S. "Rainbow" came in and anchored.

She was boarded by an officer from U.S.S. "Petrel", which call was returned by an officer from H.B.M.S. "Rainbow".

An officer from H.B.M.S. "Centurion" came on board with a message of thanks from Vice Admiral Buller to the Commander-in-Chief, for our dressing ship and firing a salute yesterday.

Coaling ship, received on board in all at end of watch 142 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable weather, with passing showers first part and lightning last part.

Wind veering and backing, and variable in force, calm last hour.

At 4.30pm finished coaling, having received in Department of Equipment today 150 tons coal.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North and North by East.


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27 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light North to WNW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North and NNE.

Barometer rising.

At 6.55am made time and uniform signals to U.S.S. "Petrel".

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from ENE to SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at general quarters, all divisions cast loose in 2 minutes 35 seconds, secured in 4 minutes 15 seconds.

Tested flood cocks and found them in good order.

Informed F. Kane, Boiler Maker, of the following sentence of a Summary Court Martial in his case, as approved by the Commander-in-Chief, namely: solitary confinement in double irons, on bread and water, for twenty (20) days, with full ration every fourth (4) day, and he was confined in accordance therewith.

By order of Commanding Officer F.F. Parker, Seaman, was given 10 days' restriction, for being slow in manning boat, and J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, was given 10 days' restriction, for turning in again after having been turned out and told that he was not entitled to sleep in, and impertinence to the Officer of the Deck.

Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Rainbow" visited the Commander-in-Chief and Commanding Officer officially.

Exercised portion of 3rd Division at signals.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company's] S.S. "Empress of Japan" came into the harbor.

Read to J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, the record of a Summary Court Martial in his case, the finding and sentence of which were disapproved by the revising authority, and he was released from arrest and restored to duty.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SE to SSW.

Barometer rising.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

U.S.S. "Petrel" finished coaling at 6.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle Southerly breeze.

Barometer steady.

Tested searchlights and truck lights, and found all in good working order.


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28 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from South and West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, clearing.

Light SW airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread; and 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signal 6351.

H.B.M.S. "Linnet" shifted berth.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees, exercised at boat drill.

Broke out holds and storerooms, same inspected by Ensign Taylor.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Doric", carrying United States mail, came into the harbor.

Sent an officer to board her.

Fired two guns, American flag at the fore, as signal of arrival of mail.

Expended in Ordnance Department: two 6-pounder charges; and two percussion primers.

The Commander-in-Chief paid an official visit to H.M.S. "Rainbow".

By order of Commanding Officer T. Marsh, Coxswain, was awarded one week's restriction, for not saluting when boat keeper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Moderate to fresh breeze from SSW.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, water in 1 minute 30 seconds, shifted to hand pumps and had water in 45 seconds.

Published General Court Martial Orders numbers 20, 21, 22 and 23, and circular number 78.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of Japan" left for Vancouver with mail.

H.M.S. "Centurion" fired a salute of 11 guns, British merchant flag at fore.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from SSW to SW by South.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SW by South.

Exercised Ardois signaling with U.S.S. "Petrel".


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29 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light SW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SSW airs.

Barometer steady.

At 6.55am made uniform and time signal as per [Signal] Record Book.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light to fresh breeze from SSW.

Received from U.S.S. "Petrel", with necessary papers: M.J. Carey, Coal Passer; and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant.

Officer from U.S.S. "Petrel" boarded ship "St. Paul" of Bath, from New York, 173 days, with oil.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally, passing showers last part.

Gentle to stiff breezes from SSW to SW by West.

The new system for classifying clouds was put in effect at meridian, in compliance with special order number 60 of April 7, 1897.

H.B.M.S. "Grafton", flying the flag of Rear Admiral Oxley, Royal Navy, came in, anchored outside breakwater.

An officer from this ship paid the usual official visit to H.B.M.S. "Grafton", which was returned.


4pm to 8pm:

Raining.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South and West.


8pm to midnight:

Rainy weather, and misty.

Light to gentle breeze from South by West to SE by South.


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30 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs and breezes from ENE, shifting Northward and Westward last part.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NW.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 107 pounds bread; 133¾ pounds fresh meat; and 133¾ pounds vegetables.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signal.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light airs to light breeze from SSE.

Signals as per record.

At 9.30am parties were landed from this ship and U.S.S. "Petrel" to decorate the graves of officers and men of the Navy who are buried at Yokohama.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light to moderate breeze from SSE to SSW.

Received an official visit from Rear Admiral C.L. Oxley, Royal Navy, second in command of the British Naval Forces in China and Japan.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, squally first part.

Light airs to moderate breeze from SW to NW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Calms and light NW airs.


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31 May 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from WNW and West.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW to South.

Signals as per record.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from South and SSE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

By order of Commanding Officer W.P. Williams, Machinist, having been reported for insubordination, was placed in double irons under sentry's charge to await trial by Court Martial.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from South and SSE.

Barometer steady.

Exercised Marines at boat drill.

The Commander-in-Chief paid an official call on Rear Admiral Oxley on H.M.S. "Grafton", and on his departure was saluted with 13 guns, American flag at the fore.

Received in Equipment Department from Mare Island Navy Yard: one section fire hose.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE, shifting to Northward and Westward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW to NE.

Barometer rising.

Exercised at Ardois signals.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1897


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1 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNW breeze.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread; and 135 pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.

U.S.S. "Petrel" unmoored ship.

Signals as per record.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Petrel", with bags and hammocks, the following men: L.P. Mendell, Seaman; L. Halling, Seaman; J.M. Hewson, Ordinary Seaman; H.C. Jensen, Ordinary Seaman; J. Sullivan, Ordinary Seaman; T. Daley, Landsman; L. Arnold, Landsman; J.W. Campbell, Landsman; W.G. Herbert, Landsman; H.C. Dickinson, Landsman; R.C. Cotton, Landsman; R.W. Watson, Bugler.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE and SSE.

Barometer steady.

At 8.45am U.S.S. "Petrel" got under way and left the harbor on way to Chemulpo.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees, exercised at routine drill.

Vice Admiral Buller, Commander-in-Chief [of] His British Majesty's Force Asiatic Station, and the Commanding Officer of His [British] Majesty's flagship "Grafton" paid official calls on the Commander-in-Chief and Commanding Officer, the former being saluted on his departure with 15 guns, English flag at the fore.

Commanding Officer made official calls on Rear Admiral Oxley and the Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Grafton".

By order of Commanding Officer W.P. Williams, Machinist, for insubordination after having been previously warned about his bearing to the Officer of the Deck, was awarded five days' solitary confinement on bread and water, and was immediately confined, F. Kane, Boiler Maker, being released temporarily during such period, and made a prisoner at large.

Ghoji Hirai, Mess Attendant, was rated Wardroom Steward to date from May 29, 1897.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 15 6-pounder saluting charges of 2 pounds each; and 15 percussion primers.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE and SSW.

Engaged in breaking out and cleaning fore hold.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South and SSW.

Barometer steady.

Japanese steamer ran aground inside the breakwater, sent boat to offer assistance.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South and SSW.

Exercised Powder Division at Ardois signals.


Chemulpo is also known as Chemulpho and Incheon.


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2 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW. Barometer falling.

Japanese steamer "Sakura Maru", which had grounded, was pulled off and towed out of harbor.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from SW and SW by South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

Had setting up exercise, and then had divisional drill as per routine.

Had collision drill, doors closed in 55 seconds, dipping line over in 1 minute 40 seconds.

Instructed Powder Division at signals.

Ensign W.P. Scott and Assistant Engineer Kellogg left the ship on 3 days' leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW.

A medical board of survey met for the survey of G. Gregory, Yeoman.

Two barrels of split peas were condemned and ordered thrown overboard by the Commanding Officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSW.

At 5 o'clock mustered crew at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

Exercised 1st Division one half at electric signals.


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3 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

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


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs from SSW and SW.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread; and 135 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and at 9.34am beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 0 seconds.

Secured at 10.09am in 3 minutes 35 seconds.

Extreme train aft in 45 seconds, forward 40 seconds, extreme depression 10 seconds.

Absent over leave: J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate.

Engaged in restowing fore hold.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and passing showers.

Light SSW breeze.

Exercised Marines at great guns.

Finished restowing fore hold.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers.

Light breeze from South and East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Absent over leave: J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate.

Placed M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, under sentry's charge, for being under the influence of liquor, by order of the Commanding Officer, later, by same authority, placed him double irons, he having assaulted the sentry.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light to gentle breeze, veering from South to NE by North.


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4 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers.

Gentle breeze from North.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light airs from North and East.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather and warm.

Calm and light SE airs.

Sent offer of 19 yen reward ashore for John Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate.

By order of the Commanding Officer removed the double irons from M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, and placed him under sentry's charge.

H.B.M.S. "Grafton" left the harbor, Rear Admiral Oxley's flag being transferred to H.B.M.S. "Handy".

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and pointing drill, and then exercised boats under oars.

The Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "China" came, in bearing the United States mail, fired two guns, United States flag at the fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 2 6-pounder saluting charges and primers.

Absentees at quarters: J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, and J. Scoggins, Seaman.

Ensign M.M. Taylor made weekly inspection of holds, storerooms and bottoms.

By order of Commanding Officer H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, for being absent from quarters, was reduced to 4th [conduct] class; M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, for being absent from quarters and under the influence of liquor, was made a prisoner at large awaiting confinement for five days in double irons when his hands are healed; P. Lannon, Coal Passer, for being under the influence of liquor and raising a disturbance on berth deck, was confined for five days in double irons.

An officer from this ship boarded the "China", she was also boarded by the flag lieutenant.

H.B.M.S. "Linnet" left Yokohama.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy pleasant weather.

Calm and light airs from SE.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, ready in 1 minute, shifted to hand pumps in 1 minute 10 seconds.

Secured at 1.37pm in 2 minutes.

At 1.05pm called all hands abandon ship, all boats lowered and provided in 12 minutes.

Transferred to United States Naval Hospital: G.W. Gregory, Chief Yeoman, with transfer papers, bag, hammock, and accounts.

Instructed Powder Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather and warm.

Calm and light SE by South airs.

J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, returned 33½ hours over time.

Absentees at quarters: J. Scoggins, Seaman, J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, and C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman.

Received in Department of Medicine and Surgery stores as per list [below].

Ensign Scott and Assistant Engineer Kellogg returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from SE to SSW.


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4pm to 8pm, Friday June 4, 1897.

Received in Department [of] Medicine and Surgery from Naval Hospital, Yokohama: hydrargyrum chloratum mite (2), 1 bottle; hydrargyrum chloratum mite (½) opium (⅛) ipecac (¼), 1 bottle; hydrargyrum iodide (¼), 1 bottle; opium (¼) plumbi acetas (¾), 2 bottles; strophanti tinctura (2), 1 bottle; sodii salicylas (5), 1 bottle; extract of beef, 12 bottles; lint, patent, 1½ kg.


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5 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light ESE airs.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, rainy last part.

Light Easterly airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts these fresh provisions: 135 pounds each of beef and vegetables; and 108 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, light passing showers of rain.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South and East by North.

The following men absent from the ship without leave: C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, J. Scoggins, Seaman, F. Bruning, Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer.

Sent rewards of 19 yen each to Consul General, for apprehension and delivery on board of C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, and J. Scoggins, Seaman.

For making noise and talking while abandoning ship, L.A. Lamar, Apprentice First-class, was reduced to the third conduct class.

Received in Engineer's Department: 4 brass guards, for stay nuts.

By order of Commanding Officer placed J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, in double irons, for being drunk on board ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE and North.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from North.

C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, and J. Scoggins, Seaman, were brought on board by police, 34½ hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer took irons from J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, leaving him under sentry's charge to await further action.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer falling.


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6 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling first hour.

Light breeze from North and West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, light showers of rain.

Light breeze from NNW and North.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, and drizzling first part of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE and NE.

Barometer steady.

At 10.00am mustered the crew at quarters, then called all hands to general muster, absent without leave: F.F. Parker, Seaman, F. Bruning, Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer.

By order of Commanding Officer released W.P. Williams, Machinist, from confinement, his term having expired, and reconfined F. Kane, Boiler Maker, to serve out of remainder of sentence adjudged by Summary Court Martial.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining last half.

Gentle breeze from East.

F.F. Parker, Seaman, returned to ship 5 hours over time.

Offered through United States Consul General rewards of yen 19.00 for the delivery on board of F. Bruning, Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Moderate ENE breeze.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Raining.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North and East.


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7 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, rainy weather.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to North.

Barometer rising.

F. Bruning, Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer, were brought on board by the police, 47 hours over leave, and a reward of 19 yen was paid for the delivery of each of them.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 108 pounds fresh bread; and 135 pounds each of fresh beef and of vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Raining.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North and East.

J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, absent without leave.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, was placed on the 4th conduct class for 3 months, for returning from liberty drunk and disorderly, and placed in double irons for ten days, for disobeying orders of the Officer of the Deck and being impertinent to him.

Broke out and overhauled bower and sheet chains, cleaned lockers and restowed chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy weather.

Gentle NE breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers first hour.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Northern Pacific [S.S. Company] steamer "Olympia" came in with United States mail and was boarded.


8pm to midnight:

Rainy weather and cool.

Gentle ESE to North breezes.


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8 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from North.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather.

Light NE to ENE breezes.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and pointing drills, and then had battalion drill, heavy marching order.

Absentees from quarters: J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, sent offers of 19 yen reward each ashore.

Exercised boats under sail.

Received in Department of Equipment these stores: 1 bale hammocks; 3 coils manila rope; and 1 coil ratline.

Rear Admiral Oxley's flag was shifted from the British torpedo boat H.B.M.S. "Handy" to H.B.M.S. "Rainbow", and the former left Yokohama.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

H.B.M.S. "Handy" came in and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, overcast, with passing showers last part.

Gentle breeze from ENE to ESE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters absentees: J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, passing rain showers.

Light breeze from East by South.


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9 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to NNW.

Barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 135 pounds each of beef and vegetables; and 108 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, warm.

Light NNE Breeze.

J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, were brought on board, 49 hours over time, by the police and [a reward of] 19 yen was paid in each case.

H.B.M.S. "Handy" took H.B.M.S. "Centurion's" berth, and hoisted the flag of Rear Admiral Oxley.

His British Majesty's flagship "Centurion" left the harbor.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, divisional, and collision drills.

Watertight doors closed in 37 seconds.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

By order of Commanding Officer P. Lannon, Coal Passer, was released, his term of confinement having expired.

G.F. Reeves, Apprentice First-class, for losing boat hook, was given one week's restriction.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Received from Yokohama Engine and Iron Works in Construction Department: 75 feet teak wood; 6 boat hooks; and 1 barrel Stockholm pitch.

And in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 32 twist drills, 2 Fuller's; 25 sheets tin, 20 inches x 28 inches; 1 quart muriatic acid; and 24 hack saw blades.

Received from J. Schidel [?], Yokohama, in Department of Medicine and Surgery [as per list appended, below].


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle breeze from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from East ENE.


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Meridian to 4pm, June 9th, 1897.

Received in Department of Medicine and Surgery the following articles: acacia [accaia in log-book] pulvis, 200 grams; aetheris spirits nitrosi [etheris spirit nitroci in log-book], 600 grams; ammoniac [amoniac in log-book] aqua, 500 grams; copabia, 800 grams; gentianae [gentiana in log-book] tinctura composita, 600 grams; hydrogen dioxide [dyoxide in log-book] aqua, 600 grams; myrrha [myrrhac in log-book] tinctura, 200 grams; opii tinctura, 500 grams; Vaseline (500 tins), 1500 grams; potassium bromidum, 400 grams; quinine sulphas, 2/10-gram pill, 500; saponis linimentum, 1300 grams; sodii boras, 400 grams; acidum carbolicum crudum, 3000 grams; bandages, suspensory, 5; gauze, antiseptic, medium, 15; pill boxes, paper, 5 dozen; funnel, glass, 1; pencils, hair, 6; plaster adhesive, rubber, medium, 10; alcohol, 500 grams; ammoniac spirit aromatic, 100 grams; belladonna [belladona in log-book] folium extract alcohol, 25 grams; ferri-chloridi tinctura, 250 grams; hydrargyrum unguentum, 400 grams; iodum, 50 grams; opii pulvis, 50 grams; opii tinctura, camphorated, 1500 grams; potassium bicarbonas, 400 grams; quinine sulphas, 125 grams; sapo, 1000 grams; sodii bicarbonas, 500 grams; sodii salicylas, 200 grams; condensed milk, cans, 8; cotton, boraxed, 4 kg; paper pin, assorted, 2; truss, 1; medicine droppers, 5; tumblers, 2.


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10 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from ENE and North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool.

Light breeze from North.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Sounded to general quarters at 9.35am, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 15 seconds, secured in 4 minutes 31 seconds.

Furled awnings and commenced painting.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Gaelic" left the harbor for the United States.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breeze from NE.

Inspected Marines and Engineer's force at main battery.

Exercised Powder Division in signals.

Crew engaged in painting ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from East to ESE.

Barometer steady.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SE to NE by East.


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11 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first half, cloudy last half.

Light air to light breeze from NW and North by East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light variable airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 109 pounds fresh bread; and 136¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Northern Pacific [S.S. Company] steamer "Victoria" came into the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light air and breeze from NE to East.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, W.B. Winfree, Machinist, and R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Had setting up drill and then called away all boats armed and equipped.

Exercised boats under oars.

J.C. De Villis, Apprentice First-class, for spitting on deck, and K.E. Oleson, Landsman, for slow manning boat, were restricted for five days each.

Ensign M.M. Taylor made weekly inspection of holds, storerooms and bottoms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from ESE and SSW.

At 1.00pm sounded to fire quarters, divisions ready in 2 minutes, secured in 2 minutes 15 seconds.

Exercised First Division at signals.

Served out clean hammocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from South and SSE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

W.B. Winfree, Machinist, and R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent with out leave.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.

Exercised First Division at night signals.


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12 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and hazy, cool.

Light airs to light breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from NW to NNW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 109 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, and raining second and third hours.

Light airs from NNW to NNE.

Offered through United States Consul General rewards of yen 19.00 for delivery on board [of] R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and W.B. Winfree, Machinist.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light SE airs.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, raining last hour.

Calm to light breeze from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent without leave: W.B. Winfree, Machinist, and R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

Lieutenant Morgan left the ship on 3 days' leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Light Easterly airs.


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13 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.656


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling rain first part.

Calms and light NNW breezes.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from North and West.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread; 135 pounds fresh beef; and 135 pounds fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NE to East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

The Commander inspected the ship and ship's company.

Absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and W.B. Winfree, Machinist.

The Reverend Mr. Austin held divine service on board.

At 8.40am started fires in C boiler.

Got up clear hawse gear and began preparations for shifting berth.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from East, veering to Southward and Eastward.

At 12.15pm U.S.S. "Olympia" was sighted standing up the bay.

[At] 12.25pm called all hands, unmoored and shifted berth.

Mooring in 5 fathoms, 30 fathoms on each chain.

Bearings at anchorage: NE corner Grand Hotel S19°W, Mandarin Bluff SSE, Honmoku [Hommoku in log-book] lightship S70°E, ship's head S31°E.

At 3.08pm U.S.S. "Olympia", in obedience to signal from this ship, hoisted Commander-in-Chief's flag, we hauled down same and broke pennant.

U.S.S. "Olympia" came to anchor at 3.55pm.

Signals as per record.

Fires dying out in D boiler.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, overcast and passing showers last part.

Light breeze to light airs from East to SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast to cloudy, warm.

Light SSW airs and calms.


Mandarin Bluff is also known as Juniten Hana.


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14 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE to South.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling last part.

Light airs from SE by East to South by West.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light drizzle first part, clearing last part.

Light airs from ENE and light breeze from ESE and South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and W.B. Winfree, Machinist.

Exercised part of 3rd Division at signals.

H.B.M.S. "Handy" shifted berth.

H.B.M.S. "Grafton" came in and anchored and hoisted Rear Admiral's flag, H.B.M.S. "Handy" hauled down same.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from South to SW.

J. Austin, Seaman, was this day discharged from the ship and from the Naval Service by reason of expiration of enlistment.

W.B. Winfree, Machinist, returned on board 92 hours over leave.

Exercised Marines at boat drill and the signal class as signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from Southward and Westward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Absentee: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and pleasant.

Calm.

Exercised at signals with flagship.


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15 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Light airs and breeze from Northward and Westward.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, light NNW airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 107 [pounds] fresh bread; and 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs and breeze from East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent.

Exercised at routine drill.

Broke out after fixed ammunition room.

Signals as per record.

By order of Commanding Officer confined M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, in double irons, for being under the influence of liquor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light breeze from South by East and South.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.

Restowed after fixed ammunition room.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and warm.

Light SSW breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, raining.

Light breeze from SSW, shifting to SSE.

Exercised at signals with flagship.


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16 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Gentle breeze from ESE and NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle NNW breeze.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 107 pounds fresh bread.

At 7.00am flagship made uniform and time signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, raining first three hours.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW and North.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Called gun divisions to quarters and gave instruction in ordnance.

Broke out and inspected forward fixed ammunition room and torpedo room.

At 10.15am sounded signal for collision, all doors closed in 40 seconds, dipping line ready in 1 minute 20 seconds.

Made routine signal as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast first half, clear last half.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Restowed fixed ammunition room and torpedo room.

Served out clothing and small stores.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from ENE.

At 5 o'clock mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent with out leave.

Steam cutter ran into wharf at landing and stove hole in port bow.

Hoisted steam cutter.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, with lightning to NW first part, raining last part.

Light breeze from South and East.

Exercised at night signals with flagship.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Belgic" anchored in inner harbor.


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17 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Rainy weather and overcast.

Light breeze from East to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light air and breeze from ESE and East.

Sent an officer to board Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Belgic".

Made preparation for coaling ship.

At 7 o'clock flagship made routine time and dress signal number 6351.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining last part.

At 8.05am began coaling, and at 10.15am stopped on account of rain, received 34 tons.

Released J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, his term of confinement having expired.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Signals as per record.

Tested flood cocks and found them in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, threatening weather.

Light air to light breeze from ENE to NE.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from ESE to ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent with out leave.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather.

Light breeze to light airs from ESE.

Tried searchlights and exercised at signaling by Ardois [system] with the flagship.


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18 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, clearing.

Light airs and breeze from ESE and NW.


4am to 8am:

Fair first part, overcast last part.

Light airs from North and East.

At 5.30am coal lighters came alongside, and at 6.00am began coaling, received in watch 34 tons.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 107 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light ESE to ENE airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts from the Fleet Paymaster: thirty thousand yen (yen 30,000.00).

Coaling ship, received in Department [of] Equipment during watch 58 tons coal.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from East to South.

Coaling ship, received on board during watch 65 tons, received in all up to 4.00pm 185 tons.

H.B.M.S. "Rainbow" left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair weather.

Gentle to light SSW breeze.

Received in Department of Equipment: 1 box of flags.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 8 bales cloth; 6 bales flannel; 1 box mattress covers; and 10 boxes tobacco.

Finished coaling at 8.00pm, having received in all 235 tons.

Draft of ship 13 feet 6 inches forward and 16 feet 9 inches aft.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southerly breeze.

Exercised signals with flagship.


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19 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light breeze from SSW to South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather and warm.

Calm and light NW airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 107 pounds bread; and 133¾ pounds each of meat and vegetables.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from East and ESE.

Cleaning ship.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from SE and South.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and warm.

Light breeze from South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and P. Wick, Ship's Cook First-class.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light airs and breezes from SSW and SW.


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20 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy and hazy.

Light airs and breeze from NW and NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy first part.

Light airs from WNW and SSE.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Foggy and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE to SE.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and P. Wick, Ship's Cook First-class.

Then read Articles for the Government of the Navy, and Squadron General Court Martial Orders number 33 and number 34.

P. Wick, Ship's Cook First-class, returned on board 26¾ hours over time.

By orders of the Commanding Officer M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, was released from confinement, his time having expired.

Reverend Mr. Austin conducted divine services on board.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSW.

Japanese gunboat "Yaeyama" ["Yayeyama" in log-book] came to an anchor outside of breakwater and fired salutes of 13 guns, with English and American ensigns at the fore.

These salutes were returned by H.B.M.S. "Grafton" and U.S.S. "Olympia" gun for gun.

Sent an officer to board the "Yaeyama" ["Yayeyama" in log-book] with the usual courtesies.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle SSW breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South by West.


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21 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breeze from South and West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light NW airs.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 107 pounds fresh bread; 133¾ pounds vegetables; and 113¾ pounds fresh beef, 20 pounds beef being returned as unsatisfactory.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected crew at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Had setting up exercise and then had divisional drill as per routine.

Engaged in breaking out forward and after shell room.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: G.B. Studley, Apprentice First-class, restricted 3 days, for not returning to man gig at time directed; J.W. Evans, Shipwright, 3 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for disobedience of orders, lying and returning from liberty under the influence of liquor.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 20 pounds fresh beef.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of the Japanese gunboat "Yaeyama" ["Yayeyama" in log-book].

Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page left the ship on 4 days' leave.

Made routine signals to flagship as per record.

Released from confinement F. Kane, Boiler Maker, his term having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South and West.

Quarterly Board inspected shell rooms and they were restowed.

Signals as per record.

Exercised Marines and firemen in boats under oars.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, lightning to Northward and Westward.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South to SSW.

At 5.00pm mustered crew at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

R. Blumberg, Seaman, was transferred from flagship to this ship, with necessary transfer papers, bag and hammock.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, lighting to NW first part.

Gentle breeze from SSW to NW.

Exercised at night signals with flagship.


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[Inserted note]


8am to meridian:

British torpedo destroyer H.B.M.S. "Handy" left port and stood out of harbor.


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22 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather and warm, passing scud.

Light NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NW.

At 7.00am flagship made routine time and dress signals as per record.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 107 pounds fresh bread.

At 8 o'clock dressed ship rainbow [fashion], with English flag at the main, in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the accession to the throne of Victoria, Queen of England.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light airs from South and East.

At 9.15am Japanese cruiser "Yaeyama" fired a salute of 13 guns on British Admiral leaving ship.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, and exercised landing party.

Absent without leave: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, P. Johnson [Jhonson in log-book], Ordinary Seaman, and J.P. Flaherty, Second-class Fireman.

For being out of uniform while on messenger watch, E.T. White, Apprentice First-class, was reduced to the second conduct class.

Commanding Officer paid congratulatory visit on British Admiral, on accession of the Diamond Jubilee, and returning visit of Captain of Japanese cruiser "Yaeyama".

Exercised Marines at signals.

At noon fired a salute of 60 guns in honor of 60th year of reign of British Queen in company with flagship H.B.M.S. "Grafton" and Japanese "Yaeyama".

C.C. Bay, Seaman, was given an acting appointment as Coxswain for 6 months, to date from June 15th.

Broke out tiller room and hold under dynamo room for inspection by Quarterly Board.

Expended in ordnance: 120 pounds saluting powder; and 60 percussion primers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather and warm.

Light breeze from SE by South to South.

Restowed tiller room.

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Absent without leave: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, P. Flaherty, Second-class Fireman, and P. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman.

P. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, came on board 12 hours over leave.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, overcast last part.

Signals as per record.

Fireworks and extensive lantern displays on shore and in the harbor in honor of the day.

Light to moderate breeze from NE to East by North.


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23 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, mild.

Gentle breeze from NNE and NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light airs to light breeze from North and East.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 107 pounds fresh bread; 133¾ pounds fresh beef and 133¾ pounds of vegetable.

Flagship made time and uniform signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather and warm.

Light ENE to East by North breeze.

J.P. Flaherty, Second-class Fireman, returned 25½ hours over time.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

Had setting up and divisional drills, closed watertight doors, tripping line over in 45 seconds.

By order of the Commander five (5) days' extra duty was given [to] A. Roose, Coal Passer, for shirking.

J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, was returned to the ship from United States Naval Hospital and restored [to] duty.

Half-masted colors during landing of a burial party from H.B.M.S. "Grafton" in keeping with the flagship.

The Permanent Board [for Inspection of Hull, Perminament Board in log-book] inspected hold [hole in log-book] under dynamo room and wardroom storeroom, both these compartments were restowed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, warm.

Light breeze from ENE to East.

Japanese cruiser "Yaeyama" ["Yayeyama" in log-book] left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and warm, passing showers first part.

Gentle to light breeze from ESE to SE by East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, light rains.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Exercised at signals with flagship.


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24 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to NE.

American ship "St. Paul" left the harbor.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, rainy first part.

Light North by West breeze.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 108 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light passing showers last hour.

Light breeze from North by West to NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at general quarters, all divisions being cast loose in 4 minutes 15 seconds.

Absentee: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.W. Evans, Shipwright, was released, his term of confinement having expired.

Received in Ordnance Department from United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia": 540 pounds saluting powder; and 300 cork wads.

Routine and other signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Sail room was broken out, inspected by the Permanent Board for Inspection of Hull, and restowed.

Broke out ordnance storeroom and paint locker for quarterly inspection.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and passing showers.

Light breeze from East to SE.

Broke out wing passages under berth deck and lucky bag, paint locker and ordnance storeroom, inspected by Permanent Board for Inspection of Hull, then restowed ordnance storeroom, lucky bag, and wing passages.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers, heavy rain last hour.

Light to gentle breeze from Eastward and Northward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, absent: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining.

Light to gentle NE breeze.


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25 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.452, Long 139.655


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining.

Gentle breeze from North.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty, raining and drizzling.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Broke out holds and storerooms, and weekly inspection of same made by Lieutenant Morgan, U.S. Navy, also monthly inspection by the Executive Officer and Chief Engineer.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and A. Bikmann, Ordinary Seaman.

Exercised divisions at signal drill.

By order of Commanding Officer J. McCarthy, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was restricted for two (2) weeks, for not properly attending to duty as lamp trimmer, and W.E. Harmon, Landsman, was given duty as boat keeper for 10 days.

Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page reported return from four (4) days' leave.

A. Bikmann returned on board 3¾ hours over leave.

Restowed storerooms and holds.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 108 pounds fresh bread; 135 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, light rain first hour.

[Light NNE to North breezes.]

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 109 pounds fresh bread.

British torpedo destroyer H.B.M.S. "Handy" stood in and anchored outside breakwater.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers first half of watch.

Light to gentle NNE breeze.

British torpedo destroyer H.B.M.S. "Handy" came into inner harbor and took her old berth.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

Made preparations [reparations in log-book] for sea.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, light rain.

Light to gentle breeze from North to NE.


