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HMS ALCANTARA - April 1915 to January 1916,  Northern Patrol (10th Cruiser Squadron)

Edited by Kay Smith, Naval Enthusiast, Southampton, England

believed to be SS Alcantara (Photo Ships, click to enlarge)

 

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Armed Merchant Cruiser, mercantile conversion

 

Pendant No M.94 (on coming into service). Built 1914, 15,831grt, 16kts, owned by Royal Mail Steam Packet, Belfast-registered. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 38 officers & 300 crew (bi). In service 10.3.15. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol. Sunk 29.2.16 in action with German GREIF in North Sea. (British Warships 1914-1919)

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

1. Latitude/longitude, including for days in port, were computed by the climate science project as being the most representative location for each day. As such, they typically differ by varying amounts from the locations recorded in the log pages. Refer to the log scan pages for the positions as originally recorded.

 

2. Full account of any day is available by clicking on the link above that day. Groups of links refer to log book covers and introductory information; some may be blank.

 

[Editor: Positions (Latitude and Longitude) are given for noon each day, correcting or estimating the position given in the logs as appropriate. If exact times are not indicated in the log they have been estimated from the position of the entries (which show times on the left hand side of the log page). Information about sea state is based on the Sea Disturbance Scale where “rough to very rough” indicates waves 5 to 10 feet from peak to trough, “high” indicates waves of 11 to 15 feet, “very high” indicates wave height of 16 to 35 feet and “phenomenal” indicates waves of 36 feet and above. A note is made of numbers on sick list where this exceeds 5.]

 


 

 

THE VOYAGES OF HMS ALCANTARA, 1915-1916
(more plots may follow in the text)

 

TO BE ADDED

 

(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 APRIL 1915

 

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Mercurial

Name of Maker and number:

Height of cistern above sea: 63 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer Standard

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship:

Whether in screen: Not supplied up to date of log

Maker and No:

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Not supplied up to date of log

 

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16 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Commissioned ship.

11.0am: Shore gang coaling ship.

1.15pm: Hands fell in and told off as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

 

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17 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.10am: Hands fall in and told of as requisite.

8.0am: Hands embarking 6" shell.

1.15pm: Hands employed embarking 6” shell and ammunition.

pm: Shore gang coaling ship.

7.0pm: Completed ammunitioning. Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

 

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18 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

4.0am: Shore gang coaling ship.

8.30am: Landed Roman Catholics for Service.

9.40am: Divisions and Prayers.

9.45am: Roman Catholics returned.

Noon: Leave to Starboard Watch till 6.0am.

9.0pm: Finished coaling ship.

[Coal remaining 3856 tons].

 

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19 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.15pm: Hands employed as requisite for stability tests.

2.0pm: Taking in Gunnery and Medical stores.

3.45pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

4.15pm: Starboard Watch drawing stores.

7.0pm: 6 Stoker ratings joined ship from Devonport.

 

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20 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0am: 63 Fireman joined ship from Southampton.

1.0pm: Shifted ship to new berth across dock.

1.15pm: Hands employed drawing Paymasters and Boatswains stores.

5.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

 

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21 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am and pm: Hands employed cleaning paintwork.

6.45pm: 20 Boys joined ship from Devonport.

7.0pm: 4 Royal Marines joined ship from Perth [or, more likely, Portsmouth].

 

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22 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.15pm: Hands employed drawing stores and as requisite.

4.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 7.0am.

 

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23 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.10am: Hands employed shifting ship.

2.30pm: 1 Fireman discharged to hospital.

6.0pm: Leave to Port watch till 7.0am.

[Misty through middle of the day]

 

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24 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.10am: Shifted ship across dock.

1.30pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

pm: Hands make and mend clothes.

3.30pm: Shifted ship across dock.

4.30pm: Shifted ship across dock.

[Rain for most of the day]

 

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25 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.45am: Divisions and inspection by CO.

9.30am: Church.

Noon: Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

[Coal 3869 tons remaining (104 received)]

 

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26 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.15pm: Hands employed cleaning paintwork and drawing stores.

3.0pm: Shifted ship to allow Saxonia to come inside.

5.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Pritchard POI joined from hospital.

 

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27 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.45am: Hands employed:- Starboard Watch painting ship’s side, Remainder as requisite.

1.0pm: Shifted ship from Huskisson Dock to alongside Mauritaina [?] in Sandon Half Tide Dock.

3.0pm: Secured.

6.0pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

 

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28 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.30am: HMS “Alsatian” sailed

6.0pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am, Boys till 7.0pm.

8.30pm: POI Armourer joined ship from Portsmouth.

 

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29 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

Noon: Hoisted new lifeboat inboard.

1.30pm: Leave to Boys till 7.0pm.

4.30pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

6.55pm: 1 RMLI [Royal Marines Light Infantry] and 1 Boy 1st Class discharged to hospital.

8.30pm: 1 Marine joined ship from Gosport.

 

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30 April 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.0am: Hands employed getting in stores, cleaning paintwork and as requisite. Ship taking in ballast.

2.0pm: Leave to firemen till 7pm.

2.25pm: Discharged Chief Armourer and 1 Sick Berth Attendant.

7.0pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

 

LOGS FOR MAY 1915

 

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[Right hand side of cover indicating April 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Aneroid

Name of Maker and number: F Smith and Son, Southampton

Height of cistern above sea: 68 feet 3 inches

Error of Mercurial Barometer unknown

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship: Lower Bridge

Whether in screen: No

Maker and No: Sewill 121 Date: Throughout

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Sewill 122 Date: Throughout

[Note - Sewill is a Liverpool manufacturer of nautical and meteorological instruments which still exists today]

 

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1 May 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

11.45am: HMS Teutonic sailed.

1.15pm: Hands mustered for monthly payment.

2.30pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

3.45pm: 1 Domestic discharged to shore.

[Rain from 8am onwards]

 

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2 May 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.30am: Landed Roman Catholics.

9.45am: Divisions and Captains Rounds.

10.0am: Roman Catholics returned.

10.30am: Divine Service. 1 Marine Rating joined ship from Gosport.

11.30am: Leave to firemen of 4-8 Watch till 2.0pm.

1.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am, Boys till 7.0pm.

8.30pm: Leave to firemen till 7.0am.

[Air and wet bulb temperature recorded from noon onwards, noon temperature 50F]

 

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3 May 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.15pm: Proceeded out of dock assisted by two tugs.

2.50pm: Came to Starboard anchor in 11 fathoms, veered to 75 fathoms cable.

3.30pm: Swung out and secured cutters.

4.40pm: Hands securing boats.

4.45pm: Customs tug alongside.

6.0pm: General Quarters, providing ammunition for all guns.

7.15pm: Secured.

[Temperature peaked at 55F at 4pm, wind increasing through evening]

 

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4 May 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.15am: Divisions and Prayers. Exercised General Quarters and Collision Stations.

11.55am: 1 Boy and 1 Steward joined ship from RN Barracks Portsmouth.

1.40pm: Tug left ship with working party.

2.50pm: Working party returned with stores.

4.40pm: Weighed port anchor and proceeded to new berth.

5.10pm: Anchored in 10 fathoms, Port anchor, veered to 75 fathoms cable.

9.0pm: Weighed and proceeded, course and speed as requisite.

11.0pm: Dropped Pilot.

11.30pm: Bar Light abeam, course N47W, Revs 84.

[Misty with passing showers through middle of the day, winds force 5 to 4]

 

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5 May 1915

From Liverpool to Sea

Lat 55.7, Long -7.1

2.30am: Observed Chicken Rock Light.

2.50am: Commenced zigzagging 1 point each side of course.

6.42am: Mew Island S87W, distant 3 miles.

8.15am: Altered course to avoid trawlers.

2.37pm: Courses various. Challenged HMS “Montagu” [this is almost certainly a somewhat dyslexic reference to HMS Motagua, given the fact that HMS Montagu sank in 1906 off Lundy Island]

pm: Zigzagging every 5 minutes, 2 points. Manned Nos 2 and 3 6” Guns.

5.27pm: Barra Head Light abeam 10 miles.

[Misty on and off for most of the day]

 

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6 May 1915

Lat 60.5, Long -12.3

9.0am: Zigzagging 1 point.

0.45pm: Altered course to intercept S/S, Log 550.2.

2.24pm: Stopped to lower seaboat.

3.0pm: Prize crew put on SS “Ottersvad” [?] of Arendal [Norway], Sub Lieutenant Price in charge.

3.40pm: Hoisted seaboat.

3.45pm: Lat 60 8 N, Long 12 6 W.

[Misty and damp for most of the day, maximum temperature 49F at 8am]

 

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7 May 1915

Lat 64.5, Long -12.4

10.25am: Challenged HMS “Hildebrand”.

11.0am: Carried out gun trials.

11.27am: Completed gun trials.

[Winds force 2 to 6 during day, temperature dropping from a high of 42F at 4am, down to 30F at 8pm and midnight]

 

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8 May 1915

Lat 67.1, Long -16.1

2.0am: Sighted Rioshall [?] Light bearing S26W, altered course N30E, reduced to 65 revs, zigzag 3 points every 5 minutes.

6.42am: Sighted icebergs.

7.0am: Zigzag 3 points every 10 minutes.

7.26pm: Sighted land bearing S15W.

[Squally with snow at 4pm, sea temperature recorded from 8pm onwards - 32F]

 

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9 May 1915

Lat 67.2, Long -16.3

1.40am: Observed Ryonaes [?] Light S25W(C).

2.0am: Sounding lead and 50 fathoms wire lost while heaving in.

3.45am: Observed icefield bearing NW, 3-4 miles.

10.27am: Encountered icefield, courses various negative zigzag.

[Temperature 30F at 4am, sea temperature 29F, misty in middle of day, rain and snow in pm]

 

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10 May 1915

Lat 67.0, Long -15.7

3.30pm: Eased to 84 revs, zigzag 2 points every 15 minutes.

3.55pm: Sighted HMS “Alsatian” SSE.

4.23pm: Altered course N30W. Steamed in company with HMS “Alsatian” 75 revs.

11.15pm: Observed several icebergs.

[Winds force 4 to 5 all day, peak temperature 32F at 4pm, sea temperatures ranging from 31 to 34F, barometric pressure relatively high]

 

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11 May 1915

Lat 67.8, Long -14.7

5.0am: Courses as requising [sic] for coasting along ice field.

11.0am: Courses as requisite for rounding ice field.

2.0pm: Sighted smoke of steamer and increased to 80 revs, log 2132.3.

2.40pm: Eased to 40 revs. Stopped engines and handed log.

3.0pm: Boarded sealer “Polaris” of Bergen.

3.40pm: Set course S35E, 68 revs.

8.0pm: Manned No 2 and 3 6” guns and 6 pounder.

8.20pm: Altered course S75W. Commenced to zigzag 1 point each side every 10 minutes.

[Temperatures during day varying between 27 and 31F, sea temperatures from 29 to 31F]

 

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12 May 1915

Lat 66.3, Long -18.0

2.15am: Sighted land bearing S65W, log 2287.2.

5.0am to 8.0am: Courses as ordered for ascertaining extent of ice floe.

2.0pm: Guns crews fell out (Captain’s orders).

6.37pm: Altered course E, to intercept steamer.

6.50pm: Signalled Danish S/S “Nexos” from Ardrossan [Scotland] to Iceland.

8.0pm: Zigzagging 2 points every 15 minutes.

 

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13 May 1915

Lat 65.1, Long -10.3

1.35am: Langanaes [Langanes] Light abeam S36W(T), distant 3.7 miles. Commenced zigzag 1 point each side.

10.30am: All electrically controlled WT [watertight] doors closed and opened.

[Number on sick list 8]

[Snow all morning, gloomy in afternoon, then more snow, wind force 6 in pm, sea state rough in evening]

 

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14 May 1915

Lat 63.9, Long 2.7

1.40pm: Challenged “stranger”. Reply HMS “Donegal”.

6.45pm: Altered course N32E. Challenged HMS “India”.

7.5pm: Altered course S80E, log 3197, to intercept S/S.

7.37pm: Altered course N61E, S/S having prize crew on board from HMS India.

8.0pm: Zigzag 2 points each side of course.

9.5pm: Altered course S50E to intercept S/S, log 3225.3.

[Number on sick list 9]

[Rain and showers for much of the day, temperature 41F at 4pm, sea temperature 45F]

 

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15 May 1915

Lat 64.6, Long 8.0

3.0pm: Halten Island Light House South(T), 5.2 miles.

6.0pm: Close electrically controlled W/T [watertight] doors.

[Number on sick list 10]

 

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16 May 1915

Lat 64.9, Long 8.9

11.15pm: Latitude by Polaris 65 16 N, altered course S18W, log 3856.5.

[Number on sick list 10]

[Nothing much happening today but squally winds up to force 8 in morning (with sea state rough to very rough), dropping to force 4 later on, barometric pressure relatively low, down to 29.06 over 52 at 4pm, then starting to rise]

 

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17 May 1915

Lat 65.2, Long 8.8

6.55am: Altered course N67W to intercept S/S.

7.30am: Stopped. Lieutenant Commander Tarrant boarded Norwegian SS “Leander”.

8.9am: Hoisted boat and proceeded course S75W, 67 revs, log 3961.

11.8am: Altered course to intercept S/S, N15E, log 3995.

2.0pm: Closed electrically controlled W/T doors.

5.20pm - 7.20pm: Courses as requisite to Navigating Lieutenant’s orders.

7.20pm: Halden [Halten] Light House bearing S(T) 13 miles, altered course N10E.

7.30pm: Zigzag 2 points each way every 10 minutes.

11.13pm: Altered course S59W to avoid S/S bound NNE, log 4151 (Norwegian SS “Havos”).

[Number on sick list 8]

[Winds force 4 to 6 during day, sea state very rough in early morning, barometric pressure rising]

 

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18 May 1915

Lat 64.5, Long 8.3

[Nothing of note happened today, entries from log shown below as example, omitting changes in course and log readings and “WTSBC”, indicating Wireless Telegraph and Signal Books Correct, every 4 hours:]

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers.

9.45am: Exercised Fire Stations. Divisional Drill.

4.30pm: Evening Quarters and night defence.

6.0pm: Closed Electrically controlled WT [watertight] Doors.

[Number on sick list 8]

 

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19 May 1915

Lat 65.1, Long 9.1

0.30am: Sighted smoke bearing S by E (M).

6.20am: Altered course N48W to intercept S/S.

6.50am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Stemstad” [?] Kirkness [possibly Kirkenes] to Middlesbrough, circling round S/S.

7.32am: Allowed S/S to proceed. Hoisted in boat.

9.55am: Altered course N78E to intercept trawler, log 4592.

10.40am: Stopped and boarded trawler.

11.5am: Hoisted in boat, set course N57E.

0.30pm: Sighed land bearing S45E.

3.25pm: Zigzag every 5 minutes.

5.20pm: Kia Beacon bearing W(T) 2 miles.

7.18pm: Halten Light House bearing South(T) 9 miles, log 4704.

[Number on sick list 7]

 

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20 May 1915

Lat 65.7, Long 9.7

2.0am: Sighted smoke bearing NE.

3.10am: Altered course to intercept S/S, log 4807.6.

3.25am: Stopped. Boarded SS “Malmland”.

4.0am: Prize crew left ship (Lat 64 30 N, Long 8 12 E).

4.15am: Boat returned and hauled in. SS “Malmland” proceeded with Prize Crew, Sub Lieutenant Williamson in charge. Set Course N46E, 67 revs, log 4808.7. Zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

7.39pm: Altered course S47W, log 5009.

8.25pm: Log carried away. 8.50pm: New log streamed.

[Number on sick list 9]

 

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21 May 1915

Lat 64.1, Long 7.4

8.5am: Altered course to intercept S/S. 8.19am: Course and speed as requisite for approaching S/S, log 5158.0.

9.24am: Stopped. Boarded SS “Atland” of Gothenburg.

9.57am: Boat returned and hoisted inboard.

3.30pm: Zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

9.20pm: Halten Island Light House S(T), distant 10 miles.

[Number on sick list 7]

[Barometric pressure relatively high, noon temperature 45F]

 

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22 May 1915

Lat 65.4, Long 9.1

1.45pm: Sighted land S44E.

6.55pm: Halten Light House bearing S(T).

[Number on sick list 7]

[Misty during middle of day, rain at midnight, maximum temperature 50F at 4pm, sea temperature 45F]

 

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23 May 1915:

Lat 65.0, Long 8.8

8.40am: Altered course to intercept S/S bound NE, log 5764.

8.52am: Stopped. Boarded Swedish SS Poleinkelin [?]. 8.54am: Circling round S/S.

9.20am: Allowed S/S to proceed. Hoisted boat and proceeded, course S47W, log 5765.

3.15pm: Altered course to intercept S/S, 66 revs.

3.30pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Snestad”. Circling round S/S.

4.0pm: Hoisted boat and allowed S/S to proceed.

9.0pm: Zigzag 2 points.

[Number on sick list 7]

[Mist, then fog, throughout the day, winds force 3 or 4]

 

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24 May 1915

Lat 64.2, Long 7.5

11.45am: Challenged HMS “Ebro”.

2.15pm: Tested Engine Rooms WT [watertight] doors.

[Mist and rain all day, winds force 6 to 7 at midnight]

 

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25 May 1915

Lat 65.7, Long -2.5

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 2.

6.0pm: Closed WT doors 1-6 electrically. 6.5pm: Opened WT doors 1-6 electrically.

[Windy, force 4 to 7 all day, with mist during middle of the day]

 

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26 May 1915

Lat 66.4, Long -14.2

7.0am: Observed High land S80W, log 6600.4.

11.30am: Langanaes [Langanes] Light House bearing S84W(T), distant 16 miles.

4.3pm: Revonaes [?] Light House S(T) 3 miles.

