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Dockside Cafe / What To Do With The Searchable Database
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:32:29 pm »
Hi all -

As some of you know, a group of us created a searchable database of places, ships, and people mentioned in the logs of the ships we were working on.  I would like to know what people want to do with this database - I haven't seen a lot of entries in it for Phase III ships, and I don't think it is used very often.  If it is not proving to be useful, then I'll shut it down and import the data in it into an Exel spread sheet.

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Welcome on board the Northland


This post covers a log page from 1942.


The Northland had an active career with the Coast Guard during WWII. In 1946, she was sold to the Israelis and, first as the Eilat, and then eventually as the Matzpen, became the first warship of the Israeli Navy.



This picture dates from around 1944


Have a look around the forum, and don't hesitate to pose questions! There are lots of people who would be happy to respond. Each time you join a new ship have a look for one of these pages.

Feel free to add your own questions and comments to: Northland -- Discussion: Questions and Comments

If you are interested in the names of crew members see: Northland -- Crew Lists




Comments on the log:
  • This is not a standard log format.
    • There is no column in the log corresponding to 'Ther Attached' on the Weather Observation tab, so that box should be left blank.
    • There is no box on the Weather Observation tab corresponding to the 'Clouds/Moving from' column on the log page, so any data in that column should be skipped.
    • This log shows the amount of cloud rather than the amount of clear sky, but the number should be entered exactly as it is in the log.
  • Most of the log has been completed by several hands with varying handwriting. However, some pages are typed.
  • For at least some pages in November 1942, the printing and writing on the reverse of the page shows through slightly.
  • The date in this example is in the same order as on the Date tab (day, month, year) following the Royal Navy format. If other pages use the US order (month, day, year), the date should still be entered on the Date tab in the order day, month, year.
  • On the RN ships we encouraged transcribers to record the names of people, places, and ships mentioned in the log. Now there are some new items that are of interest. The scientists would appreciate your recording sightings of sea ice on the Sea Ice tab and sightings of animals on the Animals tab. The historians would appreciate your recording refueling on the Refueling tab.


Links to helpful transcribing information:


Links to further info about the ship and general background:





Weather Page:
Example: http://www.djcosmik.com/oldweather/b101_162.jpg

The written details are transcribed as follows, though the page you are working on will not display a grid in this way. Note that the data in some columns is not transcribed and that some logs do not have all the columns included on the Weather Observation tab, so, before clicking OK, check that your data is in the correct fields. Sometimes weather observations are not taken hourly; rows with no weather data should be omitted. It is more important to be accurate than to be fast. Only transcribe what is written. Ask on the forum for handwriting help if unsure.

Quote
Location | Place Name | Name = Pikiutdlek Area

Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry |Wet |Water |Weather Code |Cloud code |Clear Sky |
1SSW130.26282828bcCi1
2SSW230.23272728bcCi
3SSW130.232727bcCs
4SSW130.212727bcCs1
5SSW130.182727BCCs3
6Calm30.162727BCCs2
7Calm30.142828BCCs3
8WSW230.122828BCCc-Ci4
9WSW130.13292928bcCc-Ci4
10NW230.14313028bcCc-Ci5
11N230.153331bcAc-Cc5
12NE530.143532cAc-Cc7
pm
4NE630.273230cFs-Ac6
8NE130.333130oAs10
12Calm30.253131oAs10


8am:  Location | Latitude = 64 52 N | Longitude = 40 08 W
Noon: Location | Place Name | Name = Comanche Bay
8pm:  Location | Place Name | Name = Comanche Bay

Notes for transcribers:
  • There are no notations indicating whether the lat/long readings are observed or dead reckoning. Just make your best guess. Note: At the present time, there is no way to indicate the time for a location.
  • If any of the wind directions or cloud codes are in included in the interface drop-downs, you may choose those instead of what is written. 'North' may be entered as 'N', and 'AS' may be entered as 'A-Str'.
  • At 6am and 7am, the wind direction is calm and there is a dash in the wind force column. Dashes are generally used to indicate that a field has been intentionally left blank. You can leave the corresponding box blank or you can enter a dash (use the minus/hyphen key).
  • At the bottom right of the page are fields for Fuel oil and Coal. If the fields for 'Fuel oil Received' and/or 'Coal Received' are filled in, the data should go on the Refueling tab. There is no need to enter the numbers for 'Coal Expended', 'Coal On hand', 'Fuel oil Expended' and 'Fuel oil On hand' unless they interest you (in which case they would go on the Events tab).



Record of the Miscellaneous Events of the Day:
Example: http://www.djcosmik.com/oldweather/b101_162.jpg

This page has been completely transcribed below to help new transcribers become familiar with both the writing and the language used. Nobody is expected to transcribe all the text! Following it are some comments about transcribing the page.

Quote
F.C. Pollard, Lieut. Comdr.
Saturday, 28 November, 1942

Zone +3 time

Mid to 0400
    Moored to ice pan with one 100 pound grapnel to 20 fathoms of 3 inch
line in PIKIUTDLEK AREA. 0053 Unmoored; maneuvering to clear
drifting berg at 56 R.P.M. port engine. 0105 Secured port engine; hove
to and drifting.
                                                     R.L. Fuller, Ensign

0400 TO 0800
    DRIFTING AS BEFORE.
                                                     Norman von Rosenvinge, Lieut. (R.)

