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Devonshire-class Armoured Cruiser

Pendant No. 50 (1914). Launched 4.9.03 Armstrong. 10,850 tons, 473(oa), 450(pp)x68x23ft. TE 21000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-7.5in, 6-6in, 2-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 6in guns. China 1914, 6th CS and 7th CS Grand Fleet 1915-16. Mined 5.6.16 off the Orkneys.Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. (British Warships 1914-1919)

Serving in 1st Cruiser Squadron, Channel Fleet and paid off for refit at Portsmouth in December 1908. Recommissioned in 3rd Division, Home Fleet in August 1909, and then in December 1911 for 6th CS, Mediterranean Fleet. Sent to China in 1912 until outbreak of war. Captured German merchantman on 11 August 1914 and took part in hunt for the Emden. Joined Grand Fleet in December 1914, becoming part of 7th CS in January 1915. Sent to White Sea to protect shipping in November 1915. Serving with 2nd CS in 1916 and took part in Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. Embarked Lord Kitchener and his staff for mission to North Russia but struck a mine off the Shetlands on 5 June 1916, foundering with the lost of all but 12 men. (Battle honour - Jutland 1916). (Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-21)

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Editor’s notes:

I have removed most of the entries concerned with routine activities such as ‘Cleaning Ship’, hoisting boats etc. in the interest of readability. I have added notes on some of the ships and places encountered to give the reader a better picture of the naval environment. The tonnages for ships have been rounded as various values are quoted in different sources depending on whether they use tons or tonnes and the loading of the ship. Further information can be obtained from Naval History or Wikipedia for those wishing to pursue their own researches.

THE VOYAGES OF HMS HAMPSHIRE 1914-1915
(A more detailed plot follows in the text)

JP map overview

(Maps prepared using Journey Plotter, developed by Maikel. The Plots can only be approximate. They are made by joining-up positions on successive days, and sometimes positions are not given. There will therefore be occasions when the ship appears to have travelled overland)

LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1914


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Specifications:

Engines: manufacturer Hawthorn Leslie & Co

IHP 20500

Vertical inverted triple expansion, 4 cylinder, surface condensing

Fixed on board 1904

Boilers: manufacturer Hawthorn Leslie & Co

Garrow large tube & cylindrical, 3 furnaces

Made 1904

Fixed in vessel 1904

Propeller: manufacturer Hawthorn Leslie & Co

Admiralty Pattern new type


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Establishment of Ship

Officers 32

Seamen & Boys278

Marines 68

Engine Room224

Other non-executive Ratings 73

Total675


Armament

Focsle, Quarter Deck & Batteries4 7.5” Breech Loading, Hydraulic mounting

Casements on Main Deck and Upper Deck6 6” Breech Loading

Upper Deck3 pounder Vickers – 20


Torpedo

2 submerged 18” tubes, 1 on either beam

9 18” torpedoes Mk V

4 14” torpedoes Mk XI


Boats

1 Picket boat56ft

1 steam pinnace40ft

1 launch42ft

1 pinnace36ft

2 cutters32ft

1 cutter30ft

1 gig30ft

1 whaler27ft

1 Montague whaler27ft

2 dingheys16ft

1 balsa raft13.5ft


Miscellaneous

Tons of coal (43cu ft per ton)1680 tons

Water for boilers160 tons

Water for drinking60 tons


Barometer

Mercurial, N & Z no 159

Ht of cistern above sea 12ft


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THE VOYAGES OF HMS HAMPSHIRE
Operations off Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

JP map Hampshire Sri Lanka

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1 October 1914

Lat 5.2, Long 82.9

2.00 am: Hands sleep at General Quarters.

7.00 am Cleaning Ship.

11.15 pm: Dondra Head Light abeam 15’

Number on sick list: 13


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2 October 1914

Colombo [Ceylon, now Sri Lanka]

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

1.20 am: Galle Light abeam 9’

2.00 am: Hands sleep at General Quarters

3.45 am: Barberyn Light abeam

8.00 am: Coaling ship

0.40 pm: “Dupleix” arrived

5.15 pm: Proceeded as requisite for leaving by West entrance, Collier SS “Ark” in company

Number on sick list: 11


[Dupleix was a French armoured cruiser of 7700 tonnes, named after Joseph François Dupleix, Governor General of French Establishment in India. She was built at Rochefort, launched in 1900 and finally decommissioned in 1919.]


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3 October 1914

Lat 8.1, Long 76.8

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

5:35 am: Altered course South at 78 revs to close Steamer.

6.01 am: Resumed original course & speed.

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list: 12


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4 October 1914

Lat 11.1, Long 73.5

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

8.50 am: Sighted Androth Island N73W

10.05 am: Stopped to communicate with fishing fleet

2.00 pm: Sighted Riltan Island N53W

6.00 pm: Collier took station astern

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list: 12


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5 October 1914

Lat 7.7, Long 73.2

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

7.50 am: Sighted Minikoi Island

2.30 pm: Sighted Kelai Island South

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list: 14


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6 October 1914

Male, Maldive Islands

Lat 4.2, Long 73.5

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

8.00 am: Heavy rain squall

9.30 am: Heavy rain squall

0.20 pm: Commenced coaling

5.00 pm: Finished coaling

5.30 pm: Proceeded as requisite for leaving Male Harbour. Saluted flag of Sultan with 17 guns. Shore battery returned salute.