6.5pm: Altered course N70W, log 6748.4. Ice sighted NW.

7.45pm: Courses as requisite to Navigator’s orders, 66 revs.

8.50pm: Siglenaes [Siglunes] Light House bearing S(T) 4.5 miles.

[Mist or rain all morning, wind up to force 6 at midnight]

 

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27 May 1915

Lat 66.4, Long -13.5

2.45am: Flatey Light House bearing S(T), distant 6 miles, altered course N86E, log 6870.

6.0am: Spoke SS “Nexios” [?].

10.10am: Challenged HMS “Alsatian”.

10.50am: Boat left ship.

11.15am: Hoisted boat and proceeded, keeping station E 1 mile of HMS Alsatian, speed various.

0.15pm: Altered course S12E, 67 revs, zigzag 3 points, 10 minutes.

3.20pm: Negative zigzag.

8.10pm: WT [watertight] door 25 closed.

[Misty for much of the day, winds force 5 in pm]

 

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28 May 1915

Lat 63.2, Long -12.0

5.12am: Altered course to intercept S/S.

5.50am: Spoke ST Seahorse No533 of Hull [H533].

7.28pm: Altered course to intercept S/T Monarch GY29.

7.52pm: Resumed course N18W, log 7365.5.

[Squally winds in pm, up to force 7, sea state rough to very rough for most of day]

 

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29 May 1915

Lat 63.3, Long -12.0

5.55am: Challenged HMS “Otway”.

3.45pm: Sighted HMS “Otway” S65E Hull down.

6.0pm: Swung ship for adjusting compasses.

7.35pm: Challenged HMS “Oropesa”.

8.3pm: Stopped. Sent boat to HMS “Oropesa”. Circling round “Oropesa”.

8.35pm: Hoisted in boat with prize crew,

9.56pm: Altered course N65E to intercept S/T steering South.

11.7pm: Stopped. Boarded Dutch ST No IJM [?, no registration number given].

11.35pm: Hoisted in boat, set course N14E.

 

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30 May 1915

Lat 63.3, Long -12.0

0.30am: Challenged HMS “Otway”.

6.0am: Challenged HMS “Oropesa”.

1.35pm: Challenged HMS “Oropesa”.

9.35pm: Altered course to intercept S/T, log 7959.6.

10.15pm: Altered course to intercept schooner, courses and speed as requisite.

10.45pm: Set course N33W, 67 revs and allowed ship to proceed, log 7966.3.

[Mist and rain on and off all day, winds force 6 to 7 in am, with sea state very rough]

 

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31 May 1915

Lat 63.4, Long -12.0

2.13am: Courses various to intercept ST A164 of Aberdeen.

3.7am: Boat left ship and boarded S/T.

3.20am: Hoisted boat, allowed S/T to proceed.

3.0pm: Sighted land bearing N22W.

8.15pm: Nos 26 and 27 WT [watertight] doors closed.

8.53pm: Negative zigzag.

9.30pm: Nos 17, 24 and 25 WT doors closed.

[Winds force 6 or 7 and sea state rough to very rough all pm]

 

 

LOGS FOR JUNE 1915

 

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Mercurial

Name of Maker and number: Sharman D Neill, Belfast, No 1084

Height of cistern above sea: 67 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer Standard

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship: Fore Bridge

Whether in screen: Yes

Maker and No: X Date: From 1 June to 30 June

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Casartelli Bros Date: From 1 June to 30 June

 New Instrument brought into use on 21st June

 

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1 June 1915

Lat 63.1, Long -12.2

1.30pm: Altered course to intercept S/T. Handed log.

1.35pm: Stopped and boarded ST “Hermoine” [sic, probably Hermione, H992].

1.55pm: Hoisted in boat, allowed S/T to proceed. Set course N20E.

4.28pm: Stopped, boarded ST “Electric”.

4.35pm: Boat hoisted in, allowed S/T to proceed.

4.55pm: Stopped, boarded Danish smack “Bonetio”.

5.25pm: Boat hoisted in. Set course S24E, 67 revs, zigzag 2 points.

5.30pm: Challenged HMS “Arlanza”.

8.56pm: Altered course to intercept FS.

9.24pm: Stopped, boarded smack “TG543”.

9.52pm: Boat hoisted in, set course N27W, log 8519.5.

[Wind force 6 at 4am, force 5 at 8am with sea state very rough, then wind dropping, temperature highest at 4am - 45F]

 

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2 June 1915

Lat 63.1, Long -11.7

9.40am: Altered course, log 8670.0, to intercept S/T.

11.0am: Stopped, boarded ST “GY700”.

11.35am: Hoisted boat, set course N65W, 67 revs.

5.0pm: Swung ship for Deviations.

 

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3 June 1915

Lat 63.3, Long -12.0

8.0am: Altered course to intercept ST H506.

0.10pm: Challenged by HMS “Arlanza”.

0.33pm: Altered course N22W, log 8999.5, zigzag 2 points every 15 minutes.

[Winds force 4 to 6 all day, temperature 48F from noon to 8pm, sea temperature 46F]

 

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4 June 1915

Lat 63.3, Long -12.0

8.0am: Course as requisite for intercepting S/T.

10.50pm: Altered course to intercept S/T.

11.15pm: Stopped. Boarded ST Wilhelmina IJM35.

11.40pm: Boat hoisted. Set course N43W, 67 revs.

[Rain at 4am, wind force 5 or 6 all am, misty and force 4 in pm]

 

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5 June 1915

Lat 62.3, Long -10.0

8.3am: Altered course various to intercept HMS “Orama”.

8.15am: Stopped. Transferred mails.

8.25am: Set course S22E, 75 revs.

11.7am: 79 revs, zigzagging 1 point every 10 minutes.

0.30pm: Challenged HMS “Virginian”.

1.25pm: Stopped. Received HMS “Virginian’s” mails.

2.0pm: Proceeded on course S18E, 72 revs, zigzagging 1 point every 10 minutes.

4.55pm: Altered course S25W, log 9646.0.

9.30pm: No 17, 24, 25, 26 and 27 WT [watertight] doors closed.

[Wind force 4 to 5 all day, temperature 48-49F all day]

 

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6 June 1915

Lat 57.3, Long -8.6

9.30am: St Kilda bearing W(T) distant 19.8 miles, altered course S14E, 78 revs, log 9886.0.

0.30pm: Commenced sounding every half hour.

4.45pm: Observed Skerryvore Light House S75E(T).

7.43pm: Encountered thick fog, slow ahead, negative zigzag. 8.0pm: Dead slow.

8.50pm: Nos 17, 24, 25, 26 and 27 WT doors closed.

[Mist then fog all pm]

 

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7 June 1915

To Liverpool

Lat 53.5, Long -3.1 [estimated]

0.20am: Observed Otter Rock Light bearing N72E, Rathlin Light S3W.

8.20am: Sighted Chicken Rock bearing S68E(C)

8.55am: 50 revs. Encountered thick fog.

9.45am: Working up to full speed.

0.10pm: Altered course S70E, log 10,239.2.

0.25pm: Negative zigzag.

1.0pm: Handed log. 1.3pm: Bar Light Ship abeam. Embarked Pilot. Courses and speed as requisite for entering harbour.

2.30pm: Anchored in 12 fathoms, starboard anchor 53 shackles.

3.30pm: All ammunition returned.

7.47pm: Tug left ship with Liberty men.

8.45pm: Ship swung to ebb.

9.30pm: Tug left ship with liberty men.

[Coal remaining 730 tons]

[Fog and mist all morning]

 

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8 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

4.0am: Ship swung to flood.

6.45am: Weighed and proceeded into Alfred Basin, Birkenhead, assisted by two tugs. Engines as requisite.

7.54am: Ship made fast.

10.0am and in pm: Hands employed painting ship’s side.

2.0pm: Commenced coaling ship with shore gang.

2.30pm: 1 seaman, 2 Stoker ratings joined ship from HMS “Eagle”.

4.30pm: Leave to first part Starboard Watch till 7am.

6.0pm: Stopped coaling.

[Temperature 60 to 61F all day]

 

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9 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.0am: Coaling ship.

7.0am: Hands employed painting ship.

pm: Coaling ship.

6.0pm: Stopped coaling ship

 

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10 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.0am: Coaling ship.

8.35am: Hands painting ship.

3.30pm: Hands embarking Paymaster stores.

4.30pm: Leave to second part starboard watch till 7am.

9.0pm: Rounds. Stopped coaling.

[Temperature 68F at noon and 4pm]

 

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11 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.30am: Coaling ship by shore gang.

9.00am: Stopped coaling.

10.30am: Port watch returned from leave.

11.30am: Starboard watch given leave until noon on Tuesday [on this Friday].

1.30pm: Commenced coaling ship.

4.30pm: Leave to first port till 7.0am.

10.0pm: Coaling ship.

[Misty from noon until 8pm, temperature 70F at 4 and 8pm]

 

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12 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.40am: Completed coaling.

1.10pm: Leave to second Port till 7.0am. Hands make and mend clothes.

1.15pm: Discharged 1 Fireman to shore.

3.30pm: Discharged 1 Steward to shore.

[Coal remaining 3796 tons]

[Misty for most of the day]

 

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13 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.45am: Landed Roman Catholics.

10.0am: Divine Service.

1.0pm: Leave to first Port till 7.0am.

[Misty until 4pm, temperature peaked at 78F at 4pm]

 

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14 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.15pm: Hands employed cleaning paintwork and drawing Bos’uns and Paymaster’s stores.

4.30pm: Leave to second Port till 7.0am.

[Misty again for much of the day]

 

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15 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.15am: Hands employed cleaning ship’s side and drawing stores.

10.15am: 1 AB joined ship from RNB Portsmouth via HMS “Eagle”.

Noon: Starboard watch returned off leave.

4.35pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

 

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16 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.15pm: Hands employed cleaning ship and drawing Navigators, Gunners, Bosuns and Carpenters stores.

5.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

[Misty all pm]

 

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17 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

3pm: Leave to CPOs and POs till 8.0pm.

[Misty again for much of the day, temperature 55 or 56F all day]

 

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18 June 1915

At Liverpool [and to Sea]

Lat 54.9, Long -5.5

1.10am Cast off from Quay and proceeded out of basin assisted by two tugs.

1.40am: Proceeded down river, courses and speed as requisite.

3.5am: Formby Lt Vessel abeam, disembarked pilot.

3.28am: Bar Light Ship bearing S(T), set course N50W. Working to full speed, streamed log and commenced zigzag 2 points.

7.20am: Chicken Rock Light North(T).

10.0am: South Rock Light S56W(T).

0.10pm: Maidens Light House W(T) 5 miles.

1.15pm: Stopped by Patrol Boat. 1.25pm: Proceeded, courses as requisite to Navigator’s orders.

2.45pm: Commenced zigzagging 2 points.

6.35pm: Skerryvore N23E(T), log 245.1.

10.0pm: 67revs, Barra Head E(T), 15 miles, log 301.

 

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19 June 1915

Lat 58.1, Long -10.8

4.0am: St Kilda E(T) 30 miles.

5.0pm: 1 point zigzag.

7.10pm: Challenged by HMS “Cedric”.

11.55pm: Challenged by HMS Oropesa.

Midnight: Negative zigzag.

 

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20 June 1915

Lat 59.8, Long -11.4 [estimated]

4.25pm: 1 cell prisoner released.

6.55pm: Challenged HMS Oropesa.

9.0pm: Course as requisite to intercept S/S.

10.17pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Conrad Mohr” of Bergen.

10.55pm: S/S proceeded with prize crew, in charge Sub Lieutenant Vivian.

11.7pm: Altered course S75W, 67 revs. Challenged Oropesa.

 

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21 June 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -12.0

6.35am: Challenged by HMS “Oropesa”.

10.0am: Hoisted and swung in all life boats.

1:45pm: Altered course N4W, zigzag 30 degrees, log 1122.5.

8.30pm: Nos 25, 26 and 27 WT [watertight] doors closed.

 

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22 June 1915

Lat 60.4, Long -12.0

9.25am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Star.

10.49am: Boat hoisted, proceeded N35E, 67 revs, log 1371.2, zigzag 3 points.

9.30pm: Nos 17, 24, 25, 26 and 27 WT doors closed.

[Rain and mist for much of the day]

 

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23 June 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -12.1

10.54am: Swung ship for deviation to Navigator’s orders.

11.22am: Set course S3E, log 1680.6.

10.2pm: Altered course N65E, log 1814.2. Challenged by HMS “Orotava”.

[Wind force 4 for most of day, maximum temperature 51F at noon, sea temperature 52F]

 

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24 June 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -12.1

6.30am: Altered course W, log 1918. Challenged [HMS] Changuinola.

9.30pm: Nos 17, 24, 25, 26 and 27 WT doors closed.

[Another day patrolling to and fro, winds force 4 or 5 all day]

 

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25 June 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -12.1

0.40pm: Challenged HMS “Ebro”.

1.50pm: Challenged HMS “Hildebrand”.

2.15pm: Stopped, boat left ship for “Hildebrand”.

2.30pm: Boat returned with Sub Lieutenant Vivian and armed guard.

8.30pm: Challenged HMS “Andes”.

 

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26 June 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -12.1

4.55pm: Courses as requisite for intercepting sailing ship.

5.25pm: Stopped. Boarded schooner (Danish) Urda.

5.50pm: Boat hoisted, set course S39E, 67 revs.

 

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27 June 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -12.1

3.0am: Challenged HMS “Montagua” [sic, presumably Motagua].

6.45pm: Challenged HMS “Orcoma”.

7.15pm: Stopped, boat left ship for “Orcoma”.

7.35pm: Boat hoisted, set course N32E, 74 revs, log 2961.

11.15pm: Challenged HMS “Orotava”.

[Winds force 3 to 4 all day, misty from late am onwards]

 

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28 June 1915

Lat 60.3, Long -11.8

1.20am: Challenged HMS “Otway”.

8.0am: Negative zigzag.

9.3am: Courses as requisite for rifle firing at cask. 1 six pounder misfired cartridge thrown overboard.

9.25am: Proceeded N32E, log 3155.0.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers, Court martial returns read.

2.20pm: Courses various for intercepting S/S.

2.32pm: Stopped, boarded Danish SSs “Triton” and “Rjukan”.

3.20pm: Boats returned and hoisted.

11.50pm: Langanaes [Langanes] Light bearing W(T) 4 miles, altered course N36W, log 3348.

 

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29 June 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -15.3

3.5am: Observed ice ahead.

5.35am: Observed icefield ahead.

5.43am: Courses various to intercept S/V, log 3432.

6.14am: Stopped, boarded SV Olga Pauline.

7.0am: Boat hoisted. 7.10am: Set course S75E, 67 revs, Lat 66 25 N, Long 17 25 W.

9.45am: Courses various to intercept schooner, log 3469.2.

9.55am: Stopped, boarded Danish schooner Felix.

10.20am: Boat hoisted, set course S44E, 67 revs.

11.55am: Langanaes [Langanes] S26E(C).

[Fairly quiet weather, winds force 3 and below, temperature peaked at 44F at 4pm, sea temperature 42F]

 

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30 June 1915

Lat 63.7, Long -10.0

3.23am: Altered course S23W, zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

4.10pm: Altered course various to intercept S/T.

4.50pm: Stopped, boarded Danish ST “Star of Hope”.

5.10pm: Boat hoisted, set course N62W, 67 revs.

5.20pm: Altered course N83W to intercept S/S.

5.45pm: Stopped. Boarded SS “Bredsund” (Norwegian).

6.20pm: Boat hoisted, set course S62E, 67 revs, log 3867.8.

 

 

LOGS FOR JULY 1915

 

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[Information about Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Mercurial

Name of Maker and number:

Height of cistern above sea: 67 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer Standard

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship: Fore Bridge

Whether in screen: Yes

Maker and No: X Date: From 1st July to 31st July

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Casartelli Bros Date: From 1st July to 31st July

 

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1 July 1915

Lat 64.2, Long -5.7

3.0am: Zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

7.45am: Swung ship for deviation, log 4041.

8.3am: Resumed course S23W.

8.28am: Course as requisite to intercept S/T.

9.5am: Stopped, boarded Norwegian ST Eystein.

9.35am: Boat hoisted, proceeded 67 revs, set course S23W, log 4056.7.

0.45pm: Stands mustered for monthly payment.

8.30pm: Challenged HMS “Alsatian”.

9.27pm: Keeping station with HMS Alsatian, course and speed as requisite.

10.0pm: Altered course N23E, log 4218.2, 74 revs. Parted company with HMS “Alsatian”.

 

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2 July 1915

Lat 66.8, Long -6.1

7.30am: No 2 guns crew fell out

0.37pm: Hauled in log for repairs, log 4433.1.

0.48pm: Log streamed.

[Heading N and E all day, apparently no longer on patrol]

 

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3 July 1915

Lat 71.0, Long -8.5 [estimated]

1.0am: Observed Burenberg [Beerenberg, the main volcano on Jan Mayen Island] Peak N19E(C), log 4613.2.

7.50am: Stopped, came to Port anchor in 20 fathoms, veered to 60 fathoms cable.

8.20am: Boat left ship for land.

9.10am: Boat hoisted, weighed, proceeded 60 revs, course as requisite to orders.

1.30pm: Stopped, came to Port anchor in 10 fathoms, veered to 45 fathoms cable.

1.40pm: Cutter left ship with first landing party. Manned No1 Starboard 6” gun.

2.0pm to 4.0pm: Ship at anchor in Mary Muss Bay [also known as Maria Musch Baai, on the island of Jan Mayen]

2.15pm: Boat left the ship with Captain and First Lieutenant.

4.10pm: First Sea boat returned and hoisted.

4.30pm: Second Sea boat returned and hoisted.

5.0pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.15pm: Stopped, came to Port anchor in 10 fathoms, veered to 30 fathoms cable.

