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USS.Taluga.AO-62
History: from Ships' Log


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August - 1945          Week One

At this date Taluga's available log reported 75 REP's while moored and [182] UNREP's while underway.
DESCRIPTIONS of Ships Refueled are linked on the UNREP RECORD Page

Wednesday  1  August - 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 38.1 CTG is USS Bennington CV-20. Guide is USS South Dakota BB-57.
           Course is 295°t. Speed 10 knts. Ship is darkened.
0003  Changed course to 180
°t. 0010 USS Ashtabula AO-51 is designated guide.
0425  Changed course to 150
°t. Changed speed to 8 knts. 0440 set Fueling at sea detail.
0535  Changed course to 180
°t. 0807 Changed speed to 9 knts.
0947  USS John Rodgers DD-574 [183] came alongside strbd.  1013  Cast off recvd 222 brls. of fuel oil.
1030  USS Caperton DD-650  [184] came alongside strbd. 1059 Cast off recvd 221 brls. fuel oil.
1155  Changed speed to 8 knts. 1222 Changed course to 165
°t. Changed speed to 14 knts. Maneuvered to join main body.
1225  Secured Fueling at Sea detail.  1250 Changed course to 180
°t. USS Marias AO-57 designated guide.
1340  Changed speed to 13.5 knts.  1355 Changed course to 155
°t.
1408  Changed course to 135
°t.  1420 Changed course to 165°t.  1437 Changed course to 180°t.
1455  Changed speed to 9 knts.  1510 Assumed position in Task Group 30.8 - Course 180
°t. Guide is USS Nantahala AO-60.

           So it seems that during the last hours of July 31, Taluga had moved to complete different TG to fuel two DD's.
Comment from a ship commander:
Justt over 200 bbl hardly seems worth the effort.  That is less than 5% fuel capacity on a WW II DD.  In the 80's we would typically refuel a battlegroup when the ships got to 85% fuel.  For a DD/FF it would be 1200-1500 bbl and averaged 42 minutes from first to last line. Capt. Moloney

           It took 3 hours at 14 knts. to return to main group.
Comment from a ship engineer:
If the Taluga was making 14 knots she was absolutely WIDE OPEN.  In the 1980's the standard UNREP speed was 12 knots, but Taluga could only make that if she had only one small ship alongside and was pumping through only one hose.  For two ships or for a carrier alongside, she could not generate enough steam to keep up the 12 knot speed with all the winches and pumps running as well, and would gradually slow down to about 8 or 9 knots.  The boilers were the limiting factor, they just weren't very big.  It was a 450 PSI steam system.  Lary Harris

1705  Changed course to 160
°t.  1802 Changed course to 135°t. USS Thetus Bay CVE-90 designated guide.
          
1900 - 2400 log hours not available.
Thursday   2  August - 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 30.8. CTU is in USS Detroit CL-8. Guide is USS Thetus Bay CVE-90.
           Course is 135°t. Speed 12 knts. Ship is darkened. 0500 Changed course to 225°t.
0506  Changed course to 300
°t.  0525 USS Alcyone AKA-7 designated guide.
0530  Set fueling at Sea detail. 0543 Changed course to 270
°t. Changed speed to 10 knts. Secured from fueling detail.
0635  USS Aucilla AO-56 came alonside port. 1045 Cast off having delivered 21,451 brls. of fuel oil.
0720  USS Neshanic AO-71 designated guide. 0730 Changed speed to 8 knots.
1214  USS Cache AO-67 designated guide. 1424 Changed course to 000
°t. Changed speed to 12 knts.
1430  Changed course to 090
°t.  1432 USS Roi CVE-103 designated guide. 1510 Changed speed to 10 knts.
1741  Changed course to 000
°t.  then in 5 mon. to 285°t. 1749 USS Cache AO-67 designated guide.
1831  Sunset - Darkened ship.  2130  Changed speed to 11 knts.

Friday
  3  August - 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 30.8. CTU is in USS Detroit CL-8. Guide is USS Cache AO-67.
           Course is 285°t. Speed 11 knts. Ship is darkened.
0328  Changed course to 270
°t.  then in 6 min. to 335 t.  Changed speed to 14 knts. USS Ashtabula AO-51 dsgntd guide.
0423  Changed course to 045
°t. 0435 Set Fueling at Sea Detail. 0446 Changed course to 045°t.
0522  Changed course to 090
°t. Changed speed to 8 knts. Formed fueling line with TU 30.18.1
0545  USS Knapp DD-653 [185] came alongside strbrd. 0621 Cast off  recvd 608 brls. fuel oil.
0552  USS Lexington CV-16 [186] came alongside port. 0714 Cast off recvd 2,726 brls. of fuel oil.
0649  USS Samuel Moore DD-747 [187] came alongside strbd. 0735 Cast off recvd 324 brls. of fuel oil.
0727  Changed speed to 7 knts.
0731  USS San Jacinto CVL-30 [188] came along side port. 0828 Cast off recvd 1,548 brls. of fuel oil.
0800  USS Ingersoll DD-652 [189] came alongside strbd. 0902 Cast off recvd. 741 brls. of fuel oil.
0952  USS Belleau Wood CVL-24 [190] came along side port. 1101 Cast off recvd 2,000 brls. fuel oil & 5,539 gal. Av Gas.
1110  Changed speed to 14 knts. 1112 Secured from Fueling at Sea.
1122  Changed course to 135
°t. USS Cache AO-67 designated guide.
1243  Changed course to 140
°t. 1302 Chngd course to 090°t. Chngd speed to 8 knts. Maneuvered to position in TG 30.8.
1315  Changed speed to 10 knts. 1330 Changed course to 180 t. USS Naches AO-47 is guide.
1333  Changed course to 270
°t. USS Taluga AO-62 designated guide.
          
