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Welcome on board the USS Yorktown


This post covers a log page from 1889; the following post cover log pages from 1900 and 1916.




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Rush -- Reference: Transcription Example and Log Description
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Yorktown -- Reference: Transcription Example and Log Description
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2012, 01:31:01 pm »
Welcome on board the USS Yorktown


This post covers a log page from 1900; the previous post covers a log page from 1889; the following 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:
Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments



Comments on the log:
  • This is a fairly standard log format with one exception.
    • 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.
  • 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 spelling of place names for China is tricky. Different sources often give slightly different spellings, and the modern name may be completely different. Place names should be transcribed as they are spelled in the log. Where the writing is not clear, you can use other sources to help you guess at the spelling in the log if you wish.
  • 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.cosmik.com/oldweather/yorktown-1900-vol022of040_049.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.

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Location | Place Name | Name = At sea making passage from Chefoo to Mian Tau Sts

Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1NW129.67807873bcACiCu5
2SE229.66807773""4
3SW2 29.66807772bcplFrCuN2
4"0-129.68797672bcl"1
5"129.68787372ocrCiCuN0
6"129.6876727272""0
7"129.6875717072bcCir-Cum2
8NW129.6875717072""4
9"129.6775716972bcm"4
10SE0-129.65757270"SACu2
11N0-129.63777572""2
NoonNE129.62767671"FN1
                                       
                                       
Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1ENE0-129.62777973bcmbn1
2"129.60777971bcACi2
3EbyN129.58787971bc"3
4E229.58787971bcACu4
5ENE229.58777673"FrCu4
6SSE0-129.58778075"Cir6
7SSE0-129.58767870""8
8N0-129.60767569""9
9"0-129.62767571"SACu2
10Calm029.61767576""2
11"029.60757572""3
Mid."029.60757572""4
      

Notes for transcribers:
  • Distinguishing between n's and u's in the location was difficult. Various sources gave Mia Tao, Miau Tau, and Mian Tau. Looking at the example on this page and looking ahead to the example on the Events page, I decided Mian Tau was the most accurate transcription even if it was not the most correct.
  • 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).
  • In case you are curious, a 'Cloud code' of Fr probably means Fractus clouds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractus_cloud. In any case - TWYS! (Type What You See).
  • The 1pm 'Cloud code' seems to be a log keeper's error, but I have tried to transcribe what was written.
  • Be careful not to omit the four entries for water temperature.




Record of the Miscellaneous Events of the Day:
Example: http://www.cosmik.com/oldweather/yorktown-1900-vol022of040_049.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
Commander E.D. Taussig
Tuesday July 10'th, 1900

Commences and until 4 A.M.
Fair to cloudy. Light variable airs to breeze to calm. Crew sleeping under arms.
Engines ready for use at 15 minutes.
                                                       H.E. Yarnell
4 to 8 A.M.                                                    Ensign U.S.N.
Mostly overcast and cloudy with showers first two hours, clearing up last
two hours. Light airs from S.W. Bar steady. Made preparations for getting
underway, and at 5:15, got underway. At 5:20 put over pat. log reading 42.9
Set course N43E, N8W at 5:43; At 5:50 changed course to N57W. Steaming with
three boilers, both main engines. Passed Japanese cruiser going to Ed.
Average steam 110. Revs 87.3
                                                       H.C Dinger
8 A.M to Meridian.                                           Ensign, U.S.N
Cloudy. Calm to light airs from N.W. to S.E. Smooth sea. Bar. falling. On course
N68W by standard compass, until 8:50 when changed course to West. pat
log reading 75.6. At 9:42 changed course to N6E. pat log reading 84.5. At 9:50
hauled in pat. log. reading 85.6 and on various courses standing to
anchor near U.S.S. Oregon. Anchored in Mian Tau Sts. At 10:00 came to
stbd anchor in 6 fms water veering to 30 fms, shackle for'd capstan. At 9:30
inspected at quarters followed by landing party lightly equipped.
Exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. Oregon, at 9.05. Signals
Y to O dut. 131 Ans granted. At 12:00 Y to O Num 11 Num 345. Banked fires
+ secured engines. Placed Petersen (S) in double irons for safe keeping upon
anchoring. Expended to U.S.S. Oregon 20# marine glue. and one 4 1/2" stop
valve. The Captain called officially on the Captain of the Oregon. Draft
ford 14'2". Aft. 16'6". Bearings at anchor Etau Ship Pt. N29W (mag), Temple Hill
S1E.(mag) Etaug. Teng Chau Head S9E.(mag)
                                                      Arthur MacArthur Jr.
Meridian to 4 P.M.                                            Ensign U.S.N.
Cloudy and pleasant. Light variable airs. Rigged out lower booms.
Repairing gunwale of gig. Touching up spots inside and out with white paint.
                                                     Pope Washington
4 to 8 P.M.                                                 Ensign U.S.N.
Fair to clear and pleasant. Light breeze from E.N.E. to light airs from S.S.E.
and calm. At 6:30 mustered at quarters and served out clean hammocks.
                                                    H.E. Yarnell
8 P.M. to Mid.                                           Ensign, U.S.N.
Fair and pleasant. Calm. Barometer steady
                                                     Arthur MacArthur Jr.
                                                        Ensign, U.S.N.