5.40pm: Weighed and proceeded, 67 revs, course as requisite, Braille Tower abeam.

9.15pm: Stopped, came to Port anchor in 21 fathoms, veered to 30 fathoms of cable. Boat left for shore.

11.55pm: Boat returned and hoisted. Weighed and proceeded, course and speed as requisite.

Midnight: Set course S75E, 74 revs.

[For more information on Jan Mayen Island see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Mayen and http://www.jan-mayen.no/history/history.htm ]

 

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4 July 1915

Lat 71.2, Long -16.5

1.30am: Altered course N68W, log 4796.5, Youngs Foreland bearing S(T), 2 miles.

11.35am: Eased to 74 revs. Sighted ice bearing N60W.

Noon to 4pm and 5.30pm to 8pm: Courses as requisite for cruising along ice field.

1.0pm: 6 pounder Gun Crew fell out.

8.45pm: Eased to 60 revs.

8.50pm: Encountered ice. Full speed astern and as requisite.

9.25pm: Set course East, log 5068.9, 42 revs.

[Temperature peaked at 45F at noon, sea temperature 37F, mist and rain at 4pm, foggy for rest of pm]

 

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5 July 1915

Lat 69.1, Long -13.9

[Travelling S in am and S and W in pm, only changes in speed noted in log, fog (sometimes thick) all day]

 

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6 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

6.50am: Course as requisite for intercepting S/S, log 5333.0.

7.20am: Stopped, boarded SS Snyg.

7.55am: Boat hoisted, set course S18E, 67 revs.

8.0am: Langanaes [Langanes] 6 miles distant, S66W.

10.55am: Course as requisite for intercepting schooner.

11.5am: Stopped, boarded Danish Schooner “H Petersen”.

11.25am: Boat hoisted, set course S18E, 67 revs.

1.54pm: Altered course S45W, log 5401.7. Increased to full speed to intercept S/S.

2.26pm: Stopped, hoisted out boat and boarded Norwegian SS “Varo”.

2.52pm: Boat hoisted, set course S19E, 67 revs.

[Fog (sometimes thick) almost all day again]

 

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7 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

1.30am: Dead slow. Thick fog.

2.55am: Courses as requisite for intercepting S/S, 30 revs.

3.20am: Stopped. Boarded Danish SS “Vesta”.

3.50am: Boat hoisted, proceeded at 30 revs.

11.15am: Course as requisite for intercepting S/S.

0.35pm: Stopped. Boarded ST “Rhodesia”.

0.55pm: Boat hoisted, set course N65E, 72 revs.

1.30pm: Altered course to intercept schooner.

1.55pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish Schooner AH Friso [?].

2.15pm: Boat hoisted, set course N37E, 67 revs.

5.30pm: Altered course S23W, log 5624.0, zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

[Foggy early in day, misty during afternoon, patrolling to and fro]

 

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8 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

6.45am: Stopped. Boarded Danish Schooner “Lala Rock”.

7.0am: Boat hoisted, set course S5E, 67 revs, log 5780.3.

10.45am: Course as requisite to intercept schooner.

11.35am: Stopped. Boarded Danish schooner “Freden”.

11.52am: Boat hoisted, set course N58W, 67 revs.

[Patrolling to and fro in am, heading N and E in pm, fog and mist in am and again at midnight]

 

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9 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

1.15am: Altered course N38W, log 6012.1. Langanaes [Langanes] W(T) 6 miles.

5.48am: Rodebuk [?] abeam 7 miles, log 6076.0

7.40am: Observed ice ahead, altered course S78N, log 6101.

9.5am: Stopped, hoisted out boat and boarded Norwegian Schooner Patriot [?] and ST EA5 [?] (Danish).

10.0am: Swung ship for deviations.

2.45pm: Rodebuk [?] Point abeam 8 miles.

3.35pm: Revonaes [?] Tower South(T) 7 miles.

4.30pm: Course as requisite for adjusting compass.

8.57pm: Eased to 32 revs. Thick fog.

[Thick fog still recorded at midnight]

 

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10 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

[Patrolling to and fro, log only records changes in speed and course for the day. Very foggy early am, mist and fog for rest of the day]

 

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11 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

[Another day patrolling to and fro at an undisclosed location. Wind force 4 to 5 in am, force 6 all pm, rain, mist and drizzle all day, temperature around 40F throughout]

 

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12 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

11.55pm: Altered course N to intercept S/S, log 6847.2.

1.45pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Stralsund”.

2.10pm: Boat hoisted, set course N62W, 67 revs.

[Still patrolling to and fro in the mist and fog]

 

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13 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

[Still patrolling to and fro in the mist and fog. Log only records routine matters, changes of speed and course and closing of watertight doors]

 

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14 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

[More of the same]

 

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15 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

[Still patrolling, still in the mist and fog, log now up to 7782.0 at 10pm, but one feels the crew must be getting rather bored]

 

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16 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

10.55am: Course as requisite for intercepting S/S.

11.45am: Stopped. Boarded SS “Kepler” (Swedish).

0.20pm: Boat hoisted, set course N32W, 74 revs.

3.47pm: Langanaes [Langanes] S(T) 3.7 miles, log 8002.5

6.38pm: Revonaes Light House abeam 7 miles.

8.50pm: Observed Grimsey Island S78W(T), Rodebuk [?] S77E(T).

10.0pm: North end of Grimsey S(T) 4 miles.

10.21pm: Speeds as requisite for fog.

[Mist finally lifted by midday but foggy again in late evening]

 

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17 July 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -18.0

1.0am: Speeds as requisite for fog.

5.30am: Observed ice on starboard bow.

6.0am: Observed ice floes ahead.

1.12pm: Grimsey Island abeam 16 miles.

6.50pm: Revonaes Light House S(T) 11 miles.

[Fog then mist all day (again), sea temperatures recorded every hour in am, consistently 35F, rising to 40F in pm]

 

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18 July 1915

Lat 66.58, Long -16.3

[Sounding regularly during am]

6.15am: Observed Cape Langanaes [Langanes] S67W

4.7pm: Course as requisite to intercept steamers.

4.30pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SSs “Snorre” and “Brodd”.

5.4pm: Boat hoisted, courses as requisite.

[Misty all day yet again]

 

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19 July 1915

Lat 67.1, Long -16.2

8.24am: Courses as requisite for intercepting S/S.

8.35am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Aalesund.

8.55am: Boat hoisted, set course N39E, log 8771.0.

2.45pm: Revonaes Light House S(T) 8 miles, altered course N39E.

9.10pm: Course as requisite to intercept schooner.

9.40pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish Schooner “Active”.

10.0pm: Boat hoisted, set course N60W, 67 revs.

11.0pm: Worked to full speed. Course as requisite to intercept S/S.

11.17pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Alf.

11.50pm: Boat hoisted, set course N34W, 67 revs.

[Misty all day yet again]

 

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20 July 1915

Lat 66.7, Long -16.0

[Yet another day patrolling to and fro in the fog and mist. Peak temperature 41F at noon, sea temperature 40F]

 

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21 July 1915

Lat 66.8, Long -15.2 [estimated]

2.0pm: Langanaes [Langanes] Light House S(T) 11 miles.

[Thick fog, then mist in morning, finally clearing by noon]

 

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22 July 1915

At Sea

[Lat and Long not given and not enough clues to accurately estimate position at noon]

[Another day when nothing of note happened on patrol. Fog at 8am, then misty for rest of the day, rain from 8pm]

 

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23 July 1915

Lat 63.8, Long -4.8 [estimated]

10.20am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Thorchafter [?].

10.45am: Boat hoisted, set course S54E, log 9873.7.

1.45pm: Challenged HMS “Alsatian”.

1.50pm: Courses various for closing, log 9912.5.

2.35pm: Stopped. Boarded Swedish SS William.

3.5pm: Boat hoisted. 3.50pm: Proceeded 69 revs to close with HMS “Alsatian”.

4.15pm: Keeping station half mile from “Alsatian”.

4.35pm: Boat left for Alsatian.

5.0pm: Boat returned. 5.15pm: Proceeded course as requisite.

7.40pm: Observed high land S(T).

11.20pm: Myggenaes Light abeam S58E(T) 5 miles.

11.25pm: Zigzag 1 point.

[Misty on and off during am, with winds force 3 to 5, barometric pressure relatively low, down to 29.20 over 53 at noon, then starting to rise]

 

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24 July 1915

Lat 59.3, Long -7.5 [estimated]

10.50am: Swung out all lifeboats.

7.30pm: St Kilda S30E.

 

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25 July 1915

Lat 56.0, Long -7.5 [estimated]

6.40am: Barra Head N63E(T), 83 revs.

8.38am: Altered course to speak trawler, log 10449.4.

10.15am: Skerryvore Light House E(T) 15.5 miles.

11.50am: Challenged HMS Patia.

2.36pm: Altered course to Navigating Lieutenant’s orders.

5.45pm: Maiden Light W(T) 2 miles.

10.13pm: Chicken Rock N(T), 9.5 miles.

 

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26 July 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.40am: Courses as requisite to Navigator’s orders.

2.44am: Bar Light Ship abeam.

2.58am: 67 revs. Handed log 10,724.5.

3.2am: Pilot aboard. Full speed.

4.30am: Came to anchor in 18 fathoms.

6.0am: Hoisted in all boats.

7.0am: Tug alongside for Postman.

9.0am: 4 Days leave to Starboard Watch.

9.30am: Weighed.

10.25am: Proceeded into Dock.

11.7am: Ship made fast in Sandon Dock.

1.30pm: Hands employed painting ship.

3.0pm: 1 AB and 1WT discharged to RN Barracks Portsmouth.

4.45pm: Leave to First Part Port till 7am.

[Coal remaining 824 tons]

[Rain and thunder during pm]

 

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27 July 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.30am: Commenced coaling ship.

11.30am: Discharged 1 Boy to hospital.

4.30pm: Leave to Second Port till 7.0am.

[Rain at noon, passing showers all pm, with thunder and lightning at midnight]

 

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28 July 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am and pm: Hands painting ship.

1.30pm: 1 AB RPR joined ship from HMS “Eagle”.

4.30pm: Leave to First Port till 7.0am.

 

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29 July 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

Noon: Leave to Boys till 7pm.

4.30: Leave to Second Port till 7.0am.

 

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30 July 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.30am: 2nd Steward joined ship from Southampton.

pm: Port Watch leave for 4 days.

pm: Hands employed drawing stores.

4.0pm: Leave to First Part Starboard till 7.0am.

 

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31 July 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

pm: Hands drawing stores.

7.30pm: Leave to Second Part Starboard till 7.0am.

 

 

LOGS FOR AUGUST 1915

 

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[Information about Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Mercurial

Name of Maker and number: Sharman and Neill Ltd Belfast No 1084

Height of cistern above sea: 67‘ 3”and mean draft 24’ 6”

Error of Mercurial Barometer Unknown

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship: Fore Bridge

Whether in screen: Yes

Maker and No: Unknown Date: throughout

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Casartelli Bros. No number. Date: throughout

 

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1 August 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: Landed RC's for Church.

9.10am: Divisions.

9.30am: Divine Service.

10.0am: Discharged 1 AB to Hospital.

1.45pm: Leave to First Starboard Watch until 7am August 2nd.

[Completion of coaling not indicated in log but now have 3895.0 tons of coal remaining]

[Rain in morning, gloomy at noon, temperature up to 69F in pm]

 

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2 August 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0pm: Leave first part of watch until 7am August 3rd.

10.0pm: 1 OS joined ship from Devonport.

[Rain on and off from noon onwards]

 

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3 August 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.0am: Hands employed as requisite drawing provisions.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 6.

7.0pm: Leave for second part of watch until 7am August 5th.

 

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4 August 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

Noon: Hands preparing ship for sea. Received one Sub Lieutenant RNVR for passage to Alsatian.

2.0pm: Singled moorings.

3.15pm: Slipped from dockside.

3.55pm: Entered river assisted by two tugs.

4.40pm: Swung ship for adjusting compasses, swung out all boats.

5.30pm: General Quarters. Provided ammunition.

5.55pm: Cast off Tugs.

6.45pm: Disembarked pilot. 6.52pm: Formby Light Ship abeam.

7.10pm: Set course N54E, Bar Light Ship abeam. Zigzag 2 points.

Midnight: Chicken Light E(T) 11 miles.

 

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5 August 1915

Lat 56.4, Long -7.7

2.30am: Altered course N21W, Mull of Galloway E(T) 9 miles, log 113.5.

5.0am: Challenged HMS “Tara”.

6.0am: Courses as requisite in Rathlin N channel.

6.15am: Zigzag 2 points, course as requisite rounding Bull Point.

11.27am: Skerryvore Light House E(T) 17 miles.

0.40pm: Challenged HMS “Teutonic”.

1.10pm: Altered course N57W, log 278.1, to signal trawler.

5.5pm: Course as requisite to intercept S/S.

5.27pm: Passed Norwegian SS Ruth. Armed guard on board.

 

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6 August 1915

Lat 61.1, Long -11.2

9.30am: Swung in all boats.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers. Articles of War read.

3.50pm: Altered course as requisite. Challenged HMS “Andes” and “Ebro”.

4.0pm: Challenged HMS “Alsatian”.

4.20pm: Stopped. Boat left ship for HMS “Alsatian” with 1 Officer RNVR.

4.45pm: Boat returned. Proceeded.

5.0pm: Set course N24E, “A” zigzag.

 

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7 August 1915

Lat 64.8, Long -12.2

6.35am: Altered course W to intercept S/S, log 823.4.

7.10am: Challenged HMS “Digby”, negative zigzag.

10.40am: Eased to 50 revs. Fog.

[Mist and fog for most of the day]

 

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8 August 1915

Lat 66.8, Long -16.3

1.0pm: Courses as required to Navigating Lieutenant’s Orders. Sounded in 54 fathoms, shingle.

2.35pm: Altered course N30E, log 1193.0, Revonaes S(T) 2 miles.

[Log for the day mostly recording changes in speed and course. Thick fog at 4am, then mist for rest of am, temperature at 8pm 42F, sea temperature 42F]

 

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9 August 1915

Lat 67.0, Long -16.1

10.5am: Stopped. Boarded Danish schooner "Willimas"[?], Lat 66 44 N, Long 16 5 W.

10.30am: Boat hoisted.

4.50pm: Swung ship for adjusting compasses, log 1500.

[Misty all am, fog, sometimes thick, until late evening]

 

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10 August 1915

Lat 66.6, Long -16.0

1.12pm: Courses as requisite to Navigator’s orders.

2.48pm: Courses as requisite to intercept S/S.

3.5pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Swyg”, Lat 66 33 N, Long 15 32 W.

3.44pm: Boat hoisted, set course S55E, 70 revs, in company with SS “Swyg”.

4.45pm: Courses as required. SS Swyg proceeded.

6.10pm: Altered course to intercept S/S.

6.15pm: Stopped. Boarded Swedish SS Mimer, Lat 66 37 N, 15 47 W.

6.45pm: Boat hoisted, set course S45E, 70 revs, log 1750.5.

8.25pm: Stopped. Sent prize crew in charge of Lieutenant Johnson on board Swedish SS Mimer.

8.50pm: Boat hoisted, set course N60W, log 1772.6.

[Fog then mist in am, clear in pm]

 

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11 August 1915

Lat 67.2, Long -16.2

3.53am: Sighted land ahead.

5.20am: Courses as requisite to intercept S/S.

6.15am: Stopped. Boarded Danish SS “Gullfoss”, Lat 66 37 N, Long 16 48 W.

6.35am: Boat hoisted.

7.5am: Stopped. Boarded Hull ST Peridot H234.

7.35am: Boat hoisted, set course S65E, 86 revs, log 1885.7.

8.15am: Revonaes Light House S5E(T) 3 miles.

8.5pm: Altered course N30E, log 2053, Revonaes Light House S(T) 5 miles.

[Foggy at 4am, then clear, wind force 4 to 5 in pm]

 

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12 August 1915

Lat 66.8, Long -16.2

[Log for the day records routine matters and changes in speed and courses while patrolling to and fro, zigzagging from time to time and closing watertight doors. Winds force 4 to 5 all day, fog and mist from 8am onwards, temperature peaked at 45 F at noon, sea temperature 44F]

 

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13 August 1915

Lat 66.9, Long -16.2

10.25pm: Stopped and lowered 2 cutters for boat pulling.

11.10am: Both cutters hoisted. 11.18am: Set course N30E, 60 Revs.

[Other log entries relate, for most part, to changes in speed and course while patrolling, in thick fog all day]

 

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14 August 1915

Lat 67.6, Long -16.2

[Thick fog all day again, patrolling to and fro]

 

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15 August 1915

Lat 67.0, Long -16.2

[Another day patrolling in thick fog]

 

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16 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -16.2

[Still patrolling in fog all day, though slightly less thick than before]

 

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17 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -17.8

8.25am: Observed Revonaes Light House S57E(T).

9.12am: Stopped. Boarded Danish schooner “Zampa”, Lat 66 36 N, Long 16 27W.

9.35am: Boat hoisted, set course N58W, 75 revs.

0.35pm: Altered course N8E, log 3052.1, Grimsey Island bearing N(T), 5 miles.

9.0pm: Revonaes Light House S(T) 10 miles, commenced zigzag.

[Fog finally lifted about 5.30am]

 

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18 August 1915

Lat 66.4, Long -14.5

7.30am: Altered course to intercept S/S.

8.3am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Aalesund, Lat 66 33 N, Long 15 5 W.

8.15am: Boat hoisted, set course S69E.

0.50pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Heimar” [?] Lat 66 17 N, Long 14 9 W.

0.12pm: Boat hoisted. 1.20pm: Set course N10W, 80 revs.

3.34pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Vest Rae [?], Lat 66 33 N, Long 15 27 W.

