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17th June 1917

At sea. Captain went “Rounds”. Morning Service was held but I was just too late to get a seat so I waited for the Holy Communion Service. This evening a Lantern Service was held between decks – the first since … Continue reading

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16th June 1917

At sea. The ​Isis​ with a convoy passed us in the night bound for England. I bet they are happy on the ​Isis​ for she has not been home for 2½ years, although there are not many of the original … Continue reading

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15th June 1917

At sea. We have been buzzing along on our own today, the two destroyers having left us during night. Went to G.Q’s this morning. The weather became rather nasty this afternoon and as we were going 17 knots into a … Continue reading

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14th June 1917

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 – … Continue reading

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13th June 1917

At Plymouth. This forenoon I had cause to feel elated at the possibility of being able to meet you tonight. The Commander seemed to think there would be leave tonight. After dinner, however, matters did not look so bright especially … Continue reading

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12th June 1917

At Plymouth. Preparations for taking in 120 tons of coal were in progress when I arrived on board at 7-30 a.m. I think this looks rather ominous. Commander returned to the ship last night, his ship went into Liverpool. Captain … Continue reading

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11th June 1917

At Plymouth. Returned on board at noon. On arrival aboard I saw one of the “Boys” – Remmos, Lance Corpl. – about to leave for Headquarters with four other marines. They are going to armed merchant steamers. Am sorry this … Continue reading

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9th June 1917

At Plymouth. Missed 7 a.m. boat by 8 minutes through train not running. Reported myself at the Signal Tower, Flagstaff Steps at 7.8 a.m. Boat came in at 8 a.m. for Officers and I went aboard. Saw Officer-of-Watch but there … Continue reading

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8th June 1917

At Plymouth. We went up the Hamoaze at 8-30 a.m. and secured to No. 6 Buoy. This latter business strikes me as being a wee bit ominous, for if we had come here for leave I think we should have … Continue reading

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7th June 1917

At sea. The old ship was bumping along fine this morning, and kept it up all day. It was splendid to be getting along so fast after the slow progress of other days. An S.O.S. signal was taken in last … Continue reading

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6th June 1917

At sea. This is the day we have been looking forward to, since it is that appointed to meet the destroyers, and when we should know where we were bound for. The chart stated this morning that we should meet … Continue reading

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5th June 1917

At sea. We reached the beginning of the danger zone this evening. All the ships have been zig-zagging today in case any subs. were on the wait. Nothing much doing. Very quiet in the Sick Bay now we are homeward-bound.

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4th June 1917

At sea. This morning we were 677 miles from our rendezvous. Increased speed a little during last night and all the ships are zig-zagging as we are nearing the German War Zone. Went to “Abandon Ship” Stations tonight. Extraordinary precautions … Continue reading

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3rd June 1917

At sea. No rounds. No Morning Service proper. Still rather roughish. Went to Evening Service.

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2nd June 1917

At sea. Wind shifted from south-west right around to north-east and a gale has been in progress all day, making matters very miserable. Very heavy seas have come aboard and there seems to be water everywhere. The Sick Bay was … Continue reading

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1st June 1917

At sea. G. Q’s. Very rough. Major of Marines is sick with what appears to be measles, but the rash may be due to medicine he has been taking. It has gone round the ship that he has got measles … Continue reading

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31st May 1917

At sea. Weather very foggy and the siren has been in great demand. Much rain has been experienced too. We lose sleeping time these nights for the clock is put on 15 minutes every night in the middle watch. Today … Continue reading

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30th May 1917

At sea. Greater precautions than usual are being taken on entering the danger zone this trip. The various compartments below are being made watertight and will be kept closed when we enter the danger zone. This evening the exercises for … Continue reading

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29th May 1917

At sea. About 10-30 a.m. we sighted ahead a large steamer and a two-funnelled cruiser. On getting closer and through exchange of signals we learnt that the steamer was inspecting cable and the cruiser (Isis) was acting as escort. These … Continue reading

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28th May 1917

At sea. The steamer that had engine defects has joined up again, having made good the trouble. Early this morning the hatches were battened down and preparations made for rough weather. The wind was very strong during the forenoon and … Continue reading

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27th May 1917

At sea. Captain went “Rounds”. I attended Morning Service and Holy Communion. Attended Evening Service. Two of the steamers have not been able to keep up with the rest of the convoy, through engine defects. They have been ordered to … Continue reading

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26th May 1917

At sea. Our pneumonia case seems better today and much brighter. A chart showing the course the ship will take across the Atlantic, the German War Zone, and where the destroyer-escort should meet us on June 6th has been placed … Continue reading

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25th May 1917

At sea. I came on watch at 2-30 a.m. relieving Woods S. B. A.  The clock was put on half-an-hour so I have made the alteration in our watches. Patient still complains of pain but gets to sleep again after … Continue reading

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24th May 1917

At Sea. 4 a.m. preparations were made for sea and we left Hampton Rds at 6 a.m. One steamer (Leeds City) was left behind because she was too slow. A notice was placed on the board stating “Roxburgh is escorting … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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22nd May 1917

At Hampton Rds. This morning a small operation was performed on a young fellow suffering from Pleurisy, 40 ounces of fluid being drawn off from around his Right lung. This young fellow has not been complaining of any pain but … Continue reading

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21st May 1917

At Hampton Rds. All whites is the rig today but it is quite cold compared to yesterday’s temperature. Our patient is rather worse today and arrangements were made to send him to Hospital in the forenoon. His temp. suddenly dropped … Continue reading

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20th May 1917

At Hampton Rds. I turned out at 1 a.m. and relieved the S. B. S.  The patient awoke at 1-30 a.m. the first time since he had the morphia injection. I gave him some brandy and milk and took his … Continue reading

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19th May 1917

At Hampton Rds. Another American battleship – the Pennsylvania – passed by this morning. Whilst the men were painting ship this forenoon the Commander came along and stopped them saying it was of no use as some more coal would … Continue reading

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18th May 1917

At Hampton Roads, Virginia. The men started coaling at 5-30 a.m. The Wyoming went up to Newport to dock and give leave. 9 a.m. U.S.S. Arkansas – sister ship to Wyoming – passed down playing “The King”. 11 a.m. Coaling … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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