12th July 1917

At sea. Nothing to note.

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11th July 1917

At sea. Big sea running still. Our American sailing companion was ahead of us on the port side this morning bowling along merrily. Later she tacked to starboard and eventually passed out of sight.

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10th July 1917

At sea. Choppy sea. Notice on board states “British steamer which left Cardiff on 2nd July has been sending out raider distress signals in Lat. 45°N 22°W”. This latitude is practically in our course but I don’t suppose Mr. Raider will continue in that direction.

An American clipper has been sailing off our starboard beam all day. The wind is just suitable for her.

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9th July 1917

At sea. Captain stated this evening that if the ship kept up her present progress the destroyers would be met on Tuesday week at a rendezvous about 320 miles from Plymouth. By the chart we are taking a straight course this time instead of the Circle Track. Our point of rendezvous seems to be in a line with Cape Finisterre.

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8th July 1917

At sea. Captain went “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service. Wind has got around to North East and a “choppy” sea is running. It is much colder and we have changed into No. 8’s – white trousers and blue coats.

14 Sick today, 3 Bed cases.

Went to Evening Service.

A raider has been sighted north of our course. She is a four-masted sailing and motor vessel.

A very fine specimen of a flying fish flew inboard tonight and was secured by a P. O.  The body, in appearance and colour, is like a mackerel, and two large fin-wings are situated behind the head.

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7th July 1917

At sea. Warm and calm. Passed the cable ship from Halifax.

12 on Sick List. 2 bed cases.

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6th July 1917

At sea. G. Q’s this morning – hot work this I can assure you. A rough sea is still running and at times we experience heavy showers which completely obliterate the other ships for a time.

After dinner we met one of the U. S. Naval colliers – fast, peculiar-looking vessels having six or more upright double derricks which at a distance look like funnels. She was homeward bound and going along at a good speed.

S. S. Turcoman joined up.

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5th July 1917

At sea. Rough sea. Owing to being in the Gulf Stream we are experiencing very warm weather. The temperature in the Sick Bay is on average 84°F. The sea water is 72°F, just nice for bathing. The baths have been rigged on the upper deck every evening – this accounts I expect for the number of ear cases attending the Bay again. We are having plenty of work this trip quite opposite to our experience on the last one.

I am getting a bit famous amongst the officers I fancy for photographic work, the Chaplain and two others having brought along their films to be developed. Owing to the high temp. it is a hard job to develop films or plates successfully, the formation of “blisters” being a prevalent quantity.

A signal placed on the board announces the safe arrival in England of the armed liner Calgarian (with our mails) and the big liner Justicia (with Canadian troops). These ships left Halifax on the same day as we did. Expect you and Ma have received your letters by now.

Went to “Abandon ship” stations this evening.

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4th July 1917

At sea. Rather choppy. The same course as we took on the last trip is being taken this time. The chart has been placed on the notice board so we can see our progress day by day.

Still in “all whites”.

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3rd July 1917

At sea. The Turcoman has been successfully refloated and is on her way to join us.

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