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26 June 1897

At anchor Yokohama, and at sea, making passage to Kobe

Lat 34.73, Long 139.17


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from North and East.

At 12.40am fires under boilers B, C and D.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Making preparations for sea.

At [left blank, from weather observations page, about 6.30am] got under way and left the harbor, Commanding Officer at the conn.

Remainder of watch standing down Gulf of Tokio.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 95.

Paulsen, Sailmaker's Mate, returned on board 10 hours over time.

Draft of ship 13 feet 5 inches forward, 16 feet 7 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE and North.

Light swell from Northward.

At 8 o'clock on course S35°W.

At 8.16am changed course to S48°W, patent log [reading] 52.

At 8.30am Tsurugi [Saki] lighthouse abeam.

Sighted Vries Island [at] 9.00am.

At 9.30am changed course to S51°W, patent log [reading] 66, at 10.10am to S54°W, patent log 73.1, at 10.30am to S58°W patent log 77.6.

At 10.45am passed NW point of Vries Island, distant 1.3 miles on port beam.

At 11.50am made out Rock Island lighthouse ½ point on port bow, and at 12.00pm changed course to S48°W, patent log [reading] 94.1.

Average steam 116 [pounds], revolution 104.4.

Bent jib, fore staysail and storm mizzen.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from North and East.

At 12.55pm changed course to S42°W, patent log [reading] 4.8.

At 1.05pm Mikomotoshima [Mikmotoki Shima in log-book] abeam, distance 1.7 miles.

Changed course to S78°W, patent log [reading] 6.5.

Exchanged dips with Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Doric", one English and one Japanese steamer, all bound to Eastward.

At close of watch on course S78°W, Omai Saki light bearing NNW, patent log [reading] 38.9.

Average steam 105 [pounds], revolutions 99.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate ESE breeze.

At 5.18pm Omai Saki bore on starboard quarter, distant 19 miles.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Steaming on course S78°W along the coast of Japan, under all boilers.

Steam 106 [pounds], revolutions 100.5.

Exercised at closing watertight doors, time 35 seconds.

At end of watch coast in sight.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate ESE breeze, shifting to South and decreasing in force.

On course S78°W per compass, coast in sight on starboard hand.

Average steam 106 [pounds], revolutions 101.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle Southerly breeze.

On course S78°W until 8.06pm, when changed to S59°W.

Average steam 104 [pounds], revolutions 97.5.


Gulf of Tokio is also known as Gulf of Tokyo.

Vries Island is also known as O Shima.

Rock Island is also known as Mikomotoshima and Mikomoto Jima.

Omai Saki is also known as Omae Zaki.


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27 June 1897

At sea, making passage to Kobe, Japan, from Yokohama

Lat 34.24, Long 134.99


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from Southward and Eastward.

On course S59°W (per compass), under steam alone.

At 2.35am sighted O Shima light bearing S87°W.

Passed a steamer standing to Northward and Westward.

At 3.30am sighted Shino Misaki light bearing N81°W.

Average steam 111 [pounds], revolutions 99.1.

At 4.00am changed course to West by North, patent log [reading] 72.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from North and East.

At 5.22am Shino Misaki abeam, distant 2.8 miles, patent log [reading] 87.6.

At 6.00am changed course to N56°W, patent log [reading] 94.9.

At 7.25am changed course to N39°W, patent log [reading] 10.8.

Exchanged dips with Japanese steamer [standing to] Westward.

At close of watch on course N39°W, patent log [reading] 17.2.

Average steam 105 [pounds], revolutions 103.6


8am to meridian:

Fair weather and warm.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE to North.

At 9.00am changed course to N35°W, patent log [reading] 27.5.

At 9.52am, Shino Misaki being abeam, distant 2.5 miles, changed course to N1°E, patent log [reading] 36.6.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent.

At 10.15am changed course to N1°W, patent log [reading] 31.2, at 11.10am changed course to North, patent log 50.2, at 11.19am changed course to N1°E, patent log 51.6, at 11.35am changed course to N2°E, patent log 54.2, at 12.00pm changed course to N4°E, patent log 57.0.

At end of watch Tomoga Shima [Tonga Shima in log-book] close on the starboard beam.

Several steamers in sight.

Average revolutions 98.3, average steam 105 [pounds].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs and breeze from NNE and SSW.

On course N4°E.

At 12.10pm changed course to North by East, at 12.22pm to North by E½E, and at 12.37pm to N29°E.

Standing in for an anchorage off Kobe.

Quarantine vessel signaled D.S.H., B.N.S., J.W.

Hoisted our number and slowed down.

Quarantine Officer came alongside and granted pratique.

Stood into harbor, and at 3.21pm came to in 5½ fathoms, mooring with 30 fathoms on each chain.

Draft forward 12 feet 11 inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.

Fired a salute of 13 guns, French flag at the fore, which was answered by the French flagship "Bayard" with 13 guns.

Received boarding visits from French flagship "Bayard", and H.B.M.S. "Narcissus".

Sent an officer to make usual visit of courtesy on United States Consul.

Bearings of anchorage: Kobe pier N⅝E, Vulcan [?] derrick W½N, Wada [Misaki] light SSW¼W, ship's head South by E¾E.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SSW to North.

The French cruiser "Eclaireur" came in and anchored and we boarded her, the visit being returned.

Returned boarding calls to the French flagship "Bayard" and H.B.M.S. "Narcissus".

The Commander called on the French flagship "Bayard" and H.B.M.S. "Narcissus".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light WNW airs, followed by gentle ENE breeze.


O Shima is also known as Kii Oshima.

Shino Misaki is also known as Shiono Misaki.


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28 June 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light East to NE breeze.

At 8.00am full-dressed ship with H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" in honor of the coronation of the British Queen.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from ENE and East.

H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" got under way at 9.30am and stood out of harbor.

On getting under way she hauled down dressing lines and we did the same.

Mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

United States Consul visited the ship officially.

Upon his departure fired a salute of 7 guns, United States ensign at the fore.

Hauled down masthead flags with H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" at 10.45am.

H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" standing back and forth off harbor during remainder of watch.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Commanding Officer of French cruiser "Eclaireur" visited the ship officially.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Light breeze from SE to SSW.

Exercised Marines at boat drill.

French flagship "Bayard" fired a salute of 13 guns, Japanese flag at the fore.

Lifted flying deck, red-leaded protective deck.

At 3.40pm hoisted masthead flags with H.B.M.S. "Narcissus", which was sighted standing into harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Light breeze from SW and WSW.

H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" came in and anchored at 4.30pm, at which time followed her motions in dressing ship rainbow fashion.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and exercised at setting up.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

An Officer from H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" came on board to return thanks for our dressing ship today.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW to NE.


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29 June 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to [8]am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate ENE breeze.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 109 pounds fresh bread; and 136¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate ENE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

At 9.33am called all hands clear ship for action, all divisions ready in 45 minutes.

Secured at 11.15am, all divisions secured at 12.15pm.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Narcissus".

French flagship "Bayard" left the harbor.

During exercise broke one thermometer (Ordnance Department).


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate breeze from ENE.

Instructed Powder Division at signals.

Ensign F.A. Traut left the ship on two days' leave and Assistant Engineer E.S. Kellogg left the ship on four days' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers last hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ENE to NE by East.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, light passing showers of rain.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.


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30 June 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining last hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.

Japanese steamer "Saikio Maru" came into the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, light rain squalls.

Gentle to moderate breeze [from] NE by East.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Instructed divisions at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NE by East.

Split moorings, leaving mooring swivel on port chain.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate breeze from NE by East, with fresh squalls.

Raining entire watch.

Had collision drill, [watertight] doors closed in 38 seconds, dipping line ready in 1 minute 5 seconds.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining.

Moderate to fresh breeze from NE by East.

Took mooring swivel off port chain.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.


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Commanding Officer July 31st, 1897.


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

[3rd] Rate

of [Six] Guns,


Commanded By

C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy,

Attached to [Asiatic] Squadron,

Commencing July 1st, 1897,

at [Kobe, Japan],

and ending December 8th, 1897,

at [Mare Island, California].


Received at Navy Department December 31, 1897.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Steamer Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1897, to [December 8th, 1897].


Name

Rank

C.H. Stockton

Commander

H. Winslow

Lieutenant

H.H. Barroll

Lieutenant

S. Morgan

Lieutenant

M.M. Taylor

Ensign

F.A. Traut

Ensign

L.H. Everhart

Ensign

W.P. Scott

Ensign

L. Young

Lieutenant

J.H. Rohrbacher

Lieutenant

A.H. Scales

Ensign

G.C. Day

Ensign

H. Webster

Chief Engineer

L.C. Kerr

Paymaster

J.E. Page

Passed Assistant Surgeon

E.S. Kellogg

Assistant Engineer

J.J. Cunningham

Paymaster's Clerk

T.B. Bailey

Passed Assistant Surgeon

E.H. Scribner

Passed Assistant Engineer

J.K. Robison

Passed Assistant Engineer


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List of Officers attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown from July 1, 1897.


Name

Rank

C.H. Stockton

Commander

H. Winslow

Lieutenant

H.H. Barroll

Lieutenant

S. Morgan

Lieutenant

M.M. Taylor

Ensign

F.A. Traut

Ensign

L.H. Everhart

Ensign

W.P. Scott

Ensign

L. Young

Lieutenant

J.H. Rohrbacher

Lieutenant

A.H. Scales

Ensign

G.C. Day

Ensign

H. Webster

Chief Engineer

L.C. Kerr

Paymaster

J.E. Page

Passed Assistant Surgeon

E.S. Kellogg

Assistant Engineer

J.J. Cunningham

Paymaster's Clerk

T.B. Bailey

Passed Assistant Surgeon

E.H. Scribner

Passed Assistant Engineer

J.K. Robison

Passed Assistant Engineer


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List of Officers, who have died, been detached, or transferred, from July 1, 1897.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

H.H. Barroll

Lieutenant

Detached September 14, 1897 and sent to Naval Hospital, Yokohama

S. Morgan

Lieutenant

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

M.M. Taylor

Ensign

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

W.P. Scott

Ensign

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

J.E. Page

Passed Assistant Surgeon

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

L.H. Everhart

Assistant Engineer

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Boston"

J.H. Rohrbacher

Lieutenant

Detached November 23, 1897 and ordered home, and granted 2 months' leave

F.A. Traut

Ensign

Detached November 23, 1897 and ordered home, and granted 2 months' leave

J.K. Robison

Passed Assistant Engineer

Detached November 30, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Monterey"


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Steamer Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1897, to [December 8th, 1897].


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

H.H. Barroll

Lieutenant

Detached September 14, 1897 and sent to Naval Hospital, Yokohama

S. Morgan

Lieutenant

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

M.M. Taylor

Ensign

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

W.P. Scott

Ensign

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

J.E. Page

Passed Assistant Surgeon

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Olympia"

L.H. Everhart

Assistant Engineer

Detached September 22, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Boston"

J.H. Rohrbacher

Lieutenant

Detached November 23, 1897 and ordered home, and granted 2 months' leave

F.A. Traut

Ensign

Detached November 23, 1897 and ordered home, and granted 2 months' leave

J.K. Robison

Passed Assistant Engineer

Detached November 30, 1897 and ordered to U.S.S. "Monterey"


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the U.S.S. Steamer Yorktown, 3rd Rate at first commission.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board

1

Chief Boatswain's Mate


4

Boatswain's Mate First-class


1

Chief Gunner's Mate


9

Gunner's Mates


1

Chief Quartermaster


3

Quartermasters


6

Coxswains


2

Carpenter's Mates


1

Sailmaker's Mates


1

Ship's Cook


1

Shipwright


1

Baymen


2

Master-at-Arms


1

Apothecary


1

Ship's Yeoman


1

Paymaster's Yeoman


1

Engineer's Yeoman


1

Ship's Writer


1

Painter


1

Bugler


2

Blacksmith


1

Cabin Steward


1

Cabin Cook


1

Ward-room Steward


1

Ward-room Cook


1

Steerage Steward


1

Steerage Cook


16

Seamen


16

Ordinary Seamen


10

Landsmen


16

Apprentices


6

Machinist


1

Boiler Makers


3

Water Tenders


6

Oilers


8

First-class Firemen


8

Second-class Firemen


15

Coal Heavers



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

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


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Armament


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


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Black

35 to 45 [pounds]

Common cast iron

110 [pounds]

Central pivot







Common steel









Shrapnel









Armour piercing




Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

2

6-pounder

Hotchkiss Breech Loading Rifle



Common shell



2

3-pounder

Hotchkiss Breech Loading Rifle






1

1-pounder short

Hotchkiss Breech Loading Rifle






1

1-pounder long

Hotchkiss Breech Loading Rifle






2

37 mm

Hotchkiss Breech Loading Rifle






2

Gatling

Colt







Boat armament


1 1-pounder, short, Sailing Launch

1 Gatling gun, 1st Cutter.


Small arms


110 Colt's revolvers, Direct Action, .38 caliber

100 Lee Remington magazine rifles, .45 caliber


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



LOGS FOR JULY 1897


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1 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, weather moderating.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE by East.

Passing showers.

Clear hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, light showers of rain last two hours.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 109 pounds bread; and 136¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company] steamer "Peru" came into harbor and anchored, sent an officer to board her.

Clear hawse.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and overcast last hour.

[At] 9.30am mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent with out leave.

Exercised at general quarters, divisions ready in 2 minutes 30 seconds.

Extreme train aft 34 seconds, extreme depression 8 seconds.

Secured in 3 minutes 50 seconds.

Clear hawse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers first part.

Light airs to light breezes, variable in direction.

Instructed Marines at great guns.

Cross in hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Raining, thunder and lightning last part.

Variable airs first hour, light to gentle breeze from NE Last part.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Absent over leave: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

G. Fawcett, Seaman, was given an acting appointment as Yeoman Third-class for six (6) months.

Clear hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Rainy weather.

Light airs to light breezes from NE.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "Peru" left the harbor at 10.30pm.

A fire on shore was put out.

Clear hawse.


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2 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs from NW, veering to West and WSW.

Cross in hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining.

Calm to light airs from SW.

Cross in hawse.


8am to meridian:

Drizzling and passing showers, overcast.

Light SW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill and instructed divisions.

The Commanding Officer paid return calls on the Commanding Officer of the French man of war "Eclaireur" and the United States Consul at Kobe.

Cross in hawse.

Ensign F.A. Traut made the usual weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Calms and light Southerly airs and breezes.

At 1.05pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 35 seconds.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Put on mooring swivel, 30 fathoms on each chain.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, drizzling and passing showers last part.

Calm and light airs to light breezes from South and ESE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with occasional light passing showers.

Calms and light Southerly airs.


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3 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North to WNW.


4am to 8am:

Fair weather and warm.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts these fresh provisions: 135 pounds each of beef and vegetables; and 108 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light Easterly airs.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.A. Anderson, Apprentice First-class, was placed on the third conduct class, for repeated and obstinate inattention at drill and talking after having been frequently warned not to do so, and G.L. Kerr, Quartermaster Second-class, on the second conduct class, for leaving his station without authority or before regular relief.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from South to SSW.

Received from American Trading Company in Equipment Department: two (2) typewriter ribbons.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light SW airs and calms.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman.

Lieutenant Morgan left the ship on four (4) days' leave of absence, and Assistant Engineer Kellogg returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly airs.


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4 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty, warm.

[Calm.]

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "China" came in.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

[No wind direction recorded on weather observations page.]

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, then called all hands to muster, absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman.

Sent an officer to H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" and the French cruiser "Eclaireur" to inform them that we would dress ship at sunrise and fire a salute of 21 guns at noon tomorrow.

Broke a boat hook in the first cutter.

Ensign L.H. Everhart returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SW.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "China" left harbor at 3.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SW breeze.

Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima" came in and anchored.

Sent an officer to board her to extend the usual courtesies and to inform her that we would dress ship at sunrise and fire a salute of 21 guns at noon tomorrow.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light breeze from North and West.

Boarding visit to Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima" was returned.


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5 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Fair weather and warm.

Calm.

Large fire in Japanese town.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

At sunrise full-dressed ship in honor of Independence Day.

H.B.M.S. "Narcissus", French cruiser "Eclaireur", and Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima" dressing at same time, all with American flag at main.

A number of American and English merchant vessels following later.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 108 pounds fresh bread; and 135 pounds each of vegetables and fresh beef.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Calm to light breeze from South by West.

French cruiser "Eclaireur" left at 9.00am.

Commanding Officer paid official call on Commanding Officer of Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima", which was returned.

At noon fired a salute of 21 guns, as did H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" and His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Akitsushima".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather and hot.

Light South to SW breeze.

Sent Fourth of July liberty party ashore for sports, et cetera.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, light breeze from Southward and Westward.

Boarded the American ship "Reuce", 136 days from New York.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and hot.

Calms and light NNE and SSW airs.

Ship dressed rainbow fashion with electric lights from 8.00pm to 12.00am.


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6 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy.

Calm, pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Clear.

Calm to light breeze from NE.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Coptic" came in.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light Easterly breeze and calm.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman, absent, had setting up and company drills.

Sent officer to thank the Japanese and British men-of-war for having full-dressed ship in celebration of the Fourth of July.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast, and hot.

Calms to light airs from South and SW.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light SW breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman, absent.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, warm, passing rain showers.

Canadian Pacific Railway [Company] steamer "Empress of India" came in, and Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Coptic" left the harbor.


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7 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light Westerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light airs from West to WSW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts these fresh provisions: 108 pounds bread; and 135 [pounds] each of beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, passing showers.

Calm to light SW airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up, and had instruction of divisions.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman, absent without leave.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW to SW by West.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of India" left the harbor.

Lieutenant Commander H. Winslow left the ship on leave until the 11th of this month.

Received in Equipment Department from General Storekeeper, New York Navy Yard: 50 yards cotton ravens canvas number 8.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, warm, intermittent rain.

Light breeze from SW by West.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and passing showers.

Light breeze from SW to SW by West.


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8 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather, passing showers of rain.

Light airs from WNW, calm last two hours.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, clearing.

Calms and light airs from WNW and West.

Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima" left the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SSW to SW by South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: J. McCudden, Landsman, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCormack, Private Marine, and W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster.

Beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 50 seconds.

Passed up ammunition for three (3) minutes as follows: 15 6-inch shells; 23 6-inch charges; 180 rounds [of] 37 mm; 44 rounds of 6-pounder; 64 rounds of 3-pounder; and 120 rounds of 1-pounder.

Secured in 4 minutes 25 seconds.

A.D. McKinnon, Chief Boatswain's Mate, and P. Mahony, Gunner's Mate First-class, reported the expiration of their enlistment.

A.D. McKinnon, Chief Boatswain's Mate, was honorably discharged by reason of expiration of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SSW and SW.

Exercised Powder Division at signals.

Instructed Marines and Engineer's force at ordnance.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

[Light breezes from SW to WSW.]


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, overcast last hour.

Light breeze from SW.


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9 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from South and West.

At 3.10am sighted U.S.S. "Boston" coming in, exchanged numbers, and she anchored at 3.35am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light Westerly breeze.

At 4.45am hoisted colors with U.S.S. "Boston", H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" doing the same.

At 5.30am hauled down the colors with U.S.S. "Boston".

At 6.15am U.S.S. "Boston" got under way and shifted berth, anchoring about 300 yards inside of this ship.

Followed motions of U.S.S. "Boston" in hoisting and hauling down colors.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 108 pounds fresh bread; and 135 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Gentle breeze from West and WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up exercise.

J. McCudden, Landsman, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCormack, Private Marine, and W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, absent without leave.

Called away all boats, armed and equipped, all boats ready in 2 minutes 45 seconds, secured in 2 minutes 20 seconds.

A.D. McKinnon, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, Continuous Service Certificate number 8348, reenlisted for 3 years as Boatswain's Mate Second-class and was given an acting appointment for 3 months as Chief Boatswain's Mate.

Sent reward of 19 yen each for the delivery on board of W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, and J. McCormack, Private Marine.

J.W. Paulsen, Sailmaker's Mate, was this day honorably discharged by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to U.S.S. "Boston".

Received visit from the Governor of Hyogo-ken [Hiogo-ken in log-book], and upon his departure from the ship fired a salute of 17 guns, with Japanese flag at the fore.

Received in Construction and Equipment Departments stores as per appended list [below].

Executive Officer, Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page and Ensign M.M. Taylor made routine inspection of watertight doors, compartments, storerooms, holds, et cetera.

Ensign W.P. Scott left the ship on three days' leave.

Officers from U.S.S. "Boston" made an official visit to the ship.

Sent officer to pay official visit to U.S.S. "Boston".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from SW.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, divisions ready in 1 minute 25 seconds, secured in 1 minute 20 seconds.

Received stores as per list appended [below].

Exercised First Division at signals.

Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Boston" paid an official [visit] on the ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Same absentees as in fore noon.

J. McCormack, Private Marine, returned from leave 34 hours over time, drunk, and was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.

Ensign L.H. Everhart returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from WSW to WNW.


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Meridian to 4pm, July 9th, 1897.

Received in Equipment Department: 5 dozen sail needles; 25 yards white bunting; 22 yards blue bunting.

Received in Construction Department: 43½ pounds putty; 5 gallons linseed oil (boiled).

Received in Ordnance Department: 50 pounds waste cotton.

Received in Equipment Department stationary, for Commanding Officer: 100 sheets regulation paper, single; 100 sheets regulation paper, double; 2 dozen envelopes, 9 inches x 14 inches; 4 dozen envelopes, 5 inches x 12 inches, linen lined; 1 quart writing ink; 1 quart copying ink; 2 boxes paper fasteners; 1 box pens; 1 gross rubber bands.

For Executive Officer: 2 boxes note paper; 2 blank books; 6 memo pads; 24 sheets blotting paper; 2 reams foolscap; 2 reams regulation paper, single; 3 dozen official envelopes, 5 inches x 12 inches; 1 quart writing ink; 2 vials red ink; 2 boxes paper fasteners; 1 box falcon pens; 2 rubber erasers; 1 quart mucilage; 3 dozen lead pencils; 2 dozen pen holders.

For Navigator: 100 official envelopes; 6 small note books; 2 dozen lead pencils; 6 memo pads.

For Equipment Yeoman: 1 pint mucilage; 3 memo pads; 2 dozen lead pencils.


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8am to meridian, July 9th, 1897.

Received in Construction Department: 308 pounds white zinc; 30 pounds Venetian red; 25 gallons turpentine; 3 gallons copal varnish; 6 paint brushes; 2 pounds glue; 500 sheets emery cloth; 50 pounds shellac; 50 pounds charcoal.

Received in Equipment Department: 60 yards cotton canvas number 10; 3 roping palms; 11 pounds codline; 12 corn brooms; 12 corn brushes and handles; 20 pounds signals halyards.


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10 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

[Light] airs from East.

By order of the Commanding Officer released J. McCormack from sentry's charge.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made routine time and dress signal as per record.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from South and West.

H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" left port.

W.W. Crawford, Seaman, reported expiration of his term of enlistment.

Received in Ordnance Department: 10 gallons crude petroleum; 10 gallons lubricating oil; 5 gallons turpentine.

Received in Equipment Department: 6 yards white muslin; and 1 roping palm.

Received in Construction Department: 252 pounds white lead; and 10 pounds vermilion red.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hot weather.

Light breeze from SSW to SW.

The Japanese man-of-war "Saimen" [misspelled "Sai Yen"?] came in and anchored, and was boarded by U.S.S. "Boston".


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from South and West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Absent over leave: W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, and T. Ferguson, Private Marine.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 27 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, light Westerly breeze.

T. Ferguson, Private Marine, returned 14 hours over time.


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11 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from South and West.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 107 pounds fresh bread; and 133¼ [pounds] each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Received in Department of Construction: six spit kits.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made time and uniform signal.

Chief Engineer H. Webster left for Yokohama, having been ordered as member of a Board of Examination by the Commander-in-Chief.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to SSW.

At 10.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, and H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman; and the Commanding Officer inspected.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle to light SSW breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from SW to West.

W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, returned 84½ hours over time.

Ensign W.P. Scott returned from leave.

Received in Department of Equipment: 300 sheets of typewriting paper.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light Westerly breeze.


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12 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, with heavy showers first part.

[Light breeze from WSW.]


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, occasional drizzle last part.

Light WSW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, J. Phillips, Seaman, and M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Received in Construction Department: 3 gallons Japan driers; 5 pounds zinc; and 35 gallons alcohol.

And in Equipment Department: 30 gallons tea oil.

Sent offer of reward of 19 yen for the delivery on board of H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and warm.

Gentle to light breeze from West by South.

Cleaned out after fresh water tanks.

Paymaster's Clerk J.J. Cunningham left the ship on 48 hours' leave, commencing July 13th.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast to cloudy.

Light airs from NW and SSW.

Light passing showers first hour.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Absentees same as in forenoon watch of this date.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from West to NNW.


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13 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant weather.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light SW airs.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signal 6351.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 107 pounds fresh bread; and 133¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle SW breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Absentees: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, J. Scoggins, Seaman, J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, A.E. Warren, Private Marine, F. Martin, Private Marine, L.A. Lamar, Apprentice First-class, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer.

Exercised at routine drills.

Sent a reward of 19 yen ashore for the delivery on board of M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class.

Received in Construction Department: 29 pounds codline.

And in Construction Department: 2 double blocks, 2¾-inch; 1 piece sheet iron, 5 feet x 3 feet x ¼ inch; 1 package brass tacks, all from Julien and Company, Kobe.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light to moderate breeze from WSW to WNW.

Instructed Powder Division at signals.

Exercised whaleboat under sail.

Expended one 6-pounder charge, saluting.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle WSW breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees same as morning quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy weather, warm.

Light breeze from West and WSW.


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14 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining last part.

Light to gentle breeze from South and West.

L.A. Lamar, Apprentice First-class, came aboard 17 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from West and NNW.

At 5.55am hoisted colors with the Japanese cruiser "Saimen" [misspelled "Sai Yen"?], U.S.S. "Boston" following suit.

The "Saimen" left the harbor at 6.10am.

Hauled down the colors at 6.35am.

At 6.55am made time and uniform signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Belgic" came into the harbor and anchored.

Nippon Yusen Kaisha steamer "Kobe Maru" came into the harbor and anchored.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from West to SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up exercise, and then inspected bags.

Had collision drill, watertight [doors] closed in 43 seconds, dipping lines over in 50 seconds.

The following men absent without leave: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, J. Scoggins, Seaman, J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, A.E. Warren, Private Marine, F. Martin, Private Marine, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer.

Sent reward on shore of 19 yen each for the delivery on board of J. Scoggins, Seaman, J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, A.E. Warren, Private Marine, F. Martin, Private Marine, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer.

J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned to ship 26½ hours over time.

At 9.15am U.S.S. "Boston" made [signal] (interrogatory) 5455, answered in the affirmative.

At 10.05am made signal to U.S.S. "Boston" 3093.

U.S.S. "Boston" made routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from South and West.

A.E. Warren, Private Marine, came aboard 29 hours over time.

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breeze from NW, shifting to NE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, J. Scoggins, Seaman, F. Martin, Private Marine, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Northern Pacific Steamer "Olympia" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from ENE.

The Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Belgic" left the harbor.

M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, returned aboard sixty (60) hours over time.


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15 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Fair weather and hot.

Light breeze from NE to ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from NE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 107 pounds fresh bread; and 133¾ pounds each of beef and vegetables.

At 7.00am made routine time and uniform signal.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining last part.

Light to gentle breeze from North and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and went to general quarters.

All divisions reported ready in 4 minutes 30 seconds, extreme train aft 45 seconds, extreme elevation 5 seconds and depression 8 seconds.

Secured in 4 minutes 50 seconds.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, and F. Martin, Private Marine, absent over leave.

J. Scoggins, Seaman, returned to the ship 49 hours over time.

Received in Construction Department: 3 brass knobs; 2 brass bolts; 2 pump handles; 4 gross brass screws; 12 small files; 4 small galvanized bolts; 3 cold chisels (dressed).

Sent ashore: one roping palm, received on the 10th of this month.

Signals as per record.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, heavy rain, accompanied by occasional thunder and lightning.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East to ENE.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, heavy rain, moderating at intervals, occasional thunder and lightning.

Gentle breeze from NE.


8pm to midnight:

Rainy weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE to ENE.


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16 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Gentle breeze from ENE and NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from North and East.


8am to meridian:

Rainy weather and warm.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill and divisional instruction.

Absent at quarters: R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, F. Martin, Private Marine, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer.

At 9.50am the Senior Officer's pennant was hoisted on U.S.S. "Boston" and hauled down on this ship.

Chief Engineer H. Webster reported his return yesterday from special duty.

Signals as per record.

R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, returned on board, having been absent without leave since June 11th, and by order of the Commanding Officer was made a prisoner at large awaiting action of the Commander-in-Chief.

Ensign F.A. Traut made the usual weekly inspection of holds and storerooms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing rain showers.

Moderate breeze from ENE and East by North.

At 1.00pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions ready in 1 minute 40 seconds.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Took off mooring swivel and secured with 30 fathoms on each chain.

At end of watch riding to open hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather.

Gentle breeze from ENE to ESE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees: F. Martin, Private Marine, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer.

Open hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward.

A small man-of-war, supposed to be the [French gunboat] "Comète", came in and anchored.


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17 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and drizzling.

Light breeze from ENE to NE.

Clear hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling.

Light breezes from ENE to NE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts these fresh provisions: 133¾ pounds each of beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds bread.

Open hawse.

Received in Department of Construction: 2 jigger blocks.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, warm, passing rain showers.

Light to gentle breeze from East to ENE.

Received in Construction Department: 4 galvanized bolts; and 1 pump handle.

By order of the Commanding Officer A. Lappi, Coxswain, was placed on the second conduct class, for allowing steam launch's crew to have beer in the boat.

F. Martin, Private Marine, was brought on board by the police, 100 hours over time, and a reward of 19 yen was paid for his delivery on board.

Open hawse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and passing showers.

Calm and light NE breeze.

Ensign L.H. Everhart cited to appear before the United States Consular Court at Kobe, Japan, at 10.00am on Monday July 19th, 1897, to answer charges preferred by a Japanese ashore.

American schooner standing into the harbor.

Received in Equipment Department from Julien and Company, Kobe: 6 sail hooks.

Clear hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, warm, sultry, light passing showers.

Light SSW airs, followed by calm.

Barometer falling.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees: H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, and M.J. Carey, Coal Passer.

Clear hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW and West.

The following men were brought on board by the police, and a reward of 19 yen was paid for the delivery of each of them: H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, 156½ hours over time; M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, and W. Owen, Second-class Fireman, each 108½ hours over time.

