May 18, 1900
"Dr. H. F. Moore, Naturalist U.S.F.C. left the ship to go to Kobe. Made preparations for sea."
This might be of interest to some: a report by the Dr. Moore mentioned in the log notation above, titled "The Albatross South Sea Expedition".http://penbay.org/cof/cof_1900_5.pdf
It's a part of the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries Report of The Commissioner for the Year Ending June 30, 1900.
Most of it is about travels of the Albatross
beginning in September 1899, but does continue right up until shortly after he leaves the Albatross as noted in the log entry above in May 1900 and notes the Albatross
"sailed for Hokodate on June 1 [...] the ship was much delayed by fogs and reached Hokodate on June 8. After coaling she sailed June 12 for Alaska, where she was at the end of the fiscal year." So a little foreshadowing of what's to come here shortly - once the Albatross
gets prepped for sea and coaled up, she's heading north.
The report is a contrast to the log entries, most of the narrative entries have been things like "heaved over Tanner trawler and towed 20 min" and notes like the depth, state of the sea bottom, and courses steered by the ship. No notations on what was brought up in the nets or trawls, except to note when a trawl was brought up damaged or net torn when heaved aboard.
Dr. Moore's report, on the other hand, notes "The trawling was very good, and rich collections of fish, crustaceans, worms, echinoderms, and mollusca were obtained. Two large tanks were filled with specimens of Melacrinus
, a "stone lily," formerly rare, and stalkless crinoids of several species were obtained, and a number of silicieous sponges, including half a score of the beautiful glass-like Venus' flower basket (Eupectella
), were taken in the trawls[...]"
So for anyone that's taking the time to transcribe those narrative log entries of dropping the trawls and sounding the bottom and wondering (like I was) what the heck they were doing with all the trawls and nets they were dragging off the coast of Japan, the last page of that report give some idea of why they were doing what they were doing and what they were finding.
Not all that relevant to the weather data we're really after, I suppose, but still neat to know.
I put this in the crew discussion because of the reference to Dr. Moore, but if the moderators think it's more appropriate in another thread, by all means shift it around.