0800 to 1200
    Drifting as before.  0820 Underway various courses at
80 RPM standing toward COMANCHE BAY through ice. 0828 Started
port engine, increased speed to 105 RPM.  Magazines inspected,
conditions normal. 0925 Reduced speed to 80 RPM, secured port
engine. 1002 Anchored in 15 fathoms of water to 90 fathoms of
starboard chain in COMANCHE BAY off Base site on the following
true bearings: NORTH CAIRN 007o, HOUSE PEAK 077o, SOUTH CAIRN 095o
1010 Secured starboard engine. 1020 NORTHLAND's plane J2F4
#1640, Lieut. J.A. PRITCHARD pilot, departed on rescue flight
for B-17 crew. Commanding officer held ship's inspection.
                                                          Charles Dorian, Ensign

1200 to1600
    Anchored as before in 15 fathoms of water to 90 fathoms
of starboard chain. 1439 NORTHLAND's plane J2F4 (1640)
reported landed on ice cap. 1451 NORTHLAND's plane J2F4 (1640)
reported departed from ice cap with two survivors. 1513 NORTHLAND's plane
J2F4 (1640) alighted close by with PURYEAR, Floyd W. (35039050) Staff Sergeant,
and TUCCIARONE, Alexander L. (32222400), Private First Class, both U.S.A. ARMY, in
need of medical treatment.  Held boat drill.
                                                          R.L. Fuller, Ensign

1600 TO 2000
    ANCHORED AS BEFORE
                                                         ROB'T. H. KOENKER, ENSIGN (R)

2000 to 2400   
    Anchored as before. Issued 60 night rations. Held
flashing light signal drill.
                                                         Charles Dorian, Ensign


F.C. Pollard, Lieut Comdr                                            Carlton Skinner, Lieut (R)

Notes for transcribers:
  • The date should be transcribed.
    Date = 28/11/1942.
  • With the exception of the date, entering any or all of the information on this page is optional, although including the ice, people and places mentioned below is encouraged. Note: When transcribing descriptions or context, please do not edit what is written in the log. It is OK to transcribe only a small segment of the text if the log entry is long.
    • Ice can be noted using the Sea Ice tab
      Sea Ice Description = Mid to 0400 Moored to ice pan
      Sea Ice Description = 0053 Unmoored; maneuvering to clear drifting berg or simply drifting berg
      Sea Ice Description = 0820 Underway various courses at 80 RPM standing toward COMANCHE BAY through ice. or simply standing toward COMANCHE BAY through ice.
    • People can be noted using the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Lieut. J.A. PRITCHARD pilot   Context = 1020 NORTHLAND's plane J2F4 #1640, Lieut. J.A. PRITCHARD pilot, departed on rescue flight for B-17 crew
      Mentions | Person | Name = PURYEAR, Floyd W. (35039050) Staff Sergeant   Context = 1513 NORTHLAND's plane J2F4 (1640) alighted close by with PURYEAR, Floyd W. (35039050) Staff Sergeant, and TUCCIARONE, Alexander L. (32222400), Private First Class, both U.S.A. ARMY, in need of medical treatment.
      Mentions | Person | Name = TUCCIARONE, Alexander L. (32222400), Private First Class   Context = 1513 NORTHLAND's plane J2F4 (1640) alighted close by with PURYEAR, Floyd W. (35039050) Staff Sergeant, and TUCCIARONE, Alexander L. (32222400), Private First Class, both U.S.A. ARMY, in need of medical treatment.
    • Places can be noted using the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = PIKIUTDLEK AREA
      Note that Place Name is used because we are not at PIKIUTDLEK. If the ship was anchored in PIKIUTDLEK, Port Name would be used. Unlike Port Name, Place Name allows bearings and other details to be included.
      Location | Place Name | Name = COMANCHE BAY
      NORTH CAIRN, HOUSE PEAK and SOUTH CAIRN could be mentioned, but they are probably not very helpful.
  • If you cannot read a letter, a number, or a whole word, please enter a tilde (~) or tildes to indicate this.
  • In general, the symbols for degrees, minutes, and seconds can be omitted. Because the entry boxes will not accept a degree symbol, we have developed the convention of using a lower-case 'o' to represent degrees. It is up to the transcriber to decide whether or not to include the 'o'.
  • All the full stops (periods) used in the log entries have been transcribed, but full stops in common abbreviations may be omitted.
  • For more information on the last three points, see Type What You See - Yes, but ...



Log keepers' quirks:
  • Some official instructions tell log keepers to use 'Ch' for Cumulo-Nimbus. However you may it written in other forms. Either use the drop-down ('Cum-Nim') or transcribe it as written.


Other information and comments:


Enjoy your voyage on the Northland!

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The Logs and FAQ / Searchable Database
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:44:40 pm »
Hi all -

I would like to remind everyone that a database exists that contains information on the Ships/People/Places mentioned in our logs.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE IT AND TO ADD TO IT!

If you want to use it, please use link included in the Reference Page of the ship you are currently working on.

