Monthly Archives: August 1916
At sea. Fine. 286 miles from Halifax at noon. Wore white trousers today. Wrote letters to you, Ma and Ethel this afternoon. Mustered by “open list” this evening. A lovely sunset.
At sea. Fine. Passed a few vessels today. Whilst looking out of the port this evening I saw a few small flying-fish. They looked very pretty swimming along the surface of the water. At noon today we were 576 miles … Continue reading
At sea. Fine. Well, this day last week was the one of our discontent, and really I am not so sorry that it is all over for we had to part some old time and get over the aftermath. The … Continue reading
At sea. Nice day. Came in a bit choppy towards the evening but not too bad. We took in a big canvas bath whilst at Devonport, which is kept on the upper deck filled with sea water when in hot … Continue reading
At sea. Weather improved. Still feeling weak and not at all workified. Captain went Rounds and I was jolly glad when he had been to Sick Bay, for I was fairly dropping with the rush of cleaning up and not … Continue reading
At Sea. Weather getting better. This is a good job for we had quite a lot of cleaning up to do today in readiness for Captain’s inspection tomorrow. Been able to eat fine today. Have not been so busy though … Continue reading
At Sea. Weather a little better. Have been able to keep some food down today. Feeling jolly weak though. Went to General Quarters again today. The Captain gets seasick, but he does not seem to have much thought for others. … Continue reading
At sea. Rough. Had a busy night with sea-sick stokers. We took in a lot of young stokers and seamen at Plymouth, men who had not been to sea before. Last night they were collapsing in the stokehold. I did … Continue reading
At sea. Was awakened by the anchor being weighed at 4 a.m. I recognised fully what it meant, and thought of you dear, and all the others. The weather did not look very promising when I opened up the ports … Continue reading
At Devonport. The day of departure has arrived and last night is the last I shall spend with you for some time to come. Am afraid I was getting too used to coming home unexpectedly and so hoped to get … Continue reading
At Devonport. Sorry I was not able to carry out my wish of yesterday re going to Church. It was 6-30 p.m. when I arrived home and, as I hadn’t had tea, going to Church was out of the question. … Continue reading
(Sunday) At Devonport. Returned on board this morning feeling much happier than yesterday morning, because I have carried out my promise and so now we are engaged. I went home in a “blue” mood yesterday and Mother guessed right away … Continue reading
At Devonport. Returned on board at 7 a.m. I heard before getting on board that we would not leave today as first supposed, but probably Monday or Wednesday. When I heard this I said to one of my mates “Shall … Continue reading
At Devonport. Came aboard at 7 a.m. Feeling so happy after the trip ashore last night. Found you all looking well, so brown. It was grand to be with you again. Had draft examined this a.m. Phoned to Co-op to … Continue reading
(Sunday) At Devonport. Moved into basin this morning. Started coaling soon after. One part of the ship’s company are engaged in getting up all the provisions from the store-rooms and the others are coaling ship. The store-rooms have to be … Continue reading
At sea. Better weather, but foggy. Passed Eddystone about 5-30 p.m. Arrived in Sound at 6-15 p.m., passing troopship outward bound. Well there are signs of the intense heat experienced in Plymouth lately, the grass on the Hoe looking very … Continue reading
At sea. Very rough. 100 miles off West Coast of Ireland. Had to ease speed owing to very bad weather.
At sea. Foggy most of day. Saw Captain this a.m. about passing for S. B. S. Said application will be made on arrival. This evening Captain told men that Admiral Browning had been to London (Admiralty) and applied for a … Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
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
At sea. Weather slightly better. Passed a dredger in tow of a tug this morning. Signals exchanged between the tug and our ship, disclosed the fact that the tug was making for harbour, as it could not make much progress … Continue reading
At Sea. Weather still the same. Our Lower Boom was broke in half this morning by a heavy sea striking it, and one of the broken ends crashed into a closed port, breaking the glass and injuring a stoker who … Continue reading
At Sea. Awful night and a similar day. The fires in the galley (cookhouse) were put out this morning by the heavy seas and as cooking was out of the question, corned beef was served out. Not a bit interested … Continue reading
At Sea. Very rough. Destroyers returned to harbour. Antrim went off on another route. Didn’t feel much like drawing pay this evening, but managed to, altho’ feeling pretty rotten.