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Notes:

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

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Editor’s notes:

Significant additions and changes to log entries are marked in italic.
Alternative spellings and abbreviations are generally given at the first instance.
Unclear or unverified entries are marked with [?].
Unless supplied in the log, noon positions are estimated latitudes/longitudes based on landmark bearings or sightings, given either as a noon position or mentioned in the log entries.
The names of the lieutenants whose signatures appear under the notes for each watch have not been included.
However, the lieutenants’ names are included in the lists of officers shown on the following pages, and at the beginning of each new log book.

Further information:
Compilation of enlisted ratings and apprenticeships
Regulations for Training of Naval Apprentices, 1888
Abbreviations for ratings: 1c – first class; 2c – second class; 3c – third class; 4c – fourth class


THE VOYAGES OF USS VICKSBURG 1897-1899
(More detailed plots follow in the text)

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(Maps prepared using Journey Plotter, developed by Maikel. The Plots can only be approximate. They are made by joining-up positions on successive days, and sometimes positions are not given. There will therefore be occasions when the ship appears to have travelled overland)

LOG BOOK – OCTOBER 23rd 1897 TO APRIL 20th 1898


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LOG BOOK

of USS ‘Vicksburg’

3rd Rate

of main battery – 6 guns, of secondary battery – 6 guns

COMMANDED BY

ABH Lillie, Commander, US Navy

Commencing October 23, 1897,

at Portsmouth, New Hampshire,

and ending April 20, 1898,

at Norfolk, Virginia


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LIST OF OFFICERS

attached to and on board of USS ‘Vicksburg’, 3rd rate, commanded by ABH Lillie, Commander USN,

during period covered by this log book from October 23, 1897 to April 20, 1898


Name, rank and date of reporting on board:

Lillie, ABH, Commander, October 23, 1897

Fox, Charles E, Lieutenant, October 23, 1897

Carter, FS, Lieutenant, November 23, 1897

Johnson, MK, Assistant Surgeon, October 23, 1897

Schenck, RC, Assistant Paymaster, November 12, 1897

Hough, Henry H, Ensign, October 23, 1897

Barnes, Cassius B, Ensign, October 23, 1897

Marvell, George R, Ensign, January 6, 1898

Carter, JF, Ensign, December 15, 1897

Fletcher, William B, Lieutenant, January 4, 1898

Griffin, RE, Passed Assistant Engineer, October 23, 1897

Price, CB, Passed Assistant Engineer, March 30, 1898


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LIST OF OFFICERS

who have died, been detached or transferred on board of USS ‘Vicksburg’, October 23, 1897, to April 20, 1898


Name, rank and time of occurrence and particulars:

Carter, JF, Ensign, March 29, 1898, detached and ordered to USS ‘Mayflower’

Griffin, RS, Passed Assistant Engineer, March 30, 1898, detached and ordered to USS ‘Mayflower’

Fox, Charles E, Lieutenant, April 12, 1898, detached and ordered to USTB ‘Morris’

Fletcher, William B, Lieutenant, April 12, 1898, detached and ordered to USS ‘Massachusetts’

Hough, Henry H, Ensign, April 19, 1898, detached and ordered to USTB ‘Morris’


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COMPLEMENT of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board USS ‘Vicksburg’, October 23, 1897, and subsequent complement as per list attached:


Chief Boatswain’s Mate 1; Boatswain’s Mates 4; Chief Gunner’s Mate 1; Gunner’s Mates 5; Chief Quartermaster 1; Quartermasters 3; Coxswains 6; Carpenter’s Mate 1; Sailmaker’s Mate 1; Captain of Hold 1; Ship’s Cook 1; Lamplighter 1; Bayman 1; Master-at-Arms 2; Apothecary 1; Ship’s Yeoman 1; Paymaster’s Yeoman 1; Engineer’s Yeoman 1; Ship’s Writer 1; Painter 1; Bugler 1; Blacksmith 1; Cabin Steward 1; Cabin Cook 1; Wardroom Steward 1; Wardroom Cook 1; Seamen 11; Ordinary Seamen 10; Landsmen 12; Boys 4; Apprentices 12; Machinists 3; Boiler Maker 1; Water Tender 1; Oilers 2; First Class Firemen 3; Second Class Firemen 3; Coal Heavers 6


COMPLEMENT of USS ‘Vicksburg’, approved December 15, 1897:


Chief Master-at-Arms 1; Master-at-Arms Third Class 1; Chief Boatswain’s Mate 1; Boatswain’s Mates First Class 2; Boatswain’s Mates Second Class 2; Coxswains 6; Chief Gunner’s Mate 1, Gunner’s Mate First Class 1; Gunner’s Mates Second Class 2; Gunner’s Mates Third Class 2; Chief Quartermaster 1; Quartermaster First Class 1; Quartermaster Second Class 1; Quartermaster Third Class 1; Seamen 11; Ordinary Seamen 10; Apprentices 12; Landsmen 12; Chief Carpenter’s Mate 1; Shipwright 1; Plumber and Fitter 1; Sailmaker’s Mate 1; Painter 1; Chief Machinists 2; Machinist First Class 1; Boilermaker 1; Blacksmith 1; Water Tender 1; Machinist Second Class 1; Oilers 2; Firemen First Class 3; Firemen Second Class 3; Coal Passers 6; Apothecary 1; Yeomen: Equipment 1; Engineers 1; Pay 1; Writer Second Class 1; Writer Third Class 1; Bugler or Apprentice 1; Bayman 1; Cabin Steward 1; Cabin Cook 1; Mess Attendant 1; Wardroom Steward 1; Wardroom Cook 1; Mess Attendants 4; Ship’s Cook First Class 1


Total 112


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Complement of USS ‘Vicksburg’ (Training Ship), approved February 1897


Chief Master-at-Arms 2; Master-at-Arms Second Class 2, Master-at-Arms Third Class 1; Chief Boatswain’s Mate 1; Boatswain’s Mates First Class 2; Boatswain’s Mates Second Class 2; Coxswains 6; Chief Gunner’s Mate 1, Gunner’s Mate First Class 1; Gunner’s Mates Second Class 2; Gunner’s Mates Third Class 2; Chief Quartermaster 1; Quartermaster First Class 1; Quartermaster Second Class 1; Quartermaster Third Class 1

Seamen 5; Landsmen 9; Chief Carpenter’s Mate 1; Shipwright 1; Plumber and Fitter 1; Sailmaker’s Mate 1; Painter 1; Chief Machinists 2; Machinist First Class 1; Boilermaker 1; Blacksmith 1; Oiler 1; Firemen First Class 2; Firemen Second Class 2; Coal Passers 4; Apothecary 1; Yeoman: Commissary 1; Pay 1; Writer First Class1; Writer Second Class 1; Writer Third Class 1; Bugler or Apprentice 1; Bayman 1; Cabin Steward 1; Cabin Cook 1; Mess Attendant 1; Wardroom Steward 1; Wardroom Cook 1; Mess Attendants 4; Ship’s Cook First Class 1; Ship’s Cook Second Class 1; Ship’s Cook Third Class 1; Ship’s Cook Fourth Class 2


Total: 80


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Description of instruments used for meteorological observations and their location, &c

Instrument, maker, number, location, date of last comparison, compared with and error:

MERCURIAL BAROMETER, JH Green, NY, 5755

ANEROID BAROMETER, JH Green NY, 55, on mizzen mast on gun deck, October 1897, by maker October 1897, none

THERMOMETER (dry bulb), JH Green NY, 3890, hammock rail on quarter deck, February 1898, by maker, none

THERMOMETER (wet bulb) (psychrometer), JH Green NY, 3889, hammock rail on quarter deck, February 1898, by maker, none


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ARMAMENT of USS ‘Vicksburg’


Number of guns; mark; description; cartridge: powder, weight; projectiles: kind, weight; mounts

MAIN BATTERY

6, 4-inch, Mark IV, rapid fire, brown, 13¾ lbs, common, 33 lbs, pedestal

SECONDARY BATTERY

(Driggs and Schroeder) 4; 6-pounders; III; rapid fire; black, 2lbs, steel shell, 6lb; recoil III

(Hotchkiss) 2; 1-pounder; II; rapid fire; black, 2 ounce; steel shell common, 1lb; recoil I

Colt’s Automatic Machine Gun 1; 6-mm; No 19; rapid fire; smokeless, 33 grams; – , – ; tripod


BOAT ARMAMENT

2 1-pounders, 2 cage stands (noted in secondary battery)

SMALL ARMS

90 6-mm Lee straight full rifles

50 Colt’s DA revolvers

4 Lee magazine rifles

2 .22 calibre Winchester rifles


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Tables of deviation of Standard Compass No 3191 on board USS ‘Vicksburg’

March 10, 1898, at sea off St Kitts



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1897


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23 October 1897

Portsmouth NH [moored alongside sea wall, US Navy Yard]

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Meridian to 4pm:

At noon, crew and officers being mustered aft, ship was formally placed in commission, being turned over by Captain HB Robson USN, Captain of Yard, to Commander ABH Lillie USN who then read his orders to command.

Following named officers reported for duty on board:

Lieutenant CE Fox, executive; Paymaster Joseph Foster; PA Engineer RS Griffin; Ensigns Henry H Hough and CB Barnes, watch and division officers; Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson.

Set watch at 12.05.

Clear and pleasant with light breeze from NE.

Started fires in starboard boiler for heating and general purposes.

Received from USRS [Receiving Ship] ‘Wabash’ a draft of 66 men and later a second draft of 20 men also from ‘Wabash’.

Received from Equipment Department following navigation stores: 2 brace globe hand lanterns, 1 deck clock, 1 opera glass, 1 thermometer, 10 gallons lard oil, 3 double lamps and fixtures, 1 pair lamp shears, 1 oil feeder, 12 Manhattan lamp wicks.

Received from General Storekeeper, in Paymaster’s Department [generally Pay Department]: 444 lbs sugar, 500 lbs biscuit, 242 lbs corn beef, 340 lbs ham, 250 lbs coffee, 20 blankets, 15 mattresses, 120 lbs candles.

Received in Ordnance Department: 12 gun covers, and in Equipment Department: 12 deck swabs and 24 hand swabs.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to light south-easterly breeze.

Engaged in general work about ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant first part, then light fog to close; light south-easterly airs first hour, then light breeze from SSE to close.


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24 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 8am [midnight to 8am]:

Generally hazy but clear overhead, with light breeze to light airs from SSE to variable in direction.


8am to meridian:

Calm and light airs variable in direction; cloudy.

At 10.00 mustered and inspected ship’s company.

Commanding and Executive Officers inspected ship below; also compartments and double bottoms.

Verified descriptive lists.


Meridian to midnight:

Light airs from SSE; cloudy and overcast.


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25 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from SSE; cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SSE and ENE; clear.

Began preparations for coaling ship.


8am to meridian:

Generally clear and pleasant with light airs from ENE.

Coaling ship entire watch; Navy Yard workmen engaged in work on board in all departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather with light breezes from ENE and ESE.

Coaling ship; receiving stores as per allowance books in all departments.

Workmen from Yard at work in all departments


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Stopped coaling at 4.45 having received and stowed 80 tons and 1840 pounds of bituminous coal.

Workmen from Yard at work in all departments.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; calm first hour then light breeze and light airs from ENE to close.


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26 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from ENE.

At 7.45 began coaling ship.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from ENE; clear.

Coaling ship and receiving stores in all departments: received 19 boxes medical stores.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from E; clear.

Receiving stores in all departments; coaling ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms; clear.

Took on board during day 86 tons of coal.


8pm to midnight:

Calms; clear.


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27 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Calms; clear.


4am to 8am:

Calms; clear.

Coaling ship; took on board 25 tons coal.

Received following fresh provisions from General Storekeeper: 66 lbs bread, 82½ lbs beef, 82½ lbs vegetables


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; calm first part then light easterly airs to close.

Yard workmen on board in various departments.

Coaling ship and receiving stores as per allowance books in various departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with light easterly airs.

Coaling ship until 3.30 having secured in all 240 tons 1520 lbs

Yard workmen at work in various departments.

Receiving stores in various departments.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and calm.

Cleaning ship until dark.


8pm to midnight:

Clear overhead; misty until close; calm.


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28 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Foggy and calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast; cloudy and foggy with light airs from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from ENE; overcast, misty.

ET Allen (Seaman) confined to await trial by court martial.

Receiving stores in all departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Calms; light airs from SEbyE.

Receiving stores in all departments.

At 3.50 went to fire quarters.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms; overcast.


8pm to midnight:

Calms; light airs from SEbyE; overcast, misty.


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29 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from WSW; overcast


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breeze from WSW; overcast

At 5.00 started fires in boiler “B”.

At 6.30 Corporal Higgins and Private Wilson (USMC) left ship, having EJ Allen (Seaman) in charge for Boston.

Singled lines and prepared to shift position.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to light breeze from NW and NNW.

At 8.45 shifted berth, mooring again at 9.15 alongside sea wall close to shears.

Got out preventer lines and at 11.40 started engines for dock trial which continued until close.

Receiving stores in various departments as per allowance books.

Yard workmen engaged in general work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with light breeze from NNW.

Receiving stores in Pay Department as per allowance.

Yard workmen engaged in general work on board.

Tested engine-room signals and indicators and found them in a satisfactory condition.

Dock trial ended at 12.30; tested all magazine and shell room flood cocks and found them in good working order.

Corporal Higgins and Private Wilson (USMC) returned from Boston, bringing a receipt for person of EJ Allan (Seaman) sent to USRS ‘Wabash’ for trial by court martial.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with light breeze to airs from NNW.

Receiving and stowing Paymaster’s stores until 5.00.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with light airs to gentle breeze from NNW.


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30 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant and cool with light breeze to light airs from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant and cool with light airs from NNW.

Roused up both bower chains for overhauling.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from northward.

Crew engaged in bringing stores on board and in reeving off gear.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from NNW shifting to S at end of watch.

Reeving off gear; overhauled and marked and sent below both bower chains.


4pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with light southerly airs and breezes.

Bright starlight.


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31 October 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, and bright starlight, with light airs from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from NNW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; calm first part, then light southerly airs to close.

At 9.30 called all hands to muster, published quarter bill, then instructed all divisions in their duties at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm;

Clear and pleasant with light airs from S and SbyE.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first hour, then cloudy to close; light southerly airs.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy with light airs from S and SbyE.



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1897


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1 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant first part; bright starlight then cloudy and overcast to close; light airs from SbyE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs SbyE.

Received in Paymaster’s Department following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 65 lbs fresh bread, 81¼ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy with light rain during greater part of watch; light airs from SSW.

JJ Byrnes (Boatswain’s Mate 3c) reported for duty.

Started fires under boiler “B” at 11.00.

Bent head sails and finished reeving gear forward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast with rain; light airs from SE.

Lieutenant Commander Harber of Compass Office corrected compasses.

Swung ship at 2.00 and remoored her with head to southward.

Bent topgallant sail.

Receiving ammunition and stores.


4pm to midnight:

No change in weather.


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2 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast; light airs from SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast with rain during last two hours; wind shifting to northward and becoming squally.

Received in Pay Department 66 lbs fresh bread, 82½ lbs beef and 82½ lbs vegetables for use of crew.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy with moderate to fresh breeze from NE.

Lieutenant Harber USN at work adjusting compasses.

Receiving and stowing stores; Yard workmen on board in all departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy with moderate to fresh breeze from NE.

Adjusting compasses; receiving and stowing stores in all departments; Yard workmen at work in all departments.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy, rainy with moderate to fresh breeze from NE first three hours, then gentle breeze from NbyE to close.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light breeze to light airs from NbyE.


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3 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs from NbyE and NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty; calm.

Securing boats for sea last part of watch.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and overcast; calm during greater part of watch.

Bending sail and making preparations for sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; clearing towards sunset; light airs from W.

Bending sail and making preparations for sea.


4pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from WNW.


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4 November 1897

Portsmouth NH and at sea

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742

8pm: 42 37 22N, 70 25 45W


Commences to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from WNW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; calm with light airs from SbyW to SSE; smooth sea.

Making preparations for sea; mustered crew and found all present, then stationed men for making and shortening sail; 14 men from Navy Yard at work on board.

Received in Pay Department: 400 working trousers, 200 silk handkerchiefs, 10 PO caps; in Ordnance: 10 4-inch cartridges complete, brown powder, electric primers.

At 10.30 Board of Inspection for trial trip of this vessel of which Captain Frederick Rodgers is senior member came on board.

At 11.50 turned over engines; ship’s draft 13 feet 3 inches forward, 12 feet 7 inches aft.

Lieutenants H Minett and EE Wright reported for temporary duty on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant; light breeze from southward and northward.

At 3.00 unmoored ship and stood out of Portsmouth harbor; ship’s draft forward 13 feet 4 inches, aft 12 feet 3 inches.

Saluted broad pennant of Commodore Remey USN; salute was returned by Navy Yard battery.


4pm to 6pm:

No change in weather.

At 5.15 took departure and put out patent log.

Ship’s head SbyE (pc) [per compass]; whistling buoy off Isle of Shoals Light on starboard beam close aboard, bearing WbyS; patent log 15.

At 5.15 commenced going ahead full speed with engines.

Steam 117 lbs, revolutions 95.8.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from SSW.

At 7.30 patent log 19.3; Cape Ann Light bore WbyS, distance 5.7 miles; changed course to SbyS½E.

Steam 104 lbs, revolutions 91.7.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, bright moonlight; gentle breeze from S.

Under steam, steering course SbyE½E.

At 11.05 made Highland Light bearing S (pc).

Average steam 116 lbs, revolutions 65.3.


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5 November 1897

At sea near Isle of Shoals

Lat 42.86, Long -70.44

8am: 42 43N, 70 23 15W

8pm: 42 57 40N, 70 39 30W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight until 2.30 when moon set; gentle to light breeze from SW.

At 2.17 Cape Cod Light bore SSW½W (pc), distance 8.4 miles, and Nauset Light SW½W.

By order of Commanding Officer changed course to NbyW½W (patent log 59.7).

At end of watch Cape Cod Light bore SbyW¾W (pc).

Average steam 125 lbs, revolutions 75.1


4am to 8am:

Smooth sea; clear and pleasant; light breeze and airs from SW.

At 6.13 patent log 86.5; changed course to NNW½W.

At end of watch Cape Ann Light bore (pc) WSW½W.

Average steam 120 lbs, revolutions 76.5; bunkers 82.5%.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; light airs to calm; variable.

Under steam, steering course NNW½W until 9.40 then stopped engine and made sail, after which steering full and by remainder of watch.

Hauled in patent log.

Average steam 120 lbs, revolutions 76.5; bunkers 62%.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with light airs and breezes from SSW.

Under all plain sail, steering full and by until close.

Bent storm mizzen and fore storm staysail to examine fit of sails.

Fired all guns except aft 4-inch spar deck rapid fire guns; two rounds from each gun, one with gun level and one at extreme elevation.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs ESE to NNE; smooth sea.

Furled sail.

At 5.15 went ahead on engines; put out patent log at 5.23 reading 11.3.

At end of watch Isle of Shoals Light bore (pc) N½E and Cape Ann Light S¼W.

Average steam 120 lbs, revolutions 50.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light breeze from E; barometer falling.

Under steam, steering course NNW.

At 7.10 changed course to N and at 7.20 to NbyW; at 7.30 to S; at 7.12 Isle of Shoals Light bore ESE.

Average steam 119 lbs, revolutions 45.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with passing showers and light rains last three hours.

Keeping Isle of Shoals Light between bearing N and NW.

Changed course as follows: at 7.00 to ESE and hauled in patent log; at 10.00 to E; at 10.15 to NNW; at 11.10 to WSW.

Average steam 142 lbs, revolutions 45.


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6 November 1897

At anchor near Isle of Shoals and proceeding to Portsmouth NH

Lat 42.86, Long -70.68

8am: 42 56 40N, 70 38 48W


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs to light breeze from S.

Standing off and on past Isle of Shoals Light.

At 2.00 light shut in by fog bearing NbyW; at end of watch light seen bearing (pc) NbyW½W.

Ship’s head WbyN; whistling buoy about WbyN.

Got sounding 36 fathoms: muddy bottom.

Steam 112 lbs, revolutions 45


4am to 8am:

Heavy fog; clearing; about 7.00 gentle to stiff breeze from SW; barometer falling slightly.

At 5.00 got cast of lead: 28 fathoms, coarse gravel and fine sand.

At 6.00 26 fathoms, same bottom; lying to off whistling buoy, Isle of Shoals.

Steam 121 lbs, revolutions 25.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy and hazy with gentle to light breeze from SW.

Working ship between Isle of Shoals and New Hampshire shore under sail alone.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with moderate breeze from SW to WNW.

Got ship’s turning circles; furled all sail.

Stood in and at 3.50 anchored in 9 fathoms, 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings from anchorage: Goat Island Ledge buoy W⅛S; Constitution Light SE⅛E; ship’s head W½N; all by standard compass.

Steam 117 lbs, revolutions 83.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with moderate breeze from northward and westward.

At 4.30 got underway and stood into Portsmouth Harbor.

At 5.15 anchored off Navy Yard in 9¾ fathoms water, 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings of anchorage: Seavey’s Island Range Lights SSE½E; Navy Yard shears NE½E; ship’s head NNW¾W; all per standard compass.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from WNW.

Ship riding to ebb tide.


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7 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 8am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from WNW.

Ship swinging in different directions to eddies of tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NW and WNW.

At 9.30 went to quarters for inspection; after which got underway and started hauling in to Navy Yard sea wall.

In heaving up anchors, hove up two old moorings.

At end of watch, cleaning anchors and hauling in alongside sea wall.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NW.

Breasted ship in alongside sea wall and secured with bow and stern chains, and bow and quarter breasts and springs.


4pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to stiff breeze from NW blowing in squalls.

Bright starlight.


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8 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright starlight; gentle NWly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and cold; light breeze to light airs from WNW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 67 lbs fresh bread, 83½ lbs fresh beef, 83½ lbs fresh vegetables.

Advanced ratings of Robert E Lindsay (Machinist 1c) to Chief Machinist and Edward W Poore (Landsman) to Chief Yeoman.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from WNW; clear.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

Yard workmen aboard in Engineer’s and Equipment Departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Variable light airs from westward; cloudy.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.

Transferred Francis E Davidson (Apprentice 1c) to Navy Yard, Washington DC, as per order Bureau of Navigation, with bag, hammock and necessary transfer papers.


4pm to midnight:

Light airs from WSW; cloudy.

Light drizzling rain.


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9 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from WSW; overcast, cloudy, rainy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from WSW; overcast, cloudy and rainy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 66 lbs bread, 82½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Absent over time: Dougherty JF (Ordinary Seaman), Clair F (Coal Passer), Shea B (Coal Passer), Ausborough J (Private USMC).


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light southerly airs.

Broke out all awnings and housed them.

At 10.00 mustered at quarters; absent after leave had expired: JF Dougherty, F Clair, B Shea, J Ausborough.

Instructed divisions in their duties at quarters.

Engaged in general work about ship; Yard workmen on board at work in various departments.


Meridian to 4pm;

Overcast, cloudy and rainy; light southerly airs.

At 12.45 FE Davidson (Apprentice 1c) left ship under orders to proceed to Washington DC to join Gunnery School for Apprentices [but see 8 November, Meridian to 4pm].

DH Sullivan (Seaman) returned on board 1½ hours over time.

Crew engaged in general work about ship; Yard workmen at work on board in various departments.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light easterly airs.

JF Dougherty returned on board 10 hours over time and B Shea 12 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with light to gentle westerly breeze first three hours, then moderate breeze from WbyN to close; bright moonlight.


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10 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight; stiff breeze to moderate gale in squalls from WbyN.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight first part; stiff breeze to moderate gale in squalls from WbyN and NW.


8am to meridian:

Stiff and fresh breezes from NW; cloudy.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: Ausborough John (Private Marine), Clair Frank (Coal Passer), Dillon Maurice (Seaman).

Exercised as follows: 1st Division, 2nd Division and Marine guard infantry.

M Dillon brought on board by Chief Master-at-Arms, drunk and 3½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from WbyN; cloudy.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from WbyWNW; clear.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from WNW; clear.


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11 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from WNW; clear.

Clair F (Coal Passer) returned 41½ hours over time and drunk.


4am to 8am:

Calm, light airs from WNW and WbyN; clear.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 64 lbs bread, 80 lbs each beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant and cool; calm.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised 1st, 2nd, Powder and Marine divisions at infantry.

Absent after leave had expired: Ausborough John (Private Marine).

A Board of Survey, of which Commander DE Impey USN was senior member, convened on board for survey of certain articles in Equipment and Navigation Departments.

Yard workmen on board in various departments;.

Loosed sail to dry at 8.45.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, threatening rain; calms and light easterly airs.

Furled sail at 1.00 and unbent main and mizzen gaff topsails, main topmast staysail and flying jib.

Engaged in general work about ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clearing weather with light easterly airs.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with rain last part; gently easterly breeze.


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12 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with moderate breeze from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy first part, rain turning to snow last part; wind from WNW increasing at times to moderate gale in squalls.

At 6.45 Private John Ausborough (USMC) returned on board 71¾ hours over time.

Received in Pay Department for issue to crew following fresh provisions from General Storekeeper: 64 lbs bread, 80 lbs of both meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Moderate breezes from NW; overcast, snowing.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from WbyN; overcast.

Returned to General Storekeeper from Pay Department: 100 white drawers, 100 undershirts, 200 jumpers, 200 working trousers, 91 yards cap cloth, 81¾ yards trouser cloth, 688 yards heavy flannel, 93⅞ yards thin flannel, 100 calf skin shoes, 50 cloth trousers, 50 leggins, 50 BF overshirts, 50 scrub brushes, 50 whisp brooms.

Discharged from US Naval Service Richard J Kennedy (Apprentice 1c) by reason of expiration of enlistment.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate breeze from WbyN and NW; overcast.

Assistant Paymaster RC Schenck USN reported on board for instruction.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breeze from NW; overcast.

Feehan (Chief Master-at-Arms) returned from leave.


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13 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commenced to 4am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from NW; overcast, clearing.


4am to 8am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from NW; cloudy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 65 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy and cold with gentle to moderate breeze from NW.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold with stiff NWly breeze increasing at times to moderate gale in squalls.

Turned in to General Storekeeper following stores:

1 mizzen topmast staysail, 2 coaling trucks, 1 seine, 1 smoke sail, 2 coaling screens, 1 galley screen, 4 coal bags, 2 preventer braces (fore), 4 coal slings.

Cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold with stiff to fresh breeze from NW in squalls.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather with fresh breeze to moderate gale in squalls from NW.


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14 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NW, increasing in force latter part of watch.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 65 lbs bread, 81¼ lbs each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from NW; clear.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: J Hood (Water Tender), William Gleason (Landsman) absent over time.

Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate to stiff and fresh breezes from NW; clear.

J Hood (Water Tender) returned on board 8½ hours over time.


4pm to midnight:

Moderate breezes and airs from NW; clear.


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15 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from NW; clear.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from NW; clear.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 64 lbs bread, 80 lbs each beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather with light airs from WNW first part, shifting to SW last part.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; absent after leave had expired: FJ Blakely (Apprentice 1c) and William J Gleason (Landsman).

Exercised at fire quarters, shifting also from steam to hand pumps.

Stationed boats crews for abandon ship and provided all boats.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy and overcast with light NWly airs.

A Board of Survey, Commander RE Impey USN senior member, convened on board for survey of certain articles in Equipment Department.

Tested all magazine and fixed ammunition rooms flood cocks and found them in good working order.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs from NW and SE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light south-easterly airs.


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16 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy and rainy with light southerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy and rainy with light southerly airs.

Received from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 62 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Calms and light airs from SW

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

WJ Gleason (Landsman) and FJ Blakely (Apprentice 1c) absent over time.

Exercised as follows: 1st and 2nd Divisions, infantry drill.

Returned to Equipment Department in Yard following stores, viz:

2 wooden fenders, 1 blacksmith’s block and anvil, 15 mess breakers [small barrels], 7 molasses kegs, 7 vinegar kegs, 15 stands for breakers, 1 starting tub, 50 feet yellow pine lumber, 2 boxes leak stoppers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from S, calms; overcast and cloudy.

Crew engaged in fitting out all boats with masts, sails, oars, etc.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms first part, moderate and gentle breezes from westward last part; cloudy.

At 4.30 mustered at quarters and instructed crew at fire drill stations.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle to stiff and fresh breezes from NW; overcast, light rain.


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17 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle to stiff breezes from NW; overcast.


4am to 8am:

Stiff breezes moderating to gentle breezes from NW; overcast and cloudy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 62 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to stiff breeze from NW.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; absent after leave had expired: WJ Gleason (Landsman) and FJ Blakely (Apprentice 1c).

Instructed all divisions in their duties at quarters; Yard workmen at work on board in various departments.

Following men reported on board for duty from USS ‘Dolphin’: Philip Hebron (Wardroom Cook), Samuel K Ball (Mess Attendant), John Granthin (Mess Attendant); all papers to be received by mail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather with gentle to light NWly breeze.

Engaged in general work about ship.

Transferred Patrick Q Hogan (Apprentice 2c) to US Naval Hospital, Portsmouth NH, for medical treatment.

Yard workmen at work on board in various departments.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first hour, then clear and pleasant to close; gentle breeze from NW.

Discharged from this ship and from US Naval Service by order of Bureau of Navigation and by reason of purchase, John J Quirk (Lamplighter); amount of purchase $48.00.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright starlight and moonlight; light NWly airs.


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18 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, pleasant and bright moonlight; gentle NWly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and bright moonlight first part; gentle northwesterly breeze.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 60 lbs bread, 75 lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from NW and NNW; clear; clouding.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: William J Gleason (Landsman), Frank J Blakely (Apprentice 1c), Edw J Manning (Landsman), John J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

Fitted out ship’s landing force in heavy marching order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate and gentle breezes from NNW and WNW; cloudy.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes first part to light airs last part, from WNW.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from WNW first part, from NW last part; clear.


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19 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from NW; clear.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from NW and W; cloudy.

At 6.30 started fires in boiler “B”.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 58 lbs bread, 72½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

William Glidden (Landsman) returned on board 10 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with light and gentle breezes from NNW.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters after which exercised 1st and 2nd sections and Marines at infantry.

Absent after leave had expired: William J Gleason (Landsman), Frank J Blakely (Apprentice 1c), Edw J Manning (Landsman), John J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded: John Hood (Ordinary Seaman), absent over leave 8½ hours: reduced to 2c for one month; William H Glidden (Landsman), absent over leave 10 hours: reduced to 2c for one month; Private Mahoney, absent over leave 3 hours 20 minutes: two weeks’ restriction.

General work by crew and Yard workmen.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze from NNW.

By order of Bureau of Navigation issued acting appointments to Charles S McCormack (Landsman) and Burton F Morehouse (Landsman) as Yeomen second and third class respectively to date from November 18, 1897.

General work by crew and Yard workmen.

Bailed out five buckets of water from bilges under forward 4-inch and 6-pounder magazines, which water was salt and coming through outside planking seams in 24 hours.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light to gentle breeze from W and WNW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with light flurries of snow; light breeze to light airs from WNW.


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20 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with very light and fine snow; light breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light snow at times; light airs and breezes from NW and NNE.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 58 lbs bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Light breeze from NW; light snow; overcast.

Engaged in cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from WNW, E and SE; overcast; snowing.

Removed 4½ buckets of salt water from bilges under forward 4-inch and 6-pounder magazines, leaking through seams in ship’s side.

Turned in to General Storekeeper: 1 grindstone, 2.1 ton duplex purchases, 1 patent universal drilling machine, and 13 straight shank drills, ¼-inch to 1-inch by 16ths.

Shellacked decks below.

Discharged because of expiration of term of enlistment: Isiah Wilbur Jr (Apprentice 1c).


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes and airs from E; overcast, snowing.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from E and SE; overcast, drizzling.


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21 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from SE, overcast, raining.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SE and NW; overcast.

Received in Pay Department: 57 lbs bread, 71¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and misty with light airs from W and SSW

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship and ship’s company at quarters.

Absent after leave had expired: William J Gleason (Landsman), Frank Blakely (Apprentice 1c), Edw J Manning (Landsman), John J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

Sent out offers of reward of $10.00 each for apprehension and delivery on board this vessel, within two weeks from date, of of both above named absentees.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy and overcast, with light breeze to light airs from WNW.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy first part, clearing last part; light airs from WNW and NW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant and cool; calm first hour, then light airs from WbyN.


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22 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Fair with stiff to fresh NWly breeze first part, decreasing in force to moderate breeze at close.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold with wind from NW, variable in force.

Received from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 57 lbs bread, 71¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from NW; cloudy.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: William J Gleason (Landsman), Frank J Blakely (Apprentice 1c), Edw J Manning (Landsman), John J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

Exercised at general quarters.


Meridian to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from NW; cloudy; clearing.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from NW; clear.

FJ Blakely (Apprentice 1c) returned on board 159 hours over time.


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23 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from NW; overcast, snowing.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; overcast and cloudy; snowing first part.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 57 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather with light to gentle breeze from NW to NNW.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised 1st and 2nd sections at infantry drill.

Received two boxes of marine clothing from Assistant Quartermaster, Philadelphia.

Absent after leave had expired: William J Gleason (Landsman), Edw J Manning (Landsman), J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

Loosed sail to a bowline.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold with gentle to stiff NWly breeze.

Furled sail at 1.00.

General work on board by crew and by Yard workmen.

Acting appointments were issued to Karl L Larssen, from Sailmaker to Sailmaker’s Mate, Anton H Jochumsen, from Quartermaster 1c to Boatswain’s Mate 1c, and Henry W Charrette, Seaman to Gunner’s Mate 3c.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold with moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NW.

Lieutenant FS Carter USN reported for duty on board as Navigator of this vessel.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold with gentle to stiff breeze in squalls from NW.


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24 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, pleasant and bright starlight with gentle to moderate breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with bright starlight first part; light NWly breeze.

Received from General Storekeeper following stores in Pay Department for issue to crew: 58 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from NW and WbyN; clear.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absent without leave: WJ Gleason (Landsman), EG Manning (Landsman), JG Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

Stationed crew at ‘arm and away boats’.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes and airs from N first part, calms last hour; clear; clouding.

Coaling ship; took on board 19 tons [approx]; draft forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 12 feet 10 inches.

WJ Gleason (Landsman) was declared a deserter from this ship and from US Naval Service from November 14, 1897, by order of Commanding Officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms; light breezes from WNW last hour; cloudy.


8pm to midnight:

Variable light and gentle breezes from westward; clear.


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25 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from W; clear.


4am to 8am:

Variable light breezes from westward; cloudy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 58 lbs bread, 72½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy with light airs to gentle breeze from W and SW.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; absent after leave had expired: Edw J Manning (Landsman) and John J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

Day observed as a day of Thanksgiving.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze to light airs from SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light rain last part; light SWly airs.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light SWly airs.


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26 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light SWly airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs and breezes from SW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 58 lbs bread, 72½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Gentle, moderate and fresh breezes from SSW; squally; overcast.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters: EJ Manning (Landsman) and JJ Woodcock (Apprentice 2c) absent without leave.

Exercised at divisional drill as follows: 1st Division, revolvers; 2nd Division, single sticks.

At 9.00 stopped distiller to facilitate Yard work; at 11.00 began distilling again.

Served out clean bags and hammocks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Stiff and fresh breezes first part, gentle, moderate and stiff breezes last part; all from SSW; squally; drizzling last hour.

Scrubbed hammocks and bags.

Got cable on starboard quarter as additional security; restowed dynamo room, transferring stores partly to steering engine room.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle, moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from SSW and SW; overcast, squally and raining.

P McClure (Seaman) left ship without authority.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate to fresh breezes from SSW; overcast, squally and raining.


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27 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Variable fresh, stiff and moderate breezes from SSW in squalls; overcast; raining last hour.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes and light airs from SW; overcast, raining.

Received from General Storekeeper in Pay Department: 58 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and squally with light rain second hour.

Cleaning ship.

Absent after leave had expired: Edw J Manning (Landsman) and John J Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

By order of Commanding Officer, sent ashore an offer of $10.00 reward for apprehension and delivery on board this ship at this port within two weeks of Patrick McClure (Seaman) who left ship without authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clearing weather with stiff NWly breeze blowing at times in very fresh squalls.

Crew and Yard workmen engaged in general work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold with stiff to very fresh breeze from NW in squalls.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold with light airs and breezes from NW.


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28 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright starlight; light NWly airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold with light NWly airs and breezes.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 57 lbs bread, 71¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs and breezes from northward; clear and cold.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.

Absentees: P McClure (Seaman), EJ Manning (Landsman), JJ Woodcock (Apprentice 2c).

By order of Commanding Officer, EJ Manning (Landsman) and JJ Woodcock (Apprentice 2c) were declared deserters from November 18 from this vessel and United States Naval Service.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from SSE; clear and cold.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms, light airs from NW and N; clear and cold.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from N; clear and cold.


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29 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from NW; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from NW; clear first part; overcast last part.

Received from General Storekeeper in Pay Department: 57lbs bread, 71¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with snow last hour; light breezes from WSW.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; absent without leave Patrick McClure (Seaman).

Exercised 1st Division at single sticks and 2nd Division at pistols.

Broke out and restowed Paymaster’s starboard after storeroom.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with snow second hour, turning into rain third hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with light NWly airs, increasing at times last hour to moderate breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather with light to gentle NWly breeze; bright starlight last part.


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30 November 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cold and bright starlight; light and gentle NWly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold with light to moderate breeze from NWbyN.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 57 lbs fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Gentle, moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from NWbyN and NW; clear and cold.

Sent waist awning to sail loft for repairs.

Absentee: P McClure (Seaman) absent without leave.

Exercised battalion fully equipped.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate to fresh breezes from NW; clear and cold.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate to fresh breezes from NW first part, gentle breezes from NW last; clear and cold.

At 4.00 mustered at quarters; P McClure absent without leave.

Turned in bags and hammocks; received waist awning from sail loft and sent poop awnings for repairs.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs, light and gentle breezes from NW; clear and cold.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1897


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1 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from NW and WbyN; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from WbyN; clear and cold.

Received from General Storekeeper in Pay Department: 57 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Calms and light southerly airs; fair first hour, then overcast and cloudy to close with snow last hour.

Exercised at making, reefing and furling sail; sent down fore topgallant yard and mast.

Absent with leave: P McClure (Seaman).

Yard workmen engaged in various work about ship.

Paymaster Joseph Foster USN was relieved from duty as Paymaster of this ship by Assistant Paymaster Robert C Schenck USN who reported for duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with snow; light breeze from SW and W.

Crew and Yard workmen engaged in general work about ship.

Sold at auction effects of WJ Gleason (Landsman) and EJ Manning (Landsman), realizing $1.80 from former’s and $2.50 from latter’s effects.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light breezes and airs from W.

Exercised crew at fire stations without starting water.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather with light westerly breeze.

EJ Manning returned on board 13 days and 17 hours over time.


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2 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright starlight; light breeze from WbyN.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold with light airs from WbyN, W and NW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 57 lbs bread and 71¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW; clear and pleasant.

P McClure (Seaman) absent without leave.

At 9.30 sounded ‘clear ship for action’.

At 10.20 sounded general quarters.

At 11.20 secured battery and ship.

Edward J Manning reported on board 13⅔ days over leave and by order of Commanding Officer was reduced to fourth class with three months’ restriction.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from NW; clear and growing cold.

Commanding Officer appointed quarterly hull board as follows, viz: PA Engineer RS Griffin USN senior member, Ensign HH Hough USN and Ensign CB Barnes, US Navy.

Board of Survey, of which Chief Engineer WG Buckler USN was senior member, met on board in Steam Engineering Department.

At 1.15 started fires under boiler “A”.

Sent forward waist awning to sail loft for repairs.

Started test fire in steam launch boiler and allowed it to die out.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from NW; clear and cold.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; P McClure absent without leave.

Received poop awning on board.


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from NW; clear and cold.


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3 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Calms and light breezes from NW; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Calms and light airs from NW; overcast and cold.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 58 lbs bread, 72½ lbs of both meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cold with light NWly breeze to light WNWly airs.

At 9.30 exercised at ‘arm and away boats’.

By order of Commanding Officer, Patrick McClure (Seaman) was declared a deserter from this ship and US Naval Service from 26 November, 1897.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with snow; light airs from NNW.

At 1.00 sent up fore topgallant mast and topgallant yard.

Cleaning ship; Yard workmen engaged in general work on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with snow, clearing last hour; light breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather with light airs from NNW and N.


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4 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold with light airs from N and NW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs from NW and NNW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 58 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from NW; overcast and cloudy.

Engaged in cleaning and decorating ship.

Received in Pay Department: $1500.00; served out monthly money.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from NW; overcast and cloudy.

Reception on board; Lieutenant CS Fox USN and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson USN inspected hold, store-house and living spaces.

Ensign CB Barnes USN inspected compartments in after part of ship and found them as reported in double bottom book.

Ensign HH Hough USN made inspection of forward compartments and found them in condition as noted in double bottom book.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from NW; overcast and cloudy with light snow.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from NW; overcast, cloudy and drizzling.


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5 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from NW; overcast, cloudy and drizzling.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; overcast, cloudy and drizzling.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 58 lbs bread, 72½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy first hour, clearing second hour, then clear and pleasant to close; light to gentle breeze from WbyS until last hour, when wind hauled to westward and blew in occasional stiff squalls.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters then marched crew to muster; read Articles for Better Government of Navy and published General Order number 481.

Held general muster; absent after leave had expired: WW Mitchell (Seaman), JP Lynch (Landsman), FK Ranftle (Landsman), John Revel (Mess Attendant), Henry L Chenot (Ordinary Seaman).

FK Ranftle returned on board three hours 30 minutes and John Revel four hours 15 minutes over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to stiff breeze from W and NW in light squalls.

WW Mitchell, JP Lynch and H Chenot returned on board each five hours 15 minutes over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with light airs to gentle breeze from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Weather variable; overcast at times then again clear at times; light airs and breezes from NW until last hour when wind freshened to moderate and stiff squalls, direction holding same.


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6 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold with light to stiff breeze in squalls from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold with light NWly breeze.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 58 lbs bread, 72½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Calms and light airs from NW; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

Exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions and Marines at great gun drill.

Tested davits and fittings for rigging out steam and sailing launch; sent down topgallant yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from NE and ENE; clear and pleasant.

Sent up topgallant yard; cleaned side.

Returned to Construction Department in Yard following articles, viz: jeer fall, steam launch canopy, top pennant and fish fall.

Started distiller in ship’s tanks at 3.45.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from ENE; clear and cold.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

Commanding Officer appointed board in pursuance of Article 1428, US Navy Regulations, as follows:

Lieutenant FS Carter USN senior member; Ensign HH Hough, USN; and Ensign CB Barnes, USN.


8pm to midnight;

Light breezes from ENE; first part clear, last part overcast and cloudy.


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7 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from ENE; overcast and cold.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from ENE; overcast and cloudy.

Received from Storekeeper in Pay Department: 58 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with snow first part; light airs and breezes from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters after which exercised 1st and 2nd sections and Marines at infantry drill.

Yard workmen engaged in general work on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy with snow; light NEly airs.

Received following men from USS ‘Lancaster’: GE Petry (Cox), N McCauley (Cox), J Dempsey (Cox), SC Mogensen (Quartermaster 3c), G Walsh (Seaman), PW Kruger (Seaman), H McClelland (Seaman), MH Keraus (Apprentice 1c), SJ Kenney (Apprentice 1c), AG Johnson (Apprentice 1c), HR Ellenberger (Apprentice 1c), EA Campbell (Apprentice 1c), J Donovan (Apprentice 1c), RF Norvell (Apprentice 1c), J Much (Apprentice 1c), JL Baart (Chief Machinist), J Bryce (Mechanic 1c), FA Luyt (Coal Passer), JH Purdy (Coal Passer).

Received from ‘Wabash’: Thomas Shugrue (Quartermaster 3c), Jaakop Paldanius (Seaman).

Crew and Yard workmen engaged in general work about ship.

Turned in to General Storekeeper: 1 rack, transportable for rifles; 1 vise bench 3¾-inch with top attachment; 1 cage stand 1-pounder.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and snowy weather with light airs and breezes from NE.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and snowy with light NEly airs.

By order of Commanding Officer, confined Private Patrick M Rodgers USMC to await action for being asleep on post.


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8 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and snowy with light NEly airs first part, calm last part.


4am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with snow first part; calms and light NEly airs.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 73 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from NE; overcast, cloudy and snowing.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; A Wilson (Private Marine) absent without leave.

A Wilson returned on board three hours over time.

Exercised at fire quarters, streams as follows: 1 minute 15 seconds; 2 minutes; 2 minutes 15 seconds; 2 minutes 20 seconds.

Shifted from steam to hand as follows: aft 45 seconds; forward two minutes.

By order of Commanding Officer, PM Rogers (Private Marine) sentenced to seven days’ solitary confinement with full rations and reduced to fourth class with three months’ restriction for sleeping on watch.

Yard workmen on board in all departments.


Meridian to 4pm:

Calms and light airs from NE; overcast, cloudy and snowing.

At 1.20 exercised at collision drill and put over collision mat.

Received new base forward room hatch canopy; Yard workmen engaged generally about ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms and light airs from NE; overcast and cloudy.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from NE and NNW; overcast and cloudy.


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9 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from W; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from W; overcast and cloudy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 73 lbs bread, 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and misty; calms first hour, then light airs from WSW.

At 9.30 exercised at general quarters; tested all magazine and fixed ammunition room flood cocks and found them in good working condition.

Absent after leave had expired: Geo Walsh (Seaman).

Overhauled diving gear.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty with light airs from WSW.

Served out clothing and small stores to crew.

Engaged in general work about ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with light drizzling rain last hour; light airs WSW first hour, shifting to northward second hour and holding this direction till close.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent after leave had expired: G Walsh.

By order of Commanding Officer, following men were reduced to second conduct class for six weeks, for overstaying leave as indicated: FK Ranftle (Landsman) 3½ hours, John Revel (Mess Attendant) 4½ hours, John P Lynch (Landsman) 5¼ hours, WW Mitchell (Seaman) 5¼ hours, HL Chenot (Ordinary Seaman) 5¼ hours.

Received from General Storekeeper and installed a new aneroid barometer.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with light drizzling rain; light northerly airs.


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10 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with drizzling rain; light northerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with drizzling rain; light northerly airs.

Received from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions in Pay Department for issue to crew: 78 lbs bread and 97½ lbs of both meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Calm and light airs from N; overcast, cloudy and foggy.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; G Walsh (Seaman) absent without leave.

Exercised at ‘arm and away boats’, equipped for distant service.

Received from ‘Lancaster’ draft of five petty officers as follows, viz: N Tierney (Bosun's Mate 1c), WH Touchfield (Bosun's Mate 2c), JW Madden (Cox), WG Averill (Cox) and WA Cooke (Cox) with bags and hammocks.

By order of Commanding Officer, following acting appointments were issued: to John Hood (Fireman 1c) as Water Tender; to Peter Merriman (Fireman 1c) and Edward McLaren (Fireman 1c) as Oilers from December 9, 1897.

Yard workmen at work generally about ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Calms and light airs from SSW; overcast, cloudy, foggy and misty.

At 1.00 loosed sail to bowline.

Engaged in painting outside ship; Yard workmen at work generally about ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs from SSW and W; cloudy and misty.

At 4.40 furled sail.


8pm to midnight:

Light breeze from W; cloudy and pleasant.


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11 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from W; overcast, cloudy and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from W; clear, pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 77 lbs bread.

Loosed sail to bowline at 6.50; painting ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy with light breeze from WSW and S, increasing to moderate breeze last hour.

Painting ship.

George Walsh (Seaman) absent after leave had expired.

By order of Commanding Officer sent ashore an offer of $10.00 reward for apprehension and delivery on board this vessel, at this port, within two weeks from date, of above named absentee.

Sealed and painted inner bottom of ship in after 4-inch magazine.

Private P Cannon was reported at 8.00 as having left ship without permission at 7.50; he returned on board at 10.10.

Received from General Storekeeper: 20 gallons illuminating oil in Equipment (Navigation) Department.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light to moderate SWly breeze.

Painting ship.

Received in Equipment Department: one steam launch canopy cover.

Ensigns CB Barnes and HH Hough made weekly inspection of hull.

Furled sail at 1.00.

Received in Pay Department: $200.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first part, cloudy last hour; light southerly breeze first hour hauling to WSW and freshening to gentle breeze second hour, and decreasing in force at close.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with light westerly airs.


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12 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with light westerly airs and breezes.


4am to 8am:

Clearing weather with light westerly airs and breezes.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 77 lbs bread and 96¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs from westward; overcast, cloudy and heavy rain.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; G Walsh (Seaman) absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs, light gentle and moderate breezes from NE; overcast, cloudy and raining.


4pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from NE and NW; cloudy, clearing.


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13 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from NW; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 77 lbs bread, 96¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy with light airs from N first part and from E second part.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters after which exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at great guns, Powder Division at stations for general quarters, Marines at infantry.

Absent after leave had expired: Geo Walsh (Seaman), Bart Shea (Coal Passer), John Walsh (Coal Passer).

Went to quarters during fire drill in Navy Yard and sent an officer to report for duty to Captain of Yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy with light rain and breezes from E and ENE.

At 1.15 sounded drill call and exercised 1st and Powder Divisions at pistols; 2nd at single sticks; Marines at setting up with rifles.

Received in Equipment Department and rove off: 2 topsail sheets, 2 topsail buntlines, 1 topgallant yard rope; turned in old gear.

Received also: 1 jeer falls and 2 preventer braces.

B Shea and J Walsh were brought on board by police authorities of Portsmouth, and in case of each a fine of $8.36 was paid.

General work by crew and Yard workmen.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs from E and NE.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent without leave: G Walsh (Seaman).


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy; calm first part, then light easterly airs to close.


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14 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs and breezes from E first part, then from ESE to close, increasing in force to gentle breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze from ESE.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 77 lbs bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Light and moderate breezes from ESE and E; overcast, cloudy and raining; misty.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters: G Walsh (Seaman) absent without leave.

Exercised at infantry dill.

In accordance with letter #87391, December 8, 1897, Bureau of Navigation, RF Nowell (Apprentice 1c) was granted leave of absence until December 27, 1897.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishments: J Mahoney (Private Marine): 2c for one month for being under influence of liquor; P Cannon (Private Marine): fourth class for six weeks for leaving ship and remaining away three hours.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle, moderate and stiff breezes from eastward; overcast, cloudy and heavy rain.

At 1.15 exercised at signal drill.

G Walsh returned on board five days six hours over time.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection of compartments, water-tight doors &c.

Broke out and restowed dynamo room.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle, moderate, fresh and stiff breezes from E; overcast, cloudy with heavy rain squalls.


8pm to midnight:

Light, gentle, moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from E; overcast, cloudy and heavy rain.


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15 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light, gentle, moderate and fresh breezes from S and SE; overcast, cloudy and raining.


4am to 8am:

Gentle, moderate and fresh breezes from S and SE; overcast, cloudy and raining.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 77 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with rain last part; light breeze from S first hour, then from E to close.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters after which instructed divisions in their various duties.

By order of Commanding Officer, released from confinement and restored to duty, Private PM Rogers (USMC).

Ensign JF Carter USN reported for duty on board this vessel, in obedience to orders of Navy Department.

CA Liesegang (Gunner's Mate 1c) and CW Williams (Gunner's Mate 3c) reported for duty on board from ‘Lancaster’, necessary papers to be forwarded by mail.

Lieutenant Commander CO Allibone USN, constituting a board on Ordnance fitting appointed by Commandant, was on board at various times in connection with this work.

General work about ship by crew and Yard workmen.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with fog and light drizzling rain; light breeze from SSE first hour, then light airs to close.

At 1.15 sounded drill call; division officers inspecting and overhauling bags.

General work by crew and Yard workmen.


4pm to 8pm:

Clearing weather with light airs from SSE and SE.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Fair first part, dark and gloomy last part; light SEly breeze first hour, shifting to gentle NWly breeze second hour and blowing in occasional stiff squalls from then until close.


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16 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright starlight; gentle NWly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold with moderate breeze from NW and WNW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 79 lbs bread and 96¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Making preparations for receiving ammunition.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and cold; moderate breeze from NW.

Engaged in taking on board and stowing ammunition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally fair and cold; gentle to light breeze from NW and WNW.

Crew engaged in stowing ammunition; Navy Yard workmen employed on board as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool; light airs and breezes from WNW.

Finished stowing ammunition at 5.05.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool; light breeze from WNW.


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17 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold; gentle to light breeze hauling from WSW to W.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold; light to gentle breeze from W and WNW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breezes from WNW; clear and pleasant.

At 8.45 loosed sail to bowline.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

At 10.00 furled sail; lowered whale boat and exercised crews; rigged out and in sailing launch and 2nd cutter.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded: G Walsh (Seaman): reduction to fourth class for three months and three months’ deprivation of leave for overstaying leave seven hours; and B Shea (Coal Passer): reduction to 2c for one month for overstaying leave seven hours.

Received from ‘Lancaster’ EE Haugland (Quartermaster 2c) with bag and hammock.

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

Sent 6-mm Colt’s Automatic gun up in Yard to be tested.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from WNW; cloudy, pleasant.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from W and NNE; overcast, cloudy and light rain.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs, light, gentle and moderate breezes from SW; overcast, cloudy and raining.


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18 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate breezes from W and SW; cloudy, clearing.


4am to 8am:

Gentle, moderate and fresh breezes from W and WNW; cloudy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 79 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to stiff breeze in squalls from NW.

Cleaning ship; Yard workmen on board in Ordnance Department.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair weather with moderate NWly breeze in occasional stiff squalls.

Ensigns CB Barnes and HH Hough made weekly inspection of ship’s hull.

Lieutenant CE Fox and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson made weekly inspection of living spaces and storerooms.

Yard workmen on board in Ordnance Department.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold with moderate NWly breeze blowing at times in stiff squalls.

Received from General Storekeeper: one mercurial barometer and turned in to him one mercurial barometer to be repaired.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold with moderate NWly breeze.


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19 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight; moderate to stiff NWly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold with moderate to stiff NWly breeze decreasing somewhat in force towards close.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 79 lbs bread and 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold; gentle breeze from NNW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

4 Navy Yard workmen employed in Ordnance Department on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold; gentle to moderate breeze from NNW.

Same Navy Yard workmen as previous watch on board.


4pm to midnight:

Clear and cold; gentle breeze from NNW.


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20 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cold weather; gentle breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold; gentle breeze from NNW veering to NWbyW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and overcast with light breeze to light airs from NWbyW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

Yard workmen engaged in work on board preliminary to installing dismounting gear for 4-inch guns.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light airs from WNW.

In compliance with Bureau of Navigation’s order #88135 dated December 15, 1897, following draft of 44 men was transferred to USS ‘Vermont’ at New York, in charge of Ensign CB Barnes, USN, with bags, hammocks, necessary transfer papers and CSCs 12899, 9752, 12801, 12907, and a receipt on Auditor of Treasury Department for CSE #5892:

Hood J (Water Tender), Merriman P (Oiler), Edgar BW (Ordinary Seaman), Harry DW (Mach 2c), Hertfelder G (F 1c), Chenot HL (Ordinary Seaman), O’Leary JG (F 2c), Shea B (Coal Passer), Knudsen AE (Ordinary Seaman), Walsh John (Coal Passer), Luyt FA (Coal Passer), Harloff A (Ordinary Seaman), Morehouse BJ (Yeo 3c), Barrett J (Landsman), Dougherty JF (Ordinary Seaman), Hamilton JJ (Landsman), Vossahlik EA (Landsman), Reid AG (Ordinary Seaman), Ranftle FK (Landsman), Morgridge F (Landsman), Jensen BP (Ordinary Seaman), Lynch JP (Landsman), Cairns A (Landsman), Murphy CW (Ordinary Seaman), Campbell EA (Apprentice 1c), Blakely FJ (Apprentice 1c), Ross Gust (Seaman), Donovan J (Apprentice 1c), Ellenburger HR (Apprentice 1c), Kenny ES (Seaman), Johnson AG (Apprentice 1c), Kenney PJ (Apprentice 1c), Paldanius J (Seaman), Keraus MH (Apprentice 1c), Norvell RF (Apprentice 1c), Dillon M (Seaman), Sandmann WH (Apprentice 1c), Braughals MJ (Apprentice 2c), Mitchell WW (Seaman), Much JB (Apprentice 2c), Wathey J (Ordinary Seaman), Eglit J (Seaman), Christiansen FO (Ordinary Seaman), Walsh Geo (Seaman).

RF Norvell (Apprentice 1c) who was on furlough at time of sending draft was directed to report at expiration of furlough to Commanding Officer of ‘Vermont’, New York; his papers were sent with those of above men, his effects to be sent upon notice of his reporting on board ‘Vermont’.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light SWly airs.

Received for Steam Engineering from AP Wendell of Portsmouth NH: 20 lbs excelsior, 24 wicks, 1 valve resealing machine, 2 vials litmus paper, 50 boiler tubes, 12 Bibb cocks, 18 elbows brass, 12 Ts brass, 18 nipples, 18 seals for Jenkins’ valve, 1 bottle drawing ink, 6 blotters, 1 jack for lifting pointers off steam gauges, 1 centre gauge, 1 screw pitch gauge, 2 machinist’s rules.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent after leave had expired: William Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c).

Called crew to muster, published temporary station bills and exercised at fire quarters without water.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with snow; light SWly airs.


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21 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and snowy with light northerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and snowy with light northerly breeze.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 46 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with light fall of snow; light northerly breeze.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c).

Exercised divisions at infantry; Navy Yard workmen engaged at work on gun mounts.

Received 180 gallons lard oil for Navigation supplies.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, becoming warmer; lighter northerly and NWly airs and breezes.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as in preceding watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from NW.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, moderately cold; gentle breeze from NW.


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22 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold; light breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and moderately cold; light breeze from NWbyN.

Received in Pay Department for issue to crew: 46 lbs soft bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with light breezes to light airs from NNW; occasional calms last hour.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; absent after leave had expired: W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c).

Yard workmen engaged in installing permanent dismounting gear for 4-inch guns.

Dismounted after 4-inch pivot gun to facilitate work of strengthening carriage.

A Board of Survey, of which Commander RE Quimpey USN was senior member, convened on board for survey in Construction Department of one hand pump in firemen’s washroom.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear to cloudy with light airs from NNW.

Ensign CB Barnes USN returned on board to duty, bringing a receipt for delivery on board USRS ‘Vermont’ of draft of men sent from this ship on 20th instant.

Receiving fresh water from Navy Yard in Engine Room tanks for use as boiler feed supply.

Yard workmen engaged in work on battery.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs from NNW first part, then light northerly airs and breezes to close.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent after leave had expired: W Seats.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy with light westerly breezes.


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23 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and snowy weather with light breeze from NNW first part, calm last part of watch.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 46 lbs bread and 57½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; light snow fall, light NWly airs.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c).

Stationed crew at ‘abandon ship’.

Received in Pay Department from First National Bank of Portsmouth: $2000 in US currency.

Ordnance Officer inspected magazine and shell room flood cocks and found them in good working order.

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun mounts.

Colt’s Automatic gun sent to Navy Yard for test was returned to this ship.

Paid out monthly money.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold; light airs from NNW.

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun mounts.

PA Engineer Griffin left ship on leave of absence until December 17, 1897.

Permanent Board tested after hand pump for bilge pumping purposes.

Taking fresh water on board for use in boilers.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold; light airs increasing to gentle breeze hauling from SW to NW.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle to fresh breeze veering from NW to W; clear and cold.


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24 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with light snow; very cold; fresh breeze from NWbyW.


4am to 8am:

Weather clearing; very cold; fresh breeze from NWbyW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 46 lbs soft bread and 57½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from NWbyW; cloudy and cold.

At 9.50 mustered at quarters; William Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c) absent without leave.

Exercised crew and Marines at company drill; Yard workmen on board in Ordnance.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fresh breezes from NWbyW; overcast and cloudy, very cold.

Started evaporator for ship’s tanks at 1.30 and stopped at 4.00.


4pm to 8pm:

Fresh breezes from NWbyW; clear and cold.


8pm to midnight:

Fresh breezes first part to stiff and moderate last part, all from NWbyW; clear and cold [9°F at midnight].


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25 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Stiff and fresh breezes from NWbyW; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Fresh breezes first part to moderate last part from NWbyW; clear and cold.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 46 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold; fresh breezes from WNW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c), MJ Barry (Landsman).

Navy Yard workmen engaged on gun mounts.

Ensign HH Hough left ship on leave of absence for one week.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold; moderate to gentle breeze from NNW.

Workmen from Navy Yard engaged in work on gun mounts.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, becoming warmer; light breeze from WNW.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent after leave: W Seats, MJ Barry, P Hebron (Wardroom Cook).


8pm to midnight:

Clear, moderately cold [27°F at midnight]; light breeze veering from NNW to WbyS.


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26 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Clear; light breeze falling to light airs from W and S.


4am to 8am:

Clouding over; pleasant weather; calms and light westerly airs.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 46 lbs soft bread, 57½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs from westward; overcast, cloudy with light snow.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c), MJ Barry (Landsman) and P Hebron (Wardroom Cook) absent without authority.

Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from W and WNW; overcast, cloudy and snowing.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms; overcast, cloudy and snowing.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from NW; overcast and cloudy.

Received from ‘Franklin’ draft as follows:

F Gunter (Ship's Cook 4c), J Robesion (Ship's Cook 4c) and O Bennington (Master-at-Arms 2c); J Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) was also sent but was left behind in Boston, Massachusetts.


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27 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from NW and WNW; clear and cold/

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 44 lbs bread, 55 lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from NNW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c), MJ Barry (Landsman), JH Purdy (Coal Passer), P Hebron (Wardroom Cook).

JH Purdy and P Hebron returned on board, former 46 hours over time, latter 23 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer, rewards of $10.00 each were offered for apprehension and delivery on board this ship at Portsmouth NH within two weeks of W Seats and MJ Barry.

PA Engineer Griffin returned from leave.

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun mounts.

J Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; gentle breeze from WNW.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were imposed: William Stevens (Chief Quartermaster): reduced to fourth class for three months for being under influence of liquor on duty; P Hebron (Wardroom Cook): reduced to fourth class for three months for lying and remaining 46 hours over leave.

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun mounts.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light breeze from WNW.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats, MJ Barry.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold; light to gentle breeze from WNW.


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28 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold; moderate breeze from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold; moderate falling to light breeze from WNW and W.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 44 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from WNW; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c) and MJ Barry (Landsman) absent over leave without authority.

Sent down topgallant yard.

M O’Leary (Chief Quartermaster) and SF Casey (Blacksmith) returned from leave.

SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from W and calms; clear and pleasant.

Sent boat covers to sail loft to shorten bands.

Received on board in Equipment (Navigation Supplies): 50 feet ⅛-inch wire wheel rope.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light airs from westward; clear and cold.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; W Seats, MJ Barry, JL Baart (Chief Machinist) absent without authority.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from WNW; clear and cold.

JL Baart returned on board seven hours over time.


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29 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Variable light airs from northward; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Variable light airs from northward; clear and cold.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 46 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold; light NWly winds.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c), MJ Barry (Landsman).

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun mounts.

SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) absent without leave.

Received in Construction Department from Navy Yard: 500 lbs white lead, 500 lbs white zinc, 100 lbs Venetian red, 40 gallons raw linseed oil, 5 gallons turpentine, 15 gallons alcohol, 10 gallons spar varnish, 6 gross brass screws, ¼ ream emery cloth, 1 ream sandpaper, 5 dozen paint brushes, 1 dozen drawer locks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold; light airs veering from NW to SW.

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun mounts.

Received in Engineer’s Department: 1 set steam launch grate bars, 1 averaging instrument, 12 pump spindles.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold; clouding over last hour; light SW airs.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent over leave: W Seats, MJ Barry.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and overcast; light to moderate breeze hauling from SW to W.


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30 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy; squally and snowing; moderate to fresh breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and overcast; light rain first hour; moderate to light breeze and hauling between SSW and WSW.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 46 lbs bread, 57½ lbs of both vegetables and beef.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from WSW; cloudy, pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c), MJ Barry (Landsman) and SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) absent without authority.

By order of Commanding Officer, MJ Barry was declared a deserter from this ship and Naval Service from December 25, 1897.

By order of Commanding Officer, JH Purdy (Coal Passer) was reduced to third class for three months for overstaying liberty 23 hours.

Tested magazine and shell room flood cocks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breeze from WSW; pleasant and clearing.

Shifted strongbacks on cutters’ davits.

At 2.30 started fires under boiler “B”.

GD Rose (Chief Bosun's Mate) and AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c) returned from leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from WSW; clear and pleasant.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; W Seats and SJ Mahoney absent without authority.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from WSW and W; clear and pleasant.


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31 December 1897

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from W; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from WSW and W; clear and pleasant; last part overcast and cloudy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 44 lbs bread, 57½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast; light westerly airs.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised Marine Guard and company at infantry.

By order of Captain, William Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c) was declared a deserter from this ship and Naval Service from December 20.

Navy Yard workmen employed on dismounting gear for 4-inch guns and painting.

SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast; snowing; light NEly airs shifting to ESE and veering to E.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast; heavy snowfall; light increasing to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast; snowing, moderate increasing to fresh breeze from ENE.



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1898


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1 January 1898

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast; snowing; moderate to fresh breeze veering from ENE to NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy; snowing first two hours; moderate to fresh breezes veering from NNE to NW.

Received in Pay Department: 44 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Stiff breeze from NW; clear and cold.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; H McClelland (Seaman) and CA Liesegang (Gunner's Mate 1c) absent over time.

Ensign HH Hough USN returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Stiff breezes from NW; clear, clouding.

CA Liesegang returned on board five hours over time; H McClelland returned on board eight hours over time.

Lieutenant CE Fox USN and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson USN made weekly inspection of compartments.

Ensign HH Hough USN and Ensign CB Barnes USN made weekly inspection of compartments.


4pm to 8pm:

Stiff breezes from NW; cloudy and cold.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate and stiff breezes from NW; clear and cold.


