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

Notes:

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

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

Editor’s notes:

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Unclear characters have been replaced by a tilde (~), and unclear or unverified entries are marked with [?].


THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN 1895-1896
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(Maps prepared using Journey Plotter, developed by Maikel. The Plots can only be approximate. They are made by joining-up positions on successive days, and sometimes positions are not given. There will therefore be occasions when the ship appears to have travelled overland)

LOG BOOK – JANUARY 1st 1895 TO JUNE 30th 1895


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[Received] August 12, 1895


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

3rd Rate

of 6 Guns,


Commanded By

W.M. Folger, Commander, U.S. Navy,

Attached to Asiatic Squadron,

Commencing January 1st, 1895,

at Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book], China,

and ending June 30th, 1895,

at Nagasaki, Japan.


Tengchoufu is also known as Penglai.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by W.M. Folger, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1895, to July 1st, 1895.


Name

Rank

William M. Folger

Commander

T.H. Stevens

Lieutenant

H.F. Fickbohm

Lieutenant

J.M. Robinson

Lieutenant

W.G. Hannum

Lieutenant

D.P. Menefee

Lieutenant

C.M. Knepper

Ensign

F.A. Traut

Ensign

R.R. Belknap

Ensign

Guy W. Brown

Ensign

Harrie Webster

Chief Engineer

E.B. Webster

Passed Assistant Paymaster

G.P. Lumsden

Surgeon

A. Moritz

Assistant Engineer

W. Tobin

Paymaster's Clerk


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


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by W.M. Folger, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from January 1st, 1895, to July 1st, 1895.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

G.W. Brown

Ensign

Detached from this vessel and ordered to resume duties on board U.S.S. "Petrel" May 30, 1895


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


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown at first commissioning April 23rd, 1889.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board

1

Chief Boatswain's Mate

1

1

Boatswain's Mate First-class

1

1

Chief Gunner's Mate

1

2

Gunner's Mates First-class

1

1

Chief Quartermaster

1

1

Quartermasters First-class

1

6

Coxswains

6

4

Boatswain's Mates Second-class

4

1

Quartermaster Third-class

1

1

Shipwright


4

Gunner's Mates Third-class

3

1

Chief Carpenter's Mates

1

1

Sailmaker's Mates

1

4

Gunner's Maters Second-class

4

1

Ship's Cook First-class

1

1

Master-at-Arms Third-class

1

1

Quartermaster Second-class

1

1

Carpenter's Mate Third-class

1

1

Baymen

1

1

Chief Master-at-Arms

1

1

Apothecary

1

1

Ship's Yeoman

1

1

Paymaster's Yeoman

1

1

Engineer's Yeoman

1

1

Ship's Writer Second-class

1

1

Ship's Writer First-class

1

1

Painter

1

1

Bugler

1

1

Plumber and Fitter

1

2

Blacksmith

2

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Cabin Cook

1

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

16

Seamen

8

16

Ordinary Seamen

4

9

Landsmen

10

6

Mess Attendants

6

16

Apprentices

28

6

Machinists

6

2

Boiler Makers

2

3

Water Tenders

3

6

Oilers

6

8

First-class Firemen

8

8

Second-class Firemen

8

15

Coal Passers

12

161 [160 in log-book]

Total

148 [147 in log-book]


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


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U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate

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


Instrument

Maker

Number

Location

Date of Last Comparison

Compared With

Error

Mercurial Barometer

Adie, London

56

Cabin (broken)




Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

March 26, 1894

Standard Barometer, Navy Yard, Mare Island

-

Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

Green, New York

3949

Forward part of pilot house




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

Green, New York

3950

Forward part of pilot house





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


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Armament


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


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Brown prismatic

32.6 pounds to 42.6 [pounds]

Common cast iron

100 [pounds]

Central pivot







Common steel

100 [pounds]








Shrapnel

100 [pounds]








Armour piercing

100 [pounds]



Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

Two

6-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

3-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

1-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

37 mm

Revolving Cannon Hotchkiss






Two

Gatling

Model 1880







Boat armament


Sailing Launch: One 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss.

First Cutter: One Gatling gun, model 1880.


Small arms


100 Lee Remington magazine rifles.

112 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.

21 Cutlasses


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


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Tables of Deviation of the Standard Compass Number 2560 on board the U.S.S. Yorktown.


Date

December 25, 1894

April, 1895

May 10, 1895

Place of Observation

Yellow Sea


Yellow Sea

Latitude

32°34' N

33° to 31° N

37°24' N

Longitude

126°12' E

130° to 121° E

122°52' E

Observed Variation

3°21' W

Chart

4°21' W

Ship's Head by Compass

Deviation

Deviation

Deviation

North

0°14' W

0°30' E

0°54' E

North by East

0°00'

0°15' E

0°52' E

NNE

0°15' E

0°00'

0°50' E

NE by North

0°21' E

0°15' W

0°50' E

NE

0°26' E

0°30' W

0°47' E

NE by East

0°30' E

0°30' W

0°43' E

ENE

0°33' E

0°20' W

0°38' E

East by North

0°36' E

0°20' W

0°33' E

East

0°39' E

0°20' W

0°28' E

East by South

0°40' E

0°25' W

0°15' E

ESE

0°40' E

0°30' W

0°07' W

SE by East

0°40' E

0°40' W

0°25' W

SE

0°38' E

0°45' W

0°42' W

SE by South

0°40' E

0°50' W

0°55' W

SSE

0°40' E

1°00' W

1°00' W

South by East

0°40' E

1°00' W

1°10' W

South

0°43' E

1°00' W

1°12' W

South by West

0°38' E

0°50' W

1°10' W

SSW

0°33' E

0°30' W

1°05' W

SW by South

0°26' E

0°15' W

1°00' W

SW

0°21' E

0°00'

0°56' W

SW by West

0°05' E

0°15' E

0°45' W

WSW

0°15' W

0°15' E

0°30' W

West by South

0°33' W

0°20' E

0°12' W

West

0°51' W

0°20' E

0°07' E

West by North

1°00' W

0°30' E

0°15' E

WNW

1°15' W

0°40' E

0°30' E

NW by West

1°30' W

0°50' E

0°30' E

NW

1°41' W

1°00' E

0°36' E

NW by North

1°30' W

1°00' E

0°45' E

NNW

1°00' W

1°00' E

1°00' E

North by West

0°37' W

0°45' E

1°00' E


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



THE VOYAGES OF USS YORKTOWN 1895

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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1895


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1 January 1895

At anchor Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book], China

Lat 37.55, Long 121.48


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from SW and WSW.

Barometer falling.

Flood tide, strength of current at 2.00am 1.4 knots, setting to Westward.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle and moderate breeze from SW.

At 6.00am current setting to NE, 0.08 knots.

Hove up anchor and got under way at 7.33am.

Set course East by South.

Put over patent log. reading 51.4.

At 8.00am light [Great] Bamboo Island bore N3°W and Tengchou Head S73°W.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to gentle breeze from West.

Standing down the coast for Chefoo.

At 9.25am Sloping Point [Sloaping Point in log-book] bore abeam, distant 4 miles.

At 8.20am changed course to SE¾E, and at 10.00am to S49°W.

At 10.26am highest point of Chefoo Bluff bore abeam, distant 2.2 miles.

At 10.40am hoisted distinguishing pennant, U.S.S. "Baltimore" answered, and at 11.00am made [signal] 1244, answered.

At 11.15am came to with starboard anchor in 5½ fathoms water and veered to 45 fathoms chain.

Ship's draught 12 feet 4 inches forward and 15 feet 10 inches aft.

Made signal 4557, flagship answered "Yes".

Hauled fires.

Bearings from anchorage: Kung Tung Tao lighthouse N75°E, Stickup Rock N11°W (bearings magnetic).

Lowered steam launch.

Commanding Officer made official visit to Commander-in-chief.

By order of Commanding Officer Charles Biehler, Landsman, was released from confinement, to participate in New Year festivities.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle NW by West breezes.

Barometer falling.

No perceptible tidal current.

Ship's company engaged at a program of sports in honor of the day.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes and airs from NW by West to SW.

Reconfined Charles Biehler, Landsman.

Hoisted steam launch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer falling.


Tengchoufu is also known as Penglai.

Great Bamboo Island is also known as Ta Chu Shan.

Tengchou Head is also known as Penglai Tou and Teng Chaw Head.

Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.

Kung Tung Tao is also known as Evans Island.


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2 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.48


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Light breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light breeze from West.

Flood tide.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 3350.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Light WNW breeze, shifting to NNE.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised at setting up, aiming and sighting, and at skirmish drill.

Fitted sub-caliber apparatus to starboard main battery and laid out targets for sub-caliber practice.

Transferred to United States flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore" a draft of 10 men, with necessary papers, namely: H.L. Foy, Machinist; D. Payne, Boiler Maker; L.M. Flowers, Landsman; R.P. Matlack, Apprentice Second-class; Charles Mitchell, Apprentice Second-class; P.J. Kelly, Apprentice Second-class; J. Mitchell, Apprentice Second-class; J.N. Cutts, Apprentice Second-class; A. Lloyd, Apprentice Second-class; and C.O. Bone, Apprentice First-class.

Captain [of] United States flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore" called officially on Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from North and NNW.

At 1.00pm made general signal interrogatory 2984 to flagship, which was answered in affirmative.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions engaged at sub-caliber practice, range 300 yards.

At 1.30pm a French man-of-war came in from the Westward and anchored in the harbor.

By order of Commanding Officer C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and H. Watson, Apprentice Second-class, were awarded punishments as follows; seven and five days' confinement, respectively, in double irons, with full rations, that of H. Watson, Apprentice Second-class, to commence when his name is removed from the binnacle list, for fighting.

C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, was accordingly confined.

Broke out, cleaned and inspected tiller room.

Navigator took all compasses ashore for annual test.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, squally first part, with light flurry of snow.

Gentle to moderate NNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

Exercised at setting up.

Hoisted in steam launch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, light snow fall last half of watch.

Gentle breeze from North.


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3 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.48


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally, snow first two hours.

Light to stiff breeze, in squalls, from North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally, cold.

Gentle to moderate NNE breeze.

Rising barometer.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signals 6279 and 3350.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNE to NNW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had setting up and divisional drills as follows: 1st and 2nd Divisions small arms; 3rd and 4th Divisions single sticks.

By order of Commanding Officer placed H. Watson, Apprentice Second-class, in confinement in double irons for five days, for fighting.

At 9.30am made sick report signal to flagship, numeral 4.

Received from flagship general signal 4902.

Engaged fitting new set of falls for gig and in ship's work.

Received in Paymaster's Department fresh provisions for use of crew: 77 pounds bread; 96¼ pounds beef; and 96¼ pounds vegetables.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle and moderate breezes from NNW.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold, light passing showers of snow.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW, blowing in puffs.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, snow squalls at times.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW to North.


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4 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.48


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Gentle breeze, with occasional stiff squalls, from North and NNW.

Ship riding to the wind.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold.

Light to stiff breezes from NNW and North.

Light fall of snow last half.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 3350, and wigwag "Overcoats for crew".

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, snowing most of the time.

Gentle and light breezes from North.

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

Provided for all boats at arm and away for distant service, all ready in 8 minutes.

Signaled flagship "Permission to provide boats on deck on account of weather", answered "Granted".

Flagship signaled "The Admiral is going to call on you informally at 10.30".

Received an informal visit from the Commander-in-Chief.

Engaged breaking out main hold and ammunition rooms for inspection by the Quarterly Board.

Hoisted out steam launch.

At 9.30am made general signal numeral 4 (sick report).


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Calm first hour, light to gentle breeze from NW during remainder of watch.

Ship riding to the wind.

Engaged in breaking out fore hold, forward fixed ammunition room and after torpedo locker for inspection by the Quarterly Board of Survey.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle and light breezes from NW and WSW.

At 4.30pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 2½ minutes, time for water 1½ minutes.

Mustered for abandon ship and closed watertight doors.

Paymaster brought on board 2000 Mexican dollars.

Restowed main hold, forward fixed ammunition rooms and torpedo locker.

Hoisted in steam launch.

Got 1st cutter off top gallant forecastle and hoisted her at her davits.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WSW to SW by South.

Moonlight.


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5 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.48


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle WSW breeze.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

At 7.00am flagship made general signal 6379 (time and uniform) and by wigwag "Crew will dress in blue, Officers and crew overcoats, crew watch caps".


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from SSW, shifting to WSW last hour.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

German corvette got under way at 8.30am and steamed up and down the shore of outer harbor.

At 10.00am H.B.M.S. "Porpoise" made general international signal B.P.K., D.T.F.R., C.B.T.M., got under way and left her harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle West by South breeze.

Falling barometer.

At 1.00pm aired bedding, following motions of flagship.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2240, answered and stood by aired bedding.

Restowed nettings.

Commenced serving out clothing and small stores.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from West by South and WSW.

Mustered at quarters at 4.40pm and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from South, shifting to East last hour.


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6 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.54, Long 121.48


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Calm and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear, calm and cold.

At 7.00am flagship made time signal and general signal number 6396, and wigwag signals "Officers will dress with overcoats without hoods" and "Dress with overcoats for crew".


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Calm first half, light airs from WSW last half of watch.

At 9.00am flagship made general signal 2725, answered, and Commanding Officer repaired on board flagship in obedience.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2.

At 10.00am inspected at quarters.

Executive Officer inspected ship and crew.

Immediately after called all hands to muster, read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy and mustered crew.

At 11.30am flagship got under way and steamed out of harbor.

Paraded Marine Guard.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Calm and light variable airs and light airs from East.

At 1.30pm British fleet of six vessels came into port from the Northeastward and anchored, flagship flying a Vice Admiral's flag.

Fired a salute of 15 guns, British flag at the fore, which was returned by the British flagship, gun for gun, American flag at the fore.

Salutes were exchanged by French and Russian men-of-war and the British flagship.

Sent an officer to board the flagship.

Observed a sham battle on shore.

H.B.M.S. "Porpoise" came into port at 3.00pm and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Fine weather, misty at times.

Light variable airs, generally from Southward and Eastward.

At 4.10pm started fires under boiler D.

Hoisted and secured all boats and made preparations for sea.

Hove in to 20 fathoms on starboard chain.

An officer from British flagship returned boarding call.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from South.

Smooth sea.

At 10.05pm got under way and stood out of harbor, Commanding Officer in charge.

At 11.00pm took departure and set course N4°W, patent log reading 93.6.

Steam 95 pounds, revolutions 47.6.


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7 January 1895

At anchor, latitude 37°49'00" N, longitude 121°25'30" E

Lat 37.82, Long 121.43


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, slight haze.

Light airs from SSW.

Moon set at 2.45am.

Steaming a course, under two boilers, of N4°W.

At 1.13am stopped and let go starboard anchor in 11 fathoms, sandy bottom.

Veered to 40 fathoms at waters edge.

Banked fires.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.

Ebb tide, force of tide at 7.00am 1.2 knots.

At 7.30am started fires in boiler C.


8am to meridian:

Fair weather, misty about horizon.

Cold.

Light breeze from SSW.

Engaged planting great gun target until 10.05am, at which time went to general quarters and exercised at target practice with starboard battery at 1800 yards.

Target hit and destroyed by fourth shot, fired by N.P. Petersen, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, from number 1 gun, 1st Gun Division.

Planted new target and finished stationary practice at 11.50am.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 18 6-inch common shells; 18 6-inch reduced charges; 20 vent-sealing primers; 10 6-pounder common shells; 10 3-pounder common shells; 10 1-pounder common shells, heavy; 10 37 mm common shells; 20 vent-sealing primers [sic]; 200 .38 caliber pistol ammunition.

Started air and circulating pumps preparatory to getting under way at 11.55am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from NNW and calm.

Very smooth sea.

At 1.00pm got under way and stood over towards target, anchored in 11 fathoms water, 8 fathoms starboard chain, at 1060 yards from target.

Changed position of observing boats to 1500 yards from target.

Got under way, had target practice with main and secondary batteries, ship moving between observing boats at speed of 8 knots.

At 2.36pm went to general quarters and provided 6 rounds, each division, ammunition for main battery and box of ammunition for each gun of secondary battery.

1st Division ready in 4¾ minutes, 2nd Division 4½ minutes, 3rd [Division] 4 minutes, 4th Division 4 minutes.

Expended in Ordnance Department, in target practice: 16 6-inch common shells; 16 6-inch reduced charges; 20 vent-sealing primers; 10 6-pounder common shells; 10 3-pounder common shells; 10 1-pounder common shells, heavy; 10 37 mm common shell.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Finished target practice.

Hoisted steam launch and cutters.

In trying to pick up target, failed to catch it and fouled starboard propeller.

Came to with port anchor at 4.50pm in 12 fathoms, veered to 30 fathoms [chain], and secured.

By order of the Commanding Officer released H. Watson, Apprentice Second-class, and restored him to duty.

Banked fires.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from South.

Making preparations to send diver down to clear starboard propeller.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from South and SSW.

Barometer rising.

Swept for target anchor and line with 1st and 2nd cutters, recovered anchor and cut line close to starboard propeller.

Hoisted boats.

Fires banked.


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8 January 1895

At anchor, latitude 37°49'00" N, longitude 121°25'30" E

Lat 37.82, Long 121.43


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breezes from South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from South.

A man-of-war, presumably a Japanese cruiser of the "Naniwa" class, passed heading to Southward and Eastward.

A number of junks in sight at daylight.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from SW and West.

Cleaning ship.

Diver at work, clearing starboard propeller, from 8.15am to 10.00am.

At 10.30am hove up port anchor.

Remainder of watch exercising officers at working ship under steam and men of Marine, Powder and Second Divisions at rifle practice under way, circling around target.

Average steam pressure 102 pounds, revolutions [left blank].


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Light NW breeze.

Rising barometer.

Finished small arm target practice, and at 1.20pm came to anchor in 11 fathoms water, veering to 60 fathoms starboard chain.

Force of tidal current 0.6 knots at 4.00pm, setting to Southward and Eastward.

Banked fires.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 1000 rounds, cartridges, caliber .45; and 500 rounds, cartridges, caliber .38.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NNE.

Smooth sea.

At 5.30pm got under way and put ship on course East, by order [of] Commanding Officer.

Put over patent log at 5.40pm, reading 5.7 miles [knots in log-book].

Started ahead full speed, course East, at 5.40pm.

Steam 117 pounds, revolutions [left blank].


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, moonlight behind clouds.

Moderate and gentle breezes from NNE.

Course East.

Revolutions 85.7, steam 101 pounds


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, moonlight.

Blowing a fresh breeze from NNE.

At 11.44pm changed course to N58°W, patent log registering 60.1.

Average steam pressure 107 pounds, revolutions 83.


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9 January 1895

At sea, cruising, and at anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 38.03, Long 121.83


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty latter part of watch.

Blowing fresh from NNE.

Moderate sea.

At 2.20am changed course to North, patent log reading 80.1.

Average steam pressure 115 pounds, average revolutions 65.9.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Stiff to fresh breezes from NNE.

Moderate sea.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 50.4.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cold.

Very fresh and fresh breezes from North.

Moderate sea from North.

At 10.10am changed course to S41°W and went ahead full speed.

A Summary Court Marital, of which Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm was senior member, met at 9.30am for the trial of P. Hansen, Water Tender, and adjourned at 10.09am to await the action of revising authority.

By order of the Commanding Officer released C.J. Field, Gunner's Mate Second-class, from confinement and restored him to duty.

Steam 115 pounds, average revolutions for first two hours 53.7, second half 85.3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Fresh breeze from North.

Course S41°W, for Chefoo harbor.

Came to with port anchor and 45 fathoms chain in 4¾ fathoms at 3.45pm.

Ship's draft 11 feet 10 inches forward, 15 feet 11 inches aft.

Bearings from anchorage: Kung Tung Tao light N10°E, Stickup Rock N11°W (magnetic).


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cold.

Moderate Northerly breeze.

Hoisted out steam launches boiler.

An officer from His Imperial German Majesty's gunboat "Marie" called, which call was returned by an officer from this vessel.

Fires banked.


6pm to 8pm:

Clearing and cold.

Moderate breeze from North.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to fresh breeze, in squalls, from NNE and NE.


Kung Tung Tao is also known as Evans Island.


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10 January 1895

Making passage from Chefoo to Port Arthur, China

Lat 38.33, Long 121.33


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Blowing fresh, in squalls, from North and NNE, moderating and less frequent toward end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold first three hours of watch, overcast, with indications of snow, last hour.

Falling barometer.

Light Northerly breeze.

At 7.00am got under way and stood out to Northward, Commander conning ship.

At 7.25am took departure, Chefoo Cape bearing West (magnetic), distant one half mile, and set course N4°W.

Steaming under three boilers.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.


8am to meridian:

Overcast first part, with light snow squalls, clear and cold last part.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE and NE.

Under steam from three boilers, course N4°W (per compass).

At 9.30am went to quarters and exercised divisions at setting up.

Emergency party was called away and inspected, and exercised fully armed and equipped.

At 10.40am sighted Laotieshan [Liaothishan in log-book] promontory bearing N12°W.

At 10.56am sighted Takin Tao Island bearing N70°W, and at 10.58am Toki Tao, bearing S71°W.

Average steam 112 pounds, average revolutions 93.9.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle and moderate breezes from NE by North and NNE.

Standing up toward Port Arthur.

Changed course to NNW (patent log [reading] 17.3), to North by West (patent log 20.7), and to N21°W (patent log 24.5).

Let go port anchor at 2.35pm in 17½ fathoms, and veered to 60 fathoms [chain] at water's edge.

Bearings: lighthouse NNW, tangent to promontory S70°W (magnetic).

Ship's draft forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.

Sent a boat ashore with Intelligence Officer.

Received a visit from a boarding officer from Japanese man-of-war.

Hove up port anchor, and at end of watch standing in to an anchorage closer in.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

Came to with port anchor and 60 fathoms chain in 12 fathoms water at 4.01pm.

Port Arthur lighthouse NNW¼W, Lutin Rock NE by East (magnetic).


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cold.

Gentle NNE breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cold, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from NNE.


Port Arthur is also known as Lüshun.

Takin Tao Island is also known as Daqin Dao.

Toki Tao is also known as Tuoji Dao.

Lutin Rock's position is approximately 38°47'07" N, 121°16'15" E.


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11 January 1895

At anchor Port Arthur, China

Lat 38.78, Long 121.27


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, clouding over at end of watch.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Calm and light variable airs, light breeze from SSW last hour.

Snowing last hour.

A small Japanese steamer left the harbor at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light fall of snow first hour, clear and cold remainder of watch.

Light airs to gentle breeze from North.

Commanding Officer left the ship with Lieutenant Menefee and Ensign Knepper, and went ashore on duty.

At 9.30am went to quarters and, after setting up drill, exercised 1st and 4th Divisions at small arms, 2nd and 3rd [Divisions] at single sticks, Powder Division at pistols, and Marine Guard at great guns.

At 9.25am a Japanese torpedo boat left the harbor, and at 9.35am two more, all standing to the Eastward.

During last two hours of watch there was some desultory firing of great guns in the inner harbor.

The Executive Officer, accompanied by Medical Officer, made weekly inspection of living spaces and storerooms.

Lieutenant Robinson made weekly inspections of holds and storerooms, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz of similar compartments in Engineer's Department, as far as possible.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

At 12.05pm Japanese transport left harbor with troops on board.

At 3.00pm a Japanese torpedo boat steamed into inner harbor.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from North.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at setting up drill.

At end of watch making preparations for sea.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold, moonlight.

Light breeze from North.

A Japanese torpedo boat came in from the Eastward.


8pm to midnight:

Generally fair and cold, very light snow fall first hour.

Light Northerly breeze first half, calm remainder of watch.

Obscured moonlight.


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12 January 1895

At anchor Port Arthur, and making passage to Ta-lien Whan, China

Lat 38.95, Long 121.66


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light to stiff breezes from North, blowing in moderate squalls.

Light fall of snow last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, fair last hour, cold, moonlight until daylight, light snow at times.

Gentle to stiff breeze, in squalls first hour, from NNE.

Hove in at 5.30am to 30 fathoms, spread fires, and started pumps.

At 6.05am [called] up anchor, hove up and stood out of Port Arthur on course SE by South.

Changed course to S84°E (patent log [reading] 27.6) and to N78°E (patent log 39.4).

At 8.00am Cap Island broad on bow, distant about 3 miles.

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

Steam 103.5 pounds, revolutions 90.3.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE and North.

Under steam from three boilers until 8.20am, when feed check valve of boiler D blew out, after which time proceeded under two boilers.

Course N48°E until 9.30am, when stood into Ta-lien Whan Bay [Talianwhan Bay in log-book] under conn of Navigator and Captain.

At 10.25am came to anchor in 6 fathoms of water, veering to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Fired salute of 15 guns, Japanese flag at the fore, which was answered by the Japanese flagship with 15 guns, United States flag at the fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 15 6-pounder saluting charges; and 15 percussion primers.

A boarding officer from Japanese flagship came on board.

Returned his visit..

Commanding Officer visited the Japanese Admiral officially.

Bearings at anchorage: Robinson Point NW, village knot N39°E (both magnetic).

Draft of ship 11 feet 9 inches, forward 15 feet 8 inches aft.

The Japanese fleet consists of 23 men-of-war and 2 transports.

There are also 3 Japanese merchantmen at anchor with the fleet, and 3 others in the inner harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cold.

Blowing fresh, in squalls, from NNW.

Japanese Admiral and staff called on Commander and were received with customary honors.

Salute at departure waived.

Veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Japanese torpedo boats cruising about harbor at intervals.

Japanese steamer flying mail flag left harbor.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and cold.

Moderate to fresh breezes from NNW.

At 4.40pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle and light breezes from NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light airs from NNW.


Ta-lien Whan is also known as Dalian Wan.

Robinson Point is probably a reference to Huangbai Zui.


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13 January 1895

At anchor Ta-lien Whan, China

Lat 38.95, Long 121.66


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from North.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from North.

Three of the Japanese men-of-war shifted berths.

Sent two officers to board vessels of the Japanese fleet on intelligence duty.

Commanding Officer left the ship to make official visits on Japanese Admirals.

Two Japanese officers came on board to see Commanding Officer officially.

Two Japanese merchant vessels and one torpedo boat came into the harbor, and one Japanese merchantman went out.

At 9.30am went to quarters, mustered and inspected divisions.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.

Sent three officers to board the various vessels of the Japanese fleet on intelligence duty.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed R. Shay, Coxswain of 1st cutter, in double irons for seven days, and the following named members of 1st cutter's crew, namely: A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class; F.V. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class; A. Young, Apprentice Third-class; J. Davis, Apprentice Second-class; H.W. Schafer, Apprentice Second-class; J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class; and J. Shelson, Apprentice Second-class, in double irons for five days, all for being drunk on duty.

Engaged in cleaning ship.

Last hour making preparations for getting under way.

At 3.45pm hove in to 20 fathoms [chain].


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle NNW breeze.

At 4.15pm got under way and stood out of harbor, Commander conning the vessel.

At 5.15pm took departure, South end of South Sanshan Tou Island bearing N70°E, distant 2 miles, patent log reading 65.5.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 84.1.

Vessel's draft forward 11 feet 8 inches, aft 15 feet 7 inches.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNW and North.

Moon rose at 7.30pm.

At 6.55pm slowed down to 40 turns.

Average steam 115 pounds, revolutions 59.1.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cold.

Light breeze from North.

Moonlight.

At 9.05pm stopped starboard engine, went ahead with it at 10.05pm.

At 9.10pm changed course to S35°W, and at 10.25pm to S33°W.


South Sanshan Tou Island is also known as Dasanshan Dao.


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14 January 1895

Making passage from Ta-lien Whan to Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cold.

Light airs from WNW.

Course S33°W.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 29.6.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cold.

Light WNW breeze.

Making course S33°W under steam until 6.05am, after that changed course frequently standing up for Chefoo harbor.

At 6.00am Chefoo light bearing S2°E (per compass).

At end of watch steering South, Commander and Navigator conning ship.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, revolutions 73.9.

Made preparations for port.

A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, F.V. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, A. Young, Apprentice Third-class, J. Davis, Apprentice Second-class, H.W. Schafer, Apprentice Second-class, J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class, J. Shelson, Apprentice Second-class, and R. Shay, Coxswain, were released from confinement with a warning.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cold.

Light breezes from West to SW.

Standing into Chefoo harbor, Commanding Officer in charge.

At 8.57am came to anchor in 4 fathoms water and veered to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

An officer from British guard ship made official call.

Returned call of boarding officer.

Commanding Officer paid official visit to English flagship.

Got out steam launch.

Received mail from the United States.

C. Biehler, Landsman, was released from confinement, his term having expired, and E. Horigan, Coal Passer, confined for 30 days, single irons, bread and water, with full ration every fifth day, in execution of sentence of Summary Court Martial.

Bearings at anchorage: Sentry Rock [Sentinel Rock in log-book] NE½N, Middle Point SE½E, signal station [at Tower Hill] SSW¼W, all magnetic.

Draft forward 11 feet 8 inches, aft 14 feet 7 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from WNW.

Allowed fires to die out in boilers C and D.

The Commanding Officer paid an official call upon H.B.M.S. "Daphne".

The English fleet of seven vessels went out.

The German man-of-war "Marie" came in from exercising outside and anchored.

Sent two men ashore to tally coal.

At end of watch heaving up anchor to shift berth.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Calm and variable light airs.

Shifted anchorage.

At 4.30pm came to in 4½ fathoms, veering to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Sentry Rock N39°E, Middle Point S35°E, signal station [at Tower Hill] S27°W.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up drill.

At time of dead low water (7.25pm) took soundings as follows, ship heading SSE: over bow 4½ fathoms; over stern 4 fathoms 4 feet.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold.

Light breeze from WNW.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.


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15 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light WSW breeze.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from WSW to SSW.

Made preparations for coaling.

At 7.30am three coal lighters came alongside, began coaling at 8.00am.

Water boat came alongside at 7.45am.

German man-of-war got under way and left the harbor at 7.20am.

English merchant steamer anchored in the harbor made international signal B.T.K. (mail), C.D.J. (fleet).

Received in Paymaster's Department fresh provisions: 77 pounds bread; 96¼ pounds beef; and 96¼ pounds vegetables.

Sent Equipment and Engineer's Yeomen ashore to weigh coal.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, hazy.

Light breeze from SW and WSW.

Coaling.

Received alongside three more coal lighters.

Equipment and Engineer's Yeomen returned on board, having finished weighing 200 tons coal.

Received [left blank] gallons fresh water for steaming purposes.

Sent liberty party ashore.

H.B.M.S. "Daphne" went out at 10.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle Northwesterly breeze.

Coaling ship, received during watch about 100 tons.

Commanding Officer visited German cruiser "Marie" officially.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from WNW.

Ship riding to wind.

Finished coaling at 5.30pm, having received in Equipment Department 200 tons coal.

At 6.30pm a British gunboat came in and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from WNW first hour, from WSW remainder.

Tide turned flood at 9.30pm.

Moon rose at 10.00pm.


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16 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold, hazy.

Light breeze from SW.

Broke out and restowed booms.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 96¼ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables; and 77 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to stiff breeze from WSW, shifting to WNW second hour of watch.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of the German cruiser "Marie".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NW to North.

Cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly overcast, cold, light flurry of snow first hour.

Moderate Northerly breeze.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.

Exercised divisions at setting up drill.

M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, absent over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NNE.


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17 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle and light breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold, snowing.

Light breeze from NNE to North.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cold and snowing.

Light breeze from North.

At 9.30am went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 6½ minutes, secured in 2 minutes.

Exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes, three streams in wardroom in 1½ minutes, secured in 2 minutes.

At 9.55am exercised at abandon ship.

The following men were absent without leave, overstaying liberty, namely: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, P. Anthony, Private Marine, J. Smith, Coal Passer, and G.W. Gregory, Equipment Yeoman.

The latter returned on board at 10.00am.

His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Marie" exercised at sail drill.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 77 pounds fresh bread; and 96¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Marines equipped for heavy marching order in 6 minutes.

P. Hansen, Water Tender, and J. Jacobs, Oiler, reported their terms of enlistment expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cold frequent light flurries of snow during watch.

Light Northerly breeze.

Sent party of liberty men ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from North and NNW.

Light fall of snow.

Heavy swell setting in from Northward

At 4.00pm H.B.M.S. "Spartan" came in and anchored.

Sent a boarding officer.

By order of Commanding Officer released temporarily from confinement E. Horigan, Coal Passer, and placed P. Hansen, Water Tender, in confinement for 30 days, in single irons, on bread and water, with full ration every fifth day, in pursuance of sentence of Summary Court Martial.

By order [of] Commanding Officer, discharged this day J. Jacobs, Oiler, his term of enlistment having expired.

The following named men were absent at evening quarters, namely: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, J. Smith, Coal Passer, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, snowing.

Light and gentle breezes from North.


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18 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy, with light fall of snow first part.

Light to gentle breeze from North, backing to NW and West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and very cold.

Light Westerly breeze.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate Westerly breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised divisions at setting up drill, and immediately after sounded call for all boats armed and equipped.

All boats ready in 9 minutes, secured all in four minutes, no boats lowered.

Following men absent without leave: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, J. Smith, Coal Passer, and P. Anthony, Private Marine; absent after leave had expired.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 96¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 77 pounds fresh bread.

By order of Commander the following punishments were assigned: B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, four hours' extra lookout on horse block for three days; and J.A. Anderson, Apprentice First-class, 2 hours' extra lookout on bridge for four days.

Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Spartan" called officially.

John Jacobs, First-class Fireman, this day re-enlisted for three years.

Lieutenant Menefee made weekly inspection of storerooms, and found them in good condition.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from West.

Light snow last hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Moderate and gentle breezes from West.

At 4.45pm mustered at evening quarters, absentees: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, J. Smith, Coal Passer, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.

J. Smith, Coal Passer, returned on board 32½ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Light fall of snow second hour.


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19 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from West during first and last hours, hauling to NW and blowing in stiff squalls during second and third hours.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, cold.

Gentle breeze from West and WSW, occasional light squalls and flurries of snow.


8am to meridian:

Generally fair and cold, light fall of snow last half.

Gentle to light breezes from WSW to West, shifting to North last hour.

Absent without leave: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Signal officer exercised signal men at Very's night signals.

Expended 30 red and 25 green Very's night signals.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from North and NNE.

Sent liberty party ashore at 1.30pm.

The British steamer in the harbor hoisted the blue peter and made international signals H.J.C. and G.R.Q.

Heavy distant firing heard at times.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light Northeasterly airs.

A British gunboat came in from the Eastward, spoke H.M.S. "Spartan", and went to sea to Northward.

Received in Engineer's Department: 400 pounds cotton waste.

Went to quarters for muster at 4.30pm, the following men were absent over time: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, P. Anthony, Private Marine, and J. McCudden, Landsman.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from SE first hour, calm during remainder of watch.

A burning junk drifted from Southeastern part of harbor to the Northwestern, passing about 800 yards astern and was still burning at end of watch.


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20 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China and making passage to Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book]

Lat 37.73, Long 121.37


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Calm first half, light airs from SE last half of watch.

At 3.00am started fires under two additional boilers.

Engineer's force at work on steam launch alongside at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty, cold, snow last two hours.

Light breeze from SE.

Made preparations for getting under way.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, thick heavy snow most of the time, lighting up at end of watch.

Light breeze from SE by South, shifting at 10.30am to NE, and increasing to a stiff breeze at end of watch.

At 8.45am H.B.M.S. "Daphne" went out.

Liberty party returned.

At 9.00am hove up anchor and stood out on a course N56°E.

Put over patent log, reading 50.7.

At 10.10am changed course to N45°W, patent log [reading] 54.8.

Steam 94 pounds, revolutions 54.1.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet 3 inches.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 96¼ pounds fresh meat and vegetables; and 77 pounds fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cold, light snow at times.

Fresh breeze from NNE.

Under steam from three boilers, course N45°W.

Changed course as follows: at 12.30pm to N60°W; at 1.00pm to N50°W; at 2.17pm to N60°W; at 2.30pm to S82°W.

Land visible on port hand at times during first part of watch.

Last part Commanding Officer conning ship.

At 3.00pm changed course to N64°W, Southern end of Changshang Island [Changshan Island in log-book] bearing N¼E, Tengchou Head [Tung Chow Head in log-book] distant 2½ miles, and stood up for an anchorage under the lee of Changshang.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, in double irons, on full rations, for ten days, for assaulting another person in the Navy while on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, and very cold, snow flurries first hour.

Moderate breeze, with stiff squalls, from North to NNE.

At 4.10pm came to in 7 fathoms water, soft mud bottom, with port anchor and 50 fathoms chain.

Bearings from anchorage: Tengchou Head [Tung Chow Head in log-book] S18°E, Spit Point N86°E (magnetic).

Riding to wind until last hour, when ship swung to flood.

On coming to anchor sighted H.B.M.S. "Daphne" at anchor about 2½ or 3 miles to the Northward and Westward, and close under the land.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cold.

Moderate Northerly breeze first half, falling light and shifting to NNW last half of watch.

Slack water at 9.30pm, ship swung to the flood at 10.15pm.


Tengchoufu is also known as Penglai.

Tengchou Head is also known as Penglai Tou and Teng Chaw Head.


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21 January 1895

At anchor Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book]

Lat 37.83, Long 120.84


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light and gentle breeze from NW to SW.

At 7.40am called all hands up anchor.

Hove up and stood over toward Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book], Commanding Officer on the bridge.

Draft forward 13 feet 9 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

At 7.15am H.M.S. "Daphne" got under way and stood to the Westward.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate SW breeze.

At 8.20am came to an anchor with port anchor in 12 fathoms, veering to 60 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Monument Hill S4°W, Low Point S79°E (all magnetic).

Sent second cutter and whaleboat ashore in charge of Lieutenant Robinson and Ensign Trout, to bring off resident Americans for passage to Chefoo.

Engaged during forenoon in efforts to thaw condenser of steam launch.

Failed and shipped exhaust pipe, fitting her to run high pressure.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 9 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.

Tidal current setting to the Eastward.

Vessel riding to tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Moderate breeze from SW.

At 2.10pm got under way and stood out, Commanding Officer in charge, having received on board for passage to Chefoo American residents of Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book], numbering 17 persons, men, women and children.

At 2.15pm put over patent log, reading 4.7.

At 2.50pm set course East, and at 3.00pm changed course to SE¾E, and on that course to end of watch.

At 4.00pm Sloping Point abeam, distant 2.3 miles, Chefoo Bluff ahead.

Draft 13 feet 9 inches forward, 16 feet 2 inches aft.

Steam 112 pounds, revolutions 89.3.

For passengers see per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, then clouding, cold.

Moderate to light breeze from SW and WNW.

Standing into Chefoo harbor in charge of Commanding Officer.

At 5.45pm let go starboard anchor in 5 fathoms, veered to 45 fathoms [chain] and secured.

Hoisted out steam launch and landed passengers from Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book].

Bearings: Middle Point S27°E, Sentry Rock N33°E (both magnetic).

Draft same as preceding watch.

Found French, German, and English men-of-war in the harbor.

Received a mail from the United States on board.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cold.

Light airs from WSW.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm, January 21, 1895.

The following named persons were passengers from Tengchoufu [Tengchaufu in log-book].

Reverend J.B. Hartwell (sick) and wife and four children,

Mrs. C.W. Mills and 3 children,

Mrs. W.M. Hayes and 2 children,

A child of Dr. Mateer,

Reverent J.P. Irwin and wife,

One Chinese female servant.


Monument Hill is probably also known as Shuihu Shan.

Low Point is also known as Di Jiao.

Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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22 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, clearing and cold weather.

Calms and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Calm first hour, light SW breeze remainder of watch.

Executed morning orders.

Received for use of crew: 96¼ pounds each beef and vegetables; and 77 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SW.

At 8.45am received the following signal (international code) from His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Marie", namely: B.T.K., C.W.S.V., Q.H.G., C.D.T., O.H.N., C.B.K.H., C.D.R.F,. C.F.D.G., D.W.C.H., D.M.P.W., C.R.D.M., W.T.Q., C.D.P.B. (mail forwarded for Admiral to Chemulpo last Sunday per H.M.B.S. "Aeolus").

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had setting up drill and battalion organization and emergency party.

Received official visits from officers from French man-of-war "Isly" and from the H.B.M.S. "Daphne".

Returned both visits.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Daphne".

The following named men absent without leave: M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.

At 11.30am started to clean ship and so engaged until end of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to clear, and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from SW and WNW.

Lieutenant Robinson went on shore with a landing party of 15 men, consisting of: W. McKay, Chief Master-at-Arms; J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith; R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class; J. King, Gunner's Mate Third-class; C.J. Madsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class; J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain; M. Lynch, Seaman; F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman; J.A. Anderson, Apprentice First-class; A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class; J. Davis, Apprentice Second-class; J.J. Donahue, Apprentice Second-class; H.B. Candler, Apprentice Second-class; J.J. Connelly, Apprentice Second-class; E.T. White, Apprentice Second-class.

English man-of-war coming into harbor at end of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light mist overhanging shore.

Calms to variable light airs and light breeze from SSE.

M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, and P. Anthony, Private Marine, returned on board 6⅓, 5⅓ and 5⅓ days over time respectively.

By order of Commanding Officer they were placed in double irons, on full rations, for ten days.

British squadron of three ships (H.M.S. "Centurion" flagship) came into harbor and anchored at 5.50pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, misty around horizon, bright starlight overhead.

Light airs from West and calm.

At 9.45pm a French man-of-war came into harbor and anchored near.


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4pm to 8pm, January 22, 1895.

It was discovered January 23, in the morning, that H.M.S. "Centurion" was not one of the three British ships, they were H.M.S. "Edgar", H.M.S. "Gibraltar", and H.M.S. "Undaunted".


Chemulpo is also known as Chemulpho and Incheon.


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23 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calms and light airs from WNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, light mist on horizon.

Calms to variable light airs.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Light NE breeze.

Sent an officer to call officially on French and British vessels which had arrived during the night.

H.B.M.S. "Aeolus" ["Eolus" in log-book] and H.B.M.S. "Edgar" sent officers to return calls.

Hoisted distinguishing pennant at 9.05am, answered by United States flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore", standing into harbor.

U.S.S. "Baltimore" anchored at 9.40am.

British and French senior officers vessels fired salutes of 13 guns, American ensign at fore.

Salutes answered gun for gun by U.S.S. "Baltimore", British and French ensigns at fore.

Commander made official call on flagship.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at divisional drills.

A number of wigwag signals were exchanged during watch regarding force on shore.

Received from Chefoo water company: forty (40) tons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle breeze from NE and NNE.

Commanding Officer paid official visits to H.B.M.S. "Edgar" and to French ship "Beautemps-Beaupré".

At 12.30pm received a wigwag signal from flagship "What is the date of your telegrams to department? Signed Admiral", and at 12.50pm received "You will keep your guard on shore for the present, signed C.M. Carpenter".

Exercised signal boys and Marines at signals, 2nd Division Engineer's force at pistols.

Engaged painting cofferdams, chests, waterways, rail, et cetera.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, then clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNE and North.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

No absentees.

At 7.45pm a man-of-war came in and anchored on port quarter.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light Northerly breeze, shifting to West.


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24 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breezes from WSW and SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from SW.

At 7.00am flagship made [signals] 3350 and 6375.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to fresh breeze from WSW to West.

At 8.00am Russian man-of-war fired a salute of 13 guns, United States flag at fore, returned by U.S.S. "Baltimore" gun for gun.

At 9.30am made sick signal numeral 4.

At 9.30am went to general quarters, and exercised at same until 10.15am.

Commanding Officers of H.M.B.S. "Aeolus" and French gunboat "Beautemps-Beaupré" made official visits about this vessel.

German merchant steamer arrived from the Eastward.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 78¾ pounds fresh beef; 78¾ pounds fresh vegetables; and 63 pounds fresh bread.

General quarters: 1st Division ready [in] 5½ minutes; 2nd Division 4¼ minutes; 3rd Division 4 minutes; 4th Division 5 minutes; Navigator's Division 1 minute; Engineer's Division 1½ minutes; Powder Division 4 minutes; Marines 1 minute.

Secured: 1st Division 2 minutes; 2nd Division 2½ minutes; 3rd Division 2½ minutes; 4th Division 1½ minutes; Navigator's Division 1 minute; Engineer's Division ½ minute; Powder Division 5 minutes; Marines 1 minute.

2 streams in steerage [country]: 1½ minutes.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NW first hour, from North remainder of watch.

Flagship made telegraphic signal "Board of Survey approved and ordered by Baltimore".

Boarded German merchant steamer from Shanghai.

Sent wigwag signal to flagship "German merchant steamer which arrived this morning brought no mail". Exercised 3rd Division Engineer's force at single [signal in log-book] sticks.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from North.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, and had setting up drill.

At 6.15pm a British man-of-war came into harbor and anchored near the other British vessels.

At 7.15pm made the following signal to flagship, with Ardois set, "Are you aware your side lights are burning?", answered "Thanks".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle Northerly breeze.


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25 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from SE.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal as follows: 3350; 6375; 6956; 6736; 2131.

At 7.30am sighted man-of-war in offing coming into anchorage.

At 8.00am hauled down guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from South.

At 8.40am the German man-of-war "Alexandrine" came in and anchored to Southward and Westward.

Went to quarters at 8.30am and turned in scrubbed hammocks and locker bags.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant H.O. Rittenhouse was senior member, met on board to survey articles in Equipment [Department].

Hoisted out sailing launch and equipped boats for distant service.

Exercised boats.

H.B.M.S. "Edgar" went out at 9.40am.

Signal flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown": "Will survey equipment stores at 10am (signed) H.O. Rittenhouse".

Flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown": "Replace bluejackets on shore by same number of Marines, send copy instructions given to officer commanding guard to flagship", signed Commander-in-Chief.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE.

At 1.30pm sent Marine Guard, consisting of one 1st Sergeant, one Corporal and 12 privates, on shore to relieve detachment of bluejackets on duty at American consulate.

Made general telegraphic signal to flagship as follows: 6352; 4600; 870; numeral answer 30; 7505; 1595; 6035.

Lighted fires under [in in log-book] boilers C and D.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, cool.

Light and gentle SSE breeze first half, shifting to SW last half of watch.

Commander of German corvette "Alexandrine" called officially.

Detachment of bluejackets on duty on shore returned on board with equipment and 75 rounds .45 caliber cartridges.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

Flagship signaled (wigwag) "Have one signal boy remain on shore with force", signed Commander-in-Chief.

Answered, and sent A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, on shore to report to Lieutenant Robinson, U.S. Navy, for that duty.

A man-of-war, supposed English, came in and anchored.

Made usual lights.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SSW and SSE.

At 8.15pm went to fire quarters, all ready in 3 minutes.


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26 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool, overcast last part.

Light to moderate breeze from SSE to South.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool.

Light to gentle Southerly breeze, shifting to SW.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signals.

Engaged cleaning ship.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SW.

At 9.15am exchanged numbers with U.S.S. "Charleston", coming into the harbor.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 4.

At 10.00am U.S.S. "Charleston" anchored in the harbor.

Engaged cleaning ship.

H.M.S. "Spartan" left port.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, partly clearing last hour.

Moderate and gentle breeze from SW.

Finished scrubbing outside.

Received a call from the Captain of the Russian man-of-war.

Flagship signaled general 3971, German, also wigwag "If blowing hard tomorrow dress masthead only".

Made signal to flagship "Permission to pipe down scrubbed canvas", answered "Granted".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SW first part, changing to gentle breeze from WNW last.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate breezes from West.

At 9.30pm a man-of-war came in and anchored.


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27 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to fresh breezes, in squalls, from North.

Snowing at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold, light fall of snow second and third hours.

Moderate breeze from North.

German flagship came into harbor from the Eastward, and anchored at 7.40am.

At 7.50am British ship H.M.S. "Undaunted" fired a salute of 13 guns, German flag at the fore, and at 7.55am French cruiser "Isly" did the same.

These salutes were answered gun for gun by the German flagship, with the British and French flags at the fore respectively.

At 8.00am dressed ship rainbow fashion, in honor of the German Emperor's birthday.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cold.

Light to gentle Northerly breeze.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2, flagship answered.

At 10.00am Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.

At 10.15am received uniform signals from flagship.

Captain of U.S.S. "Charleston" called on Commander.

Small French gunboat shifted berth to inner harbor.

At meridian all flagships in the harbor, Russian corvette, all German ships and all British ships, excepting H.B.M.S. "Daphne" and H.B.M.S. "Severn", fired national salute of 21 guns in honor of German Emperor's Birthday.

By order of Commander J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, M. McNamara, Boatswain's Mate First-class, J. McCudden, Landsman, and P. Anthony, Private Marine, were released from confinement and restored to duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from North and NW.

Long swell coming in from NE.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Calms and light variable airs.

Received for steaming purposes: 20 tons fresh water.

H.B.M.S. "Centurion", flying the flag of Vice Admiral Fremantle [Freemantle in log-book], came in and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light variable airs first three hours, gentle SW breeze last hour of watch.

By order of Commander placed J. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, under sentry's charge in single irons, he being under the influence of liquor and noisy.


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28 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first part, then clouding, cold.

Light breeze from WSW first two hours, then stiff breezes from NNW, with snow.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and squally, partly clearing at end of watch.

Moderate to fresh breezes from North.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from North.

H.M.S. "Aeolus" went out of the harbor.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, after which exercised divisions as per routine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, very cold.

Gentle to stiff Northerly breeze, frequent light flurries of snow.

At 3.00pm received wigwag signal from shore "I have telegram for Admiral".

Sent boat for telegram.

Shortly after received wigwag signal from flagship "Send boat for telegram".

Acknowledged signal.

Telegram referred to was signed [by] Consul.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate to gentle breeze from North.

Snowing lightly at times.

Heavy swell rolling in from the Northward.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

At 6.30pm a British man-of-war (supposed to be H.M.S. "Aeolus") came in and anchored near British fleet.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cold, occasional light flurries of snow first three hours.

Gentle breeze from North.


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29 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW first half of watch, shifting to SW third hour.

At 4.30am French ship "Forfait" left the harbor.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 6379, 3350, and wigwag "Overcoats and watch caps".

At 8.00am broke guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Fair, then clouding, cold.

Moderate to fresh breeze, in squalls last two hours, from WSW and WNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Instructed divisions in duties at general quarters.

At 8.00am the Italian man-of-war fired salutes of 15, 13 and 13 guns, with English, United States and German ensigns respectively at the fore.

These salutes were answered by H.M.S. "Centurion", U.S.S. "Baltimore" and "Arcona" ["Ancona" in log-book].

At 9.30am made numeral 5 (sick).

At 10.15am H.M.S. "Centurion" went to sea.

H.M.S. "Daphne" signaled international code D.R.C.K., B.L.R.H., Y.G.R.M.

Hoisted in sailing launch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Wind in moderate to very fresh squalls, decreasing slightly in force toward end of watch.

Made wigwag signal to flagship: "Daphne signals she sails for Corea 1.00pm".

Received wigwag message from flagship as follows: "Alexandrine will sail for Yokohama early tomorrow morning".

H.M.S. "Daphne" went to sea at 1.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light WNW breeze, shifting to WSW.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised divisions at setting up.

Sent mail on board German corvette "Alexandrine", to be delivered in Yokohama.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WSW.


Corea is the old spelling of Korea.


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30 January 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China, [and at anchor off Wei-hai-wei]

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from WSW to SW.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate SW breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signals.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SW and SSW.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer [of] French man-of-war "Isly".

At 11.55am H.M.S. "Aeolus" came into port and anchored.

Our Admiral paid an official visit to the Italian man-of-war, and was saluted upon his departure with 13 guns, American flag at the fore, flagship returned salute gun for gun.

Engaged cleaning ship.

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

The "Alexandrine" got under way and left the harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light and gentle breezes from SSW and South.

At 12.55pm flagship made [signal] 4886 to this vessel.

Made preparations for sea and spread fires.

At 1.50pm made [signal] 5944 and then interrogatory 4890, flagship answered last signal by affirmative.

Hove up anchor and stood out eastern entrance, Commanding Officer conning the ship.

At 2.40pm set course N85°E (patent log [reading] 42.3).

Steaming under three boilers.

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

At 1.18pm H.M.S. "Severn" made international [signal] C.B.D.M., C.D.V.L., C.F.R.S., Q.F.J., R.K.H., B.T.K., O.H.G., B.L.Q.K., D.S.R.V., R.L.G., G.R.V., and G.V.T.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle Southerly breeze.

Steaming under 3 boilers, course N85°E.

At 5.55pm, patent log reading 68.5, changed course to S68°W.

At 6.55pm came to with stream anchor in 10½ fathoms water, veering to about 60 fathoms on wire hawser.

Position at anchorage: North tangent Eddy Island E½N, junk anchorage island SSE¼E (magnetic).

At 6.30pm connected the fourth boiler D.

At 4.30pm passed a French bark-rigged man-of-war standing to Westward.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SSE.

At 9.20pm sighted a steamer standing to the Eastward.

At 9.30pm the moon set.


Wei-hai-wei is also known as Weihai.

Eddy Island is also known as Shu Tao Island and Chudao Island.


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31 January 1895

At anchor, and cruising off Wei-hai-wei

Lat 37.50, Long 122.45


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes from SSE.

Smooth sea.

Various white and flash lights sighted during the watch.

At 3.55am a vessel to the Northeastward signaled with a search light.


4am to 8am:

Clear first part, clouding over toward end of watch.

Calms and light variable breezes.

At 7.45am got up anchor and got under way under steam from four boilers.

Steering NE until 8.00am, when changed course to ENE, patent log [reading] 77.6.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold.

Calm and light ESE breeze.

Threatening weather last hour of watch.

At 9.30am exercised at general quarters.

Changed course frequently during watch after 9.00am, at which time sighted the smoke of the Japanese fleet to Northward and Eastward, Commander conning vessel.

At 10.15am, and at intervals until close of watch, heard the sound of heavy firing inshore in the direction of Wei-hai-wei to Southward and Westward.

Japanese fleet and a number of torpedo boats maneuvering inshore of us throughout watch.

At end of watch steering N81°W.

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

Secured battery for sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, squally and light snow.

Moderate to very fresh breezes from North by West and North.

Smooth to rough sea.

At 12.44pm turned out and made for an offing, Commanding Officer in charge, it coming on to blow and getting thick.

Sighted an Italian man-of-war standing out.

Sighted a fleet of Japanese war vessels standing off shore for an offing.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with passing snow squalls first half.

Stiff to fresh breezes from North and NW in squalls.

Rough sea.

Steaming on a course North.

Shortly after 4.00pm lost sight of the Japanese fleet bearing West and standing to the Northward.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cold.

Stiff to very fresh NW breeze, with frequent snow squalls.

Rough sea, vessel pitching considerably.

Steering North, keeping good steerageway and no more.

Average steam pressure 118 pounds, revolutions 55.1.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1895


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1 February 1895

Cruising off Wei-hai-wei

Lat 37.77, Long 121.75


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast first hour, with light snow, then clear and bright starlight.

Stiff breeze to moderate gale, blowing in frequent strong puffs.

Rough sea, ship pitching deeply at times.

At 2.00am sighted flashing lights on port beam, and at 2.15am steered NE until 3.00am, when came back to North.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 50.


4am to 8am:

Fair, then foggy.

Stiff to fresh breeze from North.

Moderately long rough sea.

At 6.50am changed course to WSW and went ahead full speed.

Part of last hour ran to Westward of course and slowed down to pass astern of two Japanese cruisers standing to Southward.

At end of watch going half speed on account of thick weather.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cold, foggy, frequent squalls with light snow.

Blowing a moderate gale from North.

Steering course SW by West per standard [compass] from 8.15am to close of watch.

Slowed to half speed at frequent intervals on account of fog.

Rough sea, vessel pitching and rolling heavily at times.

Started sounding machine at 9.30am and got half-hourly soundings in 38 fathoms, 53 fathoms, 44 fathoms, 36 fathoms, 30 fathoms, and 26 fathoms.

Morning quarters omitted on account of weather.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions –.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, misty and snow.

Stiff breezes to moderate gale from NNW.

Rough sea.

Took sounding each half hour in 24, 15, 17, 18 and 19 fathoms.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, thick weather.

Stiff breeze to moderate gale from NNW.

Moderately rough sea.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cold, occasional snow squalls.

Blowing very fresh breeze from NNW, with occasional lulls.

Occasional moonlight and starlight.

At 7.50pm got cast of lead in 29 fathoms.

Heading NNW, keeping steerageway.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 50.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty, light snow.

Moderate to very fresh breezes from NNW.

Moderate sea.

At 11.00pm patent log failed to register on account of being clogged with ice, cleared it.

Took soundings every hour in 30 and 33 fathoms.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 50.


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2 February 1895

Cruising, and at anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Moderate in squalls to very fresh breeze from North.

Moderate sea.

Steaming on a course NNW.

Sounding every hour, got bottom with 31, 30, 30, 34 fathoms wire.

At 3.10am changed course to SSE.


4am to 8am:

Fair, very cold.

Stiff Northerly breeze.

Rising barometer.

Steering course SSE at half speed.

Took half-hourly soundings until 5.30am and every ten minutes until 6.00am, at which time stopped engines and got up and down cast in 29 fathoms.

Previous soundings: 36; 36; 44; 53; and 44 [fathoms].

At 6.00am went ahead full speed.

At 7.00am changed course to S18°W, patent log reading 84.

At 7.40am sighted land bearing S2°W, and at 7.45am sighted Chefoo Bluff bearing S52°W.

