Operations of USS Don Juan de Austria During the Philippine Insurrection (1900-01)

542 REPORT OF THE CHIEF OF THE BUREAU OF NAVIGATION.  

A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding. Relieved by Commander C. G. BOWMAN, May 28, 1901.
      Knots.  
Canton, China June 21, 1900 Oct. 18, 1900 81 Protection of Americans and American interests, etc.
Hongkong, China Oct. 18, 1900 Nov. 25, 1900 644 At Kawloon Docks for docking and repairs. Cruising on station.
Cavite, Luzon, P.I. Nov. 28, 1900 Dec. 6, 1900 340
Iloilo, Panay, P.I. Dec. 8, 1900 Dec. 20, 1900 ... Cruising on station.
do. Dec. 20, 1900 Dec. 27, 1900 242 Swinging ship and exercise at school of ship Patrol duty.
Sebu, Sebu, P.I. Dec, 28, 1900 Dec. 28, 1900 251


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A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding, etc.--Continued.
      Knots.  
Sebu, Sebu, P.I Dec. 31, 1900 Jan. 2, 1901 ... Patrol duty, communicating with army.
Illongos Jan. 2, 1901 Jan. 3, 19011 53 Do.
Surigao Jan. 3, 1901 do. 94 Patrol duty, looking for shoal.
Maasin Jan. 4, 1901 Jan. 4, 1901 50 Do.
Illingos do. do. 25 Do.
Cebu Jan. 5, 1901 Jan. 10, 1901 63 Taking coal and stores.
Ormoc Jan. 11, 1901 Jan. 11, 1901 60 Patrol duty, looking for shoal.
Polompon do. do. 30 Do.
Arabelo Bay do. Jan. 12, 1901 22 Do.
Bulan Jan. 12, 1901 Jan. 13, 1901 85 Do.
Sorsogon Jan. 13, 1901 Jan. 14, 1901 25 Do.
Donsol Jan. 14, 1901 Jan. 15, 1901 28 Examining entrance to Pilar.
Palanog Jan. 15, 1901 do. 33 Patrol duty, communicating with army.
Donsol do. Jan. 17, 1901 33 Rifle target practice on shore.
Buena Vista Jan. 17, 1901 do. 10 Officers and men Forty-seventh Infantry on board.
Malidon do. do. 3 Shelled insurgent outpost, landed soldiers. Target practice on shore.
Donsol do. Jan. 18, 1901 13
Buena Vista Jan. 18, 1901 do. 10 Overhauling Parao from Bulan.
Bulan do. do. 32 Communicating with army.
Donsol do. Jan. 20, 1901 22 Boat expedition to Buena Vista, 19th.
Buena Vista Jan. 20, 1901 do. 10 Picked up boat expedition,
Donsol do. Jan. 21, 1901 10 Rifle target practice on shore.
Boco Engano Jan. 21, 1901 do. 18 Patrol duty and stopping rice, etc., going to insurgent troops in Luzon,
Donsol do. do. 18 Turned in seized rice at Donsol.
San Pascual Jan. 22, 1901 Jan. 25, 1901 48 Overhauling paraos, examining vicinity, stopping rice to insurgents.
Claveria Jan. 25, 1901 do. 27 Overhauling paraos, got important information.
Donsol do. Jan. 27, 1901 22 Cooperating with army, night expedition to Pilar. Army officers and sailors on board.
Maringondon Jan. 28, 1901 Jan. 28, 1901 16 Cooperating with army; sent in boats with landing forces, sailors and soldiers. Mounted officer and others killed, some wounded.
Donsol do. Jan. 29, 1901 16 Returned soldiers to garrison, got under way on 29th.
Claveria Jan. 29, 1901 do. 22 Sent officer and armed crew to overhaul two paraos and gain information.
Pasacao do. Jan. 31, 1901 38 Captain and 2 officers and army officer commanding at Pasacao went to Delupaon with armed crews for information regarding insurgents and illicit traffic.
Jamaruan Jan. 31, 1901 do. 11 Sent boats with landing party and made a landing near Jamaruan Point; some insurgents killed and wounded; supplies destroyed.
Pasacao do. Feb. 1, 1901 11 Landed soldiers and got under way for Donsol. Seized a parao having United States and insurgent papers; obtained valuable information.
Donsol Feb. 1, 1901 do. 54 Brought on board, 3 officers and 20 soldiers and native scouts; at 11.40 p.m. got under way.
Claveria Feb. 2, 1901 Feb. 2, 1901 22 Seized Claveria at dawn. Captured commandante of Burias, all the officials of Clayer, and important document. Under way for San Pascual.