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2 January 1898

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light gentle and moderate breezes from NW; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from NW and NNW; clear and cold.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 47 lbs bread 58¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold with gentle to light NWly breeze.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; absent after leave had expired: SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c), SF Handran (Landsman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold with light breeze from NW first three hours, backing to WNW last hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold, clouding over towards close of watch; light breeze from WNW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs from WNW.


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3 January 1898

[1897 in log]

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze from WNW and W.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy; clearing toward close; gentle breeze from W, backing third hour to WSW.

Received in Pay Department for issue to crew following fresh provisions: 47 lbs bread and 58¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold; gentle, increasing to fresh breeze from W.

At 9.30 mustered and quarters; absent without leave: SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c), SF Handran (Landsman), DH Sullivan (Seaman).

Navy Yard workmen employed on gun ports on board.

Received in Ordnance Department: 20 6-pounder drill cartridges, 20 extractors.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold; moderate to fresh breeze in squalls, hauling from W to NW.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as in previous watch.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 tackles (treble blocks).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold; fresh breezes in squalls from NNW.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters; absent without leave: SJ Mahoney, SF Handran, DH Sullivan.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold; fresh breeze in squalls from NNW.

DH Sullivan returned on board fifteen hours over time.


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4 January 1898

Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold; fresh decreasing to gentle breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold [0°F at 5.00]; clouding over latter part; gentle to light breeze from NW and NNW.

Received in Pay Department: 38 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from northward and calm; overcast and cloudy.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) and SF Handran (Landsman) absent without authority.

Took down and secured for sea stanchion and ridge ropes.

Tested engine room indicators.

At 10.00 USS ‘Alliance’ in lower river fired salute of 11 guns.

At 10.45 salute answered by seven guns from Yard battery.

Pumped out salt water from after trimming tank; filled engine room tanks with fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Calms and variable light airs from westward; cloudy and cold.

Lieutenant WB Fletcher USN reported on board for duty.

SF Handran returned on board 57¾ hours over time.

Had auction sale of effects of W Seats (Master-at-Arms 3c) for $2.05 and WJ Barry (Landsman) for 25¢.

Stored and secured for sea dynamo room and port washroom; filled after trimming tank with fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light airs from northward; overcast and snowing.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.

Received in Pay Department: $300.00 in gold and $1690.00 in currency.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from NNE; overcast and snowing heavily.


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5 January 1898

Portsmouth NH to Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742

8pm: 41 52N, 69 47W


Commences and until 4am:

Calms, overcast and heavy snow.


4am to 8am:

Variable light airs from north-eastward; overcast and snowing.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 118 lbs fresh bread, 95 lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs or gentle breeze veering from NW to W.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

By order of Captain, SJ Mahoney (Ship's Cook 3c) was declared a deserter from this ship and Naval Service from December 26, 1897; held an auction of effects of SJ Mahoney, deserter, and realized $4.75.

Made preparations for sea.

At 9.45 called ‘unmoor ship’.

At 11.20 went ahead and stood out of Portsmouth harbor, conned by Captain; ship’s draft 13 feet forward, 12 feet 7 inches aft.

Fired a salute of 11 guns to flag of Commodore GC Remey.

Navy Yard returned salute with seven guns.

Tested lifebuoys and found them in good condition.

At 11.42 Whaleback Light on port beam; ship’s head S½E (per standard compass).

Set course S½E; put over patent log, reading 21.6; at end of watch log read 23.

Passed ‘Alliance’ standing into Portsmouth inner harbor.

At 11.25 average steam 165 lbs, average revolutions 80.8


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from westward, variable; clear and pleasant.

Steaming down coast, course S½E.

At 12.30 changed course to SbyE.

At 1.20 sighted Cape Ann Lighthouse bearing two points on starboard bow.

At 2.20 passed Cape Ann Lighthouse abeam.

At 3.00 changed course to SSE.

At end of watch course SSE; made by patent log 38.

Average steam 155.5, average revolutions 108.8.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; moderate to strong breeze from WbyS and W, falling to gentle breeze at close.

Under steam alone, steering course SSE (pc).

At 4.50 sighted Cape Cod Light bearing SbyW½W (pc); ship’s head SSE (pc).

At 6.00 Cape Cod Light bore (pc) SSW; at 6.17 Cape Cod Light bore (pc) WSW.

Sighted Nauset Light at 6.15 and at 6.17 bore (pc) S; Nauset Light bore SSW (pc) at 6.55 and Cape Cod Light NW¾W.

At 7.30 Nauset Light (pc) SSW and Cape Code to NW¾N.

At 7.45 sighted Chatham Light bearing (pc) SW ½ S.

At 8.00 Chatham Light bore SW¼S (pc), Nauset Light NNW (pc) and Cape Cod Light NW½N (pc); ship’s head SSE (pc) for all bearings.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold; bright moonlight; gentle breeze hauling from WbyS to NWbyW.

Under steam alone, on course SSE until 11.55 when changed to S¼W (pc).

At 8.30 lost sight of Cape Cod Light; at 8.50 lost sight of Nauset Light; at 9.10 lost sight of Chatham Light, bearing WNW.

Average steam 145, average revolutions 110.8; at end of watch patent log read 39.8.


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6 January 1898

Portsmouth NH to Newport RI

Lat 41.14, Long -70.98

8am: 40 54N, 70 21W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breeze from NWbyW; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Course S¼W under steam only.

At 1.55 changed course to SW.

At 2.15 sighted Nantucket Shoal Light bearing two points on starboard bow.

At 3.00 changed course to WNW½W.

At 4.00 Nantucket Shoal Light bore abeam, distant 5.7 miles; course WNW½W; patent log 74.5, average steam 150, average revolutions 110.8.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from NWbyN.

At 5.15 passed large 4-masted schooner bound E.

At 5.30 lost sight of Nantucket Shoal Light Vessel on port quarter.

At 6.15 moon set.

At 6.20 changed course NW½W by order of Commanding Officer, having run 20 miles from Nantucket Shoal Light Vessel when abeam.

Under steam alone; steering course at close NW½N; average steam 143, average revolutions 104.1.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze springing up from SW last hour, SWbyS at close.

Under steam alone, steering NW½W (pc) until 9.00 then changed course to NW (pc) and at noon changed course to NNW (pc).

At 9.45 made out No Man’s Land bearing W¼E (pc) and at 11.00 made out Gay Head Light, bearing NNE (pc).

At noon Gay Head Light bore NE½E (pc); ship’s head NW (pc) for all bearings; average steam 125, average revolutions 106; patent log at close 49.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and overcast; gentle to light breeze from SW and SSW.

Under steam alone, steering course NNW.

At 1.00 changed to NWbyW; at 1.12 changed course to NW; at 1.26 changed course to NNW; at 1.40 changed course to WbyN.

At 1.45 made out Beavertail Light, one point on starboard bow; ship’s head WbyN.

At 1.55 stopped engines; made out Brenton’s Reef Light Ship on starboard beam.

At 2.02 went ahead full speed and changed course to N½E, patent log 68.5.

At 2.30 passed Brenton’s Reef Light Ship on starboard beam, distant ¼ mile; changed course to NNE.

At 2.50 standing in to Narrangansett Bay conned by Captain.

Fired salute of 11 guns to Commodore Kautz which was returned with seven guns from USS ‘Constellation’.

Made our number; answered by ‘Constellation’; made signal Int [Interrogative] 2657.

Answered with affirmative.

At 3.10 picked up inner moorings off Coasters Harbor Island.

Captain made official call on Commandant of Naval Station.

An officer from ‘Constellation’ made usual boarding call on board.

Fires dying out in boiler “A”.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast; gentle to moderate breeze from S and SSE.

Ensign GR Marvell reported on board for duty in obedience to orders from Navy Department.

Lieutenant WB Fletcher left ship under orders from Navy Department to proceed immediately to Washington for examination.

Fires under boiler “B”.


8pm to midnight:

Variable, gentle and moderate breezes from south-eastward; overcast and cloudy with light rain; barometer falling.

Received from ‘Wabash’ with bags and hammocks:

J Taylor (Chief Master-at-Arms), WF Shute (Yeoman 2c), WN Sinclair (Gunner’s Mate 3c), I Ferguson (Seaman) and RJ Donovan (Landsman).


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7 January 1898

Newport RI [at buoy off training station]

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, rainy; barometer falling rapidly 29.80 – 29.66; moderate to light breeze shifting during watch from S to ENE.

Fires under boiler “B”.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy; moderate to fresh breezes in squalls from NNW and NW; weather clearing at end of watch.

Fires under “B” boiler.


8am to meridian:

Moderate and stiff breezes from NW; cloudy and squally.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

Received wigwag [flag signal] message from Training Station: “Will send draft after dinner tomorrow”.

Sent following signals to Training Station: 2999 Numeral [Num] 105; Tel 7069, 0935, 8277, 0879, 0804, 4523, 6437; Tel 0692, 860, 6208.

Began distilling in ship’s tanks at 11.00.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, beautiful weather; fresh to moderate breeze from NNW shifting gradually until at end of watch WNW; barometer rising slowly.

Distilling.

Buoy attached to mooring chain broke adrift about 12.10 and drifted ashore; sent boat in and secured it; it was taken to Training Station by crew from station.

Fires under boiler “B”.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from WNW; clear and pleasant; full moon rose at 4.40.

At 4.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, bright moonlight; barometer steady; slight breeze from NNW and W.

Fires under boiler “B”; distilling.


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8 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Fair first past, clouding over last part; light to gentle westerly breeze further hours, then gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyW to close.

Distilling.


4am to 8am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from south-westward, variable; overcast, cloudy and damp; barometer falling rapidly.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, fresh SW breeze; barometer falling rapidly.

At 10.00 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were ordered: Sullivan DH (Seaman) 15 hours over time: third class three months; Handran SF (Landsman) 51¾ hours over time: fourth class and three months restriction.

Ash lighter removed by station launch signals; ‘Vicksburg’ to station at 9.00 by wigwag: “Please send launch for ash lighter”.

Distilling; fires under boiler “B”.

Received Pay Draft: 37 lbs fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy first hour, clearing second hour; then fair to close; stiff to moderate breeze from WSW.

Received from US Naval Training Station with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers following apprentices third class (see appended list) [below].

Engaged in stationing apprentices until end of watch.

Distilling; Lieutenant CE Fox and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson made weekly inspection of storerooms and living spaces.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear; barometer rising; moderate breeze from W decreasing to light breeze.

Distilling; fires under boiler “B”.

Received in Pay Draft following fresh provisions: 95 lbs bread, 118¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light westerly breeze.


Apprentices (3rd class):

Allen JE; Bates GH, Buerrose LC, Baker LF, Burns L, Bock LH, Blacke JM, Brown J, Blanchard GS, Broman HA, Brady EA; Claxton JA, Cooper GP, Connaughton JJ; Derham DF, Donovan J, DuBois WF, Dean WJ, Deplitch VL; Evans F, Ewerts PF; Foley JB, Fyfe E, Fredricks LD, French FB, Fraser HH; Goodrich J, Gallagher F, Gorden L, Gauthier LJ, Grimes JK, Greble WW, Gibbons DA, Gray GA, Grams J; Hinman NP, Holmes JH, Holmes WH, Hodges S; Jones JR, Jones JN, Jennings WO; Kelly SS, Kennedy MJ, Knight LW, Krueger M

Larned WA; McKeough JJ, McCandless J, McDonald JA, Maitland WK, Missel O, Moholland HL; Odell HM, Olsen CF; Packer C, Partridge JH, Pierson R, Petit CW; Roberts WC, Radecke HGE, Robichon AA; Smith HE, Scott G, Savage WH, Schafer HC, Spahr G, Stollmeyer JH [later spelled Stollemeyer], Saulie CO, Singer H; Weldon LP, Wester TC, Wilder GH, Williams SA; Van Dyk MB.


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9 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; gentle to light westerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Barometer rising; light westerly breeze.

Ensign HH Hough made weekly inspection of forward part of ship.

Distilling; fires under boiler “B”.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with light to gentle breeze from NWbyN first part, then gentle to moderate breeze from NW to close.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters after which Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

An officer from Army post at Fort Adams visited ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first part, clouding over last part; light NWly airs and breezes.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; light breezes from N and NE.


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10 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Calm and light airs from NE; overcast, cloudy and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Clearing weather with light airs, variable in direction.

Made preparations for coaling ship.

Received from General Storekeeper at US Naval Station following fresh provisions for issue to crew: 97 lbs bread and 121¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Ship’s draft before coaling 13’ forward, 12’ 5” aft.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NNE shifting to S at end of watch.

At 10.30 coal lighter came alongside; commenced coaling ship at 10.40.

Taking water on board for use in boilers from Training Station lighter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breezes from SW; clear and pleasant.

Coaling ship; took on board 50 tons.

Took water from lighter for use in boilers.

Commanding Officer made official call on Commandant of Fort Adams,

Received in Equipment: 30 bags, 30 hammocks, 2 coils manila 2½ inch, and 1 coil manila small.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze hauling from SW to W.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from W; clear, clouding.


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11 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Slightly cloudy; barometer rising; light SW breeze.

Fires under boiler “B”.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather; light breeze from NNE.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 97 lbs fresh bread.

At 6.25 coal lighter came alongside; commenced coaling ship.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from NE, variable; clear and pleasant.

Coaling ship; took on board 55 tons, total 105 tons; draft 13 feet 10 inches forward, 12 feet 9 inches aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer fell slightly; calms and light airs from NbyW.

Mooring buoy returned from Training Station and hoisted.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship; water lighter came alongside from Training Station.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms, overcast and cloudy.

Cleaning ship.

Board of Survey in Medical Department, of which Surgeon CA Siegfried USN was senior member, met on board.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast; barometer falling; light SE airs.

Fires under boiler “B”.


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12 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty; calm first hour, then light airs and breezes from SSE and SE to close.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SE, variable; overcast, cloudy and foggy.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 97 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast with mist and drizzling rain; barometer falling; light airs from S and SSE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

Water lighter came alongside at 9.20; received 500 gallons water.

Sent lighter for stores at 10.30.

Fires under boiler “B”.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with light airs from SSE and S.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper following articles:

1200 lbs candles, 50 pairs calf skin shoes, 50 working jumpers, 50 working trousers, 50 bib trousers, 100 knife lanyards, 58 rating badges, 12 dozen rubber buttons, medium.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy; barometer falling; light airs from S hauling to SWbyW at end of watch and increasing to moderate breeze.

Mustered at quarters at 4.15; no absentees.

Fires under boiler “B”.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy with moderate breeze from SWbyN and SW.


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13 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and foggy; gentle breeze from SW.

Received from ‘Vermont’: AN Johnson (Chief Master-at-Arms) and BJ Morehouse (Painter), with bags, hammocks and necessary papers.


4am to 8am:

Overcast; barometer fell slightly first half, then rose; moderate breeze from SWbyW, hauling gradually to westward.

Fires under boiler “B”.


8am to meridian:

Clearing weather with light westerly breeze first part, then moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NWbyW and NW to close.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which stationed guns crews.

Received from General Storekeeper following fresh provisions in Pay Department: 97 lbs bread and 121¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

At 10.15 made GS Int 5455; ‘Constellation’ answered affirmatively.

Loosed sail to a bowline; at 11.20 shortened sail and at 11.30 furled sail following motions of ‘Constellation’.

Commandant of US Naval Station and Commanding Officer of ‘Constellation’ visited ship.

Received from ‘Wabash’: FR Harper (Landsman) with effects, papers to be mailed; also CE Hauck [or Hanck] (Landsman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from NW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to gentle northerly breeze.

At 4.15 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool; light to gentle breezes from NE and NNE.


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14 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from N; cloudy, clearing.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant and cold; gentle to light breeze from northward and westward, unsteady in direction.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 97 lbs bread and 245 lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Assistant Paymaster RC Schenck left ship under orders to proceed to Boston, Massachusetts, for purpose of obtaining gold.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold; light increasing to moderate breeze hauling from NWbyW to N.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised at loosing and furling sail.

Lieutenant WB Fletcher returned from examination in Washington.

At 11.00 crossed topgallant yard; made signal Int 4348; answered by ‘Constellation’ with affirmative.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 1-pounder rail sockets, 1 adapter for Colt gun.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from N and NEbyN; cloudy.

Received official call from Colonel Pennington, USA, Commandant, Fort Adams*.

Received on board in Ordnance: 15000 rounds 6-mm, 20 drill cartridges 6-pounder, and 20 extractors.

Lieutenant CE Fox USN and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson made weekly inspection of hold and compartments.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold; gentle to light breeze, shifting from NE to SE.

At 4.00 mustered at quarters; stationed crew at fire quarters and abandon ship; exercised at fire quarters.

Received in Pay Department: $3500 US gold; Assistant Paymaster RC Schenck returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from NNE; calms; overcast and cloudy.


*Alexander Cummings McWhorter Pennington Jr, 1838-1917.


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15 January 1898

Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Calm, then light airs from SE; generally overcast.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, light increasing to gentle breeze from S and SEbyS; snowing at end of watch.

Made preparations for sea.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breeze from southward, variable; overcast, cloudy, rainy and cold.

Cleaning ship below.

Received from General Storekeeper in Pay Department: 294 lbs bread, 245 lbs of both beef and vegetables.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy; misty last hour; gentle to moderate breeze from S and SSE; barometer falling.

Lieutenant WB Fletcher inspected compartments in forward half of ship; Ensign HH Hough and Ensign JF Carter inspected mechanical devices in after part of ship in accordance with Article 1564 Naval Regulations.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light breezes from eastward; overcast, disagreeable, drizzling and misty.

At 4.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzle first hour, foggy last half; clearing partly at close; light airs from N to W.


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16 January 1898

Making passage from Newport RI to St Thomas, Danish W Indies

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast; barometer steady; gentle westerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Variable light airs and breezes from westward shifting to northward and eastward; overcast, cloudy and misty.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, fair; light increasing to gentle and moderate breeze from N to NNE.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 11.10 made GS Int 4560 to ‘Constellation’; answered at 11.30 by ‘Constellation’ “affirmative”.

Started fires in boiler “A” at 11.30; fires under two boilers at close.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from NNE; barometer rising.

At 2.20 having turned over engines and tested steering gear and annunciator, called all hands to unmoor ship.

At 3.00 slipped buoy and stood out of Newport Harbor.

At 3.33 took departure, Brenton’s Reef Lightship bearing E, distant ⅛ mile.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Constellation’ at 2.00 (General Signal) Int 4890; answered by ‘Constellation’ by affirmation.

At 3.45 set jib and fore top main staysail, main trysail and spanker.

At end of watch under sail and steam; average steam 150 lb, average revolutions 116.

At 3.21 put over patent log, reading 74.0.

At 3.33 set course SEbyS (per standard compass) [psc]; ship’s draft forward 14 feet 1 inch, aft 12 feet 10 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from NEbyN.

At 4.10 mustered at quarters.

Set foresail and fore topsail.

At sunset sighted Gay Head Light bearing EbyN; at 6.20 lost Gay Head Light bearing NEbyN.

At end of watch under steam in two boilers and all sail except topgallant sail; on course SEbyS (psc); patent log 1.8.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 108.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from NE and NEbyN; clear, clouding.

Under steam and all sail but topgallant sail; course SEbyS (psc).

At end of watch patent log 23.0.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 114.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, cloudy, overcast last half; gentle to moderate breeze from NEbyN with light snow last hour.

At 8.00 changed course to SSE (psc).

At 11.50 hauled down fore top main staysail.

At close under steam and jib, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker.

Sighted three steamers during watch; water very phosphorescent.

Average steam 132 lbs


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17 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 38.53, Long -68.67

8am: 39 21N, 68 57W

8pm: 37 50N, 67 12W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and clearing; barometer rising; gentle NNWly breeze.

Under steam and on course SSE.

At 1.00 took in main trysail; at 3.00 took in spanker.

At end of watch under jib, fore topsail and foresail;.

Average steam 173 lbs, average revolutions 108.6.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, peasant weather, threatening snow at end of watch; barometer rising; moderate breeze from NNW and NbyW.

Under steam and square sail to topsails, on course SSE.

At end patent log 47.1.

Average steam 145 lbs, average revolutions 109.


8am to meridian:

Moderate breeze from NNW; cloudy, snowing; variable weather.

Course SSE during whole watch; under steam and following sail: jib, foresail and fore topsail.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised both am drill periods as per routine.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 108.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, cool, light snow; moderate breeze from NNW to NNE.

Steering SSE (pc) until 1.30 then SSE½ E (pc) rest of watch.

Carried out routine of instruction third and fourth periods.

Under steam with jib, foresail and fore topsail; at 3.30 orders given to stop firing.

Average steam 135, average revolutions 106.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; barometer rose slightly; moderate breeze from NNE but veering and hauling two points each side.

At end of watch under same sail as in previous watch, on course SEbyS.

Changed course at 5.30 from SSE½E to SEbyS; at 4.30 orders given to fire up.

Under steam.

Average steam 105 lbs, average revolutions 85


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather; barometer steady; moderate breeze from NNW and NbyW.

Under steam, jib and square sail to topsails, on course SEbyS.

Patent log at end 61.5.

Average steam 145 lbs, average revolutions 110.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breezes from N; cloudy and cool.

Course SEbyS (pc) during whole watch.

Readings of patent log found unreliable probably from seaweed first two hours.

Under steam both boilers and sail as follows: jib, foresail and fore topsail.

Average steam 127 lbs; average revolutions 105.


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18 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 35.70, Long -65.67

8am: 36 34N, 65 50W

8pm: 34 47N, 64 47W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, cloudy; wind variable in force and direction from NWbyN to NE, from light to gentle breeze.

At 3.00 hauled up foresail and at 3.30 took in and furled fore topsail.

At close under steam with jib; steering SEbyS (pc) during watch.

Sighted steamer’s light to southward and eastward.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 107.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer rising slowly; light variable westerly and easterly breezes.

Under steam and jib on course SEbyS.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 108.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze hauling from NE to E.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised sections at infantry.

At end of watch under steam in two boilers and all fore and aft sail on course SEbyS.

Average steam 127 lbs, average revolutions 101.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from SEbyE; clear and pleasant.

Course during all of watch SEbyS (pc).

At 12.15 stopped engines to discover exact direction of wind.

Exercised both drill periods as per routine.

Average steam 176 lbs, average revolutions 101.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, cloudy; overcast at close; light airs to light breeze from SEbyE and SE.

Under steam alone steering SEbyS (pc).

Finished bending main topmast, staysail and main and mizzen topsail.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 100.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast first hour with drizzle first part of second, gradually clearing; squalls around horizon; light breezes and airs from SE gradually hauling to S; barometer rose slightly.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 100.


8pm to midnight:

Alternately cloudy and clearing, drizzling; rain last hour; light southerly airs and gentle breeze from SSW

At 8.40 passed a steamer standing westward.

At 11.30 set fore and aft sail.

At end of watch under steam in two boilers and all fore and aft sail, on course SEbyS; patent log 14.

Average steam 124 lbs, average revolutions 100.


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19 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 33.5, Long -63.48

8am: 33 32N, 63 30W

8pm: 33 35N, 63 09W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from S and SSW; clear and pleasant.

Under steam, two boilers, and all fore and aft sail except topsails; peak of spanker gaff found trailing overboard by signal halliards.

Course SE for first hour, SE½E second hour; last two hour hours wind shifted to SSW; course SEbyS.

At end of watch patent log 51.2.

Average steam 124 lbs, average revolutions 102.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SSW falling to light breeze and light airs from S.

At 6.45 took in jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

At 7.30 stopped engines; at 7.35 started ahead; under steam alone at close.

Steering course SEbyS (pc) during watch; patent log at close 88.0.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather; barometer fell slightly; light variable airs and calms.

At 8.40 stopped engines and disconnected propellers.

At 8.45 made all plain sail to topgallant sails, foretop staysail and main trysail.

At end of watch standing to northward and eastward under jib, fore topmast staysail, topgallant sail, fore topsail and spanker.

Fires under “B” boiler allowed to die out.

At 9.40 sounded fire bell and afterwards stationed crews and provided boats for abandon ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; calms and light variable airs.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, square sail to topgallant sails and spanker, with foresail hauled up for steerage way.

Wore ship twice; aired bedding.

At 1.40 exercised apprentices at small arms; at 2.30 instructed and exercised apprentices at seamanship.

At 3.00 set foresail; at 4.50 hauled up foresail and took in spanker.


4pm to 6pm:

Variable light airs and breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.

Under all plain sail to topgallant sail.

At 4.50 wore ship; at end of watch on starboard tack, course SEbyS.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light increasing to gentle breeze from SSE.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, square sail, main trysail and spanker.

By wind starboard tack, not making course SSE.

Steam under one boiler; distilling.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer fell slightly; gentle breeze from SSE, veering and hauling slightly.

At end of watch under jib, foretop staysail, foresail, fore topsail, fore topgallant sail, main trysail and spanker.


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20 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 33.72, Long -61.67

8am: 33 33N, 61 58W

8pm: 33 24N, 60 40W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, clouding over latter part of watch; moderate increasing to fresh breeze from S.

By wind, starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail, spanker and all square sail; course to be made SSE.

At 1.00 hauled in patent log and found it foul with seaweed; at end of watch patent log 41.6.


4am to 8am:

Moderate breezes from S and SSE; clear and pleasant.

On starboard tack under all plain sail but gaff topsails; course ESE and E.

At end of watch patent log 65.8.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from S hauling to SSW at close.

At 9.30 inspected quarters and at 9.35 went to general quarters and exercised until 11.15.

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

At 10.15 took in and furled topgallant sail; at close under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail and fore topsail, main trysail and spanker.

Steering by wind on starboard tack, not making course SSE (pc).

N McAuley (Cox) reported expiration of his term of enlistment.

Patent log at close 88.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from SSW; barometer steady.

At 1.00 commenced distilling; instructed apprentices as per routine.

Under sail alone as in previous watch.

By reason of expiration of enlistment, N McAuley (Cox) was honorably discharged from this vessel and US Naval Service.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant first part, then generally clear and pleasant to close, with occasional intervals of cloudiness; gentle breeze from SSW; barometer steady.

Under sail alone as in previous watch, steering full and by on starboard tack.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from SWbyS and SW.

By wind on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail, spanker and square sails to topsail; course to be made SbyW.

At 10.55 found key securing fore and aft shafting of hand steering gear had worked out and tiller ceased to work.

Disconnected hand gear and connected up steam steering gear.

At midnight patent log 45.8.


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21 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 32.48, Long -59.37

8am: 32 45N, 60 15W


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate and stiff breezes from SW; clear, clouding.

Course SSE; made 18.8 by patent log, under jib, fore topmast staysail, spanker and square sails to topsail.


4am to 8am:

Generally fair, cloudy, light spits of rain at times; strong to fresh breeze from SW and SWbyS; choppy sea from southward and westward.

At 6.30 sail passed standing to eastward.

At 7.00 hauled down and furled jib, shackle for back ropes in lower end of ‘Dolphin’ striker having carried away.

By wind on starboard tack.

At close under fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker; not making course SbyW (pc); patent log at close 86.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; stiff breeze from SSW and SWbyS; barometer fell slightly.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and afterwards provided all boats for distant service.

By wind on starboard tack; at end of watch under foretop staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker.

By order of Commanding Officer, Thomas Gunter (Ship’s Cook 4c) was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for five days for neglect of duty and disobedience of orders; his punishment was mitigated as follows: to be allowed two hours’ exercise on spar deck each day.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant first three hours, clouding over last hour; stiff breeze from SW, SWbyW and WSW.

By wind on starboard tack, ship coming gradually towards her course of SSW, making S at end of watch.

At 1.30 took in and furled fore topsail; at end of watch under fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

Repaired defect in hand-steering great connections; disconnected steam-steering gear and connected up hand-steering gear.

Set up jib stay.

Exercised apprentices of watch at small arms and then at signals.

Patent log readings unreliable on account of repeated fouling by seaweed.

Enlisted for three years as Coxswain in US Naval Service, N McCauley.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; fresh to stiff breeze from WSW and WbyS.

By wind on starboard tack, under fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters.

At 8.00 patent log read 50.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from westward; cloudy with light rain last hour.

Under staysail, foresail, trysail and spanker; close-hauled starboard tack, courses SW½W and SSW

Patent log at end of watch 65.


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22 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 30.6, Long -58.78

8am: 30 54N, 58 47W

8pm: 30 19N, 58 38W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, nearly overcast; moderate to fresh breeze from W, then WbyN; moderate and short sea from westward.

Ship very steady under foresail, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

By wind on starboard tack and at 3.00 came up to course SSW (pc).

Patent log not registering correctly being continually fouled by weed.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer rose slightly; moderate breeze from WbyN.

Ship under sail alone: fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker; on course SSW (psc).

Patent log fouled by weed each hour.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy weather with passing showers last hour; moderate breeze from WbyN.

Ship under sail alone as in previous watch, steering full and by on course SSW

Cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy; moderate breeze from WbyN hauling to NNE and falling to light breeze at end of watch.

At 2.00 took in spanker; at 3.00 set fore topsail and fore topmast staysail; at end of watch under jib and square sail to topgallant sail on course SSW; patent log 18.

Inspection required by Article 1594 Navy Regulations was made by Lieutenants Fox and Fletcher, Ensigns Maxwell and Hough, and Assistant Surgeon Johnson.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breeze from N; overcast and cloudy.

Course SSW (pc), under all square sail and jib.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters; patent log reading inaccurately.

At 8.00 hauled in patent log; reading 21.0.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; cloudy; light increasing to gentle breeze from NNW to NNE.

At 9.30 set main trysail, spanker and main topmast staysail, and took them in at 10.45.

At close under jib and square sail; steering SSW (pc); hauled in patent log at 8.00, reading 20.9.


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23 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 29.42, Long -58.95

8am: 29 31N, 58 5858W

8pm: 29 23N, 58 57W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from N.

Under sail alone.

At end of watch on course SSW (psc) under jib, foresail, fore topsail and fore topgallant sail.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather with light breeze from NbyE.

Under sail alone as in previous watch steering course SSW (psc).

At daylight sighted square rigged vessel on horizon to eastward, steering an easterly course and lost sight of her before close of watch.

Ship rolling easily with an occasional deep roll during first part of watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and breezes from NbyE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At end of watch under jib and square sail to topgallant sail on course SSW


Meridian to 4pm:

Calms and light airs from NbyE; clear and pleasant.

Course SSW

At 1.00 sighted steamer port quarter, Anna H Bell [no record found], British; signalled ‘Vicksburg’'s number, “Where are you bound”; Ans [Answer] Galveston; report as well.

Bell signalled “What is your longitude”; Ans 59°; signalled “Goodbye”.

Under jib and all square sail.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from NbyE first hour then calm, and light airs from SW and WSW.

Ship on her course SSW first hour; no steerageway rest of watch; under jib with squares sails at close.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer falling slowly; light breeze from SW and SSW

At 8.00 wore and stood on starboard tack close-hauled.

At 8.30 set spanker and at 9.00 main trysail.

At end of watch standing close-hauled on starboard tack under jib, foresail, fore topsail, for topgallant sail, main trysail and spanker.


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24 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 28.63, Long -58.32

8am: 28 47N, 58 11W

8pm: 28 10N, 57 58W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight; gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyS, SW and SWbyW.

Ship rolling easily to a long swell; under jib, foresail, fore topsail, fore topgallant sail, main trysail and spanker.

Steering full and by, not able to make ship’s course of SWbyS.


4am to 8am:

Generally clear and pleasant; passing squalls to windward last hour; gentle to moderate breeze veering and hauling between SW and SSW.

By wind on starboard tack under same sail as previous watch; course to be made SWbyS.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.

At 8.00 took in fore topgallant sail and fore topsail.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; routine drills.

Lowered spanker gaff to work on peak; close-hauled on starboard tack.

At end of watch heading SSW and W.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; moderate and short swell from westward; moderate breeze from WSW.

Barometer steady.

Exercised third period as per routine; engaged fourth period in getting spanker gaff aloft, dasher block having been refitted.

At 3.15 set spanker; at close under jib, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

By wind on starboard tack heading SbyE½S (pc) at close; course SSW (pc).


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer rising; stiff breeze from W.

At 4.00 set and at 4.55 took in main topmast staysail.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

At end of watch standing close-hauled to southward and westward under jib, foresail, main trysail and spanker.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear with occasional periods of cloudiness; passing shower second hour; moderate to stiff breeze from W and WbyS.

Under sail alone with jib, foresail, main trysail and spanker set; steering full and by, unable to make ship’s course of SWbyS.


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25 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 26.73, Long -57.57

8am: 27 12N, 57 48W

8pm: 26 01N 58 20W


Commences and until 4am:

Alternately clearing and cloudy; fresh breeze from WbS; frequent strong squalls and drizzling rain; lightning to NE.

By wind on starboard tack under jib, foresail, main trysail and spanker; course to be made SWbyS.


4am to 8am:

Stiff and fresh breezes from westward; cloudy and squally.

Close-hauled on starboard tack under jib, foresail, trysail and spanker; heading SSW and SbyW½WSW.

Port watch scrubbed hammocks.


8am to meridian:

Passing rain squalls first hour, then cloudy, clearing partly and becoming pleasant at close; moderate to strong breeze from W, hauling to NWbyN at close.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters then exercised until 10.45 instructing apprentices in Lee 6-mm magazine rifle and in setting up exercise.

At 8.45 set fore topmast staysail; at close under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker; by wind, then steering course SWbyS (pc); patent log at close 54.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising slowly; stiff NWly breeze.

Exercised apprentices as per routine.

At end of watch under same sail as in previous watch on course SWbyS (psc).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight and moonlight last part; moderate breeze from NWbyN and NNW.

Under sail alone with jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker set, steering course SWbyS (psc).

At 5.00 mustered at quarters and turned in scrubbed hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from NWbyN and NNW.

Under sail as in previous watch on course SWbyS; at midnight patent log read 24.9.


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26 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 25.12, Long -58.48

8am: 25 17N, 58 28W [Longitude 54 48W in log]

8pm: 24 53N, 58 25 26W


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from north-westward; clear and pleasant.

Course SWbyS; running free wind on starboard quarter under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, trysail and spanker.


4am to 8am:

Fair and very pleasant; gentle breeze falling to light airs from N.

At 4.30 sighted steamer standing to northward and eastward.

At 4.45 took in main trysail and at 6.45 took in spanker; at close under jib, fore topmast staysail and foresail.

Steering course SWbyS (pc).

Watch scrubbed hammocks; hauled in patent log at 6.45, reading 47.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from N; barometer steady; very long heavy swell running from northward.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; at 9.40 sounded fire bell and crew went to fire quarters.

At 10.00 sounded alarm to abandon ship; stationed crews.

By order of Commanding Officer, released T Gunter (Ship’s Cook 4c) from confinement by reason of expiration of punishment.

Changed course from SWbyS to SSW.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail; on course SSW.

Exercised apprentices going aloft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; wind very light and very variable in direction, steadying last hour to SWbyW.

Exercised apprentices of watch at small arms and later gave them instruction in seamanship.

At 3.30 wind freshening a little and steadying in direction; set main trysail and spanker.

At 4.00 ship steering course of SbyE (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker. Ship rolling easily, though deeply at times, to a long northerly swell.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SW and SWbyW.

At 4.00 set main topmast staysail; at end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, main topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

By wind on starboard tack; patent log 56.9.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters; served out clean bags.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from SWbyW and WSW; clear and pleasant.

Close-hauled on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, main topmast staysail, foresail, trysail and spanker.

Course SbyE¼E first two hours, S¾E last two hours.


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27 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 23.55, Long -58.05

8am: 24 11N, 58 18W [Latitude 26 11N in log]

8pm: 23 01N, 57 41W


Commences and until 4am:

Starlight, clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from WbyS then W; occasional swell from northward.

Under jib, fore and main topmast staysails, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

By wind on starboard tack until 2.00 then steering course SSW (psc); patent log at close 99.3.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; moderate breeze from W hauling to WSW last hour; barometer normal.

Standing by wind on starboard tack on course SSW first hour, after that going off as far as S last hour.

At end of watch under jib, foresail, fore and main topmast staysails, main trysail and spanker.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant first part, cloudy third hour then squally and rainy to close; gentle breeze from WSW first three hours, then moderate from SWbyW, shifting to WSW again last last hour in a stiff squall, at which took in main topmast staysail.

At 9.30 sounded call to general quarters and exercised all divisions; Divisions ready as follows: Surgeon's 1 minute, Paymaster's 2 minutes, Engineer's 3 minutes, Powder 4½ minutes, 1st 5 minutes.

At 10.30 secured and at 11.45 exercised at collision drill without putting collision mat overboard.

At close of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail, and spanker, steering full and by, unable to make ship's course of SSW (psc).


Meridian to 4pm:

Frequent passing rain squalls with fresh breezes; clear and pleasant at close; gentle to moderate breeze from WSW.

Overhauled battery; instructed apprentices in seamanship.

At 2.45 outer band of main trysail spar carried away; upon examination found a large flaw in iron.

Took in main trysail; lowered main trysail gaff to make necessary repairs.

At end of watch under head sails, foresail and spanker, by wind on starboard tack; patent log 50.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from WSW and W; clear and pleasant.

By wind on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail and spanker heading S½W first hour and SbyW last three hours.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishments: to wit, FB French (Apprentice 3c), sleeping on life buoy lookout: 10 hours’ extra duty; CW Petit (Apprentice 3c), behind mast while on cat head lookout: 10 hours’ extra duty.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from WbyS and W.

By wind on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail and spanker; not making course SW (pc) but heading SbyW¼W (pc) at close; moon set at 10.42.

Patent log at close 71.8.


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28 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 22.07, Long -57.47

8am: 22 31N, 57 36W

8pm: 21 45N, 57 12W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; bright starlight; barometer normal; gentle breeze from WbyS.

Course SW but not making closer than SbyW.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail and spanker, close-hauled on starboard tack.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to light breeze from WbyS.

Under same sail as previous watch steering full and by on starboard tack.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light increasing to gentle breeze from WSW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised at “arm and away” and at “setting-up”.

At end of watch, by wind on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, and spanker; patent log 3.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from WSW; clear and pleasant.

By wind on starboard tack heading S¼W and S¼E under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail and spanker. Exercised at routine drills.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from WSW; moderate swell from westward.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail and spanker.

By wind on starboard tack heading S (pc) at close, course being SW.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; having completed repairs on outer band for spars of main trysail gaff, sent it aloft at 5.30.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded: Hodges S (Apprentice 3c), Stollemeyer JS (Apprentice 3c) Jones JN (Apprentice 3c), Van Dyk MB (Apprentice 3c), Carr WM (Landsman) and Robesion J (Ship’s Cook 4c): six hours’ extra duty each, for having clothing in lucky bag.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; moderate breeze from WSW first hour hauling to SWbyW.

Course SWbyW.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker, close-hauled on starboard tack, standing to southward and eastward; main trysail set at 9.00.


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29 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 20.77, Long -56.52

8am: 21 01N, 56 52W [Latitude 20 01N in log]

8pm: 20 26N, 56 11W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and bright starlight with gentle breezes from SWbyW.

Full and by on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker; unable to make ship's course of SWbyW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SWbyW.

By wind on starboard tack, under same sail as previous watch; course to be made SWbyW.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breeze from SW and SWbyW; clear and pleasant.

General field day; by wind on starboard tack heading SbyE½E to SSE; patent log at end of watch 83.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SW; long swell from NNW.

By wind on starboard tack, not making course SWbyW (pc); heading SSE¼E (pc) at close.

Crew engaged overhauling clothing.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection of compartments etc; Executive Officer and Surgeon inspected living spaces; Ensign JF Carter inspected mechanical appliances aft and Ensign HH Hough those forward; Ensign GR Maxwell inspected compartments aft and Lieutenant WB Fletcher same forward, all in accordance with Article1564 Navy Regulations.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear; bright moonlight; barometer rising.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

At end of watch standing close-hauled on starboard tack to southward and eastward under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light breeze from SWbyS.

Under sail alone, same sail as in previous watch, close-hauled on starboard tack, standing off to southward and eastward.


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30 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 20.20, Long -56.31

8am: 20 18N, 55 52W

8pm: 20 10N, 56 33W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SWbyS.

By wind on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from SWbyS and SbW; clear and pleasant; bright starlight first part.

By wind on starboard tack heading SE⅝S and SbyE.

At 7.40 wore ship heading WbyS; set topsail and topgallant sail.

At end of watch close-hauled on port tack under all head and fore sails, trysail and spanker.


8am to meridian:

Fair and very pleasant, slightly hazy; long swell at times from northward; gentle breeze from S.

At 8.20 set main topmast staysail and main and mizzen gaff topsails.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship, with crew at quarters.

Steering course WbyS (pc).

At close, under all square sail and all fore and aft sail except flying jib; patent log at close 39.0.

At 9.45 key to one of bevel gear wheels of hand steering gear in wardroom came out and gear wheel slipped off rod; wheel was replaced and keyed.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SbyW; barometer fell slightly; long swell from northward.

Under same sail as in previous watch, close-hauled on port tack not quite making course WbyS (psc).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, bright starlight last part; calms and light airs from SbyW first part, then light airs from SbyE third hour, freshening to light breeze from SEbyS last hour.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

At 5.30 hauled in patent log reading 53.6 and at 7.30 put it out again reading 53.6.

Under sail alone at close steering course WbyS (psc) with jib, fore and main topmast staysails, all square sail, main trysail and spanker and both gaff topsails set.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light to gentle breeze veering and hauling between SE and ESE.

At 9.50 took in gaff topsails, main trysail and spanker; at end of watch under jib, fore and main topmast staysails and all square sail; patent log 65.5.


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31 January 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 19.68, Long -57.89

8am: 19 58N, 57 15W

8pm: 10 37N, 58 25W


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from SE and SSE; clear and pleasant, bright moon and starlight.

Running free, wind on port quarter, under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail and main topmast staysail. Course WbyS.


4am to 8am:

Fair and very pleasant, slightly hazy; gentle increasing to moderate breeze from SE then ESE; occasional moderate swell from northward.

At 6.35 hauled down fore topmast staysail; at close under jib, square sails and main topmast staysail.

Steering course WbyS (pc); patent log at close 96.5.

Commenced distilling at 6.45.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer high; moderate breeze from ESE; moderate swell from northward and light swell from SE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and afterwards held divisional drills as per routine.

Sent boys of watch over fore topmast head at 11.30.

At end of watch on course WbyS (psc) under jib, all square sail and main topmast staysail; distilling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; ship rolling easily; moderate breeze from ESE.

Instructed apprentices of watch in seamanship and in signals.

Under same sail as previous watch, steering course WbyS (psc); distilling.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from EbyS.

No change in sail; on course WbyS.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; at 8.00 patent log read 56.7.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate and stiff breezes from ESE; clear, pleasant and bright moonlight.

Running free, wind on port quarter, heading SbyW under jib, all square sail and main topmast staysail.

At end of watch patent log 81.7.

At 8.50 went to general quarters; secured at 9.25.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1898


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1 February 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 19.25, Long -60.05

8am: 19 12N, 59 45W

8pm: 19 09N, 61 09W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate to strong breeze from ESE.

Moon set at 2.10.

Under jib, main topmast staysail and square sails; steering WbyS (pc); patent log at close 6.4.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer normal; stiff ESEly breeze.

Under same sail as in previous watch, standing on course WbyS (psc).


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to stiff breeze from ESE.

Ship rolling 20° at times to a long northerly swell; under sail alone with jib, all square sail and main topmast staysail set.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters after which exercised at company drill.

At noon changed course to W¾S (psc) by order of Commanding Officer; at meridian patent log read 56.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.; moderate to stiff breeze from EbyS.

Under sail as in previous watch on course W¾S.

At 1.30 exercised apprentices, 1st Division at pistols, 2nd Division at single sticks.

At 2.30 instructed apprentices in marlinespike seamanship.

At 4.00 patent log read 80.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate to stiff breezes from ESE and SSE Clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

At 7.20 set trysail and spanker.

At end of watch running free, wind on port quarter, heading W¾S; under jib, all square sail, trysail and spanker and main topmast staysail.


8pm to midnight:

Moon and starlight.

Moderate to strong breeze from ESE to SE.

Moderate swell from southward and eastward; ship rolling easily and deeply at times.

Under jib, main topmast staysail, square sails, main trysail and spanker.

Steering W¾S (pc); patent log at close 33.6.


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2 February 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 18.83, Long -62.88

8am: 18 51N, 62 16W

8pm: 18 25N, 63 29W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer falling; moderate breeze from SEbyS gradually shifting toward E.

At end of watch under sail alone on course W¾S (pc); jib, all square sail, main topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker; moon set at 3.00.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather with moderate breeze from ESE and EbyS.

Under sail alone as in previous watch excepting main trysail which was taken in at 7.50.

Ship on course W¾S (psc).


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from ESE.

Under jib, square sail, main topmast staysail and spanker, on course W¾S (psc) until 9.30 when changed to W½S (psc); patent log 90.9.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; instructed apprentices in use of Lee rifle, after which required each one to fire five rounds with ball cartridge.

At 9.45 clewed up topgallant sail and clewed down topsail in order to set upon topmast rigging; set up port topmast rigging.

At noon set fore topsail and fore topgallant sail; patent log read 7.3.

All gun cylinders except forward 6-pounders and after 4-inch on gun deck were filled and inspected by Ordnance Officer; expended 460 rounds 6-mm ball cartridges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breeze from EbyS and ESE; clear and pleasant.

At 12.05 changed course to WSW½W (pc); at 12.20 set main trysail; at 12.45 changed course to WSW (pc); patent log reading 11.8.

At end of watch heading WSW (pc) running free under jib, main topmast staysail, all square sail, trysail and spanker; patent log 34.0.

Exercised at routine drills; at 3.52 sighted Sombrero Lighthouse one point on starboard bow about 10 miles distant.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; slightly hazy; moderate to strong breeze from EbyS; moderate swell from eastward.

At 4.07 changed course from WSW (pc) to W½S (pc); at 5.00 changed course to SWbyW½W (pc) and at 5.55 to S (pc).

When Sombrero Light bore SSE½E (pc), distant 1.3 miles, patent log read 45.0.

At 4.25 took in main trysail and at 5.05 took in spanker; at 6.05 set main trysail and spanker and at 6.30 took in topgallant sail, fore topsail and foresail and furled them.

At 7.00 hauled down main topmast staysail and set fore topmast staysail; at close under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

Steering course S (pc) at close; patent log 57.9.

Sombrero Light bore (pc) NbyE½E at 8.00; ship’s head S (pc).


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and fair; barometer steady; stiff breeze from E.

At 9.10 lost Sombrero Light bearing NbyE (pc).

At end of watch on course SSE (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.


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3 February 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 17.98, Long -63.58

8am: 17 46N, 63 32W

8pm: 18 27N, 63 47 30W


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant with occasional passing clouds; light passing showers second hour; moderate to strong breeze from EbyS.

During first hour passed steamer bound to northward.

At 12.05 changed course to SbyE (psc) and at 2.00 changed course to S (psc), both changes made by order of Commanding Officer.

Under sail alone with jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker set; moon set at 3.55.


4am to 8am:

Generally fair and pleasant; moderate to fresh breeze from E; passing rain squalls to windward.

On course S (psc) until 7.00 when wore ship to NNE; set foresail before wearing; hauled up foresail after going about.

At 5.40 sighted Saba Island bearing SEbyE.

At 5.55 Saba Island bore SEbyE¼E; patent log 93.3.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker on course NNE (psc); patent log 99.2.


8am to meridian:

Light, gentle and stiff breezes from eastward, variable and squally; cloudy, rainy, variable weather.

Course NbyE½E and NNE.

At 9.30 exercised at general quarters with ammunition.

Expended ammunition as follows: 6, 4-inch common shell, 4, 6-pounder steel shell, 2, 6-pounder common shell.

Hauled down jib twice during watch to squalls.

At end of watch under fore topmast staysail, trysail and spanker; patent log 9.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, light passing shower first hour; gentle breeze from EbyN and ENE; choppy sea becoming smoother.

At 12.25 set jib; at close under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

Steering NNE (pc) until 12.30; after that N (pc); small vessel in sight to eastward at 2.00.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE hauling to EbyN; barometer normal.

At 4.30 mustered at quarters.

At 6.50 sighted white flash light from aloft bearing ENE¼E (psc).

At 7.00 wore ship; standing at 7.30 on course SSE (psc).

At end of watch on course SSE (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight; very light passing shower second hour; gentle to moderate breeze from EbyN and E.

At 10.20 changed course to S (psc) by order of Commanding Officer; patent log 33.0.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker entire watch and steering at close course S (psc).


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4 February 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 17.42, Long -63.95

8am: 17 49N, 63 58W

8pm: 17 41N, 64 03 30W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker, on course S (psc).

At 4.00 patent log read 50.6.


4am to 8am:

Moderate and stiff breezes from E; variable weather.

Close-hauled on port tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, trysail and spanker heading S (pc).

At end of watch patent log 66.7.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; moderate to strong breeze from E.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters, then exercised battalion sections at small arms, first period; second period engaged in painting lower decks.

Steering course S (pc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker; patent log at close 84.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and very pleasant; barometer falling; moderate to stiff breeze from E.

Exercised apprentices as per routine.

At 1.15 wore ship and at 1.30 stood on course N (psc).

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker on course N (psc).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with moderate to stiff breeze from E.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker entire watch steering N (psc); patent log at close 11.4.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; bright moonlight; moderate breeze from E.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker, on course N (psc) until 9.45, then changed to NbyE (psc).

At midnight patent log read 23.7.


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5 February 1898

Newport RI to St Thomas WI

Lat 18.2, Long -64.2

8am: 18 18N, 64 12W

8pm: 18 02N, 64 20 30W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle and moderate breeze from E; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

On starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, trysail and spanker.

Course NbyE; changed course to N at 12.20; patent log 24.3.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

At 4.00 made out Virgin Islands to northward and westward.

At 6.15 wore ship, patent log 43.6, to southward and eastward, around at 6.22.

Steering N (pc) until 6.15; after that by wind on port tack; heading SSE (pc) at close.

At close highest point of Tortola to westward bore WNW½W (pc).

Highest point of Virgin Gorda NW (pc) and right tangent of Virgin Gorda NNW½W (pc).


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from E; barometer normal.

Crew cleaning ship.

At 10.00 changed course from full and by to S (psc).

At end of watch standing on course S (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

By order of Commanding Officer, Lieutenant FS Carter USN was relieved of practical navigational work of ship by Lieutenant WB Fletcher USN on account of unsatisfactory performance of his duties.

Executive Officer and Surgeon inspected holds and living spaces.

Bread room was broken out and double bottom under it inspected.

At end of watch highest point of Virgin Gorda bore NNW¼W (psc), Tortola NWbyW (psc), St John’s WNW⅛W (psc), ship’s head S.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant weather with gentle breeze from E.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker steering course S (psc).

Cleaning ship and touching up bare spots with paint.

Lieutenant CE Fox, Executive Officer, and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson made inspection of holds and storerooms; Lieutenant WB Fletcher and Ensign GR Marvell of compartments; and Ensigns HH Hough and JF Carter of mechanical devices; patent log at close 53.7.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail, and spanker on course S until 6.10, then wore ship to NbyE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Captain investigated reports and awarded following punishments: Goodrich J (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for losing hammock; Missel O (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for smoking cigarettes; Radecke HG (Apprentice 3c): deprived of one liberty for leaving post without permission; Gibbons DA (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for sitting down on life buoy lookout; Averill WG (Cox), Liesegang CA (Gunner's Mate 1c), Dolan DJ (Coal Passer), and Fitzgerald J (Fireman 1c): all reduced to fourth conduct class for three months, and three months’ restriction for being drunk on board ship.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from SSE; clear, pleasant; bright moonlight.

Course NbyE; at 11.00 wore ship.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, trysail and spanker. Course S½W.


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6 February 1898

Newport RI to Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas WI

Lat 18.24, Long -64.88

8am: 18 07N, 64 35W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant weather, bright moonlight; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 1.00 took in main trysail and brought ship by wind, lying to off Virgin Islands.

At 2.00 started fires in boiler “B”.

At end of watch ship lying to under fore topmast, staysail, jib and spanker, heading S; Virgin Gorda N (pc) distant about 18 miles.


4am to 8am:

Fair and very pleasant; barometer normal; light to moderate breeze from ESE.

At 5.45 took in spanker and set foresail, fore topsail, and fore topgallant sail and stood on course NWbyW (psc).

At 6.30 took in fore topmast staysail.

At end of watch on course NWbyW (psc) heading in for St Thomas Island under all square sail and jib.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather with gentle SEly breeze first part, then light airs and breezes from WNW.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship with crew at quarters, after which published Articles for Better Government of Navy and held general muster; made preparation for port.

At 8.15 changed course to NWbyW¼W.

At 10.50 to W, then various courses to close standing in for St Thomas.

At 10.45 shortened and furled all sail, and coupled up propeller and at 11.01 went ahead on engines.

At 11.40 Frenchman's Cap bore NEbyN (psc).

At close of watch ship to southward of St Thomas harbor standing for its entrance, open ahead, under conn of Commanding Officer.

Average steam while steaming 130 lbs, revolutions 83.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm; light breeze from S and ESE.

Standing into harbor of St Thomas, under steam in two boilers.

At 12.45 stopped engines; Harbor Master came on board and piloted ship into anchorage in St Thomas.

At 1.05 anchored in 3½ fathoms water, soft bottom, and veered to 20 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings at anchor: Lighthouse SbyE⅛E, ruined mill E⅛S, Fort Christian clock tower NNW⅞W, ship's head SSE (all psc).

Draft of ship 13 feet 2 inches forward, 12 feet aft.

Officers from Russian ship ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ and Danish gunboat ‘Ingolf’ made usual boarding calls.

Sent an officer to call on US Consul and to return calls of ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ and ‘Ingolf’.

Allowed fires to die out in boiler “A”; fires lighted in boiler “B”.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm with heavy passing shower last hour; light airs and breezes variable in direction.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs and breezes from WNW; calm last hour.


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7 February 1898

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Lat 18.337, Long -64.931


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; variable light airs from southward and eastward.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy with calms and light airs from ESE.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

At 8.00 saluted port of St Thomas with 21 guns, Danish flag at main, which salute was returned gun for gun by shore battery.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light southerly breeze.

US Consul paid an official visit to ship; fired a salute of seven guns in honor of US Consul when he left ship.

Captain returned call of US Consul and made an official call on Governor of Danish West Indies.

Boarded British steamer ‘Pretoria’, from New York, and received a bag of mail.

Engaged in scrubbing ship's side.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from S; clear and pleasant.

Commanding Officer made official call upon Danish gunboat ‘Ingolf’ and Russian cruiser (‘Duke of Edinburgh’). Received on board in Pay Department from JH Fechtenburg and Co: 1800 lbs bread.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light air and breezes from SE and ENE.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; sent liberty party on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Calms; clear and pleasant.


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8 February 1898

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Lat 18.337, Long -64.931


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy pleasant weather; overcast last two hours; calms and light northerly breeze.

English steamer ‘Pretoria’ left harbor at 2.30.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; light variable airs.

CH Schafer (Apprentice 3c.) while unshipping wardroom ladder, accidentally fell from gun deck to wardroom, striking on back of his head.

Upon examination, doctor decided that no serious injury had been done to him.

Received in Pay Department: 57 lbs fresh beef, 122 ½ lbs of both vegetables and bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from NbyW; cloudy, pleasant weather.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees; exercised at infantry drill.

Captains of Russian cruiser ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ and Danish gunboat ‘Ingolf’ made official calls upon ‘Vicksburg’. Engaged in running out half deck guns, touching up ship's side and paying monthly money.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, light variable breeze.

Crew engaged in setting up lower rigging and in touching up with paint outside.

Sent a liberty part of men and boys ashore; American consul visited ship unofficially.

Sent 2nd cutter with apprentices for instruction in rowing, Ensign Barnes in charge.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from NNW and NbyW; clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; V Deplitch (Apprentice 3c) absent over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather; light breeze from N hauling to NEbyN.

V Deplitch returned on board drunk, three hours over time.


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9 February 1898

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Lat 18.337, Long -64.931


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer normal; light breeze with gentle squalls from NNE and NE.


4am to 8am:

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department: 57 lbs beef, 122½ lbs of both bread and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and very pleasant; gentle to moderate then gentle breeze from N to NNE.

At 9.40 mustered at quarters, then exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at boats.

Engaged in setting up rigging, squaring ratlines and breaking out hold; also painting outside of ship.

Received on board in Equipment Department for steaming purposes: 7700 gallons of fresh water.

By order of Commanding Officer, Lieutenant FS Carter resumed his duties in practical navigational work of ship, from which he was relieved on 5th instant.

Danish gunboat ‘Ingolf’ left harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from NNE.

Finished breaking out and cleaning hold.

Received in Pay Department following provisions: 504 lbs corned beef, 264 lbs roast beef, 1000 lbs salt pork, 2059 lbs sugar, 444 lbs tinned vegetables.

Received in Equipment Department for steaming purposes: 2200 gallons fresh water.

Lost 2nd cutter’s flag and part of staff on account of breaking staff on gun, coming alongside.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze and light airs from NNE and N.

Cleaned bilges in hold compartment A5 and in A8; painted iron work and restowed magazine and hold.

Danish gunboat ‘Ingolf’ returned to harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; light northerly airs and breezes.

CS McCormack (Yeoman 2c) jumped overboard about 11.00; was picked up by Lieutenant FS Carter USN in a shore boat and by order of Commanding Officer was placed under charge of Master-at-Arms for safe keeping.


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10 February 1898

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Lat 18.337, Long -64.931


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight; light northerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NbyW to NNE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs of fresh bread and 122½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from N.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and afterwards exercised boats crews until 11.15.

By order of Commanding Officer, confined CS McCormack (Yeoman 2c) in cell for safe keeping.

Received in Construction Department: 150 feet lumber.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant with light northerly airs and breezes.

Engaged in rattling and tarring down rigging.

Exercised 1st and 2nd cutters’, whale boats’ and gig's crews at boats under oars.

Received from J Levi and Son following articles in Construction Department: 118 carriage bolts, 144 stove bolts, 5½ lbs iron washers, 1 bar flat iron, 77 lbs, 2 jars caustic soda, 100 lbs sal soda, 5 lbs ultramarine blue, 20 gallons turpentine, 1 gallon soldering fluid, 1 soldering iron and 1 pair gas pliers; and from J Levi and Son following articles in Steam Engineering Department: 6 lbs marline, 2 brass plugs and 1 casting for shape.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with light passing shower about 6.00; barometer normal; light to gentle breeze from N.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; liberty party returned.

Received in Engineering Department: 30 feet ¾-inch iron pipe, 12 brass plugs and 5 lbs marline.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant with light passing showers last three hours; light to moderate breeze in puffs from northward.


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11 February 1898

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, and at sea to St Kitts

Lat 18.337, Long -64.931

8pm: 18 07N, 64 28W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather; light breeze from N.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer normal; light NNE breeze.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 294 lbs bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

While rigging in 2nd cutter bolts of topping lift drew out of trestle tree; nothing holding it on end.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather with heavy passing shower first hour; light breeze from NNE.

At 8.45 English yacht ‘Nerissa’ entered harbor and anchored; sent a boarding officer on board of her.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised as follows: 1st Division pistols and signals, 2nd Division single sticks and signals, Powder Division pistols and signals.

American consul visited ship unofficially; Commanding Officer visited unofficially Danish gunboat ‘Ingolf’.

Made preparations for sea; ship's draft 13 feet 3 inches forward, 12 feet 11 inches aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm; light to gentle breeze from NNE and NE.

Made preparations for getting underway.

At 1.22 got underway; circulating pump became heated and stuck.

At 1.28 came to with port anchor; overhauled circulating pump.

At 1.44 got underway again, under steam in both boilers, casting to port, under head sails; stood out of harbor of St Thomas conned by Captain.

Steering various courses until 3.00, when S of Frenchman’s Cap, went to general quarters and put over target. During remainder of watch steaming around target and engaged in target practice with main and secondary battery (port guns) at ranges varying between 450 and 1500 yards; carried away target with after 4-inch gun on gun deck.

During target practice, dry bulb of psychrometer was broken; tested magazine and shell room flood cocks.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from NE, NNE and NbyE; clear and pleasant.

Sounded retreat from general quarters at 4.30.

Expended ammunition as follows: 12 4-inch common shell, 33 6-pounder and 12 1-pounder.

At 5.00 put over patent log, reading 86.8.

At 5.40 let steam die out and at 6.40 uncoupled propeller, shifted to hand steering gear and made sail, stopping engines.

Course during whole of watch EbyS (pc); at end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, trysail and spanker, running free on port tack heading EbyS (pc); patent log read 108.5.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded: Olsen EF (Apprentice 3c), gross carelessness and destroying library book: ordered to pay for book; Missel Otto (Apprentice 3c), impertinence to Chief Boatswain's mate, profane language to Chief Boatswain’s Mate, shirking and disrespectful conduct to officer of deck: five days on bread and water, solitary confinement; Radecke NGE (Apprentice 3c), asleep in punt during morning watch while all hands were at work: 12 hours’ extra duty; Deplitch VL (Apprentice 3c), 3 hours over leave, drunk: quarantined at next port; McCormack CS (Yeoman 2c), returning from liberty unfit for duty and attempting to leave ship without permission: fourth class three months and three months’ restriction; Donovan RG (Landsman), attempting to give liquor to a man in sentry's charge: fourth class three months and three months’ restriction; Moholland HC (Apprentice 3c), PF Ewerts (Apprentice 3c) and Blanchard GS (Apprentice 3c), all having dirty clothes at am inspection: 12 hours’ extra duty.


8pm to midnight:

Light passing rain squall first half, then pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from NNE then EbyN; smooth sea.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, main topsail and spanker.

Steering course EbyS (psc); moon rose at 10.20; patent log at close 36.6.

Allowed fires to die out in boiler.


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12 February 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to St Kitts, English West Indies

Lat 17.02, Long -63.53

8am: 17 20N, 63 49W

8pm: 16 47N, 63 04W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light to gentle breeze from NNE.

At 12.10 changed course to SE½E (psc) and took in topgallant sail.

At 1.00 changed course to SbyE (psc).

At end of watch on course SbyE (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally, with frequent passing showers; wind northward and eastward, very variable in direction and also in force; barometer rising rapidly last two hours.

At 5.00 took in main trysail and fore topmast staysail, wind drawing well aft.

At 5.55 changed course to S½W (psc); patent log 73.4.

At 5.00 took in main trysail and fore topmast staysail, wind drawing well aft.

At 6.20 sighted high land of Saba Island bearing NEbyE½E (psc).

Third hour wind fell light and hauled to NEbyE.

Set fore topgallant sail at 6.30; at close of watch under all square sail, jib and spanker steering course S½W (psc); patent log at close 80.4.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; wind light and baffling first hour, followed by fresh breeze from NE.

At 9.15 set fore topmast staysail and main trysail.

On course S½W until 9.10, then changed to SSE; patent log 85.1; at 9.45 changed to SE; patent log 88.3.

At 11.00 changed to SSE; patent log 96.1; at 11.15 sighted St Eustasius and St Kitts, bearing ENE and E respectively.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, main trysail and spanker, on course ESE; patent log 1.1.

Saba Island bearing NNE¾E, St Eustasius NE⅞E, St Kitts (highest point) ENE.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from NE and NEbyE; clear and pleasant.

Running free on port tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, trysail and spanker.

Course ESE½S and ESE.

At end of watch course ESE; patent log 17.5.

Inspections as required by regulations made by Lieutenant Fletcher USN, Ensign Marvell USN, Ensign HH Hough USN, Ensign JF Carter USN and Executive and Medical Officers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and very pleasant; gentle breeze from NEbyN and NNE; smooth sea.

Islands of Saba, St Eustasius, St Kitts and Nevis in sight until dark on port beam and bow.

At 5.55 tacked to northward and westward and then again to eastward around 6.20.

Steering ESE (psc) until 5.55 and after tacking, full and by on port tack.

Heading E (pc) at close under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, main trysail and spanker; patent log at close 38.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer normal; light breeze from NNE and NEbyN.

At 11.35 sighted Montserrat Island bearing E; ship's head E¾S (psc).

At end of watch standing full and by on port tack to course E (psc) under same sail as in previous watch.


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13 February 1898

St Thomas to St Kitts

Lat 16.78, Long -62.62

8am: 17 03N, 63 03W

8pm: 17 03 18N, 62 51W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, pleasant weather with light to gentle breeze from NEbyN, freshening last hour to moderate breeze.

At 12.05 hauled in patent log and put it out again at 12.20 reading 59.4 having tacked ship to northward and westward in meantime.

Steering full and by to close under all square sail, jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker, making course NW (psc); patent log at close 73.7.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from NE and NNE.

Same sail as in previous watch.

At 5.40 made out Nevis, St Kitts and St Eustasius on starboard beam and later Saba and Montserrat on starboard bow and quarter respectively.

On course NW until 6.00, then headed off to NW½W by wind.

At 7.15 tacked ship to E½N; at 8.00 Nevis bore NEbyE¼E; Mount Misery NbyE¾E, St Eustasius N (all psc); patent log 93.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breezes from NNE, puffy and variable; clear and pleasant.

By wind on port tack heading E½S and EbyS under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, trysail and spanker; at end of watch patent log 13.2.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, gentle breeze from NEbyN and NNE; smooth sea.

Steering by wind on port tack until 2.00 when tacked to northward and westward; patent log 22.4.

Rest of watch steering full and by on starboard tack.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, main trysail and spanker; patent log at close 29.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear; barometer normal; gentle to moderate breeze from NNE hauling to NEbyN towards end of watch.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters and served out clean bags to crew.

At sunset Redonda Island bore N88E, Nevis N40E and St Eustasius N11W, ship's head NW (all psc).

At end of watch under same sail as in previous watch standing close-hauled on starboard tack to northward and westward.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant; bright starlight; moderate breeze from NbyE and NNE.

Steering full and by as in previous watch until 10.30 when tacked ship to eastward.

Took in patent log while working ship.

At 11.00 changed course to SEbyE½E (psc); patent log 68.4; by order of Commanding Officer took in topgallant sail at same time.

At close under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker.


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14 February 1898

St Thomas to St Kitts

Lat 16.62, Long -62.56

8am: 16 47N, 62 30W

8pm: 17 08 42N, 63 03W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate to gentle breeze from NNE and NEbyN .

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker, on course SEbyE½E.

