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


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OCTOBER - 1944          Week ONE


Sunday 1 October - 1944
0105  Moored at Berth #32, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. with 8 wire cables. Receiving  water, and telephone
           facilities from dock.  Boiler #3 in use for auxiliary purposes.
0945  Commenced dock trial on Port engine.
1545  While warming up port engine, this being turned over by jacking gear, a propeller blade fouled the
           camel
(wooden fender) secured to the dock off our port quarter. Main engine secured immediately.
1630  Diver sent down to examine pot propeller for possible damage.
1700  Diver reports that one blade was slightly bent at the tip.
2305  Commenced repairing damaged propeller.
Chesapeake Bay Map
Monday 2 October  - 1944
0105  Moored at Berth #32, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. with 6 wire cables. Receiving  water, and telephone
           facilities from dock.  Boiler #3 in use for auxiliary purposes.
0715  Stationed special sea details. YTB-221 came alongside and pilot T.E. Purcell came aboard.
0716  YTB-187 came alongside.
0730  Underway from Berth #32, captain at the conn.  0747 YTB's cast off. and pilot left the ship.
0834  Passed Crany Island Light.  0920 Anchored in Berth #25 Hampton roads in 53 feet of water. Fort Wool Light 068°.
0927  Capt. J. Meyer and party came aboard to conduct military and material inspection.
1110  Exercised Abandon Ship,. 1157 Secured drills and set the port watch.
1525  Inspection board left the ship.
1630  Commenced loading ammunition aboard.

Tuesday 3 October  - 1944
0105  Anchored at Berth #25 Hampton roads in 53 feet of water. Boiler #4 steaming for auxilary purposes.
           Loading ammunition from barge YF-306 moored to port side.
0140  Completed loading ammunition. Ammunition received from Naval Ammunition Depot, St. Juliens Creek, VA. as follows.
           9900 rds. 22mm AA incendiary;  6840 rds. 20mm AA tracer; 360 rds. 20mm AA target; 7936 rds. 40mm AA;
           192 rds. 40mm Ter.; 32 rds. 40mm Dummy; 7380 rds. 20mm AA; 1800 rds. AA tracer; 6656 rds. 40mm AA;
           4606 rds. 40mm AA other; 44 rds. 3"-50 AA; 500 rds. 3"-50 AP; 100 rds. 3"-50 I11; 4 rds. 3"-50 Dial; 60 5"-38 N36;
           240 rds. 5"-38 N43; 166 rds. 5"-38 AA COM 6957 projectals; 42 5"-38
AA COM 6948 projectals; 92 5"-38 AA COM
           6189 projectals;  2 5"-38 N3350; 156 3"50 AA N67; 1832 Primers. and samples.
0240  Wool Towing Co. tug E. V. McCaulley removed ammunition barge from along side.
0705  Ingersoll, E.J. Lt. reported aboard duty compass adjustments.
0731  Got underway for practice firing range, Capt. at the conn.
0815  Passed Thimble Shoal Light.  1045 reduced soeed to 1/3 ahead.
1055  Commenced steering courses necessary to compensate magnetic compass.  1148 Energized degausing coils.
1217  Completed compensating compasses. Changed standard speed to 18 knots.
1300  Exercised crew General Quarters - excused all but 40mm and 20mm guns.
1324  Commenced test firing of 40mm and 20mm guns. 1420 Completed test firing.
1526  Passed Wolf Trap Lighthouse. 1527 changed course - entered York Spit Channel.

           16 to 20   and   20 to 24 hour log not included in files.
           The ship continued and was moored in Berth #46 - Pier #4 N.O.B. Norfolk.

Wednesday 4 October  - 1944
0105  Moored at Berth #46, Pier #4 N.O.B. Norfolk VA with (6) wire cables. No.2 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes.
0907  Commenced taking on deck cargo.
1105  Completed taking on (16) motor trucks as deck cargo.
1150  Canon, R.S. SF1c transfered to Naval Hospital with Baggage, hammock, records and transfer papers.
1440  Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples - conditions normal.
1615  Oglesby, clarence N. M2c reported aboard with bag, hammock, records, and orders.
1845  Miles, Joseph GM3c
reported aboard for duty with records and orders, bag, hammock already aboard.
2320  Received the following stores from Foster Wheeler , (26) bindles of boiler tubes.
2325  Received 75 Masks, Gas NDO Mark 3, (1) Kit test impregnite in clothing aray M1.

Thursday 5 October  - 1944
0105  Moored at Berth #46, Pier #4 N.O.B. Norfolk VA with (6) wire cables. No.2 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes.
           Receiving fresh water from the dock.
0845  Ceased receiving fresh water.
0930  Made preparations for getting underway.
0949  Tug Peerless came alongside to starboard. Pilot H.T. Treakle came aboard.
1002  Got underway, Captain at the conn, standing out of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1011  Pilot left the ship, Tug Peerless stood off.
1048  Passed Thimble Shoal Light.
1137  Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to starboard, distance about 1.2 miles.
           Note: At this point, The ship had just passed through through the Anti-Submarine which was open and closed by Net
           Tending Boats. This webpage author was stationed at the Harbor Defense Base where the boats came from.
           The bridge people use in the 21st Century was not there. A Ferry was used to cross the bay.
1512  Commenced taking position in Task Unit 29.6.7 off port beam of guide USS Aucilla AO-56 at 18 knots.
           Escorts USS KC Campbell DE-443 (commander of the task force) and USS U.M. Moore DE-442.
1600  Commenced zigzagging with Plan #10 (1940).

           Naval History : USS Aucilla on the 7th, reported for duty to the Commander, Service Squadron, put to sea bound for the Caribbean.
             She arrived at Aruba on 9 October and loaded fuel oil until the 11th when she set sail for Panama. The oiler transited the Panama Canal
             on 13 October and, the following day, departed Balboa, Panama, for the Hawaiian Islands. She stopped over at Pearl Harbor from 26 to
             29  October and then continued her voyage west. The ship anchored in Eniwetok lagoon on 5 November. She spent the next two days
             unloading her cargo of fuel before continuing on to UlithiServRon.
             Aucilla was same class as Taluga, "Ashtabula ". Their names both came from the Florida Panhandle.

Friday 6 October  - 1944
0105  Steaming in convoy with task unit 29.6.7 in #11 position 800 yds. off beam of USS Aucilla AO-56, the guide position
           #21 with USS K.C. Campbell and USS U.M. Moore DE-442 as escorts on zig zag plan #10 speed 17 knots. General
           quarters found no absentees.

Saturday 7 October  - 1944
0105  Steaming in convoy with task unit 29.6.7 in #11 position 800 yds. off beam of USS Aucilla AO-56, the guide position
           #21 with USS K.C. Campbell and USS U.M. Moore DE-442 as escorts on zig zag plan #10 speed 17 knots.
1000  Held quarters for muster, followed by Captain's inspection of the crew and upper decks. Absentees: None.
1402  Commenced manuvering to form column for scheduled gunnery exercise; order of column, Campbell, Aucilla, Moore, Taluga.  1421 Commenced practice. 1445 Ceased. 1508 Resumed convoy formation.