Monthly Archives: May 1917

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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23rd May 1917

At Hampton Rds. About 12-30 a.m. a sudden storm arose, the wind springing up and in a very short time assuming hurricane-like force. Lightning, thunder and a rough sea completed the show. The steam pinnace broke away from the boom, … Continue reading

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22nd May 1917

At Hampton Rds. This morning a small operation was performed on a young fellow suffering from Pleurisy, 40 ounces of fluid being drawn off from around his Right lung. This young fellow has not been complaining of any pain but … Continue reading

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21st May 1917

At Hampton Rds. All whites is the rig today but it is quite cold compared to yesterday’s temperature. Our patient is rather worse today and arrangements were made to send him to Hospital in the forenoon. His temp. suddenly dropped … Continue reading

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20th May 1917

At Hampton Rds. I turned out at 1 a.m. and relieved the S. B. S.¬† The patient awoke at 1-30 a.m. the first time since he had the morphia injection. I gave him some brandy and milk and took his … Continue reading

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19th May 1917

At Hampton Rds. Another American battleship – the Pennsylvania – passed by this morning. Whilst the men were painting ship this forenoon the Commander came along and stopped them saying it was of no use as some more coal would … Continue reading

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18th May 1917

At Hampton Roads, Virginia. The men started coaling at 5-30 a.m. The Wyoming went up to Newport to dock and give leave. 9 a.m. U.S.S. Arkansas – sister ship to Wyoming – passed down playing “The King”. 11 a.m. Coaling … 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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13th May 1917

At New York. At 12-45 a.m. we were shook up by some fellows bringing in a stoker who was hopelessly drunk and with a deep cut under his chin. His injury was caused I am told through his falling from … Continue reading

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12th May 1917

At New York. At 8 a.m. an A. B. was fetched from shore in the steam pinnace having met with an accident whilst riding with some Yanks in the early hours. He was taken to the Hospital first, but as … Continue reading

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11th May 1917

At New York. Many instances have been related to me by our fellows of the open-heartedness of Americans, Australians and Englishmen they have met here. Many very wealthy men have taken them to see the sights, to the theatres, and … Continue reading

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10th May 1917

At New York. The men started coaling again early this morning and finished their irksome task and cleaned up ship by dinnertime. Wrote to Mother this afternoon. At 4-30 p.m. went ashore with 5 others. First went to Cook’s and … Continue reading

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9th May 1917

At New York. We have been treated to two instances of American “hustle” since we have been here. Firstly, on the day of our arrival fresh meat was ordered for the following day, but it did not arrive until two … Continue reading

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8th May 1917

At New York. At 9-30 a.m. the ship proceeded up the North River and is now anchored off 96 W Street. In coming up the river we passed the Statue of Liberty; had a good view of the “sky-scrapers” (Woolworth’s … 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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1st May 1917

Shelley Bay (Bermuda). Munday came on board at 7-15 a.m. having been called at 4 a.m. and told to pack up and go to the Dockyard. The “hands” were called early this morning before daylight. A party of men were … Continue reading

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