At 4.00 patent log read 93.2.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from NE, variable; clear and pleasant.

Watch scrubbed bags.

On port tack running free first part, latter part wind hauling ahead.

At end of watch close-hauled on port tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, trysail and spanker; course SEbyE½E; patent log 12.0.


8am to meridian:

Clear and very pleasant; moderate then gentle breeze from NNE.

Steering course SEbyE½E until 9.16 then tacked to northward and westward, around at 9.24 steering full and by on starboard tack rest of watch.

Islands of St Kitts, Nevis, Redonda, Montserrat and Guadeloupe in sight during watch from northward and eastward to southward and eastward.

Hauled in patent log at 9.16 reading 20.7 and put it over at 9.25.

Inspected at quarters at 9.40 then drilled and instructed first and second periods as per routine.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker; patent log at noon 33.1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, barometer falling; gentle to moderate breeze from NNE veering to NE.

Exercised apprentices as per routine.

At end of watch standing full and by to northward and westward under same sail as in previous watch.

Bearings of highest points of islands as follows: Saba N19W, St Eustasius N3W, St Kitts N13E, Nevis N51E, Redonda N88E; ship's head N40W (all psc).

Filled 60 cartridges 6-pounder DSRF for saluting purposes.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, clearing towards close; gentle breeze from NE and NEbyE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and turned in scrubbed bags; exercised all apprentices at setting up and at double timing around deck.

Under sail alone, steering full and by, with jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker set.

At dark sighted light on starboard beam which was obscured before bearing of it could be taken.

Commanding Officer assigned punishments as follows: Saulie CO (Apprentice 3c), Goodrich J (Apprentice 3c) and Robichon AA (Apprentice 3c), in each case, shirking, when ordered to lay aloft: each deprived of one liberty; Grimes JK (Apprentice 3c), insolence and profanity: deprived of two liberties; Holmes JH (Apprentice 3c), profanity at instruction: deprived of two liberties; Radecke HGE (Apprentice 3c), profanity on quarter-deck: deprived of two liberties; Brady EA (Apprentice 3c), smoking cigarettes: 12 hours’ extra duty; Larned WA (Apprentice 3c), clothing in lucky bag: 12 hours’ extra duty; Bock LH (Apprentice 3c), disobedience of orders: 12 hours’ extra duty; Van Dyk MB (Apprentice 3c), Deplitch VL (Apprentice 3c) and Blanchard GS (Apprentice 3c),in each case, no shoes at quarters: given six hours’ extra duty; O'Donnell, Geo (Coal Passer), returning from liberty unfit for duty: reduced to third class for one month.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from NEbyE.

By wind on starboard tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker, making N½W until 9.30, then tacked ship heading SEbyE½E.

At 9.50 took in and furled foresail and fore topsail and spanker; on course SE; patent log 82.1.


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15 February 1898

St Thomas to St Kitts

Lat 17.13, Long -62.88

8am: 16 53N, 62 50W

8pm: 17 16N, 62 59W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from NEbyE; cloudy and pleasant.

Running free on port tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, trysail and spanker heading SE.

Nevis off port beam at end of watch; patent log reading 92.3.


4am to 8am:

Fair and very pleasant; gentle breeze from NE to ENE.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

Steering SE (pc) until 6.52 then wore to northward and westward around at 7.15, steering NbyW ¼W (pc) rest of watch.

Islands of Saba, St Eustasius, St Kitts, Nevis, Redonda and Montserrat in sight at close; patent log not reading correctly, reading 96.0 at close.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and very pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from EbyS and SbyN.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; afterwards exercised crew in company drill, and then apprentices in firing .22 rifle at target.

At 9.15 set main topmast staysail.; at end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, main topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker, on course N (psc) having changed course at 8.00 from NbyW¼W.

At end of watch following bearings of islands were taken: Saba, St Eustasius N27W, Mount Misery, St Kitts N25E, Nevis, Redonda N70E, ship's head N (psc).


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather with moderate breeze from EbyN.

At 1.30 sounded drill call and exercised apprentices at sub calibre practice with Winchester .22 calibre rifle; expending during day 420 rounds of .22 calibre ball cartridges.

At 2.45 called ‘all hands make sail’; exercised at making, reefing and furling sail until 4.00, running off to NNW during exercise.

At close of watch under jib, fore and main topmast staysails, main trysail and spanker, steering full and by on starboard tack.

Land in sight along starboard bow, beam and quarter being islands of St Eustasius, St Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat; Saba Island on port bow; patent log at close 17.8.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Same sail as previous watch.

By wind on starboard tack until 5.00 when wore ship to southward and eastward.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised apprentices at ‘setting up’.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle and moderate breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

By wind on port tack under jib, fore and main topmast staysails, trysail and spanker.

Course SE½S.

At end of watch patent log read 33.6.


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16 February 1898

St Thomas to St Kitts and at anchor at St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715

8am: 17 13 15N, 62 54 20W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Steering SE½S until 2.00 when wore to northward, around at 2.15; by wind on starboard tack rest of watch. Heading N¾E (pc) at close.

Under jib, fore and main topmast staysails, main trysail and spanker.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from EbyN.

At 4.00 started fires in boiler “A”.

At 6.45 took in all sail.

At 7.15 coupled propeller and at 7.45 turned over engine and tested all appliances, connecting up steam steering gear.

At end of watch bearings as follows: Saba NNW, Nevis ESE¾E.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant and warm with gentle breeze from EbyN.

At 8.00 went ahead on engines and set course ENE (psc) for St Kitts.

Steering various courses under conn of Commanding Officer until 10.18 at which time stopped engines and came to with starboard anchor.

Weighed anchor at 10.25 and moved farther in, coming to again at 10.47 with starboard anchor in 6 fathoms, hard bottom; bearings from anchorage: Custom House cupola N12S, Battery Point W, Horseshoe Point EbyS, ship's head EbyN.

Veered to 15 fathoms chain at water's edge; made preparations for port.

Sent an officer to US Consulate; at 11.15 US Vice Consul visited ship.

Ship's draft 13 feet forward, 12 feet 10 inches aft.

Lost overboard lower grating and fender to port gangway while rigging it out; ship's head N74E at time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; gentle to light breeze from EbyN.

Fired a salute of five guns in honor of US Consular Agent when he left ship.

Hoisted out steam and sailing launches.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with light to gentle breeze from ENE.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters after which exercised apprentices at double time and at setting up drill.

By order of Commanding Officer, released Otto Missel (Apprentice 3c), his term of confinement having expired.

Commanding Officer assigned following punishments [to Apprentices 3c]: HE Smith, on deck asleep while watch was working, asleep on cathead lookout and smoking cigarettes: five days’ bread and water; Peter F Ewerts, stealing: quarantined at St Kitts; MB Van Dyk, WW Greble and WH Maitland, offense in each case, no stops on bags: 12 hours’ extra duty; Leo Burns, profanity: deprived of two liberties; WP Broman, failing to report mess gear [meaning unclear]: 12 hours’ extra duty; HC Moholland, not scrubbing bag: 12 hours’ extra duty.

Sent steam cutter on trial trip in neighborhood of ship and later hauled fires to repair leak in water pipe.

Veered to 22½ fathoms chain at water's edge.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.


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17 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle and moderate breezes from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Fair weather, threatening rain at times; moderate to gentle breeze from ENE.

Received in Pay Department from TAR Morton: 98 lbs bread and 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; at 10.30 exercised 1st and 2nd cutters under oars.

Captain made official call on Governor of Leeward Islands and Administrator of St Kitts.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from NEbyE; clear and pleasant.

Apprentices exercised at boats under oars.

Governor of Leeward Islands and Administrator of St Kitts made official visit to ship; received by Captain and Officers in dress uniform; crew at quarters.

Upon leaving a salute of 17 guns was fired with British flag at fore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, with passing rain squalls; clearing last hour; moderate breeze from NEbyE and NEbyN.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle, moderate, stiff and fresh breezes from NE; squally with rain.

Received intelligence of disaster to USS ‘Maine’* at Havana.


[* 'Maine' sank in Havana Harbor, following an explosion, on 15 February; more than 260 of her crew were lost.]


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18 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clouds with passing rain and squalls; moderate to strong breeze from NEbyE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; passing rain squalls; moderate to stiff breeze from NEbyE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

At 8.00 half masted colors in obedience to telegraphic orders from Navy Department owing to accident to ‘Maine’.


8am to meridian:

Moderate breezes from NEbyE and E; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised at infantry; 2nd and 3rd sections ashore for target practice.

Half masted colors as per order; American, Dutch and French flags at consulates also half masted.

British steamer ‘Caribee’ arrived with mail in quarantine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with passing showers second hour; moderate to gentle breeze from E and ENE.

Served out clothing and small stores; sent 1st and 2nd sections ashore for target practice.

Distilling; engaged in cleaning and touching up with paint ship's outside.

Boarded British steamer ‘Caribee’.

Exercised apprentices remaining on board at small arms.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from ENE; pleasant and generally clear.

Expended 490 rounds 6-mm cartridges and 250 revolver cartridges.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, cloudy; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE; light rain third hour.


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19 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and hot.

Field day; received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Engaged in cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from ENE and E.

In accordance with Article 1564 71 B Regulations 1897, Lieutenant WB Fletcher USN inspected forward half of ship and Ensign HH Hough inspected appliances for safety of ship in forward half.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from EbyN and ENE.

Liberty party apprentices returned on board.

Ensign Marvell inspected compartments in after part of ship in accordance with Article 1564 Navy Regulations.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with passing shower first hour; barometer steady; light breeze from ENE.


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20 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; starlight; light breeze from ENE freshening at times to moderate breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle then light breeze from ENE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread, and 122½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from ENE; barometer rising.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to light breeze from ENE.

Sent liberty party of apprentices ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from NE.

Apprentice liberty party returned.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant and bright starlight; passing shower third hour; light to gentle breeze from ENE.


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21 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer normal; light ENE breeze.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with light to gentle breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised 1st and Powder Divisions at single sticks, 2nd Division at infantry; then exercised all apprentices at single-sticks.

At 9.10 JJ McKeough (Apprentice 3c) was brought on board for medical assistance, having been injured by explosion of breech and chamber of Lee straight pull 6-mm rifle while in act of firing at target on shore.

Nature of wound, punctured wound in right frontal bone, slightly fracturing bone.

LP Weldon (Apprentice 3c) who was standing nearby, received at same time a very slight flesh wound just over right collar bone, due to a flying fragment.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 270 rounds 6-mm and 225 rounds .38 calibre revolver ammunition.


Meridian to 4pm

Cloudy to windward; gentle breeze from E hauling to ESE last hour.

Exercised 1st and 2nd sections at signals; all other boys at boats under oars.

Board, Lieutenant CE Fox senior member, met to inquire into accident by which JJ McKeough was injured this day.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally cloudy with very heavy and frequent passing showers last three hours.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters, after which exercised apprentices at double time and at setting up.

Made preparations for dressing ship at sunrise.

By order of Commanding Officer, released from confinement and restored to duty HE Smith (Apprentice 3c), his term of confinement having expired.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.


Inserted correspondence

COPY

“A”

USS ‘Vicksburg’

St Kitts WI

February 21, 1898

Sir:

(1) You are hereby appointed Senior Member of a Board to investigate into all circumstances of the accident to JJ McKeough, Apprentice 3rd class, while at target practice on shore this morning.

(2) You will make a report in writing and will state fully, clearly and concisely as possible, all the facts of the case and will give an opinion as to the cause of the accident and will include in your report a statement as to the character of injury received as determined by the Medical Officer.

(3) Lieutenant WB Fletcher and Ensign HH Hough are hereby appointed members of the Board to whom you will please show this order.

Respectfully,

(Signed) ABH Lillie,

Commander USN

Commanding.


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“B”

USS ‘Vicksburg’

St Kitts WI

21 February 1898


Sir:

In accordance with your order of this date, regarding the injury received by McKeough, John Joseph (Apprentice 3c), I have to report as follows:

A small punctured wound of about a quarter of an inch in diameter was found on the right side of the frontal bone about 1 inch in the right of mid line and about 1 inch above the right eyebrow.

The wound was enlarged to about 1 inch in length in order to make a more intelligent diagnosis, but on account of the profuse hemorrhage very little could be seen; but by use of the probe it was discovered that the bone was splintered to a slight extent.

After a very careful examination no foreign substance was found nor any wound of brain discovered.

Very respectfully,

(Signed) Moulton K Johnson,

Assistant Surgeon, US Navy.



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USS ‘Vicksburg’

St Kitts BWI

21 February 1898


Sir:

(1) In obedience to your order of this date, herewith prefixed marked “A”, the Board met at 1.00 pm.

Present Lieutenants CE Fox and WB Fletcher, and Ensign HH Hough.

(2) After carefully considering the circumstances, and examining the piece, the Board has come to the following conclusions:

(a) CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACCIDENT. About 9.00 am of February 21, 1898, JJ McKeough, Apprentice, 3rd Class, was firing at an Army B target ashore, at a range of three hundred yards, with the Lee straight pull 6-mm service rifle.

He had fired eight rounds, and while in the act of pulling the trigger and firing the ninth round, the left side of the receiver was split or broken open, and the butt and left side of barrel cover split and shattered.

The boy was injured more or less seriously: see report of Surgeon prefixed marked “B”. There still remained in the magazine of the rifle one charge which was not affected. But one small piece of metal and several wood splinters were recovered, the piece of metal being the rear end of extractor. Diligent search was made for lost parts but owing to the character of the ground, none others were found.

(b) CONDITION OF RIFLE (NO 2796). Left side of receiver split open, bent out of shape, and a portion blown away; stock split off; part of barrel cover split off; extractor blown out and broken, but small piece of rear end recovered; trigger guard screw broken (Fig. 8, Plate X), magazine and trigger guard consequently sprung; small centre lug on bolt (d, Fig. 1, plate 8) broken off and lost; bolt and firing mechanism apparently in good condition.

The exploded cartridge still remains unextracted, and the gun has been left as nearly as possible in the exact condition in which it was found, excepting that a dummy cartridge has been substituted for the ball cartridge remaining in the magazine. Figures and plates refer to “Description and Nomenclature issued by Bureau”.

(c) CAUSE OF ACCIDENT. An examination of the rifle immediately after the accident showed that although the bolt had been properly closed the explosion was primarily due to the blowing out of the left side of the head of the cartridge case while in chamber of bore.

The left side of the receiver was evidently too weak to withstand the strain, probably due to some structural defect.

Portions of the break are discolored, but this may have been caused by the action of powder gases and we cannot state positively that there is any flaw in metal.

Every precaution was taken to prevent accident and the crew of ‘Vicksburg’ have had careful training in the use of this rifle.

We therefore conclude that no member of the personnel, either officer or man, is responsible for this casualty. Very respectfully,

(Signed) Charles E Fox, Lieutenant, US Navy

WB Fletcher, Lieutenant, US Navy

Henry H Hough, Ensign, US Navy


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22 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from ENE.

Dressed ship rainbow at sunrise in honor of anniversary of birth of George Washington, 1st President of United States.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs of fresh bread for issue to crew.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle breeze from E.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

At noon fired National Salute, 21 guns; crew engaged in holiday sports.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from E.


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from north-eastward, variable; clear and pleasant.


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23 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, passing showers third hour; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ENE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised at small arms and single sticks both drill periods.

1st and 2nd sections ashore for target practice.

Expended ammunition as follows: 300 6-mm ball cartridges, 330 .38 calibre ball cartridges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; gentle breeze from ENE.

Exercised third period: 1st section of battalion at infantry; 2nd section at single sticks; 3rd section at boat; fourth period: 1st section at signals, 2nd section at ordnance instruction, 3rd section at boats.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters and exercised at double time and setting up drill.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishments, to wit: HE Radecke (Apprentice 3c), fighting at mess: 12 hours’ extra duty; JH Holmes (Apprentice 3c), dirty clothing at Sunday inspection: 12 hours’ extra duty.


8pm to midnight:

Starlight, pleasant; gentle then moderate breeze from ENE.


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24 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; light ENE breeze.

Royal Mail steamer came in about 12.45 and left at 3.30.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs bread, 122½ lbs of both vegetables and beef.

1st and 3rd sections left ship for shore target practice.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised apprentices at pistols.

During second drill period apprentices engaged in general work about ship.

1st and 3rd sections returned on board at noon.

Ordnance Officer tested magazine and shell room flood cocks and found them in good condition.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 340 rounds 6-mm ball cartridges and 300 rounds .38 calibre ball cartridges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather, gentle to moderate breeze from E hauling to ENE.

At 1.35 sent 2nd section of apprentices ashore for target firing in charge of Ensign Marvell.

At 1.40 sent 2nd cutter in charge of Ensign Hough and sailing launch in charge of Lieutenant Fletcher to exercise under sail; boats returned at 3.17.

Following damages ensued at target practice: rifle no 375, 6-mm, elevator spring shaft and pin broken; revolver number 1322, calibre .38, chamber cracked.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from ENE.


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25 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Bright starlight; gentle breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E and ENE.

At 7.30 3rd section of apprentices left ship to fire at target with 6-mm rifles.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread and 122½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from E.

At 9.00 sent 1st section infantry ashore for revolver practice.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised apprentices in small arms and Powder Division in single-sticks.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer inspected compartments and mechanical devices.

Expended at target practice: 30 rounds 6-mm ball cartridges, 180 rounds revolver .38 calibre cartridges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant with gentle easterly breeze.

At 1.30 sounded drill call and exercised apprentices at pistols and single sticks, then at signals.

At 2.30 sent 2nd infantry section ashore for rifle practice in charge of Ensign Marvell.

Engaged in overhauling whaleboat's falls and in general work about ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from E.

Second section returned from target practice: expended 150 rounds 6-mm rifle ball cartridges.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with gentle easterly breeze.

British steamer ‘Madiana’ left harbor at 11.00.


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26 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from E.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy with light easterly breeze.

Cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; light breeze from EbyS.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Inspections required by Article 1594 Navy Regulations were made by Lieutenants Fox and Fletcher, Ensigns Marvell, Hough and Carter, and Assistant Surgeon Johnson.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with light breeze from EbyS and E.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters after which exercised apprentices at double time and setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.


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27 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with light passing showers; gentle to light breeze from ENE.

British steamer ‘Taymouth Castle’ entered harbor and anchored.

Received in Pay Department for issue to crew: 98 lbs bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from ENE; cloudy and pleasant.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from ENE


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.


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28 February 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; light breeze from ENE; passing rain and overcast last hour.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; passing rain squalls; light breeze from ENE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread and 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breezes from ENE and E; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised at single sticks and manual of arms.

Second period exercised at gunnery instruction: 2nd and 3rd sections went ashore for target small arms.

Bates (Apprentice 3c) returned on board from target practice drunk.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, warm, pleasant; gentle breeze from E then ESE.

Exercised third period: 1st section boats, 2nd section single sticks, 3rd section pistols.

Fourth period: 1st section boats, 1st and 2nd Divisions battery.

Received on board in Construction Department: four brass hooks with staples and 12 brass hasps with fixtures.

Steam launch lost flag and staff overboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy and warm.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; exercised at double time and setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; fair, pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE; light swell from southward and eastward.

Canadian mail steamer left harbor at 11.30.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1898


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1 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; gentle ESE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm; gentle breezes from ESE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, then clearing and warm; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 8.30 2nd and 3rd sections of battalion left ship to fire at target at Frigate Bay with rifle and revolver.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters, then exercised first and second periods as per routine.

Received on board £500 sterling in Pay Department.


Meridian to 4pm;

Fair, pleasant weather; gentle to moderate breeze from ESE.

Sent 2nd cutter out with apprentices in charge of Ensign Hough and exercised under sail.

At 3.35 sailing launch and 2nd cutter returned in charge of Ensign Carter and Ensign Marvell from target practice,

2nd and 3rd sections having completed revolver and rifle prize competitions for quarter ending March 31.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 500 ball cartridges, 6-mm, and 190 ball cartridges, revolver, calibre 38.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded [to Apprentices 3c]: Missel O, deliberate disobedience of orders: five days solitary confinement on bread and water; Deplitch VL and Greble WW, smoking cigarettes: 12 hours’ extra duty each; Bates GH, returning from target practice drunk: quarantined at Martinique and Trinidad; Smith HE, attempting to leave ship contrary to orders: 12 hours’ extra duty; Jennings WO, dirty clothing Sunday inspection: eight hours’ extra duty.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.


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2 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight and starlight; gentle to light breeze, from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ENE to ESE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair pleasant weather; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.00 Royal Mail Steamer ‘Solent’ left harbor for Barbados [Barbadoes in log].

At 8.40 battalion was formed and inspected and at 9.25 left ship in sailing launch; 1st and 2nd cutters, whaleboat and steam launch being towed by latter to Frigate Bay for exercise in volley firing.

Paymaster brought on board in English coin £500 sterling to pay crew.

Expended in volley firing 880 rounds ball cartridge 6-mm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant and warm with gentle breeze from ESE.

Battalion returned at 12.45.

At 2.00 called away all boats armed and equipped for distant service.

Lowered and provided all boats, formed column abreast ship, then discharged and hoisted boats.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light passing showers first hour; barometer normal.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters and afterwards ran apprentices around deck and exercised them at setting up drill for 10 minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with gentle easterly breeze, increasing to moderate breeze at times third hour.


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3 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer rising; moderate breeze from ENE.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 98 lbs bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather with moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 exercised at fire quarters, Divisions ready as follows: 1st 3 minutes, 2nd 2½ minutes, Powder 3¼ minutes, Engineer's 3¾ minutes, Paymaster's 2 minutes, Surgeon's 2 minutes, Navigator's 2 minutes; all secured in 14 minutes.

Then exercised at abandon ship, providing and lowering all boats; measured freeboard of boats and then secured.

Tested flood cocks and found them in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm; moderate breeze from ENE.

At 1.30 called away all boats, and exercised under oars at fleet tactics, after which exercised under sail.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant and warm with gentle easterly breeze.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters after which exercised apprentices at double time and at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, passing rain squalls first two hours; gentle to moderate breeze from E.


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4 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from E; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant with gentle to moderate breeze from E and ENE.

Received in Pay Department for issue to crew: 98 lbs bread and 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and threatening rain; moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised 1st Division at pistols, 2nd Division at single sticks during first period; 1st and 2nd Divisions at signals during second period.

Laid out target on starboard quarter; steam and sailing launches engaged in target practice with 1-pounder guns at 1000 to 500 yards range; expended 20 rounds 1-pounder ammunition.


Meridian to 4pm;

Moderate and stiff breezes from ENE.

Clear and pleasant. Expended 250 rounds 6-mm ammunition; drilled at rifles.

Sent sailing launch to Frigate Bay with rifle team.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE and E.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate and stiff breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.


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5 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, moonlight; gentle to moderate and strong breeze in puffs from EbyN; passing rain third hour.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with passing showers.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Moderate and stiff breezes from EbyN; first part cloudy with passing rain squalls, second part clear and pleasant.

Cleaning ship; WF Shute (Yeoman 1c) absent without authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from E.

Lieutenant WB Fletcher, Ensign GR Marvell and Ensign HH Hough made usual weekly inspections, two former of living spaces and store rooms, latter of mechanical appliances forward.

Executive Officer and Surgeon inspected hold and living spaces in accordance with regulations.


4pm to 8pm:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from E; clear and pleasant.


8pm to midnight:

Moon and starlight; moderate and gentle breeze from ENE.


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6 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE; barometer normal.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, warm; gentle breezes from E.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship with crew at quarters, after which assembled all hands aft; delivered to following named: Shugrue Thos (OM 2c) GC Badge #6637; Carlisle Chas (Seaman) GC Badge #10627; and Hansby P (Ship's Cook 1c) GC Badge Bar #9692; then read Articles for Government of Navy and mustered crew.

Following named were absent without leave: Shute WF (Yeoman 1c), Petry Geo E (Cox), Cook WA (Cox), Sinclair WN (Gunner's Mate 3c), Bengston O (Master-at-Arms 2c).


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; barometer falling; gentle breeze from E.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle and light breeze from E.

Missel Otto (Apprentice 3c), released from confinement and restored to duty by order of Commanding Officer.

Bengston O returned on board 10½ hours late from liberty.


8pm to midnight:

Bright moonlight; barometer normal; gentle ENE breeze.

WN Sinclair (Gunner's Mate 3c) was brought on board by Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson USN with injured leg, 14 hours over time.

By order of Commanding Officer, placed E McManus (Fireman 2c) in irons and in cell for safe keeping, he being violently drunk.


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7 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight; gentle to light breeze from E.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from ENE to EbyS.

McManus E (Fireman 2c) being sober was released from confinement for safe keeping.

Petry Geo E (Cox) returned on board 24 hours over time.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs of fresh bread and 122½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: Shute WF (Yeoman 1c), Cook WA (Cox), McLaren E (Oiler).

At 9.00 a reward of $10.00 was offered for delivery on board for each of Shute WF and Cook WA; at 11.15 both were brought on board by shore police and rewards paid.

By order of Commanding Officer, Robesion J (Ship's Cook 4c) was rated (Ship's Cook 3c) and Handran SF (Landsman) was rated (Ship's Cook 4c) from this date.

Divisions were exercised as follows: first period, Powder and Navigation at small arms, 1st single sticks, 2nd pistols; second period, Powder and 1st at great guns, 2nd instruction at battery.

Commenced distilling at 9.00.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from EbyS.

At 12.45 sent ashore an offer of $10.00 reward for apprehension and delivery on board of E McLaren (Oiler).

This reward was paid to local police, other named absentee having been brought on board at 2.00.

Exercised all boats at fleet tactics under oars and later exercised all boats under sail.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters and exercised apprentices.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with light easterly breeze.


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8 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from E.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light breeze from E first half, dying out and hauling to NNE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with light airs to light breeze from NNE first hour, then light breeze from ESE to close.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised at battalion drill, battalion lightly equipped.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were assigned: Goodrich J (Apprentice 3c), deliberate disobedience of orders: five days’ solitary confinement, bread and water; Maitland WK (Apprentice 3c), lying to Master-at-Arms: 12 hours’ extra duty; Glidden WH (Landsman), insolence to Master-at-Arms: 12 hours’ extra duty; Stollemeyer JS (Apprentice 3c), profanity: deprived of two liberties; Deplitch VL (Apprentice 3c) and Roberts WG (Apprentice 3c), wilful disobedience of orders in each case: both assigned 12 hours’ extra duty; McCandless J (Apprentice 3c), skylarking with steam whistle: 12 hours’ extra duty; Petry GE (Cox), 24 hours over leave: third class three months; Bengston Oscar (Master-at-Arms 2c), 10 hours over leave: third class two months; Shute WF (Yeoman 1c), 52 hours over leave: fourth class three months and three months’ restriction; Cooke W A (Cox), 28 hours over leave: fourth class three months; Holland, Geo F (Apothecary), returning from liberty drunk: third class six weeks; McManus Edw (Fireman 2c), returning from liberty drunk and disorderly: fourth class three months; McLaren, Edw (Oiler), six hours over leave: second class six weeks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm, light breeze from ESE.

At 1.30 exercised divisions at battery.

At 2.30 instructed apprentices in marlinespike seamanship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with light breeze from ESE and E.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters after which exercised apprentices at double time and at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from E.


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9 March 1898

St Kitts

Lat 17.287, Long -62.715


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight first part; light breeze from E, EbyS and ESE.

Received in Pay Department: 98 lbs bread for issue to men.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30 went to fire quarters: ‘fire aft’.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from ESE and SE; clear and pleasant.

Secured boats and prepared ship for sea; examined and lowered life buoys, found them in good condition.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.

Received in Pay Department: 294 lbs bread, 122½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8pm to midnight.

Light airs and breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.


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10 March 1898

Making passage from St Kitts to St Pierre, Martinique, French West Indies

Lat 17.23, Long -62.83

8pm: 17 02 30N, 63 07W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and warm; calm and light airs from ESE, then NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, drizzling; calms and light variable airs.

Sent down topgallant yard; making preparations for sea.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from WSW; clear and warm.

Hoisted in steam launch; sent aloft topgallant yard.

Went to quarters at 9.50; cleared ship for action; sounded retreat; connected steam steering gear.

At 11.12 got underway and stood out.

At end of watch under steam alone, heading WSW at about 6 knots; draft forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 12 feet 8 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm; calm to light airs from SW.

Steaming WSW (pc) until 2.00.

At 1.25 sounded general quarters; divisions ready as follows: 1st Division, 6 minutes; 2nd Division 5 minutes; Powder Division 3 minutes; Surgeon’s and Paymaster’s Divisions 1 minute each; Navigator’s 2 minutes and Engineer’s Division 7 minutes.

At 2.00 put over great gun target and from 2.00 until 3.00 engaged in steaming around target at about 1500 yards’ distance and firing with main and secondary batteries.

Expended 12 rounds of 4-inch ammunition, 32 rounds of 5-pounder and 12 of 1-pounder.

Engaged from 3.00 until 4.00 in securing from ‘clear ship for action’.

Steering SW (pc) last hour; tested flood cocks and found them in working order.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 64


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light variable airs; barometer steady.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised apprentices.

At 5.30 disconnected propeller, and set all square sail, jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker; at 7.00 took in spanker.

Ship not under steerageway after 5.30.

Navigator swinging ship between 4.00 and 5.00.

By order of Commanding Officer, cell door was opened during night; fires in “A” boiler allowed to die out.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy at times first part, clearing with bright moonlight last part; calms and occasional light airs from NNW first two hours, then light airs and light breezes from NNE to close.

Under all square sail, jib and fore topmast staysail.


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11 March 1898

Making passage from St Kitts to St Pierre, Martinique

Lat 16.68, Long -63.02

8am: 16 47N, 63 06W

8pm: 16 28N, 63 13W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light airs and breezes from NNE.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main topmast staysail and all square sail, on course SEbyS.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from NNE; variable weather.

Course SEbyS (pc), wind free port tack under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail and main trysail during whole of watch.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breeze from NNE and NE.

Steering SEbyS until 10.30 then SE (pc).

At 9.30 inspected at quarters then provided all boats as armed for distance service.

At 10.25 set main topmast and main and mizzen gaff topsails.

Second period, instructed apprentices in knotting and splicing.

At close under all sail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer falling; light breeze from SE and SSE.

Drilled apprentices in small arms and signals from 1.30 to 3.30.

At end of watch under same sail as in previous watch, standing full and by to southward and northward under sail alone.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant with light breeze from SSE, falling very light last hour.

At 5.20 mustered at quarters, after which exercised apprentices at double time and setting up.

Under all sail during entire watch, steering full and by on port tack, making SWbyW (pc).

Two-masted schooner in sight on port bow until dark.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; light airs and breezes from SSE.

By wind, port tack, under all sail; course to be made SE.


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12 March 1898

Making passage from St Kitts to St Pierre, Martinique

Lat 16.38, Long -62.98

8am: 16 26N, 63 12W

8pm: 16 01N, 62 34W


Commences and until 4am:

Variable light airs from westward; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Course WNW and NW first half; third hour wind failed during which wore ship, took in gaff topsails.

At end of watch course SE (pc), wind on starboard beam; under jib, fore topmast staysail, all square sail, trysail and spanker.


4am to 8am:

Fair; light airs from WbyN to NW.

At 6.15 hauled up clew of main trysail.

At close under jib, fore topmast staysail, square sail and spanker.

Steering course SE (pc); St Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat in sight at close, to NbyE and eastward.


8am to meridian:

Clear; barometer steady; gentle breeze from NWbyN.

Cleaned ship; at 11.30 took in spanker.

At end of watch on course SE (psc) under all square sail, jib and fore topmast staysail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and pleasant with occasional periods of cloudiness second and third hours; gentle breeze from NWbyN.

Under all square sail, fore topmast staysail and jib, on course SE (pc).

Island of Montserrat in sight on port beam during watch, one point abaft port beam at close.

Inspected bags; Lieutenant WB Fletcher and Ensigns Moore, Carter and Hough made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices; Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson and Lieutenant CE Fox made inspection of holds and living spaces.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NWbyN.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and all square sail; on course SE.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from NWbyN; clear and pleasant; moon rose 10.20.

At 8.00 changed course to SE½S (pc); at 11.00 took in trysail.

At end of watch wind aft, course SE½S (pc) under all head and square sail; patent log 20.3.


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13 March 1898

Making passage from St Kitts to St Pierre, Martinique

Lat 14.77, Long -61.47

8am: 15 23 36N, 61 54W

8pm: 14 23N, 61 52 09W


Commences and until 4am:

Bright moon and starlight; gentle breeze from NWbyN.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail and all square sail; steering SE½S (pc); patent log at close 35.8.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer rising; gentle breeze from NWbyN.

At daylight sighted high land bearing from NE to EbyN.

At 6.00 sighted high land bearing ESE; ship’s head SE½S (psc); under same sail as in previous watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from NWbyN and NW.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Under all square sail, jib and fore topmast staysail; islands of St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica on port bows beam and quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer, released J Goodrich (Apprentice 3c) and restored him to duty, his term of confinement having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NWbyW.

At 12.30 brought ship by wind on starboard tack and set main trysail and spanker.

Martinique in sight on port quarter.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from NWbyW and WNW; clear and pleasant.

On port tack by wind heading SW¾W, SW½W, SW and SW½S (all pc) under all sail but gaff topsails and main topmast staysail at end of watch; patent log 9.80.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; gentle and light breeze from WNW and NWbyW; moon rose at 11.25.

Steering full and by on starboard tack until 11.30 then tacked to N around at 11.45; heading NNE (pc) at close.

Steering full and by under all sail except main topmast staysail and gaff topsails.


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14 March 1898

Making passage from St Kitts to St Pierre, Martinique

Lat 14.38, Long -62.13

8am: 14 21N, 61 53W

8pm: 14 42N, 61 40W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from NW.

At end of watch standing full and by to northward and eastward under sail alone.

Following sail on ship at end of watch: jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, fore topgallant sail, main trysail and spanker.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight first part; calms and light NW airs first three hours, then very light airs from WNW to close.

Under same sail as in previous watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light breeze from WNW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised 1st Division at single sticks, 2nd Division at gunnery, Powder Division at infantry.

At 10.30 exercised 1st Division at gunnery, 2nd Division at pistols, Powder Division at instruction in seamanship.

Captain awarded following punishments: Bock LH (Apprentice 3c): solitary confinement on bread and water for 5 days for attempting to strike Master-at-Arms; Deplitch VL (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for having no shoes on at quarters; Moholland HL (Apprentice 3c) and Schafer HC (Apprentice 3c): six hours’ extra duty for inattention at drill; Wester TC (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for profanity and shirking work; Roberts WC (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for carelessness, losing bucket overboard; Gordon L (Apprentice 3c): 12 hours’ extra duty for leaving station before being regularly relieved.

Bock LH (Apprentice 3c) was placed in solitary confinement on bread and water for five days in accordance with punishment awarded this day.

Under same sail as in previous watch on course NWbyN.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from WNW and NWbyW; clear and pleasant.

Exercised 1st period at making and taking in topgallant sail; 2nd period at signals.

Until 3.00 running three and four points free on port tack heading NEbyN.

At end of watch same course by wind port tack under all plain sail but main topmast staysail and gaff topsails.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from NW.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Under all sail except main topmast staysail and gaff topsails; steering course NW (pc).


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady.

Ship under sail alone standing full and by to NEbyN (psc); same sail as in previous watch.

Island of Martinique in sight on starboard bow.

General quarters at 8.44; divisions reported as follows: Surgeon’s Division 1 minute, Paymaster's Division 1 minute 15 seconds, Navigator's Division 1 minute 25 seconds, Powder Division 4 minutes, Engineer's Division 4 minutes, 1st Division 5 minutes and 2nd Division 5 minutes.


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15 March 1898

Making passage from St Kitts to and at St Pierre, Martinique

Lat 14.67, Long -61.37

8am: 14 39N, 61 37W


Commences and until 4am:

Generally clear and pleasant; moon rose at 12.30; light airs and breezes from NWbyN.

At 12.15 tacked ship to southward and westward and took in and furled fore topgallant sail.

Steering full and by on starboard tack until close, making WSW (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker; Island of Martinique in sight astern.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; calms and light airs, increasing to gentle breeze from NNW at end of watch.

No change in sail; no steerageway until 7.30 when wore ship, heading for N end of Martinique.

Started fires in boiler “A” at 7.00.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from N and NbyW; cloudy, pleasant.

At 8.10 set main trysail and main topmast staysail.

By wind, port tack heading NE½E, ENE½E, ENE (pc).

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no drills; preparing to come to anchor.

At 10.15 shortened and furled sail.

At 11.00 proceeded under steam alone heading NEbyE¼E for St Pierre.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, warm; light breeze from N and W.

Stood in for anchorage off St Pierre, Martinique, and at 1.56 came to anchor in 15½ fathoms of water, sticky bottom, veering to 45 fathoms at water's edge on starboard cable.

Allowed fires to die out in boiler “B”, fires retained under boiler “A” for auxiliary purposes.

Sent an officer on shore to call on US Consul.

Draft of ship 12 feet 4 inches forward, 12 feet 6 inches aft.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from WSW and NW; clear and warm.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; exercised double time twice around decks and setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, starlight; light breeze from NE.


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16 March 1898

St Pierre, Martinique

Lat 14.75, Long -61.21


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer fell slightly; gentle breeze from E; moon rose about 2.00.

Ship riding to wind and current.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm; light airs, light and gentle breezes from NNE.

Missed ship’s bugle and careful search failed to discover it.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm; light airs from SW then NW and NNW.

At 9.35 went to fire quarters; divisions ready as follows: Powder Division 2 minutes 30 seconds, Navigator's Division 2 minutes 45 seconds, 1st Division 5 minutes, 2nd Division 4 minutes 15 seconds.

Water obtained from number 1 hose in 4 minutes and from number 2 hose in 4 minutes 20 seconds.

Then instructed first and second periods: 1st, 2nd, Navigator’s and Powder Divisions in palm and needle; knotting and splicing; lead log and compass.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishments [to Apprentices 3c]: Maitland WK, insubordination: five days’ solitary confinement on bread and water; Hodges S, disobedience of orders: 10 nights in single irons; Roberts WC and Deplitch VL, each disobedience of orders: five nights in single irons.

By order of Commanding Officer, Bock LH (Apprentice 3c) was released from confinement and restored to duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from WNW.

Exercised apprentices in small arms and 2 cutter’s crew in boat.

US Consul called officially.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm; light airs from WNW and NW.

Upon US Consul’s leaving ship at 4.45, fired a salute of seven guns, US ensign at fore.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; made preparation for sea.

Roberts WC, Deplitch VL and Hodges S were confined in single irons for night at 5.30.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from NE; barometer steady.


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17 March 1898


St Pierre, Martinique, and making passage towards St Thomas, Danish West Indies

Lat 15.18, Long -61.73

8pm: 16 09 10N, 62 40W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light easterly airs; moonlight last part.

Started fires in boiler “B” at 4.00.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from NE.

Released (Apprentices 3c) Deplitch VL, Roberts WC and Hodges S from confinement at 5.00.

Finished preparations for sea.

At 7.00 engines ready; at 7.30 called all hands up anchor; underway at 7.49.

Draft of ship 12 feet 4 inches forward, 12 feet 6 inches aft.

Received in Pay Department: 196 lbs fresh bread and 122½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.

Under steam alone at close.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; light airs from northward and southward.

At 8.02 set course NW¼N (psc); patent log reading 64.3.

At 8.30 set all fore and aft sail and at 11.00 took it in except jib.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; divisions reported ready as follows: 1st Division 7 minutes, 2nd Division 8 minutes, Powder Division 4 minutes, Engineer’s Division 2 minutes, Navigator’s Division 2 minutes, Surgeon’s Division 1 minute, Paymaster’s Division 1¼ minutes.

Secured at 10.15.

At 10.30 to 11.15 exercised all apprentices in knotting and splicing and palm and needle.

At end of watch northern end of Dominica abeam.

Tested flood cocks and found them in good order; average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 100.8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy with calms and very light airs.

Under steam entire watch; jib set.

At 12.30 changed course to NW½N by order of Commanding Officer.

At 1.30 mustered apprentices of watch and overhauled battery, after which exercised at signals.

At end of watch Guadeloupe Island on starboard beam.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 101.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; passing rain squalls; light to moderate breeze veering and hauling between N and NE.

At 4.30 set fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.

At 6.30 set gaff topsails; at 7.30 set foresail.

Passed American schooner standing to northward and westward.

At end of watch under steam in two boilers and all fore and aft sail and foresail on course NW½N; patent log 78.


8pm to meridian:

Moderate breezes from NEbyN; clear and pleasant.

At 8.14 changed course to NW.

Under steam and all sail but topsail and topgallant sail.


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18 March 1898

Making passage from St Pierre to St Thomas, DWI

Lat 17.62, Long -64.90

8am: 17 29N, 64 09W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from NEbyN.

Steering course NW (pc) under steam and all fore and aft sail and foresail.

Average steam 94.4 lbs, average revolutions 120.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with passing showers second hour; barometer rising; moderate breeze from NNE.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy with moderate breeze from NNE and NE.

At 8.15 sighted high land of St Croix Island three points on starboard bow.

At 8.33 changed course to NW¾N (patent log 101.2) to pass to westward of St Croix Island.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters after which exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at sub calibre rifle practice, Powder Division at seamanship.

During second drill period exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at signals, Powder Division at knotting and splicing.

At 10.35 changed course to NW (patent log 21.7); at 11.12 to NWbyW (patent log 27.7); then changed course frequently to close while rounding St Croix Island; all changed by order of Commanding Officer.

At noon steering WNW (patent log 36.0); all bearing per standard compass.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally fair; moderate to fresh breezes veering from NE to NbyE.

At 12.20 called all hands and furled all sail.

At 1.15 set all fore and aft sail except gaff topsails.

At 3.00 took in and furled fore and aft sail.

Changed course frequently first hour; at 12.45 set course N½E; at 3.15 changed course to NbyE.

At 1.30 sighted St Thomas ahead.

At end of watch St Thomas Lighthouse bore NbyE, Sail Rock NWbyN; patent log 63.9.

Steam in two boilers: average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 90.


4pm to 8pm:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from NNE; generally clear; light rain squalls in third hour.

Course NbyE (pc) under steam alone.

At 5.15 heading various course into Charlotte Amalie.

At 6.10 came to starboard anchor in 3½ fathoms, veering to 15 fathoms.

Draft forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 12 feet 5 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Light to gentle and moderate breeze in puffs from NNE; pleasant, starlight.


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19 March 1898

St Thomas DWI and making passage towards Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 18.337, Long -64.931

8pm: 19 09 48N, 65 23W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with passing showers third hour; barometer steady; gentle to moderate breeze from northward and eastward.


4am to 8am:

Fair with passing showers last two hours; gentle to moderate breeze in puffs from NE and NNE.

At 6.30 water lighter came alongside; at 7.25 coal lighter came alongside.

Receiving coal and water at end of watch.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light to moderate breezes in squalls varying between ENE and NE.

Engaged in taking coal on board from lighters on both sides; natives stowing coal.

Received 3300 gallons fresh water for boilers; received 50 tons Welsh coal.

At 11.20 finished coaling; at 11.40 called ‘all hands up anchor’.

At 11.48 got underway.

At end of watch standing out of St Thomas harbor, conned by Captain.

Ship’s draft 12 feet 9 inches forward, 12 feet 10 inches aft.

Officer from Italian man-of-war ‘Aetna’ made usual boarding call; sent officer to return boarding call of ‘Aetna’.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from NbyE; clear and pleasant.

Under steam only, steering various courses out of harbor.

At 1.00 set course NNW (pc); patent log 85.0; at end of watch course NNW; patent log 106.0.

Lieutenant Fletcher, Ensign Marvell, Ensign Hough, Ensign Carter and Executive Officer and Medical Officer made inspections as required by regulations.


4pm to 8pm:

Squally with passing rain; moderate increasing to strong and fresh breeze in squalls from NNE then NEbyE; heavy sea from NE; barometer rising.

Ship pitching heavily at times.

At 4.20 set jib and fore topmast staysail; at 4.45 set main trysail and spanker; at 5.30 set foresail.

At 6.20 took in and furled foresail and at 7.50 hauled down head of spanker.

At close under fore topmast staysail, main trysail and foot of spanker with steam.

Average steam 122 lbs, average revolutions 105.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer rising; passing showers with very fresh squalls from ENE.

Ship on course NNW (psc) under sail (fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker, two latter with heads hauled down) and steam.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 95.


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20 March 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to Hampton Roads

Lat 21.02, Long -67.00

8am: 20 28 30N, 66 15 20W

8pm: 22 05 24N, 67 43 18W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair weather with fresh NEly breeze.

Patent log foul third hour; under steam, fore topmast staysail and main trysail and spanker with heads hauled down.

Steering course NNW (psc); ship rolling and pitching deeply to moderate sea.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; stiff breezes from NE and NEbyE.

Course NNW under steam and fore topmast staysail, trysail and spanker.

At 9.00 changed course to NNW½W (pc).

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Commanding Officer inspected crew.

At 11.00 set foresail and hauled out heads of trysail and spanker.

At end of watch patent log 61.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, fair and pleasant; clearing last hour; moderate and strong breezes from NEbyE; moderate sea from northward and eastward.

Under steam with fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

Steering course NNW½W (pc); ship rolling easily at times.

Average steam 115 lbs, average revolutions 98.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer high and rising; stiff breeze from NEbyE.

At end of watch ship under steam and following sail: fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 101.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; clouding over last hour; moderate breeze from NEbyE.

Under steam and sail as in previous watch.


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21 March 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to Hampton Roads

Lat 24.33, Long -69.54

8am: 23 41 48N, 68 56 50W

8pm: 25 40N, 70 19W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; moderate to fresh topgallant breeze from ENE and NEbyE.

Under fore topmast staysail, foresail, main trysail and spanker and steam in two boilers, on course NNW½W.

Average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 100.8.

At 12.45 sighted steamer on starboard bow standing to southward; at 3.30 sighted another steamer on starboard bow standing to southward.


4am to 8am:

Moderate breezes from NEbyE; clear generally.

At 7.00 set jib and fore topsail.

At end of watch under jib, fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, trysail and spanker; course NNW½W (pc).

Made 40.6 knots during watch.


8am to meridian:

Fine, pleasant weather; slightly hazy; smooth sea; moderate breeze from NEbyE hauling to EbyN; barometer steady.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters then exercised first and second periods as per routine.

At 11.00 set fore topgallant sail and at 11.50 set main topmast staysail.

Steering course NNW½W.

Under steam with all sail at close except main and mizzen gaff topsails.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 107.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant with moderate breeze from EbyN; barometer falling.

Aired and inspected bedding; drilled apprentices of watch in ‘instruction at seamanship’.

At 1.00 changed course from NNW½W to NNW (psc); patent log 104.8.

At end of watch on course NNW under steam and all sail except gaff topsails.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 113.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine, pleasant weather with moderate to gentle breeze from ENE.

At 4.30 set gaff topsails.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters after which exercised apprentices at setting up and at double time.

Under steam and all sail, steering course NNW; patent log 81.1 at close.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 111.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Under all sail and steam in two boilers, on course NNW.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 112 [?].

At midnight patent log read 24.6.


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22 March 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to Hampton Roads

Lat 27.92, Long -71.81

8am: 27 34 42N, 71 30 14W

8pm: 29 12 24N, 72 13 21W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes to light airs from north-eastward, dying to calms last hour; clear and pleasant.

Course NNW (pc) under all sail and steam.

At 3.30 took in all square sail.

At end of watch patent log read 68.3, having made 43.7 knots.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; calm to light airs from northward and eastward.

At 5.00 took in all fore and aft sail and furled all sail; steering course NNW (pc) under steam alone at close.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 109.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer high and steady; light variable airs.

At 9.00 sighted three-masted schooner and at 11.00 barque, both standing to northward and westward.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised companies in infantry drill.

Second period exercised apprentices in single sticks and pistols.

SR Ball (Mess Attendant) reported expiration of term of enlistment.

At 10.00 changed course to NbyW (psc); patent log 28.3.

At 11.00 sighted steamer standing to northward and westward.

At end of watch on course NbyW under steam alone.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 106.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fine, pleasant weather, cloudy about horizon; calms and light airs variable in direction from NNW to NW.

Set jib at 1.00.

Exercised apprentices of watch at knotting and splicing and with palm and needle.

Under steam entire watch with jib set; steering course NbyW; patent log at close 88.2.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 110.2.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; calm and light NWly airs.

Took in jib; under steam in two boilers on course NbyW.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Average steam 119 lbs, average revolutions 101.9.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from WNW; clear and pleasant.

Under steam alone; course NbyW (pc).

Average steam 129 lbs, average revolutions 102.9; patent log at end of watch 63.5.


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23 March 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to Hampton Roads

Lat 31.61, Long -72.93

8am: 31 05N, 72 53W

8pm: 33 02N, 73 26W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; cloudy at close; light airs from W increasing to gentle breeze from WbyS and WSW.

At 2.00 commenced to make sail and set all fore and aft sail.

Steering course NbyW (pc), under steam and all fore and aft sail at close.

Average steam 115 lbs, average revolutions 101.6.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather; barometer rising; gentle breeze from WSW.

At 7.00 set foresail; at end of watch on course NbyW (psc) under steam and all fore and aft sail and foresail.

Average steam 132 lbs, average revolutions 105.4.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy with gentle breeze from WSW and WbyS.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at small arms, and later at compass, log and lead.

At 8.30 set fore topsail and fore topgallant sail.

At close under steam and all sail, steering course NbyW (psc); patent log at close 83.3.

Average steam 127 lbs, average revolutions 102.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze hauling from WbyS to SW.

Under all sail and steam in both boilers, on course NbyW.

Division officers inspected clothing and made out clothes lists.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection required by Article 1594, Navy Regulations.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 111.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate breezes from SWbyW; clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; exercised boys twice around deck double time, and at setting up drill.

At 7.00 took in and stowed jib, main topmast staysail and gaff topsails.

At end of watch under fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, trysail and spanker; course NbyW (pc); patent log read 72.6 having made 45.3 miles.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, very heavy dew; starlight; moderate breeze from SWbyW; moderate swell from southward and westward; barometer steady.


Slowed engines at 8.15 for four minutes.

Steering NbyW (pc) until 8.30 when changed course to N½W (pc), patent log 78.0, and at 11.43 changed course to NbyW (pc), patent log 112.6.

Patent log at close 115.6; under steam with fore topmast staysail, foresail, fore topsail, main trysail and spanker.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 104.3.


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24 March 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to Hampton Roads

Lat 35.39, Long -74.00

8am: 34 48 48N, 73 50W

8pm: 36 07 48N, 74 38W


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer slowly falling; moderate breeze from WSW increasing in squalls to fresh breeze.

At 1.30 passed steam on starboard hand standing to southward.

At 3.30 took in fore topsail and hauled down head of spanker and main trysail.

At end of watch on course NbyW (psc) under steam and following sail: fore topmast staysail, foresail, foot of main trysail and foot of spanker.

Average steam 110 lbs, average revolutions 102.7; temperature of water rose 70-76.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy with fresh to stiff breeze from WSW.

Furled fore topsail at 4.15 and at 5.15 took in and furled foresail.

At 6.50 slowed engines and hove ship to on port tack to reduce and overcome leak in engine room due to carrying away of 2½-inch suction pipe to shaft flushing pump which flooded engine room.

Took in spanker at 7.00; engineers at work blanking suction pipe until close.

Steering course NbyW (psc) until 6.50 then heading NW to close.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light haze; fresh breeze from WSW hauling to WbyN and decreasing to gentle breeze; moderate sea becoming smooth with long swell.

Hove to on port tack under fore topmast staysail and main trysail, goose-winged, until 9.23 when started ahead full speed with engines, leak in engine room having been repaired.

Set main trysail and spanker and headed course NbyW.

At 9.35 mustered at quarters.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 85.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from WbyN first part; light airs NbyW and moderate breezes from NE last part; hazy and pleasant.

At 12.30 changed course to NW½N (pc) and took in all sail; at end of watch patent log read 37.0.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy then overcast; strong to fresh, falling to gentle and moderate breeze from NE then ENE; first hour choppy and moderate sea from northward and eastward, then becoming smooth; lightning to northward and westward last hour.

Water very phosphorescent after dark.

At 5.20 slowed engine until 6.15 and bent both bower chains.

Went ahead at 6.15 and changed course from NW½W (pc) to NWbyN (pc); patent log 52.1.

At 7.00 slowed down to slow speed; patent log at close 65.6.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 87.2.

Under steam alone during watch.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast; barometer rising but unsteady.

At 8.30 wind came out from NbyW in fresh squalls and shifted to NNE by end of watch.

Hauled in patent log at 9.00.

At 11.00 changed course to NNE; under steam alone.

Soundings taken as follows: at 8.00 80 fathoms, no bottom; 9.00 100 fathoms, no bottom; 10.00 75 fathoms, black sand; 11.00 27 fathoms, yellow sand; 11.50 23 fathoms, gray sand with black specks.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 70.7.


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25 March 1898

Making passage from St Thomas to Hampton Roads

Lat 36.97, Long -75.93

8am: 36 43N, 75 06W


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and damp; light drizzle second hour; moderate to fresh breeze from NbyE.

Under steam in both boilers, making just enough speed to keep steerageway.

On course NNE until 2.10 when changed to N (psc).

Got soundings with sounding machine as follows: at 1.00 39 fathoms, fine gray sand, black specks, shells and pebbles; at 2.00 38 fathoms; at 3.00 25 fathoms; at 4.00 22 fathoms, all fine gray sand, black specks.

At noon put over patent log reading 69.6; at 4.00 patent log read 81.

Average steam 113 lbs, average revolutions 72.1.


4am to 8am:

Fresh to stiff breezes from NbyE and NNE.

Course N (pc) until 6.00 when changed to NWbyW, running slow speed.

At 6.00 sighted steamer on port bow heading to northward, changing soon to north-eastward.

Found her to be ‘City of Augusta’ and signalled International Code: “What is bearing and distance of Cape Henry?”; received no answer to signal.

At 7.00 went ahead to 7 knots and changed course to WNW (pc).

Average steam 116 lbs, average revolutions 69.5.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cool; strong then moderate breeze from NNE; moderate sea.

At 9.10 went ahead full speed on engines steering WNW (pc) until 10.44 when changed course to WbyN (pc), patent log 19.9, and at 11.00 changed course to W (pc), patent log 22.8.

At 11.25 sighted Cape Henry lights bearing about W¾N (pc) and changed course to W½N (pc), patent log 26.9.

At 11.42 changed course to W¾N, patent log 80.7, and at noon to WbyN, patent log 33.5.

Standing in for entrance to Chesapeake Bay; at close under steam alone; made preparations for port.

Average steam 137 lbs, average revolutions 104.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool; barometer steady; gentle to moderate breeze from NNE.

Standing in to anchorage in Hampton Roads under conn of Commanding Officer.

At 2.32 came to with starboard bower in 12 fathoms water.

Remainder of watch working engines and chains, dropping port bower at 3.00.

Bearings of anchorage: Old Point Light N¼E; Fort Wool flagstaff SbyE½E; Thimble Shoal Light ENE⅝E; ship’s head SWbyW.

Draft of water forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 12 feet 2 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool; gentle breeze from NNE hauling to ENE.

Engaged in mooring ship until 5.00, putting on mooring swivel, 45 fathoms on each chain; starboard anchor to westward, port to eastward.

USS ‘Texas’ proceeded to sea from Newport News passing at 6.15; exchanged numbers with her: 222 and 209.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer high and steady; gentle breeze from E.

At 9.00 USS ‘Terror’ passed and came to anchor at entrance to Norfolk Channel; exchanged numbers with her by Very signals.


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26 March 1898

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.98, Long -76.27 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from ENE; barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

Exchanged numbers with USS ‘Massachusetts’, 98 and 222.

‘Terror’ left Roads and went to Norfolk.

‘Massachusetts’ came to anchor in Roads at 7.55.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy with moderate to light breeze from NE and NNE.

Cleaning ship.

Transferred following named apprentices 3rd class with effects and papers to USS ‘Puritan’ at Newport News, Virginia, in charge of Ensign George R Marvell USN:

Partridge JH, Wilder SH, Williams SA, Kelly SS, Gray GA, Buerrosse LC, Hinman NP, Petit CW, Gauthier LJ, Fraser HH, Foley JB, Connaughton JJ, Kennedy MG, Bock LH.

Commanding Officer called officially on board ‘Massachusetts’.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather with gentle breeze from NNE.

‘Massachusetts’ got underway and proceeded to Newport News.

Ensign George R Marvell USN returned on board bringing receipt for apprentices delivered on board ‘Puritan’ at Newport News, Virginia.

By reason of expiration of enlistment, discharged from this vessel and US Naval Service Martin Swanson, Landsman, USN, and Samuel R Ball, Mess Attendant, USN.

Lieutenant CE Fox, Executive Officer, and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson made weekly inspection of holds, storerooms and living spaces; Ensign Hough of mechanical devices forward; Ensign Carter same aft; Ensign Marvell and Lieutenant Fletcher of compartments.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast; barometer light and steady; light breeze from ENE.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.

At 5.55 exchanged numbers ‘Terror’ which came down Elizabeth River and went to sea.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty; wet fog last two hours; light breeze from ENE; flood tide.


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27 March 1898

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.98, Long -76.27


Commences and until 4am:

Foggy and wet; light breeze from ENE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy; barometer steady; calms and light airs.

Received in Pay Department: 89 lbs fresh bread, 111¼ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy, clearing towards close; calms and light airs from ENE and NE.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Exchanged numbers with ‘Puritan’ as she passed out on her way to sea; flood tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with gentle south-easterly breeze.

Swinging to flood last hour.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant weather; light south-easterly breeze.


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28 March 1898

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.98, Long -76.27


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from SSW and SE; overcast and cloudy.

At 2.30 swung to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light airs and breezes variable in direction.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, partly overcast; light airs and breezes hauling from NE to E.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from EbyS; cloudy and cold.

Sent draft to ‘Franklin’ as follows:

By order of Bureau of Navigation transferred following named men and apprentices, with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers, to ‘Franklin’ at Norfolk, Virginia: Taylor John, Chief Master-at-Arms; Bengston Oscar, Master-at-Arms 2c; Shute WF, Yeoman 1c; Robesion J, Ship's Cook 3c; Gunter Thos, Ship's Cook 4c; Handran SF, Ship's Cook 4c; Apprentices 3c: Derham Jos F; Olsen Carl F; Broman HA; Roberts WC; Ewerts PF; Blake Jas M; Radecke HGE; Van Dyk MB; Jennings WC; Smith HE; Knight LW; Robichon AA; Goodrich John; Missel Otto; McCandless J; Greble WW; French Frank B; Brown James; Packer Charles, Deplitch VL; Holmes JH; Blanchard GS; Gibbons DA; Hodges S Jr; Schafer HC; Maitland WK; Brady EA; Moholland HL; Gorden Louis; McKeough John J.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather; gentle to light breeze hauling from EbyS to SE.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from SSE; cloudy and pleasant; riding to flood tide.


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29 March 1898

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.98, Long -76.27


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from SSE;

Riding to ebb current at close.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and damp; light airs and breezes hauling from SSW to SSE.

Received in Pay Department: 63 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from SSE and SSW; overcast and cloudy; murky atmosphere.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

Received on board in Equipment: 300 gallons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; light airs increasing to gentle breeze from SSW.

Engaged in work about ship; unbent main and mizzen gaff topsails and main topmast staysails.

Riding to ebb current at close.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from SSE; overcast, cloudy, with light drizzling rain.

Ensign JF Carter USN detached from duty on this ship and ordered to ‘Mayflower’.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy; light breeze to light airs from SSE first part, then gentle to moderate NEly breeze to close.

Riding to ebb last part of watch.


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30 March 1898

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.98, Long -76.27


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy; barometer falling; moderate breeze from NE.

Riding to flood tide until 4.00.


4am to 8am:

Gentle to moderate breezes from NE and NNE; overcast, cloudy and drizzling rain.

Received in Pay Department: 93 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty with rain last half; gentle to moderate then moderate breeze from NNE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters then exercised gun divisions at battery drill.

Riding to ebb until 10.45; riding to flood at close.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast with rain first half; barometer falling slowly; moderate breeze from NNE shifting to ENE.

In accordance with Paragraph 1594 Navy Regulations 1897, Quarterly Board made inspection of ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with rain last two hours; gentle breeze from E; barometer falling slowly.

Riding to ebb current at close.

Received on board in Pay Department: $2000.00 US currency.

PA Engineer Claude B Price reported on board for duty and PA Engineer RS Griffin was detached from this ship and ordered to duty on board ‘Mayflower’.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy; barometer falling; gentle breeze from E gradually dying out.

Ship swung to flood tide between 9.30 and 10.00.


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31 March 1898

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Lat 36.98, Long -76.27


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with gentle breeze from E first hour, then moderate NWly breeze freshening to stiff breeze in squalls last hour, accompanied by rain.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, squally; light rain and drizzle first part; barometer rising.

Received in Pay Department: 62 lbs fresh bread and 77½ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and clearing; barometer rising; moderate breeze from N.

At 9.15 exchanged numbers with USS ‘Columbia’ which came in from sea and anchored to westward of ‘Vicksburg’.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at stations and at great guns; tested magazine and shell room flood cocks and found them in good condition.

Commanding Officer made an official call on Commanding Officer of ‘Columbia’.

USRC [USRS in log] ‘Morrill’ came in from southward and proceeded up Elizabeth River.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with gentle to moderate breeze from NNW first three hours, then light northerly breeze to close.

Made GS Int 6183 to ‘Columbia’ which was answered affirmatively.

Engaged in unmooring ship at close.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising; gentle breeze from N.

At 5.00 sent following wigwag message to ‘Columbia’: “To Commanding Officer Columbia. Am ordered to Yard. Request permission to start fires and leave early in morning. Lillie.”

Answered “Permission granted”.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.

Hove in starboard chain and secured bower; hove in port chain to 45 fathoms and secured.

Received in Pay Department: 65 lbs fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and overcast; gentle to moderate breeze from N.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1898


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1 April 1898

Hampton Roads to Portsmouth Navy Yard [Norfolk, Virginia]

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from N; cloudy.

Started fires in boiler “B” at 3.00.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising; gentle breeze from N.

At 6.00 got underway and stood up Elizabeth River for Portsmouth Navy Yard.

At end of watch just below Navy Yard.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Columbia’, Int 4890 at 6.00; answered by affirmative.

At 7.50 ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Franklin’, 222, Int 1085; answered by affirmative.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather with light breeze from NNW.

At 8.30 mooring ship alongside Navy Yard sea wall in berth just to southward of USRS ‘Franklin’.

Secured with bow and stern chains and bow and stern chain springs and breasts.

Making preparations for port.

At 8.05 saluted with 11 guns flag of Commodore NH Farquhar USN, which salute was returned with seven guns from St Helena battery.

USRC ‘Manning’ came in and anchored.

By order of Commanding Officer, George Davis (Fireman 2c) was rated (Fireman 1c) from this date.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant weather with light breeze from NNW and N.

Sent 2 main trysails and 2 spankers to sail loft for alteration.

Hoisted whale boat out on dock for overhauling.

Received in Pay Department: 1255 lbs beans, 288 lbs butter, 500 lbs coffee, 1178 lbs flour, 513 lbs pickles, 2000 lbs pork, 400 lbs rice, 1092 lbs sugar, 171 lbs tomatoes, 504 lbs vegetables, 30 gallons molasses, 32 gallons vinegar.

Transferred to US Naval Hospital Chas Carlisle (Seaman) and William Fletcher (Apprentice 2c).


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, pleasant weather; light airs from NbyE first hour, then calm to close.

Received from ‘Franklin’ with bags, hammocks and papers following draft of men:

Haynes WP (Coal Passer); Edje C (Coal Passer); Horan JJ (Machinist 2c); McClintock JA (Coal Passer); Cole JH (Fireman 2c); King Geo J (Fireman 1c); Moore JE (Oiler); Moran James (Fireman 2c); Harwell G (Mess Attendant).

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Fair weather but damp; light airs from ESE and SE.


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2 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295 [estimated]


[1891 map of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Berkley, Virginia, showing Navy Yard]


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, pleasant but damp with light airs from SSE and calms.


4am to 8am:

Clearing weather with calms and light SWly airs.

Loosed sail to dry.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from S; clear and pleasant.

At 10.30 furled and unbent all square sail.

Navy Yard workmen on board in Engineering Department.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from SW and WSW; cloudy and pleasant.

Transferred with bag and hammocks to US Naval Hospital: JF Pomeroy (Chief Yeoman), EC Houck (Landsman) and GT Tobin (Landsman).

Executive and Medical Officers, Lieutenant WB Fletcher, Ensign GR Marvell and Ensign HH Hough made weekly inspections as required by US Navy Regulations.

Torpedo boat ‘Rodgers’ went in commission.


4pm to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light breeze from WSW.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.

Received and paid for 600 gallons of fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer steady; moderate to light breeze from NW.


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3 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295

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4 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; slightly misty; light airs from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, fair; light airs from ESE and E.

Eight caulkers commenced work at 7.00 in Construction Department, caulking half deck.

Fitzgerald G (Fireman 1c) returned on board drunk and was placed under sentry’s charge for safe keeping.

Received in Pay Department: 63 lbs of fresh bread and 78¾ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from E; overcast, cloudy and threatening.

Yard workmen as in previous watch and 4 machinists, 1 boiler maker and 5 helpers in Engineering Department.

Prepared ship for painting; began painting at 10.20, lead color.

Smith WB (Water Tender) returned on board 26 hours over time.

At 11.00 USS ‘Vesuvius’ moored ahead.

Absentees: Petry GE (Cox); Bates GH (Apprentice 3c); Ferguson I (Seaman); Averill WG (Cox); Liesegang CA (Gunner's Mate 1c); Dolan DJ (Coal Passer); O’Donnell G (Coal Passer); McLaren E (Oiler); McClelland H (Seaman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from E; overcast and threatening.

Painting ship.

H McClelland (Seaman) brought on board by Chief Master-at-Arms drunk and 12 hours absent from duty without authority.

WG Averill (Cox) and E McLaren (Oiler) returned on board six hours over time.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from eastward; overcast; barometer steadily falling.

Yardmen at work as in previous watch; continued painting first half of watch.

Fitzgerald J (Fireman 1c) released from sentry’s charge.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from eastward; overcast, cloudy and raining.

