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Armed Merchant Cruiser, mercantile conversion

Pendant Nos M.62 (on coming into service), MI.71 (1.18), MI.55 (6.18). Built 1910, 13326grt, 17.5kts. Armament: 8-6in. In service 4.9.14-12.7.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Served in WW2. (British Warships 1914-1919)

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THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE 1914-1918
(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 SEPTEMBER 1914


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Log of HMS Edinburgh Castle commanded by WR Napier commencing Saturday 12th September 1914

Tonnage 23,140

[Details of engines, boilers & screw propeller]


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Establishment of ship’s company

Officers 31

Seamen 146 including 29 Petty Officers, 18 Instructors

Boys 400 (on passage)

Marines 8

Engine Room Establishment 78

Other non-executive ratings 49

Total 742


Barometer – Aneroid, JW Benson

Thermometer for air temperature – attached to barometer


Armament: 8 6” guns, no torpedoes


Boats

2 gigs

12 27.3ft lifeboats

2 29ft lifeboats



THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Operations in the Central Atlantic

JP map Edinburgh Castle Central Atlantic

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12 September 1914

Tilbury Docks, Essex

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

am: Commissioned Ship

10.30am: Remainder of crew arrived on board

1.30pm: Hands fell in, hands employed embarking stores

4.30pm: Tea, special leave to starboard watch

Port watch employed taking in linen

10.30pm: Dr Evans came on board


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13 September 1914

Tilbury Docks

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

6.00am: Called hands to clean & coffee

6.30am: Hands fell in

7.30am: Hands employed in taking ammunition

11.00am: Finished taking in ammunition

Noon: Dinner

1.00pm: Port watch granted leave till 7am 14th

1.55pm: Lieutenant Commander EM Barnett RNR, Midshipmen CW Blake & HM Blake RNR joined ship

4.30pm: Tea, liberty men landed

9.30pm: Received 2 ordinary seaman rifles & 1 ordinary seaman accoutrements

11.30pm: Starboard watch employed in re-mooring


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14 September 1914

Tilbury Docks

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

All day: Hands employed getting in ammunition & stores

5.30pm: Stopped work, leave for watch

5.55pm: Lieutenant Hake RNR came on board

Watch employed taking in stores & mails


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15 September 1914

Tilbury Docks

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

am: Hands employed cleaning ship & taking in stores

12.30pm: Lieutenant Robinson RNR joined ship

1.30pm: Lieutenant Openshaw joined ship

4.45pm: Blacksmith's mate joined ship

3 Engine Room Artificers, 2 Stokers, 1 Mechanician & 1 Chief Stoker joined ship for passage

5.00pm: Gave leave to port watch

8.30pm: Returned 2 quarter cases of morris tube ammunition to Ordnance Lighter


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16 September 1914

Tilbury Docks

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

am: Hands employed taking in ammunition

pm: Hands employed taking in stores & provisions

4.10pm: Discharged WFE White, seaman RNR, to hospital

5.30pm: 400 boys joined ship & 24 RNR, one master at arms, 2 ship’s corporals, 7 petty officers & one chief petty officer joined ship

Leave granted to watch

6.30pm: Lieutenant Firman joined ship


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17 September 1914

Tilbury Docks

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

All day: Hands employed taking in provisions & stores

3.20pm: Lieutenant Perry RN joined ship

4.30pm: Read warrant no 1 to Private Hook

7.00pm: Leave granted to watch till midnight

Watch employed taking in stores for delivery to other ships


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18 September 1914

Tilbury Docks

Lat 51.45, Long 0.35

Part of watch employed provisioning ship

10.45am: Stopped taking in stores

11.45am: Commenced to leave dock, Pilot Holland instructing

12.20pm: Passed into river, tugs assisting

1.05pm: Anchored

2.00pm: Resumed taking in stores in all hatches

9.30pm: Finished at no 1 hatch

11.00pm: Finished at no 2 hatch


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19 September 1914

Tilbury Dock to Spithead

Lat 51.42, Long 1.48

Working stores at 3 & 4 holds

3.15am: Finished loading & covered hatches

Hands employed securing derricks & hatches

7.50am: Weighed anchor & proceeded Pilot Owen instructing

9.54am: Passed Nore Light Vessel

11.10am: Passed Edinburgh Light Vessel

11.35am: Passed Tongue Light Vessel

Noon: Ship swung & adjusted compasses

1.40pm: Passed Elbow Buoy

2.22pm: Gull Light Vessel

3.10pm: Stop off Dover, Pilot left

4.25pm: Dungeness Light House abeam, distance 1¾ miles

4.30pm: Evening quarters, warrants no 2 & 3 read

4.53pm: Royal Sovereign Light Vessel abeam, distance ½ mile

6.25pm: Beachy Head Light abeam, distance 3 miles

7.40pm: Steering gear out of order, steering by engines as required

8.00pm: Steering gear in order

9.27pm: Owers Light Vessel abeam, 1½ miles

10.23pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 4


[The Nore Light Vessel marks the Nore sandbank at Lat 51.5, Long 0.89.

The Edinburgh Light Vessel, now discontinued, marked the Edinburgh Channel of the Thames Estuary at approximately Lat 51.54, Long 1.42

The Gull Light Vessel marked the Gull Stream at Lat 51.3, Long 1.5.

Dungeness Lighthouse is in Kent at Lat 50.92, Long 0.98

Royal Sovereign Light Vessel is off the coast of Sussex at Lat 50.73, Long 0.43

Beachy Head Lighthouse is off the coast of Sussex at Lat 50.73, Long 0.25

The Owers Light Vessel was off Selsea Bill at Lat 50.73, Long -0.78.]


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20 September 1914

Spithead to Gibraltar

Lat 50.35, Long -1.65

12.33am: Passed Warner Light Vessel

1.15am: Anchored

7.00am: Anchor aweigh

7.25am: Passed No Mans Fort

7.35am: Warner Light Vessel

7.55am: Nab Buoy

8.11am: Steaming at reduced speed to await leaving “Gloucester Castle”

8.16am: Passed Nab Light Vessel

9.30am: General Quarters

10.18am: St Catherine's Point abeam, distance 3 miles

“Gloucester Castle” came up

6.00pm: Darkened ship

10.22pm: Vierge Island Light bore S2E, distance 29 miles

Number on sick list 3


[The Warner Light Vessel, marking the Warner Shoal at the entrance to the Solent, is now marked by a buoy.

No Man’s Fort is one of the so-called Palmerston Forts built as coastal defences in the reign of Queen Victoria. Although manned in both world wars it is now a luxury hotel. It lies at Lat 50.73, Long -1.1

SS Gloucester Castle, 7999 tons, was built at the Fairfield Yard, Govan in 1911 for the Union Castle Line. In 1914 she was requisitioned as a 400 bed hospital ship. She was torpedoed in 1917 but did not sink. She was returned to her owners in 1920. However she was sunk by gunfire from a German commerce raider in 1942 with the loss of 93 lives.

The Nab Light Vessel marked the Nab Rocks in the estuary. Later in the war the rocks were used as the base for uncompleted anti-submarine defences, the Nab Tower. These were converted to a lighthouse at Lat 50.67, Long 0.95

St Catherine’s Point is at Lat 50.58, Long -1.27

Ile Vierge Light is off the coast of Brittany at Lat 48.63, Long -4.57.]


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21 September 1914

Spithead to Gibraltar

Lat 46.70, Long -6.92

1.41am: Ushant NW Light House abeam, distance 12 miles

3.21am: Ushant NW Light bore N80E

9.52am: Followed up Norwegian steamer “Santiago” bound for Weymouth

10.10am: Commenced gun trials, two rounds expended from each gun to test mountings

10.20am: Returned to course

10.45am: Ceased firing

6.30pm: Darkened ship

Number on sick list 4


[There are three lighthouses on Ile de Ouessant (Ushant); this one is probably Nividic at Lat 48.45, Long -5.15

SS Santiago, 1383 tons, was built in 1903 and operated at this time by the Thoresen Line, Christiana.]


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22 September 1914

Spithead to Gibraltar

Lat 42.05, Long -9.53

4.55am: Passed drift net fishing vessel 2½ cables, direction of nets ExN Lat 43° 22’N Long 9° 10’W

6.55am: Cape Villano Light abeam, distance 11 miles

8.15am: Cape Finisterre Light House abeam, distance 9 miles

1.35pm: Commenced firing aiming rifle from A & B groups

2.20pm: Resumed course

6.30pm: Darken ship

10.35pm: Observed Burling Island Light SxE

Number on sick list 4


[Cabo Villano Lighthouse is in Spain at Lat 43.15, Long -9.0

Cabo Finisterre Lighthouse is in Spain at Lat 42.88, Long -9.27

Burling Island Light is probably Berling Island Lighthouse in Portugal at Lat 39.42, Long -9.5.]


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23 September 1914

Spithead to Gibraltar

Lat 37.88, Long -9.08

12.30am: Burling Island Light abeam, distance 14 miles

3.40am: Cape Roca Light abeam, distance 8 miles

6.13am: Cape Espichel Light abeam, distance 1½ miles

6.19am: Stopped engines, exchanged signals with HMS Argonaut who sent boat for mails

7.30am: Captain visited "Argonaut"

8.09am: Proceeded, Cape Espichel N18E, distance 4 miles

9.00am: Quarters, commenced target practice with aiming rifle, target towed by convoy

11.35am: Ceased firing, resumed course

1.35pm: Commenced firing with aiming rifle at target

2.50pm: Ceased firing

5.10pm: Cape St Vincent Light House abeam, distance 2 miles

6.00pm: Armed & darkened ship

Number on sick list 3


[Cabo da Roca is in Portugal at Lat 38.78, Long -9.5

Cabo de Espichel Lighthouse is in Portugal at Lat 38.42, Long -9.22

HMS Argonaut, 11,000 ton cruiser, was launched at the Fairfield Yard, Govan in 1898. She became a hospital ship in 1915, an accommodation ship in 1918 and was scrapped in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

Cabo de Sao Vicente is in Portugal at Lat 37.02, Long -9.0.]


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24 September 1914

Spithead to Gibraltar

Lat 36.13, Long -5.36

5.50am: Cape Trafalgar Light abeam, distance 9 miles

8.00am: Tarifa Point abeam, distance 1 mile

9.30am: Anchored

10.30am: Discharged mail

11.15am: Hove up & proceeded to dock, Pilot Freeman instructing

12.12pm: Made fast at no 4 berth, South Mole, 2 tugs assisted

pm: Watch employed discharging stores

Discharged 2 ratings into “Cormorant”

2.45pm: Lieutenant Firman transferred to “Prosperine”

6.00pm: Starboard watch allowed liberty till 9.30

Port watch employed in getting out stores

Received 160 tons fresh water

11.00pm: Stopped getting out stores


[Cabo Trafalgar Lighthouse is in Spain at Lat 36.18, Long -6.03

Tarifa is the southernmost point of mainland Europe at Lat 36.02, Long -5.6

HMS Cormorant was the receiving ship at Gibraltar used for sailors in transit. Originally a 1150 ton sloop launched in 1877 she was stationed in Gibraltar from 1889 as a hulk. She was renamed in 1946 and scrapped in 1949.

HMS Proserpine, 2169 ton cruiser, was launched in 1896 at Sheerness Dockyard and scrapped in 1919. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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25 September 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.13, Long -5.36

5.30am: Hands employed discharging ammunition & stores

8.30am: Discharged 40 boys to “Goliath”

All day: Hands employed in discharging stores

4.30pm: Leave granted to port watch till 9.30pm

Number on sick list 1


[HMS Goliath, 13,160 ton battleship, was launched in 1898 at Chatham Dockyard. She was sunk by a torpedo off the Dardanelles in May 1915 with the loss of 570 crew. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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26 September 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.13, Long -5.36

4.30am: Hands employed in discharging ammunition & stores

6.45am: Commenced coaling ship, shore labour employed

1.30pm: Discharged 15 Boys to “Vindictive”

4.00pm: 1 cell prisoner released

4.30pm: Received 15 men from “Vindictive”

5.15pm: Finished coaling, received 443 tons

6.10pm: Hands to stations

6.14pm: Cast off, turned ship Pilot Freeman instructing, tugs assisting

6.48pm: Pilot left, proceeded

7.20pm: Tarifa Point bore West

8.00pm: Tarifa Light abeam, distance 2 miles

9.15pm: Cape Spartel Light abeam, distance 2 miles

Number on sick list 4


[HMS Vindictive, 5750 ton cruiser, was launched in 1897 at Chatham Dockyard. After an active war she was sunk as a blockship during the Ostend Raid in May 1918. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

Tarifa Lighthouse is in Spain at Lat 36.0, Long -5.6

Cap Spartel Lighthouse is in Morocco at Lat 35.8. Long -5.92.]


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27 September 1914

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 34.95, Long -10.25

8.40am: Altered course to examine Portugeuse trawler “St Chebe” of Lisbon

10.00am: Hands to Church

6.30pm: Armed ship

6.45pm: Darkened ship

11.45pm: Increased to 70 revs overtaking 3 vessels

Number on sick list 6


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28 September 1914

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 33.28, Long -15.92

12.30am: Called away sea boat crew in charge of Lieutenant Commander Barnett RNR & boarded steam tug "Almagro" of Rotterdam bound for Buenos Aires with 2 lighters in tow

1.30am: Boat returned, proceeded

5.30am: Unarmed ship

1.43pm: Called away sea boat, Lieutenant Commander Barnett RNR in charge. Boarded Norwegian "San Jose" of Christiana

2.20pm: Boat returned

3.58pm: Balena Rock abeam, distance 16 miles

5.45pm: Armed ship

6.45pm: Darkened ship

8.30pm: Stopped. Called away sea boat crew, Lieutenant Commander Barnett RNR in charge, boarded British ship "Highland Warrior"

10.50pm: Funchal Light abeam

Number on sick list 4


[Tug “Almagro”, 227 tons, was built in 1914 by J&A Van der Schuyt Engineering & Shipbuilding Co, Papendrecht for Navegazione Generale Italiana, Genoa. She was sold to the Dutch in 1915, returned to Italy in 1919. She was sold to Argentina in 1930, requisitioned for the Argentine Navy in 1942 and renamed “Ranquel” and finally scrapped in 1954.

Balena Rock or possibly Baleira Rock has proved impossible to identify. It is probable that it refers to somewhere on the Island of “Porto Santo” or one of the Falcon Rocks to the North.

[SS San Jose, 1586 tons, was built in 1912 by Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Newcastle-on-Tyne for the Otto Thoreson Line. She was sunk by a U boat in 1918 without loss of life.

SS Highland Warrior, 7485 tons, was built in 1911 by Russell & Co Ltd, Greenock for the Nelson Line. She ran aground & was wrecked in 1915.

The only lighthouse indexed in Funchal is the one on the Breakwater at Lat 32.63, Long -16.9.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

September 29th, 1914

Re: SS Highland Warrior

Sir, I have the honour to report that in Latitude 32° 53’ N, Long 17° 23’ W on the 28th inst. I boarded the British steamer “Highland Warrior” of London, owned by the Nelson Steam Navigation Co; Master’s name Thomas Rees Thomas, bound from Monte Video to London.

The Master reported having passed a steamer bound South showing no lights in Lat 29° 57’ N, Longitude 18° 53’ W. None of the enemy’s ships had been sighted.

The statements of the Master and crew agreed with the information obtained from the Log Book and Official Papers which were all in order.

I recorded my visit in her Log Book, and after ascertaining that the Master had no complaint to make, re the detention and search, I returned at 9.0pm to submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieut Commr RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

September 29th, 1914

Re: SS Avocet

Sir, I have the honour to report that in Latitude 30° 50’ N, Longitude 16° 15’ W at 7.0am on the 29th inst, I boarded and searched the British steamer “Avocet” of London owned by Yeoward Bros of Liverpool, JE Taylor, Master; bound from Liverpool to the Canary Islands with general cargo, 10 days out.

The papers were satisfactory. No information was obtainable re own or enemy’s ships.

I recorded my visit in her Log Book, and after ascertaining that the Master had no complaint to make re the detention & search, I returned at 7-25am to submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

September 29th, 1914

Re: SS San Jose

Sir, I have the honour to report that in Latitude 33° 26’ N, Longitude 16° 6’ W at 1.45pm on 28th inst. I boarded and searched the Norwegian steamer San Jose of Christiansand, owned by the Norwegian American Line, Master’s name Thor Bjonson, bound from Bergen to Rio de Janeiro, 9 days out.

All her papers were in order. I had the hatches taken off and examined her cargo as far as practicable, and found it to be as entered in the manifest.

The statements of the Master and crew agreed with the information obtained from the Official Papers.

I recorded my visit in the Log Book, and after ascertaining from the Master that he had no complaint to make re the detention and search, I returned at 2.20pm to submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Obedient Servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieutenant Commander, RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

September 29th, 1914

Captain WR Napier

Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded and searched the Dutch tug “Almagro” at 12.30am 28th inst in the Lat 35° 34’ N, Long 13° 00’ W.

She was registered at Rotterdam, Signal Letters N C S D, in charge of BC Wrotravadege, Master, and owners Messrs FJ & A Van der Schuyt, and bound to Buenos Aires via Dakar.

All her papers were in order; her clearance papers giving date of departure from Rotterdam 31st July 1914 and from Ferrol 20th Aug 1914 were endorsed by the Netherlands Consul at the latter port, also at Deal, where she called owing to stress of weather.

She had two elevators in tow, consigned to the Italian Navigation Company’s Agents at Buenos Aires, and had 90 tons of coal on board for her own use, and 200 tons in each lighter for ballast.

The Master informed me that he was stopped when in Latitude of Lisbon by a British Man of War, but that he had seen none of the enemy’s ships.

The statements of the Master and Crew agreed with the information obtained from the Log Book and Official Papers.

I recorded my visit in the “Almagro’s” Log Book, and after ascertaining that the Master had no complaint to make, re the detention and search, I returned to submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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29 September 1914

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 30.0, Lat -15.97

7.00am: Stopped, called away sea boat under charge of Lieutenant Commander Barnet RNR & boarded SS Avocet of Liverpool

7.30am: Proceeded

9.45am: Observed Great Piton Island bearing S5W

10.57am: Great Piton abeam

1.30pm: Discharged Lieutenants RNR Robinson & Metcalf & 42 boys to HMS Highflyer

2.00pm: Commenced discharging stores from all hatches into boats

Great Salvage Island bearing North, distance 4 miles

30 Ratings joined from Highflyer

5.00pm: Completed discharge, 5.05pm: Proceeded

6.50pm: Darken ship

7.45pm: Man & Arm ship

11.40pm: Reduced speed & altered course in pursuit of steamer, fired from B2 gun to stop her

11.50pm: Stopped. Called away sea boat, Lieutenant Commander Barnett RNR in charge

Number on sick list 4


[SS Avocet was probably the cargo ship of 1219 tons, built in 1895 by WB Thompson & Co, Dundee and operated at this time by the Yeoward Line. She was torpedoed in 1917.

Great Piton Island is indexed as Selvagem Pequena, an islet in the Madeira group at Lat 30.03, Long -16.02

HMS Highflyer, 5740 ton cruiser, was launched in 1898 at the Fairfield Yard, Govan. She was scrapped in 1921 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

Great Salvage Island is indexed at Selvagem Grande, in the Madeira group at Lat 30.15, Long -15.87.]


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30 September 1914

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 25.98, Long -16.63

Midnight: Boarded Norwegian steamer “San Remo”

12.40am: Boat returned, proceeded

3.12am: Abona Point abeam

6.20am: Disarmed ship

2.55pm: Altered course to overhaul steamer

3.00pm: Stopped, called away sea boat under charge of Lieutenant Commander Barnett RNR who boarded Swedish steamer "Axel Johnson"

4.00pm: Boat returned with 2 German Reservists & one German doubtful, proceeded

7.45pm: Man & arm ship

8.00pm: Darken ship

11.15pm: Began sounding

Number on sick list 5


[Abona Point is indexed as Punta de Abona on Tenerife at Lat 28.12, Long -16.45

SS Axel Johnson, 4100 tons, was built in 1910 by Lindholmens Mekaniska Verkstad, Goteborg. She was sold & renamed in 1921 and scrapped in 1932.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

30th September 1914

Re: SS Axel Johnson

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 3pm on the 30th inst., in Lat 25° 10’ N, Long 16° 45’ W, I boarded and searched the Swedish steamer “Axel Johnson” of Stockholme, Master R Morck, owned by the Johnson Line, bound Rio de Janeiro to Christiana, 14 days out.

The cargo consisted of coffee and cereals, consigned to the Johnson Line at Christiana. Her papers were satisfactory and on examining her cargo, as far as practicable, I found it to agree with the Bill of Lading etc.

She had a crew of 37 men and 18 passengers

Three of the crew being of German nationality and of serviceable age I arrested them; their names are:

Karl Souter, age 28 of Görlitz, Berlin, reservist

August Murysman, age 27, of Lippe, Detmold, reservist

Karl Jönes, age 27, of Brandenburg, no service

The Master requested me not to take all these men out, as he was short handed, but in accordance with your instructions, I made prisoners of them.

I recorded my visit in her Log Book, and after ascertaining that the Master had no complaint to make re the detention and search, I returned on board at 4.05 to make my report

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

1st Oct 1914

Re: SS Thomas Holt

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 7.35am on the 1st inst in Lat 21° 40’ N, Long 17° 17’ W, I boarded and searched the British steamer “Thomas Holt” of Liverpool, A Gladney, Master, owner Thomas Holt & Co Ltd, bound Lagos via Axim to Liverpool, and 9 days out from Axim. Her papers were satisfactory.

The Master reports that HMS Challenger was at Lagos on Sept 20th. None of the enemy’s ships were seen.

I recorded my visit in her Log Book and after ascertaining that the Master had no complaint to make re the detention I returned on board at 8.09 to make my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

Sept 30th 1914

Re: SS San Remo

Sir, I have the honour to report that in Latitude 28° 36’ N, Longitude 12° 2’ W at midnight on 30th inst. I boarded and searched the Norwegian steamer “San Remo”, of Christiana owned by Otto Thoresues of the Joint Stock Steamship Co Ltd, Master JL Aune, bound from Bahia Blanca via St Vincent for Landskruna via Dartmouth, where it is proposed to bunker.

She was 4 days out from St Vincent. The cargo consisted of Barley, Rye and Maize.

Her papers were satisfactory and, after examination of her cargo, I found it agreed with Bills of Lading etc.

The Master reported having passed one War Vessel off the River Plate, nationality unknown.

I recorded my visit in her Log Book, and after ascertaining that the Master had no complaint to make re the detention and search, I returned at 0.35am to make my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] EM Barnet, Lieutenant Commander RNR



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1914


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1 October 1914

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 20.75, Long -17.42

Sounding

7.30am: Stopped. Called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Commander Barnet RNR, boarded SS Thomas Holt of Liverpool.

8.10am: Boat returned, proceeded

7.45pm: Man & arm ship

7.55pm: Darkened ship

Number on sick list 5


[SS Thomas Holt, 1522 tons, was built in 1910 by William Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow for John Holt & Co Ltd. She was sold to German owners and renamed “Eilenau” in 1929. In 1941 she was sunk by British gunfire in the Lofoten Islands but refloated in 1948. She was scrapped in 1951.]


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2 October 1914

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 18.13, Long -22.82

Number on sick list 6


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3 October 1914

St Vincent (Porto Grande)

Lat 16.88, Long -25.00

1.30am: Observed Bull Point Light W½N

5.32am: Bull Point Light NxW, distance 6 miles

7.55am: Stopped engines, anchored

9.00am: Commenced with ship’s company to discharge stores for "Albion"

Discharged Lieutenant Commander EM Barnett RNR & 54 boys to “Albion”

Discharged Lieutenant Stokes RN to "Empress of Brittain"

Noon: Hove up anchor & proceeded closer in shore

2.00pm: Commenced coaling with shore labour & watering ship

Hands employed in discharging stores for "Albion", "Empress of Brittain" & "Carnarvon"

4.00pm: 40 seaman ratings joined from “Albion”

Discharged 3 stokers to “Albion”

4.55pm: Discharged Yeoman of Signals G Lee to hospital, 20 boys to “Empress of Britain”

8.30pm: Completed discharging of stores

9.30pm: Port watch sent to SS Cliftonhall with stores for "Carnarvon"

Coaling & watering proceeding

Number on sick list 5


[Bull Point seems to be also known as Lombo de Boi where there is a disused lighthouse and lies off the island of Santo Antao. It is sometimes referred to as Ilheu Lombo de Boi or Ilheu do Boi and is situated at Lat 17.13, Long -24.98

HMS Albion, 12,950 ton battleship, was launched in 1898 by the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Co, Ltd. She served in the Dardanelles and was scrapped in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Empress of Britain, 14,189 ton Armed Merchant Cruiser, was built in 1905 as RMS Empress of Britain at the Fairfield Yard, Govan. She was requisitioned in 1914 and returned to her owners in 1919. In 1924 she was renamed “Montroyal” until she was scrapped in 1930. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]

HMS Carnavon, 11,020 ton cruiser, was launched in 1903 by William Beardmore, Dalmuir. She served at the Battle of the Falklands and was scrapped in 1921. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

SS Cliftonhall, 3900 tons, was built in 1907 for the West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co. She was sold in 1920.]


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4 October 1914

St Vincent to Sierra Leone

Lat 16.88, Long -25.00

12.15am: Port watch returned on board

Coaling & watering proceeding

7.40am: "Albion" sailed

8.45am: Completed coaling, received 586 tons

11.00am: Divine Service held

1.20pm: Finished watering

1.40pm: Anchor aweigh

6.08pm: Point Vermelharia (S Nicolas) abeam, distance 2½ miles

7.45pm: Man & arm ship

8.00pm: Darkened ship

Number on sick list 5


[Ponta da Vermelharia is on the island of Sao Nicolau in the Cape Verde Islands at Lat 16.48, Long -24.32.]


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5 October 1914

St Vincent to Sierra Leone

Lat 14.13, Long -21.52

7.00am: Unmanned ship

Lost 20 bags containing various stores whilst discharging

4.33pm: Observed HMS Carnarvon bearing South

5.30pm: Stopped. Sent away sea boats with stores for "Carnarvon"

Discharged 40 boys & one Engine Room Artificer to “Carnarvon” & received 30 Able seamen from her

6.35pm: Boats returned, proceeded


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6 October 1914

St Vincent to Sierra Leone

Lat 10.85, Long -17.37

8.20am: Altered course to head off steamer

8.49am: Called away sea boat under command of Lieutenant Commander Whitton RNR, boarded SS Saxon

12.30pm: Cast lead, wire parted due to flow

1.40pm: Commenced firing practice with aiming rifle

2.35pm: Ceased fire, resumed course

Sounding intermittently through rest of day

Number on sick list 7


[SS Saxon, 12,385 tons, was built in 1899 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Union Line but was merged into the Union-Castle Line while fitting out. She was finally scrapped in 1935.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

Oct 6th 1914

Re: SS Saxon

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 9am GMT in Lat 11° 10’ N, Long 17° 35’ W, I boarded the Union-Castle Line SS Saxon of London, Off No 112713, registered tonnage 6446 net, P Whitehead RNR, Master.

The Master reports having sailed from Capetown on Sep 26th, bound for Southampton via Madeira with a general cargo.

Her crew number 293 and she carried 337 passengers.

Having examined all ship’s papers and wireless log, and found same satisfactory, I was assured everything was in order, and gave permission for her to proceed, the Master having no complaints to make re detention and search of vessel.

The Master reports having passed on Sept 27th in Lat 33° 20’ S, Long 17° 40’ E the French SS St Andre steering SE.

I returned on board at 9.30am to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Frederick W Whitton Lieut Comdr RNR


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7 October 1914

Sierra Leone

Lat 8.49, Long -13.23

Sounding at intervals

2.50am: Observed Isle de Los bearing S70E

3.45am: Isle de Los Light bore N57E

4.32am: Isle de Los Light bore N40E, distance 10 miles

8.40am: Cape Sierra Leone Light House abeam, distance ½ mile

9.32am: Anchored

Hands employed discharging stores into lighters

Assistant Paymaster Hallam & Midshipman Blake left ship & took passage in SS Burutu

4.30pm: Gave leave to Chief & 1st class Petty Officers till 10pm

10.15pm: All stores discharged

on sick list 12


[Iles de Los are in Guinea at approximately Lat 9.45, Long -13.79

Ile de Los Lighthouse is indexed as Ile Tamara at Lat 9.45, Long -13.83

Cape Sierra Leone Lighthouse is at Lat 8.5, Long -13.3

SS Burutu, 3836 tons, was built in 1902 by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Glasgow for the Elder Dempster Line. In 1918 she collided with “City of Calcutta” 25 miles South of Bardsey Island with the loss of 148 lives.]


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8 October 1914

Sierra Leone

Lat 8.49, Long -13.23

6.00am: Collier Gripwell came alongside

6.45am: Commenced coaling ship with ship’s company

7.30am: Commenced taking in patent fuel with native labour

8.45am: Discharged 3 German prisoners ex “Axel Johnson” ashore under military escort

1.30pm: Black squall accompanied by heavy rain

2.30pm: Squall over

3.00pm: Stopped taking in water

4.00pm: Dr Fraser joined ship for passage to "Moldavia"

5.30pm: Coaling from collier completed, received 202 tons

Leave granted to starboard watch & 1st part port watch till 10.30pm

8.30pm: Stopped taking in patent fuel

Number on sick list 9


[SS Gripwell, 3842 tons, spent most of her service under her launch name of “Knutsford”. She was built in 1903 by Robert Stephenson & Co, Hebburn, but spent some time in 1914 as “Gripwell” when operated by the Gripwell Steam Ship Co Ltd. She reverted to her launch name after another sale and was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat in 1916.

RMS Moldavia, 9500 ton liner, was built by Caird & Co, Greenock for the P&O Line. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1915 and sunk by a torpedo from a U-boat in 1918 with the loss of 56 men. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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9 October 1914

Sierra Leone

Lat 8.49, Long -13.23

7.30am: Re-started the taking in of patent fluid & watering ship

11.30am: Finished watering ship

Noon: Completed the patent fuel, received 236 tons

2.33pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded, turned ship & set course

3.00pm: Sierra Leone Light House abeam, distance ½ mile

6.15pm: Arm & man ship

6.30pm: Darkened ship

Number on sick list 8


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10 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Abrolhos

Lat 6.15, Long -16.67

6.30am: Man & unarm ship

One case of testing primers & tubes for Q.F. & Q.F.C. lost overboard by accident

Noon: Stopped, put over target & sent away sea boat with Gunner, manoeuvred ship into position for calibration

12.52pm: Commenced firing 4 rounds per gun

2.20pm: Ceased firing, proceeded to pick up target

2.55pm: Sea boat hoisted up

2.58pm: Proceeded, marines at small arms drill

4.30pm: Evening quarters & fire drill

Number on sick list 9


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11 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Abrolhos

Lat 3.55, Long -19.80

7.00am: Heavy rain, guns covered up

9.30am: Divisions

10.00am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 9


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12 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Abrolhos

Lat 1.03, Long -23.55

9.50am: Dropped target overboard & commenced firing with aiming rifle, altered course as required

10.50am: Ceased firing & resumed course

Number on sick list 12


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13 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Abrolhos

Lat 0.85, Long -28.42

9.15am: Commenced firing at target with aiming rifle, course as required

9.55am: Ceased firing, resumed course

3.50pm: Observed St Pauls Rocks N64W

4.08pm: St Pauls Rocks abeam starboard, distance ¾ mile

Number on sick list 14


[St Pauls Rocks refers to a set of islets indexed as Penedos de Sao Pedro e Sao Paulo off the coast of Brazil at Lat 0.93, Long -29.37.]


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14 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -2.77, Long -30.97

9.25am: Put target overboard & commenced firing with aiming rifle, course as required

10.05am: Ceased fire & resumed course

3.25pm: Spotted steamer

4.15am: Stopped, called away sea boat under charge of Lieuenant-Commander Whitton RNR & boarded steamer "Lady Ninian" of Cardiff

4.28pm: Proceeded to other steamer. Stopped, called away sea boat under charge of Lieutenant Perry RN & boarded Spanish steamer "Infanta Isabel de Bourbon" of Barcelona

5.40pm: Boats returned & recovered

5.45pm: Proceeded

11.05pm: Rat Island abeam, distance 15 miles

Number on sick list 12


[SS Infanta Isabel de Borbon, 9998 tons, was built in 1913 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton, for Compania Transatlantica, Barcelona. She was renamed “Uruguay” in 1931 then bombed and sunk in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War.

Rat Island is indexed as Ilha Rata and is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -3.81, Long -32.39.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

Oct 14th 1914

Re: SS Infanta Isobel de Borbon

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 4.15pm SAT in Lat 3° 10’ S, Long 31° 41’ W, I boarded the La Compania Transatlantia Line steamship “Infanta Isobel de Borbon” of Barcelona, Manuel Deschamps Master.

The Master reports having sailed from Cadiz on Oct 4th, touching at Las Palmas on Oct 9th, bound for Monte Video with a general cargo.

Her crew numbered 218 and she carried 1200 passengers.

Having examined all ship’s Papers and Wireless Log and found same satisfactory, I was assured that everything was in order, and gave permission for her to proceed; the Master having no complaints to make re detention and search of vessel.

The Master reports having passed British warship, probably HMS Highflyer, off St Vincent.

I returned on board at 5.45pm to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] RLT Perry, Lieutentant RN


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

October 14th 1914

Re: SS Lady Ninian

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 4.15pm ATS in Lat 3° 10’ S, Long 31° 41’ W I boarded the SS Lady Ninian of Cardiff, Off No 123160. Reg Tonnage 2795, JC Torkison, Master, and owned by Messrs Lewis, Loucher & Co, Cardiff.

The Master reports having sailed from Buenos Ayres on Oct 2nd bound for Glasgow and Sharpness via St Vincent or Las Palmas (for coaling), with a cargo of Maize and Semolina.

Having examined all ship’s Papers and found same satisfactory, I was assured everything was in order and gave permission to proceed, having endorsed Ship’s Log.

The Master had no complaints to make re: detention and search of vessel

He reported the German liner “Sierra Cordova” at Buenos Ayres coaling, with the crew of the German SS Cap Trafalgar on board, also the sighting of HMS Monmouth in Lat 9° 00’ S, Long 34° 00’ W, steering South; also one warship and five steamships behind Abrolhos Island.

I returned on board at 5.15pm to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Fred W Whitton, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

Oct 15th 1914

Re: SS Tirrino

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 7.20am in Lat 4° 75’ S, Long 32° 50’ W, I boarded and searched the SS Tirrino of Genoa, Gueiseppe Giribaldi [sic], Master; owned by Messrs Costa Reio & Co, Genoa; reg Tonnage 1255 and bound, via St Vincent (for coaling) to Genoa with a cargo of Maize consigned to owners from Buenos Ayres.

The Master reports having sighted several merchant ships bound North and South, but no warships. He also reports having sailed from Monte Video on Oct 3rd.

After having endorsed the Ship’s Log, and having ascertained that the Master had no complaint re the detention and search, I returned on board to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Fred W Whitton, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

15 Oct 1914

Re: SS Bampton

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 12.10pm today in Lat 5° 10’ S, Long 33° 07’ W, I boarded and searched the British steamer “Bampton” of Cardiff, net Tonnage 2798, Off No 128514, Master’s name FS Iliff, owned by the Tatem Steam Navigation Co, Cardiff.

She was 11 days out from Buenos Ayres, and bound for Hull via St Vincent or Las Palmas (for coaling) with a cargo of Maize or Linseed, consigned to order at Hull.

Her Master reports having passed HMS Cornwall at noon on the 12th inst, in Lat 15° 56’ S, Long 36° 48’ W steaming south; also several merchant ships steaming south.

After having transferred Dr DR Frazer, Temp Surgeon to the “Bampton”, and ascertained that the Master had no complaint to make re the detention and search, I gave permission to proceed, and returned on board to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Fred W Whitton, Lieutenant Commander RNR


[SS Bampton, 4496 tons, was built in 1910 by Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, for the Tatem Steam Navigation Co. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1922. Eventually she was torpedoed by HMS Thorn in 1942 while under the Italian Flag.]


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15 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Pernambuco

Lat -5.17, Long -33.12

6.35am: Observed steamer bearing S6E

7.05am: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Commander Whitton RNR & boarded Italian steamer “Tirrino” of Genoa

7.45am: Boat returned and proceeded

9.45am: Commenced aiming rifle practice with target

10.45am: Ceased firing

11.30am: Fuzed 30 Lyddite shell

Noon: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Commander Whitton RNR & boarded SS "Bampton" of Cardiff.

12:30pm: Transferred Dr. Fraser to "Bampton" for passage to St Vincent

12.50pm: Boat returned & proceeded

3.55pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

4.30pm: Resumed course

Number on sick list 11


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16 October 1914

Sierra Leone to Pernambuco

Lat -8.05, Long -34.85

2.35am: Pernambuco Light S51W

4.52am: Olinda Light WNW, distance 11 miles

6.40am: Anchored

am: Marines to 6” gun drill, Boys to small arm drill

Fuzed 30 Lyddite shells

2.15pm: Hove up anchor & proceeded out of roads steaming to new orders

4.16pm: Agostinho Light House abeam, distance 16 miles

6.35pm: Tamandire Fort Light abeam, distance 6 miles

11.45pm: Maceio Lighthouse abeam

Number on sick list 11


[Pernambuco Light is now indexed as Recife Lighthouse in Brazil at Lat -8.07, Long -34.87

Olinda Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -8.02, Long -34.85

Cabo de Santo Agostinho Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -8.35, Long -34.95

Tamandare Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -8.77, Long -35.1

Maceio Porto Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -9.65, Long -35.73.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

17 Oct 1914

Re: SS Elizabeth van Belgie

Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded at 9pm in Lat 13° 15’ S, Long 36° 31’ W, the Belgian Steamer SS Elizabeth van Belgie, of Antwerp, owned by Messrs AA Dappe & Co, Antwerp, Master, Van Schoonbek, reg Tonnage 3354, on passage Buenos Ayres to Falmouth (FO) via Las Palma for bunkers. The Master reported having sailed from Buenos Ayres on Oct 9th with a cargo of Maize consigned to Order. Her crew numbered 41 and she carried no passengers.

Nothing was sighted of Abrolhos Island but at 6.30am this day an MFA steamer was passed in Lat 16° 27’ S, Long 37° 25’ W, steering S24W.

Having endorsed the Ship’s Log and ascertained that the Master had no complaint re the detention and search, I gave permission to proceed and returned on board to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Fred W Whitton, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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17 October 1914

Pernambuco to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -11.97, Long -36.32

9.50am: Commenced firing with aiming rifle at target, course as required

10.52am: Ceased firing, resumed course

9.00pm: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant-Commander Whitton RNR & boarded Belgian steamer "Elizabeth von Belgie"

9.50pm: Boat returned, proceeded

Number on sick list 11


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18 October 1914

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -15.57, Long -37.50

6.50am: Altered course to intercept steamer

7.30am: Exchanged signals with SS Hortensius, British

8.00am: Resumed course [Log reads 7am but this is unlikely]

10.00am: Divine Service held

12.30pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

1.18pm: Passed & exchanged signals with SS Hunstobabe (Brit)

Sounding at intervals for rest of day

Number on sick list 9


[SS Hortensius, 3472 tons, was built in 1899 for the Houston Line. She was scrapped in 1925.

The nearest British registered ship to “Hunstobabe” I can find at that time is “Hunstanton”, 4612 tons, built as “Werdenfels” in 1903 by Bremer Vulkan (Bremen). She was captured in Port Said at the outbreak of war and transferred to the Shipping Controller & renamed. She was sunk by a U-boat in 1917.]


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19 October 1914

Abrolhos Island

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

12.55am: Observed Abrolhos Light House S33W

3.45am: Abrolhos Light House S13W

7.17am: Abrolhos Light House abeam, distance 3 miles

7.50am: Anchored

8.30am: Sea boat with mail left for HMS Cornwall

pm: Hands cleaning & painting ship

Number on sick list 8


[Abrolhos Lighthouse is also known as Ilha de Santa Barbara at Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

HMS Cornwall, 10,000 ton cruiser, was launched in 1902 at the Pembroke Dockyard. She participated in the Dardanelles campaign and was finally scrapped in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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20 October 1914


Abrolhos Island

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

10.15am: 30 ratings joined ship from “Cornwall”

10.30am: 40 boys joined “Cornwall”

Hands employed in painting ship

1.50pm: Whaler went away sailing, at 2[pm] capsized, men rescued by ships galleys & pinnace from “Cornwall”. Lieutenant Commander Frederick William Whitton RNR was found to be apparently drowned. Artificial respiration was tried by ship’s surgeon & abandoned at 3.30pm

3.50pm: Received 2 bags mail from “Cornwall” for England

5.40pm: Commenced turning

5.55pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded, company with gunnery range tender, observations with “Macedonia”

9.00pm: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge Lieutenant Perry RN & boarded SS Antiope (Brit

Number on sick list 8


[SS Antiope, 2973 tons, was built in 1906 by William Gray & Co, West Hartlepool for the Egypt & Levant Steamship Co Ltd. She was captured and shelled by a U-boat in 1916

HMS Macedonia, 10,552 ton armed merchant cruiser, was built in 1904 at Harland & Wolff, Belfast for P&O. She was requisitioned in 1914 and returned to P&O in 1921. She was scrapped in 1931 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

20 Oct 1914

Re: SS Antiope

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 9pm SAT in Lat 18° 11’ S, Long 38° 30’W, I boarded the Egypt & Levant SS Co’s ship SS Antiope of Hull, JD McFarlane Master.

The Master reports having sailed from Hull on Sept 24th with a cargo of 3500 tons coal consigned to CH Walker & Co, Buenos Ayres.

Her crew numbered 24 and she carried no passengers.

Having examined all ship’s papers and found same satisfactory, I was assured everything was in order, and gave permission for her to proceed, the Master having no complaints to make re the detention and search of vessel.

I returned on board at 9.50pm to make my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] RLT Perry, Lieutenant RN


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

21st Oct 1914

Re: SS Frixos

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 6.49am SAT in Lat 16° 31’ S, Long 37° 40’ W, I boarded the National Steam Navigation Co’s SS Frixos of Andros, Greece, Basil Fakis, Master.

He reports having sailed from Rosario on Oct 9th bound for London with a cargo of 5579 tons of maize bound for W Barnet of Belfast.

Her crew number 24 and she carried no passengers.

Having examined all ship’s papers and found same satisfactory, I was assured everything was in order, and gave permission for her to proceed, the Master having no complaints to make re the detention and search of vessel.

I returned on board at 7.15am to make my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] RLT Perry, Lieutenant RN


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

22nd Oct 1914

Re SS Normannia

Sir, I have the honour to report that on Oct 21st at 10pm SAT in Lat 15° 1’ S, Long 36° 48’ W, I boarded SS Normannia of the Hafnia SS Co, Copenhagen, owners Peter Brown Junr, Master Edward E Erichsen.

The Master reports that he had sailed from Elsinore on 12th Sept, calling at Cardiff 19th to 25th Sept, Gibraltar 1st Oct, and Las Palmas on 7th Oct bound for Buenos Ayres with water ballast, no cargo.

She carried a crew of 23 men, and there were no passengers on board.

Having examined all papers and found everything satisfactory, I gave him permission to proceed, the Master having no complaint to make re the detention and search.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] RLT Perry, Lieutenant RN


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21 October 1914

Abrolhos Island to Pernambuco

Lat -16.40, Long -37.50

[The latitude in the log is wrongly labelled as 16° 24’ N]

12.50am: Abrolhos Island Lighthouse dipped bearing S61W

4.00am: Sighted steamer bearing N80E distance about 8 miles

4.45am: Overtook British steamer “Royal Sceptre” of London, bound for New York

5.45am: Altered course East to intercept steamer

6.40am: Stopped, called away sea boat under charge Lieutenant Perry RN & boarded Greek steamer “Flesios”. [This would appear to be the “Frixos” mentioned in the report by Lieutenant Perry.]

7.10am: Boat returned.

8.10am: Divisions

8.25am: Stopped

8.30am: Committed the body of the late Lieutenant Commander Frederick William Whitton RNR to the deep [Lat 16° 58’ S, Long 37° 43’ W]

8.50am: Proceeded

10.50am: Altered course as required for target practice with aiming rifle

11.50am: Ceased firing, resumed course

3.15pm: Signalled Argentine transport, “Chaco”

9.50pm: Stopped, called away sea boat under charge Lieutenant Perry RN & boarded Danish steamer "Normannia"

Number on sick list 13


[SS Frixos, 3531 tons, was built in 1907 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the National Steam Navigation Co of Greece. She was missing in April 1917, believed sunk by U boat.

Lieutenant Commander Frederick William Whitton age 44 was the son of William and Elizabeth Jane Whitton, Liverpool. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial panel 5.

SS Chaco, 4218 tons, was built as “Cadiz” in 1895 by Charles Connell & Co, Scotstoun. She was renamed in 1899 and converted to a hulk in 1923 and seems to have been scrapped in 1947.

There was a Danish SS Normannia, 2654 tons, built in 1897 by Howaldswerke AG, Kiel for Fiske A/S D/S. She sank in a storm in 1924.]


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22 October 1914

Abrolhos to Pernambuco

Lat -12.88, Long -36.45

2.20am: Observed steamer NNE steaming SW, altered cours

3.10am: Passed SS Westgate of London, altered course

4.30am: Signalled Greek steamer “Flesios” bound N [possibly “Frixos”]

6.40am: Passed SS Egyptiana bound SW

9.15am: Commenced firing with aiming rifle at target, altered course as required

9.50am: Ceased firing, resumed course

1.27pm: Signalled Danish steamer “Cathay” bound south

4.30pm: HMS Carnarvon passed steering SW

Number on sick list 16


[SS Westgate, 2773 tons, was built in 1897 by Thomas Turnbull & Sons, Whitby for Turnbull, Scott & Co. She was posted missing in 1919 but it transpired that she was in collision with SS Bayonne 8/9 Jan and foundered with the loss of 35 crew.

SS Egyptiana, 3818 tons, was built in 1905 for Furness, Withy & Co. She was torpedoed in 1916 without loss of life.

SS Cathay, 4076 tons, was built in 1898 by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith for Det Ostasiastike Kompagnie A/S. She hit a mine and sank in 1915.]


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23 October 1914

Pernambuco

Lat -8.05, Long -34.85

3.00am: Maceio Light bearing N50W

7.50am: Tamandau Light House, distance 7 miles [Tamandare]

8.40am: Alexis Island abeam, distance 4½ miles

9.50am: Cape St Agostinho abeam, distance 3 miles

11.10am: Stopped & anchored [Recife anchorage]

11.30am: His Britannic Majesty’s Vice Consul came on board

2.00pm: HBM Vice-Consul left

2.15pm: Weighed & proceeded

10.07pm: Pedro Sacca Light abeam, distance 8’

Number on sick list 16


[Ilha de Santo Aleixo is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -8.6, Long -35.03

Pedra Seca Light House is in Brazil at Lat -6.95, Long -34.82.]


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24 October 1914

Pernambuco to Fernando Noronha

Lat -4.88, Long -36.33

2.10am: Observed Rio Norte Light N43W

2.47am: Rio Norte Light abeam, distance 9 miles

8.00am: Passed SS Newlands of Glasgow bound NW

Number on sick list 15


[Rio Norte Light probably referred to the disused light placed on the wall of the Forte dos Reis Magos at the entrance to Natal Harbour at Lat -5.76, Long -35.19

SS Newlands, 3023 tons, was built in 1902 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. At this time she was owned by the Glasgow Navigation Co Ltd, she was renamed for the first time in 1924 and finally sank when she hit a mine in 1943.]


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25 October 1914

Fernando Noronha

Lat -3.84, Long -32.41

1.19am: Observed Rocas Light bearing S75E

2.26am: Rocas Light abeam, distance 8 miles

7.00am: Observed Fernando Noronha Peak S72E

9.45am: Anchored

10.00am: Sent sea boat ashore in charge of Lieutenant Perry RN

10.30am: Divine Service

12.45pm: Boat returned from shore

12.50pm: Shore station signalled that telegram waited ship

1.10pm: Sent boat ashore

3.05pm: Boat returning, weighed anchor

3.25pm: Boat secured, anchor secured, proceeded

9.10pm: Rocas Light bore N34E, distance 7 miles

11.45pm: Rocas Light bore S75E

Number on sick list 14


[Fernando Noronha is an island of the coast of Brazil at Lat -3.84, Long -32.41

Atol de Rocas Lighthouse is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -3.84, Long -33.80.]


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26 October 1914

Cruising

Lat -4.30, Long -33.73

4.30am: Observed Rocas Light S65E, approximate distance 19 miles

8.53am: Rocas Light House bearing N69E, distance 14 miles

9.15am: Commenced firing with aiming rifle at target, altering course as required

9.50am: Ceased firing, resumed course

9.56pm: Sighted & challenged vessel bearing WSW, HMS Bristol replied to challenge

10.28pm: Stopped, Captain boarded "Bristol"

11.30pm: Captain returned

Number on sick list 15


[HMS Bristol, 4877 ton cruiser, was launched in 1920 at John Brown & Co, Clydebank. She was sold for scrap in 1921 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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27 October 1914

Cruising

Lat -4.12, Long -32.20

12.50am: Altered course SE to overhaul sailing ship

1.07am: Passed barque “Dom” [probably “Don”] of Christiansand & resumed course

3.00am: Altered course & overhauled SS Ilheos of Bahia

4.40am: Observed 3 steamers, altered course

5.20am: Passed floating whaling station, “Svendfojn” (Norwegian) & 2 Norwegian whalers “Graham” & “Sundle”

5.45am: Resumed course

9.30am: Commenced firing at target with aiming rifle

10.15am: Ceased firing

11.15am: Altered course for steamer

11.30am: Passed & signalled SS Morazan of Liverpool

12.50pm: Rat Island Light House N49W

Number on sick list 13


[SV Don, 1169 tons, was built in 1886 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow. She was sunk by a U-boat in Aug 1918.

SS Ilheos, 760 tons, was built in 1910 by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Troon for Cleto J Assu, Bahia. She seems to have sailed until 1955

SS Svend Foyn, 4038 tons, was built in 1894 as “Strathness” by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. After several changes of name she became “Svend Foyn” in 1913 & was scrapped in 1934.

SS Graham, 163 tons, was built in 1912 by Porsgrund Mekaniske Vaerksted. In 1924 she foundered off South Shetland with the loss of all 10 crew.

SS Morazan, 3486 tons, was built in 1905 by R Thompson & Sons, Sunderland for the Liverpool Shipping Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1916 without loss of life but the master was taken prisoner.

There was a lighthouse on Ilha Rata in the Fernando Noronha group. After failure of water supply to the keepers it was converted to automatic operation but now seems not to appear in the listings. The island is at Lat -3.81, Long -32.39.]


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28 October 1914

Cruising

Lat -1.85, Long -32.57

9.15am: Commenced firing on target [?] with aiming rifle, altered course as required

9.30am: Ceased fire

10.40am: Observed steamer, altered course

11.15am: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge Lieutenant Perry RN, boarded SS Orn II of Sandefjord, Norway

11.55am: Boat returned & secured

2.00pm: Admonished Mr. Wilfrid Beilley, Warrant Telegraphist, for disobedience of orders in the Wireless Telegraphy office

11.25pm: Observed Rat Island Light S47W

Number on sick list 15


[SS Orn 2, 6400 dwt, was built in 1890 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast as SS Gaekwar. She was renamed Carnarvonshire & Falkland before her lengthy career as Orn 2. She became a whaling factory ship in 1928 as SS Pontos and was scrapped in 1934.]


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

28th Oct 1914

Re: SS Orn 2

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 11.15am SAT, in Lat 1° 51’ S, Long 32° 34’ W, I boarded the Aktieselskabet Grrien SS Orn 2 of Sandefjord, owner, Soren L Christensen, Master, J Paulsen.

The Master reports having sailed from Burnt Island on Oct 7th, bound for New Island, calling at St Vincent on Oct 22nd for coal; 4400 empty barrels, 4100 tons coal, and whaling outfits, cargo.

Her crew numbered 108 including 6 stowaway niggers from St Vincent.

Having examined all ship’s papers and wireless log, and found everything satisfactory, I gave her permission to proceed, the Master having no complaints re detention and search of vessel.

He reports having seen “Highflyer” and “Empress of Britain” in St Vincent.

I returned on board at 11.50am to submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] RLT Perry, Lieutenant RN


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29 October 1914

Cruising

Lat -3.90, Long -34.05

1.07am: Rat Island Light House abeam, distance 1½ miles

8.50am: Rocas Island Light House bearing SxW, distance 5 miles

Altered course towards HM Ships Bristol, Macedonia

10.00am: Stopped near HM ships, Captain visited "Bristol"

11.55am: Captain returned, hoisted up and secured galley

12.05pm: Proceeded

1.15pm: Rocas Island Light House N15W, distance 5 miles

Number on sick list 19


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30 October 1914

Fernando Noronha

Lat -3.84, Long -32.41

5.25am: Observed Fernando Noronha Peak bearing S17W

7.30am: Approaching Fernando Noronha Anchorage

8.05am: Stopped engines

8.15am: Sent away 2 sea boats ashore in charge of Lieutenant Perry RN & Sub Lieutenant Smith RNR

8.16am: Turned ship & went out to sea

9.15am: Commenced firing at target with 1” aiming rifle

10.05am: Ceased firing, altered course for Fernando Noronha

11.40am: Stopped, anchored

12.10pm: Boats arrived alongside

1.27pm: Anchors aweigh

1.38pm: Rat Island Light House S60E, distance 1½ miles

Number on sick list 21


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31 October 1914

At sea

Lat -2.60, Long -32.48

5.11pm: Anchored

Sent sea boat ashore in charge Lieutenant Perry RN

6.45pm: Boat returned

6.56pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

Number on sick list 18



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1914


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1 November 1914

At sea

Lat -1.02, Long -32.45

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 13


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2 November 1914

At sea

Lat 0.42, Long -30.20

8.50am: Passed barquentine “Gaspe” of St John New Brunswick, gave her position

4.30pm: Evening quarters, exercised fire stations

Number on sick list 16


[SV Gaspe, 249 tons, was built in Liverpool in 1903.]


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3 November 1914

At sea

Lat -0.52, Long -30.78

9.30am: Commenced firing with aiming rifle at target

10.05am: Ceased firing

6.10pm: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Perry RN & boarded Dutch steamer “Hollandia”

6.50pm: Boat returned & secured

Number on sick list 16


[SS Hollandia, 7291 tons, was built in 1909 by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Glasgow for Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij. She was sold & renamed in 1922 and foundered later that year with the loss of 19 men.]


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4 November 1914

At sea

Lat -1.82, Long -29.90

2.05pm: Observed steamer bearing NW

2.15pm: Observed HMS Bristol S65E altered course

3.05pm: Altered course exchanging signals with “Bristol”

5.20pm: Parted company with "Bristol"

8.30pm: Sighted & “spoke” Dutch steamer "Frisia"

Number on sick list 21


[SS Frisia, 7442 tons, was built in 1909 for Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd. She was sold & renamed in 1922 and scrapped in 1928.]


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5 November 1914

At sea

Lat 1.70, Long -31.63

9.20am: Commenced target practice with aiming rifle

10.05am: Ceased firing & proceeded

Number on sick list 12


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6 November 1914

At sea

Lat 5.33, Long -30.75

9.20am: Dropped target, carried out target practice with full charge practice projectile at A2 & X2 guns

Noon: Ceased firing

12.15pm: Stopped, boat & target arrived alongside

1.15pm: Hoisted up boat & target

Number on sick list 12


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7 November 1914

At sea

Lat 1.87, Long -30.63

3.00pm: Passed & signalled SS Dart of London bound north

10.20pm: Passed Italian steamer “Atlantico” bound NE

Number on sick list 12


[SS Dart, 3207 tons, was built in 1898 by Joseph L Thompson & Sons, Sunderland for E Hain & Son. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 4 men.

SS Atlantico, 3095 tons, was built in 1891 by the Sunderland Shipbuilding Co, Sunderland as “Empress of the East”. Her name was changed to “Atlantico” in 1913 and in 1914 she was operated by A Chichizola & Figlio. In 1916 she was captured and scuttled by German U-boat without loss of life.]


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8 November 1914

At sea

Lat -3.03, Long -31.25

10.00am: Divine Service performed

3.00pm: Observed Fernando Noronha Peak S86W

5.20pm: Fernando Noronha Peak bearing N46W, distance 20 miles

Number on sick list 12


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9 November 1914

Fernando Noronha to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -8.23, Long -34.43

2.45pm: Passed SS Boltonhall

11.00pm: Passed SS Jupiter of Bilbao bound North

Number on sick list 10


[SS Boltonhall, 3535 tons, was built in 1900 by Irvine’s Drydock & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. She was torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of 5 men.

SS Jupiter, 4896 tons, was built in 1900 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow, then sold while fitting out to Cia Anon Maritima Union, Bilbao. After a long career she seems to have been scrapped in 1970.]


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10 November 1914

Fernando Noronha to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -14.05, Long -36.60

8.15pm: Disrated: A Ford, Hospital Attendant, was this day disrated to Assistant Steward at a wage of £4 3/- per month. Warrant no. 4

Midnight: Passed Dutch Steamer “Eemland”, Buenos Aires to Amsterdam

Number on sick list 20


[SS Eemland, 3770 tons, was built in 1905 by A McMillan & Sons, Dumbarton for Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd. In 1917 she was captured & sunk by a U-boat.]


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11 November 1914

Abrolhos Island

Lat -18.12, Long -38.68 [A longitude of 39° 41'W was incorrectly recorded]

4.40am: Began sounding periodically

6.30am: Passed Italian steamer "Tomaco Die Sovia" bound SW

7.41am: Observed Abrolhos bearing N14W

7.45am: Passed Brazil steamer "Minas Geraes" bound SW

8.40am: Observed HMS Kent bearing N61W

10.05am: Stopped & anchored

Abrolhos Light House N65E, distance 23 miles

Discharged 20 boys to "Kent"

1.00pm: Received 5 boxes 1" aiming ammunition from "Kent"

Hands preparing ship for coaling

6.00pm: Discharged 10 cases jam to “Kent”

Sent mail away by “Kent”

Number on sick list 14


[SS Tomaso di Savoia, 7914 tons, was built in 1907 by Barclay, Curle & Co, Glasgow for Lloyd Sabaudo, Genoa. She was scrapped in 1928.

