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USS RODGERS - June to October 1881, Alaskan waters

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USS Rodgers as whaler Mary & Helen (Freshwater and Marine Image Bank,

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(three generations of John Rodgers, 1772 to 1926, served in the Navy with distinction)

 

Type and Characteristics - Originally steam whaler Mary and Helen, built for Arctic navigation by Goss, Sawyer & Packard of Bath, ME, launched 17 July 1879, 420 tons, 138ft long x 30ft beam x 16ft 8in depth of hold, 6-8kts, 35 crew. She was the first steam whaler built for American registry. Acquired by the Navy at San Francisco, renamed Rodgers, commissioned 30 May 1881, crewed by Navy volunteers and commanded by Lt Robert M. Berry.

 

Log Period and Areas of Service - 1881, Search for USS Jeanette (above) and DeLong's Arctic Exploring Expedition, Alaskan and Siberian waters. Also for two missing whalers.

 

Summary of Service, 1881

Early July 1881 - Arrived Petropavlosk, Kamchatka Peninsula, Siberia. Continued north to St Lawrence Bay, Siberian side of Bering Straits.

 

20 August 1881 - Entered Arctic Ocean. Arrived Herald Island to find USRC Corwin had already searched the island for USS Jeanette. Then headed for Wrangell Land.

 

13 August 1881 - Departed Wrangell, having discovered it was an island and not part of the polar land mass, searched north and west, but stopped by pack ice on 27th. Turned south to winter.

 

Early October 1881 - Left party under Master C F Putman on Tiapka Island off Cape Serdze (100 miles from St Lawrence Bay) with supplies for a year, and with boats, sleds and dogs to search to the west for the Jeanette and the missing whalers.

 

8 October 1881 - Steamed for St Lawrence Bay, but bad weather prevented most of her supplies being transferred ashore.

 

30 November 1881 - Fire broke out and ship lost next day. The crew sheltered on shore, divided into four parties, and wintered in the village of Noomamoo and three others nearby. Master Putman had learnt of the disaster and carried relief supplies to the survivors. On returning to his camp, he lost his way and drifted out to sea on an icefloe. He was never found.

 

8 February 1882 - Lt Berry set out to search along the Siberian coast for the crew of USS Jeannette.

 

24 March 1882 - Reached Russian post of Nishne to learn that some of the crew had landed at the mouth of the Lena River the previous September. Berry returned home. The rest of his surviving crew left St Lawrence Bay in May.

Fate - Fire broke out in packed hold an 30 November 1881 in St Lawrence Bay, stores were removed during the day but ship had to be abandoned at midnight. She drifted up the Bay on fire, and early on the 31st, the magazine exploded.

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USS Rodgers as steam whaling bark Mary & Helen (Original by C S Raleigh)


 

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COVER PAGES AND OFFICER/CREW LISTS

 

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Position: san francisco

List of Officers attached to and on board the USS Rodgers

LIST OF OFFICERS

R. M. Berry, Lieut - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

H. S. Waring, Master - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

C. F. Putnam, Master - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

H. J. Hunt, Ensign - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

G. M. Storey, Ensign - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

M. D. Jones, P. Asst. Surg. -

A. V. Zane, P. Asst. Eng. - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

J. D. Costello, Asst. Surg. - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

W'm Gilder, Pay Clerk - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

RM Berry Lieut, HS Waring Master, CF Putnam Master, HJ Hunt Ensign, TM Stoney Ensign, MW Jones P Asst Surg, AV Zane P Asst Eng, JW Castello Asst Surg, Wm Gilders Pay Clerk, H De Tracey Acting Carp - List of officers

H. D~ Tracey, Acting Carp. - LIST OF OFFICERS at the time of leaving the anchorage

RM Berry, HS Harrig, CJ Putnam, HJ Hunt, JM Sliney, MN Jones, AV Zane, JW Castilli, Linder, HW Traecy - List of Officers

 

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List of officers who have died, been detached or transferred on board the USS Rodgers commanded by Lieut RM Berry USN during a cruise for the search of the Jeanette from June 16th 1881 to end of cruise Nov 30th

List of Officers who died commanded by Lieut. R.M. Berry, USN during a cruise for the search of the Jeaneth Station from June 15, 18, to end of cruise Nov. 30th, 1881.

Cha's Putnam, Master - Lost by drifting to sea on floe of ice out of St Lawrence bay Siberia Jan 11'th 1882

Chas F Putnam Master - Lost be drifting to sea on floe of ice out of St Lawrencew Bay Siberia Jan 11th 1882

Chals F Putnam, Master - Lost by drifting to sea on floe of ice out of St. Laurence Bay Siberia Jan 11th, 1882

Lost crewman F Putnam by drifting on floe of ice on Jan 11 1882

 

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COMPLEMENT of Petty Officers, Seamen, Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, Boys, and Marines on board of the USS Rodgers at first commissioning May 30'th 1881

Master at Arms 1 / Machinists 3 / Pay. Yeoman 1 / Blacksmith 1 / Capts of Forecastle 2 / Capts of Tops 4 / Quarter Masters 4 / Carpenter's Mate 1 / Ships Cook 1 / Cabin Steward 1 / Cabin Cook 1 / First Class Firemen 3 / Seamen 3

Master at arms 1, Machinists 3, Pay Yeoman 1, Blacksmith 1, Capts of Forcastle 2, Capts of tops 4, Quartermasters 4, Carpenter's Mate 1, Ship's Cook 1, Cabin Steward 1, Cabin Cook 1, First class Firemen 3, Seamen 3

 

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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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In the presence of the Captain of the yard Com'nd'g officer + crew broke the pennant + put the Ship into commission. H.S. Waring Master + Ex. off + Nav.

In the presence of the Capttain of the yard Commdg officer & comm books the fe~ & put the ship into commission. HS Warring Master USN & Ex. Off. & Nav.

In the presence of the Captain of this yard Com'nd'g officer and crew broke the foremast and put the ship into commission


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31 May 1881

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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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Receiving stores and provisions on board

Receiving provisions on board.

 

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JUNE 1881


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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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1 June 1881

Receiving stores on board - Constructors gang at work about ship

Receiving stores on board. Construction crew at work on ship.

Receiving stores on board - Construction gang at work about ship

 

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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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2 June 1881

Receiving stores and provisions on board

Receiving stores and provisions on board

 

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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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3 June 1881

Receiving stores on board

Receiving stores on board

HS Warring - Master USN (receiving goods)

 

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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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4 June 1881

Receiving stores provisions + coal on board

Receiving stores + coal on board. Signed HS Warring Master USN

 

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Position: mare island navy yard

 

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5 June 1881

Position: mare island navy yard wharf

Lying alongside Navy Yarf wharf

 

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Position: mare island navy yard cal

Down River

 

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6 June 1881

Position: san francisco

Commencing + until 4 a.m. Pleasant weather light airs from SSW

Midnight to 4am. Pleasant saltie light airs from SSW

At 7.40 began hauling out to buoy

4 to 8 a.m. Pleasant weather ~ fresh breeze from SSW

10 am Started ahead. Slipped from buoy under charge of pilot

10.10 am Started ahead Slipped from buoy under charge of pilot

at 9.30 am changed Pilot, slipped buoy.

US flag ship Pensicola - sighted

US Flag Ship Pensacola - Sighted

US Flag Ship Pensacola - 11.15 am Sighted US Flag Ship Pensacola, Made Ship Nr. Flag Ship returned her Nr.

US Flagship Pensacola - Made ship nr Falgship - returned her nr Standing down bay under pilot

Mrdn to 4 pm Clear and pleasant with fresh breeze from the SWxS.

Mrdn to 4 pm Under way standing down bay in charge of pilot. Set fore and aft sails when they would draw set all fore and aft sails. At 3.30 pm came to anchor off San Francisco

4 PM to 6 PM appearence of rain. Light airs from SWxS

6 PM to 8 PM Light airs from SWxS

8 PM to Midnight Raining and disagreeable. Light airs from the Sd

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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7 June 1881

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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8 June 1881

Received on board for transportation to Fort St Michals, Alaska:

8am to Midday. Rec'd on Board from transportation to Fort St Michals, Alaska, firs (5) five boxes from teh US signal corps office, and one box addressed to Petrip?an Lowski, Russia

Inspectation in Fort St Michals

other: 89 cases - Coaloil

midday-4pm. Recd on board2 cases of glassware + 2 barrels of glassware

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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9 June 1881

J Roach (sea) M Smith (sea) J Smith (1st cs) O Polter sen - absent without leave

Jo Roach (sea), Wm Smith (sea), J Smith (1st cs), O Polten? - absent without leave

J. Smith (1'st c.~.) - Commencing + until 4 a.m. The following men were absent without leave Viz:,

O. Polter sea - Commencing + until 4 a.m. The following men were absent without leave Viz:,

~ Roach (sea) - Commencing + until 4 a.m. The following men were absent without leave Viz:,

Wm Smith (sea) - Commencing + until 4 a.m. The following men were absent without leave Viz:,

O Polten - found

O. Polter - 8 am to mrdn returned aboard

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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9 June 1881

Duplicate page

J Roach (sea) M Smith (sea) J Smith (1st cs) O Polter sea - absent without leave

C. Roach (sea), Wm Smith (sea), J. Smith (~), O. Polter sea - Absent without leave

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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10 June 1881

W Roach (sea) J Smith (sea) Wm Smith (sea) - absent without leave

W. Rorch? (sea), J. Smith (seaa), Wm. Smith (sea) - absent without leave

No ice mentioned

Wm Smith (sea) - 8 am to mrdn The following men absent without leave Viz:,

W. Roach (sea) - 8 am to mrdn The following men absent without leave Viz:,

J Smith (sea) - 8 am to mrdn The following men absent without leave Viz:,

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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11 June 1881

(shown as  10 June 1881)

8 am to Mid: Found out tha tteh stores had come from New York USN in bad condition. Commanding Officer ordered a board of survey and ~~~ detailed report will be appended

8 to mrdn Found out that the stores had come from New York were in bad condition. Comdg officer ordered a board of survey and the detailed peport will be appended

Mid to 4pm: Rec'd on board 1 box containing clothes for officers. Also arrived boxes of sheep skin clothing

Mrdn to 4 pm Recd on board 1 box containing clothes for officers. Also several boxed of sheep skin clothing.

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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12 June 1881

Lieut. Robt. M. Berry - under the command of

 

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Position: san francisco cal

At anchor, San Francisco, Cal

 

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13 June 1881

Lieut. Robt. M. Berry - under the command of

Mrdn to 4 pm Great many ladies visited the ship

Pensacola - received men from

O. S. Peterson (sea) - Transferred from Pensacola

T. Londen (sea) - Transferred from Pensacola

OS Peterson (sea), J Sondrin (sea), Albert O'Leary (1st ct), Ensign HP Stuart - boarded

O. L. Peterson (sea), T. Londein? (sea), Albert O'Leary (1st cl) - transferred on board

Albert O'Leary (1st c.F.) - Transferred from Pensacola

Ensign H. J. Hunt - returned on board ship from duty at Navy Yard Mare Island Cal

Ensign H. J. Stant? - returned on board from duty at Navy Yard Mair Island Cal.