If you want to add to it, please send me a PM with your email address and I'll get you set up.


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Welcome on board the USC&GSS Yukon II


This post covers a log page from 1902.
For Yukon I (1873-1894) see: Yukon I -- Reference: Transcription Example and Log Description



Yukon was built by Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, New York. The components were shipped by rail to Seattle, Washington, and then to St. Michael, Alaska, where a Survey team under Assistant Pratt was waiting. The components arrived July 3, 1898; it took only 29 days to assemble the ship and she was launched August 23, 1898. In the summer of 1912, Yukon rendered assistance to the inhabitants of Kodiak, Alaska, following an eruption of Mount Katmai. After serving exclusively in Alaskan waters, Yukon was retired from Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1923.




Have a look around the forum, and don't hesitate to pose questions! There are lots of people who would be happy to respond. Each time you join a new ship have a look for one of these pages.

Feel free to add your own questions and comments to: Yukon II -- Discussion: Questions and Comments

If you are interested in the names of crew members see: Yukon II -- Crew Lists




Comments on the log:
  • It is strongly recommended that only experienced transcribers attempt this log.
  • This is not a standard log format.
    • The order of the columns in the log does not match the order of the columns on the Weather Observation tab.
    • The date should be entered where it appears on the first page (the weather page). For this reason, the 'Progress Bar', just above the image of the log page, will be out of sequence and should be ignored. Note also that the date in the log is in US order (month, day, year) and on the Date tab the order is day, month, year following the Royal Navy format.
  • Once you get used to it, the handwriting is fairly easy to read.
  • Note that on the RN ships we encouraged transcribers to record the names of people, places, and ships mentioned in the log. Now that we are in the Arctic, there are some new items that are of interest. The scientists would appreciate your recording sightings of sea ice on the Sea Ice tab and sightings of animals on the Animals tab. The historians would appreciate your recording refueling on the Refueling tab.


Links to helpful transcribing information:


Links to further info about the ship:


A fellow transcriber (wendolk) has created a database to help both transcribers and historians (and contributors are welcome): Searchable Database



Weather Page:
Example: http://www.djcosmik.com/oldweather/yukon_book14_img_5144.jpg

The written details are transcribed as follows, though the page you are working on will not display a grid in this way. Note that the order of the columns in the log does not match the order of the columns on the Weather Observation tab. Note also that the data in some columns is not transcribed and that some logs do not have all the columns included on the Weather Observation tab, so, before clicking OK, check that your data is in the correct fields. It is more important to be accurate than to be fast. Only transcribe what is written. Ask on the forum for handwriting help if unsure.

Quote
Location | Place Name | Name = Passage from St. Michaels to Nunivak I'd
Date = 26/08/1902
 
Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry|Wet |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1ENE5
2"529.93
3"5
4"529.88oc
5"5
6"529.85
7"5
8"429.79bc
9"3
10SE529.74
11"6
12"629.71oc
1"6
2"629.69
3"6
4"629.68oc
5ENE5
6"529.65
7"5
8"529.62ocm
9"4
10"429.61
11East5
12"529.52oqr

Notes for transcribers:
  • There is no field on the page specifically for refueling. If the amount of coal received is mentioned, the data should go on the Refueling tab. There may be entries for 'Coal expended during preceding' and 'Coal remaining on board', but there is no need to enter these numbers unless they interest you (in which case they would go on the Events tab).



Remarks:
Example: http://www.djcosmik.com/oldweather/yukon_book14_img_5144.jpg

This page has been completely transcribed below to help new transcribers become familiar with both the writing and the language used. Nobody is expected to transcribe all the text! Following it are some comments about transcribing the page.

Quote
12 to 4 A.M. - 1.30 c/c to E.S.E. (Std) East by (P.H.) Weather cloudy but fine
with rising wind and sea, from E.N.E.  Steam press. 150lb.  Revs 225
                                                                                                                  A. R. Hunter.

4 to 8 A.M. - 4.15 Sighted Nunivak I'd. and c/c to E.S.E. (P.H.).  Vessel rolling so as to
render it unsafe to stand on bridge so all courses in future are by the
Pilot House compass.  Set all sail. - 4.45 Sighted Cape Mohican and c/c
to S.E. - Cape Mohican abeam Dist 2 miles, at 7.05.
7.15 c/c to E.S.E. and then steered various courses to anchorage
opposite the observatory.  Fine weather with fresh E.N.E. wind.  Sea
smooth on S. side of Nunivak I'd.  Steam press. 150 lb. Revs. 230
                                                                                                            H. S. Throckmorton

8 to Meri. - 8.00 hauled in log, reading 11. - At 9.30 Let go anchor in 4 f'm's water,
rocky bottom.  10 f'm's chain to hawse-pipe.  10.00 Lowered boat and reported
to Asst Fremont Moorse.  11.00 Ret'd on board.  Wind having hauled to S.E.
and blowing strong + a big sea blowing up, hoisted boat and prepared to
get under weigh.  Steam press. 150lb.  Revs. 175                                    H. S. Throckmorton

