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AvastMH

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2014, 06:44:22 pm »
Interesting ideas ladies, thank you. Could be either ...but I guess we are all very familiar with the Sunday situation (opined the landlubber  ;) ).

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2014, 10:10:11 pm »
From the Concord. I didn't look at the position on the Christmas Days, it's on a different page. Much of the time she was in Manila or one day in China. If someone really wants, I could look up New Years Days. Because the logbooks are in a lovely sequential order, I have a unix script that finds me the page corresponding to the date: e.g. get_date 25 Dec 1906 Because there are occasional pages scanned twice because of inserts or whatever, it doesn't get the correct page always, but it is close, and it is fast.

Herewith the details (edited slightly) for Concord, links in blue...

Christmas 1891
Received on board for issue to Crew 92 lbs bread and 115 lbs each fresh beef and vegetables.
Finished sports for the day with boat races.

Christmas 1892
Nothing special noted, many people absent over leave, a couple placed in sentry's charge for safe keeping (i.e. they were drunk).

Christmas 1893
Received the following fresh provisions on board, viz- 116 lbs bread and 145 lbs beef and vegetables each.
Sent 1st and 2nd cutters and sailing launch to USS Monocacy to take part in a race. (details given) Two men sent to hospital on shore. Captains from three British warships came to visit. A party of men were sent to have dinner with the crew of USS Moncacy. Several men drunk.

Christmas Day 1894
Log sparse, nothing special noted.

Christmas Day 1895
Received from Ah Yung of Pagoda Anchorage, 101 lbs. bread, and 126 1/4 lbs. each fresh beef and vegetables. At 12:30 the Comd'g. Officer, with the crew aft, read a letter from a representation of the American Colony in Fuchau, in reference to Christmas day and afterwards a small gift was presented to each man, by the Colony.

Christmas Day 1896 occurred when the ship was decommissioned.

Christmas Day 1897
One man AWOL. A liberty party sent ashore.

Christmas Day 1898
At 9:00 the Flagship made a signal to the fleet "Merry Christmas." Received 338 lbs fresh meat.

Christmas Day 1899
Nothing special noted. Armed watches on lookout.

Christmas Day 1900
Nothing special noted. Liberty party sent ashore, returned minus one man. The Commanding Officer made official visits to USS Petrel and Villalobos.

Christmas Day 1901
Nothing special noted.

Christmas Day 1902 occurred when the ship was decommissioned.

Christmas Day 1903
There were parties of men swimming, fishing and sailing. One man went AWOL.

Christmas Day 1904 occurred when the ship was decommissioned.

Christmas Day 1905
Nothing special noted. Very rough day at sea steaming out of Port Angeles. Possibly four men AWOL. - the mention was vague.

Christmas Day 1906
Although the log book says it goes to Dec 31, 1906, it ends 01 Sep 1906.


Christmas Day 1907
Nothing special noted.

Christmas Day 1908
Nothing special noted. Five men AWOL but all returned 15 hours over leave.

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2014, 10:19:57 pm »
Thanks, Michael!

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2014, 12:02:34 am »
Just because I'm here in the logs transcribing away,

22 February 1899 - Concord dressed ship at sunrise and fired a national salute at noon.  Happy President's Day in Manila, Philippine Islands.

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2014, 10:18:47 am »
Christmas 1893 sounded like fun, but I did like that everyone got a present in 1895...nice 8)

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2014, 09:01:16 pm »
Just because I'm here in the logs transcribing away,

22 February 1899 - Concord dressed ship at sunrise and fired a national salute at noon.  Happy President's Day in Manila, Philippine Islands.

And ditto but 1934 on Pioneer:  'Washington's Birthday, Legal Holiday, Observed'

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2048%20-%20January-March,%201934/IMG_0506_1.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2014, 03:02:14 pm »
30 May 1934, Pioneer: Decoration Day observed only routine duties performed.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2049%20-%20April-June,%201934/IMG_0609_1.jpg

http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp
Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans ? the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) ? established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers? and Sailors? Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2014, 05:44:45 pm »
I just ran across this:
December 23, 1916

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Decorating ship for Christmas Day

First time I've seen something like this in the logs - usually they just mark that the day was observed

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2014, 09:03:57 am »
Pioneer 4th July 1935 - http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2054%20-%20July-September,%201934/IMG_1048_1.jpg

4th of July - Holiday observed. Liberty granted to 2 watches.
8:00am - Dressed ship.

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2014, 06:28:52 pm »
Thetis  30 April 1889

At sunrise dressed ship with masthead flags, American ensign at main in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of the first president of the United States

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol008of024/vol008_092_1.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2014, 09:08:39 am »
U.S.S. Yorktown
04-07-1896 - At anchor Chemulpho, Korea.
120th anniversary Independence Day.

4 to 8 a.m.:
At sunrise dressed ship rainbow followed by all foreign men-of-war in harbor with U.S. ensign at the main.

8 a.m. to meridian:
Received a visit from an officer of the "Dimitri Douskoi" to present congratulations on the day.
Commanding officer of the "Oshima" visited the ship.
Men from English, Russian and Japanese ships taking part in races.
At noon fired a salute of 21 guns, followed by "Dimitri Douskoi".

Meridian to 4 p.m.:
Captains of "Dimitri Douskoi" and "Daphne" visited the ship.
Japanese consul visited the ship.
Russian, English and Japanese sailors taking part in games on board ship.

8 p.m. to midnight:
Illuminated ship with Chinese lanterns at 8. and piped them down at 9:40.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol016of040_jpg_clean/vol016of040_009_1.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2014, 08:59:49 pm »
What a wonderful story of international happiness!

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2014, 08:31:14 pm »
Patterson 30th May 1912

Made colors at 8:00 and half-masted ensign.
Liberty granted at 10:00 on account Decoration Day.
Mast headed colors at noon.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%207/IMG_5609_1.jpg

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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2015, 04:41:22 pm »
The Albatross isn't terribly festive, and this is the only one I can recall seeing:

22/02/1901
Full-dressed ship at 8 o'clock in honor of George Washington's Birthday

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol038of055/vol038of055_057_1.jpg


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Re: Holidays in the U.S. Log Books
« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2015, 05:10:06 pm »
4th July aboard the Yorktown 1891....

At sunrise dressed ship US Ensign at mast heads in honor of the day
At 12.00 fired a salute of 21 guns in honor of the Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
At sundown undressed ship.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol006of040_cr2_to_jpg/vol006of040_010_1.jpg
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