SS Minas Geraes, 3540 tons, was built in 1909 by Workman Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast. She was sunk by an Italian U-boat in 1943.

HMS Kent, 10,000 ton cruiser, was launched in 1901 at the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard. She took part in the Battle of the Falklands and the hunt for “Dresden” and was scrapped in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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12 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

12.45am: HMS Kent proceeded to sea

5.25am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded full speed, course east

7.15am: Stopped, anchored

9.35am: Collier “Thistledhu” arrived alongside

10.15am: Port watch commenced coaling

Noon: Changed watch, continued coaling, both vessels ranging

4.00pm: Changed watches

4.30pm: Received from SS Priestfield 12 bags mail for HMS Bristol & 3 bags mail for HMS Macedonia

5.50pm: Stopped coaling, received 192 tons

6.00pm: Collier hove off

Walter Stokes, Private RMLI, RFR Ch B/159, H Company departed this life

Number on sick list 17


[SS Thistledhu, 4026 tons, was built in 1901 by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, West Hartlepool for the Albyn Line. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 4 men.

SS Priestfield, 4033 tons, was built in 1901 by Irvine Shipbuilding & Drydock Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the Priestfield Steamship Co. In 1919 she was sold and renamed for the first time and scrapped in 1934.]


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13 November 1914

[Abrolhos]

Lat -17.96, Long -38.7

5.15am: Weighed & proceeded to sea

5.40am: Stopped, committed the body of the late Private Walter Stokes RMLI to the deep, Lat 18° 07’S, Long 38°45’W

6.00am: Returned to anchorage

7.40am: Collier arrived alongside, recommenced coaling ship

6.00pm: Stopped coaling for the day, cast off collier, shipped 315 tons coal during day

Number on sick list 15


[Private Walter Stokes, age 35, CH/10147, was the husband of Mrs Holland (formerly Stokes) of 1 Rob Roy Terrace, John St, New Basford, Nottingham. He is commemorated on Panel 7, Chatham War Memorial.]


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14 November 1914

[Abrolhos]

Lat -17.96, Long -38.7

6.00am: Collier returned alongside

6.15am: Recommenced coaling

6.00pm: Stopped coaling for the day, cast off collier, received 450 tons

8.30pm: Placed lookouts, guns crews & searchlight crews

Number on sick list 15


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15 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: Collier returned alongside, commenced coaling

9.25am: Starboard sea boat left ship, Lieutenant Hope RNR in charge

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, cast off collier, received 304 tons

Number on sick list 17


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16 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.15am: Collier returned alongside

6.30am: Resumed coaling

11.26am: Collier "Westborough" arrived & anchored

6.30pm: Finished coaling, received 380 tons, cast off collier

Total coal received 1721 tons

Number on sick list 17


[SS Westborough, 3811 tons, was built in 1901 as “Beechly” by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. She became Westborough in 1912 but was sold and renamed again in 1928. She was finally sunk in 1943.]


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[Log page crossed through as ‘Incorrect’.]


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17 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.10am: Sighted HMS Orama

5.25am: Sighted HMS Kent (challenged)

6.40am: “Orama” anchored

8.30am: SS Priestfield came alongside for water

9.30am: Received 13 officers & 3 seamen, German prisoners from “Orama”

1.00pm: Discharged 20 boys to “Orama”

3.30pm: Officer of the Guard went away in whaler

HMS Carnarvon anchored

3.50pm: “Priestfield” cast off

HMS Cornwall & Otranto arrived

Received 3 prisoners & 1 sick rating from “Defence”, 1. RMLI from “Cornwall” & 1 rating from “Otranto”

6.40pm: Watch employed hoisting out stores & getting in baggage

8.10pm: Finished baggage

8.30pm: “Defence” sailed

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Otranto, 12,134 ton Armed Merchant Cruiser, was built in 1909 by Workman Clark & Co, Belfast. She was requisitioned in 1914. She was involved in the prelude to the main Battle of Coronel but when carrying troops in 1918 she collided with another ship in the convoy off the Island of Muck and some 470 men were lost. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Defence, 14,800 ton cruiser, was launched in 1907 at Pembroke Dockyard. She was sunk in the Battle of Jutland and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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18 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.45am: Port watch employed in discharging stores for “Cornwall” & “Kent”

8.15am: Lost one empty cargo net overboard at no 3

10.45am: Engineering Commander Rayner RN & 3 sick ratings joined from “Kent”

Received one bag letters & bag of empty bags from “Kent” for transmission to England

11.00am: Returned 5 cases 1" aiming ammunition to “Kent”

Noon: “Kent” sailed

1.15pm: Watch employed discharging stores

1.45pm: "Defence" arrived & anchored

Received mails for GPO London

2.15pm: Port gangway rail at no 3 was accidentally unshipped & lost overboard

2.50pm: Received 2 bags mails from “Defence” for "Suffolk" and 3 Ratings taking passage

5.00pm: Discharged 15 bags mails to "Defence" for “Bristol” & “Macedonia”

One Petty Officer acting gunner arrived from “Cornwall”

10.00pm: Prisoners visited & reported correct

Number on sick list 10


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19 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Rounds made, prisoners visited, all correct

am: Hands employed getting out stores & cleaning ship

One Senior Lieutenant (Wilmot-Smith), 1 Petty Officer Acting Gunner joined ship from "Carnarvon"

One officer cook joined from "Cornwall"

pm: Hands employed discharging stores

2.20pm: Two acting Warrant Officers joined ship from "Defence"

4.15pm: HMS Kent arrived & anchored

5.40pm: Stopped work for night

6.35pm: "Carnarvon" sailed, received one boy from her

Number on sick list 17


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20 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: "Defence" receiving stores

Received 1 bag mail from “Kent” & 1 bag mail & 1 bag of empties from "Defence"

12.10pm: Anchor aweigh & turned ship

Proceeded full speed

3.00pm: Observed steamer bearing NExE, altered course & spoke SS Mercurius of Amsterdam bound to Buenos Aires

9.00pm: Passed SS Nordstjernen of Copenhagen steering N28E

All water tight doors closed, prisoners visited

Number on sick list 17


[SS Mercurius, 2863 tons, was built in 1909 by William Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow for Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij, Amsterdam. She was wrecked in 1925.

SS Nordstjernen may be the ship of 856 tons, built in 1882 and renamed Deneb in 1932. In 1940 she was sunk by German bombers.]


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21 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St Lucia, West Indies

Lat -13.47, Long -36.37

pm: Hands make & mend

6.40pm: Signalled SS Pietre of Genoa

10.30pm: Rounds made, prisoners & sentries visited

Number on sick list 17


[SS Pietre was probably the SS Pietro, 3860 tons, built in 1901 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool as “Etonian”. She was sold to a company based in Genoa and re-named in 1913. In 1917 she was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat.]


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22 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St. Lucia

Lat -8.30, Long -34.60

4.25am: Observed steamer bearing N, altered course north

5.05am: Resumed course

8.00am: Observed steamer bearing N

8.30am: Signalled SS Voltaire of Liverpool

9..30am: Divisions & Captain’s inspection

10.05am: Divine Service performed

11.14am: Cape St Agostinho abeam, distance 16 miles

1.00pm: Sea boats’ crews exercised, prisoners visited & found correct

3.22pm: Passed SS Tapajoz of Rio de Janeiro

5.15pm: Passed schooner "Mildred" of Sidney NS

6.00pm: Passed Parahyba Light House abeam, distance 12 miles

10.00pm: Rounds made, prisoners & sentries visited

Number on sick list 17


[SS Voltaire , 8406 tons, was built in 1907 by DW Henderson Ltd, Glasgow for the Lamport and Holt Line. In 1916 she was captured by a German Auxiliary cruiser and scuttled without loss of life.

SS Tapajoz, 3774 tons, was built in 1902 as “Ras Issa” by Graham Osbourne & Co. She was sold and renamed “Tapajoz” in 1908 and in 1914 operated by Lloyd Brasiliero. She was scrapped in 1936.

SV Mildred, 166 tons, was built in1907 in Lunenberg NS

Parahyba Lighthouse may refer to the light at the entrance to the Parahyba River, Brazil, now indexed as Pedro Seca Lighthouse at Lat -6.95, Long -34.82.]


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23 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St Lucia

Lat -4.50, Long -36.87

1.40am: Observed Olhos d’ Agua Light S82W

2.45am: Olhos d’ Agua Light abeam, distance 18 miles

Sea boats crew exercised, prisoners & sentries visited

10.00pm: Prisoners & sentries visited

Number on sick list 20


[Olhos d’Agua Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat 5° 09’S, Long 35° 31’W; it is on the same stretch of coast as the modern Farol do Calcanhar which is at Lat -5.16, Long -35.49.]


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24 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St Lucia

Lat -0.48, Long -42.17

Prisoners & sentries visited

am: Hands employed in painting ship

4.00pm: Density of surface [water] 1027

6.23pm: Sighted steamer bearing West, distance 15 miles, altered course

9.40pm: Passed SS Drumgeith of Dundee

Number on sick list 19


[SS Drumgeith, 3883 tons, was built in 1905 by John Priestman & Co, Southwick for the Village Steam Ship Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1915 and eventually scrapped in 1954.]


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25 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St Lucia, West Indies

Lat 2.47, Long -46.90

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

8.15am: Stopped, lowered sea boat onto water, put target on board

9-11.58am: Carried out target practice from 3700 yards closing to 2300 yards & range at A1, X1, Y1, Y2, B1 & B2 guns & finishing with 3 salvos on each broadside

12.05pm: Boat & target alongside & hoisted

1.30pm: Hands employed painting ship

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

Number on sick list 16


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26 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St Lucia

Lat 6.57, Long -52.42

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

Number on sick list 16


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27 November 1914

Abrolhos Rocks to St Lucia, West Indies

Lat 10.70, Long -57.23

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

pm: Watch employed chipping & scraping & as required

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

Number on sick list 19


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28 November 1914

St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

3.20am: Cape Moulacique [Moule a Chique] Light abeam bearing N42E

5.25am: Cape Moulacique Light abeam, distance 2 miles

6.20am: Observed Port Castries Light N50E

7.00am: Anchored

8.00am: Harbour master boarded

9.00am: Weighed anchor & proceed to follow pilot directing

10.00am: Ship made fast alongside coal wharf

11.15am: Commenced coaling with native labour

pm: Gave special leave port watch

Coaling & watering ship

11.45pm: William Surry, stoker, ex HMS Orama departed this life

Prisoners & signal books correct

Midnight: Ceased coaling

Number on sick list 18


[Cape Moule a Chique Lighthouse is on Santa Lucia at Lat 13.72, Long -60.95

Port Castries Light is on Santa Lucia at Lat 14.02, Long -61.0.]


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29 November 1914

St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

6.00am: Recommenced coaling

9.00am: RC church party landed

9.45am: Discharged to the shore for interment the body of the late William Surry

10.30am: Church of England party landed

11.00am: Presbyterian & Wesleyan church parties landed

Coaling & watering ship

pm: Gave special leave to starboard watch & boys

1.30pm: Guns crew funeral party landed

2.45pm: Funeral party landed under charge Lieutenant Hake RNR

4.00pm: Finished coaling, received 1700 tons

5.15pm: Funeral party returned

5.30pm: Cast off & shifted ship into stream

9.00pm: Liberty men returned

Prisoners & sentries visited

Number on sick list 14


[William Surry, described as a fireman on CWGC and stoker in this log, served in the Mercantile Marine Reserve on HMS Orama. He was buried in Choc Bay War Cemetery Row C, Gr 12.]


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30 November 1914

St Lucia to Grenada

Lat 13.50, Long -61.25

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

7.30am: Sent away prize crew to "Spreewald"

9.05am: Weighed & proceeded out of harbour, pilot directing

10.45am: Cape Moulasique [Moule a Chique] Light House abeam, distance 11 miles

12.15pm: Porter Point (St Vincent) abeam

3.25pm: Union Island Light House abeam, distance 7 miles

5.05pm: Anchored

6.30pm: Captain proceeded to shore

8.15pm: Captain returned

Sentries & prisoners visited

Number on sick list 18


[SS Spreewald, 5805 tons, was built in 1907 & captured in September 1914 by HMS Berwick. She was converted to depot ship as “Lucia” and sold in 1948.

Porter Point, St Vincent is at Lat 13.38, Long -61.18

There are several beacon lights marking reefs off Union Island in Chatham Bay which is at Lat 12.6, Long -61.47.]



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1914


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1 December 1914

St Lucia to cruising

Lat 12.48, Long -61.47

Prisoners visited & reported correct

4.10am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

5.00am: Passed SS Masero

7.50am: Stopped & anchored

8.10am: Port official boarded

9.05am: Port official left

9.25am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded, steering to navigation orders entered Martinique Channel

10.05am: Sent away sea boat under charge Lieutenant Angus RNR to visit Union Island

11.00am: Commission landed

11.10am: Proceeded back to Hillsboro’

11.45am: Anchored

pm: Watch employed painting ship

5.10pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded to Canouan Island

6.30pm: Stopped & anchored

Rounds made, prisoners & sentries visited

Number on sick list 17


[SS Masero may have been SS Maserua, 4986 tons, built in 1913 by D & W Henderson & Co, Glasgow for the Glasgow Navigation Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1916 and eventually beached in 1937 after a collision.

Hillsborough is the largest town on the island of Carriacou in Grenada at Lat 12.48, Long -61.47

The Martinique Channel is between Union Island and Carriacou

Charlestown is on the island of Canouan, part of St Vincent & the Grenadines at Lat 12.70, Long –61.33.]


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2 December 1914

Canouan to St Vincent

Lat 13.15, Long -61.23

Rounds made, prisoners & sentries visited

10.05am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

12.12pm: Anchored in Kingstown Anchorage

1.00pm: Captain landed

3.30pm: Captain returned

5.40pm: RMS Berbice arrived with Governor of Grenadines on board

11.00pm: Weighed & proceeded

11.10pm: Johnson Point abeam


[RMS Berbice, 2379 tons, was built in 1909 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam and Packet Co. She was requisitioned as a hospital ship and finally returned to civilian life in 1922 when she was renamed. She was lost as SS Baltara when she ran aground in a storm but no lives were lost.

Johnson Point is at Lat 13.12, Long -61.20.]


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3 December 1914

St Vincent to St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

Rounds made & prisoners visited

1.10am: Porter Point abeam, distance 10 miles

3.30am: Cape Moulachique Light abeam, distance 12 miles

6.25am: Stopped, anchored

1.00pm: Hands paid this day

3.15pm: Guard boarded SS Chaudere

Gave leave to Chief & 1st class Petty Officers

6.40pm: Four firemen (stokers) returned from "Spreewald"

8.30pm: Whaler left with party of Engineers for "Spreewald"

9.30pm: Whaler returned

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

Number on sick list 16


[SS Chaudere was probably SS Chaudiere, 4081 tons, built in 1899 as “Philippeville” by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough. She became “Mandingo” in 1906 and “Chaudiere” in 1914 when purchased by Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was scrapped in 1928.]


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4 December 1914

St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

Rounds made, sentries & prisoners visited

am: Hands employed washing & painting ship’s side

11.05am: Officer of Guard boarded French steamer "Horton" from Martinique

pm: Hands painting ship’s side

Prisoners visited, rounds made

Number on sick list 16


[I have been unable to identify the French Steamer boarded at 11.05am.]


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5 December 1914

St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

12.30am: Motor launch returned from shore

Rounds made, prisoners & sentries visited

10.00am: Gave leave to firemen

Discharged 3 firemen to "Spreewald"

Hands employed in painting ship

1.15pm: Tender "Taff" arrived alongside with 18 officers & 53 men, German prisoners

1.30pm: Leave granted to starboard watch till 6pm

6.30pm: Liberty men returned

7.00pm: All boats secured

9.00pm: 2 liberty men returned

Rounds made, prisoners & sentries visited

Number on sick list 16


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6 December 1914

St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

Prisoners visited & reported correct

9.00am: Discharged one Able seaman to "Spreewald"

10.00am: Divine Service performed

pm: Gave leave to port watch till 5pm

6.15pm: SS Berbice arrived

6.30pm: Sent away 10 bags of mails to "Berbice"

11.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Shiels RNR joined ship from "Berbice"

Number on sick list 18


HMS Edinburgh Castle

St Lucia

7th Dec 1914

Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded at 2pm this day the British steamer “Industry” of Liverpool, owned by JH Welford & Co Ltd, H McKegg Master.

The Master reported having sailed from Buenos Aires on Nov 20th in ballast, calling nowhere and touching at this port for orders.

He met HMS Bristol off Abrolhos Rocks and on November 27th sighted an apparently German steamer anchored at the mouth of the Parahyba River.

On Dec 4th in Lat 5° 49’ N, Long 56° 31’ W he passed the Danish steamer “St Croix” steering S58E.

As the entry in the log signed by the Vice Consul at Buenos Aires agreed with the Master’s statement I allowed the vessel to enter the harbour.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant

[signed] FA Smyth, Acting Lieutenant RNR


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7 December 1914


St Lucia

Lat 14.01, Long -61.00

Promotion

The following trimmers have as from this been promoted to firemen at a wage of six pounds 15/ - per month. Harding W, Vass A, Luke F, Gordon E, Goddard C, Hansford W.

8.15am: Sent working party of 20 men & 2 leading hands to "Spreewald" in charge of Lieutenant Houston RNR

1.50pm: Guard Officer boarded SS Industry of Liverpool

3.00pm: Working party returned from "Spreewald"

Engineering Officers Humphries, Smith & Thomas & one mechanician returned from “Spreewald” in “Spreewald’s” boat

Hoisted in & secured all boats

6.25pm: Weighed & proceeded

Rounds made, prisoners visited

Number on sick list 15


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8 December 1914

St Lucia to Jamaica

Lat 14.93, Long -65.65

Rounds made, prisoners correct

Number on sick list 19


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9 December 1914

St Lucia to Jamaica

Lat 16.80, Long -71.67

Rounds made, prisoners visited & reported correct

pm: Hands make & mend

5 25pm: Observed high land to Northward

Rounds made, prisoners visited & reported correct

Number on sick list 20


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10 December 1914

Kingston Harbour Jamaica

Lat 17.97, Long -76.83

Prisoners visited, found correct

5.06am: Cape Morant Light abeam, distance 4 miles

7.00am: Stopped, embarked pilot & proceeded

7.45am: Passed Plum [sic] Point & entered harbour

8.24am: Reduced speed, passed HMS Princess Royal at anchor

8.30am: Stopped & anchored

Small arm company drill carried out

1.00pm: Discharged 144 German prisoners to shore

3.00pm: HMS Lancaster arrived

5.00pm: Watch commenced discharging stores for HMS Berwick into lighter

Port watch discharging stores till midnight

Number on sick list 21


[Morant Point Lighthouse is in Jamaica at Lat 17.92, Long -76.18

Plumb Point is at the entrance to Kingston Harbour, Jamaica and lies at Lat 17.93, Long -76.78

HMS Princess Royal, 26,690 ton battlecruiser, was launched in 1911 by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. She took part in the Battles of Dogger Bank, Heligoland Bight and Jutland then was scrapped in 1922. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Berwick, 10,000 ton cruiser, was launched in 1902 at Beardmore, Dalmuir. In 1908 she collided with HMS Tiger resulting in the loss of 36 men. In WW1 she captured the German SS Spreewald. She was scrapped in 1920 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Lancaster, 10,000 ton cruiser, was launched in 1902 by Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick. She was sold in 1920 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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11 December 1914

Kingston, Jamaica

Lat 17.97, Long -76.83

12.45am: Steam boat took away lighter

7.20am: Lighter came alongside

8.10am: “Princess Royal” sailed

Hands employed in discharging stores for “Berwick”

Hands employed in discharging stores for “Berwick”

5.40pm: Weighed & proceeded, pilot directing

6.25pm: Passed “Princess Royal”

Number on sick list 21


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12 December 1914

Port Kingston to Port Kingston

Lat 15.95, Long -77.07

am: Hands employed in cleaning & painting ship

5.30pm: Observed Blue Mountain Peak NE

7.45pm: Observed Plum[b] Point Light N10W

8.55pm: Plum[b] Point Light House abeam, distance 1 mile

9.20pm: Stopped, anchored in Port Royal roads

10.00pm: Hove up anchor & proceeded to Kingston harbour

10.35pm: Stopped, anchored

10.40pm: Sent 18 bags mail to "Berwick"

10.45pm: 31 Able seamen & 1 Master at Arms joined ship from "Berwick"

11.00pm: Discharged 40 boys & 1 mechanician to "Berwick"

Number on sick list 19


[Blue Mountain Peak is 7280 feet high at Lat 18.04, Long -76.58.]


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13 December 1914

Port Kingston to Bahama Island

Lat 18.00, Long -76.00

6.48am: Weighed & proceeded out of harbour, Captain directing

7.40am: Passed Plum[b] Point Light House

9.30am: Divisions, crew inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held

10.35am: Altered course N65E in station with "Berwick"

3.22pm: Navassa Island abeam, distance 20 miles

10.00pm: Observed Cape Maysi Light bearing N17W

Number on sick list 19


[Navassa Island is an uninhabited islet at Lat 18.40, Long -75.01

Punta Maisi Lighthouse is on Cuba at Lat 20.25, Long -74.15.]


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14 December 1914

Kingston to Bahama Is.

Lat 23.53, Long -74.67

Keeping station with 'Berwick'

5.25am: Observed Castle Island Light House N9W

6.35am: Castle Island Light House abeam, distance 11 miles

9.15am: Bird Rock Light House abeam, distance 7½ miles

11.40am: Rum Cay Island N34W

1.15pm: Observed San Salvador Island N40W

Number on sick list 19


[Castle Island Lighthouse is in the Bahamas at Lat 22.12, Long -74.33

Bird Rock Lighthouse is in the Bahamas at Lat 22.85, Long -74.37

Rum Cay is an island in the Bahamas at Lat 23.68, Long -74.87

San Salvador Island is in the Bahamas at Lat 24.05, Long -74.49.]


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15 December 1914

Port Kingston to Bahama Island (cruising)

Lat 22.82, Long -74,87

3.40am: General Quarters, exercised ammunition parties

7.00am: San Salvador Light abeam, distance 10 miles

8.50am: South end Rum Cay Island abeam, distance 6 miles

Passed SS Auchendale of Liverpool bound north

Noon: South Point, Long Island abeam, distance 2¼ miles

3.00pm: Observed Ragged Island flagstaff S40W

4.30pm: Coasting along from Ragged Island to Jamaica Cay

Number on sick list 19


[San Salvador Lighthouse is in the Bahamas at Lat 24.1, Long -74.45

SS Auchendale, 3952 tons, was built in 1906 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for the Auchen Steam Shipping Co. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1916 and was finally scrapped in 1948.

South Point of Long Island is in the Bahamas at Lat 22.85, Long -74.85

Ragged Island itself is in the Bahamas at Lat 22.19, Long -75.73, I am not sure where the flagstaff was!

Jamaica Cay is an islet in the Bahamas at Lat 22.74, Long -75.90.]


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16 December 1914

Cruising

Lat 21.70, Long -75.85

3.40am: Observed Lucrecia Light S22W

4.50am: Lucrecia Point Light S15E, distance 8 miles

6.37am: Cay San Domingo abeam, distance 2½ miles

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised General Quarters

11.00am: Starboard watch exercised at company drill

12.27pm: Cay San Domingo abeam, distance 3½ miles

2.30pm: Cay Verde Island bearing N38E

6.40pm: Bird Island N39E

8.05pm: Bird Island Light abeam, distance 5½ miles

Number on sick list 20


[Cabo Lucrecia Lighthouse is in Cuba at Lat 21.07, Long -75.62

Cay Santo Domingo is in the Bahamas at Lat 21.7, Long -75.77

Verde Cay is an island in the Bahamas at Lat 22.02, Long -75.19.]


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17 December 1914

Port Kingston to Bermuda

Lat 25.67, Long -71.57

4.30pm: Evening quarters, ship’s company exercised at ‘Abandon ship’

Number on sick list 19


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18 December 1914

Port Kingston to Bermuda

Lat 29.73, Long -67.50

7.15-7.35am: Cruising around barque "Mascotte” of Genoa

Number on sick list 22


[I have been unable to identify SV Mascotte of Genoa although it is not an uncommon name. However there was a photograph of SV Mascotte, taken in 1885, where the information included the owner being from Genoa. There is no confirmation that she was still sailing some 30 years later.]


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19 December 1914

Port Kingston to Bermuda

Lat 32.32, Long -64.83

3.25am: Observed Gibbs Hill Light, Bermuda N37E

5.43am: Gibbs Hill Light abeam, distance 4 miles

7.12am: Stopped & embarked pilot (JT Griffiths) & proceeded to harbour

7.30am: Entered the Narrows

8.45am: Stopped & anchored

10.30am: Started discharging stores

1.30pm: Landed liberty men

pm: Watch employed getting out stores

3.00pm: Water boat arrived, commenced watering

5.15pm: Stopped discharging stores, water boat left

11.00pm: Shore liberty men returned

Number on sick list 22


[Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is on Bermuda at Lat 32.25, Long -64.83.]


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20 December 1914

Bermuda

Lat 32.32, Long -64.83

8.00am: Landed working party at dockyard

HMS Melbourne arrived

8.20am: Water boat arrived alongside, commenced watering

10.10am: Church party landed

10.40am: Finished watering

Noon: Church party returned

12.30pm: Working party returned

pm: Gave leave to port watch till 7am

1.30pm: Liberty men landed

4.30pm: One bag of mail sent ashore

Number on sick list 19


[HMAS Melbourne, 5400 ton cruiser, was launched in 1912 by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd. She was scrapped in 1928.]


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21 December 1914

Bermuda

Lat 32.32, Long -64.83

8.00am: Coal lighter arrived

9.00am: Water boat arrived

10.00am: Commenced coaling & discharging projectiles

11.30am: Fresh meat arrived

pm: Hands employed in coaling ship & discharging projectiles

2.25pm: Sent away working party to dockyard

4.50pm: Working party returned

5.20pm: Finished discharging ammunition (projectiles) & stopped coaling, received 222 tons

Number on sick list 19


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22 December 1914

Bermuda

Lat 32.32, Long -64.83

6.00am: Resumed coaling from lighter

7.00am: Collier "Fenay Lodge" arrived alongside

7.15am: Water boat arrived, commenced watering

8.00am: Commenced coaling from collier & getting out stores & ammunition

10.15am: HMS Melbourne sailed

pm: Coaling & discharging stores & ammunition

2.40pm: Sent dockyard party ashore

3.25pm: Finished discharging ammunition

4.15pm: Dockyard party returned

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, received 432 tons

Number on sick list 19


[SS Fenay Lodge, 3223 tons, was built in 1904 by JL Thompson & Sons, Sunderland for the Fenay Steamship Co. She was torpedoed & sank in 1917 with the loss of 4 men.]


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23 December 1914

Bermuda

Lat 32.32, Long -64.83

6.15am: Recommenced coaling

7.10am: Water boat arrived, commenced watering

8.30am: Commenced discharging stores

10.20am: Finished watering

2.50pm: Finished coaling, received 357 tons, total 1011 tons

4.00pm: Gave leave to Chief & 1st class Petty Officers till 7am 24th

5.00pm: Finished discharging stores, lighter left

6.00pm: Lighter arrived with stores

Lost: 1 brass rod overboard whilst discharging stores.

Number on sick list 16


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24 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores

Lat 32.32, Long -64.83

7.00am: Commenced taking in stores

9.15am: 1 ship’s steward & 2 officer stewards joined ship for passage

9.45am: HMS Essex arrived

9.50am: Sent 20 bags of mail to "Essex"

10.30am: Received 1 bag of mail from "Hirondelle"

2 able seamen returned from canteen duty

10.45am: 2 invalids from hospital joined ship for passage

11.55am: Received one bag of mail from Post Office at Bermuda for London

Noon: Mr Sparkes, Gunner RN, joined ship from “Hirondelle” for passage

Discharged 4 boys to Dockyard [?]

2.00pm: Received 3 bags mail & 1 box from “Essex”

2.40pm: Pilot Swan boarded

2.50pm: Weighed & proceeded

4.00pm: Passed Fairway Buoy, stopped & pilot left

Dr Carpenter sent away on sea boat to tender medical assistance to Norwegian steamer "Prosper III"

5.00pm: Sea boat returned & secured

5.05pm: Proceeded

Read warrant no 6

Number on sick list 19


[HMS Essex, 10,000 ton cruiser, was launched in 1901 at the Pembroke Royal Dockyard. She was scrapped in 1921 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

SS Hirondelle, 1648 tons, was built in 1890 by Gourlay Bros & Co, Dundee for the General Steam Navigation Co Ltd. In 1914 she went into service as a squadron supply ship, pennant Y8.54. She was torpedoed in 1917.

SS Prosper III, 4297 tons, was built in 1912 by the Sunderland Shipbuilding Co for Kier Hands & Co, Norway. In 1916 she hit a mine and was lost with 29 men.]


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25 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores

Lat 33.98, Long -59.43

6.30am: Guns crews to coffee

10.00am: Divisions, Divine Service held

Number on sick list 21


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26 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores

Lat 35.43, Long -52.48

10.01am: John McAulay, Seaman RNR, was found to be missing this morning. A search was made but with no result; Reg No C1652

pm: Hands make & mend

5.00pm: Read warrants no 7, 8

Number on sick list 18


[John MacAulay, age 61, seaman 1652C, was the son of Murdo and Chirsty MacAulay of 3 Sheshader, Stornoway and the husband of Catherine MacAulay. He is commemorated on Panel 8 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.]


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27 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores

Lat 36.90, Long -45.73

9.30am: Divisions

9.45am: Divine Service held

3.25pm: Observed steamer bearing SE½E, altered course SE½S

3.30pm: Sounded ‘Action’. All guns cleared away, loaded with common shell

3.45pm: Signalled steamer which proved to be the French "Sant’ Anna"

3.50pm: ‘Unload’ & ‘Secure’

6.00pm: Overhauled & passed SS Jane Rowe of Cardiff

Number on sick list 19


[SS Sant’ Anna, 9350 ton liner, was built in 1910 by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee for Cie de Navigation a Vapeur Cyprien. She was requisitioned as a troopship in 1915 and torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of over 600 men.

There was a “Jane Rowe” registered in Cardiff but she was sunk in February 1914 and I have been unable to locate another ship of that name.]


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28 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores

Lat 38.17, Long -38.77

am: An enquiry was held this day in accordance with King’s Regulations re disappearance of John McAulay. Verdict being that he went overboard

8.00am: Observed schooner bearing N30E

8.50am: Passed schooner "Freedom" of Bridgetown West Indies

Number on sick list 16


[SV Freedom, 197 tons, was built in 1906 at Liverpool, Nova Scotia.]


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29 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores

Lat 38.08, Long -31.30

13 lbs tobacco unfit for use, mouldy, thrown overboard, Form S 330

Number on sick list 16


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30 December 1914

Bermuda to Azores, Ponta Delgada

Lat 37.73, Long -25.67

8.30am: Observed land ExN

9.55am: Observed Ferraria Light House bearing N22E (signalled)

10.48am: Stopped & anchored

11.15am: His Britannic Majesty’s Consul boarded

12.30pm: HBM Consul left ship

1.53pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

3.30pm: Ferraria Point Light House bore East, distance 2½ miles

3.45pm: Ferraria Point S12E, Bretana Point N60E

10.30pm: Ship rolling considerably

Number on sick list 14


[Ponta da Ferraria Lighthouse on the island of San Miguel at Lat 37.85, Long -25.85

Ponta Delgada is on the island of San Miguel and is the largest city on the Azores. It lies at Lat 37.73, Long -25.67

Ponta da Bretanha is on San Miguel at Lat 37.9, Long -25.78.]


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31 December 1914

Azores to Plymouth

Lat 40.85, Long -21,17

am: Ship rolling considerably

pm: Hands make & mend

Ship rolling heavily

Number on sick list 13



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1915


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1 January 1915

Azores to Plymouth

Lat 44.32, Long -14.95

am: Ship rolling heavily

pm: Ship rolling heavily to high quarterly sea

6.00pm: Ship taking heavy seas on board fore & aft

11.00pm: Gale commencing to moderate [over the day wind force was 8-10]

Number on sick list 13


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2 January 1915

Azores to Plymouth

Lat 47.53, Long -8.82

Ship rolling heavily to high quarterly sea

4.48am: Telemotor steering gear deranged. Manoeuvred ship with engines

4.50am: Connected up steam steering gear & steered from after bridge

7.40am: Telemotor gear repaired, transferred from steam gear

am: Ship rolling to high sea

12.45pm: Passed SS Luque of Glasgow

5.15pm: Began hourly sounding

10.15pm: Weather cleared

10.50pm: Observed Ushant Light S35E

Number on sick list 14


[SS Luque, 1391 tons, was built in 1904 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough for R McAndrew & Co, Glasgow. She was renamed for the first time in 1923, and finally torpedoed in 1942.]


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3 January 1915

Azores to Plymouth

Lat 50.34, Long -4.15

3.28am: Observed Lizard Point Light N10E

4.40am: Lizard Light abeam, distance 7 miles

7.08am: Eddystone Light House abeam, distance 2 miles

8.15am: Passed Pendeen Point [This is almost certainly Penlee Point]

8.20am: Breakwater Light House bore East

8.33am: Stopped & anchored

9.30am: Received mail from guard boat

1.15pm: Hove up anchor & proceeded into harbour, pilot directing, tug assisting

2.30pm: Arrived at No.5 wharf & made fast alongside

3.00pm: Gave leave to port watch till 7am

7.40pm: Discharged 3 prisoners to “Vivid”

Number on sick list 14


[Lizard Point Lighthouse is in Cornwall at Lat 49.97, Long -5.2

Eddystone Rocks Lighthouse is in Devon at Lat 50.18, Long -4.27

Penlee Point at Lat 50.32, Long -4.18 marks the entrance to Plymouth Sound

Plymouth Breakwater Lighthouse is at Lat 50.33, Long -4.17

HMS Vivid was the shore establishment at Plymouth, depot ships might also be attached to her for accommodation of personnel.]


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4 January 1915

No.5 wharf, Plymouth

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

1.40am: Guard boat challenged

9.45am: Discharged 12 invalids to RN hospital

11.30am: Mr Sparke gunner discharged to “Excellent”

1.00pm: Discharged Mr Halloran, Mr Wilson & Mr Tuckings to “Vivid”

2.00pm: Mr White, Engineering Sub Lieutenant RNR, rejoined ship ex "Spreewald"

3.30pm: R White, Stoker RNR, of RN Barracks brought on board from the Quay unconscious

4.10pm: R White expired, his body was discharged to shore

4.30pm: Leave granted to watch till 7am

6.30pm: Engineering Lieutenant Commander Raynes left ship

Number on sick list 3


[HMS Excellent was the gunnery training school of the Royal Navy based on Whale Island in Plymouth Sound

R White, stoker 774V, HMS Vivid, was buried in Cockett (St Peter) Churchyard.]


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5 January 1915

Plymouth

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

8.20am: Commenced to move ship to coal wharf, pilot directing, tugs assisting

9.50am: Coaling party from depot arrived

10.15am: Commenced coaling

9.00pm: Stopped coaling

9.10pm: Received 3 bags sealed books from Admiralty

Number on sick list 2


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6 January 1915

Plymouth

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

6.00am: Re-commenced coaling

8.20am: Working party from Barracks arrived

am: 21 active service ratings joined for passage to Gibraltar

58 ratings joined from depot

2.45pm: Finished coaling, received 1200 tons

3.00pm: Paid quarterly pay

4.30pm: 10 stoker ratings joined from “Vivid”

5.40pm: 27 ratings joined from "Excellent"

Received 27 bags of mails

9 stoker ratings joined from “Vivid”

All supernumeraries left ship for depot

Number on sick list 3


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7 January 1915

Plymouth

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

8.00am: Hands employed getting in stores

Working party from dockyard arrived

pm: Received 20 bags of mails

Hands taking in provisions & stores

4.00pm: Shifted ship from coaling jetty to No 5

10.00pm: Sent escort ashore for A Dale OR RNR

10.20pm: Sent to “Euryalus” for medical assistance

Number on sick list – nil


[HMS Euryalus, 12,000 tons cruiser, was launched in 1901 and served in the Dardanelles campaign. She was being converted to a minelayer at the end of the war and was sold in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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8 January 1915

Plymouth, No 5 wharf

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

am: Hands employed taking in stores

8.15am: Working party from Barracks came on board

11.15am: One carpenter for "Caesar" joined ship

1.00pm: Discharged Private Wilkinson, Royal Marine Light Infantry, to hospital

2.00pm: Received 11 bags mails for passage

pm: Hands employed getting in stores

4.00pm: One marine joined ship from Barracks

10.00pm: Engine room working party from Barracks came on board

11.00pm: Two firemen joined ship

Number on sick list 0


[HMS Caesar, 16,060 ton battleship, was launched in1896 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was converted to a depot ship towards the end of the war and finally sold in 1921. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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9 January 1915

Plymouth

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

1.15pm: Draft of 39 men & boys left ship for depot

5.10pm: Cast off & with tugs assisting proceeded towards the Sound, pilot directing

5.30pm: Dismissed tugs

6.20pm: Stopped & anchored

8.45pm: Guard boat arrived with telegram

Depot steam launch brought off 5 absentees under escort

Number on sick list 0


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10 January 1915

Plymouth to Gibraltar

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

2.20pm: Guard boat brought 3 absentees off & 5 RNR seaman ratings to join ship from depot, remainder of absentees hammocks sent to depot

3.05pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded out of Sound

4.03pm: Eddystone Light House abeam, 1 mile

4.15pm: Man & arm ship, darken ship

Shipping heavy sprays fore & aft

Number on sick list 4


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11 January 1915

Plymouth to Gibraltar

Lat 46.25, Long -7.33

12.08am: Ushant North West Light abeam, distance 11 miles

Ship taking heavy sea on board

12.15pm: Passed SS Haltonhall

3.15pm: Went over & inspected & signalled British/late German steamer "Warturm" bound from London to Calcutta

4.00pm: Quarters, exercise ‘fire stations’

Number on sick list 2


[SS Haltonhall may have been “Walton Hall”, 4932 tons, built in 1907 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow for the Ellerman’s Line Ltd. She was scrapped in 1931

SS Warturm, 4965 tons, was built in 1908 and renamed in 1922 then scrapped in 1932.]


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12 January 1915

Plymouth to Gibraltar

Lat 40.98, Long -9.85

Steamer passing though light intermittent mist banks

9.00am: Passed SS Orion of Lyra steering SW

3.30pm: P&O mail steamer passed bound North

4.00pm: Read warrants no. 9 & 10

4.45pm: Began sounding

8.25pm: Cape Roca Light abeam, distance 6 miles

10.00pm: Cape Espichel Light abeam, distance 14 miles

Number on sick list 3


[SS Orion was probably the ship built as “Hillcrag”, 3256 tons, in 1896 by Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was sold & renamed “Orion” in 1908 when she was reflagged to Greek registration. She was finally sunk in an air raid in 1941 without loss of life.]


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13 January 1915

Plymouth to Gibraltar

Lat 36.18, Long -6.47

1.40am: Observed Cape St Vincent Light bearing S24E

3.16am: Cape St Vincent Light abeam. distance 4½ miles

11.50am: Land bearing ExS

1.12pm: Cape Trafalgar Light House abeam, distance 6 miles

2.37pm: Tarifa Point Light House abeam, distance 1 mile

2.50pm: Challenged by HMS Pelorus

3.30pm: Embarked pilot & proceeded

3.53pm: Entered dock

4.20pm: Made fast

4.40pm: Discharged derrick & propeller. Discharged all mails to ships in harbour, draft to “Caesar” & 1 man to hospital

6.00pm: Commenced taking in ammunition

10.15pm: Finished ammunition

Number on sick list 3


[HMS Pelorus, 2169 ton cruiser, was launched in 1896 at Sheerness Dockyard, She became a depot ship in 1916 and was sold in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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14 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.13, Long -5.36

Rounds made, cell prisoners correct

7.30am: Large ball of fire passed over ship & fell into sea 1 mile distant coming from NE

8.25am: Cast off & left for coal wharf, tugs assisting & pilot directing

8.55am: Made fast alongside coaling jetty

HMS Caesar, Penelope & Inconstant left harbour

10.40am: Commenced coaling on port side

11.10am: Commenced coaling on starboard side

Shore labour employed

2.00pm: Received 37 cases & 2 casks wine & spirits for “Highflyer”

4.30pm: Gave leave to watch

4.40pm: Stopped coaling, received 548 tons

Number on sick list 3


[HMS Penelope, 3568 ton cruiser, was launched in 1914 by Vickers Ltd. She was sold in 1924.

HMS Inconstant, 3568 ton cruiser, was launched in 1914 by William Beardmore & Co, Dalmuir. She took part in the Battle of Jutland, was scrapped in 1922 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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15 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.13, Long -5.36

7.00am: Resumed coaling ship

9.00am: Received ammunition

4.30pm: Gave leave to watch

6.00pm: Finished coaling, total received 1445 tons

Number on sick list 4


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16 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.13, Long -5.36

am: Hands employed taking in stores

1.30pm: Sent mail for "Victorian" to "Cormorant"

One RMLI [Marine], two stokers, one able seaman joined for passage to "Vengeance"

One Engine Room Artificer for “Cornwall”

4.00pm: Cast off & proceeded, tugs assisting

4.20pm: Stopped & anchored

8.28pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

10.00pm: Tarifa Point Light abeam, distance 1 miles

11.17pm: Spartel Light abeam, distance 10½ miles

11.55pm: Colliers disposed on each bow & quarter

Number on sick list 4


[HMS Victorian, 10,629 ton Armed Merchant Cruiser, was built in 1904 by Workman, Clark & Co, Belfast for the Allan Line. She was requisitioned during the war, then returned to civilian service and renamed “Marloch” in 1920. She was scrapped in 1929 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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17 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 35.22, Long -7.55

9.40am: Divisions

10.00am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 6


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18 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 33.52, Long -11.03

9.40am: Carried out target practice with 1 inch aiming rifle, target towed by collier

10.30am: Ceased firing

Number on sick list 5


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19 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 31.62, Long -14.25

Signalled the different colliers at intervals

5.30-6.30pm: Altered course as required to speak British steamer "Rakaia"

Number on sick list 2


[SS Rakaia, 5628 tons, was built in 1895 by R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn for the New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, Plymouth. Later in the year she was sold & renamed for the first time and eventually scrapped in 1934.]


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20 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 29.82, Long -16.63

7.15am: Observed Salvage Island S54E

9.05am: Altered course various searching the Salvage group

3.22pm: Observed convoy bearing NW

3.45pm: Passed Admiralty collier “Rosemount" steaming NE

3.43pm: Altered course to close convoy

Number on sick list 0


[There are two possibilities for “Rosemount”, both built on Tyneside. The most likely one is “Rosemount”, 3044 tons, built 1905 by the Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howdon for the Seville & United Kingdom Carrying Co, Cardiff. She was torpedoed in 1917.]


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21 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 27.42, Long -19.62

9.35am: Altered course as required for aiming rifle practice, target towed by collier

10.30am: Ceased firing

1.00pm: Commenced firing aiming rifle at towed target

2.00pm: Ceased firing

4.45pm: Signalled SS Santa Rosalia of New York, ordered her to stop

Called away sea boat in charge Lieutenant-Commander Houston RNR & boarded

5.28pm: Papers found correct, gave leave to proceed

Number on sick list 0


HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

21st Jan 1915

Dear Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded the SS Santa Rosalia (in water ballast) of New York, USA on the 21st inst at 5.00pm in Lat 27° 00’N, Long 19° 54’W.

The Master, E Jones, having sailed from Las Palmas on 20th inst bound for Havana for orders, which was confirmed by papers examined.

I examined ship’s papers and found same satisfactory.

The Master had no complaints to make re detention and search of vessel, permission to proceed on voyage was granted.

I returned on board at 5.25pm and herewith submit my report.

I am Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed]Thomas Houston, Lieut-Comm RNR


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

21st Jan 1915

Dear Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded the SS Santa Rosalia of New York as Witnessing Officer at 5pm.

The Master’s name was E Jones, the owners being the United States Steel Product Co.

She was one day out from Las Palmas bound for New York via Havana for orders, in ballast.

Her papers were satisfactory.

Her Master reports that he was stopped but not boarded by HMS Amphitrite. [Confirmed in her log.]

After endorsing the Visiting Officer’s entry in her log, I returned on board to submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] ED Mayer, Wireless Telegraphist RNR


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22 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 24.65, Long -21.13

9.30am: Carried out 1” aiming rifle practice, target towed by collier

11.05am: Ceased fire

Number on sick list 0


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23 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 21.87, Long -22.67

9.30am: Carried out 1” aiming rifle practice, target towed by collier

11.00am: Ceased firing

Number on sick list 0


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24 January 1915

Gibraltar to St Vincent

Lat 19.15, Long -24.33

9.30am: Divisions, hands inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

Altered course to intercept steamer

12.30pm: Signalled SS Phoebe of Cardiff bound from Hull to Buenos Aires

2.00pm: Ship in station

Number on sick list 0


[SS Phoebe, 2753 tons, was built in 1894 by Thomas Turnbull & Son, Whitby.]


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25 January 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

1.15am: Observed St Antonio Light bearing S35W

5.20am: Bull Point Light N63W, distance 6¼ miles

6.30am: Steering to Captain’s orders, rounded Bird Island

6.40am: Stopped & anchored & received pratique. Hove up anchor & moved nearer in

7.18am: Anchored

Sent away mails for “Vengeance” to “Dartmouth”

8.00am: Coal lighter arrived

8.45am: Discharged 3 ratings & one RMLI [marine] to “Dartmouth”

9.30am: Water boat arrived, commenced watering

10.30am: Commenced coaling with native labour

Hands employed in getting out stores

12.05pm: HMS Canopus arrived & anchored

12.30pm: Sent 64 bags of mail to her

1.15pm: HMS Dartmouth left

2.45pm: Officer of Guard boarded “Virgil”

6.40pm: Stopped coaling, lighter left ship

Number on sick list 0


[St Antonio Lighthouse is probably Ponta de Tombo Lighthouse, also known as Fontes Pereira de Melo which is the only lighthouse on the island of Sao Antao. It lies at Lat 17.12, Long -24.98.

Bird Island Lighthouse is indexed as Ilheu dos Passaros at Lat 16.92, Long -25.02. These are the only two lighthouses indexed on this strait so I think that Bull Point may be a mis-hearing of Bird Island or Bird Rock.

HMS Dartmouth, 5360 ton cruiser, was launched in 1911 by Vickers. She took part in the Dardanelles campaign, action against several single ships and the Battle of Otranto. She was scrapped in 1930 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Canopus, 12,950 ton battleship, was launched in 1897 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She fired the first shots in the Battle of the Falklands and took part in the Dardanelles operation. She was scrapped in 1920 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Vengeance, 12,950 ton battleship, was launched in 1897 by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. She took part in the Dardanelles campaign and was scrapped in 1922. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

SS Virgil, 3338 tons, was built in 1896 by D & W Henderson & Co for Lamport & Holt. She was scrapped in 1924.]


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26 January 1915

St. Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

Rounds & prisoners correct

6.30am: Re-commenced coaling

am: Hands employed rattling down

10.00am: Water boat arrived alongside, commenced watering ship

Received 2 hydraulic jacks from “Canopus”

2.15pm: Water tank left ship

4.00pm: Evening Quarters, two cell prisoners released

6.30pm: Stopped coaling

7.00pm: Placed sentries fore & aft

Number on sick list 2


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27 January 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

7.00am: Recommenced coaling

10.00am: Received 10 cases 1" aiming rifle ammunition from “Canopus”

Hands employed in painting hull

Noon: Water boat arrived

5.15pm: Returned the jacks to "Canopus"

6.00pm: Stopped coaling for night, received 280 tons

Number on sick list 2


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28 January 1915

St. Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

6.20am: HMS Canopus sailed

6.40am: HMS Cornwall arrived & anchored, sent 100 bags of mails to "Cornwall"

6.50am: Re-commenced coaling

9.30am: HMS Albion arrived

Hands employed discharging ammunition & stores

7.45pm: Stopped coaling, received 400 tons, total coal received 1330 tons

Number on sick list 2


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29 January 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

8.20am: Lighter for ammunition arrived

Commenced discharging ammunition for “Cornwall”

pm: Continued discharging stores

4.00pm: Received a quantity of mails to & from shore.

Read warrant no 11

6.00pm: HMS Cornwall & Albion sailed

Number on sick list 3


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30 January 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

6.30am: SS Louisiana (Italian) & SS Parkhaven (Dutch) steamers arrived

am: Hands employed cleaning ship & rattling down rigging

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 4


[SS Luisiana, 4983 tons, was built in 1906, by Soc Exercisio Bacini, Riva Trigoso for Societa Navigazione Lloyd Italiano. In 1917 she was wrecked, fortunately without loss of life. The cause has been attributed to a U-boat but there are no surviving records of such an attack.

SS Parkhaven, 2635 tons, was built in 1908 by Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Newcastle as SS Beazley. She was sold & renamed the same year and torpedoed in 1917 without loss of life.]


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31 January 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

9.15am: Holy Communion celebrated on board by Reverend Payne (Island Chaplain)

10.00am: Divine Service conducted by Rev Payne

11.00am: Officer of Guard boarded British steamer “Sabia”

Number on sick list 3


[SS Sabia, 2807 tons, was built in 1903 by Robert Stephenson & Co Ltd, Hebburn for Frumentum SS Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917.]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915


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1 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

1.00pm: Paid monthly pay

Officer of Guard boarded SS Levnet

Number on sick list 3


[SS Levnet, 3306 tons, was built in 1914 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees for the Gordon Steam Shipping Co, London. She stranded in 1933 and was scrapped after being refloated.]


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2 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

am: Hands painting hull

Number on sick list 0


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3 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

am: Hands painting hull

1.00pm: Officer of Guard boarded SS Cober (British)

Number on sick list 4


[SS Cober, 3060 tons, was built in 1904 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the London & Northern Steamship Co Ltd. She was captured & torpedoed in August 1915.]


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4 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

8.30am: British steamers "Kenuta" & "Corby" arrived & were boarded by Officer of Guard

am: Hands employed painting ship

12.30pm: Officer of Guard boarded SS Don Diego

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 3


[SS Kenuta, 4593 tons, was built in 1907 by John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She was sold & renamed in 1925 and scrapped in 1934

SS Corby, 3496 tons, was built in 1901 by JL Thompson & Sons, Sunderland for the Corinthian Shipping Co Ltd, Liverpool. After several changes of owner and name she was scrapped in 1938.

SS Don Diego, 3632 tons, was built in 1906 by John Readhead & Sons, South Shields for the Buenos Ayres & Pacific Railway Co Ltd. She was captured and shelled by a U-boat in 1917.]


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5 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

7.00am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Orcoma (British)

8.30am: Sent 8 bags of mails to "Orcoma” for GPO London

Number on sick list 2


[SS Orcoma, 11,546 tons, was built in 1908 by William Beardmore & Co, Dalmuir for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. This must have been one of her last voyages before she became HMS Orcoma in March. She returned to civilian life in 1919 and was scrapped in 1933. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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6 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

4.30pm: Officer of Guard boarded British SS Ethelhilda

Number on sick list 3


[SS Ethelhilda, 2902 tons, was built in 1897 by CS Swan & Hunter. At this time she was operated by the Harrowing Steamship Co. After several changes of owner and name she stranded in 1928 and then capsized after she was refloated.]


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7 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

10.00am: Divine Service conducted by Rev Payne

10.30am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Avon. Received. 2 bags of mail from "Avon"

12.35pm: One Sergeant of Marines joined ship from "Avon" for passage to HMS Marmora

5.00pm: OO Guard boarded SS Homewood

6.15pm: Sent 28 bags mails to “Homewood” for passage

Number on sick list 6


[SS Avon, 11,073 tons, was built in 1907 for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She became the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Avoca later in 1915, was returned to civilian service in 1919. She was scrapped in 1930 and as “Avoca” is part of the Old Weather fleet.

SS Homewood, 2024 tons, was built in 1897 by Robert Craggs & Sons Ltd, Middlesbrough for P Constantine. She was sold and renamed for the first time in 1916 and finally torpedoed while under the Italian flag in 1943.

HMS Marmora, 10,509 tons, was built in 1903 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. She was requisitioned in 1914 as an Armed Merchant Cruiser but was torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of 10 men. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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8 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

9.15am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Ethelstan

am: Officers at 6” gun drill, midshipmen at boat sailing instruction

2.00pm: Sent boat ashore for mails

4.00pm: Received 48 packages of parcel mail from HBM Consul

Number on sick list 4


[SS Ethelstan, 3738 tons, was built in 1905 by R Stephenson & Co, Hebburn for the Harrowing Steamship Co. She was bought and renamed by Japanese owners in 1922 and finally torpedoed by a US submarine in 1942.]


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9 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

7.10am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Winnfield

8.45am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Lord Tredegar & Hungarian Prince

Received 6 bags mails for "Canopus" & “Vengeance”

Number on sick list 5


[SS Winnfield, 3434 tons, was built in 1901 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool as “Louise Roth”. She sailed as “Winnfield” 1908-16 and after more changes of owner and name was wrecked in 1921.

SS Lord Tredegar, 3856 tons, was built in 1914 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees for the Lord Tredegar Steamship Co. She was torpedoed in 1916 with the loss of 4 men.

SS Hungarian Prince, 4765 tons, was built in 1901 as “Mohawk” by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was sold to the Prince Line & renamed “Hungarian Prince” in 1912. Later in 1915 she was renamed “Belgian Prince.” In 1917 she was torpedoed with the loss of 39 crew, her master was taken prisoner, 3 crewmen were picked up by a patrol boat.]


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10 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

6.45am: Portuguese gun boat sailed

8.10am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Nequen

am: Officers & midshipmen at ammunition instruction

11.15am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Duchess of Cornwall

5.30pm: Portuguese gunboat returned

Number on sick list 4


[SS Nequen was probably SS Neuquen, 3583 tons, built in 1913 by the Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co, Campbeltown for Buenos Ayres Southern Railway Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 18 men.

SS Duchess of Cornwall, 1706 tons, was built in 1889 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the Chellew Navigation Co. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 23 men.]


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11 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

am: Sent 30 empty mail bags to SS Kintlock

1.20pm: Water boat arrived alongside, began taking in drinking water

6.00pm: Water boat left

Number on sick list 4


[SS Kintlock was probably SS Kintuck, 4639 tons, built in 1895 by Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast for the Blue Funnel Line. She hit a mine & sank in 1917 with the loss of 1 man.]


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12 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

8.00am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Newholm & SS Bernard

am: Hands employed fitting boats’ falls & variously

Officers & midshipmen at 6” gun stripping instruction

pm: 6” guns’ crews at drill

3.45pm: Officer of Guard boarded RMS Araguaya

4.20pm: Sent 4 bags of mails to “Araguaya”

Number on sick list 5


[SS Newholm, 3399 tons, was built in 1899 by CS Swan & Hunter Ltd, Wallsend for the Newcastle Steamship Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917.

SS Bernard, 3682 tons, was built in 1900 by Thomas Turnbull & Sons, Whitby for Turnbull Bros Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 1 man.

RMS Araguaya, 10,196 tons, was built in 1906 by Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. In 1917 she became a Canadian Hospital Ship, then returned to the Royal Mail. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1926. She was conscripted into the French Navy in 1940 and sunk by gunfire at Casablanca in 1942.]


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13 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

8.00am: Aired night clothing

10.00am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Whitgift

3.30pm: Officer of Guard boarded SS Knowsley Hall & Helmsloch

Number on sick list 5


[SS Whitgift, 4397 tons, was built in 1901 by the Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden for the Houlder Line. She was torpedoed in 1916 with the loss of 32 men; 1 Japanese seaman was taken prisoner & was the only survivor.

SS Knowsley Hall, 4307 tons, was built in 1903 by CS Swan & Hunter Ltd for the Ellerman Lines. She was sold & renamed in 1928 and scrapped in 1935.

SS Helmsloch, 4160 tons, was built in 1913 by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Southwick for the Strath Steam Ship Co Ltd, Cardiff. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1930 and finally scrapped in 1953.]


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14 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

8.30am: Officer of Guard boarded SS Craigside

9.15am: Divisions, hands inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service conducted by Rev Payne

4.00pm: Officer of Guard boarded SS Trevean

5.00pm: Portuguese cruiser "Almirante Reis" sailed

Number on sick list 5


[SS Cragside, 3004 tons, was built in 1904 by Bartram & Sons, South Dock, Sunderland for the London & Northern Steamship Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1916 and finally torpedoed by a Russian submarine on Christmas Day 1944.

SS Trevean, 3801 tons was built in 1902 by John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields for the Hain Steamship Line. She was captured by a German U-boat in 1917 & blown up. There were no casualties; one man aboard was Mr Somers, the only survivor of SS Euphrates which had been torpedoed by the same U-boat earlier that day.

Almirante Reis”, 4253 ton cruiser, was launched in 1898 as “Dom Carlos I” by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. She was renamed in 1910 and scrapped in 1923.]


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15 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

am: Officers at 6” gun drill, hands cleaning & painting ship

Number on sick list 5


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16 February 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

10.30am: HMS Marmora arrived & boarded by Officer of Guard

Sent 3 bags mails to “Marmora”

11.00am: Water boat arrived, commenced watering

1.00pm: Sent 6 bags of mail to “Marmora” for “Canopus” & “Vengeance” & 2 bags of parcels for “Empress of Britain”

Discharged 1 Sergeant Marines to “Marmora”

4.50pm: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

Sent 8 bags mails to “Macedonia” for “Highflyer”

Hands employed in discharging stores for “Highflyer”


Whilst discharging, 2 ash pans fell out of sling overboard

Sent “Highflyer” stores to collier “Quantock”

Received 337 bags of mails from “Macedonia” who reported one bag lost overboard whilst discharging. (These mails are for various ships)

Number on sick list 5


[SS Quantock, 4470 tons, was built in 1910 by William Doxford & Sons, Pallion for the Tatem Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Cardiff. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1922 and torpedoed in 1943.]


