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: June 1, 1953, Berth H-39, Hampton Roads, Virginia
and ending: June 30, 1953, Enroute Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland to Thule, Greenland.

Monday 1 June, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in Berth 11-39, Hampton Roads, Virginia in four (4) fathoms of-water, hard bottom, with thirty (30) fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following true anchorage, bearings: Sewall Point tank 075, Middle ground light 275, Grain elevator 107; No. 1 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of the Atlantic Fleet,. SOPA is ComSecFlt, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS USNR

04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0630 Lighted fires under #2 boiler. 0635 Tested steering gear; test satisfactory. 0645 Tested annunciators, test satisfactory. 0650 No.2 Generator on the line,. 0725 LT J. W. GORDON reported aboard with four (4) enlisted personnel from FltTraGrp, Chesapeake Bay. 0730 Set the Special Sea, detail. 0730 Made all tests and preparations for getting underway, all tests satisfactory.
R T PETERSON
ENS USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: MOLL, J.R., QM3, USN; HOSLEY F. E. SN, USN; LEE, R.J., SN, USN. 08ll underway from berth H-39, South How Anchorage, Hampton Roads, Va., enroute to Virginia Capes ,Operating Area to conduct event 82 in accordance with ComFleTraGru, ChesBay restricted ltr ser, 1087 of 29 May 1953. Captain at Conn., Executive 0fficer and Navigator on bridge. 0812 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to enter Elizabeth River Channel. 0901 Passed Fort Wool abeam to starboard, distant 700 yards. 0904 Passed Old Point Comfort abeam to port, distant 1300 yards. 0905 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with channel. 0905 Exercised the crew at-general quarters.0911 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0918 Set condition Able throughout the ship. 0920 Passed through' submarine net -entrance. 0921 Passed Thimble Shoals channel buoy No. 15 abeam to starboard, distance 150 yards. 0925 Passed Thimble Shoals light abeam to port, distance 600 yards. 1006 Exercised at fire drill, A-206-L. 1011 Set condition 1E. 1017 Fire reported out. 1021, Passed Thimble Shoals channel buoy No.1 abeam to starboard, distance 2000 yards; took departure from Hampton Roads, Va., on course 092t, 092pgc. 1037 Exercised at collision drill, frame 60 starboard. 1040 Simulated loss of all electrical power. 1049 Simulated class "C" fire in starboard uptakes. 1049 Simulated fire in starboard uptakes reported out. 1055 All engines ahead 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1056 Simulated flooding of Starboard generator room. 1055Lighting restored in damaged area. 1106 Exercised at abandon ship drill. 1119 Secured from abandon ship drill; secured from all drills and set regular steaming watch. 1119 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. Set modified material condition Baker.
D G MC INNES
LTJG USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1229 Passed lighted bell-buoy #R2 to starboard, distance 75 yards. 1258 Passed Chesapeake lightship to port, distance 600 yards. 1304 Exercised at man overboard drill, starboard side, section III provide. Ship maneuvering at various courses and speeds, to prepare for lowering #2 LCVP into the water. 1310 Lowered #2 LCVP into the water. 1312 Boat signaled dummy picked up and returning to ship. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to pick up #2 LCVP. 1323 Secured from man overboard drill. 1323 Set course at 120t, 12Opgc. 1326 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1329 Commenced sounding fog signals at two minute intervals. 1352 Exercised at fire drill. 1401 Ceased sounding fog signals. 1410 Secured from fire drill. 1426.5 Exercised at collision drill. 1426.5 a/e stopped. 1427 c/c to 070t, 070pgc. 1458 c/s to a/e 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1508.5 c/c to 000t, 000pgc. 1509 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1512 Secured from collision drill. 1517 c/c to 3l0t, 310pgc. 1545 C/ C to 298t, 298gc. 1549 c/c 293t, 293pgc.
H B PARKER
LTJG USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1609 c/c to 295t, 295pgc. 1618 Stationed anchor detail. 1620 C/S to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1625 C/S to a/e stopped. 1627 p/e back 1/3. l628 p/e back 2/3. 1630 p/e stopped. 1630 Anchored in Virginia Capes Operating Area 14, in 8 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Chesapeake lightship 130t, Mayf1ower Hotel 231t. 1640 Secured the special sea detail, set the regular in port watch. Secured the main engines on one hours notice.
A V MITCHEL
BOSN, USN

18 to 20
Anchored as before. 1840 Tested port engine order telegraph, tested unsatisfactory.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

20 to 24
Anchored as before. 2000 Tested port engine order telegraph, test satisfactory. 2143 Stationed anchor detail. 2148 Set Special Sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 2204 Underway for Operating Area. 2205 p/e ahead 1/3; set course 090t, 090pgc 2210 Secured anchor detail. 2211 s/e ahead 1/3. 2212 Secured the Special Sea detail set the regular steaming watch. 2235 c/s to 8 knots 98 rpm. 2245 Passed Chesapeake lightship abeam to starboard, distance 4000 yards.
H C FISHER
ENS USNR

Tuesday 2 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in company with the U.S.S. HYADES (AF-28) under boilers #1 and #2 enroute from Virginia Capes Operating Area 14 to Operating Area 11C in accordance with ComFleTraGru, Chesapeake Bay dispatch 011455Z of June 1953 to conduct event 84, surface firing exercises. Base course is 090t, 090pgc, speed eight (8) knots, 98 rpm. SOPA and OCE is Commanding; Officer of this vessel.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0426 c/c to 000t, 000pgc, 008psc. 0453 c/c to 350t, 350pgc, 357psc. 0512 c/c to 000t, 000pgc, 008psc. 0630 c/c to 090t, 090pgc, 098psc. 0750 Set material condition Baker.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: MOLL, J.R., SN, USN; HOSLEY, S.E., SN, USN; LEE, R.L., SN, USN. 0811.5 c/s to 10.knots, 125 rpm. 0842 c/c to 045t, 045pgc. 0911 c/c to 120t, 120pgc. 0915 exercised the crew at general quarters. 0928 Set condition Baker 0948 c/c to 199t, 199pgc 0959 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0959 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm., 1002 c/c to 070t, 070pgc. 1010 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1018 c/s to 11 knots, 140 rpm. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conduct gunnery-exercises, surface firing. 1047 Mount 51 reported misfire. 1100 Fired Mount 51 to port to, clear misfire, casualty on Mount 51 cleared. 1120 c/c to maneuver behind U.S.S. HYADES (AF-28) for approach on target. 1123 Set modified, condition Baker. 1135 Set condition Able. 1142 Set modified condition Able, commenced battle messing. Made daily inspection of magazines, and smok1ess powder samples; conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1200 Commenced firing Mount 51 on floating target. 1205 Casualty in breech block Mount 51. 1205.5 Casualty cleared. 1206 Misfire in Mount 51. 1212 Fired, Mount 51 to port to clear misfire. 1233 Commenced firing Mount 51. 1237 Set materia1 condition Baker. 1239 Secured from general quarters. 1242 Set course 270t, 270pgc. 1243 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1302 c/c to 3l0t, 3l0pgc. 1305 c/c to 330t, 330pgc. 1307 c/s to 12 knots, 1321 c/c to 010t, 010pgc. 1345 c/c to 290t, 290pgc. 1419 c/c to 310t, 3l0pgc. 1507 c/c to 090t, 090pgc. 1524 c/c to 100t, l00pgc.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1550 Simulated man overboard, various courses and speeds maneuvering ship to recover man. 1613 Both engines ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm., 1615 c/c, to 225t, 225pgc. 1616 Altered speed to all ahead 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1620 c/c to, 210t, 210pgc. 1628 C/C to 200t, 200pgc. 1641 c/c to 190t, l90pgc. 1653 c/c to'170t , 1700pgc. 1656 c/c to 140t, 140pgc. 1700 Commenced exercise O-42, surface target firing. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds during firing run. 1724 Completed exercise 0-42, surface target firing. 1728 Commenced exercise 0-43, surface target firing; maneuvering on various courses and speeds to make firing run. 1736 Completed exercise-0-43, surface target firing. 1755 Commenced exercise, surface target firing. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to make firing run.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

18 TO 20
Steaming as before. 1802 Completed gunnery firing exercises, no casualties. 1805 c/c to 250t, 250pgc, 256psc. 1806 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1809 c/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm. 1819 c/c to 255t, 255pgc, 261psc. 1841 c/c to 285t, 285pgc, 291.5psc. 1848 c/c to 210t, 210pgc, 214psc. 1856.5 c/c to 255t, 255pgc, 260psc. 1919.5 c/c to 270t, 270pgc, 2760pso. 1936 c/c to 278t, 278pgc.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2016 Main engine-control reported minor oil leak on port engine lube oil system; stopped port engine. 2020 Casualty to lube oil system restored, a/e ahead full, 14 knots, 190 rpm. 2041 c/s to 13.5 knots, 185 rpm. 2047 c/c to 305t, 305pgc. 2047.5 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 2051 c/s to a/e standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm. 2100 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm; commenced CIC night surface tracking exercise with U.S.S. HYADES (AF-28). 2101 c/c to 260t, 260pgc. 2217 c/c to 274t, 274pgc. 2223 c/c to 245t; 245pgc. 2232 c/c to 270t, 270pgc. 2241 c/c to 245t, 245pgc, 246psc. 2245 c/c to 272t, 272pgc, 275psc. 2257 c/c to 250t, 250pgc. 2307 Completed Radar tracking exercise with U.S.S. HYADES (AF-28). c/c to 267t, 267pgc, 270psc. 2312 c/c to 266t, 266pgc. 2312 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Wednesday 3 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 enroute from Virginia Capes Operating Area 11C to anchorage in Virginia Capes Operating Area 14. Base course is 267t, 267pgc; speed 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0000 C/S to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0004 C/S to 4 knots, 56 rpm. 0018 c/s to a/e stopped. 0025 Let go port anchor. Anchored in Virginia Capes Operating-Area 14 in 8 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with seventy-five (75) fathoms of chain: to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings; Cape Henry light, 252t; Chesapeake lightship 189t and Cape Charles light 3040. 0028 Port engine back 1/3. 0031 a/e stopped. 0033 Port engine back 1/3. 0034 a/e stopped. 0036 a/e back 1/3. 0037 a/e stopped. 0042 Secured anchor detail and regular steaming watch, set regular in port watch.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