3.52pm: Boat hoisted, set course N31W, 75 revs.

5.55pm: Stopped. Boarded ST GY1066, William Grant, Lat 66 37 N, Long 16 13 W.

6.20pm: Boat hoisted, set course N85W, 80 revs.

7.40pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Args” [?], Lat 66 28 N, Long16 49 W.

7.58pm: Boat hoisted, set course N77E, 70 revs, log 8453.0.

8.50pm: Altered course as requisite to intercept S/T.

9.20pm: Stopped. Boarded GY ST 1066.

9.35pm: Boat hoisted, 70 revs.

 

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19 August 1915

Lat 66.1, Long -13.0

8.50am: Altered course S80E, log 3162.0. Challenged HMS “Ambrose”.

9.25am: Stopped. Sent boat to “Ambrose”.

9.45am: Boat returned with armed guard.

10.30am: Zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

0.50pm: Courses as requisite to intercept S/S.

0.58pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish SS Perm, Lat 66 7 N, Long 13 46 W.

1.20pm: Boat returned for armed guard in charge of Lieutenant GH Ruxton.

1.45pm: Boat hoisted.

3.30pm: Langanaes [Langanes] W(T) 6.5 miles.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 9.

[Gloomy weather at 8pm, then fog set in]

 

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20 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -14.4

0.15pm: Courses and speed as required to Navigating Lieutenant’s orders.

0.16pm: Observed Langanaes [Langanes] ahead, altered course S15E.

pm: W Casey, gunner, reprimanded by the Captain for neglect of duty (signed [apparently] JD Casey, gunner).

8.30pm: Courses various to intercept S/S.

8.43pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish SS Godafoss, Lat 66 31 N, Long15 33 W.

9.5pm: Boat hoisted, set course N22W, 72 revs.

11.0pm: Zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

[Misty all morning, clearing in afternoon]

 

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21 August 1915

Lat 66.6, Long -14.0

am: No3 starboard tank found to be brackish and pumped out (95 tons), commenced evaporating into deep tank.

9.30am: Turning ship at full speed for experiments.

4.10pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Glyg”, Lat 66 34 N, Long 15 42 W.

4.30pm: Boat hoisted, set course N14E, 70 revs.

[Temperature peaked at 56F at noon, sea temperature 45F, rain in late evening]

 

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22 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -15.0

9.30am: Altered course N40W, Langanaes [Langanes] Light House S(T), 2 miles, log 4464.7.

11.45am: Stopped. Boarded Danish Schooner “Ruth”, Lat 66 25 N, Long 15 30 W.

11.58am: Boat hoisted, set course N32E, 72 revs.

[Wind force 5 at 4am, then dropped, freshening to force 5-6 at midnight, barometric pressure consistently relatively low]

 

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23 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -15.0

10.0am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Kristine”, Lat 66 28 N, Long 15 0 W.

10.20am: Boat hoisted, set course N55W, 80 revs.

4.16pm: Altered course S28E, log 4874.1, to intercept S/S.

4.35pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian Schooner “Patriot”, Lat 66 32 N, Long 14 38 W.

4.55pm: Boat hoisted, set course N43W, 70 revs.

6.0pm: Commenced zigzag 2 points.

9.10pm: Rodebuk[?] Point bearing S3W(T).

[Wind force 6 at 4am, then dropping during the day, freshening again at midnight, barometric pressure still relatively low]

 

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24 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -14.9

0.55pm: Courses various for communicating S/S.

1.15pm: In communication with SS Lofoten of Bergen, Lat 66 30 N, Long 15 35 W.

5.23pm: Courses various to communicate with SS “Nordcap” (Danish).

9.45pm: Courses various to intercept ship.

10.0pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish schooner “Juliane”, Lat 66 43 N, Long 16 57 W.

10.30pm: Boat hoisted, set course N60E, Log 5260.

[Winds force 5 to 6 until 4pm then dropping slightly, sea state rough to very rough through middle of day, barometric pressure low (28.68 over 51 at 4am) but starting to rise slowly]

 

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25 August 1915

Lat 66.7, Long -15.0

7.0am: Langanaes [Langanes] South(T) 3.5 miles.

7.38pm: Altered course S70W, log 5523.4. Full speed ahead to intercept steamer.

8.0pm: Course and speed as requisite to board Norwegian steamer “Thore Hafte”. Lat 66 28 N, Long 14 51 W.

8.4pm: Hoisted out boat, proceeded to board steamer.

8.20pm: Boat returned, hoisted inboard, proceeded 70 revs to intercept Swedish steamer “Geevy”[?]. Lat 66 28 N, Long 14 51.5 W.

8.30pm: Boarded vessel.

8.47pm: Boat hoisted inboard.

9.25pm: Boat proceeded to steamer.

9.35pm: Boat hoisted. 9.55pm: Set course N36E, log 5531.6.

[Winds force 5 to 7 in am, 5 to 4 in pm, sea rough to very rough until afternoon]

 

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26 August 1915

Lat 66.6, Long -14.0

0.30am: Revnaes [? usually given as Revonaes] Light abeam S54W(C) 10.5 miles.

0.40am: Altered course N34E, log 5569. Zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

4.0am: Masthead lookout aloft.

9.30am: Hauled in log 5684.3. Target hoisted out.

9.55am: Target tow rope carried away.

10.25am: Target hoisted inboard. Proceeded 70 revs. Set course S8E. 10.43am: Streamed patent log.

0.50pm: Altered course N32W, log 5714, to intercept Norwegian SS “F Heredia”, Lat 66 20 N, Long 14 12 W.

1.5pm: Stopped, hoisted out boat, boarded vessel. Proceeded 70 revs, course as requisite.

1.22pm: Vessel allowed to proceed. Boarded Norwegian SS “Aalesund”. Lat 66 20 N Long 14 12 W.

1.49pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

2.30pm: Boat hoisted out, boarded “Aalesund” with armed guard (Midshipman Simpson).

2.47pm: Boat hoisted.

9.45pm: Altered course as requisite to intercept Norwegian SS A R C [?], Lat 66 20 N, Long 14 20 W.

10.8pm: Hoisted out boat, proceeded 70 revs.

10.20pm: Stopped both, hoisted in boat. 10.35pm: Proceeded 70 revs.

 

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27 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -14.0

0.12am: Langanaes [Langanes] Light bearing S(T).

6.45am: Fog. Eased to 40 revs. 7.0am: Increased to 70 revs. Fog cleared.

7.40am: Observed high land 8 miles South(T).

9.30am: Altered course to intercept steamer.

9.35am: Stopped. Boarded SS”Glyg”. Lat 66 32 N, Long 14 54 W.

10.0am: Stopped. Hoisted in boat. 10.5am: Set course S30E, 70 revs, zig-zag.

[Foggy at 8am, misty at noon, showers and drizzle in afternoon, with winds force 4 to 5, rising to force 7 at midnight, noon temperature 42F]

 

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28 August 1915

Lat 66.4, Long -14.0

[Log just records routine matters, some soundings and changes in speed and course while on patrol. Winds between force 5 and 7 all day, sea state rough to very rough for much of the day.]

 

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29 August 1915

Lat 66.0, Long -13.5

9.32am: Langanase [sic - Langanes] Light bearing West(T) 2.3 miles.

[Apart from recording soundings from time to time during middle of day, log just records routine matters and changes in speed and course while patrolling. Winds force 5 to 7 until late evening, sea state rough or very rough at times, misty on and off during the day, foggy from 11pm]

 

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30 August 1915

Lat 66.7, Long -16.0

7.0am till 11.0am: Sounding at regular intervals.

10.45am: Observed landing bearing south.

0.52pm: Altered course N20W, log 6834.7 to intercept Norwegian SS Arrvik, Lat 66 43 N, Long 16 9 W.

1.15pm: Stopped. Hoisted out boat and proceeded to board vessel.

1.37pm: Boat returned and hoisted inboard.

2.20pm: Altered course N15W to intercept Norwegian SS “Varo”.

5.45pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Jotun”, Lat 66 59 N, Long 15 22 W.

6.5pm: Proceeded 80 revs. Courses as requisite.

6.25pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Agnes”, Lat 66 31 N, Long 15 15 W.

6.45pm: Boat hoisted. Proceeded 70 revs. Set course S40E.

7.0pm: Altered course to intercept Norwegian SS “Adger”, Lat 66 31 N, Long15 5 W.

7.10pm: Boarded vessel. 7.25pm: Boat returned. Proceeded, 70 revs. Set course S65E. Zig-zagged.

11.48pm: Ruranes [?] Light bore South(T) 5 miles.

[Thick fog until mid morning]

 

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31 August 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -16.2

2.45am: Eased to 40 revs. Fog.

9.7am: Altered course to intercept Norwegian SS “Snyg” [probably].

9.15am: Stopped. Boarded vessel.

9.30am: Proceeded 70 revs, set course N60W.

10.20am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS “Lofoten”.

10.40am: Proceeded 72 revs, set course S86E. Zig-zagged.

[Foggy at 4am, then clearer, temperature peaked at 39F at 4pm]

 

 

LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1915

 

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]

 

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1 September 1915

Lat 65.0, Long -11.3

10.10am: 60 revs. Circling on rendezvous.

11.40am: Challenge and answer HMS “Ebro”. Courses as requisite.

0.5pm: Stopped. Boat lowered, communicated with “Ebro”. Circled round “Ebro”.

0.25pm: Boat returned with armed guard. Proceeded, course N10W, 70 revs. Zig-zagged.

3.50pm: Altered course to intercept Trawler “Oceanic” GY563.

4.0pm: Boarded Oceanic. 4.3pm: Proceeded 70 revs.

4.22pm: Stopped, hoisted boat. Proceeded 70 revs, course N7W.

10.10pm: Langanaes [Langanes] bearing N75W.

 

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2 September 1915

Lat 66.6, Long -14.9

5.30am: Commenced zig-zagging, log 7515.0.

7.25am: Observed Langanaes [Langanes] S30W(T), log 7660.0.

9.7am: Stopped. Dropped target.

9.45am: Altered course N29E. Aiming rifle practice, 6" guns.

11.20am: Picked up target. 11.25am: Proceeded course N72W, 70 revs. 11.40am: Zig-zagged.

6.15pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish SS “Isafold” [?].

6.38pm: Proceeded, course S80E, 70 revs.

7.0pm: Commenced zig-zagging.

9.18pm: Stopped. Boarded Swedish SS “Hero”, Lat 66 19 N, Long 14 17 W.

9.48pm: Placed armed guard on board (Lieutenant Price).

10.3pm: Proceeded N31E, 70 revs.

10.30pm: Langanaes [Langanes] Light bearing W(T), 5 miles.

 

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3 September 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -14.8

5.30pm: Commenced zig-zagging, log 7881.5.

7.45am: Observed Langanaes [Langanes] S11W(T) log 7908.0.

10.0am: Stopped. 10.3am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Kristine”.

10.50am: Placed armed guard on board vessel (Midshipman Smith), Lat 66 20 N, Long 14 19 W.

11.2am: Proceeded, course N28E, 70 revs.

4.50pm: Observed Grimsey bearing S86W(T), log 8010.8

 

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4 September 1915

Lat 66.2, Long -14.0

[Log details routine matters and changes in course and speed and whether zigzagging, sighting various Light Houses while patrolling to and fro. Fog then mist from 6am to noon and again from 11pm, winds variable from force 3 to 6 during day]

 

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5 September 1915

Lat 66.9, Long -15.0

8.15am to 11.50am: Sounding every 15 minutes.

10.45am: Handed log (8519), course and speed as necessary boarding Norwegian SS Gudrun in Lat 66 34 N, 14 17 W.

11.25am: SS Gudrun allowed to proceeded. Proceeded course S29W, 70 revs.

0.35pm: 40 revs. Fog.

1.35pm: 70 revs. Fog cleared. Zigzag 2 points, log 8526.5.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Rain during morning, misty at noon, then brighter]

 

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6 September 1915

Lat 66.7, Long -16.1

8.50am: Altered course S70W, log 8791.2, 75 revs, negative zigzag, to intercept Swedish SS “Mimer”, Lat 66 33 N, Long 16 45 W.

10.57am: Handed patent log (8820), course and speed as necessary boarding Norwegian barque “Olivia”, Lat 66 47 N, Long 16 54 W.

11.35am: “Olivia” allowed to proceed. Proceeded, set course S42E(S), 70 revs.

1.10pm: Altered course to intercept schooner.

1.20pm: Course and speed as necessary boarding Swedish schooner “Valand”.

1.55pm: Schooner Valand allowed to proceed. Proceeded, set course N70W, 75 revs, negative zigzag.

3.50pm: Course and speed as necessary to intercept steamer, log 8831.

4.16pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

4.28pm: Course and speed as necessary boarding Danish SS “Mjollinir”, Lat 66 26 N, Long 16 47 W.

4.50pm: SS Mjollinir allowed to proceed. Proceeded, set course N33E(S), 70 revs.

7.8pm: Course and speed as necessary boarding Norwegian SS “Nereus”. Handed patent log (8905), Lat 66 36 N, Long 16 25 W.

7.35pm: SS “Nereus” allowed to proceed. Proceeded, set course N33E (S).

[Number on sick list 6]

 

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7 September 1915

Lat 66.5, Long -14.7

9.15am: Handed patent log (9086), course and speed as necessary boarding Norwegian brigatine [sic - brigantine] “Mariana” in Lat 66 27 N, Long 14 37 W.

9.40am: “Mariana” allowed to proceed. Proceeded, set course N32W(S), 70 revs, zigzag 1 point.

0.50pm: Laganaes [Langanes] Light South(T) 4.5 miles, log 9126.6.

2.30pm: Steamed through occasional fog banks during watch.

[Fog, from 5 to 8 pm, misty at midnight]

 

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8 September 1915

Lat 64.8, Long -11.3

3.56am: Slow both. In proximity of HMS Hildebrand.

4.0am: Fired 1 round blank, Starboard No1.

4.5am: Handed patent log (9276.3). Challenged HMS Hildebrand. Course and speed as requisite taking up station.

4.30am: Communicated with “Hildebrand”. Received Surgeon and one rating for “Victorian” and “Ebro”.

5.35am: Proceeded, set course N64W(S), 40 revs.

10.10am: 75 revs. Fog cleared.

11.45am: 60 revs. Fog.

9.0pm: 75 revs. Fog cleared.

[Fog for most of the day, sometimes very thick]

 

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9 September 1915

Lat 60.8, Long -11.7

0.45pm: Altered course N67W, log 9631.4. Fired one round blank 6" round every quarter of an hour.

3.5pm: Negative gun.

5.0pm: Stopped. 5.15pm: Heard 2 guns fired.

5.16pm to 7.8pm: Fired 6" and 3 pounder gun occasionally. Using steam whistle continually.

7.20pm: Sighted HMS “Victorian”. Course and speed as necessary.

7.55pm: Victorian’s boat came alongside, Surgeon transferred to “Victorian”.

[Mist and fog from 8am to 8pm, wind force 6 at 4am, reducing later on, force 3 in pm, maximum temperature 57F at 8am]

 

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10 September 1915

Lat 57.2, Long -12.5

8.0am: Negative zigzag. Swinging for Deviation of Compass.

4.30pm to 7.30pm: Sounding every half an hour.

8.30pm: Barra Head N14E(T) 11.5 miles.

9.23pm: Observed Skerryvore Light S68E(T), log 10079.6.

8.5pm to 10.45pm: Sounding at intervals.

 

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11 September 1915

Lat 53.7, Long -3.6 [estimated]

4.50am: Mull of Cantyre Light House abeam, 1 mile.

8.20am: Observed South Rock Light bearing S44W(T) 4 miles

10.31am: Altered course S47E, log 10284.2, Chicken Light House bearing North(T) 1.5 miles.

1.40pm: Challenged HMS Orcoma.

3.35pm: Picked up Pilot from Tug.

4.17pm: Anchored in River Mersey, 11.5 fathoms, Port anchor, 75 fathoms.

5.0pm: Captain ashore.

5.30pm: Port Watch on leave. First Lieutenant ashore.

6.25pm: Tug returned with postman and mails.

7.5pm: Tug returned with Captain and Doctor.

7.30pm: Ship swinging to flood.

10.0pm: Weighed and proceeded to Canada Dock entrance.

11.57pm: Entered dock assisted by 3 tugs.

 

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12 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0am: Made fast alongside berth and let go tugs.

6.0am: Hands employed mooring ship from jetty for coaling.

7.45am: Commenced coaling [coal remaining 808 tons].

11.0am: Seaman to hospital by ambulance.

3.20pm: 10 boys, 1 able seaman and 2nd Steward joined ship.

7.0pm: Leave for part of Watch till 7.0am.

[Temperature peaked at 66F at 8pm]

 

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13 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am and pm: Coaling ship.

4pm: 1 boy left for hospital.

7.0pm: Leave for First part of watch until 7.0am.

 

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14 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.0am: 3 fireman, 1 domestic discharged from ship. 1 boy sent to hospital.

1.30pm: 2 boys joined from Portsmouth Depot.

3.30pm: Took in 25 rounds of Practice shell.

4.0pm: Leave to part of watch till 7am.

8.05pm: Ten seamen (RNR) joined ship.

[Rain from 8pm onwards]

 

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15 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands told off as necessary painting ship and receiving stores.

11.0am: Finished coaling and hove ship alongside quay.

[Total coal remaining 3939 tons]

3.0pm: One fireman discharged from ship.

4.0pm: Leave for part of watch till 7.0am.

 

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16 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands told off as necessary painting ship and receiving stores. 1 POI RNR joined ship from Portsmouth.

Noon: Port Watch returned from leave.

0.30pm: Starboard Watch proceeded on 4 days leave.

2.55pm: Midshipmen Smith and Stevens discharged.