Changed course to S56°W, heading for entrance to harbor.

Average steam pressure 107 pounds, revolutions 75.2.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold, light snow latter half.

Stiff to gentle breezes from North.

Smooth sea.

Standing into anchorage at Chefoo, Commanding Officer in charge.

At 10.13am came to with port anchor in 4½ fathoms of water and veered to 45 fathoms of chain.

Bearings at anchorage: signal station [at Tower Hill] Chefoo S46°W, Middle Point S28°E, magnetic.

Lowered steam launch.

Commanding Officer made official visit to flagship.

Draft of ship 12 feet forward, 15 feet 11 inches aft.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, occasionally decreasing, cold.

Gentle breeze from North.

Steam launch's pump broke down, hoisted her in.

Unbent stream anchor and stowed it.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.

Boarding officers from H.M.S. "Severn" and the French cruiser "Isly" came on board.

German flagship "Arcona" came into the harbor and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from NNW.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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3 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Light airs and breezes from NW.

Snowing last two hours.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from WSW, veering to WNW last part of watch.

At 7.00am American flagship made uniform signals as follows: 6373, officers will dress in dress uniform; 3350, crew will dress in blue; by wigwag: flat caps and overcoats for crew.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold.

Light WNW airs.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 4.

Sent officer on board H.M.S. "Severn" and French ship "Isly" to return calls.

H.M.S. "Gibraltar" left the harbor.

Fleet Engineer visited ship to inspect circulating pump.

Received a number of wigwag signals from flagship, and also communicated with Lieutenant Robinson on shore by wigwag as per Signal Record Book.

Sent first cutter and whaleboat ashore with Paymaster on duty.

Flagship signaled 3245, U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant in top.

Morning quarters omitted on account of weather and work going on.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from WNW.

Received from flagship wigwag signal "Hereafter, have an officer receive wigwag signals".

Sent to flagship wigwag signal as follows: "It is rumored on shore that Wei-hai-wei has been taken. Telegraphic communication totally interrupted".

At 3.50pm the British flagship H.M.S. "Centurion" and H.M.S. "Spartan" came into harbor and anchored.

Received a visit from Commanding Officer of His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Marie".

By order of Commanding Officer placed B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, under sentry's charge in single irons, to await action of Commanding Officer, he being under the influence of liquor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Calms and light Northwesterly airs, variable last hour.

An Italian man-of-war came in and anchored on port bow.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed E. Hansen, Seaman, and M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, in single irons to await investigation for fighting.

G.A. Williams, Ordinary Seaman, while being placed in single irons for safe keeping, being under the influence of liquor, assaulted and cut William MacKay, Chief Master-at-Arms, with a jack knife.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cold.

Calm first half, light Northerly airs last half of watch.

Received and answered communication from flagship by Ardois signals, as per Signal Record Book.

A man-of-war, supposed to be British, came in and anchored about 9.00pm.


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4 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cold.

Light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Light to gentle breezes from North.

The German flagship went out at 6.10am.

At 7.00am flagship made general [signal] 6379 and 3350, and telegraphic 6956, 0736, and 2131.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from North.

At 9.30am went to quarters, had setting up drill, followed by divisional exercises.

At 10.00am flagship made general signal 3094, and at 10.30am wigwag "Need not send guard boat this A.M.".

Commanding Officer visited H.M.S. "Severn" and French ship "Forfait" officially.

Vice Admiral Sir E.R. Fremantle, commanding the British fleet, visited the ship officially, accompanied by the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Centurion".

At his request the usual salute was dispensed with.

Placed B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, in double irons for ten days, for being drunk on duty, and E. Hansen, Seaman, and M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, in single irons to await trial by Summary Court Martial.

By order of Commanding Officer Passed Assistant Paymaster E.B. Webster, U.S. Navy, was placed under suspension to await the action of the Commander-in-Chief, for being under the influence of liquor in one of the ship's boats.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cold.

Light and gentle Northerly breezes.

Commanding Officers of French ship "Forfait" and Italian ship "Umbria" called on Commander.

Read copy of report made by Ensign C.M. Knepper, U.S. Navy, against G.A. Williams, Ordinary Seaman, to Williams at the mast.

By order of the Commander-in-Chief, and in accordance with Article 1042, paragraph I, United States Naval Regulations, Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm, U.S. Navy, was this day appointed to take charge of the Department of Supplies and Accounts of this vessel and also senior member of a Board, of which Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz, U.S. Navy, and Ensign F.A. Trout, U.S. Navy, are members, to take an inventory of money, clothing, small stores, et cetera, pertaining to the Department of Supplies and Accounts of this vessel.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Light breeze from NNW.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.10pm a British man-of-war (supposed to be H.M.S. "Aeolus") came in and anchored, and at 7.30pm another man-of-war came in and anchored.

Flagship made wigwag signal "Landing in steam launch impracticable now", signed Robinson.

Made by Ardois system to flagship "The repairs to the pumps will be completed at 10 o'clock".

Sent visiting party to U.S.S. "Charleston".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNW.


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5 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China, and at sea cruising

Lat 37.62, Long 121.90


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy, cold.

Light NW and WNW breeze.

Heard sounds as of heavy firing to Westward at intervals up to 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from WNW and West.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal 3350, and wigwag "Watch caps for crew".

Italian man-of-war "Umbria" and H.M.S. "Porpoise" went to sea.

An English mail steamer came in from Eastward and anchored.

Sounds of heavy gun firing to the Eastward at intervals during watch.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cold.

Light and gentle breeze from West and NW.

A French gunboat went out at 8.30am.

At 8.40am received from flagship wigwag signal "How soon can you get up steam?", answered "One hour and a half".

Flagship made [signal] 4886.

Spread fires and made preparations for sea.

At 9.45am made [signal] interrogatory 4890, answered "Yes".

Hove up anchor and went out to sea.

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

Went to quarters and called away all boats armed and away, all ready in 12 minutes.

At end of watch Eddy Island on starboard bow.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Under steam from four boilers, course N81°E.

Changed course as follows: at 12.34pm to S75°E, patent log [reading] 42.6; at 12.45pm to S86°E, patent log 44; at 1.05pm to S67°E, patent log 48.4; at 1.28pm to S65°E, patent log 52.4.

At 1.45pm hauled in patent log and lay to for remainder of watch off Wei-hai-wei.

Japanese fleet of 20 vessels lying to Eastward of entrance of Wei-hai-wei.

Heard a few shots in direction of Wei-hai-wei during first hour of watch.

At 1.30pm called away and inspection battalion, armed and equipped for distant service.

Exercised 1st section of Engineer's Division at pistols.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Gentle NW breeze.

At 4.15pm went ahead slow on both engines heading S74°E, put over patent log reading 53.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

At 6.45pm changed course to WSW, patent log [reading] 75.4, and stood in for an anchorage in Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book], Navigator conning the vessel.

At 7.10pm came to an anchor in Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book], 10½ fathoms [water], bottom soft mud, with starboard anchor, veering to 60 fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings at anchorage: East tangent Shantung [Promontory] NE¼E, Mount Chingshan NW½W, magnetic.

At 7.30pm a man-of-war, supposed French, came in and anchored.

A number of small vessels, supposed to be Japanese torpedo boats, at anchor in the harbor.

Low banked fires.

Draft of ship 11 feet 10 inches forward, 15 feet 10 inches aft.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Riding to wind.

Moonlight.


Eddy Island is also known as Shu Tao Island and Chudao Island.

Wei-hai-wei is also known as Weihai.

Jungcheng Bay is also known as Rongcheng Wan.

Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.


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6 February 1895

At anchor Jungcheng Bay [Yungchung Bay in log-book], and at sea cruising

Lat 37.55, Long 122.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW and NNW.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate and gentle NNW breeze.

At 6.45am got under way and stood out of harbor steering ENE, put over patent log reading 79.3.

Changed course frequently round Alceste Island [Alcest Island in log-book], Navigator conning the ship.

At end of watch steering course N67°E.

Average steam pressure [left blank] pounds, revolutions [left blank].

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 10 inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and fine.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Smooth sea.

At 9.15am mustered and inspected at quarters, and had divisional drills as per routine.

At 8.50am on course N67°W, Ki Ming Island abeam, distant about 4 miles, slowed to half speed.

At 9.40am changed course to NW, patent log [reading] 7.4.

At 10.15am went ahead full speed towards land and stood over towards Japanese fleet, Commanding Officer at conn, on various courses.

At 10.50am stood out again, heading N10°E, patent log [reading] 14.6, and 11.30am slowed down on same course to steerageway, Leu Kung Tau Island bearing West and Ki Ming Island SE (per compass), and on that course to end of watch.

Sighted the Italian man-of-war "Umbria" to the Northwestward standing off and on.

Broke out fore hold and Paymaster's storerooms, and Board, of which Lieutenant Fickbohm is senior member, took inventory of stores belonging to Department of Supplies and Accounts.

Delivered copies of specifications preferred by Commanding Officer against E. Hansen, Seaman, and Martin Foley, Plumber and Fitter, to the accused.

Near the land, to the SE of entrance to Wei-hai-wei, saw the Japanese fleet and three British men-of-war; H.M.S. "Edgar", H.M.S. "Gibraltar" and H.M.S. "Porpoise".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW.

Smooth sea.

Changed course at 12.25pm to N74°W, and at 2.30pm went ahead full speed and changed course to N61°W.

At 3.50pm Eddy Island bore abeam, distant 24 miles, and changed course again to N84°W.

Firing from forts in Wei-hai-wei harbor last hour of watch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate Northwesterly breeze.

Under steam from four boilers, course N84°W.

At 5.20pm changed course to West and stood in for Chefoo harbor under conn of Commanding Officer, where, after having exchanged numbers and by signal (Ardois [system]) obtained permission to anchor, at 7.15pm came to in 4½ fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Made Ardois signal to flagship as follows: "Situation unchanged. Hill forts in Japanese possession firing on island fort. No firing by Japanese fleet. Think they intend to starve island and ships out".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from West.


Alceste Island is also known as Hailu Dao.

Ki Ming Island is also known as Jiming Dao.

Leu Kung Tau is also known as Liugong Island.

Chefoo is also known as Yantai.


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7 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.42 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Calm and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 4.50am U.S.S. "Charleston" went out of the harbor, and at 8.00am His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Marie", flying the Rear Admiral's flag.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals as follows: general 6379, 3350; and wigwag "Overcoats and watch caps"; also wigwag signal "Yorktown get coal on board as soon as possible".


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Calm throughout watch.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at divisional drills.

Commander visited flagship and French ship "Beautemps-Beaupré".

Sent officer to return calls on board French ship "Isly" and German ship "Arcona".

Communicated with Lieutenant Robinson on shore by wigwag as per Signal Record Book.

Heard frequent heavy firing early part of watch from the Eastward and latter part of watch from Westward.

Two torpedo boats and two men-of-war (Japanese) passed entrance to harbor, standing to Northward.

Received mail on board from United States.

Crew engaged at ship's work.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 4.

French vessels in harbor engaged at small arm target practice.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and mild.

Calm and light variable airs.

At 1.10pm wigwag signaled to flagship "Permission to exercise boats", answered by affirmative pennant.

At 2.27pm called by bugle "Abandon ship".

Fitted out boats for abandoning ship, boats shoving off from ship as follows: 1st cutter 8 minutes; 2nd cutter 6½ minutes; whaleboat 8 minutes; gig 7 minutes; sailing launch 9½ minutes; steam launch provided, but not lowered, 8 minutes; dinghy 9½ minutes.

Secured at 2.44pm.

At 2.30pm received the following wigwag signal from shore: "Coal lighters at jetty. Please send men to tally. If men can stay ashore, have two hundred tons of coal by eight o'clock in the morning", signed Robinson.

Sent F.L. Dwyer, Engineer's Yeoman, and C. Ambler, Bugler, ashore on duty to weigh coal.

At 3.20pm a Summary Court Martial for the trial of E. Hansen, Seaman, and of such other persons as may brought before it, convened and adjourned at 4.00pm until tomorrow.

By order of Commander-in-Chief Passed Assistant Paymaster E.B. Webster, U.S. Navy, was restored to duty temporarily, pending the organization of a Court of Inquiry, and Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm, U.S. Navy, was relieved from his duties in connections with the Department of Supplies and Accounts.

Two Japanese men-of-war ("Naniwa" or "Takachiho", and "Akitsushima") to the Westward of Chefoo Bluff firing heavy guns at intervals.

At 1.30pm these ships steamed back to the Eastward.

By order of Commanding Officer the following changes in ratings took place, see per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, clouding over last half.

Light airs and breezes, falling calm last hour, from ESE and ENE.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Merchant steamer came in from Eastward.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cold, obscured moonlight, calm.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm:

The following change in ratings took place:

P.E. Radcliffe, Gunner's Mate First-class to Chief Gunner's Mate.

J. Kuhlback, Chief Gunner's Mate to Gunner's Mate First-class.


Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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8 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.42


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair, calm.

French gunboat went out.

Making preparation for coaling.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool, with light Southerly airs and calms.

Coal lighters came off at 8.00am, but could not commence coaling as lighters were locked and keys not sent off to ship.

Sent for keys, and at 9.30am commenced coaling.

Received on board during watch about 40 tons.

J. Brennan, Private Marine, one of the guards on shore at the American Consulate, returned on board for medical treatment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Light ENE breeze.

Coaling ship from lighters alongside, native labor, coal coming on board slowly.

At 1.30pm Summary Court [Martial], of which Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm, U.S. Navy, is senior member, convened in pursuance of adjournment.

At 1.45pm U.S.S. "Charleston" was sighted in offing.

She exchanged signals with, and at 2.10pm anchored near, flagship.

At 2.30pm the British dispatch boat H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" came in, and lay near the British flagship, at end of watch, standing into inner harbor for an anchorage.

At 2.30pm two coal lighters came alongside, a total of 200 tons delivered alongside the ship.

Prepared targets for sub-caliber practice, but did not lay them out.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and mild.

Light breeze and airs from ESE.

At 4.10pm H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" came in, at 5.10pm the French ship "Forfait", and at 6.00pm H.M.S. "Porpoise" came in and anchored.

At 4.45pm Summary Court Martial adjourned to await action of revising authority.

Engaged during watch coaling from lighters alongside, native labor.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool, calm.

Coaling ship, received during watch about 60 tons.


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9 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.42


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Calm.

Misty over water.

Finished discharging lighter on port side at 12.50am and shoved it off.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, calm and mild.

At 7.00am French ship "Forfait" left the harbor and went to sea.

Flagship made time and dress signal 6379, 3350.

At 8.00am three coal lighters came alongside.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Calms and light airs from WNW.

Coaling.

Emptied two lighters and received another alongside.

Engineer's Yeoman returned on board.

Commanding Officers of "Umbria", H.M.S. "Alacrity" and H.M.S. "Porpoise" called on the Commanding Officer.

At 10.00am a Court of Inquiry, of which Captain B.F. Day, U.S. Navy, was president, met on board, also a General Court Martial on board the flagship.

Firing of heavy guns and small arms heard during the watch.

The Commander-in-Chief called upon the Commanding Officer of the "Umbria".

Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm went ashore to temporarily relieve Lieutenant Robinson, a witness before the Court of Inquiry.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, misty and calm.

Coaling ship.

At 3.25pm finished coaling, having received on board in all 278 tons.

Italian ship "Umbria" fired a salute of 5 guns, German flag at the fore.

A Naval Court of Inquiry, of which Captain B.F. Day, U.S. Navy, is president, met on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty.

Calm first three hours, light airs from NNW and light snow fall last hour of watch.

Engaged cleaning ship until 5.30pm.

German corvette flying Admiral's flag came in and anchored.

H.M.S. "Spartan" left the harbor.

By order of Commander foot irons were removed from prisoner G.A. Williams, Ordinary Seaman, to be replaced before arrival of bumboat tomorrow morning.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, snowing most of the time.

Calms and light variable airs, increasing to light breeze from West.


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10 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.42


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, snowing.

Light airs and breezes from WNW to West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cool, snowing first half of watch.

Light Westerly and Northwesterly breeze.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signals.

Replaced foot irons on prisoner G.A. Williams, Ordinary Seaman, in accordance with Commanding Officer's order.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from North.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 4.

At 9.55am flagship made signal, U.S.S. "Yorktown's" distinguishing pennant over 3094: "Commanding Officer repair on board flagship".

Commanding Officer repaired on board.

At 10.10am flagship made general signal 6379, and wigwag "Watch caps for crew".

Engaged cleaning ship.

Commanding Officer visited the following ships: "Arcona"; H.M.S. "Alacrity"; H.M.S. "Porpoise"; and "Marie".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light and gentle breezes from NNW.

Coal lighters went alongside U.S.S. "Charleston".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from NNW to NW.

An English man-of-war (either H.M.S. "Edgar" or H.M.S. "Gibraltar") came into the harbor and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light airs from WSW.


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11 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.42


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calms and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Calm to light Southerly breeze.

Italian cruiser "Umbria" got under way at 5.50am and left the harbor, followed by Seiner Majestät Schiff "Arcona" at 6.15am, both standing to Eastward.

H.M.S. "Gibraltar" shifted anchorage nearer shore.

Flagship at 7.00am made time and uniform signals as follows: general 6780, 3350; and wigwag "Watch caps and overcoats".


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from South first hour, from SSW remainder of watch.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at divisional drills.

At 10.00am Court of Inquiry, of which captain B.F. Day, U.S. Navy, is senior member, convened on board in pursuance of adjournment.

Lieutenant Robinson, U.S. Navy, returned and resumed duty on board, having been relieved in charge of guard ashore by Lieutenant T.D. Griffin, U.S. Navy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and mild.

Gentle to stiff breezes from SSW, blowing in frequent puffs.

Court of Inquiry in session on board.

Sent 1st cutter and dinghy in for sand.

At 3.40pm Court of Inquiry adjourned to await the return of this vessel from Jihchao [Yichau in log-book] at the call of the president.

Sent general signals to flagship: 743 and 1087.

Received wigwag signal from flagship "Adjourn till return of Yorktown", signed Admiral.

Made general signal to flagship: 2984.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 33 tins (66 pounds) coffee.

And in Engineer's Department: 125 pounds red lead.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from SSW, hauling to South and falling to gentle breeze.

F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, and W.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, left party ashore for sand and failed to return.

Making preparations for sea.

Lieutenant Fickbohm went ashore and brought off a Chinese interpreter.

Signaled (Ardois [system]) to flagship: "Two apprentices left a party sent after sand and probably have gone to town. Request that Yorktown's Marines may apprehend them", signed Folger.

Moon rose at 8.50pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SSW.


Jihchao is also known as Rizhao.


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12 February 1895

Making passage from Chefoo to Tower Point

Lat 37.40, Long 122.78


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from SSW.

Commenced building up fires under all boilers at midnight.

At 3.30am hove up to 20 fathoms on port chain, and at end of watch heaving up anchor.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light SSE breeze first hour, from South remainder of watch.

At 4.05am got under way and stood out of harbor.

Put over patent log at 4.20am, reading 72.0.

At 4.55am set course N89°E.

At 6.45am sighted two Japanese men-of-war to Northward and Eastward standing to Southward.

Changed course frequently last hour of watch to clear them.

At 8.00am changed course to S28°E.

Average steam pressure 99 pounds, revolutions 92.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from South.

Smooth sea.

At 8.30am changed course to S41°E, at 8.45am to SE by East, and at 9.00am to ESE, by order [of] Commanding Officer, two Japanese men-of-war being close to our port beam and then astern during these changes.

At 9.15am stopped port engine to set up main piston rod stuffing box.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

After quarters had infantry and artillery drill with landing force.

At 9.55am went ahead with port engine.

At 11.10am changed course to SE¼E.

At 12 o'clock Shantung [Promontory, Shoutning in log-book] lighthouse abeam, distant 3.5 miles.

Changed course to S3°W.

Sighted a steamer to the Southward standing to Northward and Eastward.

Absentees: H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle and light breeze from South.

At 1.00pm changed course to N19°W, and at 3.10pm to S58°W.

At 2.45pm Southeast Promontory lighthouse bore abeam, distant 8 miles.

Hoisted in steam launch's boiler.

Average steam pressure 118 pounds, revolutions 98.9.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light Southerly breeze.

Under steam from four boilers, course S58°W until 4.44pm, when changed course to S51°W.

At 7.50pm took soundings with sounding machine as follows: by tube 18 fathoms; by wire 30 fathoms.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, and exercised divisions at setting up.

Absentees: H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.

Average steam 93.2 pounds, average revolutions 87.5.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, moon rose at 8.45pm.

Light breeze from South, light airs from SE last hour.

Course S51°W.

Sounding every half hour, least water at 10.00pm, when tube showed 17½ fathoms.

Average steam pressure 90 pounds, revolutions 76.6.


Tower Point is probably a reference to Shijiu Zui, off Rizhao.

Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.


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13 February 1895

Making passage from Chefoo to Tower Point, China

Lat 35.12, Long 119.94


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light SE breeze.

Course S51°W.

Got half-hourly casts with sounding machine in water deepening from 23 to 27 fathoms, and shoaling at 3.50am to 19 fathoms, used tube for 2 o'clock and 3.50am casts.

Average steam pressure 101 pounds, revolutions 87.4.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, damp, misty.

Light breeze from SE by East.

Smooth sea.

At 4.20am stopped and let go starboard anchor in 17 fathoms water, veered to 30 fathoms chain.

At 6.46am hove up anchor and started ahead on course S51°W.

Took soundings every fifteen minutes, in from 17 to 16 fathoms, while at anchor, riding to wind and tide, tide setting to WNW at the rate of about 1½ knots per hour.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions [regulations in log-book] 80.4.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE by East to NE.

Smooth sea.

At 9.30am went to quarters, exercised divisions at routine drills.

At 8.30am changed course to N89°W (patent log [reading] 22.1.).

Sighted a Chinese junk on port bow and ran for it.

Made 2.7 [miles] on S51°W, 2.4 [miles on] S69°W, 6.5 [miles on] S52°W.

At 9.50am hauled in patent log reading 35.5.

Stopped, lowered a boat and boarded the junk to obtain information in regard to the coast.

At 10.20am went ahead full speed on course N89°W, put over patent log, reading 35.5.

At 11.30am sighted land bearing West by South.

Taking soundings at intervals with Thomson's machine, getting from 18 to 33 fathoms of wire from machine.

While stopped got 15 fathoms.

Absentees: H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and pleasant.

Under steam from four boilers, course West by North.

Changed course as follows: at 2.35pm to West; at 2.41pm to West by South; at 2.43pm to W½N.

At 3.05pm came to with starboard anchor [in] 7½ fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Tower Point North by East, high hill NW, both magnetic.

Sent steam cutter with two officers and 1st cutter with armed crew in search of missionaries.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, cool.

Gentle to light ENE breeze.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

At 5.45pm hove in to 15 fathoms.

At 6.15pm boats returned from shore.

Hoisted boats and got under way.

Immediately after [by order of] Commander, having received Lieutenant Robinson's report, came to with starboard anchor in 8 fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Riding to tide.

Current setting to Southward and Westward.

Absentees H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from ENE first part, light to gentle breeze from NE last part.

Swung to the ebb between 11.15pm and 11.45pm.


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14 February 1895

At anchor latitude 35°15' N, longitude 119°30'15" E [until 6.30am]

Lat 35.03, Long 119.38


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, and misty.

Light to gentle breezes from NE.

At 3.30am swung to tide, ship's head SSE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty.

Gentle to light breezes from ENE.

At 6.30am hove up anchor and stood on a course South by East, put over log, reading 82.2.

At 7.35am changed course to South (log [reading] 87.9).

Smooth sea.

Draft forward 3 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy, drizzling rain first part.

At 9.15am came to with starboard anchor in 7½ fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Lowered steam launch and second cutter and sent them ashore in charge of Lieutenant Robinson, U.S. Navy.

Weather remained thick throughout watch.

Blew frequent blasts on steam whistle as guide to boats.

Boats returned and were hoisted at noon.

By order of Commander B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, was released from confinement.

Absentees H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather overcast, with thick mist or fog.

Gentle breeze from North to NE.

At 1.00pm hove up starboard anchor, and at 1.10pm started ahead, course East, put over patent log, registering 98.7.

At 1.45pm changed course to NE, and at 2.35pm to E¼N.

Steaming at full or half speed as fog permitted and sounding with machine every half hour until 3 o'clock.

Sounding with tube at 2.30pm, got 10 fathoms.

Average steam pressure 118 pounds, revolutions 94.0.

Served out clothing and small stores.

Draft forward 13 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy first half of watch, clear about horizon last half.

Light NE breeze.

At 7.30pm changed course to N51°E.

Took frequent soundings with Thomson's machine throughout watch in 23 and 24 fathoms water.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, revolutions 86.4.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty, drizzle and rain last two hours.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NNE first half of watch, then very fresh breeze from NW by North.

At 9.50pm stopped the ship and took up and down cast of the lead in 21 fathoms water.

Started ahead again at 10.00pm on course NW.

At 11.40pm turned with starboard helm and steered SE, and at 11.50pm changed course to SE by East, going slow.

Took frequent soundings with patent machine in from 18 to 21 fathoms water.


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15 February 1895

Making passage from Nantung-wei to Kiauchau Bay, Shantung, China

Lat 35.68, Long 120.65


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Stiff to very fresh breezes from NW in squalls.

Steaming a course SE by East.

Moderate sea.

Revolutions 29.8, steam 120 pounds


4pm to 8pm:

Stormy weather, overcast and raining.

Blowing a gale from NW, hauling to North by West, and back to NW by North.

Rain ceased about 6.00am.

At 4.00am wore ship and headed NW.

At 6.00am changed course to NNW, at 6.30am to NW by North, and at 7.00am to North by West.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 49.6.

Barometer rising.

Sounding with machine every half hour from 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Strong gale to very fresh breeze from NW by North.

Rough sea.

Course North by West until 10.25am, when changed to NW by North.

Engines at slow.

Sounding with machine every half hour, depth of water decreasing from 26 fathoms at 9.00am to 20 fathoms at noon.

Barometer rising.

Average steam 121 pounds, average revolutions 56.9.

Absentees H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate gale to very fresh breezes from NW by North.

Rough sea.

At 2.00pm turned with port helm and steered SE½S.

Sounding with machine every half hour until 1.30pm, when sounded frequently until 2.00pm.

Latter half of watch under starboard engine only.

Steam 121 pounds, revolutions 45.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and cold.

Stiff to very fresh breezes from NW by North.

Running slow with starboard engine.

Steam 120 pounds, revolutions 49.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold, bright starlight.

Stiff breeze, with very fresh squalls, from NW by North.

Rough sea.

Steaming slow with starboard engine only.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 27.1.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze, increasing in puffs to stiff breeze from NW first hour, falling light at close of watch.

Sea moderating.

At 9.00pm wore round to NW½N.

Steaming slowly with both engines, steerageway only.

Average steam pressure 120 pounds, revolutions 36.9.


Nantung-wei is also known as Andongwei.

Kiauchau Bay is also known as Jiaozhou Wan.


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16 February 1895

Making passage from Nantung-wei to Kiauchau Bay, Shantung, China

Lat 36.04, Long 120.33


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to gentle breezes from NNE.

Smooth sea.

Steerageway only.

Average steam 120 pounds, revolutions 24.7.


4am to 8am [pm in log-book]:

Clear, cold and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE first half and then light breezes and airs from NNW.

At 4.30am went ahead full speed.

Stopped at 5.25am and got an up and down cast, 17 fathoms with hand lead and 14½ fathoms with machine, and then went ahead half speed (6 knots).

At 6.30am went ahead full speed.

At 7.00am stopped and got casts as before of 16½ and 15 fathoms, and went ahead full speed.

Sighted land at 7.20am on starboard bow.

At 8.00am Taikung Tau bore abeam, distant 3.1 miles.

Changed course at 7.25am to North by West, and at 7.30am to NW by North.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW, shifting to South last hour of watch.

Standing in for an anchorage in Kiauchau Bay.

At 9.02am came to with the starboard anchor in 9 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Sent steam [launch] and first cutter, in charge of two officers, ashore to make inquiries concerning missionaries, they returned in about an hour.

Bearings at anchorage: Nubble Hill N44°E, junk anchorage island N24°W, both magnetic.

P. Hansen, Water Tender, was released from confinement, his term having expired.

His term of enlistment is expired and he expressed a desire to reenlist.

By order of Commanding Officer placed in confinement P. Horrigan, Coal Passer, to serve out the unexpired portion of sentence of Summary Court Martial.

Absentees H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet, aft 15 feet 3 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear first half, partly cloudy last half of watch, cool.

Engaged throughout watch cleaning ship.

Sent caterers of messes ashore to procure provisions.


4pm to 8pm:

Clearing, but misty around horizon.

Gentle breeze from South.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, and H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

At 7.38pm sounded to general quarters, divisions ready as follows: 1st Division 3 minutes; 2nd Division 5 minutes; 3rd Division 3½ minutes; 4th Division 3½ minutes; Navigator's Division 2 minutes; Powder Division 2½ minutes; Engineer's Division 2 minutes.

Secured in 4½ minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from South.

Let go port anchor and veered to 60 fathoms on starboard chain.


Taikung Tau is also known as Dagong Dao.

Nubble Hill is probably a reference to Taiping Shan.


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17 February 1895

At anchor Kiauchau Bay, Shantung, China

Lat 36.04, Long 120.30


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Stiff to gentle breeze from South.

Choppy sea, going down with wind.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Two strata of clouds, an upper of cirrocumulus, and a lower of scud.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South, and moderate Southerly sea.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty last part, cool, disagreeable weather.

Light to moderate breeze from South by West to SE.

Barometer falling.

At 9.15am hove up port anchor.

At 9.50am got under way and shifted berth, came to with starboard anchor in 13 fathoms water, veering to 60 fathoms chain.

At 10.15am high tide.

Bearings at anchorage: Yu-Nui-San South tangent NW by W½W, Nubble Hill NE by East (magnetic).

Morning quarters omitted on account of shifting berth.

F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, and H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

Long swell from Southward and Eastward.

Vessel riding to wind.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, damp and gloomy.

Light breeze and airs from SE first half, then falling calm.

Very long and heavy swell rolling in from Southward.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, squally and rainy latter part.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NW and WNW first two hours, then increasing to stiff breezes, in squalls, from NW.

Hoisted in steam launch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool and squally.

Wind in moderate to fresh squalls from NW, hauling to NNW and North latter part of watch.

Light rain first part.

High water at 10.45pm.

Barometer rising.


Yu-Nui-San is probably a reference to Tuandao Zui.


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18 February 1895

At anchor Kiauchau Bay, Shantung, China

Lat 36.04, Long 120.30


Commences and until 4am:

Blowing a strong gale from North, hauling to North by East last hour.

Overcast first hour, clearing remainder of watch.

Rising barometer.

Moon rose at 2.45am.

At 12.40am let go port anchor and veered to 30 fathoms on port chain and 90 fathoms starboard chain.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cold.

Blowing fresh from NNE, with occasional lulls.

Barometer rising.

Sent steam cutter with whaleboat in tow, in charge of Lieutenant Menefee, ashore to inquire as to the presence of American missionaries.

Clear hawse.

Vessel riding by starboard chain.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Stiff to fresh breeze from North by East first half, falling to gentle breeze from NNW latter half of watch.

High and rising barometer.

F. Allen and H.R. Barker, Second-class Apprentices, absent without leave.

By order [of] Commanding Officer, Summary Court Martial in the case of Martin Foley, Plumber and Fitter, reconvened at 10.45am, and adjourned at 10.55am to await the action of commanding authority.

Hove up port anchor and hove in starboard chain to 65 fathoms at water's edge.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle and moderate breezes from NNW and NW.

At 1.15pm called all hands to muster and read findings and sentences in the case of M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, and E. Hansen, Seaman.

Confined M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, in double irons for 12 days, and released E. Hansen, Seaman, in accordance with sentence and finding in their respective cases.

The Quarterly Board for the Inspection of Hull and Fittings tested hand pumps.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes and airs from North first part and from SSW last part.

Swinging to ebb at end of watch.


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19 February 1895

At anchor Kiauchau Bay, Shantung, China

Lat 36.04, Long 120.30


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light Southerly breeze first hour, from SSW remainder of watch.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear first part, then cloudy, gray and misty.

Gentle breeze from SSW and SW.

At 7.00am sent steam launch and whaleboat, Ensign Knepper in charge, with surgeon and interpreter, to bring off, or get news of, missionaries.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool.

Gentle breeze from SSW, hauling to West and NW by North, increasing first hour of watch to stiff breeze.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.

After quarters exercised 1st and 2nd Divisions at single sticks, and 3rd, 4th, Navigator's and Powder Divisions at small arms.

During second hour ship started to drag, when let go port anchor veering to 25 fathoms [chain] and to 87½ fathoms starboard chain.

At 11.00am sent steam cutter and whaleboat ashore, in charge of an officer, in answer to a signal from shore (supposed to be from missionaries).

Hove up port anchor.

Disconnected boiler D temporarily for repairs.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW.

Steam launch and whaleboat returned at 2.45pm, with the following named missionaries, who were taken aboard for passage to Chefoo, namely: Mrs. M.M. Crossette; Miss R.T. Miller; Mrs. F.H. Chalfant and two children; Miss F.E. Wright; Mrs W.R. Davies and two children; and Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Fitch and two children.

Hove in to 60 fathoms at 2.30pm.

Hoisted boats and secured them for sea.

Hove up starboard anchor and started ahead at 3.15pm, put over patent log, registering 13.7, and set course S80°E.

Secured anchors for sea.

Set fore staysail and trysails.

Average steam pressure - pounds, revolutions -.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant weather, hazy.

Moderate breeze from North and NNW.

At 4.30pm changed course to East by North (log [reading] 24.5), and at 4.55pm to N86°E (log 27.5), at the latter time Siaukungtau Island bore abeam, distant 1.5 miles.

Steam 109 pounds, revolutions 84.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant first half, misty around horizon, then stars obscured by mist.

Gentle to light breeze from North and NNE.

At 8.30pm took in sail.

At 9.00pm changed course to N79°E, by order [of] Commanding Officer.

Steam 115 pounds, revolutions 80.1.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Siaukungtau is also known as Xiaogong Dao.


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20 February 1895

Making passage from Kiauchau Bay Shantung, to Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book], China

Lat 37.25, Long 122.82


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty.

Light to gentle NNW breeze.

Barometer falling slowly.

At 3.25am changed course to N4°E, patent log reading 36.

Average steam pressure 102 pounds, revolutions 88.5.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, and cloudy, snow squalls last half.

Gentle to very fresh breezes from NW and North.

Smooth sea, increasing to moderately rough.

At 7.40am changed course to N20°E (log [reading] 77.4), and at 8.00am to N½E.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold, squally and snowing, clearing up at times.

Wind fresh breeze to moderate gale from North by West.

Rough, choppy sea.

Course N20°E until 9.10am, when changed course to N½E, patent log [reading] 90.3.

Barometer rising.

Average steam 120 pounds, average revolutions 81.6.

Absentees H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Blowing a gale, strong in squalls from NNW.

Cloudy and cold, with frequent snow squalls.

Steaming 70 turns with starboard engine, port engine slowed to 40 turns.

At 3.25pm sighted land along port beam, the extreme left point of which bore S72°W.

At 3.30pm changed course to NNW, patent log reading 20.5.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally.

Blowing fresh at times from NNW.

Rising barometer.

At 4.05pm changed course to S62°W, and went ahead full speed on both engines.

Thereafter made frequent slight changes in course, standing in for an anchorage in Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book].

At 6.00pm came to with port anchor in 9 fathoms water, soft bottom, veering to 60 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: East tangent of [Shantung] Promontory NE by East, Mount Chingshan NW by West, both magnetic.

Draft of ship 12 feet 8 inches forward, 16 feet aft.

Evening quarters omitted on account of weather.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW to West.


Jungcheng Bay is also known as Rongcheng Wan.

Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.


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21 February 1895

Making passage from Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book] to Chefoo, China

Lat 37.66, Long 122.03


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with fog and snow squalls first part, last part clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from West, hauling to North third hour.

At 7.15am got under way and stood out around Shantung Promontory, Commanding Officer conning ship.

At end of watch heading North.

Barometer rising.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Stiff to gentle breeze from North.

At 8.10am changed course to NNW, at 8.20am to NW, and at 8.35am to N64°W.

At 11.30am Eddy Island bore abeam, distant 5 miles, changed course to W¼N.

Hauled fires in boiler B, owing to bulge in crown sheet.

Passed numerous Japanese transports, all heading into Wei-hai-wei.

Passed Wei-hai-wei at 10.30am and observed Japanese flag flying on all forts and ships in sight in the harbor.

Average steam pressure 112 pounds, revolutions 97.

Absentees: H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from North.

High steady barometer.

Changed the course frequently standing in for an anchorage in Chefoo harbor.

At 2.30pm hoisted distinguishing pennant, answered by flagship about 3.00pm.

At 3.15pm made [signal] interrogatory 1211, flagship answered 1144.

At 3.40pm came to anchor in 4½ fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

Commanding Officer repaired on board flagship.

Bearings at anchorage: Middle Point S27°E, signal station [at Tower Hill] S42°W (magnetic).

Boarding officers from German flagship "Irene" and British ship H.M.S. "Daphne" called on board.

Signaled (wigwag) to flagship "Thirteen passengers all from Kiauchau, Nantung[-wei] party sent messenger and declined".

Draft of ship 12 feet forward, 16 feet aft.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NE.

At 5.00pm made general signal interrogatory 4557 to flagship.

Let fires die out under boilers A and C.

Sent missionary party, with their baggage, on shore.

F. Allen and H.R. Barker, Apprentices Second-class, were brought on board from flagship, having been apprehended on shore by Lieutenant Griffin's party, and were placed under sentry's charge, by order [of] Commanding Officer.

At 5.45pm a German man-of-war came in and anchored.

Discharged this day P. Hansen, Water Tender, his term of enlistment having expired.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes and airs from SSE and SE.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Eddy Island is also known as Shu Tao Island and Chudao Island.

Nantung-wei is also known as Andongwei.


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22 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SE.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breezes from SE and South.

Three men-of-war left the harbor, the Italian "Umbria" at 6.00am, Russian gunboat at 6.30am and German "Alexandrine" ["Alexandrina" in log-book] at 7.00am.

Flagship made time and dress signals at 7.00am.

At 8.00am dressed ship with rainbow in honor of the day, all men-of-war in port participating.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, cold.

Light to gentle Southerly breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

By order of Commander H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, were confined in double irons, on full rations, for ten (10) days, for leaving boat and remaining absent from ship.

Received for use of crew: 85 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 68 pounds fresh bread.

At noon fired national salute in honor of the day.

All men-of-war in harbor, excepting H.M.S. "Severn", French gunboat "Beautemps-Beaupré" and a Chinese gunboat, also fired national salutes.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 6-pounder saluting charges; and 21 percussion primers.

Sent an officer to return the boarding calls of His Imperial [German] Majesty's ship "Irene", H.M.S. "Daphne" and French ship "Isly".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, mild.

Light to gentle breezes from South.

Crew engaged in sports.

French man-of-war "Beautemps-Beaupré" sailed for Nagasaki, taking mail.

Enlisted for three years P. Hansen, First-class Fireman, gave him acting appointment for 6 months as Water Tender.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light and gentle breezes from South.

German cruiser "Arcona" ["Ancona" in log-book] came in and anchored.

Flagship made wigwag [signal] "No objection to officers remaining on shore over night."


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breezes and airs from South and SE.

A minstrel performance was given by members of the crew.

A man-of-war came in and anchored at 8.30pm.

Barometer falling.


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23 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, snowing last hour.

Light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, light snow first half.

Calm and light to gentle breezes from NW.

At 8.00am coal steamer came alongside.

Made preparations for coaling.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from NNW and West.

Began coaling at 9.00am, took in during watch about 45 tons.

Received an official call from the German Admiral.

Flagship fired a salute of 13 guns, German flag at the fore.

A Court of Inquiry, of which Captain B.F. Day, U.S. Navy, was president, met on board at 10.00am, and adjourned at 11.40am.

A General Court Martial met on board the flagship at 9.45am.

Sent G.A. Williams, Ordinary Seaman, a prisoner, on board the flagship for trial, and received him on board again at 11.50am and reconfined him.

H.B.M.S. "Alacrity", bearing the flag of Vice Admiral Fremantle [Freemantle in log-book], left the harbor at 10.45am.

Made [signal] numeral 2 to flagship at 9.30am.

Flagship wigwagged "Send Master-at-Arms as witness" and "Please send a boat for Williams and witnesses".

Wigwagged to flagship "Send boat for Captain Day".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.

Coaling ship from steamer alongside, received on board during watch about 45 tons.

U.S.S. "Charleston" came in and anchored at 2.17pm.

Seiner Majestät Schiff "Irene" made general international signal D.R.Q.J., F.B.K.H., G.S.P., B.S.V.R., N.S.K., B.T.K.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, sent on board steamer to tally coal, came on board drunk.

He resisted arrest, and by order of Commanding Officer was placed in double irons for safe keeping.

J.L. King, Gunner's Mate Third-class, and P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, by order of Commanding Officer, were placed on the 3rd conduct class.

The Commanding Officers of Seiner Majestät Schiffs "Irene" and "Arcona" visited the ship officially.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and snowing.

Light, increasing to moderate breeze from NNE.

At 4.00pm His [Imperial] German Majesty's ship "Irene" made general international signal "I am going to Nagasaki tomorrow at 7am and will take mail".

French ship "Isly" answered "Thanks".

Stopped coaling at 6.00pm, having received 121 tons 808 pounds.

Coal steamer hauled off for the night.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, snowing first part.

Stiff NNE breeze, freshening in squalls.

Rising barometer.


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24 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to fresh breezes from North, blowing in squalls.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle and moderate breezes from North.

German flagship "Irene" left for Nagasaki.

Sent a mail to her.

Flagship made at 7.00am [signal] 6373, 6396, and telegraphic 9933, and wigwag "Cloth caps and overcoats for crew".


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Coal steamer came alongside at 10.00am, but finding too much sea and hauled off again.

In doing so smashed port lifebuoy guards and dented buoy.

At 9.30am reported two on sick list by signal to flagship, U.S.S. "Charleston" reported twelve.

Fleet Paymaster D.A. Smith reported on board to inspect the accounts of the Paymaster's Officer of this ship, in accordance with Article 1569, Paragraph 2, United States Navy Regulations.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Received on board the following stores, namely: in Paymaster's Department, 3 cases coffee (254 pounds); in Equipment Department, 25 pounds shellac; in Engineer's Department, 379 pounds red lead.

Received fresh provisions for crew as follows: 68 pounds fresh bread; 85 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Received wigwag signal from flagship "Surgeon ordered on Board of Survey, will probably meet on Charleston tomorrow".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light NNW breeze.

Sent visiting party on board U.S.S. "Charleston".

William MacKay, Chief Master-at-Arms, absent over leave.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cold.

Calm and light airs from South.


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25 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Calms and light breezes and airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light Southwesterly breeze.

Flagship made time and uniform signals as follows: general 3350; wigwag "Overcoats and watch caps for crew".

Coal steamer came alongside at 7.00am.

Commenced coaling with both watches at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from SW to SSW.

H.B.M.S. "Undaunted" left the harbor at 8.45am for target practice, and returned at 11.45am.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2 to flagship, U.S.S. "Charleston" reported 13.

Delivered to William McDonald, Coal Passer, a copy of specifications preferred against him by Commanding Officer.

By order of Commanding Officer William MacKay, Chief Master-at-Arms, was reduced to the 4th conduct class, for overstaying his liberty for four hours.

The Commander-in-Chief visited His German Majesty's Ship "Arcona", and on his departure was saluted with 13 guns.

At 9.45am flagship made signal number 3317 to this ship.

Received during watch 58 tons 1662 pounds coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light SSW breeze.

Falling barometer.

Finished coaling at 3.00pm, having taken on board in all 202½ tons.

Engaged at close of watch in cleaning ship.

Fleet Engineer made quarterly inspection of Steam Engineering Department.

Small Russian corvette came in and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South and SE.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Sent visiting party to U.S.S. "Baltimore".


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, clearing latter part.

Light to moderate breeze from SSE to SSW.

Visiting party returned.


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[Inserted note]


8am to meridian, February 25, 1895.

By order of the Commander-in-Chief Passed Assistant Paymaster E.B. Webster was fully restored to duty, the Court of Inquiry in his case having failed to sustain the charge made against him by Commander W.M. Folger.


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26 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle Southwesterly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold.

Light to gentle variable breezes and calms.

At 6.55am flagship made time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, cool.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Rising barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up and infantry drill.

At 10.15am called all hands to muster and read proceedings and findings of General Court Martial in the case of G.A. Williams, Ordinary Seaman.

Williams was later transferred in single irons to United States flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore".

German steamer from Shanghai came in and anchored.

Flagship made international signal, which was answered by ships in the harbor, "Will sail for Nagasaki at 7am tomorrow, will take mail".

Received for use of crew: 85 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 68 pounds fresh bread.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

At 1.30pm H.M.S. "Daphne" made general international signal "I am going to sail at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning, will take mail".

At 2.00pm H.M.S. "Porpoise" made general international signal "I am going to sail tomorrow for Shanghai, will take mail".

At 1.50pm Summary Court Martial for the trial of W. McDonald, Coal Passer, met, and at 2.55pm adjourned to await action of convening authority.

Received from flagship in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts the following stores: 1 bale blue cloth; 2 bales watch caps; 1 bale work suits; 10 boxes tobacco; 10 boxes saltwater soap; 1 box shoes; 2 boxes dried fruit; 1 box cups; 3 boxes butter; 2 mats rice; and in Steam Engineering Department, 2 plates boiler iron.

By order [of] Commanding Officer, placed M. Lynch, Seaman, under sentry's charge to await action, for being under the influence of liquor.

Received mail from the United States.

Engaged cleaning ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle and light breezes from NNE.

At 4.30pm went to quarters and served out clean hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNE.


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27 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NE.

Bright starlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NE and ENE.

Barometer rising slowly.

United States flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore" left the harbor at 6.45am, and H.M.S. "Severn" at 7.30am.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE and East.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had setting up drill, aiming drill and divisional exercises as follows: 1st and 4th Divisions small arms; 2nd and Powder Divisions great guns and instructions; 3rd and Navigator's Divisions single sticks.

At 11.50am wigwag signal to U.S.S. "Charleston" "Permission to fire with sub-caliber", granted.

Laid out small target at 300 yards and commenced with 1st Division firing with sub-caliber with 6-inch breech loading rifle.

Engaged overhauling battery.

At 12.00pm H.B.M.S. "Porpoise" left the harbor.

By order [of] Commanding Officer M. Lynch, Seaman, was awarded punishment as follows: to be confined in double irons from 1.00pm to 8.00pm every day for 5 days, for being under the influence of liquor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light and gentle breezes from ENE and East by North.

Engaged overhauling battery and 1st and 2nd [Divisions] sub-caliber practice.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Received on board in Department of Steam Engineering: 325 gallons lubricating oil.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to light breezes from East by North and East.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Weather cloudy and cold.

Gentle breeze from East.

Ship riding to the wind.

Barometer falling slowly.


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28 February 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, cold.

Light Easterly breeze.

Falling barometer.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and snowing.

Light to gentle breeze from East.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, snowing.

Gentle and light breezes from East.

At 9.30am made [signal] numeral 1 (sick report).

French gunboat "Lion" shifted her berth.

J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, reported expiration of term of enlistment.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, snowing.

Light breeze from NE to North.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from North.

H.B.M.S. "Severn" came in and anchored at 5.35pm.

A German steamer came [in] at 5.50pm.

P. Hansen, Water Tender, Z. Johnson, Coal Passer, and A. Lunkow, Coal Passer, failed to return with liberty party.

Sent an orderly ashore with orders to the Sergeant of the guard on shore to arrest them and send them on board.

The orderly met Johnson and Lunkow at the landing, Hansen on his way there, all returned on board.

Z. Johnson being drunk and disorderly, placed him in double irons and under sentry's charge to await investigation.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Rising barometer.

John Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, was this day honorably discharged from the ship and from the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.

In accordance with Commander's order M. Lynch, Seaman, was released from double irons at 8.00pm.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1895


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1 March 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to stiff breezes from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold, began snowing at end of watch.

Gentle to moderate breezes in squalls from NNW.

H.B.M.S. "Undaunted" went out.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Gentle breeze from NNW, moderate squalls last hour.

At 9.25am went to general quarters, all divisions reported ready in 4 minutes.

Secured at 9.47am, all divisions secured in 4 minutes.

Exercised at arm and away, equipping boats for distant service.

German cruiser "Arcona" left the harbor.

At 9.00am made wigwag signal to shore, "Inquire at consulate if any mail came for Yorktown in last night's steamer, signal reply, Folger", to which reply was sent "No mail for you".

S. Barker, Ship's Writer Second-class, reported the expiration of his term of enlistment, and signified his intention of reenlisting.

Broke out holds and storerooms.

Lieutenant Stevens, Executive Officer, and the Chief Engineer making the regular monthly inspection, and Lieutenant Robinson and the Medical Officer the regular weekly inspection.

John Roos enlisted for 3 years as Shipwright, and was given an acting appointment as Chief Carpenter's Mate for 6 months from date.

By order [of] Commanding Officer Z. Johnson, Coal Passer, was released from confinement, and placed on the 4th conduct class, for being drunk from liberty ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, gloomy and cold.

Stiff breeze from NNW.

Sent liberty party ashore at 12.40pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cold, snowing last half of watch.

Blowing fresh from North and NW.

Barometer rising slowly.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

Exercised at setting up drill, followed by fire quarters, four streams at seat of fire in 2 minutes.

Secured all in 2½ minutes.

Stanley Barker, Ship's Writer Second-class, was this day honorably discharged from the ship and from the Naval Service, term of enlistment having expired.

Sent whaleboat in tow of steam launch ashore for liberty party.

Launch returned at 6.20pm alone, reporting that whaleboat had grounded and that they were unable to float her.

Sent Lieutenant Menefee, U.S. Navy, on shore to bring off whaleboat.

Eleven liberty men and three members of whaleboat's crew absent from ship at end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, snowing, squally.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from NW to North.

Lieutenant Menefee returned with steam launch at 10.20pm.

Veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.


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2 March 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and cold.

Wind in fresh squalls from NNW.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Blowing very fresh in squalls from NNW.

Barometer steady at 30.36 [inches].

At 7.40am dropped starboard anchor under foot.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold.

Blowing fresh in squalls from NNW.

Rising barometer.

Communicated with shore by wigwag [signal], as follows: "Is our whaleboat and her outfit all right? (signed) Commander Folger", received reply "Everything is all right", and "Ask Lieutenant Griffin to have her moored afloat when practicable", "Acknowledged".

Moderately rough sea.

Absentees: C. Nelson, Machinist, H. Forsdale, Chief Quartermaster, E.S. Hermonsen, Jack of the Dust, J. Jacobs, Oiler, T. Lee, Second-class Fireman, C.J. Madsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, C. Murray, Bayman, J.H. Mathisen, Coxswain, J.H. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, August Young, Apprentice Third-class, J.F. Frawley, Coal Passer, A. Garren, Coxswain, B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, and W.H. Meister, Apprentice Second-class.

Enlisted Stanley Baker, Ship's Writer Second-class, for 3 years, and gave him acting appointment as Writer Second-class for 6 months from date.

Released M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, from confinement, his term having expired, and restored him to duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Stiff to very fresh breeze from NNW, blowing in frequent strong puffs.

Rough, choppy sea.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cold and squally.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from NNW.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise, absentees same as in 8am to meridian [watch].

Hove up starboard anchor.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold, clearing toward end of watch.

Wind from NNW in moderate to stiff squalls first hour, decreasing to moderate breeze.

Rough, choppy sea.


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3 March 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright starlight.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Barometer falling slowly.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light NNW breeze, shifting to SW last half.

Barometer steady.

Long swell from Northward.

Sent steam launch ashore to bring off whaleboat and liberty party.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from SW.

Steam launch returned with whaleboat and all the liberty party.

Whaleboat was full of water, baled her out and hoisted her, and found two planks in her starboard bilge broken, having been stove in while launching the boat from the beach this morning.

Hoisted steam launch.

At 10.00am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which called all hands to muster, read Articles for Government of the Navy, and held general muster.

By order [of] Commanding Officer placed J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class, in confinement in double irons for 5 days, for disrespect to the Executive Officer.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts the following provisions for the use of crew: 124 pounds bread; and 155 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Water boat alongside and discharging into boiler.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.

Received 20 tons fresh water for steaming purposes.

Hoisted out boiler of steam launch.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from SW to SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight and starlight.

Light breeze from SW.


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4 March 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first part, overcast latter part of watch.

Gentle and light breeze from SW, shifting to WSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Gentle to light breezes from WSW to NNW.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light and gentle breezes from NNW and NW.

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

Engaged after drill in overhauling battery.

At 11.50am called all hands to muster and read finding and sentence of Summary Court Martial in the case of William McDonald, Coal Passer, to be confined in double irons for 30 days and to lose one month's pay.

Confined William McDonald in double irons for 25 days in accordance with sentence, as mitigated by the Commanding Officer.

Released F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, and H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, from confinement by order of the Commanding Officer.

Made to U.S.S. "Charleston" [signal] interrogatory 5455 at 9.20am, and at 11.35am interrogatory 4826, both were answered by "Granted".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light Northwesterly airs and breezes.

By order of Commanding Officer Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, U.S. Navy, was placed under suspension, for being under the influence of liquor while on duty, to await further action by the Commander-in-Chief.

Crew engaged in overhauling battery.

Received from U.S.S. "Charleston" P. Mahoney, Seaman Gunner, with bag, hammock and necessary papers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Light airs from WNW, shifting last hour to WSW.

At 5.00pm H.M.S. "Undaunted" came in and anchored.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

Bright moonlight.


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5 March 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from WSW and calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs, principally from Southward and Westward.

Water lighters came alongside at 6.45am, discharging into boiler A.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South and SSW.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am and exercised divisions at setting up and aiming drill, after which exercised battalion.

By order of Commanding Officer the following punishments were awarded: C. Biehler, Landsman, for smoking on duty after having been told not to, to remain on quarterdeck during smoking hours for two weeks, allowing 20 minutes for meals; W.P. Williams, Machinist, neglect of duty, fourth [conduct] class monthly money.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 186 pounds fresh bread; and 232½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Receiving water from water lighters alongside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SSW and SW.

U.S.S. "Charleston" shifted berth and came to anchor at 1.55pm, about 300 yards inshore of us.

At 2.30pm U.S.S. "Charleston" fired a salute of seven guns, United States ensign at the fore.

Having received permission from U.S.S. "Charleston", at 2.40pm made general international signal "I am going to Korea at 7am tomorrow and will take mail".

French and Russian vessels answered "Thanks".

Crew engaged in cleaning ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SSW breeze first hour, from SSE remainder of watch.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

Finished cleaning ship outside and made preparations for sea.

Sent mail on board H.M.S. "Severn" for delivery at Nagasaki.

Received from Ferguson and Company: 80 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SSE first half, shifting to SSW third hour and blowing in stiff to fresh squalls.


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6 March 1895

At sea, making passage from Chefoo, China, to Chemulpo, Korea

Lat 37.62, Long 122.17


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Moderate to fresh breezes in squalls from SSW.

At 1.30am started fires in boilers A and C.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle South-southeasterly breeze.

Seiner Majestät Schiff "Arcona" left the harbor.

Made wigwag signal to U.S.S. "Charleston" "Captain Coffin, if there be any delay in my arrival, the barometer being low at starting, please inform the Admiral I said I would anchor under Shantung if weather be bad. Folger".

Made general signal 4890 to U.S.S. "Charleston", which was answered "Granted".

At 7.00am shortened in to 30 fathoms, and at 7.30am got under way and stood out of Western entrance of Chefoo harbor, under conn of Commanding Officer.

At end of watch standing out of harbor, heading NE¼N.

Draft of ship 13 feet 2 inches forward, 16 feet 5 inches aft.


8am to meridian:

Cool, bright and hazy weather.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE.

At 8.30am changed course ESE, and at 8.52am, North Rock bearing abeam, changed course to S98°E.

Inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up drill and divisional drill as per routine.

At 11.30am Eddy Island bore abeam, distant 2.7 miles, changed course to S72°E.

Chief Gunner's Mate overhauling and testing diving apparatus.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear overhead, misty about horizon.

Gentle SSE breeze first three hours, from South last hour of watch.

Course S72°E.

At 3.18pm changed course to S69°W, and stood in for land.

At 3.30pm changed course to South and thereafter made frequent slight changes, standing in for an anchorage in Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book].

Average steam pressure 82.3 pounds, revolutions 110.

Instructed signal class.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

Standing around Shantung Promontory, and into Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book], Commanding Officer at the conn.

At 4.55pm came to anchor in 5¾ fathoms water, soft red mud bottom, and veered to 60 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: East tangent of [Shantung] Promontory N74°E, Ellen Rock S29°W (magnetic).

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet 5 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty last two hours.

Light breeze and airs from SSE.

At 9.00pm wind shifted for a few minutes to NNE.

Sighted several lights to Eastward.


Chemulpo is also known as Chemulpho and Incheon.

North Rock is also known as Zunzi Shi.

Eddy Island is also known as Shu Tao Island and Chudao Island.

Jungcheng Bay is also known as Rongcheng Wan.

Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.

Ellen Rock is also known as Gu Shi.


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7 March 1895

At anchor Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book],China

Lat 37.37, Long 122.63


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and foggy, light drizzle last hour.

