USS LANSING  (DER-388) ACTIVITY LOG

(Excerpted from actual deck logs obtained from National Archives, Washington DC)

 

(In the interest of protecting their anonymity, ship’s company have been assigned aliases,

which have no correlation to their actual name)

 

12-18-56   1200    Moored port side to Pier #6, Berth 62½, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Calif.,

                                       with 5/8 inch wires from chocks Nos. 1, 5, and 6, and 6 inch line from

                                       chocks Nos. 2, 3, and 4.  Receiving all services from the pier.  Ships present include

                                       various units of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet, and

                                       Harbor and District Craft.  SOPA is Commander Mine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet,

                                       in the U.S. Naval Station, Long Beach, California

                  1500    The ship was placed in commission by Rear Admiral Robert L. Campbell, USN,

                                       Commander, U.S. Naval Base, Los Angeles, in accordance with

                                       CNO ltr Op-432C/RW Ser P43B of 10 Nov 56.

                  1508    Lieutenant Commander Claude N. De Buhr, USN, read his orders

                                       and assumed command of the U.S.S. LANSING, (DER-388).

                  1508    The Captain ordered the watch set.  LTJG P.T. TAKEATURN, assumed the watch

                                       as Officer of the Deck. 

                                       Set a cold iron watch in all engineering spaces. 

                                       Set roving patrol, security and quarterdeck watches

12-19-56   0750    Mustered the crew at quarters:  no absentees

                  0910    YOG-87 came along side to starboard

                  0935    Commenced taking on fuel from YOG-87, draft forward 13’6”, aft 11’6”, mean 12’6”

                  1106    Secured taking on fuel, draft aft 12’6”, forward 14’3”, mean 13’4½”

                  1125    YOG-87 left from along side.

                  1508    Disbursing Officer returned aboard with $15,000.00 cash.

                  1845    Held fire drill

                  1857    Secured from fire drill

12-20-56   0000    Moored port side to Pier #6, Berth 62½, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Calif.,

                                       with 5/8” wire from chocks Nos. 1, 5, and 6 and with 6” mooring lines from chocks

                                       Nos. 2,3, and 4.  Receiving all services from the pier.  A cold iron security watch

                                       is set in all engineering spaces.

                  0800    Mustered the crew at quarters; absentees: NONE

                  1845    Held fire drill

                  1900    Secured from fire drill

12-21-56   0800    Mustered crew at quarters; absentees:  WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2, AWOL since 0745 this date

                  1845    Exercised the crew at fire drill.

                  1850    Completed fire drill

12-22-56   0801    Mustered the crew at quarters; absentees:  WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2

                  1600    Commenced fire drill.

                  1610    Secured from fire drill.

                  1652    Set modified condition BAKER throughout the ship.

12-23-56   0800    Mustered the crew on station; absentees:  WINCH, H.E., SN, AWOL since 0745, 21 Dec 1956

                  1615    Set modified condition BAKER throughout the ship

12-24-56   0800    Mustered the crew at quarters, absentees:  WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2

                                       unauthorized absence since 0745, 21 December 1956, and WINCH, H.E., SN unauthorized

                                       absence since 0745, 24 December 1956

                  0842    WINCH, H.E., SN,  reported aboard after being AWOL since 0745, 24 December 1956

                  0900    Exercised the crew at special sea and anchor detail drill

                  0940    Secured the special sea and anchor detail.

12-25-56   0800    Mustered crew on station, absentees: WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2, AWOL

                                       since 0745, 21 December 1956

12-26-56   0800    COMINPAC hauled down his flag and departed on seven days leave. 

                                       COMCRUDIV 5 in USS ROANOKE (DL-145) assumed duties as SOPA.

                                       Mustered the crew at quarters, absentees:  YAW, Z.Z., and WATERBREAKER, W.C. DC2

                  0900    The Mock In Surv Inspection Board, Captain McCLAIN, USN, Senior Member,

                                       arrived on board and commenced material inspection of the ship.