5.0pm: Leave for part of Watch till 7am.

8.30pm: Lieutenant Commander Tarrant left ship.

 

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17 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.55am: Midshipman Simpso [sic - Simpson] returned on board (recalled from leave).

7.0am: Hands employed as necessary painting and receiving stores.

9.0am: W Croft Chief Carpenter joined.

10.0am: S Pritchard PO discharged to Whale Island. E Vanstons[?], O Lea and T Atkins discharged to Devonport and Portsmouth RN Barracks. Noble (Shipwright) joined.

11.0am: Sub Lieutenant Stanley joined. Lieutenant Runton left.

1.0pm: Midshipman Simpson discharged.

2.35pm: Midshipmen D'dray[?], Evans, Paish and Simons joined.

2.45pm: Mr Almond and Mr Holmes (Assistant Engineers) joined. Hill AB RNR discharged to hospital.

4.30pm: Leave to part of watch till 7am.

 

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18 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands told off as necessary painting and receiving stores.

11.0am: Heslop ERA discharged to hospital.

1.0pm: Leave for part of Watch till 7am.

2.0pm: Hammond AB RNVR and Heath Telegraphist left to join RN Barracks Portsmouth.

8.30pm: 1 SB [Sick Bay] Rating, 1 First Class Boy, 1 RNR AB joined from Portsmouth.

10.30pm: 1 Stoker joined ship from Devonport.

[Misty during morning and at midnight, temperature at noon 68F]

 

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19 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0pm: Leave to part of watch till 7.0am.

2.0pm: C White Leading Seaman, Simpson AB, Walsh FM joined from HMS Eagle for passage to HMS Arlanza.

 

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20 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands fell in and employed painting.

8.30am: Hands employed getting in stores and provisions.

0.45pm: Mr Whatefield (Assistant Engineer) joined ship. Brown, Martin, Mr Conadis [or McConachis?] ERAs left ship for RNB Portsmouth.

2.30pm: Probationary Surgeon Johnson joined ship.

3.50pm: Leave to part of watch.

7.0pm: 3 ratings from HMS Arlanza transferred to HMS Eagle.

11.15pm: Probationary Surgeon Ward left ship.

 

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21 September 1915

[At Liverpool]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Cast off hawsers.

8.0am: Tied up in Sandon Basin.

8.50am: Cast of hawsers.

9.15am: Passed from Dock into River. Draft Forward 25ft, Aft 35ft 3in.

10.45am: Swung out and lowered boats to D Deck.

11.30am: Tug returns to ship.

11.35am: Working cable. 11.40am: Anchor aweigh and proceed under Pilot’s orders.

0.30pm: Tug alongside for Pilot, leaving off Formby Light Ship. Dropped Pilot, proceeded 70 revs.

0.48pm: Streamed patent log. 0.50pm: Set course N51W, Bar Light W(T) 0.5 miles, commenced zigzag 3 points to Port and 3 points to Starboard.

4.15pm: Spoke HMS Arlanza steering SE.

6.15pm - 6.45pm: Sounding every 15 minutes.

8.0pm: Commenced zigzag 1 point each side.

9.45pm: Spoke HMS Otway steering SW.

11.3pm: Mull of Cantyre Light E(T) 7 miles.

 

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22 September 1915

Lat 57.4, Long -10.0

5.30am - 6.30am: Sounded every half hour.

11.30am: Altered course to intercept SS, log 354.9.

11.35am: Stopped, sent boat to board Norwegian SS Capella, Lat 57 22 N, Long 9 58 W. Circled round 70 revs.

11.45am: Boat returned, course as requisite.

0.20pm: Stopped. Sent boat to S/S with Sub Lieutenant Stanley and armed guard.

0.35pm: Hoisted boat, full steam ahead 74 revs.

[Misty for much of the day, noon temperature 58F]

 

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23 September 1915

Lat 58.6, Long -12.2

10.20am: Circling Port and Starboard, log 650.8.

11.0am: Circling round Rendezvous.

4.25pm: Circling, log 721.4.

5.17pm: Circling, log 733.0.

6.30pm: Altered course S58E(S), log 750.2. Challenged HMS Cedric. Course and speed as requisite taking up station.

7.10pm: Communicated. 7.33pm: Proceeded, revs 70.

[Misty for part of am, hail from time to time, winds in pm force 4 to 5]

 

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24 September 1915

Lat 61.2, Long -13.9

3.0am: Occasional rain squalls.

4.48am: Log 876.8. Course and speed as necessary boarding Norwegian SS John Bloomar, Lat 59 55 N, Long 14 5 W.

6.0am: SS John Blumar [sic] allowed to proceed.

8.0am: No 6 Tank Port empty, No 6 Starboard 6”, No 7 Starboard being emptied.

10.15am: No 7 Starboard tank being filled again.

[Winds force 3 to 4 during day, thick fog from 8pm onwards]

 

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25 September 1915

Lat 62.6, Long -14.1

6.10am: Zigzag 4 points each side, log 1129.4.

9.0am: C zigzag 4 points.

3.30pm: Altered course S74E(S), log 1241.4, C 1 point zigzag.

[Gloomy and wind force 5 at noon, squally and force 6 later in day]

 

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26 September 1915

Lat 64.0, Long -6.0

2.0am: Frequent short strong squalls, Throwing spray over all for’ard.

4.0am - 4.30am: Sounding every 10 minutes.

6.0am: Zigzag 2 points.

9.35am: Pump out Starboard tank No 7.

2.30pm: To Engine Room work all fresh water from Port Side.

3.0pm: Altered course S33E(S), log 1530.7. Challenged HMS Alsatian, course and speed as requisite.

3.30pm: Communicated with HMS Alsatian.

4.18pm: Course and speed as requisite to communicate with HMS Alsatian.

5.5pm: Set course S75E(S), log 1548.8, C zigzag 4 points.

[Winds force 5 to 6 all day, sea state rough, temperature at noon 45F, sea temperature 44F]

 

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27 September 1915

Lat 64.0, Long 0.3

4.30am: C zigzag 4 points, log 1659.3, altered course S80E(S).

7.26am: Handed patent log 1724.9, course and speed as necessary boarding Norwegian SS “Argo” in Lat 63 36 N, Long 0 8 W.

7.30am: SS Argo allowed to proceed, set course S80E(S), C zigzag 4 points port and starboard.

9.40am: Challenged HMS Columbella, course and speed as requisite to communicate.

10.50am: Proceeded, course N77E(S), zigzag 2 points.

[Squally wind force 4 to 6 all day, sea state rough to very rough, rain at midnight]

 

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28 September 1915

Lat 64.3, Long 6.2

[Log mostly records routine matters, as show below as an example - omitting log readings, changes in course and speed and WT&SBC (Wireless Telegraph and Signal Books Correct), every 4 hours:]

2.0am: Frequent short sleet squalls.

5.0am: Gunners Rounds Correct.

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

9.30am: Divisions, Prayers and Physical Drill.

10.0am: Fire Stations.

1.10pm: Hands fell in.

4.30pm: Quarters and Night Defence.

5.30pm: Darken Ship. Tested Navigating Lights. Correct.

6.0pm: Electric WT [watertight] Doors Worked.

8.30pm: Rounds.

8.45pm: No 25 WTD Closed.

9.40pm: Nos 17 and 24 WTDs Closed.

[Another squally day, winds force 4 to 6, sea state rough for most of day]

 

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29 September 1915

Lat 64.0, Long 3.5

9.40am: Handed patent log 2349.3, course and speed as requisite.

10.0am: Communicated with Robert Smith (Armed trawler), received 1 Rating (sick).

10.25am: Proceeded, revs 70, set course N78W(S), patent log streamed, C zigzag 2 points.

1.53pm: Handed patent log 2394.7, course and speed as requisite boarding Russian SS Mariz, Lat 64 6 N, Long 2 25 E.

2.30pm: SS Mariz allowed to proceed.

2.36pm: Proceeded, revs 70, streamed patent log, swung for compass adjustment.

[Wind force 4 for most of day, noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 48.5F]

 

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30 September 1915

Lat 63.9, Long 2.3

2.0am: Sleet squalls frequent.

1.35pm: Swinging for compass adjustment, log 2691.7.

5.47pm: Handed patent log 2747.3, course and speed as requisite boarding Trawler Newland, Lat 62 39 N, Long 2 23 W.

5.55pm: Stopped to communicate.

9.30pm: Proceeded, revs 70, course N19E(S), streamed patent log, C zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

[Wind force 4 for most of day]

 

 

LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1915

 

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1 October 1915

Lat 63.2, Long 2.2

6.38am: Course and speed as requisite communicating with Armed Trawler Newland.

7.20am: Proceeded, revs 70, streamed patent log, course S75W, 2 points zigzag.

9.30am: Divisions. Prayers. Read Articles of War and Quarterly Court Martial Returns.

2.40pm: Handed patent log 2962.4, course and speed as requisite boarding English SS Durham in Lat 63 49 N, Long 2 19 E.

3.20pm: SS Durham allowed to proceed.

3.25pm: Proceeded, set course N19E(S), streamed patent log.

[Wind force 4 all day]

 

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2 October 1915

Lat 63.3, Long 1.1

6.30am: Handed patent log 3154.1, course and speed as requisite communicating with Armed Trawler R Smith, Lat 62 48 N, Long 1 17 E.

6.50am: Revs 70. Circled.

7.30am: Proceed, revs 70, streamed patent log.

8.0am: Set course N19E(S), C 2 points zigzag.

9.16am: Altered course N(S), handed patent log 3174.6, course and speed as requisite boarding Swedish SS Phyllis, Lat 63 0 N, Long 1 23 E.

9.50am: SS Phyllis allowed to proceed. 9.57am: Proceeded, revs 70.

2.10pm: Handed patent log 3229.4, course and speed as requisite boarding English SS “Merridio”, Lat 63 42 N, Long 1 22 E. Circled, 70 revs.

2.55pm: Allowed to proceed, streamed patent log, set course S44E(S), C 2 points zigzag.

5.40pm: Handed patent log 3266.4, course and speed as requisite boarding Norwegian SS Hisa [?], Lat 62 17 N, Long 2 11 E.

6.20pm: Allowed to proceed. Proceeded 70 revs, set course N19E(S), streamed patent log, C zigzag 2 points.

 

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3 October 1915

Lat 63.1, Long 1.7

3.40am: Revs 67, handed patent log 3385.5, course and speed as requisite boarding Russian SS Erika, Lat 63 0 N, Long 2 12 E.

4.55am: Allowed to proceed. 5.0am: Proceeded, set course S49W(S), streamed patent log, revs 75, zigzag 1 point every 10 minutes.

7.40am: Handed patent log 3425.6, course and speed as requisite communicating with Armed Trawlers Rushcoe and Saxon, Lat 62 36 N, Long 1 34 E.

8.0am: Proceeded, revs 60.

8.45am: Placed Mr Davy (Midshipman RNR) and armed guard on AT Saxon, Lat 62 30 N, Long 1 52 E.

9.35am: Proceeded, revs 70, streamed patent log, set course N19E(S), C 2 points zigzag.

0.55pm: Handed patent log 3472.1, course and speed as requisite boarding Norwegian SS Modena [?], Lat 63 7 N, Long 1 44 E, negative zigzag.

1.25pm: Allowed to proceed. 1.33pm: Proceeded, revs 70, set course N19E(S).

 

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4 October 1915

Lat 63.8, Long 2.0

3.1am: Handed patent log 3647.1, course and speed as requisite boarding British SS Luque, Lat 63 57 N, Long 1 44 E.

4.10am: Allowed to proceed. 4.15am: Proceeded, set course S15W(S), streamed patent log, 2 points zigzag, revs 70.

 

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5 October 1915

Lat 63.3, Long 2.0

[Number on sick list 6]

[Log records changes in speed and course and routine activities. Mist, sometimes thick, from 8am, winds force 4 to 5 until late evening, temperature around 50F all day, with sea temperature of 49F]

 

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6 October 1915

Lat 64.0, Long 2.0

[Patrolling to and fro in mist and fog until it cleared at midnight]

 

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7 October 1915

Lat 63.6, Long 2.0 [corrected from noon position given in log, based on other positions as shown below]

5.5am: Revs 70, C zigzag 2 points every 10 minutes.

8.35am: Handed patent log 4525.2, course and speed as requisite boarding British SS Westville, Lat 63 50 N, Long 2 0 E.

9.20am: SS Westville allowed to proceed. 9.30am: Proceeded.

1.45pm: Handed patent log 4578.8, course and speed as requisite boarding Armed Trawler “Newland”, Lat 63 20 N, Long 1 53 E.

2.30pm: Newland proceeded. 2.32pm: Streamed patent log, set course N19E(S), revs 70, C 2 points zigzag.

 

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8 October 1915

Lat 63.4, Long 2.5

10.10am: Connected up after steering wheel.

10.12am: Disconnected aft steering wheel.

10.46am: Handed patent log 4848.3, course and speed as requisite boarding British SS Zero, Lat 63 25 N, Long 2 30 E.

11.33am: Allowed to proceed. Proceeded 70 revs, streamed patent log, set course N19E.

4.0pm: Swinging for Deviation.

11.30pm: Handed patent log 4999.1, course and speed as requisite to board British SS Ravenstone, Lat 63 41 N, Long 2 36 E.

 

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9 October 1915

Lat 63.4, Long 2.1

0.30am: SS Ravenstone allowed to proceed. 0.38am: Revs 70, streamed patent log, set course N19E(S).

6.35am: Revs 70. Handed patent log 5075.9, course and speed as requisite to board British SS Plutus, Lat 64 5 N, Long 2 16 E.

7.15am: “Plutus” allowed to proceed. 7.20am: Proceeded 75 revs, streamed patent log, set course S25W(S), C 1 point zigzag.

9.45am: Sighted Armed Trawler Saxon, course and speed as requisite boarding her.

9.55am: Handed patent log 5110.8, Lat 63 47 N, Long 2 7 E.

10.17am: Proceeded 70 revs, set course S15W(S), C 2 point zigzag, streamed patent log.

 

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10 October 1915

Lat 63.8, Long 2.2

1.55am: Handed patent log 5312.3, course and speed as requisite to board Norwegian SS Karm, Lat 63 25 N, Long 2 7 E.

2.45am: SS Karm allowed to proceed. 2.50am: Proceeded, revs 70, set course S15W(S), streamed patent log.

5.10pm: Handed patent log 5499.1, course and speed as requisite boarding Russian S/S Siter, Lat 63 27 N, Long 2 2 E.

5.35pm: Allowed to proceed. 5.40pm: Proceeded, revs 70, set course N19E(S), streamed patent log, 2 points zigzag.

 

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11 October 1915

Lat 63.9, Long 2.0

6.0am: Handed patent log 5660.6, course and speed as necessary to board British SS Llanthony Abbey, Lat 63 26 N, Long 2 0 E.

6.35am: Allowed to proceed. 6.40am: Proceeded, 70 revs, set course S15W(S), streamed patent log.

10.15am: Handed patent log, course as requisite for Target Practice. Carried out aiming rifle practice from 6” and 6 pounder guns.

11.20am: Target inboard, streamed patent log, set course N19E(S).

1.0pm: Boys at Helm Instruction till 4pm.

[Winds force 4 to 6 in pm with sea state rough at times, temperature about 50F all day, sea temperature about 49F]

 

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12 October 1915

Lat 62.0, Long -2.0

8.25am: Challenge Stranger, reply HMS Mantua, course and speed as requisite to communicate.

9.10am: Lowered boat, communicated.

9.45am: Proceeded, revs 80, set course S62W(S), streamed patent log.

[Coal remaining 2049 tons]

[Winds from S and SSE from force 5 to 8 during day, sea state high through middle of day, barometric pressure relatively low]

 

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13 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

7.52am: Course and speed as requisite. Handed patent log 6227.5.

8.0am: Entered Harbour. 8.45am: Moored 17 fathoms, 45 fathoms each anchor.

9.0am: Colliers alongside. Hands employed preparing for coaling.

9.30am: Commenced coaling.

1.0pm: Hands employed coaling and painting.

7.0pm: Stopped coaling. Having received 112 tons Port Collier, 134 tons Starboard Collier.

 

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14 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

7.0am: Commenced coaling. Hands employed coaling and painting ship.

6.0pm: Stopped coaling. Having received 170 tons Port Collier, 202 tons Starboard Collier.

 

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15 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

7.0am: Commenced coaling. Hands employed coaling and painting ship.

4.0pm: Completed coaling. Having received 168 tons Port Collier, 214 tons Starboard Collier, 1000 tons altogether.

[Coal remaining 2954 tons]

 

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16 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

0.25am: HMS Ebro anchored.

3.35am: Surgeon landed to proceed to Lerwick.

0.15pm: Leave for Port Watch and Boys till 5pm.

 

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17 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

8.15am: HMS Oropesa anchored.

9.30am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.30pm: Leave to Starboard Watch and Boys to 4.0pm.

5.50pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded, revs 60, course and speed as requisite leaving harbour.

6.20pm: Swarbacks Minn Light N(T), distant 1 Cable length, streamed patent log, set course N38W(S), C 1 point zigzag.

 

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18 October 1915

Lat 62.1, Long 1.0

0.45pm: Altered course N73E, sighted HMS Mantua N73E, log 248.0. Course and speed as requisite to communicate and transfer Armed Guards, Lat 62 5 N, Long 1 0 E.

1.40pm: Proceeded, revs 70, set course S16W(S), streamed patent log, C 2 points zigzag.

3.0pm: Handed patent log 269.3, course and speed as requisite boarding British SS “Katha”, Lat 61 58 N, Long 1 17 E.

3.30pm: Proceeded 70 revs, set course S35W(S), C 2 point zigzag.

