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 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  42   Aft:  42      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  45   Aft:  46      
 Wednesday, December 22, 1943        Thursday, December 23, 1943         

 EWT + 3 Hrs - 0645-0745 - General   EWT + 3 Hrs - 0645-0740 - General   
 Quarters. All guns fully trained    Quarters. All guns fully trained and
 and elevated. All OK.               elevated. All OK.                   
 EWT + 3 Hrs - 1000-1130 - Progress  EWT + 3 Hrs - 1000-1100 - Progress  
 Test #1 in Seaman 1 cl given to     Test #1 in Seaman 1cl given to      
 R.H. Williams and R. Young Sea 1cl. K. Ward, D. Watkins, and R. West,   
 EWT + 3 Hrs - 1400-1500 - Progress  Sea 1cl.                            
 Test #1 in Seaman 1cl given to      EWT + 3 Hrs - 1630-1730 - General   
 E.W. Westbrook, Sea 1cl.            Quarters.                           
                                     Guns #3,5,7,2, and 4 cleaned and    
                                     lubricated today.                   
                                     Time advanced one hour as of 0200,  
                                     December 24, 1943. Watches' time of 
                                     starting duty advanced 20 minutes   
                                     for each of the three watches       
                                     starting at 2000 today. Now         
                                     observing Greenwich Mean Time.      
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         

 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  49  Aft:  48       Mag Temp:  Fwd:  47   Aft:  49      
 Friday, December 24, 1943           Saturday, December 26, 1943         

 GMT - 0715-0800 - General Quarters  BST - 0800 - Field Day for crews    
 GMT - 0800 - Flickering light was   quarters.                           
 observed ahead, two points on the   BST - 1030 - Inspection of crews    
 port bow. One of the escort went    quarters. All satisfactory.         
 over to investigate and then        BST - 1120 - Officially arrived at  
 continued on. When light came abeam port of Cardiff, Wales. Anchored in 
 it was seen to be in the water. It  stream due to fog.                  
 was probably one attached to a life BST - 1430 - T.R. Bowerman GM 2c and
 ring and because of its flickering  Lt. Long, U.S. Army Cargo Security  
 was believed to be probably a       Officer on this ship informed Ensign
 carbide lamp. Ship let it pass to   McCarthy that the after cargo hold  
 port between columns 12 and 13.     of the ship had been rifled and a   
 Approximate position 55-30N,        wooden box broken open from which   
 09-03W.                             forty-eight 10-inch commercial      
 GMT - 1430 - Progress Test #1 in    phonograph recordings, 25 radio-    
 Seaman 1cl was given to J.C. Wright broadcast transcriptions, and       
 and to F.L. Wilson Sea1cl.          several "tonettes" (small musical   
 GMT - 1730 - General Quarters to    instruments) had been taken. This   
 1815.                               after hold is adjacent to the ship's
 GMT - 2000 - Time advanced one hour after magazine and is entered by way
 as of 0200, December 25, 1943.      of the same hatch. In this connect- 
 Watches time of starting duty       ion it is noted that several days   
 advanced 20 minutes for each of the before sailing from New York, Ensign
 three watches starting at 2000      McCarthy had noticed that the       
 today. Now observing Greenwich Mean entrance door to the after hold was 
 Time plus one hour for British      ajar and the cargo exposed and      
 Summer Time.                        informed Lt. Long of that fact.     
____________________________________ Further inspection several days     
 Mag Temp: Fwd:  48   Aft:  48       later showed that nothing had been  
 Saturday, December 25, 1943         done about it. Captain Olsson was   
____________________________________ immediately made cognizant of the   
 BST 0815 - General Quarters to 0855 loss.                               
                                     BST - 1430-1630 - A thorough inspec-
 5"51 gun cleaned and lubricated     tion of the quarters, gear, bags and
 today.                              lockers of the U.S. Navy crew was   
                                     made by Ensign McCarthy. This was   
                                     done as a result of the incident    
                                     noted at 1430. Search was negative. 
                                     BST - 1630 - U.S. Navy gun crew was 
                                     warned not to accept anything, under
                                     any conditions, or for any reason   
                                     from the merchant crew; and were    
                                     warned again of the serious conseq- 
                                     uences of smuggling articles ashore 
                                     for themselves or others.           
                                     BST - 2000 - Passed through lock and
                                     anchored at the buoys at Queens     
                                     Dock, Cardiff, Wales.               
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  46   Aft:  47      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  48   Aft:  48      
 Monday, December 27, 1943           Tuesday, December 28, 1943          

 BST - 1030 - Supply Officer came    BST                                 
 aboard and paid Navy crew.                                              
 BST - 1330 - Spoke to Lt. Lyons     Submitted voyage report to Lt. Lyons
 of the U.S. Naval Port Office,      of the Cardiff Port Office.         
 Cardiff, re ship and voyage. Sub-                                       
 mitted information and repair list. Stayed anchored at buoys - No cargo 
 BST - 1430 - Men mustered on the    worked.                             
 bridge of the S.S. John Gallup                                          
 alongside, with the crew of that                                        
 ship, and were addressed by Lt.                                         
 Lyons.                                                                  
 BST - 1500 - Signalman 2nd cl.                                          
 Progress Tests Nos. 1 and 2 given                                       
 to Oliver C. Kirksey, SM 3c.                                            
 Stayed anchored all day in the                                          
 stream to the buoys. - No cargo                                         
 worked.                                                                 
                                                                         
