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: July 1, 1953, Enroute Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland to Thule, Greenland.
and ending: July 31, 1953,

Wednesday 1 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in column in company with Task Group 150.1 from Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland to Thule, Greenland. The USCGC WESTWIND is OTO while in transit through the ice. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base speed is 3 knots, rpm varying from 40 to 51. Our course is following the path of the USCGC WESTWIND while transiting through the ice; base course is approximately 306°t. We are proceeding at various courses and speeds in order to keep our proper position in the formation. SOPA is CTG 150.1 in this vessel. 0221 Commenced lying to awaiting air reconnaissance flight by helicopter of USCGC WESTWIND to determine ice conditions ahead.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 TO 08
Lying to as before. 0415 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to avoid becoming beset in ice. 0706 Air reconnaissance completed. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds through lead in ice field.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 TO 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees; None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN
12 to 16
Steaming as before, on various courses and speeds to maneuver through ice. Our position is #4 in column, 500 yards behind USNS BLUE JACKET. 1517 Commenced lying to awaiting completion of air reconnaissance by helicopter of USCGC WESTWIND.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to as before. 1700 Commenced going ahead 3 knots on various courses following ships ahead through the ice.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds following ships in formation through the ice fields.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2000 a/e stop; CTG l50.l received word by radio that USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158), was unable to proceed further through ice due to almost ten-tenths coverage ahead and ice too heavy and packed to move. 2001 Commenced using various engine speeds to move ahead about 500 yards to give greater maneuvering space to USS LST-528 astern. 2042 a/e stop; commenced lying to in position 75°-38'N, 60°-51'W, while awaiting arrival of USS ATKA (AGB-3). CTG150.1 directed USCGC WESTWIND (WAGB-281), USNS GENERAL GREELY remained lying to in position as before. 2055 Secured No.1 main engine and and No 1 boiler with No.2 main engine standing by to answer all bells; No.1 main engine under one hour notice; Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. 2100 Set in port watch. 2130 Received by voice radio notification that USS LST-528 had starboard engine out of commission due to leak in exhaust manifold. Estimated 2 days required for repairs.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN


Thursday 2 July, 1953

00 to 04
Lying to in position 75°-39'N, 60°-54'W, with the USS LST-528, USS LST-980, USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158), SS BINGHAMPTON VICTORY, and SS MAYFIELD VICTORY awaiting arrival of USS ATKA (AGB-3), to escort us through the ice fields to Thule, Greenland. Boiler #2 is in use for auxiliary purposes. CTG150.1 has directed the USNS GREELY and USNS BLUE JACKET to be escorted through the ice to Thule, Greenland by the USCGC WESTWIND. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 TO 08
Lying to as before. 0647 Secured mooring line to the USS LST-528 astern of us. 0700 USSLST-525 hauled itself close up to this ship in order that the USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) might send repair parties to aid in repair of starboard engine of USS LST-528. 0730 Sent welders and welding power line to USS LST-528 to repair hole in starboard engine manifold.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0824 Sighted ice breaker USS ATKA (AGB-3). 0047 Boosted steam on #1 boiler. 1000 USS ATKA (AGB-3), SS MAYFIELD VICTORY, SS BINGHAMPTON VICTORY, USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158), proceeded through the ice fields toward Thule, Greenland while remainder of Task Group l50 continued lying to until starboard engine on, USS LST-528 is placed back in operation.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Lying to as before. 1404 Commenced firing at ice on port side. 1529 Completed firing.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 TO 18
Lying to as before. 1645 Lighted fires under boiler #l, made all preparations for proceeding ahead. 1742 Going ahead at slow speeds to break out of ice.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 TO 20
Steaming as before. 1804 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds following in path of the ice breaker, USS ATKA (AGB-3)
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2313 c/c to base course 290°pgc.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Friday 3 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers No.1 and No.2 in company with USS ATKA (AGB-3), USS LST-528, USS LST-980 enroute from Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland to Thule, Greenland via North about route. We are in column behind the USS ATKA (AGB-,3). The USS ATKA(AGB-3) is guide, SOPA is CTG 150.1 (ComLSDRon TW0) embarked in this vessel. Standard speed is 7 knots. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds while passing through ice fields; ten-tenths coverage. 0240 CTG 150.1 increased average convoy speed to 7 knots, due to less than one tenth ice coverage. OTC while transiting ice fields is Commanding Officer USCGC WESTWIND.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before on various courses and speeds following USS ATKA (AGB-3), through ice fields.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. Proceeding on various courses and speeds through the ice. 1127 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds following ice breaker USS ATKA (AGB-3). 1300 Commenced lower decks inspection. 1429 Secured from lower decks inspection. l435 Entered large field of ice bergs; maneuvering on various Courses and speeds behind ice breaker. 1508 Left USS ATKA (AGB-3), USS LST-980 and USS LST-528, proceeding independently to North Star Bay, Greenland 1513 Passed Admiral PEARY's monument atop Cape York abeam to starboard distance 3200 yards. 1521 Commenced working up to 13 knots; 173_rpm. 1528 C/C to 294°t. 1534 C/S to a/e standard 12 knots 156 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1542 c/c to 300°. 1542 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. l547 Maneuvered with small course changes to avoid small ice floes while maintaining base course of 290°t. Commenced slowly increasing speed to l3 knots, 173 rpm. 1718 Reached speed of 13 knots, 173 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1812 Passed Conical Rock abeam to starboard, Changed base course to 318°t. 1838 c/s to 180 rpm, 13.5 knots. 1922 c/s to 183 rpm, 13.6 knots.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2028 Rendezvoused with USCGC WESTWIND. 2030 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds following approximately 400 yards astern of USCGC WESTWIND while proceeding through ice fields of North Star Bay to anchorage. 2110 Set the special sea detail. 2211 Anchored in anchorage berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland in 14 fathoms of water, muddy bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Nt. Dundas 337°. Top 098°, Tank 062°. SOPA and OTC is CTG 150.1 embarked in this vessel. 2226 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 2230 Set all clocks back one hour to conform to zone (plus5) Roger time.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

