Read all about USFCS Albatross's general description, specifications and time line.

Notes:

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

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

Editor’s notes:

Dredging and hydrographic records 1883-1900 can be found in the Albatross extract from US Fish Commission Book by C.H. Townsend. Albatross’ 1899 voyage in the Pacific is also described in the “Notes from the Albatross 1899-1900 expedition to Japan and the South Pacific” by Alexander Agassiz.


THE VOYAGES OF USFCS ALBATROSS 1898-1899

JP map overview

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

LOG BOOK – JANUARY 1st 1898 TO APRIL 21st 1898


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1898


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1 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Calm and light airs from NNE.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Calm and light variable airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from WNW and NW. Barometer falling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW to calm. Barometer steady.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from ESE, calm, and variable light airs.

James Roche Jr., Seaman, returned on board ten hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs. Barometer steady.


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2 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from East. Barometer falling first hour, then rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear, partly cloudy latter part. Calm first hour, then light airs to breezes from South and SW. The Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew. Had General Muster of crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes variable first hour, then from SE and SSE.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SbyW first hour, from East latter part.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and foggy. Calm and light airs from East and ESE.


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3 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and damp. Light airs to breezes from East and South, then calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm first part, then light breezes from ENE and NE.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, light rain last hour. Light breeze from NE to variable light airs and light breezes. Barometer falling. Breaking out ballast from laboratory hold. Received on board in Equipment Department: 47lb slaked [slacked in log] lime.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy. Light airs to light breeze from SSW. Barometer falling first hour, then steady. Continued work of preceding watch and began cleaning bilge.

At 1.35 the British torpedo destroyer “Sparrowhawk” came into port, and at 3.30 HBMS “Phaeton” came in and fired national salute, US Ensign at main. The Captain of this vessel called officially upon the Commanding Officer of the “Phaeton” [Captain Francis George Kirby].

Received in Engineer’s Department: 2 boxes machinery, and 1 box hardware.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy. Variable light airs to light and gentle breezes from SE. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from South, to light breeze and light airs from SSW, calm at end of watch. Barometer rising.


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4 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Calm to light airs from ESE and East.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Light airs from East, calm, and light airs to light breeze from ESE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from SE to South.

Engaged breaking out and cleaning under laboratory hold.

The Commanding Officer of HBMS “Phaeton” called on the Commanding Officer.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light airs to gentle breezes from South and SSW. Cleaning bilges under laboratory hold.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light airs to breezes from West to North.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East first hour, then calm.


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5 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, then overcast. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy latter part. Light airs to gentle breezes from East and variable. Shifting ballast and cleaning out laboratory hold.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, but pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from East, and light airs from ESE and WNW. Barometer falling. Cleaning laboratory bilges and painting dredging gear. Received in Equipment Department: 2 wharf brooms.


From meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from WNW, and gentle breeze from NWbyW. Barometer falling. Continued work of preceding watch and began breaking out fore hold.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from NWbyW to WNW. Steamer “Santa Rosa” arrived in port.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Gentle to light breeze from NW to NNW. Barometer falling.


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6 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from NNW, North, ENE, and variable. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from West, and light airs to light breeze from EbyN.

The British cruiser “Phaeton” and torpedo destroyer “Sparrowhawk” left port.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Light airs to breezes from EbyN, shifting to SE and WbyN. Engaged scraping and painting dredging gear. Scrubbed yawl.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WbyN and West. Painted yawl. Engaged overhauling nets and seines, and scraping and painting dredging gear.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breezes from WNW and NW, shifting to East and ESE latter part.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from EbyN and East.


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7 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Light airs to breezes from East and ESE.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light drizzle first part. Light airs to breezes from ESE and East. Breaking out sounding shot in laboratory hold.

Frederic Morton Chamberlain, Scientific Assistant, left the ship for San Francisco, under telegraphic instructions from the Fish Commission.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light rain last half of watch. Light breeze from East to SSE, and light airs from East. Cleaning fore hold and lower laboratory.

Received in Equipment Department: 5 pairs brass butt hinges, 2 pairs shelf brackets, 100 linear feet moulding.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Light airs from ESE to light and gentle breeze from SSW. Barometer falling. Continued work of preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from SSW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Light airs from SE, calm, and variable light airs.


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8 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from East to ESE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light breezes from ESE, shifting to NbyW last hour.

Engaged cleaning ship, inside and out. Restowed dredging gear in laboratory hold.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breezes from SSW and SW. Labelled and stowed below dredging nets and seines.

The USS “Monadnock” came in and anchored at 12.25. The Commanding Officer paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer of the “Monadnock” [Captain William Henry Whiting].

Lieutenant Leroy Mason Garrett returned from leave.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy with light passing showers last hour. Light airs to breezes from SSW, shifting to SE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with light passing showers. Light airs to breezes from SE and South.


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9 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy with light rain at times. Light to gentle breezes from SW to West.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy with light passing showers first part. Light to moderate breezes from West and WSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, rainy and squally. Light to moderate breeze from WSW to WbyS. Captain inspected the ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light passing showers. Gentle to moderate breeze from WSW and SWbyS. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Generally cloudy. Gentle to moderate breeze from WSW and light breeze from West. Barometer steady.

Steamer “Queen” [probably “Queen of the Pacific”] came into port.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Variable light airs, and light airs to moderate breeze from WSW. Barometer steady.


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10 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and squally with passing showers. Light to fresh breeze from WSW. Barometer falling last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, rainy and squally. Light to fresh breeze from WSW to SW. Barometer falling first hour, and rising last hour.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy with passing rain showers. Light breezes from SW and WSW, with stiff and fresh breezes in squalls. Scrubbing paintwork on berth deck and scrubbing hold.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light passing rain showers. Light airs to moderate breezes from SSW and South. Finished scrubbing on berth deck. Scrubbing fore hold. Enlisted for one year as Ordinary Seaman, William L. Morris.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Light to moderate breezes from NbyE to NE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cold. Light to gentle breezes from NE and North.


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11 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light breezes from ENE and East. Engaged scrubbing fore hold.


From 8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy. Light to gentle breeze from East to EbyS, and light breeze from South. Cleaning and varnishing bright woodwork.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy but pleasant. Light breeze from South, SSW, SW, and West. Barometer falling slowly. Restowing fore hold.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light breeze to light airs from SW and calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, squally last hour. Light airs from East, gentle to moderate breeze from ESE, and moderate to stiff breeze from ESE.


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12 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, rainy and squally. Moderate to fresh breeze from SE and ESE. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy to partly cloudy, squally with passing showers. Moderate to fresh breeze from ESE, shifting to fresh breeze from SSW, then to moderate breeze from SE. Barometer falling first half of watch, then rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy with light passing rain squalls. Gentle to stiff breezes from SEbyE. Cleaning out sail room.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool. Gentle to moderate breezes between SEbyS and SEbyE. Scrubbed boat gear.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Gentle to moderate breezes from ESE and SE, decreasing to light airs from NNE last hour.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes, shifting between EbyS and ENE, from NW last hour.


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13 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light NNE airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from NNE and NEbyE, then variable.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs, and light airs from ESE and SSE. Barometer rising first half of watch, then falling. Cleaning boats.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WbyN to SWbyW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Variable light airs, calm, and light airs from NE. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light airs to light breeze from NE. Barometer rising.


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14 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Variable light breezes, and light breezes from NE to ENE. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light breeze from ENE. Barometer rising.

The USS “Alert” came in and anchored at 7.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from SSE to East. Scrubbed ship outside.

The Commanding Officer called on the USS “Alert”.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WSW and West.

The Commanding Officer of the USS “Alert” [Commander Eugene Henry Cozzens Leutze] called on the Commanding Officer. The Wardroom Officers of the USS “Alert” called on the Commanding Officer, and on the Wardroom. Restowed fore hold.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light WNW breezes first part, then calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm, light NNE airs last hour.


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15 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from ESE and NE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs from NE, variable latter part.

The USS “Alert” left the harbor at 6.00.

Engaged cleaning ship.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs, calm, light airs from WbyS and light breeze from West. Barometer falling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light breeze to light airs from WNW. Barometer steady.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm to light airs and light breeze from NEbyE. Barometer steady.


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16 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs from NE, and variable light airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Variable light airs, light airs and breezes from NE to NNE. Barometer rising slowly.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from EbyS, gentle to moderate WNW breezes last hour. The Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Gentle to moderate breezes from NWbyW to WbyN.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light to moderate breezes from WbyN to NNW, calm and variable airs last hour.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from EbyS.


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17 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm first part, then light airs from NE and ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, cool. Calm and light airs from ENE and East.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light breeze from ESE, and light airs to gentle breeze from SW to WSW. Barometer falling. Scraping spars and bright woodwork of boats.

Received on board in Pay Department: one thousand dollars ($1000) in cash.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy. Gentle breeze from West to WbyN. Barometer falling slowly. Continued work of preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Gentle breeze from WbyN, and light breeze from NbyW and NWbyW, and calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light breeze and light airs from ENE to EbyN. Barometer rising.


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18 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs and light breeze from NE. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear early part, partly cloudy at end of watch. Light airs from East, ENE and NNE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light airs to breezes from NWbyW. Scraping boat gear and bright woodwork on boats.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from WNW and WbyN. Shellacking woodwork of boats.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from NWbyW first part, then calm and light NE airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes variable first hour, then from NE.


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19 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from ENE and East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from ENE and East.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from East, and light airs from ESE and South. Barometer falling. Painting boats and boat gear.

Wardroom Officers of this vessel called on officers of USS “Monadnock”.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze and light airs from SSW. Barometer falling. Continued work of preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs, and light airs from NE. Barometer falling slowly.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs and light breeze from NE. Barometer steady.


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20 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Gentle breeze to light airs from NE to calm. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East to ESE, variable and light airs to light breeze from ENE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from ESE and SE, shifting to SW. Finished work on boats. Setting up topmast rigging.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WNW to WSW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from WSW first hour, then variable.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs to breezes from SEbyE.


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21 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes between NNW and East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light airs from East and EbyN.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from EbyN, SEbyE, SE and SW. Cleaning ship outside.

Lieutenant [Junior Grade] John P. McGuinness, US Navy, received orders from the Navy Department, detaching him from this vessel, February 5th 1898.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NbyE, light breeze from SW, and gentle to moderate breeze from WNW. Barometer falling first hour, then steady.

US Revenue Cutter “Corwin” left the harbor.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW, light breeze from NWbyW, and variable light airs. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs to light breeze from NE. Barometer steady.


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22 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NE and East. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from EbyS and light breeze from ENE. Barometer falling.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from ESE, SE, and SSW. Engaged cleaning ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from SW to SSW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm and light airs between SSW and WSW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with light passing rain showers last hour. Light airs between SE and SW.


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23 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and rainy. Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from West and WSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy with light passing showers first part. Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from WbyS and West.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally with light passing showers. Gentle to fresh breeze from West. Barometer falling. The Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally. Gentle to fresh breeze from West.

At 1.50 USS “Monterey” came into the harbor and anchored.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally with passing showers. Gentle to fresh breeze from West and WSW. Barometer falling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and squally with light rain first hour. Gentle to fresh breeze from WSW, NWbyW, and WbyN. Barometer rising.


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24 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy, clearing at end of watch. Gentle to fresh breeze from WbyN to moderate breeze from WNW to NW. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW and light breeze from East and NNE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from ENE first part, shifting to West and WbyN.

The Commanding Officer called on the USS “Monterey”.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to moderate breezes from WbyN and West. Cleaning laboratory.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breezes from West.

Discharged from the Naval Service, by reason of expiration of enlistment: Elias Gideon Borman (Carpenter’s Mate 1st class) and Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 2nd class).


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light ENE breezes.


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25 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.72, Long -117.21


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from ENE to ESE.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, cold. Light airs to breezes from NE and NEbyN.

Got underway from wharf at 6.52 and came to anchor in 6½ fathoms water, 30 fathoms on starboard chain, #8 Beacon SE, Buoy NbyE½E.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light airs and light breeze from SE to SSE. Barometer falling. Scrubbing and painting lower laboratory.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from SSE to light breeze from SSW. Barometer falling. Painting lower laboratory.

Enlisted for one year as Coal Passer, Francis Marion Green Jr. and rated him Fireman 2nd class.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs to light breeze from SbyE, SEbyE, and NEbyN. Barometer falling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs to light breeze from NE, variable light airs at end of watch.


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26 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.72, Long -117.21


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Variable light airs, light airs from North, light breeze and light airs from EbyS to EbyN. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Light breeze from EbyS, and light breeze to light airs from ENE.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from ESE and SSE, from WNW last hour. Painting upper and lower laboratory.

HBMS “Pheasant” came in and anchored at 8.45. The Commanding Officer of HBMS “Pheasant” [Lieutenant Herbert Granville Smith] called on the Commanding Officer.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from NW and NWbyW. Finished painting laboratories. Painted deck house port side. Received in Equipment Department: 1 roll leather.

The Commanding Officer of the USS “Monterey” [Captain Charles E. Clark] called on the Commanding Officer.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WNW first part, then calm and light airs from NE and SE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light NE airs and breezes.


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27 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs shifting between NbyE and ESE.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, cool. Calm and light variable airs.

HBMS “Pheasant” left the harbor at 6.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from West to WbyN, and light airs to light breeze from NW. Barometer falling. Painting deck house.

At 8.15 got up anchor and went alongside of the Coronado Wharf.

The Wardroom Officers of the USS “Monterey” called officially on the officers of this vessel.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and rainy. Light airs to light breeze from WNW, variable, light airs, and light to gentle breeze from ESE to SSE. Barometer rising.

HBMS “Egeria” came into port and anchored.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from NNE, and light airs to light breeze from NW. Barometer falling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy. Light airs and light breeze from ESE and NE. Barometer falling.


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28 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain last hour. Calm and variable light airs. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light rain. Calm and variable light airs. Barometer rising last hour.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy with light drizzling rain. Light airs to breezes from SEbyE first hour, shifting by East to NNW last hour. Scrubbed ship outside. Cleaning out and refilling laboratory specimen bottles.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy with light showers at times. Light breezes from NW and WbyN. Finished painting deck house.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing at end. Calm and light airs to breezes from NWbyW and WNW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, clearing at end. Calm first part, then light NE airs.


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29 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs to breezes from NE and NNE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs to breezes from NNE and NE. Cleaning ship.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze from SE to SSE, and light airs from SSE and WNW. Barometer falling.

Captain of this vessel called officially on the Commanding Officer of HBMS “Egeria” [Commander Morris Henry Smyth]. Wardroom Officers of this vessel called officially upon Officers of the USS “Monterey”.

At 11.20 USS “Monadnock” got underway and left the bay.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy. Light to moderate breeze from WNW to NWbyW. Barometer falling early part of watch, rising later. Hauled gig upon ways on shore.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy. Moderate to light and gentle breezes from WNW. Barometer steady.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from WNW and calm. Barometer falling first hour, then steady.


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30 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NNE, and NE, and calm. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear early part, partly cloudy at end. Calm and light airs from NNE.

HBMS “Egeria” left the bay.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from WNW to SSW. The Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from SSW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Calm and light airs between NE and SSE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light NE airs and breezes.


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31 January 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Calm and light ENE airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Calm and light airs from EbyS, SSE, and SW. Barometer steady. Painting ship inside.

Received in Pay Department: one thousand dollars in cash.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from various directions. Barometer steady. Painting ship inside.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Calm and light airs from WbyN and WNW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Calm and light airs from West. Barometer rising.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1898


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1 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Calm and light airs from WNW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Calm and variable light airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes, NNW to WbyN. Painting bulwarks inside, and waterways.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from WbyN and NWbyW. Painting waterways.

Discharged Harvey Edward Johnston (Coal Passer) by reason of expiration of enlistment, and Bernhard Thiele (Seaman) and J.R.A. Vincent (Quartermaster 1st class) their services being no longer required.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breezes from NWbyW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy, foggy at times. Calm and light airs to breezes from NWbyW first part, then variable.


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2 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, foggy last hour. Calm and light airs to breeze, variable first part, then from WNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant, foggy first hour. Calm and light airs from North and West.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light airs and light breezes from West to WNW. Barometer steady.

Enlisted for one year as Coal Passer, Harvey Edward Johnston.
Sent on shore 12 chairs for repair.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Light airs to moderate breeze from WNW and moderate to gentle breeze from NWbyW. Barometer steady.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light breeze and light airs from NWbyW. Barometer falling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Calm and light airs from NWbyW. Barometer rising slowly.


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3 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy, clearing at end of watch. Light airs from EbyN to East. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to light breeze from WNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WNW. Cleaning out brig and fore peak.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WNW.

Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) returned on board 189 hours over time.

Received in Equipment Department: 20 lbs wire finishing nails, and 3 slide bolts.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WNW to NW.

Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) left the ship without permission at 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light NW airs first hour, then calm.


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4 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear first part, then foggy. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and foggy. Calm first part, then light airs from East to SE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant with fog over the sea. Light airs from North, NE, variable, and South.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, foggy outside of bay. Light breeze from SSW.

Received from US Fishing Commission: 50 telegraph blanks, 500 paper clips, 3 gross rubber bands, 1 box pens, 2 erasers.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and foggy. Light airs to light breeze from SSW and East. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and foggy. Variable light airs, and light airs from SSE. Barometer rising.


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5 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and foggy. Calms and light airs from SSE and ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy. Variable light airs. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Foggy to clear. Light variable airs and breezes.

Enlisted Loyd Emery Whitson as Ordinary Seaman, for one year.

Lieutenant John P. McGuinness was detached, ordered home and granted two months’ leave, by order of the Navy Department, dated January 14, 1898.

The ferry boat “Benicia” was brought to her former berth on the inboard side of this wharf.

High water about 8.30.

Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) absent from the ship without permission.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair. Light airs to light breezes from Southward. Low water about 3.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast. Calm to light breezes from Northward and Westward.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast. Calm and light variable airs. High water about 10.00.


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6 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Fair to overcast. Light airs to light breezes from NNE to NNW. Low water about 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast. Light breeze to light airs from ENE.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light airs from NWbyN and WNW and calm. Barometer falling. Captain inspected ship and crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Calm to light airs and light breeze from SW and light to gentle breeze from West.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light breeze and light airs from WbyN to NW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from East.


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7 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Generally cloudy. Variable light airs. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Variable light airs, and light airs to light breeze from East. Barometer fluctuating.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to stiff breeze from SE to South, squalls with light rain last two hours. High water about 9.30.

Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) absent without leave.

The 12 chairs sent ashore on the 2nd for repairs were returned completed.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast to fair. Stiff to gentle breeze from SbyE to SSE, squally with light rain at intervals first hour.

Discharged Arthur Calvin Mason (Chief Yeoman), his services being no longer required.

Low water about 4.00. Sealing and painting ship’s side in after room [of] starboard side wardroom.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light fog and drizzle. Gentle to light breeze from SSE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast to fair. Light airs and breezes from SSW, WSW, and West. High water about 10.30.


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8 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Fair. Light to gentle breeze from West and WNW. Low water about 4.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair. Gentle breeze from West, WbyN, and WNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair. Light to gentle breeze from NWbyW. Painting rail and davits.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NWbyW to WNW. Barometer falling. Continued painting.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle breeze from West, and light airs from NNW and ENE. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East, calm, and variable light airs.


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9 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light breeze from ENE and ESE, and variable light airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs to light breeze from ENE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs.

Passed Assistant Engineer Josiah Slutts McKean, USN, reported on board for duty in obedience to orders from the Navy Department of January 25th, 1898.

Painting boat davits, rail on upper deck, etc. High water about 10.45.

USS “Monterey” left port about 10.30.

Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) absent without leave.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to moderate breeze from WbyN. Continued work as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze to light airs from WbyN to NNW and calm. About 5.15 rescued three persons who had been thrown into the water by the capsizing of a small boat. Low water about 4.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs. Low water about 10.45.


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10 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear to fair. Light airs from North to calm and light variable airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair. Light airs, variable to ENE. Low water about 4.15.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair. Calm to light airs from SE to SSE. Painting davits and rail on hurricane deck.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSE, and light breeze from South. Barometer falling. Finished work of preceding watch.

“Monterey” came into harbor and anchored.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs from South and variable. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear early part of watch, foggy latter part. Light airs from ENE, NE, and variable. Barometer rising.


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11 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Foggy to clear. Variable light airs and calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear. Calm and variable light airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from NE to WNW.

Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) absent from the ship without permission.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WbyN.

The USS “Monadnock” came into port and anchored about 2.45.

High water about 12.20.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze to light airs from WbyN to WNW. Low water about 5.45.

Steamer “Pomona” left port about 5.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NNW, East, and ENE, and calms.


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12 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light variable airs. High water about 12.20.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear to fair and pleasant. Light airs from NNW. Low water about 7.15.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair. Light airs to light breeze from NWbyW to WNW. Barometer falling.

Enlisted for one year Leroy Church Hooker as Landsman for Chief Yeoman, and rated him Chief Yeoman from 9th inst.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW and NW. Barometer falling.

Captain of this vessel called officially upon the Commanding Officer of the USS “Monadnock” [Captain William Henry Whiting].


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear. Light airs from NE and variable.


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13 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Foggy to clear. Light to gentle breeze from WNW, variable light airs and calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WNW. Low water about 8.15. The Commanding Officer inspected the ship and crew.

By direction of the Commanding Officer, Daniel Kelly (Ordinary Seaman) was declared a deserter to date from the 3rd inst.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear to fair. Light breeze from WNW. High water about 3.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from NW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NW to light variable airs. Low water about 9.00.


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14 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from ENE to East, light variable airs last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs to light airs from SE to SSE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Calm to light airs and light breeze from WNW and NW. Barometer falling.

By order of the Captain, the following changes in rating were made, to date from February 2nd, 1898: August Ludwig Adolf Meyer (Quartermaster 2nd class) to Quartermaster 1st class; Victor Emanuel Fulmer (Quartermaster 3rd class) to Quartermaster 2nd class; Gustav Adolf Danilsen (Seaman) to Quartermaster 3rd class.

US Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madrono in log] arrived in port.

Lowered topgallant yard for repairs. Painted dredge storeroom.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light to moderate breeze from WNW. Barometer falling.

The Captain permitted subpoenas to be served upon William L. Morris (Ordinary Seaman) and A. Bloumfeldt (Ordinary Seaman), to appear as witnesses at a coroner inquest in San Diego, California, on the 15th inst.

Painted underneath topgallant forecastle with cork paint.

Received on board in Pay Department: one thousand dollars in cash.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate breeze from WNW to variable light airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs and calm.


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15 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from South and NE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NE and calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breezes from WNW to NWbyW. Low water about 11.00. Finished work on topgallant yard and sent it aloft.

Sent William L. Morris (Ordinary Seaman) and A. Bloumfeldt (Ordinary Seaman) to San Diego to appear as witnesses before a Coroner Jury.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear to fair. Last hour high bank of fog coming in from seaward. Light to gentle breeze from NWbyW to WNW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Foggy. Gentle to light breeze from WNW. High water about 5.30.

William L. Morris (Ordinary Seaman), and A. Bloumfeldt (Ordinary Seaman), returned at 4.30.

Steamer “Santa Rosa” left port about 5.20.


From 8pm to midnight:

Foggy. Light airs from WNW to South, to light breeze from SSE. Low water about 11.15.


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16 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Foggy. Squally first hour. Light airs to moderate breeze from SSE to South.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Gentle to light breeze from SSE to ESE. High water about 5.00.

Lighthouse Steamer “Madroño” [Madrono in log] left port about 7.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to gentle breeze from SSE. Painting underneath topgallant forecastle.

Discharged by reason of expiration of enlistment Robert Bailie (Oiler).


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light rain latter part of watch. Light to gentle breeze from SSE. Barometer falling. Painting underneath topgallant forecastle. Issued clothing and small stores to crew.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with light rain. Light to gentle breeze from SbyE to SSE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Light breeze from SE and South.


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17 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from South.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy with light rain. Light airs to light breeze from South.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from South. Light showers first and last hours.

At about 11.15 the USS “Monterey” half-masted her colors, the USS “Monadnock”, USCS “Patterson”, and this ship did the same. About 11.25 the Commanding Officer of the USS “Monterey” [Captain Charles E. Clark] sent an officer on board to say that he had received an order from the Navy Department, that by direction of the President of the United States, the colors would be displayed at half mast until further orders, on account of the loss of the USS “Maine”.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Light breeze from South. Low water about 1.15.

Michael John Callaghan (Water Tender) was this day discharged, his term of enlistment having expired.

Enlisted Robert Bailie as Fireman 1st class for one year, and rated him Oiler.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair. Light breeze to light airs from South. High water about 7.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair to clear. Calm and light airs from South.


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18 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Fair. Calm to light breeze from West. Low water about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from South, variable and SE. Got gig into the water. High water about 7.15.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from SE to South.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from South. Received on board in Equipment Department: 1 roll leather.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW, variable and calm. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East and ENE.


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19 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs and light breeze from ENE and East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs and light breezes.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WNW.

Discharged Christian Walter Madsen Jr. (Seaman), his term of enlistment having expired.

High water about 8.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WNW. Low water about 2.15.

Enlisted Fred Royal Hitchcock as Ordinary Seaman for one year.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WNW.

Steamer “Pomona” left port about 5.50.

The Commanding Officer of the USS “Monterey” [Captain Charles E. Clark] sent an officer on board to say that after sundown this evening the colors would not be half-masted.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WNW to North. High water about 9.30.


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20 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from North, NNE, and NE. Low water about 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NNE and NW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NWbyW and WbyN. Barometer falling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy. Light airs and light breeze from West to WNW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy. Light breeze from WNW, light airs from North and calm.

Michael Joseph Crowley (Fireman 1st class) who had been found absent from the ship, returned on board at 11.30 under the influence of intoxicating liquor.


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21 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Calm to light airs from North to NNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from NW and NNE.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast to fair. Light to gentle breeze from Northward and West. High water about 9.30.

Discharged Michael Joseph Crowley (Fireman 1st class), to date from the 20th, his services being no longer required.

Steam formed in after boiler at 10.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear to fair. Gentle breeze from WNW. Low water about 3.30.

At 12.30 shut stop valve on forward boiler, and opened one on after boiler.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair to overcast. Light drizzle at intervals last three hours. Gentle to light breeze from WNW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast. Light drizzle at intervals first hour. Light airs to light breeze from NW to ENE. High water about 10.00.


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22 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast. Light drizzle at intervals last two hours. Light airs to light breeze from ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast. Light airs to light breezes from ENE. Low water about 4.45.

At sunrise in company with the USS “Monterey”, USS “Monadnock”, and USCS “Patterson”, dressed ship with national ensigns at the mast heads, the two monitors dressing rainbow.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant. Light airs from NEbyE, calm, and light airs from West and WSW. Barometer falling.

USS “Monterey” and USS “Monadnock” fired national salute at noon.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WNW and WbyN. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW to SW. Low water about 4.15.

Steamer “Santa Rosa” came into port about 6.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NE. High water about 10.30.


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23 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Light breeze to light airs from ENE. Low water about 5.20.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast to fair. Light airs to light breezes from ENE, ESE, and SSW. High water about 11.00.

Discharged James Roche Jr. (Seaman), his term of enlistment having expired.

Getting machinery of gig back into the boat.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SSW.

Enlisted Alexander Lundishef as Ordinary Seaman for one year.

The USCS “Patterson” left port about 1.10.

About 1.15 a General Court Martial met on board the USS “Monadnock”.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from South. Low water about 5.00.

Steamer “Santa Rosa” left port about 5.25.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear to overcast. Calm, light variable airs to light breeze from ESE to SE. High water about 10.45.


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24 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to light breezes from SE, ESE, and East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast. Light airs from East. Low water about 5.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light airs from SE and SbyW, and light breeze from SSW. Barometer rising.

Enlisted for one year as Seaman, James Roche Jr.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to fair. Light airs to light breeze from SSW, West, and SW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, cloudy last hour. Light airs from SW to calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair to clear. Light airs and light breeze from NE to NEbyE.


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25 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NEbyE.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from East and calm.

Tug “Santa Fe” brought coal lighter with 50 tons of coal alongside.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to gentle breeze from WbyN and WNW. Coaling ship.

The General Court Martial on the “Monadnock” met about 10.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW. High water about 1.30. Finished coaling at 2.35, having received 50 tons.

About 3.00 tug Santa Fe came and took away coal lighter.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze to light airs from WNW and NNW. Low water about 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WNW and variable. High water about 11.50.


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26 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SE and calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WbyN and gentle breeze from WNW. Barometer falling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW and NWbyW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear to fair. Light airs from NE and calm.


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27 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NE.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Calm to light airs from NE and ENE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light variable airs to light breeze from WNW. Low water about 8.30. Commanding Officer inspected ship and crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate to gentle breeze from NNW to NWbyW and NW. High water about 4.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair to clear. Gentle to light breeze from NW and NNW.

Steamer “Pomona” left port about 5.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from NNW. Low water about 10.00.


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28 February 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breezes from NNW to NNE. High water about 2.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NNE, NE, and WNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WNW. Low water at about 9.45.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW. Barometer falling.

Ensign Cristopher C. Fewel, USN, reported for duty on board of this vessel in obedience to orders from the Navy Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Foggy to clear. Moderate breeze from WNW, gentle breeze from NWbyW, and light airs to light breeze from NWbyW and WNW. High water at about 5.45.


From 8pm to midnight:

Foggy. Light breeze from WNW and NW. Low water at about 10.00.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1898


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1 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Foggy to clear. Light airs from NNE, calm, and light airs from East. Barometer falling. High water at about 3.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East, NE, and North, and light airs to light breeze from NNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from NW and WNW. Low water about 10.30. At work overhauling port bower chain.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW.

Shipped Gustaf Erik Brunstrom Jr. as Ordinary Seaman for one year.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze to light airs from WNW. High water about 6.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WNW.


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2 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from NNW, ENE, East and variable. High water about 4.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear to fair. Light airs from NE to calm. Began hauling steam launch out of the water on the beach.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from NWbyW. Low water about 4.45.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from WNW, NWbyW, and NW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light variable airs and breezes, calm.

In obedience to telegraphic orders from the Commissioner, dated February 25, 1898, Frederic Morton Chamberlain and Cloudsley Rutter [Scientific Assistants] reported for duty.

A.C. Johansen (Seaman) left the ship on duty and failed to return.


From 8pm to midnight:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Light variable airs and calm.


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3 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Calm and light variable airs.

A.C. Johansen (Seaman) returned aboard 12 hours over time.


From 8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy. Variable light airs, and light breeze from NWbyW. Painted port chain.

Received on board in Equipment Department: a miscellaneous lot of stationery.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Light breeze from WNW to NWbyW.

Discharged A.C. Johansen (Seaman), his services being no longer required.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from South and SSW, and variable light airs.

Discharged John Kennedy (Fireman 1st class), his services being no longer required; also Francis Charles Southard and William L. Morris (Ordinary Seamen), their services being no longer required.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Variable light airs and calm, and light airs from NEbyN.


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4 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy. Light airs from ENE and ESE and calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy. Light airs from ESE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light variable airs and breezes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from WNW, then variable airs and light airs and breezes from SW.

Enlisted for one year, M.D. Nichols as Coal Passer.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SSW and calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear to overcast and cloudy. Calm and light airs from ENE.


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5 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, foggy last hour. Light airs to light breeze from ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, foggy first hour. Variable light airs, calm, and light airs from East. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair. Light airs from ESE and WNW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from WNW and SW, and light to gentle breeze from WNW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from WNW, calm.

Discharged Oluf Andersen (Water Tender) by reason of expiration of enlistment.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light variable airs.


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6 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Opening clear, then overcast and cloudy. Light airs from EbyN, calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Calm and light airs from NE.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from ENE and WNW.

K.A. Laine (Seaman in charge of hold) returned aboard 48 hours over time.

At 9.30 the Commanding Officer inspected the crew and ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from WNW.

Discharged Fred Whitney Airhart (Machinist 1st class) by reason of expiration of enlistment.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Gentle to light breezes from WNW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Variable airs and breezes.


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7 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Calm and light breezes and airs from WNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Calm and light airs from NW.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WNW.

Christian Oskar Baauer (Seaman) returned on board 2½ hours over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WNW. Got port chain below.

Andrew Hansen (Seaman) returned on board 8 hours over time.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WbyN and WNW, and light breeze from NW.

C.O. Baauer (Seaman) was apprehended while attempting to leave the ship without permission, and by order of the Captain was confined for safe keeping.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from NNE, calm, and variable light airs.


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8 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Generally cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from ENE, SSE, and NNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from NNW and variable directions.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Variable airs and breezes, gentle breezes from NNW latter part.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to pleasant. Moderate breeze from NNW decreasing to light breezes last hour from NbyE.

The Commanding Officer rated Gustaf Erik Brunstrom from Ordinary Seaman to Seaman from March 1st and A. Lundishef from Ordinary Seaman to Seaman from February 23rd.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light northwesterly airs and breezes.

Bernard E. Horan (Coal Passer) returned aboard ship 33½ hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy to pleasant. Light airs from NNW, calm.


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9 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs and breezes from NNE and ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Variable and light easterly airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from EbyN, calm and light airs to light breeze from West.

At 9.00 Mr. Frederic Morton Chamberlain and Mr. Cloudsley Rutter left the ship with the 1st cutter and flatboat with fishing gear to take specimens from the Bay and outside in vicinity of Point Loma.

Received in Equipment Department: 8 drawer handles.

By order of Commanding Officer, released Christian Oskar Baauer (Seaman) from confinement and restored him to duty.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light passing showers. Light airs from SW.

Enlisted for one year as Ordinary Seaman, Claus Fehring.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy with light drizzling rain. Light airs to light breeze from SSW to SW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from WSW and SW.


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10 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy. Light airs to light breeze from SW and moderate breeze from WSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light rain. Gentle breeze to light airs from WSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and passing showers. Gentle breeze from South, SSW, and SWbyS.

Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 2nd class) returned aboard 1 hour over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Generally overcast and cloudy, passing showers. Light breezes from ESE and SSE, and light airs from SSW.

Discharged Samuel Rodgers Samuels (Chief Yeoman) by reason of expiration of enlistment.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy with passing showers, calm. Light breezes and airs from E to SE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from ENE and NNW.


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11 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Generally cloudy and pleasant. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs and light airs to light breeze from WSW and WNW.

Enlisted for one year as Landsman, Charles A. Cook, and rated him Chief Yeoman from date.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW to West.

Enlisted for one year as Machinist 1st class, William Mallory Kiggs.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from West and light airs from WbyN, WNW, and ENE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs, variable, and ESE to East.


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12 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from ENE and variable.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from SW.

Orb Welch was enlisted for one year as Coal Passer.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from SSW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from SSW.


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13 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze from SSW and WSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Light to gentle breezes from SSW to WSW


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and squally. Gentle to stiff breeze from SW and WSW. The Captain inspected ship and crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and squally. Gentle to stiff breeze from WSW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy to clear. Gentle to stiff breeze from WbyN.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Moderate to stiff breeze from WbyN. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW and light breeze from NNW.


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14 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs from East and NE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from NE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East and WNW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from West, WNW, and WbyN.

Discharged F.E. Gallagher (Coal Passer) by reason of services being no longer required.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes and airs from WbyN and calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm, light airs and breezes from East and ESE.


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15 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from ESE and EbyN. Calm 2nd hour. Got steam launch into the water about 2.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from EbyN to light breezes from ENE and EbyN.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light breezes from SEbyE, and light airs from ESE and variable.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW and West.

Enlisted for one year as Ordinary Seaman, Edward Foot.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, rain last hour. Light to gentle breeze from West.


From 8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, rain first hour. Light airs to gentle breeze from West.


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16 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy. Light to gentle breeze from West and WNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Light passing shower in latter part of watch. Gentle breeze from West and light airs from ESE, NNE, and East.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light variable airs.


From meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from SWbyW, WSW, and WbyN.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes and airs from West.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Calm, light airs from East.


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17 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy, then clear and pleasant. Light breezes and airs from WNW and East. Stiff breezes in squalls 2nd hour from WNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from East and ENE.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from ESE and SSE and light airs to light breeze from SSW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SSW and variable.

Enlisted for one year as Coal Passer, Edward Franklin Bond.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, squally and rainy latter part of watch. Light airs from SW and light airs to gentle breeze from WSW.

HBMS "Pheasant" came to anchor in the harbor at 5.20.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with light showers. Light airs to light breeze from WSW and light to moderate breeze from West.


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18 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Light rain latter part of watch. Light airs to light breeze from West and variable light airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Light shower last hour. Light airs from EbyN.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and passing showers. Light airs and light breezes from EbyN, SW, and WNW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from WNW and West.

Lieutenant Leroy Mason Garrett left the ship on two days’ leave.

The Commanding Officer called officially on board HBMS “Pheasant” .


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes decreasing to light airs from West.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from North and East.


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19 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy, closing clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs and breezes from EbyN.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from EbyN and ENE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm, light airs from NWbyW and light to gentle breezes from WNW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW and WbyN.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WbyN to WNW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs and calm.


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20 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from ENE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm, light airs to gentle breezes from WNW and West.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WbyN to light breezes from West.

Discharged August Ludwig Adolf Meyer (Quartermaster 1st class) by reason of expiration of enlistment.

Lieutenant Leroy Mason Garrett returned from leave.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breezes and airs from West.

At 4.20 HBMS “Pheasant” left the harbor.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from West, calm.


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21 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant, cloudy latter part. Calm, light airs from South to SSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Coal lighter came alongside at 7.15.

At 7.18 the USS “Monadnock” and USS “Monterey” got underway and left the harbor.


From 8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy. Light to gentle breeze from WSW. Coaling ship from lighter.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light misty rain at times. Gentle to stiff breeze from WSW and West. Continued coaling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and squally. Light to stiff breeze from WbyN and West. Continued coaling till 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Moderate to light breeze from West.


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22 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy. Calm to light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from East and ENE, and light airs from NE. Coaled ship from 6.30 to 7.20.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from NE to WNW. Finished coaling ship, took in 100 tons.

August Ludwig Adolf Meyer was enlisted as Seaman and rated Quartermaster 1st class.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breezes from WSW.

Frederic Morton Chamberlain returned aboard from duty at San Pedro, California.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to light breezes from WNW.

M.M. Costa was enlisted for one year as Coal Passer.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from EbyN, calm.


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23 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.162


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm, light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm, light airs from East.

Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 2nd class) returned aboard 14 hours over time.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East and light airs to light breeze from WNW.

At 8.10 left wharf and anchored in bay off 5th Street wharf in 7 fathoms 5 feet water, 30 fathoms on port chain. Rove off running rigging. Hoisted boats.

Lieutenant Henry Earl Parmenter, USN, was detached from this vessel and ordered to Naval Hospital, Mare Island, California, for treatment.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WNW and light to moderate breeze from NW. Bent all sail.

Steamer “Peter Jebsen” [possibly the Norwegian collier later acquired in 1898 by USN and renamed USS “Brutus”] left port.

Discharged from the Naval Service K.A. Laine, his term of enlistment having expired.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW and light to gentle breeze from NNW. Began rigging dredger gear. Hoisted steam launch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from NNW and ENE.

W.R. Jolliff (Water Tender) returned on board 27 hours over time.


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24 March 1898

San Diego and at sea

Lat 32.48, Long -117.27


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East and calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NE and East.

At 6.15 got underway and put over patent log, reading 0.0 and steamed out of San Diego Bay. Steam on one boiler.

At 7.29 off Whistling Buoy, patent log 10.2. Set course SW½S and run till end of watch.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from East. Course various, engaged in fishing and dredging.

At 8.20 took sounding, 65 fathoms, rocky bottom, North Coronado Island SSE⅞E, Point Loma Light NNE¼E. At 65 fathoms black mud and sand, Point Loma Light NNE⅛E, North Coronado SSE⅜E.

At 10.10 72 fathoms, green mud and sand, North Coronado SSE½E, Point Loma NNE¾N.

At 11.30 35 fathoms, fine yellow sand, Point Loma N½W, North Coronado SbyW½W.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy but pleasant. Light breeze from SSE, SSW and SS[?]. Fishing with hand lines from 12.00 to 12.50.

At 1.15 Point Loma bearing NbyW and right tangent North Coronado Island SbyW½W, sounded in 28 fathoms. Dredged from 1.10 to 1.30.

At 1.35 stood on course N⅝E for four miles.

At 2.09 stopped and sounded in 22 fathoms, Coronado Hotel [Hotel Del Coronado] bearing N¾E and Point Loma Lighthouse NNW¼W.

Fishing with hand lines from 2.12 to 2.39. Dredging from 2.40 to 3.00. Then ran to Whistling Buoy and stopped and sounded in 17 fathoms. Fishing with hand lines from 3.17 to 3.50.

At 3.55 lowered dredges and steamed ahead till end of watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from SS[?], South and SSE.

At 4.25 stood into San Diego Harbor and anchored near beacon #2.

At 5.05 7 fathoms 1 foot water, 30 fathoms port chain, hard sandy bottom.

Expended one 11-foot beam trawl.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from SSE and SE.


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25 March 1898

San Diego and at sea

Lat 32.57, Long -117.35


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant, cloudy last hour. Calm, light airs from SE.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Light airs to gentle breezes from SE and ESE.

At 6.15 got underway and stood out of San Diego Harbor, various courses.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Steaming about to the Northward of Los Coronados [Corondos in log] looking for fishing banks.

At 11.00 sounded in 80 fathoms water. Point Loma Light bearing NE¾N, North Coronado Island SE¾S. Fished with hand lines till 11.45.


From meridian to 4pm:

Generally overcast and cloudy. Light airs and breezes from SW and SSW. Engaged in fishing. At 2.48 headed for Whistling Buoy, various courses, standing in for anchorage.


From 4pm to 8pm:

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

Steamed into San Diego Bay and at 4.37 came to anchor in 7 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms on port chain, near beacon #2.

At 4.45 first cutter returned.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Squally with passing showers latter part. Light airs to moderate breeze from SW and moderate to stiff breeze from South.


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26 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.23


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Squally with passing showers. Moderate to fresh breeze from South, SSW and SW.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy early part. Fair later. Moderate to fresh breeze from West.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate and stiff breezes in squalls from West. Engaged in cleaning ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate and stiff breezes in squalls from West. Engaged in cleaning ship.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes from West, decreasing to light airs and breezes from South and East.

At 4.25 got underway and at 5.11 anchored off Coronado Wharf, 6½ fathoms, 30 fathoms chain port anchor.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East.

Ensign Ridley McLean, USN, reported for duty in obedience to orders from the Secretary of the Navy dated March 16, 1898.


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27 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes and light airs from NEbyN, NNE, and NE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs and breezes from NE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SE to WNW. Barometer falling. Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WbyN to WNW. Barometer falling.

At 1.15 a row boat from shore with one man in it capsized about 400 yards astern. Sent yawl to its assistance. Man was rescued by said boat. Yawl recovered and returned two oars and the bottom boards.

Distilling. High water at 12.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW. Barometer steady.

At 5.30 SS "Santa Rosa" cast off her lines and steamed out of San Diego Bay.

Distilling. Low water at 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NE to ENE. Barometer steady. At 10.00 stopped distilling.


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28 March 1898

San Diego, California

Lat 32.70, Long -117.17


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm to light airs from ENE. Barometer falling. High water at 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NE. Barometer steady.

At 6.00 Mr. Frederic Morton Chamberlain went ashore to join a party to fish at trawl fishing off the kelp beds near Point Loma.

Low water at 7.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NWbyW, SW and WNW. Broke out and restored magazine passage.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WNW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW to light airs from NW.

Mr. Chamberlain returned to ship from trawling trip.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NW and light breeze from NbyW.


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29 March 1898

San Diego and San Pedro, California

Lat 33.09, Long -117.67


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from ENE to calm. High water at about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from ENE.

At 6.18 got underway and steamed out of San Diego Bay.

At 6.28 put over patent log reading 37.6.

At 7.28, patent log 45.2, Whistling Buoy bearing SE⅜E and Point Loma Lighthouse NNE⅜E, set course NW⅝W and ran on that course till end of watch. Steam on one boiler.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NNW and NE. Course NW⅝W (psc). Steam 51.5, revolutions 66.8.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from WNW. Barometer falling.

Under steam alone, entire watch on course NW⅝W (psc) heading up Gulf of Santa Catalina [South Catalina in log] for San Pedro Bay.

At 12.45 sighted San Pedro Hill bearing about NWbyW.

At 1.15 southern point of San Clemente Island abeam, about 36 miles distant.

At 3.30 southern point of Santa Catalina Island [South Catalina in log] abeam, distant about 14 miles.

At end of watch about 15 miles SE½E (mag) from bell buoy, San Pedro Harbor.

Average steam pressure 56, revolutions 72.3. Smooth sea. Run by patent log 33.8.

F.B. McClendon, Water Tender, was discharged from the Naval Service by reason of expiration of enlistment.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WNW and light airs to light breeze from WSW.

Steaming on course NW⅝W till 5.45 when stood into San Pedro Bay on various courses.

At 5.52 hauled in patent log reading 29.4.

At 5.55 anchored in San Pedro Bay in 4 fathoms 4 feet of water, sand bottom. Bearings of anchorage Point Fermin Lighthouse SW¼W, bell buoy S⅞E.

Steam 56, revolutions 73.2.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs increasing to gentle breezes from NbyW.


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30 March 1898

San Pedro, California

Lat 33.72, Long -118.26


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NW and NNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes from NNW. Sent 1st cutter out with fishing party with hand lines.

Frederic Morton Chamberlain left the ship on duty to go to Newport, California.

Sent flat boat and dory out with seining party.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Misty atmosphere. Light airs from NNW to SWbyS. Barometer steady.

Fishing parties returned about 11.30, the seining party having taken several buckets of small rock fish.

The Commanding Officer left the ship to visit fish houses ashore for the purpose of obtaining information concerning fish and fisheries hereabouts. He returned at 12.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Misty atmosphere. Gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyW. Barometer falling.

At 1.00 the first cutter left the ship with bait and trawl for trawl fishing off Fermin Point.

F.B. McClendon was enlisted as Fireman 1st class. F.B. McClendon (Fireman 1st class) was rated Water Tender.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Misty atmosphere. Gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyS. Barometer rising.

1st cutter returned, leaving trawling line set. No fish were caught on it.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Misty atmosphere. Light breeze to light airs from WSW to NWbyN. Barometer rising.


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31 March 1898

San Pedro, California

Lat 33.72, Long -118.26


Commences to 4am:

Early part clear, latter part foggy. Light airs from NWbyN. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy. Light airs from NbyE. Barometer rising. At 5.00 dory left ship to fish in kelp with hand lines.


From 8am to meridian:

Foggy early part, then clear and pleasant. Light airs from NbyE, and light airs and light breeze from SSW.

At 8.35 the Captain went ashore on duty. Sent out seining party. Dory returned with trawls.


From meridian to 4pm:

Hazy and pleasant. Gentle breeze from SSW and moderate breeze from SWbyW.

Captain returned at 12.05.

Mr. Cloudsley Rutter went ashore on duty.

Sent dory to set trawls. Rigged deep sea sounding machine and tested engine.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear overhead. Fog closing in. Gentle breeze to light airs from SW and light airs from WSW.

Dory returned with trawl at 4.30.

Mr. Rutter returned to the ship.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear overhead. Fog closing in. Light airs from NNE and SSW.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1898


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1 April 1898

San Pedro and at sea

Lat 33.65, Long -118.18 [position calculated from course and distance]


Commences to 4am:

Foggy. Light airs from NW and calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Thick fog. Calm and light airs from SWbyS. Barometer rising.

Mr. Frederic Morton Chamberlain left the ship on duty at 6.00 in the dinghy.

At 7.00 the dinghy returned bringing off a local fisherman to point out fishing banks outside.


From 8am to meridian:

Calm to light airs and breezes from ESE and SbyE. Generally cloudy, foggy and misty.

At 11.10 got underway and at 11.25 set course SEbyE and put on patent log reading 29.4.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from WSW to West. Barometer falling.

At noon on course SEbyE.

At 12.15 changed to SbyE, patent log 36.6.

At 12.30 stopped both engines, hauled in patent log reading 38.8, headed NNW, wind abeam, took sounding with hand sounding machine, latitude 33 35 30N, longitude 118 10W, depth 26 fathoms, rocky bottom.

All hands began fishing with hand lines at 12.38pm.

Drifted to leeward while fishing until 2.55 when stopped fishing. Took sounding, latitude 33 35 30N, longitude 118 08W, found 29 fathoms, gray sand, black specks.

At 3.00 started ahead both engines and put on patent log reading 38.8. Steamed six miles to fishing ground off Point Fermin, bearing NW¾N (mag) from 3.00 position. Took sounding 11½ fathoms, hard bottom, latitude 33 40 30N, longitude 118 12 45W, and at 3.50 hauled in patent log reading 44.9.

At 3.57 began fishing with hand lines. Drifting. Fishing banks were pointed out by a San Pedro fisherman on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyW.

At 4.30 hauled in fishing lines and headed in for San Pedro Bay on course NWbyW½W, and at 5.10 anchored 4 fathoms 5 feet water, 30 fathoms on port chain. Bearings of anchorage: Point Fermin Lighthouse SW½W, Bell Buoy South.

At 5.30 the local fisherman left the ship.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWbyW and SW.


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2 April 1898

San Pedro, California

Lat 33.72, Long -118.26


Commences to 4am:

Fair and cool. Light breezes from SW increasing to moderate breeze in squalls from WSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Gentle to moderate breezes from WSW and West.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Moderate breeze from WSW early part, strengthening to fresh breeze latter part. Barometer falling. Moderate choppy sea latter part.

Dinghy attempted to go to San Pedro, but turned back to ship.

Steamer “Bonita” entered harbor at 11.30.

At 11.30 veered to 45 fathoms on port chain.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and squally. Fresh breeze, blowing at times in squalls with force of moderate gale, direction WSW. Barometer falling.

At 1.30 schooner “Keywee” [Kee Wee in log], San Pedro, in returning from San Clemente Island under jib and mainsail, was knocked down when about one half mile SSE from our anchorage. Lowered 1st cutter and sent it to her, and rescued her crew of two men, A. Knowles and J. Johnson. Cutter making but little headway against wind and sea and being unable to reach buoy, paid out to them from ship’s stern. Spread fires at 2.30. Hove in on port chain, tripped anchor and drifted down toward boat. They then reached buoy and were hauled alongside and boat hoisted. Port anchor was let go and veered to 45 fathoms at wildcat and secured. Schooner and its flat boat drifted astern. Bearings new anchorage: Bell Buoy S30W (psc), Dead Man’s Island N87W.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and squally. Fresh to stiff breeze from WSW, moderating latter part. Barometer rising.