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17 February 1915

From St Vincent

Lat 15.70, Long -25.53

5.20am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded steering to Captain’s orders

6.10am: Point Machado bore East

am: Officers & midshipmen at ammunition instruction

10.00am: SS Avoli of Genoa passed bound North

4.00pm: Evening quarters, exercised fire stations

Number on sick list 6


[Ponta Machado is at Lat 16.82, Long -25.1

SS Avoli was probably SS Avala, 3744 tons, built in 1890 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees. In 1913 she was purchased by Gaetano Maggiolo fu A, Genoa but in 1918 she was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat.]


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18 February 1915

From St Vincent

Lat 12.20, Long -27.22

9.15am: Port watch & marines at small arm drill, officers at block battalion drill

pm: Hands employed painting ship

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read ‘Articles of War’, exercised ‘Abandon ship stations’

Number on sick list 6


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19 February 1915

From St Vincent

Lat 9.55, Long -28.30

6.10am: Altered course South, signalled collier "Thornhill"

Number on sick list 6


[SS Thornhill, 3848 tons, was built in 1911 by Short Bros. She was chartered by the Admiralty later in the year and converted to a Q or decoy ship. Her voyage as HMS Wonganella is on the Naval History website. After an eventful career under many names & flags she was finally scrapped in 1960.]


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20 February 1915

From St Vincent

Lat 6.72, Long -29.45

8.00am: Divisions, air night clothing

pm: Hands make & mend

4.00pm: Evening quarters, exercised ‘Abandon ship stations’

Number on sick list 6


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21 February 1915

From St Vincent

Lat 3.65, Long -30.82

9.10am: Divisions, hands inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service performed

Number on sick list 7


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22 February 1915

St Vincent to Fernando Noronha

Lat 0.65, Long -32.17

7.15am: Observed SS Thornhill bearing North

am: Officers & midshipmen at Ambulance instruction

Number on sick list 7


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23 February 1915

St Vincent to Fernando Noronha

Lat -2.50, Long -33.65

4.50pm: Altered course S12W to close with collier "Fullerton"

5.25pm: Observed Rocas Island bearing S28E

5.30pm: Altered course S86W, signalled "Fullerton"

8.15pm: Rocas Island Light abeam, distance 5½ miles

9.15pm: Rocas Island Light S15W

10.55pm: Stopped engines

Number on sick list 7


[SS Fullerton, 2811 tons, was built in 1912 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesborough for Denaby & Cadeby Main Collieries Ltd, Hull. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1924 and finally scrapped in 1958.]


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24 February 1915

St Vincent, Cape Verde to Fernando Noronha

Lat -3.98, Long -35.25

3.05am: Proceeded

4.35am: Signalled SS Thornhill

7.30am: Signalled "Thornhill"

5.50pm: Increased speed & altered course as required to intercept Brazilian steamer

6.00pm: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant-Commander Houston RNR & boarded Brazil steamer “Tabagy”

6.45pm: Boat returned, proceeded

Number on sick list 9


[SS Tibagy, 2422 tons, was built as “Nadia” in 1901 by the Grangemouth & Greenock Dockyard Co, Greenock. In 1911 she was sold to the Companhio Commercio e Navegacao, Rio de Janeiro then renamed Tibagy in 1912. She was finally scrapped in 1961.]


HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

24th Feb 1915

Re: SS Tabagy [sic]

Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded the SS Tabagy of Rio de Janeiro on 24th inst at 6pm in Lat 4.16S, Long 35.45W.

The Master Francisco Estevao Soares reports having sailed from Santos on the 15th February and is bound to New York via Barbadoes, laden with a complete cargo of coffee consigned to Messrs Arbuckle and Co.

I examined ship’s papers and hold and found same satisfactory.

The Master had no complaints to make re detention & search of vessel.

Permission to proceed on voyage was granted.

I returned on board at 6.45pm and herewith submit my report.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Thomas Houston, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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[Hand written insertion into log.]


10.56am: Obtained soundings of 6 fathoms, chart shows 11 fathoms

11.00am: Ship bumped slightly but distinctly, at the time less 4½ knots per hour, engineer reversed to stop ship

11.06am: Proceeded at 4½ knots speed. Tracing of chart & full report sent to Admiral Stoddart, SNO East coast of South America for forwarding to Admiralty signed C Hake, Lieutenant RNR


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25 February 1915

St Vincent to Fernando Noronha

Lat -4.83, Long -36.25

6.25am: Sounding every 15 minutes

9.30am: Urca do Minhoto Reef S39E

10.30am: Urca do Minhoto Reef abeam

11.08am: Ship touched bottom, depth by soundings 6½ fathoms

Proceeded slow ahead, ship’s carpenter sounded and reported all correct

11.54am: Stopped & anchored

7.30pm: Darken ship, posted armed sentries

Number on sick list 9


[Urca do Minhoto Reef is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -4.83, Long -36.25.]


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26 February 1915

St Vincent to Fernando Noronha

Lat -4.68, Long -35.88

Hourly sounding

6.15am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

6.57am: Lowered 2 Sea boats into water & loaded them with meat for HMS Sydney

9.15am: Proceeded

5.50pm: Passed collier “Fullerton”

Number on sick list 9


[HMAS Sydney, 5400 ton cruiser, was launched in 1912 by the London & Glasgow Engineering & Iron Shipbuilding Co. She was involved in the surrender of the German ship “Emden” in 1914 and was present as the surrender of the German fleet at the end of the war. She returned to Australia and was finally scrapped in 1929. Items from the ship have been preserved to act as memorials in Australia. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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27 February 1915

St Vincent to Fernando Noronha

Lat -3.77, Long -32.50

12.45am: Rocas Island Light abeam, distance 5 miles

7.30am: Observed Fernando Peak S54E

10.28am: Stopped, lowered sea boat & sent her ashore, in charge Lieutenant Houston RNR

Ship proceeded to sea to carry out 1” aiming rifle practice

11.55am: Ceased firing, proceeded to anchorage

12.22pm: Stopped & anchored

12.45pm: Sea boat returned

1.30pm: Called sea boat away

3.00pm: Sea boat returned with landing party

4.15pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

5.20pm: Observed HMS Sydney

11.50pm: Observed steamer’s lights steaming South

Number on sick list 10


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28 February 1915

Fernando Noronha

Lat -5.20, Long -31.20

12.15am: Altered course to close with collier “Fullerton”

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held

2.00pm: Altered course & increased speed to intercept steamer

2.45pm: Altered course S56W, signalled SS El Paraguayo of Liverpool

8.45pm: Observed ship, altered course & increased speed

10.50pm: Exercised ‘Action’

Number on sick list 10


[SS El Paraguayo, 8508 ton refrigerated passenger-cargo ship, was built in 1912 by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the Houlder Line. She was scrapped in 1936.]



THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Operations off South America 1915

JP map Edinburgh Castle South America 1915

LOGS FOR MARCH 1915


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1 March 1915

Fernando Noronha to Pernambuco

Lat -7.93, Long -34.42

1.00am: Signalled collier “Fullerton”

5.50am: Altered course to close with “Sydney”

6.10am: Stopped, “Sydney” sent mail on board

9.43am: Altered course to close steamer bound North

10.05am: Signalled SS American of New York

10.10am: Resumed course

1.15pm: Altered course for anchorage

1.20pm: Stopped & anchored

2.30pm: HM Consul arrived on board

4.00pm: Water boat arrived alongside, commenced watering

Consul left

6.00pm: Finished watering, received 60 tons

6.22pm: Weighed & proceeded

7.50pm: Cape Agostinho Light abeam, distance 9 miles

Number on sick list 11


[SS American, 5591 tons, was built in 1900 in Chester, Pennsylvania.]


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2 March 1915

From Pernambuco

Lat -11.25, Long -35.20

Number on sick list 10


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3 March 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 2 March.]

From Pernambuco

Lat -14.22, Long -35.58

am: Officers at 6” quick firing instruction

Number on sick list 10


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4 March 1915

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -17.32, Long -38.45

8.00am: Hands air bedding

11.20am: Ship passing through a streak of floating substance like fine sand

pm: Hands make & mend

1.45pm: Observed Abrolhos Light House S60W

3.17pm: Took station astern of "Sydney"

6.10pm: Stopped & anchored

7.00pm: Sent 32 bags of mail to "Vindictive'

Number on sick list 10


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5 March 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.15am: Collier "Withernsea" arrived alongside

10.00am: Commenced coaling

am: Collier ranging heavily

pm: Received 1000 lbs soap & 200 lbs tobacco from “Vindictive”

4.00pm: Gave 7 tons of fresh water to collier

Discharged 250 bags of mail and parcels to collier, one bag of registered letters to “Vindictive”

8.00pm: Stopped coaling, received 318 tons, collier left ship

Number on sick list 11


[SS Withernsea, 2063 tons, was built in 1912 by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull for the Sea Steamship Co Ltd.]


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6 March 1915

At sea

Lat -18.20, Long -38.58

9.00am: One yeoman of signals & one officers’ cook joined ship from "Vindictive”

10.10am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

11.10am: Altered course to close with "Fullerton"

Number on sick list 10


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7 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -20.65, Long -39.50

8.07am: Observed HMS Sydney bearing WNW

10.05am: Divisions, crew inspected by Captain, Divine Service performed

10.30am: Observed HMS Celtic & SS San Francisco (bound NE)

10.37am: Stopped & manoeuvred close to “Celtic”

11.10am: Captain of “Celtic” boarded

11.30am: Captain left, proceeded

Number on sick list 7


[HMS Celtic, 20,904 tons, was built in 1901 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the White Star Line. She was converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser but then a troopship before being returned to civilian service. She had a career full of incidents before she ran aground in 1928 and was wrecked. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

SS San Francisco, 3705 tons, was built in 1915 for the Johnson Line so this may be the ship. If so she was built by A/S Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen. She was sold & renamed in 1950 and scrapped in 1959.]


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8 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -23.93, Long -40.02

2.35pm: Signalled SS Novington of London steaming SW

5.30pm: Altered course NExE signalling French steamer “Amiral Villaret de Joyeuse”

Number on sick list 6


[SS Novington, 3442 tons, was built in 1912 by Richardson, Duck & Co, Thornaby for the Southdown Steamship Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1931 and finally scrapped in 1961.

SS Amiral de Joyeuse, 5927 tons, was built in 1912 at St Nazaire for Cie des Chargeurs Reunis, Le Havre. She was scrapped in 1934.]


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9 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -20.90, Long -39.43

3.25am: Altered course NNE to close with collier "Thornhill"

6.40am: Stopped, sent sea boat to HMS Sydney

7.05am: Sea boat returned & secured, proceeded

9.30am: Stopped, called away sea boat & boarded SS Tennyson of Liverpool

10.15am: Sea boat returned, proceeded

8.00pm: Lost overboard by accident: 2 24 lb deep sea patent cocks & 150 fathoms of sounding wire

Midnight: Frequent violent rain squalls

Number on sick list 6


[SS Tennyson, 3901 tons, was built in 1900 as “Evangeline” by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, Govan. She was renamed “Tennyson” in 1902 then sold and renamed again in 1922. She was scrapped in 1932.]


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10 March 1915

Abrolhos anchorage

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Regular soundings

11.25am: Stopped & anchored

pm: Hands make & mend

Anchor bearings checked

5.30pm: Collier "Thornhill" arrived

Number on sick list 7


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11 March 1915

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Anchor bearings verified all day [Force 6 wind]

am: Starboard watch at company drill, marines at small arm drill

Number on sick list 9


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12 March 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 11 March.]

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.00am: Collier "Buresk" came alongside

10.00am: Commenced coaling, collier ranging heavily

pm: Gave 3 tons fresh water to collier

6.15pm: Finished coaling

6.30pm: Collier left

Number on sick list 10


[SS Buresk is a confusing ship to identify. There was a Buresk of 4337 tons built in 1914 who was captured by SMS Emden and scuttled at the end of the year. However another Buresk of 3673 tons was sailing in 1915 and sunk by gunfire in the Nov. According to the Wrecksite database she was built as “Burford” by the same yard as the other Buresk, bought by the same owners as the previous Buresk and renamed on purchase. However, the original name suggested by Wrecksite does not appear on the Teesbuilt site.]


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13 March 1915

Abrolhos to Bahia

Lat -17.40, Long -38.47

7.00am: Anchor aweigh, received mail from “Vindictive”

7.50am: Altered course to close with HMS Sydney

7.55am: Stopped, boat arrived from "Sydney" with 1 bag of mail

Number on sick list 11


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14 March 1915

Abrolhos to Bahia

Lat -15.32, Long -38.42

9.15am: Divisions, hands inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held

2.15pm: San Antonio Light House abeam, distance 1 mile

2.20pm: Stopped, anchored

3.00pm: Brazilian guard officer & Port officer arrived, pratique granted

3.30pm: Gave leave to Petty Officers & Leading Seamen granted till 6.30pm

Armed sentries posted fore & aft

Number on sick list 11


[Ponta de Santo Antonio Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -13.02, Long -38.53

Bahia is now indexed as the port of Salvador at Lat -12.97, Long -38.51.]


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15 March 1915

From Bahia

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

am: Marines at 6” gun drill

11.00am: Sent 3 bags mails ashore to HM Consul

2.30pm: Weighed & proceeded

7.05pm: Fired blank charge to stop French SS Garonne

Number on sick list 9


[SS Garonne, 5719 ton tanker, was built in 1912 by James Laing & Sons Ltd for the French Navy. She was sold & renamed in 1916 but reverted to her original name and ownership after the war. In 1942 she was scuttled with the rest of the French fleet to prevent them falling into German hands.]


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16 March 1915

Bahia to Abrolhos

Lat -18.08, Long -38.60

2.30am: Belmont Light abeam, distance 8 miles

10.20pm: Observed Abrolhos Light House bearing S50W

1.10pm: Stopped & anchored

3.00pm: Received 3 bags mail from HMS Macedonia

Number on sick list 8


[Belmonte Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -15.87, Long -38.88.]


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17 March 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -18.18, Long -38.75

7.30am: HMS Sydney sailed

am: A1, B1 & marines guns’ crews at 6” drill

10.50am: Weighed & proceeded

Number on sick list 7


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18 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -15.73, Long -38.82

9.15am: Commenced 1” aiming rifle firing

10.45am: Ceased firing

1.20pm: Observed collier “Thornhill” bearing N76E

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 8


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19 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -18.72, Long -38.20

12.45am: Altered course to close with “Thornhill”

1.10am: Increased speed & altered course, starboard guns closed up

1.20am: Observed steamer bearing SE

2.55am: Signalled SS Acaro of Genoa, stopped engines

3.05am: Proceeded

am: A2 & B2 guns crews at 6” quick firing drill

10.00am: Observed HMS Macedonia bearing North, distance 7 miles

Number on sick list 8


[SS Acaro was probably the SS Ascaro,3169 tons, built in 1891 by Short Bros Ltd, Sunderland. She was sold & renamed in 1899 and after another change of owners became Ascaro in 1913. In 1917 she was torpedoed with the loss of 24 men.]


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20 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -21.32, Long -39.78

6.25am: Observed collier “Thornhill” S25E, distance about 15 miles

10.30am: Altered course to close steamer bound North

11.15am: Signalled SS Mentor of Ithaca

A1 & B1 guns’ crews at drill

4.10pm: Exercised fire stations

Number on sick list 9


[I cannot find an SS Mentor registered in Ithaca, USA in 1915. There was an SS Mentor, 7585 tons, built in 1914 sailing for the Blue Funnel Line until she was torpedoed in 1942.]


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21 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -24.38, Long -41.82

9.15am: Divisions, hands inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 10


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[Split scans of note in log, possibly a receipt]


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22 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -27.55, Long -44.00

am: A2 & B2 guns’ crews at drill, officers & midshipmen at searchlight instruction

Number on sick list 9


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23 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -30.00, Long -46.07

Number on sick list 7


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24 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -32.50, Long -47.60

Number on sick list 9


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25 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -34.92, Long -49.23

10.10am: Sounded off ‘Action’ (exercise)

Number on sick list 9


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26 March 1915


From Abrolhos

Lat -35.30, Long -52,08

am: Officers & midshipmen at signals instruction

Number on sick list 9


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27 March 1915

HMS Edinburgh Castle

At Sea

27th March 1915

Re: SS Willaston

Sir, I have the honour to report that at 5.40pm that in Lat 35.50S, Long 54 07W I boarded the SS Willaston of Liverpool, Official Number 137403, WH Jones, Master, owned by J Edgar & Co.

She was three days out from Bahia Blanco, bound for Las Palmas for orders, via Rio for bunkers, with a full cargo of wheat in bulk.

Having examined all ships papers and found same satisfactory I was assured everything was in good order and gave permission for her to proceed.

The Master reports that the SS Daphne, Italian Flag and SS Langton Hall, British Flag, left Bahia Blanco about the same time, both fully laden with wheat.

I returned on board at 6.20pm to submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] SB Graves, Lieutenant Commander RNR


[SS Langton Hall, 4473 tons, was built in 1905 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend and managed at this time by the Hall Line Ltd, Liverpool. In Nov 1916 she was shelled & sunk after capture by a U-boat.]


From Abrolhos

[No position given]

2.30am: Santa Maria Light bearing N47W & Polonia Light N8E

4.00am: Santa Maria Light bore NxW

5.00pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

5.47pm: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Commander Graves RNR & boarded SS "Willaston" of Liverpool

6.40pm: Sea boat returned & secured, proceeded

Number on sick list 9


[Cabo Santa Maria Lighthouse is in Uruguay at Lat -34.67, Long -54.15

Cabo Polonio Lighthouse is in Uruguay at Lat -34.41, Long 53.78

SS Willaston, 5658 tons, was built in 1914 by William Dobson & Co, Walker for the Wirral Transport Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed “Meandros” in 1931 and sank after a collision in 1934.]


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[This single-page scan is a repeat of the split-page scan for 27 March above]


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28 March 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 27 March]

From Abrolhos

Lat -38.98, Long -52.58

8.15am: Signalled SS Elstree Grange bound SW

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 9


[SS Elstree Grange, 3930 tons, was built as “Constance” in 1892 by Short Bros, Pallion. She was sold and renamed Elstree Grange for the Houlder Line from 1895 until she was sold and renamed again in 1919. She was scrapped in 1926.]


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29 March 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 28 March]

From Abrolhos

Lat -42.73, Long -50.70

Number on sick list 7


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30 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -38.40, Long -50.60

am: Midshipmen at pistol drill, A2 & B2 guns’ crews at 6” quick firing drill

Number on sick list 5


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Extracts from engine room registers

Total distance run: 11019 miles

Number of hours making good the distance: 1104.36

Total number revolutions each shaft

Starboard: 3238160

Port: 3238170

Total coal consumed: 4914 tons


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31 March 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -33.93, Long -51.30

pm: Regular soundings

2.00pm: Lost lead brass tube & 50 fathoms sounding wire (carried away)

5.10pm: Observed collier “Thornhill” bearing N62W

6.22pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

6.55pm: Passed SS Hesione bound SW

Number on sick list 6


[SS Hesione, 3363 tons, was built in 1889 as “Mamari” by William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was bought by the Houston Line in 1903 and renamed. In Sept 1915 she was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat without loss of life.]



LOGS FOR APRIL 1915


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

2nd April 1915

Re: SS Conway of Newcastle

Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded the SS Conway, Royal Mail Steam Packet Company at 3.40pm in Latitude 30 20 S, Longitude 40 00 W.

The Master, Joseph Green, reports having sailed from London on 9th March, consigned to Monte Video and Buenos Ayres with General Cargo.

I examined ship’s papers and found them in order.

The Master had no complaints to make as to search and detention.

Permission to proceed on voyage was granted

I returned on board at 4.20pm and herewith submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Thomas Houston, Lieutenant Commander RNR


[SS Conway, 2709 tons, was built in 1904 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Low Walker for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1930 and deleted from the register in 1958.]


1 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -32.50, Long -50.13

6.00am: Observed collier “Thornhill” S78W distance about 10 miles

9.30am: Ship’s company at small arm drill

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 6


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HMS Edinburgh Castle

At sea

April 2nd 1915

Re: SS Wagama

Sir, I have the honour to report that I boarded the SS Wagama 2609 tons of Kristiana at 9.30am in Lat 30 50 S, Longitude 48 15 W.

The Master JO Osterwoold reports having sailed from Monte Video on 31st March with a general cargo, hides, wool etc consigned to the Barber Line, New York & Boston.

I examined ship’s papers and holds and found them in order

The Master had no complaints to make re search & detention of vessel, permission to proceed on voyage was granted.

I returned on board at 10.14am and herewith submit my report.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,

[signed] Thomas Houston, Lieutenant Commander RNR


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2 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -30.67, Long -48.17

Sunday routine carried out [It was Good Friday]

8.53am: Altered course to intercept steamer

9.33am: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge Lieutenant Commander Houston RNR & boarded SS Wagama of Christiania bound to USA

10.15am: Sea boat returned & secured, proceeded

2.50pm: Altered course to close with steamer

3.55pm: Stopped, called away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Commander Houston RNR & boarded SS Conway of Newcastle

4.25pm: Sea boat returned & secured, proceeded

Number on sick list 5


[SS Wagama, 4969 tons, was built in 1913 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough. She was lost with all hands in 1918, possibly foundered.]


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3 April 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 4 April]

From Abrolhos

Lat -28.55, Long -46.58

12.45am: Signalled SS Zero of London

7.10pm: Signalled SS Thornhill

Number on sick list 5


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4 April 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 5 April]

From Abrolhos

Lat -26.92, Long -44.65

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.30am: Signalled SS Mars of Newcastle

10.05am: Divine Service performed

Number on sick list 5


[SS Mars, 3550 tons, was built in 1907 by Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Middleton and operated at this time by Brantingham SS Co Ltd, Newcastle. She was torpedoed in 1918 without loss of life.]


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5 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -24.88, Long -41.90

2.28pm: Observed HMS Sydney, Macedonia & colliers on port bow

4.17pm: Stopped, called away sea boat & sent mail to "Sydney"

4.55pm: Sea boat returned & secured, proceeded

10.00pm: Observed steamer bound West a/c East

10-11pm: Chasing steamer, increased speed

11.00pm: Reduced speed, signalled SS Highland Enterprise of Liverpool

11.33pm: Instructed steamer to proceed

Number on sick list 6


[SS Highland Enterprise, 5155 tons, was built in 1903 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for the Nelson Line. After several changes of owner and name she was broken up in 1951.]


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6 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -22.03, Long -40.50

am: All coaling gear thoroughly overhauled

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 12

Number on sick list 5


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7 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.10am: Stopped, anchored

Received 9 bags mails & one registered bag from "Carnarvon"

9.30am: Collier "Elwen" arrived alongside

10.25am: Commenced coaling

pm: Coaling ship & taking on stores (ex Cutter)

9.00pm: Stopped coaling for night, collier remaining alongside

Number on sick list 4


[“Elwen” is probably “Ilwen” who was a fleet auxiliary servicing ships in the South Atlantic at this time.]


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8 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Rounds made, all correct, cell prisoner visited

5.15am: Resumed coaling

6.45am: HMS Sydney (flag) & Glasgow arrived

5.55pm: Finished coaling, received 1020 tons

6.20pm: Collier left, discharged one officers cook to & sent one boy to “Carnarvon”

10.00pm: Anchor aweigh

10.15pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 3


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9 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -16.18, Long -37.28

6.40am: Taking station 1 mile to starboard of “Sydney”

9.20am: Altered course N60E to take up station 10 miles east of "Sydney"

pm: Hands make & mend

8.00pm: Passed steamer bound South

9.00pm: Passed Greek steamer “Joanos” bound SW

Number on sick list 5


[I have been unable to trace the Greek steamer.]


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10 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -11.72, Long -35.53

8.00am: Divisions, aired night clothing

Number on sick list 4


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11 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -7.17, Long -33.63

7.00am: Observed HMS Vindictive bearing NxW, distance about 7 miles

9.15am: Divisions, crew inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service performed

4.00pm: Evening quarters, Steward Greeves released from cells

Number on sick list 4


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This day, April 14th One boatswain, 2 carpenters, 8 artisans, 46 engine room ratings, 13 stewards & cooks, 1 writer signed agreement T.124 to take effect from March 14th for 6 months with option of 3 months & for the period of the war as noted in agreement, the remainder of ship’s company engaged under agreement T.124 elected to remain at old rates of pay without resigning.


[T.124 seems to have been an agreement of merchant seamen to serve under Naval discipline at their previous rates of pay.]


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12 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat -2.37, Long -35.20

8-8.30am: Hands at physical drill

pm: Hands employed painting masts & variously

Number on sick list 7


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13 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat 1.48, Long -35.58

8-8.30am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed painting ship & blacking rigging

Midshipmen at pistol practice

Number on sick list 8


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14 April 1915

From Abrolhos

Lat 1.08, Long -35.20

8-8.30am: Physical drill

am: Midshipmen at navigation instruction

Number on sick list 10


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15 April 1915

Abrolhos to Fernando Noronha

Lat -3.27, Long -32.42

9.15am: Altered course south & closed with British SS Upcerne

am: Hands employed painting ship

1.00pm: Observed Fernando Noronha Peak S5W

2.22pm: Anchored

2.30pm: Sent sea boat ashore

5.40pm: Sea boat returned, hove up anchor

Number on sick list 5


[SS Upcerne, 2984 tons, was built in 1906 by the Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co, Stockton-on-Tees for AF Hood. She was torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of 16 of the 17 crew (link to crew list on webpage).]


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16 April 1915

Fernando Noronha to Rocas Island

Lat -3.84, Long -33.80

2.30am: Observed Rocas Island Light N68W

4.05am: Rocas Island Light abeam, distance 6½ miles

5.00am: Challenged HMS Sydney & proceeded to anchorage

6.30am: Stopped & anchored

6.35am: "Vindictive" arrived

8-8.30am: Physical drill

Discharged one Yeoman of Signals to “Liverpool” & one writer to “Gloucester” & one steward to “Liverpool” for passage home

11.00am: HMS Liverpool, Gloucester, Sydney & Vindictive sailed

2.30pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded

4.45pm: Altered speed keeping station with "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 4


[HMS Liverpool, 4800 ton cruiser, was launched in 1909 by Vickers Ltd at Barrow-in-Furness. She took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight. She was scrapped in 1921 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Gloucester, 4877 ton cruiser, was launched in 1909 at the William Beardmore Yard, Dalmuir. She took part in the Battle of Jutland and was scrapped in 1921. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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17 April 1915

Rocas Island to Bahia

Lat -7.33, Long -34.33

Keeping station 1 mile east of "Glasgow"

2.30pm: HMS Celtic & 3 colliers on port beam steering south

3.00pm: Observed Olinda Point S80W

3.50pm: Olinda Point abeam, distance 21 miles

6.45pm: Cape Agostinho Light abeam, distance 11 miles

8.00pm: Observed Tamandare Light S75W

9.20pm: Tamandare Light abeam, distance 9½ miles

Number on sick list 4


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18 April 1915

Rocas Island to Bahia

Lat -10.80, Long -35.98

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

Divine Service held

Number on sick list 4


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19 April 1915

Fernando Noronha to Bahia

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

11.42am: Bahia Light House abeam, distance ½ mile

12.07pm: Stopped & anchored

Harbour officials boarded & allowed pratique

1.00pm: Gave leave to port watch till 6pm

4.15pm: Landed patrol

8.00pm: Patrol returned

8.20pm: Landed patrol for absentees

9.50pm: Patrol returned with 3 absentees

Number on sick list 4


[Bahia Lighthouse is probably the one indexed as Santo Antonio da Barra which is at the entrance to Salvador (the modern name for the Port of Bahia). It lies at Lat -13.02, Long -38.53.]


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20 April 1915

Bahia

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

8.00am: Gave leave to port watch 8-11am

9.30am: Landed patrol

Alex Campbell, seaman RNR, discharged to hospital

Noon: Liberty men & patrol returned, all correct

12.50pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded

Number on sick list 4


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21 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.83, Long -38.37

2.45am: Belmonte Light abeam,. 17'

6.25am: Mount Pascal West

7.00am: Mount Pascal N83W

11.20am: Signalled colliers "Gisella", "Fullerton" "Djerissa"

1.16pm: Light house abeam, 10 miles

pm: Hands make & mend

3.15pm: Anchored

6.30pm: Colliers "Gisella" and "Djerissa" secured alongside

Number on sick list 4


[Monte Pascoal is on the mainland of Brazil at Lat -16.9, Long 39.4

SS Gisella, 2502 tons, was built as “Gisella Groedel” in 1904 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for Groedel Bros. They dropped the Groedel in 1914. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 3 men

SS Djerissa, 3723 tons, was built in 1910 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for La Tunisienne SN Co Ltd, Swansea. She was requisitioned as a decoy ship in 1916 and returned in 1918. In 1927 she ran aground & was wrecked.]


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22 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.20am: Commenced coaling ship

Noon: Dinner

12.45pm: Resumed coaling

4.00pm: Tea

4.30pm: Resumed coaling

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, received 658 tons

Number on sick list 4


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23 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.45am: Resumed coaling

7-7.40am: Breakfast

12-12.45pm: Dinner

2.30pm: Working party sent to "Celtic" for stores

4-4.30pm: Tea

4.30pm: Stores arrived alongside

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, amount on board 1250 tons, 592 tons in the day

Number on sick list 5


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24 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.45am: Resumed coaling [Meal breaks as before]

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, amount on board 1769 tons, 519 tons on the day

Number on sick list 5


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25 April 1915

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Changed position of both colliers

No coaling done this day [Sunday but no Divine Service held.]

10.00pm: Colliers ranging heavily at times

Number on sick list 5


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26 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Wind freshening

Colliers ranging heavily

6.30am: Resumed coaling, weather improving

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, received on board 2328 tons

Number on sick list 5


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27 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.45am: Resumed coaling

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, amount in 2826 [tons], 496 tons on the day

Number on sick list 5


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28 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.45am: Resumed coaling

8.00am: Sent mail to HMS Vindictive

8.30am: “Vindictive” sailed

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, amount in 3252 tons, 436 tons in the day

Number on sick list 7


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29 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.40am: Resumed coaling

10.00am: Finished coaling, total 3388 tons

11.30am: SS Gisella cast off & sailed

11.50am: SS Djerissa cast off & sailed

pm: Hands employed cleaning ship

4.15pm: Collier “Bampton” sailed

Number on sick list 8


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30 April 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 9



LOGS FOR MAY 1915


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1 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

pm: Hands make & mend

6.30pm: Exercised ‘Action’

Number on sick list 8


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2 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine service held

Number on sick list 8


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3 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed painting ship’s funnels & scrubbing water line

10.45am: HMS Vindictive arrived

6.15pm: Boarded Brazilian steamer "Ceara"

6.30pm: Worked cable to examine shackles, cable found correct

Number on sick list 5


[SS Ceara, 3324 tons, was built in 1907 for Brazil Lloyd. She was renamed in 1927 & scrapped in 1962. However there was also a ship of the same name built in 1911. I have not found any details about her.]


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4 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.40am: Sent 2 carpenters to oil tank steamer "Impoco"

pm: Hands make & mend

5.00pm: Carpenters returned from “Impoco”


[SS Impoco, 2257 tons, was built 1913 in Grangemouth for the Imperial Oil Co, Ontario and requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914.]


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5 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands engaged in cleaning up holds

12.30pm: Paid monthly pay

Number on sick list 9


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6 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.40am: HMS Bristol arrived

am: Sent a bag of mail to “Bristol”

pm: Hands make & mend

2.50pm: HMS Bristol sailed

4.15pm: Ship’s company exercised at fire & collision stations

Number on sick list 9


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7 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

11.00am: Oil Tank Steamer “Impoco” came alongside for fresh water

4.05pm: “Impoco” left

Number on sick list 9


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8 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.00am: Aired night clothing

10-11.00am: 1” aiming rifle practice carried out, target towed by launch from HMS Celtic

Number on sick list 9


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9 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

Noon: SS Impoco sailed

Number on sick list 9


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10 May 1915

Abrolhos to Pernambuco

Lat -17.90, Long -38.48

9.30am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded to Navigator’s orders

Number on sick list 9


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11 May 1915

Abrolhos to Pernambuco

Lat -12.78, Long -36.32

am: Hands employed painting promenade deck

1.00pm: Signalled SS Alden of Bergen bound SW

6.50pm: Passed SS Impoco bound NNE

Number on sick list 9


[The only “Alden” of Bergen I can find is the ship of 432 tons, built in 1888 by Laxevaag Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Bergen. She was scrapped in 1957.]


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12 May 1915

Abrolhos to Pernambuco

Lat -8.05, Long -34.85

8.00am: Cape Agostinho abeam, distance 9 miles

9.30am: Stopped & anchored

11.00am: British Vice Consul arrived

1.00pm: Granted leave to Officers till 6pm

Hands employed scraping water line

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read out stations for ‘Out collision mat’


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13 May 1915

From Pernambuco

Lat -8.50, Long -34.68

8.45am: Hands air bedding

9.15am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

10.42am: Cape Agostinho Light House abeam, distance 9½ miles

12.30pm: Passed British steamer "Sorata" bound to St Vincent, Cape Verde

Number on sick list 6


[SS Sorata, 4851 tons, was built in 1897 by CS Swan & Hunter Ltd, Wallsend for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed in 1922 and foundered in 1923.]


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14 May 1915

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -8.07, Long -34.83

1.05am: Observed Cape Agostinho Light bearing S50W

1.50am: Pernambuco Light bore WNW, distance 8½ miles

6.56am: Cape Agostinho Light S71W, distance 11 miles

10.44am: Stopped & anchored, HM Vice Consul boarded

11.45am: Consul left, weighed & proceeded

pm: Hands employed painting ship

1.30pm: Cape Agostinho abeam, distance 5 miles

Number on sick list 6


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15 May 1915

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -11.82, Long -35.98

9.25am: Stopped, put target overboard

10.15am: Commenced 1” aiming rifle practice with starboard battery

10.45am: Finished firing starboard battery

10.55am: Commenced port battery

11.15am: Completed firing

11.30am: Stopped to pick up target

11.40am: Proceeded

pm; Hands make & mend

3.10pm: Signalled American steamer “Edward L Doheny” bound North

4.10pm: Exercised collision mat stations

4.20pm: Exercised abandon ship stations

Number on sick list 6


[SS Edward L Doheny, 6170 ton tanker, was built in 1913 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Low Walker. At this time she was operated by the Petroleum Transport Co Inc, Los Angeles. She was scrapped in 1948.]


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16 May 1915

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -15.90, Long -37.77

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

11.30pm: Observed Abrolhos Light S57W

Number on sick list 6


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17 May 1915

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -18.42, Long -38.17

3.30am: Abrolhos Light House abeam, bearing West, distance 26 miles

9.10am: Stopped, dropped target over board

10.05am: Commenced firing with 1” aiming with both batteries in turn

11.20am: Finished firing aiming rifle

Noon: Fired 2 full charge salvoes from starboard battery

12.12pm: Fired 2 salvoes from port battery

12.15pm: Dinner

1.20pm: Proceeded to pick up target

1.55pm: Target aboard

4.55pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 6


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18 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands preparing ship for coaling

Diver from HMS Vindictive employed in cleaning Engine Room injectors on port side

2.30pm: Diver finished cleaning on port side

5.30pm: Collier "British Transport" arrived alongside

Number on sick list 6


[SS British Transport, 4143 tons, was built in 1910 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough for the Empire Transport Co Ltd. She was scrapped in 1933.]


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19 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.15am: Commenced coaling

9.00am: Diver from "Vindictive" commenced to clear starboard engine room injectors

2.00pm: One Marine Bugler joined from HMS Vindictive

3.00pm: Diver finished

6.30pm: Stopped coaling, received 530 tons

Number on sick list 5


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20 May 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 19 May]

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.45am: Resumed coaling

8.00am: Worked cable to examine shackles, cable correct

6.00pm: Stopped coaling, received 416 tons, total 946 tons

6.30pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 5


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21 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 6


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22 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 6


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23 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 6


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24 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.00am: Sent working party to "Celtic" for stores

5.30pm: 2nd part watch employed in taking in stores

7.00pm: Stores finished

Number on sick list 6


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25 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.55am: Commenced 1” aiming rifle starboard battery at target towed by “Vindictive”

10.12am: Finished, stopped, put target overboard for “Vindictive”

11.25am: Firing finished

11.40am: Stopped, anchored

1.15pm: Hoisted target on board

3.15pm: Weighed & proceeded

6.20pm: Observed British SS Tennyson bearing North

6.57pm: Stopped, sent away sea boat in charge Lieutenant Commander Graves RNR & boarded "Tennyson"

7.40pm: Sea boat returned with bag of mail for "Vindictive", hoisted & secured

11.15pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 6


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26 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.00am: Hands at physical drill

9.50am: Sea boat sent ashore for sand

11.50am: HMS Vindictive shifted billet

1.30pm: Landed 47 men for liberty

Number on sick list 5


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27 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Weighed anchor

6.10am: Proceeded to change billet, engines as required

6.35am: Stopped & anchored

8.00am: Hands at physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, hands mustered by the open list

12.16pm: HMS Otranto arrived & anchored

2.00pm: Received 67 bags of mail from “Otranto”

2.30pm: Captain JO Marshall RN arrived on board ex passage from “Otranto”

Number on sick list 5


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28 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Number on sick list 5


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29 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.00am: Aired night clothing

pm: Hands make & mend

7.00pm: Roman Catholic priest ex “Otranto” arrived on board

Number on sick list 5


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30 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.00am: Service conducted on board by Roman Catholic Priest & Catholics from “Vindictive” attended

9.15am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

11.50am: Captain WR Napier RN left ship for HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 6


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31 May 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

1.30pm: HMS Vindictive sailed

Number on sick list 6



LOGS FOR JUNE 1915


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1 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.00am: Hands to physical drill

am: Hands employed in painting ship

12.30pm: Paid monthly money, issued Queen Mary's present

4.40pm: Father Jones, Roman Catholic Priest, joined from "Otranto"

5.15pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship

5.30pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 6


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2 June 1915

Abrolhos to Pernambuco

Lat -15.53, Long -37.07

7.30am: Altered course to intercept steamer

9.30am: Stopped called away sea boat in charge Lieutenant Commander Houston RNR & boarded Swedish SS Hogland

10.12am: Sea boat returned & secured

Noon: Passed British SS Albert Hall bound from Baltimore to Rio de Janeiro

Number on sick list 6


[The only “Hogland” I can find sailing in 1915 was the Danish ship of 1869 tons, built as “Annette Furness” in 1907 by Osbourne, Graham & Co, Sunderland. She was briefly owned by Danish company as “Hogland” in 1915 before being sold & renamed “Winneconne” and sunk by a U-boat in 1918

SS Albert Hall, 4258 tons, was built in 1914 by William Doxford & Sons for Nicholl Steamships Ltd. She was sold & renamed in 1916 & torpedoed in 1917.]


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3 June 1915

Abrolhos to Pernambuco

Lat -11.17, Long -35.78

am: Port watch to small arm drill

Hands employed in painting ship

11.50am: Altered course to intercept steamer

12.10pm: Passed Brazilian steamer bound South

pm: Hands make & mend

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read Court Martial returns

8.40pm: Maceio Light bore N64W

9.10pm: Maceio Light bore N74W

Number on sick list 6


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4 June 1915

Pernambuco

Lat -8.05, Long -34.85

8.15am: Stopped, anchored

Hands to physical drill

9.30am: HBM Vice Consul boarded

1.30pm: HBM Vice Consul left, sent one bag of mail ashore

7.00pm: Man & arm ship

9.00pm: Darken ship

Number on sick list 6


[“Edinburgh Castle” is continuing her defence precautions even when anchored in a neutral port.]


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5 June 1915

Pernambuco to Bahia

Lat -8.73, Long -34.92

8.00am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

Number on sick list 6


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6 June 1915

Pernambuco to Bahia

Lat -12.80, Long -38.08

1.30am: Dutch steamer "Gelria" passed bound north

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held, Father Jones conducted service for Roman Catholics

3.45pm: Stopped & anchored

4.00pm: Port medical officer boarded, admitted to pratique

4.15pm: His Britannic Majesty’s Consul boarded

6.15pm: Received 3 bags of mails from Consul for Senior Naval Officer

9.45pm: Received 8 bags of mails for "Vindictive” & “Celtic" ex RMS Araguaya

Number on sick list 6


[SS Gelria, 14,053 tons, was built in 1913 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, Govan for NV Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd. She was transferred to Lloyd Triestino in 1935 and renamed “Gradisca”. She served as a hospital ship in WW2 and was finally scrapped in 1950.]


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7 June 1915

Bahia

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

9.30am: Discharged J McCloud, seaman RNR, to hospital

10.30am: Received one skiff from shore for HMS Vindictive

12.30pm: Sent one bag ashore to Consulate

3.30pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

3.55pm: S Antonio Light House abeam, distance 1 mile

8.25pm: Morro Paulo Light bore N41W

Number on sick list 6


[Morro de Sao Paulo Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -13.38, Long -38.92.]


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8 June 1915

Bahia to Abrolhos

Lat -15.72, Long -38.52

8.00am: Hands at physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised ‘General Quarters’

12.30pm: Sighted Dutch steamer "Kennemerland" bound south

1.00pm: Commenced firing 1” aiming rifle at target, both batteries employed in turn

2.25pm: Finished firing

2.30pm: Marines & Petty Officers commenced rifle practice at target

2.50pm: Firing finished

3.30pm: Observed Belmont Light House N83W

Number on sick list 7


[SS Kennemerland, 4006 tons, was built in 1905 as “Cara” by William Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow. In 1913 she was bought & renamed by Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd who sold her in 1934 when she was renamed “Olinda”. She was torpedoed in 1942.]


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9 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.00am: Began regular soundings

8.45am: Observed Abrolhos Light House

11.35am: Anchored

Received 3 bags of mail from "Vindictive", sent 12 bags of mail to "Vindictive"

1.00pm: Discharged 7 bags of mails to “Celtic”

pm: Hands employed preparing for coaling & getting in stores ex “Vindictive”

Sent skiff to “Vindictive”

Number on sick list 7


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10 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.00am: Physical drill, took over guard

9.15am: Marines & starboard watch at small arm drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.50pm: Officer of Guard boarded SS Strathdee (British)

Number on sick list 7


[SS Strathdee, 4409 tons, was built in 1907 by Robert Duncan & Co, Port Glasgow for the Strathdee Steam Ship Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1916 and torpedoed by a US submarine in 1942 while under the Japanese flag.]


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11 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Petty Officers held sailing race

Number on sick list 7


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12 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed cleaning ship & scraping waterline

Sent working party to "Celtic" for stores

pm: Hands employed in scraping waterline

5.50pm: Received Mr Drewry, 3rd Engineer, from collier "Corfu" for treatment in hospital

Number on sick list 6


[SS Corfu, 3659 tons, was built in 1907 by JL Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands for the Corinthian Shipping Co Ltd. In 1917 she was scuttled after capture by a U-boat.]


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13 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: Reverend Father James conducted service for Roman Catholics

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s crew inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

11.00am: Sent mail to collier "British Transport"

4.00pm: Commenced to prepare for coaling, sent working party to collier

5.00pm: Officer of Guard boarded Brazilian steamer “Para”

6.00pm: Working party returned

7.50pm: "British Transport" sailed

9.00pm: Stationed anchor watch

Number on sick list 6


[SS Para, 3351 tons, was built in 1907 by Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast for Lloyd Brasiliero. She was scrapped in 1962.]


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14 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Anchor bearings watched

7.30am: Collier "Corfu" parted cable & proceeded to sea

8.00am: Hands to physical drill

8.40am: Collier "Neilrose" weighed anchor & put to sea

9.45am: "Vindictive" weighed anchor & proceeded to lee of island

am: B1 & B2 guns crews at drill

4.30pm: Anchor aweigh & shifted billet

4.45pm: Anchored

8.00pm: Stationed anchor watch

10.30pm: Wind freshened with squalls [mainly force 6]

Number on sick list 7


[SS Neilrose, 3542 tons, was built as “Garscube” in 1906 by Archibald McMillan & Son, Dumbarton. During WW1 she was owned by several companies but named “Neilrose”. After the war she had more names and owners before she was scrapped in 1932.]


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15 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

2.40am: Collier "Neilrose" came to anchor off starboard quarter

am: Midshipmen at navigation instruction

2.30pm: “Vindictive” arrived back at original anchorage

Number on sick list 7


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16 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercise fire & collision stations

Midshipmen at navigation instruction

X1 & X2 guns crews at drill

Number on sick list 7


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17 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Anchor bearings watched

7.20am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to lee of land steering to Navigator’s orders

8.35am: Stopped & anchored

11.20am: Collier “Corfu” arrived alongside

12.30pm: Commenced coaling

7.00pm: Finished coaling, received 366 tons

Anchor bearings watched

Number on sick list 7


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18 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Anchor bearings watched

5.45am: Resumed coaling

10.00am: Gave 10 tons fresh water to "Corfu"

12.15pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded further outside 3 mile limit

1.35pm: Stopped, anchored

pm: Coaling ship

7.00pm: Finished coaling, received 669 tons, total 1065 tons

7.15pm: Cast off collier

7.45pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to original anchorage

Number on sick list 7


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19 June 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

11.30am: Sent one bag of mail to "Celtic”

1.15pm: "Celtic" sailed

6.15pm: Anchors aweigh, proceeded

Number on sick list 7


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20 June 1915

Abrolhos to River Plate

Lat -21.05, Long -39.97

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held

Reverend Father James conducted service for Roman Catholics

4.45pm: Altered course to close with British SS Dryden

Number on sick list 7


[SS Dryden, 5839 tons, was built in 1912 as “Bolton Castle”. She was sold and renamed again in 1932 and, as SS Evgenia, finally damaged in a German air attack in 1940 and then scuttled after her crew abandoned ship.]


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21 June 1915

Abrolhos to River Plate

Lat -24.32, Long -42.92

1.37am: Cape Frio Light S88W, distance 26 miles

3.25am: Cape Frio Light abeam, distance 18½ miles

8.35am: Altered course to intercept Swedish SS Ovida

9.45am: Passed SS Odila (Spanish) & SS Sweethope (British) bound North

Air bedding

Hands employed putting up mantlets & variously

1.10pm: Stow bedding

Number on sick list 5


[Cabo Frio Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat 23.02, Long -42.0

SS Ovidia, 2988 tons, was built in 1897 by JL Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland for Rederi A/B Nord. She was sold & renamed later in 1915, resumed her original name in 1928 and sank in 1930.

SS Odila, 2585 tons, was built in 1895 as “Homer” by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough. She was sold & renamed “Odila” in 1912 then sold again in 1915 & renamed “Solbakken”. She was captured by a U-boat in 1917 & scuttled.

SS Sweethope, 2715 tons, was built in 1905 by the Sunderland Ship Building Co for Pyman, Bell & Co, Newcastle. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1930 and after an eventful career scrapped in 1957.

A mantlet seems to be a kind of bullet proof screen.]


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22 June 1915

Abrolhos to River Plate

Lat -27.12, Long -45.68

9.15am: Hauled bottom lines

am: Midshipmen at navigation instruction

Number on sick list 5


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23 June 1915

Abrolhos to River Plate

Lat -30.23, Long -48.77

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, all swimming collars returned

9.40am: Altered course to signal Roumanian steamer

am: Midshipmen at navigation instruction

7.00pm: Series of frequent soundings taken

Number on sick list 5


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24 June 1915

Abrolhos to River Plate

Lat -33.08, Long -51.67

Hourly soundings

8.00am: Hands at physical drill

am: Marines & watch at small arm drill

pm: Hands make & mend

11.16pm: Observed Polonio Light N82W

Number on sick list 5


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25 June 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 20 June]

Abrolhos to River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -55.80 [A latitude of 33° 31'S was incorrectly recorded]

12.38am: Cape Polonio Light abeam, distance 15½ miles

1.31am: Observed Cape S Maria Light N88W

3.10am: Cape S Maria Light abeam, distance 10½ miles

6.53am: Lobos Island Light abeam, distance 8 miles

1.50pm: Altered course for anchorage

2.15pm: Stopped & anchored

Sent one bag of mail to "Glasgow". Received 14[?] bags of mail from "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 5


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26 June 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

7.00am: HMS Glasgow sailed

Number on sick list 6


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27 June 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held, service for Roman Catholics held by Reverend Father Jones

4.00pm: HMS Glasgow arrived

5.00pm: Received 4 bags of parcel mail from "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 6


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28 June 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

am: Hands employed in preparing ship for coaling

Number on sick list 6


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29 June 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

7.00am: Collier "Ilwen" arrived alongside

8.15am: Commenced coaling

pm: Discharged 1000 lb mutton to "Glasgow"

7.30pm: Stopped coaling, received 620 tons, cast off collier

Number on sick list 6


[SS Ilwen, 4072 tons, was built in 1904 by John Readhead & Sons, South Shields. She was requisitioned in August 1914 to become a Fleet Auxiliary. She was returned to her owners in 1918 & renamed in 1920 after a change of ownership. She was scrapped in 1936.]


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30 June 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

7.40am: Fog set in

Look out placed on foc’sle head, fog bell rung

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

10.00am: Fog lifted

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 9


Extracts from Engine-Room registers – quarter ending 30th June 1915

Total distance run 8260 miles

Total coal consumed 4552 tons

Number of hours making good distance 859.37 hours

Total number of revolutions, starboard 2586880

Total number of revolutions, port 2589260



LOGS FOR JULY 1915


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[Pages from July 1 to July 19 have been scanned from two different copies of the ship’s log. The two scans have been put at the same date and the transcriptions merged.]


1 July 1915

River Plate to Montevideo

Lat -35.43, Long -56.20

8.55am: Physical drill

9.15am: Divisions, Prayers

10.00am: Received 1 bag of mail from “Glasgow”

11.30am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

1.35pm: Passed Recalada Light Vessel

2.55pm: Stopped & anchored

6.00pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded to shift anchorage

7.10pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 7


[The Recalada Light Vessel is operated by Argentina and is moored at Lat -35.18, Long -56.27.]


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2 July 1915

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

6.20am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

7.25am: Stopped & anchored

8.30am: Visited by port officials, pratique granted

Discharged C Grantham, assistant cook, to SS Ortega for passage

Received 7 bags mail from & sent 7 bags to go to shore

Noon: Lighter of provisions arrived, watch employed getting in provisions

6.45pm: Provisions all in

Number on sick list 7


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3 July 1915

Monte Video to River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

8.00am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

9.30am: Passed Recalada Light Vessel, distance 1 mile

10.30am: Challenged by HMS Glasgow

11.25am: Boat from “Glasgow” arrived for mails

11.30am: Proceeded to anchor

5.00pm: Issued 1000 lbs beef to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 6


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4 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

8.30am: Roman Catholics from “Glasgow” came on board to attend service conducted by Rev Father Jones S.C

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service performed

Number on sick list 7


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5 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

6.30am: Carpenter & 2 artisans from “Glasgow” came on board for the purpose of making a target

7.00am: “Glasgow” left

8.45am: Physical drill

12.40pm: Paid quarterly pay

5.00pm: "Glasgow" returned

Number on sick list 8


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6 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

8.45am: Physical drill

1.30pm: Committee from "Glasgow" arrived on board for examination of candidates for mate & warrant officer

3.00pm: Issued 1000 lbs mutton to "Glasgow"

5.30pm: Two artisans returned to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 6


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7 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

7.40am: Put out target, recording party from "Glasgow" arrived

8.30am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded to tow target for “Glasgow” steering to Navigator’s orders

10.30am: Stopped, “Glasgow” took target

11.00am: Proceeded to carry out gun practice with full charge practice shell

Fired 4 salvoes from each battery

11.45am: Closed on “Glasgow” for target

1.20pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 6


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8 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

All day: Hands employed in painting ship’s side

Number on sick list 9


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9 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

All day: Hands employed painting ship’s side

5.00pm: Sent mail to & issued 700 lbs mutton & 300 lbs beef to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 8


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10 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

8.30am: Fog set in

10.45am: Reverend Father James SC: went to "Glasgow" for passage, sent one bag of mail to “Glasgow”

11.45am: "Glasgow" sailed

pm: Hands make & mend

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 13, Poll, AB confined to cells

8.00pm: Look out placed on forecastle

8.10pm: Fog cleared

9.25pm: Fog returned

Number on sick list 8


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11 July 1915

From River Plate

Lat -35.20, Long -55.12

Rounds made, fog bell rung

3.30am: Fog lifted

4.30am: Fog returned

6.45am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

10.00am: Divine Service held

10.20am: Altered course to close with sailing ship at anchor

Noon: Observed Lobos Island N45E

6.15pm: Lobos Island Light N6E

9.25pm: Lobos Island Light abeam, distance 16 miles

Number on sick list 8


[Lobos Island is off the coast of Uruguay at Lat -35.03, Long -54.88; it has a lighthouse.]


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12 July 1915

From River Plate

Lat -34.88, Long -54.35

6.45am: Cape Polonio Light N32W

10.10am: Cape Santa Maria Light House abeam, distance 7 miles

11.40am: Altered course to signal British steamer

12.47pm: San Jose Light House abeam

2.00pm: Lobos Island Light House abeam, 3½ miles

9.25pm: Stopped & anchored, HMS Glasgow S65W, 7 cables

Number on sick list 8


[Punta Jose Ignacio Lighthouse is in Uruguay at Lat -34.85, Long -54.63.]


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13 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

7.30am: Lieutenant Fortier RNR joined ship ex "Glasgow"; received 6 bags of mail from “Glasgow”

10.20am: Hove up & proceeded to shift billet

10.55am: Anchored, HMS Glasgow bearing NNE, 3 cables

11.30am: Issued 1000 lbs of beef to "Glasgow"

Noon: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

1.25pm: Diving party from “Glasgow” came to examine inlets

1.30pm: Thick fog, bell rung

3.45pm: Fog lifted, diving party returned

9.00pm: Received 3 bags of mail from “Macedonia” for England & 3 civilians for passage to Monte Video

Number on sick list 8


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14 July 1915

Monte Video Roads

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

Foggy throughout watch

4.00am: Fog lifted

6.30am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

8.52am: Passed Recalada Light Vessel, distance 1 mile

10.10am: Stopped & anchored

Ammunition party at loader drill

11.45am: Fog lifted, anchor aweigh & proceeded

12.06pm: Stopped & anchored

1.00pm: Received 26 bags of mail for the fleet & 2 baulks of timber from shore

2.00pm: Lieutenant-Commander Graves RNR left ship for passage to England

Number on sick list 7


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15 July 1915

Monte Video to River Plate

Lat -35.08, Long -56.23

Fog during watch, bell rung

7.45am: Sent 4 bags of mails ashore to consulate for transmission to England

11.10am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

12.45pm: Passed Recalada Light Vessel, distance 1 mile

2.35pm: Challenged by HMS Glasgow

2.55pm: Stopped & anchored

4.00pm: Sent 5 bags of mail to "Glasgow"

Sent 18 bags of mail to "Macedonia"

Received 4 bags of mail from “Glasgow” for “Vindictive” & one for England

6.00pm: “Glasgow” sailed

Number on sick list 9


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16 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

11.30am: Sent 2 bags of mails for collier "Corfu” & 1 for HMS Vindictive to collier “Ilwen” for transport

5.00pm: Sent one bag of mail to "Macedonia"

7.15pm: Called away whaler in charge Lieutenant-Commander Houston RNR to board passing steamer

8.10pm: Boat returned

Number on sick list 9


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17 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

6.45am: HMS Macedonia sailed

11.40pm: HMS Macedonia & collier "Neilrose" arrived

Received 8 bags mail from "Macedonia"

Number on sick list 7


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18 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

6.00am: Sent boat to collier “Neilrose” for mails (3 bags)

8.00am: Collier “Ilwen” sailed

8.30am: Sent 2 bags mails to "Neilrose"

Reverend Father Jones SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

10.00am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 6


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19 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

am: Hands employed in preparing ship for coaling

3.00pm: HMS Macedonia sailed

3.30pm: Sent working party to collier “Neilrose”

4.30pm: “Neilrose” arrived alongside

8.00pm: Collier’s moorings watched

9.00pm: Wind freshening, collier straining at moorings

10.30pm: Cast off collier

Number on sick list 7



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LOGS FOR JULY 1915


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[Log pages for the period 1–19 July in this book duplicate the entries for the period in the previous book, but come from a different copy of the log book. The entries above show merged the transcriptions from the two log books.]


