Monthly Archives: March 1917

31st March 1917

At Bermuda. This a.m. we had a good clean up and it was a treat to see the old place looking something more like it should do again. Of course, it will take a few days to remove the “trade-marks” … Continue reading

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30th March 1917

At Bermuda. Went to Hospital this a.m. with a case. The mail left today. Bermudian came from South and went on to New York. Rained suddenly and heavily this evening. The Donegal‘s concert party are giving a charity show at … Continue reading

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29th March 1917

At Bermuda. Still about the same routine, painters still making a mess, continual hammering everywhere by the “maties” and our own men at work. This afternoon I had a short respite from each din, and went ashore to play in … Continue reading

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28th March 1917

At Bermuda. The poor old Sick Bay is looking sickly with paint and general chaos, now that the painters are at work. They have some funny ideas about working, which causes frequent rows between them and we who have to … Continue reading

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27th March 1917

At Bermuda. Letters dated March 11th reached us from our friends at Kingston today. I should like you to read these messages they are so full of humour and splendidly put together. They wish us back again for they have … Continue reading

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26th March 1917

At Bermuda. The painters are in! The Sick Bay is to be painted for the third time in 16 months, for what reason I know not, but certainly not because it needed doing. The Admiralty Orders are that it is … Continue reading

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25th March 1917

At Bermuda. Owing to Captain being away for week-end with Mr. Cochran as guests of the C-in-C, no “Rounds” took place today. Morning Service was held but I did not attend. This afternoon it rained heavily. The weather now seems … Continue reading

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24th March 1917

At Bermuda. Went to Hospital with 2 cases this a.m. The yacht Warrior came alongside this morning for refitting, taking in stores, etc. Most of her original crew have left her, having returned to America. Mr. Cochran still remains and … Continue reading

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23rd March 1917

At Bermuda. Nothing of interest to report.

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22nd March 1917

At Bermuda. Munday S. B. A. had to go to the R. N. Hospital today for duty, in the place of a S. B. A. from the Antrim, that ship having left for Halifax. He will remain there during the … Continue reading

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21st March 1917

At Bermuda. Went to Hospital this a.m. with three cases. Had a yarn with Dr. Turnbull whilst there. This afternoon I played in a football practice match. Had a very nice game. The Admiral came on board this morning to … Continue reading

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20th March 1917

At Bermuda. Went to Hospital this morning with a case. This afternoon I attended the funeral of late S. B. S. [censored, see previous entries]. Other members of the Staff from the Hospital and ships in harbour also went. A … Continue reading

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19th March 1917

At Bermuda. Information about the death of S. B. S. [censored, see previous entries] from consumption at the R. N. Hospital was signalled to the ships this afternoon. He is being buried at 10 a.m. tomorrow. What a terrible blow … Continue reading

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18th March 1917

At Bermuda. Donegal had a Church Parade this morning, falling in on the Jetty and marching to the Dockyard Ch. Expect we shall have one next Sunday. Captain went “Rounds”. I could not attend Morning Service, being detained until it … Continue reading

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17th March 1917

At Bermuda. I had to take a case to Hospital this morning. Whilst there I saw the S. B. S. who has been so ill. I did not recognise him at first when he called out to me as I … Continue reading

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16th March 1917

At Bermuda. Nothing special to note except that the mail left today.

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15th March 1917

At Bermuda. We have been running four bed cases continually of late, but today two of them were sent to Hospital and the other two allowed up about – one of them being S. B. A Woods. The beds are … Continue reading

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14th March 1917

At Bermuda. The Fleet Surgeon has been up to the Hospital this morning, and having returned, informs us that S. B. S. [name censored, referred to yesterday] nearly expired last night and is now in a critical state. I expect … Continue reading

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13th March 1917

At Bermuda. Wind changed round during night, so the ship was able to go in dock at noon today. We are now moored alongside the wall, astern of the floating dock in which the Donegal is at present refitting. She … 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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10th March 1917

At sea. It was very cold during the night and necessitated the use of an additional blanket. We are in serge clothing today and glad to be so, for the sudden change in temperature is felt very much. Land sighted … Continue reading

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9th March 1917

At sea. Rig changed today, serge coats being worn instead of white tunics. However the change is not necessary for it is quite warm enough for all whites. What a contrast! This afternoon the temp. suddenly dropped, and we were … Continue reading

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8th March 1917

At sea. G. Q’s this morning, this being rather a surprise, for Wednesday or Friday are the usual days. This alteration is partly on account of the “middies” I think. One of them is attending the Sick Bay with a … Continue reading

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7th March 1917

At sea. Passed Cuba this forenoon and Turks Island this evening. Sea rough but weather fine. We still speak about our friends at Kingston and wonder how they are faring.

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6th March 1917

At Kingston. Preparations were soon in progress this morning for going to sea. Ship was unmoored, boats hoisted in and secured, steam raised, etc, etc. The postman – one of the “boys” – went ashore this morning and was able … Continue reading

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5th March 1917

At Kingston. The Carnarvon arrived most unexpectedly at 7 a.m. and in due course went alongside the coaling jetty. Soon rumours began to fly around – “she had come to relieve us”, “we were going to Bermuda”, also to England … Continue reading

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4th March 1917

At Kingston. Captain went “Rounds”. Owing to duties I was not able to attend Morning Service, but went to Holy Communion. One of our Surgeons is sick with dysentery. I went ashore at 1 p.m. and with two other fellows … Continue reading

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3rd March 1917

At Kingston. This is the day of much excitement amongst the men taking part in the Concert, and also amongst the folks on shore, who have been prepared for a good time. This morning’s paper contains a most ambitious account … Continue reading

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2nd March 1917

At Kingston. G. Q’s this forenoon. A parcel mail sent in December reached the ship today. As could only be expected after so long most of them were useless, their contents either having perished or suffered considerably throught their handling … Continue reading

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1st March 1917

At Kingston. The women from the liner were going ashore early this morning and they seemed in good spirits. I am told they are volunteer munition-makers, going to England at the expense of the Government. Some of our fellows went … Continue reading

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