                                                        W H Standley
                                                        Ens U.S.N.

Notes for transcribers:
  • The date should be transcribed. Date = 10/07/1900.
  • With the exception of the date, entering any or all of the information on this page is optional, although including the person, places, and ship mentioned below is encouraged.
    • Petersen can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Petersen (S)   Context = Placed Petersen (S) in double irons for safe keeping upon anchoring.
    • Mian Tau Sts can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Port Name | Name = Mian Tau Sts
      Note that Port Name is used because the ship is anchored in this location.
    • The anchor bearings are less clear, but they can also be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Place Name | Name = Bearings at anchor Etau Ship Pt. N29W (mag)
      Location | Place Name | Name = Bearings at anchor Temple Hill S1E.(mag) Etaug
      Location | Place Name | Name = Bearings at anchor Teng Chau Head S9E.(mag)
      (Modern Teng-chou: http://www.geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=-2685611&fid=1110&c=china)
    • USS Oregon can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Ship | Name = USS Oregon   Context = anchor near U.S.S. Oregon
      Mentions | Ship | Name = USS Oregon   Context = Exchanged distinguishing pennants with U.S.S. Oregon, at 9:05. Signals Y to O dut. 131 Ans granted. At 12:00 Y to O Num 11 Num 345.
      Mentions | Ship | Name = USS Oregon   Context = Expended to U.S.S. Oregon 20# marine glue. and one 4 1/2" stop valve. The Captain called officially on the Captain of the Oregon.
      Note that you do not have to include all mentions of USS Oregon unless they actually interest you.
  • For the 4 to 8 A.M. watch, the rank of H.C Dinger is an interesting point. It clearly reads Naval Cadet. However, if you look closely, Ensign is also written in the same location. A search (see Other information and comments, below) shows that Dinger was a Naval Cadet but became an Ensign on 4 April, 1900. Perhaps the person writing the log forgot that he had been promoted, or perhaps word had not yet been received. Unfortunately, at present, there is no way to record this overwriting. I have chosen to use Ensign, but Naval Cadet would not be incorrect.
  • 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:


Other information and comments:

Here is some information about our log keepers:
« Last Edit: October 28, 2014, 11:39:27 am by Hanibal94 »

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Yorktown -- Reference: Transcription Example and Log Description
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 07:00:51 pm »
Welcome on board the USS Yorktown


This post covers a log page from 1916; the previous posts cover log pages from 1889 and 1900.