Meridian to 4 p.m. - 2.20 Weighed anchor + slow ahead.  2.25  Full sp'd ahead to go to
the North side of Nunivak I'd, weather threatening and anchorage off the obs'y
offering no protection from S'ly weather. - Wind from S.E. strong and a heavy
sea rising. Barometer falling rapidly.
                                                                                                           H. S. Throckmorton

4 to 8 pm. - 4.40  The wind suddenly shifted back to E.N.E. the U.S.S. "Patterson"
sighted coming to the observatory anchorage, so put vessel about and
headed back to former berth.  The variable winds raised a confused
rough sea on top of a heavy S.E. swell.  Ship's engines racing badly
so slowed down. "Yukon" making fair weather but going dead slow
because of big head sea.  7.50  Stopped and leg go anchor opp. Obs 6 f'm's
water and 20 f'm's chain.  Weather still threatening and uncertain but sea
going down.                                                                                           H. S. Throckmorton

8 to 12 p.m. - 8.20  Lowered boat and boarded U.S.S. "Patterson" to report to Asst in
charge J. F. Pratt.  9.00  Ret'd to "Yukon", hoisted + secured boat and set
watch for the night.  Weather rainy, with fresh and squally East
wind and mod. S.E. swell still running.
                                                                                                             H. S. Throckmorton

Notes for transcribers:
  • Entering any or all of the information on this page is optional, although including the people, places, and ships mentioned below is encouraged.
    • Fremont Moorse can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Asst Fremont Moorse   Context = 10.00 Lowered boat and reported
      to Asst Fremont Moorse.
    • J. F. Pratt can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Asst in charge J. F. Pratt   Context = 8.20  Lowered boat and boarded U.S.S. "Patterson" to report to Asst in charge J. F. Pratt.
    • Nunivak I'd can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = 4.15 Sighted Nunivak I'd.
    • Cape Mohican can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = 4.45 Sighted Cape Mohican and c/c to S.E. - Cape Mohican abeam Dist 2 miles, at 7.05.
    • USS Patterson can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Ship | Name = USS Patterson   Context = sighted coming to observatory anchorage.
  • Transcribing anything else is entirely up to the transcriber to decide. For example, a comment on the rough sea can be entered on the Events tab:
    Either as:
    Events | Event = 4 to 8 A.M. - 4.15 Sighted Nunivak I'd. and c/c to E.S.E. (P.H.).  Vessel rolling so as to render it unsafe to stand on bridge so all courses in future are by the Pilot House compass.
    or as:
    Events | Event = Vessel rolling so as to render it unsafe to stand on bridge so all courses in future are by the Pilot House compass.
  • All the full stops (periods) used in the log entries have been transcribed, but full stops in common abbreviations may be omitted. See 'Sometimes we can take a little shortcut' in Type What You See - Yes, but ... for more details.



Log keeper's quirks:
  • H. S. Throckmorton regularly drops letters from words, using apostrophes to indicate the dropped letters.


Other information and comments:

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The Dockyard / Vicksburg -- Crew Lists
« on: October 27, 2012, 06:39:33 pm »

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The Dockyard / Crew and Officer Lists
« on: October 27, 2012, 06:33:39 pm »
If you run across crew lists, please post the link to the pages here - like we did for the instrumentation pages.  There seem to be 2 types of pages - lists of sailors joining the ship, and then one for those who died or left the ship.  It isn't necessary to transcribe the names, but if you are feel like, please go right ahead.  At some point, the names from these lists will be added to the SODA database.
Thanks

I am very impressed by the dedication shown here - I would have just posted the log pages and been done with it - thanks to both of you!  :-*



Concord -- Crew and Officer Lists

Patterson -- Crew and Officer Lists

Pioneer -- Crew and Officer Lists

Unalga -- Crew and Officer Lists

Vicksburg -- Crew and Officer Lists

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Dockside Cafe / Report
« on: October 25, 2012, 02:50:25 pm »
Hi all -

I attended the press event yesterday - it was amazing!  The Archivist of the US spoke, as well as the head of NOAA.  Philip spoke on the phone, and [I am blushing now - really!] I tried to explain why we do what we do.  (I live the closest to the Archives  ;D).

The Historian for the Coast Guard was there, and he has lists of Officers, by ship, and the list includes info on where the ships were.  Soon, I'll take my handy dandy digital camera, take pictures of the lists, and upload them to the Forum - they should prove to be a very useful resource.

They brought out 4 actual log books - one each from the Jeanette, the Vicksburg, the Bear, and the Corwin (I think), which had flowers pressed into the pages.  I felt like I should kneel before them  ;D.  I met the 2 nice young ladies who are doing the scanning - they are happy the pages are coming out - they have adjusted things to eliminate the blue hue.

Kevin was there - it was a pleasure to meet him.  He is most enthusiastic about this voyage.

All the NOAA and Archive folks I met are thrilled about this - I told them we are too - and that they have to keep feeding the monster Philip created  (I often wonder if he feels like Frankenstein sometimes  :P)

There were quite a few reporters there - Old Weather: Arctic got quite the launch!

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Welcome on board the USRC Rush (II)


This post covers a log page from 1890.


