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29th July 1917

At Devonport. This has been a wonderful day. I went on board at 6-30 a.m, arriving on board half-an-hour earlier than I anticipated having walked from home in 1 hour. There were very few men about when I arrived aboard, … Continue reading

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28th July 1917

At Devonport. Jude’s baby. Returned off leave at 9 a.m. The ship is in a “lovely condition” what with the dockyardsmen at work, coaling and ammunitioning ship, and men joining and leaving the ship, all going on at the same … Continue reading

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20th July 1917

At Devonport. Coaling commenced early this morning and continued until dinnertime. The ship was moved from the buoy down to No. 3 Jetty South Yard at 1-30 p.m. thus causing a further delay. The care and maintenance party joined this … Continue reading

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19th July 1917

Arrived in thee Sound at 6-30 a.m. I turned out about 5-30 a.m. as I was unable to sleep and felt quite fresh. I felt the ship vibrating pretty much and knew that we were moving along at a good … Continue reading

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18th July 1917

At sea. Rough seas have been experienced today and the ship has been rolling heavily. We have passed much wreckage and oil – the work of subs. no doubt. If one had cause to be anxious over danger then today … Continue reading

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17th July 1917

At sea. Destroyers appeared at 8-30 a.m. from various directions, nine in all ultimately joining up. We thought such a small number of destroyers for so many ships was ominous and matters have confirmed out thoughts. About 11 a.m. a … Continue reading

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16th July 1917

At sea. “Loader” competition took place today. This particular prize-cum-efficiency-scheme is usually dreaded by our department since it is usually attended by sundry injuries to fingers (through being caught in the breech) and toes (owing to the dummy projectiles falling … Continue reading

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15th July 1917

At sea. Rain, fog and choppy sea in contrast to the sun of yesterday. No Rounds or Church Service. Went to a well-attended Holy Communion. I heard the “wireless” working in the early morning and am told that the French … Continue reading

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14th July 1917

At sea. We are now in the zone of submarine activity and the usual precautions are being taken. The ships have been zig-zagging all day. Some of the ships are going to French ports, the rest to East Coast ports. … Continue reading

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13th July 1917

At sea. G. Q’s this morning – usual spasms. A fair sea is still running and the ship rolls pretty much at times. It is said that we have got along very well so far and that we are some … Continue reading

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