[Rain all morning, temperatures around 48 to 49F, sea temperature 49 to 50F]

 

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19 October 1915

Lat 62.5, Long 1.5

11.45am: Altered course N66W(S) to intercept steamer.

0.40pm: Course and speed as requisite boarding Norwegian SS Ripa, Lat 62 32 N, Long 1 0 E.

1.10pm: SS Ripa proceeded. 1.20pm: Proceeded 70 revs.

[Barometric pressure relatively high, temperature around 49F for most of day]

 

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20 October 1915

Lat 62.0, Long 1.5

5.55pm: Handed patent log 921.8, course and speed as requisite boarding British SS Sapho, Lat 61 55 N, Long 1 35 E.

6.45pm: Allowed to proceed, set course S52E, streamed patent log, C 2 points zigzag.

 

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21 October 1915

Lat 61.7, Long 1.2

[Not much happening today. Below is an example of the “routine” log entries for the day, without the information on changes of course or checking of WT and Signal Books every 4 hours:]

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

9.30am: Divisions, Prayers, Physical Drill.

10.0am: Collision Stations. All WTDs [watertight doors] closed.

10.15am: Boys at Instruction.

2.0pm: Closed EWT [electrically controlled watertight] doors.

4.30pm: Quarters, Night Defence.

4.35pm: Darken Ship.

4.40pm: Navigation Lights Tested. Correct.

8.30pm: 26, 27 WTDs Closed. Rounds.

8.45pm: 17, 24 and 25 WTDs Closed.

 

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22 October 1915

Lat 61.9, Long 0.8

[Patrolling to and fro, wind force 4 or 5 all day, SSE, sea state rough in am]

 

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23 October 1915

Lat 61.7, Long 1.6

6.0am: Observed land S65E(S), distant approx 68 miles.

8.0am: Altered course N29E(S) to intercept S/S.

8.45am: Handed patent log 1716, course and speed as requisite boarding British SS Weimar, Lat 62 25 N, Long 2 34 E.

9.15am: SS Weimar allowed to proceed. 9.35am: Proceeded, set course S63W(S), streamed patent log.

2.1pm: Handed patent log 1775.4, course and speed as requisite to board Norwegian Barque “Guldaas”, Lat 61 33 N, Long 1 16 E.

2.25pm: Barque Guldaas allowed to proceed. 2.31pm: Proceeded, revs 70, streamed patent log, set course N19E(S), C 2 points zigzag.

5.55pm: Port Engine stopped. Engine Room Defect. Revs 80 on Starboard Engine.

7.0pm: Turbine Engine Stopped.

10.40pm: Engine room defects made good, revs 70, C zigzag 2 points.

 

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24 October 1915

Lat 61.6, Long 1.3

6.37am: Altered course S40E(S), course and speed as requisite to board Norge [Norwegian] SS Hector.

7.40am: Handed patent log 1978.7, Lat 61 40 N, 1 40 E.

8.20am: Proceeded S75E(S), streamed patent log, revs 70.

9.45am: Handed patent log 1997.3, course and speed as requisite boarding Norge SS Dragst [?], Lat 61 33 N, Long 1 10 E.

10.5am: Allowed to proceed. 10.10am: Proceeded, revs 80, streamed patent log, set course SSW(S).

10.40am: Altered course S40W(S), handed patent log 2004.9, course and speed as requisite boarding Norge SS Hector, Lat 61 24, Long1 8 E.

11.15am: SS Hector proceeded to Lerwick with Midshipman Briggs RNR and Armed Guard.

11.20am: Proceeded, streamed patent log, revs 80, set course E(S).

1.4pm: Altered course N15W(S) to intercept SS Iberia, Swedish, Lat 61 49 N, Long 1 27E.

1.20pm: Handed patent log 2034.5.

1.30pm: Boarded SS Iberia.

2.25pm: SS Iberia proceeded to Lerwick with Sub Lieutenant Starkey and armed guard.

2.27pm: Proceeded, 70 revs, streamed patent log, set course N75W(S), C zigzag 2 points.

 

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25 October 1915

Lat 61.8, Long 2.1

3.40am: Altered course N80W(S), 1 point C zigzag to intercept S/S.

4.10am: Handed patent log 2214.4, course and speed as requisite boarding Norwegian SS Carlotta, Lat 61 58 N, Long 1 3 E.

4.45am: Allowed to proceed. 4.55am: Proceeded, revs 70, streamed patent log, set course S15W(S), C 2 points zigzag.

9.32am: Handed patent log 2273.6, course and speed as requisite boarding Norge [Norwegian] SS Romsdalfjord, Lat 61 49 N, Long 1 52 E.

10.35am: SS Romsdalfjord allowed to proceed on SE course to await orders.

11.35am: Altered course S65W(S), course and speed as requisite boarding her, Lat 61 45 N, Long 2 6 E.

11.55am: SS Romsdalfjord proceed to Lerwick with Lieutenant Williamson and Armed Guard.

3.40pm: Altered course N(S), negative zigzag, course as requisite to intercept trawler.

[Passing showers for much of the day, winds force 4 to 6 and sea state rough in pm, barometric pressure relatively high, temperature at noon 47F, sea temperature 49F]

 

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26 October 1915

Lat 63.2, Long 2.0

8.20am: Altered course N22W(S), negative zigzag, course and speed as requisite to communicate with HMS Mantua, Lat 63 18 N, Long 2 0 E.

8.34am: Handed patent log 2542.8.

8.41am: Communicated.

9.5am: Proceeded 70 revs, set course S33E(S), streamed patent log, C 2 point zigzag.

2.30pm: Sighted HM Trawler Arley, course and speed as requisite to board her.

2.50pm: Handed patent log 2615.7, Lat 63 33 N, Long 2 20 E. Sub Lieutenant Kay RNR returned, relieved by Midshipman Stanton RNR.

4.20pm: Proceeded, 70 revs, set course N75E(S), C 2 points zigzag.

[Squally, force 4 to 5 for most of day, sea state rough to very rough]

 

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27 October 1915

Lat 63.6, Long 3.6

5.15pm: Handed patent log 2955.6, engines and course as requisite to communicate with HMS Andes, in Lat 62 55 N, Long 1 11 E. Two armed guards returned with Sub Lieutenant Stanley RNR and Lieutenant Williamson RNR.

5.55pm: Streamed patent log, proceeded N18E(S), zigzag 2 points.

[Temperature at noon 36F, sea temperature 47F]

 

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28 October 1915

Lat 63.0, Long 2.8

9.5am: Handed log 3154.3, course and speed as necessary to board British SS Rownton in Lat 62 54 N, Long 2 31 E. Helm and engines as requisite circling.

9.35am: SS Rownton allowed to proceed.

11.0am: Communicate with armed trawlers “Robert Smith” and “Rushcoe”.

11.10am: Proceeded 70 revs, set course S6E(S), streamed log.

0.55pm: Handed log 3176.7 in Lat 63 11 N, Long 2 19 E. Helm and engines as requisite to communicate with HM armed trawler “Saxon”.

1.10pm: Revs 70, circling round.

1.20pm: Armed trawler “Saxon” proceeded with armed guard and Midshipman Stevens.

1.25pm: Proceeded, revs 70.

7.30pm: Altered course N73W(S) - Challenged trawler RE Smith.

9.15pm: Sighted 4 funnel cruiser bearing NE (compass). Helm and engines as requisite.

 

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29 October 1915

Lat 61.9, Long 1.2

3.0am: Helm and engines as requisite to board steamer in Lat 63 11 N, Long 0 11 E.

3.40am: Handed patent log 3362.2.

4.12am: Helm and engines as requisite circling round British SS Rutherglen.

4.42am: Vessel allowed to proceed. 4.55am: Proceeded, revs 70, set course S11W(S), C 2 point zigzag.

5.35am: Challenged HMS Andes.

2.30pm: Challenged HMS Andes.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Read warrant no 10.

5.40pm: Challenged HMS Andes.

[Wind and sea increasing during evening]

 

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30 October 1915

Lat 61.4, Long 3.3

8.0am: Observed land E (C).

[Number on sick list 7]

[Log indicates changes in course and speed and routine matters. Wind force 4 to 6 during day, sea state rough from noon, temperature 45F at noon, sea temperature 48F]

 

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31 October 1915

Lat 62.3, Long 1.5

9.7am: Helm and engines as requisite to intercept British SS Argo.

10.53am: Handed patent log 4031.8. Helm and course as requisite to board Norwegian trawler “Little Emma”, Lat 62 9 N, Long 1 29 E.

11.0am: Revs 70 circling round. 11.20am: “Little Emma” allowed to proceed.

11.27am: Proceeded 70 revs, streamed patent log, altered course N19E, 2 points zigzag.

1.54pm: Altered course N80E(S), negative zigzag, to intercept British SS Parklands in Lat 62 41 N, Long 1 28 E.

3.20pm: Altered course N1W(S), C 1 point zigzag, to intercept Swedish Barque “Signal”.

3.38pm: Handed patent log 4035.8, negative zigzag, helm and engines as requisite to board “Signal” in Lat 62 56 N, Long 1 20 E.

3.45pm: Revs 70 circling round “Signal”.

4.15pm: Patent log streamed, revs 70, course S21W(S), C zigzag 2 points.

9.20pm: Handed patent log 4152.2. Helm and engines as requisite to board SS “Balto”, Norwegian, Lat 62 18 N, Long 2 1 E.

9.25pm: Revs 70 circling. 10.10pm: Stopped both.

10.55pm: SS Balto proceeded to Kirkwall with armed guard under Sub Lieutenant Stanley RNR.

10.57pm: Proceeded 70 revs.

[Number on sick list 7]

 

 

LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1915

 

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]

 

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1 November 1915

Lat 62.6, Long 0.4

[Nothing of note today, these are the “routine” log entries, apart from the changes in speed and course while on patrol and checking of WT and Signal Books every 4 hours:]

7.55am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers. Physical Drill.

10.0am: Exercised at General Quarters.

10.10am: After steering gear connected and tested.

11.0am: Boys at instructions.

2.20pm: ECWT [electrically controlled watertight] doors tested. Nos 1and 2 remain closed.

3.45pm: Evening Quarters. Night defence. Darkened ship.

4.15pm: Tested Navigation lights (correct).

8.30pm: Nos 26 and 27 WT doors closed.

8.55pm: No 25 WT door closed.

10.5pm: Nos 17 and 24 WT doors closed.

[Number on sick list 6]

 

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2 November 1915

Lat 62.0, Long 1.5

1.37am: Handed patent log 4488.6. Helm and engines as requisite to board British SS Russell, Lat 62 36 N, Long 1 30 E.

2.20am: Russell allowed to proceed.

2.33am: Streamed patent log, altered course S28W(S), revs 79, 2 points C zigzag.

10.10am: Negative zigzag circling target. Boys at instructions and 6 pounder rifle aiming target practice. Guns crews at 6” rifle aiming.

[Number on sick list 7]

 

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3 November 1915

Lat 62.2, Long 1.2

4.20am: Handed patent log 4818.9. Helm and engines as requisite to board Norwegian SS Hallfinde [?] ex Magdalene, Lat 62 16 N, Long 1 19 E.

4.30am: Circling round 70 revs.

6.15am: SS Hallfinde proceeded to Middlesboro' with armed guard and Sub Lieutenant Kaye RNR.

6.34am: Proceeded 70 revs. 6.38am: Streamed patent log, set course S24W, 2 points zigzag.

0.30pm: Wind shifted to NNE.

 

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4 November 1915

Lat 62.2, Long 1.0

11.10am: Handed patent log 5192.3. Helm and engines as requisite to board SS Silvio (British), Lat 62 9 N, Long 0 57 E.

11.15am: Revs 70 circling round. 11.20am: Stopped.

11.35am: SS Silvio allowed to proceed.

11.45am: Communicated with HM Arley and received armed guard and Midshipman Stanton.

0.5pm: Arley proceeded.

0.10pm: Proceeded 70 revs, set course N35E(S). 0.12pm: Streamed patent log, 2 points C zigzag.

 

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5 November 1915

Lat 62.3, Long 1.3

6.25am: Handed patent log 5431.8. Course and engines as requisite to board Norwegian SS Leedal bearing N79W distant 1.5 miles, Lat 62 22 N, Long 0 49 E. Circled at 70 revs.

7.0am: Allowed to proceed, log streamed, set course S30E(S).

7.40am: Handed patent log 5439.3. Engines and course as requisite to communicate HM Saxon, Lat 62 16 N, Long 1 0 E.

8.35am: Proceeded, set course S72E(S), revs 70, zigzag 2 points, streamed patent log.

9.50am: Handed patent log 5454.5, course and engines as necessary to communicate with HM trawler Saxon, Lat 62 16 N, Long 1 20 E.

10.50am: Proceeded, revs 72, set course S15W, streamed patent log, zigzag 2 points.

6.10pm: Altered course S67W(S) towards light bearing W (compass).

[Number on sick list 7]

[Rain at times in am, showers and winds force 4 to 5 in pm]

 

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6 November 1915

Lat 62.0, Long 1.2

10.15pm: Handed patent log 5909.6. 10.20pm: Revs 70. Communicated with SS “Toro”, British, Lat 63 4 N, Long 1 54 E.

10.25pm: Allowed her to proceed. Patent log streamed, set course S72E(S), 2 points zigzag.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Barometric pressure dropping rapidly during day]

 

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7 November 1915

Lat 62.9, Long 0.5

3.0am: Frequent strong wind and rain storms.

10.25am: Revs 70. Shipping heavy sprays forward.

4.20pm: Handed patent log 6133.9. Courses and engines as necessary to communicate with HMS Orcoma, Lat 62 34 N, Long 1 30 W.

4.55pm: Proceeded, set course S78E(S), streamed patent log.

5.0pm: Courses various circling. 5.45pm: Set course S80W(S).

[Squally all day, wind force 5, sea state rough to very rough most of day. Barometric pressure (barometer described as “pumping” at 8am) lowest at noon (28.98 over 48), then starting to rise again. Temperature peaked at 46F at 8pm]

 

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8 November 1915

Lat 60.5, Long -9.0

2.0am: Heavy sleet and wind squalls at frequent intervals.

11.30am: Prisoner under sentry's charge released.

 

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9 November 1915

Lat 55.4, Long -7.1

6.45am: Barra Head Light W(T), 10 miles.

8.45am: Skerryvore E(T), 12 miles.

9.40am: Course as necessary for compass errors. 9.47am: Resume course.

2.55pm: Tor Point W(T) 2 miles.

8.10pm: Altered course S46E(S), Chicken Rock E(T) 5 miles.

[Low barometric pressure all day, lowest at midnight (when 28.82 over 35), winds force 5 for most of day with sea state rough]

 

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10 November 1915

At Sea and Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0am: Handed patent log 6968.2. Engines and courses as requisite entering harbour.

3.5am: Anchored 75 fathoms awash starboard anchor 14 fathoms water.

6.10am: Commence to swing to flood.

7.20am: Swung on flood tide.

7.50am: Tug left with postman.

8.30am: Tug left with liberty men Starboard watch.

10.30am: Tug arrived with postman and mails.

11.30am: Hands to stations docking ship.

WT [Wireless Telegraph] and SB [Signal Books] returned to Captain.

1.0pm: Made fast alongside Alfred Dock, Birkenhead.

3.45pm: Sub Lieutenant Stanley RNR returned.

5.0pm: Leave for First part of Port watch.

6.0pm: 3 signal ratings RNVR and 1 Telegraphist RNVR joined the ship. 3 armed guards returned to the ship

 

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11 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: Hands employed returning stores and as requisite. Sub Lieutenant Kaye and Midshipman Briggs RNR returned to ship.

1.10pm: Leave for Boys until 8pm.

2.30pm: 2 First Class boys joined the ship.

3.30pm: Commenced coaling.

4.0pm: Leave to Second part of Port watch.

9.0pm: Stopped coaling.

[Coal remaining 790 tons]

[Barometric pressure falling during day, rain from 8pm onwards]

 

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12 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.30am: One AR RNVR left the ship.

Noon: No coaling. Rain.

1.10pm: Hands employed getting in stores etc, returning empty cartridge cases.

2.0pm: Fireman discharge to shore.

3.0pm: Trimmer discharged to shore.

4.0pm: Leave for Second part of Port watch. Leave for boys entertained ashore.

[Rain, sometimes heavy, all day, barometer falling until 4pm (when 28.57 over 44), then starting to rise]

 

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13 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.30am: Commence coaling.

10.30am: Mr Poole Midshipman RNR joined ship.

Noon: Stopped coaling.

2.0pm: Leave for First part Port watch.

8.0pm: Stopped coaling.

8.30pm: 4 ABs joined ship.

[Barometric pressure rising throughout day, temperature at noon 40F]

 

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14 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: HMS Otway passed into West Float Basin.

8.30am: Commence coaling.

9.0am: 2 seaman ratings left ship for Devonport depot.

am: Starboard watch return from long leave. Port watch granted long leave.

1.0pm: Leave to part of watch.

8.0pm: Stopped coaling.

 

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15 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Commence coaling.

8.30am: 3 Naval ratings left ship to join Portsmouth RNB.

pm: Hands employed getting in provisions and stores.

5.0pm: Leave to part of Watch till 7am.

[Snowing until 4pm]

 

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16 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands employed painting ship and getting in stores. Commence coaling.

5.0pm: Leave for part of watch till 7am.

8.0pm: Stopped coaling.

9.0pm: One wireless rating left ship.

 

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17 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands employed painting and getting in stores. Commence coaling.

4.30pm: Leave to part of watch till 7am.

5.30pm: Completed with coal.

10.0pm: 2 Seamen ratings joined ship from Portsmouth depot.

[Coal total 4041 tons, received 3336 tons.]

[Fog from midday onwards, temperature 32F all day]

 

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18 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: Port watch return from long leave.

pm: Hands employed painting and cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Leave Starboard watch and part of Port.