Number on sick list: 13


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7 October 1914

Lat 5.6, Long 76.6

2.30 am Hands sleeping at general quarters

10.20 am: Altered course 16 points to starboard to close collier

10.40 am: Altered course 16 points to starboard, course N66E

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list: 15


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8 October 1914

Lat 7.1, Long 79.0

7.30 am: Sighted “Empress of Asia” on Port Bow

7.40 am: Altered course N25W to close "Empress of Asia"

Collier “Ark” parted company, proceeded to Colombo

9.55 am: Stopped, sent boat to “Empress of Asia”

10.40 am: Proceeded 68 revs, course N66W “Empress of Asia” took station

11.45 am: Altered course N30W to close steamer

12.30 pm: Course as requisite for speaking steamer

2.05 pm: Altered course N40W to close steamer

2.35 pm: Course as requisite for speaking steamer

9.30 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

10.00 pm: Sighted Mutum Point Light N55W

Number on sick list: 16


[Empress of Asia, 17,000 tons, was built by Fairfields Ship Building and Engineering at Govan, on the Clyde, in 1912 for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. At this time she was armed with 8 4.7” guns and commanded by Royal Navy Officers. She was sunk by the Japanese in 1942.]


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9 October 1914

Lat 6.3, Long 78.7

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

6.10 am: "Empress of Asia" took station 20' on port beam.

8.40 am: Exercised control parties

9.35 am: Divisions, Prayers

10.40 am: Altered course S22W 78 revs to close steamer

4.0 pm: Quarters

4.50 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia" for mails & provisions.

5.30 Proceeded N66W 66 revs.

9.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 16


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10 October 1914

Lat 6.9, Long 76.5

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.18 am: Altered course N45W 78 revs to close steamer

6.22 am: Altered course N22W

7.50 am Altered course N66W 68 revs.

8.40 am: Exercised Control Parties

9.35 am: Divisions Prayers.

5.25 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia" for provisions.

6.00 pm: Proceeded N66W 68 revs.

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 16


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11 October 1914

Lat 7.5, Long 76.7

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

6.00 am: "Empress of Asia" took station 30' on port beam

5.05 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to “Empress of Asia” for provisions

5.45 pm: Proceeded S80E 72 revs

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


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12 October 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

2.00 am: Hands Sleeping at General Quarters

5.00 am: Sighted: Colombo:

6.00 am: Picked up pilot

6.30 am: Coal lighters alongside.

7.00 am: Commenced coaling (native labour)

6.00 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 12


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13 October 1914

Lat 6.1, Long 79.7

6.00 am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

9.45 am: Altered course & as requisite to close steamer

10.00pm: Hands asleep at General Quarters

Number on sick list 10


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14 October 1914

Chagos Archipelago

Lat 1.4, Long 76.3

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 11


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15 October 1914

Lat -3.6, Long 72.6

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

5.00 pm: Sighted Peros Banhos Islands ahead

10.00 pm: Hands Sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


[Peros Banhos is a coral atoll made up of 32 separate islets]


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16 October 1914

Lat -1.5, Long 73.9

2.00 am: Hands Sleeping at General Quarters

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


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17 October 1914

Lat 3.4, Long 78.1

12.20 am: Altered course N28E to close vessel sighted, exercised Action

1.00 am: Secured

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

1.15 pm: Altered course S22.5W to close “Empress of Asia”

2.30 pm: Sighted “Empress of Asia”

4.00 pm: “Empress of Asia” took station on port beam

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


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18 October 1914

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

1.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

5.30 am: Sighted Colombo Lt N65E

6.55 am: Picked up pilot & proceeded into harbour

8.20 am: Commenced coaling (native labour)

11.00 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 14


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19 October 1914

Lat 6.0, Long 78.0

6.00 am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

8.58 am: Barberyn Light abeam 13’

1.25 pm: Course as requisite for closing steamer

2.50 pm: Resumed course S70E

8.00 pm: Sighted Hambantota Light N45E

9.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

10.20 pm: Course as requisite for closing steamer

Number on sick list 15


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20 October 1914

Lat 5.9, Long 80.3

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

4.15 am: Sighted Dondra Head Abeam 5’

7.20 am: Course as requisite for closing “Yarmouth” and convoy

7.40 am: Stopped. Sent boat to "Yarmouth" for mails

8.00 am: Sent boat to "Empire" for two ratings

1.05 pm: Altered course N45E to close steamer

3.20 pm: Increased to 70 revs, course as requisite for closing steamer

5.05 pm: Galle Light abeam 6’

8.00 pm: “Empress of Asia” took station on starboard beam.

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


[HMS Yarmouth was a town class Light Cruiser of 5200 tons. She was built by the London and Glasgow

Company and commissioned in 1912. She was sold for scrap in 1929.]


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21 October 1914

Lat 5.1, Long 76.8

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.00 am: "Empress of Asia" took station 20' on Std. beam

4.45 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia for provisions.

5.15 pm: Proceeded S70W. 68 revs.

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 16


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22 October 1914

Lat 3.1, Long 73.2

2.00 am Hands sleeping at General Quarters

5.40 am: Sighted Fotes Island S30W

6.20 am: Altered course N60W, "Empress of Asia" parted company

8.00 am: Fulida Island abeam 2.5’

2.05 pm: Course and speed as requisite for trying to communicate with native fishing boats

3.30 pm: Altered course N29E Mafwsi Island abeam 2’

5.30 pm: "Empress of Asia" took station astern.

5.55 pm: Stopped. Sent boat for provisions

7.35 pm: Fotca [?] Island abeam 5’

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 17


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23 October 1914

Lat 6.1, Long 73.4

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarter

6.30 am: Fadiffola [?] Atoll ahead

8.15 am: Difurci [?] Island abeam 2’

11.25 am: Ruluda [?] Island abeam 2’

3.00 pm: Komdagdu [?] Island abeam 5’

4.30 pm: “Empress of Asia” rejoined

5.00 pm: Stopped. Sent boat for provisions

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on Sick list: 11


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24 October 1914

Lat 6.8, Long 76.6

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

6.00 am: "Empress of Asia" opened out 20 to 30' to Northward

4.30 pm: Stopped. Sent boarding party to S.S. "Great City"

5.00 pm: Proceeded 68 revs N25E.

5.40 pm: "Empress of Asia" took station astern.

