LOG BOOK OF THE U. S. S. ASHLAND LSD-1

COMMANDED BY: W. L. Phaler, Commander, U. S. N.

ATTACHED TO: Twenty-First LSD Division,

Second LSD Squadron,

Amphibious Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet,

Commencing: August 1, 1953, Proceeding from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island, Canada to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, Canada.

and ending: August 31, 1953, Newport News, Virginia


Saturday, 1 August 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in column formation with USS LST-5O3, USNS NODAWAY and SS MONROE VICTORY in the general area East of Cape Warwick, Resolution Island waiting for ice conditions to improve in Frobisher Bay before proceeding from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay in accordance with CTF 150 Verbal orders. Course is;143°t. Speed is 4 knots, 51 rpm. ASHLAND is guide, standard distance between ships is 1000 yards. OTC and SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boiler #2 is in use, boiler #1 is secured on 30 minutes notice. 0020 a/e stopped. All ships in formation commenced lying-to. 0239 Proceeded in formation on course 060°t, speed 4 knots, 51 rpm.
T R BENNETT
LTJG USNR

04 TO 08
Steaming as before. 0620 C/C TO 110°T. 0647 C/C TO 185°T.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

8 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1240 USNS NODAWAY, and USS LST-503 departed from, column formation to conduct full power run to eliminate carbon deposits. 1500 c/c to 345°t. 1530 USNS NODAWAY resumed column formation astern of ASHLAND.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1609 c/c to 315°t. 1610 USS LST-503 rejoined formation.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1906 All ships in this formation c/c in column to NEW BASE COURSE 045°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2030 c/c to 024°t. 2100 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 7 knots, 85 rpm. 2100 USNS NODAWAY and SS MONROE VICTORY were detached from this unit to proceed in accordance with ice transit order of CTG 150.3. 2330 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 2331 Lighted fires under #1 boiler. 2342 Boiler #1 on the line.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Sunday 2 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in company with USS LST-503 under boilers #1 and #2 from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island, to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay in accordance with CTF 150 verbal orders. Base Course is 025°t. Speed is 8 knots, 98 rpm. Steaming in column formation, distance 1000 yards. This vessel is guide. SOPA and OTC is GTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel. 0000 c/c to 010°t. 0013 c/s to 9 knots, 111 rpm. 0218 c/c to 280°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0508 c/s to 3 knots, 40 rpm. 0605 Sighted USS Staten Island (AGB 5) bearing 318%deg;t, distance 6 miles. 0722 c/c to 238°t. 0729 c/c to 244°t. 0732 c/c to 270°t. 0734 c/c to 265°t. 0735 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm. 0750 Rendezvoused with USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5)
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0000 Mustered crew on stations, absentees none. 0003 Set material condition Baker prior to entry into ice fields. 0825 Formed column formation standard distance of 500 yards in this order: USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5), USS ASHLAND(LSD 1) and USS LST-503. Commanding Officer of USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) assumes OTC while transiting ice fields. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at- various speeds while proceeding up Frobisher Bay through ice coverage generally of about eight-tenths with the small floes moving with the current. Belts of ice of ten-tenths coverage often being formed, and movement of the ice often causing the ice to close quickly astern of the ice breakers. 0950 As the USS LST-503 was having difficulty maintaining station the USS ASHLAND (LSD-l) and the USS LST-503 exchanged positions in the formations. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1230 Commenced working towards the southern shore of Frobisher Bay to take advantage of shore lead in ice discovered by the USS EDISTO (AGB-2) . 1400 Progress through ice slowed by increased concentrations of ice. Ice now generally ten-tenths closely packed and medium and small floes. 1509 Commenced lying to awaiting flood tide to open leads through ice fields. H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to as before, astern of USS LST-503, and USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) awaiting opening through ice. 1608 Commenced closing on USS LST-503 at various courses and speeds. 1718 Lying to awaiting change in current. 1738 Secured fires under #1 boiler on 30 minutes notice.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before. 1846 Ice fields gradually opening up. Commenced forming in column formation, this vessel close astern of the USS LST-503, which is close astern of the USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5), preparatory to passing through ice fields. Base course is 270°t. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds in order to maintain station close astern of the USS LST-503, and avoid large floes and bergybits. 1851 Boiler #1 back on the line. Ice coverage now about nine-tenths.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before on various courses and speeds in order to maintain station close astern of USS LST-503 while transiting ice. Ice coverage now generally eight-tenths to nine-tenths medium and small floes. Working towards shore lead along southern shore of Frobisher Bay.
H B PARKER
LTJG, USNR

Monday 3 August, 1953

OO to 04
Steaming in company with USS LST-503 and USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in accordance with CTF 150 verbal orders. Base course is 270°t, speed 4 knots, 58 rpm. We are maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds along base course proceeding through ice fields astern of USS LST-503. SOPA is CTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel. OTC during transit of ice fields is Commanding Officer of USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5). 0145 Increasing ice concentrations and darkness is making ice transit more difficult and more dangerous. Progress very slow, averaging less than 2 knots. Secured #1 boiler on 30 minutes notice. 0150 Commenced lying to 5 miles east of Henderson Inlet, awaiting daylight and change of tide prior to continuing transit of ice fields. 0326 Lighted fires under boiler #1. 0343 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds following astern of USS LST-503 while proceeding through ice fields along general base course of 300°t. Ice Coverage eight-tenths medium and small floes.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 TO 08
Steaming as before. 0417 Changed base course to 223°t, to work more directly toward shore lead. USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) proceeding to work her way without ice breaker assistance through more open water with ice of six-tenths coverage, to the south of the USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) and USS LST-503. 0507 Reached relatively open shore lead along southern coast of Frobisher Bay with ice coverage three to four-tenths with belts of eight-tenths concentration. Changed base course to 295°t. 0522 Slowed to allow USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) and USS LST-503 to take station ahead. 0540 proceeding in column formation behind USS LST-503 along shore lead, steering various courses and speeds to avoid heaviest concentrations of ice.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: none. 0900 Passed into relatively open water about two-tenths coverage. 0929 Commenced lying to, to transfer personnel. 0945 The following named men were transferred to the USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) for transportation to USNS GENERAL GREELY for TAD: BLACKWOOD, K E BM2, USN; JOHNSON, H B GM3, USN. 1013 Transfer completed , commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds, closing on USS LST-503. USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) detached from further ice escort duty. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder, samples Conditions normal. 1125 ASHLAND becomes guide and USS LST-503 is following astern while maneuvering on various courses and speeds while proceeding through scattered ice fields of about two-tenths coverage.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before, ice coverage generally two to four-tenths in lead with belts of six to eight-tenths concentration. 1224 Entered belt of seven-tenths medium and small floe. During transit of this belt it often became necessary to take the way off the ship, ease up to the floes that could not be avoided and push the floe out of the way. 1254 Passed through ice belts and into relatively clear water of two-tenths coverage. Changed base course to 315°t. 1306 Passed President's Seat abeam to port, distance 2500 yards.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1611 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1712 c/s to 10.5 knots, 135 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS. USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2004 Set the special sea detail in preparation for passing through Algerine and Deep Passages. 2010 Algerine Passage discovered blocked by ice. Plans changed to pass through Bartlett Narrows. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds avoiding bergybits and growlers while approaching Bartlett Narrows. Pilot OSBORNE at the Conn., Captain, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. 2050 Passed Peak Island abeam to port distance 500 yards. 2109 Entered Bartlett Narrows. 2134 Left Bartlett Narrows and c/c to 265°t. 2138 c/c to 250°:t; passed Low Island abeam to port, distance 900 yards. 2142 c/c to 329°t. 2145 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to avoid scattered ice. 2205 Passed Pink Lady abeam to port, distance 900 yards. 2210 c/c to 306°. 2217 c/c to 274°t. 2227 c/c to 320°t. 2330 Detached USS LST-503 to proceed independently to her assigned anchorage.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Tuesday 4 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay in accordance with verbal orders of, CTF 150. Base course is 341°t, base speed is 10.5 knots. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Maneuvering on various courses and various speeds approaching anchorage. SOPA and OTC is CTG 15O.3 embarked in this vessel. 0001 Stationed the ballasting detail. 0041 Anchored in berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet Frobisher Bay In 17 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 105 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Survey Beacon 052°, Left tangent Long Island 320°, Monument Island 258°. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in, this vessel. 0015 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 16'6", aft 18'8". 0045 Set US Army LCM into the water from the starboard side of the super-deck. 0103, Secured main engines. 0l04 Secured the Special Sea Detail and set the regular in port watch. 0110 Secured #1 boiler, boiler #2 in use for Auxiliary purposes. 0130 Commenced moving 6 US 4rmy LCM's and 2, LCU's, out of the well deck 0145 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 27' 7", aft' 25'. 0205 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 27'7", aft 25'. 0230 Set US Army LCM into the water from the port side of the super-deck 0240 Completed moving 6 US Army LCM's and, 2 LCU's from the well deck. 0245 Commenced setting 6 US Army DUKW's into the water from the super-deck. 0257 Ceased deba1lasting, draft fwd 16'9", aft 23'. Secured ballasting detail. 0325 Completed setting 6 US Army DUKW's into the water.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