Light to gentle Southerly breeze.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Clear first hour, overcast and misty during remainder of watch, thick fog last half hour.

Light to gentle breeze from South.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy, raining last hour.

Blowing fresh in puffs from SSW first half of watch, shifting to South by East, and back to South and falling light at close [of watch].

Fog lifted over land to Southward and Westward at end of watch.

Falling barometer.

Morning quarters omitted on account of weather and ship's work.

Engaged overhauling chains.

Made weekly inspection of magazine and shell room flood cocks.

Found forward ones in good condition, after ones working stiffly.

Moderate swell from Southward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cool, passing showers, misty.

Calms, light airs and breezes from SW by South to West by North, coming out from the NW in a squall at 3.30pm, and then blowing a stiff breeze.

At 2.00pm hauled fires under boiler A, blew off steam and drained off water, in order to calk several leaky rivets in crown of combustion chamber of furnace number 3.

Overhauling men's bags and taking clothing lists.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and squally.

Gentle to fresh breezes from NNW and NW.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, had setting up exercise.

Sighted a steamer standing to Northward.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and cool.

Wind in moderate to fresh squalls from NW.

Barometer rising.


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8 March 1895

At anchor Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book],China

Lat 37.37, Long 122.63


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold, clearing last hour.

Moderate to gentle breeze, with stiff to fresh squalls, from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear first half, overcast remainder of watch.

Light NNW breeze, shifting to North.

Rising barometer.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

At 9.23am sounded to general quarters, all divisions ready in 4½ minutes.

Exercised at general quarters, passed up ammunition for 3 minutes, divisions supplied as follows: 1st Division 14 charges, 10 shells; 2nd Division 7 charges, 7 shells; 3rd Division 8 charges, 5 shells; 4th Division 7 6-pounder [shells], 2 37 mm [shells].

Secured in 2¾ minutes.

After quarters exercised at arm and away, providing everything, but not lowering boats, all boats ready in 5 minutes.

By order [of] Commanding Officer released from confinement J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class.

Broke out storerooms for weekly inspection, Ensign Knepper reported having inspected holds, storerooms, bilges, et cetera, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz inspected in Engineer's Department.

Doctor Lumsden reported sanitary inspection of storerooms and living spaces.

A Japanese merchant steamer came in, towing a Japanese torpedo boat, and anchored.

At 11.30pm started fires under boiler A.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Sighted a steamer standing to Eastward.

At 3.00pm started pumps, and at end of watch heaving in and getting under way.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant, clearing last hour.

At 4.00pm got under way and stood out of harbor, course S78°E.

Put over patent log, reading 95.6.

At 4.25pm, Shantung [Promontory] light bearing abeam, distant three miles, changed course to S75°E, patent log [reading] 98.1.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and exercised crew at fire quarters, all divisions reported ready in 2 minutes.

Lost sight of Shantung [Promontory] light at 7.00pm.

At sunset (6.00pm) Alceste Island bore NW by West.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cold, with halo around moon.

Gentle breeze from North.

At 8.15pm changed course to S17°E.

Average steam pressure 97 pounds, revolutions 72.3.


Alceste Island is also known as Hailu Dao.


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9 March 1895

Making passage from Jungcheng Bay [Yungching Bay in log-book] to Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 36.92, Long 125.88


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Course S77°E.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, revolutions 75.3.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Gentle breeze from North.

Smooth sea.

At 8.00am sighted land 1 point on port bow and starboard bow, small islands.

On course S77°E during watch.

Steam 101 pounds, revolutions 70.7.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light and gentle breezes from North and NNE.

Numerous islands in sight throughout watch.

At 11.30am Bundegi Island [Bundige Island in log-book] bore abeam, distant 2.3 miles [knots in log-book].

Changed course to S75°E at 9.40am (log [reading] 36.0) and at 11.40am to N70°E (log 51.4).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE to NNW.

Standing up Eastern channel under conn of Commanding Officer, with frequent changes of course as follows: 12.45pm to N62°E; 2.00pm to N15°E; 2.35pm to N26°E; 3.10pm to N35°E; 3.35pm to N22°E; and 4.00pm to N12°E.

At 1.50pm passed wreck of "Kow Shing", only one mast being visible.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold, overcast last half.

Light breeze from NNW, hauling to WSW.

Standing up the approaches to Chemulpho for an anchorage off that port, Commanding Officer and Navigator conning.

At 6.15pm came to in 9½ fathoms water with starboard anchor and 45 fathoms chain.

Ship's draught forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 16 feet.

Received a visit from an officer of H.B.M.S. "Daphne".

Found that vessel and His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Bobr" ["Bobre" in log-book] at the anchorage.

Hoisted boiler into steam launch.

Fires under boilers A and D dying out.

Bearings: clump on Edme Peak [Edne Peak in log-book] NW¼W, clump on Kheum Wolmi [Kheum Wolme in log-book] NE¼N (magnetic).


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool, obscured moonlight.

Light WSW breeze, falling to light variable airs.

Slight fall in barometer.

Slack water at 10.45pm, tide turned flood about 11.00pm.

Received mail on board from United States.


Chemulpho is also known as Chemulpo and Incheon.

Bundegi Island is also known as Mokdok Do.

Edme Peak is also known as Baegunsan.

Kheum Wolmi is also known as Wolmido.


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10 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from West.

Swinging to ebb at 5.00am.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSW.

Low water at 10.25am.

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

Received a visit from an officer of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Bobr" ["Bobre" in log-book].

Commanding Officer made official visits on board of H.B.M.S. "Daphne" and His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Bobr" ["Bobre" in log-book].


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light, increasing to moderate breeze from SSW and SW.

Sent a liberty party on shore.

Received visits from Commanding Officers H.B.M.S. "Daphne" and His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Bobr" ["Bobre" in log-book].

Riding to the flood, strength of flood at 2.15pm 3.1 knots.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Gentle Westerly breeze first half, calm last half of watch.

Liberty party returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool.

Calm and light variable airs.

At 11.25pm slack water, tide turned flood at midnight.


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11 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze and airs from East.

Riding to flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cool.

Light breeze from East and SE.

Snow second and third hours of watch.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 62 pounds fresh bread; and 77½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Light breeze from SE.

Commenced swinging to flood at 10.55am, finished at 11.35am.

Mustered and inspected at quarters at 9.30am.

Exercised divisions at setting up drill, and afterwards at divisional drills, as per routine.

Hoisted whaleboat on board for calking and repairs.

The following punishments were inflicted by order of the Commanding Officer, namely: F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, tight from leave and creating a disturbance aboard ship, three months' restriction, and watch and watch as messenger for 3 days, 2 hours on and 2 hours off.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Calm throughout watch.

Ship riding to the flood.

Strength of tidal current at 2.30pm 4.5 knots.

Sent party of liberty men ashore.

Got up steam on launch to test boiler.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from North, and variable.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, clearing last hour, moonlight.

Calm first two hours, then light airs and breezes from North.

At end of watch began swinging to flood.


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12 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, misty, with light Easterly airs, changing to light breeze from NNW last part.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNW first part and from NNE last part.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 6.10am, finished at 6.30am.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer practically steady.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised at setting up, aiming drill, and immediately after equipped, inspected and drilled battalion.

R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, and O. Miller, Ordinary Seaman, absent without leave.

Vessel riding to the ebb, low water about 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE.

Ship riding to flood.

R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, and O. Miller, Ordinary Seaman, returned from liberty twenty hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, then overcast.

Light and gentle breezes from North and North by East.

Tide turned ebb at 6.20pm.

Sent a mail ashore.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise, no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy.

Gentle breeze from North by East.


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13 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Commenced swinging to flood at 12.45am, finished at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool.

Light NE breeze.

Rising barometer.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 8.00am.

Executed morning orders.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts the following fresh provisions, namely: 62 pounds fresh bread; and 77½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East first hour, then gentle breeze from East and NE.

Ship riding to ebb tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, and the divisional exercises as per routine.

Hoisted out whaleboat.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breezes from ENE.

Slack water low at 12.45pm.

Overhauled port chain and inspected port chain locker.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ENE.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, and exercised crew at setting up drill.

Slack high water at 7.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cool.

Stiff to moderate breeze, with fresh to stiff squalls, from ENE.

Moon obscured.

Ebb tide.


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14 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze from ENE.

Barometer falling.

Snowing after first hour of watch.

High water about 1.00am, ship swung to the ebb at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, squally, snowing.

Moderate to stiff breezes from ENE.

At 7.45am slack water, ship riding to wind.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, snowing, thick weather.

Moderate to stiff breezes in squalls from ENE, falling to a gentle breeze last hour.

Ebb tide.

Tested magazine and shell room flood cocks.

All in good order, except after magazine and after fixed ammunition room, which were stiff.

By order [of] Commanding Officer R. Shay disrated from Coxswain to Seaman, for incompetency, March 14th 1895, J.L. King, Gunner's Mate Third-class, given an acting appointment as Coxswain for thee months, from March 14th 1895.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, snowing.

Wind in moderate squalls from ENE to NNE.

A Board of Survey, of which Chief Engineer Webster, U.S. Navy, is senior member, held a survey on boiler B.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool, light snow during first hour.

Gentle breeze from ENE, with stiff squalls during first half.

Released Eugene Horigan, Coal Passer, from confinement, his punishment having expired.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 7.30pm, finished swinging at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light to moderate NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Snowing greater part of watch.

Ship riding to ebb.


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15 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cool and snowing.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

At 2.10am ship swung to flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, snowing at times.

Light breeze from NE by East to WNW.

At end of watch swinging to ebb.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW and West.

At 9.30am called away all boats armed and equipped, all boats ready in 14 minutes, and exercised them under oars and sail by signal from ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from WNW and NW.

Commenced swinging to flood tide at 12.40pm, finished at 3.10pm.

Received in Engineer's Department: one spindle for steering gear; and 20 feet ½-inch wire chain.

Broke out and restowed all storerooms.

Lieutenant Hannum made the weekly inspection required by Navy Department's Circular number 8.

The Executive Officer and Surgeon made the weekly inspection of storerooms and living spaces.

Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz made the inspection of engine and boiler spaces.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Light WNW breeze.

Rising barometer.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

At 4.30pm exercised at fire quarters, all divisions reported ready in 1¾ minutes, secured in 2 minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and cold.

Light breeze from NW.

Ship riding to ebb.


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16 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from North and NNW.

Swung to flood at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold, clearing last part of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW and NW.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 8.15am, finished at 8.50am.

Aired bedding.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cold.

Gentle to moderate NW breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

Slack water at 2.20pm, vessel swung to the flood at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW.

Ship riding to flood.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW.

Ebb tide.


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17 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Low water at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW and North.

Riding to flood tide.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 62 pounds fresh bread; and 77½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from North, shifting to WNW.

Rising barometer.

Commander inspected ship at 10.00am.

Quarters omitted.

Slack water at 9.25am, ship swung to the ebb at 10.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NW and WNW.

At 2.50pm slack water, ship swung to flood.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate, falling to light breezes from WNW.

Flood tide.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from WNW to NNW.

High water at 8.55pm.


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18 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold, bright moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from NNW and North.

Commenced swinging to flood at 3.15am, finished at 3.45am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SE and ESE.

Barometer steady.

Vessel riding to the flood.

Received for use of crew: 77½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 62 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Calm and light airs from SW by South.

At 11.00am ship swung to ebb.

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

Called away all boats and had drill by signal from ship under oars and sails.

All boats away in 7¼ minutes.

Hove up starboard anchor and let go port anchor in 9½ fathoms water, muddy bottom, veered to 45 fathoms at water's edge.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South and SW.

At 3.10pm slack water ebb.

Received 25 tons fresh water for steaming purposes.

At 3.50pm started fires in boiler D.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light Southwesterly airs.

Mustered at quarters at 4.30pm and exercised crew at setting up.

Flood tide.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light Westerly airs and calms.

Commenced to swinging to ebb at 10.00pm, finished at 10.45pm.


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19 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Calm first hour, light variable airs remainder of watch.

Slack water at 3.30am, vessel swung to the flood at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from SSE.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE and South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up exercise, aiming drill and battalion drill.

Connected up hand steering gear.

Two steamers came in from Southward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold, with frequent light snow flurries.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SW.

Ship riding between wind and ebb tide.

By direction of the Commander-in-Chief, Lieutenant T.H. Stevens was restored to duty pending an investigation.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light SW breeze, shifting to WSW last hour.

Barometer steady.

Tide turned flood at 6.00pm.

Vessel riding between wind and tide.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from West, calm last two hours.

Swung to ebb between 10.00pm and 11.00pm.


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20 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Calm.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Moon rose about 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Calms and light airs from SSE to East.

Commenced swinging to flood at 5.00am, finished at 5.40am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from East to SSW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters.

Had setting up and divisional drill.

Scrubbing paint work preparatory to painting.

Four merchant steamers came into harbor.

Ship riding to flood ride.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from SSW and SW.

Tide turned ebb at 2.00pm.

The Japanese transport "Satsuma Maru" went out.

Painting spars, smoke stack and ventilators.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes and airs from WNW to West.

Crew engaged painting spars and ventilators.

Commenced swinging to flood at 7.10pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine.

Calm.


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21 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm.

Swung to ebb.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cold.

Calms and light variable airs.

Commenced swinging to flood at 7.40am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cool.

Light variable airs first hour, calm remainder of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am exercised at general quarters, divisions reported ready in 5 minutes, secured in 2 minutes.

Crew engaged touching up white paint outside.

Tested magazine and shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, all in in good order, except after ammunition room, stiff, after magazine too stiff to turn.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, but pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from West.

Crew engaged at ship's work, painting, et cetera.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, then clearing.

Light breeze from West.

Ebb tide.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.


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22 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from SSE.

Light fall in barometer.

Vessel riding to flood, high water at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ESE and East.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE first part, light variable airs and calms last part.

Commenced swinging to flood at 8.10am, finished at 9.15am.

Mustered and inspected at quarters at 9.30am.

Afterward read stations for "Out all boats" and exercised at abandon ship.

All boats ready and crews mustered in 8 minutes, secured in 2½ minutes.

Broke out storerooms for inspection.

Lieutenant Hannum made the weekly inspection required by Navy Department's Circular number 8.

Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz inspected engine room and fireroom spaces.

Surgeon Lumsden made inspection of storerooms and living spaces.

Two Japanese and one German steamers came in and anchored.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from South by West and SW.

Barometer falling.

Crew engaged painting ship outside.

Two German and one Japanese steamers left the harbor.

High water at 3.50pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and WSW first part, calm last part.

Finished swinging to ebb at 4.50pm.

Crew engaged painting ship inside and out.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Calm.

Tide turned flood about 10.30pm.


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23 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, calm.

Riding to flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, mist and fogs over the land.

Calms and light airs from ENE and NE.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 4.10am, finished at 5.00am.

Ensign C.M. Knepper and Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz left the ship on three days' leave of absence.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Ship swung to flood at 11.15am.

Hove up port anchor and got it ready for letting go, and let go starboard anchor, veering to 45 fathoms [chain].

On letting go starboard anchor a berth deck air port frame was broken, probably by stock of anchor.

U.S.S. "Detroit" came in and anchored at noon, having first exchanged numbers and asked and received permission to anchor from this vessel.

A Japanese steamer came in and anchored.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for use of crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 62 pounds fresh bread; and 77½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Calm and light airs from West.

Sent boarding officer to make official visit to U.S.S. "Detroit".

Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Detroit" made official visit to Commanding Officer of this vessel.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs.

Barometer rising.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

Swung to the ebb at 5.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Slack water at 10.00pm, ship swung to the flood.


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24 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light variable airs.

Rising barometer.

Received for use of crew: 77½ pounds fresh beef and vegetables; and 62 pounds fresh bread.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 5.30am.


8am to meridian:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters, after which called all hands to muster and read General Court Martial Orders numbers 2, 104, 107, 111 and 112.

By order [of] Commanding Officer placed H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and R. Shay, Seaman, in double irons under sentry's charge, full rations, for five and seven days respectively, for deliberate disobedience of orders.

Sent following signals to U.S.S. "Detroit" "Order fifteen Marines prepared to march to Seoul tomorrow at nine, heavy marching order, accompanied by a line officer in command. Signal name of line officer, signed Folger", and "I will come on board at 1pm. Have officer detailed to command Seoul guard on board".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE first part, calm last part.

Flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Calm.

Swung to ebb during first hour.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool.

Calm.

Low water at 10.50pm.


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25 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

Tide turned ebb at 5.30am.

At 7.00am received signal from U.S.S. "Detroit" "Shall party take flag?", answered "Yes, but they need not wave it all the way up".


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up and divisional drills.

Received on board from U.S.S. "Detroit": 60 boxes soap; 25 boxes tobacco; and 1 case stores for U.S.S. "Charleston".

Received in Construction Department: 50 pounds rubber gaskets.

And Engineer's [Department] stores as follows (from U.S.S. "Detroit"): 4 dozen gloves; 398 plugs brass; 96 brass elbows; 96 brass tees; 96 brass caps; 72 brass bushings; 72 brass unions; 10 set gauge glass mounts; 90 steel boiler tubes, steam launch; 3 dozen hacksaw blades; 1 pipe vise; 5 top swages; 3 bottom swages; 1 set hammer, 3-inch face; 1 set hammer, blacksmith; 18 crossing files; 3 copper mauls.

A Naval Court of Inquiry, of which Commander J.S. Newell, U.S. Navy, is President, met on board at 10.20am to investigate charges against Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, U.S. Navy.

The court at 12.00pm took a recess.

By order of Commanding Officer placed G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, in double irons for ten days, on full rations, for disobedience of orders and disrespect to Officer of Deck.

Low water at 10.40am.

Received from U.S.S. "Detroit" for passage to U.S.S. "Charleston": G.T. Kaness, Coal Passer; and George Clark, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE and South first part, and light breeze from WSW last part.

Riding to the flood.

Court of Inquiry met at 1.00pm, and at 3.00pm adjourned until 10.00am tomorrow.

Crew engaged in painting ship inside and out.

Received [in] Equipment (Exempt) Department: two armatures for dynamos.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light [last in log-book] airs from WSW, shifting to North last part.

High water 5.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light, variable airs and breezes.

Slack water high at 11.10pm, strength of ebb tide at 9.40pm 1.4 knots.


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26 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant, calm.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from ENE.

High water at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle, increasing to moderate breeze from East by South, hauling to SE.

Slack water low at 11.50am.

Mustered and inspected at quarters at 9.15am.

Exercised at setting up and aiming drills, and afterwards equipped and exercised the battalion in heavy marching order.

Crew engaged in painting ship inside.

Received in the Department of Supplies and Accounts: 35,000 Mexican dollars.

Court of Inquiry met at 10.00am, and at 12.00pm took a recess.

Received for issue to crew: 64 pounds fresh bread; and 80 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate and gentle SE breeze.

Falling barometer.

Court of Inquiry reconvened at 1.00pm.

Sent steam cutter, first cutter and sailing launch ashore, in charge of Ensign Traut, U.S. Navy, to bring off Marine Guard of U.S.S. "Charleston", returning from Seoul.

A Japanese steamer came in and anchored.

Vessel riding to flood.

Force of current at 3.00pm 2.5 knots.

Court of Inquiry adjourned at 3.50pm, to meet at 10.00am tomorrow.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from East and ESE.

Slack water high at 5.45pm.

Lieutenant B.S. Neumann, U.S. Marine Corps, and party reported on board for passage to U.S.S. "Charleston" at Chefoo, as follows: H. McCaully, First Sergeant; W. Riordan, Sergeant; G.E. Schultz, Sergeant; J. Peters, Corporal; J. Noughton, Corporal; F. Cullen, Corporal; A. Graf, Drummer; G. Tulp, Fifer; P. Brady, Private; J. Collins, Private; C.E. Coventry, Private; C.C. Larsen, Private; H.J. McGuiness, Private; J. McGarvey, Private; M. Madisen, Private; J. McCormick, Private; M. Svensen, Private; A.E. Rose, Private; E. Presske, Private; W.P. Simpson, Private; W. Vanhodge, Private; [no initial given] Shanstrom, Private; P. Millen, Private; J. Ginteren [Gineterene in log-book], Private; R.S. Haighs, Private; Ah Sung, Mess Attendant; K. Tokito, Mess Attendant; K. Kakinoto, Mess Attendant.

Hoisted steam and sailing launches.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, drizzling rain last half of watch.

Riding to ebb.

Low water about 11.45pm.

Light Easterly breeze first hour, from SE by East remainder of watch.


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27 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, mild.

Gentle to light breezes from SE, shifting to ENE last hour.

Rain latter half of watch.

Ship riding to flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool, with rain and fog.

Light breeze from ESE.

Slack water high at 5.45am.

Started fires in boilers A and C at 5.20am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, foggy, disagreeable weather, drizzling rain throughout.

Vessel riding to the ebb, low water about 11.30am.

Omitted quarters and exercises on account of weather.

Court of Inquiry convened on board at 10.00am, and at 12.00pm took a recess until 1.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, drizzly and misty.

Light to gentle breezes from North.

Tide running strong flood.

Court of Inquiry in session.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, drizzling rain greater part of watch.

Light NNW breeze, shifting last hour to NW by North and increasing slightly in force.

Rising barometer.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised divisions at setting up.

Court of Inquiry adjourned, having finished taking testimony, to meet at next session on board U.S.S. "Detroit".

Vessel swung to the ebb about 7.00pm.

Tested Ardois signal system and found it in good condition.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Gentle to stiff breeze from NW.

Strong ebb tide running.

Ship began to swing to wind at end of watch.

Made by Ardois signal to U.S.S. "Detroit" "I have just noticed that my orders read to sail when the Court Inquiry record is signed. Please deliberate and sign at your convenience, when I will sail. Signal probable hour of signing tomorrow that I may order steam. Signed Folger".

Answered, "We expect to finish by noon. Will you take the proceedings or shall I mail them? Signed Newell". Answered, "Please mail them".


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28 March 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.45, Long 126.58


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining first part.

Moderate and gentle breezes from WNW.

Swung to flood first hour.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Gentle to moderate NW and WNW breeze.

Rising barometer.

High water at 6.40am, swung to the ebb at 7.20am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from WNW.

At 9.15am went to general quarters and exercised.

At 9.35am Court of Inquiry convened on board, and at 11.40am adjourned to await action of convening authority.

Making preparations for sea.

All divisions ready at general quarters in 4½ minutes, secured in 2 minutes.

At 11.50am got under way and stood out from anchorage, Commanding Officer at the conn.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 6 inches, aft 15 feet 5 inches.

Tested all magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, found all in good working order, except after ammunition room flood cock, which worked very stiff, and after magazine flood cock, which was too stiff to turn without danger of twisting the spindle.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to fresh breezes from WNW.

Standing out from Chemulpho harbor, Commanding Officer and Navigator conning the ship.

At end of watch heading S64°W.

Instructed both watches of apprentices in signaling.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Blowing a very fresh breeze from NW by West.

Steaming down the Salee River, Navigator conning.

Secured anchors for sea and put on extra lashings.

Average steam pressure 107 pounds, revolutions 84.6.

Rising barometer.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Blowing fresh from NW by West.

Rising barometer.

At 6.45pm took departure Bundegi Island [Bodega Island in log-book] bearing NNW (per compass), distant 2.7 miles.

At 7.10pm changed course to N68°W, patent log reading 69.5.

Slowed down to 75 turns.

Average steam 107 pounds, average revolutions 84.6.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Moon set about 8.15pm, bright starlight.

Fresh to moderate breeze from NW by West.

Choppy sea.

At 8.40pm one of the wheel ropes (outboard side) parted, shifted to after wheel, steam steering.

Revolutions 71.6, steam 86 pounds.


Salee River is also known as Yen Ga.

Bundegi Island is also known as Mokdok Do.


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29 March 1895

Making passage from Chemulpho, Korea, to Chefoo, China

Lat 37.50, Long 123.05


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Moderate and gentle breezes from WNW.

Steaming on a course N68°W, under three boilers.

Steam 104 pounds, revolutions 75.2.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool, bright and pleasant.

Moderate breeze, hauling from West by North to WSW.

Moderate sea.

Course N68°W.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, revolutions 90.1.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to stiff WSW breeze, shifting to WNW.

Slight rise in barometer.

At 9.15am inspected at quarters.

Exercised at setting up, aiming drill, fire quarters, arm and away boats for distant service, and abandon ship.

Broke out holds and storerooms for inspection.

Lieutenant Menefee, U.S. Navy, made weekly inspection forward, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz, U.S. Navy, made weekly inspection of compartments comprised in Engineer's Department.

Monthly inspection being made at end of watch.

Average steam pressure 101 pounds, revolutions 86.

Course N68°W.

By order Commanding Officer released H.R. Barker, Apprentice Second-class, and W. McDonald, Coal Passer, from confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool, misty first hour.

Moderate breeze from NW and NNW.

At 12.05pm changed course to N75°W.

At 1.00pm sighted land on port bow and at same time a Japanese man-of-war cruising off Shantung.

At 1.15pm sighted Shantung Promontory lighthouse, which bore abeam at 1.45pm, distant 11.1 miles.

At 2.53pm Ki Ming Island bore abeam, distant 11.2 miles.

At 3.10pm changed course to N80°W, and at 3.20pm to N85°W.

Bent and set fore staysail and foresail at end of watch.

Chief Engineer Webster and Lieutenant Stevens reported making monthly inspection of compartments, Ensign Knepper weekly inspection of same, and Surgeon Lumsden reported weekly sanitary inspection of storerooms and living spaces.

Revolutions 89.4, steam 103 pounds.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

At 4.00pm Eddy Island bore abeam, distant 2.1 miles.

Making preparations for port.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and calm, moonlight after sunset.

Took in staysail and trysail at 6.15pm.

Standing in for an anchorage in Chefoo harbor, Navigator and Commanding Officer conning.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light SSE breeze after first hour.

At 8.20pm came to with port anchor in 5½ fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Knob Point S29°E, signal station [at Tower Hill] S62°W.

Commander called officially on U.S.S. "Charleston".

Banked fires.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.

Ki Ming Island is also known as Jiming Dao.

Eddy Island is also known as Shu Tao Island and Chudao Island.

Knob Point is also known as Yutai Zui.


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30 March 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China, and at sea

Lat 37.56, Long 121.42


[Commences and until 4am:]

Clear and cool, misty.

Light airs to gentle breeze from SSE.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold and bright.

Light breeze from SE.

A German corvette came in and anchored at 6.40am.

Hoisted guard flag at 8.00am.

Received for issue to crew: 188 pounds fresh bread; and 235 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SE breeze, shifting to SSW.

Barometer steady.

Commander left the ship to pay official calls.

Commander of German corvette called officially.

Transferred to Paymaster C.W. Littlefield [Lumfield in log-book], U.S. Navy, U.S.S. "Charleston": 35,000 Mexican dollars.

Transferred a lot of stores, paymaster's and others, to U.S.S. "Charleston" as follows: 4 cases; 30 castings; 60 boxes soap; 15 boxes tobacco; 1 case for U.S.S. "Petrel".

Boarding calls were made by officers from H.M.B.S. "Aeolus" and from German and Russian corvettes in harbor.

A number of signals exchanged during watch as per Signal Record Book.

Prepared ship for sea.

Transferred Marine Guard of U.S.S. "Charleston" to that vessel, and received from that vessel the Marine Guard of this ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, misty around horizon.

Light to gentle breeze from South to SSE.

Smooth sea.

At 1.00pm made wigwag signal to U.S.S. "Charleston" "I am ready for sea, request permission to get under way", answered affirmative.

At 1.10pm got under way and stood out from anchorage, Commanding Officer in charge.

At 2.05pm North Rock abeam, distant 8 miles, set course S88°E, and on that course to end of watch.

Steam 106 pounds, revolution 83.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 15 feet.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Smooth sea.

At 4.37pm Eddy Island bore abeam, distant 2.8 miles.

Changed course to S72°E.

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

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 84.9.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight and starlight.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

Smooth sea.

Rising barometer.

At 6.15pm passed a bark standing to the Westward, and at 7.40pm a steamer.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, revolutions 84.9.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, damp.

Gentle Southerly breeze.

At 9.20pm changed course to S19°E, patent log reading 64.4.

Lost Shantung [Promontory] light about 11.00pm, bearing WNW.

Average steam pressure 105 pounds, revolutions 81.5.


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[Inserted note]


March 30th, 1895, 8am to meridian.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Charleston": G.T. Kaness, Coal Passer; and George Clark, Coal Passer; Ah Sung, Mess Attendant; K. Tokito, Mess Attendant; K. Kakinoto, Mess Attendant.


North Rock is also known as Zunzi Shi.


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31 March 1895

Making passage from Chefoo, China, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 35.47, Long 124.13


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, hazy around the horizon, heavy dew.

Gentle to moderate breezes from South by West to SSW.

Smooth sea.

At 4.00am sighted a steamer on the starboard bow, standing to the Northward.

Revolutions 82.5, steam 105 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Smooth sea.

Steam 101 pounds, revolutions 82.3.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Moderate breeze from SW by South.

Smooth sea.

By order of Commanding Officer released R. Shay, Seaman, from confinement, and placed J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, in solitary confinement on bread and water for 3 days, for gross disrespect to machinist of watch.

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

Set fore staysail and trysail at 8.30am.

Course S19°E.

Average steam pressure 107 pounds, revolutions 80.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle SW by South breeze.

Barometer falling slowly.

Course S19°E.

Took in fore trysail.

Average steam 104 pounds, revolutions 84.1.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool, hazy around horizon.

Light to gentle breeze from SW by South to SSW.

Smooth sea.

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

At 5.15pm hauled down fore staysail.

At 5.50pm sighted land bearing East (per compass) (Modeste Island).

Steam 99 pounds, revolutions 81.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Smooth sea.

At 6.50pm passed on port beam a man-of-war standing to Northward, supposed to be U.S.S. "Machias".

At 8.00pm changed course to S7°E.

Steam 99 pounds, revolutions 81.1.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Moon set at 11.10pm.

Moderate breeze from SSW.

Smooth sea.

At 9.25pm sighted Ross Island bearing S70°E.

At 10.35pm changed course to S30°E.

Average steam pressure 108 pounds, revolutions 89.4.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.


Modeste Island is also known as Hongdo.

Ross Island is also known as Soheugsan Island.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1895


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1 April 1895

Making passage from Chefoo, China, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.67, Long 126.42


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South, shifting to South by East.

Course S30°E.

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 87.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South by East.

Smooth sea.

At 5 o'clock (daylight) sighted Quelpart Island bearing N80°E.

At 7.10am Quelpart Island bore abeam (N60°E per compass).

Steam 103 pounds, revolutions 85.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

At 8.35am changed course to S80°E.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up exercise, aiming drill and divisional instruction.

At 11.15am Mount Auckland bore abeam (log [reading] 19.9).

Set clock ahead 11 minutes.

Stopped port engine to examine steam valve of low pressure cylinder from 11.35am to 11.48am.

Steam 107 pounds, revolutions 94.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE by South.

Smooth sea.

Ensign Traut instructed apprentices at signals.

Painted gig and 1st cutter inside.

Inspected magazines, shell rooms and ammunition lockers.

Lost sight of Quelpart Island about 3.30pm, bearing N35°W.

At 3.35pm sighted a steamer hull down bearing NNE.

Average steam pressure 104 pounds, revolutions 96.1.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle SE by South breeze.

Barometer steady.

Unbent fore trysail and staysail and sent them below.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Served out clean hammocks.

Course S80°E.

Steam 103 pounds, revolutions 90.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE by South.

Smooth sea.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 70.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and pleasant, very light rain last [hour].

Gentle breeze from SE by South.

Smooth sea.

At 8.15pm sighted Goto Island light bearing E½N.

At 8.25pm changed course to S69°E (log [reading] 13.8), and at 8.30pm reduced speed to 70 revolutions.

At 10.55pm Goto Island bore abeam, distant 10.8 miles (log [reading] 34.0).

Passed a steamer on port hand standing to Westward.


Quelpart Island is also known as Jeju Island and Jejudo.

Mount Auckland is also known as Hallasan.

Goto Island is also known as Fukue Island.


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2 April 1895

Making passage from Chefoo, China, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.71, Long 129.81 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining last half of watch.

Light breeze from SE and ESE, with occasional puffs last hour.

Smooth sea.

At 1.40am changed course to N60°E, patent log [reading] 56, and Goto Island light bearing N46°W.

At 2.45am lost sight of this light bearing N60°W.

Average steam pressure 108 pounds, revolutions 70.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, drizzling rain first half of watch.

Gentle East by South breeze, hauling to East by North and increasing slightly in force.

Steering course N60°E.

At 6.15am sighted land on port bow bearing N12°E.

Changed course to East at 6.25am, and at 6.50am to S75°E, and there-after made frequent slight changes standing in for an anchorage off Battenberg Island, Commander and Navigator conning ship.

At 8.00am came to with starboard anchor in 23 fathoms water, veering to fifty fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Hira Se beacon N12°W, Kagenoo-jima [Kageno Jima in log-book] N84°E (magnetic).

Draft of ship forward 12 feet, aft 14 feet 6 inches.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and threatening rain.

Gentle to moderate breezes from East by North to ESE.

Engaged during watch cleaning ship.

At 11.45am got under way and stood into Nagasaki harbor, Commanding Officer at the conn.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, very light rain at times.

Gentle and moderate breezes from SSE.

At 12.40pm let go starboard anchor in 6 fathoms.

Draft forward 12 feet, aft 14 feet 6 inches.

Moored ship with 45 fathoms on both chains, starboard anchor SE, port NW.

Put on mooring swivel and unshackled port chain.

[From weather observations page:] Bearings of moorings at Nagasaki: Minage Saki S28°W, Customs House S71°E.

Received boarding visits from Russian and French flagships, which were returned.

Fired salute of 15 guns, Russian flag at the fore, and 13 guns, French flag at fore, which were returned gun for gun by the respective flagships.

Commanding Officer paid an official call upon the Commander-in-Chief.

Signals during watch: 12.20pm, U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship distinguishing pennant, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" cornet 12; 12.25pm, U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship interrogatory 1211, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 1210; 12.30 pm, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" 5573; 1.15pm, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Salute Russian Vice Admiral and French Rear Admiral"; 1.20pm, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Officers may go ashore"; 2.15pm, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Workmen are ordered at once to work on your boilers."; 2.30pm, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Your arrival has been reported".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers, drizzly.

Light to gentle breezes from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to moderate breezes in squalls from South.


Battenberg Island is probably a reference to Okino Island.


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3 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and mild, raining at intervals throughout watch.

Light breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm and light variable airs.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain first part.

Calms and light variable airs.

Workmen from on shore at work on boilers.

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

By order of Commanding Officer released J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, and restored him to duty.

Received official calls from the Commanding Officers of the Russian flagship and a gunboat, and from the Russian flag lieutenant.

The French cruisers "Isly" and "Alger" came in anchored.

By order of the Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant Stevens was placed under arrest to await trial by Court Martial.

Signals: 8.10am, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Inspection postponed".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light variable airs.

Hove in to 30 fathoms on starboard chain, veering to 60 fathoms on port chain, and put on the mooring swivel.

At 1.45pm the French cruiser "Alger" fired a salute of 13 guns, United States ensign at the fore, flagship returned the salute gun for gun.

Transported sheet anchor to port bow and bent on remainder of port chain (45 fathoms).

Received visits from the Chief-of-Staff of the French Admiral, the Commander of the French battleship "Bayard" and the Commander of the Russian cruiser "[Admiral] Nakhimov" ["Nakimoff" in log-book].

Sent a liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing last hour.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Signals: U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "Does the Admiral dine on French flagship tomorrow and if so what uniform will he wear? Signed Commander Folger"; flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown "Admiral dines tomorrow with French Admiral, uniform will be "Evening dress B", signed Lieutenant Shipley".


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and calm, bright moonlight.


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4 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and calm, foggy about horizon at close of watch.

Falling barometer.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy.

Calm and light variable airs.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 72 pounds bread; 90 pounds fresh meat; and 90 pounds vegetables.

Sent ashes ashore in lighter.

Workmen from on shore came on board to work on boilers.


8am to meridian:

Weather mild and cloudy, with occasional light rain spits.

Light airs and breezes from NNW first part, light variable airs last part.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up drill, afterwards exercised at general quarters.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, found all in good working order, except after magazine, which was too stiff to turn without danger of twisting spindle.

Received a visit from the Commander of French cruiser "Alger", and from the United States Consul.

On the departure of the latter saluted him with seven guns, United States ensign at the fore.

Broke out forward shell room for cleaning and inspection.

By order of the Commanding Officer released G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, from confinement, his term having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather mild and overcast.

Calm.

Falling barometer.

Sent party of liberty men on shore.

Gunner's gang at work in forward shell room.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and mild.

Light variable airs and calms.

Received a visit from Commanding Officer of the Russian gunboat "Korietz" ["Koreyets" in log-book].

Inspected and restowed the forward shell room.

Cleaned and oiled all shells.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45pm, F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, drizzling rain first part of watch, foggy last hour.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

Barometer rising slightly.


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5 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calm and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Weather mild, overcast and misty.

Light variable airs first part and light airs from North last part.

Flagship made time and dress signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, mild.

Light airs from North, shifting last hour to SW.

Barometer steady.

Sent party of men ashore on 24 hours' liberty.

Quarters omitted on account of liberty and ship's work.

Tested hand steering gear.

By order of Navy Department presented P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate, with Good Conduct Medal.

F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, was by order of Commander placed under sentry's charge to await action, having been absent from the ship without leave and returning under the influence of liquor.

Broke out holds and storerooms.

Lieutenant Menefee, U.S. Navy, made weekly inspection required by Navy Department Circular number 8.

Commander-in-Chief paid official calls on board French vessels "Alger" and "Isly".

Paraded Marine Guard.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2.

Received and answered signals from flagship as per Signal Record Book.

Hauled fires in obedience to signal from flagship.

Workmen from shore at work on boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light airs from SSW.

Doctor Lumsden reported weekly sanitary inspection.

Sent Weyno Kisaburo [Kisabura in log-book], Mess Attendant, ashore to hospital for treatment.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, mild and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW, shifting to NNE.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm.


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6 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Calm and light airs from West.

B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, and F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, returned on board, having left the ship without permission.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear and pleasant, warm.

Rising barometer.

Light airs from NNE and North.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 72 pounds bread; and 90 pounds fresh beef.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW by West and North.

Engaged cleaning ship.

At 10.00am a General Court Martial, of which Captain B.F. Day, U.S. Navy, is president, convened on board for the trial of Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, U.S. Navy.

Fired gun and hoisted jack at the mizzen.

By order [of] Commanding Officer, placed F.U. Pearson, B. Lipman and F. Allen, Second-class Apprentices, in single irons, under the sentry's charge to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for leaving the ship without permission.

J. McCudden, Landsman, returned from liberty one hour over time.

Received official visit from the Commanding Officer of a Russian man-of-war, also from three French officers of the "Alger".

Discharged ashes into lighter.

C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, reported his term of enlistment expired this day.

Issued to T. Kuhlback, Gunner's Mate First-class, a Good Conduct Pin, sent by Navy Department for service on U.S.S. "Marion".

Offered a reward of twenty yen each for the apprehension and delivery on board of W.P. Williams, Machinist, P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, F. Kane, Boiler Maker, J. Rooney, Oiler, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman.

At 11.40am General Court Martial took a recess until one o'clock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light and gentle breezes from North.

General Court Martial reconvened at 1.03pm, and at 3.15pm adjourned to meet at 10.00am, Monday April 8.

The Commanding Officer of the Russian gunboat "Vsadnik" paid an official call.

A Russian gunboat came in and anchored, and fired salutes of 13 guns each with American and French flags at the fore, which salutes were answered by the respective flagships.

The United States Marshal [Marshall in log-book] brought on board J. Rooney, Oiler, for whose delivery a reward of 20.00 (yen) was paid.

Sent a liberty party ashore.

C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, was discharged from the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Fair.

Gentle breeze from North by East.


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7 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first hour, overcast last half of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, mild.

Light breeze from North.

At 6.00am Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer "City of Peking" came in and anchored.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light rain last half.

Light breeze from North.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, absentees: M.P. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, F. Kane, Boiler Maker, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman.

Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters.

Omitted general muster and [reading of] Articles for the Better Government of the Navy, on account of rain.

Received from flagship C.A. Bracken, Apprentice Third-class, having been sent from the U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokohama.

Received an official call from the Commanding Officer of the Russian gunboat.

Water boat came alongside and contents were tested by the Medical Officer and pronounced good.

Signals: sick report, numeral 2; and flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" at 10.00am, 6379.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from North.

Sent ashore an offer of reward of 20 dollars each, for the apprehension and delivery on board of G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, R. Holmes, Seaman, and J.T. Semple, Landsman.

Placed Owen Gannon, Second-class Fireman, under sentry's charge to await the action of Commanding Officer, for disorderly conduct.

Received in Equipment Department: 5 tons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from North and NE.

Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer "City of Peking" went out.

C. Biehler, Landsman, left the ship without proper authority, sent a reward of 20.00 (yen) ashore for his delivery on board.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from NNE and NE by North.


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8 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light NW breeze first half, from East last half of watch.

Falling barometer.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle breeze from SE, then calms and light variable airs, and last hour light breeze from WSW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 72 pounds fresh bread; and 90 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

C. Biehler, Landsman, and R. Homes, Seaman, returned on board, having left the ship without permission.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined the former in double irons and the latter in single irons.

Workmen from shore in Steam Engineering Department.

F. Kane, Boiler Maker, returned on board 44 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Weather overcast and mild, with light drizzling rain at intervals during first half.

Light breeze from WSW.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am, exercised at setting up, aiming drill and small arms.

The following named men were absent without leave, overstaying liberty, namely: P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J.T. Semple, Landsman, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, W. Clark, [Second-class Fireman,] and F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman.

General Court Martial met at 10.00am, and at 11.30am took a recess until 1.00pm.

Commanding Officer returned the call of the Commanding Officer of Russian gunboat "Bobr" ["Bobre" in log-book].

Delivered to R. Homes, Seaman, a copy of the specification of offenses preferred against him by the Commanding Officer, and by direction of the latter placed Owen Gannon, Second-class Fireman, in double irons for seven (7) days, for being drunk and disorderly on board ship.

A Board of Survey, of which Passed Assistant Engineer G.W. McElroy [McIlory in log-book] was senior member, convened on board for the survey of articles in Department of Equipment Exempt.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing showers.

Light WSW breeze, shifting to North by East.

Barometer steady.

General Court [Martial] reconvened at 1.00pm, and [at] 3.00pm adjourned to meet at 10.00am tomorrow.

A Board, of which Lieutenant H.O. Rittenhouse, U.S. Navy, is senior member, reported on board for the survey of Articles in Equipment Exempt.

Workmen from shore at work in Engineering Department.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and mild.

Gentle to light breeze from North by West and North.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45pm and exercised at setting up.

The following named men were absent without leave, overstaying liberty, namely: P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, J.T. Semple, Landsman, T. Jones, First-class Fireman, W. McDonald, Coal Passer, H.W. Cameron, Oiler, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, and R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light NNW breeze, calm last hour.

Marshal [Marshall in log-book] of United States Consulate brought P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, on board, men over time and for whom a reward had been offered.

O'Reilly and Semple were later in the watch discovered to have left the ship without permission.


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9 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and clearing weather.

Calm first hour, light airs from NW to North by West during remainder of watch.

Cleaned ship inside and out, and pumped out.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

Slight rise in barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up, aiming drill and at small arms.

W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, T. Jones, First-class Fireman, H.W. Cameron, Oiler, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer, P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, absent without leave.

Read and delivered to accused C. Biehler, Landsman, charges and specifications preferred against him by Rear Admiral C.C. Carpenter, U.S. Navy.

General Court [Martial] convened on board at 10.00am, and at 11.45am took a recess until 1.00pm.

Russian cruiser "Admiral Nakhimov" ["Admiral Nachimoff" in log-book] and two gunboats left the harbor.

Workmen from shore at work on board in Engineer's Department.

Water boat alongside at end of watch.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, returned on board 19 hours over time.

By order of commander placed Private Lindsey under sentry's charge to await further investigation.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light to moderate breezes from WSW.

Three coal lighters came alongside, and at 2.50pm commenced coaling, native labor.

At 3.00pm General Court Martial adjourned until 10.00am tomorrow.

Received in Equipment Department: 100 gallons lubricating oil; 50 coir brushes; 50 yards white muslin; and 30 tons fresh water.

Received about 50 tons of coal.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, cool latter part.

Light airs from North and NNW.

Barometer steady.

Knocked off coaling at 6.00pm, having received on board 159 tons.

Evening quarters omitted on account of coaling.

W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, T. Jones, First-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer, P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, absent without leave.

H.W. Cameron, Oiler, returned on board 25 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright moonlight.

Calm.

At 8.00pm W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and T. Jones, First-class Fireman, were brought on board by the police, 82½ and 28 hours over time respectively, and a reward of twenty yen each was paid to the United States Marshal [Marshall in log-book].


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10 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from North.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light NE breeze.

Rising barometer.

Coal lighters came alongside at 6.30am, commenced coaling at 7.00am.

H. Hellings, Coal Passer, returned on board 39 hours over time.

Received for use of crew: 91¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 73 pounds fresh bread.

Pumped ship out.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from NE and North by West.

At 10.07am General Court Martial met on board, fired gun and hoisted jack at the mizzen.

At 11.45am Court adjourned until 10.00am tomorrow.

Engaged coaling ship, and at 11.15am finished, having received for the day 127.5 tons and in all 286.5 tons.

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

Absentees: P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J.T. Semple, Landsman, and R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW by North to ENE.

Received in Steam Engineering Department: 200 gallons lubricating oil.

In Construction [Department]: 12 gross screws; 25 pounds nails; 1 gross screw eyes; 50 pounds potash; 100 pounds shellac; 50 gallons alcohol; 10 gallons asphaltum varnish; 1 dozen rowlocks; 2 pounds escutcheon pins; 25 pounds vermilion, dry; 812 pounds white lead; 2 rules, 2 feet; 6 dozen sheets sand paper.

In Equipment [Department]: 20 pounds cotton twine; 5 pounds roping twine; 100 pounds cotton waste; 50 pounds charcoal; 30 coal baskets; 10 spun wick; 5 gallons Stockholm tar; 5 gallons tar oil.

Received an official call from the Commanding Officer of the Russian man-of-war "Gaydamak".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from North and NNW.

Made wigwag signal to flagship "Permission to scrape spars", granted.

Scraped spars.

Received in Engineer's Department: 560 pounds cotton waste.

And in Construction Department: 25 pounds vermilion; 200 feet x 1 inch and 200 feet x 2 inch pine; 63 feet x 1 inch cedar; 100 feet x 1 inch and 52 feet x 3 inches x 1 inch oak; 50 feet x 1 inch and 22 feet x 1½ inches ash; 2 pieces planed 14 feet x 6 inches x 4 inches hard pine.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from NNE.


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11 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and calm, bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from North.

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

Received in Construction and Repair Department: 6 deck buckets; 6 boat buckets; 12 spit kits.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from ENE.

By order of the Commanding Officer released O. Gannon, Second-class Fireman, and restored him to duty, also released B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, R. Homes, Seaman, and Private Lindsey, and made them prisoners at large.

At 9.00am called all hands clear ship for action, all divisions ready in 31 minutes.

Beat to general quarters, all ready in 2¾ minutes.

During exercise changed from hand to steam steering gear in 1 minute 30 seconds and back again in 1 minute 20 seconds.

Relieving tackle ready in 2 minutes 12 seconds.

At 10.30am secured.

General Court Martial met on board at 10.00am, and 11.25am took a recess until 3.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light breeze from West, hauling last hour to SW by West.

Started fires in boiler D at 1.00pm.

General Court [Martial] met at 3.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW to West by South.

At 5.45pm mustered at quarters, absentees: P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J.T. Semple, Landsman, R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer, and C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class.

Received 20 tons fresh water for steaming purposes and 3 tons for ship's use.

Received on board 2 hacksaw blades for Steam Engineering [Department], and 2 boxes window glass for Construction [Department].

At 4.25pm General Court Martial adjourned to await order from the Commander-in-Chief.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Moon rose at 9.15pm.

Light breeze from WSW first hour, calm during remainder of watch.

C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, returned on board from absence without leave.


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8am to meridian, Thursday April 11th, 1895.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order, except after magazine flood cock, which was too stiff to turn without danger of twisting spindle.


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12 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm first three hours, light airs from NE last hour.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North and NE.

French cruiser "Alger" hauled into dry dock.

At 8.00am French flagship cockbilled yards and half-masted colors.

Signal [from flagship]: 6379 and 3350.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East to SE.

At 9.30am called away all boats armed and equipped for distant service.

Boats ready as follows: 1st cutter 7½ minutes; 2nd cutter 6 minutes; whaleboat 7 minutes; sailing launch 12½ minutes.

Exercised boats under oars and at making and shortening sail.

Broke out storerooms for weekly inspection.

The inspections required by Navy Department Circular number 8 were made by the Executive Officer and Surgeon and by Ensign Knepper and Assistant Engineer Moritz.

A Japanese gunboat left the Marine Railway and came to anchor in inner harbor.

The following named men are absent without leave, namely: P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, J.T. Semple, Landsman, and R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm.

Light breeze from SW, shifting to West and WSW.

Falling barometer.

J.T. Semple, Landsman, returned on board, and by order of Commander, was placed in double irons to await action.

Crew engaged at ship's work.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Very light airs from WSW first hour, calm during remainder of watch.

Mustered at quarters at 5.45pm and exercised at fire quarters.

All divisions ready in 1 minute 45 seconds, secured in 2 minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, pleasant, obscured moonlight.

Calm first hour, light Northerly airs remainder of watch.

Slight rise in barometer.


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13 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain during last half of watch.

Light variable airs and calms first part, light breeze from SSE last part.

Received for issue to crew: 72 pounds fresh bread; and 90 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light airs, practically throughout watch, [and] gentle SSE breeze.

Falling barometer.

Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, U.S. Navy, having been acquitted of the charges preferred against him, was by order of the Commander-in-Chief released from arrest and restored to duty.

At 9.23am inspected at quarters, and at 9.30am Commander-in-Chief and staff came on board for the purpose of inspecting the vessel and were received with the crew at quarters.

Shortly after cleared ship for action and thereafter continued the drills and exercises incident to the inspection until 11.45am, at which time they were suspended for dinner, to be renewed at 1.00pm.

By order of Commander, released J.T. Semple, Landsman, and made him prisoner at large, to be reconfined on completion of inspection.

P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing showers, rainy.

Light to moderate breezes from SSE and South.

At 1.15pm renewed drills and exercises incident to inspection by Commander-in-Chief, and continued until 3 o'clock.

Drilled battalion light marching order, divisional drills, arm and away boats, fire drill and abandon ship.

A Russian man-of-war came into harbor and moored close to.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, rainy.

Light Southerly breeze, with frequent moderate puffs.

Slight fall in barometer.

At about 4.30pm half-masted colors with flagship out of respect to funeral party leaving the Russian ship.

Mast-headed colors at 5.15pm.

Evening quarters omitted on account of weather.

By order of Commander re-confined J.T. Semple, Landsman, in double irons.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to moderate breezes from SW, hauling to West last hour.


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14 April 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan, and at sea

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, partly clearing, pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from North to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast first hour, clear remainder of watch.

Light airs from North and NNE.

Rising barometer.

At 6.10am started fires under boilers A, B and C.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Gentle to moderate breezes from NNE and North.

Light squalls.

At 9.00am called all hands to muster and read findings of General Court Martial in the case of Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, U.S. Navy, who was of the charge acquitted.

Also read finding and sentence of same Court in the case of Charles Biehler, Landsman, who was sentenced to be confined on board U.S.S. "Yorktown" in double irons and on bread and water for forty five days, except that he shall have a full ration every fifth day, to forfeit three months' pay, amounting to forty eight dollars, and at the expiration of his confinement to be dishonorably discharged from the Naval Service of the United States.

Charles Biehler, Landsman, was accordingly confined.

At 9.15am made wigwag signal to flagship "Permission to unmoor ship and make preparations for sea", granted.

At 9.30am sick report numeral 4.

Carried out stream anchor, hove up port anchor and hove in to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Making preparations for sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from North.

Finished unmooring, hove up starboard anchor, and at 1.55pm stood out of Nagasaki harbor, the Commanding Officer conning the ship.

Draft forward 13 feet 8 inches, [aft] 16 feet 6 inches.

M.P. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, was brought on board and a reward of 20.00 (yen) was paid for his delivery.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed him in double irons to await investigation, and released J.T. Semple, Landsman, and made him a prisoner at large.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate Northerly breeze.

Ship rolling easily to long swell.

Course S52°W.

At 6.53pm sighted group of small islands bearing S85°W, patent log [reading] 58.4.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 110.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

Smooth sea.

At 10.00pm changed course to S83°W.

Average steam pressure 106 pounds, revolutions 106.


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8am to meridian, April 14, 1895.

By order [of] Commanding Officer R.W. Pawley, Coal Passer, was declared a deserter from the Naval Service.


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15 April 1895

Making passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.31, Long 125.32


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first half, cloudy remainder of watch.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

Falling barometer.

Moon rose at 12.10am.

At 12.30am passed a steamer to starboard, standing to Eastward.

Course S83°W.

Average steam pressure 106 pounds, revolutions 104.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from North first hour, then calm.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 104.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light rains at times, calms and light variable airs.

At 11.10am left course and ran 2.9 [miles] N57°W to speak a junk, which was thought to need assistance.

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

Between 10.00am and 11.00am set clock back 38 minutes.

At 10.25am a Summary Court Martial met for the trial of F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, and others, and at 11.45am took a recess.

Steam 105 pounds, revolutions 103.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining.

Calms to gentle Southerly breeze.

Course S83°W until 12.36pm, when changed course to S87°W, patent log [reading] 72.2.

A Summary Court Martial met for the trial of B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, and adjourned at 3.00pm.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 105.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather overcast and cool, light drizzling rain during first half, sky clearing partly at times during last half of watch.

Light to gentle breeze from South and SW first part and moderate breeze from West last part.

Got stream anchor on forecastle and got up and bent steel hawser to same for anchoring.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 107.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, misty at times.

Gentle Westerly breeze.

At 8.30pm changed course to S85°W, patent log reading 63.1.

Took sounding at half hour intervals from 8.30pm until 10.00pm, and at intervals of 20 minutes from 10.00pm to 11.00pm, averaging from 30 to 36 fathoms.

At 8.15pm stopped ship and got up and down cast in 20 fathoms.

At 11.00pm sighted North Saddle Island [Saddle Rock in log-book] light bearing (per compass) SW by W½W.

At end of watch North Saddle Island [Saddle Rock in log-book] light bore S33°W.

Sighted a vessel's light at 11.45pm a point forward of starboard beam, which bore about abeam at end of watch.

Average steam 108 pounds, revolutions 106.


North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.


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16 April 1895

Making passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.37, Long 121.68 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WSW.

Choppy sea.

At 12.30am North Saddle Island [Saddle Rock in log-book] light bore abeam, distant 8½ miles, changed course to N9°W and stood on that course for 2.3 miles, until 12.45am, when stopped engines and let go stream anchor with wire hawser in 13½ fathoms water, light brown mud bottom, veered to about 75 fathoms of cable.

North Saddle Island [Saddle Rock in log-book] light bearing S10°E (per compass), distant 10.8 miles, ship's head N71°E.

Riding stern to wind, cable tending aft, until 3 o'clock, when began to swing to wind.

Tide setting to WSW, about 1.5 knots.

Moon rose at 12.40am.

At end of watch riding across tide and wind, heading SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear, hazy.

Gentle breeze from West.

Sighted a steamer standing to Westward.

Hove up stream anchor and got under way at 6.25am.

Set course W½N and put over log, reading 11.8.

At 7.07am changed course to West by North, log [reading] 19.7.

Sighted Amherst Rock.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from West to WNW.

Course WNW½W until 9 o'clock, when picked up pilot near fairway buoy, and changed course to N62°W.

Remainder of watch standing up the mouth of the Yangtze [Yangtse in log-book], with frequent changes of course, pilot conning the ship.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised crew at aiming drill and setting up, after which drilled infantry and artillery companies.

At 11.00am Summary Court Martial met for the trial of F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, and others.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from NNW.

At 12.50pm came to with port anchor and twenty five [fathoms] chain in 7 fathoms water, soft mud bottom.

Ship's draught forward 13 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet 6 inches.

Summary Court Martial met at 1.20pm, and at 2.40pm adjourned to await the action of the convening authority.

Instructed apprentices in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Barometer steady.

At 4.00pm got under way and stood up for Woosung Bar.

At 4.45pm received information from Captain of Port that the channel was blocked by a sunken steamer, dropped port anchor and swung to it, after swinging got under way and stood down the river, and at 5.25pm came to with port anchor in 7 fathoms water, veering to 30 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Woosung Spit buoy S28°W, [Woosung] lightship SE by South (magnetic).

Banked fires and stopped pumps.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and fine, bright starlight.

Light breeze from SSW.


Amherst Rock is also known Jigu Jiao.

Woosung is also known as Wusong.


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4pm to 8pm, April 16, 1895.

By order [of] Commanding Officer confined the following named men in single irons for safekeeping, about an hour afterwards, as the ship did not go up to Shanghai, released and made them prisoners at large, namely: J.T. Semple, Landsman; F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class; B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class; R. Holmes, Seaman; F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class; and E.E. Lindsey, Private Marine.