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on Sick list: 13


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25 October 1914

Lat 5.9, Long 80.3

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.00 am: Stopped. Sent to "E[mpress] of A[sia]" for provisions

6.30 am: Proceeded East 68 revs. "Empress of Asia" parted company

10.40 am: Course as required for closing SS "Oopack”

3.15 pm: Boarded SS “Alesia” (?)

5.00 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to “Empress of Asia”

5.30pm: “Empress of Asia” took station astern

8.24 pm Great Basses Lt abeam 10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on Sick list: 10


[SS Oopack, about 4000 tons, was built in1894 by Workman, Clark & Co at Belfast. She was bought by Holt’s in 1902 and torpedoed in 1918 by U68 commanded by Karl Doenitz

Great Basses Reef was notorious as far back as the 15th century and caused many shipwrecks. Both the early Chinese and Persian mariners noted its dangers.]


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26 October 1914

Lat 5.8, Long 80.7

1.50 am: Sighted Dondra Head 8’

"Empress of Asia" parted company for Colombo

Hands sleeping at General Quarters

9.00 am: Altered course S65E & as requisite to close steamer

1.30 pm: Stopped. Boarded Dutch Steamer "Artemis"

6.10 pm: Sighted Dondra Head 5’

7.00 pm: Altered course S70W & as requisite to examine steamer

9.30 pm: Galle Light abeam

Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 10


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27 October 1914

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

12.45 am: Berberyn Light abeam

Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.00 am: Stopped. Picked up Pilot & proceeded as requisite into harbour

9.00 am: Coaling ship (native labour)

10.00 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 10


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28 October 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

12 noon: General leave to Starboard Watch till 6.30 p.m.

Number on sick list 8


29 October 1914

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

8.00 am: Divers examining "Empress of Asia's" underwater fittings.

9.00 pm: HMS Yarmouth arrived.


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30 October 1914

Lat 6.1, Long 79.9

2.00 am: Raised steam in requisite boilers

6.00 am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

6.05 pm: Course & speed as requisite for speaking steamer

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Draught Forward 27'.0" Aft 26'.6"

Number on Sick List: 9


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31 October 1914

Lat 5.8, Long 81.1

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

2.05 am: Hambantota Light abeam 9’

3.40 pm: Altered course S35W to close steamer

4.00 pm: Quarters. Read Warrant No. 29.

4.30 pm: Great Basses Light abeam 8’

8.20 pm: Great Basses Light abeam 10’

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 10



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1914


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1 November 1914

Lat 6.6, Long 78.8

1.35 am: Altered course North to close steamer

2.40 am: Altered course S68W. Increased to 78 revs to close steamer.

4.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

9.10 am: Altered course N45E. Increased to 78 revs to close steamer.

6.00 pm: Altered course N45W to close steamer

10.05 pm: Altered course S80E to close steamer

Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 11


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2 November 1914

Lat 8.0, Long 76.4

12.30 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

1.40 am: Turned 16 points to Starboard, spoke SS “Pengreep”.

8.45 am: Altered course N10E to close steamer

8.07 am: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia" for provisions.

8.40 am: Proceeded N78W 62 revs. "Empress of Asia" took station 10' ahead, collier "Ark" astern.

11.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


[SS Pengreep, 4800 tons, built in Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Drydock Co Ltd at West Hartlepool. Requisitioned by Admiralty when completed.]


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3 November 1914

Lat 7.7, Long 75.9

1.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

3.50 am: Altered course as requisite to close Collier “Ark”

5.00 am: “Empress of Asia scouting NWbN

6.45 am: Altered course N65W & as requisite for closing steamer

7.07 am: Stopped. Boarded SS Alicante

9.38 am: Stopped. Boarded SS Monado [?]

5.00 pm: Stopped. Sent to “Empress of Asia” for provisions

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


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4 November 1914

Lat 7.0, Long 73.3

5.30 am: Kelai [?] Island: S45W

6.45 am: Course & speed as requisite for going alongside Collier "Ark"

7.30 am: Collier secured alongside

7.45 am: Proceeded with Port Engine 30 revs. Collier towing alongside

8.35 am: Commenced coaling

2.15 pm: Finished coaling

2.45 pm: Cast off Collier.

5.30 pm: Stopped. Sent to "Empress of Asia" for provisions.

8.10 pm: Sighted Minikoi abeam 8’

Number on sick list 12


[Hands still suffering from disturbed nights sleeping at General Quarters]


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5 November 1914

Lat 8.8, Long 73.2

3.57 pm: Stopped. Sent to "Empress of Asia" for provisions.

4.00 pm: Captains of "Empress of Asia" & "Empress of Russia" repaired on board "Hampshire".

5.00 pm: Quarters. Read Warrant No. 30

6.00 pm: "Ark" took station astern

Number on sick list 14


[Empress of Russia, 17000 tons, built 1912-3 by Fairfields Shipbuilding & Engineering at Govan on the Clyde. Built as a liner, she was refitted as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.]


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6 November 1914

Lat 7.6, Long 76.3

2.00 am: Revolutions as required for keeping "Ark" in sight

Number on sick list 13


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7 November 1914

Lat 6.6, Long 79.3

5.00 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Russia" & "Empress of Asia."

6.10 pm: Proceeded N10E 78 revs.

6.42 pm: Altered course N43W. "Ark" took station astern

Number on sick list 14


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8 November 1914

Lat 7.8, Long 77.6

6.15 am: Altered course northward to examine steamer

2.50 pm: Course and speed as requisite for examination of steamer

9.10 pm: Quilon Light abeam 8’

10.50 pm: Altered course N35W to close steamer

Number on sick list 13


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9 November 1914

Lat 9.7, Long 75.4

6.03 am: Stopped. Proceeded as required for going alongside collier

7.00 am: Proceeded with port engine 25 revs. Course South. Towing collier alongside

8.00 am: Commenced coaling

12.30 pm: Finished coaling

12.45 pm: Cast off collier. Course & speed as required.