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20 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

am: Hands employed scraping boat deck & as required

Number on sick list 7


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21 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

9.35am: Collier "Neilrose" came alongside

10.00am: Commenced coaling

8.00am: Stopped coaling, received 593 tons

Number on sick list 7


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22 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

6.30am: Resumed coaling

3.00pm: Stopped coaling, received 430 tons, total coal received 1023 tons

3.30pm: Cast off collier, challenged HMS Macedonia

4.55pm: "Macedonia" arrived

5.15pm: Received. 2 bags of mails for ship & 4 bags from "Macedonia" for “Glasgow”

Number on sick list 7


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23 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

3.00pm: Sent one bag of mail to "Neilrose"

Number on sick list 6


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24 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

am: Issued 150 lbs beef to "Neilrose"

pm: Hands make & mend

9.45pm: Thick fog set in bell rung

Number on sick list 7


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25 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

7.30am: Fog set in, bell rung

10.00am: Divine Service held, Reverend Father James SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

5.00pm: Sent 2 bags of mail to "Macedonia"

8.00pm: Fog throughout watch

Number on sick list 7


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26 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

Fog throughout watch

8.30am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed scrubbing ship’s bottom, Y1 gun’s crews at loader

11.00am: “Macedonia” sailed

Midshipmen at signals instruction

Number on sick list 4


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27 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

7.00am: Fog set in

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed scrubbing ship’s bottom

6.15pm: Fog lifted

Number on sick list 5


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28 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed painting out store rooms & as required

10.00pm: Ship dragging slowly to NE

Number on sick list 5


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29 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20

8.45am: Physical drill

9.48am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to shift berth

10.15am: Stopped & anchored

11.00am: Starboard watch to small arm drill, midshipmen to navigation instruction

pm: Hands make & mend

2.37pm: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

3.45pm: Received 5 bags of mails from “Macedonia” also 25 fire bars

Number on sick list 6


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30 July 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.35, Long -56.23

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed in chipping worn deck under boats

11.00am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

1.19pm: Observed Recalada Light Vessel abeam, distance ½ mile

2.35pm: Stopped & anchored

3.00pm: Visited by port doctor, pratique granted

Gave leave to officers, petty officers & leading seamen of port watch

Number on sick list 5


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31 July 1915

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

10.00am: Lighter of stores arrived

Noon: Stores on board

3.20pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

6.15pm: Called away both sea boats & sent to SS Afgan Prince for ship's linen

6.45pm: Boats returned

10.20pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 5


[SS Afghan Prince, 4923 tons, was built in 1903 by Short Bros Ltd for the Prince Line Ltd. She was wrecked in 1918.]


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[These are cover pages.]



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1915


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[These are cover pages or blank.]


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1 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.95, Long -55.42

7.30am: Reverend Father Jones SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

9.45am: Divine Service performed

11.57am: Weighed & proceeded

12.40pm: Challenged HMS Macedonia

12.45pm: Stopped, sent port sea boat in charge of Lieutenant-Commander Houston to SS Amazon for mails

1.30pm: Sent sea boat with mails & target to "Macedonia"

2.20pm: Sea boat returned & secured

2.25pm: Proceeded

6.45pm: Observed collier “Neilrose”

7.20pm: Stopped & anchored

Sent sea boat to "Neilrose" with mails, stores & 2 cases of blasting powder

8.55pm: "Neilrose" left for Falkland Islands

Number on sick list 4


[RMS Amazon, 10,037 tons, was built in 1906 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was torpedoed in 1918 but everyone was rescued by HMS Moresby who then depth charged & sank the U-boat and rescued 8 of her crew.]


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2 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed chipping worn decks under boats

Marines at Morris tube firing

pm: Hands make & mend

4.00pm: Evening quarters, paid monthly pay

Number on sick list 4


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3 August 1915

River Plate to Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.30am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

9.30am: Passed Recalada Light Vessel, distance ¼ mile

am: Hands employed chipping worn boat deck

10.43am: Stopped & anchored

11.50am: Harbour officials boarded, pratique granted

3.00pm: Gave leave 1st part starboard watch till 10.30pm

Lighter of fresh meat arrived

4.00pm: Received 6 bags of mails & 12 bags of sand

Midnight: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 4


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4 August 1915

Monte Video to River Plate

Lat -35.10, Long -56.25

9.30am: 4 absentees returned on board

11.03am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

12.30pm: Recalada Light Vessel bore N60W, distance ½ mile

2.20pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 4


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5 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.28

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed in painting water line & boat deck

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 4


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6 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.28

Number on sick list 4


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7 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.28

Continuous thunder, lightning & rain showers

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

pm: Hands employed painting ship

6.50pm: HMS Glasgow arrived & anchored

Sent 26 bags mail & 1 case to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 4


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8 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.28

9.30am: Divisions, ship’s company inspected by Captain

9.45am: Divine Service held

Number on sick list 3


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9 August 1915

At sea

Lat -35.28, Long -56.27

6.15am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

9.50am: Called away port seaboat in charge Lieutenant-Commander Houston RNR & boarded SS "Cosequibo"

10.35am: Seaboat returned with 5 bags mails & one Artificer Engineer for passage to "Glasgow

10.40am: Proceeded

1.28pm: Stopped & anchored

1.35pm: Discharged Artificer Engineer & 5 bags mail to “Glasgow"

Issued 900 lbs beef to "Glasgow"

4.00pm: Evening quarters, F Woodell, Sig[naller] confined to cells

6.25pm: SS Corfu arrived & anchored

Number on sick list 3


[SS Cosequibo was possibly SS Essequibo, 8454 tons, built in 1914 in Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co Ltd. She was sold to the Pacific Steam Navigation Co in 1922 and sold and renamed in 1935. Her career during the war is uncertain. She was only commissioned as a Hospital Ship in Sep 1915 so she could still have been a mail ship.]


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10 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

am: Hands employed painting ship

4.30pm: Lieutenant Tucker RN left ship for "Glasgow" for passage to England also ship’s mails

Number on sick list 4


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11 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

6.50am: HMS Glasgow sailed

7.30am: SS Corfu arrived alongside with stores

All day: Hands employed getting in stores

4.00pm: Port watch placed empty drums, casks, sacks etc on “Corfu”

4.40pm: "Corfu" cast off

Number on sick list 5


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12 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, read ‘Articles of War’ & ‘Court Martial Returns’

am: Hands employed in cleaning down funnels & as required

pm: Hands make & mend

3.40pm: HMS Glasgow arrived & anchored

4.00pm: Evening quarters

Private Sexton RMLI, absentee, returned on board ex “Glasgow” from Monte Video

Received 14 bags mails from "Glasgow"

Issued 900 lbs beef to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 6


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13 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

am: Hands employed in painting funnels & variously

11.25am: Collier "Corfu" came alongside

12.40pm: Working party from “Glasgow” arrived on board to work stores out of “Corfu”

2.30pm: Mr Drewry, Engineer, ex “Corfu” returned to ship

3.20pm: Cast off "Corfu"

Number on sick list 5


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14 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

5.45am: Wind veered to SWxW and freshened

am: Hands employed in cleaning ship

pm: Hands make & mend

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 15

10.55pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded to shift billet

11.05pm: Anchored, HMS Glasgow WNW, approximate distance 4 cables

Number on sick list 4


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15 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

9.00am: Surgeon Boyd-Carpenter RN transferred to HMS Glasgow

9.30am: Divisions

9.45am: Divine Service held

Reverend Father Jones SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

4.15pm: Issued 804 lbs beef to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 4


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16 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

8.45am: Physical drill

Number on sick list 5


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17 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Hands employed painting & variously

11.25am: Issued 1 case marmalade (63lbs) to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 5


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18 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

am: Midshipmen at navigation instruction

pm: Hands painting alleyways & boat deck

5.00pm: Sent 880 lbs beef to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 5


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19 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

8.45am: Physical drill

9.00am: HMS Glasgow sailed

pm: Hands make & mend

11.30pm: Fog set in, bell rung

Number on sick list 5


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20 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

Fog throughout watch

4.30am: Fog cleared

am: Hands employed painting ship

Number on sick list 4


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21 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -56.28

pm: Hands make & mend

8.45pm: Thick fog set in

9.45pm: Fog lifted

Number on sick list 3


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22 August 1915

English Bank, River Plate

Lat -35.08, Long -55.95

6.58am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

7.28am: Observed Recalada Light Vessel bearing N29W

9.25am: Divisions

9.40am: Divine Service held

10.30am: Stopped & anchored

Sent 2 bags of mail to "Glasgow" also 939 lbs beef & 2000 lbs potatoes

5.00pm: "Glasgow" sailed

Number on sick list 4


[English Bank is a sandbar off Montevideo in the mouth of the River Plate.]


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23 August 1915

Monte Video Roads

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

9.15am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

3.30pm: F Woodell Sig[naller] released from cells

4.00pm: Health officer boarded & admitted pratique

5.00pm: Gave leave to 1st part of port watch till 9.30am Aug 24th

7.00pm: Received 7 bags mail from RMS Araguaya

Number on sick list 4


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24 August 1915

Monte Video to River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

9.00am: Hands employed getting in stores

10.00am: Liberty men returned on board

Received 6 bags of mail

1.30pm: Anchor aweigh, awaiting tug

1.50pm: Proceeded out of roads

4.10pm: Stopped & anchored

Sent 6 bags of mail to "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 4


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25 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.57, Long -56.25

8.10am: Collier "Fullerton" arrived alongside

10.00am: Commenced coaling

Collier ranging alongside

8.00pm: Ceased coaling, received 588 tons

Collier’s moorings watched

Number on sick list 4


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26 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.57, Long -56.25

6.00am: Continued coaling

am: Received from collier 2 cases stationery & 18 cases Princess Mary's presents, one case of which was broken open

Issued 565 lbs beef to “Glasgow”

12.15pm: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

4.30pm: Starboard watch continued coaling, port watch clearing up

Sent one bag of mail to "Glasgow"

8.15pm: Finished coaling, received 577 tons, total coal received 1165 tons

8.35pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 5


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27 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.57, Long -56.25

1.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

1.15pm: HMS Glasgow sailed

Number on sick list 6


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28 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.57, Long -56.25

1.00pm: Sent starboard sea boat to “Macedonia”

1.20pm: Anchor aweigh

1.47pm: Sea boat returned & secured, proceeded

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no [blank]

4.50pm: Stopped & anchored

10.30pm: Stationed anchor watch, wind freshening, vivid lightening

Number on sick list 5


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29 August 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.08, Long -55.95

Midnight to 12.20am: Barometer rose rapidly from 29.48 to 29.60

12.30am: Black squall passed over from NW, vivid lightening, thunder & heavy rain

1.30am: Wind dropped and shifted to NE

3.00am: Calm

9.25am: Divisions

9.45am: Divine Service held, Reverend Father Jones SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

11.00am: Called away sea boat & boarded HMS Glasgow

11.25am: Sea boat returned, “Glasgow” left

Number on sick list 5


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30 August 1915

River Plate to Monte Video

Lat -35.08, Long -55.95

2.18pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

3.50pm: Stopped & anchored

4.30pm: Harbour officials boarded & admitted to pratique

Received 13 bags of mail from shore

Gave leave to 2nd part starboard watch till 8am

Number on sick list 5


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31 August 1915

Monte Video to River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

8.30am: Liberty men returned on board

11.00am: Lighter of stores arrived, hands employed in unloading

4.00pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

5.25pm: Stopped, anchored

Number on sick list 5


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[These pages are blank.]



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1915


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[These are cover pages or blank.]


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Extract from Engine Room Log for Quarter ending 30 Sep 1915

Total distance travelled: 1455 miles

Total coal consumed 3003 tons

No of hours making good the distance: 144-59 hours

Total number of revolutions each shaft: starboard 444850, port 444410


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[These pages are blank & a list of meteorological instruments.]


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1 September 1915

Monte Video to River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

5.00am: Called starboard sea boat & boarded RMS "Oronsa"

5.20am: Sea boat returned & secured, received 5 bags mails

5.22am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

7.05am: Recalada Light Vessel abeam, 1 mile

8.15am: Stopped & anchored, sighted HMS Macedonia

8.30am: Sent 11 bags mail to “Macedonia”

9.15am: Sent 3 bags mails to “Fullerton”

10.00am: “Fullerton” sailed, hands employed getting out stores for “Macedonia"

Number on sick list 5


[SS Oronsa, 8075 tons, was built in 1906 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She was torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of 3 lives.]


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2 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

8.45am: Physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, “Macedonia” got under weigh to carry out aiming tube practice

9.15am: Aired bedding, port watch at small gun drill

10.40am: Inspection of bedding

pm: Hands make & mend

4.00pm: Evening quarters, paid monthly pay & issued Princess Mary's Xmas gift

6.30pm: “Macedonia” returned to anchorage

Number on sick list 5


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3 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

1.00pm: Issued soap & tobacco

pm: Hands employed painting & overhauling boats’ gear

Number on sick list 4


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4 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 4


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5 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

7.30am: Reverend Father Jones SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service held

Number on sick list 4


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6 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

am: Hands employed variously, A1 & B1 guns crews to drill

Number on sick list 4


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7 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

1.00am: HMS Macedonia sailed

am: B1 & B2 guns crews to drill, hands employed cleaning & painting

1.30pm: Issued slops

5.00pm: Sent ship's mail to Monte Video by Uruguayan tug "Powerful"

Number on sick list 4


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8 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

am: X2 & Y2 guns’ crews at drill, hands employed scrubbing waterline

Number on sick list 5


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9 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

am: Bedding aired, exercised fire control parties, loader drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

5.30pm: Fog set in, look outs set, bell rung

6.40pm: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

7.20pm: Fog cleared

Received 11 bags of mails from "Macedonia"

Number on sick list 5


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10 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

8.45am: Physical drill

am: Forward ammunition party to 6” gun drill

Sent case tobacco to "Macedonia"

2.10pm: "Macedonia" sailed

7.30pm: "Macedonia" arrived & anchored, received 1 bag parcel mail

Number on sick list 5


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11 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

3.45am: Fog set in

8.00am: Fog cleared

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.40pm: Dense fog set in

 Bell rung

Number on sick list 5


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12 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

Fog throughout watch

9.45am: Divine Service held

10.45am: Fog cleared

Number on sick list 5


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13 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

8.30am: Physical drill

am: A2 & B2 guns’ crews to drill, hands employed as requisite

Number on sick list 4


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14 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

8.45am: Physical drill

am: A1 & B1 guns’ crews at gun drill, marines at small arm drill

Number at sick list 3


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15 September 1915

River Plate to Flores Island

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25

8.45am: Physical drill

am: X1 & Y1 guns’ crews at drill, midshipman at navigation instruction

1.30pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

3.00pm: Recalada Light Vessel abeam

4.30pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 5


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16 September 1915

Flores Island to River Plate

Lat -35.25, Long -56.27

3.40am: RMSP SS Demerara arrived, called away port sea boat, sent 2 bags mails for England to her

4.45am: Worked engines to make lee for returning boat

4.50am: Boat returned with 120 lbs of butter, hoisted up & secured

9.20am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

am: Marines at 6” gun drill

11.35am: Recalada Light Vessel abeam, distance 2 miles

12.50pm: Stopped & anchored

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read stations for fire & collision in action

Number on sick list 3


[RMS Demerara, 11,484 tons was built in 1911 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She had both refrigerated cargo space and passenger accommodation. She was torpedoed in July 1917 but limped into port and re-entered service until 1933.]


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17 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.42, Long -56.17

12.50am: SS Bylands, collier, arrived & anchored

8.45am: Physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised general quarters & collision stations

am: Spare guns’ crews at drill

11.30am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

4.55pm: Observed Lobos Island Light House N51E

6.25pm: Lobos Island Light House abeam, distance 4½ miles

7.37pm: San Jose Ignacio Light House abeam, distance 7½ miles

9.45pm: Santa Maria Light abeam, distance 7 miles

Number on sick list 4


[SS Bylands, 3309 tons, was built in 1899 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees for the Bylands Steamship Co Ltd. She was captured & shelled by a U-boat in 1918.]


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18 September 1915

At sea

Lat -34.80, Long -54.28

12.12am: Polonia Light House abeam, distance 5 miles

2.45am: Passed cable steamer "Cormorant" of London at anchor

5.55am: Reduced to slow speed, signalled SS Cormorant

8.00am: Cape Polonio Light House abeam, distance 4¾ miles

9.00am: Cape Polonio Light House abeam, distance 4¾ miles

1.25pm: San Jose Ignacio abeam, distance 4 miles

2.35pm: Lobos Island Light House abeam, distance 2 miles

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 17. Assistant ship’s cook McGee confined to cells for 3 days

4.50pm: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, distance 5 miles

7.00pm: Stopped & anchored

9.15pm: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

Number on sick list 4


[Cable steamer “Cormorant”, 470 tons, was built in 1906 by Bow, McLachlan & Co Ltd for the Western Telegraph Co Ltd. She foundered in 1922.]


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19 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25 [Approximate position]

6.45am: Called away starboard sea boat to board RMS Avon

7.30am: Service for Roman Catholics conducted by Reverend Father Jones

7.50am: Sea boat returned with 6 bags mails & 4 bags for "Macedonia"

9.30am: Divisions

10.00am: Divine Service performed

11.00am: Sent 4 bags mails to "Macedonia"

11.15am: “Macedonia” sailed

Number on sick list 3


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20 September 1915

River Plate to Monte Video

Lat -35.40, Long -56.25 [Approximate position]

8.20am: SS Darro passed bound West

8.45am: Physical drill

am: A1 & B1 guns’ crews at drill, midshipmen at navigation instruction, hands variously employed

2.26pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

3.58pm: Stopped & anchored

4.35pm: Visited by health officer, pratique granted

4.45pm: Received 9 bags of mail from shore

4.50pm: Gave leave to 2nd part port watch till 7.30am 21st

Discharged Burston, AB RNR, & Brown, fireman, to hospital

Number on sick list 3


[SS Darro, 11,484 tons, was built in 1912 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. In 1917 she collided with & sank SS Mendi with the loss of 656 lives. “Darro” was scrapped in 1933.]


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21 September 1915

Monte Video Roads

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

8.30am: Liberty men returned

11.00am: Lighter of stores arrived alongside, commenced unloading

1.00pm: Lighter empty

3.00pm: Weighed anchor & worked engines awaiting tug

3.55pm: Tug arrived

4.00pm: Cell prisoner released

4.05pm: Tug left, proceeded

7.00pm: Stopped & anchored

Number on sick list 2


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22 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

8.45am: Physical drill

am: A2, B2, X1 & Y1 guns’ crews to gun drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

4.45pm: Collier "Bylands" arrived & made fast alongside

Number on sick list 2


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23 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

6.00am: Commenced coaling ship

am: Issued 185 lbs beef to collier 'Bylands'

7.30pm: Finished coaling, received 764 tons

Number on sick list 2


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24 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

am: Hands employed cleaning ship

The Master of the "Bylands" reported damage to his ship as follows, viz ‘Dented plates starboard side & 2nd row from main deck, one dent on quarter & one on line aft of bridge deck & one on line forward of bridge.’

An examination of the collier "Bylands" showed that the dent on quarter was of an ancient state & the other two were non existent

Number on sick list 1


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25 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

1.28pm: "Macedonia" arrived & anchored

Number on sick list 1


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26 September 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 27 September]

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

9.00am: Divisions

9.45am: Divine Service held

Reverend Father Jones SC conducted service for Roman Catholics

6.00pm: Sent one bag of mail to "Macedonia" for England

Number on sick list 1


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27 September 1915

[Log page is incorrectly dated as 28 September]

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

4.15am: Fog set in

10.25am: Fog lifted, wind freshened. Boats crew from collier “Bylands” retained on board owing to weather

11.18am: "Macedonia" sailed

pm: Hands employed cleaning storerooms & repairing coaling fenders

Number on sick list – none


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28 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

8.45am: Physical drill

am: A2 & B2 guns’ crews at gun drill, marines at rifle drill

pm: A survey was held this day on 2640 lbs of fresh meat which were recommended for return to store ART 1822. A further 822 lbs meat & 200 lbs peas were thrown overboard

2.00pm: Collier "Bylands" weighed anchor & proceeded head to sea

Number on sick list – none


[ART 1822 probably concerns Kings Regulations Article 1822 concerning the return of faulty stores.]


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29 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

1.00am: Collier “Bylands” anchored

8.00am: Collier’s boats crew returned to their ship

am: X1 & Y1 guns’ crews at drill

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read ‘Fire stations’

Number on sick list – none


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30 September 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.38, Long -56.27

8.45am: Physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, aired bedding

am: Port watch to small arm company drill, marines at 6” company drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list – none


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1915


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1 October 1915

River Plate to Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

5.35am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

8.23am: Stopped, boat from “Macedonia” arrived with mails, 7 bags

8.35am: Proceeded

9.15am: Stopped, anchored

10.08am: Port authorities boarded, pratique granted

3.50pm: Burton AB RNR joined ship from hospital, one other rating joined from “Macedonia”

4.11pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

5.00pm: Stopped near “Macedonia”, discharged Reverend Father Jones SC to her, received stores from her

5.30pm: Proceeded

6.30pm: Flores Island abeam, distance 5 miles

10.25pm: Lobos Island abeam

Number on sick list – none


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2 October 1915

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -33.08, Long -52.10

12.10am: Observed Cape Santa Maria Light bearing N47E

1.30am: Cape Santa Maria Light abeam, distance 8 miles

1.40am: Cape Polonio Light bearing N31E

3.20am: Cape Polonio Light abeam, distance 5½ miles

pm: Issued soap and tobacco

7.28pm: Passed Argentine training ship "Presidente Sarmiento" steaming SW

Number on sick list 2


[Presidente Sarmiento”, 2750 tons, was built in Birkenhead in 1897. She was decommissioned in 1961 and is preserved in Buenos Aires.]


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3 October 1915

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -28.68, Long -48.50

9.30am: Divisions

10.00am: Observed land near Cape Santa Maria Marta Grande bearing N16W

Divine Service held

11.10am: Observed Santa Maria Light House N34W

11.30am: Santa Maria Grande Light House N58W, distance15 miles

Number on sick list 2


[I think the lighthouse referred to is the one indexed as Cabo Santa Marta in Brazil at Lat -28.6, Long -48.82.]


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4 October 1915

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -25.28, Long -44.18

am: A2 & B2 guns’ crews at drill, hands variously employed

3.00pm: Paid quarterly pay to ship’s crew

11.15pm: Passed SS Tavian bound SW

Number on sick list 1


[SS Tavian, 4567 tons, was built in 1912 by Richardson, Duck & Co, Stockton-on-Tees for O & W Williams & Co Ltd, Cardiff. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1917. She sank in 1939 after a collision.]


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5 October 1915

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -21.77, Long -40.35

12.15am: Observed Cape Frio Light bearing N14E

1.50am: Cape Frio Light abeam, distance 20 miles

3.15pm: Passed oil tank steamer "San Melito" bound to Rio

5.55pm: Observed high land bearing N74W

Number on sick list 1


[SS San Melito, 10,160 ton tanker, was built in 1914 by Palmer’s Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd for Eagle Oil Transport Co Ltd. She was used as a depot ship from 1946 and scrapped in 1954.]


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6 October 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.50am: Observed Abrolhos Light House bearing N16E

7.10am: Stopped, received 3 bags of mails from “Vindictive”

7.25am: Proceeded

7.45am: Stopped, anchored

8.45am: Store ship "Intaba" arrived alongside

9.00am: Commenced to take in stores

In coming alongside “Intaba” bent one bulwark plate at port forward gangway

pm: Hands employed taking in stores

Received 1 bag mail, 1 bag registered letters & 1 box from “Vindictive”

Received 1 steam pinnace from “Intaba” & the following officers: Mr Winton Sub RNR, Mr Toms Sub RNR, Simpson, Gosset, Duguid, and McBryde as midshipmen RNR

37 ratings from “Vindictive” & 35 ratings & 1 marine from "Glasgow" joined ship for passage

Discharged 1 steward to "Intaba" for "Glasgow"

Number on sick list 1


[SS Intaba, 4832 tons, was built in 1910 by Hall, Russell & Co, Aberdeen. She served as a Q or decoy ship 1916-7 as “Waitomo”. After the war she returned to civilian service and after another change of name and several changes of owner was scrapped in 1953.]


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7 October 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.77, Long -38.43

Starboard watch taking in stores

2.30am: Finished stores

8.25am: "Intaba" cast off

8.35am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

am: Hands employed putting away stores & preparing for sea

7.25pm: Altered course to close with HMS Marmora"

7.52pm: Stopped, boat from "Marmora" came alongside, received 1 bag of mail from “Marmora” for England

8.13pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 5



THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Voyage to and from the UK

JP map Edinburgh Castle UK voyage

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8 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat -13.20, Long -36.55

11.00am: Exercised ‘General quarters’ & ‘Fire control stations’

4.00pm: Evening quarters, exercised guns’ crews for night defence in 2 watches

Number on sick list 6


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9 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat -8.67, Long -34.35

1.00pm: Passed collier “Penolver” (Y3 pnt) steering south

Number on sick list 7


[SS Penolver, 3721 tons, was built in 1912 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the Penolver Steam Ship Co, Falmouth. She hit a mine in 1943 with the loss of 26 men. The bracketed text may be an incomplete pennant number.]


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10 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat -3.48, Long -33.00

9.30am: Divisions

9.45am: Divine Service held

11.00am: Observed Fernando Noronha Peak S75E, distance approximately 40 miles

Number on sick list 7


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11 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 1.50, Long -31.22

pm: Issued slops

Hands employed in blacking down rigging

Number on sick list 7


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12 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 6.70, Long -29.70

11.00am: Altered course to close with barque

11.20am: Passed French "Charles Gounod” of Nantes bound to Queenstown

Number on sick list 6


[SV Charles Gounod, 2199 tons, was built in 1900 by Ateliers & Chantiers de la Loire for Norbert & Gullion. She was captured by the German raider Seeadler in 1917 and scuttled. Her crew were later transferred with some 200 other French sailors to the captured barque “Cambronne” who sailed safely to Rio de Janeiro.]


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13 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 11.90, Long -27.88

8.45am: Physical drill, Divisions, Prayers, exercised 2nd watch at night defence & General quarters

4.00pm: Evening quarters, Fireman Vince sentenced to 5 days cells

Number on sick list 7


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14 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 16.98, Long -26.30

8.45am: Physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised fire drill

am: Spare guns’ crews & ammunition & supply party to loader

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 7


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15 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 21.62, Long -23.72

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised Night defence & General quarters

am: X1 & X2, Y1 & Y2 guns’ crews exercised at drill & at loader

pm: A1 & A2, B1 & B2 guns’ crews at drill & at loader

Number on sick list 8


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16 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 26.22, Long -20.88

Number on sick list 8


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17 October 1915

Abrolhos to Madeira

Lat 29.97, Long -18.28

9.30am: Divisions

9.45am: Divine service held

Number on sick list 9


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18 October 1915

Funchal, Madeira

Lat 32.64. Long -16.91

4.10am: Observed lights of Funchal Harbour bearing N5W

4.55am: Observed Fora Island Light N20E

6.45am: Stopped & anchored

am: Life boats turned out & secured to lower rail

4.00pm: Fireman Vince released from cells

9.55pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

11.18pm: Fora Island Light House abeam bearing N78W, distance 14 miles

Number on sick list 7


[Fora Island Lighthouse is indexed as Ponta de Sao Lourenco off Madeira at Lat 32.73, Long -16.65.

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and was founded in the 15th century. Its name derives from the Portuguese for fennel which was found there, growing in wild profusion, by the first settlers.]


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19 October 1915

Madeira to Liverpool

Lat 35.62, Long -15.80

am: Guns’ crews exercised at night defence

9.30am: Passed SS Baibly of Stockton

11.30am: Passed SS British Sun bound to Newport (Monmouth)

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

4.00pm: Evening quarters, exercised 1st watch at night defence, exercised general quarters

Number on sick list 7


[SS Baibly was probably SS Barlby, 2489 tons, built in 1895 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1926. Five more changes of name & owner later, with questions in Parliament, she was wrecked in 1960.

SS British Sun, 5565 ton tanker, was built in 1909 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend for the British Sun SS Co Ltd. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 but was torpedoed in 1917.]


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20 October 1915

Madeira to Liverpool

Lat 40.52, Long -13.55

am: Exercised forward & after magazine supply parties

11.00am: Altered course to signal SS English Monarch bound to Cape Town

pm: 2nd watch guns’ crews closed up

4.00pm: Evening quarters, 1st watch guns’ crews closed up

6.20pm: Passed SS Romanby bound South

7.00pm: 2nd watch guns’ crews closed up

9.00pm: 1st watch guns’ crews closed up


[SS English Monarch, 4947 tons, was built in 1906 by Napier & Miller, Clydebank for the Monarch Steam Ship Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 3 men and was the last ship built in their Yoker Yard.

SS Romanby, 3835 tons, was built in 1908 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees for R Ropner & Co, West Hartlepool. She sank in 1917 after colliding with SS Romera.]


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21 October 1915

Madeira to Liverpool

Lat 45.82, Long -11.20

Spent whole day in a state of readiness

11.00pm: Course altered every 15 mins: viz N52E, S84E, W02E, N18E then resuming the cycle above during each hour


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22 October 1915

Madeira to Liverpool

Lat 50.40, Long -7.22

Course altered every 15 mins: viz N52E S86E N52E N10E. Every hour this sequence is repeated

10.20am: Observed periscope of submarine on port beam, bearing about North, distance about 1 mile

Altered course to bring it astern & increased to utmost speed

12.11pm: Reduced to 70 revs

1.30pm: Commenced to zig zag 45 degrees on either side, altered course every 15 mins

5.45pm: Passed trawler D206

6.20pm: Observed Smalls Light bearing S76E

7.07pm: Observed Tuskar Light bearing N2W

11.00pm: Bardsey Island abeam, distance 20 miles


[Smalls Lighthouse is off the coast of Wales at Lat 51.62, Long -5.67

Tuskar Rock Lighthouse is off the coast of County Wexford at Lat 52.2, Long -6.2

Bardsey Island is off the coast of North Wales and was a renowned medieval spiritual centre. It is now owned by a trust and the RSPB runs the farm to conserve wildlife. It lies at Lat 52.76, Long -4.79.]


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23 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

2.00am: South Stack Light abeam, 6'

2.45am: Skerries Light abeam, 3½'

4.05am: Point Lynas abeam, 4'

4.20am: Observed Great Ormes Light bearing S20E

5.05am: Ormes Light abeam, 10’

6.50am: Bar Light Vessel bearing S2W

7.10am: Received pilot

7.40am: Passed Crosby Light Vessel

10.30am: Proceeded into basin off Canada Dock

11.50am: Secured alongside dock wall

pm: Hands make & mend

General leave given to starboard watch till 9am 30th October

4.45pm: Leave for 1st part port watch till 7am

11.15pm: Passed water in basin, hands attended hawsers


[South Stack Lighthouse is off the coast of Wales at Lat 53.3, Long -4.7

The Skerries Lighthouse is off the coast of Wales at Lat 53.42, Long -4.61

Point Lynas is in Wales at Lat 53.42, Long -4.28

Great Ormes Head Lighthouse is in Wales at Lat 53.35, Long-3.87.]


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24 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

8.00am: Hands fell in for scrubbing decks & cleaning mess deck

1.10pm: Mail came aboard


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25 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

8.30am: Supernumeraries left ship, hands fell in & employed as requisite

9.15am: Gave leave to Stornoway ratings until 9am 2nd November

10.00am: Lowered water in dock

11.00am: Three mail bags arrived on board

1.30pm: One fireman discharged ashore

3.30pm: Tea, leave for 1st part of watch on board till 7am


[Stornoway is a town on Harris, an island on the west coast of Scotland, and the largest town in the Hebrides. It would be a lengthy journey home and the Navy often gave such sailors an extra day of leave.]


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26 October 1915

Liverpool, Canada Graving Dock

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

8.00am: Made preparations for shifting ship

10.35am: Doctor arrived on board, ship left Sandon dock

11.15am: Made fast temporarily in Canada basin

11.20am: Doctor left

11.40am: 32 mail bags arrived on board

1.55pm: Ship left Canada Dock

2.35pm: Ship arrived in Canada Graving Dock, bow inboard

4.30pm: Gave leave to 2nd part port watch till 7am

5.40pm: Discharged ratings left ship


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27 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

4.00pm: Gave leave to part of watch till 7am


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28 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

5.30am: Called hands, hands to cocoa

Hands fall in. Hands clearing mantlets & etc round after guns

8.00am: Five seamen ratings joined ship from “Pembroke”

3.00pm: Draft stewards join ship

5.00pm: Stoker Petty Officer came on board from HMS Eagle

6.00pm: One rating discharged to hospital


[HMS Pembroke was the naval shore establishment at Chatham Dockyard.]


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29 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

5.00am: Called hands, hands to cocoa

10.00am: Mail came aboard

12.30pm: Flooding of dock commenced

2.00pm: Dock flooded

3.30pm: Clear lower deck, ship leaving dock

4.00pm: Leave for part of watch till 7am


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30 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

am: Shift billets, gave leave to port watch till 9am

pm: Make & mend clothes

4.00pm: Gave leave to 2nd part of watch till 7am


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31 October 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

1.00pm: Leave to 1st part of watch till 7am


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1 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

Harland & Wolff's workmen carrying out overhaul

4.00pm: Leave to 2nd part of watch till 7am


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2 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

Harland & Wolff's workmen carrying out overhaul

am: 6 steward ratings joined ship

Received 1 bag of parcels

4.00pm: Leave granted to 1st part of watch till 7am

6.00pm: Received 3 bags of confidential mail from Admiralty

Number on sick list 1


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3 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

Harland & Wolff's workmen carrying out repairs

11.30am: Received 6 bags mail from Admiralty mail officer

4.00pm: Leave granted to 2nd part of watch till 7am

Number on sick list nil


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4 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

Harland & Wolff's workmen carrying out repairs

am: Received 8 cases of charts & books

pm: Received one piano from shore

4.00pm: Leave granted to 1st part of watch till 7am

Number on sick list nil


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5 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

Harland & Wolff’s workmen carrying out overhaul

4.00pm: Leave granted to 2nd part of watch till 7am

Number on sick list nil


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6 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

8.00am: 1 hand for carpenter’s crew joined ship

am: Hands employed getting in stores & as requisite

10.00am: 12 ratings joined ship for passage to HMS Marmora

Noon: Leave given to starboard watch till 7am Monday

pm: Hands employed working stores

Injured workman discharged to shore

4.00pm: Evening quarters, leave for 2nd part port watch till 7am Sunday

9.40pm: Midshipmen Bentley & Sindall joined ship from Whale Island

Number on sick list 2


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7 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

10.30am: Church parties landed

Noon: Leave given to 1st part port watch till 7am Monday

3.50pm: T Nesbit, chief armourer, killed

Number on sick list nil


[Thomas JMCD Nisbet, 137800, Chief Armourer, age 50, was the husband of SA Nisbet, 20 Lindley Ave, Southsea, Hants. He was buried in Bootle Cemetery, grave reference I CE 583.]


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8 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

am: Tested ship for stability

All day: Hands employed with stores

3.20pm: 2 hands discharged to Chatham depot

4.00pm: Evening quarters, leave given to starboard watch & 2nd part port watch till 7am

5.15pm: 2 hands returned from hospital

Number on sick list nil


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9 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

5.25am: Fire discovered besides Y2 gun

5.38am: Fire extinguished, caused by sack of calcium getting wet through rain

7.00am: Moved ship away from quay for coaling

8.15am: 13 ratings joined ship from Chatham depot

am: Hands employed with stores & as requisite

10.30am: Commenced coaling ship

1.15pm: Hands fall in & employed getting in ammunition

3.20pm: Gave leave to port watch till 7am, starboard watch employed getting in stores

Number on sick list nil


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10 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

1.45am: Received 32 stoke hold ratings

9.30am: 2 Ratings from Barracks Chatham joined ship

pm: Hands employed getting in stores

4.00pm: Leave to starboard watch till 7am

6.30pm: 8 marines joined ship


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11 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

am: Hands employed getting in stores & as requisite

9.30am: 1 rating joined ship from Chatham RN Barracks

pm: Leave to watch till 7am


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12 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

pm: Hands employed getting in stores

4.00pm: Leave for starboard watch till 7am

6.15pm: Started coaling aft

7.00pm: 1 signal rating joined from depot

10.00pm: Ceased coaling aft


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13 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

6.00am: Hands fell in & employed getting in cargo, brow abreast No 4 hatch

7.30am: Commenced coaling aft

am: Hands employed getting in stores etc & as requisite

Discharged 1 signal rating to Depot

1.15pm: Hands fall in, prepare for mooring ship

2.20pm: Ship hove to quay

3.20pm: Special leave to port watch till 7am

Watch employed getting in stores

11.00pm: One writer discharged to Depot


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14 November 1915

Liverpool

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

6.00am: Hands fall in. Cooks clear up messes remainder sweep decks

7.45am: 3 ratings joined ship, 1 from Devonport, 2 from Chatham

9.35am: Roman Catholics fall in

9.45am: Roman Catholics landed for Divine Service

10.30am: Church parties landed

10.50am: Roman Catholics returned

12.15pm: Church parties returned

4.00pm: Liberty men fall in

8.25pm: Stopped coaling aft


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15 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 53.44, Long -3.00

7.50am: Started coaling aft

Noon: Received 4849¾ tons of coal at Liverpool

pm: Hands employed getting in stores & preparing ship for sea

3.15pm: Let go fore & aft, 4 tugs assisting

4.22pm: Vessel alongside Sandon basin, finished with engines, steam from 5.45

5.30pm: Cast off & commenced to move out of dock

6.00pm: Vessel passed into river

6.10pm: Cast off tugs, proceeded

8.08pm: Dropped pilot

11.00pm: Observed Skerries Light bearing SW by S

Number on sick list 2


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16 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 51.10, Long -7.33

12.26am: South Stack Light 16 miles abeam

7.00am: Started zigging, intervals of 15 mins 40 degrees

Number on sick list 2


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17 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 46.48, Long -13.22

12.15am: Resumed straight course S62W

3.30am: Unloaded all guns, ship taking heavy sprays on board

6.00am: Ship taking heavy sprays forward & shipping water aft

7.55am: Port after life boat washed away [Wind all morning force 7-8]

1.55pm: 2nd gun watch employed clearing up decks [Wind dropped to force 1-2]

Number on sick list 2


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18 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 41.82, Long -15.77

Night defence stations at A1, B1, X1 & Y1 guns

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 19

Number on sick list 2


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19 November 1915

Liverpool to St. Vincent

Lat 36.38, Long -18.07

Number on sick list 2


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20 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 31.18, Long -19.88

4.00pm: Evening quarters, issued soap & tobacco

Number on sick list 1


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21 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 25.92, Long -22.08

Number on sick list 1


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22 November 1915

Liverpool to St Vincent

Lat 20.63, Long -23.67

am: Exercised motor ammunition hoists fore & aft

6.00pm: Hands shift into night clothing

Number on sick list 2


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23 November 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

3.05am: Observed Bull Island Light S46W

6.45am: Anchored

7.55am: Coal lighters came alongside

9.15am: Started coaling, shore labour

pm: Sent 4 drums white lead to HMS Highflyer, received two ash oars

6.10pm: Water tank came alongside

6.45pm: Coal lighters left

Number on sick list 2


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24 November 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

1.30am: Water tank left received 215 tons fresh water

6.00am: Hands fall in, coal lighters came alongside

10.40am: Exercised fore ammunition supply men

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

5.10pm: Water tank came alongside

6.45pm: Ceased coaling for night

11.15pm: Water tank left

11.20pm: Engine room staff repairing boiler

Number on sick list 3


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25 November 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

7.00am: Coal lighter came alongside

7.30am: Started coaling

pm: Make & mend clothes

3.50pm: Water tank came alongside

4.00pm: Finished coaling, total amount of coal received 1175 tons

Hands wash down decks & etc

8.00pm: Received 190 tons fresh water, water tanker left

Number on sick list 4


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26 November 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

6.45am: Collier "Tarbetness" secured alongside

8.10am: Hands employed transporting stores & provisions into the "Tarbetness" for HMS Marmora

Sent 1 bag of books confidential & 1 letter on shore to British cont[roller?] for HMS Marmora

Sent 984 lbs beef to HMS Highflyer

pm: Hands employed transporting stores into SS Tarbetness

8.00pm: Hands employed getting out stores & etc

Number on sick list 3


[SS Tarbetness, 3018 tons, was built in 1904 as SS Kingtor by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Drydock Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. She was renamed in 1913 & owned at this time by the Fargrove Steam Navigation Co. In 1918 she was torpedoed without loss of life.]


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27 November 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.88, Long -25.02

8.00am: SS Tarbetness cast off & anchored

12.45pm: HMS Highflyer sailed

pm: Discharged 12 stoker ratings to SS Tarbetness for HMS Marmora

Number on sick list 2


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28 November 1915

St Vincent to Ascension

Lat 15.30, Long -25.05

8.00am: Sent stores to SS Tarbetess for ratings on board

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service held in Saloon

11.53am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

12.55pm: Machado Light S30W, distance 1¼'

Number on sick list 2


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29 November 1915

St Vincent to Ascension

Lat 12.55, Long -23.83

5.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

Number on sick list 2


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30 November 1915

St Vincent to Ascension

Lat 8.27, Long -21.72

8.45am: Men under 35 to physical drill

11.20am: Quarters, clean guns, exercised control system

Number on sick list 3


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1915


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Extracts from Engine-Room registers for quarter ending 31st Dec 1915

Total distance run:

Number of hours making good distance: 1142.03

Total coal consumed: 6019¾ tons

Total no of revolutions each shaft, starboard: 4126680, port: 4124950

Propeller defects: tips of two blades damaged on port propeller, tip of one blade damaged on starboard propeller

Damage to tips of propeller blades caused by ship grounding slightly at Lavandiex Reef on the 25th Feb 1915


[This was probably the reef indexed as Lavandeira Reef at Lat -4.92, Long -36.0.]


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1 December 1915

St Vincent to Ascension

Lat 3.80, Long -19.72

Number on sick list 4


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2 December 1915

St Vincent to Ascension

Lat -0.13, Long -17.97

8.00am: Hands air bedding

am: Exercised after ammunition supplies

10.00am: Pipe down bedding

12.30pm: Paid monthly money & issued West India gift

Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 4


[The West India gift may refer to the gift of chocolate to be distributed to HM servicemen made by the governments of Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia and Grenada during WW1. The chocolate was in special tins marked with the origin of the gift.]


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3 December 1915

St Vincent to Ascension

Lat -4.35, Long -16.12

9.15am: Exercised general qua[r]ters. Exercised aband[on]ing ship

Number on sick list 4


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4 December 1915

Ascension Island

Lat -8.25, Long -14.95

5.51am: Sighted Ascension Island S½W

7.26am: Anchored

7.30am: Finished with engines, steam for half an hour's notice

9.01am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

Number on sick list 5


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5 December 1915

Ascension to Abrolhos

Lat -11.55, Long -20.02

9.30am: Divine Service

Number on sick list 5


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6 December 1915

Ascension to Abrolhos

Lat -14.55, Long -24.83

am: A2 & B2 guns crew for drill

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 20, confinement to cells

Number on sick list 5


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7 December 1915

Ascension to Abrolhos

Lat -17.68, Long -29.60

am: A1 & B1 6” gun drill, marines 6” gun drill

4.00pm: Evening quarters, issued slops

Number on sick list 3


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8 December 1915

Ascension to position meet “Macedonia”

Lat -20.73, Long -34.28

9.15am: Altered course to signal sailing schooner

Hands employed cleaning, scraping, painting & as required

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.00pm: Secured port accommodation ladder

6.00pm: Hands employed securing stores on deck

Number on sick list 2


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9 December 1915

Ascension to Abrolhos Island

Lat -23.05, Long -39.43

12.25pm: Altered course to close with HMS Macedonia

12.45pm: Stop both

12.48pm: Two sub-lieutenants & 4 midshipmen RNR left to join HMS Macedonia

9 seaman ratings, stores, provisions, ammunition, projectiles & one prisoner went to join same vessel

1.10pm: Lowered 4 sea boats

2.25pm: Hoisted port sea boats

2.35pm: Slow ahead both

Received 4 bags mail for "Vindictive", one bag for "Edinburgh Castle"

Number on sick list 2


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10 December 1915

Ascension to Abrolhos

Lat -18.18, Long -38.77

12.49pm: Anchored

12.54pm: Sent 6 bags mails, one confidential bag to to “Vindictive”, received 4 bags mail from “Vindictive”

4.00pm: Sent 518 [lbs beef?]to HMS Vindictive also two blocks ice

90 lbs beef to SS "Penaher" [probably SS Penolver] & 1 block of ice, 165 lbs of beef to SS Commentia

Number on sick list 3


[SS Commentia was probably SS Camellia, 3157 tons. She was built in 1913 as “Tynehome” by John Blumer & Co, Sunderland then sold to the Stag Line & renamed in 1914. In November 1917 she went missing & was presumed to be a war loss.]



THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Operations off South America 1916

JP map Edinburgh Castle off South America 1916

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11 December 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.30am: Sent 3 cases of stores to HMS Vindictive

10.06am: Officers sailing-boat race commenced, 5 boats

11.45am: Boats returned

1.30pm: Called away Petty Officers sailing boats crews

2.00pm: Commenced race

Hands make & mend clothes

5.00pm: Sent 2 cases of stores & West India gift to "Vindictive", Band of “Vindictive” played on board

7.30pm: “Vindictive's” visitors left ship

Number on sick list 3


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12 December 1915

Abrolhos Island

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: Held communion service by Chaplain of "Vindictive"

9.00am: Chaplain left

9.25am: Divisions & church in saloon

5.00pm: Sent 557 lbs beef & 10 cwt potatoes to “Vindictive”

1 case of West India gift chocolate returned from “Vindictive”

6.00pm: Divine Service in saloon held by Chaplain of “Vindictive”

Number on sick list 2


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13 December 1915

Abrolhos Island

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Breakfast, hands dress in coaling gear

7.05am: HMS Vindictive sailed

Collier SS Penolver came alongside

8.20am: Commenced coaling

4.20pm: Sent 150 lbs of beef & 9 blocks of ice to SS Camelia [probably SS Camellia], 465 lbs of beef

10.50pm: “Vindictive” anchored

Collier ranging heavily, 640 tons coal received

Number on sick list 2

Note in log: 68 tons water expended, colliers boilers filled


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14 December 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Commenced coaling

am: 152 lbs beef to SS Penolver

Noon: Finished coaling, 925 tons

1.30pm: Collier cast off & anchored, hands cleaning ship

4.00pm: Tea, hands scrub & wash clothes

Sent 536 lbs beef to HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 3


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15 December 1915

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

11.40am: Received 3 bags of mails from HMS Vindictive

Sent 3 bags confidential books, 230 lbs of beef & 8 blocks ice to “Vindictive”

2.10pm: "Vindictive" sailed

2.45pm: SS Presidente Mitre with prize crew on board anchored. Officer of Guard boarded

8.02pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

Number on sick list 2


[SS Presidente Mitre, 3791 tons, was an Argentinian ship built in 1894 by a German shipyard. She was seized by HMS Orama 28th Nov and her civilian passengers landed in Montevideo on the 29th Nov. In 1923 she was sold to Chile and renamed, she was finally scrapped in 1956.]


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16 December 1915

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -20.85, Long -39.95

5.00am: Sounding every 15 min

6.00am: Altered course

8.45am: Men under 35 to physical drill

am: Hands cleaning ship & getting stages ready for painting ship

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 2


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17 December 1915

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

1.00am: Sighted Cape Frio Light S88W

3.25am: Cape Frio abeam, distance 4.5 miles

7.00am: Breakfast, hands to clean in painting rig

9.10am: Anchored

9.20am: Hands employed painting ship’s side

9.30am: Pratique, water tanker came alongside

Sent 6 bags mail to mail boat for England

1.40pm: Water boat left

3.45pm: Water boat came alongside

7.00pm: Water tank cast off, received 24 packages of gifts from Patriotic Society

Number on sick list 3


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18 December 1915

Rio de Janeiro to Monte Video

Lat -23.52, Long -43.55

8.01am: Anchor away [sic]

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 3


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19 December 1915

Rio de Janeiro to Monte Video

Lat -27.53, Long -47.05

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.00pm: Passing through patches of discoloured water

Number on sick list 3


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20 December 1915

Rio de Janeiro to Monte Video

Lat -31.60, Long -50.35

12.30pm: Passed PSNC SS Potise bound NE

pm: Exercised bell system orders to engine room

5.30pm: Passed SS Haigh Hall of London bound NE

Number on sick list 3


[SS Haigh Hall, 4809 tons, was built in 1908 by William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland for the Cardiff Hall Line. She was torpedoed in 1917 without loss of life

SS Potise was probably SS Potosi, 4375 tons, built in 1905 by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She was sold & renamed in 1925 but was believed to have foundered in 1931 after reporting that her cargo had shifted.]


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21 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -54.55

7.00am: Breakfast, hands clean into painting rig

7.52am: Cape Polonia Lighthouse abeam, distance 4½’

9.48am: Cape Santa Maria abeam, distance 6 miles

10.00am: Observed Lobos Lighthouse S75W

am: Midshipmen exercised at sounding machine

Hands employed painting & as requisite

5.30pm: Anchored, steam at 2 hours notice

8.00pm: Flores Lighthouse N75W, Mt Cerro Chico N52E, English Bank Light Ship S67W, position Lat 32° 1½’S, Long 58° 38½’W

Sent 1 bag mail, 1 bag confidential papers, 8 gift chocolate boxes & sundry stores to HMS Orama

Number on sick list 3


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22 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

9.00am: Proceeded

11.53am: Stopped & anchored in 33 ft shore depth

Gave leave to leading hands of messes & stewards

Hands employed painting, fitting coaling fenders & as requisite

Number on sick list 4


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23 December 1915

River Plate (Monte Video)

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

1.00am: Liberty men returned

11.15am: Shorten in cable

11.32am: Slow ahead both

12.03pm: Tug left, 5 bags mails came on board for "Orama"

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.46pm: Anchored

9.00pm: Hands employed turning in accommodation ladders

Number on sick list 4


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24 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

12.25am: HMS Orama anchored

1.20am: Collier anchored

6.00am: Washed decks, Saturday routine [it was Friday]

6.00pm: “Orama” & collier shifted berth

Sent 5 bags mails, 8 cases of kerosine & 1 thermometer to “Orama”

Number on sick list 4


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25 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

6.30am: Hands fall in scrub decks

8.30am: Clean up decks, hands rig church

11.30am: Rounds by all officers on mess decks

11.35am: Demonstration by band

pm: Pipe down

Number on sick list 4


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26 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

pm: Gave ship visiting leave to visit "Orama"

Number on sick list 3


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27 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

am: Marines at 6” gun drill & loader

5.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

Number on sick list 4


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28 December 1915

River Plate

Lat -35.43, Long -56.15

6.00am: Wash down decks

Received 1 bag mails from “Orama”, midshipmen at physical drill

8.40am: Port engine half ahead

8.48am: Half speed ahead both, worked engines by telegraph bell

9.28am: Ship perceptibly slowing down and causing stern wake

9.30am: Stopped engines, ship aground forward, stern swung round to south & steadied with ship’s head N40E. Engines reversed & worked up 60 revs as required. Ship afloat aft. Whaler sent away sounding round ship

Noon: Ordered collier SS Wilton Hall alongside

2.30pm: Collier moored alongside to port

4.23pm: Ship floated. There was practically no movement in the ship while aground

Position: Lat 35° 25¾’S, Long 56° 9’ W when ship refloated

Collier anchored & remained at anchor till “Edinburgh Castle” was out of sight to enable position to be fixed with maximum reliance when Recalada Light Ship was sighted

9.08pm: Anchored, sent 2 bags letters on shore for England, received 11 bags letters for “Orama” & 9 bags “Edinburgh Castle”

Number on sick list 2


[SS Wiltonhall was built as SS Montauk, 3387 tons, in 1901 by JL Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was renamed Wiltonhall in 1914 but in July 1916 was captured then scuttled by a U-boat.]


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29 December 1915

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

6.08am: Slow ahead

9.35am: Stop, sent mails to HMS Orama

9.48am: Half ahead both

10.38am: Increased speed

X1 & Y1 at 6” gun drill & loader, remainder of hands employed mending hawsers, painting upper works & as requisite

Number on sick list 2


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30 December 1915

Monte Video to Falkland Islands

Lat -40.4, Long -56.2 [Approximate position, no position recorded]

am: Training class at drill & loader

Number on sick list nil


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31 December 1915

Monte Video to Falkland Islands

Lat -46.03, Long -56.78

am: Training class at drill & loader

5.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

Number on sick list nil


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[These are blank & cover pages.]



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1916


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[These pages are cover pages, blank & a list of meteorological instruments.]



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1 January 1916

Monte Video to Falkland Islands

Lat -50.80, Long -56.97

11.07am: Hoisted up & secured starboard sea boat

1.17pm: Altered course to secure ventilation

2.20pm: Altered course to batten down no 2 hatch [wind speed 8-9]

5.00pm: Observed land ahead

7.30pm: Stopped & anchored

Steam at ½ hour notice, 1st part starboard watch keeping anchor watch


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2 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

1st part port watch keeping anchor watch

8.45am: 2 hours notice for steam

9.00am: Divisions & Divine Service

10.15am: Roman Catholics landed

Sent steam boat’s crew to light up picket boat

pm: Leave to Chief Petty Officers & watch keepers

5.00pm: Hands prepare ship for coaling


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3 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.20am: Working party went to collier

6.30am: Collier SS Wathfield came alongside

7.20am: Breakfast

8.15am: Commenced coaling ship

9.00pm: Finished coaling for the night


[SS Wathfield, 3012 tons, was built in 1905 by John Readhead & Sons, South Shields for the Doughty Shipping Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917.]


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4 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.00am: Commenced coaling ship

11.55am: Finished coaling, 1014 tons received

pm: Hands employed cleaning ship

4.30pm: Hands received monthly money


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5 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

am: Marine working party landed to draw stores

12.15pm: Working party returned

1.30pm: Landed liberty men 1.30pm till 7am

5.45pm: SS Orissa sailed


[SS Orissa, 5436 tons, was built in 1897 by James Laing, Deptford for the British India Steam Navigation Co. She was sold in 1923 and scrapped in 1925. She was in the Falkland Islands at this time.]


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6 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.20am: Landed patrol

8.00am: Liberty men & patrol returned

am: Landed surveying party to naval yard to hold survey on stores

Noon: Surveying party returned

1.30pm: Leave for port watch 1.30pm till 7am

4.15pm: Read warrant no 21

4.35pm: Landed liberty men


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7 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.20am: Landed patrol

7.45am: Liberty men & patrol returned

Landed working party for surveying stores

Landed marines for drill

Hands employed cleaning ship & scrubbing canvas screens

3.30pm: Leave for starboard watch till 7am

4.00pm: Evening quarters

10.45pm: Liberty men & patrol returned

Note in red: Cautioned Mr Mayer, Warrant Wireless Telegraph operator, he having oversayed his leave by 24 hours [signed by Mr Mayer & the Captain]


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8 January 1916

Port William, Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.15am: Landed patrol and boats for liberty men.

7.40am: Patrol and liberty men returned

1.30pm: Landed liberty men, port watch till 9pm


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9 January 1916

Falkland Island to Monte Video

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

7.30am: Sent boat ashore for Chaplain

7.46am: Celebrated Holy Communion

9.45am: Landed church parties

12.30pm: Church parties returned

12.40pm: Anchor away & proceeded

Note in red: Reprimanded Sub Lieutenant JP Minton for carelessness and neglect of his duties as officer of the watch in not seeing the orders in the Commander’s Order Book with regard to raising steam in the packet boat carried out and in not reporting at once to the Commander that he had failed to carry out these orders. Also for not obeying orders when told to run" [signed Sub Lieutenant JP Minton & Captain]

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10 January 1916

Falkland Island to Monte Video

Lat -46.45, Long -56.53

Fog(3) throughout the watch

4.50am: Fog cleared

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

9.12am: Exercised ‘General quarters’, ‘Fire stations’ & ‘Stations abandon ship’

Training class at loader

4.00pm: Read warrant no 22

6.10pm: Fog settled down, issued soap & tobacco

6.48pm: Fog cleared

9.00pm: Strong swell from Northward with vivid & continuous lightening


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11 January 1916

Falklands to Monte Video

Lat -40.77, Long -55.02

9.15am: Exercised fire stations

A1 & B1 guns’ crews exercised

Marines at infantry drill

Training classes at loader


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12 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.10, Long -55.35

5.00am: Started intermittent sounding

8.45am: Physical drill

10.30am: Observed Lobos Light House bearing N15E

1st part of watch to fire stations, drill at X1 & Y1 & loader

1.20pm: Sighted Flores Island

1.25pm: Flores Light House abeam, distance 1½ miles

3.30pm: Stopped & anchored

3.32pm: Finished with engines, steam for 6pm

Received 9 bags mails

7 bags for HMS Orama, 9 bags for HMS Glasgow, 9 bags for HMS Vindictive, 36 bags for HMS Macedonia, 1 bag for HMS Marmora

Received 47 chests, empty, for HMS Glasgow

6.40pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

6.55pm: Tug left, received 46 bags mails from tug

8.05pm: Stopped, received packages of stationery from “Orama” & gave her mails


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13 January 1916

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -33.72, Long -52.47

12.25am: Lobos Island abeam, distance 4'

8.45am: Physical drill

RNR seamen at small arm drill, Remainder of hands cleaning & painting ship

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

12.50pm: Passed French steamer "Hudson" bound NE


[SS Hudson, 5558 tons, was launched in 1905 by Societe Ateliers & Chantiers. de St Nazaire for Compagnie Generale Transatlantique. She was scrapped in 1930.]


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14 January 1916

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -29.77, Long -48.13

9.05am: Divisions, exercised general quarters

1.10pm: Port watch for exercise fall in

5.00pm: Passed steamer bound SW, apparently “Presidente Mitre” of Buenos Aires


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15 January 1916

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -25.78, Long -44.10

7.40am: Passed SS Highland River bound south west


[SS Highland Rover, 7244 tons, was built in 1910 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for the Nelson Line. She was scrapped in 1932.]


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16 January 1916

Monte Video to Abrolhos

Lat -21.77, Long -40.42

6.58am: Observed Mount Macahe bearing N50W, also high land N46W

10.00am: Held Divine Service

10.20am: Sighted HMS Vindictive on starboard bow

12.20pm: HMS Vindictive abeam, distance 2½ miles to starboard

2.30pm: Lost sight of “Vindictive”


[I cannot find Mount Macahe but there is a town Macae on the coast at Lat 22° 2’ 15”S, Long 41° 47’ 13”W and a 19th century pilot guide indexes a Peak of Frado de Macahe at Lat 22° 12’ 2”S, Long 42° 5’ 0”W.]