Sent steam launch ashore to secure for the night.


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18 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, with showers of rain first two hours.

Light to gentle breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light breeze from Southward and WSW.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made time and uniform signals 6391, 5264 and 3956.

Cross in hawse.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle to moderate breeze from West and WNW.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, no absentees, then called all hands to muster and read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy.

Commanding Officer of the French gunboat "Comète" paid an official visit to this ship.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Cross in hawse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from WNW.

Cross in hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light Westerly airs.

Cross in hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from West.

Clear hawse.


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19 July 1897

At anchor Kobe, Japan

Lat 34.67, Long 135.20


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm to light airs from North and East.

Clear hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light Westerly airs.

Signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from WSW and SSW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Exercised divisions at divisional drill as per routine.

At 10.00am made general signal (interrogatory) 6183.

Hove up port anchor and hove in to 15 fathoms on starboard chain.

Made routine signals as per record.

G. Blatchford, Gunner's Mate First-class, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

At 11 o'clock started fires under boilers A, C, D.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from South and West.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "City of Rio de Janeiro" came in from Yokohama at 2 o'clock, and was boarded.

General Court Martial prisoner O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was received from U.S.S. "Boston", with necessary papers, and placed under sentry's charge.

Exercised First Division at signals.

Engaged in making preparations for getting under way.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from WSW.

Hoisted in steam launch, rigged in quarter boats, took gangways and made preparation for sea.

At 5.00pm made general signal (interrogatory) 2776, U.S.S. "Boston" answered in the affirmative.

At 5.55pm called all hands up anchor.

Hove up starboard anchor, and at 6 o'clock stood out of the harbor, conned by Commanding Officer.

Ship's draft forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from South and West.

Standing through Akashi Straight, Commanding Officer at the conn, steering various courses.

At 7.10pm Yesaki light abeam, distance 1.2 miles.

All 7.35pm changed course to S65°W, patent log [reading] 14.3.

At close [of watch] on course S65°W, patent log [reading] 18.8.

Steam [left blank], revolutions [left blank].


8pm to midnight:

Overcast most of watch, cloudy and passing showers.

Moderate to light SSW breeze.

Smooth sea.

Under [steam in] all boilers, steaming through Harima Nada, Inland Sea, on various courses until 11.57pm, when we came to with the starboard anchor in 12 fathoms water.

Bearings at anchorage: Oki Sima light North by W¼W, distance 1.8 miles.

At 10.00pm lost Yesaki light astern.

At 10.05pm made Ogi Shima light ahead.

Secured engines.

Hauled in patent log log at 11.07pm, reading 58.2.

Average steam 108 pounds, average revolutions 96.2.


Akashi Straight is also known as Akashi Kaikyo.

Yesaki is also known as E Saki.

Oki Sima is also known as Ogi Shima.


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20 July 1897

At sea, in passage from Kobe, Japan, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 34.09, Long 132.84


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, warm, drizzling rain.

Light airs and breezes from ESE, shifting ENE last hour.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm and light NW breeze.

At 4.50am got under way and set course S78°W, patent log reading 58.2.

Commanding Officer conning ship through passages between Harima Nada and Bingo Nada.

On course N77°W at end of watch.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company] steamer "City of Rio de Janeiro" sighted.

Draft forward 12 feet 6 inches, draft aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 102.1.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, raining.

Light airs from NW.

At 8 o'clock standing through Mekari Strait on course N77°W.

At 8 o'clock passed Hyaku Kuan [Hyku Kuon in log-book] lighthouse and stood through Aki Strait [Aogi Strait in log-book], conned by Commanding Officer.

At 11.20am changed course to SW½S, patent log [reading] 29.1.

At 12.00pm, patent log [reading] 36.5, changed course to SW.

Average steam 102 pounds, average revolutions 98.2.

A. Hill, Quartermaster First-class, Continuous Service Certificate 10642, was this day discharged from the United States Naval Service by reason of expiration of his enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs to moderate breeze from South and West.

At 1.30pm [sic] Tsuru[-shima] light abeam, distance 0.8 miles.

At 1.03pm changed course to S52°W, patent log [reading] 47.0.

At 2.05pm changed course to S62°W, patent log [reading] 60.2.

At 2.45pm, Kominase[-jima] Island abeam, distant 0.9 miles, changed course to North by S¼S, patent log [reading] 67.7.

At 3.55pm, Hirane-saki abeam, changed course to WNW½W, patent log [reading] 81.0.

A Board of Survey on certain articles in Equipment and Construction Departments, and of which Lieutenant A. Morgan was senior member, met.

Passed three steamers during watch.

At close [of watch] on course WNW½W, patent log [reading] 82.2.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 105.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and rainy weather.

Light breeze from South to SE.

Steaming under four boilers on course WNW½W through the Inland Sea of Japan.

At end of watch Hime Shima [Hima Shima in log-book] on port hand, distant 1½ miles.

Exercised at closing watertight doors.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 104.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, warm.

Light breeze from South and SE.

On course WNW½W until 7.45pm, when sighted Shimonoseki light and stood for it.

Passed two small steamers standing to Eastward and several sailing vessels.

Steam 117 [pounds], revolutions 108.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining.

Calm and light airs from SE to ENE.

On course NW by West.

At 8.52pm came to anchor in 6½ fathoms of water, 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings of anchorage: He Saki light bearing NW by West, distant 5 miles.


Bingo Nada is also known as Hiuchi-nada.

Mekari Strait is also known as Mekari-seto.

Hyaku Kuan is also known as Hyakkan Shima.

Aki Strait is also known as Aki Nada.


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21 July 1897

At sea, in passage from Kobe, Japan, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 33.67, Long 129.88


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining hard.

[Light to moderate breezes from South to SW.]

At 4.45am got under way and stood through Shimonoseki Strait [Straights in log-book], Commanding Officer at conn.

At 7.10am put over patent log.

At 7.55am Pillar Rock bore abeam, distant 1 mile.

At 8.00am took departure, Pillar Rock bearing South, distant 1½ miles.

At end of watch course WSW½W, patent log [reading] 46.7.

Steam 105 [pounds], revolutions 97.9.


8am to meridian:

Rainy weather, squally last part.

Light to moderate breeze from South to SSW.

Ghoji Hirai [Hidai in log-book] was disrated from Wardroom Steward to Mess Attendant, for incompetency.

Alexander Hill enlisted for three years as Quartermaster First-class, Continuous Service Certificate number 10642.

Exercised at closing watertight doors, time one minute.

At 9.20am changed course to SW by W¼W, patent log [reading] 62.5.

At 11.25am changed course to WSW¾W, patent log [reading] 85.8.

At 11.30am changed course to WSW, patent log [reading] 87, Eboshi [Jima] abeam.

Steaming down the coast of Kyushu toward Spex Strait under four boilers.

At end of watch near Madara Shima.

Steam 111 [pounds], revolutions 104.8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing rain showers.

[Moderate breeze from SSW.]

On course WSW until 12.30pm, when changed to South, patent log [reading] 8.0.

At 12.38pm changed course to SSW, and at 12.44pm to SW¼W.

Standing for Spex Strait.

Stood through Spex Strait under conn of Commanding Officer, and at 2.25pm set course SW by South, patent log [reading] 20.7.

At 3.25pm changed course to South, and at 3.35pm to S½E, patent log [reading] 33.4.

At entrance to Spex Strait passed a small Japanese gunboat standing to Eastward.

Steam 117 [pounds], revolutions 108.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW.

At 4.05pm changed course to South by E¾E, and at 4.50pm to South by East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Closed watertight doors in 61 seconds.

At end of watch Commanding Officer conning ship into Nagasaki harbor.

Steam 113 [pounds], revolutions 106.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Stood into Nagasaki harbor conned by Commanding Officer.

Passed Pacific Mail [Steamship Company] steamer "City of Rio de Janeiro" standing out.

At 7.10pm let go port anchor and veered to 60 fathoms, let go starboard anchor, and moored ship with 30 fathoms on each chain, 5 fathoms water.

Bearings from anchorage: Minage Point SW by W¾W, creek bridge SSE, customs light ESE¼E, ship's head South.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

J. McCudden, Landsman, returned to ship 18½ days over time and was by order of the Commanding Officer placed in double irons to wait trial by Summary Court Martial.

The Commanding Officer left the ship under orders of the Commander-in-Chief to proceed to Yokohama, Japan.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSW.

Fires dying out in boilers A, B and D.


Pillar Rock is also known as Hashira Iwa.

Spex Strait is also known as Hirado Seto.

Minage Point is also known as Minage Saki.


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22 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Squally weather, passing showers last part.

Light to moderate SSW breezes.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light breeze from SSW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle breeze from South by West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Exercised at general quarters, divisions ready in 3 minutes 20 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 34 seconds.

Got sheet anchor on bow and shackled port chain.

Sent officer to United States Consul to report arrival and offer a boat.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hot weather.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

Exercised Marines at great guns.

Unbent sail.

Hoisted out steam launch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 560 pounds cotton waste.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from South by West to SSW.


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23 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Gentle breeze from South by West and South.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 6.15am coal lighters came alongside, and at 7.15am began coaling, taking in 53 tons by end of watch.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 [pounds] fresh bread; and 137½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

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


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from South by East to SSW.

Coaling ship, at meridian 237 tons had been received today.

Ensign F.A. Traut made usual weekly inspection of hold and storerooms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle to light breeze from SW.

At 1.45pm finished coaling, having received in all 251 tons.

Draft 13 feet 5 inches forward, 16 feet 7 inches aft.

Cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from SW.

Cleaning ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Calm.


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24 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and variable light airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hot.

Calm and light SSW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light Southerly breeze.

Sent ashore to Mitsubishi Iron Works: one auxiliary circulating pump.

A Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant Morgan was senior member, met at 9.45am for the trial of J. McCudden, Landsman, and took a recess at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Light breeze from WSW to SW.

Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant S. Morgan, U.S. Navy, was senior member, reconvened at 1.00pm and continued the case of James McCudden, court adjourned at 3.10pm until 9.30am of the 26th, prisoner was reconfined in double irons under the sentry's charge.

Received in Construction Department from Mitsubishi Engine Works: 1 hundredweight Rahtjens' [Rahtzens in log-book] paint number 3.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs and breeze from Southward and Westward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm.

Calm.


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25 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, warm.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light ESE airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread; and 137½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SSW to SW.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, no absentees, ship and crew at quarters inspected by Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light airs and breezes from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Calm and light breeze from NNW, shifting to ENE.


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26 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm to light airs from North and East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE airs.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of Japan" came into the harbor and made fast to buoy.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather, warm.

Light to gentle breeze from East by South to SSE.

At 9.25am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Had setting up exercise and then divisional drill as per routine.

At 9.40am a Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant S. Morgan was senior member, met for the trial of James McCudden, Landsman.

The Acting United States Consul visited the ship, and on leaving was saluted with 7 guns.

At 11.40am the Summary Court Martial adjourned to await the action of the convening authority.

A. Roose, Coal Passer, and F. Keane, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Received in Equipment Department: one discharge pipe; one old pipe.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SE to SSW.

Exercised First Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather, light shower of rain last hour.

Light airs and breezes from SW and WSW.

At 5 o'clock mustered at quarters, A. Roose, Coal Passer, and F. Keane, Private Marine, absent with out leave.

Had setting up exercise.

The Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of Japan" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Calm to light airs from North.


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27 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light airs to light breezes from North.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread; and 137 pounds each beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light breeze from South and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and inspected battalion in heavy marching order.

Absent without leave: W. Lawrence, Seaman, and A. Roose, Coal Passer.

Offered rewards of 20.00 yen each for the delivery on board of A. Roose, Coal Passer, and F. Keane, Private Marine.

T. Marsh, Coxswain, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

F. Keane, Private Marine, came aboard 25½ hours over time.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 300 gallons lubricating oil, from Standard Oil Company.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to light breezes from SE to West.

At 1.00pm called all hands to muster and published the Summary Court Martial proceedings of the trial of James McCudden, Landsman, for scandalous conduct.

The proceedings and sentence were approved as follows: discharge from the service with bad conduct discharge, to perform extra police duties for three months, and to lose three months' pay, amounting to $51.00.

The loss of pay was referred to the Secretary of the Navy for further approval.

James McCudden, Landsman, was released from confinement and started at extra police duties.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 40 gallons "T" oil; 20 pounds putz pomade; 18 corn brooms; 12 buckets.

And in Department of Ordnance: 50 pounds putz pomade.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs to light breezes from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, absent over leave: A. Roose, Coal Passer, and W. Lawrence, Seaman.

At sundown placed J. McCudden, Landsman, under sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and hot.

Calm and light SSE airs.

A. Roose, Coal Passer, returned [aboard] 40 hours over time.


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28 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Calm to light airs from NNW.

At 5.00am released J. McCudden from sentry's charge.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to light breezes from SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, absent: W. Lawrence, Seaman, for whom a reward of yen 20 was offered.

Exercised at closing watertight doors, time 37 seconds.

Quarterly Board of Survey condemned 2 pounds butter, which was thrown overboard.

Posted General Court Martial Orders numbers 39 to 49 inclusive, and [Navy Department] Circular number 79.

Received in Department of Construction: 70 fathoms 2¼-inch wire rope.

In Department of Equipment: 6 dust brushes.

And in Department of Steam Engineering: 150 pounds cement; 6 pounds ¼-inch brass wire; 30 pounds lye; 1 bottle glycerin; and 2 monkey wrenches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from Southward and Eastward.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breezes from SE to SW by South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

W. Lawrence, Seaman, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Light variable airs and breezes.

W. Lawrence, Seaman, returned on board 38 hours over time.


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29 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE to North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light NW airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds bread; and 137½ pounds each of beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from East and East by North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, after which beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 20 seconds.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good order.

Received in Equipment Department: 40 yards canvas.

In Paymaster's Department: 48 pounds tea; and 168 pounds sugar.

And in Department of Steam Engineering: 25 dozen sheets emery cloth; and 2 dozen lead pencils.

By order of the Commanding Officer threw overboard 2 pounds butter, condemned by board of survey.

S.A. Nay, Landsman, was this day discharged from the ship and the Naval Service with ordinary discharge, and F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, with honorable discharge, both by reason of expiration of enlistment.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Roose, Coal Passer, was given two weeks' extra duty, for smoking out of hours.

Engaged in breaking out and cleaning cofferdams.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hot, passing showers last hour.

Instructed Marines and engineers at great guns.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of China" came into the harbor and made fast to a buoy.

Broke an oar lock in the whaleboat.

By order of the Commanding Officer exercised O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for half an hour and then reconfined him.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Calms and light airs and breezes from Southward and Eastward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SE, shifting to North last hour.

Tested searchlight and Ardois [system], Ardois lights not in good order.


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30 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE and NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light NNE airs and breezes.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamers "Gaelic" and "Coptic" came in.

Commander C.H. Stockton, U.S. Navy, returned from detached duty.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Variable airs and breezes.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at setting up drill and instructed crew at the guns.

Sent an officer to make usual boarding visit to the Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamers "Gaelic" and "Coptic".

F. Hubbard and S.A. Nay were this day reenlisted for general service as Ordinary Seamen.

Got out a kedge anchor and sprung ship broadside to wind.

W.B. Winfree, Machinist, and G.F. Reeves, Apprentice First-class, reported the expiration of their enlistments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SE and ESE.

Instructed Powder Division in signals.

Exercised O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for ½ hour and then reconfined him.

At 1.17pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 10 seconds, secured in 1 minute 45 seconds.

J. McCudden, Landsman, performed 3½ hours' extra police duty.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hot, passing showers.

Calm and light Southerly airs.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

S.S. "Gaelic" left the harbor.

By order of Commanding Officer threw overboard 4 pounds butter, condemned by Board of Survey.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm.


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31 July 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm to light airs from SSW to SSE.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Coptic" left the harbor.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant, passing showers.

Light SE airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 110 pounds fresh bread; 137½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from SE.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 18 number 3 scoops.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, passing showers second hour.

Light to gentle breeze from South and West.

Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima" came in from Nagoya and anchored below, and was boarded.

At 1.30pm delivered to R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, a copy of the specifications of charges preferred against him.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SW to West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Received a visit from an officer from Japanese cruiser "Akitsushima".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light variable breezes.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1897


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1 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Varying light airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SE.

Mogul Steamship Company [N.P. (Northern Pacific S.S. Company) in log-book, which is probably incorrect] steamer "Mogul" left the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SE.

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

Afterwards held general muster, ship's company all accounted for.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SE and West to WSW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs to light breezes from WSW.

At sunset placed J. McCudden, Landsman, under sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather and hot.

Light WSW airs and calms.


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2 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cloudy.

Light WSW airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from SSE to calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread; and 137½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

At 5.00am released J. McCudden, Landsman, from sentry's charge.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light SE breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up and divisional drills.

At 10.00am a Summary Court Martial met for the trial of R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and at meridian adjourned to await action of revising authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze from SW and West.

H.B.M.S. "Daphne" came in and anchored.

She was boarded by an officer from this ship, whose visit was returned by an officer from H.B.M.S. "Daphne".

The Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Daphne" visited the ship officially.

Shifted kedge to a point off port quarter and sprung ship around to the wind.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light SW airs and calm.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 500 official envelopes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Calm to light Southerly airs.


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3 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Calm and light SSE airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSE and South.

Russian gun vessel "Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book] came in and anchored, and was boarded by an officer from this ship.

An officer from the "Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book] came on board to return the visit of our boarding officer, and to inform the Commanding Officer that they would dress ship at 10.00am today and fire a salute of 31 guns at noon, in honor of the Russian Emperor's name day.

"Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book] fired a national salute, Japanese flag at the main, which was answered by the "Akitsushima" gun for gun.

At 10.00am dressed ship rainbow fashion, Russian flag at the main, in company with "Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book], H.B.M.S. "Daphne" and "Akitsushima" doing the same.

Mustered at quarters and had routine exercises.

Commanding Officer visited H.B.M.S. "Daphne" officially.

Received in Equipment Department: 3 sewing palms.

Received in Engineer's Department from Mitsubishi Dock and Engine Works, and sent below to engine room: one auxiliary circulating pump.

At noon fired a national salute with the "Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book], the "Akitsushima" doing the same.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

Japanese [cruiser] "Akitsushima" left the harbor.

Received from Y. Haiada: 25 tons fresh water, in the Engineer's Department.

At 1.10pm called all hands to muster and read abstract of findings and sentence of a Summary Court Martial in the case of Robert Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class, sentence as remitted, as follows: to perform extra police duties for months, and to lose 3 months' pay, amounting to $108.00.

Extra police duties were commenced this day.

Lieutenant H.H. Barroll, U.S. Navy, left the ship under orders to proceed to Yokohama for medical treatment.

O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was by order of Commanding Officer released for ½ hour's exercise.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light SW airs and breezes.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from South to SSW.


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4 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light ESE airs and calms.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 11 pounds fresh bread; and 138¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Calm and light airs and breezes from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at setting up and aiming drill.

Received from China and Japan Trading Company: 100 pounds lye, in Construction and Repair Department.

Received official calls from the Commanding Officers of the "Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book] and H.B.M.S. "Daphne".

Commanding Officer made official calls upon the Governor of the Province and upon the Commanding of the "Mandzhur" ["Manjour" in log-book].

Served out monthly money to crew.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SW.

Received in Department [of] Construction: 25 pounds putz pomade; 28 pounds green paint; and 24 brass hinges.

Received in Department [of] Equipment: 12 lantern globes.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 21 pounds lamp wicking; 2 pounds chalk; and one piece lumber, 16 feet x 6 inches x 4 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light WSW airs and breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees, exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light airs from South West.


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5 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light variable breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty.

Calm.

2 workmen came on board in Engineer's Department.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, W. Scott, Apprentice First-class, J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist, and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant.

Exercised at general quarters, divisions ready in 3 minutes 45 seconds, extreme train aft 47 seconds, extreme depression 5 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 20 seconds.

By order of the Commanding Officer J. Jacobs, Water Tender, was reduced from special to first conduct class and cautioned, for disrespect to the Officer of the Deck, and A. Hansen, Oiler, was placed on the third conduct class, for being absent at quarters.

At 9.40am Russian cruiser "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book] left the harbor.

The Japanese Governor visited the ship, and on leaving was saluted with 17 guns.

W. Scott, Apprentice First-class, returned 4½ hours over time.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 17 6-pounder saluting charges; and 17 percussion primers.

Magazine and flood cocks tested and found all right.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from West to WSW.

Enlisted W. Clark as First-class Fireman for 3 years.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calm to light breeze from WSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Absent over leave: J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist, F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot, heavy dew.

Light WSW and Easterly airs.


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6 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and hot.

Light Easterly airs and calm.

Heavy dew.


4am to 8am:

Fair, misty round horizon.

Calm.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "City of Peking" came in and anchored, and was boarded.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 111 pounds fresh bread; 138¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from WSW.

[At] 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up drill, and inspected bags.

Absentees at quarters: J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist, F. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, for whom rewards of yen 20.00 each were offered.

The Quarterly Board of Survey in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts condemned four pounds of butter, which was thrown overboard by authority.

A.T. Phillips, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, Continuous Service Certificate number 10779, was honorably discharged, his term of enlistment having expired.

Ensign F.A Traut made usual weekly inspection of holds and storerooms.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 25 ⅜-inch screws; and 6 ¼-inch brass nipples.

F. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, returned 27 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle SW breezes.

At 1.00pm sounded fire alarm, all division ready in 1 minute 45 seconds.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 300 pounds butter; 300 pounds coffee; 100 gallons beans; 1845 pounds sugar; 152 pounds tea; 500 pounds pickles; 744 pounds corn beef; 50 pounds raisins; and 50 gallons vinegar.

And in Department of Construction and Repairs: 1 plank, teak, 14 feet x 16 inches x 1⅓ inches.

H.B.M.S. "Daphne" left the harbor.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to light breezes from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees: J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist, and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant.

Received in Department of Construction and Repairs: 1 barrel Portland cement.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light variable airs.


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7 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NNE and North.


4am to 8am:

Fair and hot.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light variable airs.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 12 pounds ⅝-inch x 6-inch bolts and nuts; 8 pounds ⅝-inch x 3-inch [bolts and nuts]; 4 pounds ½-inch x 2½-inch [bolts and nuts]; and 4 pounds ½-inch x 3½-inch [bolts and nuts]; 5 pounds 1-inch mild steel nuts; and one grating.

Received in Equipment Department: 12 balls cotton twine; 1 side bellows leather; and 120 fathoms white line.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW.

By Order of the Commanding Officer released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for one hour's exercise.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SW and WSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: J. Costain, Machinist, and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant.

Lost from whaleboat: one brass steering yoke.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light airs from ENE to NE.


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8 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Calms and light NNE airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 112 pounds fresh bread; and 140 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, absent without leave.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Calm to light variable breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Calm and light airs and breezes from SSW to NNE.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first hour, clear last part, warm.

Light airs to light breezes from North.


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9 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to breeze from South and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent over leave: G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, J. Phillips, Seaman, and W. Sharp, Private Marine.

Had setting up and routine drills.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.

By order of the Commanding Officer E.J.P. Fehmel, Seaman, was placed on the fourth conduct class, for insubordinate remarks at mast, and L.A. Lamar, Apprentice First-class, was given two months' additional on fourth class, for answering back in the presence of a stranger.

Lieutenant H. Winslow, U.S. Navy, received a commission as a Lieutenant Commander dated April 6th, 1897.

Sent ashore to Mitsubishi Company for repairs: crank shaft and flywheel of dynamo engine number 1.

Received from Evens and Company: 1 bottle bronzing solution.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze, veering and backing from SE to SW.

Overhauling 2nd Division battery.

Offered reward yen 20.00 for J. Phillips, Seaman.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 2000 pounds hard bread; 1000 pounds salt pork; 1000 pounds flour; 300 pounds tinned vegetables; 300 pounds tomatoes; 200 pounds rice.

In Department of Construction and Repairs: 7 oars; 3 rowlock sockets; 100 sheets sandpaper.

Received in Department of Ordnance: 25 pounds Vaseline.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, passing showers.

Light breeze from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, W. Sharp, Private Marine, and J. Phillips, Seaman.


8pm to midnight:

Rainy and squally weather, hot.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW to East.


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10 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy weather and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining last half.

Light airs to light breeze from South and East.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 112 pounds fresh bread; 140 pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Raining weather and hot.

Light breeze from SE to ESE.

Offered yen 20.00 reward for W. Sharp, Private Marine.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 1464 pounds corned beef; 360 pounds ham; 100 pounds prunes; 60 gallons molasses.

Overhauling 2nd Division battery.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm, passing showers.

Light SE airs.

Exercised Third Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, squally.

Wind veering and backing entire watch.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining, with occasional thunder and lightning.

Calms and light Northerly airs.


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11 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, passing showers and lightning.

Light to gentle breeze from North to ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and warm, rainy weather.

Light SE breeze.

Assistant Surgeon C.P. Kindleberger [Kindleburger in log-book] reported for temporary duty.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, hot, passing rain showers.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and South.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

By order of Commanding Officer M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, reported for being under the influence of liquor on board ship, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle to moderate SSW breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer at 2.00pm released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for one hour's exercise.

Overhauling main battery guns of 2nd Division.

W. Sharp, Private Marine, was brought on board 52½ hours over leave by the United States Marshal, and a reward of 20 yen was paid for his delivery.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, gentle breeze from SSW and South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: J. Phillips, Seaman, T. Ferguson, Private Marine, and G. Hirai, Mess Attendant.

By order of Commanding Officer released M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, [from sentry's charge].

Placed J. McCudden, Landsman, under sentry's charge for the night.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle to moderate SSW breeze.

J. Phillips, Seaman, returned on board 78 hours over time.


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12 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, warm.

Light breeze, with moderate squalls from South.

Passing showers last part.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 111 pounds fresh bread; and 138¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally and warm.

Light to moderate Southerly breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, T. Ferguson, Private Marine, and J. Rooney, Oiler.

Exercised at general quarters, all divisions ready in 5 minutes, secured in 2 minutes 45 seconds.

Sent reward of yen 20 to United States Consul for the delivery on board of T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine.

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

J. Phillips was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for 3 days, for punishment as above.

Overhauling main battery guns of 2nd and 3rd Divisions.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle to fresh breeze from SSW.

His British Majesty's store ship "Humber" came in anchored and was boarded.

Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Humber" called on Commanding Officer.

Exercised 1st Division at signals, and Marines and Engineer's force at great guns.

T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine, returned from liberty 29 hours over time and tight.

By order of Commanding Officer threw overboard: 14 pounds of butter, condemned by Quarterly Board of Survey.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to stiff SSW breeze.

Received from Mitsubishi Engine Works: 12 tube stoppers; 3 brass deflectors for same, in Engineer's Department; one dynamo engine shaft and flywheel that had been ashore for repairs, in Construction Department.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, passing showers third hour.

Light to fresh breeze from SSW.


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[Inserted note]


Punishments, 8am to meridian.

J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, W. Scott, Apprentice First-class, J.C. De Villis, Apprentice First-class, C.E. Bracken, Apprentice First-class, G.B. Studley, Apprentice First-class, for talking on poop, were all given 5 days' restriction.

Andrew Young, Apprentice First-class, for sleeping in during morning watch, was placed on the second [conduct] class.

August Young, Apprentice First-class, J. Davis, Apprentice First-class, and E.T. White, Apprentice First-class, for remaining turned in during morning watch, after having been individually called, were reduced one conduct class each and given first anchor watch for five nights.

J. Phillips, Seaman, going ashore on duty and remaining absent 78 hours, three days' solitary confinement on bread and water.

McNamara, M., Boatswain's Mate First-class, under the influence of liquor on board ship, three months' additional fourth class.


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13 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SSW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent: G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, and J. Rooney, Oiler.

Offered reward of yen 20.00 for the delivery on board of J. Rooney, Oiler.

Exercised at arm and away boats, equipped for distant service, all boats ready in 4 minutes 50 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 40 seconds.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.P.D. Breen, Ordinary Seaman, was rated Seaman from date.

J. Shilson, Apprentice First-class, was honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of apprenticeship.

Ensign Everhart made regular weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera, under the Construction Department.

Commanding Officer called officially on H.B.M.S. "Humber".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light SSW breeze.

Overhauled ship's battery.

At 1.00pm had fire quarters.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from South and West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent over leave: G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, and J. Rooney, Oiler.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and hot.

Light Westerly airs.

The Japanese celebrated Bon Matsuri ashore.


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14 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and hot, passing showers.

Light Westerly airs and calms.

Japanese celebrated Bon Matsuri ashore.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, passing showers second and third hours.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 111 pounds fresh bread; and 138¾ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light SW airs.

Shifted hammocks.

P. Hennessy, Second-class Fireman, reported term of enlistment expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward.

Ah Sing was this day enlisted for three years as Mess Attendant, and was rated Wardroom Steward.

G. Hirai, Mess Attendant, was declared a deserter from August 4th, 1897.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze to light airs from SW to West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, J. Rooney, Oiler, absent.

J. Rooney, Oiler, was brought on board by the United States police authorities and the reward of yen 20.00 was paid.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, warm, sultry.

Light WSW airs and calms.


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15 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, warm.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair and oppressive.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Calms and light airs and breezes from North and NNW.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, after which called all hands to muster and published Articles for the Government of the Navy.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Phillips, Seaman, was released, his term of confinement having expired.

W. Lawrence, Seaman, and J.L. Grimes, Blacksmith, were this day honorably discharged, by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.

T. Dwyer, Coal Passer, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

W. Artus, Blacksmith, reported for being drunk on board ship, was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Variable light to gentle breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] S.S. "Empress of China" came in and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from North by East.

W. Artus, Blacksmith, having sobered, was by order of Commanding Officer released from sentry's charge.


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16 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light NNE airs.


4am [8am in log-book] to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light Northerly airs.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 110 pounds fresh bread; and 137½ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from North to NNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Exercised at routine drills.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: S.A. Nay, Ordinary Seaman, disrespectful and abusive to the Chief Boatswain's Mate, 4th [conduct] class; J.P. Flaherty, Second-class Fireman, going too far from ship while in swimming after the word was passed to keep in close to the ship, restricted from swimming for three days; J. Jacobs, Water Tender, not obeying order of the Officer of the Deck, 3rd [conduct] class.

C. Mason, Seaman, reported the expiration of his enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, passing showers.

Light airs to light breeze from SW to WNW.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.

Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page, U.S. Navy, left the ship with orders to proceed to United States Naval Hospital at Yokohama for treatment.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with passing showers, warm.

Light airs and breezes from NE to SW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, passing showers.

Calm.


