The loss of the U. S. armored cruiser Memphis, that was driven on shore at Santo Domingo City by a terrific ground swell August 29, recalls to my mind a similar misfortune that happened while I was attached, as acting ensign and watch officer, to the U. S. S. De Soto, flagship of the first division North Atlantic squadron, Commodore Charles S. Boggs, commanding.
Abstract, which is an exact copy of the log of U.S.S. "De Soto."
Sunday, Nov. 17, 1867. Midnight to 4 a. m. At 1.30 made the land on the starboard bow and beam. At 3.10 made San Juan (Porto Rico) light hearing S. E. ½ E. distant about 18 miles. Moderate breeze from the east, trade wind clouds, sky clear, and bright moonlight. Moderate sea running from the N. E., ship pitching very little and rolling about seven degrees each way.