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17 January 1916

Abrolhos Rocks Anchorage

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.10am: Anchored, WNW 2½ cables HMS Glasgow

Sent 336 lbs beef, 16 bags of mails & 46 chests to “Glasgow”

Sent 30 swimming collars, 7 cases stationery, 5 bags of mails & two bags of mail bags for GPO London

3.30pm: “Vindictive” anchored

4.20pm: Collier SS Camellia came alongside

Sent 325 lbs of beef to “Glasgow”

6.00pm: “Glasgow” proceeded to sea

7.00pm: Received 1 case & 1 cask from “Vindictive”


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18 January 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.30am: Started coaling

10.00am: HMS Vindictive sailed

6.00pm: Gave collier 42 tons of fresh water

8.00pm: Stopped coaling for the day, 864 tons in


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19 January 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Carried on coaling ship

10.00am: Finished coaling

Gave collier 19 barrels of condemned flour & 632 lbs of rabbit

10.36am: Collier cast off, total coal taken 1069 tons

Hands employed washing down decks

1.00pm: Hands wash & scrub coaling clothes

4.00pm: HMS Vindictive anchored. received 3 bags mails from HMS Vindictive & 1 bag of letters for HMS Macedonia

Sent 544 lbs beef to “Vindictive”

8.00pm: Sent 38 bags mails to “Vindictive” for HMS Macedonia

9.17pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded


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20 January 1916

Abrolhos to Monte Video

Lat -20.67, Long -39.85

11.20am: Observed Mount Maestre Abrase bearing N40W

12.30pm: Mount Maestre Abrase bearing N22W

4.25pm: Met RMS Araguaya, sent boat with mails

5.10pm: Hoisted boat & proceeded

9.00pm: Observed San Thome Light bearing N77W


[Mount Maestre Abrase possibly refers to Morro Mestre Alvares, a Brazilian hill at Lat 20.17, Long -40.33

Sao Tome Light is on the coast of Brazil at Lat -22.05, Long -41.05.]


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21 January 1916

Abrolhos to Monte Video

Lat -24.03, Long -42.47

3.55am: Observed Cape Frio Light bearing N78W

am: Exercised General quarters, ammunition party at drill, hands employed scrubbing canvas awnings

pm: Hands employed rigging deflection teacher & as requisite


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22 January 1916

Abrolhos to Monte Video

Lat -27.23, Long -45.63

10.15am: Altered course to intercept Belgian steamer “Elizabeth Von Belgie”

12.30pm: Passed Dutch steamer “Turbinia” bound for New York


[SS Elizabeth von Belgie was reported as a ‘Belgian Relief Steamer’ on Aug 5 1918. She was built as “Elizabeth von Belgie”, 4241 tons, in 1909 by Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft. In 1910 she was bought by Cie Royale Belgo-Argentine & renamed “Elizabeth van Belgie”. She was torpedoed in 1942 while sailing with convoy ON-127.

SS Turbinia, 3164 tons, was built in 1915 by De Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij for NV Stoomvaart Maatschappij ‘Rotterdam’. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1924. In 1940 she collided with the Norwegian SS Listo but all her crew were rescued from the lifeboats.]


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23 January 1916

Abrolhos to Monte Video

Lat -30.52, Long -48.90

6.30pm: Continuous heavy rain with thick mist

7.00pm: Steam on whistle

7.20pm: Started whistle

10.00pm: Rain ceased & mist lifted


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24 January 1916

Abrolhos to Monte Video

Lat -33.47, Long -52.23

5.45am: Sounded fog signals, ceased at 6.15am

am: A2 & B2 at 6" gun drill & loader, exercise range controls, remainder of hands as requisite

4.00pm: Evening quarters, hands scrub & wash clothes

8.05pm: Observed land, Cape Polonio West, Cerro Nevarro bearing N49W

8.25pm: Cerro Nevarro N41W

9.41pm: Polonio Light abeam, bearing N46W, distance 12.8 mls

10.30pm: Observed Cape Maria Light S79W, Polonio Light bearing N10W

11.51pm: St Maria Light bearing N78W


[Cabo Polonio is in Uruguay at Lat -34.4, Long -53.79

Cerro Nevarro is probably the hill indexed as Cerro Chico de Navarro in Uruguay at Lat -34.1, Long -53.83.]


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25 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

12.30am: St Maria Light abeam, distance 6½ miles

2.25am: Sighted Lobos Island Light & dipped St Maria Light

3.13am: San Jose Ignacio Point Light abeam, 9½'

4.50am: Lobos Island abeam, distance 7 miles

12.08pm: Anchored


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26 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

9.00am: X1 & Y1 guns crews, divisional drill & loader

11.15am: Training class at loader. Marines at aerial firing

pm: Sent 220 lbs of fresh beef to SS Winton Hall [Wiltonhall]

Hands employed cleaning & painting

5.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

10.12pm: HMS Orama anchored, received 8 bags mails from “Orama”


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27 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

am: Exercised 2nd part starboard watch fire drill, remainder hands refitting wireless

Marines at 6” gun drill & loader

10.45am: Exercised control & ranges

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.00pm: Collier weighed anchor & proceeded to alongside HMS Orama

9.15pm: Set anchor watch

9.30pm: Collier shoved off from “Orama”


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28 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

2nd part port watch keeping anchor watch

6.00am: Anchor watch taken off, weighed starboard anchor

8.45am: Physical drill

9.00am: Divisions & Prayers

9.10am: Exercised General quarters

Hands employed painting funnels & as requisite

5.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes


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29 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

am: Hands employed cleaning ship & painting funnels

Sent 2 bags mails to HMS Orama for GPO London

11.00am: Collier shifted billet

2.00pm: Scrub painting suits, pipe down

8.00pm: Sent 1 bag letters to “Orama” for GPO London


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30 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

8.00am: Doctor inspected Royal Marines

8.55am: HMS Orama sailed

5.00am: Doctor inspected naval ratings


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31 January 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

9.15am: Exercised 2nd part starboard watch fire stations, A2 & B2 guns’ crews at gun drill

Gunlayers & trainers of all guns at deflection teacher

pm: Training classes at instruction, port watch exercised at fire stations

3.00pm: Evening quarters, hands scrub & wash clothes

6.20pm: HMS Orama arrived, received 4 bags mails from her

6.30pm: “Orama” sailed


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LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1916


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1 February 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

9.00am: Divisions, inspected & aired bedding

am: 2nd part starboard watch at fire stations, marines & training class at rifle drill

Gun layers & trainers at deflection teacher

1.10pm: Down all bedding

Training class at drill, remainder employed as requisite

4.00pm: Evening quarters, paid monthly money

Number on sick list 3


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2 February 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

7.00am: Sent blacksmith & mate to collier SS Winlton Hall [Wiltonhall]

8.30am: Men under 35 for physical drill

am: Gunlayers & trainers, starboard watch, at deflection teacher

2nd part port watch at fire stations

Hands employed scraping, painting, refitting etc

Training class at rifle drill

pm: X1 & Y1 guns’ crews at 6” gun drill & loader

Gunlayers & trainers of port watch at deflection teacher

2.00pm: A1 & B1 guns crews at 6” gun drill & loader

Training class at rifle exercise

3.00pm: Blacksmith & party returned from collier

4.00pm: Evening quarters, issued soap & tobacco

Number on sick list 4


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3 February 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -56.07

am: Midshipmen & 2nd part of starboard watch at small arm drill

Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, X2 & Y2 guns’ crews at 6” gun drill

Training classes at instruction, remainder of hands as requisite

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.50pm: Working party returned from collier

Number on sick list 2


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4 February 1916

River Plate to Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

8.35am: Up anchor, proceeded

12.20pm: Anchored

1.00pm: Gave leave to 2nd part starboard watch, sent mails on shore

Number on sick list 3


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5 February 1916

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

12.15am: Liberty men returned

8.00am: Remainder of liberty men returned

11.55am: Weighed & proceeded

2.45pm: Flores Light House abeam, distance 4 miles

6.00pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 3


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6 February 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20 [Approximate position]

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 2


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7 February 1916

Off Maldonado Bay

Lat -35.53, Long -56.10

6.10am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded slow

am: Training classes at instruction

9.45am: Sent sea boat to SS Highland Pride, received 2 bags mails

10.00am: Hoisted sea boat, slow ahead

12.45pm: Passed very small can buoy, approximate Lat 35° 23’ S, Long 55° 33’ W

1.45pm: Observed collier "Wilton Hall" bearing S77W, distance 15 miles, hands prepare for coaling

3.03pm: Anchored

4.10pm: SS Wilton Hall came alongside

7.00pm: Collier’s stern moorings parted, re-moored, port anchor made ready for shipping

Collier rolling heavily, moorings & fenders carefully attended to

Number on sick list 2


[SS Highland Pride, 7328 tons, was built in 1910 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for the Nelson Line. She was wrecked in 1929 but no lives were lost.]


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8 February 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.20 [Approximate position]

4.00am: Collier rolling heavily, moorings & fenders all secure

6.00am: Hands coal ship

9.00am: Discharged 190 lbs beef to SS Wilton Hall

8.00pm: Finished coaling, total coal received 722 tons

8.30pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 4


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9 February 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.18, Long -54.82

6.14am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

am: Hands cleaning ship & getting up ready supply ammunition

10.20am: Observed Lobos Island Light House bearing N36E

2.00pm: San Jose Light House abeam, distance 14 miles

4.30pm: San Jose Light House bearing N64W

7.10pm: San Jose Light House bearing N60W

7.25pm: Altered course to signal passing steamer

11.00pm: Cape Santa Maria abeam, distance 9'

Number on sick list 4


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10 February 1916

At sea

Lat -34.77, Long -53.80

2.30am: Cape Polonio Light House abeam distance 13 miles

4.30am: Polonio Light bearing N88W full range

am: Hands employed fitting up splinter nets, lashing derricks, spars etc

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

7.00pm: Passed SS Zurichmoor of London bound to Buenos Aires

7.25pm: Passed SS Highland Scot bound East

Number on sick list 3


[SS Zurichmoor, 3778 tons, was built in 1910 by John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields for the Moor Line Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1920 and scrapped in 1931

SS Highland Scot, 7343 tons, was built in 1910 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for the Nelson Line. She was wrecked in 1918 but without loss of life.]


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11 February 1916

At sea

Lat -34.73, Long -53.92

12.10am: Cape Santa Maria Light abeam, distance 9 miles

3.10am: Cape Polonio Light abeam, distance 13 miles

6.40am: Altered course to close SS Zero of London bound to Madeira

8.40am: Cape Polonio Light House N60W

10.00am: Cape Polonio Light House N22W

4.00pm: Evening quarters, marines at inspection of small arms, hands scrub & wash clothes

5.30pm: SS Limerick of London passed bound NE

7.30pm: Altered course to investigate steamer

10.12pm: Observed Cape Santa Maria Light bearing N29E full range

11.12pm: Santa Maria Light bearing N15E

Number on sick list 3


[SS Zero, 3045 tons, was built in 1896 by Joseph L Thompson & Sons, Sunderland for the Zinal Steamship Co Ltd. She sank in 1922 after a collision with SS Aeolus.

SS Limerick, 6827 tons, was built as SS Rippingham Grange by Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast. She was renamed in 1912 when she was purchased by the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand. In 1917 she was torpedoed with the loss of 8 men.]


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12 February 1916

At Sea

Lat -34.83, Long -54.05 [Position based on bearing of Santa Maria light house]

1.00am: Santa Maria Light abeam, distance 12 miles

4.15am: Cape Polonio Light abeam, distance 12’

12.40pm: Santa Maria Light House bearing N37W

2.00pm: Santa Maria Light House bearing N16E

11.25pm: Cape Santa Maria abeam, distance 9 miles

Number on sick list 3


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13 February 1916

At sea

Lat -34.63, Long -53.91

12.30am: Observed Polonio Light bearing N75E, St Maria bearing N19E

2.40am: Polonio Light abeam bearing N40W, distance 14 miles

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

1.20pm: Cape Santa Maria Light House abeam, distance 9 miles

6.50pm: “Voltaine” passed 10’ ahead steering SW½W

7.25pm: San Jose Light House bearing N50W

8.00pm: SS Manchester City passed bound WSW

9.00pm: Cape Santa Maria abeam, distance 8’

Number on sick list 3


[“Voltaine” was probably SS Voltaire, 8618 tons, built in 1907 by D & W Henderson, Glasgow for Lamport & Holt. She was captured & scuttled by SMS Moewe in Dec 1916

SS Manchester City, 5833 tons, was built in 1898 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough for Manchester Liners Ltd. She was scrapped in 1929.]


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14 February 1916

At sea

Lat -34.63, Long -53.67

1.15am: Cape Polonio abeam, distance 10 miles

am: Courses various to signal passing steamers

Training classes at rifle drill, hands employed as requisite

2.07pm: Stopped both, slipped sea boat, sent mails to Italian steamer SS Coriglain

2.20pm: Hoisted sea boat, slow ahead

Number on sick list 2


[SS Coriglain was probably “Cornigliano”, 2862 tons, built in 1889 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as SS Cintra. She was sold & renamed “Stamboul” in 1889 until sold & renamed again in 1912. She was torpedoed by a U-boat in 1916 without loss of life.]


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15 February 1916

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

1.30am: San Jose Light abeam, distance 10 miles

2.50am: Lobos Island abeam, distance 8 miles

5.10am: Ponte Negra Light abeam, distance 13'

9.48am: Anchored

11.45am: Landed 1 officer for hospital, Sub Lieutenant Gossett, & 1 bag mail

1.18pm: Anchor aweigh

1.20pm: Tug came alongside, received 10 bags mail

1.30pm: Proceeded

2.52pm: Flores Island abeam, distance 2½ miles

5.40pm: Punta Negra abeam, distance 6 miles

7.13pm: Lobos Island abeam, distance 1¾ miles

8.30pm: San Jose abeam, distance 8 miles, Punta del Este bearing West

9.26pm: Lobos Island abeam bearing N86W, distance 19½ miles

10.35pm: Lobos Light bearing N45W

Number on sick list 2


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16 February 1916

Monte Video to Falkland Islands

Lat -39.0, Long -56.0 [Approximate position, no position given]

2.15am: Exercised guns’ crews of starboard watch

6.00am: Fog set in

am: Y1 & X1 guns’ crews at 6” drill & loader, training class at drill, hands employed as requisite

1.10pm: Fog dispersing, clearer weather

Number on sick list 2


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17 February 1916

Monte Video to Falkland Islands

Lat -43.12, Long -55.67

am: Training class at small arm drill, X2 & Y2 at loader, gunlayers & trainers of both watches at deflection teacher

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

9.00pm: Exercised guns’ crews of watch

Number on sick list 2


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18 February 1916

Monte Video to Falklands Island

Lat -48.18, Long -56.87

am: Exercised General quarters, training class at small arm drill, used after steering gear during general quarters, hands scrubbing & washing decks

4.00pm: Evening quarters, marines at inspection of arms

4.30pm: Fog set in. Lookouts doubled

Number on sick list 2


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19 February 1916

Port William

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

Thick fog – F4

3.00am: Began regular sounding

12.30pm: Fog lifted, observed land port side

2.15pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 2


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20 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

8.00am: Officer of Guard boarded British steamer (Lieutenant Hake, navigator) piloted SS Photinia to Stanley Harbour anchorage

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

1.30pm: Sent relief picket boat’s crew & a carpenter to bring off picket boat

3.00pm: Sent 1 midshipman ashore with provisions for outpost duty on Mount Low

4.00pm: Both watches fall in, hands employed preparing ship for coaling

5.00pm: Sent 1 Petty Officer on shore for lookout duties with provisions etc to Navy Point

8.00pm: Picket boat left on patrol duty in charge of Lieutenant Harboard

Number on sick list 2


[SS Photinia, 4584 tons, was built in 1913 by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Southwick for the Stag Line Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1917 and finally torpedoed by a US submarine in 1942 while sailing under the Japanese flag.

Mount Low or Mount Lowe, 817ft, is near to Port Stanley at Lat -51.63, Long -57.83]


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21 February 1916

Falkland Island

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.05am: SS Wathfield came alongside

6.40am: Hands coal ship

am: Supplied SS Wathfield with 10 tons fresh water

1.00pm: One marine left ship for duty on shore, Cape Pembroke lighthouse

7.00pm: Steam boat left for patrol duty

9.00pm: Finished coaling, 595 tons

9.30pm: Collier left & anchored in Stanley Harbour

Number on sick list 1


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22 February 1916

Falkland Isands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.30am: Called hands, Saturday routine [it was Thursday]

10.30am: Whaler left with party for Mount Lowe

12.15pm: Whaler returned

1.30pm: Hands scrub coaling units

7.45pm: Picket boat left for night guard

Number on sick list 1


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23 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.00am: Hands to cable stations

5.15am: Cable stations dismissed

5.30am: Picket boat returned from patrol duty

8.40am: Men under 35 to physical drill

am: Landed party of carpenters with timber for building hut for lookout man

11.50am: Carpenters returned

pm: Landed one RMLI & stores for midshipman at look-out station on Mount Lowe

Hands employed rigging up picket boat with wireless

4.00pm: Evening quarters, hands scrub & wash clothes

10.00pm: Guard boat left ship

Number on sick list 3


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24 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.15am: Picket boat returned

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Both watches & midshipmen at small arm drill, 2 wireless operators joined ship

1.00pm: Make & mend clothes

1.35pm: SS Falkland sailed

pm: Sent box of provisions to lighthouse for lookout man & party for mounting gun

8.45pm: Picket boat left for night duty patrol

Number on sick list 3


[SS Falkland, 452 tons, was built as SS Wheatsheaf in 1906 by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Ayr. She was purchased by the Falkland Islands Transport Co in 1913 & renamed. She was sold & renamed again in 1935 & foundered in 1940.]


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25 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.45am: Picket boat returned from patrol

Noon: Sent 2 boats for sand

3.30pm: Paymaster returned on board with money

8.45pm: Picket boat to patrol

Number on sick list 2


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26 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.00am: Received 4 bags of vegetables for steward

10.00am: Sent one signalman to Navy Point

2.00pm: Landed relief for Mount Lowe, SS Falkland arrived

4.00pm: Sent 1 mechanical mine to Governor

Evening quarters, Captain Newnham & Chaplain came aboard & remained the night

8.50pm: Picket boat left for patrol duty

Number on sick list 3


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27 February 1916

Falkland Island

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

7.30am: Celebration of Holy Communion

7.50am: Picket boat returned

Received 5 bags mails from SS Orita

7.50am: SS Orita arrived & entered Stanley Harbour

9.30am: Divine service held in saloon by Chaplain from shore

11.00am: Captain Roxonham went ashore with Chaplain

2.00pm: Steam launch “Penguin” went out for patrol duty

4.50pm: Collier “Wathfield” anchored in Port William

5.00pm: SS Orita sailed, “Penguin” returned from patrol duty

9.55pm: Picket boat left for patrol duty

11.35pm: Picket boat returned under orders to leave at 1 minute’s notice

Number on sick list 2


[SS Orita, 9230 tons, was built in 1903 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She was scrapped in 1931.]


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28 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

6.30am: Collier "Wathfield" came alongside

7.10am: Started coaling

11.10am: Tug “Samson” left on patrol duty

8.00pm: Tug “Samson” came alongside & watered, 750 gallons

9.15pm: “Samson” left on Patrol duty

9.30pm: Finished coaling, amount taken in 460 tons

9.50pm: Collier shoved off & anchored astern

Number on sick list 2


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29 February 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.25am: Guard boat returned to ship

6.10am: SS Wathfield sailed

1.15pm: Quarters, cleaned guns

1.45pm: Hands scrub coaling gear

8.30pm: Picket boat left ship for patrol duty

Number on sick list 1


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LOGS FOR MARCH 1916


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Extracts from Engine-Room registers for quarter ending March 31st 1916

Total distance run: 9088 miles

No of hours making good distance: 821.14

Total coal consumed: 4044 tons

Total number of revolutions – starboard shaft: 2530970

Total number of revolutions – port shaft: 2530040

Damage to propeller blades caused by ship grounding slightly at Lavandeira Reef February 25th 1915


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1 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.15am: Picket boat returned from patrol duty

8.30am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Second part starboard watch at fire stations, gunlayers & sight setters at aiming drill, midshipmen away sailing in starboard sea boat for instructions, A1, B1 at 6” loader, remainder of hands employed cleaning ship etc

1.00pm: Sent relief to Mount Lowe

4.10pm: SS Falklands proceeded to sea, paid monthly money

5.30pm: Relief party from Mount Lowe returned on board

8.32pm: Picket boat left for patrolling


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2 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

3.30am: Heavy squalls with heavy rains

5.40am: Picket boat returned from patrol duty

6.30am: Picket boat left on patrol duty with day crew

am: Sent armourer-mate ashore on duty

pm: Hands make & mend

Steam boat SS Penguin left on patrol duty.

Steam cutter went away with provisions for lookout man at the lighthouse & Navy Point

3.15pm: Picket boat returned from patrolling

5.00pm: Issued soap & tobacco

8.30pm: Picket boat left on patrol duty

11.15pm: SS Penguin came alongside, Captain Newnham boarded

11.45pm: Left ship for Port Stanley

Number on sick list 2


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3 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.30am: Picket boat returned

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

4.30pm: Picket boat left to visit lighthouse

8.35pm: Picket boat left on patrol duty

10.45pm: Picket boat returned

Number on sick list 2


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4 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

1.00am: Set anchor watch [Force 8 wind], picket boat lying snug alongside

9.00am: Picket boat left on patrol duty

12.50pm: "Penguin" proceeded on patrol duty

1.30pm: Picket boat returned to ship

6.30pm: "Penguin" returned from patrol duty

7.30pm: SS Penguin left with relief crew to man SS Samson

"Samson" proceeded on patrol duty

Number on sick list 2


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5 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.30am: SS Samson returned from patrol

8.45am: Working party landed at Navy Point

9.30am: Divisions & Church

12.15pm: Working party returned

1.00pm: Landed working party

3.30pm: Working party returned

8.30pm: Picket boat left on patrol duty

Number on sick list 3


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6 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.00am: Heavy squalls with rain from WSW

5.40am: Picket boat returned from patrol duty

am: A2 & X1 guns’ crews at 6” gun drill, remainder of hands employed as requisite

pm: Hands employed painting galley, stowing hold & as requisite

8.30pm: Picket boat left on patrol duty

Number on sick list 3


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7 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

5.40am: Picket boat returned

6.30am: 2 vessels sighted at entrance

6.40am: "Kent" sighted off Port William, picket boat sent out to her

7.52am: HMS Kent anchored, collier & prize entered Stanley harbour [“Edna” and “Manchester Port

am: Port seaboat's crew sent to Yorke Bay for sand

11.15am: Seaboat returned

1.15pm: Hands employed painting galley & as requisite

Sent 1 kit bag over to HMS Kent for Private Tyson RMLI

3.30pm: Landed football party

5.00pm: Sent 456 lbs beef to HMS Kent

Turned picket boat over to “Kent”

Mount Lowe lookout returned aboard

10.00pm: Navy Point lookout returned

10.30pm: Football party returned

Number on sick list 2


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8 March 1916

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.67, Long -57.79

am: Midshipmen boat sailing

Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Received two bales of flannel vests from HMS Kent

Hands employed getting up stores for “Kent”, sent over 150 cases milk, 80 jam, & 927 lbs beef

Noon: “Kent” coaling ship

3.21pm: HMS Orbita anchored in Port William

3.45pm: Received from HMS Orbita 7 bags mails

3.57pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded

4.30pm: Yorke Point abeam

Number on sick list 2


[HMS Orbita, 15,495 ton Armed Merchant Cruiser, was built in 1915 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She served as a troop ship in WW2 and was finally scrapped in 1950. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

Yorke Point is one side of the entrance to Port William at Lat -51.67, Long -57.79.]


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9 March 1916

Falkland Islands to River Plate

Lat -47.95, Long -56.83

8.00am: Physical drill for men under 35

am: Midshipmen at small arm drill & 6” gun drill, guns’ crews at 6” gun drill & loader

Gunlayers & sight setters at deflection teacher

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 2


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10 March 1916

Falkland Islands to River Plate

Lat -43.43, Long -55.82

9.45am: Both watches fall in, scrub canvas gear, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 2


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11 March 1916

Falkland Islands to River Plate

Lat -39.03, Long -55.88

6.30am: J Ainsley, Private RMLI, died

9.30am: Fog set in

3.30pm: Tea, hands dress in no 3

4.30pm: Funeral service held in saloon

4.55pm: Stopped in Lat 38° 6’S, Long 56° 6’W, committed to the deep the body of J Ainsley, Private RMLI

4.58pm: Proceeded half speed

6.20pm: Fog cleared

9.55pm: Sighted Medano Light N70W

Number on sick list 2


[Joseph Henry Ainsley, RMR/A/496, Private RMLI, was only 18. He is commemorated on the Chatham War Memorial.

Punta Medanos Lighthouse is in Argentina at Lat -36.88, Long-56.87.]


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12 March 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.48, Long -56.06

2.30am: Rasa Point abeam, 13 miles

7.00am: Stopped, anchored 3 cables NNE of HMS Macedonia

Received from “Macedonia” 3 bags mails & sent 10 bags over

2 sacks potatoes received

8.30am: Father Jones came aboard & held Roman Catholic church

9.30am: Received 5 sacks more potatoes

1.00pm: Received 2 cases stores

1.10pm: Ship visiting party went over to “Macedonia”, party from “Macedonia” visited ship

3.30pm: “Macedonia’s” party left ship, visiting party returned

6.45pm: Sent over to "Macedonia" 3 bags mails, 1 bag from HMS Kent, 1 from HMS Orbetia [Orbita] & 1 from "Edinburgh Castle" for GPO London

Number on sick list 2


[Punta Rasa is on Cabo Polonio in Uruguay at Lat -34.4, Long -53.78.]


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13 March 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.48, Long -56.06

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: 2nd part port watch at fire drill, training classes at rifle drill, A2 & B2 guns’ crews at deflection teacher

9.35am: HMS Macedonia sailed

pm: Training classes at rifle exercise

Number on sick list 2


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14 March 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.48, Long -56.06

am: Training classes at instruction, hands employed getting stores for HMS Macedonia

2.26pm: HMS Macedonia anchored, sent over 2 seaboats

Worked engines to make a lee

3.10pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to pick up seaboats

3.37pm: Stopped, picked up “Macedonia’s” seaboat, worked engines to communicate with “Macedonia” & send over HMS Marmora stores

5.08pm: Proceeded

7.00pm: Passed Recalada Light Ship, ¾ mile

8.47pm: Anchored, finished with engines, steam for 2 hours notice after noon tomorrow

Number on sick list 3


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15 March 1916

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

8.34am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Doctor came on board gave pratique

Stores came alongside & 1 anchor for “Orama”

Escort sent ashore for HMS Macedonia absentees

12.50pm: Escort returned with 5 absentees for HMS Macedonia

17 bags of mail for fleet

1.00pm: 1 lighter of meat came alongside [entry in log says she received 25,000 lbs beef & mutton]

1.15pm: Hands fall in, employed getting in meat & stowing anchor on f’c’sle head

Training class at instruction

6.00pm: Shifting anchorage

6.45pm: Anchored

8.10pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

8.40pm: Punta Brava Light abeam

9.32pm: Flores Light abeam, 3’

11.57pm: Reduced revolutions for HMS Macedonia

Number on sick list 3


[Punta Brava Lighthouse is in Uruguay at Lat -34.94, Long -56.16.]


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16 March 1916

Maldonado Bay

Lat -35.26, Long -54.43 [The longitude position in the log is wrong]

Midnight: Anchored

4.30am: Called hands, watch employed getting up stores in seaboat

5.15am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded half speed

6.51am: Anchored, steam for ½ hours notice

7.16am: HMS Macedonia anchored, received 19 bags mails

Discharged 5 prisoners to HMS Mac[edonia] & sent stores

8.08am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

9.15am: Lobos Island abeam, 6 miles

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 3


[Maldonado Bay is in Uruguay.]


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17 March 1916

Monte Video to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -31.95, Long -50.65

7.05am: Passed French steamer "Liger" bound SWxS

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Hands employed scrubbing canvas gear

11.45am: Altered course to signal passing steamer

Number on sick list 2


[SS Liger, 5531 tons, was built in 1896 as “Tintagel Castle” at the Fairfield Yard, Govan. She was sold & renamed in 1912 and scrapped in 1923.]


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18 March 1916

Monte Video to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -28.27, Long -47.48

Saturday routine

3.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

Number on sick list 2


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19 March 1916

Monte Video to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -25.15, Long -44.67

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

6.15pm: Observed Serra do Mare

Matto Dento bearing N10W

Number on sick list 2


[Serra do Mar is a hill to the NE of Rio de Janeiro. It lies at Lat -22.41, Long -42.24

Matto Dento may be Sitio Mato Dentro, a hill NW of Rio de Janeiro at Lat -22.76, Long -44.17.]


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20 March 1916

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

5.15am: Observed Guaratiba Light N8E

6.40am: Uruppra Island N11W

7.20am: Raza Light House bearing N55E

9.08am: Anchored

Received 34 bags mails from Consulate

pm: Hands employed scrubbing ship’s water line

Sent 1 RNR rating to hospital

Water tank alongside [received 290 tons, 81 tons for drinking]

1.00pm: 1 bag mails left ship for GPO London

9.37pm: Anchor aweigh

Number on sick list 2


[Guaratiba Light is in Brazil at Lat -23.08, Long -43.57

Urupira Island is often indexed as Ilha das Palmas off the coast of Brazil at Lat 23.06, Long -43.51

Ile Rasa Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -23.07, Long -43.15.]


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21 March 1916

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -22.17, Long -40.62

12.30am: Negra Light abeam, distance 6 miles

1.20am: Cape Frio Light S84E

3.45am: Cape Frio Light abeam, distance 3 miles

5.20am: Ancoras Island abeam, 8'

6.45am: Santa Anna Island abeam, 24'

9.00am: Divisions, inspect & air bedding

Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Midshipmen at A1 & B1 guns for gun drill

Guns crews at 6” drill

10.00pm: Monte Maistra Alvara abeam

Number on sick list 2


[Ponta Negra Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -22.97, Long -42.7

Cabo Frio Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -23.02, Long -42.0

Ilha da Ancora is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -22.77, Long -41.8

Ilha de Sant’Anna is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -22.42, Long -41.73

Morro Mestre Alvares is a hill in Brazil at Lat -20.17, Long -40.33.]


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22 March 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

10.00am: Observed Abrolhos Light House N26E

11.32am: Stopped & anchored

Sent 4 bags mails to HMS Glasgow, 26 to "Orama", 16 to “Vindictive” & SS Roma

Received 5 bags mails from HMS Orama

pm: Hands employed getting out stores for HMS Glasgow

Reverend GS Sturgess (Church of England chaplain) joined ship from “Glasgow”

5.00pm: Sent 254 lbs beef to “Glasgow” & 340 lbs to “Vindictive”

9.30pm: Collier left “Orama”

Number on sick list 2


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23 March 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Collier ranged alongside “Orama”

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Sent 3 bags of ice to "Vindictive"

Training class at drill, marines at loader

Surgeon Probationer JH Kerr joined ship

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

5.00pm: Received from HMS Vindictive 11 bales of paymaster's stores, flannel vests & towels

Sent 563 lbs of fresh meat to HMS Vindictive

8.00pm: Received 20 boats oars from "Vindictive"

Sent 339 lbs of mutton to HMS Glasgow

Number on sick list 2


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24 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Collier went alongside HMS Glasgow

8.00am: Physical drill

am: Sent 110 lbs beef to “Vindictive”

Medical case sent to HMS Orama for survey

pm: Training class at drill, hands employed as requisite

4.00pm: Sent 348 lbs beef to HMS Glasgow

Number on sick list 3


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25 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Sent 330 lbs mutton to HMS Glasgow

Sent 75 lbs beef to SS Caterino

Sent 2 bags mails to HMS Glasgow for GPO London

11.35am: HMS Glasgow sailed

5.55pm: Sent 555 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 4


[SS Caterino, 3729 tons, was built in 1909 for the Gulf Line. She was sold & renamed in 1921.]


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26 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

9.30am: Divisions, church service in saloon

10.20am: HMS Orama weighed anchor, & proceeded to intercept steamer

11.15am: HMS Orama returned to her anchorage

11.20am: Fleet auxiliary SS Brierot dropped anchor

1.15pm: 36 ship’s visitors came from HMS Orama, 7 of ship's crew visited “Orama”, 5 ship’s visitors from HMS Vindictive

3.20pm: SS Brierot sailed

Hands clean in dirty rig

6.20pm: SS Caterino came alongside

Collier lying snug alongside

Number on sick list 3


[SS Brierot is a slight mystery. HMS Orama records her as “Burton”, but no British ships were sailing under either name in 1916. She was probably SS Brierton, 3255 tons, built in 1911 by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Drydock Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. She was torpedoed in Nov 1916.]


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27 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Collier all correct slightly rolling

7.00am: Coal ship

9.10am: Took over guard ship, steam for half an hours notice

11.40am: Turned over guard to HMS Orama

5.00pm: Sent 543 lbs fresh meat to HMS Vindictive

Sent on board SS Caterino 49 lbs mutton, 145 lbs beef & 720 [lbs]of preserved meat

8.00pm: 861 tons in

Gave 14 tons fresh water to SS Caterino

Collier laying snug

Number on sick list 2


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28 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.40am: Hands coal ship

10.15am: Finished coaling, 1121 tons in

Got “Orama’s” anchor in collier

pm: Hands clean ship

Sent 10 bags potatoes & 2 bags onions to "Orama"

5.00pm: Port watch employed placing bottom line

Number on sick list 2


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29 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Saturday routine

8.45am: Diving party from HMS Vindictive examining under water fittings

Noon: Diving party left for dinner

1.40pm: Divers from “Vindictive” cleaning valves

Hands employed shifting derricks

2.30pm: Wind freshening from SW

3.30pm: Wind veered to SSE

6.00pm: Sent 638 lbs beef & mutton to HMS Vindictive also 396 lbs bread

8.00pm: Took on as guard ship from HMS Orama

8.15pm: HMS Orama sailed

8.45pm: Set anchor watch, night defence stations [as usual], X1 & A1 guns manned

11.00pm: SS Itapura passed steering SxW

Number on sick list 2


[SS Itapura, 2119 tons, was built in 1912 by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Troon for Cia Nacionale de Nav Costeiro, Rio de Janeiro. She was scrapped in 1961.]


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30 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Anchor watch kept

6.00am: Ceased anchor watch, fall out guns’ crews, undarken ship, mast headman lookout placed

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

6.00pm: Sent 396 lbs of bread to HMS Vindictive

8.00pm: General quarters, placed anchor watch & night defence

Number on sick list 2


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31 March 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Anchor watch kept

6.00am: Anchor watch & guns’ crews fell out

5.00pm: Sent 322 lbs of beef, 276 mutton, 396 lbs bread to HMS Vindictive

7.00pm: Discharged 1 assistant steward to "Vindictive" for hospital

9.00pm: One bag mails for GPO London

Number on sick list 2


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1916


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[These are cover pages, blank & list of meteorological instruments.]


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1 April 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Guns’ crews & anchor watch fall out

Discharged 1 seaman RNR to HMS Vindictive for hospital at Rio de Janeiro

8.00am: HMS Vindictive sailed

am: Hands cleaning ship & fitting barrels for 1” aiming target

1.00pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

4.00pm: Evening quarters, paid quarterly settlement

8.00pm: Night defence stations & anchor watch set

Number on sick list 6


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2 April 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.15am: HMS Orama anchored

7.30am: Roman Catholic Service

8.00am: Roman Catholic Chaplain visited “Orama” for Divine Service

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.30pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to intercept steamer

3.45pm: Boarded SS Bellucia (collier)

4.20pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 7


[SS Bellucia, 4368 tons, was built in 1909 by D & W Henderson & Co Ltd, Meadowside for Bell Bros & Co. She was torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 4 men.]


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3 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: HMS Orama took over guard

8.00am: Store ship 871 came alongside, hands employed getting on board stores

6.15pm: Store ship cast off & anchored

Number on sick list 9


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4 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Took over guard

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

4.00pm: Evening quarters, warrant no 23 read for Confinement to cells, soap & tobacco issued

6.00pm: Discharged 1 private RMLI to HMS Orama, 1 private RMLI joined from HMS Orama

Number on sick list 7


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5 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Weighed anchor & proceeded South

8.15am: Stopped, dropped target

Worked engine & helm as required, carried out 1” aiming practice

Noon: Finished firing

12.20pm: Picked up target & proceeded to anchorage

2.45pm: Anchored, Light House N45E, distance 4.6 miles

Number on sick list 7


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6 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Heavy rain, thunder and lightning

7.00am: Dropped target & turned ashore

8.30am: Weighed anchor

8.40am: Slipped target alongside “Orama”

Orama” weighed & proceeded, target in tow

10.04am: Commenced firing 6”

10.45am: Ceased fire & returned to anchorage

11.30am: Anchored, Light House N45E, 4.6 miles

12.45pm: Hands employed taking in target

1.15pm: “Orama” anchored & returned 1” towing wire

4.35pm: Collier "King David" anchored

5.15pm: Sent 46 lbs fresh beef to SS Caterino

7.00pm: Sent 396 lbs bread, 262 lbs beef & 255 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive

8.00pm: Received 18 bags mail from “Vindictive”

Number on sick list 8


[SS King David, 3680 tons, was built in 1906 by Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees for the King Line. She was shelled & sunk by a U-boat in 1917 with the loss of 2 men.]


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7 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: HMS Orama weighed and proceeded South

All day: Hands painting over side

9.35am: HMS Lancaster anchored

1.00pm: HMS Orama anchored

3.00pm: Sent 1081lbs beef, 1008lbs mutton, 1 ton of potatoes to HMS Lancaster

Number on sick list 8


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8 April 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.30pm: Sent stores to HMS Vindictive

7.00am: Dropped target

7.39am: Weighed anchor & proceeded

9.15am: “Orama” commenced firing 6”

9.55am: Ceased firing, took target aboard & returned to anchorage

11.31am: Stopped, sent 2 bags mail on board “Lancaster” for GPO London

11.51am: Proceeded slow to Abrolhos Rocks

1.15pm: Anchored

1.45pm: Landed picnic party

pm: Hands painting overside

6.30pm: Picnic party returned, hoisted all boats

Number on sick list 8


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9 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.30am: Sent cutter & whaler in tow to shore to bring off Roman Catholic inhabitants

10.00am: Divine Service

11.00am: Landed Roman Catholic inhabitants of island

1.15pm: Landed liberty men

6.20pm: Liberty men returned

6.45pm: Weighed anchor & returned to anchorage

Number on sick list 8


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10 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.45am: SS King David came alongside

am: Hands taking in stores & painting overside

11.50am: “King David” cast off & anchored

1.30pm: Sent 385 lbs beef & 240 lbs mutton to “Vindictive”

6.00pm: Weighed anchor, exercised secondary engine room telegraph system

Number on sick list 9


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11 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks to Bahia

Lat -14.88, Long -38.30

All day: Hands painting ship

Number on sick list 7


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12 April 1916

Bahia

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

6.00am: Observed San Antonio Light N19E, Mount St Paulo N81W

8.46am: Anchored at Bahia

9.20am: Received pratique

1.00pm: Leave granted for officers

pm: Hands painting ship

6.30pm: Captain of the Port called

Number on sick list 8


[Mount St Paulo is indexed as Morro de Sao Paulo, a headland in Brazil, at Lat -13.37, Long -38.92.]


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13 April 1916

Bahia to Pernambuco

Lat -14.75, Long -37.93

6.42am: Weighed & proceeded

am: Hands painting & cleaning ship

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

2.55pm: Stopped, lowered sea boat & boarded RMS Oronsa PSNC & received 7 bags mail for “Edinburgh Castle”, 5 for “Orama”

2.30pm: Proceeded [These last two times do not make sense; I think this should be 3.30pm.]

6.50pm: Altered course to intercept Royal Mail Ship

7.12pm: Boarded Royal Mail Ship, Lamport & Holt Line

7.25pm: Sea boat returned

Number on sick list 8


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14 April 1916

Bahia to Pernambuco

Lat -9.32, Long -35.08

8.40am: Sighted high land to NNW

2.40pm: Tamandare abeam, 10’

4.50pm: Cape Agostino Light House abeam, 5½'

Number on sick list 9


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15 April 1916

Pernambuco Roads

Lat -8.05, Long -34.85

10.30am: Naval Intelligence Officer came on board

pm: Hands scrubbing painting suits

5.10pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded

7.32pm: Cape Agostino Light abeam, 3¾'

10.22pm: Tamandare Light abeam, 7’

Number on sick list 9


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16 April 1916

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -10.77, Long -35.60

7.15am: Celebration of Holy Communion

9.00am: Divisions

9.30am: Divine Service

Number on sick list 6


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17 April 1916

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -14.27, Long -36.93

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher & loader

1.00pm: Captain gave lecture on "Challenges" to all Executive Officers

Number on sick list 5


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18 April 1916

Pernambuco to Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.35

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher & loader

11.10am: Observed Abrolhos Light House S85W

1.30pm: Altered course South & increased to 46 revs to intercept steamer

Number on sick list 6


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19 April 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -18.92, Long -38.00

am: Gunlayers at deflection teacher, divisional drill

4 22pm: Challenged "Orama", answered, correct

5.55pm: Anchored, sent 5 bags mail to HMS Orama

8.30pm: Roman Catholics from “Orama” came on board to service

Number on sick list 6


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20 April 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: Roman Catholic Mass, “Orama’s” Roman Catholic men came aboard

8.00am: Divisions, Prayers, divisional fire drill

10.00am: Sent 90 lbs beef to SS Bellucia

pm: Make & mend clothes

5.00pm: Sent 50 lbs beef to SS King David

6.00pm: Sent 315 lbs beef, 243 lbs mutton to “Vindictive”

Number on sick list 5


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21 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.30am: Church parties came on board from all colliers [Good Friday]

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

1.30pm: Ship visiting party came on board from HMS Orama

Number on sick list 6


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22 April 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands employed preparing ship for coaling

4.00pm: Took over guard

Sent 108 lbs beef to SS King David; 48 lbs to SS Caterino, 235 lbs to HMS Vindictive & 255 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 6


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23 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Church parties came on board, Holy Communion [Easter Sunday]

8.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

5.30pm: Divine Service

6.30pm: SS Caterino moored alongside to port, HMS Orama took over guard

9.30pm: Collier rolling slightly, moorings & fenders secure

Number on sick list 6


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24 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.15am: Commenced coaling

am: Sent 47 lbs beef to SS Caterino

18 tons fresh water supplied to SS Caterino

1.20pm: HMS Macedonia and Prize steamship "Edna" anchored

Sub-Lieutenant J Gosset RNR & Private Tyson RMLI rejoined ship

9.55pm: Stopped coaling, 592 tons in

Number on sick list 7


[SS Edna, 1825 tons, was built in Bergen in 1903 & had an interesting & eventful history. After her arrival in the UK she sailed as SS Polgarth. However at the time of this capture she appears to have been owned by the USA. The consequences of this capture were finally settled in Dec 1934 and recorded by the UN.]


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25 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

Collier & ship grinding heavily at times remoored three cane fenders amidships

7.00am: Resumed coaling

8.00am: Gave 52 lbs beef, 52 lbs mutton to SS Caterino

2.00pm: Sent 112 lbs beef to SS Bellucia

Finished coaling, 878 tons in

4.40pm: Cast off collier, and resumed guard

7.30pm: 4 invalids joined from HMS Macedonia

Number on sick list 8


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26 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.00am: Steamer passed 1' West of Anchorage, steering NNE

9.00am: Weighed anchor & shifted berth to the West of squadron

9.24am: Ship anchored, Light House N49E, 4¾ miles

pm: Hands wash coaling suits

Medical survey held on board

5.15pm: Sent 267 lbs beef, 277 lbs mutton to “Vindictive”

Discharged 1 invalid (belonging to “Orama”) to HMS Macedonia

1 bag of mail for England sent to HMS Macedonia

9.45pm: HMS Macedonia sailed

Number on sick list 5


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27 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands painting over ship’s side

3.40pm: HMS Orama and prize SS Edna sailed

5.00pm: Sent 259 lbs mutton to “Vindictive”, 96 lbs beef to "King David"

8.40pm: HMS Vindictive sailed

Number on sick list 7


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28 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

5.00am: Brazilian Lloyd SS Ceara passed to NNE

10.00am: Sent working party over to SS Caterino to shift coal into bunkers

11.00am: Sent another party to “Caterino”

3.15pm: Sent tea over to “Caterino” for working party

7.00pm: Working party returned on board

Number on sick list 5


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29 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.30am: Working party sent to “Caterino”

9.00am: Sent 40 lbs mutton to “Caterino”, 49 lbs mutton to “King David”

3.15pm: Tea sent to working party on SS Caterino

7.00pm: Working party returned on board, SS Caterino sailed

Number on sick list 10


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30 April 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

3.00am: Small steamer passed, steering North

7.15am: Celebration of Holy Communion

8.00am: Church parties from colliers came on board

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

1.40pm: HMS Avoca arrived, Officer of Guard boarded

5.30pm: Divine Service

Number on sick list 6


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[These are blank or cover pages]



LOGS FOR MAY 1916


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[These are cover pages, blank & a list of meteorological instruments]


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1 May 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: 87 lbs beef & 54 lbs mutton given to SS Prophet

9.40am: HMS Avoca alongside

Port watch employed taking in stores

Received 4 cases of charts for ship & 5 cases for “Orama”

pm: One Assistant Paymaster joined ship

6.00pm: Received 1 bag mails from HMS Avoca for GPO London

7.00pm: HMS Vindictive anchored

8.00pm: Received 16 bags mails, 1 bag confidential papers & 1 case from HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 6


[SS Prophet, 3230 tons, was built in 1912 by the Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co, Willington Quay and operated at this time by Evans & Reid Ltd, Glasgow. In 1917 she was torpedoed but without loss of life.]


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2 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

1.30am: Stores finished

6.30am: HMS Avoca cast off & anchored

am: Sent 87 lbs mutton to SS Bellucia; 6 cases suet, 2 cases bacon to HMS Vindictive, 2 bags confidential mails

Received one bag mails from HMS Avoca

1 prisoner received on board from SS Prophet

2.20pm: Turned ship

Number on sick list 6


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3 May 1916

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -20.75, Long -39.92

Soundings taken every hour

11.15pm: Observed Cape Frio Light N86W

Number on sick list 4


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4 May 1916

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

3.00am: Cape Frio Light abeam, 3’

8.00am: Santa Negra abeam, 7’

11.28pm: Anchored

pm: Received 21 bags mails for HM Ships, sent mails ashore

Discharged 3 cases to hospital

Discharged Engineering Lieutenant Steele for passage to “Armadale Castle”

4.10pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 24

Took in 350 tons fresh water for all purposes

Watch taking in stores

Number on sick list 1


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5 May 1916

Rio de Janeiro, Harbour

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

11.30am: Anchor aweigh, set course

pm: Make & mend

6.25pm: Cape Frio abeam, 3'

10.15pm: Santa Anna Light abeam, 24'

Number on sick list 1


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6 May 1916

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -21.13, Long -40.05

4.45am: St Thome Light abeam, 2.9'

Number on sick list 5


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7 May 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.40am: Anchored

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Sent 3 bags of mails to HMS Vindictive

4.00pm: 1 prisoner released from cells from SS Prophet

5.30pm: 285 lbs beef, 279 lbs mutton sent to HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 5


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8 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Sent stores to HMS Vindictive

1 seaman from SS Prophet returned to ship

1 Surgeon & 1 Engineering Lieutenant Commander joined for passage to "Orama"

1 marine & 1 fireman joined from HMS Avoca

210 lbs pumpkin, 90 lbs beef sent to SS Prophet

1 bag mail to HMS Avoca

1.15pm: HMS Avoca left

pm: Hands employed transferring stores to HMS Vindictive

2.45pm: SS King David sailed

Number on sick list 5


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9 May 1916

Abrolhos patrol

Lat -18.15, Long -38.80

am: 524 lbs mutton sent to “Vindictive”

11.02am: Anchor aweigh

Number on sick list 5


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10 May 1916

Abrolhos patrol

Lat -21.77, Long -40.30

2.00am: S Relf Espirito Santo Light N82W

3.43am: Espirito Santo Refl abeam, 33’

9.40am: Passed SS Itauba bound NE

10.40pm: Observed Cape Frio Light S85W

Number on sick list 5


[The entries concerning the lighthouse at 2am & 3.43am are unclear. There are two possible lighthouses, Ilha do Pacotes, which is in the lighthouse directory, or Santa Luzia. Both of these are in the Espirito Santo province of Brazil. The interpretation of Relf or Refl is also unclear; either could be a badly written Reef or abbreviation of ‘Reflection’.

SS Itauba, 1737 tons, was built in 1910 by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Troon for Cia Nacionale de Nav Costeira, Rio de Janeiro. She was sold to the Brazilian Navy in 1931 & renamed “Vital de Olivera” but torpedoed in 1944 while carrying troops with the loss of 100 lives.]


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11 May 1916

Abrolhos patrol

Lat -23.07, Long -43.08

1.58am: Cape Frio Light abeam, 3¼'

4.20am: Observed Negra Light bearing N55W

6.24am: Negra Light abeam, 11½'

10.40am: Stopped & received mails from HMS Avoca

1.00pm: Maricas Island abeam, 3’

pm: Make & mend

2.54pm: Negra Light House abeam, 5'

3.50pm: Saquarema Light House abeam, 6'

Number on sick list 6


[Maricas Island is indexed as Ilhas Maricas & is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -23.02, Long -42.92

Saquarema Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -22.93, Long -42.5.]


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12 May 1916

Abrolhos Patrol

Lat -21.23, Long -40.10

1.30am: Observed Cape St Thome Light N10E

2.45am: Cape St Thome Light abeam, 24'

5.40pm: Mount Maestro abeam, 33'

Number on sick list 8


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13 May 1916

Abrolhos Rocks anchorage

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Upon daily inspection of coal in main cross bunker, slight signs of heating noticed on starboard side. Quantity of coal in bunker at time 1500 tons

9.36am: Anchored

1 bag of mails sent to SS Pretoria, SS Prophet & SS Bellucia

Sent 128 lbs beef, 200 lbs vegetables to SS Bellucia

Sent 98 lbs beef & 6 castings to SS Prophet

pm: Hands make & mend

5.00pm: Sent 259 lbs beef, 276 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive

8.00pm: Sent gun watches

Number on sick list 8


[SS Pretoria, 3700 tons, was built in 1900 by JL Thompson & Sons, Sunderland for the International Steamship Co. She was sold and renamed and finally scrapped in 1934.]


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14 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.15am: Communion service

Heat in coal in main cross bunker increasing, trimming coal to after end of bunker

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service. Church parties from HMS Vindictive and SS Prophet on board

pm: Parcel of signal pads received from HMS Vindictive

5.10pm: Collier SS Bellucia alongside, HMS Vindictive took over guard

Number on sick list 7


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15 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.30am: Steam ship passed 1’ W steaming NNE

Hands coaling ship

8.00am: 2 shipwrights came from HMS Vindictive, vice versa lent

Started one fire hose in main cross bunker, trimming coal to after end of bunker

pm: Issued 200 lbs soap, 9 pairs boots, 3 pairs canvas shoes, 25 flannel vests, 3 pairs duck trousers, 10 combination suits to SS Prophet

4.00pm: Sent 281 lbs beef, 259 lbs mutton, 18 tins sterilized milk, & received 1¾ cwt of margarine (returned) from HMS Vindictive

7.10pm: Coaling finished, 693 tons in

7.30pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 7


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16 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: One fire hose in use on heated coal in main cross bunker, trimming over & removing coal to after end of bunker

2 shipwrights on board from HMS Vindictive (not vice versa)

Number on sick list 7


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17 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: Working party sent to SS Bellucia

Turned over & removed to after end of bunker 150 tons coal

Coal in centre of bunker found to be seriously heated. Six fire hoses in use on heated coal

109 lbs mutton sent to SS Bellucia

269 lbs beef, 252 lbs mutton sent to HMS Vindictive

pm: 2 bags mail sent to HMS Vindictive

5.00pm: 2 shipwrights returned to HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 9


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18 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6 fire hoses in use in coal bunker. Gaining control over heated coal. Fire hoses reduced to 4 at noon & 3 hoses at 5pm

11.00am: Sent 200 lbs soap to SS Pretoria

1.00pm: Working party sent to SS Bellucia

2.00pm: Make & mend

Number on sick list 11


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19 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: Sent repaired boat to SS Bellucia

8.00am: Complete control over heated coal in main cross bunker. All fire hoses shut off

10.30am: Captains & signalmen from colliers received instruction on tactics

2 bags mail returned from HMS Vindictive

8.30pm: Sent 332 lbs beef, 236 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 9


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20 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Sent 84 lbs mutton to SS Prophet

Sent 141 lbs beef to SS Bellucia

Number on sick list 9


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21 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

8.30am: Divisions, Divine Service, church party (Catholic) on board from HMS Vindictive.

5.00pm: Sent 295 lbs beef, 265 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive

Divine Service.

Number on sick list 9


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22 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Hands painting ship

Captains of colliers on board for instructions on tactics

1.15pm: Weighed, proceeded to north part of island with HMS Vindictive

pm: Sent 2 cases charts, 1 case containing damaged barometer, 25 casks flour, 10 cases suet, 20 cases milk & cask for RMLI Barracks, Plymouth to HMS Vindictive

Received 864 rounds 1” electric, 9,100 rounds .23 tube, 400 v “large” tube IV from HMS Vindictive

Discharged 4 invalids from HMS Orama, 4 from “Macedonia”, one from ship to HMS Vindictive

Sent 5 boxes of medical stores for passage to Plymouth, 12 bags of mail for HMS Amethyst & 2 empty mail bags to HMS Vindictive

1 domestic steward joined from HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 9


[HMS Amethyst, 3000 ton cruiser, was launched in 1903 at the Armstrong Yard, Elswick. She took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight and the Dardanelles campaign. She was sold for scrap in 1920 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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23 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.12am: Weighed & proceeded to anchorage

7.36am: Anchored

8.08am: HMS Vindictive anchored

am: Received 15 bags mail for HMS Orama & 2 bags & 1 box confidential mail from HMS Vindictive

10.35am: HMS Amethyst anchored

4.00pm: Sent 96 lbs beef to SS Prophet, sent 115 lbs mutton to SS Bellucia, 305 lbs beef & 250 lbs mutton to HMS Vindictive, 151 lbs beef, 242 lbs mutton & 6 ducks to HMS Amethyst

Received 1 bag of mail from HMS Vindictive & HMS Amethyst for GPO

5.58pm: Weighed anchor

6.00pm: HMS Vindictive weighed anchor, proceeded line ahead

6.45pm: Parted company with HMS Vindictive

Number on sick list 6


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24 May 1916

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -20.95, Long -39.95

9.00am: Observed Maestro Mount N49W

6.35pm: Cape St Thome N66W, 27’

Number on sick list 4


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25 May 1916

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

10.00am: Negra Point abeam, 8'

11.15am: Pay Island abeam, 1’

12.33pm: Anchored

1.00pm: Received 35 bags mail

6.00pm: 1 Assistant Engineer joined ship, 2 seamen rejoined ship from hospital

Received 240 tons fresh water for all purposes

Number on sick list 7


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26 May 1916

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: Received 7 bags mail from SS Araguaya

8.00am: Dress ship, royal salute given by flag ship & port

Hands employed taking in stores

Discharged P Murray RNR to hospital

11.56am: Anchor aweigh

12.16pm: Manned ship, royal salute given by flagship & port in honour of HM the Queen

1.10pm: Pay Island abeam, 1’

2.00pm: Maricas Island abeam, 2½’

3.52pm: Negra Point abeam, 5’

7.50pm: Cape Frio abeam, 2'

Number on sick list 3


[Queen Mary, wife of George V 26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953.]


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27 May 1916

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -21.23, Long -40.07

3.25am: Cape St Thome Light abeam, 25'

5.05pm: Mount Maestre Huare abeam, 33’

Number on sick list 4


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28 May 1916

Rio to Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.30am: Observed Abrolhos Light bearing N47E

8.10am: Anchored

am: Sent mails to HMS Amethyst, SS Prophet & SS Pretoria

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service, church party on board from HMS Amethyst

4.30pm: Sent 160 lbs beef, 5 cases potatoes & 1 case onions to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 5


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29 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Sent 595 lbs potatoes, 110 lbs beef to SS Bellucia & potatoes to HMS Amethyst

Sent 350 lbs beef, 150 lbs mutton & 3 dozen cabbages to SS Hebburn

pm: Hands painting ship

4.30pm: Sent 172 lbs mutton, also potatoes & onions to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 4


[SS Hebburn, 1938 tons, was built in 1907 by Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd for Burnett SS Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1918.]