4 to 8
Anchored as before. 0623 Tested main engine, test satisfactory. 0630 Tested engine order telegraph, test satisfactory. 0645 Tested steering gear, test satisfactory. 0652 Tested main engines with annunciators; test satisfactory. 0700 Set special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 0751 Underway from Virginia Capes Operating Area 14 proceeding to Virginia Capes Operating Area 15 to conduct event 86 in accordance with ComFltTraGru, Chesapeake Bay's restricted letter ser l0-7 of 29 May 1953; Captain, Executive Officer, Navigator and 00D on bridge. 0751 a/e ahead 2/3; 8 knots; 98 rpm. 0752 Set course 110t, 110pgc; speed 12 knots; l56rpm.
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

8 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations; absentees: MOLL, J R, QM3, USN; HOSLEY, F F, GMSN, USN and LEE, R J , SN, USN. 0802 Secured special sea detail, set regular steaming watch. 0925 Maneuvering on various course's and speeds in company with U.S.S. HYADES (AF-28)in order to conduct event 86. 1148 Completed event 86. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1202 c/c to 000t O00pgc, 008psc. 1207 c/c to 342t, 342pgc, 350psc. 1208 c/c to 338t, 338pgc, 342psc. l23l c/c to 067t, 067pgc, 076psc. 1248 c/c to 157t, 157pgc, 163psc. 1259 c/c to 247t, 247pgc, 253psc. 1302 Exercised crew at general quarters. 1310 Exercised at atomic defense drills; set condition Purple II; prepared-for simulated atomic attack. 1311 Material condition Able set throughout ship. l312 C/C to 255t, 255pgc. 1317 Passed word "first simulated bomb hit" take cover; hit Able atomic-underwater blast 2500 yards on starboard bow. 1317.5 c/c to 140t, 140pgc. 1317.5 c/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm. 1320 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1322 c/s to 10 knots, l25 rpm. 1325 c/c to 200t, 200pgc. 1326 c/c to 270t, 270pgc. 1333 Secured from atomic defense drill; 1338 Simulated hit Baker announced, bomb hit aft. 1339 s/e stopped. 1340 Conducted engineering exercise simulating loss of lube oil pressure on starboard engine. 1340.5 Conducted steering casualty exercise, simulated loss of steering control in pilot house, shifted steering control to after steering engine room. 1341 s/e back 1/3. 1342 s/e back 2/3. 1343 Simulated bomb hit Charlie starboard side, frame 100. 134~ c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1352 Exercised at fire drill in C-201-A. class "A" fire. 1352 Simulated rocket hit forward. 1355 Simulated 1oss of all power in vicinity of damage control central. 1355 Secured from fire drill. 1356 Simulated loss of lighting power in port engine room. 1356 Simulated hole in foc'stle from hit Charlie. 1358 Lighting restored in port engine room. 1359 Gunnery Officer reported following simulated casualties to guns. mount 42, broken firing pin; mount 43, broken barrel spring; Mount 23; broken firing pin; mount 44, broken cock. 1400 Shifted steering control from after steering to Pilot House. 1402 Exercised at class "A" fire drill in sail locker. 1403 Fire in sail locker reported out; secured from fire drill. 1406 Mount 43 out of commission due to simulated bomb hit 1407 Simulated holes reported frame 5 starboard side caused by fragmentation bomb hit, in process of being plugged, no further damage or flooding. 1408 Simulated bomb hit Dog aft on port side. 1410 Simulated loss of lighting power port engine room, and loss of communication between port engine room and port fire room. 1413 Simulated ruptured seam in port fire room, water flooding into port engine room rapidly, pumps manned. 1414 man with simulated broken pelvis on mount 43. 1414 Simulated broken firing pin on mount 45. 1415 Simulated port engine room flooded, fire in uptake space, outboard bulkhead ruptured pumping out water at 5000 gallons per minute. 1415 Exercised at making preparations to abandon ship, provide. 1426 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1432 Secured from abandon ship drill; returned to exercise at general quarters. 1435.5 Passed bell buoy "RB" abeam to starboard, distant 200 yards. 1437 C/C to 282t, 282pgc. 1438 Set material condition Baker throughout ship. 1442 c/c to 280t, 280pgc. 1445 Secured from genera quarters and from all drills and simulated conditions, set condition IV regular underway watch, set modified material condition Baker. 1449 c/c to 286t, 286pgc. 1453 Stationed anchor detail. 1456 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to port, distant 2100 yards. 1503 Passed Thimble Shoals Channel buoy No. 2 abeam to port, distant 200 yards. 1523 Passed channel buoy No.6 abeam to port, distant 175 yards. 1551 Passed channel buoy No.12 abeam to port, distant 50 yards. 1556 Passed Thimble Shoals light abeam to starboard, distant 700 yards. 1558 c/c to 261t, 261pgc, 264psc.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1601 Stationed special sea detail. 1603 Passed Thimble Shoals channel buoy "A" abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards, passed through harbor submarine net entrance 1604 c/c to 244t, 244pgc. 1613 Passed Old Point Comfort lighthouse abeam to starboard distant 1300 yards. 1614.5 Passed Fort Wool abeam to port, distant 500 yards. 1617 c/c to 230t, 230pgc. 1618 Passed Thimble Shoals channel buoy No.1 abeam to port, distant 50 yards. 1622.5 c/c to 216t, 216pgc. 1625 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to approach anchorage. 1645 Anchored in South How anchorage berth 25 Hampton Roads, Va., in 4 fathoms of water, soft bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings. Sewall Point Tank 073.5; grain elevator 118.2, middle ground light 271.8. 1650 Secured special sea detail, set the regular in port watch.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Anchored as before. 1845 Pursuant to the orders of the Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Chelsea, Massachusetts, SALADIN, A W, HM3, USN reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage. Authority; ComServLant spdltr ser 12811x816 of 13 May 1953.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Anchored as before. 2000 Pursuant to the Commanding Officer, Service School Command, USNTC, Great lakes, Illinois standard transfer order. 142-64, HENDRICKS, R. (n), ENFN, USN reported aboard for duty with transfer paper., records and baggage. Authority: ComPhibLant spdltr ser 747-P of 20 January 1953.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

Thursday 4 June, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in berth H-25, Hampton Roads, Virginia in 4 fathoms of water, soft mud, bottom with 45 fathoms of chain to the port, anchor, on the following true anchorage bearings Sewall Point Tank 074°(t), Middle ground light 272°(t); Grain elevator l80°(t). No.2 boiler and No.2 generator on use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of the U S Atlantic, Fleet. SOPA is ComSecFlt Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
T R BENNETT
ENS, USNR

04 TO 08
Anchored as before. 0630 Set material Condition Baker. 0730 Set condition III, Watch III. 0750 Chesapeake Bay FTG Inspection Party Capt. Cushing Senior Member, came aboard to conduct Operational Readiness Inspection.
T R BENNETT
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder saimp1es, conditions normal. 0600 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: MOLL R J , SN, USN; and HOSLEY;S E ,SN,USN. 0624 Underway from South How Anchorage Berth 25, Hampton Roads, Virginia in accordance with ComFltTraGru, Chesapeake Bay Restricted ltr ser 1067 of 29 May 1953, proceeding to Virginia Capes Operating Area to conduct exercises, Captain at Conn. Executive Officer and Navigator. on the bridge. 0624.5 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to enter Elizabeth River, channel. 0832 c/s to: 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0835 Combat. Information Center assumed Conn., simulating fog conditions for conducting advance radar navigation exercise. 0850 Entered Elizabeth River channel on course 041t, O42pgc. 0852 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with channel. 0853 Passed, channel buoy No. 3 abeam to stbd, distant 400 yards. 0858 Passed channel buoy No. IA abeam to stbd, distant 200 yards. 0859.5 Captain assumed Conn. of bridge. 0900 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 6 knots 96 rpm. 0901 Secured special sea detail, set regular underway watch,. condition IV, watch III. 0901.5 c/s 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0905 passed channel buoy. No. 1 abeam to stbd; distant 190 yards. 0909 Passed Fort Wool abeam to stbd, distant 500 yards. 0910 Passed 0ld Point Comfort Light house abeam to port, 1300 yards. 0918 a/e stopped, slowed to pass net tender at harbor net, entrance. 0918 Passed harbor net entrance buoy A abeam to stbd, distant 75 yards. 0919 s/e ahead 1/3 0920 c/c to 089°t, 090°pgc, 096°psc. 0921 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0921 Passed buoy No. 15 abeam to stbd distant 200 yards. 0922 c/s to a/e ahead standard, 12 knots 156 rpm. 0922 Exercised at fire drill. 0925 Passed black lighted buoy No. 13 abeam to stbd, distant 15 yards. 0926 Class "A" fire, simulated, reported crews water closet frame 35 starboard side main deck. 0927 Fire repor! ted out. 0929 Secured from fire quarters. 0945 Exercised at collision drill., 0946 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0949 c/s to 13 knots 173 rpm. 1005 Secured from collision drill. 10l0 Exercised the crew at genera1 quarters 1016 c/c to 095°t, 095°pgc. 1016 c/c to 093°t, O93°pgc. 1020 Set condition Purple II 1025 simulated atomic bomb underwater blast, 500 yards off port bow. c/c to 230°t, 23O°pgc, 1028 c/c to 110°t, 110°pgc. 1040 Entered International waters. 1043. Secured from Atomic attack phase of battle problem and restored all simulated casualties. 1044 c/c to 060°t; 060°pgc. 1055 Simulated shell hit Baker frame 8 starboard side. 1056 c/s to 4 knots 5l rpm. 1056 Simulated loss of all power to gyro repeaters. 1057 Simulated casualty to #1 generator, shifted load to #2 generator. 1100 Simulated casualty to surface radar. 1101 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. Simulated class "A" fire in anchor windlass room. 1103. Simulated fire in anchor windlass room reported under control. 1112 Simulated hit Charlie, rocket hit aft. 1113 Lost steering control in pilot house commenced shifting to after steering 1104 s/e ahead full. 1115 p/e back 2/3. 1119 Lost power to 21 MC and 1 MC. 1125 Commenced steering manually from after steering; s/e stopped. p/e ahead 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1130 simulated bomb hit Dog amid ships. Simu1ated fire in bilge of starboard engine room. 1135 Simulated loss of all electrical power on starboard side of ship. Simulated abandoning of #1 boiler room. 1140 Power to gyro repeaters restored. 1143 c/s to 4 knots 51rpm. 1444 Commenced shifting steering control from after steering to Pilot House 1146 Exercised crew at abandon ship drill. 1155 c/s. to 8 knots 90 rpm c/c to 257°t, 257°pgc.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1205 secured from abandon ship drill. 1206 Set modified condition Baker. 1212 Secured from general quarters and from all simulated casualties and drills. 1216 c/c to 260°t, 260°pgc. 1220 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1221 Exercised at man over board drill. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds in order to pick up dummy in water. 1231 Picked up dummy. 1243 Secured from man overboard drill and from all drills 1243 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1244 c/c to 253°t, 253°pgc. 1252 Entered Inland waters. 1300 c/c to 270°t, 270°pgc. c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1301 Entered Thimble Shoals channel and commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to conform to the channel. 1310 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to port distance 2000 yards. 1317 Passed channel buoy #2 abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards. 1326, Set the anchor detail. 1341 Passed channel buoy abeam to port, distance 300 yards. 1349 Passed channel buoy #10 abeam to port, distance 150 yards. 1402 Passed Thimble Shoa1s Light abeam starboard, distance 500 yards. 1404 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1407 c/c to 237°t, 237°pgc. 1410 Passed through Harbor Submarine net entrance. 1411 c/c to 241°t, 241°pgc. 1419 Passed Old Point Comfort abeam to starboard, distance 1300 yards. 1422 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding to anchorage. 1446 anchored in berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 4 fathoms of water, soft bottom; with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Sewall Point Tank 079t, Grain elevator 116, Middle ground light 267. 1456 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 1500 Commenced critique of operational readiness inspection conducted by Chesapeake Bay Fleet Training Group. 1525 Completed critique. 1530 The Inspecting Party from Chesapeake Bay Fleet Training Group, Captain Cushing Senior Membe r left the ship.
H C FISHER
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR
18 to 20
Anchored as before. 1958 Tested annunciators. Test satisfactory.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