[Fog and mist all day]

 

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19 November 1915

Leave Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.5am: Cast off hawsers, moved into river.

10.3am: Anchored in 13 fathoms, Starboard anchor, fog, 45 fathoms of cable in water.

11.0am: WT [Wireless Telegraph] and SB [Signal Books] issued to Coding room and signal bridge.

0.40pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded down river, course and engines as required by pilot.

1.30pm: Off Formby Lightship dropped pilot.

1.45pm: Off Bar Lightship course N53W(S), patent log streamed, 2 point C zigzag every 10 minutes, revs 85.

5.43pm: Altered course N28W, Chicken Light N(T) 9 miles.

9.7pm: Altered course N2E(S), Mew Island W(T) 8.5 miles.

10.25pm: Challenged HMS Cedric.

 

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20 November 1915

Lat 57.6, Long -9.6

4.33am: Skerryvore Light bearing E(T), 10.5 miles.

5.10am: Navigation lights exhibited.

6.0am: Switched off Navigation lights.

6.38am: Barra Head Light bearing E(T) 10 miles.

1.15pm: Challenged HMS Orotava.

[Winds force 5 in am, force 5 to 7 in pm, sea state high at times, temperature at noon 48F, sea temperature 48F]

 

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21 November 1915

Lat 61.1, Long -11.0

7.0am: Shipping heavy sprays forward at intervals.

9.40am: Presented Distinguished Service Medal to Leading Seaman Dundas RFR.

[Rain on and off all day, winds mostly force 5 and 6, sea state rough at times]

 

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22 November 1915

Lat 61.5, Long -11.2

11.0am: Altered course S3E(S) to communicate with HMS Alsatian and Hildebrand.

11.30am: Handed patent log 898.5. Engines and course as requisite circling at revs 70, Lat 61 28 N, Long 11 9 W.

0.15pm: Proceeded on course N61E(S), revs 70, patent log streamed, keeping station with HMS Alsatian.

3.23pm: Parted company with HMS Alsatian, revs 70

[Wind force 5 in morning, rising to force 7 in evening, sea state rough most of day, rain on and off]

 

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23 November 1915

Lat 63.8, Long -7.2

[Winds from North, force 7 to 8 in am, dropping to force 4 by midnight, sea state very high in am, reducing to very rough in pm, noon temperature 30F, sea temperature 35F]

 

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24 November 1915

Lat 64.2, Long -6.0

[Number on sick list 7]

[Nothing of note happening while patrolling, wind force 5 to 7 in am, when sea state very rough, wind and sea reducing in pm, snow at 4pm and midnight, temperature 31 to 35F, sea temperature 37 to 40F]

 

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25 November 1915

Lat 63.7, Long -7.7

4.5am: Work up to full speed. Challenge steamer, reply HMS “Alsatian”.

4.15am: Proceeded on course S56E(S), revs 70.

[Number on sick list 7]

[A day of quieter weather - temperature 32F throughout, wind from N and E]

 

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26 November 1915

Lat 63.7, Long -7.7

[Nothing of note happened while patrolling to and fro, winds increasing from force 3 to 5 during day, mostly from S and W, and getting warmer - up to 44F in pm]

 

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27 November 1915

Lat 63.7, Long -7.7

[Again nothing noted in log apart from changes in course and speed and routine matters, winds force 3 to 4, with rain late in the day, barometer dropping]

 

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28 November 1915

Lat 64.2, Long -7.7

3.45pm: Altered course S76W(S) to communicate with HMS “Alsatian”.

4.15pm: Handed patent log 2579.7. Stopped. Boat lowered to take Captain to “Alsatian”.

5.20pm: Boat returned, proceeded on course N20E(S), revs 60, patent log streamed, negative zigzag.

[Wind force 4 for most of the day, relatively low barometric pressure]

 

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29 November 1915

Lat 64.5, Long -9.5

9.45am: Altered course N28E(S), negative zigzag. 9.55am: Challenge stranger, reply HMS Andes.

10.10am: Handed patent log 2765.1. Engines and course as necessary to communicate with HMS Andes, Lat 64 32 N, Long 10 0 W.

11.8am: Proceeded course S49E(S), revs 75, streamed patent log, negative zigzag. Received armed guard Midshipman Stevens in charge and Lieutenant Williamson.

[Winds very variable in am, force 5 to 6 in pm, sea state mostly rough to very rough]

 

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30 November 1915

Lat 63.1, Long 1.0

11.10am: "Hove to" to repair gun shelter on Forecastle, revs 40.

11.55am: Resumed course, revs 70.

2.25pm: Intercepted Swedish vessel Kron Princessan Margarita, revs 75.

3.47pm: Hauled in patent log 3106.5, stopped, Lat 62 56 N, Long 2 32 E.

4.53pm: Challenged stranger, reply HMS Orcoma. 5.5pm: Communicating by signal with HMS Orcoma.

8.55pm: Engines and course as requisite to board Kron Princessan Margarita.

9.20pm: Handed patent log 3126.7, Lat 62 58 N, Long 2 45 E.

11.30pm: Margarita proceeded to Lerwick with armed guard and Sub Lieutenant Stanley RNR.

11.35pm: Resumed course N38W(S), revs 60, patent log streamed.

[Wind force 5 to 7 for most of day, sea state very rough to high through middle of day, noon temperature 37F, sea temperature 37F]

 

 

LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1915

 

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[Information about Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Mercurial

Name of Maker and number: Sharman Dheioo [sic - should be D Neill] Ltd, Belfast, No 1084

Height of cistern above sea: 67 feet 6 ins

Error of Mercurial Barometer Unknown

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship: Outside charthouse

Whether in screen: Yes

Maker and No: 121 Date: month of December

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Castelli [sic - should be Casartelli] & Co Date: month of December

 

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1 December 1915

Lat 63.0, Long 2.3

[Log just records routine matters and changes of course and speed, patrolling to and fro. Winds force 4 to 5 for most of day, sea state rough at times, passing showers and rain from noon onwards]

 

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2 December 1915

Lat 61.5, Long 1.6

[Log mostly records routine matters, as shown below, omitting changes in course and speed and checking of WT and Signal Books every 4 hours:]

8.0am: 2 point C zigzag.

9.30am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical exercise.

10.0am: Exercised collision stations.

10.0am: Sounded in 270, observed land bearing S49 W(T), distant approximately 65 miles.

11.0am: Boys at Instruction.

3.0pm: Evening Quarters. Night defence stations. Darken ship. Navigation lights tested (Starboard light not correct). Both side lights (oil) in readiness on bridge.

5.50pm: Negative zigzag.

8.45pm: No 25 WT [watertight] door closed.

9.20pm: No 26 and 27 WT door closed.

9.40pm: No 17 and 24 WT door closed.

[Snow at times during the day]

 

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3 December 1915

Lat 62.3, Long 4.0

3.8am: Navigation lights switched on.

3.25am: Navigation lights switched off.

9.0am: Read Articles of War and Captain’s inspection of ship’s company in Life Belts.

9.50am: Sounded in 270 fathoms. Sounded 270 fathoms up till 12.30.

[Heavy snow at 4am, snowing at 8am and 4pm, daytime temperatures 32 to 34F, sea temperature varied from 41 to 46F during day, barometric pressure relatively low]

 

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4 December 1915

Lat 62.3, Long 2.0

7.49am: Altered course S36E(S), negative zigzag to intercept Trawler Saxon.

8.5am: Handed patent log 4007.8. Engines and course as requisite to board Saxon, Lat 62 23 N, Long 1 32 E.

9.30am: Proceeded S8E(S), revs 85, streamed patent log, negative zigzag.

2.35pm: Handed patent log 4082.7. Course and speed as requisite to board Norwegian SS Ripa, Lat 61 16 N, Long 2 18 E, circling.

3.0pm: SS Ripa allowed to proceed. 3.5pm: Proceeded S34E(S), revs 85, streamed patent log.

5.15pm: Altered course N63W(S), revs 60, 4 point zigzag every 20 minutes.

10.0pm: Altered course N50E(S), negative zigzag, revs 70. Course and engines as requisite to board Danish Schooner Fugler.

10.30pm: Handed patent log 4171.4, Lat 61 3 N, Long 2 25 E.

11.45pm: Allowed her to proceed, patent log streamed, revs 60, course N35W(S), 2 points C zigzag.

[Barometric pressure still relatively low]

 

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5 December 1915

Lat 61.8, Long 1.1

[Log just records routine matters, soundings and changes in course and speed]

 

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6 December 1915

Lat 61.6, Long 0.7

5.45pm: Handed patent log 4505.4. Course and speed as requisite boarding Russian SS Nisri [?], Lat 62 9 N, Long 1 10 E.

6.15am: SS Nisri allowed to proceed. 6.30am: Proceeded, set course S22W(S), streamed patent log, revs 75, C 1 point zigzag.

9.30am: Handed patent log. Course and speed as requisite to communicate with Armed Trawlers Arley, Saxon, Tenby Castle, Lat 61 35 N, Long 1 0 E.

10.50am: Received Armed Guard from Saxon for Orcoma.

11.0am: Challenged stranger. 11.10am: Reply HMS Orcoma

11.30am: Communicated with Orcoma, Lat 61 39 N, Long 0 40 E.

Noon: Transferred Armed Guard to Orcoma.

[Winds N and E and force 5 to 6 from noon onwards, sea state increasing to rough in evening, barometric pressure low and dropping]

 

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7 December 1915

Lat 60.7, Long 1.8

[Log records routine matters, changes in course and speed, sounding from time to time. Barometric pressure consistently low, winds force 5 to 7 and sea state very rough at times in am, wind force 3 to 4 in pm, rain on and off all day, highest temperature for day 45F at midnight, sea temperature 45 to 46F]

 

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8 December 1915

Lat 60.8, Long 2.0

7.47pm: Altered course N10W(S), revs 70 to intercept Russian SS Hermes.

8.50pm: Course and speed as requisite to communicate. 8.52pm: Handed patent log 5164.6.

9.45pm: Streamed patent log. Proceeded, set course S14W(S), revs 60.

[Barometric pressure low but rising in pm, rain on and off all day, winds in pm force 4 to 6, sea state rough towards end of day]

 

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9 December 1915

Lat 60.8, Long 2.2

[Log records routine matters, changes of speed and course. Winds force 4 to 5 in am, 3 to 4 in pm, noon temperature 36F, sea temperature 44F]

 

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10 December 1915

Lat 60.8, Long 1.9

11.23am: Handed patent log 5549. Engines and course as requisite to communicate with armed trawler Rushcoe in Lat 60 58 N, Long 1 51 E.

0.20pm: Revs 90, patent log streamed, set course S14W(S), 40 degrees C zigzag.

 

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11 December 1915

Lat 61.2, Long 2.0

[Nothing of note happened today. Barometric pressure fairly low and dropping, winds force 3 to 5 during day, from N and E, snow at noon and midnight, temperature peaked at 37F at noon]

 

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12 December 1915

Lat 60.6, Long 2.0

1.15pm: One pair of binoculars broken by accident.

[Sleet squalls recorded at 7am, barometric pressure rising in pm, winds in pm force 6 to 7, squally with hail, sea state high]

 

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13 December 1915

Lat 62.5, Long -0.8

4.5am: Altered course W(S). Working up to 70 revs to intercept Danish SS United States.

10.7am: Observed land N50W.

Noon: Bound [observed?] Skerry lighthouse S(T) distant 6.5 miles.

0.5pm: Handed patent log 3629.1 [sic - should be 6329.1] and reduced speed. Courses and speeds as requisite boarding S/S.

1.15pm: Danish SS United States sent to Greenock with armed guard and Lieutenant Vivian RNR.

1.17pm: Proceeded on course S73E(S), patent log streamed, revs 60.

2.0pm: 2 points C zigzag.

8.12pm: Handed patent log 6412.8, revs 60. Course and engines as requisite to board Norwegian steamer “Ingar”, Lat 60 35 N, Long 1 46 E.

9.15pm: Vessel allowed to proceed. 9.7pm: Streamed patent log, set course S72E, proceeded revs 65.

Midnight: Frequent heavy snow squalls

[Squally all morning, winds force 5 to 8 with hail and snow at times and sea state high in late morning, winds force 4 to 5 in pm, heavy snow at midnight]

 

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14 December 1915

Lat 62.0, Long 2.5

8.53am: Course and engines as requisite to board armed trawlers Tenby Castle and Arley. Handed patent log 6541.8.

9.15am: Communicated with trawlers in Lat 62 0 N, Long 2 0 E.

10.30am: Trawlers proceeded.

10.35am: Revs 70. 10.40am: Altered course S72W(S). Carried out 1” aiming practice with after 6" guns at towing target.

11.50am: Stopped. 0.10pm: Target inboard. Proceeded 70 revs, streamed patent log.

1.0pm: Hauled in patent log 6551.9, negative zigzag, course and engines as requisite to communicate with armed trawler Rushcoe in Lat 62 3 N, Long 2 57 E. Chronometer Watch No 1257, Hughes, London issued to trawler Rushcoe.

2.5pm: Rushcoe proceeded. 2.8pm: Proceeded, revs 75.

2.38pm: Handed patent log 6558.0, communicated by signal to Trawlers Arley and Tenby Castle. Lat 62 8 N, Long 3 3 W.

2.54pm: Trawlers proceeded. Proceeded, revs 65.

[Number on sick list 7]

[Snow on and off during day, winds quite variable in strength]

 

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15 December 1915

Lat 62.2, Long 2.0

9.50am: Courses and speed as necessary carrying out 1 aiming practice with Port 6" guns.

10.25am: Challenged stranger, reply HMS Ebro.

11.0am: Picked up target.

11.20am: Courses and speed as necessary to communicate with HMS Ebro in Lat 62 10 N, Long 2 0 E.

[Number on sick list 8]

 

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16 December 1915

Lat 61.1, Long 2.0

8.30am: Engines and course as necessary to communicate with trawlers Saxon and Walpole. Handed patent log 7042.4 in Lat 61 0 N, Long 2 0 E.

9.55am: Challenged steamer, reply HMS Ebro.

10.0am: Trawlers left for patrols.

10.10am: Dropped target and carried out 1” aiming practice 6” guns.

11.20am: Proceeded, course N18E(S), 2 points C zigzag, streamed patent log, revs 70.

[Number on sick list 8]

[Squally with rain in pm]

 

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17 December 1915

Lat 61.3, Long 1.8

3.20am: Wind veered to N.

5.3am: Altered course N75E(S), negative zigzag to intercept Trawlers Arley and Tenby Castle.

9.3am: Altered course N63W(S) , negative zigzag, to communicate with trawler “Arley”.

9.58am: Handed patent log 7320.6, stopped.

10.6am: Target out, proceeded 60 revs, courses as requisite.

10.30am: Carried out target practice with 6” guns.

11.45am: Picked up target.

11.47am: Proceeded, revs 70, set course N18E(S), C 2 point zigzag.

8.46pm: Handed patent log 7434.1. Course and speed as necessary to intercept Norwegian SS “Algol” and trawler “Rushcoe”, Lat 61 28 N, Long 3 3 E.

9.10pm: Placed armed guard on board "Algol" Mr Briggs Midshipman in charge, vessel proceeded to Manchester [this is an unlikely destination - more likely is Mangaster in Shetlands or possibly Manchester Dock in Liverpool].

10.25pm: Proceeded, revs 70, set course N74W(S). 10.30pm: Streamed patent log.

[Number on sick list 7]

[Rain on and off in am, sleet squalls at midnight]

 

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18 December 1915

Lat 61.5, Long 2.3

9.45am: Revs 80 to intercept trawler Rushcoe with Norwegian SS Deneb.

10.15am: Handed patent log 7579.7. Engines and course as requisite to communicate with Rushcoe and Deneb, Lat 61 36 N, Long 2 19 E.

10.30am: Circling round.

11.45am: Deneb proceeded with armed guard and Midshipman Poole in charge to Manchester [Mangaster?].

11.50am: Proceeded, 70 revs, streamed patent log, set course N74W(S), 2 points C zigzag.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Snow at midday, winds force 4 to 7 in pm, with rain at times]

 

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19 December 1915

Lat 61.8, Long 2.0

1.40pm: Altered course S85W(S), negative zigzag to intercept Norwegian steamer “Rosteva”.

2.15pm: Handed patent log 7908.9. Engines and course as requisite to board.

2.30pm: Revs 70, circling in Lat 61 27 N, Long 1 48 E.

2.50pm: Vessel allowed to proceed.

7.0pm: Mr WC Obey Warrant Telegraphist RNR reprimanded by Captain for sending an "en claire" message [signed WC Obey].

[Squally all day, winds force 4 to 5, from N and W, with sleet, snow and hail at times]

 

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20 December 1915

Lat 62.0, Long 2.0

9.20am: Negative zigzag to adjust compasses.

9.57am: Resumed course and zigzag, revs 70.

[Weather quieter but snow on and off until evening]

 

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21 December 1915

Lat 62.2, Long 3.5

6.35am: Handed patent log 8406.6 to communicate with armed trawler Rushcoe in Lat 62 1 N, Long 2 1E and received back Chronometer Watch No 1257 (correct), 1 Rating to see Doctor.

7.45am: Proceeded, 70 revs. 7.45am: Streamed patent log, set course S75E(S) 2 points C zigzag.

11.25am: Altered course N20E(S) to intercept Trawler Saxon and Swedish SS Nyland in Lat 62 10 N, Long 3 31 E.

11.43am: C 1 point zigzag. 11.58am: Handed patent log 8549.2. Engines and course as requisite.

0.5pm: Placed on board SS Nyland armed guard Mr Paul Midshipman in charge.

1.5pm: Sent to Middlesboro'.

1.11pm: Revs 70, helm and engines as requisite circling.

1.15pm: Proceeded on course N78W(S), patent log streamed, 2 points C zigzag.

