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Armed Merchant Cruiser, mercantile conversion

Pendant No. M.78 (on coming into service), MI.70 (1.18), MI.37 (4.18). Built 1915, 8480grt, 15kts. Armament: 6-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 33 officers & 230 crew (bi). In service 23.3.15-2.10.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. (British Warships 1914-1919)

British Isles Bases - Selected Charts

British Naval Bases Worldwide - Selected Charts

Shipbuilding British Isles

Chatham, Cromarty Firth, Devonport, Dover, Harwich, Haulbowline, Invergordon, Pembroke, Plymouth, Portland, Portsmouth, Rosyth, Scapa Flow, Sheerness

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Gibraltar, Malta, Aden, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong

Notes:

1. Latitude/longitude, including for days in port, show representative decimal positions for each day, as calculated by the Old Weather project's analysis program. As such, they differ by varying amounts from the positions recorded, usually at noon, in the log pages. In addition, some latitudes/longitudes have been amended in edited logs for errors in the logs, for errors in identifying locations by the analysis program, or simply for greater accuracy. In all cases, refer to the log-page scans for the positions as originally recorded. Not all log pages contain this information and the ships' positions have therefore often been estimated.

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’s notes:

Editor’s notes: Positions (Latitude and Longitude) are given for noon each day, correcting or estimating the position when appropriate. If exact times are not indicated in the log they have, when appropriate, 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 the sick list where this is 5 or more. This and other information from the log is included in square brackets [not in italics] if it is not to be found under “Remarks” on the right hand side of the page. Additional information about geographical locations, terminology and about merchant and foreign naval ships encountered has been provided where identification is reasonably certain, by means of embedded links within the text. Note also that when looking at the maps of the voyages of this ship there may be little apparent movement when Ebro is on patrol, as she often arrives back at a similar position at noon; information about the distance travelled each day has therefore been provided in the text below.

Note re Sub Lieutenant then Lieutenant Smiles who features frequently in the logs as Boarding Officer when on Northern Patrol: the Royal Navy Medal Index, here, includes an entry: SMILES, Stephen Hudson, Lt, RNR, OBE [31445].

There is more information about the ship here and some limited information here.

THE VOYAGES OF HMS EBRO 1915-1918
(More detailed plots follow in the text)

JP map overview

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

LOGS FOR APRIL 1915


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[Right hand side of hard, black cover of book]

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[Left hand side of black cover]

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[Inside of cover]

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[Inside of cover, blank page except “ADM53/40533”]

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[Inside of cover, blank]

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[Cover of Copy of Log for HMS Ebro for April 1915, signed by Alan Avery, Acting Lieutenant RNR, Navigating Officer]

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[Page not completed but addressed to Admiralty and signed by E Dugmore, Commander, 4 May 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers as follows:


Barometer


Mercurial or Aneroid

Aneroid

Name of Maker and number

Kelvin Bottomley and Baird

Thermometers for Air Temperature


Position in Ship

Bridge

Whether in screen

No

Maker and No



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12 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks London [some details here]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06 [estimated]

9.0am: Lieutenants Vereker and Avery RNR and Surgeon Williams joined vessel.

Noon: Vessel put in Commission.

1.0pm: Sub Lieutenants Dickinson, Smiles, Thompson and Bennett RNR with draft of 52 ratings from Chatham joined ship.

pm: Dockyard hands rigging and fitting and preparing ship for guns etc.

[Provisions, Fresh Water and Fuel: No details available]


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13 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks London

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

6.0am: Lieutenant Commander Hemans RN joined ship.

am: Hands employed variously as required.

pm: Dockyard hands working throughout variously.


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14 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks London

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

7.0am: Dockyard hands mounting guns etc.

8.0am: Hands fell in told off as required.

am: Sub Lieutenant Dickinson RNR discharged to Chatham. Sub Lieutenant Richards appointed and joined ship.

pm: Hands unloading ammunition trucks.

4.45pm: Liberty men.

pm: Dockyard hands working throughout variously.


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15 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

am: Hands taking in and stowing ammunition. Dockyard hands working variously at gun mountings, electrical fittings etc.

pm: Hands stowing ammunition.

5.30pm: Liberty men.

7.0pm: Engine Room Establishment and other subsidised ratings signed Articles on board.


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16 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

am: Hands taking in and stowing ammunition. Dockyard hands rigging and fitting as before.

4.15pm: One rating Chief Armourer joined ship.

4.30pm: Liberty men.


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17 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

am: Hands employed as requisite taking stores on board etc.

1.0pm: Liberty men.

6.0pm: Dockyard hands working throughout.


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18 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

8.0am: Dockyard hands working throughout mounting guns etc. [on this Sunday]

[Fuel Remaining: No details available]

[Weather fine, noon temperature 48F]


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19 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

am: Hands employed as requisite. Dockyard hands working throughout.

5.30pm: Liberty men.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2720 tons]


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20 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

am: Hands cleaning ship etc. Dockyard hands variously as before.

4.30pm: 9 Ratings joined from Portsmouth.

6.0pm: Liberty men.


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21 April 1915

At Royal Albert Docks [London]

Lat 51.51, Long 0.06

8.0am: Hands singling up moorings and preparing ship for sea.

11.30am: Sub Lieutenant Mcintosh RNR arrived from Chatham.

1.15pm: 69 Ratings joined ship from Chatham.

2.0pm: 2 (two) ratings discharged to Portsmouth.

4.15pm: Tugs arrived and made fast. 4.30pm: Cast off and with assistance of tugs left wharf and proceeded to dock gates. Engines and helm as required.

5.30pm: Entered locks and tied up. 5.45pm: Gates opened, slow ahead.

6.0pm: Vessel clear of gates and head down. Full speed ahead. Helm as required.

[Compass Adjuster Adjusting Compasses]

7.0pm: Slow through Gravesend Reach. 7.45pm: Anchored in Lower Hope Reach. Oven’s Buoy S80E 3.5 cables.

9.45pm: Weighed anchor and shifted berth 1 cable up stream by order of Battery Commander.

10.15pm: Vessel brought up in new berth. Oven’s Buoy S85E 3 cables.

11.30pm: Vessel swung to flood.

[Draft: Forward 24’ 10”, Aft 24’ 4”]


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22 April 1915

At anchor off Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37 [estimated]

6.0am: Ship swung to ebb.

9.0am: Divisions.

am: Hand cleaning ship etc.

5.30pm: Moored ship 45 fathoms on each cable.

[Misty all day, noon temperature 50F]


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23 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.


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24 April 1915

[shown as 1914 in error]

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.

4.30pm: Captain Dugmore [EVFR Dugmore] RN joined the ship.

6.0pm: Liberty to POs till 8.0am.


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25 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

2.30am: Vessel swung to flood. Engines as necessary.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.30am: Swung to ebb. Hove up port anchor.

11.0am: Hove up starboard anchor and shifted berth.

11.25am: Let go starboard anchor 60 fathoms cable. Oven’s Buoy N70W 2 cables.

2.0pm: Liberty to POs 2pm - 7am.

4.15pm: Evening quarters. 4.30pm: Vessel swung to flood.


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26 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

4.0pm: Evening quarters. 4.30pm: Liberty men.


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27 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

1.30pm: Leave for Chief and First POs to 7am.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.


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28 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

1.0pm: Leave for CPOs and POs to 7am.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.


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29 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

9.30am: Night Defence Stations Read. Exercised Fire and Abandon Ship Stations. Exercised General Quarters.

3.0pm: P Culhane PO discharged to RN Hospital Chatham.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.


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30 April 1915

At Gravesend

Lat 51.45, Long 0.37

9.0am: Divisions, Prayers.

4.15pm: Evening quarters. All lifeboats and rafts swung out and lowered and gear tested.

11.0pm: Lieutenant (G) [Gunnery] Chichester arrived on board for gun trials. Pilot and Compass Adjuster on board.


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR MAY 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for May 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Page not filled in but signed, as previous month, dated June 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometer, as before, except: Error of Barometer: Considerable. Seriously affected on May 1st by firing of heavy guns. Reset and compared with Sub depôt Sheerness on May 14th. Has since been recording very erroneously]


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1 May 1915

From Gravesend to Sheerness

Lat 51.53, Long 1.07 [rough estimate]

5.45am: Hands to stations. Hove short and made fast tug on starboard bow. Pilot on board.

6.10am: Anchor aweigh, slow ahead and with assistance of tug turned ship head down river. Engines and helm as required.

6.20am: Half speed ahead. Steering to Pilots instructions.

7.20am: Stopped and anchored off Chapman Light House while waiting for sufficient water over Chapman Shoals.

9.0am: Swung to flood. 9.10am: Weighed anchor. Half speed ahead. 9.45am: Passed the Nore Light Vessel.

10.30am: Stopped 1 mile West of Mouse Light Vessel. Engines and helm as necessary to keep ship in position while carrying out gun trials.

Noon: Gun trials completed. Compass adjuster commenced adjusting compasses. Engines and helm as necessary.

1.50pm: Adjustments completed. Turned ship for Sheerness Bar. Full speed.

2.5pm: Passed outer bar buoy. 2.10pm: Half speed.

2.15pm: Slow. 2.17pm: Stopped off Garrison Point.

2.23pm: Received permission to enter and instructions to moor at No 3 buoy.

2.30pm: Passed boom defence. 2.40pm: Picked up No 3 buoy and proceeded to moor.

3.25pm: Vessel moored. Rang off Engines.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.

4.30pm: Leave for Chief and First POs till 7.0am.

9.0pm: 1 LS [Leading Seaman] and 1 AB [Able Seaman] joined ship from Chatham. 1 Steward rating joined ship.

[Draft: Forward 24ft 6in, Aft 24ft 0in]


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2 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74 [estimated]

9.30am: Divisions. Read prayers.

1.30pm: Leave to Red Watch till 7.0am.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.

7.30pm: Darkened ship.


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3 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

8.0am: W Penny PO discharged to RN Hospital Chatham.

9.30am: Gun’s crews at divisional drill, remainder of hands employed as requisite.

Noon: One PO rating joined ship.

4.15pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 1.

7.30pm: Darkened ship.

11.0pm: Received lamps for secondary lighting from dockyard.


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4 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

6.30am: Hands rigging coaling gear.

9.0am: Commenced coaling from lighters into No 3 Hold.

pm: Hands coaling ship.

5.45pm: Five ratings - 3 Stokers, 1 seaman and 1 signalman - joined ship from Chatham.

7.10pm: Finished coaling. Hands washing down decks.

7.30pm: Darkened ship.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2476 tons]


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5 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

am: Hands employed cleaning ship after coaling.

11.15am: General Quarters. Exercised Fire control, exercised supply and fire parties.

0.15pm: Secured.

1.30pm: Leave to POs till 7.0am.

2.0pm: 14 Ratings joined ship from Chatham.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2631 tons]


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6 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

9.40am: General quarters. Exercised fire and stretcher parties and supply parties. Tested circuits. Exercised Fire control.

11.30am: Secure.

1.30pm: Leave to PO till 7am.

Noon: Sponged out all guns.

[Mist or fog all day, noon temperature 60F]


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7 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers. Read out Action, Fire, abandon Ship and Collision Stations.

9.10am: General Quarters. Exercised fire and stretcher parties and fire control.

11.40am: Secure.

1.30pm: Leave to Blue Watch till 7.0am.

4.15pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 2.


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8 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

8.0am: Hands employed holystoning decks.

11.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. 11.30am: Secure.

1.30pm: Leave to POs till 7.0am.

4.30pm: Leave to seamen of Red Watch and Stokers of Blue Watch till 7.0am.


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9 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

9.30am: Divisions. 10.0am: Roman Catholics landed for church. 10.30am: Divine Service.

1.30pm: Leave to White watch till 7.0am.


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10 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

9.30am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. 10.30am: Secure.

am: Hands employed fitting collision mats and bottom chains. Painted all scuttles and deadlights.

1.30pm: Leave to POs of Blue Watch till 7.0am.

3.10pm: Discharged one rating - prisoner - to Chatham.

7.20pm: Three officers' stewards joined ship.

7.30pm: Darkened ship.


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11 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

9.30am: Exercised abandon ship Stations. Boats manned and lowered and sent for short pull.

10.30am: Boats returned. Hoisted and secured.

pm: Hands employed fitting collision mats and as requisite.

4.30pm: Leave to seamen of Blue watch and stokers of Red watch till 7.0am.


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12 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

9.40am: Exercised Collision Stations.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Exercised fire and stretcher parties and supply parties.

am: Hands employed fitting boat covers, painting gun covers and fitting clothes lines.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon also cleaning out magazines and shell rooms etc.

4.30pm: Leave to White watch till 7.0am.


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13 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

am: Hands employed fitting new guys to cranes, making cover for motor boat, fitting cutters gripes and clothes lines, oiling over all rigging and bottle screws and boats running out gear. Sponged out all guns.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

4.30pm: Leave to Blue watch till 7.0am.

[Rain all day, wind (north easterly) increasing in evening - force 7 at midnight]


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14 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.44, Long 0.74

1.30am: Motor boat despatched to harbour for shelter.

9.30am: Exercised “Action”, Stretcher and supply parties. Fire control exercised. 10.45am: Secure.

am: Hands employed cleaning rifles and pistols, fitting boats gripes and clothes lines and making First aid haversacks and boats bags. All guns sponged out.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

4.30pm: Leave to Red watch till 7.0am.

7.30pm: Received signal from C in C to recall liberty men.

8.0pm: Landed POs and LS for this purpose.

10.0pm: Liberty men returned. Fifteen men still absent.

[Squally north easterly wind force 8 or 7 in early am, then reducing]


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15 May 1915

At Sheerness

Lat 51.25, Long 1.47

0.45am: Launch arrived with despatches.

am: Draft leaving Sheerness: Forward 23’ 6”, Aft 24’ 2”.

5.30am: Rove slip rope on buoy. Hands preparing ship for departure.

7.45am: Vessel swung to flood. Unshackled cable and let go slip rope.

8.0am: Slow ahead. 8.10am: Passed boom defence. Full speed.

8.20am: Met TBDs [Torpedo Boat Destroyers] “Meteor” and “Murray” ship’s escort.

8.35am: Passed Outer Bar Buoy. 9.0am: West Oase [Oaze] Buoy abeam.

9.30am: Shivering Sand buoy. 10.5am: Rounded NE Shingles buoy.

11.15am: Passed South Edinburgh No 1 buoy.

10.35am: Tongue Light Vessel abeam distant 0.75 miles.

11.18am: Passed Elbow Buoy.

10.50am: Passed Gull Light Vessel and through gate in Downs.

[the entries above have been transcribed as shown in the log, even though they appear not to be in chronological order]

0.30pm: South Goodwin Light Vessel bearing E distant 1 mile. Set course S65W.

1.25pm: Passed between gate Light Vessels off Folkestone. Altered course S50W. “Metor” [Meteor] and “Murray” took station ahead.

2.26pm: Dungeness Light House N40W 3.6 miles, zig-zagging two points each side of course, altered course every 20 minutes.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.

4.45pm: “Murray” parted company to examine trawlers to SE.

5.0pm: General Quarters, prepared for night defence.

5.30pm: “Murray” returned.

7.30pm: Darkened ship and closed all WT [watertight] doors.

8.0pm: Altered course to S26W till dark.

8.40pm: Set course N80W.

10.0pm: Observed Cape Barfleur Light bearing S49W.

11.10pm: Cape Barfleur Light abeam.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 44 miles]

[Currents in the 24 hours ending at Noon: Adverse tide 2.5 knots]

[Mist and fog in am, clearer for most of pm, noon temperature 50F]



THE VOYAGES OF HMS EBRO
Operations in the North Atlantic Ocean

JP map Ebro North Atlantic

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16 May 1915

From Sheerness to join 10th Cruiser Squadron

Lat 49.02, Long -5.62

2.0am: Casquets Light abeam S10W, distant 12 miles, Log 177. 2.10am: Altered course S84W.

7.0am: Hands cleaning ship.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.30am: Read Prayers.

2.0pm: Revolutions for 14 knots.

4.5pm: Stopped and signalled “Meteor” to close. “Murray” to patrol round ship.

4.10pm: Cutter away with despatches and mail to “Meteor”.

4.30pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 4.35pm: Slow ahead. 4.40pm: Full ahead. Parted company with destroyers.

5.0pm: Evening quarters. 5.15pm: General quarters, prepared for night defence.

7.30pm: Darkened ship. All WT doors closed.

10.0pm: Reduced speed to 12 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 322 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 49 00 N, Long 7 00 W, S89W, 55 miles]

[Currents in the 24 hours ending at Noon: Adverse tides 15 miles]

[Misty for most of day, south westerly winds force 5 or 6 from 4pm onwards]


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17 May 1915

From Sheerness to Join 10th Cruiser Squadron

Lat 50.32, Long -12.22

3.50am: Increased speed to 13 knots.

5.5am: Altered course N14W, Log 212.

6.0am: WNW swell.

7.25am: Passed steam trawler Flatsuse (CF18) [CF is the registration for Cardiff, Wales].

9.30am: Exercised collision stations.

10.30am: General Quarters. Exercised fire, supply and stretcher parties; tested circuits and tested fire control.

11.30am: Secure.

Noon: Confused sea and Westerly swell. Altered course N2W.

4.0pm: Confused sea and Westerly swell.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.30pm: Darkened ship. Closed all WT doors.

8.0pm: Altered course N22E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 304 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position 100 miles West of Skelligs [Skellig Islands], N23W, 94 miles]


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18 May 1915

From Sheerness to join 10th Cruiser Squadron

Lat 55.12, Long -12.52

4.0am: Heavy NE swell.

8.0am: Confused sea and NE swell.

9.45am: General Quarters.

10.20am: Stopped and dropped target. 10.30am: Half speed ahead and steamed round target at 10 knots while carrying out aiming rifle practice

11.40am: Secure. 11.50am: Recovered target. Noon: Full ahead.

7.30pm: Darkened ship. Closed all WT doors.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 307 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position 50W of St Kilda]

[Misty for most of day, easterly wind force 6 or 7 for most of am, force 5 in pm. Noon temperature 51F]


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19 May 1915

From Sheerness

Lat 54.23, Long -8.12

am: Hands employed making haversacks and boats bags, covering boats gripes, clearing out No 4 hold and stowing paraffin casks. Sponged out all guns. Gun’s crews at divisional and loader drills.

10.45am: Received instructions to proceed to Lat 59 N Long 9 W, altered course S81W and reduced speed to 12 knots.

Noon: Increased to 13 knots.

2.20am: Arrived at Position assigned and commenced patrolling on courses NNE and SSW zig-zagging two points each side of courses and altering course every quarter hour.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Hands to Physical drill.

5.0pm: Observed floating object. Stopped and picked it up (Fisherman’s pellet [pallet]).

5.25pm: Proceeded full speed, altered course N75E for new patrolling position Lat 59 15 N, Long 8 00 W. Increased speed to 14 knots. Cleared away all guns and prepared for night defence.

7.30pm: Darkened ship and closed all WT doors.

8.0pm: Arrived at Position assigned. Reduced speed to 13 knots and commenced patrolling on meridian 8 degrees W between Lat 59 15 N and Lat 59 45 N zig-zagging continually.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 311 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 59 00 N, Long 9 00 W, S63W, 30.5 miles]


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20 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 59.53, Long -8.00

2.0am: Turned ship round and steered to make NNE, zig-zagging two points each side of course altered course every quarter hour.

5.0am: Altered course SSW.

8.0am: Altered course NNE.

9.15am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters.

10.15am: Stopped and slipped target. 10.30am: Full ahead, and steamed round target at 12 knots, while carrying out practice from 6 inch and 6 pounder guns.

11.40am: Cease fire. 11.50am: Recovered target.

Noon: Full ahead. Proceeded on patrol, at 13 knots zig-zagging and making SSW.

2.0pm: Altered course to make NNE.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. 5.0pm: Lifebuoy thrown out. Exercised “man overboard”.

5.6pm: Starboard cutter away. Engines at various speeds steaming round position of buoy.

6.0pm: Cutter recovered life-buoy and returned to ship.

6.15pm: Hoisted cutter and proceeded on patrol. Cleared away all guns and prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Altered course to make NNE.

10.0pm: Position DR Lat 59 45 W, Long 8 00 W, altered course N47E.

11.40pm: Passed HMS Teutonic.

Midnight: Reduced speed to 12 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 297 miles]


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21 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 61.62, Long -4.40

1.0am: Zig-zagging.

2.0am: Increased speed to 13 knots.

2.30am: Cast the lead and every half hour to 6.30am.

6.0am: Observed Munken Rock bearing East, altered course SE x E.

6.30am: Munken Rock abeam bearing NE x N, altered course S85E, Log 105.

am: Guns crews at divisional drill, remainder of hands employed cleaning out boats, making boats and boatswains bags, canvas covers for rifles, stowing away all spare gear, oiling over wire hawsers etc.

10.10am: Fog set in thick. Reduced speed to 10 knots.

Noon: Altered course S87E.

1.0pm: Increased speed to 12 knots. 1.15pm: Increased speed to 13 knots.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised fire stations.

5.0pm: Reduced speed to 10 knots.

7.20pm: Increased speed to 13 knots.

9.15pm: Altered course N30W to rendezvous with HMS “Ambrose” in Lat 62 34 N, Long 1 40 W.

11.40pm: Altered course N by E.

[Distance run through the Water: 292 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 171 miles from Position at 10.00pm]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 62 30 N, Long 2 00 E, N73.5E, 187.5 miles]

[Mist or fog all day, noon temperature 45F]


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22 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 62.42, Long -0.82

0.30am: Arrived at rendezvous. Steamed on a line 42 degrees. 222 [or 22.2] degrees at various speeds looking for Ambrose.

4.0am: Increased to 12 knots and commenced to describe a square round position of rendezvous in search of Ambrose.

6.5am: Increased to 13 knots and steered S61W in direction of supposed siren.

7.5am: Altered course N61E and increased to 14 knots.

7.55am: Continued on square, reduced speed to 12 knots.

am: Hands cleaning ship throughout.

10.0am: Square completed altered course S19W.

10.37am: Reduced to 10 knots.

0.35pm: Dead slow.

1.35pm: Increased to 12 knots and steered on a line N28W S28E (magnetic) turning round every quarter hour.

2.45pm: Set course S63E and continued on voyage being unable to find Ambrose [according to her log for this date she is going to and fro at a different location].

3.10pm: Altered course S76E and increased to 13 knots. 3.45pm: Increased to 14 knots.

5.50pm: Increased to 14.5 knots.

6.5pm: Altered course S21E.

8.30pm: Darkened ship and closed all WT doors.

9.30pm: Cast the lead and at every half hour till midnight.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 290 miles]

[Fog almost all day, thick at times]


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23 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 60.28, Long 3.93

2.0am: Sounding every half hour till 8am.

6.10am: Reduced speed to 13 knots. 7.0am: Reduced speed to 10 knots. 7.40am: Altered course S75E.

9.0am: Altered course N59E.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service. Increased speed to 13 knots.

11.0am: Altered course N30W.

3.10pm: Reduced speed to 10 knots.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Cleared away all guns and prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Increased to 14 knots. 8.30pm: Darkened ship. Sounding every half hour from 8.0 till midnight.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 304 miles]

[Another very misty, foggy day]


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24 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.32, Long 8.03

1.0am: Sounding every half hour till 6.30 and from 8.30 to 10.30.

2.55am: Altered course N30E. 3.10am: Altered course N13E.

4.0am: Altered course N45E.

6.20am: Altered course N40E.

am: Guns crews at divisional and loaler [? - word off edge of page, more likely loader] drill, remainder of hands employed as requisite. Sponged out all guns.

Noon: Sighted [HMS] “Alcantara”, steered SE to meet her.

0.30pm: Courses various keeping company with “Alcantara” while signalling and receiving information re patrol.

2.20pm: Parted company with “Alcantara”, set course N30W.

3.0pm: Altered course N46E, altered course every quarter hour zig-zagging three points each side of course.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Hands to physical drill.

4.58pm: Threw over life-buoy and exercised “man overboard”.

5.3pm: Cutter away. 5.20pm: Cutter recovered life buoy and returned to ship. Cutter hoisted. Full ahead.

7.15pm: Altered course S6W.

9.40pm: Altered course N46E.

10.30pm: Altered course S46W.

Midnight: 8 to 11 Sounding every half hour.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 64 41 N, Long 8 52 E, N43E, 34 miles]

[Mist and rain for most of day]


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25 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.27, Long 8.75

2.0am: Altered course every quarter hour zig-zagging three points either side of courses.

4.15pm: Turned round to make N46E.

9.40am: Altered course S24E.

am: Hands at pistol practice. Gun’s crews at divisional drill. Sponged out all guns.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Fire and stretcher parties exercised. Circuits tested.

10.30am: Observed Halten Light House S18E, 7 miles, altered course N34W.

11.5am: Altered course S72W.

11.30am: Secured.

3.30pm: Sighted steamer bearing SE.

4.45pm: Came up with steamer “Tyr” Norwegian from New York to Archangel Lat 63 48 N, Long 7 35 E. Steamer signalled “Stand by me”, “am disabled”.

4.50pm: Cutter away to board. Circled round steamer at various speeds.

6.30pm: Cutter returned and hoisted.

6.45pm: Proceeded South in order to send wireless re SS “Tyr”.

10.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

11.40pm: Got message through to Bergen, altered course N53E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 302 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 63 55 N, Long 7 27 E, S57W, 40 miles]

[Misty in am, overcast in pm, westerly wind force 6 until 1pm, then force 5 or 4, sea state rough at times]


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26 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.05, Long 8.22

3.50am: Sighted a steamer bearing SE steering apparently SSE 5 knots. Altered course SE x S to intercept her.

4.50am: Intercepted SS “Tyr” 7 miles W by N from Sletringen Island [where there is a lighthouse].

4.55am: Sea boat away to board.

7.45am: Cutter returned.

7.55am: Left ship with prize crews gear etc.

8.35am: Cutter returned and left again with prize crew.

10.0am: Ordered SS Tyr to proceed to Kirkwall. Sub Lieutenant Thompson RNR in charge. Position Lat 63 40 N. Long 8 00 E. [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant RNR.

am: Hands to Physical drill. Hands employed fitting boats gripes, making wire spans. Guns crews at divisional drill.

10.8am: Hoisted cutter. Proceeded full speed. Course N25W.

10.25am: Altered course N5E. 11.6am: Altered course N32E.

Noon: Altered course N69E. 0.30pm: Altered course S61W.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

3.45pm: Overtook SS “Tyr”: Lat 63 41 N, Long 7 18 E, turned round and steered to make N63E.

6.0pm: Courses various to intercept several small steamers and fishing vessels.

8.15pm: Stopped to communicate with Norwegian Steam tug “Parrat”.

8.39pm: Full speed ahead, altered course North. 8.45pm: Altered course N37E.

9.30pm: Altered course S69W.

11.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]


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27 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.30, Long 7.58

2.0am: Altered course every quarter hour, zig-zagging. Turned ship round to make N67E.

6.35am: Turned to make S75W.

7.35am: Checked position of ship by bearing of Froöerne. 7.50am: Altered course West.

8.44am: Altered course S69W.

am: Gun’s crews at divisional and loader drill. Sponged out all guns. Remainder as requisite.

10.55am: Observed smoke of steamer bearing N16W, altered course N16W.

11.30am: Altered course N0.5E and rung for all possible speed. 11.55am: Altered course N x E0.5E.

1.15pm: Stopped. Overtook British SS Benshaw bound to Archangel. Position: Lat 64 40 N, Long 7 38 E.

1.20: Full ahead. Circled round steamer while signalling. 1.37pm: Proceeded. Set course S12W.

3.43pm: Altered course N68E.

4.57pm: Life buoy thrown overboard. Exercised “man overboard”. 5.0pm: Sea boat away.

5.25pm: Cutter picked up buoy and returned. 5.30pm: Cutter hoisted. Full ahead. Prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Altered course to make S70W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 312 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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28 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 62.95, Long 6.27

3.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

6.15am: Altered course S12W. Sounding every half house from 6.30 to 9.

7.5am: Altered course S78E.

9.0am: Sighted a steamer bearing S52E, altered course S5E to intercept her.

9.39am: Half speed. 9.45am: Stopped. Sea boat away to board Norwegian SS “Maggie” from Narvik to Manchester. Position: Lat 62 59 N, Long 6 25 E. [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant RNR, SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR.

11.30am: Sea boat returned and hoisted.

11.40am: Half speed. 11.50am: Full speed S83W.

1.0pm: Altered course to make S61W.

3.0pm: Position checked by bearings of Kalven Light House.

4.45pm: Altered course N67W. Position: Lat 62 21 N, Long 4 52 E.

8.30pm: Altered course N23W. 9.30pm: Altered N33W.

[Distance run through the Water: 278 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 232 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Ona Kali Light House S54E, 9.5 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally north easterly wind force 7 at 10pm and midnight, with very rough sea]


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29 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 63.13, Long 1.85

1.0am: Arrived at South end of new patrol. Altered course to make N17E, zig-zagging throughout.

7.0am: Turned to make S15W.

am: Crew employed holystoning decks and cleaning ship throughout.

0.30pm: Altered course N16E.

6.0pm: Altered course S17W.

9.30pm: Sighted a vessel and altered course ESE to intercept her.

10.10pm: Stopped and communicated with Norwegian whaler “Hercules II”.

10.30pm: Full ahead. Course S40W.

[North easterly wind force 5 or 6 until 4pm with rough sea at times]


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30 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 63.20, Long 2.05

0.40am: Signalled HMS “Caribbean”.

0.50am: Turned ship round and steered to make N15E.

7.0am: Altered course S17W.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Held Divine service.

11.0am: Steering by propellors [sic] while engineers repairing defect in steering engine.

0.25pm: Observed HMS Carribbean [Caribbean] to the southward.

0.40pm: Turned to N15E.

2.30pm: Steering with engines.

7.0pm: Steering engine repaired. Resumed use.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 248 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 63 00 N, Long 2 00 E, S6W, 12 miles]


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31 May 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.07, Long 1.92

2.30am: Altered course N14E.

5.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

9.0am: Turned round to steer S17E.

9.30am: Sighted a vessel.

10.5am: Altered course to N15E to observe vessels movements.

am: Hands employed fitting boats gripes, making wire spans, pointing boats falls and fitting life lines on sea boats. Guns crews at divisional drill.

11.0am: Altered course S17W.

11.40am: Altered course WNW to intercept vessel.

0.30pm: Passed Norwegian Whaler “Elf”, altered course WSW.

1.30pm: Altered course SE x S.

3.45pm: Altered course S17W.

9.0pm: Turned vessel round and zig-zagged to make N14E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 296 miles]

[Southerly wind force 6 or 7 from 8am, with sea state rough, mist and rain in pm, noon temperature 48F]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR JUNE 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for June 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in but signed, as before, dated 12 July 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as follows:]


Barometer



Mercurial or Aneroid

Aneroid


Name of Maker and number

Kelvin Bottomley and Baird


Height of cistern above sea



Error of Mercurial Barometer

0.45 inches too high till noon June 18th reset on that date


Thermometers for Air Temperature



Position in Ship

Bridge


Whether in screen

No


Maker and No

Kelvin and James White 2302C

From 19.6.15 to 30.6.15


Kelvin Bottomley and Baird no number

From 1.6.15 to 19.6.15

Thermometer for Sea Temperature



Maker and No

Kelvin and James White



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1 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 63.92, Long 2.32

3.0am: Turn round to make S17W.

am: Hands employed pointing boat falls, making wire spans and slings. Gun’s crews at divisional drill. Sponged out all guns.

8.30pm: Darkened ship. WT [Watertight] door closed.

11.0pm: Vessel labouring heavily.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 288 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 64 00 N, Long 2 00 E, N62W, 9 miles]

[Currents in the 24 hours ending at Noon: N43E, 20 miles]

[Squally westerly wind force 7 to 8 from 7pm, with sea very rough to high and rain]


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2 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 62.92, Long 0.28

1.0am: Altered course S23W.

3.0am: Vessel labouring heavily.

7.0am: Altered course N12E. Observed steamer bearing NW. Increased speed and proceed in chase.

10.25am: Caught up with Danish Trawler GK448 Ymir [GK is the registration for Grindavik, Iceland]

10.30am: Cutter away to board. Position Lat 62 55 N, Long 0 17 E.

[[signed] LGP Vereker, Lieutenant RNR]

11.55am: Ymir permitted to proceed. Cutter returned.

0.15pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded Full speed, S80E.

1.30pm: Sighted HMS “Caribbean”, altered course S57E.

1.54pm: Altered course N83W steering parallel with Caribbean while signalling.

2.35pm: Altered course N68E and parted company from “Caribbean”.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Cleared away all guns and prepared for night defence.

5.20pm: Altered course N12E.

9.30pm: Altered course S20W.

11.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 275 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 63 00 N, Long 2 00 E, N85E, 47 miles]


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3 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.73, Long 5.90

1.0am: Sighted HMS India, altered course S65W. 1.24am: Altered course N59E, steaming in company with “India” while signalling.

7.0am: In company with “India” till 8am.

10.0am: Sighted a vessel bearing N80E, altered course S70E to intercept her.

10.38am: Stopped. Cutter away to board Norwegian Steam fishing vessel “Ran” of Aalesund. Lat 64 44 N Long 5 54 E. [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant RNR.

[Various course and speeds round steamer]

Noon: Cutter returned and hoisted. Full speed. Course N51E.

9.45pm: Altered course N78W. Log 138.

11.0pm: Altered course S78E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 306 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 66 30 N, Long 9 30 E, N40E, 139 miles]


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4 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 66.50, Long 9.30

2.0am: Altered course N79W.

3.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

5.0am: Altered course E by S.

6.25am: Altered course SSW to intercept steamer.

7.32am: Stopped, cutter away to board British SS Novo [listed here], Hull to Archangel, Position Lat 66 17 N, Long 9 50 E.

[[Signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant RNR]

8.33am: Cutter returned. “Novo” permitted to proceed on voyage.

8.36am: Cutter hoisted. Full ahead. Course N by E.

9.18am: Altered course W by N.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Supply, fire and stretcher parties exercised.

11.0am: Secure. Hands employed cleaning filter, painting guns and as requisite.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

4.0pm: Altered course E by S.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrants Nos 4 and 5.

5.15pm: Cleared away all guns, prepared for night defence.

7.25pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

8.10pm: Steaming in company Norwegian SS “Renteria” with prize crew on board from “India” [see also her log for this date].

8.38pm: Resumed course.

Midnight: Exercised Action.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 325 miles]

[Very good visibility all day, barometric pressure relatively high and steady, noon temperature 46F]


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5 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 66.43, Long 9.25

2.0am: Altered course E by S.

3.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

5.0am: Altered course W by N.

8.15am: Altered course E by S.

am: Hands employed holystoning decks and cleaning ship throughout.

10.23am: Altered course W by N.

1.45pm: Altered course E by S.

3.0pm: Altered course W by N.

4.0pm: Altered course E by S.

7.35pm: Observed steamer to Eastward.

8.5pm: Half speed. 8.10pm: Stopped. 8.12pm: Cutter away to board Swedish SS Götaland from Narik [presumably Narvik], Position Lat 66 25 N, Long 10 25 E.

[[Signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant RNR]

9.40pm: Cutter took prize crew to Gotaland. Ordered Gotaland to Kirkwall with prize crew. Sub Lieutenant Smiles in charge.

10.25pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 10.27pm: Full ahead WSW.

11.0pm: Altered course S by E. 11.30pm: Altered course SSW.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 315 miles]

[Mist or fog for much of day]


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6 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 66.98, Long 11.83

0.30am: Altered course SSW.

4.0am: Altered course East.

6.0am: Altered course N by E. 6.30am: Altered course N8E.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service. Altered course N83E.

11.0am: Altered course East.

11.30am: Altered course SE to intercept steamer.

11.54am: Half speed. 11.56am: Stopped.

11.58am: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS “Steinstad”, Position Lat 66 59 N, Long 11 50 E. [signed] LGP Vereker, Lieutenant RNR.

[Various courses and speeds round steamer]

1.15pm: Steamer permitted to proceed. 1.20pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 1.21pm: Full speed, North.

1.35pm: Altered course N61W.

3.15pm: Altered course S80E.

5.0pm: Exercised action and prepared for night defence.

8.30pm: Closed all WT doors.

9.15pm: Altered course S80E.

10.0pm: Zig-zagging.

Midnight: Altered course N80W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 316 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 67 05 W, Long 12 30 E, N69E, 16.5 miles]


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7 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 67.03, Long 10.00

3.0am: Altered course S80E.

6.0am: Altered course N80W.

6.30am: Passing fog banks.

9.0am: In company with “India”.

9.23am: Speed 6 knots. 10.15am: 10 knots. 10.55am: Increased to 14 knots.

11.0am: Courses various taking station from “India” and looking for “Ambrose”.

11.48am: Sighted “Ambrose”, altered course N10W.

0.20pm: Stopped. “Ambrose” sent over prize crew, orders etc.

1.5pm: Parted company. Full ahead S67W.

2.30pm: Altered course S12W to intercept steamer. 2.40pm: Altered course SSE.

3.22pm: Stopped. 3.25pm: Cutter away to board Russian SS “Czcera” [?] from Blyth to Archangel, Lat 66 39 N, Long 9 46 E. [this entry and two others later in pm signed by LGP Vereker Lieutenant RNR]

4.30pm: Steamer proceeded. Cutter returned. 4.33pm: Cutter hoisted. Full speed.

5.0pm: Altered course S72W to intercept steamer.

6.8pm: Stopped. 6.10pm: Cutter away to board British SS Hildawell, Lat 66 31 N, Long 9 11 E.

6.45pm: Steamer proceeded. Cutter returned. 6.50pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded full speed.

10.25pm: Altered course S by E to intercept steamer.

11.10pm: Stopped. 11.12pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS “C Sundt”, Lat 65 52 N, Long 7 22 E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 297 miles]

[Mist or fog until mid-afternoon]


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8 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.48, Long 3.62

0.5am: SS C Sundt permitted to proceed. 0.15am: Boat hoisted, full ahead. Proceeded S70W.

1.35am: Engines slow and variously while communicating with British SS “Denaby”.

2.10am: Full speed, altered course South to intercept Norwegian Fishing Vessel. 2.35am: S10E.

3.0am: Proceeded on course S70W. Revolutions for 14 knots.

10.7am: Stopped and put target over.

10.12am: Full ahead and steamed round target at 12 knots, while carrying out aiming rifle practice.

[Various speeds and courses round target]

11.15am: Recovered target. 11.15 Full ahead. Course S72W.

3.30pm: Reduced to 12 knots.

6.35pm: Reduced to 9 knots.

7.30pm: Increased to 12 knots. 7.45pm: Increased to 14 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 280 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: S46W, 220 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 60 N, Long 7 W, S48W, 399 miles]

[Mist or fog from noon onwards, with rain at times in pm]


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9 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 60.82, Long -4.95

1.10am: Passed HMS “Teutonic”.

2.0am: Altered course S63W.

6.45am to 7.0am: Steering S30W to intercept British trawler.

am: Guns crews at divisional and loader drill. Remainder of hands making mat for loader, ~eckets [?] for life buoys and painting hatches.

Noon: Heavy Westerly swell.

4.30pm: Sighted HMS “Cedric”. 4.45pm: Sighted HMS “Digby”. Evening quarters, read warrant No 6, prepared for night defence.

5.35pm: Half speed, altered course N70W to close “Cedric”.

5.50pm: Stopped. Received one sick case from Digby and orders etc from “Cedric”.

7.5pm: Course South 10 knots.

7.45pm: Proceeded on patrol 13 knots.

8.20pm: Altered course SSW.

9.0pm: Altered course N19E. Darkened ship. Closed all WT doors.

11.0pm: Altered course SSW.

Midnight: Zig-zagging throughout.

[Course and Distance made good: S47W, 323 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 60 00 N, Long 7 00 W, S50W, 79 miles]


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10 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 60.07, Long -6.95

2.0am: Altered course N19E, zig-zagging throughout.

5.0am: Altered course SSW.

7.10am: Observed and challenged HMS “Duke of Cornwall”.

8.0am: Altered course N19E.

8.35am: Altered course North towards “Digby” and “Duke of Cornwall”.

9.17am: Half speed for signalling purposes.

9.20am: Altered course SSW. 9.35am: Full speed.

10.0am: Exercised Abandon Ship.

am: Guns crews at loading competition. Remainder of hands employed making mats and as requisite.

11.0am: Altered course SSW.

1.10pm: Altered course to intercept Danish steamer.

2.10pm: Altered course WSW.

3.15pm: Altered course N19E.

4.0pm to 8.0pm: Exercised after steering position.

4.55pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

5.50pm: Half speed and communicated with British Steam Trawler “Nellie Bruce”.

6.0pm: Cutter away to board and received report from trawler re submarine in vicinity. Position Lat 59 52 N, Long 6 25 W.

6.25pm: Cutter returned. 6.30pm: Hoisted. Full ahead 14 knots.

7.23pm: Altered course SSW to intercept Danish SS “Djuresland”. 7.55 Signalled “Djuresland” Prize crew on board. Proceeded.

8.20pm: Set course S65W. Log 102.

10.50pm: Lat stellar Observation 59 09 N.

Midnight: Zig-zagging throughout.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 300 miles]


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11 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 56.97, Long -8.45

3.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

6.45am: St Kilda bearing S42E, altered course S23W.

7.30am: Altered course S11E.

8.0am: St Kilda abeam N79E 22.25 miles.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Fire and stretcher parties, supply parties exercised.

11.15am: Secure. Sighsetters [sightsetters] competition held. Hands employed making mats, putting fenders on motor boat, cleaning ship.

1.0pm: Altered course S70E.

1.40pm: Barra Head S70E, distant 10 miles, altered course S7E, zig-zagging 3 points.

3.0pm: Passed “Alsatian” and “Orotava”.

4.25pm: Skerryvore Light House abeam N83E, 12 miles, speed reduced, zig-zagging 4 points each side of courses.

7.30pm: Altered course ESE to make Oversay. 7.40pm: Signalled armed trawler Nellie Braddock.

8.0pm: Altered course S7E. Sounding every quarter hour.

8.26pm: Observed Oversay Light bearing ESE, distant 5 miles. 8.35pm: Altered course N by W. [further alterations in course until 10.15pm]

10.45pm: Otter Rock Light Vessel abeam.

11.0pm: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing S11E, altered course S11E.

11.30pm: Courses various as necessary rounding Mull, distant 0.75 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 326 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Barra Head Light House S69E, 28 miles]


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12 June 1915

Going into Glasgow [though not stated at top of page]

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30 [estimated]

0.30am: Courses various rounding Mull.

1.0am: Sanda Island Light N by W, 2 miles. Set course N79E.

2.15am: Pladda Light House abeam N11W, 2 miles, altered course N44E.

2.48am: Holy Island Light House abeam N46W, 2.5 miles, altered course N18E.

3.30am: Observed Cambrae [Cumbrae] bearing N19E, altered course N15E.

3.45am: Passed Cambrae Light House distant 4 cables, altered course N23E.

4.15am: Reduced speed off Toward Point while signalling. 4.17am: Stopped.

4.28am: Received permission to pass boom defence. Proceeded full speed.

4.53am: Stopped to received Pilot off Gantock [The Gantocks]. 4.58am: Pilot aboard. Proceeded to Pilots instructions.

5.5am: Passed boom defence.

5.30am: Stopped. Engines and helm as necessary. 5.40am: Let go port anchor in 7 fathoms off Tail of the Bank.

6.0am: Despatched cutter to shore with Postman.

7.20am: Cutter returned and hoisted.

8.15am: Hove up anchor. 8.30am: Slow ahead and proceeded up river. Engines and helm as required by [pilot].

9.15am: Passed Dumbarton.

10.10am: Passed Renfrew.

11.0am: Entered Princes Dock and berthed with assistance of two tugs. 11.45am: Vessel moored in position.

pm: Leave to White Watch and half of Blue watch from 5.0pm till 7.0am Wednesday 16th.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 235 miles]

[River steaming 25 miles]

[Misty all day, noon temperature 70F]


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13 June 1915

At Glasgow [though not stated in log]

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.40am: Landed Roman Catholics for Church.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.15am: Shifted ship to coaling berth.

11.30am: Vessel moored in position by coal shoot [chute].

1.15pm: Leave to remainder of Blue watch to 7.0am Monday [on this Sunday].

4.15pm: Evening quarters.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 425 tons]


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14 June 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

0.45am: Commenced tipping coal into No 3 hold.

am: Coaling throughout.

2.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane RNR joined.

pm: Coaling throughout with shore labour.

11.0pm: Shifted to different berth.

Midnight: Vessel moored.


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15 June 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

1.50am: Resumed coaling through side ports.

am and pm: Coaling throughout.


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16 June 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

3.0am: Coaling in side pockets throughout.

7.0am: Vessel aground at low water.

9.0am: Leave to Red Watch and second part of Blue Watch till 7pm Friday 18th.

4.0pm: Coaling continued throughout.

8.0pm: Vessel aground at low water.


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17 June 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

4.0am: Coaling through side doors throughout.

8.0am: Hands employed taking stores on board and variously as requisite. Vessel aground at low water.

11.0am: Shore labourers fitting voice pipes.

4.30pm: Finished coaling.

6.0pm: Hands washing down decks.

9.0pm: Vessel aground at low water.


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18 June 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.0am: Vessel aground at low water.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship after coaling, and painting overside. Shore labour fitting voice pipes from fore to after control.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon, and taking in stores.

4.15pm: Shifted ship one ship’s length ahead.


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19 June 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

9.15am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and preparing ship for sea. Shore labourers fitting voice pipes.

pm: Admonished Mr Lawrence for disobedience of orders in regard to reticence in Service matters while on shore.

[[Signed] F Lawrence Midshipman RNR and Dugmore [probably] Commander]

3.15pm: Tugs “Victor” and “Jason” alongside

3.30pm: Pilot aboard, singled up moorings.

4.15pm: Let go fore and aft and with assistance of tugs left wharf. Engines and helm as required.

4.40pm: Entered River, slow ahead. Engines at various speeds as required by Pilot.

5.32pm: Passed Dalmuir. Full speed.

6.15pm: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

6.50pm: Passing Greenock. Slow for workmen to finish fitting voicepipes.

7.40pm: Passed Boom Defence. 7.45pm: Stopped and discharged Pilot and workmen. 7.47pm: Half speed.

8.0pm: Full speed, 13 knots.

8.50pm: Passed Cambrae [sic], altered course S27W.

9.46pm: Holy Island Light House abeam N63W, 1 mile.

10.10pm: Pladda Light abeam N63W, 2.25 miles, altered course S82W. 10.45pm: Altered course S70W. 11.15pm: Altered course West.

11.40pm: Sanda Island Light bearing N15W, altered course N65W.

Midnight: Courses Various rounding Mull of Cantyre.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2502 tons]

[Weather fine, then misty in late pm, noon temperature 54F]


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20 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 57.02, Long -8.55

0.30am: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing N75W, distant 1.25 miles. Set course N15W.

1.32am: Altered course N61W.

2.27am: Altered course N35W.

3.50am: Oversay Light bearing S73E, distant 8 miles, altered course N15W.

4.0am: Zig zagging three points each side of course.

7.7am: Skerryvore Light House at N75E, distant 13 miles.

8.0am: Altered course N5W.

9.0am: Hands cleaning ship, holystoning decks.

10.8am: Barra Head Light House bearing S72E, 10 miles, altered course N43W.

11.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

Noon: Zig-zagging on all courses.

2.10pm: St Kilda bearing N47E about 40 miles, altered course N1W.

3.32pm: Altered course N50W.

4.0pm: Altered course N24W to intercept steamer.

4.17pm: Stopped. 4.20pm: Cutter away to board SS Huron (British) [possibly the ship listed here], Position Lat 57 34 N, Long 9 35 W.

5.26pm: Boat returned. 5.30pm: Boat hoisted. Full ahead. Course N50W. Speed 14.5 knots.

7.0pm: Reduced speed to 13 knots.

8.0pm: Altered course N20E.

8.30pm: Darkened ship. Closed all WT doors and scuttles.

11.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 205 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position 30 miles West of Soa Island, N34W, 58 miles]


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21 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 59.40, Long -8.60

2.0am: Altered course North to intercept steamer.

2.15am: Stopped. 2.18am: Cutter away to board Danish SS Arkansas [Arkansas (1) listed here], Lat 58 59 N, Long 10 33 W. [Signed] SH Smiles, Sub Lieutenant RNR.

3.40am: Boat returned. 3.56am: Boat hoisted. Full ahead. Course N35W.

5.0am: Altered course N20E.

6.0am: Altered course S55E. Endeavouring find “Arkansas”.

8.35am: Altered course N85E.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control, tested circuits; fire control and supply parties exercised.

11.0am: Secure. Altered course S42E. Hands employed cleaning ship, fitting rope fenders round cutters. Sponged out all guns.

0.10pm: Altered course S67E. 1.0pm: Altered course S33E.

2.10pm: Failed to find “Arkansas”, altered course N72W to return to patrol.

3.0pm: Altered course S85W to intercept vessel.

3.35pm: Stopped. 3.37pm: Cutter away to board Danish 3 masted schooner “Salus”, Position Lat 59 10 N, Long 8 16 W.

[Entry signed by Sub Lieutenant Smiles]

4.12pm: Boat returned. 4.15pm: Hoisted. Proceeded on Course N54W, 14 knots.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters. Read Warrant No 8. Hands to Physical Drill.

5.15pm: Prepared for night defence.

6.30pm: Stopped and manouvred [sic] to pick up life buoy (no name) 6.40pm: Resumed Course and speed.

8.30pm: Darkened ship. Closed all WT doors.

10.50pm: Arrived on patrol, altered course S1E, reduced speed to 13 knots, zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[Weather mostly fine and quiet, noon temperature 55F]


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22 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 59.40, Long -10.78

2.0am: Altered course N4W.

3.0am: Zig-zagging three points each side of courses.

5.0am: Altered course S1E.

8.0am: Altered course N4W.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship throughout. 8 Hands fitting rope fenders round first and second Cutters and motor boat.

11.0am: Altered course S1E.

2.0pm: Altered course N4W.

5.0pm: Altered course S1E.

6.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

8.0pm: Altered course N4W.

9.30pm: Altered course to intercept steamer N55E. 9.35pm: Half speed. 9.45pm: Slow.

9.50pm: Turned round and steered parallel course with steamer S20E. Dead slow.

10.35pm: Stopped. 10.40pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS “Stat”, Lat 59 20 N, Long 10 40 W. [Signed] SH Smiles, Sub Lieutenant RNR.

11.15pm: Cutter returned. 11.20pm: Cutter hoisted. Forward fall parted.

Midnight: Cutter secured. Proceeded on patrol.

[Distance run through the Water: 309 miles]


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23 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 59.37, Long -10.85

0.3am: Full speed ahead. Course NNW. Speed 13 knots. 0.30am: Altered course South.

2.0am: Altered course N5W.

3.0am: Zig zagging throughout.

5.0am: Altered course South.

8.0am: Altered course North.

10.0am: Exercised Collision Stations. Guns crews at divisional drills. Remainder of hands fitting fenders to first and second Cutters and motor boat, preparing provisions for prize crews and cleaning paintwork.

11.0am: Altered course South.

2.0pm: Altered course North.

5.0pm: Altered course S3E. Hands to Physical Drill.

8.0pm: Altered course North.

10.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

11.0pm: Altered course S5E.

[Distance run through the Water: 287 miles]

[Easterly or south easterly wind force 5 or 6 from 8am, sea becoming rough in evening, weather mostly overcast]


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24 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 59.57, Long -10.62

2.0am: Altered course North.

4.0am: Zig zagging throughout.

5.0am: Altered course S5E.

8.0am: Altered course North.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. Hands employed fitting fenders to cutters and motor boat, pointing boat falls and washing paintwork.

10.30am: Altered course N20E.

11.15am: Altered course S19W.

2.15pm: Altered course N5W. 3.15pm: Altered course N3W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised fire stations.

5.15pm: General Quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.45pm: Observed HMS “Hildebrand” and altered course N70W. 6.15pm: Half speed.

6.22pm: Stopped. 6.25pm: Cutter away to “Hildebrand” with mail.

6.43pm: Cutter returned. 6.49pm: Hoisted. 6.50pm: Proceeded full speed N11W.

8.30pm: Altered course S6E to rendezvous with “Columbella”. Darkened ship and closed WT doors and scuttles.

10.30pm: Altered course S10W. 10.45pm: Altered course S40W.

[Distance run through the Water: 307 miles]


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25 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 60.47, Long -11.82

1.0am: Altered course S67E.

2.20am: Passed HMS “Changuinola”.

2.39am: Altered course N by E. 2.55pm: Altered course S by W.

3.7am: Observed HMS “Columbella”, altered course S30W. 3.15pm: Altered course S70W.

3.45am: Slow. 3.49am: Stopped. 3.54pm: Starboard Cutter away. 3.58pm: Port Cutter away to Columbella for absentees.

4.30am: First cutter returned. 4.45am: Second cutter returned. 4.50am: Cutters hoisted. Proceeded N5E, speed 14 knots. Received 16 Absentees.

6.25am: Passed HMS “Avenger”.

9.5am: Altered course N25E to close with HMS “Orapesa” [Oropesa].

9.50am: Half speed. 9.55am: Stopped.

10.10am: Cutter from “Orapesa” alongside. Transferred 4 Stoker ratings to her. 10.15am: Proceeded N16W, 14 knots.

am: Hands employed fitting rope fenders to cutters and motorboat and as requisite.

1.40pm: Altered course N76E.

2.30pm: Passed HMS “Andes”.

3.40pm: Passed HMS “Orotava”.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters. Read Warrants Nos 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16. TW Jones Carpenter’s Crew confined to cells.

10.0pm: Altered course S56E to intercept steamer.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 299 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 62 N, Long 14 W, N34.5”, 111.5 miles]


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26 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 62.82, Long -4.80

0.40am: Half speed. 0.42am: Stopped. 0.45am: Cutter away to board British Steam Trawler "Mollyhawk" [probably “Mollymawk”, listed here]. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR. Position Lat 61 37 N, Long 8 05 W.

1.25am: Cutter returned. 1.35am: Hoisted. Full ahead, 13 knots, N26E.

4.0am: Myggenoes [Myggenaes] Island Light House abeam bearing S~~ [off edge of page] distant 10 miles.

4.55am: Altered course N76E.

6.0am: Altered course S86E.

2.54pm: Altered course N10E to intercept vessel (Norwegian Whaler “Hildur”).

3.20pm: Resumed course S83E.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters. Read Warrant No 9. One rating confined to cells.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 309 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 64 20 N, Long 9 50 E, N77E, 403.5 miles]


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27 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 64.03, Long 6.23

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Held Divine Service.

2.43pm: Altered course N42E. Log 34, zig zagging.

7.5pm: Altered course S48W to rendezvous with “Teutonic”.

10.5pm: Observed HMS Teutonic, altered course ESE.

10.25pm: Half speed and turned to West. 10.35pm: Stopped. 10.40pm: Cutter away with mails etc.

11.5pm: Cutter returned. 11.10pm: Proceeded N42E, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: N76E, 305 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 64 20 N, Long 9 50 E, N79E, 96 miles]

[Easterly then north easterly wind force 6 all day, sea state rough from noon onwards. Weather mostly fine, noon temperature 55F]


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28 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 66.25, Long 10.95

3.0am: Zig-zagging three points each side of course.

am: Hands employed refitting cutters falls and overhauling blocks, fitting fenders round motor boat, fitting crane guys, making wire slings for stretchers, etc.

2.10pm: Trænen Island Peak abeam S49E, distant 9.25 miles.

2.50pm: Altered course N35E.

5.0pm: Altered course S46W.

8.0pm: Altered course N39E, Tran [Trænen?] Island bearing S52E, distant 11 miles. Zig-zagging three points each side of courses throughout.

11.0pm: Altered course S48W. Zig-zagging 4 points.

Midnight: Altered course eight points every half hour.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 277 miles]


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29 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 65.67, Long 9.83

2.55am: Traen [sic] Island Peak bearing S42E, distant 12.5 miles.

10.0am: Exercised Abandon Ship Stations. Put out all boats.

am: Guns crews at divisional drills. Remainder employed assisting Ship’s Steward, fitting crane guys, stropping blocks and making nets.

1.15pm: Altered course S25W to intercept Steamer.

1.57pm: Stopped. 1.58pm: Port cutter away to board Norwegian SS Oilfeld [possibly Oifjeld]. 2.26pm: Cutter returned. Lat 65 27 N, Long 9 34 E. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR.

2.30pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 12 knots, making Course S48W, eight point alterations every half hour as before.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Hands to Physical Drill.

10.0pm: Steering straight, S50W.

11.0pm: Altered course S88E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 282 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 61 10 N, Long 7 30 E, S33.5W, 108 miles]

[Weather fine in am, cloudy in pm, water temperature recorded from noon onwards - 47F, with air temperature 49F]


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30 June 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 65.43, Long 9.75

1.10am: Altered course N77W.

3.15am: Altered course N42E, zig-zagging 4 points each side, altered course every half hour eight points.

am: Gun’s crews at divisional drill. Sponged out all guns. Remainder of hands employed making fenders for motor boat, fitting new crane guys and as requisite.

1.23pm: Altered course S87W to intercept steamer. Increased to 14.5 knots.

3.20pm: Half speed. 3.21pm: Stopped. 3.24pm: Cutter away to board Swedish SS Phyllis. Position Lat 65 05 N, Long 9 22 E.

3.50pm: Cutter returned. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR.

3.58pm: Cutter hoisted. Full speed 15 knots to intercept steamer bearing WNW (steam fishing vessel).

4.45pm: Altered course S28E, speed 14 knots.

5.45pm: Altered course N42E, speed 13 knots.

11.0pm: Altered course N25E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 288 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 64 30 N, Long 10 00 E, S6.5E, 56.5 miles]



LOGS FOR JULY 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for July 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in but signed by E Dugmore, Commander in Command, dated 3 August 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before (apart from dates)]


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1 July 1915

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 67.66, Long 12.77 [mean of 8am and 8pm positions, as noon position not shown]

2.11am: Trænen Island abeam S65E, distant 15 miles.

5.32am: Skomvar [Skomvaer] Light House bearing NW, distant 4 miles, altered course S83E. 6.0am: Altered course S13W. 6.20am: Altered course S7E.

7.45am: Altered course N31W.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. Guns crews at Divisional Drills and Rifle Exercises. Remainder of hands fitting fender to motor boat, fitting crane guys, making mat for loader, cleaning and painting ship.

9.47am: Altered course S5E. Reduced to 11 knots.

11.13am: Increased to 13. 11.30am: Altered course N56W to close [HMS] “Victorian”.

11.50am: Altered course N15W in company “Victorian”. Speed 14 knots.

1.25pm: Stopped and sent cutter away to “Victorian” with mail. 1.47pm: Cutter returned 1.52pm: Proceeded 13 knots. Course North.

2.7pm: Skomvar Light House bearing S85E, distance 6 miles, altered course N22E.

6.52pm: Altered course N62E to intercept steamer speed 14 knots.

7.25pm: Stopped. 7.26pm: Cutter away to board British SS “Novo” in Lat 68 19 N, Long 13 11 E. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR, Boarding Officer.

8.0pm: Boarding cutter returned. 8.5pm: Proceeded 13 knots, Course N35E.

9.50pm: Lilles Island (Vest Eraalen) Light House [probably Litløy/Little Island, Vesterålen] abeam distant 13 miles.

10.36pm: Altered course N50E.

11.25pm: Altered course North.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 316 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Skomvaer Light House N7W, 15.5 miles]


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2 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.27, Long 14.95

0.30am: Altered course N48E.

1.30am: Altered course S58W, speed 11 knots and patrolled on a line NE (true) turning round every half hour.

10.0am: Speed 12 knots, Course S25W to investigate smoke close in shore. General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Tested circuits. Fire, stretcher and supply parties exercised.

11.0am: Secure. Hands employed placing band round ~ [word off edge of page - probably funnel] and painting on C Deck.

11.10am: Altered course N25E, speed 9 knots.

2.0pm: Resumed patrol line altering course every half hour.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 260 miles]


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3 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.58, Long 15.77

2.30am: N50E and thereafter altering course every half hour. Steering alternately N50E and S58W.

8.0am: Hands holystoning deck and cleaning ship throughout.

[Log records multiple changes of course and speed for rest of day]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 216 miles]

[Weather fine or cloudy, noon temperature 53F, sea temperature 46F]


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4 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.22, Long 13.53

3.0am: Patrolling line N64E and S64W (magnetic) altering course every hour.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

1.0pm: Stopped. 1.8pm: Sent Motor Boat away to observe Gavl Fiord [Gavlfjord]. 1.10pm: Course S48W. Speed 14 knots. 2.0pm: Altered course N64W, speed 13 knots.

6.10pm: Altered course N25E to intercept steamer.

6.50pm: Stopped. 6.53pm: Cutter away to board Russian SS “Anna”.

7.30pm: Cutter returned. Lat 69 14 N, Long 13 28 E. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR, Boarding Officer.

7.33pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots S68E.

8.38pm: Observed Motor boat. 8.45pm: Stopped. 9.0pm: Motor Boat hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N82W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 312 miles]


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5 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.38, Long 14.23

3.45am: Altered course S by W to intercept steamer.

4.0am: Stopped. 4.5am: Cutter away to board British SS “Mordant”. 4.48am: Cutter returned. Lat 69 00 N, Long 13 54 E. [Signed] SH Smiles, Boarding Officer, Sub Lieutenant RNR.

4.52am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots, S60E.

8.20am: Altered course S80W to intercept sailing craft.

8.26am: Stopped. 8.28am: Cutter away to board Norwegian Sealer "Gaapaa" [probably barque Gaa Paa]: Lat 69 14 N, Long 14 58 E. [Signed by SH Smiles, as before]

8.25am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Lowered motor boat. 9.10pm: Despatched Motor boat to Gavl Fiord.

10.25am: Stopped and slipped target. 10.30am: Speed 13 knots round target. Carried out aiming rifle practice from 6 inch guns and firing with practice projectiles from 6 Pounders.

11.45am: Cease Fire and Secure. 11.50am: Stopped and recovered target. 11.56am: Course S37E, Speed 13 knots.

5.0pm: JH Anderson released from cells.

8.11pm: Observed Motor Boat. Stopped. 8.25pm: Motor boat hoisted. Proceeded N45E, 14 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 265 miles]


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6 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.36, Long 15.37 [mean of 8am and 8pm positions as noon position not shown]

4.30am: Altered course S20E to intercept steamer.

5.10am: Steamer “Kronprinz Olav” [probably “Kronprins Olav] permitted to proceed.

5.27am: Altered course N53E to Examine fishing Vessel. 6.0am: Altered course S68W.

9.10am: Stopped and lowered motor boat. 9.15am: Motor Boat away. 9.15am: Proceeded 12 knots, N58E.

9.55am: Altered course S34E, speed 10 knots.

10.26am: Altered course S28W. Sounding continuously.

0.7pm: Speed 6 knots. Various speeds and courses to 1.20[pm]. Set course N58E, speed 10 knots.

5.0pm: Exercised Collision Stations. 5.8pm: Stopped.

5.40pm: Motor Boat returned to make report.

5.53pm: Launch left again for Gavl Fiord. Proceeded 13 knots, North.

10.0pm: Altered course N80W, speed 13 knots.

11.0pm: Altered course S61E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 316 miles]

[Mist or fog for much of day]


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7 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.13, Long 14.97

2.2am: Andenes Point Light House abeam S40E, 11 miles.

5.4am: Stopped for motor boat. 5.18am: Motor boat alongside. 5.30am: Motor boat hoisted. Proceeded S68W, 13 knots.

am: B2 gun’s crew and Sea boats crews at rifle drill. Supply parties at 6 inch gun drill. Remainder of hands cleaning ship and making sails and funnel band.

11.0am: Altered course WxS to intercept a steamer.

11.16am: Stopped 11.19am: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS Thelma [listed here], Lat 69 08 N, Long 14 58 E. [Signed] SH Smiles Boarding Officer Sub Lieutenant RNR.

11.55am: Cutter returned. Noon: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded N43W, 13 knots.

0.44pm: Altered course N75W to intercept steamer.

1.8pm: Stopped. 1.10pm: Cutter away to board British SS “Dolcoath”, Position: Lat 69 15 N, Long 14 23 E. [Signed by Sub Lieutenant Smiles, as before]

1.48pm: Cutter returned. 1.50pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded SE by E, 13 knots.

2.50pm: Stopped and lowered Motor Boat. 3.0pm: Despatched motor boat to Gavl Fiord. Proceeded S68W, 13 knots. Sounding every quarter hour.

[Numerous changes of course and speed from 4.0pm to 6.20pm]

8.0pm: Sounding continuously.

Midnight: Stopped.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 280 miles]

[Mist, fog, rain and/or drizzle all day, noon air and sea temperature 49F]


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8 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.58, Long 16.00

0.10am: Proceeded N58W, 10 knots.

3.0am: Sounding continuously.

5.25am: Stopped for motor boat. 5.33am: Motor Boat reported and returned to shore. Proceeded WNW, 14.5 knots towards Steamer.

9.40am: Stopped. 9.43am: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS “Jonas Rein”, Lat 69 48 N, Long 15 10 E. [Signed by Boarding Officer Smiles, as before]

10.15am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S24E, 13 knots.

11.15am: Altered course South toward Andenes Point.

0.17pm: Stopped and lowered lifeboat (Port). 0.24pm: Despatched life boat to observe off Andenes Point. Proceeded W by N, 13 knots. 1.0pm: Altered course S57W.

3.0pm: Altered course S40W toward motor boat. 3.8pm: Stopped to receive report. 3.35pm: Proceeded S57W, 11 knots.

11.55pm: Altered course S85W, speed 14.5 knots after steamer. Midnight: All speed possible in chase of steamer.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[Still misty and foggy until 8am, clearing later]


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9 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.42, Long 15.80

1.0am: Vessel obscured by fog.

3.45am: Unable to find steamer, altered course N40E, speed 13 knots.

5.0am: Sounding every half hour.

8.52am: Stopped for motor boat. 9.5am: Hoisted motor boat and proceeded North 13 knots.

11.35am: Altered course ENE toward lifeboat. 11.45am: Stopped.

0.12pm: Lifeboat alongside provisioning and changing crews. 0.27pm: Lifeboat away. Proceeded, 12 knots. Courses various. 0.47pm: Set course N82W.

1.43pm: Altered course N72W to intercept steamer.

2.22pm: Stopped. 2.25pm: Cutter away to board French SS Verberkmoes, Lat 69 30 N, Long 14 56 E. [Signed by Boarding Officer Smiles, as before]

3.3pm: Cutter returned. 3.8pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 12 knots, S15W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. TW Jones released from cells.

7.10pm: Observed submarine on starboard quarter, altered course NNE to bring it astern, guns crews closed up, speed 14 knots.

7.50pm: Altered course N78E, Speed 15 [knots].

8.30pm: Altered course S53E and signalled life boat re submarine and arranged rendezvous.

8.45pm: Altered course N45W. All Water tight doors and scuttles closed.

10.0pm: Altered course N82W, speed 13 knots, zig-zagging three points each side of course.

Midnight: Altered course S68W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 299 miles]


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10 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 69.37, Long 14.63

1.0am: Altered course N58E.

3.0am: Altered course N82W.

4.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

5.0am: Altered course S61W.

6.30am: Altered course SE by E. Straight course, speed 14.5 knots.

8.15am: Immediate Action Stations. All watertight doors closed. All guns in half cock position.

9.23am: Stopped. 9.27am: Hoisted Motor Boat. Proceeded in search of lifeboat.

10.30am: Observed life boat.

10.50am: Stopped. 10.57 Hoisted life boat. Proceeded N50W 15 knots.

Noon: Return Stores and disperse.

2.0pm: Altered course N3E, speed 13 knots and zig-zagging.

4.0pm: Altered course S15W.

6.0pm: Altered course S64W.

10.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

Midnight: Altered course N54E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 315 miles]


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11 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 68.90, Long 11.35

3.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

5.30am: Altered course N83W to intercept steamer.

6.0am: Altered course S36W parallel to steamer, zig-zagging.

8.0am: Altered course S72W to intercept.

9.20am: Stopped. 9.23am: Cutter away to board British SS “Kyno”, Lat 69 19 N, Long 12 18 E. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer.

9.58am: Cutter returned. 10.1am: Cutter hoisted. Half speed. 10.8am: Proceeded S45W, 13 knots.

10.15am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

11.0am: Altered course S64W, zig zagging.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

3.0pm: Altered course N6E.

5.0pm: Altered course N22E to intercept steamer.

5.33pm: Stopped. 5.35pm: Cutter away to board British SS Mountfields [possibly the ship listed here as “Blairmore”], Lat 68 53 N, Long 11 23 E. [Signed by Boarding Officer Smiles, as before].

6.7pm: Cutter returned. 6.10pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S16W, 13 knots.

9.0pm: Altered course N6E.

10.30pm: Zig zagging throughout.

Midnight: Altered course S16W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 314 miles]


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12 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 68.38, Long 10.00

4.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

6.0am: Altered course S16W.

7.30am: Altered course W by N to intercept steamer.

am: Hands employed holystoning decks and cleaning ship throughout.

9.51am: Stopped. 9.54am: Cutter away to board Norwegian steam fishing vessels “Ornen” and “Havskaaren”, Lat 68 20 N, Long 10 05 E. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer.

11.20am: Boat returned. 11.25am: Cutter hoisted, N38W, 13 knots.

1.0pm: Altered course N54E, zig-zagging.

5.0pm: Steering straight.

7.0pm: Altered course S64W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 295 miles]

[Mist and fog in pm]


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13 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 66.83, Long 6.17

am: Hands employed - Guns crews at divisional and loader drill. Sea boats crews at pistol and rifle exercises. Remainder of hands refitting gripes for ammunition hoist and as necessary.

2.45pm: Lat acc 66 23 N, Long acc 5 06 E, Long Observed 5 00 E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 316 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of position Lat 62 N, Long 4W, S42.5W, 391 miles]


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14 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.53, Long 1.03

0.25am: Altered course South to intercept steamer.

0.58am: Stopped. 1.0am: Cutter away to board British SS Orlock Head, Lat 64 39 N, Long 1 34 E. [this and other boarding entries signed by] SH Smiles, Sub Lieutenant RNR, Boarding Officer.

2.0am: Cutter returned. 2.2am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S62W, 13 knots.

6.30am: Altered course South to intercept vessel.

7.15am: Steamed round Norwegian Whaler Lunheim Brandal [possibly this ship, Brandal being the name of the owner or home port]. 7.20am: Resumed Course.

8.8am: Stopped. Cutter away to board Norwegian Sealing Ketch “Lunheim Brandal”, Lat 63 50 N. Long 0 30 E.

9.27am: Cutter returned. 9.30am: Proceeded S63W, 13 knots.

10.0am: General Quarters. 10.5am: Stopped and put over target. 10.8am: Observed a steamer. Recovered target and 10.12am: Proceeded S75E 14 knots to intercept steamer.

10.52am: Stopped. 10.55am: Cutter away to board Norwegian Steam fishing vessel “Bredsund”, Lat 63 47 N, Long 1 00 E.

11.21am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N45E, 13 knots.

0.19pm: Stopped. 0.23pm: Cutter away to “Lunheim Brandal” with armed guard, Lat 63 29 N, Long 1 08 E.

0.38pm: “Lunheim Brandal” proceeded Sub Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

0.41pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S78W, 13 knots.

2.23pm: Altered course N77W to intercept a vessel.

2.58pm: Stopped. 3.0pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian Auxiliary Ketch “Uda”, Lat 63 15 N, Long 0 27 E.

3.58pm: Cutter returned for armed guard.

4.25pm: “Uda” Proceeded Sub Lieutenant Mcfarlane [Macfarlane in some other places in log] in charge.

4.32pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S78W, 13 knots.

7.53pm: Altered course N70W to intercept vessel.

8.40pm: Rounded Norwegian Ketch “Morning Star” and 8.45pm: Resumed course S79W.

10.25pm: Altered course N23W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 295 miles]


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15 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.03, Long -4.03

1.25am: Altered course NW to intercept steamer.

1.50am: Challenged HMS Cedric. Resumed course N23W.

3.30am: Altered course North to intercept two trawlers.

3.50am: Resumed course N17E and zig-zagging three points each side of course.

9.30am: Altered course S25W.

am: Gun’s crews at divisional drill. Remainder of hands cleaning and painting ship and cleaning out boats. Sponged out all guns.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

4.0pm: Altered course N17E.

7.40pm: Altered course N67E to intercept vessels.

8.25pm: Stopped. 8.27pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian Auxiliary Ketch “Vaar” [possibly this ship].

9.5pm: Sent armed guard under Sub Lieutenant Bennett to “Vaar”, Lat 63 01 N, Long 3 40 W.

9.15pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded NWxW 13 knots.

9.45pm: Stopped. 9.50pm: Cutter away with armed guard (Mr Butler RNR in charge) to Norwegian Auxiliary vessel “Elf”.

11.0pm: Cutter proceeded from “Elf” to board Swedish SS “Manhem” leaving armed guard on “Elf”.

11.5pm: Despatched Starboard cutter to board “Arctic”.

11.40pm: First Cutter returned to ship, “Manhem” proceeded on her voyage.

11.55pm: First Cutter despatched with armed guard to “Arctic” (Mr Heap RNR in charge).

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 292 miles]

[Mist and drizzle at times, noon air and sea temperature 49F]


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16 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.07, Long -3.83

0.5am: Second Cutter returned and hoisted. 0.10am: First cutter proceeded from Arctic to board Auxiliary Sealing Ketch “Jopeter”.

0.30am: First Cutter returned to ship and 0.40am: was despatched to “Jopeter” with armed guard Mr Lawrence in charge.

1.0am: Auxiliary Sealing Ketches “Vaar”, “Elf”, “Arctic” and “Jopeter” proceeded to Kirkwall in company. Position Lat 64 03 N, Long 3 50 W. [Signed] SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR, Boarding Officer.