At 6.30 sent boat with fisherman and two men rescued from schooner ashore.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear. Light mist latter part. Beginning of watch stiff to fresh squally breezes from WSW. Wind gradually abating until midnight when light breeze from North was blowing.

At 8.00 banked fires under after boiler.


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3 April 1898

San Pedro, California

Lat 33.72, Long -118.26


Commences to 4am:

Clear with light mist around horizon. Light airs to light breeze from N to NW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from NW. Barometer rising. Routine.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East, SE, and SSW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from SSW to SWbyW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from SWbyW to light airs from WSW.

Mr. Frederic Morton Chamberlain returned to the ship.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs, calm, and light airs from East.


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4 April 1898

San Pedro and at sea

Lat 33.95, Long -119.01


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Fog outside. Light airs from NNW and light breeze from NWbyW.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Thick outside. Light airs from NWbyN and NEbyN.

At 6.30 hove in to 15 fathoms and prepared to get underway.

Got underway at 7.10 and stood out of San Pedro Bay.

At 7.12 put patent log over, reading 44.9, course SbyW.

At 7.27 patent log 48.4, changed course to West and ran on that course till end of watch.

Steam on one boiler.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, misty around horizon. Light airs and breezes from NW, SW, and WNW.

At 8.00 changed course to WbyN.

Steam 58, revolutions 78.7.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, misty atmosphere. Light to gentle breeze from W to WbyS. Barometer falling. Under steam alone. Beginning of watch course WbyN (psc).

At 1.00 entered Santa Barbara Channel, changed course to W¼N (psc), patent log 97.5.

At 1.40 Point Hueneme [Fueneme in log] abeam.

At 3.25pm Point San Pedro [San Pedro Point], SE point of Santa Cruz Island, abeam.

Average steam 52, average revolutions 71.5. Patent log at 4.00, 20.9. Smooth sea.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy atmosphere. Gentle breeze from WbyS. On course W¼N under steam alone.

At end of watch patent log 36.4, West Point (Santa Cruz Island) bore S¼W.

Steam 53, revolutions 70.7.

Passed a British gunboat standing down Santa Barbara Channel.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, misty around horizon. Gentle breezes from WbyS. Course W¼N.

At 8.25 sighted Point Conception Light bearing WbyN.

Steam 55, revolutions 69.9.


From 8pm to midnight:

Early part clear and pleasant. Misty. Latter part light fog closed in about horizon and overhead, obscuring shore line, Conception Light and the moonlight. Gentle to stiff breeze from WbyS to NW. Moderate sea. Under steam alone, average revolutions 74.1, average steam pressure 58.

Course W¼N until 10.05, when with Cape Conception Light abeam, distant 42 miles, changed to WNW (psc), patent log 68.1.

Lost Conception Light at 11.00 bearing ENE (psc), patent log at 12.00, 82.3.

At 9.30 passed two-masted schooner standing to starboard.


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5 April 1898

At sea, San Pedro to Sausalito

Lat 35.88, Long -121.70


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy with light fog. Stiff to gentle breeze from NW and NWbyN. Barometer falling. Under steam alone, on course WNW till 12.08 when changed to NW, patent log 83.1. Passed steamer standing to the southward. Steam 53, revolutions 74.2.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle breezes from NWbyN. Course NW. Steam 57, revolutions 76.9.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Early part foggy around horizon. Fog bank hanging over and shutting in shoreline from view entire watch. Moderate breeze from NW to NWbyN. Barometer falling. Under steam alone. Average revolutions 74.9, steam 57lbs. On course to NW (psc) until 12.00 when changed to NW½N (psc), patent log 78. Moderate sea with long swell from WNW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant early part, cloudy last hour. Barometer falling.

Steaming on course NW½N till 3.00 when changed to NW¼N, patent log 0.8.

At 3.15 Point Sur Lighthouse bore N¼E, patent log 2.8, and at 3.45 NE¼E, patent log 7.2, distant 44 miles.

Steam 55, revolutions 73.8.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle breezes from NWbyW. Course NW¼N. Steam 76.5, revolutions 57.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. Under steam alone. Average revolutions 76.7, average steam 56. Course NW¼N (psc). Smooth sea. No lights visible from shore during watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, rainy and misty. Light breeze from ESE and SE, and light to moderate breezes from WSW. Steaming on course NW¼N till 11.32, when changed to NNW, Pigeon Point Lighthouse bearing NE¼E, patent log 65.6.

At 8.25 sighted Pigeon Point Lighthouse bearing NbyW⅝W. The lighthouse was obscured from time to time by mist and rain.

Steam 50, revolutions 52.


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6 April 1898

At sea, Sausalito and Mare Island, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and rainy first part, partly clear latter part. Light breezes from WSW and SW. Course NNW.

At 3.10 sighted Southeast Farallon bearing NWbyW½W.

Steam 50, revolutions 53.5.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Last hour slight drizzle. Light airs to gentle breeze from NEbyE to SEbyS. Barometer rising. Under steam, average revolutions 66.3, average steam 54.

Beginning of watch Montara Point [Point Montara] abeam, distant about 2 miles.

At 4.10 sighted Bonita Point Light bearing NbyW (psc).

At 4.30 headed NW½N (psc) for Whistling Buoy off entrance to San Francisco Harbor, patent log 93.

At 6.00am sighted two tugs and two pilot boats off San Francisco Harbor. Ran off course at 6.00 to give tug right of way. Resumed course at 6.03.

At 6.10 sighted Whistling Buoy bearing NW (psc) and altered course to NWbyW (psc), patent log 5.6.

At 6.20 changed course to NE¾E (psc) and entered harbor by main ship channel. After gaining range headed various courses. Navigator at conn.

At 7.40 hauled in patent log reading 20.2 when off Lime Point.

At 7.45 dropped port anchor in 3 fathoms, soft bottom. Bearings of anchorage: Ferry Flagstaff N69W (psc), Angel Island Flagstaff N62E (psc). Veered to 15 fathoms, chock was outside of hawsepipe [house pipe in log]. Hoisted colors while entering harbor.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, passing showers 1st hour. Gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from SbyE and SSW.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from SSW and South.

At 1.10 got underway and stood through Raccoon Strait [Racoon in log] and up San Francisco and San Pablo Bays for Mare Island Navy Yard. Navigator conning.

By direction of the Commandant of the Navy Yard, Passed Assistant Surgeon Louis L. Young [also mentioned as Lewis L. Young] was detached from this vessel and ordered to proceed to Honolulu by steamer of date to join the USS “Mohican” .


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SE and light airs from WbyS.

At 4.25 made fast to buoy #4, Mare Island Navy Yard, and the Captain reported to the Commandant [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland].

Lowered steam launch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from WbyS. Barometer rising.


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7 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Fair to cloudy. Light breeze from WbyS and light to gentle breeze from SSW. High water at about 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy. Light breeze from SSW and NNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from SWbyW to SSW.

By direction of the Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland], Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser, USN, was detached from the command of this vessel and ordered to proceed to Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, for duty in connection with the Lighthouse Tender “Mayflower”.

Lieutenant Leroy Mason Garrett, USN, Ensign Cristopher C. Fewel, USN, and Ensign Ridley McLean, USN, were detached from this vessel and ordered to the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, for duty on board the USRS “Franklin”.

By direction of the US Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries, Ensign Stephen V. Graham, USN, assumed charge of this vessel.

Paymaster Josiah R. Stanton, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel as relief of Assistant Paymaster Barron P. Du Bois, who is detached by order of the Navy Department and ordered to proceed to Honolulu, Hawaii Islands, for duty on board the USS “Bennington” .


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SSW and SWbyS. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SWbyS and WbyN.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WbyN.


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8 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from Westerly and Southerly directions.

At 9.00 the Commanding Officer left the ship to pay an official visit to the Commandant of the Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland].

Dismounted Hotchkiss 37mm revolver cannon and prepared to send it ashore. Dismounted, and stowed away in dredger storeroom, both sounding machines. Finished unbending sail and running rigging and stowed them away.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined for three days on bread and water G.J. Nicolas (Seaman) for drunkenness on duty.

At 6.27 got underway and came alongside of USS “Thetis” and moored.


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9 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from WSW to SWbyS.

A board of survey, of which Captain Louis Kempff, USN, is president, met on board of this vessel to determine the most effective battery that could be mounted on board.

Discharged from the Naval Service Nadao Inoruye, Mess Attendant, and M. Fujio, Cabin Steward, their services being no longer required.


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10 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Generally fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from SSW to WSW.


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11 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Clear and warm. Northwesterly breezes up to noon, then light airs from NNE and calm. Turned in the following ordnance stores to the Ordnance Department of the Mare Island Navy Yard, viz:


Class #3

6

Ammunition chests


$89.06


6

Rifle cartridge boxes

3.55

21.30


12

Revolver cartridge boxes

1.01

12.12

$122.48

Class #22

1

HRC 37mm


$1272.92


1 set

Tripod legs for H 37mm


20.03


1

Supply box for H 37mm


5.45


2

Shoulder pieces H 37mm

0.60

1.20


1

Hammer H 37mm


0.40


12

Waist belts

0.87

10.44


12

Colt revolvers 38 cal.


56.96


12

Revolver frogs

0.81

9.72


5

Haversacks

1.27

6.35


5

Canteens

0.50

2.50


5

Canteen straps

0.32

1.62


6

Hotchkiss rifles 45 cal.


66.91


211

Cartridges HRC 37mm

1.00

211.00


84

Cartridges blank HRC 37mm

0.48

40.32


900

Cartridges revolver 38 cal.

0.01

9.00


3000

Cartridges rifle 45 cal.

0.02

60.00

$1775.38 – less 0.58 – 1774.80




Total

$1897.86 – less 0.58 – 1897.26


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12 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Clear and warm. Calm and variable light airs.


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13 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Fair and warm. Calm and southwesterly light airs.


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14 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from SEbyE and light to gentle breeze from SSW and SW.

Received orders from the US Commission of Fish and Fisheries to remove from this vessel and store at Navy Yard all fishing, dredging and other scientific outfit and equipment not necessary for naval purposes, and then deliver the vessel to the Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland], for naval purposes. Began landing outfit in accordance with foregoing orders.


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15 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Fair and cool. Light to gentle Southwesterly breezes. Continued landing outfit as per orders.


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16 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy early part of day, clear and pleasant later.

Light airs to gentle breezes from SW to WSW. Continued landing and stowing scientific outfit in Navy Yard.

Discharged from the Naval Service Charles A. Cook, Chief Yeoman, his services being no longer required.


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17 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SW to W.

Navy Yard men employed on board in Construction Department, from 1.00 to 8.00pm, as follows: one 1st class driller and one 1st class chipper.


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18 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Clear early part of day, generally cloudy later. Light airs and light breezes from SW and gentle to stiff breeze from SWbyS. Continued landing and stowing scientific outfit in Navy Yard.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Construction Department as follows: one 1st class driller, one 1st class chipper, one 1st class ship fitter, one 1st class helper, from 8am to 10pm, and one 1st class joiner for 3 hours.


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19 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy. Light south-westerly airs and breezes. Landed and stored in basement of General Storehouse in Navy Yard, 1 canoe, 1 flat boat, and 1 dory.

At 1.30pm cast off mooring lines from “Thetis” and was towed to berth alongside of “Philadelphia”.

Navy Yard workmen were employed on board as follows: one 1st class driller, one 1st class chipper, one 1st class ship fitter, one 1st class helper, from 8am to 10pm, and 2 riveters, 1 holder on, and 1 rivet heater from 1.30pm till 10pm.


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20 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


[Ultimatum for Cuba’s independence was sent to Spain after being signed by US President]


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from SWbyS to WSW.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows, on starboard [illegible] foundation: 2 riveters, 1 holder on, 1 rivet heater, one ship fitter and apprentice, from 8am till 10pm.


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21 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


[Spain severed diplomatic relations with US, which immediately started a naval blockade of Cuba]


Commences to 9am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW to WSW.

At 9.00am this vessel was turned over to the Commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland], together with Steam Engineering and general stores as per invoice rendered, for naval purposes, the scientific outfit of the vessel having been landed and stored at the Navy Yard.


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LOG BOOK – APRIL 21st 1898 TO OCTOBER 31st 1898


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Date reported

Rank

Jefferson Franklin Moser

Lieutenant Commander

April 30, 1898

Commanding Officer

John P. McGuinness

Lieutenant Junior Grade

May 17, 1898

Executive Officer

William W. Barry

Paymaster

May 24, 1898

Pay Officer

James C. Pryor

Assistant Surgeon

April 27, 1898

Medical Officer

George W. Danforth

Passed Assistant Engineer

May 13, 1898

Engineer Officer

Spencer M. Kase

Ensign (Vol)

May 30, 1898

Watch Officer

Edward H. Campbell

Ensign

June 7, 1898

Watch and Division Officer

Hugh R. Insley

Assistant Paymaster

June 24, 1898

Pay Officer

Josiah S. McKean

Passed Assistant Engineer

April 21, 1898

Chief Engineer

Stephen V. Graham

Ensign

April 21, 1898

Watch Officer

Clinton K. Curtis

Lieutenant Commander

July 14, 1898

Commanding Officer

Miles C. Gorgas

Lieutenant

August 11, 1898

Executive Officer

Jefferson Franklin Moser

Lieutenant Commander

September 9, 1898

Commanding Officer


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[List of officers died, detached or transferred]


Name

Rank

Time of occurrence and particulars

Jefferson Franklin Moser

Lieutenant Commander

Ordered to command USS “Bennington”, July 14, 1898

William W. Barry

Paymaster

Relieved July 1, 1898, by Assistant Paymaster Insley

Edward H. Campbell

Ensign

Ordered to USS “Bennington”, July 13, 1898

Josiah S. McKean

Passed Assistant Engineer

Ordered to USS “Charleston”, May 11, 1898

Clinton K. Curtis

Lieutenant Commander

Ordered to Mare Island Navy Yard, California, September 9, 1898


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[Complement of Petty Officers and crew]


Number allowed

Rates

Number on board

1

Master At Arms 1st class

1

1

Boatswain’s Mate

1

3

Quartermasters, 1st, 2nd, 3rd class

3

2

Coxswains

2

1

Carpenter’s Mate 1st class

1

1

Ship’s Cook 1st, 2nd class

1

1

Ship’s Yeoman

1

1

Paymaster’s Yeoman

1

1

Engineer’s Yeoman

1

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

13

Seamen

9

6

Ordinary Seamen

3


Landsmen

7

3

Machinists, 1 Chief, 2 1st class

3

3

Water Tenders

2

3

Oilers

3

2

First-class Firemen

3

3

Second-class Firemen

2

3

Coal Heavers

4

4

Mess Attendants

4

55

Total

55


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[Armament]


Primary:

None


Secondary:

2 20-pounder

2 37-mm

1 53-mm

2 Gatling

Taken ashore 15 September 1898


Boat armament:

None


Small arms:

45 Lee Remington rifles

45 Belts

45 Bayonets

45 Pistol pouches

45 Revolvers, Colt

45 Pistol holsters

Transferred to Navy Yard 13 September 1898



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[Tables of Deviation of Standard Compass]


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21 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


From 10am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWbyS to WSW.

At 9.00 This vessel with general and Engineer’s stores was delivered to the Commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland] to be used for naval purposes.

Officers attached, Stephen V. Graham, Ensign, USN, and Josiah S. McKean, Passed Assistant Engineer, USN.


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22 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWxS to WSW.


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23 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


[Spain declared war on US]


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Southwesterly light airs.


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24 April 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW.


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25 April 1898

Mare Island and San Francisco, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


[US declared that a state of war had existed since 21 April, with the blockade of Cuba]


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from SW. Stiff breeze from SW in afternoon.

At 9.30am went alongside of Coal Wharf, and received on board gun mounts to be taken to the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, for the auxiliary vessels.

At 12.47pm cast off mooring lines and left Navy Yard. In getting underway the whale boat was slightly damaged by striking a pile.

Steamed down San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay and at 5.05pm came to anchor off the Union Iron Works, in 6 fathoms water, 30 fathoms on port chain.

At 4.40 passed the USS “Monterey” and exchanged numbers with her and obtained permission to proceed, by International code.


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26 April 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Calm to light and gentle breezes from West to SW.

Commanding Officer reported to Superintendent Naval Construction at the Union Iron Works the arrival of this vessel.

Delivered to the tugs “Fearless”, “Active” and “Vigilant” the gun mounts shipped from Mare Island Navy Yard on board of this vessel.

Sawano Kamikichi, Mess Attendant, returned on board 40 hours over time.


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27 April 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Fair. Calm to light and gentle breezes from SW, W, and WxS up to noon, then moderate to fresh breeze from WSW. Barometer falling after noon.

Assistant Surgeon James C. Pryor, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel in obedience to orders from the Navy Department.

A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman, returned on board 26 hours over time; Hans Jorgensen, Coxswain, 31 hours over time.

At 7.41pm veered to 45 fathoms on port chain, and got starboard anchor over the bow, ready for letting go.

Received in Equipment Department: 6 rough log books and one smooth logbook from General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, Mare Island [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon].


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28 April 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Moderate to fresh breeze from WSW during middle watch, then light breeze from SSW and WSW, and gentle to moderate breeze from WSW remainder of day.

G. J. Nicolas, Seaman, returned on board 24 hours over time and Shin Hashimoto, Ordinary Seaman, 2 hours over time.

Confined for 3 days on bread and water for drunkenness on duty Toivo Toivonen, Ordinary Seaman.


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29 April 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light to moderate breezes from WSW.

Orb Welch, Coal Passer, returned on board 36 hours over time.


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30 April 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant early part of day, cloudy and misty in the evening. Calm, and variable light breezes in early part of the day, gentle to stiff breezes from SW to SSW latter part.

In obedience to orders from Navy Department, Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser, USN, assumed command of this vessel.



LOGS FOR MAY 1898


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1 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy up to noon, then fair and pleasant. Light airs from South and East, and gentle to stiff breezes from SW to WSW.


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2 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy. Light airs to moderate breezes from SW to WSW.

At 9.30 got underway and attempted to go alongside wharf at Union Iron Works, but was not able to do so on account of wind. Backed out and waited for SS “St. Paul” to be undocked, and then made another unsuccessful attempt at going alongside, and at 12.00 came to anchor in former anchorage in 6 fathoms water, 31 fathoms on port chain.


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3 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy. Light to gentle breezes from WSW to SSW.

At 8.50am got underway and went alongside of wharf at Union Iron Works. Hoisted steam launch. Sent gun mounts for auxiliary vessels ashore.

Discharged from the Naval Service, William Longan, Chief Machinist, his terms of enlistment having expired.


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4 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy. Light to moderate breezes from SW to WSW.

12 caulkers from Union Iron Works on board, making preparations for mounting guns and making magazine.


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5 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy up to 11.00am, then fair to pleasant.

At 1.00 hauled under [?] and landed reeling and dredger engines and then hauled over to ship at entrance to dry dock.

Received on board from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco: George Washington Gregory, Landsman, with enlistment record and William Longan, Machinist 1st class. By order of Commanding Officer rated George Washington Gregory Landsman to Chief Yeoman, from this date.

Discharged from the Naval Service Frank Leslie Stailey, Chief Yeoman, Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Quartermaster 3rd class, and A.A. Jakobsen, Coxswain, in order that they might reenlist for the General [Naval in log] Service.


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6 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light airs and light breezes from SbyW, ESE, EbyN and SW.

Shipped to Navy Yard, Mare Island, per tug “Unadilla” for storage, dredger engine, reeling engine and tank containing two reels of piano wire for sounding machine, all property of the US Fish Commission.

Received on board from the Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Gustav Adolf Danilsen (Seaman), Frank Leslie Stailey (Landsman), and A.A. Jakobsen (Seaman).

Discharged from the Naval Service in order that they might reenlist for the General Service; Matta Jerron Hearne, Boatswain’s Mate 1st class; W.R. Jolliff, Water Tender; Loyd Emery Whitson, Ordinary Seaman; E.B. Pierce, Fireman 1st class; Hans Jorgensen, Coxswain (in charge of steam launch).

Vessel being converted into a gunboat at Union Iron Works.


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7 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, light airs and light breezes from SW to WSW.

At 1.00pm went in dry dock, draft forward 9’ 9”, aft 13’ 4”. Vessel being converted into a gunboat at Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Matta Jerron Hearne (Seaman), Loyd Emery Whitson (Ordinary Seaman), W.R. Jolliff, Fireman 1st class, E.B. Pierce, Fireman 1st class, and Hans Jorgensen, Seaman.


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8 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant till 8pm then overcast and cloudy. On dry dock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco.


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9 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant, light airs to gentle breeze from SW.

At Union Iron Works having deck caulked, setting up gun mounts, constructing magazine in laboratory hold, painting ship’s bottom with Williams paint (first coat), examining strut bearing and stern tube.

Discharged from the Naval Service, their services being no longer required: William Mallory Kiggs, Machinist 1st class; A.J. Morin, Machinist 1st class; Orb Welch, Coal Passer; Christian Oskar Baauer, Seaman; T. Carroll, Ordinary Seaman; Andrew Hansen, Seaman; G.J. Nicolas, Seaman; Oscar Wilhelm Swan, Seaman; E.R. Harding, Carpenter’s Mate 1st class; M.D. Nichols, Coal Passer; Claus Fehring, Seaman; Fred Royal Hitchcock, Ordinary Seaman; James Roche Jr., Seaman; Gustaf Erik Brunstrom, Seaman; Sawano Kamekichi, Mess Attendant; M. Tairra, Cabin Cook; Carl August Olsen, Seaman in charge of hold; August Ludwig Adolf Meyer, Quartermaster 1st class; Francis Marion Green Jr., Fireman 1st class; Harvey Edward Johnston, Oiler.


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10 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy up to noon, then clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SW, EbyS, SSW, and SSE.

At 2.00pm went off dry dock, and moored alongside wharf at Union Iron Works.

By order of the Captain the following changes in ratings were made: William Longan, Machinist 1st class to Chief Machinist from May 5th 1898; Frank Leslie Stailey, Landsman to Chief Yeoman; A.A. Jakobsen, Seaman to Coxswain; and Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Seaman to Quartermaster 2nd class, the 5th inst; Matta Jerron Hearne from Seaman to Boatswain’s Mate 1st class; Hans Jorgensen, Seaman to Coxswain [in charge of] steam launch; W.R. Jolliff, Fireman 1st class to Water Tender, from the 7th inst.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: August Ludwig Adolf Meyer, Seaman; and Francis Marion Green Jr., Fireman 1st class; G.J. Nicolas, Seaman; Harvey Edward Johnston, Fireman 1st class; F. Berk, Seaman; William Bull, Ship’s Writer; G. Leininga, Fireman 2nd class; Jack Ying, Wardroom Steward; Young May, Mess Attendant; Ching Gee, Mess Attendant; Fong Jung, Mess Attendant; L. Leon, Mess Attendant.

Received second coat of Williams paint on bottom before leaving dry dock, work of 9th inst being continued by Union Iron Works.

Discharged from the Naval Service, their service being no longer required: A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman; A. Lundishef, Seaman; Edward Franklin Bond, Coal Passer; Edward Foot, Seaman; Tay Suzuki, Mess Attendant; Rokumatsu Nomura [Nomoura in log], Cabin Steward.


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11 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant up to noon, then cloudy. Light to gentle breezes from SW to SSE up to noon, and light to stiff breezes from SW in afternoon. Work of alteration continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman; A. Lundishef, Seaman; Edward Foot, Seaman; and Edward Franklin Bond, Coal Passer.

Discharged from the Naval Service in order that they may reenlist in the General Service: Leroy Church Hooker, Chief Yeoman; Bernard E. Horan, Water Tender; F.B. McClendon, Water Tender; M.M. Costa, Coal Passer.

By order of the Commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland], Passed Assistant Engineer Josiah S. McKean, USN, was detached from this vessel and ordered to report to the Commandant, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California, for duty on board of the USS “Charleston”.


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12 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty. Light to gentle breeze from SW. Work of alteration in ship continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from the Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Leroy Church Hooker, Landsman; Bernard E. Horan, Fireman 1st class; F.B. McClendon, Fireman 1st class; M.M. Costa, Coal Passer; J. Harder, Landsman; J. Richardson, Landsman; D. Sanders, Coal Passer; and T.M. Ward, Landsman.

Discharged from the Naval Service in order that he may reenlist for the General Service: Charles Crater, Machinist 1st class.

By order of the Captain the following changes in rating were made: A. Lundishef, Seaman to Quartermaster 3rd class, from the 11th inst; William Bull, Ship’s Writer to Carpenter’s Mate 1st class; Carl August Olsen, Seaman to Seaman in charge of hold; August Ludwig Adolf Meyer, Seaman to Quartermaster 1st class; Harvey Edward Johnston, Fireman 1st class to Oiler; and F. Berk, Seaman to Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class; from the 10th inst.


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13 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with drizzling rain up to noon. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Work of alterations in ship and mounting battery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Charles Crater, Machinist 1st class; and George Ruhland, Coal Passer, with enlistment records.

By order of the Captain the following changes in rating were made: Leroy Church Hooker, Landsman to Chief Yeoman; F.B. McClendon, Fireman 1st class to Water Tender; M.M. Costa, Coal Passer to Fireman 1st class; all to take effect the 12th inst.

In obedience to orders of the Navy Department, Passed Assistant Engineer George W. Danforth, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel.


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14 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy. Light breeze from SW and NEbyE to SSE. Work of alterations in ship and mounting battery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from the Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Luke L. White, Fireman 2nd class.

Ching Gee, Mess Attendant, left the ship without permission.


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15 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy. Gentle to fresh breeze from SW up to noon, then gentle to moderate breeze from SSE followed by light airs from SW.


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16 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy up to noon then fair and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from SW to WSW. Work of alterations in ship and mounting battery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Ah Mann, Mess Attendant.


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17 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy. Light airs to gentle breezes from WSW to SSW. Work of alterations in ship and mounting battery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: H.W. Storch, Seaman, and John Wilson, Coal Passer.

J.J. Tierney, Coal Passer, reported on board from the Naval Rendezvous but being in excess of complement was returned.

By order of the Captain the following changes in rating were made: Ah Mann, Mess Attendant to Wardroom Cook, from May 16th 1898; Bernard E. Horan, Fireman 1st class to Oiler, from date.

In obedience to orders from the Navy Department, Lieutenant John P. McGuinness, USN, reported for duty as Executive Officer of this vessel.

Discharged from the Naval Service, their service being no longer required: Robert Bailie, Oiler, and John Frances Dillon, Oiler.


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18 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy up to 1.00pm, then clear and pleasant. Gentle to fresh breezes from SW to WSW. Work of alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: T. McCarthey, Landsman, enlisted for one year from 17th inst; R. Huntington, Seaman; Ah Fong, Landsman; T.M. Grant, Seaman; enlisted for one year from date, also J.J. Tierney, Landsman; and O. Christanson, Landsman.

Discharged from the Naval Service, his service being no longer required, Shin Hashimoto, Ordinary Seaman.


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19 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to stiff breeze from SW to WSW. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: N. McDonald, Landsman; C.J. Hoople, Landsman; and Henry King, Landsman.

By order of the Captain, E.B. Pierce, Fireman 1st class, was rated to Oiler from the 18th inst.

Discharged from the Naval Service in order that he might reenlist for the General Service, John William Astrom, Mess Attendant 1st class.

Young May, Mess Attendant, left the ship without permission.


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20 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy. Light to gentle breeze from SW and SSE. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works. Union Iron Works painters began painting ship lead color.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: John Jacobsen, Seaman, John William Astrom, Seaman, and H.E. Sutton, Landsman.


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21 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy with light rain. Light to gentle southerly and southeasterly breezes. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works. Finished painting ship lead color.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: W.B. Rabe, Landsman, and G.W. Matterson, Ordinary Seaman.

Discharged from the Naval Service, his term of enlistment having expired, Emilio Lavelius, Ship’s Cook 2nd class.

By order of the Captain, John William Astrom, Seaman, was rated to Master-at-Arms 1st class from the 21st inst.


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22 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light to fresh breezes from SW.


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23 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: W.H. Perry, Seaman; H.M. Hafford, Ordinary Seaman; J. Dunne, Seaman.


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24 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WSW to SW. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Chow Sing, Mess Attendant, enlisted for one year from the 23rd inst.

At 3.00pm some small boards in coal bunker became ignited by a gasoline heater. Fire was extinguished before any damage was done.

At 3.10pm hoisted the flag of Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller, USN, Commander in Chief of the US Naval Force on the Pacific Station.

By order of the Captain, Ching Gee, Mess Attendant, was declared a deserter from the 14th inst., and Young May, Mess Attendant, a deserter from the 19th inst.


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25 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy. Light airs to gentle breezes from WSW to SW. Repairs to machinery and alterations in ship continued by Union Iron Works.

At 5.00pm the transport ships “City of Sydney”, “Australia”, and “City of Peking” left San Francisco Bay for Manilla [Manila, Philippines] with US troops on board.


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26 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy. Rainy early part of day. Light airs from EbyS and light to stiff breezes from SW to WSW.

Received from Naval Rendezvous, San Francisco, California: Fred Whitney Airhart, Machinist 1st class, and W. W. Lipsett, Landsman, enlisted for one year from the 25th inst.

Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.


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27 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy. Rainy in afternoon. Light airs to gentle breeze from SW to S. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.

At 9.30am Ensign Stephen V. Graham, USN, left the ship on duty to report to the Commandant of the Navy Yard, Mare Island, California [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland]. In obedience to orders from the Commander in Chief [Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller], Ensign Graham returned at 7.15pm.

Received from USS “Monterey” Thomas Rooney, Chief Yeoman; C. Matlock, Steward to Commander in Chief; John Lex, Cook to Commander in Chief; W.R. Turner, Mess Attendant.


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28 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SW to WSW. Alterations in ship and repairs to machinery continued by Union Iron Works.


29 May 1898

[Missing]


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30 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light to moderate breeze from SW and WSW.

In obedience to orders from the Navy Department, Acting Ensign Spencer M. Kase, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel.


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31 May 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy; light breezes from SSE to WSW. Repairs to machinery and heating system continued by Union Iron Works.

By order of the Captain the following changes in rating were made: George Washington Gregory, Chief Yeoman to Landsman, from 29th instant, and W.W. Lipsett, Landsman to Chief Yeoman, from the 30th inst.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1898


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1 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from SSW to WSW. Exercised recruits in first cutter, in forenoon and afternoon. Repairs in engine room continued by Union Iron Works.

W.H. Perry (Seaman) absent over time.


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2 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from WSW. Low water at about 2.45.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; light airs to light breeze from West and WSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NNE and SSW. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department.

W.H. Perry, Seaman, absent over time.

High water at about 10.40.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from SW to WSW. Low water at about 3.30. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department:


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from WSW to SW. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department until 5.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW. High water at about 10.00.


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3 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NW and calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; calm and light airs to light breeze from NNW. Union Iron Works men on board from 7.00 to 8.00. Low water at about 5.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from NNW. Barometer falling.

W.H. Perry, Seaman, returned to ship at 10.20 – 51 hours over time.

At 11.00 the “Unadilla”, Mare Island Navy Yard tug boat, landed 150 clothes bags, 65 hammocks, and 100 hammock rings which were received and turned over to Equipment Department.

Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department. High water at 11.15.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NNW to SW. Barometer still falling. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department. High water 11.15.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from SW and West. Union Iron Works men left the ship at 5.40. Low water at 5.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs [from] WSW. Low water 11.45.


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4 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; calm during entire watch.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and calm. Union Iron Works men went to work in Engineer’s Department at 7.00. Low water 5.10.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; calm to variable light airs. Barometer falling. High water at noon. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department. Served out clean bags and hammocks to 1st and 2nd divisions. Exercised crew of recruits in first cutter under oars.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light airs from NNW and WSW. Barometer falling. Served out bags and hammocks to 3rd and 4th divisions. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm; light airs from WSW and SSW. Barometer falling. Low water at about 4.30. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department till 5.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm; light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. High water at about 11.50. Two men from Union Iron Works at work on board in Engineer’s Department.

At 10.30 steamer “Saidie” [Sadie in log] was launched at Union Iron Works.


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5 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Fair and warm. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm. Calm. Low water at about 5.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; light airs from NNW and North. Inspected crew at quarters at 10.00.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, absent over time.

Barometer falling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm with light to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm; cooling off later part of watch with moderate and gentle breezes from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at about 5.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from W and WSW, and calm last hour of watch. High water at about midnight.


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6 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light winds from WSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy and cool; light airs and light breezes from WSW. Union Iron Works men came on board about 7.00 to work in Engineer’s Department. Low water at about 6.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breeze from West. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, absent over time.

Crew scrubbed hammocks. Union Iron Works men on board retubing condenser and lining up starboard shaft.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to gentle breeze from West. Barometer falling. Exercised crew of recruits in first cutter under oars. Union Iron Works men on board as per preceding watch. High water at about 12.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from SW to WSW. Union Iron Works men on board, as per preceding watch, up to 5.40. Low water at about 1.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair to overcast and cloudy; light airs from WSW, West, and calm.


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7 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy; light airs from SW and South. High water at about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy; light airs from South and West. Union Iron Works men came on board in Engineer’s Department at 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy with light breeze from WSW.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters. Crew scrubbed bags.

J.J. Tierney (Landsman) absent over time.

At 10.30 the “Unadilla”, Navy Yard tug, came alongside the wharf and the following Ordnance stores were received, viz: 2 20-pdr BLR, 2 37-mm Hotchkiss revolving cannon, 2 Gatling guns, and 15 cases Ordnance stores.

Union Iron Works men on board at work in Engineer’s Department. Low water at about 8.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and light breezes from WSW. Barometer falling. Crew employed in mounting guns and receiving ordnance stores. Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department. High water at about 3.10.

Ensign Edward H. Campbell, USN, reported on board for duty in compliance with orders from the Hon. John Davis Long, Secretary US Navy.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy with light airs to moderate breezes from WSW. Union Iron Works men left the ship at 5.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain last half of watch. Moderate and gentle breezes from WSW and SW. Low water at 9.30.


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8 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast with drizzling rain; gentle breezes to light airs from SW. High water at 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast with drizzling rain; light airs from West.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, came on board at 5.30, 70 hours over time and tight.

Union Iron Works men started in at work in Engineer’s Department at 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty; light breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 8.40. Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30.

USS “Corwin” moored to buoy off Union Iron Works at 10.00.

Workmen from Union Iron Works at work on board in Steam Engineering Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and misty; light to gentle breezes from SSW to WSW. Barometer falling slowly. Flood tide at 1.00.

USS “Corwin” hauled alongside of dock.

Union Iron Works men at work on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty with light drizzling rain. Light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. High water at 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast with drizzling rain. Light airs from WSW to SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 9.30.


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9 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast with light drizzling rain; light airs from SSW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty; light airs and breezes from SSW to SW. Barometer rising slowly. Workmen from Union Iron Works came on board at 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty; light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly. Low water at about 10.15.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy; light breeze from SSW to SW. Barometer falling slowly. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy; light breeze from SW. High water at about 4.30. Union Iron Works workmen on board in the Engineer’s Department until 5.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Drizzling rain last hour of watch. Light breeze to light airs from SW and calm. Low water at about 10.45.


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10 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy with drizzling rain; light airs from SW. Barometer steady. High water at about 4.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty; light airs from SW and light airs to light breeze from SSW. Barometer rising. Union Iron Works workmen came on board in Engineer’s Department at 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast with drizzling rain first part of watch with light airs from SSW. Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department: and pilot house.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters.

The “Unadilla” landed at wharf at 10.30 and one bale and one box of clothing and small stores were received and turned over to Pay Department.

Low water at about 10.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light airs and light breeze from SSW. Issued clothing and small stores to crew. Shifted berth of ship to outside wharf by Union Iron Works men. Work in Engineer’s Department and pilot house as per previous watch. Barometer steady.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and misty with light and gentle breezes from SW. Barometer steady. Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department and pilot house until 5.40. High water at about 5.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy with light to moderate breezes from SW. Barometer rising slowly. Low water about 11.40.


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11 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and squally with moderate to light breeze from SW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with gentle breezes from SW. Barometer rising. Union Iron Works men went to work in Engineer’s Department and pilot house at 7.00. High water about 5.20.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light to gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 11.00. Workmen from Union Iron Works on board in Engineer’s Department. Crew engaged in painting ladders, gangways, etc.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to moderate breezes from WSW to SW. Flood tide. Barometer falling. Union Iron Works men on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle SW’ly breezes. Barometer steady. High water at 6.40. Union Iron Works men on board until 5.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast; light to gentle breezes from SW to WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 12.00.


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12 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. Flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs hauling from SW to NNE. Barometer steady. High water at 6.15.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant; light airs from NNE to light breeze from WSW.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters. Two men from Union Iron Works at work on board in Engineer’s Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from WSW. Low water at about 1.20. Two men from Union Iron Works at work on board in Engineer’s Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breeze from WSW. High water at about 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy; light airs from WSW.


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13 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy; light airs from WSW. Low water at about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from WSW and light breeze from SSW. Union Iron Works workmen came on board in Engineer’s Department at 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from SSW. Barometer falling slowly. Crew engaged painting ladders, hand lines, etc. Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department.

Hans Jorgensen, Coxswain, returned to the ship at 12 noon, 5 hours over time.

High water about 8.20.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; light and gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Crew engaged painting ship below water line. Union Iron Works men at work as per previous watch. Low water about 1.20.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light and gentle breezes from WSW. Union Iron Works men on board until 5.40.

At 4.15 a lighter with 101 tons coal for this ship tied up at buoy off starboard bow for the night.

Low water at about 7.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs from WSW and East, calm. Barometer slowly rising.


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14 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant, with light airs and light breezes from ESE. Low water at about 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant; light breezes from ESE and East. Barometer rising.

At 7.00 commenced coaling ship and Union Iron Works men went to work in Engineer’s Department.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light NE’ly airs. Barometer steady. High water at 11.00. Workmen on board from Union Iron Works. Crew engaged in coaling ship. Took on up to 12.00 about 75 tons.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from SSW to SW. Barometer steady. Low water at 4.00.

At 1.50 finished taking coal from the lighter, having received in all 100.90 tons. Crew engaged in striking coal below into bunkers and lower laboratory. Workmen from Union Iron Works on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW to SSW. Barometer rising. Flood tide. Finished striking coal below at 6.00. Workmen from Union Iron Works left the ship at 5.40. A lighter with 35 tons of coal for the ship secured to buoy near ship at 6.00 for the night.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light SW’ly airs. Barometer steady. High water at 9.25.


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15 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light SW’ly airs. Barometer steady. Low water at 3.40.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs hauling from SSW to NE. Barometer rising slowly.

At 6.15 coal lighter came alongside with 35 tons coal; she commenced discharging at 6.35. Crew engaged in striking coal below.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light breeze from SE to light airs from WSW. High water at about 10.30.

At 8.40 all coal was discharged from lighter and lighter left the ship.

At 10.00 all coal was stored on board, 35.10 tons having been received. Began cleaning ship. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair to cloudy; light airs to light breeze from WSW. Low water at about 2.40. Crew engaged in cleaning ship and scrubbing clothes.

Transports “China”, “Zealandia” [Zelandia in log], “Colon”, and “Senator” left the bay with US troops on board bound for Manila, Philippine Islands.

Union Iron Works workmen on board in Engineer’s Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from WSW. Seven Union Iron Works workmen on board in Engineer’s Department after 5.40.

At 7.30 lighted fires in forward boiler.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant; light to gentle breeze from WSW and WbyN. High water at about 8.45.


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16 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and foggy. Low water at about 3.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from ESE. Union Iron Works workmen came on board in Engineer’s Department at 7.00. Steam formed on forward boiler at 5.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant, and light breezes from ESE and gentle breezes from SW. Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department. Crew engaged cleaning ship. High water about 11.20.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, moderate to stiff breezes from SW. Barometer falling slowly. Shipped starboard gangway and starboard lower boom. Union Iron Works engaged as per previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Stiff to light breezes from SW. Union Iron Works men left the ship at 5.40. Low water about 4.20. Barometer rising. Eight of the Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, with gentle breezes to light airs from SW. Barometer rising slowly. Low water at 10.00. Eight of the Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department.


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17 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant, with light breezes and light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Eight of the Union Iron Works men at work in the Engineer’s Department.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light airs from SW to SSE. Low water at about 5.30. Union Iron Works men went to work in Engineer’s Department at 7.00, relieving the 8 men at work all night.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light variable airs. Banked fires in forward boiler. Barometer steady. Flood tide. Workmen from Union Iron Works on board in Steam Engineering Department. Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30.

The US tug “Unadilla” came alongside dock at 10.45 and delivered to this ship in Equipment Department 300 lbs saltwater soap and in Pay Department 30 lbs candles from General Storekeeper, Mare Island Navy Yard [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon].

Rove off running rigging and made preparations for bending sail.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from West to WSW. Barometer falling. Banked fires in forward boiler. Bent sail and got up sounding machine. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Steam Engineering Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 6.45. Banked fires in forward boiler. Union Iron Works men on board in Steam Engineering Department.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs and breezes from WSW. Barometer rising. High water at 12.20. Banked fires in forward boiler. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Steam Engineering Department.


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18 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and overcast. Calms and light airs from ESE. Barometer steady. Ebb tide. Banked fires in forward boiler. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Steam Engineering Department.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy and smoky; light airs and breezes from WSW to West. Barometer rising. Low water at 6.00. Banked fires in forward boiler. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Steam Engineering Department.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from West and SW. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Engineer’s Department.

Received from General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon], per Steamer “Herald”: stores as per appended list.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to fair; light breeze from SW. Barometer falling. High water at about 1.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair to cloudy; light breeze to light airs from SW to West. Low water at about 6.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and misty; light airs from WSW.


[Stores list]

June 18, 1898

3 brushes, varnish small; 10# copper tacks; 6# escutcheon pins brass; 40# iron nails assorted; 15 lbs lamp black; 100# white zinc; 2# English vermilion dry; 10 gallons turpentine; 15 gallons oil, linseed, raw; 5 gallons Japan dryer; 2 bastard files; 1 oil slip round edged; 1 steel square; 6 files wood assorted; 2 quires emery paper; 2 chipping axes; ½ dozen buckets fire; 14 gross brass screws assorted; 15# finishing beads; 30# steel wire; 450# white lead; 10# yellow ochre; 100# red lead; 1 gallon damar varnish; 10 gallons oil linseed boiled; 3 dozen taper saw files assorted; 1 hammer round faced; 1 set firmer’s chisels assorted; 6 sash tools round; 2 rasps wood; 1 broad axe; 3 socket chisels.

6 corn brooms; 12 squirt cans; 12 squirt cans spouts; 12 feet ⅜” bronze rods; 13 feet ½” bronze rods; 14 feet ⅝” bronze rods; 10 feet ¾” bronze rods; 12 feet 1” bronze rods; 14 feet ¼” bronze rods; 60# concentrated lye; 200# white lead 25’s; 100 gallons cylinder oil; 10# graphite; 6 1” pipe couplings; 6 1” globe valves; 6 ⅜” globe valves; 3 1” globe valves check; 3 ⅜” globe valves check; 3 1” angle valves check; 6 files 12” 2nd cut flat; 6 files 12” bastard; 6 files 12” bastard; 6 files 12” float cut; 6 files 12” dead smooth, sharp edge.

12 steel shovels; 3 machinist’s hammers; 3 dust brushes; 12 paint brushes; 6 sheets tin; 20# Babbit metal; 1 sheet Russian iron 1/32” 24×48; 10# ½” square flax packing; 10# ⅝” round Peerless [packing]; 15# 1/16” sheet rubber; 15# 1/8” sheet rubber; 150# red lead 25’s; 300 gallons lubricating oil; 150 gallons lard oil; 6 ¼” elbows iron; 6 1” elbows brass; 12 ½” elbows brass; 6 ¼” elbows brass; 36 feet 1” brass pipe; 36 feet ½” brass pipe; 1 8” champion screwdriver; 200# cotton waste.


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19 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, drizzling rain early part of watch; gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from WSW and West. High water at about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy to clear and pleasant. Moderate breeze to light airs from WSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes to stiff breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

At 9.00 Loyd Emery Whitson (Ordinary Seaman) returned to the ship 2 hours over time.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters.

At 11.20 Engineer’s Department tested dynamo and found it in good working order.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with fresh breezes from WSW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 1.00pm the USS “Corwin” sailed for San Diego, California.

At 2.00 the “Unadilla”, Mare Island Navy Yard tug, started for the Navy Yard with the US tug “Iroquois” in tow.

Low water about 1.20.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant with moderate and gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer falling slowly. Low water about 7.40. Started dynamo about 7.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle and light breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Stopped dynamo at 11.00.


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20 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from WSW and calm last hour of watch. High water about 1.30. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from SW and ENE. Barometer rising slowly. Union Iron Works men went to work in Engineer’s Department at 7.00. Low water about 7.20.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; smoky around horizon. Light variable airs and breezes. Barometer steady. Flood tide. Banked fires in forward boiler. Mustered at quarters at 9.30.

J.J. Tierney (Landsman), A. Bloumfeldt (Seaman), Bernard E. Horan (Oiler), absent without leave.

A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman, returned from liberty 4½ hours over time. Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, returned from liberty 5 hours over time.

Workmen from Union Iron Works on board.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and fine; gentle to moderate breezes from WSW. Barometer falling. High water at 2.15. Banked fires in forward boiler.

The Captain awarded the following punishments: W.H. Perry, Seaman, 50 hours over time, reduced to 2nd class from May 31; J.J. Tierney, Landsman, 70 hours over time, reduced to 2nd class from June 4; Hans Jorgensen, Coxswain, 5 hours over time, reduced to 2nd class from June 18; Loyd Emery Whitson, Ordinary Seaman, 2 hours over time, 2 weeks’ quarantine from June 18; Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, 5 hours over time, reduced 2 classes to 3rd class from date; A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman, 4½ hours over time, reduced 2 classes to 3rd class from date.

Workmen from Union Iron Works on board.

The US tug “Unadilla” came to the yard at 1.30; left at 2.45 with tugs “Vigilant” and “Active” in tow.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 6.30. Banked fires in forward boiler.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. Flood tide. Banked fires in forward boiler.


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21 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. High water at 12.10. Banked fires in forward boiler.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. Low water at 6.30. Banked fires in forward boiler.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, returned aboard at 6.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from NE, South, and West.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised gun crews at stations.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, returned on board under the influence of liquor and was confined for safe keeping.

Union Iron Works workmen on board in Engineer’s Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from WbyS to moderate breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. High water at about 2.00. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Engineer’s Department.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; moderate breeze from WSW. Barometer rising. Union Iron Works workmen on board in Engineer’s Department.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from WSW. Barometer rising slowly. Five machinists and two helpers from Union Iron Works at work on board in Engineer’s Department.


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22 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from WSW in puffs. High water at about 1.00. Union Iron Works workmen on board as per preceding watch.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant; gentle to stiff breeze from WSW in squalls. Union Iron Works workmen on board as per previous watch till 7.00, when day gang came on board.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and squally with gentle to fresh breezes from WSW. Barometer steady.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and drilled 1st division at infantry tactics and 2nd division at their guns.

By order of the Commanding Officer J.J. Tierney, Landsman, was released from confinement, he being sober, and was reduced to fourth class; he was also ordered confined from 6pm until 6.00am for safe keeping until further orders.

Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and squally with fresh breezes from WSW. High water at about 2.00. Union Iron Works men on board in Engineer’s Department. Barometer steady.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and squally with fresh to moderate breezes from WSW. Union Iron Works men left the ship at 5.40.

At 6.00 J.J. Tierney, Landsman, was confined for the night for safe keeping.

Low water about 7.30. Three men from Union Iron Works force at work in Engineer’s Department.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and squally; light airs to fresh breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Three machinists from Union Iron Works at work in the Engineer’s Department.


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23 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant; gentle to light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. Three men from Union Iron Works at work in Engineer’s Department.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy first half of watch. Fair and pleasant latter half; light airs from WSW, SW, and ENE. Barometer rising.

At 6.00 J.J. Tierney, Landsman, was released from confinement.

At 7.05 the US Troopship “Valencia” came alongside this wharf preparatory to entering dry dock.

At 7.45 the “El Primero” was hauled out of the dry dock.

At 7.00 the Union Iron Works men went to work in Engineer’s Department.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from ENE hauling to WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 8.00. Banked fires in forward boiler.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters. 1st division drilled with pistols, 2nd division with small arms.

Workmen from Union Iron Works on board.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from WSW. Barometer steady. High water at 3.00. Banked fires in forward boiler.

At 2.30 the transport “Valencia” entered the floating dock.

Workmen from Union Iron Works on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Ebb tide. Banked fires in forward boiler.

At 6.00 placed J.J. Tierney, Landsman, in the brig for safe keeping for the night.

Workmen from Union Iron Works left the ship at 5.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Banked fires in forward boiler. Ebb tide.


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24 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady. Banked fires in forward boiler. High water at 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady. Banked fires in forward boiler.

At 6.00 released J.J. Tierney, Landsman, from confinement.

Workmen from Union Iron Works came aboard at 7.00. Flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; variable light airs. Barometer falling. Low water at about 9.30.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at infantry. Scrubbed ship outside.

In obedience to orders from the Navy Department, Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; light airs to light breeze from WSW and WbyS. Got out additional mooring lines for dock trial. High water at about 4.00.

At 6.00 confined J.J. Tierney, Landsman, for safe keeping.

By authority of the Bureau of Navigation discharged George Washington Gregory, Landsman, for incompetency.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm; light breeze to light airs from WbyS.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm. Calm. Low water at about 9.00. At 8.15 lighted fires in after boiler.


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25 June 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.76, Long -122.38


Commences to 4am:

Clear and warm; light breeze from WSW. High water at about 2.50.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm; light airs from WSW.

At 6.00 released J.J. Tierney, Landsman, from confinement.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to gentle breezes from WSW. Union Iron Works men at work in Engineer’s Department.

At 9.00 commenced dock trial of engines.

At 11.45 stopped engines to make slight adjustments.

Low water about 10.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and squally; gentle to stiff breezes from WSW and SSW. Barometer falling. Hoisted all boats to their davits. Received 2 deck clocks, 3 dozen lamp chimneys, and 3 dozen lamp wicks. Union Iron Works men in Engineer’s Department. High water about 4.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and squally first part of watch, and overcast last hour. Stiff to light breezes from WSW.

At 4.05 continued dock trial of engines and finished at 5.40, when the fires were banked for the night.

At 5.40 the workmen from the Union Iron Works left the ship, their work having been completed.

At 6.00 J.J. Tierney, Landsman, was confined for safe keeping.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast fore part of watch, clear and cool latter part; gentle and moderate breezes from WSW. Low water about 11.00.


