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Manning -- Reference: Transcription Example and Log Description
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:00:41 pm »
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Welcome on board the USRC Manning 

This post covers a log page from 1916.

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:
Manning -- Discussion: Questions and Comments

Comments on the log:
  • The log is typed.
  • This is not a standard log format.
    • 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.
    • There is a second date: "for the week ending Saturday" in Manning's logs. DO NOT transcribe this date.
    • There is no column in Manning's log corresponding to the 'Ther Attached' column on the Weather Observation tab, so that column should be left blank.
    • 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.
  • The weather records appear to be one per hour when at sea, and one every 4 hours when in port.
  • 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:

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.

Date = 02/04/1916
Location | Place Name | Name = At Sea, Gulf of Alaska

   Not in log
Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |

Location | Place Name | Name = Yakutat, Alaska
Location | Dead Reckoning | Latitude = 59 21 N | Longitude = 139 38 W

Notes for transcribers:
  • The log keeper sometimes omits the integer portion (e.g., 29.95, .95, .93) from the barometric pressure reading (Height). As shown above, you should not add the 29 when you transcribe the data.
  • At the bottom left of the page are fields for 'Coal Received', 'Coal Expended', and 'Coal Remaining'. If the field for 'Coal Received' is filled in, the data should go on the Refueling tab. There is no need to enter the numbers for 'Coal Consumed' or 'Coal Remaining', unless they interest you (in which case they would go on the Events tab).

Record of the Miscellaneous Events of the Day:

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.

                                                                                          Muster & inspection omitted - stormy

Mid. to 4 a.m.:-
Gentle E'ly breezes, overcast; moderate sea.  On course W.N.W.5/8W.
throughout, full speed
C.C. von Paulsen, 3rd Lieut.

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. :-
Fresh E.N.E. breeze; overcast.  Rain.  Moderate sea.  6:00 (49.2),
course West.  So ends.  Washed down.
Charles G. Roemer, 2nd Lieut.

8 a.m. to Merid.:-
Moderate E.N.E. breeze to light N.N.E.  airs. Overcast with rain.
Rounded Ocean Cape and stood various courses into Yakutat Bay.  9:52, in log (84.6).
10:13, anchored off the village of Yakutat in 21 fathoms to 60 fathoms of starboard
chain.  Omitted muster and inspection on account of rainy weather.   R. Stapleton,
seaman, given one hour's extra duty for being out of uniform.
W.P. Kain, 3rd Lieut

Merid. to 4 p.m.:-
Light N.N.E. to N.N.W. airs; overcast; rain.

4 p.m. to Mid.:-
Light East airs to breezes; overcast; rain.
C.C. von Paulsen, 3rd Lieut.

Notes for transcribers:
  • Entering any or all of the information on this page is optional, although including the person and places mentioned below is encouraged.
    • R. Stapleton can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = R. Stapleton, seaman   Context = given one hour's extra duty for being out of uniform
    • Ocean Cape can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = Ocean Cape
    • Yakutat Bay can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = Yakutat Bay
    • Yakutat can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = Yakutat
  • The log states that there was rain during the period 4 am to 8 am. This is not reflected in the weather code page. Do not adjust the weather codes. You might decide to include that comment on the Events tab.
  • 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:
  • A typed log book is a blessing for readability, but you may still find spelling oddities. We do encourage you to transcribe all spelling errors as written - sometimes they are correct but obsolete spellings. Again, if unsure ask at the Forum

Other information and comments:

Quote from: gastcra
Currently, the minimum window size is too high to fit the Manning log's hourly weather lines so the windows must be made to overlap. For the second and subsequent lines, click immeditately below the previous window and then move the new window up slightly so that it is centered vertically on the line you are about to transcribe. (Clicking on the decimal point in the air pressure box centres the window horizontally).
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