1.3am: Cutter returned. 1.5am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded on patrol N17E 13 knots.

1.25am: Altered course S25W, zig-zagging.

3.20am: Altered course S58W to intercept steamer. 3.45am: Resumed course N17E.

4.15am: Altered course S25W.

5.15am: Altered course N85E parallel with Russian SS “General Suworow” while signalling.

5.54am: Proceeded, 13 knots, S25W.

7.50am: Altered course N17E.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control, tested circuits. Fire and stretcher parties exercised. Supply parties exercised. Exercised after steering and control position. 11.30am: Secure.

Noon: Altered course S25W.

2.30pm: Zig-zagging.

4.50pm: Evening quarters. 4.50pm: Altered course N17E. 5.0pm: Exercised “Abandon Ship” Out Boats. 5.2pm: Stopped and lowered Starboard Life Boat and Raft.

5.24pm: Boats hoisted. 5.25pm: Proceeded N17E. Prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Altered course S26W.

8.30pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

10.0pm: Altered course S66E to intercept steamer.

10.50pm: Stopped. 10.52pm: Cutter away to board British SS “Livingstonia” (Lat 63 22 N, Long 3 27 W). Boarding Officer SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR.

11.10pm: Cutter returned. 11.15pm: Proceeded, 13 knots, S54W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 255 miles]


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17 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.77, Long -3.92

0.30am: Altered course N17E, zig-zagging.

2.50am: Altered course S30E to intercept steamer.

4.0am: Passed Norwegian SS “Pluton” bound to Glasgow, altered course N10W.

5.30am: Altered course S26W, zig-zagging.

8.0am: Altered course N17E.

10.52am: Altered course N30W to intercept two steamers.

11.30am: Altered course N55E passed two Norwegian fishing steamers.

Noon: Altered course N17E. 0.45pm: Altered course S26W, zig-zagging.

4.0pm: Altered course N17E.

5.30pm: Long Observed 3 37 W (Prime Vertical).

7.45pm: Altered course N35W.

8.10pm: Altered course S27W.

10.54pm: Altered course West to intercept a vessel.

11.10pm: Altered course S42E. Midnight: Altered course N16E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 301 miles]


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18 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.17, Long -3.88

2.0am: Zig-zagging three points.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 308 miles]

[Very little in log today, apart from changes of course every 4 hours throughout day, zig-zagging]


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19 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.20, Long -4.25

2.0am: Zig-zagging.

6.15am: Altered course S85E to intercept steamer.

7.30am: Passed Norwegian SS “Skude” steering NW by W. Continued N65E to intercept two steamers further East.

7.55am: Altered course N58W after “Skude”.

9.36am: Stopped. 9.38am: Cutter away to board SS “Skude”, Lat 63 59 N, Long 3 59 W. Boarding Officer [signed]: SH Smiles Sub Lieutenant RNR.

11.2am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 11.3am: Proceeded 13 knots N5E towards other vessels.

11.42am: Stopped. 11.43am: Cutter away to board Norwegian Steam fishing vessels “Nordlys” and Lyern [Signed by Boarding Officer Smiles, as before]

0.21pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 0.22pm: Proceeded 13 knots S67E.

0.50pm: Altered course S26W.

pm: From 5.50pm zig-zagging two points to windward and three points to leeward. Half an hour on windward course, 20 minutes on leeward course.

8.0pm: Altered course S22W, zig zagging as above.

Midnight: Altered course S87W (Straight Course).

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 288 miles]

[South easterly wind force 6 to 8 from 3pm, sea state rough or very rough from 9pm]


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20 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 62.18, Long -8.50

5.0am - 6.0am: Speed 11 knots.

6.0am: Cast the lead every half hour from 6.0am.

am: Guns crews employed at divisional and loader drills. Cutter crews refitting and overhauling sails and tackle. Remainder of hands cleaning and painting ship.

10.0am: Altered course S35W. Sounding every quarter hour till noon.

10.45am: Reduced speed 11 knots.

1.30pm: Speed 13 knots.

3.48pm: Altered course West to intercept Schooner.

4.20pm: Hailed Danish Schooner.

4.30pm: Proceeded on course S33W.

5.0 to 8.0pm: Sounding every quarter hour over Faeroe Bank.

8.30pm: Darkened ship. Closed all WT bulkheads.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 295 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position 30 miles West of St Kilda, S7W, 264 miles]

[Mist or fog (thick at times) with rain or drizzle, for most of day, noon temperature 51F, sea temperature 50F]


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21 July 1915

From Sea to Glasgow

Lat 57.40, Long -8.95

0.30am: Altered course S16E and variously to intercept a steamer.

0.40am: Slow and Hailed British SS "Marthara" Barry to Archangel.

1.10am: Resumed Course S31W, 13 knots.

3.0am: Increased speed, 14.5 knots.

6.0am: Commenced zig-zagging three points each side of course.

7.30am: Observed St Kilda bearing S10E, 25 miles, altered course S65W.

9.15am: Altered course S31W.

am: Hands employed taking down bridge protection and scrubbing same. Gunner’s party 6 hands. Remainder as requisite.

10.0am: St Kilda bearing [blank] distant 2 [blank] miles, altered course S16E, speed 15.5 knots.

3.17pm: Barra Head Light House bearing S65E, altered course S6E.

6.25pm: Speed 14 knots, zig-zagging.

8.0pm: Sounding every quarter hour.

9.6pm: Observed Oversay Light bearing S75E, altered course S40E.

9.40pm: Altered course S55E. Position frequently checked.

11.6pm: Altered course S23E, Mull of Cantyre Light bearing S18E.

11.25pm: Courses various rounding Mull of Cantyre.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 301 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position 10 miles West of Barra Head, S41E, 41 miles]

[A squally day with rain, mist and fog in pm]


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22 July 1915

From Sea to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

0.30am: Sanda Island Light abeam bearing N14E [? - bearing off edge of page], Set course N77E.

1.52am: Pladda Light abeam distant 1.5 miles. 2.15am: Altered course N21E.

3.8am: Passed Cumbrae.

3.42am: Passed Toward Point and obtained permission to enter.

3.50am: Half speed. 3.57am: Slow. 4.5am: Passed Boom defence.

4.15am: Stopped to embark pilot. 4.20am: Proceeded towards river 12 knots.

4.45am: Passed Whitefarland Point.

4.44am: Entered river. 5.0am: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

7.0am: Passed Dalmuir. Speeds various.

7.30am: Entered Princes Dock. 8.0am: Moored alongside coal shoots in Princes Dock. Hands preparing ship for coaling.

10.35am: Commenced tipping coal into No 3 hold.

0.30pm: GR Young OS, A Roberts AB sent to Royal Infirmary and JH Anderson AB to Maryhill Infirmary.

1.0pm: Leave to Port Watch till 9am July 25th.

4.0pm: Barclay Curles’ [Barclay, Curle and Company] labourers on board at repairs and alterations.

4.15pm: Evening Quarters. Local leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck men.

8.0pm: Coaling throughout at No 3 hold.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 229 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 355 tons]

[Showery for much of day, noon temperature 67F]


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23 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Finished coaling at No 3 hold.

8.0am: Pilot and two tugs in attendance. Shifted ship to North Basin, Princes Dock.

9.30am: Vessel moored in position.

10.0am: Resumed coaling in side bunkers.

am: Hands employed painting outside hull and Foretop men cleaning round No 3 hold. Barclay Curle and Co’s workmen at repairs etc.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

5.0pm: Local leave to Maintop and Forecastle men till 7.0am.

7.0pm: Coaling throughout.


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24 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

4.0am: Coaling throughout.

8.0am: Hands employed scrubbing decks and cleaning ship. Painting party overside.

pm: Hands taking in stores.

5.0pm: Local leave to Forecastle and Maintop men to 7.0am.

8.0pm: Coaling till 10.0pm.


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25 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Resumed Coaling.

9.0am: Port Watch returned from leave.

9.30am: General leave to remainder of hands to 9am 28th.

10.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

1.0pm: Local leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck [men] to 7am.

4.15pm: Quarters.

8.0pm: Coaling throughout.


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26 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

3.0am: Coaling throughout.

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and taking in stores etc. Painting party overside.

am: Barclay Curle’s workmen at repairs etc.

pm: Hands employed painting hull and as requisite.

5.30pm: Finished Coaling.

9.0pm: Pilot and tugs in attendance. Shifted ship to Stobcross Quay.

11.45pm: Ship moored in berth.


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27 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Vessel heavily on the ground at low water.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship, painting hull outside and as requisite with stores etc.

11.0am: Six ratings joined from Chatham.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

5.0pm: Local leave to Forecastle and Maintop men till 7.0am.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2563 tons]


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28 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Vessel aground at low water.

am: Hands employed painting ship outside, replacing cutters under davits, cleaning ship and as requisite.

11.0am: General leave to Starboard watch extended till 9.0am 29th.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon. Barclay Curle’s workmen at repairs etc.

5.0pm: Local leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck men till 7.0am.


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29 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and painting overside.

9.0am: Vessel heavily aground at low water. Depth of water 16 feet.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon and taking in stores as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave to Blue Watch till 7am.


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30 July 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Hands employed as requisite preparing ship for sea. Tested motor boat and putting lifeboats and cutters out.

10.30am: Vessel heavily aground at low water. Depth of water 16 feet.

1.30pm: Vessel floated. Singled up moorings. Draft: Forward 24’ 11”, Aft 24’ 0”.

2.30pm: Pilot and tugs in attendance. 2.35pm: Let go fore and aft, with assistance of tugs proceeded down river. 2.45pm: Dead Slow ahead. 2.50pm: Slow ahead.

4.3pm: Passed Dalmuir. Half speed.

4.40pm: Passed Dumbarton Rock. Full speed.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.2pm: Slow passing Greenock.

5.25pm: Passed Outer Buoy. Stopped. 5.30pm: Let go Starboard anchor in 19.5 fathoms. Veered to 4 shackles. 5.40pm: Vessel brought up. West Chimney in line with Greenock Steeple (S23W). Steeple distant 9 cables.

7.0pm: Despatched Cutter to shore with mail.

7.50pm: Hove short. 8.5pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 8.6pm: Weighed anchor. Slow ahead. 8.9pm: Full speed.

8.30pm: Slow. 8.35pm: Passed through Gate in Boom Defence. Full speed. Set Course S35W. 8.40pm: Speed 14 knots.

9.33pm: Passed Cumbrae Island, altered course S20W, speed 15 knots.

10.20pm: Holy Island abeam distant 1.5 miles, altered course S43W.

10.55pm: Pladda Island Light distant 1.5 miles, altered course S67W, zig-zagging two points each side of course.

11.45pm: Altered course West. Midnight: Altered course WNW.


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31 July 1915

From Glasgow to join 10th CS [Cruiser Squadron]

Lat 56.78, Long -9.30

0.30am: Sanda Island Light abeam bearing NNE, distant 1.5 miles, altered course N60W.

0.55am: Courses various rounding Mull of Cantyre. 1.10am: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing N75E, distant 11 cables, set course N15W.

2.10am: Altered course N63W.

2.24am: Otter Rock Light abeam distant 3.5 miles. 2.50am: Altered course N45W.

3.20am: Oversay Light bearing N45E, distant 5 miles, altered course N34W, Log 50 and commenced zig-zagging three points each side of course.

6.0am: Reduced speed to 14 knots.

8.0am: Hands employed holystoning decks and cleaning ship throughout.

11.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

0.30pm: Altered course N3W (straight).

1.30pm: Altered course N20W, zig-zagging.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. 5.0pm: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Prepared for night defence.

6.45pm: Altered course N20E, Log 87. Zig-zagging throughout.

7.30pm: Passed HMS Cedric.

10.45pm: Altered course N74E (Straight).

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 210 miles]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for August 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in but “To The Secretary of the Admiralty” and signed (but not dated) by Commander in Command, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before apart from dates]


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1 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.52, Long -11.68

0.45am: Altered course N45W, zig-zagging.

3.30am: Altered course N20E, zig-zagging.

5.20am: Altered course S31W to close with [HMS] “Digby”, speed 14 knots.

5.35am: Altered course S65W. Courses and speeds various following “Digby’s” movements while signalling.

6.0am: Set course S10W on patrol. Speed 13 knots.

7.0am: Started zig-zagging.

8.0am: Altered course N5E.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

10.30am: Zig-zagging throughout.

Noon: Altered course S10W.

pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

4.0pm: Altered course N5E. 4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

8.30pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

9.52pm: Altered course S50W to intercept a steamer.

10.45pm: Half speed. 10.49pm: Stopped. 10.50pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS “Peter Jebsen”, Lat 59 03 N, Long 11 51 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.0pm: Proceeded 13 knots zig-zagging round steamer.

11.35pm: Stopped. 11.40pm: Boat returned. 11.50pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S85E, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 305 miles]

[Mist and/or drizzle all day, wind north easterly force 5 for most of day, noon temperature 53F, sea temperature 54F]


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2 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.58, Long -11.82

0.45am: Altered course N5E. Zig-zagging throughout.

4.0am: Altered course S10W.

8.0am: Altered course N5E.

am: Hands employed replacing protection mats round bridge and cleaning ship. Sea Boats Crew at Rifle drill. B1 guns crew at divisional drill.

Noon: Altered course S10W.

pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

4.0pm: Altered course N5E.

8.0pm: Altered course S10W.

11.45pm: Altered course N5E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 295 miles]


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3 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.65, Long -11.80

3.0am: Zig-zagging throughout.

6.55am: Altered course West to intercept steamer.

7.30am: Stopped. 7.35 Cutter away to board British SS Oola [possibly this ship, though she is listed as being Irish], Lat 58 58 N, Long 11 46 W. Boarding Office [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR [signature also on all other boarding entries on this page].

8.15am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 8.20am: Proceeded 13 knots, S85E. 8.30am: Altered course N37E.

9.30am: Altered course N5E, zig zagging three points.

10.0am: Exercised immediate action. Fire control exercised. Circuits tested. Supply and stretcher parties, fire parties exercised.

11.15am: Secure.

Noon: Altered course S10W, zig zagging.

2.30pm: Altered course S30W towards [HMS] “Royal Scot", speed 14.5 knots.

3.30pm: Altered course S30E in company “Royal Scot” while signalling. 3.50pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Royal Scot with mail.

3.52pm: Full speed courses various.

4.15pm: Stopped. 4.20pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded N30W 14.5 knots to intercept steamer.

5.0pm: Stopped. 5.3pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS “Salina”, Lat 59 03 N, Long 12 05 W.

6.15pm: Cutter returned. 6.17pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded N45E, 14 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course S32E to intercept steamer.

10.30pm: Stopped. 10.32pm: Cutter away to board British SS “Anthony Abbey” [probably Llanthony Abbey], Lat 59 10 N, Long 11 27 W.

11.44pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded SSW 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 312 miles]


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4 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.58, Long -11.60

3.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging three points.

7.43am: Observed very distant smoke. Altered course N11W.

8.25am: Altered course S85E, challenged and Replied to HMS “Hildebrand”.

8.52am: Altered course N5E, zig-zagging.

10.0am: Articles of War and Court Martial Returns read to Ship’s Company.

am: Hands employed refitting boat gripes, cleaning and oiling davits and screws. Clean boats and cleaning ship.

2.20pm: Altered course S82E, zig-zagging 2 points.

5.0pm: Altered course South, zig-zagging 3 points. Preparing for night defence.

8.0pm: Observed [HMSs] “Teutonic” and “Hildebrand”. Altered course South.

Midnight: Altered course N5W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 310 miles]


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5 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.70, Long -10.40

[Zig-zagging throughout day, changing course every 4 hours]

10.0am: Exercised towing stations.

7.45pm: Observed steamer’s smoke altered course SE.

9.2pm: Stopped. 9.5pm: Cutter away to board Norwegian SS Grontoft, Lat 59 34 N. Long 10 06 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR. Proceeded 13 knots zig-zagging round steamer.

9.55pm: Stopped, “Grontoft” proceeded.

10.5pm: Cutter returned. 10.8pm: Cutter hoisted. Half speed ahead. 10.20pm: Speed 13 knots. Course South, zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 318 miles]


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6 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.62, Long -10.03

am: Zig-zagging throughout.

am: Hands employed cleaning boats and boat deck, reeving after life boat falls and as requisite.

1.30pm: Altered course S67W to intercept steamer, speed 14 knots.

3.0pm: Stopped. 3.3pm: Cutter away to board USA SS “Petrolite”, Lat 59 08 N, Long 10 2 W, Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.30pm: Cutter returned for armed guard. 3.50pm: Cutter despatched with guard etc to “Petrolite”.

4.0pm: “Petrolite” proceeded to Kirkwall, Sub Lieutenant MacFarlane RNR in charge.

4.10pm: Cutter returned. 4.15pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N32W.

5.23pm: Altered course East in pursuit of “Petrolite” to order her to Lerwick. Speed increased to 15 knots.

10.43pm: Altered course N57E. Log 136.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 310 miles]

[Mist and fog from 6pm onwards, noon temperature 58F, sea temperature 56F]


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7 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.92, Long -9.75

0.45am: Stopped. 0.52am: Proceeded 14 knots ESE and variously endeavouring to find “Petrolite”.

2.5am: Observed vessel’s lights, altered course to intercept her.

2.50am: Hailed British Steam Trawler “Golden Gleam” of Hull, altered course N68E.

3.45am: Set course back to patrol S84W, Log 204, Speed 15 knots.

6.0am: Altered course North to intercept sailing Vessel.

6.55am: Stopped. Despatched cutter to board Norwegian Schooner “Maagen”, Lat 60 04 N, Long 8 30 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.37am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots S84W.

9.47am: Altered course N65W to intercept steamer.

10.47am: Stopped and despatched cutter to board Danish SS Oscar II [listed here], Lat 59 53 N, Long 9 46 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.0am: Cutter returned. 11.40am: Cutter despatched with prize crew to Oscar II, Lieutenant Thompson RNR in charge.

11.57am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S36E 14 knots in company with “Oscar II”.

0.50pm: Ordered SS Oscar II to proceed to Lerwick and altered course S67W.

2.30pm: Zig-zagging three points.

4.15pm: Altered course N79E to intercept steamer, speed 13 knots.

4.55pm: Stopped. Despatched cutter to board Norwegian SS “Sigrun”, Lat 59 19 N Long 10 13 W [signed by Smiles, as before].

5.25pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots S45W.

6.0pm: Altered course S40W and variously.

6.30pm: Signalled [HMS] “Royal Scot”.

7.5pm: Altered course N25W. Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging.

8.50pm: Altered course N50W to intercept steamer.

9.33pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Lesseps”, Lat 59 21 N, Long 11 22 W.

10.45pm: Ordered Lesseps to proceed to Kirkwall, Armed guard on board, Sub Lieutenant Richards in charge.

11.0pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N84E.

11.20pm: Altered course S22E.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 308 miles]


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8 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.23, Long -10.67

[Zig-zagging throughout, main changes of course about every 4 hours]

10.20am: Course various in company with HMS “King Orry”.

10.40am: Stopped and despatched cutter to King Orry with mail and orders.

10.58am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots Courses various.

11.51am: Set course N16W. Parted company from “King Orry”.

3.25pm: Altered course S82E 15 knots to intercept sailing vessel.

4.15pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Ship “Nor” [possibly this ship], Lat 59 14 N, Long 10 20 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

5.0pm: Cutter despatched to “Motagua” with mail and back orders.

5.40pm: Ordered “Nor” to proceed. Cutter returned and hoisted. 5.45pm: Proceeded S86E, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 301 miles]


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9 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.75, Long -11.33

1.30am: Reduced speed to 10 knots and Steered straight Course N6W.

3.30am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging.

4.30am: Speed 10 knots. Straight course.

5.30am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging.

6.30am: Confused SE and SW swells.

8.0am: Altered course N5W, zig-zag 3 points.

10.0am: A2, B2 and B3 gun’s crews at divisional and loader drills. Remainder as requisite.

10.0am: Zig-zag 2 points.

1.0pm: Altered course S15W, zig-zagging 3 points.

3.30pm: Altered course West to intercept steamer. Speed 14 knots.

6.0pm: Stopped. 6.5pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Pythia, Lat 58 56 N, Long 11 47 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

6.45pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots, N48E.

9.30pm: Altered course S1W. Speed 13 knots, zig zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 290 miles]


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10 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.58, Long -11.53

1.30am: Zig-zagging.

4.0am: Altered course NE by E to intercept steamer.

4.22am: Stopped and boarded Russian SS Novorossia [listed here], Lat 59 57 N, Long 11 14 W.

5.15am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots, S6W.

7.15am: Altered course N80W to intercept steamer.

7.20am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Sirius”, Lat 59 24 N, Long 10 57 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.20am: Armed Guard despatched to “Sirius” Mr Heap RNR in charge. Ordered her to proceed to Kirkwall.

8.30am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots S11W.

11.0am: Altered course S85W to intercept a steamer.

11.45am: Stopped. Boarded Swedish SS “Kirun”. [entry signed by Acting Lieutenant Smiles, as before]

0.30pm: Armed Guard despatched to SS Kirun Lieutenant Bennett RNR in charge. Ordered her to Kirkwall.

0.54pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S20W, 14 knots.

1.50pm: Altered course S23E, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 286 miles]


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11 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.65, Long -11.13

1.55am: Passed HMS “Arlanza” boarding steamer.

2.20am: Altered course N6W, zig-zagging 3 points.

4.15am: Passed “Arlanza”.

am: Zig-zagging throughout. Gun’s Crews (A2 and B2) at loader drill. Remainder of hands employed as requisite.

4.0pm: Altered course N by E towards “Arlanza” and “Changuinola”.

4.15pm: Courses various in company with “Changuinola” while receiving details of A Patrol.

4.45pm: Set course N11E. Speed 14 knots.

6.0pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

pm: Zig-zagging throughout.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 298 miles]

[Misty for most of day, noon temperature 66F, sea temperature 58F]


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12 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 61.58, Long -11.87

5.0am: Altered course N40W towards steamer. Speed [off edge of page]. 5.15am: Challenged HMS “Orotava”, altered course S39E.

5.30am: Altered course S3W, zig-zagging 3 points.

11.3am: Altered course N38E to intercept a steamer.

11.35am - 11.50am: Circling round Russian SS while signalling. 11.50am: Set course WNW.

[Zig-zagging throughout pm, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 316 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of day]


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13 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 61.58, Long -11.37

2.30am: Zig-zagging throughout.

7.15am: Altered course E by N to intercept steamer.

7.23am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Krondprindsesse Victoria” [Kronprindsesse Victoria], Lat 61 04 N, Long 11 30 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.10am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded W by S, 13 knots. 8.30am: Altered course N5W.

5.10pm: Stopped while testing gear to starboard Cutter. 5.38pm: Proceeded 13 knots.

10.30pm: Zig-zagging 3 points throughout [and changing course about every 4 hours].

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 307 miles]


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14 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 61.55, Long -12.05

[Zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

7.50pm: Altered course N73W to intercept steamer.

8.30pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Scarron” [listed here], Lat 61 28 N, Long 12 ~ [off edge of page]. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.10pm: Cutter hoisted Proceeded S39E, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 311 miles]


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15 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 61.60, Long -12.17

[Still zig-zagging to and fro, changing course every 4 hours]

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.10pm: Altered course N20W to intercept steamer.

7.55pm: Stopped and signalled Danish Auxiliary Vessel “Godthaab” with armed guard on board from “Mantua” [see also her log for this date].

8.5pm: Proceeded 13 knots, S2W.

9.10pm: Altered course N60E to intercept steamer, speed 14 knots.

9.45pm: Stopped. Signalled French SS [blank space] and 9.50pm: Proceeded S2W, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 314 miles]


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16 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 61.52, Long -11.87

[Zig-zagging 3 points throughout, changing course about every 4 hours]

10.10am to 11.20am: Circling round target with helm hard a starboard for aiming rifle practice.

2.10pm: Passed HMS “Cedric”.

5.10pm: Exercised “Prepare to Abandon Ship”. 5.15pm: Stopped. Lowered and hoisted port after raft. 5.23pm: Proceeded 13 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 305 miles]

[Another very misty day]


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17 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 61.67, Long -12.02

1.0am: Zig-zaging [sic] 2 points.

5.0am: Zig-zagging 3 points.

10.0am: Exercised “Prepare to be taken in tow”.

3.25pm: Altered course SSW to intercept steamer. Speed 14 knots.

4.7pm: Signalled Russian SS and proceeded N5E, 13 knots.

6.45pm: Altered course WNW to rendezvous with “Mantua”. Speed 15 knots.

8.0pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Mantua.

8.20pm: Cutter returned with Lieutenant Thompson and Sub Lieutenants Richards and MacFarlane and three armed guards. 8.25pm: Proceeded N34E, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 308 miles]


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18 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.85, Long -9.68

0.55am: Altered course S56E to intercept steamer.

1.15am: Courses and speeds various while identifying Russian steamer.

2.0am: Proceeded N35E, 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.30am to 11.16am: Circling round target while carrying out practice with 1 inch aiming rifle.

11.16am: Proceeded N64E.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging three points.

3.18pm: Altered course S70W to intercept steamer.

3.40pm: Signalled Russian SS Burevestnik and 3.45pm: Continued on course S29E.

9.5pm: Stopped to sink fisherman’s buoy by rifle fire. 9.15pm: Proceeded 13 knots.

11.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 316 miles]

[Yet another misty day]


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19 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.90, Long -9.45

[Nothing of note in log, while zig-zagging to and fro on patrol]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 313 miles]

[Wind increasing in pm, force 6 or 7 from 6pm, westerly then north westerly, sea state very rough to high from 8pm]


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20 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.75, Long -9.48

[Still zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 300 miles]

[Westerly wind force 5 to 7 until 1 pm, with sea state very rough, wind and sea reducing in pm, when weather turned misty/foggy]


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21 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.82, Long -9.00

[Another day of zig-zagging to and fro]

10.15pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 63 26 N, Long 9 13 W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 304 miles]

[Mist or fog all day. South westerly wind force 6 or 7 from 8am onwards, with sea state rough or very rough]


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22 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.67, Long -6.10

9.24am: Altered course SSW to intercept steamer.

9.45am: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian SS Nordcap, Lat 63 40 N, Long 6 41 W. [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR, Boarding Officer.

10.34am: Boat hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots S83E.

10.40am: Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 290 miles]

[South westerly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, with sea state rough or very rough, misty from 8am onwards. Noon temperature 54F, sea temperature 48F]


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23 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.02, Long -3.97

10.0am: Observed HMS “Digby”. 10.10am: Stopped. 10.17am: Despatched Cutter to Digby.

10.37am: Cutter returned with Lieutenant Bennett and Mr Heap RNR and armed guards.

10.40am: Proceeded to [HMS] “Otway” S85E.

11.4am: Stopped. Speeds and courses various.

Noon: Set course S73W. Speed 12 knots keeping station with “Digby” while signalling.

1.0pm: Proceeded N66W 13 knots. 2.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

4.30pm: Altered course S43W, zig-zagging 2 points.

8.30pm: Altered course N6E, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 295 miles]

[Still very windy with rough sea and mist]


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24 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.90, Long -5.72

1.30am: Reduced speed 11 knots. Straight Course.

4.0am: Altered course N18E, zig-zagging 1 point.

8.0am: Altered course S31W (straight).

10.30am: Dead slow steering parallel to Norwegian SS Velox and signalling.

10.50am: Proceeded 12 knots, S42W.

11.6am: Altered course North. Speed 13 knots.

0.25pm: Passed HMS “Cedric”.

4.0pm: Altered course S33W.

8.0pm: Altered course N14E.

Midnight: Altered course S33W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 270 miles]

[South westerly wind force 7 to 9 all day, with sea state high to very high and misty]


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25 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 63.78, Long -6.03

Noon: Altered course N15E, zig-zagging 2 points. Speed 13 knots.

4.0pm: Altered course S33W, zig-zagging 3 points.

5.15pm: Exercised abandon ship stations. All boats swung out.

5.40pm: Stopped and dispatched port cutter to pick up wreckage etc. Engines as requisite manoeuvring ship.

6.15pm: HMS Ambrose passed.

8.50pm: Hoisted port cutter. 8.55pm Proceeded 13 knots, S30W.

9.30pm: Altered course N18E, Log 73.5, zig-zagging 3 points.

Midnight: Altered course S28W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 249 miles]

[Westerly and north westerly wind force 7 to 9 in am, with sea state very high. Wind and sea reducing during pm]


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26 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 62.58, Long -4.72

2.0am: Zig-zagging 3 points.

5.15am: In company HMS “Cedric”.

7.40am: Speeds and courses various closing Cedric. 7.50am: Stopped and received mail from Cedric.

8.0am: Proceeded NNE 13 knots in company with “Cedric”.

8.39am: Set Course S11E, Speed 14 knots.

1.30pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Darkened ship. Closed WT doors.

11.0pm: Speed 14 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

11.30pm: Sounding continuously.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]


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27 August 1915

From Sea to Swarbacks Minn and at Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36 [estimated]

0.15am: Altered course S72W. Speed 15 knots.

3.22am: Soundings 33 fathoms. Stopped and turned ship round to N40W,

3.45am: Slow ahead. 3.52am: Altered course NNE. Speed 13 knots.

4.0am: Observed Ve Skerries bearing E0.25S, 2.5 miles. 4.20am: Altered course SE speed 15 knots.

5.13am: Stopped. 5.18am: Half speed.

5.26am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light House. Slow.

5.41am: Passed Boom Defence and received orders from HMS Gibralter [Gibraltar] to anchor in No 2 Berth.

6.5am: Let go port anchor in No 2 Berth Busta Voe. 6.9pm: Vessel brought up with 60 fathoms cable. Rung off engines.

9.0am: Colliers “Knightsgarth” and Dalewood secured alongside.

10.0am: Started coaling ship. Red Watch Coaling. Remainder of hands as requisite.

1.0pm: Blue Watch Coaling. Red Watch as requisite.

1.30pm: Landed Liberty men of White Watch.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day. Received 301 tons.

7.30pm: Darkened ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 233 miles]

[Draft on arrival: Forward 18’ 7”, Aft 24’ 3”]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 725 tons]

[Mist and rain or drizzle all day, noon temperature 56F]


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28 August 1915

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

7.0am: Red and White watches coaling ship. Blue Watch employed as requisite.

1.30pm: Leave to Blue Watch.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day. Received [blank], Total [blank].

[Noon position] [No 2 Berth Busta Voe]


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29 August 1915

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

7.0am: Resumed coaling ship.

4.30pm: Finished coaling. Received [blank]. Total 1000 tons.

6.0pm: Hands washing down and preparing ship for sea.

7.45pm: Darkened ship and Closed WT doors. Prepared for night defence. Hove short.

8.0pm: Weighed anchor. Engines as necessary. 8.10pm: Full ahead, SSW.

8.20pm: Altered course WxS. 8.25pm: Slow while passing boom defence. 8.30pm: Passed Gate Trawlers. Full speed, altered course WxN. 8.35pm: Altered course NW. 8.38pm: Murbie Stacks Light abeam, altered course N25W.

10.0pm: Altered course N22W.

[Noon position] [No 2 Berth Busta Voe]


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30 August 1915

From Swarbacks Minn to Sea

Lat 62.00, Long -4.38

1.0am: Altered course N69E to intercept steamer.

2.50am: Altered course S53W. Signalling Swedish SS “Yeddo” [listed here].

3.30am: Altered course S25W.

4.30am: Altered course N7W.

5.0am: Zig-zagging 1.5 points.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship after coaling.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging 1.5 points.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrants Nos 19 and 20. Prepared for night defence.

6.30pm: Altered course N19E, zig-zagging 2 points.

8.30pm: Darkened ship. Closed WT doors.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 170 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1655 tons]

[Wind north westerly or westerly force 8 in early am, with sea state very high, then reducing gradually to force 6 with sea very rough later in day]


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31 August 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.45, Long -5.92

2.0am: Zig zagging two points.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters.

10.10am: Altered course S40W towards [HMS] “Hilary”.

10.37am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Hilary.

11.18am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots, S28W.

Noon: Zig-zagging 3.5 points.

3.25pm: Stopped. Receiving orders etc from [HMS] Cedric.

4.0pm: Proceeded 13 knots S45W to intercept steamer.

4.24pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Blanche”, Lat 63 48 N, Long 6 10 W.

[Signed] [SH Smiles, Acting Lieutenant RNR]

5.20pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S19W, 14 knots.

7.18pm: Altered course S5E towards HMS “Digby”.

7.31pm: Stopped. Communicating with “Digby”. 7.40pm: Proceeded 14 knots N35W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 310 miles]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for September 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in but addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 10 October 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before apart from dates]


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1 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 64.92, Long -11.52

3.15am: Altered course NE to intercept steamer.

3.35am: Altered course ENE zig-zagging 4 points.

4.0am: Zig-zagging 6 points.

5.15am: Stopped. Communicated with British SS [no name given].

5.25am: Proceeded 15 knots, N48W.

10.40am: Altered course SSW and every 10 minutes altered course 16 points.

11.35am: Altered course WNW towards HMS “Alcantara”.

0.13pm: Stopped. 0.15pm: Alcantara’s cutter alongside. 0.20pm: Cutter left with Alcantara’s armed guard. Proceeded 14 knots S33W.

4.19pm: Altered course S20E to intercept steamer.

5.20pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Vesta” Lat 63 54, N 11 15 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

6.10pm: Despatched armed guard to “Vesta”, Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane RNR in charge.

6.20pm: SS Vesta proceeded to Kirkwall.

6.30pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 15 knots, S30W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 308 miles]


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2 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.93, Long -11.57

8.0am: Altered course S35W.

9.47am: Altered course E by N. Observed HMS “Arlanza”

10.15am: Altered course SW towards “Arlanza” and “Alsatian”.

11.10am: Engines and helm variously taking station. 11.20am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Arlanza with armed guard.

0.10pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 0.35 Proceeded 13 knots S4E zig-zagging 3 points.

2.0pm: Altered course North.

3.40pm: Observed HMS “Orapesa” [Oropesa]. 3.50pm: Stopped. 4.5pm: “Orapesa”’s cutter left with armed guard.

4.10pm: Proceeded 13 knots, S59W.

6.0pm: Zig-zagging 2 points.

6.30pm: Proceeded 14 knots straight course to intercept steamer.

7.27pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Devona” [listed here], Lat 58 57 N, 12 13 W. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.5pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots, S58W, zig-zagging 2 points.

11.0pm: Altered course S29W, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 312 miles]


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3 September 1915

At Sea On patrol

Lat 58.22, Long -12.90

1.45am: Altered course N21E.

5.0am: Altered course S29W, zig-zagging 3 points throughout.

8.0am: Altered course N21E.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Supply and stretcher parties exercised. Fire parties exercised.

11.0am: Secure. Altered course S29W.

2.0pm: Altered course N22E, zig-zagging 2 points.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. 5.0pm: Altered course S29W, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.0pm: Altered course N22E. Darkened ship. Closed WT door.

11.0pm: Altered course S29W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 297 miles]


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4 September 1915

At Sea On patrol

Lat 58.22, Long -12.92

3.30am Zig-zagging 3 points.

8.0am: Altered course South to intercept steamer.

8.55am: Stopped and boarded Canadian Government Railway Ferry “Scotia II”, Lat 57 44, Long 12 43. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.45am: Cutter returned. 9.50am: Proceeded N12E 13 knots (straight).

am: Hands employed holy stoning deck and cleaning ship throughout.

3.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

3.58pm: Altered course North to intercept steamer.

5.0pm: Observed HMS “Changuinola”.

10.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 302 miles]


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5 September 1915

At Sea On patrol

Lat 58.52, Long -11.75

[Nothing of note in log, zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 3 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 310 miles]

[Mist, drizzle and/or rain all day, noon temperature 60F, sea temperature 56F]


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6 September 1915

At Sea On patrol

Lat 58.65, Long -10.52

[Nothing of note today; zig-zagging from 4am to 8pm, changing course about every 3 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 301 miles]

[Misty for much of day, very foggy in evening, confused sea and swell in afternoon]


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7 September 1915

At Sea On Patrol

Lat 58.73, Long -11.23

[Another day with not much happening. All log entries shown here as example:]

2.0am: Altered course N20E.

4.0am: Increased to 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

5.0am: Altered course S28W.

8.0am: Altered course N20E.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters. Target practice with 1 inch aiming rifle. Steaming round target at various speeds.

11.10am: Set Course S44W, speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

2.0pm: Altered course N4E.

3.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.0pm: Altered course S39W.

8.0pm: Altered course N20E. Darkened ship. Closed WT doors.

9.0pm: Reduced speed 11 knots. Ceased zig-zagging.

11.0pm: Altered course S29W, speed 11.5 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 291 miles]

[Misty all day]


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8 September 1915

At Sea on Patrol

Lat 58.30, Long -11.07

7.0am: Altered course N19E and turned 16 points every 10 minutes till 7.50. Set course S66E. Speed 13 knots.

9.30am: Altered course N45E and turned 16 points every 15 minutes.

10.50am: Observed [HMS] “Mantua”.

11.0am: Engines and helm as requisite manoeuvring ship.

11.20am: Despatched cutter to “Mantua” with patient for Hospital (R Ager, Steward).

11.55am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Noon: Proceeded 14 knots N20E.

5.0pm: Commenced zig-zagging 3 points.

9.30pm: Reduced speed 11 knots and ceased zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: 280 miles]

[Another misty day, south westerly winds force 5 or 6 for most of day and sea rough throughout]


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9 September 1915

At Sea On patrol

Lat 59.08, Long -11.12

[Another misty day when not much happened, zig-zagging to and fro, altering course about every 4 hours]

5.8pm: Exercised abandon Ship. 5.13pm: Stopped and lowered port after Life Boat.

5.25pm: PALB hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots. Prepared for night defence.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 294 miles]


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10 September 1915

At Sea On patrol

Lat 58.88, Long -10.92

4.0am: Altered course S28W, Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

6.35am: Altered course S44W to intercept sailing vessel.

7.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish Barquentine “Vega”, Lat 58 22 N, Long 10 ~ [W - number off edge of page]. Boarding Officer [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.7am: Hoisted cutter and proceeded N20E, 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.8am: Stopped and dropped Target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice. Speeds various steaming round target.

11.17am: Recovered Target. Proceeded N20E, 14.5 knots.

0.10pm: Altered course S28W, speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.30pm: Reduced to 11 knots. Ceased zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 282 miles]


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11 September 1915

At Sea On Patrol

Lat 58.83, Long -11.00

4.0am: Altered course S28W, Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.15am: Altered course S65W (straight), speed 14 knots.

8.45am: Altered course N20E and turned 16 points every 15 minutes, speed 13 knots.

10.25am: Observed [HMS] “Changuinola”.

10.28am: Set Course S28W. 10.53am: Speed 14.5 knots.

11.50am: Observed “Orapesa” [HMS Oropesa] ahead.

0.4pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Orapesa”.

0.20pm: Cutter returned with Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane and armed guard.

0.30pm: Proceeded S28W, 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.30pm: Ceased zig-zagging, speed 11 knots.

10.20pm: All possible speed to assistance of Orapesa and Patia in collision.

11.57pm: Passed [HMS] “Columbella” and exchanged positions. Reduced to 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 297 miles]

[Still very misty]


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12 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 58.53, Long -10.93

0.15am: Altered course ESE. 0.30am: Altered course NNE. 0.45am: Altered course ESE. 1.0am: Altered course NNE.

1.30am: Altered course N60W. Observed “Patia” and “Orapesa”. 1.40am: Stopped alongside “Patia”. Estimated Position Lat 58 18 N, 10 50 W.

3.30am: Standing by “Patia” [see also Logbook for Patia for this date].

5.55am: Slow ahead. Courses various keeping within signalling distance of “Patia”.

6.28am: Full speed, 13 knots.

8.30am: Describing figures of 8 round “Patia”.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

11.0am: “Patia” Commenced make sternboard SSE.

1.0pm: Making figures of 8 ahead of Patia.

2.30pm: Estimated course and speed made good SSE 3 knots.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.45pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

8.0pm: Position by Observation Lat 58 15 N, Long 10 42 W. Reduced to Dead Slow and took Station astern of Patia.

[Distance run through the Water: 233 miles]

[Yet another misty day, noon temperature 60F, sea temperature 57F]


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13 September 1915

From Sea to Glasgow

Lat 58.00, Long -12.30

Midnight to 2am: Following “Patia”. Course made good SSE.

2.0am: Courses various to examine vessels lights. Speed 13 [knots]. 2.10am: Dead slow.

2.35am: Observed Submarine Submerging close to Estimated Position Lat 58 5 N, Long 10 20 W. Rung for all possible speed, Course N20E. Sounded War alarms and Action Stations. All guns at the ready.

3.7am: Altered course SSW.

3.13am: Altered course SSE towards a light.

3.45am: Altered course ENE. 3.55am: Altered course ESE.

4.5am: Passed close to steamer steering East (approximately). 4.10am: Altered course N75W 15 knots.

5.30am: Altered course N45W.

6.22am: Altered course N75W, “Patia” ahead.

9.20am: Altered course S45W, “Patia” stopped fixing collision mat.

am: Courses various keeping within signalling distance of “Patia”, speed 13 knots.

11.30am: Patia proceeded.

1.30pm: Zig-zagging 2, 3 and 4 points as requisite to keep station on “Patia’s” port beam. Course made good S28W.

5.0pm: Course S42E. Keeping station with Patia as before.

8.0pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors. Took up station 1 mile astern of Patia.

10.30pm: Zig-zagging 2 points and following in Patia’s wake. Course made good S49E.

[Distance run through the Water: 246 miles]


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14 September 1915

From Sea to Glasgow

Lat 55.48, Long -6.85

1.10am: Increased to 15 knots on receiving signal from “Patia” “Attacked by Submarine”. Following Patia zig-zagging variously.

4.45am: Position by Observation Lat 56 25 N, Long 8 3~ [W - off edge of page].

6.50am: Altered course S15E.

7.20am: Took station 1 mile ahead of Patia, zig zagging 3 points.

9.0am: Sounding continuously over Stanton Banks.

Noon: Altered course S45E.

0.30pm: Communicated with “Arlanza”.

1.15pm: Ordered to Proceed independently through Rathlin Sound. Speed 15 knots S42E.

2.0pm: Altered course ESE. 2.5pm: Benmore Head abeam distant 1 mile, altered course SE.

2.15pm: Turned round to complete circle to keep in touch with “Patia”.

2.20pm: Resumed Course SE. 2.30pm: Tor Head abeam, altered course SSE, zig-zagging 3 points.

2.50pm: Circled round.

3.20pm - 3.25pm: Circled round.

4.35pm: East Maidens Light House bearing SW, distant 4.75 miles, altered course ENE.

5.6pm: Turned round towards “Patia” NW.

5.21pm: Proceeded ENE.

6.10pm: Stopped zig-zagging.

7.10pm: Ailsa Craig Light House bearing NW, distant 2 miles, altered course NNE.

8.0pm: Pladda Island Light abeam distant 2 miles. 8.20pm: Holy Island Light abeam distant [number off edge of page].

9.10pm: Passed Little Cambrae [Cumbrae] Light. Guns secured, ammunition [probably - word off edge of page] returned.

9.45pm: Toward Point abeam. Received permission to pass boom defence, altered course NE by N.

10.10pm: Thick fog. Reduced speed. Dead Slow.

10.40pm: Passed through Gate in Boom Defence. Stopped and took Pilot on board. 10.50pm: Slow ahead E0.5N.

11.15pm: Passed Roseneath [Rosneath] Buoy.

11.30pm: Passed Tail of the Bank Buoy and entered river. Weather clearing. Speed various to Pilots directions.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 307 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Innishahull [Inishtrahull] Light House S55W, 13 miles]


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15 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

Midnight: No 4 Fresh Water Tank pumped out 95 tons.

0.30am: Speeds various proceeding up river under Pilots directions.

0.33am: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

1.35am: Passed Renfrew.

2.35am: Arrived off Prince’s Dock. Tugs in attendance.

3.30am: Moored alongside coal hoist Prince’s Dock. Finished with Engines. Draft on arrival: Forward 18’ 3”, Aft 22’ 10”.

6.0am: Commenced coaling from Shoot at No 3 Hold. Two foremen and 24 men employed.

am: Hands employed painting hull and as requisite.

10.0am: Three foremen and 36 men employed coaling.

1.0pm: Long leave to [blank] till 1pm Saturday 18th September.

6.30pm: Shifted Ship from coal hoist to No 6 Berth Princes Dock.

7.45pm: Vessel moored in new berth. Commenced coaling through side pockets etc.

9.30pm: Three foremen and 27 men employed throughout night.

[Distance run through the Water: 169 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 531 tons]

[Weather fine, noon temperature 61F]


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16 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift coaling. 3 Foremen and 33 men.

am: Hands employed painting and as requisite.

Noon: Three gangs coaling. 4 Foremen 48 men.

pm: Hands employed as in Forenoon.

5.0pm: Local leave to Forecastle and Maintop men till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling. 27 men 3 Foremen.


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17 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift coaling. 3 Foremen 34 men.

am: Hands employed taking in stores, painting and as requisite.

5.0pm: Local leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck [men] to 7am.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling. 3 Foremen 28 men.


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18 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

5.0am: 28 men and 3 Foremen coaling throughout.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

1.0pm: First Leave returned.

2.0pm: Second leave to [blank] till 1pm Tuesday 21st.

5.0pm: Local leave to Forecastle and Maintop men.

7.0pm: Coaling throughout. 28 men and 3 Foremen.


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19 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Finished coaling.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers. Roman Catholic Church Party to “Hildebrand”.

1.0pm: Local leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck [men] till 7.0am.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2576 tons]


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20 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed painting ship and taking in stores.

5.0pm: Local leave to Forecastle and Maintop men till 7.0am.


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21 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.30am: Shifted ship ahead into No 8 Berth.

am: Hands employed painting and as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck men till 7.0am.


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22 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed painting and as requisite.

1.0pm: Liberty men from long leave returned on board.

5.0pm: Local leave to Forecastle and Maintop men till 7.0am.


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23 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed cleaning ship etc.

4.15pm: Evening Quarters.

5.0pm: Local leave to Foretop and Quarterdeck [men].


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24 September 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and preparing ship for sea.

[Draft: Forward 24’ 9”, Aft 24’ 2”]

Noon: Pilot on board. Hands to stations. Singled up moorings.

0.40pm: Tugs arrived. Let go from wharf and proceeded out of dock. Two tugs assisting. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.59pm: Passed out of dock into River. Slow ahead.

2.17pm: Passed Bowling. Full ahead.

3.0pm: Passed Greenock and proceeded to anchorage. Engines and helm as necessary,

3.10pm: Let go Starboard anchor and veered to 60 fathoms. 3.15pm: Vessel brought up.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. 5.0pm: Exercised Abandon Ship Stations.

6.40pm: Despatched Motor Boat with mails to “Patucca” [HMS Patuca]. 7.0pm: Motor boat returned and hoisted.

8.0pm: Hove short. 8.12pm: Anchor aweigh. Slow ahead.

8.18pm: Full speed, WxN. 8.35pm: Slow. Passed Fairway Buoy for Gate. Stopped and turned round while waiting for open gate.

8.50pm: Half speed ahead. SW toward Gate.

9.5pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Full ahead SWxS.

10.5pm: Passed Cambrae [sic], altered course S26W. Speed 15 knots.

10.57pm: Holy Island distant 2 miles, altered course S37W.

11.21pm: Pladda Island distant 2.75 miles, altered course S70W. 11.56pm: Altered course N82W.


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25 September 1915

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 56.55, Long -9.25

0.42am: Ship Rock Light at 1.75 miles, altered course N55W.

1.10am: Passed Deas Point. Courses various rounding Mull of Cantyre Light bearing ExN distant 0.5 miles. 1.18am: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing ExN distant 6 cables. Set Course N11W.

2.23am: Otter Rock Light Vessel at distance 2.5 miles. 2.45am: Altered course N42W, zig-zagging 2 points.

3.50am: Oversay Light bearing ESE distant 7 miles, altered course N30W, zig-zagging 2 points.

5.30am: Zig-zagging 3 points.

6.20am: Skerryvore Light abeam bearing N60E, distant 20 miles.

0.30pm: Observed HMS Cedric.

3.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

4.0pm: Altered course N27W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

6.45pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

10.30pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

[Distance run through the Water: 218 miles, River 23 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 204 miles]


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26 September 1915

At Sea on C Patrol

Lat 59.27, Long -11.80

2.0am: Altered course N2E.

4.0am: Zig-zagging 3 points.

5.0am: Altered course S65E.

8.0am: Altered course N61E, speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

0.30pm: Arrived on C Patrol, altered course S7W, zig-zagging 3 points.

4.0pm: Altered course N1E, zig-zagging 2 points.

8.0pm: Altered course S7W.

9.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 323 miles]

[North easterly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, with sea state very rough to high. Weather cloudy, noon temperature 50F, sea temperature 54F]


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27 September 1915

C Patrol

Lat 59.38, Long -11.38

Midnight: Altered course N3E.

4.0am: Altered course S7W.

8.0am: Altered course N3E, zig-zagging 3 points.

11.12am: Altered course S70E to intercept steamer.

0.6pm: Passed Norwegian SS “Ufelos” previously boarded by “Patucca” [Patuca - her log indicates name of ship is Ulefos], altered course N16W towards “Patucca”.

0.45pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Patucca for back signals etc.

1.0pm: Cutter hoisted. 1.20pm: Proceeded S7W, 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

3.55pm: Observed “Arlanza”, altered course South towards her.

4.30pm: Stopped. 4.43pm: Proceeded N3E, 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

6.54pm: Altered course N5W, 14.5 knots to intercept steamer.

7.45pm: Passed Swedish SS “Borden” previously boarded, altered course N7E.

8.0pm: Altered course S7W, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.15pm: Altered course N3E. 9.35pm: Altered course S7W.

Midnight: Altered course N3E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 301 miles]

[Sea rough all day]


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28 September 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 58.72, Long -11.40

0.45am: Altered course S50E to intercept a steamer.

1.23am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Absalon”, Lat 59 02 N, Long 11 36 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant Smiles RNR [who also signed all the other boarding entries on this page].

1.50am: Cutter returned to ship for armed guard.

2.30am: Despatched armed guard to “Absalon” Lieutenant Bennett RNR in charge. 2.50am: Absalon proceeded to Kirkwall.

2.54am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 3.0am: Proceeded N8E, 13 knots.

4.30am: Altered course S7W, zig-zagging 3 points.

5.40am: Altered course S30E to intercept steamer.

6.10am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Salnia” (Salina), Lat 59 06 N, Long 11 20 W.

6.49am: Despatched armed guard to “Salnia” Sub Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

7.30am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded SSW 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

8.30am: Altered course North. 8.37am: Altered course NW0.5N to intercept steamer.

9.35am: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “St John”, Lat 58 53 N, Long 11 58 [? - number off edge of page] W.

10.30am: Despatched armed guard to St John Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane RNR in charge. 10.40am: “St John” proceeded to Kirkwall.

10.45am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S40E 15 knots to intercept steamer.

Noon: Stopped and boarded British SS “Mendip Range” [listed here].

0.35pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N5E, 14 knots.

3.15pm: Observed HMS “Patucca” [sic]. 3.20pm: Altered course S7W, zig-zagging 3 points.

5.0pm: Altered course N2E, zig-zagging 2 points.

7.50pm: Altered course East to intercept steamer.

8.10pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Narvik”, Lat 59 31 N, Long 11 45 W.

9.15pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S7W, 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 264 miles]

[Another day of rough seas]


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29 September 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 59.37, Long -11.57

0.50am: Altered course N20W to intercept steamer.

1.10am: Stopped alongside Norwegian SS “Roald Amunsden” [Roald Amundsen] pending instructions.

2.0am: Ordered SS “Roald Amunsden” to proceed. 2.5am: Proceeded 13 knots, N3E, zig-zagging 1.5 points.

4.30am: Altered course S7W, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.32am: Altered course SE x E to intercept steamer.

9.30am: Stopped and boarded Russian SS “Alexander Wentzel”, Lat 59 03 N, Long 11 09 W. [signed] Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.10am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots, N11W, zig-zagging 1.5 points.

1.6pm: Altered course ESE, speed 15 knots to intercept steamer.

2.0pm: Altered course North, passed Russian SS “Alexander Wentzel”.

2.29pm: Altered course S30W, speed 11 knots.

4.30pm: Altered course N15W, zig-zagging 3 points.

7.30pm: Altered course S7W, zig-zagging 3 points.

11.5pm: Altered course S15W towards flare up light. Speed 14.5 knots.

11.30pm: Altered course N15W. 11.50pm: Altered course N3E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 271 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 5 or 6 for most of day, with rough seas and rain or showers]


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30 September 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 59.85, Long -12.35

1.0am: Reduced speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

3.0am: Altered course N35E to intercept steamer.

3.45am: Altered course East, following steamer.

4.30am: Altered course SExE zig-zag 6 points.

5.0am: Altered course SE0.5E, zig-zagging 3 points.

6.0am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Minsk” [there was a Danish ship of this name and the log for HMS Patuca for this date refers to SS Minsk of Copenhagen, see also Ebro log for 17 January 1917 ] and discovered armed guard from “Patucca” [Patuca] on board.

6.20am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14.5 knots, West, zig-zagging 2 points.

7.50am: Altered course N67W to intercept steamer.

8.0am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS Frederick VIII [listed here], Lat 59 32 N, Long 11 40 W.

[Signed] [Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR].

8.30am: Despatched armed guard to “Frederick” and ordered her to proceed to Kirkwall, Lieutenant Thompson RNR in charge.

8.50am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S45E, 14 knots.

9.20am: Altered course N32W, zig-zag 1.5 points.

4.9pm: Altered course SSE to intercept steamer.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 23.

5.20pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS Jelling, Lat 59 20 N, Long 11 47 W, SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer.

6.0pm: Despatched armed guard to “Jelling” Mr Butler RNR in charge.

6.30pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 6.34pm: Proceeded 13 knots S85E, “Jelling” following.

7.25pm: Speed 15 knots in chase of steamer.

9.42pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Weeldruth”, Lat 59 21 N, Long 10 17 W. [Signed] [Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR]

10.0pm: Despatched armed guard to “Weeldruth” and ordered her to Kirkwall, Mr Heap RNR in charge.

10.40pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots WxN towards “Jelling”.

11.33pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Jelling” with Lieutenant Smith to take charge of prize crew. Mr Butler returning on board.

11.57pm: Cutter returned and hoisted.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 307 miles]



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for October 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in but addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 5 November 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 October 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 58.98, Long -12.25

0.5am: Proceeded 14 knots N9W, zig zagging 3 points.

1.10am: Altered course N57W, zig zagging 2 points.

5.30am: Regained position on patrol altered course S9W, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.0am: Altered course WxS to intercept steamer.

9.46am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Sigrun, Lat 58 57 N, Long 12 16 W. Boarding Officer: [signed] LGP Vereker, Lieutenant Commander RNR.

11.45am: Ordered “Sigrun” to proceed to Kirkwall. 11.50am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded N30E 14 knots.

1.0pm: Altered course North towards [HMS] “Changuinola”.

1.23pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Changuinola” for back signals etc.

1.50pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 1.53pm: Proceeded 14 knots NNE.

3.0pm: Altered course N2E. Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 1.5 points.

7.0pm: Altered course NNW, zig-zagging 2 points.

9.0pm: Altered course S10W, zig-zagging 2 points.

10.0pm: Object observed falling overboard reported as a man. Stopped and manoeuvred in Search. Mustered Ship’s Company and found correct. Picked up lifebuoys.

11.15pm: Proceeded S10W 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 262 miles]

[South easterly wind increasing in force in pm, force 6 or 7 from 4pm, with sea state rough or very rough and rain]


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2 October 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 60.93, Long -13.43

1.0am: Altered course N3E, zig-zagging 2 points.

4.0am: Altered course S10W, zig-zagging 2 points.

5.0am: Reduced speed 11 knots. Ceased zig-zagging.

8.30am: Altered course N3E. Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

am: Hands cleaning ship and holystoning decks.

Noon: Altered course S8W. Speed 12 knots.

0.15pm: Altered course N3W.

1.30pm: Altered course S8W.

4.15pm: Altered course N3E, zig-zagging 1.5 points.

8.0pm: Altered course S18W, zig-zagging 3 points.

Midnight: Altered course N2E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 271 miles]

[South easterly wind force 7 to 9 until 1pm, with mist and rain and sea state high to very high. Wind and sea reducing in pm]


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3 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.45, Long -13.67

[Zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 2 to 4 hours]

10.0am: Divine Service.

8.40pm to 9.15pm: Speed 11 knots during fog.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 305 miles]


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4 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.52, Long -13.83

[Zig-zagging 2 or 3 points and changing course every 4 hours]

am: A1 and A3 Guns crews at loader drill. Remainder of hands employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Exercised Collision Stations. Stopped and put out Collision Mat.

5.34pm: Proceeded 11 knots, N1E. Prepared for night defence.

6.30pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 308 miles]

[Mist, fog and/or rain all day]


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5 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.25, Long -13.58

7.35am: Observed HMS “Mantua”.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised Fire Control. Supply and stretcher parties exercised. Fire parties exercised.

11.15am: Return Stores and Disperse.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 303 miles]

[Another damp, misty day, noon temperature 59F, sea temperature 54F]


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6 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 62.75, Long -14.68

[Still zig-zagging to and fro in the mist, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 305 miles]


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7 October 1915

On Patrol

Lat 62.58, Long -14.85

[More zig-zagging in damp, misty weather, wind and sea increasing in late evening]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 309 miles]


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8 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 62.47, Long -14.80

10.0am: Commenced zig-zagging 2 points. Speed 13 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course N38E to intercept steamer.

7.50pm: Stopped and boarded British Steam Trawler “Windward Ho”, Lat 62 28 N, Long 13 45 W. [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant Commander RNR.

9.0pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N85W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 273 miles]

[Southerly wind force 8 or 9 until 10am, with sea state very high to phenomenal. Wind and sea decreasing in pm]


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9 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 62.25, Long -14.75

4.0am: Altered course S14W, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.0am: Altered course N4E, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.0am: Altered course ExS and variously to intercept steamer.

9.36am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS Vesta, Lat 62 00 N, Long 14 06 W. Boarding Officer: [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant Commander RNR.

10.24am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots NWxN.

0.35pm: Stopped and boarded Steam Trawler “Thomas Stratten”, Lat 62 17 N, Long 14 58 W. Boarding Officer [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant Commander RNR.

1.20pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S85E, 13 knots.

4.0pm: Altered course N4E, zig-zagging 3 points.

5.0pm: Altered course S69E, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 276 miles]


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10 October 1915

From Sea (A Patrol)

Lat 62.62, Long -6.33

10.0am: Divine Service.

0.15pm - 0.25pm: Stopped while clearing sounding wire.

6.45pm: Altered course N74W to intercept steamer.

6.55pm: Stopped and boarded Russian SS “Sicilia”, Lat 61 58 N, Long 3 58 W. Boarding Officer [signed] LGP Vereker Lieutenant Commander RNR.

8.10pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 15 knots, S30E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 308 miles]

[Misty all day, again]


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11 October 1915

From Sea (A Patrol) to Swarbacks Minn and at Busta Voe (Swarbacks Minn)

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

2.15am to 3.0am: Courses and Speeds various avoiding various vessels.

3.18am: Muckle Flugga Light bearing S40E.

4.0am: Slow and cast the lead, 55 fathoms. 4.3am: Full speed. 4.12am: Slow and cast the lead, 66 fathoms. 4.15am: Speed 15 knots.

5.31am: Slow and cast the lead, 90 fathoms. 5.35am: Speed 15 knots.

6.12am: Slow and cast the lead, 65 fathoms. 6.15am: Observed Muckle Ossa and Eshaness Skerry. Proceeded 15.5 knots, S25E, zig-zagging 2 points.

7.18am: Murbie Stacks Light House at distant 3 cables, altered course SE.

7.29am: Passed Boom Defence, altered course ENE, 13 knots.

7.38am: Altered course NNE. Slow speed and variously to No 1 Berth Busta Voe.

7.44am: Let go starboard anchor. 8.20am: Let go port anchor. 8.30am: Vessel brought up, 90 fathoms on Starboard anchor and 75 fathoms on port.

10.30am: Colliers arrived alongside and secured.

1.0pm: Commenced Coaling Ship.

5.30pm: Darkened Ship.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling. Took in 256 Tons.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 247 miles]

[Noon position] [No 1 Berth Busta Voe]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1271 tons]


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12 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

7.0am: Hands coaling ship

6.0pm: Ceased Coaling for the day. Received 425 Tons. Total 681 Tons.


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13 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

7.0am: Resumed coaling ship.

7.30pm: Finished coaling. Received 481 Tons, Total 1162 Tons.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2397 tons]


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14 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

am: Hands employed cleaning ship after coaling.

1.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch 1.30 to 5.0pm.

4.15pm: Evening quarters.


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15 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

9.25am: Exercised Abandon Ship. All boats lowered and manned and rowed round HMS “Gibralter” [Gibraltar].

10.30am: Boats hoisted and secured.

11.15am: Lieutenant Bennett and armed guard joined from HMS “Virginian”.

4.45pm: Commenced clearing hawse.

5.42pm: Hove up port anchor. 5.50pm: Started starboard anchor. 6.0pm: Anchors up. Slow ahead. 6.3pm: Full Speed. Various Courses.

6.20pm: Stopped. 6.22pm: Slow ahead. 6.25pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded 15 knots WxN.

6.37pm: Murbie Stacks Light abeam, altered course N30W.

7.10pm: Eshaness Skerry at distant 2 miles, altered course N20W, zig-zagging 2 points.

9.15pm: Altered course S11E. Speed knots. Returning to Swarbacks Minn to land Midshipman Allen RNR, accidentally shot.

11.7pm: Eshaness Skerry at [blank] altered course S20E.

11.40pm: Murbie Stacks Light at [blank].

11.43pm: Stopped. 11.50pm: Slow ahead. 11.55pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Full speed.


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16 October 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.36

0.7am: Slow. Courses various to anchorage. 0.20am: Let go port anchor and veered cable to 60 fathoms. 0.30am: Vessel brought up in No 1 Berth Busta Voe.

2.30am: Midshipman Allen RNR discharged to Hospital Lerwick.

[It appears that Midshipman Allen subsequently died - information here and on Casualty List for 19th October 1915]

am: Hands employed cleaning ship throughout.

1.0pm: Leave to port watch 1.0 to 4.0pm.

4.15pm: Evening quarters. Exercised night defence and Darkened Ship.

5.18pm: Started heaving in. 5.28pm: Anchor up. Slow ahead.

5.49pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded 15 knots WxN.

5.59pm: Murbie Stacks Light at [blank] altered course N32W, zig-zagging 2 points.

6.46pm: Eshaness Skerry at distant 2.5 miles, altered course N20W, zig-zagging 2.25 points.


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17 October 1915

From Busta Voe to Sea

Lat 62.43, Long -4.60

1.49am: Altered course SE to intercept Steamer.

2.20am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Flora [possibly this ship, though there are other possibilities], Lat 61 36 N, Long 3 32 W. Boarding Officer Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.30am: Despatched armed guard to “Flora”.

4.30am: SS Flora proceeded to Kirkwall Sub Lieutenant McFarlane RNR in charge.

4.45am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N20W, zig-zagging 3 points.

6.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing schooner “Livingstone”, Lat 61 50 N, Long 3 55 W. Boarding Officer Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.20am: Ordered schooner “Livingstone” to Lerwick with armed guard. Midshipman Butler RNR in charge.

8.25am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N20W 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

3.0pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

4.0pm: Altered course N65W. Speed 13 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course S84W, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.55pm: Myggenaes Island Light bearing S34E, distant 26 miles, altered course N65W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 161 miles]


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18 October 1915

From Busta Voe to C Patrol

Lat 63.63, Long -12.13

[Zig-zagging 2 or 3 points, changing course about every 4 hours]

3.30pm: Altered course N60W towards “Patucca” [HMS Patuca].

4.30pm: Stopped. Patucca's boat alongside. 4.40pm: Despatched Patucca's armed guard. Proceeded 13 knots, Various Courses in company with Patucca.

4.53pm: Set course S13E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 301 miles]


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19 October 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 60.30, Long -12.80

8.15am: Stopped and picked up HMS Digby’s Cutter. 8.20am: Despatched one rating and mails to Digby.

8.35am: Proceeded NE 13 knots towards Changuinola.

9.7am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Changuinola for ratings.

9.40am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded North 14 knots.

5.30pm to 6.30pm: Steaming round searching for lost football. 6.30pm: Proceeded N1E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 302 miles]

[South easterly wind force 6 or 7 from 4pm, sea becoming rough or very rough. Weather cloudy in late pm but visibility good all day]


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20 October 1915

On C Patrol

Lat 60.63, Long -13.07

4.0am: Altered course S13W, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.0am: Altered course N34W to intercept steamer.

9.0am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Imo”, Lat 60 16 N, Long 13 00 W. Boarding Officer Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.20am: Ordered SS “Imo” to Kirkwall with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Richards in charge. 10.30am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N5E, 14 knots.

0.30pm: Altered course S20W, zig-zagging 2 points.

4.0pm: Altered course N4E, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.0pm: Altered course S13W, zig zagging 2 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 280 miles]

[South easterly wind force 7 all day, with sea state very rough or high. Weather cloudy or overcast, noon air and sea temperature 52F]


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21 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.50, Long -13.80

[Zig-zagging to and fro in difficult weather. Changes of course at midnight, 4am, 8am, 10.30am, 11.45am, 5pm and 7.30pm]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 274 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 8 or 9 all day, with sea state very high or phenomenal throughout]


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22 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.37, Long -13.35

1.0pm: Altered course N3E. Speed 12 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

3.30am: Altered course S10W. Speed 10 knots.

8.30am: Altered course N by W, speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.0am: General Quarters. 10.20am: Dropped Target and carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice. Courses and Speeds various steaming round target.

10.50am: Stopped and recovered target. 11.0am: Proceeded NW speed 13 knots.

Noon: Altered course SSW.

2.30pm: Altered course SxW. Speed 9 knots and turned 16 points every quarter hour.

4.15pm: Observed Orapesa [HMS Oropesa] and altered course South towards her.

4.25pm: Stopped. 4.30pm: Orapesa's boat alongside. Received Sub Lieutenant MacFarlane and armed guard.

5.0pm: Proceeded S14W speed 11 knots.

7.0pm: Altered course N3E, zig-zagging 3 points. Speed 13 knots.

8.0pm: Altered course S13W. Speed 11 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 186 miles]

[South easterly or southerly wind force 6 or 8 all day, with rain at times, sea state high to very high]


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23 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.32, Long -13.67

[Zig-zagging to and fro in difficult weather, changing course about every 4 hours]

6.30pm: Position by Observation Lat 61 11 N, Long 13 19 W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 229 miles]

[Squally southerly wind force 5 to 8 until 2pm, with sea state high or very high and rain, heavy at times. Wind, sea and weather moderating in pm]


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24 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.40, Long -13.67

10.0am: Crew mustered by Open List. 11.0am: Divine Service.

11.45am: Altered course East to intercept Sailing Vessel.

11.58am: Stopped and boarded American Ship “Brynhilda” [possibly the ship profiled here], Lat 61 24 N, Long 13 40 W. Boarding Officer Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.40pm: Brynhilda allowed to proceed. 0.45pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded South to intercept schooner.

1.30pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Cambria”, Lat 61 17 N, Long 13 31 W. Boarding Officer Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.50pm: “Cambria” allowed to proceed. 3.0pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S14W 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

5.30pm: Darkened Ship and Closed WT doors.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 285 miles]


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25 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.38, Long -13.72

11.15am: Exercised after Steering position.

1.30pm - 2.30pm: Adjusting compasses. 2.30pm: Set course S5W.

3.30pm to 4.30pm: Swinging Ship for table of deviations.

4.30pm: Proceeded 14 knots N15E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 283 miles]


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26 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 60.90, Long -13.25

4.0am: Altered course S6W, zig-zagging 2 points.

8.0am: Altered course N5E, zig-zagging 3 points.

9.18am: Altered course S60W speed 15 knots towards [HMSs] “Alsatian”, “Otway” and “Digby”.

9.43am: Half speed. Variously taking station. 9.50am: Stopped. 9.57am: Captain proceeded to “Alsatian”.

10.20am: Despatched starboard cutter to “Otway” for armed guard.

10.45am: Captain returned on board. 11.0am: Cutters hoisted. 11.10am: Proceeded 13 knots, East.

2.15pm: Altered course S65E and turned 16 points every quarter hour waiting for “Orapesa” [Oropesa].

6.30pm: Zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 286 miles]


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27 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.85, Long -13.75

1.30am: Altered course S54E, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.10am: Observed HMS “Orapesa” [sic] altered course SW0.5W towards her

8.20am: Stopped. 8.26am: Despatched cutter to “Orapesa” with 2 ratings.

9.0am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N25E, 13 knots.

Noon: Zig-zagging 2 points.

8.25pm: Reduced Speed 8 knots.

11.25pm: Reduced speed 6 knots. Leeway estimated 2 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 280 miles]

[A squally day with mist and rain, south easterly wind force 7 to 10 in pm, with sea state becoming very high in evening]


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28 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 61.25, Long -13.87

8.0am: Altered course SxE.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

11.0am: Altered course SExE. Speed 6.5 knots.

Noon: Altered course SE.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.30pm: Altered course S by E.

7.0pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

10.45pm: Position by Observation Lat 62 20 N, Long 13 45 W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 125 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 9 or 10 until 10pm with sea state very high or phenomenal (waves 36 feet or higher), heavy rain in am]


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29 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 62.25, Long -13.87

5.0am: Altered course East to intercept steamer British SS “Strathorne” for Archangel. Allowed to proceed.

9.38am: Altered course N3W. Speed 9 knots. 10.0am: Speed 13 knots. General Quarters. Fire and Stretcher parties exercised.

11.15am: Secure.

Noon: Altered course N0.5E.

1.30pm: Altered course S0.5E. Speed 9 knots. 1.45pm: Speed 10 knots.

5.0pm: Altered course North. Speed 13 knots.

7.30pm: Altered course South. Speed 9 knots.

11.0pm: Increased speed 11 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 83 miles]

[Still squally south easterly wind, force 7 to 9 until 10pm, sea state high or very high, rain at times]


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30 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 62.62, Long -14.03

2.0am: Zig-zagging 2 points.

9.0am: Zig-zagging 3 points.

2.0pm: Altered course N5E, zig-zagging 3 points.

3.30pm: Observed HMS “Motagua”. 3.45pm: Stopped and transferred rating to Motagua.

4.0pm: Proceeded S5W 13 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 240 miles]

[Wind and sea somewhat reduced today]


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31 October 1915

On A Patrol

Lat 64.30, Long -11.23

[Zig-zagging to and fro in relatively quieter weather, main changes of course at 6am, 8am, noon, 4pm and 6pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 296 miles]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for November 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank Page]

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[Page not filled in but addressed to The Admiralty and signed by Captain (as before) and dated 2 December 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.97, Long -8.33

[Still zig-zagging to and fro, in relatively quiet weather, main changes of course at midnight, 6am and 6pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 305 miles]


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2 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.95, Long -7.28

6.0am: Altered course N58W, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.0am: General Quarters. 10.5am: Stopped and dropped target and carried out practice with 1 inch aiming rifle.

11.45am: Recovered target and proceeded N62W 14.5 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course S56E, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 305 miles]


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3 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.90, Long -7.97

[Zig-zagging to different patterns during day, main course changes at 6am and 6pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 319 miles]


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4 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.70, Long -5.33

6.0am: Altered course N68W, zig-zagging 3 points.

7.30am: Altered course N55E to intercept steamer.

8.40am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Lyndenfjord [probably Lyngenfjord], Lat 63 50 N. Long 5 4~ [number off edge of page]. Boarding Officer L Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.0am: Despatched armed guard to Lyndenfjord and ordered her to proceed to Lerwick. Lieutenant Bennett RNR in charge.

10.32am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 10.45am: Proceeded Half speed S18E.

Noon: Altered course NNW. Speed 14.5 knots.

5.0pm: Speed 14 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

8.10pm: Altered course N45W. Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 277 miles]


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5 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.95, Long -8.07

[Still zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

10.30pm: Altered course S5E to intercept steamer.

11.0pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Eric Calvert”, Lat 63 26 N, Long 7 26 W. Boarding Officer L Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 319 miles]


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6 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.43, Long -6.50

0.10am: Cutter returned and hoisted Proceeded Half speed SW. 0.25am: Altered course S60E. Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

6.0am: Altered course N58W, zig-zagging 3 points.

Noon: Zig-zagging 2 points.

4.0pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

6.0pm: Altered course S57E, zig-zagging 3 points.

7.0pm: Ceased zig-zagging. Speed 9 knots.

10.40pm: Reduced speed 6 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 281 miles]

[Westerly and north westerly wind force 7 or 8 from 2pm onwards, with sea state very rough to high. Weather overcast or fine, noon temperature 49F, sea temperature 47F]


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7 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.47, Long -6.67

[Another routine day on patrol. Nothing of note in log]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 209 miles]

[Wind mostly force 6 with very rough sea, some snow in pm]


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8 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.47, Long -6.75

[More zig-zagging to and fro]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 262 miles]


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9 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.15, Long -6.57

1.0am: Leeway 2 degrees.

4.0pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

6.0am: Leeway 2 degrees. Altered course N58W, zig-zagging 3 points.

10.30am: Altered course S87W, zig-zagging 3 points. 11.0am: Leeway 3 degrees.

11.50am: Altered course ENE. Waiting for [HMS] Changuinola.

0.45pm: Altered course SSW towards Changuinola.

1.15pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Changuinola”.

1.45pm: Cutter returned with Lieutenant Bennett and armed guard. 1.50pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N35W.

8.5pm: Altered course S75E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 269 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally north easterly wind force 7 for most of day, sea very rough to high]


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10 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.78, Long -8.02

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging at times]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 235 miles]

[Wind still squally north easterly force 6 or 7, with very rough or high sea for most of day. Snow and/or hail, noon temperature 37F, sea temperature 40F]


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11 November 1915

[year shown as 1914, in error]

At A Patrol

Lat 63.87, Long -7.10

8.0am: Altered course S5E to intercept steamer.