Saturday 4 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in anchorage berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland, in 15 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Mt. Dundas 337°, Tank 062°, top 098°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.1. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Dressed ship. Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0815 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 0835 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd l5'6",aft l8'0". 0858Ceased ballasting draft 13'6", aft 23'8". 0900 Secured from ballasting.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1547 LCU-646 left well deck. 1559 LCU-682 left well deck.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1600 Commenced deballasting draft fwd, l3t6", aft 23'8". 1746 Secured; from deballasting draft fwd 15'0", aft 19'0". 1810 LST-990 moored alongside to starboard.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

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

Sunday 5 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth N-35, North Star Bay; Thule, Greenland in 14 fathoms of water, Mud Bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent of Mt. Dundas 337°, Top 098°, Tank 062°. No.1 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

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

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

12 TO 16
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

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

Monday 6 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in anchorage berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland, in 15 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the, following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Mt. Dundas 337°t, Tank 062°, Top 098°. Boiler, #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, Various units of TG l50.1. SOPA is ComLSDRon TW0, embarked in this vessel. 0030 WALKER, Vernon E., SN, USN from the USS LST-980 reported aboard for medical treatment, mashed hand, treated and turned in the sick bay. USS LST-960 is moored alongside to starboard.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

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

08 TO 12
Anchored as before. Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

12 TO 16
Anchored as before.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1650 Exercised crew at fire quarters. 1659 Secured from fire quarters.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

Tuesday 7 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland in 14 fathoms of water, mud, bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Mt. Dundas 337°, Top 098°, Tank 062°,. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. USS LST-980 and USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) moored alongside to starboard. Ships present, various units of TG 150.1. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before.
T R BENNETT

8 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees; None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1815 Due to high winds and danger of heavy ice floes, set the regular steaming watch and made all preparations for getting underway. 1825 Tested after steering, gear, test satisfactory. 1832 Tested annunciators, test satisfactory. 1852 USS LST-980 reported ready for getting underway. 1856 s/e ahead 1/3 to clear ice floe away from bow. 1902 s/e stopped. 1917 Secured the steaming watch, set the regular in port watch, section, I; main engines to remain on 1/2 hour notice. 19l8 Posted man on forecastle to watch anchor chain for signs of dragging.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

20 to 24
Anchored as before. 2020 Secured port main engine.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

Wednesday 8 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland, in 14 fathoms of water, muddy bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Mt. Dundas 337° Top 098°, Tank 062°. Boiler No.1 in use for auxiliary purposes. USS LST-980 moored alongside, to starboard. USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) moored to starboard side USS LST-980. Ships present, various units of Task Group 150.1. SOPA, is GTG 150.1 (ComLSDRon Two) embarked in this vessel. Engineering plant standing by under 30 minute notice to get underway. Anchor watch is stationed on forecastle to watch for sign of dragging anchor.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0630 Secured anchor watch.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quaarters, absentees: None. 0850 Commanding officer ordered engineering plant to standby on a four hour notice to get underway with one engine. 1030 Transferred 5,694 pounds provisions to USNS GREELU as per invoice no. LSD-1/4003-54. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1330 Commenced unloading explosives. 1440 Completed unloading explosives having delivered 334 boxes of 2 1/4 pound blocks of TNT, 160 boxes 1 pound blocks of TNT, 1 box of blasting powder and 33 boxes blasting caps to Commander SubPort, Thule, Greenland.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

16 to 20
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

Thursday 9 July 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland in 14 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Mt. Dundas, 337°, Top 098°, Tank 062°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. USS LST-980 moored alongside to starboard; USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) moored to starboard side of USS LST-980. Ships present: various units of TG150.l. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters: absentees: None. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 0905 Lighted fires under No. 2 boiler. 1050 Cut in auxiliary steam stop No. 2 boiler. 1057 Died fires under No. 1 boiler. 1100 Secured auxiliary steam stop No. 1 boiler.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1925 ComMSTSLant and party came aboard for unofficial visit.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

Friday 10 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Berth N-35, North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland in 14 fathoms of water, mud bottom with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Mt. Dundas 337°, Top 098°, Tank 062°. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. USS LST-980 and USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) moored alongside to starboard. Ships present various units of TG l5O.l. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 0015 ComMSTSLant left the ship.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0415 Lighted fires under #1 boiler. 0535 Set safety on #2 boiler. 0640 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's standard transfer orders #8l-53 of 10 July 1953, MATTHEWS R L, SN, USN was transferred to U.S. NavSta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage. Authority ComPhiblant, spdltr ser 8394-P dtd 18 June 1953. 0700 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order 83-53 of 10 July, 1953, ALBERTELLI, J E, BK2, USN was transferred to RecSta, Norfolk, Virginia for further transfer to U.S. NavSta, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage. Authority ComServLant ltr ser l7076X812B dtd 10 June 1953. Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order #84-53 SWANN, T (n), TN, USN was transferred to Thule AFB for hospitalization, with transfer papers, records and baggage. Auathority: NavMed Form "G" dtd 10 July 1953.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0815 FAY,R.(n)', FP3, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage, in accordance with ComPhiblant spdltr ser,1355P of 3 February 1953, from U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Brooklyn, New York. 0845 Diving crew from USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) commenced diving operations to inspect propellers of USS ASHLAND (LSD-l). 0926 Diving operations and inspection of screws completed, and fo11owing report made: Condition of starboard propeller, satisfactory. Port propeller, dent 1" by 1" in one blade. This same blade has no pitch in outer two (2) feet of blade. The other two b1ades have only a slight pitch, less than that designed for such a propeller. 0950 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. Commander H H HUGHSON, Chief of Staff Officer of ComLSDRon TWO was directed to remain in Thule Greenland as representative of CTG 150.1 as per orders of ComLSDRon TWO dated 10 July 1953. 1018 Underway from Thule, Greenland and proceeding to Saglek Ba y, Labrador in accordance with verbal orders of CTG l50. Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding out North Star Bay. The USCGC WESTTWIND is guide. Our position is approximately 800 yards astern of her. OTC while transiting ice fields is Commanding Officer of USCGC WESTWIND. 1034 Set base course of 245°t, speed 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1035 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 1050 c/c to 240°t. 1100 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and ,speeds to keep astern of the USCGC WESTWIND. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 TO 16
Steaming as before. Continued maneuvering on various courses, base speed 8.3 knots, 103 rpm, in column, approximately 800 yards astern of the USCGC WESTWIND; WESTWlND is guide. 1550 Passed Conical Rock abeam to port, distance 6 miles.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. Base speed is 8.3 knots, 103 rpm. Maneuvering on various courses to avoid scattered ice, in column, approximately 800 yards astern of USCGC WESTWIND. USCGC WESTWIND is guide.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. Maneuvering on various courses to avoid scattered ice. 1833 Entered ice pack. Steaming on various speeds and courses maneuvering astern of icebreaker. l930 Passed through ice pack, resumed base speed of 8 knots, 98 rpm.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2155 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding through ice fields. 2316 Commenced sounding fog signals. 2323 a/e stopped. Commenced lying to awaiting lifting of fog.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Saturday 11 July, 1953

