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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #105 on: June 05, 2017, 01:42:01 am »
Do you think it was worth bothering with the additional transcriber's comment please?  :)

I would say that your transcriber's comment was helpful but optional.
I would probably do it ;)

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #106 on: June 05, 2017, 07:40:54 pm »
Thanks Randi  :D

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #107 on: June 05, 2017, 08:29:08 pm »
Bear, Sept 5th 1914 (perhaps it should be renamed the 'Rescue'?  ;))



2.10 received distress call by wireless "S.O.S." "R.N.B." followed by several Russian words. Unable to get to latitude or longitude of the "R.N.B." (Russian Volunteer Fleet S.S. "Toula").

All must have been well because the Ship's List/Russian Navy shows:
Russian volunteer fleet SS Toula: built as 'Aleut' for Russian East Asiatic SS Co., Libau 1910 transferred to East Asiatic Co., Copenhagen renamed 'St. Lucia', 1910 returned to Russian East Asiatic SS Co., St. Petersburg renamed 'Aleut', 1912 sold to RVF renamed 'Toula', 1923 sold to Wallem & Co., Bergen renamed 'Solviken', 1940 transferred to Panama registry renamed 'Capella', 1941 captured by Japan renamed 'Minami Maru', 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS Flying Fish.

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #108 on: June 06, 2017, 11:17:12 pm »
Reserved (Karluk rescue)

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #109 on: June 06, 2017, 11:17:26 pm »
Bear, 12th September 1914


In accordance with Department telegram of the 4th instant, fired a national salute at noon in commemoration of the one hundreth anniversary of the writing of the "Star Spangled Banner".

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #110 on: June 07, 2017, 09:16:44 pm »
Bear 1914 September 14th and continuing on the 15th and onwards with a set of register papers having been sent to the Commanding Officer.

Hmmm - can't find anything else out about the following comment, but I did find some fine pictures that relate to the Station and Bear.



'Commanding Officer left vessel to hold investigation in the case of the Keeper of Nome Life Saving Station.'



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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #111 on: June 08, 2017, 12:23:03 am »
...but I did find some fine pictures that relate to the Station and Bear.

That surf looks cold!

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #112 on: June 08, 2017, 02:55:24 am »
More on the Karluk
The last voyage of the Karluk : flagship of Vilhjalmar Stefansson's Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-16

Quite a few mentions of the Bear ;)



Russian icebreakers mentioned in the log are probably the Taymyr and the Vaygach although the spelling in the logs has to be taken with a grain of salt.



and here is another source: United States Coast Guard - Annual Report (June 30, 1915)
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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #113 on: June 08, 2017, 08:08:02 pm »
Yep - you wouldn't find me jogging into that surf, Bob.  Can't imagine what it was like going out saving lives in seas that cold   :o



Thanks for the references for the Canadian expedition Randi :D

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #114 on: June 11, 2017, 12:30:30 am »
Bear 20th September 1914

Another rescue required - this time for our old friend "Corwin":

9:10[AM] received radio message from keeper of Nome Life Saving Station that the "Corwin" was aground near Cape Douglas, Alaska. Sent answer that "Bear" would go to the "Corwin" assistance as soon as mail was landed at St. Michael.




Merid to 4 PM: But Corwin apparently managed to extricate herself :)

"Received message from the S.S. "Cordova" that the S.S. "Corwin" had sent to Nome for lighters and expected to float herself and that she needed no assistance."

But:
"5.08 AM Received message from Keeper Nome Life Saving Station that he was proceeding to assistance Corwin with life saving crew and that Bears assistance was needed."

And the day went further downhill later on (note: the Semichi Islands are at the western end of the Aleutian chain):
"9:50 PM heard Unalga Is. Wireless Station sending that U.S.R.C. "Tahoma" was on the rocks in 51 degrees 57 minutes North. Lat., 175 degrees 02 minutes East Long. and had been sending "S.O.S" [...] 10:50 received radiogram from Senior Captain W.E. Reynolds saying "Tahoma" was probably on the rocks of Semichi Islands, that there no cutters near there and to proceed to her assistance. Sent radiogram to Senior Captain W.E. Reynolds stating that "Bear" was on her way to assist the S.S. "Corwin", that it was 960 miles to the "Tahoma" and requested further instructions. Watch ends on course West, full speed, under steam and all fore and aft sails except the flying jib and spanker."
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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #115 on: June 11, 2017, 11:05:48 pm »
On the 22nd September finally:

Sighted S/S Corwin aground on shoal about 7.5 miles South of Pt. Spencer.

And to cut along story short all was well. Bear sorted out the Corwin anchors to allow her to pull herself off the shoal. The freight on Corwin and to be man handled out because the power to the hoists was broken.
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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #116 on: June 12, 2017, 09:24:12 pm »
And finally finally on the 25th September 1914 '4:00 Steamer "Corwin" stood in and anchored'. Hurrah! :D

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #117 on: June 13, 2017, 12:50:49 am »
Meanwhile, back on 31 August...

4AM to 8AM
5.45 coal barge came alongside - coal from John Sesnon + Co  ~
Commenced coaling at 6.00, unable to obtain draft of vessel
on account of rough sea.  Using oil bags on lee bow,
barge being unloaded with difficulty, account of sea.




Six Thousand Ton Pile of Coal of the John J. Sesnon Co. (page 2)
Also mentioned here
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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #118 on: June 13, 2017, 07:02:26 pm »
 :o :o :o That's half a Welsh hillside's worth!  That would have filled our old coal bunker for a loooong time!  ;D ;D

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Re: Bear (1914) -- Discussion: Questions, Comments and Coordination
« Reply #119 on: June 14, 2017, 03:05:46 am »
As you may have already noticed, for coal they use the long ton which equals 2,240 pounds.