9.40am: Stopped and despatched cutter to board Norwegian SS “Jokel”, Lat 63 50 N, Long 6 50 W.

10.36am: Cutter unable to board owing to heavy sea. Returned and hoisted. “Jokel” allowed to proceed. Proceeded Half speed, N55W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 251 miles]


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12 November 1915

At A Patrol

Lat 63.40, Long -5.23

8.0am: Fuglo Island bearing S84E, distant 31 miles (approximately).

11.25am: Altered course South.

6.50pm: Observed Akraberg Light bearing WNW, altered course NNW. Speed 13 knots.

9.25pm: Akraberg Light at distant 16 miles.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 315 miles]


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13 November 1915

From A Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 59.33, Long -6.83

6.40am: Altered course S60E to intercept steamer.

7.45am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Rio de Janeiro, Lat 59 30 N, Long 7 20 W. Boarding Officer L Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.3am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded SE 14.5 knots to intercept sailing vessel.

10.0am: Altered course SxE. 10.20am: Altered course NNE towards “Rio de Janeiro”.

10.40am: Stopped and despatched armed guard to Rio de Janeiro. Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane in charge.

11.18am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S15E 15 knots towards sailing vessel.

1.0am: Stopped and signalled Norwegian ship “Songelv” with armed guard on board from “Virginian” 1.30pm: Proceeded N35E 15 knots to intercept steamer.

2.0pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS Albania [listed here], Lat 59 18 N, Long 6 32 W. Boarding Officer L Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.30pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded Half speed ExS following “Albania”.

3.0pm: Set course S75W. Sulisker Island bearing S22E, distant 16 miles.

5.0pm: Altered course S73W.

7.0pm to 8.0pm: Zig-zagging 2 points.

7.20pm: Flannan Island Light abeam.

10.30pm: Altered course S45W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 291 miles]


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14 November 1915

From A Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.45, Long -6.63

[Position 8.0pm] Anchored at Tail of the Bank Greenock.

0.30am: Altered course S12E.

4.0am: Observed Barra Head Light bearing S46E.

6.0am: Barra Head Light at distance 20 miles.

7.0am: Altered course S13E. Commenced zig-zag 2 points.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

10.45am: Altered course S22E. Vessels position checked by bearings and angles etc.

1.0pm: Altered course S43E and entered Rathlin Sound.

1.36pm: Tor [Torr] Point at distant [blank], altered course S21E.

2.35pm: Maiden’s Light House bearing [blank] distant [blank], altered course N70E.

4.10pm: Ailsa Craig at distance 2.5 miles, altered course N31E.

4.45pm: Pladda Island at distance 2 miles, altered course N31E.

5.10pm: Holy Island Light at distance 1 mile, altered course N25E.

6.0pm: Passed Cumbrae.

6.30pm: Passed Toward Point.

6.55pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Speed 14 knots, ExN.

7.5pm: Stopped and received Pilot on board. 7.7pm: Proceeded to anchorage.

7.25pm: Stopped. 7.30pm: Let go starboard anchor in 8 fathoms water and veered cable to 45 fathoms. Draft: Forward 18’ 6”, Aft 23’ 00”.

Midnight: Vessel swung to flood.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 332 miles]


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15 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

2.30am: Hove short. 2.45am: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded Dead slow and 3.0am Entered River. Engines at various speeds.

4.6am: Passed Bowling.

5.45am: Entered Princes Dock. 6.20am: Moored alongside coal crane Princes Dock. Draft Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 22’ 8”.

7.10am: 3 Foremen and 30 men Commenced Coaling.

9.0am: Leave to port watch till 9am Thursday 18th. Remainder of hands employed painting and variously.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.

6.0pm: Local leave to first part Starboard Watch till midnight. Night shift 22 men and 3 Foremen coaling.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 147 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 410 tons]

[Misty and snowy all day, noon temperature 33F]


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16 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

3.30am: Pilot and two tugs arrived.

4.0am: Shifted vessel to No 6 Berth Princes Dock. Tugs assisting.

6.15am: Secured in new berth. 30 men and 2 Foremen Resumed coaling.

am: Hands employed painting and as requisite.

4.30pm: Local leave to second part of Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night shift 27 men and 2 Foremen coaling.


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17 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift 30 men and 2 Foremen coaling.

10.0am: 60 men and 3 Foremen coaling.

5.0am: Local leave to first Part starboard watch till 7am.

6.0am: Night shift 58 men and 3 foremen coaling.

[Foggy all day, noon temperature 27F]


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18 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 3 Foremen and 60 men coaling.

9.0am: Port Watch returned from leave. Leave to Starboard Watch till 9.0am Monday 22nd November.

5.0pm: Local leave to first Part Port Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night shift 3 Foremen and 43 men coaling.

10.30pm: 3 Foremen and 15 men coaling.

[Still very foggy, noon temperature 23F]


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19 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.0am: Finished coaling. Received 2349 tons.

1.0pm: Shifted ship to Princes Dock to discharge cranes. Pilot and two tugs in attendance.

5.0pm: Local leave to second Part Port watch till 7.0am.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2705 tons]

[Another day of freezing fog]


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20 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

1.0am: Shifted Ship 60 feet ahead.

7.0am: Hands employed as requisite.

4.30pm: Local leave to first part of port watch till 10.30pm.

[Weather unchanged]


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21 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers.

11.0am: Shifted ship to No 1 Berth Princes Dock. Pilot and two tugs in attendance.

2.0pm: Leave (local) to second part port watch till 7.0am.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.

[Still very cold and foggy]


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22 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.30am: Starboard Watch returned on board from leave.

10.15pm: Pilot and two tugs arrived to shift ship.

10.25pm: Singled up moorings and prepared to shift ship.

11.0pm: Left berth. 11.15pm: Entered River .Engines as necessary and to Pilots direction. 11.27pm: Passed Govan.

[Still foggy but slightly warmer - noon temperature 37F]


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23 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40 [estimated]

0.55am: Passed Renfrew.

1.20am: Arrived off Rothesay Dock.

2.0am: Secured in Rothesay Dock.

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship throughout.

9.0am: Commenced discharging ballast from No 1 Hold.

5.0pm: Local leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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24 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

2.0am: Discharging sand ballast throughout.

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.

4.30pm: Local leave to Port Watch till 7.0am.

8.0pm: Discharging ballast throughout.


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25 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

5.0pm: Local leave to Starboard watch till 7.0am.

8.0pm: Discharging ballast throughout.


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26 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

6.0am: Discharging ballast throughout.

Noon: Finished discharging.

5.0pm: Local leave to port watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Reloading of ballast commenced.


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27 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship throughout.

11.0am: Loading Ballast throughout.

1.30pm: Local leave to Starboard watch till 7.0am.


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28 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

6.0am: Loading Ballast throughout.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Prayers.

1.30pm: Local leave to port watch till 7.0am.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.


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29 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

Noon: Finished taking in ballast.

3.30pm: Left wharf to shift ship to Crane berth. Two tugs in attendance.

5.0pm: Returned to berth. Owing to congestion of shipping in dock unable to reach Crane berth.

5.40pm: Vessel secured in original berth.

6.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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30 November 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.89, Long -4.40

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

pm: Draft Forward 24’ 6”, Aft 24’ 00”.

4.30pm: Pilot and Tugs arrived.

4.45pm: Let go from wharf proceeded out of Dock. Two tugs assisting. Engines helm as necessary.

5.15pm: Vessel clear of dock. Proceeded down river. Engine at various speeds.

6.10pm: Passed Bowling.

6.30pm: Passed Dumbarton.

7.25pm: Passed Tail of Bank Buoy.

7.40pm: Let go starboard anchor and veered to 45 fathoms. 7.50pm: Vessel brought up in 10 fathoms. Tail of Bank Buoy bearing SSW.

9.30pm: Despatched Motor Boat to shore with mails.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1915


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[Cover of Copy of Log for December 1915, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty and signed by Captain (as before), dated 3 January 1916]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 December 1915

From Glasgow to join Patrols

Lat 55.25, Long -6.25

Midnight: Motor Boat returned and hoisted.

0.30am: Started to heave in cable. 0.35am: Anchor aweigh. Slow ahead. 0.40am: Full speed W0.5N.

1.5am: Passed Fairway buoy to Boom. Slow. 1.10am: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded 15 knots SWxS.

1.33am: Passed Skelmorlie Buoy, altered course S27W.

2.7am: Cumbrae Island Light abeam.

3.0am: Holy Island Light at distance 1.5 miles, altered course S34W.

3.26am: Pladda Island Light at distance 2 miles, altered course S70W.

4.57am: Sanda Island Light at distance 1 mile, altered course WNW.

5.30am: Deas Island at [blank]. Courses various rounding Mull. 5.40am: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing WxS distant 0.75 miles. Set course NxW.

6.30am: Altered course N75W, zig-zagging 2 points. 6.55am: Otter Rock Light at distance 2.5 miles.

7.30am: Altered course N32W, zig-zagging 2.5 points.

8.10am: Oversay Light House abeam distant 3.5 miles.

11.10am: Observed Bull Point Rathlin Island, altered course SExS. 11.35am: Bull Point at [blank] altered course SE0.5E.

11.40am: Stopped to examine propellor. TB [Torpedo Boat] Thorn standing by. 11.52am: Half speed ahead.

0.4pm: Proceeded Full speed. 0.10pm: 15 knots. 0.16pm: Benmore Head at [blank], altered course SE. 0.30pm: Tor [Torr] Point at distance 1.5 miles, altered course SSE.

1.40pm: Maiden’s Light bearing S31W, distant 5 miles, altered course N73E.

3.20pm: Ailsa Craig abeam.

4.0pm: Pladda Island Light at distance 1.75 [miles], altered course N35E.

4.26pm: Holy Island Light at distance 1.25 miles.

5.20pm: Passed Cumbrae Island Light.

6.0pm: Skelmorlie Buoy at [blank], altered course NExN.

6.30pm: Slow and passed through Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded Full speed E0.5S and variously to anchorage.

7.2pm: Let go starboard anchor and veered 3 shackles. 7.5pm: Vessel brought up in 8 fathoms. Tail of Bank Buoy Bearing SW by W. Roseneath Patch Buoy bearing NW0.5W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 135 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Benmore Head S65E, 4 miles]


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2 December 1915

From Glasgow to Belfast

Lat 55.97, Long -4.75

[Vessel at single anchor off Tail of the Bank]

3.0am: Anchor bearings frequently checked.

am: Draft Forward 23’ 6”, Aft 23’ 9”.

8.0am: Diver arrived and Examined starboard propellor and discovered one blade ~ [word off edge of page - probably “broken”]

9.30am: Despatched motor ashore with mail etc.

11.50am: Hove short. 0.7pm: Motor Boat returned. Weighed anchor and proceeded slow ahead while hoisting motor boat. 0.21pm: Motor Boat hoisted. Full speed.

0.40pm: Slow, altered course SWxS. 0.47pm: Passed Boom Defence Gate. Full Speed.

1.0pm: Passed Skelmorlie Buoy, altered course S26W.

1.45pm: Cumbrae Island at distance 1 mile, altered course S25W.

2.33pm: Holy Island Light House Light House at distance 1 mile.

3.0pm: Pladda Island Light House at distance 1.5 miles. 3.35pm: Ailsa Craig at distance 3.5 miles, altered course S46W.

4.30pm: Corsewall Point Light at distance 9 miles. Commenced zig-zagging 2 points.

6.0pm: Signalled Orlock Point altered course S70W.

6.25pm: Stopped for examination vessel. 6.30pm: Proceeded. Full speed.

6.50pm: Stopped and received Pilot at Pile Lighthouse.

6.55pm: Proceeded up Victoria Channel. Half speed.

7.20pm: Stopped Two tugs attending.

8.0pm: Vessel secured at Clarence Wharf. 8.15pm: Vessel aground forward.

8.30pm: Let go and moved to Alexandra Wharf. Engines and helm as necessary.

9.40pm: Secured at Alexandra Wharf. Finished with engines.

[Misty all day, noon temperature 40F]


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3 December 1915

At Belfast

Lat 54.61, Long -5.90 [estimated]

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.

4.30pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.30am.

5.30pm: Collier arrived and secured alongside starboard side.

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2382 tons]


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4 December 1915

At Belfast

Lat 54.61, Long -5.90

7.0am: Colliers and coaling gear examined and found correct. [signed] LGP Vereker, Lieutenant Commander RNR.

7.30am: Commenced coaling into No 3 Hold.

pm: Hands employed coaling.

4.30pm: Leave to starboard watch till 7.0am. Port Watch continued coaling.

[Mist and/or rain for much of day, noon temperature 39F]


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5 December 1915

At Belfast

Lat 54.61, Long -5.90

1.0am: Finished coaling. Received [blank] Tons.

9.30am: Landed Roman Catholics to Church.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.45am: Cast off Collier.

11.0am: Hands to stations for shifting ship. 11.10am: Let go from Wharf and proceeded to Graving Dock. Two tugs in attendance. 11.20am: Entered New Graving Dock.

Noon: Vessel secured in position.

0.40pm: Vessel took the chocks.

1.30pm: Leave to Port Watch till 7.30am.

2.45pm: Dock Dry.

4.0pm: Paid out anchors and cables into dock.

6.0pm: Messrs Workmen and Clark’s [Workman and Clark] employees working at propellor etc. Cleaning bottom.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2653 tons]


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6 December 1915

At Belfast

Lat 54.61, Long -5.90

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

3.0pm: Anchor cables surveyed. Shackles replaced.

pm: Messrs Workmen Clark’s employees painting bottom.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch till 7.30am.


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7 December 1915

At Belfast

Lat 54.61, Long -5.90

11.15am: Started to let water into Dock.

[Draft: Forward 24’ 5”, Aft 24’ 1”]

0.35am: Vessel afloat. 1.15pm: Proceeded out of Dock. Pilot and three tugs in attendance.

1.40pm: Clear of dock, proceeded to swing. 2.0pm: Let go tugs and proceeded down Channel. Half Speed.

3.0pm: Passed Pile Light House. Slow. 3.10pm: Stopped. 3.15pm: Discharged Pilot.

pm: Engines and helm as necessary adjusting compasses.

6.0pm: Adjustment completed. Mew Island bearing SSE distant 4 miles. Set Course East and proceeded 13 knots. 6.12pm: Altered course N44E.

7.55pm: Corsewall Point Light at distance 3 miles, altered course N7W.

9.34pm: Sanda Island Light at distance 1 mile, altered course N65W.

9.45pm: Deas Point at [blank]. Courses various.

10.10pm: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing East distant 0.5 miles, altered course N18W.

11.33pm: Otter Rock Light at distance 3.5 miles.


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8 December 1915

From Belfast to join Patrol

Lat 56.78, Long -9.70

0.35am: Oversay Light abeam distant 2.5 miles, altered course N33W.

3.40am: Skerryvore Light at distance 18 miles.

6.45am: Barra Head Light at distance 26 miles.

7.30am: Speed 15 knots, zig-zagging 2.5 points.

10.0am: General Quarters. 10.15am: Altered course West while at General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Circuits tested.

11.30am: Secure. Resumed course N33W.

Noon: Altered course N7E.

2.15pm: Altered course ExS to intercept vessel.

3.0pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner Zampa [possibly the ship listed here for 28 February], Lat 57 14 N, Long 9 53 W. Boarding Officer Acting Lieutenant L Thompson RNR.

4.0pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 4.35pm: Speed 13 knots.

7.0pm: Zig-zagging 2.5 points.

10.0pm: Ceased zig-zagging. 10.45pm: Altered course N1W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles]

[Currents in the 24 hours ending at Noon: Favourable tides 10 miles]

[Squally winds north westerly, northerly and westerly force 6 or 7 until 9pm, with sea state mostly very rough or high. Weather mostly fine, noon temperature 43F sea temperature 49F]


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9 December 1915

From Belfast to join A Patrol

Lat 60.45, Long -13.42

7.0am: Commenced zig-zagging 2.5 points.

11.30am: Altered course N78E.

0.30pm: Ceased zig-zagging, increased speed 13.5 knots.

3.10pm: Altered course S55E to intercept steamer. Speed 14.5 knots.

3.30pm: Half speed while signalling British SS Strathdee [Strathdee (2) listed here].

3.35pm: Altered course N30E. 3.44pm: Proceeded, 13 knots, N75E.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Darkened ship. Prepared for night defence. Exercised fire stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 262 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 62 40 N, Long 7 25 W, N53E, 220 miles]

[Weather still squally with very rough sea for most of day. Snowing all day, noon temperature 36F, sea temperature 46F]


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10 December 1915

From Belfast to join A Patrol

Lat 62.78, Long -5.05

1.46am: Altered course North to intercept steamer.

2.20am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Aalesund”, Lat 62 07 N, Long 8 50 W.

3.25am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N73E 14.5 knots. Boarding Officer Acting Lieutenant L Thompson RNR.

5.2am: Mygganoes [Myggenaes] Island Light abeam distant 18 miles, altered course S80E.

5.55am: Altered course N75E to intercept steamer.

6.12am: Altered course N60W and passed closed to trawler. 6.19am: Proceeded S80E.

8.30am: Position checked by angles etc off Faeroe Islands.

9.20am: Bispen (Fuglo Island) abeam distant 12.5 miles.

11.13am: Altered course N70E towards [HMS] “Almanzora”.

0.10pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Almanzora” for back signals etc.

0.26pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 0.30pm: Proceeded 13 knots, N40W.

2.30pm: Commenced zig-zagging 2.5 points.

6.0pm: Altered course S58E, zig-zagging 2.5 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 269 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Fuglo Island S52W, 44 miles]

[Squally, with snow until 4pm, then fine, noon temperature 29F, sea temperature 40F]


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11 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 62.48, Long -5.05

6.0am: Altered course N59W, zig-zagging 3 points.

2.0pm: Zig-zagging 2.5 points.

3.45pm: Darkened Ship etc.

4.30pm: Ceased zig-zagging. Evening quarters.

5.30pm: Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Altered course S56E. Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 313 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Videro Island (North Point) S81W, 42 miles]

[Weather fine in am, squally in pm, northerly winds force 7 to 9 from 4pm, with snow at times, sea becoming very rough or high]


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12 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 62.40, Long -4.30

0.20am: Ceased zig-zagging. Speed 10 knots.

1.30am: Zig-zagging 1.5 points.

3.10am: Altered course NExN towards steamer.

4.20am: Altered course N29E and variously round steamer. 5.0am: Altered course S30E following steamer.

7.0am: Circled round SS “Kronprinz Gustaf” with armed guard on board [mentioned in the log for HMS Victorian for 11 December 1915 as Kronprinz Gustav, Swedish].

7.30am: Set course N48W. Speed 10 knots.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

4.0pm: Videro bearing N75W, distant 38 miles.

8.0pm: Altered course S70E, zig-zagging 2 points.

10.0pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 255 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 7 or 8 with sea state high for most of day, snow on and off]


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13 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 62.42, Long -4.20

Midnight: Increased speed 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

6.0am: Altered course N60W. Ceased zig-zagging.

9.0am: Commenced zig-zagging 2 points.

10.15am: Stopped and dropped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice. 10.25am: Proceeded 12 knots steaming round target.

11.50am: Stopped and Recovered target. 0.10pm: Proceeded 15 knots, N58W.

4.44pm: Bispen (Fuglo Island) abeam distant 18 miles.

6.30pm: Altered course S56E, zig-zagging 2.5 points.

8.30pm: Altered course S25W towards vessels light.

8.56pm: Courses various round trawlers.

9.13pm: Bispen bearing S37W, distant 6.5 miles. Set course [blank]. 9.56pm: Altered course S56E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 238 miles]

[Wind and sea moderating in pm]


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14 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.87, Long -0.63

4.0am: Ceased zig-zagging.

9.10am: Zig-zagging 2 points. Speed 14 knots.

10.10am: Stopped and dropped target and after life boat. 10.20am: Proceeded 15 knots round target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.55am: Stopped to recover target. 0.10pm: Target and Life Boat hoisted. Proceeded S40E 14.5 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course N63E, zig-zagging 3 points.

8.0pm: Altered course S18W, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 300 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 61 10 N, Long 2 00 E, S61E, 86 miles]


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15 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.13, Long 2.00

[Zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

10.15am: Observed HMS Alcantara.

11.15am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Alcantara for signals etc.

Noon: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots S20W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 312 miles]


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16 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.22, Long 1.97

5.30am: Altered course West towards vessels light.

6.30am: Stopped and signalled Auxilliary [Auxiliary] Patrol vessel “Walpole” [listed here].

6.50am: Proceeded 14 knots, S5E.

7.10am: Altered course East towards vessel’s light.

7.20am: Speed 15 knots altered course NNE and variously and signalled Auxilliary Patrol “Saxon” [listed with Walpole above].

7.44am: Proceeded S10W.

9.0am: Altered course N16E, zig-zagging 3 points.

11.0am: Alcantara in company signalling.

Noon: Altered course S18W, zig-zagging 3 points.

[Continued zig-zagging to and fro in pm]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 312 miles]


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17 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 60.85, Long 2.05

10.12am: Stopped and slipped target and port after lifeboat.

10.20am: Proceeded 15 knots round target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.58am: Stopped to recover target.

0.42pm: Target and life boat hoisted. Proceeded N15E 14 knots.

7.0pm: Position Lat 60 31 N, Long 2 12 E.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 309 miles]


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18 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.07, Long 2.00

[Zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

9.0pm: Altered course S30W. Position Lat 61 02 N, Long 2 17 E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 295 miles]

[Northerly and north westerly wind force 6 for most of day with sea state very rough. Snow, rain or hail at times, noon temperature 36F, sea temperature 43F]


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19 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.12, Long 2.17

[Still zig-zagging to and fro, changing course every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 304 miles]


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20 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.07, Long 2.13

Noon to 1.0pm: Swinging ship for table of Deviations.

1.0pm: Set course S20W, zig-zagging 2.5 points.

3.30pm: Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Collision stations. Prepared for night defence.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 314 miles]


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21 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 60.40, Long 2.05

0.5pm: Altered course N56W to intercept a steamer, speed 15 knots.

1.30am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian motor fishing vessel “Svanen”, Lat 60 31 N, Long 1 29 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.0am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeding N70W Slow following “Svanen”.

7.56am: Altered course S42E to intercept steamer.

9.16am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Rio de Janeiro, Lat 60 14 N, Long 2 15 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.30am: Put armed guard on board “Rio de Janeiro” and ordered her to Tyne, Sub Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

10.54am: Proceeded 14 knots, WNW. Exercising Control parties.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 284 miles]


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22 December 1915

On Patrol [though not stated in log]

Lat 60.67, Long 1.03

2.35pm: Altered North to intercept steamer. 2.40pm: Altered course N by W. Full speed.

3.8pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Skruin, Lat 61 21 N, Long 0 56 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.40pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S18W 14 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

5.0pm: Tested auxiliary lighting.

8.45pm: Altered course N70W to intercept steamer.

9.20am: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Sydland”, Lat 61 18 N, Long 0 37 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.0pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots S17W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 338 miles]


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23 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.17, Long 1.68

[Zig-zagging to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 277 miles]

[South easterly wind force 7 or 8 with sea state high in am, force 6 with sea state very rough in pm, snow at times]


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24 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.13, Long 2.08

0.39am: Altered course SExE towards steamer.

1.57am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Inger”, Lat 60 42 N, Long 2 32 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.57am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots N16W.

1.40pm: Altered course S25E to intercept steamer.

2.27pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Bergensfjord” [Bergensfjord (1) listed here], Lat 60 49 N, Long 1 59 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Vessel stopped while waiting for instructions re SS “Bergensfjord”.

6.15pm: Ordered “Bergensfjord” to proceed. 6.20pm: Cutter returned with German prisoner from “Bergensfjord”.

6.31pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded N25E 13 knots zig-zag 2 points.

10.40pm: Ceased zig-zagging. Speed 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 263 miles]

[South easterly wind force 5 or 6 all day, sea state rough to very rough, snow in am, cloudy in pm. Noon temperature 27F]


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25 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.25, Long 2.00

[Zig-zagging to and fro on Christmas Day, changing course every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 219 miles]

[South easterly wind force 6 or 7 all day, sea state mostly rough, mist and snow for much of the time]


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26 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.23, Long 1.83

[Zig-zagging to and fro until evening, when wind and sea increased, changing course every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 276 miles]


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27 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 60.98, Long 1.68

10.10am: Stopped and slipped Target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice. 10.15am: Target capsized. Engines as necessary manouvring [sic] to recover target.

11.9am: Recovered target and proceeded 13 knots, N15E, zig zagging 3 points.

4.40pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 238 miles]


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28 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.10, Long 1.87

4.0am: Altered course East to intercept steamer. Speed 14 knots.

4.25am: Stopped. 4.45 Despatched armed guard to Norwegian SS “Sneppe”, Lat 61 05 N, Long 1 50 E.

[6.0am: SS Sneppe ordered to Lerwick Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane in charge.]

6.13am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S17W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

10.0am: General Quarters. Fire and stretcher parties exercised.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]


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29 December 1915

On Patrol [though not stated in log]

Lat 60.87, Long 1.95

9.10am: Ceased zig-zagging.

10.15am: Stopped and slipped target and Port after Life Boat and Proceeded. Steaming round target at 13 knots. Carrying out Gunlayers tests.

0.10pm: Ceased Firing. 0.25pm: Stopped to recover target and Life Boat. 0.50pm: Target and life boat hoisted. Proceeded N15E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

1.28pm: Altered course W by S to intercept steamer. Speed 14 knots.

2.5pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Hroptytryr” [Hroptatyr], Lat 60 57 N, Long 1 41 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.52pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S10W 13 knots, zig zag 2 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 311 miles]


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30 December 1915

On Patrol

Lat 61.22, Long 1.95

[Not much happening today, all log entries shown as example]

Midnight: Altered course N15E, zig-zag 3 points.

4.0am: Altered course S17W.

7.30am: Speed 15 knots.

8.0am: Altered course N15E. 8.30am: Speed 13 knots.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

Noon: Altered course S17W, zig-zag 3 points.

1.0pm: Zig-zag 2.5 points.

2.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

3.30pm: Darkened Ship. Prepared for night defence.

4.0pm: Altered course N15E, zig-zag 2 points.

4.30pm: Evening quarters.

5.20pm: Altered course NNW. Speed 15 knots. Ceased zig-zagging.

5.45pm to 6.30pm: Navigation Light shown.

7.0pm: Altered course N47W.

10.30pm: Altered course N74W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 301 miles]

[Weather relatively quiet in am, wind and sea increasing in pm, southerly wind force 7 or 8 from 4pm with sea state very rough to high with mist and rain]


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31 December 1915

From Sea to Swarbacks Minn and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37 [estimated]

4.0am: Speed 14.5 knots. Sounding continually.

7.0am: Observed Eshaness Skerry Light bearing SSE, altered course S15W, Speed 14 knots.

7.33am: Eshaness Skerry Light abeam, distant 5.5 miles, altered course S35E. Speed 15 knots, zig-zagging 2.5 knots.

8.35am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light.

8.40am: Slow and passed boom defence Gate. 8.50am: Full speed.

9.0am: Stopped and let go port anchor.

10.0am: Hove up and shifted berth.

11.20am: Vessel moored in No 3 Berth Busta Voe. Port anchor 5 Shackle, Starboard 4.

pm: Hevden Ness Light bearing S4.5W, Burgastoo Island bearing S74W, Busta House Flag Staff N13W. Draft Forward 18’ 3”, Aft 24’ 6”. Hands make and mend clothes.

5.0pm: Sub Lieutenant Richards and prize crew rejoined ship.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 275 miles]

[Fuel Expended for all purposes: Coal 48 tons, Extraordinary Expenditure 55 tons. Fuel Remaining 788 tons]

[Southerly wind force 7 or 8 all day, very misty with rain until evening. Noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 46F]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for January 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 2 February 1916]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before apart from:

Error of Barometer: 0.43 inches too low from 1st to 20th January. Corrected noon 20th January]


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1 January 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

8.25am: Colliers “Tonneley” [probably Towneley] and “Wychwood” arrived alongside and secured.

am: Colliers coaling gear examined and found correct.

9.25am: Commenced coaling

2.0pm: German prisoner (from SS Bergensfjord) landed under escort to Lerwick.

9.20pm: Ceased coaling for the day. Received 306 tons.


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2 January 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

8.0am: Resumed coaling.

7.45pm: Ceased coaling for the day. Received 521 Tons. Total 827 Tons.


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3 January 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

8.0am: Resumed coaling

pm: Coaling delayed from noon. Colliers turning round.

2.30pm: Resumed coaling port side. 3.20pm: Resumed coaling starboard side.

4.50pm: Thomas Bell Stoker RNR of HMS Gibralter [Gibraltar] accidentally killed in No 1 hold of SS Townelley [sic]. [Entry on Casualty List reads: Gibraltar, Northern Patrol depot ship, Shetlands, ex-cruiser. BELL, Thomas, Stoker, RNR, S 7971, died in UK]

7.30pm: Finished coaling for the day. Received 401 Tons. Total 1228 Tons.


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4 January 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

8.20am: Commenced coaling

9.30am: Enquiry into death of T Bell held on board.

11.0am: Finished coaling. Received 92 tons Total 1320 Tons.

pm: Draft: Forward 22’ 3”, Aft 23’ 4”.

1.45pm: Discharged Private Taylor RMLI and [blank] trimmer to HMS Gibralter [sic] for hospital.

2.30pm: Weighed port anchor.

5.0pm: Hands employed cleaning ship.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2042 tons]


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5 January 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

9.15am: Let go port anchor and veered to 45 fathoms. Veered starboard cable to 75 fathoms.

[Squally north westerly wind force 8 or 9 until 6pm, then reducing, rain at times, noon temperature 46F]


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6 January 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

7.30am: Body of deceased Stoker (Thomas Bell) left ship for “Gibralter”.

11.0am: Ship visited and inspected by Rear Admiral Sir Dudley de Chair KCB commanding 10th Cruiser Squadron.

0.30pm: Weighed port anchor.

3.0pm: Hove short starboard cable. 3.10pm: Weighed starboard anchor and proceeded. Speed 13 knots. Courses various.

3.28pm: Slow and passed through Boom Defence Gate. 3.30pm: Full speed WxN.

3.40pm: Murbie Stacks Light House abeam. Set course N34W. Speed 15 knots. Prepared for night defence. Darkened ship and closed WT doors.

3.50pm: Zig-zagging 2.5 points.

4.30pm: Eshaness Light bearing N71E, distant 3.75 miles, altered course N45W, zig-zag 2.5 points.

5.50pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

8.30pm: Altered course N4W.

Midnight: Altered course S27W. Speed 13 knots.

[Squally westerly wind force 7 from 8pm, sea becoming very rough, with rain]


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7 January 1916

From Busta Voe to G Patrol

Lat 60.95, Long -4.00

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised Fire control. Supply parties exercised.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 235 miles]

[Winds variable in force and direction during day, squally force 7 to 9 in pm, sea state very rough to high]


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8 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.08, Long 0.03

1.0pm: Altered course N47E and variously to intercept a steamer.

1.30pm: Slow and steamed round SS “Majestic” signalling.

2.5pm: Stopped and boarded British SS Majestic, Lat 61 16 N, Long 0 18 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant [RNR].

2.51pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots N34W, zig-zag 2 points.

10.0pm: Altered course N17E, zig-zag 3 points. Muckle Flugga Light bearing S10W, distant 23 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 286 miles]


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9 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.62, Long -0.88

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, changes of course at 2am, 6am, 10am, 2.15pm, 6.0pm and 10pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 286 miles]

[Squally south westerly wind force 6 from 3am to noon, sea rough in late am, westerly and north westerly wind force 7 or 8 from 10pm with very rough sea. Rain at times during day, noon temperature 47F, sea temperature 46F]


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10 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.55, Long -0.37

3.15am to 3.25am: Speed 11 knots during heavy squall.

0.7pm: Altered course S87E. Speed 14 knots, ceased zig-zagging.

3.7pm: Altered course S by E towards [HMS] “Columbella” and 4 masted barque “Thor II”.

3.56pm: Stopped and manoeuvred into position under “Columbella’s” lee quarter.

4.25pm: Cutter alongside from Columbella with secret papers etc. Standing by while “Columbella” picked up her cutter.

4.50pm: Proceeded 13 knots N53E.

8.40pm: Altered course S60W to look for “Thor II”, ceased zig-zagging.

11.35pm: Observed “Thor II” close to. Reduced speed and stood by to board on weather moderating.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 284 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind force 8 to 9 for most of day, sea state mostly high or very high]


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11 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.10, Long 1.80

1.0am: Engines dead Slow. Leeway about 3 points.

7.45am: Full speed and manouvred into position for boarding.

8.15am: Stopped and despatched cutter with armed guard to Norwegian Barque “Thor II”, Lieutenant Bennett RNR in charge. Lat 61 15 N, Long 1 51 E.

9.15am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded following Thor II while signalling.

10.0am: General Quarters.

1.15pm: Closed “Thor II” and despatched cutter to take off armed guard. Ordered “Thor II” to proceed on her voyage.

1.40pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 1.50pm: Proceeded N44E 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points.

8.0pm: Altered course S25W, zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 178 miles]

[Wind very variable during day, mostly northerly, sea state mostly very rough or high]


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12 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.92, Long 2.00

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging at times, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 278 miles]

[Wind increasing in am. Southerly force 7 to 9 from 1pm to 8pm, with sea state high or very high, wind and sea then reducing slightly. Mist and rain at times]


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13 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.33, Long 1.95

11.30am: Reduced speed 9.5 knots. Engines racing violently.

0.30pm: 8 knots 2.10pm: 7 knots.

4.35pm: Altered course S55E towards sailing 4.45pm: Slow and followed sailing vessel. Courses and speed as necessary.

10.45pm: Observed steamers lights and altered course towards her. Speed 13 knots.

11.15pm: Stopped and signalled her. 11.35pm: Slow ahead and proceeded back towards sailing vessel. Steamer following.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 223 miles]

[Winds variable in direction in early am, then squally north easterly, force 8 to 10 from 9am to 8pm with sea state high or very high. Mist and heavy rain in am, snow and hail in pm]


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14 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.00, Long 1.83

0.35am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Barque “Olivia” [this ship, though the date of loss is incorrect on this site - see also notes below], Lat 60 51 N, Long 1 45 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.0am: Ordered “Olivia” to proceed to Lerwick. placed armed guard on board Lieutenant Bennett RNR in charge.

3.15am: Proceeded to board Norwegian SS Roskva, Lat 60 49 N, Long 1 45 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

5.30am: Boarded Danish Motor Vessel “Panagan”. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.20am: Slow ahead and towed cutter towards SS “Roskva”. 7.45am: Placed Lieutenant Richards RNR on SS “Roskva” and ordered her to Cardiff.

8.0am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 8.20am: Proceeded N15E 10 knots zig-zag 3 points, “Panagan” following.

10.15am: Stopped. 10.25am: Lowered starboard after life boat and despatched it to “Panagan” with armed guard. Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane in charge. Ordered to proceed to Stornaway.

10.30am: General Quarters. Slipped target and proceeded to carry out aiming rifle (1 inch) practice. Life Boat remaining for spotting purposes.

Noon: Ceased firing.

1.5pm: Recovered target and life boat. 1.15pm: Proceeded N76E 13 knots.

7.0pm: Stopped Danish SS “Henry Tegner”.

8.45pm: Allowed Henry Tegner to proceed. 8.50pm: Set course S40W. Speed 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 93 miles]

[Winds variable in force and direction during day, sea state also variable, snow or rain at times]


[There is a reference in the National Archives here, relating to the loss of an Armed Guard on this date. Information here (for James Anderson) indicates that this relates to the “Olivia”. There is also discussion of the incident here and it is mentioned under “Escape of Raiders” here. The Casualty List for this date includes: Ebro, armed merchant cruiser, armed guard on merchant ship, all killed in action (no further information). ANDERSON, James, Seaman, Newfoundland RNR, X 1558. BENNETT, Austin D, Act/Lieutenant, RNR. MOORE, George H, Able Seaman (RFR B 4374), 197138 (Ch). NEARS, Albert, Able Seaman (RFR B 3608), 194978 (Ch). POTTINGER, Alfred, Leading Seaman, J 2350 (Ch)]


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15 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.57, Long 3.23

0.30am: Speed 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

1.10am: Speed 11 knots, ceased zig-zag.

3.20am: Zig-zag 2 points. 4.0am: Altered course S73E.

7.0am: Altered course N11E.

9.30am: Ceased zig-zag, altered course North.

9.55am: Altered course NW by W. Half speed. Vessel hove to.

11.45am: NW0.5N.

0.20pm: NW by N.

2.45pm: Cast the lead 102 fathoms fs [fine sand].

4.0pm: Cast the lead 92 fathoms fs. Observed Lat 60 42 N.

Midnight: Altered course N14E. Speed 9 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 170 miles]

[Squally westerly and north westerly wind force 7 to 10 from 3am onwards, sea state mostly high to phenomenal, snow and hail at times]


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16 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.75, Long 2.42

[Zig-zagging to and fro, changing course at 3.0am, 7.0am, 10.45am, 1.45pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm and 11.30pm]

8.0pm: Soundings - 7.30pm 48 fathoms s, 8.30pm 70 fathoms fs, 8.55pm 82 fathoms fs.

11.45pm: Observed Utvar [Utvaer] Light.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 163 miles]

[Wind and sea more moderate today. Snow, mist and drizzle at times, noon temperature 39F, sea temperature 46F]


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17 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.43, Long 2.50

0.30am: Altered course S55W, zig-zag 2 points. 0.45am: Utvar Light bearing S68E, distant 22 miles.

6.0am: Altered course N14E.

10.35am: Speed 14 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

11.0am: Exercised after control position and breakdown steering gear.

Noon: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 2.5 points.

1.20pm: Resumed control from fore bridge.

1.30pm: Altered course S18W.

9.0pm: Altered course N55E.

10.45pm: Soundings 61 fathoms fs. 11.15pm: Soundings 83 fathoms fs.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 311 miles]


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18 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.70, Long -1.97

[Zig-zagging to and fro in rather variable weather]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 300 miles]


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19 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.03, Long 2.00

[Nothing of note in log, weather variable with high wind and sea at times]

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 296 miles]


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20 January 1916

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 61.38, Long 2.98

Noon: Aneroid Barometer corrected. Corrected reading 28.87. [Recorded reading in log at noon 28.43]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 190 miles]

[Wind squally and south westerly or westerly force 7 to 9, sea high to very high, rain or hail at times]


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21 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.82, Long 2.30

2.15am: Altered course W0.5S to intercept ketch.

3.25am: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch “Suduron”, Lat 60 38 N, Long 2 12 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

5.15am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N11E 14 knots.

6.30am: Zig-zag 2 points.

5.15pm: Ceased zig-zag.

8.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

10.0pm: Altered course SW. Half speed. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 161 miles]

[Wind mostly westerly and south westerly force 5 to 6 in am, force 6 to 10 in pm, sea state varying from very rough to very high, rain or hail at times]


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22 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.13, Long 1.55

7.0am: Speed 11 knots, set course SW by S.

8.40am: Altered course N15E, speed 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

9.30am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 14 knots.

0.5pm: Altered course N40E towards Sailing Vessel.

0.50pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Ship “Nor”, Lat 61 19 N, Long 1 43 E. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.45pm: Proceeded S11W 13 knots.

5.0pm: Altered course N10E.

8.0pm: Altered course S25W.

11.0pm: Altered course N9E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 205 miles]

[Wind and sea reducing in middle of day but difficult conditions early and late in the day]


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23 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.67, Long 2.18

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15pm: Divine Service.

11.40am: Altered course SE x E towards sailing vessel.

11.50am: Altered course ESE and passed Norwegian Ship “Nor”.

[Soundings about every half hour from 1.0pm to 2.50pm]

5.20pm: Ceased zig-zag.

6.0pm: Utvaer Light at distance 13 miles.

8.43pm: Utvaer Light at distance 10 miles, altered course S5W. Current observed between 7.0pm and 8.45pm North 2 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 271 miles]


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24 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.45, Long 1.97

7.0am: Zig-zag 2 points.

9.45am: Altered course N24W to intercept sailing vessel.

10.5am: Slow and signalled Norwegian Barque “Dorade”, altered course S by W0.5 W, Lat 61 40 N, Long 2 00 E.

11.30am: Full speed and proceeded towards another sailing vessel.

0.15pm: Observed [HMS] “Alcantara”.

1.0pm: Stopped and signalled Norwegian 4 masted Barque “Beechbank” dismasted and with armed guard on board. Prepared to tow to Lerwick [see also note below].

1.30pm: Despatched cutter to “Alcantara” with secret documents etc.

3.0pm: Obtained connection with Beechbank. Proceeded to send towing hawsers.

6.0pm: Hemp on both hawsers parted. Standing by Beechbank to resume operations at daylight.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 280 miles]

[Squally westerly or south westerly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, sea state very rough to high, noon temperature 42F, sea temperature 46F]


[There is a detailed account here, under “Damage at Swarbacks Minn” relating to Ebro and the Beechbank]


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25 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.52, Long 3.42

2.0am: Standing by Beechbank. Engines as necessary.

7.30am: Resumed endeavours to take Beechbank in tow.

Noon: Hawsers secured to Beechbank’s cables. Engines as necessary taking strain and manoeuvring vessels head to wind.

3.0pm: Half speed W by S0.5S.

[Course and Distance made good: Estimated Drift E by N0.5N, 42 miles]

[Squally south westerly wind force 7 for most of day, sea state high]


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26 January 1916

From Sea to Lerwick or at Sea

Lat 61.17, Long 2.45

7.0am: Altered course W0.5S. 7.30am: Revolutions increased to 54.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.0am: HMS “Alcantara” in company.

1.30pm: Altered course W0.25N.

5.0pm: Altered course S84W.

[Course and Distance made good: S56W, 35 miles]

[Westerly and north westerly wind force 7 to 9 until 11am, with sea high to very high. Wind and sea reducing in pm but still very rough until 6pm]


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27 January 1916

From Sea to Lerwick etc.

Lat 60.13, Long -1.13 [rough estimate]

4.30am: Altered course N87W.

5.8am: Out Skerries Light bearing N30W, distant 21 miles.

6.24am: Out Skerries Light abeam distant 17 miles.

8.10am: Altered course NW by W and variously round Bard Head and to anchorage.

8.20am: Stopped and lowered port anchor. 8.30am: Veered to 90 fathoms.

9.15am: Finished with Engines. Vessel brought up in 32 fathoms water. Kirkabister Light bearing ExS0.5S distant 4 cables. Despatched cutter to Beechbank with working party to assist in heaving in cables.

0.30pm: All hawsers ropes etc recovered. 0.50pm: Cutter returned from Beechbank and hoisted. Hove short.

1.8pm: Up anchor. Engines variously while signalling “Brilliant”. 1.20 Proceeded 15 knots Courses Various. 1.45pm: Utmost speed.

2.15pm: Noss Head bearing NNW distant 4 miles. Set course ENE, zig-zagging irregularly.

6.0pm: Muckle Flugga Light bearing N61W, distant 16.5 miles, altered course North and variously to intercept a steamer.

8.15pm: Half speed. Signalled Danish SS “Kena” [shown as “Kina on next page, possibly Kina (2) listed here].

9.35pm: Muckle Flugga Light bearing S22E, distant 25 miles.

11.0pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS Kena, Lat 61 12 N, Long 1 51 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 126 miles]


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28 January 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.53, Long -5.10

2.20am: SS Kina allowed to proceed. 2.32am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N64W 13 knots.

3.40am: Commenced zig-zag 2.5 points.

11.30am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 15 knots.

1.40pm: Observed HMS “Alsatian” and altered course towards her.

1.59pm: Stopped. 2.5pm: Alsatian’s cutter alongside and despatched with papers etc.

2.34pm: Proceeded S61W 13 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 238 miles]


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29 January 1916

From Sea to Glasgow

Lat 58.70, Long -7.50

5.35am: Altered course S9E. Speed 14 knots. Sounding continuously.

7.0am: Zig-zag 2.5 points.

7.50am: Sulisker bearing N71E, distant 5 miles (approximate soundings 37 fathoms, r [rock]), altered course S4W.

8.10am: Altered course West zig-zag 2 points.

10.20am: Zig-zag 1.5 points.

11.0am and 1.0pm: Sounding every half hour.

4.30pm: Darkened ship. 5.0pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.30pm: Altered course S25W. Ceased zig-zag.

7.0pm: Sounding every half hour.

10.40pm: Observed Barra Head Light bearing S30E, altered course S6E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]


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30 January 1916

From Sea to Glasgow

Lat 55.33, Long -5.17

0.50am: Barra Head Light at distance 12.5 miles.

3.0am: Skerryvore Light at distance 13 miles.

5.58am: Oversay Light at distance 8 miles. 6.0am: Zig-zag 2 points.

7.30pm: Courses various zig zag irregularly through Rathlin Sound.

8.31am: Torr Head abeam. Set course S22E. Ceased zig-zag.

9.45am: Divisions. 9.50am: Altered course N 69E. 10.15am: Divine Service. Zig-zag 2.5 points.

0.20pm: Pladda Island Light at distance 2.5 miles.

1.35pm: Passed Cumbrae.

2.5pm: Passed Toward Point and received permission to pass fixed defences.

2.30pm: Slow and passed through Boom Defence Gate. 2.40pm: Stopped and received Pilot. 2.45pm: Proceeded Full Speed E0.5N and variously.

3.0pm: Slow off Greenock.

4.0pm: Passed Dumbarton.

5.30pm: Arrived at Princes Dock.

6.0pm: Vessel secured in Berth No 31 Princes Dock. Finished with engines.

7.45pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 9.0am Saturday [on this Sunday].

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 317 miles]


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31 January 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

6.30am: Wash and scrub decks.

7.30am: Quarters clean guns.

am: Hands employed painting Boat Deck etc.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

3.0pm: Shifted ship ahead 80 feet.

4.30pm: Leave to first Part Port Watch till 7.0am.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 322 tons]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for February 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 6 March 1916]

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[Details of Barometer:

Mercurial or Aneroid

Aneroid from 1st to 9th February. Mercurial Barometer brought into use from midnight 9th February

Name of Maker and number

J Hicks 767

Height of cistern above sea

40 feet

Details of Thermometers as before]


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1 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Hands scrubbing decks.

am: Hands variously employed.

11.0am: Sub Lieutenant WH Slaughter RNR joined ship vice Acting Lieutenant Bennett RNR.

pm: Hands employed painting boats etc.

3.0pm: Surgeon DM Boddie RN vice Surgeon AG Williams RN.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part port watch till 7.0am.


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2 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands getting in stores, painting boats etc.

4.0pm: Hands mustered for monthly payment.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part port watch.


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3 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30 [estimated]

11.30am: Hands to stations for shifting Ship. 11.40am: Let go and warped vessel into Govan Graving Dock. Pilot and one tug in attendance.

1.0pm: Vessel secured in Dock. 1.30pm: Took the Chocks. 2.40pm: Vessel shored up.

4.0pm: Dock dry. Bottom and under water fittings examined and stern glands packed.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part port watch.

10.0pm: Taking cranes on board at No 5 Hold.


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4 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.0am: Starboard Watch returned from leave.

9.0am: Port Watch proceeded on leave till 9.0am Tuesday 8th February.

11.45am: Lieutenant Commander WDP Jones RN [or RNR - off edge of page] joined ship vice Lieutenant Commander LGP Vereker RNR.

0.30pm: Started to flood Dock.

1.20pm: Vessel afloat. 1.45pm: Dock Gates open. 2.0pm: Left Graving Dock and with assistance of two tugs canted vessel in Basin and proceeded to Coaling Berth Princes Dock. Pilot in attendance.

3.30pm: Vessel secured alongside Coal Hoist. Commenced tipping coal into No 3 Hatch. 2 Foremen and 20 Men employed.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part Starboard Watch.

6.0pm: 36 Men and 3 Foremen employed coaling.

9.30pm to 10.30pm: Coaling people at Supper.


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5 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

4.30am: 3 Foremen and 34 Men Standing By waiting for coal.

6.0am: Day Shift 30 Men and 3 Foremen.

6.30am: Watch Employed Shipping Starboard Crane at No 4 Hatch and as necessary.

Noon: Coaling Resumed.

pm: Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

2.30pm: Finished Coaling at Hoist.

3.0pm: Hands mustered for payment.

4.0pm: Hands to stations for shifting ship. Pilot and 3 tugs in attendance.

4.15pm: Let go and proceeded to No 14 Berth.

5.20pm: Vessel secured at No 14 Berth Princes Dock.

6.0pm: Local leave to second Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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6 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Hands Cleaning Ship.

10.15am: Landed RC and C of E Church parties.

11.30am: C of E Church party returned on board.

1.30pm: Local leave to first Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am Monday.

5.0pm: Evening quarters.


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7 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.30am: Commenced coaling into side pockets. 3 Foremen and 60 men employed.

am: Hands employed taking in stores, Cleaning Ship and as necessary.

11.30am: 2 Foremen and 18 men employed painting Ship’s side.

3.0pm: Coaling throughout, 60 Men and 3 Foremen.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 27.

6.0pm: Local leave to second Part Starboard Watch till 9.0am.

[Rain in am, snow in pm, noon temperature 38F]


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8 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift coaling 66 Men and 3 Foremen.

9.45am: 22 Men and 2 Foremen painting Ship outside.

1.15pm: Hands mustered. Read Warrant No 28.

1.30pm: P Collier [or possibly Collin] OS [Ordinary Seaman] discharged to Detention Barracks.

5.0pm: Local leave to first Part Starboard Watch.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling 36 Men and 3 Foremen.


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9 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day Shift coaling.

9.0am: Port Watch returned on board from leave.

am: Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

2.0pm: Finished coaling. Received 2363 Tons.

5.0pm: Leave to starboard Watch till 7.0am.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2603 tons]


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10 February 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Hands variously employed taking in stores and preparing Ship for sea.

pm: Draft on Departure: Forward 25ft 0in, Aft 24ft 11in.

3.50pm: Singled up lines. 4.0pm: Left berth. Pilot and two tugs in attendance. Engines as necessary. 4.20pm: Canted ship in Basin.

4.40pm: Entered River. Slow ahead.

6.0pm: Passed Bowling. Let go head tug. Half speed ahead.

6.15pm: Passed Dumbarton.

6.45pm: Passed Greenock. Let go stern tug. 6.55pm: Discharged Pilot off Tail of Bank Buoy and proceeded NW 13 knots.

7.5pm: Passed Whitefarland Point and altered course W by N.

7.25pm: Slow approaching Boom, altered course SW x S. 7.30pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded 13 knots.

7.40pm: Wireless aerial carried away. Slow while executing repairs.

8.0pm: Passed Skelmorlie Buoy.

8.50pm: Altered course S25W. 9.10pm: Altered course NNE.

9.55pm: Repairs to aerial completed, altered course S30W. 10.0pm: Proceeded 13 knots. Cumbrae Light at distance 0.5 miles, altered course S25W.

11.16pm: Holy Island Light at distance 1.5 miles.

11.46pm: Pladda Island Light at distance 1.25 miles, altered course S75W.


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11 February 1916

At Glasgow [though actually at Sea, heading for patrol area]

Lat 56.55, Long -8.78

0.55am: Speed 15 knots. 1.0am: Altered course N85W.

1.18am: Sanda Island Light at distance 1.5 miles, altered course N57W.

1.50am: Courses various rounding Mull of Cantyre distance half a mile.

2.3am: Mull of Cantyre Light at distance 0.8 miles. Set Course N13W.

3.25am: Otter Rock Light at distance 3 miles.

4.23am: Oversay Light at distance 4 miles, altered course N28W. Speed 14.5 knots.

7.0am: Commenced zig-zagging 2.5 points.

10.10am: Mingulay Island bearing N63E distant 33 miles (approximately).

11.0am: General Quarters.

11.45am: Altered course WNW to intercept a steamer.

0.30pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Frisia” [Frisia (1) listed here], Lat 56 33 N, Long 9 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.50pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots NNW.

4.0pm: Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

4.30pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence stations.

5.30pm: Darkened ship and closed water tight doors.

10.0pm: Altered course N52E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles from Princes Dock]


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12 February 1916

From Glasgow to Sea

Lat 59.43, Long -8.42

2.0am: Zig-zag 2 points.

8.30am: Altered course SSW, zig-zag 3 points.

9.0am: Altered course NE to intercept a steamer.

9.15am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Staro”, Lat 59 26 N, Long 8 30 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.30am: Ordered “Staro” to Kirkwall with armed guard, Sub Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

11.0am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Terje Viken” [signed] SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant.

11.50am: Allowed “Terje Viken” to proceed. Cutter returned and hoisted.

Noon: Proceeded NW by N 14 knots to rendezvous [HMS] “Hildebrand”.

0.30pm: Altered course NE by E. 1.0pm: Altered course SE by S. 2.0pm: Altered course SW by W. 3.0pm: Altered course NW by N. 4.0pm: Altered course NE by E.

4.7pm: Observed “Hildebrand”, altered course North.

4.37pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Hildebrand” for back signals etc.

5.20pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 5.40pm: Proceeded N4E 13 knots.

6.45pm: Position Observed Lat 59 42 N, Long 8 35 W.

7.30pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

8.30pm: Altered course N70W.

10.30pm: Altered course S88E. zig-zag 3 points.

11.0pm: Third Degree of Vigilance.

11.30pm: Wireless aerials carried away.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 286 miles]

[Wind mostly south westerly, force 5 in am, force 5 to 7 in pm and squally. Sea state rough to very rough. Barometric pressure falling, noon air and sea temperature 48F]


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13 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.27, Long -7.00

3.0am: Zig-zag 3 points.

4.40am: Ceased zig-zag.

6.0am: Altered course N87W. Speed 11 knots. 6.30am: Speed 9 knots.

8.45am: Speed 7 knots.

9.0am: Wireless aerials repaired.

9.30am: Speed 8 knots.

10.0am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

Noon: Altered course W by N. 0.40pm: Speed 7 knots.

2.10pm: Altered course West towards a steamer.

4.15pm: Altered ESE and communicated with Norwegian SS “Romsdalsfjord”.

5.15pm: Proceed W by N, 8 knots.

7.15pm: Altered course N68W. 7.55pm: Speed 9 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 237 miles]

[Wind mostly westerly or north westerly force 7 to 9 until 8pm, squally with rain or hail in am, sea state high or very high for most of day]


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14 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.82, Long -7.77

0.30am: Altered course S89E, zig-zag 2.5 points. Speed 13 knots.

5.30am: Altered course N86W. 6.0am: Speed 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

7.5am: Altered course S60W.

9.35am: Altered course S7W.

10.30am: Altered course N87W.

2.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

4.10pm: Altered course S by W to intercept a steamer.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrants Nos 29 and 30.

5.15pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Tyskland”, Lat 59 25 N, Long 9 35 W.

6.30pm: Recalled cutter and ordered “Tyskland” to Kirkwall leaving Lieutenant Smiles RNR and one rating as armed guard, on board. [signed] SH Smiles.

7.5pm: Cutter hoisted. 7.20pm: NNW 9 knots. 7.50pm: SE by E 13 knots.

8.20pm: Altered course NWxW. Speed 9 knots.

10.30pm: Altered course S86E. Speed 12 knots. 11.0pm: Zig-zag 2.5 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 187 miles]

[Squally all day, wind south westerly in am, north westerly in pm, force 6 to 8 with sea state very rough to high for most of day. Snow and hail for most of pm]


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15 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.10, Long -8.90

2.0am: Zig-zag 2.5 points.

5.0am: Altered course N86W. 5.50am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 1.5 points.

9.10am: Altered course N40W. 9.25am: Altered course North.

10.15am: General Quarters. Exercised Fire Control. Fire and stretcher and supply parties exercised.

11.0am: Altered course West, zig-zag 1.5 points.

0.20pm: Zig-zag 2.5 points.

2.0pm: Altered course North, zig-zag 2 points.

4.0pm: Altered course West.

6.30pm: Altered course East, zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 238 miles]


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16 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 60.68, Long -8.93

7.30am: Observed HMS Patia.

10.0am: Observed “Teutonic”. 10.10am: Altered course NW.

10.30am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Teutonic for despatches.

10.57am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S30W 13 knots towards “Patia”.

11.15am: Stopped. Patia’s cutter alongside. Received ratings - 7 for Ebro and 4 for Columbella.

11.50am: Proceeded S24W 15 knots with despatches for remainder C Patrol.

2.7pm: Altered course S10W towards “Hildebrand” and “Columbella”.

2.43pm: Stopped. Handed despatches to cutters from Hildebrand and Columbella and transferred 4 ratings to Columbella.

2.59pm: Proceeded S23W 15 knots.

5.14pm: Altered course WSW to examine steamer. 5.20pm: Altered course NNE and signalled MFA [Merchant Fleet Auxiliary] “Sonoset”. 5.26pm: Stopped.

5.50pm: Altered course S5E Full speed towards Mantua and Hilary.

6.6pm: Stopped. Received one rating from Mantua and despatched secret papers to Mantua and Hilary.

6.34pm: Proceeded SW 13 knots.

8.0pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

9.30pm: Altered course N66W, zig-zag 2.5 points.

10.0pm: Altered course N86W. Ceased zig-zag. 10.15pm: Altered course S86E. 10.30pm: Zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 303 miles]


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17 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.72, Long -8.72

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol in variable weather, changes of course at 5.30am, 1.0pm, 6.0pm and 7.0pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 287 miles]


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18 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.67, Long -9.15

2.0am: Zig-zag 3 points.

6.0am: Altered course N85W.

pm: Lost by accident:- One Webley Pistol and accoutrements.

5.0pm: Exercised Abandon Ship Stations. 5.15pm: Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Altered course East, zig-zag 2.5 points.

10.0pm: Altered course N89E, zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 293 miles]


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19 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.53, Long -9.93

8.40am: Altered course East. Ceased zig-zag.

9.0am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Patuca” with back signals etc.

9.30am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 9.33am: Proceeded 13 knots swinging ship for table of Compass deviations.

9.50am: Turned towards “Patuca”.

10.16am: Stopped and received message from “Patuca”. 10.37am: Proceeded 13 knots, swinging ship.

Noon: Set course East.

2.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 15 knots.

2.26pm: Altered course NNE to intercept a steamer steering West.

3.11pm: Stopped and signalled Norwegian SS Digto to follow. 3.16 Proceeded N35E 13 knots to intercept steamer steering ESE, SS Digto following.

3.49pm: Identified Swedish SS Hogland [listed here] with armed guard on board and altered course SW towards “Digto”.

4.0pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Digto, Lat 58 57 N, Long 9 17 W. Boarding Officer Leslie W Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.50pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Digto proceeded. 4.55pm: Proceeded 13 knots S80W.

5.40pm: Altered course S76W to intercept a steamer steering East.

6.11pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Alexander Killand” [probably the ship mentioned here as Alexander Kielland, under the previous name of “Samui”], Lat 58 43 N, Long 9 33 W.

7.5pm: Placed armed guard on board and ordered “Alexander Killand” to Kirkwall, Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane RNR in charge. Boarding Officer Leslie W Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.35pm: Proceeded South 13 knots

8.15pm: Altered course East, zig-zag 3 points.

11.5pm: Altered course West and variously to intercept a steamer bound West.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 295 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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20 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.77, Long -9.18

Midnight: Stopped and boarded British SS Imani [referenced here], Lat 58 45 N, Long 8 45 W. Boarding Office Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.0am: Allowed “Imani” to proceed.

1.20am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N85W, zig-zag 2.5 points.

3.25am: Observed HMS Otway.

7.0am: Altered course N89E. 7.46am: Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 1.5 points.

9.5am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Otway”.

9.24am: Lieutenant Smiles and Richards with armed guards returned on board.

9.27am: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded West 13 knots. 9.35am: Altered course East, zig-zag 3 points.

10.15am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

1.14pm: Altered course N by E towards a vessel.

2.15pm: Identified Swedish Barquentine “Barden” and 2.20pm altered course S12E.

3.15pm: Altered course S88E, speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

7.0pm: Altered course NW and variously to intercept a trawler steering NW.

7.30pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Hilaria”, Lat 59 04 N, Long 7 40 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.20pm: Cutter returned and hoisted, proceeded 13 knots West.

10.0pm: Altered course N85W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 277 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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21 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.25, Long -10.18

6.0am: Altered course S66E.

8.30am: Altered course S11W to intercept a steamer, zig-zag 2.5 points.

9.30am: Altered course N56W. Trawlers steering North.

10.12am: Stopped and boarded Danish Trawlers “Skallagrimur” and “Baldur” [both listed here], Lat 58 20 N, Long 10 59 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.7pm: Cutter returned and hoisted, proceeded 13 knots S70E, zig-zag 2.5 points.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 32. 5.0pm: Exercised Collision stations.

5.30pm: Altered course S56E to intercept a steamer steering SW.

5.55pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Iberia” [Iberia (1) listed here], Lat 58 22 N, Long 8 09 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.25pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. 7.30pm: Half speed West, “Iberia” following.

8.50pm: Altered course South to intercept a steamer

9.20pm: Stopped. 9.40pm: Boarded Swedish SS “Sigyn”, Lat 58 12 N, Long 8 17 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.0pm: Ordered SS “Sigyn” to proceed and despatched armed guard to “Iberia” ordering her to Stornaway, Sub Lieutenant Slaughter RNR in charge.

10.36pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded North 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points. Position checked off Flannan Island Light.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 292 miles]


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22 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.37, Long -8.97

Midnight: Flannan Island Light bearing [blank], distant [blank], altered course N84W, zig-zag 3 points.

6.30am: Altered course East.

11.40am: Altered course NNE towards distant smoke. Zig-zag 2 points.

0.20pm: Observed HMS “Hilary”, altered course South, zig-zag 3 points. Speed 13 knots.

1.30pm: Altered course East.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 31.

6.30pm: Altered course N84W.

8.0pm: Flannan Island Light bearing S7E, distant 15.5 miles.

8.25pm: Altered course S35W. Ceased zig zag to intercept steamer steering South.

10.48pm: Abandoned chase, altered course N5E, Speed 13 knots.

Midnight: Flannan Island Light at distance 19 miles.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 270 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Boreray S27E, 35 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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23 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.57, Long -9.83

1.55am: Flannan Island Light bearing S55E distant 29 miles.

8.0am: Observed HMS “Hilary”.

10.17am: Stopped and slipped target and proceeded to carry [out] practice with one inch aiming rifle.

11.18am: Recovered target and proceeded 13 knots East, zig-zag 3 points.

10.56pm: Altered course N55W and variously to intercept a steamer.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 310 miles]


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24 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.07, Long -8.77

0.50am: Half speed, courses various signalling SS “Northern Coast” British Ammunition Carrier.

1.10am: Proceeded North 13 knots. 2.0am: Zig-zag 3 points.

9.55am: Altered course N by W Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points to intercept steamer steering E by S.

10.23am: Altered course North. Ceased zig-zag.

10.58am: Stopped and boarded USA SS Platuria, Lat 59 04 N, Long 8 46 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

Noon: Placed armed guard on Platuria and ordered her to proceed to Kirkwall. Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

0.15pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded South 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 308 miles]


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25 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 58.92, Long -11.03

9.0am: Altered course S11E to intercept steamer. Speed 15 knots, ceased zig-zag.

10.10am: Altered course South, zig-zag 2 points.

10.20am: Observed HMS “Gloucestershire”.

10.27am: Altered course North. Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

6.20pm: Altered course N by W to intercept sailing vessel. Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

7.45pm: Stopped and hailed and identified Norwegian 4 masted Barque “Thor II” steering WNW. Lat 58 41 N, Long 13 35 W.

7.48pm: Proceeded 13 knots round “Thor II”. 8.0pm: Set course S67E, zig zag 3 points and proceeded on patrol.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 307 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather fine and quiet, noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 48F]


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26 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.05, Long -11.05

9.30am: Altered course N by W, speed 14 knots zig zag 2 points to intercept a steamer.

10.0am: Altered course NNW. Speed 15 knots, ceased zig-zag.

10.32am: Stopped and boarded Danish Steam Trawler “Marz” RE114 [RE is the registration for Reykjavik], Lat 59 10 N, Long 11 07 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.14am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S15W 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

Noon: Altered course SWxS, Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

0.35pm: Stopped and sent back signals etc to HMS “Gloucestershire”.

0.45pm: Proceeded 13 knots. Courses various in Company with “Gloucestershire” signalling.

1.0pm: Speed 15 knots. Set course N84W, zig-zag 3 points.

2.0pm: Altered course NW towards distant smoke.

2.55pm: Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points.

4.0pm: Observed HMS “Patuca”, altered course WSW 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

5.50pm: Altered course West towards steamer, speed 15 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

6.40pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Gesto” [listed here under previous name of “Richmond”], Lat 58 38 N, Long 12 36 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.20pm: Placed armed guard on board “Gesto” and ordered her to Kirkwall. Mr Butler RNR in charge.

7.40pm: Proceeded 13 knots S87E, zig zag 3 points.

11.48pm: Altered course S45W speed 14 knots to intercept a steamer.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 311 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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27 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.35, Long -9.13

Midnight: Various courses round steamer. 0.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish Steam Trawler “Njordur”, Lat 58 55 N, Long 11 20 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.20am: Proceeded 13 knots S86E, zig zag 2 points.

4.0am: Zig-zag 3 points.

9.40am: Altered course NNE, Speed14 knots, zig zag 2 points to intercept a steamer.

10.8am: Altered course NNW. Ceased zig zag.

10.38am: Stopped and boarded British SS “Servian” [possibly the ship mentioned here, as being salved in September 1917], Lat 59 26 N, Long 9 12 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.30am: Cutter returned and hoisted, proceeded 13 knots South, zig zag 3 points.

11.0pm: Ceased zig-zag, altered course ExN.

11.38pm: 15 knots altered course WSW to intercept a steamer.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 293 miles]


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28 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.12, Long -9.25

0.5am: Signalled Norwegian SS Chrishamif~~ [name indistinct and off edge of page] bound West and ordered to proceed.

0.18am: Altered course ESE, speed 13 knots.

1.18am: Altered course S89E, zig-zag 3 points.

7.0am: Altered course N80W.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

3.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.40pm: Altered course S88E.

10.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 311 miles]


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29 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.52, Long -7.10

6.0am: Altered course N85W.

8.17am: Observed HMS “Gloucestershire”.

9.0am: Altered course NE by N towards distant sailing vessel.

9.6am: Observed AMC [Armed Merchant Cruiser] boarding vessel. Altered course N85W.

9.14am: Altered course East. Speed 15 knots, ceased zig-zag.

10.0am: Altered course N85E.

1.50pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

2.25pm: Observed [HMS] “Mantua”.

2.40pm: Altered course West. Speed 13 knots.

5.50pm: Altered course W0.5N. Ceased zig-zag.

6.10pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Mantua.

6.37pm: Cutter returned with Sub Lieutenant Macfarlane and armed guard.

6.40pm: Proceeded 13 knots S21W, zig zag 2 points.

7.30pm: Altered course N85W.

10.0pm: Altered course N0.5W to intercept a steamer.

10.37pm: Observed Mantua examining steamer, altered course SW speed 13 knots.

10.45pm: Altered course South. 11.10pm: Altered course N85W, zig-zag 2 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 316 miles]


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LOGS FOR MARCH 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for March 1916, signed by Navigating Officer Avery (as before but indicating Acting Lieutenant RNR)]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in but signed WD Parry Jones, Lieutenant Commander RNR for Captain]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.13, Long -9.17

[Nothing much happening today, all log entries shown as example]

0.20am: Altered course East, zig-zag 3 points. Speed 13 knots.

6.0am: Altered course N85W.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.15am: General Quarters. Fire control exercised. Fire, supply and stretcher parties exercised. 11.20am: Disperse.

1.0pm: Altered course N84W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. 4.50pm: Exercised fire stations. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Darkened ship. Closed water tight doors.

9.0pm: Altered course S82W.

10.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points throughout.

11.0pm: Altered course S83W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 315 miles]


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2 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.97, Long -13.98

1.20am: Altered course S82E.

5.30am: Heavy squall, wind shifted to ENE.

6.0am: Altered course N84W.

10.0am: Zig-zag 3 points throughout.

4.20pm: Altered course East.

9.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 312 miles]

[After a spell of settled weather wind became squally, north easterly force 6 or 7 from 4am to noon, with sea state rough or very rough, rain, hail or snow at times. Wind force 5 or 6 for most of pm with sea state rough. Noon temperature 37F, sea temperature 46F]


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3 March 1916


At Sea

Lat 58.20, Long -13.33

4.5am: Altered course N25W and variously to intercept a vessel.

4.50am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “R Fabricus”, Lat 58 24 N, Long 11 46 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

6.8am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N89E 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 278 miles]

[Wind and sea moderating during am]


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4 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.58, Long -15.32

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol]

11.0pm: Altered course South and variously to intercept a steamer.

11.40pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Carmen”, Lat 59 50 N, Long 15 09 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 317 miles]


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5 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.93, Long -14.48

0.10am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots North. 0.23am: Altered course S86E, zig-zag 3 points.

7.0am: Altered course N82W.

10.0am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

Noon: Altered course N76E.

1.35pm: Altered course ESE towards “Teutonic”. Speed 14.5 knots. 1.46 Stopped.

2.5pm: Teutonics cutter alongside with mail etc. 2.17pm: Proceeded S83E, 14 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

5.0pm: Altered course S84E.

10.30pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 310 miles]


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6 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.40, Long -6.07

[Zig-zagging to and fro all day]

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 35.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 316 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Little Dimon Island N52W, 23 miles]


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7 March 1916

From Sea to Swarbacks Minn and at Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.36, Long -1.32 [estimated]

2.35am: Observed Eshaness Skerry Light.

4.23am: Speed 15 knots, zig-zag 2.5 points.

5.0am: Altered course S40E. Speed 15.5 knots, zig-zag 1.5 points.

5.12am: Eshaness Head Light bearing N50E distant 4 miles.

5.51am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light House. 5.55am: Reduced speed. 6.0am: Passed Boom Defence Gate and proceeded to No 4 Berth Olna Firth. Courses and speed various.

6.20am: Let go starboard anchor. 6.35am: Vessel brought up in No 4 Berth Olna Firth (6.5 shackles).

7.40am: Collier “Westwood” when coming alongside bumped heavily into starboard side.

7.50am: Colliers “Westwood” and “Bengarth” secured alongside. Hands rigging coaling gear etc.

9.16am: First hoist. Commenced coaling. Port Watch Coaling. Starboard Watch as requisite.

10.15am: Armed guards of Sub Lieutenants Richards and Slaughter and Midshipman Butler rejoined.

Noon to 1pm: Dinner.

4 to 4.30pm: Tea.

6.0pm: Gibrater’s [Gibraltar’s] coaling party ceased work. Starboard Watch joined up coaling.

8.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day. Received 491 Tons.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Noon position: No 4 Berth Olna Firth]

[True Bearing and Distance: Whaling Station Chimney [mentioned here] N39E, 5 cables]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 573 tons]


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8 March 1916

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.36, Long -1.32

7.50am: Gibralter’s [sic] coaling party arrived on board.

8.0am: Starboard Watch coaling. Port Watch employed as necessary.

10.0am: Collier “Bengarth” cast off and turned round. 10.40am: Resecured.

11.45am: Hove short.

0.10pm: Anchor up. Proceeded slow ahead to take up No 2 Berth Busta Voe. Colliers “Bengarth” and “Westwood” in tow alongside, Tug “Flying Breeze” attending.

1.15pm: Let go starboard anchor in No 2 Berth Busta Voe. 1.20pm: Vessel brought up. Cable secured.

4.0pm: Collier Bengarth finished. 4.30pm: Collier “Cairnnevis” [listed here] secured alongside.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling. Received 531 Tons. Total 1022 Tons.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 553 tons]


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9 March 1916

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -3.67 [estimated]

8.0am: Port Watch and coaling party from Gibralter [sic] commenced coaling. Starboard watch employed as requisite.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling. Received 480 Tons. Total 1502 Tons.


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10 March 1916

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -3.67

7.50am: Starboard watch and coaling party from Gibralter coaling ship.

pm: Lost by accident:- One coaling shoot.

3.20pm: Finished coaling. Received 350 [Tons]. Total 1853. Draft: Forward 24’ 0”, Aft 12’ 9”. Average [coal] per working hour 59.3 tons.

4.0pm: Colliers Cairnnevis and Westwood cast off. Hands cleaning ship.

7.15pm: Hove short. 7.30pm: Up anchor. 7.40pm: Slow ahead. 7.43pm: Full speed and proceeded to sea.

7.55pm: Slow and 8.0pm: passed through Boom Defence Gate. Speed 15 knots.

8.10pm: Murbie Stacks Light House at [blank]. Set course N34W. 8.20pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

8.50pm: Eshaness Head Light at distance 4 miles. 9.0pm: Altered course N15W.

Midnight: Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2348 tons]


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11 March 1916

From Busta Voe and at Sea

Lat 62.77, Long -5.50

9.45am: Observed Fuglo Island bearing WxS.

10.50am: Zig-zag 2 points.

2.0pm: Altered course N23W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

9.0pm: Altered course N16E.

10.30pm: Altered course S78E, zig-zag 3 points.

[Course and Distance made good: N38.5W, 187 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 64 10 N, Long 9 00 W, N45W, 132 miles]

[Hail in am, fine in pm, noon temperature 41F, sea temperature 45F]


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12 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 64.35, Long -7.72

10.15am: Divine Service.

11.20am: Stopped to pick up men’s football. 11.50am: Proceeded.

Noon: Altered course N74W.

6.20pm: Altered course S77E. 6.40pm: Darkened Ship. Closed WT Doors.

7.50pm: Altered course West, zig-zag 2 points.

9.0pm: Altered course N86W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 297 miles]

[Weather fine or cloudy, noon temperature 36F, sea temperature 37F]


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13 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 63.17, Long -16.13

3.0am: Zig-zag 2 points. Speed 13 knots.