1400 - 2400 log hours not available.
Saturday  4 August  - 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 30.8.1. CTU is in USS Detroit CL-8. Guide is USS Naches AO-47.
           Course is 090°t. Speed 10 knts. Ship is darkened.
0548  Changed course to 110
°t.  1048 Changed course to 200°t. thn in 2 min. to 231°t. USS Ashtabula AO-51 dsgntd gd.
1107  Changed course to 282
°t.  1145 Changed course to 223°t. 1309 Changed course to 133°t., Speed to 15 knts.
1315  Changed course to 100
°t.  USS Naches AO-47 dsgntd guide.
1327  Changed course to 015
°t.  USS Cacapon AO-52 dsgntd guide.  Changed speed to 16 knts.
1826  Sunset - Darkened Ship.

Sunday  5  August - 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 30.8. CTU is in USS Stevenson DD-645. Guide is USS Cacapon AO-52.
           Course is 015°t. Speed 16 knts. Ship is darkened. 0206  USS Sabine AO-25 is designated guide.
0215  Changed course to 043
°t.
1150  While the USS Stevenson DD-645 was delivering mail alongside strbd., she was carried against the side of
           USS Taluga by heavy seas. Damages to this ship were M Strake #8 was dished betwwn frames 45-46 & 42-43.
1553  Changed speed to 10 knts. 1658 Changed speed to 16 knts.
1817  Sunset - Darkened ship.  2000 Changed course to 035
°t.


Monday  6  August- 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 30.8. CTU is in USS Stevenson DD-645. Guide is USS Cacapon AO-52.
           Course is 035°t. Speed 16 knts. Ship is darkened.
0815  Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
0831  Changed course to 027
°t.  1054 Changed course to 023°t.
1300  Exercised at fire drill. 1303 first stream of water at scene. 1314 Secured
1401  Changed course to 027
°t.  1807 Changed speed to 10 knts. 1811 Sunset - Darkened ship.
1829  Changed speed to 16 knts. 
1903  Emergency changed course to 087
°t. 1905 Changed course to 027° t. 1947 Changed courae to 030°t.

Tuesday  7  August- 1945
0000  Steaming in TG 30.8. CTU is in USS Stevenson DD-645. Guide is USS Cacapon AO-52.
           Course is 030°t. Speed 16 knts. Ship is darkened.
0323  Changed speed to 8 knts. Changed course to 300
°t.  0327 Changed course to 270°t.
0330  Set Fueling at Sea detail. 0334 Maneuvered to fueling disposition.
0400  Changed spoeed to 8 knts.  0445  USS Naches AO-47 designated guide.
0447  USS Frank Knox DD-742 [191] came alongside strbd. 0515 Cast off rcvd. 500 brls. of fuel oil.
0516  USS Bon Homme Richard CV-31 [192] came lngsd prt. 0702 Cast off recvd. 7,345 brls. fuel oil & 21,600 gal. Av Gas.
0530  USS Wadleigh DD-689 [193] came alongside strbd. 0553 Cast off  rcvd. 520 brls. of fuel oil.
0607  USS Uhlmann DD-687 [194] came alongside strbd.  0634 Cast off rcvd. 513 brls. of fuel oil.
0641  USS Monssen DD-798 [195] came alongside strbd.
0713  USS Boston CA-69 [196]came alongside port.  0838 Cast off rcvd. 5,157 brls. of fuel oil.
0745  USS Quincy CA-71 [197] came along side strbd. 0921 Cast off rcvd. 5,596 brls. of fuel oil.
0852  USS Independence CVL-22 [198] came lngsd prt. 1012 Cast off rcvd. 3,894 brls. of fuel oil & 34,000 gal. Av Gas.
0932  USS St. Paul CA-73 [199] came alongside strbd. 1104 Cast off recvd. 4,889 brls. fuel oil.
1110  Secured from Fueling at Sea detail.  NOTICE: ONLY THE CV's TOOK ON AVIATION GAS.
1155  USS Melvin DD-680 came along side port. 1155 Cast off having received Officer Messenger Mail.
1342  Maneuvered to position in TU 30.8.1 on Course of 270
°t. Speed is 5 knts.
1401  Changed course to 180
°t. 1414 changec course to 090°t. in 11 min. ti 180 t.
1433  Changed course to 240
°t. Changed speed to 8 knts. 1447 USS Ashtabula AO-51 dsgntd guide.

 
At this date; Taluga's available log reported 75 REP's while moored and [199] UNREP's while underway.