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17 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Calm to light breeze from South and West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, then exercised landing party.

Received in Equipment Department: 12 deck buckets.

P. Dougherty, Oiler, was honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to light breezes from SW to WSW.

T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, had end of left forefinger cut off below first joint by training pinion shaft while working at starboard forward six-inch breech loading rifle.

Assistant Engineer E.S. Kellogg and Ensign W.P. Scott left ship on two days' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from WSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Received from Mitsubishi and Company: the steam launch, repaired.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Calm and light variable airs.


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18 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and hot.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 110 pounds fresh bread; and 137½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up and collision drills.

Received in Department of Construction and Repairs: 24 iron hooks and fittings; and 1 iron batten; and 1 brass water cock.

Ensign W.P. Scott returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Gentle breeze from Southward and Westward.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

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

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from WSW and East.

Occidental and Oriental Steamship [Company's] "Doric" came in and anchored.


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19 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light Easterly airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and hot.

Calm.

Boarded Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company's] "Doric" carrying United States mail.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Calms and light airs and breezes from South and West.

Passing showers 3rd hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: P. Lannon, Coal Passer.

Beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 20 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 45 seconds.

P. Lannon, Coal Passer, returned on board, having left ship [whit]out permission, and by order of Commanding Officer he was placed in double irons for safe keeping.

P. Dougherty was this day enlisted for three years as First-class Fireman under honorable discharge, and was given an acting appointment as Oiler for six months.

T. Dwyer was discharged with ordinary discharge by reason of expiration of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Light to gentle SW breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for one hour's exercise.

Exercised Marines and a detail of the Engineer's force at great guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle breeze from Southward and Westward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Mail steamers "Empress of India", "Doric" and "Ancona" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Calm and light Southerly airs.


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20 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and warm, lightning.

Light SW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light breeze from SSW and South.

Thunder shower third hour, with thunder and rain remainder of watch.

Occidental and Oriental Steamship [Company's] "Gaelic" came in and was boarded.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm and light airs to gentle breeze from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees, exercised at divisional drill.

By order of Commanding Officer P. Lannon, Coal Passer, was placed in double irons under sentry's charge to await trial by Summary Court Martial.

At 9.15am served him with the specification of offenses.

Received from Mitsubishi Engine Works in Construction Department: 1 piece sheet iron, 4 feet x 9 feet x 1/16 inches; 1 boat rudder yoke; and 16 teak planks, 16 feet x 2 inches x ¾ inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from SW.

At 1.00pm went to fire quarters, divisions ready in 2 minutes 35 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 20 seconds.

Gun Division engaged in overhauling battery.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Calm and light airs and breezes from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Gaelic" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm first part, passing shower last hour.

Calm to light variable breeze.

Lightning throughout watch.


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21 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, passing showers.

Light airs to light breeze from South and West.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and threatening, passing showers.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, raining last part.

Calm to light breeze from SW.

At 10 o'clock Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant Morgan, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met for the trial of P. Lannon, Coal Passer, and at 10.40am adjourned to await action of convening authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light to SW breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

[Fair and hot.]

Light airs to light breeze from South and West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from NNW to NNE.

Lightning.


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22 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and hot.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and threatening rain.

Calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 109 pounds bread; and 136¼ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Rainy weather and hot.

Calm and variable light airs and light SW breezes.

At 10.00am the Captain inspected at quarters.

Apprentice First-class E.T. White was honorably discharged on the expiration of his term of enlistment today.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light SW breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather and hot.

Light breeze from WSW to West.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cloudy.

Calms to light breeze from Northward and Westward.


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23 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Light breeze from NNE and North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and warm.

Calm and light Northerly airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light variable airs and breezes.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised as per routine.

Absent: J.W. Evans, Shipwright.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Called all hands to muster and published the sentence of the Summary Court Martial in the case of P. Lannon, Coal Passer, by which, as mitigated by the convening authority, he was awarded fifteen days' confinement and to perform extra police duties for thirty (30) days.

He was confined in accordance with the above sentence.

W.W. Barnes, Gunner's Mate Second-class, Continuous Service Certificate number 9776, was this day honorably discharged by reason of expiration of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Light WSW breeze.

At 2.00pm by order of Commanding Officer released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Second-class, for one hour's exercise.

J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist, being sick on shore, was transferred to hospital.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light WSW airs.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: J.W. Evans, Shipwright.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Calm and light WSW airs.


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24 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light Northerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, warm, with passing showers.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

Received in Department Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds fresh bread; 132 pounds fresh vegetables; and 117 pounds fresh beef.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Light WSW airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: J.W. Evans, Shipwright.

Offered a reward of yen 20 to United States Consul for delivery on board of J.W. Evans.

Evans was brought on board by the United States Marshal and a reward of yen 20 was paid for his delivery.

Exercised at routine drill.

By order of Commanding Officer J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, was given 2 weeks' additional on 4th [conduct] class, for smoking on bridge.

W.B. Candler, Apprentice First-class, reported the expiration of his enlistment.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 15 pounds fresh beef.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Exercised 1st Division at signals.

W.B. Candler, Apprentice First-class, and T. Marsh, Coxswain, were honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of their term of enlistment, both waiving transportation.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following acting appointments were issued for six months from date: J. Rooney, Oiler, as Blacksmith; W. Clark, First-class Fireman, as Oiler; J. Bacchus, Gunner's Mate Third-class, as Gunner's Mate Second-class; W. Waite, Seaman Gunner, as Gunner's Mate Third-class [last appointment crossed out in red].


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle WSW breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, passing showers first and third hours.

Light to fresh breeze from South and West, squally last half.


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25 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WSW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from SW to SSW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally, with passing showers last three hours.

Light to moderate breeze from South and West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent over leave: F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman.

Closed watertight doors in 40 seconds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather and hot, passing showers.

Light to stiff SW breezes.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: twenty nine thousand eight hundred and forty-four yen, fifty-six sen (yen 29,844.56).


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light to fresh breeze from South and West.

Passing showers first half.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent over leave: F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman.

By order of Commanding Officer J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, was placed under sentry's charge, for being drunk and disorderly on board ship, and was released later on becoming sober.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and hot, passing showers, with light SW by West squalls.


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26 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and hot, squally weather, lightning last part.

Light to moderate breeze from SW by West to SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from SW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds fresh bread; 130 pounds vegetables; and 108¾ pounds fresh beef.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather and warm.

Gentle breeze from WSW to SW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 21¼ pounds beef.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, and J.F. Feeney, Private Marine.

Offered 20 yen reward for delivery on board of F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman.

P. Hennessey, Second-class Fireman, was honorably discharged, having completed term of enlistment and signed to waive consular aid.

Had general quarters, all divisions had reported ready in 3 minutes 28 seconds.

Fires were started in boiler A.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm, raining.

Light airs from WSW to SW.

F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman, was brought on board by the United States Marshal, 29 hours over time, and a reward of 20 yen was paid.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, rainy weather.

Calm and light variable airs.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy.

Light SW airs and breezes.

Lightning.


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27 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs from WSW to West, and calms.

Lightning.


4am to 8am [4pm to 8pm in log-book]:

Cloudy and rainy weather, warm.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, hot, sultry.

Calms to light SW airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent: J. Feeney [Ferney in log-book], Private Marine.

Sent ashore offer of reward of 20 yen for the delivery on board of J. Feeney [Ferney in log-book], Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer H. Hellings, Coal Passer, was placed on the fourth [conduct] class for one additional month, for shirking in starboard alley during general quarters, and P. Mahoney, Gunner's Mate First-class, for being insolent and questioning the authority of Divisional Officer, was reduced from special to first conduct class.

Broke out storerooms and Ensign Scott made the weekly inspection.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from WSW to West.

At 1.00pm exercised at fire quarters, all divisions reported ready in 2 minutes 15 seconds, secured in 1 minute 45 seconds.

J. Feeney, Private Marine, was brought on board, 29½ hours over time, by the United States Marshal, and a reward of 20 yen was paid for his delivery.

Overhauled battery.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Light Westerly airs and calms.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Calm and light airs from East to ENE.

Lightning.


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28 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant, lightning.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breezes from East to WSW.

By order of Commanding Officer C.A. Channell, [Landsman,] was restricted from liberty for 5 days, for not airing bedding when word was passed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from South and West.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 500 pounds candles.

At 2.15pm shifted fires to boiler D.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SW and SSW.

Received in Engineer's Department from Harado, Nagasaki: 55 tons fresh water.

And from Mitsubishi Engine Works: 3 globe valves.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, passing showers first hour, lightning last part.

Calm to light breeze from SSW.


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29 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, passing showers.

Light airs to moderate breeze from varying directions, squally third hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs from SE to SW.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light to moderate breeze from South and West.

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

C.E. Bracken, Apprentice First-class, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy weather and hot, passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW, squally.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, passing showers first half, lightning from SW.

[Light SW breeze.]


8pm to midnight:

Fair and hot.

Light to gentle SW breeze.


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30 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and hot, passing showers.

Light to gentle SW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, passing showers first hour.

Boarded Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "China".

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather and hot, passing showers.

Light airs to light breezes from SW to WSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had divisional drills.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm, passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from Southward and Westward.

General Court Martial Orders numbers 50 to 70 inclusive, General Order number 474 and Special Circular number 32, all received today, were published for the information of the crew.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hot.

Light to gentle SW breeze.

At 5.05pm mustered at quarters.

The Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "China" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light SW breeze.


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31 August 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, warm, passing rain squalls.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hot.

Light to gentle SW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light SSW breeze.

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

Called away landing force fully armed and equipped, ready in 23 minutes

G.B. Studley, Apprentice First-class, and C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, reported the expiration of their term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle SW breeze.

At 2.00pm by order of Commanding Officer released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for one hour's exercise.

Quarterly Board on Hull inspected chain lockers, overhauled chains and restowed the lockers.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with passing rain showers.

Light breeze with gentle squalls from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm, passing showers with lightning.

Light SW breeze.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1897


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1 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, passing showers and lightning.

Light to gentle SW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Gentle breeze from SW and West, with stiff squalls from West last part.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 105 pounds fresh bread; and 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

[J.] McCarthy, Gunner's Mate Third-class, returned 1¾ hours over leave.

Broke out, inspected by Quarterly Board on Hull, and restowed tiller room, Paymaster's storerooms, wardroom storeroom, paint locker, and gun cotton room.

The following punishments were awarded by the Commanding Officer: P.J. Murphy, Landsman, C.E. Bracken [Brackan in log-book], Apprentice First-class, and C.D. Andrews, Landsman, were each restricted for five days, for having no overcoat at battalion inspection; for the same offense J.T. Roadhouse, First-class Fireman, was given two weeks' additional third [conduct] class; W.H. Meister, Apprentice First-class, was placed on fourth conduct class and given a week's extra messenger watch for insolence.

R. Lambert, Seaman, was given an acting appointment as Sailmaker's Mate for six months.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, clearing last part.

Light variable airs.

Broke out ordnance storeroom and after inspection by Quarterly Hull Board restowed it.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and passing showers.

Calm and light WSW airs.

At 5.00pm mustered [at] quarters, no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining.

Calm to light airs from SE.


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2 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, raining first and last part.

Calm to light airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy, squally.

Light airs to stiff breeze from WSW to SW.

At 6.00am discovered that W. Montgomery, Landsman, was absent from the ship with out permission.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Calm to light breeze from SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent without leave: W. Montgomery, Landsman.

Went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 50 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Offered through United States Consul a reward of 40.00 yen for the delivery on board ship of W. Montgomery, Landsman.

A. Hansen, Oiler, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page, U.S. Navy, reported for duty, having been discharged from the Naval Hospital at Yokohama.

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good order.

Broke out for inspection forward and after shell rooms.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy weather, passing showers.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

Restowed shell rooms.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, passing showers first hour.

Light airs to light breeze from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent over leave: W. Montgomery, Landsman.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm, lightning last part.

Calm and light variable breeze.


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3 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and warm.

Light Southerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Calm to light airs from South and East.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 105 pounds fresh bread; and 131¼ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light breezes from SE to SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up and divisional drills, absentees: W. Montgomery, Landsman, and H. Otto, Landsman.

Upon request of Japanese police, sent ashore and identified a dead body * [see inserted note below] as that of W. Montgomery, Landsman. + [see inserted note below]

The Commanding Officer, the senior officer present, ordered a Board of Inquest to investigate the death, ‡ [see inserted note below].

Received in Department of Construction and Repairs: 5 gallons Japan drier; 5 gallons damar varnish; 5 gallons asphaltum; 30 gallons linseed oil; 45 gallons turpentine; 112 pounds Venetian red; 700 pounds white lead; 812 pounds white zinc; 10 pounds vermilion; 1 pound Prussian blue; 2 gallons copal varnish; 60 gallons alcohol; 250 pounds shellac; 196 pounds red lead; 2 putty knives.

Received in Department of Equipment: 12 corn brooms; 200 pounds charcoal; 60 yards number 3 canvas.

Received in Department of Ordnance: 2 pounds copper tacks; 5 gallons turpentine; 50 pounds cotton waste; 50 pounds 2½-inch manila rope; 50 pounds 18-thread manila line; 50 yards ravens duck; 10 gallons lubricating [oil].

Received in Department of Equipment (Exempt): 2 pounds camphor.

Ensign F.A. Traut made the usual weekly inspection of hold, storerooms, et cetera, in Construction Department.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light SW breeze, with moderate squall third hour, calm fourth hour, rain shower third hour.

At 1.00pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 10 seconds.

Gun Divisions overhauled battery.

Exercised portion of 3rd Division at signals.

United States Consul visited the ship officially, upon his departure fired a salute of 7 guns, United States ensign at the fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 6-pounder saluting charges; and 7 percussion primers.

Received in Ordnance Department: 20 pounds wire nails.

[see inserted note below]


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light SW breeze.

The remains of W. Montgomery, Landsman, were buried at Urakami Cemetery with usual honors.

Transported sheet anchor inboard.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light variable airs and calms.


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[Inserted note]


September 3rd, 1897.


8am to meridian:

* found in the water.

+ The body showed evidence of violence.

‡ which proceeded ashore and held an inquest in accordance with Paragraph 1714, Naval Regulation.


Meridian to 4pm:

□ A Board of Inquest, of which Lieutenant S. Morgan, U.S. Navy, is senior member, met to investigate the circumstances of the death of William Montgomery, Landsman.


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4 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Calms and light airs from South and SW.

Passing showers first part.


4am to 8am:

Rainy weather and warm.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, warm, passing rain showers.

Light SW airs and breezes and calms.

A Board of Inquest, of which Lieutenant S. Morgan, U.S. Navy, is senior member, met at 9.30am to investigate the circumstances attending the death of William Montgomery, Landsman, and adjourned at 10.20am.

Received in Ordnance Department: 1 case glycerin.

And in Construction Department: 6 paint brushes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with passing showers.

Calm and light Southerly airs and breezes.

At 1.00pm by order of Commanding Officer released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for two hours' exercise.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, passing rain showers.

Light SSW airs and breezes.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company's] "Belgic" left the harbor.

Broke an oar lock in the whaleboat.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, thunder, lightning and rain.

Calm and light NNE airs.


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5 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining and lightning.

Calm to light airs from West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining, lightning first part.

Light SW airs and breezes.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread; and 128¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm and light variable airs.

Absent from the ship over leave: A. Hansen, Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and threatening rain.

Calm to light variable breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, light variable airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable breeze.


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6 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light NNE airs.


4am to 8am:

Misty and calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread.

Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] steamer "Empress of India" came in and moored to buoy.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from North.

Absent over leave: J.A. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class, J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman, J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, A. Hansen, Oiler, and J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate.

Offered through United States Consul a reward of 19.00 yen for the delivery on board of A. Hansen, Oiler.

J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, came aboard 2¾ hours over time.

Broke out for inspection fore hold.

By order of the Commanding threw overboard 60 gallons vinegar, condemned by Quarterly Board of Survey.

Draft of water forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, under sentry's charge, for being under the influence of liquor, until sober.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light Northerly breeze.

The fore hold was inspected by the Quarterly Board and restowed.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 1500 pounds salt pork; 500 pounds salt beef; and 180 pounds butter.

Received in Department of Equipment: 24 corn brushes.

Offered reward of yen 20 for J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate.

A Japanese torpedo boat came in and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent over leave: J.A. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class, J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman, J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, and A. Hansen, Oiler.

J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, returned 29½ hours over time.

By order of the Commanding Officer released H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, from sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North.


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7 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.867


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Fair and misty first part, overcast and drizzling last part.

Calm.

At 6.00am started fires in boilers A and D.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds bread; 128¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, unsettled weather and warm.

Light airs to light breezes from North.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up and division drills.

Absentees: A. Hansen, Oiler, J. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman.

Offered rewards of 20 yen each for J. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman.

By order of the Commander these punishments were given: H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman, disrated to Coal Passer, for being under the influence of liquor; J.C. De Villis, Apprentice First-class, second conduct [class], for slow[ness] in obeying orders; J. Scoggins, Seaman, one week's extra duty, for carelessness; N.P. Peterson, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, restricted for five days, for neglect of duty.

Released P. Lannon, Coal Passer, his term of confinement having expired.

Singled moorings, weighed starboard anchor and hove in to 22 fathoms on port chain.

Made all preparations for getting under way and going into dry dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from north to NNW.

J.A. Tonnesen, Seaman, and J.A. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class, were brought on board, 29½ hours over time, by the United States Marshal and a reward of 20 yen was paid for the delivery of each.

Ferber was drunk and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under sentry's charge until sober.

At 1.00pm by order of Commanding Officer released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for 2 hours' exercise.

At 2.35pm got under way and steamed into dry dock under our own steam.

Began pumping out dock, dockmen scraping ship's bottom.

75 pounds dried peaches, 25 pounds dried prunes, 25 pounds dried apples and 6 pounds tomatoes were condemned by Quarterly Board of Survey, and by order of Commanding Officer were thrown overboard. Received in Equipment Department from Nagasaki Press Company: 1 ream of paper; 400 envelopes; 1 blank book; 1 pint ink; 500 P.R. [?] blanks.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light to gentle from NNW to NNE.

Finished pumping out dock.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, A. Hansen, Oiler, absent.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE.


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8 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.734, Long 129.857


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, passing showers.

Light breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Light NE airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.

By order of Commanding Officer released [from sentry's charge] J.A. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class.

At 7.00am dock hands commenced painting ship's bottom.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light NNE breeze.

Dockmen at work painting ship's bottom, and overhauling valves.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee: A. Hansen, Oiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to moderate breeze from NNE.

At 3.45pm, dockyard people having finished putting on three coats Rahtjens' paint and one coat boot topping, the gates were sprung.

Received in Construction Department: 12 feet 2-inch teak plank; 50 feet 1-inch teak planking; 50 feet ¾-inch Oregon pine; and four 1-inch Keyaki planks.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNE to North.

Dock was flooded, and at 5.06pm ship left dock and steamed out for an anchorage.

Came to anchor at 5.45pm and moored ship, 30 fathoms on each chain, starboard anchor in 6½ fathoms up harbor, port anchor in 6¾ fathoms down harbor.

Bearings at anchorage per compass: signal station N65°30'E, Minage Point S62°30'W, creek bridge S33°30'E, ship's head North by East.

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

Let fires die out under all except D boiler.

Absent over leave: A. Hansen, Oiler.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company] steamer "Doric" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from North, shifting to NNE and falling light at end of watch.


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9 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from North to NNE.

A. Hansen, Oiler, returned 88 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE to NE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 128¾ pounds fresh meat; 103 pounds fresh bread; and 128¾ [pounds] fresh vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from North and East.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 45 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 20 seconds.

Absent over leave: F. Bruning [Brunning in log-book], Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.T. Semple, Landsman, for late hammock, was given 5 days' additional on third [conduct] class.

Received in Department of Ordnance: 45 pounds Vaseline.

And in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 900 pounds coffee; 1500 pounds biscuits; 200 pounds rice; 100 pounds prunes; 1000 pounds tinned ham; 50 gallons molasses; 50 gallons vinegar; 600 pounds tinned vegetables; 1008 pounds corned beef; 50 gallons beans; 150 pounds tea; 200 pounds tomatoes; 513 pounds pickles; 504 pounds sugar.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from North to NNW.

Received in Ordnance Department: lumber for one target.

By order of the Commanding Officer M.J. Carey, Coal Passer, was rated Second-class Fireman to date from August 8th, 1897.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm to light airs from NE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent over leave: F. Bruning [Brunning in log-book], Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer.

F. Bruning [Brunning in log-book], Landsman, and C. Dunki, Coal Passer, came on board 25 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs and breezes from NNE and NE.


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10 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from North to SE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up and pointing drill.

Exercised boats at arm and away.

Ensign F.A. Traut made usual weekly inspection of holds and storerooms in Construction Department.

The Quarterly Board inspected the magazines.

P. Ford, Machinist, reported term of enlistment expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light SE breeze, followed by calm and light Northerly breeze.

At 1.00pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions reported ready in 1 minute 20 seconds.

Exercised at abandon ship, manning and providing all boats.

Gun Divisions engaged in overhauling battery.

Received in Construction Department: 4 pieces lumber.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to light breeze from SW to WSW and calm.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light NNE airs.


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11 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE airs and breezes.


4am to 8am [4pm to 8pm in log-book]:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE breeze.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 128¾ pounds each of beef and vegetables; and 103 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light variable airs and breezes.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were assigned: J. Von Der Doppen, Coal Passer, for improper conduct on shore and wearing civilian's clothes, reduced to fourth [conduct] class; F. Straub, Coal Passer, for improper conduct on shore, reduced to third [conduct] class; C.C. Bay, Coxswain, W.R. Bromby, Apprentice First-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice First-class, for wearing dirty clothes in gig, reduced to second conduct class, reduced from special to first [conduct] class, and given three days' restriction, respectively.

H.G. Uebelhoar, Master-at-Arms Third-class, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Received in Equipment Department the following stores: 21 pounds coasting lead line; 10 yards red muslin; 20 yards white muslin; 34 yards ravens duck; 10 pounds white line; 7 pounds camphor; 1 Korean ensign; 1 pair binocular glasses.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW to SSW.

At 1.00pm released O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, for two hours' exercise.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Calm and light airs from Southward and Westward.

Mustered at quarters, no absentees.

J.T. Semple, Landsman, having shown signs of dementia, was placed under sentry's charge, by order of the Commanding Officer, for safe keeping.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light NNE airs.

To avoid fouling the "William Tillie" took off mooring swivel, shifting starboard and port chains to port and starboard anchors respectively, and hove in to 15 fathoms on port chain, veering to 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

End of watch clear hawse.


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12 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.866


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from NNE.

Clear hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, warm.

Light airs from East and ESE.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 103 pounds fresh bread.

Clear hawse.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Light SSW airs to light SW breeze.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, absentee: W. Clark, Oiler.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

J. Murphy, First-class Fireman, reported the expiration of his enlistment.

Clear hawse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from South and West.

At end of watch clear hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light SW breeze.

Clear hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Generally overcast, with passing showers.

Calm to light variable airs.

Clear hawse.


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13 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.866


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and warm.

Calm and light airs to light breeze from ENE to East.

Clear hawse.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, passing showers.

Light Easterly airs and calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 103 pounds fresh bread; 128¾ pounds fresh beef; and 128¾ pounds fresh vegetables.

Received four coal lighters alongside and commenced coaling.

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

Open hawse.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Calm to light breeze from South and West.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: $1,000 Mexican in exchange for 925 yen.

Engaged in coaling ship, received at close of watch 125 tons.

Clear hawse.

Absent over leave: W. Clark, Oiler.

Offered a reward of 20 yen for the delivery on board of W. Clark, Oiler.

Broke out both fixed ammunition rooms, and after inspection by Quarterly Board they were restowed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW to SW.

Finished coaling, having taken on board 168 tons in all.

Draft after coaling, forward 13 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 7 inches.

Clear hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs to light breeze from South and West.

Clear hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm.

Light Northerly airs.

Cross in hawse.


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14 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.742, Long 129.866


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light breeze from NNE and North.

Cross in hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from North.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 103 pounds bread.

W. Clark, Oiler, came aboard 48 hours over time.

Cross in hawse.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and misty weather, passing showers.

Gentle to moderate Northerly breezes.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had routine drills.

C.S. Chew, Private Marine, absent without leave, was brought on board by the United States Marshal and a reward of yen 20 was paid.

These punishments were ordered by the Commander: E.J. Fehmel [Femhel in log-book], Seaman, A. Roose, Coal Passer, August Young, Apprentice First-class, O. Anderson, Ordinary Seaman, to be called five minutes before all hands, for late hammocks; A. Lappi, Coxswain, 2nd [conduct] class, for neglect of duty; C.G. Foster, Chief Yeoman, 4th [conduct] class, for absence without leave and falsehood.

Broke out, and Quarterly Board inspected, watertight deck timbers and ordnance storerooms.

Cross in hawse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, raining first part, clearing toward end of watch.

Moderate to gentle Northerly breeze.

Finished restowing after torpedo room.

Berth deck passages were inspected by the Board for Quarterly Inspection of Hull.

Sent ridge ropes and awning stanchions below, bent head sails and storm mizzen, and put on steaming covers.

Cross in hawse.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy weather.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Made preparations for sea.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 309 pounds bread; and 128¾ pounds each of beef and vegetables.

Cross in hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

Cross in hawse.


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15 September 1897

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan, and at sea, in passage to Cheefoo, China

Lat 32.51, Long 128.76


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and passing showers.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze.

At 12.00am lighted fires in boilers A, B, and C.

Cross in hawse.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy weather, drizzling part of watch.

Light airs to light breezes from North.

At 6.57am called all hands up anchor, and at 7.10am got under way and stood out of Nagasaki harbor, the Captain conning.

At 7.53am set course S77°W (per standard compass) and took departure, Io Shima [Iwo Shima in log-book] lighthouse distant one mile.

At end of watch standing on course under [steam in] all boilers.

Land in sight on all sides.

Average steam 111 pounds.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, and cloudy, clearing.

Gentle breeze from NNW to North by East.

On course S77°W.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, pointing, and collision drills.

Watertight doors were closed in 55 seconds.

At 11.27am, O Sima abeam, distant 3.6 miles, changed course to N79°W, patent log [reading] 4.9.

At noon changed course to N78°W, patent log [reading] 11.0.

J.C. Wolff, Gunner's Mate Third-class, Continuous Service Certificate number 10841, was honorably discharged by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Average steam 111 pounds, average revolutions 99.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

At 12.50pm Goto Island lighthouse abeam, distant 4.6 miles.

On course N78°W.

Average steam 118 pounds, average revolutions 106.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from North by East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Closed watertight doors in 38 seconds.

At 5.00pm sighted Quelpart Island to NW.

At 6.15pm sun set, Quelpart bore: East end NW½N, West end NW¼W.

Sighted to Southward smoke of steamer standing to Eastward.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 100.7.

On course N78°W, patent log [reading] 79.7.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair weather.

Moderate breeze from North by East.

Steaming on course N78°W, under [steam in] all boilers.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 98.9.

Quelpart Island in sight on starboard bow.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from North to NW.

On course N78°W.

At 8.17pm changed course to N80°W, patent log [reading] 4.5.

At 9.48pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions ready in 3 minutes 40 seconds.

Passed Quelpart Island abeam at 10.30pm.

Moon rose at 8.10pm.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 100.


Cheefoo is also known as Chefoo and Yantai.

O Sima is also known as O Shima.

Goto Island is also known as Fukue Island.

Quelpart Island is also known as Jeju Island and Jejudo.


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16 September 1897

At sea, making passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Cheefoo, China

Lat 34.48, Long 124.72


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Stiff to fresh breeze from North by East.

On course N80°W.

At 1.26am changed course to N27°W, patent log [reading] 58.9.

Average steam 112 pounds, average revolutions 101.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breeze from North by East.

At 5.30am sighted Ross Island [Rose Island in log-book] bearing North by West.

At 7.20am sighted Maury Island [Maury Rock in log-book] bearing NNE½E.

At close [of watch] on course N27°W, patent log [reading] 28, Ross Island [Rose Island in log-book] bearing, right tangent, N3°E, Quelpart [Island] S68°E and Maury Island [Maury Rock in log-book] N38°E.

Average steam 108 pounds, average revolutions 99.

Sun rose at 6.07am.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breeze from North.

At 9.30am, when Ross Island [Rose Island in log-book] was abeam, distant 6 miles, changed course to N22°W, patent log [reading] 44.3, and held this course during remainder of watch.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and then had general quarters, ready in 3 minutes 50 seconds, secured in 7 minutes 40 seconds.

At 11.03am exercised at man overboard, picked up two buoys and hoisted life boat in 12 minutes.

At meridian Modeste Island bore abeam, distant 20 miles.

Steaming under all boilers.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 103.3.

Smooth sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

On course N22°W per compass.

Starboard cofferdams were broken out for quarterly inspection.

Average steam 111 pounds, average revolutions 105.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Closed watertight doors in 1 minute 20 seconds.

Average steam 112 pounds, average revolutions 109.5.

On course N22°W.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At close [of watch] on course N22°W, patent log [reading] 66.8.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 106.7.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Smooth sea.

Steaming on course N22°W (per standard compass), under all boilers.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 103.4.

At 8.30pm went to general quarters, ready in 3 minutes 25 seconds, secured in 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Moon rose at 8.30pm.


Ross Island is also known as Soheugsan Island.

Maury Island is also known as Manjae-do.

Modeste Island is also known as Hongdo.


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17 September 1897

At sea, in passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Cheefoo, China

Lat 37.55, Long 121.55 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, bright moonlight.

Gentle to light breeze from NNE and North.

On course N22°W.

At 3.15am made land bearing N76°W, and at 3.32am sighted Shantung [Promontory] light bearing N55°W.

Light bore four points on port bow at 4.00am.

Average steam 111 pounds, average revolutions 107.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

On course N22°W.

At 5.07am Shantung [Promontory] bore abeam, 13 miles distant.

At 5.20am changed course to N72°W, patent log reading 73.6.

Average steam 109 pounds, average revolutions 107.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breezes from North.

At 8.05am began swinging ship [for compass deviations], at 9.25am finished and went ahead on course N72°W, patent log [reading] 16.2.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had aiming and setting up drill, and then exercised at arm and away boats for distant service, all boats ready in 4 minutes 50 seconds.

Standing into Cheefoo harbor on various courses.

At close standing into Cheefoo harbor, Commanding Officer at conn.

Set clock back 8 minutes.

Ensign Everhart made weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera.