5.10am: Altered course S5W to intercept a vessel. 5.16am: Variously round ketch.

5.34am: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch “Fjaldri”, Lat 63 20 N, Long 14 01 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

6.20am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N86W.

7.0am: Zig-zag 3 points.

10.24am: Altered course North to intercept vessel. Ceased zig-zag.

11.40am: Resumed course N85W, zig-zag 2 points.

0.57pm: Altered course N40E. Ceased zig-zag. Speed 14 knots.

1.38pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch Trawler “Eendracht”, Lat 63 13 N, Long 16 32 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.20pm: Placed armed guard on board “Eendracht” and ordered her to Lerwick, Midshipman Butler RNR in charge.

2.46pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded 13 knots S85W, zig-zag 2 points.

7.20pm: Altered course ENE to intercept a steamer.

8.53pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Hekla”. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR. Lat 63 06 N. Long 18 09 W.

9.43pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots N58W.

11.11pm: Slow and hailed Grimsby Trawler “Fortuna” (GY140) [listed here]. 11.22pm: Proceeded 13 knots.

11.43pm: Altered course NNW to intercept steamer. 11.54pm: Altered course North, 15 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 307 miles]


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14 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 63.93, Long -23.70

0.20am: Stopped and hailed British Trawler “Commander Fullerton” (H286). 0.32am: Proceeded N75W, 13 knots.

2.30am: Altered course N57W. Heimaey Light [Iceland] bearing N12E, distant 20 miles.

2.40am: HMS “Moldavia” Challenged.

6.30am: Commenced zig-zag 2 points. 7.0am: Altered course N8W.

10.30am: Geirfulgadrangr [Geirfugladrangr] Rock at distance 5 miles, altered course N17E, zig-zag 2 points.

4.12pm: Svotuloft [Svortuloft] Light House at distance 10.5 miles.

7.30pm: Altered course N69E, ceased zig-zag.

8.30pm: Observed HMS “Motagua”.

9.10pm: Stopped. Captain and Navigating Officer proceeded to “Motagua” to receive information re ice etc.

10.20pm: Returned. Cutter hoisted. 10.25pm: Proceeded S60W 10 knots.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 293 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 65 30 N, Long 25 00 W, N19.5W, 100 miles]


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15 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 65.58, Long -25.23

0.3am: Staalbierg Huk Light House at distance 9.25 miles. 0.30am: Altered course N11W.

3.30am: Altered course S15E.

6.30am: Altered course N11W.

9.0am: Altered course S15E.

10.5am: Stopped and put out target and boat for spotting.

10.54am: Proceeded 15 knots steaming round target carrying out practice 6 inch.

0.30pm: Ceased firing.

1.10pm: Recovered target and hoisted boat. 1.15pm: Proceeded 10 knots N11W.

3.55pm: Observed loose field ice ahead. Slow.

4.20pm: Altered course N27E.

5.6pm: E0.5N along trend of close pack ice. Position Lat 65 58 N, Long 26 07 W.

5.12pm: Set course S by E. Log 88. Speed 10 knots.

9.25pm: Stopped and put out target and carried out night firing with 1 inch aiming rifle.

10.0pm: Recovered target. Proceeded on patrol N11W. Speed 10 knots.

11.0pm: Altered course S14E.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 250 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Staalbierg Huk Light House S76E, 19 miles]

[Visibility very good, winds light, noon temperature 35F, sea temperature 49F]


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16 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.15, Long -25.00

2.0am: Altered course N12W.

5.0am: Altered course S14E.

7.30am: Altered course N75E, speed 13 knots.

8.50am: Straumnaes (Patrix Fiord) abeam S15E, distant 11 miles.

9.30am: Altered course N11W. Speed 10 knots.

11.48am: Altered course S81E. Loose pack ice observed 6 miles north trending approximately East (magnetic).

0.45pm: Altered course ESE. 1.0pm: Speed 9 knots.

1.20pm: Altered course W by N to reestablish WT communication with “Moldavia”.

2.30pm: Altered course South.

3.30pm: Altered course North.

4.30pm: Altered course South. Speed 10 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course North.

7.30pm: Altered course S5E. 7.37pm: Altered course E by S. Speed 13 knots.

9.20pm: Stopped put out target and carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

9.55pm: Recovered target and proceeded S28E, 10 knots.

10.15pm: Altered course W by S.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]


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17 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.48, Long -21.60

9.20am: Straumnaes at [blank] altered course S75E.

10.36am: North Cape at distance 4 miles. Log 32.3.

Noon: Detached floe bergs in track all morning.

1.55pm: Observed “Motagua” and received orders to return to patrol.

2.26pm: Altered course ExS. Dead slow while completing signal to “Motagua”. 2.38pm: Proceeded 13 knots.

4.45pm: Altered course N40W. Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 37. Prepared for night defence.

5.58pm: North Cape at distance 3.8 miles, altered course N60W.

6.56pm: Kogur Huk at [blank], altered course N77W.

7.28pm: Straumnaes at [blank], altered course W by S.

11.0pm: Observed “Motagua”. 11.18pm: Stopped and despatched cutter with mail etc to Motagua.

11.40pm: Proceeded 10 knots S70W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 252 miles]

[Misty all day with snow at times in pm, noon temperature 28F, sea temperature 33F]


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18 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.02, Long -25.05

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 2 hours]

11.0am: Passing through detached floe bergs.

2.0pm: Pack ice ahead distant 2 miles and extending along horizon East and West. Lat 66 20 N, Long 25 50 W.

3.30pm: Clear of detached ice extending 15 miles from pack ice.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 266 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Kopparnaes S62E, 27 miles]


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19 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 65.95, Long -25.00

8.20am: Altered course N11E Staalbierg Huk bearing S5W distant 10 miles.

10.0am: Crew mustered by open list. Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

10.20am: Speed 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

11.0am: Altered course S7W. Detached ice on horizon.

8.0am: Altered course N6E. Staalbierg Huk Light House bearing South distant 6.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]


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20 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.38, Long -25.13

10.20am to 11.0am: Courses and speeds various during 1 inch aiming rifle practice using ice floes as targets.

11.15am: Set course S78W. Speed 8 knots.

9.40pm: Stopped, slipped target and carried out night firing practice with one inch aiming rifle.

10.30pm: Proceeded S64W 8 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 210 miles]


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21 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.03, Long -25.48

8.0am: Altered course N45E. Observed HMS Changuinola.

10.0am: General Quarters. Fired 3 rounds each 6 inch and 6 Pounder shell at ice to test shells. Courses Various.

11.10am: Altered course SW. Speed 13 knots.

9.30pm: Stopped. Slipped target and carried out night firing practice with one inch aiming rifle.

10.25pm: Proceed S63W, 8 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 163 miles]

[Misty early and late in day, otherwise fine. Noon temperature 38F, sea temperature 42F]


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22 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.05, Long -25.35

6.30am: Observed and Challenged [HMS] “Changuinola”.

9.0am: Stopped and picked up target lost sight of last night. 9.10am: S50W, 13 knots.

9.25am: Stopped and boarded Icelandic Schooner “Phonix”, Lat 66 12 N, Long 25 03 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.50am: Cutter returned. Proceeded 10 knots S78W.

0.7pm: Altered course NW by W to examine position of ice.

1.40pm: Altered course S78W along trend of ice pack.

3.0pm: Altered course N78E.

9.22pm: Stopped. Slipped target and carried out one inch aiming rifle practice.

10.6pm: Recovered target and proceeded, 8 knots, S68W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 186 miles]

[Mist and fog in late am, clear in pm]


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23 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.08, Long -25.20

6.0am: Altered course N5W. Staalbierg Huk Light bearing S15W.

10.10am: Carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice using ice as target. Speeds various.

11.23am: Proceeded S5E, 13 knots.

2.5pm: Altered course N5W. Staalbierg Huk bearing S40W, distant 16 miles.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 219 miles]


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24 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 65.82, Long -25.40

3.0am: Altered course N78E.

9.30am: Altered course S78W.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

11.0am and 2.0pm: Sounding every hour.

2.30pm: Altered course N70W. Speed 8 knots.

9.0pm: Altered course S56E. Searchlights trained ahead for ice.

10.15pm: Ship fouled detached pack loose ice. Lat 66 05 N, Long 25 45 W.

11.15pm: Cleared ice pack. Proceeded West. Half speed. 11.25pm: Altered course South. Slow.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 222 miles]

[Wind easterly in am, mostly north easterly in pm, force 7 or 8 from 8am to 3pm, then force 5 or 6, sea state high in late am. Thick mist and snow at times. Noon temperature 19F, sea temperature 39F. Air temperature 11F at 8pm and midnight]


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25 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.23, Long -24.77

3.0am: Altered course W by S.

7.30am: Altered course E by N.

9.20am: Altered course ENE.

10.0am to Noon: Passing loose and detached pack ice both sides.

0.47pm: Altered course SE by E.

0.54pm: Altered course South. Loose and broken pack ice all round to northward.

1.0pm: Altered course W by S.

2.5pm: Altered course S10W towards “Changuinola”. Various course while signalling “Changuinola”.

2.30pm: Set course S75W.

4.35pm: Altered course NW by N.

7.0pm: Observed pack ice ahead. 7.15pm: Altered course SE by S.

11.30pm: Altered course E by N.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 156 miles]

[North easterly wind force 5 in am, variable in pm. Noon temperature 22F, sea temperature 33F]


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26 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 65.97, Long -24.62

2.0am: Altered course W by S.

6.0am: Altered course E by N. Speed 12 knots.

9.0am: Altered course S79E.

10.0am: Divisions. Divine Service.

10.45am: Altered course N78E.

11.38am: Altered course S78W.

2.0pm: Altered course N15W.

4.0pm: Altered course S56W while plugging port broken by sea (starboard side A deck).

4.55pm: Altered course N15W, speed 9 knots.

6.56pm: Altered course S56W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 196 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 6 or 7 from 6am onwards, sea state rough or very rough in pm. Mist and snow at times in am, snowing throughout pm, noon temperature 19F, sea temperature 36F]


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27 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 64.35, Long -26.10

5.23pm: Elday Island bearing S60E distant 15 miles, altered course N13E. Speed 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 204 miles]

[Wind still squally, from north east, force 6 or 7 until 4pm, with rough or very rough sea, then wind and sea reducing slightly. Snowing all day, noon temperature 24F, sea temperature 41F]


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28 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 65.07, Long -25.87

0.10pm: Reduced speed. Dead Slow. Waiting for “Mantua”.

1.50pm: Stopped.

3.0pm: Flashing both searchlights and blowing fog horn continuously. Visibility 1 miles.

4.5pm: Engines Dead Slow. Course West. Visibility increased to 4 miles between squalls.

5.20pm: Observed “Mantua”. Proceeded 13 knots West towards her.

5.53pm: Stopped and received mail etc from Mantua.

6.37pm: MK [?]. Proceeded 14 knots, S30W. Log 6.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 296 miles]

[Weather rather variable; winds variable in force and direction, mist and snow from 3am to 6pm]


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29 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 61.55, Long -22.83

10.30am: Engines Dead Slow while examining starboard propellor (one blade apparently buckled).

11.0am: Proceeded at 14 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]


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30 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 57.80, Long -14.60

10.30am: Altered course N85E to rendezvous with “Orotava”.

11.4am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Orotava”. 11.40am: Received two ratings. Hoisted cutter and proceeded S7E, 14.5 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 347 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 55 25 N, Long 12 00 W, S31E, 167 miles]

[Wind north westerly force 6 in am, south westerly force 6 or 7 in pm, sea state very rough throughout. Mist and rain in pm, noon temperature 47F, sea temperature 48F]


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31 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 55.33, Long -6.67

4.30am: Cast the lead and every half hour.

7.0am: Zig-zag 3 points. Sounding every 10 minutes.

9.22am: Observed Malin Head bearing S47E, altered course ESE.

10.20am: Inishtrahull Light House at N34E distant 1.1 miles.

1.25pm: Rue Point at [blank], altered course SE.

1.50pm: Tor [Torr] Point at distance 1.2 miles, altered course S11E.

2.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points throughout.

3.10pm: Maiden’s Light House bearing S30W, distant 4.5 miles, altered course N75E.

5.34pm: Pladda Island Light House at distance 2.25 miles.

5.30pm: Read Warrants Nos 36 and 38.

6.40pm: Ceased zig-zag.

6.48pm: Passed Little Cumbrae.

7.10pm: Received permission to pass fixed defences.

7.15pm: Skelmorlie Beacon at [blank], altered course N34E.

7.35pm: Slow approaching Boom. 7.45pm: Passed Gate Trawlers. Proceeded 13 knots.

7.55pm: Stopped and embarked Pilot of [off] Kempock Point, altered course E0.5S and variously. Speeds requisite proceeding up river.

9.5pm: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

10.0pm: Passed Renfrew Ferry.

10.50pm: Entered Princes Dock.

11.30pm: Vessel secured alongside Coal hoist, Prince’s Dock. (NB. One tug from Greenock to Dock. Two tugs docking).

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 344 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Rue Point S74E, 17 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1169 tons]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR APRIL 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for April 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty and signed by Commander in Command (as before), dated 6 May 1916]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before (apart from dates) except:

Barometer: Mercurial J Hicks 767. Height of cistern above sea: 50 feet to 25th April, 33 feet from 25th - 30th]


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1 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

6.0am: Commenced coaling at No 3 Hatch. 2 Foremen and 24 Men employed.

9.0am: Leave to Port Watch till 9.0am April 6th. Lieutenant Leonard RNR, Sub Lieutenant Cochrane RNR and Midshipman Baker RNR joined ship. Midshipman Madison RNR discharged to [HMS] “Mentor”.

10.0am: Shifted ship one ship’s length ahead. Ceased coaling while waiting for diver to examine propellor.

Noon: PO Williams, Leading Signalman Smith and Grimster AB discharged to Hospital.

1.15pm: Shifted ship back to coaling berth.

2.15pm: Resumed coaling.

4.30pm: Local leave to second Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling.


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2 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Landed Roman Catholics for Church. Read Prayers on board.

1.30pm: Local leave to first Part Starboard Watch till 10.0pm.

[Weather misty early in day, then fine, noon temperature 51F]


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3 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

Midnight: Resumed coaling at No 3 Hold. 30 Men and 2 Foremen.

4.0am: Ceased coaling.

4.30pm: Shifted ship forty feet ahead and Resumed coaling.

6.0am: Ceased coaling. Delay caused by non arrival of coal.

10.0am: Resumed coaling. 28 Men and 2 Foremen.

Noon: Ceased coaling and shifted ship to Berth No 22 Princes Dock.

2.15pm: Vessel secured in new Berth.

3.0pm: Resumed coaling side pockets. 2 Foremen and 28 Men.

5.30pm: Local leave to second Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

6.0am: Night shift coaling. 3 Foremen and 31 Men.


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4 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day Shift coaling. 31 Men and 3 Foremen.

8.0am: Hands employed variously as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave to first Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

5.30pm: Finished Coaling. Received 1545 Tons.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2694 tons]


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5 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

2.15pm: Shifted ship one ships length astern.

5.0pm: Local leave to second Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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6 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.0am: Leave to Starboard Watch till 10.0pm Tuesday 12th April.

5.0pm: Local leave to first Part Port Watch till 7.0am.


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7 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed taking in stores etc.

3.10pm: Hands to Stations for shifting Ship. Pilot and two tugs in attendance.

3.30pm: Let go and proceeded out of Princes Dock.

5.15pm: Vessel secured alongside No 6 Berth Yorkhill Basin.

6.0pm: Local leave to second Part Port Watch till 7.0am.


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8 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.87, Long -4.30 [estimated]

am: Hands employed cleaning ship, taking in stores etc.

1.0pm: 3 Ratings discharged to Balrumie [probably Barlinnie] Detention Barracks.

5.30pm: Local leave to part Port Watch till 7.0am.


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9 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.87, Long -4.30

9.45am: Landed RC Church Party.

10.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

1.30pm: Local leave second Part Port Watch till 7.0am. Two signal ratings RNVR joined ship from [HMS] “Eagle”.


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10 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.87, Long -4.30

am: Hands taking in stores and as requisite.

5.0pm: Local leave to part port Watch till 7.0am.


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11 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.87, Long -4.30

11.30am: One Leading Signalman joined ship.

4.30pm: Local leave till 10.0pm.


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12 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.87, Long -4.30

am: Hands employed variously preparing ship for sea.

1.20pm: General Quarters. Ammunition supplied and all communications etc tested.


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13 April 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.87, Long -4.30

am: Hands employed as requisite.

pm: Draft on departure: Forward 24’ 7”, Aft 25’ 2”.

7.0pm: Pilot and two tugs in attendance, singled up mooring and secured tugs.

7.10pm: Let go from wharf and backed into river. 7.20pm: In River clear of dock. Let go stern tug and proceeded down river. Speeds various as necessary.

8.0pm: Passed Shieldhall.

8.55pm: Passed Bowling. Let go bow tug. Full speed.

10.0pm: Stopped off Greenock. 10.15pm: Discharged Pilot off Prince’s Pier and Proceeded 13 knots.

10.30pm: Slow approaching Boom. 10.40pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate and proceeded SWxS, 15 knots.

11.5pm: Passed Skelmorlie Buoy, altered course S24W.

11.38pm: Passed Cumbrae, altered course S22W.


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14 April 1916

From Glasgow or at Sea

Lat 55.33, Long -8.45

0.27am: Holy Island Light at [blank], zig-zag 2 points Type II.

0.54am: Pladda Island Light abeam distant 2.5 miles, altered course S75W.

2.15am: Sanda Island Light abeam distant 1.5 miles, altered course N63W.

2.55am: Courses various rounding Mull.

3.5am: Mull of Cantyre Light bearing ExN distant 0.9 miles. Set Course N12W.

4.10am: Altered course N66W, zig-zag 3 points type III.

8.3am: Inishtrahull Light abeam distant 3.1 miles, altered course West.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

11.0am: Altered course N70W. 11.22am: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 3.5 miles.

1.15pm: Observed and Challenged HMS “Virginian”.

4.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points Type III throughout.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. 5.0pm: Prepared for night defence.

11.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 181 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a position Lat 55 20 N, Long 12 00 W, West 123 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind force 5 to 7 all day, with sea mostly rough or very rough. Rain and hail in am, fine in pm, noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 46F]


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15 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 57.47, Long -11.90

1.0am: Altered course N20E. Speed 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

3.20pm: Turned 16 points towards steamer.

3.30pm: Stopped and Boarded British Trawler “J Beals Maurix” H406 [J Baels Mauricx, listed here], Lat 58 11 N, Long 11 56 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.15pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 14 knots N22E, zig-zag 2 points.

8.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points.

8.50pm: Altered course South and variously to intercept a steamer.

9.14pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Queen Alexandra”, Lat 58 58 N, Long 12 03 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.35pm: Proceeded 12 knots N22E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 251 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 61 N, Long 12 W, N0.5W 212 miles]


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16 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.87, Long -13.78

6.0am: Stopped at Rendezvous. 6.35am: Proceeded 10 knots N86W.

8.55am: Stopped.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.35am: Proceeded 12 knots S13W.

11.55am: Observed [HMS] “Alsatian” and Stopped Engines.

0.6pm: Full speed and took station 3 cables astern of Flagship. 0.10pm: In Station. Course N86W. Speed 10 knots.

0.55pm: Stopped Engines. 1.5pm: Closed Alsatian’s boat.

1.10pm: Vice Admiral Reginald GO Tupper MVO arrived on board and 1.30pm: Invested CPO Endacotte [listed here as receiving DSM] with DCM afterwards inspecting Ship.

2.25pm: Admiral left.

2.55pm: MK. Set course N38E. Speed 13 knots.

10.20pm: Altered course N40E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Mist, fog and rain for much of day, noon air and sea temperature 48F]


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17 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 63.45, Long -12.30

10.37am: Altered course SSE toward sailing Vessel. 10.50am: Resumed course N40E. Speed 11 knots.

2.0pm: Observed and challenged HMS Moldavia.

4.54pm - 5.3pm: Engines Slow. Prepared for Night Defence.

6.0pm: Altered course N15E. Lost by accident: Sinkers Sounding 2, Wire Sounding 2, Tube Cases Sounding 2.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[North easterly wind force 6 or 7 in am, force 5 or 6 in pm, sea state rough or very rough, misty from time to time]


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18 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.97, Long -14.23

4.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

5.0am: Sounding every 20 minutes.

6.30am: Observed what was taken for land bearing North, altered course NNE.

7.40am: Resumed Course N17W.

8.5am: Speed 9 knots during thick snow squall. 8.30am: Speed 13 knots.

9.39am: Slow Communicating with HMS Andes. 9.50am: Altered course S25W - 15 knots.

10.15am: Closed “Andes”. 10.22am: Stopped Engines. 10.35am: Received Back Signals etc from Andes.

11.20am: MK. Proceeded N20E, 10 knots.

5.0pm: Altered course S27W.

7.5pm: Observed HMS Andes, altered course N29E. Speed 14 knots.

9.0pm: Altered course S27W. 10 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course N29E. 10.15pm: Altered course S27W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 251 miles]

[Wind relatively light, mist and snow (heavy at times) on and off. Noon air and sea temperature 35F]


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19 April 1916

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 67.63, Long -14.53

[Patrolling to and fro at 10 or 11 knots - N29E and S27W, changing course about every 4 hours]

4.55pm: Exercised Collision Stations. Stopped Engines and Placed Mat.

5.25pm: Proceeded N29E, 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Mist and snow for much of day]


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20 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.23, Long -14.33

10.10am: Stopped and put out target and carried out practice firing with 1 inch aiming rifle.

11.30am: Recovered target and proceeded 10.5 knots, N29E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 224 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Still misty with snow at times]


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21 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.63, Long -14.37

[Still patrolling to and fro]

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service [as this is Good Friday].

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 246 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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22 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.32, Long -14.42

4.0am: Altered course N28E. Speed 10 knots.

5.30am: Altered course S28W.

7.37am: Altered course N28E.

8.50am to 9.15am: Slow Securing ammunition etc in forecastle.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

8.30pm: Altered course S28W. 10 knots.

11.30pm: Altered course N32W, 8 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[North easterly wind force 7 to 8 from 10am to 5pm, sea state varying from rough to very high during day. Mist and snow (heavy at times) on and off, noon temperature 28F, sea temperature 34F]


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23 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.67, Long -14.33

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 157 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Wind and sea more moderate today]


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24 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.65, Long -14.53

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[Wind and sea increasing again in pm, north easterly force 6 or 7 from 4pm with sea becoming very rough, with snow and mist]


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25 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.42, Long -14.33

Midnight: Altered course N35E.

8.0am: Altered course N30E.

9.50am: Altered course S28W, 10 knots.

1.30pm: Altered course N30E, 7 knots.

9.12pm: Altered course S28W, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 157 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist and snow until evening, wind force 7 to 9 until 2pm with sea state high or very high. Wind and sea eventually moderating in late pm]


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26 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.77, Long -15.27

[Still patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours - mist and snow in am, weather clearing in pm]

10.0am: General quarters. Exercised casualties etc.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 180 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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27 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.70, Long -14.65

4.50pm: Collision Stations. 4.52pm: Stopped and placed Mat.

5.49pm: Proceeded 12 knots, N30E. Prepared for night defence.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 226 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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28 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.60, Long -14.77

[Patrolling to and fro, leeway indicated in log in am (from 1 degree to 5 degrees)]

8.0pm: Altered course S26W. Passing through fog banks.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 213 miles]

[Wind easterly or north easterly force 5 to 7 until 2pm with sea state rough or very rough and mist and snow. Wind and sea reducing later in day, wind becoming south westerly but foggy during evening. Noon temperature 33F, sea temperature 34F]


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29 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.70, Long -14.53

[Still patrolling to and fro, changing course every 4 hours]

10.10am: Rang for Utmost possible speed. 10.32am: Reduced to 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 223 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of day]


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30 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.65, Long -14.40

[More of the same today]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles]



LOGS FOR MAY 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for May 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as before), dated 1 June 1916]

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[Details of Barometer as follows:


Mercurial or Aneroid

Mercurial to Noon May 22nd then aneroid

Name of Maker and number

Hicks 767

Height of cistern above sea

32 feet [corrected from 22 feet]

Error of Mercurial Barometer

Aneroid 0.15 inches too high



[Details of Thermometers as before]


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1 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.40, Long -14.40

8.0am: Observed and challenged [HMS] “Hildebrand”. 8.5am: Altered course N30E. Speed 14 knots.

10.10am: Half speed. 10.15pm: Stopped and slipped target and proceeded to carry out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.15am: Ceased firing and recovered target. 11.18am: Slipped starboard cutter to test visibility of Very’s Lights during day.

0.30pm: Returned to cutter. 0.45pm: Cutter hoisted. Cargill AB fell overboard and recovered.

0.52pm: Proceeded on patrol N28E, 13 knots.

1.20pm: Altered course S28W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 223.5 miles]


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2 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.40, Long -14.40

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 228 miles]

[Squally northerly or north easterly wind force 5 to 7 with sea rough until evening, snow on and off for much of day. Noon air and sea temperature 32F]


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3 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.65, Long -14.62

Noon: Altered course S27W.

0.58pm: Observed and challenged “Hildebrand”.

1.10pm: Altered course SW towards sailing craft, 15 knots.

1.30pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Vessel “Odinn” [probably “Odin” but there were several vessels of that name at this time], Lat 67 24 N, Long 14 38 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.12pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S20W 13 knots.

4.0pm: Altered course N30E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Fire Stations. Prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Altered course S25W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 241 miles]

[North easterly wind force 4 for most of day, mist and snow on and off]


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4 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.75, Long -14.57

[Nothing of note in log]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 242 miles]

[Snowing for most of day]


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5 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.38, Long -11.97

[Another day when not much happened as Ebro left patrol - all log entries shown here as example]

Midnight: Altered course N31E, 11 knots.

4.0am: Altered course S27W.

5.0am: Altered course S10E, 13 knots. Leeway 1 degree.

7.30am: Altered course S14E. Leeway 3 degrees.

8.0am: Altered course S16E. Leeway 3 degrees.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.15am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control, supply and fire parties exercised. Exercised after steering position.

1.30pm: Altered course S13E. Leeway 1 degree.

4.0pm: Altered course S14E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

8.0pm: Altered course S15E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 60 29 N, Long 1 45 W, S38E, 447 miles]

[Snow, heavy at times, in am, clearing in pm]


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6 May 1916

From Sea to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 62.22, Long -4.85

4.0am: Altered course S17E, zig-zag 2 points type II. Leeway 3 degrees.

7.30am: Observed Fuglo Island bearing S47W.

11.30am: Observed and challenged HMS “Patia”.

5.0pm: Altered course N25E, zig-zag 2 points type II.

7.30pm: Altered course S19E, zig-zag 2 points type II. Speed 13 knots.

11.55pm: Cast the lead ./97.

[Course and Distance made good: S36.5E, 311 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 60 29 N, Long 1 45 W, S41E, 138 miles]

[North easterly wind force 4 to 6 in am, with rough sea, wind force 5 to 8 in pm, with sea state mostly very rough to high. Noon temperature 39F, sea temperature 44F]


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7 May 1916

From Sea to Swarbacks Minn and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37 [estimated]

Midnight: Altered course S18E. Ceased zig-zag.

0.15am: Cast the lead 73 fathoms, sl r.

0.30am: Observed Eshaness Light S10E. Cast the lead 62 fathoms, s g [sand, gravel].

1.0am: Altered course S3W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

2.0am: Eshaness Light at distance 3 miles.

2.30am: Observed Murbie Stacks Light bearing S55E, altered course S50E.

2.40am: Ceased zig-zag. 2.50am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light House.

2.55am: Slow approaching boom. 3.0am: Passed Boom Defence. Proceeded 13 knots.

3.15am: Stopped. 3.20am: Arrived in No 1 Berth Busta Voe. Let go port anchor and veered 5 shackles. 3.30am: Vessel brought up in 15 fathoms water. Busta Flag Staff bearing N67W, Free Church N58E: Ship’s Head NNE.

[Draft on Arrival: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 24’ 9”]

7.15am: Collier No 188 SS [blank] alongside. 7.30am: Collier SS “Boscawen” alongside. Coaling party from Gibralter [HMS Gibraltar] arrived (78 hands).

8.15am: Commenced coaling No 3 Hatch, Port Watch.

9.45am: Prayers read.

Noon: Dinner. 1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

4.0pm to 4.30pm: Tea.

6.0pm: Supper. Gibralter’s coaling party returned to ship.

7.0pm: Resumed coaling. Both watches.

9.0pm: Ceased work for the day. Received 591 Tons.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 188 miles]

[Noon position] [No 1 Berth Busta Voe]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1278 tons]


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8 May 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

7.25am: Gibralter’s [sic] coaling party arrived (58 Hands).

7.30am: Port Watch Resumed Coaling. Starboard Watch employed as requisite.

1.20pm: Let go starboard anchor and veered 2 shackles. Veered to 6 shackles on port.

6.0pm: Supper. Gibralter’s party left.

7.0pm: Both Watches resumed coaling.

9.0pm: Finished coaling. Received 509 Tons. Total 1100 Tons.

10.5pm: Hove up starboard anchor.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2366 tons]

[Squally south easterly and southerly wind force 7 or 8 from 10am to 5pm, noon temperature 47F]


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9 May 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

7.0am: Hands cleaning ship.

1.38pm: “Away All Boats”. All boats pulled round colliers and returned to ship.

3.0pm: All Boats hoisted.

5.0pm: Evening quarters.

[Rain or drizzle from 8am onwards]


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10 May 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

2.55am: HMS Motagua arrived and anchored in No 2 Berth.

9.0am: Matins and Holy Communion celebrated on board by the Rev [blank] from HMS Gibralter.

11.0am: “Away all boats”.

Noon: Returned and hoisted.

2.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch from 2.0 to 6.0pm.

pm: Draft leaving: Forward 22ft 11in, Aft 24ft 2in.

6.30pm: Signalmen Weyman, Crouch [or Gouch] and Minas discharged to Gibralter [sic].

7.0pm: Prepared for night defence.

9.10pm: Commenced heaving in. 9.22pm: Anchor aweigh. Slow ahead SW by S.

9.30pm: Stopped. Signalling to RASM. 9.40pm: Proceeded. 9.48pm: Half speed. 9.50pm: Passed Boom Defence. Full speed. Courses various. 9.54pm: 14 knots.

10.0pm: Passed Murbie Stacks Light. Set course N25W. Speed 15 knots.

10.30pm: Zig-zag 2 points.

10.50pm: Eshaness Light bearing S87E, 2.75 miles, altered course N18W. Set Log.


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11 May 1916

From Busta Voe to E Patrol

Lat 61.90, Long -4.15

0.9am: Altered course W by N to intercept a steamer.

1.25am: Courses Various closing steamer.

1.30am: Signalled Danish SS “Annam” [Annam (2) listed here] and ordered her to follow. Altered course North, zig zag 2 points.

2.15am: Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 3 points. 2.40am: Zig-zag 4 points. 3.0am: Zig-zag 3 points.

3.55am: Altered course South and variously to steamer.

4.10am: Stopped and boarded Danish Motor Vessel “Annam”, Lat 61 06 N, Long 3 03 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

5.39am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N13W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points, “Annam” following.

7.0am: Zig-zag 3 points. 7.35am: Altered course West, zig-zag 3 points.

8.15am: Altered course East towards “Annam”. 8.20am: Stopped and despatched armed guard to “Annam”, Sub Lieutenant Slaughter RNR in charge.

9.0am: “Annam” proceeded to Stornaway.

9.12am: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N15W 14 knots. 9.30am: Zig-zag 2 points Type III.

0.23pm: Altered course North to intercept vessel.

1.19pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Doris” [there were several ships of this name at this time], Lat 62 09 N, Long 4 29 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.6pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N19W 14 knots, zig-zag type III.

3.14pm: Altered course N45E to intercept Schooner.

4.5pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Star”, Lat 62 28 N, Long 4 48 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.45pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded N19W 14 knots, zig-zag type III.

5.0pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 41. Exercised collision and abandon ship Stations.

6.30pm: Syderö Kak bearing S81W distant 43 miles.

9.15pm: Altered course N20E to intercept a steamer. 9.20pm: Steamer out of sight in fog bank.

9.58pm: Altered course N53E. Thick fog.

10.55pm: Heard Steamer’s fog signal on port bow. Stopped engines and manouvred dead slow endeavouring [to] discover steamer.

11.10pm: Half speed ESE.

11.25pm: Altered course N53E.

[Distance run through the Water: 179 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 126 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 67 00 N, Long 14 30 W, N41W, 406 miles]

[Foggy from 10pm]


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12 May 1916

From Busta Voe to E Patrol

Lat 65.15, Long -8.85

Midnight: Dead Slow. 0.22am: Stopped. 0.32am: Slow ahead S53W. 0.40am: Half speed. 0.55am: Altered course N53E. Speed 8 knots.

2.48am: Altered course N27W, 13 knots.

10.0am: General Quarters. Exercised fire control. Supply and stretcher parties exercised.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.30pm: Cast the lead every half hour.

9.0pm: Soundings 120 fathoms g [gravel].

10.0pm: Sounding every quarter hour.

11.15pm: Soundings 92 fathoms g. 11.45pm: Altered course N62W.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 302 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 66 50 N, Long 15 00 W, N56W, 181 miles]

[Fog early and late in day, misty in middle of day, noon air and sea temperature 39F]


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13 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.78, Long -15.02

1.0am: Sounding every quarter hour. Observed and challenged HMS Hildebrand.

1.55am: Soundings 60 fathoms black sand. 2.0am: Altered course N31E on patrol. Speed 10 knots.

3.10am: Altered course S28W.

4.0am to 6.0am: Sounding every half hour.

6.30am: Visibility varying 3 to 6 miles.

8.0am: Altered course N32E.

10.0am: Altered course S28W. Sounding every quarter hour.

0.30pm: Sounding every quarter hour.

1.55pm: Sounding 67 fathoms black sand. 2.0pm: Altered course N31E. Speed 11 knots. Ceased sounding.

5.28pm: Altered course N43E. Speed 13 knots to intercept a schooner.

6.7pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Activ”, Lat 67 10 N, Long 14 51 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.30pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Remained stopped by schooner “Activ” awaiting instructions.

8.0pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Patia”.

8.34pm: Despatched armed guard to “Activ” and ordered her to Lerwick, Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR in charge.

8.50pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded S28W, 14 knots.

10.50pm: Altered course N30E, speed 10.5 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 285 miles]

[Mist or fog all day, snow in evening]


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14 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.83, Long -15.25

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service. Altered course S28W, 10 knots.

Noon: Soundings ./110.

1.0pm: Altered course N40E. Speed 11 knots.

4.0pm: Observed and challenged [HMS] “Patia”.

5.30pm: Altered course N70E towards “Patia”.

5.36pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Patia” for back signals etc.

5.56pm: Cutter returned. 6.0pm: Proceeded S27W 15 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course N32E.

10.5pm: Position by Cross Bearings Lat 66 28 N, Long 15 00 W. Magnetic Bearings: Langanaes S39E, Svinaleikias Tange [Svinalaekjartangi] S16E, Melrakkanaes [Melrakkanes] N76W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles]

[North easterly wind force 3 to 4 in am, mostly force 5 in pm, sea state rough from 8am. Another misty, snowy day, noon temperature 35F, sea temperature 38F]


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15 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.80, Long -15.00

3.0am: Observed and challenged [HMS] “Gloucestershire”.

2.40pm: Observed HMS “Gloucestershire”. Speed 10 knots.

3.5pm: Altered course N62W. 3.17pm: Stopped and received letters etc from “Gloucestershire”.

4.0pm: Proceeded N32E, 12 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Langanaes [blank]]

[Snow for much of day]


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16 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 65.30, Long -13.28

0.30am: Observed and challenged “Gloucestershire”.

2.21am: Langanaes abeam distant 10 miles.

8.3am: Altered course N63W. Dalatange bearing N64E, distant 16 miles.

Noon: Position of Ship Constantly Checked by bearings etc.

8.20pm: Altered course S5E speed 15 knots to intercept a steamer from Seydis Fiord.

9.17pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Goddafoss” [Godafoss], Lat 65 11 N, Long 13 08 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.45pm: “Goddafoss” ordered to Lerwick with armed guard, Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

9.57pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded 15 knots S76E to intercept a schooner.

11.28pm: Stopped.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Dalatange [Dalatangi, Iceland] Light House S81W, 7.25 miles]


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17 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 64.43, Long -12.83

Midnight: Boarded Danish Schooner “Concordia”, Lat 65 07 N, Long 12 31 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.14am: Cutter returned and hoisted. “Concordia” ordered to proceed. 0.20am: Proceeded N40W 13 knots.

0.50am: Altered course N10E.

5.48am: Altered course S27W, 12 knots.

8.12am: Hornaes bearing N80W, distant 12 miles.

10.57am: Hvalsbak Rock abeam distant 2.5 miles. 11.5am: Altered course South. 11.35am: Altered course S56E.

0.14pm: Altered course North. 0.16pm: Altered course NxW, 13 knots.

1.8pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Grebe” [listed here], Lat 64 22 N, Long 12 40 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.25pm: Cutter returned. 1.30pm: Proceeded N70E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Articles of War read. Prepared for night defence.

7.0pm: Altered course S27W. Dalatange bearing N64W, 15.5 miles.

Midnight: Vessels position frequently checked.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 240 miles]


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18 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 64.95, Long -13.05

10.15am: Stopped and slipped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.15am: Ceased firing and recovered target.

Noon: Proceeded Half Speed North.

0.50pm: Altered course NW. Sounding continuously. Variation abnormal near Diana Bode 30 degrees W to 37 degrees W.

3.30pm: Altered course N35E and variously.

6.0pm: Altered course S27W, zig-zag 3 points. Speed 11 knots.

7.15pm: Altered course N29E. Ceased zig-zagging.

9.54pm: Glettinganaes [Glettinganes] abeam distant 5.25 miles. 10.0pm: Altered course N9E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 256 miles]

[Mist, fog and snow again today]


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19 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.05, Long -17.78

1.30am to 2.30am: Sounding continuously.

2.10pm: Mevenklint Island [Kolbeinsey] abeam distant 7 miles.

9.35pm: Altered course S25E, Speed 15 knots to examine fishing craft.

10.35pm: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing craft, Lat 67 04 N, Long 20 27 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.15pm: Proceeded N53W 14 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 266 miles]


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20 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.07, Long -20.97

6.40am: Slow, altered course South and variously passing through loose ice. 6.50am: Set course S45E. Speed 14 knots.

3.40pm: Mevenklint abeam N22E distant 1.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 274 miles]

[Mist or fog and rain all day, noon temperature 35F, sea temperature 36F]


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21 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.38, Long -14.83

4.30am: Observed and challenged HMS “Gloucestershire”.

4.45am: Altered course WSW and variously. Engines Slow. 5.0am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Gloucestershire”.

5.18am: Cutter returned. 5.25am: Proceeded 10 knots, variously in company with “Gloucestershire”. 5.30am: MK. Set course N31E speed 6 knots.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service. Altered course S28W.

2.7pm: Altered course N30E.

6.5pm: Altered course S28W.

7.30pm: Engines Slow. Swinging ship for Compass Deviations.

9.30pm: Proceeded S40W 10 knots.

11.0pm: Altered course N25E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 242 miles]

[Fine, clear, quiet weather after early mist and fog]


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22 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.35, Long -14.92

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

8.0am: Dense Fog set in.

[Barometer shown as Aneroid at 4pm]

5.0pm: Exercised Collision Stations. 5.6pm: Stopped and placed Mat.

5.50pm: Proceeded N31E, 10 knots. Prepared for night defence.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Mist and fog from 8am onwards]


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23 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.00, Long -15.12

[Changing course every 4 hours]

1.0pm: Sounding every half hour.

2.0pm: Soundings 115 fathoms g. Altered course N31E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 233 miles]

[Very foggy all day]


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24 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.32, Long -15.18

1.0pm: Sounding every half hour.

1.30pm: Soundings 150 fathoms (approximately) r [rock].

1.40pm: Fog cleared slightly zig-zag 3 points. Speed 13 knots.

2.0pm: Courses various towards schooner.

2.10pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Cathrine”, Lat 67 01 N, Long 15 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.45pm: Cutter returned. 2.50pm: Proceeded N35E, 10 knots. Soundings 100 fathoms cl st [clay, stones?]

10.15pm to 10.45pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points visibility 2 miles.

10.45pm: Speed 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag. Dense fog again.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 241 miles]

[Another very foggy day, noon air and sea temperature 38F]


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25 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.37, Long -14.92

1.40am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

2.20am: Speed 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

am: Admonished Acting Lieutenant Henry Goldsmith Leonard RNR for speaking in an impertinent manner to Lieutenant Commander William Devereux Parry Jones RNR the Executive Officer, being in execution of his office.

[entry signed HG Leonard]

1.0pm: Sounding every half hour.

1.10pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

1.30pm: Speed 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

2.0pm: Soundings 120 fathoms, g. Altered course N33E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 236 miles]

[Fog, thick at times, all day]


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26 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.63, Long -14.58

2.0am: Turned 32 points. Helm hard a port. 2.30am: Altered course S25W.

6.0am: Altered course N33E.

10.5am: Altered course S23W.

1.30pm: Zig-zag 3 points. Speed 13 knots. 2.0pm: Altered course N34E.

4.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

4.50pm: Zig-zag 3 points. Speed 13 knots.

6.15pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

8.0pm: Weather cleared, zig-zagged 3 points. Speed 13 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course N34E.

[Course and Distance: Indirect 240 miles]

[Foggy until 8pm, then mist]


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27 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.93, Long -14.18

10.0am: Stopped and slipped target and Cutter. 10.15am: Proceeded 15 knots while carrying out 6 inch firing.

11.20am: Ceased firing. Recovered Target and hoisted cutter. 11.45am: Proceeded 14 knots S35W.

3.0pm: Altered course N23E. Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

8.45pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 274 miles]

[South easterly wind force 4 or 5 all day, overcast in am, mist and fog later in the day]


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28 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 67.43, Long -14.90

[Nothing much happening today, all log entries shown as example]

0.15am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

2.0am: Altered course S28W.

4.30am: Dense fog. Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

6.0am: Altered course N31E.

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

10.0am: Altered course S28W.

11.40am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points.

1.30pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

2.0pm: Altered course N31E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Altered course S28W. 6.15pm: Left Patrol, altered course S20E. 6.55pm: Altered course S31E.

8.51pm: Speed 11 knots.

10.45pm: Speed 12 knots.

11.0pm: Altered course S10E. 11.45pm: Altered course S11E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]

[Another very foggy day]


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29 May 1916

At Sea

Lat 64.50, Long -11.13

6.30am: Speed 14.5 knots, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

7.30am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 12 knots.

9.0am: Zig-zag 2 points, Type III.

1.52pm: Altered course N76W to intercept a vessel.

2.30pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Ketch “Livingstone”, Lat 64 01 N, Long 11 35 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.30pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded 14.5 knots S25W, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

6.37pm: Altered course N70W to intercept steamer.

6.58pm: Passed British Trawler and Resumed Course.

8.40pm: Altered course S40E to intercept a steamer speed 15 knots.

9.5pm: Altered course S30E and variously.

9.40pm: Hands to Action Stations.

10.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Flora”, Lat 62 40 N, Long 11 01 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.5pm: Dispersed.

11.47pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded 13 knots N80W to intercept steamer, “Flora” following.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 290 miles]

[Thick fog in early am, clearing later, rain in pm]


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30 May 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 61.03, Long -13.15

Midnight: Stopped and boarded British SS Strathdee, Lat 62 48 N, Long 11 05 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.50am: Strathdee allowed to proceed.

1.19am: Despatched cutter to “Flora” with armed guard and ordered her to Lerwick, Lieutenant AB Angus RNR in charge.

1.45am: Cutter returned. Proceeded 14.5 knots, S62W.

3.0am: Altered course N53W towards sailing vessel.

3.15am: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Ketch “Kojgin”, Lat 62 26 N, Long 11 38 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.15am: Proceeded 14.5 knots S62W, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

9.12am: Observed “Alsatian”.

9.47am: Course S25W in Company “Alsatian”.

10.0am: Zig-zag 2 points Type III. Speed 13 knots.

10.40am: Stopped. 10.50am: Closed Alsatian’s Boat.

11.15am: MK Set Course S25W 14.5 knots.

2.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points Type II.

7.30pm: Altered course ESE to intercept a steamer.

8.12pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS New York [possibly Newyork], Lat 59 13 N, Long 12 15 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.57pm: Allowed “New York” to proceed. 8.58pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded S18W, 15 knots zig-zag 2 points Type II.

11.0pm: Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: [Blank]]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 55 25 N, Long 12 00 W [no bearing or distance given]]


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31 May 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.67, Long -11.82

2.20am: Altered course S15E towards steamer.

2.44am: Steamer flying Correct flag of Day. Allowed to proceed. Proceeded S20W 15 knots.

3.30am: Zig-zag 2 points, Type II.

10.30am: Ceased zig-zag.

11.28am: Courses various round Danish Barque “Albatross” [possibly “Albatros].

11.55am: Resumed Course S18W.

0.30pm: Zig-zag 2 points Type II.

6.0pm: Sounding every quarter hour.

8.45pm: Soundings 44 fathoms, s, altered course East. Reduced speed 10 knots.

8.50pm: Observed Tory Island bearing SExE distant 2 miles, altered course S83E. Speed 15 knots.

9.1pm: Tory Island Light House at distance 1.2 miles.

10.20pm: Altered course N89E. Fanad Point Light at distance 5 miles.

11.5pm: Altered course S58E.

11.22pm: Inishtrahull Light at distance 8 cables, N32E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 325 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 55 25 N, Long 11 [blank], S4E, 15 miles]

[Wind increasing in am, south westerly force 5 or 6 from 10am onwards, with sea state rough until late pm. Heavy rain and mist for much of day, noon temperature 54F, sea temperature 53F]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR JUNE 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for June 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as before), dated 5 July 1916]

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[Details of Barometer: Aneroid, Kelvin Bottomley and Baird. Error of Aneroid Barometer Corrected 30/5/16]

[Details of Thermometers as before]

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1 June 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.88, Long -4.37 [estimated]

1.40am: Entered Rathlin Sound.

1.55am: Rue Point abeam.

2.25am: Torr Point abeam, altered course S23E.

3.20am: Zig-zag 3 points Type III.

6.12am: Pladda Island at distance 2.1 miles.

7.30am: Ceased zig-zagging. 7.35am: Passed Little Cumbrae, altered course N27E.

7.50am: Signalled Toward Point and obtained permission to pass fixed defences.

8.10am: Passed Skelmorlie Buoy, altered course N34E.

8.30am: Slow. 8.32pm: Passed through Boom. Proceeded 13 knots East.

8.40am: Stopped and embarked Pilot off Whitefarland Point. 8.45am: Proceeded (Clock advanced one hour to BST [British Summer Time]).

9.50am: Passed Greenock and made fast tug “Flying Scotsman”.

10.53am: Passed Dumbarton.

11.10am: Passed Bowling and Secured tug “Flying Linnet”.

11.45am: Passed Rothsay Dock. 11.54am: Passed Renfrew.

0.26pm: Passed Govan Ferry.

0.42pm: Entered Prince’s Dock and canted ship in basin.

1.10pm: Vessel secured in No 1 Berth Prince’s Dock. Engines Rung off.

4.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch till 10.0pm Monday 5th June.

5.30pm: Local leave to second Part port Watch till 11.0pm.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1013 tons]


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2 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

7.0am: Hands employed shifting cordite from forward magazine to after magazine.

8.30am: Williams PO rejoined ship.

9.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Barclay Curle and Company’s employees working at necessary repairs etc.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon and as requisite.

4.0pm: Adams Trimmer rejoined ship from Detention Barracks.

4.30pm: Local leave to first Part Port Watch till 6.0am.

8.0pm: Sub Lieutenants Slaughter and Butler and armed guards rejoined ship from duties.

10.0pm: Dran [?] Private RMLI rejoined ship from Detention Barracks.


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3 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed variously as requisite.

8.0am: Armourers party dismounting and shifting 6 Pounder guns to promenade Deck.

am: Barclay Curle and Co’s employees working at repairs etc.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part Port Watch till 7.0am.

11.30pm: Lieutenant Angus and armed guard rejoined ship from duties.

[Weather showery, noon temperature 56F]


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4 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.30am: Landed Roman Catholic Church Party.

10.30am: Church of England party landed to St Mark’s Church.

1.0pm: Local leave to first Part Port Watch till 10.0pm.


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5 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

3.45am: Hands to stations for shifting ship. Singled up moorings.

5.0am: Pilot and tugs “Flying Wizard” and “Flying Condor” arrived. 5.20am: Let go from Wharf and proceeded to Coaling Berth.

6.50am: Vessel secured in position at Coal Hoist.

7.0am: Commenced Coaling. 1 Foreman and 18 Men employed.

am: Hands employed painting ship and taking in stores as necessary.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part Port Watch till 11.0pm. First Part of Watch taking in stores.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling, 3 Foremen and 31 Men.


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6 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

1.30am: Finished coaling No 3 Hold.

4.0am: Hands to stations for shifting ship.

4.50am: Shifted ship to No 6 Berth. Pilot and three tugs in attendance.

5.45am: Vessel secured in No 6 Berth Prince’s Dock.

8.0am: Starboard Watch returned on board and employed as requisite.

am: Leave to Port Watch till midnight Saturday 10th June. 54 Men and 3 Foremen employed coaling ship.

pm: Hands employed painting ship’s side and taking in stores as requisite.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part Starboard Watch till 10.30pm.

6.0pm: Night Shift Coaling, 24 Men and 3 Foremen.


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7 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

5.0am: Finished Coaling. Received 1664 Tons.

am: Hands employed variously as requisite.

pm: Hands employed taking in 6 inch ammunition and as requisite.

1.45pm: Landed Funeral party to attend funeral [though there is nothing on Casualty List around this date to suggest anyone from Ebro has died].

4.30pm: Funeral party returned.

5.0pm: Leave to second part of Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2612 tons]


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8 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and as requisite.

4.30pm: Shifted ship to No 7 Berth.

5.30pm: Vessel secured in new Berth.

6.0pm: Local leave to first part of starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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9 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed variously as requisite.

5.30pm: Local leave to second part of starboard Watch till 7.0am.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 4990 lbs, Vegetables 22900 lbs]


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10 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

pm: Hands taking in stores.

3.0pm: R Earl Stoker RNR broke out of cell and succeeded in escaping ashore.

5.0pm: Williams PO and 3 Seamen sent ashore in search of Earl.

5.45pm: Shifted Ship to No 2 Berth.

6.30pm: Vessel secured in new berth.

7.0pm: Local leave to first part of Watch till 7.0am.

Midnight: Port Watch returned on board.


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11 June 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.30am: Landed Roman Catholics to Church.

9.45am: Divisions.

10.30am: Landed Starboard Watch to Church.

11.10am: Roman Catholics returned onboard.

0.30pm: Church Parties all returned.

pm: Hands preparing ship for sea.

4.30pm: Leave to Natives till 8.0am.

5.30pm: S Scinple [?] Fireman discharged to Hospital.

6.30pm: P Nairey [?] Trimmer rejoined from Hospital.

9.0pm: Mayhew AB discharged to HMS Pembroke.


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12 June 1916

From Glasgow to join 10th CS [Cruiser Squadron] at Sea and at Glasgow

Lat 55.97, Long -4.79 [rough estimate]

am: Draft on Departure: Forward 24’ 8”, Aft 24’ 6”.

7.0am: Pilot arrived on board. Hands to stations.

8.30am: Two tugs arrived and secured. 8.41am: Let go from wharf. 8.55am: Entered river. Engines and helm as necessary.

9.40am: Let go bow tug off Renfrew.

10.30am: Passed Bowling.

11.3am: Passed Cardross Light Beacon.

11.23am: Passed Garvel Point. 11.32am: Passed Tail of Bank Buoy.

11.41am: In anchorage. Let go Starboard anchor and veered 5 shackles. 11.48am: Vessel brought up in 12 fathoms. Whitefarland Point Light bearing W0.25S, East Chimney at Greenock S0.5E.

1.45pm: CY Lawsen CPO WT Operator joined ship from “Pembroke”.

3.30pm: A O’Connell CPO discharged to Pembroke.

pm: Hands employed shifting ammunition back from after magazine and stowing same in forward magazine.

8.0pm: Clock retarded one hour to GMT [Greenwich Mean Time].

7.0pm: Commenced heaving up anchor. 7.15pm: Anchor up. Proceeded WNW 13 knots.

7.35pm: Rounded Buoy. 7.40pm: Set Course S36W. Engines half speed. 7.42pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded 14 knots S36W.

8.2pm: Skelmorlie Buoy abeam, altered course S27W.

8.37pm: Passed Cumbrae, altered course S24W, zig-zag 2 points Type III. Speed 15 knots.

9.45pm: Lergybeg Point abeam, altered course S47W.

9.57pm: Pladda Island Light abeam distant 1.4 miles.

11.3pm: Altered course N51W. 11.30pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

11.46pm: Ship Rock Light (Sanda Island) abeam distant 2.0 miles.

Midnight: Altered course N45W. Rounding Mull.


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13 June 1916

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 56.87, Long -9.27

0.7am: Set course N20W. 0.12am: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam distant 1 mile. 0.40am: Zig-zag 2 points Type III.

2.27am: Oversay Light abeam distant 5 miles, altered course N30W, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.15am: General quarters. 10.30am: Ceased zig-zagging.

11.0am: Resumed zig-zag 3 points Type III.

11.30am: Zig-zag 2 points Type III.

2.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points Type III.

7.10pm: Altered course N30W and Variously to intercept steamer.

7.50pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Texas”. Flying incorrect Clearance flag. Armed guard from “Victorian” on board. Lat 57 45 N, Long 11 20 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.10pm: Cutter returned and hoisted. Proceeded to rendezvous “Motagua”.

8.25pm: Stopped and closed Motagua’s boat and received back signals etc.

8.34pm: Proceeded N21W 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

11.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 239 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 63 38 N, Long 23 15 W, N45.5W, 580 miles]

[Currents in the 24 hours ending at Noon: Favourable tides 9 miles]

[North easterly wind force 5 or 6 in am with sea state rough at times, wind and sea moderating in pm. Weather fine with good visibility, noon temperature 49F, sea temperature 52F]


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14 June 1916

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 60.02, Long -15.83

2.30am: Resumed zig-zagging 2 points Type III.

8.0am: Altered course N18W.

3.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points Type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Exercised Collision Stations.

11.50pm: Dense Fog set in. Midnight: Ceased zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: N47.5W, 279 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 63 38 N, Long 23 15 W, N44W, 302 miles]

[Misty in am, clearing in pm, until late evening]


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15 June 1916

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 63.15, Long -24.23

2.30am: Passing through dense fog banks.

6.20am: Weather cleared, zig-zag 2 points Type III.

10.36am: Altered course N10W to intercept a steamer.

11.40am: Stopped and boarded Grimsby Trawler “Aralia”, Lat 63 09 N, Long 24 14 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.22pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded N20W, 13 knots, zig-zag type III.

2.0pm: Altered course N35E. 2.5pm: Altered course N30W towards schooner.

3.20pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Willemais”, Lat 63 27 N, Long 25 15 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.5pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded N41E, 13 knots, zig-zag type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Abandon ship stations. Prepared for night defence.

11.0pm: Altered course N63E towards schooner. Ceased zig-zag.

11.50pm: Altered course East. 11.53pm: Slow.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 315 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 63 21 N, Long 24 52 W, N55W, 21 miles]

[Mist or fog in early am and at times in pm]


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16 June 1916

To E Patrol, At Sea

Lat 66.50, Long -21.72

0.5am: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Vessel “Leibosty” [?], Lat 65 10 N, Long 24 40 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.35am: Cutter returned. Proceeded S40E, 13 knots towards steamer.

1.0am: Observed trawler, altered course N25E.

2.40am: Staalbierg Huk abeam distant 3.5 miles.

8.25am: Altered course N23W towards trawlers 15 knots.

10.22am: North Cape abeam distant 3.5 miles.

11.20am: Altered course S30E towards schooner.

11.40am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Minerva”, Lat 66 30 N, Long 21 43 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.3pm: Cutter returned. 0.7pm: Observed and challenged “Hildebrand”. Proceeded Slow towards her.

0.45pm: Full speed and took station on Hildebrand.

1.8pm: Stopped and closed “Hildebrand’s” boat and received back signals etc.

1.46pm: Proceeded N20E, 8 knots.

2.10pm: Altered course N11W 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

2.35pm: Observed ice on starboard side.

2.57pm: Steamer proved to be Trawler, altered course SE 14 knots.

4.10pm: Observed “Andes”.

4.42pm: Stopped and closed “Andes’” boat and despatched back signals etc.

5.50pm: Proceeded 13 knots N34E to examine ice.

7.11pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Trawler “Thor”, Lat 66 47 N, Long 20 58 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant.

7.40pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded East 10 knots.

7.53pm: Altered course N63W 13 knots. Skirting Edge of ice.

9.50pm: Stopped and boarded French Schooner “Saint Anne”, Lat 55 41 N, Long 21 01 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.47pm: Proceeded 13 knots S30E.

11.57pm: Altered course S66E skirting edge of ice.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[Mist and fog until 10am, then fine or overcast, noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 43F]


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17 June 1916

At Sea on E Patrol

Lat 66.50, Long -17.85

1.15am: Altered course S45E to patrol.

4.30am: Altered course N56W. Speed 10 knots.

8.20am: Altered course S58E.

11.53am: Altered course N58W.

0.17pm: Northern End of Grimsey Island abeam distant 10 miles.

3.30pm: Observed detached ice.

4.0pm: Altered course N20E and skirted edge of large detached ice pack.

4.23pm: Altered course N79E to examine ice in vicinity of Mevenklint.

6.0pm: Passing several small detached pieces of ice.

7.16pm: Mevenklint Island abeam distant 2.5 miles, altered course N65W. A few small pieces of ice visible; no pack.

9.50pm: Altered course N75W passing large quantities of detached ice on both sides.

10.38pm: Stopped at 2 miles from main ice pack trending North and SW from Position Lat 67 00 N, Long 20 30 W.

10.45pm: Proceeded half speed S5W.

10.56pm: Altered course S20W. Speed 13 knots passing several pieces detached ice.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Grimsey Island S11W, 12 miles]


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18 June 1916

At Sea on E Patrol

Lat 66.72, Long -17.82

0.10am: Altered course S11E passing detached ice pack encountered at 4.0pm yesterday.

2.35am: Altered course N65E and variously to intercept steamer.

3.15am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Gudmund”, Lat 66 47 N, Long 18 41 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

3.55am: Proceeded 13 knots South.

5.10am: Altered course N55W. Speed 10 knots.

8.0am: Altered course S59E.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

11.4am: Grimsey Island abeam.

11.28am: Altered course N55W.

3.15pm: Dense fog set in. Very low lying.

3.33pm: Sighted ice close ahead. Stopped and turned round. 3.38pm: Proceeded S58E, 8 knots.

5.40pm: Fog lifted.

7.40pm: Grimsey Island abeam.

8.0pm: Altered course N56W, 10 knots.

9.0pm: Speed 8 knots. Dense fog.

10.55pm: Fog lifted. Speed 10 knots.

Midnight: Altered course S58E. Ice extending North and South true, distant 5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 275 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Grimsey Island S2E, 10.75 miles]


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19 June 1916

At Sea on E Patrol

Lat 66.95, Long -19.20

3.26am: Grimsey Island abeam distant 12 miles. 4.0am: Altered course N55W.

8.0am: Scattered ice observed bearing NW - SW distant 7 miles at 8.0am. Altered course S58E.

9.38am: Altered course N56W. 9.48am: Altered course N10W.

11.25am: Altered course N56W. 11.47am: Altered course S32E. Speed 10 knots.

1.45pm: Altered course N72W.

3.45pm: Altered course N54W. 4.0pm: Thin strips pack ice bearing North to NWxN distant 8 miles. Altered course S58E.

7.0pm: Grimsey Island abeam.

8.0pm: Altered course N55W.

11.40pm: Passed scattered ice to starboard distant 3-4 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]


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20 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.78, Long -17.92

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]

8.0pm: Grimsey Island abeam distant 10.5 miles, altered course N55W. Speed 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Grimsey Island S2W, 14.5 miles]


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21 June 1916


At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.78, Long -17.97

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course every 4 hours]

4.20pm: Altered course SW and variously to Schooner.

4.25pm: Stopped and boarded French Schooner “Emerund” [possibly “Emeraude], Lat 66 45 N, Long 19 54 W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised “Prepare to tow aft”. Prepared for night defence.

5.5pm: Cutter returned from “Emerund”. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. 5.8pm: Proceeded 12 knots S55E.

8.30pm: Wind shifted to NE and freshening.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 262 miles]

[Misty for much of day, rain in am, snow in evening. Wind and sea increasing in evening - north easterly force 6 to 7 from 10pm with sea becoming very rough. Noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 43F]


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22 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.75, Long -18.38

[Patrolling to and fro, changing course every 4 hours]

10.15am to 11.15am: Exercised after Steering position.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[Wind squally force 6 in early am, with rough sea, wind and sea reducing from 8am]


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23 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.52, Long -21.77

0.26am: Altered course N62E. Slow. From Position Lat 66 41 N, Long 21 17 W Main Ice Pack trending 20 degrees. 0.38am: Altered course S56E. Speed 13 knots.

8.0am: Altered course S34W. 8.48am: Altered course N20W towards “Andes”.

9.7am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Andes”.

9.40am: Cutter returned with despatches etc. Proceeded variously in Company with “Andes”.

9.55am: Set Course N66W to examine ice conditions.

10.33pm: Altered course N55W and continued to skirt along edge of ice pack distant generally 1 - 3 miles.

1.13pm: Passed through Channel in Ice Pack Lat 66 36 N, Long 22 06 W. Courses various examining ice.

1.30pm: Set course S20E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of North Cape S84W, 16 miles]


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24 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.83, Long -18.75

[Patrolling to and fro, main changes of course every 4 hours]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 252 miles]


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25 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.72, Long -18.73

9.45am Mustered by Open List.

11.0am: Divine Service.

5.15pm: Altered course West, speed 13 knots. Courses various along edge of ice endeavouring to find Channel to “Patucca” [HMS Patuca].

6.20pm: Passed to Southward of ice in Lat 66 11 N, Long 21 00 W.

7.10pm: Observed Channed [Channel] blocked ahead, altered course S37W, 6 knots.

8.6pm: Speed 10 knots. Course various round edge of ice.

9.1pm: Clear of the ice. Set Course N75E.

10.32pm: Altered course N33E to examine schooner.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 253 miles]


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26 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.72, Long -19.62

0.15am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Ofelia” [listed here], Lat 66 27 N, Long 19 48 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

0.50am: Cutter returned. Proceeded N55W, 10 knots.

6.35am: Observed and challenged HMS “Patucca” [sic].

7.10am: Altered course N32W toward “Patucca”.

7.28am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Patucca for back signals etc.

7.48am: Cutter returned. 7.55am: Proceeded 10 knots N70W.

10.8am: Stopped and put out target and cutter. Proceeded to carry out 1 inch aiming rifle practice. Speeds as necessary.

0.20pm: Stopped and Recovered target and Cutter. 0.35pm: Proceeded 10 knots S79E.

4.20pm: Dead Slow. 4.30pm: Altered course N14E along edge of ice pack. No passage visible.

4.40pm: Altered course S55E speed 10 knots. “Patucca” in Company.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 223 miles]


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27 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.83, Long -19.88

2.0am: In company with “Patucca” [sic].

3.45am: Dense fog set in.

10.4am: Stopped and put out target and Cutter. Proceeded to carry out 1 inch aiming rifle practice and 6 Pounder QF [Quick Firing]. Speeds as necessary.

11.40am: Recovered Target and Cutter. 11.55am: Proceeded 10 knots, S33E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 223 miles]

[Good visibility through middle of day, misty early and late in day, noon temperature 36F, sea temperature 41F]


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28 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.62, Long -20.45

1.40am: Observed and challenged HMS Patucca [Patuca]. 2.0am: Altered course S25E speeds various. Signalling to “Patucca”. 2.11am: Altered course S58E.

8.15am: HMS “Patucca” passed steering 270 degrees, altered course N55W to follow. Speed 8 knots.

9.50am: Stopped on sighted several detached pieces of ice.

10.6am: Proceeded Dead Slow S58E.

10.30am - 11.50am: Exercised Break-down steering gear.

1.0pm to 2.0pm: Sounding every 10 minutes on Skaga Grund. 1.45pm: Soundings 102 fathoms s, cl [sand, clay]. 1.55pm: Soundings 130 fathoms no bottom.

2.0pm: Position Lat 66 37 N, Long 19 34 W, altered course N40W.

3.0pm: Passed Loose ice to Northward.

5.17pm: Stopped near loose ice while carrying out .45 aiming rifle practice.

5.30pm: Altered course S2W, 10 knots. 5.44pm: Altered course S11W. 5.53pm: Resumed Course S58E.

6.10pm: Speed 6 knots. Dense fog.

10.30pm: Stopped engines. 10.40pm: Observed several small pieces of loose ice.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 202 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist and fog all day]


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29 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.75, Long -20.08

[Stopped until 10.40am]

10.40am: Dead slow ahead S58E. 11.5am: Altered course N55W, 6 knots.

1.15pm: Observed large quantity of loose ice. Stopped Engines. Used engines and helm variously to clear ice and then remained stopped.

2.30pm: “Patucca” [sic] arrived alongside and sent boat. 2.45pm: Captain of “Patucca” came on board and left at 3.30.

3.38pm: “Patucca” proceeded.

5.7pm: Slow ahead S57E.

5.37pm: Stopped.

10.45pm: Weather Clearing, set Course N55W, 8 knots. 10.53pm: Ice pack close ahead, altered course N45E, 10 knots.

11.46pm: Thick fog set in, altered course S85E, Slow.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 94 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Very foggy all day]


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30 June 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.40, Long -20.23

Midnight: Courses by Steering Compass. Standard Compass being badly disturbed by shifting navy phones.

9.2am: Thick fog. Engines Slow.

9.50am: 10 knots.

0.43pm: Altered course N56W. Observed Ice pack to West.

1.28pm: Altered course S84W towards small sealer.

2.10pm: Sealer observed to be in among ice pack.

2.12pm: Altered course NW and variously skirting edge of ice pack about 2 miles off. Passing loose ice each side.

3.30pm: Fog set in. Speed 8 knots.

4.32pm: Stopped. Encountered large quantity of loose ice. Dense Fog. Vessel manoeuvred as necessary to clear ice.

6.0pm: Dead slow ahead, N61E.

6.45pm: Stopped.

10.0pm: Dead Slow ahead N61E. Passing large quantities of loose ice.

Midnight: Apparantly [sic] clear of ice. Stopped.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 146 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist and fog for much of day]


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LOGS FOR JULY 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for July 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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1 July 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.35, Long -20.77

2.0am: Dense fog. Vessel stopped close to ice pack.

6.35am: Weather cleared. Proceeded 13 knots N61W investigating ice for passage to the westward.

7.50am: Position Lat 67 35 N, Long 22 55 W, no passage, altered course S87E.

11.12am: Altered course SSW and variously to avoid large quantities of loose ice. Dense fog set in.

11.30am: Fog lifted. 11.55am: Course N62E.

0.23pm: Altered course S70E.

pm: Lost by accident: one Punch Ball and Bladder.

2.35pm: Dense fog set in. 2.45pm: Altered course S56E and variously to get clear away from ice during fog.

7.0pm: Sounding every quarter hour.

9.40pm: Stopped. Sounding 107 fathoms.

11.40pm: Slow ahead S36E towards motor fishing vessel.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 136 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist or fog (thick at times) for most of day, noon temperature 40F, sea temperature 41F]


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2 July 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.25, Long -21.33

0.15am: Altered course N36W. Owing to dense fog unable to locate fishing vessel.

0.40am: Stopped Engines.

7.20am: Proceeded West. Dead Slow in directions of steamer’s whistle.

7.33am: Slow. Courses Various, South Westerly.

7.53am: Stopped. Steamer apparantly [sic] going into Selvig (Skaga Fiord).

9.0am: Fog cleared to seaward, remaining thick over land. Proceeded North half speed.

10.0am: Fog cleared from over land. Position fixed, Lat 66 16 N, Long 20 15 W, altered course N65W.

11.0am: Altered course N78W and Variously. Engines as necessary negotiating passage through ice pack.

Noon: Sounding continuously. Vessel position fixing by angles at short intervals. Engines and courses variously as necessary to make passage. Making approximately North.

1.30pm: Clear of the ice. Set course N12W, Speed 11 knots.

3.32pm: North Cape abeam distant 2.75 miles, altered course N52W.

5.28pm: Altered course N68W towards “Patucca” [sic].

6.0pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Patucca”.

6.20pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded N68W, 10 knots.

9.45pm: Speed 6 knots. Dense fog.

10.20pm: On Patrol, altered course N60E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 145 miles]

[Another misty, foggy day, though clear from 10am to 2pm]


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3 July 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 65.92, Long -25.50

9.20am - 10.50am: Engines and helm as necessary adjusting Standard Compass.

10.0am: Exercised towing aft.

10.50am: Proceeded S68W, 6 knots.

7.30pm: Encountered large quantity drift ice. Stopped engines. 7.55pm: Proceeded SSE, 6 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 172 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Foggy throughout the day]


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4 July 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 65.95, Long -25.25

0.30am: Altered course S68W. Speed 6 knots.

4.0am: Altered course N68E.

8.0am: Altered course S68W.

10.25am to 11.45am: Exercised Gun’s crews steering by tackles.

11.25am: Stopped. 11.50am: Proceeded. Speed 10 knots.

0.30pm: Altered course N68E.

4.0pm: Altered course S68W.

7.30pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Patuca”. 7.40pm: Altered course NW. Slow.

7.56pm: Stopped and despatched Cutter to “Patuca”.

8.20pm: “Patia” arrived at rendezvous.

8.40pm: “Patuca” Proceeded.

8.50pm: Captain went on board “Patia”.

9.50pm: Captain returned. 9.54pm: Proceeded 13 knots SSE.

10.56pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Aisne”, Lat 65 43 N, Long 25 05 W. Boarding Officer L Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.20pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded 15 knots S30E.

11.35pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooners “Fylla” and [continued on next page].

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 157 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Still mist and fog all day]


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5 July 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 65.92, Long -25.53

[continued from previous page] and “Pallasen” [possibly Pallesen, listed here, where Fylla also listed], Lat 65 41 N, Long 24 58 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

10.37am: Stopped and slipped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.30am: Recovered target. 11.45am: Proceeded South 6 knots.

0.20pm: Altered course North. 0.50pm: Stopped. Slipped target and carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

1.34pm: Recovered target. 1.40pm: Proceeded on patrol N67E, 10 knots.

3.10pm: Altered course S5W to intercept steamer close inshore. Speed 15 knots.

3.18pm: Fired three rounds “Common” across vessel’s bows. Vessel Stopped.

3.34pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Flora”, Lat 65 57 N, Long 24 05 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

5.0pm: “Flora” allowed to proceed. Proceeded 10 knots NNW.

10.13pm: Altered course N20W to examine sealer.

10.38pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Sealer “Hvalrossen”, Lat 66 15 N, Long 24 19 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.30pm: Despatched armed guard to “Hvalrossen” and ordered her to Lerwick. Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR in charge.

Midnight: Proceeded S64W, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 202 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Staalbierg Huk South 25 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Misty early and late, clear through middle of day]


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6 July 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.05, Long -24.45

10.3am: Altered course N60W towards “Patia”.

10.30am: Stopped. Communicating with “Patia”. 10.50am: Proceeded South 10 knots.

3.35pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Salus”, Lat 66 12 N, Long 24 [rest of position off edge of page]. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant [RNR].

4.0pm: Proceeded N68E, 8 knots.

4.55pm: Disengaged gun’s crews “Out Collision Mat”.

5.0pm: Stopped Engines. 5.52pm: Proceeded 13 knots S5W.

6.17pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Thomas Stratten”, Lat 66 07 N, Long 24 09 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.4pm: Proceeded 10 knots S75W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 211 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Myrakollr S69.5E, 23.75 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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7 July 1916

From Sea to Swarbacks Minn or at Sea

Lat 64.37, Long -25.07

3.0am: Altered course S35W towards “Gloucestershire”.

3.35am: Stopped and closed Gloucestershire’s boat. Received back signals and 3 ratings.

4.28am: Proceeded S37W, 12 knots.

10.10am: Stopped and slipped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.22am: Recovered target. 11.30am: Proceeded 12 knots, S36W.

0.22pm: Swinging ship for Compass Deviations by bearings of Svefjelds Jokul [?] distant 48 miles. Engines as necessary.

2.16pm: Proceeded S36W, 12 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: S1W 79 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Stapafell N56E, 44 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Clear and quiet all day, noon temperature 48F, sea temperature 50F]


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8 July 1916

From E Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 62.43, Long -16.93

8.0am: Altered course S48E.

1.12pm: Altered course NNW to examine white object. 1.30pm: Resumed Course.

2.0pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Artois”.

5.0pm: Altered course S51E. Prepared for night defence.

8.34pm: Altered course N10E, 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

9.47pm: Resumed course S52E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 300 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Position Lat 61 16 N, Long 6 40 W, S77E, 298.5 miles]


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9 July 1916

From E Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 61.15, Long -6.80

2.30am: Zig-zag 30 degrees Type III. Speed 15 [knots].

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

11.48am: Sumbo Light House abeam distant 15 miles.

Noon: Patent Log hauled in and cleared. Altered course S64E.

1.0pm: Zig-zag 30 degrees Type II.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.30pm: Altered course S33E, zig-zag Type III.

8.15pm: Altered course S32E. 8.25pm: Speed 15.5 [knots].

9.19pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish Ketch “Violett”, Lat 60 48 N, Long 2 32 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.45pm: Ordered “Violett” to Lerwick. Placed armed guard on board. Sub Lieutenant Slaughter RNR in charge.