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17 April 1895

At anchor Woosung, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, with light breeze from SSW first two hours, shifting to SSE last two hours.

Slack low water at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

At 5.00am hove up and stood up Wangpoo River [Wangfee River in log-book] in charge of pilot, Commanding Officer on the bridge.

Made fast to buoy off lower end of Hongkew wharf.

Unshackled starboard chain and made fast to buoy with it.

Signals: distinguishing pennant, U.S.S. "Concord" to "Yorktown" cornet 29.

Received a boarding visit from U.S.S. "Concord".


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm first hour, light airs from South during remainder of watch.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am.

Exercised at setting up and aiming drills, and afterwards exercised divisions as per routine.

Received visits from Commanding Officer [of] U.S.S. "Concord", and from officers [of] H.B.M.S "Caroline" and French gunboat "Lutin".

Sent an officer to call upon the United States Consul General and announce arrival of ship.

Commanding Officer called upon the following, namely: the United States Consul General; and the Commanders of the following vessels, namely: H.B.M.S. "Caroline"; French gunboat "Lutin"; two Russian vessels; the Spanish vessel; and U.S.S. "Concord".

Ship riding to the ebb.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light SW breeze.

Falling barometer.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

At 1.05pm U.S.S. "Concord" asked and received permission to prepare for sea.

Sent party of liberty men ashore.

Crew engaged scrubbing paint outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SW to SSW.

At 4.45pm U.S.S. "Concord" made signal interrogatory 4890, answered and made the affirmative.

At 5.00pm U.S.S. "Concord" cast off from buoy and stood down the river.

Ran a line to the buoy she left and shifted our moorings to that buoy.

Exercised apprentices at reading Ardois signals.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Ebb tide.


Wangpoo River is also known as Huangpu River.

Hongkew is also known as Hongkou.


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18 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Clear first part, then clouding over.

Calm and light airs from SSW.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from SE by East and calms first part, light airs from NE last part.

Flood tide.

Received for issue to crew: 72 pounds fresh bread; and 90 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light variable airs.

Rising barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised setting up and aiming drill.

Tested all magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks and found all in good working order.

Commanders of H.M.S. "Caroline", French ship "Lutin" and of a Spanish and Russian man-of-war called on board.

Ah Ling, Mess Attendant, was given two nights on seam [(that is toe the seam, or line)], two hours each night, and C. Bodri, Apprentice Second-class, assigned to strike the bell for three days.

Crew engaged at ship's work, breaking out fore hold, scrubbing ship's side, et cetera.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from NE and East.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer of Russian ship "Kreyser" ["Kriesser" in log-book].

Sent a liberty party ashore.

Finished breaking out fore hold.

Engaged in ship's work.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East, shifting to NE.

Barometer steady.

Swung to the flood at 7.15pm.

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

Absentees T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, and W. Sullivan, Water Tender.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, misty.

Light airs and breezes from NE by East to East.

By order [of] Commanding Officer, Ah Ling, Mess Attendant, stood two hours' [toeing the] seam on the quarter deck, for making noise in wardroom mess room before 7.00am.


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19 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from East to NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy.

Light NE and Easterly breeze.

Swung to the flood at 4.20am.

Received for use of crew: 90 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 72 pounds bread.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light breeze from East and East by North.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had divisional drills.

Absent without leave: W. Sullivan, Water Tender, and T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman.

Lieutenant Hannum reported weekly inspection of storerooms, et cetera.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ENE and East.

Ebb tide.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Workmen from shore at work on dynamo engine.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent without leave: W. Sullivan, Water Tender, T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, and A. Young, Apprentice Third-class.

Exercised at fire quarters, divisions ready in 2¼ minutes

At 4.45pm Thomas Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, fell overboard from buoy while placing a chafing mat, and was rescued by C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, and P. Mullen, Coxswain.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from East.

Swung to flood tide first hour.


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20 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from ENE to East.

Low water at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light breeze from ENE.

Received fresh provisions as follows: 73 pounds bread; 91¼ [pounds] beef; 91¼ [pounds] vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light airs from ESE.

Flood tide.

At 10.00am called all hands to muster and read sentences and findings of the Summary Court Martial in the cases of F.U. Pearson, Apprentice Second-class, B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, F. Allen, Apprentice Second-class, R. Homes, Seaman, J.T. Semple, Landsman, and P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined all the above in double irons, on full rations, for ten days in accordance with sentences.

Sent on shore crank shaft of dynamo engine for repairs.

Received on board a mail from United States.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light drizzling rain second hour.

Light variable airs and breezes.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with very light drizzling rain latter part.

Light breeze from East and ESE.

Ebb tide.

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

Absentees: W. Sullivan, Water Tender, T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, August Young, Apprentice Third-class, and J.J. Donahue, Apprentice Second-class.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, occasional light drizzle.

Light airs from ESE.

J.J. Donahue, Apprentice Second-class, returned on board at 10.30pm (clean and sober), having been absent without leave, and was placed in confinement to await action of the Commanding Officer.


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21 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light ESE breeze, shifting to East last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from East and ESE.

Workmen from shore came on board to work in dynamo room.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 73 pounds fresh bread; and 91¼ pounds each of beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light drizzling rain.

Light breeze from ESE and SE.

By order of Commanding Officer J.J. Donahue, Apprentice Second-class, was confined in double irons for three days, on full rations, and reduced to the 4th conduct class, for not performing duty for which he was sent ashore and remaining ashore 33½ hours.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, absentees: R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, A. Young, Apprentice Third-class, W. Sullivan, Water Tender, and T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, occasional light passing showers.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Barometer falling.

R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, returned on board 48½ hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light rain last hour.

Light breeze from ESE.

By order of Commanding Officer placed R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, under sentry's charge to await investigation, he having returned on board 48 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, rainy.

Light ESE breeze.

Barometer falling.


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22 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, light rain first half.

Light airs from ESE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Light airs from ESE.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew, fresh provisions as follows: 73 pounds fresh bread; and 91¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm.

Calm and light variable airs.

Falling barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up, aiming drill and at divisional drills.

By order of Commander R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, was placed in double irons for five days, for making an unprovoked assault on a shipmate.

A report made by Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm, U.S. Navy, against P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, was read to him at the mast.

Crew engaged at ship's work.

T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, A. Young, Apprentice Third-class, and W. Sullivan, Water Tender, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from West and North.

H.B.M.S. "Archer" came in and moored.

Sent an officer to pay official visit, which was returned by an officer from the H.B.M.S. "Archer".

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

W. Sullivan, Water Tender, and A. Young, Apprentice Third-class, returned on board 96 and 72 hours over time respectively.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light NNE breeze first half of watch, calm remainder.

Barometer rising.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear first part, then cloudy.

Calm and light airs from ESE.


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Meridian to 4pm, April 22nd, 1895.

The following stores received in the different departments.

Equipment Department: 60 gallons tea oil; 60 fathoms 3-inch manila rope, 87 pounds; 75 fathoms 4-strand, 3¾-inch manila rope, 258 pounds; 2 dozen corn brooms; 1 gross eyelets and studs, ½ gross each size; 1 gross steel rings, 1-inch diameter; 2 palms, roping; 3 palms, seaming.

Construction Department: 1 package glazing points; ½ dozen deck buckets; 2 couplings, 2-inch, brass; 6 ash oars, 13 feet long; 4 ash oars, 16 feet long; 20 pounds ¼-inch square rubber gaskets; ½ dozen hacksaw blades, 12-inch; 2 try squares; 1 hammer, ball pean, 1 pound; 1 pair compasses; 1 pair hand shears; 4 coal chisels, ⅞-inch.

Steam Engineering Department: 6 sash tool brushes; 6 paint brushes; 12 corn brooms; 1 barrel Portland cement; 2 brass padlocks; 12 metal water buckets; 1 bull eye lantern; ½ gallon glycerin; 200 pounds soda; 100 pounds black lead; 150 pounds brown zinc; 28 pounds green paint; 2 dozen thumb tacks; 1 trimmer's sheers; 50 pounds hemp packing, 1-inch, square.


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23 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, foggy last hour.

Light airs and breezes from ESE and East.

Swung to ebb second hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy first hour.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer rising.

Received for use of crew: 91¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 73 pounds fresh bread.

Executed morning orders.

T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, brought on board by police, 113½ hours over time.

Ship riding to the ebb.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, then infantry and artillery light marching order.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Archer", which visit was returned by the Commanding Officer.

Officers of this ship and the H.B.M.S "Caroline" exchanged social calls.

At 10.00am ship swung to flood.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to clear, and warm.

Calms and light variable airs.

Swung to ebb last hour.

Received a social call from the officers of the Spanish cruiser "[Don Antonio de] Ulloa".

H.B.M.S. "Archer" went up to anchorage off Shanghai.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE.

Light drizzling rain last hour.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, light drizzling rain first hour.

Gentle breeze to light airs from North.

Swung to flood second hour.


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24 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, light breeze from NNE to North.

Slack high water at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast first half, then clear and fine.

Light breeze from North.

Received fresh provisions in Supplies and Accounts Department as follows: 73 pounds fresh bread; and 91¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North.

Slack water at 10.00am.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and [had] routine exercises and drills.

No absentees.

By order of the Commanding Officer released J.J. Donahue, Apprentice Second-class, from confinement, his term of confinement having expired.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 dozen launch chimneys; 1 dozen lamp gloves; 8 plates and rings for galley; and in Construction Department: 6 boat hooks.

Received a social call from officers of French cruiser "Lutin".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from North.

The Italian cruiser "Umbria" came in and anchored.

Sent a boarding officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE and East.

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

No absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from East to ESE.

Tide turned flood at 10.30pm.


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25 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from ESE.

Riding to the flood tide.

Swinging to ebb at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light airs to gentle breeze from ESE.

Ebb tide.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 73 pounds bread; and 91¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Dynamo armature was returned from workshop on shore.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

At 9.30am beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 5 minutes.

Secured at 10.18am in 1½ minutes.

An officer from the Italian cruiser "Umbria" visited the ship officially.

Slack low water at 10.40am.

By order of Commanding Officer placed Private Garwood in confinement in double irons, on full ration, for three days, for using abusive and threatening language towards Private Roulston.

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


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 2.55pm.

Received a visit from the Commander of the Italian cruiser "Umbria".


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from ESE.

At 5.00pm mustered and exercised divisions at setting up.

Received in Paymaster's Department stores as follows: 2000 pounds flour; 500 pounds salt pork; 1750 pounds beans; 300 pounds salt beef; 500 pounds rice; 300 pounds dried fruit; 600 pounds butter; 500 pounds tomatoes; 3000 pounds canned meat; 120 pounds tea; 2700 pounds sugar; 675 pounds pickles; 60 gallon molasses; 62 gallons vinegar; 800 pounds vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from ESE.

Slack water low at 10.55pm.


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26 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, damp.

Light airs from SE.

Falling barometer.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light Southeasterly airs and calms first part, moderate breeze from SSE last hour.

Slack high water at 4.20am.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew fresh provisions as follows: 73 pounds fresh bread; and 91¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

At 6.30am started fires in boilers A and D.


8am to meridian:

Fair, mild and clearing weather.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Inspected and mustered at quarters at 9.30am and exercised divisions at setting up and aiming drills, and afterwards exercised at out all boats and abandoning ship.

All boats equipped in 4¾ minutes, secured in 3 minutes.

Broke out storerooms for inspection.

Ensign Knepper, Surgeon Lumsden and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz made the inspection required by Navy Department Circular number 8.

Posted for information of crew General Court Martial orders numbers 12 and 13.

At 8.10am, by order [of] Commanding Officer, fires in boilers A and D were allowed to die out.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle SE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 12.15pm H.B.M.S. "Caroline" left the harbor.

Broke out both bower and sheets chains, and made quarterly inspection of chain lockers and ground tackle.

Restowed lockers at end of watch.

Flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from SE.

Riding to wind first hour and to ebb remainder of watch.

At 5.00pm exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute 15 seconds, secured in 1 minute 15 seconds.

Exercised at station for out all boats.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light ESE breeze.

Slack water low at 11.30pm.


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27 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from ESE.

Riding to flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light, increasing to gentle breeze from SE and SSE.

Slack water high at 4.30am.

A Chinese gunboat passed up the river at 6.30am.

Received for issue to crew: 73 pounds fresh bread; and 91¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South and ESE.

By order of Commanding Officer released R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, from confinement, his term having expired.

Received official visit from an officer of the Spanish cruiser "[Don Antonio de] Ulloa", who announced the death of her Commanding Officer, Senor Don Jose Jimenez, Commander of the Spanish Royal Navy.

Sent an officer to offer condolence.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 1000 pounds coffee.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from SSE.

Swung to flood tide at 12.15pm.

Half-masted colors in company with foreign men-of-war as a mark [of] respect to the late Commanding Officer of the Spanish cruiser.

Received a call from a Spanish officer to announce that the funeral of their late Commanding Officer would take place at 5.00pm Sunday.

Sent liberty party ashore.

A Chinese gunboat came in and anchored.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 100 double and 100 single grate bars.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally.

Moderate to stiff breezes breezes from SSE and SE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

At 5.20pm ship swung to ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, squally.

Moderate to fresh breezes in squalls from SE.

Riding to ebb tide, at end of watch swinging to wind.


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28 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from SSE to South.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy first part, then clearing, pleasant weather.

Moderate to stiff breeze from SSE.

At 5.30am ship swung to ebb.

By order [of] Commanding Officer placed J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, in confinement in double irons for safe keeping and to await further investigation, for attempting to leave the ship without permission.

At 7.00am started fires under boilers A and D.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts fresh provisions as follows: 73 pounds bread; 91¼ pounds beef 91¼; pounds vegetables.

At 8.05am half-masted colors and jack in honor of the late Commander of the "[Don Antonio de] Ulloa".


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy, pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SSE.

At 10.00am went to quarters for inspection, absentees: G. Fawcett, Seaman, L.A. Lamar, Apprentice Second-class, and C.E. Bracken, Apprentice [Second]-class.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Delivered specifications to J. Rocks, First-class Fireman.

Received: 6¾ pounds Tucks packing, ⅜-inch; 3¾ pounds Tucks packing, ⅜-inch [sic]; ¼ pound fuze wire (3 Ampere).

Received on board supplies in photographic outfit.

By order of the Commanding Officer released W.G. Garwood, Private Marine, from confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from SSE.

At 2.50pm U.S.S. "Petrel" was sighted.

At 2.55pm exchanged distinguishing pennants with her, U.S.S. "Petrel" then made general [signal] interrogatory 1211, which was answered by the affirmative pennant.

The Commanding Officer with three officers, and Lieutenant Robinson in charge of a company, 36 files, left the ship to attend the funeral of the late Commander Jimenez, Royal Spanish Navy, Commanding the Cruiser "[Don Antonio de] Ulloa".

Barometer falling.

Flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SSE.

At 5.30pm Spanish man-of-war fired a salute of 7 guns and mast-headed colors, followed her motions.

The Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Petrel" paid an official call.

Funeral party returned on board at 7.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze in squalls from SSE.

Ebb tide.


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29 April 1895

Moored to buoy off Hongkew, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.246, Long 121.500


Commences and until 4am:

Weather warm and partly cloudy.

Moderate to gentle breeze, with fresh squalls from SSE.

Slack water at 2.35am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from South.

Slack water high at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Ebb tide.

Light breeze from South and SSE, followed by light airs from SSW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absentees: L.A. Lamar, Apprentice Second-class, C.E. Bracken, Apprentice Second-class, and G. Fawcett, Seaman.

Exercised divisions at setting up and aiming drill, then exercised battalion.

Commanding Officer visited U.S.S. "Petrel" officially.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of the Spanish cruiser "[Don Antonio de] Ulloa".

By order of the Commanding Officer placed under sentry's charge: J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, J. Weir, Seaman, and A. Garren, Coxswain, for being under the influence of liquor.

U.S.S. "Petrel" signaled "Permission to loose sail", answered by affirmative pennant.

Made preparations for going alongside dock.

Received in Engineer's Department the following stores: 50 pounds asbestos cement; 10 pounds bolts and nuts; 20 pounds iron bolts; 36 steel machine bolts; 10 pounds iron nuts; 10 steel bolts; 20 yards cotton oil webbing; 5 pounds brass screws; 100 button head screws; 15 pounds lead wire; 2 pounds copper wire; 10 pounds steel wire; 10 pounds brass wire; 24 steel cap screws; 50 brass screws, round head; 10 feet copper rod; 3 angle valves; 36 brass nipples; 36 brass pipe couplings; 6 return bends; 3 machinist's hammers; 12 half round files and handles; 5 quires emery cloth; 36½ pounds babbitt metal; 2 main stop valve wrenches; 6 shifting hammers; 6 scaling hammers; 2 riveting hammers; 1 oil cup.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and hot.

Light airs from NNE and NE.

Swung to flood at 1.30pm, and at 1.45pm cast off from buoy, steamed down to New Dock and hauled into entrance to dock.

At 3.45pm, there being insufficient water on the blocks of the dock, commenced hauling ship astern, preparatory to mooring alongside of dock just above dry dock.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, raining last two hours.

Light airs from North by East.

Finished hauling out of dock and secured to wharf at entrance of same.

The British gunboat H.B.M.S. "Pigmy" came in and steamed to the upper harbor.

Barometer rising.


8pm to midnight:

Weather overcast, with occasional rain.

Light breeze from North by East and North.

Ebb tide.


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30 April 1895

Moored to wharf at entrance of [and in] New Dry Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, raining latter part.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Flood tide.

At 1.30am called all hands.

Singled fasts and hauled into dry dock.

Dock being pumped out at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

Water started going down in dock at daylight.

Dock workmen scrubbing bottom as the water went down.

William Sharp, Private Marine, being slightly under the influence of liquor, was placed under sentry's charge to await investigation by Commanding Officer.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew fresh provisions as follows: 72 pounds bread; and 90 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair first part, cloudy last part.

Moderate breeze from WNW.

Dockyard hands overhauling outboard valves, painting ship's bottom, repairing sleeve of starboard accommodation ladder davit and starboard forward boat davit, and overhauling and cleaning magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were released from confinement, by reason of expiration of Summary Court Martial sentence, namely: P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class; R. Homes, Seaman; J.T. Semple, Landsman.

And F.U. Pearson, B. Lipman and F. Allen, Apprentices Second-class, and J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, and J. Weir, Seaman, were placed in double irons for five days, for being drunk on board ship, and W. Sharp, Private Marine, was placed in double irons for five days, for being so much under the influence of liquor as to be unfit for duty.

And A. Garren, Coxswain, was released from confinement.

The engineering officer inspected the rudder and underwater valves.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Moderate SE breeze.

Tide turned flood about 1.40pm.

P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, was reported as being away from the ship without permission, searched the ship and found him absent.

Sent notice of reward offered for his apprehension to authorities on shore.

By order of Commanding Officer placed W. Artus [Aratus in log-book] (Engineer's Blacksmith) and J.F. Fawley, Coal Passer, in double irons to await action, for being drunk on duty.

Dockyard people engaged painting underwater body.

Crew engaged at ship's work.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

Dock hands completed painting of ship's bottom at 4.30pm.

Chief Engineer examined the propeller nuts and out board couplings of both shafts and all outboard valves.

Found all in good condition, except bilge injection valve of port engine.

Refitted this valve.

He also reported all work in his department finished at 5.00pm.

Overhauling and cleaning of magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks completed at 4.30pm.

Confined J.T. Semple, Landsman, and M. Lynch, Seaman, in single irons for safe keeping and to await action of Commanding Officer, for attempting to leave ship without permission.

P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, G. Fawcett, Seaman, L.A. Lamar, Apprentice Second-class, and C.E. Bracken, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from NW.

Slight rise in barometer.

Ebb tide.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR MAY 1895


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1 May 1895

In New Dry Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

At 1.45am flood gates of caisson were opened and dock commenced to fill.

At 2.30am ship afloat.

All preparations made for hauling out of dock.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and mild.

Light airs from NW first part and light breeze from NNW last part.

At daylight hauled out of dry dock and moored ship alongside dock, preparatory to coaling.

At 7.00am shifted moorings about two ship's length further up the dock.

G. Fawcett, Seaman, and C.E. Bracken and L.A. Lamar, Apprentices Second-class, returned on board 72 hours over time.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew fresh provisions: 118 pounds fresh bread; and 147½ pounds each beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light NE and NNE breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

Commences coaling ship, native labor.

Received in Engineer's Department: 197 double grate bars; 13 single grate bars; 6 globe lanterns; 12 hand lamps; and 6 shovels.

By order of Commander J.F. Fawley, Coal Passer, and W. Artus, Blacksmith, were confined in double irons for five (5) days, for being drunk on duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from North.

Engaged coaling ship, coolie labor, until 2.45pm, when finished, having taken in all 98½ tons.

At 3.15pm got under way from wharf and stood down the Woosung River, Commanding Officer in charge, pilot at the conn.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 118 pounds fresh bread; 147½ pounds each of beef and vegetables.

Draft aft 16 feet 9 inches, forward 13 feet 10 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW to NE.

Standing down Woosung River.

At 4.57pm let go port anchor in 6 fathoms, soft bottom, in mid-channel, just above the inner bar.

Veered to 15 fathoms and secured.

Banked fires.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, and C.A. Carlsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, under sentry's charge until sober.

By order of Commanding officer P.M. O'Reilly, Gunner's Mate Second-class, was declared a deserter from the ship and Naval Service.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, light drizzle last part of watch.

Light breeze from ENE.


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Meridian to 4pm, May 1, 1895:

Received in Equipment [Department] (Exempt): 2 truck lights, complete; 16, 32-candle-power lamps, 80 Volt; 4 junction boxes, 4 way; 10 solid cones for side holes; 6 solid cones for end holes; 4 watertight receptacles; 4 attachment plugs; 4 watertight switches; 2 pulsating switches; 1200 feet number 16 British [Standard] Wire Gauge wire; 400 feet hemp, portable; 4 keyless sockets; 12 1 to 5 light glass tube fuses; 2 keys for junction boxes; 1 red shade for side light; 1 green shade for side light; 24 copper brushes, 1 inch x ¼ inch, for commutators.


Woosung River is also known as Suzhou Creek.


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2 May 1895

At anchor, just above inner bar, Woosung River, [and making passage up Yangtze River]

Lat 32.00, Long 120.77


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Light airs from ESE, freshening slightly and hauling to East by North last hour.

Riding to ebb.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Drizzling rain first hour.

Gentle ENE and NE breeze.

At 5.00am got under way and stood up the river, pilot conning.

Put over patent log at 5.35am, reading 90.1.

At end of watch steering course NW by West.

Average steam 100 pounds, revolutions 85.

By order of Commanding Officer placed C. Nelson, Machinist, and J. Jacobs, Oiler, in double irons, for neglecting to carry out orders, later, on investigation, released them by the same authority.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 10.50am a Summary Court Martial for the trial of James Rocks, First-class Fireman, and of such other persons as may be legally brought before it, convened in the case of J. Rocks, First-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, and C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, were reduced to 4th conduct class, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

Standing up the Yangtze River, pilot conning.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 85.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, very light rain 2nd hour.

Gentle breeze from NNE.

At 1.15pm Summary Court Martial reconvened, and adjourned at 3.00pm to await the action of the convening authority.

Standing up Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book].

[From weather observations page:] At noon off East end of King Pitman Island.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light breeze from NNE.

Standing up the Yangtze River, pilot conning the ship.

At 6.27pm came to with the port anchor in 9½ fathoms. veering to 30 fathoms port chain.

Place of anchorage: 36 miles below Chinkiang, [from weather observations page] off Tin-Sin-Jau.

Draft of ship 13 feet 7 inches forward, 16 feet 8 inches aft.

Banked fires.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Light breeze and airs from NNE.

Moonlight.

Shanghai steamer passed down at 11.00pm.

Put mail on board her.


King Pitman Island is also known as Pitmanking Island; the former island used to be situated off Nantong.

Chinkiang is also known as Zhenjiang.

Tin-Sin-Jau is probably a reference to T’ien-hsing-ch’iao, also known as Tianxingqiao.


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May 2, 1895, 8am to meridian:

Tested all ammunition room, shell room and magazine flood cocks, and found all in good working order.


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3 May 1895

At anchor off Tin-Sin-Jau, Yang-tse Kiang River, [and at Chinkiang]

Lat 32.24, Long 119.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light NNE breeze first hour, from WNW remainder.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from WSW first half, then light airs from NW.

At 6.00am got under way, Commanding Officer in charge, and stood up the river, pilot at the conn.

Put over patent log at 6.03am, reading 14.3.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from NW and North.

Standing up the Yangtze River, pilot at the conn.

At 11.40am let go starboard anchor off Chinkiang in 13 fathoms.

Called all hands moor ship, and at 11.50am let go port anchor in 15 fathoms, veering on starboard chain to 45 fathoms.

Bearings of anchor WNW, starboard up stream.

At 9.30am went to quarters, had setting up exercise, aiming drill and battalion drill.

By order of the Commanding Officer released temporarily M. Lynch, Seaman, and J.T. Semple, Landsman.

Bearings of anchorage: pagoda S74°W, United States Consul's flagstaff S22°E, ship's head NW by West.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 16 feet 8 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light Northerly breeze.

Finished mooring ship.

Swivel at 45 fathoms on both chains, riding to starboard chain.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship's side.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair.

Light breeze from north, falling to light variable airs and then calm.

At 6.05pm went to quarters and served out clean hammocks, afterwards exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute 15 seconds.

M. Lynch, Seaman, was reported absent from quarters, having left the ship without permission.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes.


Yang-tse Kiang River is also known as Yangtze River.


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4 May 1895

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.24, Long 119.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and West.

Received, and issued to the crew: 236 pounds fresh bread; and 295 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Calms and light, variable airs and breezes.

Crew engaged in painting boats, and general work about the decks.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW and North.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from East and SE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight with halo.

Light breeze from SSE.


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5 May 1895

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.24, Long 119.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SSE and SE breezes.

Falling barometer.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, pleasant, light breeze from SE, light drizzle last hour.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, mild and pleasant, occasional, very light rain spits during last hour.

Gentle to light breeze from SE and South.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were released from confinement, namely: J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate; J. Weir, Seaman; W. Sharp, Private Marine; W. Artus, Blacksmith; and J.F. Fawley, Coal Passer.

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

Afterwards called all hands to muster, read Articles for Government of the Navy, published sentence of Summary Court Martial in the case of James Rocks, First-class Fireman, and mustered the crew.

M. Lynch, Seaman, absent without leave.

Placed James Rocks, First-class Fireman, in double irons for ten days, in accordance with sentence of Summary Court Martial.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, light rain throughout watch.

Falling barometer.

Light Southerly and SSE breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather mild and cloudy, raining first hour.

Light breeze from South to SE.


8pm to midnight:

Generally clear, misty over water first half of watch.

Gentle SE breeze, shifting to South.

Slight fall in barometer.


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6 May 1895

At anchor Chinkiang, China

Lat 32.24, Long 119.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and fine.

Gentle breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Weather mild and pleasant, mist over the land.

Gentle to light breeze from South.

Received for issue to crew: 117 pounds fresh bread; and 146¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle Southerly breeze.

Falling barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, M. Lynch, Seaman, absent without leave, exercised at setting up, aiming drill and at divisional exercises.

Crew engaged at ship's work, touching up spots outside, et cetera.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to gentle breezes from SSW.

Tarred down rigging.

Painting 1st and 2nd cutters and gig.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, hazy.

Light Southerly breeze.

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

M. Lynch, Seaman, absent without leave.

By order of Commander placed P. Hansen, Oiler, under sentry's charge for safekeeping, having returned from liberty under the influence of liquor.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty.

Light breeze and airs from South.


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7 May 1895

At anchor Chinkiang, China, [and at anchor at North Tree]

Lat 32.24, Long 119.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs to light breeze from South.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, hazy.

Light Southerly airs.

Barometer rising.

At 8.00am started fires under boilers A, B and C.

Executed morning orders.

H.B.M. gunboat "Esk" passed on her way down the river.


8am to meridian:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from South.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had setting up and aiming drill, and then infantry and artillery.

By order of Commanding Officer M. Lynch, Seaman, was this day declared a deserter from the United States Naval Service.

Took off mooring swivel.

At 11.50am United States Consul came on board, fired a salute of 7 guns, American flag at the fore.

Received in Engineer's Department: 100 double grate bars.

And in Paymaster's Department fresh provisions as follows: 292½ pounds beef; 234 pounds bread; and 292½ pounds vegetables.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 6-pounder saluting charges; and 7 percussion primers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to clear, and warm.

Light breeze and airs from South.

Hove up port anchor and shortened in to 22 fathoms on starboard chain.

Made preparations for sea.

At 1.55pm United States Consul left the ship.

At 2.05pm hove up starboard anchor and stood down the Yang-tse [Kiang] River, pilot at the conn.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 5 inches, aft 16 feet 7 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE and SE.

Standing down Yang-tse [Kiang] River, pilot conning the ship.

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

Average steam 105 pounds, average revolutions 102.6.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm, bright moonlight.

Gentle to light breeze from SE.

Steaming down the Yang-tse [Kiang] River, pilot conning.

At 9.40pm came to [at North Tree] with starboard anchor and 30 fathoms chain in 5½ fathoms water.

Average steam pressure 100 pounds, revolutions 100.


North Tree used to be located off Gangzha District, Nantong.

Yang-tse Kiang River is also known as Yangtze River.


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8 May 1895

At anchor North Tree, Yang-tse Kiang [River], and making passage to Chefoo, China

Lat 31.41, Long 121.54


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Gentle SE breeze.

Flood tide.

Started pumps at 3.00am, preparatory to getting under way.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE.

At 4.30am got underway and stood down the Yang-tse [Kiang River], Commanding Officer in charge, pilot at the conn.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 105.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Moderate and gentle breezes from South by East.

At 9.00am let go starboard anchor off Woosung Spit buoy in 7 fathoms, veered to 25 fathoms, secured chain and banked fires.

Ensign Guy W. Brown reported on board for duty.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, in double irons, for smuggling liquor on board.

At 9.30am went to quarters and had setting up exercise, aiming drill, and divisional drills.

At 11.55am hove up starboard anchor and stood down the Yang-tse [Kiang River], Commanding Officer at the conn.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ESE.

Standing down Yang-tse [Kiang] River, Commanding Officer at the conn.

At 3.00pm passed Tungsha lightship, and at 3.37pm the bell buoy, from which took departure, patent log reading 31.7, and set course S88°E per compass.

Using four boilers.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 95.3.


4pm to 8pm:

Light breeze from ESE.

At 4.30pm ran into thick fog bank, and at 4.40pm slowed to half speed.

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

At 5.10pm changed course to NE, patent log registering 46.7.

Ran out of fog bank at 7.10pm and went ahead full speed.

Clearing weather and bright moonlight last hour.

Average steam pressure 108 pounds, revolutions 82.3.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty, obscured moonlight, light fog last hour.

Light ESE breeze, shifting to ENE.

Barometer steady.

At 8.55pm changed course to N4°E, patent log reading 83.5.

Average steam 103 pounds, revolutions 96.6.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Woosung is also known as Wusong.

Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.


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9 May 1895

Making passage from Chinkiang to Chefoo, China

Lat 33.78, Long 123.05


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, foggy.

Light breeze from NE and ENE.

Smooth sea.

Under half speed greater part of watch, from 12.45am to 2.23am and from 2.38am until end [of watch], on account of fog.

Revolutions 98.1, steam 110 pounds.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy.

Light and gentle breeze from NE.

Running at reduced speed (75 revolutions) greater part of watch.

At 7.13am stopped the ship and got sounding, with hand lead 18 fathoms, with machine 23 fathoms at reel.

Went ahead and got bottom with 29 fathoms at reel.

Stopped again at 7.50am and got 19 fathoms hand lead, 18 fathoms machine, and with full speed again 29 fathoms.

Passed a fishing boat at anchor.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy first hour, mist clearing away toward end of watch, cool.

Light to gentle Northeasterly breeze.

At 8.45am took sounding, 30 fathoms.

At 9.00am took sounding with machine, using tube, as follows: tube 21¾ fathoms, 30 fathoms wire.

At 10.00am took sounding, 34 fathoms wire.

Beat to general quarters at 9.30am, all divisions ready in 2¾ minutes.

Secured at 9.56am, all divisions finished securing at 10.00am.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cooks, all found to be in good order.

At 11.20am set clock ahead 10 minutes.

Average steam 100.5 pounds, average revolutions 90.9.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather overcast and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NE and North.

At 3.05pm wind hauled to NNW and blew fresh, with driving mist, for half hour, then moderated to gentle breeze and hauled back to North.

Gun crews overhauling battery.

Drained and refilled the cylinders of forecastle and waist guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy, with drizzling rain first hour.

Gentle Northerly breeze, shifting to NNE.

Rising barometer.

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

Course N4°E.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 98.1.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNE first hour, shifting to North and blowing moderate breeze.

Smooth sea.


Chinkiang is also known as Zhenjiang.


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10 May 1895

Making passage from Chinkiang to Chefoo, China

Lat 37.62, Long 121.93


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from North.

Steaming a course N5°E.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 106.

Smooth sea.


4am to 8am:

Overcast first part, clearing off last part.

Light airs and breezes from North to NW.

Hazy on horizon.

Course N5°E.

At 4.45am sighted land bearing W½N, patent log [reading] 12.8, and at 6.07am changed course to N18°W.

At 7.00am sighted lighthouse on Shantung Promontory bearing N62°W, patent log [reading] 39, and at 7.05am changed course to N47°W.

At 7.30am slowed down and commenced swinging ship [for compass deviations], taking observations on every fourth point.

At end of watch swinging ship.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and hazy.

Light to gentle breeze from NW and WNW.

At 8.10am changed course to N47°W, and at 8.45am to N72°W.

At 9.00am Alceste Island bore abeam, distant 3 miles.

At 9.55am, Ki Ming Island bore abeam, distant 6 miles, changed course to N76°W, and at 11.20am, Eddy Island bore abeam, changed course to N86°W.

Inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up and aiming drills.

At 10.00am exercised at arm and away boats for distant service, all boats ready in 6 minutes, secured in 2½ minutes.

The Executive Officer, Surgeon, Ensign Knepper and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz made the inspection of storerooms, living spaces, double bottoms, et cetera, required by Navy Department Circular number 8.

Broke out storerooms for weekly inspection.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle WNW and NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Steering course N86°W until North Rock and Chefoo Bluff were sighted, afterwards steered various courses standing in for anchorage in Chefoo harbor.

At 2.25pm came to in 4½ fathoms water with starboard anchor, veering to 30 fathoms starboard chain.

Bearings at anchorage: Middle Point S41°E, signal station [at Tower Hill] S42°W (magnetic).

Fired 2 salutes of 15 guns each, British and Russian ensigns at fore, and one salute of 13 guns, German ensign at fore.

Salutes returned gun for gun by English, Russian and German flagships respectively.

Received calls from English, Russian, German, Italian and French boarding officers, and from Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Machias" at anchor in harbor.

Sent officer to return calls.

Hoisted Senior Officer's pennant.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 43 6-pounder saluting charges; and 43 percussion primers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NW first part and from West by South last part.

H.M.B.S. "Aeolus" came in and anchored at 6.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light Westerly breeze.

Bright moonlight.


Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.

Alceste Island is also known as Hailu Dao.

Ki Ming Island is also known as Jiming Dao.

Eddy Island is also known as Shu Tao Island and Chudao Island.

North Rock is also known as Zunzi Shi.

Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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11 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SW.

At 7.10am the Russian fleet got under way and left the harbor in double column, flagships leading, and heading NNE.

Commanding Officer immediately ordered fires started in all boilers.

Started fires in boiler A, B and D at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle SW breeze.

Falling barometer.

Commanding officers of H.B.M.S. "Edgar" and H.B.M.S. "Pigmy" ["Pygmy" in log-book], and Italian ship "Umbria" called on board, also boarding officer from H.M.B.S. "Aeolus".

Commanding Officer left the ship to pay official calls on vessels in harbor.

United States Consul to Tientsin [Tiensin in log-book] called on board.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Allowed fires to die out under all boilers, except boiler C.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and fine.

Light to moderate breeze from SW by South to SSW.

At 12.30pm the German man-of-war "Arcona" came into harbor and anchored, sent a boarding officer to visit her.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Aired bedding.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy.

Gentle SSW breeze, increasing in force and becoming squally at end of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.

Russian fleet came in and anchored.

Veered to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Commander of German flagship "Irene" called on board.

Received for use of crew: 146½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and mild, squally.

Gentle to fresh breezes from South.


Tientsin is also known as Tianjin Shi.


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12 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Moderate to fresh breezes in squalls from SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally first half, misty throughout.

Gentle to fresh SW breeze, shifting to West and falling light last hour.

Barometer rising.

Executed morning orders.

Received for use of crew: 117 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, warm and fine.

Light airs and breezes from SW and variable.

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

Received official visits from Commanding Officers of H.B.M.S. "Centurion" and H.M.B.S. "Aeolus", and of His Imperial German Majesty's Ship "Arcona".

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Machias" made sick report numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, then overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from SE, hauling last hour to NE.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East and SE.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair, lightning to Northward and Westward.

Light airs from SE.


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13 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Weather overcast, with thunder and lightning to Northward.

Stiff squalls from NE first hour, gentle breeze from ESE and SE remainder of watch.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light variable airs first part, then light airs and breezes from North.

Light drizzling rain first part.

At 6.30am H.B.M.S. "Edgar" left the harbor.

U.S.S. "Machias" made general signal interrogatory 4894, answered granted.

At 7.30am U.S.S. "Machias" left the harbor.

Hauled down Senior Officer's pennant.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hazy and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE, falling to calms and light variable airs and light airs from North latter half.

At 9.30am went to quarters and had routine exercises.

Three Russian men-of-war came in, one bearing the flag of a Rear Admiral.

Sent a boarding officer, which visit was returned.

Fired a salute of 13 guns, Russian flag at the fore, which was answered by the Russian Rear Admiral's ship.

The French and Italian ships doing the same, which were also answered.

The Russian saluted the Russian, English, and German Admirals, which were answered.

The Commanding Officer called upon the flagship and Commanding Officers of the Russian fleet, and the Commanding Officer of the German cruiser "Arcona".

Received calls from the Commanding Officer of the "Forfait" and the British Consul.

At request of the latter, a salute was omitted.

Paid several calls upon the "Irene" and "Arcona" by the wardroom officers.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 13 6-pounder saluting charges.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and mild, thin fog to seaward.

Light airs from NE.

H.M.S. "Edgar" came in and anchored at 12.10pm.

U.S.S. "Concord" arrived and, having signaled for, and obtained permission, anchored.

The following salutes were fired: British flagship 13 guns, Russian ensign at fore; U.S.S. "Concord" saluted British and German Admirals, the former with 15 and latter with 13 guns, U.S.S. "Concord's" salutes were returned gun for gun; German flagship fired salute of 13 guns, Russian ensign at the fore.

H.B.M.S. "Centurion", H.B.M.S. "Edgar" and H.B.M.S. "Archer" left the harbor at 2.15pm.

Italian cruiser "Umbria" left the harbor at 2.45pm.

French cruiser "Isly" arrived at 3.00pm, sent an officer to board her.

Received visits from Commanding Officers [of] U.S.S. "Concord" and His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Admiral Kornilov" ["Admiral Korniloff" in log-book], and from the United States Consuls at Chefoo and Tientsin, on their departure fired a salute of 7 guns, United States Ensign at the fore.

Received the United States mail from Shanghai steamer.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 6-pounder saluting charges; and 7 percussion primers.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, thick, foggy haze.

Light airs from NE and calm.

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

Received calls from from the Russian Commander-in-Chief and the Commanding Officer of the Russian torpedo cruiser "Gaydamak".


8pm to midnight:

Weather cool and foggy, clearing last hour.

Light variable airs and calms.

Moon rose at 11.40pm.


Tientsin is also known as Tianjin Shi.


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14 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight, misty over water.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear, light haze.

Calms and light airs from SSE.

One of the smaller Russian cruisers went out to Westward, apparently for target practice.

Received on board and issued to crew: 146½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 117 pounds bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from South first part, light breeze from SSW last part.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up, and aiming drills.

Afterwards called away all boats and exercised under oars and sails.

Commanding Officer called upon the Commanding Officer of French ship "Isly".

Received visits from the Commanding Officers of the following Russian vessels, namely: "Rynda"; "Vladimir Monomakh"; "Fabiaka" [probably a misspelled "Zabiyaka"]; "Manddruypz" [probably a misspelled "Mandzhur"]; and "Imperator Nikolai I" ["Imperator Nicolai I" in log-book].

The latter also left the card of Rear Admiral S. Makarov [Makaroff in log-book].

German cruiser "Marie" left the harbor at 11.40am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Light South by West breeze.

Falling barometer.

Received visits from four Russian Commanding Officers, and from the Russian Rear Admiral commanding Pacific Squadron.

Fired salute of 13 guns, Russian ensign at fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 13 saluting charges; and 13 percussion primers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from South.

German cruisers "Irene" and "Arcona" left the harbor at 4.20pm.

At 4.50pm U.S.S. "Concord" asked permission to salute German Consul, and being answered in the affirmative, saluted him with seven guns.

Russian gunboat "Obeajni" [probably a misspelled "Otvajni"] came in and anchored at 5.30pm, and was boarded by an officer of U.S.S. "Concord".

Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Concord" visited this ship in obedience to signal.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SE breeze.


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15 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from SSE to ENE.


4am to 8am:

Weather mild and cloudy.

Moderate breeze from South to SW.

A Russian cruiser left the harbor at 5.50am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty.

Gentle breeze from South to SSW.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at aiming drill, and immediately after called away all boats for exercise under sail.

Diver preparing to examine starboard propeller at end of watch.

By order of Commander released J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, from confinement, term of sentence having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Gentle to light breezes from ENE and East.

Made and received wigwag signals as per Signal Record Book.

Received official visit from Commanding Officer of the Russian cruiser "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiatschy" in log-book].

The French cruiser "Isly" and U.S.S. "Concord" each fired a salute of 7 guns, English flag at the fore, in honor of British Consul.

At 2.00pm a diver, with apparatus, came from U.S.S. "Concord", and at 2.40pm went down to examine starboard propeller.

At 3.05pm he came up and reported that everything was clear.

A previous attempt had been made by our own diver, but failed to get air enough.

Overhauled diving apparatus.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy.

Light breeze, varying in direction from North to East.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy, misty.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.


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16 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy and rainy greater part of watch.

Calm and light breeze from NNE, shifting to ENE.

Barometer steady.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy and drizzly.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.

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

By order of Commanding Officer, placed T. Fulham, Painter, in double irons for three days, for deliberately disobeying an order and lying.

J.H. Costain, Machinist, reported his term of enlistment expired this day.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and foggy.

Calms and light airs and breezes from NE and NW.

J.H. Costain, Machinist, was honorably discharged from the ship and the Naval Service.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy.

Light airs and breezes from NW.

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

Russian man-of-war came in from Northward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair, damp.

Light airs from NW.

Tested Ardois signals and searchlights, and found them in working order.

Current was not strong enough to operate lights properly.


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17 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from NW.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW and WNW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, hazy.

Gentle to stiff breezes from West and NW.

At 9.00am called away all boats and exercised under sail.

Broke out storerooms.

The Executive Officer, Lieutenant T.H. Stevens and Surgeon G.P. Lumsden inspected storerooms and living spaces.

Lieutenant J.M. Robinson and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz made the weekly inspection required by regulations of double bottoms, et cetera.

Received a social call from the officers of the Russian flagship.

Signals, K [sic] to U.S.S. "Yorktown": "Request permission to exercise boats under sail", answer "Granted"; and at 9.30am (sick report) numeral 1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather mild and hazy.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NW.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of the Russian cruiser "Otwayje" [probably a misspelled "Otvajni"].

Re-enlisted, for three years as machinist, John H. Costain.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

At 4.45pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute 30 seconds.

Exercised at closing watertight doors and setting up exercise.

At 5.00pm U.S.S. "Machias" returned to harbor and anchored.

Signals: exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. "Machias"; U.S.S. "Machias" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" interrogatory 1211, answered 1244; at 5.27pm U.S.S. "Machias" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" interrogatory 4557, answered "Granted".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NW to WSW.

At 8.10pm U.S.S. "Machias" signaled for permission to loose sail in morning and to exercise at night signaling. Both requests granted.


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18 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW, shifting to SW.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, light passing showers last hour.

Light airs from SW and NNW.

H.B.M.S. "Pigmy" came in and anchored.


8am to meridian:

Fair, mild and pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NW.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Aired bedding.

Routine signal reports made at 9.30am.

At 8.45am U.S.S. "Concord" requested permission to loose sail, granted.

At 10.40am U.S.S. "Machias" made [signal] interrogatory 4896, and at 11.00am U.S.S. "Concord" made same.

Answered in the affirmative both signals.

U.S.S. "Machias" (guard ship) sent an officer to board H.B.M.S. "Pigmy".

By order of Commanding Officer released C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, his term of confinement having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Issued to U.S.S. "Machias" 30 gallons each vinegar and molasses on approved requisition.

French flagship "Isly" fired salute of 5 guns, Russian ensign at the fore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW and SW.

Barometer steady.


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19 May 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.40


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, mild and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs and breezes.

At 1.00am started fires under boilers A, B and D.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool.

Light airs, increasing to gentle breeze, hauling from SSW to SW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, rainy first hour.

Calm and light variable airs.

Falling barometer.

At 10.00am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes ESE and SE.

At 2.00pm steamer from Tientsin came in and anchored.

Sent boats for U.S.S. "Baltimore's" Marine Guard.

Received on board the following named Marines for passage to Nagasaki, namely: J.M. Foley, Sergeant; O. Potter, Corporal; J. Murray, Corporal; W.T. Phillips, Private Marine; J.D. Porch, Private Marine; J. Benninger, Private Marine; P. Kinney, Private Marine; L. Gillarden, Private Marine; J.J. O'Hara, Private Marine; T. McNamara, Private Marine; J.F. Lawton, Private Marine; J. Owens, Private Marine; F. Toft, Private Marine; J. Mooney, Private Marine; W.H. Fielding, Private Marine; E. Munell, Private Marine; J. Gorse, Private Marine; and F.O. Strong, Private Marine.

Ensign R.R. Belknap, U.S. Navy, reported on board for such duty as may be assigned him by Commanding Officer.

At 3.45pm got under way and stood out to sea, Commanding Officer in charge, U.S.S. "Concord" following soon after.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 2 inches, aft 16 feet 2 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE.

At 4.30pm set course S87°E (log [reading] 28.1), being on line between North Rock and Double Island [Double Rock in log-book].

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 116.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.

At 6.25pm changed course to S73°E, patent log reading 51.6.

At 7.15pm sighted Shantung [Promontory] light bearing S60°E.

Made the following signal to U.S.S. "Concord", namely: "If separated by fog make your best way to Nagasaki".

Average steam pressure 108 pounds, revolutions 113.6.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, squally and rainy last hour.

Light to fresh SE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.00pm changed course to S45°E, patent log [reading] 82.9, and at 9.10pm to S28°E, patent log reading 84.2.

Lost Shantung [Promontory] light about 11.15pm bearing NNW.

U.S.S. "Concord" broad on starboard quarter at end of watch.

Average steam 110.5 pounds, revolutions 108.


Tientsin is also known as Tianjin Shi.

North Rock is also known as Zunzi Shi.

Double Island is also known as Douluan Dao.

Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.


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20 May 1895

Making passage from Chefoo, China, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 35.00, Long 124.27


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant, light passing shower first part.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SE and SSE.

U.S.S. "Concord" in position on starboard quarter during watch.

Steam 93 pounds, revolutions 101.5.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to fair.

Light breeze from SW to WSW.

Steam 100 pounds, revolutions 98.8.


8am to meridian:

Weather hazy, cloudy and mild.

Light breeze from WSW.

Moderate sea.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up and aiming drill.

Afterwards exercised 1st and 4th Divisions at single sticks, 2nd and Powder Divisions at small arms, and 3rd Division at great guns.

At noon U.S.S. "Concord" signaled latitude 35°00'[N], longitude 124°27'[E], answered and made latitude 35°00'[N], longitude 124°26'[E].

Average steam pressure 102 pounds, revolutions 105.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, hazy and misty about horizon.

Light SW and SSW breeze.

Falling barometer.

Course S20°E.

U.S.S. "Concord" at end of watch bore (per compass) N68°W.

Average steam 107 pounds, revolutions 104.

Instructed signal class.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, misty, damp.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

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

At 5.00pm sighted Ross Island bearing S80°E.

At 5.45pm Ross Island abeam, distant about 15 miles.

Signaled to U.S.S. "Concord" "At 6.00 we steer S37°E (magnetic)", answered "We will follow your motion in steering S37°E. Signed Craig".

At 6.00pm changed course to S36°E (per compass).


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from SSW.

Signaled to U.S.S. "Concord" "From Ross Island six PM we steer South thirty-seven degrees East, magnetic, for a distance of ninety-six miles. Then South seventy-seven degrees East, magnetic".


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and mild.

Gentle to light breeze from SSW.

At 8.30pm U.S.S. "Concord" signaled, distinguishing [pennant], "Last ten words of message not understood".

Repeated the last 12 words of message recorded in last watch.

Average steam pressure 109 pounds, revolutions 111.7.


Ross Island is also known as Soheugsan Island.


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21 May 1895

Making passage from Chefoo, China, to Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.42, Long 128.42


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, misty about horizon.

Light breeze from SE and ESE, shifting to NE last half of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 2.00am changed course to S77°E, patent log reading 12.6.

U.S.S. "Concord" on starboard quarter at close of watch.

Steam 109 pounds, revolutions 110.4.


4am to 8am:

Fair, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE.

Smooth sea.

At 4.30am sighted Quelpart Island bearing N10°W, distant about 45 miles.

At 5.00am Quelpart [Island] bore N15°W, at 6.00am N26°W, and at 7.00am N34°W.

At 7.30am lost sight of Quelpart [Island].

At 7.35am changed course to S80°E.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant, hazy around horizon.

Light to gentle breezes from NNE and North.

At 9.30am went to quarters and had routine exercises.

At 9.10am sighted Danjo Gunto Shima bearing SE¼E.

At 9.20am changed course to East (log [reading] 2.1), at 10.00am to N85°E (log 9.8), and at 11.38am to N80°E (log 26.2).

Set clock ahead 17 minutes

U.S.S. "Concord" in sight on port bow.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 111.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, mild and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW, hauling last hour to North.

Had full power [powder in log-book] steaming trial from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, average speed 15.2 knots.

At 1.45pm changed course to N78°E.

At 3.40pm exchanged colors with a Norwegian steamer standing to the Westward.

At 3.50pm sighted Iwo Sima lighthouse right ahead.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 123.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

Barometer steady.

Standing in for an anchorage in Nagasaki harbor, Commanding Officer at conn.

At 5.45pm called all divisions to quarters.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE and NW.

Standing into anchorage in Nagasaki harbor, Commanding Officer in charge

Exchanged numbers with flagship.

Made general interrogatory signal 1211, answered granted.

Flagship made signal general 1244, also 1212, then 1244.

At 7.00pm let go starboard anchor in 7 fathoms water, veered to 60 fathoms, and then let go port anchor, moored with 30 fathoms on each chain on port side of flagship, ship's head West, anchors laid out West by North and East by South.

[From weather observations page:] Bearings at anchorage: Minage Saki Point WSW, bridge SE by E¼E, magnetic, [ship's] head NE.

Made wigwag signal to flagship "Permission to send Guard over tonight", answered granted.

Sent U.S.S. "Baltimore's" [Marine] Guard to her.

At 7.35pm flagship made Ardois signal "Do not put mooring swivel on".

Received boarding visits from officers from English, French and Japanese flagships.

Commanding Officer paid visit to flagship.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet, aft 15 feet 7 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.


Quelpart Island is also known as Jeju Island and Jejudo.

Iwo Sima is also known as Io-shima.


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22 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Calm, cool and cloudy.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm.

At 5.30am French mail steamer left the harbor and German mail steamer came in.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.

Clear hawse.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Calms and light airs and breezes from ENE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had routine exercises.

Boarding officer from the Italian man-of-war called.

Returned boarding visits to English, French, and Japanese flagships and the Italian [man-of-war].

Commanding Officer called up flagship and Commanding Officers in the harbor.

The Commanding Officer of the Japanese [man-of-war] "Naniwa" called.

Signals: 9.15am U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "Permission to shift berth when steamer on my starboard quarter leaves harbor today"; flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Affirmative".

Salutes: English and French flagships, and U.S.S. "Baltimore" at 8.00am 15 guns, Japanese flag at fore; Japanese flagship at 10.00am 15 guns, English ensign, 11 guns, French ensign, and at 11.00am 13 guns, American ensign; the Italian [flagship] 11 guns, French ensign.

Ensign R.R. Belknap, U.S. Navy, reported on board for duty as watch and Division Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light variable airs or calms.

Cleared hawse.

The Commanding Officer's visits to the H.B.M.S. "Archer", "Alger", "Cristoforo Colombo" and "Takachiho" were returned.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, pleasant.

Calm.

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

A Japanese cruiser came in and moored near U.S.S. "Concord".

Japanese "Naniwa" and "Takachiho" went out.

Veered starboard chain to 20 fathoms and hove in port to 28 fathoms, and secured for the night.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and overcast.

Light Northerly airs.


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23 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and mild.

Calms and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calms and light variable airs.

Elbow in hawse, cleared it, carried out stream anchor with 1st cutter.

Lifted starboard anchor and, with hawser and port engine, hauled vessel ahead and let go starboard anchor.

Moored with 30 fathoms on starboard chain and 75 fathoms on port (open hawse to Southward).

Put on mooring swivel.

Coal lighters came alongside.

Began coaling at 7.14am.

Lifted stream anchor.

Signals: at 7.00am flagship to fleet 6379, 3350 and 3957; at 7.10am U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "Permission to put on mooring swivel", answered "The Admiral is asleep", U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "To officer of the deck, please report to Admiral when he awakes".


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and overcast, clearing at close [of watch].

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward, or calm.

The French Divisional Commander called, and excused the omission of a salute on account of coaling ship.

Signaled this fact to the flagship.

Lieutenant T.H. Stevens was temporarily detached from the ship for attendance upon an Examining Board.

Finished coaling ship at 11.55am, 235½ tons received in all.

Fires dying out under boiler B.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from WSW.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Flagship signaled "Uniform to call on "Centurion" tomorrow will be dress".

Received in Equipment Department: 80 coir brushes and handles.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly breezes and airs or calm.

The United States Consul visited the ship officially, and was saluted with 7 guns, permission to salute having been obtained from the flagship by signal.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 6-pounder saluting charges; and 7 percussion primers.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NNW first hour and light airs and breezes from NNE remainder of watch.

John H. Costain, Machinist, left the ship on leave of absence for one week.


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24 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Misty, pleasant, warm.

Light variable airs and calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 117 pounds fresh bread; and 146¼ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.

At 8.00am dressed ship rainbow fashion, English ensign at the main.

The flagship made uniform and time signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm first hour, light airs and breezes from SW by South during remainder of watch.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up and aiming drills.

Afterwards called away all boats for cutting out, all boats ready in 5 minutes, secured in 3 minutes.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.

The Commander-in-Chief and the Commanding Officer of this vessel visited the Commander-in-Chief of the British fleet.

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

Broke out all storerooms for inspection.

Ensign Knepper made the weekly inspection required by Navy Department Circular number 8.

At noon all saluting ships in the harbor fired a salute of 21 guns in honor of the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of England and Empress of India.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 6-pounder saluting charges; and 21 primers.

Received in Department of Equipment (Exempt): 12 leather connections for [Peter] Brotherhood couplings.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW by South.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW by South.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs.

Slight rise in barometer.


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25 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Weather cloudy and cool.

Calms and light airs from North by West to NNE.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am, and at 8.00am general signal negative 5697, followed by telegraphic signal 6686, 3730, 305, 879, 798.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty, warm.

Light variable airs.

Engaged cleaning ship, et cetera.

Commander paid official call on Japanese Governor ashore.

At 11.50am fired salute of seven guns, British ensign at fore, British Consul called on board.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: $15,000.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 7 6-pounder saluting charges; and 7 percussion primers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 1.00pm the French cruiser "Beautemps-Beaupré" came in and moored close to.

Received official visit from the Governor of Nagasaki, who was received with appropriate honors.

At 3.00pm H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" came in, bearing the flag of a Vice Admiral.

Salutes of 15 guns were exchanged by English, French, Italian and Japanese flagships, and H.B.M.S. "Alacrity", H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" firing the first salute to the flag of Vice Admiral Fremantle [Freemantle in log-book].

Sent the following articles belonging to Steam Engineering Department ashore for repairs, namely: 3 eccentric straps; 1 steam siren; 1 set fire tools; 1 portable forge; 2 valves of auxiliary pumps.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 6 sash tool brushes; 12 pounds copper wire; 150 gallons lubricating oil; 50 gallons illuminating oil; 2 reams emery cloth; 18 scoop shovels.

Noticed between three and four o'clock a movement of all the vessels in the harbor, swinging rapidly at their moorings, in various directions.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light rain at intervals, drizzling last hour.

Light variable airs.

Barometer falling.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Captain of French ship "Duguay-Trouin" ["Duguay Tourin" in log-book] called on Commander.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm and light variable airs.

By order [of] Commanding Officer placed C.E. Bracken, Apprentice Second-class, under sentry's charge for safe keeping, for leaving the ship without permission.


