Category Archives: At sea

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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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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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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16th May 1917

At sea. On rising this morning I missed the sun shining in the ports which would have been the case had we been steaming South. I spoke about it and was informed that we altered course in the middle watch … Continue reading

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15th May 1917

At sea. Nothing eventful happened until 6 p.m. when we came up with two steamers, one the Bermudian bound for New York from Bermuda. The other steamer was ordered to stop and a search party was sent on board. On … Continue reading

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14th May 1917

At New York. At 9 a.m. I heard the Master-at-Arms say “tThere is no more leave here”. I also heard that two men who requested afternoon leave were refused. This looked ominous  and I experienced a certain falling of spirits. … Continue reading

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7th May 1917

Arrived off New York at 11-30 a.m. We came in sight of land early this morning although a thick fog obscured it to some extent. Passed through an outer net defence just after taking on board a pilot at 10 … Continue reading

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6th May 1917

At sea. Captain went “Rounds”. A short Service was held on the Quarter Deck which I did not attend. Went to Holy Communion Service afterwards. A heavy sea has been running all day and it is rather cold. We have … Continue reading

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5th May 1917

At sea. We had hopes of arriving at New York on Sunday but when this morning we started steaming about in circles as if to “kill time” our hopes fell. Later in the forenoon a notice was placed on the … Continue reading

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4th May 1917

At sea. At noon we were 180 miles South of Bermuda and going North. Went to G. Q’s this a.m. As many men as possible had to attend Evening Quarters at 5 p.m. and take their swimming collars or other … Continue reading

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3rd May 1917

At sea. We sighted and came up with a small sailing vessel at 7 a.m. A boarding party was sent across to search her. She was flying the American flag. On the return of the boarding party I was told … Continue reading

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2nd May 1917

At Bermuda. Before rising this morning I heard certain “pipes” that left me in no doubt that we were off to sea. I first heard “Picket Boat and Steam Pinnace’s crews get your boats ready for coming in”, then “All … Continue reading

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12th March 1917

At Bermuda. We ought to have got in dock this morning for refitting – such being the cause of our coming here – but owing to rough weather navigation was rendered too dangerous, so we are waiting until weather moderates. … Continue reading

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11th March 1917

At sea. Captain went “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service afterwards. It has been much warmer today, due apparently to the absence of the northerly wind. Woods S. B. A, who is a sufferer from Chronic Bronchitis (a relic of his … Continue reading

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