10.12pm: Proceeded 15.5 knots S30E, zig-zag 20 degrees type II.

11.40pm: Challenged HM TB “Leopard”.

[Course and Distance made good: S75E 298 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 61 00 N, Long 3 00 W, S85E, 110 miles]


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10 July 1916

From E Patrol to Swarbacks Minn or at Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long 1.37 [estimated]

0.20am: Eshaness Light abeam distant 3.25 miles.

0.33am: Altered course S26E. “Leopard” in company.

1.0pm: Murbie Stacks Light abeam distant 3 cables. 1.4am: Half speed. 1.6am: Passed Boom. Full speed.

1.20am: Slow and variously manouvring into Berth. 1.25am: Let go port anchor in No 2 Berth Busta Voe and veered 5 shackles. Draft on Arrival: Forward 19ft 4in, Aft 23ft 6in.

6.45am: Colliers “Westwood” and “Excellent” [listed here as being lost in 1917] arrived alongside and secured.

7.35am: Coaling party from “Gilbralter” [HMS Gibraltar] arrived onboard.

8.0am: Commenced Coaling.

Noon: Dinner.

1.25pm: Resumed Coaling.

4.0pm - 4.30pm: Tea.

6.30pm: Gibralter’s party returned to their ship.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling. Received 624 Tons.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1101 tons]


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11 July 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long 1.37

6.20am: Commenced Coaling.

6.25am: Coaling party from Gibralter arrived.

pm: Draft Leaving: Forward 23ft 3in, Aft 23ft 4in.

7.15pm: Finished Coaling. Received 604 Tons. Total 1224 Tons. Hands preparing ship for sea.

10.0pm: Commenced heaving in. 10.15pm: Anchor aweigh. 10.14pm: Proceeded. Full speed.

10.28pm: Half speed. 10.30pm: Passed Boom. Speed 14 knots.

10.44pm: Passed Murbie Stacks Light distant 4 Cables. Set course N29W. HMTB “Locust” in company.

10.50pm: Zig-zag 30 degrees Type II.

11.22pm: Eshaness Light abeam distant 2.5 miles.

11.45pm: “Locust” left and returned to Busta Voe.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2315 tons]


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12 July 1916

From Busta Voe to C Patrol

Lat 61.07, Long -6.45

Midnight: Altered course N34W.

2.52am: Altered course N75E to intercept steamer.

3.30am: Half speed. Signalled Danish SS “Helmer Kouch” [probably Helmer Morch] with armed guard on board.

3.35am: Proceeded 15 knots N70W, zig-zag 30 degrees type II.

10.30am: Hailed British Trawler A305 [listed here as “Bravo”].

1.0pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch “Helene”, Lat 61 03 N, Long 6 53 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.50pm: Proceeded 13 knots N73W.

2.15pm: 14 knots zig-zag 30 degrees Type II.

4.35pm: Altered course SWxW and variously to identify Trawlers.

5.0pm: Resumed Course N73W. 5.15pm: Altered course NWxN to intercept Danish Schooner.

5.35pm: Stopped and boarded Danish schooner “Vonin”, Lat 61 03 N, Long 8 26 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant.

6.20pm: Placed armed guard on board “Vonin” and ordered her to Lerwick. Sub Lieutenant Slaughter in charge.

6.56pm: Proceeded 13 knots N81W, zig-zag 30 degrees Type II.

10.30pm: Altered course N80E, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 166 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 60 56 N, Long 9 26 W, S85W, 78 miles]

[Mist or fog at times, noon air and sea temperature 52F]


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13 July 1916

At Sea C Patrol

Lat 61.00, Long -8.95

4.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

6.0am: Altered course S83W.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 9.50am: Altered course NNW to identify trawler.

10.15am: Resumed course S84W.

11.41am: Altered course N65E to identify trawler.

11.51am: Altered course N80E.

0.18pm: Resumed Course S84W.

1.0pm: Zig-zag Type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

6.50pm: Stopped and picker up trawler’s dan Buoy. 7.0pm: Proceeded 13 knots, N82E, zig-zag type IV.

10.20pm: Altered course N83E.

11.6pm: Altered course S83W. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 284 miles]


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14 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 60.78, Long -9.63

Midnight: Altered course N83E, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

3.0am: Observed and identified 4 British Trawlers.

6.20am: Altered course S83W.

8.0am: Zig-zag 3 points Type III.

9.0am: Passed 5 British Trawlers.

10.0am: “Immediate Action”, Second General Quarters.

11.0am: Altered course S60W.

11.20am: “Disperse”. 11.30am: Altered course S65W, zig-zag 2 points Type III. Speed 14 knots.

1.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points Type III.

5.0pm: “Out Collision Mat” by one side gun’s crews. Prepared for night defence.

6.40pm: Altered course N62E, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 306 miles]


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15 July 1916

At Sea C Patrol

Lat 60.25, Long -9.37

2.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag Type IV.

6.0am: Altered course S39W.

8.30am: Zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

11.30am: Ceased zig-zag. Noon: Dense fog set in.

1.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points Type III.

2.20pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

6.30pm: Altered course N64E.

11.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points type III. 11.15pm: Fog lifted.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 314 miles]

[Mist or fog almost all day, noon temperature 54F, sea temperature 53F]


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16 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 60.23, Long -8.92

2.10am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 8 knots. Dense fog.

3.30am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

5.0am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 8 knots. Dense fog.

6.0am: Altered course S63W.

7.30am: Zig-zag 3 points Type III.

8.0am: 10 knots, ceased zig-zag.

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

10.14am: Altered course N63E. 10.23am: Altered course S50E speed 14 knots to follow track in water apparently vessel wake.

10.54am: Observing nothing altered course S80W to resume patrol.

Noon: Zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

1.10pm: Altered course SW to intercept a steamer. Speed 14 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

1.57pm: Passed Dutch SS “Westerdyk” [Westerdijk listed here] Cleared from Kirkwall. Ordered to proceed. 2.0pm: Resumed course S63W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

6.0pm: Altered course N49E.

7.40pm: Altered course N28W 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

8.45pm: Passed Norwegian SS “Avona” Flying clearance flag, altered course N10W to intercept another steamer.

9.15pm: Stopped and boarded USA SS “Jos W Fordney” [Joseph W Fordney], Lat 59 57 N, Long 10 29 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.20pm: Proceeded 15.5 knots N17W to intercept at steamer, leaving boarding party to examine “Fordney”.

10.20pm: Passed Swedish SS “Hogland” flying clearance flag, altered course S35E to return to SS “JW Fordney”.

11.47pm: Altered course N35W. “Jos W Fordney” not visible.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]

[Mist or fog until 4pm, then clearing. Sea becoming rough from 10pm]


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17 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.97, Long -9.77

0.30am: Observed HMS “Motagua”, altered course N75E to close.

0.50am: Stopped and despatched cutter for armed guard.

1.10am: Cutter returned with Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR and armed guard.

1.30am: Proceeded SW 14 knots in search of “Jos W Fordney” zig-zag 2 points.

2.30am: Observed steamer, altered course NW.

2.53am: Stopped. Signalling “JW Fordney” and ordered her to proceed.

3.20am: Cutter returned with boarding officer. 3.30am: Proceeded N78E, zig-zag 3 points type III. Speed 13 knots.

9.0am: Altered course S62W.

1.30pm: Zig-zag Type IV.

6.0pm: Altered course N30E. 6.10pm: Altered course S10W to intercept a steamer.

6.50pm: Stopped and boarded USA SS Petrolite, Lat 59 06 N, Long 10 49 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

7.30pm: Ordered “Petrolite” to Kirkwall with armed guard. Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR in charge.

7.49pm: Proceeded NE 14 knots.

8.0pm: Various courses while signalling “Petrolite”.

8.45pm: Resumed course NE zig-zag 2 points Type II. Speed 14 knots.

11.50pm: Courses various to intercept a steamer.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 271 miles]

[Sea rough all day]


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18 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 60.23, Long -9.65

Midnight: Courses various. Half speed. 0.20am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Fram”, Lat 59 50 N, Long 10 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

1.25am: Cutter returned. “Fram” ordered to proceed. 1.30am: Proceeded 13 knots N55E.

3.0am: Zig-zag 2 points Type II.

5.0am: Observed and challenged HMS “Patia”. 5.10am: Turned 24 points to port.

5.24am: Resumed Course N55E.

6.30am: Altered course S65W, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

7.40am: Altered course N15W 14 knots to intercept a steamer.

8.15am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Wimpole” [listed here], Lat 60 40 N, Long 8 49 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.55am: Cutter returned. Proceeded 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

1.0pm: Altered course S60W.

6.0pm: Altered course N67E.

10.0pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 278 miles]

[Sea rough for most of day with mist on and off]


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19 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.32, Long -13.73

0.15am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

2.0am: Altered course S86E.

3.30am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

4.0am: Altered course S10E to intercept a steamer, 14 knots.

4.35am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Imo”, Lat 59 27 N, Long 12 28 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

6.38am: Proceeded NNE 13 knots zig-zag 2 points Type IV. “Imo” following astern. Awaiting instructions from SO [Senior Officer] 10th CS [Cruiser Squadron].

7.30am: Altered course N86W, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

8.4am: Turned 16 points to close “Imo” on account of mist.

8.15am: Resumed Course and zig-zag.

8.24am: Stopped and despatched armed guard to “Imo” and ordered her to Kirkwall. Lieutenant Angus RNR in charge.

8.53am: Proceeded N86W, 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points Type II.

11.0am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

2.0pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points Type IV.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Fire Stations. Prepared for night defence.

6.30pm: Altered course S85E.

11.20pm: Speed 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]


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20 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.25, Long -14.25

2.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

5.45am: Altered course N60W to intercept a steamer, 14.5 knots.

6.45am: Passed British Trawler “Queen Alexandra”, altered course N84W, 13 knots.

7.0am: Zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

10.0am to 10.30am: Steered ship from after steering position while testing telemotor gear.

11.5am: Speed 10 knots, ceased zig-zag.

Noon: Dense fog. Speed 8 knots.

2.15pm: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

3.20pm: Ceased zig-zag 10 knots.

4.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

4.40pm: Exercised Abandon Ship Stations.

5.30pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

11.0pm: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

11.20pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 292 miles]

[Mist or fog for much of day]


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21 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.85, Long -13.63

10.10am: General Quarters (No 4).

10.20am: Stopped and Dropped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.19am: Proceeded N84W 13 knots.

[Expended 55 Tons Fresh Water for Boiler Purposes]

3.30pm: Altered course N25E to intercept a steamer.

3.40pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Brunsyk” [possibly Brunswyk], Lat 58 39 N, Long 14 47 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

4.10pm: Despatched armed guard to “Brunsyk” and ordered her to Kirkwall. Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

4.40pm: Proceeded N84W 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

11.15pm: Steering from aft while executing repairs to telemotor steering gear.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]

[Wind south westerly force 5 from 7am, with mist or fog all day]


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22 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.17, Long -13.43

2.0am: Resumed steering from fore bridge.

4.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

6.0am: Altered course N84W.

10.2am: Altered course S57W, Speed utmost, to intercept steamer.

10.49am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Bergensfyiord [presumably Bergensfjord], Lat 59 12 N, Long 13 16 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.20am: Proceeded N83W, 13 knots.

Noon: Altered course S70W, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

1.15pm: Altered course S40W, speed 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

2.15pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Roanoke”, Lat 58 47 N, Long 13 50 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.58pm: Proceeded N80W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

7.0pm: Altered course S84E, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

8.40pm: Altered course South, Speed 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

10.16pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Rosalind”, Lat 58 24 N, Long 14 10 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

11.33pm: Proceeded N45E 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 268 miles]

[Mist and fog at times in am, clear in pm, noon air and sea temperature 56F]


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23 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.90, Long -13.53

6.20am: Altered course S30E, 15.5 knots to intercept a steamer.

7.14am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Kristianiafjord”, Lat 59 02 N, Long 12 04 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR. Ordered SS to Kirkwall with armed guard. Lieutenant Leonard RNR in charge.

7.49am: Proceeded N66W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

3.37pm: Altered course S43W to intercept steamer.

4.10pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Brefond”, Lat 58 34 N, Long 14 43 W. Ordered her to Kirkwall with armed guard. Mr Heap Midshipman RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

5.8pm: Proceeded N55W, 13 knots, zig-zag type III.

6.5pm: Altered course S65W, 15 knots to intercept at steamer.

7.0pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Mirgen”, Lat 58 20 N, Long 15 16 W and sent to Kirkwall, armed guard Mr Ramsay Midshipman RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.0pm: Proceeded N77E, 13 knots, zig-zag type III.

11.0pm: Altered course S88E. 11.30pm: Ceased zig-zag, speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 273 miles]


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24 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.45, Long -14.07

10.0am: Ceased zig-zag, speed 10 knots. Exercised “Prepare to be taken in tow”.

10.40am: 13 knots zig-zagging. 11.10am: 10 knots, straight course.

0.20pm: Speed 13 knots, zig-zagging.

1.47pm: Passed British SS “Glenmorag” Admiralty Collier.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 269 miles]

[Mist or fog from 8am onwards, south westerly wind force 5 or 6 from 4pm]


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25 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.73, Long -10.55

10.0am: General Quarters (Fifth).

8.30pm: Observed French AMC “Artois”.

8.38pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Artois” for armed guard.

9.0pm: Cutter returned with Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR and armed guard.

9.15pm: Proceeded 13 knots N84E, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

11.0pm: Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 286 miles]

[Wind decreasing in am, mist or fog for much of day]


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26 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.82, Long -10.13

Midnight: Reduced speed to 8 knots. Dense Fog.

4.30am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

5.30am: Ceased zig-zag.

7.30am: Dense fog. Speed 8 knots.

11.25am: 13 knots. Zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.50am: Altered course S40W, 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

0.30pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Are”, Lat 59 41 N, Long 10 12 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.10pm: Proceeded S85W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.20pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: 257 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of am, clear in pm]


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27 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.32, Long -9.95

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 2am, 4.20am, 7am and 6.45pm]

3.23pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Hildebrand”.

11.40pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 281 miles]


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28 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.30, Long -9.90

3.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag type IV.

10.10am: General Quarters. Stopped and dropped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.35am: Recovered target. 11.38am: Proceeded 13 knots S83W, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

10.40pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 276 miles]

[South westerly wind force 5 or 6 from noon onwards, sea state rough from 4pm. Mist and/or rain for much of day, noon air and sea temperature 56F]


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29 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.40, Long -9.63

6.30am: Turned 32 points to starboard to examine object (fisherman’s pallet).

11.0am: Depth charge releasing gear tested and found correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 281 miles]

[South westerly wind force 6 with sea state rough until 8am, wind and sea reducing from noon, mist and/or rain on and off]


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30 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.05, Long -10.78

0.15am: Altered course S40W, 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

0.44am: Half Speed Variously round steamer.

1.0am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Imo”, Lat 58 11 N, Long 10 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

2.27am: Proceeded NNW 6 knots “Imo” in Company awaiting instructions from SO 10th CS.

4.22am: Stopped and again boarded “Imo” and ordered to proceed.

5.10am: Proceeded North 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

5.34am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Tula” [Tula (2) listed here], Lat 59 25 N, Long 10 11 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

6.28am: Proceeded SSE 13 knots towards sail.

7.40am: Identified Danish schooner “Ireme” [Irene?] and proceeded on patrol 13 knots, zig-zag S85W.

10.20am: As requisite rendezvous “Victorian”.

10.47am: Proceeded NxW 13 knots. 11.0am: NNE zig-zag 3 points Type III.

5.55pm: Altered course N20W to intercept a steamer.

6.27pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Larenberg”, Lat 59 26 N, Long 10 08 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR. “Larenberg” ordered to Kirkwall with armed guard, Midshipman A Mackellar RNR in charge.

7.20pm: Proceeded S75W 13 knots zig-zag type III.

11.55pm: Observed and challenged [HMS] “Columbella”, altered course N60E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 252 miles]


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31 July 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.27, Long -9.97

0.15am: Stopped and despatched cutter and boarding boat to “Columbella”.

0.55am: Boats returned with armed guards in charge of Lieutenants Richard and Leonard and Midshipman Ramsay and One officer and armed guard to “Patuca”. 1.3am: Proceeded N83E, 10 knots.

5.6am: Altered course WSW zz type III towards distant smoke.

6.31am: S45E and signalled HM Trawlers “Cyelse” and “Gurth” [both listed here]. Half speed. 6.38am: Proceeded N34W 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

1.55pm: Altered course N43E 15 knots to intercept a sailing vessel. Ceased zig-zag.

2.40pm: Identified Danish Barque “Ceres” and Proceeded S66E, 13 knots.

7.20pm: Altered course S11E to intercept a steamer.

7.50pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Zijldijk”, Lat 59 12 N, Long 10 14 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Acting Lieutenant RNR.

8.30pm: Ordered “Zijldijk” to Kirkwall with armed guard, Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge.

8.45pm: Proceeded 15 knots N45E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[Very good visibility during day, becoming misty in evening, wind and sea increasing towards midnight]


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for August 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as before), not dated]

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[Limited details of Barometer (just given as “Mercurial”, Height of cistern above sea: 25 feet) and Thermometers (as before)]


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1 August 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.37, Long -10.05

4.47am: Altered course N59W, 13 knots to intercept a steamer.

5.22am: Half speed. 5.32am: Fired 6 inch c [common] across steamer’s bow.

5.41am: Spoke Norwegian SS Oifjeld and allowed to proceed.

5.57am: Altered course S75W, speed 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

7.35am: Altered course N82W to intercept a steamer.

8.19am: Stopped and boarded British SS “Elswick Tower”, Lat 59 17 N, Long 10 28 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.10am: Vessel allowed to proceed and cutter returned. 9.18am: Proceeded N34W, 15 knots.

[33 tons Fresh Water used for Boiler purposes]

1.50pm: Observed HMS “Patucca” [Patuca]. 2.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 15 knots.

2.10pm: Stopped Signalling “Patuca”. 2.20pm: Proceeded 13 knots zig-zagging.

3.48pm: Altered course S40W, 14 knots. Ceased zig-zag, to intercept a steamer.

4.30pm: Stopped and examined British SS “Marengo” [Marengo (2) listed here] bound West, Lat 59 26 N. Long 9 21 W.

4.37pm: Proceeded S87W, 11 knots straight Course.

10.0pm: Altered course N75E towards small sailing vessel.

10.25pm: Altered course North and variously examining Danish Schooner “Eos”, Lat 59 05 N, Long 10 51 W.

11.12pm: Proceeded N83E, 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 256 miles]

[Wind varying in direction, though generally westerly, force 5 to 7 for most of day, with sea state rough or very rough. Mist and rain at times in am]


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2 August 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.05, Long -10.43

4.0am: Altered course S49W to intercept steamer. Ceased zig-zag.

4.15am: Altered course N61W and signalled British SS “Silverlip” with Clearance flag.

4.29am: Proceeded S83W.

4.45am: Altered course N25W to intercept steamer.

5.11am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS [blank space], Lat 59 25 N, Long 9 53 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.18am: Proceeded S83W 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type III.

9.30am: Altered course S70W. Ceased zig-zag to examine Barque. 9.45am: Altered course S60W and variously.

10.25am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Barque Oaklands, Lat 59 03 N, Long 10 24 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. “Oaklands” allowed to proceed.

11.19am: Proceeded SWxS towards Patuca.

11.30am: Stopped and closed “Patuca’s” cutter and discharged armed guard to her.

11.55am: Proceeded 13 knots N73E.

5.15pm: Stopped. Waiting at rendezvous for “Oratava” [Orotava]. Visibility 2 miles.

[Various changes of course until 6.42pm]

7.0pm: Altered course WSW towards HMS “Oratava”.

7.21pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Oratava” for armed guard (Midshipman Heap).

7.45pm: Proceeded West 13 knots.

9.45pm: Altered course N55E to intercept steamer.

10.47pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Dutch SS “Beukelsdijk” [Beukelsdyk] previously boarded by “Patuca” [see Patuca Log for 2 August 1916], Lat 59 30 N, Long 9 22 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

11.53pm: Proceeded N25E, 8 knots to intercept another steamer.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 227 miles]

[Wind mostly westerly force 4 or 5 with sea state rough at times]


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3 August 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.33, Long -9.90

Midnight: Courses various, speed 10 knots examining Dutch SS “Nooderdijk” [probably Noorderdijk].

1.30am: Altered course N83E. Speed 10 knots. On patrol.

7.57pm: Dense fog. Speed 10 knots.

9.10pm: Altered course N43E toward steamer’s fog whistle. Engines dead Slow.

9.40pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Anglia”, Lat 58 23 N, Long 10 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. SS Anglia sent to Lerwick with armed guard, Midshipman Barker RNR in charge.

10.26pm: Proceeded S41W, 13 knots. Dense fog.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]

[Mist or fog (thick in evening) all day]


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4 August 1916

From C Patrol to Glasgow or at Sea, C Patrol

Lat 55.57, Long -12.08

2.0am: Dense fog in patches. Moderately clear intervals.

7.30am: Altered course S86W.

9.30am: Altered course S22W. Speed 13 knots.

10.50am: Weather cleared, zig-zag 2 points type II. Speed 15 knots.

11.20am: Fog set in, ceased zig-zag.

1.0pm: Altered course ESE.

3.0pm: Visibility varying between half a mile and 2 miles.

4.0pm: Commenced sounding every 10 minutes.

6.0pm: Bottom at 107 fathoms, fs [fine sand]. Dense fog. 6.15pm: Altered course S68E.

8.0pm: Sounding every 10 minutes.

9.0pm: Sounding continuously.

9.47pm: Altered course East. 13 knots.

10.37pm: Stopped on hearing steamer’s fog whistle. 10.40pm: Proceeded 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 303 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 55 20 N, Long 12 05 W, South, 14 miles]

[Light winds, mist or fog (thick at times) almost all day, noon air and sea temperature 59F]


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5 August 1916

From C Patrol to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.90, Long -4.92

0.14am: Observed Inishtrahull Light bearing S by W, altered course S46E, speed 12 knots.

1.0am: Altered course S50E. Sounding every quarter hour.

2.9am: Dead Slow. Altered course S46E. Waiting Daylight. Dense fog.

3.55pm: Proceeded 10 knots, sounding continuously.

4.32am: Observed Bull Point ahead distant about 8 cables, altered course SSW. 4.41am: Altered course S30E. Bull Point Bearing NE. Speeds various according to visibility.

5.30am: Passed Benmore Head distant half a mile. Weather clear to Westward. Dense fog to Eastward. Speed 15.5 knots.

5.49am: Torr Point at [blank], altered course S23E.

6.46am: Dense fog. Speeds 13 knots. Sounding continuously.

7.5am: Soundings 66 fathoms, altered course ESE. 7.15am: Soundings 19 fathoms, altered course N75E.

9.50am: Altered course N19E. 10.0am: Observed Holy Island Light House abeam distant approximately 3 miles. Sounding 48 fathoms.

10.50am: Observed Gull Point Little Cumbrae Island ahead distant half a mile, altered course 24 points to starboard. 10.55am: Slow WNW.

11.7am: Heard Cumbrae fog siren.

11.15am: Weather cleared. Proceeded 15.5 knots. Cumbrae Light House abeam distant 0.5 miles.

11.48am: Altered course N34E off Toward Point. Received permission to pass fixed defences.

0.10pm: Passed through Boom Defence Gate. Half speed. 0.15pm: Full speed East.

0.30pm: Embarked Pilot off Whitefarland Point and Proceeded up river. Clock retarded 1 hour to BST.

1.45pm: Passed Tail of Bank Buoy and secured tug “Flying Phantom” aft.

2.22pm: Passed Dumbarton.

2.45pm: Secured Tug “Flying Linnet” Forward.

3.3pm: Passed Dalmuir.

4.0pm: Entered Princes Dock.

4.38pm: Vessel secured in No 1 Berth. Princes Dock. Lieutenants Richards and Angus, Sub Lieutenant Slaughter, Midshipmen Ramsay and McKellar rejoined ship from armed guard duties with their parties.

6.0pm: Leave to Port Watch till Midnight Wednesday 9th August.

7.0pm: Local leave to second part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 295 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 582 tons]

[Foggy until noon, then clear]


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6 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

1.0am: Commences with dull weather. Overcast and fine.

7.0am: Hands fall in. Scrub Decks.

9.45am: Divisions. Landed Roman Catholics for Church.

10.30am: Landed Church of England party for Church. 3 Ratings joined ship from Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

11.0am: Midshipman Wilkinson RN joined ship.

Noon: Roman Catholics returned.

0.45pm: Church parties returned on board.

1.0pm: Special leave for first part of Starboard Watch from 1pm until 7am.

4.30pm: Liberty Men.

Midnight: Ends fine and clear.


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7 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

0.30am: Commences fine and Clear.

6.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

7.0am: Liberty Men returned on board.

9.30am: Commenced transferring ammunition from Forward Magazine to After Magazine.

am: Barclay Curle and Co’s workmen at repairs defects etc.

1.8pm: Hands employed, covering boats, Gunners Party and removing splinter mats from Fore Bridge.

4.0pm: Leading Seaman Bonner left ship for Chatham Depot. Also, OS Feox [Fox?] on leave or recall.

4.45pm: First Part of Starboard Watch employed provisioning Ship. Landed Liberty Men of 2nd Part.

9.45pm: Gresham Fireman, discharged Ashore, Sick.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 324 lbs]


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8 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

0.30am: Fine and Clear Weather.

6.50am: Cooks to Galley.

7.0am: Liberty Men returned on board. Piped Breakfast.

am: Shifting ammunition and painting ship’s side.

11.0am: RNVR Sub Lieutenant Bladon joined ship.

Noon: Lance Corporal Fox and Dooley Fireman discharged to Hospital.

1.15pm: Hands employed shifting Ammunition and painting Ship’s side (Port).

4.45pm: No 53 Warrant read.

6.30pm: Hands fall in, prepare to shift ship.

7.20pm: Started shifting. 7.40pm: At Entrance to Graving Dock, awaiting High Water.

8.30pm: Ship landed on Chocks.

9.45pm: Landed Liberty Men of first Part Starboard watch till 7am.

10.30pm: Piped Down.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 494 lbs]


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9 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30 [estimated]

7.0am: Hands to Breakfast and clean, refitting Rig.

0.15pm: Midshipman Mills filt [left] Ship to join HMS “Ophelia”.

4.0pm: Hands ranging Cable in dock ready for survey and painting Ship.

4.30pm: Liberty men to clean.

5.30pm: Liberty men second part of Starboard Watch.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 112 lbs, Vegetables 112 lbs]


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10 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

0.30am: Midshipman Baker and Armed Guard returned.

6.0am: Hands fall in, employed ranging Port Cable for survey. Cooks cleaning Mess Decks.

7.0am: Breakfast and clean in refitting Rig.

7.20am: Piped leave for Starboard Watch until 9.0am 15th.

8.0am: Hands fall in. Employed as requisite. Painting on promenade deck.

am: Barclay Curle and Co’s Workmen painting ship’s bottom. Touch up anti Corrosive. Full coat Anti Fouling (Moravia).

1.15pm: Hands fall in. Employed painting and Cleaning Chain Locker.

4.15pm: Tea. Leave for first Part of Port Watch till 7am.

5.30pm: Landed Liberty Men.

8.45pm: Clear up Decks for Rounds. 9.0pm: Rounds.

10.0pm: Piped Down.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 139 lbs]


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11 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

9.0am: Four Men employed listing gun sights with Dockyard Official.

1.15pm: Hands fall in, Employed stowing cables. Painting Ship etc as required.

3.0pm: Received case containing Metal Engine.

5.30pm: Liberty Men Landed. Mr Lawrence Midshipman left to join HMS “Dreadnought”.

7.45pm: Stand by Hammocks.

8.0pm: WJ Penfold AB left ship for Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

8.30pm: Mr Wilkinson Midshipman left to join HMS “Dreadnought”.

9.0pm: Rounds.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 105 lbs]

[Mist or fog all day, noon temperature 67F]


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12 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.0am: Hands fall in. Employed as required.

10.38am: Started Flooding dock. Hands employed preparing for undocking ship. 10.45am: Pilot on board.

0.18pm: Tug fast Aft “Flying Swallow” [listed here].

0.20pm: Cast off Hawsers. Passed over Dock Sill and proceeded to Coal tip.

1.30pm: Ship secured alongside Coal tip. 1.35pm: Two ratings joined ship, from Chatham Depot. 1.45pm: Piped Dinner.

2.10pm: Commenced Coaling, 28 men and 2 foremen. 2.15pm: Make and mend clothes.

4.0pm: Leave to part Watch 5pm until 7am.

5.0pm: Liberty Men landed.

6.0pm: Landed Liberty Men.

8.0pm: Ceased Coaling. 51 Trucks.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 108 lbs, Vegetables 700 lbs]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 507 tons]


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13 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Coaling Party 28 men, 2 foreman [sic].

6.30am: First Waggon [wagon] tipped. Called hands.

9.0am: Ceased Coaling for Breakfast. 10.0am: Resumed. 10.10am: Started tipping.

11.15am: Finished tipping. Total 20 trucks.

11.50am: Starting shifting ship.

1.30pm: Ship tied up No 22 Berth Princes Dock.

2.30pm: Leave for second Part Port Watch till 7.0am.

3.0pm: Started Coaling 28 men, 2 foremen.

6.0pm: Night Shift relieved Day Shift, 29 men, 3 foremen.

9.30pm: Coaling Party stop for Supper.

10.30pm: Coaling Party resumed Work.


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14 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

4.0am: Stopped Coaling for Coffee. 4.30am: Resumed Coaling.

6.0am: Day Shift relieved Night Shift, 52 men, 3 foremen. Total coal in 6am 1061 tons.

8.0am: Hands fall in. Portion of Hands employed getting in Stores, Meat and Vegetables etc, painting ships side.

11.0am: Captain on board.

Noon: Piped Dinner. Stopped Coaling Port side. Waiting for Coal.

1.10pm: Resumed Coaling Port side. 1.15pm: Hands fall in. Employed taking in Stores, provisions etc.

2.0pm: Stopped coaling for Dinner.

3.0pm: Resumed. 52 men, 3 foremen.

4.0pm: Leave to first part Port Watch from 5pm to 7am.

5.0pm: Landed Liberty Men.

6.0pm: Total Coal in 1470 Tons. Night Shift relieved day Shift. 31 Men and 3 Foremen.

9.30pm: Coaling Party stopped for Supper. 10.30pm: Coaling resumed.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 106 lbs, Vegetables 26960 lbs]


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15 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

3.0am: Stopped Coaling Port side. No Coal.

4.30am: Started Coaling Port Side.

6.0am: Hands Fall in. Scrub decks. Day Shift relieved Night Shift. 60 Men, 3 Foremen.

8.0am: Hands Fall in. Employed cleaning etc. 20 Ratings joined ship from Crystal Palace London. Received fresh water for drinking and cooking, purposes.

9.0am: Leave for Starboard Watch Expired. Coaling Party stopped for Breakfast.

10.0am: Coaling Party resumed. Starboard Watch fall in. Employed as requisite. Painting Ships side, clearing up decks, replacing gear etc.

Noon: 40 Tons Fresh Water expended rinsing No 7 Tank.

1.15pm: Hands Fall in. Employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave to Port Watch till 6am. Starboard Watch took 2 loads of sand on board.

6.0pm: Completed 2150 Tons of Coal. Starboard Watch employed taking in sand. Liberty Men.

9.0pm: Rounds. 10.0pm: Piped Down.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 6557 lbs]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2614 tons]


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16 August 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Restowing ammunition in forward magazine and preparing Ship for sea.

11.0am: Ammunition put on board.

Noon: T Harris Boatswain Mercantile Marine discharged to Shore.

pm: Draft on Departure: Forward 25’ 1.5”, Aft 24’ 6.5”.

2.15pm: Let go from wharf and proceeded out of Princes Dock. Pilot and two tugs in attendance. Engines and helm as necessary.

3.15pm: Passed out of Princes Dock. Proceeded down river at various speeds:

4.35pm: Passed Bowling. Full speed.

4.50pm: Passed Dumbarton.

5.24pm: Slow off Greenock. 5.30pm: Discharged pilot of [off] Princes Pier. 5.34pm: Proceeded. Full speed NW. Clock retarded one hour to GMT.

4.40pm: Passed Whitefarland Point, altered course WxN 14 knots.

4.57pm: Slow. 5.2am: Passed the Boom Defence Gate. Course S33W, speed 15 knots.

5.21pm: Passed Skelmorlie Beacon.

5.57pm: Cumbrae Island Light abeam distant [number off edge of page], altered course S25W.

6.45pm: Holy Island Light House abeam distant 11 cables. 7.0pm: Altered course S49W, zig-zag 2 points Type II.

7.9pm: Pladda Island Light House abeam distant 1.5 miles.

8.13pm: Altered course S73W. Log 21.7.

9.30pm: Ceased zig-zag. 9.35pm: Altered course N22W. Altcarry [Altacarry] Head Light N22W. Maidens Light S20W.

11.9pm: Tor [Torr] Point abeam, altered course N40W.

11.36pm: Rue Point abeam distant 1.5 miles, altered course N48W.


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17 August 1916

At Sea

Lat 55.47, Long -11.05

0.3am: Sheep Island abeam, altered course N53W. Zig-zagging 2 points Type II.

2.21am: Inishtrahull abeam Distant 11 Cables.

2.31am: Doherty Rocks abeam, altered course N78W.

3.0am: Finad [Fanad] Point Light abeam.

4.45am: Tory Island Light abeam Distant 3 Miles, altered course N65W. Commenced zig-zagging 3 points.

8.0am: Lat 55 22 N, Long 9 26 W.

11.0am: Exercised General Quarters No I.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters. 5.0pm: Stopped and dropped target for 1 inch Aiming Practice.

5.50pm: Recovered target.

6.0pm: Stopped to reeve off Bottom line.

6.34pm: Proceeded 13 knots, zig-zagging 2 points. Log streamed.

9.45pm: Third degree of vigilance.

10.0pm: Stopped zig-zagging. Speed 12 Knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 263 miles]

[Weather mostly cloudy and quiet, noon temperature 56F, sea temperature 59F]


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18 August 1916

At Sea

Lat 59.43, Long -11.13

5.0am: Increased speed to 13 Knots. Commenced zig-zagging 3 points Type II.

6.38am: Altered course East to intercept steamer steering E/S. Increased to 14.5 Knots. Stopped zig-zagging.

8.10am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Ann” [or possibly “Anne” or “Anna” - name off edge of page], Lat 58 46 N, Long 11 14 W. Sent to Lerwick with Armed Guard. Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.25am: Hoisted boat, proceeded 13 Knots N18E.

11.0am: 14 Knots to intercept steamer steering E/S.

0.55pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Knut Hamsen” [Knut Hamsun] Steering E/N. Lat 59 39 N, Long [off edge of page]. Sent to Kirkwall with Armed Guard. Sub Lieutenant Slaughter in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.56pm: Set Course N47E, 13 Knots, zig-zagging 2 points Type II.

4.2pm: Sighted and challenged HMS “Patia”. 4.10pm: Speed 10 Knots, zig-zagging Type III.

4.32pm: Stopped. 4.37pm: Patia’s boat alongside. Received Back Signals, and discharged 2 Ratings to Patia.

5.2pm: Speed 13 Knots. Exercised Fire Stations, S75W while communicating with “Patia”.

5.17pm: Altered course N45W [course taken from right hand side of page as off edge on left side].

6.36pm: Altered course N8W to examine Norwegian Sailing Vessel “Catharina” flying clearance flag, altered course N10E.

6.48pm: Zig-zagging 2 points Type II.

8.0pm: Altered course N18E. Lat 60 37 N, Long 11 11 W.

9.50pm: Stopped zig-zagging. Speed 12 Knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 277 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 65 30 N, Long 12 00 W, N4W, 365 miles]


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19 August 1916

At Sea

Lat 63.77, Long -11.48

4.0am: Increased speed to 13 Knots. Commenced zig-zagging.

6.24am: Altered course S56E to intercept steamer bearing SE/E. Stopped zig-zagging.

7.15am: Altered course N18E, zig-zagging 2 points Type II.

7.45am: Zig-zagging 3 points.

11.0am: Zig-zagging Type III.

11.40am: Passed empty cask.

5.0pm: Second Degree of vigilance.

8.30pm: Observed disturbance in the water, looked like track of Submarine.

Midnight: Sounded in 100 Fathoms.

[Course and Distance made good: N2W, 260 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 65 30 N, Long 12 00 W, N7W, 105 miles]


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20 August 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.92, Long -14.58

3.30am: Increased to 13 Knots. 3.35am: Altered course N5W to examine fishing vessel. 3.49am: Resumed course.

4.10am: Zig-zagging 3 points Type IV.

5.28am: Sighted and exchanged Pendants with [HMS] “Almanzora”.

5.50am: Courses Various closing Almanzora.

6.20am: Stopped. Boat from “Almanzora” alongside. 6.26am: Discharged Sergeant Henry Siver RMLI to “Almanzora” for Hospital. 6.32am: Full Ahead. 6.50am: Course N28E.

10.20am: Altered course to intercept Schooner.

10.47am: Stopped. 10.58am: Boarding boat left ship to board, French Schooner “Courlis”.

11.50am: Boat hoisted. 11.53am: Full Ahead. Lat 66 51 N, Long 14 40 W. [Boarding Officer] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.4pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish Fishing Vessel “Hanna” (TG370) [TG is registration of Trangisvaag, Faeroe Islands]. [Signed] [SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR]

0.53am: Boat hoisted. Course N85W. Speed 14 Knots.

1.10pm: Altered course South, increased to 15 Knots to intercept steamer.

2.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian steamer “Ulf” steering E/S.

3.20pm: Boat hoisted. “Ulf” allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Course N62W, speed 14 Knots.

5.0pm: Commenced zig-zagging 3 points Type IV.

7.15pm: Challenged and exchanged Pendants with “Andes”. 7.20pm: Altered course N30W, zig-zagging 4 points.

8.0pm: Stopped. Dropped boat with Captain. Courses various.

9.17pm: Boat hoisted. 9.18pm: Speed 13 Knots. 9.21pm: Course N73W.

11.20pm: Reduced speed to 8 Knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 285 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of day, noon temperature 47F, sea temperature 48F]


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21 August 1916

At Sea

Lat 66.32, Long -21.00

0.17am: Sounded in 124 Fathoms. No bottom.

0.25am: Lost Lead and Tube.

1.43am: 129 Fathoms. No bottom.

2.30am: Fog lifted. Increased to 10 Knots.

4.35am: Commenced zig-zagging.

6.57am: Reduced to 10 Knots owing to fog. 7.0am: Stopped zig-zagging.

8.15am: Altered course S33W. Reduced to 8 Knots.

8.25am: Increased to 10 Knots. Sounding every 10 minutes.

8.55am: Increased to 13 Knots. 9.0am: Zig-zagging 3 points Type III.

10.30am: Altered course N11E.

11.10am: Thick fog. Reduced to 8 Knots. Stopped zig-zagging.

Noon: Commenced zig-zagging 3 points Type III.

0.30pm: Altered course S40W, zig-zagging Type IV.

2.0pm: Sounding every 10 minutes.

2.26pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

2.40pm: Stopped. Boarded Danish steam fishing vessel “Skjold”. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

3.30pm: Boat hoisted. Course N32E. Speed 13 Knots. Lat 66 05 N, Long 21 05 W.

5.0pm: Burial Service held for Sergeant Siver RMLI. [Entry on Casualty List for 21 August 1916 reads: Ebro, armed merchant cruiser. SIVER, Henry, Sergeant, RMLI (Pens), 2147 (Ch), illness in Almanzora]

5.30pm: Altered course S33W.

6.52pm: Altered course N82W towards SS steering W.

7.2pm: Stopped. Boarded Norwegian trawler “Fisk”. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.4pm: Lowered Starboard cutter and boarded Norwegian trawler “Tonjer”. Boarding Officer Leslie Thompson Acting Lieutenant RNR.

9.0pm: Trawlers allowed to proceed. Course S10E.

9.10pm: Altered course S46E towards Danish steam fishing vessel. 9.20pm: Altered course N33E, 8 Knots.

Midnight: Altered course S34W.

[Distance run through the Water: 274 miles]

[Mist and fog until 2pm and late in pm, clear during afternoon. Noon temperature 48F, sea temperature 47F]


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22 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.45, Long -20.83

4.0am: Altered course S34W. Increased to 13 Knots, commenced zig-zagging 3 points Type IV.

9.25am: Altered course S3E to intercept Swedish trawler “Topaz”; Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Boarding boat proceeded to Swedish Trawler “Bertha”.

11.18am: Allowed to proceed. Boat returned. 11.20am: Proceeded N29E. Speed 13 Knots, zig-zagging Type II. [signed] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.12pm: Altered course N40W. 2.15pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian schooner “Marjorie Spencer”.

3.13pm: Allowed to proceed. Lat 66 54 N, Long 20 57 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. 3.19pm: Proceeded N14W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type II.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. 5.0pm: Ceased zig-zag.

9.45pm: Small ice berg abeam to starboard distant about 10 miles.

10.0pm: Altered course South. Speed 11 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 250 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Krosnaes (Norder Fiord) S33W, 28.75 miles]

[Very good visibility for most of day]


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23 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.35, Long -21.15

6.45am: Dense Fog. Ceased zig-zag. Speed 8 knots.

7.0am: Speed 6 knots. Sounding every 15 minutes.

9.26am: Dead slow. Sounding every half hour.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

2.0pm: Sounding every half hour.

4.45pm: Courses and speeds various locating and examining Icelandic Trawler “Por”. Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 54. Exercised Abandon Ship Stations. Prepared for night defence.

5.35pm: Proceeded 6 knots ENE.

6.32pm: 8 knots. Sounding every 10 minutes.

7.39pm: Observed vessel close ahead. Full astern. 7.40pm: Collided with Norwegian steam Trawler “Sele” Stopped and boarded her, Lat 66 13 N, Long 20 34W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.55pm: Proceeded NExN 8 knots.

9.40pm: Weather cleared. Speed 13 knots. Sounding every quarter hour till 11.0pm.

[Distance run through the Water: 253 miles]

[Mist or fog (thick for much of time) from 6am onwards]


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24 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.57, Long -14.55

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 4am, 10am, noon, 4pm and 7.50pm]

8.10pm: Altered course SW and Variously towards HM Trawler “Robert Smith”.

8.24pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Robert Smith” with Mr Ramsey Midshipman RNR and a LS [Leading Seaman] and 4 men for armed guard duties.

9.25pm: Proceeded N28E, zz 3 points type [off edge of page].

10.30pm: Ceased zz. Speed 10 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 217 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Langanaes S6E, 11 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist or fog until 8am, then overcast]


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25 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.65, Long -14.45

1.0am: Altered course S29W.

4.0am: Speed 13 knots, zz 3 points Type IV.

5.0am: Altered course N27E. Langanaes Point bearing S33W distant 11 miles (approximately).

7.20am: Ceased zz. Speed 10 knots. 7.50am: Dense fog. Speed 6 knots.

9.0am: Altered course S30W.

10.0am: General Quarters (Fourth).

11.0am: 13 knots, zz 3 points Type IV.

Noon: Passing fog banks.

0.30pm: Altered course N30E, zz 3 points Type IV.

4.30pm: Altered course S31W.

7.0pm: Altered course N83W. 7.10pm: Ceased zz. Speed 14 knots.

8.5pm: Stopped and boarded Danish schooner “Amor” [possibly this ship], Lat 66 45 N, Long 15 05 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.3pm: Proceeded N85W, 13 knots, zz 3 points towards [HMS] “Andes”.

9.30pm: Stopped and despatched boat to Andes.

9.52pm: Boat returned. 10.0pm: Proceeded N60W, 13 knots.

11.50pm: Revsnaes Light abeam distant 11.3 miles.

[Distance run through the Water: 278 miles]

[Mist or fog from 8am to 1pm and in late evening]


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26 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.62, Long -21.87

0.30am: Altered course WSW and examined small fishing ketch. 0.40am: Altered course N60W.

3.35am: Grimsey Island abeam.

6.30am: 13 knots, zz 3 points Type II.

9.24am: Fog. Speed 10 knots. Ceased zz.

10.0am: Altered course N55W. Sounding every quarter hour.

11.51am: 13 knots. Weather cleared, observed North Cape bearing W by S.

Noon: ZZ 3 points Type II.

1.10pm: North Cape abeam distant 8 miles.

2.0pm: Altered course N88W.

3.30pm: Altered course S88E.

5.0pm: Altered course S54E. 6.0pm: Altered course S31E.

7.30pm: Altered course N85W.

7.48pm: Altered course S35E, zz 3 points Type II.

8.0pm: North Cape N47W, Bispen S55W, Reikianaeshyrna [Reykjaneshyrna] S11W.

9.0pm: Altered course S17W.

10.30pm: Altered course N30E.

11.0pm: Speed 10 knots. Ceased zz.

[Distance run through the Water: 278 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: North Cape S59W, 15.75 miles]


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27 August 1916

At Sea E Patrol

Lat 66.10, Long -21.62

0.30am: Altered course S37W.

2.25am: Reikianaeshyrna N55W, altered course N34E.

4.30am: Altered course S37W. Speed 13 knots, zz 3 points Type IV.

6.20am: Hornaals Flaga [Hornalsflaga] NWxW distant 2 miles, altered course N34E.

8.30am: Altered course S35W.

10.20am: Ceased zz, altered course NW0.25W. Sounding Continuously. Sel Skier [Selsker] bearing NW, Reikianaeshyrna [Reykjaneshyrna] S75E.

10.56am: Sel Skier abeam distant 3 cables, altered course N55W.

11.13am: Passed Munundar Skier [Munađarnessker], altered course S15W.

11.15am: Stopped and despatched Motor Boat up Ingolfs Fiord [Ingolfsfjordur] to investigate. Engines dead slow ahead and as necessary keeping Vessel head to wind and in position.

0.38pm: Motor Boat returned and hoisted. 0.43pm: Proceeded half speed. Courses Various rounding Munundar Skier.

1.0pm: Set Course SExE0.5E. 1.12pm: Sel Skier abeam distant 3 cables. Speed 11 knots.

1.50pm: Slow off Krosnaes [Krossnes] Norder Fiord and observed fishing craft.

1.56pm: Altered course to Port. 1.59pm: Proceed 13 knots ExS. 2.11pm: Altered course S83E.

8.30pm: Altered course N32E.

10.0pm: Altered course West.

[Distance run through the Water: 270 miles]


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28 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 65.97, Long -21.10

1.40am: Observed Skagataa Light abeam. 2.0am: Altered course South to examine vessel. 2.8am: Resumed course N85W.

4.0am: Altered course N89E.

7.0am: Altered course N86W.

9.55am: Altered course South.

10.35am: Hornaals Flaga abeam distant 3 miles. 10.40am: Stopped and boarded Icelandic steam Trawler “Earl of Hereford”, Lat 65 59 N, Long 21 06 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.41am: Proceeded 13 knots towards Reikiar Fiord one vessel observed at anchor off North S~~ [word off edge of page]

11.25am: Turned off Trading Station and proceeded 15 knots back to “Earl of Hereford”.

Noon: Stopped for boat. 0.10pm: Proceeded 11 knots S73E.

1.40pm: Slow and variously identifying trawlers in Kalshamars~~ [off edge of page, probably Kalfshamarsnes] anchorage.

2.5pm: Proceeded N15W 11 knots. Log rotator hit by propeller and lost.

3.12pm: Streamed new patent log.

4.0pm: Altered course N32E.

6.45pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch TG304 “Falkur”, Lat 66 43 N, Long 21 ~~ [position off edge of page]. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.30pm: Proceeded S80W, 11 knots.

8.38pm: Altered course S86W and identified Icelandic Ketch RE18 [RE is the registration for Reykjavik].

9.19pm: N87W and identified Icelandic Ketch GK2 [GK is the registration for Grindavik].

9.37pm: Altered course S56E, 9 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 240 miles]


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29 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.12, Long -20.75

5.17am: Altered course N50E, 13 knots to intercept a steamer.

5.58am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Treborg”, Lat 66 43 N, Long 20 57 W.

7.0am: Ordered “Treborg” to Wick with armed guard Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.10am: Proceeded S35W, 11 knots.

11.18am: Observed Trawlers still at Kalshamarsnaes Anchorage altered course North.

6.5pm: Altered course S5E.

10.0pm: Altered course North.

[Distance run through the Water: 224 miles]


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30 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.37, Long -20.00

7.46am: Altered course S60E to intercept a steamer. Speed 13 knots.

8.57am: Skagataa Light abeam distant 3.3 miles, altered course S69E.

9.8pm: Variously towards Trawler. 9.10am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian steam Fishing Vessel “Stavnaes”, Lat 66 10 N, Long 19 48 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.40am: Proceeded N32E, 10 knots.

11.18am: Altered course N50E to identify fishing vessel. 11.22am: Resumed course N32E.

6.35pm: Observed Asboder Rocks ahead distant about 2.5 miles, altered course S85E. Sounding every half hour.

10.45pm: Observed fleet of fishing vessels. Courses various examining them.

11.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steamer “Sylphide”, Lat 66 26 N, Long 19 [rest of position off edge of page]. Sigli Fiord Light bearing S8W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

[Distance run through the Water: 245 miles]

[Mist and/or rain all day, north easterly wind force 5 from noon, sea state rough from 8pm, noon temperature 44F, sea temperature 47F]


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31 August 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.17, Long -20.95

0.56am: “Sylphide” allowed to proceed. Cutter returned. 1.0am: Proceeded N73W, 8 knots.

2.54am: Altered course SExS to examine fishing vessel. 3.3am: Resumed course N70W.

5.0am: Altered course N32E. Speed 11 knots.

6.0am: Courses various intercepting steamer.

6.16am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Gullfoss” [Gullfoss (1) listed here], Lat 66 23 N, Long 20 21 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.40am: Gullfoss allowed to proceed. 7.45am: Proceeded S50W, 11 knots. Sounding every quarter hour.

10.15am: 11 knots. Observed Trawlers in Kalshamarenaes anchorage.

6.2pm: 11 knots. Sounding every quarter hour till 7.30.

9.30pm - 11.30pm: Sounding every quarter hour.

[Distance run through the Water: 194 miles]

[Misty all day, north easterly wind force 6 or 7 throughout, sea state rough or very rough in am, high in pm]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for September 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as before), not dated]

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[Details of Barometer, as below and Thermometers, as before]


Barometer


Mercurial or Aneroid

Mercurial

Name of Maker and number

Adie A577

Height of cistern above sea

25 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer

+0.005 at 30.5 inches and 31.0 inches. Correct at 30.00 inches and below


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1 September 1916

At Sea E Patrol

Lat 66.42, Long -14.37

2.30am and 6.0am: Leeway 3 degrees.

9.0am: Speed 11 knots. Sounding every quarter hour.

10.0am: General quarters (Fifth). Leeway 2 degrees.

11.32am: Observed Langanaes Point bearing S34W, altered course S11E.

11.56am: Langanaes abeam distant 3.75 miles.

0.30pm: Altered course S86W. Sounding continuously.

1.25pm: Altered course N45W, 8 knots.

2.0pm: Altered course W0.5S. 2.20pm: Dead Slow N by E waiting for “Andes” at rendezvous.

3.5pm: Observed “Andes”. Proceeded 13 knots towards her.

3.10pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Andes”.

3.40pm: Cutter returned with Sub Lieutenants Slaughter and Butler and 10 men from armed guard duties. 3.45pm: Proceeded NExN 13 knots.

4.25pm: Langanaes abeam distant 1.8 miles, altered course NE.

5.4pm: Altered course S40E to intercept a vessel.

5.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Krp Victoria [Kronprindsesse Victoria], Lat 66 24 N, Long 14 20 W and sent to Methil with armed guard, Mr MacKellar RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.44pm: Proceeded 11 knots North.

Midnight: Altered course N55W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 244 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Langanaes S63W, 3.8 miles]

[North easterly wind force 8 until 8am, with sea state high, wind and sea moderating in middle of day, force 6 with very rough sea from 7pm. Mist and rain for most of day, foggy in middle of day, noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 47F]


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2 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.48, Long -20.20

Midnight: Altered course N55W. Speed 10 knots.

6.40am: Observed Grimsey Island S0.75E.

10.6am: Altered course S56W.

11.0am: Depth charge releasing gear tested and found correct.

0.23pm: 15 knots to intercept trawler.

0.45pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Ost”, [signed] SH Smiles, Lieutenant [RNR].

1.40pm: “Ost” allowed to proceeded [sic]. Boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Driftig” [listed here].

2.30pm: Allowed to proceed. Position Lat 66 19 N, Long 20 12 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant [RNR].

2.40pm: Proceeded 13 knots S55E.

3.50pm: 15 knots to intercept trawlers before reaching neutral waters.

4.15pm: Fired 6 inch Common shell to stop trawlers.

4.25pm: Identified Icelandic steam trawler and ordered to proceed, altered course S75E.

5.0pm: Sigle Fiord Light House abeam distant 3.2 miles, altered course WNW, 13 knots.

6.0pm: Courses various identifying trawlers.

9.10pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Skarbak, Lat 66 08 N, Long 19 [rest of position off edge of page]. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant [RNR].

10.15pm: Proceeded N32E, 8 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 205 miles]

[Northerly wind force 6 or 7 until 10am, with sea state very rough, wind and sea reducing in pm, weather mostly fine]


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3 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.28, Long -19.78

1.30am: Altered course S34W.

4.30am: Altered course N33E. Skagataa Light bearing N60W.

5.8am: Altered course East to intercept schooner.

5.57am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian schooner “Labrador”, Lat 66 15 N, Long 19 14 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.45am: Proceeded N57W, 11 knots. 7.50am: Altered course N33E.

9.20am: Altered course S34W.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

11.0am: Altered course S65W, 15 knots, to intercept a trawler.

11.17am: Altered course S84W and passed Norwegian SS “Sele”. 11.20am: Altered course NE speed 10 knots.

3.0pm: Altered course S33W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Altered course N33E.

9.0pm: Altered course S33W.

Midnight: Altered course S80W 13 knots to intercept a trawler.

[Distance run through the Water: 216 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Skagataa Light House S35W, 12 miles]


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4 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.28, Long -19.78 [no position in log, in absence of other information assume same as noon the day before]

0.12am: Altered course West. 0.16am: Stopped. Identified Danish Fishing Vessel RE134. 0.17am: Proceeded 13 knots, N33E.

4.0am: Altered course S11W, ZZ 3 points Type IV.

7.20am: Altered course South. Ceased ZZ.

8.0am: Altered course S48W to intercept schooner.

8.30am: Stopped and boarded USA Schooner “George E D~” [name off edge of page - probably George E Dudley which was to go aground in this area on this date]. Lat 66 15 N, Long 19 10 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant [RNR].

9.3am: Proceeded S57E 14 knots towards “Gloucestershire”.

9.35am: Stopped, closed “Gloucestershire’s” boat and received 5 ratings.

10.19am: Proceeded N57W 15.5 knots.

11.50am: Altered course S68E 15 knots.

1.0pm: Courses and speeds various. 1.26pm: Stopped and despatched cutter and boarding boat to board Norwegian Fishing Vessels “Uda” and “St Pierre” [? - last part of name off edge of page], Boarding Office L Thompson Lieutenant RNR, and “Kidlon” and “Haugen”, Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Lat 66 28 N, Long 18 50 W.

3.5pm: Boats returned. Proceeded N55W 15.5 knots.

5.15pm: Utmost speed.

7.40pm: Altered course S53E 10 knots.

10.50pm: Altered course SW and variously.

11.38pm: Stopped and identified Danish fishing vessel RE98. 11.48pm: Proceeded S40E 8 knots.

[Distance run through the Water 275 miles]


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5 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.12, Long -19.70

1.0am: Skagataa Light abeam distant 7.6 miles.

5.20am: Altered course N52W 13 knots in chase of vessel.

6.0am: Identified Danish Barquentine “Ellen”. 6.7am: Altered course S60E.

7.39am: Altered course S6E to intercept a schooner.

7.50am: Passed Norwegian Schooner “Labrador” and altered course S11W to intercept a trawler.

8.18am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Rona”. Lat 66 08 N, Long 19 42 W, obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.0am: Proceeded N45W 13 knots.

10.0am: NWxW 13 knots. General Quarters (Seventh).

10.20am: Altered course SExE. 10.30am: 15 knots in chase of trawler.

11.20am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Trawler “Heim”, Lat 66 07 N, Long 19 42 W.

11.21am: Proceeded utmost speed in chase of another trawler, S75E.

11.30am: Fired two rounds common shell to bring trawler to.

11.40am: Identified Icelandic Trawler RE [blank] and altered course N75W back to “Heim”. Obtained Guarantee from “Heim” and allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.14pm: Proceeded 13 knots S85E.

1.48pm: Sigle Fiord Light abeam distant 5 miles altered course N81W speed 10 knots.

2.10pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Norwegian Schooner “Ethel May”, owing to rough sea cutter unable to get alongside “Ethel “May”.

2.30pm: Cutter returned. 2.40pm: Proceeded West 13 knots.

3.45pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Trawlers “Timan” [?] and “Njord”. Lat 66 13 N, Long 19 13 W, obtained guarantees from both vessels. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.10pm: Proceeded N81W 10 knots.

6.20pm: Malmey Island abeam distant 7.5 miles.

10.30pm: Skagataa Light bearing N72W distant 11.5 miles, altered course N30E.

[Distance run through the Water: 258 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Skagataa Light House N88W, 9 miles]

[South westerly wind force 5 or 6 from 6am for rest of day, showers at times]


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6 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.23, Long -19.08

7.0am: Altered course SWxS to intercept trawler 12 knots.

7.45am: Identified Icelandic trawlers RE120 and RE157 and altered course N65W 10 knots.

8.55am: Courses and speed various while identifying trawlers at anchor off Skagataa Light House.

9.15am: Set course S45 degree 15 knots in chase of trawler [probably - word off edge of page].

9.47am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Boat “Sorfold”, Lat 66 07 N, Long 19 47 W, obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.23am: Proceeded 10 knots S79E.

0.32pm: Sigle Fiord Light House abeam distant 4.2 miles.

2.25pm: Altered course WSW 13 knots to intercept trawler.

2.35pm: SW and passed trawler RE108. 2.40pm: Altered course N65W 10 knots.

3.50pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Rudolph Eide” Lat 66 08 N, Long [rest of position off edge of page], obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.30pm: Proceeded N60W 13 knots.

5.0pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Bratt”, Lat 66 09 N, Long 19 [rest of position off edge of page]., obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.30pm: Proceeded N85E 14 knots.

6.57pm: Sigle Fiord Light abeam distant 11.75 miles.

8.50pm: Grimsey Island (North Point) abeam distant 5.25 miles.

11.15pm: Observed HMS “Gloucestershire”, altered course ESE and variously.

11.56pm: Stopped and dispatched Lieutenant Angus, Sub Lieutenants Slaughter and Butler and Midshipman Barbour with [blank] men to Gloucestershire for armed guard duties.

[Distance run through the Water: 205 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Sigle Fiord Light House S72E, 7.5 miles]


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7 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.40, Long -17.43

[All boarding entries on this page signed by SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR as Boarding Officer]

1.0am: Cutter returned and hoisted. 1.10am: Proceeded N34E 8 knots and variously to intercept Fishing Vessel.

1.45am: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Ketch “Suduroy” [Suderoy?], Lat 66 41 N, Long 16 17 W.

2.37am: Proceeded N82W 11 knots.

2.50am: Revsnaes Light abeam distant 8.75 miles, Log 135.3.

3.43am: Altered course N40E to intercept schooner.

4.0am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Schooner “Marjorie A Spencer”, ordered to Lerwick with armed guard Lieutenant Macfarlane RNR in charge.

5.45am: Boarded British SS Dresden, allowed to proceed. Lat 66 41 N, Long 16 37 W.

6.30am: Proceeded 12 knots West.

8.45am: Turned 16 points towards Motor Ketch.

9.0am: Stopped and boarded Swedish Motor Ketch “Lilly and Ethel”, Lat 66 31 N, Long 17 36 W, obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed.

10.30am: Proceeded SWxS utmost speed to intercept vessel steering for territorial waters.

10.50am: Fired three rounds common shell to bring steamer to.

11.16am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Svend”, Lat 66 24 N, Long 17 26 W.

11.20am: Proceeded 13 knots to intercept a trawler leaving cutter at “Svend”.

11.35am: Intercepted Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Borgund” and returned to Svend, “Borgund” following.

Noon: Stopped.

0.18pm: Boarding Officer proceeded from “Svend” to “Borgund”. Both Vessels allowed to proceed.

1.5pm: Proceeded N72W 12 knots.

3.50pm: Sigle Fiord Light House abeam distant 4 miles.

4.36pm: Altered course WxS to intercept a trawler.

4.50pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Havlid”, Lat 66 12 N, Long 19 16 W.

5.20pm: Proceeded N10E 13 knots to intercept a steamer.

6.53pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Admiral Craddock” [Admiral Cradock], Lat 66 30 N, Long 18 58 W.

7.21pm: Proceeded W0.25S 10 knots.

9.50pm: Altered course SW and variously 13 knots to intercept and identify fishing steamers.

11.6pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Hodd”, Lat 66 12 N, Long 19 42 W.

[Distance run through the Water: 195 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Haèy Island [Háey] S52E, 11 miles]


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8 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.20, Long -19.27

Midnight: Proceeded NNW and identified Icelandic Fishing Steamer RE153.

0.45am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Jona”, Lat 66 14 N, Long 19 45 W.

1.30am: Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. 1.35am: Proceeded S80W 8 knots.

5.45am: Passed Fishing Steamer RE153 and resumed Course S33W.

7.10am: Observed Skagataa abeam distant about [off edge of page].

7.12am: Altered course NE and variously identifying trawler.

7.40am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Elna”, Lat 66 15 N, Long 20 01 W, proceeded to identify several other vessels, all Icelandic.

8.30am: Returned to “Elna” and allowed her to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.40am: Proceeded 15 knots various courses identifying fishing steamers bound East [? - word off edge of page].

10.45am: Set Course S70E, Skagataa Light House bearing N77W distant 7.5 miles (approximately). Speed 10 knots.

0.25pm: Altered course E0.5S, observed Lambanaes [?] bearing S50E.

1.20pm: Sigle Fiord Light House abeam distant 2.7 miles, altered course N33E.

5.50pm: Skagataa Light House S28E, Rifsnaes [Revsnaes] S48W.

6.50pm: Slow, altered course South and observed on Fishing Steamer RE [blank] in Kalsham~~ [off edge of page - Kalshamarenaes] Anchorage.

10.11pm: Skagataa Light abeam distant 8.8 miles.

[Distance run through the Water: 198 miles]

[North easterly wind force 6 or 7 from 8am to 4pm with sea state rough. Wind and sea quieter before and after this. Rain and mist in am and early pm, noon temperature 42F, sea temperature 47F]


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9 September 1916

At E Patrol

Lat 66.13, Long -19.70

[All boarding entries signed by Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR]

5.0am: Altered course N33E, speed 10 knots. Skagataa Light bearing N68W.

8.56am: Altered course WSW 13 knots and variously to examine trawlers.

10.34am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Langvin” [listed here], Lat 66 12 N, Long 19 35 W, obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed.

11.15am: Proceeded S West 14 knots.

11.40am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Steam Fishing Vessel “Herlo”, Lat 66 08 N, Long 19 42 W.

0.14pm: Proceeded 15 knots N37W to intercept a trawler.

1.0pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Rameon”, Lat 66 11 N, Long 20 01 W.

1.40pm: Proceeded variously examining and identifying Fishing steamers in vicinity.

2.22pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Tampen”, Lat 66 13 N, Long 20 15 W.

2.52pm: Proceeded variously identifying fishing steamers. Speed 15 knots.

5.30pm: Kalshamarsnaes [Kalfshamarsnes] Light House S0.25E distant 7.5 miles. Set Course NExN, Log 50.1.

6.37pm: Skagataa Light House abeam distant 6.5 miles.

8.55pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamer “Lunhein” [?] and Norwegian Vessel “Harfruen”, Lat 66 19 N, Long 18 50 W.

10.5pm: Proceeded WNW 14 knots.

10.40pm: Courses and speeds various identifying trawler RE145.

11.0pm: Proceeded 13 knots, NxE.

[Distance run through the Water: 217 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Skagataa Light S87W, 9 miles]

[Fine, clear, quiet weather all day]


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10 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.47, Long -18.12

[Another busy day for Boarding Officer Lieutenant SH Smiles RNR - who signed all the boarding entries]

3.45am: Stopped Engines. 4.5am: Proceeded ENE 13 knots in direction of smoke.

5.7am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Haugen”, Lat 66 47 N, Long 18 16 W.

5.45am: Proceeded SWxW 10 knots.

7.40am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Smack “The Brodre”, Lat 66 31 N, Long 18 16 W.

9.13am: Proceeded WxS 13 knots towards “Changuinola”.

10.5am: Stopped. Captain proceeded on board “Changuinola”.

11.15am: Captain returned. Proceeded S70E 13 knots.

0.22pm: South Point Grimsey Island abeam distant 4 miles.

2.0pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Fishing Steamers “Noreg” and “Rona” with lighter “Tsalken” [?] in tow, Lat 66 32 N, Long 17 03 W. Boarding Officers SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR, L Thompson Lieutenant RNR.

3.45pm: Proceeded variously round Danish Schooner “Aul”.

4.15pm: Proceeded 15 knots S79E.

5.20pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Sverker” [shown here under a later name], Lat [blank], Long [blank]. “Sverker” ordered to Lerwick, Sub Lieutenant Slaughter RNR in charge.

6.0pm: Proceeded S79E, 8 knots.

7.37pm: Revsnaes Light abeam distant 5 miles, Log 55.

8.10: Altered course S30E 13 knots and closed “Noreg” and Rona and ordered to proceed.

10.23pm: 13 knots to close [HMS] “Gloucestershire”.

10.45pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Gloucestershire”.

11.23pm: Proceeded 13 knots SExE to intercept a steamer.

11.50pm: Stopped and boarded [arrow to next page]

[Distance run through the Water: 210 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Grimsey Island (South Point), N46E, 5.5 miles]


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11 September 1916

From E Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 65.28, Long -11.05

[continued from previous page] British SS “Norwood”, Lat 66 28 N, Long 15 14 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.27am: Proceeded 11 knots E by S.

8.0am: Altered course S20E. Speed 13 knots, zz 3 points Type III.

9.30am: Ceased zz. Speed 11 knots.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters (Eighth).

10.48am: 13 knots. Exercised steering by tackles.

11.20am: Speed 11 knots.

0.20pm: 13 knots, ZZ 3 points Type III.

1.0pm: Speed 15 knots. Ceased ZZ. Observed and challenged HMS “Andes”.

3.0pm: 13 knots ZZ 3 points Type III.

4.30pm: Ceased ZZ.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

11.0pm: Altered course S22E.

[Distance run through the Water: 217 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of day]


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12 September 1916

From E Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 62.62, Long -3.77

3.30pm: Speed 13 knots ZZ 3 points type III.

6.0am: Leeway 5 degrees.

11.0am: Altered course North ZZ 3 points type III.

Noon: Leeway 15 degrees.

1.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

1.45pm: Altered course S40E to follow and identify Danish Schooner “Dana”.

2.0pm: Altered course S2E. Speed 11 knots.

3.30pm: Leeway 10 degrees.

10.0pm: Leeway 5 degrees.

Midnight: Vessel rolling and labouring very heavily.

[Course and Distance made good: S50E 247 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position 3 miles West of Eshaness Light S26E, 143 miles]

[Wind squally westerly then north westerly force 5 to 7 from 4am to noon with sea state becoming very rough, force 8 throughout pm with sea state mostly very high. Rain in pm]


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13 September 1916

From E Patrol and at Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37 [estimated]

Midnight: Speed 14 knots. Vessel labouring and straining and rolling very heavily.

2.0am: Observed Eshaness Light bearing S23E.

2.37am: Eshaness Light abeam distant 5 miles, altered course S32E, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

3.30am: Altered course NNW to wait for dawn.

3.50am: Altered course SExS0.5S. 4.0am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light House, altered course SE.

4.5am: Altered course ENE. Half speed. 4.10am: Passed Boom Gate. Full speed.

4.20am: Let go port anchor in No 1 Berth. 4.55am: Let go starboard anchor. 5.13am: Secured cables and Finished with Engines. Vessel brought up in No 1 Berth, 6 shackles on both anchors.

[Draft on arrival: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 24’ 9”]

4.50am: HMS Teutonic anchored in No 2 Berth.

6.30am: HMS “Cochrane” anchored in No 3 Berth.

7.0am: Colliers “Defontaine” [probably De Fontaine] and “Sir Arthur” arrived alongside and secured.

9.15am: Commenced coaling.

9.35am: Lieutenant Richards and Mr Ramsay, Mr Mackellar returned to ship from armed guard duties.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling for day. Total in 442 tons.

[Sextant Angles: Busta Flag Staff - Stone 42.25 degrees, Busta Flag Staff - Burgastoo 42.25 degrees]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 955 tons]

[Wind north westerly force 8 or 9 in early am with sea high or very high. Squally force 6 or 7 after Ebro anchors. Rain for most of day, noon temperature 51F]


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14 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

5.30am: Resumed coaling ship.

7.20am: Coaling party from “Gibralter” [Gibraltar] arrived. Port Watch to breakfast.

8.15am: Port Watch relieved Starboard Watch.

Noon: Dinner.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

4.0pm to 4.30pm: Tea.

6.0pm: Gibralter’s coaling party ceased coaling and returned to their ship.

9.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day. Received 613 Tons. Total 1055 [Tons].


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15 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

7.15am: Resumed coaling. 7.20am: Coaling party from Gibralter arrived.

11.0am: Weighed port anchor.

3.50pm: Finished Coaling. Received 345 Tons. Total 1400 Tons.

4.30pm: Gibralter’s party returned to their ship. Both colliers left.

5.30pm: Hands washing down etc.

6.45pm: Sub Lieutenant Butler and Mr Barbour rejoined ship from armed guard duties.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2327 tons]


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16 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

9.0am: Divisions and 9.15am: Divine Service held by the Rev [blank], the Rev [blank].

1.15pm: Away all boats. Boats pulled round all col~ [word off edge of page, probably “colliers”].

1.45pm: Abandon Ship.

2.15pm: Boats recalled.

3.30pm: All Boats hoisted and secured. Tug “Flying Breeze” employed to hold [? - word on edge of page] vessel.

5.35pm: General quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.15pm: Commenced heaving in cable. 7.25am: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded towards Boom 13 knots.

7.30pm: Dead Slow. 7.40pm: Drifter arrived alongside with letters and telegrams for OC [Officer Commanding].

7.55pm: Half speed. 8.0pm: Passed Boom Defence Gate. Proceeded 14 knots.

8.8pm: Murbie Stacks Light abeam. Set Course N30W. Speed [off edge of page].

8.48pm: Eshaness Light abeam distant 3 miles, altered course N22W. 9.0pm: ZZ 2 points Type III.

Midnight: Altered course N67W, 13 knots.

[Fine in am, mist and rain in pm]


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17 September 1916

From Swarback’s Minn to E Patrol

Lat 63.13, Long -5.68

0.40am: Altered course N4W, ZZ 2 points Type III.

5.30am: ZZ 3 points Type III.

9.20am: Passed HMT “Tenby Castle”.

9.30am: Altered course N35W, 14 knots. 10.0am: ZZ 2 points Type III.

11.0am: Divine Service.

1.8pm: Altered course S60W to intercept a trawler.

1.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian steam fishing vessel “Jacop” and ordered to Lerwick Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR in charge. Lat 63 15 N Long, 6 05 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.24pm: Proceeded N80W ZZ 2 points type III towards Sailing Vessel.

3.25pm: Passed Swedish schooner with armed guard on board, altered course SSW to intercept a steamer.

4.11pm: Stopped and boarded British SS Dallington Admiralty Collier, Lat 63 10 N, Long 6 28 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR

4.50pm: Proceeded North to intercept schooner.

5.20pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish Motor Ketch “Lilly and Ethel”, Lat 63 16 N, 6 28 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.40pm: Despatched armed guard to “Lilly and Ethel” and ordered her to Lerwick Mr MacKellar RNR in charge.

6.0pm: Proceeded North 13 knots ZZ 2 points Type III.

8.0pm: Position by Observation Lat 63 05 N, Long 6 03 W.

9.0pm: Ceased ZZ, altered course N2W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 217 miles]

[South westerly wind force 4 or 5 in am, north westerly force 6 or 7 from 8pm with sea becoming high in late evening. Mist and rain on and off most of day, noon temperature 47F, sea temperature 48F]


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18 September 1916

From Swarbacks Minn to E Patrol

Lat 65.27, Long -8.50

10.10am: Altered course SW signalling British SS “Umona” Archangel to Bre~~ [off edge of page].

10.20am: Altered course WSW 12 knots. 10.30am: Resumed course N2W. Speed 11 knots.

11.7am: Slow while securing ammunition. 11.18am: 11 knots.

4.55pm: Slow while at night defence stations. 5.5pm: 9 knots.

8.15pm: Altered course NE and variously examining [off edge of page].

8.30pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Ketch “Ethel May” and sent to Lerwick with armed guard Mr Ramsey in charge, Lat 65 51 N, Long 9 44 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant [RNR].

9.15pm: Proceeded 11 knots N21W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 195 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[North easterly wind force 7 or 8 until 6pm, with sea state mostly high, wind and sea reducing in evening. Mist and/or rain until 4pm, then clearing. Barometric pressure recorded hourly in am - rising all day. Noon air and sea temperature 44F]


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19 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.02, Long -14.05

2.0am: ZZ 2 points Type III.

6.0am: ZZ 3 points Type III.

10.0am: Altered course S34W. General Quarters (First).

0.5pm: Observed Changuinola. Reduced speed to 8 knots.

0.30pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Changuinola”.

1.28pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded 13 knots S65W.

2.0pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Ketch “King Arthur” [listed here], Lat 66 51 N, Long 14 12 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.30pm: Proceeded N28E 13 knots ZZ 3 points Type IV.

