Monthly Archives: January 1917

31st January 1917

At sea. Passed around coast of San Domingo today, being in sight of it most of day. I have heard that a strange vessel is at present in harbour at Dominica. It is supposed that we are watching for her … Continue reading

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30th January 1917

At sea. Passed island South of San Domingo this morning. Went to pictures this evening.

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29th January 1917

At Kingston. Four sharks were seen near the ship this morning about 8-30 a.m. – one a very large fish. The Surgeon from the Dutch cruiser came on board this morning and was shown over the ship by one of … Continue reading

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28th January 1917

At Kingston. Fell in on Q. D. at 9 a.m. and proceeded to shore in boats. When all party landed were marched through the town headed by our band to St. George’s Church. This is quite a fine Church for … Continue reading

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27th January 1917

At Kingston. A Dutch cruiser came in this morning. She is called Holland and has come from Curacoa. The usual salutes were not fired owing to wartime I suppose. Her Captain came on board in accordance with the usual custom … Continue reading

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26th January 1917

At Kingston. G. Q’s at 6-30 a.m. Heard it would happen so was out early in readiness. Had a busy time during the exercise. Rained very heavily this afternoon instead of blowing as has been the case of late. Went … Continue reading

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25th January 1917

At Kingston. This evening instead of the usual bathing party a seining party went. A seine-net was drawn from Store at Devonport in August for the purpose of fishing. This evening was the first time it has been put to … Continue reading

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24th January 1917

At Kingston. I have noticed during the past few days that about 11 a.m. a stiff breeze comes and remains until 6 p.m. I noted this yesterday, but its occurrence again today about the same time led me to speak … Continue reading

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23rd January 1917

At Kingston. Had to take a patient to Hospital this morning. Whilst at the Hosp. I visited the fellow who had that bad accident. He is doing well. The M. O’s at this place consider our F. S. made a … Continue reading

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22nd January 1917

At Kingston. Paint and provision ship in progress today. A great rumour has reached my ears and I think it a “possible”. It states that we return to England in April to “pay off and refit”. I wonder! I have … Continue reading

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21st January 1917

At Kingston. Clean ship was the forenoon’s routine, so there was nothing doing in the Church Service way, such making the day not seem like a Sunday. At dinnertime leave from 1-30 p.m. to 7-30 p.m. was piped, so this … Continue reading

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20th January 1917

At Port Royal. I came on watch at midnight. Patient soon gave me a job, his tooth having started aching again. I attended to him and he soon went off to sleep, still being asleep now (2-30 a.m.). I am … Continue reading

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19th January 1917

At sea. 3 a.m. Just come on watch. Patient has been complaining of toothache, and I have attended to him. Daylight came in about 6 a.m. so I opened up the ports.  On so doing I saw a large island … Continue reading

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18th January 1917

At sea. Passed Turks Island at 8-30 a.m. – about a day’s run to Kingston from here. F. S. redressed the patient’s head this morning, stating that he was perfectly satisfied with appearance of wound. We are having a very … Continue reading

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17th January 1917

At sea. I am starting today early since I am writing these notes at 1 a.m. whilst keeping watch. My patient has been rather restless and has vomited some more blood. However, he is rational, which to me is just … Continue reading

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16th January 1917

At sea. News was received this morning about the presence of a “raider” in the direction of Ascension Isle. Later in the morning we came up with a British oil-steamer bound for the North Sea. She was ordered to return … Continue reading

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15th January 1917

At sea. Still a heavy swell running causing an uncomfortable roll. The rig today is blues, necessarily so as it is quite cold. There has been more excitement today about altering course South than I ever remember existing on our … Continue reading

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14th January 1917

(Sunday) At sea. We have changed our rig today, instead of being in white trousers and tunics we have to wear our serge cloth coats. We have run into some nasty weather and the ship has been rolling and pitching … Continue reading

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13th January 1917

At sea. Still going north and it is much colder already. Chaplain informs me that we are doing a quadrilateral patrol, arriving at a certain point North then we alter course West, then South to Jamaica. We are looking out … Continue reading

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12th January 1917

At sea. G. Q’s this morning – many “wounded” to attend to. This evening had to give a lecture to Stokers Division on Anti-Gas apparati and Special Stretcher (Neil-Robertson Bamboo and Canvas). Steaming in a North-Easterly direction.

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11th January 1917

At sea. Passed through Mona Passage between Dominica and Porto Rico. Assisted Fleet Surgeon in passing of First Aid Class this morning.

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10th January 1917

At sea. Off San Domingo the capital of Dominica at noon. Been steaming quite close to the islands all day. Went to the pictures this evening. Bunny was featured in “Pigs is Pigs” and was as usual funny. A good … Continue reading

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9th January 1917

At sea. At noon today we were of the South-West point of Dominica so apparently are doing the same patrol as last time. I am told we are to cover 3,000 miles during this patrol, which at the speed we … Continue reading

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8th January 1917

At Kingston. At 8-30 a.m. I was informed that we should go to sea today. Certain happenings rather corroborated this story. Just before dinner it was piped that the mail for England would close at 2 p.m. Of course we … Continue reading

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7th January 1917

At Kingston. No Rounds today owing to “Muster by Open List”. This being the first Sunday in the New Year we had to go before the Captain then receive our parchment certificate containing the yearly assessment of character and abilities. … Continue reading

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6th January 1917

At Kingston. Witnessed the catching of some fine fish by a fisherman near the ship this morning. The fish looked like large salmon and were as hard to secure. Watch aboard today so have not been able to go with … Continue reading

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5th January 1917

At Kingston. Turned in about 1 a.m. thanks to a rat-hunt in the Sick Bay. We have from time to time tried to catch a couple of rats which have made their quarters behind a cabinet, but until this time … Continue reading

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4th January 1917

At Kingston. Last night hearing that G. Q’s would be the spasm this morning at 6 a.m. we made preparations then so as to prevent a rush and waste of time this morning. I turned out at 5-30 a.m, washed … Continue reading

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3rd January 1917

At Kingston. I should have gone bathing this morning but owing to General Drill no bathing party is going. We have had an addition to the Mess today, the Fleet Surgeon having sent a parrot to the Sick Bay for … Continue reading

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2nd January 1917

At Kingston. Some excitement was caused this morning by the catching of a shark. The boatswain had put a large hook with a piece of pork for bait over the stern, attached to a very strong, thick rope. Johnny Shark … Continue reading

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1st January 1917

At Kingston. I saw a real live shark this morning about 10 feet off the ship. It was a monster and such a graceful-looking brute. It just swam up along the ship, then sheared off in another direction. Glad I … Continue reading

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