17th May 1917

At sea. Sighted land about 10 a.m. Passed through boom defence of Hampton Rds at 11-45 a.m. Anchored between U.S. Battle-cruiser Wyoming and the French cruiser Marseillaise at 12-10 p.m. The presence of the French ship here further intensifies my belief that we have come here for Mr. Balfour, and I think Marshall Joffre will join the Marseillaise. Wait and see.

This place is one of the U.S. Navy bases. At present we are anchored a good distance down stream but, I hear, we are going further up after coaling. Later: The coaling lighter has come alongside so evidently the contractors here are a bit smarter than at New York.  Remmos has been over to Maryland to see if a mail had been sent for us from New York. Nothing has turned up yet.

9 p.m. A stoker came up to the S. B.  about 8-30 p.m. having dislocated his right shoulder whilst getting down from the lower boom into the steam pinnace. It is rather rough and a very strong current makes the boats alongside pitch and roll so making it very hard for the crew to get out and into the boat from the boom. The F. S. tried to reduce the dislocation by the usual method but the pain was too severe for the man, so he was put under chloroform for about 10 minutes, the F. S. successfully replacing the joint. The man soon recovered consciousness.

We are having a busy time again and have 4 men in bed and 2 in hammocks. I wonder we have not had more sick considering the cold weather experienced at New York after coming from Bermuda. I was making up a drink of milk for myself and a patient about 10-20 p.m. when to our surprise the following was piped: “Hands darken ship, deadlights closed, but scuttles may be left open”. We certainly did not expect this here, but as we are only about a mile inside the boom defence, there is a possibility of submarines getting in, I suppose.

This seems a busy port here, for several British and other steamers have passed by since we arrived. Newport News is the nearest town of any size. This place has become famous in this war because the German raiders Prince Eitel Frederick and Prince Adelbert came in here to escape the British cruisers, and were interned. The Appam was also brought here by the Moewe‘s prize crew. The two German ships have been seized by America and renamed. The Appam is at New York – and is not a German prize.

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