5.58pm: Altered course S15W. Challenged stranger, reply SS Nyland.

7.30pm: Handed patent log 8538.9. Engines and course as requisite to board Swedish SS Urna in Lat 61 18 N, Long 3 17 E.

7.45pm: Revs 70, circling round.

8.25pm: Placed on board armed guard Mr Stevens Midshipman in charge. Vessel sent to Lerwick.

8.55pm: Streamed patent log, set course S27W(S), C 2 point zigzag.

[Snow in middle of day]

 

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22 December 1915

Lat 60.6, Long 3.0

[Log records routine matters, changes in course and speed while patrolling and regular soundings from 10.15am until 3.30pm (soundings every 10 or 20 minutes from midday to 2pm). Snow at times in am, temperatures varying from a high of 35F at noon to a low of 27F at 4pm]

 

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23 December 1915

Lat 61.5, Long 2.0

9.20am: Handed patent log 8966.9. Courses and speed as necessary to board Norwegian SS Turid in Lat 61 14 N, Long 2 40 E.

9.50am: SS Turid allowed to proceed. 10.0am: Proceeded, set course N17E(S), streamed patent log, revs 70, C 1 point zigzag.

1.45pm: Sounded 80 fathoms, fine sand. Sounding every 10 minutes until 3.30pm, then no bottom.

3.35pm: Switched on Navigation lights.

3.45pm: Course and speed as requisite to communicate with HMS Columbella.

3.45pm: Handed patent log 9034.6.

4.47pm: Proceeded, revs 75, set course N75W(S), negative zigzag, patent log streamed.

4.55pm: Switched off Navigation lights.

9.20pm: Switched on Navigation lights. 9.40pm: Switched off Navigation lights.

11.40pm: Revs 50. Switched on Navigation lights. 11.47pm: Revs 75. Switched off Navigation lights.

[Winds force 4 to 6 all day, sea state rough at times, temperatures between 29 and 25F during day]

 

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24 December 1915

Lat 60.5, Long -6.0

4.30pm: Navigation lights switched on (dim).

9.20pm: Challenged stranger reply HMS Hildebrand.

[Barometric pressure dropping all day, snow squalls at 8am and noon, rain in evening, winds SE in am, ESE in pm, up to force 8 at midday, force 7 at 4 and 8pm, sea state from rough to high all day]

 

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25 December 1915

Lat 56.8, Long -7.9

7.10am: Sounded No Bottom, every 20 minutes until 9.20, then 80 fathoms till 10.40, bottom fine sand.

11.25am: Observed Barra Head Light S79E(T) and Barra Peak N68E(T).

5.8pm: Oversay Light E(T), 12.7 miles.

7.55pm: Course as requisite rounding Mull of Cantyre.

[No indication that this is Christmas Day. Barometric pressure low and still dropping until 4pm (when reached 28.60 over 51), winds variable, mostly force 4 to 5, noon temperature 45F]

 

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26 December 1915

At Sea and Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.52am: Altered course S26E(S). Chicken Light W(T), 10 miles.

5.3am: Handed patent log 9891.7.

5.50am: Formby Light Ship. 6.12am: Pilot on board, helm and engines as requisite approaching anchorage.

7.10am: Anchorage [sic] in 11 fathoms.

7.45am: Hands hoist boats.

9.0am: Hands employed getting hawsers ready for docking and returning ammunition.

9.20am: Moved ship (ahead). 9.25am: Anchored. Draft 18ft 10” forward, 22ft 10” aft.

11.40am: Weighed and proceeded into Dock.

1.15pm: Sandon Half Tide dock gates. 1.50pm: Made fast South Sandon Half Tide Basin.

4.0pm: Leave to First part of Starboard watch 7am.

4.30pm: Armed guard returned on board.

[Coal remaining 657 tons]

 

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27 December 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

pm: Special leave for part of watch 1pm to 5am, Boys till 8pm.

 

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28 December 1915

At Liverpool [though log indicates “at sea”]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands employed docking ship.

7.30am: Shifted into Dry Dock, draft 17.1 - 22.3.

11.0am: One signal boy joined ship.

pm: Hands employed surveying cable.

4.30pm: Leave to part of watch.

[Rain early and late in day]

 

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29 December 1915

At Liverpool [though log indicates “at sea”]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands employed surveying cable and painting cable lockers.

5.0pm: Leave to part of watch.

 

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30 December 1915

At Liverpool [though log indicates “at sea”]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.30am: Hands employed painting and getting in ammunition.

5.0pm: Leave to part of watch.

 

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31 December 1915

At Liverpool [though log indicates “at sea”]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

11.0am: Hands employed undocking ship.

4.30pm: Leave to part of watch.

 

 

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1916

 

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers]

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid: Mercurial

Name of Maker and number: Sharman Neill Ltd, Belfast, No 1084

Height of cistern above sea: 67 feet 6 ins

Error of Mercurial Barometer Unknown

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship: On bridge

Whether in screen: Yes

Maker and No: No name of maker Date: month of January

Numbers:- Dry 135

 Wet 136

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker and No: Casartelli Bros Liverpool Date: month of January

 No number

 

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1 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Port watch returned off leave.

8.30am: Starboard watch proceeded on leave until Thursday midnight [this being a Saturday]

4.20pm: 1 rating removed to hospital (under steward). Leave to Second part of Port watch till 6am.

[Rain on and off during day, winds force 6 to 7 from noon, temperature at noon 55F]

 

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2 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

Noon: 1 stoker rating joined ship from RN barracks Plymouth

1.0pm: Leave to First part Watch till 7.0am.

 

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3 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands clean and paint ship.

pm: Hands paint ship.

4.30pm: Leave to Second part of Port watch till 7am.

 

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4 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Coal lighters came alongside Port side.

8.30am: 1 stoker rating left ship for RN barracks Plymouth.

9.30am: Hands employed painting ship and getting in stores.

10.0am: Commence coaling. [Coal remaining 498 tons]

0.30pm: Moved ship from Brocklebank Dock to Canada Tongue, made fast 2.30.

4.0pm: Commence coaling.

5.10pm: Surgeon joined ship (Berry).

6.15pm: Leave to First part of watch till 7am.

7.30pm: 1 AB RNR joined ship from RN barracks Plymouth.

 

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5 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and getting in stores.

1.0pm: 1 leading seaman discharged to RN barracks Plymouth.

pm: Hands employed getting in stores.

6.0pm: Leave to part of watch till 7am.

 

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6 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and getting in stores.

11.0am: Watch return from long leave.

Noon: 1 AB rating removed to hospital.

6.30pm: Armed guard returned Mr Stevens in charge.

6.45pm: Leave for First part Port watch till 7am.

 

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7 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Hands employed getting in stores etc.

5.0pm: Leave to part of port watch till 7am and part of Starboard till 11pm.

pm: Surgeon Cheeseman left ship.

 

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8 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

3.30pm: Leave for part watch till 7am.

7.0pm: Leave for Second part watch till 11pm.

10.40pm: 1 W/T operator (CPO) joined ship from Portsmouth.

 

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9 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: 1 leading seaman joined ship from HMS “Eagle”.

11.0am: Leave for watch till 7am and boys till 8pm.

2.30pm: Completed coaling. [though shown as coal remaining 404 tons]

3.0pm: Hands employed closing ship to jetty.

 

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10 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

3.0pm: Leave for part of watch.

[Coal remaining 3856 tons, received 3478 tons]

[Rain on and off all day, noon temperature 48F]

 

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11 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.0pm: Leave to watch until 7am.

11.30pm: 1 Boy joined ship from Portsmouth.

 

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12 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.0pm: Leave to watch till 10pm.

8.30pm: 1 Leading Seaman and 1 AB joined ship from Portsmouth.

[Rain on and off during day, wind force 6-7 at midnight]

 

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13 January 1916

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.0am: Hands clean paint work.

2.0pm: Leave to port watch till 10pm. Boys till 7pm.

10.0pm: Watch returned off leave.

11.45pm: Pilot on board.

 

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14 January 1916

Lat 53.0, Long -5.1

2.20am: Moved ship from Canada Tongue to Sandon Half Tide Basin, made fast at 3.30am.

5.0am: Left dock for river.

6.5am: Pilot left the ship.

6.20am: Proceeded down river, revs 60.

7.15am: Worked up to full speed. 7.20am: Log streamed.

11.0am: Chicken Rock N(T) 10 miles.

2.30pm: Challenged stranger, reply HMS Andes.

3.45pm: Evening Quarters. Night defence stations. Darken ship. Navigation lights tested (correct). Read Warrant No 13.

5.33pm: Altered course N50W(S), courses as requisite passing Mull of Cantyre.

6.30pm: [though shown as 4.30pm] Challenged stranger, reply [HMS] Motagua.

9.45pm: Revs 40 to secure Forecastle guns. 9.55pm: Guns secured, revs 80.

[Winds force 3 to 5 in am, force 4 to 7 in pm, sea state high at midnight]

 

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15 January 1916

Lat 57.5, Long -9.5

3am: Lost overboard during heavy weather 1 6" outfit box of ammunition cartridges and adapters.

[Wind force 7 to 8 at 4am, then reducing during day, sea state very rough for most of day, temperature 47F at 4pm, sea temperature 48F]

 

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16 January 1916

Lat 61.7, Long -6.3

6.30am: Navigation lights switched on.

[7.0am to 10.0am: Sounding every 10 to 20 minutes]

8.0am: Navigation lights switched off.

11.26am: Handed patent log 644.7. Helm and speed as requisite to communicate with HMSs Alsatian and Columbella in Lat 61 40 N, Long 6 13 W.

0.18pm: Proceeded 85 revs. Streamed patent log, set course S70E(S). 0.30pm: 1 point C zigzag.

[Rain for most of the day, winds force 4 to 6, sea state rough to very rough for most part]

 

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17 January 1916

Lat 60.5, Long -1.0

2.13pm: Altered course N75W(S) to intercept vessel Admiralty Collier 543 in Lat 61 35 N, Long 1 50 W.

 

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18 January 1916

Lat 63.4, Long -5.0

[Patrolling to and fro, nothing of note recorded in log. Winds force 5 to 7 all day, sea state very rough to very high for most part, barometric pressure low and dropping, temperature at 4pm 45F, sea temperature 44F]

 

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19 January 1916

Lat 63.0, Long -4.8 [estimated]

1.35pm: Handed patent log 1570.9, course and speed as necessary to communicate with Norwegian barque “Alonso” by signal.

5.0pm: Course and speed as necessary to board Norwegian barque Alonso.

7.10pm: Alonso proceeded to Lerwick with armed guard, Mr Stanley Sub Lieutenant RNR in charge.

7.12pm: Streamed patent log, revs 67, set course N(S), negative zigzag.

[Wind force 6 to 8 in am from S, 7 to 6 in pm from S and W, sea state from very rough to very high, barometric pressure very low and falling, being recorded every 2 hours, lowest at 11pm (when 27.95 over 50)]

 

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20 January 1916

Lat 62.8, Long -4.5

2.57am: Wind veered to NWxW, heavy snow storm.

6.45pm: Navigation lights switched on full.

9.0pm: Navigation lights switched off.

[Barometric pressure still very low, though rising during pm, being recorded every hour, gale force (8) wind from 8am to 6pm, then force 7 to 8, sea state very high all pm, temperature 40F all pm]

 

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21 January 1916

Lat 63.0, Long -5.5

11.0pm: Squall of very violent character. [Force 9 to 11]

[Barometric pressure very low and dropping again until 2pm, then rising slowly, being recorded every hour, squally all day, winds predominantly W, force 6 to 8 in am, force 7 to 11 in pm, sea state recorded as phenomenal (ie waves 36ft and above) at 4 and 6pm]

 

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22 January 1916

Lat 62.9, Long -6.0

8.30am: Observed land starboard beam [Presumably Faroe Islands, based on position of ship]

[Barometric pressure still low, recorded every hour until 8am, then rising slowly, winds force 8 in early am, dropping to force 5 in middle of day, rising to force 7 to 8 in late evening, sea state phenomenal in early am, reducing to very rough in pm]

 

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23 January 1916

Lat 62.5, Long -5.0

[Number on sick list 6]

[Another day of difficult weather where log just records changes of course and speed and routine activities while on patrol. Winds force 5 to 7 all day, with rain from time to time, barometric pressure still low and being recorded every hour all pm, sea state rough to very rough most of day]

 

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24 January 1916

Lat 61.4, Long 1.4

6.30am: Muckle Flugga bearing S6E.

7.30am: Muckle Flugga Light S(T) 16 miles.

0.52pm: Handed patent log 2594.9. Engines and courses as requisite to communicate HMS Ebro, circling Norge [Norwegian] SV Beechbank.

3.5pm: Patent log streamed, course S40E(S), revs 75.

6.30pm: Altered course N65E(S), patent log 2620. Courses and engines as requisite standing by sailing ship in Lat 61 11N, Long 2 30 E.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Another windy day, barometric pressure recorded every hour, rising slowly (but still low), winds force 5 to 7 in am, force 6 to 7 in pm, from S and W, sea state very rough for most of day]

 

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25 January 1916

Lat 61.0, Long 4.3

10.45: Course and speed as requisite standing by Norwegian sailing ship Dorade.

Noon: Observed breakers bearing N73E(S), 8 miles distant, revs 70.

2.2pm: Proceeded, revs 70, set course N73W(S), patent log streamed 2640.9.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Yet another windy day, barometric pressure still relatively low, winds force 5 to 7 in am, force 6 to 7 in pm, from S and W, sea state rough to very rough all day, temperature at 4pm 44F, sea temperature 43F]

 

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26 January 1916

Lat 61.2, Long 2.3

10.50am: Challenged HMS Ebro.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Barometric pressure low in am, rising in pm, recorded every hour, squally winds force 6 to 8 in am, eventually dropping for force 3 at midnight, sea state rough to high for much of day]

 

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27 January 1916

Lat 63.0, Long 3.0

0.13pm: Handed patent log 3045.8 to ship new rotator. 0.21pm: Streamed patent log.

[Number on sick list 6]

[Nothing else of note, just changes in course and speed and routine matters, while patrolling. Barometric pressure still recorded hourly, until 8am, now reasonably high and winds force 3 to 4 in am, increasing to force 6 by midnight]

 

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28 January 1916

Lat 61.9, Long 2.6

11.0am: Courses and engines as requisite to board Norwegian Barque Dorade in Lat 61 55 N, Long 2 36 E, handed patent log 3329.1.

11.50am: Vessel proceeded.

0.7pm: Patent log streamed, set course S12E(S), revs 70, negative zigzag.

2.40pm: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 EW [electric watertight] doors tested, 3-6 correct, 1 and 2 incorrect.

6.20pm: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 EW doors all correct.

9.50pm: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 EW [electric watertight] doors tested, 3-6 correct, 1 and 2 incorrect.

[Winds force 5 to 7 in am, force 7 all pm, sea state rough or very rough in am, becoming high in late evening, noon temperature 44F, sea temperature 43F]

 

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29 January 1916

Lat 64.5, Long 6.3

2.40am: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 EW [electric watertight] doors all correct.

8.30am to noon: Sounded 300 fathoms, no bottom.

1.15pm: Sounded 110 fathoms, no bottom.

2.40pm: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 EW doors tested, 3-6 correct, 1 and 2 incorrect.

3.0pm: Sounded 110 fathoms, rock.

3.42pm: Sounded 100 fathoms, no bottom.

[Sounding continued 4.50pm to 7.15pm]

9.45pm: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 EW doors correct.

[SW winds, force 6 to 7 in am, force 4 to 6 in pm, sea state rough to very rough all day]

 

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30 January 1916

Lat 64.5, Long 9.0

am: Sounding every 10 minutes from 9.15am.

0.40pm: Stopped sounding.

2.40pm: Observed light on port bow, S43E(S).

4.0pm: Nordorne [Nordoerne] Light bearing N57E(S) 14 miles.

6.20pm: Halton [Halten] Island light S(T) 12 miles.

[Number on sick list 7]

[Log records testing of watertight doors (now all correct), changes in speed and course, and routine matters. Winds lighter from early morning onwards, rain during am]

 

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31 January 1916

Lat 64.7, Long 9.3

9.40am: Ship swung for deviation.

11.0am: Officers of prize crews at rifle practice .22.

[Number on sick list 7]

[Winds S and W, force 4 to 6 in am, force 7 to 8 in pm, when sea state very rough to high]

 

 

[The February 1916 log book presumably went down with the ship on 29 February 1916]

 

[For more information on the ship see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcantara_%281913%29 and for the action in which she sank see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_of_29_February_1916 ]

 

From http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/rm2.html

 

ALCANTARA: She was converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser in 1915 and was fitted with eight 6 inch guns, two 6 pounders anti-aircraft guns and depth charges. On the 29th of February 1916 while under the command of Captain T.E. Wardle in the Skagerrak she was signalled to intercept an alleged disguised Merchant Ship steaming northwards. At 0845 a ship was subsequently sighted and was identified as the Norwegian Ship Rena, Andes who was on patrol with Alcantara confirmed that the Rena was the suspected ship and ordered Captain Wardle to intercept and search. Alcantara closed to within 800 yards and a boarding party set out, within minutes the German raider Greif raised the German flag lowered false bulkheads concealing her guns and opened fire. The Alcantara was mortally wounded and soon developed a port list, the Greif was also on fire but was still able to loose torpedoes at Alcantara and Andes, fortunately both missed. At 0915 the order to abandon Alcantara was issued, the list was so great that many of the ship's complement walked down the ship's side. The Cruiser Comus and Destroyer Munster arrived to pick up survivors and at 11.08 the Alcantara sank. By this time the Greif was well ablaze and at 13.00 she also sank: losses on the Alcantara were 72 crew, the Greif 280.

 
 

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