4 September 1888Ensign RP Schwerin, US Navy was ordered by the Commanding Officer to the command of the schooner "Jane Gray" & Ensign RF Lopez, US Navy was detailed from the command of the schooner "Jane Gray" & ordered as Executive Officer & Navigator of the ship. . . By order of the Commanding Officer M Scanlon (CMT) was disrated to seaman, By order of Comd'g Officer the order of 23rd ~ is so far changed that the accounts of these men transferred to the schooner "Jane Gray" were transferred with them to-day.
whew - the summary report at the end of the log book states that Ensign Dewey was given command of "Jane Gray" and Schwerin was sent under arrest to Mare Island, so I am expecting to see yet another change in command for the schooner before it makes it all the way to California.http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol007of024/vol007_041_1.jpg
Edited to add:
NEXT DAYBy order of Commanding Officer Ensign RP Schwerin was ordered to relinquish the command of the schooner "Jane Gray," report on board this vessel, & was then placed under arrest to take passage in the schooner "Jane Gray" to the Mare Island Navy Yard, and then to await the action of the Honorable Secretary of the Navy regarding charges preferred against him by his Commanding Officer - Disrespect, insubordination and other charges to be preferred in writing.http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol007of024/vol007_042_1.jpg
In ONE day he has potentially ruined his career and ended his first command. Quite an accomplishment! And he gets sent home under arrest in the ship he was supposed to command.
OK, so I got curious about our Ensign Schwerin and did a little research, herewith:
His name is Reginald Picayune Schwerin
From the "official" records we get this:Schwerin, Rennie P.
Cadet Midshipman, 25 September, 1874. Graduated 10 June, 1881. Ensign, Junior Grade, 3 March, 1883. Ensign, 26 June, 1884. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 30 June, 1891. Resigned 6 March, 1893.
Later, he was really irritating San Francisco reporters in port, where I feel compelled to quote the entire snarky article (16 June 1898):
R. P. SCHWERIN CALLED DOWNhttp://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC18980616.1.11&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN------#
Must Admit Reporters to the Mail Dock.
A BITTER PILL FOR HIM
HE HAS TO SWALLOW IT AND MAKE NO FACES.
The Call's Expose of the Peking's Pig Pen Besulted in First-Class Quarters for Soldiers in the China and Colon.
The person whom Collis P. Huntington saved from court-martial and dismissal from the navy, one R. P. Schwerin, has come down from his high horse. His descent was sudden, and every bone in his siuggy anatomy was jarred in consequence.
Reginald Picayune dreamed that he owned the water front, just as Collis P. once dreamed that he owned the Oakland water front. Reginald awoke only to find that the State Board of Harbor Commissioners has considerable to say in regard to matters pertaining to the harbor and wharves, and the awakening was a rude one. Like the indolent Turk, he dreamed that all and sundry trembled at his power, and, like the Oriental, awoke, to find his dream was only a dream.
When the first fleet of transports was being fitted out to go to Manila with troops, The Call pointed out that the berths and accommodations being put in the City of Peking were not as good as were furnished the Chinese coolies who travel year in and year out on the boat. At this Mr. Schwerin got very angry, and issued orders that no Call reporter should be allowed on the Mail Company's wharf. On different occasions various members of The Call's staff tried to get down to the transports, but were invariably refused admittance.
Things came to a head, however, when the steamer Belgic of the Occidental and Oriental Company's line arrived from Hongkong with news from Dewey's fleet. Representatives from every paper in town flocked down to the wharf and every one of them gained admittance save three representatives of The Call. One of the latter tried to force his way down, and was forcibly ejected "by Mr. Schwerin's orders."
The matter was laid before the Harbor Commissioners, and that body at once informed the autocrat of the Mail dock that he must admit The Call representatives to the wharf or else exclude every newspaper man in the city. Mr. Schwerin swallowed the bitter pill and now The Call men come and go at pleasure.
The publication of the manner in which the Peking was fitted out has done a great deal of good, and the boys in blue who sailed on the China and Colon yesterday have The Call to thank for having first-class quarters. When the work of fitting out these two vessels was first begun, Schwerin out of pure cussedness was going to put in the same kind of bunks that had been put in the Peking, The Call heard of this and informed the public and the army officers of the fact. The result was that such fixtures as had been put in the China and Colon were torn down and quarters equal to anything put in any of the troopships were fitted up.
The fight is now over and Reginald Picayune can go back to his dreams, but in future he will confine his efforts after absolute power to his own quarterdeck. Even there he has to be careful, because when a lieutenant on the quarterdeck of a sloop-of-war? but then that story has already been told.
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Despite that he appears to have been quite successful in private life - he was a member of both the prestigious Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco and the Burlingame Country Club (a suburb of SF), while serving as an executive in California shipping endeavors.
I have been unable to find anything other than the above quoted article witch may refer to the arrest in the log.