04 TO 08
Anchored as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0831 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's Standard Transfer Order 86-53, dated 3 August 1953, FLYNN S P QM3; USN was transferred to Nearest Naval Hospital CONLUS for treatment. Authority NavMed Form "G" dated 3 August 1953. Made daily inspection of magazines and smoke1ess powder samples; conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1427 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 1443 Foc'sle reports port anchor coming with heavy strain. Stopped off port anchor at 15 fathoms on deck and made starboard anchor ready for letting go. 1451 underway from berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher ,Bay, proceeding to the center of same berth Baker. Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding to center of berth Baker. 1518 Anchored in berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher, Bay, with 45 fathoms, of chain to the, starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 329°, Monument Island 250°, Survey Beacon 069°. 1525 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 1537 Hauled in port anchor, boulder caught in anchor was apparently causing strain. l543 Hauled in starboard anchor and dropped port anchor. Anchored in berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in 20 fathoms of water, sticky mud, bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 329°, Monument Island 250°, Survey Beacon 069°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA, is CTG ,15O.3 embarked in this vessel.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1650 Exercised the crew at fire drill. Captain, First Lieutenant and Chief Carpenter inspected ship's hull and stern gate for ice damage. 1710 Secured from fire drill.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Anchored as before. 2315 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 16'O", aft 16'5". 2317 Ceased ballasting draft fwd, 18'0", aft 25'0'.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

Wednesday 5 August, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in 20 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom, with 105 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 329°t, Monument Island 250°t, Survey Beacon 069°t. Boi1er #l in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.3. SOPA is CTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel. 0355 Received LCM A-8 and LCU 204 in well deck for repairs. 0355 Commenced deballasting.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0400 Set all clocks back one hour to conform to zone time plus 5 (Roger time). LCU 1223 Cast off from port side. 0526 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 15'6", aft 17'3", Mean 16'4".
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. listing ship 4° to starboard in order to weld bilge plates on LCU 1204. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1415 Completed repairs to LCU-1204. 1438 Righted ship. 1512 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 15'6", aft l7'3". 1555 LCU 1204 left well deck. 1555- Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 13'0", aft 25'0".
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1605 Commenced deballasting, 1730 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd l5'6", aft 19'0", Mean 17'3".
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

20 to 24
Anchored as before.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

Thursday 6 August, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth Baker Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay in 20 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 329°, Monument Is1and 250°, Survey Beacon 069°. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Snips present; various units of TG 150.3. SOPA is CTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0855 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 1018 USNS BLUE JACKET stood out from anchorage to sea.

A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1458 USNS GENERAL HEINTZMAN stood out from anchorage to sea.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1715 USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) stood in to anchorage. 1835 USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) anchored.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

20 to 24
Anchored as before.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

Friday 7 August, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island, in 20 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 329°, Monument Island 250°, Survey Beacon 049°. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.3. SOPA is ComLSDRon Two (CTG 150.3) embarked in this vessel.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0435 SHARP, R B, FA, USN received multiple lacerations of right hand and simple fracture of second finger right hand caused by hatch falling on hand while man was c1imbing ladder leading from starboard engine room. Treatment: X-ray, splint dressing, bandage. Responsibility: Negligence of unknown person who used hatch earlier.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

8 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0830 Made daily inspection of magazines and smoke1ess powder samples, conditions normal. 0900 Lit off #2 boiler. 0910 Secured #1 boiler. 1000 In accordance with Commanding Officer, US NavRecSta, San Diego, California STO #631 CRUMP, W D, BT2, USN reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for resumption of duties, TAD under instruction complete. Auth: ComPhibLant spdltr ser 1734-P of 11 FEB 1953. In accordance with Commanding Officer, U S NavRecSta, Norfo1k, Virginia STOs #6304 and, #6251, TH0MPS0N, R E, SN, USN and CHERRY, L G, SHSN, USN reported aboard from leave. In accordance with ComNavRecSta, Norfolk, Virginia STO #6300, DAWSON, K R, YNSN; USN reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage; for duty with ComLSDRon TWO. Auth: ComPhibLant spdltr ser 4806 of APR 1953. In accordance with CO RecSta, Norfolk, Virginia STO #6178, BERCKMAN, W (n), SN, USN reported aboard with! transfer papers, records and baggage for duty. Auth: ComPhiblant dispatch 29l803Z, of June 1953. In accordance with CO, RecSta, Norfolk, Virginia STO #6286, FLSHER; H J, FP3, USN reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for duty. Auth: ComPhiblant spdltr ser 10970 of 18 Nov 1952. In accordance with CO, NSCS, Bayonne, New, Jersey STO #512, CARTER, J E, SH3, US reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for resumption of duties, TAD under instruction complete. Auth: ComPhibLant spdltr ser 5230-P of 24 APR 1953. In Accordance with CO, SubGroupOne, ChasnGruLantResFlt STO #339, ROBINSON, J H, YN1, USN reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for duty. Auth: ComServLant, spdltr ser 12067X8120 of 29 April 1953. Th accordance with CO, NavRecSta, Brooklyn; New York STO # 2182, GRANT, H R, FA, USN reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for duty. Auth: ComPhibLant Rep dispatch 291805Z of June 1953. In a! ccordance with CO, NavRecSta, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania STO #617, O K EEFE, W D, SN, USN reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for duty. Auth: ComPhibLant dispatch 241549Z of June 1953.1120 Commenced ballasting draft Fwd 16'0", aft l8'6".
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1220 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 24'O", aft 24'O". 1345 LCM A-8 left well deck. 1417 Embarked #1 Causeway into well deck. 1453 Embarked #2 Causeway into well deck. 1511 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 24'0" aft 24'0".
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1615 Army tug entered well deck. 1800 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 1815 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 16'6" aft 17'6". 1831 Underway from berth Baker, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay proceeding to moor starboard side to USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) in berth Item, Koojesse Inlet, in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150.3. Captain at, the Conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding through anchorage toward the USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14). 1848 Upon observing yaw of USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) deemed it inadvisable to moor at this tine. Passed starboard side to USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14). 1900 c/c to 305°t, waiting for Army LCM's to attempt to prevent USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) from yawing prior to mooring alongside. 1915 Master gyro compass reported out of commission. 1915 Class fire in electrical switch reported in galley. 1928 Fire reported out! . 1929 Secured from fire quarters. 1942 c/c to 047°psc. 2006 Master gyro compass reported back in operation. c/c to O80°t. Due to inability of LCM's to prevent yawing of USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14), deemed inadvisable to attempt mooring at this tine. Requested permission from CTG 150.3 to anchor in the general vicinity of the USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14). Permission granted by CTG 150.3 to anchor near USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14). Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2010 Anchored in Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay in 24 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 350°, Monument Island 314°, Survey Beacon 039°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.3. SOPA is CTG 150.3, embarked in this vessel. 2028 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular, in port watch.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