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26 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Light NE breeze.

Falling barometer.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress [signals].

Three absentees.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and fine.

Light airs from NNE.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 1.

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

Absentees without leave: C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, and J. Smith, Coal Passer.

At 10.30am H.B.M.S. "Undaunted" came in and anchored.

Commanding Officer returned visit to British Consul.

By order of Commanding Officer confined R. Homes, Seaman, in double irons for three days, for being under the influence of liquor on watch, and C.E. Bracken, Apprentice Second-class, in double irons for ten days, for leaving the ship without permission.

Boiler scalers from shore at work cleaning boilers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from SW by South.

The French and United States Commanders-in-Chief called upon the English Commander-in-Chief, French flag officers called upon H.M.S. "Alacrity", and were saluted with 13 and 11 guns respectively.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fine, pleasant.

Calm.

J. Smith, Coal Passer, returned on board 14 hours over time.

J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, left the ship without permission.


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27 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty, calm.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals.

Asked "Permission to trice up scrubbed canvas", granted.

H.M.S. "Edgar" came out of dry dock.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Calm.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had routine exercises.

Absentees: C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, and J. Rocks, First-class Fireman.

Finished scrubbing spars and placed cover on mainmast.

Began painting smokestack and ship outside.

Signals, U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship, "Request permission to dress crew in working clothes for painting ship", answered "Granted".

The Commander-in-Chief called on board H.M.S. "Alacrity" and on leaving was given a salute of 13 guns.

The British Vice Admirals called upon the "Bayard", "Duguay-Trouin" ["Duguay Tourin" in log-book], U.S.S. "Baltimore", "Alger", "Yaeyama" ["Yayeyama" in log-book] and the "Kongo" ["Kingo" in log-book], the Japanese ships in their leaving saluted them with 15 guns.

Sent reward for the return of the absentees.

C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, and G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, returned on board 40 hours over time and were placed under sentry's charge until sober.

By order [of] Commanding Officer A. Burton, Second-class Fireman, rated to First-class Fireman, and J.J. Gray, Coal Passer, to Second-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy.

Light airs from Southward and Westward.

The Commanding Officer of the French gunboat "Beautemps-Beaupré" called upon the Captain.

Painting ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SW to West.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, absent.

By order of the Commanding Officer released from sentry's charge: C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class; and G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class.


8pm to midnight:

Misty, clearing at close [of watch].

Light airs from Southward and Westward.


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28 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Calms and light airs from North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy outside.

Calm and light airs from NE.

The French cruiser "Duguay-Trouin" ["Duguay Tourin" in log-book] went out.

The Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] steamer "City of Rio Janeiro" came in with the American mail.

Signals: 6390, 3353, 6316; U.S.S. "Yorktown" telegraphic 2132, at 7.00am general to fleet.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SSW.

At 8.00am the flag of Vice Admiral Fremantle [Freemantle in log-book] was hauled down on board H.M.S. "Centurion", saluted with 15 guns by the flagships and Senior Officers' ships of the different nationalities in port.

The salutes were returned from H.M.S. "Alacrity".

Went to quarters for inspection, setting up and battalion drills.

The Commanding Officer visited the new English Vice Admiral and H.M.S. "Undaunted".

The Commanding Officers of H.M.S. "Alacrity" and the "Cristoforo Colombo" called upon the Captain.

Painting ship.

Good Conduct Medals and a Pin were delivered to P. Mahoney, Seaman Gunner, E.F. Roggers, Ship's Cook, and C. Banson, Quartermaster Third-class, respectively.

Absent without leave: J. Rocks, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather warm and partly cloudy.

Light breeze from SSW to WSW.

Crew engaged painting ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Light airs from WSW.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Absent without leave: J. Rocks, First-class Fireman.

Received in Engineer's Department: 25 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, warm and calm.


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29 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, calm.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from North and calm.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, was found to be absent from the ship without authority.

The Italian cruiser "Cristoforo Colombo" left the port.

The flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Weather partly cloudy and warm.

Light Southeasterly airs during first part, light variable airs and calms last part.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up and aiming drills, and afterward exercised 1st and 4th Divisions at single sticks, 2nd and Powder [Divisions] at bayonet drill, and 3rd [Division] at great guns.

Shifted fires from boiler A to boiler D.

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement Charles Biehler, Landsman, and R. Homes, Seaman.

Received a visit from the Fleet Captain on the staff of the British Commander-in-Chief.

J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, and W. McDonald, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant, warm.

Light SW airs.

Engaged painting ship.

Charles Biehler, Landsman, sentenced by General Court Martial to be dishonorably discharged, was paid off and sent ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SW first part, calm last part.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm and served out clean hammocks.

French cruiser "Duguay-Trouin" ["Duguay Tourin" in log-book] came in and moored at 5.15pm.

Received in Construction Department: 50 pounds shellac; 50 pounds dry vermilion; 15 pounds vermilion in oil; 500 pounds red lead; 60 gallons linseed oil; and 30 gallons alcohol.

And in Engineer's Department: 20 pounds marline; 2 padlocks; 15 pounds copper wire; 5 pounds rosin; 2 dozen thumb tacks; 1 letter file; 3 monkey wrenches; 2 oil feeders; 3 machinist hammers; and 100 pounds cotton waste.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy.

Calm.

Barometer steady.


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30 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from NE by North and calms.

At 7.30am the French battleship "Bayard" got under way, hauling down the flag of the Commander-in-Chief, which was hoisted on the French cruiser "Alger".

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 116 pounds fresh bread; and 145 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm.

Calm and light SW airs.

Slight fall in barometer.

Sent party ashore, in charge of Lieutenant Menefee, to observe the day by decorating graves of United States sailors on shore.

R. Homes, Seaman, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, W. McDonald, Coal Passer, W.D. Shafer, Private Marine, J. Rooney, Oiler, and H.E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Sent notices of rewards offered to authorities on shore.

W.D. Shafer, Private Marine, returned on board 3½ hours over time.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

At 11.50am half-masted colors with flagship, men-of-war of other nationalities in the followed motions.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SW by West to West by South.

Otto Miller, Ordinary Seaman, having been detailed as boat keeper at the shore landing, left the boat without permission and remained absent.

H.M.S. "Centurion", H.M.S. "Edgar", and H.M.S. "Leander" unmoored and were getting under way at end of watch.

The following stores received in Ordnance Department, see per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Light airs from West by South and SW.

Rising barometer.

British squadron steamed out of harbor at 4.10pm.

Lieutenant G.W. Brown, detached from this vessel and ordered to resume duties on board U.S.S. "Petrel", left the ship.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Received in Ordnance Department: 25 pounds Vaseline; 56 pounds red lead; 50 pounds [cotton] waste; 5 gallons linseed oil; 5 gallons turpentine; 3 flat files, smooth, 12 inches; 100 sheets emery cloth.


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31 May 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

Rising barometer.

Sent down topmasts, preliminary to adjusting truck electric lights.

Liberty party returned, with the exception of J. Schlicht, First-class Fireman, and E.E. Lindsey, Private Marine.

By order of Commanding Officer Lieutenant Hannum was placed under suspension, for failing to carry out written morning orders in sending down topmasts.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW, shifting to North last hour.

At 9.30am called away all boats and exercised by signals from ship under oars and sails, after which exercised at abandon ship.

Boats away in five minutes, provided in eight minutes.

Absentees without leave: R. Homes, Seaman, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, W. McDonald, Coal Passer, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, J. Rooney, Oiler, O. Miller, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Schlicht, First-class Fireman.

By order of Commanding Officer offered a reward of twenty yen each for the return on board of the following named men: J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, J. Rooney, Oiler, and Otto Miller, Ordinary Seaman.

Received in Department of Construction and Repairs: 1 tin paint; and in Steam Engineering Department: six hand lamps.

Carpenter's gang at work fitting truck light fixtures.

Signals as per Signal Record Book.

A Board of Survey held a survey on board on certain articles in Ordnance Department.

Broke out holds and storerooms for monthly inspection.

Executive Officer and Chief Engineer inspected holds, storerooms, et cetera, watertight compartments and mechanical appliances for the safety and management of the ship, the Surgeon made the weekly inspection of storerooms and living spaces.

Ensign Knepper made weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera.

E.E. Lindsey, Private Marine, returned on board four hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North and NNW.

Finished mounting truck lights and sent up topmasts at 3.50pm.

Received in Engineering Department: 200 boiler tubes.

The Japanese cruiser "Yaeyama" ["Yayeyama" in log-book] went out.

Signals: U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "Request permission to send up topmasts".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW and North.

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

At 6.07pm went to fire quarters, divisions ready in 1¾ minutes.

Sent up and tested Ardois signal stand, found second lamp not in working order, fault in the key disc.

The French flagship "Bayard" came in and moored at 7.00pm.

Signals as per Record book.

Absentees same as at morning quarters.

By order [of] Commanding Officer enlisted for three years as coal passer: Karl Martin.

Placed H. Hellings, Coal Passer, under sentry's charge to await further action of Commanding Officer, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.


8pm to midnight:

Fair to clear, pleasant.

Light breeze from North.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1895


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1 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from NNE.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, came on board, having been absent without leave for three days.

By order of Commanding Officer placed him in confinement in double irons for ten days.

At 8.00am hoisted guard flag.

By order of Commanding Officer placed A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, under sentry's charge, for walking over poop before 7 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Fair, clouding over last hour.

Light variable airs until last hour, when increased to light breeze from SW.

The Commander-in-Chief went on board U.S.S. "Charleston" to inspect her.

By order of the Commanding Officer J. Jacobs, Oiler, and H.W. Cameron, Oiler, were awarded 10 days' confinement in double irons, for having whiskey in possession, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for being drunk on board ship.

Aired bedding.

By order of the Commanding Officer Lieutenant W.G. Hannum was restored to duty.

Signals: U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "Permission to send man aloft to work on truck lights", answered "Granted"; at 9.30am numeral 1 (sick report); at 9.35am U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship interrogatory 1017, flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" affirmative.

Messageries Maritimes [Maratime in log-book] steamer came in with European mails.

By order [of] Commanding Officer rated P. Mahoney from Seaman Gunner to Gunner's Mate Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant and warm.

Light airs from SW.

H.M.S. "Alacrity" left port.

At 12.50pm made signal to flagship, interrogatory 2240, she answered with the affirmative pennant.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SW by West and calm.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, absentees: R. Homes, Seaman, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, J. Rooney, Oiler, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, J. Schlicht, First-class Fireman, and O. Miller, Seaman.

The United States Marshal [Marshall in log-book] brought J. Rooney, Oiler, on board and was paid a reward of 20 (yen) for his delivery on board.

Placed him under sentry's charge until sober.

Tested electric signal lights and found them in good order.

Signals: "Request permission to test electric signals after dark", answered affirmative.

By order of Commanding Officer released A.S. Pearson, Apprentice First-class, from sentry's charge.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.


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2 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, mild and calm.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 116 pounds fresh bread; and 145 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.

Signals: (time and uniform) 6391; and telegraphic 3544, 0898, 3981, 0904, and 0900.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from South and SW.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

The Articles for the Government of the Navy were read, and general muster held.

Absentees: R. Homes, Seaman, O. Miller, Seaman, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, J. Schlicht, First-class Fireman, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, and O. Anderson, Landsman.

J. Schlicht, First-class Fireman, returned on board 51½ hours overtimes.

O. Miller, Seaman, returned, and by order of the Commanding Officer was placed in double irons for 5 days.

Received in the Engineer's Department: one auxiliary-pump piston.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SW.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Light breeze from Westward and Southward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light airs from SW to SSE, puffy during third hour.


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3 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light SSE breeze.

Falling barometer.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, overcast, rainy last hour.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE and SE.

The flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am, and uniform signals at 7.40am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining throughout watch.

Light breeze from SE and ESE.

The following named men are absent without leave, namely: R. Homes, Seaman, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, O. Anderson, Landsman, and F. Bruning, Landsman.

Received in Equipment Department: 1000 gallons fresh water.

H.B.M.S. "Daphne" came in and anchored at 11.20am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Light airs and breeze from ENE to NNE.

Barometer steady.

Japanese cruiser "Yoshino" came in and anchored, saluted American and French Rear Admirals with 13 guns before anchoring, salutes returned gun for gun by respective flagships.

Received on board 44 tons fresh water in all.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from North and NNE.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.

Enlisted Ernest Kilcup for three years as Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, obscured moonlight.

Light NNE breeze.

Rising barometer.


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4 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and mild.

Calm and light airs from NNE.


4am to 8am:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from NNE.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

Absentees: R. Homes, Seaman, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, F. Bruning, Landsman,

O. Anderson, Landsman, F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, T. Kuhlback, Gunner's Mate First-class, T. Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, and W.C. Garwood, Private Marine.

Japanese cruiser, presumably the "Yoshino", left the harbor.

Commander of H.B.M.S. "Daphne" made official call on Commander of this vessel.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs and breezes from West.

Got sheet anchor on starboard bow, bent chain and got ready for letting go.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West and SW.

Slight rise in barometer.

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

Absentees as at morning quarters, except Private Garwood, who returned on board 5¼ hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

Thomas Keegan, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned on board 15 hours over time.


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5 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, calm, moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and calm.

Barometer rising.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 148¾ pounds fresh beef; 148¾ pounds fresh vegetables; and 119 pounds fresh bread.

French cruiser "Beautemps-Beaupré" left the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Clear and fine.

Calms and light airs from WSW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, and then divisional exercises as per routine.

The following named men absent without leave: J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, R. Homes, Seaman, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, F. Bruning, Landsman, O. Anderson, Landsman, F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, and T. Kuhlback, Gunner's Mate First-class.

By order of Commanding Officer released C.E. Bracken, Apprentice Second-class, from confinement, his term having expired.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2.

Received in Engineer's Department: 12 firing tools; 1 forge; 2 valves; all repaired.

By order of Commanding Officer the following named men were declared deserters from the United States Naval Service: J. Rocks, First-class Fireman, E. Horrigan, Coal Passer, and Robert Homes, Seaman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from West.

Received on board from hospital on shore Weyno Kisaburo, Mess Attendant.

Received in Engineering Department: 6 globe lanterns.

French flagship signaled international "Cruiser "Duguay-Trouin" ["Duguay Trourin" in log-book] will sail tomorrow evening at 5pm for Cape Chefoo. Will take correspondence".

U.S.S. "Baltimore", H.B.M.S. "Daphne" and "Kongo" answered R.S.J. (Thanks).


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from West.

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

Same absentees as at morning quarters.

Received in Engineering Department: 36 brass nipples; 12 cap screws, ⅝-inch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

Bright moonlight.

Tested Ardois and truck signal lights and found them in good working order.

Signals: flagship to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Have you a spare masthead lamp?"; U.S.S. "Yorktown" to flagship "We have no spare masthead lamp".


Cape Chefoo is also known as Zhifu Donjiao.


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6 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from NE first half, then calm.

O. Anderson, Landsman, and F. Bruning, Landsman, were brought off by the United States Marshal [Marshall in log-book], 94 and 70 hours over time respectively.

The P&O steamer, with mails from United States, took buoy off starboard beam at 5 o'clock.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from North.

At 9.35am called all hands clear ship for action, cleared for action and went to general quarters.

During general quarters tested all magazine and shell room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.

Signals at 9.30am numeral 1 (Sick report).

By order of the Commanding Officer released [from confinement] R. Hellings, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from Southward and Westward.

Overhauled battery and pumps, and found them in good condition.

Received from U.S.S. "Charleston": P. Doherty, First-class Fireman, with his effects and papers.

Transferred W. Kisaburo, Mess Attendant, to U.S.S. "Baltimore" for treatment in the Naval Hospital at Yokohama.

Received in the Engineer's Department: 25 grate bars.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absentees: F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, and T. Kuhlback, Gunner's Mate First-class.

The French cruiser "Duguay-Trouin" went out and the "Alger" came in at 5.00pm.

Transferred J. King, First-class Fireman, to U.S.S. "Charleston".


8pm to midnight:

Pleasant weather, light mist.

Calm and light airs from NE.


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7 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Calms and light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 4.45am U.S.S. "Baltimore" hove up anchor and stood out.

Signals: at 7.00am (time and uniform) 6391, 3352; U.S.S. "Yorktown" 3956.

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


8am to meridian:

Pleasant and fair.

Light airs and breezes from ENE and SE.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up and aiming drills.

Called away boats for exercise under oars and sail, ready in 4 minutes.

T. Kuhlback, Gunner's Mate First-class, and J.W. Thornton, Private Marine, returned on board 73½ and 3¾ hours over time respectively.

Absent: F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman,.

By order of the Commanding Officer O. Miller [Seaman] was released from confinement and restored to duty.

Lieutenant J.M. Robinson and Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz inspected storerooms, watertight compartments and their attachments and the apparatus for the safety of the ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs from South first part and from ESE and SE last part.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breeze from NE.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining.

Light to gentle breeze from North.


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8 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, rainy.

Light Northerly airs, calm last hour.

Barometer steady.

F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, returned on board 89 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing weather.

Calm or light variable airs.

U.S.S. "Charleston" made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and SSW.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

Made sick report at 9.30am.

By order of the Commanding Officer F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, was placed on 4th [conduct] class for six months, for overstaying liberty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from SSW.

Barometer steady.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW first hour, calm during remainder of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, pleasant, obscured moonlight.

Calm.

Barometer rising.


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9 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Calms and light Southeasterly airs.

Received for issue to crew: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm.

Light variable airs.

Barometer steady.

At 10.00am Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, H.P. Cameron, Oiler, and J. Jacobs, Oiler, were by order of Commander released from confinement.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Light breeze from SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light WSW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Small French gunboat came in and anchored.

U.S.S. "Charleston" made international signal announcing departure of U.S.S. "Concord" for Chemulpo.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from WSW and West.

At 8.50pm a French man-of-war came in and anchored.


Chemulpo is also known as Incheon.


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10 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Calm.

Rising barometer.

French cruiser "Isly" shifted berth.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SE and WSW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, had setting up and aiming drill, and then divisional exercises as per routine.

At 10.10am U.S.S. "Concord" got under way and left the harbor.

No absentees.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light variable airs.

Held auction sale of deserters' effects.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from WSW and SW.

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


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, then overcast and rainy.

Calms and light airs from South and SW.


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11 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and damp, passing showers of rain.

Calm or light variable airs.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Calms and light variable airs first half of watch, then light to gentle breezes from SW.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining first half.

Light breezes and airs from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Omitted routine exercises on account of rain.

Inspected clothing and corrected lists.

The Commanding Officer of the "Lutin" paid an official call.

The Commander-in-Chief of French squadron called unofficially.

The Commanding Officer called upon the "Isly", "Bayard" and "Lutin".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, clearing.

Light airs from Southward and Westward or calm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

The Commanding Officer of the French flagship "Bayard" called.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SW and calm.


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12 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, warm and calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, occasional light rain last half.

At 5.00am the French flagship "Bayard" went out.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs from SE and calm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain.

Calm first hour, light airs from WSW during remainder of watch.

Sent liberty party ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs from SW.

The Japanese gunboat "Atago" ["Atogo" in log-book] came in, and was boarded from this vessel.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and warm, light drizzling rain first half of watch.

Light airs from SW.

Tested electric masthead and signal lights.


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13 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, damp.

Calm and light SW airs.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp, passing showers.

Calm and light airs from SW.

The Pacific Mail Steamship [Company's] "City of Rio Janeiro" came in and was boarded from this vessel.

Received in the Paymaster's Department: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light passing showers.

Inspected at quarters at 9.40am and exercised at setting up drill.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.

Exercised apprentices at wigwag signals.

French gunboat "Lutin" left the harbor at 8.10am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Light airs from SW.

Falling barometer.

Japanese cruiser "Takao" came in and anchored.

Commander of Japanese cruiser "Atago" ["Atogo" in log-book] called officially on Commanding Officer.

Received for use of ship: 1000 gallons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs from SW and SSW.

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

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] steamer "City of Rio Janeiro" left the harbor at 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rain.

Calm and light variable airs.

Lightning to Northward and Westward.


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14 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with passing showers.

Calm first part, light airs and breezes from SW during remainder of watch.


8am to meridian:

Raining first half, overcast remainder of watch.

Light variable airs and calm.

Barometer falling.

At 10.00am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

The Executive Officer and Surgeon Lumsden made the weekly inspection of storerooms and living spaces.

Ensign Knepper, U.S. Navy, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz, U.S. Navy, made the weekly inspection required by Department Circular number 580.

Commander called officially on Japanese cruisers "Atago" ["Atogo" in log-book] and "Takao".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with passing shower.

H.M.S. "Pigmy" came into the harbor and anchored at 2.20pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, damp.

Light variable airs.

Barometer steady.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Exercised at fire quarters and tried siren.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SW to SW by West.


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15 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

Barometer steady.

Received for use of crew: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SW and SSW.

Aired bedding.

The Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Pigmy" visited the ship officially.

The United States Consul visited the ship.

The French cruiser "Isly" came out of dock and anchored in the harbor.

Paymaster's Clerk W.J. Tobin reported on board for duty.

By order of Commanding Officer placed G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, and J.T. Semple, Landsman, in double irons for ten days, on full rations, for threatening another person in the Navy, and F. Radka, Second-class Fireman, P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate, H. Watson, Apprentice Second-class, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, P. Hennessy, Coal Passer, W. Sullivan, Water Tender, and E.F. Roggers, Ship's Cook First-class, no monthly money for June, for being out of uniform.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to fair, pleasant.

Light airs from SSW and SW.

The Commanding Officer of the Japanese cruiser "Takao" called.

A Board of Medical Survey, of which Surgeon Gravatt of U.S.S. "Charleston" was senior member, met on board and adjourned until Monday at 10.00am.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calms and light Southwesterly airs.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

The Commanding Officer of the French cruiser "Isly" visited the ship officially.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SW by South.


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16 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Clear and calm.

Light airs from SSE last hour.

French cruiser "Alger" got under way at 7.00am and left the harbor.

At 7.00am U.S.S. "Charleston" made time and uniform signals 6391, 3352, 3956.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSE.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters, no absentees.

Sent a boarding officer on board a Japanese torpedo boat.

The Commanding Officer called upon H.B.M.S. "Pigmy".

Signals at 9.30am: numeral 2 (sick [report]).


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

The Japanese training ship "Tsukuba" came in and was boarded from this vessel.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.


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17 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Weather warm and cloudy.

Light airs from North by East.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE and South by East and calm.

The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer "City of Peking" came in.

Boarded her and received United States mails.

Japanese torpedo boat went out.

H.B.M.S. "Pigmy" shifted her anchorage.

The Canadian Pacific [Railway Company] mail steamer bound North came in.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm or light Southerly airs.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, aiming and divisional exercises, absent J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class.

Commanding Officer visited officially the Japanese ship "Tsukuba".

Got off the mooring swivel.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes and airs from SW.

Lifted port anchor and remoored ship with 45 fathoms on port chain and 30 fathoms on starboard chain.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW and calm.

Put on mooring swivel, 30 fathoms starboard chain, 45 fathoms port, open hawse to SE.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.

Received in Engineer's Department: 6 feet 2½-inch brass pipe.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Calm.

Slight rise in barometer.


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18 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from NW.


4am to 8am:

Generally overcast and damp.

Light breeze from NW, then from Southward and Eastward.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm.

Light breeze from ESE and South.

Occasional light rain squalls.

Slight fall in barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light to moderate breezes from South by West, light squalls, and passing showers.

The Japanese gunboat "Maya" came in and anchored at 2.00pm, and soon afterwards monitor "Tsukushi".

Sent boarding officer to each, who reported to Senior Officer present.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, occasional light rain squalls.

Gentle to moderate South by West breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

Enlisted Amandus Martinsen as Landsman and J.A. Torrensen as Ordinary Seaman for three years.

Received in Engineer's Department: 2 2½-inch elbows; 2 2½-inch unions; and three lag screws.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy, squally.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South by West and SW by South.


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19 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, rainy and squally.

Gentle to fresh breezes from SW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining last half of watch.

Moderate to stiff SW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Received in Department of Supplies and Account: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 143¾ pounds fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining, very heavy rain last hour.

Light to stiff breezes in squalls from SW.

Quarters omitted on account of rain.

No absentees, except J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rainy.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls first half, falling at times to light airs, latter half from SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty and foggy.

Light to gentle breeze from SW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breezes and airs from SW.

Tested Ardois and truck signal lights.


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20 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and damp, with passing showers.

Calm.

Clearing at close [of watch], with light Northerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Calm.

At 6.15am the French cruiser "Isly" left the harbor.

At 7.00am the Canadian Pacific Railway [Company] steamer "Empress of India" came in from Vancouver.

At 8.00am dressed ship, rainbow fashion, British Ensign at the main, in honor of the Queen's accession anniversary.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, pleasant, calms and light airs and breezes from SW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, had setting up exercise and then went to general quarters, divisions reported ready as follows: 1st [Division] 3 minutes; 2nd [Division][minutes]; 3rd [Division][minutes]; 4th [Division][minutes]; Navigator's [Division][minutes]; Powder [Division] 2 [minutes]; Engineer's [Division] 1 [minute]; and Marines ¾ [minute].

Passed up 10 rounds for each broadside gun in following times: 1st Division 3 minutes; 2nd [Division][minutes]; 3rd [Division] 6 [minutes]; 4th [Division][minutes] (4 boxes 6-pounder).

Tested magazine, shell room, and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.

Commanding Officer called upon the Japanese "Tsukushi" and "Maya".

The Commanding Officer of the latter returned the call.

At 12.00pm fired a salute of 21 guns with English and other men-of-war in harbor.

Signals: at 9.30am numeral 2 (sick report); at 10.50am "There will be no salute at noon, signed Coffin"; at 11.40am "Fire a salute of 21 guns at noon".

E. Lemkan, Coal Passer, was awarded 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for disobedience of orders.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, passing showers of rain.

Light breeze from Southward and Westward.

The Commanding Officer of the "Tsukushi" paid a visit to the Captain.

Six Japanese torpedo boats came in, and that of the Senior Officer was boarded from this ship.

Exercised the 4th Division at signals.

The United States Deputy Marshal [Marshall in log-book] served subpoenas on J.J. Connelly and L.A. Lamar, Apprentices Second-class, E.B. Lee, Landsman, J.S. King, Coxswain, and C. Ambler, Bugler, to appear in the trial of J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class, on Saturday 22nd of this month.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm and light airs from SW.

The "Empress of India" went out.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm.


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21 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and warm.

Calm first hour, light airs from NE by North remainder of watch.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining first hour.

Calm.

Signals: at 7.00am (time and uniform) 6391, 3352, 3356.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts, and issued to messes: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 143¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light airs from WSW and calm.

Ran a kedge out abeam to prevent a steamer fouling us, warped clear, and secured with kedge planted to prevent further chance of fouling.

Went to quarters and exercised in boats under oars and sail.

Rove off new falls for the whaleboat.

The Executive Officer and Surgeon inspected holds, living spaces and storerooms.

Lieutenant J.M. Robinson and Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz inspected watertight compartments, doors, valves and other apparatus for the safety of the ship.

Absent: J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class.

The Japanese men-of-war in port landed men under guns for parade.

At 9.30am signaled numeral 2 to U.S.S. "Charleston".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm, light passing showers of drizzling rain during first half of watch.

Light airs from SW.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship outside, breaking out, cleaning and restowing cofferdams.

Discharged Ernest Kilcup and Carl Martin, Coal Passers, they being reported as deserters from British vessels.

Instructed the seaman branch of Powder Divisions in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light Southerly airs.

Exercised at fire quarters and closing watertight compartment, all ready in 1½ minutes, secured in 1½ minutes, water in ½ minute, all hands on deck in 1 minute.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 3 mattresses; and 3 mattress covers.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and raining throughout watch, very heavy rain first half.

Light airs and breezes from SE, shifting to NE.


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22 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm and light airs from North.


4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy.

Calm.


8am to meridian:

Warm and cloudy.

Calm first part, light airs from WSW last part.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship inside and out.

Aired bedding.

Inspected the cylinders of all guns and supplied deficiency of glycerin where any was found.

J.T. Bush, Apprentice Second-class, absent, in jail on shore, being tried for homicide by consular court.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm, with light airs from WSW to SW.

Unmoored ship, changed position of starboard anchor, and moored again, 30 fathoms on starboard chain, 60 fathoms on port chain.

H.B.M.S. "Daphne" got under way at 3.40pm and stood out of the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light variable airs and calms.

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

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company's] steamer "Gaelic" got under way and left the harbor at 6.10pm.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] steamer "China" came in and anchored at 7.35pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, warm, light passing shower second hour of watch.

Calms and light Southeasterly airs.


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23 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm and light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Calm first part, light airs and breeze from East last part.

U.S.S. "Charleston" made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, pleasant, light rain showers first part of watch, clearing last part.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

Japanese cruiser "Kongo-Kan" left the harbor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and warm.

Light airs from ENE.

The Japanese cruiser "Kongo-Kan" returned to port.

Received in Equipment Department, the main boilers: 70 tons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from ESE.

Pacific Mail [Steamship Company's] steamer "China" left the harbor.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.


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24 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calms and light airs from ESE and SSW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light to moderate breezes from SW.

At 9.30am mustered and inspected at quarters, after which had setting up, aiming and divisional drills as per routine.

At 10.30am the Quarterly Board of Examination for Apprentices met and examined such apprentices as are eligible for promotion.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 1.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SW and SSW.

Quarterly Board engaged examining apprentices.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SSW.

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


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, then overcast.

Light breeze from SW.


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25 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from SW.

Passing showers last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light to moderate breezes from SW.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy, heavy showers at times.

Gentle to moderate breezes, falling at end of watch to light airs and hauling from SW to WSW.

By order of the Commanding Officer released G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, J.T. Semple, Landsman, and E. Lemkan, Coal Passer, and restored them to duty.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Had setting up exercise and battalion drill.

Sent diver (P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate) down on port bow.

Reported ship's bottom clean.

Received in Steam Engineering: 6 feet brass pipe; coupling and elbows; and 40 iron bolts.

Signals at 9.30am numeral 1 (sick report.).


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm and sultry.

Light airs from SW first part and from North last part.

Ship's divers engaged in examining ship's bottom.

Instructed the seaman branch of Powder Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, light shower first hour.

Light airs from SE and calms.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

P&O steamer "Verona" went out.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, warm and sultry.

Light variable airs first part and light airs from NNE last part.

Passing showers first two hours, and occasional lightning throughout watch.


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26 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, rainy.

Light NNE breeze, shifting to East last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining last two hours.

Light breeze from SE.

Signals at 7.00am: 6391, 3352, 3956.


8am to meridian:

Overcast; raining first hour.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up and aiming drills, and afterwards exercised divisions as per routine.

Made sick report to U.S.S. "Charleston" at 9.30am.

Japanese cruiser "Musashi-Kan" left the harbor at 9.10am, and two Japanese gunboats went into dry dock.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining at frequent intervals throughout watch.

Moderate to light breeze from South, shifting to SSW last hour.

Slight fall in barometer.

Japanese cruiser "Musashi-Kan" came in and anchored.

Instructed portion of 1st Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, heavy rain during first and last hour.

Light breezes and airs from SSW and SW first part, calm last part.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, raining at intervals, lightning to Southward and Eastward.

Falling barometer.

Calm and light airs from WNW first half, shifting to South and blowing fresh in squalls last half of watch.

Tested Ardois signal system and truck lights, and found them in good order.


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27 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy, squally.

Moderate to fresh breezes from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, warm and sultry.

Light airs from SW, shifting last hour to North.

U.S.S. "Charleston" made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.

Received for issue to crew: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, light rain at times latter part of watch.

Gentle NNE breeze.

Rising barometer.

Exercised at general quarters at 9.30am.

Made sick report numeral 1.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all to be in good order.

P. Anthony, Private Marine, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from North.


4pm to 8pm:

Weather overcast, pleasant.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

Rising barometer.

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

Placed J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, and C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, under sentry's charge to await action of Commanding Officer, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

P. Anthony, Private Marine, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NNE.


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28 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs from North.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from North, shifting to NNE.

Barometer rising.

At 8.00am dressed ship, rainbow [fashion], British ensign at main, in honor of anniversary of coronation of Queen Victoria.

Liberty party returned on board.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 3.

Called away all boats and exercised by signals from ship under oars and sails.

Issued the following permanent appointments, sent out from the Navy Department, namely: Charles Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, from April 5, 1895; Carl J. Madsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, from April 3, 1895; Nils P. Peterson, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, from February 4, 1895; Thomas Murray, Coxswain, from February 17, 1895; Philip Mullen, Coxswain, from April 3, 1895; Julius C. Wolff, Coxswain, from October 7, 1894.

By order [of] Commanding Officer, placed J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, and C.A. Carlsen, Gunner's Mate Third-class, in confinement in double irons for ten days, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship.

Received in Department of Equipment: 137½ gallons lubricating oil, for use of dynamo machinery.

Lieutenant Hannum made weekly inspection of compartments, the Executive Officer and Chief Engineer made monthly inspection of holds, storerooms, compartments and mechanical appliances for safety and management of the vessel, in compliance with Navy Regulation Circular number 8, and Surgeon Lumsden made weekly sanitary inspection of holds, storerooms and living spaces.

Private Anthony absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNE and North first half, and then light airs from SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from SW.

At 5.00pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1¼ minutes.

Mustered at stations for abandon ship.

Private Anthony was brought on board by the United States Marshal [Marshall in log-book], 34 hours over time, and a reward of twenty yen was paid for his delivery on board.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, moonlight.

Calm and light airs from NNE.


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29 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE first part, followed by calms.


4am to 8am:

Partly clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from NNE and NE.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and WSW.

Aired bedding.

Signals: at 9.30am numeral 3 (sick report); "Permission to air bedding".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Absentees: J. Rennie, Private Marine, and H. Herbert, Private Marine.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, calm, pleasant.


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30 June 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Fair, mild and calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, overcast last hour, with light rain showers.

Calm and light airs from NE.

Privates Herbert and Rennie returned on board 24 hours over time.

Signals: 6391, 3352, and 3956 (time and uniform).


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, warm, calm, light passing showers first part.

Japanese cruiser "Yoshino" came in and anchored at 10.09am.

Sent a boarding officer.

At 10.09am went to quarters for muster and inspection.

Absentee: W. Taylor, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather partly cloudy, hot and sultry.

Light breeze from SSW.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, warm.

Light variable airs and breezes.

Raining last three hours.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and warm, with passing showers.

Light airs from SW first hour, calm remainder of watch.


Approved: [signed] W.M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.


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LOG BOOK – JULY 1st 1895 TO DECEMBER 31st 1895


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Received May 19, 1896.


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LOG BOOK

of the

U.S.S. Yorktown

3rd Rate

of 6 Guns,


Commanded By

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

Attached to Asiatic Squadron,

Commencing July 1st, 1895,

at Nagasaki, Japan,

and ending December 31st, 1895,

at Shanghai, China.


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List of Officers


Attached to and on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1895, to December 31st, 1895.


Name

Rank

William M. Folger

Commander

T.H. Stevens

Lieutenant

H.F. Fickbohm

Lieutenant

J.M. Robinson

Lieutenant

W.G. Hannum

Lieutenant

D.P. Menefee

Lieutenant

C.M. Knepper

Ensign

F.A. Traut

Ensign

R.R. Belknap

Ensign

S.C. Paine

Lieutenant

C.H. Stockton

Commander

Harrie Webster

Chief Engineer

E.B. Webster

Passed Assistant Paymaster

G.P. Lumsden

Surgeon

A. Moritz

Passed Assistant Engineer

W. Tobin

Paymaster's Clerk

E.S. Kellogg

Assistant Engineer

F.E. Shute

Paymaster's Clerk


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


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List of Officers


Who have died, been detached, or transferred, on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate, commanded by C.H. Stockton, Commander, U.S. Navy, during the period covered by this Log-Book, from July 1st, 1895, to December 31st, 1895.


Name

Rank

Time of Occurrence, and Particulars

D.P. Menefee

Lieutenant

Detached from ship and ordered on board U.S.S. "Petrel" July 2, 1895

T.H. Stevens

Lieutenant

Detached from ship and ordered home, left the ship July 10, 1895

W.J. Tobin

Paymaster's Clerk

Resignation accepted August 1, 1895 at Shanghai, China

A. Moritz

Passed Assistant Engineer

Detached from ship September 25, 1895 at Chefoo, China

W.M. Folger

Commander

Detached from ship and ordered home October 22, 1895


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


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Complement of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the U.S.S. Yorktown at December 31st, 1895.


Number Allowed

Rates

Number On Board

1

Chief Boatswain's Mate

1

1

Boatswain's Mate First-class

1

1

Chief Gunner's Mate

1

2

Gunner's Mates First-class

1

1

Chief Quartermaster

1

1

Quartermasters First-class

1

6

Coxswains

4

4

Boatswain's Mates Second-class

4

1

Quartermaster Third-class

1

1

Shipwright


4

Gunner's Mates Third-class

3

1

Chief Carpenter's Mates

1

1

Sailmaker's Mates

1

3

Gunner's Maters Second-class

4

1

Ship's Cook First-class

1

1

Master-at-Arms Third-class

1

1

Quartermaster Second-class

1

1

Carpenter's Mate Third-class

1

1

Baymen

1

1

Chief Master-at-Arms

1

1

Apothecary

1

1

Ship's Yeoman

1

1

Paymaster's Yeoman

1

1

Engineer's Yeoman

1

1

Ship's Writer Second-class

1

1

Ship's Writer First-class

1

1

Painter

1

1

Bugler

1

1

Plumber and Fitter

1

2

Blacksmith

2

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Cabin Cook

1

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

3

Machinist First-class


2

Machinist Second-class


1

Coppersmith



Machinists

5

16

Seamen

13

16

Ordinary Seamen

6

9

Landsmen

10

6

Mess Attendants

7

16

Apprentices

27

3

Chief Machinists

1

1

Boiler Makers

2

3

Water Tenders

3

4

Oilers

6

8

First-class Firemen

8

8

Second-class Firemen

8

15

Coal Passers

10


Steerage Steward

1


Steerage Cook

1

160

Total

153 [152 in log-book]


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


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U.S.S. Yorktown, 3rd Rate

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


Instrument

Maker

Number

Location

Date of Last Comparison

Compared With

Error

Mercurial Barometer







Aneroid Barometer

U.S. Navy


Under poop on cabin bulkhead

March 26, 1894

Standard Barometer, Navy Yard, Mare Island


Thermometer (Dry Bulb)

Green, New York

3949

Forward part of pilot house




Thermometer (Wet Bulb) (Psychrometer)

Green, New York

3950

Forward part of pilot house





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


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Armament


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


Primary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

6

6-inch

III

Breech Loading Rifle

Brown prismatic

32.6 to 42.6 [pounds]

Common cast iron

100 [pounds]

Central pivot







Common steel

100 [pounds]








Shrapnel

100 [pounds]








Armour piercing

100 [pounds]



Secondary


Number of Guns

Caliber

Mark

Description

Cartridge

Projectiles

Carriages

Powder

Weight

Kind

Weight

Two

6-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

3-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

1-pounder

Rapid Fire Hotchkiss






Two

37 mm

Revolving Cannon Hotchkiss






Two

Gatling

Model 1880







Boat armament


Sailing Launch: One 1-pounder Rapid Fire Hotchkiss.

First Cutter: One Gatling gun, model 1880.


Small arms


100 Lee Remington magazine rifles.

111 Colt's Direct Action revolvers.

20 Cutlasses


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


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


Date

May 10th, 1895

September 3rd, 1895

Place of Observation

Yellow Sea

Yellow Sea

Latitude

37°24' N

37°38' N

Longitude

122°52' E

121°43' E

Observed Variation

4°21' W

4°12' W

Ship's Head by Compass

Deviation

Deviation

North

0°54' E

1°16' E

North by East

0°52' E

1°10' E

NNE

0°50' E

1°05' E

NE by North

0°50' E

1°00' E

NE

0°47' E

0°55' E

NE by East

0°43' E

0°51' E

ENE

0°38' E

0°48' E

East by North

0°33' E

0°45' E

East

0°28' E

0°41' E

East by South

0°15' E

0°21' E

ESE

0°07' E

0°00'

SE by East

0°25' W

0°23' W

SE

0°42' W

0°47' W

SE by South

0°55' W

1°00' W

SSE

1°00' W

1°10' W

South by East

1°10' W

1°21' W

South

1°12' W

1°32' W

South by West

1°10' W

1°21' W

SSW

1°05' W

1°10' W

SW by South

1°00' W

1°00' W

SW

0°56' W

0°49' W

SW by West

0°45' W

0°32' W

WSW

0°30' W

0°15' W

West by South

0°12' W

0°02' W

West

0°07' W

0°19' E

West by North

0°15' W

0°15' E

WNW

0°30' E

0°10' E

NW by West

0°30' E

0°05' E

NW

0°36' E

0°01' W

NW by North

0°45' E

0°18' E

NNW

1°00' E

0°37' E

North by West

1°00' E

0°56' E


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



LOGS FOR JULY 1895


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1 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Calm.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, warm.

Calms and light variable airs.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining.

Light breezes and airs from East.

Inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up and division drills.

Sent a reward of twenty yen ashore for the arrest and delivery on board of W. Taylor, Coal Passer.

Commanding Officer called upon the Commanding Officer of the Japanese cruiser "Yoshino", who returned the visit.

Transferred fires from boiler A to boiler B.

Japanese cruiser "Tsukuba-Kan" ["Tsukabu-Kan" in log-book] left the harbor at 9.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, raining greater part of watch.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

Slight fall in barometer.

Instructed part of First Division in general signaling.

At 3.40pm U.S.S. "Petrel" came in and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm, light drizzling rain first hour.

Light airs from East.

Received a call from Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Petrel".

The visit was returned by Commanding Officer.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NE first half, calm remainder of watch.


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2 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North by East.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from North by East.

United States mail steamer "City of Peking" came in and anchored at 5.20am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

Lieutenant D.P. Menefee, U.S. Navy, was this day detached from duty on this ship, and ordered to U.S.S. "Petrel".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs and breezes from [North], shifting to SW last hour.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, warm.

Light SW breeze.

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


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, light showers first hour.

Calm and light airs and breezes from SW.

"City of Peking" went out.


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3 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from SW or calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, raining greater part of watch.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer rising.

Received for use of crew: 146¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 117 pounds fresh bread.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining first half, cloudy latter part.

Light airs from North and WSW.

Omitted quarters and routine exercises on account of rain.

By order of the Commanding Officer B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, was awarded 2 days' extra duty as signal boy, for going on the poop before 7.00am.

The Japanese cruisers "Yoshino" and "Musashi" ["Muzashi" in log-book] went out.

Received a call from officers of U.S.S. "Petrel".

Signals at 9.30am: numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Light breeze from Southward and Westward.

Instructed 3rd Division in signaling.

Japanese cruiser "Musashi" ["Muzashi" in log-book] returned to her anchorage.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from West and WSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, no absentees.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and overcast.

Calm or light airs from Southward and Westward.

Tested electric signal apparatus.


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4 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, calm, pleasant.

Light Southwesterly airs last hour.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, calms and light airs and breezes from SW.

H.M.B.S. "Pigmy" dressed ship at 8.00am.

At sunrise dressed ship rainbow [fashion] with U.S.S. "Charleston", Japanese ships in harbor following.

Danish cable steamer came in.

Signals: (time and uniform) 6391, 5263, and 5593.

At end of watch Italian cruiser "Umbria" coming into harbor.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Light airs and breezes from SW.

At 9.00am the Italian man-of-war "Umbria" dressed ship masthead fashion, and at 11.00am rainbow fashion, United States ensign at the main.

At 12.00pm all the men-of-war in port, except U.S.S. "Petrel", H.M.B.S. "Pigmy" and "Chokai", fired 21 guns, with U.S.S. "Charleston".

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 2-pound saluting charges; and 21 percussion primers.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW to SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from SW.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, warm.

Light Southwesterly airs and breezes.


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5 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Weather partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs from South by West first part, calm last part.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and overcast.

Calm.

U.S.S. "Charleston" made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast first part, later clear and warm.

At 9.00am H.B.M.S. "Pigmy" got under way and stood out to sea.

At 9.30am called away all boats armed and equipped for distant service, all boats ready in 10¼ minutes.

Weekly inspection of holds, storerooms and bilges was made by Lieutenant J.M. Robinson and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz.

At 10.00am U.S.S. "Petrel" got under way and left the harbor.

By order of Commanding Officer confined A. Winter, Landsman, in double irons for seven days, on full rations, for disregard of orders.

Absentees: J.H. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, J.J. Gray, Second-class Fireman, A. Burton, First-class Fireman, C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, and F. Bruning, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SW.

Instructed the seaman branch of Powder Division in signals.

J.J. Gray, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 9 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from SW to WSW.

At 5.00pm exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1½ minutes.

Closed watertight doors and took station for abandon ship in 2¼ minutes.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Young, Apprentice First-class, was placed on the 4th conduct class, for disorderly conduct on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, warm and sultry, bright moonlight.

Light airs from SW first hour, calm remainder of watch.


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6 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calm first three hours, light airs from SW last hour of watch.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm and sultry.

Calms and light airs from SW.

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


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from SW.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship inside and out.

F. Bruning, Landsman, was brought on board by the United States Marshal.

C.J. Fields, Gunner's Mate Second-class, returned on board 53 hours over time.

Japanese cruiser "Musashi" left the harbor at 8.10am.

At 11.55am Italian cruiser "Umbria" fired a salute of 13 guns, Japanese ensign at the fore.

Aired bedding.

The following named men are absent without leave namely: J.H. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, A. Burton, First-class Fireman, and W. Sharp, Private Marine.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breeze from SW and SSW.

Sent party of liberty men on shore.

A. Burton, First-class Fireman, returned on board 31½ hours over time.

No signal instruction.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light breezes and airs from SSW.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company's] steamer "Belgic", with United States mails on board, arrived at 6.00pm.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm, J.H. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, and W. Sharp, Private Marine, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, pleasant.

Calm greater part of watch.

Private W. Sharp (Marine Corps) returned on board 15½ hours over time.


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7 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from NE.

Occidental and Oriental [Steamship Company's] steamer "Belgic" left at 4.30am.

Received for issue to crew: 117 pounds fresh bread; and 146¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer steady.

At 10.00am Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Immediately after called to muster and read Articles for Better Government of the Navy.

J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, C. Bodri, Apprentice Second-class, J.H. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, absent without leave.

By order of Commander J. Roos, Chief Carpenter's Mate, was released from confinement.

C. Bodri, Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 4 hours over time.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, rain shower at end of watch.

Light airs from SW.

Japanese gunboat came in and anchored at 3.00pm.

Sent a boarding officer to her.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, very light passing showers.

Calm and light NE breeze.

By order of Commander S. Baker, Ship's Writer Second-class, was rated Ship's Writer First-class from July 1st.

J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned on board 9 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, light showers first half.

Light airs from NE.

J.H. Olsen, Ordinary Seaman, and J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, returned on board 65 hours over time.


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8 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast.

Light airs from NE.


4am to 8am:

Light rain first three hours.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Steamer "Empress of India" came in and made fast to buoy at 6.30am.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNE and North, becoming variable in direction last hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, no absentees.

Held routine drills and exercises.

By order of the Commanding Officer released C.A. Carlsen, Carpenter's Mate Third-class, and restored him to duty.

Sent boarding officer to the "Empress of India".

Signals: (sick report) numeral 1; U.S.S. "Charleston" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Surgeon Lumsden will report to me at 1.00pm today as a member of medical board of inspection in civilian clothes with other doctors", signed Captain Coffin; U.S.S. "Yorktown" to U.S.S. "Charleston" "Shall Surgeon Lumsden report to you on board ship or on shore", signed Folger; U.S.S. "Charleston" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "On board ship".


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant and fine.

Light to gentle breeze from North and North by East.

Exercised and instructed 3rd Division in signals.

Overhauled steering gear, and left it in thoroughly good order.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had routine exercise, no absentees.

Steamer "Empress of India" went out at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

A Japanese Government vessel came in and took a berth near this ship.


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9 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light breeze from NNE and NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

Italian cruiser "Umbria" went out at 6.30am.

Signals: at 7.00am 6351 (time and uniform).

Received fresh provisions for crew, namely: 114 pounds bread; and 126¼ beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, warm.

Light breeze from NNE, falling calm.

The "Saikio Maru", which came in last evening, was boarded from this ship.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, aiming and battalion drills.

The Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments: 15 days' second conduct class to E.T. White, Apprentice Second-class, for shirking; and 3 days' double irons to R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, for using threatening language to another person in the Navy.

Johns was accordingly confined.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from WSW and SW.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant Alexander Sharp, U.S. Navy, was senior member, convened on board on articles in Construction Department.

Instructed the seaman branch of Powder Division in signals.

Received a visit from an officer of Japanese transport "Saikio Maru".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant, and cool.

Light airs and breezes from North.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, warm and pleasant, bright moonlight last half of watch.

Light airs from North first half, calm last half.


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10 July 1895

At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Lat 32.74, Long 129.86


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

At 6.00am started fires under boilers A, C and D.

Began coaling at 7.00am.

A Japanese man-of-war, "Naniwa" type, came in and anchored.

U.S.S. "Charleston" made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from North first part and from West last part.

Finished coaling at 10.20am, having received in all 114 tons.

Made signal to U.S.S. "Charleston" interrogatory 6121, U.S.S. "Charleston" answered in the affirmative.

Unbent starboard bower chain from sheet anchor and got sheet anchor on main deck, unmoored ship and hove in to 15 fathoms on starboard [chain].

Made general preparations for sea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm, hazy.

Calm first half of watch, light to moderate breeze from NNW and NW remainder.

At 1.00pm got under way, took U.S.S. "Charleston" in tow and stood out of harbor.

Cast off U.S.S. "Charleston" off Battenberg, and having asked and received permission, continued on course out of harbor.

At 2.50pm took departure, Nagasaki light bearing East by South, distant 1 mile, and set course S76°W, patent log reading 6.7 miles.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 106.

Got sheet anchor in place on quarter deck.

Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, U.S. Navy, was this day detached from duty on this vessel and left the ship.

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


4pm to 6pm:

Fair, hazy.

Moderate to stiff breezes from NNW.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 113.7.

Secured battery for sea.

Enlisted for 3 years' service: Kakechi Inouye, Mess Attendant.


6pm to 8pm:

Fair, moderate to stiff breeze from North by West.

Course S76°W until 6.30pm, when changed to West by North, patent log [reading] 50.

Goto Island light bore abeam at 7.57pm, distant about 9 miles, patent log [reading] 67.4.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 114.8.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Stiff breeze and moderate sea from NNE and NE.

At 9.25pm lost sight of Goto Island light bearing N70°E.

At 9.53pm changed course to S77°W, patent log reading 88.7.

Moon rose at 10.10pm.

Average steam pressure 107 pounds, revolutions 113.5.


Battenberg Island is probably a reference to Okino Island.

Goto Island is also known as Fukue Island.


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11 July 1895

Making passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.80, Long 124.73


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, obscured moonlight.

Moderate NE breeze.

Vessel rolling deeply at times.

Steering course S77°W.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 107.9.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to fair.

Moderate and gentle breezes from NE.

Moderate sea decreasing.

Steam 108 pounds, revolutions 108.1.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breeze from NE to ENE.

Under steam from four boilers, course S77°W, making 11.7 knots.

At 11.17am set clock back 47 minutes.

Went to quarters at 9.30am for muster and setting up drill.

Average steam 100 pounds, average revolutions 102.5.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Moderate breeze from East.

Moderate sea from NE.

Called all Gun Divisions to quarters and overhauled battery.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 100.9.


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle Easterly breeze.

Falling barometer.

At 4.20pm changed course to S64°W, patent log reading 13.5.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 103.9.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from.

Sighted a steamer on port bow standing to Eastward and Northward.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 104.3.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Moderate to stiff breeze from SE to SSE.

Light passing showers last hour.

At 8.25pm sighted [North] Saddle Island light bearing S62°W.

Steering course S64°W.

At 9.32pm changed course to W¾S, patent log [reading] 74.5.

At 10.18pm [North] Saddle Island light bore abeam, distant 8.5 miles.

At 11.08pm came to with starboard anchor in 8 fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain, [North] Saddle Island light bearing S62°E.

Banked fires.


North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.


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12 July 1895

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

Lat 31.00, Long 122.17


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.


4am to 8am [4pm to 8pm in log-book]:

Overcast throughout, drizzling rain at intervals.

Moderate SE breeze.

Rising barometer.

At 7.30am got under way and set course N65°W.

Put over patent log reading 92.6.

Sounding continuously with machine.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty, light drizzling rain at end of watch.

Moderate breeze from ESE and East.

At 8.55am sighted bell buoy off outer bar.

At 8.20am changed course to N63°W, and at 8.58am to N68°W.

Spoke a pilot boat, and at 9.18am let go starboard anchor in 4½ fathoms, veered to 30 fathoms [chain] and secured.

Bell buoy bearing N60°W (ship's head East by North), distant ¾ miles.

At 9.30am went to quarters and had setting up exercises.

Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz and Ensign Traut made the weekly inspections required by regulations.

Set clock back 9 minutes

By order of the Commanding Officer released A. Winters, Landsman, and R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, and restored them to duty.

At end of watch hove up anchor and got under way, pilot came on board, and stood across outer bar.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty, cool.

Gentle to stiff breeze from East.

Standing up the Yangtze River [Yanktse River in log-book] under conn of pilot.

Steering various courses.

At 12.43pm passed Tungsha lightship abeam, patent log [reading] 17.3, at 1.20pm black buoy, patent log 23.8, at 1.50pm Kiutoan lightship, patent log 29, and at 2.10pm red buoy, patent log 33.1.

At 3.00pm came to with the starboard anchor, off Woosung, in 9 fathoms water, veering to 23 fathoms chain.

[From weather observations page:] Bearings: Woosung lighthouse S58°W, Woosung lightship S½W.

At 3.55pm got under way and stood in toward Woosung Bar.


4pm to 8pm:

Warm and cloudy.

Moderate to gentle breeze from East and ESE.

Steaming up Woosung River, pilot conning.

Picked up Harbor Master and under his direction came to with starboard anchor in the 2nd section of the harbor, veered to 60 fathoms, let go port anchor and moored ship with 30 fathoms on each chain (starboard anchor down stream).

Put on mooring swivel.

Received official visits from the Commanding Officer U.S.S. "Detroit", and from officers [of] H.B.M.S. "Daphne", French gunboat "Beautemps-Beaupré" and Spanish gunboat "Ulloa".

Ship's draught 13 feet forward, 16 feet 8 inches aft.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, warm.

Light SE by East breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.


Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.

Woosung is also known as Wusong.

Woosung River is also known as Suzhou Creek.


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13 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs from SE by East.

Slack water ebb at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and warm.

Light breeze from SE.

A Chinese gunboat came up river and moored abeam of this vessel at 7.00am.

Made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, warm.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Barometer steady.

Sent officer to return Spanish, French and English boarding calls.

Commander left the ship to pay calls on vessels in harbor.

Officer from French ship "Beautemps-Beaupré" called on board.

Commander of same vessel called on Commanding Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from SE by East.

Slack water ebb at 2.45pm.

Received an official call from the Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Daphne".


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Light SE by East breeze.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Slack water at 6.45pm, ship swung to to the ebb at 7.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.

Ebb tide.


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14 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, warm.

Light airs and breezes from SE by East.

W. Montgomery, Landsman, returned on board, having been absent from the ship without permission.

He was placed under sentry's charge for safe keeping, awaiting action by the Commanding Officer.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm.

Light SSE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Slack water at 6.50am, ship swung to the ebb at 7.45am.

At 8.00am dressed ship rainbow [fashion], French ensign at main.

French gunboat "Beautemps-Beaupré" fired salute of 21 guns.

A number of liberty men absent without leave.

Received for use of crew: 146¼ pounds each beef and vegetables; and 117 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair, warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Ebb tide.

At 10.00am went to quarters, absentees: F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, and W. McDonald, Coal Passer.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Received a call from the officers of the "Beautemps-Beaupré".

At noon fired a salute of 21 guns with the other men-of-war in the harbor.

By order of the Commanding Officer placed W. Montgomery, Landsman, in single irons to await trial by Summary Court Martial.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 saluting charges; 11 6-pounder; and 10 3-pounder; and 21 percussion primers.

B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, also absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, close and hot.

Light breeze from SSW.

Signals to and from U.S.S. "Detroit" as per Signal Record Book.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and threatening, light shower last hour.

Light airs to gentle breeze from WNW, shifting to SE last hour.

At sunset "Beautemps-Beaupré" fired a salute of 21 guns.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, raining, with thunder and lightning throughout latter part of watch.

Barometer rising.


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15 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and raining.

Light breezes and airs from SSW, calm third hour.

Commenced swinging to flood at 2.45am, finished at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, raining last two hours.

Light airs from WNW and WSW.

Slack water flood at 7.45am.

Signals: at 7.00am (time and uniform) 6391, 5264, 5593.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, rainy, warm.

Light breeze from SW by South to WSW.

Delivered specifications to W. Montgomery, Landsman, to be tried by Summary Court Martial.

Absentees: B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, William McDonald, Coal Passer, F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer.

U.S.S. "Detroit" signaled sick report 19.

Wigwag signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Transported sheet anchor from its place of stowage on quarter deck to starboard bill board.

Omitted quarters on account of rain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain.

Gentle breeze from WSW, shifting to North and falling light at 2.15pm.

Broke out, cleaned and restowed lower sail room.

