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Loveman Noa

Naval Cadet,



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Loveman Noa                                      300

Oct 8 1900 {Assistant to Navigator

                                    5th Cutler


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USS Kentucky


(Loveman is in the back row, fifth from the right)

1900                Newport News, Virginia. Moored to dock.

May, 15                       The U.S.S. Kentucky was placed in commission at 11 a.m. by Captain C. M. Chester, U.S.N.

                                    The following officers reported for duty:--
Lt. Com'dr's K. Rohrer & C.A. Love
Lts. W.L. Rodgers; J.B. Bernadou; J.C. Leonard.
Lts. W.A. Moffett; W.M. Crose; W.P. Scott.
Lt. N. Bevington.
Paymaster J.Q. Lovell.
Surgeon S.P. Lumsden; P.A. Surg. L.S. Evans.
Gunners H.A. Eilers; Otto Fries.
Carpenter T.E. Kiley.
War.Mach. D. Purdon; O. Dittrich; S.C. Ellerton.
Pay Clerk O.F. Cato.
Capt. U.S.M.C. W.H. McKelvy, 2d Lt. F.E. Evans.

                        Crew 475 men including 60 Marines.

16-30.              Took on stores and ammunition. Workmen from yard completing ship.

31.                   Anchored off shipyard.

                        At 9:00 a.m. got up steam and stood out channel and anchored.

June 1-3.         Took on stores.

4.                     Old Pt. Comfort, Va.

                        12:40 p.m. up anchor.  Passed "Prairie". Anchored at 3:18 p.m.

6.                     The Silver Service was presented, during the afternoon, by a committee from the State of Kentucky, and reception held in honor of committee

7-10.                Took on stores. Prepared for sea.


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1900.               Annapolis, Maryland.

June. 8 Fri.                  Detached from U.S. Naval Academy, ordered to report for duty, by June 11, on board U.S.S. Kentucky.  My orders read - to duty on U.S.S. Kearsarge, while a second order handed me at the same time modified first order changing it to Kentucky.

                                    Graduated from Naval Academy at 12:30 p.m. Took afternoon train for Baltimore, and went to Catonsville, a suburb.

9. Sat.              Catonsville, Md.

A dance at the Country Club.

10. Sun.           Washington, D.C.

                                    Left Catonsville in forenoon.  In Washington tried to secure shoulder knots in which to report, the ones I had ordered had not come; got knots with engineer’s device.  Called on H. Clay Evans.  Took Washington and Norfolk boat late in afternoon for Old Point.  Met Naval Cadets Naile, Doyle, Schoenfeld, Landenberger and Landram on board.

11. Mon.         Old Point & Cape Henry; Lynn Haven Bay

                                    Reported on board U.S.S. Kentucky at 7:10 a.m.  Given a transom in Steerage to sleep on.  Assigned to assist Lt. Leonard in 2d Division.  Got underway.  Swung for deviation and anchored  off Cape Henry.

12.                   Swung for dev & anchored off Cape Henry.

13.                   Cleared ship for action.  Target practice; Main Battery.

14.                   Ten miles out to sea for Target practice.

15.                   Commenced to coal ship at 4 p.m. Moved into Room 20 from Steerage.

16.                   Finished coaling 5 p.m. Up anchor for Newport.

Sun. 17.           At Sea

18                    Newport Harbor, R.I.

Anchored at 11:30 a.m.

20                    Landed Battalion for drill.

Mon 25                       Went ashore in steam launch.  At 9:30 a.m. brought back Board of Inspection:-Rear Admiral F. Rodgers, Com’d’r’s Hemphill & Roelker; Lt. Com’d’r Vreeland; Lts. Henderson & Strass and Naval Constructor Capps.

                                    While Board was on the ship flew Rear Admirals flag.  The Admiral was saluted with 13 guns when he came aboard.

                                    Got underway at 10:45 a.m.  Mr. Chauncey Montgomery McGovern a passenger in the Steerage.

26                    At Sea.

At 5 a.m. anchored in 25 fathoms to test gear.  General quarters.


1900                New York - Tom[p]kinsville.

June 27. Wed. Anchored off Tom[p]kinsville, S.I. [i] at 11:45 a.m.  The Argentine Cruiser Presidente Sarmiento saluted.  Board of Inspection left at 2:00 p.m.

28.                   New York — Navy Yard.

                                    Steamed up to Yard and entered dry dock.  Inspected ship’s side for rust or corrosion and thoroughly scrubbed side from floats as water was pumped down in dock.  Side was in good condition, only a little cement out between armor plates.