4.30 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Russia" for provisions.

Number on sick list 16


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10 November 1914

Lat 7.6, Long 75.8

1.15 am: Parted company with Collier "Ark"

8.40 am: "Empress of Russia" 10' on port beam.

12.30 pm: "Empress of Asia" took station 5 cables on beam

4.00 pm: "Empress of Asia" parted company

Number on sick list 17


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11 November 1914

Lat 3.7, Long 79.9

Number on sick list 16.



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12 November 1914

Lat 0.0, Long 84.2

9.00 am: Altered course S61E. "Empress of Russia" parted company

8.00 pm: Altered course N40W. Communicated with "Melbourne”

Number on sick list 14


[HMAS Melbourne, 5400 tons, launched May 1912, built by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd at Birkenhead.]


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13 November 1914

Lat 0.6, Long 84.7

8.00 am: Course and speed as requisite for communicating with “Ibuki” and taking station ahead of convoy. Number on sick list 14


[IJN Ibuki, 15000 ton battle cruiser. Launched Oct 1907 and built by Kure Naval Arsenal. The convoy was transporting ANZAC troops. Details of the convoy can be found at http://www.flotilla-australia.com/hmat.htm although the collision isn’t mentioned. This was the first convoy of the ANZAC expeditionary force.]


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14 November 1914

Lat 4.0, Long 81.9

10.15 am: Increased to 80 revs. Parted company with convoy.

9.43 pm: Sighted Galle Light N2W

11.30 pm: Galle Light abeam 8’

Number on sick list: 16


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15 November 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

2.00 am: Barberyn Light abeam.

6.00 am: Course and speed as requisite for embarking Pilot and proceeding to buoys

7.00 am: Collier "Ark" secured alongside

8.00 am: Commenced coaling

10.00 am: "Sydney" & "Empress of Russia" arrived.

Noon: "Ibuki" arrived. "Melbourne" sailed

6.30 pm: Finished coaling

Number on Sick List: 14


[HMAS Sydney, 5400 tons, launched 1912 and built by London & Glasgow Engineering Co.]


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16 November 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

8.00 am: Divers examining underwater fittings

10.15 am: "Yarmouth" arrived

Number on sick list 12


[Crew at last catching up on some rest as they no longer required to sleep at General Quarters.]


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17 November 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

2.00 am: Raised steam in twelve boilers.

11:45 am: Cast off buoys. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour.

Noon: Course & speed as requisite for taking station on convoy

1.00 pm: Convoys course N70W, speed 10 knots

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 9


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18 November 1914

Lat 7.8, Long 75.7

1.00 am: Convoys Course N78W. Speed 10 knots. Course & speed as required for keeping in touch with convoy.

8.00 am: Convoy altered course N75W. Course & speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy.

6.30 pm: Course and speed as requisite for closing steamer.

Number on sick list 8


[The Captain has resumed the practice of hands sleeping at General Quarters. Sleep deprivation all round.]


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19 November 1914

Lat 9.1, Long 71.9

1.00 am: Convoy's course N70W. Speed 10 knots

Course & speed as required for keeping in touch with convoy

6.00 am: Convoy altered course N75W. Reduced to 8 knots

"Ascanius" hauled out of line. Course & speed as required for speaking "Ascanius"

Number on sick list: 9


[HMAT or His Majesty’s Australian Transport Ascanius carrying ANZAC troops.]


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20 November 1914

Lat 10.2, Long 67.8

12.30 am: Convoy's course N75W. Speed 10 Knot

Course & speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy

8.00 am: Course & speed as required for communicating with "Ibuki"

9.00 am: Course & speed as requisite for taking station on convoy.

Number on Sick List: 11


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21 November 1914

Lat 11.3, Long 63.4

12.30 am: Convoy's course N75W speed 10 knots

Course and speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy

4.40 am: Course and speed as requisite for assist ships in collision - Ascanius and Shropshire

6.20 am: Stopped. Picked up capsized boat. Hands employed working main derrick.

1.30 pm: Convoy altered course N79W

Number on sick list 13


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22 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 12.1, Long 59.1

12.30 am Course N79W speed 10knots, course and speed as requisite for staying in touch with convoy.

7.30 am: Course & speed as requisite for closing "Katuna", broken down

8.05 am: Course & speed as required for rejoining convoy

10.00 am: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto"

12.07 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto"

12.45 pm: Proceeded 78 revs, course as requisite for taking station ahead of convoy

5.00 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto” for fresh meat

5.10 pm: Proceeded. Course & speed as requisite for keeping 1’ ahead of convoy

Number on sick list 12


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23 November 1914

Lat 12.9, Long 54.5

12 midnight: Convoy's Course N79W speed 10 knots

9.00 am: Sighted Sokotra S80W

3.55 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Wiltshire"

4.00 pm: Proceeded as required.

4.10 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto"

4.24 pm: Proceeded as required for keeping 1' ahead of convoy

Number on the Sick List 16


[Sokotra is now written as Socotra or Soqotra, arabic transliteration is Suqutra. It is a very isolated archipelago of 4 islands and apparently one third of its plant species are found nowhere else.]


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24 November 1914

Lat 12.9, Long 50.0

12 midnight: Convoy’s course S88W speed 10 knots

Course & speed as required for keeping 1' ahead of convoy

7.00 am: Course & speed as required for examining steamer

8.00 am: Parted company with convoy. Shaped course S88W 93revs.

Number on sick list 17


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25 November 1914

Place: Aden

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

8.00 am: Parted company with convoy, course S88W 93 revs.

8.15 am: Stopped. Hoisted out packet boat for provisions

8.45 am: Secured alongside Collier "Crossby

1 rating joined from "Ibuki"

9.30 am: Commenced coaling.

5.00 pm: Discharged 4 ratings, lent to "Ascanius"

6.00 pm: Lost overboard 29 sacks coal, tarred, 2 cwt.

