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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

December 21, 1943 Zone description plus eight

Moored as before.

1506 Underway in company with U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in accordance with ComNorPac secret dispatch 180123 of December steaming of various courses and speeds conforming to the channel.

1712 Passed Buoy Able abeam to starboard, entered International waters. Set base course 257ーT&G (246ー psc). Standard speed 15 knots.

1830 Set clocks to Zone Description Plus Eight.

2000 Position Latitude 32ー 21誰 Longitude 118ー 21W.

2331 Changed base course to 294ー T&G (286ー psc).

 

December 22, 1943 Zone description plus eight

Steaming as before.

0800 Position Latitude 33ー 02誰 Longitude 121ー 31W.

1200 Position Latitude 33ー 2l誰 Longitude 122ー 35W.

1730 Set clocks to Zone Description Plus Eight and One Half.

2000 Position Latitude 34ー 08誰 Longitude 125ー 07W.

2341 Changed base course to 306ー T&G (299ー psc).

 

December 23, 1943 Zone description plus eight and one-half

Steaming as before.

0600 Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.

0800 Position Latitude 35ー 45誰 Longitude 128ー lOW.

1029 Sighted escort carrier bearing 027ー T, distant 7 miles, identified as U.S.S. RANDOLPH.

1200 Position Latitude 36ー 21誰 Longitude 129ー 11W.

1415 Fired burst practice, expending 14 rounds 5/38 AA-Common, 315 rounds 40MM, 424 rounds 20MM ammunition.

1735 Set clocks to Zone Description Plus Nine.

2000 Position Latitude 37ー 32誰 Longitude 130ー 32W.

 

December 24, 1943 Zone description plus nine

Steaming as before

0800 Position Latitude 39ー 12 N. Longitude 134ー 05 W.

1200 Position Latitude 39ー 46 N. Longitude 135ー 05 W.

1730 Set clocks to zone description plus nine and one half.

2000 Position Latitude 41ー 02 N. Longitude 137ー 13 W.

 

December 25, 1943 Zone description plus nine and one-half

Steaming as before

0800 Position Latitude 42ー 43 N. Longitude l40ー 24 W.

1200 Position Latitude 43ー 17 N. Longitude l4lー 29 W.

1730 Set clocks to zone description plus ten.

2000 Position Latitude 44ー 27 N. Longitude 143ー 43 W.

 

December 26, 1943 Zone description plus ten

Steaming as before

0800 Position Latitude 46ー 06 N. Longitude 146ー 30 W.

0824 Changed base course to 302ー T&G, 290ー psc.

1000 Changed standard speed to 14 knots.

1200 Position Latitude 46ー 34 N. Longitude 147ー 36 W.

2000 Position Latitude 47ー 30 N. Longitude 149ー 45 W.

 

December 27, 1943 Zone descr4p~jon plus ten

Steaming as before

0800 Position Latitude 48ー 51 N. Longitude 153ー 05 W.

0830 Changed base course to 306ー T&G, 295ー psc.

1200 Position Latitude 49 29 N. Longitude 154ー 07 W.

1600 Changed standard speed to 12 knots.

2000 Position Latitude 50 30 N. Longitude 155ー 40 W.

 

December 28, 1943 Zone description plus ten

0800 Position Latitude 5151 N. Longitude 158ー 18 W.

0900 Changed course to 297ー T&G, 281ー psc.

1200 Position Latitude 52ー 03.5 N Longitude 158ー 56 W.

1323 Sighted ship bearing 324ー T., range 7 miles. Steamed various courses to keep clear.

1405 Ship identified as U.S.S.R.S. SOVEETSKAYA NEFF.

2000 Position Latitude 52ー 57 N. Longitude 161ー 47 W.

2231 Picked up Mt. Shishaldin on radar, bearing 330ー T., distance 110 miles.

 

December 29, 1943 Zone description plus ten

0400 Steaming various courses and speeds while passing through Unimak Pass, and approaching Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

0600 Sighted Scotch Cap Light bearing 325ー T., distant 15 miles.

0800 Position Latitude 53ー 20 N. Longitude 164ー 48 W.

0837 Passed Akutan Island abeam to port, distant 12 miles.

0917 Passed Unalga Island abeam to port, distant 16 miles.

1339 Passed through anti-submarine net gate, entered Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

1415 Moored port side to U.S.S. SPROSTON at Dutch Harbor, Pier, Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor. S.O.P.A. is C.T.F. 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND.

1447 U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER. Moored alongside to starboard.

 

December 30, 1943 Zone description plus ten

Moored as before.

 

December 31, 1943 Zone description plus ten

Moored as before.

 

January 1, 1944 Zone description plus ten

Moored port side to U.S.S. SPROSTON at Dutch Harbor Pier, Dutch Harbor, Alaska, U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER alongside to starboard.

Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor. SOPA is ComNorPacFor.

 

January 2, 1944 Zone description plus ten

Moored as before

0800 The Commander Destroyer Squadron 49 shifted his flag from U.S.S. SPROSTON to U.S.S. PICKING.

0840 Underway in company with Task Force 94 in accordance with ComNorPac secret dispatch 312125 of December, 1943. Steaming

various courses and speeds conforming with channel while standing out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

1016 Took position with DesRon 49 in standard anti-submarine screen ahead of cruiser formation: U.S.S. RICHMOND, U.S.S. DETROIT and

U.S.S. RALEIGH. U.S.S. PICKING痴 position ahead of guide ship, distant 4000 yds. Steaming various courses and speeds while

carrying

1120 Set base course 259T&G 252ー psc, standard speed 15 knots.

1206 Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

1326 Ceased zigzagging. Left cruiser screen. Steaming various courses while carrying out tactical exercises.

1540 Rejoined cruiser screen. Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

2000 Position Latitude 53ー 55 N Longitude 169ー 50 W.

2019- Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out tactical

2045 exercises. Ceases zigzagging.

 

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