Saturday 8 August, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in 24 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Long Island 350°, Monument Island 314°, Survey Beacon 039°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.3.- SOPA is CTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel.
L C FAUST
CHELEC, USN

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0710 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 0725 Master Gyro Compass reported out of operation. 07505 Underway from anchorage in Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, proceeding to moor starboard side to USS RUSHMORE (LD-14) in berth Item, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150.3. Captain at the conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding around the stern of the USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14).
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0814 Moored starboard side to USS RUSHMORE(LSD-14) in berth Item, Koojesse Inlets, Frob1sher Bay, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. 0850 Pursuant to orders of ComLSDRon TWO dated 8 August l953 the following personnel were transferred to USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) for TAD in connection with Operation SUNEC: NORVILLE, M L, DKC, USN, AFLORD W R, AG3, USN; MARCHANT J L AGAN, USN. Authority: Verbal Orders of ComLSDRon TWO. Made daily inspection of magazines and, smokeless, powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1530 Master gyro compass back in operation. 1545 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for anchoring in present position while USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) casts off and proceeds to anchor in berth Baker in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150.3.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before. 1600 Cast off all lines from USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14). 160l Anchored in berth Item, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in 14 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Survey Beacon 040°, Long Island 356°, Monument Island 332°. Boiler #1 is in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO, embarked in this vessel. 1613 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 1710 Pursuant to Commanding Officer of USS LST-503 Standard Transfer Order #28-53, Ensign W. F. BROWN 556333, USN reported aboard in charge of 25 men of Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO for transportation to CONLUS. Authority: Verbal orders of CTG 150.3.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

20 to 24
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

Sunday 9 August, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth Item, Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in 24 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the fo11owing~tru& anchorage bearings: Survey beacon 040°, Monument Island 332°, Long Island 356° Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present: various units of TG 150.3 2 SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1045 Lighted fires under boiler #2. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1224 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 1301 Underway from anchorage berth Item, Koojesse In1et, Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island, proceeding independently to St. Johns, Newfoundland, in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch O81635z of August 1953, Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Set base course of 160°t; speed 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1320 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 1400 Set the special sea detail in preparation for proceeding through Bartlett Narrows, Pilot Osborne at the Conn. 1414 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding through Bartlett Narrows. 1426 Passed Pink Lady Island abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards. 1447 Passed Low Island abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1509 Passed Peak Island abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards; departed Bartlett Narrows. 1515 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1550 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 1558 Set base course of 130°t.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 TO 18
Steaming as before. 1602 c/c to 150°t. 1627 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1638 c/c to 135°t. 1640 c/c to 132°t. 1641 c/c to 134°t. 1644 Sighted USNS SAGITTA bearing 175°t, distance 8 miles. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to close with the SAGITTA. 1713 a/e stopped. 1717 Lowered gig into the water to transfer Pilot to the SAGITTA. 1721 Pilot Osborne transferred to the SAGITTA. 1725 Hoisted aboard the gig. 1726 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1726 c/c to 130°t. 1727 c/s to 7 knots, 85 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1819 c/c to 141°t. 1826 c/c to 114°t. 1845 c/c to 148°t. 1853 c/c to 151°t. 1906 c/c to 133°t. 1938 c/s to 8.5 knots, 105 rpm. 1941 c/s to 9 knots, 111 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2001 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm. 2142 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm 2144 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds while working way through drift ice of 4/10 coverage.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Monday 10 August, 1953

00 to 04
Proceeding independently from Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay to St. John's, Newfound1and in accordance with CTG 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base course is 131°t, speed is 4 knots, 56 rpm. Maneuvering as necessary to transit ice of 3/lO coverage. 0017 Rendezvoused with USS EDISTO (AGB-2). 0017 Commenced lying to off President's Seat; Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island awaiting daylight prior to proceeding further through the ice fields. Secured #1 boiler on 1/2 hours notice. 0027, Received small boat from USS EDISTO (AGB-2) along side to starboard. 0030 Passed mail to small boat of USS EDISTO. 0033 Small boat left from alongside. 0050 USS EDIST0 (AGB-2) got underway to proceed approximately 10 miles north-West of our position to escort USNS O'BRIEN through the ice. 0330 Lighted fires under boiler #l. 0348 USS EDISTO (AGB-2) and USNS O'BREN arrived at our position. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to fall in astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2) for transit of ice.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0416 Fell in 400 yards astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2). USNS O'BRIEN is 500 yards astern of us. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds following USS EDISTO (AGB-2) through the ice.

H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 1045 Completed transit of ice fields and entered open water. c/c to 127°t, speed 9 knots 111 rpm. 1120 Released USS EDISTO (AGB-2) from further ice escort duty proceeding independently to St. John's, Newfoundland. 1123 Commenced working up slowly to 12,knots, 156, rpm. 1123 Main control reports making 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1130 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 1138 c/c to 115°t. 1154 c/c to 100°t.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1204 Secured SU radar for repairs. 1243 c/s to 165 rpm, 12.5 knots. 1307 c/c to 146°t. 1315 Lowered sword to pitometer log: Reading 5303.7. 1350 SU radar back in operation.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1650 Exercised the crew at fire drill. 1700 Secured from fire drill. 1714 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm.

H C FISHER JR
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. Visibility varying from 300 to 800 yards, fog lookouts posted.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2100 Visibility increasing to 2000 yards.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Tuesday 11 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers numbers #1 and #2 from Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island to St. John's, Newfoundland in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TW0 embarked in this vessel. Base course is 146°t, speed 13 knots, 173 rpm. 0024 c/c to 141°t. 0032 c/c to 135°t. 0057 c/c to 146°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0736 c/c to 070°t, to blow tubes. 0739 c/c to 146°t. 0743 c/s to 174 rpm.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0847 c/s to l76 rpm. 0910 Secured pitometer for repairs. 1009 c/s to l78 rpms. 1035 Pitometer restored to normal operation. 1045 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system, test satisfactory. 1047 c/s to 180 rpms. 1143 c/s to 13.5 knots, 182 rpms. 1150 c/s to 180 rpms. Made daily inspection of magazine and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.