 

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Position: san francisco cal

coal: - -

 

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14 June 1881

Lieut. Robt. M. Berry - under command of

Noon:4pm. Master Wm F Halsey USN was sent to to hospital at Mare Island Crt. By order of Commanding Officer on ercommendation of medical jury.

Wm. F. Halsey, USN - transfered - on recomendation of medical ~

Wm F Halsey - to hospital

Master Wm F. Halsey, USN - Mrdn to 4 pm was sent to hospital at Mare Island Cal. By order of Comdg. officer on recommendation of Medical Survey.

 

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Position: san francisco cal

at anchor San Francisco

 

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15 June 1881

light variable airs from S and W. Misty around horizon.

H. I. Hunt - Ens.

 

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Position: san francisco cal

 

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16 June 1881

Position: point bonita light n by e 12 epc

Master CF Putnam USN - reporting for duty

C.F. Putunam - Master, USN, reported on board for duty

Master C. F. Putnam USN - 8 am to Merid reported on board for duty

sek. Master C. T. Putnam U.S.N - reported on board for duty

Master C. F. Pectesasm? USN - reported on board for duty.

sea Master C.F. Putuam USN - report on board for duty

8 am to Merid Many people visited ship

Hove up anchor and stood out of harbor

At 3.00 PM called "All hands up anchor". Hove up anchor and stood out of harbor. in charge of pilot, accompanied by several steamers. Great many people were on the dock to witness our departure. We were cheered by all. Made all preparations for sea. Secured every thing, boats etc.

departure from San-Francisco

MId to 4pm Hove up anchor and stood out o fharbour, in charge o fpilkot, accompanied by several steamers. Great may people were on the dock towtiness our departure. We were cheered by all.

M?id to 4 pm. Still breeze from the WSW. At 3.00 PM called "All hands up Anchor". Horn up anchor and stood out of harbor, in charge of pilot accompanied by several steamers. Great many people were on the dock to witness our departure. We were cheered by all. Made all preparations for sea. Secured every thing, boats etc. Steamer left for the city. Draught of ship Forward 14 ft 10in. Aft 17 ft 9 in. Ensign

4 to 8 PM In charge of pilot, standing out of harbor. At 7.30 Pilot left ship. Changed course and made all plain sail to Top Gallant sails. close hauled on Starboard tack.

At 7/30 pm Pilot left ship

4 to 8 pm Moderate breeze from WSW. Clear and pleasant. ? charge of pilot, standing out of harbour. At 7.30 pilotleft ship. Changed course and made all plain sail to Top. Gallant sails. close ? on Starboard ? Ensign

At 9.30 stopped engine, blew down boilers & hauled fires

 

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Position: at sea

 

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17 June 1881

Position: farrallone light

At 10 Set upper Topsails

~S Waring, Master USN - signature

 

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Position: at sea

 

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18 June 1881

6 to 8 PM Rain Squalls around the horizon

8 PM to Mid Light rain squalls during first two hours of watch

 

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Position: at sea


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19 June 1881

 

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Position: at sea

 

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20 June 1881

Commenced + till 4 am Light NW breeze - passing rain + wind squalls - At 1 hauled up M. Sail - At 2 Set M. Sail

4 to 8 am Light airs + gentle breeze from Nrd + Wrd passing rain squalls - At 5 took in all light Sails + M. Sail for passing squalls - At 5.30 Set all light Sail

8 am to Merid Weather clear - Light breeze from Nrd + Wrd Smooth Sea

Merid to 4 pm Cloudy but pleasant - Light breeze from the N - Rising bar. Cir Cum clouds - Smooth sea - At 1 ~~ started fires - At 320 started ahead under sail + steam - Hauled up ~ ~ the foot ropes on foot of Sails for chafe and ~ them

4 to 6 pm Light breeze from te N, overcast + pleasant At 510 Stopped Engine to key up - At 515 Started Engine ahead

6 to 8 PM Weather pleasant - Light airs from Nrd Smooth Sea - At 730 tool in and furled all Square Sail

8 PM to Mid Pleasant - Light breeze from NxW - At 11 set the F sail At Mid furled the fore sail - Closed pleasant

 

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Position: at sea

 

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21 June 1881

Moon rose At 1.25

 

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Position: at sea

 

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22 June 1881

At 12-10 Set fore + aft sail - Moon rose at 150

At 5 Set Gaff Top sail At 7 Set fore sail - At 8 Set M Sail

8 am to Merid passing rain squalls first part of watch, clear and pleasant at End of Watch

At 9 am Set all Sail to Royals

Merid to 4 pm Cloudy with light passing rain squalls last half of watch - Wind light from WSW

At 2 40 took in royals + fly. fit + at 3 Set them again

6 to 8 PM Mod. breeze from WxS - passing rain squalls - Bar. falling

At 8 30 took in Royals, fly. fit __ M + Miz Top G Stay sails

 

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Position: at sea

 

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23 June 1881

At 7:20 sighted bark on port beam standing to the NW

8 am to Merid Exchanged Colors + G.M.T. with English bark standing to the Nrd

(Not GIven) English Bark - Exchanged colours & GMT with English Bark sailing to the nrd

Exchange of colors of H.M.S. [?] English bark standing to the north

 

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Position: at sea

 

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24 June 1881

At 1.20 hauled down stay sails + squared M yards At 3 wore ship and stood on port tack

At 340 braced in with port braces

At 6 took in Royals Gaff tops'l + fly jibs

At 730 took in spanker

8 pm to Mid Mod. to stiff breeze from SWxS. Overcast and dirty weather

 

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Position: at sea

 

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25 June 1881

 

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Position: at sea

 

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26 June 1881

Very brilliant comet in sight to the Nrd & Erd at 10.

8pm to Mid. Very Brilliant Comet in sight to the Nrd+Erd at 10. )Transciber's note: Comet Tebbut2)

8 PM to Mid Very brilliant Comet in sight to the Nrd + Erd at 10

 

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Position: at sea

 

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27 June 1881

very brilliant comet visible to the north

Very brilliant comet visable to the North.

MId to 4am Very brilliant comet visible to the north.

Very brilliant comet visible to the North.

Commencing and until 4 am Very brilliant comet visible to the North

Very brilliant comet visible to the north.

4 to 8 am Took in T.G. to squall at 630 am + 7 am. Reset them when squall passed

Mrdn to 4 pm Water filled with animal life

4 to 6 pm At 530 took in Royals and Flying jib to squall + reset them when squall passed 5.45 pm

8 to Midnight Took in top Galt sail and Main sail to squall, reset them after squall.

 

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Position: at sea

 

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28 June 1881

Lt Robt. M Berry - Ship's commander

8 to Mrdn Dirty looking to Windward Flying scud comming from the Nd and Wd. Took in spanker.

Ensign Geo. M Stoner - signing off log entry

Ensign Geo. M Stoner - signing off log entry

Master H S Waring - signing off log

 

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Position: at sea

 

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29 June 1881

Lt Robt. M Berry - Ship's commander

Commencing and until 4 am Moderate breeze with occasionally fresh squalls during first two (2) hours Steady and hauling a little to the Nd after 2 am. At 1.30 hauled down Miz T. Staysail At 2.30 reset it. At 3.00 am set T.G. sail and Main T.G. Staysail

4 to 8 am Moderate to gentle breeze from the NWxW to NW. Overcast and cold. Clouds steady and hard looking. Set royals and Flying jib Bar rising

Ensign Geo. M Stoner - signing off log entry

8 to Mrdn Wind moderate to light variable in direction from WNW to WxS. Smooth sea. Cloudy with pouring rain. At 10.45 started fires.

Mrdn to 4 PM Light SWxS breeze freshing and hauling to SW. Steady Bar at 30.44 skys overcast Smooth sea At Noon took in and furled all sqr. sails. At 1 PM started ahead under steam ~ and aft sails on course W At 2.00 Set fore sail

4 to 6 PM Gentle breeze from the SWbyS. Overcast and pleasant

Ensign Geo. M Stoner - signing off log entry

6 to 8 pm overcast and raining At 6.35 shortened and furled all sails. Wind light from WSW to W Moderate sea

8 pm to Midnight Freshening breeze from WbyN. Bar rising. Foggy during first three hours of watch. Comet in sight to the Nd during last hour. Smooth sea. Ship under steam alone

Master H S Waring - signing off log

 

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Position: at sea

 

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30 June 1881

Comet visible first hour of watch

Commencing and until 4 am Light to gentle breeze from WxN Foggy and dirty weather Few stars visible first hour of watch. Comet visible first hour of watch bearing (pc) N. Bar. falling

fur seals: several

Fur seals: several

fur seal: several

fur seals: several

8 to Mrdn set all fore and aft sails which increased her speed from 2.4k to 3.4k.

Mrdn to 4 pm Bent and set Miz topmast staysail

6 pm to 8 pm Bent and set M Trysail

 

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JULY 1891



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Position: at sea

 

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1 July 1881

 

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2 July 1881

Mrdn to 4 pm At 12.30 hauled up M sail took in spanker, F. jib and staysails and squared away before the wind At 3.00 set F. jib and Main sail, spanker and gaff topsail and braced up by starboard braces. At close of watch Ship going large on port tack.

6 to 8 pm at 7 commenced distilling.

8 to Midnight At 8 took in and furled royals and flying jib At 9 hauled down and stowed M topmast and Miz topmast staysails. At 10.30 hauled up M. Sail. Took in and furled topmast sails

 

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Position: at sea

 

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3 July 1881

Commencement to 4 am: Ship labouring hard. Distilling

Commencing and until 4 am Stiff breeze to Moderate gale from SW to W. Blowing hard at intervals. At 3.40 took in uper topsail. At 1.30 took in jib and Main topmast staysail. At 3.55 Wore ship. Bar falling rapidly first half hour of watch remained steady for two hours and commenced to rise. Ship laboring hard. Distilling

4 to 8 am: Distilling

4 to 8 am Distilling

8 to Mrdn At 9.20 set jib M.T. staysail, M T.G. staysail, Miz.T. staysail, Fore T.G. sails and Main sail At 10.. set F. jib and spanker. Distilling

8am toMidday: Distilling

 

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Position: at sea

 

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4 July 1881

4 to 8 am; Took amplitude at sunrise N41.3E

Took amplitude at sun rise N 41 30 E Ship head (pc) W

Hoisted the Ensign at daylight

 

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Position: at sea

 

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5 July 1881

Commencing and until 4 am During the watch ship logged 11 knots under all steam and sail

During the watch ship logged 11 knots under all steam and sail.

9.20am Stopped ship and banked fires. Commenced distilling.

8 to Mrdn At 9.20 stopped engine and banked fires. Commence distilling.

 

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Position: at sea

 

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6 July 1881

Mrdn to 4 pm Gentle to moderate breeze from WxS. Overcast and pleasant. Sun visible occasionally. Sea Moderate. Gaff topsail out haul carried away. Took in the sail, rove new gear on set sail - Bar. Steady.

comet visible for a short time

Comet visible for a short time

8 to ~ Moderate breeze from WSW. Overcast and cold. Heavy swell from SW. Bar steady. Comet visible for a short time bearing (pc) N.

