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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2014, 01:03:34 pm »
Log date: 8 July 1887
Officer from "Chacabuco" called + notified the Commanding Officer that they will dress ship + fire a salute at noon to-morrow in celebration of their Independence Day.

"Chacabuco" is an Argentine Gunboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_Declaration_of_Independence



Log date: 9 July 1887
At 8 dressed ship rainbow fashion, Argentine Republic Flag at main in honor of their Independence Day.

Dressing and full-dressing ship - rainbow



Log date: 12 July 1887
Boarding officer from the Argentine Confederation Gun-boat "Chacabuco" called to return thanks for dressing ship for July 9'th
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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2014, 01:43:15 pm »
10 July 1887
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Mid. to 8 A.M.     Overcast + squalls; stiff to very fresh breeze from SEbyE. Rough sea. At 6.40 let go port anchor + veered to 15 fathoms on port chain + 60 fathoms on starboard chain. Got swinging booms alongside + counter braced yards. Barometer falling slightly till seven when it began to rise.

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Merid. to 4 P.M.     Overcast + rainy weather. Blowing moderate to heavy gale from SE. Ship making fair anchorage. At 2.00 veered to 75 fathoms on starboard chain + 30 fathoms on port chain. Bent buoy rope to "Bear". Sea long and heavy from SE. Hawse open + clear. Bearings of anchorage (mag) Ship's head, SE  Rat Island, N 7/8 W  Lobos Point W 3/4 S.

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4 P.M. to 6 P.M.     Overcast rainy + squally. Blowing a gale from SEbyE. Ship riding easily with equal strain on both cables, to heavy sea from SE.

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8 P.M. to Mid.     Weather overcast + rainy. A strong gale from SE to SEbyE with heavy squalls. Vessel riding well to her chain. Ship heading to wind  Heavy sea from SE. Barometer fell .02  At 11.50 the steam whaleboat the "Bear" which had been riding astern easily, without shipping any water as far as could be seen, foundered at her moorings. She was buoyed in previously as a precautionary measure.



11 July 1887
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4 A.M. to 8 A.M.     Gale from SE with rain. Heavy sea running. At 5.30 streamed the buoy to "Bear". 6.50 ordered steam on main boiler. Ship showed by ranges to have dragged slightly during the night. Chains taut, but motion easy. Hawse open + clear to SE. Barometer rising 30.18 to 30.20.

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8 A.M. to Merid.     Overcast rainy + squally. Blowing a gale from SE with heavy sea from same direction. At 9.15 started fires under main boiler, + at 9.45 sent down topgallant yards + housed topgallant masts. Barometer falling slowly. Hawse open + clear to SE + taut; ship riding easily.

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Merid. to 8 P.M.     Overcast with rain. Strong gale to fresh breeze from SE. Barometer rising. At 3.00 o'clock commenced to make preparations to allow an American whaler, which was drifting rapidly upon us, to pass our port side, - rigged in all our port boats on deck, unshipped port awning stanchions, + everything that was liable to be damaged by colliding with whaler, on port side. The whaler had previously cleared her starboard side of boats etc, set her spanker, + hauled aft starboard sheet. At 3.30 went ahead spoke Captain of bark, told him to set necessary sail to drift to port. The Captain of whaler set foresail, but braced wrong way. Bark continued dragging across our hawse, finally fouled on port bow, veered to bitter end on starboard chain, backed engines + when clear, went ahead with starboard helm, set jib with starboard sheet aft to clear bark. When she was broad off starboard bow, ships again swung together jibs were hauled down, spanker set, engines stopped  Bark set jib + kept apart about twenty feet. Got up + passed nine inch manila hawser to bark, as soon as fast went ahead full speed, starboard helm, heaving in both chains at same time, tripping the bark's anchors with our chains. Bark then went astern + held on by our hawser, where she continued during night. Secured chains with 60 fathoms starboard anchor, 15 fathoms port anchor; kept fires. When vessels fouled each other, our dolphin striker was knocked out of place, starboard outrigger for jib guy was bent, starboard ~ chain carried away. As far as could be seen the bark lost spanker, after quarter davits, + two boats were smashed  Vessels fouled each other about 3.30 + were clear of each other about 7 o'clock



12 July 1887
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At 2.00 black buoy to "Bear" went adrift, the line parting.

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American whaler riding easily to hawser at starboard quarter.

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At 5.10 got underway, + towed American whaler "Palmetto" out to a clear anchorage.





BITTER-END. That part of the cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board when the ship rides at anchor. They say, "Bend to the bitter-end" when they would have that end bent to the anchor, and when a chain or rope is paid out to the bitter-end, no more remains to be let go. The bitter-end is the clinching end?sometimes that end is bent to the anchor, because it has never been used, and is more trustworthy. The first 40 fathoms of a cable of 115 fathoms is generally worn out when the inner end is comparatively new.

HAWSE. This is a term of great meaning. Strictly, it is that part of a vessel's bow where holes are cut for her cables to pass through. It is also generally understood to imply the situation of the cables before the ship's stem, when she is moored with two anchors out from forward, one on the starboard, and the other on the port bow. It also denotes any small distance between her head and the anchors employed to ride her, as "he has anchored in our hawse," "the brig fell athwart our hawse," &c. Also, said of a vessel a little in advance of the stem; as, she sails athwart[373] hawse, or has anchored in the hawse. If a vessel drives at her anchors into the hawse of another she is said to "foul the hawse" of the vessel riding there; hence the threat of a man-of-war's-man, "If you foul my hawse, I'll cut your cable," no merchant vessel being allowed to approach a ship-of-war within certain limits, and never to make fast to the government buoys. ...
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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #48 on: April 02, 2014, 07:33:10 am »
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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #49 on: April 03, 2014, 09:22:34 pm »
I was wondering why I was gaining on her on the Bear  :D

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« Reply #50 on: April 03, 2014, 10:00:20 pm »
She was waiting for duplicate pages to be removed ;D

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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #51 on: April 04, 2014, 01:43:34 am »
That sounds painful   :o

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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #52 on: April 04, 2014, 01:45:06 am »
It's now done - everyone can go back to Bear.  :)

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Re: Thetis -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #53 on: May 09, 2014, 08:15:35 pm »
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« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2014, 07:21:34 am »
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« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2014, 07:46:05 am »
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