H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1426 c/c to 080°t. 1434 Resumed base course of 146°t.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1627 Having determined the presence of a 3°E gyro error, c/c to 143°pgc in order to continue base course of 146°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Wednesday 12 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently £rom Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island to St. John's Newfoundland in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base course is 146°t, speed is 13.5 knots, 180 rpms. 0100 c/c to 159°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0815 Set material condition Baker throughout the ship. 0~30 Exercised, crew at general quarters. 0838 Condition Able set throughout ship. 0908 Simulated various rocket hits and fires about the ship. 0923 Simulated mine hit fwd, frame 10, all hands prepare to abandon ship 0944 Secure from abandon ship drill. 0945 Set material condition Baker. 0954 Secured from all drills. 1044 Gyro error determined to be 2°E by sun azimuth. l044 c/c to 157°pgc. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1200 c/c to 155°t. 1241 c/c to 122°t. 1244 c/c to 155°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2310 c/c to 181°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Thursday 13 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island to St. Johns, Newfoundland, in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635Z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base speed is 13.4 knots, 180 rpm. Base course is 179°t. 0245 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. Visibility 200 yards, commenced sounding fog signals and posted fog lookouts. 0316 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm, visibility improved to 8 miles. 0317 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0319 c/s to 13.4 knots, 180 rpm, ceased sounding fog signals. 0334 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm, visibility 500 yards, commenced sounding fog signals. 0341 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm, visibility 8 miles, ceased sounding fog signals. 0342 c/s to 13.4 knots, 180 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0558 c/c to 222°t. 0624 c/c to 212°t. 0634 c/c to 211°t. 0646 Visibility closing to 1000 yards, c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm, commenced sounding fog signals. 0701 Visibility increasing to 5 miles, ceased sounding fog signals. 0703 c/s to 13.5 knots, 180 rpm. T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0844 Sighted Cape St. Francis bearing 250°t, distance 10 miles. 0846 c/c to 201°t. 1005 cc to 225°t. 1006 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm. 1010 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1015 c/c to 23l°t. 1036 Set the Special Sea Detail. 1037 a/e stopped. 1038 Commenced maneuvering on various curses and speeds to enter St. Johns Harbor. 1055 Pilot Catheril came aboard. 1120 Commenced ballasting. Draft fwd 16'0", aft 18'0". 1120 Moored starboard side to US Army pier, St. Johns, Newfoundland with four manila lines and two wire lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from shore. Ships present: various merchant ships. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 1130 Pilot left the ship. 1135 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1250 US Army Tug left the well deck. 1255 Ceased ballasting. Draft fwd 12'9", aft 26'0". Commenced debassasting. 1330 Lt. F H Gunkel, SC USN left ship on 10 days annual leave. 1410 Set special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. Ceased deballasting. Draft fwd 16'0", aft 17'8". 1440 secured the special sea detail. 1443 Set the special sea detail. 1444 Pilot Catheril came aboard. 1543 Army tug 2034 secured to port quarter. 1548 Right full rudder; commenced twisting ship with #2 line held, s/e back 1/3, p/e ahead 1/3 in order to cast stern away from pier. 1559 Cast off #2 line, a/e back 2/3. Underway from US Army pier, St. Johns, Newfoundland, enroute to Argentia, Newfoundland, in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635Z of August 1953. Pilot at the Conn., Captain, Executive Officer, and Navigator on the bridge.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1602 Army Tug 2034 cast off port quarter. 1612 Commenced casting bow to starboard to enter harbor channel. 1607 c/c to 096°t. speed 4 knots, 56 rpm. 1610 Left Harbor Channel. 1615 Pilot left the ship, c/s to 8 knots 98 rpm. 1619 c/s to 12 knots 156 rpm. 1625 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 1631 c/c to 137°t. 1645 c/c to 172°t. 1647 c/s to 13.4 knots 180 rpm. 1651 c/c to 186°t. 1740 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm due to water in fuel oil of #1 boiler. 1751 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1808 c/s to 13.5 knots, 100 rpm. 1820 Sighted Ferryland Head light bearing 226°t, distance 14 miles.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2020 0/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. Visibility reduced to 150 yards, commenced sounding fog signals. 2024 Detected Cape Race by radar bearing 270°t, distance 15.5 miles. 2029 Lost power on AC Generator to a1l radio and radar equipment. 2030 Power on gyro commenced fluctuating, commenced steering by magnetic compass, steering compass course 216°psc. 2032Power restored on AC Generator. Commenced steering by gyro compass. 2038 Power restored to all radio and radar equipment. 2031 Secured #2 boiler due to high water carry-over and then lost power on #2 ship's service turbo-generator. 2047 Boiler #2 restored to normal operations; #2 ship's service turbo-generator restored to normal operation. c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm, visibility now 6 miles. Ceased sounding fog signals. 2121 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 2122 c/c to 270°t. 2120 Visibility reduced to 200 yards. Commenced sounding fog signals. 2128 Visibility now 7 miles. c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm, ceased sounding fog signals. 2213 Visibility 500 yards, commenced sounding fog signals, c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 2252 Visibility 8 miles, ceased sounding fog signals, c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 2306 Visibility 1000 yards, commenced sounding fog signals, c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 2342 Visibility increased to 8 miles, ceased sounding fog signals. 2350 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm. 2353 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Friday 14 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from St, John's Newfoundland, to Argentia, Newfoundland, 0n base course 270°t; speed 12 knots, 156rpm, in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 0046 C/C to 255°t. 0053 c/c to 245°t. 0103 C/C to 270°t. 0140 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0140 Commenced sounding fog signals. 0148 Ceased sounding fog signals. 0148 c/S to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0208 Commenced sounding fog signals, c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0257 Ceased sounding fog signals, c/s to 12 knots3 156rpm.r 0358 C/C to 000°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0403 C/S to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 0536 c/c to 025°t. 0732 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0745 Set the Special Sea detail. 0755 Passed radar reflector buoy Able abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds conforming to channel entrance to Argentia, Newfoundland. 0756 Commenced sounding fog signals. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees, none. 0807 Passed Fox Island abeam to port, distance 1800 yards 0810 Passed buoy #4 abeam to starboard, distance 300 yards. 0814 Ceased sounding fog signals. 0819 Passed bell buoy #6 abeam to starboard, distance 200 yards. 0825 Passed Isaac Head abeam to port, distance 800'yards. 0829 c/s to 4 knots3 56 rpm. 0832 Pilot James Michael, came aboard. 0839 Navy Tug YTB-392 secured to port quarter. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds approaching pier. 0853 let go the port anchor approximately 75 yards East of Berth Charlie in preparation for mooring starboard side to Berth Charlie, Naval Base Pier, Argentia, Newfoundland. 0858 Moored starboard side to Berth Charlie, Naval Base Pier, Argentia, Newfoundland, with 4 manila and 2 wire lines and 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 09Q6 Secured the main engines. YTB-392 cast off and the pilot left the ship. 0910 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 0915 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 15'9", aft 17'8". 1030 Commenced receiving fuel from the pier. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1215 Ceased ballasting. Draft fwd 13'5", aft 30'0". 1215 US Army Q-613 entered well deck. Chief Warrant Officer Hugh CONNERS, USA and NINUS, L, M/SGT, USA reported aboard in connection with transporting US. Army Q-613 to Norfolk, Virginia. 1217 Commenced deballasting. 1230 Ceased taking on fuel having received 71,610 gallons of Navy Special Fuel Oil at 60°F. 1303 Commenced taking on Diesel Oil. 1402 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 17'6", aft 18'0". 1500 Secured from taking on Diesel Oil having received 500 gallons.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before 2000 Advanced clocks 2 1/2 hours to conform to zone time (Oboe and one half)
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