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26 June 1898

San Francisco and at sea

Lat 38.09, Long -122.26


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Overcast last hour; light to gentle breezes from WSW. High water about 3.40.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light breezes from WSW. Barometer rising. At 7.30 turned engine over.

At 6.00 released J.J. Tierney, Landsman, from confinement.


From 8am to meridian:

Generally clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer falling. Steam in after boiler.

At 8.12 cast off lines from dock and got underway for Mare Island conned by the Captain.

At 10.30 while in San Pablo Bay stopped and Chief Engineer tested the engines.

At 11.10 started ahead at full speed on course.

Hauled down the Admiral’s blue flag and hoisted red one at 11.50, the blue flag being on “Independence”.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to fresh breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. Banked fires in after boiler.

At 12.15 hoisted ship’s number, answered by the “Independence”.

At 12.30 made fast to buoy #1.

At 1.45 an officer from the Commandant of the Yard came on board to pay an official visit to the Admiral [Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller, Commander in Chief of Pacific Station].

At 2.00 the Captain went ashore to call on the Commandant [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland].


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to fresh breeze from SW. Barometer steady. High water at 6.55. Banked fires in after boiler.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, was placed in confinement at 6.00 for safe keeping.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy; moderate to fresh breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Ebb tide. Banked fires in after boiler.


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27 June 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy; moderate to fresh breezes from SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 1.00. Banked fires in after boiler.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast; light breeze from SW. Barometer rising. Began swinging to flood tide at 7.15. Banked fires in after boilers.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, released from confinement at 6.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from W to WxN.

The Captain called officially on the Commandant of the Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland].

Cleaned boats and outside of ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to moderate breeze from SW. Barometer falling. Swinging to flood tide from 12.50 to 1.55. Hoisted out steam launch and gig. Paid monthly money to crew.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

Received from USRS “Independence” with bag, hammock and transfer papers: H. P. Doerr, Landsman; W.B. Palamountain, Landsman; A. Wolf, Landsman; N. Saunders, Landsman; C.O. Shade, Seaman; E.L. Pratt, Landsman; Hugh McKenzie, Landsman; G. Merkel, Landsman; D. James, Ordinary Seaman; A. Hansen, Seaman; A.R. Hildebrandt [Hilderbrandt in log], Ordinary Seaman; H.M. Green, Ordinary Seaman; O. Bergen, Fireman 1st class; E.E. Bailey, Coal Passer; W.T. Asbury, Boiler Maker; G.V. Rustholl, Seaman.

At 6.00 by order of Commanding Officer confined J.J. Tierney, Landsman, for safe keeping.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light to moderate breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

When tide turned ebb the ship did not swing, a propeller blade having caught over the dredger’s anchor buoy line. This was cleaned at about 9.15 and the ship swung around.


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28 June 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 2.00 swung to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair to clear and pleasant; moderate to fresh breeze from SW and light breeze from SW and WSW.

At 6.00 released J.J. Tierney from confinement.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SW and SSW. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters.

Received in Equipment Department the following items, viz: 150 gallons mineral sperm oil, 5 gallons pure sperm oil, 50 gallons lard oil, 1 dozen dessert knives and 1 dozen tablespoons.

High water about 8.25 and ship swung to ebb tide.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to gentle breezes from SxE. Barometer falling.

At 1.40 started to swing to flood tide. Crew engaged receiving provisions.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light breezes from SSW. Barometer rising slowly. Crew engaged until 6.00 receiving provisions.

At 5.00 the USS “Rush” sailed for San Francisco.

At 5.40 the USS “Bennington” arrived and made fast to buoy #3. The Bennington on arrival fired a salute of 13 guns which was returned by the USS “Independence” with 7 guns.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with gentle to stiff breezes from SW. Barometer rising. High water at 9.05 and started to swing to ebb tide. Stopped swinging at 9.30.


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29 June 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant with fresh breeze from SW. Barometer steady. Low water about 3.30 and started to swing to flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; stiff to light breezes from SW. Ship stopped swinging to flood tide at 4.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Fine weather; light to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer falling. High water about 9.40. Banked fires in after boiler.

The “Philadelphia” went out of dry dock and went alongside seawall.

Received in Ordnance Department from General Storekeeper, Mare Island [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon]: 20,000 ball cartridges 45 cal.; 9000 ball cartridges 38 cal.; 300 common shell 37 mm; 300 steel shell 37 mm; 288 common shell 53 mm; 200 20 pdr. BLR 2 lb charges powder; 5 powder tanks; 10 – 37 mm ammunition chests; 10 – 53 mm ammunition chests.

In obedience to orders from the Secretary of the Navy, dated May 26, 1898, Lieutenant Albert G. Winterhalter, USN, was detached from the USS “Bennington” on June 26 1898, and reported on board this vessel the same day, being assigned by the Commander in Chief to duty as Flag Lieutenant.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather; gentle SW’ly breeze. Barometer falling. Low water at 2.00. Banked fires in after boiler. Engaged in storing ammunition in magazine.

At 2.45 half masted the colors with the “Independence”; hoisted colors to truck at 3.30. Tested magazine flood cocks.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine; gentle to moderate breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Flood tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to light breezes from SSW. Barometer rising. High water at 10.


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30 June 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze to light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. Ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SSW to WNW. Barometer steady. Low water at 5.00. Banked fires in after boiler.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; fresh to moderate breeze from NNW. Barometer rising then falling. Swinging to ebb tide 11.05 to 12.00.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected crew at quarters and then exercised at general and fire quarters.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; moderate to gentle breeze from WNW. Barometer falling. Sent one Sigsbee reel ashore and received on board one Tanner’s sounding reel.

Received in Medical Department from Naval Laboratory, Mare Island, California: 1 box of medical stores.

Commanding Officer [of] USRS “Independence” [Captain Louis Kempff] called on Commanding Officer of this vessel.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm; gentle to stiff breeze from NW and NNW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 4.40 started to swing to flood tide and fouled an anchor line from a dredger in the channel and hung athwart the stream till the line was slacked off. Finished swinging to flood at 5.30.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters. After quarters exercised a crew of recruits in first cutter under oars.

Received from Navy Yard: chronometer Heinrich #811.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and warm; light breeze from NNW. Swinging to ebb tide from 10.35 to 11.30.

Commanding Officer of USS “Bennington” [Commander Henry E. Nichols] called on Commanding Officer of this vessel.



LOGS FOR JULY 1898


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1 July 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Clear and warm; light airs to moderate breeze from NNW and NW. At about 2.45 ferry building in Vallejo caught fire and burned for about half an hour, when it was extinguished.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm; light airs to moderate breeze from NNW. Swinging to flood tide 6.15 to 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm; gentle to moderate breeze from NNE. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and drilled them at the guns and made out requisitions for clothing and small stores. Received by Paymaster $5,500.00. Low water about 12.00 and commenced swinging to ebb tide.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm; gentle to moderate breezes from NNE. Barometer falling.

At 1.45 exercised crew at infantry tactics. Received in Paymaster’s Department:100 leggings and in Equipment and Construction Departments: stores as per list appended. Stopped swinging to ebb tide at 1.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm; light breezes and light airs from W and SSE. Barometer rising.

At 5.45 mustered crew at quarters.

G. Merkel (Landsman) absent over time.

Low water about 5.00 and started to swing to flood tide. Stopped swinging at 6.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Calm and warm. Barometer rising. High water about 11.35 and started to swing to ebb tide.


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2 July 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Clear and warm; Barometer rising. Light airs from SSW, NNW, and NWbyW. Stopped swinging to ebb tide at 12.20.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant with light airs from WSW. Barometer rising slowly. Low water at 6.45 and ship started to swing to flood tide; stopped swinging at 7.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Fine weather; light to moderate breezes from South to SSW. Barometer falling. Flood tide. Banked fires in after boiler.

Received in Ordnance Department from General Storekeeper, Mare Island [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon]: 1 tackle, 2 magazine dresses, 2 pair magazine shoes, 1 cover for 20-pdr, 2 covers for 37-mm.

Received in Equipment Department: 5 hatch tarpaulins, 6 boat tarpaulins, 1 berth deck windsail, 1 wardroom windsail.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fine weather; gentle to moderate breezes from SSW. Barometer steady. High water at 1.30. Banked fires in after boiler.

At 2.00 the “Bennington” went out of dry dock and alongside the seawall.

Served out clothing and small stores to the crew.

Received from General Storekeeper in Equipment Department: 1 coil 21 thread manila rope; in Construction Department: 3 capstan bars, 4 blocks, 1 gallon spar varnish, 1 glass cutter, 1 mortise gauge; in Ordnance Department: 1 cover for 20-pdr, 1 tackle.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and fine; gentle to moderate breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 6.10. Banked fires in after boiler. Mustered at quarters at 5.45.

G. Merkel, Landsman, absent without leave. G. Merkel, Landsman, returned on board 30 hours [over time].

Started distilling into ship’s tanks at 7.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear first part, becoming misty and damp at end. Barometer rising. Flood tide. Banked fires in after boiler. Distilling.


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3 July 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Clear, moderate to stiff breezes from SSW. Barometer steady. High water at 12.30. Banked fires in after boiler. Distilling.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cool. Gentle to moderate breeze from SSW. Barometer rising. Banked fires in after boiler. Distilling.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from SSW and SSE. Barometer rising. Stopped swinging to flood tide at 8.50.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters and read articles for the Government of the Navy.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from South. Barometer falling. Swinging to ebb tide from 2.05 to 3.30.

British ship "Swanhilda" came into port and made fast to buoy No. 3.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from South. Swinging to flood tide from 6.45 to 8.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy with flying scud. Moderate to stiff breeze from SSE. Barometer rising.


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4 July 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy; moderate to fresh breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Swinging to ebb tide from 1.15 to 2.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy; moderate to stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer rising. At sunrise dressed ship.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant with gentle to moderate breeze from SSW. Barometer falling. Low water at 8.25. Ship swinging to flood tide from 8.25 to 9.10.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected crew at quarters.

At noon the USRS “Independence” fired a National Salute of 21 guns.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant with moderate breezes from SSW. Barometer falling. High water and commenced swinging to ebb tide at 1.50. Stopped swinging at 2.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to gentle breezes from SSW and SxW. Barometer rising. Low water at 7.30 and started to swing to flood tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool; stiff and fresh breezes from SbyW.

At 8.30 stopped swinging to flood tide. Barometer rising slowly.


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5 July 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and squally with fresh to moderate breezes from SxW. High water at 2.10 and started to swing to ebb tide. Stopped swinging at 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and squally with fresh to gentle breezes from SxW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breezes from SbyW. Barometer steady. Low water at 9.00. Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30. Exercised at stations for general quarters.

Received in Ordnance Department from General Storekeeper, Mare Island [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon]: 50 common shells 20 lb fuzed and 600 friction primers.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer falling. High water at 3.35.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer rising. Ebb tide. Mustered crew at quarters at 5.45.


From 8pm to midnight:

Misty and damp. Moderate to stiff breezes from SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 9.30.


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6 July 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.095, Long -122.262


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and misty; moderate to stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. High water at 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy but pleasant; gentle breeze from SSW. Barometer rising. Ebb tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Swinging to flood tide 9.30 to 10.40.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters and exercised at general quarters. Expended 3 friction primers.

By order of the Captain the following changes in rating were made to take effect from July 1, 1898: E.E. Bailey, Coal Passer to Fireman 2nd class; J. Harder, Landsman to Ordinary Seaman; W.B. Palamountain, Landsman to Bayman.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer falling.

At 1.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at manual of arms. Sent boat to magazine for 20-pdr shells.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SSW. Barometer rising.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters. W.H. Perry, Seaman, being absent from quarters was searched for and found dead drunk.

At about 6.30 Perry became violent and began raising a great disturbance on the berth deck. When the Master-at-Arms attempted to arrest him, Perry assaulted him and used profane and obscene epithets toward him, and bit him in the arm. By direction of the Officer of the Deck, Perry was put in double irons for safe keeping, and Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, at this time found to be drunk and attempting to interfere with the arrest of Perry, was also ordered into double irons by the Officer of the Deck for safe keeping.

By direction of the Captain, Perry and Horan were left in double irons for safe keeping.

Exercised crew of recruits in 1st cutter under oars. Swinging to ebb tide from 4.00 to 5.35.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair to cloudy; gentle to moderate breeze from SW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 9.50 to 10.30. At about 8.20 W.H. Perry, Seaman, was removed from the brig to be treated by the medical officer for alcoholic epilepsy, and was returned to the brig when pronounced fit for the same by the Medical Officer. W.H. Perry, Seaman, and Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, raised much disturbance in the brig in defiance of repeated orders to keep quiet.


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7 July 1898

Mare Island to San Francisco, California

Lat 37.81, Long -122.39


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy; gentle breeze from SSW.

At 3.50 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy; gentle breeze from SSW to light breeze [from] WSW. Barometer rising. Finished swinging to ebb tide at 4.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to moderate breezes from WSW and SWbyW. Barometer falling slowly. Low water at 9.50.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised them at the guns.

Turned engines over at 10.15 and got underway at 10.50.

By order of the Commanding Officer confined W.H. Perry, Seaman, and Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, in double irons to await trial by a court martial; and Francis Marion Green Jr. reduced to 4th class for using abusive language to the Quartermaster on watch.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; stiff to gentle breezes from SWbyW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 2.36 let go anchor off Pier No. 12, San Francisco, California, in 13 fathoms of water and veered to the 45 fathoms shackle just outside hawser hole.

The USS “Grant” at anchor on the port bow and the USS “Rush” on port beam.

At 3.45 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool with flying scud; moderate to stiff breezes from SWxW. Stopped swinging at 4.40.

At 5.45 mustered crew at quarters.
At 5.40 by order of Commanding Officer released W.H. Perry, Seaman, and Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, from confinement and double irons and served copy of charges and specifications on them.

By order of Commanding Officer, confined W.H. Perry, Seaman, and Bernard E. Horan, Oiler, in double irons to await trial by court martial.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and cool with stiff to light breezes from SWxW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 9.50 to 10.50.


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8 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Fair and cool; moderate to light breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Swinging to ebb tide from 2.15 to 3.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and cool first half of watch, overcast last half. Light breezes from SW. Barometer steady.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast; gentle SW’ly breeze. Barometer steady. Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30. 1st and 2nd divisions exercised at battery; Powder Division at small arms.

The Commanding Officer of the USS “Rush” [Captain William H. Roberts] paid an official visit on board.

Low water at 10.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyW. Barometer falling slowly. Sent dinghy with crew of Landsmen for exercises. Paymaster received on board $2000.00 in cash.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate breeze from SWxW. Barometer steady. High water at 4.15.

At 5.00 the USS “Bennington” coming from Mare Island made her number and International [code] 1211 [probably US Army and Navy wigwag code to signal “Q”, asking permission to enter port]. “Albatross” made her number and “affirmative”.

“Bennington” anchored at 5.15.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle breeze from SWxW. Barometer steady. Low water at 11.00.


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9 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear first part, cloudy at close. Light airs and breezes from SSW. Barometer steady. Flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast; calm to light variable airs. Barometer steady. High water at 4.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant; light breeze from SW to gentle breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. Swinging to flood tide 9.30 to 10.45.

At 10.10 a summary court martial convened on board for the trial of W.H. Perry, Seaman.

At 11.40 the court adjourned and Perry was returned to confinement in double irons to await the result of the trial.

Received on board in the Construction Department: 200 feet 2” rubber fire hose from Miller, Schloss, and Scott, San Francisco.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light to moderate breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. Flood tide.

At 1.30 a summary court martial convened on board for the trial of Bernard E. Horan, Oiler.

At [missing] the court adjourned and Horan was returned to confinement in double irons.

The USS “Rush” signaled by wigwag for permission to shift anchorage, which was granted.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool; gentle breeze from WSW. Barometer rising at end of watch. 4.30 to 6.30 swinging to ebb tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; gentle to light breeze from WSW.

At 11.20 began swinging to flood tide.


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10 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy; gentle breeze from SW.

At 1.20 finished swinging to flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from SW.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast first half of watch; fair and pleasant last half. Light and gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 8.30 A.A. Jakobsen returned to the ship 1½ hours over time.

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

T.M. Grant, Seaman, and H.E. Sutton, Landsman, were reported absent without leave at quarters.

Started to swing to flood tide at 10.50. Stopped swinging at 11.50.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant with moderate to stiff breezes from WSW. Barometer steady.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and squally; gentle to stiff breezes from WSW. Barometer falling last hour of watch. Swinging to ebb tide from 4.40 to 5.55.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and squally; gentle to stiff breezes from WSW. Barometer steady.


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11 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and squally; gentle to stiff breezes from WSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 2.35 to 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy; gentle breezes from WSW and WNW. Barometer rising. Swinging to ebb tide from 6.30 to 7.45.

At 7.00 T.M. Grant (Seaman) and H.E. Sutton (Landsman) returned to the ship 24 hours over time.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast. Light breezes from SWbyS. Barometer steady. Ebb tide. Mustered crew at quarters at 9.30. Exercised at boats under oars.

Received in Construction Department from Miller, Schloss, and Scott: 12 padlocks, 6 door locks, 1 chest lock, 2 planes, 1 screwdriver, 1 grindstone, 1 chalk line and reel; in Equipment Department: 1 colander, 2 agate cook pots, 1 3-gallon coffee pot, 2 small coffee pots, 1 fish boiler, 1 coffee mill, 2 baking pans, 1 frying pan, 1 cook fork, 1 mixing bowl, 2 wooden spoons, 3 butcher knives; in Engineer’s Department: 300 stove bolts, 100 fire bricks, 1 set twist drill, 1 set reamers, 14 feet steel, 31 slabs zinc, 10 lbs sheet brass, 40 feet steam hose, 18 bushings, 3 globe valves, 42 manhole gaskets, 1 screwdriver, 1 screw punch.

Crew engaged in cleaning bilges.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clearing; gentle to stiff breeze from SWbyS to SW. Barometer falling. Low water at 12.15. Received in Construction Department from Madison, Bruce and Sellers: 300 coal bags.

By order of the Captain Arel E. Brisman, Landsman, was advanced in rating to Yeoman 1st class, to date from July 8, 1898.

Crew engaged in cleaning bilges.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy; overcast at end. Barometer steady. Gentle to stiff SW’ly breeze. High water at 5.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast; light to stiff SW’ly breeze. Barometer steady. Ebb tide.


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12 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast. Moderate to gentle breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy. Light SW’ly breezes. Barometer rising. High water at 8.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer unsteady.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, and exercised at general quarters.

Received wigwag signal from USS “Bennington” that the Admiral [Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller, Commander in Chief of Pacific Station] would like to see Captain Jefferson Franklin Moser at the Occidental Hotel. Finished swinging to ebb tide at 8.50.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy. Light to stiff breeze from SW. Barometer falling. 12.00 to 1.20 swinging to flood tide.

At 1.15 mustered at quarters and exercised at manual of arms.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to stiff breeze from SW and gentle breeze from SWbyW. Barometer falling.

At 7.00 began swinging to ebb tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Finished swinging to ebb tide at 8.30.


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13 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to moderate breeze from SW. Barometer rising. 3.00 to 4.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and squally; gentle to moderate breezes from WSW.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at fire drill and abandon ship.

Swinging to ebb tide from 9.45 to 10.50.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; moderate to fresh breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

The following telegram addressed to the Commanding Officer of this vessel, dated May 26, 1898, was received from the Department, viz: “You are authorized to retain Fassett [Harry Clifford Fassett accompanied “Albatross” in her 1896 and 1897 voyages, assisting Frederic Morton Chamberlain] as Captain’s Clerk on “Albatross”, signed Crowninshield” [Commodore Arent S. Crowninshield was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation].

By order of the Commanding Officer, T.M. Grant (Seaman) was reduced to 4th class from July 11, and G. Merkel (Landsman) to 4th class from July 4.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; fresh to light airs from WSW. Barometer steady.

Edward H. Campbell, Ensign USN, was, by orders of Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller, USN, detached from the “Albatross” and ordered to report immediately to the Commanding Officer of the USS “Bennington” for duty thereon. Ensign Edward H. Campbell, USN, left the ship at 8.00 for duty on board the USS “Bennington”.

Received for the Engineer’s Department: 100 1” return bends, 10 4” sheet brass, and 20 lbs 1” square flax packing


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant with light and gentle breezes from WSW. Swinging to ebb tide from 8 to 9.30. Barometer steady.


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14 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; calm and light airs from SSW and South. Barometer falling.

At 12.00 a schooner drifted down on the USS “Rush”.

Started to swing to flood tide at 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from the South. Barometer steady. Stopped swinging to flood tide at 4.20.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from South to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer falling. 10.20 to 11.20 swinging to ebb tide.

In obedience to orders of the Commander in Chief of the US Naval Forces, Pacific Station [Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller], Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser, USN, was detached from the command of this vessel and ordered to assume temporary command of the USS “Bennington”, and Lieutenant Commander Clinton K. Curtis, USN, assumed temporary command of this vessel.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at the battery and at setting up drill.

Received on board in the Equipment Department from Miller, Schloss, and Scott, San Francisco: four desk hinges.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate to stiff breezes from SW and WSW. Barometer falling. At 3.30 started to swing to flood tide.

At 3.15 the USS “Bennington” got underway and steamed out of the bay.

At 1.15 mustered at quarters and exercised crew at manual of arms.

At 2.00 called all hands to muster, and Lieutenant Commander Clinton K. Curtis, USN, read the orders assigning him to the command of this vessel.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate to light breeze from WSW. At 4.30 finished swinging to flood tide.

At 4.58 got underway and shifted anchorage about 200 yards inshore, anchoring at 5.17 in 13 fathoms of water, 45 fathoms on starboard chain.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW to light breeze from SSW. Barometer rising. 8.15 to 9.00 swinging to ebb tide.


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15 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SSW. 4.50 to 6.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breezes from NNW and SW. Barometer steady.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up exercises and boat drill.

At 11.00 started to swing to ebb tide.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breezes from SW and SWxW. Barometer falling.

At 1.36 the USS “Grant” got underway.

At 3.05 the transports “City of Para” and “City of Puebla” got underway.

Manned the rigging and cheered the transports as they went by.

At 3.10 signaled the “Grant” asking the question: “Have you the Admiral’s permission to leave”. Answered “No”.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate and gentle breezes from SWbyW.

At 4.15 the USS “Grant” returned to the anchorage off starboard bow and [3rd] Lieutenant Eugene Blake Jr. came on board and reported that the “Grant” had been ordered to get underway after 6.00pm.

At 5.45 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up exercises.

At 7.00 the “Grant” got underway.

Swinging to flood tide from 4.15 to 5.30. Four mess kettles received from W.W. Montagne [& Company] for the Equipment Department.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes to light airs from SWbyW. Swinging to ebb tide from 9.00 to 10.20.


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16 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from SSW. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with light airs and light breezes from SW and SSW. Swinging to flood tide from 6.15 to 7.15. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer rising first hour, then falling. At 10.25 started to swing to ebb tide and then lay between wind and tide. Crew engaged in cleaning ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate to stiff breeze from SW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Fog rolling in through the Golden Gate. Gentle to light breeze from SWbyW and WSW. 5.15 to 6.50 swinging to flood tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. 9.35 to 10.00 swinging to ebb tide.


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17 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and foggy. Light breeze from WSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy. Light airs from WSW. 7.00 to 8.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

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

At 11.30 A. Bloumfeldt (Seaman) returned to the ship 4½ hours over time.

Started to swing to ebb tide at 11.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light and gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer falling. Stopped swinging to ebb tide at 1.50.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Swinging to flood tide from 5.55 to 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to ebb tide from 10.30 to 11.40.


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18 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from WSW and SbyW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SbyW. Barometer rising slowly. Swinging to flood tide from 7.10 to 8.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SSW and SW and gentle breeze from SWbyW. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters and exercised at setting up drill and general quarters.

Transferred to the USS “Philadelphia”: C. Matlock (Steward to Commander in Chief) and John Lex (Cook to Commander in Chief).


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyW. Barometer falling.

Sent a boat to Yerba Buena Island for sand.

At 2.00 finished swinging to ebb tide.

The USS “Rush” signaled by wigwag for permission to sight anchor. Permission granted.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyW and light breeze from SW. Barometer steady. 6.35 to 7.40 swinging to flood tide.
At 5.45 mustered at quarters.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW to SWbyS. Barometer steady. At 11.50 started to swing to ebb tide.


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19 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair to cloudy. Gentle breeze to light airs from SW. Barometer rising. 6.45 to 8.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW, North, and WSW.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters, then called all hands to muster and read the proceedings of the Summary Court Martial in the cases of W.H. Perry (Seaman) and Bernard E. Horan (Oiler), tried for drunkenness on duty. The sentences of the court were: W.H. Perry (Seaman) to be discharged with “bad conduct” discharge and lose one month’s pay, Bernard E. Horan (Oiler) to be discharged with “bad conduct” discharge and to lose ½ of one month’s pay. They were then confined without irons to await action of the Navy Department.

Exercised crew at infantry tactics.

At 10.30 Troopship “Pennsylvania” got underway. Manned the rigging and cheered her as she went by.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breezes from WSW. Barometer falling. Swinging to ebb tide from 1.10 to 2.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Moderate breezes to light airs from WSW. Barometer rising.

At 5.45 mustered crew at quarters.

Swinging to flood tide from 6.30 to 8.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light breezes to stiff breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. At 11.45 started to swing to ebb tide.


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20 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Stiff to gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. Stopped swinging to ebb tide at 1.00am.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle and moderate breezes from SSW, S, and SSW. Barometer rising. Started to swing to flood tide at 7.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Moderate to stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer rising slowly. At 9.00 finished swinging to flood tide.

At 9.30 mustered and inspected at quarters, and exercised at setting up drill and general quarters.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Stiff breeze from SSW. Barometer falling slowly. At 12.55 started swinging to ebb tide, then lay across wind and tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Moderate to gentle breeze from SW. At 7.35 started to swing to flood tide.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up and double time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from SW. At 8.40 finished swinging to flood tide.


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21 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from SW and SSW. 12.30 to 1.15 swinging to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SSW and SWbyW. Barometer falling at end of watch.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters. Exercised at setting up drill, double time, fire quarters, and boat drill.

The Captain of the “Rush” [Captain William H. Roberts] paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer.

Swinging to flood tide from 8.00 to 9.15.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes from SSW. Barometer falling. Swinging to ebb tide from 12.20 to 1.20.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to light breezes from SSW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 5.45 mustered crew at quarters.

At 4.00 the US troopship “Arizona” came to anchor on the port quarter.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes from SSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 8.00 to 9.30.


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22 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from SSW. Barometer steady. Swinging to ebb tide from 1.30 to 3.15.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from South. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SSW to SWbyS. 8.30 to 9.40 swinging to flood tide.

W.B. Rabe (Landsman) returned on board 1½ hours over time.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters and exercised at setting up, double quick, and infantry.

Captain of this vessel called officially on Commanding Officer of the USS “Rush” [Captain William H. Roberts].


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from SWbyS. Barometer falling.

At 1.30 went to quarters and served out clean bags and hammocks.

2.00 to 3.30 swinging to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from SWbyS.

At 5.45 mustered at quarters.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. 8.50 to 9.50 swinging to flood tide.


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23 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. 2.10 to 3.00 swinging to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy. Light airs from SW to calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light airs from ESE, NWbyN, and SWbyS. Barometer falling.

At 9.00am the USS “Rush” signaled asking permission to sight anchor. Permission was given.

At 9.35 we hove in to 15 fathoms and then veered to 30 fathoms.

At 10.25 the US Troopship “Rio de Janeiro” got underway. As she passed, manned the rigging, cheered her, and signaled “BQR”, “a pleasant passage”, which was acknowledged and returned the signal “Good-bye”.

At 11.45 the USS “Rush” signaled “Request permission to get underway”. Answered by the question “Did you have any orders from the Admiral”. Answered “Yes”. “Permission granted, where are you going” then signaled by this ship. Answered by “to Mare Island”.

At 11.55 the “Rush” got underway.

Swinging to flood tide from 9.15 to 10.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to moderate breezes from SW. Barometer falling.

At 2.05 the US Troopship “Arizona” was hauled alongside Pier No. 12 by the tugs “Sea King” and “Reliance”.

At 3.00 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to moderate breezes from SW. Barometer steady.

At 7.15 the USS “Iroquois” came to anchor directly ahead.

At 8.50 the Commanding Officer of the “Iroquois” [Lieutenant Louis Hamilton Turner, appointed 22 June 1898 and discharged 8 September 1898, commanded the California Naval Militia during the war with Spain] paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer of this ship.

At 4.45 stopped swinging to ebb tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes to light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 9.20 to 10.40.


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24 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to moderate breezes from SW and WSW. Barometer steady. Started to swing to ebb tide at 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breezes from WSW, SW, S, and SSW. Barometer rising. At 4.10 stopped swinging to ebb tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. 9.10 to 11.00 swinging to flood tide.

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


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WSW. Barometer falling.

At about 2.15 a sail boat fouled the starboard boom of this vessel in attempting to cross our bow. It became necessary to cut adrift her boom topping lift and she then drifted down on the ship “Wayfarer”, from which she was towed ashore by our steam launch.

At 3.40 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cloudy. Gentle breeze from WSW and SW. Barometer rising. At 5.00 finished swinging to ebb tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to clear. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. 10.50 to 11.30 swinging to flood tide.


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25 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear to overcast and foggy. Light breeze from SSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy. Light airs from SW and calm. 4.05 to 5.00 swinging to ebb tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SE. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised 1st division at infantry tactics, and 2nd division at their guns.

At 9.45 hove up the starboard anchor and found foul anchor. Let go port anchor and veered to 45 fathoms shackle outside hawse hole. Cleared starboard anchor and got it on the bow.

At 10.40 sent out all boats for exercise.

Swinging to flood tide from 10.00 to 11.15.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SE. Barometer falling. Started to swing to ebb tide at 3.20.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes and light airs from SW.

USS “Vigilant” came to anchor on our port bow at 4.15 and the Commanding Officer [Lieutenant Charles Evans, appointed 28 May 1898 and discharged 24 December 1898, one of the masters of California Naval Militia ships during the war with Spain] paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer of this ship.

Stopped swinging to ebb tide at 5.10. Barometer rising slowly.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Started to swing to flood tide at 11.00.


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26 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear, pleasant, and calm, with occasional light airs from SW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Swinging to ebb tide from 5.20 to 6.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Light airs to from SE and SW. Barometer falling. 10.40 to 12.00 swinging to flood tide.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters and exercised at double time and then at company drill.

At 10.30 hove up port anchor and let go starboard anchor with 45 fathoms of chain. Exercised at sail drill later.

At 11.40 sighted USS “Philadelphia” heading down the bay.

At 11.54 the “Philadelphia” passed this vessel and exchanged numbers with us. “Philadelphia” then signaled for permission to anchor, which was granted. The Captain of this vessel called officially on the Commanding Officer of the USS “Iroquois” [Lieutenant Louis Hamilton Turner] and the USS “Vigilant” [Lieutenant Charles Evans].


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WSW. Barometer falling.

At 12.06 the USS “Philadelphia” anchored about 700 yards from this vessel, bearing ESE, and fired a salute of thirteen guns. This vessel sent wigwag signal to “Philadelphia” “We have no saluting charges”.

At about 12.30 the “Philadelphia” got underway and shifted her berth to about 600 yards from this vessel, bearing SE.

At 1.45 the USS “Active” came down from Mare Island and went alongside of the “Philadelphia”. “Active” headed up the bay again at 3.45.

Transferred to the USS “Philadelphia” the following articles in the Equipment Department: two (2) boat cloths.

Painted upper and lower laboratory compartments.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. 4.15 to 5.50 swinging to ebb tide.

At 5.35 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW.


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27 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW. 1.10 to 2.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. 5.45 to 7.45 swinging to ebb tide.

At 8.00 hauled down the flag of the Commander-in-Chief of the US Naval Force, Pacific Station, and the USS “Philadelphia” hoisted same at her masthead and fired a salute of 13 guns.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from WbyS.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up exercises, double time, fire drill, and abandon ship. Tested magazine flood cocks and found them in good working order.

At 10.50 signal received from the Flagship “Commanding Officer repair on board the Flagship”, and at 10.55, the Commanding Officer left the ship for the “Philadelphia”, in compliance with signal, and returned at 11.30.

At 11.40 the Commanding Officer of the USS “Iroquois” [Lieutenant Louis Hamilton Turner] paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer and received permission to shift anchorage.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle breezes from WSW and gentle to moderate breezes from SW. Swinging to flood tide from 12.00 to 1.30.

At 1.10 the USS “Active” came to anchor on our port quarter.

At 1.40 the “Active” got underway and anchored farther astern, bearing SE.

At 1.30 transferred E.B. Pierce (Oiler) to the USS “Philadelphia”.

At 2.00 the USS “Iroquois” got underway and anchored at 2.10 in the starboard quarter, bearing NNW.

At 2.50 the USS “Rush” anchored on our port quarter, bearing SEbyS.

At 2.57 the US Flagship “Philadelphia” got underway. We went to quarters and saluted her as she went by.

At 3.15 the Commanding Officer of the “Rush” [Captain William H. Roberts] paid an official visit, and at 3.20 the Commanding Officer of the “Active” [Ensign Thomas M. Shaw, appointed 22 June 1898 and discharged 19 September 1898, one of the masters of California Naval Militia ships during the war with Spain] paid an official visit to the Commanding Officer of this ship.

At 3.45 hoisted Commanding Officer’s pennant at the main.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair first part of watch, overcast latter part. Moderate to gentle breezes from SW. Swinging to ebb tide from 5.45 to 7.30.

At 5.35 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up exercises.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle to light breezes from SW. Barometer steady.


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28 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy. Light airs and light breezes from SW and SSW. Barometer steady. Swinging to flood tide from 2.00 to 3.45.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breezes from SSW and South. Barometer rising. Started to swing to ebb tide at 6.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Clearing at end of watch. Light airs from South. At 8.50 finished swinging to ebb tide.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters and exercised at setting up, double time, and general quarters.

US Coast Survey steamer “Gedney” came across the bay from Oakland and anchored 250 yards from this vessel, bearing SW. Commanding Officers of the “Gedney” [Lieutenant Commander Arthur P. Osborn] and the “Iroquois” [Lieutenant Louis Hamilton Turner] called officially on the Captain of this vessel.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from South and stiff breeze from SWbyW. Barometer falling. At 12.55 started to swing to flood tide.

Coast Survey steamer “Gedney” got underway and went alongside of Mission Street Wharf.

The Captain of this vessel called officially on the Commanding Officer of the USS “Rush” [Captain William H. Roberts] and the USS “Active” [Ensign Thomas M. Shaw].


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear to overcast and cloudy. Stiff to moderate breeze from WSW to SW. Barometer rising at end of watch. 6.30 to 7.50 swinging to ebb tide.

Captain of the USS “Vigilant” [Lieutenant Charles Evans] called on the Captain of this vessel.

At 5.35 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

At 5.40 the Troopship “St. Paul” left the wharf and anchored in the bay.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and misty. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising.

At 10.00 the USS “Vigilant” drifted down close to this vessel. The “Vigilant” then got underway and shifted her berth to about 500 yards from this vessel, bearing SEbyE.


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29 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and foggy. Light to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. 4.10 to 5.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze and light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters, and exercised at setting up exercises, company drill, and double time.

At 10.15 the USS Troopship “St. Paul” got underway.

At 10.23 to 10.30 the Commanding Officers of the “Active” [Ensign Thomas M. Shaw], “Vigilant” [Lieutenant Charles Evans], and “Iroquois” [Lieutenant Louis Hamilton Turner] paid official visit to the Commanding Officer of this ship.

At 10.17 the USS “Vigilant” shifted anchorage to off starboard quarter.

Stopped swinging to ebb tide at 9.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from SW and WbyN. Barometer falling. Swinging to flood tide from 1.50 to 3.35.

At 3.30 the USCSS “Gedney” anchored on our port quarter, bearing SbyE.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant first part of watch, overcast and cloudy the last half. Light breeze from WNW and WbyS.

At 5.35 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up drill.

Swinging to ebb tide from 7.20 to 8.00. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and foggy. Gentle and light breezes from SSW. Barometer falling.


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30 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs and light breezes from SSW and SbyW. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SbyW. Barometer steady. Swinging to flood tide from 4.00 to 5.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SSW. 9.30 to 11.00 swinging to ebb tide. Barometer falling slowly.

The USS “Active” shifted berth twice, anchored finally at about 200 yards from this vessel, bearing SbyW.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship. Paid monthly money to crew.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and windy. Gentle to moderate breeze from SSW. At 2.45 started to swing to flood tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair to overcast and cloudy. Moderate breeze from SSW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Moderate to gentle breeze from SSW. 8.30 to 9.30 swinging to ebb tide.


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31 July 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, raw, and misty. Gentle breeze from SSW.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, raw, and misty. Gentle breeze from SSW to light airs from WSW. 5.10 to 6.45 swinging to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from WSW. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and found A.A. Jakobsen (Coxswain) absent without leave. Commanding Officer inspected crew and ship.

At 10.55 started to swing to ebb tide.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle breezes from WSW and SW. Barometer falling. At 1.00 stopped swinging to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle breezes from SW. Barometer steady. Swinging to flood tide from 4.30 to 6.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light breezes from SW and SSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to ebb tide from 9.30 to 11.30.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1898


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1 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Gentle to light breezes from SSW. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light airs and light breezes from SSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 6.10 to 7.00.

At 7.00 A.A. Jakobsen (Coxswain) returned, 24 hours over time.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from SSW. Barometer steady.

At 9.30 inspected at quarters and exercised at setting-up, battery and double time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from SSW and moderate to stiff breeze from SW. Scrubbed ship outside.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Moderate breeze from WSW to SW. 5.40 to 6.40 swinging to flood tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Thick mist. Light airs from SW. 9.45 to 11.50 swinging to ebb tide.


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2 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Thick mist. Light breeze from SW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Thick mist. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. 6.55 to 8.00 swinging to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light airs and light breezes from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting-up drill and company drill.

At 10.30 a Board of Survey, composed of the following named officers, viz: Stephen V. Graham, Ensign, USN; Spencer M. Kase, Ensign, USN; and Addison E. Morgan, Ensign, USN [appointed 27 June 1898, discharged 28 November 1898]; met to survey articles in the Equipment Department.

At 11.15 the USS “Rush” wigwagged signal “Request permission to sight anchor”. Answered by “Permission granted”.

At 11.30 started to swing to ebb tide.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly. Crew at work scraping bilges.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light breezes from SW and West. Barometer rising slowly.

At 5.35 mustered crew at quarters.

Swinging to flood tide from 6.30 to 8.00.

By order of the Commanding Officer reduced A.A. Jakobsen (Coxswain) to 4th class, from July 31, for being 24 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty, with occasional drizzling rains. Light breezes and light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. At 11.30 started to swing to ebb tide.


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3 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light airs from SSW and South. Barometer falling. At 1.10 stopped swinging to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty, with occasional drizzling rains. Light airs from South and SSW. Swinging to flood tide from 7.20 to 8.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy to fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters and exercised at setting-up, fire quarters, and double time.

Hoisted steam launch for cleaning and repairs.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from SW. Barometer falling.

At 1.50 the USS “Vigilant” got underway and stood up the bay.

1.35 to 3.10 swinging to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Generally cloudy. Gentle to light breeze from SSW. At 7.15 began swinging to flood tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy. Light breeze from SSW. Finished swinging to flood tide at 8.20.


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4 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to light breezes from SSW. 2.00 to 3.00 swinging to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light to gentle breeze from SSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast first part of watch, clear and pleasant latter part. Light airs and light breezes from WSW.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters, and exercised at setting up drill, general quarters, and double time.

At 11.30 the US Torpedo Boat Destroyer “Farragut” started on preliminary trial trip.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle and moderate breezes from SW. Barometer falling slowly. Swinging to ebb tide from 1.40 to 3.05. Crew scraping bilges.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Moderate breezes from SW.

At 5.35 mustered crew at quarters.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light breezes from WSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to flood tide from 8.00 to 9.55.


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5 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light breezes from WSW, SWbyW, and SbyW. Swinging to ebb tide from 1.20 to 2.45.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light breezes from SSW. Barometer rising.

At 6.35 smoke was discovered issuing from the fore passage. Fire hose led out; but after an hour’s search, the cause of the smoke was not ascertained. Smoke stopped issuing soon after discovery.

At 7.50 started to swing to flood tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, but pleasant. Light airs from SSW. At 9.10 finished swinging to flood tide.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters, and exercised at setting-up, company of infantry, and double time.

Received from Navy Yard, Mare Island, California, per tug “Unadilla”: 98 white hats in Pay Department, and one typewriter in Equipment Department.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW and SW. Barometer falling. 1.30 swinging to ebb tide.

Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Ship “Marion” [part of California Naval Militia since 1897] called officially upon the Commanding Officer of this vessel.

At 2.40 the USS “Iroquois” got underway and stood up the bay.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 5.35 mustered at quarters.

At 7.00 the troopships “Charles Nelson” and “Lakme”, with US troops on board, bound for the Hawaiian Islands, left port.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy to overcast. Light breeze to light airs from SW and WSW. Barometer rising slowly. 9.15 to 10.10 swinging to flood tide.


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6 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and foggy. Light airs from WSW. 2.10 to 3.10 swinging to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy, to fair and pleasant. Calm and light airs from WSW, South and SSW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breezes from SSW, SWbyW, West and SW. Barometer falling.

At 10.13 the USS “Active” got underway.

At 10.45 the Troopship “Tacoma” got underway.

At 11.53 the USS “Active” came to anchor on port quarter.

Swinging to flood tide from 8.40 to 9.50.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light and gentle breezes from SW. Barometer steady.

At 1.50 screw schooner “Minnette”, loaded with hay, in an attempt to back ahead of this vessel, drifted down and fouled the bowsprit. She carried away her foresail and mainsail and hung by her rigging to port anchor until towed off by tug “Water Nymph”.

At 2.45 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to light breezes from SW. Barometer steady. At 5.00 stopped swinging to ebb tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light to moderate breezes from SW and WSW. Barometer rising slowly. Swinging to flood tide from 9.25 to 11.10.


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7 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light to gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady. At 3.30 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light airs from WSW and SSW. Barometer steady. At 4.50 stopped swinging to ebb tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from SW and WSW. 9.20 to 10.30 swinging to flood tide.

At 9.30 the Captain inspected the ship and crew at quarters.

At 10.45 the USS “Vigilant” came down the bay and anchored about 150 yards from this vessel, bearing SbyE.

At 9.35 the USS “Active” got underway and shifted her berth to about 150 yards from this vessel, bearing WNW.

Commanding Officer of the USS “Vigilant” [Lieutenant Charles Evans] called officially on the Commanding Officer of this vessel.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Moderate to stiff breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. At 2.25 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair to cloudy. Moderate to gentle breeze from WSW.

The USS “Iroquois” came down from the Navy Yard and at 4.10 anchored about 150 yards from this vessel, bearing ESE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair to overcast and cloudy. Gentle breeze from WSW. 11.00 to 12.00 swinging to flood tide.


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8 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty. Light airs to gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW and South. Barometer rising. 4.50 to 6.30 swinging to ebb tide.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and misty first half of watch. Fair and misty last half. Light airs from SW, SSE, and NNE. Barometer falling.

At 9.20 the USS “Vigilant” got underway.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters, exercised crew at setting up exercises, at the guns, and double time.

Swinging to flood tide from 9.55 to noon.

Patrick Flynn (Seaman) was transferred from the USS “Iroquois” to this vessel for medical treatment of leg.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to light breezes from SW. Barometer falling.

At 12.17 the USS “Iroquois” got underway and went alongside Pier #12, and at 1.35, the “Iroquois” left the harbor.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair first part of watch. Overcast and foggy last part. Moderate to light breeze from SW and WSW. Barometer rising.

At 5.40 the Mare Island Navy Yard tug “Unadilla” came down from the Navy Yard with a secret code for this vessel. Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett, Captain’s Clerk, left the ship for Baird, California.

Swinging to ebb tide from 4.00 to 6.10.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and foggy. Gentle breeze to light airs from SW and WSW. Barometer steady. At 12.15 started to swing to flood tide.


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9 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and foggy. Calm and light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. At 1.00 stopped swinging to flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and foggy. Calm. Barometer rising. Swinging to ebb tide from 5.50 to 7.10.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NNE to calm. Barometer falling.

At 11.40 started swinging to flood tide.

At 8.10 the USS “Active” got underway and stood up the bay.

At 9.15 the USS “Vigilant” passed, standing down the bay.

The torpedo boat “Farragut” making preliminary trial run in the bay.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters. Absentee, H.M. Hafford (Ordinary Seaman).


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. At 1.00 finished swinging to flood tide. Made preparations for coaling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle breeze from SW to light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. 5.00 to 6.10 swinging to ebb tide.

At 5.50 coal schooner “Winfield Scott” came alongside.

At 6.25 began taking coal on board.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. Coaling ship.


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10 August 1898

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Fair to cloudy and foggy. Light to gentle breeze from SSW to WSW. Barometer steady. 12.50 to 2.20 swinging to flood tide.

Taking coal on board till 2.15 and bagging coal till 3.30, having received in all 95.83 tons, of which about 25 tons were stowed on deck. Draft after coaling: 11’ 6” forward, 14’ 9” aft.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy to fair and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW. Barometer rising. At 7.20 started swinging to ebb tide.

At 6.10 coal schooner left the ship.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

At 9.25 the freight steamer “Herald” came alongside and delivered to this ship for Paymaster’s Department: 97 packages provisions and 4 bales clothing; for Construction and Repair Department: 20# shellac, 200# white lead, 200# zinc, 10 gallons turpentine, 10 gallons boiled oil, 15# chloride lime; for Ordnance Department: 45 haversacks, 45 knapsacks, 45 coat straps; for Navigator’s Department: 12 lantern globes; and for Engineer’s Department: 1 bar steel, 1 shape cover, 10 gallons linseed oil, 5 gallons turpentine, 5 gallons oil, 75# yellow ochre, 4 dozen lamp wicks, 24 bushings.

At 10.10 wigwagged signal to the USS “Rush”: “Captain Curtis would like to see Captain Roberts on board”. Answered “All right”.

At 10.30 the Captain of the “Rush” [Captain William H. Roberts] visited Commanding Officer.

W.H. Perry (Seaman) and Bernard E. Horan (Oiler), court-martialled prisoners awaiting action of the Department, and Patrick Flynn (Seaman), transferred to this ship for medical treatment from the “Iroquois”, were transferred to the USRS “Independence”.

The USS “Rush” got underway at 12.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

At 3.00 the USS “Vigilant” anchored on our starboard quarter, bearing WNW.

Crew at work receiving sea stores.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breezes from WSW. At 7.25 the USS “Rush” came to anchor on starboard quarter, bearing NW.

U.G. Baker, Fireman 1st class; M.A. Myrick, Coal Passer; and N.H. Kirkemo, Ordinary Seaman; were transferred to this ship from the USS “Independence”. Swinging to ebb tide from 4.30 to 6.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from WSW. Barometer steady.


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11 August 1898

San Francisco and at sea

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Swinging to flood tide from 1.00 to 3.10.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW and calm. Barometer rising slowly. Started to swing to ebb tide at 7.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to gentle breeze from WSW. At 8.50 stopped swinging to ebb tide.

At 9.17 the USS “Vigilant” got underway for the Union Iron Works, and returned to this anchorage at 10.35.

The Captain of the USS “Vigilant” [Lieutenant Charles Evans] came on board of this vessel and, in obedience to orders from the Navy Department, relieved the Commanding Officer of this vessel of the command of the Auxiliary Naval Force in the Pacific Station.

In obedience to orders from the Navy Department, Lieutenant Miles C. Gorgas, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel.

At 11.22 the USS “Active” anchored near the vessel.

Received on board in the Pay Department: ten thousand dollars in cash.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.

Made preparations for getting underway.

Enlisted for one year, as Mess Attendant, June Leon.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to stiff breeze from WSW.

At 1.30 got underway and stood out of San Francisco Bay, Commanding Officer and Navigator conning.

At end of watch heading for San Francisco Light Ship, on course SW¾W. Steam on one boiler. Pressure 60, revolutions 59.7.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes and light airs from WSW.

At 4.30 changed course to SSE⅜E and put patent log over the stern, reading 1.00.

At 4.40 set all sail, except mainsail.

Steam on after boiler, pressure 59, revolutions 62.7.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light WNW airs. Barometer steady. Steaming course SSE⅜E.

Took in and furled all sail at 6.45.

At end of watch, Pigeon Point Light bearing SEbyE.

Steam 58, revolutions 61.9.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light breeze from WSW and WbyN. On course SSE⅜E, under steam alone. Pressure 49, revolutions 58.

Took following bearings of Pigeon Point Lighthouse: at 9.00 ESE⅜E, patent log 28.8; at 10.13 NEbyE⅝E, patent log 35.7; at 11.25 NbyE⅝E, patent log 42.6.


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12 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 35.68, Long -122.22


[Hostilities between US and Spain halted with the signing of a Protocol of Peace]


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WNW. On course SSE⅜E under steam. Steam in one boiler only. Pressure 56, revolutions 63.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light NNW airs. Barometer steady. Moderate swell from WNW. Steering course SSE⅜E. Steam 55, revolutions 65.1.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from NNW. Steaming on course SSE⅜E. Steam 51.5, revolutions 63.3.

At 11.17 set clock back 14 minutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light and gentle breezes from NNW and NW.

At noon changed course to SE½S.

At 1.45 set square sails – wind in the port quarter.

At 1.30 changed course to SE¼S.

Steam on one boiler. Pressure 57, revolutions 68.5.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Gentle NW breezes. Barometer steady. Sea smooth, with light WNW swell. Steaming course SE¼S with square sail set. Steam 58, revolutions 68.6.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from NWbyN. Barometer rising. Under steam and all square sail on course SE¼S. Steam 56, revolutions 67.7.


From 8pm to midnight:

Hazy and pleasant. Gentle breezes from NWbyN. Barometer steady. Steaming on course SE¼S, with all square sail set. Steam 53.5, revolutions 65.3.


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13 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 33.17, Long -120.64


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and misty, overcast last hour. Light to gentle breezes from NW and WNW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light WNW swell. Steaming course SE¼S, with all square sail set. Steam 55, revolutions 67.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast. Light fog. Light breeze from West. Barometer rising. On course SE¼S under steam and all square sail.

At 4.20 took in foresail and topgallant sail.