00 to 04
Lying to off Cape York, Greenland, waiting for improvement in weather and ice reconnaissance in company with USCGC WESTWIND while enroute from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador, in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Maneuvering as necessary to avoid ice bergs and floes. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked-in this vessel. OTC while in transit through the ice is Commanding Officer of USCGC WESTWIND. This vessel is sounding fog signals.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Lying to as before. 0400 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds In order to keep USCGC WESTWIND in sight. visibility1000 yards. 0519 Fog lifted slightly, ceased sounding fog signals; got underway in column behind USCGC WESTWIND, base speed.4 knots, 51 rpm, maneuvering on various courses in order to remain astern of USCGC WESTWIND. 0638. Fog setting in, visibility 1000 yards. Commenced lying: to, awaiting the lifting of the. fog.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Lying to as before. Maneuvering as necessary in order to avoid ice. 1310 Commenced sounding fog signals. 1315 Secured fires under #2 boiler. 1343 Ceased sounding fog signals.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to as before. Maneuvering as necessary to avoid ice, with engines.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before. Maneuvering as: necessary in order to avoid ice.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Lying to as before. 2145 USS ATKA (AGB-3) effected rendezvous with USCGC WESTWIND and this vessel. 2155 Guardmail passed from this, vessel to USS ATKA (AGB-3). 2205 USS ATKA (AGB.3) detached, proceeding to Thule, Greenland. Continued lying to, maneuvering at various courses and speeds to avoid bergs and floes.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Sunday 12 July, 1953

00 to 04
Lying to off' Cape York, Greenland in company with USCGC WESTWIND waiting for visibility to improve and return of USS ATKA (AGB-3) from Thule, Greenland before proceeding to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150. Boiler #1 is steaming, boiler #2 has steam pressure up and can be put on the line in 15 to 20 minutes. This vessel is maneuvering occasionally, as necessary, to avoid bergs and floes
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

4 to 8
Lying to as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. Maneuvering occasionally to avoid bergs and floes. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powcier samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Lying to as before. Maneuvering as necessary in order to avoid ice. 1508 USS ATKA (AGB-3) joined the formation. 1538 Underway in column formation with our position being 400 to 500 yards astern of USS ATKA (AGB-3). USCGC WESTWIND acting as scout. 1540 Boiler #2 on the line. 1545 a/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 TO 18
Steaming as before in company with USCGC WESTWIND and USS ATKA (AGB-3); maneuvering on various courses and speeds in order to avoid ice.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before, base speed is 4 knots, 51 rpm. Maneuvering at various speeds and courses to avoid ice.
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Monday 13 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in company with USS ATKA (AGB-3) and USCGC WESTWIND from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150. Maneuvering on various courses arid speeds through the ice. Base speed through ice is 4 knots. S0PA is ComLSDRon TWO (CTG 150.l) embarked in this vessel. OTC during transit of ice is Commanding Officer of USS ATKA (AGB-3). During ice transit we are speed guide and ATKA will maintain station on us. The WESTWIND. is ranging ahead of the ATKA searching out leads in ice. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. Steering various courses to maneuver through the ice. 0420 Commenced lying to awaiting better weather conditions.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before, 11000 yards due south of Cape Melville, Greenland, visibility l to 2 miles variable, nine-tenths ice coverage. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Lying to as before, 11000 yards due south of Cape Melville, Greenland. Ice coverage is approximately nine-tenths. 1400 Made: weekly test of magazine and clipping room sprinkler systems. Test satisfactory except C-293-M, A 304 M, A-305-M, .which are being repaired.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to as before. l650 Exercised the crew at fire drill. 1700 Secured Engineering plant placed on ha1f-hour notice.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

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

Tuesday 14 July, 1953

00 to 04
Lying fast in the ice 11,000 yards South of Cape Melville, Greenland, in company with USCGC WESTWIND and USS ATKA (AGB-3) awaiting improved visibility for reconnaissance of ice conditions ahead while proceeding from Thule, Greenland, to Saglek Bay, Labrador, in accordance with verbal orders of. CTG 150. Boilers #l.and #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. OTC while in transit through the ice is Commanding Officer of USCGC WESTWIND.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Lying fast in the ice as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG USNR

08 to 12
Lying fast in the ice as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees. None. 1116 tested starboard engine order telegraph, test satisfactory. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Lying fast in the ice as before. 1442 Commenced steaming on various speeds and courses maneuvering astern of the USS ATKA (AGB-3). USCGC WESTWIND AHEAD of the ATKA searching out leads through the ice.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before on various courses and speeds following astern of USS ATKA (AGB-3).
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before on various courses and speeds following astern of USS ATKA (AGB-3).
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before on various courses and speeds following astern of USS ATKA (AGB-3); USCGC WESTWIND is ahead of USS ATKA (AGB-3). We are in close pack ice 9/10 to 10/10 coverage.v H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Wednesday 15 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in company with USS ATKA (AGB-3) and USCGC WESTWIND from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with CTG150 verbal orders. We are steaming on various courses and speeds maneuvering through the ice. OTC during passage of ice is Commanding 0fficer USS ATKA (AGB-3). SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 0109 a/e stopped; commenced lying to until visibility improves. 0135 Secured #2 main engine on 1/2 hour notice.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Lying to as before.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before. Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Lying to as before.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to l8
Lying to as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

