Page No. 71
U.S. Coast Guard
Page No. 71
Log Book 3 of 3
Log Book 2 of 3
Posted on Feb. 2 2015
This information is from the XO on board the Spar wlb-403 at the time of our survey in the Arctic Circle
I've been through all the logs I got from the National Archives—I couldn't get them all, because there was a limit as to how much they would copy, but I got most of the survey time from 1 August onward, as well as the passage from Copenhagen to Belfast and from Belfast to Argentina. The logs aren't usually very detailed, but here are all the crew names I could extract from them.
Officers: LCDR F. J. Flynn, CO; LT D.V. Wood, XO; ENS D.F. Withee, Ops; ENS D.C. Broga; CWO B.D. Rapp, EO; WO L.H. Dever. 1st LT.
CPOs: BMC E.A. Downes, EN CE. Shope, and QMC R.J. Hebert; pretty sure there was another ENC, plus an EMC. We would also have had a DC1 or DC2, but I don’t remember their names.
Petty Officers: only those who stood watches show up in the log, but here’s a list: HM3 D.C. Schuring; QM3 D.J. Hart; YN2 D.R. Yates; RM3
C.H. Little; QM3 J.T. Malone; SNQM F.A. French; SNSK H.K. Nordquest; SNBM L.Mathurin; FNEN F.H. Watson.
Non-rates: the following showed up in the log for various reasons, not always good ones (late return from liberty, for example): R.N. Berard,
FA; P.R. Lacazette, FA; M.J. Chiuchiolo, SA (he’s the one that was medevaced from Jan Mayen to Norway, then returned to the ship in Tromso a week later); R. W. Brannon, FA; and J.M. Chadwick, FA.
A few other interesting facts:
We were shadowed by a Soviet “spy” trawler for about a week between 29 August and 4 September, and on the 5th we logged a possible sighting of a submarine telescope.
Our highest latitude during the survey was 73 degrees North—about 1,000 miles from the North Pole.
We passed through the Kiel Canal on 20 September en-route from Copenhagen to Belfast, then passed through Dover Strait on the night of 21-22 September in very thick fog.
We were in Belfast from 24-27 September, departing from there for Argentia—a distance of 1962 nautical miles. Our passage took 9 days 12 hours, so we averaged 8.6 knots. SPAR’s standard speed was 11.6 knots; but for the second half of the passage we would have had to contend with the Gulf Stream, and we encountered heavy seas and gale force winds between 30 September and 6 October; I remember this well, and I know you do too. The heavy weather slowed us down quite a bit.
CO; LT David Wood
Log Book 1 of 3
Spar's Log books, on the voyage