20 to 24 Anchored as before. 2020 HOSLEY, F E , GMSN, USN and MOLL, J R , QM3, USN returned aboard having been absent over leave since 0730, 1 Jan 1953. 2030 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 2106 Underway from anchorage berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia, proceeding to Charleston, S.C. in accordance with CTG 150.1 dispatch 261423Z of May 1953. Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Set base course of O24t, 025pgc; speed 4 knots, 56 rpm. 2122 c/c to 050°t, O5l°pgc. 2123 Passed Newport News channel buoy #1 abeam to port, distance 25 yards. 2144 c/c to O64°t, O65°pgc. 2145 Passed Fort Wool abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 2154 c/c to 271°t, 272°pgc. 2155 Passed through submarine net entrance. Entered Thimble Shoals channel. and commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to conform to the channel. 2200 Passed Thimble Shoal Light abeam to port, distance 1200 yards. 2206 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 2253 c/c to 112°t, l13°pgc. 2255 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to starboard, distance 2500 yards. 2310 Entered International waters. 2342 Passed Chesapeake Bay Light ship abeam to port, distance 10 miles.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Friday 5 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers No.1 and No.2 enroute from Norfolk, Virginia to Charleston, South Carolina via usual coastal route in accordance with CTG 150.1 dispatch 261423Z of May 1953. Base course is 112°t, 113°pgc, 114°psc. Speed is 13.5 knots, 182 rpm. SOPA is Commanding Officer of this vessel. 0155 c/c to 172°t, 173°pgc, 174°psc.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0415 Sighted buoy # TA, bearing 263°t, distance l5,000 yards. 0652 c/c to 197°t, 198°pgc. 0744 c/c to 144°t,145°pgc. 0747 c/c to 141°t, 142°pgc.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, unauthorized absentees: LEE, R J , SN, USN. 0858 p/e ahead 2/3. 0902 c/s to a/e ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm. c/c to 199°t; 200°pgc. 0938 c/c to 255°t, 256°pgc. 0943 c/c to 229°t, 230°pgc. 0948 c/c to 239°t, 240°pgc. 0957 Sighted Diamond Shoals lightship, bearing 310°t, distance 12 miles. 0959 c/c to223°t; 224°pgc. 1003 Lost gyro input to radar. 1007 Gyro input to radar restored. 1021 Passed Diamond Shoals lightship abeam to starboard, distance nine (9) miles. 1022 Commenced slowly working up to full speed, 14 knots, l90rpm. 1035 Main Control reported: making fu11 speed, 14 knots, 190 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1200 c/c to 228°t; 229°pgc. 1309 c/c to 149°t, 150°pgc. 13I7 c/c to 259°t, 260°pgc. 1325 c/c to 228°t, 229°pgc.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1631 c/c to 240°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1800 c/s to full, 13.5 knots; 182 rpm.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2019 Sighted Frying Pan Shoals lightship bearing 245°t, distance 18 miles. 2144 Passed Frying Pan Shoals lightship abeam to starboard, distance 2,300 yards. 2148 c/c to 246°t, 247°.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Saturday 6 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming enroute from Norfolk, Virginia to Charleston, South Carolina in accordance with CTG 150.1 dispatch 261423z of May 1953 following usual coastal route. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Speed 13.5 knots at l82 rpm. Course is 247°pgc, 246°t. 0225 Sighted buoy 2CR bearing 239°pgc, 238°t, distance 15 miles. 0247 c/c to 231°t, 232°pgc. 0324 Passed buoy 2CR abeam to starboard, distance 750 yards; c/c to 244°t, 245°pgc.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0455 energized and tested fathometer, test satisfactory. 0505 c/c to 247t, 248pgc. 0514 Passed whistle buoy No.6 abeam to stbd, distant 4200 yards. 0516 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 0519 c/c to 254°t, 255°pgc. 0530 c/s to 12 knots,156 rpm. 0620 Sighted Charleston Light bearing 265°t, distant 10 miles. 0638 c/c to 264°t, 265°pgc. 0640 c/c to 253°t, 254°pgc. 0641 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0645 c/c to 247°t, 248°pgc. 0702 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0704 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0704 c/c to 249°t; 250°pgc. 0708 Channel pilot, Mr. PETERSON, came aboard and assumed Conn. 0708 Stationed special sea detail. 0710 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0711 c/c to 294°t, 295°pgc. 0712 Passed harbor entrance buoy N2C abeam to port distant 500 yards. 0714 c/c to 289°t, 290°pgc. 0730 c/c to 298°t, 290°pgc. 0731.5 Passed Fort Sumter Range channel buoy #4 abeam to stbd, distance 100 yards. 0732 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with Fort Sumter Range Channel into harbor, Charleston, S.C. 0738 passed Fort Sumter Range channel buoy #8 abeam to stbd, distance 100 yards. 0741 Passed Fort Sumter Range channel buoy #10, abeam to starboard, distant, 100 yards. 0745 Passed Fort Sumter Range channel buoy #WR12 abeam to stbd, distance 100 yards. 0757 Passed Fort Sumter Range channel buoy #20 abeam to starboard distance 100 yards.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations; absentees:, LEE, R J , SN, USN. 0810 Passed Fort Sumter abeam to port, distant 1200 yards. 0814 Passed South channel range buoy #28 abeam to stbd, 100 yards. 0818 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 0820 c/c to 309°t, 310°pgc. 0821 Passed channel buoy #30 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0825 Passed channel buoy #32 abeam to stbd, distant 75 yards. 0826 c/c to 354°t, 355°pgc. 0827 Passed channel buoy #34 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 0829.5 Passed channel buoy #36 abeam to stbd, distant 100 yards. 0831 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0832 c/c to 339.5°t, 340°pgc. 0835 c/c to 334.5°t, 335°pgc. 0838.5 c/c to 331.5°t, 332°pgc. 0841.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0843 c/c to 016.5°t ,017°pgc. 0846 c/c to 019.5°t, 020°pgc. 0846.5 c/c to 024.50°t, 025°pgc. 0849 Passed Cooper. River Channel buoy #8 abeam to stbd, distance 25 yards. 0850.5 P! assed Cooper River channel buoy no.44 abeam to stbd, distance 100 yards. 0852.5 c/c to 004.5°t, 005°pgc. 0852.5 Passed Cooper River channel buoy #46 abeam to starboard, distance 25 yards. 0858 c/c to 344.5°t, 345°pgc. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. 0902 c/c to299.5°t, 300°pgc. 0904.5 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0905 c/c to 294.5°t, 295°pgc. 0906.5 c/c to 292.5°t, 293°pgc. 0908 Passed Cooper River channel buoy #52 abeam to starboard distance 25 yards. 0909 c/c to 299.5°t, 300°pgc. 0910 c/c to 309.5°t, 3lO°pgc. 0910.5 c/c to 314.5°t, 315°pgc. 0914.5 c/c to 319.5°t, 320°pgc. 0916.5 c/c to 334.5°t, 335°pgc. 0921 Navy Yard Pilot SWANN came aboard and assumed the Conn. 0924.5 C/C to, 344.5°t, 345°pgc. 0925 c/c to, 349.5°t ,350°pgc. 0925.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0925.5 Passed Cooper River channe l buoy #54 abeam to starboard, distance 25 yards. 0927 c/c to 354.5°t, 355°pgc. 0927.5 Passed Cooper River channel buoy #56 abeam to starboard, distance 25 yards. 0928 c/c to 359.5°t, 000°pgc. 0929 Passed Cooper River channel buoy #58 abeam to stbd, distance 25 yards. 0929 c/c to 009.5°t, 010°pgc. 0931 Passed Cooper River Channel buoy #58A abeam to starboard, distance 25 yards. 0936 Passed Cooper River channel buoy #58B, abeam to stbd, distant 50 yards 0936 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0937 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0937.5 Right 15° rudder. 0939 c/c to 045.5°t, 046°pgc. 0939 Passed Cooper River channel buoy #58C abeam to starboard, distance 75 yards. 0939.5 c/s to a/e stopped. 0940.5 Left 10° rudder. 0941 p/e back 1/3. 0941 U.S. Navy YTB-526 Secured to stbd bow. 0942 U.S. Navy YTB-393 secured to, stbd quarter. 0942.5 a/e stopped, rudder amid ships. 0943 a/e back 1/3. 0945 s/e stopped; p/e back 2/3. 0945.5 a/e stopped. 0946 p/e back 1/3. 0946.5 p/c back 2/3. 0947 p/e back 1/3. 0947.5 a/e stopped. 0948 s/e ahead 1/3. 0948.5 Left 20° rudder, left full rudder. 0949 p/e back 1/3. 0949 Moored port side to U.S. Transportation Corps Pier, Charleston, S.C. with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. 0949.5 p/e stopped, rudder amid ships. 0950 Left 20 rudder; rudder amid ships; a/e stopped. 0955 U.S. Navy YTB-526 cast off. 0956.5 Secured, special sea detail except line handlers; set regular in port watch, section two. 0957 Stationed ballasting detail. 0958.5 Secured main engines; plant on 4 hour notice. 1000 U.S. Navy Tug, YTB-393 cast off stbd quarter. 1000 Pilots Peterson and Swann left ship. 1010 commenced to ballast down Draft fwd. 17'6"; Aft. 17'8". 1050 Ceased ballasting: Draft fwd. 24'6"; Aft. 24' 9". 1050 Army ,(LCU882), crossed sill. 1053 Army (LCU646) crossed sill. 1125 Commenced debalasting.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

