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


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NOVEMBER - 1944          Week ONE

Having crossed the International Date Line, the date, 1 November, was skipped.

Thursday 2 November  - 1944  - 4th day out of Pearl Harbor
0000  Steaming independently on course 255°T, Speed 17 knots, zig zagging plan #10. Ship darkened. Condition II set.
0845  Change speed to 18 knots.
1100 
Made daily inspections of magazine and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
           I WON'T POST THESE INSPECTION NOTES AGAIN.


Friday 3 November  - 1944
0000  Steaming independently on course 255°T, Speed 18 knots, zig zagging plan #10. Ship darkened. Condition II set.
0845  Changed course to 252°T.
1400  Captain inspected holds and lower decks.
1506 
Changed course to 248°T.
1515  Sighted Ship bearing 194°T about 15 miles.
1630 
Clocks are retarded to - 11 zone.
2030  Changed speed to 17 knots.

Saturday 4 November  - 1944
0000  Steaming independently on course 248°T, Speed 17 knots, zig zagging plan #10. Ship darkened. Condition II set.
0845 
Changed course to 243°T. Changed speed to 15 knots. See: CENTRAL PACIFIC MAP.
0950  At Quarter for muster, 1000 Captain held inspection of personnel and above decks.
1050  Radar records tower bearing 233
°T, 27 miles.  1145 Changed course to 235°T.
1147  Sighted Eniwetok Atoll, Radio tower on Perry Island, 15 miles.
1235  Changed course to 230
°T. 1229 Ceased zig zagging, continue on various courses to enter Lagoon at Eniwetok Atoll.
1347  Anchored in Lagoon off Eniwetok Island in 27 fathoms of water.
1349  Secured special sea detail. Modified Condition II set.
1352  While lowering the 40' launch, the topping lift on the starboard amidships boom was slacked off suddenly,
          causing the motor launch and the boom to fall heavily on the main deck. the back of the boat was broken and
          the sides were stave [hole made] in forward. Crew member on board as engineer was injured with multiple
          contusions and abrasions, laceration to lip and scalp. Treated.

Sunday 5 November  - 1944
0000  Anchored in southeastern part of Eniwetok Atoll in 25 fathoms of water with 75 fathoms of chain out to port anchor.
           Boiler #4 in use for auxiliary purposes. Modified Condition II set.
           Various units of U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines present.
1200  Turner, W.L. F2c was transferred with bag, hammock and records to Commanding Officer, Navy 3237.

Monday 6 November  - 1944
0000  Anchored in berth "H-8" in lagoon of Eniwetok Atoll in 27 fathoms of water, coral and sand bottom,
           with 75 fathoms of chain out to port anchor.
Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Modified Condition II set.
          
Various units of U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines present.
0900  ACT-956 came along side to port, 0930 commenced unloading cargo to ACT-956. Completed 2110.
0940  Commenced pumping fuel oil from #4 centerline tank to ships bunker tanks. Completed 1120
1715  YSD-37 came along side, moored to starboard.
1800  Transferred 40' motor launch to YSD-37 for delivery to advance Naval Base Eniwetok. 1815 shoved off.

Tuesday 7 November  - 1944
0000  Anchored in berth "H-8" in lagoon of Eniwetok Atoll in 27 fathoms of water, coral and sand bottom,
           with 75 fathoms of chain out to port anchor.
Boiler #4 in use for auxiliary purposes.
0355  Cut in boilers #1,2,3 on the main steam line. 0430 Stationed special sea detail. Prepared to get underway.
0508  Got underway with Captain at the conn. standing out on various courses. Standard speed 15 knots.
0624  Set Condition II, Section I. 0642 Set course 217
°T.
0735  Formed convoy with USS Aucilla AO-56 and various merchant ships. Taluga the guide. Convoy speed 15 knots.
           Convoy course 217
°T Escorts: USS Sederstrom DE-31; USS Fleming DE-32; and USS Manlove DE-36.
0808  Secured degaussing. 0915 changed course to 263
°T. Changed speed to 14 knots.
1001  Changed speed to 15 knots.
1045  Both engines stopped due to failure of lube oil pump. 1047 Both engines ahead standard speed.
1200  S.S. Capistrano unable to keep up with convoy. 1555 at 8 knots, advised to return to port of departure.
1835  Set Condition  II, Section II.

Wednesday 8 November  - 1944
0000  Steaming in convoy #13, Eniwetok to undisclosed with task unit 16.14.8 with USS Aucilla AO-56 and various
           merchant ships, Taluga the guide. Convoy forms in 3 columns of 2 ships and 1 column of 1 ship; 1,000 yards
           between columns, Ships 700 yards apart. Convoy course 267
°T, Speed 15 knots. Escorts as before.
           Commander of The Unit is USS Sederstrom DE-31. Ship is darkened with Condition II set.
0345  Unidentified plane recorded by radar, bearing 162
°T 16 miles.
           Sounded General Quarters, 0351 manned and ready. 0405  Secured from General Quarters.
0930 
Clocks are retarded to - 10 zone. changed speed to 12 knots.
1330  Changed course to 268
°T.
1718  Condition II, Section III set. 1900 Changed speed to 15 knots.
1930  Sound target bearing 376
°T, 500 yards. Changed course (emergency) 45° to port. Sounded General Quarters.
1941  Change course back to base course. Secured from Gen. Qtrs. Set Condition II, Section I.

Thursday 9 November  - 1944
0000  Steaming in convoy #13, Eniwetok to undisclosed,  Convoy Course 268°T, Speed 15 knots. - as before.
0612  Starboard engine stopped due to failure of lube oil pump. 0613 Starboard engine standard ahead.
           Continued steaming as before.
Friday 10 November  - 1944
0000  Steaming in convoy #13, Eniwetok to undisclosed Convoy Course 268°T, Speed 15 knots. - as before.
0829  Changed Convoy Speed to 12.6 knots. Changed Convoy Course to 266
°T.
1630 
Clocks are retarded to - 9 zone. changed speed to 12 knots.
          
Continued steaming as before.