At 6.20 set jib, fore staysail, foresail and topgallant sail.

Steam 57, revolutions 68.4.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, and hazy. Light airs from NW. On course SE¼S, under steam and all head and square sail.

At 11.00 set the clock ahead 8 minutes.

Steam 48.5, revolutions 63.9. Barometer falling slowly.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from WNW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE¼S. Took in and furled square sail at 2.00.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Foggy last hour. Light airs from WNW and light breeze from WbyS. Barometer falling slowly. Under steam and both head sails, on course SE¼S. Steam 57, revolutions 69.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Overcast and foggy. Gentle and light breeze from WbyS. Barometer rising.

At 6.10 set square sails.

At 6.20 fog settling down – started to blow whistle.

At 7.45 took in foresail.

On course SE¼S. Steam 56.3, revolutions 69.1.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, with light fog, lifting at times. Gentle breezes between WNW and WSW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE¼S with all sail except foresail and main trysail set. Steam 55, revolutions 67.4.


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14 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 30.65, Long -118.98


Commences to 4am:

Overcast. Light fog. Light breeze to light airs from WSW. Under steam and all sail forward except foresail, on course SE¼S. Steam 56, revolutions 69.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, clearing latter part of watch. Light airs from WSW and light breezes from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 4.55 set foresail.

Under steam and all sail, on course SE¼S. Steam 57, revolutions 67.1.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breezes from West, shifting to NWbyN last hour. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE¼S with all sail, except main trysail, set. Took in fore trysail at 10.15, jib at 10.45, and fore staysail at 11.30. Set clock ahead 9 minutes at 11.45.

At 9.30 had general muster, after which the Commanding Officer inspected ship, with crew at quarters.

Stopped port engine for 4 minutes, at 9.45. Steam 54, revolutions 66.6.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from NWbyW and West. Barometer falling. Under steam and all square sail, on course SE¼S. Steam 54, revolutions 67.1.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from West. Barometer steady.

At 4.50 set jib, fore staysail, and fore trysail.

On course SE¼S under steam and all sail. Steam 54, revolutions 65.2.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light WNW breezes. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE¼S with all sail, except main trysail, set. Steam 55, revolutions 65.3.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from WNW to NWbyW. Barometer steady. Steaming on course SE½E with all sail set forward until 10.30, when took in fore trysail. Steam 55, revolutions 67.6.


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15 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 28.25, Long -116.98


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light and gentle breezes from West, WNW, and NW. Barometer falling. Smooth sea. On course SE½E under steam and all sail forward, except fore trysail. Steam 57, revolutions 68.8.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm. Light airs to gentle breezes from NW and NNW. Barometer rising. Smooth sea. Steaming course SE½E. All sail set except fore and main trysails. Took in foresail at 5.30. Took in and furled all sail at 7.15.

Sighted Guadalupe Island [Isla Guadalupe] at 5.15, prominent peak near southern end bearing W¼S.

Steam 55, revolutions 67.3.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Light airs from NNW and EbyN. Barometer steady. Steaming course SE½E. Steam 57, revolutions 68.7.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters, inspected bags, and made out monthly clothing and small store requisitions.

At 11.04 set clock ahead 11 minutes.

While feeling the eccentric corners of the port engine M.M. Costa, Oiler, had a part of the first joint of left fore finger cut off.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs from NE. Barometer rising slowly. Smooth sea.

At 1.30 hauled in patent log, put out target, slowed down, went to general quarters, and fired 2 rounds from each 20-pdr, 12 rounds from each 37-mm Hotchkiss, 12 rounds from the 53-mm Hotchkiss, and 105 rounds from each Gatling gun.

At 3.40 changed course to SE½E, under steam alone. Put over patent log at 3.40.

Steam 50, revolutions 49.4. Distilling.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs from NNE and North. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE½E. Steam 53.5, revolutions 65.1. Distilling.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from NEbyN and EbyS. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE½E. Steam 56, revolutions 63.7. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm first half of watch [then] light airs from NNE. Smooth sea. Barometer rising slowly. Steaming course SE½E. Steam 58, revolutions 71.2.


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16 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 26.15, Long -115.21


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Calm and light airs from East and NE. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE½E. Steam 56, revolutions 66.7.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy to clear and warm. Light airs from NE to East. Barometer rising slowly. Steaming on course SE½E. Steam 55.5, revolutions 67.5.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Light airs from SE. Barometer falling last hour.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up exercises, and company drill.

At 11.16 set clock ahead 11 minutes.

Steaming on course SE½E. Steam 56, revolutions 66.7. Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Hazy around horizon. Calm and light airs from SbyW to WSW. Barometer falling. Sea smooth. Steaming course SE½E until 1.30, when changed to SE¾E, patent log 1.1. Engaged breaking out and fitting all awnings. Expended 6 37-mm Hotchkiss misfire shells in trying altered firing pins.

Steam 56, revolutions 66.3.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs from SWbyS. Sea smooth. Barometer steady. Steaming on course SE¾E. Steam 51, revolutions 62.8. Issued clothing and small stores.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWbyS. Barometer rising. Smooth sea. Steaming on course SE¾E. Steam 52.3, revolutions 65.1. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light WNW airs. Barometer steady. Smooth sea, with light WNW swell. Steaming course SE¾E. Steam 55, revolutions 66.5.


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17 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 24.02, Long -113.19


Commences to 4am:

Clear and warm. Calm and light airs from North and SW. Barometer steady. Steaming on course SE¾E. Steam 56, revolutions 67.7.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm. Light airs from WSW and West. Barometer falling. Smooth sea. Steaming course SE¾E. Steam 54, revolutions 68.4.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Light breezes from WNW and NWbyW. Barometer falling. Smooth sea. Light SSE swell. Steaming course SE¾E. Set topsail and topgallant sail at 10.10.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30, then went to fire quarters, and provided boats for abandon ship. Secured at 10.00.

Aired bedding at 8.30, piping it down at 11.20. Tested magazine flood cock. Set clock ahead 9 minutes at 11.00.

Steam 53, revolutions 68.2. Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs from NWbyW and SWbyW, and light breeze from WbyN. Barometer falling. Moderate swell from SSE. Steaming on course SE¾E till 1.12, patent log 66.2, when changed to SEbyE⅝E. Topsail and topgallant sail set. Steam 56, revolutions 65.4. Distilling.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm. Light and gentle breezes from WbyN. Barometer steady. Moderate swell from SSE. Steaming on course SEbyE⅝E with topsail and topgallant sail set. Steam 57, revolutions 74.5. Distilling.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant, hazy around horizon. Gentle breezes from WbyN. Barometer steady. Smooth sea. Light swell from SSE, decreasing toward end. Steaming course SEbyE⅝E, with topsail and topgallant sail set. Set foresail, jib and fore staysail at 6.30. Steam 54, revolutions 68.1.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Barometer steady. Gentle breeze from WNW to light breeze from West. On course SEbyE⅝E, under steam and all square sail, and jib, and fore staysail. Light swell from NW. Steam 56, revolutions 70.2.


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18 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 22.21, Long -111.00


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Slightly hazy around horizon. Barometer falling. Light swell from NW. At 1.30 furled all sail. Light airs from NW first hour. Calm rest of watch. Steaming on course SEbyE⅝E. Steam 54, revolutions 67.0.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, warm and damp. Light WNW breezes. Barometer steady. Sea smooth with light NW swell. Steaming course SEbyE⅝E. Steam 56, revolutions 69.1.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy to fair and warm. Light breeze from NNW. Barometer rising then falling. Sea smooth. Steaming on course SEbyE⅝E. Steam 51, revolutions 65.

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

At 10.30 gave oral instructions in seamanship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm. Light airs from NNW. Light swell from NW. Barometer falling. Steaming on course SEbyE⅝E.

At 4.00 changed course to SebyE¾E. Steam 57, revolutions 66.7.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Calm and light airs from NW. Barometer steady. Smooth sea, with light SSE swell. Steaming course SEbyE¾E. Steam 55.5, revolutions 67.5.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm, and damp. Light airs from NE to calm. Light swell from SSE. Sea smooth. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E. Steam 52, revolutions 64.3.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear, warm and hazy, clouding up last hour. Calm, with light airs from EbyN last hour. Barometer rising slowly. Light swell from SSE. Steaming course SEbyE¾E. Steam 56, revolutions 67.5.


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19 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 20.57, Long -108.45


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, warm. Light airs from NW to North. Barometer falling. Sea smooth. Light SSE swell. Steam 57, revolutions 68.8. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E.


From 4am to 8am:

Generally cloudy and warm. Light airs from NNE. Barometer falling slowly. Sea smooth. Light swell from SSE. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E. Steam 55.2, revolutions 71.9.


From 8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy and warm. Light airs from NW and NbyW. Barometer falling slowly. Light SSE swell. Sea smooth. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E. Steam 55, revolutions 67.4.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting up exercises and at the guns.

At 10.30 gave Landsmen and Ordinary Seamen oral instruction in seamanship.

At 11.15 set clock ahead 11 minutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs to breezes from NNW and NbyW. Barometer falling. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming course SEbyE¾E. Steam 55, revolutions 68.1.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Overcast and cloudy. At about 4.45 ran into a rain squall, accompanied by thunder and lightning, from SSE, which lasted about fifteen minutes. Light rain till end of watch. Light breeze from NNW and gentle to moderate breeze from EbyN. Light swell from SSE and also from East after the squall. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E. Steam 56, revolutions 70.7.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and squally. Gentle to fresh breezes from EbyN. Heavy swell from EbyN, with occasional lightning. Barometer falling. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E. Steam 56, revolutions 70.9.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm, overcast at times. Moderate breezes from ENE, shifting at 11.00 to ESE, and to SE at 12.00, increasing in force to very fresh breezes, in squalls, with light rain. Rough choppy sea, with irregular heavy sea at times. Steaming course SEbyE¾E. Steam 58, revolutions 64.


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20 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 19.38, Long -106.90


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Fresh breeze to strong gales, in squalls, accompanied by rain. Rough and broken sea. Barometer rising. Ship pitching moderately. Steaming on course SEbyE¾E till 12.30, when changed to SE, patent log 75.7, and made good SE½E for the remainder of the watch. Slowed starboard engine to relieve lee helm. Steam 51.2, revolutions 57.3.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Fresh to moderate breezes from SSE first half of watch, shifting to SEbyS last half and moderating to gentle breezes. Squally, with passing rains. Broken sea and heavy swell from SSE. Steaming course SE. Slowed port engine to same revolutions as starboard engine. Steam 53, revolutions 50.7.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy, with light passing showers of rain. Light and gentle breeze, increasing to moderate and stiff breezes, and shifting between SE and South, in squalls. Moderate cross sea. Barometer steady. Steaming course SE under reduced speed until 9.40, when changed to SEbyE¾E. Went ahead, full speed, at 11.30. Set clock ahead 11 minutes at 11.00. Set fore staysail at 9.40, fore trysail and jib at 10.00. Set foresail at 11.15 and took it in at 12.00. Steam 56, revolutions 49.2.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and squally, with rain. Moderate to fresh breeze from South to SSE. Barometer falling slowly. Rough broken sea, with heavy swell from SEbyS. On course SEbyE¾E under steam and jib, fore staysail, and fore trysail.

At 1.30 took in jib, setting it again at 2.30 and taking it in again at 3.30.

Steam 57, revolutions 67.7.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and squally with passing rain. Moderate to fresh breezes from SSE. Barometer rising. Rough broken sea and heavy SEbyS swell.

At 4.15 changed course to SEbyE.

At 4.40 took in fore trysail. Steaming on course with only fore staysail set.

Steam 57, revolutions 67.8.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Overcast, clear overhead last hour. Gentle to moderate breezes from SSE with short choppy sea. Steaming course SEbyE, with fore staysail set. Started fires in forward boiler at 7.15. Steam 55, revolutions 59.5.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers. Gentle to moderate breeze from SSE to SEbyS. Barometer rising. Choppy sea. Steaming on course SEbyE till 8.11, when changed to SE, patent log 59.1. Hauled down fore staysail. Steam 54, revolutions 63.9.


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21 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 18.11, Long -105.12


Commences to 4am:

Partly clear and pleasant. Squally, with passing rain first hour. Gentle breeze from SbyE. Chopping sea, with heavy swell from SSE. Barometer falling slowly. Steaming on course SE.

At 1.25 connected forward boiler, and at 1.45 stopped firing on after boiler.

Steam 51, revolutions 60.8.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, pleasant weather. Light breeze from SbyE. Barometer rising. Smooth sea, with moderate swell from SSW, decreasing toward end. Steaming course SE until 6.10, when changed to SEbyE¾E, patent log 14.2.

At 6.35 set fore staysail and fore trysail. Expended one bucket, which had fallen and broken.

Steam 49, revolutions 48.9.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light breeze from SbyE. Passing showers first hour. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Ship rolling easily to light swell from South. Steaming course SEbyE¾E, with fore staysail and fore trysail set. At 10.30 set jib.

Steam 56, revolutions 63.4.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and the Executive Officer inspected the ship and crew.

At 11.14 set clock ahead 12 minutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, with patches of blue sky. Light airs from SbyE, SbyW and SSW. Smooth sea. Moderate swell from SSW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 1.15 changed course to EbyS, patent log 58.1.

Steaming on course with jib, fore staysail, and fore trysail set. Steam 57, revolutions 69.9.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breezes from WSW and WNW. Barometer steady. Long SW swell. Steaming course EbyS until 4.35, when changed to ESE½E, patent log 82.2. Steam 56, revolutions 68.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, warm, and damp. Light breeze from WNW and light airs from NW. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Light swell from SW. Steaming on course ESE½E. Steam 53, revolutions 66.5.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair, warm, and damp. Light airs from WNW. Barometer falling. Sea smooth and light SW swell. Steaming on course ESE½E. Steam 56, revolutions 65.7.


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22 August 1898

At sea, San Francisco to Acapulco

Lat 17.08, Long -102.43


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light WNW airs and breezes. Barometer falling slowly. Smooth sea. Light swell from SWbyW. Steaming course ESE½E. Steam 57, revolutions 69.4.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, but pleasant. Light rain in middle of watch. Gentle breeze from WNW to NWbyW. Barometer rising. Light swell from WSW. Steaming on course ESE½E. Steam 58, revolutions 70.6.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and raining last three hours. Gentle breezes from NWbyW, light airs from NbyE and light breezes and light airs from EbyS. Sea smooth. Light swell from WSW. Barometer steady.

At 9.10 were struck by a wind and rain squall from NE, accompanied by lightning and thunder, and which lasted about half an hour.

At 11.30 set clock ahead 14 minutes.

Steaming on course ESE½E. Steam 56, revolutions 66.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast with light rain first part, then partly cloudy, pleasant. Light airs to breezes from SE, shifting to South and SSW. Barometer falling slowly. Steaming course ESE½E.

Slowed down engines at 1.35 to overhaul circulating pump. Stopped at 2.00 and started ahead again at 2.10.

Steam 53, revolutions 63.3.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SbyE. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming on course ESE½E till 5.15, when changed to E¼S, patent log 50.7. Steam 53, revolutions 63.3.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from EbyS. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Steaming course E¼S. Steam 54, revolutions 62.6.


From 8pm to midnight:

Generally cloudy, pleasant. Light rain at times. Light airs and breezes from EbyS and SE. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steam 55, revolutions 65.9.


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23 August 1898

At sea and Acapulco, Mexico

Lat 16.68, Long -100.03 [position calculated from bearing and course]


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and squally, with light passing showers. Light airs to gentle breezes from EbyN to NEbyE, freshening at end of watch. Barometer falling. Sea smooth. Light swell from WSW. Steaming course E¼S. Steam 55, revolutions 66.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and squally, with passing showers first part of watch; clearing up toward end of watch. Barometer rising. Chopping sea. Light Easterly swell. Light to moderate breezes from East and moderate to stiff breezes from EbyN. Steaming course E¼S until 6.25, when changed course to NE½E, log 38.0. Again changed course at 7.00 to NNE⅝E, patent log 41.8. Steam 58, revolutions 68.8.

Land sighted about 5.00 on port beam to 2 points forward the beam.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light passing rain shower second hour. Moderate to stiff breezes from East. Barometer steady. Sea smooth.

Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and had setting-up exercises.

Steaming course NNE⅝E until 11.45, when changed to NE.

Sighted Acapulco Lighthouse [Isla de la Roqueta Lighthouse] at 11.20, NE¼N, distance about 14 miles.

Steam 55, revolutions 65.2.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm. Moderate breeze from East to light airs from SE. Barometer falling. Standing in for Acapulco Harbor [Bahia Acapulco], under steam, on various courses.

At 2.13 hauled in patent log, reading 86.0.

At 2.47 anchored in Acapulco Harbor in 13½ fathoms of water, soft bottom, port anchor, 45 fathoms of chain. Bearings of anchorage: Fort San Diego [Fuerte de San Diego] North, Grifo Point [Punta Grifo], SEbyE½E.

The Quarantine Officer, the Captain of the port, the aide to the Commandante of Acapulco, and a Boarding Officer from HBMS “Leander” visited this vessel. An Officer from this vessel went ashore to pay an official visit to the US Consul [George W. Dickinson].


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from EbyS and EbyN. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light rain in first hour. Light airs from EbyN and calm. Barometer rising.


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24 August 1898

Acapulco, Mexico

Lat 16.845, Long -99.903


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from ENE and calm. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs, variable and ENE, and light breeze from NEbyE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and warm. Light airs and light breeze from NEbyE to SE. Barometer falling last hour. Cleaning ship. Commanding Officer of this vessel called officially upon the Commanding Officer of HBMS “Leander” [Captain Frederick Fogarty Fegen]; also upon Commandante of Acapulco and the US Consul [George W. Dickinson].


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and warm. Light airs from SE. Barometer rising slowly.

The US Vice Consul [Herman Stoll] paid an official visit to this ship.

An officer from Fort San Diego [Fuerte de San Diego] paid an official visit to this ship.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from SE and East. Barometer falling slowly.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from East and ENE. Barometer rising.

Received in Engineer’s Department: 4278 gallons water.

At 9.45 started fires under after boiler.


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25 August 1898

Acapulco, Mexico

Lat 16.845, Long -99.903


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from East and calm the last half of watch. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, squally and warm, with passing rains. Moderate breeze to light airs from SbyW first half of watch. Calm and light airs last half. Barometer rising. Commenced coaling ship at 6.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from EbyS and SbyE. Barometer falling.

An Officer from this ship returned an official call of the Commanding Officer of Acapulco Castle [Fuerte de San Diego].

Crew engaged coaling ship.

The Colonel Commandante of Acapulco paid an official visit to this ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, warm. Light airs from South. Finished coaling ship at 3.00, having taken in, in all, 125 tons. Began cleaning ship.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly clear, warm. Calm and light airs from South, and variable. Water boat came alongside, began filling boilers.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, warm. Light ENE airs first part, then calm. Finished filling boiler at 9.00, having taken in, in all, 8556 gallons.


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26 August 1898

Acapulco and at sea

Lat 16.845, Long -99.903


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Generally calm, light NW airs second hour. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm. Calm, light variable airs last hour. Barometer steady.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Calm and light variable airs. Barometer steady. Made preparations for sea.

The Commanding Officer of HBMS “Leander” [Captain Frederick Fogarty Fegen] called on the Commanding Officer.

The Pacific Mail Steamer “City of Panama” came in at 11.35. Received one bag of mail from her.

Draught of ship: 11’ 9” forward, 14’ 9” aft.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from WbyS to West. Barometer falling.

At 2.30 got underway and stood out of Acapulco Harbor [Bahia de Acapulco].

Received signal “pleasant voyage”, international code, from HBMS “Leander” and signaled back “thanks”.

At 3.16 took departure, Acapulco Lighthouse [Isla de la Roqueta Lighthouse] bearing N⅜E, distant ¾ mile, and set course W¼N.

Steam 51, revolutions 69.9.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light Westerly breeze. Barometer steady. Smooth sea. Steaming on course W¼N. Steam 58, revolutions 68.7. Land in sight on starboard side.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from West. Barometer rising. Smooth sea. Light SE swell. Steaming course W¼N. Land in sight along starboard side. Steam 54, revolutions 65.8.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from West to WbyN. Barometer rising slowly. Sea smooth. Steaming course W¼N.

At 9.22 passed a large piece of wreckage, patent log reading 26.7.

Steam 58, revolutions 66.1. Land in sight along starboard side.


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27 August 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 17.23, Long -102.34


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from NNW. Barometer falling. Sea smooth.

At 12.30 set jib and fore staysail.

At 1.00 set foresail and trysail.

At 3.30 took in foresail.

Steaming on course W¼N. Steam 56, revolutions 69.7. Land in sight on starboard side fore part of watch.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm. Calm and light airs from North and NNW. Barometer steady. Smooth sea, light SSW swell. Steaming course W¼N. Land in sight on starboard beam.

At 7.00 Chutla Mountain [Cerro Chutla] bore NbyE (mag).

Took in fore and aft sail at 4.00. Steam 57, revolutions 70.4.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NW to WbyN. Barometer falling last hour of watch. Smooth sea. Light swell from SSW. Steaming course WNW¾W. Steam 55, revolutions 68.7. At 11.15 set clock back 9 minutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WbyN and West. Barometer falling. Smooth sea. Light swell from SSW. Steaming course WNW¾W until 12.24, when changed course to WNW, patent log reading 34.5. Again changed course at 1.30, to NWbyW¾W. Land in sight on starboard side. Steam 57, revolutions 70.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm. Light breezes from West. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming course NWbyW¾W. Land on starboard beam. Steam 60, revolutions 72.3.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from West. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming course NWbyW¾W. Steam 58, revolutions 68.7. Land in sight along starboard side.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from West. Barometer steady. Smooth sea, with light swell from South. Steaming course NWbyW¾W. Land in sight along starboard side. Steam 57, revolutions 69.8.


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28 August 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 18.74, Long -104.92


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light airs to breezes from West to NW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light SSE swell. Steaming course NWbyW¾W. Steam 58, revolutions 72.3.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs to light breeze from North. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Light swell from SbyE. Steaming course NWbyW¾W. Steam 57, revolutions 70.1.

At 4.40 set jib and fore staysail and hauled them down at 5.45. Land in sight along starboard beam.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from NNW and WNW. Barometer falling last hour. Sea smooth. Light SSE swell.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and Executive Officer inspected crew.

At 11.40 set clock back 8 minutes.

Steaming on course NWbyW¾W. Steam 57, revolutions 67.5. Land in sight along starboard side.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, hot. Light airs to breezes from West to WNW. Barometer falling slowly. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming NWbyW¾W until 1.00, when changed to N57° 30’W, patent log 8.6. Steam 57, revolutions 67.7.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW. Barometer rising slowly. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming course N57° 30’W. Steam 56, revolutions 68.5.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and warm. Light breeze from WNW. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming course N57° 30’W. Steam 55, revolutions 67.5.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and warm. Obscured moonlight. Vivid lightning to the NE at times. Light airs to breezes from WNW. Barometer rising slowly. Sea smooth. Light swell from South and SSW. Steaming course N57° 30’W. Steam 56, revolutions 61.


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29 August 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 20.57, Long -107.41


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy with light rain. Lightning in the Northward. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light swell from Southward. Steaming course N57° 30’W. Steam 55, revolutions 71.5.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and raining, with occasional lightning to the Northward. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Light swell from SbyW. Steaming course N57° 30’W. Steam 57, revolutions 69.4.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and warm, with light drizzle first hour. Calm and light airs, shifting from EbyS to West. Barometer steady. Smooth sea. Light SSW swell. Steaming course N57°30’W. Mustered at quarters at 9.30 and had setting-up exercises. Steam 54, revolutions 65.8.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and warm. Light airs from West to NWbyW. Barometer falling. Moderate swell from SSW. Steaming course N57° 30’W till 1.00, when changed to NWbyW¼W, patent log 68.1. Steam 55, revolutions 67.7.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from NWbyN. Barometer steady. Moderate swell from SSW. Steaming course NWbyW¼W. Steam 55, revolutions 66.3.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Partly clear, warm. Light NW breezes. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Moderate SSW swell. Steaming course NWbyW¼W. Steam 54, revolutions 64.5.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze from NW to gentle breeze from WNW. Barometer rising early part of watch and falling latter part. Light swell from SSW. Steaming course NWbyW¼W. Steam 56, revolutions 66.5.


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30 August 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 22.26, Long -109.69


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from the West. Barometer falling. Sea smooth. Moderate swell from SSW. Steaming course NWbyW¼W. Steam 57, revolutions 67.6.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and warm. Light to gentle breezes from WNW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Moderate swell from South. Steaming course NWbyW¼W. Steam 57, revolutions 69.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NWbyW to light breeze from NNW. Barometer falling. Moderate swell from South.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and exercised at setting-up and company of infantry.

At 10.00 sighted land, bearing NbyW½W.

Aired bedding. Steaming course NWbyW¼W till 10.30, when changed to NW¼N, patent log 12.3. Steam 54, revolutions 67.2.

At 10.30 instructed deck force in seamanship.

At 11.20 set clock back 8 minutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NW, hauling to NWbyW and WNW. Barometer falling. Smooth sea. Moderate Southerly swell. Steaming on course NW¼N. Steam 57.3, revolutions 67.3. Land in sight along starboard side.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and warm. Light breezes from WbyN. Barometer steady. Smooth sea. Moderate swell from South. Steaming course NW¼N. Land on starboard bow and beam.

Sighted HBMS “Leander”, heading to the Northward, at 4.05. Hoisted the colors, hauling them down at sunset.

Steam 56, revolutions 67.0.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WbyN to NWbyW. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Light swell from South. Steaming course NW¼N till 6.15, when changed to N53°W, patent log 65.5. Steam 54, revolutions 66.4.

HBMS “Leander” in sight on starboard beam.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from NWbyW and WbyN. Barometer rising slowly. Sea smooth. Light swell from South.

HBMS “Leander” in sight forward starboard beam until 11.00, when she was last seen, bearing NNW.

Steaming on course N53°W. Steam 57, revolutions 69.3.


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31 August 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 24.28, Long -111.82


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Bright moonlight. Smooth sea, with light swell from South. Light head sea making toward end. Barometer steady. Steaming course N53°W. Steam 56, revolutions 68.7.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NW. Barometer rising slowly. Light swell from South and NWbyW. Steaming course N53°W. Steam 57, revolutions 68.9.

At 5.25 set jib, fore staysail and fore trysail. Took in all sail at 6.00. Land in sight on starboard beam at daybreak.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NW and WNW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light swell from South.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters, and exercised at setting-up exercises and fire drill. Gave 1st and 2nd divisions instruction in seamanship.

Land in sight along starboard side. Steaming on course N53°W. Steam 55, revolutions 66.7.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light WbyN breezes. Barometer steady. Smooth sea. Light swell from South. Steaming course N53°W. Passed Magdalena Bay [Bahia Magdalena] entrance at 2.30, distance 5 miles. Tide rips on each side of entrance. Steam 56, revolutions 67.6.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NWbyW. Barometer rising slowly. Choppy sea from ahead and light swell from South. Steaming course N53°W. Steam 56, revolutions 67.

At 6.00 Cape San Lazaro [Cabo San Lazaro, wrongly mentioned as Cape Lorenzo in log] bearing N37°E (psc), distant 5½ miles, patent log 24.8. Changed course to N51°W.

At 4.10 stopped starboard engine for two minutes to fit a loosened key in place.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate breeze from NWbyN. Barometer rising slowly. Choppy sea from ahead. Light Southerly swell. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 54, revolutions 65.8.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breezes from NWbyW. Barometer steady. Moderate swell from South first part, then moderate head sea. Steaming course N51°W. Stopped starboard engine at 8.15 to tighten up keys, going ahead again at 8.30. Steam 56, revolutions 67.6.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1898


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1 September 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 25.98, Long -113.66


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from NWbyW. Barometer falling slowly. Moderate swell from NW and light swell from South. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 53, revolutions 63.8.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NWbyN. Barometer rising. Moderate swell from NW. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 55, revolutions 67.6.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breezes from NWbyW. Smooth sea. Light NW swell. Barometer steady. Steaming course N51°W. Passed a large number of patches of floating kelp. Went to General Quarters at 9.30. Secured at 11.00. Instructed 1st and 2nd divisions in seamanship. Set clock back 6 minutes at 11.30. Tested magazine flood cock. Steam 57.8, revolutions 66.5.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from NWbyW. Barometer falling. Choppy sea. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 57, revolutions 66.8.

At 3.53 stopped starboard engine to put on oil cups.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NWbyW and WNW. Barometer steady. Choppy sea.

At 4.04 started starboard engine, full speed ahead.

At 5.00 sighted a steamer 2 points on starboard. Hoisted colors and our number when she was abeam, about 7 miles off. She replied with her colors and a signal which we were unable to make out.

Steaming on course N51°W. Steam 58, revolutions 71.1.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Moon rose at 7.10. Gentle breezes from NWbyW and NW. Barometer rising slowly. Moderate head sea. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 57, revolutions 69.3.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW. Barometer rising first hour, then steady. Moderate head sea. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 59, revolutions 69.9.


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2 September 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 27.72, Long -115.25


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NW. Barometer falling slowly. Moderate head sea. Steaming course N51°W. Steam 59, revolutions 72.3.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly clear, pleasant. Moderate breezes from NW to NNW. Barometer steady. Moderate head sea. Steaming course N51°W. Sighted land on starboard beam at 5.30, too far distant to recognize peaks, for bearings. Steam 60, revolutions 72.5.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Moderate to stiff breeze and moderate sea from NNW. Barometer steady. Steaming course N51°W till 9.38, when changed to N⅛W, patent log 74.6, highest peak of Cerros Island [Cerro de Cedros, on what is known currently as Cedros Island] bearing North (psc).

At 9.20 sighted Cerros Island, bearing North (psc).

At 10.50 sighted Natividad Island [Isla Natividad] bearing NbyE (psc).

At 9.30 mustered at quarters and had divisional drills and later seamanship instructions.

At 10.00 set jib.

At 11.23 set clock back four minutes.

Steam 58, revolutions 71.1.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Fresh breezes from NNW first half of watch. Light airs from NNW and North last half. Barometer falling. Choppy sea first half of watch, smooth sea last half.

At 12.40 set fore staysail, and took in jib and staysail at 2.30.

At 1.16 Maria Rock [Roca Maria] bore N43° 30’W, patent log 99.6.

Morro Redondo Point [Morro Redondo] bore N9°E, patent log 8.0, at 2.25; and bore N54°E, patent log 11.8, at 2.55; and bore S73°W, patent log 14.5, at 3.16.

Steaming course N⅛W until 1.35, when changed course to NE¾N, patent log 1.8, and again changed course at 3.00 to NbyW, patent log 12.5. Steam 56, revolutions 70.5. Lost overboard one lead and lead line.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light NNW airs first hour, then gentle to stiff breezes from WNW. Barometer steady. Steaming course NbyW until 5.40, when changed to N44°W, patent log 31.2.

At 5.50 North Point [Punta Norte], Cerros Island [Cedros Island], West (mag) and North nub [possibly Cerro Pico Gill] SSW¾W (mag).

Sea smooth. Steam 59, revolutions 69.8.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Gentle to light breeze from WNW. Light swell from WNW. Barometer rising. Steaming course N44°W, with fore staysail set. Steam 58, revolutions 69.9.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Barometer steady. Gentle to stiff breeze from NWbyW. Choppy head sea. Light swell from WNW. Steaming course N44°W. Steam 60, revolutions 70.4.


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3 September 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 29.91, Long -116.35


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant until 3.40, then foggy. Light to gentle and moderate breezes from NW, shifting to NNW last hour. Barometer steady. Moderate swell from NW. Steaming course N44°W. Steam 59, revolutions 72.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy early part of watch. Cloudy and pleasant later. Gentle to moderate breeze from NNW. Moderate head sea. Barometer rising. Steaming course N44°W. Steam 57, revolutions 70.6.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Moderate breeze from NNW. Barometer falling slowly. Choppy head sea. Moderate swell from NWbyW. At 11.15 set clock back 3 minutes. Steaming on course N44°W. Steam 55.5, revolutions 68.4.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate NW breezes. Barometer steady. Moderate NW swell. Steaming course N44°W until 1.17, when changed to NNW½W. Steam 57, revolutions 67.4.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy last hour. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW. Short sea from NW. Barometer steady. Steaming course NNW½W.

From 4.40 to 5.10 on various points in NW quadrant, for compass error.

Steam 56, revolutions 63.8. Fog bank ahead.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Gentle breeze from NW. Moderate swell from NW. Barometer rising. Steaming course NNW½W. Steam 55, revolutions 67.8.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, overcast and damp last hour. Gentle to moderate breezes from NW. Barometer steady. Moderate swell from WNW. Steaming course NNW½W until 8.20, when changed to NWbyN, patent log 1.3. Steam 57, revolutions 68.7.


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4 September 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 32.33, Long -117.32 [position calculated from bearings]


Commences to 4am:

Overcast with high fog. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW. Moderate swell from NWbyW. Barometer steady. Steaming course NWbyN. Steam 56, revolutions 69.1.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle to light breezes from NWbyN. Moderate swell from NWbyW. Barometer rising slowly. Steaming course NWbyN. Steam 58, revolutions 70.9.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly clear, pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from NW. Barometer steady. Moderate NNW swell. Steaming course NWbyN until 9.08, when changed to NNW. Sighted land on starboard beam at 10.40.

At 12.00 South tangent Coronado Islands [Islas Coronados] NE¾N, North tangent N½W (psc).

Mustered and inspected at quarters at 9.30. Steam 54, revolutions 67.8.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from NWbyW to WNW. Barometer falling. Sea smooth. Light swell from WNW. Hazy around horizon. Steaming course NW¼N till 1.00, when changed to NW, patent log 12.4. Steam 52, revolutions 65.6.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from WNW. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light swell from WNW. Steaming course NW until 5.40, when changed to NW½W. Steam 59, revolutions 71.9.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear overhead, cloudy around horizon. Gentle WNW breeze. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Steaming course NW½W. Steam 59, revolutions 73.9.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WNW and calm. Barometer steady. Light swell from WNW, disappearing at end of watch. Steaming course NW½W. Steam 56, revolutions 68.8.

At 10.45 passed two small sailing vessels on starboard hand.

At 11.50 sighted two white lights broad off port bow.


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5 September 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 34.19, Long -119.64 [position calculated from bearings]


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WNW and West. Sea smooth. Barometer rising slowly last hour.

At 2.45, sighted a schooner on the port beam, sailing to the Westward.

Steaming course NW½W until 1.45, when changed to NWbyW⅞W.

Sighted peak of Santa Catalina Island [possibly Mount Orizaba] bearing SbyW⅛W, distant 4.0 miles.

Steam 56, revolutions 70.2.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, overcast and thick last hour. Calm and light variable airs, from NNW last hour. Barometer rising. Sea smooth. Steaming course NWbyW⅞W. Land on starboard beam.

At 7.45 Point Mugu N¾W, Point Dume E⅞N.

Steam 59, revolutions 72.9.


From 8am to meridian:

Foggy early part of watch, lifting at about 9.30, then clear and pleasant, and thick around horizon. Calms and light airs from NNW, followed by gentle breeze from West. Sea smooth. Steaming course NWbyW⅞W till 8.10, when changed to WNW¼W, patent log 46.9.

At 8.45 slowed down to half speed.

At 9.10 stopped and got a sounding in 20 fathoms of water, and then went ahead half speed on course WNW¼W.

At 9.20 left tangent Anacapa Island SSW½W, patent log 53.4.

At 9.30, patent log 55.6, changed course to W¼S and went ahead full speed, and steamed so till end of watch.

Steam 56, revolutions 66.5.

At noon left tangent Santa Cruz Island SE¼E, and highest peak of Santa Cruz Island [Devils Peak] SSW.

At 11.43 set deck clock back 9 minutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear, pleasant, and hazy around horizon. Gentle to moderate breezes from WSW and stiff breeze from WbyS last hour.

At 1.40 West Point, Santa Cruz Island, bore abeam, psc S¼W, patent log 85.1.

Stopped starboard engine from 2.25 to 2.30 to tighten up a key.

At 2.35 sighted a steamer forward the starboard beam, about 10 miles off.

Choppy head sea last hour of watch. Land in sight along starboard side and Santa Cruz Island off port side. Steaming course W¼S until 1.25, when changed course to W¼N. Steam 54, revolutions 66.5.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and cool, hazy around horizon. Stiff to fresh breezes from West. Barometer steady. Moderate head sea. Steaming course W¼N. Stopped starboard engine at 4.20 and port engine at 4.30 to put lines in connecting rod key. Went ahead on course at 4.45.

At 6.00 Point Conception Lighthouse NWbyW, distant about 10 miles.

Steam 56, revolutions 68.5.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Hazy around horizon. Heavy fog bank outside. Fresh breeze from WNW to NWbyW. Barometer rising. Moderate head sea. Steaming course W¼N till 7.15, when changed to WNW, patent log 16.6, Point Conception Lighthouse bearing N¼E, distant 5.3 miles.

At 7.33 Point Conception Lighthouse bore NNE, patent log 18.5, and at 8.00 NE½E, patent log 21.8.

Steam 61, revolutions 74.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool fore part of watch, clouding up latter part. Hazy around horizon. Barometer rising. Choppy head sea.

At 8.27 Point Conception Lighthouse bore ENE, patent log 24.3.

At 10.00 lost sight of Light, bearing E½S, patent log 35.1.

Steaming course WNW until 9.05, when changed to NW, patent log 28.3. Steam 60, revolutions 74.


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6 September 1898

At sea, Acapulco to San Francisco

Lat 36.00, Long -121.86


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and cool. Moderate to stiff breezes from NW. Barometer rising slowly. Moderate head sea. Steaming course NW. Steam 61, revolutions 74.6.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and hazy. Gentle to moderate breeze from NW. Moderate head sea. Barometer rising. Steaming course NW. Steam 58, revolutions 72.3.

At 7.52 sighted land, bearing NEbyE, patent log 5.2.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle to moderate breeze from NWbyW. Moderate head sea. Barometer falling last hour.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting-up exercises and company drill.

At 11.45 set clock back 6 minutes.

At 11.55 sighted Point Sur, bearing NNE, distant about 8 miles. Land in sight along starboard side latter half of watch.

Steaming course NW. Steam 61, revolutions 74.1.

By order of the Commanding Officer, the following changes in ratings were made, viz: Edward Franklin Bond, Coal Passer to Fireman 2nd class, to date from July 28, 1898; O. Bergen, Fireman 1st class to Oiler, to date from August 11, 1898; M.M. Costa, Fireman 1st class to Oiler, to date from July 28, 1898; H.P. Doerr, Landsman to Ordinary Seaman, to date from July 1, 1898; A.R. Hildebrandt, Ordinary Seaman to Seaman, to date from August 11, 1898; G. Leininga, Fireman 2nd class to Fireman 1st class, to date from July 28, 1898.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast first part, then cloudy. Light to gentle NW breezes. Barometer steady. Sea smooth. Light WNW swell. Steaming course NW until 2.00, when changed to NW¼N, Point Sur NE, distant 6.5 miles. Engaged cleaning boats. Passed a steamer, bound South. Steam 60, revolutions 75.9.


From 4pm to 6pm:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy around horizon. Light to gentle breeze from NW. Light WNW swell. Barometer steady. Steaming course NW¼N. Steam 57, revolutions 73.7.

By order of the Commanding Officer, Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 1st class) was reduced to the 4th class for one month for not turning out at all hands, repeated offence.


From 6pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from NW. Hazy around horizon. Light WNW swell. Barometer rising slowly.

At 7.50 sighted Pigeon Point Light, bearing N½W, distant about 10 miles.

Steaming course NW¼N. Steam 60, revolutions 74.8.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool, hazy around horizon. Light airs to breezes from WNW and West. Barometer rising. Smooth sea. Light WNW swell. Steaming course NW¼N until 10.10, when changed to NNW¼W.

At 10.02 Pigeon Point Light abeam, distant 9.5 miles.

At 11.50 sighted a steamer’s lights on port beam, she standing to the Southward.

Slowed down at 10.20 to 54 revolutions. Steam 54, revolutions 62.7.


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7 September 1898

At sea and San Francisco, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Clear at beginning of watch, clouding up at about 12.15. Cloudy and misty rest of watch. Light breeze from NW to WbyN. Barometer falling slowly. Sea smooth. Steaming course NNW¼W, at reduced speed.

At 12.15 went ahead full speed, on same course.

At 1.15 lost sight of Pigeon Point Lighthouse, bearing SEbyE½E, patent log 28.1.

At 2.10 sighted Farallon Lighthouse, bearing WNW½W, patent log 35.0.

At 2.15 sighted San Francisco Lightship, bearing NbyW¼W.

At 2.30 Farallon Lighthouse bearing WNW⅞W and Lightship NbyW, patent log 37.4, changed course to NbyW, and slowed down.

At 2.40 sighted [Point] Bonita Lighthouse, bearing NbyE½E, patent log 38.8.

Steam 58, revolutions 62.2.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and misty. Light breezes from WbyN and WSW. Barometer rising. Steaming various courses from 4.00 to 6.45, Commanding Officer and Navigator conning ship into San Francisco harbor.

At 6.45 came to anchor off Pier No. 12, with starboard anchor, and veered to 38 fathoms chain (Red Rock bearing NNW⅜W and Yerba Buena Light NEbyN). Ship drawing 13 feet 6 inches aft and 11 feet 3 inches forward.

Found US Revenue Cutter “Rush” at anchor on starboard quarter. Lowered steam launch.

Steam 57, revolutions 64.8, until 6.45 when banked fires.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light to gentle WSW breeze. Engaged cleaning ship. The Revenue Cutter “Rush” got underway and left the harbor.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to moderate WSW breeze. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle WSW breezes. Barometer steady.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs to breezes from WSW.


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8 September 1898

San Francisco and Mare Island, California

Lat 37.791, Long -122.388


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Light to gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Calm and light airs to breezes from WSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WNW to West. Barometer falling.

At 11.55 got underway and headed up San Francisco Bay.

At 9.30 mustered at quarters.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to gentle breeze from West to SSW. Barometer falling. Standing up San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, bound for Mare Island.

At 3.25 made fast to buoy No. 3 in Mare Island Navy Yard.

Commanding Officer called officially on the Commandant of the Navy Yard [Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland].


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising.

At 6.30 started to swing to ebb tide.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SSW to SW. Barometer steady.


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9 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Fair to cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly. 12.10 to 3.10 swinging to flood tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly.

At 9.30 mustered crew at quarters and exercised at setting-up exercises.

Swinging to ebb tide from 9.30 to 10.15.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from SSW. Barometer falling.

At 2.10 Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser, USN, relieved Lieutenant Commander Clinton K. Curtis, USN, of the command of this ship.

At 3.00 the USS “Bennington” arrived and tied up to Buoy No. 1.

Swinging to flood tide from 2.30 to 3.40.

N.H. Kirkemo (Ordinary Seaman) returned at 8.30, one hour over time.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 4.50 the Commanding Officer of the USS “Bennington” [Commander Edward David Taussig, since 19 August 1898] paid a visit to the Commanding Officer [of] this ship.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. Swinging to ebb tide from 8.30 to 9.45.


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10 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising slowly last hour. Started to swing to flood tide at 3.45.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW and West. Barometer rising. At 4.30 stopped swinging to flood tide. Crew at work scraping smokestack and scrubbing ship outside.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW and SSW, and calms. Barometer falling. Swinging to ebb tide from 10.40 to 11.40. Crew at work scrubbing ship inside and out, and painting smokestack.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SSW. Barometer falling. Swinging to flood [tide] at end of watch. Loosed all sail to dry. Sent all ammunition to the Naval Magazine, as follows: 276 53-mm shell; 196 20-pdr shell; 19,620 45-70 shell; 85,550 38 cal. cartridges; 592 friction primers; 196 charges, 2 lbs; 11 53-mm shell, empties; 2 37-mm shell, empties.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from SSW. Unbent sail and unrove running gear. Swinging to flood [tide] at 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SSW.


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11 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from West, and WNW. Ebb tide.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Calm to light airs from South. Barometer falling. At 11.25 started to swing to ebb tide.

At 9.20 mustered at quarters, and the Captain inspected the ship and crew.

J.J. Tierney, Landsman, absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Calm to light airs from West. Barometer falling. At 1.00 finished swinging to ebb tide.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SSW airs. Calm last hour.

J.J. Tierney (Landsman) returned on board, 10 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm first part, then light airs from West.


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12 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light WSW airs first hours. Calm last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs, variable in direction. Engaged in scaling spots on side and scraping all bright woodwork.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW to SSW. Barometer falling. Began scraping ship’s side and bright woodwork of boats.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SSW and SW. Barometer falling.

At 1.05 Navy Yard tug “Unadilla” took this ship alongside the dock, abreast the coal sheds.

Crew engaged scraping ship and wood bright work.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising.

At 5.20 the USS “Bennington” hauled out in the stream and made fast to buoy #1.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle and moderate breezes from SW. Barometer rising slowly.


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13 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Moderate breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly. High water at 1.40.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze and airs from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at 6.00. Crew at work washing off deck.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly. Men from Navy Yard at work dismounting guns. Crew engaged scraping paint work of ship inside and out.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW breezes. Engaged sealing rust spots and bare places on outside, and scraping off paint inside. Two joiners, two machinists, two carpenters and one helper from Yard engaged on board.

Transferred to Ordnance Department, Navy Yard, all ordnance material, except guns.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs.


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14 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW breezes.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light SW breezes. Engaged scaling ship outside and scraping bright woodwork.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW and SSW. Engaged scaling ship outside and scraping bright woodwork. Following men from Yard at work on board: 2 carpenters, 1 helper, 2 joiners, 1 machinist, 1 helper, and 6 construction laborers, 1 rigger, 2 horses and 1 driver engaged getting heavy parts of dredging and reel engine aboard.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer falling. Received dredger and reeling engines on board. Navy Yard workmen on board, as follows: 3 machinists and 3 helpers, 2 joiners, 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 1 rigger, 6 construction laborers, 1 driver with 2 horses.

Crew engaged in scraping ship outside and scraping bright woodwork in boats.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SSW. Barometer rising slowly. Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch till 5.00. Low water at about 6.45.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant to overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SSW to calm. Barometer rising. High water at about 11.55.


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15 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Foggy. Light airs from SSW and calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy. Calm to light airs from WbyN. Barometer rising slowly. Low water at about 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Foggy to clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWbyS. Barometer falling.

Following Navy Yard workmen on board dismounting battery, removing magazine, and overhauling dredging and reeling engines: 2 joiners, 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 3 machinists and 4 helpers, 6 construction laborers and 1 rigger, 1 driver with 2 horses.

Crew engaged in scraping ship outside.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWbyS and SW. Barometer falling. High water about 12.30.

At 1.00 2 boat builders, 2 joiners, 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 3 machinists and 4 helpers, 6 construction laborers, 1 rigger, 1 driver with 2 horses from the Navy Yard went to work on and about this ship.

At 1.05 the USS “Bennington” got underway and left the harbor.

Crew at work scraping paintwork.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at about 7.00.

At 5.00 workmen from Navy Yard left the ship.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.


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16 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. High water about 1.15.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW and West. Barometer rising. Low water about 7.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast first hour, clearing off latter fourth of watch. Light airs from WSW and SW. Barometer falling.

At 8.00 2 boat builders, 3 machinists and 2 helpers, 2 joiners, 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 4 riveters and 1 sparman went to work on this ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant, warm. Light SW airs.

Engaged scraping side and woodwork, preparing for painting. Sent port chain to Yard to be burnt off.

The following Yard workmen on board getting dredging engine and boom ready for mounting, and repairing places cut away for gun mounting: 3 machinists and 2 helpers, 5 joiners, 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 4 riveters, 1 sparman and 2 boat builders.

At 2.00 the USS “Mohican” came in and moored to Buoy No. 1.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs first hour, calm last hour. Same Yard workmen on board until 5.00 as in previous watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, cool latter part. Light airs to gentle breezes from SW.


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17 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Damp. Light airs from WbyS.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and damp. Light airs from WbyS.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and damp first hour, then clear. Light airs from WbyS.

Engaged scraping ship’s side and bright woodwork.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 4 machinists and 2 helpers, and 4 joiners.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Calm to light airs from SW. Barometer falling. High water at about 2.15.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board as per preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch, till 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breezes from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at about 8.30.


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18 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer steady. High water at about 1.45.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from WSW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light airs from West to light breeze from SWbyS. Barometer falling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SWbyS. Barometer falling. High water about 2.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW. Barometer rising last hour. Low water about 9.30.


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19 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. High water about 2.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer rising slowly.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer falling.

At 8.00 2 carpenters and 1 helper, 1 plumber and 1 helper, 4 machinists and 2 helpers, and 4 joiners from the Navy Yard went to work on this ship.

Crew at work scraping paintwork and bilges under chain locker on port side. Low water at 9.15.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs to breezes from WSW and SW.

Crew engaged scaling in port chain locker and on port side, and scraping bright woodwork on skylights.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 carpenters and 1 helper putting down bed for reeling engine; 2 machinists and 1 helper fitting dredging and reeling engines; 2 machinists and 1 helper overhauling air ports; 2 joiners putting shelves in armory; 2 joiners repairing woodwork in cabin, which was cut out to place 53mm gun support; 1 plumber and 1 helper putting lead covering in dredging engine bed.

The USS “Mohican” came in to dock, astern of this vessel, at 2.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and warm. Light SW airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs.


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20 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light SW airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to breezes from SW.

Engaged smooth scraping and brushing port side, preparatory to painting, and scaling inside of ship in port chain locker.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light WSW airs.

Crew engaged scraping starboard side, preparatory to painting, and scraping bright woodwork of skylights and boats.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 plumber and 1 helper putting lead covering on dredging engine bed; 2 carpenters and 1 helper putting down reeling engine bed; 1 joiner putting shelves in armory and moulding around booby hatch; 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting reeling and dredging engines; 2 machinists overhauling cabin and berth deck air ports; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper patching places in cement waterways, cut out for gun mounts; 1 plumber and 1 helper putting lead covering around edge of booby hatch; after 11.00, 4 laborers scaling bed plate of dredging engine.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew engaged as per forenoon watch.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows; in Construction and Repair Department: 1 plumber and 1 helper putting lead covering in reeling engine bed; 1 plumber and 1 helper putting lead covering around edges of booby hatch; 2 carpenters and 1 helper putting down reeling engine bed; 1 joiner putting moulding around booby hatch; 2 machinists overhauling air ports; 4 construction laborers scaling bed plates of dredging and reeling engines; 1 painter painting ceiling of cabin and cabin pantry, 3 painters red leading outside of ship, 1 painter touching up deck house; 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger and reeling engines.

