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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

October 29th, 2006, 2:10 pm #1

Wednesday, 25 October 1944

0800 09-09 N; 127-24 E
1200 08-49 N; 127-56 E
2000 08-16 N; 128-57 E

Steaming as before.

Thursday, 26 October 1944

0800 07-29 N; 130-39 E
1200 07-08 N; 131-12 E
2000 06-38 N; 132-19 E

Steaming as before.
0235 Stopped port engine because of overheating.
0253 Port engine operating normally.
0313 Regained proper station.


Friday, 27 October 1944

0800 05-28 N; 133-39 E
1200 04-55 N; 134-02 E
2000 03-59 N; 134-48 E

Steaming as before.
0925 Pulled out to starboard of column to determine which screw was causing excessive vibration. Believe port screw damaged from hitting some underwater body. Vibration peak seems to be at 250 rpms. Now running that screw at 240 rpms and maintaining station with starboard engine.
0950 Re-assumed proper station.
1000 Transferred 50 loaves of bread to USS LCI 975.
1400 P.C. on starboard bow reported underwater contact, executed emergency turn to port.
1418 Resumed base course.


Saturday, 28 October 1944

0800 02-28 N; 136-28 E
1200 01-58 N; 136-59 E
2000 01-10 N; 137-54 E

Steaming as before.

Sunday, 29 October 1944

0800 00-18 N; 138-56 E
1200 00-47 S; 139-17 E
2000 01-26 S; 140-11 E

Steaming as before.
1700 Sighted SIDOREARSI GEB range, radar range and bearing 68 miles, 192 Degrees T.

Monday, 30 October 1944

0800 02-35 S; 140-44 E
1200 02-35.5 S; 140-45 E

Steaming as before.
0515 Commenced forming column for entrance to HUMBOLDT BAY, Dutch New Guinea.
0525 Section 1 consisting of LSTs 451, 125, 123, 488, 611 formed the stern of section II.
0535 LSTs of section III formed astern of Section 1. Following LSTs standing in - in column: USS LSTs 565, 608, 609, 738, 909, 451, 125, 123, 488, 611, 739, 223, 670 and 605. Group Baker commenced forming column astern.
0833 Moored port side to USS LST 608.
1350 Shifted berths and anchored because of surging resulting from ground swell in harbor. Right tangent SOEADGA bears 006 Degrees T and left tangent Pt. PIE bears 268 Degrees T.

Tuesday, 31 October 1944

0800 02-35.5 S; 140-45 E

Anchored as before.


To my snipe buddies... Am I reading this right? They lowered the rpms on the engine so that the prop wouldn't shake them in their shoes... it provided some power, but not enough to power the ship...the starboard engine was providing the bulk of the power.. Could they prolong this kind of 'first aid' for long periods of time? They didn't know which prop was damaged at first... did they just shut each off in turn to see where the vibration was coming from?
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Joined: January 17th, 2006, 3:42 am

October 29th, 2006, 3:02 pm #2

Actually it was the 50 loves of bread that was causing the vibration. Once they were transferred to another ship, things went back to normal.

Larry
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

October 29th, 2006, 3:09 pm #3

the Baker on board the 125, Larry... smile

Often the bread they got in the SoPac contained extra protein.. the flour could not be kept free from the weevils. I guess it was better than none. There were a couple of times in the logs when it was noted that they put in for rations and received none. They all shared what they had.. even if it was just pineapple and mutton...
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Joined: December 17th, 2005, 10:55 pm

November 1st, 2006, 2:56 am #4

Wednesday, 25 October 1944

0800 09-09 N; 127-24 E
1200 08-49 N; 127-56 E
2000 08-16 N; 128-57 E

Steaming as before.

Thursday, 26 October 1944

0800 07-29 N; 130-39 E
1200 07-08 N; 131-12 E
2000 06-38 N; 132-19 E

Steaming as before.
0235 Stopped port engine because of overheating.
0253 Port engine operating normally.
0313 Regained proper station.


Friday, 27 October 1944

0800 05-28 N; 133-39 E
1200 04-55 N; 134-02 E
2000 03-59 N; 134-48 E

Steaming as before.
0925 Pulled out to starboard of column to determine which screw was causing excessive vibration. Believe port screw damaged from hitting some underwater body. Vibration peak seems to be at 250 rpms. Now running that screw at 240 rpms and maintaining station with starboard engine.
0950 Re-assumed proper station.
1000 Transferred 50 loaves of bread to USS LCI 975.
1400 P.C. on starboard bow reported underwater contact, executed emergency turn to port.
1418 Resumed base course.


Saturday, 28 October 1944

0800 02-28 N; 136-28 E
1200 01-58 N; 136-59 E
2000 01-10 N; 137-54 E

Steaming as before.

Sunday, 29 October 1944

0800 00-18 N; 138-56 E
1200 00-47 S; 139-17 E
2000 01-26 S; 140-11 E

Steaming as before.
1700 Sighted SIDOREARSI GEB range, radar range and bearing 68 miles, 192 Degrees T.

Monday, 30 October 1944

0800 02-35 S; 140-44 E
1200 02-35.5 S; 140-45 E

Steaming as before.
0515 Commenced forming column for entrance to HUMBOLDT BAY, Dutch New Guinea.
0525 Section 1 consisting of LSTs 451, 125, 123, 488, 611 formed the stern of section II.
0535 LSTs of section III formed astern of Section 1. Following LSTs standing in - in column: USS LSTs 565, 608, 609, 738, 909, 451, 125, 123, 488, 611, 739, 223, 670 and 605. Group Baker commenced forming column astern.
0833 Moored port side to USS LST 608.
1350 Shifted berths and anchored because of surging resulting from ground swell in harbor. Right tangent SOEADGA bears 006 Degrees T and left tangent Pt. PIE bears 268 Degrees T.

Tuesday, 31 October 1944

0800 02-35.5 S; 140-45 E

Anchored as before.


To my snipe buddies... Am I reading this right? They lowered the rpms on the engine so that the prop wouldn't shake them in their shoes... it provided some power, but not enough to power the ship...the starboard engine was providing the bulk of the power.. Could they prolong this kind of 'first aid' for long periods of time? They didn't know which prop was damaged at first... did they just shut each off in turn to see where the vibration was coming from?
Excessive vibration can damage the stern tube shaft seals and bearings. Also noise from the damaged screw/shaft bearings makes detection by submarines very possible. Also the noise could impair the passive detection abilities of the escorts due to the high local ambiant noise.
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