22nd April 1916

Went to sea at 7 a.m. All the ships except the Dreadnought, Dominion and Crescent – in dock at Rosyth – now out to sea.

I hear confidentially that one of our storeships struck a mine 7½ miles S.W. of May Isle last night and sank. Trawlers swept along just after and found a submarine – no doubt the one which put the mine there. No further details have been received but it can be taken for granted what happened to that sub:- after a bomb had been dropped on her.

I think there must be some big reason for our having put to sea – perhaps owing to the holidays which will probably draw big crowds to the East Coast, and which no doubt the Germans will think of and try some more “frightfulness”.

Fine weather and very nice on the water today.

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