By order of Commanding Officer P.J. Murphy, Landsman, for negligence on lookout, and E.J.P. Fehmel [Femhel in log-book], Seaman, for carelessness, were given three nights' extra anchor watch.

Average steam 116 pounds, revolutions 109.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light NNE to NE breeze.

At 12.28pm hauled in patent log, reading 52.5.

At 12.31pm let go the port anchor in 5 fathoms water and veered to 30 fathoms at water's edge.

Secured engines and let fires die out in A and B boilers.

The Commander paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Boston".

Received and returned boarding visits of Seiner Majestät Schiff "Cormoran", French ship "Comète", U.S.S. "Boston" and [His] Imperial Japanese Majesty's Ship "Akagi".

The Harbor Master visited the ship.

An officer made the usual visit to the Consul.

Draft forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet 6 inches.

Bearings at anchorage: Cheefoo peak NNW, Kungtung Tao [Kangtung Tao in log-book] light N84°E, Knob Point S32°E, ship's head NNE½E (per standard compass).

The Captain received an official call from the Commanding Officer of the "Akagi".

The Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Boston", Senior Officer present, paid a return visit to the Commanding Officer of this ship.

The United States Consul paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer, and on his departure a salute of 7 guns was fired, United States flag at fore.

Scraping spars.

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Mustered at quarters at 6.00pm.

Scraping spars.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East and South.

Lost one rowlock from dinghy.


Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.

Kungtung Tao is also known as Kongtong Dao.

Knob Point is also known as Yutai Zui.


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18 September 1897

At anchor Cheefoo, China

Lat 37.55, Long 121.42


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SW breezes.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Light SSW airs.

U.S.S. "Machias" came in, exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. "Boston", and came to anchor at 6.45am.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Boston" made time and uniform signals, as follows: 6391, 5264, and 3955.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 102 pounds fresh bread.

Tarred down the rigging.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Calm and light breeze from ESE to East.

Sent a boarding officer to make usual visit of courtesy to U.S.S. "Machias".

Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Machias" paid an official visit to this ship.

At 10.00am and at 12.00pm made routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Commanding Officer called officially on Commanding Officer of German cruiser "Cormoran", Japanese cruiser "Akagi" and U.S.S. "Machias".

Published General Order number 472.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from ESE to SE.

The flagship U.S.S. "Olympia" came in and anchored about 6.30 o'clock, and was shortly afterwards followed by U.S.S. "Petrel" [U.S.S. "Peteral" in log-book], the former from Yokohama and the latter from Chemulpo.

Sent guard boat with an officer to the flagship.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SSE breeze.

Signals as per record.


Chemulpo is also known as Chemulpho and Incheon.


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19 September 1897

At anchor Cheefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.43


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calm to light airs from SSE to NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light NW airs.

At 5.30am shifted berth in compliance with signal instructions.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 127½ pounds each of beef and vegetables; and 102 pounds bread.

Bearings from anchorage: Chefoo Point S12°E (magnetic), Kungtung Tao light N84°E (magnetic), ship's head ENE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, mild.

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Eastward.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, after which called all hands to muster, published Articles for the Government of the Navy, and presented a Good Conduct Medal to First Sergeant Edward Clifford, U.S. Marine Corps.

Published for the information of the crew Special Order number 62, General Court Martial Orders numbers 71 to 77 inclusive, and Regulations for target practice.

German cruiser "Cormoran" and Japanese gunboat "Akagi" fired salutes of 13 guns each, United States ensign at the fore, both of which salutes were returned gun for gun by U.S.S. "Olympia".

Commanding Officer visited the flagship officially.

Commanding Officer of German cruiser "Cormoran" visited this ship officially.

J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light drizzle last hour.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.

Received calls from the Commander-in-Chief and the Commanding Officers of U.S.S. "Olympia" and U.S.S. "Petrel".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, drizzling.

Light to gentle breeze from South and East.

Received in Department [of] Steam Engineering: 20 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, mild, light drizzle first hour.

Light SE breeze.

Flagship made exercise signals with Ardois system and searchlight as per record.


Chefoo Point is also known as Cape Chefoo and Zhifu Donjiao.

Kungtung Tao is also known as Kongtong Dao.


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20 September 1897

At anchor Cheefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.43


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE to SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining and drizzling.

Gentle breeze from SE.

At 7.00am flagship made time signal 5361.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 102 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had divisional drills.

At 9.40am the Admiral and his entire staff went aboard U.S.S. "Boston" and commenced an inspection of that ship.

By order of Commander G. Anderson, Second-class Fireman, was put on the 2nd [conduct] class, for not having steam on launch at proper time.

Light to gentle breeze from ESE to SE.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light drizzle first part.

Light breeze from East by South and SE.

At 1.00pm called all Gun Divisions to quarters and had instructions at battery.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Commander-in-Chief and staff finished inspection of U.S.S. "Boston" and returned to flagship.

By order of Commanding Officer Ah Sing, Wardroom Steward, was this day disrated to Cabin Cook at his own request.

Commanding Officer visited officially French gunboat "Comète" and U.S.S. "Petrel".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE to South.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page left the ship on Board of Survey on U.S.S. "Boston".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to light breezes from SSW to SW.


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21 September 1897

At anchor Cheefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.43


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South and SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light SSE breeze.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 102 pounds fresh bread; 127½ pounds each of fresh beef and fresh vegetables.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and warm.

Light breeze from South and West.

At 10.00 o'clock Commander-in-Chief and staff came on board, from then on to close of watch holding general inspection of ship.

At 10.00am made routine reports.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light ENE breeze.

The Commander-in-Chief completed his inspection of the ship and returned to the flagship.

A Chinese man-of-war came in, anchored, fired a salute of 13 guns in honor of our Commander-in-Chief (which was returned by U.S.S. "Olympia") and shortly afterwards left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from Southward and Eastward.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, Continuous Service Certificate 4720, and J. Weir, Coxswain, Continuous Service Certificate 9687, were this day honorably discharged by reason of expiration of enlistment.

Signals as per record.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, lightning to NW.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.


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22 September 1897

At anchor Cheefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.43


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SE to NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE to NW.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 101 pounds fresh bread.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal as per record.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light Easterly airs.

Transferred stores in Ordnance Department to U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Olympia" and U.S.S. "Petrel" as per list appended [below].

Received in Equipment Department: 40 clothes bags; and the following condemned stores, namely: 7 musical instruments; 1 chronometer; 2 thermometers; 5 hand lanterns; 16 music stands; and 3 spy glasses.

At 9.30am hoisted homeward bound flag and pennant.

Transferred stores in Equipment Department to U.S.S. "Olympia", and in Department of Supplies and Accounts to U.S.S. "Olympia" as per list appended [below].

Lieutenant Lucien Young, U.S. Navy, reported for duty as the relief of Lieutenant S. Morgan, U.S. Navy.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light ENE airs.

Received stores in Ordnance Department from U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Petrel" as per list appended [below].

Received drafts of men, with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers, from U.S.S. "Olympia", U.S.S. "Boston", U.S.S. "Machias" and U.S.S. "Petrel", and transferred drafts to the same ships as per lists appended [below].

Lieutenant J.H. Rohrbacher, U.S. Navy, Ensign A.H. Scales, U.S. Navy, Ensign G.C. Day, U.S. Navy, Passed Assistant Engineer E.H. Scribner, U.S. Navy, Passed Assistant Surgeon T.B. Bailey, U.S. Navy, and Passed Assistant Engineer J.K. Robison, U.S. Navy, reported for duty on board this ship.

Lieutenant S. Morgan, U.S. Navy, Ensign M.M. Taylor, U.S. Navy, Ensign W.P. Scott, U.S. Navy, Passed Assistant Surgeon J.E. Page, U.S. Navy, and Assistant Engineer E.S. Kellogg, U.S. Navy, were this day detached from duty on board this ship and transferred to U.S.S. "Olympia".

Ensign L.H. Everhart, U.S. Navy, was this day detached and ordered to duty on board U.S.S. "Boston".

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear to cloudy.

Light ESE airs and calms.

Hoisted in and secured boats for sea, and made preparations for getting under way.

At 5.00pm started fires under boilers A, B and D.

At sunset U.S.S. "Olympia", U.S.S. "Boston" and U.S.S. "Petrel" cheered the ship.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Calms to light airs from WNW to NE.

Barometer 30.19 to 30.20.

At 10.50pm turned over engines, and at 10.58pm called up anchor.

Hove up and stood out of Chefoo harbor, the Commanding Officer in charge, assisted by the Navigator.

U.S.S. "Olympia" cheered the ship.

Under steam alone.

Made by order of Commanding Officer, O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and J. McCudden, Landsman, prisoners at large.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Received from U.S.S. "Olympia": E.C. Jasper, Apothecary; C. White, Boatswain's Mate First-class; N. Neillsson, Coxswain; J. Buckley, Gunner's Mate Third-class; T. Smith, Gunner's Mate Third-class; P. Petersen, Quartermaster Second-class; M.P. Casey, Seaman; W.N. McHugh, Seaman; S.W. Beardsley, Apprentice First-class; C.S. Trimble, Water Tender; C.J. Sellander, Oiler; G. Olsen, First-class Fireman; R. Galleguillo, First-class Fireman; J. Garrigan, First-class Fireman; C.H. Hedges, First-class Fireman; C.E. Mogren, Musician Second-class; E. Anderson, Second-class Fireman; A. Bohlman, Second-class Fireman; F.C. Coombs, Second-class Fireman; J. Deasy, Second-class Fireman; G.F. Reed, Second-class Fireman; A.A. Honland, Coal Passer; T.O. Cretser, Coal Passer; W. Davis, Coal Passer; W.E. Edwards, Coal Passer; M.F. Grimes, Coal Passer; I.F. Sexton, Coal Passer; C.A. Tannian, Coal Passer; A.F. Thompson, Coal Passer; G. Hansen, Carpenter's Mate Second-class; W.E. Richards, Painter; A.J. Ryder, Yeoman First-class; G.F. Pacheco, Apprentice First-class; Ah Fong, Cabin Steward; Jin Hing, Mess Attendant; Ah Ling, Mess Attendant; Ah Thuck, Wardroom Steward; M. Louth, Private Marine; F. Collins, Private Marine; F. Smith, Second-class Fireman.

Received from U.S.S. "Petrel": L. Koto, Wardroom Cook; H. Nakas, Mess Attendant; M. Ishikawa, Mess Attendant; W.F. Pilgrim, Ordinary Seaman; F. Chase, Private Marine.

Received from U.S.S. "Machias": G. McCarte, Chief Machinist; W. Wold, Coal Passer; A. Fraser, Coxswain; P. Kugat, Seaman; D.H. Dickinson, Landsman; R. Hofman, Coal Passer; O. Benson, Ordinary Seaman; T. O'Connor, Ordinary Seaman; J. McCarthy, Second-class Fireman; T. Stanton, Private Marine.

Received from U.S.S. "Boston": A. Fredrickson, Chief Quartermaster; C.A. Tellepsen, Quartermaster Third-class; H.G. Heath, Coppersmith; B. Peebles, First-class Fireman; J.J. O'Dell, Second-class Fireman; E.S. Warner, Sailmaker's Mate; J. Melville, First Sergeant Marine; J.M. Newson, Ordinary Seaman; R.W. Nelson, Private Marine; J.J. Mumford, Apprentice First-class.


Ordnance stores received from:

U.S.S. "Boston": 60 6-pounder shells, condemned; 362 6-pounder shells, empty; 300 37 mm shells, empty; 240 47 mm shells, empty; 120 1-pounder (heavy) shells, empty; 1 6-pounder pivot; 3 gas check parts 2 8-inch, 1 16-inch; 2 woven belts; 1 gong and 2 clutches; 24 6-inch powder tanks; 22 6-pounder ammunition chests; 5 37 mm ammunition chests; 10 47 mm ammunition chests; 2 1-pounder (heavy) ammunition chests.

U.S.S. "Petrel": 153 37 mm empty cartridges; 17 37 mm loaded cartridges; 112 3-pounder empty cartridges; 7 3-pounder ammunition chests.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Transferred to U.S.S. "Olympia": C.C. Bay, Coxswain; E.J.P. Fehmel, Seaman; J. Phillips, Seaman; R. Blomberg, Seaman; J.C. De Villis, Apprentice First-class; C.E. Cavanaugh, Landsman; C.A. Channell, Landsman; C.D. Andrews, Landsman; H. Otto, Landsman; E. Mullen, Water Tender; P.J. Dougherty, Oiler; T. Lee, First-class Fireman; J. Martin, First-class Fireman; A. Beck, First-class Fireman; J. Colvey, Second-class Fireman; P. Shulz, Second-class Fireman; G. Anderson, Second-class Fireman; H. Hellings, Second-class Fireman; H.F.W. Rakebrand, Second-class Fireman; M.J. Carey, Coal Passer; P. Gaul, Coal Passer; H. Edmunds, Coal Passer; C.W. Smyth, Coal Passer; J.C. McCausland, Coal Passer; A. Lundgarth, Coal Passer; J.W. Evans, Shipwright; Ah Wing, Painter; G. Fawcett, Yeoman Third-class; Ah Ming, Cabin Steward; Ah Sing, Cabin Cook; A. Hammer, Apothecary; T.M. Hidden, Private Marine; W.D. Shafer, Private Marine; T.S. Ferguson, Private Marine; A.E. Warren, Private Marine.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Petrel": T. Kinkachi, Ordinary Seaman; A. Bikmann, Ordinary Seaman; A. Oist, Ordinary Seaman; F. Lucas, Coal Passer; P. Lannon, Coal Passer; C. Dunki, Coal Passer; F. Straub, Coal Passer; J. Von Der Doppen, Coal Passer; A. Adams, Corporal; E.S. Lindsay, Private Marine; J. Feeney, Private Marine; T. Kuhlback, Chief Gunner's Mate; P.J. Murphy, Landsman; W.E. Harmon, Landsman; Ah Foo, Wardroom Cook; C. Kwack, Mess Attendant; Ah Hee, Mess Attendant.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Machias": J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist; C. Ambler, Bugler; F. Allen, Apprentice First-class; J.A. Anderson, Apprentice First-class; C. Bodri, Apprentice First-class; W.R. Bromby, Apprentice First-class; J. Davis, Apprentice First-class; J.J. Donahue, Apprentice First-class; J. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class; M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter; P. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman; T. Kennedy, Oiler; G.L. Kerr, Quartermaster Second-class; A. Lappi, Coxswain; W.H. Meister, Apprentice First-class; J.H. Mathison, Coxswain; F.U. Pearson, Apprentice First-class; N.P. Peterson, Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate; W. Scott, Apprentice First-class; W. Ward, Apprentice First-class; A. Young, Apprentice First-class; W.R. Stevens, Corporal; W. Sharp, Private Marine; J. Rennie, Private Marine; J. Peterson, Private Marine; H. Herbert, Private Marine.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Boston": T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class; W. Waite, Seaman Gunner; A. Hill, Quartermaster First-class; F.F. Parker, Seaman; J. Scoggins, Seaman; J.A. Tennesen, Seaman; J.P.D. Breen, Seaman; K.E. Ollson, Landsman; W. Taylor, Coppersmith; O.A. Borst, First-class Fireman; J.P. Flaherty, Second-class Fireman; W. Owen, Second-class Fireman; A. Roose, Coal Passer; R. Lambert, Sailmaker's Mate; C.S. Chew, Private Marine; F. Martin, Private Marine; J. McCormack, Private Marine.


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8am to meridian, stores transferred.

To U.S.S. "Boston": 20 10 feet cartridge bags; ~0 6-pounder chests Hotchkiss shells; ~8 3-pounder chests Hotchkiss shells; ~1 37 mm chests Hotchkiss shells; ~1 1-pounder (heavy) chests Hotchkiss shells; ~0 6-pounder common shells, Hotchkiss; ~8 3-pounder common shells, Hotchkiss; ~0 1-pounder (heavy) common shells, Hotchkiss; ~0 37 mm common shells, Hotchkiss; ~00 .38 caliber cartridges (revolver); ~4 6-inch breech loading rifle full charges; ~4 6-inch breech loading rifle common cast iron shells; ~00 pounds saluting powder; ~79 paper targets A, B and C.

To U.S.S. "Petrel":; 7 3-pounder chests Hotchkiss shells; 3 1-pounder chests Hotchkiss shells (light); 4 6-inch breech loading rifle full charges; 28 6-inch breech loading rifle common cast iron shells; 2000 .45 caliber cartridges (rifle); 1250 .38 caliber cartridges (revolver); 112 3-pounder common shells, Hotchkiss; 180 1-pounder common shells, Hotchkiss (light); 8 6-inch breech loading rifle shrapnel; 100 primers, vent-sealing; 8 fuzes, boxes.

To U.S.S. "Olympia": 2 guns, shot, D.B.R. [double-barreled rifle?].

To U.S.S. "Olympia", Equipment (Navigation stores) [Department]: 1 standard box chronometers.

To U.S.S. "Olympia", Department of Supplies and Accounts: 90 neckerchiefs; 30 blankets; 468 [yards] trouser cloth; 1052 yards flannel; 720 spools silk; ~500 pounds tobacco; 100 [pairs?] socks; 205 yards cap cloth; 25 mattress covers; 25 mattresses; 1500 pounds soap.


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23 September 1897

At sea, in passage from Chefoo, China, to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.75, Long 123.65 [Estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast to cloudy, very light passing shower last hour.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Barometer steady at 30.19.

At 12.03am took departure from North Rock bearing North (per compass), distance ½ mile, and by order of Commanding Officer set course E⅜N (per compass), patent log reading 60.

At 2.07am changed course by order of Commanding Officer to ESE¼E (per compass), patent log reading 82.5.

At 3.00am sighted Shantung [Promontory] light bearing SE.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 98.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, passing showers first part.

Barometer steady at 30.19.

Light airs from SSE and smooth sea.

On course ESE¼E (per compass), under steam from all boilers, until 5.18am, when changed course by order of the Commanding Officer to SSE⅛E (per compass).

At 5.05am passed Shantung Promontory light abeam, distant 10 miles.

At end of watch patent log read 46.8.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 100.8.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, warm.

Light breeze from South and East, with light airs from East last hour.

Heavy rain squalls last part.

On course SSE½E (per compass).

Mustered at quarters and stationed crew.

Average steam 116 [pounds], average revolutions 105.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and hazy with rain.

Light airs to breezes, veering and hauling from SW to NE by Eastward.

Barometer falling.

On course SSE⅛E, under steam alone.

Set clock ahead 7 minutes between 1 and 2 o'clock.

Average steam 116 [pounds], average revolutions 106.8.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with steady rain.

Light breezes from SE and ESE.

Barometer steady at 30.11.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 115 [pounds], average revolutions 104.9.

Made course SSE⅛E (per compass).

At end of watch patent log read 57.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers.

Barometer steady at 30.11.

Light breezes from NE.

Smooth sea.

On course SSE⅛E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 79.1.

Average steam 101 [pounds], average revolutions 100.3.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, misty, light drizzling rain.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE and NE.

On course SSE⅛E (per compass), under steam from four boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 24.7.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 103.4.


Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.


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24 September 1897

At sea, en route to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 33.87, Long 127.08


Commences and until 4am:

Generally overcast, cloudy and damp, with light passing showers last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer steady.

At 1.40am picked up Ross Island dead ahead and by order of Commanding Officer made following changes in course: at 1.40am to S⅛E, patent log [reading] 44.1; at 1.52am to SSW⅛W; at 2.08am to SW⅛W, patent log 47.0; at 2.25am to South, patent log 50.3; at 2.30am to SSE⅛E, patent log 41.1; and at 2.55am to East by South, patent log 56.

Under half speed from 1.52am to 2.25am.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 98.5.

At 2.55am put course East by South, patent log [reading] 56, Ross Island bearing (per compass) NE by North, distant 5 miles (approximately).


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, light passing showers first and last hours.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer rising 30.08 to 30.14, sea smooth.

Under steam from all boilers.

At 7.30am changed course to E¾S (per compass), patent log reading 8.00, and Ninepin Rock abeam E¼N.

Numerous small islands in sight on port hand.

At end of watch patent log read 13.7.

Average steam 117 [pounds], average revolutions 107.4.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant, with gentle breezes from NE, shifting to ENE and East by North.

Smooth sea, with moderate swell from NE last part.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.16.

On course E¾S (per compass), under steam from all boilers, until 8.32am, when changed course to E⅛S (per compass) by order of the Commanding Officer.

At 8.29am passed Ninepin Rock abeam, distant 1.7 miles.

At 10.00am Maisonneuve was abeam, distant 3½ miles, and at 10.23am Montravel was passed, distant 7 miles.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised all divisions at the battery.

Bent fore trysail.

At end of watch patent log read 56.7.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 106.6.

Set clock ahead 15 minutes between 11.00am and 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from North and East.

On course E⅛S (per compass).

At 1.00pm passed entrance to Port Hamilton abeam, distant 7.9 miles, and at 2.11pm Castle Island beam, distant 9.1 miles.

Exercised at five [o'clock] quarters.

Bent main trysail.

At end of watch patent log [read] 2.2.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 106.4.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE by North.

Barometer rising.

At 4.40pm picked up Tsushima bearing (per compass) ENE¾E.

At end [of watch] South peak Tsushima bore (per compass) ENE⅜E and Sentinel Rock N⅜E, patent log [reading] 24.4.

Under steam alone, on course E⅛S.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 102.3.

Bent main trysail.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breezes from NE by North.

Barometer steady, sea smooth.

Made course E⅛S (per compass), under steam from all four boilers.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 102.6.

At 7.50pm sighted Tsushima light on port bow, and at end of watch it bore NE by E¼E per compass, patent log reading 47.2.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with gentle breezes from NE by North.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.15.

Smooth sea, with long swell from East.

Under steam from all boilers.

Made course E⅛S (per compass) until 9.23pm, when changed course to E¼N (per compass) by order of the Commanding Officer.

At 9.17pm Tsushima light was abeam, distant 8.1 miles.

Sunk Tsushima at 10.45pm bearing WNW½W.

Sighted Iki Sima abeam at 11.15pm.

Passed a steamer standing to Westward.

At 11.55pm slowed to 65 turns.

At end of watch patent log read 91.2.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 101.9.


Ross Island is also known as Soheugsan Island.

Maisonneuve is also known as Changsu-do.

Montravel is also known as Taro To.

Port Hamilton is also known as Tonae-hea.

Sentinel Rock is also known as Hong-do.

Iki Sima is also known as Ikino Shima.


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25 September 1897

At sea, en route to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 33.75, Long 131.84


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

On course E¼N (per compass).

Engines slowed to 65 revolutions

At 12.05am sighted Okino Sima [Oki Sima in log-book] bearing NE by North, distant about 11 miles, it was abeam at 1.35am, patent log [reading] 3.3.

At 1.00am slowed down to 60 revolutions.

At 3.00am sighted O Shima bearing SE½S, distant about 13 miles.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 60.2.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, hazy and pleasant.

Light breezes from NE.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00am Aino Shima [Kai-No Jima in log-book] light bore SE by E⅞E.

Stood in for the straits, the Commanding Officer conning ship.

At 5.53am hauled in patent log.

Entered straits [at] 6.20am, Mutsure Jima [Mutsuri Jima in log-book] abeam.

At 7.40am Mutsure Jima [Mutsuri in log-book] abeam.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 88.1.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.22 to 20.25.

At 8.00am set course SE½E (per compass) and put over patent log, reading 36.3.

At 9.04am changed course to ESE½E (per compass), patent log reading 48.1.

At 10.20am changed course to ESE¼E (per compass), patent log reading 62.6.

At 11.26am Hime Shima bore South by E¾E [East by E¾E in log-book] (per compass), distant 1.9 miles, and course was changed to ESE½E (per compass), patent log reading 72.2.

At end of watch Koiwai Shima bore NE⅞E (per compass) and Uwa Shima [Ewa Shima in log-book] E⅝S, patent log reading 78.9.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 101.5.

Bending spanker.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant, with light airs from NE, increasing to fresh breeze last hour.

Barometer steady.

On course ESE½E (per compass) until 12.50pm, when changed to East by South.

At 12.44pm passed Uwa Shima [Usa Sima in log-book] abeam, distant 2.1 miles.

At 1.23pm, Ya Shima being abeam, distant 2.5 miles, changed course to ENE½E (per compass).

At 2.45pm, Kominase-jima [Koresaise Sima in log-book] being abeam, distant 1.3 miles, changed course to ENE.

At 3.35pm Yuri Sima was abeam, distant 1.2 miles, changed course to NE¾E, and stood up channel on courses between NE and NE¾E.

At end of watch patent log read 24.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 103.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with moderate to stiff breeze from NE and ENE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Standing through Inland Sea, Commanding Officer conning the ship, steering various courses.

At sunset entered Southern passage to Bingo Nada, standing through same at end of watch.

The permanent board of survey condemned 48 pounds canned corned beef, 2 pounds vegetables and ½ pound butter in Department of Supplies and Accounts.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 102.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, moderate to stiff breezes from ENE and NE.

Barometer rising.

Smooth sea.

Picked up Hayakkan Shima [Hyaki in log-book] light at 6.40pm bearing NE⅜N, and it bore abeam at 7.57pm, patent log [reading] 67.6.

Passed Takaikami [Shima] at 7.20pm.

On various courses, the Commanding Officer conning ship.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 100.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.33 to 30.36.

At 8.30pm Hayakkan Shima [Neyaki in log-book] light bore WNW (per compass), distant 7.5 miles.

Steering various courses, Commanding Officer conning ship.

At 11.25pm fixed white light abeam, distant 1½ cables.

At end of watch patent log read 11.3.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 99.

The following condemned stores, by Quarterly Board of Survey, were thrown overboard by order of the Commanding Officer: 48 pounds cooked corned beef; ½ pound Danish butter; 2½ pounds canned tomatoes.


Okino Sima is also known as Okino-shima.

Koiwai Shima is also known as Koiwai Jima.

Uwa Shima is also known as Uwa-jima.

Yuri Sima is also known as Yuri-jima.

Bingo Nada is also known as Hiuchi-nada.


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26 September 1897

At sea, en route to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 33.46, Long 135.53


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, with gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.36 to 30.37.

At 12.17am Dyezo Point [Dezo Point in log-book] abeam, and set course E¼S (per compass).

At 12.45am Okado Point [Okardo Point in log-book] abeam, changed course to ENE¼E (per compass).

At 2.15am sighted Akashi [Saki] light ahead.

At 3.25am entered Akashi Strait, Commanding Officer conning ship.

At end of watch passing out of Akashi Strait.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 99.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear to cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle ESE breeze.

Passing out of Akashi Strait, Commanding Officer conning ship.

At 4.04am set course South by East, patent log [reading] 56.6.

Changed course at 4.30am to South by W½W.

At 5.50am passed Tomoga[shima] light abeam, distant 1 mile, patent log [reading] 76.3, and changed [course] to South.

At end of watch steering South, patent log [reading] 89.5.

Passed H.B.M.S. "Archer" standing into Inland Sea.

Average steam 97 [pounds], average revolutions 98.4.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hazy, with light passing showers first part.

Light to stiff breezes from NNW to East.

Barometer falling.

At 8.00am Hino Misaki bore East, abeam, distant 1¼ miles, and changed course to SE¾S, and at 10.35am to SE⅞E, patent log [reading] 25.6.

Mustered and inspected at quarters at 9.30am.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 86 [pounds], average revolutions 89.1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy first part, overcast and raining last part, squally.

Moderate gales from NE.

Rough sea, ship pitching moderately.

Barometer 30.31 to 30.29.

At 12.55pm changed course to ESE (per compass), patent log reading 44.9.

At 12.55pm Shima Misaki light bore abeam, distant 1.9 miles.

Changed course to East, patent log [reading] 50.3.

At 2.17pm changed course to ENE⅜E (per compass), patent log reading 54.4, slowed down engines between 2 and 3 [o'clock].

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 81.3.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy rain squalls at intervals.

Barometer 30.32 to 30.37.

Moderate gale and rough sea from NE, shifting last hour to ENE.

Ship pitching heavily at times.

On course ENE⅜E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 76.1.

Average steam 96 [pounds], average revolutions 79.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rain in squalls.

Moderate gale from ENE.

Barometer falling slightly.

Rough sea.

On course ENE⅜E (per compass).

At 6.10pm slowed down to 80 revolutions.

At end of watch patent log [read] 88.0.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 81.2.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with heavy rain.

Fresh breezes to a gale in squalls, but fell last half.

On course ENE⅜E.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 80.5.

Rough sea, ship taking seas over forecastle.


Dyezo Point is also known as Shakaga Hana.

Okado Point is also known as Okado Hana.

Akashi Saki is also known as E Saki.

Akashi Strait is also known as Akashi Kaikyo.

Shino Misaki is also known as Shiono Misaki.


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27 September 1897

At sea, en route to Yokohama, Japan

Lat 34.34, Long 138.72


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, heavy rain first part, lightning to Southward and Eastward last part.

Moderate gales from ENE, falling to very fresh breezes by end of watch.

Barometer 30.32 to 30.29.

Sea rough, ship pitching moderately.

Made course ENE⅜E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 102 [pounds], average revolutions 78.4.

At end of watch patent log read 40.4.

Passed a steamer standing to SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with moderate to fresh breezes from ENE.

Rough sea, moderating last part.

Barometer 30.28 to 30.31.

On course ENE⅜E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Increased revolutions gradually from 80 to 100.

At end of watch patent log read 40.4.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 87.3.

Passed a steamer standing to SW.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, clearing slightly towards end of watch.

Moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from ENE, with passing rain showers.

Ship pitching easily to moderate sea.

Course ENE⅜E.

At 10.30am sighted land bearing NE½N.

At 9.00am took soundings, no bottom at 100 fathoms.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 96.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Stiff to fresh breeze from ENE and NE.

Barometer falling.

At 12.35pm changed course to NE by East, patent log [reading] 15.1.

At 1.03pm picked up Rock Island light bearing NNE, changed course to NE, at 1.14pm to NE¾E, and at 1.20pm to NE, patent log [reading] 23.

At 2.28pm Rock Island bore abeam NW, distant 4.4 miles, patent log [reading] 34.8.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 98.8.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and misty.

Stiff to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer steady at 30.24.

At 5.11pm NW end of O Shima bore SW (per compass), distant 1.3 miles, changed course to NE½E (per compass), patent log reading 64.5.

At end of watch patent log read 73.9 miles.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 104.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer steady.

At 7.20pm Tsurugi Saki [Tsuruga in log-book] light was abeam, distant 3 miles.

At 7.50pm [6.50pm in log-book] sighted Kannon Saki [Canon Saki in log-book] light bearing three points on port bow.