High water at about 2.15.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breezes from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen engaged on board as per preceding watch till 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. Low water at about 11.00.


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21 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant to overcast and cloudy. Calms and light airs from WSW and SW. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Clearing last hour. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. High water at about 5.25.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. Low water at about 11.30.

Crew finished scraping outside ship and Navy Yard painters finished red leading outside ship.

At 8.00 the following workmen from the Navy Yard went to work on this ship, viz: 3 construction laborers fitting dredging and reeling engines; 2 plumbers and 2 helpers fitting lead covering around edge of booby hatch, and lead covering on reeling engine bed, and fitting pipes; 2 carpenters and 1 helper working about dredging engine bed plate; 1 joiner putting moulding around booby hatch; 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredging and reeling engines; 1 painter touching up inside ship, and 4 painters red leading outside ship.

Crew at work scraping deck paintwork, masts, and yards and finished red leading port chain locker.

Engineer’s force scaling coal bunkers.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer falling. Men from Construction and Repair Department at work on this ship as per previous watch, excepting 1 plumber and helper and the 4 painters at work during forenoon watch red leading ship’s side.

Crew at work scraping masts, yards, and deck house paintwork.

Engineer’s Department scaling coal bunkers.

At 2.00 started fires in forward boiler and stopped firing in after boiler.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Hazy.

Yard workmen as per previous watch at work on ship until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly clear first hour, then overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady.


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22 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW. Low water at 12.15.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with light drizzling rain. Light airs and light breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly. High water about 6.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breezes from SW. Barometer falling last hour.

At 8.00 Navy Yard workmen from Construction and Repair Department went to work on this ship, as follows, viz: 2 carpenters and 1 helper working about dredger engine bed plate; 2 machinists and 1 helper fitting dredger and reeling engines; 1 plumber and 1 helper putting lead sheeting on dredger and reeling engines; 1 machinist overhauling air ports in cabin, and one machinist overhauling air ports in berth deck.

Crew engaged scraping masts and deck paintwork.

Engineer’s force at work scaling coal bunkers and repairing steam launch.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen at work on ship as per previous watch; and, in addition thereto, 2 painters painting water line.

Crew at work as per previous watch. Low water about noon.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW and calms. Barometer rising slowly.


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23 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Low water about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Crew at work scraping paintwork.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

At 8.00 the following Navy Yard workmen from Construction and Repair Department went to work on this ship, viz: 2 carpenters and 1 helper, and 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger and reeling engines and bed; 1 machinist overhauling air ports in wardroom; and 1 machinist overhauling air ports in berth deck.

Crew at work scraping foremast and striking coal into bunkers from lower laboratory.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW and light breeze from SSW. Barometer falling. Low water at about 12.30.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board, as follows: 2 carpenters and 1 helper putting moulding around dredger engine bed; 2 machinists overhauling air ports; 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger and reeling engines; 1 caulker caulking around reeling engine bed.

Crew engaged at taking coal from laboratory hold and stowing it in bunkers.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. High water at about 7.00.

Crew and Navy Yard workmen employed as per afternoon watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising.


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24 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. Low water at about 1.55.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from SW and calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light airs from NE. Barometer falling slowly.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship. Navy Yard workmen employed on board in Construction and Repair Department as follows: 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger and reeling engines; 2 machinists overhauling deadlights; in Steam Engineering Department: 4 machinists and 1 helper and 1 pipe fitter removing eccentric rods and valves of main engines and renewing water service of starboard engine.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, with light passing showers last hour. Light breeze from SSE. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per previous watch, excepting 2 carpenters and 1 helper who quit work at 1.20. In addition, 1 painter went to work at 1.00 glazing wardroom skylight, finishing about 4.00.

Low water about 3.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from ESE first half of watch. Calm and raining last half. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen left ship at 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and raining. Light breeze from ESE. Barometer rising slowly. High water about 8.25.


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25 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with rain first half f watch. Light airs from ESE to calms. Low water about 3.10.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast first hour, clearing off somewhat toward end of watch. Barometer steady. Light airs from NW.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light breeze to light airs from North, and variable light airs. Barometer steady. High water at about 10.00


From meridian to 4pm:

Generally cloudy. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer falling. Light rain in middle of watch. Low water at about 3.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light passing showers. Light airs from South and calm. Barometer steady.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light rain. Light breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. High water at about 8.45.


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26 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Rainy first half of watch. Light airs from WSW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Light airs from East and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at about 4.55. Started getting starboard anchor chain out on wharf.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. High water at about 10.45.

Absent over time: J.J. Tierney, Landsman; D. Sanders, Coal Passer; T. McCarthey, Ship’s Cook 1st class.

Finished rousing up starboard chain. Got up coal bags from hold for airing. Scaling starboard chain locker.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger and reeling engines; in Steam Engineering Department, 6 machinists and 1 helper working on eccentrics and valve gear of main engines.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Sent out length of port chain in Yard to be burnt and received remainder of port chain on wharf. Scaling and cleaning starboard chain locker.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per forenoon watch with 13 painters, additional, painting ship white outside.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. Low water at about 4.20.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch till 5.00.

Tug “Iroquois” moved USS “Mohican” under shears at slack water.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SSW. High water at about 9.30. Barometer rising.


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27 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Generally cloudy. Light airs from SWbyS to WNW. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from WNW and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at about 5.20.

Broke out magazine passage and got dredger boom on board.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy to fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Sent starboard anchor chain in Yard to be burnt. Cleaning and scaling starboard chain locker. Breaking out and cleaning equipment storeroom.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger engine, 6 painters painting deck house white; Steam Engineering Department, 6 machinists and 1 helper and 1 pipe fitter removing valves of main engines and air pump tanks.

Absent over time, J.J. Tierney, Landsman; T. McCarthey, Ship’s Cook 1st class; F. B. McClendon, Water Tender; and M.M. Costa, Oiler.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work cleaning starboard chain locker, equipment storeroom, and breaking out ballast under lower laboratory. Inspecting board examined chain lockers.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board, as follows: Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists and 2 helpers fitting dredger engine; 6 painters painting deck house white; and in Steam Engineering Department, 6 machinists, 1 helper, and 1 pipe fitter removing main valves and air pump tanks.

T. McCarthey, Ship’s Cook 1st class, returned at 1.00, 38 hours over time.

High water about 12.30.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling last hour.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per previous watch until 5.00pm.

At 8.00 M.M. Costa (Oiler) returned to the ship, 13 hours over time.

The dinghy on return from 7.00 trip was reported as having been squeezed between float at Vallejo landing and Navy Yard launch.

Low water about 6.45.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Barometer rising slowly last hour. Light airs from SW. High water about 12.00.


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28 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW and WSW. Barometer rising. Low water about 6.00 o’clock.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Absentees: John Jacobsen (Seaman), J.J. Tierney (Landsman), and F. B. McClendon (Water Tender).

Got port anchor chain on board. Slushed topmasts. Hoisted steam launch for painting. Breaking out laboratory hold for cleaning.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists and 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter setting up dredger engine, 2 machinists overhauling air ports, 6 painters painting ship and boats, 1 plumber and 1 helper repairing crew’s water closet; in Steam Engineering Department, 1 pipe fitter renewing suction to evaporator pump, 6 machinists and 1 helper removing valves of main engines and air pump tanks.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. High water at about 12.30.

Crew continued work of preceding watch.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch except 1 plumber and helper less.

John Jacobsen, Seaman, returned on board 19 hours over time.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breezes from SW and WSW. Barometer rising.

Dropped ship astern along water front about two lengths.

Navy Yard workmen aboard as per preceding watch till 5.00.

Low water at about 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer rising.


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29 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. High water at about 12.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at about 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant, and calm. Barometer falling.

Crew at work cleaning under magazine and fore passages, scrubbing planking from under ballast, and laboratory hatches.

At 8.00 the following workmen from Navy Yard went to work on board, in Construction and Repair Department: 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter setting up dredger engine; 1 plumber and 1 helper fixing water closet, port side; in Steam Engineering Department: 5 machinists removing the eccentrics and high pressure valves of main engine.

Inspection Board examined fore peak.

F. B. McClendon (Water Tender) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work as per previous watch and scraping bilges under magazine. Workmen from Navy Yard on board at work as per previous watch.

By order of the Commanding Officer, J.J. Tierney (Landsman) was quarantined for 3 months for being absent 72 hours over time; T. McCarthey (Ship’s Cook) was reduced to 4th class and quarantined for 3 months for being absent 38 hours over time; A. Bloumfeldt (Seaman) was reduced to 3rd class for 8 hours over time; D. Sanders (Coal Passer) was reduced to 4th class for 14 hours over time; M.M. Costa (Oiler) was reduced to 4th class for 13 hours over time; John Jacobsen (Seaman) was reduced to 4th class for 18 hours over time.

At 3.25 electricity from the Navy Yard was turned on [on] this ship.

High water about 1.10.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer rising last hour.

Crew at work as per previous watch. Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00 o’clock.

Low water about 7.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising.


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30 September 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer steady. High water about 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breezes from WSW. Barometer rising.

Resumed work on bilges under magazine.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breeze from WSW to West. Barometer falling.

Broke out and cleaned dredger storeroom. Scaling frames and longitudinals in laboratory hold.

F.B. McClendon (Water Tender) absent over time.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter setting up dredger and reeling engines; 7 painters painting ship; 1 rigger and 3 construction laborers taking down gear used for hoisting dredger and reeling engines on board; in Steam Engineering Department, 4 machinists working on main engines.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from West. Barometer falling. High water at about 1.10.

Crew scaling in laboratory hold as before, and getting up sounding shot from below, and stowing them on shore alongside ship.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter setting up dredger and reeling engines; 9 painters painting ship; 1 carpenter boring holes in deck for steam pipe to dredger engine; in Steam Engineering Department, 3 machinists working on main engines.

The Captain awarded punishments as follows: J.J. Tierney, Landsman, shirking, extra watch from 9.00pm to 11.00pm for ten nights; N.H. Kirkemo (Ordinary Seaman), refusing to obey orders of a petty officer, reduced to 2nd class; C.J. Hoople, Landsman, creating disturbance on berth deck and refusing to obey orders of Master-at-Arms, reduced to third class.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Gentle breeze from West. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as before, till 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle breeze from West. Barometer rising. Low water at about 9.00.

By order of the Captain, confined in double irons for five days Hugh McKenzie (Landsman) for throwing water in another man’s hammock.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1898


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1 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light breeze and light airs from West. Barometer rising slowly. High water at about 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from West to WbyN. Barometer rising.

Resumed work in laboratory hold.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WbyN. Barometer falling.

Crew at work scaling bilges under lower laboratory.

At 8.00 the following Navy Yard workmen resumed work on this ship: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists, 2 helpers, 1 pipe fitter, and one carpenter on dredger and reeling engines; 11 painters painting ship; in Steam Engineering Department, 1 machinist working on safety valve, after boiler, and 1 machinist removing exhaust from dynamo and working on circulating pump.

Low water about 8.30.

F.B. McClendon, Water Tender, absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

Same Navy Yard workmen, except those in Steam Engineering Department, on board as per previous watch.

High water about 2.15.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board as per previous watch until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from WSW. Barometer falling slowly. Low water about 9.30.


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2 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly clear first half of watch, overcast and cloudy last half, with rain last hour. Light airs to light breeze from WSW. Barometer falling. High water about 2.50.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and raining first half of watch, partly clear latter half. Barometer rising. Light breezes to light airs from SW and WSW.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from WSW and light breeze from SSW. Barometer steady. Low water at about 9.20.

F.B. McClendon, Water Tender, returned on board, 5 days and 2 hours over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze and light airs from SW. Barometer steady. High water at about 3.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Cool. Light airs from NWbyW and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at about 10.00.


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3 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Calm to light breeze from NW. Barometer rising first hour, then steady. High water at about 3.20.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Rain shower during first hour. Light airs from NW and calm. Barometer rising.

Resumed scraping in laboratory hold.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Calm first half of watch. Light airs from SW last half. Barometer falling last hour.

Crew at work scraping bilges under lower laboratory, cleaning brig and dredger storerooms, and cleaning and coal tarring sounding shot.

At 8.00 Navy Yard workmen from Construction and Repair Department went to work on this ship, as follows: 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter working on reeling engine, and 3 painters painting ship.

Low water about 9.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partially clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer steady.

Crew and Navy Yard workmen at work as per previous watch. Sent dinghy up in Navy Yard for repairs.

High water about 4.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Low water about 11.00.


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4 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear, pleasant and cool. Calm, and light airs from NE last hour. Barometer rising slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant, and cool. Calm to light airs from West and NWbyW. Barometer rising. High water about 4.20.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NWbyW and WSW. Barometer falling.

Lighted fires, after boiler, at 10.30. Low water at about 11.00.

Scaling in laboratory hold. Painting sounding shot with coal tar.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists, 2 helpers and 1 pipe fitter setting up reeling engine, and 4 painters painting ship; in Steam Engineering Department, 3 machinists working on eccentrics of main engines.

G. Merkel, Landsman, absent over time.

Lighted fires in after boiler at 10.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW. Barometer falling.

Cleaning bilges under laboratory. Got starboard anchor chain on board and stowed it in locker. Rattling down fore topmast rigging.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch, except 1 painter less.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley left ship on duty as judge advocate of a General Court Martial convened in the Navy Yard.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW and West. Barometer rising. High water at about 4.20.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.

Connected up after boiler at 6.30 and allowed fire to die out in forward boiler.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley returned to the ship.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from West and WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at about 11.20.


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5 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from NW and NWbyN. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NWbyN and calm. Barometer rising. High water at about 5.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WNW first part, then from SW.

Crew engaged breaking out ballast from after compartment, scraping gratings of dinghy and whaleboat, overhauling wardroom air ports and scraping starboard gangway ladder.

The following Yard workmen on board: 3 painters painting ship; 2 machinists, 2 helpers, 1 pipe fitter and 1 carpenter working on reeling engine; 1 rigger and 5 construction laborers rigging platforms for gilding scroll work on bow and stern; and 2 machinists and 1 helper working on main engine.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to light breezes from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew engaged as per previous watch. The following Navy Yard workmen on board from 1.00, viz: 4 painters painting ship; 2 machinists, 2 helpers, 1 pipe fitter, 1 carpenter, 1 plumber and 1 helper working on reeling engine; 2 machinists and 1 helper working on main engine.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board at work as per previous watch until 5.00.

Low water about 5.45.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady.

Hugh McKenzie (Landsman) released from confinement and returned to duty.


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6 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain first hour. Light airs from SW. Low water about 12.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain first hour. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer rising slowly.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze from West and SW.

Crew at work scaling bilges in after compartment, scraping starboard gangway ladder, overhauling windlass, and rattling down fore topmast rigging.

At 8.00 Navy Yard workmen at work as follow, viz: in Construction and Repair Department, 4 painters painting ship; 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter working on reeling engine; 1 joiner and 1 helper taking measurements around pilot house; in Steam Engineering Department, 1 machinist and 1 helper working on main engine.

Expended 4 Fish Commission cotton mattresses.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly clear, pleasant. Light SW airs and breezes. Barometer steady.

Crew at work scaling in after compartment, scraping gangway ladder, overhauling windlass, scraping and varnishing woodwork of dinghy and 1st cutter, overhauling flat boat, and rattling down fore rigging.

Navy Yard workmen on board, same as previous watch with additional: 1 painter gilding stern scroll work, 1 ship fitter and 1 helper working on new coal bunkers, laboratory hold.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light airs to breezes from WSW and SW. Barometer steady. Same Yard workmen as in previous watch on board until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light WSW airs. Barometer steady.


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7 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Light WNW airs. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Light WNW airs. Barometer steady.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, overcast, with light rain last hours.

Crew engaged scaling after compartment, scraping gangway ladder, overhauling capstan and windlass, and rattling down fore rigging.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter at reeling engines; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper and 1 driller working on new coal bunkers, laboratory hold; 4 painters painting ship; 1 painter gilding stern scroll work; 1 joiner working in port water closet; 1 machinist and 1 helper working on main engine.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Rain first hour. Light breeze from North to ENE. Barometer falling. Low water at about 2.30.

Overhauling and cleaning anchor engine and cleaning out after hold compartment.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch, except no painters.

Moved ship astern about 75 feet.

G. Merkel, Landsman, returned on board 4 days and 17 hours over time.

At 1.50 USS “Mohican” went out of commission and at 1.50 USS “Adams” went into commission.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light breeze and light airs from ENE to ESE and calm. Light shower in first hour of watch. Barometer rising at end of watch. High water at 8.00.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.

In obedience to orders of the US Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries [George Meade Bowers], Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett reported for duty on board of this vessel.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Barometer steady.


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8 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy, with rain in middle of watch. Calm and light airs from WNW. Barometer steady. Low water at about 2.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Calm and light airs from NW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast first part of watch, partly clear latter part. Light airs from WNW. Barometer rising slowly.

At 8.00 the following Navy Yard workmen continued work on board, viz: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 machinists, 2 helpers, and 1 pipe fitter on reeling engine; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper, and 1 driller on new coal bunkers, laboratory hold; 1 painter gilding new scroll work; in Steam Engineering Department, 1 machinist and 1 helper on main engine. Turned steam on and tested reeling engine.

High water about 9.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from WNW. Barometer steady.

At 1.45 the Commanding Officer made an official call on Commodore John Crittenden Watson, USN, Commandant Mare Island Navy Yard [Watson had just been appointed Commandant of the Navy Yard, replacing Rear Admiral William Alexander Kirkland].

At 2.05 the USRS “Independence” fired a salute of 11 guns.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch, and, in addition thereto, 2 machinists working on steering gear.

Low water at 3.50.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from WNW and SW. Barometer rising.

The same men from Navy Yard at work on board as per previous watch until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. High water about 9.00.


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9 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, with drizzling rain last hour. Calm with light airs from SW first hour. Barometer rising slowly. Low water about 4.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast first part of watch, partly clear last half. Light airs from SSW and SW. Barometer steady. High water about 10.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy; pleasant. Light SW airs.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Generally clear; pleasant. Light SW airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light SW airs.


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10 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Light SW airs, calm last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast; misty. Calm and light airs from West.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light airs [from] West, SW, East and calm. Barometer rising early part of watch and falling latter part. High water at 11.00.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 2 carpenters tearing out woodwork in wardroom; 1 driller, 1 pipe fitter and 1 helper working on coal bunkers; 2 machinists taking out steam steering gear; 2 laborers mixing cement; in Equipment Department, 1 electrician testing circuit; in Steam Engineering Department, 2 machinists and 1 helper breaking joints in main steam pipe.

Painted with red lead after hold compartment where scraped. Sent mast cover and screens to sail loft to be painted.

By order of the Commandant, transferred to the USRS “Independence” with bags and hammocks and necessary transfer papers the following named men:

G.W. Matterson [G. Mattson in log], Quartermaster 2nd class; Arel E. Brisman, Yeoman 1st class; J. Dunne, Quartermaster 3rd class; F. Berk, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class; W.T. Asbury, Boiler Maker; G.J. Nicolas, Seaman; T. M. Grant, Seaman; Loyd Emery Whitson, Ordinary Seaman; H. M. Hafford, Ordinary Seaman; W.B. Palamountain, no appellation; A. Hansen, Seaman; D. James, Ordinary Seaman; N.H. Kirkemo, Ordinary Seaman; J.J. Tierney, Landsman; C.J. Hoople, Landsman; D. Sanders, Landsman; J. Richardson, Landsman; E.L. Pratt, Landsman; G. Merkel, Landsman; Hugh McKenzie, Landsman; W.B. Rabe, Landsman; Luke L. White, Fireman 1st class.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 1 pipe fitter and 1 helper working on coal bunkers; 4 laborers mixing cement and 2 laying cement in bilges under laboratory; 2 machinists removing steering gear in pilot house; in Steam Engineering Department, 2 machinists breaking joints in main steam pipe and 1 helper filling oil tanks.

Crew passing cement below, scaling plating in wardroom in wake of air ports and rattling down fore rigging. Fires dying out in forward boiler.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant; light airs to light breezes from SW. Barometer steady. Low water at 4.30. Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; calm and light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer rising. High water at about 10.00.


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11 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light breeze from SW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at 4.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work passing cement below to lower laboratory hold, scaling under air ports in wardroom and painting windlass and after compartment.

The following Navy Yard workmen went to work on board at 8.00: 2 carpenters in wardroom; 1 boiler maker and helper on after boiler; 2 machinists and helper on main steam pipes; 2 ships fitters, 2 helpers, and 2 drillers on new coal bunker.

High water about 10.15.

The USS “Yorktown” was hauled into the drydock at slack water.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant; light airs to gentle breeze from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work in lower laboratory hold breaking out woodwork and in wardroom scaling and painting under air ports.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch except the 2 carpenters at work in wardroom.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant; light airs from SW. Barometer rising slowly last hour.

Crew at work and Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.

Low water about 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW and calm. Barometer steady. High water about 10.50.


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12 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW and calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from SW. Barometer rising slowly. Low water about 5.10.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light SW airs.

Crew engaged painting capstan and windlass, scaling under air ports and in wardroom, and scaling above cement in laboratory hold.

The following Yard workmen at work on board: 3 ship fitters, 3 helpers and 3 drillers at work on new bunkers, laboratory hold; one boiler maker and helper cutting out defective metal in tube sheet of after boiler; 2 machinists, 1 helper at work on main steam pipe and circulating pump; 2 joiners cutting out and replacing ceiling in wardroom.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Light SW airs.

Crew engaged as in previous watch. Engineer’s force cleaning and painting dredging engine and cleaning reeling engine.

Same Yard workmen on board as during previous watch. An Engineer and the Chief Boiler maker from the Yard on board, examining boilers.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light SW airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs and breeze.


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13 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs first hour, then calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm.

Crew engaged replacing bottom in after compartment, scaling in laboratory hold, rattling down fore rigging, painting windlass and dredging engines.

The following Yard workmen on board: two machinists, two helpers on circulating pump and main steam pipe; two ship fitters, two helpers and two drillers on new bunkers; two joiners replacing ceiling in wardroom; five painters on hurricane deck skylights and house; one boiler maker and helper on after boiler; one machinist on sounding machine.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. High water at 12.20.

Replacing battens on frames in after hold compartment. Removed eight tons of pig iron ballast from laboratory.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, one boiler maker and helper cutting out defective tube sheet of after boiler; two machinists and helper on main steam pipe and circulating pump; in Construction and Repair Department, two ship fitters and 2 helpers on new coal bunkers; two joiners refitting woodwork in wardroom; 5 painters on deck house, hurricane deck and spars.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Low water at 6.50.

E.E. Bailey, Fireman 2nd class, returned on board 83 hours over time.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. High water at 12.00.


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14 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at 6.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW and light airs from South. Barometer falling.

Crew at work in after compartment, lower laboratory hold and breaking out Paymaster’s stores from hold.

At 8.00 the following Navy Yard men went to work on this ship, viz: 2 machinists and 1 helper on circulating pump and joints on main steam pipe; one boiler maker and one helper cutting out defective end of tube sheet center furnace of after boiler; two ship joiners in wardroom, replacing ceiling under air ports; two painters painting boats.

Transferred to General Storekeeper [Paymaster Albert W. Bacon] the following Paymaster’s stores: 432 lbs roast beef; 500 lbs salt beef; 216 lbs butter; 120 lbs cocoa; 200 lbs coffee; 2,000 lbs flour; 144 lbs ham; 480 lbs mutton; 50 lbs peaches; 456 pickles; 900 lbs salt pork; 50 lbs raisins; 287 lbs rice; 48 lbs sausage; 432 lbs tinned vegetables; 33 gallons syrup; 1 scale and 1 HB scoop.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from SW. Barometer falling slowly.

Crew at work restoring ballast in after compartment, restoring Paymaster’s storeroom, and red leading lower laboratory hold.

Navy Yard men at work from 1.00 as follows: two machinists and one helper on joints of main steam pipe and replacing valve chests; one boiler maker and one helper cutting out defective end of center tube sheet, after boiler; two joiners on ceiling in wardroom.

High water about 1.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.

Low water about 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from SW. Barometer rising.


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15 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from SW, calm last half of watch. Barometer rising. Low water about 7.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SW. Calm last half of watch. Barometer rising. Low water about 7.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light SW airs.

[Crew scraping?] off ship’s side.

The following Yard workmen on board: 3 machinists, 2 helpers on main valve gear and valve stems; 1 boiler maker, 1 helper drilling holes in tube sheet for patch; 2 joiners replacing ceiling in wardroom.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.

The Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madrono in log] came in at 2.10 and left at 6.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs first part, then calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


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16 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm first part then light SW airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW first hours, shifting to SE last hour.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from ESE, calm and light breeze from SW. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 the Executive Officer inspected the crew at quarters.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NE. Barometer falling. High water at 1.55.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NE. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 8.30.


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17 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NW. Barometer rising. High water at 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from ENE and NE. Barometer falling.

Crew at work breaking out hold and Paymaster’s stores, tarring down fore rigging, removing interior of pilot house, and red leading after compartment.

Navy Yard workmen on board from 8.00 as follows, viz: 3 machinists and 1 helper on valve seats and stems, and circulating pumps; 1 boiler maker and 1 helper fitting patch on tube sheet after boiler; 2 joiners on ceiling in wardroom; 2 ship fitters and 1 helper on new bunkers.

Received in Equipment Department from Madison, Bruce & Sellers of San Francisco: 500 lbs red lead and 15 gallons raw oil.

Low water about 8.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work red leading laboratory hold, cleaning out fore hold, tarring fore rigging, and tearing out interior of pilot house.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch.

High water at about 2.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady. Low water at about 9.00.


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18 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW and calms last half of watch. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady. High water about 4.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NW to SW.

Crew engaged scaling in bilges under fore hold, scraping heaters on berth deck, scraping air ports and rattling down fore rigging.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 machinists and 2 helpers on patch in after boiler; 1 pipe fitter and helper on dynamo engine; 2 joiners on ceiling in wardroom; 2 ship fitters and 2 helpers and one cutter on new bunkers; 1 ship fitter and helper on hatch from wardroom into after compartment; 1 machinist on steering engine; 1 ship carpenter on new bunker chutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs.

Crew engaged on same work and same Yard workmen on board as during previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light SW airs.

Yard workmen on board until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light SW airs.


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19 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light WSW airs first part then calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and warm. Calm. Barometer falling. Low water at 9.50.

Scaling bottom plating in fore hold, rattling down main rigging.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, 3 machinists and 2 helpers on valve and valve seats of main engines; 2 boiler makers, 2 helpers and one boy on after boiler; in Construction and Repair Department, 2 joiners on ceiling in wardroom; one joiner tearing down pilot house; one machinist and helper overhauling steering engine; one ship carpenter on bunker chutes; one plumber and helper in cabin bathroom; 2 ship fitters and one cutter, cutting hatch into after hold compartment through wardroom country; 2 ship fitters and 2 helpers on new coal bunkers.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and warm. Light airs from SW and calm. Barometer falling. High water at 3.50.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch except one joiner less.

Began painting in fore hold. Ship’s force continued work tearing down pilot house.

Received on board in Equipment Department: 6 stove castings.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as in preceding watch till 5.50.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 10.25.


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20 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and calm. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from NW. Barometer rising. High water at 5.50.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from East to ENE. Barometer falling. Low water at 11.00.

Restowed ballast in fore hold and finished tearing down pilot house.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, 3 machinists and 2 helpers on steam chests and valve stem guides of main engines; 2 boiler makers and 2 helpers on after boiler; in Construction and Repair Department, 2 joiners on ceiling in wardroom; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on hatch in wardroom; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper and 1 cutter on new bunkers; 2 riveters,1 holder on and 1 boy on new bunker doors; 1 ship carpenter and 1 helper on bunker doors.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from ENE. Barometer falling.

Crew at work cleaning bilges and red leading under fore hold, and rattling down main rigging.

Navy Yard workmen on board as previous watch; and in addition thereto, 1 machinist on steering engine, 1 plumber and helper on cabin bathroom, and 1 ship fitter on 1st cutter davits.

The USS “Adams” left the Yard at 2.15.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.

High water about 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Low water about 11.00.


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21 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NW first hour, calm rest of watch. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady. High water about 7.55.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm first part, then light SW airs.

Crew engaged painting new woodwork in wardroom, painting dory and restoring fore hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 3 machinists, 2 helpers on valve gear and steam chests; 1 cutter on new bunkers; 1 plumber and 1 helper on cabin bathroom; 5 painters on smoke pipe; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on 1st cutter davits; 2 riveters, 1 holder on, and 1 boy on new hatch in wardroom; 2 ship carpenters on bunker chutes.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from SW.

Crew engaged restoring hold.

The same Yard workmen on board except the painters, and the following additional: 1 boiler maker and 1 helper on after boiler; 2 joiners on ceiling in wardroom; 2 joiners and 1 helper on pilot house.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light SW airs and breezes.

Yard workmen on board until 5.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs to gentle breezes from SW.


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22 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and damp. Light SW airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy first hour, then overcast, cool. Light to gentle SW breezes.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Gentle breeze to light airs from SW and light breeze from SWbyW. Barometer steady.

Scrubbing outside of ship.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, 3 machinists and 2 helpers, and 1 boy on after boiler; in Construction and Repair Department, 2 joiners on ceiling in wardroom; 4 ship carpenters and 2 helpers on pilot house, bunker chutes, and boat davit; 2 riveters 1 holder on and 1 boy on new bunkers; 2 riveters, 1 holder on, and 1 boy on new bunker doors; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on boat davit and hatch in wardroom; 1 cutter on new bunkers; 1 caulker on bunker chutes.

Low water at 1.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Light breeze from SW. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light drizzling rain. Light breeze and light airs from SSW. Barometer rising. High water at 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Drizzling rain. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising.


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23 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, and rainy. Light breeze to light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Low water at 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy to fair and pleasant. Heavy showers first hour. Light airs from SW and calm. Barometer rising. High water at 8.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer rising.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly. Low water about 2.40.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. High water about 9.00.


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24 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising slowly. Low water about 3.15.


From 4am to 8am:

Foggy and cool. Calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and foggy first part, clearing at end. Calm and light airs from East.

Crew engaged in painting rooms in wardroom, breaking out Engineer’s storeroom and sail room, and scaling pilot house rail stanchions.

The following Yard workmen on board: 3 machinists, 2 helpers on main engines; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers and 1 boy on after boiler; 2 ship fitters, 3 helpers, 1 cutter, 4 riveters, 2 holders on and 2 boys on new bunkers; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on 1st cutter davits; 1 caulker caulking around bunker chutes; 2 shipwrights and 1 boy on pilot house; 1 plumber and 1 helper on wash tank and starboard forward closet.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East.

Scrubbed and prepared for painting sail room, Engineer’s storeroom, and forward pantry.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch, except 1 caulker.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs from West and NE first part, then calm.

Yard workmen on board until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


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25 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm first part, then light NE airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from NE, East, and ENE. Barometer falling. High water at 11.15.

Hauled the ship ahead about a ship’s length. Painting storeroom and wardroom storerooms.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, 3 machinists and 2 helpers on main engines; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers and 1 boy on after boiler; in Construction and Repair Department, 2 joiners fitting up starboard after storeroom; 1 shipwright and 1 helper on pilot house; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on boat davit; 1 plumber and 1 helper on wash tank under forecastle; 2 ship fitters, 3 helpers, 1 cutter, 4 riveters, 2 holders on, and 2 boys on new coal bunkers; 2 shipwrights and 1 helper on bunker chutes and boat davit; 1 machinist on forecastle pump.

Assistant Surgeon James C. Pryor, USN, left the ship for duty on a board of medical survey convened on board of the USS “Pensacola”.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle to light breeze from East. Barometer falling.

Crew painting sail room, Engineer’s storeroom, and wardroom staterooms, and scraping rail and rail stanchions removed from pilot house, and in wake of cutter davits.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, same as preceding watch; in Construction and Repair Department, 2 joiners fitting up starboard after wardroom stateroom; 2 shipwrights and 1 helper on pilot house; 1 shipwright on boat davit; 1 plumber and 1 helper on wash tank; 2 ship fitters, 3 helpers, 1 cutter, 4 riveters, 2 holders on, and 2 boys on new bunkers; 1 machinist on forecastle pump.

Assistant Surgeon James C. Pryor, USN, returned to the ship.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley, USN, left the ship at 1.00 on duty as judge advocate of a General Court Martial convened in the Navy Yard, and returned about 3.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East. Barometer steady. Low water at 4.45.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. High water at 11.00.


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26 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 5.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WNW and SWbyW. Barometer falling last hour.

Crew at work painting wardroom storerooms, cleaning out after compartment, restoring engineers storeroom, chipping after cutter davit, and scraping upper deck stanchions.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Steam Engineering Department, 2 riveters, 1 holder on, and one rivet heater on coal chutes; 1 machinist on circulating pump; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers and 2 boys riveting middle furnace and making patch port furnace; in Construction and Repair Department, 2 joiners on pilot house; one plumber and 1 helper on new wash trough; 2 ship fitters, 3 helpers, 1 cutter, 4 riveters, 2 holders on, 2 caulkers and 2 boys on new coal bunkers; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on cutter davits; and 2 joiners in after wardroom.

High water about 10.20.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWxW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work scraping stanchions and restoring Engineer’s storeroom.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch, with 4 additional carpenters on pilot house and with the exception of 1 plumber and one helper on wash trough.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley left the ship at 1.00 on duty as judge advocate of a General Court Martial convened in the Navy Yard, and returned on board about 3.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.

Low water about 6.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant and calm. Barometer rising. High water about 12.00.


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27 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear, pleasant and calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear, pleasant and calm, with occasional light airs from NWxW. Barometer rising. Low water about 5.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm first part, then light SW airs.

Crew employed restoring sail room, breaking out and restoring bread room, painting staterooms in wardroom, and scraping port gangway ladder.

The following Yard workmen on board: 4 joiners on pilot house; 4 riveters, 1 boy on coal chutes; 1 ship fitter, 2 helpers, 3 caulkers and fitters, 2 riveters, 1 holder on, 1 driller and 1 boy on new coal bunker; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on cutter’s davits; 2 joiners in steerage on coal chutes; 1 machinist on pump; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers, 1 boy on after boiler.

Received in Fish Commission the following articles: Steam Engineering Department, 1 Knowles steam pump #4435, 1 lubricator, 1 drip cup, 1 nipple 4”, 1 plug 1”, 3 wrenches, 1 starting lever; in Construction and Repair Department, 10 gallons boiled linseed oil, 5 gallons turpentine, 2 gallons Japan dryer, 1 gallon spar composition, 3 flat sash tool brushes, 3 round sash tool brushes, 4 skylight attachments, and 2 spar skylight hinges.

The USS “Yorktown” came out of dock at 11.45.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light WxN airs.

Crew employed on same work.

Same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch with one additional boiler maker on after boiler.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs first hour, then calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


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28 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool, calm; light NE airs third hour.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light ESE airs.

Crew engaged painting in wardroom and scraping port gangway ladder.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 ship fitter, 1 helper, 3 caulkers, 2 riveters, 1 holder on, 1 driller and 1 boy on new bunkers; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper on cutter davits; 1 caulker on coal chutes; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers, 1 boy on after boiler.

Received in Construction and Repair Department: 10 gallons salmon oil.

The USS “Wheeling” came in and went alongside wharf.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer falling.

Crew painting wardroom staterooms.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 7.50.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and calm. Barometer rising.


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29 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Fair and calm. Barometer steady. High water at 1.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 7.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy with light breezes from ExS and E. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 1 ship fitter, 1 helper, 3 caulkers, 2 riveters, 1 holder on, 1 driller and 1 boy at work on new coal bunkers; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 ship fitter and 1 helper on 1st cutter davits; 1 iron caulker on coal chutes; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers, and 1 boy on after boiler.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy with light breeze and light airs from ESE. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board as per previous watch, excepting 1 caulker on new coal bunker doors.

At 12.45 left the wharf, towed by the USS Tug “Vigilant”.

At 1.10 hauled into dry dock and at 3.00 settled on keel boards.

Crew at work scraping growth off bottom.

High water at 1.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs to light breezes from ESE. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen at work as per previous watch until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze to light airs from SxW. Barometer rising slowly last hour.


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30 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze to light airs from SxW. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly clear with light airs from SW [and] SSW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm and light airs from WNW and SxW.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters. G.V. Rustholl [Rusthol in log], Seaman, returned on board 3 hours over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SWxW and SSW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light SSW airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cool. Light SSW airs.


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31 October 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light rain. Light SSW breezes.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast first part; clearing latter part. Light airs to breezes from SSW first part, then from NW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant; light airs from NW. Barometer steady.

Crew scraping ship’s bottom.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: in Construction and Repair Department, 1 ship fitter, 1 helper, 3 caulkers, 2 riveters, 1 holder on, 1 driller and 1 boy on new coal bunkers; 4 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house; 1 shipwright on cutter davits; 2 carpenters wedging foremast; in Steam Engineering Department, 3 boiler makers, 1 helper, 1 boy on after boiler.

Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Quartermaster [and] H.E. Sutton, Landsman, over time from liberty.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NW, South, and SWbyW. Barometer falling.

Crew scraping ship’s bottom.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch, except men on coal bunkers and 1 additional iron caulker on coal bunkers.

At 2.50 the USFS “Philadelphia” came into the yard and was saluted by eleven guns from the USRS “Independence”, and returned a salute of eleven guns.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.


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LOG BOOK – NOVEMBER 1st 1898 TO APRIL 30th 1899


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[List of Officers]


Name

Rank

Date reported

Jefferson Franklin Moser

Lieutenant Commander

9 September, 1898

Miles C. Gorgas

Lieutenant

11 August, 1898

John P. McGuinness

Lieutenant

17 May, 1898

George W. Danforth

Passed Assistant Engineer

13 May, 1898

Stephen V. Graham

Ensign

21 April, 1898

James C. Pryor

Assistant Surgeon

27 April, 1898

Spencer M. Kase

Ensign (Vol)

30 May, 1898

Hugh R. Insley

Assistant Paymaster (Vol)

24 June, 1898

Boling K. McMorris

Assistant Engineer

23 December, 1898


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[List of Officers died, detached or transferred]


Name

Rank

Time of occurrence and particulars

Miles C. Gorgas

Lieutenant

17 December 1898. Detached and ordered to “Wheeling”

John P. McGuinness

Lieutenant

21 February [December in log] 1899. Detached and ordered to “Nero”

George W. Danforth

Passed Assistant Engineer

16 December 1898. Detached and ordered to Hospital

Stephen V. Graham

Ensign

24 December 1898. Detached and ordered to “Adams”

Spencer M. Kase

Ensign (Vol)

22 November 1898. Detached and ordered home

Hugh R. Insley

Assistant Paymaster

27 February 1899. Detached and ordered to “Nero”

Boling K. McMorris

Assistant Engineer

20 January 1899. Detached and ordered to “Philadelphia”


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[Complement of Petty Officers and crew]


Number allowed

Rates

Number on board

1

Boatswain’s Mate 1st class

1

3

Quartermasters, 1st, 2nd, 3rd class

1

2

Coxswains

2

1

Carpenter’s Mate 1st class

1

1

Ship’s Cook 2nd class

1

1

Master-at-Arms 1st class

1

1

Ship’s Yeoman Equipment

1

1

Paymaster’s Yeoman

1

1

Engineer’s Yeoman

1

1

Cabin Cook

0

1

Cabin Steward

1

1

Cabin Mess Attendants

0

1

Ward-room Steward

1

1

Ward-room Cook

1

4

Mess Attendants

3

19

Seamen – 1 in charge of hold

8

7

Ordinary Seamen

3

4

Machinists, 2 Chief, 2 first class

3

1

Boiler Makers

0

3

Water Tenders

3

3

Oilers

3

5

First-class Firemen

4

3

Second-class Firemen

0

4

Coal Heavers

2

55

Total


Complement 28 September 1898


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1898


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1 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from SSW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work scraping ship’s bottom.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board as follows, viz: 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 tinner, 1 helper on port side new coal bunkers; 1 shipwright on cutter davits; 4 men cementing in coal bunkers; 3 riveters and 1 caulker on coal chutes; 2 chippers and caulkers examining shell of ship; 1 machinist putting on new zincs; 2 carpenters wedging foremast; 3 boiler makers, 1 helper, 1 boy on after boiler.

Gustav Adolf Danilsen [D. Danilsen in log], Quartermaster, and H.E. Sutton, Landsman, absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from SSW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work scraping ship’s bottom.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising slowly.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch.

Commodore John Crittenden Watson, Commandant of the Navy Yard, visited the Commanding Officer and Wardroom Officers.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer rising.


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2 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool with fog about the 3rd hour. Calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm.

Crew engaged scaling side along water line preparatory to painting, and carrying cement filling in under new bunkers.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 shipwright on 1st cutter cradle; 3 laborers cementing in new bunkers; 1 tinner and 1 helper covering ceiling in bunker; 4 riveters, 1 caulker, and 1 helper on coal chutes; 4 joiners on pilot house; 3 boiler makers, 2 helpers, and 1 boy on after boiler; 1 shipwright wedging foremast; 2 riveters, 1 holder on, and 1 boy replacing leaky rivets in bottom and keel.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light SSW airs and breezes.

Crew engaged in scaling ship outside at waterline. The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy first part, then overcast. Light SSW airs.

Gustav Adolf Danilsen [D. Danilsen in log] (Quartermaster 3rd class) returned aboard 83 hours over time, and H.E. Sutton (Landsman) 59 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs first hour, then calm.


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3 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy. Cool. Light SSW airs first part, then calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Light SW airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Generally cloudy. Light airs from SW to SWbyW. Barometer falling.

Crew scraping and sandpapering ship’s bottom, tarring down rigging, and carrying cement into laboratory hold.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 4 drillers, 2 ship fitters, 1 helper, 2 riveters, 1 boy, 1 holder on, 1 chipper and caulker on new coal bunkers; 1 shipwright on pipes in bunkers; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 chipper and caulker on seams outside ship’s bottom; 3 men mixing and laying cement in new coal bunkers; 2 boiler makers on after boiler until 11.00; 1 machinist preparing to put on governor pipes.

T. McCarthey (Ship’s Cook 1st class) absent over time.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley, USN, was absent, on General Court Martial duty, from 9.30 till 10.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from SSW and light [breeze] from SWbyW. Barometer falling.

Crew and Navy Yard workmen employed as per preceding watch except no boiler maker on after boiler, and with 1 machinist and 2 helpers additional bringing eccentric straps and rods on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00 as per preceding watch.

The Wardroom Officers of the USS “Wheeling” called on the Officers of this vessel.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from SWbyW. Barometer rising.


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4 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Foggy. Calm to light airs from SSW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy. Calm to light airs from SSW and SWbyW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Foggy first half of watch, clear and pleasant last half. Calm. Barometer steady.

Crew at work sandpapering ship’s bottom, tarring down rigging and passing cement into laboratory hold.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 3 machinists and 2 helpers replacing eccentrics in engine room; 4 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house; 3 men mixing and laying cement in new coal bunkers; 4 drillers, 2 ship fitters, 1 helper, 2 riveters, 1 boy, 1 holder on, and 1 chipper and caulker on new coal bunkers; 1 machinist working on governor pipe.

T. McCarthey (Ship’s Cook 1st class) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work passing cement into laboratory hold, and painting wardroom and steerage staterooms.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch with 1 carpenter on new engine room skylight, 1 driller on coal chutes, 1 painter on propellor shafts, and 2 caulkers and 1 boy on seams and rudder post.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley was absent from 1.00 to 2.00, on General Court Martial duty.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady. Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant, and calm. Barometer steady.


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5 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear, pleasant, and calm. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SE and light breeze from SE and East. Barometer rising slowly.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light ENE breezes.

Crew engaged in painting staterooms in wardroom and steerage, and carrying cement for new bunkers.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 ship fitters, 1 helper, 1 chipper and caulker, 2 drillers on coal bunkers; 1 caulker on coal chutes; 4 machinists, 3 helpers on eccentric rods, Engineer’s Department; 4 joiners, 1 boy on pilot house; 10 painters on ship’s bottom; 1 machinist and 1 helper on steam governor pipe; 3 laborers mixing and laying cement in new bunkers.

T. McCarthey (Ship’s Cook 1st class) disrated to Landsman to date from November 3, 1898. T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light ENE airs and breezes.

Crew engaged in same work and the same Yard workmen on board as during previous watch, with the addition of 7 additional painters on ship’s bottom. Finished putting on second coat of germicide paint.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Yard workmen on board until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


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6 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs and calm. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 inspected crew at quarters.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from SSW. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light breeze from SSW. Barometer rising.


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7 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SSW. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SSW and WNW. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WNW, NW, and SWbyS. Barometer falling.

Crew at work painting rooms in wardroom and the new coal bunkers, and hoisting water out of laboratory hold.

Navy Yard workmen on and about ship as follows: 18 men painting bottom of ship; 1 machinist and 1 helper putting on starboard steam governor pipe; 1 chipper, 1 helper, 1 fitter, 1 caulker on steering gear; 3 machinists and 2 helpers fitting low pressure eccentric straps; 3 men cementing laboratory hold; 3 joiners and 1 boy on pilot [house]; 6 men shifting studding under ship’s bottom.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley, USN, was absent from the ship on Court Martial duty from 9.00 to 10.00.

H.P. Doerr (Ordinary Seaman) absent over time. T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work painting rooms in wardroom and new coal bunkers, and passing cement into laboratory hold.

Navy Yard workmen at work about ship as per previous watch, except the 18 painters painting ship’s bottom.

H.M. Green (Ordinary Seaman) was, by order of the Commanding Officer, rated a Seaman from November 1st, 1898.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SSW and SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch.

H.P. Doerr (Ordinary Seaman) returned to the ship 10 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW first hour, calm rest of watch. Barometer rising.


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8 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from South. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from SEbyS. Barometer rising.

At 7.10 started to flood dry dock then ceasing to flow in dock about 8.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from SEbyE to NNE.

Crew employed painting staterooms in wardroom and steerage, and in scrubbing side.

The following men from Yard on board: 2 joiners, 1 boy on pilot house; 3 men mixing and laying cement in laboratory hold; 3 machinists and 2 helpers on main eccentrics; 1 chipper, 1 fitter, 1 helper, 1 caulker on steering gear; 1 driller fitting racks for bunker gratings.

Started fires under forward boiler at 8.20. At 9.30 left dry dock and at 9.55 made fast to wharf off coal shed, being towed by tug “Vigilant”.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light NNW airs and breezes.

Crew employed scrubbing side.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 machinist, 1 helper on eccentrics until 3.00; 1 driller fitting grating racks; 2 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house until 4.00.

The USS Philadelphia left the wharf at 3.30 to haul down to No. 1 buoy.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light NNW airs first hour, then calm.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) returned on board 132 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


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9 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm first part, then light breezes from EbyS.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from SE and ESE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from NNW and light breeze from NNE to SE. Barometer falling last hour.

Crew cleaning ship and painting wardroom staterooms.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 4 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house; 1 driller fitting racks for bunker gratings; 1 fitter, 1 chipper, 1 driller, and one helper on steering gear; 1 carpenter on lower booms; 4 machinists and 2 helpers on eccentrics of main engines; 1 laborer cementing in laboratory hold.

The USS “Philadelphia” went into dry dock.

High water at 10.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze to light airs from SE. Barometer falling.

Crew cleaning boats and painting wardroom staterooms and laboratory storeroom.

Navy Yard workmen employed as per preceding watch, with 1 joiner additional working in cabin storeroom.

Received for use in the US Fish Commission: 300 feet rough pine lumber and 35 pieces smoothed pine.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 5.00.

Navy Yard workmen on board as before until 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SE to South. Barometer steady. High water at 10.00.


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10 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from NWbyN. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NWbyN and calm. Barometer steady. Low water at 4.55.

Lowered all pulling boats and moored them to buoy No. 4, and made preparations for coaling ship. Draft forward 10’ 6”; aft 12’ 8”.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear, pleasant and calm. Barometer falling.

Crew at work coaling ship.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 4 machinists and 2 helpers on eccentrics of main engine; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 fitter, 1 helper, and 1 caulker in steerage; one joiner on cabin storeroom.

High water about 10.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from the SW, and light breeze and light airs from WSW. Barometer falling.

Crew at work coaling ship and scaling after bunkers.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW, and calm. Barometer rising slowly.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 5.00.

Crew at work coaling until 5.00.

Received during the day 53 tons 945 pounds of coal.

Low water about 6.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant, and calm. Barometer rising slowly. High water about 11.00.


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11 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from WSW. Barometer falling last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from WNW. Barometer rising slowly. Low water about 5.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs first hour, then gentle breezes from NNW.

Coaling ship through laboratory into new bunkers.

The following Yard workmen on board: 5 machinists and 2 helpers on eccentrics, main engines; 1 shipwright in cabin storeroom; 4 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house; 3 machinists,1 helper on steering gear; 1 driller, 1 caulker, 1 fitter and 1 helper on wheel rope leads.

Received on board: 3 pairs skylight hinges and 300 lbs fresh water soap.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle NNW breezes.

Coaling ship into new bunkers until 2.30, having taken in 70 tons, then into after bunkers.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch except 1 joiner less on pilot house, 1 additional rivet heater on wheel rope leads, and 2 machinists and 2 pipe coverers in engine room.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle NNW breezes decreasing to light airs at end.

Finished coaling ship, having in, in all, 100 tons. Draught of ship 11’ 8½” forward, 13’ 2½” aft.

Navy Yard workmen on board until 5.00


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm. Light NE airs last hour.


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12 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light and gentle breezes from East and ENE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs to breezes from ENE and NE.

Cleaning ship.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle NE breezes.

Crew engaged cleaning ship.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 joiner in cabin storeroom; 4 joiners on pilot house; 7 machinists and 2 helpers on main engines; 1 machinist, 1 driller, and 2 helpers on steering gear.

The “Philadelphia” came out of dock at 11.30 and went alongside wharf.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from East. Barometer falling.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship. Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear, calm, and cool. Barometer rising.


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13 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear, calm, and cool. Barometer steady. High water at 12.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm to light airs from SE. Barometer rising. Low water at 6.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs to light breeze from ESE. Barometer falling.

At 9.30 the Executive Officer inspected crew at quarters.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer falling slowly. High water about 1.15.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear, pleasant, and calm. Barometer rising slowly. Low water about 8.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear, pleasant, and calm. Barometer rising.


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14 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear, cool, and calm. Barometer steady. High water about 1.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear, cool, and calm. Barometer rising slowly.