The first USRC Richard Rush, named for the eighth Secretary of the Treasury, Richard Rush, was built in 1831. In 1884, a new USRC Richard Rush was built, and though much bigger than the original, she did use the first USRC Rush's engine. Commissioned in 1885, USRC Rush (II) served in the Pacific until 1912, when she was decommissioned. When the Coast Guard was created, Richard was dropped from the ship's name. She was sold for scrap in 1913.




Have a look around the forum, and don't hesitate to pose questions! There are lots of people who would be happy to respond. Each time you join a new ship have a look for one of these pages.

Feel free to add your own questions and comments to:
Rush -- Discussion: Questions and Comments



Comments on the log:
  • This is a fairly standard log format.
  • The handwriting is fairly easy to read.
  • Note that the date in the log is in US order (month, day, year) and on the Date tab the order is day, month, year following the Royal Navy format.
  • The noon latitude and longitude readings may appear to be decimal. However the 'decimal point' is actually a degree sign. See example under 'Location' in Type What You See - Yes, but ...
  • Note that on the RN ships we encouraged transcribers to record the names of people, places, and ships mentioned in the log. Now that we are in the Arctic, there are some new items that are of interest. The scientists would appreciate your recording sightings of sea ice on the 'Sea Ice' tab and sightings of animals on the 'Animals' tab. The historians would appreciate your recording refueling on the 'Refueling' tab.


Links to helpful transcribing information:


Links to further info about the ship:


A fellow transcriber (wendolk) has created a database to help both transcribers and historians (and contributors are welcome):
Searchable Database



Weather Page:
Example: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS%20Rush/Rush_1890/IMG_1597_0.jpg

The written details are transcribed as follows, though the page you are working on will not display a grid in this way. Note that the data in some columns is not transcribed and that some logs do not have all the columns included on the Weather Observation tab, so, before clicking OK, check that your data is in the correct fields. It is more important to be accurate than to be fast. Only transcribe what is written. Ask on the forum for handwriting help if unsure.

Quote
Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1SWxS2orf-0
2"2"-0
3WxS2"-0
4"229.60545452"-0
5WxS1orf-0
6"1"-0
7"1"-0
8"129.62565550"-0
9WxS2orf-0
10"2"-0
11NW2"-0
Noon"229.72635352"-0

Location | Dead Reckoning | Latitude = 50 43 N | Longitude = 137 15 W

Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1NW2of-0
2"2"-0
3"2"-0
4"229.80525555"-0
5NW2of-0
6"2"-0
7"2"-0
8"229.86555555"-0
9WNW3ocfCum-Nim0
10"3""0
11"3""0
Mid."329.90505049""0
                                       

Notes for transcribers:
  • Atypically, the log keeper enters the location text at the top of the Record of the Miscellaneous Events of the Day page rather than at the top of the Weather page. The location text should be entered where it appears on the second page (the events page). For this reason, the 'Progress Bar', just above the image of the log page, will be out of sequence and should be ignored.
  • There is no reading for Ther Attached (most likely this indicates that an aneroid barometer is being used). Be careful not to enter the Air Dry Bulb entry in this column.
  • There is no field on the page specifically for refueling. If the amount of coal received is mentioned, the data should go on the Refueling tab. There may be entries for 'Coal consumed' and 'Coal remaining', but there is no need to enter these numbers unless they interest you (in which case they would go on the Events tab).



Record of the Miscellaneous Events of the Day:
Example: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS%20Rush/Rush_1890/IMG_1597_1.jpg

This page has been completely transcribed below to help new transcribers become familiar with both the writing and the language used. Nobody is expected to transcribe all the text! Following it are some comments about transcribing the page.

Quote
Captain  W.C. Coulson
At Sea, Saturday, July 5th 1890

Com's to 4 AM - Light SWxS to WxS breeze and thick rainy weather. 
Sea smooth.  At 2 took in all sail. pl 52.3. Vessel under steam.  Course W 3/4 S.
PL 69.5.
                                                                                         Horace B. West, 2nd Lieut.

4 to 8 AM - Light WxS airs  overcast and thick rainy weather.  Course W 3/4 S. 
Sea smooth.  Morning duties performed.  Vessel under steam.    PL 3.5.
                                                                                          D.H. Jarvis, 2nd Lieut.

8 AM to merid. - Light WxS breeze to NW and thick rainy weather.  Sea
smooth.  Course W 3/4 S.  At 10.40 set fore and aft sail except mainsail
PL 28.3 - At 11 Course WxS 1/4 S - pl 28.8 - At 12 - Course W 3/4 S.  Vessel under
steam and all fore and aft sail except mainsail.  PL 37.3.
                                                                                           AJ Henderson, 3rd Lieut.

Merid. to 4 PM - Light NW breeze and overcast.  Sea smooth. Thick fog at
intervals.  Course W 3/4 S.  Vessel under steam and all fore and aft sail
except mainsail.  PL 73.
                                                                                           Horace B. West, 2nd Lieut.

4 to 6 PM - Light NW breeze overcast and foggy.  Sea smooth.  Course
W 3/4 S.  Vessel under steam and all fore and aft sail except
mainsail. PL 91.
                                                                                            D.H. Jarvis, 2nd Lieut.

6 to 8 PM -  Light NW breeze overcast and foggy.  Sea smooth.  Course W 3/4 S. 
Vessel under steam and all fore and aft sail except mainsail.  PL 11.
                                                                                            AJ Henderson,
                                                                                                                 3rd Lieut.