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

Thursday 16 July 1953

00 to 04
Lying fast in the ice in position 75°48'N, 62°29'W in company with USCGC WESTWIND and USS ATKA (AGB-3), while enroute from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador, in accordance with CTG 150-verbal orders. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. OTC while transiting the ice is Commanding Officer of USCGC WESTWIND.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR
04 to 08
Lying fast in the ice as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Lying fast in the ice as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0907 Main Control standing by to answer all bells. 0915 USS ATKA (AGB3) commenced breaking ice surrounding this vessel. 0937 Rocked main engines. 0949 Proceeded ahead at a base speed of 4 knots, 51 rpm in a column formation, following directly astern of USCGC WESTWIND which is steaming astern of USS ATKA (AGB-3). We are proceeding on a base course of 160°t, maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds fo1lowing the vessel ahead. Ice coverage is 10/10. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions Normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

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

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

Friday 17 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming astern of USCGC WESTWIND in column formation, from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador. We are proceeding at various speeds and on various courses to avoid scattered ice. USS ATKA (AGB-3) has gone on ahead to escort SS SETON HALL VICTORY and SS ENID, VIGTORY to the rendezvous off Red Head Island. While in transit of ice Commanding Officer of WESTWIND has assumed OTC. SOPA is CTG l5O.l.(ComLSDRon Two) embarked in this vessel. 0210 commenced making approach alongside SS SETON HALL VICTORY for refueling. 0216 First line is over to SS SETON HALL VICTORY. 0222 Main control reports loss of lube oil pressure; unable to answer any bells. 0229 Main control reports port engine can answer all bells; starboard engine is still out of commission. 0233 Main control reports starboard engine. ready to answer all bells. 0235 All lines secured to SS SETON HALL VICTORY; moored starboard side to, with 4 manila and two wire lines, all lines singled up. 0253 Secured #l boil! er both engines remain on the line. 0317 Commenced receiving fuel from SS SETON HALL VICTORY, draft forward l5'; draft aft l7'6"; draft mean l6'6". 0328 Starboard engine placed out of commission to make repairs to lube oil pump 0328 Secured surface radar for routine maintenance.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Lying to as before, using engines as necessary to avoid ice. 0600 SU radar reported back in operation.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 1055 SU radar reported inoperative. 1139 SU radar restored to normal operation. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 1145 Completed repairs to #1 main engine.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Lying to as before. 1230 Completed fueling from SS SETON HALL VICTORY having taken aboard 237,258 gallons of Bunker "C" fuel oil at 90°F. Draft fwd 17'l", aft 18'0". 1251 Disconnected fueling hose. Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for casting off from SS SETON HALL VICTORY. 1318 All lines cast off. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds standing clear of SS SETON HALL VICTORY. 1332 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. Set base course of 165°t. Speed l2 knots; proceeding independently to Saglek Bay, Labrador, in accordance with verba1 orders of CTG 150, while SS ENID VICTORY, SS SETON HALL VICTORY are escorted to Thule, Greenland by USCGC WESTWIND and USS ATKA (AGB-3).
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1635 c/c to 171°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. Making minor changes of course to avoid very widely scattered bergybits and growlers
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Saturday 18 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with CTG 150 verbal orders. Base course is 170°t. Base speed is 12 knots, 156 rpm. Boilers #1 and /12 are on the line. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0540 c/c to 194°t. 0546 c/c to 170°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0915 Mustered all hands at division parade for Personnel Inspection. 0945 Secured from Personnel Inspection and commenced inspection of berthing and messing spaces. 1015 Secured from inspection of berthing and messing spaces. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions Normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

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

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1850 c/c to 223°t. 1855 c/c to 059°t. 1902 c/c to 170°t
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2000 c/c to 172°t. 2256 c/c to 177°t. 2308 c/c to 167°t. 2320 c/c to 172°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Sunday 19 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150. Base course is 172°t. Base speed is 12 knots, 156 rpm. SOPA is CTG 150.1 (ComLSDRon TWO) embarked in this vessel.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0533 c/c to 299°t. to intercept foreign merchantman for purpose of identification. 0550 Identified vessel as GENEPESCA out of LIVORNO. 0554 resumed base course of 172°t. 0730 Crossed Arctic Circle.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 1029 c/c to 208°t. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1448 c/c to 298°t. 1455 c/c to 208°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1827 Gyro input to SU radar inoperative. 1935 Gyro input to SU radar restored.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USNR

Monday 20 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with CTF 150 verbal orders of 9 July 1953. Base course is 208°t. Base speed is 12 knots 156 rpm. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. SOPA is ComLSDRon TW0 embarked in this vessel.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0644 c/c to 233°t. 0653 c/c to 208°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1300 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm. 1520 Made weekly inspection of magazine and clipping room sprinkler systems; test satisfactory with the exception of A-304 1/2-M, which is undergoing repairs.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to l8
Steaming as before. 1650 Exercised crew at fire drill. 1701 Secured from fire dril1.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2221 c/c to 203°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Tuesday 21 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 from Thule, Greenland to Saglek Bay, Labrador in accordance with verbal orders of CTF 150. Base course is 208°t, speed 10 knots, 125 rpm. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 0040 c/c to 238°t. 0044 c/c to 268°t. 0053 c/c to 193°. 0115 c/c to 203°t. 0326 c/c to 195°t. 0344 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0429 Established voice radio contact with USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8) by relay through USNS BLUE JACKET. 0512 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 0541 Inspected port and starboard main engines, shafts, and bearings for vibrations and overheating. .Conditions normal. 0700 Commenced working down slowly to 12 knots, 156 rpm . 0714 Main engine contro1 reported making 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0721 Stationed Special Sea Detail. 0734 Commenced maneuvering on various courses while entering Saglek Bay between Cape Uivuk and Big Island. 0755 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0810 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 08l5 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to enter St; John' s Harbor, Labrador. 0846 Anchored In berth Charlie, St. John's Harbor, Labrador in 20 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the fo11owing true anchorage bearings: Marker "Charlie" 090°, Range Beacon 196°. Made daily inspection of magazines and smoke1ess powder samples, conditions normal. 0907 Secured the Special Sea Detail, set the regular in port watch. 0908 secured main engines; 0915 Died fires under No.2 boiler, boiler No. l in use for auxiliary purposes.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1400 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's Standard Transfer Order 85-54; authority ComServLant ltr ser 1863lx8l3 and ComTraLant ltr ser 2287 dtd 30 JUN 53; HOLTZCLAW, James C., Jr., FPC, USN was transferred to ServScolComd, NavBase, Norfolk, Virginia for 27 week course of Na~col Instructor C-1 and further transfer to ComFleTraGru, Chesapeake Bay.
H H POWELL
CHCARP

