Lucky to have records to transcribe: dreadful weather in Alaska: Oooo - I say! We're at winter anchorage in Kodiak Harbor - sorry Craig, the delights of Hawaii will have to wait eh?
16th Oct 1915 A HIDEOUS weather day...up to Force 12 wind, with squally weather, & the temperature dipping below zero already
oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS Patterson/Book 19/IMG_6903_1.jpg"Order was passed to get all records and sheets together"
Between 2:PM and 3 PM wind abating. At about 3:30 the gale suddenly increased. Sea becoming very choppy. Ship rolling lightly at anchor. About 4:00 PM both anchors began dragging, 4:20 Commenced heaving up anchor, as soon as all steam was up. Gale increasing, ship failed to manoeuver clear of marked reef and was carried by wind over reef. 4:30 Ship apparently in storm centre - gale shifting to all quarters of the horizon, prevailing wind S.W.
Commanding Officer on the bridge, Mr Seran on the bow, Mr Herberger ordered on the bridge to assist C.O.; Mr Giacomini in charge on quarter deck & at steering gear.
Ship backing and filling between reef and S.W. Shore of Near Id.; could not manoeuver out on account of shifting gale.
Order was passed to get all records and sheets together. At about 6:10 with ship's bow hard inshore. The fore staysail was hoisted. A sudden squall from the SW swung the bow off shore; Ship passed clear, into Kodiak outer harbor. 6:20 Anchored in 11fms - stbd. anchor 75 fms, port anchor 60 fms chain
Ship grounded lightly on 2fm spot.
8:00 PM Commenced heaving anchor, ran to another anchorage