12 TO 16
Moored as before. 1230 lit fire under No. 2 boiler. 1320 Ceased deballasting: Draft fwd. 17'8"; Aft. 17'9".
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

16 to 18
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

18 TO 20
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

20 TO 24
Moored as before.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

Sunday 7 june, 1953

00 to 04
Moored port side to Army Transportation Corps Piers, Charleston, S.C., with four (4) manila and two (2) wire lines. No. 2 boiler and #2 generator in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. SOPA is ComNavBase, Charleston, S.C.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

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

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: LEE, R J, SN, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

16 to 18
Moored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Moored as before.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

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

Monday 8 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored port side Army Transportation Corps Pier, Charleston, S.C., with four (4) manila and two (2) wire lines; No.2 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA ComNavBase, Charleston, S.C. 0340 Lighted fires under No.1 boiler.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0455 Tested steering gear, test satisfactory. 0525 Tested main engine, test satisfactory. 0530 Pilot E.R. SWANN came aboard. O552 mustered crew on stations, absentees: LEE, R J, SN, ,USN. 0605 Pilot J J DELMAR came aboard. 0608.5 U.S. Navy tug YTB-388 secured to the starboard bow. 0611.5 s/e ahead 1/3; p/e back 1/3. 0613 Left 20° rudder. 0613.5 s/e ahead , p/e back 2/3. 0614.5 Rudder amid ships, s/e ahead 1/3. 0615 Underway from Army Transportation Piers, Char1eston, S.C., proceeding to Norfolk, Va., in accordance with CTG l50.1 dispatch 261430Z of May 1953. Captain, Pi1ot, Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge. 0617 Commenced maneuvering with aid of tug to turn and head down Cooper River Channel. 0625.5 U.S. Navy tug YTB-388 cast off starboard bow. 0628.5 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0629.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0629.5 Pilot SWANN left the ship and Pilot DELMAR assumed the Conn. 0630 Commenced maneuvering at various courses to conform with Cooper River Channel. 0652 Passed Channel buoy No. 52 abeam to port, distant 100 yards. 0655.5 a/e ahead standard, 12 knots, l56 rpm. 0659 Passed channel buoy No., 49 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0714 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0720.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 9728 Passed channel buoy No.32 abeam to port, distant 100 yards. 0739 Passed Fort Sumter abeam to starboard, distant 800 yards. 0741.5 Passed channel buoy No.25 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0744 Passed channel buoy No.23 abeam to starboard, distant l00 yards. 0747.5 Passed channel buoy No. 21 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0747.5 Passed Charleston Lighthouse abeam to starboard, distant 4 miles. 0748.5 Passed channel buoy No.19 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0750 C/S to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0750.5 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0751 a/e stopped, slowed transfer pilot. 0751.5 Pilot vessel alongside starboard quarter. 0751.5 Passed channel buoy No.17 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0751.5 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0752 Captain assumed Conn. on course 120.3°t, 121°pgc. 0755 Pilot DELAMAR left ship pilot vessel clear. 0755 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0756 passed channel buoy No.15 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 0757.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0757.5 Passed channel buoy No.13 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12 0842 c/c to 067T, 068pgc. 1007 Passed buoy No.6 abeam to port, distance 2300 yards 1147 Passed buoy No. 2CR abeam to starboard, distance 1500 yards. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1211 c/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1608 Sighted Frying Pan lightship bearing 072°pgc, distance 10.5 miles. 1610 c/c to O73°pgc. 1624 c/c to 074°pgc. 1625 c/c to 085°pgc. 165l Passed Frying Pan lightship abeam to port, distance 1.1 miles. 1652 c/c to 060°pgc.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2147 c/c to 044°t, 045°pgc.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Tuesday 9 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Charleston, South Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia in accordance with CTG 150.1 dispatch 261423Z of May 1953. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line Speed, 14 knots, 190 rpm, course 044°t, 045°pgc. 0120 Sighted and identified Diamond Shoa1 light ship. 0254 Passed Diamond Shoal light ship abeam to port, distance seven (7) miles. 0317 c/c to 018°t, 0l9°pgc. H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 TO 08
Steaming as before. 0347 Cape Hatteras light abeam to port, distance 20 miles. 0403 Sighted Cape Hatteras wreck buoy bearing 327°t, distance 7 miles. 0432 Passed Cape Hatteras wreck buoy abeam to port, distance 4.5 miles 0454 c/c to 339°t, 340°pgc. 0525 Passed radar reflector buoy "TB" abeam to starboard; distance 4.6 miles. 0550 c/c to 334°t, 335°pgc. 0622 c/c to 337°t, 336°pgc. 0653 Sighted buoy "B" bearing 341°t, 342°pgc, distance 8 miles. 0730 Passed buoy "B" abeam to starboard, distance 1240 yards.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: LEE, R J , SN, USN. 0800 Passed buoy No. "TA" abeam to starboard, distant 7600 yards. 0810 Commenced working up to 195 rpm, 14.3 knots. 0820 Both engines making 195 rpm. 0930 Commenced working up slowly to 14.5 knots, 201 rpm. 0934 sighted radar reflector buoy "T" bearing 000t; distance l0,000 yards. 0953 Passed radar reflector buoy "T" abeam to starboard, distant 3949 yards. 0953.5 Both engines at 201 rpm. 1053.5 c/c to 300°t, 300°pgc. 1054 Commenced decreasing speed to 13 knots, 173 rpm at a rate of 6 rpm every half hour. 1124 c/s to l89 rpm, 14 knots. 1127 passed Chesapeake Bay lightship abeam to starboard, distant 13,000 yards. 1130 c/c to 290°t, 290°pgc. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN
12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1223 Passed obstruction buoy abeam to starboard, distance 7000 yards. 1223 Passed Cape Henry light house abeam to port distance 3200 yards. 1229 Set the anchor detail. 1235 Passed buoy #2 abeam to port, distance 300 yards. 1241 c/c to 288°t. 1248 Passed buoy #4 abeam to port, distance 300 yards. 1253 c/s to a/e ahead standard. 1253 Commenced maneuvering at various courses to conform with channel entrance. 1258 Passed buoy #8 abeam to port, distance 300 yards. 1300 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1307 c/s to a/e ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1311 Passed buoy #8 abeam to port, distance 300 yards. 1324 Passed buoy #10 abeam to port, distance 200 yards. 1339 Passed Thimble Shoals lighthouse abeam to starboard, distance 1000 yards. 1346 Set special sea detail. 1347 Captain assumed the Conn. 1348 Passed through harbor net entrance. 1357 c/c to 245°t, 245°pgc. 1401 Passed 0ld Point Comfort abeam to starboard, distance 1300 yards. 1406 Entered Elizabeth River channel and commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to conform to channel. 1418 Commenced degaussing run. 1421 Completed, degaussing run. 1423 c/c to 260°t, 260°pgc. 1425 Commenced maneuvering on various courses, and at various speeds proceeding to anchorage. 1439 Anchored in Berth H-26, Hampton, ,Roads, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, soft bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Sewall Point tank 078°t, Grain elevator 116°t, Middle ground light 267°t. 1448 Commenced heaving in on starboard anchor and made all preparations for getting underway. 1455 Underway from berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia proceeding to anchor 100 yards farther to the West. p/e ahead 1/3. Set course of 265°t 265°pgc. 1459 Anchored in Berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, soft mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Sewall Point tank 078°t, Grain elevator 114°t, Middle ground light 267°t. 1500 Secured the main engines. 1510 Died fires under boiler #2, boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Secured the special sea detail and set the in port watch.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Anchored as before.
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

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

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

Wednesday 10 June, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in South How Anchorage, Berth 26, Hampton Roads, Va., in five fathoms of water, Soft bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, on the fo1lowing true anchorage bearings: Sewall Point Tank 078°t, Grain elevator 114.7°t; Middle Ground Light 267.2°t. Number 1 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes, ships present: Various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA, ComSecondF1t, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN
04 to 08
Anchored as before. 0700 Muster crew-on, stations, absentees: LEE, R J , SN, USN.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Set special sea detail. 0826 underway from South How, Anchorage, Berth 26, Hampton Roads, Va., proceeding to Norfolk Naval Base, Pier #4 in acc6rdance.with ComNavBase verbal orders of 10 June 1953. Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge. 0828.5 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to proceed to pier #4, Berth 43, Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. 0839 Pilot J A TEAHLE came aboard. 0844 U.S. Navy tug YTB-390 secured to port bow. 0900 Moored starboard side to U.S.S. DONNER (LSD-20), Pier #4, Berth 43, Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Va.; with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. SOPA is Captain W E TUCKER, CornServRon Two in U.S.S. CADMUS. 0920 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch. 0950 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order # 73-53, HANEY, J F, Jr., RD3, USNR was transferred to NAS, Norfolk, Virginia with transfer papers, records and baggage for release fr om active duty. Authority: BuPers Inst. 1910.5A dtd 23 March 1953, modified by ComFIVE dispatch 292121Z of May 1953. 0955 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order numbers 74-53 and 75-53, KARNS, G F, YN1, USN and FELGAR, C E ,HM3, USN were transferred, to NAS, Norfo1k, Va. for discharge with transfer papers, records and baggage. Authority Bupers lnst..1910.5A dtd 23 March 1953, modified by ComFIVE dispatch. 292121Z of May 1953. Made, daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