CA Liesegang (Gunner's Mate 1c) was brought on board by Corporal of Yard having been drunk when attempting return on board.

Yard workmen on board till 10.00 as follows: in Engineering Department, 1 machinist, 1 boiler maker, 2 helpers; in Construction, 7 men.


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5 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from eastward; overcast and raining; barometer falling steadily.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from NE and ENE; overcast and drizzling rain.

Ensign HH Hough USN left ship on four days’ leave.

Received in Pay Department: 72 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from NE and NNE; overcast and disagreeable weather.

Absentees: Ferguson T (Seaman), Dolan DJ (Coal Passer) and O’Donnell G (Coal Passer).

Received in Steam Engineering Department: 8000 gallons fresh water.

Yard workmen on board in Engineering and Construction Departments.

Bates GH (Apprentice 3c) returned on board drunk and 48 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from N; overcast and cold with drizzling rain.

Sent down topgallant mast; landed it and topgallant yard on dock.

Sent ashore both companion ladders and appurtenances, 1 diving air machine and 4 chests of suits, 2 halliard racks and 1 bread box and bridge awning stanchions.

Restowed magazines; yard workmen as in previous watch.

O’Donnell G brought on board by Corporal of Yard, 30 hours over time; Dolan DJ returned on board 32 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate breezes from N; overcast and cold.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breezes from N; overcast and cold.


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6 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate breezes from N; cloudy and cold; barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Gentle and moderate breezes from northward; clear and cold.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool; gentle breeze from N then NNW.

Following named absent without leave: Ferguson T (Seaman) and Pfeiffer EH (Cabin Steward).

By order of Commanding Officer a reward of $10.00 was offered to authorities for apprehension and delivery on board of each of above named.

Sent down fore and fore topsail yards and stowed them with fore topgallant mast and fore topgallant yard in spar house.

Engaged in getting running and standing gear ready for stowage in yard.

Following yard workmen engaged on board: in Construction, 8 caulkers, 1 machinist with 1 helper; in Steam Engineering, 2 machinists, 2 helpers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool; light breeze from N.

Received in Pay Department for drinking and cooking purposes: 800 gallons of fresh water.

Tested flood cocks and found them in working order.

Yard workmen engaged on board as during forenoon.

Engaged in painting spars etc; sent down main and mizzen topmasts; sent running and standing rigging to sail loft.

Received from Marine Barracks: 1 sergeant, 2 corporals, and 9 privates, with accoutrements, and stores.

Liesegang CA (Gunner's Mate 1c) was transferred to ‘Franklin’ with bag, hammock and necessary transfer papers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool; light breeze then light airs from NW.

Yard workmen engaged as during forenoon.

Caulkers working until 7.00; Engineer’s people during watch.


8pm to midnight;

Clear and cool; light airs from SSW.

Two machinists with helpers at work in Engineering Department until 10.00.


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7 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool; moderate to strong breeze from N.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool; strong breeze from N.

7 caulkers commenced work at 7.20.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs bread and 90 lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; moderate breeze from NW and NNW.

Crew engaged in sending down main and mizzen topmast rigging; sent all square sail, gaff topsails and main topmast staysail to loft and received two main trysails.

Engaged in painting ship; yard workmen aboard in Steam Engineering and Construction, working on pumps and evaporators and in caulking deck.

Board of which Naval Constructor Stahl USN was senior member examined leaks in different underwater compartments.

Absent without leave: T Ferguson (Seaman) and EH Pfeiffer (Cabin Steward).


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; moderate to gentle breeze from NNW.

Same yard workmen on board as in previous watch; crew engaged in painting and sending rigging to loft.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from NNW.

T Ferguson (Seaman) returned on board 81 hours over time in a drunken condition and was by order of Commanding Officer placed in cell for safe keeping.

Received from Magazine: 44 percussion primed, base fused common shell 4-inch; 55 AP 6-pounder shell; 14 1-pounder common shell.

Lighter ‘Alice’ while coming alongside struck forward port 4-inch RF gun and caused slight damage to training gear; no other damage ascertainable.

Transferred accounts and papers of following named men to ‘Franklin’:

Pomeroy JF (Chief Yeoman), Carlisle C (Seaman), Houck EC (Landsman), Tobin GT (Landsman).


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from NW.

Caulkers knocked off work about 9.45, others at 10.00.


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8 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences to4am:

Clear; barometer normal; gentle breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer rising; light breeze from NW.

Three caulkers at work.

Received in Pay Department: 71 lbs bread, 78¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from NW; clear and pleasant.

Received in Ordnance Department: 20185 rounds 6-mm in clips, 800 6-mm and 729 .38 calibre revolver ammunition.

Received from USRS ‘Constellation’: TF Ward (Apprentice 2c) with bag and hammock, transfer papers to follow by mail.

T Ferguson (Seaman) released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer.

Engaged in making set of new signal flags.

WA Cooke (Cox) absent over time.

Yard workmen on board in Steam Engineering and Construction.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from NW and N; clear and pleasant.

Received from ‘Franklin’ with bags, hammock and transfer papers: WF Shute (Yeoman 1c), F Gelser (Seaman) and J Nelson (Seaman).

By order of Commanding Officer, WF Shute given acting appointment as Chief Yeoman.

Painted all ship’s boats; sent ashore refrigerators; yard workmen as in previous watch.

Received on board 6000 gallons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from N; clear and pleasant.

Received on board in Construction following articles, viz: 4 boxes brass screws, 12 padlocks [paddocks in log], 500 lbs white zinc, 100 lbs yellow ochre, 100 lbs shellac, 10 lbs chrome yellow, 10 lbs ultramarine blue, 20 gallons alcohol, 5 gallons turpentine, 30 gallons linseed oil and 23 lbs rivets.

W A Cooke (Cox) brought on board by Corporal of Yard having been under influence of liquor, 11 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.


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9 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from SE; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SE; clear and pleasant.

Coal lighter came alongside at 7.30.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light airs and light breeze from SE then SW.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs fresh bread and 90 lbs each fresh beef and vegetables; also 300 white hats, 200 knife lanyards and 1028 spools of silk.

By order of Commanding Officer, following named Apprentices 3c were advanced in rating to Apprentices 2c from 2nd instant: Odell HM, Evans Fred K, Singer H, Saulie CO, Grams John, Jones JN, Allen JE, Baker LF, Bates GH, Spahr G, McDonald JA, Krueger Max, Donovan John, Fredricks LDF, Holmes WH, Grimes JTC, Burns Leo, Weldon LP, Dean WJ, Stollemeyer JH, Scott Gordon, Fyfe Edgar, DuBois WF, Gallagher F, Savage WH, Larned WA, Clapton JA, Pierson R, Jones JR.

Pfeiffer E (Cabin Steward) absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and fair; light breeze from SW and SSW.

Engaged coaling ship.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 2650 gallons of fresh water.

Received in Equipment Department (Navigation): 1 clock, 1 comparing watch and 1 psychrometer and case in place of same articles condemned and sent to Storehouse.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy; light breeze from SSW.

Concluded coaling at 6.00 having received on board 133 1280/2240 tons of coal.

Received on board with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers from USRS ‘Franklin’: Robert A Harris (Landsman) and Robert Jefferson (Landsman).

By order of Commanding Officer, transferred Allen J Whitted (Mess Attendant) with bag, hammock and necessary transfer papers to ‘Franklin’.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy; light breeze from SSW and SW.


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10 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy; light breeze from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cloudy; light breeze from SSW.

Engaged in cleaning ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light airs from SSW.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship.

Absent without leave EH Pfeiffer (Cabin Steward).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer fell slightly; light airs from southward and westward.

Received from ‘Franklin’ with bag, hammock and necessary transfer papers: Israel Woodward (Mess Attendant).

Sent liberty party ashore.

‘Vesuvius’ came out of dry dock, moored to dock and tested dynamite guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, pleasant weather; barometer steady; light airs from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer steady; light airs from SW.


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11 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, overcast last three hours; barometer fell; calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy and rainy; barometer rose and then fell.

Made preparations for shifting moorings.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with rain first part; calm first three hours then light SWly breeze to close.

At 8.00 breasted ship off forward with spur shore to permit USSMontgomery’s’ bow to lap inside this ship’s starboard bow.

Secured bow with breast and bow hawsers.

DH Sullivan (Seaman) was brought on board by Navy Yard guard, four hours over time, he having been confined in guard house since 2.00 for returning drunk from liberty.

In compliance with Bureau’s Order (endorsement 10036TFC dated April 7, 1898) Edward H Pfeiffer, Cabin Steward USN, was dishonorably discharged from this vessel and US Naval Service, as being undesirable for retention in Service, and was not recommended for re-enlistment.

General work about ship by crew.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy with gentle breeze from W, NW and N.

Hoisted whale boat clear of dock and to its proper davits.

US Torpedo Boat ‘Rodgers’ left yard as did ‘Vesuvius’.

Commanding Officer called officially on board USS ‘Manning’.

Sent aloft and secured to fore topmast cross trees, a light yard for signal purposes.

General work about ship by crew.

A Board of Survey, Commander GE Ide USN senior member, met on board for survey of certain articles in Ordnance.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, overcast and raining with gentle to moderate breeze from N increasing at times to stiff breeze in squalls.

Torpedo Boat ‘Rodgers’ returned to yard at 4.30.


8pm to midnight:

Clearing weather with light northerly breeze.


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12 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Fair weather with light and gentle northerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, clearing towards close; light airs and breezes from north-westward, N and NNW.

Received in Pay Department for issue to crew: 73 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from WNW; clear and pleasant.

J O’Leary returned aboard 50 hours over time.

Engaged in finishing painting.

At 10.00 ‘Montgomery’ hauled ahead and allowed us to swing our head in to dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from NNW; clear and pleasant.

Lieutenant CE Fox detached from this ship and ordered immediately as inspector of USTB ‘Morris’ at Bristol, Rhode Island, and Lieutenant WB Fletcher USN detached and ordered immediately to ‘Massachusetts’ by order of Navy Department.

Received on board in Equipment from General Storekeeper following articles: 20 yards red bunting 19-inch; 20 yards white 19-inch; 20 yards yellow 19-inch; 20 yards red 4½-inch; 10 yards white 4½-inch; 10 yards blue 4½-inch; 6 DD globes; 24 LO chimneys; 12 porcelain shades; 82 lbs manila rope; 49 lbs wire; 80 lbs codline.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs from N and gentle breezes from NNW; clear and pleasant.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from NW and N; clear and pleasant.


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13 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from NW; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from NW and NNW; clear and pleasant.

Upon inspection found that RC Harris (Landsman) was out of ship without authority.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from NNE; barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and found following absent without leave: RC Harris (Landsman).

By order of Commanding Officer, a reward of $10.00 was offered to authorities of Norfolk, Virginia, for apprehension and delivery on board this vessel of Robert C Harris.

Commander Lillie and Lieutenant Carter appeared before Court of Inquiry in Navy Yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light breeze from northward and eastward.

Officers before Court of Inquiry returned.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast; barometer falling; light airs from SE.

Lieutenant JC Cresap USN reported on board for duty as Executive Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; light airs from S.


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14 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer falling rapidly; light breeze from SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy; barometer falling rapidly; light breeze from E and SE.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs bread, 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy with light breeze from SE and W.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, after which officers stationed and exercised their divisions at various duties.

Absent without leave: RC Harris (Landsman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with gentle NWly breeze.

Crew engaged in general work and in breaking out fore hold to pump bilge and to overhaul manifold and valves to compartment A5.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, overcast and rainy with gentle to light NWly breeze.

Restowed fore hold.

USS ‘Katahdin’ came up to yard at 6.00.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy with light NWly breeze.


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15 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze from W.

4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy with gentle to light breeze from W.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from WNW; overcast and cloudy; light rain.

Began coaling from yard at 9.25; took in 21 tons.

RC Harris (Landsman) absent from ship without authority.

Prepared to shift berth to Ordnance dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from NNW; overcast.

At 1.30 shifted berth with assistance of Navy Yard Tug ‘Wahneeta’ to Ordnance dock; secured at 3.00.

Cleaning ship; soundings: forward 18 feet, midships 21 feet, aft 22 feet, at low water.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from NNW and light airs from NW; overcast and cloudy.

Ran lines to piles ahead and astern.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from NW; cloudy with light rain.


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16 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard [Ordnance dock]

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Variable light airs and light and gentle breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.

Bent main trysail and spare trysail to spanker gaff; loosed sail to dry.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; light breeze from NW.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

RC Harris (Landsman) absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from NW; very dry – 19 degrees difference between wet and dry bulb thermometers.

In accordance with Article 1564 US Navy Regulation 1897, Ensign HH Hough USN and Ensign GK Marvell USN inspected mechanical devices and inner part of hull.

USS ‘Sioux’ came in and moored to Navy Yard dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear; barometer rising; light NNW airs and calms.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; RC Harris absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer rising; light airs from southward.

Lamp of hand lantern lost overboard by mail orderly while signaling for boat from yard landing.


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17 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer rising; calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer rising; calms and light airs.

USS ‘Uncas’ came in.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to gentle breeze from SWbyW.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters; absent without leave: RC Harris (Landsman).

US Torpedo Boat ‘Rodgers’ left yard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle breeze from W and WSW.

US Tug ‘Wampatuck’ came up to yard.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to light breeze from WSW and SW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with light SWly breeze first hour then light southerly airs to close.


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18 April 1898

Portsmouth Navy Yard and off Naval Hospital

Lat 36.84, Long -76.295


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant with light southerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with light southerly breeze.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs bread for issue to crew; also 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from W; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; RC Harris (Landsman), C Linden (Seaman), WA Larned (Apprentice 2c) absent without authority.

C Linden returned aboard at 11.00.

Exercised at general quarters.

By order of Commanding Officer, reward of $10.00 offered for WA Larned and R Pierson (Apprentice 2c).


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from W and NE; clear and pleasant.

At 2.25 left Ordnance dock in tow of ‘Wahneeta’; went down river and at 2.38 anchored off Naval Hospital; moored to 30 fathoms.

Navigator took soundings finding nothing under four fathoms within swinging distance.

Bearings of anchorage: ship’s head NWbyN; Hospital Light NWbyN; hospital building NWbyW⅝W; Town Point NNE; tangent to City Wharf ESE½E; draft forward 13 feet 11 inches, aft 13 feet.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; absentees: RC Harris, WA Larned and R Pierson without leave.

Served out bags.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle and moderate breezes from ESE; cloudy and cool.


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19 April 1898

Off Naval Hospital, Norfolk

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

South-easterly breezes variable in force and direction; overcast.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from eastward; overcast.

Received in Pay Department: 73 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast with rain first half; clearing second half; barometer falling; calms and lights SW airs.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised gun divisions at battery drill and Powder Divisions at stations.

Absent without leave: Harris RC (Landsman), Larned WA (Apprentice 2c), Pierson R (Apprentice 2c).

Two firing pins had points broken and one had point bent at exercise.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; moderate breeze from S.

Exercised apprentices and quartermasters at signals.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were assigned, viz: Jochumsen AH (Bosun’s Mate 1c), 3 hours over leave: one month second class; Manning EJ (Landsman), 24 hours over leave: third class three months; Smith WB (Shipwright), 26 hours over leave: three months third class; Bates GH (Apprentice 2c), 48 hours over leave, drunk: three months fourth class and three months restriction; Averill WG (Cox), six hours over leave: two months second class; O’Donnell Geo (Coal Passer) and Dolan DJ (Coal Passer), each 29 hours over leave: three months fourth class respectively; Petry George E (Cox), 48 hours over leave: three months fourth class and three months restriction; McLaren Edward (Oiler), six hours over leave: six weeks second class; Ferguson Thomas (Seaman), 81 hours over leave and drunk: three months fourth class and three months restriction; Cooke WA (Cox), nine hours over leave: two months third class; Sullivan DH (Seaman), 4 hours over leave: one month second class; Odell HN (Apprentice 2c), clothing in lucky bag: eight hours’ extra duty; Grimes JK (Apprentice 2c), not answering call for whale boat and impertinence to officer of deck: 12 hours’ extra duty.

Battery F, 4th US Artillery, passed ship at 3.30 on board barge; disembarked at Portsmouth.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; moderate breeze from S.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; same absentees as in forenoon watch.

Turned in clean bags.

Ensign HH Hough USN was detached from this ship and ordered immediately to duty in connection with USTB ‘Morris’ at Bristol, Rhode Island.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy; light airs from SSW; barometer steady.


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20 April 1898

Off Naval Hospital, Portsmouth

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light breeze from SSW and SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer steady.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 73 lbs bread.

USS 'Osceola' passed down with barge in tow.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs, gentle and moderate breezes from south-eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; RC Harris (Landsman), WA Larned (Apprentice 2c) and R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) absent without authority.

Stationed crew at fire quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breezes from NNE; clear and pleasant.

Gig and whale boat fouled lying at boom, staving hole in port bow due to swell from passing steamer.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable gentle and moderate breezes from north-westward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; absentees as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Stiff to moderate breezes from NW; squally first part; clear and pleasant.



LOG BOOK – APRIL 21st 1898 TO OCTOBER 15th 1898


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LIST OF OFFICERS attached to and on board US Steamer ‘Vicksburg’, 3rd rate, commanded by Commander ABH Lillie, USN, during period covered by this log book from April 21, 1898:

Lillie ABH, Commander

Cresap James C, Lieutenant

Carter Fidelio S, Lieutenant

Marvell George R, Ensign

Barnes Cassius B, Ensign

Schenck Robert C, Assistant Paymaster

Johnson Moulton K, Assistant Surgeon

Price Claud, Assistant Engineer

Stewart John W, Lieutenant

Senn TJ, Ensign

Baldwin FP, Ensign

Blish JB, Lieutenant

Harrell JR, Ensign

Ellis M St C, Ensign [Mark St Clair Ellis, later Commodore]

Grove WB, Assistant Surgeon

Harrison MK, Ensign

Roper WG, Naval Cadet


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LIST OF OFFICERS who have died, been detached or transferred on board US Steamer ‘Vicksburg’ from April 21, 1898:

Carter Fidelio S, Lieutenant: April 23, 1898, detached and placed on waiting orders as per log.

Stewart GR, Lieutenant: Transferred to US Army Post Hospital.

Senn TJ, Ensign: Transferred to USS ‘Hawk’, July 27, 1898.

Harrell JR, Ensign: Detached and ordered home, August 26, 1898.

Johnson MK, Assistant Surgeon: Detached and ordered to Naval Hospital, New York, September 24, 1898.


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys and Marines on board USS ‘Vicksburg’ from April 21, 1898:

Copy of complement, approved March 26, 1898:

SEAMAN BRANCH

Chief Master-at-Arms 1; Master-at-arms 3c 1

Chief Boatswain's Mate 1; Boatswain's Mates 1c 2; Boatswain's Mates 2c 2

Coxswain: 6

Chief Gunner's Mate 1; Gunner's Mate 1c 1; Gunner's Mates 2c 2; Gunner's Mates 3c 2

Chief Quartermaster 1; Quartermaster 1c 1; Quartermasters 2c 1; Quartermasters 3c 1

Seamen (1 Captain of Hold) 11 – 5 on board, 6 vacancies

Ordinary Seamen 10 – 10 vacancies

Apprentices 12 – 31 on board, 19 in excess*

Landsmen 12 – 9 on board, 3 vacancies

Total: 68 on board, 19 vacancies, 19 in excess


* By order Bureau of Navigation, 19 apprentices in excess to be retained on board to fill vacancies of 6 Seamen, 10 Ordinary Seamen and 3 Landsmen


ARTIFICER BRANCH

Chief Carpenter’s Mate 1

Shipwright 1

Plumber and Fitter 1

Sailmaker’s Mate 1

Painter 1

Total: 5 on board


ARTIFICER BRANCH: ENGINE ROOM FORCE

Chief Machinists 2; Machinist 1c 1; Machinist 2c 1

Boilermaker 1

Blacksmith 1

Water Tender 1

Oilers 2

Firemen 1c 3; Firemen 2c 3

Coal Passers 7

Total: 22 on board


SPECIAL BRANCH

Apothecary 1

Yeomen: Equipment 1; Engineers 1; Pay 1

Writer 2c 1; Writer 3c 1

Bugler or Apprentice for 1

Bayman 1

Total: 8 on board


MESSMEN BRANCH

Cabin Steward 1 – 1 vacancy

Cabin Cook 1

Mess Attendant 1

Wardroom Steward 1

Wardroom Cook 1

Mess Attendants 4

Ship’s Cook 1c 1

Total: 9 on board, 1 vacancy


RECAPITULATION

Complement of crew 113

Number on board 112

Vacancies 1

Marine Guard 12


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Description of instruments used for meteorological observations and their location, &c:


Mercurial barometer, J and H Green, New York, number 5155, in Captain’s cabin

Aneroid barometer, J and H Green, New York, number 55, on mizzen mast on gun deck

Thermometer (dry bulb), J and H Green, New York, number 3890, hammock rail on quarter deck

Thermometer (wet bulb) (psychrometer), J and H Green, New York, number 3889, hammock rail on quarter deck


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ARMAMENT of USS ‘Vicksburg’

Main battery:

6 guns; 4-inch; Mark IV; rapid fire

Secondary:

4 Driggs-Schroeder guns; 6-pounder; rapid fire

2 Hotchkiss guns; 1-pounder; Mark II; rapid fire

1 Colt’s automatic machine gun; 6-mm; No 19; rapid fire


BOAT ARMAMENT

2 1-pounders; 2 cage stands (noted in secondary battery)


SMALL ARMS

90 6-mm Lee straight pull rifles

50 Colt’s double-action revolvers

4 Lee magazine rifles

2 .22 calibre Winchester rifles


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Tables of deviation of standard compass N° 3191 on board USS ‘Vicksburg’

March 18, 1898; 17 08N, 63 07 30W; observed variation 2 30W


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21 April 1898

Off Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.

Hoisted out sailing launch.

Received in Pay Department: 71 lbs bread, 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breezes from NW; barometer normal and rising.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; divisions reported ready as: 1st 2 minutes 17 seconds; 2nd 1 minute 27 seconds; marines 2 minutes; Navigator's 1 minute 17 seconds; Powder 2 minutes 47 seconds; Engineer’s 2 minutes 17 seconds; Paymaster’s 1 minute 17 seconds; Surgeon’s 1 minute 17 seconds; secured in 5 minutes.

A 3-minute list of ammunition supply was made and following was supplied to battery: #1, 10 rounds; #2 and #3, 10 rounds; #4 and #5 19 rounds; #6 11 rounds; forward 6-pounder 88 rounds; after 6-pounder 22 rounds; 1-pounder 180 rounds.

Absent without leave: Harris RC (Landsman); Larned WA (Apprentice 2c); Pierson R (Apprentice 2c).

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good condition.

‘Katahdin’ and USTB ‘Rodgers’ passed down river.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breezes from NW.

Transferred to US Naval Hospital BF Morehouse (Yeoman 3c) with bag and hammock.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 electric firing pins 4-inch and 1 extractor 4-inch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; light NW breeze.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; same absentees as in previous watch.

Through carelessness of T Lavell (Apprentice 1c) lever locking cam of starboard 1-pounder HRF was lost overboard.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer rising; calm.


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22 April 1898

Off Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, calm; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear, calm; barometer steady.

Received in Pay Department following provisions: 71 lbs bread, 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

USS ‘Wampatuck’ passed down river with barge in tow.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs from southward; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; RC Harris (Landsman), R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) and WA Larned (Apprentice 2c) absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer, RC Harris declared a deserter from this ship and US Naval Service; sold effects of RC Harris, deserter, for $5.05.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breeze from south-eastward; clear and pleasant.

Received in Navigator’s Department: 2 speed cones.

Received from USRS ‘Franklin’: T Curran (Landsman) and GA Ivancovich (Landsman) with bags, hammocks and transfer papers.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from south-westward; cloudy; pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) and WA Larned (Apprentice 2c) absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from SSW; overcast; pleasant.


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23 April 1898

Off Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from S; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light and gentle breezes from S; clear; pleasant.

Received in Pay Department: 71 lbs fresh bread.

Field day.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; barometer falling; moderate breezes from SW.

By order of Commanding Officer, an acting appointment as Yeoman 3c was issued to GA Ivancovich (Landsman) to date from April 23, 1898.

USS ‘Hamilton’ passed down river.

Absentees: R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) and WA Larned (Apprentice 2c).

Lieutenant FS Carter USN was this day detached from duty on ‘Vicksburg’ and placed on waiting orders.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer falling; moderate breeze from SW.

‘Morrill’ and USS ‘Hudson’ passed down river.

Lieutenant J Stewart USN reported for duty on board ‘Vicksburg’.

Ensign GR Marvell USN and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson USN, in accordance with P 1564 US Navy Regulations 1897, inspected interior of hull and living spaces.

Executive Officer and Surgeon made weekly inspection of living spaces, hold and storerooms and found sanitary conditions good.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant; overcast second half; barometer fell slightly.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; same absentees as in forenoon.

USS ‘Merrimac’ (collier) passed down river.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 72 lbs bread, 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast with passing showers of rain; barometer falling; gentle breeze from S.


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24 April 1898

Off Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer falling; moderate breeze from S.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light breezes from S.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breeze from SW; clear and pleasant first part; light rains last three hours.

At 9.45 mustered at quarters; WA Larned (Apprentice 2c) and R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) absent without leave.

Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.

Ensign TJ Senn USN reported on board for duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate and stiff breezes from SW; clearing and pleasant.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms, light airs, light and gentle breezes from SW; clear and pleasant.


8pm to midnight:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from SSW first part; light airs from SSW last part; overcast, cloudy; at 9.00 heavy rain squall.

HW Charrette [sometimes spelled Charette] (Gunner’s Mate 2c) confined to await action of Commanding Officer for insolence to Executive Officer.


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25 April 1898

Off Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 36.845, Long -76.3


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from southward, variable; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SSW; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department: 72 lbs bread, 91¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light breeze from N.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; divisions reported ready as follows: 1st 3 minutes 30 seconds; 2nd 5 minutes 20 seconds; Powder 5 minutes 20 seconds; Marines 4 minutes; Paymaster’s, Surgeon’s and Navigator’s 1 minute 40 seconds; Engineer’s 2 minutes 5 seconds.

A 3-minute test of ammunition supply was made as follows: #1 4-inch RF – 11 rounds; #2 and #3 4-inch RF – 13 rounds; #4 and #5 – 17 rounds; #6 – 13 rounds; 6-pounder forward – 88 rounds; 6-pounder amid – 33 rounds; 1-pounder – 300 rounds.

Test was made of time to open ammunition boxes 4-inch RF; average time required: 1st Division 21 seconds; 2nd Division 12 seconds.

Absentees: R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) and WA Larned (Apprentice 2c).

Tested electric bells and gongs; found in good condition except gong abreast galley and switch for gongs in chart house.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with passing showers accompanied with thunder and lightning; light variable breezes; barometer steady.

By order of Commanding Officer, J Hargett (Cabin Cook) was rated (Cabin Steward) and J Rivel (Mess Attendant) was rated (Cabin Cook), both to date from April 12, 1898.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light breezes from NW.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; same absentees as in forenoon watch.

Making preparations for sea.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer rising; light NW airs.


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26 April 1898

At and making passage from Norfolk, Virginia, towards Key West, Florida

Lat 36.82, Long -75.75


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light airs from W.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising; light variable airs.

At 7.15 got underway.

At end of watch standing down Elizabeth River under conn of Captain.

‘Montgomery’ passed at 6.30 bound down.

Draft of ship: forward 13 feet 18 inches, aft 12 feet 18 inches.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; gentle breeze from northward and eastward; barometer steady.

Standing down Elizabeth River, Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay; Captain commanding.

At 9.15 put over taffrail log, abreast Thimble Shoal Light, reading 15.

At 9.50 mustered at quarters and inspected quarters.

Passed Cape Henry Light, bearing S, at 10.25; at 11.00 Cape Henry Light bore NNW½W.

At 11.30 changed course to SSE; at noon Cape Henry Light bore NWbyW; took soundings in 12 fathoms of water.

Following signals were made during watch: 222; ‘Brooklyn’ answered by 17; then Int 49-17; ‘Brooklyn’ answered Yes.

Fired a salute of 11 guns which was returned by ‘Brooklyn’ with seven guns.

Passing Cape Henry we made our International Code Number, GRSJ; it was answered by signal station on shore.

Took departure at noon; Cape Henry Lighthouse bearing NWbyW, distance 13 miles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from E to ENE; overcast and cloudy.

Course SSE; at 1.40 set spanker to get lead for sheets.

At end of watch patent log 80.0.

By order of Commanding Officer, R Pierson (Apprentice 2c) and WA Larned (Apprentice 2c) were declared deserters from US Naval Service from April 18; sold effects of above deserters for $8.75 and $3.60 respectively.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; moderate breeze from ENE.

At 4.04 changed course to SEbyS (psc); patent log 80.8.

Passed two schooners on starboard hand, standing to northward between 4.00 and 5.00.

At 5.15 went to quarters.

At 6.00 set fore topmast staysail.

Passed brig and schooner standing to southward between 6.00 and 7.00; passed merchant steamer (S and H) standing to northward at 7.00.

At end of watch under steam, spanker and fore topmast staysail.

Average steam 106 lbs, average revolutions 105.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; moderate to stiff breeze from NE; barometer falling.

At 8.00 changed course to SSE; at 9.30 changed to SbyE; at 10.15 changed to S and at 11.00 to SW½S.

Took soundings as follows: at 9.00 26 fathoms, fine gray sand [?]; at 10.00 no bottom at 45 fathoms; at 11.00 no bottoms at 60 fathoms.

At 11.15 took in spankers and fore topmast staysail.

On course at end of watch; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 105.


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27 April 1898

Making passage from Norfolk towards Key West

Lat 34.00, Long -76.30

8am: 34 07N, 75 50W

8pm: 33 25N, 77 06W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle, moderate, stiff and fresh breeze from NE and NW; overcast with heavy rain; vivid lightning; phosphorescent sea; barometer falling.

Course SW½S.

At 3.40 sighted steamer starboard beam heading to north-eastward.

At end of watch patent log 53.0; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 105.


4am to 8am:

Overcast; barometer falling; stiff breeze from SE; variable from 6-7 and from ENE last hour.

At 4.00 changed course SW (psc) and at 5.00 to SW½W (psc).

Took soundings at 5.00: no bottom at 61 fathoms.

At 7.30 set foot of main trysail.

At end of watch under steam; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 105.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, squally and rainy; moderate to fresh breezes from SE first hour; then shifting to N and finally to NNE and increasing in force.

At 10.00 changed course to SWbyW (psc); hauled out foot of main trysail and bent storm mizzen.

Large barkentine in sight on port bow; under reduced canvas.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 105.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty; fresh breezes to moderate gale.

Course SWbyW (pc).

Main trysail hauled out at foot.

At 3.45 took soundings; 135 fathoms line out and no bottom.

In hauling line in, wire parted and lost lead overboard; stretched life line along deck.

At end of watch patent log 97.4.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 105.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty; wind blowing with force of strong gale from NNE, showing slight signs of shifting to northward; barometer rising.

At 5.45 brought ship by wind on its port tack; slowed engines and hove to under storm mizzen and foot of main trysail.

Lee bumpkin strut carried away and fore topmast staysail came adrift.

While securing sail about 6.15, WH Touchfield (Bosun's Mate 2c) was swept overboard and was drowned.

Life buoy was dropped but by order of Commanding Officer no boat was lowered owing to condition of sea.

Steam steering gear out of order; steering by steam from hand wheel abaft.

Sounding at 8.00; 33 fathoms, gray sand.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 85.2.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, rainy; moderate gale from NNE.

Ship hove to under foot of main trysail and storm mizzen; engines turning over slowly.

At 11.45 got sounding in 90 fathoms of water: sandy bottom.

Average steam 120.5 lbs, average revolutions 35.


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28 April 1898

Making passage from Norfolk towards Key West

Lat 33.20, Long -76.97

8am: 33 22N, 76 55W

8pm: 32 40N, 77 51W


Commences and until 4am:

Strong northerly gale; overcast, very rough sea.

Ship rode easily, hove to port tack; engines going ahead slowly; under storm mizzen and main trysail hauled out at foot.

Heading ENE and NEbyE (pc).

At 3.45 got sounding, 42 fathoms.

Average steam 122 lbs, average revolutions 29.2.


4am to 8am:

Overcast; barometer rising; wind blowing in squalls, force of strong gale; rough sea.

Making about NE throughout watch; under slow steam, storm mizzen and foot of main trysail.

Average steam 122 lbs, average revolutions 29.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy; fresh breezes to moderate gale from NWbyW; barometer rising; rough sea.

Ship hove to on port tack until 10.00 when she was tacked and hove to.

At noon went ahead on course SWbyS.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 40.


Meridian to 4pm:

Strong to moderate gales, moderating to fresh breezes from NNW; overcast and cloudy; clearing; barometer steady.

Course WSW.

At end of watch patent log 43.6; under same sail as in previous watch, on starboard tack.

Average steam 127 lbs, average revolutions 24.2.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, clearing; barometer rising slowly; fresh breeze from NW shifting slowly to NWbyW at end of watch.

At 6.00 took soundings: 85 fathoms no bottom.

At 7.30 took in main trysail; at end of watch under storm mizzen and steam.

Average steam 137 lbs, average revolutions 75.9.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first hour then overcast; moderate breeze from WNW.

At 10.30 took in storm mizzen; at end of watch under steam alone.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 100.


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29 April 1898

Making passage from Norfolk towards Key West

Lat 31.27, Long -79.93

8am: 31 50N, 79 37W

8pm: 30 13N, 80 30W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breeze from SW and WSW; overcast first part; last part clear and pleasant.

Course WSW (pc), under steam alone; at end of watch patent log 34.5.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolution 98.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising; moderate breezes from WSW and WbyS.

At 6.00 changed course to SWbyW (pc); patent log 51.0; took soundings: 35 fathoms; under steam alone.

Average steam 127 lbs, average revolutions 98.6.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breezes from WNW.

At 8.30 set all fore and aft sail; under steam and all fore and aft sail on course SSW.

Put over patent log, reading 0 at noon.

Aired bedding; tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good condition.

Average steam 106 lbs, average revolutions 105.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle, light and moderate breezes from WNW and WSW; clear and pleasant.

Course SSW (pc).

At 1.40 went to fire quarters and mustered crew at fire stations; no absentees.

At 2.00 started pumps; all divisions reported water in 1½ minutes.

After shutting off water started hand pumps; found pumps worked satisfactorily but often one proved defective.

At 2.30 shortened and furled sail.

Sighted two schooners on port side; both passed out of sight.

At end of watch patent log 36.7.

Average steam 132 lbs, average revolutions 103.5


4pm to 8pm:

Clear first half; cloudy second; barometer rising; light airs form S and SbyE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and got up following ammunition, stowing it on deck near guns:

8 rounds 4-inch RF common shell; 22 rounds 6-pounder DSRF; 60 rounds 1-pounder HRF.

Held sale of effects of WH Touchfield (Bosun's Mate 2c) and realized $46.00.

Under steam alone.

By order of Commanding Officer, all ports were screened and running lights were not put out; latter were lighted and placed near at hand in case of necessity.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 104.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, fine weather; light to gentle breezes from southward to eastward.

At 8.30 changed course to SbyE½E; under steam alone.

Average steam 141 lbs, average revolutions 105.


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30 April 1898

Making passage from Norfolk towards Key West

Lat 27.72, Long -80.03

8am: 28 21N, 80 05W


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from SW; clear and pleasant.

Course SbyE½E (pc); moon set at 1.30.

At 4.00 took sounding in 25 fathoms: gray sand and black specks.

At end of watch patent lot 50.0; average steam 134 lbs, average revolutions 105.3.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; light breeze from SW; smooth sea.

At 6.00 took soundings: 36 fathoms.

Under steam alone.

At 7.00 changed course to SbyW (psc); patent log 79.2.

Average steam 147 lbs, average revolutions 106.8.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light airs and breezes from SbyW; barometer steady.

Under steam alone.

At 8.05 changed course to S ½E (psc); set her run off best course for 10 minutes in order to put on smoke sails.

Average steam 152 lbs, average revolutions 108.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from S and SSE; clear and pleasant.

Course S½E (pc).

At 2.00 sighted land on starboard bow; sighted large steamer port beam making northward.

At 3.00 sighted Jupiter Light two points on starboard bow; sighted two sailing vessels starboard quarters.

At end of watch patent log 38.8; average steam 133.3 lbs, average revolutions 107.8.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light breezes from ESE.

At beginning of watch Jupiter Light bore SbyW¼W and at 6.30 it bore NbyW½W; abeam at 5.03; all courses and bearings per standard compass.

At 5.00 changed course to SbyE; patent log 49.0.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

At 7.00 changed course to S½E; patent log 68.4.

Under steam alone; screened all air ports at sundown; running lights not out.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 110.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; gentle breezes from SEbyE.

Standing down Florida Straits under steam alone.

At 8.40 changed course to S¼E (pc).

Passed schooner at 9.30 standing to northward and eastward.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 110.



THE VOYAGES OF USS VICKSBURG
Operations on Cuba Patrol and in the Caribbean

JP map Vicksburg Caribbean 1898

LOGS FOR MAY 1898


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1 May 1898

Making passage from Norfolk towards Key West

Lat 24.7, Long -80.0 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from SEbyE; clear and pleasant.

Course S ¼ E (pc); 12.30 changed course to S (pc); at 2.00 changed course to SbyW (pc).

At 1.30 took sounding: 85 fathoms no bottom; at 4.00 took sounding: 42 fathoms, hard bottom, black specks [?].

At end of watch patent log 154.2.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 82.4.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer steady; moderate breezes from SEbyE and ESE.

At 4.10 searchlight was turned on ship from south-westward.

At 4.15 went to general quarters; divisions reported ready as follows: Navigator's, Paymaster’s and Surgeon’s in 2 minutes; 1st, 2nd and Powder in 3½ minutes; Marines and Engineer’s in 4 minutes; secured at 5.18.

At 6.00 changed course to SSW; patent log 172.6; at 7.25 changed course to SWbyS; patent log185.8.

At 7.20 set jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

At 7.55 took in spanker; at 7.58 stopped engines.

Carysfort Light bore abeam at 6.45, distance 3.5 miles.

Passed two steamers and bark standing to northward and steamer standing to southward, all on port hand.

At end of watch on course SWbyS under jib, fore topmast staysail and main trysail, with engines stopped.

Average steam 141 lbs, average revolutions 106.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Standing slowly along Florida Keys.

[Inserted note] Executive Officer accompanied by Senior Medical Officer made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

At 8.20 changed course to SWbyW; patent log 94.

At 8.30 sighted Alligator Reef Lighthouse; it was abeam at 10.05, distant about 2 miles.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Captain inspected ship and crew.

At 10.00 changed course to SW and at 11.00 to WSW¾W; changed course at noon to SWbyW½W.

At 10.20 sighted steamer on starboard bow heading for us.

At 10.45 went to general quarters; all divisions ready in 4 minutes.

Steamer passed and showed English colors; secured at 11.00.

Under steam and fore and aft sail.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 110.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle to moderate breeze from ESE and E; clear and pleasant.

Cruising along southern coast of Florida by lighthouses.

At end of watch patent log 41.6.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 185.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; stiff breezes from E.

Standing in for entrance buoy on various courses until 5.00; then stood in harbor for anchorage under conn of Commanding Officer.

Came to with starboard anchor with 30 fathoms chain at 5.43.

At 6.10 got underway and shifted, coming to with starboard anchor, 30 fathoms chain in 4½ fathoms water.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Puritan’, Cornet 222, Int 1211; ‘Puritan’ to ‘Vicksburg’, Cornet 162, affirmative.

Draft of ship: forward 12 feet 9 inches, aft 12 feet 6 inches.

Commanding Officer called officially on ‘Puritan’.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer steady; moderate breeze from E.

Several men-of-war off harbor.


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2 May 1898

Off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; gentle breezes from E.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer rising; light breezes from E.

At daylight six men-of-war came clear [?] off harbor; three came into harbor and anchored.

Signals: ‘Puritan’ to fleet at 7.00: 6359, 5264.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from E.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; weekly inspection of all electrical appliances and connections was made.

Captain made official visit to USS ‘New York’.

Signals: ‘Puritan’: “Your surgeon is on board of survey” at 10.00, Num 0 and Num 3 and at noon, Num 4 and Num 166.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, gently breeze from E.

At 5.30 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from N.


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3 May 1898

Off Key West, Florida

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from E.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light easterly breezes.

Got underway at 6.15 and went alongside coal schooner.

‘Puritan’ signalled at 7.00: 6351.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs and breezes from north-eastward; clear and pleasant.

Made preparations for coaling ship; began coaling at 8.15, taking about 20 tons from schooner ‘Morris W Child’, Captain Geo N Baper.


Meridian to 4pm:

Variable light breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

Lieutenant JW Stewart [Stuart in log] USN transferred to US Army Post Hospital.

Received on board from General Storekeeper following stores: in Construction and Repair: 20 gallons linseed oil, 20 gallons turpentine, 20 gallons alcohol, 50 lbs red shellac, 50 lbs black paint in oil, 30 lbs Venetian red and 300 lbs white lead; in Ordnance: 100 lbs cotton waste, 48 red stars, 48 green stars, 40 yards B bunting; in Equipment (Navigator’s): 70 lbs junk, 38 lbs lye, 12 squilgees, 12 handles.

Delivered to US Tug 'Wompatuck' following stores: 6 watch caps, 6 pairs B flannel [?] drawers, 40 white hats, 5 pairs calfskin shoes, 18 pairs woolen socks, 17 pairs white trousers, 17 working jumpers, 10 paper needles, 3 knife lanyards, 2 jack knives, 31 lbs SW soap and 37 lbs tobacco.

At 2.00 USS ‘Castine’ hauled alongside port side of coal schooner; coaling ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from SE; clear and pleasant.

Ensign FP Baldwin USN reported on board for duty.

Received on board from General Storekeeper in Pay Department: 480 lbs of both beef, mutton and ham.

Coaled ship to 7.30.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from NEbyN and NEbyE; clear and pleasant.


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4 May 1898

Off Key West, Florida, and making passage to Havana, Cuba

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from E first part; calms last part; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Calms and light airs from SE.

Began coaling at 5.00; received from General Storekeeper: 96¼ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from SE.

Finished coaling at 10.00, receiving on board 10 tons; hauled off from schooner and came to in four fathoms water, 15 fathoms chain, starboard anchor.

In hoisting dinghy carried away sailing launch’s strong-back; cause defective strong-back.

Draft of ship: 13 feet 11 inches forward, 12 feet 11 inches aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; barometer normal; light breeze from SE.

At 1.00 called all hands; up anchor and stood out of Key West harbor.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Puritan’ at 1.15, Int 4890 and at 1.30 by wigwag: “Ordered Blockade Duty off Havana by Commander in Chief”; ‘Puritan’ to ‘Vicksburg’ at 1.20 by wigwag: “When are you ordered”; at 1.40 affirmative.

Sent Chart House compass and stand; stowed in lower Captain’s storeroom.

Loaded all 4-inch RF and left 1 4-inch RF spare to each gun division; got up 22 6-pounder DSRF and 60 1-pounder HRF.

At 3.00 sighted barque standing to southward on port tack, one point port bow.

At 3.30 sighted schooner standing to southward on port tack two points on starboard bow.

At 3.55 sighted vessel ahead,

At 4.00 took departure; N¼E, distant 15 miles, Sand Key Light.

Under steam alone at end of watch on course SSW (psc).

Average steam 117 lbs, average revolutions 118.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SE and ESE.

Standing on course SSW under steam alone.

At 4.30 passed steamer close aboard on starboard side; she showed no colors.

At 6.30 passed another steamer on port side who showed English colors.

In both cases had men at quarters.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 98.8.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

At 10.00 saw searchlight ahead, below horizon.

Course SSW; at 8.30 changed to SSW½W and at 11.00 changed to WbyS; slowed to 6 knots.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 84.3.


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5 May 1898

Making passage from Florida to Cuba and on blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer falling; moderate breeze from ESE.

Under steam alone on course WbyS (psc) at end of watch.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 62.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ESE; barometer rising.

At 5.00 changed course to SEbyS and at 7.15 to SSW.

At 6.00 sighted high land ahead and on both bows.

At 7.20 made out Havana and Morro Castle [Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro] on port bow; sighted several steamers in various directions.

At 7.50 went to general quarters; hoisted our distinguishing pennant and number; it was answered by USS ‘Annapolis’.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 52.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate from eastward and northward; clear and pleasant.

Steering various courses first part along Cuban coast off Havana; last part steering up and down our station heading WbyS and EbyN about six miles off Havana; speed six knots.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 38.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; barometer fell; moderate breeze from NE.

Standing back and forth in front of Havana six miles distant between following bearings: Morro Castle S and SE.

At 3.21 sighted schooner standing to southward, one point on starboard bow.

At 3.30 started in pursuit and at 3.45 fired blank 6-pounder cartridge and hove her to.

Vessels in signal distance USSs ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Mangrove’ and 'Osceola'.

Under steam alone; average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 65.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 4.05 lowered boat and put prize crew aboard Spanish schooner ‘Orienta’; prize crew consisted of J Byrne (Bosun's Mate 2c), D Sullivan (Seaman) and H McClelland (Seaman).

At 4.20 ordered ‘Tecumseh’ to take prize in tow and take her to ‘Annapolis’ for orders.

Hoisted boat and resumed course at 5.00.

Evening quarters at 5.30; at 5.50 sighted large steamer on port bow; headed for her and came up with her at 6.35.

Found following vessels around steamer: USSs 'Annapolis', ‘Wilmington’ and ‘Morrill’; steamer was a Frenchman.

‘Annapolis’ signalled at 6.10 Int MW 2 and at 6.30 GS [General Signal] 3057; at 7.00 ‘Annapolis’ hailed us and told us to stand by steamer.

At end of watch standing by steamer in obedience to orders.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 68.7.


8pm to midnight:

Light breeze from eastward; clear and pleasant; haze on land.

At 9.30 French steamer headed for Key West, followed by ‘Wilmington’; resumed station, course WbyS.

At 4.00 [?] changed course to EbyN.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 65.


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6 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from ESE and calm.

Standing on EbyN and WbyS in front of Havana throughout watch.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 62.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

On station blockading Havana harbor; several vessels in sight at daylight.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 62.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs and breezes from northward and eastward; clear and pleasant.

Steering various courses to overtake ‘Annapolis’.

‘Mayflower’ joined blockade; signalled “– to speak senior officer”; hove to; Commanding Officer went on board ‘Mayflower’ in answer to signal wigwag: “Please come on board; have news”.

At 11.00 steamed for station and sighted foreign man-of-war.

Signaled man-of-war ahead and cleared ship for action; sounded general quarters.

Found her to be French flagship ‘Mangrove’; reported to be Italian so saluted with 13 guns and Italian flag.

Not returned; saluted again 13 guns with French flag at fore; answered 13 guns.

‘Mayflower’ gave us permission to salute.

Signal from ‘Mayflower’: Have Morro Castle bearing SEbyE.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 54.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; barometer fell; light breeze from N and NNE.

Standing back and forth six miles distant from Morro Castle, keeping latter bearing between S and SEbyE

At 2.45 went ahead full speed having sighted steam on bow and at 3.00 recognizing her as USS ‘Newport’; slowed down.

Vessels in sight at end of watch: ‘Osceola’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Mangrove’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Morrill’ and ‘Newport’.

Under steam alone; average steam 100 lbs, average revolutions 67.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and breezes from NNE.

On station blockading Havana harbor.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

About 5.30 two batteries on shore fired four shots at ‘Osceola’, three at this vessel and one at ‘Morrill’.

[Inserted note] At 5.20 2 batteries onshore fired four shots at ‘Osceola’, three at ‘Vicksburg’.

None of above shots were effective.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 67.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SW; clear and pleasant.

Steering course SWbyW and NEbyE on beat about 5½ miles from Morro Castle.

Sighted searchlight bearing about NNE and sent watch on deck to quarters.

Discovered vessel to be ‘Mayflower’; exchanged private signal.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 64.5


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7 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer falling; light variable airs and breezes.

Standing back and forth off Havana, keeping Morro Castle between SSE and ESE.

At 12.35 exchanged private signal with ‘Mayflower'.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 65.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

On station blockading Havana harbor.

At 5.30 sighted five vessels to NW and headed for them.

At 6.00 ‘Wilmington’ signalled: “‘Lafayette’ has permission to enter Havana harbor”.

At 6.30 ‘Mayflower’ signalled: “Send officer”; lowered gig and sent an officer to ‘Mayflower’.

At 7.30 ‘Morrill’ signalled: “A strange vessel in sight” bearing WSW; at 7.40 went full ahead after strange vessel which was made out to be a schooner.

At 7.50 signalled to ‘Morrill’: “Board strange vessel”; at 8.00 fired blank shot at schooner which hoisted Spanish colors.

Average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 65.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from W; clear and pleasant.

At 8.00 fired forward starboard 6-pounder ahead of schooner.

At 8.02 fire forecastle 4-inch at her and shore battery began firing at us and at ‘Morrill’.

Kept up fire at schooner from forward and after 4-inch spar deck guns at range about 4500 yards.

Went ahead full speed to escape fire of shore batteries; expended one blank 6-pounder, one 6-pounder shell, three shell forward forecastle 4-inch, two shell after forecastle 4-inch.

Six or more shells from batteries fell very close to ‘Vicksburg’, one exploding just over her; three sets of signal halliards were carried away, two on mizzen, one on fore, and starboard Jacob’s ladder on main mast was carried away both parts.

Shell of enemy apparently shrapnel fired from high powered guns.

Received signal from ‘Morrill’: “Shall we fire at enemy?”; answered: “Affirmative”.

Firing from shore batteries ceased about 8.20; schooner made port of Havana; catamaran was destroyed by blast of first shot from forward 4-inch gun.

Elevating gear of forward forecastle gun disabled by its own action.

At end of watch, 6½ miles from Morro Lighthouse, bearing SE½E.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 65.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; fresh breeze from WNW and NW.

Keeping Morro Castle bearing between SE and SEbyE, distant six miles.

Spoke ‘Sommers N Smith’, New York Herald dispatch boat.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 50.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breeze from N and NNW; overcast, cloudy and hazy.

Heading NNW and W (pc) making steerageway.

At 11.20 sighted schooner on port bow; hove her to with blank 6-pounder.

Boarded her and found her to be ‘Fernando’ out of Havana; sent her to Key West with Assistant Paymaster AC Schenck USN, GD Ross (Chief Bosun's Mate) and J Dempsey (Cox); sent on board schooner one box bread, one box meat.

Resumed course and speed.

During first part Morro searchlight was exercised.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 41.


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8 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer steady; moderate breeze from NNW; moon shining between clouds.

At 2.30 exchanged private signal with small steamer and gave our call letter which was not answered.

At 3.50 sighted vessel to southward and eastward; went to general quarters; exchanged private signal and made sail out to be USS ‘Mayflower’.

At end of watch Havana bore apparently S.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 42.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; moderate breeze from NNW.

Secured from general quarters at 4.30 and at 4.40 sighted schooner to NE and went in chase.

At 5.10 ‘Mayflower’ hove schooner to; schooner had no name on stern, was two-masted, painted pale green with white band; flew Spanish colors.

At 5.30 ‘Mayflower’ signalled: “Take your station’”; steamed back to station.

At 7.20 exchanged distinguishing pennants with USS ‘Tecumseh’; signalled: “Have you our men on board”; Ans: “Yes”.

Then signalled: “Send our men on board”; ‘Tecumseh’ answered: “I have no boat I can lower”.

Lowered gig and sent for our men who had been sent to Key West in schooner.

Average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 40.3.


8am to meridian:

Gentle, moderate breezes from NW, variable; pleasant weather.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.

Heading WbyS to resume station; received signal from ‘Mayflower’: 62.50.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 48.8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breezes from NNW.

Steering various courses, keeping Morro Castle SSE, six miles distant.

Working for station entire watch.

At end of watch on course WbyN, under steam alone.

Following vessels in sight at end of watch: ‘Mayflower’ NNE, distant 8 miles; ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Mangrove’ NE, distant 10-12 miles.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 37.5


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NNW.

On station blockading Havana Harbor.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 50.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from NNW.

Steering course WbyS; at steerageway.

Searchlight on shore sweeping entrance to Havana Harbor.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 40.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle and moderate breezes from westward; variable weather.

Heading WbyS (pc); made private signal to several vessels, all of our fleet.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 39.8.


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9 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer falling; light breeze from NNW.

At 2.40 sighted small steamer on port beam; made private signal – not answered.

At 2.41 sighted masthead light of steamer bearing WbyN.

At 2.55 went ahead full speed and changed course to WbyN.

At 3.00 called watch to guns and at 3.20 sounded general quarters.

Before 4.00 made out two steamers, one ‘Newport’; after firing displayed private signal again which was answered.

Heading W (psc) until 2.55 under steam alone; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 46.8.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NNW.

At 4.30 ‘Newport’ signalled: “We have a steamer under investigation”; Captain hailed ‘Newport’ and asked: “Have you received a report”; ‘Newport’ answered: “We have a report”.

At 4.40 started back for our station off Havana.

At about 5.15 sighted schooner to northward about five miles distant; started to give chase but by order of Captain resumed station.

Later, ‘Newport’ and ‘Mayflower’ gave chase and former hove her to and took her in tow; merchant steamer also was in charge of ‘Newport’.

About 7.00 batteries ashore fired two shots at ‘Tecumseh’.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore E½S, distant about six miles.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 42.9.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from NNW.

Steering varying courses about six miles off entrance to Havana Harbor, on blockade, at slow speed from 30 to 50 revolutions.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; 1st Division engaged in overhauling main battery.

Several ships of blockading squadron in sight.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 40.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breezes from northward; clear and pleasant.

Taking station, heading various courses; at 2.00 on course WbyS (pc).

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 45.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from N.

At 4.05 discovered vessel flying French flag standing to eastward close in to westward of Havana entrance.

At 4.15 changed course to EbyN.

At 5.05 went to general quarters as man-of-war flying French flag had circled and was standing to westward in blockade line.

Passed by her and sounded retreat; ‘Mayflower’ signalled 180.

Received orders to let French steamer ‘Lafayette’ pass out and not stop her.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore SbyE, distant eight miles.

Under steam alone on course SbyW.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 85.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from N.

On course WbyN; Morro Castle bore SE at 8.00.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 45.6.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Steering at steerageway (40 to 50 revolutions) on course WbyS, Morro Castle bearing about SWbyE.

Two searchlights on shore sweeping entrance to Havana Harbor till 10.40 when moon rose.

Average steam 159 lbs, average revolutions 45.


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10 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from northward; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Heading WbyS (pc).

At 11.10 sighted USS ‘Wasp’; she would not answer private signal.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 47.6.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from NE shifting to eastward at end of watch; barometer steady.

At 5.30 changed course to ESE and went ahead half speed.

At 7.40 changed course to EbyN.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore SE⅝E, distant 8 miles.

Vessels in sight at end of watch: ‘Mayflower’ NNE, distant 10-12 miles; ‘Wasp’ N, distant ½ mile.

Under steam alone; average steam 165 lbs, average revolutions 60.9.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy; moderate breeze from E.

On station off Havana; Morro Castle bore SEbyE at noon.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; overhauled gun gear and had bag inspection.

About 11.00 sighted steamer coming out of Havana Harbor; changed course to intercept her but found she was French steamer ‘Lafayette’.

Signaled to ‘Tecumseh’: “Do not molest steamer” and to French steamer FCSW; she answered DNWR; we replied in affirmative and steamer answered RSJ.

Signaled to ‘Tecumseh’ 180; batteries on shore fired on ‘Tecumseh’ and afterward fired about a dozen shots but could not ascertain at what they were firing.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 33.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy and pleasant; moderate breeze from E and ENE.

On blockading station off Havana, steaming at 40 revolutions; Morro Castle bearing about SEbyS, distant 6-8 miles.

Hailed tug ‘Tecumseh’ and communicated Senior Officer’s orders that she not go near enough to shore batteries to draw their fire.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Tecumseh’ in sight at end of watch on their respective stations.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4pm to 6pm:

Moderate and stiff breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Heading WSW (pc); changed course to EbyN (pc).

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and served out hammocks.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer rising; stiff breeze from ENE and N.

Exchanged private signal with ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Mayflower’; spoke New York World tug ‘Triton’.

At 7.00 changed course to W and proceeded under a good steerageway.

2 searchlights being exercised from shore.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 48.4.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; fresh breeze from E and ESE.

Morro Castle searchlight exercised all watch.


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11 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon; stiff breezes from ESE.

On blockading station off Havana, steaming on course W at 35 revolutions till 1.00 when changed course to EbyN and increased to 55 revolutions.

No vessels in sight at end of watch; ship rolling and pitching moderately.

Average steam 158 lbs.


4am to 8am:

Moderate and stiff breezes from ESE; clear at times; generally cloudy.

Steaming in to sight land; heading various course, full speed.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 66.3.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breeze from ESE; barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and afterward gun divisions cleaned gun brightwork.

2nd Division of Engineer’s division scrubbed hammocks.

Vessels in sight at end of watch: ‘Mayflower’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Wasp’; sighted ‘Morrill’, ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Newport’.

At 10.30 spoke New York Herald steamer ‘Sommers N Smith’ and received mail for ‘Newport’.

At 10.45 started around to ESE to intercept man-of-war coming out of Havana Harbor; proved to be HMS ‘Talbot’, who signalled: “I am bound for Nassau”; answered by ‘Mayflower’.

At end of watch steaming back to station, Morro Castle SSW, distant 8 miles.

Following ships in sight: ‘Annapolis’, ‘Morrill’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Wasp’.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ 970 60 C to fleet; answered by ‘Mayflower’; at 11.25 ‘Mayflower’ signalled to ‘Vicksburg’.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 48.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; light breeze from ENE.

At 2.00 had Morro Castle bearing SEbyE, distant six miles.

Slowed on steerageway and went on course SWbyS at 4.00; Morro Castle bore ESE.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy with lightning and thunder last part.

On blockading station off Havana; Morro Castle bearing about SE.

Steaming at steerageway on course EbyS till 4.05 when made course EbyN at 30 revolutions.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 29.


6pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from ENE; overcast and cloudy; very dark, lightning.

At 6.45 changed course to WbyS (pc).

Average steam 153 lbs, average revolutions 45.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light breeze from ENE.

At end of watch on course WNW (psc); reflection of Havana lights just visible in SE; vivid lightning first half.

Under steam alone; average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 45.


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12 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy first part, clearing last hour; light breeze from N; moonlight last two hours.

On course WNW; nothing in sight.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs to light breeze from ENE.

At 4.00 changed course to SSE at 45 revolutions, standing in toward blockading station.

At 5.00 headed WbyN at full speed, giving chase to suspicious tug; fired blank 6-pounder charge across her bow and found her to be tug ‘Triton’, owned by New York World.

Resumed course SSE at slow speed till 5.00 when went in pursuit of steamer; she hoisted American flag.

Made International Signal BND but she did not answer so hove her to with blank 6-pounder charge.

She proved to be ‘Gussie’ of New Orleans from Key West, bound for Cuba with two companies of infantry and arms to land; she sent Captain of Cavalry to board.

Exchanged distinguishing pennants with Revenue Cutter ‘Manning’, looking for ‘Gussie’ to convoy her.

‘Mayflower’ made signal 1849, answered by us; made negative pennant to ‘Mayflower’.

‘Mayflower’ made 108 and our distinguishing pennant.

At 7.30 went ahead full speed on course SSE.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 48.6.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs and breezes from north-eastward; clear and pleasant.

Steaming ahead full speed, heading various courses to regain station.

At 8.30 sighted Morro Castle one point on starboard bow; changed course to WbyS, Morro bearing EbyS, distant six miles.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 63.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with rain showers accompanied with thunder third hour; barometer steady; light breeze from NE.

At 12.40 sighted ‘Mayflower’ and in obedience to signal ran down to her and received orders to all German man-of-war ‘Geier’ to enter Havana and to deliver same order to ‘Morrill’ and ‘Tecumseh’.

Stood to westward and carried out instructions; under steam alone.

At end of watch standing on course EbyN, Morro Castle bearing ESE¾E.

Signals ‘Mayflower’ to ‘Vicksburg’ 180; ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Morrill’ 180.

Loosed sail to dry.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 51.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; gentle breeze from NE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; on station off Havana.

At 6.00 Morro Castle bore SSE, distant about six miles.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 42.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; raining last hour; light breeze from E and ESE.

On course W at 50 revolutions on blockading station off Havana; Morro Castle bearing about SEbyS.

At 7.57 changed course to ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Variable light breezes from eastward and southward; overcast and cloudy with light drizzling rain.

At 8.00 sighted light apparently of torpedo boat; called watch on deck to guns.

Saw same light at different bearing until 8.30; at 9.00 sounded retreat.

Course WbyN (pc); average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 26.5


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13 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with rain first hour; barometer falling.

At 1.20 sighted light bearing SWbyW and at 1.25 changed course to SWbyW; changed course, half speed, increasing to full speed at 1.35.

At 2.00 sent watch to guns and at 2.15 hailed steamer and found her to be ‘Gussie’, transport that had troops on board yesterday, morning watch; sounded retreat at 2.30.

Under steam alone at end of watch, standing ENE.

Average steam 144 lbs, average revolutions 55.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear and pleasant; light variable airs and breezes.

Steering various courses to regain station off Havana.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SSE, distant about six miles.

Catamaran went overboard during one of night watches.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 74.5.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from NE and NNE.

On blockading station off Havana, Cuba; heading W at half speed to bring Morro Castle bearing SEbyE till 9.00 when slowed to steerageway.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; gun crews engaged in overhauling battery and gun ports.

At 10.30 exchanged distinguishing pennants with Revenue Cutter ‘Manning’ which was convoying steamer ‘Gussie’.

‘Manning’ made wigwag signal: “Permission to proceed”; answered: “Granted”.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Morrill’ and ‘Annapolis’ sighted during watch.

At end of watch heading E at steerageway; Morro Castle bearing SSE.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 64.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from north-eastward; clear and hot.

Loosed sail to dry.

At 1.15 lowered dinghy from its davits and hoisted it in sailing launch.

Wrapped cutters and launches with canvas using topgallant sail, flying jib and coaling screen.

Unshipped canopy of steam launch.

Course WbyS (pc); average steam 158, average revolutions 40.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from NE.

At 4.40 changed course to EbyN (psc) having sighted ‘Annapolis’ standing to westward with signal flying.

Answered by ‘Mayflower’, indistinguishable from this ship.

At 5.00 took in and furled all sail.

At 5.20 went to quarters for muster.

At end of watch on course W (psc) having changed course at 5.30; Morro Castle bearing SbyW, distant seven miles.

Average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 48.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from NE and E.

At 7.30 went ahead full speed heading WbyS.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 42.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ENE.

At 8.00 heading W at full speed in chase of steamer and at 8.30 found her to be ‘Mayflower’; exchanged private signals and call letters with her.

Made course EbyN at steerageway till 9.00 when gave chase to steam westward.

Hove her to with blank 6-pounder change at 10.00 and found her to be tug ‘Dewey’ of New York Herald.

Send boat for paper and at 10.30 went ahead at steerageway on course EbyN.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 46.7.


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14 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light easterly breezes; cloudy and dark.

At 12.05 sighted rocket bearing NE and light immediately under it; changed course to investigate.

Saw ‘Mayflower’’s searchlight on ‘Hudson’ which made her number.

Changed course to WbyS (pc); exchanged private signal with several vessels.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 29.


4am to 8am:

Overcast second and third hours with heavy passing showers second hour, accompanied with thunder and lightning; barometer falling; light breeze from ENE.

At daybreak sighted ‘Mayflower’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Tecumseh’ and New York Herald’s tug ‘Dewey’.

At 5.20 sighted sail to NW and at 5.25 headed around and went in chase.

At 6.10 fired blank 6-pounder cartridge; hove her to; sent boarding officer and found her to be British bark ‘America’, Windsor, Ontario; Captain Steele; loaded with lumber, from Mobile to Holland.

At 6.45 hoisted boat, went ahead on course SbyW half speed.

At 6.50 changed course to SbyE; at 7.15 to S; and at 8.00 to SSW; Managua Paps bearing SbyW½W.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 64.4.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy with rain squalls; light breezes from ENE and NE.

Heading on course WSW for Havana entrance.

At 10.00 ‘Mayflower’ signalled 3127; changed course to come within hail of ‘Mayflower’.

At 10.10 ‘Mayflower’ signalled: “Cape de Verde fleet has arrived at Martinique; please tell ‘Morrill’ and ‘Tecumseh’”.

Went on course at 10.30; sighted schooner ahead at 10.45 and made for her.

At 11.50 signalled ‘Mayflower’: “Shall I overhaul schooner”; answered: “I think ‘Tecumseh’ can manage”.

At noon Morro Castle bore SSE.

Received from ‘Mayflower’ prize crew sent to Key West on schooner ‘Fernandito’.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 48.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and threatening rain; light to gentle breeze from E and ESE.

Hailed tug ‘Tecumseh’ and communicated Senior Officer present’s message that three gunboats and a transport were getting ready to leave Havana and Cape de Verde fleet were at Martinique.

Made GS 180 to ‘Morrill’ and gave her same message.

On blockading station off Havana.

At 1.00 gave chase to steamer to north-westward; hove her to at 2.00.

Boarded her and found her to Norwegian steamer ‘Albis’ with general cargo from New York to Progreso, Mexico.

Allowed her to proceed and returned to station six miles from Morro Castle bearing SE; at 3.00 made course WbyN at steerageway.

In accordance with Article 1594, Navy Regulations, Ensign TJ Senn and Ensign FP Baldwin made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Light breeze from SSE; cloudy, misty and hazy.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

At 5.20 sighted two Spanish gun boats just E of Morro, having come out of Havana in haze.

Signalled 978 to ‘Mayflower’; ‘Mayflower’ signalled 4; headed to eastward to intercept gunboats.

One was small gunboat, other large 3-master supposed to be ‘Alfonso XIII’ [Alphonso XIII in log]; ‘Mayflower’ fired three times at enemy without effect.

Batteries of Santa Clara and enemy ships returned fire without effect.

Santa Clara firing was good though range too great.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 31.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; light SSW breeze.

Secured at 7.00 but left ammunition at guns.

Standing to westward; at 7.59 changed course to W.

