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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #315 on: January 04, 2015, 02:11:59 am »
Just a head's up from the Concord, watching you guys in action, and helping out when necessary. 07 August 1899

At 9:30 entered Port San Fernando, the Yorktown leading, the gunboats "Callas" and "Pampanga" taking their positions on the right and left flanks respectively. At 9.40 the Yorktown opened fire upon the town with her secondary battery, the fire being returned from shore. At 9.35 the Yorktown made gen. signal 180 and at 9.45 1. Opened fire upon the town at 9.46 ceased firing in obedience to signal from Yorktown at 10.06. Commenced firing again at 10.09 ceased firing at 10.17. Opened fire again at 10.27 and ceased firing at 10.46.  The Yorktown made general signal 1357 and cornet 152. The Captain reported on board the Yorktown. At 11.10 Yorktown made general signal 533 and 132. Anchored at 11.17 in 14 1/2 fathoms of water, 45 fathoms of chain. At 11.15 Yorktown signalled "send mail aboard for Manila at 1 P.M." In obedience to signal from Yorktown secured at 11.50 keeping one charge on deck for each pair of 6" guns. Expended the following ammunition, 48 - 6" Red. Charges, 1-6" Full Charge, - 47 - 6" Common Shell. 2-6" Steel Shell. 32-3 pdr. Common Shell 23 - 6 prd. Steel Shell, 52- Percussion Prmers and 12-37 m/m Common Shells.

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #316 on: January 04, 2015, 02:41:06 am »
The battle seen from the bridge of the Yorktown...


4 to 8 A.M.
The U.S.S. Concord got underway and followed this vessel in squadron.

8 A.m. to Meridian
Steaming out of Lingayen Gulf. Navigator conning ship. U.S.S. Concord following in squadron. Steam on boilers A.B.C.&D. Sounded call to general quarters at 9:28. Entered San Fernando harbor and started firing at San Fernando at 9:46. Stopped firing at 10.46 Started firing at 10:10. Stopped at 10:17. Started firing at 10:30. Stopped firing at 10:46. Anchored at 10.33 in 14 fms. water, veering to 30 fms port chain. The following ammunition was fired:- 75 - 6" charges, 63 - 6" common Shell. 12-6" Shrapnel, 66 - 6 pdr. A. P. Shell.5 - 3 pdr. Common Shell. 299 - 1 prd. A. P. Shell, 400 rounds 6 m/m Colts gun ammunition. The U.S.S. Concord, U.S.S. Callas and U.S.S. Pampanga engaged in bombarding San Fernando.

(Then follow a list of various messages...)

Before the squadron opened fire a shot was fired from a field piece on shore, the shot falling short. This was followed by one or two others, and by musketry from trenches near the beach. Before the end of the bombardment the shore fire had ceased. A French flag flying from a house on Eastern side of harbor was respected, no shots being fired in that direction. After fire had ceased two Companies of troops were seen to march from that locality. The battery and ammunition in general worked satisfactorily. Three miss-fires occurred with 3 pdr. gun and the port 6" gun of the 1st Div failed to return to battery twice, but afterwards acted well. The shrapnel always burst before the time set by the fuze. The firing was at ranges varying from 1300 to 2300 yards. The port battery only was used.

Finally... At 1:15 got underway and stood out of San Fernando.

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #317 on: January 04, 2015, 03:40:47 am »
It's fascinating watching you relate the battle from 2 ships, Michael.  If there are many more ships there, we will have to put together a compendium like we did for the 9 ships at WW1 Battle of the Falkland Islands.

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #318 on: January 04, 2015, 04:09:58 am »
Janet,

   I'm trying to send two images: JPGs, sizes 37K and and 44K but I keep getting this message. Any idea why?


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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #319 on: January 04, 2015, 04:24:42 am »
It's fascinating watching you relate the battle from 2 ships, Michael.  If there are many more ships there, we will have to put together a compendium like we did for the 9 ships at WW1 Battle of the Falkland Islands.

It is interesting, I agree. The Concord and Yorktown are the only two ships in this phase in the Philippines at this time, though. I did find the Yorktown pages hard to read, but I came up with a trick. I copy the image, paste it into irfanview (any viewer would work) and save the file. I open it with Picasa, and do "I fell lucky" which enhances the image. I save the image, re-open it in irfanview, and enlarge it to my heart's content. Here is a sample of the before and after images for 07 August 1899:


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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #320 on: January 04, 2015, 04:25:59 am »
Janet,

   I'm trying to send two images: JPGs, sizes 37K and and 44K but I keep getting this message. Any idea why?

There seemed to be some sort of sharing violation with the files. I had to open them, convert them to a PDF and convert back to JPG with different names. That seems to have worked! A lot of struggle though. Time for a relaxing glass of wine..

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #321 on: January 04, 2015, 01:48:29 pm »
Michael, I'm the wrong person to ask that as I am a total non-geek.  The forum has always been fussy about images but since these "rehabbed" pics came thru that function hasn't crashed again.

Good work making the Yorktown readable.  :)

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #322 on: January 08, 2015, 09:26:24 pm »
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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #323 on: January 08, 2015, 09:29:37 pm »
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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #324 on: January 11, 2015, 09:16:50 am »
Not a thorn out page like Thetis, but still, a corrected, or repaired page.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol016of040_jpg_clean/vol016of040_093_0.jpg

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #325 on: January 11, 2015, 03:29:45 pm »
Oh, what nice legible writing your log keeper has! 

And what an odd little pasted in bit.

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #326 on: January 11, 2015, 03:56:08 pm »
This scribe isn't bad at all, but over the seven year period I've transcribed, there have been some pretty difficult handwritings. :)

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #327 on: January 13, 2015, 03:05:19 pm »
Drag party on board Royal Navy ships?  ;D :P

28-09-1896 - At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

8 a.m. to meridian:
Commanding officer left ship in dress to pay official visit to H.B.M.S. "Alacrity" and "Swift".

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol016of040_jpg_clean/vol016of040_101_1.jpg

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #328 on: January 13, 2015, 04:59:58 pm »
That produces a wonderful mental picture, Maikel!  Although at that time of day it would of course have to be something quite low key ...

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Re: Yorktown -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« Reply #329 on: January 15, 2015, 03:20:20 pm »
More than a bar brawl?

04-10-1896 - At anchor Nagasaki, Japan

Midnight to 4 a.m.:
F. Lynch (O.S.) came on board with a pistol wound in right hand received on shore.

4 a.m. to 8 a.m.:
Marshal of U.S. Consular Court brought off W.W. Barnes (2C. G.M.) as a prisoner, he having been shot by a civilian on shore, the wound being in the left hip, also contused head.

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