Saturday 15 August, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to Berth Charlie, Argentia, Newfoundland with 4 manila and two wire lines, two 1" chains and 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving following services from the shore: Telephone and fresh water. S0PA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0915 All hands fe11 in at Division Parade for Captain's Personnel inspection. 1050 3ecured from Captain1s Personnel Inspection. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 1100 Commenced inspection of messing, berthing and upper decks. 1147 Secured from inspection of messing, berthing and upper deck spaces.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USN

12 to 16,
Moored as before. 1202 Pursuant to Commanding 0f£icer's Standard Transfer Order #90-53 R0BINSON, J H, YN1, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. NavRecSta, Argentia, Newfoundland FFT to U.S. Naval Hospital, St. Albans, New York for treatment. Authority: NavMed Form "G", dated 15 August 1953.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

16 to 20
Moored as be£ore.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

Sunday 16 August, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to Berth Charlie, Argentina Naval Base, Argentia, Newfoundland with 4 manila lines, 2 wire lines, 2 one inch chains and 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor. Boiler #2 in use for Auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0435 Alerted Engineering Department to be on 30 minute notice due to high winds. 0449 Engineering Department commenced making preparations to get main plant in operation. 0512 Lighted fires under #1 boiler. 0606 #1 and #2 ship's service generators on line, split plant operations. 0612 Secured fires under #1 boiler, steam to be boosted as necessary.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