544 REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.  

A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding, etc.--Continued.
      Knots.  
San Pascual Feb. 2, 1901 Feb. 4, 1901 27 Anchored. Sent armed parties and scouts on shore. Seized insurgent officials and others and important documents. Under way for Claveria.
Claveria Feb. 4, 1901 do. 27 Stopped off Claveria and brought on board several persons, including padre, shown by captured documents to be active insurgent.
Donsol do. Feb. 6, 1901 22 Landed soldiers, 33 prisoners and turned them over to commanding officer. Looking over captured documents. Turned them over to commanding officer at Donsol. Underway for Claveria.
Claveria Feb. 6, 1901 do. 22 Anchored. Sent boat with officer to get certain official papers, seals, etc. They could not be found. Got under way for Cebu.
West coast of Leyte Feb. 8, 1901 Feb. 13, 1901 231 Overhauled several paraos.
Cebu do. do. 231 Taking coal and stores from Justin; finished coaling. Overhauling machinery and boilers. Under way for Donsol via east coast of Tikao.
San Jacinto and Tikao Island Feb. 14, 1901 Feb. 14, 1901 160 Patrol duty, overhauled several paraos; towed one to San Jacinto. Sent officers and armed boats' crew to have look at town. Everything quiet. Officials and padre came on board. Wished protection from insurgents.
Donsol do. Feb. 15, 1901 43 Anchored. Sent boats and ferried troops across Donsol River. Fired 5-inch shell in direction of San Vicente; proceeded to Sorsogron.
Sorsogon Feb. 15, 1901 Feb. 16, 1901 28 Consulting in regard to military operations with army= officer commanding district 16th. Got under way; overhauled several paraos.
Margallanas Feb. 16, 1901 do. 18 Sent officer and armed boats to obtain information. People in this town are working in the interest of insurgents, furnishing supplies, etc. Got under way.
Bulan do. Feb. 17, 1901 10 Communicating with army. Inquiring about illicit traffic. Got under way.
Donsol Feb. 18, 1901 Feb. 19, 1901 22 Exercised ships' landing force on shore in skirmish drill and infantry drill. Got under way.
Claveria Feb. 19, 1901 do 22 Town quiet. New officials acting in interests of United States Government. Got under way.
Pasacao Feb. 20, 1901 Feb. 21, 1901 38 Anchored. Made arrangement to seize Delupaon been use of information of traffic with insurgents. Boat expedition left ship. Seized the town just before dawn.
Delupaon do. do. 8 Came up to Delupaon, took on board landing party, 8 prisoners, and a Spanish family and their effects. Got under way. By request of army officer commanding at Pasacao fired shells at insurgent positions difficult to reach with our troops.


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A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding, etc.--Continued.
      Knots.  
Pasacao Feb. 21, 1901 Feb. 22, 1901 8 Anchored. Brought on board 2 officers and 51 men of Forty-fifty Infantry, and a medical officer. Got under way.
Ragay Bay Feb. 22, 1901 Feb. 24, 1901 35 Anchored near bar at mouth of Ragay River. Fired shells vicinity river mouth. Steam launch and 4 other boats went up river about 8 miles to Ragay with landing forces. Army and navy, 105 officers and men, 3 navy colt guns. Ragay was taken and occupied. Scouting parties were fired on by insurgents. Town and barracks, 5 tons rice and other supplies burned, and forces returned to ship.
Talkauayan Feb. 24, 1901 Feb. 25, 1901 16 Overhauled a brigantine flying an American flag. Found insurgent passes and United States papers for the master and supercargo and proof of contributions to the insurgents. Took those men in custody. Made search on shore, found some papers, and took 9 men to the ship for examination. Got under way and proceeded to Guinayan.
Guinayan Feb. 25, 1901 Feb. 26, 1901 8 Conferred with army officer commanding post and inspector of customs. Turned over 9 men and papers found at Talkanayan. Overhauled small steamer Freda flying American flag and believed to be concerned in illicit traffic. Got under way.
Binihian Feb. 26, 1901 do. 26 Landed a small party in search of information, insurgent district. Captain of bolo men lives near by. Got under way and proceeded to Point Sibono.
Point Sibono Feb. 27, 1901 1 Feb. 27, 1901 30 Sent in boat with officer and armed crew, and landed party of soldiers and scouts and officers to surprise and capture insurgent general, Areiola. To conceal the landing until the soldiers had time to follow up a trail in daylight, ship picked up her boats, proceeded to Pasacao and anchored there at daybreak. Went to Point Sibono, brought on board landing party and 2 prisoners. Insurgent general was not found, but a captain of cordons and his lieutenant were taken. Ship returned to Pasacao, landed the large party of soldiers, etc., who had come on board the 21st instant, also some prisoners. Brought on board 2 officers and some soldiers and scouts. Got under way for Point Kaurasan (with better information) to capture the insurgent general, Arejola.
Pasacao do. do. 7
Sibono do. do. 7
Pasacao do. do. 7


