23rd May 1917

At Hampton Rds. About 12-30 a.m. a sudden storm arose, the wind springing up and in a very short time assuming hurricane-like force. Lightning, thunder and a rough sea completed the show. The steam pinnace broke away from the boom, drifted past the ship and was damaged before being caught by a tug. It was brought back to the ship and hoisted inboard by the men of the Starboard watch who had been called. The storm raged for about an hour, then died down only to start again shortly after, but this time not lasting very long. This morning the weather was nice and calm again.

This afternoon the men ordered to go to the ships we are convoying were paid six weeks money (suggestive of leave on the other side) and shortly after left the ship for their different billets. Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. the 14 cargo vessels comprising the convoy passed down and went to sea. As the mail had been sent ashore we expected to leave as well, as it was rather surprising to us when we saw several officers going ashore at 4-15 p.m. I understand we are leaving early tomorrow morning.

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