 

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Position: at sea

mercurial

 

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7 July 1881

8pm Regsitered min count barometer from 8 pm

6 to 8 pm Regestered Mercurial barometer from 8pm

 

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Position: at sea

 

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8 July 1881

Commencing Strong breeze from SSW. increasing to strong gale at close of watch. At 12 hauled up and furled M. Sail. At 1 hauled down and stowed jib. At 3.00 took in and furled uper topsail. Heavy sea running.

4 to 9 am Fresh breeze to strong gale from the SW to SWxS. Clear and pleasant. Very heavy sea from SSW. Bar. unsteady. Ship laboring very hard. Shipping great many seas

8 to Mrdn Fresh SW gale with heavy sea. Weather clear and cold. At 10 took in and furled foresail + brailed up spanker at 10.05 wore ship to Sd + Ed and brought by on starbd tack.

Mrdn to 4 pm Moderate gale from SW. Heavy sea. Rising Bar. Cum. Nim. clouds.

4 to 6 pm Stiff to fresh breeze from SWxS. Partially overcast and pleasant. Sea moderating. Bar falling

6 to 8 pm Fresh breeze SWxS first hour. SWxW last hour of watch. Partially clear first hour, cloudy afterwards. Sea rough moderating toward end of watch.

8 to Midnight Moderate breeze from WSW. Rising Bar, cum. nim. clouds

 

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Position: at sea

 

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9 July 1881

Commencing + until 4 am Comet visible in the N. Very dim.

3am Comet visible in the north very dim.

comet visible in the N very dim

Clear and pleasant weather

 

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Position: at sea

 

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10 July 1881

Position: ounalaska island

Commencing + until 4 am At 2.20 Sighted highest peak of Ounalaska bearing (pc) NWxN

8am to midday. Hazy across horizon

 

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Position: at sea

 

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11 July 1881

Position: amonkhta pass

Commence to 4am. at 2am made all plain sails to TG sails. Land all along starbd beam.

Commencing and until 4 am Commenced pleasant with light airs from SE. At 1.30 light breeze sprung up from ESE freshening and hauling to Ed At 2.00 made all plain sails to T.G. sails. Land all along starbt beam overcast and drizzling rain during last hour of watch.

Land all along starboard beam

met end of Youneisha Isld

4 to 5 a.m. Land in sight on starbd beamand quarter. At 5 am <??> edast of Younanska Island brg (frc) NWxN distance about 10 miles.

4 to 8 am Moderate to stiff breeze from East. Overcast and raining. Very dirty and raining. From 4 to 5 am land in sight on starbt. beam and quarter. At 5 am West end of Younaska Isld bore (p.c.) NWxN distance about 15 miles. At 6.49 am by order of comdg. officer Changed course to SWbyW. At 5 am changed course to SWbyW1/2W. At 7 am passed through a chopping sea; resembling the sea seen on a bank. the water had a peculiar color, having every appearance of shoal water. Got a cast of lead, No bottom up 17 Fths. Bar. falling very rapidly. Took in flying jib at 5 am

water had a peculiar color having every appearance of shoal water no bottom at 17 fths

At 5 am changed course to SWbyW half degree W . At 7 am passed through to chopping seas;resembling the sea seen on a barrier - teh water was ?purulence ion color; having every a/R/semblance of shoal water. Got in a caqst of lead. no bottom up 17 fthms. Bar falling very rapidly. Took in flying jib at 5am

8am to noon: Foggy and raining. Fresh breeze from Eto SE stadning through Amoukhta (Transcriber's note: Amukta) Pass. At 8.20 changed course to NWbyW. At 10.50 Changed course to W. At 11.50 sighted Lequam Isld (Transcriber's note: Siguam Island?) on port bow - Moderate sea in the channel. Large patch of floating kelp.

8 am to Mrdn Foggy and raining. Fresh breeze from E to SE Standing through Amoukhta Pass. At 8.20 Changed course to NWbyW. At 10.50 Changed course to W. At 11.50 sighted Liquans Isld on port bow. Moderate sea in the channel Large patches of floating kelp

large patches of floating kelp

noon to 4pm. Pleasant light breezefrom N. At 2 passed out from under lea of land, got a fresh breeze from SbyE and beam around on port tack - at 2.40 set main sail, MT staysail and mizn staysail. At 3.00 stopped cleaning? and hauled fiers. Set f1 jib to ???? At 4pm made to high peak on port beam bearing (pc) S25W.At 3 changed course to WbyS by order of comdng officer.

4 to 6 pm Land in sight to port bow and beam. Changed course to N

 

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Position: at sea

 

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12 July 1881

Position: cape reounir

AT 11 started ahead under steam.

 

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Position: at sea

 

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13 July 1881

Robf. M. Berry - Under the Command of

4am to 8 am:Overcast and raining the during the whole watch. Light variable airs, working all around the compass. Rising bar. nim cloudds. Braced around the the yards several times. At 4.30 hauled up courses and clewed down royals. At 5.30 reset royals and G.sail.

8am to noon: Light variable airs. Overcast and raining. Took in all square sails

noon to 4pm. Light variable air and calm. At 1.30 hauled down fore and aft sails. Foggy and raining, smooth sea.

at 5pm set F+aft sails and headed N.

6 to 8 pm: Light breeze from WbyS. Overcast, foggy and raining. Took in fore and aft sails. Barr falling.

 

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Position: at sea

 

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14 July 1881

H.F.Nannig Mashinnon - Navigator

 

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Position: at sea

 

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15 July 1881

Position: not marked on chart bearing s71e 25 miles from se point of attou island

At 8 am sighted land on port ~~~

8 to Mrdn Foggy. Light NNW breeze hauling to W'd. At 10.15 fog lifted disclosing Attou Isld on port bow. Changed course to SbyE and at 11.30 to SW passing to the Sd of the Isld. Fixed the position of a reef extending from the SE point of Attou Isld. 2.5 Miles Direction (pc) S71E (Not marked on chart)

position of a reef extending from the SE point of Atton Isld 25 miles not on chart

Foggy light NNW breeze hauling to Nth at 10.15 fog lifted disclosing Atton Island on port bow. Changed course to S by E and at 11:30 to SW passing to the ~~ of the island fixed the position of a reef extending from the se point of Atton island 2.0 miles direction~~~~~ (not marked on Chart)

Mrdn to 4 pm Calm from 1 to 3 pm Light air from NW last hour of watch. Clear and pleasant. At 1 pm changed course to WSW. At 3 pm changed course to W1/4S Bearings at time (pc) Viz Rock at W end of Attou Isld N50W East end of Attou Isld N47E Running between the Islands Attou and Aghatou during the entire watch. At end of watch; West end of Attou Isld. bore (pc) NW1/2N Sighted peak of Aghatou Isld bore (pc) ESE

running between islands Atton and Aghaton

 

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Position: at sea

 

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16 July 1881

8am to noon: No lat and long at noon.

8 to Midnight Light breeze from WbyS first three hours and from SWbyW last hour. Weather overcast and foggy. Clear overhead at intervals last hour. At 10.40 stopped engine to key up. At 11.45 set fore and aft sail. Smooth sea

At 10.40 pm Stopped engines to key up

 

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Position: at sea


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17 July 1881

 

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Position: at sea


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18 July 1881

Commencing and until 4 am At 1 am spread fiers. At 1.45 started ahead under steam and sail. At 3.30 am took in all sqr sails.

WHALES: Many

: passed great many whales

Whales: great many

whales: great many

 

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Position: at sea

 

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19 July 1881

Position: avatcha bay

Rob. M. Berry, Lieut. - commander of ship

Commencing and until 4 am: Moderate ENE breeze overcast and raining, moderate sea. At 12.40 brought by the wind on port tack, with main topsail to the mast. Took in main + miz topsails + staysails. M.T.G. staysail, T jib + royals. Hauled up courses and set spanker. Banked fiers.. At 3.10filledaway set foresail and royals. Took in spanker

4 to 8 am: Foggy & moderate breeze from NbyE. Bar falling. At7 took in and furled royals.

8 to mrdn: gentle breeze from NbyE. Foggy and cold. At 11.00 sighted land on starbrd bow and ahead. Took in all sails and stopped engines in order to determine position. Standing off and on until noon. Got casing lead in 5r fthms. No noon observation.

Mrdn to 4pm: At 12.20 got cast of lead in 52 fthms. At 12.40 Pyramid Pt brn (pc)S0.25E. Fifth Pt + nd of Pyramid Pt brn (pc) WNW0.5W. Set courseNbyE0.5E and started ahead under steam. At 3.30 sighted Brothers bearing (pc) N0.5W standing in to entrance of Avatcha Bay (Trnscriber’s note: modern = Avacha Bay). Foggy. Calmed and light variable airs.

4 to 6 pm: Foggy. Falling bar. Light SSE breeze. Standing in for Petrapaulouski in ~~ of Comdng Officer. Genral course NNW.

Capt Rbt Mute? - piloted ship into harbor

Alexander - At 7 pm Mate of "Alexander" came aboard and piloted ship to anchorage

Alexander - Cpt piloted ship

6 to 8 pm: Light breeze from SSE. Foggy & raining. Working into the harbour. Piloted by Capt. At 7 pm mate of “Alexander” came aboard and piloted ship to anchorage. At 7.15 came to with port anchor in 5 fths of water ~~ to 30 fths of chain bearing from anchorage (pc) church spire in city N. center building of Alaska fur company building StrbyW. Hauled fiers. ~~of Kiamschitka visited ship. All as boarding officer from Russian man-of-war ‘Strelock’. 8 to midnight: Lihgt air from SSE. Foggy and Raining.

Streloch - Russian Man-of-war - boarding officer from Streloch visit ship

Strelock - boarding officer from Russian Man-of-war "Strelock" visited

 

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Position: petropauloski kam


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20 July 1881

Strelock - Mrdn to 4 pm Comdg officer paid official visit to the Governor and the Russian Man-of-War "Strelock"

Streloch - Commanding officer paid official visit to the Governor and the Russian Man-of-war Streloch

mrdn to 4pm: Commanding Officer paid visit to Govenor of Russian man-of-war 'Strelock'

Granted liberty to Starbb Watch

4 to 8 pm: granted Liberty to starboard watch

 

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Position: petropauloski

 

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21 July 1881

Commencing and until 4 am Calm. overcast and pleasant

master CA Putnam - left ship with working party to secun dogs

4 to 8 am Light airs and Calm.

Master C. J. Putnam - left the ship to secure dogs

Master C.F. Putnam - 4 to 8 am Master C.F. Putnam left the ship with working party to secure dogs. Took two boats with provission for two (2) days.

4 to 8 am Master C.F. Putnam left the ship with working party to secure dogs. Took two boats with provisions for two (2) days.

8 to Mrdn Light breeze from N. Engaged in restowing deck load of lumber

8 to mrdn: Engaged in restowing deck load of lumber.

Mrdn to 4 pm Light to moderate breeze from NW. Engaged as pervious watch

Mrdn to 4pm. Engaged as previous watch

4 to 8 pm Same as previous watch

4 to 8 pm: Same a previous watch.

8 to midnight: Day closed clear and pleasant. Light NW breeze. Steady bar.

8 to Midnight Day closed clear and pleasant. Light NW breeze. Steady Bar

 

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Position: at sea

 

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22 July 1881

4 to 8 am : Engaged during the watch in retowering deck load +cleaning ship

8am to mrdn. Pleasant weather. No. visitors on board from the Alaska Fur Co., steamer 'Alexxander' and Russian man-of-war.