9.00 pm: Finished coaling. Collier cast off.

Number on sick list 19


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26 November 1914

Lat 12.5, Long 44.0

6.00 am Weighed

6.10 am: Proceeded 63 revs. Co as requisite for taking station ahead of Convoy

1.00 pm: New Zealand Convoy took station 5' ahead

8.40 pm: Sighted Mid. Haycock Is. N50W

9.30 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 20


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27 November 1914

Lat 15.8, Long 41.5

5.40 am: Sighted Centre Peak Island off starboard bow

9.40 am: Sighted Jebel Tevi Light House abeam 4’

11.30 am: Course & speed as required for examining steamer & re-joining convoy.

3.30 pm: Course as required for closing "Orvieto"

4.32 pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto" for fresh provisions.

Number on sick list 22


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28 November 1914

Lat 19.5, Long 39.2

Number on Sick List: 24


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29 November 1914

Lat 23.2, Long 37.1

10.45 pm: Sighted Daedalus Island N52W

Number on Sick List 24


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30 November 1914

Lat 26.7, Long 34.8

8.35 am: Sighted Brothers Island N72W

3.50 am: Sighted Shadwan Island N38W

7.10 am: Sighted Ashrafi Island N50W

Number on sick list 22



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1914


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1 December 1914

Suez Canal

Lat 29.9, Long 32.5

1.00 am: Ras Gharib Light abeam 4’

4.20 am: Sighted Lafarana Light N37W

9.30 am: Stopped. Sent to transports for German Prisoners of War.

2.30 pm: Weighed. Proceeded, course & speed as requisite for entering channel. Pilot in charge.

9.00 pm: Stopped off Ismalia. Changed pilots.

Number on sick list 8


[At least in the Canal the crew don’t have to sleep at General Quarters.]


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2 December 1914

Suez Canal

Lat 31.3, Long 32.3

4.00 am: Stopped, secured head & stern to buoys of 2nd island, Port Said.

10.00 am: Coaling ship (native labour)

3.00 pm: German prisoners of war from SS Orvieto and Mauganui joined ship

8.00 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 21


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3 December 1914

Port Said

Lat 31.9, Long 31.5

6.40 am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving Port Said. Pilot in charge.

7.15 am: Stopped. Discharged pilot.

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 17


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4 December 1914

Lat 33.4, Long 26.1

Number on sick list 17


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5 December 1914

Lat 34.7, Long 20.1

Number on sick list 20


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6 December 1914

Malta

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

10.10 am: Course & speed as requisite for entering Grand Harbour.

10.50 am: Discharged German prisoners of war

1.00 pm: 5 ratings joined ship from “Egmont”

2.00 pm: Coaling ship (native labour)

6.30 pm: Finished coaling

7.30 pm: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour.

9.55 pm: Gozo Lt abeam 5’

Number on sick list 19


[HMS Egmont is the name of the RN shore base in Malta. It was named after the ship which served as the base until 1912.]


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7 December 1914

Lat 37.2, Long 11.0

7.35 am: Spadillo Light House abeam 6’

11.40 am: Cape Bon abeam 5.5’ [Tunisia]

3.20 pm: Altered course S60W & as requisite to close steamer

3.55 pm: Cani Rock Light House abeam 3.2’

Number on sick list 25


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8 December 1914

Lat 37.3, Long 5.1

1.30 pm: Altered course S30W & as requisite for closing & boarding Greek steamer

3.50 pm: Altered course S78W to close steamer

5.22 pm: Cape Bengut abeam 10’

8.50 pm: Caxine Light abeam 14’

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 26


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9 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.5, Long -0.8

4.00 pm Read warrants nos 33, 34, 35, 36

10.22 pm: Alboran Island abeam 5’ [Spanish]

Number on sick list 23


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10 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

4.40 am: Sighted Almina Light

5.40 am: Sighted Europa Light

7.00 am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour by North entrance

7.40 am: Pilot came on board

4.00 pm: General leave to watch till 7 am. Landed patrol.

Number on sick list 21



Logbook Pages now cover two days

Entries may need to be reassigned to the second day on the page


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11 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

1.30 pm: “Carmania” sailed

2.00 pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

Number on sick list 10


[HMS Carmania, 19500 tons, was launched in 1905 from John Brown’s yard, Clydebank. She was designed as a Cunard liner but converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser in 1914 with the installation of 8 4.7” guns. She sank the German merchant cruiser SMC Cap Trafalgar during the Battle of Trinidade.]


12 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.30 am: “Caesar” sailed.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Caesar, 16000 tons, was launched in 1895 and was the flagship of the Majestic class of Battleships.]

[The crew were now given regular overnight leave until 7am.]


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13 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

2.00 pm: Landed funeral party

4.00 pm: Funeral party returned

Number on sick list 20


14 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.30 pm: Read warrant no 32

Number on sick list 18


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15 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Number on sick list 11


16 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.30 pm: Read warrant no 37

Number on sick list 10


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17 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Number on sick list 9

18 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Number on sick list 10


[Refitting continues with a bit of training and some local leave.]


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19 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Number on sick list 9


20 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.30 pm: Read warrant no 38

Number on sick list 10



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21 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

11.00 am: Read warrant no 39

2.00 pm: Discharged Private Smith RMLI to military detention barracks

Number on sick list 13


22 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Number on sick list 13



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23 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

11.30 am: Discharged I rating to hospital

Number on sick list 11


24 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

11.30 am: Ship undocked & placed alongside New Mole

Number on sick list 11


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25 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

10 am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 9


26 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

4.00 pm: Read Warrant No 41

Number on sick list 9


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27 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

10.10 am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 13


28 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00 am: HMS Eclipse arrived.

4.00 pm: Quarters. Read warrant No 42

Number on sick list 15


[HMS Eclipse, 5600 tons, was built in Portsmouth Dockyard and launched in March 1897. She was sold for scrap in 1921.]