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

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

Thursday 11 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to U.S.S. DONNER (LSD-20) with four manila and two wire lines at pier 4, berth 43, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. No. 2 generator and No.2 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier. Ships present, various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComSecFlt, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0715 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: LEE, R J ,SN, USN.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0910 YO-75 tied up to port quarter. 0920 Commenced fueling. 1105 Ceased fueling, having taken aboard 101,236 gallons of Navy Special Fuel Oil at 65F, draft fwd 17'4", aft 19'3". 1115 Commander LSD Squadron TWO, transferred his flag from the U.S.S. DONNER (LSD-20) to the U.S.S. ASHLAND (LSD-l). Hauled down the commission, pennant and broke the broad command flag. 1128 Lighted fire under boiler #1. 1155 Tested main engines. Test satisfactory. Made daily inspection of magazines, and smokeless powder samp1es. Conditions normal. Made weekly inspection of magazine sprinkler system. Test satisfactory.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1250 In accordance with CinCLantF1t spd ltr ser 6732-P of 13 May 1953, the following named men were transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to the U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia for processing and release, from active duty: CEJKA, W.F., SN, USN; MOORE, W.D., SA, USN; SPENCER, C.A., ENFN, USN; HEALEY, A.H., FN, USN; COWING, D.D., EN3, USN; MUZIO, B. (n), FN, USN; CULLER, W.D., RM3, USN. 1250 Pursuant to Commanding Officer's standard transfer order 79-53 CHAPMAN, D. L.,CS3, USN, was transferred with standard transfer orders, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Supply Depot, Bayonne, New Jersey for TAD under instruction. Authority: ClnCLantF1t spdltr ser 6732-P of 13 May l953. 1305 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order #80-53, PARK, S .P., DCl, USN was transferred to U.S. NavRecSta, San Francisco, California for further transportation to U.S.S. RIO GRANDE (ACG-3) for duty, with transfer papers, records and bagg age. Authority;, BuPers dispatch 051254Z of June modified by ComServPac dispatch 092054Z of June 1953., 1300 set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 1305 Pilot SEXTON came aboard. 1310 Tug YTB-533 secured to port bow. 1321 Underway from starboard side of U.S.S. DONNER (ISD-20) at Berth 43, pier 4, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, proceeding to Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150.1. Pilot at the conn. Captain, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced backing slowly out of slip between piers 4 and 5 to enter Elizabeth River Channel. 1328 YTB-533 cast off. 1333 Entered Elizabeth River channel and set course of 184°t, 184°pgc, speed 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1344 YTB-533 Secured to port bow. 1345 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1348 Passed buoy #l2 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 1349 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding to the pier . 1353 YTB-1144 Secured to port quarter. 14O5 Moored starboard side to South Bulkhead Pier, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. 1424 All tugs cast off and pilot left the ship. 1427 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch. Secured the main engines. 1510 Commander W. L. PHALER left the ship on three (3) days leave. 1515 Died fires under. boiler #1, boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN
16 to 20
Moored as before.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

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

Friday 12 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to south bulkhead, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Hampton Roads, Virginia with four manila lines and two wire lines. Number 2 boiler in use for auxi1iary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present, various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComPhibLant in U.S.S. POCONO (AGC-16).
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0700 Mustered on stations, absentees: LEE, R J , SN, USN,. 0730 MQLL3 John R, QM3, USN reported aboard without liberty card.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0720 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 15'6", aft 24'6",. 0800 Ceased ballasting draft fwd 24', draft aft 24' 6". 0815 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order #80-53, SIEGLE, D E , FN, USN was transferred to NTC Great Lakes, Illinois for TAD under instruction. Authority: ComPhibLant spdltr ser 7742-P dtd 4 June, 1953. 0915 Pursuant to Special Orders #134, of Army Transportation Major Port #373D, the below listed Army Officers and personnel reported aboard for transportation to U.S. Naval Base; Argentia New Foundland CARVER H V, CWO; STURGILL, D R; CWO; ROBERTS, C A, WOJG; SHERFESSE, W A, WOJG; JUDAH, C. (n), MSGT; KUBITZ, J T , MSGT; PETERS, L J, SFC; ROBERTS, M A, SFC; WALTERS, R H, SGT; FREEMAN, T (n), CPL; LEACH, J A, PFC; SPENSIERI, J P, PFC; SPERDATO, J P, PFC; BAHER, P E, PVT-2; BEEBBE, R A, PVT-2; BLAZOMIDOW, W, PVT-2;CORSETTI, P (n), PVT-2; FISHER, D E, PVT-2; GAMBUDILLA, J (n),PVT-2; SILVER, L (n), PVT-2; WHALEN, W J , PVT-2; HAMER, W L, CPL. 0930 Commenced deballasting: draft fwd 24'; aft 24'6". 1145 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. Comp1eted deballasting; draft fwd 18', aft l8' 4".
R T PETERSON
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1440 Pursuant to the Commanding Officer, U.S. Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia, standard transfer order #140. Authority: BuPers c/l 103-53, LEE, Robert J., SN, USN reported on board for disciplinary action and duty; placed under arrest and restricted to the limits of-the ship.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before.
H H POWELL
CHCARP, USN

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

Saturday 13 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to South Bulkhead, Hampton Roads, Port of Embarkation, Hampton Roads, Virginia with four manila lines and two wire lines. Number 2 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present, various units 0f U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is VADM F. G. FAHRION, ComPhibLant
L E ALEXANDER
ENS, USNR

04 to 08 Moored as before. 0700 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: KENNA, T J, FPG3, USNR; W90D, C E, SN, USN.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR
08 to 12
Moored as before. 0930 Commenced deballasting, completed loading with the exception of explosives. 1108 Secured #1 generator. Make daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to l6
Moored as before. 1430 Secured from deballasting, draft fwd l8' 0", draft aft 18' 3", Mean 18' 11/2".
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

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

Sunday 14 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to South bulkhead pier, Hampton Roads, Port of Embarkation, Norfolk, VA, with four manila and two wire lines. No. 2 boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from shore. Ships present, various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComPhibLant in U.S.S. POCONO (AGC-16).
H B PARKER JR
ENS, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before.
H B PARKER JR
ENS, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: BOORACK, P E, ENC, USN; KENNA T J, FPG3, USN, AND WOOD, C E, SN, USN. 1000 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.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before. 2340 Pursuant to BuPers spdltr Pers-J-B211-DEC-4 dtd 29 April, 1953 and ComServLant spdltr FF4-16/GWN, ser 12677X813 dtd 4 May, 1953 and ComPhibLant spdltr ser 600-P dtd 5 May, 1953; DIXON, T L, CSG1, USNR, reported aboard with transfer papers, records an baggage for duty.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

Monday 15 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to South Bulkhead Pier, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Hampton Roads, Virginia with four manila and two wire lines. Number 2 boiler in use, for, auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the Pier. Ships present, various units of Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is VADM F. G. FAHRION, ComPhibLant, in U.S.S. POCONO (AGC-16). 0210 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. NavSta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba standard transfer order No.477-53 dtd 12 May 1953, MIELOSZYK, Eugene J., YN2(T), USN reported aboard for duty with orders, records and personal effects. Authority: ComServLant spdltr ser 12920X8121 of 5 May- 1953 and ComPhibLant spdltr ser 6154-P, of 6 May, 1953.
H. B. PARKER,
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0420 KENNA, T.J., FPG3, USNR reported aboard AOL since 1200, 12 June, 1953. 0630 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: WOOD, C E, SN, USN; BOORACK, P E, ENC, USN; STAPLES, W, SN, USN; MUSHA, L L, SN, USN; JOHNSON, N R , SN, USN; VOLRATH, M L, SN, USN; BURROWS, W G, SN, USN; KNEISLER, A L ,BM3, USN; HAWKINS, J W, QMC, USN. 0645 The Commanding Officer, CDR W. L. PHALER, returned aboard from 3 days leave. 0755 JOHNSON, N R , SN, USN reported-aboard AOL since 0630 15 June, 1953. 0755. STAPLES, W, SN, USN reported aboard AOL since 0630, 15 June 1953.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0810 BURR0WS, W G , SN, USN reported aboard from 4 days leave, AOL since 2000, 14 June 1953. 0810 VOLRATH, M L , SN, USN reported aboard AOL since 0630, 15 June 1953. 0820 Thirty-nine (39) Army enlisted personnel and, one (1) officer reported aboard from Fort Eustes, Virginia for transportation to U.S. Naval Base, Argentia, Newfoundland. 1035 HAWKINS, J W ,QMC, USN reported aboard, AOL since 0630, 15 June 1953. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1205 J.K. ADAMS, Pilot, came aboard. 1215 Made all tests and preparations for getting underway. Tests satisfactory. 1215 U.S. Navy Tug YTB-150 secured to port bow. 1220 U S Navy Tug YTB-177 secured to port quarter. 1230 Set special sea detail. 1302 Commenced backing 1/3 on port engine to bring bow to port and away from pier. 1306 Underway from Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Hampton, Roads, Virginia, enroute to anchorage area FOX, Hampton Roads, Virginia in order to load TNT in accordance with verbal orders of CTG 150.1; Pilot at Conn., Captain, Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge. 1308.5 a/e ahead 1/3. 1309 a/e ahead 2/3. l309.5 Commenced maneuvering to enter Elizabeth River channel. 1318 U S Navy Tug YTB-177 cast off port quarter. 1327 U S Navy Tug YTB-150 cast off port bow and Pilot left the ship. 1325 Came to course 004°t; Captain assumed Conn. 1331 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1333 Commenced maneuvering to leave Elizabeth River channel and head for FOX anchorage area. 1339 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1339 c/s to stop. 1342 Passed channel buoy No.7 abeam to starboard, distant 50 yards. 1343 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1346 c/c to 242°t. 1348.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156,rpm. 1401 c/s. to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1402 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1405 c/s to a/e stopped. 1406 a/e back 1/3. 1408 a/e back 2/3. 1409 Anchored in anchorage area FOX, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 26 feet of water, soft bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Middle ground light 058°t; Grain elevator 097°t; Newport News, Virginia Radio Tower 345°t. 1409 a/e back 1/3. 1409.5 a/e stopped. 1415 Secured main engines. 1416 Secured special sea detail, set in port watch. 1419 Died, fires under No.2 boiler. 1450 Ammunition lighter secured to starboard wingwall 1510 Commenced loading explosives from lighter alongside, smoking lamp out throughout ship. 1520 Lighted fires under No. 2 boiler.
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1640 Completed taking aboard exp1osives from lighter alongside. 1705 Ammunition lighter cast off and taken in tow by Naval Base Tug. 1746 Set special-sea detai1. 1758 Completed tests and preparations for getting-underway. Tests satisfactory: except emergency battery powered breakdown lights. 1803 Commenced using engines to twist ship to starboard and commenced heaving up starboard anchor. 1807.5 Underway from anchorage area FOX, Hampton Roads, Virginia enroute to Argentia, Newfoundland in, accordance with CTF-150 Operation Order No. 2-53. Captain at Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge. 1808 Continued using engines to twist ship to starboard. 1820 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1820.5 Set course 070°t. l823.5 Passed Middle ground light abeam to port, distant 600 yards. 1825 Commenced, maneuvering on various courses to enter Elizabeth River channel. 1846 Passed channel buoy No.1 abeam to starboard, distant 100 yards. 1850 Passed Fort Wool abeam to starboard, distant 600 yards. 1851 Passed Old Point Comfort abeam to port, distant 1300 yards. 1857 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with channel. l90O Passed channel buoy "A" abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards; passed through submarine net opening. 1900 c/c to 090°t. 1901 Passed Thimble Shoals channel buoy No.15 abeam to starboard, distant 50 yards. 1903 c/c to l08°t. 1904 Secured special sea detail, set regular steaming watch, section III. 1904.5 Passed Thimble Shoals lighthouse abeam to port, distant 1200 yards. 1904.5 Passed channel buoy No.13 abeam to starboard distant 50 yards. 1909 Passed channel buoy No.11 abeam to port, distant 50-yards. 1940 c/c to 089°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2002 Passed Cape Henry light abeam to starboard, distance 2700 yards. 2020 Entered International waters with Cape Henry light bearing 254°t; took departure from Norfolk, Virginia for Argentia, Newfoundland; set base course of 090°, Speed 13 knots, 173 rpm. 2110 Passed Chesapeake Bay lightship abeam to port, distance 3400 yards. 2115 c/c to 062°t. D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Tuesday 16 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers No.1 and No.2 from Norfolk Virginia to Argentia , Newfoundland in accordance with CTF 150 Operation Order 2-53. Base course is 062°t. Speed 14 knots, 190 rpm. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon Two embarked in this vessel.
H H PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