8 to Mrdn Pleasant weather. No. of visitors on board from the Alaskan Fur Co. Steamer "Alexander" and Russian Man-of-War

Alexander - visitors on board

Alexander -

At 2.45pm Master Cha.F. Putnam with party returned on board. Recd. on board 22 trained dogs.

Master Char.F. Putnam - A 2.45 pm returned on board with working party. Rec'd on board 22 trained dogs

master Chas J Putnam - with party boarded with 22 trained dogs

Master Cha. F. Putnam - returned on board

trained dogs: 22

4 to 8 pm: Recd on board a quantity of dried salesmen for dry food

4 to 8 pm Recd. on board a quantity of dried salmon for dog food.

 

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Position: at sea

 

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23 July 1881

Position: on shore

4 to 8 am Calm and pleasant. Bar. falling slightly. Crew engaged in shifting an restoring deck load.

4am to 8 am Crew engaged lfting and restoring deck load

8 to noon: Working party on shore for wood and water. At noon working party returned.

8 to 12M Light airs from NW and Calm. Working party on shore for wood and water. At Noon working party returned

Mrdn to 4 pm Calm and pleasant, Steady Bar. Sent working party on shore. Recd. on board a quantity of skin clothing and dried salmon. The latter for dog food. Six head of Cattle. 22 pair dogs. Six cords of wood. Recd full tanks of frish water.

Mrdn to 4 pm: Sent working party on shore. Redc'd on board a quantity of skin clothing and dried salmon. The latter for dog food. Six head of cattle. 22 train dogs. Six ~cord~ of wood. Rec'd full tanks of fresh water.

cattle: 6

dogs: 22

other: Eleven thousand feet of lumber, and six cords of wood - Wood

4to 8 pm.Finished seciuring deck load as follows, viz., In teh waist in strbrd as follows, eleven thousand feet of lumber, six(6) cords of wood piled to a height of eight feet amidship, tappering to a ~latter~ below the rail oneach side, extending from the main hatch aft, forward to the deck house. At aft of teh lumber, on each side on the main hatch are th dog pens. Forward of the lumber on the port sideteh cutter, on the starbd the spare rudder and water casks. The decks are completely choked up, only ~~ enough next to the ~~ and fife rails to belay the ropes.

 

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Position: no entry

6pm: working out of port

 

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24 July 1881

Position: petropavlovsk

at 7am started fiers. At 9am hauled fiers and emptied boilers to repair a leak.

8 to mrdn: Rec'd on board ~ ~wife (600lbs)

At 2pm: Restarted fiers. At 4 pm got launching and steamed out of port.

At 2pm started fiers. At 4pm got under way and steamed out of port.

At 7.50 pm took departure of Petropauloski. Lighthouse bearing (p.c.) nbyw0.5w distance of 4 miles.

 

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25 July 1881

4 to 8 am Land in sight along port beam

 

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26 July 1881

At 8am Land bore (pc) NWbyN

8am to Mrdn: High Peak in sight on port beam at 10.am

High peak in sight on port beam at 10am

 

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27 July 1881

Position: behring island

4 to 8am Light breeze from ESE to SE. PLeasant weather at 6 sighted Behring Island on starboard bow. Centre of ~~ part bearing (pc) E14N at 6 made all sqr sails except main sail. At 7:28 changed course to ENE

4 to 8 am: At 6 sighted Behring Island on starbd bow.

Behning Island

Meridn to 4 pm: At 4 pm highest peak on Behring Island bearing (pc) S0.25E distance between 15 + 18 miles. Also high land bearing (pc) NWxW

 

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Position: at sea

 

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28 July 1881

Commenced serving of lime juice to each man aboard ship.

Noon: Commenced serving at lime juice to each manaboard ship. each man to take daily one ounce. To be taken in the presence of th eofficer of the deck. By order of the Comdg Officer.

8 to Mrdn Light airs to light breeze from S + SE Overcast but pleasant No observation at Noon. Commenced serving out lime juice to Each man aboard ship. Each man to take daily one ounce. To be taken in the presence of the officer of the deck. By order of the Comdg. officer.

Light airs and light breeze from S to SE Overcast but pleasant no observation at noon. Commenced serving at Lime Juice to each man aboard ship. Each man to take daily one onion to be taken in the presence of the officer of the deck. By order of the Cir~~dy Officer

At 11pm Stopped engines to key up

At 11pm stopped engine to key up.

 

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Position: at sea

 

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29 July 1881

At 6.00 am Commenced distilling

Ship under all sails and steam

 

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Position: at sea

 

 

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30 July 1881

Commencing until 4am Distilling

7.30am Stopped distilling

 

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Position: at sea

 

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31 July 1881

Near noon the sun who visited for a short time

 

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AUGUST 1881


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Position: at sea

 

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1 August 1881

 

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Position: at sea


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2 August 1881

Position: st lawrence island

8 to Mrdn Land in sight on port bow.

3 to 4 pm Temperature of surface water dropped 4 degrees from 48 to 44. Bar steady.

Between 3 + 4 pm temperature of water at surface dropped 4 degrees from 48 to 44.

St Saruviner Isld

 

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Position: at sea

 

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3 August 1881

Position: stuarts island

At 7 am noticed the appearance of shoal water, sounded and found 7 fths. SHoal water extended a mile, soundings showing respectively 7, 7, 9, 9, + 13 fth.

8am to Meridian. Taking soundings at 15 minute intervals: depth varying from 13 to 9 fths. Gray sandy bottom. Water showing considerable differences in temperature as per col.

Got cast of lead at 1.30 in 7 fths. At 2 in 9.75 fths. At 3 in 9.75 fths. At 3.30 in 9.5 fths. At 4 in 9.75 fths. Gray sandy bottom.

Meridian to 4 pm. High lump of land one point forward of port beam.

6 to 8 pm Water still dhowing great differences in temperature.

Stuart Island sighted on horizon NExE

6 to 8 PM Got cast of lead at half hour intrevals - 9 fths water. Gray mottled sand.

Egg Island starbd bow

 

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Position: at anchor st michael bay

 

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4 August 1881

Position: st michael

4 to 8 am Moderate to stiff breeze from South. Foggy with rain squalls. At 5.20am commencing heaving up anchor. At 6am got under way. Standing up for St. Michael.

At 8.15 Came to off NE end of Stuart Island in 3 fths water, black mud bottom

8 to Mrdn At 8.15 came to off NE end of Stuart Island in 3 fths water black mud bottom. Veering to 15 fths on starbt chain. At 11.10 got under way and stood in for St Michael. Wind from South until 11. oclock when it hauled to SSW. blowing in fresh squalls. Fore and aft sail set when it would draw.

Mrdn to 4 pm Overcast and drizzling. Light to Moderate SSW breeze. Rising Bar. Smooth sea. Standing in for St Michaels. At 2.20 came to in 3.5 fths Water. Veering to 15 fths on starbt chain. Sent in boat with officer to sound out harbor. and planting buoys to work ship higher up harbor.

Meridian to 4pm Sent a boat with officer to sound out harbor -and planting buoys to work ships higher up harbor.

8.20 PM got underway and stood half mile nearer the trading post.

 

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Position: st michael bay

 

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5 August 1881

8 to meridian. Engaged in coaling ship. Sent lihgter anchor into packett boat

8 to Mrdn Engaged in coaling ship. Sent lighter ashore in tow of whale boat

coal: 162 bags - from lighter

Mrdn to 4 pm Lighter returned and discharged 162 bags of coal

coal: 162 bags coal -

4 to 6 pm Sent lighter in tow of whale boat for coal.

6 to 8 pm Lighter returned and discharged 187 bags of coal

coal: 187 bags - from lighter

coal: 187 bags coal -

6 to 8 pm Lighter returned + discharged 187 bags of coal

 

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Position: st michael bay

 

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6 August 1881

lieut. R. M. Berry

Wednesday Aug 6

Commencing and until 4 am

Stiff breeze from SbyW to SW overcast and thoutning

Geo. M. Stoney

4 to 8 am

Ensign U.S.N.

Stiff breeze from SSW. Overcast and drizzling rain. Sent

4 to 8 am Sent party ashore to buy coal. too much sea to tow off lighter.

Sent party ashore to buy coal, too much sea to tow off lighter.

party ashore to buy coal. too much pen ti tow off lifestu

Geo. M. Stouney

Ensign U.S.Navy

8 to midi

Stiff to fresh breeze from SSW. Drizzling rain first hour of unton. Work

8 to Mrdn Working party ashore bagging coal. Working party returned at Noon.

Working party astern bagging coal.

ing party ashore bagging coal. Working party returnen at noon

Geo. M. Stouney

Ensign U.S.N.

midi 40 pm

Mrdn to 4 pm Sent party ashore to buy coal.

Fresh SW wind. Sent party ashore to buy coal. Swell from NW . Over

Sent party ashore to buy coal.

cast with duzzling rain.

Master USN

4 to 8 pm

Fresh wind from SW first part and SSW afterwards Working

4 to 8 pm Working party ashore bagging coal.

Working party astern bagging coal.

party ashore bagging coal. Overcast with drizzling raing

Master USN

8 to midnight

Moderate to light breeze from SSW to SbyW first hour. overcast and

drizzling rain

 

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Position: st michael

 

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7 August 1881

Commencing and until 4 am

Overcast twisty. Light breeze from SSW first three hours and

SW last hour

Master USN

4 to 8 am

4 to 8 am Coaling ship.

Light South wind. Coaling ship. Overcast

Light south wind. Coaling ship. Overcast

Coaling ship

Master USN

8 to noon

8 to Mrdn Coaling ship

Coaling ship

Light air to light breeze from S to SSE. Overcast and misty. Coaling ship

Ensign USN

Noon to 4 pm

Mrdn to 4 pm Engaged in Coaling ship.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Light air from SW. overcast. Engaged in coaling ship

Ensign USN

4 to 8 pm

Light airs to light breeze from SW to WbyN. overcast. Egaged in coaling ship

Engaged in Coaling ship.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Ensign USN

8 to midnight

Light air from WbyN. Overcast. Engaged in coaling ship

8 to Midnight Mrdn to 4 pm Engaged in Coaling ship.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Ensign USN

 

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Position: at anchor st michael

 

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8 August 1881

Engaged in coaling ship

4 to 8 am Engaged in coaling ship

8 to Mrdn Engaged in coaling ship

Engaged in coaling ship.

Mrdn to 4 pm Engaged in coaling ship

Engaged in coaling ship.

4 to 8 pm Engaged in coaling ship.

Engaged in coaling ship.

 

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Position: st michaels

 

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9 August 1881

Engaged in bagging coal astern.

4 to 8 am Engaged in bagging coal ashore

8 to Mrdn Engaged in coaling ship.

Engaged in coaling ship

Gentle breeze from N BY E. Clear and pleasant. Engaged in coaling ship.

Mrdn to 4 pm Engaged in coaling ship.

Engaged in coaling ship.

Coaling ship.

4 to 8 pm Coaling ship.

 

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Position: st michaels

 

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10 August 1881

4 to 8 am Coaling ship

Coaling ship.

Fog in first hour. clear and pleasant afterwards Coaling ship

8 to Mrdn Coaling ship

Coaling ship.