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29 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00 am: Landed marine detachment for drill

11.00 am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

3.00 pm: Two ratings joined from hospital

Number on sick list 17


30 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

4.00 pm: Read Warrant No 43

Number on sick list 18


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31 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

11.00 am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

Number on sick list 20



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1915


1 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

12 noon: Read Warrants No 44, 45, 46

1.00 pm: Discharged 2 prisoners to detention barracks

Number on sick list 21


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2 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Number on sick list 23


3 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.00 pm: Wind veered to NW

Number on sick list 18


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4 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.00 pm: Lost overboard by accident 200 lb cask of sugar

4.00 pm: Read Warrants No 47 & 48

Number on sick list 20


5 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

11.00 am: French Cruiser "Friant" Sailed

3.00 pm: 1 rating rejoined from hospital

Number on sick list 15


[Friant was a 4000t ‘protected cruiser’ built in 1892 and scrapped in 1920]



Logbooks now revert to one page per day


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6 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00 am: "Penelope" & "Inconstant" arrived.

3.00 pm: Four prisoners joined from Detention Barracks

4.00 pm: Read Warrants No 49, 50 & 51

4.30 pm: Seventy two ratings joined from "Calgarian"

5.00 pm: Twenty four ratings joined from "Cormorant"

Number on sick list 14


[HMS Penelope, a light cruiser of 3500 tons, was launched in August 1914 at Vickers Shipyard and scrapped in 1924.

HMS Inconstant, a light cruiser of 3500 tons was launched in July 1914 at William Beardmore’s Yard and scrapped in 1922.

HMS Calgarian, 17500 tons was launched in April 1913 at the Fairfield Yard in Govan for the Allen Line. She was taken over by the Navy in September 1914 and torpedoed in March 1918 and is part of the OW fleet.

HMS Cormorant, 1100 tons, was launched in Chatham in 1877. In 1889 she became a ‘receiving ship’ at Gibraltar.]


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7 January 1915

Lat 36.0, Long -5.5

4.00 am: Raised steam in requisite boilers

6.00 am: Hands cleaning ship & preparing for sea

8.00 am: Six ratings joined from hospital

10.00 am: Cast off. Engines as requisite for turning ship & leaving by North Entrance

12.35 pm: Tarife Light House abeam 2’

11.05 pm: Altered course N71W to avoid steamer

11.20 pm: Resumed Course N55W

Number on sick list 21


[She is back at sea with a contingent of new ratings to settle in!]


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8 January 1915

Lat 38.3, Long -9.8

2.35 am: Sighted Cape St Vincent Light N15W

4.45 pm: Quarters. Read Warrant no 52

Number on sick list 18


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9 January 1915

Lat 42.8, Long -9.9

3.15 am: Course & speed as requisite to pick up lifebuoy

1.00 pm: Ran in & secured X2 & Y2 guns

Number on sick list 16


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10 January 1915

Lat 46.8, Long -7.1

2.00 am: Hands at night defence stations

7.30 am: Exercised General Quarters

8.00 am: Cleaning ship

9.30 am: Divisions

9.40 am: Held divine service

10.15 am: Exercised control parties

4.00 pm: Quarters

Exercised night defence stations

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 16


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11 January 1915

Plymouth

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

2.00 am: Sighted Lizard Light N12E

5.15 am: Course as requisite for rounding Eddystone & entering Plymouth Sound.

7.00 am: Pilot on board.

7.15 am: Weighed & proceeded up harbour.

10.00 am: Discharged 8 ratings to Hospital & 72 to Royal Naval Barracks

11.00 am: Commenced coaling

2.00 pm: Discharged 24 ratings to RNB

6.00 pm: Finished coaling

7.00 pm: Cleaning ship

Number on sick list 8


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12 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

Noon: Gave General leave to SW till 10.30 pm Friday [today is Tuesday]

Number on sick list 4


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13 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

8.00 am: Marines landed to draw clothing

10.00 am: Returned one torpedo to yard

Number on sick list 4


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14 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

Hands drawing stores & as requisite.

Number on sick list 4



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15 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

Hands drawing stores & as requisite.

Number on sick list 4


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16 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

Noon: General leave to Port Watch till 10.30 pm Tuesday. [Today is Saturday]

1.30 pm: Ship berthed alongside Keyham Wall

Number on sick list 3


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17 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

8.00 am: Landed church parties

9.40 am: Divisions. Prayers

11.30 am: Church parties returned

10.00 pm: Lieut. Johnston left ship for "Hillary"

Number on sick list 4


[HMS Hillary or Hilary, 6500 tons, was built by Caledon Shipyards in Dundee for Booth Steamship Company. She was requisitioned in 1914 and torpedoed off the Shetland Islands in May 1917.]


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18 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

8.00 am: Hands employed drawing stores & as requisite

Landed marines to draw clothing

1.00 pm: Hands employed preparing for sea as requisite.

10.00 pm: Sub Lieutenant Hill left ship for HMS Devonshire

Number on Sick List 3


[HMS Devonshire was an armoured cruiser of 11000 tons. She was built in 1904 and sold in 1921]


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19 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

8.00 am: Hands employed painting & refitting ship

1.00 pm: Discharged ship's steward to Royal Naval Barracks

1.00 pm: Hands employed drawing stores, preparing for sea & as requisite.

3.00 pm: One domestic joined ship

3.30 pm: Ship's steward joined from Royal Naval Barracks

4.30 pm: Lieutenant Pearson joined ship

Number on sick list 4


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20 January 1915

Lat 49.7, Long -6.4

2.00 am: Pilot onboard

3.00 am: Cast off from Keyham wall. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour.

3.55 am: Stopped. Discharged pilot

11.45 am: Sighted Bishop Rock light ahead.

12.15 pm: Course as requisite for taking station astern of Minotaur.