Quarterly Board of Inspection inspected same.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, returned on board 32 hours over time.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm, sultry.

Calm.

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

Absentees: F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, and W. McDonald, Coal Passer.

A Chinese transport came down the river and anchored astern.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, warm and sultry.

Calm.

Slack water high at 10.00pm.


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16 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty.

Calm and light airs from ESE.

Barometer steady.

Slack water at 4.00pm.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Calms, followed by light airs from SE.

Chinese transport got under way and stood out of the harbor.

Received on board for issue to crew fresh provisions as follows: 117 pounds bread; and 146¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signal, 6351.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Aired bedding.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of the French cruiser "Beautemps-Beaupré".

Inspected at quarters at 9.40am and exercised at setting up and aiming drills, afterwards exercised the landing party at company drill.

A Summary Court Martial for the trial of William Montgomery, Landsman, met at 10.30am, and adjourned at 10.54am to await the action of convening authority.

Paid to an official of the United States Consulate General a reward of 20 dollars (Mexican) for the delivery on board of William McDonald, Coal Passer.

Received a visit from the United States Consul General.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Detroit" made sick report (21).

The following named men are absent without leave: F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm, oppressive weather.

Light ESE breeze.

Falling barometer.

Engaged painting spars, davits, et cetera.

Exercised portion of First Gun Division in signals.

By order [of] Commanding Officer the following ratings took place to date from July 1st, 1895: G.F. Reeves, Apprentice Third-class to Apprentice Second-class; H.W. Shafer, Apprentice Second-class to Apprentice First-class; A. Martinsen, Landsman to Ordinary Seaman; C. Nyman, Ordinary Seaman to seaman.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze from SSE.

Slack water low at 4.20pm.

H.M.B.S. "Plover" arrived at 6.15pm, and was boarded by an officer of U.S.S. "Detroit", who offered the usual courtesies.

F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer, were brought on board by an official of the United States Consulate General, and 20 dollars each paid for their delivery on board.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, heavy rain first hour.

Light breeze from SW, shifting to NW.

Barometer rising.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 11.30pm.


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17 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and warm.

Gentle, falling to light, breeze from NW.

Slack water low at 5.00am.

Made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant weather, light rain first half of watch.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up, routine drill omitted on account of rain.

U.S.S. "Detroit" made sick report, numeral 21.

At 9.50am called all hands to muster and read proceeding of Summary Court Martial in case of William Montgomery, Landsman.

The accused was placed in solitary confinement in double irons, on bread and water, for 20 days, full ration every fifth day, in accordance with sentence as mitigated and approved by Commander.

That portion of sentence relating to loss of one month's pay was referred to the Honorable Secretary of the Navy.

Henry Kerr was this day enlisted as Ordinary Seaman for three years.

Officer from gunboat H.M.B.S. "Plover" returned boarding call.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast.

Light airs from NNE.

Ebb tide.

Instructed 2nd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.

Barometer rising.

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

Vessel swung to the flood at 6.20pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light airs from North.

Slack water flood at 11.45pm.

Tested Ardois and truck signal lights, and found them in good condition.


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18 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and damp, cool.

Light airs from ESE.

Swung to ebb at one o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, misty and damp, drizzling rain greater part of watch.

Light airs from ESE.

Low water at 7.30am, ship swinging at close of watch.

Received for use of crew: 147½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 118 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty, rainy.

Light airs from ESE and NE.

Swung to ebb last hour.

Tested magazine, shell and ammunition rooms flood cocks and found them in working order.

Mustered and exercised men at stations for closing watertight [doors].

Received a call from the Commanding Officer of H.M.B.S. "Plover".


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Exercised 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy first hour, damp.

Light breezes and airs from NE and East.

Slack water ebb at 6.00pm.

Mustered at quarters and had routine exercise at 5.00pm.

Absent: J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp, foggy at close [of watch].

Light airs from East.

J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, returned on board 17 hours over time.


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19 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, foggy, calm, pleasant.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, thick misty weather.

Calm.

Ebb tide.

Signals: at 7.00am 6351 (time and uniform).


8am to meridian:

Overcast and damp.

Calm, light airs from NE at close [of watch].

The Commanding Officer paid a visit to H.M.S. "Plover".

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, aiming, and abandon ship drills, all boats ready in 6 minutes.

The French gunboat "Lutin" came in, and was boarded from this ship.

The French Consul General called upon the Captain.

Received in Equipment Department: 2 barrels lime; 65 pounds 1½-inch manila; 65 pounds 2¾-inch manila; 2 panes glass; 4 dozen corn brooms; 25 pounds marline; 10 yards blue bunting; 10 yards red bunting.

Received in Construction Department: 30 gallons turpentine; 49 pounds potash; 25 pounds glue; 100 sheets sand paper.

Received in Engineering Department: 1 dozen corn brooms; 6 coir brooms with handles; ¼ pound copper tacks; 1 pound brass screws; 15 feet steel; 6 dozen rubber rings; 30 gallons turpentine; 5 gallons damar varnish; 6 ax handles; 300 pounds cotton waste; 20 pounds chrome green; 10 pounds vermilion in oil.

The Executive Officer and Surgeon inspected holds, living spaces and storerooms.

Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz and Ensign F.A. Traut inspected watertight compartments, doors and apparatus for the safety of the ship.

Swung to flood at 9.30am.

U.S.S. "Detroit" signaled at 9.30am numeral 19.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm and sultry.

Light breeze from NE.

Received visit from boarding officers of French gunboat "Lutin".

J.C. Wolff, Coxswain, was placed under sentry's charge to await investigation by the Commanding Officer, for refusing to obey the order of the Officer of the Deck.

Instructed 4th Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, rainy at close [of watch], light breezes and airs from NE.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Went to fire quarters in 1 minute, water in ½ minute more.

Closed watertight doors and got everyone up from below in 1 minute.

Received in Engineering Department: one iron plate, 240 pounds.

By order of Commanding Officer confined J.C. Wolff, Coxswain, in double irons for five days, for insubordination.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, drizzling rain.

Light airs from NE.

Signals to and from U.S.S. "Detroit" as per [Signal] Record Book.


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20 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and warm, with drizzling rain.

Calm.

Slack water high at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm, then light breeze from ENE.

Made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 118 pounds fresh bread; and 147½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

Enlisted for three years as Landsmen: Henrik Otto; and Karl E. Olson.

J. Henry, Coal Passer, for leaving station before being regularly relieved, was by order of Commanding Officer quarantined for the rest of the month, and to get 2nd class monthly money for July.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 450 pounds saltwater soap; and 12 mattress covers.

In Department of Steam Engineering: 24 lamp burners.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, warm and raining.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

Slack water high at 1.30pm.

Received a visit from Commanding Officer of the French gunboat "Lutin".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, raining first part.

Light airs from ENE.

Went to quarters for muster at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm.

Calm first hour, light airs from North remainder of watch.

Slack water low at 9.00pm.


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21 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, drizzling rain greater part of watch.

Light airs from NNE.

Swung to the ebb at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, warm and sultry, light passing showers first part.

Light airs from ENE.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signals to U.S.S. "Detroit" as follows: 6391; 5263; 3956.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm.

Light airs from ENE.

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

Commenced swinging to flood at 10.27am, finished at 10.42am.

Commanding Officer called upon Commanding Officer of French gunboat "Lutin".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Light NE airs.

Barometer falling.

Ship swung to the ebb at 3.45pm.

Sent liberty party on shore.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm, passing shower during first hour.

Light airs from NE.

Riding to the ebb tide.

Missionaries from the "Mission to Seamen" came on board and held divine service at 4.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the flood at 10.00pm.


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22 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from North, calm last half.

Slack water flood at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from NW and North.

Finished swinging to ebb at 4.10am.

Made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.

Received for issue to crew: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair to cloudy and warm.

Light airs from North.

Swung to flood last hour.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, absent: J.H. Roulston, Private Marine.

Had routine exercises and divisional drills.

Exercised Engineer's Division at small arms.

At 9.00am H.M.B.S. "Plover" went out.

Received in Engineering Department: 100 gallons lubricating oil; 4 light hoes; 2 gallons asphaltum; and 1 set stencils.

And in Construction Department: 1 pane window glass.

Making preparations for painting ship outside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Painting ship outside.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs from NNE to SE.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, absent: Private Roulston, U.S. Marine Corps.

Signals: U.S.S. "Detroit" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" interrogatory 4560, answered affirmative.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from ENE.

Swung to flood at 11.00pm.


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23 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, warm.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Calm and light airs from SE by East.

At 5.00am swinging to ebb.

At 7.00am made [signal] 6351 (time and uniform).


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light breezes and airs from SE by East and East.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up and aiming drills.

Absentees: Private J.H. Roulston, U.S. Marine Corps, W. Sullivan, Water Tender, and T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman.

Painting ship.

U.S.S. "Detroit" signaled at 9.30am numeral 13, at 11.30am interrogatory 6183, at noon interrogatory 4917.

Answered last two affirmatively.

Received in Engineering Department: 12 knife edge files; 2 silicate slates.

Swung to flood at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light to moderate Easterly breeze.

Painting ship.

At 12.05pm U.S.S. "Detroit" and the French corvette "Beautemps-Beaupré" got under way and stood out of the harbor.

Exercised 4th Division at signals.

Received in Ordnance Department: 20 yards ravens duck; and 4 monkey wrenches.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from East.

Painting ship.

Mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Private J.H. Roulston (U.S. Marine Corps) returned on board 34½ hours over time.

Swung to ebb at 4.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from East.

Swung to flood at 11.30pm.


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24 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Weather warm and cloudy.

Light breeze from ENE.

Riding to the flood.

Thomas Furlong, Second-class Fireman, was brought on board by an officer of the United States Consulate General.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

W. Sullivan, Water Tender, was brought on board by the United States Deputy Marshal.

Swung to ebb at 5.50am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.

Received in Ordnance Department: 75 pounds 18-thread hemp.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, pleasant, light airs from ENE and NE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up and divisional drills.

Painting ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and cloudy.

Light breezes and airs from ENE.

Commenced swinging to flood at 12.30pm, finished at 12.40pm.

Engaged in painting ship inside and out.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

Served out clothing and small stores.

Received in Equipment Department: 25 pounds vermilion.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ENE first part, followed by calms.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.

Released J.C. Wolff, Coxswain, from confinement, his term of confinement having expired.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: $8,799.46 (Mexican).

A small gunboat (similar to "Plover" class) came into the harbor and anchored at 7.45pm.

Finished painting ship outside.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from ESE.

Riding to the ebb.


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25 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light SE by East breeze.

Vessel swung to the flood at 12.30am.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SE by East and SE.

Swung to ebb at 6.00am.

Crew engaged in painting ship inside.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze from SE.

Riding to strong ebb tide.

Inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up drill, and afterwards exercised firemen and coal passers at small arms and setting up.

Tested all magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, found all in good working order.

Crew engaged painting boats and ship inside.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, hot.

Light Southerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Finished painting ship inside.

By order of Commanding Officer, placed J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, under sentry's charge for safe keeping, he being under the influence of liquor.

Instructed portion of First Gun Division in signaling.

Ship swung to the flood at 1.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breezes and airs from SSE and SE.

Commenced swinging to ebb at 5.10pm, finished at 6.05pm.

Mustered at quarters at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Light SE breeze.

Vessel riding to the ebb.


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26 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from South.

Slack water ebb at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Warm and cloudy.

Light breeze from SSE.

Slack water high at 6.00am.

Received for issue to crew: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hot.

Light SSE breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at aiming drill.

Immediately after Commander inspected clothing and bags.

Assistant Engineer Moritz, U.S. Navy, made weekly inspection of storerooms and watertight compartments in Engineer's Department.

By order of Commander J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, was released from charge of sentry.

French gunboat "Comète" came in and anchored.

Sent officer to make boarding call.

Tide running strong ebb.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breezes and airs from SSE.

Slack water ebb at 2.00pm.

The Spanish cruiser "Ulloa" shifted her berth.

H.B.M.S. "Esk" came in and moored.

Sent an officer to board her.

Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm, Chief Engineer Webster, Surgeon Lumsden and Ensign R.R. Belknap made the inspection required by regulations.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Light airs from SSE.

At 5.00pm exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in one minute.

Scraped spars.

Ship swung to the ebb at 6.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair, warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Ebb tide.


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27 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from SSE.

Swung to flood at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze and airs from SSE and South.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the ebb at 7.15am.


8am to meridian:

Fair to clear and warm.

Light and gentle breeze from SSW.

Ebb tide.

Received an official call from the Commanding Officer of the French gunboat "Comète".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine.

Gentle or light breeze from SSW.

The boarding call made yesterday on H.B.M.S. "Esk" was returned.

Received in Engineering Department: 100 nuts; and 4 piston rod packing rings.

Swung to flood at 3.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from SSW, falling light latter half.

Swinging to ebb at 7.00pm.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Gentle to moderate breezes from SSE.


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28 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SSE.

Swung to flood at 2.40am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from SSE.

Swung to ebb last hour.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breezes from SSE and South.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and the crew at quarters, and he paid an official visit on board the French gunboat "Comète".

Received in the Department of Supplies and Accounts: 229 pounds sugar; 35 pounds tea.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from South to SSE.

Swung to flood at 3.30pm.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Moderate to light breeze from SSE.

Divine service was held on board.

Tested electric signal apparatus and found it in good order.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSE.


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29 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Slack water low at 3.40am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW.

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

Exercised Engineer's Division at small arms.

C. Chadwick, Oiler, was brought on board by the United States Deputy Marshal, 3 hours over time, and a fine of four dollars (imposed by the local police court for being drunk and disorderly) was paid.

He was reduced to the second conduct class.

By order of the Commanding Officer R. Shay, Seaman, was reduced to the second conduct class, for going out of uniform on liberty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from West, becoming variable and falling to light airs during third hour.

Slack water low at 3.25pm.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals and recruits at small arms.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Esk".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SSE.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Moon set at 11.15pm.

Light airs from SSE.

Slack water high at 8.30pm.


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30 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSE.

Riding to the ebb.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Light Southerly airs.

Received on board for issue to crew the following fresh provisions: 120 pounds bread; 150 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

A Chinese gunboat left the harbor.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW.

Slack water high at 8.40am.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am, and exercised at setting up and aiming drills.

Commanding Officer returned the visit of the Commander of H.B.M.S. "Esk".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light SSW breeze.

Barometer falling.

Drilled recruits at small arms and exercised First Gun Division at signaling.

Sent party of liberty men ashore.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW.

Slack water low at 4.10pm.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from from SSW.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the ebb at 11.15pm.

Stopped dynamo at 10.30pm.


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31 July 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from South.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from South.

Slack water low at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light SW breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

Routine exercises omitted on account of excessive heat [89° Fahrenheit].

Swung to the ebb at 9.50am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SW.

Ebb tide.

Instructed 2nd Division in signals.

Enlisted George S. Jones as Landsman for three years.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SW.

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

Ship swung to the flood at 5.50pm.

Received in Engineer's Department: one mould for packing rings; and one wrench for stop valves.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs from SSE.

Ebb tide.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1895


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1 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSE.

Swung to ebb at one o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Calm first half, light airs from SSW last half of watch.

Barometer rising.

Slack water low at 7.45am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SSW and WSW.

Riding between wind and tide.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had setting up and aiming exercises.

Absent: P. Hennessy, Coal Passer.

Received a call from the Commanding Officer of the "Lutin".

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

The acceptance of the resignation of Paymaster's Clerk W.J. Tobin was received from the Honorable Secretary of the Navy by telegraph.

A Chinese man-of-war came in.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from WSW.

Riding between wind and ebb tide till 3.00pm, when she rode to ebb.

Instructed and exercised recruits at small arms and the 3rd Division at signals.

Sent an offer of reward for the arrest of P. Hennessy, Coal Passer, to the United States Consulate General.

The Chinese man-of-war that came in during the forenoon passed up the river.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from WSW and SSW.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Absentee: P. Hennessy, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSW.


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2 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSW and South.

Swung to ebb at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from South and SSW.

Coal lighters came alongside at 5.30am, commenced coaling at 6.55am.

Received on board during watch about 12 tons.

P. Hennessy, Coal Passer, returned on board 23 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW.

Coaling ship.

The Commanding Officer awarded the following punishments: to B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, one hour's daily drill for one week, for not obeying orders on signal drill; to G.F. Reeves, Apprentice Second-class, 6 hours' extra duty, for carelessness in striking the bell; to M. McNamara and H. Herbert, Privates Marine, reduction to 3rd [conduct] class, for inattention to duty.

Riding between wind and tide till 10.00am, then riding to flood.

Quarters and drills omitted on account of coaling.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW to SW.

Swung to ebb at 1.00pm.

Coaling ship, received on board during watch 23 tons.

Exercised 4th Division at signals and recruits at small arms.

B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, performed one hour's extra duty.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from South and SSE.

Finished coaling, having received in all 86 tons.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 22,163.12 Mexican dollars.

Omitted quarters, as in forenoon.

Tested electric signal apparatus and found it in good order.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Swung to flood at 8.30pm.


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3 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Moon set at 2.40am.

Light breezes and airs from SSE.

Slack water high at 2.10am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm, light airs and breezes from SSE and South.

Received in the Department of Supplies and Accounts: 118 pounds bread; and 147½ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from South to SW.

Swung to flood at 10.00am.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 60 gallons molasses; 60 gallons vinegar; 60 gallons peas.

The Japanese Consul General visited the ship officially.

Lieutenant J.M. Robinson made the weekly inspection of holds and storerooms, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz inspected those compartments coming under the cognizance of the Engineer's Department.

H. Hermanson, Landsman, returned on board 9 hours over time.

G.F. Reeves, Apprentice Second-class, performed 2 hours' extra duty.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breezes and airs from WSW and SW.

Slack water at 1.30pm.

Received in Paymaster's Department stores as follows: 2000 pounds wheat flour; 700 pounds salt beef; 350 pounds rice; 150 pounds dried fruits; 340 pounds butter; 150 pounds tea; 2000 pounds sugar; 450 pounds pickles; 2000 pounds salt pork; 408 pounds tomatoes; 904 pounds canned meat; 800 pounds canned vegetables; 30 gallons white beans; 545 pounds cornmeal; 1000 pounds oatmeal.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SW, shifting to SSE last part.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

G.F. Reeves, Apprentice Second-class, performed two hours' extra duty, and B. Lipman, Apprentice Second-class, one hour.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot, bright moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Slack water low at 9.00pm.


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4 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light SSE breeze.

Swung to the ebb at 3.50am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from SSE, shifting to SSW last part.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 1000 pounds coffee; and 4 dozens tins canned beef.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SSW, hauling WSW last hour.

Slack water low at 10.30am.

Sent Robert Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, to the Shanghai General Hospital.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light WSW breeze.

Barometer falling.

U.S.S. "Detroit" came in and moored at 2.00pm, having first asked and received permission.

Exchanged general and wigwag signals with U.S.S. "Detroit" as per Signal Record Book.

Commander of U.S.S. "Detroit" called on Commanding Officer.

Ship swung to the ebb at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SW.

Held divine service at 4.30pm, the Reverend Mr. Newcomb of the "Mission to Seamen" officiating.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SE.

Ship swung to the flood at 10.00pm.

Communicated with U.S.S. "Detroit" by Ardois system, as per Signal Record Book.


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5 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Lightning to Northward.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Slack water high at 4.30am.

Made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.

Received for issue to crew: 118 pounds fresh bread; and 147½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light SSE breeze.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

Routine drills omitted on account of heat.

Ensign Knepper, U.S. Navy, boarded a number of American sailing vessels in accordance with squadron order.

Swung to the flood at 11.15am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Calms and light airs and breezes from WSW.

At 4.00pm swinging to ebb.

Instructed 2nd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and hot.

Light SE breeze.

Lightning to Northward latter part of watch.

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

Swung to ebb at 5.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Tide turned flood at 11.00pm.

Lightning to Eastward.


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6 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Light breeze from South, falling to light airs from SSE at close [of watch].


4am to 8am:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the ebb at 5.30am.

At 7.00am made customary time and dress signals.

Executed morning orders.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from SSE.

Ebb tide, at 12.00pm swinging to flood.

By order of the Commanding Officer released W. Montgomery, Landsman, from confinement and restored him to duty.

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

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Exercised recruits at small arms and 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to fair.

Light airs from SE.

First hour swung to ebb.

At 5.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from SSE.

Swung to flood at 11.30pm.


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7 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from SSE to South by East.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Swung to ebb second hour.

At 7.00am made [signal] 6351 (time and uniform).

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 118 pounds fresh bread; and 147½ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and hot.

Light airs from SSE.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up drill.

U.S.S. "Detroit" signaled at 8.30am interrogatory 2983, answered affirmative, at 9.30am numeral 10.

Lieutenant S.C Paine, U.S. Navy, reported on board for duty as Executive Officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm first part, with light airs from SSE, third hour squall from North to NE, accompanied by thunder and lightning, with gentle to stiff breezes from NW to East and SE, veering back to NW and back again to SE, followed by rain, cleared off last hour, light breezes from SE.

The following stores belonging to the Department of Supplies and Accounts were condemned by the Quarterly Board, and by order of the Commanding Officer were thrown overboard, namely: 200 pounds salt pork; 14 pounds tinned vegetables; 2 pounds tinned meat; 15 pounds dried fruit.

Cleaned bilges underneath fore hold.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward and calm.

Enlisted for three years: P. Johnson, Ordinary Seaman, Continuous Service Certificate 7169.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.

Tested electric signal apparatus and exercised night signals with U.S.S. "Detroit".

Swung to ebb at 5.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast first part, clearing last part.

Calm and pleasant.

Swinging to flood at midnight.


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8 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, warm and calm, bright moonlight.

Riding to strong flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE or calm.

Swung to ebb at 6.15am.

At 7.00am made signal 6351.


8am to meridian:

Clear and hot.

Calm to light airs from SE by East.

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

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

The hand pumps were tested and all found in good order.

Crew engaged in restowing fore hold.

U.S.S. "Detroit" made sick report, number 9.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze from ESE and SE.

Slack water low at 12.15pm.

Finished restowing fore hold.

Exercised recruits at small arms and seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and hot, overcast last hour, with lightning to Northward and Eastward.

Swung to ebb at 5.30pm.

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

Received on board in Department of Supplies and Accounts: $75,075.46 in Mexican silver.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with lightning to the Northward.

Light airs from SE till 10.30pm, when wind shifted to North, and during last hour blew stiff in squalls.

Riding to ebb tide.


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9 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, squally first hour.

Wind light from NNE, shifting to ESE and SE.

Barometer falling.

Obscured moonlight.

Ship swung to the flood at 12.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southeasterly airs and breezes.

Swung to ebb at 6.00am.

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

Received on board in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions: 119 pounds fresh bread; 148¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up drill.

Broke out all storerooms for inspection.

Ensign Belknap and the Medical Officer made the inspection required by Navy Department Circular number 8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and hot.

Light SSW breeze.

Barometer falling.

Exercised First Gun Division at signaling.

Ship swung to the flood at 1.15pm.

H.B.M.S. gunboat "Esk" left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and hot.

Light breeze from SSW.

Slack water high at 5.50pm.

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


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, passing rain squalls with thunder and lightning first half of watch.

Light NNW breeze, increasing in squalls to stiff breeze first half, shifting to SSE and decreasing to light airs at end of watch.

Barometer falling.


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10 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Fair to cloudy.

Calms and light variable airs.

Swung to flood at 1.00am.

Signals: U.S.S. "Detroit" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" "Can I have your sea pilot?", signed Newell; U.S.S. "Yorktown" to U.S.S. "Detroit" "Certainly, send in the morning", signed Folger.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, warm and pleasant.

Light, increasing to gentle breeze from NNW to WNW.

Slack water high at 6.30am.

Made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and pleasant, with passing showers first part, clearing last part.

Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW.

Signals to and from U.S.S. "Detroit" as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle and light breezes from WNW.

Swung to flood tide at 2.00pm.

At 2.15pm U.S.S. "Detroit" unmoored and went to sea.

Signals: U.S.S. "Detroit" to U.S.S. "Yorktown" interrogatory 4917, answered "Affirmative".


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 7.20pm.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW and calms.

Ebb tide.


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11 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and overcast, heavy rain third hour.

Calm.

Swung to flood at 2.15am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs from NNE.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the ebb at 7.30am.

Received for use of crew: 148¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 119 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE and NE.

Ebb tide.

At 10.00am went to quarters and Commanding Officer inspected crew.

Called all hands to muster and read Articles for the Better Government of the Navy, and had general muster, no absentees.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Swung to flood at 2.05pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from ENE and calm.

Swung to flood at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, calm.


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12 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calms and light Northeasterly airs.

Swung to flood at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, showery.

Calm and light airs from NE and ESE.

Swung to ebb at 7.15am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp, light showers first and last hours.

Light breeze from East.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, aiming and divisional drills.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from East to ESE.

Swung to flood at 2.00pm.

Exercised recruits at small arms and 4th Divisions at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from SE.

Sent a squad of seventeen men, under command of an officer, to join a funeral escort from H.M.S. "Daphne".

Half-masted colors and hoisted them again with H.M.S. "Daphne", other men-of-war followed later.

H.M.S. "Esk" returned to her former berth.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Swung to ebb at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.


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13 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and warm, moonlight.

Light breezes and airs from SE and ESE.

Slack water low at 2.10am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy.

Light airs from ESE and ENE.

Received in the Department of Supplies and Accounts: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs from ESE and South.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up, and aiming drill, then mustered battalion.

Fourth Division engaged in overhauling battery, filling recoil cylinders, et cetera.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 100 pounds candles.

An officer from H.M.S. "Daphne" came on board to return thanks for our participation in the funeral services yesterday of one of their men.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle, increasing to moderate breeze from SSE.

Slack water low at 2.50pm.

A Chinese transport left the harbor at 3.20pm.

Exercised recruits at small arms, the seaman branch of Powder Division at signals, and a detail from the 1st Division at dismounting and assembling the Lee Remington rifle.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Moderate to light breeze from NW.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE and SE.

Slack water high at 8.00pm.


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14 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Light SE breeze.

Ship swung to the flood at 3.50am.


4am to 8am:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from SE.


8am to meridian:

Weather partly cloudy and hot.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up drill.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Light to moderate SE breeze.

Light passing showers latter part of watch.

Ship swinging to the flood at close of watch.

Instructed First Division in signals and in dismounting and assembling service rifle.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to light breeze from SE.

Riding to flood tide.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SE and SSE.

Barometer steady.

Exercised a part of 1st Gun Division at night signaling.

Ship swung to the ebb at 9.20pm.

Moon rose about 11.15pm.


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15 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE.

Ebb tide.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE.

Ship riding across the stream, no perceptible tidal current, swinging to ebb at end of watch.

Received for issue to crew: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Light SSE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at aiming drill.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Received in Construction [Department]: 79 pounds 2-inch brass pipe.

Mail from the United States was received on board.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle and light breeze from SSE.

Slack water ebb at 11.00am [sic].

Drilled recruits, instructed 2nd Division in signals and part of the crew in dismounting rifle.

Received in Construction Department: 47 pounds 1¼-inch brass pipe.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer falling.

Ship swung to the flood at 4.40pm.

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


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE.

Swung to ebb at 11.20pm.


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16 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

Slight rise in barometer.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

A Chinese gunboat in the harbor dressed ship at 8.00am, rainbow [fashion], Chinese ensign at fore and main.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from SE by South.

Riding to ebb, did not swing to flood tide.

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

Lieutenant W.M. Hannum and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz made the weekly inspection required by regulations.

Received in Construction Department: 37 feet 1¼-inch brass pipe.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle breeze from SSE.

Exercised 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle and light breeze from SSE.

At 5.50pm swung to flood.

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


8pm to midnight:

Hazy, cloudy and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from SE by South.


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17 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southeasterly airs and breezes.

Swung to ebb at 1.00pm.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.

Ebb tide.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 119 pounds fresh bread; and 148¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair, pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Riding between wind and tide till near end of watch.

The Commanding Officer punished W.R. Bromby, Apprentice Second-class, with two hours' extra duty, for shirking.

R. Johns, Sailmaker's Mate, was brought back from the Shanghai General Hospital.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Gentle breeze from SE.

Ebb tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from Southward and Eastward.

Mustered at quarters.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.

Flood tide.


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18 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SE.

Slack water high at 1.45am.

Moon rose at 2.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SE.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Gentle Southeasterly breeze.

At 9.30am swung to flood.

At 10.05am went to quarters and Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and hot.

Light breeze from SE.

Slack water high at 1.45pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE by East.

Ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Light breezes and airs from SE by East.

Slack water low at 8.15pm.


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19 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm first three hours, light airs from SE last hour of watch.

Ship swung to the ebb at 3.55am.


4am to 8am:

Clear, calm, pleasant.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and hot.

Light breezes from ESE and East.

Slack water low at 9.20am.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised all division at setting up drill.

By order of Commanding Officer C.O. Blakeslee, Private Marine, was reduced one conduct class, for lounging on post.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and very warm.

Gentle Easterly breeze, shifting to ENE.

Barometer falling.

Tide turned ebb at 2.40pm.

Vessel riding between wind and tide at end of watch.

Instructed First Gun Division in signaling and part of Second Gun Division in dismounting and assembling service rifle.

Drilled recruits at small arms.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from ENE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Mustered at quarters at 4.30pm and served out clean hammocks.

Scrubbed hammocks.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from ENE.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the flood at 9.40pm.


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20 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from ENE.

At 4.00am slack water flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Light Easterly airs and calms.

Riding to ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm.

Gentle ENE breeze first half, shifting to NE and increasing to moderate breeze with occasional very light passing showers.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at aiming drill.

At 11.00am mustered at quarters and turned in clean hammocks.

Crew engaged at ship's work.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with two very light rain squalls.

Moderate and gentle breezes from NE.

Swung to ebb last hour.

Instructed 2nd Division in signals.

A Chinese gunboat came down the river and tied up to buoy.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and warm.

Light NE breeze.

Ship riding to the ebb.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from NE.

At 10.00pm swung to flood.


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21 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NE.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Ship swung to the ebb at 4.15am.

Received for use of crew: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from NE.

At 11.00am swung to flood.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from NE.

At 4.30pm swung to ebb.

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

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: $8,798.26 (Mexican).

Tested Ardois and truck signal lights.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE and calm.


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22 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from North and NNW.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear, clouding over last hour.

Light breeze and airs from NNW and North.

At 5.15am swung to ebb.

Received in Construction Department: 300 pounds white zinc; 100 pounds Venetian red (dry); 35 gallons linseed oil (raw); and 10 gallons turpentine.

Fire alarm in English Settlement at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, passing shower third hour.

Light breezes from North and ENE.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, aiming, and battalion drills.

Tested all flood cocks to magazines, shell rooms, and ammunition rooms, and found them in good order.

Overhauled hand steering gear and found it in good order.

Swung to flood at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Light airs and breezes from North by East.

Exercised recruits at small arms, 4th Division at signals, and instructed a detail of the 1st Division in dismounting and assembling [the] Lee rifle.

The Austrian corvette "Aurora" came in and anchored at 3.50pm.

Sent a boarding officer.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly airs.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

The Japanese cruiser "Sai Yen" came in and was boarded from this ship.

Swung to ebb at 5.35pm.

The boarding visit made to the "Aurora" was returned.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly airs.

Swung to flood at midnight.


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23 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and warm, passing shower during second hour.

Northerly airs and calms.

Riding to flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.

Swung to ebb at 6.00am.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NW to NNW.

U.S.S. "Machias" came into the harbor and anchored at 8.30am.

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

Received visits from boarding officers of Japanese cruiser "Sai Yen Kau" and U.S.S. "Machias".

Commanding Officer visited the above named ships officially.

Received an official visit from the Commanding Officer of the Austrian corvette "Aurora".

Lieutenant Robinson made the weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz inspected compartments in Engineering Department.

At 8.25am exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. "Machias".

U.S.S. "Machias" made general interrogatory 1211, which was answered affirmatively.

Wigwag signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm.

Light breeze from NNW.

Slack water low at 12.10pm.

At 1.00pm U.S.S. "Machias" made signal interrogatory 4559, answered in the affirmative.

Unbent starboard chain from sheet anchor, and transported sheet anchor aft.

Exercised recruits at small arms and seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

Commanding Officer Japanese cruiser "Sai Yen Kau" returned the visit of Commanding Officer.

French gunboat "Comète" ["Comet" in log-book] left the harbor at 3.20pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW.

Swung to ebb at 6.40pm.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters, after which exercised at fire quarters.

All divisions ready in 1¼ minutes, secured in 1¾ minutes


8pm to midnight:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from NNW.

Riding to ebb tide.


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24 August 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Light NNW breeze.

Barometer falling.

Ship swung to the flood at 12.30am.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNW.

Swung to ebb at 5.45am.

At 6.30am started fires under boilers A, B and D.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signals to U.S.S. "Machias" as follows: 6391, 5264.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light to gentle breeze from NW by North.

Riding to ebb tide.

At 9.00am called all hands unmoor ship.

Took off mooring swivel, hove up starboard anchor and hove in to 30 fathoms on port chain.

Made preparations for sea.

Commanding Officer called upon the Commanding Officer of Austrian corvette "Aurora".

Received in Construction Department: 50 pounds shellac.

Received from H.B.M.S. "Daphne" 4 bags of mail for H.B.M.S. vessels at Chefoo.

A Chinese gunboat came in at 11.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light NNW and NW breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 1.15pm got under way and stood down the river, pilot conning.

Put over patent log at 3.30pm, reading 40.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 85.9.

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


4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

Standing down the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book], pilot conning the ship.

At end of watch near Tungsha lightship.

Revolutions 102.9, steam 110 pounds.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Discharged pilot at 6.20pm.

At 6.45pm took departure from fairway buoy and set course East (by standard compass), patent log [reading] 75.2.

Made out the [North] Saddle Island light at 7.10pm bearing S56°E, at end of watch it bore S41°E (standard compass).

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 105.2.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze and choppy sea from North to NNW.

Course East.

At 8.24pm, patent log [reading] 92.0, and [North] Saddle Island [Rock in log-book] light bearing S33°E, changed course to NE.

At 10.30pm lost sight of [North] Saddle Island [Rock in log-book] light bearing SSW.

At 11.24pm changed course to N3°E, patent log [reading] 2.5.

Average steam 108 pounds, average revolutions 102.2.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.

Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.

North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.


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25 August 1895

Making passage from Shanghai to Chefoo, China

Lat 33.35, Long 122.98


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and warm.

Stiff to moderate breeze from NNW.

Moderate sea.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 102.


4am to 8am:

Clear and warm.

Moderate NNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Course N3°E.

Moderate head sea.

Steam 109 pounds, revolutions 97.5.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Moderate breeze and sea from NNW.

Passed a steamer on starboard hand standing to the Southward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff to fresh breezes from NNW.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 100.6.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Stiff breeze and choppy sea from NNW.

Course N3°E.

Average steam 100 pounds, average revolutions 100.2.


6pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and warm.

Stiff breeze from NNW.

Average steam pressure 109 pounds, revolutions 96.8.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, warm.

Moderate breeze from NNW.

Moderate head sea.

Course N3°E.

Steam 109 pounds, revolutions 95.5.

Moon set about 9.30pm.


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26 August 1895

Making passage from Shanghai to Chefoo, China

Lat 37.18, Long 122.82


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, moderate to fresh breeze in squalls from NNW.

Moderate sea.

Steaming a course N3°E.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 101.8.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing, cool.

Moderate breeze from NNW.

Moderate sea.

At 7.00am changed course to North (standard compass), patent log [reading] 37.4.

At 7.16am changed course to N5°W (standard compass), patent log [reading] 40.3.

At 7.50am sighted Southeast Promontory bearing N50°W (standard compass).

Average steam 108 pounds, revolutions 98.2.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Stiff to fresh breeze from NNW.

Course N5°W until 8.20am, when changed course to North, patent log [reading] 54.8.

Land in sight on port bow and beam the entire watch.

At 11.20am sighted Shantung [Promontory, Shangtung in log-book] light bearing N13°W.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 104.7.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and mild.

Fresh breeze and moderate sea from NNW.

At 12.50pm shipped a sea, which smashed catamaran and tore dynamo room ventilator from its fastenings and flooded dynamo room.

Slowed engines to 80 revolutions.

At 1.10pm, Shantung [Promontory] light bearing abeam, distant 4.1 miles, changed course to NW, and at 2.00pm to N70°W, and went ahead full speed again.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 101.9.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate NNW breeze.

Moderate sea.

At 5.00pm changed course to W½N.

At 5.10pm sighted Chefoo Bluff bearing per compass W½S.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 105.5.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate and gentle breezes from NW.

Moderate sea.

Standing toward Chefoo harbor under the conn of the Commanding Officer and Navigator.

At end of watch course N87°W.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Gentle breeze from NW and North.

Stood into Chefoo harbor and at 8.40pm anchored in 5 fathoms water, 30 fathoms on port chain.

Exchanged call letters with U.S.S. "Baltimore" and signaled her interrogatory 1211, she answered 1244.

At 9.15pm U.S.S. "Baltimore" signaled 4557.

An officer from H.M.S. "Aeolus" paid a boarding visit and received mail.

Bearings at anchorage: Middle Point S27°E, signal station [at Tower Hill] S60°W (magnetic).

Draft forward 12 feet, aft 16 feet.


Shantung Promontory is also known as Northeast Promontory.

Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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27 August 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North by West to NNW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WNW.

A French gunboat shifted into inner harbor.

Signals at 7.00am: (time and uniform) 6391; and telegraphic 6352, 0898, 3022, 9992, and 0898.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW and NNE.

Received boarding visits from the French cruiser "Isly" and the Russian corvette "Kreyser" ["Kereyser" in log-book].

Returned all boarding calls.

Signaled at 9.30am numeral 2, at 10.05am flagship signaled 2076.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.

Received visits from Commanding Officers of French cruisers "Alger" and "Inconstant", and H.M.S. "Rattler".

Commanding Officer visited H.M.S. "Aeolus" and French cruiser "Forfait".


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant, clear first part, then misty to seaward.

Light airs from NNE and calm.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.

An officer made an official visit to the Consular Agent on shore.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southwesterly airs.


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28 August 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, mild and pleasant, heavy dew.

Light airs from WNW.

U.S.S. "Concord" came in and, having signaled for and obtained permission from flagship, came to anchor at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant, hazy, cool.

Light airs from Southward and Westward.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds fresh mutton and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised crew at setting up, aiming and divisional drills.

Commanding Officers of H.M.S. "Aeolus" and French cruiser "Forfait" called on board.

French cruiser "Isly" left her berth and took up an anchorage in the outer harbor near the lighthouse.

Received on board in the Department of Supplies and Accounts the following stores, namely: 100 watch caps; 25 pair leggings; 300 pairs socks; 30 dozen eagle buttons (small); 10 dozen eagle buttons (medium); 120 dozen rubber buttons (small); 100 yards flannel (11 ounces); 200 yards flannel (7 ounces); 512 [spools] sewing silk; 100 agate cups; 1000 pounds tobacco.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and warm.

Light airs from NNE.

At 1.00pm U.S.S. "Concord" shifted her berth seaward.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 1500 pounds saltwater soap.

Exercised recruits at small arms and seaman branch Powder Division at signals.

At 3.30pm flagship made general signal 2984.

Received a visit from Commanding Officer [of] His Imperial Russian Marine Ship "Kreyser" ["Kreiser" in log-book].

Commanding Officer called upon Commander of H.B.M.S. "Rattler".

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant G.A. Merriam was senior member, convened on board on flushing pumps in Steam Engineering Department.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from NE to ENE.

At 5.00pm [mustered] at quarters and exercised crew at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and pleasant.

Light breeze from SE.

Exercised at night signals with U.S.S. "Concord".


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29 August 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Calm first three hours, light airs from NE last hour of watch.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with passing showers last part.

Light breeze from NE first part, hauling to ESE last part.

At 7.00am flagship made time and uniform signals as follows: 6379, 3400, 3957.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and raining.

Gentle breeze from East, hauling to ENE and freshening to stiff breeze.

At 9.30am made sick report to flagship and other signals as per Signal Record Book.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, rainy.

Blowing fresh from ENE, shifting to NE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.

Signal instructions omitted on account of weather.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and warm.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NE to NNE.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Light drizzling rain at intervals.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, light rain throughout.

Light Northerly breeze first half, shifting to West and falling to light airs last half of watch.

Barometer rising.


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30 August 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and rainy.

Light breeze from WNW and West by North.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and warm.

Light airs from SW.

Flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.

Received for issue to crew: 120 pounds fresh bread; and 150 pounds each fresh mutton and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, drizzling rain throughout watch.

Light airs from East and ESE first part, shifting to SW and increasing to light breeze last hour of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, stationed crew for boarding and repelling boarders.

Made sick report numeral 3.

Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant F.H. Holmes, U.S. Navy, was senior member, reported on board for survey of articles in Equipment Department of this vessel.

Lieutenant Paine, U.S. Navy, and Chief Engineer Webster, U.S. Navy, made monthly and weekly inspections required by Department Circular.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with rain showers first and last hours.

Light airs from NNW, then variable and falling calm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Calm first half, light airs from North and NNW last half of watch.

Barometer rising.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up and fire quarters, three (3) streams in one (1) minute.

Immediately after mustered at stations for abandoning ship.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

Moonlight.

Exercised at squadron signal drill.


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31 August 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calm or light airs from South.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Calm first half, light airs and breezes from SSW last half of watch.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSW to NE.

Officers called upon H.M.S. "Aeolus", H.M.S. "Rattler" and "Kreyser" ["Kreisser" in log-book].

Transferred from Paymaster's Department to Fleet Paymaster the sum [of] $31,680 (United States) in Mexican dollars.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from Northward and Eastward.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Baltimore" the following men, with their papers and effects: E. Murphy, [Seaman]; R. Shay, Seaman; C.H. Valles, Gunner's Mate Third-class; H. Henry, Coal Passer; and P. Brennan, Private Marine. Also the following condemned Ordnance [Department] stores: 9 canteens; 9 padlocks; 8 cutlass scabbards; 4 squirt cans; 2 fire buckets; 2 single sticks; 4 monkey wrenches; 3 Hotchkiss ammunition pouches; 1 shell whip (2 single blocks).

Received from U.S.S. "Baltimore", with their papers and effects: J. Ferber, Gunner's Mate Third-class; J. Bacchus and G.J. Bradbury, Seamen; A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer; and T.F. Vesey, Private Marine.

Received on board for steaming purposes: 40 tons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from East and SE.

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

A small Japanese gunboat came in at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm or light airs from SW.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1895


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1 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southwesterly airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair, cloudy at times.

Light airs from West and calms.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Light variable airs.

The Japanese gunboat that came in last evening went out to the Eastward, at 8.10am.

Inspected ship and crew at quarters, read the Articles for the Government of the Navy, and had general muster.

At 10.30am the "Forfait" went out to the Eastward.

T. Kennedy, Oiler, was discharged, his term of enlistment having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE and North.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, light rain last hour.

Light airs from Northward and Westward.

Made preparations for sea.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, warm.

Calms and light variable airs.


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2 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.51, Long 121.83


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, with occasional light drizzling rain.

Very light variable airs.

At midnight started fires in boilers A, C and D.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and rainy.

Calm, then light breeze from NE.

At 5.55am signaled interrogatory 4890, flagship answered affirmative.

At 6.05am got under way and stood out on course NE under conn of the Captain.

At 6.55am came to with port anchor in 11 fathoms water, 18 fathoms of chain.

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


8am to meridian:

Overcast, misty, light passing showers first part.

Moderate to stiff breeze from ESE, decreasing in force and veering to SE and East towards end of watch.

At 9.07am got under way and steamed on course ESE, changing at 9.42am to SE, and at 9.46am to ESE½E.

At 10.40am came to with port anchor in 10¼ fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

[From weather observations page:] Anchorage bearings: White Rock S84°W, Double Island [Double Rock in log-book] N68°W (magnetic).

Fired three rounds from forward 6-inch gun for pressure, one reduced and two full charges.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 1 reduced and 2 full 6-inch charges; 3 6-inch common shell, filled and fuzed; 5 vent sealing primers (2 missed fire); 3 copper cylinders; and 3 copper gas checks.

Enlisted this day, for three years, as Oiler: Thomas Kennedy.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, misty last half.

Light ENE and NE by North breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

At 1.10pm got under way.

Engaged throughout watch in determining tactical diameters at various speeds.


4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from NE by North and NE.

Smooth sea.

Finished turning trials at 4.45pm and let go port anchor in 10½ fathoms, veered to 45 fathoms [chain], and secured.

Hoisted in sailing launch.

Bearings: White Rock S83°W, North Rock N60°W (magnetic).


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine.

Light breeze from NE and North.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, clearing towards end of watch.

Light breeze from NNE and North by East.


White Rock is also known as Lien Shih.

Double Island is also known as Douluan Dao.

North Rock is also known as Zunzi Shi.


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3 September 1895

Yellow Sea, off Chefoo, China

Lat 37.65, Long 121.70 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle Northerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North and NNW.

At 5.30am hove up port anchor and went ahead on course NW by North.

At 6.45am stopped and got target overboard.

Drifted until 7.45am, when went ahead to place observer's boat.

Fired one round ordinary charge from starboard forecastle 6-inch breech loading rifle for pressure, result 13.2.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 1 VI-inch breech loading rifle ordnance charge; 1 VI-inch breech loading rifle common shell; 1 copper cylinder; 1 copper gas check; and 1 vent-sealing primer.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNW.

Planted a regulation Ordnance Bureau target and set out one marker's boat.

Had then stationary target practice at ranges of about 1000, 1500, and 2500 yards.

Set out a second boat and had moving practice, with 1-pounder and 37 mm Hotchkiss, at 1000 yards.

Came to anchor for dinner at 11.55am in 10½ fathoms water, 15 fathoms on port chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Light airs from NW.

At 1.00pm got under way, set out marker's boat, and held target practice, moving.

Under way the remainder of the watch.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Finished target practice at 4.20pm.

Picked up and hoisted boats, hoisted target aboard, and at 5.10pm commenced swinging ship to determine deviation of compass.

Finished at 5.50pm.

Went ahead full speed and put ship on course S75°W for Chefoo harbor.

Making preparations for port.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 1 target frame; and 1 set target wings.

Expended ammunition as follows: 38 VI-inch breech loading rifle reduced charges; 38 VI-inch breech loading rifle common shells; 77 6-pounder Hotchkiss common shells; 48 1-pounder Hotchkiss long common shells; 63 1-pounder common shells; 65 3-pounder common shells; 49 vent-sealing primers.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Calm.

Standing in for an anchorage in Chefoo harbor.

Signaled as per Signal Record Book, and at 7.15pm anchored in 4½ fathoms water, veering to 30 fathoms port chain.

Bearings at anchorage: signal station [at Tower Hill] SW¾W, Middle Point SE¾S (magnetic).

Draft forward 12 feet, aft 16 feet.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant.

Calm.

Moonlight.


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4 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, clouding over, fine.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, misty, warm.

Calm.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light haze.

Calms and light airs from NE.

Received call from officers of H.M.S. "Aeolus".

Engaged cleaning ship.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs from ENE and East.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs from East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters and had routine exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, clearing and pleasant.

Wind light from East, falling calm.

Exercised signalmen with electric signal apparatus.


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5 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, calm, pleasant.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, then clear.

Light airs from SE and NW.

Russian cruiser "Kreyser" ["Kereisser" in log-book] came in at 6.00am.

U.S.S. "Baltimore" got under way and went out for target practice.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes from NW and ENE.

Landed two companies of infantry for drill.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ENE and NE.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE, then calm.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

The "Isly" came in to a berth near the ship.

The Japanese gunboat "Atago" came in and was boarded from this ship.

The boarding visit was immediately returned.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from WNW.


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6 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight and starlight.

Light breeze from West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North, increasing to fresh.

The "Atago" started to go out to the Northward, but ran under the lee of the outer bluff instead.

Veered on port chain to 45 fathoms.

About 7.30am made out U.S.S. "Baltimore" standing in.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff to fresh Northerly breeze.

At 9.30am went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes.

Passed up ammunition for three minutes with the following results: 23 6-inch shells; 25 6-inch charges; 6 boxes 6-pounder; 3 boxes 37 mm.

Secured at 10.00am, all divisions secured in 4 minutes.

Afterwards exercised divisions for 15 minutes at aiming drill.

Lieutenant Robinson made the weekly inspection of holds, storerooms, et cetera, and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz inspected compartments in Engineering Department.

United States flagship U.S.S. "Baltimore" came in and anchored near the lighthouse at 9.15am.

Flagship made signal general negative 2354.

At 9.30am signaled sick report numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm.

Stiff breeze, with fresh squalls from NNW.

Exercised recruits at small arms and seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

French gunboat "Inconstant" shifted berth to lee of Chefoo Bluff.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from North by West.

Went to quarters for muster at 5.00pm.

At 5.06pm sounded fire alarm, all divisions ready in 50 seconds, secured at 5.09pm.

At 7.50pm flagship signaled "Any telegrams received?"


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Stiff breeze, with fresh squalls from NNW and North by West.


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[Inserted note]


Meridian to 4pm:

Received on board stores as follows:

Equipment Department: 50 pounds American oakum; 3 dozen number 16 sail needles; 3 dozen number 15 sail needles; 4 dozen coir broom handles; 100 pounds charcoal; 50 pounds pitch; 6 packages small matches. Equipment (Exempt) Department: 6 files, 16 inches; 6 files, 14 inches; 6 files, assorted; 5 pounds solder.

Ordnance [Department]: [left blank]


Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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7 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, bright moonlight, cool.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW, with occasional fresh squalls.

Barometer falling.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW, with occasional fresh squalls from same direction.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Stiff breeze, with fresh squalls from NNW.

Veered to 70 fathoms port chain and made preparations for shipping.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from NNW, with occasional fresh squalls from same direction.

Barometer steady.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and mild.

Stiff breeze and fresh squalls from NNW.

Moon rose at 7.20pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff NNW breeze first part, shifting to West by North and decreasing to moderate breeze at close of watch.

Bright moonlight.


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8 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair first hour, then cloudy, with rain squalls 2nd hour.

Gentle to stiff breezes from WNW to NW by North.


4am to 8am:

Clear and mild.

Moderate breeze from NW by North.

A Japanese gunboat left the roads.

The French gunboat "Inconstant" shifted her berth from under lee of Chefoo Bluff to the inner harbor.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from NW by North and NNW.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2.

At 10.00am Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind moderating and hauling to NW.

Sea going down.

The French cruiser "Isly" went out to the Eastward.

Made telegraphic signal to flagship, repeating telegram, as per Signal Record Book.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm.

Gentle to moderate NW breeze first half of watch, falling light and hauling to West last half.

Barometer rising.

Hove in to 45 fathoms on port chain.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, moonlight.

Light breeze from SW.


Chefoo Bluff is also known as Zhifu Dao.


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9 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and fine.

Light breezes and airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SW by South and SSW.

Barometer rising.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, light haze.

Gentle breeze from South by West.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and had routine drills and exercises.

Got out sailing launch, hove short on cable and ran out stream anchor on cable length WNW.

Hove up anchor and shifted to new berth.

Veered to 30 fathoms and secured.

Bearings: signal station [at Tower Hill] S50°W, Middle Point S34°E.

Exchanged signals with flagship as per [Signal] Record Book.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

Sent down a diver, P.E. Radcliffe (Acting Chief Gunner's Mate), to examine the bottom, down for ¾ hour.

At 2.00pm signaled to flagship by telegraph "Cannot find Takashima ashore".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate breeze from South.

Carried out stream anchor and shifted berth about ½ cable to Westward.

Let go port anchor in 4¾ fathoms and veered to 45 fathoms [chain].

Hoisted in sailing launch.

Russian cruiser "Kreyser" ["Kreisser" in log-book] went out, and a Chinese revenue vessel came in.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate, freshening breeze from South by West, moderate at close.


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10 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from South.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from South to ESE.

Water lighter came alongside at 6.10am.

Made preparations for coaling ship.

Time and uniform signals as per [Signal] Record Book.


8am to meridian:

Clear, fine and warm.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Received for steaming purposes: 40 tons fresh water.

At 9.00am flagship signaled 3094.

At 9.30am made signal to her, numeral 3.

At 12.00pm two coal lighters came alongside, [containing] 60 and 20 tons respectively.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from South to SE by South.

Commenced coaling at 12.15pm, received during watch about 40 tons.

French cruiser "Inconstant" signaled to fleet, international: D.R.Q.J, C.B.K.H, C.D.R.B, C.P.D.G, F.B.K.H, H.K.S, P.G.N, B.T.K, D.C.V, N.L.K, B.T.K.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from Southward and Eastward.

Coaling ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from SSE.


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11 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from South and SSW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSW.

Resumed coaling at 6.00am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122 pounds fresh bread; and 152½ pounds each of fresh mutton and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from WSW and SW.

Coaling ship.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 3.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from East by North.

Coaling ship and afternoon drills omitted in consequence.

U.S.S. "Concord" came in and, having received permission, anchored at 1.30pm.

Finished coaling at 3.45pm, having received 200 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from ENE.

Engaged in cleaning ship, subsequent to coaling.

Received on board for steaming purposes: 20 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm.

Moon rose at 9.45pm.

Light breeze from East by North first part, light airs from ESE and calms last part.


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12 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs from West by South.

Barometer steady.

Obscured moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Overcast.

Calms and light Westerly airs.

A small Chinese gunboat came in and anchored.

Flagship made time and uniform signal 3400.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm.

At 9.30am went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 4 minutes.

Passed up ammunition for 3 minutes with the following results: 23 VI-inch charges; 21 VI-inch shells; 55 rounds 6-pounder; 128 rounds 3-pounder; 60 rounds 1-pounder.

Remainder of watch crew engaged scrubbing smoke stack, main mast, ventilators and ship's side.

At 11.05am flagship made general signal 2076.

Tested steam steering gear and magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, all in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

Slight fall in barometer.

Crew engaged at ship's work, cleaning, et cetera.

Diver went down at 2.25pm to examine condition of bottom.

At work at close of watch.

Signal instruction omitted, crew otherwise engaged.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE.

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

French gunboat "Inconstant" got under way at sunset and left the harbor shortly afterwards.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty latter part of watch.

Light airs from Northward first hour, shifting to SW last half of watch.

Barometer steady.

At 9.24pm sounded call to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3½ minutes and prepared to fire starboard broadside.

Secured all in 5 minutes.


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13 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair to cloudy, pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Fair, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from NE first part, calm last part.

Flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 122 pounds fresh bread; and 152½ pounds fresh mutton and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm first half, light airs from ENE last half of watch.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2.

Exercised at boat drill.

U.S.S. "Petrel" came in and, after receiving permission from flagship, anchored.

At 11.50am received mail from United States on board.

Assistant Engineer Moritz, U.S. Navy, made inspection in Engineering Department, required by Department Circular number 8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

Lieutenant W.G. Hannum made the weekly inspection of holds and compartments.

Instructed Marines and firemen in boat exercise under oars.

Received a call from the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Petrel".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

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

All divisions reported ready in 1¼ minutes, secured in 1 minute.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs from ENE, then variable and calm.


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14 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty.

Calm first half, light airs from ESE last half of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signals.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light variable airs and calms.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

A Board of Survey on articles in Equipment and Construction Departments, of which Lieutenant Hogg, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy.

Calm and light airs from NE.

At one [o'clock] flagship signaled telegraphic (5301, 0804, 3985), 241 date 260, numeral 9 divisional 30, 292.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Baltimore" for transportation to Mare Island: 2 boxes Very's signals; one frog for belt; three signal pistols; 2 pistol pouches; 1 mercurial barometer; 1 pair binocular glasses; 5 thermometers; 1 deck clock.

Received from U.S.S. "Baltimore" in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 125 jerseys; and 47½ dozen rubber buttons.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NE and East.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Tested electric signal lights after dark.

Two steamers went out.

Received for steaming purposes: 7 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, overcast at close [of watch].

Light breeze from South.


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15 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, raining.

Calms and light airs from SSW.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, rainy.

Light airs from SSW to ESE.

Received in Paymaster's Department, and issued to crew: 122 pounds fresh bread; and 152½ pounds each of fresh meats and vegetables.

Time and uniform signal at 7.00am, 6351.

An English gunboat came in from the Eastward and anchored at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs from ESE, then from Northward and Eastward.

Signaled at 9.30am numeral 1, at 9.45am flagship signaled annulling 249.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, raining.

Light airs from NE by North to East.

Barometer falling.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, passing showers, clearing at close [of watch].

Light breeze from ENE.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from ENE to NE.


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16 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, with passing shower first hour, and light airs from NE, remainder of watch clear.

Moon rose at 2.15am, and at 3.00am wind shifted to West.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Westward.

The flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Calm first part, light airs from ESE last part.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up drill and aiming drill, and afterwards had divisional drills as per routine.

At 8.40am flagship made general signal preparatory 237, numeral 1.30.

Made sick report at 9.30am.

Made preparations for sea.

Commander-in-Chief called upon the Commanding Officer [of] H.B.M.S. "Archer".

Received a visit from Commanding Officer [of] H.B.M.S. "Archer".

At 11.45am flagship made general signal 2072.

At 9.00am started fires under boilers A, C and D.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from ENE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.30pm got under way in response to signal from flagship, and the squadron stood out of harbor in column.

Engaged during remainder of watch in squadron maneuvers.

Signals as per record.

At 3.40pm put over patent log, reading 26.3.

Steam – pounds, revolutions –.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 9 inches, aft 16 feet 9 inches.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ENE.