8 PM to mid - Gentle WNW breeze and overcast with thick fog at
intervals.  Moderate sea.  At 11 took in all sail.  pl 13.  Course W 3/4 S
PL 44.5.
                                                                                            Horace B. West, 2nd Lieut.



Approved for the week.
Wash. C. Coulson                                                                    Horace B. West, 2nd Lieut.
Captain USRM

Notes for transcribers:
  • The date should be transcribed. Date = 5/07/1890.
  • With the exception of the date, entering any or all of the information on this page is optional.



Log keeper's quirks:
  • PL refers to the Patent Log.


Other information and comments:

A list of officers:
  • Washington C. Coulson, Captain
  • Horace B. West, 2nd Lieut.
  • D. H. Jarvis, 2nd Lieut.
  • A. J. Henderson, 3rd Lieut.

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Technical Support / removing a vessel
« on: September 09, 2012, 07:04:41 am »
Janet - I posted a reply here about Foxglove data transferring to another ship's page. This might be related to the phenom some editors might be seeing.

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Dockside Cafe / New Transcriber & etc.
« on: July 22, 2012, 04:41:17 pm »
Hi all -

In the course of my travels, I have managed to recruit a new transcriber -



He seems most enthusiastic -




Also, this is the view from my bedroom this week -

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The Logs and FAQ / Database Data Dictionary
« on: June 11, 2012, 02:21:00 pm »
Data Dictionary for the Old Weather Searchable Database of
Ships/Places/People

PURPOSE:   
The purpose of this database is to provide a searchable resource for recording and retrieving information in the transcribed ships' logs regarding the ships, places, and people mentioned in these logs. This is not supposed to duplicate the transcriptions, just give us a starting place for research into log entries.

DEFINITIONS:

To ensure all users are using the same terms, please use the following when discussing the searchable database:

Field:  The space used to hold data. 

Record - The item created after all necessary fields have been completed.

Object - The Place/Person/Ship for which a record has been created.

Database - All records and programming.

Data Dictionary - The user's manual for the database.

NOTE:  For the purposes of this document:
     1) field names in the database are all capitals
     2) data, either examples or direct instruction, entered into the fields is set off by quotation marks, which are not used in the database itself
     3) database buttons (the things to be clicked on) are in bold
     4) database forms names are in italics
     5) actions, such as mouse clicks, are all capitals.

DATABASE GENERAL GUIDELINES:
     1)  In general, please record any ship, place, or person mentioned in the log, regardless of contact type. 

     2)  Only record the first mention of an object, but record all objects mentioned.  For example, if a ship is sighted 3 times on a log page, only record it once.  PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE SOME FIELD SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.  SEE THE FIELD SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

     3)  Treat each log page as a unique item. 

     4)  Please spell out all names, such as island or lighthouse (which we will enter as one word).  It is possible to use initials in the PERSON'S FIRST NAME and DESIGNATOR fields. 

Please see more field specific data entry guidelines below

DATABASE STRUCTURE:
The database consists of fifteen fields, breaking down as follows:
   Four fields to record log book information for future reference:
    1)  LOGBOOK
    2)  LOG DATE
    3)  LOG LOCATION
    4)  RECORD CREATOR

  Six Ship/Place/Person specific fields
    1)  Two fields for ship entries:  SHIP and DESIGNATOR
    2)  Two fields for people entries:  PERSON LAST NAME and PERSON FIRST NAME
    3)  Two fields for place entries:  PLACE and CURRENT PLACE NAME
   
  Five fields that can contain information tied to all the main fields:
     1)  COUNTRY OF PLACE /SHIP/PERSON
     2)  LAT/LONG
     3)  TYPE
     4)  AS SPELLED IN LOGBOOK
     5)  NOTES

This means not every field needs to be used on every record.

FIELD SPECIFIC DATA ENTRY CONVENTIONS:
Below please find instructions on the use and data entered for each individual field.

       LOG BOOK:  The name of the ship from whose log the entry is derived.  Please enter its Designators (HMS, SS, etc.) this field.  For example, if you are creating a record for an object from the logs of HMS Foxglove, then in this field you would enter "HMS Foxglove". This field is searchable.

       LOG DATE:  The date of the log page from which the entry is derived.  Please use the following format for the date: dd month (spelled out) yyyy.  For example it would be "06 May 1920". This field is searchable.
 