Exchanged private numbers with ‘Morrill’ and ‘Tecumseh’.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 175 lbs, average revolutions 61.1.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from southward and westward.

On course W; at midnight Morro Castle bore SEbyS.

Light on Morro was exhibited at intervals during watch and also searchlight was displayed.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 48.2.


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15 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; hazy with lightning.

On blockading station off Havana.

On course W at steerageway keeping Havana bearing about SEbyE.

Average steam 157.5 lbs, average revolutions 43.4.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from ESE and EbyN; cloudy and hazy.

At daybreak to northward of Mariel Table Lands heading W (pc); changed course ESE and SE then to various to regain station.

‘Dolphin’ flying Commodore’s pennant visited ‘Mayflower’.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 50.4.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant and hot; barometer steady; moderate breeze from EbyN.

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

At 10.05 ‘Morrill’ signalled strange sail in sight and stood towards steamer to southward and westward.

‘Vicksburg’ headed in same direction under full speed.

‘Morrill’ and ‘Tecumseh’ overhauled steamer and she stood out to northward.

At 10.10 sighted ship or bark-rigged steamer standing to southward and westward bearing W from ‘Vicksburg’.

At 10.30 stood around to eastward under full steam, after having spoken to ‘Uncas’.

At 11.30 ran alongside ‘Mayflower’ and received orders to send boat.

Executive Officer accompanied by Senior Medical Officer made inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary conditions good.

Under steam alone; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 4.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breezes from eastward.

Sent boat to ‘Mayflower’ and then went on course.

At 1.00 went ahead full speed and at 1.30 made signal to ‘Tecumseh’,180; ‘Tecumseh’ came within hail and we gave her instructions from Senior Officer; then headed for ‘Wasp’; made signal 180.

Sighted full-rigged ship in shore and headed for her.

‘Wasp’ signalled 2355; gave up chase of ship and headed for ‘Wasp’; ‘Wasp’ sent boat and we gave her written instructions from Senior Officer; also instructions for ‘Morrill’.

Stood back for our station off Havana; at 4.00 Morro Castle bore SE.

‘Uncas’ went in toward Havana Harbor flying flag of truce.

Average steam 150 lbs, average 64.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from EbyN.

On blockading station off Havana; on course WbyS at 50 revolutions till 5.00 when changed course to EbyN and increased to 70 turns.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Morrill’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Ericsson’ [torpedo boat] and ‘Uncas’ in sight during watch; ‘Uncas’ carried flag of truce.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 48.5 [unclear].


6pm to 8pm:

Moderate breeze from EbyN; clear and pleasant; hazy.

At 6.10 went ahead full speed to make Morro Light bear S; course WbyS (pc).

At dusk ‘Ericsson’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Morrill’, ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Uncas’ in sight.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 58.1.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; bright starlight; barometer steady; gentle breeze from EbyN.

Exchanged private signals with ‘Morrill’ and ‘Tecumseh’.

Under steam alone; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 38.3.


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16 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from EbyN and EbyS; moon rose at 2.30.

At 12.30 changed course to WbyS.

Exchanged private signals with ‘Tecumseh’ at 1.00 and she informed us that she had seen a searchlight displayed to NW.

Morro Castle searchlight displayed at intervals during watch.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyS.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 37 [unclear].


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon.

On blockading station off Havana; heading WbyS at steerageway till 5.30 when made course E.

Loosed head sails and spanker to dry at 5.00 and stowed at 5.30.

At end of watch on course SE at 50 revolutions; Morro Castle bearing SSE, distant 8 miles.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Morrill’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Wasp’ and ‘Ericsson’ sighted.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 43.


8am to meridian:

Moderate breezes from ESE to ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and cleaned brightwork on guns; opened magazines for airing.

Ensign GR Marvell USN was made Navigator by order of Commanding Officer.

Broke out Marines Storeroom and found 43 buckets water, which was bailed out.

Quarterly board (Navy Regulations 1428) met and condemned 8 lbs tobacco, wet and mouldy, which was thrown overboard by order of Commanding Officer.

14 pairs drawers, wet, were ordered to be appraised and sold at reduced cost.

Steering various courses to regain station.

At 9.00 headed WbyS (pc); at 11.00 changed course to EbyN (pc) going ahead slow speed.

Spanker was loosed to dry and furled again.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 45.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On station off Havana Harbor.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE.

Unbent all sail and sent them below.

French Flagship came out of Havana Harbor at 3.30.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 57.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breeze from ENE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

On course ENE (pc) throughout watch.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore EbyE½E (psc); ship’s head ENE (psc).

‘Morrill’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Wasp’ in sight at end of watch.

Under steam alone; average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 45.7.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

On blockading station off Havana; heading ENE till 6.10 when made course S at 40 revolutions.

Light of Morro Castle shown after dark and a number of lights sighted astern.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 40.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breeze from ENE; variable weather.

Course WbyS (psc); at 10.00 changed course to EbyN (pc).

Sighted lights in E apparently vessels communicating.

Morro Lighthouse light burning during whole of watch.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 32.7.


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17 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from EbyN; moon rose at 3.10.

On course WbyS off Havana Harbor at 4.00; Morro Castle bore SEbyE.

Light on Morro Castle burning during entire watch and searchlight displayed at frequent intervals.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from EbyN and ESE.

At daylight sighted ‘Morrill’ and ‘Mangrove’.

At 4.50 changed course to EbyN; at 6.30 changed to EbyS.

At end of watch on course EbyS; Morro Castle bearing SE¾S (psc), distant 10 miles.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 40.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE.

On blockading station off Havana; steam EbyS till 9.45 when changed course to WbyS at 50 revolutions.

At 9.30 exchanged distinguishing pennants with cutter ‘Hamilton’; sent boat to ‘Hamilton’ for mail and to tug ‘Somers N Smith’ for papers.

At 11.00 ‘Hamilton’ made wigwag signal: “Have you set of boat signals to spare”; she sent boat and we transferred one set Navy boat signals.

Sighted ‘Mayflower’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Dolphin’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Morrill’ and ‘Mangrove’ during watch.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore SEbyS, distant 7 miles.

Mustered at quarters at 9.45 and gun divisions cleaned working parts and brightwork of battery.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 42.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from SE; variable, cloudy.

Heading WbyS at 1.30; changed course to EbyN.

At 3.15 went alongside ‘Dolphin’ and Commanding Officer reported on board.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 50.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from ENE.

At 4.30 Commanding Officer returned on board.

At 4.45 stood on course WbyS (psc).

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and took names and addresses of next of kin of men and officers.

Morro Castle at 6.00 bore SEbyE.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 40.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

On station off Havana; at 8.00 Morro Castle bore ESE.

Exchanged private signals with ‘Morrill’ and ‘Mangrove’.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 40.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana; on course EbyN at revolutions 50 till 11.45; Morro being abeam when changed course to WbyS.

Sighted vessel to eastward which changed course; sent watch to guns.

Exchanged private signals with her and in answer to our call letter she made ED.

Morro light burning throughout watch; searchlights working ashore till 10.30.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 45.


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18 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from ESE; clear and bright starlight; at 3.45 moon rose.

Course WbyS (pc).

Exchanged private signals with ships of blockading squadron.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 36.6.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer steady; light to gentle breezes from ESE.

At 7.05 spoke Chicago Record tug ‘Hercules’.

At 4.10 changed course to EbyN and at 6.40 to WbyS.

At end of watch under steam alone; Morro Castle bearing SbyW (mag), distant 8½ miles.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 36.5.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from westward and eastward.

On station off Havana Harbor.

At 8.00 ‘Morrill’ signalled 987 and Compass 48.

Sighted strange vessel to southward and westward and later made her out to be German man-of-war.

She entered Havana Harbor about 9.00.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; a number of vessel in sight during watch.

Average steam 153 lbs, average revolutions 35.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breezes from ENE.

‘Dolphin’ made wigwag signal: “Austrian man-of-war expected”; we made: “What is her name?”; ‘Dolphin’ answered: “Name ‘Empress Maria Theresa’”.

Proceeded on course WbyS at 40 revolutions until 2.00 when made course EbyN at 50 revolutions.

At 3.45 ‘Dolphin’ made Tel Neg [Negative] 8608 4520 6343; answered Negative.

Maneuvering ship to keep near ‘Dolphin’.

At end of watch on course EbyN; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 31.4.


4pm to 8pm:

Moderate breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Heading EbyN; at 5.00 changed course to various to get farther out; at 7.00 course WbyS (pc).

Average steam 165 lbs, average revolutions 31.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On station blockading Havana Harbor.

At 10.30 changed course to EbyN; at midnight Morro Castle light bore SEbyE.

Average steam 152 lbs, average revolutions 45.7.


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19 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

On blockading station off Havana; on course EbyN till 3.40 when Morro light bore abeam and changed course to WbyS; slowed from 50 to 40 revolutions.

At 1.15 and 2.30 exchanged private signal with ships of blockading squadron.

Exchanged call letters with latter, ‘Dolphin’.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 47.8.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer normal; gentle breeze from EbyS.

At daylight sighted ‘Mayflower’, ‘Mangrove’ and 'Uncas'.

At end of watch under steam alone on course EbyS; Morro Castle SSE¾E, distant eight miles.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 48.


8am to meridian:

Moderate breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and cleaned gun brightwork.

Heading various courses to regain station; at 9.00 course E (pc); changed at 10.00 to W.

‘Dolphin’ and ‘Mayflower’ exchanged telegraphic signals after which ‘Mayflower’ went out of sight heading towards Key West.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 32.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On station blockading Havana Harbor; at 2.00 changed course to E and at 2.30 to EbyN; Morro bore SE at 4.00.

Average steam 150 lbs, average 72.6.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana heading NbyE at 70 revolutions till 5.30 when made course W at 40 revolutions.

Stopped engines at 7.50, and went ahead again at 8.00, to allow Engineer’s Force to make repairs to engine.

‘Dolphin’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Woodbury’ and ‘Mangrove’ sighted.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15; at 8.00 Morro light bore SEbyS, distant about eight miles.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 42.5.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

Heading WbyS; at 10.30 changed to EbyN; Morro light and searchlight going during watch.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 39.9.


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20 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

At 12.30 exchanged private signal and call letter with ‘Mangrove’.

At 3.00 changed course to W; at 4.00 Morro Castle light bore SbyE.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 36.4.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer rising; moderate breeze from E and EbyS.

At end of watch under steam alone; Morro Castle SbyE (psc), distant 8½ miles.

‘Dolphin’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Newport’, ‘Mangrove’, ‘Wilmington’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Miantonomoh’ in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 35.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle to moderate breeze from EbyS.

Heading E at 70 turns on blockading station off Havana till 8.45 when changed course to WbyS and slowed to 50 revolutions.

Went to general quarters at 9.30; divisions reported ready as follows: Navigator’s, Paymaster’s and Surgeon’s, 1 minute; Powder Division 3 minutes; 2nd Division in 2 minutes 45 seconds; 1st Division 4 minutes; Marines 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Exercised crew and secured at 10.10; divisions reported secure at 10.14.

Cleaned battery and gun brightwork.

‘Mangrove’ made wigwag signal: “What monitor is that”; answered: “‘Miantonomoh’”.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore SE½S, distant about 8 miles.

‘Dolphin’, ‘Annapolis’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Newport’, ‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Uncas’ and ‘Mangrove’ sighted during watch.

Average steam 158 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

‘Wilmington’ signalled: “We have your mail” and “Will you take ‘Mayflower’’s mail”; boat alongside and lowered gig.

‘Dolphin’ signalled Prep [Preparatory]: “Commanding Officer’s report on board”; lowered gig and Commanding Officer reported on board Flagship.

Heading various courses from 2.00 to 4.00; heading EbyN.

Average steam 158 lbs.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breezes from EbyN.

Commanding Officer went on board ‘Dolphin’; went ahead on course EbyN.

At 6.15 continued course until Morro Castle bore SE¾S, when stopped engines.

Exchanged private signals with ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘Mangrove’.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 10.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; cloudy third hour; moderate breeze from EbyN and ENE.

Maneuvering to keep on blockading station, 6 to 8 miles from Havana; Morro light bearing SE¾S; searchlight on shore in operation throughout watch.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 40.4.


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21 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

Heading various courses; Morro light bearing SE to SEbyS (pc).

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 34.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer normal; moderate breeze from E.

At end of watch under steam alone; engines stopped; Morro light bearing SE¾E, distant 10 miles.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 44.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

Morro Castle bore SEbyS at noon; standing in and out, keeping Morro Castle from eight to 10 miles distant.

At 11.00 battleship came in sight from NE and later Flagship ‘New York’ was sighted.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 31.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; moderate breeze from E.

Maneuvering to keep ship on blockading station off Havana; Morro Castle bearing SE¾S, distant six to eight miles.

Engines stopped almost half of watch.

At 1.45 connected up hand steering gear in order to overhaul steering engine and connected up steam gear again at 3.50.

In accordance with Article 1594 Navy Regulations, Ensign FP Baldwin and Ensign CB Barnes USN and GR Marvell Ensign and Ordnance Officer made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for safety and management of ship.

‘Puritan’, ‘New York’, ‘Iowa’, ‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Wilmington’ and ‘Mangrove’ in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 26.5.


4pm to 6pm:

Moderate breeze from E; clear and pleasant.

Heading various courses to keep bearing.

Hoisted distinguishing pennant to ‘New York’ and she hoisted hers; she went about 10 miles to westward, hove to for an hour and returned, passing out of sight to north-eastward.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 29.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from E.

On station off Havana Harbor; Morro Castle bore SE at midnight.

Exchanged private signals and call letter with ‘Mangrove’.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 45.


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22 May 1898

Blockade duty off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; rain squall passed over during second hour; gentle breeze from E.

Keeping ship about six miles from Havana; lights of Havana bearing about SE¾S; Morro light not burning.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 37.4.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; gentle to moderate breezes from S.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 152 lbs, average revolutions 45.5.


8am to meridian:

Gentle to moderate breezes from E; clear, cloudy and pleasant weather.

At 9.40 mustered at quarters; Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship; read Articles for Better Governance of Navy.

Heading WbyS; at 9.00 changed course to EbyN (pc); at 10.00 changed to various.

On bearing SE¾S (pc) USS ‘Indiana’ came in sight at 9.00 and made telegraphic signal to ‘Dolphin’.

Executive Officer accompanied by Senior Medical Officer made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 34.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy; moderate breeze from ENE.

Standing back and forth in front of Havana Harbor.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SE½S; a number of vessels in sight, among them being ‘Dolphin’, ‘New York’ and ‘Indiana’.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana; Morro Castle bearing SE¾E, distant 8 miles.

At 5.00 ‘New York’ hailed us and gave verbal message as follows: “Tomorrow morning at early daylight, join Flagship 10 miles NE of Morro and be prepared to proceed eastward 200 miles to a place NE of Cay Francis. Repeat this to ‘Wilmington’. These orders are for you and her”.

At 5.15 went ahead full speed on course SW⅛W to communicate to ‘Wilmington’; made GS 127 and at 6.45 delivered message to ‘Wilmington’.

Mustered at quarters.

At 6.50 went ahead on course NE at full speed to regain station on blockade.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 76.5.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breeze from eastward; clear, clouding.

Course NE to regain station.

Vessels to northward with lights using searchlights.

At 11.08 changed course to WbyS.

At 11.40 rain squall.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 4 – [not visible].


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23 May 1898

Blockading Havana Harbor and at sea

Lat 23.30, Long -81.82


Commences and until 4am:

Generally cloudy; gentle to fresh breeze from E; heavy rain second hour and passing showers third hour.

At 4.00 Morro Castle light bore SbyW½W.

Exchanged private signals with numerous vessels during watch; shifted steering gear to after wheel.

Average steam 152 lbs, average revolutions 57.3.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer rising.

Discovered block of Rapson’s slide on tiller was worn through and hanging only by one corner at 4.00.

At 5.30 joined Flagship ‘New York’ NE of Morro Castle and 13 miles from it.

Vessels at end of watch at same place: ‘New York’, ‘Indiana’, ‘Newport’, ‘Wilmington’, ‘Machias’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Dolphin’, ‘Foote’ and ‘Rodgers’.

Commanding Officer went on board ‘New York’ in obedience to signal.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 39.4.


8am to meridian:

Overcast with light rain squalls first hour; gentle to moderate breeze from E.

Lying to off Flagship ‘New York’; Commanding Officer returned on board at 8.45.

At 9.25 Flagship made signal 24 Compass 29; took position in cruising formation.

At 10.00 Flagship made GS 80 Num 20.

‘Tecumseh’ made wigwag signal: “One officer and mail for you”.

Made signal to Flagship, Telegraphic [Tel] Int: “2734, 4879, 6849, 4206, 0416, 3rd Prep Int T”.

Flagship made Negative.

Wigwagged to ‘Tecumseh’: “F says no” and she returned to Havana.

At 10.18 put over patent log reading 21.2.

At 10.50 F made wigwag signal: “What speed can you make”; answered: “Nine knots”.

At 11.00 shifted to bridge steering wheel; F signalled ‘Vicksburg’: “Close up”.

On course E½N making about 100 revolutions

At noon made coal report [on hand] 101 and [expended] 7 and Lat and Long 23 17 00 N, 81 49 00W.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 37.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from ENE; cloudy, pleasant.

Steaming in double columns following motions of ‘New York’; heading EbyN.

At 1.00 put on forced draft to keep position; received and sent signals to ‘New York’ as per signal record book.

At end of watch in position astern of ‘Mayflower’.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 42.8.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; moderate breeze from EbyN.

Steaming in squadron astern of ‘Mayflower’; at 7.25 changed course by order of Flagship to E¼N.

At 6.00 Flagship signalled: “Carry a red oil lamp astern to show two points on each quarter”.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 80.1.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast; moderate breeze from EbyN; raining last hour.

Steaming in squadron along N coast of Cuba.

Exchanged private signals a number of times.

At 10.00 Corporal of Guard reported that block of Rapson’s slide on tiller had carried away.

Red light on ‘New York’ in sight till 11.30.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 51.1.


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24 May 1898

At sea

Lat 22.87, Long -78.97

8am: 23 07N, 79 14W

8pm: 22 52 30N, 79 00W


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate breezes from EbyS and E; overcast, cloudy with dense rain squalls.

Lost sight of Flagship in previous watch and did not sight her during this watch.

Heading E at 100 revolutions.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 100.

[No further average steam and revolutions figures given this day.]


4am to 8am:

Overcast with heavy passing showers; barometer steady; moderate breeze from E.

After 5.00 standing on various courses to southward and eastward to regain squadron.

At daybreak sighted USS ‘New Orleans’ to eastward.

At 5.30 sighted Anguila Isles bearing WNW½W (psc), ship’s head SE.

At end of watch following ships of squadron in sight standing to ESE½E: ‘New York’, ‘Indiana’, ‘Newport’, ‘Mayflower’, Wilmington, ‘Machias’ and ‘New Orleans’.

Under steam alone.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy; passing showers second hour.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; gave oral instructions to apprentices and landsmen in boxing compass and signals.

Steaming in squadron until 11.30 when went into first battle formation.

At end of watch steaming at four knots astern of ‘Newport’.

‘Puritan’ and ‘Miantonomoh’ joined fleet at 11.30.

Following signals were made during watch:

At 8.30 Flagship to ‘Vicksburg’: “Why did you leave your station during night?”.

‘Vicksburg’ to Flagship: “Lost sight of squadron at midnight in thick weather; saw no signal change course”.

Flagship to ‘Vicksburg’: “No signal was made to change course; ships must keep close enough together to see lights and follow them”.

At 10.00 ‘Vicksburg’ to Flagship: Num 2.

At 11.30 Flagship to fleet: 242.

At 11.45 ‘Newport’ to ‘Vicksburg’: “Speed four knots”.

At noon ‘Vicksburg’ to Flagship: Lat 22 52 N, Long 78 58 W.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from E and ENE.

Steaming in squadron on course EbyS till 12.05 when stopped and lay to.

‘Montgomery’, flying Commodore’s flag, joined squadron at 1.00.

Flagship communicated with American steamer.

Ship’s mechanics at work on steering gear.

Keeping ship in appropriate position in formation.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; cloudy with light squalls last part.

Lying about, hove to; Flagship signalled: “Send boat for fresh provisions also working party”; sent to ‘Supply’.

At 7.45 hoisted boat and took up position in column.

Dispatch from Flagship explaining signal #244; signals as per signal record book.

Received in Pay Department following stores: 324 lbs fresh beef, 884 lbs fresh vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with passing showers; gentle breeze from ENE.

Steaming in column astern of ‘Machias’, steering course ESE½E, speed four knots.


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25 May 1898

At sea

Lat 22.82, Long -79.08

8am: 22 43 13N, 78 50W

8pm: 23 08N, 79 51W


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast with passing rain squalls; gentle breeze from ESE.

Steaming at four knots in squadron on course ESE⅜E (psc).

At 3.30 Flagship made Ardois GS 29 with signal of Execution and began countermarch.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 62.8.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear, clouding.

‘Wasp’ went alongside Flagship obedient to signal.

Flagship and ‘Indiana’ towing torpedo boats.

Dismounted port after 6-pounder gun to repair gun port.

Speed four knots, course WNW¼W.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 34.1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with passing showers of rain; moderate breeze from E; barometer falling.

Steaming in squadron astern of ‘Machias’ until 3.30 when stopped in obedience to signal; went ahead at 3.45.

USS ‘Amphitrite’ and another US vessel joined fleet.

Following signals were made: at 2.00 Flagship to fleet, 80 Num 16; at 3.30 GS 86; at 3.45 Flagship to fleet 80 Num 16.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 43.6.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast with passing showers; moderate breeze from E and ENE.

Steaming in squadron on course WNW at four knots.

At 4.30 Flagship signalled: GS 80 Num 28.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

At 7.15 Flagship made signal Ardois GS 86 and at 7.30 made 80 Num 28 and GS 27 23 C.

At end of watch stopped; waiting for formation.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 64.5.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate breezes from ENE; clear and cloudy, variable weather; light rain squalls.

Making 7 knots, course NWbyW½W.

‘Wilmington’ signalled Flagship: “Crown sheets in two boilers down, another is leaking; can make seven knots with sea favorable”.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 77.5.


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26 May 1898

At sea

Lat 23.31, Long -81.48

8am: 23 23N, 81 12W

4pm: 23 25N, 81 05W


Commences and until 4am:

Passing showers first hour, pleasant afterwards; moderate breeze from ENE.

Steaming in squadron.

At 1.00 Flagship signalled GS 27 and 32 C; changed course to W¼N (psc).

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 54.5.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; moderate breeze from ENE.

At sunrise ‘Puritan’ and ‘Miantonomoh’ left squadron and stood in to Piedras Cay.

‘Wilmington’ dropped astern and was signalled to by Flagship to proceed to Key West.

‘Uncas’ and ‘Leydon’ exchanged numbers with ‘New York’; ‘Mayflower’ joined squadron at 8.00.

Signals: Flagship to ‘Vicksburg’ by wigwag, “Repeat our signals” at 6.30; to fleet 81 at 5.45; to ‘Wilmington’ repeated by ‘Vicksburg’, 5794 Geog [Geographical] 6063 5279.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 56.4.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Steaming in squadron on course WbyS at slow speed.

At 8.30 Flagship signalled GS 80 Num 28; at 10.30 GS 80 Num 10 and at 11.30 GS 86.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and gun crews cleaned battery, ports, and gun brightwork.

At end of watch lying to near Flagship.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 44.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from NE.

Signal from Flagship 244 27 and 4; speed four knots, countermarch heading ENE (pc) in column astern of ‘Machias’.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 50.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from NE.

Steaming in squadron at four knots until 5.15 when Flagship signalled: GS 86; stopped engines.

At end of watch squadron lying to.

Flagship made following signals: Tel 0216, 8579, 7864, 8592, 9198; Date 146, 6705, 9277; NL 18, 4879, 7670; Geo 9198, 3882, 661, 7846, 1339, 6504, Cornet 140, 4879, 798; Geo 6036.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 44.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light breeze from NE.

Lying to near Flagship.

At 8.45 Flagship made Ardois GS 80 Num 16; C 24 then GS 4.

Steaming in squadron on course ENE at four knots.

Several vessels joined squadron.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 43.2


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27 May 1898

At sea

Lat 23.40, Long -80.67

8am: 23 30N, 80 28W

8pm: 23 22N, 80 57W


Commences until 4am:

Light breeze from ESE; clear and bright starlight.

Torpedo boat passed seeking Flagship.

Collier ‘Sterling’ joined squadron.

Heading ESE¾E having received signal from F, 27 HC 37; speed four knots.

Average steam 156 lbs..


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; light breeze from ENE.

Signals: Flagship to squadron at 5.00, 36 C, 29.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 40.1.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from ENE.

Steaming in squadron astern of ‘Amphitrite’.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; divisions at drills.

Sponge handle of 6-pounder broken in use.

At 10.00 by order of Flagship stopped and sent Medical Officer on board ‘Newport’.

Went ahead at 10.30 and resumed station.

Commanding Officer assigned following punishment to WG Averill (Cox): 2 days’ confinement; insolence to Executive Officer.

Following signals were made: at 10.00 ‘Vicksburg’ to Flagship: Num 2; at noon ‘Vicksburg’ to Flagship: Num 81, Num 6, Lat 23° 24°N, Long 80° 40°W.

Average steam 141 lbs, average revolutions 45.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light rain from N.

Steaming in squadron at four knots.

At 12.15 Flagship made wigwag signal: “Signal will be made to stop at one o’clock” and at 1.00 made GS 86 to ‘Machias’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Vicksburg’.

Stopped and sent boat to ‘Newport’ for Medical Officer.

Went ahead again and joined squadron at 1.30.

At 2.45 Flagship made GS 86; squadron stopped and lay to near Flag.

‘Vesuvius’ joined squadron and USS ‘Cincinnati’ left it.

Ship mechanics engaged in putting hawse-bucklers [hawse-bags] in place of jackasses.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 45.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breeze from northward; clear and pleasant.

Lying hove to following motions of Flagship.

Sent boat to Flagship in obedience to signal with mail and for mail.

‘New York’ followed by ‘Vesuvius’ steamed away NNW, ‘Indiana’ guide.

Flagship ‘Montgomery’ signalled 80 Num 16 36C.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 41.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light airs and breezes from ENE.

Steaming in squadron.

At 10.30 countermarched and stood on course EbyN.

At 10.00 Flagship signalled GSN 29 and at 10.10 Compass 28.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 43.4.


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28 May 1898

At sea

Lat 23.38, Long -80.95

8am: 23 23N, 80 40W

8pm: 23 27N, 80 24W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon; light airs to light breezes from ENE.

Steaming in squadron on course EbyN at four knots.

Vessel, probably USS ‘Detroit’, joined squadron at 1.30.

Average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 30.8.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising; light breezes from ENE.

At 5.00 Flagship signalled 29 and 36 C.

At 5.30 changed course to W¾S (psc); in squadron, single column.

Under steam alone; average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 50.8.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from ENE; clear and warm.

At 9.00 ‘Newport’ halfmasted colors followed by all other ships and had burial of seaman.

Signals received from Flagship as follows: Prep 23 72, Tel 0879, Cornet 157, 2734, 0970, 0088, GS 54 93, Cornet 157.

At 10.00 made sick report: 2; course W¾S, speed four knots.

At noon made coal report 70 and 5; Lat 23 23N, Long 80 57W

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 34.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from ENE.

Steaming in squadron at four knots.

At 1.00 Flagship signalled 29 and 115 Compass 28.

Countermarched and changed course to EbyN.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly regular inspection of all water-tight doors and mechanical devices for safety of ship, with exception of those inaccessible, and found them to be in good condition.

Regular weekly inspection of water-tight compartments and mechanical devices for safety of ship was made in accordance with Article 1594 of Navy Regulations by Ensign CB Barnes, Ensign FP Baldwin and Ordnance Officer GR Marvell.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from ESE.

Steaming in squadron on course EbyN at four knots.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and exercised at setting up drill.

Flagship made GS 4 at 6.00; ‘Mayflower’ left squadron at 6.30.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 47.6.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from SE; clear, bright moonlight.

At 9.00 signal from Flagship H* 29 S* 32 C.

Changed course to W.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.5.


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29 May 1898

At sea

Lat 23.60, Long -80.67

8am: 23 36N, 80 43W

8pm: 23 30N, 80 13W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SE.

Steaming in squadron on course W.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 53.4


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SE; barometer rising.

In squadron standing to W until 3.30 then countermarched and stood EbyN (mag).

Signals: Flagship to fleet at 7.00.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolution 44.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from ESE.

Steaming in squadron on course EbyN at four knots.

At 8.45 Flagship made GS 56.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Executive Officer accompanied by Senior Medical Officer made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

At 10.00 made signal 3720 44C to Flagship.

USS ‘Oregon’ joined squadron at 11.30.

Made signal Int 61 38; answered by Flagship with “Negative”.

At noon made signals Num 65 Num 5; Lat 23 36N, Long 80 40W.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 32.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from ESE; clear and hot.

At 1.00 sent boat to USS ‘Supply’ for fresh provisions in obedience to signal.

Lying hove to near ‘Supply’.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 15.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from E.

Finished getting on stores from ‘Supply’ at 4.30.

At 5.10 Flagship signalled Compass 48 and 80 Num 16.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Took station in squadron on course SE; speed four knots.

At 6.20 Flagship signalled “Come within hail”; went alongside Flagship and received instructions to act as scout during night.

At 7.15 went ahead full speed on course EbyS.

At 7.20 put out patent log, reading 78.2.

Average steam 149 lbs, average revolutions 43.4.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; gentle breeze from ESE.

On scouting duty off squadron; steaming EbyS at 10 knots till 9.30 to gain position 20 miles to eastward of squadron.

Changed course to W½S at four knots at 9.30; changed course to N at 10.45; to S at 11.15; to W¼S at 11.33.

‘Mayflower’ in sight during first three hours of watch.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 35.


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30 May 1898

At sea

Lat 23.43, Long -80.87

8am: 23 26N, 80 40W

8pm: 23 25N, 80 19W


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from SSE; clear and bright starlight; moon set at 1.00.

Bahia de Cadiz Light in sight at 1.30 two points on port bow; scouting.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 35.


4am to 8am:

At daylight sighted and ran down to collier ‘Lebanon’ with coal and dispatches for Commodore Watson; exchanged numbers with her.

At 5.45 sighted ‘Dolphin’ flying convoy flag and cable steamer ‘Adria’; at 6.15 exchanged distinguishing pennants with her.

At 6.25 changed course to WbyN (psc); at 6.40 sighted fleet standing to westward and bearing WbyN (psc).

Under steam alone.

Average steam 131 lbs, average revolutions 74.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light variable airs and breezes.

At 8.20 exchanged distinguishing pennants with ‘New York’.

At 9.10 went ahead full speed on course W and joined fleet at 10.20.

Countermarched at 10.50 and slowed to steerageway.

‘New York’, ‘Oregon’, ‘Mayflower’ and USS ‘Du Pont’ left fleet and went to eastward.

‘Puritan’ went alongside collier; ‘Machias’ dropped out of line for repairs.

Tested all electrical appliances and found them in good condition except gong abreast of galley and switch for gongs in pilot house.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; divisional drills.

Following signals during watch: at 9.30 to Flagship, Tel 8431 Cornet 41, Tel 8696 Compass 48, Tel 2916, 2027 and 8750.

At 10.40 Flagship to fleet, Compass 28; at noon to Flagship, Num 57, Lat 23 26N, Long 80 52W.

Average steam 140 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE and NE.

Steaming at steerageway on course NbyE.

At 4.00 secured wigwag message from ‘Amphitrite’: “Why were third class apprentices sent here from you not rated second class as by regulation, (signed) Captain Barclay”.

Average steam 158 lbs.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Course ENE ½ E.

At 5.15 mustered at quarter and exercised at setting up.

At 6.00 changed course in obedience to signal, heading ESE⅞E.

Average steam 158 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE; bright moonlight.

Steaming in squadron; at 8.20 countermarched and stood on course W¼N; speed steerageway.

At 8.00 Flagship signalled 29; at 8.10 31 Compass.

Average steam 158 lbs.


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31 May 1898

At sea

Lat 23.47, Long -80.65

8am: 23 28N, 80 41 30W

8pm: 23 24N, 79 54W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from SSE and SSW.

Steaming in squadron on course W at steerageway.

Average steam 154 lbs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot; barometer rising; light variable airs.

At daylight sighted ‘Puritan’, ‘Newport’, USS ‘Panther’, USS ‘Suwanee’, collier ‘Lebanon’ and SS ‘Gussie’; latter under convoy of ‘Suwanee’.

‘Panther’ joined squadron but others stopped by Flagship and at end of watch were five miles astern.

Under steam alone on course W¼N.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from ESE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and had ‘manual of arms’.

Course W½N following motions of Flag.

At 10.00 changed course to E½S, by signal from Flag making steerageway.

Detroit fell behind making repairs.

Average steam 150 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot; light variable breezes.

Steaming in squadron on course E.

At 3.00 Flagship signalled NL 18, Tel 6853, 6840 Geog 9198, Tel 5104, 5029, 8317.

At 3.30 Flagship signalled GS 5406 and 5 Num.

Average steam 148 lbs.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

Steaming in squadron on course E at four knots.

At 4.45 Flagship made GS 86 and GS 5493 Des [possibly Dis – Distinguishing] T.

Stopped and sent mail to ‘Detroit’; ‘Detroit’ left squadron.

At 6.00 Flagship made GS 83 and at 6.15 780 Cornet 222.

Went within hail of Flagship and secured verbal order to take scout duty, 10 miles to eastward of squadron.

Went ahead at 110 revolutions to gain scouting position; put over patent log at 6.45 reading 63.2.

Average steam 158 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Light breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Scouting 10 miles eastward of squadron, speed four knots.

At 9.15 changed course to W½N.

Average steam 158 lbs.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1898


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1 June 1898

At sea

Lat 23.33, Long -80.65

8am: 23 20N, 80 29W

8pm: 23 18N, 80 23W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and breezes from ESE; moonlight first two hours.

On course W ½ N.

At 1.00 sighted fleet ahead; exchanged private numbers with ‘Montgomery’.

Stopped for a half hour to allow fleet to gain on us, then went ahead slow.

At 2.00 stopped again for half hour.

At end of watch steaming at 25 revolutions.

M Kreuger (Apprentice 2c) was found asleep while on lookout.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot; barometer steady; calm and light variable airs.

At 6.00 started ahead to join fleet and at 7.25 resumed position in line.

Passed small steamer standing to eastward at daybreak (5.00).

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Montgomery’ at 7.15, 5766; ‘Montgomery’ to ‘Vicksburg’ at 7.20 by wigwag, “Resume your position in line”.

Under steam alone; average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 50.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light breeze from WNW and NNW.

Steaming in squadron on course W½N (pc) at four knots.

At 9.15 Flagship made GS 86 and GS 5493, Des [Dis?] Int Pen T; we made Tel Neg 6307.

‘Panther’ left squadron.

At 9.30 went to fire quarters; divisions reported ready as follows: Navigator’s 1 minute; 1st Division 2 minutes; 2nd Division 3 minutes; Powder 3 minutes; Engineer’s Division 2 minutes; Paymaster’s and Surgeon’s 3 minutes each.

Secured at 9.43.

At 9.46 had collision drill; divisions reported ready as follows: 1st Division 1 minute 30 seconds; 2nd Division 2 minutes; Powder 2 minutes; Navigator’s 1 minute; Marines 2 minutes; Engineer’s 2 minutes 30 seconds; Paymaster’s and Surgeon’s 1 minute 30 seconds.

Secured at 9.53.

At 10.00 made sick report: 3.

At 10.30 Flagship made GS 83 and squadron proceeded on course W¼N (mag), making about 40 revolutions.

At noon made coal report: Num 44 Num 7; Lat 23 20N, Long 80 39W.

USS ‘Hornet’ [dispatch vessel] came up from eastward.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 32.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breeze from northward; clear and pleasant.

Heading W½N, speed four knots.

At 2.00 changed course to E¼N by countermarching.

Signals from Flagship: 86 – 80 29 C 23.

‘Puritan’ left squadron steaming to south-eastward.

Average steam 150 lbs; average revolutions 43.4.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from NE.

Steaming in squadron on course E½N.

At 7.00 ‘Machias’ and ‘Hawk’ went ahead on scout duty.

At 5.15 mustered at evening quarters; setting up drill.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishment: M Kreuger (Apprentice 2c), sleeping on lookout: solitary confinement on bread and water for five days.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 43.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light airs to light breezes from NE, N and NNE.

At 8.00 Flagship made Ardois GS 29, 28 C.

Countermarched; steaming in squadron on course WbyN (mag) at about 40 revolutions.

‘Miantonomoh’ joined squadron at 9.00.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 36.


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2 June 1898

At sea

Lat 23.58, Long -81.13

8pm: 23 27N, 80 55W [Latitude 20 27N in log]


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from NNE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Course WNW¼W.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer rising; calms and light variable airs; hot.

‘Montgomery’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Miantonomoh’ and ‘Hornet’ with ‘Foote’ and ‘Rodgers’ in fleet.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 32.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot; calm and light airs from NE.

Steaming in squadron on course WNW¾W.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; all divisions ready in 2 minutes.

Tested flood cocks of magazines and found them in good condition.

‘Newport’ joined fleet at noon.

Following signals during watch: at 10.00, Num 3; at noon to Flagship Num 38, Num 6; Lat 20 35N and Long 81 08W.

Average steam 152 lbs, average revolutions 41.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs to gentle breezes from NE, N and ENE.

Steaming in squadron on course WbyN (mag), WNW¾W (pc) at four knots.

At 2.20 Flagship made GS Prep 5493 Des [Dis?] Cornet 102, then 86 and Execution.

Stopped and sent mail to ‘Miantonomoh’; ‘Miantonomoh’ left squadron.

At 3.00 made Int 3167 which was answered by Flagship and granted.

Started to swing ship using starboard helm.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 32.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and had setting up.

At 6.15 signal from Flagship: “Come within hail”.

Received following orders: “You will leave squadron in time to reach Cay Piedras at daylight. On your arrival there you will go alongside collier ‘Lebanon’ and fill up with coal. Instructions for your future movements will be given during day”.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from ENE.

Steaming in squadron.

At 9.30 changed course to E¼N (psc).

At 11.15 countermarched and stood on course W¼N.

Following signals during watch: at 8.00, Flagship to fleet, 4; at 9.30 Flagship to fleet, Compass C 32; at 11.15 29 and Compass 32 C.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 41.4.


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3 June 1898

At sea and at Cay [Cayo] Piedras, Cuba

Lat 23.23, Long -81.11

8pm: 23 17N, 80 13W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; light breezes from ENE to ESE.

Steaming in squadron on course W¼N at four knots until 3.00 when left formation.

Made course SW¾W (pc) at 60 revolutions.

Steamer sighted to southward at 3.00.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 32.4.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Stood in Piedras Cay throughout watch.

At end of watch Piedras Cay bore NE (psc); ship’s head NE (psc), distance 1½ miles.

Collier ‘Lebanon’ anchored; making preparations to go alongside by running in battery and lowering boats.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 6 inches, aft 11 feet 10 inches.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from ENE; clear and hot.

Finished running in port battery at 8.10.

Secured alongside collier ‘Lebanon’ at 8.40.

Began coaling at 9.45 after rigging whips and guys.

In rolling ‘Lebanon’ carried away port running light box.

Took in 26 tons of coal; ‘Foote’ brought orders from Commodore Watson: “‘Vicksburg’, remain off Cardenas as senior ship blockading”.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; gentle breeze from ENE.

Continued coaling from ‘Lebanon’.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NE.

Coaling from collier ‘Lebanon’ until 5.00; took in altogether 80¼ tons.

At 6.00 cast off from collier, hoisted boats, rigged out gun deck, 4-inch gun.

Took departure Piedras Cay bearing E, 1¼ miles distant and made course NW at four knots.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 35.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Course NW (pc), speed four knots.

At 9.00 changed course to NNE (pc).

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 52.4.


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4 June 1898

At sea and at Cay Piedras

Lat 23.23, Long -81.11

8pm: 23 15N, 80 12W


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; gentle breezes from ENE.

At 1.00 changed course to SW¼W; steaming at four knots.

Collier ‘Lebanon’ in sight during watch.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Heading in for Cay Piedras throughout watch.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 32.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from NE.

At 8.00 went alongside collier ‘Lebanon’ and secured with four lines; ‘Lebanon’ being anchored.

Lowered boats and rigged in port 4-inch gun previous to going alongside.

Commenced coaling forward at 9.10, aft at 9.30.

Stopped coaling at 11.50 having taken in 38¼ tons.

Petry (Cox) reported expiration of his enlistment.

Carpenter’s gang paying seams on spar deck; engineer’s force repairing evaporator coils.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from NNE; clear and warm.

Alongside collier ‘Lebanon’ coaling ship.

At 1.00 sighted USS ‘Eagle’ and exchanged signals.

At 3.40 ‘Eagle’ left anchorage.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Finished coaling at 5.15 having secured 198 tons on board.

At 6.45 cast off from collier and stood on course NW.

At end of watch steaming at slow speed on course [blank]; draft of ship forward 12 feet 11 inches, aft 12 feet 4 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; gentle breezes from ENE.

On course NW at 35 turns; at 9.00 changed course to NNE at 40 turns.

2nd Division at work till 10.00 mounting after gun deck port 4-inch gun.

While mounting it, one of parts of ratchet carried away.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 30.


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5 June 1898

At sea and at Cay Piedras

Lat 23.23, Long -81.11

8pm: 23 22N, 81 12W


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

At 1.00 sighted bark to eastward; changed course from NNE to overhaul her.

Fired two blank charges to heave her to; visited her.

Proved to be British ‘Atheling’ from New York to Tampico, loaded with creosoted lumber for Mexican Central Railroad Co; let her proceed.

At 2.00 course W (pc); at 2.30 changed course to SWbyS (pc).

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 39.4.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Standing in for anchorage off Cay Piedras; came to with starboard bower in 7½ fathoms of water, hard bottom, 15 fathoms of chain at 8.00.

Bearings of anchorage: Cay Piedras Light EbyN (psc), ship’s head N; distant 1100 yards.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light airs from NE.

Cleaning ship.

‘Eagle’ came in and went alongside collier ‘Lebanon’ for coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light breezes from NE.

Finished cleaning ship; lying at anchor near Piedras Cay Light.

Sighted schooner to southward.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from NE and S; clear and hot.

At 5.00 signalled ‘Lebanon’: “We get underway at 7.00 for patrol duty”.

At 6.00 sighted steamer outside heading northward; got underway and overhauled her.

Fired blank charge; she hove to and was boarded; found to be ‘Roath’ [collier], British, from Puerto Rico to New Orleans, in ballast.

Had been boarded yesterday by ‘Suwanee’ and today by ‘Eagle’; allowed to proceed.

Course NNE; making four knots.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 44.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant; light airs to gentle breezes from NNE.

On course NNE, speed four knots.

At midnight changed course to WSWbyS.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 45.


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6 June 1898

At sea and at Cay Piedras

Lat 23.23, Long -81.11

8pm: 23 19N, 81 15W


Commences and until 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs to gentle breezes from ENE and NE.

On course SWbyS at four knots off Cardinas, Cuba.

At 3.00 sighted steamer to south-westward and gave chase; at 3.25 found her to be collier ‘Lebanon’ and slowed to 45 turns.

Exchanged challenge lights with ‘Lebanon’.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot; barometer steady.

At 7.10 came to in 8¼ fathoms water, starboard bower, 15 fathoms chain water’s edge.

Bearing of anchorage: Cay Piedras E¾N (psc), distant ½ mile; ship’s head NNE (psc).

Kept fires ready to get underway at any time.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from NNE; clear and hot.

At anchor off Cabañas; overhauled port after dismounting gear; found two teeth of ratchet broken.

Shifted chain on ratchet so other teeth would bear.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally clear and warm; gentle breeze from NEbyW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NEbyN and NE.

M Kreuger (Apprentice 2c) was released from confinement and restored to duty, his time of confinement having expired.

Commanding Officer awarded HC Weston (Apprentice 2c) five days’ solitary confinement on bread and water for stealing and by order of Commanding Officer, Weston was confined at 6.00.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up at 5.45.

Wigwagged to ‘Lebanon’: “We leave at 7.00 for patrol duty”.

At 7.00 called all hands, up anchor and at 7.05 went ahead on course NW at four knots for patrol duty.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 22.5.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

Course NW; at 9.00 changed course to W (pc), speed four knots.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 35.5.


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7 June 1898

At sea and on blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from ENE.

At 1.00 changed course to E½N.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4am to 8am:

Clear.

Up to 7.30 standing in towards Piedras Cay.

From 7.30 until end of watch standing NEbyN to overhaul two smokes to northward; they were ‘Eagle’ and ‘Leyden’.

Sighted small gunboat to southward of Diana Cay.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 45.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light to gentle breezes from EbyN to NNE.

Made course SWbyS heading in for Piedras Cay Light.

‘Leyden’ made wigwag signal: “Have important dispatches”; stopped and she sent boat.

‘Eagle’ verbally requested permission to send officer for medical treatment and Ensign TT Craven USN came aboard.

At 9.06 made course W at full speed for Havana; ‘Leyden’ and ‘Eagle’ went in to an anchorage near Piedras Cay.

At 9.30 put over patent log; mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at small arm target practice with .22 calibre rifle.

Navigator and divisional officers made inspection of recoil cylinder of battery; opened after magazine for cooling.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 76.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from NNE; clear and pleasant.

Course W (pc).

At 2.00 sighted Morro Castle Lighthouse and ships of Havana blockade station.

At 3.00 changed course to NWbyW½W (pc) and ran within hail of ‘Amphitrite’; Commanding Officer called on board ‘Amphitrite’.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 100.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NW.

At 4.15 Commanding Officer went on board ‘Amphitrite’.

At 5.00 signalled ‘Amphitrite’: 978 C 60 and she answered: 4287.

At 5.10 went ahead on course ESE½E until Morro Castle bore SbyW½W when slowed and kept light on that bearing remainder of watch.

At 5.15 mustered at crewing quarters; setting up drill; served out clean hammocks.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 94.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NE and E; moon rose at 10.00.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Light bearing about SbyW, distant 10 miles.

On course EbyN at 45 revolutions.

At 11.30 exchanged challenge lights with a vessel to northward.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 44.3


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8 June 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from N; clear and bright moonlight.

Course EbyN (pc); at 2.00 changed course to WNW (pc) making steerageway.

At 2.40 ‘Panther’ passed within hail seeking USS ‘Yosemite’.

Morro light out at 3.30.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 29.9.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer rising.

Standing in for station through watch.

Sighted USS ‘Nashville’ standing in from northward at daylight.

‘Amphitrite’, ‘Eagle’, ‘Machias’, [USRC] ‘Woodbury’ and [unidentified USS] in sight at end of watch.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 45.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear; gentle easterly breezes.

At 8.10 went ahead full speed.

At 8.30 sighted ‘Nashville’ flying a Commodore’s flag; headed for her.

At 9.20 ‘Nashville’ signalled, “Commanding Officer come on board”; Captain went on board ‘Nashville’.

At 11.15 Captain returned; went ahead full speed to speak ‘Woodbury’ and ‘Hawk’.

Spoke both of them and gave them instructions from flagship.

At end of watch steaming to get on station between ‘Machias’ and ‘Woodbury’.

At 9.32 went to fire quarters; five streams of water in 3 minutes and 48 seconds; tested hand pumps and got 2 streams of water in 1 minute.

Average steam 168 lbs, average revolutions 74.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E and NE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE, distant about 8 miles.

At 2.00 sighted bark bearing NWbyW and gave chase under full head of steam.

Made International signal DCTB; bark hove to and we boarded her at 3.20.

She proved to be ‘Arcadia’ of Christiania with lumber from Biloxi, Mississippi, to Christiania and was allowed to proceed.

Hoisted our boat and went ahead full speed to regain our station.

Washington joined squadron.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 55.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Heading SEbyE½E (pc) to regain position, which we did at 5.30; then various courses.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 90.


8pm to midnight:

Partly clear and pleasant; moon rose at 11.00; light breeze from ESE.

At midnight Morro Castle Light bore SE; searchlights above displayed at intervals during watch.


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9 June 1898

At blockade off Havana and making passage to Key West, Florida

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; light ring to southward; light breeze from ESE and E.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SE, distant 8 miles.

Morro Light not burning.

At steerage way; on course W till 2.00 when changed course to EbyN.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 40.4.


4am to 8am:

Light and gentle breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

Heading various courses to keep station.

At 9.32 went to general quarters.

Divisions reported as follows: Navigator’s 2 minutes 40 seconds; Powder 3 minutes 55 seconds; 1st Division 2 minutes 55 seconds; 2nd Division 3 minutes; Marines 3 minutes; Engineer’s 2 minutes 45 seconds; Paymaster’s and Surgeon’s 2 minutes 10 seconds.

Steerage way; average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 50.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from EbyN.

Steering various courses to keep station on blockade; a number of vessels in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 42.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from EbyN and ESE.

‘Wasp’ made signal 3783; stopped engines and she sent boat with dispatches.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SE, distant 10 miles.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and turned in clean hammocks; exercised at setting up drill.

Communicated with 'Wompatuck' at 5.30.

At 8.00 changed course to NbyE at 8 knots; put over patent log.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 45.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant; moon rose at 11.00.

At 8.30 sighted searchlight below horizon bearing NNE; visible during whole of watch.

At 9.00 changed course to NbyE¼E.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 100.


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10 June 1898

Making passage to Key West and at anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breezes from ENE.

On course E¼N until 3.00 when changed course to NE¼E.

At 3.00 Sand Key bearing NE; at 4.00 it bore NNE.

A searchlight was displayed to NE first part of watch.

At 4.00 sighted Key West Light bearing NNE¼E.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 74.5.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant.

At 4.40 changed course to E and at 5.30 changed to N and stood in for Key West Harbor.

At 7.20 came to in four fathoms of water, 15 fathoms port chain.

Bearings of anchorage: E end of Fort Taylor SbyE½E; Key West Light SEbyS½E; ship’s head NEbyN.


8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant first part with rain squalls in afternoon; light to moderate breezes from ENE and SE.

At 8am saluted Commodore’s flag with 11 guns; returned with seven guns from ‘Lancaster’.

Bearings of anchorage: Key West Light SEbyE¼E; W end of Fort Taylor SbyE; ship’s head ESE (all pc).

No quarters on account of work going on.

Lieutenant John B Blish USN reported on board for duty as Executive Officer in accordance with Department’s order of May 10, 1898, and by order of Commanding Officer was assigned to duty as Navigator.

At 10.00am made sick and absentee report and at noon: 168 tons coal on hand, 6 tons expended.

Heavy rain squall passed over at 1.00 and again at 4.45.

Hoisted out steam launch.

Received in Ordnance Department: 18 yards raven duck [sailcloth], 1 fire bucket and lanyard, 1 set drills, 2 hooks for electrical firing apparatus, five combination wrenches; in Equipment: 106 yards #6 canvas, 60 lbs signal halliards; and in Paymaster’s Department: $1995.00 in currency.


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11 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 8am:

Cloudy and cool; light to moderate breeze from SE and ESE.

At anchor in Key West Harbor.

‘Lancaster’ made Num 7 as time signal at 7.00.

Received in Paymaster’s Department 77 lbs fresh bread, 96½ lbs of both fresh meat and vegetables.

C Linden (Seaman) and K Larsen (Sailmaker's Mate) returned to ship having overstayed permission to go ashore on duty.

They were placed in sentry’s charge by order of Commanding Officer (Executive) to await investigation.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breezes from ESE; overcast and cloudy; light rains.

Began swinging to flood at 9.30.

Schooner ‘William M Bird’ aground near us.

At 10.00 mustered at quarters; no absentees.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from eastward; overcast and cloudy

Following men were discharged because of expiration of term of enlistment: GE Petry (Cox), Honorable Discharge; P Hebron (Wardroom Cook), Honorable Discharge; and Thos Ferguson (Seaman) Ordinary Discharge.

DJ Dolan (Coal Passer) placed in confinement to await action of Commanding Officer for being under influence of liquor on board, and abusive.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy and cool.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; no absentees.

Sent liberty party ashore; TC Wester (Apprentice 2c) released from confinement because of expiration of term, by order of Commanding Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy.

On return of liberty party, John Bryce (Mechanic 2c) detected bringing liquor on board.

At 10.00 Lieutenant JC Cresap USN while in discharge of his duty was struck with belaying pin by unknown party.

Expended by losing overboard, dinghy rudder.

EE Haugland (Quartermaster 2c) and J Harris (Fireman 1c) returned two hours over time.


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12 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy and cool.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy and cool.

W Gutkey (Private Marine) and WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c) returned on board nine hours over time.

‘Ericsson’, ‘Manning’, ‘Bancroft’ and ‘Montgomery’ came in and anchored.

Hoisted out 1st cutter and hoisted it in steam launch cradle.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer rising; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew; absent without leave: DH Sullivan (Seaman) and Felix Cury (Landsman).

Executive Officer, JC Cresap, Lieutenant USN, and Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson USN made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds, and storerooms; found their sanitary conditions good.

Afterwards following general orders were published, #489 and #490.

Made routine signals as follows: at 9.00 Num 3, Num 2; at noon Num 167, Num 1.

Circular #86 and Special Order #73 were published at general muster.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer falling.

Received 90 gallons drinking water from ashore; received 6000 gallons water for boilers.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant; barometer rising; gentle breeze from ESE.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.

Liberty party returned; WH Savage (Apprentice 2c), JJ Horan (Mechanic 2c) returned one hour over time.

DH Sullivan (Seaman) and F Cury (Landsman) returned 24 hours over time.


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13 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant; barometer fell; light ESE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.

Received in Pay Department: 77 lbs bread, 96¼ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters.

1st Division overhauled battery; got 2nd cutter ready for going ashore.

One Navy Yard workman in Construction Department, at work on board.

Captain assigned following punishments: DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), for disobedience of orders: five days’ solitary confinement on bread and water; George O'Donnell (Coal Passer), for falsifying against an officer: reduced to third conduct class for three months and restricted from liberty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from ESE.

Sent 2nd cutter ashore and moored her inside Government Wharf.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE.

Received following men from USS ‘Lancaster’:

PJ Murphy (Seaman), A Manson (Seaman), MJ Butler (Ordinary Seaman), JS Dusher (Ordinary Seaman), GF Brown (Ordinary Seaman), SG Ford (Seaman), FH Atkinson (Seaman), PV Steves (Ordinary Seaman), ED Uleiger (Ordinary Seaman).


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

Liberty party returned.


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14 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and breezes from ESE.

A Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c) returned on board 10 hours over time.

Received in Department, Supplies and Accounts: 82 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining; heavy rain squall passed over ship at 10.00.

Working party of 10 men ashore loading provisions on lighter.

Received from USS ‘Lancaster’: 80 gallons of fresh water.

Absentees at 9.30: E McManus (Fireman 1c), E McLaren (Oiler) and WB Smith (Shipwright).

‘Mayflower’ got underway at 10.30 and returned at 11.00.

Gunner’s Mates overhauling main battery.

Lost overboard: one white wigwag flag, 2 x 2 feet, and section of staff.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Received in Paymaster’s Department provisions as follows: 1392 lbs corned beef, 576 lbs roast beef, 500 lbs ham, 516 lbs mutton, 2058 lbs flour, 300 lbs rice, 500 lbs salt beef, 929 lbs butter, 1026 lbs vegetables, 677 lbs tomatoes, 400 gallons beans and 975 lbs salt water soap.

Transferred to Ordnance Department, Naval Station: two ammunition chests, 6-pounder, and one ammunition box 4-inch.

WB Smith (Shipwright) returned from liberty 18 hours over time.

‘Detroit’, 'Osceola', ‘Eagle’, ‘Bancroft’, 'Wompatuck' and ‘Manning’ got underway at 3.30.

Received from ‘Lancaster’: 80 gallons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from ESE.

Mustered at quarters at 6.00; absentees: E McManus and E McLaren.

‘Miantonomoh’ and ‘Hawk’ got underway; ‘Lebanon’ came in.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

E McManus returned from liberty 23 hours over time and tight; J Nilsen (Seaman) returned before time and drunk.

Visiting party from ‘Newport’ aboard.

JD Pennington (Bayman) returned over time from duty ashore.


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15 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE and EbyS.

Received in Paymaster’s Department: 82 lbs fresh bread.

‘Ericsson’ and ‘Rodgers’ left at daylight.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breeze from ESE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: E McLaren (Oiler) and SH Gresham (Private Marine).

Rigged companion ladder, starboard side.

SH Gresham (Private Marine) returned on board drunk and 13 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle and moderate breeze from ESE; clear and pleasant.

Enlisted B Floyd as Wardroom Cook for three years’ general service.

Filled 58 cases with saluting charges; shifted life boats to cutters’ davits.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breeze from ESE; clear and pleasant.

Received on board in Engineer’s Department: 25 lbs rainbow packing, 45 gallons lard oil and 20 gallons cylinder oil.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from ESE; clear and pleasant.

JH Holmes (Apprentice 2c) and J McClelland (Seaman) returned on board two hours over time.


16 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787

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17 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.

Received in Paymaster’s Department following fresh provisions: 77 lbs bread, 102½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

UST ‘Windom’ came in from southward.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: Edward McLaren (Oiler) and Thomas R Davis (Landsman).

Divisional drills.

By order of Captain, released from confinement DH Sullivan (Seaman) and reconfined J Dolan to serve unexpired portion of his sentence.

By order of Captain, Albert H Thompson (Mess Attendant) was rated Cabin Cook to date from June 17.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy; gentle breeze from ESE.

Sent liberty party on shore.

Following signals were made:

Flagship to ‘Vicksburg’: “How soon will you be ready for sea?”; Ans: “Probably Sunday; coal and water promised Saturday. Captain ashore at Storehouse. Signed Cresap”.

Flagship to ‘Vicksburg’: “Have orders to sail been received?”; Ans: “Not that I know of. Have sent copies of these messages to Captain. Signed Cresap”.

TR Davis returned 18 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SE.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; absentee Edward McLaren (Oiler).


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SE.

Liberty party returned.


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18 June 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from ESE.

Made preparations for coaling ship.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 8.00 schooner ‘Bertram N White’ came alongside on port hand and at 9.00 commenced coaling ship.

At 11.10 stevedores from shore relieved our men on schooner; stopped coaling at 11.50 having taken in 23 tons.

Absentee at 9.30, E McLaren (Oiler).

E McLaren returned on board four days and 14 hours over time from liberty; he brought a certificate of having been detained as a witness by a Justice of Peace, of Key West.

Received on board in Equipment: 40 coaling baskets from storehouse.

At 10.00 made sick and absentee report: 1, 1; and at noon coal report: 84 tons on hand, 1 expended.

‘Hawk’ left harbor at 10.30.

At 10.30 veered to 30 fathoms port chain.

Received in Paymaster’s Department: 82 lbs bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from ESE.

Commenced coaling at 1.00.

Assistant Surgeon HA Johnson USN reported on board for transportation to ‘Terror’, in accordance with endorsement of Commodore Remey, on Department Order of June 10, 1898.

Received from ‘Lancaster’ with bag, hammock and necessary papers: Joseph Fernandy (Coal Passer).

Red Cross steamer ‘State of Texas’ came in.

Received in Paymaster’s Department: $500.00 in bills.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from ESE.

Coaling ship until 6.45 when stopped having taken in 65 tons in all.

Tug took schooner clear of ship.

Hove in to 15 fathoms on port chain; ship’s draft: forward 13 feet 6 inches, aft 12 feet 8 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE.


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19 June 1898

At anchor off Key West and making passage to Havana, Cuba

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ESE.

Received in Paymaster’s Department: 78 lbs bread, 102½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breeze from ESE; clear and hot.

At 9.00 began swinging to ebb tide; cleaning ship.

Ensign Walter J Manion USN reported on board for passage to ‘Hawk’.

Mounted port guns.

At 10.00 made routine signals as per signal book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from ESE; clear and hot.

At noon made routine signals as per record book.

Dismantled steam launch and secured her in lagoon.

At 2.00 lighted fires under “A” boiler; took on board mail for all ships on Havana blockade.

Life buoys ready for lowering; made preparations for going to sea.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

Preparing for sea.

At 6.00 called “All hands up anchor” and hoisted Int 4890; Flag answered: “Affirmative”.

At 6.10 got underway; foul anchor; cleared anchor.

At 7.10 put over patent log; at end of watch on course SSW¼W (pc), making eight knots.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 76.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ESE.

At 8.30 lost Key West Light and at 9.45 Sand Key.

At 8.50 changed course to SWbyS (psc).

At 11.15 changed course to SW (psc).

Under steam alone.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 80


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20 June 1898

Making passage from Key West toward Havana and on blockade off Havana Harbor

Lat 23.9, Long -82.0 [estimate]


Commences and until 4am:

Partly clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

At 1.00 changed course to SSW½W and at 1.20 to SSW; steaming at 8 knots.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 85.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

On course SSW at 8 knots till 4.30 when went at slow speed.

At 5.00 went ahead full speed having sighted land to southward.

Sighted ‘Montgomery’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Mangrove’, ‘Wilmington’ and two others.

Exchanged distinguishing pennants with ‘Montgomery’; made GS 3128.

At 7.00 Commanding Officer went aboard ‘Montgomery’; lying to near her.

Sent mail to ‘Mangrove’.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 74.6.


8am to meridian:

Light breeze from ENE; clear and hot.

At 8.00 left Flagship and steamed to ‘Mangrove’; left mail with ‘Mangrove’ for all ships on eastward station; also Ensign Walter J Manion USN for ‘Hawk’.

Steamed to ‘Maple’ and gave her mail for westward blockading ships; also Assistant Surgeon HA Johnson USN for ‘Terror’.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; no absentees; had gun drill.

Weekly inspection made by Ensigns TJ Senn USN and FP Baldwin USN; also by Executive and Medical Officers as per regulations; conditions as noted in record book.

At end of watch on station, making steerageway, headed eastward.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 65.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ENE.

Instructed all apprentices in signals.

‘Mangrove’ hailed us and took off mail for ‘Uncas’ at 2.45.

Following vessels in sight at end of watch: ‘Wilmington’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Mangrove’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Maple’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Nashville’.

Under steam alone; average steam 125 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; had setting up drill.

At 6.00 Morro Castle bore SE.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 50.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Light bearing SEbyS.

At 7.45 ‘Newport’ hailed us and gave verbal message: “Commodore directs that you take Station 3 West, we take Station 2 West”.

Made course WbyS to take new station.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 40.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

Heading EbyN and WbyS (pc) making steerageway on bearing in position.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 40.


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21 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant; barometer falling; gentle breeze from ESE.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 50.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from ESE.

On station, blockading Havana Harbor.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SE½E; following vessels in sight: ‘Montgomery’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Wilmington’.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 54.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light to gentle breezes from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing SE½E, distant 10 miles.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and exercised all divisions at manual of arms.

‘Montgomery’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Wilmington’ and ‘Hamilton’ in sight during watch.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 60.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear and hot.

Had signal drill, all apprentices.

About 1000 men working on new defenses along waterfront of Santa Clara.

Two large steamers inside harbor of Havana; one flying Spanish flag.

Steaming along in position.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 55.4.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; moderate breeze from ESE.

At 5.25 mustered at quarters; served out bags and exercised crew at setting up drill.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 50.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE and E.

On station blockading Havana Harbor; at 8.00 Morro Castle Light bore ESE.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 54.5.


8pm to midnight:

Partly clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE, E and ENE; lightning to eastward first two hours and to southward during last hour.

On blockading station off Havana; at steerageway; Morro Light bearing about SEbyE.

At 11.00 white flashing light sighted bearing about ENE.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 45.


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Duplicate scans of punishments list [see below, 8am to meridian]

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22 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breeze from eastward; clear and pleasant.

Steaming slowly in position about four miles from Morro.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from south-eastward.

On station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing SEbyE; under steam alone.

At end of watch, ‘Wilmington’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Mayflower’ in sight.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

Keeping on station, Morro Castle bearing SEbyE.

At 9.30 had fire quarters; fire streams of water in 2 minutes.

Commanding Officer assigned following punishments [insert].

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were assigned: Lindsay RE, Chief Machinist, 10 hours over leave: third class for two weeks; Haugland EE, Quartermaster 1c, two hours over leave: second class for one week; Harris John, Fireman 1c, two hours over leave: second class for one week; Gutkey Walter, Private Marine, nine hours over leave: third class for two weeks; DuBois WF, Apprentice 2c, nine hours over leave: third class for two weeks; Sullivan DH, Seaman, 24 hours over leave, drunk: fourth class for 3 weeks; Cury Felix, Landsman, 24 hours over leave: third class for 3 weeks; Savage William, Apprentice 2c, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Horan John J, Machinist 2c, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Moran Joseph, Fireman 2c, one hour over leave: tight, second class for one week; McClintock JA, Coal Passer, nine hours over leave: third class for two weeks; Carr William M, Landsman, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Jefferson Robert, Landsman, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Cooke William A, Coxswain, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Jochumsen AH, Boatswain’s Mate 1c, 10 hours over leave: third class for two weeks; Smith William B, Shipwright, 18 hours over leave: third class for 3 weeks; McManus Edw, Fireman 2c, 23 hours over leave: third class for 3 weeks; Scott Gordon, Apprentice 2c, 10 hours over leave: third class for two weeks; Wester Theo C, Apprentice 2c, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Gresham Simon, Private Marine, 13 hours over leave, drunk: third class for 3 weeks; Weldon Louis P, Apprentice 2c, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Holmes William P, Apprentice 2c, two hours over leave: second class for one week; McClelland H, Seaman, two hours over leave: second class for one week; Jones John H, Apprentice 2c, one hour over leave: second class for one week; Averill WG, Coxswain, 13 hours over leave: third class for 3 weeks Davin Thomas R, Landsman, 18 hours over leave: third class for 3 weeks; Shugrue Thomas, Quartermaster 2c, 12½ hours over leave: third class for two weeks; Bryce John, Machinist 1c, smuggling liquor on board: three months’ quarantine; Cougle W, Private Marine, smoking out of house, insolence to 1st sergeant: 12 hours’ extra duty; Pennington John D, Bayman, insolence to Executive Officer and not returning on time from duty errand: fourth class for three months.

At 11.30 sighted strange man-of-war to SW.

