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Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:25:50 pm »
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The Archivist Office here at the National Archives wants to write a blog post about logbook pages that document how a ship's crew spent their holidays.

Would people please post links to log pages for holidays (Christmas, New Year, 4'th of July, Thanksgiving, etc) here and add a note if anything is mentioned about celebrating the holiday?

Thanks!

(I have warned her that holidays seem to be generally ignored)

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2014, 06:28:11 pm »
Err...

:) Oh well just got on board this ship.... the date is 12/25/1904 in astoria oregon and I am shaking my head and yes LOL   On the miscellaneous events page. Oh lets see if this workshttp://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Commodore%20perry//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/COMMODORE%20PERRY//vol180/vol180_007_1.jpg Oh well kind of works.  Zoom in

Absent without leave, 1/2 hour late and drunk and disorderly sounds like a typical Xmas day to me. ::)

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2014, 06:53:06 pm »
I remembered spotting something on Bear and managed to find this
December 23rd 1911 - http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol104/vol104_181_1.jpg

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Through courtesy of Lieut. Col. Brooks, USA, received permission to cut greens on Fort Baker reservation, for decoration of vessel.

Very festive!

But on the day itself - http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol104/vol104_183_1.jpg - all we get is 'Observed day as holiday'

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2014, 07:01:31 pm »
Thanks!

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 08:34:02 pm »
25-12-1894. Making passage from Nagasaki, Japan, to Chefoo, China

Meridian to 4 p.m.:

Crew engaged at Christmas sports.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol012of040_cr2_to_jpg/vol012of040_223_1.jpg

Fastest Christmas tree decorator?
Reindeer rodeo?
Who can through a candy cane furthest?
It wasn't snowing, so best snowman, or fast sleighing was out of the question.
 ;)

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 08:46:14 pm »
I'll say! And now they're all getting Christmas leave.  http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0181_cr2_to_jpg/b0181_105_1.jpg

One might as well capture the complete crew list once and for all and have done with it.

Add to that more leave on the 24th
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0181_cr2_to_jpg/b0181_106_1.jpg

And next to nothing happening on the 25th.  Upper management are closing their eyes to respectable partying?  :)
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0181_cr2_to_jpg/b0181_107_1.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 09:09:45 pm »
The things that happen when the log is empty and dull on a holiday can be seen in the Jeanette because we have excerpts from the captain's log describing the crew and not the ship.  The 24th and 25th of December, 1879 and 1880, show the extreme contrast in the logs.

http://naval-history.net/OW-US/Jeannette/USS_Jeannette-1879-1880.htm

http://naval-history.net/OW-US/Jeannette/USS_Jeannette-1880-1881.htm

There were no corresponding celebrations on July 4th.

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2014, 09:20:31 pm »
Well, there is the aftermath of Patterson's July 4th.  :)
First, they had a very respectable 4th:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%2024/IMG_7434_0.jpg
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%2024/IMG_7434_1.jpg

It must have been quite the Fourth of July party in Wrangell Alaska in 1916.  Because the next day we get:

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Wm. J. Clary, Sea, discharged at own request

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Saarela, M at A returned at noon unfit for duty.
Nichols, Smith Anderson, Sea, unfit for duty
Sea Wilson returned at noon, 5 hours overdue
7:00 pm Anderson & Smith, sea, left ship without permission in shore boat
During night, Wilson & Eastwood, sea, left in shore boat with evident intention to desert
They do seem to be able to pick up men pretty readily, and don't seem averse to firing them after one drunken escapade (at least that's all that's recorded - they could have been miserable jerks and drunkenness was just an excuse).

And the 4th of July hangovers continue:

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Following men did not turn to this day: - Nichols Smith Anderson, Jensen, Nelson, PM, Pecor, PM

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Eastwood & Wilson, Sea, absent without leave
Smith, Sea, returned at noon unfit for duty
Anderson, sea, returned at noon unfit for duty
Jensen, sea, unfit for duty
1:30, Nelson, Jensen, Anderson, sea, jumped ship taking dingey without leave
Nichols, sea, unfit for duty
P.M. Pecor, Sea, refused duty on being refused discharge
10:00 pm Anderson, sea, returned
Mid: Jensen, Nelson, Eastwood, sea, returned drunk and disorderly.  Sent ashore

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2014, 09:34:04 pm »
Hey - Patterson's party-goers! I'll drink to that.   8) ;D ::)
(PS- but I probably won't steal a boat to do it  ;))

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2014, 10:27:39 pm »
Thetis - New Year's Day 01-01-1889 (San Francisco Cal)
An eclipse
Two promotions
No one absent without leave.
No mention of the holiday
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol007of024/vol007_160_1.jpg

New Years Eve 31-12-1888 (San Francisco Cal)
Condemned 36 lbs butter and 2 lbs corned beef
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol007of024/vol007_159_1.jpg

Christmas 25-12-1888 (San Francisco Cal)
One prisoner escaped the ship - reward offerred
5 men absent without leave
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol007of024/vol007_153_1.jpg

Thanksgiving Day 29-11-1888 (San Francisco Cal)
5 men returned late from liberty
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol007of024/vol007_127_1.jpg

Independence Day 04-07-1888 (Alaskan waters)
Only weather and navigation comments in log.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol006of024/vol006_173_1.jpg

Holidays do not seem to cause a ripple on the Thetis.

edited to add:
But George Washington's birthday did trigger some celebration:
22 February 1889 (at Navy Yard San Francisco Cal)
At 6.55 dressed ship rainbow fashion.
At 11.20 1st 2nd & 3rd whaleboats & gig left the ship to sail a race around buoy No 5.
At noon saluting battery at the Yard fired 21 guns salute in honor of the day.
Ship's boats returned from race, 1st cutter first.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol008of024/vol008_025_1.jpg
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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2014, 05:02:25 pm »
The Patterson celebrated Washington's birthday in 1915, but there aren't any details.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%2018/IMG_6837_1.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2014, 01:28:09 pm »
Pioneer 22nd Dec 1933. It is by Presidential Proclamation in both cases. It doesn't say why the 23rd and 30th Dec..oh well!

Rcd telegram from Inspectors, San Francisco, via Coast Guard Radio Station, San Pedro, instructing that crew be granted full holidays on Dec 23rd and 30, by order of the Director.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2047%20-%20October-December,%201933/IMG_0436_0.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2014, 04:24:47 pm »
I declare myself to be a crew member enjoying the for'd mess for Christmas Day 1933:

Rec'd from Golden State Co. for for'd mess: - 1 box ice cream.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2047%20-%20October-December,%201933/IMG_0439_0.jpg


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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2014, 06:29:39 pm »
I'll join you there.  :)

I got very curious about those extra December holidays, and they come up completely blank.  The only thing possible is that the CG was going to be on duty watching for celebrators who stumble into trouble, and these were the replacement days off for Christmas Eve-Day and New Year's ditto. ???

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2014, 06:36:19 pm »
It may be because Christmas Day and New Year's Day were both on Sunday in 1933 - so, Friday - the 23rd and 30th would be the "holiday" day...this sort of thing has happened in the past when a holiday fell on the weekend.