Mrdn to 4 pm Engaged in Coaling ship

Engaged in coaling ship.

4 to 8 pm Coaling ship

Coaling ship.

 

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Position: between st michaels and plover bay

 

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11 August 1881

Position: egg island whale island

At 7.40 am got under way and stood out of St Michaels bay in Conn of Comdg. officer

Grounded on shall and gravel hump

Overcast, light breeze from SW, Steady Bar, Cum Clouds. Steaming out of St Michaels bay. At 8:20 am ship going under steam from 3.5 to 4 knots per hour, grounded on a shale and gravel hump on tide an hour ebb. At first touch put helm hard a port and reversed the engine without effect. Ship drawing 17ft 6 ins aft 15ft 6 in forward. On course (~oc) NW by W 1/4 W from 1.5 to 2 miles from nearest land on port beam. Bearing (pc) Egg Island N42E SE pt Whale Island S44W. Made sail braced aback and steamed astern but failed to back off. ~~ind a boat and found from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 faths water a ship length abeam astern and ~~ either bow. In sounding around the ship from the rail found on starboard quarter 18ft on port quarter 16 1/2 ft. On starboard beam 15ft on port beam 13 ft both inbrake of ~ royal backstays. On starboard beam 15 ft ahead 18ft astern 19 1/2 ft. Got out stream anchor on starboard beam but failed to haul off. tide running ebb. Hull of ship at close of watch about 20 ins out of water. Sounded ~~ill dud found all tight

8 to Mrdn overcast. light breeze from the SW. Steady Bar. Cum, Clouds. Steaming out of St Michaels bay. At 8.20 am Ship going under steam from 3.5 to 4 knots per hour, grounded on a shell lump, on tide an hour Ebb. At first touch put helm hard a-port and reversed engine without affect. Ship drawing 17 ft. 6 in. aft. 15 ft. 6 in. foward. On course (pc) NWbyW1/4W from 1.5 to 2 miles from nearest land on port beam. Bearings (pc) Egg Island N42E SE Pt Whale Island S44W. Made sail braced aback and steamed astern but failed to back off. Lowered a boat and found from 3.5 to 4.5 fths water a ships length ahead astern and on either bow. In sounding around the ship from the rail found on starb~ quarter 18 ft. on port quarter 16.5 ft. On Starboard beam 15 ft. on port beam 13 ft. both in the wake of F. Royal backstays. On Starbb bow 16.5 ft. on port bow 15 ft. ahead 18 ft. Astern 19.5 ft. Got out steam anchor on starbb beam, but failed to haul off. Tide running Ebb. Heel of ship at close of watch about 20o. Smooth water. Sounded well and found all tight.

Mrdn to 4 pm Light to Moderate breeze from SSW. overcast and threatning. Ship aground. Ebb tide. At 3.00 bilge took the ground and ship ceased to heel at 29o. Throw overboard deck load of wood to lighten ship. Got lighter of coal from deck + sent it ashore. Water smooth with moderate breeze from stern. Sounded well every half hour. found it to s~ of water. Sent boat out to sound. Tede fell five feet. Least water under ship was abrest port from chain 11 ft. Took very careful sounding, showed rocky and sandy bottom. Rocks 1 to 2 feet above bottom

Light to moderate breeze from SSW overcast and threatening. Ship agound Ebb tide At 3:00 bilge took the ground and ship ceased to ~~l at 29 degrees Thron overboard slick loved glowed to lighten ship. Got ~~ten of cove from deck and sent it ashore. Water smooth with moderate breeze from stern. Sounded hull every half hour found to ~~fan of water sent boat out to sound Tide fell five fast. Search water under ship was strct port from chain 11 ft ~~ ~~ careful sounding , shrower rocky and sandy bottom ~~~ 1to 2 fathoms bottom

4 to 8 pm Gentle breeze from SSW. overcast and unpleasant. Ship aground. Making all preparations for getting ship off when the tide rises. Got two lighters of coal ashore. Ship still on bilge.

Gentle breeze from SSW overcast ~~. Ship aground making all preparations forgetting ship off when the tide rises. Got two ~~~ astern Ship still on bilge.

Lisht SSW breeze Staedy bar Corned out starboard know on starboard beam blown in ~~~ off ~~~ ~~ began righting ~~~~~ at * pm

ship still grounded

8 to Midnight Gentle to moderate breeze from SSW. overcast and threatning. Ship still aground. laying easily. tide rising slowly. Heel of ship at 8 pm 26o at 9 pm 20o at 10 pm 20o at 11 pm 16o at Midnight 16o. Lowest water under port fore chain at Midnight 16 ft. Sounding well every half hour no increase in water

 

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Position: st michaels plover bay

 

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12 August 1881

Position: stuart isld

Commencing and until 4 am Overcast with moderate SbyW breeze. Ship lying easily. At 1 am the tide slacked and the lead astern showed 16 ft. At the same time the heel of the ship was 17o 30'. Depth of water abrest of fore rigging at 1 am 14 ft. At 4 am depth aft 17 ft. Heel at 2.30 20o Tide turned flood at 3.25 am Heel at 4 am 16o 30

4 to 8 am Light to moderate SSW breeze. Steady Bar. Tide and ship rising. At 6 am heel of ship 8o. At 7.30 Made sail and braced all aback. Came up the hawser from M. T. head. Shifted stream anchor starb~ quarter and brought a strain on it. Hove in on large hawser from bower anchor. And at 7.55 Ship broke away and swung to her anchor in 3.5 fths water. Sounded well and found ship tight. Hauled up kedge. Shortened sail and proceeded to heave up anchor.

Tide and ship rising - made sail and braced all aback - hove in on large hawser from bow and anchor - ship broke away and swing to her anchor

At 1.20 got underway and steamed out on course NW. Made fore and aft sails.

1.20 got underway. 2.30 Egg Isld ENE dist 5'

At 5 pm took departure

5 pm took departure SW point of Stuart Isld SSW dist 8'

 

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Position: st michaels plover bay

 

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13 August 1881

4 to 8 am Land in sight on starbt beam

6 to 8 pm Moderate breeze from East. Overcast with drizzling rain. At 7:00 hauled down main & mizzen topmast staysails and main T.G. staysail and brailed up spanker & gaff topsails. Hauled up the clew of mainsail

8 to Midnight Smooth but gradually rising sea.

 

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Position: st michael to plover bay

 

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14 August 1881

Position: pt t chaplin

Moderate to stiff breeze from SSE to South. Overcast and cold bar falling Temperature of water fell 9 deg between 2 am and 3 am rising 4 deg from 3 am to 4 am

Light ~affling air from N to WSW. Thick foggy weather first part. AT 5:00 heard breakers on Port Bow, W~~r ship to S~~E and ~~~t by the wind ~~port tack heading NE. fog partially cleared and showed Isatil Is bearing WSW distance about 1/2 mile. At 6 by cross bearing position off Ichater Pt. Got cast of lead on 25 fths Blue mud bottom. At 6 set course SSE

 

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Position: st michael to plover bay

 

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15 August 1881

Position: st lawrina island on port bow

 

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Position: st michaels to plover bay

 

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16 August 1881

Position: plover bay

Working into Plover Bay. Kept lead going: found very differenct soundings from those on the chart. Much less water.

"Shilock" - Saled aug 13 for St Swan~~ic bay

Shilock - had been there and sailed Aug 13 for St. Lawrence Bay.

No dog food obtainable.

 

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Position: plover bay to st lawrence bay

 

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17 August 1881

Position: cape ktingman

Moderate breeze from SSE first two hours and south afterwards, overcast and misty, drizzling rain first hour. At 5:40 called all hands up anchor . Got underway and steamed out of Plover Bay . Long heavy swell outside

Over cast and foggy first hour, cloudy during second & third hour cleared away during last hour. Moderate breeze from W bar steady. At 9:00 am set for and aft sails. At 10 made all sails. At 11 headed course NE by E. Hauled down MT and T gall Staysails, Mizzen topmast staysail and braided up Spanker. At 11:40 changed couse to NE by N

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001007 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0085__0.jpg)

 

Position: st lawrence bay siberia

At Anchor

 

500dc366cd0db40002001008 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0085__1.jpg)

 

18 August 1881

Position: cape knlengoner

Streloch - Russian - at anchor close by.

Light breeze from the SE to ESE clear and pleasant. Captain ~~Liorrn Comdy "Strilock" came aboard. Great many natives came aboard, traded with them getting seal skin boots

Capt. de Lio~ - Comdr of Streloch came aboard

Comdy. officer - visited Russian vessel

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001009 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0086__0.jpg)

 

Position: st lawrence bay to herald island

 

500dc366cd0db4000200100a (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0086__1.jpg)

 

19 August 1881

Position: st lawrence bay

Light S by E airs. Calm second hour. At 9:50 sprird furs. At 10:20 got underway and staemed aot of St Lawrence Bay. At 11:30 the "Strilock" followed passing us at 11:40. Made for and aft sails At Midnight took departure

Streloch - followed out of bay

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200100b (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0087__0.jpg)

 

Position: artic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200100c (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0087__1.jpg)

 

20 August 1881

Striloch - sighted

Streloch - keeping in company

Streloch - lost sight of

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200100d (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0088__0.jpg)

 

Position: artic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200100e (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0088__1.jpg)

 

21 August 1881

Position: ketuicken island ssw 1 mile

Received a visit from natives

took aboard navive & conoe. Native directed way to suppose wreck.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200100f (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0089__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001010 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0089__1.jpg)

 

22 August 1881

Brilliant rainbow

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001011 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0090__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001012 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0090__1.jpg)

 

23 August 1881

Position: wrangel sauk

birds:

passed some drift wood and a ~ of ~ oar. Passed through water resembling tide rip.

birds, ducks, water birds: many around ship

ducks and other water fowl: many

ice in sight between the ship and the shore

loose ice - pieces of dirty ice

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001013 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0091__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001014 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0091__1.jpg)

 

24 August 1881

Position: wrangle island in sight on port beam

ship in pack ice... ship struck against heavy cakes

Pack ice

heavy cakes

loose ice, pack ice

H. S. Waring? USN - left ship to examine Hernea? Isld. for clues or other indication of the "Jeannette" party

whale boat returned having landed and found nothing to indicate that the "Jeannette" party had ever visited the island.

no ice in sight

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001015 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0092__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001016 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0092__1.jpg)

 

25 August 1881

Position: hernea isld

pack in sight ahead and on starbd beam

Pack

ice in some places quite heavy

Wrangel Isld - landing party went ashore.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001017 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0093__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001018 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0093__1.jpg)

 

26 August 1881

Position: wrangel isld

large masses of ice drifted by

Very little ice along shore. Heavy pack one mile from shore

Heavy pack

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001019 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0094__0.jpg)

 

Position: wrangel island artic ocean rodgers bay

 

500dc366cd0db4000200101a (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0094__1.jpg)

 

27 August 1881

pack setting to Ed. No ice along the shore

Exploring parties organized as follows: Land party. Lieut robt M. Berry, P. A. Surgeion M.W. Jones, Thom? Londor? (CSC), Frank Miles (CF?), O. Peterson (CJ) & D. Bonker? (CS) with provisions for 10 days.

