27th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day.

HMS Chatham was towed up to Chatham at 11-30 a.m. She proceeded stern first, her bow being considerably down, and I should think the crew had a pretty anxious night. The weather luckily is fine and that I think accounts for the Chatham being saved. I am told 2 men were killed by the explosion.

This evening the Medea one of the latest pattern destroyers came in under her own steam though through striking a reef her steering-gear was out of action. Some plates were also torn and she was down in the stern. This makes two casualties today – in important ships too.

Wrote to Ethel.

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