3.30pm: Altered course S28W. 4.0pm: Altered course S42W ZZ 3 points Type II.

5.15pm: Altered course S65W to close “Gloucestershire”. 5.24pm: Stopped.

5.50pm: Captain proceeded on board “Gloucestershire”.

6.0pm: Course N27E. Speeds various following Gloucestershire’s motions.

7.0pm: Captain returned on board. Proceeded N81W 13 knots ZZ 2 points Type II.

7.30pm: Altered course N33W to intercept a vessel.

8.8pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch TG549, Lat 66 50 N, Long 14 41 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.45pm: Proceeded N40E to another ketch.

9.20pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch VN144 [VN is the registration for Vestmanhaven, Faeroe Islands], Lat 66 54 N, Long 14 40 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.0pm: Proceeded N45W 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 224 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Misty in am, clear in pm]


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20 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.92, Long -16.10

1.0am: Altered course S29W 11 knots.

3.0am: Altered course N30E. Revsnaes Light bearing S37W.

6.0am: Altered course S29W 13 knots ZZ 3 points type IV.

9.0am: Melrakkanes S7E, Revsnes Light House S40W, Rodehuk S78W, altered course N40E.

10.4am: Stopped and slipped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.25am: Recovered target and proceeded N30E 8 knots.

11.37am: Stopped. 11.45am: Speeds various testing submersible target.

0.18pm: Set course N30E 6 knots.

1.10pm: Altered course S30W 13 knots ZZ 3 points type II.

3.0pm: Altered course S75W to intercept schooner.

3.35pm: Stopped and boarded American Schooner “FW Benedick”, Lat 66 40 N, Long 16 15 W, and ordered her to Lerwick with armed guard Sub Lieutenant McCarthy in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.30pm: Proceeded SW 13 knots. 4.45pm: Altered course N35E 13 knots.

7.10pm: Altered course S30W.

8.0pm: Altered course S29W ZZ 3 points Type III.

9.10pm: Altered course N31E, 10 knots. Ceased ZZ.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 214 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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21 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.23, Long -16.25

5.40am: 13 knots ZZ 3 points Type IV.

10.11am: Dead Slow painting over bow. 10.30am: Half Speed. Adjusting after Steering compass. 10.55am: 13 knots.

3.0pm: Altered course N30E. 3.23pm: Altered course S70W to intercept a steamer.

3.50pm: Altered course S55W 15 knots, ceased Zig-Zag.

4.30pm: Stopped. 4.45 Boarded Danish SS “Svend”, Lat 66 36 N, Long 16 17 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Revsnaes Light House S13.5E, Rodehuk S74.5W.

5.15pm: Ordered “Svend” to Kirkwall with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Ollsen in charge.

5.26pm: Proceeded N30W 14.5 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 262 miles]


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22 September 1916

At E Patrol

Lat 66.58, Long -15.73

3.0am: Altered course N31E. Revsnaes Light S30W.

6.0am: Altered course S30W 13 knots ZZ 3 points Type IV.

7.40am: Observed and challenged “Patuca”.

8.45am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Patuca” for 2 ratings - one Sergeant RMLI and one Signalman RNVR.

9.12am: Proceeded S67E 14 knots.

10.0am: General Quarters (second).

11.20am: Stopped and boarded Swedish Ketch “Ture” and ordered to Kirkwall Midshipman Barbour in charge, Lat 66 36 N, Long 15 45 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

11.45am: Proceeded 15 knots S40E.

0.5pm: Altered course N30E 14.5 knots. Revsnaes Light House and Rodehuk in transit N72W, Melrakkanes S21.5W.

3.0pm: Altered course N31E 13 knots ZZ 3 points type IV.

3.20pm: Altered course WSW to intercept a steamer.

4.1pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Helge” and ordered to Kirkwall with armed guard Lieutenant Richards in charge, Lat 66 37 N, Long 16 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.41pm: Proceeded N31E 8 knots.

4.52pm: Helm ported 20 degrees and vessel turned in circles to starboard for aiming rifle practice at submersible target.

5.36pm: Proceeded N31E 13 knots ZZ 3 points type III. Rodehuk S88W, Melrakkanes S6W, Log 52.6.

6.18pm: Altered course N57W, ceased ZZ.

7.40pm: Altered course S30W ZZ 3 points type IV.

9.0pm: Altered course N31E. Revsnaes S35W.

9.20pm: Ceased zig-zag speed 10 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 265 miles]


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23 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.05, Long -15.98

2.30am: Revsnaes Light S40W 16 miles.

3.0am: Courses and speed various examining schooner.

3.24am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Schooner “Sylvia”, Lat 66 43 N, Long 16 10 W and ordered her to Kirkwall with armed guard Lieutenant Leonard RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.30am: Proceeded N30E 13 knots.

5.30am: 14 knots ZZ 3 points Type IV.

8.30am: Observed and challenged HMS “Hilary”.

9.5am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Hilary for armed guards.

9.35am: Cutter returned with 4 armed guards Sub Lieutenants Slaughter and Butler and Midshipman Heap and Midshipman RG Pye from “Alsatian”. 9.40am: Proceeded North 14 knots ZZ 3 points type IV.

11.40am: Altered course SE ZZ 3 points type III.

1.10pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Fishing Smack TG349, Lat 67 01 N, Long 15 27 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.45pm: Proceed S73W 14 knots ZZ 2 points type III.

3.55pm: Altered course South and variously identifying Swedish SS “Solve”.

4.27pm: Proceeded N31E 13 knots, zz 3 points type IV.

6.45pm: Altered course S30W.

9.0pm: Altered course N31E 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag. Revsnaes Light S30W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]


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24 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.83, Long -15.58

2.50am: Altered course N31E, Revsnaes Light bearing S35W.

6.0am: Altered course S30W, 13 knots, ZZ 3 points type IV.

9.0am: Altered course NExE.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

10.20am: Altered course ExN.

10.50am: Ceased Zig Zag while examining Danish Fishing Vessel TG349 previously boarded.

11.0am: Altered course S30W ZZ 3 points type IV.

1.15pm: Altered course NWxW to intercept ketch.

1.55pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish Ketch “Cetonia” and ordered her to Kirkwall with armed guard Midshipman RG Pye RNR of “Alsatian” in charge, Lat 66 37 N, Long 15 50 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.25pm: Proceeded NNE 13 knots.

2.40pm: Altered course N77W in chase of smoke 15 knots.

3.23pm: Revsnaes Light House abeam distant 3.2 miles.

5.15pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Krp Victoria” [Kronprindsesse Victoria] and allowed to proceed, Lat 66 25 N, Long 17 17 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.56pm: Proceeded S83E 15 knots towards schooner.

6.45pm: Stopped and boarded USA Schooner “RW Clarke”, Lat 66 30 N, Long 17 01 W and ordered her to Kirkwall Sub Lieutenant Slutter [?Salter, maybe Butler] in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.20pm: Proceeded NExE 13 knots, ZZ 3 points type III.

8.0pm: Altered course S84W. Cease Zig-zag.

9.30pm: Altered course ENE 13 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 272 miles]


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25 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 66.65, Long -15.98

1.30am: Altered course S29W.

2.48am: Observed Revsnaes Light at extreme range S30W.

3.0am: Altered course N31E.

6.0am: Altered course S30W 13 knots ZZ 3 points type IV.

9.0am: Altered course S70E and variously towards a Ketch.

9.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch TG357, Lat 66 44 N, Long 15 55 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.0am: Proceeded N31E 13 knots zig-zig type III.

11.0am: Rodehuk bearing S75W, Melrakkanes S12W, Log 243.3.

Noon: Altered course N88E.

0.20pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Patuca”.

1.50pm: Altered course SW and variously while signalling “Patuca”.

1.10pm [presumably 2.10pm]: Resumed course N88E.

4.0pm: Altered course S29W zig-zag 3 points type IV.

4.30pm: Commenced swinging ship for variation - ascertained to be 29.25 degrees Westerly (approximately) or 1.75 degrees more westerly than given on chart. Lat 67 18 N, Long 14.30 W.

5.1pm to 5.12pm: Dead Slow.

6.14pm: Proceeded S29W 13 knots ZZ 3 points type IV.

6.37pm: Observed and challenged HMS Hilary and altered course SWxW towards her.

7.8pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Hilary”.

7.27pm: Cutter returned with Lieutenant Angus, Midshipman McKellar and 6 men from armed guard duties. 7.30pm: Proceeded N30E 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.10pm: Altered course S29W 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 278 miles]


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26 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.20, Long -14.50

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging for much of the time during daylight, changing course every 3 hours]

10.0am: General Quarters (Third).

[Distance run through the Water: 270 miles]

[Mist or fog from 7am onwards, south easterly wind force 4 or 5 from 10am.]


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27 September 1916

At Sea. E Patrol

Lat 67.58, Long -14.33

10.8am: Stopped and dropped [target] for 1 inch aiming. Starboard cutter away for spotting.

Noon: Cease firing.

0.8pm: Target and cutter aboard. Proceeded 15 knots S29W.

5.0pm: Altered course S50W observed and challenged HMS “Virginian”.

5.52pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Virginian”.

6.15pm: Cutter returned with Midshipman Ramsay and 3 men from armed guard duties. Proceeded S73E 13 knots ZZ 3 points type III. Langanes Light House bearing N20W distant 4.5 miles.

7.15pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch TN37 [TN is the registration for Thorshavn, Faeroe Islands], Lat 66 22 N, Long 13 59 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.53pm: Proceeded NNE 6 knots.

8.23pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch “Valingor”, Lat 66 26 N Long, 14 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiled Lieutenant RNR.

8.52pm: Proceeded 13 knots N22E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 242 miles]

[Misty in am, fine or cloudy in pm, noon air and sea temperature 41F]


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28 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.18, Long -14.88

9.20am: Observed and challenged “Virginian”.

9.30am: Observed and challenged HMS “Changuinola”.

10.0am: Stopped and closed “Changuinola’s” cutter. Received Sub Lieutenant Potts (Moldavia) and one rating for armed guard duties.

10.40am: Proceeded S5W 13 knots.

4.20pm: Stopped and dropped target and boarding boat. 4.25pm: 15 knots while carrying out 6 inch practice.

5.50pm: Recovered target and boat. 6.10pm: Proceeded S29W 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 270 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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29 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.25, Long -14.38

9.5am: Observed and challenged “Virginian”.

9.50am: Stopped and closed “Virginian’s” cutter and received one life boat from her for transfer to “Avenger”.

11.8am: Proceeded 13 knots N30E.

4.40pm: Commenced swinging ship to check observations for variation made on 25th September.

6.0pm: Resumed Course and zig-zag.

[Distance run through the Water: 262 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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30 September 1916

At Sea, E Patrol

Lat 67.85, Long -14.48

5.30pm: Altered course S80W. Ceased zig-zag. Observed and challenged “Virginian”.

5.54pm: Stopped and transferred Sub Lieutenant Potts (Moldavia) to Virginian for armed guard duties.

6.3pm: Proceed South 14 knots zig-zag 2 points type III. Left Patrol.

6.37pm: Langanaes Light House abeam distant 5.8 miles, altered course S12E. Log 85.8.

9.13pm: Speed 13 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Distance run through the Water: 284 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for October 1916, signed by Navigating Officer Avery (as before but now Lieutenant RNR, rather than Acting Lieutenant)]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 3 November 1916]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before except error on Mercurial Barometer show as +0.005 at 30.5]

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1 October 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 62.78, Long -12.80

5.40am: Speed 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

1.0pm: Altered course S25W 14.5 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.25pm: Altered course S87W towards “Hildebrand”.

6.55pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Hildebrand”.

7.16pm: Cutter returned with Lieutenant Macfarlane from armed guard duties. 7.18pm: Proceeded 13 knots S59W.

[Distance run through the Water: 323 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 60 00 N, Long 15 00 W, S21W [no distance given]]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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2 October 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 58.93, Long -13.80

5.45am: Speed 13.5 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

9.15am: Observed and challenged HMS “Avenger”.

10.4am: Stopped and discharged life boat received from “Virginian” to “Avenger”.

10.15am: Proceeded S32W.

10.28am: Altered course S56W zig-zag 2 points type III, 13 knots.

1.30pm: Observed HMS “Columbella”.

3.30pm: Observed HMS “Orcoma”.

4.55pm: Stopped and slipped target for 6 Pounder practice.

5.39pm: Recovered target and proceeded 13 knots S56W, Zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.0pm: Speed 12 knots, ceased zig-zag.

10.50pm: Altered course SxN and Variously to intercept Steamer.

11.18pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Tiverton”, Lat 57 13 N, Long 15 03 W.

Midnight: Proceeded S23E 13.5 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 312 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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3 October 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.48, Long -12.02

6.20am: Zig-zag 2 points Type III.

10.0am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 13 knots. General Quarters. 10.40am: Resumed zig-zag. Speed 14.5 knots.

5.30pm to 7.30pm: Sounding every 15 minutes.

7.30pm: Observed Tory Island Light bearing S50E.

8.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 13 knots.

8.39pm: Tory Island Light abeam distant 5 miles, altered course S86E.

11.15pm: Innishtrahull [Inishtrahull] Light abeam distant 4.25 miles. Reduced speed to 8 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 277 miles]

[Misty on and off during day with variable winds, noon air and sea temperature 58F]


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4 October 1916

From E Patrol to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.97, Long -4.74 [rough estimate]

2.47am: Entered Rathlin Sound and proceeded Full speed.

3.3am: Rue Point abeam distant 1 mile, altered course ESE.

3.30am: Tore [Torr] Point abeam, altered course S20E. Speed 13 knots.

5.3am: Maiden’s Light abeam distant 3 miles, altered course N70E.

5.30am: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

6.0am: Ceased zig-zag. 6.5am: 12 knots. Visibility half a mile.

6.30am: Resumed zig-zag. Speed 15 knots.

7.33am: Pladda Island Light House distant 2.5 miles, altered course N25E.

8.45am: Ceased zig-zag. 8.55am: Little Cumbrae Light House abeam distant 8 cables, altered course N23E.

9.49am: Half speed and passed Boom Gate. 9.52am: 13 knots East.

10.4am: Stopped and received Pilot off Whitefarland Point.

10.12am: Proceeded 13 knots. 10.20am: Stopped. 10.26am: Let go starboard anchor and veered 3 shackles, 9 fathoms water.

1.0pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded up River. Engines and helm variously to Pilot’s instructions.

2.22pm: Passed Bowling.

3.30pm: Secured Tugs “Victor” and “Samson”.

3.50pm: Entered Prince’s Dock.

4.20pm: Secured alongside Coal Hoist (Berth No 30) and Finished with Engines.

6.0pm: Commenced coaling No 3 Hold (25 Men and 3 Foremen). Leave to Starboard Watch till 9.0am Monday 9th October.

7.30pm: Leave to first part Port Watch till midnight.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 300 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Steeple S12W, Roseneath Buoy N68W]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1179 tons]


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5 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

3.30am: Finished coaling No 3 Hold.

6.0am: Hands preparing to shift ship. Pilot in attendance, Waiting for tugs.

8.0am: Tugs “Victor” and “Neptune” arrived and secured. 8.10am: Let go and proceeded to No 14 Berth.

9.15am: Vessel secured at No 14.

am: Hands employed painting hull. Mr Homewood Midshipman RNR joined.

pm: Hands employed painting.

5.0pm: Local leave to second Part port Watch till 7.0am.

6.45pm: G Neaves AB discharged to Hospital (Queensferry).

[Provisions received: Vegetables 1172 lbs]


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6 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.30am: Started coaling fore cross bunkers both sides. 25 Men and 3 Foremen.

8.0am: Hands employed painting ship.

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees engaged at repairs and fitting after magazine.

pm: Hands employed painting ship and taking in stores.

5.30pm: Local leave to first part port watch till 7.30am.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling.


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7 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Resumed coaling. 3 Foremen, 31 Men.

8.0am: Hands employed painting ship’s side and taking in stores.

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees engaged fitting after magazine and at repairs.

1.0pm: Ceased coaling.

1.30pm: Local leave to second part Port Watch till 7.0am. First Part of Watch employed as in forenoon.

8.0pm: Mr Redfern Midshipman RNR joined ship.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 7102 lbs]


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8 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Hands scrubbing decks.

9.30am: Landed Roman Catholics to Church.

10.30am: C of E and Presbyterian Church Parties landed.

1.30pm: Local leave to first part of Port Watch till 7.0am.

7.20pm: Lieutenant Leonard and Sub Lieutenant Butler with 6 ratings rejoined ship from armed guard duties.


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9 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Resumed coaling. 33 Men and 3 Foremen.

8.0am: Hands employed painting Ship’s side. 45 Men and 3 Foremen employed coaling.

9.0am: Starboard Watch returned from leave. Port Watch proceeded on leave till midnight 14th October. Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees engaged at repairs etc.

pm: Hands employed painting ship’s side and funnel.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling. Local leave to second part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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10 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 3 Foremen and 33 men resumed coaling.

8.0am: Hands variously employed.

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees engaged as before.

pm: Hands employed as requisite.

5.30pm: Local leave to first Part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling.

7.0pm: Mr Heap Midshipman RNR discharged to HMS “Hecla”.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 648 lbs]

[Rain or showers on and off, noon temperature 58F]


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11 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 14 Men and 2 Foremen resumed coaling.

8.30am: Finished coaling. Total received 1522 Tons.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship. Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees as before.

Noon: Hands to stations for shifting ship. Pilot and two tugs in attendance.

0.30pm: Unmoored and shifted Berth.

1.35pm: Secured in No 29 Berth Prince’s Dock.

4.0pm: Hands employed taking in stores and cleaning ship.

6.0pm: Local leave to second part of Starboard Watch till 7.0am. First part of watch taking in ammunition.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 24334 lbs]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2626 tons]


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12 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands replacing splinter mattresses and as requisite.

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees engaged about repairs, fitting after magazine etc. Mr Walker Midshipman RNR joined ship.

pm: Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

5.30pm: Local leave to first part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.


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13 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees fitting after magazine and doing necessary repairs etc.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of watch till 7.0am.

7.0pm: Mr Mumford Midshipman RNR joined ship.


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14 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed scrubbing decks and cleaning ship.

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees engaged about repairs etc.

3.30pm: Local leave to first part Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

Midnight: Port Watch returned on board.


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15 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees fitting after magazine and Engaged about repairs.

9.40am: Landed RC Church party.

10.30am: Landed C of E and Non-Conformist Church Parties.

1.30pm: Local leave to port watch and second part of Starboard watch till midnight. Natives until 6.0am.


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16 October 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed preparing ship for sea.

am: Messrs Barclay Curle and Co’s employees completing after magazine.

pm: Draft Forward 25ft 3in, Aft 24ft 8in.

1.30pm: Pilot in attendance. Hands to stations and singled up moorings. Waiting for tugs.

2.30pm: Tugs “Samson” and “Flying Condor” arrived and secured. Waiting for HMS “Patuca” to shift.

3.20pm: Let go and with assistance of tugs canted ship head out.

3.43pm: Cleared Prince’s Dock and entered River. Proceeded at various speeds to Pilot’s instructions.

4.10pm: Passed Scotstoun Light. 4.23pm: Rothesay Docks.

4.53pm: Passed Bowling and discharged tug “Condor”.

5.19pm: Passed Cardross Light.

5.51pm: Off Prince’s Pier Greenock discharged Pilot into Tug “Flying Condor” and proceeded 13 knots NW.

6.0pm: Passed Whitefarland Point and altered course WxN.

6.10pm: Slow, altered course S34W. 6.12pm: Stopped waiting for Boom Signals. 6.13pm: Proceeded.

6.21pm: Passed through Boom Gate and proceeded 14 knots S34W.

6.42pm: Skelmorlie Beacon abeam distant 5 cables, altered course S27W.

7.17pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Light, altered course S25W. Speed 15 knots.

8.8pm: Holy Island Light abeam distant 1 mile.

8.37pm: Pladda Island Light abeam distant 1.4 miles.

9.44pm: Altered course N52W zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.45pm: Ceased zig-zag altered course N54W.

11.10pm: Altered course N23W. Leak’s Point abeam distant half a mile.

11.17pm: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam distant 1 mile.

11.30pm: Resumed zig-zag 2 points type III.


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17 October 1916

From Glasgow to Patrol

Lat 55.47, Long -10.25

0.30am: Altered course N71W, Zig-zag 3 points type III. 0.33am: Altcarry [sic] Head Light S30W, Mull of Cantyre Light S25.5E: Patent Log 82.2.

3.32am: Innishtrahull [sic] Light bearing S20W distant 3.5 miles, altered course N86W.

6.8am: Altered course N68W, Tory Island Light bearing S22W, distant 4 miles. Log 59.2.

7.0am: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.0am: General quarter (first).

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrant No 59.

8.0pm: Altered course N39E. Ceased zig-zag. 8.10pm: Reduced speed to 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 247 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 55 30 N, Long 12 00 W, N88W, 59.5 miles]

[Mist and rain in am, mostly overcast in pm, winds variable in force and direction, noon temperature 55F, sea temperature 56F]


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18 October 1916

From Glasgow to Patrol

Lat 58.18, Long -11.03

Midnight: Speed 13 knots, Zig-zag 3 points type III.

1.33am: 10.5 knots. Ceased Zig-Zag. 2.0am; Resumed zig-zag and 13 knots.

3.48am: Courses various intercepting and examining schooner.

4.4am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Haabet”, Lat 57 19 N, Long 11 19 W.

5.15am: Ordered “Haabet” to Greenock with armed guard. Mr Ramsay RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.37am: Proceeded N39E 13 knots.

6.30am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.47am: Observed and challenged HMS Patia.

9.0am: Altered course N85E and variously.

9.26am: Stopped and closed Patia’s cutter and received back signals and ratings.

9.58am: Proceeded N11E 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

1.0pm: Altered course N55W. Ceased zig-zag. Speed 11.5 knots.

2.0pm: Slow while Securing ammunition. 2.20pm: Proceeded 11 knots.

4.8pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Avenger”. Abandoned rendezvous on account of weather. 4.20pm: Altered course N34E. 14 knots.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Fire Stations. Prepared for night defence.

5.0pm: Altered course N33E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.0pm: Altered course N58W, 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance run: Indirect 252 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 58 21 N, Long 12 20 W, N73W, 43 miles]

[North westerly wind force 6 to 8 from noon onwards, sea state high in pm, misty at times, noon air and sea temperature 52F]


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19 October 1916


At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.82, Long -15.88

5.35am: Altered course ESE to intercept a steamer.

6.14am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Wladimir Rutz” [Wladimir Reitz], Lat 59 21 N, Long 14 42 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.0am: Ordered ship to Kirkwall with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Butler in charge.

7.14am: Proceeded 14 knots S74W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

1.0pm: Altered course West.

2.30pm: Ceased zig-zag. 2.39pm: Speed 12 knots.

6.0pm: Reduced to 10 knots.

9.15pm: Altered course East. Speed 9 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 214 miles]

[South westerly wind force 5 to 8 with sea state very rough to high until 8pm, then reducing. Mist, rain or drizzle at times]


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20 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.60, Long -17.28

6.0am: Altered course N60W. 10 knots.

7.0am: 13 knots, zz 3 points type III.

10.0am: General Quarters (second). Altered course S54W.

1.0pm: Altered course S77E.

1.50pm: Observed and challenged “Orvieto”. Increased to 15 knots.

2.30pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Orvieto” with rating for “Columbella”. 2.55pm: Proceeded N50W 14 knots.

3.45pm: Altered course N58W, 13 knots. Passed Dutch SS “Procyon” [listed here] from Kirkwall.

4.0pm: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 60, Articles of War and quarterly Courts Martial Returns.

6.40pm: Altered course East.

7.0pm: Position by Observation Lat 58 27 N, Long 18 19 W, altered course N80E.

7.30pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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21 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.97, Long -17.15

4.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

am: Saturday Routine.

0.30pm: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrant No 58.

6.0pm: Altered course East, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

7.40pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

9.49pm: Altered course N6E to intercept steamer.

10.45pm: N60E. Slow examining Dutch SS “Zandijk” [Zaandijk] from Kirkwall.

10.58pm: Proceeded 13 knots S79E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 267 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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22 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.20, Long -16.37

4.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

6.0am: Altered course N88W.

8.10am: Altered course SWxW to intercept a steamer.

8.40am: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Hermes” and ordered her to Kirkwall with armed guard Lieutenant Leonard RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR, Lat 59 12 N, Long 15 55 W.

9.25am: Proceeded North 15 knots Zig-Zag 2 points type III to intercept another steamer.

9.50am: Stopped and boarded American SS “Wico” [probably this ship] and sent in to Kirkwall with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Slaughter RNR in charge. Lat 59 19 N, Long 16 00W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.40am: Proceeded S87W 13 knots zz 3 points type III.

1.0pm: Altered course N51W zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.8pm: Altered course S18W towards “Changuinola”.

4.34pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Changuinola” with back signals etc.

4.50pm: Proceeded 15 knots S34E to intercept a steamer.

5.35pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Sigrun”, Lat 58 20 N, Long 16 59 W.

6.15pm: Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.24pm: Proceeded 13 knots North zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.0pm: Ceased zig-zag.

8.23pm: Altered course South 14 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course N78W 10 knots.

11.0pm: Altered course S79E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 268 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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23 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.42, Long -17.03

5.0am: Speed 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

2.32pm: Speed 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

3.7pm: Speed 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag. Leeway 2 degrees.

4.10pm: Altered course N82E. Leeway 4 degrees. Speed 10 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course S76E.

8.0pm: S72E. Leeway 7 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 266 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Wind increasing during day, southerly and south easterly force 7 to 8 from 6pm with sea state high or very high. Barometric pressure recorded hourly in pm - falling slowly. Weather mostly clear in am, mist and rain in pm. Noon temperature 49F, sea temperature 51F]


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24 October 1916

At C Patrol

Lat 58.43, Long -17.23

8.0am: Altered course N79W, 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.15am: General quarters (third).

11.0am: Zig-Zag 3 points type III.

2.30pm: Altered course SSE to intercept a steamer, 14 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

3.24pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Salonica” and ordered to Kirkwall with armed guard Lieutenant Richards RNR in charge. Lat 58 12 N, Long 17 43 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.13pm: Proceeded 15 knots S73E in chase of steamers.

7.8pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Alexandra” [Alexandra (1) listed here] and sent in to Kirkwall with armed guard Midshipman Barber in charge. BO [Boarding Officer] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.15pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Vestfjold” and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard Mr Mackellar RNR in charge. Position Lat 58 22 N, Long 16 44 [or 24] N. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.0pm: Proceeded N78W 13 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course N78W towards steamer 10 knots.

10.50pm: Stopped. 11.3pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Bygland” and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard Mr Redfern in charge. Lat 58 28 N, Long 16 44 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

[Distance run through the Water: 217 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Wind and sea gradually reducing in am]


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25 October 1916

At C Patrol

Lat 58.13, Long -17.02

0.5am: Proceeded S75E 8 knots, log streamed 74.2.

4.30am: Altered course N79W toward steamer, speed 10 knots.

6.44am: 6 knots waiting for daylight to board.

7.47am: Altered course WxS and closed steamer.

8.15am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Kronstad” Green Clearance from South Shields ordered to proceed. Lat 58 19 N, Long 16 18 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.15am: Proceeded N75W, 11 knots.

10.30am: 10 knots. Leeway 5 degrees.

4.0pm: Leeway 8 degrees.

6.20pm: Altered course NWxW0.5W. Leeway 1.5 points.

9.30pm: Altered course E0.5N. Leeway 1 point.

[Distance run through the Water: 196 miles]

[North westerly wind force 7 to 10 from 10am, with sea state high to very high from noon. Mist, rain and hail for much of time, noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 50F]


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26 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.90, Long -17.23

2.0am: Speed 8 knots. Leeway 1 point.

5.0am: Wind fell light and veered to NE.

6.0am: Heavy squall from NW. Altered course South and variously to keep in touch with sailing vessel. Lost later in mist and darkness.

8.30am: Closed Dutch SS “Sommelsdijk” [Sommelsdijk (2) listed here] cleared from Kirkwall. Position Lat 58 50 N, Long 16 20 W.

3.0pm: Wind and sea moderating.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised collision stations.

6.40pm: Position by Observation Lat 58 41 N, Long 18 22 W.

8.25pm: Altered course N50W, 13 knots in chase of westbound steamer.

9.40pm: Closed Dutch SS “Ameland” [Ameland (2) listed here] from Kirkwall. Lat 58 42 N, Long 19 17 W. 9.43pm: Proceeded S79E 11 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 169 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally north westerly wind mostly force 9 to 6 until 5pm, sea state high or very high in am, wind and sea reducing later on, rain on and off in am]


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27 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.83, Long -16.73

5.30am: Altered course SE to intercept a steamer west bound.

6.15am: Altered course SW and closed Dutch SS “Westerdijk”, Lat 58 58 N, Long 16 30 W.

6.25am: Resumed Course S75E 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.12am: Stopped and slipped target for 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.17am: Recovered target. 11.27am: Proceeded N78W 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

Noon: Altered course N75W zig-zag 2 points type III.

1.16pm: Altered course S by W 14 knots to intercept a steamer, ceased zig-zag.

1.55pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Zuiderdijk” [listed here], Lat 58 38 N, Long 17 05 W, sent to Kirkwall with armed guard Midshipman Walker RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.35pm: Proceeded 13 knots S60W zig-zag 2 points type III.

3.40pm: Altered course North, observed “Oratava” [Orotava].

7.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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28 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.10, Long -6.13

7.0am: 13 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

7.25am: Observed and challenged “Teutonic”.

7.50am: Variously closing “Teutonic’s” cutter. 7.55am: Stopped and received 2 armed guards on loan from Teutonic.

8.6am: Proceeded 13 knots S30W, zz 2 points type III.

10.42am: Altered course N22W to intercept a steamer.

11.0am: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Kelbergen” [listed here] and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard, Lat 59 06 N, Long 16 08 W. BO [Boarding Officer] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.15pm: Proceeded N85W 13 knots, Zig -Zag 2 points type III.

1.0pm: Zig-Zag 3 points.

7.10pm: Altered course S79E, 9 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Distance run through the Water: 252 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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29 October 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.63, Long -16.67

2.50am: Altered course NWxW to examine steamer Norwegian SS “Imo” westbound from Kirkwall. Allowed to proceed.

2.57am: Resumed Course.

7.30am: 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

10.50am: Altered course SE to intercept a steamer.

11.48am: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Manningham” and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard (Teutonic’s) in charge of Sub Lieutenant Bash, Lat 58 38 N, Long 16 40 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.35pm: Proceeded 13 knots N85W, zig-zag 2 points type II.

3.30pm: Observed and challenged “Teutonic”.

4.36pm: Stopped and closed Teutonic’s cutter and received 2 officers and 6 seamen for armed guard duties.

4.52pm: Proceeded variously while testing rangefinders.

5.17pm: Set course S66W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.40pm: Ceased zig-zag. Dead Slow while testing range finders.

7.5pm: 9 knots.

9.0pm: Altered course S88E.

[Distance run through the Water: 253 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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30 October 1916

At C Patrol

Lat 58.70, Long -15.87

6.45am: Observed and challenged HMS “Patuca”.

6.58am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Patuca”.

7.15am: Cutter returned with one rating. Proceeded S11E 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type III.

9.25am: Altered course S52W towards “Orvieto”.

9.47am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Orvieto”.

10.10pm: Cutter returned with Lieutenant Leneord [Leonard], Sub Lieutenants Slaughter and Butler and 9 ratings from armed guard duties.

10.12am: Proceeded North 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

Noon: Altered course N34W, zig-zag 2 points type II.

5.0pm to 5.15pm: Courses various exercising towing target and searching for same.

5.5pm: Lost overboard by accident while towing target two 5 inch Coir hawsers each 113 fathoms in length.

5.15pm: Resumed course and zig-zag.

7.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 236 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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31 October 1916

At C Patrol

Lat 59.53, Long -17.98

7.0am: 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

10.0am: General Quarter (Fifth).

7.0pm: Ceased zig-zag, 9 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 249 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for November 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 5 December 1916]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.52, Long -17.22

6.0am: Altered course N88W. 7.0am: 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.50am: Altered course South, zig-zag 2 points type III.

0.40pm: Observed and challenged HMS Teutonic.

1.50pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Teutonic” with two armed guards lent by her.

2.10pm: Proceeded S67W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.10pm: Altered course N88W.

6.0pm: Altered course S89E. 7.0pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

10.0pm: Altered course S30E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[Weather showery at times, fairly quiet wind and sea, though confused swell or NE swell in pm. Noon temperature 48F, sea temperature 51F]


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2 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.93, Long -15.65

1.0am: Altered course East, 11 knots.

7.10am: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

7.25am: Observed and challenged “Motagua”

7.40am: Stopped. Communicating with “Motagua”. Received mails and five armed guards (Lieutenant Richards, Midshipmen McKellar, Barbour, Redfern and Walker).

8.19am: Proceeded 13 knots N88W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

0.30pm: Altered course S70W to intercept sailing vessel.

1.0pm: Altered course S11W. Ceased zig-zag.

1.33pm: Altered course N80W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III, passed Norwegian Barque “Ceres” with armed guard from “Patuca” on board.

2.30pm: Observed “Patuca” boarding steamer.

6.20pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

7.5pm: Altered course N80E to investigate lights. 7.30pm: Increased to 15 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III. 8.0pm: 2 points type III.

9.20pm: Lights not again seen, altered course NNW to rejoin patrol, zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.5pm: Ceased zig-zag, speed 9 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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3 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.15, Long -18.98

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging during the day]

10.0am: General quarters (sixth). 10.20am: Secure.

8.13pm: Dead Slow while testing rangefinders.

9.20pm: Altered course S88E, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]

[Wind and sea increasing in late evening]


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4 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 57.75, Long -19.58

6.0am: Altered course S56W, keeping in touch with westbound steamer.

7.53am: Altered course S34W, 13 knots towards steamer.

8.12am: Variously round British SS “Strathclyde” [probably Strathclyde (3) listed here] Middlesbro’ to Newport News, allowed to proceed. Lat [blank], Long [blank].

8.33am: Proceeded North 12 knots.

8.55am: Heavy sea struck vessel on starboard bow causing damage to bow plates and scuttles, altered course WxN 6 knots.

9.20am: Altered course WSW. Dead slow: repairing damage.

1.0pm: Dead slow.

6.25pm: Repairs to bow plates and scuttles completed, altered course N28E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 196 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 7 for most of day, sea state mostly very rough, weather overcast or fine]


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5 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 58.02, Long -19.30

2.0am: Altered course N83E, 7 knots. Leeway 8 degrees.

9.40am: Altered course N79E. Leeway 12 degrees.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

11.45am: Altered course N79W, 8 knots. Leeway 3 degrees.

4.45pm: Altered course ENE dead slow while plugging rivet holes in starboard side plate. Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.0pm: Proceeded N84E, 8 knots. 5.15pm: 9 knots. Leeway 8 degrees.

8.0pm: Altered course N79E. Leeway 11 degrees.

10.40pm: Altered course N75E. Leeway 15 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 103 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Squally north easterly force 6 or 7 for most of day, sea high all day]


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6 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 57.85, Long -18.00

2.0am: Leeway 15 degrees. Speed 7 knots.

3.0am: Gun’s crews pumping out Fore Peak.

6.0am: Altered course South 9 knots.

8.30am: Altered course East 7 knots. Leeway 12 degrees.

1.0pm: Altered course N85W, 9 knots. Leeway 2 degrees.

6.0pm: Altered course N80E, 8 knots.

10.0pm: Leeway 7 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 138 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Still squally north easterly wind force 7 or 8 in am with sea state very high, force 6 or 7 with sea high in pm. Hail for most of day, noon temperature 44F, sea temperature 50F]


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7 November 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 57.97, Long -17.53

7.45am: Altered course N84W. Leeway 3 degrees.

10.27am: Altered course N75E. 10.42am: 10 knots. Leeway 11 degrees.

11.55am: 6 knots while repairing damaged scuttle on port bow.

5.0pm: Altered course N76E. Leeway 13 degrees.

10.0pm: Vessel labouring and straining very heavily.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 161 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 61 00 N, Long 8 00 W, N58E, 343 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind still squally north easterly force 7 to 8 in am, force 8 to 10 in pm, sea state high to very high until midnight when phenomenal, raining all day]


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8 November 1916

From C Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 58.98, Long -14.60

3.30am: Altered course N60E on account of sea.

5.0am: Leeway 15 degrees.

10.30am: Altered course ENE 9 knots. 10.45am: N73E 10 knots. Leeway 10 degrees.

3.10pm: Observed and challenged “Patuca”.

3.50pm: Observed and challenged “Otway”.

5.0pm: Altered course N83E. Leeway 2 degrees.

5.38pm: Position by Observation Lat 59 48 N, Long 12 49 W.

10.42pm: Altered course S76E, 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 113 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Wind generally squally and northerly, force 10 to 8 in am with sea state phenomenal to very high, force 5 to 7 in pm with sea gradually reducing to very rough]


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9 November 1916

From C Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.33, Long -6.65

2.0am: 11 knots. Leeway 4 degrees.

7.30am: Second Degree of vigilance. Speed 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III. 7.50am: 15 knots.

Noon: 14 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

5.6pm: Altered course N56E. Position by Observation Lat 60 35 N, Long 5 14 W.

9.0pm: 14 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.0pm: Altered course S30E.

[Course and Distance made good: N71E 254 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[North easterly wind force 6 to 8 in am, mostly force 5 or 6 in pm, with sea high or very rough throughout]


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10 November 1916

From C Patrol to Swarbacks Minn or at Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37 [estimated]

Midnight: 14 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

4.0am: Eshaness Light S30E. Soundings 79 fathoms.

5.33am: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 2 miles.

6.22am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light, altered course SE. 6.29am: Altered course N75E. Slow. 6.33am: Passed Boom. Proceeded Full speed.

6.44am: Stopped. 6.48am: Let go Port anchor. 7.0am: Secured cable. Vessel brought up in No 2 Berth Busta Voe, 5 Shackles. Hands preparing ship for coaling.

8.10am: Colliers “Kilsyth” and “Pinewood” arrived alongside and secured.

9.0am: Commenced coaling.

11.0am: PO Tribe and Private Smith [maybe - name indistinct] rejoined ship

pm: Draft Forward 19ft 3in, Aft 24ft 6in.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day. Received 485 Tons.

8.0pm: Hands turning colliers round.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 215 miles]

[Noon position] [No 2 Berth Busta Voe]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1147 tons]


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11 November 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

7.0am: Resumed coaling.

7.20am: “Gibralter’s” [Gibraltar’s] party arrived.

4.0pm: Finished coaling: received 516 Tons. Total 1001 tons.

6.0pm: Hands replacing gear and washing down.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2130 tons]


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12 November 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

2.0am: Veered to 6 shackles on port cable. Let go starboard anchor and veered to 3 shackles.

9.30am: Divine Service.

1.30pm: Leave to port watch 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Squally westerly wind force 7 or 8 in early am]


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13 November 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

10.30am: Weighed starboard anchor.

am: Draft: Forward 22ft 3in, Aft 23ft 7in.

1.0pm: Special leave till 4.0pm.

3.30pm: Lieutenant Leonard discharged to “Gibralter” [sic].

4.30pm: General Quarters.

5.0pm: Commenced heaving in. 5.13pm: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded to cant ship.

5.17pm: Full ahead. 5.22pm: Passed Hevden Ness.

5.32pm: Slow passing through boom. 5.35pm: 13 knots.

5.43pm: Murbie Stacks Light House N55E 3 cables. Set Course N35W, 15 knots. TBD “Leopard” in company.

6.24pm: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 3.5 miles, altered course N32W, zig-zag 2 points type III. “Leopard” parted company.

8.0pm: Altered course N16W, zig-zag 3 points type III.

9.0pm: Altered course N35E.

Midnight: Altered course N26W, 14 knots.

[Number on sick list: 5]


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14 November 1916

From Busta Voe to A Patrol

Lat 63.23, Long -5.70

2.0am: 14 knots, ZZ 3 points type III.

9.30am: Altered course N34W. 10.0am: 14 knots. General quarters (seventh).

2.0pm: Third Degree of vigilance.

2.25pm: Courses various intercepting steamer.

2.30pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Nor”, Lat 63 30 N, Long 6 28 W.

3.7pm: “Nor” ordered to Wick with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Butler in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

3.30pm: Proceeded N34W 14 knots, zz 3 points type III.

4.55pm: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 63.

6.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

9.0pm: Altered course N86W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 64 20 N, Long 9 00 W, N54W, 110 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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15 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 63.18, Long -10.63

3.30am: Altered course S5W.

4.20am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

8.0am: Altered course N3E.

9.50am: Altered course S4W. Ceased zig-zag.

10.15am: Stopped and slipped target for firing practice. 10.30am: Mist closed in rendering 6 inch firing impracticable. Exercised 6 pounders. 11.25am: Ceased firing and recovered target.

11.32am: Proceeded S4W, 15 knots.

0.30pm: Altered course East. 0.45pm: North. 1.15pm: West. 1.45pm: South. 2.15pm: East.

2.30pm: Altered course N4E, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III. Abandoned rendezvous with “Patia”.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. 5.0pm: Ceased zig-zag.

7.50pm: Fog set in.

8.15pm: Commenced sounding fog horn every 15 minutes.

10.30pm: Altered course S4W, visibility 1 mile. Ceased sounding fog horn.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 243 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of day, noon temperature 48F, sea temperature 47F]


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16 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 63.83, Long -10.97

8.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III. 8.30am: Altered course N3E.

1.30pm: Altered course S4W, Zig-zag 2 points type III.

2.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. 2.10pm: Slow. Securing ammunition forward. 2.23pm: Altered course S20W, 11 knots.

4.20pm: Observed HMS “Patia” altered course East towards her, 13 knots.

4.55pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Patia” with mails etc.

5.20pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded S45W 11 knots.

Midnight: Fourth Degree of vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 236 miles]

[Wind south westerly in am, south easterly in pm, force 5 or 6 for most of day with sea state rough to very rough. Misty all day]


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17 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 62.62, Long -12.77

4.0am: Leeway 8 degrees.

7.30am: Altered course WNW and variously to keep in touch with steamer.

9.10am: Closed Norwegian SS “Mjolnir” [possibly this ship - see list of previous names] flying correct clearance flag, Lat 62 26 N, Long 12 36 W. Allowed to proceed.

10.0am: General Quarters (eighth).

Noon: Altered course Variously to examine British Trawler “General Bottia” [probably “General Botha”, listed here]. 0.21 Resumed course S4W, 8 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course N11E, 10 knots.

8.30pm: Altered course S4W, 8 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 168 miles]

[Wind mostly south easterly, force 6 or 7 all day, with sea state high or very rough. Another misty day]


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18 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 62.53, Long -12.67

[Nothing happening on patrol - all log entries shown here as example]

1.0am: Altered course N5E. 9 knots.

3.0am: Leeway 2 degrees.

4.0am: Altered course S4W.

6.0am: Leeway 5 degrees.

9.30am: Altered course N12E.

11.0am: Leeway 2 degrees.

1.30pm: Altered course South. Leeway 5 degrees.

4.47pm: Altered course N11E. 5.0pm: Position by Observation Lat 62 10 N, Long 12 32 W. Leeway 1 degree.

8.0pm: Altered course South.

11.0pm: Leeway 4 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 162 miles]

[South easterly wind force 5 or 6 all day, sea state mostly very rough, showers for much of day]


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19 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 63.00, Long -13.03

8.0am: Altered course N5E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

11.0am: Observed and challenged “Artois”. Zig-zag 2 points type III.

11.30am: Ceased zig-zag. 11.45am: Altered course NW and variously.

11.55am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Artois” with back signals etc.

0.33pm: Proceeded S3W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

5.30pm: Altered course N10E, 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 205 miles]


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20 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 62.53, Long -12.55

8.0am: Altered course N5E, zig-zag 3 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Collision Stations Prepared for night defence.

5.30pm: Reduced speed to 8 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 232 miles]


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21 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 62.33, Long -12.65

8.0am: Altered course N4E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.0am: Stopped and slipped target for 6 inch firing.

0.20pm: Recovered target and proceeded N4E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

5.30pm: Speed 9 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 220 miles]


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22 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 62.80, Long -12.78

11.32am: Turned 16 points to pick up barrel target. 11.40am: Stopped, manoeuvring as necessary.

0.50pm: Proceeded S76E, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 232 miles]


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23 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.63, Long -9.90

7.37am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points Type IV.

1.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points type IV.

1.30pm: Ceased Zig-Zag.

2.30pm: 9 knots. Leeway 10 degrees.

3.30pm: Fourth Degree Vigilance.

7.0pm: Weather moderating. 9 knots.

8.0pm: Altered course S30W. Leeway nil.

9.8pm: Altered course SW and variously examining trawlers.

9.45pm: Hailed British Trawler “Argo” A544.

10.4pm: Stopped and boarded British trawler “Hilaria”, Lat 63 35 N, Long 10 00 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.45pm: Proceeded S25W, 12 knots. Third Degree vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 250 miles]

[Squally south westerly wind force 7 to 8 from 2pm to 7pm, with sea state high during this time, wind and sea more moderate before and after this]


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24 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.40, Long -9.72

7.30am: 13 knots, Zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.0am: General quarters (second). Exercised breakdown steering gear.

11.0am: Observed, challenged “Artois”.

Noon: Altered course S30W, zz 3 points type IV.

0.50pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Changuinola”.

2.30pm: Leeway 4 degrees.

4.30pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag. Leeway 10 degrees.

10.49pm: Altered course West to close steamer.

11.0pm: Altered course N60W and examined British Trawler “Yorrick” [probably “Yorik”, listed here], Lat 62 44 N, Long 9 50 W.

11.24pm: Resumed course S34W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 217 miles]

[Winds rather variable, up to force 7 to 8 at times in pm, with very rough to high sea, showers, rain and hail at times, noon temperature 42F, sea temperature 45F]


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25 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.48, Long -10.17

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging from 7.30am to 5pm]

11.58pm: Altered course S75W, 13 knots towards steamer.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 222 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally northerly and north easterly wind force 5 or 6 through middle of day, with rough sea. Snow at times]


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26 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 63.68, Long -10.02

0.10am: Altered course S7W. 0.22am: Altered course S47E, half speed, examined British Trawler “Elderado” [probably “Eldorado” listed here], Lat 61 55 N, Long 10 00 W.

0.30am: N23E, 10 knots.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: Divine Service.

0.50pm: Altered course ExS towards schooner, 15 knots.

1.30pm: Slow SExS in company with Danish Schooner “Sophie” [there are several possibilities for this ship] standing by to board on weather moderating. Speeds as necessary.

4.45pm: Closed “Sophie” and ordered her to proceed to Leith. 5.0pm: Proceeded S45W, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 208 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 6 or 7 from 4 am to 8pm, with sea state very rough to high. Snow or hail for most of day. Noon temperature 33F, sea temperature 42F]


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27 November 1916


At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 62.48, Long -11.57

5.50am: Altered course S55E, 13 knots and closed and examined British Trawler “Antonio” H990, Lat 62 06 N, Long 11 00 W.

6.20am: Proceeded West.

8.30am: Observed and challenged HMS “Virginian”

8.55am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Virginian” for officer and mails.

9.23am: Cutter returned with Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR and one rating from armed guard duties.

9.30am: Proceeded NE 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

2.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 12 knots.

4.0pm: Resumed zig-zag. Weather cleared.

5.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 215 miles]

[Weather rather variable, south westerly wind force 6 or 7 through middle of day with rough or very rough sea and mist and drizzle]


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28 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.38, Long -9.98

Midnight: Altered course N20E, 10 knots.

8.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.20am: Altered course S24W. 11.40am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 11 knots.

Noon: 13 knots, resumed zig-zag.

2.30pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag, altered course S29W. Leeway 10 degrees.

4.0pm: Altered course S40W. Leeway 15 degrees.

5.0pm: S45W. Leeway 20 degrees.

6.0pm: Leeway 15 degrees.

11.0pm: Starboard sounding boom broken by sea and lost overboard.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]

[More rather variable weather, wind south westerly then north westerly force 8 or 9 from 2.30pm to 10pm, then force 7, sea state high or very high from 4pm. Mist and/or rain at times. Barometric pressure recorded hourly - falling until 1pm, then starting to rise]


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29 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.52, Long -10.15

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging from 8am to 4.40pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 219 miles]

[Winds mostly south westerly force 5 or 6 for much of day, sea mostly rough until early pm, then reducing]


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30 November 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.33, Long -9.97

8.0am: Altered course ENE towards light.

8.54am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Commander Fullerton” steering S by E. Lat 63 44 N, Long 9 53 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.30am: Proceeded N20E, 13 knots.

4.20pm: 11 knots. Ceased Zig-Zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 241 miles]



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1916


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[Cover of Copy of Log for December 1916, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 6 January 1917]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 December 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.55, Long -9.95

4.57am: Altered course N30W and examined British Trawler “Oceanic” GY863, Lat 63 19 N, Long 9 58 W.

5.0am: Resumed course N22E.

8.0am: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.0am: General Quarters (fourth).

1.30pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

3.40pm: Observed and challenged [HMS] “Arlanza”.

11.0pm: Altered course S35W. Leeway 7 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Squally south westerly wind increasing to force 7 or 8 from 3pm, with sea becoming high or very high, rain or hail at times in pm]


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2 December 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 63.93, Long -9.93

[Log just records changes of course and speed, together with leeway]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 174 miles]

[Squally south westerly wind force 6 to 8 until 4pm, with sea state varying from very rough to very high all day, heavy snow in middle of day]


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3 December 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.38, Long -10.15

9.45am: Divisions. Mustered by Open List.

10.25pm: Slow while securing ammunition on forecastle.

10.40am: Divine Service.

10.45am: 11 knots. Ceased Zig Zag.

10.13pm: Altered course N70E, 13 knots and variously to intercept trawlers.

10.30pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Zaree” GY838 and examined British Trawler “Helios” GY784 [both trawlers listed here], Lat 62 59 N, Long 10 11 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

11.20pm: Proceeded S26W, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 198 miles]

[Winds variable in strength and direction during day, sea very high at times, snow until 2pm]


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4 December 1916

At Sea, A Patrol

Lat 64.23, Long -10.07

3.45am: Altered course N50E and variously to examine British Trawler “Hilaria” GY698 bound SSE, Lat 63 00 N, Long 10 01 W.

4.34am: Proceeded N22E, 10 knots.

8.15am: 13 knots. 8.30am: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.37am: Exercised Submarine attack. Altered course N60N utmost speed. 11.44am: Resumed course and zig zag, 13 knots.

0.30pm: Altered course S27W.

5.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

Midnight: Altered course N22E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 214 miles]

[Misty from noon onwards]


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5 December 1916

From A Patrol to C Patrol or at A Patrol

Lat 62.97, Long -11.22

6.33am: Alarm of “Man Overboard”. Away Starboard cutter. Engines and helm as required manouvring vessel.

7.27am: Alarm proved to be false, hoisted cutter, manouvring vessel endeavouring to recover lifebuoys.

8.0am: Abandoned endeavour and proceeded S75W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type II. (Left A Patrol for C Patrol).

am: Lost four life buoys and calcium lights.

10.0am: Altered course S59W. General quarters (fifth).

2.0pm: 13 knots Zig-Zag 2 points type II.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

7.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[Another misty day, wind and sea increasing in late pm]


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6 December 1916

From A Patrol to C Patrol

Lat 59.53, Long -15.20

8.30am: Zig-Zag 3 points type III. 9.0am: 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

Noon: Altered course West. 0.30pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III. 1.0pm: Altered course N82W.

3.0pm: 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

11.30pm: Altered course S85E, 9.5 knots. In station on C Patrol.

[Course and Distance made good: S28.5W, 235 miles]

[Squally westerly wind force 5 to 7 all day, sea state mostly rough or very rough. Noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 48F]


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7 December 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.00, Long -17.67

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 6.0am and 6.25pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 223 miles]


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8 December 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.22, Long -16.63

7.0am: Ceased zig-zag. 7.15am: Altered course N61W, 13 knots intercepting Vessel.

7.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish Steam Trawler “Bragii” [Bragi listed here] and sent to Stornaway with armed guard, Mr McKellar in charge. Boarding Office SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Position Lat 59 23 N, Long 15 40 W.

8.54am: Proceeded N83W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.15am: General Quarters (sixth).

6.0pm: 10.5 knots. Ceased zig-zag. 6.40pm: Altered course S87E, 10 knots.

9.0pm: 12 knots, Zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 233 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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9 December 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.47, Long -14.57

5.30am: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag. 6.0am: Altered course S83E. Leeway 15 degrees.

7.40am to 8.15am: Slow while stowing ammunition away. Vessel not steering.

8.15am: 8 knots, N79E. Leeway 2 points.

3.0pm: Leeway 15 degrees.

4.0pm: Altered course E0.5W. Leeway 1 point.

6.18pm: Altered course East. Leeway 4 degrees.

11.0pm: Altered course S80E. Leeway 2 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 221 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Squally north easterly wind force 6 to 9 from 4am to 8pm, sea state very rough to very high during this time]


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10 December 1916

At C Patrol

Lat 60.25, Long -9.18

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

11.50am: Exercised Submarine Attack.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 194 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Another squally day with rough seas at times, snow on and off]


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11 December 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.92, Long -10.25

11.30am: Observed Columbella and altered course N58W towards her.

Noon: Heading NExE Speeds various while floating back signals etc to Columbella.

2.0pm: Proceeded S45W, 14.5 knots. Left C Patrol. 2.3pm: Altered course S70W.

7.0pm: Altered course S22W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 239 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally north easterly wind force 7 or 8 for most of day, sea state high or very high, noon temperature 39F, sea temperature 46F]


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12 December 1916

At Sea

Lat 57.23, Long -10.62

9.0am: Altered course N25W and variously to intercept steamer and Sailing Vessel.

9.26am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Ship “Audrey” [or “Audney”] and allowed to proceed. Lat 57 27 N, Long 10 28 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.0am: General Quarters. 10.34am: Proceeded 15.5 knots S22W in chase of steamer.

11.25am: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Baltic”, Lat 57 15 N, Long 10 37 W. BO [blank].

0.18pm: Proceeded N35E, 13 knots. 0.30pm: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

4.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 11 knots.

10.0pm: Altered course N65E, rejoined C Patrol. Leeway 1 point.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]

[Yet another squally day with north easterly winds, force 6 to 7 in pm, with very rough to high sea]


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13 December 1916

At Sea, C Patrol

Lat 59.15, Long -9.70

9.19am: Altered course N28W to intercept a steamer westbound.

10.20am: 8 knots and variously while signalling British SS “Boyne” [listed here] Sunderland to Halifax NS [Nova Scotia], Lat 59 08 N, Long 9 26 W.

11.40am: Allowed “Boyne” to proceed and proceeded NNW to intercept a steamer eastbound.

0.30pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Frederick VIII” [probably “Frederik VIII] and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard, Lieutenant Richards in charge, Lat 59 14 N, Long 9 45 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.16pm: Proceeded ESE 13 knots.

4.0pm: Altered course S78W, 13 knots. Left Patrol for Clyde.

4.30pm: Position by Observation Lat 58 49 N, Long 9 21 W.

5.0pm: Altered course S70W, 14.5 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

10.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 217 miles]

[Still squally, north easterly wind force 7 or 8 in am, with sea high or very rough, wind and sea reducing slightly in pm, rain or showers at times]


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14 December 1916

From Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.35, Long -11.48

9.30am: Altered course S10E to examine schooner.

10.0am: Resumed course S24W and passed Danish Schooner flying clearance flag. Lat 55 31 N, Long 11 56 W.

10.40am: Altered course S70E. Long 303.3.

11.45am: Exercised submarine attack.

1.0pm: Zig-Zag 3 points type IV.

6.0pm: Altered course S74E, Zig-zag 3 points type III, 14 knots.

6.55pm: Observed Tory Island Light S63E.

7.36pm: Tory Island Light S45E, Aranmore [Arranmore] Light S11W.

8.30pm: Zig-Zag 2 points type III. 8.35pm: Tory Island Light at distance 5 miles.

9.30pm: Zig-zag 3 points type III.

11.4pm: Innishtrahull [Inishtrahull] Light House N20E distant 1 mile.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 301 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position 5 miles North of Tory Island, East, 110 miles]


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15 December 1916

From Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.92, Long -4.47 [estimated]

1.10am: Passed Sheep Island. Entered Rathlin Sound.

1.40am: Benmore Head abeam, altered course SE. Ceased zig zag.

1.56am: Torr Point abeam distant 1 mile. 2.0am: Resumed zig-zag.

3.10am: Maidens Light S27W, altered course S85E. 3.15am: Corsewall Point Light S70E.

4.15am: Altered course N60E. Ceased zig-zag.

5.9am: Ailsa Craig Light abeam (N30W), distant 1.6 miles.

5.57am: Pladda Island Light abeam distant 2.7 miles, altered course N22E. 6.0am: Resumed zig-zag 3 points type III.

7.16am: Passed Little Cumbrae distant 5 cables, altered course N25E. Ceased Zig-Zag.

7.40am: Passed Skelmorlie Beacon, altered course N34E.

8.10am: Stopped to take Draft. 8.14am: Passed Boom. 8.18am: Proceeded 13 knots E0.5N.

8.25am: Stopped and embarked Pilot. 8.30am: Proceeded to anchorage.

8.51am: Let go starboard anchor and veered 5 shackles. Anchor Bearings: [blank].

10.43am: Weighed anchor and proceeded up River to Pilot’s directions. Speeds as necessary.

10.50am: Secured tug forward.

11.50am: Passed Bowling.

0.24pm: Passed Rothesay Dock.

1.17pm: Passed Govan. 1.40pm: Secured tug aft.

1.48pm: Entered Prince’s Dock. 2.16pm: Secured in Berth 27 and finished with Engines.

3.30pm: Commenced coaling. 21 Men and 2 Foremen employed.

pm: Sub Lieutenant Wolfendon [Wolfenden in some other places in log] RNR joined ship. Midshipmen Ramsay and Mackellar and rating rejoined from armed guard duties. Leave to Port Watch until 9.0am Wednesday 20th December.

6.0pm: Local leave to second part Starboard Watch till 11.0pm. Night shift coaling, 2 Foremen and 33 Men. No coal waggons between 6 and 8.0pm.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 226 tons]

[Mist, drizzle or rain for most of day, noon temperature 38F]


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16 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

2.30am to 5.20am: Coaling delayed through lack of coal.

6.0am: Day Shift Coaling. 2 Foremen and 29 Men.

Noon: Finished tipping coal into No 3 Hold.

1.45pm: Commenced warping Ship to No 22 Berth Prince’s Dock.

3.30pm: Secured in No 22.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part Starboard Watch until 7.0am.


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17 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands scrubbing decks.

9.30am: Landed RC Church Party.

10.0am: Divisions.

10.30am: Landed Nonconformist Church Party.

1.0pm: Local leave to second part of Watch till 7.0am.

7.30am: Landed Patrol Sub Lieutenant Wolfendon, 6 men and 1 PO.

11.45pm: Patrol returned on board.


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18 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 3 Foremen and 50 men coaling into side bunkers.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Local leave to first Part of Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling, 3 Foremen and 56 Men.


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19 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift coaling, 3 Foremen and 31 men.

am: Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

3.0pm: 3 Foremen and 55 men coaling.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling. Local leave to second part of Watch till 7.0am.

[Snowing for most of day, noon temperature 35F]


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20 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

10.45am: Port Watch returned on board. 11.0am: Starboard Watch proceeded on leave till 9.0am 25th December.

pm: Hands employed painting side, taking in stores and as requisite.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part Port Watch till 7.0am.


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21 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed painting side and taking in stores.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

7.40pm: Hands to stations for shifting ship. Pilot in attendance. Tug “Victor” secured forward and “Cruiser” [possibly this tug] aft.

8.25pm: Left No 22 Berth and proceeded to Govan Dry Dock No.3.

9.25pm: Entered dock. 9.35pm: Secured in position.

10.0pm: Vessel landed on chocks. Hands placing shores.


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22 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30 [estimated]

1.0am: Dock dry.

am: Hands employed painting mess decks and refitting as requisite.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

8.45pm: Commenced to flood dock.

9.30pm: Stations for leaving Dock.

10.20pm: Tug “Neptune” secured aft. Pilot in attendance. Left dock.

10.45pm: Clear of dock. Secured tug “Victor”. forward.

11.30pm: Forward towing rope parted. Vessel struck quay wall heavily on port quarter.

11.45pm: Arrived at No.12 Berth.


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23 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

0.15am: Vessel secured in No 12 Berth Prince’s Dock.

6.0am: Resumed coaling. 3 foremen and 30 men.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

10.0am: 3 Foremen and 46 men coaling.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of Watch till 7.0am. Ceased coaling.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 8386 lbs]


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24 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 3 Foremen and 30 Men Coaling.

9.30am: Landed RC Church Party. 10.0am: Divisions. 10.30am: Landed C of E Church Party.

1.20pm: Landed 1 PO and 5 Ratings for funeral party.

1.30pm: Local leave to first part of Watch till 7.0am.

4.20pm: Completed coaling. Total Received 2560 Tons.

6.10pm: Funeral party returned.

7.0pm: Landed patrol.

11.0pm: Patrol returned on board.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2643 tons]


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25 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands cleaning Ship and taking in stores.

10.0am: Landed RC Church party. 10.15am: Divisions. 10.40am: Landed C of E Church party [as this is Christmas Day].

11.0am: Starboard Watch returned on board.

1.0pm: Local leave to Port Watch and first part of Starboard Watch until midnight.


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26 December 1916

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and preparing ship for sea.

am: Draft: Forward 25’ 1”, Aft 24’ 8”.

Noon: Hands to stations for leaving harbour. Secured tug “Cruiser” forward and “Pathfinder” aft.

0.15pm: Let go from wharf and proceeded into Basin. Pilot in attendance. 0.30pm: Canting ship in Basin.

0.45pm: Passed out of Prince’s Dock into River. 0.55pm: Passed Govan.

1.34pm: Passed Blythswood.

2.6pm: Passed Bowling.

2.55pm: Passed Garvel Point.

3.9pm: Arrived at Tail of Bank. Stopped.

3.10pm: Let go starboard anchor and veered 4 shackles. 3.15pm: Secured cable and rung off Engines.

3.30pm: General quarters and provided ammunition. Prepared for night defence.

4.0pm: Received 3.5 tons of coke.

5.0pm: Motor Boat despatched to Whitefarland Point for Lance Corporal Dunkerly and with mail.

5.43pm: Weighed anchor. 5.50pm: Proceeded to Boom.

6.20pm: Stopped - waiting for Gate. 6.35pm: Passed Boom Defence. Proceeded S34W, 13 knots.

7.0pm: Skelmorlie Beacon abeam, altered course S29W.

7.39pm: Passed Cumbrae, altered course S26W.

8.28pm: Holy Island Light abeam distant 1.4 miles.

8.54pm: Pladda Island Light abeam, altered course S22W.

9.35pm: Ailsa Craig Light abeam distant 2.2 miles, altered course S68W.

10.45pm: Altered course N84W. Corsewall Point bearing [blank], Maiden’s Light bearing [blank].

11.40pm: Altered course N27W. Rathlin Island Light bearing N26W.


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27 December 1916

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 55.47, Long -10.08

0.48am: Torr Point abeam, altered course N52W.

1.7am: Rue Point Light abeam distant 0.75 miles.

3.24am: Innishtrahull [sic] Light abeam N19E, distant 0.75 miles, altered course N75W.

4.25am: Fanad Point Light abeam.

5.58am: Tory Island Light abeam distant 5.75 miles.

7.30am: Zig-Zag 2 points type III.

9.30am: Altered course S40W to intercept a steamer.

10.44am: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Delta” Kirkwall to Falmouth, Lat 55 23 N, Long 9 47 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

11.0am: General quarters (first).

11.16am: Proceeded N43W, 15 knots, zig-zag 2 points type 3.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.30pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

8.30pm: Altered course S30W, 8 knots.

11.30pm: Altered course ENE while shifting ammunition from forecastle.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 262 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 57 00 N, Long 15 00 W, N61W, 189 miles]

[South westerly wind force 6 in pm, with sea state rough to very rough, rain at times in pm, noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 50F]


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28 December 1916

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 56.55, Long -13.12

0.10am: Resumed course S30W.

2.0am: Altered course N16E, 9.5 knots.

7.35am: Altered course North. 7.52am: Altered course WNW. Burning Navigation Lights.

8.20am: Altered course SW 8 knots. 8.45am: Altered course S60W.

10.35am: 11 knots, Zig-zag 3 points type IV.

0.40pm: Observed [HMS] “Kildonan Castle”, altered course N20E.

1.4pm: Stopped and closed “Kildonan Castle’s” cutter and received back signals and transferred one rating.

1.34pm: Proceeded 13 knots N24W, zig-zag 1.5 points type III.

6.0pm: Ceased zig-zag.

[Distance run through the Water: 221 miles]

[Winds south westerly then westerly, force 5 to 7 until 9pm, with sea state rough or very rough. Mist, rain or showers at times]


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29 December 1916

From Glasgow, at Sea

Lat 59.58, Long -19.05

8.30am: 13 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.10am: General Quarters (second).

11.56am: Altered course S30W, 14 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 269 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 54 00 N, Long 21 30 W, S13.5W, 344.5 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally south westerly and westerly wind force 6 to 8 for most of pm, sea very rough to high]


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30 December 1916

At Sea

Lat 55.37, Long -21.08

5.35am: Altered course S45W, 15 knots. Leeway 2 degrees.

Noon: Observed and challenged HMS Changuinola.

1.25pm: Lat Observed 55 05 N.

5.25pm: Altered course SE0.5E to close Changuinola. 5.30pm: Stopped and closed Changuinola’s cutter and despatched back signals and mails to her.

5.39pm: Proceeded variously. 5.50pm: Set Course West, Log 70, Speed 13 knots.

6.30pm: Altered course N11E, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: S14W, 275 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 54 00 N, Long 21 30 W, S10W, 83 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Winds tending to decrease during the day, sea state very rough to high in am, very rough to rough for most of pm, mist and rain on and off]


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31 December 1916

At Sea

Lat 57.17, Long -21.62

9.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions. 10.0am: Divine Service.

0.30pm: Altered course S70E in direction of smoke.

1.30pm: Observed HMS “Changuinola”, altered course N26E.

6.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

10.30pm to 10.40pm: Slow while testing rangefinders.

Midnight: Altered course N32E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 62 00 N, Long 21 04 W, N3E, 290 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for January 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 4th February 1917]

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[Page for details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 January 1917

At Sea

Lat 61.30, Long -20.67

9.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III. 9.30am: Altered course N26E.

3.30pm: Altered course N40W.

4.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

11.0pm: Altered course S65E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 62 00 N, Long 21 04 W, N15.5W, 43.5 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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2 January 1917

At Sea

Lat 62.60, Long -18.50

9.10am: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III. 9.44am: Altered course S48E.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters (Third).

4.0pm: Altered course S70E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

9.55pm: Altered course N25W 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

10.13pm: Half speed and Examined British Trawler “Thomas Stratton” [Thomas Stratten]. Lat [blank], Long [blank].

10.16pm: Proceeded 13 knots S58E.

10.30pm: Altered course S82E, zig-zag 2 points type [number off edge of page].

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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3 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 66.53, Long -9.38

5.30am: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

8.40am: 13 knots zig-zag 2 points type III. 9.0am: Altered course N60E.

11.40am: Altered course S60W. 11.54am: Exercised Submarine attack. Fired one round common Shell at target. Speeds various circling target to sink by rifle fire.

0.37pm: Target sunk. Proceeded S65E 14.5 knots.

1.0pm: Altered course N73E towards “Patuca”.

1.25pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Patuca.

1.45pm: Cutter returned with 3 ratings. Proceeded S24W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type II.

3.45pm: Altered course S61W.

7.45pm: Altered course N58E, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 279 miles]


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4 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 63.22, Long -8.53

0.40am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.0am: Altered course S59W. 6.30am: Ceased zig-zag.

8.30am: 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV. 9.0am: Ceased zig-zag. 14.5 knots.

10.42am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Andes”.

11.10am: Cutter returned. Proceeded S45W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type II [or III - number off edge of page].

5.30pm: Ceased zig-zag. 6.0pm: Altered course N47E. 6.15pm: 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 274 miles]

[Snow showers for much of day, noon temperature 38F (no sea temperatures recorded from today onwards)]


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5 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 63.20, Long -9.03

10.15am: General Quarters (fourth).

1.5pm: Altered course NW by N to intercept ketch.

1.26pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch “Sjopt joran", Lat 63 04 N, Long 9 25 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.39pm: Proceeded S25W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.30pm: Altered course N56E, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]


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6 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 63.28, Long -8.70

4.0am: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

8.30am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

0.20pm: Altered course S36W, zig-zag 2 points type II.

1.37pm: Altered course S60W to close “Andes”.

1.55pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Andes” and received confidential matter.

2.20pm: Proceeded North 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.10pm: Observed “Changuinola”, altered course N83E.

4.30pm: Stopped and closed her cutter. 4.50pm: Proceeded South 12 knots.

6.0pm: 12 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.0pm: Ceased zig-zag 11 knots.

9.4pm: 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Snow squalls all day]


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7 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 62.53, Long -9.32

6.45am: Stopped engines while testing rangefinders. 7.0am: Proceeded 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.15am: Divine Service.

11.35am: Courses various to examine trawler.

11.55am: Identified British Trawler GY698 [Hilaria, as seen previously].

0.10pm: Resumed course S65W.

2.0pm: Left A Patrol to join C.

11.0pm: Speed 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 250 miles]

[Another snowy, squally day. Noon temperature 39F, sea temperature (recorded again from noon today) 46F]


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8 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.23, Long -15.03

3.40am: Altered course S86E in station on C Patrol.

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol for rest of day]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 264 miles]


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9 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.40, Long -14.25

[On patrol, zig-zagging during the day, main changes of course at 6am, 8am, 10.40am and 6.20pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 251 miles]


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10 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.40, Long -13.88

10.10am: Stopped and dropped target for heavy gun practice. 10.30am: Commenced firing.

Noon: Ceased firing.

0.4pm: Target recovered. Proceeded N83W 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 216 miles]

[Misty for most of day, sea rough in late am, noon temperature 48F, sea temperature 49F]


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11 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.40, Long -13.78

4.50pm: Altered course S by W 13 knots to intercept steamer steering East.

5.12pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Texas” and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR in charge, Lat 59 09 N, Long 14 50 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.45pm: Proceeded N55W, 8 knots.

11.0pm: Leeway 10 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 246 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, with sea state very rough to high and hail in middle of day]


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12 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.45, Long -13.52

[Patrolling to and fro, zig-zagging during daylight]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 197 miles]

[Wind north easterly force 7 to 8 in early am, then 6 to 5 until early pm, sea very rough to high in am, reducing in pm]


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13 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.50, Long -13.47

1.0am: Ceased zig-zag.

3.0am: Leeway 10 degrees.

11.13am: Altered course N73W, 14 knots towards steamer.

0.30pm: Altered course N50W, 11 knots. Challenged “Hildebrand”.

1.30pm: 13 knots zig-zag 1 point type IV.

5.0pm: Altered course N80E 15 knots towards vessel.

6.6pm: Stopped and hailed Danish Barque “SOKOTO”, Lat 58 27 N, Long 15 40 W. Unable to board owing to sea. Proceeded in company with her NW0.5N.

8.18pm: Altered course South 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

8.46pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS “Sydland” and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard Mr Ramsey RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Lat 58 24 N, Long 15 43 W.

9.45pm: Proceeded N18W 13 knots towards “Sokoto”.

Midnight: 6 knots “Sokoto” distant 2 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 219 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 6 or 7 all day, sea very rough to high, snow on and off]


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14 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.22, Long -14.90

1.0am: Speeds as required to keep station on Sokoto.

3.0am: Course made good N20W.

4.0am: Closed “Sokoto”.

4.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish 4 masted Barque “Sokoto” and sent to Stornaway with armed guard, Sub Lieutenant Slaughter in charge, Lat 58 40 N, Long 16 32 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.30am: Proceeded S67E 11 knots.

8.37am: 13 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.38am: Altered course South to intercept sailing vessel. Ceased zig-zag.

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

11.0am: Identified Sailing Vessel as “Sierra Miranda” boarded previously by “Hildebrand” [see log for HMS Hildebrand for 13 January 1917].

11.15am: Altered course SSW 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

0.10pm: Stopped and boarded British SS Westl~~ [name off edge of page - possibly Westlands] Admiralty Oiler 156. Allowed to Proceed, Lat 58 11 N, Long 14 51 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.0pm: Proceeded S79E, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type II.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 192 miles]

[Wind and sea reducing during day and visibility very good in pm]


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15 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.15, Long -9.92

7.50am: Observed vessel without lights altered course N15E 15 knots to intercept.

7.55am: Challenged “Hildebrand”. 7.56am: Resumed Course N81E 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

8.40am: W by N to close “Hildebrand”.

8.59am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Hildebrand” and received 19 ratings for “Ebro” and 1 for “Motagua”.

9.25am: Proceeded NE by N 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.30am: Altered course N22E towards sailing vessel.

11.12am: Exercised submarine attack.

11.34am: Observed and challenged HMS “Virginian”.

11.36am: Stopped and boarded Danish Barque “Nelly” [possibly one of the last sightings of this ship, though she is seen again the next day]. Boarding Office SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.17pm: “Nelly” allowed to proceed. 0.28pm: Proceeded N79W 15 knots, zig-zag 1 point type IV to intercept steamer.

1.10pm: Stopped and boarded SS “Abr W Selmer” [Albrecht W Selmer - listed here under later name of “Asian”] and sent to Kirkwall with armed guard Mr Mackellar in charge, Lat 59 18 N, Long 10 12 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.15pm: Closed HMS Motagua. 1.20pm: Received mail and discharged 1 rating to “Motagua”.

2.18pm: Proceeded N22W 13 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.0pm: Ceased zig-zag, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]


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16 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.08, Long -10.00

7.25am: Altered course SW 15 knots in direction of light seen for 1 minute. 7.30am: Utmost speed. 7.48am: Altered course SE 15 knots.

