LCI 538 Deck Log 5 June 1944

USS LCI(L)538 History leading to the invasion of Normandy D Day

Deck Log Entries LCI(L)538 for 5 June 1944 leading up to D Day

The information contained on this page is from the LCI(L)538 Ships Deck Log for the week leading up to D-Day. The deck log is the paperwork filled out by the ships Commanding Officer, it is done on a daily basis. The deck log heading has the ships Name, Ships Identification number, Ships Location, the date the deck log was filled out, Zone description, and Commanders name.

The USS LCI (L)538 ships Deck log that I have runs from June 3, 1944 to June 10, 1944. Some of the other information contained on the ships deck log are the hour broken up in a chart with spaces for all 24 hours of the day. For each hour of the day, the All Shaft Average Revolutions, Nautical Miles by Revs, Nautical Miles by Hour, Course, Wind Direction, and wind speed are documented. Other items on the chart include the Barometer height in inches, Air Temperature by dry bulb , Weather by Symbols, Clouds are broken down by formation at low, middle and high, ceiling, moving from in degrees, Total number of sky covered by tenths, and visibilty. Further down the page is a spot to put the Ships position by hour, for 0800, 1200 and 2000 hrs by Latitude and Longitude, Fuel Received, Fuel Expended and Fuel on hand. Water distilled, water received water expended and water on hand, the Magazine Temperature, General Drills and Exercises.

The LCI(L)538 ships deck log also has an area to log per hour the Sea temp surf, Sea From, Sea Points, and Swell Amount. Some of the pages that is filled out, others it not with IN HARBOR written across the chart. The is also a section for Hydrographic and Meteorological Remarks, this section on these deck logs was never filled out. After the pagewith all the charts which is labeled the Deck Log - Columnar Sheet Confidential is a second page. The second page is labeled Deck Log Remarks Sheet, and looks to have been typed out freehand and then signed by the officer that typed the remarks. On the first date I have as an example the remarks sheet has remarks for 0-4, 4-8 etc. It looks like the remarks were broken down into four hour blocks because the sheet was moored in harbor and there wasn't alot of activity to document. Each four hour block has the typed name and signature of the officer that made that entry into the remarks sheet on the deck log. On the top of the remarks page is an area for the ships Name or Identifier and Date, and on the bottom a spot for the Commanding Officer to sign. Right belows where the LCI(L)538 ships Commander signs it has printed, To Be Forwarded Direct To The Bureau Of Naval Personnel At The End Of Each Month, U.S. Government Printing Office 1944.

LCI(L)538 Deck Log Entries for June 4, 1944 leading up to D Day

For the days leading up the D Day Invasion I will not include every hourly temperature, cloud cover etc, for the LCI(L)538 but I will list them a few times, so you can have an idea of the weather throughtout the day for which the ship was encountering.

The Deck Log for the USS LCI(L)538 has Identification 51538, Commanded by C. R. Chishol, lt(jg) USN, Sixty Eighth Division Group 34, Twelfth Flotilla, Twelfth Fleet. Ships log of the United States Ship LCI(L)538, Indentification Number 51538, At Plymouth, Devon, England, Monday 5 June 1944, Zone 2, Colin R Chisholm LT(JG) USN Commanding

at 0100 hrs LCI(L)538
  • Course 249 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 215 degrees at 2 Knots
  • Barometer Height in Inches was 29.60
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 49
  • Low Clouds Form SC, moving from 215 degrees
  • Visibility 6
The 0800 readings were
  • Course 294 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 250 degrees at 3 Knots
  • Barometer Height in inches was 29.65
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 53
  • Low Clouds Form SC, moving from 250 degrees
  • The Visibility was 7

As of 0800 hours the LCI(L)538 Ship position was Latitude 500 N and Longitude was 40 N. The positions of the ship LCI(L)538 never changed for the day, it remained in port. The documention for the LCI(L)538

for Fuel were
  • Fuel Received 0
  • Fuel Expended 634
  • Fuel on Hand 3144
For water the chart reads
  • Water Distilled 0
  • Water Received 0
  • Water Expended 1363
  • Water On Hand 7549

The Magazine temperature maximum for the day was 68 degrees and the Magazine Temperature minimum for the day was 52 degrees.

The Remarks sheet for the LCI(L)538 are as follows:


Moored to buoy Trot 19, Tamar River, Plymouth, England with on 5/8 inch cable. LCI(L)537moored to port and LCI(L)403 to starboard.


Moored as before


Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters, no absentees.


Moored as before. 1231 Underway, proceeding at various speeds on various courses down Tamar River. 1239 Passed under Royal Alberts Bridge. 1300 Passed N Aud S Pubble buoys to port. 1305 Passed Cremyll Shoal buoy to starboard. 1306 Passed Cremyll Shoal beacon to starboard. 1308 Passed W Vanguard buoy to port. 1309 Passed E Vanguard buoy to port. 1310 Passed Drakes Island buoy to starboard. 1311 Passed N Drakes Island buoy to starboard. 1325 Received barrage balloon. 1329 Passed New Ground buoy to starboard. 1330 Passed through harbor gates. 1353 Anchored in Cawsand Bay anchorage in 5 1/2 fathoms of water with 30 fathoms of wire out on the stern anchor on the following bearings: Breakwater lt 110 degrees psc, Macon lt 341 degrees psc. LCI (L) Flotilla Twelve present


Anchored as before


Anchored as before.

The first three entries were by T. W. Jay, Ensign, U.S.N.R., the next three entries were by J.T. Collentine, Ensign USNR, and the report was confirmed and signed by Commanding Officer C. R. Chisholm Lt(jg) USN.

On the next page I will have information from the Deck Log entries from the LCI (L)538 ship for June 6, 1944 D Day. Just click which chapter you want in the table of contents to go to the next section regarding the ship.