On course NE½E (per compass) until 7.45pm, when changed course to N¾E (per compass) by order of the Commanding Officer.

At end of watch patent log read 96.8.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 103.6.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle to light NE breeze.

Occasional rain showers.

Standing up Gulf of Tokio, Commanding Officer conning ship, steering various courses.

At 9.50pm came to anchor off Yokohama in 8 fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms, port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: [Honmoku] lightship SE, white light on breakwater West by North.


Rock Island is also known as Mikomoto Jima.

Gulf of Tokio is also known as Gulf of Tokyo.


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28 September 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.45, Long 139.65


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with steady rain.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer falling.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain.

Barometer steady.

At 5.30am got under way and shifted berth inside the breakwater.

Moored at 7.20am in 6½ fathoms water, 45 fathoms on port [chain] and 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings at anchor: red entrance light NE½N, white entrance light NE¾E.

H.B.M.S. "Narcissus" came inside from outer anchorage.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty, occasional drizzle.

Calms and light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

At 8.00am fired a salute of 13 guns, German flag at the fore, which salute was returned gun for gun by the German flagship "Kaiser".

Expended in Ordnance Department: 13 6-pounder saluting charges; and 13 percussion primers.

Received visits of boarding officers from "Kaiser" and H.B.M.S. "Narcissus", which visits were returned by an officer from this ship.

Transferred to United States Naval Hospital, with bag, hammock and necessary transfer papers: J.J. Mumford, Apprentice First-class.

Cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy.

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

At 1.00pm hove up both anchors, and shifted berth, mooring with 30 fathoms on each chain, 4½ fathoms water.

Bearings at anchorage: white entrance light NNE, [Honmoku] lightship ESE¼E.

Commanding Officer visited officially German flagship "Kaiser".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Received in Equipment Department: 4 springs for Redding Electric mechanical gongs; 100 fathoms coasting lead line; and 1 dozen bottles Xando silver polish.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Calm to light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.


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29 September 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.45, Long 139.65


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NNE to NE.

Passing showers last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining, and light NNE breeze.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with rain.

Light breeze from NW to North by West.

Barometer falling.

The Commanding Officers of His Imperial [German] Majesty's Ships "Kaiser" and "Irene" paid official calls on board, and the two ships left the harbor at 11.30am.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call on the United States Consul General.

Broke out storerooms.

The Executive Officer and Passed Assistant Surgeon Bailey inspected storerooms and living spaces, and Ensign A.H. Scales storerooms and bilges, all being found in good condition.

Sent a party to United States Naval Hospital on shore to attend the funeral of M. Larson, First-class Fireman, of the United States flagship U.S.S. "Olympia".

Clear hawse.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with rain.

Light breezes to airs from North.

Barometer falling rapidly.

An officer representing the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Redpole" paid an official call on board.

H.M.S. "Narcissus" came inside the breakwater.

Passed Assistant Paymaster L. Kerr brought on board 14,807.19 Yen, having drawn a bill of exchange.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts for use of crew: 1500 pounds corned beef; 300 pounds candles; and 300 pounds canned vegetables.

And in [Department of] Steam Engineering: 50 gallons tea oil; and 240 pounds oatmeal.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with rain first part, lightning to Northward.

Light airs to breezes from North.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts: 30 gallons beans; 50 pounds prunes; 50 pounds raisins; 50 pounds currants; and 200 pounds tomatoes.

And in [Department of] Medicine and Surgery: an assortment of drugs.

Barometer falling.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with steady rain, lightning first hour.

Calms to light breezes from NNW to NNE.

Barometer falling, remarkable fall [of 0.1 inches] last hour.


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30 September 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.45, Long 139.65


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy first 3 hours and threatening up to last hour, then clearing.

Light to fresh breezes, squally with rain.

Barometer fell 0.16 [inches] first hour and pumping.

At 12.40am call all hands and took swivel off chains, veering to 45 fathoms on starboard and 30 fathoms on port chain.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Clearing and pleasant, calm.

Barometer rising.

Clear hawse.

Made preparations for coaling ship.

Coal lighters came alongside at 7.00am and began coaling ship at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Calms first part, light airs from NE and SE last part.

Barometer 29.55 to 29.60.

Cross in hawse.

At 9.00am started dynamo.

H.B.M.S. "Grafton", H.B.M.S. "Hart" and H.B.M.S. "Handy" left harbor at 9.10am.

The following men reported the expiration of their enlistments: W. Artus, Blacksmith; H.P. Williams, Machinist; R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class; and J.T. Semple, Landsman.

L. Koto, Wardroom Cook, and I.F. Sexton, Coal Passer, absent over leave.

Offered a reward of 20 yen for the apprehension and delivery on board of L. Koto, Wardroom Cook.

Coaling ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast, warm, very light drizzle at times during last part.

Calm.

Barometer 29.60 to 29.65.

Cross in hawse.

Coaling ship.

I.F. Sexton, Coal Passer, returned on board 7½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light airs from WSW, North and NNE.

Barometer 29.65 to 29.75.

Elbow in hawse.

At 4.40pm finished coaling, having taken in 230¼ tons.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Light airs and breezes from NNE and North.

Barometer 29.74 to 29.82.

Elbow in hawse.

Shifted [fires] from D to A boiler.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1897


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1 October 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.45, Long 139.65


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from North by East, North and NNE.

Barometer 29.87 to 29.81.

Elbow in hawse.

Fires under boiler A.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light breezes from NNE.

Barometer 29.91 to 30.02.

Elbow in hawse.

At 4.45am commenced coaling, and finished at 7.00am, having taken in 26¾ tons during watch.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 95 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 76 pounds of bread.

J.M. Hewson, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 14 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light breezes from ENE to NE.

Barometer 30.02 to 30.03, to 30.01.

Round turn in hawse.

Engaged cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing last part.

Light breeze from NE.

Barometer 30.01 to 30.00.

Commenced taking on board deck load of coal at 1.30pm, and finished at 3.15pm, having taken on board 30 tons.

Draft forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 16 feet 11 inches.

Cleared hawse and put on mooring swivel at 45 fathoms starboard chain, 15 fathoms port chain.

Received on board stores as follows, [in] Paymaster's Department: 2000 pounds flour; 2000 pounds sugar; and 300 pounds rice.

[In] Construction Department: 1000 sheets gold leaf; 5 gallons Japan drier; 12 mast hoops; and 36 rivets.

[In] Department of Steam Engineering: 1 dozen corn brooms; 100 pounds soda; 5 dozen putz pomade; 250 pounds cotton waste; and 100 pounds cement.

[In] Equipment Department: 50 pounds [cotton] waste.

Paymaster brought on board for use in Paymaster's Department 7876.92 Japanese yen.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 12 coal shovels; 10 pounds ⅝-inch x 6-inch bolts and nuts; 24 gauge glasses; 15 tube stoppers; 10 quires emery cloth; 12 hack saw blades; and 50 gauge glass grommets.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather, with light breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.00 to 30.05.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent without leave: L. Koto, Wardroom Cook, and J.T. Roadhouse, Oiler.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, with light breezes from NNE and NE.

Barometer steady.


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2 October 1897

At anchor Yokohama, Japan

Lat 35.45, Long 139.65


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, with light airs to light breezes from NNW.

Barometer steady.

Fires under boiler A.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, with light breezes from NNW.

Barometer 30.09 to 30.14.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 76 pounds fresh bread, for issue [to crew].

H.B.M.S. "Pique" left port.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable breeze.

By order of Commanding Officer L. Koto, Wardroom Cook, was declared a deserter to date from September 29, 1897.

Sent ashore offers of rewards of 20 yen each for the delivery on board of the following named men, who are absent over leave, namely: M.P. Casey, Seaman; P. Kugat, Seaman; C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class; J. Rooney, Blacksmith; W. Clark, Oiler; A. Hansen, Oiler; J. Garrigan, First-class Fireman; C.A. Tannian, Coal Passer; W.P. Williams, Machinist; and J. McCarthy, Gunner's Mate Third-class.

By order of Commanding Officer C.E. Bracken, Apprentice First-class, was given three days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for going ashore without proper authority.

C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, and F. Hubbard [Habbard in log-book], Ordinary Seaman, were given respectively fourth conduct class for six months and two weeks' extra duty, for leaving steam launch at landing without permission.

M.P. Casey, Seaman, and J. Rooney, Blacksmith, returned on board one hour over time and drunk, and C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, returned on board two hours over time and tight.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light Easterly airs and breezes, and calms.

McCarthy, Gunner's Mate Third-class, J. Garrigan, First-class Fireman, and W. Clark, Oiler, were brought on board by the police, 8 hours over time, and rewards of 20 yen each were paid therefor.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

P. Kugat, Seaman, and A. Hansen, Oiler, returned on board 9 hours over time.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees: C.W. Chadwick, Oiler, C.A. Tannian, Coal Passer, and W.P. Williams, Machinist.

Transferred to Passed Assistant Paymaster S.L. Heap, U.S. Navy, United States Naval Hospital, 7442.61 Japanese yen.

C.W. Chadwick, Oiler, and C.A. Tannian, Coal Passer, were brought on board by the police and a reward of 20 yen each was paid therefor.

W.P. Williams, Machinist, returned on board 12 hours over time, and drunk.

By order of Commanding Officer C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, having been reported for smuggling liquor while in charge of steam launch, was confined in double irons, under sentry's charge, awaiting further investigation.

Secured all boats for sea.

Received on board during the day: 60 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs and breezes.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm:

Received from Naval Hospital, Yokohama, for transfer to the United States: L.E. Bruce, Gunner's Mate First-class; C.A. Carlson, Gunner's Mate Third-class; G.A. Massey, First-class Fireman; A. Garron, Coxswain; A.E. Rose, Private Marine; M. Comerio, Seaman; F. Wille, Coal Passer; P.O. Lauritt, Landsman.


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3 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 34.83, Long 139.84


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light ESE airs.

At 5.45am singled moorings, hove up port anchor and made preparations for sea.

At 7.00am got under way and stood out of the harbor under conn of the Commanding Officer.

The other men-of-war in port cheered the ship.

At 7.30am passed Honmoku lightship and put over patent log, reading 13.4.

At end of watch standing down Gulf of Tokio under conn of Commanding Officer.

O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, was released from confinement and made a prisoner at large.

Draft of ship 13 feet 7 inches forward, 17 feet aft.

Average steam 100 [pounds], average revolutions 90.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hazy and pleasant.

Light airs to breezes from ESE to WNW.

Barometer fell slightly.

Standing down the bay, the Commanding Officer conning ship.

At noon Nojima Saki [Nosima in log-book] light bore N30°E, distant 5 miles.

Set fore and aft sails to dry.

By order of Commanding Officer C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, was made a prisoner at large to await trial by a Summary Court Martial

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am, Yamauchi [Yamaguchi in log-book], Mess Attendant, absent without leave.

Average steam 100 [pounds], average revolutions 91.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE and NE.

Barometer 30.23 to 30.22.

Slight swell from ENE.

At 12.30pm changed course to E¼S (per compass), patent log reading 57, and at same time took departure from Nojima Saki [Nosima Saki in log-book] light, bearing North by W¾W, distant 6¾ miles.

Furled fore and aft sail, bending gaff topsails.

The Recorder of a Summary Court Martial to try C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, delivered to him the specifications upon which he is to be tried.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 100.5.

At end of watch patent log read 94.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NE.

Barometer steady.

On course E¼S (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Bending gaff topsails.

By order of the Commanding Officer, O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, a General Court Martial prisoner, was allowed to go to duty on account of his health and the shorthandedness of the ship.

At end of watch patent log read 16.5.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 101.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Sheet lightning to Northward and Westward.

On course E¼S (per compass).

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 101.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes to airs from ENE.

Barometer rising.

Smooth sea.

On course E¼S, under steam alone.

Average steam 115 [pounds], average revolutions 103.1.


Gulf of Tokio is also known as Gulf of Tokyo.


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4 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 34.79, Long 145.26


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Barometer steady at 30.28.

Sea smooth.

Made course E¼S (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 102.

At end of watch patent log read 26.8.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, with light breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.28 to 30.33.

Smooth sea, with low swell from Eastward.

On course E¼S (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 69.5.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 100.1.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light NE breeze, hauling to NE by East last part.

Cleaning ship.

At 8.45am set all sail except topsails, and at 10.30am took in fore and main trysails and spanker.

At 11.30am hauled down head sails.

At 11.00am set clock ahead 20 minutes.

Delivered specifications of offenses to M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class.

On course E¼S (per compass).

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 103.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes from NE and NE by East.

Barometer rising.

Set fore and fore-topmast staysails at 1.40pm, and hauled down at 2.10pm, and set fore staysail at 3.10pm.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded, namely: H. Halebard, [this should probably read F. Hubbard] Ordinary Seaman, under the influence of liquor, two weeks' extra duty; G. Olsen, First-class Fireman, falsehood, fourth [conduct] class for six months; W. Walton, Chief Quartermaster, neglect of duty, not carrying out orders of Navigator and being in a maudlin condition, fourth [conduct] class during remainder of stay on board.

On course E¼S (per compass), steam alone.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 100.4.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NNE.

Slight swell from ENE.

Barometer 31.35 to 30.36.

At 5.00pm mustered crew at quarters and exercised at collision drill, absentee: H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook.

At 4.30pm took in fore staysail.

Made course E¼E (per compass), under [steam from] all boilers.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 99.7.

At end of watch patent log read 73.3.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant, with gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.37 to 30.41.

Moderate swell from ENE.

On course E¼S (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 94.3.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 100.3.


8pm to midnight:

Clear to cloudy.

Gentle NE breeze.

On course E¼S (per compass).

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 100.9.


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5 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 34.76, Long 151.08


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer fell last half.

On course E¼S, under steam alone from all boilers.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 99.8.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.40 to 30.45.

Moderate sea from NE.

Made course E¼S (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 98.9.

At end of watch patent log read 21.7.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.45 to 30.43.

On course E¼S (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentee H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook, and exercised divisions at great guns.

At 10.10am a Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant J.H. Rohrbacher is senior member, met for trial of C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, and adjourned at 11.35am.

Set clock ahead 24 minutes between 11.00am and 12.00pm.

At end of watch patent log read 59.2.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 99.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle breeze from East, hauling to ESE.

On course E¼S until 12.27pm, when changed to S87°E per compass.

At 1.10pm a Summary Court Martial, of which Lieutenant J.H. Rohrbacher is senior member, met for the trial of M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, and adjourned at 1.35pm.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 99.1.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light breezes from East by South.

Barometer rising.

Mustered crew at quarters at 5.00pm, absentee: H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook.

Closed watertight doors.

On course S87°E.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 97.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from East by North.

Sea smooth.

Barometer 30.37.

Making course S87°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 99.4.

At end of watch patent log read 43.8.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing last hour.

[Light airs from ESE.]

Barometer 30.37 to 30.31.

Smooth sea, with low swell from Northward and Westward last part, ship rolling easily.

Light airs from ESE.

On course S87°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 86.5.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 100.


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6 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 34.61, Long 156.06


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast.

Gentle to moderate ESE breeze.

On course S87°E (per compass).

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 99.6.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

Barometer fell slightly first hour.

On course S87°E, under steam alone.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 99.6.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ESE.

Sea smooth.

Barometer steady at 30.25.

At 9.30am mustered crew at quarters for inspection and exercised at great gun drill.

H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook, absent without leave.

T. Stanton, Private Marine, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Made course S87°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 102.7.

At end of watch patent log read 11.9.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light to gentle breezes from ESE.

Barometer 30.25 to 30.13.

On course S87°E (per compass) until 12.17pm, when changed to S85°E (per compass).

Under steam from all boilers.

Smooth sea.

At end of watch patent log read 56.2.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 103.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to moderate ESE breeze.

On course S85°E.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook.

Sounded alarm and closed watertight doors in 50 seconds.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 99.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate breezes from ESE.

Barometer fell slightly.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 103.9.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and squally with light passing showers.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SE by South.

Moderate sea.

Barometer falling 30.13 to 30.08.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 98.7.

At end of watch patent log read 39.6.

Passed a steamer standing to the Westward.


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7 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 33.88, Long 161.50


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with occasional rain squalls.

[Moderate to stiff breezes from SE.]

Barometer 30.00 to 30.02.

Moderate breezes and sea from SE.

On course S85°E, under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 79.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 99.4.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, with light passing rain showers.

Stiff breeze from SE and SSE.

On course S85°E (per compass).

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 104.8.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, with light passing showers first hour, clearing toward second half.

Stiff to moderate breezes from SSE.

Barometer fell first hour.

Set fore top staysail at 8.00am, and main trysail spanker at 10.30am, [and] fore trysail at 11.30am.

Set clock ahead 22 minutes between 11.00am and 12.00pm.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 104.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, stiff to gentle breezes from South by West.

Moderate sea, smoothing down by end of watch.

Barometer 30.02 to 29.99.

At 2.00pm took in all sail.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 102.8.

At end of watch patent log read 11.0.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, overcast and raining second hour.

Barometer steady.

On course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentee: H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook.

Closed watertight doors in 45 seconds.

Gentle breezes from South, shifting to WSW.

Smooth sea.

At end of watch patent log read 31.5.

Average steam 99 [pounds], average revolutions 95.6.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing.

Gentle to light breeze from West and South.

On course S85°E (per compass).

Average steam 100 [pounds], average revolutions 96.7.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breezes to airs from South by West to East by North.

Barometer 30.00 to 30.02.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 97.


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8 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 33.08, Long 166.43


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, squally and raining, with occasional flashes of lightning.

Gentle breezes from NNE first hour, stiff breezes to moderate gales in squalls from NNE during remainder of watch.

Barometer rising latter part.

Moderate sea, ship rolling and pitching easily.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 30.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 101.3.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with very fresh breezes from NE by North, moderating last hour.

Rough sea, ship rolling heavily at times.

On course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 79.6.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 100.2.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light passing showers last part.

Very fresh to stiff breezes from NE and NE by North, with rough sea from same direction.

On course S85°E per compass.

At end of watch patent log read 16.8.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 99.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Stiff breezes from NE by North.

Barometer rising.

Ship rolling deeply at times to a moderate NE sea.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 99.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast to cloudy.

Stiff to fresh breezes from NNE and North.

Moderate sea from NNE.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.26.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 102 [pounds], average revolutions 98.3.

At end of watch patent log read 80.3 [00.3 in log-book].


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing last hour, with moderate to stiff breezes and moderate sea from North.

Barometer 30.26 to 30.32.

Ship rolling heavily.

At end of watch patent log read 100.3.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 98.8.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty, cool.

Fresh to stiff breeze from North by East.

Moderate beam sea, ship rolling 22° to 28°.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 97.1.


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9 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 32.15, Long 171.07


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breezes from NNE, squally.

Wind and sea moderating last hour.

Ship rolling deeply at times, made roll to starboard 30°, to port 7°.

On course S85°E, under steam alone.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 94.8.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and squally.

Moderate to stiff breezes from NNE.

Moderate sea from NNE, ship rolling deeply at times.

Barometer rising 30.38 to 30.45.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 96.2.

At end of watch patent log read 21.2.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with moderate to stiff breezes from NNE.

Barometer 30.45 to 30.47.

At 8.35am set fore staysail.

Made course S85°E (per compass).

Steam on all boilers.

Moderate sea and swell from Northward, ship rolling deeply at times.

F. Bruning, Landsman, reported his term of enlistment expired.

At end of watch patent log read 60.5.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 99.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff North by East breeze.

Ship rolling deeply to moderate beam sea.

On course S85°E until 12.17pm, when changed to S84°E (per compass).

O. Anderson, Ordinary Seaman, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment.

H. Yamauchi, Steerage Cook, was declared a deserter, to date from October 3, 1897.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 99.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from North by East.

Barometer rising.

Shut watertight doors.

On course S84°E.

Average steam 102 [pounds], average revolutions 95.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breezes from NNE.

Moderate sea, ship rolling easily.

Barometer steady at 30.52.

Made course S84°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers [and fore staysail].

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 97.7.

At end of watch patent log read 44.8.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant, with gentle to stiff breezes in puffs from NNE.

Barometer 30.52 to 30.55 to 30.54.

Made course S84°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail.

Ship rolling deeply at times to moderate sea from Northward.

At end of watch patent log read 87.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 97.7.


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10 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 30.98, Long 175.58


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, clearing last part.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NE by North, hauling to NE by East.

At 3.50am took in fore staysail.

On course S84°E per compass.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 95.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from NE by East and NE.

Barometer steady.

Moderate sea, ship rolling deeply at times to long swells, made roll to starboard 22°, to port 10°.

On course S84°E.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 96.5.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate breezes from NE.

Moderate sea from NNE, ship rolling easily.

Barometer 30.54 to 30.52.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected the ship.

At 10.00am mustered crew at quarters and afterwards published sentences of a Summary Court Martial in the cases of C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, and M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class.

C. Banson sentenced to deprivation of liberty on shore for 4 months, 3 months' extra police duties, and loss of three months' pay, amounting to ninety-nine dollars.

M. McNamara sentenced to deprivation of liberty on shore for 2 months, and loss of two months' pay, amounting to ninety-two dollars.

Made course S84°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 104 [pounds], average revolutions 96.1.

At end of watch patent log read 5.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant, with gentle to moderate breezes from NE and ENE.

Barometer 30.52 to 30.48.

Ship rolling heavily to long swell from Northward.

Made course S84°E (per compass) until 12.20pm, when changed course to S82°E (per compass).

Under steam from all boilers.

Set fore staysail at 2.20pm, and took it in at 3.20pm.

At end of watch patent log read 46.8.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 97.3.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate ENE breezes.

Ship rolling heavily to long swell from Northward.

On course S82°E (per compass).

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 96.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breezes from ENE.

Barometer steady.

Ship rolling deeply to a long quartering swell, made roll to starboard 27°, port 15°.

On course S82°E.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 102.7.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant, squally, light passing showers second hour.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NE.

Long swell from North by West, ship rolling deeply.

Barometer falling 30.51 to 30.48.

Made course S82°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 100.7.

At end of watch patent log read 30.7.


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11 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 29.57, Long 179.80


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant, with moderate to stiff breezes from NE and ENE.

Barometer 30.48 to 30.43.

Ship rolling deeply at times to long swell from Northward.

Made course S82°E per compass, under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 72.5.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 99.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff ENE breeze.

Moderate sea.

On course S82°E (per compass).

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 96.3.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant, light passing showers first hour.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from NE to ENE.

Barometer fell slightly.

On course S82°E.

Average steam 103 [pounds], average revolutions 94.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally.

Moderate to stiff breezes from ENE.

Moderate swell from NNE.

Ship rolling easily.

Barometer falling 30.43 to 30.39.

At 12.28pm changed course to S85°E (per compass), patent log read 52.8.

Unbent topsails and spanker, bent storm mizzen.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 98.5.

At end of watch patent log read 89.1.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with moderate breezes from ENE.

Barometer steady.

Moderate swell from Northward, ship rolling easily.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Mustered at quarters and closed watertight doors at 5.00pm.

At end of watch patent log read 9.3.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 96.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East by North.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 98.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, light passing showers third hour.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE by East to East by North.

Barometer falling.

On course S85°E.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 94.8.

Set fore and aft sail at 8.30pm, took it in at 10.20pm.


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11 October 1897

[Same date; ship crossed the date line]

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 28.57, Long -175.63


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear, pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE.

Moderate sea from NE.

Barometer falling 30.36 to 30.29.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all four boilers.

Average steam 102 [pounds], average revolutions 93.6.

At end of watch patent log read 8.5.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant, with gentle to moderate breezes from NE and ENE, increasing last hour to stiff breezes in puffs.

Barometer steady.

Made course S85°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Ship rolling easily to moderate sea from Northward.

At end of watch patent log read 47.

Average steam 100 [pounds], average revolutions 92.6.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast.

Fresh to moderate breezes from ENE and East by North.

On course S85°E (per compass).

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and held instruction of Gun Divisions.

At 11.00am set clock ahead 17 minutes.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 93.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer fell first hour.

At 1.10pm changed course to S80°E.

Set fore and aft sail.

At 1.00pm lookout reported breakers on starboard beam.

Got sounding in 88 fathoms, no bottom.

Stopped firing boiler A at 1.00pm, and disconnected at 2.10pm.

Average steam 98 [pounds], average revolutions 89.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair to pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Moderate sea from NNE.

Barometer steady at 30.18.

At 5.00pm mustered crew at quarters and exercised at closing watertight doors.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from boilers B, C and D, [and fore and aft sail].

Average steam 88 [pounds], average revolutions 80.5.

At end of watch patent log read 79.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.19.

Moderate sea from NNE, ship rolling easily.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from boilers B, C and D, and all sail except fore topmast staysail.

At end of watch patent log read 57.7.

Average steam 90 [pounds], average revolutions 81.3.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NE, hauling to ENE and East by North.

On course S80°E (per compass).

At 9.15pm took in fore and main trysails, and at 11.45pm took in fore staysail and storm mizzen.

Average steam 96 [pounds], average revolutions 80.3.


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12 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 27.14, Long -172.27


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to breezes from ENE.

Barometer falling.

On course S80°E, under steam from three boilers.

Average steam 90 [pounds], average revolutions 79.3.

Disconnected boiler D and connected [boiler] A at 2.50am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.

Moderate swell from North.

Barometer 30.13 to 30.16.

Under steam from 3 boilers, made course S80°E (per compass).

Average steam 86 [pounds], average revolutions 70.9.

At end of watch patent log read 57.7.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from NNE and East.

Barometer falling slowly.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from three boilers.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Engaged remainder of watch in overhauling battery.

Set fore staysail at 8.15am, and took it in at 10.30am.

Set clock ahead 15 minutes between 11.00am and 12.00pm.

At end of watch patent log read 85.5.

Average steam 83 [pounds], average revolutions 66.8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant, passing shower second hour.

Light airs to gentle breezes from East by North to ESE.

On course S80°E until 12.30pm, when changed to S79°E (per compass).

Average steam 99 [pounds], average revolutions 66.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light passing showers.

Light airs to breezes from East by North.

Barometer rising.

Mustered crew at quarters at 5.00pm.

Closed watertight doors in 45 seconds.

On course S79°E.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 66.8.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, light passing showers during first hour.

Light airs from East by North.

Moderate swell from North.

Made course S79°E (per compass), under steam from A, B and C boilers.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 75.8.

At end of watch patent log read 44.8.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from ESE.

Barometer steady.

Smooth sea.

Made course S79°E (per compass), under steam from boilers A, B and C.

At 8.35pm went to fire quarters, ready in 1 minute 45 seconds, secured [in] 2 minutes 10 seconds.

At end of watch patent log read 74.6.

Average steam 103 [pounds], average revolutions 67.9.


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13 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 25.87, Long -169.18


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ESE airs.

On course S79°E (per compass).

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 70.1.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes from SE by East.

Barometer rising.

Smooth sea.

On course S79°E.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 70.7.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light airs from SE by East and ESE.

Sea smooth.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.28.

At 9.30am mustered crew at quarters for inspection and exercised at abandon ship.

The Commanding Officer assigned the following punishment: C.W. Chadwick, Oiler, was placed on 4th conduct class for the remainder of his time on board, not to exceed six months, for disrespect to the machinist on watch.

Ensign G.C. Day made the weekly inspection of storerooms and mechanical appliances, required by Paragraph 3, Article 1594, United States Navy Regulations, and found all in good condition.

Passed Assistant Surgeon Bailey made inspection of living spaces and storerooms, and found all in good order.

Made course S79°E (per compass).

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 71.9.

At end of watch patent log read 66.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, calm weather.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.27 to 30.25.

Made course S79°E (per compass) until 12.25pm, when changed course to S80°E (per compass).

Under steam from three boilers.

Unbent fore topmast staysail.

At end of watch patent log read 99.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 72.9.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE by East.

On course S80°E (per compass).

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Sounded alarm and closed watertight doors in 55 seconds.

At 5.10pm connected up D boiler.

Tested electric signaling apparatus and found Ardois system to need slight repairs.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 81.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE by East.

Barometer rising.

Moon rose at 7.40pm.

On course S80°E.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 96.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East by North.

Sea smooth.

Barometer steady at 30.32.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under [steam from] four boilers.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 97.5.

At end of watch patent log read 79.1.


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14 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 24.44, Long -165.28


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from East by North.

Barometer 30.32 to 30.28.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 18.5.

Average steam 105 pounds, average revolutions 93.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East by North.

On course S80°E (per compass).

Average steam 106 pounds, average revolutions 93.6.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light breezes from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am.

Exercised at aiming drill.

Painting whaleback forward and the anchors.

On course S80°E.

Average steam 106 pounds, revolutions 92.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes from ENE.

Sea smooth.

Barometer 30.29 to 30.24.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 105 pounds, average revolutions 90.1.

At end of watch patent log read 32.9.

Painted whalebacks forward, booms and break of forecastle.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light to gentle breezes from ENE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.26.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and closed watertight doors, time 43 seconds.

At end of watch patent log read 52.3.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 91.7.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle ENE breeze.

On course S80°E.

Average revolutions 93.7, average steam 110 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs to stiff breeze in squalls.

Barometer falling.

On course S80°E, under steam alone.

Got sounding in 63 fathoms at 10.30pm, and thereafter as follows, namely: at 10.45pm in 60 fathoms, patent log [reading] 99.6; at 11.00pm in 50 fathoms, patent log 1.4; at 11.30pm in 20 fathoms, patent log 6.8; at 11.45pm in 26 fathoms, blue mud; at 11.47pm in 23 fathoms, patent log 7.7, rocky bottom; at 11.50pm in 26 fathoms, fine sand, rocky; at 11.55pm in 28 fathoms, patent log 9.

Slowed down engines at 11.35pm, stopped at 11.40pm, when got 12 fathoms with hand lead.

Started ahead slow at 11.42pm, full speed at 11.50pm.

By order of Commanding Officer placed A.J. Ryder, Yeoman First-class, in double irons to await investigation, for being drunk on board ship.

Average steam 115 [pounds], average revolutions 94.7.


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15 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 23.08, Long -161.36


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE and NE by East.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.22.

At 12.15am and 12.30am got sounding, no bottom with 80 fathoms wire out.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 91.5.

At end of watch patent log read 47.6.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes from ESE.

Barometer 30.22 to 30.26.

Made course S80°E (per compass) until 5.35am, when changed to S85°E (per compass), at 6.15am changed course to S80°E (per compass).

At 5.30am sighted Bird Island bearing SE by East (per compass).

At end of watch patent log read 86.4.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 93.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle ENE breeze.

On course S80°E (per compass).

At 8.10am Bird Island bore abeam, distant 10.4 miles.

