At sea. Early this morning whilst lying in bed awake I noticed that the ship altered course suddenly, causing the ship to vibrate and heel over to a great extent. I learn that the reason was that the Brisk – one of the two destroyers escorting us out of the danger zone – sighted a submarine and of course signalled the fact to us. We immediately altered course out of danger, whilst the Brisk dealt with the sub.
We have been travelling at a great speed causing considerable vibration throughout the ship, especially forward. The men who joined the ship at Devonport are new hands in the Navy and most of them have been having a bad time today owing to the motion and vibration.
“Abandon ship” stations were practised this evening. Last week this time we were nearing Plymouth!!!