USS LCI(L)538 Deck Log 3 June 1944

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

Deck Log Entries LCI(L)538 for 3 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 3, 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, Saturday 3 June 1944, Zone 2, Colin R Chisholm LT(JG) USN Commanding

at 0100 hrs LCI(L)538
  • Course 295 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 330 degrees at 1 Knot
  • Barometer Height in Inches was 30.04
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 60
  • Low Clouds Form ST, moving from 220 degrees
  • Visibility 5
The 0800 readings were
  • Course 014 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 300 degrees at 1 Knot
  • Barometer Height in inches was 30.00
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 58
  • Low Clouds Form ST, moving from 300 degrees
  • The Visibility was 5

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 210
  • Fuel on Hand 4004
For water the chart reads
  • Water Distilled 0
  • Water Received 0
  • Water Expended 478
  • Water On Hand 5088

The Magazine temperature maximum for the day was 67 degrees and the Magazine Temperature minimum for the day was 51 degrees.

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


Moored to buoy T-17, Tamar River, Plymouth, England with one 5/8 inch wire. LCI(L)537 moored alongside to port, LCI(L)403. Various members of Allied Forces present.


Moored as before


Moored as before. 0800 Crew mustered at quarters, no absentees.


Moored as before.


Moored as before


Moored as before. 2115 made perparations to get underway. 2229 Underway proceeding down Tamar River Channel on various courses and speeds. 2237 Passed under Alberts Bridge. 2242 Passed Bull Point abem to port, distance 150 yards. 2302 Passed "N. and S." Bubble buoys abeam to port, distance 100 yrds. 2307 Passed Cremyl Shoal light buoy abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards. 2312 Passed "N" Vancuard buoy close aboard to port. 2314 Passed E Vancuard Buoy abeam to port, distance 50 yards. 2315 passed N Drakes Island buoy abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards. 2320 passed N Winters buoy abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards. 2330 Anchored in North Jenny Cliffs Anchorage, Plymouth, England with 21 fathoms cable to stern anchor in 4 of water. Various units of Allied fleets present.

The first three entries were by Ensign J T Collentine USNR, the next three entries were by E L Womanck Ensign USNR, and thej 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 4, 1944. Just click Which chapter you want next in the Table of Contents to go to the next section regarding the ship.