At 11.45 went ahead full speed, heading for her.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly clear and squally; heavy rain squall passed over at 1.00; calm to gentle breezes from SE and ENE

Made International signal to SMS ‘Geier’ to communicate with Senior Officer to eastward.

‘Marietta’ made Tel 0094, 6307, 3127; ‘Geier’ proceeded into Havana Harbor.

Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE; at steerageway.

Board of Survey, of which Ensign GR Marvell USN was Senior Member, held survey on salt meat in harness cask and condemned it to be thrown overboard, which was done.


4pm to 6pm:

Light and gentle breeze from eastward; cloudy and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Commanding Officer awarded following punishments, to wit: Jones JR (Apprentice 2c), Bates G (Apprentice 2c) and Cooper G (Apprentice 2c): 12 hours’ extra duty each for being out of uniform.

WB Smith (Shipwright) placed under sentry’s charge for being drunk on board.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; gentle breeze from E.

Under steam alone.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE and E.

Heading EbyN and WbyN to keep station.

At midnight Morro Castle Light bore SEbyE¾E.


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23 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

At steerageway on course EbyN; engines stopped and drifted on course WbyN.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4am to 8am:

Light breeze from eastward; clear and pleasant.

On station making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer rose slightly; gentle breeze from E.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; battery ready for action in 4½ minutes; secured at 10.10.

By order of Commanding Officer, WB Smith (Shipwright), for being drunk on board ship, was placed in solitary confinement for five days on bread and water.

Communicated with and sent mail to ‘Hamilton’.

At 10.30 made following signals to ‘Wilmington’: Tel 4904, 6307, 4204; Cornet 469.

At 11.00 ‘Wilmington’ signalled: Tel 4578, 9469, 8282.

Under steam alone; average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 29.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; moderate breeze from E and ENE.

At 1.15 ‘Tecumseh’ signalled: GS 5405; sent boat to her for mail.

Exercised apprentices for ¾ hour at signals.

At 4.00 Morro Castle Light bore SEbyE.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 30.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE; at steerageway.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and exercised at setting up drill; turned in clean bags.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 44.


6pm to 8pm:

Moderate breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On station, making steerageway.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 34.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer rose slightly; moderate breeze from ENE.

On station off Havana.

Under steam alone; average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 24.6.


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24 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

Steaming on course EbyN and WbyS to keep position.

At 4.00 Morro Castle Light bore SEbyE½E.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

At daylight sighted ‘Nashville’, ‘Newport’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Wilmington’.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 24.5.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breeze from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at instruction in seamanship and gunnery.

Heading various courses and lying hove to on bearing.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 34.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer falling; moderate breeze from NE.

At 2.10 sighted brig standing out of Havana Harbor.

At 3.30 hove her to by signal and sent boarding officer; found she was Honduras brig ‘Amapala’ of Trujillo bound for Trujillo with refugees from Havana.

Her master and super cargo were brought on board on return of boat.

US ships in signal distance: ‘Marietta’ and ‘Newport’.

‘Wilmington’ not in signal distance; signals at 2.30 ‘Vicksburg’ to fleet: GS 1478 C 48.

Neither of these signals answered.

At 2.45 ‘Wilmington’ made GS and Compass signal which we were unable to make out.

She then stood to westward.

Under steam alone; exercised all apprentices in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

Lying to near brig ‘Amapala’; sent boat with provisions and prize crew:

Ensign TJ Senn USN, Prize Master, and GD Rose (Chief Bosun's Mate), HJ Rawlinson (Chief GN), E Lyons (Landsman), JS Dusher (Seaman), LG Ford (Seaman) and N McAuley (Cox).

Brig made sail for Key West and at 5.00 hoisted boat and went ahead full speed to communicate with ‘Wilmington’.

Made GS 3127 and communicated verbally with ‘Wilmington’, reporting our capture.

Returned to blockading station at 5.45; Morro Castle bearing ESE, when made course EbyN at slow speed.

‘Marietta’ made wigwag signal: “What is vessel’s name, nationality and cargo, and have you seized her”.

Answered: “Amapala, Honduras, no cargo, refugees, have seized her”.

‘Newport’ made wigwag: “Have you taken vessel”; answered “Yes”.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 42.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight first part; moon set at 10.00.

On station making steerageway.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 24.3.


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25 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer fell; gentle breeze from E.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle Light.

Under steam alone; average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 26.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; hazy over land; gentle breeze from EbyS.

At daylight sighted ‘Nashville’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Wilmington’.

‘Nashville’ stood to northward toward a sail which could not be made out.

Standing off and on, Morro Castle bearing SEbyE; at 8.00 Morro Castle bore SE½E.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 42.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from EbyS and ENE.

Lying to on blockade off Havana, Morro Castle bearing SEbyE, distant 8 miles.

‘Nashville’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Wilmington’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Newport’ sighted.

At 10.30 inspected and aired bedding.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 42.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Went in chase of bark bearing NNE; ‘Newport’ joined in chase and hove her to – ‘Lottie Moore’ of Nassau, British; had been overhauled by ‘Nashville’.

At end of watch taking station.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection conjointly of all compartments, water-tight doors and devices for management and safety of ship and found them to be efficient.

Exceptions in case of bunkers and places inaccessible.

Executive, accompanied by Senior Medical Officer, made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Average steam 154lbs, average revolutions 48.4.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer rising; light to gentle breeze from E and ESE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up.

On station NNW from Morro Castle.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 34.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breeze from ESE and SE.

On courses EbyN and W; Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE; at steerageway.

Searchlight in Havana working last hour.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 22.


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26 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

On station.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; light and gentle breeze from ESE and EbyS.

At daylight sighted ‘Nashville’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Wilmington’ on their stations.

About 6.30 two steamers, which could not be made out, communicated with ‘Nashville’.

Standing off and on with Morro on bearing SEbyE.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 40.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from E and EbyS.

At 9.00 sent boat to ‘Hawk’ and secured mail and prize crew that were sent into Key West on Honduran brig ‘Amapala’.

At 9.35 mustered at quarters and read Articles for Better Government of Navy to officers and crew.

At end of watch on station, NWbyW of Morro Castle.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 25.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first two hours then cloudy; gentle breeze from NEbyE.

Standing back and forth off Havana Harbor; at 4.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE½E.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 20.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from EbyN.

On course EbyN and WbyS at steerageway; engines stopped while on westward course.

Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

At 5.30 ‘Wilmington’ made wigwag signal: “Expect to go to Key West tonight and leave you Senior Officer, left wing”.

‘Wilmington’ left for Key West; ‘Nashville’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Maple’ and ‘Mayflower’ in sight.

Average steam 120 lbs until 4.30, average revolutions 40.3.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from EbyN; clear and pleasant.

On station steaming EbyN and WbyS.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 37.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from EbyN shifting to ESE.

On station, NWbyW of Morro Castle.

Under steam alone; average steam 186 lbs, average revolutions 26.


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27 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E and ESE.

On station off Morro Castle; at 4.00 it bore SEbyE¾E.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE and EbyS.

On blockade station off Havana; Morro Light bearing SEbyE; heading EbyN at steerageway. and W, with engines stopped.

At daylight ‘Nashville’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Hawk’ and ‘Mayflower’ sighted.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 20.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and had ordnance instruction.

Boards of Survey, of which Ensign GR Marvell USN was Senior Officer, met in Ordnance, Equipment and Construction Departments.

On station steaming ENE and WbyS; at end of watch lying hove to.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; stiff breeze from ENE.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle; greater part of watch engines stopped.

At end of watch ‘Hawk’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Nashville’ in sight.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; moderate to fresh breeze from ENE.

On station off Havana Harbor; at 6.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE¾E.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.

‘Marietta’ and ‘Hawk’ only vessels in sight.

Commanding Officer assigned following punishment: H Odell (Apprentice 2c): 12 hours’ extra duty for letting go life buoy at sea.

At 5.15 had evening quarters and setting up drill.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

On course EbyN at steerageway; Morro Castle bearing SEbyE.

‘Nashville’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Hawk’ in sight before dark.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 18.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle and moderate breezes from eastward; cloudy and pleasant.

On station; heading EbyN and WbyS; making steerageway.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 14.6.


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28 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle easterly breeze.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 22.5.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear; hazy over land; light airs and breezes from W and ESE.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE.

Vessels in sight: ‘Marietta’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Nashville’.

Engines stopped for greater part of watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing SEbyE.

On course EbyN and WbyS at steerageway.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at company drill.

W Stevens (Chief Quartermaster) reported expiration of his enlistment; WB Smith (Shipwright) was released from confinement by order of Commanding Officer and returned to duty, his term of confinement having expired.

By order of Commanding Officer, confined GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), solitary confinement on bread and water for five days, for having smuggled liquor on board.

‘Hawk’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Mayflower’ and three others sighted; one of doubtful ones probably ‘Montgomery’.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breeze from eastward; cloudy and pleasant.

Divisions exercised at target practice, small arm.

On station; ‘Nashville’ signalled: “Send boat for, and with, mail”.

‘Amphitrite’ and ‘Montgomery’ returned to blockade.

Heading EbyN and WbyS; making steerageway; at end of watch hove to.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 25.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy with drizzling rain second hour; barometer steady.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.

On station off Morro Castle; under steam alone.

Sighted small gunboat flying Spanish colors inside Havana Harbor.

‘Hawk’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Maple’ and ‘Tecumseh’ in sight at end of watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast; gentle breeze from E and ESE.

On station off Morro Castle; it bore ESE at 8.00.

Engines stopped most of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

On course EbyN and W at steerageway; Morro Castle bearing SEbyE.

Average steam 145 lbs, average revolutions 25.


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29 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant; moon set at 12.30.

On station steaming EbyN and SbyE making steerageway.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 20.


4am to 8am:

Fair; barometer rising; light breeze from ENE.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.

‘Hawk’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’ and ‘Mayflower’ in sight at end of watch.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 went to fire quarters and had fire streams of water playing in 1 minute 45 seconds.

At 10.00 ‘Marietta’ signalled: 2372; went down to her and sent boat for mail; then resumed station.

At noon Morro Castle bore SE; engines stopped most of watch.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’, ‘Amphitrite’, and ‘Montgomery’.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; gentle breeze from ENE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE; at steerageway.

‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Newport’, ‘Hawk’ and ‘Marietta’ sighted.

Bates (Apprentice) and H Odell (Apprentice 2c) each performed four hours’ extra duty.

Average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 30.


4pm to 6pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; cloudy and pleasant.

At 5.00 German man-of-war ‘Geier’ was seen coming out of Havana; she signalled International: GR MN, her number, then “I am bound for Port Royal”.

We signalled 5528; ‘Amphitrite’ and ‘Newport’ signalled 5528.

On station lying hove to and steering NNE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 25.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 6.30 German man-of-war ‘Geier’ signalled by International Code: “Entreat, inform Commander there today, himself cannot find”.

Answered by ‘Vicksburg’: “Yes”; then ‘Geier’ signalled: “Thanks”.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; moon shining at intervals; gentle breeze from ESE.

On station off Havana; engines stopped greater part of watch.


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30 June 1898

On Havana blockade

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from ESE and E; moon set at 1.30.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

At 2.00 exchanged private signals and call letters with ‘Marietta’.

Searchlight in Havana Harbor operating last half of watch.

Average steam 156 lbs, average revolutions 44.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

On station heading EbyN and WbyS (pc); making steerageway.

At daybreak ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Marietta’ in sight.

Average steam 126 lbs, average revolutions 24.6.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters for inspection and ran in guns of main battery.

At 8.20 headed for ‘Amphitrite’ and at 9.45 lowered boat; Commanding Officer went on board.

Returned to station, NWbyN of Morro Castle at 10.30.

Spoke ‘Hamilton’ and sent mail on board her.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Amphitrite’ at 9.15: Int 3132; answered by affirmative.

At 11.00 ‘Hamilton’ to ‘Vicksburg’ by wigwag: “Will take mail”.

At 8.15 ‘Hawk’ fired a gun and at 8.45 made a signal which could not be distinguished,

Under steam alone.

Average steam 120 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NE

On station off Havana.

Had sub-calibre practice with main and secondary batteries.

Average steam 132 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 4.00 picked up sub-calibre target and resumed patrol of blockading station; Morro Castle about SE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and exercised at setting up drill.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolution 36.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On station heading ENE and EbyS; making steerageway.

Average steam 126 lbs, average revolutions 39.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breeze from ENE.

On station NWbyN from Morro Castle; under steam alone.

‘Marietta’ and ‘Newport’ in sight throughout watch.

Average steam 118 lbs.



LOGS FOR JULY 1898


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1 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE; moon set at 2.00.

On station off Havana, Morro Castle Light bore SEbyE¾E at 4.00.

‘Marietta’ in sight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

On blockading patrol off Havana, keeping Morro Castle between ESE and SE bearings.

‘Hawk’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Tecumseh’ sighted at daylight.

Average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 24.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; batteries reported 5 minutes 20 seconds; secured at 9.50.

Exercised battery at sub-calibre target practice; tested magazine flood cocks.

On station steaming around target and hove to.

Average steam 124 lbs, average revolutions 30.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer falling; moderate breeze from ENE.

On station NWbyW of Morro Castle; under steam alone but engines not moved greater part of watch.

Average steam 130 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 6.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Engines stopped entire watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from ENE.

Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

‘Marietta’, ‘Amphitrite’ and ‘Newport’ in sight.

At 7.00 Cohima batteries fired four shots.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 26.


8pm to midnight:

Moderate to gentle breezes from ESE and E; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

On station, heading EbyN (pc); making steerageway.

‘Marietta’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Amphitrite’ and ‘Newport’ in sight at times during watch.

Average steam 128 lbs.


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2 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; moderate breeze from E.

On station NWbyW of Morro Castle.

‘Newport’ and ‘Marietta’ in sight throughout watch.

Under steam alone; average steam 123 lbs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

On station blockading Havana Harbor; at 8.00 Morro Castle bore SE.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Newport’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Machias’ and one near ‘Amphitrite’ whose name was not known.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 20.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from SE and ENE.

Lying to, broadside to wind; Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE, distant nine miles.

Cleaning ship.

‘Amphitrite’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Hawk’ and one auxiliary cruiser sighted.

At end of watch auxiliary cruiser headed this way.

Average steam 132 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from ENE and SE; overcast and cloudy; very heavy rain.

At noon lowered boat to send to USS ‘Prairie’ for mail.

At 3.20 when rain mist cleared USS ‘Yale’ was in sight to westward.

Ensign FJ Dewey USN made inspection of compartments as required by regulations.

By order of Commanding Officer, E McManus (Fireman 2c) was rated Fireman 1c and JH Purdy (Coal Passer) was rated Fireman 2c.

On station heading EbyN and WbyS (pc) and hove to.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 17.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; barometer normal; light breeze from SE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up.

‘Yale’ stood to northward.

‘Castine’ arrived from eastward and joined blockade.

On station, NWbyN from Morro Castle.

Under steam alone; average steam 126 lbs, average revolutions 12.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly clear; light airs from ESE.

At 8.00 Morro Castle Light bore SSE.

Following vessels in sight at sunset: ‘Castine’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Newport’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’ and ‘Mayflower’.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine; bright moonlight; light breezes from ESE.

Morro Castle bearing about SEbyS; at steerageway, on courses EbyN and WbyS.

‘Prairie’, ‘Castine’, ‘Newport’, ‘Amphitrite’ and two others sighted.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 7.


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3 July 1898

[Battle of Santiago took place at Santiago de Cuba]

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

On station heading EbyN and WbyS making steerageway.

Average steam 128.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer normal; gentle breezes from ESE.

On station NWbyN from Morro Castle.

Engines stopped throughout watch.

Ships in sight at end of watch: ‘Marietta’, ‘Castine’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Newport’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Maple’, ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Mayflower’.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from ESE.

At 9.00 mustered and inspected at quarters; had general muster and afterwards Captain inspected ship.

GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c) was released from confinement and restored to duty.

On station off Morro Castle; it bore SEbyS at noon.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Hawk’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Castine’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Newport’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Amphitrite’ and ‘Maple’.

Engine stopped most of watch.

Executive Officer and Senior Medical Officer made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from ENE.

Keeping Morro Castle on approximate bearing of SEbyS.

At 1.00 repeated signal from ‘Amphitrite’ to ‘Prairie’: Cornet 537, 1st Rep 180.

At 2.00 ‘Marietta’ made signal 5493; sent mail to ‘Marietta’.

‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Newport’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Castine’ and ‘Hawk’ in sight.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4pm to 6pm:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

At 5.30 ‘Amphitrite’ hauled down Senior Officer’s pennant and ‘Prairie’ hoisted it.

On station.

Average steam 118 lbs.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; gentle breezes from E.

On station NW from Havana; engines stopped.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

At midnight Morro Castle Light bore SEbyE.

‘’Prairie’ and ‘Newport’ in sight.

Average steam 124 lbs.


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4 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight; gentle breeze from ESE.

Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

‘Prairie’ and ‘Castine’ in sight.

Average steam 137 lbs, average revolutions 32.2.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On station heading EbyN and WbyS (pc) making steerageway.

At daybreak ‘Mayflower’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Newport’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Castine’ and ‘Wasp’ in sight.

At 6.50 sighted vessel to north-westward; did not chase her by order of Commanding Officer.

At 7.10 USS ‘Badger’ arrived with mail.

Average steam 127 lbs, average revolutions 30.


8am to meridian:

Fair; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; received mail from ‘Badger’.

Ships in sight at end of watch: ‘Hawk’, ‘Castine’, ‘Newport’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Badger’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Mayflower’ and one not known.

On station NW of Morro Castle; engine stopped greater part of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

At station on blockade off Havana.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SE½E.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ENE.

On blockading station, Morro Castle bearing about SE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Average steam 136 lbs.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from ENE; cloudy and pleasant; light rain first hour.

On station, hove to.

Average steam 128 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer rising; gentle breeze from ENE and ESE.

At 8.50 exchanged private letter and ship’s number of ‘Badger’ and our own call letter with ‘Badger’.

‘Newport’ and ‘Prairie’ in sight to eastward.

Under steam alone; average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 37.2.


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5 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Partly clear; light and variable breezes.

At 4.00 Morro Castle Light bore SE½S.

Following vessels in sight during watch: ‘Prairie’, ‘Badger’ and ‘Newport’.

Engines stopped during greater part of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light breezes from SSE.

Morro Castle bearing about SE.

Engines stopped nearly all of watch.

At daylight sighted: ‘Hawk’, ‘Castine’, ‘Badger’, ‘Newport’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Maple’ and ‘Mayflower’.

About 6.00 ‘Hawk’ and ‘Castine’ steamed out of sight to south-westward.

‘Badger’ did not close in on ‘Castine’ and by order of Commanding Officer we kept our position.

HMS ‘Talbot’ sighted about 7.00.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from E and ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.00 mustered at quarters and exercised at manual of arms and .22 calibre rifle practice.

‘Hawk’ and ‘Castine’ off station to westward.

At 10.00 ‘Hawk’ came from westward flying signal: “Strange vessels in sight”.

After half an hour ‘Prairie’ called ‘Hawk’ within hail.

After quarter of an hour’s parley ‘Prairie’ followed by ‘Hawk’ steamed to westward.

‘Prairie’ signalled to ‘Badger’: “Come nearer”.

Saw white powder smoke and heard rapid discharge of large guns to south-westward.

On bearing 13 miles from Morro Castle hove to; did not change position during watch.

Engines made 350 revolutions during watch.

At 8.30 HMS ‘Talbot’ entered harbor and saluted Spanish flag; returned by Cohima battery.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; gentle breeze from ENE.

Heavy firing to south-westward continued until 1.40 then stopped and was not heard again until 2.45.

Large amount of smoke visible to southward and westward.

Ships in sight at end of watch: ‘Newport’ and ‘Prairie’.

At end of watch Morro Castle bore SE (pc); ship’s head NbyW.

Engines stopped entire watch.

Held sale of lucky bag and realized $1.25.

Exercised all apprentices in signals.

At 3.35 sighted ‘Prairie’ standing to N and E.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; heavy rain squalls first hour; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 4.40 ‘Prairie’ came within hail and gave us orders to take station number 4 W, with Morro Castle bearing ESE.

Went ahead full speed to get on station.

At 6.00 sighted ‘Badger’ and headed inshore to pick up Morro Castle; mustered at quarters.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 36.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light airs from ENE.

On course E at steerageway; Morro bearing ESE.

‘Castine’, ‘Badger’ and ‘Newport’ in sight.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 17.


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW, making steerageway.

At 11.20 look-out sighted ship on starboard quarter.

Hoisted private signal three times, keeping it hoisted about a minute each time.

Went ahead full speed and called watch on deck to guns.

Headed for strange ship which was now going full speed toward Morro Light.

Hoisted private light and fired blank 6-pounder; ship answered with Ardois light: white red.

Returned to station; secured battery at midnight.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 27.


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6 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; bright moonlight; barometer steady; gentle breeze from E.

On station WNW from Morro Castle; under steam alone.

Sighted ‘Castine’ during watch; ‘Badger’ in sight entire watch.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 17.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear; gentle breezes from E.

On station off Morro Castle; at 8.00 it bore ESE.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Hawk’, ‘Badger’, ‘Castine’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Prairie’.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light airs to gentle breezes from E.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about ESE.

At 9.30 went to fire quarters and had fire streams of water in 2 minutes, 40 seconds; secured at 9.40.

At 10.15 exercised all apprentices at signals; made signal 3127 to ‘Badger’; Captain and Executive Officer boarded her.

At 11.40 they returned; returned to blockading station.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 24.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, hove to and heading ENE (pc), making steerageway.

Sighted monitor to north-eastward; ‘Prairie’ signalled: “Send mail” but did not come near enough to send boat.

Average steam 123 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy with heavy rain squalls second hour; barometer steady; gentle breeze for ENE first hour, shifting to SE during squall and increasing to stiff breeze.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.

Under steam alone; engines stopped from 4.00 to 5.15 and then worked at intervals.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and raining first hour; clearing second hour; gentle breeze from ESE first hour; calm second hour.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE.

Average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 20.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight last three hours; calm to gentle breeze from ESE.

On blockading station, Morro Castle bore SEbyE.

Average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 21.


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7 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from ENE; clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

‘Newport’ and ‘Badger’ in sight during watch.

On bearing, steaming ENE and WSW (pc), making steerageway.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 16.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer rising; light breeze from ESE.

On station WNW from Morro Castle.

Under steam alone; engines in use throughout watch.

‘Badger’, ‘Newport’, ‘Prairie’ and ‘Amphitrite’ in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 140 lbs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 went to general quarters and exercised divisions; all divisions reported ready in four minutes.

Shifted from bridge to after steering wheel in two minutes.

At 10.30 ‘Amphitrite’ signalled 776, which we repeated to ‘Badger’.

At end of watch ‘Amphitrite’ passed steaming to southward and westward.

On station off Morro; it bore SEbyE½E at noon.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 25.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light airs to light breezes from NE.

On blockading station, Morro Castle bearing ESE.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.

At 1.00 exercised all apprentice at signals and all Naval Militiamen at knotting, splicing, and instructions in hand lead etc.

‘Amphitrite’, ‘Badger’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Newport’, ‘Prairie’ and ‘Montgomery’ in sight.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4pm to 6pm:

Light breezes from NE; clear and pleasant.

‘Amphitrite’ returned from westward.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Captain awarded following punishments: GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), CO Saulie (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), M Krueger (Apprentice 2c), JN Jones (Apprentice 2c), WJ Dean (Apprentice 2c) and TR Davin (Landsman): each six hours’ extra duty for clothing in lucky bag; GH Bates (Apprentice 2c): 12 hours’ extra duty for profanity.

On bearing, hove to and heading ENE and WSW; making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 25.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breeze from NE.

Ships in sight at dark: ‘Hawk’, ‘Badger’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Newport’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’ and one not known near ‘Amphitrite’.

Under steam alone; average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 26.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE; moon rose at 10.00.

At midnight Morro Castle Light bore ESE.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 20.


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8 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; clearing last part; moonlight; light breeze from ENE.

Keeping Morro Light between bearings of ESE and SEbyE on course ENE, at steerageway and drifting on course WSW.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 14.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW (pc).

At daybreak ‘Badger’, ‘Hawk’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Prairie’ in sight.

At 7.45 Flagship ‘San Francisco’ flying Commodore Howell’s pennant hove into sight.

Making steerageway.

Average steam 116 lbs, average revolutions 17.


8am to meridian:

Clear; barometer steady.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised seaman branch of all divisions in signals and apprentices in compass and lead lines.

At 11.20 sent boat to ‘Windom’ for mail.

At 11.40 ‘Badger’ signalled: “Strange vessel coming in”, which we repeated; not answered.

At 11.45 went ahead full speed following ‘Badger’ and ‘Windom’ and at noon made out French man-of-war to northward and westward, and slowed engines.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

French man-of-war ‘D’Estang’ entered Havana Harbor at 3.00.

At 3.30 ‘Hawk’ signalled 5793; we sent mail to her for Key West.

All vessels of blockading squadron in sight at 4.00.

Average steam 140 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from NE.

On blockading station, Morro bearing between ESE and SEbyE.

On course ENE at steerageway and drifting on course WSW.

‘Hawk’ left for Key West; Flagship and all western blockading ships in sight.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 20.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from NE; clear and pleasant.

On station, heading ENE and WSW (pc), making steerageway and hove to.

‘Newport’ brought word to take a more easterly station when she started for Key West.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 26.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer steady.

Under steam alone, NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Sighted ‘Prairie’ about 10.30.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


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9 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; bright moonlight.

At 4.00 Morro Light bore SEbyE.

‘Prairie’ in sight during watch.

Average steam 124 lbs, average revolutions 20.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from E.

Morro bearing about SEbyE.

At steerageway on courses ENE and WSW.

‘Badger’, ‘Prairie’ and ‘Amphitrite’ in sight at daylight.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 31.


8am to meridian:

Calm and light easterly airs; clear and sultry.

‘Maple’ came from eastward bringing mail; departed out of sight to westward.

Lying hove to on bearing; general cleaning day.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 26.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer fell; light to gentle breezes from ENE and NE.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Ships in sight at end of watch: ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Maple’ and ‘Badger’.

Moved engines at intervals.

Ensigns TJ Senn and FP Baldwin made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy; light breeze from NE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up drill.

Engines stopped for greater part of watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breeze from NE.

On blockading station off Havana, Morro bearing SEbyE.

Engines stopped entire watch.

‘Badger’, ‘Windom’, ‘Prairie’, ‘San Francisco’ and ‘Amphitrite’ in sight at dark.

Average steam 138 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from eastward; cloudy and misty; moon rose at 11.15.

On bearing, hove to and heading ENE, making steerageway.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 16.


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10 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer falling.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Sighted ‘Prairie’ about 3.00.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 22.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and hazy; light breeze from ESE.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE½E.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Maple’, ‘Windom’, ‘Badger’, ‘Prairie’ and two others.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; misty around horizon; calm to light breezes from NNE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; Captain inspected ship and crew.

Executive Officer, accompanied by Surgeon, made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms, and found their sanitary condition to be good.

At 9.45 ‘Badger’ made GS 2704; repeated signal to ‘Prairie’.

Went ahead full speed on approximate course SWbyW, following ‘Badger’ and ‘Windom’ towards heavy cannonading to westward.

At 10.45 sighted three-masted ship and went to general quarters.

Found her to be ‘San Francisco’ and secured battery at 11.03.

Headed for blockading station.

‘Hudson’ made GS 2372; boarded her for mail and at noon went ahead on course ENE for blockading station.

Average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 88.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from NbyE and SSE; clear and hot.

Steaming to position; at 1.00 reached bearing.

Lying hove to and heading WSW, making steerageway.

Flagship ‘San Francisco’ signalled 3 0094; lowered boat and Captain visited flagship in obedience to signal.

At 4.30 Captain returned aboard.

Average steam 138 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; threatening showers; barometer steady for two hours but lower than usual; light variable breeze first hour, steadying to gentle breeze from SbyW.

Under steam alone; average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 40.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and overcast; light breeze from ESE.

At 8.00 Morro Light bore SE¼E.

Flagship signalled to ‘Windom’, GS 180, which we reported to her; signal was not answered owing to darkness and distance.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 26.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs from SW.

Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

On course ENE and WSW; engines stopped about half of watch.

Searchlight in Havana Harbor operating at intervals.


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11 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from SSE; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW making steerageway.

Average steam 139 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer rose slightly; light to gentle breezes from SSE.

Ships in sight at daybreak: ‘Windom’, ‘Badger’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Montgomery’ and ‘San Francisco’.

In sight at end of watch: ‘Badger’ and ‘Prairie.

Under steam alone, on station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 36.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear and hot; variable light airs and breezes.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters.

Gave oral instructions in ordnance to all divisions.

John Bryce (Mechanic 1c) reported expiration of his term of enlistment.

Extra duty men at work.

At 9.30 Flagship to ‘Badger’: GS 180, which we repeated and ran down towards ‘Badger’ until she answered signal.

Exchanged numbers with ‘USS Topeka’.

Following vessels in sight at noon: ‘Topeka’, ‘Maple’, ‘Prairie’, ‘Badger’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Montgomery’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Mayflower’ and one other monitor.

Average steam 133 lbs, average revolutions 20.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light airs from N first half, shifting to light breezes from S last half.

On blockading station, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway; engines stopped part of last hour.

Extra duty was performed as follows: G Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), MH Holmes (Apprentice 2c), G Spahr (Apprentice 2c), SP Weldon (Apprentice 2c), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c) GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), JR Jones (Apprentice 2c), HM Odell (Apprentice 2c), Saulie CO (Apprentice 2c), M Krueger (Apprentice 2c), WJ Dean (Apprentice 2c) and SN Jones (Apprentice 2c), two hours each and TR Davin (Landsman) ½ hour.

At 3.30 headed for Flagship full speed and made GS 3128.

Nine ships of blockading fleet in sight.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 16.


4pm to 6pm:

Light breezes from SSE; clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; made signals as per record book.

Captain went aboard ‘Terror’, after trying to catch ‘San Francisco’ steaming to eastward.

Went alongside ‘Montgomery’ and sent casks for drinking water.

At end of watch about seven miles to eastward of Morro Light.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 21.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady.

At 6.50 having received 172 gallons fresh water from ‘Montgomery’, hoisted boat and stood to westward to resume station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

Small stream running from distiller after about 6.30.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SW.

On station off Havana; at midnight Morro Light bore SE; two searchlights used in harbor during watch and one of blockading squadron used hers.

‘Mayflower’ and ‘Terror’ in sight; exchanged private signals with latter.


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12 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from S.

On blockading station, Morro Castle between bearings of ESE and SEbyE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

Engines stopped most of last hour.

At 1.15 exchanged private signal with ‘Mayflower’ and at 2.15 with ‘Terror’.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 14.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from southward; clear and pleasant.

At daybreak ‘Mayflower’, ‘Terror’ and ‘Amphitrite in sight.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW making steerage way.

Average steam 123 lbs.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy with passing showers second and third hours; barometer steady; fresh breeze from SE hauling to SSE at end of watch.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and instructed all enlisted men in mechanism of Lee rifle.

Distilling; under steam alone, on station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Terror’ and ‘Amphitrite’ in sight at end of watch, also ship not recognized to SWbyW.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 19.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy; unsettled weather; passing showers of rain; barometer falling; moderate to stiff breeze from SSE.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE; vessels in sight: ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 34.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and threatening; stiff breeze from SSE.

On blockading station, Morro Castle bearing about SEbyE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and exercised at setting up drill.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Windom’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Terror’, ‘Montgomery’ and ‘Bancroft’ in sight; ‘Hamilton’ arrived on blockade.

At 5.45 ‘Montgomery’ made GS 180 and 5493.

At end of watch heading for ‘Montgomery’.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 30.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle and fresh breezes from SSE; clear and drizzling.

Went alongside ‘Montgomery’ to send mail; on station.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 16.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, raining; barometer fell slightly; fresh breeze from SSE and S.

Sighted in SW private letter display from other ships about 8.15.

About 9.00 intermittent light to SWbyW and hoisted private signal; answered by ship to westward.

Under steam alone on station NW from Morro Castle.

Engines stopped greater part of second half.

Again at 9.50 white light to SWbyW; again made private signal and answered by to ship to westward.


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13 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Raining first hour; clearing latter part of watch; light breeze from SSE and ESE; moon rose at 1.00.

At 4.00 Morro Light bore SEbyE.

Average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 25.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining; light breeze from SE with occasional showers, increasing to stiff breeze with heavy rain storm at 7.30.

Morro Castle bearing about SE.

On courses ENE and WSW; ‘Mayflower’, ‘Windom’, ‘Terror’ and another in sight.

Average steam 145 lbs, average revolutions 18.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breeze from SE; overcast, cloudy and steady rain with mist.

At 9.15 had fire quarters; five streams of water in 2 minutes 30 seconds.

On station heading various courses; making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 32.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy; barometer steady; gentle breeze from SE; passing showers of rain throughout watch.

Received mail from ‘Hamilton’ and sent mail to her.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Amphitrite’, ‘Terror’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Bancroft’ in sight at end of watch.

Under steam alone.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and raining; gentle to moderate breeze from SSE and S.

At 6.00 Morro Castle bore SE.

Average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 24.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and threatening; gentle to moderate breeze from S to SE.

At 6.00 ‘Bancroft’ made GS 2372; sent boat for mail.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about SE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 16.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from SE; cloudy and overcast; very dark.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW, making steerageway.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 18.


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14 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with passing shower second hour; barometer steady; gentle to moderate breezes from ESE and SE.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle.

At 1.10 saw bright white light for short time to ESE.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 20.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from SE, E and ESE; barometer rising.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SE½E.

Engines stopped greater part of watch.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Windom’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Terror’ and one other.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from ESE.

At 8.00 and at noon salutes were fired in Havana Harbor.

On blockading station, Morro Castle bearing about SE.

Engines stopped greater part of watch; last hour on course WSW at steerageway.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; divisions reported ready in 2 minutes, 30 seconds; secured at 10.00.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Terror’, ‘Windom’ and three others sighted.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 19.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light to gentle breezes from eastward; cloudy and pleasant; rain last hour.

‘Tecumseh’ signalled 2372; sent boat for mail.

Austrian man-of-war ‘Empress Maria Theresa’ spoke senior officer and entered Havana from eastward.

Salutes interchanged within harbor.

On station making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer steady.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.

On station NW from Morro.

Sent mail to ‘Tecumseh’ at 4.20; exchanged distinguishing pennants with ‘Castine’

At end of watch ‘Woodbury’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Mayflower’ to westward; ‘Terror’, ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Castine’ in sight to eastward.

Under steam alone; average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 20.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and threatening rain; variable airs first hour, then light breeze from SSW.

At 8.00 Morro Light bore SE¼S; heading WSW, steaming at steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 26.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant; clear overhead, cloudy and misty around horizon; light airs from SSW and ESE.

Morro bearing about SE; on course ENE and WSW at steerageway.

At 10.30 exchanged private signal with vessel inshore of us.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


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15 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

At 1.00 saw two red Very lights in quick succession from direction of Morro Castle; headed towards it but came back to WSW by order of Captain.

Ships on eastward wing of blockade making private signal continually during watch.

On station, making steerageway.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 26.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant; barometer rising; gentle breeze increasing to stiff breeze from ESE.

At end of watch, ‘Windom’, ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Terror’ in sight.

Under steam alone, on station NW from Morro Castle.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 46.


8am to meridian:

Partly clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

At noon Morro Castle bore ESE½E.

Vessels in sight: ‘Terror’ and ‘Mayflower’.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; gave oral instructions to all divisions.

JP Donovan (Landsman) reported expiration of his term of enlistment.

Had clothing inspection.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 35.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and threatening; rain last half hour; stiff breezes from E increasing to fresh breeze from ESE at 3.45.

On patrol, Morro Castle about SE, distant 10 miles; on course ESE at steerageway.

At 2.30 ‘Terror’ made: GS Vicksburg 2004 and 24 C.

Headed WNW after a strange bark; ‘Mayflower’ made International signal MW 2.

Fired a blank 6-pounder shell at 3.00 and ‘Mayflower’ fired three.

Norwegian bark ‘Frieda’ hove to and was boarded by ‘Mayflower’, after which she was allowed to proceed.

At 3.30 made course ESE to return to station.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 26.


4pm to 6pm:

Moderate, fresh to stiff breezes from ESE; overcast, cloudy with rain; squally.

Returning to station; at 5.00 on station; slowed to steerageway and headed WSW; changed to SW.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 20.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady.

On station NW from Morro.

‘Windom’ and ‘Mayflower’ in sight at sunset.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 134 lbs, average revolutions 25.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to stiff breezes from E.

On blockading station off Havana.

At midnight Morro Castle Light bore SE.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 24.


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16 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon; moderate to stiff breezes from ESE.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about SE; engines stopped and drifting to westward last hour.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4am to 8am:

Gentle to moderate breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

On bearing about 10 miles from Morro, heading ESE and WSW, making steerageway.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 30.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rose slightly.

General cleaning of ship going on.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Terror’ in sight at end of watch.

On station NW from Morro Castle; engine stopped during entire watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy; heavy rain squall second hour; gentle to stiff breeze from ENE.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SE½E.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Windom’, ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Terror’.

At 2.00 ‘Tecumseh’ spoke us and delivered message from Senior Officer.

Weekly inspections of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship were made.

Engine stopped greater part of watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and threatening; gentle breeze from E.

On blockading station, Morro bearing SE¾E; engines stopped all but last half hour.

On course ESE at steerageway last half hour.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and exercised at setting up drill.

‘Terror’ made two signals but hauled down before we could make them out.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Windom’, ‘Terror’, ‘Tecumseh’ and one other sighted.

Captain awarded punishments as follows: Carr WM (Landsman), unmarked clothing: mark clothing on quarter deck; Cooper GP (Apprentice 2c), slow in obeying order of Boatswain’s Mate: 12 hours’ extra duty; Wester TC (Apprentice 2c), out of uniform and slovenly in dress: repair clothing on quarter deck; Dempsey J (Cox), losing library book: to replace book; Donovan J (Apprentice 2c), carelessness with library book: deprived of library privileges.


6pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

On station, making steerageway; heading ENE and WSW.

Average steam 152 lbs, average revolutions 35.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; light airs; barometer rising.

Searchlight inshore exercised all through watch.

On station, under steam alone.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 24.


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17 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and present; light breeze from E and ESE.

At 4.00 Morro Light bore SE.

Exchanged private signal with vessel to eastward.

Engine stopped greater part of watch.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

On station, Morro bearing about SE; engine stopped part of watch.

‘Mayflower’, ‘Windom’, ‘Terror’ and ‘Tecsumseh’ sighted at daylight; USS ‘Dorothea’ arrived from Key West.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 16.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Captain inspected crew and ship; read Squadron Order #12 and ‘Articles for Better Government of Navy’.

Executive Officer and Medical Officer made inspection of holds, living spaces and store rooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Repeated signal 180 from ‘Terror’ to ‘Mayflower’; lowered boat to get mail from ‘Tecumseh’.

On bearing, hove to, and steaming at steerageway, ENE and WSW.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 24.


Meridian 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer fell slightly; gentle breeze from ESE increasing to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 12.30 received orders from SOP to send Surgeon to ‘Terror’ at 1.00.

Commanding Officer and Surgeon went on board ‘Terror’ at 1.00 and returned at 2.00.

Under steam alone; on station NW of Morro Castle.

‘Terror’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’ in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 18.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

On station, blockading Havana Harbor.

‘Terror’, ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Mayflower’ in sight.

Engines stopped entire watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy and pleasant.

Morro bearing about SE.

‘Mayflower’ and ‘Terror’ in sight.

At 7.45 ‘Mayflower’ passed us, steaming to eastward.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 36.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

On station, heading SWbyW and ENE; making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 18.


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18 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from ESE.

Exchanged private night signal with ‘Mayflower’ at 12.30 and at 3.30.

Under steam alone; keeping Morro Castle bearing SE and EbyS.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 25.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ESE.

Steaming at steerageway on various courses to keep position.

At 8.00 Morro Castle bore SE½E; vessels in sight: ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 36.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE and ESE.

On course ENE and WSW at steerageway; Morro between bearings of SE and SbyS.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at great gun drill and signals; divisional officers overhauling battery.

‘Windom’, ‘Woodbury’ and ‘Mayflower’ in sight.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 19.


Meridian to 4pm:

Moderate breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Lying hove to and steaming WbyS.

Unknown vessel, supposedly USS ‘Fern’, spoke ‘Mayflower’.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear; barometer steady; stiff breeze from ENE.

At 4.00 ‘Mayflower’ signalled: Cornet 366, GS 180, GS 2372.

‘Vicksburg’ ran up, lowered boat and received mail from ‘Mayflower’ by 5.00, and started back to station.

At end of watch ‘Woodbury’, ‘Windom’, ‘Mayflower’, ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Fern’ in sight.

At 5.30 mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Under steam alone; average steam 160 lbs, average revolutions 24.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

At 6.30 made GS 180 and 2372 to ‘Woodbury’ and ‘Windom’; they both sent boats for mail.

Resumed station at 7.15.

At 8.00 Morro Light bore ESE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon; gentle breeze from ENE.

On blockading station, Morro between bearings of SE and ESE.

On course ENE and WSW at steerageway.

At 8.30 exchanged challenge light with ‘Mayflower’; searchlight near Morro in operation half of watch.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 129.


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19 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences until 4am:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant; very dark.

On station steaming ENE and WSW making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and very pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from E.

‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’ in sight at end of watch.

Under steam alone.


8am to meridian:

Generally clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

At 8.30 Austrian man-of-war came out of Havana Harbor; she exchanged signals with Senior Officer and steamed to northward and eastward.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters; exercised all divisions at infantry.

Marines had gallery target practice.

On station off Havana Harbor.

At noon Morro Castle bore SEbyS; engines stopped greater part of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE to moderate breezes from NE.

On station, Morro bearing about SE¾E; engines stopped greater part of watch.

Exercised apprentices at signals and divisions at target practice.

‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’ in sight.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 19.


4pm to 6pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

At 5.40 most westerly shore battery fired two shots at ‘Vicksburg’, both passing just over and falling from 300 to 500 yards beyond, at range of 3½ to 4 miles.

On bearing, steaming various courses to westward and SW, making steerageway.

Average steam 133 lbs, average revolutions 20.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 6.50 four shots were fired from Vidado Battery #3 at ‘Vicksburg’, all falling over from 200 to 400 yards.

Increased speed and stood out of range.

Under steam alone; ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’ in sight at dark.

Average steam 133 lbs, average revolutions 34.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

On station off Havana.

At midnight Morro Castle bore ESE; steaming at steerageway on course ENE and WSW.

Searchlight going inside Havana Harbor at frequent intervals during watch.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 36.


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20 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon.

On station, Morro bearing between SE and EbyS; on courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 18.


4am to 8am:

Variable light breezes from eastward; clear and hot.

At daybreak ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Windom’ in sight.

At 6.30 sighted barkentine to north-westward; held course W.

At 6.45 ‘Mayflower’ started in pursuit and overhauled her, letting her proceed.

At 7.15 ‘Cincinnati’ came in sight from north-eastward.

Making steerageway on bearing.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 32.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising; light breeze from ESE.

At 9.32 went to fire quarters; obtained five streams of water in 1 minute 50 seconds; tested hand pumps, getting water forward and aft in 1 minute.

Secured at 9.42.

At 9.45 exercised at collision drill; made ready with collision mat and pump for leak in sail room in 3 minutes 10 seconds.

Secured at 10.00.

At 10.40 Commanding Officer went on board ‘Cincinnati’ in obedience to orders.

Signals: ‘Cincinnati’ to ‘Vicksburg’, at 10.30: 180; at 10.30, 3093.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 24.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light airs and breezes from ENE.

Commanding Officer returned from ‘Cincinnati’.

Stood to SW.

At 3.00 signalled to ‘Windom’: 2372; ‘Windom’ sent boat for mail; gave her mail for ‘Woodbury’ and ‘Marietta’.

Resumed station on blockade at 4.00; exercised apprentices at signals.

Quarterly Board condemned 80 lbs of both pork and beef; by order of Commanding Officer it was thrown overboard.

Average steam 150 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from NE.

On station, Morro between bearings of SE and EbyS.

At 4.30 ‘Mayflower’ made GS 5493; communicated with ‘Mayflower’ and sent mail to Key West.

Returned to station on course WSW.

At 3.45 ‘Cincinnati’ made wigwag signal: “What is ‘Mayflower’ after”; answered: “Mail from ‘Woodbury’”.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 26.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, steaming WSW (pc), making steerageway.

Average steam 138, average revolutions 24.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer steady; gentle breeze from E.

Standing on station off Havana.

At 9.30 sighted bright; white, flashing light bearing SWbyS.

Morro Light bearing SEbyE, distant five miles; ship’s head ENE; all (psc).

Under steam alone; average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 32.


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21 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and breezes from E.

On station, blockading Havana Harbor.

At 4.00 Morro Castle bore SEbyE; searchlight going in harbor.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 23.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from E; light shower of rain passed over at 5.00.

On station; on courses ENE and SW at steerageway.

At 5.00 batteries near Morro fired about 30 guns, seemingly a salute.

‘Cincinnati’ and ‘Windom’ sighted at daybreak.

Average steam 123 lbs.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

Lying hove to, heading southward; on bearing.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; divisions reported in 2 minutes 45 seconds.

At 9.53 secured.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 34.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer falling; gentle breeze from ENE.

On station off Morro Castle, under steam alone.

‘Windom’, ‘Cincinnati’ and ‘Tecumseh’ in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 34.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

At 5.15 mustered at evening quarters and had setting up drill.

At 5.45 sighted vessel’s smoke to NNE and headed for it.

‘Cincinnati’ and ‘Windom’ in sight.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 40.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breeze from ENE.

At 6.10 found vessel sighted in last watch to be American torpedo boat and returned to station.

At 6.40 sighted sail bearing W½S and went in chase at full speed.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 24.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from ENE; clear and pleasant.

At 8.20 overhauled brig and visited her; found her to be ‘Orient’, Russian, from Mobile to Rochester, England, loaded with lumber.

She had been overhauled by ‘Marietta’; let her proceed; returned to station.

Torpedo Boat ‘Foote’ brought orders; ‘Cincinnati’ left for Santiago.

At end of watch on station steaming ENE and WSW.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 32.


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22 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady.

At 1.15 sighted green Very light to SW; answered but no further light was seen.

Under steam alone; average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 32.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm; light airs and breezes from E and ESE.

At 5.30 made signal to ‘Windom’: 180; ‘Windom’ came within hail and was given verbal orders.

Went ahead half speed to eastward until 7.30 when engines were stopped.

Morro bearing S; ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Tecumseh’ in sight to eastward.

Hoisted Senior Officer’s pennant.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 31.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light airs to light breezes from ESE to ENE.

On station, Morro Castle bearing about S; engines stopped greater part of watch.

Drifting to eastward and at 10.30 made course WSW to regain position.

At 9.00 USS ‘Peoria’ made Cornet 527; answered and made Cornet 366.

Commanding Officer of ‘Peoria’ came aboard.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and exercised all divisions at divisional skills.

‘Tecumseh’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Peoria’ and ‘Windom’ in sight.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 15.


Meridian to 4pm:

Variable light airs and breezes from north-eastward; clear and hot.

On bearing, S and SbyW.

At 12.50 sighted barkentine bearing NNW.

At 1.15 headed for her in full speed; one blower.

At 3.00 overhauled her and found her to be ‘Palander’ of Sweden, laden with mahogany from Mexico.

Let her proceed.

At 3.45 set course S, full speed, to regain station.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 30.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and hot; barometer steady; light variable airs.

At 5.20 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill; standing to southward to resume station.

At 5.55 Commanding Officer of ‘Marietta’ came aboard.

At end of watch, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Peoria’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Windom’ in sight.

Morro Castle at end of watch bore SbyW; ship’s head W; distant 8 miles.

Exchanged distinguishing pennants with ‘Marietta’ at 5.20.

Signals: ‘Marietta’ to ‘Vicksburg’; also at 5.35 Int 3132; ‘answered by “Affirmative”


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light breeze from SE.

Commanding Officer of ‘Marietta’ returned to his ship at 7.15.

Steaming to westward remaining part of watch to get on station.

At 8.00 Morro Castle light bore SbyW¼W.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 24.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moon set at 9.05; light breeze from SE.

On station, Morro bearing between SbyE and SbyW; on courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

At 11.00 exchanged private signals with ‘Marietta’.

Average steam 147 lbs, average revolutions 30.


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23 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from south-eastward; clear and pleasant.

On station; heading WSW and ENE, making steerageway.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 30.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light breeze from SSE.

On station N of Morro Castle, distant 10 miles.

Under steam alone.

At 4.50 sighted ‘Nashville’ to NbyE½E; ‘Marietta’, ‘Windom’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Peoria’ and ‘Nashville’ in sight at end of watch.

Spoke ‘Windom’ at 7.15 and gave her permission to put man on board ‘Hamilton’ or any vessel in E wing.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot; calm and light airs and breezes from SSE.

At 8.30 exchanged distinguishing pennants with ‘Nashville’; hauled down Senior Officer’s pennant.

Commanding Officer went on board ‘Nashville’ and returned at 10.00 with mail.

Stood to westward and at 10.20 signalled 2372 to ‘Marietta’; she sent boat for mail.

Standing to SW remainder of watch to gain station.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Woodbury’, ‘Windom’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Peoria’ and one other.

Morro Castle bore SbyE at noon.

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 24.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs varying from ENE to E; clear and pleasant.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about SbyE.

On course WSW greater part of watch, at steerageway.

‘Nashville’, ‘Woodbury’, ‘Windom’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Peoria’ and ‘Hamilton’ sighted.

Weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship was made by Ensigns TJ Senn USN and TP Baldwin USN.

Average steam 154 lbs.


4pm to 6pm:

Light and moderate breezes from SSE; overcast and cloudy; heavy rain squalls.

On bearing, heading WSW; making steerageway.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

Strange vessel to northward, within hail of ‘Windom’.

Average steam 145 lbs, average revolutions 19.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, threatening rain; barometer steady; moderate to gentle breezes from SSE.

On station NNW of Morro Castle; under steam alone.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 22.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy first two hours, clearing last half; light breeze from SSE.

At 8.10 sighted steamer light on port bow; headed for it and spoke steamer ‘Wanderer’ at 9.00.

She reported that she had been engaged in landing arms and munitions for insurgents.

On station off Havana.

At midnight Morro Castle Light bore SSE¾E.

Average steam 146 lbs, average revolutions 30.


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24 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SSE.

On station, Morro bearing about SbyE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

Lights of ‘Wanderer’ in sight, bearing about NE until 2.00.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 34.


4am to 8am:

Light airs and breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At daybreak ‘Windom’, ‘Woodbury’, ‘Peoria’ and ‘Tecumseh’ in sight; ‘San Francisco’ in sight at end of watch.

On bearing, steaming WSW and ENE, steerageway.

Average steam 143 lbs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; gentle breeze from EbyS and E.

At 9.35 mustered at quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

Executive Officer accompanied by Senior Medical Officer made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms and found their sanitary condition good.

On station NNW of Morro Castle with engines stopped greater part of watch.

At end of watch ‘Peoria’, ‘San Francisco’, army transport ‘Wanderer’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Windom’, ‘Woodbury’ and unknown converted yacht in sight.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE.

At 2.50 USS ‘Stranger’ signalled: “Please send boat for orders and mail”; sent boat to her.

At 2.00 sighted sailing vessel to NW but did not chase her

‘San Francisco’ started in chase at 3.45.

Following vessels in sight: ‘Stranger’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Woodbury’ to westward; and ‘San Francisco’ and two unknown to eastward.

At end of watch steaming to WSW to get on new bearing of SE.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 21.


4pm to 6pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On course WSW to bring Morro bearing SE, when stopped and drifted.

At 4.30 ‘San Francisco’ boarded bark to northward; bark was allowed to proceed.

‘San Francisco’, ‘Woodbury’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Stranger’ in sight.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

Average steam 163 lbs, average revolutions 30.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, hove to and steaming SW, steerageway.

Average steam 163 lbs, average revolutions 29.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer steady.

On station NW of Morro Castle.

‘Windom’ in sight greater part of watch.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 20.


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25 July 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from E.

On station off Havana keeping Morro Castle Light between bearings SEbyS and SEbyE; steaming at steerageway.

At 12.30 exchanged private signal with ‘Stranger’.

Average steam 133 lbs, average revolutions 36.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

On blockading station; Morro Castle between bearing of SEbyE and SEbyS.

Steering various courses at steerageway to work offshore.

‘Woodbury’, ‘Stranger’, ‘San Francisco’ and ‘Tecumseh’ sighted at daylight.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from eastward; cloudy and warm.

On bearing, hove to.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; began steaming around floating target and exercising at target, small arms.

Finished 1st, 2nd and Marine Divisions and part of Powder, when set course SW, for position, having drifted considerably to eastward.

At end of watch heading SW on half speed; Morro Light bearing SbyE.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 42.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; gentle breeze from NE.

At 1.00 changed course to eastward and headed for ‘San Francisco’.

Commanding Officer went on board flagship at 1.45 and returned at 2.30.

Surgeon ACH Russell USN came on board for consultation.

At 2.45 stood back for station and at end of watch on course WbyS, Morro Castle bearing SE½S, distant six miles.

‘Marietta’, ‘Windom’, ‘Woodbury’, ‘Stranger’ and ‘San Francisco’ in sight at end of watch.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘San Francisco’ at 1.15, Int 3128; answered by affirmative.

Tested all electrical appliances and found them in good condition.


6pm to 8pm:

Gentle breezes from ENE; cloudy and pleasant.

On station, engines stopped; Morro bearing SE.

At 7.45 ‘Woodbury’ sent boat alongside.

‘Woodbury’, ‘Windom’, ‘Stranger’ and ‘San Francisco’ in sight at dark.

Average steam 138 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from eastward; cloudy and pleasant.

On bearing, hove to and heading WSW and ENE; making steerageway.

Exchanged signals with ‘Stranger’ and unknown vessel.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 25.


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26 July 1898


On blockade off Havana and making passage to Key West, Florida

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; vivid lightning; barometer steady; gentle breeze from E.

At 12.45 sighted steamer to southward and westward, standing to northward and westward between ‘Vicksburg’ and Havana; lost sight of her at 1.10.

At 1.30 and at 2.00 exchanged private signal with ‘Windom’.

Under steam alone; on station NW of Morro Castle.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 32.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

Steaming at steerageway most of watch, keeping Morro Castle on south-easterly bearing.

At 6.15 Commanding Officer of ‘Windom’ came on board and left at 6.45.

‘Castine’ arrived on station at 7.00.

Following vessels in sight at 8.00: ‘Windom’, ‘Stranger’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Castine’ and one other.

[Error of compass observed at 8.31am: 4° 6E.]

Average steam 138 lbs, average revolutions 36.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle breeze from E.

On station, Morro Castle bearing SE.

At 8.45 ‘San Francisco’ made GS: ‘Vicksburg’ 180; made course to go within hail.

She then made 2372; sent boat for mail. ‘San Francisco’ made: ‘Vicksburg’ 108; made course WSW to resume station.

Mustered at quarters at 9.45.

At 11.30 made 2372 to ‘Stranger’; ‘Stranger’ made wigwag signal: “Have no general signal book”; answered and made: “Send boat for mail”; she sent boat.

Made course towards ‘Marietta’ and made signals 5493 and 2372.

At 11.45 ‘Marietta’ sent boat.

At end of watch heading SSW towards ‘Windom’.

‘Windom’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Stranger’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Castine’, ‘Peoria’, ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Tecumseh’ sighted during watch.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 38.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breezes from NE; clear and pleasant.

‘Windom’ sent boat to us for mail.

Took station; hove to on bearing SE.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 40.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breeze from ENE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.

At 5.50 signalled to ‘San Francisco’: Int 3128; answered by “Affirmative”.

Standing to ENE after 5.00; under steam alone.

‘Tecumseh’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Castine’, ‘Peoria’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Windom’ in sight at end of watch.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 39.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

On station off Havana, Morro Castle Light bearing SSE; engines stopped last hour.

At 8.00 changed course to N¾E and went ahead full speed, bound for Key West.

Average steam 158 lbs, average revolutions 31.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant; moderate breeze from E.

Ship riding easily to moderate sea on starboard bow.

On passage from blockade to Key West on course NNE at 90 revolutions.

Put over patent log at 8.00, reading 0; Morro Light bearing SSE.

At 9.30 lost Morro Light bearing S; changed course to NbyE¼E at 9.38.

Patent log reading 13.5; moon set at 11.30.

Average steam 137 lbs, average revolutions 90.


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27 July 1898

Making passage to Key West and at anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

Course NbyE¼E full speed.

At 2.30 changed course to NbyE½E (pc).

At 3.00 sighted Sand Key Light bearing NNE; changed course to NNE¾E (pc).

At end of watch patent log 65.6.

Average steam 145 lbs, average revolutions 90.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant; gently easterly breezes; barometer steady.

Heading in for Key West Harbor and at 7.35 came to in 3½ fathoms water, sandy bottom, starboard anchor, 15 fathoms chain.

Ship’s draft 11 feet 6 inches forward, 12 feet aft.

Bearings of anchorage: store house E; Fort Taylor SW bastion SbyE¼E; Key West Lighthouse SEbyE; ship’s head NNE; all bearings (psc).

Signalled at 7.00 to ‘Lancaster’: 1271; answered by: “Affirmative”.

Exchanged numbers with USS ‘Princeton’ and ‘Lancaster’.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle breeze from ESE.

‘Princeton’ came to anchor near this ship at 9.00 and fired salute of 11 guns, returned by ‘Lancaster’ with seven.

Ensign TJ Senn USN was this day detached from duty on this ship and ordered to USS ‘Hawk’ in accordance with Department’s order of July 13.

At 10.00 made sick report: 4; and at noon coal on hand: Num 21, expended: Num 6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

Riding to flood tide.

Transport No 30 left harbor.

Sent to Army Hospital for medical treatment: George Davis (Fireman 1c), WP Haynes (Coal Passer) and HM Odell (Apprentice 2c).

Discharged from Naval Service and from this vessel by means of expiration of their enlistment: W Stevens (Chief Quartermaster), honorable discharge; John Bryce (Mechanic 1c), honorable discharge; WG Averill (Cox), ordinary discharge; and RJ Donovan (Landsman), ordinary discharge.

Received in Paymaster's Department: $3500 in currency.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

Commenced to swing to ebb at 4.30 and finished at 6.00.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40.

Ran in and housed all gun deck guns, preparatory to coaling.

‘Topeka’ shifted berth.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE increasing to moderate breeze last hour.

Riding to ebb.


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28 July 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and threatening; light squalls of rain; light to stiff breeze third hour from ESE.

Riding to flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and threatening; calm to light breezes from ESE.

Made preparations for coaling ship.

At 6.15 tug ‘Sioux’ came alongside; at 6.45 hove up anchor and ‘Sioux’ took us alongside schooner ‘Henry J Smith’, securing there at 7.10.

‘Topeka’ left harbor at 5.00; converted yacht left harbor and one came in.

Bearings of schooner anchorage: store house ENE½E; Fort Taylor, southward bastion, SE¼E.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from ESE; clear and hot.

Coaling ship; took on board 60 tons.

Made sick and absentee report at 10.00 and at noon made coal report.

Coaling from schooner ‘Henry J Smith’, John Adams master; had 10 stevedores on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy; warm.

Coaling ship; five machinists and helpers on board in Engineering.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from ESE; cloudy; light rain and hot.

Coaling ship; received on board since noon 60 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breezes from south-eastward; clear and pleasant.


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29 July 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from SE; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light and gentle breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

Began coaling at 7.09.

Received from General Storekeeper: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.

Coaling ship, having on board at noon 190 tons.

Following wigwag signals were made during watch: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Miantonomoh’: “Lieutenant Norton is a member of Board of Survey on ‘Princeton’, this forenoon at 11 o'clock”; to ‘Lancaster’ at 11.50: “What time Board of Medical Survey meets”; at 11.45 from ‘Lancaster’ to 'Vicksburg: “To Dr Johnson, medical detail of survey on board of ‘Miantonomoh’ today, [?] Dr Lowndes”.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to Flagship at 10.00: Num 2, Num 0; at noon Num 190, Num 1.

Five men at work in Steam Engineering Department and 11 on board coaling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.

Coaling ship.

Following wigwag signals were received at 12.45 from ‘Lancaster’: “Board of Survey meets at 2pm”; at 3.00 from ‘Miantonomoh’: “Send boat for Dr Johnson”.

Five machinists and two helpers in Steam Engineering Department and 11 men from shore stowing and trimming coal.

Stores received: In Construction: 75 feet white pine; 12 paint brushes; 10 gallons turpentine; 3 sets cutters and punchers; 40 assorted shackles; in Equipment: 1 coil cordage, 4 inches; 40 while clothes bags; 30 hammocks; 24 hand scrub brushes; 2 17-feet steering oars; in Engineering: 12 brooms.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant; barometer steady; gentle breeze from ESE.

At 5.00 finished coaling, having received on board, in all, 220 tons coal; gave receipt for that amount to master of collier and to Naval Base.

Tug came alongside at 5.00 and ‘Vicksburg’ was towed to anchorage away from schooner.

At 5.30 came to in 4½ fathoms water, soft sandy bottom, starboard anchor, 15 fathoms chain.

Bearings of anchorage: Fort Taylor, west bastion, SbyE¼E; Key West Lighthouse SEbyE½E; store house NEbyE½E; ship's head EbyS; all bearings (psc).

Ship's draft 13 feet 5 inches forward, 12 feet 9 inches aft.

Shore workmen left ship.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant; barometer steady; light to gentle breeze from ESE and ENE.


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30 July 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant; light showers first hour; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant; barometer normal; light breeze from E.

Received in Pay Department: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Flagship made time signal and uniform “same as yesterday”.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle to moderate breeze from E.

Cleaning ship during entire watch; made routine signals at 10.00 and at noon: sick 2, absentees 0, coal on hand 238 tons, coal expended 2.

Six Naval Station workmen at work on board in Engineering.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from ESE.

Finished cleaning ship; sent liberty party ashore at 1.30.

Ten Naval Station workmen on board in Engineering.

Ensigns CB Barnes and FP Baldwin USN made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for safety and management of ship; also Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection conjointly of all compartments, water-tight doors and devices for management and safety of ship and found them in good order.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and threatening; light airs from ESE; rain squall passed over at 5.00; at 6.00 waterspout was visible to westward for about 10 minutes.

Ten Naval Station workmen at work on board from 4.00 until 5.30 and from 7.00 until 8.00.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast with rain; light airs to light breezes from ESE and E; several rain squalls passed over after 9.00.

J Nelson (Seaman) returned from liberty drunk.

Ten Naval Station workmen on board in Engineering from 8.00 until 9.30.


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31 July 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs to light breezes from E and ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from E and ESE.

Nine Naval Station workmen in Engineering came aboard at 7.30.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Flagship made Num 7 at 7.00 and 6351 at 7.30.

Shifted fires from boiler “A” to boiler “B” at 4.00.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and hot.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; uniform undress.

Captain inspected crew and ship; absentees: J Moran (Fireman 2c) and DJ Dolan (Coal Passer).

Executive Officer accompanied by Senior Medical Officer made weekly inspection of living spaces, holds and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from ENE; overcast; cloudy with rain.


4pm to 8pm:

Light and gentle breezes from E; clear and hot.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1898


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1 August 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from ENE; cloudy and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from northward; clear and hot.

Received in Pay Department: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables from General Storekeeper.

Steam in steering engine.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NW.

At 9.00 Naval Station tug ‘Accomac’ came alongside; we got up anchor and she took us into shallow water.

At 9.45 anchored in three fathoms, hard bottom, with 15 fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings of anchorage: store house E¾N; Fort Taylor SE¼ S; ship's head NbyW.

No quarters on account of work going on.

Absentees as follows: J Moran (Fireman 2c), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer) and C Edge (Coal Passer).

Working parties ashore getting Paymaster's stores.

Made routine signals: sick 1, absentees 2; coal on hand 236 - 690, expended 1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant with rain squall last hour; barometer steady; light variable airs and breezes.

Tug with provisions came alongside about 3.45.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with rain squalls throughout watch; barometer steady; light variable airs.

At 4.30 signalled to Flagship: Int 2259 which was granted.

At 4.45 hove in and was towed to anchorage, coming to at 5.10.

Bearings of anchorage: Fort Taylor, west bastion, S½E, Key West Lighthouse SEbyE½E; ship's head SbyW.

Received in Pay Department following provisions: 200 lbs dried apple; 5800 lbs flour; 500 lbs pork; 1121 lbs sugar; 30 gallons vinegar; 576 lbs roast beef; 408 lbs ham; 300 lbs rice; 342 lbs tomatoes; 216 lbs butter; 432 lbs mutton; 432 lbs sausage; 867 lbs vegetables; and 30 gallons molasses.

Received in Engineering Department: 170 gallons lard oil; 48 lbs Rainbow packing; 5 gallons turpentine; 50 lbs sal soda; and 100 lbs cotton waste.

Received in Equipment (Navigation): 120 gallons lard oil.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light variable airs first half, steadying to S latter half.

Liberty party returned; C Edge returned on board 24 hours over time.


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2 August 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Barometer steady; light breeze from S.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer rising.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 79 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

By order of Commanding Officer, rewards of $10.00 each were offered police authorities of Key West, Florida, for apprehension and delivery on board within three days of J Moran (Fireman 2c) and DJ Dolan (Coal Passer) who are absent from this ship without permission.

‘Tecumseh’, ‘Mangrove’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Syrene’ [probably USS Siren] came in from southward.

Geo Brindley (Private Marine) and AH Thompson (Cabin Cook) returned on board 10½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light to gentle breeze from S.

Engaged in stowing fresh provisions.

Ensign JR Harrell USN reported on board for duty in obedience to telegraphic order from Department of August 1st.

Received on board following men from ‘Lancaster’, with bags, hammocks and necessary papers: JW Truesdale (Cox), WW Brown (Mechanic 1c), TM Wood (Fireman 1c), WB Simms (Fireman 2c), LB Sherer (Fireman 2c), WT Barclay (Coal Passer).

Following men returned from liberty 64 hours over time and tight: J Moran, DJ Dolan.

Received in Construction: 12 cut files 6 inches, 1 saw set, 12 cap hooks, 12 hinges; in Equipment: 5 gallons tar oil, 12 boxes silicon.