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:
Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments



Comments on the log:
  • The log is typed.
  • This is a fairly standard log format with one exception.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/yorktown-1916-vol01of04_178.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
Location | Port Name | Name = Topolobampo, Mexico

Date = 23/04/1916


Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1SW0-129.95767370bczAcu3
2NNE0-129.93757372""5
3"0-129.93747372"Cir-Cum4
4Calm029.93747271""3
5"029.94747170""4
6"029.94737170""4
7"029.96747170""7
8"029.98757372""5
9"030.00767672"ACu2
10NExE0-130.00787774""2
11SW0-230.00787874""2
12"230.00797974""2
                                       
                                       
Hour |Wind Dir |Force |Bar Height |Ther Attached |Dry  |Wet  |Water |Weather Code |Cloud Code |Clear Sky |
1SW0-229.98787874bczACu2
2"0-129.96797874""2
3"129.94797773"Cir-Cum3
ACu
4"129.92797773""3
5"129.91798076""2
6"129.93798077"ACu1
7"0-129.92777975""1
8"129.93777774""1
9Calm029.95767573b--
10"029.96767574"--
11SW0-129.97767473"--
12"0-129.97767373"--
                                       

Notes for transcribers:
  • In the middle of the page are fields for 'Coal Received', 'Coal Expended', and 'Coal On hand'. 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 On hand', unless they interest you (in which case they would go on the Events tab).
  • There is an extra entry for 'Clouds Form' between 3pm and 4pm, so an extra weather observation, containing just the 'Cloud code', has been entered between the 3pm and 4pm entries.
  • From 9pm to 12pm, the 'Wthr Code' is b meaning no clouds. Because of that, dashes have been entered in the 'Clouds Form' and 'Clouds Amount' columns. Please transcribe them as written.




Remarks:
Example: http://www.djcosmik.com/oldweather/yorktown-1916-vol01of04_178.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
Commences and until 4 A.M.

              Anchored off Topolobampo, Mexico, in 12 fathoms of water
with starboard anchor 45 fathom shackle at water's edge. Boiler
#3 steaming for auxiliary purposes.
                                                               R W. Bates
                                                               Ensign, U.S.Navy.

4 to 8 A.M.

          6:30 Montgomery, O. (Oil), Whipple, H.C. (Sea), Graham, F.H.
HAlc, and Morris, R.E.(El3cG) placed under sentry's charge by order
of the Commanding Officer.
                                                               R W. Bates
                                                               Ensign, U.S.Navy.

8 A.M. to Meridian.

          Held quarters for muster, no absentees.
                                                               E G Herzinger
                                                               Ensign, U.S.Navy.

Meridian to 4 P.M.

             Made daily inspection of magazines and found conditions
normal.
                                                               E G Herzinger
                                                               Ensign, U.S.Navy.

4 to 8 P.M.

          30 lbs. tinned corned beef were surveyed by the Medical
Officer and thrown overboard by order of the Commanding Officer.

                                                               E G Herzinger
                                                               Ensign, U.S.Navy.

8 P.M. to Midnight.

                                      Uneventful.

                                                               E G Herzinger
                                                               Ensign, U.S.Navy.



W.H. Standley                                               G.A. Beall, jr.
Commander, U.S.Navy.                                  Lieutenant,
Commanding.

Notes for transcribers:
  • Entering any or all of the information on this page is optional, although including the persons mentioned below are encouraged.
    • Montgomery, O can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Montgomery, O. (Oil)   Context = placed under sentry's charge by order of the Commanding Officer.
    • Whipple, H.C. can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Whipple, H.C. (Sea)   Context = placed under sentry's charge by order of the Commanding Officer.
    • Graham, F.H. can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Graham, F.H. HAlc   Context = placed under sentry's charge by order of the Commanding Officer.
    • Morris, R.E. can be entered on the Mentions tab:
      Mentions | Person | Name = Morris, R.E.(El3cG)   Context = placed under sentry's charge by order of the Commanding Officer.
    • Topolobampo, Mexico can be entered on the Location tab:
      Location | Port Name | Name = Topolobampo, Mexico
      Note that Port Name is used because the ship is anchored in this location.
  • 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:


Other information and comments:

Here is some information about our commander and log keepers:
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