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1615 Received aboard civilian patient Henry L. CHURCH, 2nd Officer of SS MONROE VICTORY from USS EDISTO (AGB-2) where patient was undergoing treatment for peritonitis. 1800 LCU 1229 secured to port quarter. 1815 Transferred patient CHURCH to LCU 1229 for transfer to U.S. AFB, Saglek Bay, Labrador, FFT to United States. l828 LCU 1229 cast off.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Anchored as before. 2125 Army LCU 1229 secured to port quarter. 2130 Received U.S. Mail from LCU 1229. 2133 LCU 1229 cast off. 2200 Set all clocks ahead one (1) hour to conform to zone time plus 4, Queen time.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

Wednesday 22 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Berth Charlie, St. Johns Bay, Labrador, in 27 fathoms of water, hard bottom; with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings Marker "Charlie" 090°, Range beacon 196°. Boiler #2 and #2 generator in use, for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.3. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel. 0200 Set all clocks ahead one hour to conform with zone time plus-three (Peter time).
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

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

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0830 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. 0910 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 16'10", aft 17'2". 0955 The following named U.S. Army Officers reported aboard from USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8) in charge of 22 men for transportation to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay: Captain Robert HESSLER, LT Richard GLENN and LT Peter DURK. 0955 The following named men reported aboard from USS WHITEMARSH (LSD-8) for duty in connection with Operation SUNEC with CTG 150.3. LCDR Alton M. CHAMBERLIN, USN; LCDR Sidney K. BROUSSARD, USCG; LT William A. INGRAM; ALFORD, W.R.; AG3, USN; CRILL, W J, AGl, USN; NORVILLE, M L, DKC, USN and ENS Richard S BOUIN Jr., USNR in charge of thirteen-men of Underwater Demolition Team FOUR. 1020 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 21'10", aft 26'3". LCU 1229 entered well deck. 1040 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 21'10", aft 26'3". 1110 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 17'6", aft 24'0".
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1210 MARCHANT, J . L., AGAN, USN reported aboard from USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8) for TAD with CTG 150.3 in connection with Operation SUNEC. 1425 Divers from the USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) Commenced diving operations to inspect port and starboard propellers. 1500 Diving operations completed and following report made: Condition of port propeller as noted on inspection of 10 July 1953. Condition of starboard propeller found to be normal.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

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

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

Thursday 23 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth Charlie, St. John's Harbor, Labrador in 27 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Marker "Charlie" 090°, Range beacon 196°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

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

08 TO 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters; absentees: None. 0900 made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1450 ComLSDRon TWO transferred his command from this vessel to the USS EDISTO (AGB-2) hauled down the broad command flag and broke the commission pennant., 1505 USS EDISTO (AGB-2) left the harbor to scout, ice conditions, in Frobisher Bay.
L C FAUST
CHELEC, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before.
L C FAUST
CHELEC, USN

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

Friday 24 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in anchorage berth Charlie, St. John's Harbor, Labrador in 27 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Marker "Charlie", 090°, Range beacon 196°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of TG 150.3. SOPA is Commanding Officer of this vessel.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

04 to 06
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0600 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. Commenced loading explosives arid transferring cargo from USS WHITE MARSH, (LSD-8). 1000 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's standard Transfer order, #87-53, MAYO, R E, DC3, USNR WAS transferred to US AFB, Saglek Bay, Labrador FFT to US NavRecSta Boston, Massachusetts for release from active duty. Authority: BuPers instruction 1910.5 of May 1953 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's standard Transfer order #88-53 ERWIN, M F, FN, USNR R was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to US AFB Saglek Bay, Labrador for FFT to U S NavRecSta, Boston, Massachusetts for release to inactive duty. Authority BuPers instruction 1910.5 of May 1953. 1015 Completed loading explosive from USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8) having taken aboard the following. 5 boxes of fuses, l5 cans of detonating cord, 10 boxes of detonating cord, 3 boxes of blasting caps, 33 boxes of 30 Cal. Carbine ammunition and 948 demolition outfits M! K l35. 1140 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's standard Transfer order #86-53 CRINE, W (n),HM2, USN was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to US AFB Sag1ek Bay, Labrador FFT to US NavMedSchool, for duty. Authority ComServLant spdltr serial 19271X816 dated 7 July 1953. 1140- Pursuant to ComLSDRon TWO orders serial 717 dated 24 July 1953, LTJG Joseph (n) SHULSINGER, USN was detached and ordered to report to the nearest Naval Hospital in Continental United States for treatment. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L C FAUST
CHELEC, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1245 Pursuant to ComLSDRon TWO standard Transfer order #l8-53, BASS, R E, AGC, USN was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8) for TAD. Pursuant to ComLSDRon TWO standard Transfer order 17-53, SCHORK, R (n), RMSN,USNR R was transferred with transfer, papers, records, and baggage to USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) FFT to US NavSta, Argentia, Newfound,
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1620 Completed loading having taken aboard 8 DUKW'S, 3 6x6 Communications trucks, 2 1/4 Ton trailers, 1 1/2 Ton trailer, 1 LCM, 2 LCM engines, 460 pounds of bar iron, 200 pounds of sheet iron, 10 gallons sulfuric acid, 69 drums of lube oil and 1 drum of white gas from USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8). 1753 Army LCM A-6 docked in well deck. 1758 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 14'6", aft 26'2". 1935 Completed deballasting, draft fwd 16'1", aft 18'0".
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

