History: from Ships' Log
|SEPTEMBER - 1944 Week ONE|
Moored starboard side to Pier #9, Port Covington, Baltimore, Md. with six wire cable. Boiler #4 in use for auxiliary purposes.
0630 Lt. Cmdr, G.W. Blick, USNR, reported aboard for passage to Norfolk, Va. Made all preparations for getting underway.
0643 Pilot F.C.Hoffman came aboard.
0655 Tugs "Chester" and "J.P. Pulliam" came alongside.
0716 Got underway for Norfolk, Va. Captain at conn, Executive Officer, Navigator on the bridge on pilot courses and
various speeds. Standard speed, 15 knots Av. RPM 30.6 Injection 71.
0951 Thomas Point Light - 1000 yards. 1155 Cove Point Light - 1.7 miles.
1407 Point Lookout - 1.25 miles. 1522 Windmill Point Light 3.8 miles, Rappahannock Spit Buoy - 1.8 miles.
1758 Entered Thimble Shoal Channel, leadsman in chains.
2025 Anchored in berth six, Hampton Roads, Va., in forty-three feet of water, hard bottom, with forty-five fathoms
of chain to starboard anchor.
2220 Secured boilers (1), (3), and (4).
2245 All (5) passengers left the ship as did Pilot F.C. Hoffman.
Saturday 2 September - 1944
0330 Commenced swinging to flood tide. This function occurs many times while at anchor.
0800 Mustered crew at quarters. One absentee. This function occurs every day.
0915 Capt. J. Meyer USN and party from Auxiliary Vessels Shakedown Group came aboard for inspection of material.
0935 Received from Naval Ammunition Depot, St. Juliens Creek,
3000 Mark 2 (30) cal. cartridges, 1500 Mark 1911 (45) cal. cartridges,
500 blank (45) cal. cartridges, 50 Mark 1921 (45) cal. dummy cartridges,
100 twelve ga. shot gun shells, 100 Mark 1906 (30) cal. dummy cartridges,
One Mark signal projector, One Mark 1 spare part set for signal projector,
Four Mark 1 star signals white, Four Mark 1 star signals red,
Four Mark 1 star signals green, Four Mark 2 shower signals red,
Four Mark 2 shower signals green, Four Mark 4 chamelon signals white, red, green,
Three Mark 3 Smoke signals red, Four Mark 4 chamelon signals green, white, red,
Three Mark 3 Smoke signals yellow, Three Mark 3 Smoke signals black,
Three Very's service boxes containing 150 green, 150 red, 150 white cartridges.
One Very's reserve box containing 50 green, 50 red, 50 white cartridges, 30 red & 22 blue hand lights.
Twelve abandon ship kits.
1130 Capt. Meyer and his party left the ship.
1245 Ens. Stuart Ross, USNR; Fuller, Walter S2c; Derby, William S2c; Sobeck, Eugene C. M3c
were transfered to U.S. Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Va.
1510 Ammunition lighter came alongside. (Lighter: a large usually flat-bottomed barge used especially in unloading or loading ships)
The following men reported aboard for duty with bags, hammocks, records and accounts:
1459 Got underway for Deperming Station, Lambert's Point, Norfolk, Va. Captain at the conn.
1625 At Deperming Station with 4 manilla lines to port and 4 manila lines to starboard.
1700 Received 96 Purpose "A" Test Primers MK 15-1 from Naval Ammunition Depot.
Monday 4 September - 1944
0110 Completed deperming.
0712 Underway for Hampton roads, Ca, Captain at the conn.
0827 Anchored at Hampton roads.
0845 Lt Campbell, Lt(jg) Baughman, Brady (CRN), and Buchanan (CBM) came aboard to assist conducting shakedown trial.
0912 Underway to conduct shakedown trials, Captain at the conn.
1016 Exercised at firedrill. 1040 Secured from fire drill.
1226 Stopped engines.
1240 Passed White Channel Buoy close aboard to starboard and commenced degaussing runs.
1320 Completed degaussing runs. 1430 Set Condition Baker. 1437 Sounded General Quarters. 1442 All stations manned.
1600 Secured from General Quarters, set condition II, section II.
1637 Started compensation of magnetic compasses with degaussing coils energized. Secured at 1707.
1718 Steering various courses to anchorage.
1744 Anchored off Cape Charles, VA in 9 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to starboard anchor.
Tuesday 5 September - 1944
0605 Got underway on various courses. Exercised General Quarters and Fire Drills several times.
1205 Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to calibrate radio direction finder.
1524 Anchored off Cape Charles, VA again. Brady (CRM) left ship after completing temporary shakedown training.
1747 Underway from Cape Charles. 2011 Steaming on various courses.
2024 Anchored in Chesapeake Bay off entrance to Great Wicomico River in 40 ft. of water. Secured boilers, 1,2, &3.
Wednesday 6 September - 1944
0612 Underway to continue shakedown training. Capt. at the conn.
1045 Made daily inspection of magazines, conditions normal.
1707 Anchored off entrance to Severn River, Annapolis, MD. in 45 feet of water. See Maryland Map
1630 Commenced ballasting.
Thursday 7 September - 1944
0640 Underway to continue shakedown training. Capt. at the conn.
0722 Entered on measured mile run along Kent Island, MD.
1432 Steaming various courses in preparation for streaming paravanes. 1514 Steaming paravanes. 1525 Secured.
1635 Steaming various courses to obtain tactical data.
2021 Commenced discharging ballast.
2327 Anchored by Wolf Trap Light N.E. of York River mouth. in 45 ft. of water. Secured boilers 2,3,&4.