Matta Jerron Hearn (Boatswain’s Mate), Edward Foot (Seaman), John Jacobsen (Seaman) absent over time.

Low water about 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SE. Barometer falling.

Crew at work painting lower laboratory hold and steerage, and breaking out bread room and Paymaster’s storeroom.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 4 joiners on pilot house; 7 machinists and 2 helpers on main engines; 1 carpenter in cabin storeroom.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East. Barometer falling. High water at 2.00.

Crew continued work of preceding watch.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch with one machinist on auxiliary steam pipe, 1 boy on pilot house, and 1 joiner in cabin storeroom additional, and 3 machinists less in engine room.

Edward Foot (Seaman) returned on board 5 hours over time.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board till 5.00.

Matta Jerron Hearn (Boatswain’s Mate 1st class) returned on board 11 hours over time, and John Jacobsen (Seaman) returned on board 12 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Barometer rising. Low water at 8.30.

At 9.30 lowered a boat in answer to cries for help in the stream. The crew reported on returning that another boat had rendered the required help.


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15 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear to partly cloudy. Calm. Barometer steady. High water at 2.10.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy. Calm to light airs from SW and WNW. Barometer steady.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool. Calm and light airs from WNW.

Crew employed in closing up cracks in joints in laboratory hold, tarring out woodwork in Paymaster’s storeroom, and painting in wardroom.

The following Yard workmen on board: 5 joiners on pilot house; 2 joiners in cabin storeroom; 5 machinists, 1 helper, 1 coppersmith and 1 helper in engine room; 1 machinist and 1 helper on steering gear steam pipes.

Received from the Herreshoff Company: 1 steam launch and required fittings, except lead and line.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy. Pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW.

Crew engaged on same work as in previous watch. The same Yard workmen on board except 2 machinists in engine room.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy, clearing at end. Light NW airs first hour then calm.

Yard workmen on board till 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


Articles received with steam launch [insert]


1 Safety valve and whistle

1 Smokestack

1 Boiler

1 Pressure gauge

1 Vacuum pump

1 Water gauge

1 Compound air and feed pump

1 Triple expansion engine

1 Set grate bars

1 Hand pump

1 Bilge pump

1 Casing (engine)

1 Hammer

1 Monkey wrench

1 Pipe wrench

1 Screw driver

3 Spanners

11 Solid wrenches

1 Hoe

1 Picker

1 Squirt oil can

1 Oil feeder (1 gallon)

1 Grate bar wrench

2 Socket wrenches

1 Bell

2 Flag staffs

2 Boat lines (manila)

1 Anchor line (manila)

5 Life preservers

1 Water bucket (wood)

1 Hand lantern

1 Dust brush

1 Shovel

1 Swab

1 Anchor

1 Tiller (wooden)

1 Drop leaf table (in passenger box)


1 Boat hook


3 Canopies and frames


1 Coxswain wheel


2 Wheel chains



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16 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light variable airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Calm and light airs from NWbyW.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and overcast last hour. Light airs from NWbyN first hour; calm rest of watch. Barometer falling slowly.

Crew at work restoring bread room, scaling Paymaster’s storeroom, and moving 4 tons ballast on the dock.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 5 joiners on pilot house, 2 joiners in cabin storeroom; 4 machinists and 1 helper on main engine.

Low water about 9.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady.

Crew at work scaling Paymaster’s storeroom and painting laboratory hold.

Navy Yard workmen at work on board as follows: 6 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house; 2 joiners in cabin storeroom; and 3 machinists on main engines.

High water about 3.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs and light breezes from SW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water about 10.00.


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17 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. High water about 4.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and foggy. Light airs from SW first half of watch. Calm rest of watch. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy, clearing last hour. Light airs from NW shifting to SW latter part.

Crew engaged in clearing out laboratory hold and scaling in Paymaster’s after storeroom. Got up steam on launch and had a trial trip.

The following Yard workmen on board: 6 joiners on pilot house; 1 joiner in forward storeroom; 2 machinists repairing gate in laboratory bilge; 2 machinists in engine room.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and pleasant. Calm and light SW airs.

Crew engaged at same work and same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch, except the machinists in engine room.

The tug “Pawtucket” was launched from the Navy Yard at 3.00.

At 3.15 the USS “Yorktown” was placed in commission.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light SW airs. Leroy Church Hooker (Chief Yeoman) returned on board 2 hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear first part, then foggy. Cool. Calm and light variable airs.


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18 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, foggy and damp. Calm, light SW airs last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy, clearing slightly last hour. Calm and light SW airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and foggy early part of watch, then cloudy. Light breeze to light airs from SW. Barometer falling. Low water at 11.00.

Crew chipping and scraping ship’s skin in Paymaster’s storeroom, and cleaning wharf abreast of ship.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 6 joiners on pilot house; 1 joiner in forward deck stateroom; 1 machinist and 2 pipe coverers in engine room.

Received on board: 300 lbs zinc (White French), 10 gallons boiled linseed oil, 200 lbs white lead.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. High water at 4.00.

Crew scrubbing ship’s sides and chipping and scraping ship’s skin in Paymaster’s storeroom.

Same Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch, with the following in addition: 1 joiner in engine room; 2 machinists on steering gear; and 1 joiner in forward deck stateroom.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. Navy Yard workmen on board till 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer steady. Low water at 10.30.


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19 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy. Raining last half of watch. Light airs to light breeze from SW. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, and raining. Light breeze from WSW and SW. High water at 6.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Partly cloudy and cool. Light breeze from SW and gentle breeze from West. Barometer rising slowly.

Gave new steam launch 2-hour trial.

Navy Yard workmen on board as follows: 6 joiners and 1 boy on pilot house; 1 machinist, 2 pipe coverers, and 2 coppersmiths in engine room; 6 machinists on steering gear.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and cool. Gentle westerly breeze. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch, with the exception of 1 machinist less and 1 additional carpenter in engine room.

The USFS “Philadelphia” left the Navy Yard at 1.45.

Low water about 1.00.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and cool. Gentle breezes from WSW. Barometer rising.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per previous watch until 4.30.

High water about 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm and light breezes from WSW and WNW. Barometer rising.


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20 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from WNW and light to gentle breezes from WNW and West. Barometer rising. Low water at 1.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Gentle breeze to light airs from West and WNW. High water about 7.30. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Light WNW airs.

Inspected crew at quarters at 9.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Light SW airs.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm first part, then light NW airs.


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21 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Clouding over last hour.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold. Calm and light airs from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs from ESE and calm. Barometer falling.

Crew scraping and wire brushing ship’s skin in Paymaster’s storeroom.

By order of the Captain the following punishments were inflicted: T. McCarthey (Landsman), remaining absent 132 hours, after permission for an extension had been refused, 132 hours over time from liberty, reduced to 4th class, 90 days’ restriction, reduced to Landsman from Ship’s Cook 1st class; H.P. Doerr (Ordinary Seaman), 10½ hours over time from liberty, reduced 1 class, 20 days’ restriction; John Jacobsen [Jakobsen in log] (Seaman), 12 hours over time from liberty, reduced 1 class, 20 days’ restriction; Matta Jerron Hearne (Boatswain’s Mate), 11 hours over time from liberty, reduced 1 class, 20 days’ restriction; Edward Foot (Seaman) 5½ hours over time from liberty, reduced 1 class, 15 days’ restriction; Leroy Church Hooker (Chief Yeoman), 2 hours over time from liberty, one week’s restriction.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 6 joiners on pilot house; 4 machinists on steering gear; 15 painters painting ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer falling. Low water at 3.15.

Crew and Yard men employed as per preceding watch.

The Wardroom Officers of this vessel called officially on the Officers of the USS “Wheeling”, USS “Yorktown”, and the USRS “Independence”.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light airs from SW and calm. Barometer steady. High water at 8.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light drizzling rain. Light airs to light breezes from ENE to ESE. Barometer steady.


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22 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light rain. Light breeze from SSE. Barometer falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Rainy first half of watch. Light airs from SSE. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast with light drizzle first part, clearing latter part. Light airs from NbyE and NNE.

Crew engaged scaling under wardroom and fitting flooring in laboratory hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 joiner in dispensary; 3 painters, 6 joiners on pilot house; 2 machinists on stanchions on pilot house; 1 ship fitter and helper on sluice gates;

Ensign Spencer M. Kase, USN, detached from duty on board this vessel by order of the Secretary of the Navy, and ordered home.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs to breezes from ENE. Crew engaged on same work and same Navy Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Light ENE airs and breezes.

Yard workmen on board until 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East.


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23 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear first part, then cloudy. Light airs from SE and East.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy, cool, and damp. Calm first part, then light ESE airs.

Lowered old launch and hoisted new one to fit cradles.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy to clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling. High water at 10.30.

Crew painting in after storeroom and laying flooring in laboratory storeroom.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 2 machinists on steering gear; 2 machinists on hand railing and sluice gates; 1 carpenter in dispensary; 8 painters painting ship; 6 joiners on pilot house.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch.

Received two lower booms from spar shop.

The Captain of the USS “Yorktown” [Commander Charles Stillman Sperry] called on the Officers of this vessel.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy and cool. Light airs from SW and WSW. Barometer steady. Low water at 4.50.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from West and calm. Barometer rising slowly. High water at 11.00.


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24 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from ENE. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 5.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle breezes from North.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Gentle breezes from NNW and North.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle breezes from the North.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light breezes from the North decreasing to light airs at end.


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25 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from North.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Calm first part, then light SE airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Calm first hours, then light SSW airs.

Engaged painting in Paymaster’s storeroom, room aft, and putting down floor in laboratory hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 7 joiners, 1 boy on pilot house; 8 painters on outside of ship; 2 machinists and 1 shipwright on steering gear; 2 machinists on hand railing, pilot house.

The USS “Wheeling” left the Yard at 10.00.

L. Leon (Mess Attendant), Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Dropped the ship astern about 100 yards along quay wall.

Crew engaged as in preceding watch.

While the ship was being moored, J. McNeff, a machinist’s helper of the Yard force employed on this vessel, attempted to cross from the ship to the quay wall on a plank that had been put out to let some of the crew ashore, when the plank broke and McNeff fell to the float, striking his back on the stringer of the wall, sustaining injuries that incapacitated him for his duties. He was attended by the Medical Officer of this vessel till the arrival of the Naval Hospital ambulance, when he was taken to the hospital.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 6.40.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from WNW and light breeze from West. Barometer falling.


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26 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SW to NW. Barometer falling. High water at 12.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Light airs from NW and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 5.30.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East.

Engaged fitting flooring in laboratory hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 10 joiners on pilot house; 1 joiner in steerage; 4 machinists on steering gear; 2 machinists on pilot house railing; 8 painters on deck house; 2 machinists on sluice gates; 2 carpenters on Paymaster’s storeroom aft; 1 machinist on waste pipe from pilot house.

L. Leon (Mess Attendant), Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, cool. Calm and light variable airs.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch, with 1 rigger and 1 helper additional, splicing wheel ropes.

L. Leon (Mess Attendant) returned on board 36½ hours over time from liberty.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Calm and light variable airs.

The USS “Wheeling” came in and went alongside dock above coal shed at 4.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and damp. Calm and light airs from SW and South.


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27 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Calm and light airs from South.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Cool. Calm first hour, then light airs to breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breeze and light airs from East. Barometer falling. High water at 12.00.

At 9.30 the Executive Officer inspected the crew.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Calm.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy. Light airs from SW. Barometer rising. Low water at 8.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from SW and West. Barometer steady.


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28 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light airs from West. Barometer falling. High water at 2.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy, misty at end of watch. Light airs from West to WSW. Barometer rising. Low water at 7.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, and misty with light drizzle third hour. Light WSW airs.

Engaged painting laboratory hold and making ladders and pendants for swinging booms.

The following Yard workmen on board: 10 joiners on pilot house; 2 machinists, 1 plumber and fitter and 1 helper on pilot house railing; 1 plumber and fitter on pilot house drain pipes; 8 painters painting deck house; 1 joiner in steerage; 2 machinists on sluice gates; 1 machinist on steering gear.

Absent without leave Fong Tong (Mess Attendant).

Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 1st class) returned on board 9½ hours over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and damp. Calm.

Engaged on same work. Same Yard workmen on board except painters.

The Italian cruiser [name not recorded, but logs of 29 November record her as being the “Etna”] came and moored to buoy at 12.45.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and damp. Calm. Light airs from South last hour.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and damp. Light airs from South.


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29 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy. Light breeze from South.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light rain. Gentle to moderate breezes from SW to SSW. Barometer falling.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and rainy early part of watch. Fair and pleasant latter part. Gentle breeze from SSW to WSW. Barometer rising.

Running main engines for trial.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 5 joiners on pilot house; 1 machinist and 1 helper on sluice gates; 2 joiners in laboratory storeroom; 1 joiner in lower laboratory; 2 machinists on engine room telegraphs; 2 joiners in after storeroom.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light breeze and light airs from WSW. Barometer rising. High water at 1.00.

The Italian cruiser “Etna” started into dry dock.

Tried main engines from 1.00 to 4.00.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as per preceding watch, except 1 plumber additional on pilot house hand rail.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from WSW to West. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from WSW. Barometer rising. Low water at 9.00.


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30 November 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from the West and calm. Barometer rising. High water at 3.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from SW and West.

Engaged making rigging for lower booms, painting Jacob’s ladders on foremast, and fitting shelves in laboratory hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 10 joiners on pilot house; 1 pipe fitter on drain pipes from pilot house; 1 machinist on railing on pilot house; 1 ship fitter, 1 helper on cradle of steam launch; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 1 joiner on laboratory hold; 2 machinists on engine room telegraphs; 1 machinist, 1 helper in engine room; 2 machinists on electric lights; 1 driller in laboratory hold.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy. Cool. Light WSW breezes.

Engaged breaking out ballast under storeroom in port side of hold to scale and paint.

Same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light WSW breezes. Calm last hour.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1898


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1 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light airs from East first hour, then calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast and cloudy to fair and pleasant. Calm. Barometer rising first half of watch, then falling. Low water at 9.40.

Breaking out ballast under forward storeroom. Roused starboard anchor chain out of locker to get at sluice gates for repairs.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 1 plumber on pilot house hand rails; 4 joiners on pilot house; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 1 joiner in lower laboratory; 1 joiner in laboratory hold; 1 pipe coverer in steerage; 1 machinist and 1 helper in engine room; 2 machinists on electric lights.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Fair and pleasant. Calm. Barometer falling. High water at 3.20.

D. Sanders (Coal Passer) returned to the ship from the hospital, Mare Island, discharged to duty.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW to SSW. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from SSW and calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 10.30.


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2 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Variable light airs and calm. Barometer falling slowly.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer rising. High water at 4.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Calm. Light SW airs last hour.

Engaged scaling under storerooms in port hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 5 joiners on pilot house; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 2 joiners in cabin; 1 joiner in laboratory hold; 1 driller on engine telegraphs; 2 machinists on engine telegraphs; 1 machinist in Engineer’s Department; 3 painters in cabin; 2 painters in engine room; 2 machinists on electric lights; 1 joiner breaking out woodwork in wardroom pantry.

A medical survey, Surgeon James R. Waggener [Waggner in log], USN, senior member of the board, was held on Passed Assistant Engineer George W. Danforth, USN, of this vessel.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Calm first part, then light airs from SE and SW.

Engaged stowing shot and ballast in laboratory hold and clearing out port side of fore hold, preparatory to painting.

Same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East.


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3 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Light to gentle breezes from East and ENE.

Engaged scaling and painting skin of ship in wardroom pantry. Finished painting in port hold.

The following Yard workmen on board: 3 machinists on electric wires; 2 machinists on sluice gates; 2 machinists on pilot house railing; 2 machinists on engine room telegraphs; 1 machinist on whistle pull; 2 painters in engine room; 3 painters in cabin; 2 painters on poop; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 2 joiners in lower laboratory; 2 joiners on pilot house; 1 joiner in cabin; 1 ship fitter on steam launch cradle.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) absent over time.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle ENE breezes.

Finished sluice gates in starboard chain locker and restowed chain.

Same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch, except 2 machinists on sluice gates.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly clear and cool. Light to gentle ENE breezes.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) could not be found on board at 5.00, he having left the ship without permission.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy. Cool. Light to gentle breezes from the East.


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4 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Cloudy and cool. Light breeze from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs from East.

Inspected crew at quarters at 9.30.

Absent without leave: T. McCarthey (Landsman), Fong Tong (Mess Attendant).


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, but pleasant. Light breeze from East. Barometer falling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from East. Barometer steady. High water at 7.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East. Barometer rising. Low water at 12.00.


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5 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Light airs from East and gentle breeze from SE. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Fair and pleasant. Gentle and light breeze from East. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy. Light breeze from East. Barometer falling.

Restoring ballast in fore hold.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 1 machinist and 1 helper on drain pipe in laboratory storeroom; 1 joiner in steerage; 3 painters in cabin; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 1 joiner in wardroom pantry; 1 joiner and 1 helper on starboard ladder; 3 machinists on pilot house hand rails; 2 painters in engine room; 2 machinists on electric lights; 7 painters on deck; 1 machinist on speaking tubes; 1 joiner and 1 helper on engine room skylights; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 painter in forward deck staterooms.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, clearing last hour. Light airs from East.

Engaged stowing ballast in port side of fore hold. Scaling coal bunkers and running old lead into pig.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, pleasant. Calm and light airs from East.

The Italian cruiser “Etna” [Aetna in log] came out of drydock at 5.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs to breezes from East.


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6 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, overcast last hour. Light breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy. Light breezes from East.

The Italian cruiser “Etna” [Aetna in log] left the harbor at 7.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and pleasant. Light airs from East.

Crew engaged shifting ballast in starboard hold to scale and paint, and running old lead into pigs.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 machinist, 1 helper on drain pipe in laboratory hold; 1 joiner in steerage; 3 painters in cabin; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom aft; 1 joiner in wardroom pantry; 1 joiner, 1 helper on ladder to deck house; 3 machinists on pilot house hand rails; 2 painters in engine room; 2 machinists on electric lights; 4 painters about ship; 1 machinist on speaking tubes; 1 joiner and 1 helper on engine room skylight; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 painter in forward staterooms; 1 joiner in cabin office.

Absent without leave T. McCarthey (Landsman).


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Gentle breeze from EbyS. Barometer falling. Low water at 2.00.

Crew shifting ballast in fore hold to get at skin of ship for scaling and painting, and casting sheet lead and lead pipe into ingots and bringing laboratory property on board from storehouse.

Fong Tong (Mess Attendant) was declared a deserter from the 25 ult.

Same Yard workmen on board as in last watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and pleasant. Gentle breeze from EbyS. Barometer rising. High water at 8.00.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light breeze and light airs from EbyS. Barometer falling.


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7 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from East. Barometer steady. Low water at 2.30.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Calm and light airs from East. Barometer falling slowly.


From 8am to meridian:

Fair and pleasant. Light airs from East to ESE. Barometer rising early part of watch, then falling.

Scaling ship’s skin in fore hold. Breaking out nets and dredges from store house and bringing them abreast the ship.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 1 joiner in Captain’s office; 3 painters in cabin; 1 painter on stanchions; 1 painter in forward deck staterooms; 3 machinists on pilot house hand railing; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 joiner in dark room; 2 machinists on electric lights; 3 painters under topgallant forecastle; 2 painters in engine room; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 1 joiner in wardroom pantry.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light SW airs.

Engaged scaling in starboard fore hold under storerooms, bringing fishing and dredging gear from storehouse in yard, and breaking out old ceiling in bunkers.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch, except 1 joiner less on pilot house and 2 additional ship fitters on new bunker ventilators.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Calm and light SW airs.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm.


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8 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool [calm in log]. Heavy dew. Calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs from SW. Barometer falling. High water at 9.30.

Crew engaged in bringing Fish Commission gear abreast the ship.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 2 tinners and 2 helpers on coal bunker ventilators; 2 joiners in laboratory storeroom; 1 joiner in lower laboratory; 2 machinists on electric lights; 4 joiners on lockers for crew; 1 joiner in engine room; 2 painters in cabin; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 1 machinist on pilot house hand railing; 3 joiners on pilot house furniture; 2 joiners on electric light fixings; 1 painter in forward deck staterooms.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.

Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from South to moderate breeze from NNE. Barometer falling.

Crew engaged in stowing Fish Commission gear on board.

By order of the Captain, the following punishments were assigned: L. Leon (Mess Attendant) 36½ hours over time, 60 days’ restriction and 4th class; Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 1st class) 9½ hours over time, 20 days’ restriction and reduced to 2nd class.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per last watch, except 2 joiners on ladders and 1 joiner in cabin.

Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Stiff breeze from NNE. Barometer rising. Low water at 4.45. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Stiff breeze from NNE. Barometer rising. High water at 10.00.


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9 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Moderate gale from NNE. Barometer rising.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Moderate to fresh breeze from NNE. Barometer rising. Low water at 4.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Moderate to fresh breezes from NNE. Engaged restoring ballast in starboard forward hold, and stowing dredging gear in laboratory hold. Distilling.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom aft; 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 2 joiners in lower laboratory; 1 grainer in engine room; 1 machinist on bells in engine room; 4 joiners on crew lockers on berth deck; 4 joiners on pilot house; 1 painter in pilot house; 1 joiner, 1 helper on poop deck ladders; 1 painter in cabin.

Absent without leave T. McCarthey (Landsman).


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Stiff to fresh breezes from NNE.

Finished restoring ballast. Stowing scientific gear in laboratory hold. Distilling.

At 3.20 the fire alarm sounded in the Yard for drill. Sent an Officer to report.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch, except 1 painter less in cabin, and additional 2 varnishers in cabin and 2 machinists on upper deck ladder rail.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold. Stiff to fresh breeze from NNE, decreasing to moderate breeze at end. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light airs to gentle breezes from NNE and NE.


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10 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Calm to light NNE airs.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Calm and light variable airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NNE. Barometer falling. High water at 9.10.

Crew engaged in stowing Fish Commission outfit on board.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 2 plumbers and 2 helpers on new coal bunker ventilators; 3 machinists on pilot house hand rails; 1 machinist on heater in pilot house; 2 joiners on pilot house furniture; 1 joiner and 1 helper on bridge ladder; 3 machinists on bells and speaking tubes in engine room; 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 2 joiners in Paymaster’s storeroom; 4 joiners and 1 painter on crew’s clothes lockers; 2 machinists on electric lights; 1 joiner in upper laboratory; 2 joiners in lower laboratory.

Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs from SW and light breeze from East. Barometer steady.

Cleaned up water front abreast of ship.

Navy Yard workmen on board as per preceding watch, except 1 joiner and 1 helper less.

Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer rising. Low water at 5.30. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Calm. Barometer steady. High water at 11.15.


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11 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs and light breeze from East. Barometer rising and falling.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Gentle to light breeze from EbyS. Barometer rising. Low water at 5.00.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Light to gentle breeze from East.

Inspected crew at 9.30.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.

Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle breeze from East. Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold. Light breeze from East. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light breeze from East.


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12 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from EbyS.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs from EbyS shifting to NE last hour.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Light breeze from East. Barometer falling.

Crew engaged in cleaning ship outside, stowing Fish Commission gear on board, and painting wardroom pantry and Paymaster’s storeroom.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.

Navy Yard workmen employed on board as follows: 2 joiners and 2 painters on crew’s clothes lockers; 2 machinists on heaters in new staterooms; 1 joiner on hard wood shutters; 2 joiners on pilot house furniture; 1 joiner on odd jobs; 1 machinist on gongs in engine room; 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 1 painter in cabin; 1 joiner in lower laboratory; 1 plumber and 1 helper on new coal bunker ventilators; 4 painters under topgallant forecastle; 2 machinists on electric lights; 3 plumbers on water-closet tanks.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Light breeze from East. Barometer falling. High water at 12.30.

Crew employed as per preceding watch. Same Navy Yard workmen on board as in forenoon with one painter additional.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold. Light airs from East. Barometer steady. Low water at 7.30.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light airs to light breeze from East. Barometer rising.


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13 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light airs from East. Barometer steady.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold. Light breeze from East. Barometer steady. Low water at 6.40.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, overcast last hour. Cold. Light breezes from East.

Engaged stowing laboratory gear and painting storerooms aft.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 electrician, 1 joiner, 1 painter in cabin; 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 1 grainer in engine room; 6 painters about the ship; 1 plumber, 1 helper on bunker ventilators; 3 joiners on pilot house furniture; 3 joiners, 1 helper on gangway ladder, window shutters, and furnishing in wardroom; 2 machinists on engine room gongs and bell pulls; 1 machinist on capstan.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) absent without leave.

Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and cold. Light breezes from East.

Engaged stowing dredging gear, painting storerooms aft, and overhauling sheaves of dredging boom. Stowed Yakutat canoe in storehouse in Yard.

The same Yard workmen on board.

Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy and cold with light drizzle and rain last hour. Light to gentle breezes from East. Barometer falling slowly. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy with light rain. Light to gentle breezes from East, increasing to moderate and stiff breezes at end. Barometer falling slowly.


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14 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light rains first part, passing showers latter part. Moderate breezes from East decreasing to light breeze at end.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light passing showers first part. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy, with light rain latter part. Light airs from East.

Engaged stowing laboratory gear, overhauling dredging rope leads, and painting in wardroom pantry.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 joiners in wardroom pantry; 1 joiner in lower laboratory; 3 painters on pilot house; 1 painter in cabin; 1 painter in engine room; 2 machinists on engine room bells; 2 joiners tearing out old chart house.

T. McCarthey (Landsman) declared a deserter to date from December 4, 1898.

Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy. Rainy first half of watch. Light breeze and light airs from North to EbyS. Barometer steady. High water at 2.15.

Crew continued work of preceding watch. Same Yard workmen on board as in forenoon.

Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy early part of watch, clear at end. Calm. Barometer rising.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer falling. Low water at 8.55.


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15 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Calm. Barometer steady. High water at 3.00.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from East. Barometer rising.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from East first part, then from SSW.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham, USN, left the ship to attend General Court Martial in Yard.

Restowed Paymaster’s storeroom aft.

Engaged bringing remainder of laboratory gear from storehouse.

The following Yard workmen on board: 2 painters replacing broken glass in windows; 1 carpenter in steerage; 1 painter on lockers, berth deck; 2 plumbers and fitters on coal bunker ventilators; 2 painters, 1 plumber and fitter on pilot house; 2 machinists on steam launch; 1 electrician on electric lights; 1 painter in engine room.

Distilling.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Calm.

Engaged getting stores (Paymaster’s) on board. Made preparations for coaling.

Same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.

Received on board the following stores in the Pay Department: 2 bales cap cloth; 1 bale drill [drilling in log]; 2 bales white underclothes; 2 bales white working suits; 6 barrels sugar; 6 boxes saltwater soap.

Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light SW airs first part, then calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Calm.


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16 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes from SE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear first part, then thick fog. Cold. Light SE airs.

Began coaling ship at 7.45.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy. Light airs to breezes from East.

Coaling ship. Distilling.

Passed Assistant Engineer George W. Danforth, USN, was detached from this vessel by order of the Secretary of the Navy and ordered to treatment at the Hospital, Mare Island.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 grainer in pilot house; 2 painters in forward deck staterooms; 1 joiner in closet forward; 1 painter on berth deck lockers; 1 joiner in steerage; 3 joiners on deck chests and fire room skylights.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham, USN, left the ship at 10.00 to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, foggy, and cold. Light breezes from East.

Finished coaling at 2.30, having taken in fifty and one half (50½) tons.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.

Distilling.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy, and cold. Light airs to breezes from East. Distilling.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly foggy. Clear overhead. Calm and light airs from East.


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17 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, foggy, and cold. Calm and light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy, and cold; calm and light airs to breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy, cold, and damp. Light breezes from NE and East.

Engaged cleaning ship, painting wardroom pantry, scrubbed ship outside.

Lieutenant Miles C. Gorgas, USN, was detached from this vessel by order of the Secretary [of the Navy] and ordered to the USS “Wheeling”.

The following Yard workmen on board: 3 painters, 1 varnisher, 2 joiners on pilot house, forward staterooms, and deck chests; 1 joiner on water closet forward; 1 joiner in steerage.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham left the ship at 9.00 to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy. Cold and damp. Light breeze from East.

Engaged cleaning ship. The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy and cold. Light to gentle [breeze] from East and EbyN.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, foggy and cold. Light airs to breezes from EbyN and East.


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18 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, foggy and damp. Cold. Light airs and breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy and foggy. Cold and damp. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Calm and light airs from East and ENE.

Inspected crew at quarters at 9.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy, overcast last hour. Cool. Light to gentle breezes from East.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and cold. Light to moderate breezes from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Cloudy and cold. Light airs to gentle breezes from East, calm last hour.


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19 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast and cold with light rain. Light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy with light rain. Light airs and breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy with light rain. Light breezes from East.

Served out clothing and small stores. Assigned lockers to crew.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 joiner on furniture in pilot house; 1 electrician on various light leads.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham left the ship to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Calm and light airs from East.

Engaged scraping bright woodwork at pin rails and painting in wardroom pantry.

The same Yard workmen on board as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, cloudy with light drizzle. Light airs from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Light to gentle breezes from East.


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20 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, cloudy and damp. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, cloudy, with light rain last hour. Light airs from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast with light drizzle. Calm and light airs from East.

Engaged painting paint spots on deck. Painting in wardroom and in lower laboratory.

One joiner from Yard at work on furniture in pilot house, and in forward deck staterooms.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham left the ship to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast, cloudy, and damp. Calm and light airs from East.

Served out monthly money to crew.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Overcast, foggy latter part. Calm.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, foggy latter part. Calm.


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21 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Foggy first hour, then clearing. Calm first part, then light airs to breezes from NE.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light to moderate breezes from North and NNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Light to gentle breezes from North.

Engaged painting deck chests and odd jobs around decks. Got up steam in old launch for trial.

The following Yard men on board: 5 painters on deck house; 1 electrician in cabin; 2 ship fitters on yoke frames over sounding machine.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham left the ship on Court Martial duty.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs from NNW to North.

Finished painting upper deck.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs from North first part, then light ESE breezes.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light ESE breeze.


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22 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Gentle breezes from East and ExN.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Gentle breezes from ExN and East.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Light breezes from ExN.

Engaged painting laboratory and small parts of new work on berth deck, and around ship.

The following Yard workmen on board: 1 joiner in steerage on covering to steering gear; 1 joiner fitting furniture in staterooms; 2 ship fitters on yoke frames over sounding machine.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham left the ship at 10.00 to attend General Court Martial.

Absent over time: Henry King (Landsman), G.V. Rustholl (Seaman) and A.R. Hildebrandt (Seaman).


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Gentle to moderate breezes from East.

Engaged in same work, the same Yard workmen on board.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from East.

Henry King (Landsman) and G.V. Rustholl (Seaman) returned on board 12 hours over time and A.R. Hildebrandt (Seaman) 10½ hours over time.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light to gentle breezes from East.


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23 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Gentle breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Gentle to moderate breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Gentle to moderate breezes from East.

Engaged cleaning ship inside, painting steerage and steam launch.

N. McDonald (Landsman) and H.P. Doerr (Ordinary Seaman) returned on board 2 hours over time.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Ensign Stephen V. Graham left the ship to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cold. Gentle breezes from East.

Cleaning ship. Scrubbed ship outside. Painting steerage and steam launch.

Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris, USN, reported for duty on board this vessel, under orders from the Navy Department.

Lieutenant Commander Moser, Ensign Graham and Assistant Engineer McMorris left the ship at 1.00 on Court Martial duty.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold. Light to gentle breezes from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light to moderate breezes from East.


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24 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy, clearing last hour. Light breezes from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold. Light breeze from ExS and East.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser, Ensign Stephen V. Graham and Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris left the ship to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, cool. Light to gentle breezes from East.

Lieutenant Commander Moser, Ensign Graham, and Assistant Engineer McMorris left the ship to attend General Court Martial.

Ensign Stephen V. Graham, USN, was detached from this vessel by order of the Navy Department, and ordered to report to the Commandant immediately for duty on the USS “Adams”.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, cool. Light airs from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy. Cold. Calm.


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25 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy. Cold. Calm and light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and cold. Calm and light airs from East.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, cloudy and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes from East.

Inspected crew at 9.30.


From meridian to 4pm:

Overcast and cloudy, cool. Light airs from ESE and East.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs from East.


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26 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy, cold and damp. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Cloudy and foggy, cold. Light to gentle breezes from East.

At 7.45 got underway, left the wharf and moored with port chain to buoy No. 4.


From 8am to meridian:

Foggy first hour, then cloudy. Light to gentle breezes from SEbyE.

Shipped starboard accommodation ladder.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold. Light to gentle breezes from East.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy. Cold. Light airs to breezes from East.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cold. Light airs from East and calm.


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27 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy. Cold. Calm and light airs from East.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Calm.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs from East.

Engaged scraping anchor and painting steerage and hold. Took dory from Yard and hoisted it.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris left the ship at 9.30 to attend General Court Martial.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Light airs to breezes from East to SW.

Engaged on same work as in previous watch.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cold. Light airs from East shifting to NW last hour.


From 8pm to midnight:

Partly clear, cold. Calm and light airs from East, shifting to WSW last hour.


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28 December 1898

Mare Island, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Overcast, foggy. Light WSW airs first part, then calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Overcast, foggy. Calm. Light SW airs last hour.


From 8am to meridian:

Overcast, foggy. Clearing slightly last hour. Light airs to breezes between WbyS and SW.

Engaged scraping anchors, painting in laboratory and cleaning boats, preparatory to painting.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris left the ship at 9.30 to attend General Court Martial.

The USS “Yorktown” hauled out to buoy No. 3 at 1.00.


From meridian to 4pm:

Partly cloudy, cool. Gentle to moderate breezes from WSW and West.

Engaged in same work as in previous watch.

Lieutenant Commander Moser and Assistant Engineer McMorris left the ship at 1.00 to attend General Court Martial.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Partly cloudy, cool. Moderate breezes from West.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Moderate to stiff breezes from West, decreasing to gentle breezes at end.


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29 December 1898

Mare Island and Sausalito, California

Lat 38.10, Long -122.268


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cool. Light to gentle breezes from West and WNW.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Light to gentle breezes from WSW first part, then calm and light airs from NNW.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cold. Light airs from West to SSW.

Made preparations for getting underway.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser and Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris left the ship to attend General Court Martial.

The USS “Wheeling” left the Yard at 8.05.

Started the steam launch for Sausalito at 11.20. Cleaning boats and boat gear.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cold. Light passing rain showers last hour. Light airs from SW first hour, then moderate and stiff breeze from SW and SSW.

Got underway at 1.30 and started down the bay.

At 3.50 passing through Raccoon Strait and at 4.06 came to anchor in 3¼ fathoms water, 15 fathoms on starboard chain, ferry slip WNW¾W, Tiburon Point [Peninsula Point] NE½N, ship’s head SSW. Draught of ship 11’ 7” forward, 13’ 9” aft.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Light WSW airs and breezes.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Light airs from West.


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30 December 1898

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to 4am:

Clear and cold. Light airs to breezes from West.


From 4am to 8am:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes from West and NE.


From 8am to meridian:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from NE and East.

Engaged painting boats.


From meridian to 4pm:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from NE and SE.

Engaged painting boats.

By authority of the Bureau of Navigation, Leroy Church Hooker (Chief Yeoman) was discharged from the Naval Service at his own request.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs from SE.


From 8pm to midnight:

Clear and cold. Calm and light airs from North and NW.


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31 December 1898

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to 4am:

Partly cloudy. Cold. Calm.


From 4am to 8am:

Partly cloudy. Cold. Calm and light NW airs.


From 8am to meridian:

Cloudy and cold. Light WNW airs.

Engaged cleaning ship.


From meridian to 4pm:

Cloudy and cool, overcast last hour. Calm and light airs shifting from East to SE and SW.


From 4pm to 8pm:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs from SbyW.


From 8pm to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy. Light to gentle and moderate breezes from ESE and SE.



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1899


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1 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and rainy. Blowing stiff and fresh breezes from SSE and SE, increasing to moderate gale in squalls during middle of day, then falling to light airs and breezes at 1.30.

At 10.20 steamed ahead letting go port anchor to SE of starboard anchor, and veered to 20 fathoms on port chain. Hove port anchor to hawsepipe at 3.30.

Carl August Olsen (Seaman) returned on board 2 hours over time.


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2 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy and cool. Passing showers of rain during entire day. Light airs to breezes, with moderate breezes in rain squalls, shifting between SE and WSW, and settling from SW during afternoon and evening.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) absent from the ship without leave, he not returning in market boat.

T.M. Ward (Landsman) returned on board 1 hour 55 [minutes] over time, and O. Bergen (Oiler) returned on board 3½ hours over time.

At 9.40 got underway and stood 200 yards to South and let go starboard anchor in 3¾ fathoms water, soft mud, and veered to 15 fathoms on chain, wharf being SSW¼W, Club House WSW¼W, ship’s head S27°W.


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3 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Partly cloudy and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes between NW and SW, with gentle SW breeze during afternoon.

Engaged painting boats inside. Painted steam launch and starboard deck stateroom. Taking inventory of scientific department articles.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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4 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy and cold. Calm and light airs to breezes from NNE until noon, then from South to SW.

Engaged putting woodwork in boats. Shifted hammocks.

Absent without leave: Hans Jorgensen (Coxswain).

The following punishments were awarded by the Commanding Officer: Carl August Olsen (Seaman), 2 hours over time, 1 week quarantine; O. Bergen (Oiler), 3½ hours over time, reduced one class and 20 days’ restriction; T.M. Ward (Landsman), 1 hour 55 minutes over time, 1 week quarantine; U.G. Baker (Fireman 1st class), 2 hours over time, 1 week quarantine.

Enlisted for cruise not to exceed five years, F.W. Hutchinson, Landsman for Chief Yeoman, to date from December 31, 1898.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook), Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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5 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear, cold. Calm and light airs to breezes between SW and NW.

Scraped and varnished spars. Painted fore peak and hammock rails on berth deck.

Hans Jorgensen (Coxswain) returned on board 24 hours over time.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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6 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and cold first part. Overcast with moderate rain after 3.00pm. Light airs to gentle breezes from NW and WNW until 10.00am, then calm and light airs to breezes from SE and East, variable at times. Barometer falling.

Secured launch to buoy.

A. Bloumfeldt [Bloomfeldt in log] returned on board 2¼ hours over time.

By order of the Commanding Officer, F.W. Hutchinson (Landsman for Chief Yeoman) was rated Chief Yeoman to date from January 1, 1898.

Absent without leave: Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant).


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7 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy with moderate rain until 4.00pm. Calm and light airs to breezes from North to NW.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Absent without leave: Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant).


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8 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy during morning, then generally clear. Light airs to breezes from NNE first hour, then calm and light airs and breezes from SSW to NW.

The Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters at 9.30.

N. McDonald (Landsman) returned on board 3½ hours over time.

Absent without leave: Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant).


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9 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and cool. Moderate rain after midnight. Calm and light airs to breezes from WNW and NW until 9.00, then gentle to moderate and stiff breezes increasing to very fresh breezes in squalls from SE. Barometer falling rapidly.

At 7.45pm let go port anchor and veered to 30 fathoms on starboard chain.

Engaged painting deck staterooms.

George Ruhland (Coal Passer) returned on board 2½ hours over time.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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10 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and rainy. Clearing after 8.00pm. Moderate to stiff and fresh breezes increasing at times to strong gale from SE, shifting to South at 11.30am, to WSW at 2.00pm, then decreasing to light and gentle breezes.

Engaged painting staterooms.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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11 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear until 4.00am with light to moderate breezes from SSW, then overcast, cloudy, and rainy until 4.00pm with light to moderate breezes increasing to fresh breezes in squalls from SE and ESE; then light to moderate breezes from WNW to NNW. Barometer rising after 4.00pm.

Let go port anchor and veered to 30 fathoms on starboard chain. Hove up port anchor at 3.30.

Engaged cleaning wardroom and painting inside.

Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) and Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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12 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear, cool and pleasant. Calm and light airs to gentle breezes from NW and NNE; from SW during afternoon and evening.

Engaged cleaning and painting on inside of ship.

By order of the Commanding Officer, Ah Mann (Wardroom Cook) was declared a deserter to date from January 2nd, 1899.

Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) absent without leave.


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13 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Partly cloudy first part, then overcast with light continuous rain. Light airs to breezes from SSE and SE, with moderate to fresh breezes during afternoon.

Scrubbing ship outside.

By order of the Commanding Officer, Sing Chow (Mess Attendant) was declared a deserter to date from January 3rd, 1899.


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14 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy with light passing showers of rain during latter part of day. Light airs to breezes between SE and South with moderate breezes in squalls during first part.

Engaged cleaning ship.


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15 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy with light continuous rain. Light airs to breezes from SE to South first part, then light to moderate breezes increasing to fresh breezes in squalls from South to SW.


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16 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy and rainy, clearing in evening and then becoming foggy. Light to gentle breezes from SSE to SW, decreasing to calm and light airs during afternoon and evening.

Engaged in painting in wardroom and storerooms.


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17 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, foggy and damp with light drizzle at times; generally calm with light airs from NWbyN to North.

Engaged scrubbing deck house and painting odds and ends inside.


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18 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, foggy, and damp first part, then overcast and cloudy. Generally calm with light airs to breezes from NE to NW.

Painted laboratory deck. Engaged painting inside.


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19 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast first hours, then cloudy and pleasant. Generally calm with light airs shifting between NE and NW.

Engaged scraping bright work on deck and painting inside. Painted 1st cutter inside.

The US tug “Iroquois” left the harbor at 4.30pm.

The Revenue Cutter “McCullough” passed up the bay at 1.00pm.


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20 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to breezes from NNE shifting to WNW and NW, calm afternoon and evening.

Scrubbed ship outside.

Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris was detached from this vessel by telegraphic orders from the Navy Department and ordered to the USS “Philadelphia” at San Diego.


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21 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear, pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from NW to NNW.

Engaged cleaning ship.


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22 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from NE to NW with moderate to stiff breezes from NbyW during afternoon.

Inspected crew and ship at 9.30.


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23 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from NW.

Engaged taking dredging wire off dredging reel, cleaning and overhauling it.

The USS “Adams” passed up into San Pablo Bay at 1.00.

The USRC “Rush” came from the city and anchored SSW from this vessel, distant about 200 yards.


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24 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, calm and light airs to breezes between NE and NW, increasing to gentle breezes at end.

Finished taking dredging rope from reel, then started to oil and return to reel. Found wire in very good condition except a few fathoms at outer end.


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25 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, fine weather. Light airs to breezes from NW to NbyE. Calm and light shifting airs during middle of day.

Engaged sandpapering and oiling dredging wire and putting it back on reel. Hove in on starboard chain and took a number of turns out of it. Did not start anchor. Cut off 8 fathoms of bad end from wire, leaving 3760 fathoms on reel.


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26 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather. Light to moderate breezes from NbyE and NNE during early morning and evening. Calm and light airs to breezes from NW to NNW during day.

Overhauled capstan. Engaged painting in wardroom and odd jobs inside.


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27 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light airs to breezes from WNW and NW.

Scrubbed ship outside. Painting odd places inside.


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28 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, warm during middle of day. Calm and light airs to breezes from NW.

Engaged cleaning ship.

The Revenue Cutter “Rush” left her anchorage for a cruise in the bay, returning at 2.30, then leaving for San Francisco.


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29 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, warm during day. Light airs to breezes from NW.

Inspected crew at quarters at 9.30.

H.P. Doerr (Ordinary Seaman), Gustav Adolf Danilsen [D. Danilsen in log] (Quartermaster 2nd class), N. McDonald (Landsman) returned on board 2 hours over time.


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30 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather. Calm and light variable airs and breezes settling to WNW and NW at times.

Cleared starboard chain, taking five turns out of it. Replacing pipe in launch coil to replace one blown out. Scraping boat gear and painting odd jobs.

E.E. Bailey (Fireman 1st class) returned on board 24 hours over time from liberty.


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31 January 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, cool and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs first part, then gentle to stiff breezes in squalls from SW and West, decreasing to light airs at end.

Overhauling steam launch and painting poop rail.

Received on board the following stores: 3 dozen cup hooks, 3 dozen brass eyes, 7 yards 36” canvas, 4 pair shelf brackets, 1 bolt No. 6 canvas, 1 tape line 50 feet, 6 wire rope thimbles, 6 sheaves, 2 sail hooks, 10 lbs 8d wire nails, 3 joiner’s scraping tools, ¼ lb white glue, 10 lbs putty, 25 lbs black paint, 100 lbs white zinc, 2 lbs vermilion, 2 lbs white enamel, 2 lbs sienna, 1 lb umber, 20 gallons boiled oil, 15 gallons raw oil, 5 gallons turps, 2 gallons Japan dryer, 20 lbs orange shellac, 5 lbs white shellac, 3 pencil brushes, 6 paint brushes flat, 6 sash tools, 4 mess kettles, 12 table knives, 12 forks, 12 spoons, 1 dish pan, 6 soup kids, 2 slop buckets, 10 sheets soft brass, 25 lbs chloride lime, 1 stamp with pad complete “Cabin”, 1 reading glass, 10 gross assorted brass screws, 6 wash pans, 12 clamps ⅜” wire.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1899


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1 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cool. Light showers during morning and evening. Calm and light airs between East and SW first part, then light to gentle and moderate breezes from WSW and West.

H.E. Sutton (Landsman) returned on board 11 hours 45 minutes over time from liberty.


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2 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Partly cloudy, cool. Light passing showers during morning. Calm and light airs to gentle breezes between SW and NW with moderate breezes from West to NW during afternoon.

Engaged painting inside. Painted rail.


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3 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy first part, clearing at end. Light passing showers during morning and afternoon. Light airs to breezes from South to West first part, then from WNW and NW.

Scrubbed ship’s outside and painted moulding stripe around poop and forecastle.


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4 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light to moderate breezes from WSW and NW first hours, then calm and light variable airs settling from West during evening.

Engaged cleaning ship.


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5 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and cool. Light airs to gentle breezes from NW first part, then calm and light airs variable settling from WbyS.

Inspected crew at quarters at 9.30.

August Ludwig Adolf Meyer [Meyers in log] (Quartermaster 1st class) returned on board 1 hour over time from liberty.


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6 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear. Cool. Calm and light variable airs, with light breezes from NE to NW during middle of day.

Lowered fore yard across rail to overhaul all ironwork on it. Beached steam launch to scrub and paint her.


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7 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear, foggy over bay. Calm and light variable airs with light to gentle breezes from SW and SWbyW during afternoon.

Overhauling ironwork and sheave in fore yard and wedging quarter and shining bands which were very loose.

The USS “Iowa” came into the bay at 12.45pm.

Took steam launch off beach at 6.00am.


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8 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear, foggy during morning. Calm and light airs to breezes from NNW and NW, variable afternoon and evening.

Finished overhauling ironwork in fore yard, set it up and lowered topsail yard.


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9 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Foggy, clearing overhead afternoon and evening. Generally calm with light airs to breezes from East to SE during day.

Finished overhauling ironwork in topsail yard and set it up.


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10 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Foggy first part, then clear overhead. Calm and light airs to breezes, generally from SW to NW.

Engaged scrubbing paintwork inside and out.


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11 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Foggy first part, then clear. Calm and light airs to breezes shifting around the horizon.

Engaged cleaning ship.

Enlisted for three years, to date from February 1899, Lee Sam Chung (Mess Attendant).

The Japanese cruiser [possibly the Chitose, designed and built in San Francisco, and met again on 21 March] went outside.


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12 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Generally calm with light airs to breezes between WSW and SSW.

Inspected ship with crew at quarters.


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13 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear overhead, foggy over bay during first part, then clear. Calm with light variable airs, from SW to NW during afternoon.

Hove up starboard anchor and found two round turns around stock and stock slightly bent. Dropped port anchor while cleaning it, then dropped starboard anchor and veered to 15 fathoms after heaving up port anchor. Engaged scrubbing spars and smoke pipe.

Enlisted for 3 years’ general service, Lee Sam Chung (Mess Attendant), to date from January 27, 1899.


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14 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, foggy over bay during morning. Calm and light variable airs with light breezes at times from WSW and NW.

Cleaning boats. Made preparations for coaling ship.

Enlisted for 3 years’ general service, Ine Tie (Wardroom Cook), to date from January 30, 1899.


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15 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm and light airs between SE and WNW, with light breezes from NW afternoon and evening.

The schooner “Anna Aden” came alongside with coal at 7.36. Began coaling at 8.15 and finished at 1.30 having taken in 49.10 tons. Then cleaning ship.

The Revenue Cutter “Rush” came in and anchored at 2.10.


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16 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Gentle to moderate breezes from NW and NNW first hours, then calm and light airs to breezes from NW.

Painting windlass and under forecastle. Scrubbed paintwork inside. Overhauling steam launch.


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17 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs, generally between NW and SW.

Scrubbed ship outside.

The Revenue Cutter “Rush” left the harbor at 3.00pm.


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18 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Generally calm first part, then light to gentle breezes from North to NW.

Engaged cleaning ship.

The USS “Celtic” passed out at 7.30am.


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19 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather. Calm and light variable airs with light SW breezes during afternoon.

At 9.30 inspected ship and crew at quarters.


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20 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Generally calm, light airs to breezes from SE to SSW during early afternoon.

Hove in starboard anchor and dropped port anchor, veering to 15 fathoms. Found starboard chain badly kinked with a round turn around stock and anchor shackle spread. Cleared and hoisted it on bow.


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21 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm until 3.00pm, then light airs generally from North and West.

Cleaned ship. General work about decks.

Lieutenant John P. McGuinness, USN, detached from duty as Executive Officer and left this vessel at 3.00pm under orders to proceed immediately to Mare Island, California, and report to the Commandant of the Navy Yard [Commodore John Crittenden Watson] for duty on board USS “Nero”.

The following changes in rating to date from January 1, 1899: U.G. Baker, Fireman 1st class to Water Tender.

Discharged at own request, Authority Bureau of Navigation letter #156535 dated January 9th 1899, the following named men: Matta Jerron Hearne (Boatswain’s Mate 1st class), A.A. Jakobsen (Coxswain), G.V. Rustholl (Seaman), Hans Jorgensen (Coxswain), R. Huntington (Seaman), Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 1st class), U.G. Baker (Water Tender), Harvey Edward Johnston (Oiler), W.R. Jolliff (Water Tender), Charles Crater (Machinist 1st class), William Longan (Chief Machinist), Frank Leslie Stailey (Chief Yeoman), Edward Franklin Bond (Fireman 2nd class), Jack Ying (Wardroom Steward), L. Leon (Mess Attendant), Fred Whitney Airhart (Machinist 1st class), the latter to date from February 28th 1899, all others from this date.


