USN deck log entries are regulated by OPNAVINST 3100.7B. The required entries include: the ship’s type and hull number; date of entry; ship’s position;
time; order; course, speed, depth; record of daily events; navigational/operational entries; and specific personnel entries.
Working within these constraints, U.S. Naval deck log entries made during the mid-watch (midnight to 4 a.m.) each New Year's
Day, permit the Officer of the Deck to craft required information into the form of a poem. Some are well written,
some not, but in most cases an effort has been made to respect this tradition. Enjoy!!