At 9.05am got sounding with machine, Bird Island bearing S47°W, 47 fathoms wire, rocky bottom.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and held instruction of Gun Divisions.

By order of Commanding Officer A.J. Ryder, Yeoman First-class, was released from confinement, he was disrated to Landsman, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship so as to be unfit for duty.

A.J. Ryder, Landsman, was given an acting appointment for six months as Yeoman Second-class.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 92.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Unbent all sail.

On course S80°E.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 96.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from ENE.

Moderate sea.

Barometer steady at 30.18.

At 5.00pm mustered crew at quarters and exercised at closing watertight doors.

At 5.30pm sighted Kauai and lost sight of it at dark bearing SE by E½E.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 92.1.

At end of watch patent log read 79.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle to moderate breezes from ENE.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.21.

Moderate sea.

Made course S80°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 99.2.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 93.1.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy to clear, pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NE by East.

On course S80°E.

At 8.50pm picked up Island of Kauai on starboard bow.

Moon rose at 9.25pm.

At 10.35pm Western end of Kauai abeam, patent log [reading] 24.5.

At 11.00pm changed course to E⅛N, patent log [reading] 28.8, at 11.25pm to E⅜N, patent log 33.0, and at 11.45pm to East, patent log 36.9.

At end of watch on course East, Island of Kauai in sight on starboard hand.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 95.1.


Bird Island is also known as Nihoa.


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16 October 1897

At sea, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE by East.

Barometer falling.

Smooth sea.

At 12.00am changed course by order of Commanding Officer to S85°E, at 12.20am to S80°E, and at 12.45am NE point of Kauai [Kaui in log-book] bearing (per compass) S½W to SE by East.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 91.9.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ENE.

Sea smooth.

Barometer 30.17 to 30.19.

At 5.00am sighted the Island of Oahu a little on port bow.

Made course SE by East (per compass) until 7.30am, when changed to ESE (per compass), patent log reading 11.7.

At end of watch patent log read 16.1.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 91.6.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm, with gentle to light breezes from ESE, shifting to NE by North.

Barometer falling last hour.

Standing in for anchorage off Honolulu on courses between SE and East by North (per compass), Commanding Officer conning ship.

Passed Barber's Point light abeam at 9.55am, stopped for pilot at 11.05am, and anchored in Honolulu harbor at 11.35am.

Engaged rest of watch in mooring ship's head and stern.

At 10.30am exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Bennington", flying the flag of Rear Admiral J.N. Miller, U.S. Navy, and at 11.00am made signal interrogatory 1211, flagship answered 1334.

At 11.15am made signal interrogatory telegraphic 6322, 0422, 8126, flagship answered granted.

At 11.25am fired a salute of 21 guns, Hawaiian flag at the main, and a salute of 13 guns.

The fort on shore returned the former gun for gun, and U.S.S. "Bennington" the latter with 7 guns.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call on the Commander-in-Chief and the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Bennington".

Draft forward 11 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet 3 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Gentle breeze from NE and North.

Finished securing ship, 60 fathoms on starboard chain, 45 fathoms on port chain, with hawser astern to kedge on reef.

Depth of water 6 fathoms forward, 4½ fathoms aft.

Got up awning stanchions and ridge ropes, and broke out awnings.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Wheeling" and from an officer representing the Commander-in-Chief.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes and light airs from NE and ENE.

Barometer 30.12 to 30.16.

Received on board from U.S.S. "Bennington", with bags, hammocks and necessary papers the following named men (see list [below]), and from U.S.S. "Wheeling" (see list [below]).


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with passing showers.

Light ENE airs and calm.


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[Inserted note]


4pm to 8pm:

Received from U.S.S. "Wheeling": E.O. Plaff, Sergeant; W.S. Chapman, Private Marine; E. Elkin, Private Marine; J.F. Kirkman, Private Marine; J.P. Mahonney, Private Marine; F.C. Hunter, Private Marine; H.W. Carter, Private Marine; W.A. Edwards, Private Marine; C.H. Evans, Private Marine; C. Kragh, Private Marine; F.V. Williams, Private Marine.

Received from U.S.S. "Bennington": H.L. Abrahamson, Landsman; J. Becker, Landsman; J.A. Brown, Landsman; C.V. Plaff, Landsman; E.W. Dewson, Apprentice Third-class; C.L. Dall, Apprentice Third-class; P. Flynn, Ordinary Seaman; G. Frazer, Landsman; H.L. Gilbert, Landsman; C. Gibat, Ordinary Seaman; B.F. Goss, Apprentice Third-class; J.C. Humiston, Landsman; O.W. Hill, Landsman; P.J. Hyde, Ordinary Seaman; O.L. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman; J. Jonson, Ordinary Seaman; R.O. Kluge, Ordinary Seaman; J.J. Kelly, Landsman; F.L. Kirby, Landsman; E.F. Knape, Seaman; B.F. Mackey, Landsman; F.C. McDowell, Landsman; J. Puvogel, Landsman; H. Rosenberg, Landsman; T.F. Ryan, Seaman; H.E. Raynes, Landsman; D.F. Ross, Ordinary Seaman; A.A. Rutherford, Landsman; P. Sullivan, Ordinary Seaman; B. Scholten, Ordinary Seaman; C.P. Shockley, Ordinary Seaman; M. Soolman, Ordinary Seaman; J.W. Stuckey, Ordinary Seaman; G.N. Stein, Landsman; G.E. Webb, Landsman; J. Ward, Landsman; C.C. Weiskopf, Landsman.


Barber's Point is also known as Kalaeloa.


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17 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, calm weather.

Barometer 30.11 to 30.16.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals 6379, 5263, Marines all white.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Light passing shower second hour.

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

Routine and other signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer falling.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Made signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE airs and breezes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear to cloudy, occasional light showers.

Light NE airs.


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18 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light NE airs and calms.

Passing showers.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ENE airs and calms.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 118 pounds fresh bread; and 147½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, calms.

Barometer steady.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am, exercised landing party.

G. Auberlin, Machinist, reported the expiration of his time of enlistment.

The Commanding Officer paid official calls on the United States Minister Plenipotentiary, the United States Consul General and the Commandant of the Hawaiian forces.

Cleaning ship outside.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts from U.S.S. "Bennington": 3 mattresses; 15 mattress covers; 50 knife lanyards; and 2 dozen black ties.

Flagship made signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to breezes from NE.

Barometer fell first hour.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Cleaning ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light breezes to airs from NE.

Barometer rising.

Cleaning and scraping ship outside.

Made preparations for coaling.

Exercised search and signal lights.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs.

Barometer steady.

Exercised with flagship with signal lights.


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19 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calms to light airs from NE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, calms.

Barometer falling.

Coal lighters came alongside both sides at 5.25am, and began coaling ship at 6.00am.

Flagship made dress and time signal 6381 at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Calms and light variable airs.

Barometer 30.20 to 30.18.

L. Turner, Oiler, J. Schlicht [Schlict in log-book], Water Tender, and C.W. Chadwick, Oiler, reported the expiration of their term of enlistment.

Coaling ship.

Made routine signals at 9.30am and 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Calms and light variable airs.

Barometer falling 30.18 to 30.12.

Coaling ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair.

Light airs from NE and NNW.

Barometer 30.13 to 30.16.

Knocked off coaling at 5.10pm, having taken in 163 tons and 2170 pounds during the day.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light airs from North and NNW.

Barometer 30.20 to 30.18.


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20 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Calm.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.17.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Calms and light airs from NNE.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.20.

Commenced coaling at 5.30am and stopped at 7.50am.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 118 pounds of fresh bread; 147½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs to light breezes from NNE and NE.

Barometer 30.20 to 30.19.

Engaged coaling ship from lighter on starboard side till 11.00am, when it was emptied and started on lighter on port side.

By order of the Commanding Officer, A. Young, Apprentice First-class, and G.F. Reeves, Apprentice First-class, were each given three days' restriction, for being slow in manning boat.

Made signals as follows: at 8.35am flagship "When will you be through coaling", U.S.S. "Yorktown" answered "Uncertain, probably 10.00am tomorrow. Signed Stockton"; at 9.30am numeral 15; at 10.35am flagship "To Captain Stockton, all in coming mail steamer, signed Nicholls"; at 12.00pm numeral 24, numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs to light breezes from ENE and NE.

Barometer falling slowly.

Engaged coaling ship from lighter on port side.

Transferred to Navy Yard, Mare Island, per steamer "Australia", with bags, hammocks and necessary papers, the following named men: L.E. Bruce, Gunner's Mate First-class; A. Garren, Coxswain; M. Comerio, Seaman; J.T. Semple, Landsman; W.F. Pilgrim, Landsman; H.D. Dickinson, Landsman; P.O. Lauritt, Landsman; G.A. Massey, First-class Fireman; F. Wille, Coal Passer; R.W. Nelson, Private Marine; A.E. Rose, Private Marine.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.15 to 30.20.

Engaged coaling from lighter on port side until 5.30pm.

Steamer "Australia" left harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NE.

Barometer 30.20 to 30.22.


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21 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NE.

Barometer 30.22 to 30.16.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NE.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.21.

Engaged coaling ship.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.

Steamer "Moana" came into port.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm, light passing showers.

Light airs and breezes from NE and ENE.

Finished coaling at 10.30am, received on board 161 tons 70 pounds.

Started cleaning ship.

Made routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light to gentle NE breeze.

Cleaning ship.

Received in Paymaster's Department: $6,000.00 in United States gold; and 100 pairs woolen socks.

American bark "S.G. Wilder" ["S.J. Wilder" in log-book] came in.

Mail steamer "Moana" left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs and breezes from NE to NNE.

Cleaning ship.

Received Continuous Service Certificates numbers 12826 and 12829 for S.A. Nay, Ordinary Seaman, and W. Clark, Oiler, respectively.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light NNE breeze.


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22 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light breezes from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am, exercised landing party.

The United States Minister to Hawaii paid an official call on board, on his departure fired a salute of 15 guns, American ensign at the fore.

The Admiral commanding United States Naval Forces on Pacific Station paid an official call on board.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 15 6-pounder saluting charges.

Broke out storerooms.

Ensign A.H. Scales inspected storerooms and mechanical appliances, and found [them] in good condition.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Made signals as per routine signal record.

R. Henderlong, First-class Fireman, reported the expiration of his time of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.14.

Exercised landing party.

Painting ship outside.

U.S.S. "Wheeling" came in and moored at 3.20pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light passing showers.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer rising.

Painting ship outside until 5.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant, lightning to Northward and Eastward first hour.

[Light airs and gentle breezes from NE.]

Barometer 30.22 to 30.21.


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23 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer falling.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "Peru" came in at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant, with rain.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.19.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, light passing showers first hour.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.19 to 30.16.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.J. O'Dell, Second-class Fireman, was restricted for ten days, for gross carelessness, losing suction hose over board.

By order of the Commander-in-Chief, and at his own request, J.M. Hewson, Ordinary Seaman, was this day discharged from the United States Naval Service.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts from Y. Oti of Honolulu: 50 white hats.

Bringing off water for boiler in sailing launch.

Painting ship outside.

The acting Consul General paid an official visit on board and was saluted on his departure with 9 guns. Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 9 6-pounder saluting charges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breezes from NE.

Barometer falling 30.16 to 30.12.

Filling boilers.

Started fires under boiler C at 12.30pm.

Painting ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair, warm, occasional light passing showers.

Light breezes from NE and East.

Barometer rising 30.12 to 30.18.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm, light passing showers.

Light airs and breezes from East.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.17.


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24 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and calm, occasional light airs from NNE last hour.

Barometer 30.17 to 30.15.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fair, pleasant.

Calms and light airs from NNE.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.17.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 132½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 106 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with calms to light airs from NE.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.16.

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

Made routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm, with light airs from SW.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.14.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light airs from SW and West.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.18.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light variable airs and heavy dew.

E.F. Knape, Seaman, returned from liberty 22 hours over time.


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25 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, calm weather.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.14.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, calm weather.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.14.

Received on board for issue in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds bread; and 132½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

At 7.00am flagship made routine signals as per record.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast, misty.

Light WSW airs and calms.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised infantry and artillery.

The Hawaiian Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the ship officially, upon his departure fired a salute of 17 guns, Hawaiian flag at the fore.

Signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty, light passing showers last hour.

Light breeze from SW by West.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 300 gallons lubricating oil.

Exercised infantry company and artillery section.

Engaged in painting spars, smokestack, et cetera.

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, light passing shower last hour.

Light and variable airs and calms.

Engaged in painting spars, smokestack, et cetera, until dark.

At 6.00pm called divisions to quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Exercised at night signals with U.S.S. "Bennington".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty, warm, calm.


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26 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty, warm.

Light NE airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm.

Light NNE airs and calms.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Bennington" made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, calms to light airs from SW.

Barometer fell slightly.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am, exercised artillery and infantry.

Painting spar color above rail.

C. Banson, Quartermaster Second-class, reported the expiration of his time of enlistment.

Made routine signals, sick 2, coal expended 3 tons, [coal] on hand 330 [tons], to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer fell first hour.

Exercised artillery and infantry.

Painting ship above rail.

Finished receiving water in Engineer's Department.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer rising.

Mustered crew at quarters at 4.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, misty and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer steady.


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27 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Calms to light airs from NNE.

Barometer fell slightly.


4am to 8am:

Fair, hazy and pleasant.

Calms to light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.11.

At 9.30am flagship made signal for boat exercise, and drilled the boats of the fleet at tactics under oars and sails.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii paid an official visit on board and was saluted on his departure with 17 guns.

At 9.00am and 12.00pm made the routine signals to flagship.

Absent over time: F.C. Hunter, Private Marine.

The Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] "China" came in.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast, heavy rain last two hours.

Light airs and breezes from SW and NNE.

Barometer 30.11 to 30.09.

At 1.00pm exercised landing party at infantry and artillery.

Commenced painting inside paint work, but broke off on account of rain.

F.C. Hunter, Private Marine, returned on board 16½ hours over time.

The Nippon Yusen Kaisha steamer "Riojun Maru" came in.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear, calm.

Barometer 30.09 to 30.13.

At 4.45pm mustered crew at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.13 to 30.16.


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28 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.15 to 30.14.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.13 to 30.16.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NE first part, variable last part.

Barometer falling slowly.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am, and exercised at great gun drill.

Engaged rest of watch painting ship inside.

Made routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from NE and NNE.

Barometer 30.15 to 30.10.

At 1.00pm drilled landing party.

Engaged painting ship inside.

At 3.10pm made signal interrogatory 2984.

At 3.15pm flagship made 2984.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes to light airs from NE.

Barometer 30.10 to 30.16.

Painting ship inside.

S.S. "China" left port.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, calm weather.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.19.


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29 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant, calm weather.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.12.

S.S. "Miowera" left port.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, calm weather.

Barometer 30.12 to 30.16.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light NE airs and breezes.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at infantry and artillery drill.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded, namely: S.A. Nay, Ordinary Seaman, for spitting in deck light and insolence, reduced to third conduct class; C.C. Weisskopf, Landsman, for having clothes in lucky bag, five days' restriction; and C.N. Evans, Private Marine, for insolence, reduced to the second conduct class.

At 9.30am and noon made routine signals as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

Exercised infantry company and artillery section.

Signals as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light NNE airs and breezes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE airs and breezes.


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30 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE airs and breezes and calms.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm, calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds fresh bread; and 132½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer falling.

Made routine signals to flagship as per [Signal] Record Book.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company's] "Coptic" came in.

Cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer falling.

Sent a liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Light breezes to airs from NE to North.

Barometer rose first hour.

Mustered crew at quarters at 4.45pm.

The "Coptic" went out at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Calms to light breezes from NE and North.

Barometer rose slightly.


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31 October 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer falling.

Two small steamers came in.


4am to 8am:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Calms to light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.

The flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.14.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship.

At 10.00am the Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters.

P.J. Hanlon, Machinist, reported the expiration of his enlistment.

By order of the Commanding Officer, J.H. Rosenberg, Landsman, was placed under sentry's charge to await further investigation of a charge of theft.

At 9.30am and 12.00pm made routine signals to flagship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.10.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.10 to 30.15.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer steady at 30.16.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1897


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1 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.13.


4am to 8am:

Clear to cloudy, with light passing showers.

Light airs and breezes from NNE and NE.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.19.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 132½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 106 pounds of bread.

By order of Commanding Officer J.H. Rosenberg, Landsman, was released from charge of sentry.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs and light breezes from NE, shifting to ESE and ENE.

Barometer 30.19 to 30.14.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up and aiming drill, followed by divisional drills. Exercised Second Division at signals.

By order of the Commanding Officer N. Nillsson, Coxswain, was restricted for five days, for allowing smoking in steam launch.

Made routine signals as per record.

Sent J.H. Rosenberg, Landsman, ashore to police court, to answer for alleged offense committed ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light to gentle breezes from NE and NNE.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.13.

At 1.00pm flagship made signal 2984.

Stationed crew at arm and away boats, and drilled landing party.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant first part, with occasional heavy showers last hour.

[Gentle NNE breeze.]

Barometer 30.13 to 30.16.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm.

Tested searchlights.

Absentee: J.H. Rosenberg, Landsman, detained ashore by the police authorities, charged with theft.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant, with passing showers, overcast and rainy last hour.

[Light to gentle NNE breeze.]

Barometer 30.16 to 30.18.


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2 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Generally fair and pleasant, with passing showers, lightning to Eastward.

[Light airs and gentle NNE breeze.]

Barometer 30.18 to 30.15.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty, with passing showers.

[Light to gentle breezes from NNE and NE.]

Barometer 30.15 to 30.17.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE and ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had routine drills.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: two thousand and five ($2,005) dollars, United States gold coin.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, occasional light passing showers.

[Light to gentle breezes from North and NE.]

Exercised infantry company and artillery section, and instructed coxswains in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, occasional light passing showers.

[Light airs and light NE breeze.]

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE and NE by East.


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3 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to overcast, with light passing showers and lightning.

Light to gentle NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cool.

Gentle to moderate NE breeze, with stiff squalls and heavy rain showers first part, clearing last part.

Gentle NE breeze to calm.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 96 pounds fresh bread; and 138¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

American brigantine "William G. Irwin" came into port.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and threatening, with light passing showers.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer falling.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am, exercised at setting up and divisional drill.

The American schooner "Alice Cooke" came in, sent an officer to board her.

Flagship made signals as per routine signal book.

Made routine signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light passing showers.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Went to collision drill at 1.00pm.

Mustered and stationed crew at boats for abandon ship.

Exercised awkward squad at infantry.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with lightning to SW and passing showers last half.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NE to East.

Barometer rose slightly last hour.

Mustered crew at quarters at 4.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and damp.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.

Barometer steady.


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4 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, with light passing showers.

Light to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer fell slightly first hour.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light passing showers.

Light to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.22 to 30.20.

At 9.30am mustered crew at quarters, and afterward exercised at general quarters, all divisions ready [in] 3 minutes 50 seconds.

Tested magazine and flood room flood cocks, and found all in good condition.

The following named men reported the expiration of their term of enlistment, namely: A. Young, Apprentice First-class; F. Kane, Boiler Maker; Ah Hu, Mess Attendant; Ah Ling, Mess Attendant; Ah Ding, Mess Attendant.

Cleaning paintwork inside and out.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer steady.

At 1.00pm exercised at company and artillery drill.

At 1.30pm overhauled the battery.

Cleaning paintwork inside and out.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light passing showers last part.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.17 to 30.22.

At 4.45pm mustered crew at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with light passing showers last hour.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE.

Barometer 30.22 to 30.20.


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5 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breezes from ENE.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ENE and NE.

Barometer rising 30.19 to 30.24.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 138¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 111 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and misty, with gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.22.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and had setting up exercise and aiming drill, followed by boats armed and equipped for distance service.

Lost overboard at drill: one rifle belt; bayonet; and 45 rounds .45 caliber ammunition.

Ensign F.A. Traut made the inspection required by Article 1594, Paragraph 3, United States Navy Regulations, and found everything in good order.

Passed Assistant Surgeon T.B. Bailey inspected the storerooms and living spaces, and found them in good sanitary condition.

Made routine signals as per record.

At 11.10am flagship signaled (wigwag): "Admiral would like a list of vacancies and dated third instant".

And at 11.15am general signal 2984.

J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, reported his enlistment expired.

Steamer "Warrimoo" came into port.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and misty, with light to gentle breezes from NE and NE by East.

Barometer 30.22 to 30.20.

At 1.00pm exercised at fire quarters, and boats armed and equipped for distant service.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty, with light breezes from NE by East.

Barometer 30.20 to 30.23.

Steamer "Warrimoo" left port and "Belgic" came in.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and squally, with light passing showers.

Barometer 30.23 to 30.26.

Light breezes from NE by East, with moderate puffs.


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6 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty, with light passing showers.

Barometer 30.25 to 30.23.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE and NE by East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty, clearing last part, with gentle breezes from NE and NNE.

Barometer 30.23 to 30.25.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle breeze from NNE and NE by East.

Engaged in general cleaning about the decks.

Absentees: J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class and C.G. Forster, Chief Yeoman.

Signals as per record.

By order of the Commanding Officer, J.F. Stout, Ship's Cook First-class, was reduced from special to first conduct class, for having mess gear adrift.

The term of enlistment of Ah Hoi, Mess Attendant, expires today.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, misty, light passing showers.

[Gentle to fresh breeze from NE.]

U.S.S. "Wheeling", after signaling for and receiving permission, got under way and stood out of harbor at 2.45pm.

Occidental and Oriental Steamship [Company's] "Belgic" left the harbor at 3.10pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to overcast, misty.

Light NE breezes.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Absentees C.G. Forster, Chief Yeoman, and J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class.

Offers of rewards of $10.00 each were sent ashore for the delivery on board of these two men.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, misty.

Light to gentle breezes from Northward and Eastward.

C.G. Forster, Chief Yeoman, returned on board 24¾ hours over time.


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7 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, passing rain showers.

Gentle to moderate breeze in squalls from NE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze in squalls from NE.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 111 pounds fresh bread; and 138¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Flagship made time and uniform signal as per record.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle breezes from ENE and NE.

Barometer fell last hour.

Mustered crew at quarters at 10.00am.

The Commanding Officer inspected ship at 9.30am.

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

U.S.S. "Baltimore" was sighted coming in at 9.30am, she came into harbor and moored off starboard beam.

Made signals as per routine [signal] book.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call on flagship in obedience to signal.

J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, F. Collins, Private Marine, and P. Anthony, Private Marine, absent over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer falling.

J.J. Connelley, Apprentice First-class, returned from liberty 36 hours over time.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call on U.S.S. "Baltimore".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light squalls and passing showers last half.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Generally overcast and cloudy, with light rain squalls.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer rose slightly.


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8 November 1897

At anchor Honolulu, Hawaii

Lat 21.309, Long -157.866


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Light squalls.

Barometer fell first hour.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer rose slightly.

Made preparations for coaling ship and for sea.


8am to meridian:

Fair and squally, light passing showers at times.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.23 to 30.19.

Absent over leave: F. Collins, Private Marine, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.

At 9.00am made signal interrogatory 3009, and commenced coaling ship.

At 9.45am made signal interrogatory 4560, and at 9.50am lighted fires under boilers A, B and D.

At 10.35am the Commander-in-Chief hauled down his flag on U.S.S. "Bennington" and hoisted it on U.S.S. "Baltimore", where it was saluted with 13 guns.

The Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Baltimore" called officially.

F. Collins, Private Marine, and P. Anthony, Private Marine, were brought on board by the police and a reward of ten (10) dollars was paid for the delivery of each.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with passing showers.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.19 to 30.15.

At 12.10pm finished coaling ship, having taken on board 50 tons.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Bennington", with the necessary papers and effects, the following named men (see list [below]).

Transferred to U.S.S. "Baltimore" with the necessary papers and effects, the following named men (see list [below]).

Received on board from U.S.S. "Bennington" with the necessary papers the following named men (see list [below]).

Received from U.S.S. "Bennington" for transfer to U.S.S. "Independence" the following Court Martial prisoners (see list [below]).

Received from U.S.S. "Baltimore", without papers, for passage to U.S.S. "Independence" the following named men (see list [below]).


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and squally.

Moderate to stiff breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.11 to 30.16.

Made preparations for sea.

Made signal for permission to get under way, and at 5.07pm got under way and stood out of harbor.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 6 inches, aft 16 feet 7 inches.

At 5.28pm took departure with bell buoy on port beam, distant 200 yards, and set course SE¼E (per compass), patent log reading 0.9.

Under steam from all boilers.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 100.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, clearing last part.

Moderate to fresh breezes and moderate sea from NE.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.18.

On course ENE¾E (per compass) until 7.00pm, when changed to N54°E (per compass).

At 7.00pm Koko Head bore NW by North (per compass).

At end of watch patent log read 22.7.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 96.7.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff trade from NE and ENE.

Ship pitching heavily at times to rough sea.

On course N54°E until 8.20pm, when changed to N44°E.

Fires dying out under C boiler.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 90.5.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm:

Transferred to U.S.S. "Bennington": J.H. Rosenberg, Landsman; F. Hubbard, Ordinary Seaman; L.A. Lamar, Apprentice First-class; P.J. Hyde, Landsman; W. MacKay, Chief Master-at-Arms; E.F. Knape, Seaman; J. Bacchus, Gunner's Mate Second-class; W. Clarke, Oiler; G.N. Stein, Landsman; F.T. Ryan, Seaman; J. Puvogel, Landsman; J. Becker, Landsman; J.F. Humiston, Landsman; O.W. Hill, Landsman; J.F. Kirkman, Private Marine; C.V. Williams, Private Marine.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Baltimore": O.P. Shockley, Ordinary Seaman; C.H. Evans, Private Marine; S.C. Chapman, Private Marine; A. Edwards, Private Marine.

Received from U.S.S. "Bennington": H.J. Briggs, Chief Master-at-Arms; C.F. Eklundh, Chief Quartermaster; T.E. Linahan, Chief Machinist; F.P. White, Painter; G.L. Fuller, Boatswain's Mate First-class; G. Soste, Gunner's Mate Third-class; J. Kelly, Seaman; A. Green, Seaman; J.L.G. Franks, Landsman; W. Standard, Landsman; W.O. King, Landsman; A. Priddy, Coal Passer; H. Harris, Landsman; F. Zeny, Private Marine.

Received from U.S.S. "Bennington" for transfer to U.S.S. "Independence": N.A. Anderson, Boatswain's Mate Second-class; J.J. Nevin, Second-class Fireman.

Received from U.S.S. "Baltimore" for passage to U.S.S. "Independence": L. Greel, Seaman; J.P. Hathaway, Ordinary Seaman.


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9 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 22.45, Long -155.88


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Stiff to fresh breezes from ENE.

Barometer fell slightly.

On course N44°E, under steam alone.

Average steam 103 [pounds], average revolutions 82.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast, with light passing showers last part.

Moderate to fresh breezes from ENE.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.24.

On course N44°E (per compass), under steam alone.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 90.5.

At end of watch patent log read 12.3.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with stiff to fresh breezes from East by North.

Barometer falling slowly.

Moderate sea from Eastward, ship pitching heavily at times and taking water over bow and starboard side.

Made course N44°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At 9.30am set fore staysail and storm mizzen.

Took in fore staysail at 9.25am.

Passed a bark standing to Southwestward.

At end of watch patent log read 43.

Set clock ahead 23 minutes between 11.00am and 12.00pm.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 96.9.

The starboard light box and running light were carried away by the sea and lost overboard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breezes from East to East by North.

Occasional rain squalls.

Ship pitching heavily at times to moderate sea from Eastward.

On course N44°E.

At 1.20pm took in storm mizzen.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 94.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool, with frequent rain and wind squalls.

Gentle to fresh breezes from ENE to ESE.

Barometer rising.

Set fore staysail and storm mizzen at 5.30pm.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 98.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally.

Moderate to stiff breezes from East.

Barometer 30.24.

Made course N44°E (per compass).

Took in fore staysail and storm mizzen at 7.30pm.

At end of watch patent log read 14.7.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 97.3.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, bright moonlight, with moderate to stiff breezes and moderate sea from East and East by North.

Barometer 30.24 to 30.26.

Ship pitching heavily at times.

Made course N44°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 50.5.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 95.


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10 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 24.50, Long -152.57


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East and East by North.

On course N44°E (per compass).

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 93.8.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, with passing showers last hour.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East by North and East.

Barometer rising.

Got up and started to bend fore and main trysails.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 98.1.


8am to meridian:

Generally clear.

Moderate breezes from East by South.

Barometer 30.27 to 30.26.

Moderate sea from East.

Bent fore and main trysails at 9.30am.

Set all sail, but took in fore trysail at once as gaff was sprung.

J.J. Connolley, Apprentice First-class, was this day honorably discharged from the United States Naval Service by reason of expiration of enlistment.

Made course N44°E (per compass).

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 97.8.

At end of watch patent log read 61.2.

Set clock ahead 13 minutes last hour.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with moderate breezes and sea from East by North.

Barometer 30.26 to 30.21.

Made course N44°E (per compass) until 12.30pm, when changed to N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.

At end of watch patent log read 98.5.

Average steam 107 [pounds], average revolutions 94.7.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from East by South and East.

On course N45°E, under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail, and storm mizzen.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 99.8.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light showers.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East by North.

Barometer rising.

Furled fore and aft sails at 6.20pm.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 96.5.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, with occasional light showers.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East.

Moderate sea.

Barometer 30.26 to 30.27.

Made course N45°E (per compass).

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 97.4.

At 9.00pm set fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.


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11 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 26.66, Long -148.75


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant, with light passing showers last hour.

Barometer 30.26 to 30.22.

Gentle to moderate breezes and moderate sea from East.

Made course N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail, and storm mizzen.

At end of watch patent log read 14.3.

Average steam 106 [pounds], average revolutions 94.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from East.

On course N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail, and storm mizzen.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 101.4.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East.

Barometer fell slightly.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am.

Gun Divisions oral instruction.

By order of Commanding Officer the following ratings have been made, namely: J. Murphy, First-class Fireman to Oiler; and J. McCarthy, Second-class Fireman to First-class Fireman.

J.J. Connolley was this day enlisted as Seaman for three (3) years, and given an acting appointment as Yeoman Second-class.

C. Tellepsen, Quartermaster Third-class, reported the expiration of his time of enlistment.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 101.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East by South.

Barometer 30.27 to 30.23.

Moderate sea from Eastward.

Made course N45°E (per compass).

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 101.5.