Saturday 25 July, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth Charlie, St. John's Harbor, Labrador in 27 fathoms of Water, hard bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Marker "Charlie" 090°, Range beacon 196°. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA is Commanding Officer of this vessel
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0600 Lighted fires under #1 boiler.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0802 Tested main engines, test satisfactory. 0908 Set Special Sea Detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 1007 Underway from Anchorage Charlie, St. John's Harbor, Labrador, proceeding to Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island, in accordance with verbal orders of CTF 150. Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering, on various courses and speeds proceeding out of harbor. 1102 Secured the Special Sea Detail and set the regular steaming watch. 1110 Set base course of 353°t. Speed 12 knots, 156 rpm. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. Maneuvering occasionally to avoid scattered ice bergs.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1734 c/c to 342°t. 1740 c/c to 339°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

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

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2310 c/c to 334°t. 2315 Rendezvoused with USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5). H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Sunday 26 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in column formation astern of USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) from Saglek Bay, Labrador to Resolution Island in accordance with verbal orders of CTF 150. USNS BLUE JACKET is steaming astern of this formation, but is independent, however BLUE JACKET, will join formation upon entry into close ice. OTC is Commanding Officer this vessel however upon entry into close ice the Commanding Officer of the lead ice breaker will assume OTC. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base course is 334°t, base speed is 11 knots, 140 rpm. Occasional speed and course changes are made to avoid bergybits and growlers. 0213 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0237 Sighted Acadia Cove light bearing approximately 320°t, distance 30 miles.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0402 c/c to 345°t. 9408 c/c to 330°t. 0423 c/c to 331°t. 0426 c/c to 332°t. 0430 Sighted USS EDISTO (AGB-2) bearing 064°t, distance 8 miles. 0437 c/c to 334°t. 0446 c/s to 10 knots 125 rpm. 0448 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0449 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0451 c/s to a/e stop. 0524 Received orders from CTG 150.3 in USS EDISTO (AGB-2) to lie to in ice free waters approximately 10 miles South of Cape Warwick, and await further instruct ions while USS EDISTO (AGB-2) proceeds to Sorry Harbor for reconnaissance of ice conditions in harbor. 0528 Commenced lying to, 10 miles South of Cape Warwick..
H C FISHER
ENS, USNR

8 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0920 Received orders from CTG 150.3 to proceed to a point 4 miles East of Cape Warwick to embark Cargo from Sorry Harbor and Yellow Beach, due to heavy ice in Sorry Harbor. 0928 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds following astern of USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5); proceeding to ice free waters 4 miles East of Cape Warwick for loading cargo. 0930 Commenced. ballasting, draft fwd l6'0", aft 17'0". 1145 Arrived in relatively ice free waters 4 miles East of Cape Warwick. Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 24'0", aft 25'0". Made daily inspection of 'magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. Commenced lying to awaiting USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) to approach this vessel to receive towing line.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Lying to as before. 1211 8" manila towing line secured from bow of this vessel to stern of USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5). USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-,5) commenced holding bow of this ship into swells in order to reduce-roll of this ship while loading cargo. l225 LCM A-6 left well deck and departed for USNS GENERAL HEINTZELMAN. 1245 LCU 1229 left the well deck and proceeded to Yellow Beach, Resolution Island. 1245 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 24'0", aft 25'0". 1249 While raising the stern gate a swell forced it closed and then open again with a jerk, parting the starboard 1 1/8" wire pendant of the stern gate. 1335 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd l7'0", aft 18'6". 1410 hoisted stern gate and placed new pendant on the starboard side. 1425 8" manila tow line to USS STATEN ISLAND,(AGB 5) parted. Recovered towline and commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to get into position to receive towing wire from USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5). l5l7, Secured towing wire from stern of USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) to bow of this vessel and USS STATON ISLAND (AGB-5) commenced holding-bow of this vessel into the swells.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to as before, 4 miles East of Cape Warwick with USS STATEN ISIAND (AGB-5) holding our bow by use of a towing wire, into swells while loading cargo. 1600 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 17'0", aft 18'6". 1615 Due to surging of stern gate, caused by long, low swells, one (1) strand of the 1 3/4" wire pennant of the port shock preventer to stern gate parted. 1638 LCU 1204 entered well deck. 1700 Ceased ballasting, commenced de ballasting, draft fwd 23'0", aft 24'0". 1725 LCU 1223 entered well deck.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Lying to as before, with USS STATEN ISLAND (AGB-5) holding our bow into the swells, by use of towing wire. 1832 LCM's 5 and 9 entcred well deck. 1850 the 1 3/4" wire of the port shock preventer broke, caused by surging of stern gate as stern of the ship rose and fell with the swells. 1940 Due to its becoming taut and slack with the rise and fall of the stern, caused by swells, the base fitting of the starboard shook preventer tore loose from the stern gate. 1950 U.S. Army LCM-l entered well deck.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Lying to as before, with USS STATEN ISIAND (AGB-5) holding our bow into swells by use of towing wire. 2002 Ceased loading operations. Commenced raising stern gate. 2037 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 17'3", aft 18'4". 2039 Stern gate reported raised and secured. 2040 Cast off towing wire from USS STATEN ISIAND (AGB-5). 2045 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to avoid growlers and bergybits while proceeding on a base course of 070°t, to join remainder of TG 150.3 which is lying to approximately 15 miles East of Cape Warwick awaiting further orders from CTG 150.3. 2250 Joined TG 150.3 16 miles East of Cape Warwick and commenced lying to.
H C FISHER
ENS, USNR