                                                                         


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  48   Aft:  48      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  47   Aft:  47      
 Wednesday, December 29, 1943        Thursday, December 30, 1943         

 BST - 2300 - Kirksey, O.C., SM3c    BST                                 
 was brought aboard by the shore     Stevedores worked 3 1/2 hours       
 patrol and was charged with speak-  moving 102 tons of cargo.           
 ing and chatting with a girl while                                      
 he himself was on shore patrol                                          
 duty. The offence allegedly                                             
 occurred on St. Mary Street in                                          
 Cardiff about 2130. Kirksey                                             
 explained to Ensign McCarthy that                                       
 he knew the girl and had been out                                       
 with her the night before while on                                      
 liberty and that she had come up to                                     
 him tonight and spoken to him.                                          
 Kirksey was given five days                                             
 restriction.                                                            
                                                                         
 Moved today to the quayside. Army                                       
 stevedores worked six hours                                             
 removing 222 tons of deck cargo.                                        
                                                                         
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  49   Aft:  49      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  45   Aft:  45      
 Friday, December 31, 1943           Saturday, January 1, 1944           

 BST - 1500 - West, R.M., Sea1c,     BST                                 
 while playing in a game of basket-  Stevedores worked 4 hours moving    
 ball arranged by the U.S. Naval     81 tons of cargo.                   
 Port Office, Cardiff, turned on his                                     
 ankle and injured it. Was sent to                                       
 the U.S. Army Station Hospital                                          
 #348, APO 872, for treatment of a                                       
 moderate sprain. He was kept there.                                     
                                                                         
 Stevedores worked 8 hours moving                                        
 266 tons of cargo.                                                      
                                                                         
                                                                         
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  47   Aft:  50      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  48   Aft:  51      
 Sunday, January 2, 1944             Monday, January 3, 1944             

 BST                                 BST                                 
 Stevedores worked 5 1/2 hours       Stevedores worked 10 1/2 hours      
 moving 222 tons cargo.              moving 281 tons cargo.              
                                                                         
                                                                         


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  49   Aft:  48      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  51   Aft:  52      
 Tuesday, January 4, 1944            Wednesday, January 5, 1944          

 BST                                 BST                                 
 Stevedores worked 10 hours moving   5"51 gun cleaned and lubricated     
 332 tons of cargo.                  as was 20 MM # 4.                   
                                     Stevedores worked 9 1/2 hours       
                                     moving 265 tons of cargo.           
                                                                         
                                                                         


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  49   Aft:  49      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  48   Aft:  49      
 Thursday, January 6, 1944           Friday, January 7, 1944             

 BST                                 BST                                 
 Stevedores worked 7 1/2 hours       Stevedores worked 9 hours moving    
 moving 146 tons of cargo.           263 tons of cargo.                  
                                                                         
                                                                         
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  47   Aft:  47      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  51   Aft:  50      
 Saturday, January 8, 1944           Sunday, January 9, 1944             

 BST                                 BST                                 
 Stevedores worked 3 hours moving    Stevedores worked 5 hours moving    
 110 tons of cargo.                  236 tons of cargo.                  
                                                                         
                                                                         


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  50   Aft:  49      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  50   Aft:  48      
 Monday, January 10, 1944            Tuesday, January 11, 1944           

 BST                                 BST - 1400 - West, R.M., Sea1c,     
 Stevedores worked 9 1/2 hours       returned to ship and to duty from   
 moving 302 tons of cargo.           hospital where he had been          
                                     undergoing treatment since          
                                     December 31, 1943.                  
                                                                         
                                     Stevedores worked 2 hours moving    
                                     25 tons of deck cargo.              
                                                                         
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  51   Aft:  48      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  48   Aft:  49      
 Wednesday, January 12, 1944         Thursday, January 13, 1944          

 BST                                 BST                                 
 Stevedores worked ten hours         Stevedores worked 6 hours moving    
 moving 550 tons of cargo.           163 tons of cargo.                  
                                                                         
                                                                         
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  54   Aft:  56      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  50   Aft:  52      
 Friday, January 14, 1944            Saturday, January 15, 1944          

 BST                                 BST                                 
 Stevedores worked 9 hours           Stevedores worked ten hours moving  
 moving 374 tons of cargo.           262 tons of cargo.                  
                                                                         
                                                                         
 


 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Lewis Luckenbach    

 Mag Temp:  Fwd:  52   Aft:  51      Mag Temp:  Fwd:  52   Aft:  49      
 Sunday, January 16, 1944            Monday, January 17, 1944            

 BST - 1300 - Smith, R.P.,RM 3c,     BST                                 
 sent to U.S. Army Dispensary,       Stevedores worked 22 1/2 hours      
 Cardiff, for treatment of infected  moving 848 tons.                    
 and swollen right hand. From there                                      
 he was sent to and admitted to the                                      
 U.S. Army Station Hospital #348,                                        
 APO 872, for more extensive                                             
 treatment, on authority of U.S.                                         
 Naval Port Office, Cardiff.                                             
                                                                         
 Stevedores worked 17 hours moving                                       
 517 tons.                                                               
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