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30 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Sent 5 cases potatoes to SS Bellucia, 2 bags maize & 93 lbs mutton to SS Prophet, 72 lbs mutton & 10 lbs suet to SS Pretoria

11.20am: HMS Orama anchored, sent 26 bags mail

Sent 19 bags mail & 4 bags confidential matter to HMS Orama

3.00pm: Discharged 2 officers & 1 marine to HMS Orama, also sent 5 boxes charts & stores

4.30pm: Sent 140 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 6


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31 May 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

am: Captains & signalmen from colliers on board for instruction on tactics

5.30pm: Sent 150 lbs mutton to HMS Amethyst

6.30pm: Collier SS Bellucia cast off from HMS Orama

Number on sick list 5


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Extracts from Engine-Room registers

Total distance run: 9057 miles

Number of hours making good the distance: 1109-7 hours

Total coal consumed: 3814 tons

Total revolutions starboard shaft: 2776800

Total revolutions port shaft: 2772580


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1 June 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -18.12, Long -38.72

9.10am: HMS Orama & collier SS Bellucia proceeded to lee of island

10.50am: Anchor aweigh

11.05am: Set course S20W & proceeded in line ahead with SS Pretoria & SS Prophet

3.00pm: Colliers ordered to take station on either beam, 10’

Number on sick list 4


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2 June 1916

At sea

Lat -16.05, Long -37.03

pm: Hands painting ship

Number on sick list 4


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3 June 1916

At sea

Lat -13.33, Long -35.72

Number on sick list 4


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4 June 1916

At sea

Lat -10.43, Long -34.73

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 4


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5 June 1916

At sea

Lat -8.35, Long -33.35

Number on sick list 5


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6 June 1916

At sea

Lat -5.83, Long -32.10

Number on sick list 5


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7 June 1916

At sea

Lat -3.92, Long -30.25

Number on sick list 5


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8 June 1916

At sea

Lat -2.22, Long -28.37

am: Hands painting ship

Number on sick list 5


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9 June 1916

At sea

Lat -0.50, Long -26.52

Number on sick list 5


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10 June 1916

At sea

Lat 0.50, Long -25.00

Number on sick list 4


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11 June 1916

At sea

Lat 0.45, Long -28.53

11.40am: Italian SS Atlantico passed steering WSW

Number on sick list 3


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12 June 1916

At sea

Lat 0.5, Long -31.90

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 25, fireman to cells

Number on sick list 4


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13 June 1916

At sea

Lat 0.25, Long -35.02

8.49am: Working engines to keep station with collier SS Prophet

10.10am: Closed SS Prophet, sent boat with 140 lbs mutton

2.10pm: Observed SS Pretoria bearing S22E

3.45pm: SS Pretoria secured alongside & ranging heavily, given 14 tons of water

4.05pm: While hooking on whaler sea struck bottom of boat causing boat to unhook. Boat subsequently capsized, boat’s signal book being lost, also 1 rowlock & 1 oar, boat recovered

Number on sick list 1


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14 June 1916

At sea

Lat -0.53, Long -32.47

Number on sick list 1


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15 June 1916

At sea

Lat -0.67, Long -31.00

Number on sick list 1


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16 June 1916

At sea

Lat -0.50, Long -28.50

Number on sick list 1


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17 June 1916

At sea

Lat -0.37, Long -25.88

4.00pm: Evening quarters, prisoner released from cells

6.26pm: Stopped, sent sea boat to SS Prophet for mails

6.45pm: General quarters, instructions given to colliers

Number on sick list 1


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18 June 1916

At sea

Lat -1.58, Long -25.78

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

2.49pm: Sighted HMS Amethyst

3.30pm: Sent mails & 185 lbs beef to “Amethyst” & received 20 bags mails, 14 for ship, 3 for SS Pretoria, 3 for SS Prophet

Number on sick list 3


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19 June 1916

At sea

Lat -1.50, Long -29.10

Number on sick list 5


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20 June 1916

At sea

Lat -1.52, Long -32.32

am: Hands rigging coaling gear

Number on sick list 6


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21 June 1916

At sea

Lat -2.17, Long -34.93

8.52am: Collier SS Prophet alongside to starboard, given 3 bags of mails

10.17am: Collier in tow alongside, engines moving dead slow ahead

10.48am: Commenced coaling

1.35pm: Foremost springs parted

3.00pm: Sent 3 bags mails to SS Pretoria, collier ranging heavily

4.00pm: Lost 6 cane fenders & 5 rope fenders

7.30pm: Cast off collier, received 321 tons coal

Number on sick list 5


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22 June 1916

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At sea

Lat -3.4, Long -32.9 [Average of 8am and 8pm positions]


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23 June 1916

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24 June 1916

At sea

Lat -3.40, Long -31.97

5.30am: Finished coaling, received 920 tons

5.58am: Cast off collier

6.09am: Anchor aweigh, set course

Number on sick list 3


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25 June 1916

At sea

Lat -5.22, Long -31.77

5.15am: Sighted HMS Orama & two colliers

7.00am: Celebrated Holy Communion

10.30am: Held Divine Service

4.15pm: Stop engines, sent one signal rating to SS Hebburn

Number on sick list 5


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26 June 1916

At sea

Lat -6.75, Long -33.63

Number on sick list 10


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27 June 1916

At sea

Lat -8.63, Long -34.67

7.00am: Stopped, received 4 bags of mail from HMS Orama

Number on sick list 6


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28 June 1916

To Bahia

Lat -11.48, Long -36.57

Number on sick list 4


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29 June 1916

Bahia

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

6.00am: Observed St Paul's Light bearing S74W

8.16am: Anchored

8.05pm: Anchor aweigh

Number on sick list 4


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30 June 1916

Bahia to Abrolhos

Lat -15.37, Long -37.57

12.47pm: Various courses to close HMS Orama

Number on sick list 4


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LOGS FOR JULY 1916


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1 July 1916

At sea

Lat -18.22, Long -38.40

12.40pm: Observed Abrolhos Light House bearing N25W

4.42pm: Anchored, received 11 bags mails from HMS Amethyst

5.00pm: HMS Orama & 4 colliers anchored

Sent 62 lbs mutton to SS Bellucia

Sent 152 lbs beef & 6 ducks to HMS Amethyst

8.00pm: 1 leading signalman returned from SS Hebburn


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2 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.30am: Chaplin to HMS Orama Roman Catholics held service

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

4.30pm: Sent 1 cask flour & 141 lbs mutton to HMS Amethyst

5.10pm: SS Bellucia alongside to port

5.50pm: SS Pretoria alongside to starboard


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3 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.00am: Hands fall in for coaling

am: 18 tons fresh water to SS Bellucia, 20 tons fresh water to SS Pretoria

4.00pm: Sent 100lbs beef to SS Hebburn

134 lbs beef, 56 lbs mutton, 28 lbs suet to SS Bellucia

97 lbs mutton to SS Prophet, 98 lbs beef to SS Pretoria, 156 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst

9.00pm: Finished coaling for night


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4 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.00am: Hands fall in, coal ship

pm: Sent 57 lbs meat to SS Drumcliffe

2.30pm: Finished coaling, cast off colliers, received 1093 tons

5.30pm: Collier SS Bellucia sailed

1 cadet from collier SS Drumcliffe joined ship for instruction in signalling


[SS Drumcliffe, 4072 tons, was built in 1905 by Robert Thompson & Sons, Southwick for Steamship Drummond Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed in 1917 and torpedoed later the same year.]


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5 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.00am: 1 bag of mail from HMS Orama for GPO

8.00am: Took over guard, sent confidential papers to HMS Orama

10.00am: HMS Orama sailed

11.30am: SS Hebburn alongside to take in fresh water

4.00pm: Sent 154 lbs beef & 6 chicken to HMS Amethyst, sent 78 lbs mutton, 89 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

6.10pm: Cast off SS Hebburn having taken 40 tons fresh water


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6 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

9.30am: 100 lbs beef sent to SS Drumcliffe

pm: Sent 104 lbs beef to SS Prophet, 93 lbs mutton to SS Drumcliffe, 159 lbs mutton, 139 lbs beef & 2 casks vinegar to HMS Amethyst

Received 2 bags mail for GPO from HMS Amethyst

8.10pm: Anchor aweigh


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7 July 1916

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.37, Long -39.65

10.30pm: Observed loom of St Thome Light bearing N62W

Number on sick list 4


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8 July 1916

Abrolhos to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -23.05, Long -43.93

4.50am: Observed Cape Frio Light bearing S68W

7.15am: Cape Frio abeam, 1¼’

9.45am: Saquarema Point abeam, 6’

10.04am: Negra Point abeam, 5’

1.23pm: Anchored, leave given to port watch till 11 pm

Received 15 bags mails, sent 6 bags mails ashore for GPO

4.00pm: 1 absentee of HMS Amethyst joined ship

1 seaman RNR rejoined ship from hospital

5.30pm: Received 10 tons beef & 1 ton butter

8.00pm: Received 170 tons fresh water

Number on sick list 2


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9 July 1916

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: Stores taken on board

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

1.10pm: Anchor aweigh

6.05pm: Negra Point abeam, 6'

10.30pm: Cape Frio abeam, 2¼'

Number on sick list 3


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10 July 1916

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -22.20, Long -40.63

4.30am: Observed Santa Anna Light bearing N41W

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 26

Number on sick list 2


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11 July 1916

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -20.80, Long -39.72

7.30am: Observed Mt Maestre Huare bearing N35W


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12 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.12am: Anchored

1 bag of mail to SS Prophet & SS Pretoria

Discharged stores for SS Hebburn & SS Drumcliffe

Sent 148 lbs beef to SS Drumcliffe, 109 lbs beef to SS Pretoria

Sent 110 lbs beef to SS Prophet, 160 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

5.15pm: HMS Amethyst anchored, sent over 1 absentee & 1 bag of mail, & received 18 bags of mail

Sent 158 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 2


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13 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

am: Sent 11 cases paraffin & 1 box eggs to SS Drumcliffe, 200 lbs sugar & 3 cases salmon to SS Prophet

4.30pm: 140 lbs beef sent to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 3


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14 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.30am: Sent 112 lbs beef to SS Drumcliffe

10.53am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to island

11.05am: Anchored

1.30pm: 2 sea boats sent ashore for sand

5.15pm: Sea boats returned

5.40pm: Anchor aweigh

6.12pm: Anchored

9.00pm: Collier SS Prophet secured alongside to port

Number on sick list 2


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15 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.00am: Hands fall in, coal ship

am: Sent 157 lbs beef to SS Hebburn, 133 lbs beef to SS Prophet

1 3rd engineer from SS Pretoria returned to ship from sick quarters

4.30pm: Sent 112 lbs beef to SS Pretoria, 142 lbs beef & 164 lbs mutton to HMS Amethyst

6.10pm: Finished coaling, 613 tons taken in, cast off collier

8.30pm: 1 bag mails sent to HMS Amethyst for GPO

6 coal sacks lost overboard by accident during coaling

Number on sick list 3


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16 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

8.50am: HMS Amethyst sailed

10.20am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 3


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17 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

am: 161 lbs beef sent to SS Hebburn, 131 lbs beef to SS Pretoria

Sent 124 lbs beef to SS Drumcliffe, sent two boat’s davits to SS Pretoria

Number on sick list 4


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18 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

6.00am: 1 cadet from collier SS Drumcliffe rejoined ship

4.00pm: 155 lbs beef sent SS Hebburn

Number on sick list 3


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19 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

7.20am: HMS Amethyst returned to anchorage & commenced coaling from SS Prophet

am: Hands paint ship’s side

133 lbs beef sent to SS Prophet, 133 lbs beef sent to SS Prophet

5.00pm: 165 lbs sent to HMS Amethyst

10.40pm: HMS Amethyst cast off from collier & anchored

Number on sick list 2


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20 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

5.38am: HMS Macedonia anchored, received 12 bags mail from HMS Macedonia

8.00am: HMS Macedonia alongside collier “Pretoria”

10.01am: Diver from HMS Amethyst on board

pm: Sent 132 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 118 lbs beef to SS Pretoria, 114 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

4.00pm: Evening quarters, 1 prisoner from cells released

5.30pm: Diver returned to HMS Amethyst

6.00pm: HMS Macedonia left collier

Number on sick list 3


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21 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

am: Diver from “Amethyst” on board

Sent 31 lbs beef to SS Hebburn, 116 lbs beef to SS Drumcliffe

Received 6000 lbs beef from HMS Macedonia

6.00pm: Sent 6 barrels flour to SS Hebburn

Number on sick list 4


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22 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 27

Number on sick list 5


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23 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 5


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24 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

8.30am: 4 sea boats sent to island for sand

4.30pm: Sea boats returned

Received 6 boxes charts & naval stores from SS Prophet

Number on sick list 6


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25 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

9.10am: HMS Glasgow anchored

10.00am: Collier Pretoria alongside HMS Glasgow

pm: Hands paint ship’s side

2.10pm: SS Prophet sailed

4.00pm: Evening quarters, Reverend Sturgess & Father Jones discharged to HMS Macedonia

332 lbs beef sent to HMS Glasgow, 163 lbs beef sent to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 4


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26 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

4.00pm: Evening quarters, Sent 351 lbs beef to HMS Glasgow, 125 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst

Sent 125 lbs beef to SS Hebburn, 95 lbs beef to SS Drumcliffe, 70 lbs beef to SS Pretoria

Number on sick list 5


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27 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

am: Sent 50 lbs beef to SS Drumcliffe, 1 cask sugar (200 lbs) to SS Pretoria

11.56am: SS Drumcliffe sailed

5.00pm: Sent 304 lbs beef to HMS Glasgow, 151 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 76 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

Number on sick list 4


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28 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

am: 1 petty officer to HMS Glasgow for examination

1 ship's corporal from HMS Amethyst on board for examination

pm: 5 casks flour returned from SS Hebburn

5.30pm: Received 1 bag confidential mail from HMS Glasgow


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29 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51


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30 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service


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31 July 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

am: Hands paint masts & funnels

pm: Hand prepare target

6.30pm: Target sent to HMS Macedonia

9.00pm: 2 bags mail for GPO sent to HMS Glasgow


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1916


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[These are cover pages, blank & a list of meteorological instruments]


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1 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

8.55am: HMS Amethyst sailed

am: HMS Glasgow at target practice with HMS Macedonia towing target

11.30am: HMS Glasgow left

pm: Hands paint ship

5.07pm: HMS Macedonia anchored

5.21pm: HMS Amethyst anchored

6.30pm: Received 2 bags mail from HMS Amethyst

7.30pm: Target returned from HMS Macedonia

Number on sick list 5


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2 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

Number on sick list 4


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3 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

8.00am: Took over guard

9.30am: Steamer steering towards anchorage, fired blank as no notice was taken of signal to stop

10.10am: Weighed anchor, fired shot across steamer's bow

Steamer stopped, boarded Danish SS Danery at 10.40am

11.38am: SS Danery was given permission to proceed on voyage passing 1 mile from the fleet, instead of which she steered easterly course to pass outside the islands of Abrolhos.

Returned to anchorage

11.51am: Anchored. It was then observed that SS Danery was in difficulties in Lat 18° 2¾’S, Long 38° 39½W

12.10pm: SS Danery hoisted signal "Request Assistance". Salvage arrangements were got under way

The Light House hoisted "Hold on till High Water"

12.50pm: SS Danery managed to get clear of rocks. Signalled SS Danery to close

2.20pm: SS Danery anchored

pm: Ordered “Amethyst” to send diver to examine SS Danery

7.00pm: Divers completed survey & reported no damage, though scraped in several places

7.30pm: SS Danery sailed

Number on sick list 5


[SS Danery, 1507 tons, was built in 1905 as SS Roma & became Danery earlier in 1916. She changed name again in 1926 but seems to have been in service until 1942.]


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4 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

6.00am: HMS Amethyst & collier SS Pretoria proceeded to lee of island

2.30pm: HMS Amethyst & collier returned to anchorage

Number on sick list 5


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5 August 1916

Abrolhos to Bahia

Lat -18.05, Long -38.42

8.53am: Anchor aweigh

Number on sick list 5


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6 August 1916

Abrolhos to Bahia

[No position given]

10.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

5.54pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 4


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7 August 1916

Bahia anchorage

Lat -12.97, Long -38.51

am: 1 bag mail sent ashore for GPO

pm: Hands work stores

5.29pm: Anchor aweigh

Number on sick list 5


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8 August 1916

Bahia to Abrolhos

Lat -15.63, Long -38.45

Number on sick list 5


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9 August 1916

Abrolhos anchorage

Lat -17.97, Long -38.51

3.30am: Observed loom Abrolhos Light bearing S85W

8.26am: Anchored

am: 1 carpenter's mate rejoined from hospital

Received 22 bags mail from HMS Glasgow

Number on sick list 6


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10 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -18.08, Long -38.77

6.57am: Anchor aweigh

8.30am: General Quarters. Dropped target, commenced firing 1”

10.45am: Ceased firing, picked up target

12.43pm: Sent target to HMS Amethyst

1.28pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 6


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11 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -18.08, Long -38.77

6.45am: HMS Amethyst weighed, towing target

6.50am: Anchor aweigh

8.30am: General quarters, carried out firing practice

9.11am: Finished firing, target taken from HMS Amethyst & towed astern

12.06pm: HMS Amethyst finished firing & sailed

1.08pm: Stopped, picked up target

1.50pm: Proceeded to previous anchorage

2.21pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 6


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12 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

8.00am: HMS Macedonia took over guard

Number on sick list 5


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13 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 4


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14 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

am: 6 ratings on board from HMS Glasgow for isolation

Number on sick list 10


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15 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

8.30am: HMS Glasgow sailed for a burial

11.26am: HMS Glasgow returned to anchorage

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 28

Number on sick list 10


[Deceased: Horace Mitchell Stoker 1st class, Official Number K26493.]


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16 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read quarterly court martial returns

5.24pm: HMS Amethyst anchored, received 9 bags mails from HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 8


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17 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

6.40am: HMS Amethyst weighed & proceeded to lee of island

12.10pm: HMS Macedonia sailed

6.27pm: HMS Amethyst returned to previous anchorage

11.30pm: HMS Macedonia returned to anchorage

Number on sick list 8


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18 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

9.00am: Divisions, inspection of bedding


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19 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

7.30am: SS Pretoria alongside for water

8.00am: HMS Macedonia off guard, taken over by HMS Amethyst

10.00am: Inquiry held concerning death of Thomas Hurley, Seaman RNR of HMS Macedonia

11.00am: SS Pretoria cast off, received 15 tons fresh water

[Thomas Hurley, seaman, age 25, Newfoundland Royal Navy Reserve, official no 1233X was the son of Joseph Hurley of Island Harbour, Fogo. He is commemorated on the Beaumont-Hamel Memorial, Newfoundland.]


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20 August 1916

Abrothos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

7.20am: SS Pretoria sailed

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 12


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21 August 1916

Abrothos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

9.00am: Sent 1 bag mail to HMS Macedonia for GPO

10.34am: Weighed, proceeded to island

11.16am: Anchored

12.30pm: Liberty men went ashore

1.55pm: HMS Macedonia sailed Macedonia sailed

5.00pm: Liberty men returned

5.43pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to previous anchorage

6.16pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 12


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22 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

4.30pm: 325 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 140 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 162 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

Number on sick list 12


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23 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

5.55am: Watch fall in, shift coal from no 3 to no 2 hatch

All day: Watch shift coal

4.30pm: 291 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 154 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 81 lbs beef SS. Zambesi

11.00pm: Finished coaling for night

Number on sick list 5


[SS Zambesi, 3727 tons, was built in 1901 by Bartram & Sons, Sunderland for Turner, Brightman & Co, London In April 1916 she served as naval collier 1133. She was eventually torpedoed in April 1917.]


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24 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

7.00am: Watch fall in, shift coal

2.30pm: Finished shifting coal, hands fall in scrub decks

4.00pm: 342 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 152 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 139 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

6.00pm: 5 ratings returned to HMS Glasgow from isolation

Number on sick list 5


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25 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

8.15am: SS Zambesi alongside for fresh water

11.50am: Cast off SS Zambesi

5.00pm: 348 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 150 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 92 lbs beef to SS Zambesi

Number on sick list 3


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26 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 29

4.20pm: SS Balgray anchored

5.30pm: 337 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 155 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 135 lbs beef to SS Hebburn

Number on sick list 4


[SS Balgray,3603 tons, was built in 1903 as “Osceola” by Anderson, Rodger & Co, Port Glasgow. She was bought in 1913 by the Balgray SS Co Ltd. In 1918 she was torpedoed by a U-boat.]


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27 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

5.00pm: 338 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 150 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 5


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28 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

6.30am: SS Hebburn alongside HMS Glasgow

3.15pm: HMS Glasgow finished coaling, cast off collier

4.30pm: 338 lbs beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 146 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst, 138 lbs beef to SS Hebburn, 81 lbs beef to SS Zambesi

Number on sick list 5


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29 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

am: Received 1 case of documents from HMS Glasgow

Sent 10 gallons oil to SS Hebburn

4.30pm: Sent 157 lbs beef to HMS Amethyst

Number on sick list 4


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30 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

4.30pm: 346 lbs fresh beef issued to HMS Glasgow, 157 lbs to HMS Amethyst, 146 lbs to SS Hebburn, 89 lbs to SS Zambesi

Number on sick list 4


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31 August 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

7.21am: HMS Macedonia anchored

Received 10 bags mail from “Macedonia”, sent 1 bag mail to HMS Glasgow for GPO

am: Dr Kerr: discharged to HMS Macedonia

Received 4 sick men from HMS Macedonia, 1 sick man from HMS Amethyst

11.50am: Anchor aweigh

Number on sick list 3


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THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Voyage to and from South Africa

JP map Edinburgh Castle South Africa

LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1916


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1 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -20.65, Long -34.80

Number on sick list 4


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2 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -23.15, Long -30.02

Number on sick list 4


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3 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -25.50, Long -24.72

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 5


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4 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -27.77, Long -19.68

Number on sick list 4


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5 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -29.37, Long -14.03

Number on sick list 3


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6 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -30.67, Long -8.32

Number on sick list 4


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7 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -31.95, Long -2.47

am: Divisions, Prayers, small arm drill

pm: Make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 2


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8 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simons Town

Lat -33.17, Long 3.65

am: Physical drill, Divisions & Prayers, hands employed scrubbing canvas gear & as required

Number on sick list 5


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9 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simonstown

Lat -33.98, Long 9.48

Number on sick list 5


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10 September 1916

Abrolhos to Simonstown

Lat -34.57, Long 14.42

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 4


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11 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

8.00am: Cape Point Light N18E

9.30am: Passed between Noah’s Ark & Roman Rocks

9.40am: Anchored, received 4 bags mails

pm: Hands preparing for docking, received two cases for wardroom

4.30pm: Paid monthly money, landed patrol

7.00pm: Patrol returned

Number on sick list 1


[Cape Point Lighthouse is on the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, this probably refers to the original light house at Lat -34.35, Long 18.49 which is sometimes obscured by low cloud and was replaced in 1919.

Noah’s Ark is a rock in the entrance to Simonstown, South Africa at Lat -34.18, Long 18.45

Roman Rock is in the entrance to Simonstown, South Africa at Lat -34.18, Long -18.45.]


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12 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

8.00am: Landed docking party & 1 bag mails

9.30am: HMS Armadale Castle came out of dock

9.52am: Hove up anchor & proceeded to drydock

11.00am: Ship in dry dock

pm: Hands employed cleaning ship’s bottom

4.30pm: HMS Kent made fast alongside coaling wharf

Gave leave to port watch

1 marine, 1 chief cook, 2 seamen discharged to hospital

Number on sick list 1


[HMS Armadale Castle, 12,973 ton Armed Merchant Cruiser, was built in 1903 at the Fairfield Yard, Govan for the Union Castle Line. She was scrapped in 1936 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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13 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

All day: Hands employed scraping ship’s bottom

am: Sent 9 ratings to hospital for survey, 1 rating discharged to hospital

pm: Received 5 bags mail

4.00pm: Gave leave to starboard watch

Number on sick list 1


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14 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.15am: HMS Armadale Castle sailed

8.30am: Read warrant no 30

am: Marine working party employed dismounting X2 gun

1.15pm: Landed Cape Town Patrol, 12 men & Petty Officers

2.30pm: Landed liberty men

Number on sick list 1


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15 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

All day: Watch employed scraping ship’s bottom

1.50pm: Sub Lieutenant Gosset, Midshipmen Habgood, Marks & Duguid left ship

4.30pm: Gave leave to 1st part starboard watch


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16 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.30am: Took over guard & medical guard, watch employed laying out cables in dry dock

1.00pm: Gave leave to 2nd part starboard watch

Number on sick list 2


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17 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.30am: HMS Kent relieved guard & medical guard

9.50am: Landed church parties, Church of England, Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic

11.30am: Roman Catholic church party returned

11.50am: Church of England & other church parties returned

Number on sick list 2


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18 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed on double bottom & cables

9.00am: Sent one seaman to Recreation Rooms as barman

pm: Discharged 7 ratings to hospital

Hands employed scraping ship’s bottom, dismounting guns & as requisite

Number on sick list 5


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19 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

8.00am: Took over guard & medical guard

All day: Hands employed scraping ship’s bottom & as requisite

7.30pm: Fireman absentee returned injured

Number on sick list 4


[Leave rota continues.]


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20 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

All day: Hands employed painting ship’s bottom & as requisite

Number on sick list 3


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21 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting ship’s bottom & as requisite

2.30pm: Landed patrol, 1 Petty Officer, 6 seamen, 1 Sergeant, 6 marines. Landed liberty men

Number on sick list 4


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22 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting ship’s bottom & as requisite

Number on sick list 4


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23 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting ship

7.00pm: Medical guard officer came on board to attend case

Number on sick list 4


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24 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

10.00am: All church parties landed

Noon: Church parties returned

Number on sick list 5


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25 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

6.00am: Received 8 bags mails

am: Hands employed painting ship’s bottom & as requisite, marine firing party at drill

12.15pm: Landed funeral & firing party

1.00pm: Received 7 bags parcel mail

5.00pm: Cleared lower deck & read warrant no 31

One rating sent to detention

Funeral party returned

Number on sick list 7


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26 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting ship’s bottom & as requisite

8.00am: Armourers mate to “Kent” for examination

Discharged one rating to hospital

HMS Kent anchored in the bay

Sent 2 bags empty mail bags ashore

Number on sick list 5


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27 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting ship’s bottom & as requisite

Sent 1 bag mails ashore

3.00pm: Returned 6” dismounting gear to HMS Sirius

Number on sick list 5


[HMS Sirius, 3,700 ton cruiser, was launched in 1892 by Armstrong, Elswick. In April 1918 she was returned to home waters and sunk as a blockship outside Ostend. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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28 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting & returning gunner’s stores to dockyard

7.10am: HMS Kent: sailed

Number on sick list 6


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29 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting & heaving in cable

Number on sick list 4


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30 September 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting & as requisite

8.00am: Took over guard & medical guard

9.15am: Sent working party to railway station, seamen & leading seamen

Sent marine guard to bank

11.00am: Paymaster & escort returned

10.00pm: Sent 2 seamen to hospital for duty

Number on sick list 5


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1916


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Extracts from Engine-Room registers

Total distance run: 4850 miles

Total coal consumed: 3263 tons

Total revolutions starboard shaft: 1483750

Total revolutions port shaft: 1485620


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1 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.00am: Sent 2 seamen to hospital for duty

10.00am: Landed all church parties

11.30am: Church parties returned

Number on sick list 5


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2 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed scraping & painting

Received 5 bags mails

pm: Received 4 bags parcel mail

Number on sick list 5


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3 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed painting ship & as requisite

12.20pm: SS City of Rangoon anchored in Bay

pm: Paid monthly money

Discharged fireman to hospital

Number on sick list 5


[SS City of Rangoon, 10,877 tons, was built in 1914 and operated by the Hall Lines. In 1945 she was purchased by the Ministry of War Transport & renamed Oscar III.]


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4 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed scraping & painting

10.50am: Commenced to flood dock

11.40am: Ceased flooding dock

1.00pm: Landed escort for absentee

4.30pm: 1 Seaman returned from Detention Barracks

Absentee returned from Cape Town under escort

Number on sick list 6


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5 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed scraping decks & as requisite

pm: Continued flooding dock

Number on sick list 3


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6 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.40am: Ship floated

9.00am: Proceeded out of dry dock

2.00pm: Docking party left ship

3.30pm: Landed liberty men

7.30pm: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 1


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7 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.00am: Landed hospital sentries

Number on sick list 0


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8 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

10.00am: Landed church parties

Noon: Church parties returned

Number on sick list 3


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9 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

7.00am: Water boat came alongside

9.00am: Received 100 tons water, cast off water boat

1.00pm: Received 1 case & 1 cask for HMS Amethyst & Avoca

4.00pm: Discharged 1 seaman RNR to HMS Sirius

Number on sick list 2


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10 October 1916

Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

am: Tested magazine flooding valves & gun sights

Sent 3 cases to hospital for survey

11.40am: Anchor aweigh

2.25pm: Slang Kop Light abeam, 2 miles

3.50pm: Stopped & took pilot on board then proceeded into docks

4.29pm: Secured alongside

8.30pm: Engineer Sub Lieutenant Smith discharged to hospital

Number on sick list 2


[Slang Kop Lighthouse is in South Africa at Lat -34.15, Long 18.32.]


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11 October 1916

Cape Town

Lat -33.91, Long 18.43

7.45am: Commenced coaling with shore labour

Number on sick list 2


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12 October 1916

Cape Town

Lat -33.91, Long 18.43

9.00pm: Finished coaling in no 3

Number on sick list 3


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13 October 1916

Cape Town

Lat -33.91, Long 18.43

Midnight: Finished coaling with Welsh coal, amount 1847 tons

Number on sick list 3


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14 October 1916

Cape Town

Lat -33.91, Long 18.43

3.45am: Completed coaling

am: Hands employed getting stores on board

Discharged 3 invalids to SS Norman

Received 6 cases from hospital

pm: Received 5 bags mails

Sent 1 bag mail ashore

Number on sick list 2


[SS Norman, 7537 tons, was built in 1894 & was owned by the Union-Castle Line. She was scrapped in 1926.]


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15 October 1916

Cape Town

Lat -33.91, Long 18.43

9.30am: Divisions, landed Roman Catholic church party

Number on sick list 8


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16 October 1916

Cape Town

Lat -33.91, Long 18.43

am: Hands employed getting in stores

9.00am: Landed large patrol

Received 13,900 gallons of water

1.00pm: One rating joined up from hospital Simonstown

6.00pm: Patrol returned, cast off & proceeded out of docks

6.30pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 10


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17 October 1916

Table Bay

Lat -33.88, Long 18.45

am: Hands employed painting ship

Absentee returned on board

11.05am: Two absentees returned on board

11.36am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

12.15pm: Robben Island Lighthouse abeam, distance 2½ miles

2.10pm: Dassen Island Lighthouse abeam, distance 13 miles

Number on sick list 12


[Robben Island Lighthouse is off the coast of South Africa at Lat -33.82, Long 18.37.

Dassen Island Lighthouse is off the coast of South Africa at Lat -33.43, Long 18.08.]


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18 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -31.05, Long 13.32

11.15am: Quarters, clean guns

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrants 32 to 39 inclusive

Number on sick list 13


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19 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -28.45, Long 8.55

am: Divisions, Prayers, Captain’s rounds

Hands employed cleaning & painting, seamen at small arm drill

pm: Make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 12


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20 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -25.87, Long 4.00

8.00am: Physical drill, Divisions, Prayers

General quarters, exercised sight setters of all guns

Number on sick list 12


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21 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -25.00, Long -1.50

Number on sick list 12


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22 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -24.18, Long -6.72

8.45am: Rig church

9.15am: Captain’s rounds

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 13


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23 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -23.32, Long -12.08

am: A1 & B1 guns’ crews at drill, gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, guns’ crews at loader drill

Number on sick list 16


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24 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -22.35, Long -17.35

am: X1 & Y1 guns’ crews at drill, marines at company drill, gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 16


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25 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -21.42, Long -22.52

am: A2 & B2 guns’ crews at drill

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 43

Number on sick list 16


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26 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -20.92, Long -27.68

am: X2, Y2 guns’ crews at drill, remainder of hands at small arm drill

10.20am: Captain’s rounds

11.15am: Quarters, clean guns

3.25pm: Martin Vaz Island bearing N40W

4.00pm: Sighted Trinadad bearing N59W

5.40pm: Martin Vaz abeam, distance 8½ miles

7.45pm: Trinadad abeam, distance 3 miles

Number on sick list 13


[Martin Vaz Island is indexed as Ilhas Martin Vaz off the coast of Brazil at Lat -20.5, Long -28.85

Trinadad is probably Trindade, an island off the coast of Brazil at Lat -20.525, Long -29.325.]


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27 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -19.82, Long -32.73

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, guns’ crews at loader drill

Number on sick list 14


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28 October 1916

Cape Town to Abrolhos

Lat -18.98, Long -36.17

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 44

Number on sick list 13


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29 October 1916

Abrolhos

Lat -18.08, Long -38.77

6.05am: Abrolhos Lighthouse abeam, distance 12'

7.30am: Commenced sounding every ¼ hour

9.30am: Divisions & march past

9.45am: Divine Service

10.48am: Anchored

Received 4 bags mails from “Amethyst”

4.30pm: “Amethyst” received 165 lbs beef, SS Tregurno 61 lbs, SS Rosebank 70 lbs beef, 30 lbs mutton, SS Munich 75 lbs beef

5.02pm: HMS Macedonia arrived & anchored

Number on sick list 12


[SS Tregurno, 4181 tons, was built in 1911 by J Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields for the Hain Steamship Co Ltd, St Ives. She was sold & renamed in 1930 then torpedoed in 1942

SS Rosebank, 3837 tons, was built in 1901 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the Pyman SS Co Ltd. She was torpedoed in 1917

There was an SS Munich built in 1908 but she was renamed St Denis in 1914.]



THE VOYAGES OF HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Operations off South America 1916-1917

JP map Edinburgh Castle South America 1916-17

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30 October 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

am: Hands employed discharging ammunition to “Amethyst” & preparing for coaling

Discharged seaman to “Macedonia”, Dr Morrison: joined ship from “Macedonia”

4.00pm: Read warrant no 45

5.00pm: Collier Rosebank came alongside

Number on sick list 12


[Vicosa Reef is indexed as Recife da Vicosa & is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -17.98, Long -39.25.]


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31 October 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

6.30am: Hands fall in for coaling

2.00pm: HMS Amethyst sailed

5.00pm: SS Rosebank 76 lbs beef, 31 lbs mutton, 7 lbs yeast, 3 tons fresh water

7.40pm: Stopped coaling, 810 tons in

Number on sick list 12


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1916


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1 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

6.30am: Hands coal ship

am: 72 lbs beef, 30 lbs mutton to SS Rosebank

9.28am: Finished coaling, received 1018 tons

10.00am: Cast off collier

Number on sick list 15


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2 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

6.10am: SS Rosebank sailed

12.30pm: HMS Macedonia weighed & proceeded to carry out funeral rites

Make & mend clothes

4.00pm: Evening quarters

4.15pm: Paid monthly money

4.30 HMS Macedonia anchored

Number on sick list 13


[The funeral was of Harry Knee, Petty Officer 1c, 177250 (Ch), who died on 1st Nov of illness, age 42.]


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3 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

am: Exercised boat sailing

5 barrels flour, 100 eggs to “Zambesi”

3 bales flannel to HMS Macedonia

pm: Exercised boat sailing

Number on sick list 14


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4 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

3.00pm: “Tregurno” shifted anchorage

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 46

Number on sick list 14


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5 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

9.15am: Church of England & Roman Catholic chaplains arrived on board

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 11


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6 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

6.30am: HMS Amethyst anchored

Received 1 bag parcel mails

8.30am: Diving party from HMS Amethyst came alongside

9.00am: Diver went down

9.15am: Tested magazine flooding valves

9.46am: Diver finished cleaning valves

11.30am: SS Tregurno sailed

pm: Assistant Engineers Thompson & Mitchell sent to HMS Macedonia

Reverend Father Jones joined ship

Number on sick list 11


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7 November 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

6.30am: Collier went alongside HMS Amethyst

am: Exercised boat sailing

11.47am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

2.15pm: Sighted Abrolhos Lighthouse bearing N74E

4.34pm: Anchored

5.30pm: SS Daleham came alongside & received 7 tons fresh water

6 marines joined ship

9.30pm: Finished working stores

9.45pm: Cast off storeship

Number on sick list 12


[SS Daleham, 4809 tons, was built in 1913 by Richardson, Duck & Co, Stockton-on-Tees. At this time she was operated by Pyman, Watson & Co Ltd. In 1919 she was renamed “Leeds City” but struck an uncharted reef in 1925 and sank.]


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8 November 1916

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.77

7.00am: SS Daleham sailed

9.00am: Landed party for sand

2.00pm: Took sand on board & hoisted all seaboats

3.37pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

6.08pm: Sighted HMS Amethyst bearing N30W

6.30pm: Challenged her

7.30pm: Anchored

11.02pm: HMS Amethyst anchored

Number on sick list 12


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9 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

7.30am: Received 16 bags mail from HMS Macedonia

pm: Make & mend clothes

3.30pm: Steamer anchored off port quarter

Number on sick list 13


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10 November 1916

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, men from 2 &4 messes medically inspected

9.15am: SS Daleham weighed anchor & went alongside HMS Amethyst

10.58am: Weighed anchor & proceeded

10.37pm: Rio Doce Light bearing N69W

11.04pm: Rio Doce Light abeam, 17½'

Number on sick list 13


[Rio Doce Lighthouse is in Brazil at Lat -19.65, Long -39.83.]


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11 November 1916

Vicosa Reef to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -21.42, Long -40.28

10.00am: Passed Dutch steamer “Ootmarsum” steering NE

1.15pm: Altered course temporarily to clear SS Monmouthshire

Number on sick list 14


[SS Ootmarsum, 2313 tons, was built in 1900 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for NV Stoomvaart Maatschappij Oostzee. In 1917 she was captured by a U-boat & scuttled.

SS Monmouthshire, 5097 tons, was built in 1902 by the Sunderland Ship Building Co. At this time she was operated by the Royal Mail. Her name was first changed in 1919 & she was finally scrapped in 1933.]


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12 November 1916

Vicosa Reef to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

12.15am: Cape Frio Light N85W

5.20am: Sighted Negra Point Light N67W

6.33am: Saquarema Point abeam, distance 7 miles

7.50am: Negra Point abeam, distance 6 miles

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

11.59am: Anchored

Received 9 bags mail for “Edinburgh Castle”, 4 HMS Amethyst, 4 HMS Macedonia

Gave leave to Petty Officers & Leading Seamen of starboard watch

7.30pm: Water tanks alongside

10.45pm: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 13


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13 November 1916

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

12.05am: Commenced taking in water

6.00am: Finished taking in fresh water

am: Sent 17 bags mails to consulate

Received stewards’ stores

pm: Gave leave to Petty Officers & Leading Seamen of port watch

Hands employed painting ship

Discharged 1 Marine, 1 Seaman RNR & 1 Stoker from HMS Amethyst to hospital

4.30pm: Received 7 bags parcel mails

8.30pm: Liberty men returned

10.43pm: Anchor aweigh & proceeded

11.55pm: Negra Light abeam

Number on sick list 12


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14 November 1916

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -25.07, Long -44.62

am: A2, B2 guns’ crews at drill

Number on sick list 10


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15 November 1916

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -29.25, Long -47.77

am: Gunlayers & marines at deflection teacher

6.45pm: General quarters, read quarterly returns of Court Martials

Number on sick list 11


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16 November 1916

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -33.03, Long -51.00

7.00am: Sighted 3-masted barque steering S3W

am: Gunlayers & trainers of both watches at deflection teacher

10.50am: Passed Norwegian steamer “August” steering NNE

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 10


[SS August, 5254 tons, was built in 1911 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for Jacob Christensen, Bergen. She was renamed for the first time in 1929 & finally torpedoed in 1940 while under the Greek flag.]


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17 November 1916

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -35.40, Long -55.50

3.15am: Cape Polonio abeam, 17½'

5.21am: Cape Santa Maria abeam, 9'

5.30am: Sighted American steamer “Munalbro”

6.30am: Passed Dutch steamer “Uranus”

7.30am: San Jose Ignacio abeam, 7'

8.50am: Lobos Island abeam, 7'

3.24pm: Anchored

4.30pm: Discharged 6 marines to HMS Orama

Number on sick list 7


[SS Munalbro, 4293 tons, was built in 1916 in Newport, Virginia.]


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18 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

8.30pm: Observed El Cerro Light bearing N5E

Number on sick list 7


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19 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 8


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20 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

A1 & B1 guns’ crews at loader & gun drill

Number on sick list 10


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21 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, A2 & B2 guns’ crews at drill

Number on sick list 7


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22 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 10


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23 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

pm: Sent party of men to “Orama”

6.55pm: HMS Orama sailed

Number on sick list 12


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24 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Officers at revolver practice

Number on sick list 9


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25 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.00am: HMS Orama arrived, Dr Anderson: joined ship

9.30am: HMS Orama sailed

Number on sick list 7


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26 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 8


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27 November 1916

English Bank to Montevideo then at English Bank

Lat -34.98, Long -56.22

5.52am: Proceeded

9.22am: Anchored

Dr Evans landed for passage home on RMS Amazon

Received 11 bags mails, sent 3 bags mails, 3 bags empties ashore

11.34am: Proceeded

1.10pm: Recalada Light Ship abeam

3.00pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 9


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28 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, marines at small arms drill

Number on sick list 9


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29 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: X1 & Y1 guns’ crews at drill, gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

1.00pm: SS Balgray received 160 lbs beef

Number on sick list 9


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30 November 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

pm: Hands make & mend

Number on sick list 9


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1916


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Extracts from Engine-Room registers

Total distance run: 5486 miles

Total coal consumed: 3128 tons

Number of hours making good the distance: 496 49 hours

Total number of revolutions starboard shaft: 1478470

Total number of revolutions port shaft: 1478940


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1 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Officers at revolver practice

Number on sick list 9


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2 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

Number on sick list 7


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3 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 7


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4 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.00am: Divisions, inspected & aired bedding

3.00pm: Piped ‘Down bedding’

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 47, also ‘fire & collision stations’

Number on sick list 7


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5 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

7.30am: Commenced ringing fog bell

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised fire & collision stations

9.15am: Fog cleared

Number on sick list 6


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6 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: A1 & B1 guns to drill

pm: “Balgray” received 163 lbs beef, 2 cwt potatoes & 2 cwt beans

11.00pm: Commenced ringing fog bell

Number on sick list 6


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7 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Gun layers & trainers at deflection teacher

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 6


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8 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

Number on sick list 8


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9 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: “Balgray” received 132 lbs beef

Number on sick list 9


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10 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 8


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11 December 1916

English Bank to Montevideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

7.50am: Weighed & proceeded

10.00am: No 2 ballast tank full

10.05am: Recalada Light Vessel abeam, distance 19 miles

10.50am: No 1 ballast tank full

11.46am: Anchored

pm: Received 14 bags mails, sent two bags mails ashore

Gave leave to starboard watch till 11pm

Discharged 1 seaman & 1 fireman to hospital

4.30pm: Received 60,000 lbs beef

11.55pm: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 8


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12 December 1916

Montevideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

am: Hands employed getting in stores

9.15am: Five absentees returned

11.40am: Weighed & proceeded, 1 absentee returned (under escort)

2.08pm: Recalada Light Vessel abeam, distance 1½ miles

4.20pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 6


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13 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: X1 & Y1 guns’ crews at gun & loader drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 48

Number on sick list 5


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14 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

5.00am: Collier “Balgray” came alongside

7.45am: Commenced coaling ship

7.40pm: Finished coaling, 789 [tons] received

8.00pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 5


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15 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Unshipped derricks & rigged splinter net

4.30pm: Shortened in cable & made ready for slipping at 4th shackle

Number on sick list 3


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16 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

pm: Hands scrub coaling suits

Number on sick list 2


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17 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 2


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18 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: A1 & B1 guns’ crews at 6” gun & loader drill

1.00pm: “Balgray” received 156 lbs beef

Number on sick list 2


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19 December 1916

Montevideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

5.00am: Weighed anchor & proceeded

8.50am: Anchored

am: Sent 1 bag mail ashore

11.00am: Tug came off with despatches

11.35am: Weighed anchor & proceeded

3.15pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 3


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20 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Lead lines remarked

Number on sick list 1


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21 December 1916

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Setup 1 after derrick, rove new port sea boat falls

Hands at small arm drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

“Balgray” received 149 lbs beef & 2 gallons rum

Number on sick list 1


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22 December 1916

Montevideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

6.33am: Weighed & proceeded, no 1 ballast tank full

8.42am: Passed Recalada Light Ship, distance ¾ mile

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, exercised General quarters & Night defence stations by watch

10.25am: Anchored

pm: Received 3 bags parcel mail

Gave leave to port watch till 11pm

Watch employed getting frozen meat on board

Midnight: Liberty men returned, 1 absentee

Number on sick list 2


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23 December 1916

Montevideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.00

8.00am: Holy Communion celebrated on board

am: Sent 3 bags mails ashore

Discharged 1 leading signalman & 1 signalman for passage home

10.40am: Weighed anchor, waited underway, absentee returned on board

1.28pm: Lowered both sea boats

1.30pm: Stopped engines, sea boats proceeded SS Orissa, received 9 bags mails

2 assistant engineers joined ship

4.08pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 4


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24 December 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.22, Long -55.53

2.32am: Proceeded North

3.46am: Stopped, sent sea boat to RMS Darro, received 2 bags parcel mail & 1 [bag] confidential

4.40am: Proceeded

7.00am: Anchored

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 3


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25 December 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.22, Long -55.53

7.00am: Roman Catholic service

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

10.15am: Spliced the main brace

Captain & officers went rounds of mess decks

Number on sick list 4


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26 December 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.12, Long -55.90

7.05am: Proceeded

9.43am: Flores Island abeam, 5½ miles

11.17am: Anchored

Number on sick list 8


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27 December 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.12, Long -55.90

Number on sick list 4


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28 December 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.12, Long -55.90

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 4


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29 December 1916

River Plate

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

8.00am: Proceeded

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

10.26am: Anchored

Discharged 1 seaman RNR & 1 steward to hospital, sent 4 bags mails ashore

2.45pm: Received 3 bags mails

3.12pm: Proceeded

4.55pm: Flores Light House abeam, 3½'

8.35pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 5


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30 December 1916

Maldonado Bay

Lat -34.93, Long -55.00

6.47am: Proceeded

8.12am: Anchored

8.35am: Sent boat away for sand

10.40am: Lowered target for 1” aiming practice

Noon: Hoisted target for repairs

1.30pm: Continued firing

2.45pm: Ceased firing

Number on sick list 4


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31 December 1916

Maldonado Bay

Lat -35.42, Long -50.98

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.05pm: Sighted collier bearing WNW

5.30pm: “Balgray” received mail & 150 lbs of meat

Number on sick list 4


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[These pages are blank.]



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1917


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[These are cover pages, blank & a list of meteorological instruments]


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1 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Paid monthly money

1.40pm: Proceeded

8.05pm: Stopped engines, lowered 2 sea boats with 2 bags mails which proceeded to RMS Araguaya for stores

9.20pm: Sea boats returned

9.40pm: Proceeded

10.20pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 4


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2 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

6.42am: Proceeded

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

9.58am: Anchored

pm: Hands employed getting out fenders & preparing for coaling

4.00pm: Collier weighed anchor

4.50pm: Collier secured alongside

Number on sick list 5


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3 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

5.00am: Hands fall in for coaling

6.10am: First hoist

am: To “Balgray” 150 lbs beef, 5 tons fresh water

6.40pm: Finished coaling, amount taken in 842 tons, average per hour 81.6 tons

7.40pm: Cast collier off

Number on sick list 4


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4 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

8.00am: SS Balgray sailed

Number on sick list 3


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5 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

am: Exercised General quarters & Watch defence stations, officers at revolver practice

6.30pm: One cluster lamp washed overboard & starboard gangway smashed by a heavy sea [Sea state 3 at 4pm, 6 at 8pm.]

Number on sick list 2


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6 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

Number on sick list 3


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7 January 1917

English Bank

Lat -35.50, Long -56.27

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

6.53pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 6


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8 January 1917

At sea

Lat -34.92, Long -53.55

5.15am: Passed barque “Versailles” of Nantes

7.05am: Passed schooner “Eleanor F Bartram” of Boston

10.11am: Stopped & lowered whaler to board Norwegian barque “Edderside”

12.52pm: Passed British barque “British Yeoman” of British Columbia

Number on sick list 6


[SV Versailles of Nantes was probably the ship built in 1900 and lost in 1928.

SV Eleanor F Bartram, 1114 tons, was built in 1903

SV Edderside, 1352 tons, was built in 1878 by the Whitehaven SB Co Ltd. In 1919 she collided with a British ship, 7 men were lost.

SV British Yeoman, 1953 tons, was built in 1880 by Oswald, Mordaunt & Co, Southampton. She was owned at this time by the British Yeoman Co Ltd, Victoria, BC. On 26 Feb 1917 she was captured by SMS Seeadler and scuttled.]


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9 January 1917

At sea

Lat -35.93, Long -53.25

5.00am: Passed barque “British Yeoman”

am: A1 & B1 guns at drill, gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

12.15pm: Passed ship “Terpsichore” of London

Number on sick list 7


[The only “Terpsichore” who seems to have been sailing on a London registration in 1917 was the sailing vessel of 1935 tons, built in Liverpool in 1883 and managed by the Admiralty. However, she does not appear in the list of ‘Ships of the Royal Navy.]


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10 January 1917

Maldonado Bay

Lat -34.93, Long -54.98

8.26am: Anchored

am: Officer of guard went ashore to pay respects

Sand party went ashore

Number on sick list 7


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11 January 1917

Maldonado Bay to Montvideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

6.22am: Proceeded

12.17pm: Anchored

pm: Gave leave to starboard watch till 7.30am

Received 1 seaman from hospital & mails for HMS Orama

Number on sick list 7


[Punta Ballena is in Uruguay at Lat -34.92, Long -55.01.]


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12 January 1917

Montevideo

Lat -35.03, Long -56.18

8.30am: Liberty men returned

1.18pm: Proceeded

4.05pm: Altered course & worked engines as required, to close & board American schooner "Twilite"

6.45pm: Passed American Schooner "Moonlite"

7.55pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 7


[There was a “Moonlight”, 198 ton sailing ship at this time, built in 1855, but I cannot find an American registered “Twilite”]


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13 January 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.20, Long -55.32

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 5


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14 January 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.20, Long -55.32

9.30pm: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 6


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15 January 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.20, Long -55.32

am: Hands employed painting funnels

Number on sick list 8


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16 January 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.20, Long -55.12

9.02am: Proceeded

Noon: Stopped & lowered port seaboat

1.02pm: Hoisted seaboat, received 4 bags of mails for HMS Orama from SS Highland Piper

4.00pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 8


[SS Highland Piper, 7490 tons, was built in 1911 at Birkenhead.]


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17 January 1917

At sea

Lat -35.40, Long -55.17

11.27am: Proceeded

9.30pm: Cap Polonio Light abeam, 27 miles

Number on sick list 7


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18 January 1917

River Plate to Abrolhos

Lat -32.97, Long -50.93

pm: Make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 5


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19 January 1917

River Plate to Abrolhos

Lat -29.53, Long -47.47

8.40am: Passed 5-masted schooner bearing SE

1.15pm: Fired blank cartridge at steamer which hoisted Italian colours

1.20pm: Boarded “Maiella”

6" QF cartridge which miss-fired in percussion firing was thrown overboard

2.37pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 5


[SS Maiella, 5355 tons, was built in 1913 by Cantieri Navale Triestino as SS Ambra. She was sold & renamed in 1915 and sailed under that name until 1939. In 1942 she was torpedoed by HMS Una.]


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20 January 1917

River Plate to Abrolhos

Lat -26.30, Long -44.30

Number on sick list 2


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21 January 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -23.17, Long -42.78

9.05am: Cape Frio abeam, distance 19'

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

12.57pm: Maricas Island abeam, distance 4 miles

2.21pm: Anchored

4.00pm: Sent 2 bags mail ashore, received 2 bags confidential mail

6.03pm: Weighed & proceeded

7.27pm: Maricas Island Light abeam, distance 2½ miles

11.50pm: Cape Frio Light abeam, distance 5 miles

11.57pm: Challenged ship without lights & received correct reply to challenge, HMS Macedonia

Number on sick list 1


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22 January 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -21.62, Long -40.32

5.00am: Passed steamer steering WSW

6.30am: Passed Danish steamer "Hammersus" steering SW

am: Seamen at small arm drill

12.30pm: Passed American steamer "Ausable" steering South

5.00pm: Maestre Alvaro bearing N39W

10.57pm: Rio Doce Light abeam, distance 19 miles

Number on sick list 3


[SS Hammershus, 3931 tons, was built in 1903 as SS Mercury by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow. She became Hammershus in 1910 & was scrapped in 1933.

SS Ausable, 3154 tons, was built in 1901 in Alblasserdam, Netherlands.]


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23 January 1917

Abrolhos

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.50am: Sighted Abrolhos Light House bearing NE

8.24am: Anchored, sent 15 bags mails to HMS Amethyst & 13 bags to HMS Glasgow

Received 3 bags from HMS Orama

Received 1 bag confidential mails, 4 marines, 1 bugler & leading seamen & seamen

Sent 4 seaboats & steam cutter to “Dunclutha” for stores

12.24pm: Weighed & proceeded

2.45pm: Sighted SS Ortega bearing N½E

3.20pm: Stopped & lowered 2 seaboats

4.15pm: Boats returned with 34 bags mails

4.20pm: Proceeded

5.00pm: Stopped, lowered seaboat to take 3 bags mails back to “Ortega”

5.15pm: Stopped, proceeded

8.30pm: Sent mails to “Glasgow”, “Amethyst” & “Orama” also 650 lbs beef to “Glasgow”.

Hands working stores

Number on sick list 4


[SS Dunclutha, 3973 tons, was built in 1910 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow. She was renamed for the first time in 1935 and found scuttled in 1945.

SS Ortega, 7970 tons, was built in 1906 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. In Sept 1914 she evaded the German cruiser “Dresden” and survived the war, finally scrapped in 1927.]


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24 January 1917

At sea

Lat -18.13, Long -38.03

6.00am: Sent 643 lbs beef to HMS Glasgow

6.30am: HMS Orama sailed

7.22am: Proceeded

Number on sick list 2


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25 January 1917

At sea

Lat -17.33, Long -35.48

5.50am: Action stations

6.10am: Disperse

7.15am: Sighted “Glasgow” & colliers

7.45am: Sighted “Amethyst”

7.50am: “Glasgow” challenged

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, marines at 6” gun drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 0


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26 January 1917

At sea

Lat -15.93, Long -33.43

6.18am: Sighted “Glasgow”

6.22am: Challenged & was answered correctly

8.55pm: Altered course to close sailing ship

Number on sick list 0


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27 January 1917

At sea

Lat -13.92, Long -32.08

5.34am: Action stations

5.49am: Disperse

6.33am: Sighted “Glasgow” & colliers

6.38am: Challenged “Glasgow”

10.25am: Lost sight of “Glasgow”

5.25pm: Altered course & speed to intercept RMS Demerara

Number on sick list 1


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28 January 1917

At sea

Lat -11.70, Long -30.60

6.05am: Sighted “Glasgow” & colliers

6.15am: “Glasgow” challenged

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

9.45am: Lost sight of “Glasgow”

Number on sick list 1


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29 January 1917

At sea

Lat -9.67, Long -30.47

5.30am: Action stations

5.45am: Disperse

6.15am: Sighted “Glasgow” and colliers

6.23am: Challenged “Glasgow” & received reply

6.57am: Stopped, “Glasgow” received 691 lbs beef, “Amethyst” 171, “Headcliffe” 120, “Dunclutha” 64

7.55am: Half ahead both

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 1


[SS Headcliffe, 3654 tons, was built in 1915 by John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields for the Cliffe SS Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1932. Eventually she was torpedoed in 1941 while under German control.]


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30 January 1917

At sea

Lat -8.77, Long -32.43

5.35am: Action stations

5.56am: Dispersed

6.20am: Sighted “Glasgow” and colliers

6.25am: “Glasgow” challenged

am: A2 & B2 guns crews at loader drill, marines at small arm drill

2.30pm: Sighted “Glasgow”

3.17pm: Stopped, lowered whaler with 60 lbs beef for “Dunclutha”

3.47pm: Hoisted whaler, proceeded

4.30pm: Sent 689 lbs beef to “Glasgow”, 170 lbs beef & 110 lbs bread to “Amethyst”

7.25pm: Lost sight of “Glasgow”

Number on sick list 3


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31 January 1917

At sea

Lat -7.75, Long -30.80

5.37am: Action stations

5.49am: Disperse

6.05am: Sighted “Glasgow”

6.26am: “Glasgow” challenged

9.28am: Steamer sighted from mast head

Number on sick list 4


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1 February 1917

At sea

Lat -8.55, Long -32.90

5.30am: Action stations

5.55am: Dispersed

8.08am: Sighted “Glasgow” & “Amethyst”

9.39am: Stopped engines, took 2 sickbay cases from “Headcliffe”

Sent 738 lbs beef to “Glasgow”, 196 lbs beef & 210 lbs bread to “Amethyst”, 72 lbs beef to “Dunclutha”, 148 lbs beef to “Headcliffe”

10.42am: Proceeded

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

3.45pm: Lost sight of “Glasgow”

Number on sick list 4


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2 February 1917

At sea

Lat -4.67, Long -31.92

5.40am: Action stations

6.10am: Disperse

7.00am: Passed empty Kerosine tin

7.15am: Closed up 1 gun crew forward & 1 aft

7.40am: Commenced a zig zag course at intervals of 15 min

7.30pm: Resumed straight course

Number on sick list 6


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3 February 1917

At sea

Lat -3.90, Long -27.92

Number on sick list 7


[Early ‘Action stations’ and 2 guns closed up throughout day continue.]


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4 February 1917

At sea

Lat -3.97, Long -23.72

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 7


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5 February 1917

At sea

Lat -5.67, Long -22.25

7.10am: Spoke to SS Veaneric [?] of Glasgow

7.53anL Spoke SS Pemearn of Falmouth

am: Signalling exercise carried out

Number on sick list 6


[SS Veaneric may have been “Mineric”, 4713 tons, was built in 1909 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for the Bank Line Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1933. She was stranded & sank in 1942 while under management by the Japanese government.

SS Pemearn may have been SS Pendeen, 2108 tons, built in 1899 by William Gray & Co, West Hartlepool for the Pendeen Steamship Co, Falmouth. She was wrecked in 1928.]


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6 February 1917

At sea

Lat -9.70, Long -25.70

Number on sick list 7


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7 February 1917

At sea

Lat -13.63, Long -29.85

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, Y1 & Y2 guns’ crews at loader drill

Exercised fire control communications

Number on sick list 7


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8 February 1917

At sea

Lat -16.62, Long -34.00

9.49am: Spoke SS Myrtle Branch

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 6


[SS Myrtle Branch, 3741 tons, was built in 1899 as “Isel Holme” in 1899 by JL Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was renamed in 1907 but torpedoed in 1918.]