Monday 27 July, 1953

00 to 04
Lying to 16 miles East of Cape Warwick, Resolution Island in company with TG 150.3 awaiting improvement in ice conditions prior to proceeding into Sorry Harbor. Boiler # 2 is on the line. Maneuvering occasionally as necessary in order to maintain same relative position. SOPA and OTC is CTG 150.3 in U.S.S. EDIST0 (AGB-2).
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Lying to as before, maneuvering on various courses and at minimum speed, 2 knots, 31 rpm in order to remain in the vicinity of Cape Warwick, Resolution Island. 0437 Underway on course 290°t, speed,8 knots, 98 rpm. 0508 c/c to 023°t. 0513 c/c to 050°t. 0537 c/c to 024°t. 0540 c/c to 060°t. 0552 c/c to 280°t. 0555 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm. 0602 c/c to 295°t. in order to fall 500 yards astern of the USS EDISTO (AGB-2). Due to dense fog moving up from the South, set course 090°t. Remained on heading of 090°t, speed 2 knots; 31 rpm. Fog closed in, decreasing visibility to 500 to 1000 yards.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0800 SS MONROE VICTORY joined Task Group. 1150 Lighted fires under No.1 Boiler. 1153 c/s to 8 knots 98 rpm. Underway proceeding to Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island, in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150.3 escorted by USS EDISTO (AGB-2). Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before, proceeding Westerly on various courses at various speeds toward Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island following, astern of, USS EDISTO (AGB-2). 1405 c/c away from Sorry Harbor to 090°t, proceeding slowly in an Easterly direction, waiting for ice conditions inside Sorry Harbor to improve. l510 c/c toward Sorry Harbor in order not to be too far away in case ice conditions there improve, proceeding slowly in a Westerly direction, varying slightly from 270°t to avoid ice with a speed of 5 knots on the port engine and 4 knots on the starboard engine.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before, proceeding on various courses and speeds towards Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island surveying ice conditions. 1639 a/e stopped, ice conditions not favorable for entering harbor. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds turning vessel, proceeding away from ice pack. l742 a/e stopped, heading vessel into swe11s in order to lower # 2 LCVP. 1746 LCVP #2 lowered in water, and proceeding to USS EDISTO (AGB-2) to return CTG 150.3 to this vessel.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to keep this ship headed into the swells. 18l7 Hoisted #2 LCVP aboard. CTG 150.3 reported back aboard this vessel Hauled down the commission pennant, broke the broad command flag. 1825 Proceeding on various courses and speeds following the USS STATEN ISLAND through the ice to a point East of Sorry Harbor. 1920 a/e stopped, lying to awaiting report from USS EDISTO (AGB 2) of ice conditions in approaches to and in-Sorry Harbor. 1950 USS EDISTO (AGB-2) reports ice conditions in and near Sorry Harbor seem to be improving. 1952 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds following close astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2) proceeding through ice fields of 2/l0 to 3/10 coverage to anchorage in Sorry Harbor.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2101 Set the Special Sea detail. Passed Cape Warwick abeam to port, distance 2000 yards. 2112 Entered heavy block ice of approximately 12-15 feet in thickness and coverage of 9/10. 2117 Due to the thickness and the coverage of the ice plus the action of the long swells which close the path through ice opened by the ice breaker, further entry into Sorry Harbor decreed inadvisable. Commenced backing and casting our stern to port in order to turn and proceed to sea from Sorry Harbor. USS EDISTO (AGB-2) commenced clearing ice from our stern in order that we may turn. 2155 Completed turning and commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds following 250 yards astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2) proceeding to seaward from Sorry Harbor. 2235 Damage Control reports bulges in compartments A-309 and A-405-W caused. by heavy block ice. 2253 Passed Cape Warwick abeam to starboard, distance 25OO yards. 2305 Entered heavy block ice of 6/10 coverage. 2320 Entered relatively ice-free waters of 1/10 to 2/10 coverage. 2327 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 2330 c/c to l54°t. 2343 c/c to 130°t. 2346 c/c to138°t. 2350 c/c to 136°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Tuesday 28 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in company with USS EDISTO (AGB-2) in ice free area 10 miles East of Cape Warwick, Resolution Island while waiting for improvement in ice conditions of Sorry Harbor, before proceeding into Sorry Harbor to load cargo in accordance with verbal orders of CTG Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. We are maneuvering on various courses and speeds, maintaining same relative position. SOPA is CTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel. OTC while in ice is Commanding Officer of USS EDISTO (AGB-3).
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0520 USS EDISTO (AGB-2) left formation to proceed to Sorry HARB0R to scout ice conditions in Sorry Harbor and approaches to Sorry Harbor.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: none. 0847 Received word from USS EDISTO (AGB-2) that ice conditions in Sorry Harbor are improving rapidly due to change in current. 0553 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding through ice fields of 3/10 coverage to join USS EDISTO (AGB-2) which is lying to 3 miles East of Cape Warwick. 0920 Rendezvoused with USS EDISTO (AGB-2) and commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds following astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2). through heavy block ice 6/10 coverage. 0947 Set the Special Sea Detail. Set material condition Baker. 1014 USS EDISTO (AGB-2) turned out of our path in order that we might proceed independently to anchorage through ice field of 2/l0 coverage. 1029 Anchored in Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island in 30 fathoms of water, rocky bottom, with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Left tangent Cape Warwick 0! 83.5° , Survey Beacon 033°, Survey Beacon 357°. Boilers #1 and #2 are in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA is CTG 150.3 embarked in this vessel. 1103 Secured the Special Sea Detail and set the regular in port watch. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. Made weekly inspection of magazine sprinkler systems. Conditions satisfactory.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1420 commenced ballasting, draft fwd 18'8", aft 18'6". 1430 LCM A-3 Entered well deck. 1433 LCM A-4 entered well deck. 1448 LCM A-2 entered well deck. 1451 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 15' 0", aft 27'6". 1457 Commenced deballasting. 1503 LCM A-8 entered well deck.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Anchored as before. 1625 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 17'0", aft 18'2". 1630 Set the Special Sea Detail, and made all preparations for getting underway. 1654 Underway from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island, proceeding to Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay, in accordance with CTF 150 verbal orders. Captain at the Conn., Pilot OSBORNE and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to turn the ship and head for the USS EDISTO (AGB-2) which is lying to 2000 yards astern of us. Ice coverage 3/10 of heavy block ice. 1735 Fell in astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2) and commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding out of harbor astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2). 1750 Passed Cape Warwick abeam to Starboard, distance 2000 yards. 1755 Secured the Special Sea detail and set the regular steaming watch.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1810 Due to ebb tide, heavy block ice of from l0-l5 feet thick and 10/10 coverage has accumulated off entrance to Sorry Harbor in a belt of from two to three miles wide. Commenced transit through this belt of heavy block ice. 1817 Due to fact that ice closes path opened up by ice breaker while following at a distance of 400 yards, this vessel closed up to within 200 yards of USS EDISTO (AGB-2). 1925 Cleared heavy ice field, ice coverage now 1/10. Set base course of 090°t. Speed 4 knots, 56 rpm. USS EDISTO (AGB-2) is guide in column formation. Our position is 500 yards astern. 1932 c/c to 084°t. 1945 Visibility closed to 500 yards. 1947 Commenced sounding fog signals.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2002 c/s to 5 knots, 62 rpm. 2021 c/c to 070°t. 2025 c/s to 7 knots, 85 rpm. Commenced maneuvering on various courses while maintaining station 500 yards astern of USS EDISTO (AGB-2). 2205 c/c to 030°t. 2218 c/s to 3, knots, 40 rpm. 2229 c/c to 025°t. 2232 c/s to 5 knots, 63 rpm. 2242 c/s to 3.5 knots, 46 rpm. 2246 c/c to 28°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Wednesday 29 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in company with USS EDISTO (AGB-2) proceeding from Sorry Harbor, Resolution Island, to join remainder of TG 150.3 which is lying to approximately 20 miles East of Cape Warwick, Resolution Island. USS EDISTO is guide. Cur position is approximately 1000 yards astern. Base course is 030°t, speed is 3 knots. Boiler #2 is on the line, boiler #1 is secured on one-half hours notice. SOPA and OTC is CTG l50.3 embarked in this vessel. Fog lookouts are posted and fog signals are being sounded.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. Occasional course and speed, changes are made to keep proper station on USS EDISTO (AGB-2).
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees. None. 1006 Joined remainder of TG 150.3. USS EDISTO was ordered by CTG 150.3 to proceed to Frobisher Bay for ice reconnaissance.
H C FISHER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before on course of 040°t, speed 3.5 knots, 45 rpm. 1325 USS LST-503 took station 1500 yards astern of this vessel. 1344 c/s to 3 knots, 40 rpm. 1405 c/c to 060°t, in order to avoid large bergybit. 1444 c/c to 300°t, awaiting for other ship to form on us. 1452 Lighted fires under #l boiler, boosting steam. 1502 Secured fires under #1 boiler.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before on course 300°t, speed 3 knots, 40 rpm. We are awaiting the forming of a column disposition astern of us by the USS LST-503, USNS NODAWAY, and the SS MONROE VICTORY, interval 1000 between ships. 1700 c/s to a/e ahead 5 knots, 62 rpm. 1800 Column disposition formed, order of ships astern as mentioned above.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1805 Changed formation course by column movement to 345°t. 1825 Changed formation course by column movement to 030°t. 1850 Formation c/c to 075°t. 1915 Changed formation course by column movement to 120°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2002 c/s to a/e stopped. 2004 All ships in this formation commenced lying to awaiting improvement in the weather. 2040 Ceased sounding fog signals. 2107 Commenced sounding fog signals for vessel underway with no way on.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Thursday 30 July, 1953