6 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0835 .Made daily. inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1200 Lighted fires under Boiler #1. 1400 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 1410 YTB-392 secured to port quarter. 1440 Commenced heaving in on port anchor. 1442 Cast off all lines. 1446 Underway from Argentia, Newfoundland proceeding independent1y to New York, New York in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 151710Z of August 1953. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. l446 Commenced casting bow sharply to port away from pier using left full rudder and starboard engine ahead 2/3, port engine stopped, while tug secured to port quarter held stern from swinging into pier. 1450 c/s to 6 knots, 96 rpm. 1451 Set course 060°t. 1451 c/c to 040°t. 1451.5 YTB-392 cast off from port quarter. 1453 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1456 c/c to 045°t. 1457 c/s to 8 knots, 96 rpm. 1500 c/c to 010°t. 1504 c/c to O0O°t. c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1! 505.5 c/c to 352°t. 1506 Passed Isaac Head abeam to starboard, distance 700 yards. 1509 c/c to 340°t. 1510 c/c to 276°t. 1510 Passed bell buoy #6 abeam to port, distance 600 yards. 1511 c/c to 290°t. 1512 c/c to 262°:t. 1516 Passed #4 channel buoy abeam to port, distance 500 yards. 1517 c/c to 270°t. 1518 Passed Fox Island abeam to starboard, distance 2000 yards. 1516.5 Passed Latine Point abeam to port, distance 3000 yards. 1521 Both anchors secured for sea, secured ship for rough weather. 1522 c/c to 225°t. 1523 Secured Special Sea detail, set the regular steaming watch. 1524 c/c to 235°t. 1526 c/c to 225°t. 1526 Passed buoy "A" abeam to port,, distance 300 yards.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1802 c/c to 224°t. 1815 3et all clocks back 1 1/2 hours to conform with zone time +4 (Queen time).
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2147 c/c to 223°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Monday 17 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Argentia, Newfoundland to New York, New York in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. We are, steaming at 12 knots, 56 rpm. Base course is 223°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0535 c/c to 260°t. 0543 c/c to 223°t. 0613 c/c to l80°t. 0619 c/c to. 223°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 c/c to 227°t. 0800, Mustered crew at quarters, absentees, None. 0830 Set material condition Baker. 0900 Exercised crew at Genera1 Quarters. 0090 Condition Able reported set throughout ship. 0920 Simulated shell hit frame, 9, port side . 0922 Simulated loss of power to anchor windlass. 0923 Simulated c1ass Easy fire in anchor-windlass. 0924 Hit Baker, rocket hit starboard side. 0927 All power secured to anchor windlass. 0929 Simulated ruptured line in lube oil filter. 0931 Simulated rocket hit at electric shop caused class "A" and class "C" fires, battery acid on deck. 0937 Fire out in electric shop. 0939 Hole 6 feet in diameter reported in electric shop. 0955 Set material condition Baker. 1000 Secured from General Quarters and from all drill's. Made dai1y inspection of magazines and smoke1ess powder samples. Conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1430 c/s to 13, knots, 173 rpm. 1439 c/c to 216°t. 1511 c/c to 228°t.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1622 c/c to 245°t. 1650 Exercised crew at fire drill. 1701 Secured from fire drill.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1732 Passed Sable Island abeam to starboard, distance 15 miles.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Tuesday 18 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Argentia, Newfoundland to New York, New York under boilers #1, and #2 in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Base course is 245°t. Speed is 13 knots, l73.,rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 TO 08
Steaming as before. 0514 c/c to 180°t. 0525 Resumed base course 245°t. 0629 Commenced sounding fog signals. 0629 c/s to l2 knots, 156 rpm. 0642 Ceased sounding fog signals. 0645 0/5 to 13 knots, 173 rpm.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 TO 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered Crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0838 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0840 Commenced sounding fog signals. 0934 Ceased sounding fog signals 0953 Resumed sounding fog signals. 1054, Ceased sounding fog signals. 1144 Resumed sounding fog signals. Visibility varying from 300 yards to 4 miles. Made daily inspection of magazines and, smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1224 c/c to 250°t. 1225 c/c to 230°t. 1230 c/c 225°t. 1234.5 c/c to 245°t. 1422 Ceased sounding fog signals. 1435 Commenced man overboard drill. 1436 maneuvering on various courses and speeds to pick up man. 1447 Lowered LCVP #1. 1448 s/e back 1/3, p/e ahead 1/3. 1449 Maneuvering at various speeds to keep bow headed into the wind. 1455 Hoisted LCVP #1 back aboard. 1455 Set base course 245°t. 1455 c/s to knots, 98 rpm. 1457 Secured from man overboard drill. 1459 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. l528 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to blow tubes on both boilers. 1533 Steady on base course 245°t. l541 Commenced sounding fog signals.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to l8
Steaming as before. Continued sounding fog signals throughout the entire watch. Visibility 100-200 yards throughout the watch.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. l958 c/c to 315°t. 2100 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm. 2150 c/c to 237°t. 2152 Ceased sounding fog signals.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Wednesday 19 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Argentia, Newfoundland to New York, New York in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 001635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line, Base course is 237°t, speed 10 knots, 125rpm. 0013 c/c to 250°t. 0022 Commenced sounding fog signals. 0033 c/c to 230°t. 0036 c/c to 237°t. 0045 c/c to 230°t. 0051 c/c to 237°t. 0100 C/C to 245°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0547 c/c to 240°t. 0610 c/c to 245°t. 0612 c/c to 250°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0820 Identified Nantucket Shoals light ship by fog signal. 0823 Passed Nantucket Shoals light ship abeam: to port, distance 6000 yards. 0831 c/c to 269°t. 0957 Ceased sounding fog signals, visibility 3 miles, improving rapidly. 1010 Set modified condition Baker. 1058 c/s to a/e ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1102 c/c to 266°t. 1l08 c/c to 250°t. 1110 c/c to 210°t. ll16 c/c to 266°t. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1306 Set Material condition Baker. 1309 Exercised crew at General Quarters. 1320 Set condition Able. 1330 Simulated hit Able, 5" shell hit port side frame 25, causing class "A" fire in A-0101-L, loss of fuel oil suction in A-71-E port side andloss of all power in the area. 1333 Simulated hit Baker, Rocket hit frame 74, starboard side causing salt water leak in lube oil cooler, hole in main deck and wingwall, ruptured fire main at frame 72, Class "A" and "B" fires in the Gig and failure of I.C. generator. 1335 Left standard rudder. 1337 Right standard rudder. 1337 Simulated hit Charlie, Torpedo hit at frame 64 port side, causing fire in machinery spaces A-91-E, Class "C" fire in uptakes, flooding of boiler room A-84-E, flooding of compartment B-405-W, flooding of port engine room. 1338 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1341 c/s to 4 knots, 56 1345 exercised at abandon ship drill. 1356 c/s to p/e ahead 1/3. 1359 Secured from abandon ship drill. 1400 Secured from general quarters and from a11 drills. 1402 c/c to 325°t. 1405 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1413 c/c to 266°t. 1414 c/s to 11 knots, 140 rpm.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1834 Exercised at man overboard drill; maneuvering on various courses and speeds to pick up dummy. 1855 Secured from man overboard drill. 1902 Resumed course 266°t; speed 10 knots, 125. 1930 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2012 c/c to 264°t. 2250 c/c to 265°t. 2251c/c to 266°t. 2253 c/c to 268°t. 2255 c/c to 270°t. 2301 Resumed base course of 264°t. 2346 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 2348 c/s to 4 knots, 56 rpm 2356 Sighted Fire Island light bearing 292°t, distance 21 miles.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Thursday 20 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Argentia, Newfoundland, to New York, New York CTF 150 dispatch 051635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vesse1. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line, base course is 264°t, base speed is 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0135 Sighted Fire Island lighted whistle buoy bearing 278°, distance 10 miles. 0217 c/c to 274°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0415 Passed Fire Island lighted whistle buoy abeam to starboard distance 5600 yards. 0432 Passed Fire Island light abeam to starboard, distance 16 miles.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0810 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to approach Ambrose channel. 0848 Sighted Ambrose lightship bearing 269°t, distance 13 miles. 0952 Passed Ambrose lightship abeam to port, distance 1350 yards. 0952 Entered inland waters. 1001 c/c to 290°t. 1001 Set the Special Sea detail. 1007 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to enter Ambrose Channel. 1017 Entered Ambrose Channel and commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to conform with channel. 1018 Passed radar reflector buoy "A" abeam to port, distance 500 yards. 1036.5 Passed radar reflector buoy "1A" abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1040 Passed channel buoy #2 abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1044 Passed buoy #4 abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1045 Passed sandy Hook light abeam to port, distance 4000 yards. 1048 Passed buoy #4A abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1052 Passed buoy #6 abeam to starboard, distance 480 yards. 1055 Passed buoy #6A abeam to starboard, distance 490 yards. 1100 Passed buoy #8 abeam to starboard, distance 320 yards. 1102 Passed buoy #8A abeam to starboard, distance 295 yards. 1104 Passed Romer Shoal light abeam to port, distance 1700 yards. 1105 c/c to 321°t. 1107 Passed buoy #10 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 1110 Passed buoy #12 abeam to starboard, distance 120 yards. 1112 c/c to 348°t. 1113 Passed buoy #14 abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards. 1117 Passed West Bank light abeam to port, distance 1600 yards. 1118 passed buoy #16 abeam to starboard, distance 110 yards. 1123 Passed buoy #18 abeam to starboard, distance 150 yards. 1130 Passed Coney Island light abeam to starboard, distance 3500 yards. 1136 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm. 1137 c/c to 334°t. 1155 Passed Fort LaFayette light abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards. 1156.5 Passed Fort Wadsworth abeam to port, distance 1200 yards. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1202 c/c to 330°t. 1212 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1219 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1224 c/c to 024°t. 1225 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1226 Passed buoy #24 abeam to starboard, distance 200 yards. 1226 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1229 Passed Robins Reef light abeam to port, distance 400 yards. 1232 Passed buoy #26 abeam to starboard, distance 300 yards. 1234 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1236 a/e stop. 1236 Commenced slowing and maneuvering to starboard side of channel to allow wider berth to port for merchant ship proceeding southward from East River to port side of channel. 1238 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1238.5 a/e stop. 1239 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1240 resumed channel course 028°t. 1240 passed buoy #28 abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1241 c/c to 025°t. 1245 Passed Statue of Liberty abeam to port, distance 1700 yards. 1245 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1245 c/c to 015°t. 1246 Tug USS KONOKA secured to starboard quarter. 1248 Passed Governors Island abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1248 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1249 Pilot GOW came aboard. 1252 Pilot assumed Conn. 1300 c/c to 110°t. 1310 a/e stop. 1311 US Navy tug YTB-216 secured to starboard quarter. 1311.5 a/e stop. 1313.5 US Navy tug YTB-344 secured to starboard quarter. 1313.5 p/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1314 a/e stop. 1315.5 s/e ahead 1/3. 1316.5 a/e stop. 1319.5 p/e ahead 1/3. 1320 a/e stop. 1320 Moored port side to southside US Naval Pier #26, Hudson River, New York, New York with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS WRANGELL (AE-12). Ships present, USS WRANGELL (AE-12) and USS COOLBOUGH (DE-217) 1321.5 a/e back full 1322.5 a/e stop. 1323 s/e ahead 1/3. 1324 a/e stop. 1324.5 a/e back 1/3. 1325 a/e stop. 1325.5 p/e back 2/3. 1326 a/e back 2/3. 1326 a/e stop. 1330 secured the main engines and the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 1334 All tugs cast off and Pilot left the ship. H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

Friday 21 August, 1953

00 to 04
Moored port side to US Naval Pier #26, Hudson River, New York, New York, with 4 manila and two wire lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving the following services from shore: fresh water and telephone. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS WRANGELL (AE-12). Ships present, USS COOLBAUGH (DE-217), and USS WRANGELL (AE-12).
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: HOWER H O SN, USN and SMEDBERG A G MRC, USN. 0804 SMEDBERG A G, MRC USN reported aboard having been absent over leave since 0800 21 August, 1953. 0827 HOWER H O SN, USN reported aboard, having been absent over leave since 0800, 21 August, 1953. 0845 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