The 2nd whale boat: Master H.S. Waning? in charge, Asst. Surgeon J.W, Castillo, F. Brush? (~), F. Berk (QM), J. Huv~ (CS), Dwain McCarty (ICJ?), W. Grace? (SC) with 20 days provissions.

4th whale boat Ensign H.J. Stuart? in charge Asst. Eng. A.V> Zaze, A. LLoyd (CJ), J. Johansen (Sea), J. P. Quick? (CM), Ed. OLary? (ICF), Frankie Them? (Sea) with 20 days provisions.

2nd whale boat going to the Nd and 4 whale boat to the Sd, boath boats ordered to be back by the 10th of Sept.

The (land) party in charge of Commdy. Officer left the ship at 4PM.

ice outside setting to the Nd & Ed

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200101b (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0095__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200101c (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0095__1.jpg)

 

28 August 1881

Set up tent and established magnetic observiation on shore.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200101d (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0096__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200101e (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0096__1.jpg)

 

29 August 1881

Ensign Stoney and party - engaged all day in measuring ~ line and cutting in signals.

Ensign Stoney - and party engaged all day in measuring base line and cutting in signals

Set up self registering tide gauge but was knocked down by drifting ice.

walrus: shot 2

walrus: killed 10

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200101f (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0097__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001020 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0097__1.jpg)

 

30 August 1881

walrus: killed 2 small ones

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001021 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0098__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001022 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0098__1.jpg)

 

31 August 1881

heavy pack ice setting along sarn to the Sd and Wd

pack ice settling along shore

 

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SEPTEMBER 1881



500dc366cd0db40002001023 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0099__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001024 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0099__1.jpg)

 

1 September 1881

heavy ice flow passing to Sd and Nd. Ice nearly all out of harbor.

Heavy ice flows passing to Sd.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001025 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0100__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001026 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0100__1.jpg)

 

2 September 1881

The Condg. officer and Thos Londer (CJ) returned on board, having left the remainder of party and came on to get a boat for them.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001027 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0101__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean


500dc366cd0db40002001028 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0101__1.jpg)

 

3 September 1881

O Peterson (CJ) and W Booker - returned boat and reported being unable to find the remainder

Ensign Stoney - sent another boat with ensign stoney in charge

3 AM the boat returned with O. Peterson (CT) and W. Borke? (C Cook) and reported being unable to find the remainder.

At 4 AM sent another boat with Ensign Stoney in charge.

Dr Jones and Frank Melius (CJ) - were made out on beach opposite the ship on main land

At 10 AM Dr Jones and Frank Mel~ (CT) were made out on beach opposite the ship on mainland. Sent in boat for them. At 1 PM Ensign Stoney with boat and crew returned.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001029 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0102__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200102a (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0102__1.jpg)

 

4 September 1881

Master Putnam - ashore for magnetic purpose

Master Putnam - ashore for magnetic purpose

Master HS Waring, Dr JW Casttllis and men - returned to ship on foot having to leave their boat

Master H. S. Waring?, Dr J.W. Casttlelio? - returned to ship on foot having to leave items (in) boat. The latter having been shut in by the ice.

Master Waring - found a cairn left by the US ~ cutter "Corwin"

US Revenue Cutter "Corwin" - found "cairn" left behind by "Corwin". Records dated Aug 9, 1881

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200102b (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0103__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200102c (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0103__1.jpg)

 

5 September 1881

Master Putnam - ashore taking magnetic observations.

Commdy. Officer & Dr Jones - examining the country

Heavy ice sone distance from shore.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200102d (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0104__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200102e (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0104__1.jpg)

 

6 September 1881

ice outside in considerable concentration. Breaking at times and making loud noise.

Master Putnam - ashore for magnetic observations

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200102f (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0105__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001030 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0105__1.jpg)

 

7 September 1881

Master Putnam - ashore engaged in determining magnetic deviation.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001031 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0106__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001032 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0106__1.jpg)

 

8 September 1881

Survey party out

Master Putnam - ashore determining magnetic deviation.

Very brilliant display of Northern light covering the Eastern heavens.

very brilliant drping of northern light covering the eastern heavens. The effect of it could be noticed on the declinometer. Brightest of northern light was in the Sd and Wd.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001033 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0107__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001034 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0107__1.jpg)

 

9 September 1881

Master Putnam - ashore taking magnetic observiations

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001035 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0108__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean


500dc366cd0db40002001036 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0108__1.jpg)

 

10 September 1881

Made observations for magnetic declination.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001037 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0109__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001038 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0109__1.jpg)

 

11 September 1881

Made observations for magnetic declination.

Made observations for set of tide inside of harbor and flood tide set to Nd & ebb tide to Ed.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001039 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0110__0.jpg)

 

Position: at wrangel land arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200103a (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0110__1.jpg)

 

12 September 1881

Brought in instruments aboard and made preparations for sea.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200103b (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0111__0.jpg)

 

Position: at wrangel land arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200103c (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0111__1.jpg)

 

13 September 1881

Position: wrangel isld

dogs: got all aboard

Passing through loose ice.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200103d (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0112__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200103e (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0112__1.jpg)

 

14 September 1881

Position: herald island

whaler "Coral" of New Bedford - communicated with

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200103f (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0113__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean


500dc366cd0db40002001040 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0113__1.jpg)

 

15 September 1881

Position: herald island

Sent whale boat to shore to search for the "Corwins" cairn.

Master Waring - returned on board with whale boat without having made their landing.

Seven whalers in sight on starbd beam and ahead.

whaler "Coral" - stopped to communicate with whaler which had just struck a whale.

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001041 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0114__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001042 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0114__1.jpg)

 

16 September 1881

3.50 ran into broken ice at at 4 sighted the pack ahead and on starbd bow and beam distance 1/4 mile

small broken ice

sighted the pack ahead

standing along large field of ice (very heavy) 4 feet out of water

small ducks and a few gulls:

started up into a pocket heading NW.

small ducks and gulls: a few

passed the end of heavy ice field

at 2 pm passed the end of heavy ice field showing about 5 feet above the water

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001043 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0115__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001044 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0115__1.jpg)

 

17 September 1881

birds, gull and ducks: few

gulls and ducks: 2 in sight

ice heavier and closer after 2 pm

In heavy ice working to the Nd.

in heavy ice working to the Nd through leads new ice forming on the water. ship experienced several heavy strikes. At 5 pm ship came to heavy ice headway stopped.

Ship caught in heavy ice, headway stopped.

heavy ice, new ice forming

pack became solid

ice closing in fast. no clear water in sight but indications of it showing in clouds to SW

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001045 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0116__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001046 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0116__1.jpg)

 

18 September 1881

ice very compact but not very heavy

Ice very compact but not very heavy.

polar bears: saw on the ice

walrus: 2

Passed two whaler in ice

very brilliant display of northern lights

Very brilliant display of Northern Lights

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001047 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0117__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001048 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0117__1.jpg)

 

19 September 1881

passed several larger pieces of ice

Passed several large pieces of ice between 1 & 2AM.

Passing occasional large detached masses of loose ice.

Ice very compact, large cakes piled on each other.

ice very compact large cakes piled on each other

polar bear: 1

Polar bear: shot him and got it aboard for dog food.

birds, ducks, gulls & sand snipes: great many

shot bear and got it aboard for dog feed

seals: great many

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001049 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0118__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean


500dc366cd0db4000200104a (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0118__1.jpg)

 

20 September 1881

Passed through the whaling fleet during the watch.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200104b (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0119__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db4000200104c (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0119__1.jpg)

 

21 September 1881

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200104d (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0120__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean off wangel land

 

500dc366cd0db4000200104e (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0120__1.jpg)

 

22 September 1881

Position: pillow pt

Standing in through loose ice towards Wrangel Island to pick up whale boat and outfit abandoned Sept. 3.

 

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500dc366cd0db4000200104f (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0121__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001050 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0121__1.jpg)

 

23 September 1881

ducks: saw coming south

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001051 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0122__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

 

500dc366cd0db40002001052 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0122__1.jpg)

 

24 September 1881

At 3AM very brilliant Aurora.

new ice rapidly forming on surface of water

heavy pack ice ahead and on both bows

Heavy pack ice ahead and on both bows & beams.

brilliant display of aurora

Brilliant display of Aurora

no ice in sight

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001053 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0123__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

Took in all sails

 

500dc366cd0db40002001054 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0123__1.jpg)

 

25 September 1881

Position: wrangel island on starbd bow

Commencing and until 4 am

wind light rainable East first hour. ESE second and third hour

and –£–∏–Ω–¢ last hour of watch. Overcast. Snowing first hour foggy

afterwards. long surrl from NEbyE at 1r took in fore and aft sails

and hauled up to ENE. At1. Made fore and aft sails plooti clean in at

3 am Satcast at raw in 25 fth at 4 am in 25 fth. Soft mud bottom

Master USNavy

4 to 8 am

Overcast, foggy and snowing throughout watch. Set and took in fore and

aft sails as they wonek draw. Breeze shifte suddenly from EbyN to SE

satcast asfollowing; riz; at 6 am in 24 fth and 8 am in 26 fth. Grand bottom

Enseign USN

8 to noon

Grutle breeze to light airs from SE to E. Mutki changeable. Bleu sky at initioul

and stuck fog occasionally. Snowing first hour of watch. At 10 roum

took in all sails and headre SE. Lonf sea from E. No ice in sight Got

cast as foolows; riz; at 10 am in 26 fth at 12 m in 25 fth. Stiff ble–≥ muck Bw following

Geo. M. Stouney

Enseign USNavy

Nonn to 4 pm

Light breeze from SEbyE first hour and SE afterwards. Weather mild and pleas-

ant. Partially clean at 3.30 sight in S. Migel Island an starboad from rbeaw and

ice on starboard bearin. Long surre from Ed . Got cast as follows; riz;, at 2 pm

in 20 1/4 fth at 4 pm in 18 fth. Soft bleu mud

Master USN

4 to 6 pm

Clean and pleasant. Bai steady. –¢–£ breeze. At 5.40 header to aunru

oun to ice pach to erunice a block maso ressembling a klif. Prove to br clirly

in. Oteidin come again. At 6 pm got cast in 15 fth unli. Grand bottom

Enseign USNavy

6 to 8 pm

Light breeze from NE. Clean and pleasant. Land in sight on starboard

bow at dark. Got cast at 7 pm iac 10 1/2 fattu. At 8 pm in 10 1/2 fth. Stand bottom

Geo. M. Stouny

8 pm to midnight

Enseign USN

Light ESE breeze. Long surll from Eb. Clean and pleasant. Brilliant an-

orn. Got cast of lead as follows; riz;. at 9 pm in 12 fth. At 10 pm 14 fth. At 11 pm in

fth at 12 mi in 13 1/2 fth

Master USN

 

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500dc366cd0db40002001055 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0124__0.jpg)

 

Position: arctic ocean

set fore and aft sails

steam alone

under plain sail

 

500dc367cd0db40002001056 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS Rodgers/Rodgers__1881/b001of010__0124__1.jpg)

 

26 September 1881

Position: herald island starbd quarter

remarkably bright star lifted and intensely brilliant and active aurora. The aurora was the most brilliant altogether the most remarkable I have yet seen. Arranged in thin concentric arcs extending from E to W across the entire heavens. It would occasionally burst into still brighter lumination and the thin arcs uniting would form one broad belt of light heaving and tossing like the sea in a gale.