7.55am: Dropped Depth Charge. 8.0am: Light not again seen, altered course West. 8.15am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters (Sixth).

10.25am: Altered course N22W zig zag 1point type IV to intercept steamer westbound.

11.25am: Fired one round to stop vessel.

11.53am: Stopped and boarded British SS “Galileo”, Lat 59 50 N, Long 10 00 W. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.25pm: Proceeded S52W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 point type III.

4.10pm: Altered course N55W zig-zag 1 point type IV towards Sailing Vessel.

5.25pm: Passed Danish Barque “Nelly” boarded 15th. 5.30pm: Ceased zig-zag. Speed 10 knots.

9.36pm: Altered course S53E to intercept a steamer.

10.6pm: Stopped and boarded Russian SS “Condor” and allowed to proceed. Lat 59 38 N, Long 11 03 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.40pm: Proceeded N80E 15 knots to intercept another steamer.

11.15pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Kolaastind” and allowed to proceed, Lat 59 41 N, Long 10 51 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

11.53pm: Proceeded N77E, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]


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17 January 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.65, Long -11.02

0.48am: Altered course S26E to intercept steamer bound West.

1.54am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Minsk” and allowed to proceed. Lat 59 41 N, Long 10 19 W.

2.22am: Proceeded N22E 10 knots.

[Zig-zagging on and off on patrol for rest of day, in relatively quiet, fine weather]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 232 miles]


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18 January 1917

From C Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.58, Long -10.08

10.0am: Altered course N34E 14 knots zig-zag 2pts type III. Left Patrol.

10.35am: Observed and challenged “Otway”.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 70. Exercised Fire Stations. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: 11 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

6.46pm: Altered course S46W and variously to examine British Trawler H218 [listed here as “Toronto], Lat 61 57 N, Long 9 34 W.

7.15pm: Resumed course N34E, 11 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 253 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 62 30 N, Long 9 15 W, N12E, 119 miles]


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19 January 1917

From C Patrol to Swarbacks Minn

Lat 63.17, Long -4.83

0.10am: Altered course NE and variously examining British Trawler GY838 [“Zaree”, seen before].

1.10am: Resumed course N34E.

2.0am: Altered course S75E.

7.30am: 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.15am: General Quarters (seventh).

11.0am: Altered course S10E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrants Nos 73 and 74.

5.30pm: Altered course S6E, 10.5 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 281 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 60 21 N, Long 1 27 W, S30.5E, 186 miles]

[South easterly then southerly wind force 5 or 6 for most of day, sea rough in pm]


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20 January 1917

From C Patrol and at Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37 [estimated]

1.13am: Altered course N68E to examine vessel. 1.23am: N40W and passed schooner. 1.37am: Altered course S6E, 10 knots.

4.0am: Altered course SW to intercept steamer.

4.30pm: Altered course WSW and closely examined Dutch SS “Gasterland” [Gaasterland], Lat 61 00 N, Long 2 15 W.

4.44am: Proceeded 14 knots S12E. Sounding every quarter hour.

5.35am: Soundings 70 fathoms, s [sand].

6.5am: Observed Eshaness Light S4E, altered course S3W, 15 knots.

7.33am: Eshaness Light abeam distant 2.6 miles, altered course S23E. HMTBD “Lively” in company.

8.16am: Passed Murbie Stacks Light, altered course SE and as necessary.

8.25am: Passed Boom Defence. 8.40am: Let go starboard anchor.

9.10am: Vessel brought up in No 1 Berth [assume at Busta Voe, as previously]. Secured cable - 5 shackles out. Finished with Engines.

9.30am: Colliers Foreland and Sampan arrived alongside and secured.

10.0am: Commenced coaling.

5.50pm: Ceased coaling. Received 486 tons.

[Course and Distance run through the Water: Indirect 190 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 974 tons]


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21 January 1917

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

5.45am: Resumed coaling.

7.20am: Finished coaling. Received 54 Tons. Total 550 Tons.

am: Hands washing decks and unrigging coaling gear.

10.0am: Hands to clean. 10.45am: Divine Service.

1.0pm: Special Leave to Starboard Watch till 4.45pm.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1508 tons]


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22 January 1917

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

7.0am: Hands Cleaning ship.

1.0pm: Away all Boats.

2.30pm: All Boats Hoisted and Secured for Sea. Special leave to Port Watch till 5.15pm.

5.0pm: Hands Preparing ship for Sea.

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather fine and quiet, noon temperature 42F]


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23 January 1917

At Swarbacks Minn

Lat 60.38, Long -1.37

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

4.0pm: Evening quarters.

4.35pm: WG Jones AB Landed on leave. Read Warrant No 72.

7.0pm: 3 Armed guards on board 1 Hilary, 2 Patia.

11.10pm: Stations for leaving harbour. 11.20pm: Anchor up. Engines as requisite canting. 11.28pm: Full ahead.

11.32pm: Passed Hevden Ness.

11.44pm: Half speed passing boom. 11.46pm: 15 knots West. 11.49pm: Set Course N46W.

11.53pm: Murbie Stacks Light abeam distant 3 cables.

[Number on sick list: 5]


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24 January 1917

From Swarbacks Minn to Patrol

Lat 62.65, Long -4.97

0.9am: Hillswick Light abeam. Log 2.6.

0.41am: Altered course N15W. Log 10.4.

1.30am: Zig-zag 1.5 points type IV.

8.0am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.15am: Observed HMS “Andes”.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters (eighth).

11.56am: Altered course SSW. Noon: S32W, zig-zag 2 points type II.

1.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.14pm: Altered course W by S to intercept trawler.

4.32pm: Resumed course S32W.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Zig-zag 1 point type IV.

6.15pm: Observed Sumbo Light abeam. Log 81.9.

6.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

10.0pm: Altered course S54W. 10.25pm: Altered course N35E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 177 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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25 January 1917

From Swarbacks Minn to A Patrol

Lat 62.62, Long -5.63

0.44am: Altered course N24E to intercept a trawler.

1.30am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Jonquil” [listed here] and allowed to proceed. Lat 61 05 N, Long 6 16 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.35am: Proceeded N48E 14 knots.

3.25am: Altered course N by E knots to intercept trawler.

3.40am: Stopped and hailed British Trawler GY550 [Corvus, listed with trawler above] and allowed to proceed Lat 61 19 N, Long 6 04 W.

3.47am: Proceeded N48E 14 knots.

6.30am: Observed the loom of Katelin [?] Light N58W.

7.0am: Altered course SE to intercept a trawler.

7.50am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler GY922 [Braeriach, listed with other trawlers above] and allowed to proceed. Lat 61 55 N, Long 5 50 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.25am: Proceeded N48E 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.30am: Altered course North.

10.25am: Altered course W by S towards trawler. 10.40am: Altered course North zig-zag 2 points type III.

Noon: Altered course N37W.

1.10pm: Altered course S49E. In station on A Patrol.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Starboard Gun’s Crews “Out Collision Mat”. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Altered course N49W. Ceased zig-zag 10 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 308 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 5 from noon onwards, weather fine or overcast, noon temperature 42F, sea temperature 46F]


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26 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 62.72, Long -6.17

6.0am: Altered course S48E.

7.30am: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.13am: Altered course S58E. Observed French AMC “Champagne” [listed here as “Oropesa”].

9.28am: Altered course S25E, zig-zag 1 point type IV.

10.10am: General Quarters (First).

1.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 71. Prepared for night defence.

5.0pm: Altered course N51W, 12 knots. 5.30pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

7.10pm: 11 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

9.50pm: Ceased zig-zag. 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 256 miles]


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27 January 1917

On A Patrol

Lat 63.00, Long -6.80

[Patrolling to and fro, zigzagging during daylight, main changes of course at 7am; 11.10am, 2.40pm and 6.30pm]

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrant No 75.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 262 miles]


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28 January 1917

At A Patrol

Lat 63.28, Long -6.35

10.0am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

0.20pm: Observed and challenged “Patia”.

0.40pm: Observed and challenged “Champagne”.

0.50pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Patia with mails, armed guard and Staff Surgeon.

1.25pm: Proceeded West 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III. Left A Patrol for D.

4.30pm: Altered course S24W 15 knots towards smoke.

5.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

5.50pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler “Aquarius” [listed here], Lat 63 30 N, Long 7 26 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.25pm: Proceeded S80E 14 knots.

7.40pm: Mygganaes [Myggenaes] Light abeam distant 16.25 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]


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29 January 1917

From A Patrol to D Patrol

Lat 59.40, Long -10.83

7.0am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.12am: Altered course WNW to intercept steamer.

9.17am: Altered course ESE and variously identifying Danish SS “Lilleborg” [listed here] previously boarded.

9.32am: Proceeded S39E, zig-zag 2 points type III to intercept schooner.

10.7am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “Hamlet” [listed with Lilleborg above], Lat 59 34 N, Long 10 25 W. Sent to Stornaway with armed guard Mr Baker RNR in charge. BO [Boarding Officer] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR,

10.45am: Altered course S69W 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

0.10pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Changuinola”.

3.30pm: Observed “Hilary”, altered course N30W.

4.5pm: Stopped. 4.8pm: Hilary’s boat alongside for mails and armed guard.

4.12pm: Proceeded 15 knots S11E, zig-zag 1 point type IV.

6.30pm: Ceased zig-zag.

7.50pm: Altered course S15W towards HM Trawlers Rushcoe [mentioned here] and Tenby Castle [listed here].

8.30pm: Stopped and despatched 3 Officers - Sub Lieutenant Wolfendon, Midshipmen Ramsay and Redfearn to trawlers for armed guard duties.

9.10pm: Proceeded N80W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 281 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Lat 58 43 N, Long 12 09 W, S46W, 59 miles]


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30 January 1917

At D Patrol

Lat 57.50, Long -11.48

10.0am: General Quarters (Second).

10.50am: Altered course WNW to intercept westbound steamer.

11.35am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Kongsfos and allowed to proceed. Lat 57 30 N, Long 11 29 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.14pm: Proceeded S11W 15 knots, zig-zag 1 point type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 283 miles]


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31 January 1917

At D Patrol

Lat 56.62, Long -13.73

2.20am: Observed for short time light NxW. 2.30am: Altered course N11W 15 knots.

2.55am: Light observed again WxS, altered course WSW.

4.0am: Light not again seen.

[Zig-zagging to and fro for rest of day]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 304 miles]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for February 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by C Wrightson, Commander in Command, not dated]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 February 1917

At D Patrol

Lat 57.67, Long -10.72

10.50am: Observed HM Trawler “Walpole”.

11.30: 12 knots, altered course WSW, “Walpole” in company.

0.10pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Walpole with Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR for boarding duties.

0.37pm: Proceeded NW various speeds. 0.45pm: Altered course N55W, 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 276 miles]

[Weather fine but showery, noon temperature 43F, sea temperature 49F]


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2 February 1917

At D Patrol

Lat 57.72, Long -13.57

[Zig-zagging to and from on patrol, main changes of course at 4.30am, 9.13am, noon, 1.0pm and 7.0pm]

11.30am: Observed Rockall S76W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 284 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Rockall S33W, 8 miles]


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3 February 1917

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 57.82, Long -11.42

9.0am: Altered course N40W to intercept steamer westbound.

9.55am: Altered course S80W and signalled Norwegian SS “Syna” flying clearance flag. Allowed to proceed.

10.0am: Resumed course N65W.

10.30pm: Altered course S47E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 269 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 56 09 N, Long 9 00 W, S38E, 128 miles]


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4 February 1917

From D Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.80, Long -4.97

2.0am: Zig-zag 1 point type IV.

2.55am: Inishtrahull Light S18W, altered course S6E.

4.30am: Inishtrahull Light N67W, Oversay Island Light N64E, altered course S47E.

5.59am: Passed Bull Point, Rathlin Island.

6.12am: Rue Point abeam distant 6 cables.

6.32am: Torr Point abeam altered course S22E.

7.40am: Altered course N79E, zig-zag 2 points type III utmost speed.

9.40am: Ailsa Craig Light House abeam distant 2 miles.

11.45am: Passed Little Cumbrae. Ceased zig-zag.

0.41pm: Slow passing through Boom Gate. 0.50pm: Embarked Pilot. Proceeded to Tail of Bank anchorage.

1.14pm: Let go Starboard anchor and veered 5 Shackles.

1.18pm: Vessel Brought up. Greenock Town Hall S4W, Greenock Steeple S45W.

5.0pm: Evening quarters. Draft Forward 18ft 2in, Aft 23ft 6in.

7.30pm: Commenced to heave in cable.

7.45pm: Anchor aweigh proceeded up river to Pilot’s directions.

9.0pm: Passed Bowling and secured tugs. One forward and one aft.

10.10pm: Passed Govan.

10.25pm: Entered Prince’s Dock. 11.0pm: Vessel secured at Berth No 28 (Coal Hoist). Rung off Engines. Sub Lieutenant Slaughter and Midshipman Redfearn with ratings rejoined ship from armed guard duties.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 338 miles]

[Weather fine and quiet after early snow, noon temperature 35F, sea temperature 43F]


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5 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

am: Draft Forward 18ft 6in, Aft 22ft 10in.

8.30am: Hands received monthly payment.

9.30am: Hands employed as requisite.

10.30am: Leave to starboard Watch till midnight 9th February.

3.15pm: Commenced coaling into No 3 Hold.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of Port Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling, 27 Men and 3 Foremen.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 543 tons]

[Misty from noon onwards, noon temperature 33F]


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6 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

3.15am: Ceased coaling.

10.0am: Resumed coaling, 27 Men, 2 Foremen.

Noon: Finished coaling No 3 Hold.

0.15pm: Hands to Stations for Shifting Ship. Pilot and two tugs in attendance. Shifted Ship to No 14 Berth.

1.50pm: Vessel secured in new Berth. Hands employed taking in stores.

3.0pm: 27 Men and 3 Foremen coaling into Cross Bunker.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part of Port Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night shift coaling 56 Men and 3 Foremen.


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7 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift coaling, 31 Men, 3 Foremen.

10.0am: Commander CAW Wrightson RN joined ship to relieve Captain EVFR Dugmore RN.

11.30am: Sandy Chief Writer discharged to Hospital.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of Port Watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night Shift Coaling 32 men and 3 Foremen.


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8 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day shift coaling, 39 Men and 3 Foremen.

8.0am: Hands employed painting etc.

2.20pm: Finished Coaling. Received 2152 tons.

2.30pm: Two tugs and Pilot in attendance, left No 14 Berth and shifted ship to No 28.

3.45pm: Vessel resecured in No 28.

5.30pm: Local leave to first part of port watch till 7.0am.


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9 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Hands employed taking in stores etc.

10.0am: Lost overboard by accident one Box Cordite 6 inch.

pm: Hands taking in stores, ammunition etc.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of watch till 7.0am.

Midnight: Starboard Watch returned from leave.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2612 tons]


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10 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed taking in stores, ammunition etc and Preparing ship for sea.

2.0pm: Local leave to port watch till midnight.

4.0pm: Starboard Watch as in forenoon.

6.0pm: Taylor LS [Leading Seaman] discharged to HMS “Pembroke”.


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11 February 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

1.0am: Eleven Ratings RNCVR [Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve] joined ship.

6.0am: 13 Men and 1 Foreman coaling.

9.45am: Landed Roman Catholics to Church.

10.0am: Divisions. 10.15am: Divine Service.

1.0pm: Special leave to part of Starboard Watch till 6.0pm.

9.0pm: Ten Ratings discharged to RN Barracks Chatham.


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12 February 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 55.97, Long -4.75 [rough estimate]

am: Draft Forward 25ft 3in, Aft 25ft 0in.

1.0am: Pilot and two tugs arrived. 1.10am: Tugs secured. 1.20am: Let go from wharf and proceeded out of docking [sic]. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.36am: Entered River. Speeds as necessary.

2.40am: Passed Rothesay Dock.

3.15am: Passed Bowling. Let go head tug.

3.37am: Dumbarton Rock.

4.15am: Passed Greenock. Manouevred for Berth.

4.40am: Let go Starboard anchor and veered 5 Shackles. 4.45am: Vessel brought up. Church Steeple S23W, Rosneath Buoy N65W. 4.50am: Discharged Pilot.

8.0am: Hands cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

10.0am: General quarters.

11.30am: Despatched Motor Boat to shore with mails etc.

0.50pm: Commenced to heave in anchor. 1.7pm: Anchor aweigh. Canted ship head West and waited for Motor Boat.

1.20pm: Motor Boat returned and hoisted. Proceeded 13 knots WNW.

1.50pm: Slow passing boom.

2.12pm: Skelmorlie Beacon abeam, altered course S26W.

2.47pm: Little Cumbrae abeam, zig-zag 2 points type III.

3.39pm: Holy Island Light House abeam distant 7 cables.

4.30pm: Passed HMS Hilary.

6.0pm: Maiden’s Light S69W, Corsewall Point Light S54 [rest of bearing off edge of page], altered course S85W.

7.30pm: Altered course N19W. Ceased zig-zag. 7.49pm: Torr Point abeam distant 2 miles, altered course N51W.

8.20pm: Rue Point abeam distant 11 cables, altered course N52E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.40pm: Inishtrahull Light abeam distant 9 miles.


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13 February 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 56.48, Long -11.20

3.0am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.0am: Altered course NWxN towards steamer.

9.20am: Resumed Course N14W.

9.40am: Altered course WxS towards steamer.

10.0am: General quarters.

11.0am: Disperse.

Noon: Signalled British SS “Elseston” Glasgow to Genoa. Allowed to proceed.

0.23pm: Altered course N34W to intercept another steamer.

1.24pm: Altered course N70W and signalled Norwegian SS “Beacon”, Lat 56 30 N, Long 11 44 W. Correct clearance Flag. Glasgow to Alexandria. Allowed to proceed. Observed another steamer WNW.

4.40pm: Signalled British SS “Chicago City” [listed here], Lat 56 29 N, Long 13 10 W. Flying Correct Clearance Flag, bound to New York, allowed to proceed.

8.30pm: Speed 12 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 303 miles]

[Weather fine and clear, noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 49F]


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14 February 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 59.47, Long -9.97

1.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

8.10am: Observed HMS Columbella altered course N79E towards her.

8.55am: Stopped. Closed Columbella’s boat and transferred ratings.

9.12am: Proceeded 13 knots N20E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

11.30am: Altered course S41W.

3.30pm: Altered course S81W, zig-zag 3 points type IV. In station on C Patrol.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrants Nos 82, 83 and 84. Exercised Fire Stations.

6.0pm: Altered course N82E.

10.40pm: 10.5 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 291 miles]


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15 February 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.13, Long -9.37

[Nothing much happening today, all log entries shown here as example]

3.0am: 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

4.0am: Altered course North. 4.5am: Altered course N11W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

5.4am: Altered course S57E.

6.40am: Altered course S80W, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

10.0am: Third Degree of vigilance.

Noon: Altered course S78W.

4.0pm: Altered course S6E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Exercised Collision Stations.

6.30pm: Altered course N7W. Second Degree of vigilance.

8.0pm: Altered course N83E, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.0pm: Third Degree of vigilance.

10.0pm: Altered course N80E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]


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16 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 58.97, Long -9.22

5.40am: 2nd degree of Vigilance.

10.0am: General Quarters (Immediate Action).

7.0pm: Reduced to 11 knots and commenced zz 2 points type III.

8.15pm: 3rd Degree of vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]


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17 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.30, Long -8.75

6.0am: Altered course S80W. 2nd Degree of vigilance.

7.10am: Altered course SW and variously to intercept steamer.

7.30am: Signalled British SS Teakwood and escort HM Trawlers “Northward” and “Lysander” [both listed here], Lat 59 31 N, Long 7 59 W.

7.50am: Proceeded S83W 15 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.10am: Altered course N82E and turned 16 points every 20 minutes waiting at rendezvous for Patia.

11.30am: Altered course North to intercept steamer.

11.52am: Stopped and boarded British SS Massasoit (Admiralty Oiler), Lat 59 48 N, Long 8 45 W. Allowed to Proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.45pm: Proceeded 13 knots S80W and N82E zig-zag 3 points type IV. Turning every 20 minutes.

5.34pm: Altered course North. Abandoned rendezvous.

7.30pm: Altered course S85W, 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 263 miles]

[Light winds, misty almost all day, noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 49F]


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18 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.40, Long -8.77

6.0am: Altered course S49W. Log fouled. Log 174.7. 6.10am: Log hauled in and cleared.

7.45am: Switched on Searchlights.

Noon: Altered course WNW. Abandoned Rendezvous with Patia.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]


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19 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.20, Long -10.60

0.30pm: Observed and challenged Patia.

0.46pm: Starboard Cutter dispatched to Patia.

1.10pm: In cutter, returned with Sub Lieutenant Wolfenden and 3 ratings from Armed Guard Duties and 3 absentees.

1.15pm: Proceeded N65W, Log streamed, zz 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 270 miles]


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20 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.18, Long -11.08

10.0am: Exercised General Quarters, ceased zig-zagging. 10.40am: Secured, resumed zig-zagging.

4.40pm: Thick fog, 10 knots, altered course N83W, stop zig-zag.

5.38pm: 13 knots, altered course S85E, zz 3 points Type IV.

8.0pm: 10 knots. Stopped ZZ.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 229 miles]


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21 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.17, Long -10.75

[Patrolling to and fro, main changes of course at 6am and 5pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 250 miles]


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22 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol [presumably - not stated in log]

Lat 59.27, Long -10.57

[Another day of zig-zagging to and fro and nothing much happening, though becoming squally in evening]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]


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23 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol [presumably - not stated in log]

Lat 59.47, Long -10.35

10.0am: Altered course N4E, zz 2 points Type III to intercept sailing vessel steering East.

11.0am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Barque Pharos, Lat 59 29 N, Long 10 19 W. Sent to Stornoway with Armed Guard Midshipman Homewood RNR in charge. [signed] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR BO.

0.5pm: Proceeded SSE 13 knots, zz 3 points Type IV.

1.45pm: Observed and Challenged “Moldavia”.

2.40pm: Stopped and transferred ratings to “Moldavia’s” Cutter.

2.52pm: Proceeded 13 knots West zz 2 points Type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 229 miles]


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24 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.35, Long -9.87

10.30am: Altered course S82E, zig-zag 3 points type IV. Exercised “Prepare to be taken in tow”.

0.7pm: Altered course N85W, zz 2 points type III.

1.30pm: Altered course S80W.

6.0pm: Altered course N85E. 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

8.30pm: 10 knots. Stopped zz.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]


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25 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.60, Long -9.08

Noon: Altered course NW to intercept Sailing vessel steering NE.

0.20pm: Altered course NNW and variously. 0.38pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “YRSA” [listed here], Lat 59 40 N, Long 9 13 W and sent to Stornoway with Armed Guard Mr Baker RNR in charge.

[BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR]

1.33pm: Proceeded S85W, 13 knots, zz 2 points Type III.

6.0pm: Gun’s Crews on 2nd degree of Vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind force 6 from noon onwards, with sea state rough to very rough from 8am, weather fine, noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 48F]


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26 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.53, Long -9.60

6.0am: Altered course S85W, 14 knots. 2nd degree of Vigilance.

7.30am: 3rd degree of Vigilance.

8.45am: Sighted SS steering WNW.

9.15am: Stopped. Starboard Cutter slipped boarded British Trawler “Phoebe” [mentioned in Chapter III here] Fleetwood to Iceland, Lat 59 39 N, Long 9 00 W

[BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR]

9.53am: Cutter hoisted, half ahead. 9.54am: 13 knots. Proceeded West, zz 2 points Type III.

6.0pm: Altered course N82E, zz 3 points Type IV. 2nd degree of Vigilance.

8.0pm: 3rd degree of Vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[North westerly wind force 6 until 10am, with very rough sea. Wind and sea moderating slightly later in day]


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27 February 1917

[shown as 1916, in error]

On C Patrol

Lat 59.32, Long -10.65

6.0am: 2nd Degree of vigilance.

7.30am: 3rd Degree of vigilance.

1.40pm: Observed and challenged “Changuinola”, altered course S55W.

1.50pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Changuinola with back signals.

2.20pm: Cutter returned with 6 ratings. Proceeded 13 knots S85E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.0pm: Altered course S75W. Ceased zig-zag.

11.0pm: Zig-zag 1 point type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 259 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally south westerly then north westerly wind force 6 or 7 from 10am onwards, sea state very rough, rain and/or mist for most of day, noon air and sea temperature 50F]


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28 February 1917

[shown as January, in error]

At C Patrol

Lat 59.03, Long -11.18

4.0am: Altered course SWxW to intercept steamer.

4.40am: Intercepted Norwegian SS “Activ” Steering North, Lat 58 40 N, Long 12 00 W, allowed to proceed. Flying Clearance Flag.

5.0am: Proceeded S11W 12 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

7.40am: Observed and challenged “Hildebrand”.

8.26am: Stopped and discharged 2 ratings to “Hildebrand”.

8.38am: Proceeded 13 knots N80E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

Noon: 3rd Degree of vigilance

1.5pm: Observed and challenged “Patia”.

6.0pm: Altered course N83E, zig-zag 3 points type IV. 2nd Degree of vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind in am, changing to south westerly in pm, force 5 or 6 until 10pm with rough sea all day and hail at times in am]



LOGS FOR MARCH 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for March 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as previous month)]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.63, Long -8.97

1.0am: 13 knots zig-zag 3 points Type IV. 2nd degree of vigilance.

3.30am: 11 knots zz 2 points Type III. 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

7.15am: 3rd degree of Vigilance.

9.57am: Altered course SSE to intercept steamer steering [blank].

11.2am: Stopped and boarded Admiralty oiler “San Edwardo” [San Eduardo, listed here], Lat 59 32 N, Long 8 57, and allowed her to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Proceeded NNE to intercept SS steering NW.

0.27pm: Stopped and Boarded Norwegian SS “Hop”, Lat N 59 41, Long 8 58 W, allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.10pm: Proceeded N75W, 14 knots, zz 2 points Type III.

3.15pm: Sighted and Challenged “CHAMPAGNE”.

3.30pm: N50W. Stopped and dispatched cutter to “Champagne”.

4.9pm: Cutter returned with Mails. Proceeded 13 knots zz 2 points Type [blank] S60W.

7.0pm: Altered course N85W. 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

10.30pm: Stopped zz, altered course S72E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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2 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.65, Long -10.30

6.0am: Altered course N80W. 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

9.0am: 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

9.56am: Stopped Target. Log hauled in.

10.5am: Commenced firing 1 inch aiming.

10.44am: Cease fire. Stopped and Picked up Target. 10.53am: Proceeded N56W, 13 knots, zz 2 points Type III. Streamed log.

6.10pm: Altered course S77E, zz 3 points Type IV. 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

7.30pm: 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

9.30pm: Lat 59 44 N, Long 10 45 W.

11.0pm: Sighted Admiralty Oiler No 125 “Mirita” [listed here] bound for Texas from Sunderland

11.36pm: 13 knots S77E zz 3 points Type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 213 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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3 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.65, Long -11.33

3.29am: Altered course WxS to inspect light.

3.52am: WxS Signalled SS “Cordova” [probably this ship] steering WxS.

4.53am: 13 knots S77E, zz 2 points Type III.

6.0am: Altered course N79W, zz 2 points Type III. 6.30am: 2nd Degree of Vigilance, 3 points Type IV.

7.30am: 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

10.7am: Altered course SWxS to intercept SS steering WNW, zz 2 points Type III.

10.40am: Challenged SS “Cordova”, allowed to proceed. Proceeded N79W.

5.20pm: Altered course S77E. 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

8.0pm: Altered course S75E. 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

Midnight: ZZ 2 points Type III, 13 knots, altered course S70E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 241 miles]

[Wind and sea increasing in late evening, south easterly force 8 with very rough sea at midnight]


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4 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.82, Long -11.00

5.30am: Lost Port after Life Raft and Gear overboard due to heavy rolling. Lat 59 58 N, Long 8 57 W.

9.45am: Divisions. Muster by Open List. Divine Service.

0.5pm: Observed SS steering East. 0.15pm: Altered course SE and variously.

0.30pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Voss”, [Lat] 59 49 N, [Long] 10 53 W, sent to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant Angus RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.38pm: Proceeded N86W 13 knots, zz 2 points type III.

2.50pm: Sighted Sailing Ship, altered course S23E. 3.0pm: Courses and speeds as necessary cruising in vicinity of Norwegian ship [name left blank] advancing ENE 2.5 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles]

[Squally south easterly or southerly wind from force 6 to 9 all day, sea very rough until 1pm, high to very high for rest of day, with rain at times and mist in pm. Noon temperature 44F, sea temperature 48F]


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5 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.67, Long -11.55

am: Courses and speeds as necessary, cruising in vicinity of Norwegian ship “Madjade” awaiting opportunity to board.

11.0am: Advancing NE 2.5 knots.

3.0pm: Cruising as in forenoon.

8.0pm: Following sailing vessel one mile astern of her. Courses and speeds as necessary.

10.0pm: Advancing approximately NExN 2.5 knots.

[Distance run through the Water: 126 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: N11E, 50 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 8 all day, with sea very high, mist on and off and snow from noon]


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6 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.72, Long -12.20

am: Courses and speeds as necessary keeping station astern of sailing vessel awaiting opportunity to board. Advancing approximately NE 2.5 knots.

4.0am: Weather moderating.

7.10am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian ship “Majade” [note difference in name from previous day, actually “Najade” - see below], Lat 61 31 N, Long 11 10 W, ordered to Kirkwall with armed guard Mr Barber RNR in charge. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.14am: Proceeded SSW 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Distance run through the Water: 93 miles]

[Wind still squally south easterly, force 8 in early am with sea state high, reduced to force 6 with very rough sea at 8am, force 7 with high sea throughout pm]


[Note: Najade is mentioned in an account here, under Wireless Messages”. There is also information about “Ebro” here, as follows: EBRO [01], armed merchant cruiser, 21 March 1917, north of British Isles - members of her armed guard were on Norwegian barque Naiade or Najade, when the barque was sunk by U.59 off Fair Isle. All four of the armed guard were lost (dk).

Entry on Casualty List for 21 March 1917 reads as follows:

Ebro, armed merchant cruiser, members of armed guard on Norwegian barque Naiade (Norwegian - Najade), sunk by U.59 off Fair Isle, guard lost. ALEXANDER, James R, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, Clyde Z 8148; BARBER, John, Ty/Midshipman, RNR; ROBINSON, Ronald J, Ordinary Seaman, J 55801 (Ch); SIMMONDS, John, Able Seaman (RFR B 3779), 183437 (Ch)]


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7 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.07, Long -14.62

8.50am: Sighted SS bearing S65W. 8.56am: Altered course S28W.

9.25am: Stopped and boarded British SS “Llandudno”, New York to Kirkwall (for orders). Lat 59 11 N, Long 14 02 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.30am: Proceeded N84W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Wind and sea slightly more moderate today though still rough]


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8 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.83, Long -17.15

11.53am: Observed and Challenged “Orvieto”, altered course East.

0.16pm: Slipped Starboard Cutter.

0.45pm: Cutter returned with Armed Guard Mr Homewood RNR in charge and mails. Proceeded S30W.

4.45pm: Evening Quarter[s]. 4.55pm: Half Speed during Night Defence Stations. 4.58pm: Full Speed. 5.3pm: Exercised Submarine Attack. 5.7pm: Proceeded N89E.

5.30pm: Position by Observation Lat 58 28 N, Long 18 05 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 261 miles]


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9 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 57.97, Long -21.20

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 2am, 10.40am, 0.20pm, 3pm and 9pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]


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10 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 57.85, Long -20.95

[Still zig-zagging to and fro]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 247 miles]


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11 March 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.02, Long -20.95

1.17am: Heavy Snow, 10 knots. Stopped zz. 1.30am: ZZ 3 points Type IV, 13 knots.

6.48am: 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

7.15am: 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

4.30pm: Observed and Challenged “Hilderbrand” [HMS Hildebrand]

5.0pm: Stopped. Cutter away to “Hilderbrand” for 1 Rating and Hilderbrand’s mail, helm and engines as requisite.

5.31pm: Proceeded N77E, [zig-zag] 2 points Type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 250 miles]


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12 March 1917

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 57.82, Long -20.97

10.0am: Heavy Snows [sic] Squall.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]


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13 March 1917

At Sea [though not stated in log]

Lat 56.22, Long -13.60

4.24am: Altered course Towards Vessel without Lights WxS0.5S.

6.0am: ZZ 1 point Type III WSW. Signalled SS “Strathfillan” [Strathfillan (2) listed here], Lat 54 30 N, Long 14 52 W. Steering WxS, Correct “Flag of Day”, allowed to Proceed. Reported Submarine sighted 2pm 12th, Lat 56 40 N, Long 11 0 W, steering NNW.

6.17am: Altered course S44E [zz] 1 point Type III.

9.48am: Log in. 10.0am: Log streamed. 10.40am: Abandon Ship stations.

1.56pm: Altered course N67E To intercept SS steering NW.

2.2pm: Altered course N30E. Examined British SS “SCINDIA” [Scindia (3) listed here], Liverpool to Bombay, allowed to Proceed, Lat 56 13 N, Long 11 30 W.

2.4pm: Proceed S60E, 2 points Type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 332 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: S67.5E, 249 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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14 March 1917

At Sea and at Glasgow [though not stated in log]

Lat 59.97, Long -4.78 [rough estimate]

0.50am: Inishtrahull bearing S7W.

2.0am: Altered course S8E, 2 points Type III.

2.47am: Observed and Challenged Gloucestershire.

3.0am: Inishowen Head abeam.

3.40am: Mull of Cantyre bearing S68E. 3.48am: Rue Point bearing S56E.

4.25am: Entered Rathlin sound. Stopped zig-zagging. 4.45am: Rue Point abeam.

5.15pm: Tor [Torr] Point abeam. Set course S20E, zz 2 points Type III.

9.23pm: Pladda Light Abeam. 9.45am: Holy Island Abeam.

10.40am: Cumbrae Abeam.

11.17am: Altered course N34E. Skelmorlie Buoy Abeam.

11.40am: Passed the Boom. 11.50am: Pilot boarded and Proceeded.

Noon: Helm and engines as requisite for passing up Clyde.

0.45pm: Passed Dumbarton.

1.12pm: Passed Bowling. Tugs fast fore and Aft.

1.31pm: Passed Dalmuir. 1.37pm: Rothesay Docks. 1.43pm: Renfrew.

2.18pm: Govan.

2.24pm: Arrived Prince’s Dock. 2.52pm: Berthed alongside No 12. 3.6pm: Ship all fast.

pm: 2 Ratings joined Ship from RN Barracks Chatham. Lieutenant Angus RNR with Armed Guard and Midshipman Baker RNR with Armed Guard rejoined ship. Leave to Port watch until noon 20th March.

6.0pm: Local leave to first part of Starboard Watch till 7am.

9.30pm: 1 Fireman discharged ashore.

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 400 tons]


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15 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

7.45am: Hands employed Painting Ship.

9.30am: Read Warrant 86.

1.15pm: Hands Employed painting Ship.

5.0pm: Local Leave second part Starboard Watch Till 7am.

[Weather fine, noon temperature 45F]


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16 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 27 men and 3 Foremen Started coaling starboard side pockets. 26 men and 2 Foremen Started ballast into Port Side pockets.

7.45am: Hands employed as requisite.

9.30am: 3 ratings joined ship from “Eagle”.

11.25am: Funeral Party Lieutenant McFarlane RNR and 30 men Landed.

1.35pm: Hands Loading Stores and Painting Ship.

5.0pm: Local Leave first part Starboard Watch Until 7am.

5.30pm: 1 cot case discharged to hospital.

6.0pm: Ceased work at Coal and ballast.

6.20pm: 1 Fireman placed under arrest.

8.10pm: Funeral Party Returned.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 1049 lbs]


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17 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Ballast Party Started work.

7.45am: Hands employed Painting and Refitting.

1.40pm: Hands employed taking in Stores.

3.0pm: Leave second Part Starboard Watch Until 7am.

4.0pm: All Ballast aboard. Men employed Trimming same.

5.15pm: Rating for “Hilderbrand” [Hildebrand] joined Ship.

7.0pm: 4 ratings rejoined Ship.


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18 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.30am: 7 Ratings joined ship from “Eagle”. 7 RCs [Roman Catholics] landed for Church, returned 11.15.

9.45am: Divisions.

10.30am: C of E [Church of England] party landed for Church, 12.50 Returned.

5.10pm: Ballast Party finished, 200 tons in.


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19 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

5.15am: 28 Men and 2 Foremen coaling Port Side pockets.

7.45am and 1.30pm: Hands Employed as Requisite.

3.0pm: Coaling Party increased 56 men, 3 Foremen.

5.0pm: Local Leave second Part of Starboard Watch Until 7am.

6.0pm: Night Shift 33 Men and 3 Foremen relieved Day Shift Coaling.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 9616 lbs]


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20 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day Shift 32 Men relieve Night Shift Coaling, 32 men and 2 Foremen.

7.45am and 1.15pm: Hands Employed as requisite.

3.0pm: Leave to Starboard Watch Until 7.0am.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 87.

6.0pm: Night Shift 28 men, 3 Foremen Coaling.

8.20pm: Tugs alongside and Pilot on board. 8.30pm: Stopped coaling. 8.50pm: Proceeded to No 28 Berth.

10.20pm: Ship alongside and fast at 28 Berth.

10.45pm: Commenced coaling 28 men and 3 Foremen.


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21 March 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Night Shift relieved by 31 men and 2 Foremen.

7.45am: Hands Employed as Requisite.

1.0pm: Coaling finished received 2280 Tons. Leave to Port Watch Until 5.0.

1.30pm: Hands employed in preparing Ship for Sea.

3.30pm: 3 Rating discharged ashore.

5.0pm: 8 ratings discharged ashore.

7.10pm: 10 RNCVR Ratings joined ship from Devon Port [Devonport].

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2557 tons]


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22 March 1917

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 55.97, Long -4.80 [rough estimate]

[It is apparent from the first entries today that there is quite a lot missing from the log for the evening before - when Ebro must have left Glasgow]

0.40am: Passed Princes Pier.

1.4am: Dropped Starboard anchor veering to 4 shackles [presumably somewhere near Tail of the Bank].

10.10am: Motor Boat left with mail. Exercised General Quarters.

11.50am: Motor Boat hoisted, Starboard anchor up, helm and engines as requisite.

0.20pm: Passed Boom 14 knots. Proceeded S34W.

0.40pm: Skelmorlie buoy abeam.

1.15pm: Cumbrae Light abeam, zz 2 points Type III, altered course S24W.

2.8pm: Pladda Island abeam.

4.45pm: Challenged by “Avenger”. Evening Quarters and Night Defence.

5.25pm: Altered course N24W, Log 74.8, [zz] 2 points Type III.

6.15pm: Challenged and Reply Patrol vessel.

6.30pm: Sighted Altacarry Light.

6.55pm: Tor [sic] point abeam. 7.2pm: Altered course NWxW. Log 99.1. Stopped zz.

11.27pm: Finad [Fanad] Point Abeam.


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23 March 1917

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 56.52, Long -10.58

1.0am: Altered course N70W. 1.32am: Tory Island Bearing S23E, Arran Island Bearing S20W.

3.40am: [Zig-zag] 1 point Type III.

6.0am: Altered course N22E, 3 points Type IV.

9.40am: Altered course N20E to intercept SS.

9.45am: Divisions. Exercised General Quarters.

10.50am: Intercepted Admiralty Oiler “Trincolo” [Trinculo (1) listed here], altered course N43E.

11.20am: N20W, intercepted SS “Modesta”.

11.32am: Altered course N70W, Log 342.3.

11.48am: Altered course NE, Log 345.7. Intercepted SS “Bengorehead” [Bengor Head]. 11.54am: Altered course N30E, Log 346.1.

0.5pm: 2 points Type III.

4.40pm: 3 points Type IV.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters and Night Defence.

9.0pm: 12 knots, 2 points Type IV.

[Distance run through the Water: 359 miles]

[Weather overcast, noon temperature 52F, sea temperature 50F]


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24 March 1917

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 60.13, Long -11.13

8.55am: Observed and Challenged “OTWAY”.

Noon: Altered course S50W.

1.30pm: Observed and Challenged “CHANGUINOLA”.

1.48pm: Starboard Cutter away.

2.17pm: Cutter hoisted with 2 Ratings from “Changuinola”. Proceeded WNW 13 knots, 3 points Type IV.

10.0pm: 11 knots. Stopped zz.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 278 miles]


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25 March 1917

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 61.37, Long -14.02

8.16am: 14 knots, Courses Various Intercepting Dutch SS “Arundo” steering W. Correct Flag Day.

9.5am: Altered course S50E towards [HMS] “AVENGER”.

10.10am: Starboard Cutter with Captain to "Avenger".

10.44am: In station 4 miles on “Avenger’s” Port beam. Courses WSW, Log 249.6.

11.44am: Cutter hoisted. 11.49am: Proceeded NNW 13 knots.

0.30pm: ZZ 2 points Type III.

2.30pm: Altered course NxW, Log 31.6 to Intercept Dutch SS “Turbinia” [listed here]. Observed and Challenged “HILDERBRAND” [HMS Hildebrand].

3.5pm: Altered course S65E to Intercept Dutch SS “NORDDYK” [presumably Noorderdijk], Log 36.3, 13 knots.

3.35pm: Stopped and boarded SS “Norddyk” and obtained Guarantee to call at Halifax, allowed to proceed. Lat 61 34 N, Long 15 06 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.46pm: Proceeded N60W, 13 knots, 2 points Type III. Night Defence.

6.50pm: Observed and Challenged “VIRGINIAN”.

10.23pm: 10 knots. Stopped ZZ.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 235 miles]

[North westerly then north easterly wind force 5 for most of day, with sea state rough, rain in early am, snow for short time in early pm]


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26 March 1917

From Glasgow to E Patrol

Lat 63.03, Long -19.23

1.0am: 12 knots, 2 points Type III.

7.0am: Sighted Hjorleifshofdi [Iceland] bearing N48E.

7.15am: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing vessel TG324.

7.55am: Proceeded 13 knots.

8.0am: Altered course North to intercept fishing vessel.

8.27am: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing vessel TG388, Lat 63 11 N, Long 19 03 N. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Proceeded S34W, 12 knots.

9.50am: Slipped Target and Port Cutter. General Quarters. Various Courses and Speeds whilst firing (6 inch and 6 pounder).

1138am: Cutter hoisted. 11.40am: Target hoisted. 11.45am: Proceeded N16W, 13 knots, 1 point Type III.

2.34pm: Ellidaey Island Abeam distant 1 mile, altered course N45W. Log 37.6.

3.12pm: Thridrangar abeam distant 2.6 miles. Log 45.7. Resumed Courses N45W.

4.30pm: Soundings every quarter hour. 1 point Type III.

6.50pm: Sighted Land, 10 knots. Stopped ZZ.

7.17pm: 12 knots, 3 points Type III. Weather cleared ceased soundings.

8.1pm: Reykjanes Light abeam distant 2.75 miles, altered course N30W, Log 107.3.

8.15pm: Observed and challenged “ANDES”, various speeds for picking up Andes cutter.

9.7pm: Andes’ boat took mails and 1 rating.

9.10pm: Proceeded N20W, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 225 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist and fog on and off, snow in evening, when wind starting to increase, noon temperature 36F, sea temperature 45F]


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27 March 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.03, Long -25.40

7.38am: Altered course NE Staallbierg [Staalbierg] Huk Light bearing N70E.

8.30am: Staallbierg Huk Light abeam distant 5.3 miles, altered course N. Log 52.2.

10.33am: Observed and Challenged “GLOUCESTERSHIRE”, altered course N70E, Log 81.5.

11.24am: Stopped and discharged 2 ratings, dispatches and mails to “Gloucestershire”.

11.37am: Proceeded N63E, 13 knots, 2 points Type III.

3.0pm: Altered course S77E. In Station on “E” Patrol.

5.0pm: Stopped ZZ, 10 knots.

9.15pm: Altered course N79W, 12 knots, 2 points Type III. Log 99.7.

10.30pm: 10 knots. Stopped zz.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[Snow squalls all day]


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28 March 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.70, Long -24.62

[On patrol, zig-zagging at times, main changes of course at 3am, 10am, 3pm and 11.45pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 229 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally north easterly wind force 6 for much of day, sea state rough to very rough until 10pm when high, snow in middle of day, noon temperature 16F, sea temperature 39F]


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29 March 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.92, Long -26.43

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol in difficult conditions]

6.0am: Port Sounding Boom broken by weight of snow and ice.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 140 miles]

[North easterly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, with very rough sea and heavy snow at times in am, weather fine in pm. Noon temperature 14F, sea temperature 37F]


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30 March 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.48, Long -23.87

9.55am: Observed “GLOUCESTERSHIRE” and closed on her.

Noon: Hands employed freeing guns from ice and snow.

2.50pm: Sighted Ice and Observed “Gloucestershire”.

6.0pm: Altered course S67W. Fired one blank charge from each gun.

8.10pm: Stopped and Starboard Cutter away, boarded Motor Fishing Vessel “SIEFARA”, Lat 66 27 N, Long 23 45 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.46pm: Proceeded 13 knots, N67W, 3 points Type IV.

[Distance run through the Water: 246 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather fine and quiet, noon temperature 17F, sea temperature 34F]


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31 March 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.83, Long -24.68

[Multiple changes of course from 8.23am to 11.55am]

11.55am: Altered course ESE. Log 296.6, following trend of ice pack.

1.10pm: Altered course WSW, Log 15.0, to return to patrol.

3.15pm: Observed “GLOUCESTERSHIRE”.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 280 miles]

[Fine during day, snow in the evening, noon temperature 24F, sea temperature 39F]


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR APRIL 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for April 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as before), dated 4th May 1917]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before, except: Thermometer for Sea Temperature: No Maker Name or Number]


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1 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.05, Long -25.62

9.45am: Divisions. 10.10am: Divine Service.

8.5pm: Observed and challenged HMS “Gloucestershire”. Courses various to close her.

8.28pm: Set Course NE. 8.35pm: Altered course North zz 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 275 miles]

[Mist and/or snow for most of day, noon temperature 23F, sea temperature 38F]


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2 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.92, Long -21.30

6.0am: Observed and challenged “Gloucestershire”.

6.20am: Altered course N88E 13 knots ZZ 25 degrees type IV 8 miles on port beam of Gloucestershire.

11.0am: Altered course S56E passed several floebergs.

4.0pm: Altered course S70W to close “Gloucestershire”.

4.15pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Gloucestershire with ice plan.

4.47pm: Proceeded N60W, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 289 miles]

[A quiet and clear day, noon temperature 34F, sea temperature 39F]


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3 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.62, Long -24.48

[Another day on patrol when not much happened, all log entries shown here as example]

2.0am: Altered course S72W.

4.0am: Altered course S85E.

5.45am: Signalled “Gloucestershire”. 6.0am: Altered course ENE. 6.17am: 13 knots.

6.45am: Altered course S79E, zig-zag 25 degrees type IV.

8.50am: Altered course N79W, zig-zag 2 points type III, 11 knots.

Noon: 13 knots, zz 3 points type IV. 0.30pm: Altered course S69W.

3.0pm: Altered course N71E.

4.30pm: 11 knots zz 2 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. 4.50pm: 12 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course S70W.

8.0pm: Altered course S75W, zig-zag 3 points type III.

Midnight: Altered course N75E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 283 miles]


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4 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.80, Long -25.83

5.30am: Observed and challenged Gloucestershire.

5.50am: Altered course SSE and variously in company with Gloucestershire.

6.40am: Proceeded WxN 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.15am: General quarters. Exercised break down steering gear.

11.0am: Disperse.

11.12am: Courses and speeds various for submarine target practice.

Noon: Proceeeded S18W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.20pm to 5.25pm: Courses and speeds various for submersible target practice.

5.25pm: Proceeded S47W 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 261 miles]


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5 April 1917

At E Patrol [though not stated in log]

Lat 65.55, Long -25.83

8.35am: Altered course N85E towards Gloucestershire.

9.20am: Variously to pick up Gloucestershire’s boat.

9.38am: Stopped. 9.40am: Proceeded North 13 knots, zz 2 points type IV.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrants Nos 89 and 90.

4.50pm: Exercised Submarine target practice.

5.30pm: Proceeded 13 knots, S47W, zz 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 265 miles]


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6 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.30, Long -25.83

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

3.26am: Altered course N70W towards loose ice distant 10 miles.

3.54pm: Altered course N40W and passed large patch loose ice. 4.0pm: Altered course S34W, zz 2 points type III.

8.0pm: Altered course S11W towards Gloucestershire.

8.45pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Gloucestershire with mails.

9.20pm: Cutter returned. Proceeded on patrol North 13 knots, zz 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 257 miles]


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7 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.50, Long -24.62

6.35am: Altered course S47W observed and challenged “Gloucestershire”.

7.35am: Altered course South, observed and challenged “Avenger”.

8.15am: Altered course NE and variously.

8.25am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Avenger.

9.0am: Cutter returned with mails, back signals and ratings. Proceeded 13 knots. Courses various while signalling.

9.22am: Set course for patrol N56E, zz 2 points type III.

11.12am: Altered course East to close sailing vessel. 11.38am: Stopped and boarded [blank].

0.14pm: Proceeded N55E 13 knots, zz 3 points type IV.

1.20pm: Slow while securing ammunition etc. Wind and Sea rising rapidly.

1.36pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

5.0pm: Wireless Aerial Carried away.

8.0pm: Soundings 38 fathoms, sh and st [shell and stones], visibility 0.25 miles.

10.0pm: Wireless aerial temporarily repaired.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Staalbierg Huk, N85E, 7.25 miles]

[Weather quiet and misty in am, north easterly wind force 7 to 10 from 2pm, with thick mist and snow and sea state very high to phenomenal. Barometric pressure recorded every 2 hours all day - falling until 2pm then starting to rise. Noon air and sea temperature 41F. Air temperature at midnight 20F]


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8 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.50, Long -25.03

11.0am: Read Articles of War.

5.25am: Altered course S65W, 10 knots. Rigging new wireless aerial.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 138 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Staalbierg Huk East about 1 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 8 to 6 in am, force 6 to 5 in pm, sea gradually reducing from very high to rough during day. Snow all day, noon temperature 16F, sea temperature 35F]


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9 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.98, Long -24.85

9.10am: Observed “Avenger”, altered course N20W towards her.

9.37am: Altered course N75E. Avenger in company signalling.

10.18am: Altered course E by S to resume patrol.

4.30pm: Passed four detached lumps of ice.

6.0pm: Altered course West. Sounding every 10 minutes.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 256 miles]

[Thick mist and snow all day, wind down to force 4 from 7am onwards, noon temperature 14F, sea temperature 35F]


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10 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.52, Long -25.05

8.0am: Visibility 200 yards.

9.24am: 10 knots. Ceased ZZ. Sounding every quarter hour.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles]

[Thick mist and snow for most of day, north easterly wind force 7 or 8 from 7am to 8pm with high to very high sea for most of this period. Wind and sea starting to decrease in late evening. Barometric pressure relatively high and rising]


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11 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.73, Long -25.07

0.45am: Staalbierg Huk Light abeam.

5.15am: Observed several lumps ice.

7.30am: Altered course N86W, zz 2 points type IV, Ritur Huk S85E, Myrakollr S21E, Straumnaes (Patrix Fiord) S36W.

8.50am: Altered course N45W towards “Avenger”. 8.53am: Altered course N20E. Avenger in company.

9.23am: 15 knots. Avenger proceeded to patrol, zig-zagging 2 points type III.

11.50am: Altered course N60E observed ice pack ahead. 11.58am: Altered course East. Ceased zig zag.

0.30pm: Course various following the trend of ice pack.

3.3pm: Left the ice. Set course South.

4.0pm: Altered course S70W. Current WxN (True) 1 knot from 8.0am.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrants Nos 94, 95, 96. Prepared for night defence.

6.0pm: Observed Avenger. 6.7pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Avenger with ice plan and mails.

6.38pm: Proceeded S58W 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather fine and quiet in am, mist and snow again at times in pm]


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12 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.20, Long -24.43

2.45am: Staalbierg Huk Light observed bearing ESE.

11.0am: Observed Avenger.

2.45pm: Observed Avenger.

4.6pm: Variously to close Avenger’s cutter. 4.10pm: Stopped. Received ice plan etc.

4.20pm: Proceeded East, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.40pm: Thick snow. 10 knots Ceased Zig zag.

7.0pm: 13 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 284 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather quiet in am with mist at times, more mist and snow for most of pm, noon temperature 37F, sea temperature 39F]


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13 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.67, Long -25.17

8.40am: 10 knots. Ceased zig zag during thick snow squall. 9.0am: Sounding every half hour. 9.20am: 13 knots zz 3 points type IV.

7.55pm: Observed Stighalid bearing S [blank space] E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 267 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[More mist and snow today, north easterly wind force 6 or 7 from 6am onwards, sea rough or very rough all day]


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14 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.55, Long -21.75

5.50am: Altered course WSW and variously to close Sealer. 6.0 Stopped and boarded Norwegian Sealing Vessel “SKUMAR”, Lat 66 13 N, Long 24 03 W. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer [blank].

7.0am: Proceeded N62E, 15 knots, zz 2 points type III.

7.20am: 14 knots. Avenger in company.

8.0am: Altered course N85E. Ceased zz. Passing large quantities loose ice.

9.8am: Altered course S15W to examine steamer.

9.25am: Identified SS Godafoss ashore off Straumnaes.

2.0pm: Kogur Huk abeam, altered course N85W.

2.40pm: Straumnaes abeam, altered course S75W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 226 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: North Cape S75W, 17 miles]

[Relatively fine and quiet during middle of day]


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15 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.63, Long -25.25

[Patrolling to and fro on patrol, zig-zagging in pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 250 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Squally south easterly wind force 6 to 8 in am with very rough sea and snow at times. Wind and sea reducing in pm, with fine weather, noon temperature 26F, sea temperature 36F]


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16 April 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 65.45, Long -25.55

9.5am: Altered course S65W towards HMS “Almanzora”.

10.4am: Stopped. Closed Almanzora’s boat, received orders and back signals.

10.15am: Proceeded 15 knots NW.

10.30am: Altered course North towards “Avenger”.

11.5am: Stopped and despatched cutter to Avenger.

11.36am: Proceeded 13 knots S30W.

10.12pm: Altered course S40E 15 knots after light reported from fore top.

11.17pm: Resumed course South 13 knots ZZ 2 points type III. Nothing further seen of light.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 270 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 63 25 N, Long 25 07 W, S5E, 122 miles]

[Mist and snow for much of day, winds relatively light except for period during afternoon]


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17 April 1917

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 61.13, Long -21.67

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters.

5.0pm: Altered course S25E to intercept a steamer.

5.20pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS Noordam [Noordam (1) listed here], Lat 60 20 N, Long 20 15 W. Allowed to proceed. BO [blank].

6.8pm: Proceeded S12E 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

11.0pm: Ceased zig-zag. 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 298 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 57 40 N, Long 15 50 W, S41E, 275 miles]

[Light winds, mist and drizzle. Noon air and sea temperature 45F]


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18 April 1917

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 58.53, Long -16.07

5.6am: Observed “Changuinola”, altered course S45W 13 knots towards her.

5.31am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Changuinola”.

6.6am: Cutter returned with mails etc. Proceeded S5W, 10 knots.

10.0am: Stations to prepare to tow aft. 10.30am: Disperse.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 56 54 N, Long 15 00 W, S20E, 104 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Misty all day]


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19 April 1917

From E Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 56.62, Long -10.63

5.45am: Passed British SS Jason.

6.5am: Passed British SS Kerry Range [listed here], Lat 56 35 N, Long 12 10 W.

0.20pm: Passed British SS Riser [?], Lat 56 37 N, Long 10 19 W.

4.55pm: Passed British SS “Knituck” [probably Kintuck].

6.0pm: Passed British SS “Eustace”.

7.30pm: Passed an empty open boat, Lat 55 49 N, Long 7 42 W.

8.30pm: Altered course S5E. Observed Innishtrahull [Inishtrahull] Light bearing S14W.

Midnight: Vessels position frequently fixed.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 286 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 55 55 N, Long 8 00 W, S64.5E, 97 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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20 April 1917

From E Patrol to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

0.16am: Benmore Head abeam, altered course S45E.

0.38am: Torr Point abeam, altered course S20E.

2.8am: Maidens Light S51W, distant 3.75 miles, altered course East, ZZ 3 points type III.

4.0am: Zig-zag 3 points type IV. 4.10am: Ailsa Craig Light abeam, altered course N20E.

5.10am: Pladda Light abeam distant 2.75 miles.

6.30am: Ceased zig-zag. 6.36am: Little Cumbrae abeam, altered course N25E.

7.12am: Skelmorlie Beacon abeam, altered course N34E.

7.32am: Passed Boom Defence. Half speed.

7.37am: Full speed E0.5N. 7.47am: Stopped and embarked Pilot off Whitefarland Point.

7.55am: Proceeded SE and variously as necessary proceeding up Clyde.

8.0am: Secured tug aft. Clock advanced one hour to BST.

10.0am: Passed Dumbuck Light.

11.0am: Passed Scotstoun.

11.28am: Entered Princes Dock and proceeded to Berth No 29.

0.15pm: Vessel secured in No 29 Berth.

[Draft: Forward 19ft 4in, Aft 23ft 3in]

1.30pm: Lieutenant Thompson discharged to [HMS] “Maidstone” for Submarine Service.

2.0pm: Hands fell in for payment. Leave to Starboard Watch till noon Thursday 26th April.

2.50pm: W Adams Trimmer discharged to Prison. Port Watch employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part of port watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Commenced coaling. 2 Foremen and 31 Men.

6.50pm: Bathmaker AB discharged to Hospital.

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 420 tons]


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21 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Finished coaling in No 3 Hold.

9.10am: Hanes AB, Jones AB, Connell OS left ship for Hospital.

10.10am: Shifted Ship to No 21.

11.30am: Vessel secured in new Berth.

pm: Hands employed cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of port watch.


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22 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.30am: Landed Roman Catholic Church Party. 9.45am: Divisions.

11.0am: Divine Service.

1.0pm: Local leave to first part of port watch till 7.0am.

5.0pm: Evening quarters.

Midnight; Commenced coaling into Side bunkers. 52 Men and 3 Foremen.

[Weather fine and calm, noon temperature 50F]


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23 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day Shift Coaling. 58 Men and 3 Foremen.

am: Hands employed painting hull, taking in stores and as requisite.

pm: Hands employed as in forenoon.

5.0pm: Local leave to second part of watch till 7.0am.

6.0pm: Night Shift coaling. 32 Men and 2 Foremen.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 4068 lbs]


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24 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day Shift Coaling. 32 Men and 2 Foremen.

am: Hands employed painting and as requisite with stores etc.

0.30pm: Finished Coaling. Hands to Stations for shifting ship. Tugs Flying Condor and Neptune secured.

0.45pm: Left Berth. Pilot in attendance.

2.15pm: Ship secured in No 30 Berth Prince’s Dock. Discharged tugs and Pilot.

5.0pm: Local leave to first part of watch till 7.0am.


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25 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and taking in stores.

11.0am: Vessel shifted ahead and astern as necessary while lifting guns and mountings.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 95.

6.0pm: Local leave to second part of watch till 7.0am.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 2324 lbs, Vegetables 10080 lbs]


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26 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed painting and taking in stores.

10.0am: 12 Men Coaling.

Noon: Starboard Watch returned from leave.

2.0pm: Finished coaling.

4.30pm: Local leave to port watch until 7.0am.

6.0pm: Local leave to first part of starboard watch till midnight.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2530 tons]


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27 April 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

[pm: Draft on Departure: Forward 25ft 10in, Aft 25ft 2in]

1.15pm: General quarters. Supplied ammunition etc.

3.0pm: Hands to Stations for leaving harbour. Pilot in attendance. 3.10pm: Tugs Flying Swallow (Forward) and Flying Phantom (aft).

3.39pm: Cast off from wharf and canted ship for River.

4.0pm: Cleared Prince’s Dock and entered River.

4.52pm: Passed Blytheswood Light.

5.37pm: Dunbuck [Dumbuck] Light. 5.57pm: Garvel Point.

6.25pm: Discharged Pilot off Prince’s Pier. Clocks retarded 1 hour to GMT [reflected in following times].

5.26pm: Proceeded 15 knots. 5.37pm: Half speed while receiving signal from French [?] Matilda SS, Course WxN.

5.48pm: Slow rounding boom buoy astern of “Gloucestershire”. 5.56pm: Passed boom. Proceeded 15 knots S31W.

6.16pm: Skelmorlie Beacon abeam, altered course S28W.

6.50pm: Little Cumbrae Light abeam, altered course S26W. Passed HMS “Gloucestershire”. 7.0pm: Zig-zag 1 point type IV.

7.42pm: Holy Island abeam distant 1.25 miles.

8.48pm: Ailsa Craig Light abeam distant 2.25 miles.

10.0pm: Altered course West. Corsewell [Corsewall] Point Light bearing S46E.

10.59pm: Maiden’s Light bearing S20W, distant 5 miles, altered course N25W.


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28 April 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 56.42, Long -9.38

0.25am: Torr Point abeam distant 1 mile, altered course N45W.

0.56am: Rue Point abeam distant 1 mile, altered course N48W.

1.40am: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

2.0am: Altered course N5W. Ceased zig-zag.

3.10am: Oversay Island Light abeam distant 2 miles, Log 130.2.

3.30am: Zig-zag 2 points type IV.

11.0am: General quarters.

2.55pm: Altered course N78W zig-zag 2 points type III to intercept steamer.

3.41pm: Courses various. Closely examined British SS Redruth and allowed to proceed.

3.50pm: Proceeded N35W, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised fire stations. Prepared for night defence.

10.0pm: 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 251 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 57 00 N, Long 10 00 W, N30W, 41 miles]

[North westerly wind force 5 to 7 in pm, with sea state rough to very rough. Misty through middle of day, noon temperature 50F (sea temperature not recorded)]


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29 April 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 58.95, Long -12.50

6.0am: Altered course SE to close HMS “Gloucestershire”.

6.19am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Gloucestershire” with 1 rating for “Kildonan Castle”.

6.40am: Proceeded N23E, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.0am: Altered course N56E to intercept steamer.

11.30am: Stopped and boarded British SS “Gwladys”, Lat 58 57 N, Long 12 30 W. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officers [blank].

0.20pm: Proceeded N72W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

3.40pm: Altered course S11W towards HMS “Columbella”.

4.20pm: Stopped. Closed “Columbella’s” cutter and received back signals and transferred ratings.

4.50pm: Proceeded N50E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

8.0pm: Altered course S84E. In station on C Patrol.

9.0pm: Altered course S28E to intercept a sailing vessel.

10.25pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Barque “Irene”, Lat 59 00 N, Long 11 36 W. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer [blank].

11.30pm: Proceeded N50E, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 247 miles]

[Weather mostly fine and quiet]


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30 April 1917

From Glasgow, at C Patrol

Lat 59.78, Long -10.97

1.30am: Altered course S87E.

6.40am: Altered course N67W, Zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

2.40pm: Altered course S34W, zig-zag 2 points to intercept a steamer.

3.4pm: S70W, examined British SS “Hambleton Range” [listed here], Lat 59 20 N, Long 11 06 W.

3.10pm: Proceeded S22W, 13 knots, Zig-zag 3 points type IV.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Read Warrant No 96. Prepared for night defence.

5.26pm: Dropped submersible target and circled round for 1 inch aiming. 5.45 Proceeded.

10.0pm: Altered course S87E.

11.0pm: 11 knots zig-zag 1 point type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 255 miles]



LOGS FOR MAY 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for May 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 3rd June 1917]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before, except Thermometer for Sea Temperature now F Darton and Company]


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1 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.77, Long -9.33

0.30am: 11 knots ZZ 1 point type III.

1.40am: Altered course N60E In direction of light and smoke and steamer. 13 knots, ZZ 2 points type IV.

2.40am: Resumed course S87E. Light not again seen.

4.53am: Altered course S7W to intercept a steamer.

6.48am: Stopped and boarded British SS “San Jeronimo”, Lat 59 21 N, Long 10 04 W. Vessel allowed to proceed. Boarding Officers [sic] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.25am: Proceeded N80E, Zig-zag 3 points type IV, 13 knots.

5.50pm: Altered course S23W, Zig-zag 2 points type III. Observed and challenged HMS “Victorian” to the Northward.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]

[South westerly wind very variable in force - from 2 to 5 during day. Mist, rain or showers on and off all day, noon air and sea temperature 49F]


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2 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.77, Long -9.33

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 3am and 3.20pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 253 miles]

[Another misty day, south westerly wind mostly force 4 in am, force 5 in pm]


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3 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.60, Long -10.45

[Still zig-zagging to and fro, on another misty day]

5.55pm: Fired one 6 Pound shell at suspicious object.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 248 miles]


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4 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.55, Long -10.00

10.13am: Stopped starboard engine to test speed with one engine (9.6 knots).

10.40am: Full speed.

1.35pm: Thick fog, 13 knots. 2.7pm: 15 knots.

5.30pm: Altered course SSW towards steamer.

6.0pm: Courses various round HMT [Trawler] “Macleay” [listed here] signalling. Observed and challenged “Patuca”.

6.40pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Patuca.

7.0pm: Cutter returned. Falls jammed and parted. Circled round cutter at full speed while preparing to hoist on Starboard forward Life Boat Falls.

8.20pm: Cutter hoisted. Proceeded 15 knots N75W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]


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5 May 1917

On C Patrol

Lat 59.58, Long -10.78

9.15am: Stopped, lowered cutter and hoisted on own davits.

9.30am: Proceeded, Zig-zag 3 points type III.

1.10pm: Altered course N34W to intercept a schooner.

2.30pm: Altered course S60W and variously. Examined Danish Schooner “Fulton”, Clearance Flag, Lat 59 54 N, Long 11 24 W. Allowed to proceed.

2.5pm [one of these times must be incorrect]: Proceeded East, Zig-zag 2 points type III.

3.0pm: Observed and challenged “Victorian”.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]


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6 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.53, Long -11.05

11.7am: Altered course N30W to intercept Trawler.

11.49am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler GY1000 [listed here], Lat 60 33 N, Long 11 03 W. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officers [sic] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.11pm: Proceeded N23E, 13 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]

[Mostly fine, very clear, quiet weather, noon temperature 46F, sea temperature 48F]


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7 May 1917

On C Patrol

Lat 60.52, Long -10.90

5.0am: Wind freshening from ENE with mist and sleet.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 253 miles]


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8 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.37, Long -11.18

[Still zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at midnight (top of page) and 0.20pm]

10.0pm: Steering by engines while repairing defect to steering engine. Ceased zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]


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9 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.78, Long -12.20

Midnight: Altered course N23E, zig-zag 3 points type IV. Resumed steering by bridge steering gear.

9.0pm: Steering aft by means of tackles while effecting repairs to steering engine.

11.20pm: Altered course NWxN, zig-zag 2 points type III towards smoke.

Noon: Observed and challenged “Victorian”. Altered course S34E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

1.30pm: Altered course N86W.

7.0pm: Altered course S35E.

7.30pm: Repairs to steering engine completed. Resumed steering from bridge.

9.50pm: Position by Observation Lat 59 54 N, Long 13 44 W.

10.30pm: Reduced speed to 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 270 miles]


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10 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.80, Long -13.22

7.30pm: Altered course S70E towards “Almanzora”.

8.0pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Almanzora”.

8.20pm: Cutter returned with mail. 8.23pm: Proceeded S35E, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 265 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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11 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.88, Long -13.00

2.30pm: Observed and challenged French AMC “Champagne”. 2.40pm: Stopped and despatched to Champagne with back signals etc.

3.6pm: Proceeded N42W, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: 244 miles]

[Squally easterly or south easterly wind force 5 for most of day, with rough sea]


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12 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.83, Long -13.30

[Nothing much happening today, all log entries shown as example]

3.10am: 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.0am: 13 knots.

6.0am: Altered course N37W, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

7.30am: Altered course N40W.

1.0pm: 12 knots.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.30pm: Altered course S34E, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: 249 miles]

[Wind and sea reducing in early and then mist and/or rain]


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13 May 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 59.97, Long -12.80

8.0am: Observed and challenged HMS “Otway”.

9.45am: Mustered by Open List. 10.30am: Divine Service.

11.20am: Altered course N13E, zig-zag 3 points type III. Left C Patrol for B Patrol.

2.0pm: Observed HMS “Kildonan Castle”.

2.30pm: Stopped and despatched to “K Castle” [not clear what despatched].

2.54pm: Cutter returned with one rating. 2.58pm: Proceeded N13E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 260 miles]


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14 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.80, Long -12.13

3.48am: Altered course North to intercept sailing vessel.

5.20am: Altered course North to intercept a steamer, zz 2 points type IV, 15 knots.

5.40am: Altered course NNE and variously, passed Dutch SS “Jan Van Nassau” [listed here] flying clearance flag. Allowed to proceed.

5.50am: Altered course N70W towards sailing vessel.

6.0am: Observed smoke to northward. Altered course North to intercept.

6.30am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler GY1008 [Fawn] with 8 trawlers in Convoy. Allowed to proceed. Lat 62 18 N, Long 11 36 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.20am: Proceeded South 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

1.0pm: Altered course NW to intercept Sailing Vessel.

2.3pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Auxiliary SV “IVIGTUT”, Lat 61 53 N, Long 13 03 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Vessel allowed to proceed.

2.50pm: Proceeded N75W, 15 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence. Read Warrant No 97.

5.0pm: Altered course West to intercept Sailing Vessel, bound west.

5.45pm: Passed Danish Barque “Kylemore” flying clearance flag, allowed to proceed. Resumed Course N75W.

[Course and Distance made good: 256 miles]


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15 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.50, Long -14.03

3.5am: Observed and challenged HMS “Moldavia”.

4.2am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Moldavia”.

4.24am: Cutter returned with one rating. 4.29am: Proceeded S66E, zig-zag 2 points type III 12 knots.

10.7am: Stopped and dropped target for rifle practice.

11.6am: Recovered target and proceeded N85W, 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

1.37pm: Altered course S11W and variously towards sailing vessel.

2.24pm: Closed Auxiliary SV Ivigtut previously boarded.

2.30pm: Resumed course N63W, Zig-zag 2 points type III.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Collision and Abandon Ship Stations. Prepared for night defence.

6.40pm: Course various. Swinging Ship for table of Deviations.

7.20pm: Resumed course and zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 278 miles]

[Weather fine, noon air and sea temperature 49F]


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16 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.70, Long -14.42

2.0am: Altered course SE and variously to intercept a steamer.

2.40am: Stopped and boarded Russian SS “Tanbon”and allowed to proceed.

3.15am: Proceeded N40E 13 knots to intercept another steamer.

3.30am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Grena”, Lat 61 41 N, Long 13 53 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR. Allowed to proceed.

4.24am: Proceeded N87E, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

8.20am: Observed and challenged “Orvieto”.

9.40am: Took station one mile East of Orvieto. 9.55am: Stopped. Closed Orvieto’s cutter.

10.0am: Rear Admiral Morgan Singer CB arrived on board. Proceeded to carry out 6 inch firing.

10.55am: Ceased firing.

11.17am: Recovered target and proceeded SWxW to close “Orvieto”.

11.36am: Stopped. 11.38am: Rear Admiral left. Proceeded S83W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

1.10pm: Altered course S5W towards Sailing Vessel.

3.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Barque “Queen of Scots”, Lat 61 25 N, Long 14 00 W and sent to Stornaway with armed guard Sub Lieutenant Redfearn in charge. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

4.10pm: Proceeded N70W, 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 225 miles]


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17 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.85, Long -13.63

[Patrolling to and fro, main course changes at 6am, 10.30am, 1.10pm and 6pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 252 miles]

[Light winds, misty all day]


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18 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.88, Long -13.23

Midnight: 15 knots to intercept a steamer.

0.50am: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Noordhvallen”, Baltimore to Aarhus, Lat 61 53 N, Long 13 18 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.30am: Dense fog. Whistle and siren used as necessary.

2.12am: Cutter returned “Noordhvallen” allowed to proceed. 2.18am: Proceeded N88E, 8 knots.

6.0am: Weather cleared. 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

10.0am: General Quarters. Stopped and dropped target for aiming exercise. 10.3am: 13 knots round target.

10.45am: Recovered target and proceeded S85W, 13 knots, ZZ 2 points type III.

11.40am: Altered course SSW to intercept a steamer.

0.15pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Bergensfiord” [Bergensfjord], Lat 61 49 N, Long 13 12 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.35pm: Cutter returned “Bergensfiord” allowed to proceed.

0.42pm: Proceeded N79W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.0pm: Altered course SSW to intercept steamer.

6.34pm: Stopped and boarded Danish SS “Alfred Hage” [see log of HMS Glasgow for 16 September 1915], Lat 61 16 N, Long 15 12 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.10pm: Proceeded N80E, 12 knots, ZZ 3 points type III.

11.8pm: Altered course N60E and variously towards sailing vessel.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 226 miles]

[Misty all day, fog from 2am to 4pm]


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19 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.78, Long -13.85

0.7am: Stopped and boarded Danish Barque “Holthe” [possibly the ship pictured here], Lat 61 42 N, Long 14 00 W, allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

0.58am: Proceeded 12 knots N88E, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.30am: Zig-zag 2 points type III to intercept steamer.

9.55am: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Yildam” [probably Yildum], Lat 61 54 N, Long 13 25 W, allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.35am: Proceeded S84W, 12 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

4.20pm: Altered course North and variously to intercept trawler.

4.30pm: Stopped and boarded British Trawler A526 [Mannofield, listed here], Lat 61 23 N, Long 15 10 W and allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

5.10pm: Proceeded NW to intercept steamer.

5.28pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “NewYork” [Newyork], Lat 61 24 N, Long 15 15 W, allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

6.10pm: Proceeded N88E, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 244 miles]

[South easterly wind force 4 or 5 and misty all day]


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20 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.90, Long -13.72

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 6am and 6pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 224 miles]

[Another misty day, south easterly wind force 5 or 6 until 10am, with sea state rough, wind and sea then decreasing]


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21 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.93, Long -13.20

1.20am: Reduced speed to 10 knots. Ceased zig zag. Dense fog.