546 REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.  

A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding, etc.--Continued.
      Knots.  
Point Kaurasau Feb. 28, 1901 Feb. 28, 1901 13 Sent in cutter and just before dawn landed soldiers, scouts, and captain, and lieutenant of cordons (captured the day before) for use as guides. Insurgent general not captured, but in house in which he was sleeping two nights ago captured his chief commissary which was much wanted by the United States military government because of cruelties to Filipinos friendly to Americans. Captured another captain of cordons and other prisoners, also important documents, etc. Several boats and a landing party of sailors assisted in this work. Fired shells to clear a dangerous place.
Pasacao do. Mar. 1, 1901 13 Returned to Pasacao and landed soldiers and prisoners. Brought on board a detachment of soldiers and scouts and 600 army rations for other detachments expected to reach the coast from interior points. This ship cooperating in accordance with plans for combined operations. Got under way.
Pontao Mar. 1, 1901 Mar. 2, 1901 25 Landed three parties of sailors and soldiers. Destroyed some storehouses and supplies.
Palo ... do. 3 March 2 got under way and stood down the coast and fired shells at certain points. Went to Palo. Sent in landing parties. Worked up along the coast. Brought landing parties on board. Let ship drift off the coast during the night, using searchlight frequently as a signal to party of troops. Misty and raining. Detachment Company E, Forty-fifth Infantry (from Pili, Mar. 1), came out on Jamaruan Beach, brought them on board with guides, native bearers, and prisoners, 51 in all. Ship proceeded along coast. Sent a small landing party to beach at Saramac. Fired shells at several places. Company D, Forty-fifth Infantry (from Buhi, Mar. 1), with horses and pack mules came out on beach below Palo. Sent in boat with information, then proceeded to Pontao. Ship went up the coast, picked up party at Saramac, went to Pasacao, and anchored there at 11 p.m.
Jamaruan ... Mar. 3, 1901 32
Palo ... do. 15
Saramac ... ... 6
Pasacao Mar. 3, 1901 Mar. 4, 1901 18
Kaurasan Mar. 4, 1901 do. 13 Went to Kaurasan and landed Company E, Forty-fifth Infantry, to go back to Pin. Returned to anchorage at Pasacao; landed soldiers stationed there, also 7 prisoners. Wind blowing very hard. Landed 17 prisoners Mar. 7.