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9 February 1917

At sea

Lat -18.18, Long -38.88

3.15am: Began hourly sounding

9.50am: Sighted Abrolhos Light House

10.03am: Spoke SS Byland of Boston

12.27pm: Sighted vessel bearing N47W

12.45pm: Sighted second vessel

1.18pm: “Amethyst” challenged

1.23pm: Replied to challenge

2.27pm: Anchored

4.30pm: To “Amethyst” 250 lbs bread, 164 lbs mutton

6.40pm: “Dunclutha” came alongside

7.45pm: For[ward] two 8” coir hawsers acting as springs from forward, collier rolling very heavily

11.30pm: Large coir hawser parted, collier’s bridge & bulwarks damaged

Number on sick list 5


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10 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

Second part of port watch secure collier

5.55am: Sighted “Glasgow”

6.00am: Hands coal ship

6.30am: SS Headcliffe weighed

6.35am: “Glasgow” anchored, “Glasgow” received 340 lbs beef, 314 lbs mutton, “Dunclutha” 46 lbs mutton

9.25am: “Glasgow” & “Headcliffe” proceeded to Abrolhos

Received 200 lb tin tobacco from “Amethyst”

3.00pm: “Amethyst” received 192 lbs meat, 210 lbs bread

8.00pm: Finished coaling for day

Midnight: Collier rolling heavily

Number on sick list 4


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11 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

1.50am: Collier rolling heavily damaging her after bulwarks lost two fenders & put four extra fenders over

6.00am: Hands coal ship

am: “Dunclutha” received 37 lbs beef

2.30pm: Sighted “Glasgow”

4.37pm: “Glasgow” anchored

“Amethyst” received 152 lbs beef, 210 lbs bread

5.20pm: “Headcliffe” anchored

6.00pm: Staff Surgeon from “Amethyst” came on board

6.45pm: Staff Surgeon left ship

8.00pm: Finished coaling for day

Number on sick list 5


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12 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

6.00am: Hands coal ship

“Glasgow” received 637 lbs beef, 1 bag ice

am: “Amethyst” received 190 lbs meat, 300 lbs bread

Sent 2 bags mail to “Glasgow”, Commodore paid visit to Captain

Sent sick bay steward to “Glasgow” for passage to Hospital

Discharged empty oil drums to “Dunclutha”

1.30pm: “Amethyst” weighed anchor

2.05pm: “Glasgow” sailed

“Dunclutha” received 56 lbs bread, 81 lbs beef & 8 tons fresh water

7.30pm: Finished coaling, 2506 tons taken in

Number on sick list 6


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13 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.98, Long -39.25

7.10am: “Amethyst” diving party came alongside to examine valves

8.00am: Tested magazine flooding valve

9.28am: Diver finished port side

10.10am: “Headcliffe” came alongside for fresh water damaged port gangway

pm: Sent working party to “Dunclutha”

“Headcliffe” received 7 tons fresh water & 80 tons boiler water

2.40pm: Cast off “Headcliffe”

3.00pm: Diver finished cleaning valves

“Amethyst” received 158 lbs beef, 250 lbs bread

4.45pm: Working party returned from “Dunclutha”

5.10pm: Placed Acting Lieutenant JW Toms RNR under arrest [‘arrest’ in red; for speaking to Commander Stuart in an insubordinate manner’ crossed out in red.]

Number on sick list 7


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14 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -18.28, Long -39.22

9.27am: Proceeded

12.45pm: Sighted steamer bearing N80E

2.35pm: Passed Brazilian steamer “Sirio” steering SW

6.15pm: Altered course to close American steamer “Harry Luckenbach”

9.00pm: “Dunclutha” 2 miles on starboard beam, “Headcliffe” 2 miles on port beam

Number on sick list 3


[SS Sirio, 1858 tons, was built in Germany in 1905 and operated at this time by Lloyd Brazilian. She was wrecked in 1944 named Comandante Alcidio.

SS Harry Luckenbach, 2798 ton tanker, was built as SS Michigan in 1890 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. She was torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of 8 men.]


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15 February 1917

At sea

Lat -19.37, Long -36.50

am: X2 & Y2 guns’ crews at loader drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

5.22pm: Sighted sail on starboard bow

6.45pm: Stopped & boarded American Brigantine “Viola” (whaler)

7.10pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 6


[SV Viola, 193 tons, was built in 1910 in Essex, Massachusetts.]


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16 February 1917

At sea

Lat -20.42, Long -33.87

8.14am: Stopped, sent whaler to “Dunclutha” & “Headcliffe” with meat

8.55am: Proceeded

10.32am: Vessel reported from masthead

12.30pm: Vessel reported from masthead, hull down

1.05pm: Masthead sighted funnel of vessel ahead, smoke visible from bridge

2.03pm: Smoke from another vessel reported from masthead

2.37pm: Altered course East to intercept vessel

3.00pm: Lost sight of vessel

3.35pm: Stopped & boarded SS Hermione of Liverpool

Number on sick list 7


[SS Hermione, 4011 tons, was built in 1891 by JL Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland for the Houston Line. She hit a mine and foundered in April 1917.]


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17 February 1917

At sea

Lat -20.72, Long -36.03

7.05am: Challenged “Glasgow”

7.20am: Sighted colliers

8.50am: Stopped, lowered whaler, “Glasgow” received 658 lbs beef, Captain went aboard “Glasgow”

9.20am: Lowered sea boat, received 35 bags mails from “Glasgow”, received 2 men from “Dunclutha” for medical treatment, received 1 prisoner from “Glasgow”

11.15am: Captain returned on board

12.25pm: “Glasgow” proceeded

12.40pm: Proceeded

4.00pm: Acting Lieutenant JW Jones RNR: released from arrest

5.53pm: Observed smoke bearing S80W in close proximity to rain squall

Number on sick list 6


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18 February 1917

At sea

Lat -19.87, Long -33.22

6.30am: Stopped & lowered whaler, “Dunclutha” received 69 lbs beef

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 8


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19 February 1917

At sea

Lat -18.63, Long -30.80

am: A1 & B1 guns’ crews at loader drill

Number on sick list 6


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20 February 1917

At sea

Lat -16.58, Long -32.17

6.37am: Stopped, lowered whaler, “Dunclutha” received 74 lbs beef, “Headcliffe” received 37 lbs mutton

7.24am: Proceeded

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, A2 & B2 at 6” gun drill, marines at small arm drill

Number on sick list 10


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21 February 1917

At sea

Lat -17.53, Long -35.42

9.00am: Divisions & inspection of bedding

Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

10.54am: Sighted smoke bearing NNW [subsequent increase in speed & changes of course unsuccessful.]

Number on sick list 12


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22 February 1917

At sea

Lat -18.33, Long -38.55

6.54am: Stopped, lowered whaler, “Dunclutha” received 74 lbs meat

am: Starboard watch at rifle drill, marine gun crews at 6” gun drill

3.00pm: Ordered SS Ooma follow in wake to Vicosa

6.58am: Challenged “Amethyst”

7.00pm: Anchored

8.55pm: Collier “Ooma” anchored

Number on sick list 9


[SS Ooma, 3991 tons, was built in 1901 as “Claverhill” by Craig, Taylor & Co, Stockton-on-Tees. On her second sale in 1914 she was bought by William Crosby & Co & sailed under the Australian flag until she ran aground & was wrecked in 1924.]


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23 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.97, Long -39.30

7.30am: Sent 15 bags mails to HMS Amethyst & 1 bag confidential mails

am: Returned 1 rating from list to “Dunclutha”

Hands employed working stores from SS Ooma

“Amethyst” received 165 lbs beef, SS Ooma received 145 lbs beef

3.11pm: “Orotava” anchored, officer of the guard proceeded on board

3.20pm: “Orotava” shifted berth

Received 3 ratings from “Ooma” for hospital

Received 4 bags confidential mails from “Orotava” for Senior Naval Officer

6.16pm: Sent 1 bag confidential mail to “Amethyst”

Number on sick list 7


[HMS Orotava, 5980 tons, was built in 1889 by the Naval Construction & Armament Co, Barrow. She served as an Armed Merchant Cruiser from Nov 1914 until 1919. She was de-registered in 1923 & is part of the Old Weather fleet.


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24 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.96, Long -39.31 [Log-book mistakenly says long 19° 18½' W]

6.50am: Sighted “Orama”, “Headcliffe” went alongside “Orotava”

Sent armature of “Ooma” dynamo to “Amethyst”

9.00am: “Orama” anchored, sent 1 bag & package confidential mails aboard

“Dunclutha” received 71 lbs beef

Discharged ammunition for testing also ammunition for testing

“Amethyst” received 30 cases corned beef, 20 cases tinned rabbit

pm: Discharged 1 prisoner to “Orama” & 1 man from sick list to “Headcliffe”

Received 4 casks rum from “Ooma”

Lieutenant Cooper RNVR joined from “Orama”

4.00pm: Discharged 5 marine ratings, 1 seaman & 1 cook to “Orama”

Sent 4 bags mails, 4 bags empty mail bato “Orama”

Received 1 prisoner from “Ooma”

6.20pm: “Orama” sailed, “Amethyst” received 154 lbs beef & 250 lbs bread

“Orotava” finished coaling

Number on sick list 9


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25 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.96, Long -39.31

7.00am: Roman Catholic Chaplain held service on “Orotava”

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

“Orotava” takes over guard

“Amethyst” received 192 lbs beef, 250 lbs bread, “Ooma” received 72 lbs beef

3.30pm: Hands prepare for coaling

4.45pm: “Headcliffe” secured alongside, “Dunclutha” received 26 lbs beef

Number on sick list 10


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26 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.96, Long -39.31

6.30am: Hands coal ship, 1st hoist 6.50am

8.30am: “Headcliffe” received 40 lbs mutton, 77 lbs beef

pm: Sent hand flashing lamp to “Ooma”

Received 8 cases of manufactured tobacco from “Ooma”

Headcliffe” received 10 tons fresh water

“Amethyst” received 152 lbs beef, 500 lbs bread, “Dunclutha” 36 lbs beef, “Ooma” 69 lbs beef & 70 lbs bread

Discharged 1 petty officer to “Dunclutha”

5.30pm: Finished coaling, 661 tons taken in

5.55pm: Cast off collier, collier went alongside “Amethyst”

Number on sick list 10


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27 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -17.96, Long -39.31

am: Sent to “Orotava” 2 bags of confidential mails & 2 bags of service correspondence for “Glasgow” & “Orama” & 1 bag of mails for “Glasgow”

pm: Hands scrub coaling suits

5.00pm: “Amethyst” received 162 lbs beef, “Ooma” 141 lbs beef & 140 lbs bread, Dunclutha 70 lbs beef & 70 lbs bread

5.35pm: “Amethyst” finished coaling

Number on sick list 8


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28 February 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -18.38, Long -39.05

5.00am: “Amethyst” received 320 lbs beef, 500 lbs bread

7.05am: “Ooma”, “Dunclutha” & “Headcliffe” sailed

8.59am: Weighed & proceeded

Number on sick list 8


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Extracts from Engine-Room registers for quarter ending March 31

Total distance run:12793 miles

Total hours making good distance: 1417.47 hours

Total fuel consumed: 5387 guns

Total number of revolutions, starboard shaft: 4013220

Total number of revolutions, port shaft: 4013110


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[List of meteorological instruments]


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1 March 1917

At sea

Lat -20.97, Long -37.00

am: Seamen at small arm drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes


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2 March 1917

At sea

Lat -22.82, Long -34.92

6.17am: Sighted “Orotava” & challenged her

Discharged 2 seamen & 1 fireman from hospital to “Ooma”


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3 March 1917

At sea

Lat -21.97, Long -31.45


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4 March 1917

At sea

Lat -20.85, Long -29.80

4.50am: Sighted Trinidad Island ¼ point on the starboard bow

8.35am: Stopped, lowered whaler, proceeded “Ooma” received 140 lbs beef, 140 lbs bread, “Dunclutha” received 65 lbs beef, 70 lbs bread

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service


[Trinidad Island is probably the one indexed as Ilha da Trinidade off the coast of Brazil at Lat -20.53, Long -29.33.]


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5 March 1917

At sea

Lat -22.00, Long -32.55

am: A1 & B1 guns’ crews at 6” gun & loader drill

12.05pm: Sighted steamer from masthead

1.27pm: Closed up duty guns’ crews

Signalled SS Horngarth of Cardiff

3.45pm: Sighted colliers bearing S6W


[SS Horngarth, 3609 tons, was built in 1911 by Robert Thompson & Sons, Southwick for the Horngarth Steamship Co Ltd, Cardiff. She was captured by the German raider “Seeadler” on 11th March 1917 & scuttled.]


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6 March 1917

At sea

Lat -23.55, Long -34.97

6.55am: Stopped, lowered whaler, “Ooma” received 135 lbs beef & 131 lbs bread, “Dunclutha” received 63 lbs beef & 70 lbs bread

Returned Ooma's lifeboat, repaired

7.30am: Proceeded

9.00am: Sighted “Glasgow”

10.12am: Stopped, lowered port sea boat & whaler, “Glasgow” received 640 lbs beef & 6 bags potatoes

12.05pm: Proceeded

pm: Cautioned Acting Lieutenant JW Toms RNR (Temp) for making an improper remark to Commander Stuart RNR. [Written in red ink and signed by Lieut Toms & the Captain.]

3.13pm: Vessel reported 3 points on starboard bow

3.20pm: Worked up to full speed

5.30pm: Duty guns’ crews closed up

6.00pm: Altered course to close SS Cedar Branch


[SS Cedar Branch, 3554 tons, was built in 1910 by Bartram & Sons, Sunderland for the Nautilus Steam Shipping Co Ltd. She was sunk by torpedo & gunfire from a U-boat in 1940 after changes of name & owner.]


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7 March 1917

At sea

Lat -24.50, Long -37.90

10.51am: Stopped, lowered whaler.

“Glasgow” received 312 lbs mutton, “Dunclutha” received 38 lbs mutton, 23 lbs beef, 70 lbs bread, “Ooma” received 69 lbs mutton, 65 lbs beef, 146 lbs bread

Noon: Proceeded

3.00pm: Lost sight “Glasgow”


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8 March 1917

At sea

Lat -23.72, Long -40.42

am: Seamen at small arm drill, marines at 6” gun drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

8.40pm: Observed Cape Frio Light N10W

11.20pm: Cape Frio Light abeam, bearing N30E, distance 23 miles


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9 March 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

3.00am: Sighted land on starboard bow

4.30am: Sighted Rasa Light bearing N48W

10.00am: Anchored

Sent mails ashore (4 bags), received mails 16 bags, “Glasgow” 13, “Amethyst” 8, “Dunclutha” 3

1 sick bay attendant joined from hospital

Water tank came alongside

1.00pm: Liberty men landed

2.00pm: Water tank left ship

3.20pm: Lighter with stores came alongside

4.30pm: Brazilian Flag Captain paid official visit

7.15pm: Store lighter left ship

7.50pm: Water tank came alongside

9.40pm: Water tank left ship, amount of water taken in 790 tons

10.30pm: Liberty men returned


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10 March 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

12.12am: Patrol returned on board

Water tank came alongside

4.30am: Water tank left ship

9.40am: Weighed anchor

12.46pm: Negra Point abeam, distance 5½ miles

1.46pm: Saquarema Point abeam, distance 7 miles

4.37pm: Cape Frio Light House abeam, N16E, distance 4.3 miles

6.38pm: Passed SS Ango (French)


[SS Ango, 8600 tons, was launched in 1913 by Forges et Chantiers de Mediterranee, Le Havre. She was torpedoed 3 times during the war but managed to make harbour for repairs. She was requisitioned by the Germans in WW2 after several inter-war incidents, survived WW2 and was finally scrapped in 1948.]


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11 March 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -20.78, Long -40.03

12.25am: Sighted Cape St Thome Light N3W

5.29am: Sighted steamer steering SW (oil tank)

9.21am: Passed Brazilian steamer "Tuby"

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.05pm: Mount Maestre abeam, distance 27 miles

6.05pm: Sighted Rio Doce Light N20W

7.00pm: Rio Doce Light abeam, distance 12½ miles


[SS Tuby may have been SS Tupy, 2822 tons, built in 1890 as SS Phidias by Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn. In 1911 she was sold to Cia Commercio a Navegacio, Rio de Janeiro & renamed. She was wrecked in 1918.]


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12 March 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Abrolhos

Lat -18.08, Long -38.90

8.03am: Anchored

9.20am: Weighed & proceeded

11.35am: Sighted Abrolhos Light House

1.17pm: Anchored

1.30pm: “Dunclutha” came alongside

2.30pm: “Amethyst” sailed

2.50pm: Commenced coaling

Received 1 sick bay case from “Ooma”

6.00pm: “Glasgow” received 50 bags potatoes, 3 bags onions, 634 lbs beef, “Dunclutha” received 37 lbs mutton, “Ooma” received 145 lbs beef, 140 lbs bread


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13 March 1917

Abrolhos

Lat -18.03, Long -38.73

am: 1 marine joined ship from “Gordon Castle”

9.39am: Finished coaling, 702 tons taken in

10.30am: Cast off collier

“Dunclutha” received 78 lbs beef, 200 lbs bread, “Ooma” received 67 lbs beef, 76 lbs bread, “Gordon Castle” received 142 lbs beef

1.30pm: Weighed & proceeded

4.28pm: Stopped, lowered starboard sea boat, received mails from RMS Araguaya

5.20pm: Proceeded

7.15pm: Sent mails to “Glasgow”, “Dunclutha”, “Ooma”

7.30pm: Proceeded


[SS Gordon Castle, 4408 tons, was built in 1901 by Charles Connell & Co, Glasgow for the Union Castle Steam Ship Co. She was broken up in 1924.]


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14 March 1917

At sea

Lat -18.18, Long -36.13

6.40am: Sighted “Glasgow” and colliers


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15 March 1917

At sea

Lat -18.17, Long -34.07

am: Seamen at small arm drill, RNVR seamen at seamanship instruction

12.15pm: Lost sight of “Glasgow”


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16 March 1917

At sea

Lat -18.05, Long -31.20

6.09am: Sighted “Glasgow”

7.27am: “Glasgow” received 429 lbs beef, “Ooma” 149 lbs beef, 140 lbs bread, “Gordon Castle” 144 lbs beef

am: Seamen at gun drill & sightsighting [sightsetting] practice, RNVR seamen at seamanship instruction

4.33pm: Sighted “Glasgow”


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17 March 1917

At sea

Lat -18.10, Long -27.83


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18 March 1917

At sea

Lat -18.70, Long -26.03

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service


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19 March 1917

At sea

Lat -20.12, Long -28.72

8.20am: Observed Trinidad Island bearing S48W

8.30am: Stopped & dropped target

8.55am: Slow ahead

9.30am: Proceeded to carry 1” aiming rifle practice

1.25pm: Took over target from “Ooma”

1.37pm: Proceeded

4.49pm: Stopped & hoisted target

9.15pm: Observed Trinidad Island S65E

10.00pm: Called “Ooma” by morse lamp – no reply

10.52pm: Called “Ooma” by morse lamp – no reply


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20 March 1917

At sea

Lat -20.88, Long -31.08

6.48am: Sighted “Glasgow”

9.10am: Stopped, lowered targets

“Glasgow” received 425 lbs beef, “Ooma” 142 lbs beef, 140 lbs bread & “Gordon Castle” 97 lbs beef

11.57am: Stopped both, carried out 1” aiming practice, “Ooma” towing

3.45pm: Commenced firing

4.40pm: Ceased firing


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21 March 1917

At sea

Lat -21.62, Long -33.90

8.28am: Proceeded to carry out 1” aiming rifle practice

8.37am: Commenced firing, “Ooma” towing

10.40am: Ceased firing

10.57am: Stopped both, lowered whaler

11.15am: Stopped & hoisted whaler & target


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22 March 1917

At sea

Lat -22.42, Long -37.72

6.55am: Sighted “Glasgow”

9.21am: Stopped, “Glasgow” received 420 lbs beef, “Ooma” 141 lbs beef, 140 lbs bread & “Gordon Castle” 151 lbs beef

pm: Hands make & mend clothes


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23 March 1917

At sea

Lat -22.70, Long -39.22

am: Hands preparing to shift coal from no 3 to no 2 hold

pm: Port watch shifting coal

4.07pm: Signalled ship “Alessandro” of Genoa

6.00pm: Sighted “Glasgow”


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24 March 1917

At sea

Lat -22.87, Long -40.33

am: Port watch shifting coal

1.00pm: “Glasgow” left squadron

pm: Starboard watch shifting coal

5.45pm: Finished coaling


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25 March 1917

At sea

Lat -20.23, Long -39.65

am: “Ooma” received 78 lbs beef, 67 lbs mutton, 140 lbs bread, “Gordon Castle” received 63 lbs beef, 74 lbs mutton


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26 March 1917

At sea

Lat -17.97, Long -39.27

7.26am: Challenged “Amethyst”

8.58am: Anchored, received 14 bags mails

9.40am: “Gordon Castle” came alongside (port side)

10.20am: “Ooma” came alongside (starboard side)

“Ooma” received 28 tons fresh water, “Amethyst” received 171 lbs mutton, 600 lbs bread

pm: Hands employed working stores

3.55pm: Cast off “Ooma”

5.45pm: Finished taking in stores from “Gordon Castle”

8.00pm: Cast off “Gordon Castle”


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27 March 1917

Vicosa Reef

Lat -18.20, Long -39.30

5.00am: “Amethyst” received 185 lbs beef, “Ooma” received 207 lbs beef, 280 lbs bread, “Gordon Castle” received 133 lbs beef

6.48am: Sighted “Orotava”

Received 2 hospital cases from “Amethyst”

10.20am: Proceeded

8.35pm: Sighted Rio Doce Light N16W

9.11pm: Rio Doce Light abeam


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28 March 1917

Vicosa Reef to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.10, Long -40.57

1.15am: Called up by vessel showing no lights, challenged but received no reply

1.00pm: SS Saga passed (Swedish)

3.00pm: SS Kronprincessan Margarit passed

3.50pm: SS Kronprins Gustav passed

7.10pm: Sighted Cape Frio Light S85W

9.27pm: Cape Frio Light abeam, 6’ off


[SS Saga, 2809 tons, was built in 1909 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Low Walker for Angfartygs A/B Thule, Gothenburg. She was renamed for the first time in 1929. In 1942 she was seized by Germany, handed to Italy & renamed. In 1943 she was sunk by a torpedo dropped in an aerial attack.

SS Kronprinsessan Margareta, 3738 tons, was built in 1914 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen. She was sold & renamed in 1951 and scrapped in 1963.

SS Kronprins Gustav, 5383 tons, was built in 1901 by Howaldtswerke, Kiel. She was renamed for the first time in 1921 and finally became “Stadt Emden” in 1929. She was sunk by a torpedo bomber in 1943.]


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29 March 1917

Vicosa Reef (Abrolhos) to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

A1 & X1 guns’ crew on the alert

6.40am: Raza Island Light abeam, 2.8 miles

7.50am: Anchored

8.00am: Received pratique, sent 13 bags mail ashore for GPO London

Discharged 4 midshipmen for passage home

8.50am: Weighed anchor, proceeded slow speed up harbour, RMSP pilot on board

10.15am: Arrived off dry dock & secured to buoy

11.13am: Entered floating dock “Alfonso Penna”

11.33am: Finished with engines, commenced pumping out dock & shoring up ship

1.05-1.45pm: Stopped pumping to examine pumps

Hands employed rigging stages & clearing decks

7.00pm: Sentries placed around ship

8.30pm: Steam pinnace patrolling round dock


[The floating dock “Alfonso Penna was built in 1908 by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend.]


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30 March 1917

Floating Dock, Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

Sentries & patrol boat correct

5.30am: Patrol boat returned & moored up

All day: Hands employed painting upper works over side, ship’s bottom being scraped by shore labour

2.00pm: Discharged 2 cot cases to hospital ex HMS Amethyst & one stoker from “Edinburgh Castle”

4.30pm: Football & bathing party landed on Magazine Island

6.30pm: Party returned

8.00pm: Patrol boat returned to patrol duty


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31 March 1917

Government Floating Dock, Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

Rounds & guard boat correct

am: Hands painting ship’s side

9.00am: Paid monthly money

1.15pm: Port watch painting ship’s side, starboard watch granted leave till 10.30pm

8.00pm: Guard boat on duty

8.15pm: Received 8 bags mail from Consulate

Midnight: Liberty men returned


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1917


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1 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.15am: Holy Communion

7.30am: Roman Catholic Divine Service

am: Commenced painting anti-corrosive

Noon: Landed liberty men

3.30pm: Workmen ceased painting

11.50pm: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 5


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2 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

6.00am: Hands painting ship’s side

7.30am: Shore labour resumed painting

4.15pm: Finished coat No. I anti-corrosive (Itolzaphills [?]) on ship’s bottom

Number on sick list 5


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3 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

Guard boat & rounds correct

6.00am: Hands painting ship’s bottom starboard side, shore labour port side

3.05pm: Starboard side anti-fouling paint completed

4.00pm: Bathing party landed

4.15pm: Port side anti-fouling paint completed

6.45pm: Bathing party returned


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4 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

Guard boat & rounds correct

6.20am: Commenced flooding dock

8.00am: Ship floated; proceeded out of dock; government tugs; no steam on main engines

9.00am: Ship clear of dock, turning ship great trouble in getting tugs to obey orders

10.30am: Proceeded down harbour

1.16pm: Anchored in man o’ war anchorage

Water boat alongside

4.00pm: Read warrants no 49, 50

Sent 2 bags mails ashore for GPO London

8.30pm: Received 2 bags mail for “Edinburgh Castle”, 1 bag for “Ooma”

Number on sick list 7


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5 April 1917

From Rio de Janeiro

Lat -23.20, Long -43.07

2.15am: Finished taking in fresh water

8.10am: Sailed

9.17am: Passed Raza Island, 1½’ off

pm: Patrolling off harbour

5.10pm: Chased steamer close inshore steaming West

7.10pm: Sighted steamer (no lights) steaming SE, gave chase

7.35pm: Steamer altered course in shore – full speed, fired blank

7.40pm: Fired shot across bow & switched searchlight on. Boarded SS Atlanten, Swedish steamer; Lieutenant Commander Houston RNR & marine guard took command of steamer. Master protesting, but willing to navigate ship under Lieutenant-Commander Houston's orders

10.50pm: Proceeded, “Edinburgh Castle” took station 1’ on port quarter of prize

Number on sick list 6


[The only reference to a ship of this name I can find is this wreck, SS Atlanten, 2199 tons, which ran aground in 1923. She does not appear in the Swedish ship list and no other details of the ship are provided in the wreck information.]


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6 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Vicosa Reef anchorage

Lat -23.30, Long -42.10

Good Friday

7.25am: Engine room reported all boilers on

8.30am: Divisions, Prayers (Divine Service)

11.15am: Cape Frio N30E

4.45pm: Cape Frio abeam, 12’ off

11.30pm: Light reported ahead by forecastle lookout

Number on sick list 5


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7 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Vicosa Reef anchorage

Lat -22.08, Long -40.35

12.15am: Steamer passed 2’ on starboard hand

8.34am: Stopped engines, Dr Anderson visited "Atlanten" (prize) to attend stewardess

11.30am: Doctor returned, hoisted boat & proceeded

Number on sick list 3


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8 April 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Vicosa Reef anchorage

Lat -19.90, Long -39.35

2.00am: Steamer passed bound SW, 6’ off on starboard beam

7.15am: Roman Catholic Divine Service

Signalled "Times" of Tonsburg

8.30am: Divisions & Divine Service

1.06pm: Stopped, Dr Brockman visited "Atlanten" to attend stewardess

1.33pm: Surgeon returned

1.45pm: Proceeded

7.00pm: “Atlanten” took station 1’ astern

Number on sick list 3


[SS Times, 2096 tons, was built in 1906 by John Priestman & Co, Southwick for Wilhemsen’s D/S A/S Tonsberg, Norway. She was sold to Japanese owners in 1925 & sank in 1945 after hitting a mine.]


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9 April 1917

Vicosa Reef anchorage

Lat -17.95, Long -39.27

5.27am: Altered course 16 points, “Atlanten” did same

6.30am: Altered course 16 points, “Atlanten” did same

7.12am: Challenged “Orotava” & answered correctly

9.15am: Anchored

10.00am: “Atlanten” anchored

Received 4 bags mail from “Orotava”

Sent 1 bag mail to “Gordon Castle”, 2 bags mail & 1 bag confidential mail to “Amethyst”

Took charge of “Atlanten” mail, (10 bags)

pm: “Atlanten” mail sent to “Orotava”

Received from “Orotava” 5 cases tobacco

Received gunner’s stores from “Gordon Castle”

Supplied “Orotava” with 5000 lbs fresh beef, 500 lbs pumpkins, 1080 lbs potatoes

4.00pm: “Orotava” sailed

4.18pm: Sailed

6.24pm: Altered course to close “Orotava”

6.47pm: Communicated with “Orotava”

7.06pm: Proceeded

8.07pm: Abrolhos Light abeam, 15' off

Number on sick list 4


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10 April 1917

Vicosa Reef to Trinidad Island, South Atlantic

Lat -19.02, Long -35.18

7.30am: Working up to full speed

10.00am: Commenced full speed trial (4 hours)

am: Guns’ crews at drill & loader

4.30pm: Full speed completed. Average revolutions 77.9 per min, speed 17.8 knots

Number on sick list 6


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11 April 1917

Off Trinidad Island

Lat -20.52, Long -29.35

9.18am: Sighted Trinidad Island

10.56am: North Point abeam, 1.5' off

11.00am: Signalled to settlement on East side of island – reported landing very difficult by boats; proceeded to SW bay

11.50am: Anchored SW Bay; landing impracticable; considerable swell

3.20pm: Weighed & proceeded to East side & signalled

4.46pm: Stood off NE for the night

Number on sick list 6


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12 April 1917

Off Trinidad Island, South America

Lat -20.60, Long -29.40

6.35am: Trinidad Island ahead

7.17am: Landing impracticable

8.35am: Rounded South Point, distance 2'

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 8


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13 April 1917

Trinidad Island, South America

Lat -20.52, Long -29.35

3.30am: Heavy rain squalls

8.55am: South Point abeam, 2’

9.45am: Lowered sea boat & communicated with the shore (special report of settlement, anchorage on E. side of island & facilities for landing forwarded to the Hydrographer)

11.37am: Anchored

1.00pm: Whaler away sounding round ship

Lieutenant Berford of the Imperial Brazilian Navy, Commandant of Trinidad Island, visited ship

2.35pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded


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14 April 1917

Trinidad Island to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -19.58, Long -33.43

7.10am: Sighted sailing vessel NNW steering NNE

7.50am: Boarded Norwegian barque "Perfect" of Sandjeford

Number on sick list 7


[SV Perfect, 1115 tons, was built as SV Seirol Wyn in 1877 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow. She was sold & renamed in 1898. She was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat in June 1917 without loss of life.]


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15 April 1917

Trinidad Island to Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -18.28, Long -38.55

7.14am: Sighted HMS Orotava & prize SS Atlanten

8.10am: Stopped & communicated with “Orotava”

8.33am: Proceeded

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

11.40am: Abrolhos Light House N15W

2.20pm: Anchored, steam at 2 hours notice

5.45pm: Discovered coral head with 4 fathoms abreast after funnel starboard side. Engine room reported very slight bump. Ship apparently up against it, ship was at all times lively.

6.15pm: Weighed anchor & shifted berth

7.30pm: "Gordon Castle" secured alongside bow to stern on port side

Number on sick list 7


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16 April 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -18.95, Long -38.71

6.15am: Breakfast

6.45am: Fall in for coaling

7.20am: Commenced coaling

pm: Supplied “Gordon Castle” with 25 tons fresh water

5.30pm: 137 lbs beef to “Gordon Castle”

5.20pm: Finished coaling from no 4 hatch

6.40pm: Finished coaling from no 1 hatch, 541 tons in

Received from "Gordon Castle" 20 depth charges, 3 leaves of dry gun cotton primers & smoke apparatus

Number on sick list 7


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17 April 1917

Abrothos Rocks

Lat -18.95, Long -38.71

7.00am: Cast off collier “Gordon Castle”

7.15am: “Gordon Castle” anchored 2½ cables West of “Edinburgh Castle”

2.30pm: Weighed - "Gordon Castle" follow in water of "Edinburgh Castle"

3.40pm: Stopped engines. Communicate with "Amethyst", sent 2 bags mail for GPO London

Supplied “Amethyst” 300 lbs beef, 2000 lbs potatoes, “Gordon Castle” 70 lbs beef, “Langholm” 100 lbs beef & 500 lbs potatoes

4.57pm: Parted company with “Amethyst”, proceeded “Gordon Castle” 2’ on port beam, “Langholm” 2’ on starboard beam

Number on sick list 7


[SS Langholm, 4167 tons, was built in 1911 by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for the London & Northern SS Co Ltd. She was renamed for the first time in 1919 and eventually scrapped in 1960.]


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18 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -18.52, Long -36.50

8.20am: Reduced speed & spread colliers to full signalling distance

6.30pm: Reduced speed, colliers closing

Number on sick list 6


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19 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -18.37, Long -35.85

10.00am: Proceeded to take up station 10’ on starboard beam of “Gordon Castle”

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 6


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20 April 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -18.95, Long -38.73

4.35am: Raised Abrolhos Light N13W

6.08am: Abrolhos Light N26E

7.11am: "Amethyst" challenged, "Edinburgh Castle" answered

8.45am: Anchored

10.30am: “Cardiff Hall” secured alongside to port - taking in stores

pm: Discharged 1 signal rating to "Cardiff Hall"

Supplied: “Cardiff Hall” 296 lbs beef, “Amethyst” 175 lbs beef, “Gordon Castle” 148 lbs beef, “Langholm” 110 lbs beef

3.10pm: “Cardiff Hall” shoved off

4.10pm: “Cardiff Hall” secured alongside again, resumed taking in stores

7.20pm: Finished taking in stores, “Cardiff Hall” left

8.00pm: "Gordon Castle" secured alongside to port


[SS Cardiff Hall, 3994 tons, was built in 1912 by William Doxford & Sons, Sunderland for the Standish Hall SS Co Ltd. She ran aground & was wrecked in 1925.]


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21 April 1917

Abrothos Rocks

Lat -18.95, Long -38.73

1.00am: “Amethyst”: sailed

6.45am: Hands fall in, coal ship

7.15am: HMS Glasgow arrived & anchored

7.25am: "Ooma" arrived & anchored

7.30am: Commenced coaling

7.40am: "Langholme" proceeded alongside “Glasgow”

9.25am: “Cardiff Hall” weighed & shifted berth

12.21pm: "Amethyst" arrived & anchored

pm: Discharged 1 seaman RNR to "Ooma" secured 1 seaman RFA in exchange

Sent 1 bag mail to “Ooma”

Received 8 bags mail from “Amethyst” & 1 bag confidential mail

5.00pm: To “Amethyst” 163 lbs beef, 300 lbs bread

7.20pm: Finished coaling (401 tons in), cast off collier

7.55pm: Shifted berth

Number on sick list 7


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22 April 1917

Abrothos Rocks

Lat -18.95, Long -38.73

3.00am: Supplied: “Glasgow” 220 lbs beef, “Amethyst” 144 lbs beef, “Ooma” 157 lbs beef, 140 lbs bread, “Langholm” 49 lbs beef

8.25am: Collier left “Glasgow”

Transferred "depth mines" to "Cardiff Hall"

9.30am: Roman Catholic church service, parties attended from “Amethyst”, “Ooma” & “Cardiff Hall”

To “Glasgow” 207 lbs beef, “Gordon Castle” 141 lbs beef

pm: Sent to “Glasgow”: 1 bag official mail, 1 bag of mail for GPO London, 1 bag mail for HBM Consul

2.05pm: “Glasgow” sailed

4. 00pm: Prisoner released from cells

6.15pm: "Gordon Castle" sailed

Number on sick list 8


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23 April 1917

Abrothos Rocks

Lat -18.95, Long -38.73

Saturday routine

9.30am: "Ooma" came alongside for fresh water & empties

2.15pm: “Ooma” cast off, received 17 tons fresh water

2.39pm: Weighed & proceeded to sea with "Ooma" & “Langholme”

Number on sick list 7


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24 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -17.58, Long -36.75

10.08am: Colliers in station at full signalling distance

1.43pm: Altered course to close sailing vessel, Italian barque would not answer signals

3.20pm: Boarded "San Giuseppe" (Italian barque), Lat 17° 14’S, Long 36° 30’W

4.15pm: Proceeded to rejoin colliers

10.00pm: “Ooma” reports darkened vessel to North, altered course & increased speed

11.55pm: Stranger close aboard, topsail schooner, altered course to rejoin colliers

Number on sick list 7


[SV San Giuseppe may have been the ship built in 1891 as SV Loreley, 1077 tons, by Robert Thompson & Sons, Southwick. She was renamed in 1915, converted to an auxiliary steamer in 1919 but foundered in 1920 in 46° 30’N, 8° 56’W.]


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25 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -17.12, Long -33.92

Number on sick list 5


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26 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -16.70, Long -31.02

7.02am: Stopped, “Ooma” 140 lbs beef, 120 lbs bread, Langholm 100 lbs bread

Discharged 1 rating from hospital to “Ooma”

7.50am: Proceeded

2.00pm: Sighted sailing ship from masthead, altered course & gave chase

4.41pm: Stopped & boarded Swedish barque "Svithiod" Sverige

5.50pm: Boarding party returned

9.25pm: Sighted colliers

Number on sick list 6


[SV Svithiod, 2097 tons, was built in 1881 at SV Routenburn by Robert Steele & Co, Greenock. She was renamed in 1905 and then again in 1922. She was scrapped in 1932.]


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27 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -16.13, Long -28.13

Number on sick list 7


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28 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -15.40, Long -25.48

6.20am: Stopped, supplied “Ooma” 134 lbs beef, 120 lbs bread, Langholm 114 lbs beef

7.05am: Proceeded

11.45am: Increasing speed to chase steamer, bearing SE, steering SW

1.00pm: Fired shot to right of steamer - Fire returned by stranger 2 rounds

1.03pm: ‘Action’ sounded

1.06pm: Sounded ‘Secure’, stranger hoisted "Highland Star" but continued full speed

1.55pm: Stopped & boarded, Lat 15° 45’S, Long 25° 07’W

2.28pm: Proceeded N30E, 65 revs

Number on sick list 6


[SS Highland Star, 4331 tons, was built in 1916 in Belfast for the Nelson Line. She was still sailing for them in 1930.

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when the boarding officer faced the Captain!]


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29 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -14.37, Long -24.12

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 7


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30 April 1917

Patrolling

Lat -14.48, Long -27.37

6.14am: Stopped, supplied 140 lbs beef to “Ooma”

7.08am: Proceeded

Number on sick list 9


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1 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -14.47, Long -30.13

am: Gun layers & trainers at deflection teacher

3.45pm: Altered course & increased speed to intercept sailing ship

5.50pm: Boarded Norwegian ship "Fjong

6.50pm: Proceeded to rejoin colliers

Number on sick list 9


[SV Fjong, 1652 tons, was built as SV Phos in 1893 by Stettiner Schiffsbau A/G, Stettin, Poland. She was renamed Fjong in 1915 and was broken up in 1925.]


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2 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -14.35, Long -32.02

7.30am: Challenged “Glasgow”

8.25am: Stopped, “Glasgow”, “Amethyst”, & 4 colliers

“Amethyst” 147 lbs beef, 210 lbs bread, “Ooma” 145lbs beef, 120 lbs bread, “Langholm” 92 lbs beef

10.15am: Proceeded

3.00pm: Reduced speed, in station 30 miles ahead of “Glasgow”

Number on sick list 9


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3 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -13.55, Long -29.32

7.04am: Stopped & communicated. “Glasgow” received 220 lbs beef, “Amethyst,” 165 lbs beef, 350 lbs bread, “Ooma” 65 lbs beef, “Mokta” 37 lbs beef

8.00am: Proceeded to take up appointed station

Number on sick list 9


[SS Mokta, 3950 tons, was built in 1912 by William Gray & Co, West Hartlepool for La Tunisienne Steamship Co. She was sold to Latvian owners in 1932 & renamed “Everalda”. In 1942 she was shelled & sunk by a U-boat.]


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4 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -12.88, Long -26.92

7.30am: Stopped, communicated with “Glasgow”

Supplied “Glasgow” [blank] lbs beef, “Amethyst” 142 lbs beef, 350 lbs bread, “Ooma” 142 lbs beef, 126 lbs bread, “Langholm” 91 lbs beef, “Mokta” 30 lbs beef

Number on sick list 9


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5 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -12.47, Long -26.08

6.30pm: Spoke Italian ship “Santa Catarina”, Lat. 12° 50’S, 27° 0’W

Number on sick list 8


[I cannot find an Italian “Santa Catarina”.]


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6 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -12.35, Long -29.03

7.30am: Stopped. Supplied “Glasgow” 237 lbs beef, “Ooma” 147 lbs beef, 120 lbs bread, “Mokta” 80 lbs beef

Discharged 1 RNR seaman to "Ooma" & received one in exchange from “Ooma”

8.10am: Proceeded

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

9.30pm: Spoke Greek SS Maria Stathatos bound NE

11.30pm: Spoke Norwegian 4 mast schooner Rask

Number on sick list 10


[SS Maria Stathatos, 3566 tons, was built in 1910 as SS Eggesford by Craig, Taylor & Co, Stockton-on-Tees for Tatem Steam Navigation. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1914 and finally sank after a collision with “Intrepido” in 1942.

Rask”, 536 tons, was built as SV Hjalmar Sorensen in 1915. She was sold & renamed in 1916 then sold & renamed again in 1923. She was struck off Lloyds Register in 1950.]


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7 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -12.87, Long -31.62

8.15am: Stop, out target

8.30am: Slow ahead, “Glasgow” carried out firing

10.30am: Transferred target to “Glasgow”

12.30pm: Commenced firing

12.50pm: Completed firing, 8 rounds per gun

1.00pm: Dinner

2.41pm: “Ooma” commenced firing

3.15pm: “Ooma” completed firing

3.35pm: Stopped, supplied “Glasgow” 210 lbs beef, “Ooma” 149 lbs beef, 120 lbs bread, “Mokta” 38 lbs beef

4.26pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 10


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8 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -11.57, Long -34.43

11.30am: Sighted 2 sailing ships on starboard bow

12.55pm: Signalled Norwegian ship “Gantock Rock”

1.00pm: Signalled Norwegian ship “Brablock” Lat 11° 25’S, Long 34° 36.W

Number on sick list 8


[SV Gantock Rock, 1611 tons, was built as SV MacLeod in 1879 by Archibald Macmillan & Son, Dumbarton. She was sold & renamed in 1891 and scrapped in 1924.

The only ship in the Norwegian ship database with similar name to “Brablock” is SV Brabloch, 2062 tons, built in 1889 by Barclay Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. However, she was sold to Swedish owners in 1916 and renamed “”Odd II” then renamed again in 1917 as SV Vinga.]


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9 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -12.95, Long -35.68

6.00am: Altered course to close vessel with no lights

7.05am: Fired blank to stop chase

7.20am: Fired shot over ship – ship stopped

7.45am: Passed SS Montanan, American

8.35am: Stopped, supplied “Glasgow” 219 lbs beef, “Ooma” 139 lbs beef, 120 lbs bread, “Mokta” 94 lbs beef

Sent 1 bag mail to “Glasgow” for GPO London

9.00am: Parted company with “Glasgow” & “Mokta”

6.05pm: Increased speed & altered course to close sailing vessel


[SS Montanan, 6659 tons, was built in 1913 for the American-Hawaian Steamship Co.]


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10 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -13.08, Long -35.90

1.00am: Sighted sailing ship to the West

7.00am: Sighted “Amethyst”

8.00am: Supplied “Amethyst” 163 lbs beef, “Ooma” 73 lbs beef

8.55am: Proceeded

Number on sick list 7


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11 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -13.27, Long -33.80

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, fire, collision, abandon ship stations

Number on sick list 8


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12 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -13.55, Long -36.00

6.30am: Sighted “Glasgow”

7.55am: Stopped, supplied “Langholm” 74 lbs beef, “Amethyst” 161 lbs beef, “Ooma” 151 lbs beef

8.52am: Proceeded

Number on sick list 8


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13 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -14.30, Long -33.40

6.20am: Increased speed to close “Glasgow”

8.07am: Stopped, Captain proceeded on board “Glasgow”

Supplied “Glasgow” 239 lbs beef, “Amethyst” 166 lbs beef, 400 lbs bread, “Ooma” 78 lbs beef, 60 lbs bread, “Langholme” 75 lbs beef, “Mokta” 46 lbs beef

9.05am: Captain returned

9.10am: Proceeded with "Ooma" for Abrolhos


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14 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -16.58, Long -36.42

am: Starboard watch transporting coal from no 3 hold to bunkers

pm: Port watch transporting coal

Number on sick list 10


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15 May 1917

Patrolling

Lat -18.18, Long -38.63

7.35am: Abrolhos Light House: N66W

am: Port watch transporting coal

2.50pm: Anchored

7.00pm: Finished transporting coal for the night

Number on sick list 8


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16 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: “Ooma” secured alongside to port

9.00am: Commenced coaling

pm: Fresh water to collier

7.30pm: Stopped coaling cast off collier

Number on sick list 9


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17 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.30am: “Ooma” moored alongside to port, supplied “Ooma” 137 lbs beef

8.20am: Commenced coaling

pm: Fresh water to collier (55 tons total)

7.30pm: Finished coaling (978 tons)

7.40pm: Cast off collier "Ooma"

Number on sick list 10


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18 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.10am: HMS Amethyst anchored

7.35am: “Langholme” arrived & went alongside “Amethyst”

am: Received 50 cases of victualling stores from “Amethyst”

1 coal barrow lost overboard by accident in transit from ship to “Ooma”

4.10pm: Shifted ship

4.22pm: Anchored, Lighthouse 131°, 12 cables

6.00pm: Supplied “Amethyst” 161 lbs beef

Number on sick list 9


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19 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: "Langholme" secured alongside to port

7.55am: Commenced coaling

Supply “Amethyst” 164 lbs beef, 400 lbs bread, “Ooma” 67 lbs beef, “Langholme” 88 lbs beef

Working party from “Amethyst” stowing “Amethyst” stores in “Edinburgh Castle” from “Langholme”

7.05pm: Stopped coaling (625 tons in)

8.30pm: Received 1 cask rum from “Langholme” for “Amethyst”

Number on sick list 10


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20 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

7.00am: Supplied “Amethyst” 150 lbs beef, 210 lbs bread, “Ooma” 75 lbs beef

9.30am: HMS Glasgow & collier “Mokta” arrived and anchored

Roman Catholic church parties from “Amethyst” & “Ooma”

am: Returned 1 cask rum to “Amethyst”

1.00pm: Collier “Lord Sefton” arrived

"Ooma" proceeded to sea for funeral

3-3.30pm: Colours half-mast

4.00pm: “Ooma” returned to anchorage

6.50pm: Stopped coaling (1246 tons in)

7.00pm: Cast off “Langholme”

Number on sick list 11


[SS Lord Sefton, 4302 tons, was built in 1907 by Archibald McMillan & Sons, Dumbarton. She was scrapped in 1934.

The casualty was Thomas Chambers, fireman, Merchant Marine Reserve no 62785. He died in an accident and is commemorated on the Plymouth Memorial panel 25.]


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21 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.30am: “Langholme” went alongside “Glasgow”

1.00pm: Party landed on Santa Barbara Isle for sand

5.45pm: Party returned

6.30pm: Drew paymaster’s stores from “Ooma”

Number on sick list 12


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22 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks

Lat -17.97, Long -38.70

6.00am: Discharged 1 fireman to “Glasgow” for hospital

Supplied “Glasgow” 167 lbs beef, “Amethyst” 154 lbs beef, 560 lbs bread, “Ooma” 148 lbs beef, 7 cases milk, “Mokta” 43 lbs beef

11.30am: Challenged HMS Macedonia

1.10pm: "Macedonia" anchored

Sent 2 bags mail for GPO to “Glasgow”

Received 18 bags mail from “Macedonia”

Discharged 6 ratings to “Ooma” (invalided)

3.45pm: Weighed anchor

4.09pm:` Proceeded with collier "Mokta"

Number on sick list 8


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23 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -20.42, Long -39.67

7.31am: Altered course & increased speed to intercept steamer

8.00am: Signalled SS Monte Bianco bound to Buenos Aires

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 4


[SS Monte Bianco may have been the 6968 ton steamer built in 1913 by Stabilimente Tecnico, Trieste for Ferrovie dello Stato, Genoa who was damaged by a U-boat in Dec 1917.]


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24 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -23.85, Long -41.58

10.05am: Stopped, boarded Portuguese sailing craft

10.28am: Proceeded

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read warrant no 57

Number on sick list 4


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25 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -26.60, Long -44.17

7.10am: Stopped, supplied “Mokta” 80 lbs beef

7.30am: Proceeded

pm: Stewards & cooks at squad drill

Number on sick list 5


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26 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -29.50, Long -47.25

9.00pm: Collier labouring & racing heavily

Number on sick list 6


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27 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -31.08, Long -47.92

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 6


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28 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -32.43, Long -49.25

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Sweepers at small arm drill, guns' crews at loader drill

3.40pm: Altered course & increased speed to close sailing vessel; barque under storm sail, heading NW, in Lat 32° 41’S, Long 49° 41’W

5.15pm: Resumed course & speed

Number on sick list 5


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29 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.12, Long -51.65

7.25am: Parted company with collier “Mokta”

Number on sick list 5


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30 May 1917

Abrolhos Rocks to Rio de la Plata

Lat -33.87, Long -52.05

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

11.40am: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel

1.00pm: Signalled Italian barque “Nostra Signora del Boschetto”; from Norfolk to Buenos Aires, coal cargo

1.05pm: Increased speed to intercept steamer

3.30pm: Passed SS Urd of Bergen

7.16pm: Loom of Cape Polonio Light abeam, 21½' off

Number on sick list 5


[SV Nostra Signora del Boschetto, 1273 tons, was built as SV Mountstuart in 1878 by Archibald Macmillan & Son, Dumbarton. She was renamed for the first time in 1901 & carried this name in 1912. She was wrecked in 1919.

SS Urd, 3049 tons, was built in 1895 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees for Jacob Olsen, Bergen. The Ministry of War Transport took over her management in 1917 & she was torpedoed in Sept 1917 with the loss of 3 men.]


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31 May 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.00, Long -56.10

1.30am: Passed 5 masted schooner

2.00am: Lobos Island Light N62W

6.40am: Sighted collier “Mokta” at anchorage & signalled

11.10am: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, 5¼'

12.30pm: Wilson's tug came alongside with Port Doctor & Officer of the Guard

Sent 2 bags of mail ashore for GPO London

Discharged 1 marine & 1 steward to hospital

1.20pm: Sailed

2.48pm: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, 1½’

5.14pm: Anchored in Lat 35° 19’S, Long 55° 19’W

5.30pm: Collier “Mokta” secured alongside to port

6,30pm: 2 cell prisoners released

Number on sick list 6


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1917


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Extracts from Engine-room registers till June 30th 1917

Total distance run: 11719 miles

No hours making good distance: 1294.12 hours

Total coal consumed: 5208 tons

Total number of revolutions starboard shaft: 3183240

Total number of revolutions port shaft: 3183270


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[List of meteorological instruments]


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1 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.32, Long -55.32

6.30am: Commenced coaling

pm: Supplied “Mokta” with 15 tons fresh water

7.30pm: Ceased coaling, 920 tons in

7.55pm: Collier cast off & anchored

Number on sick list 3


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2 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

7.00am: Weighed anchor

9.44am: Anchored in Maldonado Bay 5 cables south of "New Pier"

11.00am: Sent party ashore for sand

Noon: Sand party returned

1.00pm: Sent party ashore for sand

3.00pm: Sand party returned

7.00pm: Hoisted all boats

9.00pm: Small coasting steamer anchored off Punta del Este

Number on sick list 3


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3 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.32, Long -55.32

7.15am: Roman Catholic service

8.56am: Weighed anchor

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

11.43am: Stopped, communicated with “Mokta”

11.55am: Proceeded S82E, “Mokta” in company astern

8.00pm: Santa Maria Light abeam, 19' off

Number on sick list 2


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4 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.92, Long -53.87

12.39am: Santa Maria Light abeam

3.55am: Altered course to shadow sailing vessel till daylight

7.55am: Fired blank at sailing vessel, Norwegian barque “Remonstrandt”, altered course to rejoin collier

9.50am: Sighted “Mokta” S40W

Number on sick list 3


[SV Remonstradt, 1073 tons, was built in 1878 by Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland in 1878. She was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat in 1918 without loss of life.]


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5 June 1917

Rio de Plata

Lat -35.00, Long -56.28

am: Men under 35 at physical drill

Ordered “Mokta” (by W/T) to anchor in Lat 35° 0’S. Long 50°17’W & await further orders

2.00pm: Sighted Lobos Island Light House abeam, 7'

3.40pm: Sighted Dutch SS Frisia

3.55pm: “Frisia” passed bound Eastward

4.25pm: Altered course & followed “Frisia”, suspected of having German mails on board

6.25pm: Passed 1½' North of Lobos Island, “Frisia” passed to the South of Island

9.00pm: In station 3' on starboard quarter of “Frisia”

9.50pm: Sighted Santa Maria abeam, 8½' off

11.43pm: Sighted Polonio Light abeam, 10' off

Number on sick list 1


[SS Frisia was probably the ship of 7442 tons, built in 1909 for Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd, sold & renamed Holsatia in 1922.]


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6 June 1917

Towards Santos

Lat -32.65, Long -51.67

9.46am: Stopped

9.50am: Boarding party of 7 officers & 26 men in charge of Lieutenant Commander Foster RNR boarded "Frisia" (Lat 32° 55’S, Long 51° 51’W)

10.15am: Boats returned. Ships proceeded, “Edinburgh Castle” taking station 3 cables on port quarter of “Frisia”

5.08pm: Stopped, sent boats for boarding party

5.30pm: Boats hoisted. Proceeded, stationed 1’ on starboard quarter of “Frisia”

7.00pm: Mostardas Lighthouse abeam, 12’ off

Number on sick list 1


[Mostardas Lighthouse is on the coast of Brazil at Lat -31.25, Long -50.9.]


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7 June 1917

Towards Santos

Lat -28.05, Long -48.30

6.20am: Increased speed to take station 10’ ahead of “Frisia”

am: Seamen at rifle drill

10.30am: Araras Island abeam, 9½’ off

12.30pm: Passed SS Monviso (Italian)

1.50pm: Challenged "Glasgow"

2.42pm: Stopped. Captain proceeded on board HMS Glasgow

Supplied “Glasgow” 229 lbs beef, received 14 bags mail

3.40pm: Parted company with “Glasgow”

10.00pm: Santa Maria Grande Light abeam, 10' off

Number on sick list 1


[Ilha das Araras is off the coast of Brazil at Lat -28.32, Long -48.65.

SS Monviso, 4020 tons, was built in 1902 at Muggiano for Societa Navegaz, Torino (pp220-1 in the link).]


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8 June 1917

To Rio de la Plata

Lat -31.18, Long -50.52

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

9.30am: Naval flags B & no 2 lost overboard accidentally while at signal exercises

1.15pm: Mostardas Light House abeam, 13' off

11.40pm: Albardo Light N82W

Number on sick list 1


[Albardao Lighthouse is on the coast of Brazil at Lat -33.2, Long -52.7.]


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9 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.02, Long -54.58

12.40am: Albardo Light abeam, 17’ off

9.47am: Santa Maria Light House abeam, 10’ off

1.05pm: Lobos Light House abeam, 8’ off

7.22pm: Stopped, anchored 3 cables South of collier “Mokta”

Steam for 10 knots at ½ hour notice, 15 knots at 2 hours notice


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10 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.53, Long -56.28

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

12.38pm: HMS Orotava anchored 3 cables West

Number on sick list 3


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11 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.53, Long -56.28

7.13am: “Mokta” weighed anchor to come alongside

8.55am: “Mokta” secured alongside to port - bow aft

Hands employed transferring stores for “Glasgow”, “Amethyst”,”Orotava” to “Mokta”

1.00pm: Transferred to no 7 ballast (feed tank) 80 tons fresh water to reduce ship’s draft

2.45pm: Finished stores, “Mokta” cast off & anchored

3.44pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded towards Monte Video

6.05pm: Passed Recalada Light Vessel (West ¼’)

7.15pm: Anchored S30W 12’ from El Cerro, regulation lights shown


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12 June 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.50am: Weighed anchor & proceeded towards Monte Video

8.42am: Anchored 4 cables NE from Whistle buoy

9.15am: Received pratique

Sent 3 bags mail to Consulate for GPO

10.30am: Harbour pilot boarded

11.00am: Pilot left ship

1.00pm: Received 21 bags of mail for HMS Orotava

1.20pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship

2.51pm: Flores Island Light House abeam, 2½ miles

6.23pm: Anchored S'SE of Punta Negra

Number on sick list 3


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13 June 1917

From Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.97, Long -55.33

7.50am: HMS “Orotava” & collier "Mokta" approaching from the SW

9.00am: Sent mails (21) to "Orotava" & Probationer Surgeon Morrison RNVR for passage to England

am: RNVR seamen away at boat exercises

pm: Seamanship class away in seaboats

3.00pm: Hoisted boats

4.00pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship

6.48pm: Anchored 5’ from English Bank Light Vessel

10.30pm: Moderate fog set in; showed lights

Number on sick list 3


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14 June 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

1.45am: Fog cleared, rain set in

7.00am: Men under 35 at physical drill

9.10am: Weighed anchor & proceeded towards Monte Video

10.45am: Stopped, pilot boarded

11.00am: Proceeded towards inner harbour

11.06am: Entered buoyed channel

11.20am: Entered harbour

11.24am: Anchored

Noon: Received pratique

Gave leave to starboard watch 1pm till 9am Friday

2.00pm: Received 7 casks of rum, 2 baulks of timber for fenders

5.55pm: Provision lighter alongside, watch employed taking in stores

11.30pm: All stores in, hatches covered

Number on sick list 3


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15 June 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

8.30am: Landed patrol

9.20am: Liberty men returned, also patrol

11.10am: Dr Pittinger (dentist) came on board

11.15am: Pilot on board

11.34am: Weighed anchor, turned ship

12.40pm: Stopped, pilot left

2.04pm: Flores Island Light House abeam, 6'

3.36pm: Sighted collier "Mokta"

5.09pm: Anchored. Lat 35° 20’S, Long 55° 20’W, 3 cables ENE from “Mokta”

7.30pm: Battened down nos 2 & 3 hatches

Steam at ½ hour’s notice

Number on sick list 3


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16 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.33, Long -55.33

Number on sick list 4


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17 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.33, Long -55.33

9.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.50pm: Both watches preparing ship for coaling

4.00pm: “Mokta” weighed anchor

4.35pm: “Mokta” secured alongside to port, bow aft

Number on sick list 4


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18 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.33, Long -55.33

6.30am: Commenced coaling

10.00am: Supplied “Mokta” 190 lbs beef, 5 cwt potatoes

Collier rolling at times causing several dents in plates

2.30pm: Supplied “Mokta” 10 tons of fresh water

7.30pm: Finished coaling, 911 tons in, average 84.6 tons per hour - best record obtained during commission

8.20pm: “Mokta” cast off

8.40pm: “Mokta” anchored

Number on sick list 4


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19 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.33, Long -55.33

Number on sick list 3


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20 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.33, Long -55.33

am: Gunlayers & trainers at defection teacher, A1, B1 gun crews at drill

2 men from “Mokta” received medical treatment

Number on sick list 4


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21 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.33, Long -55.33

8.30am: Men under 35 at physical drill

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, marines at gun drill

Hands employed sealing & painting

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

9.30pm: Duty guns crews on the alert

Number on sick list: 2


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22 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.97, Long -55.20

7.22am: Weighed anchor

7.35am: Men under 35 at physical drill

10.13am: Anchored, Punta Negra NW, 5'

pm: Stewards at squad drill

9.00pm: Duty guns crews on the alert

Number on sick list 2


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23 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

9.10am: Weighed anchor

10.34am: Anchored

pm: Captain of the Port (of Maldonado) & his family lunched on board

2.00pm: Seaboats left ship for sand

3.15pm: Sand party returned

7.00pm: Hoisted all boats

Duty guns crews on the alert

Number on sick list 3


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24 June 1917

From Maldonado Bay

Lat -35.00, Long -55.22

9.30am: Divisions & Divine Service

10.28am: Weighed anchor & turned ship

11.30am: Passed Brazilian SS Servulo Dourado

12.10pm: Punta Negra abeam

3.09pm: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, 1¼ ' off

4.03pm: Anchored, Lat 35° 8’ S, Long 56° 6’ W

Number on sick list 3


[SS Servulo Dourado, 1811 tons, was built in 1904 as SS Saturno by Howardtswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel. She was renamed in 1917 but became “Commandante Capella in 1923 and finally scrapped in 1962.]