At 3.00 ‘Lancaster’ made telegraphic signals: 6853 7846 8158 0620 4457 7089 496 0 570 7814 5468 7273.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from E and ESE.

Made wigwag signal to Flagship: “Permission to start fires, in view of prospect of bad weather”; “Granted”.

At 5.00 lighted fires in ‘Annapolis’’ boiler and raised steam to 120 lbs in “A” and “B” when banked fires.

‘Newport’ shifted berth to Man-of-War harbor.

‘Machias’ left harbor at 5.00.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters after which guns crews housed all 4-inch guns and midship 6-pounders.

W Cougle (Private Marine) returned from liberty 2½ hours over time and FR Harper (Landsman) two hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; light breezes from ESE.

At 9.00 S Gresham (Private Marine) who had returned tight from liberty, jumped overboard.

R Jefferson (Landsman) jumped over to assist him; volunteers [?] manned dinghy and steam launch; both dropped down.

He [Gresham] was brought aboard and by order of Commanding Officer was confined under charge of sentry.

Following men returned from liberty over time: WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c) 3½ hours, CSM McCormack (Yeoman 2c) ½ hour, G Bates (Apprentice 2c) ½ hour, SF Baker (Apprentice 2c) ½ hour.

Sent steam launch ashore to secure for night.


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3 August 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE to SE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool; gentle breeze from ESE.

Riding to flood.

Flagship made signal: “Uniform discretion” and also for ‘Newport’, ‘Lebanon’, USS ‘Fish Hawk’ and USS ‘Frolic’ to proceed on duty assigned.

‘Lebanon’ left at 7.30.

Received in Paymaster’s Department: 79 lbs bread and 98¾ lbs each meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and hot; light showers.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

PJ Murphy (Seaman) absent over time; WB Smith (Shipwright) returned on board 12½ hours over time.

Taking stores on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and hot.

Offered $10.00 reward for delivery on board of PJ Murphy (Seaman), absent over time.

WB Simms (Fireman 2c) transferred to Army Post Hospital, necessary papers to ‘Lancaster’.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and hot.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; PJ Murphy absent over time.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from southward; clear and warm; light rain.


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4 August 1898

At anchor off Key West, and making passage to Havana, Cuba

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light, gentle and moderate breezes from south-eastward; cloudy and squally.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from southward; rain squalls.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 78 lbs bread, 98¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm; gentle breeze from ESE.

PJ Murphy (Seaman) absent without leave.

At 11.15 commenced swinging to ebb tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and warm; gentle breeze from ESE.

PJ Murphy (Seaman) returned on board 41 hours over time; WW Brown (Mechanic 1c) transferred to ‘Lancaster’ with bag, hammock and necessary papers.

Lifeboats crews engaged in securing their boats for sea.

Received on board from ‘Lancaster’: Ferdinand S Jenckes (Machinist 2c) with bag, hammock and necessary papers.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from ESE.

At 5.45 called all hands, got up anchor and left harbor; draft of ship: 13 feet 5 inches forward, 11 feet aft.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear; barometer rising; light breeze from ESE.

At end of watch on course SSW½W (psc) under steam alone.

At 6.55 took departure from Entrance Buoy to Key West Harbor.

At 7.30 connected up hand steering gear and at 7.45 connected up steam again.

Cause of shifting, steam leaking through stuffing boxes.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 86.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; light airs from SSW to light breezes from ESE.

On passage to Havana; on course SSW½W making 80 revolutions till 9.40 when changed course to SSW; patent log reading 19.5.

Lost Sand Key Light at 9.26; passed schooner.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 93.


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5 August 1898

Making passage from Key West to Havana, and on blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from SSE; clear and pleasant.

Course SSW (pc).

At 3.00 changed course to WSW (pc); patent log at end of watch 64.5.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 85.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from SSE.

At 4.20 sighted Morro Castle bearing SSW from aloft and at 4.40 castle from bridge, bearing S½W (psc); ship’s head SSW (psc).

At daybreak sighted blockading fleet and at 7.15 ran alongside ‘Miantonomoh’.

At end of watch engines stopped; Morro Castle bearing S (psc); ship’s head S (psc); Morro distant 7 miles.

Signals: ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Miantonomoh’, at 6.45, Int 3132; at 7.00 by wigwag ‘Miantonomoh’ signalled, “If important dispatches, if not wait until after breakfast”; Vicksburg wigwagged, “Have no important dispatches”.

Exchanged distinguishing pennants with SOP at 6.30.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 69.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool; light breezes from ESE.

On Havana blockade.

At 8.30 Captain went on board ‘Miantonomoh’ to communicate with Senior Officer; when he returned made course to westward and hoisted signal 2372 successively to ‘Fish Hawk’, ‘Topeka’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’ and USS ‘Piscataqua’, stopping to give them their mail.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at divisional drill.

‘Castine’ and ‘Woodbury’ sighted.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 54.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from ENE; cloudy and warm.

Heading various courses.

Delivered mail to ‘Piscataqua’ and ‘Newport’.

Took station at 2.25; Morro Lighthouse bearing SE; lying hove to.

Average steam 134 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with passing showers last half; barometer rising.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.

‘Topeka’ started towards Key West; ‘Piscataqua’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Fish Hawk’ and ‘Miantonomoh’ in sight at sunset.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded: Jas E Moore (Oiler), one hour over leave: second class one month; George O’Donnell (Coal Passer), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; Cooper Geo P (Apprentice 2c), one hour over leave: second class one month; H McClelland (Seaman), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; William H Glidden (Landsman), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; Horace JJ (Mechanic 2c), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; Edward J Manning (Landsman), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; Israel Woodward (Mess Attendant), one hour over leave: second class one month; William A Cooke (Cox), one hour over leave: second class one month; Clarence Edge (Coal Passer), 24 hours over leave: third class three months; George Brindley (Private Marine) 10½ hours over leave: third class two months; George Kling (Water Tender), one hour over leave: second class one month; John Harris (Fireman 1c), one hour over leave: second class one month; Edw McLaren (Oiler), 24 hours over leave: third class three months; William Cougle (Private Marine), 2½ hours over leave: second class one month; WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c), 3½ hours over leave: second class one month; Fred A Harper (Landsman), 2 hours over time, second class one month; Louis F Baker (Apprentice 2c), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; Clarence Linden (Seaman), 1½ hours over leave: second class one month; Patrick J Murphy (Seaman), fourth class three months and three months quarantine.

Under steam alone, 7 miles NW of Morro Castle.

Average steam 136 lbs, average revolutions 20.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and threatening with light rain first part; clearing and moonlight last half; wind variable from E to WNW; light airs to light breezes.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about SE.

Engine stopped last half.

At 9.30 exchanged signals with ‘Newport’; ‘Fish Hawk’ sighted.

Average steam 142 lbs, average revolutions 31.


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6 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Calms; light airs and breezes from ENE; cloudy and pleasant.

Lying hove to on bearing, heading WSW; making steerageway.

Average steam 142 lbs, average revolutions 24.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light airs and breezes from ENE to ESE.

On bearing.

Eight blockading vessels in sight during watch.

Average steam 143 lbs, average revolutions 23.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light breeze from E.

At end of watch on station NW of Morro Castle, distant 8 miles.

Engines stopped during watch except for few minutes at 9.00 and at 10.00.

Crew cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cool; several rain squalls passed clear of us to eastward; light airs to light breezes, variable from E to ESE.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about SE.

Engines stopped throughout watch.

‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Fish Hawk’, ‘Castine’, ‘Newport’, ‘Marietta’ and ‘Piscataqua’ sighted.

Ensigns FP Baldwin USN and CB Barnes USN made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship and found them in good condition.

Average steam 126 lbs, average revolutions19.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms; light airs and breezes from eastward; cloudy and hot.

Hove to on bearing.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Following punishments were awarded: GA Ivancovich (Yeoman 3c) and TF Ward (Apprentice 2c), continued neglect after warning: 12 hours’ extra duty; Cooper Geo P (Apprentice 2c), out of uniform: 12 hours’ extra duty; Singer Henry (Apprentice 2c), leaving lighter on shore when stationed to hold it: 12 hours’ extra duty; Wester TB (Apprentice 2c), slow and lazen about work: 12 hours’ extra duty; George Farrell (Mess Attendant), drunk and unfit for duty: quarantined next liberty; Dolan DJ (Coal Passer) and Jos Moran (Fireman 2c), each 64 hours over leave and tight: fourth class for three months, three months’ quarantine and lose two days’ pay; William H Glidden (Landsman), persistent neglect of order to be in uniform: second class three months; S Gresham (Private Marine), drunk and noisy on board: fourth class for three months; Geo H Bates (Apprentice 2c), and Stollemeyer JH (Apprentice 2c), not cleaning up ashes on deck when ordered to do so: [no punishment listed].

These punishments by order of Commanding Officer.

At 4.00 ‘Miantonomoh’ signalled ‘Vicksburg’: 180; went alongside ‘Miantonomoh’ and were instructed to take both stations three and four westward.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 23.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer fell; light variable airs and breezes.

On station NW of Morro Castle.

Engines stopped about half watch.

Average steam 139 lbs, average revolutions 19.5


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7 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; light airs from SE and ESE.

Engine stopped till 1.00 when steamed at steerageway on courses ENE and WSW, Morro Castle bearing SEbyS.

‘Newport’ and ‘Miantonomoh’ sighted.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light airs and breezes from ESE.

Average bearing of Morro SEbyS.

Eight blockading vessels sighted during watch.

Average steam 134 lbs, average revolutions 29.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from eastward; cloudy and warm.

At 9.30 had general muster.

On bearing; lying hove to.

Executive Officer and Surgeon made weekly inspection of compartments, holds, storerooms and living spaces and found them in good condition.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 27.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm; light breeze from ENE, shifting to SSW third hour; at 3.30 heavy rain squalls followed by clearing.

On bearing, hove to; engine stopped throughout watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast; clearing last part; light to gentle breezes, varying from W to SSE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway; Morro bearing about SEbyS.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

At 6.00 ‘Piscataqua’ spoke us, asking us to communicate to Senior Officer that there had been unusual traffic between Mariel and Havana; at least three freight trains leaving former place.

Hoisted 3132; answered and granted by ‘Miantonomoh’.

Went alongside and gave her ‘Piscataqua’’s message; returned to station and at 7.45 stopped engines; hove to.

Average steam 146 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from SSE; clear and pleasant; last half bright moonlight.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW, making steerageway.

Exchanged private signals with ‘Miantonomoh’ at 9.30.

Average steam 154 lbs, average revolutions 29.


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8 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from ESE.

‘Miantonomoh’ and ‘Newport’ in sight throughout watch.

Engine stopped greater part; on station NWbyN from Morro Castle.

Average steam 143 lbs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light and gentle breezes from ESE.

On bearing of Morro SEbyS.

Eight blockading vessels in sight.

Average steam 133 lbs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ESE and E.

On blockading station, Morro bearing SEbyS; engines stopped except from 9.15 to 9.45, when made course NE½E at steerageway.

‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Marietta’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Woodbury’ in sight.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; exercised divisions as follows: Navigator’s and Powder, at manual of arms; 1st Division at signals; 2nd Division at single sticks; Engineer’s at rifle mechanism.

Also apprentices and recruits (Seaman branch) were instructed in seamanship.

Average steam 142 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from eastward; clear and hot.

Exercised apprentices at signals.

Lying hove to on bearing.

‘Tecumseh’ joined blockade, bringing mail.

Average steam 143 lbs.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with light rain second hour; barometer rising; light airs and breezes from ESE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters.

On station NWbyN of Morro Castle.

‘Newport’, USS ‘Solace’, ‘Piscataqua’, ‘Woodbury’ and ‘Miantonomoh’ in sight at end of watch.

Engines stopped greater part.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and threatening; stiff breeze first hour, moderating to gentle breeze from ESE.

On blockading station, Morro bearing about SE.

On courses ENE and WSW at steerageway.

At 9.00 exchanged private signals with ‘Tecumseh’.

At 11.50 sighted steady white light bearing N.

Average steam 148 lbs.


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9 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

Started full speed for light to north-eastward; passed ‘Miantonomoh’; ‘Tecumseh’ joined us.

At 1.30 overhauled light and found it to be ‘Solace’; returned to station.

Average steam 146 lbs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light breeze from ESE.

Six blockading vessels and ‘Solace’ in sight during watch.

On bearing of Morro SE.

Average steam 136 lbs.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from ENE.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters for inspection and drill; exercised division in small arms.

Signals: at 9.20 ‘Newport’ to ‘Vicksburg’, 990; at 9.30 6161 which was not answered and at 9.45 hauled down and 6116 substituted; at 9.50 1117.

At 9.25 ‘Vicksburg’ to ‘Newport’, Int 2230.

At 10.30 ‘Miantonomoh’ to ‘Vicksburg’ 180; went within hail of ‘Miantonomoh’ and received following wigwag messages: “Please cover stations four, five and six” and “Did you understand my last signal – Take stations four, five and six?”; last was answered: “We understand signal”.

‘Miantonomoh” communicated with ‘Newport’.

At end of watch on station NWbyW from Morro, distant seven miles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant first part; overcast last part with drizzling rain last hour; light breeze from ESE and ENE.

On blockading station; Morro bearing SEbyE; engines stopped except from 3.00 to 3.30 when headed ENE at steerageway.

‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Tecumseh’, ‘Woodbury”, ‘Newport’ and ‘Piscataqua’ sighted.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from ESE; cloudy; pleasant.

On bearing, hove to.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Average steam 147 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from ESE.

On station NWbyW from Morro Castle.


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10 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moonlight; light to gentle breezes from ESE and E.

On course WSW; engine stopped till 7.30 when changed course to E, at steerageway.

Morro bearing about SEbyE.


4am to 8am;

Clear and fine; gentle breeze from E to ESE.

‘Windom’ and USS ‘Silvia’ joined squadron; ‘Windom’ delivered mail to us; ‘Silvia’ spoke us and took stations two and three.

Eight blockading ships in sight during watch.

Morro bearing between SEbyE and SEbyS.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from ENE; cloudy and pleasant.

On bearing; lowered boat for mail.

At 9.30 at quarters and exercised at fire drill.

Average steam 141 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light breeze from ENE.

At 1.30 piped ‘up bags’ and at 3.00 piped ‘down bags’ and aired bedding.

Received mail from ‘Machias’ at 12.15 and sent mail to ‘Marietta’ at 2.30.

Received orders to cover stations seven and eight and at end of watch on station; Morro Castle bearing EbyS (psc); ship’s head N (psc).

Exchanged following signals with French man-of-war ‘Fulton’ (?) [possibly Marine Nationale gunboat Fulton, 1887]; at 1.00 to ‘Vicksburg’: CGG; from ‘Vicksburg’: DB; to ‘Vicksburg’: PWQR; from ‘Vicksburg’: VWR, VHP.

At 2.30 ‘Marietta’ signalled 5493.

French man-of-war went to eastward and at end of watch was standing S, towards Havana Harbor.

Average steam 146.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and threatening; light breezes from ENE, increasing to moderate breeze from E.

Engines stopped till 6.00 when made courses E and ENE at steerageway.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

‘Machias’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Piscataqua’ sighted.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes; gentle and moderate breeze from eastward, variable; cloudy and pleasant; light rain.

On bearing, heading ENE and WSW and hove to.

Average steam 140 lbs.


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11 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant; barometer steady; light variable airs generally from SE.

At 3.15 exchanged private signal with ‘Piscataqua’.

On station, WbyN of Morro, 12 miles.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light and gentle breeze from ESE.

Morro bearing from E to EbyS.

Four blockading ships in sight during watch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; calm with variable light airs.

At 8.15 ‘Silvia’, flying telegraphic flag, made signals 2372 and 5493.

Sent boat to ‘Silvia’ for and with mail.

At 9.30 went to general quarters; divisions reporting ready in 3 minutes 25 seconds.

Exercised at sub-calibre practice, ship moving from 3 to 6 knots, ranges 300 to 1000 yards; secured at 10.20.

Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good condition.

On blockading station, Morro bearing E½S.

Engines stopped except when maneuvering around targets and picking them up.

Average steam 155 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from NNE; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, hove to.

At 2.00 went ahead full speed toward Mariel to speak ‘Newport’; at 4.00 off Mariel.

Average steam 150 lbs.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with passing rain showers, second and third hours; barometer rising; light NNE airs.

At 4.10 signalled to ‘Newport’ 2372; ‘Newport’ sent boat for mail and, on orders from Commodore, at 4.30.

At 4.40 headed to eastward and met ‘Peoria’ flying Dispatch flag.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.

Slowed and received following wigwag message: “Commodore wishes to see Commanding Officer of ‘Vicksburg’ immediately”.

Headed eastward under full speed, course NEbyE¾E (psc); patent log 13.9; at 7.32 hauled in patent log reading 35.8, having slowed to speak ‘Miantonomoh’ and ascertain where Flagship was.

Informed that she was three miles to ENE.

Displayed private signal at 7.40; answered by some ship to eastward but call letter was not answered.

At 7.50 again displayed private signal; no answer.

At end of watch stopped, Morro bearing S½E, with three steamers in sight.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; misty around horizon; light to gentle breeze from ENE to ESE.

Communicated with ‘San Francisco’ and were ordered to return to our station.

On courses W, WbyS and WSW returning to station.

Morro between bearings of E and ESE.

‘San Francisco’, ‘Silvia’, ‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Windom’ and one other sighted.


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12 August 1898

On blockade off Havana

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from E; clear and pleasant; moon rose at 1.30.

Lying on bearing, hove to.

Average steam 140 lbs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light and gentle breeze from E.

At 4.58 batteries near Morro opened fire; steamed full speed toward Morro and went to general quarters.

Made out ‘San Francisco’ and ‘Silvia’ steaming out from Morro.

Shore batteries fired about 12 guns which were not answered by blockading vessels.

Also made out ‘Piscataqua’, ‘Windom’ and ‘Miantonomoh’.

Secured at 5.18.

At 7.00 ‘Silvia’ steamed in towards Morro, flying flag of truce and stopped about six miles from shore.

At 7.40 sighted ‘Supply’ coming from westward.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady.

At 8.05 exchanged numbers with ‘Supply’ and latter signalled 4786; stood to north-eastward.

At 8.55 made out man-of-war standing out of Havana Harbor and made following signals to ‘San Francisco’: 978, C 40, 4779.

At 9.30 ran alongside ‘San Francisco’ and Commanding Officer repaired on board; he returned at 10.00.

Mustered at quarters and apprentices were instructed in use of stadimeter.

At 10.15 sent boats to ‘Supply’ and received from her in Pay Department: 200 lbs fresh beef and 150 lbs fresh vegetables.

At end of watch lying to, near ‘Supply’; Morro Castle bearing SSW.

‘Silvia’ flying flag of truce in port of Havana.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light and gentle breeze from ESE to ENE.

On course returning to station.

Communicated with ‘Miantonomoh’ and at 1.00 hoisted Dispatch flag, Cornet 530 and 3072.

‘Piscataqua’ sent boat for orders.

Lying to, engines stopped remainder of watch; Morro bearing EbyS.

‘San Francisco’, ‘Supply’, ‘Miantonomoh’, ‘Windom’, ‘Piscataqua’ and ‘Castine’ sighted.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle breeze from ENE; clear first part; cloudy with light rain last part.

On bearing, hove to.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Average steam 146 lbs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer rising; moderate breeze from ENE.

Engines stopped.

Average steam 152 lbs.


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13 August 1898

On blockade off Havana and making passage toward Matanzas

Lat 23.18, Long -82.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moon rose at 2.30; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

Morro bearing E; engines stopped till 2.30 when made course ENE at steerageway.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; moderate and gentle breeze from E.

Morro bearing between E and ESE.

Six blockading ships in sight during watch.


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

On bearing, hove to.

Cleaning ship.

‘Topeka’ spoke Flagship and proceeded out of sight to westward.

Average steam 138 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with passing squalls of wind and rain third hour; barometer falling; stiff breeze from ENE.

At 1.20 ‘Windom’ signalled: 2372, 5493; sent boat and received orders; sent mail.

Headed to northward and joined Flagship who at 3.15 signalled as follows to squadron:

Annulling 3094, then 68; distinguishing pennants 2112 [?], 112, 11; then 65, 01, 80, Num 20, 163; then Tel 6199, 0935, 6746, 1267, 8417, 3854, 0879, 8810, 6886, 1086, 9284, 0419, 7785, 8619, 8433.

Connected up steam steering gear from hand-gear and at 3.30 started ahead, following motions of Flagship, changing course to E (psc) at 3.50.

‘Piscataqua’ left station and proceeded to Key West

Received orders not to prevent ingress to or egress from Havana of any vessel.

Ensigns FP Baldwin USN CB Barnes USN inspected compartments and mechanical devices for safety of ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast with heavy rain first part, clearing last part; gentle to stiff breezes from ENE and ESE; foggy.

Steaming in squadron; ships making call letter as fog signals.

At 5.30 sighted ‘Fish Hawk’ which came up and communicated with Flagship.

Flagship made Rep 86 and 180; received wigwag and verbal message: “To proceed to Matanzas and order vessels there to proceed to Key West; then to proceed there yourself”.

Put out running lights.

On various courses from 6.45 till 7.00 when made course E¼N (psc), Morro bearing SbyW (mag), distant 10 miles.

Making 65 revolutions.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle and stiff breezes from ESE to E; variable weather; light rain in squalls.

Course E¼N, making six knots.

At 8.20 changed to E¾S (psc); at 9.20 lost sight of Morro Light.

At 10.30 sighted steamer port bow which passed astern.

At end of watch patent log 31.7.

Average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 79.4.


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14 August 1898

Making passage toward and at anchor off Cay Piedras, and making passage towards Key West

Lat 23.243, Long -81.112


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with light shower last hour; barometer normal; gentle breeze from ESE and SE.

Standing on course E¾S (psc) until 3.45 then stopped engines and lying to, with town of Matanzas bearing S (psc).

At 1.00 sighted two white lights to ESE and saw them at intervals throughout watch.

Firing message call and hoisting private signals every half hour after 2.00.

At 3.25 saw green Very signal to ESE; answered it by red but no further lights were seen until 3.55 when bright white light and several dim ones close to, seen to ESE.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 52.


4am to 8am:

Light drizzling rain first hour; clearing; gentle breezes from ESE, E and ENE.

Lying to, off Matanzas, engines stopped.

At 5.20 sighted ‘Morrill’; at 7.30 exchanged distinguishing pennants and hoisted 180.

Communicated Commodore’s orders for ‘Morrill’ to proceed to Key West.

At 6.40 went ahead full speed on course EbyN; patent log put over reading 48.9.

At 7.20 sighted Piedras Cay Light, ‘Machias’ and schooner; changed course to E¾S.

Sighted schooner to north-eastward.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breeze from NNE and NE; cloudy and pleasant.

Heading various courses for fleet at Cardenas.

At 8.40 came to anchor in 7½ fathoms, veering to 15 fathoms, starboard chain; bearings of anchorage: Cay Piedras Lighthouse E½N, distant 0.7 mile; ship’s head NE.

Captain and Executive Officer inspected crew at quarters and ship at 9.30.

Executive Officer and Medical Officer made weekly inspection of storerooms, holds and living spaces and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Average steam 157 lbs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant; barometer falling; gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

USTB ‘Cushing’ left at 1.30 and schooner ‘Warwick’ at 2.00.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from ENE; clear and pleasant.

At anchor off Cay Piedras; crew engaged in shipping sail and awning stanchions.

At 5.45 ‘Machias’ made signal: ‘Vicksburg’ 4890.

Called all hand and at 6.00 got up anchor and proceeded on course NWbyW.

‘Machias’ made signal 15 C, then 5513, Geog 6036.

Put over patent logs at 6.09 reading) and at 6.17 went ahead at 65 turns.

‘Machias’ got underway at same time and steamed near us all of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Light breeze from NNE; clear and pleasant.

Course NWbyN (pc), speed six knots, ‘Machias’ on port beam.

Average steam 172.5 lbs.


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15 August 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Pleasant; barometer falling; light breeze from NNE and NE.

At 1.00 sighted steamer’s masthead light to northward and at 2.30 sighted another, both going E.

At 3.15 sighted searchlight bearing NNW½W (psc); ship’s head NWbyN (psc).

Standing on course NWbyN, under steam alone.

‘Machias’ in sight to westward throughout watch.

Average steam 162 lbs, average revolutions 65.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light rain squall passed over at 6.30; light to gentle breeze from NE.

On course NWbyN (pc) at 65 turns.

Sighted Sand Key Light at 5.00 and at 6.45 hauled in patent log, reading 79.8; slowed to steerageway and headed for Sand Key.

Sighted Key West Light at 6.30 bearing NbyW; ‘Machias’ in sight to westward and, at 7.15, she started in.

Unloaded spar deck guns and sent ammunition below; a number of ships in sight.


8am to meridian:

Light breeze from NE; clear and pleasant.

At 8.00 went ahead full speed to buoy, thence up channel to anchorage.

At 9.15 anchored port anchor in four fathoms, veering to 15 fathoms.

Fired salute of 11 guns; answered by ‘San Francisco’, seven guns; got out boats.

Got up anchor immediately and steamed up because anchored in nest of mines.

At 9.45 anchored in four fathoms, port anchor, veering to 15 fathoms.

Bearings: store-house and buoy #11 in range, EbyN; Fort Taylor (S bastion), SEbyE¼E; ship’s head N (all psc).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and very warm; barometer falling; light breeze from ENE.

At 1.00 called all hands, up anchor, and at 1.25 came to in 3½ fathoms water, 15 fathoms chain.

Bearings of anchorage: store-house E¾S; Fort Taylor (S bastion), SE; ship’s head N; all bearing psc.

At 1.45 received following signals from ‘Lancaster’: Tel 3736, 6398, 6746, 533, 6860, 8404, 3854, 6860, 3584, 6849, 9408, 1267, 6860, 1608, 2012, 8988.

Secured engines; allowed fires to die out under boiler “A” and kept steam on “B” for auxiliary purposes.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breeze from ESE; cloudy with rain.

At 6.00 mustered at quarters; put up hatch canopies and rigged boat davits.

Received from USS ‘Lancaster’: W Scott (Seaman) with bag, hammock and transfer papers.


8pm to midnight:

Calms; light airs and breezes from ESE; cloudy and hot.


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16 August 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Light breeze from south-eastward; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from south-eastward; clear and hot.

Received from General Storekeeper, in Pay Department: 80 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

‘Woodbury’ left harbor at 11.45 and ‘Supply’ left at noon.

By order of Commanding Officer, George D Rose (Chief Boatswain’s Mate) was honorably discharged from this ship and US Naval Service by reason of expiration of his enlistment.

Received, in Construction Department: 1 life buoy; in Equipment: 100 feet wash deck hose, 3 sets cutters and punches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm; light breeze from SSE.

Commenced swinging at 2.55 and at 3.38 ship swinging to flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light breeze from ESE.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.

Making preparations for coaling ship in morning.

Received in Pay Department: $1500 in currency.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant; barometer normal; light to gentle breeze from ESE.


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17 August 1898

At anchor off Key West

Lat 24.576, Long -81.787


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer normal; gentle breeze from E.

Received in Pay Department: 80 lbs bread, 100 lbs vegetables and 70 lbs beef.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from E.

Coal lighter came alongside at 8.00 and at 8.15 commenced coaling ship, continuing throughout watch.

Received on board in Construction Department: 20 gallons alcohol and five gallons turpentine.

Came aboard on construction one foreman and five men.

Engaged in unshipping and sending ashore for repairs, awning stanchions and forward hatch davit.

Finished coaling ship at 11.00; received 60 tons; draft of ship 13 feet 7 inches forward and 12 feet 9 inches aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; gentle breeze from E.

Swinging to ebb till 3.30 when swung to flood.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship.

At 3.00 ‘Lancaster’ made signal 1087; sent boat to Flagship.

Received on board in Steam Engineering: 11 grate bars.

Ship supposed to be USS ‘Yankee’ came in.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm; gentle breezes from E and NE.

Finished swinging to flood tide at 4.15.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE; heavy rain squall of short duration at 9.45.

At 9.50 swinging to ebb tide.

Cleaning at 10.00.


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18 August 1898

At anchor off Key West and making passage toward Newport, Rhode Island

Lat 24.43, Long -81.73

8pm: 24 58N, 80 10W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle to stiff breeze from ENE; barometer falling; heavy rain squall at 3.50.

Commenced swinging to flood tide at 3.15.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant with occasional rain; gentle breezes from ENE during first hour, veering to ESE for remainder of watch; barometer rising.

Got up fore and aft sails and running gear, preparatory to bending sail.

At 4.15 finished swinging to flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and light showers last part; gentle breeze from ESE and E.

Making preparations for sea; hoisted in all boats.

Lieutenant Commanders NW Kimball and Herbert Winslow reported on board as passengers.

At 10.25 called all hands; made signal Int 4890; ‘Lancaster’: “Granted”; and at 10.30 got underway and stood out of Key West Harbor.

Put over patent log at 10.55, reading 0.

At 11.20, patent log reading 3.8, took departure from entrance buoy and made course SE (psc).

At 11.30 shifted to hand steering gear and set course E (psc), patent log reading 6.1.

American Shoal Light sighted bearing about NEbyW at 11.30; draft of ship: 13 feet 7 inches forward, 12 feet 9 inches aft.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 102.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from eastward; cloudy with rain squalls.

Course E (psc); at 1.40 changed to ENE (pc) with American Shoal Light abeam.

At 2.00 changed to EbyN (pc); at 2.10 sighted Sombrero Light port bow.

At 2.25 changed to ENE (pc); at 3.10 changed to NEbyE ½ E (pc) with Sombrero Light abeam, distance 6.2 miles.

Average steam 137 lbs, average revolutions 107.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer rising; moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and served out clean bags to crew.

Sighted Alligator Reef at 5.00 and Carysfort at 7.54.

Sighted small vessel, one of auxiliary fleet, to NNE and at end of watch she was on port beam.

Changed course as follows: at 5.33 to NE; at 6.04 to NEbyE; at 7.14 NE.

Under steam alone; average steam 155 lbs, average revolutions 111.


Note:

4pm to 8pm, August 18 1898

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were assigned: Gresham SH (Private Marine), not obeying orders of 1st Sergeant promptly: 12 hours’ extra duty; Stollemeyer JH (Apprentice 2c), shoes in ‘lucky bag’: 12 hours’ extra duty; Cooper Geo P (Apprentice 2c), ditty box in ‘lucky bag’: 12 hours’ extra duty; and Weldon LP (Apprentice 2c), criticizing officer of deck and calling Petty Officer a liar at mast: third class for three months.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast; heavy rain last two hours with occasional fog, during which fog whistle was sounded; moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

On course NE (psc), Carysfort Light bore abeam at 8.35.

At 9.36 changed course N½E; at 10.30 sighted Fowey Rocks Light bearing about WNW but lost it in fog.

Passed steamer bound S.

At 11.45 took sounding with sounding machine: 180 fathoms, no bottom.

Hauled in patent log 12 minutes while sounding; passed steamer bound N.


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19 August 1898

Making passage from Key West towards Newport RI

Lat 28.21, Long -80.0 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Moderate and stiff breezes from eastward; overcast, cloudy and raining.

Course N½E.

At 1.00 Carysfort Light passed out of sight; passed two steamers on starboard side heaving to southward.

Under steam alone; average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 95.4.


4am to 8am:

Overcast with signs of clearing last hour; barometer rising; moderate breeze from E.

At 4.45 sighted Jupiter Inlet Light from aloft, bearing NW (psc) and at 5.14 saw it from deck, bearing WNW (psc); ship’s head N½E (psc)

Under steam alone.

Scrubbed bags.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 95.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from ENE and NE.

On course N½E (psc).

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; cleaned gun gear.

Set jib and fore topmast staysail at 10.30 and started to bend spanker.

Set deck clock ahead eight minutes.

Average steam 128 lbs, average revolutions 99.4.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light and gentle breeze from NE; overcast and cloudy; light rain.

Course N½E (psc).

At 12.20 took in jib to squall.

At 1.00 changed course to N (psc); at 2.00 set jib; bending spanker and main trysail.

Average steam 134 lbs, average revolutions 91.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; light breeze from ENE and E.

At 5.35 mustered at quarters and turned in clean bags.

At 5.10 forward bolt, to which falls of gig hook, drew out and dropped boat, until brought up by gripes.

Hoisted boat by painter and stern rings.

Under steam alone; average steam 123 lbs, average revolutions 94.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from E to ENE.

On course M (psc); at midnight changed course to NEbyN.


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20 August 1898

Making passage from Key West towards Newport RI

Lat 32.45, Long -78.08

8am: 32 09N, 78 38W

8pm: 33 25N, 76 26W [Latitude 32 25N in log]


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from ENE; cloudy; pleasant.

Course NEbyN.

Under steam, jib and fore topmast staysail; at 3.00 took in jib and fore topmast staysail.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 99.5.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light variable airs first hour, steadying to gentle breeze from E.

On course NEbyN (psc).

Under steam alone.

Average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 97.4.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; threatening last hour; light breeze from S, SE and E.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship.

At 8.00 changed course to NEbyE (psc), patent log reading 391.1.

Set deck clock ahead 11 minutes.

At 9.15 set jib and fore topmast staysail and finished bending main trysail.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 84.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from eastward; cloudy, threatening and raining.

Course NEbyE; at 12.30 changed course to NEbyE½E.

At 1.00 set trysail and spanker; at 1.45 took in all sail to change of wind.

At 3.30 hoisted jib and staysail to dry.

Ensigns CB Barnes USN and FP Baldwin USN made weekly inspection of compartments and devices for management and safety of ship.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; barometer fell slightly; light airs from SW.

Changed course at 5.00 to NE (psc), patent log 69.5.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up; turned in clean bags.

Under steam alone; average steam 130 lbs, average revolutions 99.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast; light airs from SW.

On course NE.

Bark in sight to south-westward and steamer’s light to southward.

Average steam 135 lbs, average revolutions 109.4.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and light, variable breezes from westward; clear and warm; light rain first part.

Course NE (psc).

‘Manning’ passed on starboard side at 11.30.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 106.


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21 August 1898

Making passage from Key West towards Newport RI

Lat 35.62, Long -73.88

8am: 35 03N, 74 30W

8pm: 37 02N, 73 03W


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; passing shower third hour; barometer falling.

Lost sight of lights of ‘Manning’ at 1.30.

On course NE (psc) under steam alone.


4am to 8am:

Overcast with heavy rain after 5.00; gentle to stiff breeze from WNW to NNE.

On course NE (psc).


8am to meridian:

Gentle and moderate breezes from ENE and NNE; cloudy with heavy rains first part; last part clearing.

Course NE (psc).

Passed sailing vessel on starboard side and steamer passed astern of us.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and read Articles for Better Government of Navy.

Executive and Medical Officers inspected holds, storerooms and living spaces and found good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer fell slightly; gentle breeze from ENE shifting to NE.

At noon changed course to NNE (psc), patent log 42.8.

At 12.10 set jib, fore topmast staysail and spanker and at 1.30 took them in.

Under steam alone.

Average steam 133 lbs, average revolutions 104.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; hazy around horizon; gentle breeze from NEbyN and NE.

On course NNE (psc).

Mustered at quarters at 5.15.

Average steam 140 lbs, average revolutions 104.9.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from NE; clear and pleasant; hazy.

Course NNE (pc).

At 11.30 sighted steamer on port bow, heading to westward.


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22 August 1898

Making passage from Key West towards Newport RI

Lat 39.50, Long -72.22

8am: 38 52N, 72 26W

8pm: 40 41N, 71 40W


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer fell slightly; calms and light variable airs.

At 2.00 passed steamer standing to southward on starboard hand.

Under steam alone.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NNE and N.

On course NNE.

At 6.45 set jib, fore topmast staysail and spanker.

Sighted two schooners and two steamers bound to westward; one, British steamer, passed close astern; made our number “GRQJ” and she answered “KWHR”.


8am to meridian:

Gentle breezes from WNW; clear and pleasant.

Course NE (pc).

At 8.30 sighted two sailing vessels on starboard bow.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; overhauled battery.

At 11.30 took sounding, 110 fathoms and no bottom.

Sighted steamer on port beam.

Under jib, fore topmast staysail and spanker.

Average steam 165 lbs, average revolutions 109.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; moderate breeze from WSW.

At 12.30 changed course to NNE½E (psc), patent log 72.0.

Sighted schooner on port bow at 1.30 and lost her at 3.00.

Set main trysail at 1.20.

At 1.30 took sounding, 75 fathoms, hard bottom.

At end of watch on course NNE½E (psc) under jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker.

Under steam.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from WSW.

On course NNE½E.

Mustered at quarters at 5.15 and exercised all hands at setting up drill.

At 5.29 changed course to NbyE¼E, patent log 17.4.

Took in and stowed jib, fore topmast staysail, main trysail and spanker; unbent main trysail.

Passed schooner.

Average steam 115 lbs, average revolutions 95.5.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breeze from WSW; clear and pleasant; hazy.

Course NbyE¼E.

At 8.40 sighted Montauk Light, two points on port bow.

At 9.25 changed course to NNE⅝E; at 10.35 changed to NE¾E.

At midnight running in to Block Island Harbor to anchor.


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23 August 1898

Making passage towards Newport, at anchor off Block Island and moored to buoy off Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first half; foggy remainder of watch with stars showing overhead; barometer steady.

At noon came to in 7½ fathoms water, sandy bottom, 50 fathoms port chain; bearings of anchorage: Block Island Light SW½W; front range lights SW; ship’s head WNW (all bearings psc).

Draft of ship: 12 feet 22 inches forward, 12 feet 4 inches aft.


4am to 8am:

Foggy first part, clearing to haze afterwards; gentle breeze from WSW.

Made preparations for getting under way and at 7.10 called “all hands”.

Got underway at 7.00; at 7.20 passed bell buoy and made course NEbyN (psc); put over patent log.

Passed several schooners; small steamer left harbor at 7.00.


8am to meridian:

Light and gentle breezes from south-westward; clear and pleasant; light haze.

Making passage from Block Island to Newport; heading various courses to avoid passing schooners.

At 9.00 entered harbor and made fast to buoy off War College in 23 fathoms, mud bottom.

Bearings: Newport Harbor Lighthouse SWbyW; Fort Greenell NEbyN; ship’s head SWbyS.

Made signals to Flagship: Int 131 and Cornet 366; hoisted buoy to fish davit and fore tack bumpkins.


Meridian to 4pm:

Hazy and pleasant; gentle breeze from SW.

Engaged in getting mooring buoy out of water, steam launch out and clearing up.

Lieutenant Commander WW Kimball USN and Herbert Winslow USN left ship.

By order of Commanding Officer, EE Hoagland (Quartermaster 1c) was given an acting appointment as Chief Quartermaster to date from July 28th 1898.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breeze from SW; cloudy and pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Light and gentle breeze from SW; overcast and cloudy.


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24 August 1898

Moored to buoy off Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and gentle breezes from SW; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SW; cloudy and pleasant.

Received from General Storekeeper: 81 lbs bread, 101¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy first part; clear last part; light to gentle breezes from SW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast; light fog, blowing over at 2.30; moderate breeze from SW.

Sent liberty party ashore at 1pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breezes from SW shifting to WNW last hour; barometer rising.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; light rain second hour; light breeze from SSW; barometer falling.


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25 August 1898

Moored to buoy off Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breezes to light airs from SW; barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breezes from SSW; heavy fog from 5.00, continuing throughout watch; barometer steady.


8am to meridian:

Foggy all of watch; ringing bell whenever it was thick.

Cleaning last hour.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and exercised all divisions at setting up drill; no absentees.

At 11.30 USS ‘America’ came in and anchored.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and foggy; barometer falling; gentle breeze from SW.

By order of Commanding Officer, AW Johnson (Chief Master-at-Arms) was honorably discharged from US Naval Service and from this ship, by reason of expiration of his enlistment.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and misty; light to gentle breeze from SW; barometer steady.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40 and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hazy around horizon; gentle breeze from SW; barometer steady.


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26 August 1898

Moored to buoy off Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool; calm; light airs from SW shifting to light breeze from WNW; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool; light breezes from WNW.

Received in Paymaster’s Department: 81 lbs bread and 101¼ lbs of both fresh beef and vegetables.

Commenced to swing to wind at 7.15.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; barometer rising; gentle breeze from WNW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill; loosed sail to dry at 10.00


Meridian to 4pm:

Variable gentle breeze from westward; clear and pleasant.

By order of Captain, HJ Rawlinson (Chief Gunner’s Mate) was given acting appointment as Chief Master-at-Arms from August 26, 1898; PW Kruger (Acting Master-at-Arms) was given acting appointment as Master-at-Arms 2c from August 25, 1898.

Received in Pay Department: $2000.00 in currency.

Ensign JR Harrell detached and ordered home.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer rose slightly; light breeze from NW and W.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters and exercised in setting up drill; unbent spanker.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather; barometer rose slightly; light airs.


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27 August 1898

Moored to buoy off Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and misty; barometer rising; light airs to gentle breezes from NW; light airs second half.


4am to 8am:

Thermometer fell 10° between 4.00 and 4.30.

‘America’ left harbor at 5.00.

‘St Mary’ left at 6.50.

Received in Equipment Department: 6000 gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 81 lbs bread, 101¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from NNW and N; clear and pleasant.

Cleaning ship.

A Nelson (Seaman) returned on board four hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from N.

Sent liberty party at 1.00.

WA Cooke (Cox) returned from liberty 3½ hours over time and tight.

Received on board provisions for transportation to Camp Wykoff.

By order of Commanding Officer, James Dempsey (Acting Coxswain) USN was honorably discharged from this vessel and from US Naval Service by reason of expiration of his enlistment.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection of all compartments and water-tight doors etc and devices for management and safety of ship.

Ensigns FP Baldwin USN and CB Barnes USN made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices.

Results of all inspections in Memorandum book.

Number of visitors aboard.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from N and NE; clear and pleasant.

Receiving stores for transportation to Camp Wykoff.

Received from General Storekeeper: 80 lbs bread, 101¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

HW Charrette (Quartermaster 2c) placed under sentry’s charge for intoxication and using improper language to Chief Master-at-Arms.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from NE; clear and pleasant.

Receiving stores for Camp Wykoff.


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28 August 1898

At anchor off Newport RI and making passage to Fort Pond Bay and return

Lat 41.05, Long -71.97


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from NE; clear and pleasant.

Lighter came alongside at 12.40.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from NE; clear and pleasant.

At 7.10 slipped cable and got underway and steamed out of harbor for Camp Wykoff.

Draft of ship 12 feet 10 inches forward, 12 feet 8 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer very high and steady; light breeze from NE until last hour, then ESE.

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

At 10.35 came to anchor in Fort Pond Bay in 7½ fathoms water, mud bottom, 15 fathoms port chain.

Bearings of anchorage: Culloden Point NbyE½E; Rocky Point WbyS; ship’s head EbyS; all bearings psc.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 12 feet 8 inches.

Executive Officer accompanied by Medical Officer made weekly inspection of holds, storerooms and living spaces and found their sanitary condition to be good.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ESE.

At noon tug USS ‘Alert’ came alongside on starboard quarter; transferred to tug about half supplies of Relief Committee.

Commodore Kautz USN left ship at 1.00 and returned at 3.00.

At 3.45 USS ‘Elfrida’ came alongside on starboard quarter; transferred to her remainder of supplies except some sent in USS ‘Jason’s’ launch to transport ‘DH Miller’.

Made signal to ‘Jason’: “Send your steam launch”; ‘Jason’ answered: “Steam launch coming”.

JJ Warren (Landsman) was declared a straggler by order of Commanding Officer.

Yacht ‘Nourmahal’ came in and anchored at 2.30.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and cool.

Loading stores in boats.

At 4.30 called “all hands up anchor”; got underway and steamed out of harbor.

Heading various courses until 5.25 when [blank] buoy bore on starboard beam, distant 0.6 miles; put over patent log reading 0; course ENE.

At 7.00 heading various courses into harbor to anchorage.

Using forced draft, two blowers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer high.

At 9.05 came to anchor off Goat Island in 8½ fathoms water, hard bottom, starboard anchor, 15 fathoms chain.

Bearings of anchorage: Newport Harbor Light NE½E; Rose Island Light NW½W; ship’s head NEbyN; all bearings psc.

Banked fires under both boilers.

Commodore Kautz and party left ship at 9.15.


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29 August 1898

At anchor off Newport RI and making passage toward Portsmouth NH through Vineyard Sound

Lat 41.49, Long -70.653 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer steady; light breeze from S.


4am to 8am:

Clear; barometer fell slightly; light breeze from S.

At 7.00 got underway and stood out of Newport Harbor, passing Brenton Reef Lighthouse and putting over patent log, reading 0.0 at 7.36.

At end of watch on course ESE (psc) under steam alone.

Draft of ship forward, 12 feet 9 inches, aft 12 feet 4 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from S and SE; barometer falling slightly.

Under steam alone; on course ESE.

Sighted Vineyard Sound Light Ship at 8.20; Light Ship abeam at 9.25; changed course to E; patent log reading 16.5.

Steaming through Vineyard Sound on various courses under conn of Navigator.

Tarpaulin Cove Light abeam at 10.50; patent log 30.4; Nobska Point Light abeam at 11.38; patent log 37.5.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill; absentee JJ Warren (Landsman), straggler.

By order of Commanding Officer, offered a reward of $10.00 for delivery on board ‘Constellation’ of JJ Warren (Landsman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from SSW; clear and pleasant.

Course SEbyE⅛E; changing course frequently to avoid schooners.

At 12.45 passed Succonesset Light Ship, five miles on port side.

At 1.10 changed course to ESE¾E.

At 3.05 passed Handkerchief [Shoal] Light Ship close aboard.

At 3.30 passed Shovelful [Shoal] Light Ship close aboard.

Board of Survey, of which Ensign GR Marvell is senior member, met in Navigation and Ordnance.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters: JJ Warren (Landsman) absent over leave.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were awarded: CS McCormack (Yeoman 2c), 12 hours over leave: third class for two months; J Nelson (Seaman), 4 hours over leave: second class for one month.

At 4.05 set course NNE½E; patent log 79.9; Pollock Rip whistling buoy distant 200 yards W.

At 7.30 changed course to NbyW½W (psc); patent log 102.7.

At end of watch Cape Cod Light bore W⅛S (mag).

Under steam alone.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant; moonlight; barometer falling; light to gentle breeze from SSW and SW.

Under steam alone; on course NbyW½W, making about 72 turns.

Several schooners sighted.

Cape Cod Light bore abeam at 8.40, distant 15.9 miles (beam and quarter bearings).

Lost Cape Cod Light about 11.30 bearing SSW (mag).


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30 August 1898

Making passage from Newport RI towards Portsmouth NH and moored to dock at Navy Yard off Portsmouth NH*

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Gentle breezes from SSW; cloudy; hazy with rain last hour.

Course NbyW ½ W (pc); speed 7 knots; at 2.30 took sounding – 50 fathoms, black sp.

At 3.00 changed course to NW (pc); at 3.10 sighted Cape Ann lights bearing WSW.


4am to 8am:

Misty and foggy; barometer steady.

At 6.00 sighted Isle of Shoals Light bearing NNW (psc); ship’s head NW (psc).

Stood in for Portsmouth Harbor and came to anchor at 7.30 in 9½ fathoms water, 17 fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings of anchorage: Portsmouth Harbor Light SEbyS; Clarke’s Island NWbyW½W; ship’s head NW; all bearings psc.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 12 feet 4 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from W and WNW.

Started to swing to flood at 8.10; stopped when half way round and swung back to ebb.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentee JJ Warren (Landsman), straggler.

Number of visitors on board.

At 11.10 called “all hands” and got underway; stood up to Navy Yard and at 11.45 secured alongside Navy Yard wharf with our own lines.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to gentle breezes from WNW to NNW.

Crew engaged in getting up mooring chains and securing ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; calm.

Mustered at quarters; absentee as in morning.

By order of Captain, acting appointments were issued as follows: NN Sinclair (Gunner’s Mate 3c) to be Gunner’s Mate 2c; Fredrick Getser (Seaman) to be Gunner’s Mate 3c; both appointments to date from August 25th 1898.

Sent liberty party ashore at 6.00.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light ares from WNW; moonlight.


[*From September 1, Navy Yard’s location is identified as Kittery, Maine.]


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31 August 1898

Moored to dock at Navy Yard, Portsmouth NH

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from WNW; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool; calm.

Received in Pay Department: 80 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from W and NW; overcast and cloudy.

Lowered life boats and turned them over to yard workmen.

Gunner’s gang rigging shears for lifting forecastle 4-inch gun.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Warren JJ absent over time.

Yard workmen at work in Construction Department; as follows: 8 ship’s fitters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from westward; cloudy and pleasant.

Sent ashore in yard, main trysail and spanker, gaffs with all gear but vangs.

Dismounted forecastle 4-inch gun from sleeve and overhauled cylinders; remounted gun.

Sent gig davit ashore in yard.

Sent draft of short enlistment men to USRS ‘Vermont’ with bags and hammocks as follows: FH Atkinson (Seaman), Geo F Brown (Ordinary Seaman), MJ Butler (Ordinary Seaman), Edward de Vlieger (Ordinary Seaman), Joseph S Dusher (Ordinary Seaman), Lloyd G Ford (Seaman), Albert Manson (Seaman), Page Van R Stiers (Ordinary Seaman).

Yardmen same as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Calm and light airs from W; cloudy; pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; JJ Warren (Landsman) absent over time.


8pm to midnight:

Calms; cloudy, clearing.

JJ Warren (Landsman) returned from liberty 97 hours over time.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1898


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1 September 1898

Moored to dock at Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Calms; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Calms; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 74 lbs bread, 93½ lbs beef, 92½ lbs vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; calms and light airs from SSE.

Shore workmen caulking spanker, fitting gaskets to gun ports, repairing air ports, sluice valves and hatch canopies.

Whaleboat’s after davits sent up to yard.

19 workmen on board; 10 caulkers and 9 shipfitters.

At 11.30 fire quarters sounded in yard; reported ship ready to Captain of Yard; secured at 11.50.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer fell slightly; light airs from SSE.

Commander ABH Lillie USN left ship on five days’ leave.

By order of Commanding Officer, following punishments were assigned: Wester FC (Apprentice 2c), shirking and lying to Executive Officer: quarantined till transfer; DuBois WF (Apprentice 2c), no shoes at quarters, failing to sew up bag: quarantined until transfer; Scott Gordon (Apprentice 2c), no socks on at quarters: six hours’ extra duty; Charrette HW, under influence of liquor and abusive to Master-at-Arms: quarantined one month; Carney TF (Private Marine) and Gresham SH (Private Marine), gambling: each quarantined until transfer; Cooke William A (Cox), 3½ hours over time: second class one month; McClelland H (Seaman), abusive language to Chief Petty Officer: quarantined one month; Warren JJ (Landsman), 97 hours over leave: fourth class three months and three months’ quarantine; and Lipsking Geo (WRS), under influence of liquor on duty ashore: fourth class one month.

Same work and workmen on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; barometer falling; calms.


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2 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Fair; barometer falling; calms.


4am to 8am:

Misty and pleasant; barometer steady; calms.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 74 lbs bread, 92½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

USC&GS ‘Bache’ left Navy Yard at 7.50.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; calm to light airs from E and ENE.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 11 painters on gun deck, 6 shipfitters on hatch canopies and gun ports, 11 caulkers on poop, 2 plumbers on piping.

No quarters on account of work going on; absentees at 9.30: WM Carr (Landsman) and EJ Manning (Landsman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light breeze from E.

Navy Yard workmen on board as in forenoon.

At 2.00 using steam in boiler “A”; shifted moorings to adjoining easterly dock; made fast with two hawsers and two chains.

F Evans (Apprentice 2c), P Hansby (Ship’s Cook) and G Brindley (Private Marine) left on four days’ leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast; light breeze from E; light wind squall struck ship at 7.30; raining last half hour.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees as in forenoon.

Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon on board until 5.00; number of visitors aboard.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast; raining first half; light airs to gentle breezes from SW and WSW; barometer falling.


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3 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clearing; light airs from WSW, NNW and W; barometer still falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from W; barometer steady.

Received in Pay Department: 75 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from NNW; clear and hot.

Absentees as follows: William M Carr (Landsman), EJ Manning (Landsman), Fred R Harper (Landsman), George Harrell (Mess Attendant), Joe Fernandez (Coal Passer), TR Davin (Landsman), Robert Jefferson (Landsman), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), Clarence Edge (Coal Passer), Clarence Linden (Seaman).

Yard workmen on board as follows: 12 painters, 6 shipfitters, 11 caulkers.

Lieutenant JB Blish USN and PA Engineer CB Price USN left ship on 24 hours’ leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breeze from NNW; clear and warm.

Yard workmen same as in previous watch.

Ensign FP Baldwin left ship on five days’ leave.

Got out spring line forward.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

At 6.00 mustered at quarters; absentees same as in forenoon.

Cleaned up dock.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from E; clear and pleasant.


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4 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Calms and light airs from E; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from E; overcast, threatening.

Received from General Storekeeper in Pay Department: 75 lbs bread, 93¾ lbs of both vegetables and beef.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty; barometer steady; light airs from S.

At 9.35 mustered at quarters; Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.

At 9.20 USS ‘Lancaster’ came alongside of dock and just ahead of this ship.

Absent without leave: WM Carr (Landsman), EJ Manning (Landsman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), TR Davin (Landsman), R Jefferson (Landsman), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), C Edge (Coal Passer), C Linden (Seaman), FR Harper (Landsman).

Executive Officer, accompanied by Senior Medical Officer, made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer falling; light airs from S and E.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light airs from S.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light airs from NW.


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5 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light airs from W.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer rose slightly; light airs from W.

Received in Pay Department following fresh provisions: 93¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables, 75lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from NW; clear and hot.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: William M Carr (Landsman), EJ Manning (Landsman), George Harrell (Mess Attendant), Jos Fernandez (Coal Passer; Thomas R Davin (Landsman), Daniel J Dolan (Coal Passer), Clarence Edge (Coal Passer), Clarence Linden (Seaman), Fred R Harper (Landsman), G Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c).

Rigged shears over quarterdeck 4-inch gun and lifted it out of trunnion; cleaned and lowered it to seat.

Robert Jefferson (Landsman) was brought on board by police authorities to whom reward of $10.00 was paid.


Meridian to 4pm:

Calm; clear and hot.

At 2.30 it was discovered that F Cury (Landsman) was missing from ship without authority; reward of $10.00 was offered for his delivery on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms; clear and pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: William M Carr, EJ Manning, George Harrell, Jos Fernandez, Thomas R Davin, DJ Dolan, Clarence Edge, Clarence Linden, Fred R Harper, G Ivancovitch, Felix Cury.


8pm to midnight:

Calms; clear and pleasant.


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6 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Calms; cloudy and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Calms; light airs from WNW; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 75 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; barometer steady; light variable airs.

At 8.00 Yard workmen came on board as follows: 14 painters, 7 shipfitters, 17 caulkers; working on gun ports, painting inside of ship and caulking spar deck.

Absent without leave: WM Carr (Landsman), EJ Manning (Landsman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), J Fernandez (Coal Passer; TR Davin (Landsman), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), C Edge (Coal Passer), C Linden (Seaman), Fred R Harper (Landsman), GA Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c), F Cury (Landsman).

Absent over leave: J Hargett (Chief Steward), G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), JH Cole (Fireman 2c), CP Bresnahan (Corporal), GJ Flaven (Plumber), J O’Leary (Chief Carpenter’s Mate), JW Madden (Cox), N Tierney (Bosun’s Mate 1c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), E McManus (Fireman 2c), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c).

By order of Commanding Officer, reward of $10.00 was offered police authorities of Portsmouth NH for apprehension and delivery on board this ship, within five days, of George A Ivancovitch, absent from this ship without leave.

At 9.50 F Cury was brought on board ship by Chief Master-at-Arms and placed in confinement to await investigation; at 11.00 he was placed in solitary confinement for two days, on bread and water, for leaving ship without permission and passing Navy Yard Gate under another’s name.

At 10.00 J O’Leary, JW Madden and E McManus returned from leave ½ hour over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light airs.

Same workmen at work as in forenoon watch and at same work.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer fell; calm.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; absent: WM Carr, EJ Manning, G Harrell, J Fernandez, TR Davin, DJ Dolan, C Edge, C Linden, FR Harper, GA Ivancovitch, G O’Donnell, JH Cole, CP Bresnahan, GJ Flaven, N Tierney, F Gallagher, GH Bates.


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant; barometer steady; calm.

GA Ivancovitch returned on board 37 hours over time.


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7 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Misty; barometer falling; calms and light airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; calm.

Received in Pay Department: 75 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs from south-westward; clear and pleasant.

Absentees as follows: WM Carr (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), JH Cole (Fireman 2c), CP Bresnahan (Corporal), GJ Flaven (Plumber), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), Peter Hansby (Ship’s Cook), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), TR Davin (Landsman), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), C Edge (Coal Passer), C Linden (Seaman).

Yard workmen on board as follows: 7 shipfitters, 15 caulkers and 15 painters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from S; clouding with rain.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.

By order of Commanding Officer, JJ Horan (Machinist 2c) was given acting appointment as Machinist 1c.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms and light airs from ENE; overcast and cloudy; rain.

At 6.00 mustered at quarters; absentees: WM Carr, FR Harper, G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), JH Cole, GH Bates, GJ Flaven, GP Cooper F Gallagher, G Harrell, J Fernandez, TR Davin, DJ Dolan, C Edge, C Linden.


8pm to midnight:

Calms and light breezes from NW; overcast and cloudy; rain.


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8 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; overcast and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from W; cloudy; pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 75 lbs bread, 93¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer rising; light breezes from NW.

At 9.30 following absent from ship without authority: WM Carr (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), TR Davin (Landsman), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), C Linden (Seaman), G O'Donnell (Coal Passer), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), C Edge (Coal Passer), GJ Flavin (Plumber and Fitter), G Harrell (Mess Attendant).

By order of Commanding Officer, rewards of $10.00 each were offered police authorities of Portsmouth NH for apprehension and delivery on board this vessel within five days following men who are absent from ship without leave: GH Bates, GP Cooper, F Gallagher.

By same authority, following punishments were awarded: JR Jones (Apprentice 2c) and J Hargett (Chief Steward), three hours over leave: each reduced to second class for one month; R Jefferson (Landsman), 60 hours over leave: fourth class for three months and three months' quarantine; N Tierney (Bosun's Mate 1c), 24 hours over leave: third class for three month; CP Bresnahan (Corporal), 28 hours over leave: fourth class for three months; GA Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c), 37 hours over leave: fourth class for three months and three months' quarantine.

Following Yard workmen on board: 15 caulkers, 18 painters and five shipfitters.

Ensign FP Baldwin USN reported return from leave.

Filling water tanks in double bottom of engine room with fresh water; painting outside of ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady; light northward and westward breezes.

Same workmen on board as in forenoon.

Filling tanks in engine room with fresh water.

Large number of visitors on board.

Finished outside of hull painting.


4pm to 8pm:

Clearing; calms; barometer steady.

At 4.45 mustered at quarters; same absentees as in forenoon watch.

Served out clean hammocks.

G O’Donnell returned on board 56 hours over time.

Signal lantern lost overboard at gangway.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; calms and light airs.


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9 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool; barometer rising slowly; lights airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; light airs from NW.

Scrubbed hammocks.

Received in Pay Department: 75 lbs bread, 93¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

G O’Donnell (Coal Passer) reported absent having left ship during night without permission.

Recovered signal lantern lost yesterday.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from SE.

Crew engaged in painting masts.

No quarters on account of work going on.

Absentees as follows: WM Carr (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), GJ Flavin (Plumber),GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), C Edge (Coal Passer), C Linden (Seaman), TR Davin (Landsman).

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 15 caulkers, 2 carpenters, 4 fitters and 18 painters.

Ensign GR Marvell USN left ship under orders of Department to proceed to Washington for examination for promotion.

Board of Survey, of which Commander JVB Bleeker USN was senior member, convened on board for survey of equipment stores.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SE; barometer steady and high.

Navy Yard workmen on board as in forenoon.

Large number of visitors aboard.

Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson USN reported his return from leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine; light airs from SE; barometer falling slightly.

Navy Yard workmen on board as in forenoon until 5.00.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees as in morning.

Sent a liberty party ashore at 4.30.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine; calm.

GA Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c) was discovered to be absent from ship without permission; he returned about 10.00.


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10 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool; light airs from NNW; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Foggy and cool; clearing last part; calm to light airs from WNW.

WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c) and R Jefferson (Landsman) were discovered to be absent from ship without permission at “all hands”.

Received in Pay Department: 67 lbs fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs from westward; clear and pleasant.

GA Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c) given five days’ solitary confinement on bread and water for leaving ship without authority; by order of Commanding Officer.

Yard workmen on board as follows: 18 painters and 14 caulkers.

Received in Equipment Department following stores: 2 dozen pencils, 1 dozen blocks typewriting paper, 1 box pens, 5 gallons tar oil, 5 gallons coal tar and 40 yards Rovers [possibly raven’s duck] canvas.

By order of Commanding Officer, offered reward of $10.00 each for delivery on board of WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c) and R Jefferson (Landsman), both absent from ship without authority.

WF DuBois and R Jefferson returned on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Variable light airs and breezes from westward; cloudy and pleasant.

Ensign FP Baldwin USN and Ensign CB Barnes USN made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices and found same as station in double bottom book.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light airs and breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: WM Carr (Landsman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), GJ Flaven (Plumber), JR Davin (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), C Linden (Seaman), C Edge (Coal Passer), J Fernandez (Coal Passer).

14 caulkers worked on spar deck until 6.00.


8pm to midnight:

Light breezes from NE; overcast and pleasant.

At 8.00 it was discovered that SH Gresham (Private Marine) was absent from ship without authority.

At midnight SH Gresham had returned on board.


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11 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commenced and until 4am:

Light airs from NW; clear and cold.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from NW; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 67 lbs bread, 83¾ lbs beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NW, W and WNW.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees as follows: WM Carr (Landsman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), GJ Flaven (Plumber), JR Davin (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), C Linden (Seaman), C Edge (Coal Passer), J Fernandez (Coal Passer).

By order of Captain, discharged from Naval Service and from this vessel by reason of expiration of enlistment, William T Shute (Acting Chief Yeoman) and CW Williams (Acting Gunner’s Mate 1c).

Following punishments were awarded by Commanding Officer: S Gresham (Private Marine): three days’ confinement in single irons for leaving ship without permission: WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c): three days’ confinement in single irons for leaving ship without permission; R Jefferson (Landsman): three days’ confinement in double irons for leaving ship without permission on two occasions; GA Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c): former sentence of five days in solitary confinement on bread and water commuted to two days’ confinement in single irons in addition to confinement already served, for leaving ship without permission.

USS ‘Annapolis’ came in and anchored at 11.00.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine; light airs to gentle breezes from NNW; barometer falling.

Sent liberty part ashore at 1.30.

F Gallagher returned from leave five days 3½ hours over time; DH Sullivan (Seaman) returned from leave drunk; GH Bates returned from leave five days 7½ hours over time.

Executive Officer, accompanied by Senior Medical Officer, made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine; calm to light breezes from NW and WNW; barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold; light breeze from WNW; barometer steady.


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12 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold; light airs to light breezes from NNW.

About 4.45 gun was heard from outer harbor.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NNW.

10 caulkers and six carpenters of Navy Yard force came aboard at 7.00.

Received in Pay Department: 67 lbs bread, 83¾ lbs of both fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Variable light airs and breezes from northward; clear and pleasant.

Absentees: WM Carr (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), JR Davin (Landsman), C Edge (Coal Passer), C Linden (Seaman), GJ Flaven (Plumber), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), J Harris (Fireman 1c), WB Smith (Shipwright), H McClelland (Seaman), AH Thompson (Clerk).

Yard workmen on board as follows: 18 painters, 12 caulkers and 6 joiners.

By order of Bureau of Navigation, following men were given discharges: WP Barclay (Coal Passer), LB Schirer (Fireman 2c), W Scott (Seaman) and TM Wood (Fireman 1c).

By order of Commanding Officer reward of $10.00 was offered for delivery on board of J Harris (Fireman 1c).

By order of Commanding Officer, WM Carr (Landsman) declared a deserter from this ship and US Naval Service from this date.

Received from Yard: main trysail and spanker gaffs; rigged and hoisted gaffs.

J Harris returned on board 45 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from WNW veering to SE.

Ensign Mark St C Ellis USN reported on board for duty.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs from SE; clear and pleasant.

At 6.00 mustered at quarters; absentees: WM Carr, H McClelland, G Harrell, GF Flaven, AH Thompson, TR Davin, FR Harper, GP Cooper, C Linden, J Harris, C Edge, J Fernandez.

Yard workmen as in previous watch until 6.00.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SE and NW; clear and pleasant.


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13 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery

Lat 43.079, Long -70.742


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from NNE; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from NNE and N; clear and pleasant.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 69 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light SWly airs.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees: WM Carr (Landsman), H McClelland (Seaman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), GP Flaven (Plumber), TR Davin (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), C Linden (Seaman), C Edge (Coal Passer), J Fernandez (Coal Passer).

SC Morgunsen (Quartermaster 3c) reported expiration of enlistment.

Yard workmen at work on board: 18 painters, 12 caulkers, 7 joiners.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; pleasant; light airs from S.

Yard workmen at work on board as in previous watch.

By order of Commanding Officer, a reward of $10.00 was offered police authorities of Portsmouth NH for apprehension and delivery of Harry McClelland (Seaman) USN on board within two days, he being absent without leave.

By order of Commanding Officer, Svend C Morgunsen (Quartermaster 3c) USN was honorably discharged from US Naval Service and from this vessel by reason of expiration of his enlistment.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear; pleasant; light southerly breeze; barometer steady.

Yard workmen as in preceding watch until 5.00.

Getting ready to coal ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; pleasant; barometer steady; light southerly breezes.


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14 September 1898

Moored alongside Navy Yard, Kittery, and making passage to Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; pleasant; barometer steady; light southerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Foggy; barometer falling; calm.

Began coaling ship at 7.00.

Received on board in Pay Department: 62 lbs bread, 77½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from S.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 6 painters, 4 ship fitters and 3 joiners.

Coaling ship until 11.00 when finished, having taken on board 40 tons.

No quarters on account of coaling.