 

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Position: arctic ocean

 

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27 September 1881

no ice in sight

Whaler Belorden -

whaler Belorden - communicate

 

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Position: off herald island arctic ocean

 

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28 September 1881

AT 1:30 hauled up courses hauled down m.topmast staysail and ~illten TG sails on cap. Stopped engine and hove to off Herald island. At 1.45 sent ~~surgen Hawk to search for the "Corwins" Cairn on NE Summit of Herald Island. Moderate breeze from east clear and pleasant, smooth sea.

At 1.45 sent Ensign Hunt to search for the "Corwins" Cairn on NE summit of Herald Island.

Pleasant first hour- cloudy afterwards. Thick over the land-- Light breeze from the east. The search party not returning, steamed around the eastern end of Herald Island after them burned blue lights & sent up rockets to indicate position. At 10 came to off eastern face of Herald Island in 17 1/2 fathoms water veered to 60 fathoms on 60 fathoms on port chain

8 P.M. to Midnight Mention of search party not returning

8PM to Midnight. The search party not returning, steamed around the Eastern end of Herald Island after them- Burned Blue lights & sent up rockets to indicate position

 

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Position: herald island

 

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29 September 1881

Position: herald island

Commences until 4 am Moderate breeze from the E. partially clear with all quantities of snow falling at times.

4 to 8 AM. Passing light snow squalls

Moderate Breeze from the East. Passing light snow squalls. At 5:30 got underway & Steamed around the eastern end of Herald Island looking for MR Hunt and Boat Party Mr Waring was sent in a boat to the westward on the same mission. At 6 am sighted the missing boat coing around the north eastern end of the island & picked her up and then returned to the southward and picked up Mr Waring.

Mr Hunt - ship looking for him and boat party

At 5.30 got underway & steamed around eastern end of Herald Island looking for Mr hunt and boat party. Mr Waring was sent in a boat to the Westward on the same mission.

Mr Waring - sent in a boat to find Mr Hunt

At 6AM Sighted missing boat coming around the North eastern end of the Island & picked her up and then returned to the Southward & picked up Mr Waring

8 am to meridian. Picked up the search party at 9, and steamed brg S'd &W'd after relief boat &picked it up.

CF Putnam, Master - Sent Master CF Putnam & Ensign HJ Hunt ashore to find "the Corwin's" cairn

HJ Hunt, Ensign - Sent Master CF Putnam & Ensign HJ Hunt ashore to find "the Corwin's" cairn

Gentle to moderate breeze from the SE by S partually overcast & pleasant. At 4:30 took departure from Herald Island. Set Course SW boat returned from Herald Island having reached Cairn, left on the NE summit by the Revenue Cutter "Corwin". Left record on island with "Corwin's". Smooth sea steady barometer.

At 4.30 took departure from Herald Island. Set course SW. boat returnedfrom Herald Isl'd having reached Cairn left on NE summit by the Revenue Cutter "Corwin" - Left record on Island with "Corwin's". Smooth sea. Steady barometer.

4PM to 6PM Boat returned from herald Isl'd having reached Cairn left on the NE summit by the Revenue Cutter "Corwin" - Left record on Island with "Corwins"

8PM to midnight. Overcast & cloudy during first hour. Wind blowing in occasional strong puffs, and very baffling. Barometer unsteady.

 

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Position: off herald island arctic ocean

 

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30 September 1881

Position: at 2 pm wrangel island in sight on starboard quarter

2+3 AM passed close to sea ice on starboard beam.

Bright display of Northern Lights during watch, brightest between 2+3 AM

Mid to 4AM. Bright display of Northern Lights during watch. Brightest between 2 & 3 AM

Wm Rohdy - By order of Comnd'g Officer Wm Rohdy (Qm) was disrated + reduced to Seaman for gross insolence to the Officer of the Deck.

Wm Rohdy - disrated and reduced to seaman for gross insolence to the officer of the deck

Chas Mc Shean (sea) was rated 2m.

By order of Commd'g Officer Wm. Rohdy (2m) was disrated & reduced to seaman for gross insolence to the Officer of the Decks.

Chas McShean - rated

Chas McShean - Chas McShean (Sea) was rated Q.M.

birds: great many

 

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OCTOBER 1881



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Position: arctic ocean

 

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1 October 1881

Lieutenant Robert M. Berry - Writer of log

Commences & until 4am Fresh breeze from NE first two hours to NNE last two. Hove to on Starboard tack under Jib & Spanker. Drifting slowly to WNW. Moderate sea. Barometer falling - partially clear first two hours - overcast & snowing last two - Got casts at 2. and 4.am in 21 fathoms. gravel bottom. Master, U.S.Navy.

4. to 8.am Overcast, foggy & snowing. RIsing Barometer. Fresh NNE breeze hauling to N'd & W'd - Ship hove to on Starboard tack; At 6.20. Started ahead on course S. - Set M.T.Staysail. At 9am fog lifted disclosing the land ahead and on port bow - and beam close aboard & ice bound. Rounded to to Starboard, hauled down fore & aft sail and got cast of lead in 13 faths water. Ensign USNavy

At 9 am fog lifted disclosing teh land ahead and on port bow- and beam close aboard + ice bound.

Whales: Great many Whales in sight during the Watch. Whales around the shore ice

Heavy ice along beach & heavy sea breaking heavily on ice - Impossible for boat to land.

Heavy ice along beach.

8 to Meridian: Gentle to Moderate breeze from NbyE to NE. very unsettled weather, snowing hard at intervals, setting in thick while snowing - standing along coast. Captain directing course; changing course and standing out as watch shoals, looking for a place to land - Heavy ice along beach & heavy sea breaking heavily on ice - Impossible for boat to land. Passed great many settlements - At 11 am set course standing along coast to N'd & E'd. Great many Whales in sight during the Watch. Whales around the shore ice - Saw some Seal and great many ducks & gulls. Barometer Steady. Geo. M. Stoney, Ensign USNavy

seal: some

Seal: Saw some Seal

Heavy ice along beach + heavy sea breaking heavily on ice. Impossible for boat to land.

Passed great many settlements.

Whales: Great many

ducks & gulls: Saw great many ducks & gulls.

whales: great many

Whales: Great many

Ducks and Gulls: Great many

Ducks: great many

Gulls: great many

Seal: Saw some seal

ducks & gulls: great many

passed several large blocks of ice.

with heavy ice along beach

passed several large blocks of ice grounded at some distance from the beach.

Land with heavy ice along the beach - passed several large blocks of ice grounded at some distance from the beach.

Meridian to 4pm Fresh breeze from NNE first hour - shifting to N second hour and to NWbyW last two hours of watch - Weather overcast. hazy first part. snow last two hours. Standing along the coast. Land with heavy ice along the beach - passed several large blocks of ice grounded at some distance from the beach. Long sea from NE first part & changing with the wind to rough sea from NW last part of watch. At 3 pm the snow squalls shut in the land. Brought by the wind on Port tack under Fretopmast Staysail & Spanker & let steam run down - running along in from 9 to 10 fathoms. Master, USNavy

Luminous water.

Luminous water.

6 to 8 pm Stiff to moderate breeze from WNW - overcast & snowing - Ship pitching Easily - Heavy swell from N'd & W'd. Luminous water - Got cast of lead at 7.pm in 13 faths - Got cast at 8 in 16 fats. hard bottom - Barometer Steady. Geo. M. Stoney Ensign USNavy

4 to 6 pm Overcast and Snowing - Blowing a Moderate gale with occasional lulls from NNW. Ship by the wind on port tacks under Jib & spanker. Engine turning over Slowly - drifting to N'd & E'd - along the coast. Ensign USNavy

8 pm to Midnight Fresh gale from WNW with strong squalls last two hours. Moderating last half hour - Rough Sea. At 9 increased speed to get into deeper water - By the wind on port tack under foretopmast Staysail & Spanker - Clear overhead, snowing at intervals - Aurora to N'd & E'd - Ship pitching deeply at times but Easily. Got cast at 9 in 19 faths - at 10 in 20 faths. at 11 & 12 in 21 faths Muddy bottom. Master USNavy

aurora to Nd & Ed

Aurora to N'd + E'd.

Aurora to Nd & Ed

Examined and found to be correct. H.S.Waring Master USN Navigator

 

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Position: arctic ocean

Blue Mud

Blue Mud

 

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2 October 1882

Robert M Berry - under the command of Lieut Rober M Berry

Commences and until 4.am. A little bluesky with some stars shining brightly down first two hours, overcast the last two - Snowing during a part of first hour. Moderate to strong gale from WNW. Rough sea - Ship by the wind, under under F. Topmast Staysail - Spanker + Steam. drifting to, Nd + Ed - Got soundings as follows - At 1 and 2. A.m. 20 faths - at 3.am. 21 faths. at 4a.m. 22 fms - Sandy bottom -

Commences and until 4.am A little blue sky with some stars shining brightly down first two hours, overcast the last two - Snowing during a part of first hour. Moderate to strong gale from WNW - Rough Sea - Ship by the wind. under under F.Topmast Staysail - Spanker & Steam. drifting to N'd & E'd. Got soundings as follows - At 1 and 2 am 20 fats - at 3 am 21 faths. at 4 am 22 fms. Sandy bottom - Ensign USNavy

ducks: Saw good many ducks all standing to the S'd

4 to 8 am: Fresh breeze to moderate breeze from the WNW. Overcast threatening, snowing the last hour of watch - Rough sea from Nd + Wd. Ship pitching easily - Saw good many ducks all standing to the Sd- Got cast of lead at 6 am, in 23 fms, at 8 am in 24 fathoms Blue mud -

4 to 8 am Fresh breeze to moderate breeze from the WNW overcast & threatening, Snowing the last hour of watch - Rough Sea from N'd & W'd. Ship pitching easily - Saw good many ducks all standing to the S'd - Got cast of lead at 6 am, in 23 fms. at 8am in 24 fathoms. Blue Mud - Geo M. Stoney, Ensign USNavy

Ducks: Many

duck: good many

Saw good many ducks all standing to the S'd

8 to meridian Fresh gale from WNW - By the wind under F. Topmast staysail and Spanker. Rough sea- Cloudy. Snow first two hours- Got cast at. noon in 23 fathoms, mud bottom.

8 to Meridian Fresh gale from WNW - By the wind under F.Topmast Staysail and Spanker. Rough Sea. Cloudy. Snow first two hours - Got cast at Noon in 23 fathoms, Mud bottom. Master USNavy

Meridian to 4 P.m. Overcast + snowing. Rough sea moderating after 2 P.m. WNW breeze blowing fresh first hour. but moderating + hauling to the Nd. later. Barometer steady at 29.-60-

Meridian to 4 pm Overcast & snowing Rough sea Moderating after 2pm. WNW breeze blowing fresh first hour. but moderating & hauling to the N'd later. Barometer steady at 29.60 - Ensign USNavy

4 to 6. P.m: Moderate + fresh breeze from NW. Overcast +snowing. Sea moderating. Got cast lead at 6 P.m. in 25 faths water - Blue mud. Barometer steady. Sea moderating from the Nd + Wd

4 to 6 pm Moderate & fresh breeze from NW overcast & snowing. Sea Moderating Got cast of lead at 6 pm in 25 faths water - Blue Mud. Barometer Steady. Sea moderating from the N'd & W'd - Geo. M. Stoney, Ensign USNavy

6 to 8 P.m. Wind fresh from NW by W. Rough sea. Steady Barometer. Got cast at 8.P.m. in 25 faths mud bottom -

6 to 8 pm Wind fresh from NWbyW. Rough sea, Steady Barometer - Got cast at 8 pm in 25 faths Mud bottom. Master USNavy

8 to midnight. Overcast + snowing moderate breeze from Nd + Wd. Steady Barometer - nimb clouds. Wind + sea moderating.