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22 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, cloudless until 2.00pm. Calm until 9.00am and then light SE’ly airs, shifting at 2.00pm to light breeze from WSW, which hauled to SW at 8.00pm.

Dressed ship at sunrise, waterline to waterline fore and aft in honor of the birthday of Washington. Hauled down at sunset. No work going on.

Discharged at own request, Authority of Bureau of Navigation letter #156535 dated January 9, 1899: D. Sanders (Coal Passer), C.O. Shade (Seaman), John William Astrom (Master-at-Arms 1st class).

Enlisted for cruise not to exceed five years’ special service: G.V. Rustholl (Seaman), W.R. Jolliff (Fireman 1st class), A.A. Jakobsen (Seaman), R. Huntington (Seaman), Matta Jerron Hearne (Seaman), Harvey Edward Johnston (Fireman 1st class), Hans Jorgensen (Seaman), L. Leon (Mess Attendant), William Longan (Machinist 1st class), Francis Marion Green Jr. (Fireman 1st class), U.G. Baker (Fireman 1st class), Jack Ying (Wardroom Steward), Edward Franklin Bond [E.W. Bond in log] (Fireman 2nd class), Charles Crater (Machinist 1st class), Frank Leslie Stailey (Landsman for Chief Yeoman).

The following changes in ratings: Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Quartermaster 2nd class to Seaman; W.R. Jolliff, Fireman 1st class to Water Tender; A.A. Jakobsen, Seaman to Coxswain; Matta Jerron Hearne, Seaman to Boatswain’s Mate 1st class; Harvey Edward Johnston, Fireman 1st class to Oiler; Hans Jorgensen, Seaman to Coxswain; William Longan, Machinist 1st class to Chief Machinist; U.G. Baker, Fireman 1st class to Water Tender; Frank Leslie Stailey, Landsman to Chief Yeoman.


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23 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant generally. Light to gentle breezes from Southward and Westward, with frequent strong squalls or woolies during the pm. Barometer falling.

At 8.00am sighted port anchor and made preparations for mooring ship. Steam on main engine at this time. Laid out starboard anchor in 3 fathoms, soft bottom, veered to 30 fathoms backing inshore and towards ferry slip, and then let go port anchor in 4 fathoms, soft bottom, veered to 15 fathoms outside on port, and hove in starboard chain to 15 fathoms at same time, shackling both to mooring swivel at water’s edge. Banked fires again at 9.00am. Port anchor fouled when sighted. Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madrona in log] anchored off Pacific Yacht Club grounds at 12.10pm.

Enlisted for cruise not to exceed five years’ special service: M.D. Johnson as Coal Passer.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following change was made in rating: R. Huntington, Seaman to Quartermaster 2nd class.

Sent flat boat into head of cove for sand.


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24 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant generally. Light breeze with occasional moderate squalls from WNW and NW until 5.00am, then light airs from NW until 2.00pm, variable until 7.00, when light to gentle breezes from NW. Barometer rising.

Cleaned ship’s side with fresh water and soap. Made screen for forward deck house ladder. Repaired forecastle screen. Painted iron door starboard side wardroom companionway. Otherwise general work and cleaning up about decks.

Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madrona in log] left the anchorage at 7.00am.


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25 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant generally. Gentle breeze from NW until 3.00am, light Westerly airs until 1.00pm, moderate breeze from SW with frequent squalls until 4.00pm, when veered to Northward and Westward, squalls continuing except from 6.00 to 8.00, when the wind was light and steady. Barometer rising.

Cleaned ship for Sunday inspection and wiped the side. Sent liberty party ashore at 1.00pm.

H.E. Sutton (Landsman) returned from liberty 34 hours over time at 6.00pm. By order of the Commanding Officer confined him in double irons for five days for overstaying leave and gross deception.


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26 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Bright moonlight in evening. Light airs from NW until 8.00am, from South until 11.00am, light to gentle breeze from SW until sunset, then light airs from same direction with occasional calm intervals. Barometer rising.

Cleaned up about the decks, and at 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters and talked to them about conduct classes, defining what will be permitted in the way of liberty and special privileges. Inspected ship forward. No other work going on.


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27 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant generally, but growing chilly towards evening. Commenced clear and closed overcast, clouding over from about 4.00pm. Calm until 5.00am, light variable airs until 11.00am, then light breeze from SW remainder of time, with occasional woolies between noon and sunset. Barometer high and steady.

Cleaned up the decks in the am. Chipped blisters on bunker plates starboard gangway. Scraped grease spots on main deck and whitewashed port gangway. Inspected after compartment and found it clean. Found four sweeping tap bolts in wake of starboard propeller governor chamber. Sent flat boat on shore to be repaired. Broke out handy-billy pump from hold for repairs. Distilling into port tank. Deck machinist overhauled pump to new launch.

Paymaster William W. Barry, USN, reported on board as relief of Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley, USN, detached under orders to report to Commandant at Mare Island immediately, for duty on “Nero”.

Paymaster Barry left ship at 1.00pm and Assistant Paymaster Insley at 3.00pm. The duty of Paymaster Barry is in addition to his other duties at Mare Island.


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28 February 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy, generally disagreeable. Light drizzle at intervals between 6.00am and 8.00am and light drizzling rain from 4.00pm to midnight. Barometer high but falling slightly. Light breeze generally from Southward, with frequent moderate squalls during pm.

Washed down with sand. Repaired outside grating on starboard side. Overhauled locks on drum room door and laboratory door. Received flat boat from boat builder on shore. Scraping airport rims in laboratory.

At 10.00am by order of Commanding Officer, released H.E. Sutton (Landsman) from confinement.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1899


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1 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy until noon, then clearing and generally pleasant during pm. Light drizzling rain from midnight until 11.00am. Thick to seaward all the time. Barometer steady. Light to gentle breeze from South from midnight to 4.00am, from SSE until 7.00am, when hauled to SW and from that direction remainder of the time. Frequent stiff woolies between 9.00am and noon.

Crew employed at light work about decks. Repaired port grating outside wardroom companionway. Finished scraping airport rims in lower laboratory. Caulked four leaky tap bolts in wake of starboard propeller governor chamber.

Received in Deck Department from Madison, Bruce and Sellers, the following material: 15 feet 2” suction hose for handy-billy pump and 2 leather valves for same.


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2 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant until 11.00am, then light passing drizzling showers until 3.00am, after which clearing to pleasant weather again. Light breeze from SW generally, with frequent moderate to strong squalls between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. Barometer rising.

Washed down and scrubbed port gangway with sand. Scrubbed ship’s side with soap and fresh water where necessary. Otherwise engaged in general work about decks.


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3 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Generally calm, occasional light variable airs between 8.00am and 8.00pm. Barometer high and rising.

Cleaned paintwork about deck houses, and cleaned up about the decks.

Received in Deck Department: 2 valves for handy-billy pump, 2 small bulls eyes, and 14 lbs marine glue. Sent copper boiler, starboard side galley range, on shore for repairs.

Discharged at own request on authority of Bureau of Navigation letter #156535 of 9th January 1899 the following named men from the Naval Service, viz: M.M. Costa, Oiler; O. Bergen, Oiler; E.E. Bailey, Fireman 2nd class; H.E. Sutton, Landsman; N. McDonald, Landsman; George Ruhland, Coal Passer; R.A. Hildebrandt [Hilderbrandt in log], Seaman; John Jacobsen, Seaman; Carl August Olsen, Seaman in charge of hold; J. Harder, Ordinary Seaman; G. Leininga [Leiniga in log], Fireman 1st class. War discharge given to all except Sutton, whose retention is not desired and who received a small discharge.

Enlisted in special service for cruise not to exceed five years, M.A. Larsen, Seaman.

American ship “St. Nicholas” came in and secured alongside coal bunkers at Sausalito Ferry at 1.20pm.


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4 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, cloudless and pleasant. Calm until 7.00am, light NW airs until noon, variable airs then until 4.00pm, when fell calm again. Barometer high and falling.

Cleaned up ship for Sunday. Sent liberty party ashore at 1.00pm. Inspected engine, fire and drum rooms. Received copper boiler from repairs on shore.

Enlisted for cruise not to exceed five years, specialized service: Carl August Olsen, Seaman, and O. Bergen, Fireman 1st class. Rated O. Bergen from Fireman 1st class to Oiler, and placed Carl August Olsen, Seaman, in charge of hold from this date.


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5 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 7.00am, light NW’ly airs and breeze until sunset, then calm. Barometer falling.

Inspected crew at quarters at 9.30am. Inspected ship except Engineer’s Department. Sent liberty party ashore at 10.00am.


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6 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light NW’ly airs. Barometer falling.

Inspected pins and keys of moorings. Backed chains from water line to hawsepipes. Preparing flat boat for painting and dinghy for varnishing. Received in Deck Department: one sail hook and one gallon black stack paint. Touching up paintwork about the decks. Whitewashed spots about decks, chiefly in port gangway.

Under orders from Commandant at Mare Island, James S. Mitchell, USN, Clerk to Paymaster William W. Barry, USN, reported on board at 10.00am for temporary duty in connection with the accounts of this vessel; he left at 1.00pm.

At 1.20pm an English ship anchored in Richardson Bay.


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7 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant generally, foggy to seaward from 4.00am to 7.00am. Light airs from SW greater part of the time, with stronger gusts occasionally from Hurricane Gulch. Barometer rising.

At 6.10am American ship “St. Nicholas” left Sausalito ferry wharf under tow towards San Francisco.

Scrubbed down decks with sand. Chipped and scraped deck bunker plates and gratings preparatory to painting. Painted flat boat outside. Painted coamings in wardroom pantry, and hatch to wardroom pantry storeroom. Scraped and painted underside of sounding machine platform. Overhauling sounding wire.

At 2.30pm sent seining party in dory on beach ahead of ship. Party returned at 3.36 with a number of specimens alive, which were placed in the upper laboratory aquaria.

Assistant Paymaster Hugh R. Insley on board from 10.00am to 3.00pm.


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8 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant until 7.00am, after which generally overcast and threatening remainder of the time, with light passing drizzle and mist at long intervals. Calm until 7.00am, then light airs and breeze from Southward and Westward. Barometer steady.

Cleared up about the decks. Placed cheek blocks on main sail in each gangway for after guy of lower booms. Repaired seine. Made wood bed for handy-billy pump and mounted handy-billy pump on it.

Steam yacht “El Primero” came in and secured at moorings off the ferry slip early in the pm.


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9 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and generally pleasant weather, though cool. Light breeze from Southward and Westward greater part of the time, with frequent strong and moderate squalls between noon and sunset. Barometer rising.

Washed down with sand. Lowered cutter at 8.30am and prepared it for use as water boat; hoisted it at 1.15pm. Painted forward bulkhead and hatch coamings in berth deck. Lifted heavy iron sinker from its rings in forward starboard bulwarks and chipped and red leaded both. Touched up spots about the deck with straw color. Chipped, cleaned, painted, and corked sockets of rail stanchions abreast of cutter.

Signed crew for rations.

Steam launch broke the high pressure valve stem on the 12.50pm trip. Towed her back and placed under repairs.

USS “Brutus” passed up the bay towards Mare Island at 9.00am.


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10 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Generally calm until noon, then gentle breeze from SWd with frequent strong and moderate squalls until sundown, after which light Westerly airs. Barometer falling.

Lowered first cutter and made it ready for water; completed repairs to steam cutter and got steam on it; when trying engine, low pressure link broke. Made repairs and ready for work again at 9.00am. Took five loads of water at an average of about 600 gallons each, during the day, a load covering the midship thwarts holds about 750 gallons, but could not load so deep in pm. Filled forward boiler with about 3000 gallons, or up to manhole plates. Used handy-billy pump with success.

In accordance with telegraphic instructions from the Fish Commissioner, made preparations for transferring Sigsbee sounding machine and other special apparatus to Captain Frank Greene [Green in log], Signal Corps, US Army.

Transferred spare wire to light Baird reel, and temperature wire to old heavy Baird reel.

Received for making cases: 7 planks redwood lumber.

Hired a carpenter from Smith’s Shipyard, Sausalito, at 3.00pm, who left at 5.00pm.

Captain Frank Greene [Green in log], US Army, called on board at 11.50am to consult with Commanding Officer; left at 3.00pm.

Yacht “El Primero” left her mooring at 9.45am and stood towards San Francisco.


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11 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant until 3.00am, then generally overcast until noon, after which fair to clear and pleasant. Light passing drizzles between 5.00am and 7.00am, and [between] 9.30am and noon. Light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward until 7.00pm, then calm. Occasional moderate squalls between 1.00pm and 3.00pm. Barometer falling.

Scrubbed paintwork throughout ship, washed decks with sand and cleaned ship for Sunday.

Machinists dismounted Sigsbee sounding machine. Carpenter from shore at work with ship’s Carpenter making cases for sounding apparatus to be shipped East.

At 11.25am tug “Governor Perkins” came in, steamed around the point and passed up Raccoon Straits.


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12 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 9.00am, light variable airs until meridian, then light and gentle breezes from Westward with frequent moderate squalls between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. Barometer falling.

Cleared up ship for inspection. No work going on. Sent liberty party ashore at 10.00am.

At 3.15 sent steam launch to pick up young man adrift in a skiff astern of ship; towed him to San Francisco Yacht Club House.


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13 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant, clouding over last hour. Gentle breeze from West and NW until 5.00pm, after which light airs and breeze from SW. Frequent strong and moderate squalls between 11.00am and 5.30pm. Barometer steady.

Cleaned up ship about the decks. Carpenter from shore on board casing sounding apparatus. Steam launch under repairs to machinery in forenoon.

Boxed securely and delivered to Sausalito agent of Wells-Fargo Express, ten packages of sounding apparatus, as follows: Sigsbee sounding engine and machine; sounding machine parts; heavy built-up Baird reel; Navy type cast steel reel with 4316 fathoms #11 wire; measuring reel and wooden bed for same; 23 Sigsbee sounding rods or cylinders; 20 Tanner improved thermometer cases; 20 Negretti & Zambra self-registering Fahrenheit thermometers; 2 clock-work reel registers.

Above to be expressed to Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Maxfield, Signal Corps, US Army, New York City, and all packages so marked.

C.O. Andersson [not mentioned before; possibly a missing addition to crew], Ordinary Seaman, returned from liberty two hours over time.


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14 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, rainy, and stormy. Light airs from Southward until 3.00am, gradually freshening from same direction until 8.00am, after which and for rest of time, moderate breeze with frequent fresh squalls, generally from the Southward. Barometer falling all day.

Made preparations for coaling. Scow schooner “Anna Aden” anchored on port quarter at 7.30am. Too stormy to coal.

USRC “Rush” came in and anchored at 1.30pm.


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15 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and disagreeable, rainy, squally and stormy. Fresh breeze with frequent heavier squalls from South until 6.00am, then strong breeze with very fresh squalls from SSE until 11.00pm, when hauled to SxW, moderating about same time. Barometer falling. Raining greater part of day.

No work going on outside. Finished new slop-chute. Inspected after compartment inside wardroom. Found a couple of buckets of water in bilge, due to a leaky tap bolt. Cleaned compartment and caulked leaky bolt-head.

Served out clothing and small stores. At 8.15pm sent steam launch inshore to secure for the night.


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16 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and stormy, gradually moderating until about 6.00am, after which generally fair and pleasant weather. Light breeze from SW with frequent fresh squalls, until 6.00am; light Easterly airs until noon; light to gentle breeze from SSW until sunset, after which light Westerly airs. Barometer rising slowly.

All hands at 5.30am and made preparations for coaling ship. Lowered pulling boats and secured them to buoys inshore. Steam launch returned to ship at 7.30 and banked fires; using yawl as running boat. Scow schooner “Anna Aden” made fast on port side at 7.10am. Began coaling at 8.00am; knocked off at 10.00am, resumed at 10.20am and at 11.55am finished, having received 50.22 tons, Comox coal. Cleaned up paintwork about decks in the pm.


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17 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light breeze and airs from NW until 8.00am, variable until meridian, from SWd until 8.00pm, after which calm. Barometer rising.

Cleaned ship’s side and scrubbed paintwork about the decks. Scrubbed mainmast. Painted handy-billy. Repaired locks in two deck house doors.


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18 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant until 2.00pm, after which overcast and cloudy. Calm until 9.00am, light NW breeze until 11.00am, calm again until about 1.00pm, and then light and gentle breeze from SW. Barometer falling during pm.

Cleaned ship fore and aft for inspection. Inspected fore-passage and berth deck. Sent liberty party ashore at 1.00pm.


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19 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and disagreeable weather. Passing showers from 4.00am to 7.00am, and raining moderately between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Calm until 4.00am, light airs from SSE until 8.00am, light breeze from SE until noon, variable airs until 3.00pm, light breeze with occasional fresh squalls from SE until 8.00pm, after which light airs from SW. Barometer falling.

Cleared up about decks.

At 9.30 held inspection of crew at quarters, and inspected berth deck, forecastle, steerage, hold laboratories, engine and fire rooms, wardroom, and after orlop.

At 12.05pm steam cutter blew out a tube in lower coil and was laid up for repairs; used dinghy for running boat.

At 3.30pm Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser left the ship under orders of the Navy Department to report to Commandant at Mare Island for physical examination.

A.A. Jakobsen, Coxswain, and Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Seaman, absent without leave. C. Knudsen [not mentioned before; possibly a missing addition to crew], Ordinary Seaman, returned from liberty in disorderly condition five hours over time.


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20 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Variable weather. Overcast and cloudy, with passing showers of light mist and drizzling rain between midnight and 5.00am, [between] 8.00am and 9.00am, [between] 1.00pm and 2.00pm, and [between] 4.00pm and 5.00pm. Light airs and breezes in am, varying between SE and SW; in pm light and gentle breezes from SSW. Barometer rising.

Washed down decks. Took two loads of water in cutter from Sausalito, averaging about 700 gallons each. Put first load in port tank as it came from boat; second load in starboard tank was run through distiller in engine room. Considerable sediment in water, but perfectly palatable. Engineer’s force repaired boiler of steam launch. Seized on dinghy’s strong back. Cleaned first cutter inside.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser returned from duty at Mare Island at 7.20pm.

Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Seaman, returned from liberty on liquor and 34 hours over time.

Fire in Sausalito broke out about 7.30pm and died away about 8.00pm.

USRC “Rush” got underway and stood out of Sausalito Anchorage at 10.30am. Returned at 3.00pm and anchored about cable’s length ahead of this vessel, bearing SbyE (psc).

At 3.20pm Rush weighed again and shifted anchorage to about former berth, 3 cables’ length, bearing SEbyS (psc), ship’s head SbyE (psc).

Rated G.V. Rustholl, Seaman, to Master-at-Arms 1st class, to date from March 1st, 1899.


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21 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and disagreeable weather. Fine rain and mist almost constantly. Light airs, generally from SWd until 6.00pm, when fell calm. Barometer rising until noon, then falling.

Scrubbed port gangway and squilgeed down. Sent dory for sand and filled sand locker. Found good sand at head of cove near Pacific Yacht Club House. Scrubbed side screens and curtains. Made man rope for forward deckhouse ladder.

Japanese cruiser “Chitose” passed out of San Francisco Bay at 2.00pm.

USS “Adams” passed down towards San Francisco.

At 1.30pm exercised deck hands in whale boat from 3.15pm to 3.45pm.

Engineer's force repairing after boiler.

A.A. Jakobsen returned on board at 7.30am, 47 hours over time.


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22 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, boisterous, wet and disagreeable weather. Raining almost continuously. Calm until 2.30am, then light SE airs until 8.00am, increasing from same direction to moderate breeze at noon; remainder of time moderate breeze from SSE and South, with frequent fresh and very fresh squalls. Barometer falling.

Broke out forepeak, cleaned it, and restowed. Put rope beckets on all coaling baskets needing handles. Broke out bedding in after orlop stateroom and inspected it and the compartment; found latter clean and dry. Sewed out clean hammocks. Machinists finished repairs to after boiler, and at 2.20pm started fires in it. Steam formed in after boiler at 10.30pm and opened stop-valve at 11.45pm allowing fires to then die out in forward boiler. Sent steam launch in at 3.30pm on account of weather; it returned at 5.00pm and was sent for the night at 5.40pm with two men.


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23 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, boisterous, wet, and disagreeable weather; fine rain almost constantly. Moderate breeze with frequent fresh squalls from SSE until 6.00am, then light breeze from SEbyS until 11.00am, after which light and gentle breezes from South with occasional strong squalls. Barometer steady.

Cleaned paintwork about deckhouse. Made a fender for first cutter. Painted linen locker and silver closet in cabin.

Yacht “Josephene” came in and anchored on starboard quarter at 4.50pm.


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24 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, wet, and disagreeable. Fine rain and mist until 8.00pm, after which foggy until 10.00pm when clearing. Gentle breeze with frequent strong squalls from SSE until 6.00am, light Southerly airs and breezes until 3.00pm, light and gentle breezes from SSW until 8.00pm, veering then West and at midnight was from West. Barometer falling.

Cleaned ship’s side. Slacked off port chain to hang in a bight and slushed mooring swivel. Inspected anchorage at noon, letting go about a cable length on the port quarter at 12.10pm, bearing SSE, ship’s head NW (psc).

At 1.30 “Rush” got underway again and stood towards San Francisco.

Discharged at his own request, authority Bureau of Navigation letter #156535, dated 9th January 1899, Gustav Adolf Danilsen, Seaman.

The following changes in rating were made, to date from the 4th instant: Francis Marion Green Jr., from Fireman 1st class to Oiler, and Edward Franklin Bond, Fireman 2nd class to Fireman 1st class.


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25 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light breeze generally from SW. Barometer steady.

Cleaned ship for Sunday inspection.

Received in Deck Department the following stores: 7 yards wide canvas; 3 gallons Stockholm tar; 1 gallon coal tar; 1 gallon tar oil; 50 lbs white zinc; 5 lbs seizing stuff, 6-thread; 1 sack laundered rags; 1 pitch ladle.

USTS “Pensacola” passed down the bay in the afternoon, in tow of Navy Yard tug.

Sent liberty party ashore at 1.00pm. Sent hammocks to laundry.


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26 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light local airs until noon, then light breeze from SW until 7.00pm, after which calm again. Barometer steady.

Cleared up about the decks.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters. Inspected berth deck, hold, forecastle, steerage storerooms, engine and fire rooms, and wardroom. Sent liberty party ashore at 10.30am.


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27 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather until sundown, when clouded over and during the evening was boisterous and threatening. Calm until 2.00pm, after which gentle breeze from SW with frequent strong squalls from 6.00pm on. Barometer rising.

Washed down decks. Laid steam launch up for repairs, using dinghy for running boat. Removed the hawse bucklers, losing the starboard one overboard; chipped and painted the other. Made preparations for painting ship. Towed old steam launch to the beach, close to Smith’s yacht ways at 1.00pm. Smoothed side for painting. Lowered steam gig and new launch into the water to soak up. Gig making water forward but launch dry. Touched up port side with white lead.

At 9.30pm sent Coxswain of steam launch in to the beach to get his boat up with the higher night tide, secure it, and stay by until boat settled on the beach again.


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28 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, boisterous, and disagreeable weather. Passing showers between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. Gentle breeze from SSE and South until noon, after which and until 8.00pm light breeze from Southward and Westward, and from 8.00pm to midnight light airs from SW. Frequent strong and moderate local squalls from beginning until sunset. Barometer falling.

Repairing steam launch on beach; gave it priming coat on outside. Made five pear-shaped fenders for first cutter. Overhauled paint locker. Made new battens and fitted a fan-tail skeg on flat boat.

Machinist Charles Crater left ship to visit Risdon Iron Works [later purchased and included in Union Iron Works].

Removed vertical battens over ends of planking in water-closet bulkheads, both sides forecastle, and chipped and red leaded iron work.

G.V. Rustholl, Master-at-Arms 1st class, returned from liberty two (2) hours over time.


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29 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather generally. Light breeze from SWd until sunset, when fell calm. Frequent moderate local squalls between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Barometer steady.

Found old steam launch on port bilge on the beach in the morning, having been floated off her shores. Machinist and helper repairing boilers and engines. Sunk harness cask on beach near Smith’s ways to swell up. Painted steam launch outside. Put iron shoe on flat boat skeg and fan-tail. Took port hawse buckler apart and chipped and red leaded it. Pumped out landing float ashore and made a fender for it. Machinist Charles Crater visited the Risdon Iron Works.

At 4.30pm USRC “Rush” crossed entrance to Raccoon Straits with USS “Thetis” in tow.


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30 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally pleasant weather though cloudy. Calm until 6.00am, light airs and breezes from Southward and Eastward until noon, then gentle breeze from SW to West and WSW with frequent strong squalls until sunset, after which calm again. Barometer steady.

At 1.00am sighted steam launch on beach. Machinist and helper repairing machinery during day; also had it painted outside. Lowered boats, wet down and sanded decks, then tarred and blacked down rigging fore and aft. Pay Clerk James S. Mitchell came on board at 10.00am and paid monthly money, signed crew for rations and on rolls.

British ship “Brenda” came into port at 4.00pm in tow of tug “Sea King”. Grounded several times trying to pass inshore and finally anchored, to await higher tide, at 5.30pm.


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31 March 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather generally. Calm until 6.00am, then light Southerly airs until noon, then light and gentle breezes from SSW and SW. Barometer rising.

At 12.30am got old steam launch off the beach and anchored her in cove ahead of ship.

At 1.50am the British ship “Brenda” was placed alongside ferry bunkers.

At daylight found a foot of water in new steam launch which lay at the boom; pumped it out. Open cock on syphon the cause. Finished blacking down. Found brace pennants in poor condition, being very rusty and quite brittle. Sent first cutter in for water. Took 2 loads in forenoon, amounting to 1300 gallons, which filled the wing tanks. Cleaned ship’s side. Laid up dinghy and ran yawl as regular boat. Ran trial trip of new steam launch, which was entirely satisfactory. Finished repairs to old launch and varnished the decks of it. Gave steam gig a trial which was satisfactory, but later, while lying at the boom, a nipple on the separator blew out necessitating repairs.

M.A. Myrick, Coal Passer, transferred to USRS “Independence” by order of Bureau of Navigation letter of 21st March 1899, #165817 – JMH Naval collier crossed opening of Raccoon Straits at 2.15pm headed towards Mare Island.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1899


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1 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant generally; light drizzle 9.00am to 11.00am. Generally calm in am, with light and infrequent local airs; light and gentle breezes from Southward and Westward between 1.00pm and 6.00pm, then calm with occasional light Westerly airs. Barometer falling in am, and rising after 6.00pm.

Washed down decks with sand. Cleaned deckhouse paintwork. Placed old steam launch in commission as running boat. Made repairs to steam gig. Hoisted and cradled steam gig and new steam launch. Found clinch pins to cradle irons of steam launch too short, and in need of alteration.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works in San Francisco on duty.

Sent liberty party on shore at 1.00pm.

USRC “Bear” passed down bay towards San Francisco.

Enlisted for four years, general service, Ah Lee, Landsman.


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2 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally fair and pleasant weather; thick and slightly misty between 4.00am and 7.00am. Light breeze from WSW until 8.00am, then light SW’ly airs until noon; gentle breeze with occasional moderate squalls from SW between noon and 5.00pm, after that occasional light SW’ly airs. Barometer rising.

Cleared up deck and wiped up paintwork for inspection.

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

Sent liberty party ashore at 10.30am.

Mr. Badlam of the Risdon Iron Works visited the ship on business.

A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman, and Henry King, Landsman, returned on board 31 hours over time from liberty.

Enlisted for four years, general service, Lee Park Lin, as Mess Attendant.

M.A. Larsen, Seaman, returned on board tight.


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3 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather. Calm until 8.00am; light Easterly airs then until noon; from 1.00pm to 5.00pm light SW’ly airs, then calm. Barometer steady.

Washed down and scrubbed decks with sand. Cleaned up tar spots about paintwork. Chipped blistered paintwork in skid beams. Scraped blisters and sandpapered down lower masts. Cleaned engines and bilges of steam gig and new steam launch. Painted cover of cable compressor. Sent Carpenter ashore for plank of redwood. Made new vertical battens to cover ends of planks on water-closet bulkheads, each side forecastle.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works in San Francisco on duty.

H.W. Storch, Ship’s Cook 2nd class, returned on board 1 hour 40 minutes over time from liberty.

Government transport passed up bay towards Mare Island at 10.00am.


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4 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Foggy from 2.00am to 10.00am, otherwise clear and pleasant weather. Calm in am, light and gentle breeze from SW from noon until 6.00pm, then light intermittent local airs and calm remainder of time. Barometer falling.

Cleared up about the decks. Strained oil from reel tank, getting about 12 gallons. Then sent tank ashore and cleaned it, after which scraped it and found it generally in good condition. Some small leaks may be remedied with solder. Brought harness cask on board from shore where it had been left to soak up; not yet tight – probably will require new bottom. Cleaned all pulling boats.

Put leather on yawl oars and rigged new set oar locks for same boat. Machinist made lanyard holes in oar locks of whale boat and dinghy. Carpenter made walnut finger plates for four doors under forecastle.

Sandpapered foremast. Scraping blisters and sandpapering fore yard.


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5 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 10.00am, then light airs to gentle breezes from SW until 5.00pm, after which calm again. Barometer rising.

Scrubbed funnel and prepared it for paint. Touched up spots on yards and masts. Preparing deckhouse coamings for paint. Red leaded skid frames topside. Repaired reel tank. Rove off lanyards on whale boat and dinghy oar locks.

Discharged H.W. Storch (Ship’s Cook 2nd class) and Ah Fong (Landsman) at own request, authority of Bureau of Navigation letter 156,535, dated 9th January 1899.


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6 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 6.00am, light variable airs until 2.00pm, calm until 8.00pm, then light variable airs. Barometer falling.

Painting yards, masts, and funnel straw color. Scraping blistered paint on topsides.

Enlisted for four years, general service, Ah Fong, Landsman, and rated him Ship’s Cook 2nd class from same date.

At 2.15pm USRC “Bear” came in and anchored in port quarter, bearing NE⅛N (psc).

At 3.25pm “Bear” shifted anchorage to a position about a cable’s distance, bearing ExS (psc), ship’s head NNW½W (psc).


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7 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light airs and breezes between 7.00am and 3.00pm from NW, otherwise calm. Barometer falling.

Wiped off deckhouse paintwork and finished painting with straw color. Received: 1000 gallons fresh water in Deck Department, and 2200 in Engineer’s Department. Made 5 loads with first cutter. Put water in forward boiler and filled up wing tanks in hold.

Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser visited the Risdon Iron Works on duty.

By order of Commanding Officer made the following changes in rating, to date from the instant: A. Wolf from Landsman to Ordinary Seaman; C. Knudsen from Ordinary Seaman to Seaman, and C.O. Andersson from Ordinary Seaman to Seaman.


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8 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather until 5.00pm, then foggy about the bay except at anchorage, where it was clear overhead. Calm until 4.00am, then light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward until 8.00pm, and after that hour gentle breeze with frequent moderate squalls from SW. Barometer steady.

Washed decks with sand and wiped off ship’s sides. Laid steam cutter up for repairs in forenoon, using dinghy for running boat.

Received the following stores in Deck Department: 150# white lead; 100# red lead; 1 gallon stack paint; 20# Prince’s brown metallic paint; 75# [?] zinc; 3# Venetian red; 5# paste dryer; 2 gallons spar composition; 20# Harrison’s yellow ochre; 6 gallons rubber paint, lead color.

Commanding Officer called officially on USRC “Bear”.


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9 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Foggy until 8.00am then generally fair though cool weather. Light breeze with frequent squalls from SW until 5.00am, then light airs from SE until 10.00am, after that gentle breeze with frequent strong and moderate squalls from SW until 7.00pm, from which time light SW’ly airs. Barometer rising.

Removed tracing lines from rigging and hauled taut the gear. Cleared up for inspection.

At 9.30 Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters and made usual Sunday inspection of ship.

At 7.35am British ship “Brenda” left ferry wharf under tow towards San Francisco.


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10 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm and infrequent light variable airs in am, light airs and breezes from Southward and Westward between 1.00pm and 8.00pm, light Southerly airs until 11.00pm, when fell calm. Barometer falling.

Scrubbed decks with sand. Scrubbed grass at waterline. Shifted slop chute to starboard side, scrubbing port side where it had been. Touching up rust spots about water line. Painted port side lower bridge with lead color. Mixed white paint for the ship’s side.

By order of the Commanding Officer the following change in rating was made from this date: Fong Jung, Cabin Steward to Mess Attendant.


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11 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until noon, then light and gentle breezes from SW until 6.00pm, after which light airs from same direction. Barometer falling.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works on duty.

Two workmen from Risdon Iron Works on board taking measurements and sketching, 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Commanding Officer USRC “Bear” [First Lieutenant David Henry Jarvis] paid an official visit on board.

Discharged Fong Jung [Jung Fong in log], Mess Attendant, at his own request, authority of Bureau of Navigation letter #156,535, dated 9th January 1899.

Painting ship outside.


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12 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light variable airs. Barometer falling.

Painting ship outside. Made tarpaulin for passageway in hold.

F.B. McClendon, Water Tender, returned 26 [hours] over time from liberty.


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13 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until noon, then light and gentle breezes from SWd until sunset, after which calm again. Barometer steady.

Lowered first cutter and hauled it out to buoy. Finished painting side. Commenced painting waterways. Took in port chain from mooring swivel. Engaged blacksmith on shore to do some necessary work. Removed blocks from first cutter’s davit-heads for alteration. Sent port hawse buckler on shore.

At 2.30pm Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madroña in log] came in and anchored ¼ mile distant, bearing SE (psc), ship’s head SW (psc). Anchored steam launch in cove for the night and made preparations to overhaul it.


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14 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 6.00am, light airs chiefly from Southward and Westward until 4.00pm, after which light breezes from same direction. Barometer normal.

Finished painting waterways. Painted molding of deck house and new work forward end deck house. Machinists repaired old steam launch at anchor in cove. Sent flat boat on beach to be cleaned out.

Mr. Badlam of the Risdon Iron Works came on board to make preparations for overhauling engines.

Painting cabin pantry and deckhouse skylights.

Received two treble and two double blocks from blacksmith shop on shore.

US Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madroña in log] left anchorage at 6.20am.

USRC “Rush” steamed past at 3.00pm.


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15 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally fair and pleasant weather. Gentle breeze from SWd with frequent moderate and strong squalls from noon to 5.00pm. Barometer rising.

Cleared up about decks and topsides. Put steam cutter in commission again. Rigged treble blocks instead of double for first cutter and rove off new falls for same. Brought cutter in from mooring buoy; and brought flat boat back from beach. Inspected fore peak passage, magazine, brig, and dredge and equipment storerooms; found in good condition. Inspected after compartment under wardroom; found chamber of port propeller governor weeping. Plugged it, bled starboard chamber, and dried out bilge. Inspected bilge under after orlop passage and pay stores – in good condition. Found bilges under wardroom pantry storeroom dirty and wet. Removed about 6 buckets water – need further attention.

At 1.30pm USS “Nero” passed down towards San Francisco.


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16 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light breeze from NWbyW between 4.00am and 9.00am, otherwise light SW’ly airs. Barometer falling.

Washed down decks and cleaned up for inspection.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters and made usual Sunday inspection of holds and living spaces.

Sent liberty party ashore at 10.30am.

USRC “Corwin” passed in about 5.15pm.


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17 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 8.00am, light Southerly airs until noon, then light breeze with frequent moderate squalls from SW until 8.00pm, after which light airs and breezes from same direction.

Scraping main rail preparatory to painting. Chipped blistered paint from deckhouse rail. Finished painting cabin pantry. Got stream anchor on port bill-block on forecastle head and shackled it to port chain; rigged ready to trip.

Mr. Badlam and two mechanics from Risdon Iron Works on board from 10.00am to 4.00pm.


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18 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant weather, light rain from 1.00am to 3.00am. Light SW’ly breeze until 4.00am, from NW then until 10.00am, light breeze with frequent moderate squalls from SW between 10.00am and 5.00pm, after which light airs from Southward and Westward. Barometer rising.

Lowered first cutter and took water in it. Took six loads during the day, averaging about 600 gallons per load. Put 3200 gallons in forward boiler for feed and remainder in wing tank port side. Repaired starboard chain grating. Scraping main rail and deckhouse rail. Steam launch broke down at 3.30pm, repaired it and got in running order again at 4.15pm. Two mechanics from Risdon Iron Works on board from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Mr. Badlam on board from 10.00am to 1.00pm.


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19 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 6.00am, then light Southerly airs until noon, after which light breeze from SW until 3.00pm, when fell calm again. Barometer normal.

Took two loads fresh water or about 1,000 gallons. Filled both wing tanks in fore hold. Repaired steam cutter. Scraping monkey rail on topgallant forecastle. Preparing main rail and deckhouse rail for paint. Two mechanics from Risdon Iron Works at work in Engineer’s Department. Landed some parts upon which shop work is to be done.

Machinist Charles Crater visited the Risdon Iron Works on duty.

USRC “Bear” left anchorage at 1.25pm but anchored again on port quarter at 1.38pm.

At 2.40pm “Bear” got underway again and stood towards San Francisco.

At 6.50pm Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madroña in log] came in and anchored on starboard quarter, quarter of a mile distant, bearing SE (psc), ship’s head NNW⅞W (psc).


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20 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant weather; then fog from 4.00am to 8.00am. Calm until 10.00am, light Westerly airs then until 8.00pm, after which calm again. Barometer falling.

Washed down decks with sand. Oiled starboard side ladder, starboard rail ladder, and poop ladders. Varnishing in cabin pantry. Scraping monkey rail topgallant forecastle. Repaired bucket rack, hurricane deck. Painting deckhouse rail. Put piece brass on starboard main pin rail. Making working top for laboratory table.

Received in Deck Department: 10 gallons mineral illuminating oil, 160° fire test; 2 safety oil cans; and 9 pieces cedar and sugar pine lumber.

Messrs. Tabrett and Badlam from Risdon Iron Works on board during pm.

Served out small stores, etc.

Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madroña in log] went to sea at 6.10am.


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21 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally fair and pleasant weather. Light variable airs in am, light airs and breezes in pm, chiefly from SW. Barometer falling.

Cleaned ship’s side with freshwater and soap. Washed deckhouse paintwork. Scrubbed deck with sand. Finished varnishing cabin pantry. Making working top for laboratory table.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works on duty.

British ship “Brenda” came in and anchored in Richardson Bay at 10.20am.


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22 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally clear and pleasant weather. Light variable airs until 1.00pm, then gentle breeze from SWd with occasional strong squalls latter part. Barometer falling.

Washed down and cleaned up for Sunday. Sent liberty party ashore at 1.00pm.

USS “Nero” passed out to sea at 5.20pm.


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23 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy, boisterous, and disagreeable weather; passing squalls of rain and mist from 3.00am to 4.00am, 7.00am to 8.00am, and 10.00am to 11.00am, and heavy rain from 8.00pm to midnight. Light and gentle breezes from SW until 6.00am, then light and gentle breezes with frequent strong to fresh squalls from South to SSE remainder of time. Barometer low but steady.

Cleared up about the decks for inspection and at 9.40am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters. Also inspected living spaces of ship. Sent liberty party ashore at 10.00am.

C. Knudsen, Seaman, returned from liberty 1¼ hours over time; and C.O. Andersson, Seaman, 7¼ hours over time and disorderly in person.


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24 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Boisterous, disagreeable, and unsettled weather; raining from midnight until 7.00am, and showery between noon and 1.00pm, and 11.00pm and 12.00pm. Light breezes with frequent moderate to fresh squalls from SEd until 6.00pm, then hauled to SW, falling to light airs at 8.00pm and on. Barometer rising.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works in San Francisco on duty.

Washed down quarter decks with sand. Broke out and restored dark room, stopping some light leaks. Received one injector for old steam launch. Made several deck swabs.

John Wilson, Fireman 2nd class, returned from liberty 2¼ hours over time.

Chief Machinist William Longan and Machinist 1st class Charles Crater left ship at 4.10pm under orders to proceed to Mare Island Navy Yard, at own expense, and to report to Commandant for examination for appointments as Warrant Machinists.


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25 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Generally cloudy and threatening weather. Passing showers between midnight and 4.00am, 7.00am and 10.00am, and 4.00pm and 5.00pm. Gentle breeze from ESE until 8.00am, then light airs and breezes hauling down to SW, and from that direction after 2.00pm until 8.00pm, when fell calm. Barometer rising.

Cleared up forecastle. Cleaned all boats. Inspected hold and storeroom forward.


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26 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fair and pleasant weather until 9.00pm, after which overcast and drizzling rain until close. Calm until 8.00am, then light and gentle breeze from Southward and Westward, with frequent strong squalls from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Barometer rising.

Washed down decks with sand. Scrubbed waterline. Bent new slop chute on port side and took in chute on starboard side. Received five cradle pins and one hawse buckler from repairs on shore, and 1 new hawse buckler.

Mr. Alvin Burton Alexander [USFC Scientific Assistant] took up quarters on board.

USS “Badger” left port late in afternoon.

Repaired boiler of old steam launch.


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27 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, cloudy, and drizzling rain until 7.00am, after which fair to clear and pleasant weather. Light and gentle breezes from SW in am, moderate breeze with frequent fresh squalls from WSW until 4.00pm, then gentle breeze gradually decreasing to light airs from same direction. Barometer falling.

Took water from shore in 1st cutter, receiving 2100 gallons in 4 loads, 900 for tanks and 1200 for boiler feed.

Coast Survey Steamer “Gedney” came in and anchored at 3.15pm. Commanding Officer of “Gedney” [USC&GS Assistant Edmund Finlay Dickins] paid an official visit to Commanding Officer.


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28 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light breeze from NW and WNW. Barometer normal.

Scrubbed ship’s side with soap and fresh water. Lowered new steam launch.

Mr. Frederic Morton Chamberlain, Scientific Assistant, US Fish Commission, reported for duty at 3.00pm.

Commanding Officer paid visit to “Gedney” in forenoon. Coast Survey Steamer “Gedney” left port at noon.


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29 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light airs from SSW until 4.00am, then calm until 8.00am, after which light breeze from SW until close, with frequent moderate and strong squalls from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Barometer normal.

Washed decks with sand and cleaned ship. Put new steam launch in commission except engines; but could not work air pump. Laid up old launch and anchored it in cove of Walhalla. Ran 1st cutter in pm.

US transports “Grant” and “Sherman” came into port in pm.

Mr. Alvin Burton Alexander, Fishery Expert, USFC, reported for duty.


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30 April 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Overcast, misty and disagreeable weather until 2.00pm, then clearing to fair and pleasant remainder of time. Light and gentle breezes from Southward and Westward, with frequent moderate and strong squalls greater part of the day. Barometer normal.

Cleared up for Sunday. Put new steam launch in commission and shifted anchorage of old one to position off Spreckels [Spreckles in log] boat house. Made preparation for dressing ship on the morrow. Inspected hold, berth deck, and fore peak. Sail room musty.

William Longan, Chief Machinist, and Charles Crater, Machinist 1st class, returned from examination at Mare Island at 9.00am.



LOGS FOR MAY 1899


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1 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light airs from WNW until noon, then light and gentle breezes from WSW and West until sundown, when fell calm again. Barometer rising.

At 8.00am dressed ship rainbow fashion, waterline to waterline, fore and aft, in honor of Admiral Dewey’s victory in Manila Bay; observed the day as a holiday.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works on duty.

At 12.50pm USRC “Rush” came in and anchored about 2 cable-lengths distant, bearing NE¾E, ship’s head SSW (psc).

At 5.30pm stern wheel Revenue Steamer “Nunivak” came in and anchored near “Rush”, bearing E¾N, ship’s head West (psc).

Fire broke out in Sausalito at 11.04pm.


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2 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Calm until 8.00am, then variable light airs until noon, after which gentle and moderate breezes from SW to NNW until 8.00pm, then light variable airs. Barometer normal.

Washed decks. Put steam launch out of commission and made slight repairs. Scraped paintwork around sounding machine where needed and put deck in order for painting, also continued scraping paintwork on forward rail.

At 10.00am Paymaster Leeds C. Kerr, USN, and Yeoman Charles J. Stratton, USN, in obedience to orders from Commandant Mare Island Navy Yard, reported on board for duty in connection with the pay accounts of this ship. Left at 2.50pm.

At 3.00pm the USRC “Rush” got underway with the US [Revenue] Steamer “Nunivak” in tow. Passed out through Golden Gate at 3.35pm.


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3 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Light breeze from SW until 5.00am, then fell to calm until 9.00am, after which time light and moderate breezes until noon, from NE to SW from noon until midnight, and from SSW to SW, gradually decreasing from moderate to light. Barometer gradually falling.

Washed decks with sand and wiped paintwork fore and aft. Broke out sail room. Turned throat and peak halliards end for end on main gaff; also steam gig davit falls and overhauled blocks. Painted deck around steam sounding machine. Commenced repairs on boiler tubes in old steam launch.

Liberty party returned at 7.30am.

At 8.00am Commanding Officer left the ship; returned on board at 4.50pm.

At 10.30am Mr. Frederic Morton Chamberlain left the ship and returned at 6.00pm.

Machinist Charles Crater visited the Risdon Iron Works to note the progress made on boilers; returned at 6.00pm.

At 4.00pm Dr. James C. Pryor left ship.

At 6.05pm Commanding Officer left the ship and returned at 9.40pm.

At 1.45pm Dr. Pryor returned on board [most probably1.45am of following day].


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4 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant; light airs from SSW and SW until 11.00am, then SW increasing in force from gentle to a fresh breeze; barometer slightly falling.

At 8.00am Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett and Chief Yeoman W.W. Lipsett left the ship with chronometers “B-C” which were left with Louis Wenle of San Francisco to be cleaned and rated.

Liberty party returned on time.

Chief Yeoman W.W. Lipsett returned on board at 11.30am.

Washed down decks and wiped paintwork. Restowed the sail locker and made a list of things in it. Put a second coat of paint on deck around sounding machine. Finished repairs on old steam launch. Overhauled deck awnings to see what changes were needed. Took apart compressor, cleaned, and put it in running order.

Chief Machinist William Longan on sick list.

Harry Miller passed the Doctor [examination?] for Coal Passer.

At 8.00pm dense fog moved in through Golden Gate and over surrounding hills of Sausalito.


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5 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather. Barometer normal. Moderate breeze to light airs from SW until 6.00am, then calm until 9.00am, after which light airs from ESE and variable until noon. At 1.00pm light breeze from East, then gentle breeze from SW until midnight.

Washed down decks fore and aft, and cleaned ship’s side. Received on board: 1800 gallons of water; made 3 loads with first cutter. Filled main and wing tanks. Finished picking and sandpapering forecastle rail. Commenced repairs on hawse bucklers.

At 7.30am liberty party returned on board.

At 9.00am Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett returned on board. Mr. Badlam of the Risdon Iron Works on board from 10.20am until 1.30pm.

At 10.30am Mr. Fassett left the ship on duty and returned at 12.05pm.

At 3.00pm the British ship “King George” anchored in harbor.

Enlisted for four years’ general service, Harry Miller, Coal Passer, to date from May 4, 1899.


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6 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather, barometer rising. Calm until 7.00am, then light airs from South until 11.00am, changing to variable; light and gentle breezes from SW until 8.00pm, then calm and light variable airs until midnight.

Liberty party returned on time.

At 8.05am Machinist Charles Crater left the ship on duty, visited the Risdon Iron Works and returned at noon.

Scrubbed decks with sand, wiped paintwork fore and aft, cleaned brass work, scrubbed berth deck and put things in order for inspection. Inspected fore peak passage, magazine, brig, dredge and equipment storerooms. Inspected after compartment under wardroom, and bilges under wardroom pantry and found them in good condition.

Liberty party went on shore at 1.00pm.


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7 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady. Light airs from SE to SSW with periods of calm at short intervals until noon, moderate and stiff breeze from SW until 4.00pm, then gentle to calm.

Washed down decks, cleaned brass work and got ready for inspection. Liberty party returned on time.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters. Also inspected Engineer’s Department and living spaces of ship.

Liberty party (port watch) went ashore at 10.00am.

Henry King, Landsman, left the ship without permission at 9.05pm; returned on board at 11.25pm tight.


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8 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant, barometer normal, calm greater part of day.

At 7.30am liberty party returned.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works and reported work on boilers progressing.

Painted starboard side of poop deck and top of [deck] house, and in places wherever needed along bulwarks.

At 2.30pm brought old steam launch alongside and put her in readiness for making trip to Mare Island Navy Yard.

At 12.55pm “City of Para” passed out through Golden Gate.

At 1.50pm USRC “Corwin” passed to the Eastward of Angel Island and at 5.00pm came to anchor close to ship, bearing NEbyE.


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9 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Warm, pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; calm until 10.00am, then light airs and gentle breeze from West and WSW until 5.00pm, then calm the rest of the watch.

At 7.30am liberty party returned. Washed down decks. Received on board: 2700 gallons of water, all of which was put in the forward boiler; four and one half boat loads, first cutter. Finished painting poop deck and top of deckhouse.

At 6.30am Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett, Machinist Charles Crater, and five men left the ship in both steam launches for Mare Island Navy Yard, the old steam launch to be hauled up and condemned.

Mr. Badlam of the Risdon Iron Works on board from 9.30am to 11.30am.

At 2.50pm Commanding Officer left the ship for San Francisco.

At 5.00pm steam launch returned, the old launch having been turned over to the proper authorities at Mare Island Navy Yard.

At 6.30pm Mr. Fassett returned on board.


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10 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Warm, pleasant weather; barometer rising; calm until noon, then decreasing to calm at 1.00pm [a period of variable light airs between noon and 1.00pm is apparently missing]; wind SW from 2.00pm until 9.00pm, increasing from gentle to moderate breeze, then calm rest of watch.

At 7.30am liberty party returned on board. Cleaned up decks fore and aft, and retouched paintwork on poop deck and top of [deck] house where needed.

At 8.05am Machinist Charles Crater left ship on duty; returned at noon, he having visited the Risdon Iron Works; reported good progress being made on the boilers.

Representatives of General Electric and the California Electrical Works came on board to make estimates on installing electric fans in cabin, wardroom, and other parts of the ship.

At 9.00am Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett left ship for San Francisco on duty; returned at 2.40pm.

At 4.00pm Commanding Officer returned on board.

Discharged this day by reason of expiration of enlistment: A. Bloumfeldt, Seaman; Edward Foot, Seaman; A. Lundishef, Quartermaster 3rd class; William Bull, Carpenter’s Mate 1st class; and August Ludwig Adolf Meyer, Quartermaster 1st class; to date from the 9th instant.