Exercising in squadron under way, Commanding Officer conning ship, until 5.00pm, when, being in column at double distance heading NE, let go port anchor in obedience to signal, veered to 45 fathoms.

Banked fires.

Received signal to have steam ready at 9.00am tomorrow.

Bearings: North Rock S1°W, Northwest Rock S69°W.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, lightning in the NW.

Gentle breeze from SSW.


8pm to midnight:

Weather warm and threatening.

At 9.30pm wind shifted suddenly from SSW to WNW and blew a heavy squall, accompanied with light rain.

At 10.20pm flagship made general signal 4562.

Spread fires and started pumps, and signaled to flagship "Fires spread and engines ready".

U.S.S. "Concord" and U.S.S. "Petrel" made signals to flagship to same intent.


North Rock is also known as Zunzi Shi.

Northwest Rock is also known as Moluo Shi.


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17 September 1895

Yellow Sea, off Chefoo, China

Lat 37.73, Long 121.60


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool.

Gentle SW and SSW breeze.

Rising barometer.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle and light breeze from SW to WNW.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to fresh breeze from WNW.

At 9.00am the squadron got under way, in obedience to signal, and formed in column on flagship, at distance.

The watch was occupied in squadron evolutions.

At 9.30am signaled to flagship numeral 1.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 51.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from WNW, shifting to SSE and SSW.

Engaged in fleet maneuvers at distance throughout watch.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 46.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate and gentle SSW breeze, shifting to WNW.

Barometer rising.

At 5.15pm came to anchor in Chefoo harbor in response to signal from flagship, in 4½ fathoms water, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

Banked fires in obedience to signal.

Signals as per record.

Bearings at anchorage: signal station [at Tower Point] S51°W, Middle Point S38°E (magnetic).

Draft of ship aft 16 feet 6 inches, forward 13 feet 7 inches.

Lightning about horizon to Northward last hour of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, lightning to Northward first two hours.

Light breeze from WNW and West.


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18 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Light Westerly breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from from West, shifting to WSW.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signals.

H.B.M.S. "Archer" fired a salute of 13 guns, American ensign at fore.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from WNW and NW.

At 9.30am went to quarters, had setting up exercise and battalion drill.

Commanding Officer paid an official call upon H.B.M.S. "Archer".

At end of watch a Japanese man-of-war coming in from the Eastward.

At 9.15am flagship signaled to fleet 249, date 263, numeral 8, 292.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate breeze from Northward and Westward.

Exercised 3rd Division at signals.

U.S.S. "Petrel", by signaled order from the flagship, boarded the Japanese man-of-war, which was the "Tatsuta".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate and gentle breeze from NW to North.

At 5.00pm went to quarters and [had] routine exercise.

Tested electrical signal lights and found them in good order.

At end of watch Japanese gunboat under way.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, pleasant.

Light airs from SW.


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19 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.70, Long 121.40 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from SW.


4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy.

Light breeze from WSW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 244 pounds bread; and 305 pounds each of fresh vegetables and meat.

At 7.30am hove in to 15 fathoms and turned over engines.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Westward.

At 8.05am the squadron got under way and steamed out of harbor, in column at distance, for tactical drill, which occupied all the forenoon.

Draft of ship forward 13 feet 7 inches, aft 16 feet 6 inches.

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


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant weather.

Light airs from NW first part and from NE last part.

Exercising with squadron at fleet maneuvers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

At 5.30pm came to with port anchor in 4½ fathoms water, veering to 30 fathoms port chain, and banked fires, all in obedience to signal from flagship.

Signals during watch as per record

Bearings at anchorage: signal station [at Tower Hill] S49°W, Middle Point S39°E, magnetic.

Draft of ship aft 16 feet 6 inches, forward 13 feet 3 inches.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant.

Light airs from North by West to West.


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20 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.71, Long 121.38


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly airs.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant, misty about horizon.

Light airs from West by South, shifting to WNW.

Barometer rising.

At 6.40am flagship made telegraph signal (U.S.S. "Petrel" excused) "Get up steam for standard speed", and at 7.00am customary time and dress signal.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze and airs from WNW.

At 9.00am got under way in obedience to signal and stood out of Chefoo harbor in squadron with U.S.S. "Concord" and U.S.S. "Baltimore", engaged in fleet tactics, Commanding Officer in charge of ship.

At 11.50am slowed down to steerageway and suspended drill.

Lieutenant W.G. Hannum and Passed Assistant Engineer Moritz made the weekly inspection required by regulations.

[From weather observations page:] At noon off Chefoo, Northwest Rock bearing South by W½W, distant 4.5 miles.


Meridian to 4pm:

Pleasant and warm, haze around horizon.

Light Northerly airs.

Resumed tactical drill at 1.05pm, and continued it till 3.00pm, then stood into the harbor.

At 3.50pm came to with port anchor in 4½ fathoms water, 30 fathoms of chain.

Flagship signaled to haul fires.

Ship's draft forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 4 inches.

Bearings at anchorage: signal station [at Tower Hill] S49°W, Middle Point S39°E, magnetic.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, pleasant.

Light airs from North and calms.

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


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SW.

Went to fire quarters for exercise in 1¼ minutes, water in ½ minute more, secured in 1 minute.

Closed watertight doors in 40 seconds.


Northwest Rock is also known as Moluo Shi.


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21 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright starlight.

Light airs from SW first part, calm last part.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, calm.

At 7.00am time and uniform signal 6973, 3400 and 3957.


8am to meridian:

Clear, warm, calm.

At 9.30am signaled numeral 3 to flagship.

At 10.30am she made telegraphic [signal] 7912, 7827, 4373, 4380, 629, 4080.

Received in Department of Steam Engineering: 50 gallons illuminating oil; 500 pounds cotton waste.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Calm first part, light airs from ENE last part.

Two British and two Chinese steamers came in from the Westward, and one Chinese steamer left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

Mustered at quarters.

Received on board for steaming purposes: 15 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather.

Light airs from SE first hour, light breeze from South remainder of watch.


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22 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light airs and breezes from South.

Barometer steady.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, overcast at close [of watch].

Calm and light airs from SW.

H.M.S. "Swift" came in from the Northward.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122 pounds fresh bread; and 152½ pounds each of fresh mutton and vegetables.

Flagship made time and uniform signals at 7.00pm.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and warm.

Calms and light airs from ESE.

Made sick report at 9.30am.

At 10.00am the Executive Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of H.B.M.S. "Swift".

L.H. Dyer, Yeoman, reported his term of enlistment expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Light airs from East to NE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.35pm flagship signaled (telegraphic) "Infantry Brigade tomorrow, weather permitting".

By order of Commanding Officer discharged Luther H. Dyer, Yeoman, his term of enlistment having expired.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North by East and NNE.

Barometer steady.


8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from NNE, shifting to SW.


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23 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light airs from SW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

At 7.55am sent a landing party ashore for brigade drill.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE to East by North.

At 9.30am reported 3 sick.

Landing party returned aboard at 12.00pm.

Commanding Officer paid official visit to H.B.M.S. "Swift".


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair, pleasant.

Light airs from ENE and NE by East.

Flagship made telegraphic signal 1858, 5688, 816, 9422, 0804, 7126.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, and warm.

Light Easterly airs.

H.M.S. "Archer" came in and anchored about 4.30pm.

At 5.00pm mustered at quarters.

Reenlisted Luther H. Dyer as Ship's Writer Third-class for three years.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from ESE and SE.

By order of the Commanding Officer P. Hansen, Water Tender, was confined in double irons for 5 days, for using violent and profane language to C. Nelson, Machinist, while in the performance of his duty.


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24 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Wind light from SE and variable, then from SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW and SW.

At 7.00am flagship made time and dress signal.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 122 pounds bread; 152½ pounds fresh meat; and 152½ pounds fresh vegetables.

Sent a landing party ashore for brigade infantry drill.

At 8.00am flagship made general signal 2412.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to stiff breeze from NW by West.

At 9.30am reported 3 sick.

English steamer left for the Eastward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Stiff breeze from NW.

Lost overboard from sailing launch during brigade landing drill: one sight bar of 1-pounder Hotchkiss [gun].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear.

Stiff to moderate breezes from NW and NNW.

Lightning from Northward and Eastward last hour.

Assistant Engineer E.S. Kellogg reported on board for duty as the relief of Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Moderate NNW breeze.

Lightning in the Northward.


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25 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Moderate to gentle breeze from North.


4am to 8am:

Fair.

Gentle and light breezes from North and North by East.

At 7.00am [flagship made] time and uniform signal.

English gunboat came in from Northward.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from North by East.

Passed Assistant Engineer A. Moritz left the ship, detached.

Inspected at quarters, and had setting up, aiming, and divisional drills.

At 9.30am signaled to flagship, numeral 3.

The flagship granted permission, by signal, to have boat-gun target practice this afternoon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

At 2.00pm, in obedience to signal from flagship, sent four boats, in charge of officers, to report alongside of flagship for drill.

Boats returned at 4.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Northerly breeze.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.


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26 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Weather cool, and fair.

Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle to light breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 122 pounds fresh bread; and 152½ pounds each of fresh mutton and vegetables.

Flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from North.

At 9.30am beat to general quarters and exercised divisions at aiming drill.

Sent liberty party ashore.

Had target practice with 1-pounder boat-gun.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 49 rounds 1-pounder short ammunition (common shell).

Tested magazine, shell room and fixed ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good order.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from North by East.

Received in Ordnance Department from U.S.S. "Baltimore": 400 pounds saluting powder; 200 cork wads; and 200 percussion caps.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Baltimore" for transportation to Navy Yard, Mare Island, California: 12 cases 6-pounder empty shells; 3 cases 3-pounder same; and 3 cases 1-pounder same.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight and starlight.

Moon set at 10.50pm.

Light airs from WSW.


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27 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SW airs.

Slight fall in barometer.

Lightning about horizon.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from Southward and Westward.

H.B.M.S. "Archer" left the harbor at daybreak.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

At 9.30am called away all boats for exercise.

All boats ready and in column on starboard beam in 5 minutes 20 seconds.

Exercised them under sail.

The Executive Officer, Chief Engineer, Surgeon and Ensign Belknap made the inspection required by Navy Department Circular number 8.

All storerooms being broken out for that purpose.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and NNE.

Barometer falling.

At 1.00pm flagship made general signal 2984, answered.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from North.

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

At 5.07pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 40 seconds, secured in 1 minute.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cool.

Gentle to moderate Northerly breeze.

Barometer steady.


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28 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Fair.

Gentle and moderate breezes from NE.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NE and NNE.

Three steamers arrived from Southward and one from Northward.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 122 pounds fresh bread; and 152½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Aired bedding, following flagship.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from ENE.

Received from U.S.S. "Baltimore": 50 hammocks.

A fleet of three Japanese vessels came in from the Westward.

U.S.S. "Baltimore" fired a salute of 15 guns, with Japanese flag at fore, which was returned by the Japanese flagship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer steady.

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

Japanese flagship fired salute of 7 guns, Japanese ensign at fore.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy.

Light airs from SW and calm.


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29 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Hazy and cool.

Light airs from West and NW.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty.

Light airs from Westward.

At 7.00am flagship made customary time and dress signal.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts from L.W. Sing Tai and Company: 500 pounds sugar; and 100 pounds tea.


8am to meridian:

Overcast.

Calms and light variable airs.

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

A Russian torpedo cruiser came in from the Eastward, and after anchoring fired a salute of 15 guns, Japanese flag at fore, and another of 13 guns, with American ensign at fore, both of which salutes were returned gun for gun.

The Commander-in-Chief called upon the Japanese Vice Admiral and his call was returned, upon leaving salutes were fired respectively of 13 and 15 guns.

The wardroom officers called upon H.B.M.S. "Swift".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from ENE.

The Commanding Officer called upon the Japanese Vice Admiral and the Captains of the "Hashidate" and "Izumi".

These visits were returned, and the Commander of the "Tatsuta" also called.

H.M.S. "Swift" left the harbor for Tientsin.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and overcast.

Light breeze from ENE and NE.

Two steamers came in from the Eastward.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light Easterly breeze.


Tientsin is also known as Tianjin Shi.


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30 September 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China

Lat 37.56, Long 121.41


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, cool.

Light airs from East, followed by calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy to fair.

Calm and light airs from NE.

At 7.00am flagship made [signal] 3400.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Cleared ship for action in 25½ minutes.

The Commanding Officer paid official visits to the Japanese "Tatsuta" and to the Russian man-of-war in port.

The Commander of U.S.S. "Concord" visited the Captain officially.

At 9.30am made signal numeral 2.

The flagship signaled 249, date 2474, numeral 7, 294.

Quarterly examination of apprentices in progress.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from NNE.

The Russian man-of-war fired a salute of fifteen guns, with the Russian diplomatic flag at the main, and the flagship one of fifteen guns, with the Russian flag at the fore.

Exercised Fourth Division at signals.

Quarterly examination of apprentices in progress.

Received visit of Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Petrel".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, light breeze from NNE.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Made preparations for sea.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1895


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1 October 1895

At anchor Chefoo, China, [and making passage to Chemulpho, Korea]

Lat 37.53, Long 122.42 [longitude 121.42 in log-book]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight and starlight.

Moon set at 3.10am.

Light airs from SW.

Started fires under boiler A, B and C at 1.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SW breeze.

At 6.30am hove in to 10 fathoms, and at 7.10am, in obedience to signal, got under way and steamed out in company with U.S.S. "Baltimore" and U.S.S. "Concord" in column at distance.

At 6.00am the Japanese cruiser "Izumi" left the harbor, standing toward Port Arthur.

The flagship made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.

At 7.40am put over patent log, reading 38.9.

Ship's draft forward 13 feet, aft 16 feet 5inches.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southwesterly breeze.

Steaming in company with U.S.S. "Baltimore" and U.S.S. "Concord" in line at distance, course E½N.

At 10.22am, in obedience to signal from flagship, changed to right, 2 points by conversion (new course ESE¼E).

At 10.30am passed Wei-hai-wei, two men-of-war (supposed to be Japanese) at anchor inside.

At 9.30am went to quarters for muster and inspection, after which exercised divisions at setting up, aiming and divisional drills.

Passed a German man-of-war ("Irene" class) at 11.50am standing to Westward.

Average speed 11 [knots], average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 102.2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from NW.

At 12.06pm flagship made signal 427, 2776 and 4604 telegraphic and 309, answered and made telegraphic 9211.

U.S.S. "Concord" made telegraphic 7220, 7054.

Slowed to 55 revolutions.

At 1.52pm took departure, Northeast Promontory light bore abeam, distant 3.8 miles.

Course S72°E.

Lost sight of flagship and U.S.S. "Concord" at 2.30pm, bearing respectively S5°E and S18°W.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 65.2.


4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NW.

Barometer steady.

Course S72°E.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 61.4.


6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SE.

Sighted a steamer standing to Northward.

Revolutions 61.4, steam 110 pounds.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SE breeze.

Steering course S72°E by standard compass.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 66.5.


Chemulpho is also known as Chemulpo and Incheon.

Port Arthur is also known as Lüshun.

Wei-hai-wei is also known as Weihai.


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2 October 1895

Making passage from Chefoo, China, to Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.42, Long 126.55 [Latitude 36.87, Longitude 125.55 in log-book, but given other sightings and times it is unlikely to be correct]


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Smooth sea.

Light Westerly airs.

Course S72°E.

Moon set at 4 o'clock.

Average steam 108 pounds, average revolutions 65.9.


4am to 8am:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light Westerly airs, calm last hour.

Smooth sea.

At 7.00am sighted land on starboard bow bearing S28°W, and at 7.15am sighted the Island of Bundegi bearing S2°E.

At 8.00am changed course N89°E.

[From weather observations page:] Passing White Rock beacon.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 99.5.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Barometer steady.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

At 9.05am changed course to N64°E, patent log reading 60.5, and thereafter frequently up to end of watch standing up for an anchorage in Chemulpo harbor, Commander conning vessel.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 110.4.

M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, reported expiration of term of enlistment.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light airs and breezes from WSW.

Standing up to Chemulpo anchorage, Commanding Officer conning the ship.

At 1.25pm let go starboard anchor in 10 fathoms water and veered to 45 fathoms.

Received boarding calls from a Russian cruiser and U.S.S. "Monocacy".

Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Monocacy" called on board.

Returned boarding visit of Russian.

The Commanding Officer called upon the Russian cruiser and U.S.S. "Monocacy".

Bearings at anchorage: Edme Peak NW⅝W, clump on Kheum Wolmi NE⅜E, ship's head SSW.

Discharged M. Foley, Plumber and Fitter, his term of enlistment having expired.

Draft of ship forward 12 feet 8 inches, aft 16 feet.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WSW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Tide turned ebb at 5.00pm.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

By order of Commander all men on lower classes were advanced one conduct grade, on account of exceptionally good behavior during quarantine in Shanghai and Chefoo.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant.

Light airs from WSW and calm.

Tested electric signal lights.

Swung to flood at 10.30pm.


Bundegi Island is also known as Mokdok Do.

White Rock is also known as Paeg-am and Baegam.

Edme Peak is also known as Baegunsan.

Kheum Wolmi is also known as Wolmido.


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3 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Calms and light variable airs.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear overhead, misty over water first three hours.

Rising barometer.

At 7.00am made time and dress signal.

At 7.45am U.S.S. "Monocacy" asked and received permission to light fires.

Tide turned ebb about 5.30am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, partly clearing latter part.

Light airs from North.

At 9.30am went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 3 minutes.

Broke out sailroom and forward storerooms.

U.S.S. "Monocacy" got under way and went out at 11.00am.

Received official call from the Commanding Officer of the Russian cruiser.

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

Expended for purposes of instruction: 1 round, heavy, 1-pounder.

Signals: U.S.S. "Monocacy" made interrogatory 4890, answered affirmative.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms, followed by light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward.

Crew engaged in breaking out and subsequently restowing lucky bag and compartment under dynamo room.

Various compartments and storerooms were this day inspected by the Board for Quarterly Hull Inspection, and were generally found in good order.

No divisional signal drill on account of men being at work in holds and storerooms.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from West.

Swung to ebb at 5.30pm.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and had routine exercise.

Tested port searchlight and found it in [good] order.

Martin Foley, Continuous Service Certificate number 11000, reenlisted for 3 years as First-class Fireman.

Liberty party returned.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light variable airs and calms.

Swung to flood at 11.00pm.


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4 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Calm first hour, light airs from NNE remainder of watch.

Riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy, clear last half, with haze.

Light breezes and airs from NE.

Swung to ebb at 6.20am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 121 pounds fresh bread; and 151¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from NNE.

Swung to flood at 11.00am.

At 9.30am called away all boats, armed and equipped for distant service, all boats ready in 9½ minutes.

Lieutenant Robinson made the weekly inspection of holds and storerooms.

Broke out chain lockers, after being cleaned they were inspected by the Board for Quarterly Inspection of Hull.

The following punishments were awarded by the Commanding Officer, namely: A. Lemkan, Coal Passer, five days' solitary confinement, on bread and water, for striking another person in the Navy; Ah Ling, Mess Attendant, and Ah Hee, Mess Attendant, three month's quarantine, and two hours' on seam [(that is toeing the seam, or line)] for four days, for being in mess room before 7.00am; and Ah Choo, Wardroom Steward, three months' quarantine, for allowing boys in mess room before 7.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from North first hour, and light breezes from West remainder of watch.

Riding to strong flood tide.

At 1.20pm attempted to tow out a target for small arm practice.

Tide being too strong, recalled boats, got out steam launch and towed target out in sailing launch.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Calms and light Westerly airs.

Swung to ebb at 6.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright moonlight.

Calms and light airs from North.

Slack water low at 11.20pm.


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5 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear overhead, bright moonlight, misty over water.

Light airs from North, shifting to ESE.

Barometer steady.

Ship riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE.

Swung to ebb at 6.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm.

Slack water low at 11.20am.

Sent 4th Division in sailing launch for target practice with small arms.

Sent liberty party ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm first three hours.

Light breeze from SSE last hour of watch.

Barometer falling.

Marine Guard exercised at small arm target practice.

Second Gun Division exercising at same at close of watch.

Vessel riding to the flood.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from NNW first half, and gentle breeze from ENE last half.

Swung to ebb at 6.30pm.

Second Division finished small arm target practice at 5.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light NE breeze.

Vessel riding to the ebb.


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6 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear.

Light and gentle breezes from NE.

J. Schlicht, First-class Fireman, returned on board 7 hours over time.

A steamer came in and anchored at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NE.

Slack water high at 6.00am.

Japanese mail steamer shifted anchorage to inner harbor at 5.30am.

Received for issue to crew: 121 pounds fresh bread; and 151¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light breeze from NE and ENE.

Barometer steady.

At 10.00am inspected at quarters.

Immediately after called all hands to muster, read Articles of War and mustered crew.

O. Miller, Seaman, absent without leave.

Sent party of liberty men ashore.

Low water at 11.45am, ship swinging at end of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy.

Light breeze from East and NW.

Flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light Northerly airs.

Slight fall in barometer.

High water at 6.50pm.

O. Miller, Seaman, F. Bruning, Landsman, and A. Garren, Coxswain, absent without leave.

Private Anthony, U.S. Marine Corps, placed under charge of sentry to await action of Commander, for smuggling liquor on board.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy.

Light airs to gentle breeze from NE and East.

Ebb tide.


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7 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breezes from Northward and Eastward.

Swung to flood at one o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light Easterly breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

Low water at 6.40am.

At 8.00am Lieutenant Robinson, with the Powder Division, left the ship for small arm target firing.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from NE.

At 9.30am went to quarters, had setting up exercise and routine drills.

Powder Division returned from target practice, and Lieutenant Hannum left with 1st Division for target practice.

Absentees: O. Miller, Seaman, A. Garren, Coxswain, and F. Bruning, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE and North.

Swung to flood at 1.30pm.

Hove up starboard anchor and let go port, veering to 45 fathoms [chain].

Engaged in small arm target practice by divisions, signal instruction to 3rd Division.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from NW.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and had routine exercise, absentees: A. Garren, Coxswain, O. Miller, Seaman, and F. Bruning, Landsman.


8pm to midnight:

Hazy, cool.

Calm.


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8 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calms and light variable airs.

Swung to flood at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.

At 7.45am took 1st Division Engineers ashore for target practice.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SE.

Inspected crew at quarters and had setting up, aiming and divisional drills.

Absentees: A. Garren, Coxswain, O. Miller, Seaman, F. Bruning, Landsman, J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, P. Hansen, Water Tender, and T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman.

Engaged in small arm target practice by divisions.

1st Sergeant E. Clifford (U.S. Marine Corps) went on three days' leave.

By direction of Commanding Officer released A. Lemkan, Coal Passer, from confinement, and confined P. Anthony, Private Marine, solitary for five days, for smuggling liquor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SSW, hauling to West by North last part.

Finished divisional small arm target practice.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from SSW, falling light.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Absentees as in forenoon.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Westward.


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9 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool, bright moonlight.

Light airs from NNW.

Slack water low at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Fair, pleasant weather.

Light NNW breeze, shifting to North last hour.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to ebb at 7.45am.

Small Japanese steamer came in and anchored in inner harbor.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from NNW.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

Exercised Engineer's force at small arms.

Broke out fixed ammunition rooms and forward shell room.

Absentees same as yesterday forenoon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle light breeze from NNW and NW.

Slack water low at 1.00pm.

A Japanese mail steamer came in at 12.10pm.

Engaged in breaking out and cleaning and red-leading floors of shell rooms and ammunition rooms.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to moderate breeze from NNW.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up, absentees same as this morning.

T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, returned on board drunk and 48 hours over time, and P. Hansen, Water Tender, and J.W. Svenson, Blacksmith, clean and sober and 50 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NNW.

Moon rose at 8.20pm.

Riding to ebb tide.


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10 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Low water at 1.30am, ship swung to the flood at 2.45am.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light airs from NE.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 121 pounds fresh bread; and 151¼ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm, light airs from SW last hour.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up, aiming and divisional drills.

Exercised First and a part of Engineer's Divisions at target practice with revolver.

A Japanese mail steamer arrived at 11.30am.

Lowered steam launch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle NW breeze.

Falling barometer.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 23 tons fresh water.

Part of Engineer's Division engaged at revolver target firing.

Exercised part of 1st Gun Division at wigwag signaling.

Low water at 1.30pm.

Vessel riding between wind and tide at end of watch.

Ensign Traut and Assistant Engineer Kellogg left the vessel on 48 hours' leave.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NW.

By order of Commanding Officer released P. Anthony, Private Marine, from confinement.

Last part of watch engaged in making preparations for sending Marine Guard to Seoul.

Hoisted steam launch.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the ebb at 9.30pm.

Moon rose about 9.20pm.


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11 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Calm and light airs from NW.

Swung to flood at 3.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NW.

Riding to the flood tide.

Dispatched Marine Guard in charge of Ensign C.M. Knepper to the United States Legation at Seoul.

Paymaster E.B. Webster accompanied guard to arrange for their subsistence.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light North by East breeze, shifting last hour to SW.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters.

Exercised at setting up, pointing drill and provided boats for arm and away without lowering.

The following named men absent without leave: O. Miller, Seaman, F. Bruning, Landsman, and A. Garren, Coxswain.

Ensign R.R. Belknap made weekly inspection in accordance with Navy Department Circular [number 8].

Japanese flagship "Hashidate" ["Hachidate" in log-book] came in and anchored, flying Vice Admiral's flag, fired salute of 15 guns, Japanese ensign at fore, salute returned gun for gun.

Expended in Ordnance [Department]: 15 3-pounder saluting charges, 2 pounds each; and 15 percussion primers.

Sent officer to board Japanese flagship, which call was returned.

Commander called officially on Japanese flagship.

Sighted port anchor, found it foul, let go starboard anchor and veered to forty-five fathoms [of chain].

Cleared port anchor and got it ready for letting go.

Swung to ebb at 10.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Gentle to light breeze from WNW.

The Captain of the "Hashidate" ["Hachidate" in log-book] and the Japanese flag Lieutenant for the Vice Admiral called officially upon the Commanding Officer.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.

Swung to flood at 3.35pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle WNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.40pm mustered at quarters, absentees same as at morning quarters.

Exercised at setting up and at fire quarters.

Ship swung to the flood at 4.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

Swung to ebb at 9.30pm.


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12 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NW, shifting to NE last hour.

Moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, misty about horizon.

Ship swung to the flood at 4.30am.

Light NW breeze.

At 6.00am Japanese flagship "Hashidate" ["Hachidate" in log-book] left the harbor.

Received for use of crew: 151¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 121 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Misty and cool.

Light breezes and airs from Northward and Westward.

Absentees: A. Garren, Coxswain, O. Miller, Seaman, and F. Bruning, Landsman.

Resumed pistol target practice.

Swung to ebb at 10.20am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from North by East to NNW.

Misty on horizon.

Second and Fourth Divisions fired at target with pistols.


4pm to 8pm:

Pleasant and fair, cool.

Light airs from WNW.

Swung to flood at 4.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from WNW to NNW.

Slack high water at 11.00pm.


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13 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clean and cool, bright moonlight.

Light airs from North by East and East.

Riding to ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Pleasant and cool, cloudy.

Light Easterly airs.

Swung to flood at 6.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light Easterly airs.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew mustered at quarters.

Absentees: A. Garren, Coxswain, O. Miller, Seaman, and F. Bruning, Landsman.

The French cruiser "Isly" came into the harbor and anchored at 11.50am.

Sent a boarding officer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NNW and WNW.

Slack water high at 1.00pm.

An officer of the French cruiser "Isly" returned the call of boarding officer.

Commanding Officer called upon the Commanding Officer of the "Isly".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly airs, followed by calm last part.

Slack low water at 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Calm first part, light airs from NE last part.

Riding to flood tide.


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14 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light Easterly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Ship swung to the ebb at 1.45am.

C. Nyman, Seaman, returned on board 8 hours over time.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, misty on horizon.

Light breeze from ENE.

Swung to flood at 8.00am.

O. Miller, Seaman, returned on board 8½ days over time, and A. Garren, Coxswain, and J. Bruning, Landsman, 7½ days over time.

They were placed under sentry's charge to await action of Commanding Officer.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 107 pounds bread; and 133¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle breeze from SE.

Riding to flood tide.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am, exercised at setting up and pointing drills and divisional drills as per routine.

Afterwards crew engaged scraping spars.

Broke out torpedo room.

Quarterly Board of Inspection inspected same.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer French cruiser "Isly".

The following punishments were inflicted by the Commanding Officer, namely: A. Garren, Coxswain, overstaying leave 7 days 12 hours, 7 days' confinement in double irons; F. Bruning, Landsman, same offense, same punishment; O. Miller, Seaman, overstaying leave 8 days 12 hours, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, warm.

Gentle and light SSE and SE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Swung to the ebb at 2.50pm.

Restowed torpedo locker.

Sighted U.S.S. "Petrel" standing into harbor, and at 3.40pm exchanged distinguishing pennants.

Scraped spars.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, warm and pleasant.

Light airs from SE first part, calm last part.

U.S.S. "Petrel" came in and anchored at 4.50pm.

Signals as per [Signal] Record Book.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at setting up drill.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. "Petrel".


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm.

Slight fall in barometer.

Riding to the flood.


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15 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE.

Swung to ebb at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from NE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Crew engaged in squaring ratlines and tarring down rigging.

Made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from North by West.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the flood at 9.45am.

Engaged squaring ratlines and tarring down.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Petrel" made sick report numeral 1.

Signals during watch as per record.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Breezes from light to gentle from SW and West.

Hove up starboard anchor and let go port, veering to 45 fathoms of chain.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle WNW and Westerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.

Ship riding to the ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.


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16 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light variable airs.

Swung to ebb at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, misty over water.

Calm and light Easterly airs.

Barometer rising.

At 7.00am made time and dress signal.

At 7.30am sighted an English man-of-war standing into harbor, hoisted colors.

Received for use of crew: 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cool.

Calm and light airs from SW.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, pointing and divisional exercises.

Made boarding call to H.M.S. "Edgar", which was returned.

The Commanding Officers of this ship and H.M.S. "Edgar" exchanged visits.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Petrel" signaled numeral 2.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from WSW.

Instructed seaman branch of 2nd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool.

Light airs from West by North.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, cool, calm.


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17 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cool.

Calms and light variable airs.

Riding to the flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, clearing.

Light airs from ENE, then calm.

At 7.00am made time and uniform signal.


8am to meridian:

Clear and warm.

Calm and light NW airs.

Swung to flood at 10.15am.

At 9.30am beat to general quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 15 seconds.

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

Received visits from officers of H.M.S. "Edgar" and French cruiser "Isly".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light airs from NW first part and light breeze from WSW last part.

Riding to flood tide.

The Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book] came in and anchored at 1.50pm.

An officer of U.S.S. "Petrel" made the usual visit and reported his visit.

Crew engaged in scraping and oiling bright woodwork.

Exercised the seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and bright starlight.

Light airs from WNW.

Slack water low at 10.45pm.


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18 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW, shifting to NNW.

Barometer steady.

Vessel riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light NNE breeze.

Swung to ebb at 5.00am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 133¾ pounds each of fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and warm, cloudy last part.

Light breeze from NNE and North.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up drill, afterwards abandon ship, time 7½ minutes.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of the Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book].

Broke out storerooms for inspection.

Lieutenant Hannum, the Surgeon and Assistant Engineer Kellogg made the inspections required by Navy Department Circular number 8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light to gentle breeze from North, shifting to WNW.

Barometer falling.

Exercised part of 1st Gun Division at signaling.

Japanese transport came in and anchored at 12.30pm, and at 3.30pm got under way and stood out of harbor.

Vessel riding to the flood.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from WNW.

Slack water high at 5.00pm.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 4.45pm.

Afterwards went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 40 seconds, water in 25 seconds from signal, watertight doors closed in 35 seconds.

Chief Engineer H. Webster returned from leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Low water at 11.00pm.

Commander and Paymaster returned from leave.


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19 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NW.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NW.

Slack water high at 5.45am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward.

Barometer rising.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Petrel" made sick report, other signals during watch as per record.

Aired bedding.

Ship swung to the flood at 11.30am.

By order of Commander O. Miller, Seaman, A. Garren, Coxswain, and F. Bruning, Landsman, were released from confinement.

Hove up port anchor and got it ready for letting go.

Let go starboard anchor, veering to 45 fathoms starboard chain.

Received in Equipment Department: 10 tons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle WNW breeze.

Rising barometer.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 6.50pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW.


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20 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light NNW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Hazy, pleasant weather.

Light NW breeze, shifting to North.

Barometer rising.

High water at 5.50am, ship swung to the ebb at 7.00am.

At 7.00am made customary time and dress signal.

Received for use of crew: 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant, hazy.

Light Northerly breeze, falling calm.

The Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Received in Equipment Department: 10 tons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, misty near horizon.

Light Westerly airs and breezes.

Small river steamer departed at 3.00pm in the direction of Seoul, having on board a Guard of British Marines from H.M.S. "Edgar".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from Westward and Northward.

Swung to ebb at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from Northward and Westward.


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21 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, misty over the land.

Light airs from NE last hour.

Slack water low at 12.40am.


4am to 8am:

Misty, cool, clearing at close [of watch].

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Swung to ebb at 7.30am.

Made time and uniform signal at 7.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, misty.

Light airs from NNE.

Mustered and inspected at quarters at 9.30am, and exercised divisions at setting up, pointing and divisional drills, Engineer's Division small arms.

Russian cruiser "Korietz" signaled (international) "I sail at noon today for Chefoo, will take mail", answered "Thanks".

Slack low water at 12.00pm.


Meridian to 4pm:

Weather fair and pleasant.

Calm first hour, light airs from North remainder of watch.

Riding to flood tide.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

At 2.30pm made international signal "Petrel will sail for Chefoo at 7am tomorrow, will take mail".

Russian gunboat "Korietz" got under way and left the harbor at 12.15pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze to light airs from NW.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at setting up.

Tried searchlights.


8pm to midnight:

First part clear, with light airs from NNW, overcast last part, with light breeze from NE.

Riding to ebb tide.


Chefoo is also known as Yantai.


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22 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather.

Light airs and breeze from NE, shifting to East.

Barometer falling.

Swung to the flood at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty, light drizzle portion of last hour.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

At 6.50am U.S.S. "Petrel" signaled general interrogatory 4890, answered affirmative.

At 7.10am U.S.S. "Petrel" got under way and steamed out of harbor.

Slack high water at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, with light mist and drizzling rain.

Light breeze from East.

Riding to ebb tide.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am.

Machinists Nelson and Hanlon returned from leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, light drizzling rain at times.

Light Easterly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Ship swung to the flood at 2.15pm.

At 3.30pm a Japanese mail steamer came in and anchored in inner harbor, flying American ensign at fore, having United States Minister to Corea on board.

Sent boat with tender of services to Minister, and also gig for Commander Stockton, U.S. Navy, ordered to command this ship, who was a passenger on board.

Received and answered signal from French cruiser "Isly" by commercial code as per record.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cool, with light breeze from East.

Commander C.H. Stockton reported on board as the relief of Commander W.M. Folger, and inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

Afterwards went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes, secured in 3 minutes.

Passed up ammunition for 3 minutes as follows: VI-inch, 32 charges and 22 shells; 6-pounder, 66 rounds; 3-pounder, 80 rounds; 1-pounder, 60 rounds; 37 mm, 120 rounds.

All hands were then called to muster.

Commander Folger read his orders, detaching him from command of, and Commander Stockton then read his orders to command U.S.S. "Yorktown".


8pm to midnight:

Overcast.

Light NE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Vessel riding to the ebb.


Approved: [signed] William M. Folger, Commander U.S. Navy Commanding.


Corea is the old spelling of Korea.


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23 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, damp.

Light to gentle NE breeze.

Swung to flood at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and raining.

Light breeze from NE and East.

Riding to flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, passing showers.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE, shifting to NW and falling light at end of watch.

Barometer rising.

Tide turned ebb at 8.45am.

At 8.20am Commander W.M. Folger, U.S. Navy, left the ship and went on board French cruiser "Isly", which vessel shortly after got under way and left the harbor.

Communicated with her by commercial code as per Signal Record Book.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at divisional drills.

Shifted anchors.

Hove up starboard anchor, cleared it, and got it ready for letting go, and let go port anchor, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and very damp, drizzling rain at intervals, latter half of watch clearing weather.

Gentle breeze, increasing to fresh, from NW and West.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cool.

Moderate WNW breeze.

Slight rise in barometer.

Ship riding to the flood.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, damp, cool, raining at close [of watch], lightning in SW first hour.

Gentle to light breezes from NNW and from NE.

Swung to ebb at 9.30pm.


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24 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Swung to flood at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, drizzling rain last hour, clearing at end of watch.

Light ESE breeze.

Barometer steady.

Vessel riding to the flood.

Received for use of crew: 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, mild.

Light breeze from ESE first hour, then calm.

Swung to ebb at 9.30am.

Went to general quarters in 1 minute 50 seconds, secured in 2 minutes 20 seconds, had also pointing drill.

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

Tested steam and hand steering gears, and found them in good order.

The Captain of H.M.S. "Edgar" made an official call upon the Commanding Officer.

The Commander awarded Ah Foi, Mess Attendant, 5 days' solitary confinement on bread and water, for smuggling liquor.


Midnight to 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from North to NNW.

Third Division fired at target with pistol.

Instructed Fourth Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from WNW.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NNW.

Swung to ebb at 9.30pm.


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25 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NW.

Slack water low at 2.50am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, cloudy latter part.

Calm and light airs from NE.


8am to meridian:

Overcast first part, cloudy last part.

Light breeze from SE to SSE.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

Lieutenant J.M. Robinson made the weekly inspection of holds and storerooms, and Assistant Engineer Kellogg of compartments in the Engineering Department.

Tested hand steering gear and found it in good order.

Navigator's Division fired at target with pistol.

Swung to ebb at 10.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cool.

Light airs from SW first half, calm third hour, light breeze from West last hour.

Slack water low at 1.50pm.

Exercised Powder Division at target practice with revolvers.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Westerly airs and breezes.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 40 seconds.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from West, shifting to East at 10.15pm and increasing to gentle breeze.

Slack water high at 10.30pm.

Moon set at 11.00pm.


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26 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy first hour, clear remainder of watch.

Gentle Easterly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Ship swung to the flood at 3.30am.

Small steamer came in, anchored during watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from Eastward and Southward.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 107 pounds fresh bread; and 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from East first hour, light breeze from SE remainder of watch.

Slack water high at 11.00am.

Commanding Officer called upon the Commanding Officers of H.B.M.S. "Edgar" and His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book].

Crew engaged cleaning ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE, shifting to SW.

Barometer falling.

Finished revolver target practice for the quarter.

Instructed part of 1st Gun Division in signaling.

Russian gunboat "Korietz" ["Koriets" in log-book] came in and anchored at 3.50pm, sent officer to board her.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 1.00pm, low water at 3.30pm, and swinging to flood at end of watch.

Two small Corean steamers came in and anchored.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Calm first hour, light airs from WSW remainder of watch.

Riding to flood tide.

Received a return visit from an officer of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Korietz" ["Koriets" in log-book].


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.

Falling barometer.

High water at 11.15pm.


Corea is the old spelling of Korea.


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27 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE.

Slack water low at 6.00am.

A Japanese steamer came in and anchored at 4.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE first hour, calm remainder of watch.

Barometer falling.

At 10.15am Commander inspected ship and crew at quarters.

Vessel riding to the flood.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Variable airs and light Westerly breeze.

Swung to ebb at 1.15pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light Westerly breeze.

Barometer steady.

Flood tide.

Ship riding across the tide.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant, and cool.

Light airs from West and NNW.


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28 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Calms and light Easterly airs.

Swung to ebb at 1.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the flood at 7.50am.

Received for use of crew: 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 185 pounds sugar.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light SE breeze.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

Hove up port anchor and let go starboard [anchor], veering to 45 fathoms of chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Light SSW breeze.

Swung to flood at 3.00pm.

Instructed portion of seaman branch of 4th Division in signals.

Two Japanese steamers came into the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs, generally from Southward.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.

Swung to flood at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light SW breeze, shifting to SE last part.


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29 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Partly cloudy and cool.

Moon set at 1.45am.

Light, increasing to moderate breeze from SSE.

Slack water high at 2.40am.


4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, clearing.

Gentle breeze from SSE.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Gentle to light SSE and SE breeze.

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

Mustered battalion and exercised it at infantry drill.

Sent a boat's crew from the Engineer's Division for instruction in rowing.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book].

By order of Commanding Officer released from confinement Ah Foi, Mess Attendant, his term having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Warm and fair.

Light airs from SSW and SW.

Slack water high at 2.50pm.

Sent eight men in second cutter for rifle practice at a shore target.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Westward.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Cool and cloudy, moon obscured.

Light breeze from NNE.

Riding to the flood.


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30 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Ship swung to the flood at 3.45am.

Moon set about 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions: 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair and clearing weather, warm.

Light breezes and airs from North, calm last hour.

Slack water low at 9.00am.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up and pointing drills.

Afterwards drilled Engineer's Division at small arms and the battalion at bayonet exercise.

Japanese transport "Yokohama Maru", with special commissioner Count Inonye and suite on board, arrived at 10.30am.

Commanding Officer left the ship to visit Seoul.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light to gentle Westerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

High water at 3.30pm.

At 3.40pm French gunboat "Lutin" came in and anchored, sent officer to board her.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to light breeze from WNW.

Ebb tide.

Received in Engineer's Department: 2200 condenser tubes; and 4400 glands for same.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the flood at 10.15pm.


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31 October 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NW to NNW.

Slack high water at 4.00am.

Moon set at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from NNW first hour, light breeze from NNE remainder of watch.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light variable airs.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the flood at 10.45am.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at divisional drills.

Crew engaged at ship's work.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

Ship swung to the ebb at 5.30pm.

By order of Bureau of Navigation discharged F.E. Shute, Yeoman, and appointed him Paymaster's Clerk, he taking the oath of office.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cool and pleasant.

Calms and light variable airs.


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



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1895


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1 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Hazy, cloudy at close [of watch].

Light airs from NW, increasing to moderate breeze during latter part.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, threatening weather.

Light breeze from NNW, shifting to West.

Barometer rising.

Ship riding to the ebb.

Received for use of crew: 133¾ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 107 pounds fresh bread.

Japanese steamer came in during watch and anchored in inner harbor.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cool.

Gentle to stiff NW breeze.

Swung to flood at ten [o'clock].

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

Exercised 1st, 3rd, 4th and Navigator's Divisions at bayonet drill and 2nd Division in handling collision mat.

Got collision mat over and secured in 8 minutes.

Broke out storerooms and same were inspected by Ensign Belknap.

Compartments in Engineering Department were inspected by Assistant Engineer Kellogg.

Received in Construction Department: one catamaran.

Absentee: A. Burton, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cool.

Moderate NW breeze.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Moderate to stiff NW breeze.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Afterwards exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1½ minutes.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, squally.

Fresh to moderate breeze from NW and NNW.

Swung to flood at 10.45pm.


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2 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cold and squally.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NNW, hauling last hour to North and moderating to gentle breeze.

Bright moonlight.

Riding to flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Stiff to gentle breeze from North.

Slack high water at 4.00am.

Moon set at 5.55am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, overcast at close [of watch], cold.

Gentle breeze from NNE, then light from West.

Absent over leave: A. Burton, First-class Fireman.

The "Yokohama Maru" left the harbor at 11.00am.

Swung to flood at 11.00am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold.

Light breeze from NNW and NW.

Flood tide.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cold.

Light airs from North and from East.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises, absentee as in forenoon.

The Captain returned from Seoul.

Swung to ebb at 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with very light fall of snow.

Light breeze from East.

Slack water low at 11.00pm.


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3 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, snowing first hour, cold.

Light Easterly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Vessel riding to the flood.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant, and cold.

Light airs from East.

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

Swung to ebb at 6.15am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breezes from East and NNE to NW.

Slack water low at 10.45am.

Commanding Officer inspected the ship.

Inspected at quarters at 10.00am, afterwards called all hands to muster, read Articles of War and mustered the crew, A. Burton, First-class Fireman, and J.T. Frawley, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate Westerly breeze, shifting to WNW last half of watch.

Slight fall in barometer.

Vessel riding to the flood.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to light breeze from WNW.

Slack water high at 5.40pm.

G.S. Jones, Ordinary Seaman, returning from liberty drunk and disorderly and creating a disturbance, placed him in cell for safe keeping and to await further action.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Bright moonlight.

Low water at 11.30pm, ship swinging at end of watch.

Surgeon G.P. Lumsden, U.S. Navy, reported the death at 11.30pm, in the sick bay of this vessel, of Choo Ching Wing, Mess Attendant.


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4 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light NE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from NE to East and SE.

Slack water high at 5.30am.

Released G.S. Jones, Ordinary Seaman, from confinement.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, light rain first hour, clear and cold remainder of watch.

Slight fall in barometer.

Gentle NNE breeze first half, shifting to NW and increasing to fresh breeze at end of watch.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate, and A. Burton, First-class Fireman, absent without leave.

Low water at 11.00am, vessel riding between wind and tide at end of watch.

French gunboat "Lutin" left the harbor.

Commander paid official call on board Russian gunboat "Korietz" ["Koriets" in log-book].

Lifted starboard anchor and let go port, veering to 45 fathoms of chain.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Moderate NW breeze, with fresh squalls.

At 2.20pm called all hands to muster, and sent the remains of Chin Choo Wing, Mess Attendant, ashore, to be buried in accordance with customary Chinese ceremonies.

Half-masted the colors till the body was landed.

The Russian men-of-war in port also half-masted colors.

Instructed 3rd Divisions in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Fresh NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 7.00pm.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, absentees same as at morning quarters, exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW, coming at intervals in fresh or moderate squalls.


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5 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle NW breeze, hauling to NE last part.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light NE breeze, shifting to SE last half of watch.

Slight rise in barometer.

High water at 6.30am, ship swung to the ebb at 7.45am.

Received for use of crew: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Light to gentle breezes from NW and from North.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up and pointing exercises.

Inspected the landing party, fully equipped.

Absentees: A. Burton, First-class Fireman, and P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate.

G.S. Jones, Ordinary Seaman, was awarded by the Commander five days' solitary confinement on bread and water, and reduction to the 4th conduct class, for returning from liberty drunk and disorderly and using profane and obscene language to Officer of the Deck.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to moderate NW breeze.

Finished breaking out and cleaning fore hold and bilges underneath same, and they were inspected by the Executive Officer and Ensign Belknap.

Instructed portion of seaman branch of 4th Division in signals.

Flood tide.

Received in Equipment Department: 14 tons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Gentle moderate NW breeze.

Mustered at quarters.

P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate, returned on board 48 hours over time.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to light NW breeze.

Bright moonlight.


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6 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Light breezes and airs from NNW, shifting last hour to ENE.

Riding to flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear and fine.

Light airs from ENE and SE.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light SE breeze.

Slack low water at noon.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters and exercised divisions at setting up, pointing, and divisional drills.

Commenced restowing hold.

Japanese steamer "Ise Maru" came into the harbor.

Absentee: A. Burton, First-class Fireman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breezes and airs from SW to South.

Riding to flood tide.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from West to WNW.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, and exercised at setting up.

Received in Equipment Exempt Department the following stores, namely: 2 photographic scrap books for photographs; 2 [glass] graduates, 16 ounces; 200 mounts, 10 inches x 12 inches; 2 dozen bottles, 8 ounces, toning and fixing solution; 2 dozen bottles, 8 ounces, hydrochinon developer; 12 dozen dry plates, 6½ inches x 8½ inches; 1 focusing cloth; 20 pounds hyposulphite [of] soda (in 1-pound tins); 1 pound starch; 1 gross sheets sensitized paper, 6½ inches x 8½ inches; 6 dozen Ilo paper [probably photographic paper manufactured by The Ilotype Company], 6½ inches x 8½ inches; 100 envelopes for negatives.

A. Burton, First-class Fireman, returned on board six days over time.

Slack high water at 8.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from WSW, shifting at 10.30pm to SE and freshening to gentle breeze.

Riding to ebb tide.


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7 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cool.

Gentle SE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Vessel swung to the flood at 1.45am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool and damp.

Gentle SE breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.

Slack high water at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from SE, shifting at 11.15am to West.

Slack water low at noon.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up drill.

Afterwards went to general quarters, all divisions ready in 2 minutes 30 seconds, secured in 1 minute 55 seconds.

Passed up ammunition for 3 minutes as follows, namely: 28 VI-inch charges; 28 VI-inch shells; 55 rounds 6-pounder; 80 rounds 3-pounder; and 180 rounds 37 mm.

Got collision mat over in 2 minutes.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found all in good working order.

Tested steam steering gear and found it in good order.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm was senior member, convened for the survey of the ship's awnings.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant.

Gentle SW breeze, shifting to West.

Barometer falling.

Low water at 12.15pm, swung to the flood at 1.45pm.

Exercised part of First Gun Division at signaling.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Moderate to light breeze from West.

Slack water high at end of watch.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 4.45pm.

Tested, and found in good order, electric signal apparatus.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, mild and pleasant.

Light variable airs.

Barometer rising.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Obscured moonlight.


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8 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, mild.

Light ENE breeze.

Low water slack at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from ENE to ESE.

Flood tide.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty weather.

Gentle SSE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 10.00am.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up and at divisional drill.

Ensign Belknap, Assistant Engineer Kellogg and Surgeon Lumsden made weekly inspection required by Department Regulations.

Low water slack at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, misty.

Gentle to light Southerly breeze.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.

Slack water low at 12.50pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy.

Gentle SSW breeze.

Slight fall in Barometer.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up drill.

Sounded fire alarm and exercised at fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute, water in 35 seconds, secured all in 40 seconds.

Vessel riding to the flood.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, mild.

Moderate to gentle breeze from SSW.

Began swinging to ebb tide at 9.30pm.


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9 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, misty and cool.

Moderate to gentle Southerly breeze.

Swung to flood at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, threatening weather, rainy last half of watch.

Gentle SSW breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

Vessel riding to the flood.

Received for use of crew: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, mild.

Light Southerly breeze.

By order of the Commanding Officer A. Burton, First-class Fireman, was placed in double irons to await trial by Summary Court Martial, for refusing to obey orders.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light to gentle Westerly breeze.

Swung to flood at 2.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Moderate to fresh breezes from West, then from NW.

Mustered at quarters.

Delivered to A. Burton, First-class Fireman, the specification of offense preferred against him.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Moderate NW breeze.

Swung to ebb at 9.00pm.


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10 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Gentle breeze from NNW and NW.

Slack water low at 2.40am.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Light NW breeze.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNW to North.

Slack high water at 9.00am.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew mustered at quarters, absentees: E. Lambert, Boiler Maker, and W. Taylor, Coal Passer.

French cruiser "Alger" came into the harbor and anchored at 10.30am, sent a boarding officer.

By order of Commanding Officer G.S. Jones, Ordinary Seaman, was released, his term of confinement having expired.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from North to NW.

Slack water low at 3.00pm.

Received a visit from the Commanding Officer of the French cruiser "Alger".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light NW breeze.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NW and NNW.

Slack water high at 10.40pm.


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11 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from NE, calm last hour.

Barometer steady.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Slack water low at end of watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Eastward.

W. Taylor, Coal Passer, returned on board 37½ hours over time.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 131¼ pounds fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.

At 6.30am a junk containing 140 tons coal came alongside.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NE to East.

Slack water high at 11.00am.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

Commenced coaling ship at 8.30am, eighteen tons on board at end of watch.

Commanding Officer called upon the Commanding Officer of French cruiser "Alger".

A Summary Court Martial convened at 10.05am for the trial of Andrew Burton, First-class Fireman, adjourned at 11.20am to await action of revising authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm.

Light breeze from SSE, shifting by South to SSW and falling to light airs.

Barometer falling.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Coaling ship, received in all 49 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from West first part, calm last part.

Slack water low at 4.30pm.

Stopped coaling for the day at 6.00pm, having received in all 60 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool, misty at times.

Light airs from ESE, increasing to gentle breeze and shifting to SE.

Barometer falling.

Vessel riding to the flood.

Slack water high at end of watch.


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12 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, latter half [of watch] overcast, with squalls of wind and rain.

Moderate SSE breeze, shifting around to the Westward, fresh puffs third hour.

Clearing, with gentle breeze from WNW at close [of watch].


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool.

Light, increasing to moderate breeze hauling from WNW to NW.

Slack water low at 4.00am.

Coal schooner hauled off to an anchor at 5.30am on account of wind and sea.


8am to meridian:

Fair and cool.

Moderate to stiff NW breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine.

Coal schooner hauled alongside, and at 8.30am commenced coaling, native labor.

Received in all 88 tons, during watch 28 tons.

Vessel riding between wind and tide.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Fresh to moderate NW breeze.

Instructed 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

Slack water low at 7.00pm.

Vessel riding between wind and tide at end of watch.

Liberty party returned on board.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze, decreasing to gentle, from Southward and Westward.


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13 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff NNW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate NNW breeze first hour, falling light at end of watch.

Barometer rising.

Slack water low at 7.15am, vessel swinging at close of watch.

Received for use of crew: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold, snowing last hour.

Gentle breeze from NW, increasing to fresh.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

By order of the Commander J. Smith, Coal Passer, was placed in solitary confinement for three days on bread and water, for smuggling liquor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold, with occasional light flurries of snow.

Fresh NW breeze.

At 12.50pm H.M.S. "Edgar's" sailing launch, standing from the Northern part of Kheum Wolmi to the ship, was seen to have capsized.

Sent a boat to render assistance.

Boats were also sent by the English, French and Russian ships.

Steam launch returned about 3.00pm, having been unable to find a trace of either the sunken boat or its crew.

At 1.45pm "Alger" signaled interrogatory "Edgar, we have nine on board, of which a Lieutenant".

H.M.S. "Edgar" replied "Thank you very much, will you have the kindness to take care of them until fine weather?".

At 2.20pm "Alger" signaled "One sick, 13 men on board, want clothes".

H.M.S. "Edgar" replied "Will be sent when moderate weather".

At 12.30pm finished taking fresh water, having received 12½ tons.

At 3.30pm H.M.S. "Edgar" half-masted colors, this and all other vessels in harbor followed suit.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold.

Fresh breeze from NW, decreasing in force at close.

Mustered at quarters.

Veered to 60 fathoms on port chain.

Tested electric signal and searchlight apparatus.

The Russian gunboat "Korietz" dragged anchor in our direction till within 3 cables distance.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW to NNW.

Swinging to flood at 8.30pm.

Hove in to 45 fathoms on port chain.


Kheum Wolmi is also known as Wolmido.


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14 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NW and NNW.

Slack water high at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle NNW breeze.

Half-masted colors with H.M.S. "Edgar".

"Korietz" shifted to a berth more to the Westward.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle Northerly breeze first hour, veering to NW and decreasing to light breeze remainder of watch.

Swung to flood at 8.30am.

At 9.23am went to quarters, then called all hands to muster and read proceedings of Summary Court Martial in the case of A. Burton, First-class Fireman, charged with refusing to obey orders.

He received the following sentence: to be placed in solitary confinement in double irons on bread and water for thirty days, with a full ration every fifth day, and to be allowed one hour's exercise each day, to lose two months' pay, amounting to 70 dollars, and perform extra police duties for three months.

By order of Commanding Officer A. Burton, First-class Fireman, was placed in solitary confinement in double irons, in accordance with sentence of Summary Court Martial above noted.

Sent two boats to assist in search for bodies of English seamen drowned in yesterday's accident.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from West first half, light airs from WSW last half.

Slack water high at 3.40pm.

Searching party returned at 1.30pm, having found nothing.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, with light breeze from WSW first part, clouding over and wind shifting to SE and ESE last part.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.


8pm to midnight:

Generally cool and fair, occasional very light rain spits first hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE.

Slack water low at 8.45pm.


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15 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


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Commences and until 4am:

Fair and cold.

Light to gentle SE breeze.

Barometer falling.

Slack water high at 3.30am, swinging at close of watch.

Japanese steamer came in and anchored during watch.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to moderate SE breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Weather partly cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from SE by South.

Slack water low at 9.00am.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up and pointing drill.

Afterwards drilled Navigator's, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions at bayonet exercise, and 1st Division at single sticks.

Exercised the crews of 37 mm guns.

Transferred to U.S.S. "Baltimore", per steamer to Kobe: J.J. O'Meara, Second-class Fireman; and C.M. Rhode, Water Tender.

Russian cruiser "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book] came in and anchored at noon, sent an officer to visit her.

Broke out and restowed all storerooms.

Ensign Traut and Assistant Engineer Kellogg and Surgeon Lumsden made the inspection required by United States Regulation Circular number 8.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Gentle SE breeze, shifting to SW last half of watch.

Barometer falling.

A funeral party left H.M.S. ["Ed]gar" in tow of steam launch at 1.30pm and steamed ashore.

Instructed [pa]rt of First Gun Division in signaling.

Vessel riding to the flood, high [w]ater at end of watch.

An officer from Russian gunboat "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book] called [to] return thanks for boarding call.

Commander of "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book] also called [of]ficially and was received with customary honors.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and mild.

Gentle breeze to light airs from SW.

[M]ustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 4.45pm.

Afterwards [w]ent to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute, secured in 1 minute, water in 30 seconds.

Closed watertight doors in 1 minute.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool.

Light Westerly breeze first half, shifting to East last half of watch.