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25 June 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

9.40am: Weighed anchor

10.50am: Stopped,. Pilot boarded

11.00am: Proceeded to Monte Video, ship pushing through mud in the channel

11.37am: Entered inner harbour

11.42am: Anchored

11.55am: Received pratique

1.00pm: Landed port watch for liberty, 1 Petty Officer & 1 Stoker sent to hospital

6.00pm: Sentries posted

Number on sick list 5


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26 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -34.90, Long -56.24 [Approximate position]

12.10am: Steam boat drew fires & moored up

6.30am: Hands employed taking in stores

11.34am: Weighed anchor turned ship

11.36am: Passed out of inner harbour

Noon: Stopped, discharged pilot

1.37pm: Flores Island Light House abeam, 6½' off

2.05pm: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, 2' off

5.02pm: Anchored 3 cables WSW of “Mokta” in Lat 35° 20’S, Long 55° 25’W

Number on sick list 2


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27 June 1917

Rio de la Plata

Lat -35.32, Long -54.55

7.55am: Weighed anchor

9.31am: Lobos Island Light House abeam, 14' off

11.13am: Altered course to close sailing vessel

12.40pm: Stopped; boarded Italian barque “Mincio” USA to Buenos Aires with coal

1.05pm: Boarding party returned

3.30pm: Altered course to close steamer

4.05pm: Steamer of Spanish nationality, altered course

4.46pm: Cape Santa Maria abeam, 9' off

7.05pm: Cape Polonio Light abeam, 10' off

10.00pm: Sighted Chuy River Light 6' outside range due to mirage


[SV Mincio may have started life as SV Cleomene, 1739 tons, built in 1877 sold and renamed in 1914.

Chuy River Light is indexed as Chui Lighthouse and is on the Brazil side of the River at Lat -33.74, Long -53.37.]


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28 June 1917

From River Plate

Lat -32.35, Long -51.35

3.38am: Albardo Light abeam, 20' off

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, marines at 6" drill

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 3


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29 June 1917

From River Plate

Lat -33.63, Long -50.95

9.00am: Men under 35 at physical drill

Number on sick list 3


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30 June 1917

From River Plate

Lat -35.23, Long -51.02

Number on sick list 3


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1 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.33, Long -55.40

4.30am: Lobos Island Light N85W

7.15am: Roman Catholic Divine Service

9.30am: Divine Service

10.35am: Anchored

4.45pm: Collier "Mokta" moored alongside to port - bow aft

Number on sick list: 4


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2 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.33, Long -55.40

12.20am: Floating fender commenced breaking up

3.00am: Floating fender completely gone

6.30am: Commenced coaling

pm: Collier lively, owing to her light draught bumping heavily at times

10.45pm: Finished coaling

11.30pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 2


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3 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.33, Long -55.40

7.00am: Collier weighed, ordered to anchor again till weather moderated, confused sea & swell

11.00am: Paid quarterly settlement

1.00pm: Collier secured alongside to port, bow forward

1.40pm: Commenced coaling

6.55pm: G Poppy, seaman RNR, fell between ship's side and collier. Ropes & lights were lowered; whaler lowered & manned & proceeded under the counter between the ships

7.30pm: Boat returned having seen no sign of the body

7.50pm: Finished coaling, 1360 tons in

8.20pm: Collier cast off & anchored

Number on sick list: 3


[George Poppy, 5911A, age 20 was the son of William & Selina Poppy, 7 Albany Rd, Lowestoft. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26.]


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4 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.28, Long -55.38

7.30am: Received 2 13” coir springs from “Mokta”

11.00am: Burial service with firing party for the late G Poppy, seaman RNR

11.23am: Weighed anchor & proceeded

pm: Hands scrub coaling suits

2.20pm: Anchored 5' SE of Punta Negra

Number on sick list 2


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5 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

9.05am: Weighed anchor

10.09am: Anchored in Maldonado Bay

12.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Rowe RNVR joined ship

4.12pm: Weighed anchor

5.30pm: Stopped, lowered & sent whaler to RMP Deseado with mails for GPO London, working engines as required

6.05pm: Whaler returned

6.07pm: Proceeded

6.39pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 2


[SS Deseado, 11,472 tons, was built in 1912 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was scrapped in 1934.]


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6 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

9.00am: Weighed anchor & proceeded towards Maldonado Bay

am: Court of Enquiry re accident causing death of G Poppy seaman RNR

10.09am: Anchored

1.40pm: Landed recreation party on Gorriti Island

2.45pm: Court of Enquiry closed

5.30pm: Recreation party returned

Number on sick list 1


[Isla Gorriti is in Maldonado Bay, Uruguay at Lat -34.95, Long -54.97.]


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7 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.13, Long -55.25

9.40am: Weighed anchor

2.07pm: Anchored

5.46pm: Weighed anchor

9.52pm: Lobos Light abeam, 16' off

Number on sick list 1


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8 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.77, Long -52.36

7.00am: Passed steamer bearing N, 7’, steering NW

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.15pm: Altered course to intercept steamer, duty guns’ crews closed up

4.00pm: Signalled SS Broadmount

Number on sick list 1


[SS Broadmount seems to have been registered in Liverpool but is not on the CLIP database although several crew lists include mariners who previously served on her.]


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9 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.53, Long -54.42

am: Guns’ crews at drill

Number on sick list 1


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10 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.82, Long -51.58

6.28am: Altered course to close sailing vessel reported from masthead

10.00am: Signalled Danish barque “Lysglime”

Number on sick list 2


[The barque was probably SV Lysglimt, 1691 tons, built as SV Blythswood by Robert Duncan & Co, Port Glasgow. She became “Lysglimt” in 1916, she was abandoned while on fire in 1921 & scuttled by SS Kingsbury because she was a navigation hazard.]


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11 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -37.08, Long -54.05

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 2


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12 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.92, Long -52.95

6.15am: Santa Maria Light N50W

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 2


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13 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

1.00am: Cape Polonio abeam, 11½' off

4.03am: Cape Santa Maria abeam, 12½' off

7.20am: Cape Jose Ignacio abeam, 9½ off

8.48am: Lobos Island abeam, 6' off

10.08am: Anchored in Maldonado Bay

1.55pm: Commenced firing practice, steam boat towing target

2.00pm: Received 27 bags of mail from shore

2.15pm: Ceased firing 1”

Number on sick list 2


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14 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.23, Long -55.38

9.30am: Weighed anchor

3.20pm: Sighted steamer, presumably “Dunclutha”

4.33pm: Anchored in Lat 35° 33’S, Long 56° 18’W

5.30pm: "Dunclutha" alongside to port, sent 3 bags mails to “Dunclutha”

Number on sick list 2


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15 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.55, Long -56.30

7.20am: to “Dunclutha” 70 lbs beef, 70 lbs bread

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service, church parties from “Dunclutha”

pm: Duty watches taking in stores

2.30pm: to “Dunclutha” 20 tons fresh water

4.30pm: to “Dunclutha” 115 lbs beef, 150 lbs bread

5.15pm: All stores in, darken ship

Number on sick list 3


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16 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.50, Long -55.75

8. 00am: Received from “Dunclutha”, 3 men for medical treatment

8.58am: Cast off collier

9.00am: Weighed anchor, “Dunclutha” following astern

11.00am: “Dunclutha” out of sight

3.32pm: Anchored 5' SE of Punta Negra

4.10pm: Sale of the kit of the late G Poppy, seaman RNR

Number on sick list 4


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17 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -55.18

5.00am: Fog set in

12.55pm: Fog cleared

1.21pm: Weighed anchor

3.20pm: “Dunclutha” ahead at anchor

4.33pm: Anchored in Lat 35° 17’ S, Long 55° 25’ W

Number on sick list 4


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18 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.28, Long -55.18

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

pm: Supplied “Dunclutha” 117 lbs beef, 120 lbs bread

1 Fireman sent back to "Dunclutha"

4.30pm: Received 1 bag stationery, 1 bag mail for GPO

Number on sick list 4


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19 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

6.43am: Weighed anchor & proceeded

am: Marines at gun drill

9.48am: Anchored Punta del Este Light House 103°, 6 cables

12.15pm: Sent 5 bags mail ashore for GPO, 3 from “Edinburgh Castle”, 2 from “Dunclutha”

Football party landed

4.15pm: Football party returned

4.40pm: Weighed anchor

9.04pm: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, 1½’ off

9.55pm: Anchored in Lat 35° 8’S, Long 56° 7’ W

Number on sick list 3


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20 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

8.20am: Weighed anchor & proceeded towards Monte Video

9.55am: Anchored, El Cerro 333°, 4.8 miles, received 12 bags of mail for HMS Orotava

Noon: Pratique granted

pm: Watch employed taking in provisions

1 steward, 1 fireman returned from hospital

6.45pm: Received 1 bag mail for HMS Orotava, 1 bag mail sent ashore for GPO London

6.52pm: Weighed anchor

8.55pm: Flores Island Light abeam, 4’ off

Number on sick list 3


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21 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.28, Long -55.42

3.26am: Lobos Island Light abeam, 16.5' off

9.30am: Anchored in Lat 35° 17’S, Long 55° 25’W

Sent to “Dunclutha” stores purchased in Monte Video

Number on sick list 3


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22 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.28, Long -55.42

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service, church party from “Dunclutha”

Supplied “Dunclutha” 144lbs meat, 100 lbs bread

11.00am: Church party returned to “Dunclutha”

1.30pm: Signalled SS “Mokta2 of Swansea

Number on sick list 3


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23 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.28, Long -55.42

12.15am: Fog thickened; lookouts placed, guns’ crews closed up

2.15am: Fog cleared

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 6


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24 July 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.28, Long -55.42

5.00am: Transhipped empty oil drums to “Dunclutha”

9.57am: HMS Orotava anchored NNW, 3 cables

am: Sent 13 bags mail to “Orotava”

Received 9 ratings, 1 rating from hospital & stores from "Orotava

Discharged 2 men (ex. “Dunclutha”) for hospital treatment to "Orotava”

3.00pm: Hoisted all boats

3.55pm: Weighed anchor

6.25pm: Lobos Light abeam, 16' off

8.00pm: Passing through banks of fog during whole of watch

Number on sick list 4


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25 July 1917

River Plate to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -33.35, Long -52.35

2.30am: Fog lifted

2.40am: Cape Polonio Light N87W

am: Guns’ crews at drill also divisional drill

Occasional banks of fog

4.00pm: Quarters, warrant no 58 read

4.20 - 5.15pm: Passing through fogbank

Number on sick list 3


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26 July 1917

River Plate to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -30.32, Long -48.62

am: Ordinary seamen at rifle drill

Number on sick list 4


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27 July 1917

River Plate to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -27.15, Long -45.97

Number on sick list 4


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28 July 1917

River Plate to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -24.20, Long -44.03

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrant no 59

4.45pm: Sighted land to North, hazy weather

8.30pm: Showed navigation lights

8.40pm: Passed Fort Santa Cruz

9.03pm: Anchored in Rio harbour

Number on sick list 4


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29 July 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: Received pratique

10.00am: Divisions, Divine Service

11.40am: Received 4 bags mail

Noon: Receiving fresh water

1.15pm: Leave granted for starboard watch till 10.30pm

3.10pm: Water boat left, 320 tons in

5.00pm: Patrol landed

11.00pm: Liberty men returned

11.30pm: Patrol returned

Number on sick list 4


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30 July 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: Water boat alongside

8.30am: Second water boat alongside

Noon: Landed liberty men (port watch)

12.45pm: Finished taking in fresh water, 900 tons (200 gallons = 1 ton)

5.00pm: Landed patrol

10.45pm: Liberty men returned (3 absentees)

Number on sick list 4


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31 July 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

8.00am: Officer of Guard boarded Spanish SS Leon XIII

10.00am: Received 2 bags mail (parcel)

10.30am: Discharged 1 seaman RNR to hospital

11.30am: Absentee returned on board

2.40pm: Landed 3 bags mail, 1 bag of empties for GPO London, also 1 bag for Commodore

6.45pm: Hoisted all boats, prepared ship for sea

7.55pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship

8.25pm: Passed Fort Santa Cruz

9.30pm: Maricas Island Light abeam

Number on sick list 3


[SS Leon XIII may have been the ship of 4938 tons, built as SS Taroba by A & J Inglis Ltd, Glasgow. She was sold to Cia Trasatlantica, Barcelona then renamed “Leon XIII” in 1895. She was scrapped in 1931.]


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1 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -22.40, Long -40.15

2.00pm: Cape Frio abeam, 4’ off

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrants no 60, 61 & 62

Number on sick list 2


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2 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -20.43, Long -35.83

am: Starboard watch to rifle drill

12.30pm: Paid monthly money

Number on sick list 3


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3 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -18.17, Long -31.72

Number on sick list 3


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4 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -15.88, Long -27.73

5.00pm: Forecastle division mustered & identification marks taken

Number on sick list 4


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5 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -13.50, Long -23.87

7.15am: Roman Catholic service

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 5


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6 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -11.18, Long -20.00

am: All bedding brought on deck & aired

pm: Ship’s company vaccinated

Number on sick list 4


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7 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -9.07, Long -16.87

am: Guns’ crews at drill

Number on sick list 3


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8 August 1917

HMS Ascension

Lat -7.93, Long -14.42

5.00am: Land ahead

6.33am: Anchored in Clarence Bay

am: Sent 1 bag of mail to SS Berwick Castle for GPO London, 1 bag for South Africa sent ashore.

Lieutenant Commander Houston RNR rejoined ship

Sub Lieutenant Learoyd RNVR joined on passage

Received ratings, stores, ammunition for squadron, East coast South America

12.45pm: Received 13 bags confidential mail

Sent 20 blocks ice ashore

1.50pm: Weighed anchor

Number on sick list 4


[Ascension Island was designated a ‘stone frigate’, HMS Ascension Island, by George III in 1815 after the imprisonment of Napoleon in St Helena.

Clarence Bay is on the North East coast of Ascension Island at Lat -7.92, Long -14.42

SS Berwick Castle, 5883 tons, was built in 1902 by William Beardmore for the Union Castle Steamship Co. She was gutted by fire in 1919, sold for repair but broken up in 1925.]


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9 August 1917

Ascension Island to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -10.32, Long -17.97

am: Marines at 6” gun drill

Number on sick list 5


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10 August 1917

Ascension Island to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -12.87, Long -21.92

Number on sick list 6


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11 August 1917

Ascension Island to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -15.05, Long -25.38

Number on sick list 4


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12 August 1917

Ascension Island to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -17.18, Long -28.87

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service


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13 August 1917

Ascension Island to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -19.23, Long -32.43

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Training class at small arm drill

10.30am: Signalled British SS Strabo from Rio to London

Number on sick list 4


[SS Strabo, 4930 tons, was built in 1913 by Archibald McMillan & Sons, Dumbarton for Lamport & Holt Ltd. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1932 and finally wrecked in 1941.]


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14 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro to Ascension Island

Lat -21.20, Long -36.08

am: Starboard battery at 6” gun drill

Training class at small arm drill

Marines at infantry instructions

Placing derricks in readiness for coaling

3.30pm: Signalled British SS Thessaly from River Plate to Liverpool

Number on sick list 4


[SS Thessaly, 3135 tons, was built in 1909 by Richardson, Duck & Co for D MacIver & Co Ltd, Liverpool. She was scrapped in 1933.]


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15 August 1917

Ascension Island to Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.50, Long -39.98

am: Training class at pistol drill

11.23am: Altered course to intercept sail

3.10pm: Signalled British ship "Terpsichore", Liverpool to Santos, cargo coal (heated), wished to be reported to Lloyds. Lat 22° 52’S, Long 40° 24’W

8.50pm: Cape Frio Light N50W

Number on sick list 3


[SV Terpsichore, 1935 tons, was built in 1883 and operated on behalf of the Admiralty.]


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16 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

6.06am: Entered Rio Harbour

6.50am: Anchored S80E, 3½ cables from “Glasgow”

8.15am: Collier “Blackheath” moored alongside

9.20am: Commenced coaling

10.00am: Received 9 bags mail from shore

Water boat alongside

pm: Sent 1 bag confidential mail to HMS Orotava

2 bags confidential mail sent on shore, 1 for Consul, 1 for Naval Attache

Received 3 bags mail from shore

4.00pm: Received 31 cases wine, 3 cases tobacco from “Orotava”

8.00pm: Stopped coaling, 651 tons in

Number on sick list 3


[SS Blackheath, 4879 tons, was built in 1911 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees for the British Steam Ship Co Ltd. She was sold to a German company in 1935 & scuttled in 1940 to avoid capture by British destroyers.]


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17 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

6.00am: Commenced coaling, taking in stores from collier, transporting ammunition to HMS Orotava

10.50am: Seaman RNR returned from Hospital

pm: Discharged 3 Petty Officers to “Orotava” for passage

6 ratings, 1 shipwright sent to hospital

6.15pm: Discharged 3 ratings to “Orotava”, 1 to “Glasgow”

7.45pm: Sent 3 boxes of charts, 1 bundle flags (ex-“Mokta”) to “Orotava”

Midnight: Finished coaling, 789 [tons] in, total 1449 [tons]


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18 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

8.00am: Took on status of Guard ship

8.15am: Divers from HMS Glasgow examining inlets

9.30am: Officer of Guard boarded admiralty collier "Dunclutha" on arrival

Putting out “Glasgow” canteen stores into lighter

1 engine room rating joined from “Glasgow”

Tested magazine floods – correct

Received 15 bags mail for SS Ooma

2.00pm: Lieutenant Commander T. Houston RNR and Greaser Jefferies transferred to "Orotava"

2.35pm: Diver completed survey & work

3.30pm: Received 4 boxes 6” ammunition from “Orotava”

5.00pm: HMS Orotava sailed

Number on sick list 3


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19 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: Roman Catholic Divine Service

9.30am: Commodore East Coast of South America arrived on board, inspected ship & ship’s company

10.45am: Divine Service & Roman Catholic Divine Service, party from “Glasgow” & “Dunclutha” attended

1.30pm: Starboard watch granted leave till 10.30pm

2.00pm: Commodore left ship

10.45pm: Liberty men returned on board, 5 absentees

Number on sick list 3


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20 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

12.15am: Patrol & 1 absentee returned

1.20am: 1 absentee returned

6.55am: SS Roma secured alongside to port, bow aft, taking in stores for various ships

8.00am: Water tank alongside

Sent 7 bags of confidential mail to “Glasgow”

pm: Taking in & stowing stores for “Glasgow” & “Amethyst” from SS Roma

4.00pm: Granted leave to port watch till 10.30pm

10.30pm: Liberty men returned, 1 absentee

10.40pm: Finished taking in stores

10.45pm: Cast off SS Roma

Number on sick list 2


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21 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

12.05am: Patrol returned, 1 absentee

5.00am: Passing out stores for “Glasgow”

Painting funnels & overside

10.15am: Finished “Glasgow” stores

4.00pm: Leave granted to watch till 10pm

5.30pm: Sent 1 barrel Guinness stores to “Glasgow”

10.30pm: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 2


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22 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

5.00am: Painting masts & over side

1.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Learoyd RNVR & 2 ratings discharged to "Glasgow"

4.00pm: Sent 1 bag mail to Consulate for GPO London

5.00pm: SS Dunclutha sailed

8.00pm: Hoisted all boats

9.55pm: Weighed anchor & proceeded out of harbour

Number on sick list 2


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23 August 1917

From Rio de Janeiro

Lat -23.50, Long -41.58

12.30am: Punta Negra abeam, 11' off

5.10am: Cape Frio abeam, 19' off

5.40am: Altered course to close steamer, probably “Dunclutha”

6.45am: Collier "Dunclutha": 10' ahead

4.00pm: Warrant no 63 read

5.50pm: “Dunclutha” 2' ahead

Number on sick list 2


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24 August 1917

Patrolling

Lat -25.43, Long -41.85

7.10am: “Dunclutha” 10’ ahead

11.00am: Signalled French SS Amiral Rigault de Genouilly bound to Dakar

4.00pm: Read warrant no 64

Number on sick list 3


[SS Amiral Rigault de Genouilly, 5364 tons, was built in 1904 and scrapped in 1929.]


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25 August 1917

Patrolling

Lat -26.27, Long -40.17

6.40am: Stopped, supplied “Dunclutha” 71 lbs beef, 72 lbs bread

Number on sick list 3


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26 August 1917

Patrolling

Lat -26.43, Long -36.92

7.10am: “Dunclutha” 10' ahead

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

12.40pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

1.15pm: Signalled SS "Highland Pride" steering WSW in Lat 26° 23’ S, Long 36° 48’W

5.30pm: “Dunclutha” 2’ ahead

Number on sick list 4


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27 August 1917

Patrolling

Lat -25.37, Long -38.42

6.50am: Stopped engines, supplied “Dunclutha” 74 lbs mutton

7.15am: Whaler returned, hoisted & proceeded

am: Training class at small arm drill

6.25pm: “Dunclutha” 2' ahead

Number on sick list 5


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28 August 1917

Patrolling

Lat -24.37, Long -40.90

am: Boats’ crews overhauling all boats

5.15pm: Parted company with “Dunclutha”


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29 August 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.5, Long -40.1 [Approximate position, no position given]

am: Training class at drill

9.45pm: Cape Frio Light abeam, 6' off


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30 August 1917

To Rio de Janeiro Harbour

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

1.00pm: Negra Point abeam

5.30am: Raza Island Light abeam, 1' off

6.04am: Passed Fort Santa Cruz

6.24am: Anchored in Rio Harbour

7.15am: Received pratique

am: Training class away in boats

Received 1 bag of mail from “Dunclutha” for GPO London

1.00pm: Liberty men granted leave till 10pm

4.00pm: "Dunclutha" secured alongside to port

10.15pm: Liberty men returned

Midnight: Patrol, concert party returned, 1 absentee

Number on sick list 3


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31 August 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

5.50am: Commenced coaling

6.00am: Water tank alongside

11.00am: Water tank left

7.00pm: Finished coaling, 846 tons in

Number on sick list 3


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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1917


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[These are cover pages, blank & a list of meteorological instruments]


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Extracts from Engine-Room Registers for Quarter ending Sept 1917

Total distance run: 11446

Number of hours making good distance: 1324.46

Total coal consumed: 4248 tons

Total number of revolutions starboard shaft: 3240380

Total number of revolutions port shaft: 3240410


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1 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

1.15am: 1 absentee returned on board

11.15am: Water tank alongside

pm: Hands scrub coaling suits

1.00pm: Leave granted to all men been on board over 4 months, till 10pm

Sent 4 bags mail on shore for SS Ooma

1 bag for GPO London

2.10pm: Water tank left

2.15pm: Ship visitors came on board from USS Pueblo

4.30pm: Visitors left ship

10.20pm: Liberty men returned on board

11.00pm: Patrol returned with 2 absentees

Number on sick list 3


[USS Pueblo, 13,900 ton cruiser, was launched in 1903 as USS Colorado by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia. She was renamed “Pueblo” in 1916 and scrapped in 1930.]


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2 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

5.00am: Supplied “Dunclutha” 78 lbs beef

8.30am: US Flagship "Pittsburg" arrived & moored to buoy

9.15am: Roman Catholic Service

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

1.00pm: Party visited USS Pueblo

2.00pm: Discharged Engineering Sub Lieutenant Bingham to SS Rembrandt for passage to New York

4.30pm: “Dunclutha” sailed

7.50pm: Handed over steam pinnace to contractors for repair

8.55pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship


[USS Pittsburgh, 13,900 ton cruiser, was launched in 1903 as USS Pennsylvania by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia. She was renamed in 1912 and scrapped in 1931.

SS Rembrandt was probably the ship of 4667 tons, built in 1899 by D & W Henderson & Co, Glasgow for Lamport & Holt. She was scrapped in 1922.]


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3 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.42, Long -41.45

1.00am: Negra Point abeam, 17’ off

5.40am: Cape Frio abeam, 19' off, in company with “Dunclutha”

am: Guns’ crews at 6” gun drill

2.30pm: Passed open fishing boat

4.05pm: Read warrant no 65

Number on sick list 1


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4 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -24.10, Long -41.23

7.22am: Stopped, supplied “Dunclutha” 79 lbs beef

7.48am: Proceeded. “Dunclutha” proceeded to Rio

am: Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher

Number on sick list 1


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5 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -27.52, Long -40.90

am: Training class at 6” gun drill

Number on sick list 1


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6 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -26.25, Long -39.30

am: Training class at 6” gun drill, X2, Y2 at divisional drill, port watch at small arm drill

4.00pm: Evening quarters, monthly issue of slops

5.08pm: Sighted "Dunclutha", altered course

6.00pm: Lowered whaler, communicated with "Dunclutha"

6.25pm: Whaler returned, 12 bags mail

Number on sick list 1


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7 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -24.10, Long -37.97

6.50am: “Dunclutha” 10' ahead

11.45am: Stopped owing to engine room defect in "Dunclutha"


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8 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -24.17, Long -34.77

7.16am: “Dunclutha” 10' ahead

4.00pm: Evening quarters, read quarterly returns of Courts Martial

4.40pm: "Dunclutha" stopped owing to engine trouble

5.15pm: “Dunclutha” proceeded

Number on sick list 3


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9 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -25.98, Long -34.28

6.25am: Stopped, supplied “Dunclutha” 80 lbs mutton

6.50am: Proceeded

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

Number on sick list 3


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10 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -26.83, Long -36.42

6.55am: “Dunclutha” 10’ ahead

8.30am: Altered course to intercept steamer

9.15am: Signalled British SS Maria de Larrinaga for Monte Video, Lat 26° 44’S Long 36° 00’W

Number on sick list 3


[SS Maria de Larrinaga, 4018 tons, was built in 1898 by Charles Connell & Co, Glasgow for the Larrinaga Steamship Co. She was sold & renamed in 1928 then sank after a collision in 1931.]


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11 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -27.12, Long -38.87

6.41am: Stopped, supplied “Dunclutha” 87 lbs meat

1 fireman discharged from cells to “Dunclutha”

6.55am: Proceeded

am: Maintop division at field exercise, air bedding

Gunnery training class discharged rockets for instructional purposes

3.15pm: Down all bedding


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12 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -27.08, Long -41.55

am: Fo’c’sle division at small arm drill

Number on sick list 4


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13 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -25.00, Long -41.42

6.45am: Stop, beefed “Dunclutha” (76 lbs)

7.00am: Parted company with “Dunclutha”

am: Quarter deck division at small arm drill

3.15pm: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel

4.15pm: Boarded Norwegian ship "Spangereid

5.40pm: Boarding party returned, hoisted boat & proceeded Lat 25° 01’ S, Long 40° 58’ W

Number on sick list 3


[SV Spangereid, 1996 tons, was built as SV Fairport in 1898 by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow. She was sold & renamed in 1915. She was scuttled in 1920 after putting into St Helena with her cargo on fire.]


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14 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -25.28, Long -39.32

am: Daymen division at small arm drill

4.00pm: Read warrant no 66

Number on sick list 3


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15 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.40, Long -40.62

7.00am: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel

8.30am: Passed Brazilian barquentine steering WSW Lat 23° 20’ S, Long 40° 10’ W

9.15pm: Cape Frio Light abeam, 18’off

Number on sick list 2


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16 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

6.15am: Passed Fort Santa Cruz

6.26am: Anchored in Rio Harbour

7.05am: Received pratique, 29 bags of mail from Consulate

6 ratings from SS Ooma for medical treatment

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

4.30pm: SS Dunclutha moored alongside to port – bow aft

3 ratings joined ship from collier "Geo"

Number on sick list 8


[SS Geo, 3048 tons, was built in 1915 by Russell & Co, Greenock for Preston Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. She was torpedoed in 1918 with the loss of 16 men.]


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17 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

3.30am: After spring carried away & replaced

5.45am: Commenced coaling

am: To “Dunclutha” 74 lbs mutton

12.40pm: Water tank alongside

3.50pm: Water tank left, 120 tons fresh water in

4.55pm: Finished coaling 822 tons in average 88.01 tons per hour, best average for the commission

5.15pm: Cast off collier, wash decks

5.45pm: Hands to wash

Number on sick list 7


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18 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: To "Ooma" 70 lbs beef

9.15am: Water tank alongside

am: Hands employed taking in stores from SS Geo & cleaning ship

9.30am: Reverend HG Dennison joined the ship

1,00pm: 1 signalman lent to SS Geo

1.30pm: Water tank left

3.00pm: Starboard watch given leave till 10pm

10.30pm: Liberty men returned

11.50pm: Patrol returned

Number on sick list 6


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19 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

9.10am: ‘Abandon ship’. All boats away & moored astern – inspected by Captain

10.20am: All boats hoisted

4.00pm: Watch granted leave till 10pm

10.30pm: Liberty men returned, 1 absentee

Number on sick list 6


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20 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: to “Dunclutha” 73 lbs beef, to “Ooma” 91 lbs beef

9.00am: SS Ooma sailed for steam trial

9.35am: 1 absentee returned on board

11.30am: “Ooma” returned to anchorage

1.30pm: Liberty men landed

2.15pm: 1 absentee returned on board

7.00pm: Officers & men from American ships came on board

10.30pm: Liberty men returned, 3 absentees

Midnight: Visitors from American ships returned

Number on sick list 6


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21 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

1.00am: Patrol returned with 1 absentee

8.30am: Water tank alongside

am: 3 seaboats away with training classes

Exercised signals with colliers

1.00pm: Liberty men landed

pm: 2 ratings from "Dunclutha" received for medical treatment

Discharged 3 ratings from hospital to “Ooma”

5.10pm: USS Pittsburg sailed

10.30pm: Liberty men returned, 2 absentees

Number on sick list 7


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22 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.00am: Received 3 bags of mail from “Ooma” for GPO

7.30am: Water tank alongside

9.45am: Water tank left

1.00pm: Sent 3 bags mail on shore for GPO London

4.00pm: Leave to starboard watch till 10pm

10.30pm: Liberty men returned, 4 absentees

11.30pm: Patrol returned, 1 absentee

Number on sick list 5


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23 September 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

9.30am: 2 absentees returned, church parties from “Geo”, “Ooma” & “Dunclutha” on board

9.45am: Divisions, Divine Service

1 rating from "Ooma" remained on board for medical treatment

7.00pm: All boats hoisted, prepare for sea

8.55pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship & proceeded out of harbour

9.17pm: Passed Fort Santa Cruz

10.00pm: Sighted Raza Light abeam

Number on sick list 6


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24 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -24.73, Long -42.80

4.00pm: Read warrant no 68 & Court Martial returns

Number on sick list 6


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25 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.02, Long -41.75

5.20am: Altered course to investigate light on starboard bow

5.45am: Passed 2 small fishing boats

6.00am: Cape Frio Light N25E

am: Stokers at small arm drill

1.00pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

1.25pm: Altered course to signal SS Tauban bound for New York

3.00pm: Cape Frio abeam, 3’ off

4.45pm: Signalled French SS Ango

5.03pm: Steamer ahead reported from masthead

6.15pm: Steamer previously reported presumably Dutch Zeelandia

9.30pm: Passed small fishing boat

10.38pm: Cape Frio Light abeam, 19’ off

Number on sick list 6


[SS Tauban was probably SS Vauban, 10,660 tons, built in 1912 by Workman, Clark & Co, Belfast for Lamport & Holt. She was in service until 1930 & scrapped in 1932

SS Ango, 8600 tons, was built in 1913 by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, Le Havre for Compagnie des Chargeurs Reunis. She was requisitioned by the Germans in WW2, briefly returned to civilian service after the war before being scrapped in 1948.

SS Zeelandia, 7995 tons, was built in 1910 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, Govan for Royal Holland Lloyd. She was scrapped in 1936.]


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26 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.85, Long -40.60

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round the decks

am: Stokers at small arm drill

Gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, X1, Y1 guns’ crews at 6” gun drill

6.00pm: Signalled French SS Italia bound N

Number on sick list 9


[The French SS Italia was sunk earlier in September so this ship may have been SS Italie, 3463 tons built in 1893 by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee. She was operating in South America in 1917 and was scrapped in 1929]

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27 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.00, Long -40.07

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round the decks

am: Painting mess decks, training class at small arm drill

Number on sick list 9


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28 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -26.25, Long -39.72

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round the decks

9.15am: General quarters, first aid parties, fire stations, sight setters & drill

Number on sick list 10


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29 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.77, Long -37.95

am: Hands employed preparing ship for coaling

2.40pm: Wind shifted from NW to S

7.00pm: Heavy rain throughout the watch; vivid lightning to S and E

Number on sick list 10


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30 September 1917

Patrolling

Lat -23.37, Long -41.13

7.15am: Church of England Holy Communion

9.30am: Divisions

9.40am: Divine Service

4.30pm: Turned in port boats ready for collier coming alongside

5.00pm: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel

6.30pm: Signalled USA schooner "Thelma"

Number on sick list 10


[SV Thelma, 525 tons, was built in 1893.]


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1917


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[These are cover pages, blank & a list of meteorological instruments]


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1 October 1917

Rio Harbour

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

Sounding every hour

5.07am: Fog set in

5.11am: Sighted land (Pai Island) close on starboard bow. Stopped engines – reversed port

5.35am: Anchored 4 cables NW Pai Island

6.02am: Fog thinned to 2, weighed anchor & proceeded

6.50am: Anchored in Rio Harbour

7.20am: Received pratique

9.15am: Paid quarterly settlement

10.00am: Signalman Parry lent to SS Spilsby

10.15am: Received 4 bags parcel mail

10.20am: Collier “Dunclutha” secured alongside to port, bow aft

10.30am: Commenced coaling

3.35pm: US cruiser "Pittsburg" arrived

3.55pm: Received mails: “Edinburgh Castle” 2 bags, “Glasgow” 1 bag, “Amethyst” 1 bag, “Ooma” 1 bag

6.00pm: Finished coaling, 510 tons in

6.25pm: Cast off collier

8.05pm: Sub Lieutenant Engineer Humphreys fell overboard from steamboat at the boom; lifebuoys thrown overboard; boat called away

8.08pm: Sub Lieutenant Humphreys picked up; lifebuoys picked up with the exception of 2 which could not be found

Number on sick list 10


[Ilha do Pai is near to Rio de Janeiro at Lat -22.97, Long -43.-8

SS Spilsby, 3673 tons, was built in 1910 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees. She was scrapped in 1936.]


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2 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

7.30am: Water tank alongside

9.40am: SS Spilsby secured alongside, hands taking in stores

10.30am: Ship swung & fouled buoy

11.50am: Cast off collier & water tank

12.58pm: Weighed anchor & shifted berth

1.06pm: Anchored

1.45pm: Watertank alongside. Reported fouling buoy to the authorities who sent tug to examine buoy

4.15pm: Port watch landed till 10.00pm

7.00pm: 1 absentee returned in plain clothes

10.45pm: Liberty men returned

Number on sick list 9


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3 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

6.00am: Supplied “Dunclutha” 79 lbs mutton, “Ooma” 89 lbs mutton

7.15am: SS Spilsby secured alongside to port

am: Watch employed taking in stores

Received 5 bags mail from collier “Donnington Court”

1 shipwright returned to hospital

3.00pm: Discharged 2 men from sickbay to "Ooma"

3.15pm: Finished stores

4.15pm: Landed liberty men, cast off collier

10.00pm: Liberty men returned, 5 absentees

Midnight: Patrol returned with all absentees

Number on sick list 8


[“Donnington Court” is probably SS Dorington Court, 4777 tons, built in 1915 by Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd for the Cressington Steam Ship Co. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1936 & taken as war prize in 1945. She was finally scuttled in 1948 after being loaded with obsolete ammunition.]


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4 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

am: Received mails ex-“Diana”: “Glasgow” – 4, “Edinburgh Castle” – 2, “Amethyst” – 2, “Ooma” – 1, “Dunclutha” – 1

11.20am: Water tank alongside

11.50am: 1 Warrant Officer & 8 ratings came on board for passage

1.00pm: Leave to port watch till 10pm

4.00pm: Sent 1 bag mail ashore for GPO London

5.15pm: HMS Amethyst arrived

5.45pm: HMS Amethyst secured alongside to port

Watch employed discharging stores to “Amethyst”

9.15pm: Finished stores

10.30pm: Liberty men returned, 1 absentee

Number on sick list 7


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5 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro

Lat -22.88, Long -43.18

6.25am: US cruiser "Frederick" arrived

7.35am: HMS Amethyst cast off

7.50am: Water tank alongside

9.00am: Water tank left

9.30am: Landed patrol, discharged Warrant Officer to “Amethyst”

10.00am: SS Spilsby secured alongside - transferring ammunition

11.50am: Discharged 1 rating to "Ooma"

11.55am: Patrol returned with absentee

pm: Taking in fenders, hoisting boats, preparing for sea

2.00pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship

2.20pm: Guns’ crews closed up

2.30pm: Commenced zig-zagging

Number on sick list 8


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6 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -26.25, Long -45.82

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrants no 69 & 70

Number on sick list 8


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7 October 1917

R io de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -29.25, Long -48.92

6.15am: Altered course to intercept steamer

7.00am: Signalled SS Phidias (Liverpool)

Roman Catholic service

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

11.10am: Passed 4 masted British steamer bound NE

1.00pm: Sighted steamer (?Vasari) steering SW

2.30pm: Signalled French SS Liger

10.00pm: Cidreira Light abeam, 17’ off

Number on sick list 6


[SS Phidias, 5625 tons, was built in 1913 by Archibald McMillan & Son, Dumbarton for Lamport & Holt Ltd. She was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat in 1941 with the loss of 8 men out of 51.

The ship sighted at 1.00pm was probably SS Vasari, 10,117 tons, built in 1909 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough for the Liverpool, Brazil & River Plate SN Co, Liverpool. She was sold & renamed for the first time in 1928 and finally broken up in 1979.

SS Liger, 5531 tons, was built as “Tintagel Castle” at the Fairfield Yard, Govan in 1896 then was renamed after a sale in 1912. She was broken up in 1923.

Cidreira Light is in Brazil at Lat -30.17, Long -50.2.]


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8 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -34.50, Long -51.57

4.55am: Mostardas Light abeam, 14’ off

5.20am: 4 masted steamer passed bound NE

am: 2nd part port watch exercised fire stations

A2, B2 guns’ crews at 6” gun drill

Stokers at small arm drill

2.03pm: Altered course to intercept steamer

2.50pm: Stopped, boarded Dutch SS Kennemerland bound NE, Lat 33S Long 51.53W

3.42pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 7


[Mostardas Light is in Brazil at Lat -31.25, Long -50.9.]


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9 October 1917

Rio de Janeiro to River Plate

Lat -35.12, Long -55.05

3.25am: Cape Polonio abeam, 20’ off

6.40am: Cape Santa Maria abeam, 12½’

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round decks

am: Forecastle men at cutlass drill

Ordinary Seamen seamanship class, stokers training class at rifle instruction

Marines at small arm drill & infantry instruction

1.00pm: Signalled French sailing ship "Eugene Schneider" from Sydney to Monte Video

5.35pm: Altered course to intercept Spanish mail steamer

6.00pm: Boarded Leon XIII

6.45pm: Proceeded

7.10pm: English Bank Light Vessel abeam, 2’ off

8.06pm: Anchored

Number on sick list 6


[SV Eugene Schneider, 2218 tons, was built in 1902 by Chantiers Nantais for Societe Generale d’Armement, Nantes. She was in collision with a British steamer in 1926 and sank with the loss of 24 men.

SS Leon XIII was probably the ship built as “Taroba”, 4938 tons, built in 1888 by A & J Inglis Ltd, Glasgow then sold to Cia Trasatlantica, Barcelona & renamed in 1895. She was scrapped in 1931.]


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10 October 1917

River Plate, Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

5.10am: Weighed anchor & proceeded towards Monte Video

6.15am: Stopped, awaiting pilot

6.48am: Proceeded up channel, ship pushing through mud

7.23am: Anchored

8.55am: Received pratique

am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital ex "Dorington Court"

Transferring stores to “Glasgow”

3.45pm: Leave to watch till 10pm

6.00pm: Sentries placed fore & aft

10.45pm: Liberty men & patrol returned


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11 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.25, Long -56.30

6.40am: Received 3 bags of mail from “Glasgow”

6.55am: “Glasgow” sailed

9.06am: Anchor aweigh, turned ship

9.50am: Stopped, discharged pilot

10.10am: Passed Whistle Buoy

11.36am: Passed Recalada Light Vessel, ½’ off

12.15pm: Passed Argentine dreadnought "Moreno" at anchor

12.25pm: Sighted Glasgow: S25E

1.30pm: Anchored 3 cables East from "Glasgow", steam 1 hour’s notice

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrant no 71


[ARA Moreno, 27,900 ton battleship, was launched in 1911 by New York Shipbuilding, New Jersey. She was eventually scrapped in 1949.]


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12 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -56.35 [Approximate position]

5.40am: Collier "Roma" secured alongside to port, bow aft

6.45am: Commenced coaling

1.36pm: Finished coaling, 423 tons in, 6 coal sacks lost during coaling

4.00pm: Hands to wash, tea

Supplied “Glasgow” 209 lbs beef

5.10pm: Weighed anchor

Number on sick list 6


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13 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.52, Long -53.47

10.00am: Began sounding every hour

5.00pm: Last cast

5.15pm: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel

7.05pm: Resumed course

Number on sick list 7


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14 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.47, Long -49.52

7.00am: Holy Communion

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

5.00pm: Divine Service

Number on sick list 7


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15 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -35.43, Long -51.75

9.00am: Divisions, air all bedding

am: Marines at rifle drill, gunlayers & trainers at deflection teacher, A & B at 6” gun drill

11.30am: Down all bedding

Number on sick list 7


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16 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

5.30am: Lobos Island abeam, 8½’ off

8.08am: Anchored 3 cables off New Pier, Maldonado Bay

am: Stokers at small arm drill

3 boats away for pulling exercise & for sand

Landed 2 bags mail for GPO London

2.00pm: Boats returned with sand, hoisted

7.08pm: Weighed anchor, turned boat

9.00pm: Lobos abeam, 7’ off

Number on sick list 3


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17 October 1917

River Plate

Lat -36.70, Long -52.10

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round decks

am: 2nd part port watch at fire drill, fore topmen at cutlass drill

Marines at infantry instruction, class of signal instruction

pm: Extract from King’s Regulation Article 757 re concealing disease; placed on all notice boards

Number on sick list 2


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18 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -39.05, Long -47.13

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round deck

9.15am: Main topmen at cutlass drill, remainder of seamen & stokers mustering kit & bag – Captain’s inspection

Party of marines at small arm drill, marines & sweepers painting mess decks

5,00pm: Officers at cutlass drill

Number on sick list 4


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19 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -40.93, Long -43.38

9.15am: General quarters & watch defence stations

am: Hands employed refitting fenders, painting & cleaning ship

5.00pm: Officers at cutlass drill

Number on sick list 4


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20 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -38.42, Long -48.40

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrant no 72 – cells

5.00pm: Officers at cutlass drill

Number on sick list 4


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21 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -35.92, Long -53.22

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service

3.50pm: Sighted sailing vessel, altered course NW

4.30pm: Signalled Mona Norge (barque) [Lat] 35° 29’ S [Long] 54° 6’ W

5.00pm: Divine Service

7.54pm: Lobos Island abeam, 7’ off

9.20pm: Anchored in Maldonado Bay, 7 cables from New Pier

Number on sick list 5


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22 October 1917

Maldonado Bay

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

5.20am: Collier "Roma" secured alongside to port

6.10am: Commenced coaling

am: Light duty men turning sea boats’ falls end for end

10.20am: No 1 hold “Roma” swept

Fo’c’sle men taking in steaming stores from SS Roma

2.00pm: Finished coaling (collier swept), 410 tons in

Wash down decks

3.20pm: Cast off collier, hands to tea & wash

4.00pm: Hands stow away coaling gear

7.30pm: Hoisted boats

9.56pm: Weighed anchor

Number on sick list 4


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23 October 1917

Maldonado Bay to Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

12.35am: Punta Negra Light abeam, 6’ off

7.12am: Anchored 1 mile NNE from Whistle Buoy

8.13am: Weighed anchor, pilot on board

8.16am: Engine Room ordered to do their utmost speed, ship pushing heavily through soft mud

8.45am: Entered inner harbour

9.00am: Ship moored

pm: Hands scrub & wash clothes

4.00pm: Landed liberty men

Number on sick list 4


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24 October 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.20am: Liberty men returned - no absentees

9.30am: Men recently rated or passed for Leading Seaman away boat sailing

Stokers at small arm drill, quarter deck men at cutlass drill

Remainder of hands getting in stores & as required

11.30am: Sailing boats returned

1.00pm: Lieutenant EB Cooper RNVR granted leave

4.30pm: Liberty men landed

5.30pm: Received 2 bags cement for carpenter

Number on sick list 4


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25 October 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.30am: All liberty men returned on board

9.00am: Men under 35 at physical drill

9.15am: Divisions, Prayers, double round the decks

Men under 25 away boat pulling

Stokers at small arm drill, daymen at cutlass drill

11.45am: Supplied RMSP “Amazon” 6” QF striker

pm: Make & mend clothes

1.15pm: Landed liberty men

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrant no 73 – cell

11.30pm: Liberty men returned

11.50pm: Patrol returned

Number on sick list 4


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26 October 1917


Monte Video

Lat -35.00, Long -56.10

8.30am: Discharged 2 Petty Officers to the shore for passage to England

am: X1, Y1 guns’ crews at divisional drill, stokers at small arm drill

9.30am: Received pilot, 1 absentee returned under naval escort

10.20am: Anchor aweigh & proceeded out of harbour

10.44am: Stopped, discharged pilot

11.00am: Proceeded

12.45pm: Flores Island Light House abeam, 6’ off

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrants no 74 & 75

Number on sick list 2


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27 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -34.60, Long -53.35

3.15am: Loom of Cape Santa Maria Light abeam, 23’ off

Number on sick list 2


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28 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -35.15, Long -54.45

1.50am: Lobos Island Light abeam, 22' off

9.30am: Divisions, Divine Service, collection at Church of England service for the British Red Cross Society

4.25pm: Cape Santa Maria Light abeam, 10½' off

5;00pm: Divine Service, Church of England

6.00pm: Divine Service, Roman Catholic

6.15pm: Signalled SS Waiwera (British) Cardiff to Monte Video

10.40pm: Cape Santa Maria Light abeam, 10’ off

Number on sick list 1


[SS Waiwera, 6237 tons, was built in 1899 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for the Shaw, Saville & Albion Co Ltd. She was sold & renamed in 1926 & scrapped in 1928.]


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29 October 1917

Patrolling

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

3.44am: Lobos Island Light abeam, 12’ off

7.59am: Anchored in Maldonado

9.30am: Sailing Regatta (Officers), 9 boats in race

Refitting depth charges

1.00pm: Sailing Regatta (Leading Seamen RNR), 7 boats in race

Refitting depth charges

3.00pm: All boats returned & hoisted

3.30pm: Football party landed

4.00pm: Liberty men landed

7.30pm: Football party returned

8.15pm: Liberty men & patrol returned

Number on sick list 4


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30 October 1917

Maldonado Bay

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

am: Seamen painting over side

Stokers at small arm drill

Marines muster in heavy marching order – kit inspection

Refitting depth charges

Noon: Wind freshening, heavy cloud bank to the South, sea rising

1.00pm: Boat boom carried away

4.00pm: Hands painting over side, landed football party

8.00pm: Hoisted all boats

Number on sick list 4


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31 October 1917

Maldonado Bay

Lat -34.97, Long -54.97

am: Stokers at small arm drill

Seamen painting over side

2.00pm: Received 2 bags mail from shore, hoisted boats

3.25pm: Weighed anchor

Number on sick list 4


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1917


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1 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -36.42, Long -52.77

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round the decks

am: All men under 30 at small arm drill

Marines at 6” gun drill, exercised small arm companies

10.00am: Captain’s rounds

12.30pm: Paid monthly money

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrant no 76 - cells

Number on sick list 3


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2 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -36.28, Long -50.62

Number on sick list 3


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3 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -35.28, Long -52.37

8.22 Boarded Norwegian sailing vessel "Thekla"

Number on sick list 5


[SV Thekla, 917 tons, was built as SV Glenfarg in 1881 by A Stephen & Sons, Dundee. She was sold to Norwegian owners & renamed in 1904 and finally scrapped in 1929.]


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4 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -32.85, Long -51.10

6.00am: Passed SS Spilsby steering SW

6.40am: Altered course to intercept mail steamer

7.15am: Holy Communion service

7.50am: Stopped Spanish SS Infanta Isabel de Bourbon, Lat 33°14’ S, Long 51°40’ W. Boarding party went on board

9.00am: Proceeded on port quarter of mail steamer

4.30pm: Stopped, boarding party returned, hoisted boats

5.11pm: Parted company with "Infanta Isabel de Bourbon"

6.30pm: Passed SS Parana (RMSP) for Rio

Number on sick list 5


[SS Parana, 4182 tons, was built in 1904 by Workman, Clarke & Co, Belfast for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was scrapped in 1933.]


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5 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -34.78, Long -54.07

8.45am: Men under 35 at physical drill

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round decks

1st part of port watch at fire drill, forecastle men at cutlass drill, stokers at cutlass drill

Foretopmen of port watch & maintopmen mustering kit bags

10.00am: Cape Polonio Light House abeam, 15½’ off

2.47pm: Lobos Light House abeam, 1¼’ off

3.57pm: Anchored in Maldonado Bay, New Pier bearing N30E, 4½ cables

Received 2 bags mail from collier “Spilsby”

6.40pm: Discharged 1 signal rating to “Spilsby”

10.00pm: Weighed anchor, turned ship

11.23pm: Punta Negra light abeam, 8’ off


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6 November 1917

Montevideo

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

6.33am: Anchored 1’ NNE from Whistle Buoy

6.40am: Received pilot, weighed anchor & proceeded into harbour

7.20am: Received pratique

10.00am: Landed 3 bags of empty mail bags for GPO London

am: Side party painting over side

2 seaboats away at instruction, stokers at rifle instruction

11.00am: Water tank alongside

12.15pm: Water tank left

2.55pm: Water tank alongside

3.00pm: Leave to port watch till 7am

10.30pm: Wind and sea rising from SE

Number on sick list 5


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7 November 1917

Montevideo

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.30am: Liberty men & patrol returned

8.30am: Water tank alongside

10.00am: Water tank left

Marines at aiming rifle practice

Noon: Water tank alongside

2.00pm: Water tank left

Galley & whaler away, sailing instruction

Painting ship

4.00pm: Starboard watch leave till 7am

Number on sick list 4


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8 November 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

4.50am: Heavy squall with rain from South

7.30am: Liberty men & patrol returned – 2 absentees

Water tank alongside

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round decks

A2, B2 guns’ crews at 6” drill & loader, maintopmen at squad drill

Water tank left

1.00pm: Leave for port watch from 1pm till 7am, hands make & mend clothes

8.00pm: Part of port watch landed to attend concert

Midnight: Concert party returned

Number on sick list 4


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9 November 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.30am: Liberty men & patrol returned – 2 absentees

7.50am: 1 absentee returned

9.00am: Divisions, Prayers, double round decks

A1, B1 at divisional drill

pm: Sent 1 bag mail ashore for GPO London

4.00pm: Quarters, leave for starboard watch till 11pm

7.00pm: Uruguayian cruiser sailed

11.30pm: Liberty men & patrol returned

Number on sick list 4


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10 November 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

5.00am: 2 water tanks alongside

9.00am: Water tanks left

11.30am: Weighed & proceeded out of harbour, pilot on board

11.52am: Pilot left

1.40pm: Flores Island abeam, 4' off

2.10pm: Passed schooner RP Murphy

4.37pm: Punta Negra abeam, 4' off

6.00pm: Steamed into Maldonado Bay to signal collier "Spilsby", Japanese steamers “Bushu Maru” & “Yoreppa Maru” at anchor in Bay

Number on sick list 4


[SV RP Murphy was probably the schooner “Robert P Murphy”, 697 tons, built in 1905 by Percy & Small, Bath, Maine. She was burnt in 1924.

Bushu Maru”, 2580 tons, was built in 1895 as SS Lombard by Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Blyth. She was sold to Nippon Shosen KK & renamed in 1907 but went missing in 1921.

Yoreppa Maru” was probably the ship launched as SS Eiffel Tower, 3187 tons, in 1891 by William Dobson & Co, Walker. She was renamed for the first time in 1904. In 1912 she was bought by Japanese owners & renamed “Europa Maru” which became “Yoroppa Maru”. She was scrapped in 1929.]


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11 November 1917

At sea

Lat -33.53, Long -52.37

1.19am: Santa Maria Light abeam

3.35am: Cape Polonio Light abeam, 15' off

9.00am: Altered course to intercept steamer

9.30am: Divisions, Prayers, Divine Service

Noon: Sighted SS Hollandia N3E

12.58pm: Stopped; sent search party on board Dutch SS Hollandia

1.30pm: Boats returned & hoisted, proceeded keeping station on starboard quarter of “Hollandia”

6.09pm: Stopped, search party returned

6.15pm: SS Hollandia proceeded

6.30pm: All boats hoisted, proceeded


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12 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -35.23, Long -52.58

12.40am: Set in thick fog

1.45am: Fog cleared

am: Foretopmen muster bags, daymen at rifle drill

Stokers fitting Morris tubes

9.30pm: Lobos Light N77W

Number on sick list 4


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13 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -35.03, Long -56.13

5.00am: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel

5.05am: Fired blank shot

5.09am: Stopped, boarded Norwegian barque "Svestra

am: Foretopmen at cutlass drill, marines exercised at bayonet drill

Stokers at Morris tube, remainder preparing ship for coaling

10.15am: Flores Island Light House abeam, distance 2½'

1.00pm: Stopped, received pilot

1.11pm: Proceeded into Monte Video harbour

2.15pm: Collier "Spilsby" secured alongside

3.30pm: Water tank alongside

Discharged SBA Hughes to hospital

4.10pm: Water tank left

Number on sick list 4


[I cannot trace the Norwegian barque “Svestra’.]


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14 November 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

4.30am: Commenced coaling

7.40am: Water tank alongside

9.00am: Water tank left

11.00am: US cruiser "Pueblo" arrived

1.15pm: US cruiser "Frederick" sailed

7.30pm: Finished coaling, 1093 tons in

Number on sick list 3


[USS Frederick, 13,900 ton cruiser, was launched as “Maryland” in 1903. She was renamed in 1916. After the war she appeared in the film ‘A sailor made man’ in 1921 and was finally sold in 1930.]


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15 November 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

am: 1 Seaman from "Spilsby" for medical treatment

1.45pm: Cast off collier

4.00pm: Received from shore: 1000 lbs of beef, 1000 lbs potatoes

Port watch topping derricks etc, preparing for stores

1 bag mail landed for GPO London

Number on sick list 3


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16 November 1917

Monte Video

Lat -34.89, Long -56.22

7.00am: Water tank alongside

8.30am: Water tank left

am: Seaman under medical treatment returned to "Spilsby"

10.30am: Water tank alongside

Noon: Water tank left

12.25pm: Stores alongside

3.40pm: Stores in, 997 bags flour

4.10pm: Weighed anchor, proceeded out of harbour - pilot on board

4.30pm: Stopped, discharged pilot

7.10pm: Flores Island abeam, distance 4'


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17 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -34.78, Long -53.67

2.25am: Lobos Light abeam, distance 4¼ miles


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18 November 1917

Patrolling

Lat -33.87, Long -51.67