On log transcriptions (right hand page), I understand that the DATE is essential and everything else is optional but that we have been requested to include specific information if possible about animals seen, refueling, appearance of sea ice, and people or ships mentioned.
So far I have been approaching this in a fairly haphazard manner. On a page where my ship has just been moving about "At Sea" where the only log recordings have been about sail changes and course changes, I have only included the date. If an occasional seal (or some number of seals) or ship has been seen, I have included those as separate entries through the interface, selecting just the text of note and providing a transcription or seal count, etc.
But, sometimes I have transcribed whole pages. And I have a few questions about this approach. What I have been doing so far is to select the text for a particular watch segment (e.g. 8 am to Merid) and then just typing this in as an "Event" then doing the same for the next segment, etc. until the whole page has been entered as a series of "Events".
My questions are:
(1) If the text I am transcribing includes specific information about, for instance, seals being seen, or coal received, should I add another overlapping transcription/block covering that event (and entering the data under "Refueling" or "Animals" etc.)? Or is it enough that the information has already been transcribed in the whole block of text that has already been transcribed as an "Event"? So far, I have done used both approaches, but the difficulty with adding "overlapping" selection blocks is that the interface seems to have a difficult time with that.
(2) Sometimes the text of the log for a watch segment is written as a whole paragraph, but sometimes it is broken into multiple paragraphs. I have not been able to figure out how to insert a paragraph break in the "Event" transcription block (where I am typing the text), and so I have just been typing it in as a single paragraph of text. Is this ok? Or should I be doing this another way (say, using a new "Event" transcription for each paragraph)?
(3) I have NOT been including the name of the officer who is on duty (which follows each watch segment text), but only the text of the log itself, including the time it covers. Should I go ahead and start adding those names? Should I go back and add those names to ones I have already transcribed?
Thanks for any guidance you can provide.