Category Archives: Scapa Flow

9th August 1916

At Scapa. Heard this a.m. that we are going to Plymouth via West Coast of Ireland. We are going that way to try and spot a suspected submarine base. Expect to arrive Plymouth Saturday. It is said 5 days leave … Continue reading

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8th August 1916

At Scapa. Received letters from you, Mother and Net at 11 p.m. just when had given up hopes of receiving mails. Heard they had been stopped owing to our leaving. Rear-Admiral Browning left for London today.

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7th August 1916

At Scapa. A notice was put up on board this a.m. stating that although men were not to state in their letters that we were going to a foreign station, we could inform our people that we should be home … Continue reading

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6th August 1916

At Scapa. Captain told us this morning that we would probably be glad to hear that during this week the Antrim and this ship would go to a home port and give leave, before leaving for a foreign station. He … Continue reading

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5th August 1916

Arrived Scapa at 5-20 a.m. I kept watch on the patient from 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. He is much better, very little headache now. Received letters from Mother and you today. Wrote to you and Jude. Coaled ship (960 … Continue reading

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31st July 1916

At Scapa. Early this a.m. preparations for sea were made again and I heard our ship, Antrim and some light cruisers were going out for 9 days. Later the fires were allowed to die out and the orders for sea … Continue reading

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30th July 1916

(Sunday) Scapa Flow. Captain went “Rounds”. I went to Morning Service. Wrote to you this afternoon. Went to Evening Service. Devonshire left for Liverpool this evening. Prepared for sea once today but orders were cancelled eventually.

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29th July 1916

At Scapa. Came on quite rough this a.m. We were told off for “Emergency” ship but, owing to something going wrong with the main regulating valve, time for repairs had to be applied for, and so the Devonshire has to … Continue reading

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28th July 1916

At Scapa. Boxing competitions have been held on a ship used for entertainment purposes and for the occasion moored alongside the Monarch. The competitors came from all ships – we sent three – and this afternoon 50 men from each … Continue reading

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27th July 1916

At Scapa. Coaled (950 tons). Received letters from you (and pansies), Mother and Jude. Ma and Jude are home again and better for their holiday at Weston and Plym Bridge respectively. You intend having a week-off and I hope you … Continue reading

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26th July 1916

At sea. Very foggy most of the day and our syren has been “talking” frequently. Making for Scapa since 5 a.m. and hope to arrive in tonight. 8 p.m. Sighted one of the Orkney Islands just after emerging from a … Continue reading

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22nd July 1916

At Scapa. Left in company with the Devonshire and destroyers for Pentland Firth, where we were to carry out Battle Practice. About an hour’s steaming brought us to the “firing grounds”. The Campania and another seaplane ship were patrolling with … Continue reading

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21st July 1916

At Scapa. Provisioned ship this a.m. This evening went out and did some firing. The Devonshire is shortly going to refit, the Fleet Surgeon of her having been over today to ascertain what precautions we took for men going on … Continue reading

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20th July 1916

Arrived Scapa 11 a.m. Must record the fact that fine, warm weather greeted our arrival. Fog, however, marred a real fine day. The 2nd C. S. went on to Cromarty, where it was also “buzzed” we were going, but “nothing … Continue reading

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17th July 1916

At Scapa. Received a surprise letter card from Mother this morning, sent from Weston. I did not know Ma and Dad had already gone on their holiday, and it seems as if they didn’t take long to get away once … Continue reading

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16th July 1916

(Sunday) At Scapa. Did not go to sea after all, the 2 hours notice being “washed out” this morning and fires drawn. During the night several ship sof the Temeraire and Colossus class have joined up from Cromarty. This is … Continue reading

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15th July 1916

At Scapa. Coaled early this morning, afterwards went out on the torpedo-range and did some torpedo-running. Returned to anchorage after completion of exercises. Wrote to you this afternoon. Had to write the allowed two paged affair and I did not … Continue reading

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14th July 1916

At Scapa Flow. I received a call at 6 p.m. this morning by the Fleet Surgeon’s servant. The F. S. sent up to have his leg dressed before the firing started. I hastily dressed and went down to him. I … Continue reading

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13th July 1916

At Scapa. Funny I should have mentioned about the observation balloon yesterday, and today having to record that it broke away from the Campania and vanished in the clouds. Seaplanes went up to locate it but with what kind of … Continue reading

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12th July 1916

At Scapa. Valiant arrived today so all the big ships are ready for action again. Went down to dress Fleet Surgeon at 3-30 p.m. Got in conversation with him and was asked how long I had been in ship. I … Continue reading

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11th July 1916

At Scapa. Went out on the firing range at 7 a.m. passing the new battleship Royal Sovereign en route. Firing exercises carried out during forenoon and afternoon. Several other ships similarly engaged. Two battleships of the Warspite class and one … Continue reading

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10th July 1916

At Scapa. A result of our long trip was that 1,025 tons of coal had to be taken in. A cheer went up last evening when this pipe was made – “Hands will not coal ship till 6 a.m. tomorrow” … Continue reading

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9th July 1916

(Sunday) At sea. Fine day and calm. Held Morning Service. Devonshire and destroyers met us during the early hours. Started passing Shetland Isles about 9 a.m. and passed Fair Isle about 1 p.m. I was told this afternoon that the … Continue reading

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4th July 1916

At Scapa Flow. Coaled and left at 10 a.m. with the Devonshire and three destroyers. Am very unhappy over the inability to get a letter away to you. Last night I had hopes of this job not coming off, but … Continue reading

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3rd July 1916

At Scapa Flow. Left our anchorage at 7 a.m. and went out on the firing grounds. Carried out certain gunnery exercises. Nearby was the battleship Royal Sovereign adjusting her compasses. We returned to anchorage in afternoon. 9 p.m. “Hands will … Continue reading

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2nd July 1916

(Sunday) At Scapa. Cold, rainy and foggy. Captain went “rounds”. Afterwards I went to Morning Service, followed by Holy Communion. This evening, went to a Service from 6 – 7 p.m. Had our usual hymnal service afterwards. I hear that … Continue reading

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1st July 1916

At Scapa. Fine day. Went out on the Flow and did some firing until 10-30 a.m. then returned to the anchorage and coaled. Ships have been firing all day, and I think the large amount of firing done here accounts … Continue reading

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30th June 1916

At Scapa. Calm but foggy. Mails delayed owing to fog. Cinema show tonight, first since we left Queensferry. Have not been but hear it is good.

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29th June 1916

At Scapa. With Admiral Browning and two other Admirals on board we went out to test the Burney Paravane this morning. It cut two out of three “mines” successfully. I am told that the inventor of this apparatus is Lieutenant … Continue reading

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28th June 1916

At Scapa. Weather dull and rough towards evening. Wrote to Mother this afternoon. A new mine-catching apparatus has come on board and we are going to test it tomorrow, on dummy mines of course. It is known as the Burney … Continue reading

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June 27th 1916

At Scapa. The Antrim and Devonshire came in this a.m. They have been out for 8 days patrol. The Donegal has gone out presumably on the same duty. One of the Battle Squadrons have been holding a Regatta today, and … Continue reading

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