8 to Midnight Overcast & snowing Moderate breeze from N'd & W'd. Steady Barometer - Nimb clouds - Wind & Sea Moderating. Ensign USNavy

HSWaring Master USN Navigator

 

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2 October 1881 not included

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3 October 1881

Robert M Berry - under the command of Lieut Rober M Berry

Commences + until 4 a.m. Light air to fresh breeze form the NW by W. Overcast and snowing last hour of watch litle blue sky overhead - Blowing in fresh squalls at intervals followed by very heavy falls of snow - not being able to see half ships length. Squalls less frequent last part of watch. also less fall of snow. Between 2 and 3. a.m. bright display of Northern Light - Moderate sea from Nd + Wd. Moderating all the watch - Water very luminous - Got cast of lead at 2. a.m. in 25 faths - got cast at 4 a.m. 25 faths Soft blue mud - Barometer steady.

Between 2 and 3 am bright display of Northern Lights.

Commences & until 4am Light air to fresh breeze from the NW by W overcast and snowing last hour of watch little blue sky overhead - Blowing in fresh squalls at intervals followed by very heavy falls of snow - not being able to see half ships length. Squalls less frequent last part of watch. also less fall of snow. Between 2 and 3 am bright display of Northern Light - Moderate sea from N'd & W'd. Moderating all the watch - Water very luminous - Got cast of lead at 2.am in 25 faths - got cast at 4 am 25 faths. Soft blue mud - Barometer Steady. Geo. M. Stoney, Ensign USNavy

Between 2 & 3 bright display of Northern Lights.

bright display of northern lights

water very luminous

Water very luminous

Geo. M. Stoney - Enisgn USNavy

4 to 8 a.m. Fresh breeze from NW. Squally - overcast + cold. Heavy snow greater part of watch. By the wind on port tack under F. T.mast staysail + spanker. Steaming half speed first three hours. At 7 brought ship to course SSE and made sail to topsails + foresail. + increased to full speed - set jib + hauled down F. Topmast staysail. Moderate sea - Got cast at 6. am. in 25 fms. Soft blue mud.

4 to 8 am Fresh breeze from NW. Squally - overcast & cold. Heavy Snow greater part of watch - By the wind on port tack under F.T'mast Staysail & Spanker. Steaming half speed first three hours. At 7 brought ship to course SSE & hauled down F.Topmast Staysail. Moderate sea - Got cast at 6.am in 25 fms. Soft blue mud. Master USNavy

8 to meridian: Partially overcast fist two hours. Snowing last two. Moderate westerly breeze. Rising Barometer. Cum. clouds. At noon made the land on Starboard bow and rounded to to port setting course NE. Passed through discolored water evidently at the mouth of a river - Got cast of lead in passing through in 17 fathms sandy bottom -

8 to Meridian Partially overcast first two hours, snowing last two. Moderate westerly breeze. Rising Barometer - Cum. clouds - At noon made the land on Starboard bow and rounded to to port setting cours NE. passed through discolored water evidently at the mouth of a river - got cast of leads in passing through in 17 fathoms sandy bottom. Ensign USNavy

Made land on starboard, .......... ,passed through discolored water evident at mouth of a river.

Between 12 and 1 PM passed discolored water, got cast in 17 faths water. Water resembled a shoal. but got more water than onstal of it - Grey sandy bottom in discoloured water.

Meridian to 4 P.m: Stiff + fresh breeze from NW to NW by N, overcast + snowing. heavy fall of snow at intervals - at 3.35 set Topgallantsails - 12.30 set course NE. Between 12 and 1 P.m. passed discolored water. Got cast in 17 faths water. Water resembled a shoal. but got more water than onstal of it- Grey sandy bottom in discolored water. Got cast at 3. P.m. in 24 faths grey muddy bottom, moderate sea from Nd + Ws. Saw during the watch several flocks of ducks standing to the Sd- Barometer rising-

Meridian to 4 pm Stiff & fresh breeze from NW to NWbyN overcast & snowing. heavy fall of snow at intervals - At 3.35 Set Topgallantsails - 12.30 set course NE between 12 and 1 pm passed discolored water. got cast in 17 faths water. Water resembled a shoal but got more water than ~sta~ of it - Grey sandy bottom in discolored water. got cast at 3.pm in 24 faths. grey muddy bottom, Moderate sea from N'd & W'd. saw during the watch several flocks of aucks standing to the Id. Barometer rising. Geo.M.Stoney, Ensign USNavy

Ducks: Saw during watch several flocks of ducks standing to the S'd.

duck: several flocks

ducks: several flocks standing to the Id

4 to 6 P.m. Fresh breeze from NW by N. Moderate sea - weather cloudy. Snowing first hour.

4 to 6 PM Fresh breeze from NW by N Moderate Sea - Weather cloudy. Snowing first hour. Master USNavy

aucks : saw during the watch several flocks of aucks standing to the Id.

6 to 8 PM Cloudy - Moderate breeze from NNW. Rising Barometer Ensign USNavy

6 to 8 P.m. Cloudy - moderate breeze from NNW. Rising Barometer.

8 P.m. to midnight: Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW to N by W. Overcast + light snow first hour of watch. clear + pleasant remainder of watch. Bright star + moon light. At 10 P.m. changed course to ENE. Moderate sea. At 10 P.m. got cast of lead in 26 faths sand bottom - Ice blink on starboard beam between 9+11 P.m. Barometer rising.

8pm to Midnight: Gentle to Moderate breeze from NNW to NbyW overcast & light snow first hour of watch. Clear & pleasant remainder of watch - Bright star & moon light. At 10.PM changed course to ENE. Moderate sea. At 10 PM got cast of lead in 26 faths hard bottom - Ice blink on Starboard beam between 9 & 11 PM. Barometer Rising. Geo.M.Stoney, Ensign USNavy

Ice blink on starboard beam between 9 + 11 PM.

Ice blink on Starboard beam between 9 & 11 PM.

HSWaring Master USNavy Navigator

 

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Position: arctic ocean

 

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4 October 1881

Commences and until 4.am Light NbyW breeze. clear & pleasant weather - Light snow squalls. 3.am Smooth Sea. Master, USNavy

4 to 8.am Clear and pleasant. light breeze from NbyW. hauling to N'd & E'd. Barometer Steady. At 8 took in all Square sail got cast of lead in 26 fathoms. Ensign, USNavy

8 to Meridian: Light air & Light breeze brom NE. Calm & pleasant. Swell from the N'd & E'd. at 12 got cast of lead in 25 faths pebble bottom. Barometer rising. great many Gulls following ship - saw flock of ducks standing to Id. Geo.M.Soney, Ensign USNavy

ducks & gulls: great many Gulls following ship - saw flock of ducks standing to Id.

Gulls: Great many gulls following ship

Gulls: great many

ducks: flock

Ducks: saw flock of ducks standing to S'd

gulls: great many following ship

ducks: flock standing to Sd

Great many gulls following ship -- saw flock of ducks standing to Sd

Meridian to 4.pm: Light NE breezes - Weather pleasant. partially clear. Long swell from E'd. Master USNavy

4 to 6 pm Clear and pleasant - Rising Barometer - cum.clouds. Moderate breeze from ENE at 2pm Made sail to topgallantsails Ensign, USNavy

6 to 8.pm Gentle breeze from the ENE. clear and pleasant. Moderate swell from N'd & E'd. Got cast of lead at 7.pm 23 faths water Got cast at 8.pm in 28 faths. pebble bottom. Barometer steady. Took in Mainsail at 7. pm Geo.M. Stoney, Ensign USNavy

8pm to Midnight Light Air from NE first hour and North last three hours. Weather overcast. At 9.30 took in al sail except jib & spanker & brought by the wind on port tack - Sowed down Engine - Smooth Sea. Master USNavy

HSWaring Master USN Navigator

 

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Position: arctic ocean

Standing in towards the land.

 

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5 October 1881

Position: cape serdze kamen to tipcau island

Robert M Berry - under the command of Lieut Rober M Berry

Land insight on starboard quarter

Commences and until 4.a.m. Light NNW breeze Steady Barometer. Nimb cum. clouds. Ship lying to under jib + spanker. to wait for daylight - Land in sight on starboard quarter.

Land in sight on Starboard side.

4 to 8 a.m.- Light airs from the NW from 4 to 6 a.m. Light breeze to moderate breeze from SW from 6 to 8 a.m. Clear + pleasant. Land in sight at Daylight. At 5.45 stood in to the land SW 1/2 W. Got cast of lead at 4.30 - 25 faths with sand bottom.- Passed some walrus in the water - also whales. Barometer steady.

Land insight at daylight.

whales:

Walrus: some

walrus & whale: some

walrus and whales: some

Walrus: Passed some Walrus in the water.

Whales: Passed some walrus in the water, also whales.

walrus: some

Whales:

Geo. M. Stoney - Ensign USNavy

8 to meridian : Light breeze from SW by S. Clear + pleasant weather. Standing along the land from Cape Serdze Kamen to Sepcan Island. Made fore + aft sail.

Standing along the land from Cape Serdze Kamen to Fipcan (sic ?) Island

Meridian to 4 P.m. Light breeze from SW by W hauling to S'd.- Barometer steady cir.cum. clouds- At 1 P.m. lowered boat and sent her ahead to sound. Ship followed and at 1-25 P.m. came to inside Island with port anchor in 5 faths water veering 15 faths chain.

At 1 pm lowered boat and sent her ahead to sound. Ship followed at 1.25 PM. came to inside (~) Island with port anchor in 5 faths water veering 15 faths chain.

Crewe engaged in taking stores & lumbar ashore.

4 to 6 P.m. Gentle breeze from SSW. overcast + rainy. rain freezing soon after falling. Crew engaged in taking stores + lumber ashore. Ship riding to tide. Great many natives around - Barometer rising.

Great many natives around.

Great many natives around

Great many natives around

Great many natives around.

Geo. M. Stoney - Enisgn USNavy

6 to 8 P.m. Cloudy with light SW wind. Bar steady.

8 to midnight: Clear + pleasant. Light breeze ranging from S by W to SW by S. Barometer steady. cir. clouds- Bright moonlight + starlight Aurora to Nd.

Bright moonlight & starlight Aurora to N'd

Aurora to Nd

 

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Position: cape serdze kamen siberia

 

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6 October 1881

Sent working party to Island to build house and land stores

Sent working party to Island to build house and land stores

Sent working party to Island to build house and land stores

Sent working party to island to build house and land stores

Engaged in landing stores - working party on shore.

 

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 19 October 1882

 

 

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