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations

Other: a/c N75W

Number on sick list 2


[HMS Minotaur, 14800 tons, was built at Devonport in 1906 and was sold in 1920. She fought in the Battle of Jutland. She is part of the OW fleet.]


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21 January 1915

Lat 51.5, Long -10.4

7.00 am Sighted Fastnet Light abeam 17’

Number on sick list 6


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22 January 1915

Lat 53.3, Long -11.3

4.40 pm: Quarters. Read Warrants Nos 53 & 54

Number on sick list 8


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23 January 1915

Lat 57.8, Long -9.1

11.00 am: Course & speed as requisite for range keeping exercise with HMS Minotaur.

2.30 pm: Resumed station astern of HMS Minotaur

3.30 pm: Increased to 15 knots "Cumberland” took station astern

7.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

8.10 pm: Butt of Lewis Light abeam 4'

10.40 pm: Cape Wrath abeam 4'

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Cumberland, 9800 tons, built by the London & Glasgow Co in 1902 and sold in 1921. She is part of the OW fleet.]


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24 January 1915

Lat 57.1, Long 1.7

1.25 am: Dunnet Head abeam 3’

2.10 am: Hands sleeping at general quarters

Pentland Skerries abeam 2’

8.00 am: Commenced zig zag course, altering course 20 deg on each side of S41E every 20 mins

9.00 am: Cleared ship for action

9.45 am: Divisions. Prayers.

2.30 pm: Altered course S6E. Reduced to 17 knots

4.00 pm: Steering zig zag course, altering course 20 deg each side of S6E every 20 mins

6.20 pm: Reduced to 15 knots

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 11


[Dunnet Head is the northern point of the British mainland and forms the western entrance to the Pentland Firth.]


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25 January 1915

Lat 59.3, Long 0.5

2.00 am: Hands at night defence stations

4.00 am: Reduced to 12 knots

10.00 am: Commenced zigzag course, altering course 20 deg on each side of S75W

9.30 pm: Sighted Tarbat Ness Lt. S75W

11.10 pm: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour

11.55 pm: Came to with starboard bowser in 8 fathoms in No 17 berth Cromarty Firth.

Number on sick list 10


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26 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

9.15 am: Commenced coaling

9.30 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 15


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27 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

3.00 pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

4.00 pm: Sub Lieutenant Cousins left ship for HMS Rattlesnake.

Number on sick list 13


[HMS Rattlesnake, a destroyer of 900 tons, was built by Harland & Wolff in 1910 and sold in 1921.]


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28 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

7.30 am: HMS Cochrane arrived

10.00 am: Hands reeving Land Purchase & topping loft for main derrick & as requisite

1.00 pm: Landed 4th division & stokers for route march, remainder cleaning ship.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Cochrane, cruiser 13800 tons, was built in 1905 at Fairfield Shipbuilding, Govan in 1905. She stranded in the River Mersey in 1918 and the wreck broke up. She is part of the OW fleet.]


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29 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

1.00 pm: Landed 1st division & marines for route march. Remainder cleaning ship & as requisite.

5.00 pm: Quarters. Read Warrants Nos 55, 56 & 57

8.20 pm: HMS Shannon, HMS Achilles & HMS Cochrane sailed.

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Shannon, a cruiser of 14800 tons, was built at Chatham in 1906 and sold in 1922.

HMS Achilles, a cruiser of 13800 tons, was built by Armstrong Whitworth at Elswick in 1905. She became a training ship in 1918 and was sold in 1921. Achilles is part of the OW fleet.]


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30 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

1.00 pm: Discharged 2 ratings to hospital

Landed 2nd & 3rd divisions for route march

Hands made & mend clothes

Number on sick list 11


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31 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

8.00 am: Landed church parties

9.00 am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

10.00 am: Held divine service

Noon: Church parties returned

6.00 pm: HMS Caroline sailed

Number on sick list 10


[HMS Caroline, a light cruiser of 4000 tons, was built by Camell Laird of Birkenhead and launched in 1914. After the war she served as Naval HQ in Belfast and then a training establishment, also in Belfast. She was finally decommissioned 31 March 2011; at the time she was the 2nd oldest commissioned ship. She is part of the National Historic Fleet and in the care of the Royal Naval Museum. She is also part of the OW fleet.]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915


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1 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

7.15 am: HMS Shannon, HMS Achilles & HMS Cochrane arrived

9.25 am: Out launch & sailing pinnace by hand

9.40 am: In launch & sailing pinnace by hand

10.00 am: Inspected all mess tables required for rafts.

10.20 am: Boats away pulling round fleet.

1.30 pm: Landed 4th division, stokers & marines for route march.

Number on sick list 10


[Obviously keep fit day for the crew.]


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2 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

1.00 pm: Gunnery Instructors & Acting Seamen Gunners at aiming rifle practice

4.00 pm: Twelve absentees joined from Devonport

Number on sick list 11


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3 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

9.30 am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical Drill.

1.30 pm: Landed 2nd division for route march

Number on sick list 11


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4 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

1.15 am: Set anchor watch

Hands make + mend clothes

6.00 pm: HMS Centurion sailed

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Centurion, battleship of 25500 tons, was built in Devonport and launched in 1911. She was decommissioned in 1924 but remained in use as a target ship. At the end of the Second World War she was sunk as a part of the Mulberry Harbour installation during the Normandy landings.]


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5 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

9.00 am: Ran Torpedoes

9.30 am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical Drill.

1.30 pm: Landed 1st & 3rd Divisions, marines & stokers for route march

2.00 pm: Divers examining underwater fittings

Number on sick list 11


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6 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

11.00 am: Tested life buoys, correct

1.30 pm: 20 ratings joined ship

4.00 pm: Quarters. Read Warrant No 58

Number on sick list 16


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7 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

10.15 am: Held divine service

8.00 pm: Set anchor watch

Number on sick list 15



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8 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

6.00 pm: Burnt Searchlights

Number on sick list 16


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9 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

8.00 am: Landed Marine detachment for drill

9.00 am: Discharged 2 ratings to Hospital ship "Dvina"

Number on sick list 16


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10 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

9.30 am: Hands painting ships side & as requisite.