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

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quaarters, absentees: WOOD, C E, SN USN; BORRACK, P E ENC, USN; MUSHA, L L, SN, USN; and KNEISLER, A L, BM3, USN. 1037 c/s to 13.5 knots, 183 rpm. 1055 c/s to 13.5 knots, 184 rpm. 1108 c/s to 186 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1334 c/s to 188 rpm, 13.8 knots.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

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

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2204 c/c to 100°t. 2213 c/c to 062°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Wednesday 17 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 from Norfolk, Virginia to Argentia, Newfound land in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 2-53. Speed, 13.9 knots, 188 rpm; base course is 062°t. 0034 C/S to a/e stopped. 0034 c/s to a/e ahead full 13.9 knots 188 rpm. 0126 C/C to 050°t. 0131 c/c to 062°t. 0137 c/s to all ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0138 Commenced sounding fog signals at two minute intervals. 0142 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0155 c/s to a/e ahead standard, 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0159 Ceased sounding fog signals. 0201 c/s to a/e ahead full, 13.5 knots, 184 rpm. 0326 Commenced working up slowly to 186 rpm. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO in this vesse1.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0356 c/s to 188 rpm, 13.8 knots.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: WOOD, C E, SN, USN; BOORACK, P E, ENC, USN; MUSHA, L L, SN, USN; KNEISLER, A L, BM3, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16 Steaming as before. 1518 Commenced sounding fog signals. 1546 Ceased sounding fog signals.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1714 c/c to 089°t. 1715 c/c to 029°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1841 c/c to 06l°t. 1855 Commenced sounding fog signals. 1903 c/c to 063°t. 1912 Ceased sounding fog signals. 1925 Resumed sounding fog signals. 1930 Ceased sounding fog signals.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2212 Commenced sounding fog signals at intervals of 2 minutes. Visibility 1,000 yards. 2228 Ceased sounding fog signals. 2320 Commenced sounding fog signals at intervals of 2 minutes. Visibility 1,000 yards. 2342 Ceased sounding fog signals.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Thursday 18 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers # 1 and # 2 enroute from Norfolk, Virginia to Argentia, Newfoundland in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 2-53. Base course 064°t, speed 13.9 knots, 188 rpm. 0009 Commenced sounding fog signals. 0200 set all ships clocks forward one hour to conform with plus-4 Queen time. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon Two in this vessel.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0453 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 0509 c/S to 13 knots, l73 rpm. 0540 c/s to 13.5 knots, 184 rpm. 0640 c/s to 13.5 knots, 186 rpm. 0730 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. Secured power on SU radar and radio transmitters in order to repair fog whistle. 0747 SU radar and radio transmitters back in operation. 0750 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR
8 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 c/c to 066°t. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: WOOD, C E, SN, USN; BOORACK, P E, ENC, USN; MUSHA, L L, SN, USN; KNEISLER, A L , BM3, USN. 0802 c/s to 182 rpm, 13.5 knots. 0832 c/S to 184 rpm, 13.6 knots. 0842 c/s to 186 rpm, 13.7 knots. 0900 c/s to 188 rpm, 13.8 knots. 0910 A Special Court-Martia1 convened to try the case of JOHNSON, S.0., MM3, USN. 1046 The Special Court-Martial adjourned and published findings and sentence as follows: Charge: Violation of UCMJ Article 86; Findings: Guilty; Sentence: to forfeit $70 per month for three (3) months, to perform hard labor for 90 days and to be reduced to the grade of FN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
D G MC INNES
LTJC, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1231 Secured ship's whistle for repairs, commenced sounding fog signals with hand operated fog horn. 1310 Commenced lower decks inspection. 1317 Commenced sounding fog signals at one minute intervals. 1318 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1320 A Special Court-Martial convened in the case of TREMBLY, G A, CSSN, USN. 1330 c/c to 047°t. 1420 Secured from lower decks inspection. 1426 The Special Court-Martia1 on TRELMBLY, G A, CSSN, USN adjourned and published findings and sentence as follows: Charge: Violation of UCMJ Article 86, Findings: Guilty. Sentence: to forfeit $47 per month for 2 months. 1432 Tested whistle, test satisfactory. Ceased sounding fog signals by hand operated fog horn. Commenced sounding fog signals on whistle at 2 minute intervals. 1500 Crossed 100 fathom curve. 1502 Commenced working up to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1528 Commenced working up to 13.5 knots, 182 rpm. 1548 Speed 13.5 knots, 182 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1555 c/s to 184 rpm. 1615 c/s to 186 rpm. 1630 c/s to 188 rpm.
T R BNNETT,
LTJG, USNR

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

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2000. c/c to 048°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Friday 19 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers No.1 and No. 2 from Norfolk, Virginia to Argentia, Newfoundland in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 2-53. Speed is 13.9 knots, l88 rpm. Base course is 048°t. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel. 0002 c/c to 035°t. 0008 c/c to 000°t. 0024 c/c to 030°t. 0025.5 c/c to 050°t. 0138 c/c to 025°t. 0147 c/c to 030°t. 0154 c/c to 05O°t. 0219 c/c to 020°t. 0229 c/c to 030°t. 0231 c/c to 040°t. 0234 c/c to 051°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0750 c/c to 050°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

8 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: WOOD, G E, SN, USN; BOORACK, P E, ENC, USN; MUSHA, L L, SN, USN; KNEISLER, A L, BM3, USN. 0905 Entered Inland waters, departed International waters. Commenced sounding fog whistle every minute. 0906 c/s to l3 knots, 173 rpm. 0906 Fog whistle inoperative. 0910 Secured SU radar to effect repairs to ship's whistle. 0920 Repairs effected to ship's whistle, power restored to SU radar. 0926 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1002 c/c, to 047°t. 1130 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1155 c/s to a/e ahead 2/3, 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. 1202 c/s to 6, knots, 73 rpm. 1204 Set anchor detail. 1217 c/c to 020°t. 1222 Set the Special Sea detail. 1224 Proceeding on various courses and speeds approaching entrance to Argentia, Newfoundland. 133l Passed Fox Island abeam to port, distance 700 yards. 1343 c/c to 135°t. 1343 Passed channel buoy #3 abeam to port, distance 100 yards. 1345 c/c to l30°t. 1351 Pilot KEEFE, came aboard. 1353 Passed channel buoy "E" abeam to port, distance 100 yards. Proceeding in channel on various courses and speeds, Captain has the Conn. 1407 Passed Isaac Point abeam to port, Distance 500 yards. 1423 U.S. Navy Tug YTB-541 secured to port bow. 1425 U S Navy Tug : YTB-392 secured to port quarter. Proceeding on various courses and speeds approaching dock, Captain has the Conn. 1436 Moored starboard side to U S Naval Operating Base Pier, Berth E-D, Argentia, Newfoundland, with four manila and two wire lines. SOPA is ComLSDRon TW0 in this vessel. Boiler #2 on the line for auxiliary purposes. 1440 U S Navy Tug YTB-392 cast off port quarter. 1452 Pilot KEEFE left ship. 1454 Secured the Special Sea Detail except line handlers, set the regular in port watch. 1456 U S Navy Tug YTB-541 cast off port bow 1535 Commenced ballasting. 1540 Commenced refueling ship, draft fwd, l6'l0", draft aft 17'3", Mean 17'1/2".
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before. 1705 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd 16'6", aft 26'6". 1710 LCU-646 left well deck. 1717 Commenced deballasting. 175O Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 20', draft aft 24', Mean 22'. 1800 Secured #1 generator. 1835 Secured from refueling ship having taken on 2244 bbls. of Navy special fuel, draft fwd 20'8", dra~t aft 23'8", Mean 22'2".
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN
20 to 24
Moored as before. 2010 TAYLOR, T F, FN, USN, returned by Naval Base OOD, under arrest for being drunk and disorderly at Station Blue Jackets Club. The records and personal effects of the following named men were transferred to the U.S. Naval Receiving Station Argentia, Newfoundland for further transfer to the U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia: W00D, G E, SN, USN; BOORACK, P E, ENC, USN; MUSHA; A L, SN, USN; KNEISLER, A L, BM3, USN.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN

Saturday 20 June, 1953

00 to 04
Moored starboard side to berth "C-D", sea wall, U.S. Naval Station, Argentia, Newfoundland, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. Boiler No.2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving telephone and fresh water service from dock. Ships present, various units U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this Vessel.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