Absentees as follows: WM Carr (Landsman), FR Harper (Landsman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), TR Davin (Landsman), C Edge (Coal Passer), C Linden (Seaman), GJ Flaven (Plumber),

GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), H McClelland (Seaman).

Lighted fires under boiler “A” at 9.30.


Meridian to 4pm;

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from S.

Navy Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.

Crew engaged in putting ship to rights and in making preparations for getting underway.

By order of Commanding Officer, following were declared deserters from this ship and from Naval Service from September 3, 1898: C Linden (Seaman), G Harrell (Mess Attendant), C Edge (Coal Passer), J Fernandez (Coal Passer), FR Harper (Landsman), TR Davin (Landsman).

At 3.30 H McClelland was brought back to ship by police authorities of Portsmouth, 66 hours over leave.

Mustered at quarters at 3.55pm; absentees: GJ Flaven and GJ Cooper.


4pm to 8pm:

At 4.00 called “all hands unmoor ship” and at 4.15 cast off from dock and got underway, standing out of Portsmouth Harbor; put over patent log reading 0 at 4.52.

At 5.36 Isle of Shoals whistling buoy bore abeam, patent log 6.7.

Made course SSE½E.

Passed several steamers and schooner.

At 7.30 Cape Ann Light bore abeam; patent log 23.5.

Average steam 140.5 lbs, average revolutions 86.9.


8pm to midnight:

Gentle breezes from S; clear and cold.

Course SSE½E (pc); at 9.15 lost sight Cape Ann Light on starboard quarter.

At 10.53 sighted Cape Cod Light on starboard bow.

Average steam 148 lbs, average revolutions 101.7


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15 September 1898

Making passage to Newport RI through Vineyard Sound and moored to buoy at Newport RI

Lat 41.38, Long -71.01 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle southerly breeze.

At 12.10 changed to S, patent log 65.08, and slowed down to about 8 knots; at 2.25 changed to SbyW, patent log 84.8.

At 3.28 changed to SW, patent log 93.2.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; clouding over last part; light to gentle breeze from S.

On course SW at 8 knots.

At 4.20 changed course to SWbyW, patent log 99.1.

Passed Pollock Rip whistling buoy abeam at 5.40, patent log 10.5.

Steered various courses through Vineyard Sound under conn of Navigator.

Passed Handkerchief Shoal Light Ship, abeam at 7.12, patent log 24.2, and made course W for Cross Rip Light Ship.

Average steam 105.5, average revolutions 98.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from S; clear and pleasant.

Absentees: GJ Flaven (Plumber) and GJ Cooper (Apprentice 2c).

Steering various courses through Vineyard Sound; passed Cross Rip at 3.35 and Cape Poge at 9.20.

At end of watch heading for Vineyard Sound Light Ship, distant two miles.

Average steam 105.2 lbs, average revolutions 93.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; pleasant; gentle easterly breeze; barometer falling.

Steering by ranges, Navigator at conn.

At 2.41 came to anchor off Rose Island; Commanding Officer paid official visit upon Commandant of training station at Newport.

Bearings: Newport Harbor Light NE¼E; Fort Adams SW¾S; boat’s head SEbyE½E.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; light easterly breeze; barometer falling.

At 5.00 made fast to South Mooring buoy, off Naval Training Station; draft forward 12 feet 9 inches, aft 12 feet 6 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear; pleasant; light easterly breeze; barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; light northerly airs; barometer falling.


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16 September 1898

Moored to buoy off Training Station, Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; light NNEly breeze; barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; gentle NNEly breeze; barometer falling.

GJ Cooper (Apprentice 2c) returned 10 days over leave with surgeon’s certificate of illness to cover period of absence.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from NNE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; no absentees.

By order of Commanding Officer, GJ Flaven (Plumber and Fitter) was declared a deserter from this vessel and from Naval Service from September 6, 1898.

Engaged in inspecting bags and bedding of men to be transferred.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool; light breeze from NNE and NbyW.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast; drizzling rain all of watch; light breeze from NNE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; no absentees.


6pm to 8pm:

Light airs from NNE and SW; overcast, cloudy and misty.

Received in Pay Department: $1000.00 in currency.


8pm to midnight:

Lights airs from SW; overcast, cloudy and misty; fog during second hour.


At 8.30 following men in charge of Ensign FP Baldwin USN left ship with bags, hammocks and papers; transferred to 'Vermont': EE Haugland (Chief Quartermaster), FL Jenckes (Machinist 2c), JE Moore (Oiler), J Moran (Fireman 2c), GA Ivancovitch (Yeoman 3c), JE Allen (Apprentice 2c), LF Baker (Apprentice 2c), GH Bates (Apprentice 2c), L Burns (Apprentice 2c), JA Claxton (Apprentice 2c), GP Cooper (Apprentice 2c), WJ Dean (Apprentice 2c), J Donovan (Apprentice 2c), WF DuBois (Apprentice 2c), F Evans (Apprentice 2c), L de F Fredericks (Apprentice 2c), E Fyfe (Apprentice 2c), F Gallagher (Apprentice 2c), J Graves (Apprentice 2c), JK Grieves (Apprentice 2c), AH Holmes (Apprentice 2c), JN Jones (Apprentice 2c), JR Jones (Apprentice 2c), M Krueger (Apprentice 2c), JA McDonald (Apprentice 2c), CO Saulie (Apprentice 2c, WH Savage (Apprentice 2c), G Scott (Apprentice 2c), H Singer (Apprentice 2c), G Spahr (Apprentice 2c), JH Stollemeyer (Apprentice 2c), LP Weldon (Apprentice 2c), TC Wester (Apprentice 2c).


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17 September 1898

Moored to buoy off Training Station, Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from S and SW; overcast, cloudy and misty.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from SW; overcast cloudy and misty.

Received in Pay Department: 48 lbs bread, 48 lbs vegetables and 48¾ lbs beef.


8am to meridian:

Overcast; cloudy; barometer steady; SWly airs.

Went to quarters at 10.15 and men were given new stations.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear; pleasant; barometer falling; light SWly breeze.

Compartments inspected and found in good order.

Following named Marines were transferred to US Training Station: F Barchewitz (1st Sergeant), CP Bresnahan (Corporal), JW Barkley (Corporal), CF Allen (Private), BL Barkley (Private), G Brindley (Private), TF Carney (Private), WW Cougle (Private), SH Gresham (Private), W Gutkey (Private), ST Turner (Private).

GJ Truesdale (Seaman) left ship on one week’s leave of absence.


4pm to 6pm:

Foggy; barometer steady; light SWly airs.


6pm to 8pm:

Foggy; barometer falling; SWly airs.

Received on board: 97½ lbs fresh beef, 66 lbs bread.

Ensign FP Baldwin returned from New York having delivered draft of men.


8pm to midnight:

Foggy; barometer steady; light SWly airs.

John H Purdy (Fireman 2c) returned 3½ hours over time.


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18 September 1898

Moored to buoy off Training Station, Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Foggy; barometer falling; light SWly airs.


4am to 8am:

Foggy; barometer steady; light SWly airs.


8am to meridian:

Foggy and damp; light airs from SW and SSW; barometer falling.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; no absentees.

Executive Officer and Surgeon made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and store rooms and found their sanitary condition as noted in Inspection Book.

Daniel F Lavelle (Apprentice 1c) returned from liberty three hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Foggy; light airs to light breezes from SSW and SW; barometer falling.

Fog bell going at intervals.


4pm to 8pm:

Foggy first part; clearing about 6.30 then clear and fine; light airs to light breezes from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine; light airs from SW; barometer steady.


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19 September 1898

Moored to buoy off Training Station, Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and fine; moderate to stiff breezes from WNW and NW; barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; barometer rising; light to moderate breeze from W.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from westward; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; Alfred Johnson (Painter) absent over time.

Received on board 72 bag and hammocks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Gentle breezes from WSW and W; clear and pleasant.

At 1.40 received from Training Station 72 apprentices 3c: CB Applegate, IB Alden, JA Aal, CD Anderson, DF Archambeault, CD Corning, CF Coye, RH Cook, JC Cleveland, JH Constantine, FC Conrath, AC Cuppers, RE Crawford, UM Chapman, W Dittman, AS Da Costa, JA Emperor, CW Eckstein, JR Fitzgerald, E Field, FA Foley, R Fitzpatrick, LRR Gallagher, G Healey, H Hilton, BL Harris, JJ Hopkins, R Hantsche, TJ Hassett, CH Jackson, HS Knowles, GT Lambly, FC Lillie, JT McCusker, WL McCanless, JW McKinney, FL Miskell, MC Moran, M Macdonald, JG Moore, BF Morgan, CL Mayo, D Marshall, WJ Murphy, R Norstrom, WA Poet, GA Peck, FA Pipps, RB Patrick, HG Peltier, LW Reger, H Rathkamp, UA Reed, PH Renner, TJ Smith, HV Swearingen, HV Sutton, RCH Schroeder, FJ Scribner, C Sullivan, AW Schmidt, J Samec, GJ Smith, GR Traver, CB Tolson, W Vantrim, RE Walsh, WE Wood, FS Wright, AS Waters, LL Willis, S Williams; with their mess gear.

Received in Pay Department from USS 'Celtic': 237½ lbs beef.

Stationed draft at quarters in divisions and in messes and berthing.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs; light and gentle breezes from northward, variable; clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; A Johnson (Painter) absent over time.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs and breezes from NNW; clear and pleasant.


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20 September 1898

Moored to buoy off Training Station, Newport RI

Lat 41.495, Long -71.324


Commences and until 4am:

Light and gentle breezes from westward, variable; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Gentle breezes from WNW; cloudy and overcast.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 237½ lbs vegetables, 190 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Gentle to moderate breezes from WNW; overcast and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and stationed apprentices and crew at fire quarters.

Held auction of deserters’ effects and lucky bag as follows: C Linden (Seaman) 20¢, W Carr (Landsman) $2.65, GJ Flaven (Plumber) $1.25, G Harrell (Mess Attendant) 95¢, TR Harper (Landsman) $7.35, J Fernandez (Oiler) 80¢ and lucky bag $1.55.


Meridian to 4pm:

Misty and pleasant; barometer steady; gentle to moderate breeze from WNW.

At 2.00 steam launch blew out high pressure cylinder head, and broke cylinder head, piston and piston rod.


4pm to 8pm:

Gentle and moderate breezes from north-westward, variable; clear and pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; cool; barometer rising; moderate NWly breeze.


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21 September 1898

Moored to buoy at Newport RI and making passage to Norfolk, Virginia

Lat 41.18, Long -71.45 [estimated]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; cool; barometer rising; moderate NWly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear; cool; gentle NNWly breeze; barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Clear; barometer very high and steady; light breeze from NbyE.

At 10.00 made signal to ‘Constellation’: Int 4890, which was answered: Affirmative.

At 10.02 got underway and stood out of Newport Harbor; draft of ship forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 12 feet 7 inches.

At end of watch on course SSW¾W (psc) standing for Block Island Light Southeast Point, under steam alone.

Average steam 101 lbs, average revolutions 41.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine; light to gentle breeze from NNW and N.

On course SSW¾W at full speed till 12.30 when changed course to SW¼W; patent log 21.2.

At 12.44 took departure, Block Island Lighthouse bearing NW¼N (psc), distant one mile; patent log 23.7.

At 2.00 Montauk Lighthouse bore abeam; patent log 35.7.

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 105.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Light and gentle breezes from SW; clear and pleasant.

Course SW¼W, under steam alone.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters; no absentees; exercised at setting up.

Average steam 120 lbs, average revolutions 103.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear; cool; barometer steady; light SWly airs.

Steaming SW¼W (pc).

Average steam 125 lbs, average revolutions 103.


8pm to midnight:

Clear; barometer very high; calm first half; wind from SSE second half.

At 8.00 sighted flash of Navesink Light bearing WNW (psc); ship’s head SW¼W.

On course SW¼W throughout watch; passed schooner standing to northward.

At 8.15 under steam alone.

Average steam 109 lbs, average revolutions 98.4


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22 September 1898

Making passage from Newport RI to Norfolk

Lat 38.47, Long -74.27

8am: 38 47N, 74 02W

8pm: 37 36N, 75 18W


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from SSE; clear and pleasant.

Course SW¼W (pc); under steam alone making 8.5 knots.

Average steam 105.5 lbs, average revolutions 91.


4am to 8am:

Light breezes from SSE; clear and pleasant.

Course SW¼W (pc); under steam alone making 8.5 knots.

Average steam 105 lbs, average revolutions 96.


8am to meridian:

Clear; pleasant; barometer falling; gentle SSWly breeze.

Course SW¼W.

Went to quarters at 9.40; Executive delivered verbal orders to crew on quarter deck.

Took sounding at noon: 29 fathoms.

Average steam 113 lbs, average revolutions 88.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant first part; overcast last part; gentle breeze from SSW and SE; barometer falling.

From 1.00 till 2.30 instructed all apprentices at general instruction.

On course SW¼W at about 8 knots, under steam alone.

Passed steamer bound northward.

Average steam 104 lbs, average revolutions 88.8.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable gentle breezes from southward; overcast and cloudy.

Course SW¼W (pc); under steam alone.

At 5.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Average steam 120.5 lbs, average revolutions 94.9.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer falling; modest breeze from SSW.

At 10.18 sighted Hog Island Light and changed course to SW; at 11.18 changed to SSW.

Sighted Cape Charles Light at 11.15.

Average steam 118 lbs, average revolutions 91.


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23 September 1898

Making passage to and anchored at Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Squally with frequent heavy showers; gentle to stiff breeze from SSW.

Sighted Cape Charles Light Ship at 12.30.

At 1.52, with light ship in range with Cape Charles Light, changed course to SWbyW¼W; patent log 43.8.

Light ship abeam at 2.12; patent log 45.2.

Cape Charles abeam at 3.00, patent log 50.6, when changed course to WSW heading for Cape Henry Light.

Got both anchors ready for letting go.


4am to 8am:

Variable light and gentle breezes from north-westward; overcast and cloudy with heavy rain squalls.

Steaming into Chesapeake Bay with Cape Charles and Cape Henry Lights plainly visible.

At 5.50 weather thickened.

Brought ship to anchor in 6½ fathoms, veering 45 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings of anchorage: Cape Charles Lighthouse and Cape Henry Lighthouse SEbyE; ship’s head W.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; raining; barometer falling; light breezes from SSW.

Exchanged numbers with collier ‘Stirling’ at 11.50.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast; clearing last part; light breeze from SSE, SW and W.

At 2.00 got underway and under conn of Captain proceeded to Navy Yard, Norfolk.

At 3.30 exchanged numbers with ‘San Francisco’; made GS 5884.

‘San Francisco’ answered and granted; fired salute of 13 guns; returned by ‘San Francisco’ with 7.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light airs from southward; clear and pleasant.

Steaming up channel of Elizabeth River.

At 5.30 anchored off Navy Yard in 6 fathoms, veering to 10 fathoms starboard chain.

At 6.00 shifted berth to 50 yards upstream and in middle of river.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from southward; clear and pleasant.

Swung to flood tide at 11.30, stern going to eastward.

Least sounding 12½ feet.


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24 September 1898

Anchored off Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from southward; clear and pleasant.

Swung to ebb tide at 3.30, stern to eastward.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from S and WSW; clear and pleasant.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm; light WNW breezes.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Ship began swinging at 9.15.

Assistant Surgeon Grove USN reported for duty, relieving Assistant Surgeon MK Johnson, who was detached.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light airs to light breezes from WNW.

Sent liberty party ashore at 1.30.

RE Lindsay (Chief Machinist), SF Casey (Blacksmith) and George Holland (Apothecary) left ship on seven days’ leave.

Ensign FP Baldwin USN and Ensign CB Barnes USN made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices, finding them as noted in report book.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, pleasant; light airs to light breezes from WNW; barometer rising.

Received from General Storekeeper: 106¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

Began swinging to ebb tide at 5.50.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light WNW breezes.

J Truesdale (Cox) returned from leave.

Received from General Storekeeper 70 lbs fresh bread.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant; moonlight; barometer steady; NbyW airs.


Monthly and quarterly inspections are entered in log of Saturday, October 1.


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25 September 1898

Anchored off Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; calm to light WSW airs.

Ship began swinging at 12.05.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant; barometer rising; light WSW breeze.

Began swinging at 5.25.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; calm.

Swinging to ebb tide till 11.30, when started to swing stern to starboard, to flood.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and Commanding Officer (Executive Officer) inspected ship and crew at quarters.

The Executive Officer accompanied by Medical Officer made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms, and found their sanitary condition to be good.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SE; barometer steady.

Started to swing to ebb at 5.30 and finished at 6.00.

‘Newport’, out of commission, came up to yard at 5.30, in tow of tug ‘Leyden’; ‘Newport’ anchored above this vessel.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to gentle breezes from SE; barometer steady.


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26 September 1898

Anchored off Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SE; barometer steady.

Swung to flood at 1.00.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW; barometer steady.

Swung to ebb at 5.30.

Received in Pay Department: 106¼ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from SSW; clear and warm.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c); J Horan (Machinist 1c).

Exercised at fire quarters and instructed apprentices in bugle calls.

‘Puritan’ and ‘Terror’ came up river, saluted Commodore with 11 guns, which were returned with seven guns, and anchored upstream of us.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 85 lbs bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm; barometer falling; calm.

Assistant Paymaster RC Schenck reported leaving ship on five days’ leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Variable light airs from SW; clear and pleasant.

Mustered at quarters; absentees same as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SSW; clear and pleasant.


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27 September 1898

Anchored off Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Light breezes from WSW; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from WSW; clear and pleasant.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm; barometer rising; light northerly breeze.

Went to quarters at 9.30; absentees: AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c), J Horan (Mechanic 1c).

Received from General Storekeeper: 85 lbs fresh bread.

Finished swinging to ebb at 9.00.

Tug ‘Mohawk’ assisted in shifting berth to Navy Yard dock at 11.50.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light breezes to light airs from NE.

Crew engaged in mooring ship.

J Horan (Mechanic 1c) returned 30 hours 20 minutes over time.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer rising; light breeze from NE.

Began unmooring ship at 4.50, and at 5.30 tug ‘Mohawk’ assisted in bringing ship to anchor in middle of stream, opposite Navy Yard at 5.40.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer rising; light NEly breezes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light NEly airs.


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28 September 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear; barometer rising; light ENE airs.

Began swinging to flood tide at 2.45; finished at 3.30.


4am to 8am:

Clear; pleasant; barometer rising; light ENE airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; calm and light airs from E and ESE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentee AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c).

Exercised all divisions at setting up drill.

Riding to flood till 8.30 when swung to ebb, stern to port.

At 11.50 tug ‘Mohawk’ secured on port quarter preparatory to shifting berth.

By order of Commanding Officer a reward of $10.00 was offered police authorities for apprehension and delivery of AH Jochumsen.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light airs to light breezes from NE.

At 1.00 called all hands; got up anchor and tug ‘Mohawk’ moved us into berth alongside dock, across mouth of dry dock.

Secured with spur shores and chain moorings.

Received from ‘Franklin’ with bags, hammocks and necessary papers, also CSCs 12665 and 0373, following named men: Henry J Moyer (Chief Quartermaster), John E Lynch (Chief Bosun’s Mate), F Koenig (Chief Master-at-Arms), F Murnigkeit (Cox), Robert Monks (Seaman), GW Kimmette (Quartermaster 1c), JF Keir (Ship's Cook 3c), Henry Eakens (Mess Attendant), MR Jacobs (Landsman), Chas J Jensen (Landsman), J Holbrow (Quartermaster 3c), Chas J Miller (Gunner’s Mate 1c), Andrew Mooney (Bosun’s Mate 2c), Arthur C Gassner* (Cox).

[*This names appears in various spellings throughout the log.]


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from NE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45; absentee as in morning.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from E; barometer steady.


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29 September 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool; calm and light airs from E; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; calm and light airs from E; barometer steady.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from E; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees: Thomas Ryan (Chief Quartermaster), AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c).


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs and breezes from SE; clear and warm.

By order of Commanding Officer, WN Sinclair (Gunner's Mate 2c) was honorably discharged from US Naval Service by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.

Commanding Officer assigned following punishments: G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), drunk and unfit for duty, HW Charrette (Gunner’s Mate 2c), drunk on board: both reduced to fourth class; G Lipsking (Wardroom Steward), improper language to Executive Officer: restricted to liberty once a week; CS McCormick (Yeoman 2c), 12 hours over leave: third class for two months; JJ Horan (Machinist 1c), 37 hours over leave: fourth class for three months; J McCusker (Apprentice 3c), JA Aal (Apprentice 3c) and G Healey (Apprentice 3c), each five hours over leave: reduced to second class for two months each.

At 3.00 ‘Manning’ came along our port side and moored to us.

Received in Pay Department: $500 in currency.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms and light airs from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters; absentees same as forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SE; clear and pleasant.


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30 September 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from ESE and calms; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Calms and light airs from SE; clear and pleasant.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light easterly airs.

Absentees: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster) and AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c).

By order of Bureau of Navigation dated September 27, 1898, Henry Moyer (Plumber and Fitter) USN was discharged from US Naval Service and from this vessel.

Housed fore topgallant mast; crew engaged in getting rigging on board and fitting it.

Ensign MK Harrison USN reported for duty on board this ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light easterly breezes.

Crew engaged in fitting fore topgallant mast and setting up rigging.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light easterly breeze.

Held quarters at 5.40; absentees as in 8am to meridian watch.

In accordance with order of Bureau of Investigation dated September 28, 1898, EA Cuddy (Ship's Cook 4c) USN was honorably discharged from Naval Service and from this vessel, upon his own request dated August 17, 1898.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer rising; light easterly airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light ENE airs.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1898


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1 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Midnight to 4am:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light NEly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light NEly airs.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; barometer rising slowly; light to gentle breeze from E.

Two machinists and two helpers on board at work in Steam Engineering.

Brought down main and mizzen topmasts from spar shed.

Sent up main topmast and fitted rigging.

Quarterly board of inspection of hull.

PA Engineer CB Price, Ensign GR Marvell and Ensign CB Barnes inspected ship.

Absent without permission: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster) and AH Jochumsen (Bosun’s Mate 1c).


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast until last hour; gentle breeze from ENE with occasional fresh squalls; barometer steady.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection conjointly of all compartments, water-tight doors, and devices for management and safety of ship, and found them to be efficient with exceptions, as noted on record book.

Same workmen on board as in previous watch.

Set up main rigging.

Sent liberty party of apprentices ashore.

Ensigns JP Baldwin and CB Barnes made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship.

Ensign CB Barnes left ship on leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Clearing; barometer falling slowly; light breeze from ENE.

Received in Pay Department: 94 lbs bread, 118¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; same absentees as in forenoon watch.

Sent liberty party of men on shore; SF Casey (Blacksmith) returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer steady.

AH Jochumsen returned on board 155 hours over time.


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2 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer steady; light airs from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy with passing showers; barometer rose slightly; light airs from ESE.

‘Lebanon’ left dock and stood down river.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and threatening with passing showers and light wind squalls from ESE; barometer high.

At 9.35 Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters; then formed for muster and Articles for Better Government of Navy were read, after which held general muster; T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster) being absent without leave.

Executive Officer and Medical Officer made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms, and found their sanitary condition to be good.

By order of Commanding Officer, placed F Cury (Landsman) in confinement for safe keeping, he being drunk on board.

PJ Murphy (Seaman) was found to be absent at quarters but returned at 10.00.

Made offer of reward for arrest and delivery on board of RE Walsh.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and threatening with light passing showers and light wind squalls from ESE; barometer high.

By order of Commanding Officer, released F Cury.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; light airs and breezes from ESE.

Placed CD Corning (Apprentice 3c) in confinement for safe keeping, he being drunk on board ship, from liberty.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast and passing showers; light airs and breezes from ESE.


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3 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to fair; passing showers first hour; calms and easterly light airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; easterly light airs.

Received for issue in Pay Department: 94 lbs bread and 118¾ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light airs from ESE.

Crew engaged in sending up mizzen topmast and in fitting rigging.

No quarters on account of work going on.

absentees: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster) and RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c).

By order of Department of September 30, 1898, Ensign GR Maxwell USN was this day detached from this vessel and ordered to report to Commandant of Norfolk Navy Yard for duty on USS ‘Yankton’.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: three machinists and two helpers in Steam Engineering.

Commander ABH Lillie USN left ship on six days’ leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm; light airs to light breezes from SE.

Crew engaged in sending up foreyard.

Transferred to General Storekeeper ordnance stores as follows: 2 x 1-pounder cage stands, 1 mast head light, 1 binocular and 1 telescope.

Transferred to Naval Hospital with bag and hammock: C Jensen (Landsman).


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with passing rain squalls; light airs from SE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees as in morning.

At 7.45 by order of Commanding Officer (Executive Officer), CF McCormack (Yeoman 2c) was placed in solitary confinement for three days on bread and water for having made a fraudulent general pass for Navy Yard gate, using ship’s seal.

Received on board with necessary papers, bags and hammocks, following named three men from ‘Franklin’: JJ Haas (Chief Gunner’s Mate), JW Mackay (Ship's Cook 4c) and GJ Friedel (Plumber and Fitter).


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SSE and S; cloudy and pleasant; barometer steady.


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4 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; clouding over last part; light airs from S; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs from S.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm; light SSE airs; barometer falling.

Crew engaged in getting spars and rigging on board.

Absentees: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster) and RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c) without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm; barometer falling; light southerly airs.

Crew engaged in getting spars and rigging on board.

R Lindsay (Chief Machinist) returned from leave.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy; pleasant; barometer steady; light southerly airs.

Held quarters for muster at 5.40; T Ryan, RE Walsh and T Murphy (Seaman) absent.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear; barometer rising; light SSE airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light SSE airs.

T Murphy was brought back to ship by Master-at-Arms, having left ship without permission.

HW Charrette (Gunner’s Mate 1c) and F Cury (Landsman) were placed in single irons for safe keeping, by order of Commanding Officer for being drunk, disorderly, resisting arrest and striking Master-at-Arms in execution of his duty.


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5 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; barometer steady; light SSE airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light southerly airs.

DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), and H Eakens (Mess Attendant) found absent from ship without leave.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm; light airs from S.

Engaged in bending jib fore topmast, staysail and spanker, and in reeving off running gear.

At 9.45 mustered at quarters; following being absent: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster), GW Kimmette (Quartermaster 1c), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), PJ Murphy (Seaman), RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c), G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), J Hargett (Chief Steward), WH Glidden (Landsman) and CD Corning (Apprentice 3c); later, Hargett and Corning returned on board.

During quarters JT McCusker (Apprentice 3c) and T Healey (Apprentice 3c) were brought on board by Yard Police, being drunk and disorderly, and by order of Commanding Officer were confined for safe keeping, former in double irons outside brig; latter without irons, inside brig.

By order of Commanding Officer, R Jefferson (Landsman) and EJ Manning (Landsman) were placed in brig; latter for assaulting his superior officer, and former for aiding and promoting assault.

By same authority, placed CJ Miller (Gunner’s Mate 1c) in brig to await action on charge of assaulting Master-at-Arms while in execution of his duty and released F Cury (Landsman), HW Charrette (Gunner’s Mate 2c) and CS McCormack (Yeoman 2c), remainder of sentence of latter being remitted.

Received for issue in Pay Department: 94 lbs bread.

By order of Commanding Officer, offered reward for arrest and delivery on board of following men: DH Sullivan (Seaman), P Murphy (Seaman).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and passing showers last hour; light airs and breezes from SbyW and SW; barometer falling.

Mustered at quarters at 1.10; following being absent without leave: G O’Donnell, DJ Dolan, T Ryan, GW Kimmette, F Cury, H Eakens, UM Chapman (Apprentice 3c), PJ Murphy, RE Walsh, JJ Byrnes (Bosun’s Mate 2c), DH Sullivan.

Later Byrnes returned on board and by order of Commanding Officer was put in brig for safe keeping being intoxicated; by same authority placed T Shugrue (Apprentice 2c) in brig to await action, being intoxicated; and F Cury in single irons for safe keeping, being brought on board drunk by ship’s police; and took T Healey (Apprentice 3c) out of brig, placing him in single irons.

By order of Commanding Officer, took hand irons off JT McCusker.

Established sentry post on dock, at forward spur shore, at 1.00.

Crew engaged in same work as during forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair; light airs from SW.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; following being absent: T Ryan, GW Kimmette, H Eakens, PJ Murphy, RE Walsh, G O’Donnell, DJ Dolan, DH Sullivan and WH Glidden.

At 7.00 made following changes with prisoners, by order of Commanding Officer: released JJ Byrnes, T Shugrue, T Healey and JT McCusker, and took R Jefferson out of brig, confining him in single irons, leaving this situation: CJ Miller and EJ Manning in brig and F Cury and R Jefferson in single irons outside.

UM Chapman returned on board from French leave [leave without permission].

By order of Commanding Officer, rewards of $10.00 each were offered to police authorities of Portsmouth Va and Norfolk Va for apprehension and delivery on board this vessel within five days of following named men who are absent without leave: DH Sullivan (Seaman), PJ Murphy (Seaman).


8pm to midnight:

Fair; light airs from SW.

PJ Murphy returned on board from French leave, intoxicated, and GW Kimmette returned from liberty 15 hours over time.


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6 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining; light airs from SW and W.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and raining; light airs from NW to NNE; barometer rising rapidly.


8am to meridian:

Overcast; raining till 9.30; light breeze from NNE.

By order of Commanding Officer (Executive Officer), confined in single irons for safe keeping and to await action, JT McCusker (Apprentice 3c) for bringing liquor on board, resisting arrest, and using insulting language to Master-at-Arms; and AH Thompson (Cabin Cook) for openly criticizing actions of officers on deck and for being under influence of liquor.

Received in Pay Department for issue: 94 lbs bread,117½ lbs of both beef and vegetable.

Crew engaged in reeving off gear.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees as follows: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c), DH Sullivan (Seaman), RE Crawford (Apprentice 3c), WH Glidden (Landsman), H McClelland (Seaman), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), AC Gassner (Cox).

Five machinists and four helpers of Navy Yard force at work in engine room.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; gentle breeze from NNE and NE.

Crew engaged in reeving off gear and getting on stores.

By order of Commanding Officer, a reward of $10.00 each was offered police authorities of Norfolk Va and Portsmouth Va for apprehension and delivery of AC Gassner (Cox) and H McClelland (Seaman), both absent without leave.

Received in Equipment Department: 20 white bags, 30 hammocks, 1 gross brass eyelets, 5 lbs beeswax, 2 dough troughs, 1 steam copper.

Received in Construction Department: 1 set toilet crockery, 50 feet oak, 50 feet white pine, 15 lbs sheet brass, 30 lbs sheet lead, 2 lbs Burnt Sienna, 2 lbs Green Chrome, 100 lbs gum shellac, 200 lbs white lead, 200 [lbs] white zinc, 30 lbs lye, 50 lbs paste, 5 gallons spar varnish, 5 gallons turpentine, 15 gallons linseed oil, 20 gallons alcohol.

Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon.

Commander ABH Lillie returned from leave.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from NE and NNE; barometer rising.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees as in morning.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool; light to gentle breeze from NE; barometer steady.

At 8.30 mustered at quarters and found, in addition to absentees at evening quarters, Apprentices JW McKinney, J Aal, WE Wood, G Healey and JG Moore absent from ship without permission.


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7 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool; gentle breeze from NE; barometer steady.

At 2.00 H McClelland (Seaman) and DH Sullivan (Seaman) returned to ship having been absent without permission from October 5; McClelland was tight; Sullivan drunk.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool; gentle breeze from NE.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; barometer rising; gentle NEly breeze.

Tug ‘Alice’ assisted to shift moorings opposite crane at 8.30.

Went to quarters at 10.00; absentees as follows: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), WH Glidden (Landsman), AC Gassner (Cox), and Apprentices 3c RE Crawford, JW McKinney, JA Aal, WE Wood, G Healey and JG Moore.

Received from General Storekeeper: 94 lbs bread; 117½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.

AH Thompson (Chief Cook) warned by Commanding Officer for criticizing Superior Officer.

McKinney, Moore and Wood returned on board having been absent without leave for about 15 hours.

Began coaling ship at 10.45.

By order of Commanding Officer, rewards were offered for following named men, absent from ship without leave: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light ENE airs.

Crew engaged in coaling ship.

RE Crawford returned on board having been absent from ship without leave for about 40 hours.

By order of Commanding Office, men now in confinement are to remain so for safe keeping to await trial by Court Martial, for offenses as logged and reported to Department.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light ENE airs.

Crew engaged in coaling ship until 4.30.

Received from General Storekeeper in Equipment (Navigation): 1 masthead lantern; in Ordnance: 2 x 1-pounder rail sockets.

Transferred to General Storekeeper in Ordnance: 2 x 1-pounder rail sockets.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; barometer steady; light ENE airs.

Went to quarters at 6.00; absentees: T Ryan, H Eakens, RE Walsh, DJ Dolan, WH Glidden, JA Aal and G Healey.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light ENE airs.


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8 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy; barometer falling; light northerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy; calm; barometer steady.

Crew engaged in coaling ship.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy; calms and NEly light airs.

Finished coaling having taken on board a total of 90 tons.

Received from General Storekeeper: one 6-inch deadeye, lignum vitae, metal strapped.

Honorably discharged from this vessel and from Naval Service, by reason of expiration of his enlistment, JW Madden (Cox).

Absentees: T Ryan (Chief Quartermaster), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), WH Glidden (Landsman), AC Gassner (Cox), J Aal (Apprentice 3c), and G Healey (Apprentice 3c).

Received for issue in Pay Department: 94 lbs bread.

Five machinists and two helpers at work in Engineering.

Draft after coaling: forward 13 feet 2 inches, aft 12 feet 8 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm; light airs and breezes from NNW and W.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

By order of Bureau of Navigation, following men were honorably discharged from this vessel and from Naval Service: F Koenig (Chief Master-at-Arms), GW Kimmette (Quartermaster 1c) and J Halbrow (Quartermaster 3c).

Received from ‘Franklin’ with accounts and effects: AW Williams (Chief Yeoman).

At 1.30 ‘San Francisco’ fired salute of 13 guns and hauled down flag of Rear Admiral Howell, Commanding North Atlantic Station.

Board made weekly inspection of compartments and mechanical devices for management and safety of ship.

Following Navy Yard hands at work: in Engineering, five machinists and two helpers; in Construction, one shipfitter, arranging rail mounts for 1-pounders, and three hands, fitting steam cooker.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair; light airs from N.

JL Baart (Chief Machinist) left ship with leave of absence for one week.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45; absentees same as during forenoon, except T Ryan who was declared a deserter by Commanding Officer.

Received for issue in Pay Department: 117½ lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Fair; calm.


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9 October 1898

Moored to dock at Norfolk Navy Yard

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from ENE; barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from ENE.

Ensign CB Barnes USN returned from leave.

Received in Pay Department for issue: 94 lbs bread.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees as follows: WH Glidden (Landsman), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer), RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c), J Aal (Apprentice 3c), G Healey (Apprentice 3c) and AC Gassner (Cox).

Captain inspected ship and crew at quarters.

CJ Miller (Gunner’s Mate 1c), H Charrette (Gunner’s Mate 2c), F Cury (Landsman), and EO Manning (Landsman) were informed that they would be reported for offenses to Department and were informed by Captain as to their privileges accorded by Regulations.

Miller, Cury and Manning were returned to, and Charrette was placed in, confinement, awaiting action of Department.

R Jefferson (Landsman) was released from confinement and restored to duty, his transfer having been authorized as being an undesirable person for a training ship.

Executive Officer accompanied by Medical Officer made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms, and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Sent liberty party ashore at 10.00.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from ENE and E; barometer steady.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from ENE; barometer steady.

Mustered at quarters at 5.50; absentees as in morning, with following apprentices: RP Fitzpatrick, PH Renner, CP Tolson, B Harris, WA Reed, H Peltier and GF Smith, absent over time, and DF Archambeault (Apprentice 3c) absent without leave.

JW Mackay (Ship's Cook 3c) was rated Ship's Cook 2c to date from October 4, 1898.

At 6.20 DJ Dolan returned to ship having been absent without permission from October 4..


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; calm.

At 9.00 Apprentice Renner returned from liberty three hours over time.


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10 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool; light airs from ENE; barometer steady.

At 1.00 Apprentice Peltier returned from liberty seven hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Light breezes from ESE; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters: absentees: WH Glidden (Landsman), H Eaken (Mess Attendant), AC Gassner (Cox), RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c), JA Aal (Apprentice 3c), G Healey (Apprentice 3c), DF Archambeault (Apprentice 3c), RP Fitzpatrick (Apprentice 3c), CP Tolson (Apprentice 3c), B Harris (Apprentice 3c), GJ Smith (Apprentice 3c).

Made preparations for going into dry dock.

At 10.00 started into stone dry dock; at 11.00 began pumping out water.

At 11.35 ship resting on blocks and ways.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 84 lbs bread, 102 lbs both beef and vegetables.

Ship’s draft: forward 13 feet 3 inches; aft 12 feet 7 inches.

Yard workmen on board as follows: in Engineering Department, four machinists, three helpers, one joiner; in Construction, four machinists, three helpers, one pattern-maker, one coppersmith, two drillers, one fitter.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from E; clear and pleasant.

J O’Leary (Chief Carpenter’s Mate) transferred to Naval Hospital with bag and hammock; G O’Donnell (Coal Passer), DJ Dolan (Coal Passer) and R Jefferson (Landsman) transferred to ‘Franklin’ with bags, hammocks and necessary transfer papers, by order of Bureau of Navigation.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from eastward; clear and pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; absentees as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Lights airs from eastward; clear and pleasant.


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11 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs from E; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Generally clear and pleasant with light breezes from E; barometer falling.


8am to meridian:

Generally clear and pleasant with light breezes from E; barometer falling.

RE Walsh (Apprentice 3c) returned on board eight days and 12 hours over leave.

Quarters for inspection at 9.30; JT McCusker (Apprentice 3c) released from confinement at 9.00 and restored to duty, by order of Commanding Officer.

Absentees: AC Gassner (Cox), WH Glidden (Landsman), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), JA Aal (Apprentice), G Healey (Apprentice 3c), D Archambeault (Apprentice 3c), WA Reed (Apprentice 3c), GJ Smith (Apprentice 3c), RP Fitzpatrick (Apprentice 3c), CP Tolson (Apprentice 3c), B Harris (Apprentice 3c).

Twelve machinists and five helpers, four woodworkers at work on board, from Navy Yard, painting spars and touching up spots on hull.


Meridian to 4pm:

Generally overcast during first part of watch with passing showers, then heavy rains; gentle breeze from SE; barometer falling.

Assistant Surgeon Grove went on five days’ leave.

Charles J Jensen (Landsman) discharged from US Naval Service as being physically unfit for service.

Received on board $3000.00 in currency.

Received from General Storekeeper: 50 gallons lard oil and three parallel rulers.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board: four machinists and three helpers, from Steam Engineering Department; 10 machinists and four helpers from Construction Department.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with drizzling rain; light breeze from SE; barometer falling.

Quarters at 5.40; absentees same as in morning watch.

Lieutenant JC Cresap left ship on five days’ leave from October 12.

Workmen from Yard same as in last watch.

Went to fire quarters at 5.50 and secured at 6.00.

Liberty party going ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Generally overcast and misty; light breeze from SE; barometer steady.

Mustered all apprentices on quarterdeck at 8.30 and found that 27 were absent from ship without leave; as follows: RE Walsh, JT McCusker, WE Wood, RH Cook, AW Schmidt, JK Fitzgerald, WM Chapman, JG Moore, J Samec, FC Conrath, CW Eckstein, LD Willis, CF Coye, R Norstrom, JW McKinney, HG Peltier, PH Renner, H Hilton, WL McCanless, and eight reported absent at morning quarters.


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12 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Generally overcast with rain; light airs from SE; barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and squally weather with heavy rain during first part of watch; gentle and stiff breeze northward; barometer rising.

Liberty party returning; all hands at five and carried out morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine weather; moderate breezes from N.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters then exercised at setting up drill and marching.

Absentees: AC Gassner (Cox), WH Glidden (Landsman), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), JA Aal, G Healey, TF Archambeault, WA Reed, GJ Smith, RP Fitzpatrick, CP Tolson, B Harris, RS Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [all Apprentices 3c] and DH Sullivan (Seaman).

Painted spars lead color.

Loosed sail and boat gear to dry; Navy Yard hands at work on board as follows: 12 machinists and two helpers, five chippers, two plumbers and five drillers.

Received for issue in Pay Department: 84 lbs bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine weather; moderate breezes from N.

Furled sail and made up boat gear; exercised apprentices in going aloft.

Discovered JT McCusker (Apprentice 3c) and J Fitzgerald (Apprentice 3c) to be absent from ship without permission.

Same Yard hands at work as in forenoon.

Sent ashore offers of reward of $5.00 each for arrest and delivery on board of RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, R Nostrom, HG Peltier and PH Renner.

JB Grantlin (Mess Attendant) was transferred to Naval Hospital, Norfolk, for treatment.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from N.

At 5.40 mustered at quarters, absentees being same as in forenoon.

JT McCusker and JP Fitzgerald returned on board, former being drunk, and placed in double irons for safe keeping to await action of Captain.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool; gentle to moderate breezes from N.

Discovered JW McKinney (Apprentice 3c) and JG Moore (Apprentice 3c) to be absent without leave at 8.00.


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13 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and fine weather; light and gentle breezes from N.

Following returned on board from French leave: JW McKinney (Apprentice 3c) and JJ Moore (Apprentice 3c) at 1.30 and DH Sullivan (Seaman) at 2.00.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light breezes from N.

Received for issue in Pay Department: 105 lbs of both meat and vegetables, and 84 lbs bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from N.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: AC Gassner (Cox), WH Glidden (Landsman), H Eakens (Mess Attendant), JA Aal, G Healey, DF Archambeault, GT Smith, WA Reed, RP Fitzpatrick, CP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [Apprentices 3c], Robert Monks (Seaman), JA McClintock (Coal Passer), J Samec (Apprentice 3c).

Exercised all apprentices at setting up and company drill, without arms, in Navy Yard.

By order of Captain, confinement of JT McCusker (Apprentice 3c) in double irons was mitigated to confinement in single irons, for safe keeping,.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 12 machinists, two helpers, fiver chippers, two plumbers and five drillers.

Crew engaged in bending main trysail and in preparing to get new anchor on sill boards.

Transferred to ‘Franklin’, accounts and necessary transfer papers of J O’Leary (Chief Carpenter’s Mate) and JB Grantlin (Mess Attendant), both of whom are now at Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Va.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NE to light breezes from E.

Crew engaged as in forenoon and in setting up topmast rigging.

Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine; light airs to light breezes from E.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees as in forenoon.

Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon, at work until 5pm.


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14 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and fine; light airs from NE; heavy fall of dew; barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine; light airs from NE and SE.

At all hands, discovered JA Fitzgerald (Apprentice 3c) and WE Coye (Apprentice 3c) to be absent from ship without permission,

Received in Pay Department: 105 lbs of both meat and vegetables.

DH Sullivan (Seaman) returned to ship at 7.50 drunk, having been absent without permission.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from S; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: AC Gassner (Cox), WH Glidden (Landsman), H Eakens (Mess Attendant); JA Aal, G Healey, G Smith, RP Fitzpatrick, RP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, N Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [Apprentices 3c], R Monks (Seaman), JA McClintock (Coal Passer), CE Coye (Apprentice 3c), and JA Fitzgerald (Apprentice 3c).

Exercised all apprentices at setting up and in marching without arms.

By order of Commanding Officer, rewards of $10.00 were offered for delivery on board on R Monks (Seaman) and JA McClintock (Coal Passer).

By order of Commanding Officer, following named men were declared deserters from US Naval Service from October 5, 1898: WH Glidden (Landsman), AC Gassner (Cox), H Eakens (Mess Attendant).

Yard workmen on board in Construction Department as follows: three machinists, two helpers, five chippers, two plumbers and five drillers.

Got starboard anchor on board.

WA Reed (Apprentice 3c) returned on board 112½ hours over time; DF Archambeault (Apprentice 3c) returned on board.

Received on board in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 84 lbs bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Variable light and gentle breezes from SW, N and NW; cloudy; rainy.

Got port bower anchor ashore and new one in place.

Stocked both bower anchors and hung them by fish fall; found balancing rings to be improperly set.

Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Light airs and breezes from NW; cloudy and rainy.

At 5.00 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, RP Fitzpatrick, CP Tolson, B Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, R Monks.

J Byrnes (Bosun’s Mate 2c) put under sentry’s charge for safe keeping by order of Commanding Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from NW; cloudy; clearing.


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15 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from W; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Light airs from W; clear and cold.

Made preparations for bending foresail and fore topsail.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light NWly breeze.

Went to quarters at 9.30; absentees: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, RP Fitzpatrick, CP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [Apprentices 3c]; R Monks (Seaman), CF Coye (Apprentice 3c), JA Fitzgerald (Apprentice 3c).

Crew engaged in bending and furling foresail and fore topsail.

By order of Commanding Officer, AB Harris and JJ McClaren were released from confinement and restored to duty.

D Sullivan (Seaman) and JJ Byrnes (Bosun’s Mate 2c) were placed in sentry’s charge for safe keeping.

Received from General Storekeeper: 82 lbs fresh bread.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board: three machinists, three helpers, five chippers, five drillers.

JA McClintock (Coal Passer) returned 50½ hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light NW by westerly airs.

By direction of Commander, RE Lindsay (Chief Machinist) was transferred to ‘Terror’ at Navy Yard and CW Dinsmore (Chief Machinist) was transferred from ‘Terror’ to this vessel.

Received from General Storekeeper: 105 lbs each vegetables and fresh meat.

Yard workmen as in previous watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer rising; light NW by westerly airs.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees as in 8am to meridian watch.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light NW by westerly airs.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant; barometer rising; gentle NWly breezes.

RP Fitzpatrick (Apprentice 3c) returned six days three hours over time.



LOG BOOK – OCTOBER 16th 1898 TO APRIL 1st 1899


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LOG BOOK

of

USS ‘Vicksburg’

3rd Rate

of main battery – 6 guns

of secondary battery – 6 guns


Commanded by

Commander ABH Lillie US Navy


Commencing October 16th 1898 at Norfolk, Virginia,

and ending April 2nd 1899

at Havana, Cuba


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List of officers attached to and on board USS ‘Vicksburg’, 3rd rate, commanded by ABH Lillie, Commander USN, during period covered by this log book from October 16th 1898 to April 2nd 1899:

Lillie ABH, Commander

Cresap James C, Lieutenant

Blish John B, Lieutenant

Barnes Cassius B, Ensign

Baldwin FP, Ensign

Ellis M St C, Ensign

Harrison WK, Ensign

Schenck Robert C, Assistant Paymaster

Grove WB, Assistant Surgeon

Price Claud, Passed Assistant Engineer

Roper WG, Naval Cadet

Offley CN, Passed Assistant Engineer


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List of officers who have died, been detached or transferred on board USS ‘Vicksburg’ during period covered by this log book from October 16th 1898 to April 2nd 1899:

Price CB (Passed Assistant Engineer), detached December 16th 1898 and ordered to Newport News, Va


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board USS ‘Vicksburg’, 3rd rate, December 2nd 1898; date of sailing from Hampton Roads, Va


RATINGS


Chief Master-at-Arms: complement 2, 1 on board, 1 vacancy

Master-at-Arms 2c: complement 1, 2 on board, 1 in excess

Master-at-Arms 3c: complement 1, 1 on board

Chief Boatswain's Mate: complement 1, 1 on board

Boatswain's Mate 1c: complement 2, 2 on board

Boatswains' Mate 2c: complement 2, 2 on board

Coxswains: complement 6, 5 on board, 1 vacancy

Chief Gunner's Mate: complement 1, 1 on board

Gunner's Mate 1c: complement 1, 1 on board

Gunner's Mate 2c: complement 2, 2 on board

Gunner's Mate 3c: complement 2, 2 on board

Chief Quartermaster: complement 1, 1 on board

Quartermaster 1c: complement 1, 1 vacancy

Quartermaster 2c: complement 1, 2 on board, 1 in excess

Quartermaster 3c: complement 1, 1 on board

Seamen (1 in charge of hold): complement 5, 6 on board, 1 in excess

Apprentice: complement 75, 76 on board, 1 in excess

Landsman (1 for Jack of Dust, 1 for Barber): complement 9, 9 on board

Total: complement 114, 115 on board, 3 vacancies, 4 in excess


Chief Carpenter's Mate: complement 1, 1 vacancy

Carpenter's Mate 1c: 1 on board, 1 in excess

Shipwright: complement 1, 1 on board

Plumbers and Fitter: complement 1, 1 on board

Painter: complement 1, 1 on board

Total: complement 5, 5 on board, 1 vacancy, 1 in excess


Chief Machinist: complement 2, 2 on board

Machinist 1c: complement 1, 1 on board

Boilermaker: complement 1, 1 on board

Blacksmith: complement 1, 1 on board

Oiler: complement 1, 1 on board

Fireman 1c: complement 2, 2 on board

Fireman 2c: complement 2, 2 on board

Coal Passer: complement 4, 4 on board

Total: complement 14, 14 on board


Hospital Steward: complement 1, 1 on board

Yeoman, Equipment: complement 1, 1 on board

Yeoman, Commissary: complement 1, 1 on board

Yeoman, Pay: complement 1, 1 on board

Yeoman 1c: complement 1, 1 vacancy

Yeoman 2c: complement 1, 1 on board

Yeoman 3c: complement 1, 2 on board, 1 in excess

Bugler Apprentice: complement 1, 1 on board

Hospital Apprentice: complement 1, 1 on board

Total: complement 9, 9 on board, 1 vacancy, 1 in excess


Cabin Steward: complement 1, 1 on board

Cabin Cook: complement 1, 1 on board

Mess Attendant: complement 1, 1 on board

Wardroom Steward: complement 1, 1 on board

Wardroom Cook: complement 1, 1 on board

Mess Attendant: complement 4, 4 on board

Ship's Cook 1c: complement 1, 1 on board

Ship's Cook 2c: complement 1, 1 on board

Ship's Cook 3c: complement 1, 1 on board

Ship's Cook 4c: complement 2, 2 on board

Total: complement 14, 14 on board


Total: complement 156, 157 on board, 5 vacancies, 6 in excess


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Description of instruments used for meteorological observations and their location, &c

Instrument / maker/ number / location / date of last comparison / compared with – / error

Mercurial barometer: JH Green NY / 5155 / in captain’s cabin / August 1 98 / US Weather Services barometer at Key West Fa / 0.1 to high

Aneroid barometer: JH Green NY / 55 / on mizzen mast on gun deck / October 1898, August 11, 98 / by maker 1897, US Weather Service Barometer at Key West Fla / 0.10 to high

Thermometer (dry bulb) / JH Green NY / 3890 / hammock rail on quarter deck / February 1, 98 / by maker / none

Thermometer (wet bulb) / JH Green NY / 3889 / hammock rail on quarter deck / February 1, 98 / by maker / none


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Armament of USS ‘Vicksburg’


Main battery

6 x 4-inch, Mark IV, rapid fire; cartridge: brown powder, 13¾ lbs; projectiles: common, 33 lbs; mount pedestal


Secondary battery

Driggs Schroeder 4 x 6-pounder, Mark II, rapid fire; cartridge: black powder, 2 lbs; projectiles: steel shell, 6 lbs; recoil III

Hotchkiss 2 x 1-pounder, Mark II, rapid fire; cartridge: black powder, 2 ounces; projectiles: cap steel and common, 1 lb; tripod

Colt automatic machine gun, 1 x 6-mm, No II, rapid fire; cartridge: smokeless powder, 33 grams; tripod


Boat armament

2 x 1-pounders, 2 cage stands (noted in secondary battery)


Small arms

90 x 6-mm, Lee straight pull rifles

50 Colts DA revolvers

4 Lee magazine rifles

2 x .22 calibre Winchester rifles


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Tables of deviation of standard compass No 3191 on board USS ‘Vicksburg’


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16 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool; barometer steady; calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool; barometer rising; light northerly airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and brisk with light airs from N; barometer steady.

Quarters for inspection at 9.30; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, CP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Nostrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [Apprentices 3c]; R Monks (Seaman), CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald [Apprentices 3c].

Released D Sullivan (Seaman) and JJ Byrnes (Bosun’s Mate 2c) from confinement, by order of Commanding Officer.

JL Baart (Chief Mechanic) returned from seven days’ leave.

Executive made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Exercised prisoners on dock for half an hour.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant with gentle breeze from N; barometer steady.

Mustered all apprentices at 2.30; WL McCanless (Apprentice 3c) and J McKinney (Apprentice 3c) absent from ship without permission, in addition to absentees at morning quarters.

Church services held on board at 3.30.

Liberty party going ashore; visiting party to ‘Terror’.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant with light breeze from N; barometer rising.

Liberty party returning.

Quarters at 5.35; absentees same as at morning quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant with light breezes to light airs from N; barometer steady.


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17 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences to 4am:

Clear, cool; barometer steady; calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool; barometer rising; light northerly airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and brisk with light airs from N; barometer steady.

Quarters for inspection at 9.30; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, CP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [Apprentices 3c], R Monks (Seaman), CF Coye (Apprentice 3c), JR Fitzgerald (Apprentice 3c).

Released D Sullivan (Seaman) and JJ Byrnes (Bosun’s Mate 2c) from confinement, by order of Commanding Officer.

JL Baart (Chief Machinist) returned from seven days’ leave.

Executive Officer made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.

Exercised prisoners on dock for half an hour.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant with gentle breeze from N; barometer steady.

Mustered all apprentices at 2.30; WL McCanless (Apprentice 3c) and J McKinney (Apprentice 3c) absent from ship without permission, in addition to absentees at morning quarters.

Church services held on board at 3.40; liberty party going ashore; visiting party to ‘Terror’.


4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear and pleasant with light breeze from N; barometer rising.

Liberty party returning.

Quarters at 5.35; absentees same as at morning quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant with light breeze to light airs from N; barometer steady.


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18 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and misty; light and gentle breezes from E.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and misty; light and gentle breezes from E.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and threatening; raining after 11.00; gentle to moderate breezes from SE.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, CP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner [Apprentices 3c], R Monks (Seaman), CF Coye (Apprentice 3c), JR Fitzgerald (Apprentice 3c).

Exercised all apprentices at signals.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board as follows: four machinists, one helper, six riveters.

Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant-Commander WE Niles was senior member, convened on board to survey articles in Equipment (Navigation).

Received in Ordnance Department: 12 paint brushes, 6 scrub brushes, 18 yards cotton canvas, 2 lbs cotton twine, 1 lb copper wire #20, 12 packs tinned tacks, 2 squirt cans, 2 padlocks, 15 lbs plumbago, 25 lbs potash, 20 lbs Vaseline, 20 lbs burnt umber dry, 12 pads writing #10, 12 sheets blotting paper, 400 sheets emery cloth, 75 lbs saltwater soap, 100 lbs cotton waste, 2 oil cans for 6-pounder, 2000 target pasters black, 4000 target pasters white, 1 tompion 4-inch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy; gentle to stiff breezes from SE.

Navy Yard workmen on board as in forenoon.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 wardroom ladder; 1 bake pan large, 12 back pans bread, 1 kneading dough trough large, 1 kneading dough trough small. In Construction: 5lbs copper tacks, 1 gross brass screws RH, 4 air port lenses, 12 x 1½; 1 air port lenses, 9 x 1.

At 3.30 copies of charges and specifications against CJ Miller (Gunner’s Mate 1c) and EJ Manning (Landsman) (to be tried by General Court Martial) were delivered to them by Commanding Officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and raining till 5.30; clearing and cold; moderate to stiff breezes from SE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45; absentees as in forenoon.

Navy Yard workmen as in forenoon, at work till 5.00.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold; moderate to stiff breezes from SE.

R Monks (Seaman) returned from liberty five days and 14 hours over time.

At 8.30 marine on duty from guard house reported arrest in Yard of WL McCanless (Apprentice 3c), RE Crawford (Apprentice 3c) and JW McKinney (Apprentice 3c).


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19 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clearing and cold; light airs to gentle breezes from SW and W; barometer rising.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold; light airs from W; barometer steady.

At 7.30 discovered HM Chapman (Apprentice 3c) absent from ship without permission.


8am to meridian:

Light airs from WNW; clear and pleasant.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, CP Tolson, BL Harris, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, JW McKinney, WM Chapman, RE Crawford, WL McCanless [Apprentices 3c], and H McClelland (Seaman).

Loosed all sail at 11.00.

JB Moore (Apprentice 3c) and Ira B Alden (Apprentice 3c) took French leave when sent in Yard on duty,

Judge Advocate of General Court Martial for trial of EJ Manning (Landsman) came on board officially.

Yard workmen on board in Construction Department as follows: two machinists, one helper, six riveters, nine ship fitters.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 84 lbs bread.

At noon JB Moore (Apprentice 3c) and IB Alden (Apprentice 3c) returned on board.

JW McKinney, RE Crawford and WL McCanless were brought on board by Corporal of Gate.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light airs from WNW; clear and pleasant.

At 1.00 sent EJ Manning (Landsman) and CJ Miller (Gunner’s Mate 1c) to ‘Franklin’ with bags and hammocks, pending Court Martial.

At 3.00 furled sail; Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Calms and light airs from WNW; clear and pleasant.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters; absentees: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, JW McKinney, W Chapman and H McClelland [Apprentices 3c].

WL McCanless and JW McKinney were found to have taken French leave.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from WNW; clear and pleasant.


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20 October 1898

In dry dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and til 4am:

Light airs from SE; clear and pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Calms; clear and pleasant.

At 7.00 discovered that TJ Patrick (Apprentice 3c) and RJ Fitzpatrick (Apprentice 3c) had taken French leave.

Received in Pay Department from General Storekeeper: 105 lbs of both beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light easterly airs.

Went to quarters at 9.30; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, GT Smith, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, W Chapman, IB Alden, RB Patrick, RP Fitzpatrick, W Dittman [Apprentices 3c], and H McClelland and D Sullivan [Seamen].

Instructed apprentices in loosing and furling sail.

Yard workmen: four ship fitters, one machinist, one helper.

Began flooding dock at 11.10.

Made preparations for going out of dry dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with light airs to light breezes from SE; barometer steady.

Called all hand to unmoor ship at 1.00 and hauled ship out of dry dock; tied her up to just abreast of sheers and began coaling ship.

Lighted fires under boiler “A”.

At 2.30 ship’s draft after coming out of dry dock: 13 feet, 2 inches forward, 12 feet 7 inches aft.

Received from ‘Franklin’: Ernest R Langbein (Yeoman 3c) with bag and hammock.

Lieutenant Cresap, Ensign Harrison, Assistant Surgeon Grove, Gibson (Gunner’s Mate) attending Court Martial on ‘Franklin’.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant; barometer steady; light south-easterly airs.

Crew engaged in coaling ship until 4.40.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45; absentees as in morning watch.

Received from USS ‘Saturn’ Thomas Ellis (Seaman) with bag, hammock and necessary papers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; calm to light airs from E; barometer falling.

DH Sullivan (Seaman) returned on board drunk.


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21 October 1898

Moored to dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Clear at first then clouding; light airs to gentle breezes from E.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, raining; barometer steady; light easterly airs.


8am to meridian:

Continuous rain; light breezes from E; barometer falling.

Quarters for inspection at 9.35; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, W Chapman, IB Alden, RB Patrick, RP Fitzpatrick, W Dittman [Apprentices 3c], and H McClelland (Seaman).

GT Smith returned on board ship 11 days 15½ hours over time.

1st Division breaking out fore hold.

Received on board: 1 dark lantern, 1 set thermometers and cage.

Magazines examined and all magazine flood cocks tested by Ordnance Officer and found in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy; light to moderate breezes from ESE.

Received from ‘San Francisco’ with accounts and effects following: WJ Hay (Chief Machinist), CHC Witting (Chief Quartermaster), J Lechlich (Cox), MC Vettros (Cox), SJ Scanlon (Gunner’s Mate 2c), F Anderson (Quartermaster 2c), O Willberg (Quartermaster 3c), CB Phillips (Landsman), FW Welsh (Coal Passer) and PF Bresnahan (Coal Passer).

Received from Yard tug ‘Mohawk’: 11150 gallons of fresh water for boilers.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy; light to gentle breezes from ESE and SSW; barometer steady.

Received from ‘Franklin’: R Somerville (Landsman) and LW Thomas (Landsman) with bags and hammocks.

Quarters at 5.40; absentees same as at morning quarters; liberty party going ashore.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy; light breezes from SSW.


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22 October 1898

Moored to dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cool; light breezes from SbyE; barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and passing showers; light breezes from southward; barometer steady.

Called all hands at 5.30 and carried out morning orders.

Liberty party returning.


8am to meridian:

Begins cloudy but clearing soon to fine weather; moderate breezes from SW, WSW and W.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees being as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, WM Chapman, IB Alden, RP Fitzpatrick, W Dittman [Apprentices 3c], and H McClelland (Seaman).

Loosed sail and boat gear to dry and furled later.

Engaged in breaking out and cleaning fore hold.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool; gentle to moderate breeze from W.

Crew engaged in coaling ship and getting stores aboard.

Received in Paymaster’s Department from General Storekeeper stores as follows: 100 lbs dried apples, 200 gallons beans, 600 lbs corned beef, 288 lbs roast beef, 500 lbs salt beef, 1000 lbs biscuit, 216 lbs butter, 1500 lbs coffee, 1274 lbs flour, 300 lbs ham, 312 lbs mutton, 1500 lbs pork, 120 lbs prunes, 300 lbs rice, 3078 lbs sugar, 213 lbs tea, 967 lbs tomatoes, 528 lbs vegetables, 26 gallons syrup, 32 gallons vinegar, 627 cans pickles, 100 apprentice marks, 200 watch caps, 100 flannel drawers, 100 white drawers, 21 grummets, 100 working jumpers, 100 white jumpers, 300 lanyards, 20 overcoats, 50 flat overshirts, 25 pairs shoes, 50 BC [?] trousers, 50 undershirts, 100 undershirts white, 36 dozen eagle buttons small, 36 dozen medium, 22 PO cap devices, 10 mattresses, 512 silk [?], 96 jackknives, 1050 soap [?], 300 tobacco [?] and 100 pairs leggings.


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23 October 1898

Moored to dock, Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences and until 4am:

Light airs and breezes from NW; clear and cool.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold; light airs and breezes from NW; barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool; light to gentle breezes from W and WNW.

Commander ABH Lillie returned from leave.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30; absentees as follows: JA Aal, G Healey, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, WC Chapman, IB Alden, RB Patrick, RP Fitzpatrick, W Dittman [Apprentices 3c], and N McClelland (Seaman).

Captain inspected ship and men at quarters.

Executive Officer accompanied by Medical Officer made weekly inspection of holds, living spaces and storerooms and found their sanitary condition to be good.


Meridian to 4pm:

Light breezes from NNW and N; clear and pleasant.

Christian Endeavor Society held services on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool; light variable airs; barometer rising.

At supper formation discovered WE Wood (Apprentice 3c) and RE Crawford (Apprentice 3c) to be absent from ship without permission.

Mustered at quarters at 5.40; absentees in addition to those of morning, Apprentices Wood and Crawford.

They were brought back by Master-at-Arms at 6.30.


8pm to midnight:

Light airs from SW; clear and pleasant.


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24 October 1898

Moored to dock at and anchored in stream off Navy Yard Norfolk

Lat 36.95, Long -76.29


Commences to 4am:

Clear, cool; barometer rising; light SWly airs.

IB Alden (Apprentice 3c) returned to ship having been absent without leave.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold; light airs from SW.

At 6.30 RP Fitzpatrick (Apprentice 3c) returned having been absent without leave.

Received in Pay Department for issue: 127 lbs each meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Light airs and breezes from southward; clear and pleasant.

Began preparations for moving ship.

At 8.30 'Vixen' was moved ahead by tug ‘Wahneta’; ‘Wahneta’ then came alongside and towed us out in stream, where we moored port anchor upstream to 15 fathoms on each chain, in 5½ fathoms of water, about 20 fathoms ahead of 'Hannibal'.

Put on mooring swivel and got out line to 'Hannibal''s bows from our port quarter, thus mooring head and stern.

USS 'Hannibal' had two stern lines to 'Franklin'.

Bearings of anchorage: RS 'Franklin' NbyW, distant 200 yards; ship's draft 13 feet 6 inches forward, 13 feet 0 inches aft.

Mounted all gun deck 4-inch guns.

At 10.10 mustered at quarters; absentees: JA Aal, G Healey, RE Walsh, AW Schmidt, J Samec, R Norstrom, HG Peltier, PH Renner, CF Coye, JR Fitzgerald, WC Chapman, RB Patrick, W Dittman [Apprentices 3c], and N McClelland (Seaman).

WA Cooke (Cox) placed under charge of Master-at-Arms for safe keeping.

A Pearson (Apprentice 2c) returned on board with bag.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool; barometer falling; light SWly breeze.

Bent topgallant sail.

By order of Commandant cast off line from 'Hannibal' at 2.00 and swung to flood toward St Helena.

Went ashore in 11½ feet of water, soft muddy bottom.

Charges and specifications were delivered to HW Charrette (Gunner's Mate 2c) and F Cury (Landsman) at 1.00.

By order of Commanding Officer, honorably discharged JL Baart (Chief Mechanic) USN from this ship and Naval Service by reason of expiration of term of enlistment.

Began unmooring ship at 3.10; at 3.50 tug 'Wahneta' came alongside to assist in shifting berth.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breezes from S; clear and pleasant.

At 4.20 unmoored and started in tow of 'Wahneta' down river.

At 5.10 came to anchor in 4½ fathoms port anchor downstream and moored 1½ fathoms with chains; put on mooring swivel.

Bearings of anchorage: Hospital Point Light NWxN, Town Point N½E, ship's head NWbyW, for port anchor; Hospital Point Light NWbyN, town N¾E, ship's head NWbyW, for starboard anchor.

Received from 'Franklin' (1): James Murphy (Carpenter’s Mate 1c); from USS ‘San Francisco’ (3): J Delorey (Seaman), J Borg and S Rechechi [?] (Mess Attendants); from USS ‘Sioux’ (1): AW Arvidson (Seaman), with bags, hammocks and transfer papers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool; barometer falling; calm.


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