1.00 pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

Number on sick list 15


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11 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

1.00 pm: Discharged 1 rating to HMS Iron Duke

1.30 pm: 1 rating joined from HMS Iron Duke

Number on sick list 15


[HMS Iron Duke, Battleship of 25500 tons, was built in Portsmouth Dockyard, launched in 1912, decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1948.]


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12 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

8.30 am: Commenced coaling

Noon: Finished coaling

1.00 pm: Cleaning ship

Number on sick list 15


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13 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

3.00 pm: Hands employed cleaning ship & preparing for sea

4.00 pm: Quarters. Raised steam in requisite boilers

7.55 pm: Weighed

8.05 pm Proceeded 10 knots, took station astern of “Minotaur”.

Number on sick list 14


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14 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.50 am: Swona Light. abeam, Course as requisite for Hoxa Sound.

8.00 am: Anchored in berth No B 5. Let fires die out.

10.30 am: Held divine service

5.00 pm: Captain Harrison RMLI & 1 private RMLI left ship for HMS Benbow.

Number on sick list 13


[Swona Light is on the island of Swona in the Pentland Firth.

HMS Benbow, a battleship of 25500 tons, was built by William Beardmore & Co, Glasgow, launched in 1913, decommissioned in 1929 and sold in 1931.]


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15 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.00 am: Weighed & proceeded as requisite for carrying out sub-calibre firing & torpedo firing in the Flow

8.00 am: Cleared ship for action

Exercised General Quarters

8.15 am: Commenced firing

10.15 am: Finished practices - proceeded to pick up target and anchor

11.00 am: Anchored in Berth No B5

1.00 pm: Exercised cutters away under oars & sail

Hands prepared for coaling

Number on sick list 11


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16 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

8.00 am: Collier secured alongside

8.45 am: Commenced coaling

11.10 am: Finished coaling - Received 200 tons


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17 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.00 am: Set anchor watch

Hoisted in target

1.00 pm: Hands make & mend clothes

1.00 pm: Engineer. Lieutenant Commander Hartzell joined ship

Number on sick list 11


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18 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

5.30 am: Hoisted out target

6.55 am: Weighed & proceeded as requisite for carrying out sub-calibre & day group firing practice in Flow.

8.00 am: Cleared for action

8.30 am: Commenced firing

10.30 am: Finished firing. Picked up target & proceeded to anchorage.

12.10 pm: Storeship “Kolpino” secured alongside.

2.00 pm: “Kolpino” cast off.

Number on sick list 12


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19 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.15 am: “Invincible” arrived

9.20 am: Hoisted about launch & sail pinnace by hand.

9.40 am: Away all boats crews, pull round fleet.

1.30 pm: Hands preparing ship for coaling.

3.15 pm: Hands employed unrigging coaling gear & preparing ship for sea.

4.00 pm: Raised steam in requisite boilers

11.40 pm: Weighed. Engines as required. Formed single line ahead.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Invincible, 17500 tons, was launched in 1907 on the Tyne by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. She is part of the OW fleet.]


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20 February 1915

Lat 60.0, Long -3.8

12.30 am: Increased to 16 knots. Course as requisite for Hoxa Sound & Western entrance to Pentland Firth

1.00 am: Hands at night defence stations

7.00 am: Exercised General Quarters. Course as requisite for zigzagging on a patrol from 59o59'N 3o 49'W to 59o46'N 3o34'W

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 12


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21 February 1915

Lat 60.0, Long -3.8

12.00 am: Hands at night defence stations

Course as requisite for zigzagging on patrol line.

7.00 am: Stopped. Lowered boarding boat to board Norwegian steamer.

10.00 am: Held Divine Service.

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations.

Number on sick list 12


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22 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

4.00 am: Sule Skerry abeam 10’. Course as requisite for remaining on rendezvous.

6.00 am: Course as requisite. for Pentland Firth & Hoxa Sound.

7.10 am: Anchored in berth No B5. Let fires die out

8.30 am: Collier alongside

9.00 am: Commenced coaling

2.40 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 10


[Sule Skerry is 60 km West of Orkney Mainland (grid reference HX621244). The lighthouse was the most remote manned light in Great Britain according to the Guiness Book of Records.]


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23 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.00 am: Set anchor watch

3.00 pm: 1 rating joined from "Minotaur"

Discharged 1 rating to "Minotaur"

Number on sick list 13


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24 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.00 am: HMS Indefatigable arrived.

9.15 am: Exercised fire stations

9.30 am: Exercised Collision Stations

10.00 am: Training classes at instruction.

Marines away boat pulling

1.00 pm: Tested magazine flooding arrangements, correct.


[HMS Indefatigable, a battle cruiser of18800 tons, was built at Devonport and launched in 1909. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland when only 3 of her crew of 1017 survived.]



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25 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.45 am: Hands employed striking fore top gallant mast, main top gallant mast & top mast, and as requisite.

11.30 am: Sub Lieutenant Moorshead RN joined ship.

5.30 pm: Hands provisioning ship.

Number on sick list 16


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26 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.00 am: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 15


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27 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

11.00 am: Hospital ship "Arcadia" arrived.

Number on sick list 18


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28 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.30 am: Hands mustered by Open List

10.30 am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 16



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[ A page recording the Captains of HMS Lancaster, HMS Hampshire, HMS Minotaur and HMS Donegal received envelope D.B. ____ from the Rear Admiral Commanding 7th Cruiser Squadron. The number was not filled in nor were there any signatures.]

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[Rescan of log page of 28 Feb 1915 covered by translucent paper.]

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[ The last 2 pages are the log covers.]