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Forecastle Logs

The pages below provide forecastle logs issued by armored cruiser no. 10 (originally USS Tennessee; renamed USS Memphis). The logs, printed weekly and issued every Sunday, included news on the ship's arrival, departure, port(s) visited, distance traveled, and other items of interest. Sailors could mail the forecastle logs home to keep family and friends informed of the ship's movement and what their Sailor was doing. Logs were printed in postcard format and could be picked up weekly at the ship's printing office.