7.0am: Visibility under half mile.

8.0am: Observed steamer to southward steering E close to. Altered course towards her 13 knots.

8.17am: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Medan” [listed here]. Green Clearance from Falmouth for Rotterdam. Allowed to proceed. Lat 62 08 N, Long 12 22 W. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.12am: Proceeded S84W, 10 knots.

11.30pm: Dense fog.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Mist or fog all day, noon temperature 48F, sea temperature 49F]


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22 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 62.00, Long -12.33

7.23am: Altered course N20E and variously to intercept steamer.

7.51am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS “Alfred Noble” [probably Alfred Nobel]. Green clearance from Halifax. Allowed to proceed. Lat 62 16 N, Long 12 12 W. [bracketed for this and the next entry] [Boarding Officers [sic] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR]

8.35am: Proceeded West, 13 knots, ZZ 2 points type III towards Ketch.

9.0am: Stopped and boarded Danish Ketch “Frida” [possibly the ship listed here], obtained guarantee and allowed to proceed. Lat 62 13 N, Long 12 20 W.

9.30am: Boarded Dutch SS “Oostdijk” [possibly the ship listed here as “Blairlogie” ], Green clearance from Halifax. Allowed to proceed. Lat 62 11 N, Long 12 16 W. WB Angus Lieutenant RNR.

10.30am: Proceeded 15 knots S35W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

11.2am: Stopped and slipped target for 6 pounder practice. General Quarters.

11.40am: Recovered target and proceeded S35W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 232 miles]

[More mist and fog today, with rain or drizzle at times]


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23 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 61.92, Long -11.97

4.13am: Altered course North towards smoke.

4.35am: Resumed course N88E.

5.3am: Altered course N45E to intercept steamers.

7.0am: Observed HMS “Patia”.

7.20am: Stopped and boarded Russian SS “Dront”, New York to Archangel, Norwegian SS “Sif”, Lat 62 26 N, Long 11 24 W. Both vessels allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.10am: Proceeded S45W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.15am: Exercised “Prepare to be taken in tow”.

1.0pm: Altered course S13W to intercept steamer.

1.33pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS “Gooiland” [or Goviland - in another log], Green clearance from Halifax. Allowed to proceed. Lat 61 42 N, Long 12 20 W. Boarding officers [sic] SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.40pm: Proceeded S88W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

3.30pm: Dense fog. Ceased zig-zag, speed 10 knots.

6.40pm: 12 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.30pm: Ceased zig-zag, 10 knots.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 276 miles]

[Mist and fog all day again]


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24 May 1917

At B Patrol

Lat 62.17, Long -13.50

7.40am: Altered course N40W to intercept trawler, zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.25am: Stopped and boarded British Trawler A737 [Tasmania, listed here]. Allowed to proceed. Lat 62 27 N, Long 12 41 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.3am: Proceeded S67W, 12 knots, zz 2 points type III.

10.34am: Steaming in circle for practice at submersible target.

10.55am: Resumed course.

3.55pm: Altered course S40W to intercept sailing vessel.

4.25pm: Speeds and courses various while signalling Swedish Schooner “Argo” with armed guard on board.

4.50pm: Proceeded S84W 13 knots.

5.20pm: Turning in circle for practice firing at submersible target.

5.52pm: Proceeded S84W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 241 miles]

[Still mist or fog all day]


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25 May 1917

From B Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 59.95, Long -12.08

Midnight: Altered course S7W, 14 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV, left patrol for Clyde.

3.50pm: Ceased zig-zag. Dense fog.

4.30pm: Fog lifted, resumed zig-zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 269 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of a Position Lat 57 30 N, Long 11 00 W, S13E, 151 miles]

[Southerly wind force 5 all day, sea rough until 4pm, mist and/or rain or fog all day, noon temperature 52F, sea temperature 51F]


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26 May 1917

From B Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 55.92, Long -7.80

8.0am: Commenced sounding every 10 minutes.

9.32am: Periscope observed 200 - 300 yards on port beam. Helm hard a port. Immediately afterward track of torpedo observed to pass 20 to 30 yards astern. Course various. One 6 inch Common shell fired at periscope which was not again seen.

10.0am: Resumed course and zig zag. Utmost Speed.

11.15am: Observed two ship’s boats full of people ahead.

11.23am: Stopped and took on board crew of British SV “Saint Mirren” [details here and listed here] sunk by submarine at 6.0 am

11.42am: Proceeded S60E, Utmost speed, zig zag 2 points type IV.

1.0pm: Altered course S6E, zig-zag 2 points type III. Sounding every 10 minutes.

2.42pm: Observed Innishtrahull [sic] bearing S65W.

3.4pm: Innishtrahull N72W, Soundings 17 fathoms. 3.10pm: Altered course S46E.

4.48pm: Sheep Island bearing [blank], [blank] Head bearing [blank], altered course S56E.

5.0pm: Altered course S50E. Ceased zig-zag. 5.22pm: Rue Point abeam.

5.50pm: Torr Point abeam distant 1 mile, altered course S21E. 6.0pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

7.15pm: Observed Maiden’s Light Buoy abeam, altered course N85E.

9.0pm: Ailsa Craig bearing S20E, Pladda Light N45E, altered course N11W.

9.50pm: Altered course N3E. Ceased zig-zag. Sounding every 5 minutes through Kilbrennan Sound. Heavy thunder storm and thick rain.

11.30pm: Observed Cumbrae Light S60E, altered course S45E, 10 knots.

11.50pm: Slow and variously turned round to NWxW to await dawn or clearance in weather, for Largs Channel.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 305 miles]

[Misty for most of day; thunder, lightning and heavy rain in late evening]


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27 May 1917

From B Patrol to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

0.7am: Set Course NWxW 6 knots.

2.9am: Cumbrae Island Light abeam.

2.14am: Altered course N40E and through Largs Channel.

2.32am: Altered course N11E 15 knots. Passed Skelmorlie Beacon, altered course N20E.

3.23am: Passed through Boom Gate. Proceeded Full Speed.

3.30am: Stopped and Embarked Pilot. Proceeded up River. Clock advanced 1 hour to BST.

5.48am: Passed Bowling. Tugs secured one forward, one aft.

7.14am: Entered Princes Dock and manoevred into No 28 Berth.

8.0am: Vessel secured in berth alongside Coal Hoist.

10.20am: Crew of Saint Mirren landed to Sailor’s Home.

Noon: Leave to Port Watch till noon Saturday 2nd June.

2.0pm: Local leave to second Part of Port Watch [presumably a mistake if they all just went on leave] till 7.0am.

[Distance run through the Water: 229 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 381 tons]


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28 May 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands variously employed painting and sealing etc.

10.0am: 26 Men and 3 Foremen started coaling No 3 Hold.

4.45pm: Exercised Fire Stations. Second Part of Watch. 5.0pm: Local leave to first part of Starboard Watch till midnight.

9.30pm: Heavy thunder storm.

[Misty all day, noon temperature 62F]


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29 May 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

2.0am: Finished coaling in No 3 Hold.

4.0am: Hands to stations for Shifting Ship. Warped vessel into Berth No 20 Princes Dock.

5.30am: Vessel secured in new Berth.

6.40am: 53 Men, 3 Foremen commenced Coaling side pockets.

am: Hands employed cleaning up round No 3 Hold and variously.

4.45pm: First Part of Watch Exercised Fire Stations. 5.0pm: Local leave to second Part of Watch till 7.0am.


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30 May 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: Day Shift coaling 46 Men 3 Foremen.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

4.45pm: Exercised fire stations with second part of Watch. 5.0pm: Local leave to first part of Watch till 7.0am.

8.0pm: Finished coaling. Received 2290 tons.


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31 May 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.0am: Hands to stations for Shifting Ship. Pilot and two tugs in attendance. Canted and shifted to Berth No 30.

10.30am: Vessel secured.

1.30pm: Lifted BII gun and landed.

4.45pm: Fire stations. 5.0am: Local leave to second part of Watch.

11.0pm: BII gun replaced in position.


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR JUNE 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for June 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Commander in Command (as before), dated 3rd July 1917]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before, except no entry for Thermometer for Sea Temperature]


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1 June 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

am: Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

9.0am: Shifted ship along quay as necessary to lift BIII gun.

4.45pm: Second Part of Watch to night Fire Stations. 5.0pm: Local leave to first part of watch till 7.0am.


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2 June 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

10.40am: Sub Lieutenant Redfearn and 6 ratings returned from armed guard duties.

11.30am: Shifted ship along quay as necessary for recovering BIII gun.

Noon: Port Watch returned on board from leave.

1.0pm: Secured ship in Berth No 31.

4.30pm: Engineer Sub Lieutenants Morgan and Fealing [?] discharged to Barracks.

5.0pm: Local leave to Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2621 tons]


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3 June 1917

From Glasgow to Patrol

Lat 55.93, Long -4.48 [rough estimate]

7.0am: Hands preparing ship for sea.

10.0am: Stations for leaving harbour. Pilot and two tugs in attendance.

10.30am: Let go from quay and proceeded. 10.40am: Cleared Prince’s Dock and Entered River.

11.30am: Passed Rothesay Dock.

0.4pm: Let go forward tug off Bowling.

0.15pm: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

0.33pm: Passed Cardross.

1.0pm: Discharged Pilot off Prince’s Pier Greenock. Clock retarded 1 hour to GMT [reflected in following times].

0.5pm: Proceeded 13 knots NW.

0.30pm: Passed through Boom Defence. Proceeded 15 knots S20W.

0.52pm: Passed Skelmorlie Beacon (bearing N70E), altered course S10W.

1.17pm: Altered course S35W and as necessary through Largs Channel.

1.41pm: Cumbrae Light House N30E, distant 18 cables, set Course S26W, zz 1 point type III.

3.34pm: Ailsa Craig Light House abeam distant 9 cables.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Exercised Collision and Abandon Ship Stations. Prepared for night defence.

5.37pm: Maidens Light House bearing S19W, altered course N25W.

7.0pm: Torr Point abeam, altered course NW, ceased zig-zag.

7.28pm: Rue Point abeam. 7.47pm: Bull Point abeam, altered course N7W, zig-zag 1 point type III.

9.34pm: Oversay Island Light abeam distant 2.75 miles.


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4 June 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 57.65, Long -10.67

6.0am: Patuca in company.

9.0am: Observed and challenged Orvieto.

11.55am: Received visual signal from “Orvieto” “Submarine in vicinity”. Sounded “Action Stations”, Utmost speed ahead.

0.20pm: Observed Submarine bearing NNE submerged 0.22.

7.23pm: Altered course N11E to intercept a steamer.

7.50pm: Altered course ENE. Observed and challenged “Patuca”.

8.38pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Francisco”, Lat 58 36 N, Long 12 42 W, New York to Hull. Allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

9.10pm: Proceeded 15 knots variously. 9.20pm: Set Course N82W, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

11.45pm: Altered course North towards steamer.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 317 miles]


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5 June 1917

From Glasgow to C Patrol

Lat 58.08, Long -16.90

0.30am: Observed and challenged “Patuca” boarding steamer. Resumed course and zig zag.

3.0am: Reduced speed to 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

10.15am: Altered course S73E. In station on C Patrol, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

2.50pm: Observed and challenged “Patuca”.

3.20pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to Patuca and received Back Signals.

3.45pm: Proceeded S62W, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

6.0pm: Altered course N75W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 299 miles]

[Weather largely fine, noon temperature 53F, sea temperature 54F]


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6 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 60.05, Long -12.78

8.55am: Observed HMS “Virginian”.

9.23am: Variously taking stations.

9.52am: Stopped. Dispatched cutter to “Virginian” with Captain, also Stoker Earl RNR (maniac).

9.55am: Proceeded S65E, 13 knots, zz 3 points type III.

0.30pm: Altered course S34W and variously 15 knots to close “Virginian”.

1.8pm: Half speed closing own cutter. 1.15pm: Stopped, hoisted cutter. Captain returned from “Virginian” with Lieutenant Commander Kenyon RN.

1.20pm: Proceeded 15 knots, S74W, zig-zag 2 points type III.

8.0pm: Altered course S64W, 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag. Dense Fog.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 293 miles]

[Mist and rain from 11am to 7pm, then foggy]


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7 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.08, Long -17.12

9.30pm: Altered course ExN to intercept a steamer, 15 knots.

10.0pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Stellina”, Lat 57 56 N, Long 17 40 W. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.50pm: Proceeded S73E, 13 knots, Zig-Zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 251 miles]

[Misty all day]


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8 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.05, Long -17.42

4.55pm: Submersible target put out. Helm kept port 20 degrees while exercising firing.

5.15pm: In target. Resumed Course N80W. 5.20pm: 13 knots. 5.30pm: Zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 249 miles]

[Mist or fog all day]


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9 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.00, Long -17.02

3.0am: Altered course N76W.

9.0am: Altered course S70E.

3.0pm: Observed HMS “Patuca”.

4.50pm: Altered course S11W towards “Gloucestershire”.

5.12pm: Stopped. Closed “Gloucestershire’s” boat and received 1 rating and Back Signals.

5.20pm: Proceeded 13 knots, N65W, zz 2 points type III.

5.50pm: Altered course N85E towards “Patuca”.

6.28pm: Stopped. Closed “Patuca’s” cutter and received official mail for “Alsatian”.

6.35pm: Proceeded N65W, zz 2 points type III.

7.40pm: Variously to close “Alsatian”.

7.55pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Alsatian” with Lieutenant Commander Kenyon and mail.

8.20pm: Proceeded to patrol. N65W, 13 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

Midnight: Altered course S73E, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 244 miles]

[Yet another misty day]


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10 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.20, Long -16.98

[Patrolling to and fro, main changes of course at 3am, 9am, 3pm and 9pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 233 miles]

[Misty in am, clearing and becoming squally from noon onwards. Sea state rough from 8am to 8pm]


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11 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 57.93, Long -16.65

[Still zig-zagging to and fro, as before]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 237 miles]


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12 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 58.02, Long -16.73

9.50am: Stopped and dropped target and proceeded to carry out heavy gun firing.

11.10am: Recovered target and proceeded on patrol, S73E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 232 miles]


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13 June 1917

At C Patrol

Lat 57.93, Long -17.13

9.20am: Stopped to adjust cutters wire jackstay. 9.25am: Proceeded 12 knots.

6.40pm: Altered course SW and variously to intercept steamer.

6.55pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Fornebo”, Lat 57 58 N, Long 17 22 W and allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.30pm: Proceeded N76W, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]


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14 June 1917

From C Patrol to E Patrol

Lat 59.37, Long -18.27

3.0am: Altered course N16W, zig-zag 3 points type III. Left C Patrol for E Patrol.

6.0am: Observed and challenged “Patuca”.

9.40am: Observed and challenged “Victorian”.

6.20pm: Altered course N40E to intercept westbound steamer.

6.45pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS Thuban [Thuban (1) listed here], Lat 60 22 N, Long 19 47 W, allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

7.40pm: Proceeded N19W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 65 00 N, Long 25 00 W, N42W, 293 miles]


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15 June 1917

From C Patrol to E Patrol

Lat 62.60, Long -23.98

10.7am: Stopped and put out target for exercising gunlaying.

11.20am: Recovered target and proceeded N11W, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV.

5.4pm: Stopped starboard engine for Engineering Purposes. 5.20pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: N41W, 257 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 63 20 N, Long 25 30 W, N43W, 62 miles]


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16 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.35, Long -24.12

1.50am: Observed and challenged “Moldavia”.

2.25am: Altered course Variously to close “Moldavia’s” cutter. 2.30am: Stopped. Cutter alongside transferred mail etc.

2.40am: Proceeded N25E, 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type IV. Malarif bearing S68E.

6.50am: Staalbierg Huk Light House abeam distant 8 miles.

0.45pm: Observed and challenged “Orcoma”.

1.0pm: Altered course N70E and closed “Orcoma’s” Cutter. 1.10 Stopped. 1.25 Captain left ship to go to “Orcoma”. Proceeded North 12 knots.

1.40pm: Altered course East, zig-zag 2 points type IV. In station 2 miles port beam of “Orcoma”.

2.14pm: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Orcoma”

2.30pm: Cutter returned with Captain. 2.35pm: Proceeded N45E, zig-zag 3 points type III, 13 knots.

3.50pm: Altered course S89E, 12 knots.

4.0pm to 4.30pm: Passed several small lumps of ice.

4.45pm: Altered course NE and variously towards fishing smack.

4.58pm: Stopped and boarded Icelandic Fishing Schooner AE31 [more likely to be AI31 - AI is the registration for Akureyri, Iceland; or EA31 - EA is the registration for Eysafjord, Iceland; whereas AE is Emden in Germany]. Allowed to proceed, Lat 67 00 N, Long 23 08 W.

[SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR]

5.45pm: Proceeded S89E, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

6.20pm: Altered course S88W.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 254 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Kogur Huk, N75E, 30 miles]

[Rain in am, mostly overcast in pm, noon air and sea temperature 42F]


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17 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.53, Long -24.83

0.3am: Altered course N35W towards fishing schooner.

0.27am: Stopped and boarded Icelandic Fishing Ketch “Skirner” [probably one of the ships listed here], Lat 66 33 N, Long 25 05 W, allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.5am: Proceeded S35E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

1.30am: Altered course S88E.

6.30am: Altered course West, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.45am: Divisions. Divine Service.

Noon: Altered course S88E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence.

5.40pm: 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

6.0pm: Altered course West.

6.30pm: 12 knots, Zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 245 miles]

[Misty during pm]


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18 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.52, Long -24.78

0.50am: Altered course N58E to intercept Sealer.

1.8am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian Sealer “Taelbarden” [possibly Saelbarden as there was a subsequent ship of that name], Lat 66 39 N, Long 24 32 W, allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

1.45am: Proceeded S54E, 12 knots. 2.0am: Altered course S88E, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

6.20am: Altered course West.

[Change of course to East at noon only recorded on right hand side of page]

6.0pm: Altered course West.

10.5pm: Observed “Orcoma”.

Midnight: Altered course East.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 229 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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19 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.53, Long -24.87

4.30am: Passing several lumps of ice.

5.30am: Altered course West.

5.42am: Altered course S15E. Signalled “Orcoma”.

6.20am: Resumed Course West.

9.30am: Altered course N75W.

9.40am: Divisions and Prayers. 10.0am: General Quarters.

11.40am: Altered course S88E.

4.45pm: Evening quarters. Prepared for night defence stations.

5.0pm: Put out Submarine target and turned at varying speed for firing exercise.

5.35pm: Proceeded S88E, 12 knots, Zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.20pm: Altered course West, Zig-zag 3 points type IV.

Midnight: Altered course S88E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 233 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Fine, clear, quiet weather, noon temperature 45F, sea temperature 44F]


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20 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 67.07, Long -24.08

4.0am: Altered course West.

7.0am: Altered course N55W.

7.45am: Observed ice pack to NW. 8.0am: Altered course West. 8.40am: Altered course N55W.

8.58am: Altered course N74E along edge of ice pack.

9.38am: Altered course N80E.

am: Weather misty. Lost sight of pack passing through large quantities of loose ice.

10.54am: Altered course N40E.

11.5am: Altered course S85E, altering as necessary to avoid loose ice.

0.7pm: Altered course South, 8 knots. 0.56pm: 12 knots zig-zag 2 points type III.

1.30pm: Altered course S88E.

3.52pm: Dense fog, altered course West. Ceased zig-zag, 8 knots.

5.0pm: Altered course S88E. 5.45pm: Altered course West.

9.0pm: 10 knots. Straight Course.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Misty through middle of the day, foggy for rest of day]


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21 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.50, Long -24.98

7.20am: Weather Cleared. 12 knots zig-zag 3 points type IV.

9.0am: Observed and challenged “Orcoma”.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 247 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Mist or fog early in day and misty again in late pm]


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22 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.47, Long -25.05

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at midnight, 6am, 11.50am and 6pm]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Easterly then north easterly wind force 5 or 6 from 7am onwards, mist and snow for same period, sea rough in pm. Noon temperature 37F, sea temperature 44F]


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23 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.58, Long -25.00

[Still zig-zagging to and fro on patrol]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 238 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Wind and sea reducing in early am]


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24 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 67.02, Long -22.00

8.40am: Stopped engines while adjusting jackstay overside. 8.50am: Proceeded.

9.40am: Divisions. 10.10am: Divine Service.

0.50pm: Altered course S13E to intercept Ketch.

1.18pm: Stopped and boarded Icelandic Ketch NJALL, Lat 66 55 N, Long 21 25 W, allowed to proceed. Boarding Office SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

2.8pm: Proceeded S53E, Zig-zag 3 points type IV.

5.10pm: Intercepted and closely examined Icelandic Ketch EA19, Lat 66 58 N, Long 22 30 W.

6.0pm: Altered course S53E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 252 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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25 June 1917


At E Patrol

Lat 67.05, Long -22.10

1.0am: Dense fog set in. 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

5.0am: Fog lifted, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

8.25am: Dense fog. Ceased zig-zag 10 knots.

6.0pm: Altered course S34W. Observed “Orcoma”.

6.33pm: Stopped and closed Orcoma’s cutter. Received official papers etc.

6.58pm: Proceeded East 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type III.

10.0pm: Dense fog. 10 knots. Ceased zig-zag.

11.10pm: Fog lifted, 12 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 231 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist or fog for much of day]


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26 June 1917

At E Patrol

Lat 66.68, Long -19.28

4.45am: Observed and challenged “Artois”.

5.10am: Stopped and despatched cutter to “Artois”.

5.40am: Cutter returned with mails etc. Proceeded S52E, 13 knots, zig-zag 3 points type IV.

5.50am: North Cape bearing S20E (true) distant 16.25 miles. Log 93.4.

0.40pm: Altered course S32E towards fishing smack.

1.20pm: Closed and examined Icelandic fishing vessel EA5. Resumed course.

2.47pm: Grimsey Island abeam (S30W) distant 5 miles.

5.0pm: Altered course SSW to intercept steamer.

5.35pm: Closed British SS “Edina” flying correct clearance flag, allowed to proceed, altered course East. Rodehuk bearing S60E distant 5.5 miles.

6.40pm: Revsnaes Light House bearing S19W, distant 4.5 miles, altered course S48E, log 87.

10.0pm: Langanaes Light House abeam distant 6.5 miles, altered course S12E.

[Distance run through the Water: 273 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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27 June 1917

From E Patrol to B Patrol

Lat 64.42, Long -12.37

7.50am: Altered course SSE towards schooner.

7.58am: Stopped and boarded French Schooner “Anemone”, Lat 65 00 N, Long 12 20 W, allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.43am: Proceeded S28W, 13 knots, ZZ 3 points type IV.

10.20am: Stopped and boarded French Schooner “Aiglon”, Lat 64 43 N, Long 12 22 W, allowed to proceed. BO SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

10.58am: Proceeded S28W, 13 knots, ZZ 3 points type IV.

[Distance run through the Water: 306 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 258 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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28 June 1917

From E Patrol to B Patrol and Glasgow

Lat 60.92, Long -13.52

7.0am: Observed and challenged “Otway”.

9.0am: Altered course N85E. In position on B Patrol.

11.25am: Altered course S76W to close “Otway”, zig-zag 2 points type III.

11.54am: Stopped. Closed “Otway’s” cutter and received Q messages.

Noon: Proceeded South 13 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III. Left patrol for Clyde.

0.5pm: Stopped Starboard Engine for Engineering purposes. 0.15pm: Full speed both. Increased to 15 knots.

5.0pm: 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

6.10pm: Observed and challenged “Victorian”.

7.15pm: Altered course S24E to intercept a steamer.

7.40pm: Stopped and boarded British SS “Hova”, Lat 59 23 N, Long 11 53 W, allowed to proceed. Boarding Officer SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR.

8.10pm: Proceeded S1E, 15 knots, zig-zag 2 points type III.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 252 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Position Lat 56 00 N, Long 9 12 W, S25E, 325 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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29 June 1917

From B Patrol to Glasgow

Lat 56.15, Long -8.57

4.0am: Altered course S3E, Zig-zag 2 points type IV.

6.0am: 1st Degree of Vigilance.

11.0am: Altered course S40E.

4.10pm: Oversay Island Light House bearing S68E, altered course S75E.

5.10pm: Altered course South. Oversay Light House bearing S60E, distant 3 miles. Zig-zag 2 points type III.

6.52pm: Altered course SE and entered Rathlin Sound. Ceased Zig-zag.

7.15pm: Rue Point abeam. 7.41pm: Torr Point abeam distant 1 mile.

8.50pm: Maiden’s Light House bearing [blank], distant [blank], altered course S61E.

9.50pm: Corsewall Point Light bearing S84E, altered course S84E.

10.8pm: Corsewall Point Light abeam distant 2.25 miles.

10.18pm: Slow to communicate with APV [Auxiliary Patrol Vessel]. Received instructions to keep to Eastern side of Swept Channel.

10.21pm: Proceeded 13 knots, altered course N55E.

11.44pm: Turnberry Point Light abeam distant 11 cables, altered course N36E.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 328 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: of Lat 55 51 N, Long 7 35 W, S62E, 38 miles]

[Weather fine with light winds, noon temperature 53F, sea temperature 56F]


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30 June 1917

From B Patrol to Glasgow and at Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

0.31am: Altered course N10W, Holy Island Light N68W, Lady Isle Light S54E.

1.23am: Cumbrae Light open, altered course N17W. 1.40pm: Cumbrae Light abeam, altered course N25E.

2.22pm: Obtained permission to enter from Toward Point, altered course N34E.

2.38am: Slow awaiting Boom Gate signals to enter.

2.50am: Passed Boom Defence Gate.

2.50am: Embarked Pilot and proceeded under his direction to anchorage.

3.25am: Let go Starboard anchor in 12 fathoms. Clock advanced one hour to BST.

5.38am: Weighed anchor and proceeded up River under Pilot’s directions.

6.40am: Passed Dumbarton. 6.55am: Passed Bowling.

7.10am: Secured Tug “Samson” aft.

7.42am: Passed Scotstoun. Secured tug Neptune forward.

8.16am: Entered Prince’s Dock.

9.10am: Vessel secured in position at Berth No 29.

10.15am: Read Warrant No 97.

10.30am: Commenced Coaling. 2 Foremen, 28 Men.

Noon: Leave to port watch till 7am.

1.0pm: 32 Men and 2 Foremen coaling.

5.0pm: Leave to second part of Starboard Watch till 7.0am.

8.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 622 tons]



LOGS FOR JULY 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for July 1917, signed by A McIntosh Lieutenant RNR, Navigating Officer]

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[Blank page]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated 11th August 1917]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, Barometer as before, Thermometers as follows:


Thermometers for Air Temperature


Position in Ship

Abaft fore Bridge

Whether in screen

Yes

Maker and No.

Kelvin & James White Ltd. 2301C and 2302C

Thermometer for Sea Temperature


Maker and No.

F Darton & Co. London. No Number.



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1 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.0am: 34 Men, 2 foremen started Coaling.

9.0am: Coaling party ceased work for breakfast.

9.30am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.0am: Coaling resumed.

Noon: Cast off from coal hoist and proceeded to No 21 berth. 0.30pm: Made fast in berth.

0.45pm: Leave for Starboard Watch and first Part of Port watch till 6am. 0.50pm: Commenced Coaling in Side Pockets.

1.30pm: Paid Monthly Money.

2.0pm: Ceased coaling for dinner. 3.0pm: Resumed Coaling.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters.

5.30pm: Liberty Men.

6.0pm: Day coaling party finished, night party 33 men, 3 foremen commenced.

9.0pm: Rounds.

9.30pm: Coaling party stopped for supper.

10.0pm: Piped down.

10.30pm: Resumed coaling.

[Number on sick list: 7]


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2 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

4.0am: Coaling party stopped for coffee.

5.45am: Night Coaling party stopped. 6.0am: Day Coaling party 33 men 3 foremen started. Hands fall in.

7.0am: Breakfast.

8.0am: Hands fall in, cleaning ship.

11.45am: Completed Coaling 1630 tons.

Noon: Dinner. Special leave for port watch and 1st part of Starboard Watch men who have not broken leave during past 12 months from 1 to 6 pm.

1.0pm: Landed liberty men.

1.30pm: Hands fall in, employed as requisite.

2.10pm: A Whittaker Signalman discharged to Dalmeny Hospital [included in article here].

3.0pm: Lieutenant AC Avery RNR discharged to Yorkhill Hospital.

pm: Stores embarked Fresh meat 2512 lbs, Potatoes 4480 lbs, Vegetable 3293 lbs.

7.0pm: Supper.

7.30pm: Midshipman J Ramsay RNR discharged to Chatham. AB Thomis’s bag and hammock sent to Royal Infirmary.

9.0pm: Tugs “Cruiser” forward and “Samson” aft, made fast. 9.6pm: Cast of [off] from berth. Engines as required.

10.0pm: Ship clear of Princes Dock. Heading down Stream.

10.20pm: Passed Linthouse ferry.

11.20pm: Passed Rushilea [?].

11.45pm: Tugs cast off.

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 2512 lbs, Vegetables 7773 lbs]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2214 tons]


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3 July 1917

To Patrol

Lat 55.97, Long -4.76 [rough estimate]

0.30am: Entered Anchorage grounds. 0.35am: Let go Starboard anchor and veered to 3 Shackles.

6.0am: Hands fall in. Cleaning ship.

9.30am: Sub Lieutenant D Huddleston RNR and Midshipman Neven [? - name indistinct] joined ship.

9.45am: Exercise Collision Stations and Abandon Ship.

Noon: Draught Leaving 24’ 7” Forward, 24’ 7” Aft.

1.20pm: Hove up and got under way.

1.51pm: Passed boom. Streamed log, Course S54W. Clock put to GMT.

1.13pm: Skelmorlie abeam. 1.47pm: Little Cumbrae abeam, log 12.6.

2.13pm: Ardrossan abeam, log 18.6.

3.25pm: Turnberry Point Abeam.

3.55pm: Ailsa Craig abeam. 4.5pm: Corsewell [Corsewall] Point Abeam, log 56.7.

5.10pm: Altered course N70W, ZZ 2 points type III, log 61.8.

7.40pm: Tor [Torr] Head abeam, altered course N30W, log 97.7.

7.52pm: Altered course N54W, log 100.3.

8.15pm: Passing through Rathlin Sound.

8.30pm: Altered course N4W, log 10.3, ZZ 2 points type III.

10.30pm: Altered course N54W, log 128.2, ZZ 3 points type IV.

Midnight: N54W, ZZ 3 points type IV. 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

[Number on sick list: 6]


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4 July 1917

To Patrol

Lat 57.20, Long -11.25

1.13am: Altered course N45W, log 77.2.

2.20am: Altered course N37W, log 93.

4.0am: 1st Degree of Vigilance. 15 knots, ZZ 2 points type IV, visibility normal.

8.0am: 1st Degree of Vigilance. Visibility normal.

Noon: 1st Degree of Vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

1.10pm: Altered course N33W.

2.0pm: 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

4.0pm: Visibility extreme.

5.0pm: Altered course N32W.

6.0pm: Visibility variable.

6.43pm: ZZ 2 points type III.

7.9pm: Reduced speed to 10 knots, thick fog.

9.30pm: Altered course N87W, log 228.3.

10.30pm: Speed 8 knots.

Midnight: Altered course S84E, straight Course, 8 knots, visibility 200 yards. 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 230 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather fine and quiet until 4pm, thick fog through the evening, noon temperature 64F, sea temperature 58F]


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5 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 58.77, Long -13.53

1.30am: Increased speed to 12 knots. 1.40am: Commenced ZZ 3 point type IV, log 66.1.

3.0am: Altered course N87W, log 81.1.

4.0am: ZZ 3 points type III, 12 knots. 3rd Degree of Vigilance, visibility 5-7 miles.

6.0am: Altered course N88E, log 19.7.

8.0am: Visibility 6-8 miles.

8.30am: 3rd Degree vigilance.

10.0am: General Quarters exercised.

10.38am: Passed waterlogged boat. 10.41am: Increased speed to 13 Knots.

Noon: 12 Knots ZZ 3 points type III. 3rd Degree vigilance. Altered course S2E.

1.10pm: Sighted HMS “Kildonan Castle”.

1.37pm: Cutter away to “Kildonan Castle”.

2.0pm: Boat returned. Course N88W, log 20.2. 2.20pm: Altered course N43W, log 24.7.

4.0pm: ZZ 3 points type IV.

6.0pm: Reduced to 10 knots. 3rd Degree, visibility variable.

6.36pm: Sighted HMS “Patia”.

6.45pm: Stopped and lowered starboard cutter.

7.12pm: Boat returned. S56W, 12 Knots, ZZ 2 points type III, visibility 2-3 miles.

9.5pm: Altered course N86W.

10.30pm: Altered course S84E.

Midnight: S84E, 3 points type IV. 3rd Degree of Vigilance. Visibility 4-5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 290 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Mist or fog on and off all day]


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6 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 58.75, Long -15.02

0.30am: S84E, ZZ 3 points type IV. 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

2.30am: Reduced to 10 Knots. Straight Course.

3.0am: Altered course N87W. Thick fog.

5.12am: Increased to 12 knots. 5.15am: ZZ 3 points type IV.

8.0am: Visibility 5 to 6 miles.

9.0am: Altered course S84E.

10.0am: Divisions and Prayers, exercised General Quarters.

Noon: Visibility 6 to 8 miles.

0.10pm: Increased to 13 knots. 0.20pm: ZZ 4 points type III.

3.0pm: Altered course N88W.

4.0pm: Visibility 6-8 miles.

5.11pm: Position Observed [Lat] 58 54 N, [Long] 15 1 W, log 64.8.

6.0pm: Visibility 8 miles.

6.30pm: Altered course S88W. Fog.

8.30pm: Altered course S5W. 9.0pm: Altered course S80E.

11.0pm: Visibility 1.5 miles.

11.30pm: Commenced ZZ 3 points type IV. Visibility 1-2 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 271.4 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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7 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 58.90, Long -15.08

[On patrol with not much happening, all log entries shown here as example]

3.0am: Altered course S88W.

4.0am: ZZ 3 points type IV. 3rd Degree of Vigilance, visibility 4-5 miles.

8.0am: Visibility 2-3 miles.

9.0am: Altered course S80E.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers.

Noon: Visibility 10 miles.

1.10pm: Altered course N85E, log 15.2, reduced to 10 [knots], Straight Course, thick fog.

1.40pm: Weather cleared, increased to 13 [knots], ZZ 3 points type IV.

3.0pm: Altered course N2E, ZZ 2 points type IV. 3rd Degree of Vigilance.

4.0pm: Visibility extreme.

5.45pm: Observed position 59 20 N, 14 30 W, log 7.

8.0pm: Altered course N2E. Visibility Extreme.

10.12pm: Altered course North.

11.13pm: Altered course N2E.

Midnight: Visibility normal.

[Distance run through the Water: 303 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Misty until early pm, then fine, noon air and sea temperature 57F]


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8 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 62.08, Long -15.48

2.30am: Sighted Steamer’s smoke bearing N10E. Steamer was HMS “Columbella”.

3.30am: Sighted Steamer, altered course N65E, ZZ 2 points type 3.

4.15am: Challenged HMS “Orcoma”, altered course N17W.

6.0am: Altered course N78E, 12 Knots, 3 points type IV. Visibility extreme.

8.0am: Altered course N67E to intercept trawlers bearing NNE.

9.2am: Stopped, lowered starboard cutter to board “Conan Doyle” Senior Ship of Convoy. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer.

9.35am: Boat returned and Hoisted, N78E, 13 Knots 3 points type IV.

Noon: Increased to 13 knots, S77W, ZZ 2 points type III. Visibility Extreme.

1.51pm: Altered course S46W towards steamer.

2.10pm: Exchanged Pendant with HMS “Orcoma”.

2.55pm: Sighted Schooner bearing S, altered course S25W.

4.11pm: Lowered cutter to examine Danish Schooner “HARRIET” [listed here]. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. [Lat] 61 32 N, [Long] 16 8 W.

4.49pm: Boat returned, steamed towards HMS “Orcoma”.

5.45pm: Boat lowered to go to Orcoma.

6.0pm: Boat hoisted, Cruising round Dutch steamer Kralingen.

6.30pm: Armed guard put on board Kralingen. Lieutenant Angus RNR in charge.

7.25pm: Boat lowered to put armed guard on Danish schooner “HARRIET”, Sub Lieutenant Homewood RNR in charge. Harriet proceeded to Stornaway.

8.0pm: Ship cruising round “KRALINGEN” awaiting instructions.

10.25pm: Course WNW to intercept Steamer.

11.30pm: Boarded Dutch steamer HEBE.

11.54pm: Allowed to proceed. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer.

Midnight: 3rd Degree of Vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

[Distance run through the Water and Course and Distance made good are blank]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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9 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.97, Long -16.00

0.2am: Sighted Steamer bearing E.

0.37am: Course N68E to intercept vessel sighted, left Kralingen.

1.37am: Returned to Kralingen - unable to intercept without losing sight of “Kralingen” SOXCS [Senior Officer 10th Cruiser Squadron] informed.

4.0am: 3rd Degree [Vigilance]. Visibility Extreme.

6.25am: Sighted Steamer bearing NW Steering ENE.

7.20am: Boat away to examine Norwegian SS “FREY” [possibly No 78 in this list] from Halifax.

7.59am: Boat returned. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer.

8.50am: Boarded Kralingen to withdraw armed Guard. Vessel allowed to proceed.

9.13am: S75E, ZZ 2 points type IV towards patrol.

10.5am: Stopped for firing. Gun layers test.

Noon: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

0.49pm: Course S89E, 13 Knots, log streamed, ZZ two points type IV.

2.55pm: Altered course S30W to intercept steamer.

3.11pm: Altered course S70E. Challenged HMS “Changuinola”.

3.28pm: Altered course S23W to intercept steamer, 14 Knots.

4.0pm: 3rd Degree vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

6.0pm: Altered course S75E to intercept SS San Lucar [listed here] Norwegian steering WxN.

6.30pm: Cutter away to examine “San Lucar”. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. [Lat] 61 48 N, [Long] 15 4 W.

7.3pm: Cutter returned. Course N62E.

8.0pm: Altered course S8W, 3 points type IV, 13 Knots.

Midnight: N64E. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

[No information on distance made good]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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10 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.93, Long -13.57

3.9am: Challenged HMS Moldavia.

10.20am: Sighted 2 masted barque boarded by Moldavia during previous Middle Watch.

9.50pm [8.50pm?]: Sighted Steamer bearing SE.

9.37pm: Challenged HMS Orvieto.

[Distance run through the Water: 319 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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11 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.05, Long -16.18

2.35am: Challenged HMS “Changuinola”.

8.0am: Altered course S43W to intercept sailing Vessel. Visibility extreme.

11.6am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner “PROVEN”. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. [Lat] 61 6 N, [Long] 15 55 W. Sent in with Armed Guard under Sub Lieutenant Butler RNR and Midshipman Blake RNR.

11.30am: Proceeded 15 Knots West, ZZ 2 points type III.

3.0pm: Log Rotator carried away, new one streamed.

4.0pm: Log not registering. Visibility 6-7 miles.

6.0pm: Log repaired, altered course N47E. Visibility Extreme.

[Distance run through the Water: 278 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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12 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.07, Long -16.35

[Zig-zagging to and fro on patrol in variable visibility, changing course every 6 hours]

[Distance run through the Water: 277 miles]


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13 July 1917

On Patrol [though not stated in log]

Lat 61.53, Long -16.12

4.21am: Thick fog, stopped ZZ. Reduced speed to 10 Knots.

5.20am: Fog cleared, increased to 12 Knots and resumed ZZ.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers. 9.50am: Exercised General Quarters.

9.53am: Dropped target.

10.19am: Target on board proceeded N30E to intercept Swedish Barque “MIMOSA” [details here].

11.10am: Intercepted Barque “MIMOSA” flying flag of Day, allowed to proceed.

11.20am: Sighted two steamers.

11.30am: Challenged HMS “Changuinola”.

Noon: N66W, 2 points type III. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme.

1.46pm: Passed floating life buoy with no marks.

[Distance run through the Water: 280 miles]


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14 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.18, Long -16.50

Midnight: Sighted Sailing Vessel ahead.

0.13am: Altered course N79E to intercept her. Vessel Swedish MIMOSA previously intercepted, altered course S43E, log 61.9.

2.20pm: Altered course S77W, ZZ 3 points type IV to intercept Barque. Barque “MIMOSA”.

6.30pm: Challenged HMS Patuca.

10.0pm: Log hauled in, boat sent to Patuca.

10.25pm: Boat returned. Proceeded N42E.

11.20pm: Sighted smoke bearing NNW 11.30pm: Altered course N23W towards smoke.

[Distance run through the Water: 302 miles]

[Weather gloomy in am, fine from noon onwards, light winds, noon temperature 59F, sea temperature 57F]


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15 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.15, Long -16.23

5.40pm: Sighted HMS “Alsatian”. Challenged.

5.55pm: Vice Admiral Sir RO Tupper KCB [RGO Tupper] came on board. [Lat] 60 24 N, [Long] 16 50 W.

6.49pm: Admiral left. 6.55pm: Proceeded N30E.

[Distance run through the Water: 303 miles]


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16 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 60.95, Long -16.40

[Nothing much happening today, all log entries shown as example]

4.0am: Course S38E, 12 Knots, ZZ 3 points type IV. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

6.0am: Altered course N48W.

8.0am: Visibility Extreme.

11.30am: Increased to 13 Knots.

Noon: Visibility extreme. Commenced ZZ type V.

1.25pm: Altered course N34W, ZZ 3 points type V.

3.15pm: Altered course S47W. Reduced to 12 Knots.

4.0pm: Visibility normal.

4.45pm: Half speed. 5.0pm: Turning circles for submarine target practice, log hauled in.

5.35pm: Proceeded N42W, 13 Knots, ZZ type V.

8.0pm: ZZ type V, 13 Knots, 3[rd] degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme.

Midnight: Visibility extreme.

[Distance run through the Water: 297 miles]


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17 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.35, Long -17.87

Midnight: Altered course N67E to intercept Steamer heading E.

1.43am: Stopped and boarded American “IDA” [Ida (1) listed here]. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. [Lat] 61 32 N, [Long] 19 45 W, allowed to proceed.

2.41am: Boat returned, proceeded S37E, 13 Knots, ZZ 3 points type V.

3.21am: Altered course S60W to intercept steamer, increased to 15 Knots.

4.10am: Steamer Norwegian “Romsdalsfjiord” [Romsdalfjord], correct flag of day, allowed to proceed, 61 27 N, 19 50 W.

4.20am: S32E, 2 points type III.

9.0am: Sighted motor steamer, altered course N34E, increased to 13 Knots.

10.11am: Stopped and Boarded Danish SS “Selandia” [Selandia (1) listed here]. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. 61 20 N, 18 00 W, allowed to proceed.

11.35am: Proceeded S89E, 2 points type III, 15 Knots.

Noon: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

[Distance run through the Water: 272 miles]


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18 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.73, Long -17.05

3.5am: Sighted smoke on port bow. 3.10am: Altered course N40W to intercept steamer.

4.39am: Signalled HMS “ARLEY”, 61 50 N, 15 33 W.

4.48am: Altered course S26W, reduced to 13 knots. 5.0am: Commenced ZZ 3 points type IV.

8.20am: Reduced to 13 knots intercepting SS.

8.40am: N22E, boarded Fleetwood trawlers Laura [listed here as FD29] and Alesandria. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. 61 34 N, 16 1 W.

9.16am: Proceeded N47W, 13 Knots ZZ 2 points type III.

Noon: Altered course N42W. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

Midnight: Altered course S40E, 3 points type IV. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility Normal.

[Distance run through the Water: 304 miles]


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19 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 62.45, Long -17.82

5.45am: Passed ships lifebuoy no marks.

2.35pm: Sighted SS. 2.40pm: Altered course SW to intercept her.

3.30pm: Boarded Norwegian Steamer IMO. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. 62 9 N, 16 47 W. Allowed to proceed.

5.0pm: Proceeded S63E, 13 Knots 2 points type III.

Midnight: Altered course S48W, increased to 13 Knots, ZZ 3 points type IV. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

[Distance run through the Water: 292 miles]


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20 July 1917

On Patrol

Lat 61.88, Long -15.00

1.0am: 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

3.20am: Altered course ENE to intercept SS, increased to 15 Knots.

4.32am: Boarded Norwegian “THYRA” and Danish “HANS MERSK”. SH Smiles Lt RNR Boarding Officer. 62 33 N, 15 25 W, allowed to proceed.

6.20am: Proceeded S17W, ZZ 2 points type III, 14 Knots.

7.30am: Altered course S10E, 15 Knots to intercept Sailing Vessel.

7.40am: Altered course S33E. Examined Norwegian “SARDHARNA” flying correct flag, allowed to proceed. 62 14 N, 14 5 W.

8.30am: Altered course West, 15 Knots to intercept Steamer.

9.14am: Boarded Belgian SS “SYRIE”. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer. 62 7 N, 15 9 W, allowed to proceed.

10.3am: Proceeded S17W 15 Knots, ZZ 2 points type III.

10.50am: Sighted Steamer steering West. 11.32am: Altered course S30W to intercept her.

11.40am: Boarded Belgian “Gantoise”. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer, allowed to proceed.

0.15pm: Proceeded S17W.

4.0pm: 15 Knots, 2 points type III. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

[Distance run through the Water: 267 miles]

[Weather still fine and quiet, noon temperature 56F, sea temperature 57F]


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21 July 1917

On Passage

Lat 57.08, Long -11.57

4.0am: S13E, increased to 15 Knots, ZZ 2 points type IV. 3rd Degree vigilance. Visibility variable.

7.0am: 2nd Degree vigilance.

Noon: 1st Degree of Vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

2.0pm: Log not running correctly.

2.24pm: Sighted HMS “NAPIER and ROWENA” as escort for “Ebro”.

2.42pm: Altered course S45E, ZZ 2 points type IV.

6.0pm: Altered course S68E. 1st Degree vigilance. Visibility extreme.

8.30pm: HMS Napier Hoisted Submarine Signal. Examination showed it to be a spar which she destroyed. 8.40pm: Resumed course.

10.30pm: Altered ZZ to 2 points type III.

11.30pm: Straight Course. Visibility variable.

[Distance run through the Water: 342 miles]

[Weather mostly fine and quiet, noon temperature 62F, sea temperature 63F]


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22 July 1917

Arriving Glasgow [though not stated in log]

Lat 55.90, Long -4.92 [rough estimate]

0.40am: Sighted Innistrahull [Inishtrahull] S16W and Oversay Light S48E.

0.58am: Skerryvore Light Bearing N50E. 1.0am: Altered course S52E.

3.12am: Altacarry Light Sighted. 3.20am: Commenced ZZ 2 points type III.

4.0am: Altered course S45E, parted with Escort.

4.22am: Rue Point abeam. Dense fog. Reduced Speed.

4.35am: Bengore Head abeam. Courses Various.

6.35am: Altered course S64E, passed Sloop name unknown.

8.0am: Altered course East, weather cleared.

8.56am: Ailsa Craig abeam.

10.8am: Holy Island abeam.

11.4am: Altered course N29E Cumbrae Light abeam.

11.41am: Skelmorlie abeam altered course N33E.

Noon: Passed Boom reduced to 12 Knots until passed boom then increased to 15 Knots.

0.19pm: Pilot on board, clocks put to BST.

1.45pm: Passed Cardross Light House.

1.54pm: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

2.5pm: Passed Dumbuck. 2.9pm: Passed Bowling.

2.18pm: Tugs Chieftain and Campaigner made fast.

2.40pm: Passed Dalmuir Light. 2.46pm: Passed Blythswood.

3.28pm: Govan. 3.36pm: Entered Princes Dock. 3.40pm: Tugs cast off.

4.15pm: Engines rung off and Pilot left Ship, secured at No 31 Berth.

5.0pm: Special leave for Port watch and first part of Starboard watch until midnight.

7.0pm: Supper.

8.30pm: Clear up Decks for rounds. Leave for Starboard watch men.

9.0pm: Rounds. Draught on arrival 22’ 2” Forward, 22’ 0” Aft.

10.0pm: Piped Down.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 823 tons]


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23 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

6.0am: Hands fall in employed shifting ammunition from forward aft.

6.45am: Shifted 50 feet astern.

7.0am: Breakfast. 8.0am: Hands fall in. Employed as before.

1.0pm: Hands fall in. Warrant No [blank]. Payed Monthly Money.

1.45pm: One Rating left ship for Detention.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave granted to second part till midnight.

4.30pm: Hands employed shifting Ammunition from wharf to Shed for stowage.

6.30pm: Liberty men landed.

7.0pm: Supper. 7.10pm: 6 rating[s] discharged to various depots.

9.0pm: Rounds. 10.0pm: Piped down.


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24 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30 [estimated]

2.30am: Called all Hands to shift ship.

3.20am: Hands fall in and singled up.

4.0am: Resecured.

4.30am: Left No 31 Berth for dry dock, Tug Campaignier [Campaigner] in attendance aft.

5.0am: Ship passed over dock sill.

5.50am: Ship settled on Blocks. Draught 21’ 8” Forward, 21’ 11” Aft.

7.0am: Secured in Dry dock. Hands to Breakfast.

8.0am: Hands fall in clear up decks.

9.50am: 4 trimmers joined from Liverpool. 9.55am: 16 Marines arrived from Chatham.

10.20am: Sub Lieutenant Homewood RNR and Armed Guard rejoined ship.

10.55am: Edwin Young Steward fell into drydock distance about 15 feet sustaining injuries.

11.10am: Steward taken to Western Infirmary in Ambulance Wagon and absentee from HMS Marmora reported on board.

Noon: Dinner.

1.30pm: Liberty men fall in for leave (Watch Keepers). 1.45pm: Special leave given to first part of Watch.

4.0pm: Tea. 4.30pm: Hands fall in. Exercised Hands at fire stations.

6.0pm: Liberty Men fall in for leave.

7.0pm: Supper.

9.0pm: Rounds.

10.0pm: Piped down. 10.5pm: Small fire reported in carpenters Storeroom apparently caused by hot rivets burnt out by workmen and falling on Sacking etc. 10.10pm: Fire extinguished by ships company.


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25 July 1917

At Glasgow [though not stated in log]

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

3.30am: Called All Hands. Commenced to flood Dock.

4.20am: Hands to Stations for Shifting Ship.

5.20am: Gates open. 5.25am: Shores cleared away, tug Neptune fast. 5.30am: Passed out of dry dock.

6.0am: Ship secured at No 1 Berth.

8.30am: Hands fall in. Employed cleaning Mess decks, moving ammunition and as requisite. Received 5 tons of fresh water for testing purposes.

1.30pm: Hands fall in. Make and Mend. Leave for second part of Watch from 2pm till 7am.

4.30pm: Exercised Fire Stations.

7.30pm: LS Clarke proceeded to Station with two ratings for HMS Collingwood.

8.30pm: Absentee from HMS Marmora sent to RN Barracks Devonport.


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26 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.0am: Hands fall in, told off as requisite.

10.6am: Gunners party getting out Ammunition.

1.15pm: Hands fall in. Employed at ammunition and as required.

2.40pm: 2 ratings for Hildebrand joined “Offlands” [?], Greaser Garnett fireman the latter an absentee from Columbella.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave for first part of Watch from 5pm till 7am.

5.30pm: Liberty men landed.


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27 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

10.0am: Ordinary Seaman Training class boat pulling.

2.15pm: Hands fall in for Shifting ship.

3.15pm: Ship moved from No 1 Berth to No 2 Berth.

4.0pm: Ship resecured.

5.0pm: Exercised fire stations. Leave for second part of Watch from 5.30pm till 7am.

7.20pm: Small fire in Signalmens cabin under forecastle. Caused by paper and rubbish in Bucket. 7.23pm: Fire extinguished.


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28 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

5.30am: Called all hands. Cleaning Decks etc.

9.0am: Training Class Ordinary Seamen Boat pulling Exercise.

11.20am: One Marine joined to await arrival of HMS “Patuca”.

11.40am: Two Ratings of Armed Guard of Moldavia reported on board.

11.50am: Two rating from RN Depot Chatham joined.

1.30pm: Leave for first part of Watch from 1.30pm till 7am.

3.0pm: Two ratings joined ship.

6.0pm: Liberty men fall in.

[Misty all day, noon temperature 68F]


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29 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.50am: LS Wakefield proceeded to Central Station to meet 2 rating[s] for Changuinola.

9.20am: Landed RC for Church. 1 CPO and 1 Seaman.

9.30am: Hands to clean No 3.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine service.

11.20am: RC Returned on board.

Noon: Dinner. Leave for second part of Watch from 1pm till 7am.

1.0pm: Landed Liberty Men.

7.0pm: Two gangs of Workmen working forward from 6pm to 5am.


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30 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

8.40am: Training Class OS Boat pulling.

9.30am: 5 ratings joined ship. 9.45am: 3 ratings left for HMS “Motagua”.

1.15pm: Hands fall in. Gunners party getting out Ammunition. Training Class OS Boat pulling, remainder employed as requisite.

3.0pm: Received 3 cases Medical Stores.

4.0pm: Tea, leave for first part watch from 5pm till 7am.


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31 July 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Breakfast. LS Carney [?] proceeded to Central Station to meet 9 ratings for Ebro.

9.45am: 13 ratings arrived on Board.

10.0am: Training Class OS Boat pulling.

11.0am: 2 ratings left for Patia for Hildebrand.

11.15am: Two ratings left for Moldavia.

2.0pm: Working party told off for working cable on HMS “Spanker”.

4.45pm: Quarters. Exercised fire stations in fore magazine.

5.0pm: Leave for second part of Watch from 5.30pm till 7am.


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[Log page not filled in]



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1917


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[Cover of Copy of Log for August 1917, signed by Navigating Officer, as previous month]

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[Page not filled in, addressed to The Admiralty, signed by Captain (as before), dated September 1917]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers]


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1 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30 [estimated]

9.0am: First leave returned, second leave proceeded on long leave.

10.30am: Hands stations for shifting ship.

10.55am: Cast off and proceeded to Dry Dock.

11.10am: Entered dock.

Noon: Secured in Dock. First part of watch to dinner.

0.30pm: Second part of watch to dinner.

4.30pm: Hands fall in. Ranged cables in Dock.

6.30pm: One rating discharged to depot.

7.30pm: Supper, leave for second part of watch till 7am.

8.30pm: First part ranging cable in Dock.

9.0pm: Cables finished. Rounds.


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2 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

7.0am: Breakfast and Clean. Dress No 4.

9.0am: Hands employed cleaning out Chain Lockers and working in No 4 hold.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave to first part of watch from 5pm till 7am.


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3 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

9.30am: 3 Ratings joined from RN Depot Chatham.

11.0am: 1 Marine RMLI for “Changuinola” joined.

11.15am: 1 Private RMLI for “Patia” joined.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave for second part of watch from 5pm till 7.0am.


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4 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

3.35am: Started to flood dock to take out steamer astern of Ebro.

4.0am: Ebro not floated.

5.15am: Commenced to pump out dock.

10.0am: One AB RNR and 1 Private RMLI joined ship for “Changuinola”.

Noon: Dinner. Special leave to first Part of watch from 1.30pm till 7.0am.

1.30pm: Hands “Make and Mend”.

3.45pm: One Private RMLI left ship for HMS Eagle.


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5 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.30am: One Rating joined ship for “Changuinola”.

9.30am: RC Church Party 10 men landed.

10.30am: Church of England Party 18 men, one Officer Landed and Non Conformists 3 men.

11.5am: RC Party returned.

0.15pm: Church of England Party returned.

0.45pm: Non Conformists Party returned. Leave for second part of watch from 1.30 till 7am.

2.15pm: 2 RNR Stoker Ratings joined ship for “Patuca”.

7.30pm: Lieutenant McIntosh proceeded to Greenock with set of Naval Flags for HMS “Artois”.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 399 lbs]


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6 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

7.30am: 2 RNR left ship for Marquis of Bute RFA.

2.15pm: Store party employed stowing paints etc.

5.0pm: Leave for first part of Watch till 7.0am, second Part employed with stores.

6.40pm: Landed Patrol, 1 PO and 6 Ratings, Sub Lieutenant Bladon RNVR in charge.


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7 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.0am: Hands fall in. Employed painting Chain Locker, getting in stores and as requisite.

1.0pm: Hands Mustered for Soap and Tobacco.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave for second part of watch from 5.30 till 7am.

8.30pm: Two Privates RMLI left ship for “Changuinola”.


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8 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

8.30am: Discharged 5 Ratings to “Changuinola”.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave for first part of watch from 5.30pm till 7am.

4.30pm: Second part of Watch fall in. Warrant No [blank] Read.


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9 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.30

Noon: Dinner. One Fireman left ship.

1.30pm: Hands fall in. Employed restowing both cables and as requisite.

4.15pm: Tea. Commenced flooding dock.

5.30pm: Ship floated and proceeded out of dock.

5.55pm: Passed over Dock sill. Tugs Victor and Campaigner in Attendance.

6.35pm: Ship secured under coaling crane.

7.10pm: Supper, leave for second part of watch till 6am.

7.20pm: Commenced coaling in No 3 hold.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 658 tons]


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10 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29 [estimated]

7.0am: Breakfast and Clean. One fireman left ship discharged, time expired.

7.45am: Hands fall in to shift ship, coaling finished in No 3 hold.

8.0am: Hauled along wharf clear of crane, coaling commenced in side bunkers.

8.55am: Ship resecured.

9.15am: Hands fall in employed as requisite.

4.0pm: Tea. Leave for first part of Watch from 5pm till 7am.


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11 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

9.0am: Port watch returned from Leave.

Noon: Dinner. Special leave for Starboard watch from 1.30pm till 7.0am.

1.20pm: Hands fall in. Employed as requisite. Embarked Fresh Meat, Stores, coke, 3 loads sand etc.

7.30pm: Hands fall in to shift ship. Tug Campaigner in Attendance.

8.0pm: Coaling Completed 1860 tons.

8.30pm: Secured ship temporarily to lift in Gun.

8.45pm: Cast off from Berth. Tugs Victor and Campaigner in Attendance.

9.30pm: Secured ship under Heavy Crane.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 831 lbs]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2580 tons]


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12 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

7.0am: Hands fall in. Employed scrubbing decks.

9.30am: Divisions. 9.45am: Divine Service.

10.40am: Landed 8 Nonconformists.

0.30pm: Nonconformists returned on board. Special leave to Port Watch from 1pm till Midnight.

8.0pm: Hands employed taking in 6 inch Ammunition.

10.0pm: Shifted ship 40 feet astern.


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13 August 1917

At Glasgow

Lat 55.86, Long -4.29

6.30am: Called Port Watch. 6.50am: Port Watch fall in.

7.0am: Called Starboard Watch.

7.30am: Breakfast and Clean.

8.25am: Hands fall in. 8.30am: Pilot on board to shift ship. Tugs Samson and Campaigner in attendance.

8.55am: Cast off from No 30 Berth and proceeded to No 11 Berth. Starboard watch employed working ammunition.

10.10am: Tugs left. 10.15am: Ship secured.

10.20am: 3 Firemen Ratings joined from HMS “Eagle”.

10.40am: Port watch employed as required.

11.0am: Forwarded Effects of Midshipman Barber RNR to RN Depot Chatham, also effects of AB Alexander, J Simmonds and RJ Robinson.

11.30am: Private Thomas RMLI Discharged to Queensferry Hospital “Cot case”.

pm: Total Beef Received at Glasgow 2217 lbs.

1.30pm: Hands fall in. Employed taking in 6 inch charges.

3.25pm: Midshipman Wilson RNR joined ship.

4.0pm: Port watch employed stowing shells.

4.40pm: Midshipman Mumford RNR left ship for “Changuinola”.

5.30pm: Discharged 2 Ratings to “Changuinola”.

6.0pm: Starboard Watch employed stowing shell.

7.0pm: Port Watch and Sea boats crew to supper.

7.40pm: Tug Victor Forward and Chieftain Aft.

8.0pm: Starboard watch to supper.

8.45pm: Tugs made fast, ship left berth and proceeded down River.

9.11pm: Clear of Dock.

10.37pm: Passed Bowling.

11.0pm: Passed Dumbarton.

11.50pm: Tugs let go.

Midnight: Stopped Engines.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 987 lbs]


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14 August 1917

At Greenock

Lat 55.97, Long -4.80 [estimated]

0.12am: Let go Starboard anchor and veered to 4 shackles. Rung off engines. Pilot left.

[Anchor Bearings] [Ships Head W, Tail of Bank S527E, Roseneath [Rosneath] Beacon N36W, Helensburgh Light N54E]

3.0am: Hands stopped work at Ammunition.

7.0am: Hove up anchor and swung ship under weigh for Compass Deviations. Lieutenant R Harvey RNVR Officer adjusting.

9.13am: Let go Starboard anchor in 19 fathoms.

[Anchor Bearings] [Ships Head SE, Roseneath Beacon N34W, Gourock Pier S84W, Whitefarlant [Whitefarland] Point S57W]

am: Starboard watch employed stowing ammunition. Port Watch washing down and Cleaning decks.

11.30am: Red watch to dinner.

11.35am: 3 Icelandic Delegates came on board for passage to Iceland.

Noon: White Watch to dinner.

6.20pm: Exercised Fire Stations in No 2 hold. 6.30pm: Exercised Abandon Ship and General Quarters.

8.0pm: Hove short. 8.11pm: Anchor away, ship proceeded.

8.38pm: Passed Boom, streamed log. Watch placed in 3rd Vigilance.

8.58pm: Skelmorlie Beacon abeam, Course S28W.

9.30pm: Cumbrae abeam, altered course S10E. 2nd Degree of Vigilance.

10.14pm: Holy Island abeam. 10.31pm: Lady Isle abeam, altered course S26E.

11.18pm: Turnberry Light Abeam, altered course S49W. 1st Degree of Vigilance.

Midnight: S49W, 15 Knots. 1st Degree of Vigilance. Visibility 6 miles.


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15 August 1917

From Glasgow to Buncrana

Lat 55.13, Long -7.47 [estimated]

0.42am: Corsewall Point abeam, altered course N84W.

1.55am: Maidens Light abeam, altered course N30W.

2.1am: Submarine Reported on Port Beam.

2.16am: Stopped Starboard engine to avoid drifters. 2.24am: Full ahead, 15 Knots.

3.0am: Tor [Torr] Head abeam, log 64.5, altered course N44W.

3.20am: Benmore Head abeam. 3.28am: Rupe Light abeam log 71.8. 3.46am: Altered course N50W, ZZ 2 points type III. Visibility various.

5.25am: Altered course N75W, Log 98.7. 5.40am: ZZ 2 points type III.

6.0am: Altered course N70W. Straight Course.

6.21am: Inishtrahull Abeam, altered course N20E, log 11.5. 6.30am: Commenced ZZ 2 points type III.

6.40am: Challenged by Malin Head.

7.15am: Altered course S20W. Challenged Fanal [Fanad] Head.

7.21am: Altered course S30W. Courses as requisite to enter Lough Swilly, log hauled in.

8.18am: Reduced speed, passed Dunree Head.

8.38am: Passed Boom. 8.50am: Stopped and anchored of [off] Buncrana. Port anchor 45 fathoms cable.

9.0am: Motor boat left with Captain.

Noon: Motor boat returned.

1.0pm: Officers leave from 1.30 to 6.45.

4.15pm: Evening Quarters.

5.0pm: Hands to bathe. Marines in attendance in starboard cutter.

7.15pm: Hoisted all boats.

7.55pm: Darkened ship.

9.0pm: Rounds. 10.0pm: Pipe down.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 172 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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16 August 1917

At Buncrana

Lat 55.13, Long -7.47

7.0am: Hands fall in employed as requisite.

8.45am: Hands fall in. Employed painting. Training classes Boat exercise and as required.

9.15am: Divisions and Prayers.

11.30am: Hoisted Cutters recall.

1.10pm: Hands fall in. Employed as in forenoon. Leave for Officers from 1.30 till 6.45.

5.45pm: Evening Quarters.

7.0pm: Darkened ship.

[Weather fine, noon temperature 61F]


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17 August 1917

At Buncrana

Lat 55.13, Long -7.47

3.0am: Payed out one shackle of cable.

5.50am: Exercised abandon ship.

am: Leave for Officers from 9.30am till 3.30pm. Training Classes boat exercise.

1.30pm: Hands fall in prepare ship for sea.

6.0pm: Convoy commenced to put to sea Convoy [all names recorded in upper case] “SS Asian”, “Georgian Prince” [listed here], “Pretorian” [listed here], “Knight of Thistle” [Knight of the Thistle], “Olympia” [Olympia (2) listed here], “Clan Buchanan” [Clan Buchanan (2) listed here], “Tiberia”, Bella, “Meltonian” [listed here], “Cassandra” [listed here]. Escort: HMS “Plucky”, “Ossory”, “Rosemary”, “Laburnum”, “Delphinium”, “Convolvulus”.

6.5pm: Hove short.

7.0pm: Anchor away, ship proceeded Down Harbour.

7.20pm: Passed Boom. 7.43pm: Dunree Head Abeam.

8.10pm: Fanad Head abeam.

8.45pm: Altered course N72W. Convoy in position.

9.2pm: Fanad Head abeam, speed 8.5 knots to keep in station with Convoy.

11.48pm: Tory Island abeam, [log] 48.6.

Midnight: Straight Course, 8.5 knots. 1st Degree Vigilance.


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18 August 1917

From Buncrana to Rendezvous

Lat 54.80, Long -11.08

1.0am: Reduced to 8 knots.

1.47am: Altered course S77W.

2.32am: Arran Island abeam, log 61.

4.0am: Visibility normal.

4.15am: Commenced to zig zag 4 points each side of course ahead of convoy.

4.44am: Increased to 13 knots.

5.30am: Zig Zag 5 Points on each side of course.

8.0am: Altered course N74W. 1st Degree of Vigilance. Zig Zagging as necessary to keep in station with Convoy. Visibility 9 miles.

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers.

Noon: 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility 12 miles. Altered course N72W.

4.0pm: 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme. Zig Zag as necessary.

4.45pm: Evening Quarters, prepared for Night Defence.

8.0pm: Altered course N71W, 13 Knots. 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme.

9.35pm: Straight Course, speed 8.5 knots.

Midnight: Altered course N70W. 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility 10 miles.

[Distance run through the Water: 173.9 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 149 miles]


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19 August 1917

From Buncrana to Rendezvous

Lat 54.57, Long -16.08

4.0am: Straight Course, 8.5 Knots. 1st Degree Vigilance, visibility normal.

4.50am: Increased to 13 Knots and commenced Zig Zag as necessary to keep station with convoy.

8.0am: 13 Knots. 1st Degree Vigilance, visibility normal.

9.48am: Increased to 15 Knots to clear SS Clan “Buchanan”. 9.55am: Reduced to 13 Knots.

Noon: 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

4.0pm: 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

6.15pm: At Rendezvous, Convoy dispersed. Set Course N8E, [log] 80.6. Increased to 15 Knots. 6.30pm: Commenced ZZ 2 points type III.

8.0pm: 1st Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

8.20pm: Sighted ship bearing N8E.

8.25pm: Replied to Challenge and exchanged pendants with HMS “Hildebrand”.

10.30pm: Reduced to 14 Knots, ZZ 1 point type III.

11.30pm: Straight Course.

Midnight: N12E, 14 Knots. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

[Distance run through the Water: 272 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: S85W, 173 miles]

[Weather becoming squally in pm, north westerly wind force 4, with rain. Noon temperature 59F, sea temperature 62F]


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20 August 1917

Towards Patrol

Lat 58.28, Long -19.50

4.0am: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

4.30am: Increased to 15 Knots. Commenced ZZ 2 points type III.

8.0am: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility Extreme.

10.15am: Fired AI and III, BI and III for testing mountings.

Noon, 4.0pm and 8.0pm: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme.

11.0pm: Reduced to 14 Knots, ZZ 1 point type III.

Midnight: Altered course N15E, 14 Knots. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility variable 3-6 miles.

[Distance run through the Water: 329 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 286 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Reykjanes Point N15.5W, 343 miles]


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21 August 1917

Off Iceland [though not stated in log]

Lat 63.42, Long -22.70

4.0am: ZZ 1 point type III. 3rd Degree Vigilance, normal visibility.

8.0am: Altered course N17E, 2 points type III. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility 8 miles.

10.25am: Land sighted, altered course N28E.

Noon: N30E, ZZ 2 points type III. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility 8 miles.

1.41pm: Rekjanes [Reykjanes] Light House abeam.

1.55pm: Challenged and Exchanged pendants with HMS “PATIA”.

2.28pm: Arrived in Sandvik Bay to land Icelandic Passengers. Weather too bad, so proceeded astern of Patia to Stadur.

4.0pm: In station one mile astern of Patia, visibility 12 miles.

4.40pm: Rear Admiral Morgan-Singer and staff came on board.

5.30pm: Boat left ship to land passengers.

6.49pm: Boat returned and hoisted, proceeded WxN 15 Knots, ZZ 2 points type IV.

7.35pm: Altered course North, ZZ 2 points type IV.

8.0pm: 1st Degree vigilance. Visibility extreme.

11.30pm: ZZ 2 points type III.

Midnight: Visibility 8 miles. 3rd Degree Vigilance.

[Course and Distance made good: N16W, 320 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[North easterly wind force 6 or 7 from noon, weather fine, noon temperature 54F, sea temperature 55F]


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22 August 1917

On Patrol

Lat 63.62, Long -25.33

3.28am: Ondverdanaes Light abeam. 3.40am: Altered course N10E.

4.0am: N10E. Commenced ZZ 2 points type IV. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

7.25am: Altered course N75E, speed 13 [knots] to Examine Sailing Vessel.

8.0am: Staalbierg Huk abeam. Visibility extreme.

8.15am: Stopped and Boarded Danish Ketch “KJARTAN”. Papers in order, allowed to proceed. SH Smiles Boarding Officer, 65 25 N, 24 57 W. Course N40E, 10 Knots, ZZ 2 points type III.

9.45am: Divisions and Prayers. Exercised General Quarters.

10.20am: Altered course NW to intercept sailing vessel.

11.13am: Stopped and Boarded French fishing vessel “SURPRISE”. SH Smiles Lieutenant RNR Boarding Officer, allowed to proceed.

11.56am: Boat returned and hoisted. Course N78E, 10 Knots. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme.

2.5pm: Altered course S70E to examine fishing vessels.

2.25pm: Altered course S75E to avoid fishing vessels.

4.0pm: Altered course N82E, ZZ 2 points type III, 10 knots. 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility extreme.

4.50pm: Log hauled in for Submarine Target practice.

5.25pm: Target practice finished, proceeded 10 Knots, N82E.

6.50pm: Increased to 12 Knots to intercept sealer.

7.0pm: Altered course N55E, ZZ 2 points type III.

7.25pm: Resumed original Course N80E, reduced to 10 Knots.

7.28pm: Closely examined small fishing vessel.

8.45pm: Altered course SE.

9.0pm: Lowered boat to examine Swedish Schooner ELISE. SH Smiles Boarding Officer. 66 36 N, 23 16 W. 9.52pm: Boat returned. Proceeded 10 Knots N80E.

11.0pm: Altered course S69W.

Midnight: Altered course N28W, Straight course. 3rd degree vigilance. Visibility normal.

[Distance run through the Water: 230 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 150 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]


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23 August 1917

On Patrol

Lat 66.93, Long -25.63

4.0am: Straight Course, 10 Knots. 3rd Degree [Vigilance]. Visibility normal.

4.25am: Small Iceberg sighted.

[Numerous changes of course from 4.30am to 9.22am]

9.57am: Altered course South. Courses Various Cruising among icebergs. Fired BII and BIII 2 rounds each.

11.30am: Altered course South.

4.0pm: Reduced to 10 Knots. 3rd Degree. Visibility Extreme.

4.10pm: Commenced to ZZ 2 points type III.

4.42pm: Altered course S40E to intercept Topsail Schooner.

5.13pm: Closely examined and allowed to proceed. 5.17pm: Resumed Course S30W, ZZ 2 points type III, 12 Knots.

8.0pm: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal (10 miles).

10.0pm: Altered course S8W. Examined French Schooner, allowed to proceed. 10.10pm: Course S29W, ZZ 2 points type III, 10 Knots.

Midnight: ZZ 2 points type IV. 3rd Degree. Visibility 10 miles.

[Distance run through the Water: 223 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 170 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: 20 miles off Staalbierg Huk S7E, 88 miles]

[Number on sick list: 5]

[Weather fine and quiet, noon temperature 40F, sea temperature 38F]


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24 August 1917

On Patrol

Lat 65.30, Long -25.40

9.30am: Divisions and Prayers. 9.45am: Exercised General Quarters “Immediate Action”.

4.30pm: Altered course S37E to examine vessels inshore.

10.20pm: Reykjanes Light Sighted.

[Course and Distance made good: Indirect 249 miles]

[Wind rather variable in speed and direction during day, noon temperature 50F, sea temperature 53F]


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25 August 1917

On Patrol

Lat 63.12, Long -21.07

1.0am: Reykjanes abeam distant 5 miles.

2.0am: Commenced ZZ 2 points type III.

9.0am: Sighted HMS “Patuca” bearing SW. 9.10am: Sighted HMS Orvieto. 9.11am: Altered course towards Orvieto, straight Course.

9.37am: Stopped. 9.41am: Admiral and staff left Ship. 9.42am: Full ahead.

10.0am: Stopped. Hoisted boat, proceeded N18W, ZZ 2 points type III.

Noon: 3rd Degree Vigilance. Visibility normal.

0.40pm: Land sighted on Starboard bow.

1.30pm: Altered course S79W to intercept Sailing vessel.

2.25pm: Boarded Swedish schooner “VALLAND” to Helsingborg in Ballast. 63 12 N, 21 48 W, allowed to proceed. SH Smiles Boarding Officer.

3.5pm: Boat returned. Proceeded N3W, 10 Knots.