       LOG LOCATION:  The location of the ship from which the entry is derived.  This can be one of several pieces of information.  Please use any "At Location" first.  If there is no "At Location" entry, please review the FROM/TO entries located on the upper right hand portion of the log page in question.  If the ship is to move from one port to another and has not yet done so, please use the entry in the FROM field as the LOG LOCATION.  If the ship has moved to the new location, and there is no entry in the Location field, please use the entry in the TO field as the LOG LOCATION.  If the ship is in transit from Point A to Point B, and there is no other choice, please use "At Sea" as the location.  For example:

Example 1)  The LOG SHIP Foxglove has no "At Location" entry and is going from Gibraltar to Malta and has noted that the Cockchafer has been taken in tow before leaving the harbor. The LOG LOCATION would be "Gibraltar".
Example 1 - Actual Log Page

Example 2) The Foxglove arrived in Aden from Port Sudan and noted that a Rating was discharged to HMS Hollyhock. There was still no entry in the "At Location" field on the log page.  The LOG LOCATION would be "Aden". (Also note:  The database entry in this case would be for HMS Hollyhock, and not the Rating.)
Example 2 - Actual Log Page

Example 3) The Foxglove sighted the Rosetta Lighthouse while sailing from Malta to Port Said. The LOG LOCATION would be "At Sea".
Example 3 - Actual Log Page

NOTE:  the exception to this would be if the Foxglove anchored at Woosung along the way and saw the Wisteria there - then the entry in the LOG LOCATION field would be "Woosung" (based on a log entry like this:  Anchored Woosung...Wisteria arrived).

IF a ship is on a regular patrol route or in a convoy, please use the patrol route name, such as "Northern Patrol" or if in convoy, please use "At Sea" and enter the Noon Lat/Long in the LAT/LONG field, unless the object of the record, such as a place, ship sighting, or burial, has specific coordinates assigned to it.  In that case, please enter "At Sea" in the LOG LOCATION and the specific coordinates in the LAT/LONG field.

 This field is searchable.

      PERSON'S LAST NAME:  The last name of the person mentioned.  Please do not include any rank or title information in this field because a user looking for this person will most likely search for the person's name only.  Rank or Title will be entered in another field.  This field is searchable.

        PERSON'S FIRST NAME:  The first name of the person mentioned.  Please do not include any rank or title information in this field because a user looking for this person will most likely search for the person's name only.  If only initials are given, please enter them in the field.  Rank or Title will be entered in another field.  This field is searchable.

      SHIP:  The name of the ship mentioned in a log. NOTE:  If the ships are in company together, create one record.  For example, at one point Foxglove and Cockchafer were in transit together, so the log book of the Foxglove contains multiple entries over multiple days for Cockchafer.  Create the record and use the NOTES field to indicate the ships are in company together.  This field is searchable.

      PLACE:  A location mentioned in a log.  This can be, but is not limited to lighthouses, islands, buoys, capes, points, towns, etc.  Please include the type of PLACE if it is a part of the name, for example "Nantucket Lighthouse", or "Cape Fear". NOTE:  If a ship is anchored at a place for a period of time longer than a day, create only one record for that place.  For example, the Foxglove stopped at Vigo for two days to refuel.  Create the record, and use the NOTES field to indicate this was an extended stay, and if possible give the date range.  The would also apply to features, such as lighthouses and islands noted regularly by ships on standard patrols.  If the "Place" name has changed, please enter the name as it appears in the log and use the CURRENT PLACE NAME for the modern name.  Also, for installations by one country in another, such as a USA naval base in the Philippines, the COUNTRY OF PLACE/SHIP/PERSON would be the Philippines.  This field is searchable.

      CURRENT PLACE NAME:  If the name of the location mentioned in the log has changed, please enter the current place name in this field.  There is no need to spend a great deal of time looking for any current place name. 

      Below are some examples of how to enter data in the PLACE, CURRENT PLACE NAME, and AS SPELLED IN THE LOGBOOK fields:

     Example 1) Commodoro Rivadavia is mentioned in a logbook enter and is currently/correctly Comodoro Rivadavia.  The data would be entered as follows:
      PLACE: Comodoro Rivadavia
      AS SPELLED IN THE LOGBOOK: Commodoro Rivadavia
Example 1 - Actual Log Page

      Example 2)  English Bank is mentioned in a logbook and is currently/correctly Banco Ingles.  This is not a misspelling, but rather a matter of language.  The data would be entered as follows:
     PLACE: English Bank
     AS SPELLED IN THE LOGBOOK: left blank
     CURRENT PLACE NAME: Banco Ingles
Example 2 - Actual Log Page (1:30pm)

     Example 3) Bindloe Island is mentioned in a logbook and its name is is now Isla Marchena.  This is an actual name change.  The data would be entered as follows:
     PLACE: Bindloe Island
     AS SPELLED IN THE LOGBOOK: left blank
     CURRENT PLACE NAME: Isla Marchena
Example 3 - Actual Log Page (2:00pm)
     
     This field is searchable.

       COUNTRY OF PLACE/SHIP/PERSON:  The country of origin for the object of the record.  Please enter the name of the country as it would appear on a map. 
     NOTE:  FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING DATA ENTRY CONVENTIONS -
                 1)  If the object is from/located in the United Kingdom, but no specific part was provided, please enter "United Kingdom" in this field.
       
                 2)  If the object is from/located in the United Kingdom, and the specific part was provided, please enter "United Kingdom,part" in this field.  For example, if HMS Merlin spoke to a Scottish trawler, then the entry for this field would be "United Kingdom, Scotland".

                  3) Please use "United States" for those objects located/from there.

If the Country of Origin's name has changed, please use the log book version of the name in this field and enter the current version in the CURRENT PLACE NAME field.  If you have any questions, please ask the Database Administrator for assistance.  This field is searchable.

        LAT/LONG:  This field is used to record the Lat/Long of a ship meeting, place, burial at sea, etc., if provided.  This field is searchable.
       