00 to 04
Lying to as before off Cape Warwick, Resolution Island, Labrador in company with USS LST-503, USNS NODAWAY, and SS MONROE VICTORY. Boiler #2 is on the 1ine. Boiler #1 is secured on 30 minutes notice. OTC is CTG 150.3 (ComLSDRon TWO) embarked in this vessel. 0132 s/e ahead 1/3. Underway on course 135°t to increase distance to Cape Warwick by two miles. 0133.5 a/e ahead 1/3, 3 knots, 40 rpm. 0218 a/e stopped. 0220 Commenced lying to.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Lying to as before. Visibility 2000 yards.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 1120 a/e ahead 1/3, 3 knots, 40 rpm. 1120 c/c to 090°t. 1130 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1330 Secured #2 boiler; lit #1 boiler. 1421 a/e stopped Commenced lying to. 1529 Lit #2 boiler. 1539 Secured #1 boiler on one-half hours notice.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to, as before.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Lying to as before. 1942 s/e ahead 1/3, 52 rpm, in order to place the ship on a headingof 030°t, in preparation for forming up the ships present in a column disposition in the following order: USS ASHIAND (LSD-l), USS LST-503, USNS NODAW,AY, and SS MONROE VICTORY. Distance between ships 1000 yards. 2019 Set base course of.030°t, pursuant to verbal orders of CTG 150.3. Ships astern maneuvering to take assigned stations in column. Set base speed of 3 knots, 40 rpm. Fog lookouts in bow posted in addition to regular lookouts. Visibility 500 to 1500 yards, varying frequent1y.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Friday 31 July, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming on boiler #2 in company with USS LST-503, USNS NODAWAY, SS M0NR0E VICTORY on course 030°t, speed 3 knots. ASHLAND (LSD-l) is guide, standard distance is 1000 yards. OTC is CTG 150.3 (ComLSDRon TWO) embarked in this vessel. Boiler #1 is secured on thirty minutes notice. 0245 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before on base course of 030°t, speed 4 knots, 51 rpm, comparatively ice free waters. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None, 0830 c/c to 330°t. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1240 c/c to 051°t. 1243 c/c to 345°t. 1248 Resumed base course 051°t. 1315 c/c to 025°t. 1402 Set base course 040°t. 1528 c/c to 090°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1640 C/C TO 000°T. Visibility 1500-2500 yards.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

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

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2300 c/c to 090°t. 2320 c/c to 143°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN