These logs were transcribed for the web by Society Board Member Nina (Cresap) Higgins.
N.B. -- for the non-naval reader, "roads" is terminology used for a large, natural port and is entirely water-borne.
"LOG" OF THE SS. THOMAS CRESAP Voyage No. 7 From December 10, 1944 to February 19, 1945 ---------------- MASTER: F. Schloss ENGINEER: William Hundertmack New York - 12-10-44 1-2-45; cargo loaded, 1635 tons (Rolling stock). Marseille - 1-23-1945 1-27-45; cargo discharged, 1635 tons; embarked 284 French Colonial troops Oran - 1-30-45 2-1-45; disembarked 284 French Colonial troops. New York - 2 19-45 (arrival) Length of voyage 72 days INCIDENTS: On January 30, 1945, on entering Oran Harbor to land troops, Liberty Ship, ROBERT TOOMBS, by disregarding our signal and temporary blocking of harbor entrance, almost caused a serious collision. It was avoided by the SS. THOMAS CRESAP going full speed astern and dropping port anchor. We, as the entering ship, had the right of way. While waiting for tug boats, on February 20, 1945, at 0947, ebb tide and traffic set ship on shoal extending to westward of Governor's Island in New York Harbor. Fifty minutes later ship freed with assistance of tug boats, "Dauntless" and "Marion Moran." December 16, 1944, vessel drydocked at Bethlehem Shipyard, Brooklyn, N. Y. Voyage No. 8 From February 20, 1945 to may 7, 1945 Length of voyage 76 days MASTER: F. Schloss ENGINEER: William Hundertmack New York - 2-20-45 3-9-45; cargo loaded, 5596 tons rations & vehicles St. Helens Roads - 3-24-45 3-24-45; off Isle of Wight to join cross channel shuttle convoy. Le Havre - 3-25-1945 4-19-45; cargo discharged, 2468 tons. Rouen - 4-10-1945 4-19-1945; cargo discharged, 3128 tons; embarked 742 German prisoners and 33 U. S. guards. Cowes Roads - 4-20-1945 4-22-1945 New York - 5-7-1945 - arrival; debarked 742 POW, and 33 U. S. guards. INCIDENTS: Rouen, France, April 18, 1945, at 1300 (R.D.S.T.), began the herding of German prisoners of war on the foredeck of the SS. THOMAS CRESAP. At 1400 742 ragged supermen were off the French soil. Most of these prisoners were captured in the Achen area sometime during November. Only four profess knowledge of English and act as interpreters. All are anxious to work which entitles them to extra food. Rations consist of corned beef hash, sauerkraut, potatoes, bread, coffee, etc. Military escort in charge of 1st Lt. Joseph B. Farrar, whose home is in Amelia, Va. New York, May 8, 1945 (V-E DAY). All prisoners of war landed in Weehawken. Originally published in the CRESAP SOCIETY Bulletin of December, 1945 Reprinted in October, 1988 The following update was Published in THE CRESAP SOCIETY BULLETIN of February, 1949: THE SS. THOMAS CRESAP TO DATE Upon completion of discharge of inward cargo for voyage 15 on July 21, 1947 at Philadelphia, the vessel sailed to Baltimore to commence loading for Beirut and Persian Gulf ports. Loading was continued at Philadelphia and completed at New York from whence the vessel sailed on August 6, 1947 with 5535 tons of general cargo, steel beams and trucks. Arriving at Beirut on August 25, 1947, 52 tons were discharged; arrived at Bahrein on September 6, 1947 and finally completed discharge in the Persian Gulf area at Ras Tanura on October 23, 1947. After discharge of the ore the vessel was moved to Maryland Yard and underwent drydocking, inspections and routine repairs, finally completing on January 11, 1948 and ready for her next voyage. After loading at Baltimore, Norfolk and Philadelphia, vessel completed loading 4099 tons of general cargo for the Hawaiian Islands at New York and sailed on January 24, 1948. She arrived at Honolulu on February 18, 1948 and commenced discharge; called at Port Allen, Kahului, Hilo to complete discharge and load 6211 tons of pineapple and canec for the United States. Vessel sailed from Hilo on March 4, 1948 after calls at Boston and Philadelphia. Vessel sailed from Baltimore on April 15, 1948 to New Orleans to commence loading 4459 tons of grain for Jeddah, Ras Tanura and India and 274 tons of general cargo, and finally completed loading of general cargo at Houston and sailed with a total tonnage of 8799 tons. Vessel arrived at Jeddah on May 30, 1948 and discharged 3026 tons. She arrived at Ras Tanura on June 11, 1948 and discharged 1108 tons, sailing on June 17, 1948 for Bombay, Madras and Calcutta to complete discharge. Loaded 4303 tons of burlap and general cargo for the United States and 422 tons for Istanbul and Piraeus, sailed on July 26, 1948 for Colombo where 40 tons more of general cargo were loaded. Vessel arrived at Savannah on September 10, 1948 and completed discharge at Houston on September 22, 1948. After drydocking and repairs at Galveston, vessel loaded 7860 tons of general cargo at Houston, New Orleans and New York, sailing from New York on October 16, 1948 for India. Vessel arrived at Bombay on November 21, 1948 to commence discharge and sailed for Calcutta on December 15, 1948; arrived Calcutta December 24, 1948. After completion of discharge vessel is scheduled to load for United States South Atlantic and Gulf ports and is expected to arrive at the first port of discharge about March 1, 1949. Upon completion of present voyage 19, the S/S THOMAS CRESAP will have sailed over 250,000 miles and carried some 115,000 tons of cargo to foreign ports; returning with over 30,000 tons to the United States. This vessel has been under the command of six different masters. Captain G. Jonsson who first commanded the vessel is presently the Commodore of the Isthmian Fleet. Captain S. Cook is now deceased; Captain F. Schloss is now Assistant Marine Superintendent at the Isthmian New Orleans Office. The other three captains are still serving the Isthmian Fleet as masters.