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

08 to 12 Moored 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
Moored as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before. 1700 Made all tests and preparations for getting underway. l710 LCU-64 entered well deck. 1715 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 20' 8", aft 23' 8". 1820 Disconnected telephone from dock and brow taken in. 1820 Pilot J.E. HICKS, QMC came aboard. 1822 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd 16'6", aft l7'l0". 1833 U.S. Navy Tug YTB-541 secured to port bow. 1840 Sing1ed up all lines. 1848 Commenced using tug and main engines to cast bow to port and away from dock. 1849 Underway from U S Naval Station, Argentia, Newfoundland enroute to Sondrestrom AFB, Greenland, in accordance with CTF 150 Operation Order 2-53. Captain at Conn., Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge. 1851 U S Navy Tug YTB-541 cast off port bow and Pilot left the ship. 1855 a/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots, 51 rpm; set course 040°t. 1855.5 Commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with harbor channel. 1858.5 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1914 Passed Issac Point abeam to starboard, distant 600 yards. 1914.5 Passed channel buoy No. 9 abeam to starboard, distant 400 yards. 1919.5 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1921 Passed channel buoy EASY abeam to starboard, distant 300 yards. 1925.5 Passed channel buoy No.3 abeam to starboard, distant 500 yards. 1929 Passed Fox Island abeam to starboard, distant 1500 yards. 1941 Secured special sea detail; set the regular steaming watch two. 1952 c/c 205°t. 1957 c/c to 207°t. 1958 c/c to 209°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 20l5 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 2115 c/s to 176 rpm. 2130 c/s to 179 rpm. 2145 c/s to 182 rpm. 2200 c/s to 184 rpm. 2215 c/s to 186 rpm. Passed Cape St. Mary light abeam to port, distance l6,200 yards. 2227 c/c to 152°t. 2230 c/s to 13.9 knots, 188 rpm. 2300 c/c to 156°t. 2318 c/c to 152°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Sunday 21 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Argentia3 Newfoundland to Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 dispatch 101435Z of June 1953. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Speed l3.9 knots, 188 rpm; base course is 152&drg;t. 0005 c/c to 087°t. 0131 Sighted Cape Pine light, Bearing 052°t. 0213 Sighted Cape Race light, bearing 064°t. 0326 Passed Cape Race abeam to port, distance 6 miles. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR
04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0409 c/c to 014°t. 0616 Passed Ferryland Head light abeam to port, distance 7 1/2 miles. 0719 Passed Gull Island abeam to port, distance 7 1/2 miles 0740 Passed Bull Head light abeam to port, distance 7 1/2 miles.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0830 c/c to 0l3°t. 0831 SU radar reported out of operation while making repairs to modulator. 0849 Passed Cape Spear abeam to port, distance 5.1 miles. 0650 SU radar reported back in operation. 0855 St. John's Harbor light abeam to port 283°t distance 8 miles. 0855 SU radar reported out of operation while making repairs to modulator. 0933 c/c to 0l3°t. 0933 Gyro error reported l° West. 1000 c/c to 358°t. 1024 Cape St. Francis abeam to port, distance 16 mi1es. 1130 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. 1133 Sighted small iceberg, bearing 323°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16 Steraming as before. 1210 Passed Baccalieli Island signal station abeam to port, distance 15 miles.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

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

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

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

Monday 22 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2, from Argentia, Newfoundland to Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 dispatch 101435Z of June 1953. Base course is 358°t, speed 13.9 knots, 188 rpm. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

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

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0902 c/c to 001°t. 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samp1es, conditions normal.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1202 c/c to 358°t. 1245 Reported, as of today at 1230 pursuant to Commanding Officers orders; HOWER, H O, SN, USN, confined to the ships' brig for a period of three days on rations of bread and water with fu1l ration on the third day. To be released 1230, 25 June, 1953. Offense: Violation of Article 91 of the UCMJ.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN
16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1645 Exercised the crew at Fire Drill. 1716 Secured from Fire Drill.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

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

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

Tuesday 23 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 from Argentia, Newfoundland to Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 dispatch 101435Z of June 1953. Speed is 13.9 knots, 188 rpm. Base course is 358°t. SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO embarked in this vessel.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

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

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

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

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

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

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2328 Sighted iceberg, bearing 343°t, distance 14,500 yards.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Wednesday 24 June, 1953

00 TO 04
Steaming independently from Argentia, Newfoundland to Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland, in accordance with CTG 150 dispatch 101435Z or June 1953. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base speed is 13.9 knots, 188 rpm. Base course is 358°T. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TW0 embarked in this vessel.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0458 c/c to 359°t. 0502 c/c to 000°t. 0519 c/c to 359°t. 0523 c/c to 000°t. 0526 c/c to 003°t. 0532 c/c to 358°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0759 Commenced minor changes in course from 358°t, in order to stand clear of ice. 0800 Mustered crew at, quarters, absentees: None. 0930 c/c to 018°t. 0932 Secured SU radar for repairs. 0933 c/c to 023°t. 0940 c/c to 0l8°t. 1003 c/c to 028°t. l007 Commenced making minor changes of course to avoid ice. 1125.5 Resumed Base course 028°t. ll35 SU radar restored to normal operations. 1158 c/c to 358°t. Made daily inspection of magazines and smoke1ess powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1405 c/c to 008°t. 1410 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1510 commenced sounding fog signals. 1532 c/c to 345°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1547 c/c to 345°t. 1601 c/s to 10 knots, 125. 1630 c/c to 342°t. D G MC INNES JR
ENS, USNR

18 TO 20
Steaming as before.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN
20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2000 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 2050 c/c to 338°t. 2127 c/c to 333°t. 2245 c/c to 288°t. 2253 c/c to 338°t. 2315 Ceased sounding fog signals. 2355 c/c to 348°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Thursday 25 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming independently from Argentia, Newfoundland, to Sondrestrom Air Force Base,. Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 dispatch 101435Z of June 1953. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base speed is 8 knots, 96 rpm. Base course is 348°t. 0017 c/s to l2 knots, 156 rpm. 0059 C/C to 003°t. 0200 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0225 c/c to 098°t. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and various speeds entering Sondrestrom Fjord. 0314 Entered Sondrestrom Fjord and commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform to Fjord. 0314 c/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm. 0338 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

04 TO 08
Steaming as before. Maneuvering on various courses proceeding up Sondrestrom Fjord. 0438 c/s to 13 knots, 162 rpm. 0536 c/s to 173 rpm, 13 knots. Continuous soundings being taken by fathometer. 0650 Crossed the Arctic Circle. 0746 c/c to 049°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before on various courses to conform to Fjord. 0802 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0810 c/c to 048°t. 0913 c/c to 063°t. 0915 c/s to l2 knots, 156 rpm. 0920 Set the special sea detail. 0921 c/s to 8 knots, 198 rpm. 0932 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds approaching anchorage. 1008 Set the ballasting detail. 1020 Commenced ballasting, draft fwd 16'0", aft 17'10". 1022 Anchored in North Fork, Sondrestrom Fjord, Greenland in 30 fathoms of water, soft mud bottom with 120 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Point Brennen 272°t; Point Brainard 060Deg;t; Point Hancock 250°t. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel. 1043 Secured the special sea detail, set in port watch. 1102 Ceased ballasting, draft fwd. 16'4", aft. 26'6". 1105 Army LCU-682 left well deck.
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1230 H0WER, H 0, SN, USN was released from confinement; having served 3 days confinement on diminished rations as sentence of Commanding 0fficer's Non-Judicial Punishment of 22 June, 1953. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, Conditions normal. 1555 Commenced deballasting, draft fwd 16'4", aft 26'6".
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

16 to 20
Anchored as before. 1710 Ceased deballasting, draft fwd. 15'6", aft 24'8".
H B PARKER
LTJG, USN

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

Friday 26 June, 1953

00 to 04
Anchored in North Fork, Sondrestrom Fjord, Greenland in thirty fathoms of water, soft mud bottom, with one hundred twenty fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings: Point Brennon 272°t. Point Brainard 060°t. Point Hancock 250°t. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel. Ships present, various merchant ships and. units of Atlantic fleet.
R E CALLAHAN
CHMACH, USN

04 to 08
Anchored as before.
A V MITCHELL
BOSN, USN
08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0930 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 0950 Underway from North Fork Anchorage, Sondrestrom, Greenland, proceeding to North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 3-53; Captain, Executive 0fficer and Navigator on bridge. 0957 s/e back 1/3. 1002 p/e ahead 1/3. 1002.5 p/e ahead 2/3. 1003 Right fu11 rudder. 1005 p/e stopped, rudder amid-ships. 1005.5 p/e ahead 1/3; s/e stopped; s/e ahead l/3, right full rudder. 1006 Set course 238°t, speed 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1009 c/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1010 c/c to 243°t. 1016 Secured the special sea detail, set regular steaming watch. 1017 c/c to 237°t. 1040 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1056 c/c to 229°t. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
T R BENNETT
LTJG,USNR
12 to 16
Steaming as before on various courses conforming to the Fjord. 1450 Determined gyro error to be 1.2°W by sun azimuth.
H C FISHER JR ENS, USNR
16 to 18
Steaming as before on various courses and speeds conforming to the Fjord. 1615 Passed Davis Island abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards. 1642 Commenced sounding fog signals on ship's whistle. 1650 c/c to 282°t. 1700 Departed from Inland waters and entered International waters. 1709, c/s to 9 knots, 111 rpm.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1824 c/c to 351°t.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

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

Saturday 27 June, 1953

00 to 04 Steaming in company with the U.S.N.S. BLUE JACKET from Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland to Thule, Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 2-53. 0TC is ComLSDRon TW0 (CTG 150.1) embarked in this vessel. Boilers #1 and #2 are on the line. Base Speed is 9, knots, 113 rpm. Base course is 351°t. The U.S.N.S. BLUE JACKET is following about 1000 - 1200 yards astern. We are sounding fog signals and fog lookouts are posted.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

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

8 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0900 Mustered crew at division parade for personnel inspection. 0910 c/c. to 028°t. 0923 c/c to 351°t. 0927 Left 20° rudder. 0928 Steadied up on 338°t. 0931 c/c to 35l°t. 0936 c/s to 115 rpm, 9.3 knots. 0944 Secured from personnel inspection. 1100 c/s to a/e ahead standard, 10 knots, 127 rpm. 1130 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1441 c/c to 351°t. 1442 c/c to 353°t. l443 Ceased, sounding fog signals. 1444 Sighted Disko Island bearing 020°t, distance 44 miles. 1500 c/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm. 1519 c/c to 343°t. 1544 c/c to 342°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1605 c/c to 351°t. 1627 c/c to 352°t. 1645 c/c to 351°. 1730 SU radar out of operation. 1738 SU radar back in operation for relative bearings only.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1800 SU radar now completely operative. 1850 c/c to 349°t. 1910 c/c to 354°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2105 c/s to 7.4 knots, 90 RPM.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