       TYPE:  This field is used to describe the type of ship; the rank/title of a person mentioned in the log; geographical objects; and populated areas.  For example, enter Destroyer, if the log entry is destroyer USS Blackhawk entered harbor.  There is no need to spend a great deal of time looking for ship classes.   If the object of the record is a populated area, please use the word "Town" in the field.  If the object of the record is a lighthouse or light vessel, please enter that in the field.  If the object is a geographical feature, such an island, cape, port, etc., please enter that in this field.  This field is searchable.

        DESIGNATOR:  This field is used primarily for ship types, for example, SS, or HMS.  This field is used for ships who are the objects of a record.  Please do not enter the Designators for the LOG BOOK ship.  If no DESIGNATOR is included in the log entry, please use your best judgement for this field.  For example, the Foxglove is clearly a Royal Navy ship and thus "HMS" would be entered into this field. This field is searchable.  This field is also used for awards to people, such as OBE, if given in the log book.  It is also used to for Service Numbers as well.

        NOTES:  This field is used for anything the transcriber deems interesting or useful about the item for which the record has been created.  For example, if a record is created for a ship that sank , then that information would be entered into this field.  This field is searchable.

       RECORD CREATOR:  This field is used to record the screen name of the record creator for future reference.  It is entirely optional.  This field is searchable.

       AS SPELLED IN LOGBOOK:  Please use this field for those objects whose name is misspelled in the Logbook.  Do not use this field for entries where the object's name has changed over time.  This field is searchable.

DATA ENTRY:
To begin data entry, position the cursor on the new button and LEFT CLICK.  The data entry screen will appear.  Enter data into the appropriate fields and position the cursor on the Save and New button and LEFT CLICK to continue data entry, or, position the cursor on the save button and LEFT CLICK to return to the list of records.

SEARCHING THE DATABASE:
Searching the database is a simple process.

     QUICK SEARCH
     1)  Position the cursor on the search button and LEFT CLICK.  At the bottom of the database page, two boxes will appear.  Enter the term to search for in the left hand box.  Select the field to be searched from the drop down list in the right hand box.
     2)  Position the cursor on the search button (the Magnifying Glass icon) located beside the right hand box and LEFT CLICK.  The search results will appear. 
     3)  To return to the full database, position the cursor on the green Reset search button, and LEFT CLICK.  All records in the database will available.

     FULL FIELD SEARCH
     It is possible to construct a search of the database using multiple fields.
     1)  Position the cursor on the Blue Plus Sign located to the immediate left of the New button.  A row of option buttons will appear.
     2)  Position the cursor on the Orange Arrow located on the show normal search form button and LEFT CLICK.  A list of all fields in the database will appear.  It is possible to create a wild card search for these fields.  Position the cursor on the OPERATOR field and LEFT CLICK.  Various wild card options, including "NOT EQUAL TO", represented as "!=" will appear.  Select the option you want and LEFT CLICK.  Enter the search term for each field.  Multiple fields will use AND as the search operator.  LEFT CLICK on the search button located at the bottom right of the field list and the search will execute.
    3)  To return to the full database, position the cursor on the show all button and LEFT CLICK.  To execute another search, LEFT CLICK on the clear button and construct another search.
     

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The Logs and FAQ / Searchable Database
« on: June 11, 2012, 02:19:27 pm »
Hi all -

Several of us have developed a web based searchable database of ship names, places, and people mentioned in the log books of our ships.  The purpose of this database is twofold - to serve as a reference source for transcribers because the program used to to create the database supports all manner of wildcard searches; and also to also serve as a research tool for those using the historical data we transcribe from the log books.  The database is fairly straight forward and easy to use - a Data Dictionary ( user's manual) has been created and contains the conventions and procedures necessary for both data entry and also searching the database for entries.  This database is not intended to mirror what you might transcribe from a log page, rather, it is supposed to be a tool to make transcribing easier.



I have created a guest log-on ID for the searchable database.  If you want to look up something, use this link:

https://sodadb.com/tH1PRxKsfWrxp8NnMWMi

and the following email address:

oldweatherguest@gmail.com

You will be able to search for and view records in the database, but will not be able to change them or add new ones.  If you wish to become a full user of the database, please message me your email address and I'll get up set up.

Kathy

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The Voyages, The Work, The People: Everyday Life at Sea / Wikipedia Updates
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:45:54 pm »
Hi all -

I have been working the the folks at Wikipedia (building on the work of some other folks here) to get info about our ships updated, or corrected as needed.  If you run across something in the logs that is missing or not correct in Wiki, please post it here and I'll try to get everything worked out.

Kathy

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what is the name of this port?  It looks like Mudros to me - that can't be right -

I just can't seem to read it - or find it  ???

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-57787/ADM%2053-57787-007_1.jpg

thanks -

Kathy W.

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The Voyages, The Work, The People: Everyday Life at Sea / What is this?
« on: October 08, 2011, 04:28:44 pm »
Hi all -

From the Thistle:  something I have never seen before -
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62873/ADM%2053-62873-007_1.jpg

please see the 9.5 entry - what is this referring to?  ???

thanks -

Kathy W.

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