29.                   Scrubbed and scraped sides with steel wire brushes.  Yard men painted ship.

30.                   Came out of dry dock and moored to Main St. Wharf.

July. Sun.1.     Services by Captain Chester.

2.                     Battalion drill.  Funeral of Admiral Philip.

4.                     Dressed ship.

5.                     Coaled ship.

6.                     Finished coaling.

Tue. 10.           Battalion drill ashore, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Mon. 16.         Cast off and steamed down East River; at 5:15 set course for Newport R.I.

Tue. 17.           At Sea.

                                    General Quarters and great gun target practice.  At 4:40 p.m. anchored off Jamestown with the North Atlantic Squadron:-The Flagship New York, the Battleships Kearsarge, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Texas.

18.                   Newport, R.I.

                        Commander in Chief visited the ship.

20.                   Battalion drill on shore.

22.                   U.S.S. Newport entered harbor.

Mon. 23.         At Sea - New Haven, Conn.

                                    Put to sea at 9:50 a.m.  Squadron evolutions.  Passed U.S.S. Chesapeake which saluted.  Squadron anchored at 6:38 p.m. of New Haven, Conn.

24.                   At Sea - New London, Conn.

                                    Squadron underway at 9:00 a.m. and manoeuvred individually till 1:00 p.m. when they reassembled.  Anchored off New London, at 3:34 p.m.  Assigned to Powder & Engine Div. from 2d Div.

26.                   Coaled ship.

27.                   At Sea — Gardiners Bay, Long Island

                        Finished coaling.  Underway 4:37 p.m.; at 7:14 p.m. anchored in Gardiners Bay.

28.                   Target practice. Fired a torpedo.

Mon. 30.                     First day of Admirals Inspection.  Admiral Farquhar and Staff came aboard at 9:30 a.m. and salute was fired.

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1900                Gardiners Bay; Long Island.

July 30.                       The Admiral inspected crew at quarters.  Divisional drills and fire quarters in morning, collision drill and abandon ship in afternoon.

31.                               Second day of Admirals Inspection.  Cleared ship for action at 7:00 a.m.  9:30 General Quarters.  Battle drill.  Afternoon. Arm and away all boats.

August 1.         At Sea.

                                    Squadron in order, Flagship New York, Kearsarge, Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas and Kentucky; got underway at 5:00 a.m.  Stopped Engine Room duty and had a watch on deck.

2.                     Portland, Me.

                                    Squadron anchored at 4:50 p.m.  At 8 p.m. moved 75 yards nearer to Flagship, being so ordered.

7.                     Attended governor’s reception at City Hall.  Squadron illuminated 8 to 10 p.m.

8.                     Lt. Rodgers detached, leaving me in charge of Powder Div.

10.                   U.S.S. Dolphin left harbor at 7:45 a.m.  U.S.S. Chesapeake entered harbor at 7 p.m.

                                    During our stay in Portland numerous visitors came aboard ship, as many as 5000 a day on several days.  The whole stay in Portland was made pleasant by dances at the Ottawa House on Cushings Island.

11.                   Squirrel Island, Me.

                                    Left Portland 6:00 a.m. in company with Massachusetts.  Anchored off Squirrel Island at 10:12 a.m. A dance in the evening.

Mon. 13.         A Banquet at Merrymeeting Park, Bath, Me.

15.                               Reception on board Kentucky.  Senator Frye [ii] attended and being acting Vice-President was saluted with 19 guns.

16.                   Target practice daily and dances nightly during stay.

17.                   At Sea.

                        Underway at 1:15 p.m.

18.                   Boston, Mass.

                                    Anchored in Presidents Roads at 12:20 a.m.  At 4:26 a.m. stood up into harbor and anchored at 6:10 a.m.

21.                   Coaled ship.

23.                   Admiral Sampson visited ship.  Fired a torpedo.

25.                   Cadet’s Schoenfeld & Doyle left ship for trial-trip of Alabama.

26.                   Alabama entered harbor.

27.                   At Sea.

                                    Squadron underway at about noon and dispersed.  Kentucky anchored at 6:45 off Cape Ann.

28.                   Underway 6:20 a.m.  Anchored at No. 4 buoy Cape Ann course.



[i]  Staten Island.  Became a borough of New York City in 1896.


[ii] Sen. William P. Frye (R - Maine), elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 1896.  McKinley’s Vice President, Garret A. Hobart died in office Nov. 21, 1899.


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