At 4.45pm Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madroña in log] anchored close by, bearing SSE.


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11 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; calm and light variable airs until 1.00pm, then light and gentle breezes from SW, decreasing to a light air at 7.00pm, then calm.

Washed down and cleaned up decks. Lowered steam gig and whale boat and took them ashore at Sausalito, where they were stowed in a boat house belonging to Mr. Spreckels. Made repairs on the slip at the boat landing, Sausalito.

At 6.55am Lighthouse Tender “Madroño” [Madroña in log] left her anchorage and steamed out of the harbor.

Liberty party returned on board at 7.30am.

At 8.05am Machinist Charles Crater visited the Risdon Iron Works; returned at noon. Work on boilers progressing satisfactorily.

Discharged this day by reason of expiration of enlistment: T.M. Ward, Landsman; F.B. McClendon, Water Tender.

Chief Machinist William Longan’s name taken from sick list.


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12 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer normal; light variable airs and calm until 10.00am, then gentle breeze from SSW to SW increasing to moderate at 1.00pm, then decreasing to light airs at 4.00pm, which continued to the end of watch.

Liberty party returned on board at 7.30am.

At 9.00am Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett left the ship for San Francisco on duty; returned at 3.00pm.

Washed down decks and cleaned paintwork, also cleaned ship’s side, and brass work around gangway.

Enlisted this day for four years’ general service: F.B. McClendon (Fireman 1st class).

Following changes in rating by order of the Commanding Officer: F.B. McClendon, Fireman 1st class to Water Tender, to take effect this date.

Liberty party went on shore at 1.00pm.


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13 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; light to gentle breeze SW to West until 5.00am, then calm until 8.00am, after which light variable airs, and gentle to moderate breezes from SW to West.

Liberty party returned at 7.30am. Scrubbed decks with sand, washed and cleaned paintwork fore and aft; also cleaned brass work and overhauled things generally for inspection.

At 8.05am Commanding Officer left the ship for San Francisco; returned at 4.40pm.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works.


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14 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer comparatively steady; light airs from WSW in first part of watch, after which calm until 6.00am, then light airs from SE and variable until noon, after which time gentle breeze from SW gradually hauling to WNW, increasing in force to a very fresh breeze with occasional squalls until 4.00pm, then variable for a short period; West at 6.00pm, decreasing to a gentle breeze and hauling to NNW at 9.00pm, calm at 11.00pm, light airs NbyE at end of watch.

Liberty party returned on time. Swept deck and cleaned brass work.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters; also inspected living quarters in steerage and berth deck.

At 10.10am liberty party left ship.


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15 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer steady; light airs until noon, chiefly variable, then SW moderate, and a stiff breeze until 6.00pm; light variable airs and gentle breeze until 9.00pm, then calm.

Liberty party returned on board at 7.30am. Washed decks and did a few odd jobs. Retouched paintwork around pilot house where needed. Sandpapered and varnished bright work on steam launch. Finished repairs and painted port hawse buckler. Picked and scraped old paint from break of the forecastle.

Machinist Charles Crater visited the Risdon Iron Works on duty.

Liberty party left the ship at 1.00pm.


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16 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant; barometer normal; light variable airs and calm until 10.00am, then light breeze from SW increasing to very fresh and squally at 4.00pm, decreasing to light airs at 7.00pm, then variable; light and moderate breeze from SW from 11.00pm to end of watch.

Liberty party returned on time. Washed decks and did odd jobs on various parts of ship. Made repairs on yawl.

At 9.05 Chief Yeoman [W.W. Lipsett] left the ship on duty; returned at noon.

At 2.45pm Commanding Officer left the ship.

Discharged this day by reason of expiration of enlistment: John Wilson, Fireman 2nd class.


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17 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant; barometer slightly rising in am and falling in pm; wind SW increasing from light to very fresh breeze in am, moderate gale from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, gradually decreasing to a gentle breeze at end of watch.

Liberty party returned on time. Swept decks, and received on board: 1500 gallons of water, all of which was put in the wing tanks. Painted break of the forecastle, sandpapered bright work on steam launch and covered it with a coat of spar varnish. Received on board: 2 boxes, also 10 gallons of oil for Deck Department.

Liberty party (port watch) went on shore at 1.00pm.

Discharged this day by reason of expiration of enlistment: O. Christanson, Landsman.

Enlisted this day for four years’ general service: F. Vollstadt, Ordinary Seaman; and John Wilson, Fireman 2nd class.

Following changes in rating by order of Commanding Officer: F. Vollstadt, Ordinary Seaman to Seaman; John Wilson, Fireman 2nd class to Fireman 1st class; to take effect this date.

At 4.00pm Commanding Officer returned on board. This day Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Franklin Moser, USN, has received a commission as Commander, USN.


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18 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer falling until 7.00pm, then rising; calm until 8.00am, light variable airs until 10.00am, then SW increasing to a stiff breeze at 4.00pm, decreasing to light airs and calm at end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks, cleaned brass work and painted forecastle rail; also painted hawse bucklers, both having been repaired and now ready for use. Liberty party left ship at 1.00pm.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works. Mr. Badlam of the Risdon Iron Works on board from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Discharged this day by reason of expiration of enlistment: Henry King, Landsman.

Enlisted this day for four years’ general service: G.E. Watson, Machinist 1st class.


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19 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer rising; calm until 4.00am, then light airs from NW, calm at 7.00am, gentle breeze and variable at 8.00am, then South to SW until 7.00pm increasing from gentle to stiff breeze, then calm.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Washed down decks, scrubbed gratings, cleaned side of ship and painted deck buckets.

At 1.00pm liberty party (port watch) left the ship.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer left the ship for San Francisco; returned at 5.45pm.


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20 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; light airs variable and from South to WSW at 4.00am, then backing to SE at 5.00am, which continued until 9.00am, then South; gentle breeze SW at 1.00pm increasing in force to a very fresh breeze at 2.00pm, gradually decreasing to light airs at the end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Scrubbed deck ladders and gratings with sand, cleaned brass work and overhauled things in general for inspection.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works; left ship at 8.05am and returned at noon.

Liberty party left ship at 1.00pm.


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21 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer falling; calm and light airs SW until 9.00am, then SE to WSW increasing from gentle to a very fresh breeze at 4.00pm, decreasing to light variable airs at end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters; also inspected living quarters and other parts of ship.

At 10.00am liberty party went on shore.


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22 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Fog, fine mist and rain until noon, then clear and pleasant until 10.00pm, when a fine rain began to fall, lasting only for a short time; barometer rising.

Cleaned paintwork around deck house and commenced sandpapering bright work on gig and whale boat hauled up in boat house on shore.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time.

At 1.00pm liberty party left the ship.

At 7.00pm US troop ship “Sheridan” came to anchor off San Francisco.


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23 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Weather pleasant during the am; passing showers from 8.00pm to 9.30pm; barometer normal; calm and light variable airs chiefly from SW until 8.00am, then increasing to a moderate breeze.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time.

Received on board: 3400 gallons of water, of which 2700 gallons were put in forward boiler and 700 gallons in wing and middle tanks; filled laboratory tank and deck buckets.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works.


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24 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant until 7.00am, then fog, mist, and passing showers, with frequent squalls until 10.00am, after which time clear and pleasant; barometer rising.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Washed decks and resumed work on steam gig and whale boat.

At 10.45 Commanding Officer left ship for San Francisco.


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25 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear, pleasant weather; barometer rising; moderate breeze from SW until 3.00am, then light, decreasing to light variable airs at 4.00am, after which calm until 9.00am, when light airs from SE sprang up hauling to the SW at 10.00am, gradually increasing to a very fresh breeze at 3.00pm which lasted until 6.30pm, then decreasing to light airs at end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Washed decks, cleaned brass work, put new sewing on after guys to swinging boom, aired bedding and did some work on gig.

Liberty party went on shore at 1.00pm.

At 4.45pm Commanding Officer returned on board.


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26 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer steady. Calm until 5.00am, then light variable airs and calm until 10.00am, then light breeze from SE increasing in force to fresh breeze and hauling to the WSW at 5.00pm, decreasing to a light air from SW at 9.00pm, which continued until 11.00pm, then calm.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Washed decks, also ship’s side, cleaned brass work and continued work on gig and whale boat.

Liberty party left ship at 1.00pm.

At 2.15pm USRC “Thetis” came to anchor close by, bearing SEbyS¼S.


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27 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; calm and light variable airs until noon, then moderate breeze from SW, increasing to fresh at 1.00pm, which continued until 10.00pm, decreasing to a gentle breeze at end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Scrubbed decks and gratings with sand, cleaned brass work, wiped paintwork fore and aft, cleaned hold, and put things in readiness for inspection. Put a coat of varnish on bright work of gig.

At 10.55am USRC “Thetis” got underway and steamed out of the harbor.

At 1.00pm liberty party left the ship.


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28 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant until 7.00am, at which time a light fog came in accompanied by a fine mist which lasted until noon, clear and pleasant in pm; barometer falling; wind WSW and moderate at 1.00am, SW at 2.00am increasing to a stiff breeze, increasing and decreasing at times from moderate to very fresh to the end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks and cleaned brass work.

At 9.30am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters; also living quarters and other parts of the ship.

At 10.00am liberty party went on shore.

Discharged by reason of expiration of enlistment: A. Wolf (Ordinary Seaman); discharge dated May 26, 1899.


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29 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer rising; wind SW from moderate to fresh during a greater part of the day, light airs at end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Swept decks, cleaned brass work, did a few odd jobs about decks and cleaned a portion of grass from ship’s side at water line.

Liberty party left ship at 1.00pm.

Chief Yeoman W.W. Lipsett at 1.00pm left the ship for San Francisco, taking with him the Hack chronometer which was left with Louis Wenle to be cleaned and regulated; returned at 4.00pm.


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30 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant until 11.00pm, then overcast and misty; barometer falling.

Swept decks, cleaned brass work and did some work on gig and whale boat. Lifted boiler from steam launch and landed it on deck in order that necessary repairs might be made on it.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time.

Francis Marion Green Jr. (Oiler) reported for incompetency and gross neglect of duty.

At 4.30pm US transport “Grant” passed out through Golden Gate.


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31 May 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Rainy weather; barometer falling; wind from SW to SSE, from gentle to a very fresh breeze, with frequent squalls; at end of watch gentle breeze from SW and patches of clear sky.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. At work on boiler of steam launch. On examination found the grate bars and grate bearing warped and twisted out of shape, caused by excessive heat, which necessitated taking a portion of the boiler apart in order to make the needed repairs.

Machinist Charles Crater visited the Risdon Iron Works.

This day Francis Marion Green Jr. (Oiler) was disrated to Fireman 1st class, by order of Commanding Officer.

At 10.00am Paymaster Leeds C. Kerr, USN, in obedience to orders from Commandant Mare Island Navy Yard, reported on board in connection with pay accounts of the ship; left at noon.

At 3.00pm liberty party left ship.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1899


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1 June 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; gentle and moderate breeze from SW to WSW until 7.00am, then NW until 9.00am, after [that] time SW increasing to a fresh breeze with frequent squalls until 5.00pm, gradually decreasing to calm at 11.00pm, re-increasing at end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Washed decks, finished scraping grass from ship’s side at water line and continued repairs on steam launch boiler.

At 9.00am Commanding Officer left the ship for San Francisco.

At 1.00pm liberty party went on shore.


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2 June 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer rising; calm until 7.00am, then light variable airs until 9.00am, then from South to West, chiefly SW, increasing from a light breeze to a moderate gale which lasted until 5.00pm, decreasing to a gentle breeze at end of watch.

At 8.30am liberty party (starboard watch) returned. Swept decks, cleaned brass work and washed ship’s side from waterline to rail. Work continued on steam launch boiler.

This day enlisted for four years’ general service: A. Anderson, Ship’s Writer to Carpenter’s Mate 1st class, to take effect May 31, 1899; M. Crizeck, Ordinary Seaman to Seaman, to take effect June 1, 1899.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer returned on board.

Mr. Badlam of the Risdon Iron Works was on board from 10.00am to 11.30am.


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3 June 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant until 3.00am, then misty and foggy until 8.00am, clear and pleasant until 5.00pm, at which time a dense fog came in covering a portion of San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills of Sausalito.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks, cleaned brass work, washed paintwork on starboard side, replaced boiler in steam launch and cleared up decks.

Unshackled port mooring chain from swivel, hove up port anchor and placed it on bill block.

At 8.05am Machinist Charles Crater left ship for San Francisco to visit the Risdon Iron Works; returned at 11.40am.


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4 June 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Weather partly clear; foggy and misty at frequent intervals; barometer falling.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Washed decks, cleaned brass work and put things in order for inspection.

At 10.00am Commanding Officer inspected crew at quarters; also visited living spaces and other parts of ship.

At 11.25am liberty party went on shore.

At 11.30am steam launch was reported ready for use.

At 4.00pm Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett left the ship on duty.


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5 June 1899

Sausalito, California

Lat 37.85, Long -122.47


Commences to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant; barometer falling; light airs and light breezes, variable and from SSE to WSW until noon, light air SW at 1.00pm, increasing to a moderate breeze at 3.00pm, decreasing to calm at 8.00pm, light air NNW at 9.00pm, then calm to the end of watch.

Swept decks, removed mooring swivel from starboard chain, hoisted steam launch; received on board: 700 gallons of water, all of which was put in main and port wing tanks. Stowed first cutter in boat house with steam gig and whale boat, at Sausalito.

Machinist Charles Crater visited Risdon Iron Works.

At 9.00am Commanding Officer left the ship for San Francisco. Returned at 3.00pm.


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6 June 1899

Sausalito and San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer rising; light variable airs and calm until 11.00am, at which time wind SW and moderate, decreasing to a light air at noon. In pm wind SW and SSW increasing from gentle to stiff breeze, generally decreasing to light air in latter part of watch.

Hove short on starboard anchor, cleaned brass work, rigged in starboard gangway, triced up swinging booms, shifted yawl to flat boat falls, placed flat boat and dory on deck and put things in readiness for tug to come alongside.

At 10.10am broke out anchor and ship taken in tow by the tug “Fearless” of San Francisco.

At 11.26am the ship was made fast to pier No. 2, Folsom Street, San Francisco.

At noon Mr. Harry Clifford Fassett returned on board.

At 1.00pm workmen from Risdon Iron Works came on board and commenced necessary preparations for taking out boilers.


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7 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer rising; light airs and calm until 9.00am, then light breeze SW, increasing to moderate, then gradually decreasing to light breeze.

Swept decks, crew employed in cleaning up about ship most of the day. Workmen making fair progress in taking out boilers; landed on wharf one condenser head, and cut bolts in steam drum casing, also round smokestack, and made things ready for hoisting them out.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time.


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8 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Generally pleasant weather, overcast at short intervals; barometer normal; watch begun with light airs from SW, increasing to a gentle breeze at 3.00am, gradually decreasing to calm at 7.00am, which continued until 11.00am, at which time light breeze from SW, gradually increasing to moderate at 7.00pm.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks and cleaned up generally after the workmen from Risdon Iron Works. Commenced scraping ladder and platform gratings of starboard gangway. Landed on the wharf forward condenser head. Work of taking out boilers progressing.

Enlisted for 4 years’ general service: H.P. Brown (Fireman 1st class) to date from June 7, 1899; M. Smith (Ordinary Seaman) to date from June 7, 1899; and C. Seymour (Landsman) to date from [June] 8, 1899.

Following change in rating by order of Commanding Officer: M. Smith, Ordinary Seaman to Seaman, to date from June 7, 1899.


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9 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather generally clear and pleasant; barometer comparatively steady; light airs and gentle breeze chiefly from the SW.

Swept decks, finished scraping gangway ladder and gratings, oiled and covered them with canvas, cleaned starboard and port anchors.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. The steam drum, casing, smokestack and many small pieces of machinery landed on the wharf. Patterns for sounding shot taken on shore to Risdon Iron Works.

The following changes in rating by order of Commanding Officer: R. Huntington, Quartermaster 2nd class to Quartermaster 1st class, to date from May 10, 1899; Charles Crater, Machinist 1st class to Chief Machinist, to date from June 8, 1899.


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10 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather generally clear and pleasant; foggy latter part of watch; barometer comparatively steady.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks in the morning; in pm crew mostly engaged in clearing up decks after the workmen employed by the Risdon Iron Works.

The running lights, dredging, signal lanterns, and binnacle lights were taken on shore to be repaired; one 9 foot dredge frame taken on shore as a pattern.


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11 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer falling; calm until 9.00am, at which time light variable airs; light breeze SW at 10.00am, increasing in force to a fresh breeze and hauling to WSW at 2.00pm, which continued until 6.00pm, at which time changed to SW gradually decreasing to calm at the end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Washed down decks fore and aft, also sides of ship, cleaned brass work and washed down berth deck. Received on board: 600 gallons of water from the Spring Valley Water Works, all of which was put in the forward main tank. The water used in washing decks was also furnished by the Spring Valley Water Co.


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12 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; calm until 10.00am, then light airs from SW increasing to a gentle breeze at 3.00pm, decreasing to calm at 10.00pm, which continued to end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks forward and aft, did odd jobs about decks and in the hold.

Enlisted for four years’ general service James Bourke (Fireman 1st class) and John Spence (Fireman 2nd class).

G.V. Rustholl (Master-at-Arms 1st class) declared a deserter to date from June 2, 1899.

One marine box safe sent on shore for repairs.


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13 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer normal; light airs SW at beginning of watch, with intervals of calm, light variable airs from 6.00am to 10.00am, then light breeze SW increasing in force to a moderate breeze at 3.00pm, remaining steady until 5.00pm, after which time gradually decreasing to calm at 11.00pm and remaining so to end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Swept decks in the morning; crew engaged chiefly in assisting workmen in taking out boilers such as placing ship in proper position under shears.

At 4.00pm forward boiler was landed on the wharf.

Enlisted for four years’ general service: J.F. Burns (Boiler Maker), F. Huter (Ordinary Seaman), M. Van der Meer (Ordinary Seaman), A. Kerr (Ordinary Seaman), A. Dufour (Ordinary Seaman), and William Lynch (Fireman 1st class) to date from June 12, 1899.


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14 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer rising; light air SW and calm in am, chiefly calm in pm, light air and light breeze SW, also variable airs; calm from 8.00pm to 9.00pm and from 11.00pm to end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks, painted starboard and port anchors; cleaned starboard side of ship at waterline; made and fitted a box under laboratory platform at gate leading from fire room to laboratory hold, to facilitate cleaning same.

Second boiler landed on the wharf at 11.00am. Commenced picking and scraping around kelson floor timbers and boiler saddles. Took out evaporator.

Enlisted for four years’ general service: James S. Johnson (Coal Passer), and John E. Hakala (Ordinary Seaman), to date from June 13, 1899.


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15 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather until 8.00pm, when a dense fog came in through Golden Gate; barometer taken on shore to be repaired; calm and light variable airs until 7.00am, at which time light breeze SW, increasing to gentle breeze at 2.00pm, re-increasing steady in force until 9.00pm, then decreasing to light airs.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Swept and cleaned up about decks; cleaned out bilges in hold of fire room; fire room force engaged in scaling rust from coal bunkers, kelson, and floor timbers; put a boot topping on starboard side of ship.

Enlisted for four years’ general service: Albert E. Bartlett, Ordinary Seaman.

Naval Cadet [Engineer’s Division] Daniel S. Mahony [Mahoney in log], USN, reported to Commanding Officer for duty.

Discharged this day by reason of expiration of enlistment: H.M. Green, Seaman.


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16 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather clear and pleasant until 8.00pm, at which time a heavy fog came in through Golden Gate; wind SW and light until 10.00am, then calm until noon, then SW light and gentle breezes to the end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks, cleaned refuse from the wharf; finished boot-topping port side of ship; finished cleaning bilge in fire room hold and put a coat of red lead on after port of fire room hold, including boiler saddles, floor timbers, kelson, and arch over boilers.


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17 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather generally clear and pleasant; wind SW light to gentle breeze.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Swept decks, painted forward part of fire room hold and cleaned up generally about deck.

Received on board: the barometer which had been taken ashore for repairs. Sent on shore for repairs 5 double barrel shot guns and one repeating rifle. Received on board: 100 lbs of red lead.

Several graving pieces put in the deck; three aft and two forward.


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18 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer comparatively steady; wind SW from light air to gentle breeze until 7.00am, light variable air until 9.00am, then calm, after which time from light to moderate breeze.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Washed decks, cleaned brass and paintwork, scrubbed grating, washed berth deck and cleaned up generally. Received on board: 850 gallons of water from Spring Valley Water Works, 750 gallons put in main tank and 100 gallons in port wing tank.


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19 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and misty in am, clear and pleasant in pm; barometer falling; wind SW from light air to moderate breeze until end of watch, then light variable airs.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Cleaned deck in am and pm. Scraped bottom of yawl; set two graving pieces in deck on port side pilot house; removed and reset deck lights over steerage. Painted with red lead places in fire and drum rooms where needed.

The Risdon Iron Works removed boiler from steam launch for repairs. Received one marine box safe, also 100 pounds of soap and 24 sheets of sandpaper, nos. 0 and 1.


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20 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather generally clear in am, clear and pleasant in pm; barometer falling; light air and light breeze from SE to SW in am, with short periods of calm; gentle breeze SW decreasing to calm at 10.00pm, which continued to end of watch.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Cleaned up decks several times during the day. In am hauled ship ahead and placed her under the sheaves ready for taking in boilers. At 1.30pm after boiler was landed on saddle.

Removed all machinery from deck in drum room; dug out rotten wood and deck under evaporator and put it in condition for laying a new deck over old one.

Received on board: 10 gallons mineral sperm oil and 5 gallons lard oil; also 6 forecastle awning stanchions, sockets and braces.

Clarence S. Kempff, Naval Cadet, USN; Cyrus R. Miller, Naval Cadet, USN; and Assistant Paymaster Grey Skipwith, USN, reported on board to Commanding Officer for duty.

Enlisted this day for four years’ general service: H.M. Green, Seaman, to date from June 16, 1899.


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21 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; barometer falling; calm until 7.00am, light variable airs until 9.00am, then calm until 10.00am, after which time wind SW increasing from light air to moderate breeze at 2.00pm, which continued until 5.00pm, then gradually decreasing to calm at end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time.

Swept decks and cleaned up generally; commenced taking off dredge wire from spool on reeling engine and reeling it on a wooden spool furnished by the American Steel and Wire Co., San Francisco.

Cemented holes in the deck of drum room; scaled angle irons, also scaled rust on port side of ship in the engine room under port hole. Forward boiler hoisted in and landed on saddle at 2.00pm.

Received on board: 9 pounds 1/16” sheet lead; 60 pounds of cement, one trowel and [unspecified] feet of lumber for laying sheathing deck in drum room.

At 1.40pm US Ship “Philadelphia” came to anchor off Folsom Street wharf.


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22 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather; barometer normal; calm and light variable airs in am, wind SW from light airs to gentle breeze in pm.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Finished reeling dredge rope from drum to wooden spool. Hoisted engine from steam launch in order to make some necessary repairs on it. Finished scaling angle irons; painted them with red lead and re-placed them in their proper places; cleaned out and refilled small rust holes with red lead putty on outside ship under main rail.

At 9.00am the body of Ensign John Robert Monaghan [died on 1 April 1899 during an ambush by rebel natives on Samoan Islands, while trying to rescue his superior; two US ships were named after him] was taken on shore from US Ship “Philadelphia”; flag displayed at half mast.


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23 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant weather; barometer rising; light air and light breeze SW until 4.00am, then calm until 5.00am, after which time wind SW increasing from light airs to fresh breeze.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time.

At 9.00am the body of Lieutenant Philip Van Horne Lansdale, USN [died on 1 April 1899 during an ambush by rebel natives on Samoan Islands; three US ships were named after him] was removed from the US Ship “Philadelphia” to Folsom Street wharf; flag displayed at half mast.

Swept and cleaned up decks and did various odd jobs. Finished laying sheathing over deck in drum room. Steam drum girders placed in position; work of installing new boilers progressing. Received on board: [unspecified] feet of lumber for sheathing coal bunkers.


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24 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather overcast and cloudy with showers from 10.00am until 2.00pm; barometer rising; wind from SW to West, decreasing from a stiff to a gentle breeze.

Liberty party (port watch) returned on time. Swept decks and cleaned up generally; assisted workmen from Risdon Iron Works in removing reeling engine from berth deck. Commenced lining coal bunkers with 1-inch tongue and groove lumber.

Carpenter from on shore engaged in putting coverings in top of deck house. Work progressing on boilers and machinery in engine room. Hauled off from the wharf and the ferry boat “Ellen” and the tug “Wizard” hauled inside for the purpose of having new boilers put in.


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25 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Weather pleasant and generally clear; barometer rising; wind WSW from light air to gentle breeze until 6.00pm, SW from light breeze to light air until 9.00pm, then calm to the end of watch.

Liberty party (starboard watch) returned on time. Swept decks, cleaned brass work, and washed berth deck.


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26 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Cool and cloudy, clearing at noon; variable airs first part, then light to moderate SW’ly breezes, with light SW airs last watch.

Men from Risdon Iron Works engaged in fitting boilers. Lining bunkers and overhauling machinery. Sent reel engine ashore to be altered. Struck beam trawl framings below.

Tug “Wizard” dropped astern of this vessel, which was then secured alongside wharf.

Edward Franklin Bond (Fireman 1st class) returned from liberty 11½ hours over time.

Received in Deck Department: six (6) blankets, 3 letter-press copy books, 6 sponges, 3 type-writer erasers, 6 pyramid pins, 3 gross assorted rubber bands, 5 boxes Eureka enclosure fasteners, 2 station recording books, 12 rough logs.

Enlisted for 4 years G.S.F. Schraeder (Ordinary Seaman) to date from 24th inst.


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27 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Calm to variable light airs first part, then light airs to gentle breezes from SW.

Swept down decks.

Spread poop awning to enable sailmaker to get measurements, furling it at 9.00am.

Assistant Engineer Boling K. McMorris, USN, reported for duty as the relief of Naval Cadet [Engineer’s Division] Daniel S. Mahony [Mahoney in log], USN.

Work on machinery continued by men from the Risdon Iron Works. Smokepipe and superheater arrived on dock abreast ship, ready for hoisting in.

US Army Transport “Conemaugh” secured alongside “Pennsylvania”, opposite this vessel, at 5.45pm.

Rigged stages and began cleaning ship’s side.

Received in Deck Department: 6 hammock mattresses.

Enlisted for 4 years’ general service: A.J. Lagerward (Ordinary Seaman).


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28 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather. Calm first and last parts. Gentle breeze from SW afternoon watch.

Swept decks and mopped down poop.

Work on boilers and machinery continued by men from Risdon Iron Works. Superheater and smokestack hoisted aboard and fitted in place. Smokepipe casing and 4 floor plates removed from dock for alteration.

Finished cleaning ship’s side.

The US Army Transport “Valencia” with troops for Manila left the harbor at 4.30pm.

Enlisted for 4 years’ general service T. O’Neill (Coal Passer), V. Carlson (Ordinary Seaman), F. Elsasser (Landsman).

Naval Cadet Daniel S. Mahony [Mahoney in log] detached from duty as Chief Engineer and ordered to the USS “Philadelphia”.


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29 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm first part. Light to gentle breezes from SW rest of watch.

Engaged in cleaning paintwork and in setting up main topgallant stay and backstays. Swept down. Men from Risdon Iron Works continued work on boilers and machinery.

Transferred to Madison, Bruce and Sellers, for exchange, 22 composition tubes, 86 copper pigs, 3 bags and one bale of cork.

Received on board: 408 gallons water, 1 wooden reel for dredge wire with stand, 5 gallons raw and 5 gallons boiled linseed oil for deck use.

The tug “Wizard” was towed from her berth astern of this ship.

The schooner “Jessie Matsen” left the basin.

Enlisted for four years’ general service: J. McCloskey (Fireman 2nd class), J. Olsen (Ordinary Seaman).


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30 June 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Pleasant weather. Calm, then light airs in forenoon watch. Gentle to moderate SW’ly breezes until first watch, then light breezes from SW.

Bent fore topsail for fitting, then sent it ashore to be recut; lowered gaff to renew gooseneck socket. Broke out fore hold and stowed reel for spare wire-rope below. Overhauling rigging.

Men from Risdon Iron Works at work on boilers and machinery.

Received in Deck Department: 1 lot of stationery from H.S. Crocker Company.



LOGS FOR JULY 1899


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1 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.79, Long -122.388


Commences to midnight:

Cool and pleasant. Wind generally SW, increasing to gentle breeze at 4.00pm and then gradually falling calm. Hazy weather with fog over city during evening.

USS “Philadelphia” left anchorage for Mare Island.

Breaking out fore hold and fitting stanchions to support reel for spare wire-rope. Men from Union Iron Works fitting refrigerating machinery and from Risdon Iron Works at work on boilers and engines.

Paymaster Leeds C. Kerr, USN, accompanied by Chief Yeoman Charles J. Stratton, reported to the Captain for the purpose of transferring accounts and stores of this vessel to Assistant Paymaster Grey Skipwith, USN, under orders of the Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard. Issued monthly money to crew. Having completed his duty, Paymaster Kerr left the ship.

The transport “Conemaugh” hauled across the slip alongside British ship “Belfast” to permit the “Pennsylvania” being secured at the extremity of the dock; the “Conemaugh” then took the berth of the “Pennsylvania” which sailed for Manila at 8.00pm with a part of a colored regiment (25th).

The USS “Solace” came down from Mare Island and anchored off Folsom Street about 2.00pm; after receiving fresh provisions and ice she got underway at 4.00pm and stood out of the harbor.


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2 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to midnight:

Hazy weather with fog over city in evening. Calm and variable light airs increasing to moderate breeze from SW last part.

Singled lines and made preparations for shifting berth; tug “Fearless” came alongside and at 7.20am left Folsom Street wharf, securing alongside Fremont Street wharf at 8.35am. Swept down wharf, washed down decks, and cleaned up generally. Rendered lines as tide rose and parceled them.


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3 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy and hazy, with fog over city in the evening. Light breeze from SW to WbyS, increasing to gentle breeze and hauling to SW.

Swept down ship and dock. Scrubbed smokestack. Crew engaged in cleaning ship’s side. Men from Risdon Iron Works at work on boilers and machinery.

In obedience to orders of the Navy Department, Lieutenant Hugh Rodman, USN, today reported for duty as Executive Officer.

The time ball failed to drop at noon and was lowered at 12.08.

Captain Uriel Sebree [Seebree in log; Lighthouse Inspector of 12th Naval District, with the rank of Commander], USN, visited the Commanding Officer unofficially.

The American bark “Rufus E. Wood” came out of dock and moored in the neighboring basin.

The steamers “Whitesboro” and “South Coast” moored in this basin.


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4 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to midnight:

Cool and hazy; gentle breezes to light airs from WbyS until 6.00am, then calm and variable light airs. In afternoon light to stiff SW’ly breezes. Weather generally cloudy, overcast at times.

Swept down dock and ship, and cleaned up generally. Took precautions in event of fire.

At 8.00am dressed ship with Ensign at each masthead in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Many vessels in harbor decorated with bunting.

Mail steamer “Coptic” anchored off Pacific Mail Dock.

At noon the USTS “Pensacola” fired a salute of 21 guns in honor of the day.

Undressed ship at sunset. Numerous fireworks on shore at night.


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5 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to midnight:

Cloudy and cool and misty. Fog over city in evening. Light to moderate breeze from SW, falling to light airs at midnight.

Swept down. Engaged in scrubbing down masts and spars.

The steamer “South Coast” left the basin and the Pacific Mail SS “City of Para” was towed from the Pacific Mail Dock.

Broke out and stowed coal bags.

Men from Risdon Iron Works at work on boilers and engines. A force from Union Iron Works installing ice plant.


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6 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to midnight:

Overcast and cloudy until noon, when cleared. Light airs and light breezes from SW until noon, when increased to moderate breezes until 9.00pm, when fell to variable light airs and breezes, and finally calm.

Swept down. Crew engaged in scrubbing masts and spars.

C. Knudsen (Seaman) returned on board at 11.20am, 3 hours 20 minutes over time; and Harry Miller (Coal Passer) returned on board groggy at 11.20am, 3 hours 50 minutes over time. C.O. Anderson (Seaman) left the ship without permission about 1.15pm.

Men from Union Iron Works fitting refrigerating apparatus; crew and men from Risdon Iron Works overhauling engines and boilers.

Touching up red spots on ship’s side, and painting steam launch. At 1.00pm began to wind 3770 fathoms of ⅜-inch spare wire-rope on reel in hold.

Mail steamer “City of Rio de Janeiro” sailed for Honolulu at 1.00pm, and at 3.30 mail steamer “San Blas” arrived from Central America. “Coptic” hauled alongside mail dock during forenoon watch.

Received on board the following stores: Deck Department, 1 forecastle awning, 1 bridge awning, 1 foresail (repaired), 2 15½”x⅝” bolts, 4 10½”x⅝” bolts; Scientific Department, stores from Murphy, Grant & Company and Clabrough, Golcher and Co.


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7 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Cool and cloudy. Calm to light SW’ly breezes.

Swept down ship and dock. Men from Union and Risdon Iron Works continued work on refrigerating plant and machinery at 7.00. Hoisted upper deck funnel casing on board.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light to moderate breeze from SW.

Men from Union and Risdon Iron Works at work on refrigerating plant and machinery. Crew engaged in reeling wire rope below.

Carpenter repairing yawl. Received on board: from Mack and Co., 1 case drugs; 1 carboy of acid; and from W.S. Ray and Co., 1 dozen 4-quart covered enameled buckets; 3 enameled pitchers; 1 copper wire measure; 4 3-gallon slop pails; 1 box #80. Received in Deck Department: 1 dozen lamp chimneys, 6 hooks for berth deck tables.

Enlisted A.H. Bereman as Landsman for 4 years’ general service.

The American ship “Charmer” moved to the neighboring pier.

C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman) absent without leave.


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8 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to light airs from SW.

Swept down ship and dock, wiped off paintwork. Men from Union and Risdon Iron Works began work on refrigerating plant and machinery at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calm to variable light airs in forenoon. In afternoon light to fresh SW’ly breezes.

Men from Risdon Iron Works and Union Iron Works at work on machinery and refrigerating plant. Caulking upper deck and fitting funnel casing.

Carpenter’s gang overhauling yawl. At 11.15 finished winding spare wire on reel in hold.

Absent without leave: C.O. Anderson (Seaman).

Ensign Boling K. McMorris, USN, received his commission as Ensign.

Sent liberty party at 1.00pm.

Japanese mail steamer Nippon Maru [this ship, which had arrived at San Francisco in June 1899 with two deaths from plague on board, is reported to be one of the possible causes of the San Francisco plague of 1900-1904] sailed for Honolulu at 1.30pm.

Deep sea pump was hoisted on board.


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9 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Clear, calm and cool.

Washed down decks and cleaned paintwork and ship’s side.

F. Vollstadt (Seaman) returned from liberty 1 hour over time.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Light airs to moderate breezes from SW.

The Pacific Mail SS “San Juan” went to the Pacific Mail Dock.

C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman) absent without leave.


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10 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Cool. Calm to light airs from SW.

Rigged fore yard and prepared to hoist in ice machine. Risdon and Union Iron Works forces at work on board from 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Generally clear. Calm to variable light airs in forenoon, then light to gentle SW’ly breezes.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works continued work on machinery and refrigerating plant. Hoisted in ice machine. Broke out from fore hold six tons of pig-iron; cleaned out hold and restowed remaining ballast.

Absent without leave: C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman).

The Captain went to Mare Island, returning in the evening.

Collier “Progreso” secured alongside adjoining wharf and began discharging.

Received the chronometers B-C and Hack that had been sent ashore for rating by Wenle.


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11 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Clear during mid watch, then overcast and cloudy. Light to moderate breezes from SW.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works began work at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Cloudy and cool. Light to moderate breezes from SW.

Crew engaged in shifting ballast and breaking out hold.

The steamer “Pomona” arrived and then left the basin.

The steamer “Crescent City” [Cresent City in log] moored near this ship.

Received from Bare Bros: two plate mirrors; and from Madison, Bruce & Sellers: 1 breast hook, 1 ⅝” ring clew, 1 package #12 cap burrs.

F. Elsasser (Landsman) absent and over time. C.O. Anderson (Seaman) absent without leave.


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12 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Overcast, cool and misty. Light breeze from SW falling to variable light airs.


From 8am to midnight:

Generally overcast, cool, and hazy; clearing slightly during afternoon. Light to moderate breezes from SW.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works continued work on machinery and refrigerator plant.

Absent without leave: C.O. Anderson (Seaman) and F. Elsasser (Landsman).

Finished caulking upper deck over fire room space. Broke out lower hold for restowage.

US Army Transports “Newport” and “Ohio” arrived from Manila and anchored off water front.


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13 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Overcast, cool, and cloudy, heavy dew. Light airs and light breezes from SW, then calm.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works began work on machinery and refrigerating plant at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Cloudy, cool and misty.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works at work on machinery and refrigerating plant till 5.00.

F.B. McClendon (Water Tender) returned on board clean and sober 1 hour and 50 minutes over time.

Absent without leave: C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman) and F. Elsasser (Landsman).

The US Army Transports “Newport” and “Ohio” shifted to berths alongside the wharf.

The schooner “Parkersburg” moored ahead of this ship.


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14 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Overcast, cool, and misty. Light SW’ly airs.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works commenced work on machinery and refrigerating plant at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Generally overcast and cloudy, clearing slightly afternoon watch. Light to moderate breezes from SW. Low barometer.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works at work on machinery and refrigerating plant until 5.00.

Absent without leave: C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman) and F. Elsasser (Landsman).

Mail steamer “Coptic” sailed for Honolulu at 1.00.


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15 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Overcast and cloudy with heavy dew. Light to gentle breezes from SW and South, and variable light airs.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works commenced work on machinery and refrigerating plant at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Cool, overcast, and cloudy, with heavy haze and dew. Variable light airs and light SW’ly breezes.

Ensign Arthur J. Hepburn, USN, reported for duty under orders of Navy Department of June 19th, modified by orders of June 24th.

Commissions as Ensigns were received for Ensign Arthur J. Hepburn [previously a Naval Cadet], Cyrus R. Miller, and Clarence S. Kempff, USN.

Absent without leave: C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman), and F. Elsasser (Landsman).

F. Vollstadt (Seaman) returned from liberty 2 hours over time.

Stores received on board in Engineer’s and Scientific Departments as per lists appended.


Received in Engineer’s Department, July 15, 1899

6 ⅜” keyless sockets

6 ⅛” key sockets

12 shade holders

6 portable lamp holders

6 2¼×6” flat fluted holders

6 attachment plugs

25 lbs #20 silk lamp cord

2 lbs ¾” tape

3 lbs sal ammoniac

2 spools #20 electric belt wire

500 gallons lubricating oil

50 gallons cylinder oil

100 gallons lard oil



Scientific Department

2 coils 1¼” manila rope

15 fathoms 1¾” manila rope

50 fathoms 2½” manila rope

1 coil 9 thread manila rope

1 coil 6 thread manila rope

3 pieces hemp junk

1 can tallow

4 kegs salt

10 lbs iron screws

10 lbs 10 oz tacks

3 halibut gaffs

3 boat gaffs

48 60 lb sounding shot

22 35 lb sounding shot


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16 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Cool, overcast, and misty. Light airs from SW.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and cool. Calm to moderate breeze from SW.

Mustered for inspection at 10.00am.

The Commanding Officer presented the Manila Medal [probably the Dewey Medal, also known as the Battle of Manila Bay Medal] to William Lynch (Fireman 2nd class).

By order of the Commanding Officer declared C.O. Anderson [Andersson in log] (Seaman) a deserter.

F. Elsasser (Landsman) absent without leave.


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17 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Cloudy and cool. Light airs to light breezes from SW.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works commenced work at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Cool and clear. Light variable airs during forenoon. Light to moderate breezes throughout afternoon and evening.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works at work on board until 9.30pm.

Enlisted John Norman as Seaman.

Received stores on board as per list appended.

F. Elsasser (Landsman) absent without leave.

Received $2500 from sub-treasury in Paymaster’s Department.


Received in Deck Department, July 17, 1899

2 sections 2” hose

12 small rubber mats

2 large rubber mats

1 piece corrugated rubber for cabin

2 cuspidor mats, rubber


40 frosted 16 candle power electric globes

6 clear 50 candle power which were returned

70 clear 16 candle power electric globes


12 clear 32 candle power electric globes


100 gallons lard oil

180 gallons mineral sperm oil


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18 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Foggy, calm or light airs from SW.

Workmen began work at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Cool and hazy. Variable light airs until noon, then light breeze from SW, increasing to fresh SW’ly breezes at 8.00pm, then calm.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works continued work on machinery and refrigerating plant.

Absent without leave: F. Elsasser (Landsman).

Received on board the following stores: Scientific Department: 37 35lb shot; 25 60 lb shot; Deck Department: 10# 10d cut wire nails; 10 gallons mineral sperm oil.

Filled forward boiler with fresh water first watch. Struck oil below.


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19 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Cool, cloudy, and overcast, with heavy mist. Calm to variable light airs.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works began work on machinery and refrigerating plant at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs and calms, increasing to light and gentle breezes from WSW and SW.

By order of the Commanding Officer rated H.M. Green Seaman to Master-at-Arms 1st class to date from July 1, 1899.

The schooner ““Parkersburg” and steamer “Crescent City” [Cresent City in log] left the basin.

F. Elsasser (Landsman) absent without leave.

In afternoon watch filled after boiler with fresh water and started fires in both boilers, to warm up boilers and steam drum.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works at work on machinery and refrigerating plant.

Received from Nathan, Dormann and Co.: 1 dozen lamp chimneys; and from Madison, Bruce & Sellers: 6 24” varnish brushes and stores as per list.


Stores received in Deck Department, July 19, 1899

3 dozen corn brooms

1 dozen coir brushes

3 dozen hand scrub

500# freshwater soap

2 dozen cakes Sapoilo

24 tins concentrated lye

50# chloride lime

2 dozen bath brick

20 tins metal polish

4 sacks rags

200 sheets emery cloth

400 sheets sandpaper

1 gross Pears soap

5 lbs graphite

3 gross safety matches

12 hand grenades

2 sides rigid leather

6 belaying pins

6 bars soft solder

12 7 foot oars

12 10 foot oars

50# marline

1 coil 15 thread ratline

10# cod line

1 coil 6 thread seizing

1 coil 9 thread seizing

6 round paint brushes

6 flat paint brushes

3 whitewash brushes

6 sash tool brushes

6 sash tool small

6 varnish brushes

6 pencil brushes

2 bladders putty

1# white chalk

50# Princes metallic

3 gallons black paint

200# red lead

600# white lead

600# C.S. zinc

50# yellow ochre

6# burnt sienna

6# Venetian red

5 gallons stack paint

10 gallons turps

20 gallons raw oil

20 gallons boiled oil

1 bale oakum

3# beeswax

1 dozen sack needles

2 packages sack twine

4 sewing palms

10 yards 10 oz duck

24 brass evelets

12 pair clip hooks

6 pat. sheaves 3½

25# sheet brass

2 hand lanterns

2# ball wicking

1 hawsing iron

1 hawsing beetle

12 6” saw files

2 class cutters

2 12½” wood files

1 14” wood rasp

3 gross brass screws

75# wire nails

3 packages copper tacks

15# cal. cut nails

3# cabinet maker’s glue

50 feet copper wire rope


1 box thread and needles

6 air port glasses

3 lt. plate glass

8 deck buckets

2 coils hammock clews

6 packages sail needles

10 yards canvas, hammock

8 dozen lamp chimneys


8 pieces sugar pine




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20 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Cool, cloudy, and misty latter part. Variable light airs to light breezes from South and SW.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works commenced work on the machinery and refrigerating plant at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Overcast during forenoon. Clear and cool during afternoon. Light to gentle breezes from SW.

Steam formed in boilers at 9.00am and at 4.00pm let steam die down. Tested pumps and refrigerating engine.

Francis Marion Green Jr., Fireman 1st class, returned from liberty one hour over time.

Stationed anchor watch on stores on wharf at 8.00pm.

Risdon and Union Iron Works workmen on board. Risdon’s men worked until 9.50pm.

Stores received on board as per list appended.

H.M. Green (Seaman) rated Master-at-Arms 1st class from July 1, 1899.

F. Elsasser (Landsman) absent without leave.


Received in Deck Department from W.S. Ray Mfg Co.

Forward mess and galley gear

2 bake pans 18” square

2 sauce pots 12×13”

2 sauce pans 9×12”

3 dish pans 20” diameter

1 potato strainer, large

1 coffee pot 4 gallons

2 fry pans iron 16”

2 sheet-iron drip pans 18”

1 gallon iron bucket 6 gallons

4 gallon iron buckets 5 gallons

18 agate sauce pans, 1 quart

12 agate sauce pans 2 quarts

6 agate sauce pans 7×9”

1 tin gravy strainer

1 hot cake pan 24×13”

1 large wire toaster

1 egg turner

2 large soup ladles

2 large dippers extra large

1 carving knife 10”

1 large steel 14”

2 basting spoons 18”

4 dozen agate dinner plates

9 agate bowls

3 dozen table spoons



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21 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Clear and cool. Calm and light airs variable in direction.

Risdon’s and Union Iron Works workmen began work at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Calms and variable light airs increasing to stiff breeze from SW and falling to light airs.

The British barque “Almora” docked in the basin.

The boilers and connections to the engines were tested by water pressure to 150 pounds per square inch.

Received in Deck Department from W.S. Ray and Co., and in Engineer’s Department: goods as per list.

F. Elsasser, Landsman, was today declared a deserter from the Naval Service.

The USS “McArthur” stood up the harbor.

Hoisted dredging engine on board and engaged in setting it up.


Received in Deck Department, July 21, 1899

12 agateware slop buckets

2 agateware saucepans 1 gallon

2 agateware saucepans 3 quarts

2 agateware saucepans 1 quart

1 agateware saucepan 1 quart

1 agateware coffee pot 5 quarts

1 agateware coffee pot 2 quarts

1 agateware tea pot 2 gallons

1 agateware sauce pot 10 quarts

2 agateware dish pans

1 agateware dish pan large

6 agateware bowls

1 large tray

1 soup pot, iron

1 drip pan

2 iron pots 6 quarts

3 polished steel fry-pans

2 bread pans

2 heavy glazed iron buckets

1 heavy glazed iron bucket

3 milk cans

2 colanders

1 pudding pan

2 plumb pudding molds

2 gravy strainers, small

1 cake turner

1 potato chipper

1 potato scalloper

2 box nutmeg graters

2 french carving knives

1 large steel

3 basting spoons

2 pat. can openers

2 tea strainers

1 broiler, side guard

1 potato masher

1 coffee mill

1 earthen bowl

2 dust pans

2 feather dusters

3 hand brushes

1 long handled brush

1 refrigerator



Received in the Engineer’s Department, July 21, 1899

4 holding-down bolts, 21 inch

12 stud bolts 1”×3 ⅝”


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22 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Hazy last part. Light airs from SW.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works commenced work on machinery and refrigerating plant at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Misty after 6.00pm. Light airs variable in direction first part, and light to stiff breezes from SW latter part.

Crew engaged in cleaning the side.

Received stores on board as per list.


Received in Engineer’s Department, July 22, 1899

7 electric fans


Returned to Murphy, Grant and Co.

6 white double blankets


Received in exchange from Madison, Bruce & Sellers

600 lbs Pioneer white lead for

600 lbs St. Louis white lead returned


Received in the Paymaster’s Department

One lot stationery (3) boxes


Received from Nathan, Dormann and Co. to replace article received broken with lot crockery etc

1 A.D. coffee saucer

Cabin

1 sherry glass

Cabin

1 punch glass

Wardroom

2 water glasses

Steerage


Returned to W.S. Ray and Co. for exchange

3 fry pans

12 slop buckets

18 saucepans 2 quarts

12 saucepans 1 quart

4 dozen dinner plates



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23 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Clear and pleasant. Calm and light variable airs.

Washed down and swept wharf. Risdon workmen began work at 7.00.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant; overcast at midnight. Calm and variable light airs, increasing to moderate breeze from SW.

Men from Risdon Iron Works at work on boilers and machinery.

The USS “Iowa” anchored off Folsom Street at 8.30am.

Received in ship’s tanks: 1656 gallons of water.


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24 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Overcast, cool, and misty. Variable light airs to light breezes from SW.

Risdon and Union Iron Works forces commenced work at 7.00am.


From 8am to midnight:

Cloudy and cool; misty first part. Light variable airs, increasing to moderate SW’ly breeze and falling to light breeze.

The US Army Hospital ship “Morgan City” arrived with invalid soldiers from Manila.

Received from Risdon Iron Works: 2 iron balls in Deck Department, and 15 grate bars in Engineer’s Department.

From W.S. Ray and Co.: 2 milk cans, 1 slop tray, 1 tea kettle, 1 soup tureen, 1 dish pan, 12 204 mess pans, 48 soup plates, 3 Acme fry pans, 6 straight pots, 12 3-quart dairy pans, 12 chamber pails; and from Madison, Bruce and Sellers: 1 dozen ⅝×16 gauge glasses, 4 ¾×31 gauge glasses; 1 glass cutter in Engineer’s Department; and 56’ ½” galvanized iron and 45 eye bolts in Deck Department.

T. O’Neill (Coal Passer) absent without leave.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works at work on board.


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25 July 1899

San Francisco, California

Lat 37.78, Long -122.387


Commences to 8am:

Overcast and cool. Light to gentle breezes from SW.

Men from Risdon and Union Iron Works commenced work at 7.00.

T. O’Neill (Coal Passer) returned on board 24 hours over time.


From 8am to midnight:

Clear and pleasant. Variable light airs during forenoon. Moderate breeze to light airs from SW during afternoon and evening.

Crew engaged in painting about decks. Workmen from Risdon and Union Iron Works on board.

At 2.30pm lighted fires under both boilers.

Received stores on board as follows:

In Equipment Department: 50 1¼” deck plugs, 50 feet ⅜” rubber, 15 feet rubber for squilgee, 5 gallons brown japan, 20# orange shellac, 6 bill hooks, 4 dozen lantern globes, 1 set hammers, 1 2’ foot rule, 5# 1¼” finishing nails, 5# ¾” finishing nails, 1 package sack needles, 1 box thread, 2 packaged needles, 6 pairs clip hooks, 8 pieces cedar, 2 pieces pine, 5# pat. dryer, 6# vermilion.

Enlisted this day to date from July 24, 1899, G.J. Nicolas (Ordinary Seaman) for four years’ general service.


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