12-27-56   0000    SOPA is COMCRUDIV 5 in USS ROANOKE (CL-145)

                  0600    Commenced preparations for getting underway

                  0655    WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2, returned on board, having been AWOL

                                       since 0745, 21 December 1956

                  0700    Set material condition BAKER

                  0710    Mustered the crew at quarters, absentees:  YAW, Z.Z., FN

                  0745    Stationed the special sea and anchor details  The Officer of the Deck shifted his watch to the bridge

                  0750    Pilot HOME came on board

                  0800    Completed all preparations for getting underway.  Draft:  forward 10.0 ft, aft 10.1 ft

                  0810    YTB 703 (USS CANARSEE) came alongside to starboard.

                  0820    YTB 703 (USS CANARSEE) cleared the side to starboard

                  0824    Underway for Op-areas PP16 and PP17 in accordance with previous

                                       instructions to conduct sea trials. Maneuvering to clear the berth and

                                       proceed out of inner harbor.  Captain and Navigator on the bridge, Pilot HOME at the conn

                  0826    Clear of berth; steering various courses and various speeds standing out of the inner harbor

                  0837    Passed from inner harbor to outer harbor; maneuvering to stand out of Long Beach channel. 

                                       Captain at the conn

                  0850    Passed breakwater light; entered International waters.

                  0857    Secured special sea and anchor detail, set the regular steaming watch  OOD was given the conn

                  0857    Commenced conducting sea trials.

                  1049    C/c to 076 to avoid contact

                  1435    Commenced astern trial, full power.

                  1443    Completed astern trial.

                  1455    Commenced steering gear trial using various amounts of rudder at various speeds

                  1531    Completed ahead steering trials.  Commenced astern steering trials.

                  1538    Completed steering trials

                  1538    Stopped all engines for repairs to #3 and #4 engines.

                  1546    Set the anchor detail

                  1549    Completed repairs to #3 and #4 engines.  Casualty was blown gasket on manhole in #3. 

                                       Commenced maneuvering trials using various combinations of the engines ahead and astern

                  1555    Completed maneuvering trials.  Set course 030, speed 15 knots, proceeding

                                       toward 60 fathom depth curve for test of anchor windlass.

                  1602    All engines ahead one third

                  1603    All engines stopped

                  1605    All engines back one third

                  1606    All engines stopped

                  1607    Maneuvering to let go the starboard anchor in 60 fathoms of water.

                  1625    Let go the starboard anchor

                  1629    Heaved in on the starboard anchor

                  1637    Anchor secured for sea

                  1654    Sea trials completed; Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to return to port

                  1703    Stationed the special sea detail

                  1712    Passed Long Beach sea buoy abeam to port, distance 500 yards

                  1715    Passed Long Beach outer breakwater; entered inland waters; entered the channel and outer harbor.

                                       Maneuvering to clear channel, enter inner harbor, and take berth previously assigned

                  1729    YTB 397 (USS YANEGUE) came alongside to port to transfer pilot.  Pilot HOME came aboard,

                                       YTB 397 cleared to port.  Pilot HOME at the conn; the Captain and Navigator are on the bridge

                  1731    Passed through inner breakwater

                  1740    Alongside Pier #6, U.S. Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Calif.; heaving line over forward

                  1742    Moored starboard side to Pier #6, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Berth 62½ .

                  1747    Secured the special sea detail, set the regular in port watch

                  1900    Mustered the duty damage control party

12-28-56   0800    Mustered crew at quarters; absentee:  YAW, Z.Z., FN AWOL since 0630, 26 December 1956

                  1056    The Commanding Officer held mast and awarded the following punishments: 

                                       WINCH, H.E.; SN ,Offense: AWOL from 0745, 24 December 1956 to 0842, 24 December 1956,

                                       a period of fifty-seven (57) minutes.  Punishment:  warning. 

                                       WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2, Offense:  AWOL from 0745, 21 December 1956 to 0710, 27

                                       December 1956, a period of five (5) days, twenty-three (23) hours, and twenty-five (25) minutes.

                                       Punishment:  SCM

12-29-56   0800    Mustered the crew at quarters.  Absentees:  YAW, Z.Z., FN

                  1900    Mustered the duty damage control party, absentees:  NONE

12-30-56   0800    Mustered the crew at quarters.  Absentees:  YAW, Z.Z., FN

                  1600    Mustered the duty damage control party, absentees:  NONE

12-31-56   0800    Mustered the crew at quarters, absentees:  WATERLINE, S.S., FN and YAW, Z.Z., FN

                  1410    The Summary Court Martial opened at 1350 in the case of

                                       WATERBREAKER, W.C., DC2 and adjourned at 1410 to await the

                                       action of the Convening Authority

 

See 1957 deck logs for continuation.

 

3-17-2001