I'm starting off on my first ship's log (from 1890!), and am having difficulty reading the longhand bits. I don't want to miss anything of interest, so I am trying to learn to read this guy's script. Unfortunately, I'm having a rough time of it. (One, I can't read his handwriting, and two, I don't know all of the nautical lingo involved.)
The page I'm working on is at the bottom of the post (or here: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol022of055/vol022of055_056_1.jpg
Here's what I have so far. I have bolded areas that I am asking for help with
.Italics denotate a comment from me (not part of the log).
Line breaks are at the same place as the source document. ~ denotates a single illegible character that I don't even have a guess for.
If you guys could help me make sense of this, I'm sure it would help me a lot with the rest of this log.
under the command of Lieut. Commander P. L. Janner
, U.S. Navy
Tuesday, August 19th, 1890
RECORD OF THE MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS OF THE DAY.
Commences and until 4 a.m.
Clear and pleasant. Light airs from E.S.E to
S.S.E. Engines stopped, ship heading between N.N.E & S.S.E.~~ to 8 And." illegible Ensign?
Clear and pleasant. Light airs how
South and West offLt. 15 startid
ahead on course S.S.E 3/8
E. Put over log
reading 23. At 4:40 changed course
to SE 1/2 S At 5:05 sounded, Ley dis ~~ 252 ~, 247 hrs, gn M.
Black Head, bearing S.E.xE 1/2 E,
At 5:15 ahead on course S.S.E 1/4 E. At 5:53 sounded, Leydis No. 2528 #9 hrs. bk. A.m.
Black Head bearing S E 7/8 E, dis 7'.0. Put over fishing lines for 20 min. At 6.50 ahead
on course S.S.E. At 6:19 sounded, Leydis ~~~ 2529, 43 f~~s bk. ~.
Black Head, bearing SE x E 1/2 E
dis 4.'s/ Put over fish lines for 10 min. At 6:35 ahead same course. At 7:00 sounded Dredge
No. 3323, 5' fins, fine bk S.
Black Head, bearing, E 1/2 N. dis
1.'5. Put over fish lines for
10 mins, their large beam waive
for 15 mins. At 7:45 ahead on course, S.S.N 1/2 N.Par. log at 8:00, 37.7 Sleain 65. Ren 6 3. Mart~~~~~ John ~~~~ Ensign
8 A.M. 6- Merid.
Clear and pleasant. Light airs and heyes
At 8:05 took Hydro No. 2530 mi 42 ms, bk S & sh. log 37.7, A point of Chenoffsky Harbor
bearing E.S.E 3/4 E. (mag dis 0'.9.
Put over fish lines for 30 min. Ahead at 8:40 on course
SE x E 1/4 E, and at 8:60 took Leydis No. 2431 in 10' fins, bk. D&G, log 38.6. A Point ofChernoffsky Hr. bearing 7x E 1/4 E / mag ^dis 0.2.
Ahead at 8:52 and stood into-Cher-
noffsky Hr. and at 9:20 came came to off the village with pout
10 hms. walui,
and moored to 30 fms. chain. Banked fies. Beamigs from
anchorage. Church NW 1/2 N. (mag). and Point (no name S 3/4 E (mag)
Loosed sail 6- ary at 10:00. Log 40.0 when hauled in. Illegible,
Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from North. Louvendslenin launch
At 2:00 slining party left the ship. Furled sail at 4:00. Illegible,
#6-8 P.M Clear and pleasant. Light breeze from North to
party returned at 5:30. Hoisted sliain - launch.started dyn ahuo at 7:20. illegible, Ensign.
8 P.M. 6-Mid:
Cloudy to fair weather. Light-airs from N.N.W.
Stopped dynanio adv 11.00 illegible Ensign.