Saturday 22 August, 1953

00 to 04
Moored port side to U.S. Naval Pier #26, Hudson River, New York, New York with four manila and two wire lines. Boiler 2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh water, telephone. Ships present: USS COOLBAUGH (DE-217) and USS WRANGELL (AE-l2). SOPA is Commanding Officer USS WRANGELL (AE-l2).
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0800 Obtained permission from SOPA, Commanding Officer, WRANGELL (AE-l2) to get underway at 0930. 0830 Commenced all tests and preparations for getting underway. 0840 Pilot A FREIRE came aboard. 0840 YTB-344 secured to starboard bow. 0840 Set special sea detail. 0850 YTB-216 secured to starboard quarter. 0857 Completed all tests and preparations for getting underway, all tests satisfactory. 0925 Pilot GREIRE assumed Conn. 1008 Used ship's whistle to signal tugs. 1010 A/e back 1/3. 1013 Underway from US Navy Pier #26 Manhattan Island, New York City, New York enroute to Norfolk, Virginia in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635Z of August 1953. Pilot at Conn. Captain, Executive Officer, and Navigator on the bridge. 1015 a/e back 2/3. Continued backing from pier entering Hudson River. 1017 YTB-344 cast off from starboard bow. 1018 c/s to ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1019 Set course 178°t. 1020 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1022 Pilot left ship. 1022 YTB-216 cast off starboard quarter. 1022 Commenced adjusting course slightly to conform with Hudson River channel. 1023 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1027.5 a/e stop. 1028 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1028 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1028.5 c/c to 210°t. 1033 Passed buoy #2 abeam to starboard, distance 700 yards. 1037 Passed Statue of Liberty abeam to starboard, distance 900 yards. 1037 Passed buoy #31 abeam to starboard distance 100 yards. 1046 Passed buoy #1C abeam to starboard, distance 700 yards. 1048 Passed Robin Reef light abeam to starboard, distance 700 yards. 1050 c/c to 190°t. 1051 Commenced maneuvering with small course changes to conform with Ambrose channel. 1102 Passed Fort Wadsworth abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards. 1109 Passed bell buoy #19A abeam to starboard, distance 200 yards. 1116 Passeed buoy #17 abeam to starboard, distance 300 yards. 1120 Passed Buoy #15 abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards. 1122.5 Passed West Bank Light abeam to starboard, distance 1700 yards. 1123 Passed buoy #13 abeam to starboard, distance 600 yards. 1125 c/c to 117°t. 1125 Passed buoy #11 abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1126 Passed buoy #9 abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1128 Passed buoy #7A abeam to starboard, distance 600 yards. 1129.5 Passed buoy #7 abeam to starboard distance 400 yards. 1132 Passed buoy #5A abeam to starboard, distance 300 yards. 1136 Passed buoy #1 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 1138 c/s to 12.5 knots, 165 rpm. 1140 Passed buoy #1A abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 1145 c/c to 123°t. 1151 Secured the Special Sea detail. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal,
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1206.5 Passed Ambrose lightship abeam to port, distance 1200 yards.. 1219 c/'c to 177°t. 1222 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 175 rpm. 1232 Commenced maneuvering to obtain favorable relative wind for blowing tubes and to avoid numerous fishing craft. 1300 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 177 rpm. 1330 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 179 rpm. 1343 Set course 195°t. 1400 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 101 rpm. 1430 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 183 rpm, 1500 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 185 rpm. 1531 Maneuvered slightly to observe effect of ground swells on roll of ship. 1535 Commenced increasing speed slowly to 187 rpm. 1547 c/c to 200°.t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before on course 200°t, speed 13.8 knots, 187 rpm. 1604 Passed Barnegat lightship abeam to starboard, distance 4 miles. 1608 c/c to 170°t. 1612 c/c to 205°t. 1615 c/s to 13.9 knots, 189 rpm. 1646 c/c to 160°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1815 Set all ships clocks back one hour to conform with zone time - plus five - "Roger" time. 1730 c/c to 212°t. 1742 c/c to 230°t. 1749 c/c to 212°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2024 Sighted and identified five fathom lightship bearing 293°t, distance 34,200 yards. 2027 Passed five fathom lightship abeam to starboard, distance 32,000 yards. 2223 Sighted Fenwick Shoal whistle buoy #2, bearing 315°t, distance 24,000 yards. 2312 Sighted and identified Winter Quarters light ship bearing 217°t, distance 32,000 yards. 2322 c/c to 211°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Sunday 23 August, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from New York, New York to Norfolk, Virginia in accordance with CTF 150 dispatch 081635z of August 1953. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Speed 13.9 knots, 189 rpm. Base course 211°t. 0019 Passed Winter Quarter light ship abeam to starboard, distance 4500 yards. 0020 Sighted Assateague Island light bearing 272°t, distance 20 miles. 0025 Main control reports #1 Auxiliary feed pump out of service. 0035 Auxiliary feed pump #1 is back in service. 0058 Passed Assateague light abeam to starboard, distance 20 miles. 0336 Sighted Cape Charles light, bearing 256°t, distance 18 miles. 0343 Sighted Chesapeake Bay lightship bearing 220°t, distance 16 miles.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0400 c/c to 232°t. 0420 Sighted Cape Henry light bearing 243°t, distance 20 miles. 0440 c/c to 030°t. 0447 c/c to 332°t. 0450 c/c to 230°t. 0451 c/c to 218°t. 0500 Passed Cape Charles light house abeam to starboard, distance 10 miles. 0510 Passed Chesapeake Bay light ship abeam to port, distance 3 miles. 0522 c/c to 267°t. 0532 c/c to 265°t. 0542 c/c to 264°t. 0551 Entered Inland waters. 0600 c/c to 270°t. 0604 Passed Cape Henry abeam to port, distance 3000 yards. 0606 c/c to 273°t. 0611 Passed channel entrance buoy "R2" abeam to starboard, distance 200 yards. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and various speeds proceeding through the channel. 0703 Passed through submarine nets, continuing to maneuver on various courses at 8 knots, 98 rpm, standing into Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia. 0703 Set the Special Sea detail. 0704 Passed buoy #A abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards. 0704 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0716 Passed Fort Wool abeam to port, distance 800 yards. 0716 Passed Old Point Comfort abeam to starboard distance 1600 yards. 0729 c/c to 206°t. 0731.5 c/c to 184°t. 0732 Changed course slightly to conform with Elizabeth River Channel. 0736 Passed buoy #4 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 0740 Passed buoy #6 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 0742 YTB-365 Secured to port quarter. 0742 YTB-365 Secured to port quarter. 0742 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0742 Pilot E T SEXTON came aboard. 0745 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0746 Pilot assumed Conn. 0750 Passed buoy #10 abeam, to starboard, distance 90 yards. 075l YTB-365 secured to port bow. 0753 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0755 Commenced swinging bow slowly to port to enter slip off pier #1, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. 0757.5 Passed buoy #12 abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: none. 0801 Set course 107°t. 0801.5 Commenced casting bow slowly starboard to approach southside pier #1. 0807 Commenced twisting ship to port at eastward end of pier #1 in order to approach starboard side to bulkhead south of pier #1. 0830 Moored starboard side to bulkhead, South of pier #1, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. Ships present, various merchant ships and units of US Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16) at US Naval Base. 0850 Secured the Special Sea Detail. 0852 YTB-365 cast off port bow and pilot left the ship. 0905 Commenced ballasting draft fwd 17'0", aft 17'10". 1003 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 15'9", aft 20'0". 1110 ENS J W EBERHARDT, USNR reported aboard from Damage Control School, US Naval Base, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for resumption of duties. 1110 Pursuant to BuPers orders ser 33992 of 6 May, 1953 ENS J D MC CELLAND, USNR reported aboard for duty. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Monday 24 August, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to South Bulkhead Pier, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of US Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComSecFlt, NAS, Norfolk, Virginia.
L C FAUST
CHELEC, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0708 LT F H GUNKEL (SC) USN returned aboard from 10 days annual leave. 0720 commenced ballasting, draft fwd 15'9", aft 20'0"
L C FAUST
CHELEC, USNR