Sunday 28 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming in Company with USNS BLUE JACKET from Sondrestrom Air Force Base, to Thule, Greenland in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 2-53. Base course is 354°t; speed 7.4 knots, 90 rpm. 0050 c/c to 352°t. 0107 c/c to 354°t. 0126 c/c to 356°t. 0242 c/c to 354°t. 0354 c/c to 037°t. SOPA and OTC is ComLSDRon TW0 in this vessel.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0402 c/c to 354°t. 0403 c/s to 8 knots, 96 rpm. 0513 c/c to 35l°t. 0530 c/s to 4 knots, 5l rpm. Reached rendezvous point in accordance with CTG 150.l dispatch 251220Z of June l953, and joined TG 150.1 less USS LST 528 and USCGC WESTWIND. 0555 a/e stopped. Commenced lying to awaiting further instructions from the OTC; using engines and rudder to avoid ice. 0615 Secured #1 boiler on 2 hour notice; #2 boiler on the line.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations, absentees: None. 0807 Maneuvering at various courses, p/e ahead 1/3, 5l rpm, in order to avoid icebergs. 0840 a/e stopped. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal. ll50 Lighted fires under boiler #1.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to avoid icebergs while lying to awaiting completion of convoy. 1222 c/s to a/e stopped. 1242 Set the regular steaming watch. 1254 Made tests and preparations for proceeding into formation. 1332 s/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots. 1335 Determined l.6° gyro error by sun azimuth. 1336 c/s to 73 rpm on the starboard engine. 1340 Set base Course of 348°t. 1340 Commenced maneuvering to gain station as guide in cruising formation No. l in accordance with appendix two to ComLSDRon TWO supplement to CTF 150 Operation Order 2-53, single column formation with this vessel in station 1 as guide, USNS GREELY (T-AP141), USNS BLUE JACKET, LST 980, BINGHAMTON VICTORY, MAYFIELD VICTORY astern of us. USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) is stationed 1000 to 1500 yards ahead of this vessel. OTC and SOPA is CTG 150.1 and ComLSDRon TWO, embarked in this vessel. 1340 c/s to p/e ahead 1/3. 1343 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm. 1432 c/c to 340°t to avoid ice. 1508 c/c to 335° to avoid ice. 1529 c/c to 348°t, base formation course.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1605 Commenced passing guard mail from USS ASHLAND (LSD-l) to USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158).
1631 Completed passing guard mail.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
1817 Commenced changing course to port to avoid ice. c/c to 347°t. 1820 c/c to 348°t. 1856 c/c to 339°t. 1858 c/c to 327°t. 1859 c/c to 317°t. 1901 c/c to 312°t. 1904 Resumed base course 347.5°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2130 c/c to port to avoid ice. 2134 Resumed base 348°t. USS LST-528 joined the formation.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

Monday 29 June, 1953

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Task Group 150.1 less U.S.C.G. ice breaker WESTWIND from rendezvous 30 miles east of Point Censor to the southern extremity of the ice pack. The ASHLAND is guide and is leading the column. Standard distance between ships in the column is 750 yards. The U.S.S. MOSOP~ (ATF-158) is stationed 1000 to 1500 yards ahead of the ASHLAND. Speed is 6 knots, 73 rpm. Base course is 348°t. OTC and SOPA is CTG 150.1 (ComLSDRon TWO) embarked in this vessel.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0446 Commenced maneuvering at various courses to avoid ice. 0646 USCGC WESTWIND joined the formation. 0646 c/c to 332.5°t, to avoid ice. 0734 p/e stopped due to 1oss of lube oil pressure. 0735 s/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots. 0737 s/e ahead standard, 11 knots. 0741 c/s to s/e ahead 10 knots. 0742 c/s to s/e ahead l/3, 6 knots. 0743 p/e ahead 1/3, 6 knots; lube oil pressure restored on port engine. 0754 c/c to 348°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR
08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 0809 c/c to 346°t. 0817 c/c to 347°t. 0829 c/c to 346°t. 0830 Determined 2°W gyro error by sun azimuth. 0845 c/c to 348°t. 0905 c/c to 350°t. 0939 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0942 c/c to 347°t. 0948 c/c to 349°t. 1015 c/c to 348°t. 1037 c/c to 349°t. 1109 c/c to 350°t. lll6 c/c 351°t. 1123 c/c to 353°t. 1130 c/c to 351°t.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR
12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1208 c/c to 348°t. 1212 c/c to 351°t. 1219 c/c to 347°t. 1220 c/c to 348°t. 1318 to 347°t. 1321 c/c to 343°t. 1323 c/c 348°t. 1401 c/c to 350°t. 1421 c/c to 346°t. 1448 c/c to 348°t. 1459 c/c to 351°t. 1501 c/c to 349°t. 1504 c/c to 351°t. 1506 c/c to 349°t. 1507 c/c to 347°t. 1528 c/c to 348°t. 1535 c/c to 350°t. 1541 c/c to 351°t.
D G MC INNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1650 exercised at fire drill, section 3 provide, sail locker frame 5, second deck. 1652 Passed Duck Oer Island abeam to starboard, distance 7 miles. 1654 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm. 1657 Secured from fire drill. 1732 c/s to a/e stopped. 1740 s/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1744 s/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 98 rpm. 1746 c/c to 188°t. 1746 p/e ahead 2/3, 6 knots, 73 rpm. 1751 a/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots, 51 rpm. 1755 c/c to 181°t. 1757 c/s to 3 knots, 51 rpm.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN
18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1803 c/s to 4 knots. 1805 c/c to 179°t. Commenced maneuvering on various courses to avoid ice. 1843 p/e stopped. 1846 a/e ahead 1/3. 1848.5 c/s to 6 knots. 1849 c/c to 348°t. 1852 Commenced maneuvering on various courses while proceeding through the ice fields. 1940 a/e stopped. s/e ahead 2/3. 1940.5 c/s to p/e back 1/3. s/e ahead standard. 1941 p/e stopped. s/e ahead 2/3. 1941.5 p/e ahead 1/3. 1942 a/e ahead 8 knots, 96 rpm. 1942 c/c to 348°t. 1944 a/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots. 1945 c/c to 341°t.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. Maneuvering in ice fields on various courses. Base course is 350°t. Speed is 4 knots, 51 rpm. 2020 s/e stopped. 2021 a/e ahead 1/3, 6 knots, 73 rpm. 2222 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. All ships of TG 150.1, except USCGC Westwind, began to await return of USCGC Westwind, from reconnaissance of ice conditions ahead.
H C FISHER JR
ENS, USNR

Tuesday 30 June, 1953

00 to 04
Circling to avoid becoming beset in ice 14 miles West of Wilcox Head, Holms Island, Greenland awaiting return of USCGC WESTWIND from reconnaissance of ice conditions ahead while enroute from Sondrestrom Air Force Base, Greenland to Thule, Greenland, in accordance with CTG 150 Operation Order 2-53. Ships present are all units of TG 150.1 except USCGC WESTWIND. SOPA and OTC is CTG 150.1 embarked in this vessel. 0136 passed Devil's Thumb abeam to starboard, distance 25 miles. 0208 USCGC WESTWIND returned to the formation. 0217 Commenced forming cruising formation #1. ASHLAND in station #4. USCGC WESTWIND assumes OTC while transiting ice fields. 0237 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding through the ice fields along base course of 350°t.
D G MCINNES
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0608 c/s to 5 knots, 62 rpm. 0608.5 c/s to 4 knots, 5l rpm. 0608.5 ale stopped. 0609 Left full rudder. 0610 a/e ahead 2/3; p/e back 1/3. 0610.5 s/e stopped; p/e back full; used engines to turn sharply to port in order pass through narrow opening between two large floes of ice. 0611 p/e stopped; s/e ahead 1/3. 0612 a/e ahead 2/3, 8 knots, 96 rpm. 0614 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0615 Continued to maneuver on various courses in order to follow in column formation; closing range to 400 yards astern USNS BLUE JACKET. 0617 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm. 0619 c/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm. 0621 c/s to 2/3; 6 knots, 73 rpm. 0621.5 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0640 c/s to 7 knots, 85 rpm. 0651 Resumed station in column 400 yards astern USNS BLUE JACKET; commenced steaming at various speeds to maintain distance in column. 0703 a/e stopped upon signal from USCGC WESTWIND due to heavy ice ahead of icebreaker; sheered out of column to port using rudder an d engines. 0714 a/e stopped. 0715 c/s to p/e ahead 2/3, maneuvered to resume station in column 0715.5 s/e ahead 2/3. 0716 c/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm; resumed station in column. 0718 a/e stopped. 0724 a/e ahead 1/3, 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0726 c/s to 5 knots, 62 rpm. 0724 c/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. 0729.5 a/e stopped. 0730 Continued maneuvering at various courses and speeds maintaining station in column astern USNS BLUE JACKET while passing through ice, seven-tenths-coverage.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, absentees: None. 1015 a/e stopped; lying to, awaiting icebreaker reconnaissance of ice conditions. 1130 Reconnaissance completed. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding through the ice field Steaming as before. 1200 maneuvering at various courses and at various speeds in order to proceed through the ice field. 1540 a/e stopped, lying to, awaiting arrival of ice reconnaissance report before proceeding ahead.
D G MCINNES
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Lying to as before.
D G MCINNES
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Lying to as before. 1820 Received directions from icebreaker to take previous stations in formation and proceed to follow the ship ahead. 1822 p/e ahead 1/3. 1825 commenced maneuvering on various courses while gaining station about 400 yards astern USNS BLUE JACKET in ice formation with USCGC WESTWIND. 1828 a/e ahead 1/3. 1833 commenced varying speed to maintain 400 yards astern of USNS BLUE JACKET; I convoy average is 3 knots.
H B PARKER JR
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 1943 a/e stopped. 1944 Commenced maneuvering on various courses speeds to maintain distance of 300 to 500 yards behind USNS BLUE JACKET.
T R BENNETT
LTJG, USNR