At end of watch patent log read 36.4.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following named men were this day discharged from the United States Naval Service by reason of the expiration of their term of enlistment, namely; J. Rooney, Blacksmith; J. Smith, Second-class Fireman; and H.G. Uebelhoar [Ubelhooar in log-book], Master-at-Arms Third-class.

Engaged in cleaning and scraping the port cofferdams.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes from East by South.

Moderate sea.

Barometer 30.23 to 30.24.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and closed watertight doors.

Made course N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers, fore staysail, main trysail, and storm mizzen.

At end of watch patent log read 56.4.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 98.3.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from East by South.

Under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen, on course N45°E (per compass).

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 102.2.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East by South.

Barometer steady.

On course N45°E.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 100.4.


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12 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 28.81, Long -144.83


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light to gentle breezes from East by North and East.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.29 to 30.28.

At 3.30am took in all sail.

Made course N45°E (per compass).

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 100.9.

At end of watch patent log read 60.5.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, with passing showers second hour.

Barometer 30.28 to 30.31.

Smooth sea, and gentle to moderate breezes from NE and ENE.

Made course N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 00.00.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 101.7.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ENE and East by Northward.

On course N45°E (per compass).

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up and pointing drills, and stationed boats' crews for arm and away.

Lieutenant Rohrbacher and Passed Assistant Surgeon Bailey made regular weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera.

Engaged in breaking out and cleaning cofferdams.

At 10.45am set fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen, and at 11.40am took them in again.

At 11.00am set deck clock ahead 15 minutes.

Average steam 108 [pounds], average revolutions 100.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ENE and East by North.

Barometer 30.30 to 30.29.

Went to fire quarters at 1.00pm, all divisions ready in 1 minute 30 seconds.

The following men were enlisted for three (3) years, namely: John Smith as Second-class Fireman; John Rooney [as] First-class Fireman; and H.G. Uebelhoar [as] Master-at-Arms Third-class.

John Rooney, First-class Fireman, was given an acting appointment as Blacksmith.

Cleaning out cofferdams.

On course N45°E, under steam alone.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 102.3.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East.

Barometer 30.30 to 30.32.

Sea smooth.

At 4.50pm mustered crew at quarters and exercised at closing watertight doors.

Made course N45°E (per compass).

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 99.8.

At end of watch patent log read 99.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes from East.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.32 to 30.33.

Made course N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

Took in main trysail and storm mizzen at 6.30pm, and set them again at 7.50pm.

At end of watch patent log read 21.0.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 102.7.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast, with light drizzling rain first part, clearing last part.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East by South and ESE.

On course N45°E, under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 102.7.


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13 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 30.96, Long -140.62


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from East by South and East.

Barometer fell slightly.

Smooth sea.

On course N45°E, under steam, fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 101.4.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant, light passing showers last hour.

Gentle breezes from East.

Barometer 30.37 to 30.39.

Smooth sea.

At 5.20am took in all sail, and set it again at 7.20am.

Made course N45°E (per compass).

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 103.6.

At end of watch patent log read 49.8.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with moderate breezes from East.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.39 to 30.42.

Made course N45°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail, and storm mizzen.

At end of watch patent log read 90.2.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 104.1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle Easterly breeze.

On course N45°E (per compass) until 12.35pm, when changed to N46°E (per compass), patent log [reading] 96.1.

At 3.00pm took in fore and aft sail, and at 3.30pm set it again.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 105.4.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breezes from East by South.

Barometer rising.

Mustered crew at quarters at 4.45pm.

On course N46°E.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 100.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from ESE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.40 to 30.43.

Made course N46°E (per compass), under steam and fore and aft sail.

Average steam 109 [pounds], average revolutions 101.

At end of watch patent log read 76.4.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant, with moon showing at intervals.

Moderate breezes from ESE.

Smooth sea.

Made course N46°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore and aft sail.

At end of watch patent log read 18.5.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 99.8.


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14 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 33.07, Long -136.20


Commences and until 4am:

Clear to cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to light ESE breeze.

On course N46°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.

Passed a vessel standing to Southward and Westward.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 103.9.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs to moderate breezes from ESE to ENE.

Long swell from NNW.

Barometer rising.

On course N46°E.

Average steam 105 [pounds], average revolutions 97.

Took in fore and aft sail at 4.30am, and set again at 7.50am.

Carried away starboard main trysail vang.

Took in main trysail to reeve off new one.


8am to meridian:

Overcast to cloudy.

Gentle to light breezes from ESE.

Barometer 30.42 to 30.45.

Long swell from NW.

At 9.30am the Commanding Officer inspected the ship and at 10.00am the crew at quarters.

At 8.20am set main trysail.

Made course N46°E (per compass).

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 100.9.

At end of watch patent log read 44.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, with gentle breezes from ESE.

Smooth sea, with long swell from Northward.

Barometer 30.43 to 30.37.

Made course N46°E (per compass) until 12.30pm, when changed to N48°E (per compass).

Under steam from all boilers and fore and aft sail.

At end of watch patent log read 88.9.

Average steam 115 [pounds], average revolutions 103.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle ESE breeze.

On course N48°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.

Average steam 117 [pounds], average revolutions 105.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Moderate breezes from SE by East.

Barometer steady.

On course N48°E.

Took in storm mizzen on account of excessive weather helm.

Average steam 115 [pounds], average revolutions 109.3.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light to gentle breezes from SE by South.

Very light passing showers third hour.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.36 to 30.38.

Made course N48°E (per compass), under steam and same sail as preceding watch.

Average steam 111 [pounds], average revolutions 102.2.

At end of watch patent log read 78.6.


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15 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 35.00, Long -131.55


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant, with occasional light passing showers.

Gentle breezes from SE by East.

Smooth sea with long swell from Northward.

Barometer 30.38 to 30.31.

Made course N48°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers, fore staysail, and main trysail.

At end of watch patent log read 23.8.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 103.4.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast, with passing rain showers.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE to South by East.

On course N48°E, under steam from all boilers and fore staysail and main trysail.

At 5.30am set storm mizzen.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 103.1.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with fog, mist and drizzling rain.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE.

Barometer falling.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am, exercised at setting up and aiming drill.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded, namely: G. Grazer, Landsman, and R.O. Kluge, Landsman, for stowing away when watch was on deck, each given three (3) days' extra duty and reduced to second [conduct] class.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 101.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to overcast, with fog at intervals, light passing showers.

Gentle to stiff breezes from SSE and SE.

Barometer 30.30 to 30.25.

At 12.30pm changed course to N51°E (per compass), patent log reading 14.5.

Under steam and sail as during preceding watch.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 101.2.

At end of watch patent log read 52.8.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cool, with gentle to moderate breezes from SE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.25 to 30.26.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and closed watertight doors.

Made course N51°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore and aft sail.

At end of watch patent log read 75.3.

Average steam 116 [pounds], average revolutions 104.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast to cloudy, with occasional light passing showers.

Moderate SE breeze.

On course N51°E, under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail and storm mizzen.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 102.8.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant first half, overcast and cloudy last half.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SE and SSE.

Barometer steady.

On course N51°E.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 102.7.


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16 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 36.59, Long -126.08


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Sea smooth.

Barometer 30.30 to 30.28.

Made course N51°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore and aft sail.

Average steam 116 [pounds], average revolutions 107.3.

At end of watch patent log read 89.4.

At 1.00am sighted the lights of a steamer overhauling us.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool, with gentle breezes from SE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.28 to 30.34.

Made course N51°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore and aft sail.

A steamer passed at 5.30am standing to Northeastward.

At end of watch patent log read 34.1.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 101.6.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE and SE by East.

On course N51°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers and fore staysail, main trysail, and storm mizzen.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up and great gun drills.

At 11.00am set clock ahead 19 minutes.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 102.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light breezes from SE by East to East by South.

Barometer steady.

At 12.49pm changed course to N46°E, and at 1.14pm to N48°E.

Furled and unbent all sail.

Sighted a steamer one point abaft port beam at 1.30pm.

Average steam 114 [pounds], average revolutions 102.9.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from ESE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer steady at 30.36.

Made course N48°E (per compass), under steam alone.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 100.5.

At end of watch patent log read 41.9.

At 4.45pm mustered crew at quarters and exercised at closing watertight doors.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, with light breezes from ESE.

Smooth sea.

Barometer 30.36 to 30.38.

Made course N48°E (per compass), under steam from all boilers.

At end of watch patent log read 64.0.

Average steam 110 [pounds], average revolutions 101.6.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

On course N48°E (per compass) until 8.15pm, when changed course to NE½E (per compass), patent log [reading] 67.2.

Moon rose at 11.15pm.

At 11.30pm sighted Farallon Island [Farralones in log-book] light bearing N30°E (per compass), patent log [reading] 2.5.

At end of watch light bore N28°E per compass.

Average steam 113 [pounds], average revolutions 103.


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17 November 1897

At sea, en route to San Francisco, California

Lat 37.80, Long -122.37 [Estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, hazy and cool.

Light breezes to airs from NE, NNE, WSW and East.

Barometer steady.

At 12.00am, Farallon Island [Farallone in log-book] light bearing N28°E, changed course to NE½N.

Farallon Island [Farallone in log-book] light bore abeam at 1.55am, distant 4 miles.

Picked up Point Bonita [Bonito in log-book] light at 2.50am, ahead, and Fort Point and light at 3.15am.

Passed whistling buoy close aboard at 3.22am.

The Commanding Officer conning ship.

Average steam 112 [pounds], average revolutions 99.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East and NWW, calm third hour.

Barometer steady at 30.42.

Standing in for anchorage, Commanding Officer conning ship.

At 4.14am hauled in patent log, reading 54.6.

Exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Oregon", asked permission to anchor which was granted by U.S.S. "Oregon".

At 5.03am came to anchor in 14 fathoms water and veered to 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings from anchorage: Goat Island light North by E¾E (per compass), Telegraph Hill NNW½W (per compass) [sic; one of these bearings can't be correct, probably the latter].

Commenced swinging to ebb at 6.10am, and finished at 7.30am.

Hoisted out steam launch and got ship ready for port.

Draft of ship 11 feet 6 inches forward, 15 feet 3 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light airs from NNW.

Barometer 30.46 to 30.41.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to U.S.S. "Oregon".

The Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Oregon" and coast survey steamer U.S.C. & G.S.S. "[Carlile P.] Patterson" ["Patteson" in log-book] called on board.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Made routine signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Riding to ebb tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with light airs to gentle breezes from NW.

Barometer 30.41 to 30.36.

Swung to flood tide at 12.15pm.

Cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, with gentle breezes to light airs from NW and WNW.

Barometer 30.36 to 30.35.

Swung to flood tide at 5.15pm.

Finished cleaning ship.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from WNW.

Barometer steady at 30.38.

Riding to flood tide.


Goat Island is also known as Yerba Buena Island.


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18 November 1897

At anchor San Francisco, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.259


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, with light airs from NNW.

Barometer steady.

Swung to ebb at 12.10am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NNW.

Barometer 30.38 to 30.35.

Swung to flood at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNW, shifting to East last part.

At 8.25am called all hands and got under way, stood up San Pablo Bay to Mare Island, where made fast to buoy at 12.00pm.

Exchanged numbers with U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Independence" and signaled for permission to anchor, which was granted.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 6 inches, aft 15 feet 2 inches.

Saluted the flag of Rear Admiral W.A. Kirkland, Commandant of the Navy Yard and Station, with 13 guns.

The salute was returned with seven guns from the saluting battery.

Commanding Officer visited the Commandant officially.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East by South.

Swung to flood at 3.00pm.

At 1.00pm called Gun Divisions to quarters and had instruction at battery.

Commanding Officer visited officially U.S.S. "Independence", U.S.S. "Monterey", U.S.S. "Monadnock" and U.S.S. "Marion".

Transferred to U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Independence": N.A. Anderson, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, and J.J. Nevin, Second-class Fireman, Court Martial prisoners sentenced to discharge from the service.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Flood tide.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool, calm.

Swung to ebb at 8.30pm.


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19 November 1897

Moored to buoy, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.259


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool, calm, clouding over last hour.

Swung to flood at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast, foggy.

Calms to light variable airs.

Flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Generally overcast and cloudy, with fog first part, clearing at end.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer falling.

Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30am.

Exercised at setting up, aiming and divisional drills.

The Commanding Officers of U.S.S. "Marion" and U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Independence" paid official calls on board.

Broke out storerooms and holds.

The Executive Officer and Ensign A.H. Scales inspected storerooms and holds in compliance with Paragraph 3, Article 1594, United States Navy Regulations and found [them] in good condition, and the Executive Officer and Passed Assistant Surgeon T.B. Bailey, the storerooms and living spaces.

Transferred to United States Naval Hospital: F. Collins, Private Marine; A. Priddy, Coal Passer; H. Harris, Landsman; and I.G.L. Franks, Landsman, with effects and necessary papers.

By order of Commanding Officer, put O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, in double irons, under sentry's charge, to await transfer, and the following punishments were awarded, namely: P. Flynn, Ordinary Seaman, was placed on second [conduct] class, for gross carelessness, for dropping whaleboat; and F.P. White, Private Marine, restricted for one week, for being absent from quarters.

Swung to ebb at 10.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from SW and WSW.

Barometer falling.

Swung to flood at 4.00pm.

Went to fire quarters at 1.00pm and called all hands abandon ship afterwards, provided and mustered at boats.

The Commanding Officers of U.S.S. "Monadnock" and U.S.S. "Monterey" paid official calls on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from WSW and South.

Barometer rising.

Mustered crew at quarters at 4.45pm.

Swung to flood at 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with light rain.

Light airs to breezes from SSE.


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20 November 1897

Moored to buoy, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.259


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light rain.

Light airs to breezes from South.

Barometer steady.

Swung to flood at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light fog and rain.

Gentle breeze from South to SSW.

Barometer rising.

Riding to flood.

Received in [Department of] Supplies and Accounts for use of crew: 101 pounds fresh bread; 126¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast to cloudy.

Gentle breezes from SSW to SW.

Barometer rising 30.06 to 30.12.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 10.15am.

A Board of Survey, of which Captain Louis Kempff, U.S. Navy, is senior member, met on board at 10.00am to hold a survey upon this vessel, for the purpose of ascertaining what repairs are necessary to place the vessel in efficient condition for service.

O. Erickson, Gunner's Mate Third-class, a General Court Martial prisoner, was transferred to the Naval Prison, Mare Island, together with the necessary papers.

Mustered at quarters at 11.30am and served out clean hammocks.

Absent over time: J. Buckley, Gunner's Mate Third-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to light breezes from WSW.

Barometer 30.12 to 30.13.

Riding to ebb.

C.E. Mogren, Musician Second-class, was this day discharged from the United States Naval Service, by order of the Bureau of Navigation and on a charge of incompetency.

James McCudden, Landsman, was also discharged, with bad conduct discharge, in pursuance of the sentence of a Summary Court Martial.

Lieutenant Gorgas, aid to the Commandant, called upon the Commanding Officer in the name of the Commandant.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breezes from WSW.

Barometer 30.13 to 30.18.

Commenced swinging to flood at 4.15pm.

At 4.45pm mustered crew at quarters, absent over time: J. Buckley, Gunner's Mate Third-class.

F. Chase, Private Marine, was brought on board from liberty by the First Sergeant, having been confined at the Marine Barracks as being in an intoxicated condition.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breezes to light airs from WSW.

Barometer rising 30.18 to 30.22.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 10.45pm.


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21 November 1897

Moored to buoy, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.259


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast to cloudy.

Light airs from WSW.

Barometer 30.22 to 30.24.

Riding to ebb.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast, cool.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer rising 30.24 to 30.28.

Commenced swinging to flood at 4.15am, and finished at 5.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs from West and SW.

Barometer 30.28 to 30.33.

Swung to ebb at 11.00am.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs to light breezes from SW.

Barometer 30.33 to 30.30.

Riding to ebb tide.

J. Buckley, Gunner's Mate Third-class, returned from liberty 30 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs from SW.

Barometer steady at 30.30.

Swung to flood at 6.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cool, with light airs from SW.

Barometer 30.30 to 30.29.

Swung to ebb at 11.20pm.


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22 November 1897

Moored to buoy, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.259


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs to gentle breezes from NE.

Barometer 30.29 to 30.27.

Riding to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool, with light to gentle breezes from NE and East.

Swung to flood at 4.50am.

Received on board for issue [to crew] in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 96 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light ESE breeze.

Flood tide.

At 9.45am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Absentees: C. White, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. Rooney, Blacksmith, C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, and [no initials] Dell, Apprentice Third-class.

At 10.30am a Board of Inspection, of which Captain W.H. Whiting, U.S. Navy, is President, came on board to inspect the ship.

Board inspected ship and crew mustered at quarters.

Exercised at collision drill.

At 11.45am Board [of Inspection] took a recess.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle SE breeze.

Swung to ebb at 2.00pm.

At 1.15pm Board [of Inspection] reassembled and continued inspection.

Exercised at clearing ship for action, general quarters, divisional drills, and landing force armed and equipped in light marching order.

Board [of Inspection] adjourned at 3.45pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, light drizzle last part.

Light to moderate breeze from SE and SSE.

Slack low water at 6.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cool, raining.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE, shifting to WNW.

Flood tide.


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23 November 1897

Moored to buoy, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.259


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool, raining.

Light WNW airs and breezes.

Tide turned ebb at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, cool.

Light WSW breeze.

Slack low water at 6.10am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 98 pounds fresh bread; and 122½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light WSW to NW airs.

The Inspection Board finished inspecting the ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs to breezes from SSW.

Barometer steady at 30.20.

At 1.00pm hauled ship alongside wharf just below shears and secured ship.

Lieutenant J.H. Rohrbacher, U.S. Navy, and Ensign F.A. Traut, U.S. Navy, were this day detached from this vessel, ordered home and granted two months' leave.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 150 canvas bags; and 2,000 linen tags.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW by West, calm last hour.

Barometer 30.20 to 30.18.

At 4.45pm mustered crew at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm first hour, light airs from SW remainder of watch.

Barometer 30.18 to 30.16.


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24 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.16 to 30.14.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and drizzling.

Calm.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.13.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 98 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs from NNE, shifting SW last three hours.

Barometer 30.14 to 30.16.

Engaged unrigging ship and landing stores preparatory to going out of commission.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs from SW.

Barometer 30.15 to 30.17.

Engaged landing boats, rigging and stores.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs to light breezes from SW, shifting to NE last part.

Barometer 30.17 to 30.21.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes to light airs from East, calm last hour.

Barometer 30.21 to 30.26.


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25 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, calm weather.

Barometer 30.26 to 30.27.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, with light airs from NW, calm last part.

Received on board for issue [to crew] in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.33 to 30.36.

Sent liberty party on shore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East, SW and West.

Barometer 30.33 to 30.34.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West first part, calm last part.

Barometer 30.34 to 30.40.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

Barometer 30.40 to 40.42.

C.A. Carlson, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, returned on board 4 days over time.


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26 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NW and East.

Barometer steady 30.42.


4am to 8am:

Generally clear, foggy third hour.

Light airs and breezes from East.

Barometer steady at 30.42.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 98 pounds of bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from East.

Barometer 30.45 to 30.47.

Engaged landing stores, et cetera.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from East.

Barometer 30.46 to 30.35.

Engaged landing stores.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from East and North.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from East, calm last hour.

C.L. Dall, Apprentice Third-class, returned from liberty 120 hours over time.


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27 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE last part.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

Engaged landing stores.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.

Engaged landing stores.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE, calm last hour.


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28 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE last part.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes from SE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs to light breezes from East.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes to light airs from East.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE.


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29 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from ESE first part, calm last two hours.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East, calm first hour.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 98 pounds fresh bread; and 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from the East.

Engaged landing stores.

Landing a part of the ammunition on lighter alongside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

Engaged landing stores.

J. Rooney, Blacksmith, returned on board 8 days and 20 hours over time, and by order of the Commanding Officer was disrated to First-class Fireman.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, but pleasant, with light airs from the SE.

The first part of watch engaged discharging stores, furniture, et cetera.

Received on board twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) in Paymaster's Department.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.


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30 November 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE first hour, calm last part.


4am to 8am:

Clear to cloudy and pleasant.

Calm first hour, light airs from SE last part.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 98 pounds fresh bread; 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing last hour.

Light breezes from SE, shifting to NE and falling calm last hour.

Engaged stripping ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light airs to light breezes from NW to SW.

J. Smith, Second-class Fireman, returned from liberty 53 hours, and P. Ford, Machinist, 40 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light airs from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing last part.

Calm.

J.J. Connolley, Yeoman Second-class, returned from liberty 10 hours over time, and C.A. Tannian, Coal Passer, 135 hours over time.

Passed Assistant Engineer J.K. Robinson was detached from this ship by order of the Navy Department and ordered to U.S.S. "Monterey".


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1897


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1 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, with light breezes SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, with light airs to light breezes from SW, shifting to WNW.

Received for issue [to crew] in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 98 pounds fresh bread; and 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from WNW.

Making preparations to take out guns.

In compliance with telegraphic orders Paymaster S.C. Kerr, U.S. Navy, returned on board this vessel.

Absent over leave: T. Keane, Private Marine, L.A. Gilbert, Landsman, and A.A. Umland, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW.

Removed the starboard 6-inch guns by means of floating derrick.

Winded ship, ready for the port guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NNW.

U.S.S. "Monterey" left the river.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from NNW.


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2 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from NNW and North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breezes from North.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 98 pounds bread.

Commander C.H. Stockton, U.S. Navy, left the ship on leave.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, with gentle breezes from North.

Took out port guns and started ammunition.

C.C. Weiskopff, [Landsman,] returned from liberty 1½ hours over time.

The U.S. coast survey steamer U.S.C. & G.S.S. "[Carlile P.] Patterson" came in.

Absentees: A.A. Umland, Coal Passer, E. Anderson, Second-class Fireman, T.O. Cretser, Coal Passer, F.P. White, Painter, A.A. Rutherford, Landsman, and M.P. Casey, Seaman, M. McKenna, First-class Fireman, L.A. Gilbert, Landsman, and T. Keane, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from NW.

U.S.S. "Alert" came in.

Got out ammunition.

L.H. Gilbert, [Landsman,] returned from liberty 30 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NW first part, calm last part.

T. Keane, Private Marine returned from liberty 60 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and calm.


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3 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and calm, light airs from NE last part.

C. Kragh, Private Marine, left his post without relief and the ship without permission about 1.30am.

F.C. Hunter, Private Marine, left ship without permission.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.


8am [pm in log-book] to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East.

The following named men absent over leave: A.A. Umland, Coal Passer, E. Anderson, Second-class Fireman, T.O. Cretser, Coal Passer, F.P. White, Private Marine, A.A. Rutherford, Landsman, M.P. Casey, Seaman, M. McKenna, First-class Fireman, Ah Ling (number 2), Mess Attendant, C. Kragh, Private Marine, and F.C. Hunter, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East and SSE.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE and NE.

M. McKenna, First-class Fireman, returned on board 1 day and 9 hours over time.

Ah Ling (number 2), Mess Attendant, returned on board at 5.00pm.

Commander C.H. Stockton, U.S. Navy, returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE first part, calm last part.

E. Anderson, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 38½ hours over time.


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4 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm first part, light airs from SSE last part.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE, NE and ESE.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 116¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 93 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from ESE.

Lieutenant Young left the ship on two days' leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with gentle breezes from East.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, with gentle breezes to light airs from East, calm last hour.

Shifted berth with the assistance of the yard tug "Unadilla", and secured alongside U.S.S. "Charleston".


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from East.

Discharged the following named men, by reason of expiration of enlistment: W. Wold, Coal Passer; W.P. Williams, Machinist; L. Turner, Oiler; J.F. Stout, Ship's Cook First-class; T. O'Connor, Ordinary Seaman; G. McCarte, Machinist; J.C. Murray, Bayman; E.B. Lee, Landsman; F. Kane, Boiler Maker; R. Henderlong, First-class Fireman; P.J. Hanlon, Machinist; Ah Hee, Mess Attendant; A. Foi, Mess Attendant; C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class; F. Bruning, Landsman; W. Artus, Blacksmith; G. Auberlin, Machinist; O. Anderson, Ordinary Seaman; E. Hansen, Seaman; O. Benson, Ordinary Seaman; R. Hofman, Coal Passer; A. Young, Apprentice First-class; J. Schlicht [Schlict in log-book], Water Tender; C.W. Chadwick, Oiler; P. Kugat, Seaman; A. Fraser, Coxswain; P. Ford, Machinist; C.A. Tellepsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class; J. Murphy, Oiler; A. Hansen, Oiler; Ah Ding, Mess Attendant; Ah Ling, Mess Attendant.


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5 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Clearing last hour.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from East.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 86¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 69 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from East.

At 9.30am held general muster of officers and crew.

The following named men absent over leave, namely: A.A. Umland, Coal Passer, T.O. Cretser, Coal Passer, F.P. White, Painter, A. Rutherford, Landsman, M.P. Casey, Seaman, C. Kragh, Private Marine, F.C. Hunter, Private Marine, F.B. Mahoney, Private Marine, A.S. Phillips, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, and P. Peterson, Quartermaster Second-class.

A.S. Phillips, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned on board 2½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes from East.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light breezes from East.

T.O. Cretser, Coal Passer, returned on board 3 days and 12 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from East.


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6 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to overcast

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to overcast.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SE to South, calm first hour.

M.P. Casey, Seaman, returned on board 4 days over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy first part, with drizzling rain at intervals, clearing last part.

U.S.S. "Mohican" was hauled out of dock and U.S.S. "Concord" went in.

U.S. coast survey steamer U.S.C. & G.S.S. "[Carlile P.] Patterson" left port.

Light breezes from South and SSW.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from SSW.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and foggy, with light airs from SSW.

Hauled fires and stopped dynamo at 12.00am.


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7 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, overcast and raining last hour.

Calm to light airs from SE.

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 68 pounds fresh bread; and 85 pounds each of beef and vegetables for issue.

A.A. Umland, Coal Passer, returned from liberty 132 hours over time, and F.P. White, Painter, 120 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light airs from SE.

P. Peterson, Quartermaster Second-class, came on board 48 hours over time.

Absent over leave: A.A. Rutherford, Landsman, F. Hunter, Private Marine, C. Kragh, Private Marine, and F.B. Mahoney, Private Marine.

The following named men transferred to U.S.S. "Monterey", with the necessary papers, namely: J. Kelly, Landsman; F.L. Kirby, Landsman; L.A. Gilbert, Landsman; G.E. Webb, Landsman; J. Ward, Landsman; W. Davis, Coal Passer; W.O. King, Landsman; J.A. Brown, Landsman; and W.E. Edwards, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light airs to gentle breezes from East.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and raining.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

At 5.30pm transferred the crew to the U.S. Receiving Ship U.S.S. "Independence".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calm.


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8 December 1897

Navy Yard, Mare Island, California

Lat 38.094, Long -122.262


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers last part.

Calm first part, light airs from SE remainder of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast first part, clearing last.

Calm and light breezes from SE.


8am to meridian:

Clearing, pleasant weather, calm.


Meridian to end:

Clear and calm.

At 1.55pm put ship out of commission, hauled down flag and pennant, and turned ship over to Commandant, Mare Island, Navy Yard.


Approved: [signed] C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding.


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LOG BOOK – NOVEMBER 17th 1898 TO MAY 27th 1899


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Examined J.N.T./OK.

Bureau of Navigation, Received October 7, 1899, Navy Department, 191209 with.


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

Third Rate

of six Guns,


Commanded By

Commander C.S. Sperry, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Asiatic Squadron,

Commencing November 17th, 1898,

at Mare Island, California,

and ending May 27th, 1899,

at Iloilo, Philippine Islands.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by Commander C.S. Sperry, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from November 17th, 1898, to May 27th, 1899.


Name

Rank

Chauncey [Chauncy in log-book] Thomas

Lieutenant

Henry Minett

Lieutenant

George R. Clark

Lieutenant

William H. Standley

Ensign

Daniel W. Wurtsbaugh

Ensign

Dudley W. Knox

Ensign

Henry T. Cleaver

Chief Engineer

J.F. Snow

Assistant Engineer

Frederick K. Perkins

Assistant Paymaster

Charles S. Sperry

Commander

[James] R. Selfridge

Assistant Engineer

Robert M. Kennedy

Passed Assistant Surgeon

S.H. Knowles

Paymaster's Clerk

Pope Washington

Assistant Engineer

J.C. Gillmore

Lieutenant


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] George R. Clark, Lieutenant and acting 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 C.S. Sperry, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from November 17th, 1898, to May 27th, 1899.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

James R. Selfridge

Assistant Engineer

January 3rd, 1899. Detached and ordered home.

James F. Snow

Assistant Engineer

January 4th, 1899. Detached and ordered home.

Henry Minett

Lieutenant

April 4th, 1899. Detached on sick leave.

J.C. Gillmore

Lieutenant

Captured by insurgents at Baler, Luzon, Philippines, and has been absent since April 12th, 1899.


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] George R. Clark, Lieutenant and acting 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 commission November 17, 1898.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board

1

Chief Boatswain's Mate


2

Boatswain's Mate First-class


1

Chief Gunner's Mate


2

Gunner's Mates First-class


1

Chief Quartermaster

1

6

Coxswains

1

1

Chief Carpenter's Mates


1

Sailmaker's Mates

1

1

Ship's Cook First-class


1

Hospital Apprentice

1

1

Chief Master-at-Arms

1

1

Hospital Steward

1

3

Chief Yeoman

2

1

Yeoman Second-class


1

Yeoman Third-class

2

3

Machinist First-class

1

2

Machinist Second-class

2

1

Shipwright

1

1

Plumber and Fitter

1

1

Painter

1

1

Bugler

1

1

Coppersmith

1

2

Blacksmith

1

2

Boatswain's Mate Second-class


1

Quartermaster First-class


1

Quartermaster Second-class


1

Quartermaster Third-class


3

Gunner's Mate Second-class


4

Gunner's Mate Third-class


1

Carpenter's Mate Third-class

1

1

Master-at-Arms Third-class



Carpenter's Mate First-class

1


Ship's Cook Second-class

1


Yeoman First-class

1

1

Cabin Steward


1

Cabin Cook


1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

1

Steerage Steward


1

Steerage Cook


16

Seamen

22

16

Ordinary Seamen

16

10

Landsmen

17

7

Mess Attendants

2

16

Apprentices

9

3

Chief Machinist


1

Boiler Makers

1

3

Water Tenders

2

4

Oilers

5

8

First-class Firemen

5

8

Second-class Firemen

11

15

Coal Heavers

15


Examined and found to be correct, [signed by] Henry Minett, Lieutenant and Navigator


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

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