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A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding, etc.--Continued.
      Knots.  
Pasacao Mar. 5, 1901 Mar. 7, 1901 13 Proceeded Pasacao to San Pascual.
San Pascual Mar. 7, 1901 Mar. 14, 1901 23 At anchor San Pascual, Port Busin, overhauling and cleaning machinery, boats, etc. Mar. 8, captain of ship, with officer and 5 men, all mounted, made reconnaissance of island from Port Busin to Claveria; 15 hours in the saddle. Mar. 11, captain of the party returned to the ship. Natives in Bunas asked for permanent protection against insurgent leaders. Mar. 14, ship proceeded to Claveria, and thence to Donsol.
Donsol Mar. 14, 1901 Mar. 15, 1901 45 Sent in boats and ferried army expedition, soldiers, native bearers, and supplies over Donsol River. Has rifle ship and army officer commanding post at Donsol went in steam launch and gig with party of sailors and soldiers to vicinity of Palataun to intercept rice going to insurgents. The Petrel arrived with orders for this ship to proceed to Cebu. The captain and party returned. Had destroyed 3,300 pounds of rice. Got under way for Cebu.
Cebu Mar. 16, 1901 Mar. 25, 1901 172 Received men from Zafiro. Transferred short-time men and sick. Went out for target practice. Took in coal and stores.
Palanog Mar. 26, 1901 Mar. 27, 1901 155 Brought on board detachment Second Infantry.
Palanas Mar. 27, 1901 do. 28 Cooperated in expedition to Palanas. Villalobos joined at Palanas. Brought on board 2 officers and 45 men, Forty-seventh Infantry, also native scouts and guides. Boat expedition left ship. Seized town of Pilar, hemp, etc. Returned to ship, landed soldiers and 11 prisoners at Donsol. Mar. 30, got under way for Cebu. via Bulan.
Bulan Mar. 30, 1901 Mar. 30, 1901 22 Exchanged official calls. Looked over town.
Cebu Mar. 31, 1901 Apr. 15, 1901 152 Waiting for officers in attendance on examining board.
Donsol Apr. 16, 1901 Apr. 16, 1901 8 Captain consulted commanding officer of the post.
Claveria do. do. 9 Captain and surgeon inspected town.
San Pascual do. Apr. 17, 1901 7 Captain administered oath of allegiance to presidents and other officials.
Claveria Apr. 17, 1901 do. 8
Donsol do. Apr. 21, 1901 5 Expedition to Pilar.
Marigondon Apr. 22, 1901 Apr. 22, 1901 6 Landed, found parties gone; returned.
Donsol do. do. 8 Landed army detachment.
Bulan do. Apr. 25, 1901 8 Repairing feed pumps.
Chocolate Island Apr. 26, 1901 Apr. 27, 1901 8 Anchored over night; ordered to Cebu.
Cebu Apr. 27, 1901 May 10, 1901 8 Naval cadets being examined.
Claveria May 11, 1901 May 11, 1901 8 Officer landed; town deserted.
San Pascual do. May 12, 1901 8 Town occupied. Brought officer and 40 men, Twenty-sixth Infantry, and took to Pasacao. Landed troops. Received men to garrison San Pascual.
Pasacao May 12, 1901 May 14, 1901 9


548 REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.  

A.--Movements of vessels--Continued.

Name of vessel and port visited. Date of
arrival.
Date of
departure.
Distance
sailed.
Remarks.
Don Juan de Austria, Commander T. C. MCLEAN, commanding, etc.--Continued.
      Knots.  
San Pascual May 14, 1901 May 15, 1901 27 Landed detachment.
Claveria May 15, 1901 do. 20 Town still deserted.
Donsol do. May 17, 1901 40 Target practice en route.
Sorsogon May 17, 1901 May 21, 1901 12 Visited Kasigaran; situation improving.
Magallanes May 21, 1901 May 23, 1901 17 Taking on fresh water.
Bulan May 23, 1901 May 26, 1901 23 Cleaning propeller blades.
Donsol May 26, 1901 do. 172 Commanding officer to be relieved.
Cebu May 27, 1901 May 29, 1901 160 Commander C. G. Bowman.
San Bernardino light-house May 30, 1901 May 30, 1901 157 Marines relieved.
Cebu May 31, 1901 June 4, 1901 126 Transferred marines to Zafiro.
Gandara River June 5, 1901 June 7, 1901 343 Ordered to tow Marietta to Cavite.
Cavite June 9, 1901 June 10, 1901 14 Repairing feed-water suction pipe.
Manila Bay June 10, 1901 June 11, 1901 409 Anchored. Very thick weather.
Cebu June 13, 1901 June 13, 1901 146 Transferred short-time men; draft from Zafiro.
Gandara River June 14, 1901 June 16, 1901 7 Convoyed Mindoro to Port Aguirre.
Port Aguirre June 16, 1901 June 18, 1901 13 Sent to Catbalogan stores for Mindoro.
Catbalogan June 18, 1901 June 19, 1901 105 Received orders to resume station.
Sorsogon June 19, 1901 June 21, 1901 48 Requested to take information to Matnog and Bulan.
Matnog June 21, 1901 do. 30
Bulan do. June 22, 1901 7 Arranged to take 20 men to Marinap.
Marinap June 22, 1901 do. 11 Sent in landing party. Bolomen disappeared.
San Fernando. do. do. 13 Report from Bulan regarding guard killed incorrect. Landed detachment.
Bulan do. do. 23
Donsol June 24, 1901 June 24, 1901 23 Communicated with commanding officer. Garrison increased.
Magallanes do. June 30, 1901 74 Repairs to engine and boiler.
Pasakao June 30, 1901 ... ... Communicated; sent telegrams announcing intention of visiting San Pascual.

Source: "Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation," in Annual Reports of the Navy Department for the Year 1901: Report of the Secretary of the Navy, Miscellaneous Reports, In Two Parts, Part 1. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office): 542-48.