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0815 Pursuant to BuPers Orders ser 33996 dated 6 May, 1953 ENSIGN MICHAEL A SIRAVO, USNR reported aboard for duty. 0815 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0925 Army boat Q-613 left well deck. 0930 Ceased ballasting draft fwd 22'7", aft 28'0". 0940 Commenced deballasting. 0945 Two pontoons left well deck. 1113 Pilot C.H. HARRIS came aboard. 1115 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting under way. 1134 YTB-282 Secured to port bow. 1137 YTB-533 secured to port quarter. 1144 Underway from South Bulkhead Pier, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, proceeding to anchorage FOX, Hampton Roads, Virginia to off load ammunition in accordance with ComNavBase verbal orders. Pilot at the Conn, Captain, Executive Officer, and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to enter Elizabeth River Channel. 1150 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 15'10", aft 16'5"
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1204 Entered Elizabeth River Channel and set base course of 003°t. 1205 Pilot left the ship and all tugs cast off. 1221 c/c to 314°t. 1223 c/c to 295°t. l228 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1240 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding to anchorage. 1252 Anchored in anchorage area FOX, Hampton Roads, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, sticky mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Middleground Light 062°t, Radio Tower 348°t, Grain Elevator 095°t. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of US Atlantic Fleet. 1315 YFN-791 moored to starboard quarter. 1355 commenced of loading ammunition into ammunition barge YFN-791.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1645 YFN-795 Moored to port quarter. 1745 Ceased off loading ammunition having delivered the following ammunition to ammunition barge YFN-791: 267 cartridges of 5"/38 powder; 707 boxes of 40MM ammunition; and 232 boxes of 20MM ammunition.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

20 to 24
Anchored as before.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

Tuesday 25 August, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Fox anchorage, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 5 fathoms of water, mud bottom with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Midd1eground light 062°t, Radio Tower 348°t, Grain elevator 095°t. Boiler #2 and #1 and #2 generators are on the line for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of US Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComSecFlt, NAS, Norfolk, Virginia.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

04 TO 08
Anchored as before. 0520 YTB-147 arrived at Fox anchorage to take YFN-795 and YFN-796 in tow. 0545 YTB-147 departed with YFN's in tow. 0545 lighted fires under #1 boiler. 0655 Made all preparations for getting underway. 0700 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Details. 0717 Underway from Anchorage Fox, proceeding to Craney Island Fuel Depot, Norfolk, Virginia to off load fuel in accordance with verbal orders of ComNavBase, Norfolk, Virginia. Captain, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Set base course of 090°t, speed 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0744 c/c to 038°t. 0746 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to swing ship between yard oiler and channel buoy #8 to enter Elizabeth River Channel. O748 Pilot R.C. EDWARDS came aboard. 0751 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0752 a/e stop to avoid USS James C OWENS (DD-776) which cut across our bow. 0757 USS James C OWENS (DD-776) clear and standing down channel. C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. c/c to l86°t. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: ANGELO, N S, MM3, USN. 0803 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with Elizabeth River channel. 0816 YTB-177 secured to port bow. 0827 YTB-282 secured to port quarter. Commenced maneuvering various coursed and various speeds with aid of tugs to moor starboard side to pier. 0830 Moored starboard side to pier "Charlie", Craney Island Fuel Depot; Hampton Roads, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. SOPA is ComSecFlt, NAS, Norfolk, Virginia. Boilers #1 and #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. 0832 Pilot EDWARDS left the ship and YTB-282 and YTB-177 cast off. 0835 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular in port watch. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions norma1.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1350 Commenced discharging 80 Octane gasoline to the pier. Draft fwd 15'5", aft 16'3". 1510 Pilot came aboard. YTB-177 Secured to port bow. 1525 Set the Special Sea detail. 1545 Secured from discharging gasoline, having delivered 4,900 gallons of 80 Octane gasoline to the pier. 1526 Underway from South side of Pier "Charlie", Craney Island Fuel Depot, Norfolk, Virginia proceeding to Pier #2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia in accordance with verbal orders of ComNavBase, Norfolk, Virginia. Commenced backing at 2/3
speed to enter Elizabeth River Channel. 1554 YTB-177 cast off. 1555 Entered Elizabeth River Channel and set base course of 003°t, Speed 12 knots: 156 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Steaming as before. 1609 C/S to 8 knots, 95 rpm. 1614 c/s to 4, 56 rpm. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and various speeds proceeding to moor to Pier #2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. 1617 YTB-177 secured to port bow. 1627 Moored starboard side to Pier #2 Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. SOPA is ComSecFlt, NAS, Norfolk, Virginia. 1630 Pilot left the ship and YTB-177 cast off.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

Wednesday 26 August, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to Pier #2, Berth 25, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present: various units of US Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComSecFlt, NAS, Norfolk, Virginia. 0025 ANGELO N S, MM3, USN returned aboard, absent over leave since 0800, 25 August, 1953.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0730 Set the Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 ComLSDRon TWO transferred his command to NavPhibBase, little Creek, Virginia. Hauled down the broad command flag and hoisted the commission pennant. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations, absentees: RAMSEY L B, FN, USN and PATE B A, FA, USN. 0820 Pilot C M HILL came aboard. 0820 YTB-391 secured to port bow. 0820 Draft reported prior to getting underway, fwd 15'5", aft 16'4". 0825 Underway from berth 25, Pier #2, US Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia enroute to Newport News, Virginia in accordance with ComPhibLant dispatch 251956Z of August 1953. Pilot at the Conn., Captain, Executive Officer, and Navigator on the bridge. 0825.5 Commenced backing at 2/3 speed, 8 knots from pier into Elizabeth River Channel. 0827 s/e stopped; commenced casting stern to port. 0830 s/e ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm, commenced casting bow to port to gain northerly heading in channel. 0831 p/e stopped. 0834 c/s to a/e ahead 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0836 Set course 278°t. 0836.5 Commenced maneuvering on various courses while passing through North How anchorage, Hampton Roads, Virginia. 0848 Passed Middleground lighthouse abeam to port, distance 1300 yards. 0849 Passed buoy #6 abeam to starboard, distance 90 feet. 0856 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0858 a/e stop. 0858 steadied on course 325°t. 0901 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0903 a/e back 2/3. 0905 a/e stop. 0915 Tug HUNTINGTON secured to port beam. 0916 pilot AMBROSE came aboard and assumed Conn. 0917 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0921 a/e stop. 0921 Pilot HILL left ship. 0921 YTB-391 cast off. 0922 p/e ahead 1/3, commenced casting bow to starboard to enter slip, north side pier #5. 0925 p/e stop. 0926 s/e ahead 1/3, commenced using engines, rudder and tug to approach pier. 0936 Moored starboard side to Pier #5, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. Ships present; various units of US Atlantic and various merchant ! vessels. SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS Pocono (AGC-16) at Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. 0940 a/e stop. 0950 Secured Special Sea detail and set the regular in port watch. Secured the main engines. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
LTJG, USNR