Barometer steady.

Low water at 9.30pm, swung to the flood at 10.30pm.


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4pm to 8pm:

Captain Henderson of H.M.S. "Edgar" came on board to return thanks for services offered and rendered since the late accident by this ship.


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16 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, mild.

Calm and light variable airs, generally from WSW to SE.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and mild.

Light airs and breezes from SE.

Slack water high at 4.45am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Light breeze from SE, shifting to South.

Barometer falling slowly.

Low water at 9.15am, swung to the flood at 10.00am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 360 pounds sugar.

By order of Commander J. Smith, Coal Passer, was released from confinement.

Commander made official call on Russian gunboat "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book].

Navigator located a shoal in the harbor whose position had been reported doubtful.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 10 tons fresh water.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, mild.

Light breeze from South and SW.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Gentle SW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters.

High water at 5.15pm, swung to the ebb at 6.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clouding over slowly.

Gentle SW breeze, falling light.

H. Hellings, Coal Passer, was brought on board 2½ hours over time by the Chief of Police on shore, Hellings having been hurt in some fracas.


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17 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy and cool, with light airs second and third hours.

Gentle breeze from SSW to West.


4am to 8am:

Fair and cool, foggy first hour.

Gentle breeze from West to NW.

Barometer rising.

High water at 5.15am, swung to the ebb at 5.45am.

Received for use of crew: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.

A. Winter, Ordinary Seaman, fell overboard from catamaran, dropped port life buoy.

Lowered first cutter and picked him up.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Light NW breeze.

The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

A ceremonial funeral service was held on board H.B.M.S. "Edgar" for the men lost in the disaster of the 13th of this month, and was attended by the Commanding Officer, other officers, and parties of men from this and all other men-of-war in port.

The colors of all ships were half-masted during the service, following H.B.M.S. "Edgar".

Began swinging to flood at 10.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Gentle WNW breeze.

Mail steamer came in and anchored at 2.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Westward.

Swung to ebb at 5.45pm.

The Japanese transport "Nanetsu Maru" ["Nan Etsa" in log-book] came in and anchored.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light NNW breeze.

Swinging to flood at midnight.


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18 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NNW.

Riding to flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Gentle to light NNW breeze.

Low water slack at 5.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NNE first hour, light airs from North by West remainder of watch.

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

Sighted port anchor and let it go again in six fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.

Swung to flood at 11.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NW.

Riding to flood tide.

Exercised seaman branch of Powder Division at signals.

At 3.40pm His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Korietz" signaled (international code) "Expect to leave for Nagasaki tomorrow morning, will take mail", answered "Thanks".


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from Northward and Westward.

Slack water high at 5.30pm.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Absentee: W. McDonald, Coal Passer.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NNW.

Riding to ebb tide.


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19 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, cold.

Light breeze from North, shifting to NNW.

Barometer steady.

Swung to the flood at 12.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, cool.

Light airs and breezes from NNW.

Slack high water at 6.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW and NNW.

Inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up and pointing drill at 9.30am, and afterwards drilled the battalion and exercised a part of Engineer's force in second cutter.

Laid out a target for sub-caliber practice.

Slack water low at 11.40am.

Enlisted Naojiro Murao as Steerage Steward for 3 years.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light NNW breeze.

Barometer falling slowly.

Swung to the flood at 12.45pm.

Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvasny" in log-book] came in and anchored, sent officer to board her.

Exercised part of 1st Gun Division at signaling.

Second Division and part of Third [Division] engaged at sub-caliber target firing.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Moderate breeze from NNW.

Slack water high at 6.40pm.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm and exercised at setting up drill, W. McDonald, Coal Passer, absent without leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to gentle NNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Bright starlight.

Confined F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, and J. Weir, Seaman, who were under the influence of liquor and creating a disturbance under the forecastle, in double irons for safe keeping to await investigation.


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20 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NNW and North.

Low water slack at 1 o'clock.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from North.

Slack water high at 7.20am.

Hoisted boiler into steam launch.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Wind light from North by East and North.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, W. McDonald, Coal Passer, absent without leave.

Exercised as per routine.

First Gun Division engaged at sub-caliber target firing.

Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book] made international signal as per [Signal] Record Book.

By order of Commander the following punishments were assigned: J. Weir, Seaman, and F. Lynch, Ordinary Seaman, for being under the influence of liquor and fighting, were reduced to fourth conduct class; J. Donahue, Apprentice Second-class, for being under the influence of liquor on board ship, was reduced one conduct class.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Low water about noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Light Northerly breeze from North by West last hour.

Began swinging to flood at 12.45pm.

The Commanding Officer of the Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvasny" in log-book] called officially upon the Commander.

Received for steaming purposes: 10 tons fresh water.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Light North by West breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, returned on board 72 hours over time.

Vessel riding to the flood, high water at 7.45pm.

Tried electric searchlights and Ardois signal system, found all in good condition, except second red light of Ardois, which was found to be out of order.


8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cool.

Light Northerly breeze.


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21 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light to gentle breeze from North and NNE.

Swung to flood at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool.

Light NNE breeze.

Barometer falling.

High water at 7.45am, swinging at end of watch.

Russian gunboats "Korietz" ["Koriets" in log-book] and "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book] left the harbor.

Received for use of crew: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, cold.

Light breeze and airs from NNE and North.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up exercises.

Went to general quarters in 1 minute 30 seconds, secured in 1 minute 20 seconds.

Closed watertight doors in 40 seconds.

Tested magazine, shell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and the steam and the hand steering gear, and found all to be in good order.

Received for steaming purposes: 6 tons fresh water.

The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otvasny" in log-book].

W. McDonald, Coal Passer, was reduced to 4th conduct class and awarded 8 hours' extra duty by order of the Commander, for overstaying liberty.

The Japanese steamer "Asolir" [?] brought an American mail.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, cool.

Light breeze from North and NNW.

Swung to flood at 1.30pm.

Exercised seaman branch of 4th Division in signals.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from Northward and Westward.

Had quarters for muster and setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from NNW.

Swung to ebb at 8.30pm.


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22 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold, bright starlight.

Light airs from WNW, calm last hour.

Strength of ebb tide at 12.15am 0.8 knots, slack water low at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, mild, cloudy at close [of watch].

Calm to light breeze from Southward and Eastward.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, pleasant.

Gentle to moderate SSE breeze, shifting to NW.

Barometer steady.

Tide turned ebb at 9.15am.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up, pointing drill and at abandon ship.

Boats reported ready in 8 minutes, secured all in 3 minutes.

Russian and French men-of-war in harbor fired salutes, the former of 7 guns, the latter of 5 guns, British ensign at fore.

Lieutenant Robinson and Assistant Engineer Kellogg made weekly inspection of watertight compartments, et cetera, Surgeon Lumsden made weekly sanitary inspection.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Moderate breeze from NW and WNW.

Slack water low at 2.00pm.

Ship lying between wind and tide greater part of watch.

Two Japanese transports arrived and came to anchor in outer harbor.

The Japanese steamer left at 2.30pm.

Exercised Powder Division at sub-caliber target practice.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Moderate WNW breeze.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Sounded fire alarm, all divisions ready in 40 seconds.

Secured at 4.55pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Moon set at 9.45pm.

Slack water high at 9.00pm.


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23 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW, shifting to NW.

Barometer rising.

Low water about 2.15am, vessel riding between wind and tide remainder of watch.

Unable to determine strength of current, not sufficient to float log chip against the wind.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cool.

Moderate to light NW breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW and NNW.

Slack water high at 9.00am.

Mustered at quarters and inspected bedding at 9.30am.

Aired bedding.

Strength of ebb tide at 10.45am 1.2 knots.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light WNW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Low water about 2.00pm.

Riding to flood at end of watch, no perceptible tidal current.

Piped down aired bedding and restowed hammocks at 1.00pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from WNW, shifting last hour to WSW.

Riding to flood tide, strength of tide at 6.00pm 1.1 knots.

Mustered at quarters at 4.45pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light WSW breeze first hour, from SSE remainder of watch.

Barometer falling.

Tide turned ebb about 9.00pm, strength of current at 11.50pm 0.8 knots.

Moon set at 10.50pm.


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24 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cool.

Light to gentle SSE breeze.

Swung to flood at 2.50am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from SSE.

Riding to flood tide, strength of flood at 7 o'clock 0.6 knots.

A small Japanese mail steamer came in at 6.30am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, light rain first part of watch, clearing last hour.

Gentle to moderate breeze from SE, shifting to SSE.

Barometer falling.

High water at 10.00am, vessel riding across the tide, no perceptible current.

Commander inspected ship.

Quarters omitted on account of rain.

Sent party of liberty men ashore.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Gentle breeze from SE, hauling to SSW latter half and increasing to moderate.

The "Alger" fired a seven gun salute for the French Consul.

The Japanese transport "Suminoye Maru" came in.

Riding between wind and tide till 2.45pm, then swung to flood.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool, misty over water.

Moderate SW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Vessel riding to the flood, strength of current at 7.00pm 0.9 knots.

Liberty party returned.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and mild.

Moderate SW breeze, decreasing to light and coming out from Westward latter half.

Unusually high tide, owing to the Southerly wind, the tide meter being wholly immersed throughout the watch.

Ship riding generally to the wind.


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25 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool and misty.

Light airs and breezes from West.

Slack low water at 4.45am.


4am to 8am:

Mild and pleasant, misty over water.

Calm and light WSW airs.

Barometer rising.

Vessel riding to the flood, no perceptible current.

Received for use of crew: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Pleasant and mild, misty.

Light variable airs, light Westerly breeze latter half.

High water slack at 1.00pm.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, by order of Commanding Officer, was placed under sentry's charge, for being under the influence of liquor.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, misty on horizon.

Light airs and breezes from WSW.

Ebb tide.

Exercised seaman branch of 2nd Division at signals.

Portion of 4th and Powder Divisions fired at target with 6-inch sub-caliber.

Sighted port anchor and let it go again in 8 fathoms, veering to 45 fathoms port chain.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudless, misty, cool.

Calm.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and misty.

Calms and light Northerly airs and breezes.

Slack high water at 12.00am.


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26 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear sky, weather cool and misty.

Light breeze from East.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and very damp.

Light variable airs, generally from Eastward.

Low water slack at 4.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, misty.

Light airs and breezes from Southward and Eastward.

J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, was released from sentry's charge.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am and exercised at setting up, called away landing party fully equipped.

Exercised portion of Engineer's Division in boats under oars.

T. Fulham [Fulhman in log-book], Painter, was reduced to 2nd conduct class, for being suspected of attempting to smuggle liquor on board.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs from SSE and South.

Slack water high at 1.30pm, strength of ebb at 3.30pm 0.7 knots.

Exercised 2nd Division and artillery section at sub-caliber target practice.

A Japanese mail steamer came in at 1.40pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Calms and light airs from SSW.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.

Received on board: 15 tons fresh water.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, cool and pleasant, bright moonlight.

Riding to the flood tide, strength at 10.00pm 0.9 knots.

At 10.28pm went to fire quarters, all divisions ready in 1 minute 40 seconds, three streams of water on in 1 minute.

Closed watertight doors in 1 minute 30 seconds.

Secured in 1 minute.


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27 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast.

Light airs from ESE.

Barometer falling.

Swung to the ebb at 1.30am, strength of current at 3.00am 1.1 knots.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, pleasant.

Light airs from Southward and Eastward.

Swung to flood at 5.30am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear, mild and pleasant weather.

Calm, light airs from West last hour.

Riding to flood tide, strength of tide at 10.30am 1.1 knots.

At 9.30am closed watertight doors and abandoned ship.

All boats provided and in column off starboard beam in 7 minutes 30 seconds.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and mild.

Light and gentle breeze from WNW, shifting to NW.

Barometer rising.

At 3.40pm H.M.S. "Rainbow" came in and anchored, sent officer to board her.

Received on board: one steam launch's boiler and fittings.

Swung to the ebb at 3.00pm, no perceptible current.

Engaged at sub-caliber target firing with long 1-pounder.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Gentle to light breeze from NW.

Riding to ebb tide, slack water low at 7.30pm.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 4.45pm.

An officer of H.B.M.S. "Rainbow" returned the visit of boarding officer.

Tested search, masthead and signal lights and found all in order.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light NW breeze, shifting to NNW.

Barometer falling.

Riding to flood, no perceptible current.


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28 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Light failing breeze from NNW.

High water slack at 1.45am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NNW first hour and from NE remainder of watch.

Slack water low at 7.30am.

At 7.50am H.B.M.S. "Edgar" made international signal "I am going to sail Nagasaki 1pm".


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Calm first half, light NNE breeze last half of watch.

Barometer rising.

At 8.15am exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. "Machias".

At 8.45am U.S.S. "Machias" came in and anchored off starboard quarter, sent boarding officer on board.

Commanding Officer also made official call, which call was returned by Commander of U.S.S. "Machias".

At 9.30am mustered at quarters.

Routine suspended, legal holiday.

Swung to the flood about 9.00am, strength of current at 11.00am 1 knot.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Light airs and breezes from Northward and Westward.

Shortly after 1.30pm H.M.S. "Edgar" got under way and left the harbor.

The men-of-war remaining in port signaled (international) "A pleasant voyage", H.M.S. "Edgar" answered "Thanks" and "Adieu".

High water slack at 2.30pm.

H.M.S. "Rainbow" saluted the British Consul with seven guns.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

By order of Commander placed J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, under sentry's charge for safe keeping and J.L. King, Coxswain, in brig to await investigation.

Vessel riding to the ebb, low water at end of watch, strength of current at 7.00pm 0.8 knots.

Received in Department of Supplies and Account: 278 pounds sugar; and 50 pounds butter.

A. Burton, First-class Fireman, temporarily transferred from cell to sentry's charge in forward compartment.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant, and cool.

Light NW breeze, shifting to NE last hour.


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29 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE and North.

Swung to ebb at 2.30am.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair, cool and pleasant.

Light breeze from North, shifting to NNE.

Barometer rising.

Vessel riding to the flood, strength of current at 7.00am 0.9 knots.

Received in Department [of] Supplies and Accounts: 500 pounds canned beef; 131¼ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 105 pounds fresh bread.

Low water at 8.00am.

By order of Commander released J. Murphy, Chief Boatswain's Mate, from confinement and under sentry's charge, returned A. Burton, First-class Fireman, Court Martial prisoner to cell, and placed J.L. King, Coxswain, under charge of sentry, in double irons.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from Northward and Eastward.

Swung to flood at 9.00am.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up exercises, and pointing drill with sub-caliber.

Sounded signals for closing watertight doors and abandon ship, all ready in 5¼ minutes.

By order of the Commanding Officer, J.L. King, Coxswain, was disrated to Seaman and reduced to 4th conduct class, for fighting and resisting arrest.

The Captain of H.B.M.S. "Rainbow" called officially upon the Commander.

Following the Russian gun vessel "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book], all men-of-war in port half-masted colors during the passage to the shore of a funeral party.

Tested flood cocks of magazines, shell rooms and ammunition rooms, and found them to be in good order.

The regular weekly inspection of compartments was made by Lieutenant W.G. Hannum and Assistant Engineer E.S. Kellogg.

The regular monthly inspection of compartments, valves, and their apparatus was made by the Executive Officer and Chief Engineer.

At 9.30am made sick report numeral 1.

Discharged J. Bacchus, Seaman, Continuous Service Certificate 10245, his term of enlistment having expired.

Absent over leave: Private C.O. Blakeslee, U.S. Marine Corps.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cool, calm, cloudy.

Second, Third and Fourth Divisions engaged in sub-caliber target practice.

Exercised seaman branch of 4th Division at signals.

A Japanese mail steamer came in and anchored.

Officers of U.S.S. "Machias" called on board.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Calm and light Northwesterly airs.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.

Went to fire quarters in 1⅓ minutes, had three streams of water in 30 seconds more, closed watertight doors in 25 seconds, secured all in 2 minutes.

U.S.S. "Machias" signaled at 6.50pm general 5745.

Exercised in obedience thereto at night signaling, till U.S.S. "Machias" made general 2810.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Calms and light Northerly airs.

Swung to flood at 9.00pm.


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30 November 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes and airs from North.

Slack water high at 3.30am.

Bright moonlight.


4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and cool.

Light airs from Northward and Eastward or calm.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Light NNE airs, followed by calms last part.

Swung to flood at 10.00am.

J. Bacchus, Seaman, Continuous Service Certificate 10245, reenlisted this day as Seaman for three years.

Broke Senior Officer's pennant at noon.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light breeze from West and WNW.

Flood tide.

At 1.00pm U.S.S. "Machias" made signal interrogatory 2240, answered and made affirmative.

A Korean steamer left the harbor at 1.45pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from Northward and Westward.

Swung to ebb at 5.00pm.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, and Private C.O. Blakeslee, U.S. Marine Corps, absent.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light airs from WNW and NW.

Slack water low at 9.30pm.


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



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1895


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1 December 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool, bright moonlight.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer falling.

Vessel riding to the flood.

Ensign C.M. Knepper, U.S. Navy, with the Marine Guard of this vessel returned on board, having been relieved from duty at the United States Legation at Seoul by a Guard from U.S.S. "Machias".

A small steamer came in and anchored in inner harbor.

Strength of current at 2.00am 1.6 knots, high water at 3.45am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 135½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 109 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold.

Light airs from NE, hauling to ESE.

Slack water low at 9.30am.

The Russian gunboat "Otvajni" ["Otwajny" in log-book] left the roads at 9.00am.

Inspected at quarters at 9.30am, Commanding Officer inspected the ship.

At 10.00am called all hands to muster, read Articles of War and mustered the crew, F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, and C.O. Blakeslee, Private Marine, absent without leave.

At 10.30am made international signal to all vessels, "Expect to leave for Shanghai at 7.00am tomorrow, will take mail", all foreign vessels answered "Thanks".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Calm.

Barometer falling.

Vessel riding to the flood, strength of current at 2.30pm 1 knot.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool.

Calm first hour, light airs from East remainder of watch.

Slack water high at 5.00pm, strength of ebb at 8.00pm 1.6 knots.

F.J. Radka, Second-class Fireman, is declared a deserter from this date, having left the ship without permission on November 30, 1895.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool, obscured moonlight.

Light airs from East.

Barometer falling.

Low water 10.30pm, ship swung to the flood at 11.00pm.


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2 December 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, moonlight.

Light breeze from SE.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold.

Light breeze from SE and ESE.

Slack water high at 4.45am.

A small Japanese steamer left at 5.40am.

At daylight made signal international to all vessels, "Sailing postponed".


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold.

Light and gentle ESE breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, C.O. Blakeslee, Private Marine, absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up and instructed divisions.

Weekly routine suspended on account of weather.

U.S.S. "Machias" made sick report numeral 2 at 9.30am.

Low water at 10.30am, swung to the flood at 11.00am.

By order of Commander J.F. Stout, Landsman, was assigned two (2) hours each day for three days' extra brightwork cleaning, for neglecting gun brightwork.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, damp and cold, light drizzling rain last half.

Gentle breeze from SSE and SE.

Flood tide.

Strength of current at 3.00pm 2.1 knots.

At 12.15pm half-masted colors, following H.B.M.S. "Rainbow".

Received a call from a boarding officer from H.B.M.S. "Rainbow" with a message from her Commanding Officer that he had half-masted his colors on account of the death of the Queen of Korea and would keep them so for three days.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, cold and disagreeable weather, light drizzling rain.

Gentle and light SE breezes.

Slight rise in barometer.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters, Private Blakeslee (Marine Corps) absent without leave.

Exercised at setting up.

Vessel swung to the ebb at 6.30pm, strength of current at 8.00pm 1.5 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and damp.

Light breeze from East and ENE.

At 12.00am swinging to flood.


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3 December 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea

Lat 37.46, Long 126.59


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, misty and damp.

Light ENE breeze.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold, misty first part, clearing last part of watch.

Light breeze from ENE, shifting to North by East.

Slight rise in barometer.

High water at 5.30am, swung to the ebb at 7.00am, strength of current at 7.45am 1.4 knots.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair.

Light breeze from North by East.

Ebb tide, swinging to flood at end of watch.

At 8.00am half-masted colors with other men-of-war in harbor.

At 9.30m went to quarters and had routine drills and exercises.

Absent: C.O. Blakeslee, Private Marine.

Marine Guard engaged in quarterly revolver practice.

Expended 200 .38 caliber revolver cartridges in Ordnance Department.

Private C.O. Blakeslee, U.S. Marine Corps, was declared a deserter from this vessel and the Naval Service.

At 11.30am signaled to U.S.S. "Machias" "Expect to leave tomorrow morning at 7.00, signed Stockton".

U.S.S. "Machias" made numeral 2 (sick report) at 9.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and mild.

Light NNE breeze.

Overhauled battery.

A small Japanese transport came in from Ta-lien Wan.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light airs from NNE.

At 4.45pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

One cutlass accidentally lost overboard by Ensign Belknap.

At 5.00pm signaled international code "Expect to leave for Shanghai at 7.00am tomorrow, will take mail", "Alger" and H.M.S. "Rainbow" signaled international code "Thanks".

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


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, drizzling rain first and last hour.

Light NE breeze.

Low water slack at 12.00am.


Ta-lien Wan is also known as Dalian Wan.


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4 December 1895

At anchor Chemulpho, Korea, and making passage to Shanghai, China

Lat 36.82, Long 125.83


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, light drizzle last part.

Light to gentle breeze from NNE.

At 1.00am started fires under boilers A, C and D.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, with occasional light rain.

Moderate and gentle breezes from NNE and NE.

Making preparations for sea.

At 7.00am called all hands up anchor.

Got under way and stood out of harbor with Commanding Officer conning the ship.

Put over log at 7.25am, reading 7.0.

"Alger" and "Mandzhur" ["Mandjour" in log-book] signaled "Wish you a pleasant voyage", answered "Thanks".

Japanese steamer went out at 5.00am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain first hour.

Light NE breeze, hauling to Eastward last hour.

Standing down approaches to Chemulpho and through East channel.

At 9.00am steered SW¾W (by standard compass), at 11.00am changed course to SW½W (by standard compass).

At end of watch Gubbins Island bore SE, Westernmost of Clifford Islands bore SW¾W (magnetic).

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 104.3.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up, pointing and divisional drills.

The Commanding Officer awarded to J.J. Connelly, Apprentice Second-class, 2 hours' watch on the collision signal during his watches on deck, for inattention to duty on signal watch.

Passed two steamers standing to the Northward.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy.

Light Easterly breeze.

Course SW by W½W until 12.55pm, when changed course to S63°W.

At 1.16pm changed course to S27°W, patent log [reading] 75.7.

At 1.55pm took departure from Chokjohn Island [probably a reference to Clifford Islands], bearing S63°E, distant 2 miles, patent log [reading] 77.5.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 101.9.


4pm to 6pm:

Weather mild and cloudy.

Light breeze from SW.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 4.45pm.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 102.1.


6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, drizzling rain.

Light airs from South and SE.

Barometer steady.

Course S27°W.

Tested searchlights, signal light and et cetera, and found all in good condition.

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 104.8.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, moonlight.

Light airs and breezes from SSE.

Smooth sea.

Course S27°W.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 104.0.

Sighted a steamer standing to Northward on port side.

At 11.53pm went to general quarters, all divisions ready and fired one round in 8 minutes.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 2 VI-inch common shells; 3 VI-inch red charges; 3 vent-sealing primers; 2 6-pounder common shells; and 1 1-pounder heavy common shell.


Clifford Islands are also known as Kyoknyolbi Yoldo.


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5 December 1895

Making passage from Chemulpho, Korea, to Shanghai, China

Lat 32.95, Long 123.68


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, damp, mild.

Light breeze from SSE and SE.

On course S27°W (by standard compass).

Average steam 110 pounds, revolutions 102.3.

Smooth sea.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and misty.

Gentle to moderate SE breeze, increasing last part to stiff breeze, with moderate sea.

Course S27°W (per compass).

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 106.3.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and thick, with drizzling rain and frequent squalls of wind and very heavy rain.

Stiff to gentle breeze with stiff squalls from East to SE.

Moderate sea.

Inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 9.30am.

At noon got a cast of the lead (sounding machine) in 23 fathoms.

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 105.6.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, rainy, thick disagreeable weather.

Moderate Southerly breeze first hour, shifting to SW and decreasing to light airs by end of watch.

Course S27°W.

Steam 110 pounds, revolutions 103.2.

At 4.00pm got up and down cast with hand lead, engines stopped, in 21 fathoms.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and rainy.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

At 4.14pm went ahead on course again.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, misty, with drizzling rain at intervals.

Light airs from SE, then gentle Easterly breeze last hour.

On course S27°W (by standard compass).

Average steam pressure 110 pounds, revolutions 105.

At 8.00pm took a sounding in 20 fathoms.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty, with rain squalls first part.

Light to gentle breeze from SE, hauling to SSE.

Course S27°W (per compass).

Took soundings as follows, namely: at 10.00pm 17 fathoms; at 10.30pm 16 fathoms; at 11.00pm 21 fathoms; at 11.30pm 26 fathoms; at 11.45pm 24 fathoms; at 12.00am 20 fathoms.

At 10.43pm sighted a white light bearing S70°W, and at 11.10pm lost sight of it abeam.

Average steam 110 pounds, average revolutions 105.4.


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6 December 1895

Making passage from Chemulpho, Korea, to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.05, Long 122.06 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and misty, light drizzling rain at intervals.

Calms and light Northwesterly airs.

Sounding with machine every fifteen minutes.

At 1.45am came to with port anchor and 45 fathoms chain in 12 fathoms water.

[North] Saddle Island light bearing SSE¾E, distant 13 miles [distance from weather observations page].


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, misty greater part of watch.

Light airs from NNE, shifting last hour to NNW.

Barometer rising.

Flood tide, strength of current at 7.00am 2.3 knots.

At 7.40am called up anchor, got under way and set course W½N.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and damp, foggy latter half.

Gentle breeze, falling to light airs from NW.

Standing to Westward towards outer buoy, Commanding Officer conning the ship.

At 10.00am buoy abeam, about ¼ mile to Northward, and ran into thick fog.

Ran half speed until sound of foghorn on Tungsha lightship was heard at 10.42am, stopped and anchored in 5 fathoms, veered to 15 fathoms on port chain, and secured.

Lightship bearing about NNW.

Current setting to West by North.

Draft of ship 11 feet 10 inches forward and 16 feet aft.

At 9.30am went to quarters, had routine exercises and divisional drills.

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

Ensign R.R. Belknap made the weekly inspection required by regulations.

At 11.30am hauled fires in boiler A on account of a leaky tube.

Set clock back 16 minutes.

At 9.30am passed a German steamer at anchor flying P.T., made S.D.P., to which she answered V.K.B.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and foggy.

Light WNW breeze.

Instructed part of the 3rd Division in signals.


4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and foggy, clearing towards latter part of watch.

Light breeze from WNW, hauling to East and increasing to gentle breeze.

Slack high water at 4.15pm.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters.

At 4.35pm hove up anchor, got under way and stood up the river, passing Tungsha lightship close abeam at 5.05pm, and a Russian gunboat at anchor nearby.

At 5.25pm came to with port anchor, veering to 17 fathoms port chain.

Tungsha lightship bearing SE¼S, distant 3 miles from anchorage.

At 6.20pm made signal for a pilot, two pilot boats answered with flash lights.


6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, with light drizzling rain.

Gentle to light breeze from East.

At 7.05pm, there being two pilot boats in sight, burned a blue light as a signal for a pilot.

Received no answer.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, drizzling rain.

Gentle NE breeze.

Barometer rising.

Vessel swung to the flood at 11.00pm.

Moon rose about 9.30pm.


North Saddle Island is also known as Huaniao Shan.

Tungsha is also known as Tongsha.


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7 December 1895

Making passage from Chemulpho, Korea, to Shanghai, China

Lat 31.42, Long 121.55 [Estimated position]


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy to fair, damp, moonlight.

Light breezes and airs from NE.

Flood tide.


4am to 8am:

Clearing weather, mild.

Gentle breeze from Northward and Eastward

A pilot came on board at 7.40am.

Began heaving in chain at 7.55am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle breeze from NNE to NE.

At 8.00am hove up anchor and stood up the Yangtze River [Yangtse River in log-book] under conn of pilot.

Passed Kiutoan lightship at 10.00am and anchored off Woosung at 11.50am in 7 fathoms, veering to 23 fathoms port chain.

A Russian gunvessel followed this ship up the river and anchored off Woosung at noon.

Average steam 108 pounds, average revolutions 88.5.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, mild and pleasant.

Light breeze from East and ENE.

Flood tide.

At 1.00pm hove up port anchor and steamed up Woosung River, pilot conning.

At 2.20pm slowed, stopped and picked up Harbor Master.

At 2.30pm let go port anchor, swinging to flood, hove up port anchor and moored ship abreast of [Boyd's] New Dock.

Starboard anchor and 45 fathoms chain down stream, port anchor and 30 fathoms chain up stream.

Hoisted distinguishing pennant at 2.00pm, no reply.

Draft of ship forward 11 feet 10 inches, aft 15 feet 9 inches.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light ENE breeze.

Ship riding to flood tide until 7.00pm, when swung to ebb.

Hawse clear at end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool.

Light breeze from ENE.

Ebb tide, clear hawse.


Woosung is also known as Wusong.

Woosung River is also known as Suzhou Creek.


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8 December 1895

At anchor off Boyd's New Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Cloudy, cool, obscured moonlight.

Light airs from ENE and North.

Vessel swung to the flood at 3.00am, clear hawse.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, misty, fine drizzling rain.

Light breeze from SW, hauling to WNW.

At 6.05am commenced swinging to ebb tide, clear hawse.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, raining and misty.

Light to moderate breeze from WNW to NW, with fresh squalls during last half of watch.

Ebb tide, clear hawse.

Received a visit from Commanding Officer [of] U.S.S. "Petrel".


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, passing rain.

Moderate to stiff Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Vessel swung to the flood at 2.30pm, clear hawse.

Received mail from United States.

Russian gunboat came in and steamed up the river.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and stormy, raining at intervals.

Moderate to fresh wind from North.

Riding to flood tide, strength at 4.30pm 2.8 knots.

Swinging to wind at end of watch, clear hawse.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, squally weather.

Moderate Northerly breeze, with fresh puffs from same direction.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the ebb at 9.30pm, clear hawse.


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9 December 1895

At anchor off Boyd's New Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, squally.

Gentle to fresh breezes in squalls from North.

Slack water at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cold and squally, snowing last half of watch.

Wind North, hauling last half to NNW, and gentle to stiff in force.

Flood tide, ship riding between wind and tide, clear hawse.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 104 pounds fresh bread; and 130 pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Overcast and cold, squally.

Gentle NNW breeze, increasing in force to stiff breeze in squalls.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised as per routine, omitting aiming and sighting practice.

Received boarding call from H.M.S. "Spartan".

Commander left the ship to pay official visits.

Swung to the ebb about 9.30am, clear hawse, strength of current at 12.00pm 1.2 knots.

Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm, U.S. Navy, was senior member, met for survey of articles in Equipment Department of this vessel.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from NNW.

Swinging to flood at end of watch.

Enlisted Ah Hee for three years as Mess Attendant.

Received from U.S.S. "Petrel" W. Owen, Coal Passer, and P. Shulz, Coal Passer, they having been transferred to this vessel from U.S.S. "Baltimore".


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, squally.

Moderate to fresh NNW breeze.

Barometer rising.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters, exercised at setting up.

Flood tide, vessel riding between wind and tide, strength of current at 6.30pm 1.9 knots.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to clear, cold.

Stiff breeze from NW.

Swung to ebb first hour.


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10 December 1895

At anchor off Boyd's New Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle NW breeze, with fresh squall at frequent intervals.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light to moderate NW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Tide turned flood about 5.00am, ship riding between wind and tide.

At 5.00am unmoored ship and made preparations for docking.

At 7.15am called up anchor, got under way and steamed into dry dock.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW.

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

Began pumping out dock at 10.00am.

Docked ship.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate NW breeze.

Dockyard workmen engaged in scraping bottom.

The Permanent Board for Hull Inspection making examination of the condition of the bottom plating.

Received in Construction Department: 28 feet one-inch white pine.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW.

At 4.30pm mustered at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Dockyard workmen stopped at 5.00pm, and began again at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Moderate NW breeze, decreasing slightly in force last hour.

Dock workmen continued cleaning ship's bottom till 11.30pm.


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11 December 1895

In Boyd's New Dry Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.245, Long 121.497


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate NW breeze.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from NW.

At 7.00am dockyard workmen turned to cleaning ship's bottom.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts for issue to crew: 132½ pounds each fresh beef [and] vegetable; and 106 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle NW breeze.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up and divisional exercises.

By order of the Commanding Officer, P. Hansen, Water Tender, was placed in double irons under sentry's charge, to await trial by a Summary Court Martial for resisting arrest.

Dock workmen finished cleaning bottom and began painting.

The French gunboat "Inconstant" passed up the river.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle NW breeze.

Dock workmen engaged in painting ship's bottom.

Finished overhauling all underwater valves.

Received in Construction Department: 2 dozen paint brushes; and 10 gallons Rahtjens' paint.

And in Paymaster's Department: 200 pounds soap; and 20 pounds tea.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WNW.

Received in Construction Department: 50 pounds Scotch cement.

Delivered a copy of the specifications preferred against him to P. Hansen, Water Tender.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up exercises.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from WNW to NW.


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12 December 1895

In Boyd's New Dock, Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from West.

Moon rose at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Light Westerly breeze.

Water was started into the dock at 7.30am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from West by South, hauling to West by North last hour.

At 9.35am commenced hauling out of dry dock.

Steamed up the river under conn of harbor master, and moored at 11.00am opposite the French Settlement in 4¾ fathoms water, with 30 fathoms on each chain, starboard anchor down stream.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

Received visits from Russian boarding officer and from the Commanding Officer of the German gunboat "Cormoran".


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Blowing fresh in squalls from West.

Riding to ebb tide.

Transported sheet anchor to port bow and bent remaining 75 fathoms of port chain to same.

Received a visit from the United States Consul General.

On his departure saluted him with nine guns, United States ensign at fore.

Albert Beck, First-class Fireman, is rated Acting Yeoman from this date.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 9 2-pound 6-pounder saluting charges; and nine percussion primers.

Received in Construction Department: 1 dozen paint brushes.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate Westerly breeze, with occasional fresh squalls.

Mustered at quarters at 4.30pm and exercised at setting up.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Slack water low at 8.15pm.


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13 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle NW breeze.

Slight rise in barometer.

Swung to the ebb about 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate NW breeze.

Received two lighters of coal alongside at 7.15am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew: 132½ pounds each fresh vegetables and meat; and 106 pounds fresh bread.

Hoisted guard flag at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to stiff breeze from NW.

Slack water low at 8.15am, strength of flood tide at 11.00am 2.2 knots.

Commenced coaling at 8.30am, and at end of watch had received about 92 tons.

Received a visit from the Commander of His Imperial Russian Majesty's Ship "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiatzki" in log-book].

Made signal to U.S.S. "Petrel" as follows, namely: 9.35am 5694; and at 11.00am interrogatory 3373, telegraphic 0094, general 3369.

At 9.45am a Summary Court Martial met on board for the trial of P. Hansen, Water Tender, and adjourned at 11.40am to await the action of the convening authority.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Stiff NW breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

Swung to the ebb at 3.30pm.

Engaged coaling ship, native labor, received in all about 151 tons.

C. Ambler, Bugler, and G.S. Jones, Ordinary Seaman, were brought on board by consular police.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Ebb tide.

Stopped coaling for the day at 5.30pm, having received 182 tons.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold first part, partly cloudy last part of watch.

Moderate NW breeze.

Slight fall in barometer.

Swung to the flood at 9.30pm.


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14 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Moderate breeze from NW.

Slack water at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and cold.

Gentle breeze from NW.

Ebb tide.

Commenced coaling at 7.40am.


8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, cold.

Gentle and light NW breeze.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am mustered at quarters, L.A. Lamar, Apprentice Second-class, absent without leave.

Captain of French gunboat "Comète" called officially.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant O.E. Lasher, U.S. Navy, was senior member, reported on board for survey of articles in Equipment Department of this vessel.

Swung to the flood about 10.00am.

Coaling ship, native labor, received on board in all about 291 tons.


Meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cool.

Light to gentle breezes from NW and North.

Swung to ebb about 3.00pm.

Coaling ship, received during watch 50 tons.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cold.

Light Northerly breeze.

Barometer rising.

Finished coaling, having taken on board 344 50/100 tons.

Cleaned ship.

Vessel riding to the ebb.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from North.

Slack water at 10.00pm.


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15 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NNW.

Ebb tide made at 2.25am.


4am to 8am:

Clear overhead, cold, foggy over water.

Light airs from NNW and NW.

Barometer rising.

Vessel riding to the ebb.

Received for use of crew: 132½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 106 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Fair, hazy.

Calms and light Southerly airs.

Slack water ebb at 9.30am.

At 10.00am mustered at quarters, no absentees.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Light variable airs.

Ebb tide made at 3.15pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool.

Calms and light variable airs.

Ebb tide.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, cool.

Light airs from SSW.

Low water slack at 10.30pm.


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16 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast and cloudy.

Calms, followed by light Westerly airs last part.

Slack high water at 3.00am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast and hazy.

Light breezes and airs from West and WSW.

Ebb tide.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle, increasing to moderate and fresh breezes from WNW and NW.

Engaged in preparing ship for painting.

Low water slack at 10.30am.

Received in Construction Department: 12½ feet pine plank; 224 pounds white lead; 6 gallons Japan drier.

Absent over leave: T. Jones, Water Tender.

The Commanding Officer reduced C. Ambler, Bugler, and G.S. Jones, Ordinary Seaman, to 4th conduct class, for disorderly conduct on shore.

The Commanding Officer of the French cruiser "Inconstant" paid an official visit to the Commander.

At 9.30am U.S.S. "Petrel" made sick report numeral 2.

Ship's draft forward 13 feet 3 inches, aft 16 feet 9 inches.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Stiff NW breeze.

Crew engaged in scrubbing paintwork inside and out, preparatory to painting.

Received a mail from the United States.


4pm to 8pm:

Hazy, cool.

Gentle Westerly breezes, falling light.

Called all hands for publishing the sentence in the Summary Court Martial case of P. Hansen, Water Tender, namely: solitary confinement in double irons on bread and water for fifteen days, with a full ration every fifth day, and loss of one month's pay, amounting to forty dollars; modified by the Commanding Officer to allow one hour daily for exercise.

Ebb tide made at 4.40pm.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, misty, damp and cold.

Light WSW breeze.

Slack low water at 11.15pm.


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17 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from West.

Slack water high at 4.00am.


4am to 8am:

Hazy and cold.

Gentle, decreasing breeze from WNW.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds fresh bread; and 132½ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.

Ebb tide at 5.00am.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to moderate WNW breeze.

Swung to flood at 11.30am.

Crew engaged in painting ship.

Received visits from Commanding Officers of French gunboat "Comète" and H.M.S. "Spartan".

A boarding officer from the Russian gunboat "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiatsky" in log-book] came on board to request that we follow the Russian vessels in dressing ship tomorrow at noon and firing a national salute in honor of the Czar's name day.

Received a visit from His British Majesty's Consul General, and upon his departure fired a salute of nine guns, British ensign at the fore.

Expended in Ordnance Department: nine 6-pounder saluting charges; and 9 percussion primers.

Received in Equipment Department: 500 pounds blacksmith's coal.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Moderate to gentle breeze from NW.

Riding to flood tide, strength of flood at 1.30pm 2.5 knots.

Painting ship.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light NW breeze.

Swung to ebb at five [o'clock].

Painting ship.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light to gentle breeze from NW.

Ebb tide.


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18 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light NW breeze.

Barometer steady.

Swung to the flood at 12.15am.

T. Jones, Water Tender, returned on board 38 hours over liberty.


4am to 8am:

Clear, cold, misty.

Light Westerly breeze.

Slack high water at 4.30am.

At 6.50am U.S.S. "Petrel" made signal general interrogatory 6144, answered affirmatively.

Received in Equipment Department: 40 yards cotton canvas, number 5.


8am to meridian:

Clear and cold.

Light breeze from West by South.

Ebb tide.

Commanding Officer returned the calls of the Commanding Officers of the French gunboat "Inconstant" and "Comète", and called upon the Senior Russian Naval Officer to offer the compliments of the day (Czar of Russia's name day).

Mustered at quarters at 9.30am.

The following named men were absent without leave, namely: T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, and A. Hansen, Oiler.

Crew engaged in painting ship.

A Board of Survey, of which Lieutenant H.F. Fickbohm was senior member, visited Boyd's shipyard to survey the steam launch of this vessel.

At noon dressed ship, Russian ensign at the main, and fired a salute of 21 guns.

Expended in Ordnance Department: 21 6-pounder saluting charges; and 22 percussion primers.

Slack water low at end of watch.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light and gentle Westerly breeze.

Falling barometer.

Vessel riding to the flood.

Strength of current at 2.00pm 3 knots.

Russian Senior Officer's ship fired salute of 11 guns, French ensign at fore, and one of 7 guns, Russian ensign at fore.

Russian officer called to return thanks for having dressed ship.

Engaged painting ship.

A. Garren, Coxswain, was disrated to Seaman from this date, for leaving ship without permission, by order of Commanding Officer.

Received on board in Paymaster's Department: 29,000 Mexican dollars.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light Westerly airs and calms.

Slack water high at 6.15pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from SE.

Slight fall in barometer.

Riding to the ebb, strength of current at 9.30pm 2.1 knots.


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19 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Light airs from SE.

Swung to flood second hour.


4am to 8am:

Weather cold and misty, clear sky.

Light airs from SE and South.

Slack water high at 4.50am.

Received in Paymaster's Department: 106 pounds fresh bread; and 132½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables.

Received in Construction Department: 200 pounds red lead.


8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, misty over water.

Light breeze from SSE, shifting to South.

Barometer falling.

T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, H. Hellings, Coal Passer, and A. Hansen, Oiler, absent without leave.

Engaged painting ship.

Received in Construction Department: 112 pounds white lead.

Riding to the ebb, strength of current at 10.00am 2 knots.

Reward of 19 yen each sent ashore for the apprehension on board of T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from South.

Swung to flood first hour.

Russian cruiser went out.

Engaged painting ship.

Enlisted for three years as Steerage Cook: Hiraki Yamauchi.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, misty over water.

Light Southerly breeze.

Barometer steady.

Swung to the ebb at 6.45pm.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 7 packages of stationery.


8pm to midnight:

Fair, then overcast.

Calms and light airs from SSE.

Ebb tide.


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20 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Calm, then light Westerly airs.

Flood made at 1.30am.


4am to 8am:

Overcast, cool, very light rain last part of watch.

Light airs from Westward.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the ebb at 6.10am.


8am to meridian:

Overcast until end of watch, when partly clearing.

Light airs and breezes from West.

Ebb tide.

Sent a reward of 19.00 (Mexican [dollars]) for the return on board of A. Hansen, Oiler.

Received from Navy Department permanent appointments as follows: J.H. Costain, Chief Machinist; S. Baker, Ship's Writer Second-class; L.H. Dyer, Yeoman; T. Kennedy, Oiler; A. Hansen, Oiler; R. Spindler, Gunner's Mate Second-class; W.W. Barnes, Gunner's Mate Second-class; and P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Light NW breeze.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs to gentle breezes from NW and North.

Swung to ebb third hour.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle Northerly breeze.

A. Hansen, Oiler, and H. Hellings, Coal Passer, returned on board 60½ and 84½ hours over time respectively.


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21 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


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Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cool.

Gentle to light breeze from North to NW.

Swung to flood at 2.00am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant.

Light breeze from NW.

Swinging to [e]bb at 6.30am.

T. Furlong, Second-class Fireman, returned on board 96 hours over time.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds bread; and 132½ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant and mild.

Light NE breeze.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant, with light NE breeze.

Swung to flood at [?].

Received on board stores in Construction, Equipment and Ordnance Departments as per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light airs from NE.

Mustered at quarters, absent J. McCudden, Landsman, over leave.


8pm to midnight:

Clear, cool, calm.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Received on board stores in the following departments:

Equipment: 50 pounds American oakum; 3 dozen sail needles, number 16; 3 sail needles, number 15; 4 dozen coir brooms and handles; 100 pounds charcoal; 50 pounds pitch; 6 packages small matches.

Equipment (Exempt): 6 files, 16 inches; 6 files, 14 inches; 6 files, assorted, 4 to 6 inches; 5 pounds solder.

Ordnance: 150 pounds manila rope, 2½ inches; 75 pounds manila rope,15-thread; 14 pounds houseline [housline in log-book]; 20 pounds wire nails, 3 and 4 inches; 10 gallons turpentine; 5 gallons pale boiled oil; 100 pounds white lead; 50 pounds brown paint; 25 pounds tallow; 25 pounds Vaseline; 108 feet Oregon pine wood, 3 inches x 1½ inches; 6 small files, 3 to 5 inches; 50 pounds cotton waste.

Construction: 2 pounds copper burrs; 20 pounds bolts and nuts, ⅝ inch x 2½ inches; 6 whitewash brushes; 1 pair door butt hinges, 3½ inches x 2½ inches, brass; 3 brass padlocks; 6 gross brass screws, assorted, 1 inch to 2 inches; 5 pounds copper nails, assorted, ½ inch; 35 pounds round iron, ⅞ inch; 16 pounds round iron, 1 inch; 25 pounds flat iron, 1 inch x 2 inches; 56 pounds potash; 100 pounds putty; 264 pounds white lead; 600 pounds white zinc; 30 gallons turpentine; 5 gallons damar varnish; 10 gallons spar varnish; 10 pounds chrome yellow; 20 pounds lamp black in oil; 20 pounds Venetian red in oil.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Construction Department, continued:

~50 pounds Venetian red (dry), ~5 pounds bronze powder; ~0 gallons alcohol; ~00 pounds shellac gum; ~2 brass nipples, 1 inch; ~6 brass unions, 1 inch; ~2 ash oars, 12 feet each; ~3 ash oars, 16 feet each; ~ blacksmith sledge with handle, 12 pounds; ~ sheets sand paper, assorted; ~ sheets emery cloth; ~ hacksaw blades, 12 inches; ~ saw files, 5 inches and 6 inches; ~ spitkids, 14-inch base; ~ feet white pine, 1 inch x 12 inches; ~ feet teak, 3 inches x 4½ inches; ~ feet brass pipe, 1 inch, 16 pounds.


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22 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from North first part, calm last part.

Slack water low at 2.30am.


4am to 8am:

Hazy and cold.

Light airs from ENE.


8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant.

Light airs from ENE to NE.

Ebb tide.

Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew mustered at quarters at 10.00 o'clock.

Absentee: J. McCudden, Landsman.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool.

Light to gentle breeze from NE.

Slack water low at 1.30pm, finished swinging to flood at 2.20pm.

Japanese mail steamer arrived at 3.45pm.

Received for Construction Department: 7½ pounds sheet copper; and 6 spitkids.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Gentle to light Northeasterly breeze.

Slack high water at 7.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light airs and breezes from NE.

Riding to ebb tide.

Moon set at 10.30pm.


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23 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and cold.

Light airs from NE.

Barometer rising.

Swung to the flood at 3.15am.


4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant, misty.

Light Northeasterly airs and calms.

Slack high water at 7.00am, finished swinging to ebb at 7.50am.

Received in Paymaster's Department for issue to crew the following fresh provisions, namely: 106 pounds bread; 132½ pounds each fresh meat and vegetables.


8am to meridian:

Clear, cool and pleasant.

Light airs and breezes from ESE to SSE.

Riding to ebb tide.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up and divisional drills.

Received on board stores as follows, in Equipment Department: 50 gallons oil; 25 pounds insect powder; 5 pounds beeswax; 12 fire grenades.

In Equipment (Exempt) Department: 60 sheets sand paper; and 1¾ pounds insulating tape.

In Ordnance Department: 6 paint brushes; 20 yards ravens duck; 20 gallons oil; 10 pounds lye; 200 sheets emery cloth.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear, cool, and pleasant.

Light to gentle Easterly breeze, shifting to ESE.

Barometer falling.

Swung to the flood at 3.15pm.

Received on board stores in Department of Steam Engineering as per list appended [below].


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Light breezes and airs from ESE first half, calm last half.

Slack water high at end of watch.

Mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill at 4.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold, bright moonlight.

Calm first hour, light Easterly airs remainder of watch.

Swung to the ebb at 8.30pm.


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Meridian to 4pm:

The following stores received on board in Department of Steam Engineering: 18 corn brooms; 6 wire scrubbing brushes; 12 paint brushes, large; 6 sash tool brushes; 1 barrel Portland cement; 8 metal water buckets; 2 porcelain lined buckets; 6 squirt cans; 1 pound copper tacks; 1 pound iron tacks; 10 brass hand lamps; 1 side lacing leather; 280 gallons lubricating oil; 1000 pounds red lead; 20 pounds blue paint; 50 pounds polishing paste; 150 pounds brown zinc; 25 pounds concentrated lye; 50 pounds tallow; 5 gallons Japan dryers; 35 gallons turpentine; 20 pounds dry vermilion; 18 smooth bastard files, 6 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches; 1 quart muriatic acid; 8 pounds lamp black; 50 gallons burning oil; 30 pounds beeswax; 100 pounds white zinc; 2 reams emery cloth, assorted numbers; 4 quires sand paper; 2 wire cutters; 2 hand shears; 12 hacksaw blades, 12 inches; 400 pounds cotton waste; 6 files, smooth, flat, 6 inches; 4 files, smooth, flat, 8 inches; 6 files, smooth, flat, 10 inches; 6 square bastard files, 6 inches; 6 square bastard files, 10 inches; 18 rat tail files, 6 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches; 18 half-round files, 6 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches; 18 2nd cut flat files, 6 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches; 12 lathe miller's files, 12 inches, 6 saw (3-corner) files, 6 inches; 9 2nd cut round bastard files, 6 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches.


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24 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.233, Long 121.494


Commences and until 4am:

Clear and pleasant.

Calm and light airs from SSE and ESE.

Ebb tide.


4am to 8am:

Weather cold, clear first part, cloudy last part.

Light airs from SE.

Slack water low at 4.25am and slack water high at 8.00am.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy, misty, cool.

Light airs from South.

Barometer falling.

At 9.30am inspected at quarters, exercised at setting up, pointing drill and at divisional drills.

U.S.S. "Petrel" made sick report numeral 2.

Received in Equipment [Department]: 2 wire cutters; 2 metal water buckets; 54 pounds hemp packing; and 2 dozen squilgees.

And in Construction [Department]: 6 6-inch blocks.

Swung to the ebb at 8.30am.

P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate, absent without leave.


Meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy at times, clearing.

Light breeze from South and SSE.

Russian cruiser "Gremyashchiy" ["Gremiastchy" in log-book] went out.

At 2.15pm lighted fires in B and C boilers.

Began swinging to flood at 3.15pm.

Sent a reward ashore of $19.00 (Mexican) for P.E. Radcliffe, Chief Gunner's Mate, a straggler.

At end of watch unmooring ship.

Received in Equipment Department: 1 dozen globes for hand lanterns.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, misty.

Light airs from SSE.

Barometer steady.

Unmoored ship and at 5.30pm got under way, steamed down the river and moored to P&O buoy off British concession.

Evening quarters omitted on account of ship's work.

Vessel riding to the flood at end of watch.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast and misty.

Calm.

Slack water at 9.00pm.


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25 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.238, Long 121.492


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, foggy, calm.


4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool, dense fog.

Calm and light airs from NW.

Barometer steady.

Swung to the flood at 5.30am.

Received for use of crew: 132½ pounds each fresh beef and vegetables; and 106 pounds fresh bread.


8am to meridian:

Overcast, thick fog first part, lightening up latter part.

Light airs from North and NW.

Swung to ebb third hour.


Meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, foggy first half.

Light airs from NW.

Low water slack at 3.30pm.


4pm to 8pm:

Overcast.

Light breeze and airs from NW.

Flood tide.


8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and damp.

Light NW breeze.

High water slack at 9.30pm.


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26 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.238, Long 121.492


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Commences and until 4am:

Clear, cool, calm.


4am to 8am:

Damp, foggy weather, partly clear overhead.

Calms and light airs from [Ea]st.

J. Rennie, Private Marine, returned on board 24 hours over time.


8am to meridian:

Foggy and calm first hour, then clearing weather, with light Southeasterly [f]ailing breeze.

Inspected at quarters and had setting up exercise.

Absentees: C. Nyman, Seaman, J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, P. Hennessey, Coal Passer, G. Shilling, Master-at-Arms Third-class, and P. Anthony, Private Marine.

G. Shilling returned on board 26¼ hours over [t]ime.

W. Montgomery, Landsman, was brought on board from the [Compagnie des] Messageries Maritimes [s]teamer "Oxus", having been taken on board that ship in a half-dressed state [f]rom the water the night before.

By order of the Commanding Officer he [w]as awarded 10 nights in double irons, for leaving the ship without permission.

[W]ent to general quarters in 2½ minutes, secured in 5½ minutes.

Tested magazine, [s]hell room and ammunition room flood cocks, and found them in good order.

U.S.S. "Petrel" made sick report numeral 2.

Swung to ebb at 10.30am.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant.

Light Southeasterly breeze.

Received stores in [O]rdnance, Construction, Engineer's and Paymaster's Departments as per list appended [below].

The French gunboat "Comète" got under way and left the harbor.


4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and hazy.

Light airs from SE or calm, then light airs and [b]reezes from West.

A party of men went to attend an entertainment given them on shore by the seamen's mission.

J. Sinclair, Boatswain's Mate Second-class, returned on board 33¾ hours over time.

At 7.00pm confined William Montgomery, Landsman, in double irons, in accordance with the punishment awarded in the forenoon.

Enlisted for [t]hree years: Ah Yung, Mess Attendant.

The French gunboat "Inconstant" went down the river.

Began swinging to flood at 5.30pm.


8pm to midnight:

Overcast, misty and cool.

Light airs from NW, increasing last part [to] gentle breeze.

Swung to ebb at 11.00pm.


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Meridian to 4pm:

Received stores in the different departments.

Paymaster's Department: 350 pounds corn beef; 1300 pounds oatmeal; 2600 pounds salt pork; 163 gallons beans; 80 gallons peas; 1400 pounds salt beef; 700 pounds rice; 250 pounds dried fruits; 500 pounds butter; 452 pounds tomatoes; 4000 pounds canned pie-meat; 1000 pounds coffee; 150 pounds tea; 3000 pounds sugar; 650 pounds pickles; 80 gallons molasses; 80 pounds vinegar; 1000 pounds canned vegetables; 5000 pounds wheat flour.

Construction [Department]: 156 feet ash, 12 inches x ¾ inch; 167 feet white pine, 12 inches x 1 inch; 100 feet teak, 12 inches x 1 inch; 50 feet ash, 12 inches x 1½ inches; 100 feet dressed yellow pine, 1¾ inches x 4 inches; 30 feet teak 1½ inches x 12 inches.

Ordnance [Department]: 100 pounds polishing paste.

Engineering [Department]: 25 pounds polishing paste.


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27 December 1895

At anchor Shanghai, China

Lat 31.238, Long 121.492


Commences and until 4am:

Overcast, misty.

Moderate NW breeze first half, stiff squalls from same direction last half of watch.

Barometer rising.

Ebb tide.

About 3.20am noticed reflection of a fire on shore, apparently in American concession.


4am to 8am:

Hazy, pleasant and cool.

Moderate breeze from WNW, decreasing to gentle.

Began swinging to flood at 6.05am.

Received in Department of Supplies and Accounts: 106 pounds fresh bread; and 132½ pounds each of fresh meat and vegetables.

At 5.00am released William Montgomery, Landsman, in accordance to the terms of his punishment.


8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool, with gentle breeze from WNW first hour, hauling to NW by North with moderate to stiff squalls from same direction.

Mustered at quarters and had setting up drill, followed by infantry.

Absentees: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, C. Nyman [Nynman in log-book], Seaman, P. Hennessey, Coal Passer, P. Anthony, Private Marine, H. Kerr, Ordinary Seaman, J.T. Roadhouse, Coal Passer, W. Sharp, Private Marine, and J. Rooney, Oiler.

Received in Ordnance Department: 2 gallons sperm oil.

Ensign Knepper made the weekly inspection of holds and storerooms, and the Executive Officer the monthly inspection of the same.


Meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to stiff NW breeze.

Barometer rising.

Ebb tide.

Vessel riding between wind and tide.

J.T. Roadhouse, Coal Passer, C. Nyman [Nynman in log-book], Seaman, and P. Hennessey, Coal Passer, returned on board, having been absent without leave.

Broke out and restowed booms.


4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold.

Gentle to light breeze from NNW.

Mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.

Absentees: A.G.L. Maggi, Coal Passer, W. Clark, Second-class Fireman, P. Anthony, Private Marine, H. Kerr, Ordinary Seaman, W. Sharp, Private Marine, and J. Rooney, Oiler.

By order of Commanding Officer J.L. King, Seaman, was placed in double irons for safe keeping, for fighting, resisting arrest, and using abusive language toward the Master-at-Arms.

J. Rooney, Oiler, returned on board tight and twenty hours over time.

At 7.00pm placed W. Montgomery, Landsman, in double irons, in accordance with the terms of his punishment.

Swung to flood at 7.00pm.


8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold.

Light NNW breeze.

Slight rise in Barometer.

Flood tide.

Placed J. Weir, Seaman, under charge of sentry for safe keeping.


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